2015 PBA Spare Shots #5


ESPN nixes Knicks in favor of PBA's CP3 Celebrity Invitational

Cast your vote for greatest PBA Tournament of Champions televised moment; EJ Tackett wins Selfie Challenge; Bohn, Allen win Central Regular/Senior Doubles event

2015PBALogo_small.jpgThe traditional Super Bowl Sunday telecast of Chris Paul's CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational got a boost into an even better time slot on ESPN thanks to a struggling New York Knicks team. As New York Post reporter Marc Berman wrote: "The Knicks' scheduled nationally televised games are falling like bowling pins. A matinee clash with the (Los Angeles) Lakers on Super Bowl Sunday on ESPN was pulled by the network — not for another NBA showdown — but for a celebrity bowling event, an NBA source told The Post.

20154 PBA Tour #3


Duke, Malott team up to win No. 1 berth for Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship Finals

ESPN finals set for Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis on Sunday, February 15

2015PBA03Finalists_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., and partner Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, will try to repeat as Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship winners after racing away to the No. 1 qualifying position for the stepladder finals on Feb. 15 in Indianapolis. The duo dominated Friday's match play rounds at AMF Bowlero, averaging a combined 238.44 for 48 games of qualifying and match play to finish with 11,835 pins.

20154 PBA Tour #2


Parker Bohn III wins top berth for PBA Players Championship Finals

PBA Hall of Famer climbs from 69th after Round One to lead top five into stepladder finals

2015PBA02Finalists_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III (left) of Jackson, N.J., won seven of his eight matches and tied the other Thursday afternoon at AMF Bowlero to complete a rally from 69th place after Round One to claim the top berth for the PBA Players Championship stepladder finals. Bohn threw games of 248, 287, 266, 258, 247, 279, 238 and 270 during the final round of match play to finish the Players Championship with a 36-game total of 9,222 pins.

USBC Awards


Recipients of USBC National Recognition Awards selected

2015USBCLogo_small.jpg Sue Pinski of Perrysburg, Ohio, Dick Atkinson of Harker Heights, Texas, and Joe Spain Jr. of Roswell, Georgia, have been named the recipients of the 2015 USBC National Recognition Awards. Pinski has been named USBC Proprietor of the Year, Atkinson was selected for the USBC Joyce Deitch Unity Award and Spain will receive the USBC Helen Baker Award for Outstanding Association Service. The award winners will be recognized during the 2015 USBC Convention in April.

IBMA Awards


Tish Johnson, Pete Weber elected IBMA Senior Bowlers of the Year for 2014

2014BPAAWomensAllStarTishJohnson_small.jpg 2014PBAPeteWeber2_small.jpgJoan Romeo, President of the International Bowling Media Association (IBMA), has announced that Tish Johnson (l.) of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Pete Weber (r.) of St. Ann, Mo., have been elected Senior Bowlers of the Year for 2014. Johnson led the female voting with 148 points with Paula Vidad of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., a distant second (59). Weber topped the male ballot with 110 points, followed by Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla. (76).

Industry News


900 Global partners with European Bowling Distribution

2015EBDLogo_small.jpg European Bowling Distribution (EBD) has announced a master distributor partnership with Global Manufacturing LLC, San Antonio, Texas. EBD will handle all sales and shipping of 900 Global balls, bags and accessories throughout their distribution network in Europe and the Middle East, including Russia and North Africa. The current portfolio distributed by EBD consists of 900 Global, AMF300, Dexter, Ebonite International, Kegel, QubicaAMF, Storm and Twister.



BPAA partners with Award Company of America

2010BPAALogo_small.jpgThe Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) and Award Company of America (ACA) have reached an agreement to make ACA the Official Awards Partner for BPAA centers. ACA provides a full line of awards and special products, including specialty items, to public and private organizations throughout the world. ACA also works with local and state associations of the United States Bowling Congress to provide awards.



Five nominees selected for USBC Board positions

2015USBCLogo_small.jpg The USBC Nominating Committee has slated five candidates for three open positions on the USBC Board of Directors. Incumbents Karen Jost of Olympia, Washington, and Steve O’Brien of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, are joined by Jay Daryman of York, Pennsylvania, Lynda Isaacs of Richmond, Indiana, and Jeff Ussery of Tonganoxie, Kansas, as candidates for the USBC Board. Delegates at the 2015 USBC Convention in Omaha, Nebraska, will vote during the Annual Meeting on April 30.

20154 PBA Tour #4


Jason Belmonte looks to make more history at USBC Masters


Last year, Jason Belmonte (pictured left) of Australia accomplished something that hadn't been done in nearly 50 years. Next week, he will attempt to accomplish something no bowler has done in the 64-year history of the USBC Masters. Belmonte made history last year by becoming just the third player to win the USBC Masters in back-to-back years. No bowler has ever won the event three consecutive years. The two-handed star will again be the player to beat when the Masters kicks off with the first round Tuesday, Feb. 4.

2015 PBA Tour


2015 PBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2015PBALogo_small.jpg The 2015 Professional Bowlers Association Tour currently consists of 21 tournaments on U.S. soil and an invitational event in Japan in cooperation with the Japan PBA. Due to an agreement between PBA and World Bowling, Tenpin Bowling's world governing body, nine international tournaments of the 2015 World Bowling Tour will also award a PBA title if won by a PBA member. The 2015 PBA Tour will conclude with the Detroit Open December 11-13 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.

2015 MEC


Israel announces team for Men's European Championships 2015 in Aalborg, Denmark

2015MECTeamIsraelselected_small.jpgThe Israel Bowling Federation has announced the six players who will represent Israel in the 2015 Men's European Championships, which will be held from June 3-14 at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark. The qualifying tournament at Hutzot bowling center in Haifa featured a 38-game format over six days on medium, long and dual lane condition. The top four qualifiers plus the top two players of the Israeli National Ranking made the team for Denmark (pictured).

PBA Awards


Australia's Jason Belmonte wins second consecutive PBA Player of the Year Award

Marshall Kent is Rookie of Year; Brett Spangler wins Nagy Sportsmanship Award, Missy Parkin receives Reyes Community Service Award

2014PBAAwardWinners_small.jpgWith another outstanding record in 2014 PBA Tour major championships, Australian two-handed competitor Jason Belmonte picked up where he left off in 2012-13 to earn his second consecutive GEICO Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year award. Belmonte, along 2014 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent, Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner Brett Spangler and Tony Reyes PBA Community Service Award winner Missy Parkin, were recognized Monday.

215 AsC


Ryan Lalisang, New Hui Fen win Men's and Women's Masters title at 23rd Asian Championships

Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand (January 15-26, 2015)

2015AsCMastersChampionsRyanLalisangNewHuiFen_small.jpgRyan Lalisang (l.) of Indonesia and Singapore's New Hui Fen (r.), who dominated the match play rounds to earn the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals, finished with big games to end the 23rd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships with victory in Men's and Women's Masters Monday, January 26 at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand. Korea led the medal tally with six gold, four silver and five bronze medals.

PBA Special Events


ESPN's Super Bowl Sunday telecast of CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational moves to 2 p.m. ET

AMF Bowl-O-Drome Lanes in Torrance, Calif., USA (January 8, 2015)

2015CP3PBACelebrityInternationalLogo_small.jpg ESPN has moved up the time for airing of Chris Paul's CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Bowlmor AMF from 4:30 p.m. ET to 2 p.m. ET on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1). The telecast will also be increased from 90 minutes to two hours. The CP3 fundraiser, which will again include a diverse group of celebrities and PBA Tour stars and has become a tradition on Super Bowl Sunday, was staged January 8 at AMF Bowl-O-Drome in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, Calif.



Kent marshalled in as December Bowler of the Month

2014IBMABotMMarshallKent_small.jpg Marshall Kent (pictured), Yakima, Washington, has been chosen as the December 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Kent defeated Martin Larsen, Sweden, 257-206, to win the 8th Kingdom International Open, also his first PBA title. Others obtaining votes were three-time World Champion Choi Bokeum, two-time World Champions Kang Heewon and Park Jongwoo, all from Korea, and four-time silver medalist Mike Fagan.

2015 IBE


Magic Johnson to deliver keynote address at International Bowl Expo 2015

2015IBEKeynoteSpeakerMagicJohnson_small.jpg Two of America's most beloved sports, bowling and basketball, will come together at this year's International Bowl Expo (IBE). NBA Champion and philanthropist, Earvin "Magic" Johnson (pictured), will step to the podium to deliver the keynote address at this year's event being held from June 22-26, 2015 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. IBE is the premier bowling industry event, hosting thousands of bowling center owners/operators and industry leaders from around the world each year.

United States


PBA Hall of Fame Charter member Chuck Pezzano dies at age 86

Internationally recognized bowling journalist, historian was one of a kind

20150123ChuckPezzano_small.jpgChuck Pezzano (pictured) of Clifton, N.J., a charter member of the PBA Hall of Fame and widely recognized as the dean of bowling journalists, died Friday, January 23 of cardiac arrest while undergoing a stent procedure at St. Mary's Passaic, N.J. He turned 86 on Jan. 14. Since the formation of the PBA in 1958, no one has contributed more to the organization in so many different ways than Pezzano, a founding member of the organization. He was the first Meritorious Service inductee in the inaugural PBA Hall of Fame class in 1975, among his 12 halls of fames.

United States


Adam Barta targets to set a new Guinness Book of World Record for 1 hour pinfall

2015HammerBowlingStaffAdamBarta_small.jpg Hammer Bowling and MichiganBowler.tv have announced that Hammer Bowling's own Adam Barta (pictured) will be attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records "Highest Pinfall in Tenpin Bowling in 1 Hour by an Individual". The current record is 2,132 pins. Barta will attempt this World Record at the TNBA Reed-Hawthorne Memorial Tournament from The Game at Wickliffe in Wickliffe, Ohio, February 13-15, 2015. The World Record attempt will be streamed LIVE by MichiganBowler.tv in its entirety.

2015 European Bowling Tour


Two European Bowling Tour "satellite" tournaments cancelled

2015 Tour is down 19 tournaments in 15 countries, three Platinum, four Gold, three Silver and 9 Satellite tournaments; total prize fund drops to 954.000 Euro

2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The European Bowling Tour has announced that the Ekaterinburg Open (March 10-14 in Ekaterinburg, Russia) and the Brunswick Etna Open (Aug. 29 - Sept. 6 in Catania, Italy) have been cancelled. The 2015 Tour now consists of three "Platinum", four "Gold", three "Silver" and 9 "Satellite" events. The 19 tournaments in 15 countries offer total prize fund of 954.000 Euro. Next stop is the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2015 February 8-15 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands.



Ohio bowler Earon Vollmar rolls 900 series


Earon Vollmar (pictured) of Toledo, Ohio, didn't have the best weekend on the lanes, but a few adjustments put him back on track in time for his Monday night league, where he rolled three consecutive 300 games for a 900 series. The 26-year-old right-hander had 36 consecutive strikes during the Monday Night All-Stars league January 19 at Toledo's New Glass Bowl Lanes, making him the 25th bowler in history, and third from Ohio, to record a perfect series.

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