2016 PWBA Tour

05/01/16

Rocio Restrepo leads opening round of PWBA Las Vegas Open

2016PWBATour01RocioRestrepo_small.jpgFresh off a Masters gold medal at the PABCON Champion of Champions event, Rocio Restrepo of Louisville, Ohio, put together another strong performance Saturday as she led qualifying at the Professional Women's Bowling Association Las Vegas Open. Restrepo, a member of Team Colombia, averaged more than 226 to lead the opening event of 2016 PWBA season with a 2,718 total for 12 games at Texas Station. The top 32 players in qualifying advanced to Sunday's cashers' round.

United States

04/30/16

New Diamond All-Events, Doubles leaders emerge at 2016 USBC Women's Championships

Illinois bowler sets bar in Ruby Singles; two participation milestones highlight week

2016USBCWCEmilyPeterson_small.jpgEmily Peterson of West Fargo, North Dakota, decided to go for broke during her doubles and singles set April 25, and that choice helped her into the lead in Diamond All-Events with 1,969. After starting her team event April 24 with a conservative ball selection that resulted in 15 nine-counts on her way to a 594 series, the 29-year-old right-hander made the change to a more aggressive ball for doubles and singles, leading to sets of 698 in doubles and 677 in singles.

USBC News

04/30/16

USBC Convention concludes; delegates approve dues cap increase

Delegates approve bylaws amendments allowing national dues to increase up to a maximum of $15

2016USBCBoardMarkMartinFrankWilkinsonJeffreyUssery_small.jpg Delegates voted to increase the national dues cap and also voted on three board positions as the 2016 USBC Convention and Annual Meeting concluded Friday at The Orleans in Las Vegas. Delegates approved bylaws amendments allowing national dues to increase up to a maximum of $15. Delegates elected current USBC President Frank Wilkinson (c.), incumbent director Mark Martin (l.) and Jeffrey Ussery (r.) to the USBC board.

USBC News

04/29/16

Class of 2016 inducted into USBC Hall of Fame

2016USBCHallOfFameClass_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame welcomed five new members and celebrated their accomplishments at The Orleans Hotel and Casino on Thursday evening. The 2016 USBC Hall of Fame Class includes Kim Adler and Mike Durbin in the Superior Performance category; Steve Kloempken or Outstanding USBC Performance; Harry Sullins in the Veterans category; and Joan Romeo for Meritorious Service.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #15

04/28/16

Ryan Ciminelli extends Xtra Frame PBA Tour points lead

2015PBARyanCiminelli_small.jpg2015PBAWSOBEJTackett_small.jpgWith a second-place finish in Sunday's PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., to go along with his win in the bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout earlier in the month, Ryan Ciminelli (l.) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., has taken a seven-point lead over XF Storm Open winner EJ Tackett (r.) of Huntington, Ind., in the race for the overall Xtra Frame PBA Tour points crown and a $10,000 bonus.

2016 PBA Tour

04/28/16

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.

England

04/27/16

Teams named for Weber Cup XVII

WeberCupLogoBlue_small.jpgWith team Europe having won the last two Weber Cups, including a crushing 17-8 victory last year in Barnsley, there are changes afoot as the two sides are named for this year's Europe vs. USA showdown which takes place at Eventcity in Manchester from 5th to 7th August. The Weber Cup is the tenpin bowling version of golf's Ryder Cup as two four-man teams from Europe and the USA compete over three days in a series of singles, doubles and baker-format matches.

United States

04/27/16

Three bowlers reach 50 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships

2016OCRichardRied_small.jpgJules Falcone of Media, Pennsylvania, Richard Ried (pictured) of Mason, Michigan, and Bud Howell of Idaho Falls, Idaho, became the latest members of the 50-Year Club at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. To commemorate their milestones, each received an escorted march down Center Aisle at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, before being presented with the traditional chevron, plaque and special lapel pin.

Industry News

04/27/16

Hammer files for patent protection

2016HammerCarbonFiberReinforced_small.jpg Hammer has filed for patent protection for its carbon fiber process and other reinforcement material technologies. Hammer introduced carbon fibers to their outer cores and saw immediate improvement to durability. Most recently, Hammer infused carbon fiber into the coverstock of the Scandal, Hammer's most recent high performance product. "The increase in durability afforded by carbon fiber technology allows Hammer to offer an industry leading three-year warranty," said Jim Cormier, VP Marketing.

2016 PBA50 Tour #2

04/27/16

Pete Weber wins fifth PBA50 Tour title in The Villages

2015 PBA50 Player of the Year benefits from three missed spares by Ron Mohr in championship match at UnitedHealthcare PBA50 Sun Bowl in The Villages

2016PBA5002PeteWeber_small.jpg Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., the 2015 PBA50 Player of the Year, began work defending that crown by winning the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Tuesday at Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Fla. Weber (center) won his fifth career PBA50 Tour title by defeating two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and tournament top qualifier Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 204-162, in the title match.

2016 PBA50 Tour

04/27/16

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).

Mexico

04/26/16

Rocio Restrepo, Francois Lavoie are PABCON Champion of Champions

2016PCCOCRocioRestrepoFrancoisLavoie_small.jpg Rocio Restrepo of Colombia and Canadian Francois Lavoie emerged as Masters champions in the 4th PABCON Champion of Champions tournament which concluded Monday at Noria Pro Bowling in Puebla, Mexico. Both championship matches in best-of-three games format went the distance. Restrepo came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Stefanie Johnson, United States, 2-1. Top-seeded Lavoie secured a 2-1 victory over Chris Via, United States, with a 235-191 win in the decider.

Industry News

04/26/16

Ebonite International bolsters sales department

Rich Hanson named International Sales Manager; Mike Stewart assumes role of Retail/Inside Sales, Non-ball Coordinator; EBI starts the search for a Marketing Manager Bowling Ball Category

2013EboniteLogo_small.jpg Ebonite International has announced that Rich Hanson has been named International Sales Manager. Hanson has been in the bowling business his entire professional life, owning three pro shops in San Antonio, TX before moving to Hopkinsville, KY in 2011 to take on the role of PowerHouse Brand Manager. He continued to move up within the company and in 2014 became the Marketing Manager - Bowling Ball Category with responsibility for all four of the EBI brands.

Mexico

04/25/16

USA sweeps Doubles gold medals at PABCON Champion of Champions

Colombia, USA, Venezuela qualify for 2017 World Games

2016PCCOCWorldGamesQualifiers2_small.jpg Team USA swept the gold medals, Colombia the silver medals and Venezuela the bronze medals in the Doubles competition of the 4th PABCON Champion of Champions tournament Sunday at Noria Pro Bowling in Puebla, Mexico. The top three countries after eight games in Singles and eight games in Doubles automatically qualified for the 2017 World Games, which will be held in Wroclaw, Poland. Those three countries were Colombia, United States and Venezuela (pictured).

2016 PBA Tour #7

04/25/16

EJ Tackett wins PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open for second PBA Tour title

Key break in title match helps 2013 Rookie of the Year escape top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli

2016PBA07EJTackett_small.jpg EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., broke up a 7-9 split, converting the break into a string of three strikes that proved to be the difference in winning his second career PBA Tour title Sunday in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill. Tackett (l.) the 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year, defeated top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 217-210, to win the $10,000 first prize after eliminating PBA Regional veteran Steven Taylor in the semifinal match.

Industry News

04/24/16

Mary Harrar selected as new BVL Executive Director

2016BVLLogo_small.jpg Mary Harrar, a leader with almost 30 years in the bowling industry, has been chosen to take on the role of The Bowlers to Veterans Link Executive Director beginning in June. She will be replacing Elizabeth Montanya who is stepping down. Harrar will join BVL following her previous role as Executive Administrator for Thunderbird Lanes. In addition to her extensive knowledge of the bowling industry, Harrar has long been an avid BVL supporter coordinating very successful fund-raising campaigns over the years.

Mexico

04/24/16

Colombia sweeps Singles titles at 4th PABCON Champion of Champions

2015PWBATourClaraJulianaGuerrero_small.jpg 2014PBAWSOBManuelOtalora_small.jpg Colombia's Clara Juliana Guerrero and Manuel Otalora swept the titles in singles at the 4th PABCON Champion of Champions tournament currently underway at Noria Pro Bowling in Puebla, Mexico. Guerrero (l.) averaged of 230 for eight games to lead the 25-player women's field with the field-best 1840 total. Otalora (r.) survived a late scare from Ildemaro Ruiz Jr. to beat out the Venezuelan for the top spot by three pins, 1828 to 1825.

Venezuela

04/24/16

Karen Marcano, Jose Lander win Venezuelan Team Trials

Trials determine adult and youth national teams for 2016

2016VENTTAdultTeam_small.jpg Karen Marcano and Jose Lander led the women's and men's adult division in the 2016 Venezuelan Team Trials, which determined the members of the adult and youth national teams for 2016. Men and women bowled 48 games over six days on six different lane conditioning patterns, while the boys and girls bowled 30 games over five days. The top 6 women and the top 5 men earned berths into the 2016 Venezuelan national team.

USBC Collegiate

04/24/16

Emily Eckhoff, Daniel Hanson capture 2016 Intercollegiate Singles titles

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2016ISCDanielHanson_small.jpgHastings junior Emily Eckhoff and Robert Morris-Illinois freshman Daniel Hanson captured individual titles Saturday at the 2016 Intercollegiate Singles Championships. Eckhoff (l.) defeated Fairleigh Dickinson's Morgan Brown, 227-222, to become the first player in ISC history to repeat as champion, while Hanson (r.) defeated San Jose State's Darren Tang, 203-174.

United States

04/23/16

South Carolina bowler leads three events at 2016 USBC Women's Championships

2016USBCWCDaphneSmith_small.jpg Daphne Smith of Simpsonville, South Carolina, had an exciting 24-hour run and stepped off the lanes April 15 as the leader in three events at the 2016 USBC Women's Championships. The 35-year-old right-hander (pictured) kicked off her second appearance April 14 by helping Atlanta's Finest of Lithia Springs, Georgia, into the Diamond Team lead with a 2,534 total, and she continued strong the following day by setting the bar in Diamond Singles (724) and Diamond All-Events (1,957).

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