The road to the 2014 PBA50 Tour Finals begins April 13 in New Port Richey, Fla., and PBA fans around the world can watch the first leg of the race on Xtra Frame.
The PBA50 Pasco County Open from Lane Glo Bowl will not only kick off the 2014 PBA50 Tour season, but it will make the “senior” debut of PBA Hall of Famers Norm Duke and Parker Bohn III competing in a field of more than 110 players that will include fellow hall of famers Tom Baker, Dale Eagle, Amleto Monacelli, Randy Pedersen, Brian Voss, Wayne Webb, Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr. Throughout the season, PBA50 competitors will be competing for three berths in the end-of-season PBA50 Tour Finals which will be conducted in conjunction with the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas.
The Pasco County Open will be the first of several PBA50 Tour events covered live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. Start-to-finish coverage of the Pasco County event (won last year by Bob Learn Jr.) begins with qualifying rounds on Sunday, April 13, and continues through the match play eliminations on Tuesday, April 15. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Monthly subscriptions are $7.99; a full year of Xtra Frame coverage, which includes access to a huge archive of past telecasts, interviews and instructional materials, is available for $64.99.
FIRELAKE TO HOST PBA SUMMER SWING “WIN A SPOT” QUALIFIER
Four paid entries into Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing will be awarded in a “win a spot” qualifier to be hosted by FireLake Bowling Center on Sunday, April 27, at noon. The entry fee is $150. Competition will involve nine games total pinfall, including three games each on the Wolf, Badger and Bear patterns that will be used during the Summer Swing. To enter, call FireLake Bowling Center (405-275-0404).
“BOWLING GUY” JASON THOMAS APPEARS ON NEULION’S “DIGITAL DUDES” PANEL
Sports are no longer just for spectators. Today’s fans are more active, connected and engaged than ever before. NeuLion, a world leader in digital video broadcasting and the PBA’s partner in distribution of its Xtra Frame online bowling content, is changing the way fans consume sports with the most far-reaching digital experiences, delivering live and on-demand HD, interactive video to any device.
The developments that will immerse fans in the game like never before - letting them control how and when they want to watch, view real-time highlights, multiple camera angles, instant replays, slow motion, live stats, social media and chat – are topics NeuLion and other industry experts are discussing in a series of “Digital Dudes” forums that can be found on NeuLion’s website.
The most current group of experts appearing on Digital Dudes included Xtra Frame’s own “Bowling Guy,” Jason Thomas. To hear the discussion involving Thomas, NeuLion co-founder and Executive VP Chris Wagner, National Basketball Association Senior VP-Interactive Services Michael Allen, University of Nebraska Director of Web Operations Kelly Mosier, Newtek Chief Relationship Officer Phillip Nelson and Limelight Senior Marketing Director Jason Thibeault, visit neulion.com and click on the Digital Dudes link.
WORLD BOWLING TOUR LEADERS RETAIN POSITIONS
In the aftermath of three World Bowling Tour events in the Middle East and the Brunswick Euro Challenge, Sean Rash and Kelly Kulick remain the World Bowling Tour men’s and women’s points leaders. The WBT points list is based upon a two-year, rolling system of points earned in World Bowling (former World Tenpin Bowling Association)-PBA International Tour events.
As of March 26, Rash (635 points) held a 30-point edge over Mika Koivuniemi. Jason Belmonte is third at 601 followed by Tommy Jones (526). Kulick leads the women with 780 points, followed by Liz Johnson (510), Missy Parkin (481) and Sweden’s Sandra Andersson (440). The next WBT event is a women only competition, the USBC Queens in Reno, June 27-July 3.
ONLINE AUCTION RAISES $3,128 FOR CHRIS PAUL’S CP3 FOUNDATION
The PBA’s online PBA League auction to raise money for Chris Paul’s CP3 Foundation generated $3,128 to help support the PBA League owner’s charitable activities. Included in the auction were a number of bowling balls and game-worn jerseys belonging to PBA League franchise players, including L.A. X team leader Jason Belmonte.
Belmonte earned the right to select the charity that would receive the online auction funds by winning a special skills challenge competition involving all PBA League franchise players during the PBA World Series of Bowling V. The Australian two-handed star designated the L.A. X team owner’s foundation as his charity of choice.
PBA REGIONS TO COOPERATE WITH PROPRIETORS CUP III EVENT IN OHIO
The PBA and its East, Central and Midwest Regions are cooperating in the promotion of the Proprietors Cup III, an independent tournament that will be open to all comers, July 11-13 at Beaver-Vu Bowl in Beavercreek, Ohio. Projected first prize is $15,000. If the winner is a PBA member, he/she will be credited with a PBA Regional title.
Proprietors Cup III will include a win-a-spot round and Ace Mitchel All-Star Team Challenge on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and elimination rounds on Sunday. Complete details will be posted on pba.com in the “regional tour” section under the “schedules” tab.
PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: CARTER WINS MIDWEST/CENTRAL PBA50 TITLE
Tom Carter of Rockford, Ill., defeated Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis., 278-172, to win the PBA50 Boys & Girls Club Midwest/Central Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., on Saturday, March 29. The title was Carter’s fifth PBA50 Regional title. He also earned $1,500 along with his title.
● Steve Pavlinko Jr. of Sewell, N.J., defeated 2013 PBA East Region Rookie of the Year Gary Haines of West Babylon, N.Y., 244-236, to win his first PBA Regional title in the PBA Bowlers Discount Pro Shop Eastern Open at Brunswick Zone Normandy in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday.
Pavlinko survived a tense 10th frame for the victory. Haines, needing a double in his final frame for the win, carried the first strike but left a solid 8 pin on the second shot to miss out on his first PBA title. With his win, Pavlinko joined his father Steve Pavlinko Sr. and uncle Larry Pavlinko as the third member of the family to capture PBA Regional titles.
● An extensive schedule of spring PBA Regional events continues into April and May.
The April 4-6 weekend includes the joint PBA Security Federal Savings Bank Central/Midwest Championship at Star Lanes in Lafayette, Ind.
The April 11-13 schedule includes the PBA Rockaway Lanes Eastern Open presented by Storm at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J.; one of the West/Northwest Region’s premier events, the PBA Earl Anthony Memorial Classic at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.; a PBA Summer Swing preview event, the FireLake Grand Casino Hotel Resort Southwest Open presented by Dexter in Shawnee, Okla.; and the PBA Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio.
The April 16-18 weekend features the PBA50 Sarasota Southern Open at Sarasota (Fla.) Lanes; the PBA South Point West Challenge (for non-champions) and the South Point West Member/Non-Member Doubles in Las Vegas, and the PBA Del Mar Lanes U Can Bowl 2 Southwest Challenge presented by MOTIV (for non-champions) in Houston, Texas.
Closing the April schedule will be the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes Southern Open presented by MOTIV in Canton, Ga., April 24-26.
The annual PBA West/Northwest Hawaii tripleheader is also on tap, beginning with the PBA Kona West/Northwest Open at KBXtreme Lanes in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, April 27-28, and followed by the PBA John Gonsalves Memorial West/Northwest Open at Schofield Barracks on May 1, and the Hickam AFB West Northwest Open presented by Columbia 300 May 2-4.
For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.
● Reminder: PBA members, amateur bowlers and fans who are planning to attend the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing in Shawnee, Okla., are urged to use a special online link to obtain the special $99-per-night room rate. To reserve your room at the special PBA rate, visit http://usgcr.webhotel.microsdc.us/ and enter 140516SUMM in the Group Code Box. Or you can call the Grand directly at 405-964-7777 and mention the PBA Summer Swing to obtain the preferred rate.
● Storm Products Vice President-Public Relations Bob Hart, a long-time fixture as a Storm representative at PBA events, became the 14th player in USBC Open Championships history to knock down 100,000 pins when he accomplished the feat in his 58th tournament appearance on April 1 in Reno. Needing 472 pins to reach the milestone, the 76-year-old USBC Hall of Famer rolled a 561 series in team event and finished with a 1,645 all-events total after doubles and singles to boost his career pinfall total to 101,173 pins. The late Joe Norris is the all-time USBC Open Championships pinfall leader with 123,770 pins in a record-tying 71 appearances.
● David Letterman’s late-night bowling career is coming to an end. Arguably the late-night television host who has done the most to popularize bowling announced on Thursday that his lengthy run with CBS Television will come to an end, probably in 2015. Over the years, Letterman has featured comical bowling stunts with superstars Dick Weber, Mike Aulby, Norm Duke, Tommy Jones and Chris Barnes...not to mention his own feat of throwing bowling balls off a five-story building.