Rickle Kam shoots 300 to win 2016 Macau China International Open

Novie Phang secures women's title in deciding match

2016MacaoOpenRickleKamNoviePhang_small.jpg Top-seeded Rickle Kam of Hong Kong thrilled the spectators at COTAI Bowling Center in Macau, China, with a perfect game in his 300-249 victory over Daisuke Yoshida (right) of Japan in the men's championship match of the 2016 Macau China International Open. It was the sixth perfecto of the event. The women's title went to Novie Phang of Indonesia, who defeated Jang Ha Eun in the second and deciding game, 224-166, after losing the first game against the Korean, 192-170.



Why Reno is still a must-visit city for bowlers

By Lucas Wiseman

2016LWCRenoNBS_small.jpg When you ask most bowlers in the United States about going to Reno, Nevada, they groan or complain. The USBC Open Championships have been held in the city 10 times since the National Bowling Stadium opened in 1995 and team entries have dropped from 17,285 to just 8,063 this year. Reno fatigue is real and its impact is undeniable. That being said, I'm going to say something many bowlers will scoff at – I actually like going to Reno. Last weekend I took my wife to Reno to bowl for the first time in the USBC Open.

2016 PBA #9


Jakob Butturff wins his first PBA title in Lubbock, Texas

22-year-old lefthander nips Shawn Maldonado by two pins to win the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open

2016PBA09JakobButturff_small.jpg Jakob Butturff, a 22-year-old lefthander who won't complete his first full year of PBA competition until next month, won the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open Sunday, nipping Houston's Shawn Maldonado in the title match, 207-205. Butturff (l.) used a late double to pull even with Maldonado, and then struck on his fill ball in the 10th frame to force the two-handed player to double for the win. Maldonado's left the 4 pin on his try for a second strike which sealed his fate.

2016 PBA Tour


2016 PBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2016PBALogo_small.jpg The 2016 Professional Bowlers Association Tour features 25 tournaments, including five 'majors' (Tournament of Champions, Masters, Players Championship, U.S. Open and World Championship) and the PBA Team Challenge. According to an agreement between PBA and World Bowling, Tenpin Bowling's world governing body, the international tournaments of the 2016 World Bowling Tour will also award a PBA title if he/she is a PBA member and bowls without accepting handicap pins.

2016 PBA50 Tour #9


Pete Weber makes history with win at 2016 USBC Senior Masters

2016PBA5009PeteWeber5_small.jpg Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, made history Sunday by winning the 2016 USBC Senior Masters to become the first player with five Professional Bowlers Association 50 Tour titles in a season. The 53-year-old reigning PBA50 Player of the Year achieved the feat in dramatic fashion with a 266-263 win against left-hander Paul McCordic of Sugar Land, Texas, who stepped up in the final frame with a chance to win but left the 1-3-6-9 combination on his second offering to fall short.

2016 PBA50 Tour


2016 PBA50 Tour Schedule & Champions

2016 PBA50 Tour features 15 events including four "Majors"

PBA50Logo_small.jpg The 2016 PBA50 Tour for players 50 years of age and older (formerly the PBA Senior Tour) features 15 tournaments in seven States, Florida, North Carolina, New York, Nevada, California, Minnesota and Indiana. The extended PBA50 schedule includes four "majors", PBA Senior U.S. Open (May 29-June 3), USBC Senior Masters (June 19-25), PBA50 World Championship (July 17-23) and the PBA50 National Championship which will conclude the 2016 season at Signature Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., USA (Aug. 14-17).

2016 PWBA Tour #8


Clara Guerrero wins first PWBA title at Players Championship

2016PWBA08ClaraGuerrero_small.jpg More than a decade ago, Clara Juliana Guerrero made the move from Colombia to the United States to bowl collegiately and chase her dream of competing on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour. It took a little longer than expected, but Guerrero accomplished the dream of winning a PWBA title, and a major title at that, with a 199-175 victory over Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, in the final of the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship on Sunday.



2016 PWBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2016PWBALogo_small.jpg The Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, which was re-launched in 2015 after nearly a dozen years, has released the PWBA Tour schedule for 2016, featuring 10 regular-season events, four "majors" and stops from coast to coast. The 2016 PWBA schedule kicked off April 28 with the PWBA Las Vegas Open at Texas Station and will conclude with back-to-back "majors", the U.S. Women's Open and The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship.

2016 PBA50 Tour #9


Anthony Simonsen leads PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open qualifying

Texas teenager holds one-pin lead in bid for third PBA Tour title of 2016 season

2016PBA04AnthonySimonsen_small.jpgNineteen-year-old Anthony Simonsen of Princeton, Texas, bidding to become the first PBA player to win three PBA Tour titles in 2016, led the field of 151 players through Saturday's qualifying in the Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas. Simonsen, a two-handed player and the youngest player ever to win a PBA Tour major, averaged 236.6 during Saturday's eight qualifying games to finish with a 1,893 pinfall total for a one-pin lead over Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn.

United States


New Jersey bowler joins 50-Year Club at USBC Women's Championships

Utah bowler moves into Ruby All-Events lead in Las Vegas

2016USBCWCAliciaStraka_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships has helped Alicia Straka of Bridgewater, New Jersey, travel across the country and build countless friendships, and her trek in 2016 gave her another memory to cherish as she celebrated her 50th tournament appearance June 19. The 89-year-old right-hander began her journey at the 1966 event in New Orleans, and she has made an annual appearance at the tournament each year since 1984.

PBA News


Belmonte, Ciminelli, Svensson and Simonsen nominated for ESPY Best Bowler Award

Voting is open until the start of the ESPYs telecast

2016PBA03JasonBelmonte2_small.jpgThree-time defending PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte (l.), Player of the Year contender Ryan Ciminelli, 2016 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions winner and 2015 Rookie of the Year Jesper Svensson and 2016 USBC Masters champion Anthony Simonsen have been selected as nominees for the 2016 ESPY Best Bowler Award. Awards will be announced Wednesday, July 13 during the ESPYs telecast in Los Angeles beginning at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Voting will be open until the start of the ESPYs telecast.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #23


International Bowl Expo helps boost PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open field

Pete Weber tries for another milestone in USBC Senior Masters; This week on Xtra Frame; Hohlbein, Rice, Eskew win in NW Tripleheader


The PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open may have received a boost from International Bowl Expo, the annual multi-event bowling industry trade show and educational showcase that is set to get underway in Las Vegas this weekend. A number of PBA stars, including international stars Dom Barrett and Jason Belmonte, will compete in the tournament this weekend before heading to Las Vegas to make appearances at the Bowl Expo trade show for the bowling ball companies next week.

United States


Ohio team takes lead in Team All-Events at 2016 USBC Open Championships

Brandon Novak secures all-events lead; Jesse Buss rolls seventh perfect game of the 113th Championships

2016OCHiggysAquarium_small.jpg For the last few years, Dan Higgins of Westerville, Ohio, and his teammates have been on the cusp of a breakout performance at the USBC Open Championships, and everything fell into place for the five competitors June 17 as they cruised into the top spot in Team All-Events by more than 300 pins. Higgy's Aquarium turned in a consistent performance - 3,329 in team, 3,364 in doubles and 3,348 in singles - for a 10,041 total, a 223.13 average for 45 games.

2016 PWBA Tour #3


Cherie Tan wins first PWBA title at 2016 Storm Sacramento Open

2016PWBATour03CherieTan2_small.jpgCherie Tan capped an impressive four-week stretch for her and her teammates from Singapore as she delivered in the final frame to capture the 2016 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open. Tan, who earned the top seed for the stepladder finals by posting a 6-0 record in match play, connected on two strikes in the 10th frame of the title match to outlast Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, 208-205, to win her first PWBA title. The stepladder aired nationally on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday.

Junior Team USA News


U.S. Teams selected for 2016 World Youth Championships

2016JuniorTeamUSABoysnGirls_small.jpgThe eight bowlers who will represent the United States at the 2016 World Bowling Youth Championships this summer have been selected by the Team USA coaching staff. The World Youth Championships will take place in Lincoln, Nebraska, from July 26-Aug. 2. The Team USA coaching staff also selected the four Junior Team USA members who will compete at the Lee Evans Bowling Tournament of the Americas. That event will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from July 25-30.

Industry News


Ebonite International taps Mike Snellbaker to head up Bowling Ball marketing

2013EboniteLogo_small.jpgEbonite International has announced that the company has named industry veteran Mike Snellbaker Marketing Manager - Bowling Balls. Snellbaker has been in the bowling business for the last 20 years and has a very diverse and consumer focused background. He has operated pro shops, worked for the PBA Tour, developed products and for the past eight years has overseen sales and marketing efforts in the Northwest as the District Sales Manager for EBI.



CTF Board approves pilot project for sanctioning of string pin bowling centers

2016CTFHeaderLogo_small.jpg"Ladies and Gentlemen, today you have made history". These were the words spoken by the Canadian Tenpin Federation President, Brian McMaster, shortly after the CTF Board of Directors voted on June 5, 2016 to approve a pilot project for the sanctioning of string pin bowling centers in Alberta only, for sanctioned play during the 2016-2017 bowling season. CTF will run the pilot project in Alberta only for the 2016-2017 season to determine if any changes to center certification specifications and/or playing rules are required.

2016 PBA50 Tour #8


Japan's Junichi Yajima wins 2016 ITRC Super Senior Classic

2016PBA5008JunichiYajima_small.jpg Junichi Yajima of Japan earned new life in a dramatic semifinal match at the 2016 ITRC Super Senior Classic and rode that momentum to a 248-218 win over top seed Ron Mohr of North Las Vegas, Nevada, to become the first international player to win the event. Yajima and Mohr matched each other nearly shot for shot through the first eight frames of the championship match Sunday at Sam's Town Bowling Center, but a pair of 10 pins from Mohr in the final frames gave Yajima the opportunity to take the title.

ABF Tour News


World Bowling's scoring system to debut at ABF Tour Macao

2016ABFTLogo_small.jpgAthletes and bowling fans in Asia will witness the debut of World Bowling's new scoring system at the 2016 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour Macao leg on June 27, 2016 in Macao, China, which will be broadcast live in Malaysia and in China. The new scoring system was proposed by an all-star panel of international bowling experts, including World Bowling leaders, athletes, coaches, news media and commercial bowling industry experts.

2016 PWBA Tour #7


Rocio Restrepo snags top seed for PWBA Greater Detroit Open finals

Heading into the PWBA Greater Detroit Open on Saturday, second-round leader Rocio Restrepo of Colombia really wanted to nail down the top spot for the television show. For the second consecutive day, Restrepo cranked it up for the final few games to lead her match-play group and claim the No. 1 seed for the PWBA Greater Detroit Open TV show. The stepladder finals will be taped June 26 during the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship and will air Tuesday, July 19, on CBS Sports Network.

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