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2016 European Bowling Tour #3


Daniel Fransson rises to the top at Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2016

Swede shoots 1451 in squad 7 to lead the 123 player field from 10 countries; Denmark's Carsten Warming Hansen leads squad 6 to earn a 1.000 Euro bonus; score to make the cut in 30th place surpasses 1300-mark (1301; 216.83 average)

2016EBT03DanielFransson_small.jpgDaniel Fransson (pictured left) of Sweden averaged 241.83 in the seventh qualifying squad to move to the top of the leaderboard in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2016 in Tilburg, Netherlands. The Swedish national team member, who is looking to win his first European Bowling Tour title, rebounded from a slow start (190) with games of 266, 224, 257, 277 and 237 to lead the 123-player field from 10 countries with 1451. Carsten Warming Hansen of Denmark won the battle for a 1.000 Euro bonus in squad 6.

Industry News


Ebonite International extends sponsorship of Teen Masters through 2017


Ebonite International has announced a multi-year extension of its sponsorship of one of the nation's premier junior bowling events, The Teen Masters. This extension guarantees sponsorship through 2017. The tournament has a rich, 19-year history of producing champions, many of which have gone on to claim college titles and even spots on Team USA. This history of excellence on the lanes is fostered through the use of challenging oil patterns and restrictions on bowling balls used.

2016 PBA Tour #4


Sellout field expanded for 2016 United States Bowling Congress Masters

2016USBCMastersLogo_small.jpg The sold-out field at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Masters now will include an additional 36 bowlers and a prize fund of $295,000 when it returns to Indianapolis next week for the first time since 1974. All 70 lanes at Woodland Bowl will be in use Feb. 8-14 as 420 of the best bowlers in the world, including three-time defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia, meet for a chance at the USBC Masters trophy and $50,000 top prize.

2016 PBA Tour #3


Sweden's Jesper Svensson charges into FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions lead

PBA's 2015 Rookie of the Year leads off round with 289, 300 games to move into first place

2015PBAJesperSvensson_small.jpgSweden's Jesper Svensson (pictured) struck on 22 of his first 23 shots Thursday morning in the 51st FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions at FireLake Bowling Center, advancing from sixth place to first, and he continued his blistering pace in match play Thursday night to build a 266-pin lead over Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn. Svensson, a 20-year-old left-handed two-hander and PBA's 2015 Rookie of the Year, averaged 232.1 for his first 32 games to lead the field of 24 finalists into Friday's final two rounds of match play.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #5


FireLake Arena undergoes transformation for Sunday's live ESPN TOC finals

Billy Hardwick family to sponsor new Teen Masters Scholarships; Wayne's Lanes in "wait-and-see" situation for comeback; Jakob Butturff wins first Regional title in Reno

2016PBA03FireLakeArenaInstallation_small.jpg FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Okla., normally a showcase for country music artists, cage fighting and wrestling, is undergoing a transformation into a state-of-the-art bowling facility for its national television debut Sunday when the arena will become the stage for the stepladder finals of the 51st FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions. The first-ever ESPN telecast from FireLake Arena will begin at 2 p.m. ET on the special two-lane installation on the arena floor.

USBC Youth


IBC Youth Development awards 35 Bowler's Ed grants

2016BowlersEdLogo_small.jpg Each year, the International Bowling Campus Youth Development team receives applications from schools and organizations seeking Bowler's Ed grants, which awards mobile bowling equipment that help teach the sport of bowling to children. Over the last year, applications for Bowler's Ed grants grew by nearly 400 percent and the IBC Youth Committee made the decision to award Bowler's Ed grants to 35 applicants in 2016. The kits will help introduce bowling to an estimated 150,000 children.

Industry News


Columbia 300 Swerve FX & Delirium Shock now available

2016C300SwerveFX_small.jpg 2016C300DeliriumShock_small.jpg Columbia 300 has announced that the Swerve FX and the Delirium Shock are now available in the pro shops. The Swerve XF features a new reflex pearl coverstock which creates a stronger change of direction at the back end, resulting in shocking pin action. The Delirium Shock is the newest addition to Columbia 300's Yellow Line Collection and provides a strong mid-lane and back end reaction which will match up perfectly on medium oil patterns.

PBA Awards


Pete Couture, Harry O'Neale and Denny Schreiner inducted into PBA Hall of Fame

2016PBAHoFSchreinerONealeCouture_small.jpgPBA50 Tour standout Pete Couture (right) of Cocoa, Fla., former South Region Manager Harry O'Neale (center) of Ravenel, S.C., and former PBA Tour announcer Denny Schreiner (left) of Akron, Ohio, were inducted into the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame Monday during ceremonies at the Grand Casino Hotel Resort in Shawnee, Oklahoma.



CBS Sports Network expands bowling television package in 2016

New 23-event national TV package is highlighted by U.S. Open and full-season PWBA Tour coverage and includes Junior Gold Championships and Intercollegiate Championships

2016CBSSportsNetworkLogo2_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress has reached an agreement with CBS Sports Network to televise 23 major championship bowling events in 2016 and 2017, highlighted by the U.S. Open, as well as 13 telecasts of the Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour. The agreement features live telecasts of all four majors on the PWBA Tour and the U.S. Open, a major championship on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour.

2016 PBA Tour #2


Amleto Monacelli wins DHC PBA Japan Invitational, ends 11-year title drought

Venezuela native becomes 14th bowler to win 20 PBA Tour titles

2016PBA02AmletoMonacelli3_small.jpgProfessional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (pictured) ended an 11-year PBA Tour title drought and became the 14th player to win 20 PBA Tour titles when he defeated top qualifier Dom Barrett of England, 255-233, to win the DHC PBA Japan Invitational at Tokyo Port Bowl. Monacelli, who began his PBA career in 1982, made 16 television finals and finished second seven times before winning his first title in the 1987 Japan Cup. He went on to win PBA Player of the Year honors in 1989 and 1990.

2016 PBA Tour


2016 PBA Tour schedule currently features 11 tournaments

2016PBALogo_small.jpg The 2016 Professional Bowlers Association Tour, which kicked off Sunday, Jan. 17, with the TV finals of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship and the DHC PBA Japan Invitational, currently features 11 tournaments, including three 'majors', 2 doubles events, five events presented by Xtra Frame, and the Japan Invitational. Dates and venues for the PBA Fall Classic and U.S. Open as well as the dates for the PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno. Nev., haven't been dicided yet.

Industry News


Hammer introduces Scandal, Dark Legend and Skulz in February

2016HammerScandal_small.jpg 2016HammerSkullz_small.jpg Hammer Bowling will add three new bowling balls to its portfolio in February. Engineered for medium to heavy oil, the Scandal is Hammer's latest high performance bowling ball and the strongest hooking Hammer ball ever produced. The Dark Legend, an upper mid performance bowling ball, provides strong mid-lane with continuous backend. The Skulz is the latest addition to Hammer's clear polyester balls.

PBA News


PBA's 2016 Year of the Fan to feature historic Clash of Generations

Pro bowling's most decorated stars to do battle with insurgence of young talent

2016PBALogo_small.jpg The PBA has declared 2016 as "The Year of the Fan," with a number of new initiatives on tap to connect with the world's population of more than 100 million people who enjoy the sport every year. The idea is to give the global bowling audience more ways than ever to feel a part of the sport, through social media and the Internet, television and traditional print media, live web streaming of tournaments to a global audience, corporate partners and, of course, direct access through competition on the lanes.

PBA50 Tour News


PBA50 National Championship added as fourth major for 2016 PBA50 Tour season

Elkhart, Ind. event to benefit Riley Hospital for Children in finale of 15-tournament schedule

PBA50Logo_small.jpg The PBA has announced the addition of the PBA50 National Championship as a fourth major tournament to its 2016 PBA50 Tour schedule for players 50 years of age and older. The 15-tournament 2016 season will conclude with the PBA50 National Championship to benefit Riley Hospital for Children Aug. 14-17 at Signature Lanes in Elkhart, Ind. PBA50 Tour events will again be webcast live on PBA's online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. PBA will accept entries for PBA50 Tour events beginning Feb. 1 on

2015 Industry News


Eric Pierson joins Kegel Team as Technical Support Manager

2010USBCWCEricPierson_small.jpgKegel has announced that Eric Pierson (pictured) has accepted an offer to join the Kegel team. The company is based in Lake Wales, Fla. where it operates its manufacturing, quality control, software development, chemical production and packaging, technical support, Kegel Connection Pro Shops, Foundation300 and its world renowned Kegel Training Center. As Technical Support Manager, Pierson will lead the team of Kegel Techs which offers 24/7 support to bowling centers worldwide. He will begin his position later this spring.

USBC Awards


National high average, series award winners determined for 2014-15 season

2015USBCLogo_small.jpgFormer Team USA member Lisa Noor of Mound, Minnesota, and 2013 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships Regular Singles winner Zeke Bayt of Westerville, Ohio, claimed the USBC Sport Bowling National High Average Awards for the 2014-15 season. The Youth Male and Youth Female Sport Bowling National High Average Awards were earned by Tyler Zogg of Chesapeake, Virginia, and Kaitlyn Eder of Lithia, Florida.



Five must-know things about Oil Pattern Taper

By Ted Thompson - Republished courtesy of The Inside Line (Jan. 20, 2016)

2016KegelTedThompson_small.jpg Oil pattern taper, the amount of lane conditioner in the front part of an oil pattern versus how much is at the end of the oil pattern, has had to change significantly as bowling ball technology has changed. Lane conditioner (lane oil) has two main functions; to protect the lane surface, and to provide smooth predictable ball motion for as many styles as possible. Front-to-back oil taper with balanced balls is very different than what is needed with modern high flaring balls, which have multiple oil rings on them.

2015 Industry News


Kegel LLC completes ownership transition

2010MWCKegelLogo_small.jpg Kegel LLC has announced that there has been a change in company ownership. Linda Davis, co-founder and wife of company founder John Davis, has redeemed her share of ownership in the LLC, leaving the Mitchell family as the sole shareholders of Kegel. Members of the Mitchell family have held a minority interest in the business since 2003. Jonathan Mitchell, managing member of Kegel LLC, has named Chris Chartrand, formerly Kegel LLC President, as its new CEO.



USBC Hall of Famer Gertrude Finke dies at age 94

20160123USBCHoFGertrudeFinke_small.jpg Gertrude Finke (pictured right) of Maple Grove, Minnesota, a United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer, died Jan. 23. She was 94. Finke dedicated her life to the sport of bowling, spending much of that time making it special and memorable for others. Her hard work earned her a spot in the Meritorious Service category of the USBC Hall of Fame in 1990. Among her proudest accomplishments was five decades of organizing teams for the USBC Women's Championships.

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