PBA Spare Shots: PBA Supports Future Stars in 2014 Teen Masters Grand Championships

by Bill Vint July 2, 2014 06:15

The PBA has thrown its support behind the Teen Masters Grand Championships, currently underway at Sawgrass Lanes in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with a field of 186 high school-age boys and 91 girls. The U.S. Open-format tournament, conducted on demanding Sport Bowling-compliant lane conditions, continues through Sunday. Live scoring throughout the event will be available on pba.com.

PBA Deputy Commissioner Kirk Von Krueger is serving as tournament director. PBA Commissioner Tom Clark and eight-time PBA Tour titlist John Mazza were guest speakers.

“The PBA is proud to support for one of the greatest events in bowling for young players who are the future stars and leaders of our sport,” Clark said.

In addition to providing a PBA-caliber test on the lanes for these young players, all Teen Masters players are required to dress like professionals in High 5 Gear shirts and they are limited to using PBA Skill Balls 2.0 and 3.0 as the only bowling balls they can use in competition. The bowling ball restriction, which is unique to the Teen Masters, places the focus on the bowler’s skills rather than his or her equipment. The Teen Masters is owned and operated by Killer B Promotions.

The winners of the boys’ and girls’ divisions of the Teen Masters Grand Championships will earn trips to the PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point in Las Vegas where they will bowl for the overall Teen Masters Grand Championship as part of the new Champion’s Challenge telecast on ESPN.

XTRA FRAME ADDS EASTERN “SUPER REGIONAL” TO VIDEO STREAMING LINEUP

In addition to live coverage of the final four PBA50 Tour events of the 2014 season, PBA’s online video streaming service will provide live start-to-finish coverage of one of the most prestigious PBA Regional tournaments of the year – the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Eastern Classic from Mid County Bowling & Entertainment Center in Middletown, Del., Aug. 2-3.

The East Region “super regional” will offer a $15,000 first prize, and has expanded its qualifying format to three squads to accommodate more players. For details, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tour” under the Schedules tab.

Xtra Frame’s coverage of the PBA50 Tour resumes July 17-23 with coverage of the new PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic, presented by Storm, followed by the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic presented by Ebonite, from Fort Wayne, Ind. Xtra Frame will next cover the PBA50 Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip, July 29-31, from Capri Lanes in Kettering, Ohio.

Following the weekend trek to Delaware, PBA50 coverage continues with the South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., before wrapping up the 2014 season with the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer from Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn.

The PBA is in the process of finalizing Xtra Fame coverage of selected PBA Regional events in September and October before Xtra Frame subscribers are treated to extensive qualifying and match play round coverage from PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Oct. 24-Nov. 2.

Xtra Frame subscriptions are $64.99 for a full year, or $7.99 for one month. In addition to live coverage, XF subscribers have access to an extensive library of past PBA tournament finals, interviews, new product introductions, coaching tips and more.

BOHN, DUKE, BARNES POISED TO MOVE UP ON PBA TV APPEARANCES LIST

It’ll be a long time before any player challenges Walter Ray Williams Jr.’s record for the most PBA Tour television appearances, but three players are in position to improve their positions among the all-time leaders.

Williams, who dominates the PBA record book in a number of categories, holds the all-time TV appearance record with 174 appearances in PBA Tour events. He has a 40-telecast lead over runner-up Pete Weber, who has appeared on 134 TV shows. The late Earl Anthony is third with 114.

Parker Bohn III and Norm Duke both have a chance to catch Anthony. Bohn currently has 112 appearances and Duke is fifth with 109. Marshall Holman is the only other player with 100 or more appearances, sitting in sixth with 105.

Rounding out the top 10 are Amleto Monacelli with 95 TV shows, Mark Roth with 93, Mike Aulby with 88 and Brian Voss with 83. Chris Barnes, with 82, needs one more show to tie Voss for 10th place. The list includes only television shows in which PBA Tour singles titles were awarded. PBA doubles, PBA50 and special events such as PBA League, King of the Swing, World Bowling Tour, etc., don’t count as official PBA Tour television appearances.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: FAGAN, MILLER WIN IN FEDERAL WAY

● Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, posted a 7-5 match play record and a 20-game 4,539 pinfall total Sunday to win his second PBA Northwest/West Region title in the Secoma Lanes Northwest/West Open at Secoma Lanes.

Fagan, who earned $2,500, defeated Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., by 23 pins for the title. Shafer had a 7-5 match play record and 4,516 pins for his 20 games, including match play bonus pins.

In the companion PBA50 Open, Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., went 10-2 and knocked down 4,725 total pins to top Tracy Teeters of Salem, Ore., for his third PBA50 Northwest/West Regional title. Teeters had an 8-4 match play record and 4,404 pins for his 20 games.

● University of Kansas bowler Dylan Burns of Garden City, Kan., defeated Mike Keily of Golden, Colo., 228-213, to win the second annual PBA Lakewood Southwest Open at Holiday Lanes in Lakewood, Colo., Sunday. Burns earned $2,500 for the victory.

Jeff Schrum of Cherryville, N.C., defeated PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., 212-192, to win the third annual PBA50 Winston-Salem South Open at Northside Lanes in Winston-Salem, N.C., Sunday. Schrum earned $1,500 along with his fifth PBA Regional title.

Steven Arehart of Chesapeake, Va. defeated 2013 PBA East Rookie of the Year Gary Haines of West Babylon, N.Y., 199-184, to win the PBA Fort Meade Eastern Challenge presented by Roto Grip on Saturday at The Lanes in Fort Meade, Md. PBA Challenge events are open to any member or non-member who has never won a PBA event. Along with his first PBA title, Arehart earned $1,500.

Dean Mueller of Vernon Hills, Ill. defeated Josh Conner of Columbus, Ohio, 214-178, to win the PBA Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge Open at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., Saturday. Challenge events are open to PBA members without a PBA title or non-members who have never won a PBA event.  Along with his first PBA Regional title, Mueller earned $1,500.

● PBA’s regional program hits full stride in July with the introduction of the first international regional events in Japan and the first PBA Women’s Regional events in addition to traditional tournaments.

First up are the PBA Japan Women’s Cheetah Open and the PBA Japan Cheetah Open at Tokyo Port Bowl in Tokyo, July 5-6.

The July 11-13 weekend includes the Lubbock Southwest Super Regional at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, with a projected $10,000 first prize; the Spring Hill (Fla.) Crystal Automotive South Open presented by Track at Spring Hill Lanes; the PBA West/Northwest Wine Country Open presented by Hammer at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif.; the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Track at Playdrome Cherry Hill in Cherry Hill, N.J., and the PBA Japan Women’s Chameleon and Chameleon Open at Sound Bowl, Ushiku, Japan. Also on the July 11-13 schedule is the Proprietors Cup III at Beaver-Vu Lanes in Beavercreek, Ohio. While not an official PBA event, it is supported by the PBA East, Central and Midwest Regions and will pay an estimated $15,000 first prize.

On tap for the July 18-20 weekend are the Boss Snow Plows/Brunswick Central Open at PinHeads Bowling Center in Fishers, Ind. (a PBA Women’s Regional event); the Homefield Eastern Open presented by Motiv at Homefield Bowl in Yonkers, N.Y.; the St. Charles Lanes Midwest Open presented by Storm (a PBA Women’s Regional event), and the PBA/PBA50 Sands Regency West/Northwest Doubles at High Sierra Lanes in Reno, Nev.

The July schedule concludes over the July 25-27 weekend with the PBA50 Sparetimes Hampton Southern Open at Sparetimes Bowling Center in Hampton, Va.; the Pure-It Pro Shop East Open presented by DV8 at Cedar Lanes in Lebanon, Pa.; the Farmer’s State Bank/Roto Grip Central Re-Entry Open at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA50 Progressive/Gerdeman Insurance Agency/Al Smith Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio; the Fort Sill Southwest Open presented by Columbia 300 at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla.; the Plamor Lanes Midwest Challenge (for non-winners) presented by Track in Muscatine, Iowa, and the PBA and PBA50 Boise Northwest/West Opens at 20th Century Lanes in Boise, Idaho.

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.

QUICK NOTES:

● Don’t forget: HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, is running a sweepstakes that will award $250 lodging gift certificates to lucky winners in both July and August. All you have to do is book a hotel room through any link on pba.com, or by using this link: http://pba.hotelplanner.com/, before Aug. 31. For each reservation you make, you’ll receive an additional free entry into the sweepstakes. Drawings will take place on July 31 and August 31.

Brendan Gaughan, the 38-year-old son of South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa owner Michael Gaughan, posted his first NASCAR win in 10 years when he drove his South Point-sponsored Chevy Camaro to victory in the Gardner Denver 200 Nationwide Series race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on June 28. Gaughan, the 2002 Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year, races full-time on the Nationwide circuit. South Point has served as the host facility for the PBA World Series of Bowling since 2010.

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