Registration for Bowling World Open - Bowling to the Olympics - to open April 27

Tournament website to be launched April 20; World Bowling Tour "major" event will be held July 9-12 in Tokyo, Japan; 48 million Yen or 400,000 U.S. Dollar at stake

2015JBCLogo_small.jpg The Japan Bowling Congress (JBC) has announced that the registration for the World Bowling Tour "major" Bowling World Open - Bowling to the Olympics will open on April 27. The richest tournament on the 2015 WBT schedule will be held from July 9th to 12th in in Tokyo and features total prize fund of 48 million Yen or approximately 400,000 U.S. Dollar. The men's and women's champion will receive 10 million Yen apiece (approx. $83.145). The World Open website will be launched on Monday, April 20.

2015 European Bowling Tour #15


Registration is open for the 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

European Bowling Tour "gold" tournament will be held from Sept. 28 - Oct. 4, 2015 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria; VO 2015 offers total prize money of 73.130 Euro

2015ViennaOpenLogo_small.jpg Registration is now open for the 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open, which will be held from Sept. 28 - Oct. 4, 2015 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. The European Bowling Tour "gold" tournament has total prize fund of 73.130 Euro plus several extra prizes with 7.000 Euro going to the winner. Qualifying is traditionally a doubles tournament. The winners will split 1.600 Euro. While the tournament format remained almost unchanged, the number of qualifying squads was reduced to 16.

USBC Collegiate


Wichita State men, North Carolina A&T women win 2015 Intercollegiate Team Championships

Daria Kovalova of Wichita State and Nick Pate of Midland named most valuable players

2015ITCXBowlingLogo2_small.jpgThe Wichita State men and North Carolina A&T women were victorious at the 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships on Saturday. In the men's final, Wichita State swept Midland in the best-of-five title match, 3-0, to record the program's 11th Intercollegiate Team Championships win. On the women's side, North Carolina A&T bested defending champion Robert Morris-Illinois, 3-1, to raise the Kerm Helmer Cup.

USBC Collegiate


Michael Tang, Emily Eckhoff win 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships

2015ISCXbowlingLogo2_small.jpgSan Jose State's Michael Tang and Hastings' Emily Eckhoff captured individual titles at the 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships on Saturday. Tang defeated Notre Dame-Ohio's Meeco Walker to take home the men's title, 259-174, while Eckhoff secured the women's title over Nebraska's Julia Bond at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., 237-182. CBS Sports Network will air the semifinals and finals for the women on May 4 at 7 p.m. Eastern, while the men's broadcast will be on May 11 at 7 p.m. ET.



Malaysians Muhd Rafiq Ismail, Nora Lyana Natasia sweep Thailand Open titles

2015THAOpenNoraLyanaNatasiaMuhdRafiqIsmail_small.jpgMalaysian national team members Muhd Rafiq Ismail and Nora Lyana Natasia swept the men's and women's titles in the 41st MWA Singha Thailand International Open Tenpin Bowling Championship 2015 Thursday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok. Ismail (r.) topped compatriot Muhd Nur Aiman in the deciding game, 256-216, to seal the victory worth 300,000 Baht approx. US$9,200. Natasia (l.) topped fellow countrywoman Esther Cheah in the first game, 247-214.

2015 ABF Tour #4


Lee Tak Man (MAC), Korngunya Aree (THA) triumph in ABF Tour Thailand leg

2015ABFT04KorngunyaAreeLeeTakMan2_small.jpgLee Tak Man (right) of Macau and Thailand's Korngunya Aree (left) remained undefeated in the single-elimination matches Friday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothinon in Bangkok to capture the men's and women's titles in the 2015 Asian Bowling Federation Tour Thailand leg. Lee defeated Sam Cooley of Australia, 225-213, to win his second Asian Bowling Federation Tour title. In an all-Thai women's finale, Aree edged Yanee Saebe, 184-183, for her first Tour victory.

2015 ABF Tour


2015 Asian Bowling Federation Tour features 10 legs and a TOC finale


The 2015 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour consists of 10 legs, six in the Near East (Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia) with a men's division only and four in East and South East Asia (Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau and Indonesia) featuring men and women in separate divisions. Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The top 16 men and the top 16 women at the end of the 2015 season will qualify for the ABF Tour TOC March 2016 in Kuwait.



BPAA to honor Mark Voight with Victor Lerner Memorial Medal

2015BPAALernerMedalMarkVoight_small.jpg The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) has announced the recipients of the 2015 Bowling Industry Service Awards, the most prestigious awards presented by the bowling industry. Mark Voight (pictured), Community Bowling Centers, Livonia, Michigan, has been selected asthe 2015 BPAA Hall of Fame Inductee and recipient of the Victor Lerner Memorial Medal. The Lerner Medal is the highest honor awarded by the BPAA and recognizes an individual for a lifetime of service to the bowling industry.

United States


Past USBC Queens champion Diana Zavjalova leads four events at USBC Women's Championships


A day after helping her team into the lead at the 2015 USBC Women's Championships, Diana Zavjalova (l.) of Beavercreek, Ohio, maintained her momentum and finished her tournament debut as the leader in four events. The 23-year-old Latvian national team member teamed with Team USA member Danielle McEwan (r.)  to set the number to beat in Diamond Doubles with a 1,356 total April 12 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.

USBC Collegiate


Finalists set for 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships


The Robert Morris-Illinois women will look to defend their title at the 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships against North Carolina A&T, while Wichita State will face off against Midland in the men's title match. Four teams from a field of the top 32 collegiate programs in the country made their way through the double-elimination match-play bracket Friday at Northrock Lanes in Wichita. Kan., to make the nationally televised finals on CBS Sports Network.



New York's Jessica Aiezza set national record during state tournament

2015USBCJessicaAiezza2388_small.jpg Jessica Aiezza of Mechanicville, New York, set a USBC women's national record for nine games with an all-events total of 2,388 (265.33 average) at the New York State Women's Championships last weekend. Aiezza, a 34-year-old left-hander, competed in the tournament held at AMF Strike 'N Spare Lanes in Syracuse on April 11-12. She had games of 247, 290 and 279 for an 816 series in the team event April 11. She then posted an 802 series in doubles with games of 278, 277 and 247, and a 770 series (266, 235 and 269) in singles April 12.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #16


Osku Palermaa proves "speed thrills"

PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia receives BBIA Industry Service award; Sean Lavery-Spahr, Wesley Low Jr., Marty Deh, Patrick Allen, Kyle Troup and Jesse Buss winn PBA Regional events

2015PBA03OskuPalermaa_small.jpgWhether Finland's Osku Palermaa can throw a bowling ball faster than anyone in history is up for debate – and probably something no one could ever prove – but the reality is, when the high-rev two-handed player reverts to using only his right hand to shoot at single pin spares, it has become a thrill to watch. During the recent Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship fans began to add a "nnneeeooowww…" sound effect every time the powerful Finn unleashed a spare attempt, imitating the sound of the high-speed ball buzzing down the lane.

2015 ISBT #3


Sabine Leutwiler, Harry Mickelson claim the titles in Alsace Senior Open 50+

2015ISBT03SabineLeutwilerHarryMickelson_small.jpgSabine Leutwiler of Switzerland and American Harry Mickelson (pictured, l-r) claimed the women's and men's titles in the Alsace Senior Open 50+, which concluded Sunday, April 12, at Cristal Bowling in Wittelsheim, France. 89 men and 20 women took part in the third stop on the 2015 International Seniors Bowling Tour. While Leutwiler led the women's match play finals from the beginning, Mickelson fired a huge last game to beat defending champion Carlo Greulich, Germany, by 70 pins.

2015 ISBT


2015 International Seniors Bowling Tour features 10 events in 5 countries

2015 season concludes with the ISBT Masters in Lomme, France

ISBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 International Seniors Bowling Tour features 10 tournaments in five countries, three each in France and Germany, two in Belgium, and one each in Italy and the Netherlands. Men and women age 50 and over bowl in separate divisions. Age bonus starts at age 51 (1 pin per game), then increases a pin for every additional year of age with no limit. The ISBT Masters Finals for the 2014 season will be held on October 2 at Planet Bowling in Lomme, France. The 2015 Masters will be held in 2016.

USBC Collegiate


Michael Tang, Daria Kovalova named Collegiate MVPs for 2014-15 Season

201415CollegiateMVPsMichaelTangDariaKovalova_small.jpgSan Jose State sophomore Michael Tang and Wichita State junior Daria Kovalova (pictured, l-r) were named Most Valuable Players for the 2014-15 college bowling season by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association. Tang and Kovalova were honored Wednesday night with the rest of the All-Americans at the Night of Champions banquet held in conjunction with the 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships, which starts Thursday at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.

United States


Minnesota's Scott Endersbe takes singles lead at El Paso Convention Center

USBC Hall of Famer Don Ellis celebrates 65 years at USBC Open Championships; record holders won't repeat in 2015; Wisconsin teammates enjoy success

2015USBCOCScottEndersbe_small.jpgScott Endersbe (pictured) of Waite Park, Minnesota, finished his 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships campaign with eight strikes, including three clutch shots in the final frame, to sneak into the Regular Singles lead April 14. The 32-year-old right-hander put together games of 268, 238 and 279 for a 785 series at the El Paso Convention Center and passed Chad Oachs of Mankato, Minnesota, who previously held the lead with 772.

2015 PBA50 Tour #1


Parker Bohn III defeats Norm Duke to win PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open

PBA Hall of Famer shoots 263 to win his second career PBA50 Tour title

2015PBA5001ParkerBohn_small.jpgIn a title match that featured two of the PBA's all-time greats with 72 PBA Tour wins between them, Parker Bohn III (second from left) defeated fellow Hall of Famer and reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Norm Duke Tuesday in the title match to win the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla. Bohn, a 34-time PBA Tour titlist, won his second PBA50 Tour title by defeating Duke (right), a 38-time Tour winner, 263-222, in the title match.

2015 PBA50 Tour


2015 PBA50 Tour features 13 events including two "Majors" and two "Super Senior" stops

PBA50Logo_small.jpgThe 2015 PBA50 Tour (formerly the PBA Senior Tour) features 13 tournaments in Florida, North Carolina, New York, Nevada, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana including two "majors", the PBA Senior U.S. Open in Las Vegas (May 31 - June 5) and USBC Senior Masters in Green Bay, Wis. (July 27 - Aug. 2), and two "Super Senior" events. For the third consecutive year, a season-long point competition will qualify the top three players for the PBA50 Tour Finals (dates and venue tba).



Josh Blanchard snares March Bowler of the Month

2015EBT06JoshBlanchard_small.jpgJosh Blanchard of Gilbert, Arizona has been chosen as the March 2015 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. A unanimous choice by committee members, Blanchard won his first two PBA titles in a nine-day span. His first title came in a 248-211 win over Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, for the WBT/EBT 12th Brunswick Euro Challenge. The second win was a 2-1 best-of-three win over reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, Australia, in the PBA XtraFrame Maine Shootout.

2015 PBA League


Silver Lake Atom Splitters to face off against L.A. X in PBA Elias Cup Finals

Last year's finalists will battle it out in a re-match of the 2014 Elias Cup Finals on ESPN Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m. ET

2014PBALSilverLakeAtomSplitters_small.jpg201213PBALLosAngelesX_small.jpgAfter yet another ESPN PBA League telecast that featured dramatic sudden-death roll-offs to determine the winners, the defending champion Bass Pro Shop Silver Lake Atom Splitters and Wheaties L.A. X survived to win their semifinal rounds last Sunday to advance to the 2015 PBA Elias Cup Finals at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine. The teams will battle it out in a re-match of the 2014 Elias Cup Finals on ESPN Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m. ET.

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