Japan

04/27/15

Registration for Bowling World Open - Bowling to the Olympics is open

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 with 10 million Yen ($83.145) going to the men's and to the women's champion

2015WBOLogo1_small.jpgThe inaugural Bowling World Open - Bowling to the Olympics is the 13th event of the 2015 World Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "major" tournaments. The BWO will be held from July 9th to 12th in Japan's capital city of Tokyo and is the richest event on the 2015 WBT schedule featuring a total prize fund of 48 million Yen or approximately 400,000 U.S. Dollar. Registration for the preliminaries (maximum 100 men and 80 women) opened on Monday, April 27th.

2015 MCC

04/26/15

Anže Grabrijan (SLO), Gulhan Aksular (TUR) conclude MCC with victory in Masters

Turkey leads the final medal table in the 18th Mediterranean Challenge Cup 2015 with two gold, one silver and three bronze medals

2015MCCLogo_small.jpg The 18th Mediterranean Challenge Cup 2015 concluded Saturday with the men's and women's Masters competition at Bowling Mega Place in Chania, Crete, Greece. The top 8 players in All-Events advanced to single-elimination match play. Anže Grabrijan of Slovenia defeated Malta's Mark Spiteri, 420-391, to claim the men's title. Gulhan Aksular of Turkey came back from a 32-pin deficit with big 246 second game to beat Italian Giada Di Martino, 415-395.

United States

04/25/15

Talented group makes run at USBC Women's Championships

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The members of Striking is Fun 1 and 2 of Oregon, Ohio, made a run at the top spots in the Diamond Division at the USBC Women's Championships on April 18. Though they came up a little bit short, the group left the National Bowling Stadium with a significant presence in the top 10 of all four events. Striking is Fun 2 (pictured) put together games of 725, 946 and 834 for a 2,505 total, which is second in Diamond Team.

2015 BWC

04/24/15

Las Vegas to host the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, Nev., USA (Nov. 13-20, 2015)

2015BWCSamsTownatNight_small.jpg After a 16-year absence, the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup returns to the United States in style, surrounded by the flash, glitter and appeal of one of America's favorite vacation destinations. The 56-lane center inside Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas will host QubicaAMF's classic event for the second time in the tournament's 51-year history. The 51st edition of the prestigious tournament will take place from November 13-20, 2015.

ETBF Coaching

04/24/15

3rd iCoach ETBF International Coaching Conference to be held in September 2015

Kuortane High Performance Training Center, Finland (Sept. 18-20, 2015)

2013ETBFiCoachClassRoom_small.jpgThe 3rd iCoach ETBF International Coaching Conference by KEGEL will take place at Kuortane High Performance Training Center on September 18-20, 2015 in Kuortane, Finland. The ETBF Educational Committee invites all coaches to join the conference to get the latest information about coaching, sports science, psychology, coaching methodology and coaching tools in this unique gathering for bowling coaches. Registration for iCoach 2015 and its side events is open.

2015 European Bowling Tour #15

04/24/15

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.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #17

04/23/15

PBA plans special "Clash of the Legends" event for May 2

Andy Varipapa nips Chris Barnes for "Greatest Trick Shot"; Maine Sports Commission eager for PBA to return in 2016; USA Today features Jason Belmonte's two-handed trickery; Terry Metzner wins first PBA50 Regional title in Sarasota

2013PBA50FinalWeberWilliamsMonacelli_small.jpgThe PBA will jump into a big day in the world of sports with a "Clash of the Legends" special event in conjunction with the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open in Farmingdale, N.Y. A special competition involving PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr. (c.), Pete Weber (l.) and Amleto Monacelli (r.) will be part of a unique contest that invites sports fans to pick the winners of the Kentucky Derby, Clash of Legends and the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao boxing match.

2015 PBA50 Tour #2

04/22/15

Mike Scroggins wins PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages in PBA50 Tour debut

Eight-time PBA Tour winner defeats Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III in championship match

2015PBA5002MikeScroggins_small.jpgAfter a nearly year-long absence from top-level competition recovering from foot problems, eight-time PBA Tour winner Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, won the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Tuesday in his PBA50 Tour debut at Spanish Springs Lanes. Scroggins, who qualified fifth for the finals, won three consecutive matches before battling fellow lefthander and tournament leader Parker Bohn III  in the championship match, 255-246.

2015 PBA50 Tour

04/22/15

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).

United States

04/22/15

Clutch finish lifts NABR of West Henrietta, New York, at USBC Open Championships

Delaware's Jerry Stewart reaches 50 years at USBC Open Championships; two live stream broadcasts from El Paso Convention Center this week.

2015USBCOCTeamNABR_small.jpg Former Team USA member Rob Gotchall (r.) of Clarksville, Tennessee, delivered two clutch strikes in his final frame to catapult his team to the top of the leaderboard at the USBC Open Championships on April 20. The 37-year-old right-hander put the finishing touches on a 783 series, the highest individual set in team competition this year at the El Paso Convention Center, to lead Team NABR of West Henrietta, New York, to a 3,368 total.

PBA News

04/22/15

Jason Belmonte, Rhino Page take early leads in key 2015 PBA Statistical Categories

Two major championships give Australian star earnings lead; Page paces averages

2014PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpg2014PBARhinoPage_small.jpgAt the conclusion of the third annual Professional Bowlers Association League Elias Cup team competition and heading into the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort Summer Swing, two-time reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte (l.) held the lead in 2015 PBA earnings while Rhino Page (r.) of Dade City, Fla., jumped into the lead in scoring averages. Official PBA Tour statistics include earnings and titles only for World Bowling Tour events.

2015 PBA50 Tour #2

04/21/15

Parker Bohn III tops qualifying to lead 32 players into Sun Bowl In The Villages match play

PBA50 rookies Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and John Burkett also advance to match play

2014PBALeagueQF1ParkerBohn_small.jpgFor the time being there seems to be no stopping Parker Bohn III (pictured) as the PBA Hall of Famer averaged 253 to top qualifying Monday in the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical at Spanish Springs Lanes. Bohn, who won the season opening Pasco County Florida Open last week, led a field of 32 players into match play with a 4,052 16-game pinfall total. In Monday's second round he had games of 254, 300, 204, 279, 268, 238, 252 and 268.

IBMA Awards

04/21/15

IBMA to honor Gordon Vadakin with Alberta E. Crowe Meritorious Service Award

200910WSUGordonVadakin_small.jpgA man who has achieved success both on and off the lanes but who perhaps is best recognized as one of bowling's top coaches, is the recipient of this year's International Bowling Media Association Alberta E. Crowe Meritorious Service Award. Gordon Vadakin (pictured), who has made his mark in bowling as an athlete, instructor, coach, and even an entertainer of sorts, is being honored for his outstanding long-term accomplishments in and for the sport of bowling. The award will be presented during International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas.

2015 PBA League

04/20/15

Silver Lake Atom Splitters repeat as PBA League Elias Cup champions

Anchor bowler Dick Allen wins Mark Roth MVP Award after clutch 10th-frame performances

2015PBALChampionsSilverLakeAtomSplitters_small.jpgHelped greatly by a series of clutch 10th-frame strikes, the Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom Splitters (pictured) won their second straight PBA League Elias Cup with an impressive 5-1 decision over the Wheaties L.A. X at Bayside Bowl. At the close of the competition – eight days after escaping serious injury in an automobile accident – Silver Lake anchor bowler Dick Allen was selected as the PBA League's Mark Roth Most Valuable Player.

USBC Collegiate

04/19/15

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

2015ITCWichitaMen_small.jpgThe Wichita State men (pictured) 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

04/19/15

Michael Tang, Emily Eckhoff win 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships

2015ISCMichaelTang_small.jpg2015ISCEmilyEckhoff_small.jpgSan Jose State's Michael Tang (l.) and Hastings' Emily Eckhoff (r.) 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 in May.

Thailand

04/19/15

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

04/18/15

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

04/18/15

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

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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 News

04/18/15

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.

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