BPA News

Fairleigh Dickinson's Melanie Hannon receives 2014 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship

2013AlbertaECroweAwardMelanieHannon_small.jpgThe PBA has announced that Melanie Hannon (pictured), a sophomore at Fairleigh Dickinson University, has been awarded the PBA's Bill Welu Scholarship Award for 2014. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The Welu scholarship was established to annually recognize a college student who combines outstanding bowling talents with academic excellence. Hannon, of Cheektowaga, N.Y., has had a very productive year in 2014 earning NCAA and Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year honors as well as First Team All-America honors.

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Live Coverage of the 13th World Youth Championships in Hong Kong, China

WYC Tournament Director Dr. Danny Santos has revised the Schedule of Events for the championships

2014WYCLogo_small.jpg Hong Kong will be the center of the bowling world August 6-15, when the best youth bowlers in the world compete in the 13th World Youth Championships at South China Athletic Association Bowling Center. The 10-day event kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 6, with the Opening Ceremony and comes to an exciting end Friday, Aug. 15, with the Masters finals. 168 boys and 99 girls from 46 countries will participate. Bowlingdigital.com will cover the Championships live from Hong Kong.

2014 European Bowling Tour #11


Mika Koivuniemi wins his 10th European Bowling Tour title in Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open

The 'big Finn' survives three eliminator rounds en route to win the 7.000 Euro top prize; becomes the first two-time winner this season and is fourth on the all-time EBT title list

2014EBT04JoonasJehkinen_small.jpg2014EBT11MikaKoivuniemi_small.jpgMika Koivuniemi (l.) of Finland survived three eliminator rounds en route to win his 10th EBT title in the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open and the 7.000 Euro top prize. He is the first two-time winner this season. Leading by 47 pins heading into the championship round, Koivuniemi defeated compatriot Joonas Jehkinen (r.), 197-181 and 1542-1479 overall, to seal the victory. Defending champion Jehkinen earned 5.000 Euro for second place.

2014 EBT Men's Point Ranking


Mika Koivuniemi wins second EBT "gold" tournament this season to jump into fourth place

Thomas Larsen, Denmark, continues to lead men's point ranking after Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open; second-place Joonas Jehkinen narrows the gap to 90 points; top 11 in this season's overall standings earn points in Munich

2014EBTLogo_small.jpg After the Brunswick Italia Challenge in Asti, Italy, has been cancelled, the 2014 European Bowling Tour features 20 tournaments in 14 countries including 2 Platinum, 6 Gold, 3 Silver and 9 Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund exceeds one million 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 8th EBT Masters scheduled for July 6, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.

2014 EBT Women's Point Ranking


Kamilla Kjeldsen tops European Bowling Tour women's point ranking after 11/20 events

Birgit Pöppler, Daria Kovalova move into 4th and 7th place as the top-ranked Scandinavian and U.S. women did not compete at Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open

2014EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 European Bowling Tour features 20 tournaments in 14 countries including 2 Platinum, 6 Gold, 3 Silver and 9 Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund exceeds one million 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 8th EBT Masters scheduled for July 6, 2015 at Bowling ChamartĂ­n in Madrid, Spain.

2014 European Bowling Tour


Mike Koivuniemi becomes first two-time winner of the 2014 EBT season

2014 EBT Schedule, Champions and Money Breakdown

2014EBTLogo_small.jpg In the 15th season since its inception in the year 2000, the 2014 European Bowling Tour features 20 tournaments in 14 countries including 2 Platinum, 6 Gold, 3 Silver and 9 Satellite events. The total prize fund exceeds one million Euro. Bowlingdigital will provide live coverage from the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open (Sept. 29 - Oct. 5) and the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick (Oct. 3-12) and daily reports from most of the other EBT events.

USBC Collegiate


4th Bowling Combine for College Prospects continues to bring together bowlers, coaches

2014BowlingCombineLogo_small.jpg More than 100 youth bowlers from across the country, and even a little further away, were at the International Training and Research Center this week to take part in the Bowling Combine for College Prospects. The Bowling Combine, in its fourth year, was developed to bring together youth bowlers who want to compete at the collegiate level and college coaches looking for talented bowlers for their programs. This year's event started Tuesday and will conclude Saturday.

BPAA Tournaments


Shannon Pluhowsky wins 2014 BPAA Women's All-Star

2014BPAAWomensAllStarShannonPluhowsky_small.jpg 2014BPAAWomensAllStarDianaZavjalova_small.jpgIn a week where strikes were hard to come by, Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky (l.) of Dayton, Ohio, stepped up and delivered one to remember as she defeated Diana Zavjalova (r.) of Latvia, 225-212, in the championship match of the BPAA Women's All-Star Tournament. Zavjalova clung to a one-pin lead until a missed 2-4-8-10 split in the ninth frame gave Pluhowsky a chance to shut her out.

United States


Team USA to compete at 52nd Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas

ImageBrittni Hamilton of Webster, New York, heads the 20-member United States team that will compete in the 52nd Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas starting Monday in Sunrise, Fla. The week-long tournament features players from the American Zone competing for medals in singles, doubles, mixed doubles, mixed team and all-events. The tournament has Adult, Senior (ages 50-plus for men, 45-plus for women), Super Senior (ages 60-plus for men, 55-plus for women), Junior A (ages 16-19) and Junior B (ages 12-15) divisions.

BPAA Tournaments


Paula Vidad defends title in 2014 Bowling's Senior Women's U.S. Open

Tish Johnson wins Triple Crown Shoot-Out

2014SeniorWUSOPaulaVidad_small.jpgPaula Vidad (pictured) of Sun City, California, successfully defended her title at Bowling's Senior Women's U.S. Open with a 234-210 win Thursday against United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Vidad, a 54-year-old right-hander, started the title tilt at The Cherry Bowl with three consecutive strikes and struck on the first shot of her final frame to lock up the green jacket and $3,000 top prize. Johnson received $2,000 for second place.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #26


Xtra Frame to cover events in Oklahoma, Iowa, Indiana

PBA South, Midwest Women's Series dates updated; Fagan, Bohr help U.S. qualify for Pan Am Games finals; PBA Regional Summary: Chris Hartung wins first title in Fishers

PBAXtraFrame2_small.jpgPBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame has recently added three events to its live coverage schedule. New to the schedule will be the PBA Grand Hotel, Casino & Resort Southwest Region Invitational (Sept. 5-7); the PBA Diamond Jo's Casino Midwest Region Open (Sept. 13-14); and the PBA Heritage Lanes Central Region Open (Oct. 18-19).

BPAA Tournaments


Illinois, Kansas teams take top honors at 2014 International Family Tournament

2014InternationalFamilyTournamentLogo_small.jpgTwelve pins were the difference between first and second place in the Parent/Youth division of the 39th Annual International Family Tournament presented by QubicaAMF (IFT). The tournament, held this year at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford, Illinois, July 19-21, drew 36 Parent/Youth and 38 Parent/Teen teams representing 25 states and the U.S. Navy for three days of fun and friendly competition for a share of a $70,000 scholarship pool.

Industry News


QubicaAMF affirms its commitment to the Bowling Industry

In the wake of the recent announcement by Brunswick Corporation to sell its Bowling Products business, QubicaAMF Worldwide affirms its commitment to help grow the bowling industry

20130731QubicaAMFLogo_small.jpgAs result of the announcement by Brunswick Corporation on July 17, 2014, that it plans to divest its Bowling Products business by the end of the year, QubicaAMF Worldwide (QubicaAMF), a leading manufacturer and marketer of bowling and amusement products, reassured the bowling industry of its commitment to the success of its customers and to the bowling business as a whole.

2014 PBA50 Tour #9


Pete Weber wins PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic for third career PBA50 Tour title

In another all-Hall of Fame final, Weber defeats Randy Pedersen, 259-207, for first win of the season

2014PBA5009PeteWeber_small.jpgAfter five top-eight finishes, Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber (pictured with proprietor Dave Small, left) finally broke through to win his first PBA50 Tour title of the season Wednesday by winning the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic presented by Ebonite. Weber defeated fellow Hall of Famer and PBA Tour telecast color analyst Randy Pedersen of Orlando, Fla., 259-207, in the title match at Pro Bowl West, to also notch his third career PBA50 Tour title.

2014 PBA50 Tour


2014 PBA50 Tour Schedule & Champions

PBA50Logo_small.jpgThe 2014 PBA50 Tour (formerly the PBA Senior Tour) features 12 tournaments Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, California, Oregon, Indiana, Ohio and Minnesota including two majors, the PBA Senior U.S. Open and USBC Senior Masters, to be held back-to-back in Las Vegas in June. For the second consecutive year, a season-long point competition will qualify the top three players for the televised PBA50 Tour Finals which will be conducted during the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in November.

2014 ISBT #6


England's Angie Brown, Ron Oldfield sweep the titles in 2014 Flanders Senior Open

Brown becomes the first player, men and women, to win multiple titles in the 2014 season; Brown (10 titles) and Oldfield (8 titles) are the all-time ISBT title leaders

2014ISBT06AngieBrownRonOldfield_small.jpgEngland's Angie Brown and Ron Oldfield (pictured, l-r) swept the women's and men's titles in the 2014 Flanders Senior Open which concluded Sunday, July 20, in Antwerp, Belgium. It was Brown's 10th title and Oldfield's 8th, both records on the International Seniors Bowling Tour. Brown, who won the women's title at the 1st Senior Open at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, earlier this month, become the first player, men and women, to win multiple titles on the 2014 Tour.

2014 ISBT


2014 International Seniors Bowling Tour features 10 tournaments in 5 countries

ISBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 International Seniors Bowling Tour features 10 tournaments in five countries, three each in Belgium, France and Germany 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 2013 ISBT Masters Finals will be held in conjunction with the Dutch Senior Open on August 4 at Chandra Bowling in Nieuwegein Netherlands.

2014 PBA50 Tour #8


Bill McCorkle wins inaugural PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic for first PBA50 title

61-year-old PBA veteran defeats PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia 244-173 in title match

2014PBA5008BillMcCorkle_small.jpg Bill McCorkle (pictured with Pro Bowl West proprietor Dave Small, left) of Westerville, Ohio, won the biggest tournament of his professional career Sunday by defeating PBA Hall of Famer and eight-time PBA50 Tour winner Johnny Petraglia in the championship match of the PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Storm. In the inaugural event for PBA50 Tour players ages 60 and over, McCorkle defeated the top-seeded Petraglia, 244-173, at Pro Bowl West to record his first PBA50 Tour title.

2014 European Bowling Tour #10


Dominic Barrett defeats Stuart Williams in all-English affair to win his 9th EBT title in San Marino

Swedes Joachim Karlsson, Markus Jansson eliminated in Eliminator Round 1 and 2 to finish in third and fourth place

2014EBT10StuartWillams_small.jpg2014EBT10DominicBarrett_small.jpgIn the last round of the eliminator finals between England's PBA champion Sunday evening at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, three-time PBA titlist Dominic Barrett (l.) used a 181-160 win to defeat one-time PBA titlist Stuart Williams (r.), 671-610, en route to win his 9th career European Bowling Tour title, 8.000 Euro and 150 ranking points. Williams, who was targeting to win his seventh EBT title, received 5.000 Euro and 120 point for second place.

PBA News


After nearly 20 years...Randy Pedersen finally embraces "The worst break in PBA history"

19952014RandyPedersenStone8_small.jpg Let's turn back the clock to 1995...
It's the 10th frame of the PBA Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship Final Match and all Randy Pedersen needs is a strike to win (plus 6 measly pins on 2 shots).
Pedersen steps up to the line and... We don't want to give away the ending, so you'll have to watch the video to find out what happens. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I don't buh-lieve it...

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