2016 PBA50 Tour #9


Anthony Simonsen leads PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open qualifying

Texas teenager holds one-pin lead in bid for third PBA Tour title of 2016 season

2016PBA04AnthonySimonsen_small.jpgNineteen-year-old Anthony Simonsen of Princeton, Texas, bidding to become the first PBA player to win three PBA Tour titles in 2016, led the field of 151 players through Saturday's qualifying in the Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas. Simonsen, a two-handed player and the youngest player ever to win a PBA Tour major, averaged 236.6 during Saturday's eight qualifying games to finish with a 1,893 pinfall total for a one-pin lead over Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn.

2016 PWBA Tour #8


Liz Johnson grabs no. 1 seed at Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship

2016PWBA08Finalists_small.jpg Being back in the bowling center where she won her sixth major title, Liz Johnson (l.) of Cheektowaga, New York, said her expectations were not too high heading into the Go Bowling Professional Women's Bowling Association Players Championship. A troublesome practice session had dimmed those expectations, but a strong finish in Saturday's final eight match-play games allowed her to capture the No.1 seed for the stepladder finals at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

2016 PBA50 Tour #9


Pete Weber top seed for finals at 2016 USBC Senior Masters

2016PBA5009PeteWeber_small.jpg Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, is on the verge of history at the 2016 USBC Senior Masters, where he earned the top seed for the stepladder finals for the second consecutive year. The 53-year-old right-hander downed Dave Arnold of Elk Grove, California, 674-589, in the final winners-bracket match Saturday at Sam's Town Bowling Center to remain undefeated. The USBC and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer now is one win away from a record fifth PBA50 Tour win of the season.

United States


New Jersey bowler joins 50-Year Club at USBC Women's Championships

Utah bowler moves into Ruby All-Events lead in Las Vegas

2016USBCWCAliciaStraka_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships has helped Alicia Straka of Bridgewater, New Jersey, travel across the country and build countless friendships, and her trek in 2016 gave her another memory to cherish as she celebrated her 50th tournament appearance June 19. The 89-year-old right-hander began her journey at the 1966 event in New Orleans, and she has made an annual appearance at the tournament each year since 1984.

PBA News


Belmonte, Ciminelli, Svensson and Simonsen nominated for ESPY Best Bowler Award

Voting is open until the start of the ESPYs telecast

2016PBA03JasonBelmonte2_small.jpgThree-time defending PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte (l.), Player of the Year contender Ryan Ciminelli, 2016 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions winner and 2015 Rookie of the Year Jesper Svensson and 2016 USBC Masters champion Anthony Simonsen have been selected as nominees for the 2016 ESPY Best Bowler Award. Awards will be announced Wednesday, July 13 during the ESPYs telecast in Los Angeles beginning at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Voting will be open until the start of the ESPYs telecast.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #23


International Bowl Expo helps boost PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open field

Pete Weber tries for another milestone in USBC Senior Masters; This week on Xtra Frame; Hohlbein, Rice, Eskew win in NW Tripleheader


The PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open may have received a boost from International Bowl Expo, the annual multi-event bowling industry trade show and educational showcase that is set to get underway in Las Vegas this weekend. A number of PBA stars, including international stars Dom Barrett and Jason Belmonte, will compete in the tournament this weekend before heading to Las Vegas to make appearances at the Bowl Expo trade show for the bowling ball companies next week.

United States


Ohio team takes lead in Team All-Events at 2016 USBC Open Championships

Brandon Novak secures all-events lead; Jesse Buss rolls seventh perfect game of the 113th Championships

2016OCHiggysAquarium_small.jpg For the last few years, Dan Higgins of Westerville, Ohio, and his teammates have been on the cusp of a breakout performance at the USBC Open Championships, and everything fell into place for the five competitors June 17 as they cruised into the top spot in Team All-Events by more than 300 pins. Higgy's Aquarium turned in a consistent performance - 3,329 in team, 3,364 in doubles and 3,348 in singles - for a 10,041 total, a 223.13 average for 45 games.



2016 PWBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2016PWBALogo_small.jpg The Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, which was re-launched in 2015 after nearly a dozen years, has released the PWBA Tour schedule for 2016, featuring 10 regular-season events, four "majors" and stops from coast to coast. The 2016 PWBA schedule kicked off April 28 with the PWBA Las Vegas Open at Texas Station and will conclude with back-to-back "majors", the U.S. Women's Open and The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship.

2016 PWBA Tour #3


Cherie Tan wins first PWBA title at 2016 Storm Sacramento Open

2016PWBATour03CherieTan2_small.jpgCherie Tan capped an impressive four-week stretch for her and her teammates from Singapore as she delivered in the final frame to capture the 2016 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open. Tan, who earned the top seed for the stepladder finals by posting a 6-0 record in match play, connected on two strikes in the 10th frame of the title match to outlast Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, 208-205, to win her first PWBA title. The stepladder aired nationally on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday.

Junior Team USA News


U.S. Teams selected for 2016 World Youth Championships

2016JuniorTeamUSABoysnGirls_small.jpgThe eight bowlers who will represent the United States at the 2016 World Bowling Youth Championships this summer have been selected by the Team USA coaching staff. The World Youth Championships will take place in Lincoln, Nebraska, from July 26-Aug. 2. The Team USA coaching staff also selected the four Junior Team USA members who will compete at the Lee Evans Bowling Tournament of the Americas. That event will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from July 25-30.

Industry News


Ebonite International taps Mike Snellbaker to head up Bowling Ball marketing

2013EboniteLogo_small.jpgEbonite International has announced that the company has named industry veteran Mike Snellbaker Marketing Manager - Bowling Balls. Snellbaker has been in the bowling business for the last 20 years and has a very diverse and consumer focused background. He has operated pro shops, worked for the PBA Tour, developed products and for the past eight years has overseen sales and marketing efforts in the Northwest as the District Sales Manager for EBI.



CTF Board approves pilot project for sanctioning of string pin bowling centers

2016CTFHeaderLogo_small.jpg"Ladies and Gentlemen, today you have made history". These were the words spoken by the Canadian Tenpin Federation President, Brian McMaster, shortly after the CTF Board of Directors voted on June 5, 2016 to approve a pilot project for the sanctioning of string pin bowling centers in Alberta only, for sanctioned play during the 2016-2017 bowling season. CTF will run the pilot project in Alberta only for the 2016-2017 season to determine if any changes to center certification specifications and/or playing rules are required.

2016 PBA50 Tour #8


Japan's Junichi Yajima wins 2016 ITRC Super Senior Classic

2016PBA5008JunichiYajima_small.jpg Junichi Yajima of Japan earned new life in a dramatic semifinal match at the 2016 ITRC Super Senior Classic and rode that momentum to a 248-218 win over top seed Ron Mohr of North Las Vegas, Nevada, to become the first international player to win the event. Yajima and Mohr matched each other nearly shot for shot through the first eight frames of the championship match Sunday at Sam's Town Bowling Center, but a pair of 10 pins from Mohr in the final frames gave Yajima the opportunity to take the title.

2016 PBA50 Tour


2016 PBA50 Tour Schedule & Champions

2016 PBA50 Tour features 15 events including four "Majors"

PBA50Logo_small.jpg The 2016 PBA50 Tour for players 50 years of age and older (formerly the PBA Senior Tour) features 15 tournaments in seven States, Florida, North Carolina, New York, Nevada, California, Minnesota and Indiana. The extended PBA50 schedule includes four "majors", PBA Senior U.S. Open (May 29-June 3), USBC Senior Masters (June 19-25), PBA50 World Championship (July 17-23) and the PBA50 National Championship which will conclude the 2016 season at Signature Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., USA (Aug. 14-17).

ABF Tour News


World Bowling's scoring system to debut at ABF Tour Macao

2016ABFTLogo_small.jpgAthletes and bowling fans in Asia will witness the debut of World Bowling's new scoring system at the 2016 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour Macao leg on June 27, 2016 in Macao, China, which will be broadcast live in Malaysia and in China. The new scoring system was proposed by an all-star panel of international bowling experts, including World Bowling leaders, athletes, coaches, news media and commercial bowling industry experts.

2016 PWBA Tour #7


Rocio Restrepo snags top seed for PWBA Greater Detroit Open finals

Heading into the PWBA Greater Detroit Open on Saturday, second-round leader Rocio Restrepo of Colombia really wanted to nail down the top spot for the television show. For the second consecutive day, Restrepo cranked it up for the final few games to lead her match-play group and claim the No. 1 seed for the PWBA Greater Detroit Open TV show. The stepladder finals will be taped June 26 during the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship and will air Tuesday, July 19, on CBS Sports Network.

2016 WEC


Sweden sweeps the medals in Masters to end Women's European Championships

Filippa Persson defeats Ida Andersson in the title match; Nina Flack and Joline Persson Planefors share the bronze medal

2016WECMastersPodium2_small.jpg Sweden capped off the Women's European Championships Sunday at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, with a sweep of the gold, silver and bronze medals in the tournament-ending Masters competition. In the title match, Filippa Persson came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Ida Andersson, 2-1. In an all-Swedish semi-final round, Andersson fired games of 233 and 254 to sweep Nina Flack, 2-0, while Persson rallied from being down 1-0 to defeat Joline Persson Planefors, 2-1.

2016 PWBA Tour #7


Rocio Restrepo has big finish to take PWBA Greater Detroit Open lead

2016PWBA07RocioRestrepo_small.jpgColombia native Rocio Restrepo (l.) was on her way to the second 800 series of the PWBA Tour season at the PWBA Greater Detroit Open on Friday when she decided to try something different. While the change didn't work, Restrepo still pulled out a 238 in her final game of the day to grab the lead with a 2,786 total for the 12 qualifying games. She leads Brittany Smith of Des Moines, Iowa, by five pins with 2015 PWBA Rookie of the Year Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, in third at 2,758.

2016 WEC


Sweden shoots two 1100 series to win the coveted Team gold in Vienna

2016WECTeamSweden2_small.jpg Sweden averaged over 220 in the medal round of the five-player team event to capture the coveted team gold medal at the Women's European Championships in Vienna, Austria. In the title match against top-seeded Germany, All-Events champion Jenny Wegner, doubles champions Nina Flack, Joline Persson Planefors and Ida Andersson and Sandra Andersson posted their third 1100-plus series of the day for a 1104-1019 victory to win the third gold medal for Sweden in this Championships.

2012 WEC


Germany earns No. 1 seed for WEC Team finals

Joining Germany in the finals are Sweden, Denmark and Belgium; Sweden's Jenny Wegner averages 218.17 to claim gold in All-Events; top 24 advance to Saturday's Masters match play

2016WECTeamGermany_small.jpg Germany averaged 212.24 in the second block of three games to leap two spots and to earn the No. 1 seed for the team finals of the Women's European Championships this afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Germany toppled 6394 pins and bowls No. 4 Belgium (6025), while No. 2 Sweden (6352) takes on No. 3 Denmark (6227) in the semifinals. Sweden's Jenny Wegner averaged 218.17 for 24 games to claim the gold medal in All-Events.

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