2014 PBA Spare Shots #27

08/01/14

Ben Laughlin gets a little help in completing Pro-Am 300 game

Regional points competitions heat up heading toward PBA World Series of Bowling; PBA adopts USBC's "No Thumb Rule"; August will be busy month for Xtra Frame coverage; Teenager Anthony Simonsen wins Southwest Open title

2014PBABoiseOpenProAm300BenLaughlinBriannaArchabal_small.jpg Thousands of grassroots league bowlers have treasured memories of bowling in PBA Pro-Am events, where they team up with PBA stars and stars-to-be. But few pro-am bowlers have ever had an experience quite like the one six-year-old Brianna Archabal (r.) had during the PBA Boise West/Northwest Open at 20th Century Lanes in Boise, Idaho, on July 25. The daughter of former PBA Regional player Scot Archabal was bowling on the same pair of lanes with 2013 PBA Regional Finals champ Ben Laughlin (l.), who started his game with 11 strikes.

Team USA News

08/01/14

Team USA roster for 2014 PABCON Women's Championships announced

USBCRodRossITCHeadCoach_small.jpgThe Team USA squad that will represent the United States at the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Women's Championships in Cali, Colombia, in September has been set. The U.S. team, which will be coached by Team USA head coach Rod Ross (pictured), will be made up of Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, California, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, and Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey.

2014 PBA50 Tour #10

08/01/14

Tom Baker wins PBA50 Dayton Classic for 12th career title

In another Hall of Fame championship match-up, Baker defeats Norm Duke, 265-217, to join Duke as a two-time winner this season

2014PBA5010TomBaker2_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C. (pictured with Carolyn Irwin & Mike Irwin, proprietors of Capri Lanes, and manager Shannon Pluhowsky) won the PBA50 Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip Thursday to capture his 12th career PBA50 Tour title and second of the season. The 59-year-old Baker defeated fellow Hall of Famer and top qualifier Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., 265-217, in the title match at Capri Lanes to join Duke as the tour's only two-time winners this season.

2014 PBA50 Tour

08/01/14

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.

PBA Regional News

07/31/14

PBA Southwest Region to induct five in inaugural Hall of Fame ceremony

PBA1958Logo_mini.jpgThe PBA Southwest Region will induct five individuals into the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame in its inaugural induction ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, at the Grand Casino, Hotel and Resort in Shawnee, Okla. The Hall of Fame ceremony will be held in conjunction with the PBA Grand Casino, Hotel and Resort Southwest Invitational, which will be hosted by FireLake Bowling Center. In additional, Grand Casino will be the "home" of the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame, housing a special display to honor the inductees.

2014 European Bowling Tour #16

07/30/14

Coming in September: Live Coverage of the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

120 players from 19 countries have already registered for the EBT "gold" tournament; qualifying squads on Friday and Saturday are filling up fast

2014ViennaOpenLogo2_small.jpg The 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open is the 16th event on the 2014 European Bowling Tour as well as 6th and last "gold" tournament this season. Players will compete for total prize fund of 73.130 Euro or approx. $100,000 - 62.900 € for Singles and 10.230 € for the Doubles event. Columbia 300 also offers the Columbia Perfect Game Award and the Columbia Early Bird Award. BowlingdigitalBanner_mini.jpgFor the 12th consecutive year Bowlingdigital will report live from Vienna.

Brazil

07/30/14

Roberta Rodrigues, Renan Zoghaib win XXIII QubicaAMF Brazil Cup

Champions qualify for 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Wroclaw, Poland

2014BWBRAQRenanZoghaibRobertaRodrigues_small.jpgRoberta Rodrigues and Renan Zoghaib (r-l) capture the women's and men's title in the XXIII QubicaAMF Brazil Cup July 27 at Dragon Bowling Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and will represent their country in the 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup November 1-9 at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland. In the men's title match, Zoghaib defeated Few Campos, 191-182, while Rodrigues celebrated a narrow 174-170 victory over Neuza Kae to win the women's title.

Industry News

07/30/14

Kegel announces new partnership with Cambol MĂ©xico

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Kegel has partnered with Cambol MĂ©xico as a new Distributor for their Lane Maintenance Products in Mexico. Cambol is a company that is recognized anywhere in Mexico and Latin America, with large trade relations built over their 34 years in business. They have divisions in virtually all areas of bowling, sports equipment, capital equipment, sale of equipment and spare parts, and each area is led by a specialist in the field.

07/29/14

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.

Upcoming Soon

07/28/14

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

07/27/14

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

07/27/14

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

07/27/14

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

07/27/14

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

07/26/14

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

07/26/14

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

07/25/14

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

07/25/14

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.

BPAA Tournaments

07/24/14

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

07/24/14

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.

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