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02/13/16

Jason Belmonte will be known as the bowler who revolutionized the sport

By Lucas Wiseman

2016ColumnistLucasWiseman_small.jpg Some people hate Jason Belmonte. And the reason is simple. He does things to a bowling ball most people can't even dream of doing, and he's breaking the mold of traditional bowling. For those of you who insist on hating Belmonte, it's time to accept reality. Jason Belmonte may be the best bowler to ever pick up a bowling ball. The success Belmonte, an Australian who uses a unique two-handed delivery (from the right-hand side), is having is driving some people mad on social media.

PBA / USBC News

02/13/16

Ryan Express temporarily derailed, back on track at Masters

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

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With a big event or a new season on the horizon, you'll often see athletes hit the gym to help build strength and endurance or even lose a few pounds. Heading into a three-week stretch of Professional Bowlers Association Tour majors this month, red-hot Ryan Ciminelli (pictured) of Cheektowaga, New York, lost 14 pounds. Unfortunately, it wasn't in a top-of-your-game kind of way, it was a scary and unexplainable perspective-on-life-changing way.

2016 PBA Tour #4

02/13/16

Australia's Jason Belmonte among the undefeated players at 2016 USBC Masters

Three-time defending champion is two wins away from locking up a spot in the stepladder finals for the fourth consecutive year

2015PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpg2015PBAWSOBKrisPrather_small.jpgJason Belmonte (l.) again proved why he's considered the best bowler in the world by battling back from a 38-pin deficit to remain undefeated at the 2016 USBC Masters. The three-time defending champion struck on five of his last six shots, including a clutch double in the 10th frame, to defeat Kristopher Prather (r.) of Milton, Florida, 669-666, and now is two wins away from locking up a spot in the USBC Masters stepladder finals for the fourth consecutive year.

USBC / PBA News

02/13/16

USBC Masters returns to Las Vegas in 2017 as part of Open Championships experience

2016USBCMastersLogo_small.jpg The 2017 United States Bowling Congress Masters will take place in Las Vegas for just the fourth time, and the event once again will be in the same host city as the USBC Open Championships. The 2017 USBC Masters, a major tournament on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, will take place Feb. 19-26 at The Orleans, a 70-lane center. The Masters, first held in 1951, has been part of the USBC Open Championships for most of its history.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #6

02/12/16

Firelake PBA TOC draws nearly one million ESPN viewers

Barbasol PBA Players Championship next up on Xtra Frame's schedule; Anthony DeStasio wins PBA South Challenge

2016FireLakePBATournamentofChampionsLogo_small.jpg The FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions averaged 981,000 viewers on Sunday on ESPN, the highest rated PBA telecast of the 2015-16 ESPN season to date. It also posted a 17 percent increase over last year's TOC audience. The 2016 event kicked off a "Big February" series of three straight weeks of live PBA major championships coverage on ESPN. The February series continues with the USBC Masters finals this Sunday at 1 pm EST, followed by the Barbasol PBA Players Championship final on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. EST

2016 PBA Tour #5

02/11/16

Barbasol PBA Players Championship returns to major title status

Finals of third consecutive major to air live on ESPN on Sunday, February 21

2016BarbasolPBAPlayersChampionshipLogo_small.jpg On the heels of its strongest television ratings in a decade in 2015, the PBA will return one of its storied franchises to major title status next week when Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl hosts the 2016 Barbasol PBA Players Championship. The tournament will include a demanding 48-game qualifying and match play format, and a five-player stepladder final with a $40,000 first prize. The third-and-final live telecast in PBA's "Big February" series will air live on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. ET.

PBA News

02/11/16

"The Bad Boy of Bowling" to make ESPN debut online on Feb. 23, on air on Feb. 26

30 for 30 Films documentary follows life and times of PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber

201213PBA14PeteWeber2_small.jpg"The Bad Boy of Bowling," an award-winning documentary centered around the life-and-times of PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (pictured), will premiere on the ESPN Films 30 for 30 Shorts website on Tuesday, February 23. The ESPN Films 30 for 30 Shorts documentary, directed by SideStilt Films' Bryan Storkel and produced by Amy Storkel and Daniel Judge, covers the sometimes controversial but always successful career of the youngest of bowling legend Dick Weber's three sons.

USBC News

02/11/16

Recipients selected for USBC National Recognition Awards

2015USBCLogo_small.jpgRhonda Swaim of Harvest, Alabama, Jamie Brooks of Fort Worth, Texas, and Jon Tang and Tom Burke of Beaverton, Oregon, have been named USBC National Recognition Awards recipients for 2016. Swaim was selected to receive the USBC Helen Baker Award for Outstanding Association Service, Brooks will be honored with the USBC Joyce Deitch Unity Award, while Tang and Burke have been selected for the USBC Proprietor of the Year Award for their work at Sunset Lanes.

IBMA News

02/10/16

Ageless Amleto Monacelli is IBMA January Bowler of the Month

2016PBA02AmletoMonacelli4_small.jpg Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, has been chosen as the January 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Monacelli defeated Don Barrett, England, 255-233, to win the DHC PBA Japan Invitational for his 20th PBA title. The 1997 PBA Hall of Famer becomes the fourteenth player to win 20 PBA titles, and also his third win in Japan. He defeated legendary Japanese bowler Takeo Sakai in 1987 for his first PBA title, and the late David D'Entremont in 1995.

2016 European Bowling Tour #3

02/08/16

Daniel Fransson wins his first EBT title in Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2016

2016EBT03DanielFranssonMikeQuitter_small.jpg Daniel Fransson of Sweden rolled games of 264 and 206 in the last eliminator round to win his first European Bowling Tour title in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2016 Sunday at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands. Fransson, who had three second-place finishes in the last three years on the EBT, toppled 470 pins and beat out three-time EBT titlist Mik Stampe of Denmark (463) for the top spot and the 5.000 Euro top prize by seven pins.

2016 European Bowling Tour

02/08/16

Schedule, Champions and Money-breakdown

17th season now features 16 tournaments in 11 countries including 3 Platinum, 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 6 Satellite tournaments offering total prize fund of roughly 910.000 Euro

2016EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2016 European Bowling Tour got underway with its 17th consecutive season in early January. The EBT will consist of 16 tournaments in 11 countries, including three "Platinum", three "Gold", four "Silver" and six "Satellite" events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 Euro. The EBT commences with the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2016, a "silver" tournament, which will be held from Jan. 31 - Feb. 7 at Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg in Tilburg, Netherlands.

2016 EBT Men's Point Ranking

02/08/16

PBA star Parker Bohn III continues to lead 2016 EBT Ranking after three events

With his victory in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament, Daniel Fransson (Sweden) moces into fourth place

2016EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2016 European Bowling Tour consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries, including three "Platinum", three "Gold", four "Silver" and six "Satellite" tournaments, which offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 Euro. The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women for the 10th EBT Masters February 27, 2017 in Tilburg, Netherlands.

2016 EBT Women's Point Ranking

02/08/16

Germany's Laura Beuthner widens her lead to 100 points in EBT Women's Ranking

Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament women's ranking winner Martina SchĂĽtz (Germany) leaps into 11th place

2016EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2016 European Bowling Tour consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries, including three "Platinum", three "Gold", four "Silver" and six "Satellite" tournaments, which offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 Euro. The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women for the 10th EBT Masters February 27, 2017, in Tilburg, Netherlands.

2016 PBA Tour #3

02/08/16

Sweden's Jesper Svensson wins 51st FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions

PBA's 2015 Rookie of the Year becomes youngest player to win TOC at age 20

2016PBA03JesperSvensson5_small.jpgEight days shy of his 21st birthday, Sweden's Jesper Svensson (pictured), the 2015 Professional Bowlers Association Rookie of the Year, became the youngest player to win the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions Sunday at FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Svensson, a 6-foot-3, 158-pound left-handed two-hander, defeated top qualifier Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn., 226-177, to win his third career PBA Tour title, his first major and a $50,000 first prize.

2016 PBA Tour

02/08/16

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.

2016 European Bowling Tour #3

02/07/16

Daniel Fransson wins qualifying of Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2016

Swede earns 1.000 Euro bonus and leads 40 players into Sunday's finals; score to make the cut in 30th place is 1351 (225.17)

2016EBT03DanielFransson_small.jpgDaniel Fransson (pictured) of Sweden won the qualifying of the European Bowling Tour's Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2016 which concluded Saturday at Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg in Tilburg, Netherlands. Fransson, who received a 1.000 Euro bonus, led the field of 180 players, 150 men and 30 women, from 16 countries with 1451 pinfall total and an average of 241.83. The top 30 qualifiers plus the top 6 from a separate leaderboard of Squads 1-5 and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad advanced to the finals.

Industry News

02/05/16

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Industry News

02/05/16

Ebonite International extends sponsorship of Teen Masters through 2017

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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.

USBC Youth

02/03/16

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

02/02/16

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.

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