Bowlingdigital's Herbert Bickel selected for 2015 IBMA Luby Hall of Fame Award editor Herbert Bickel (pictured), one of the pioneers of online real-time coverage of bowling tournaments and news, has been chosen as the winner of the 2015 Luby Hall of Fame Award by the International Bowling Media Association. The award is presented to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to print, broadcast, telecast or photographic coverage of bowling over an extended period of years. The award will be presented June 24 at International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas.

United States


USBC Hall of Famer Betty Barnes makes 50th Women's Championships appearance

Topaz Singles lead changes hands at National Bowling Stadium; there will be a BowlTV live broadcast from the Women's Championships this week

2015USBCWCBettyBarnes_small.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Betty Barnes (pictured) of Reno, Nevada, had a hometown celebration for her 50th USBC Women's Championships appearance May 18. The 81-year-old right-hander made her tournament debut at the 1958 event in San Francisco, and she received a plaque and pendant to welcome her as the latest member of the event's 50-Year Club. In her 50th appearance, Barnes rolled sets of 456 in singles, 441 in team and 391 in doubles for a 1,288 all-events total.

Team USA News


Shannon Pluhowsky, Liz Johnson qualify to represent Team USA in Pan American Games

2013WCLizJohnsonShannonPluhowsky_small.jpgShannon Pluhowsk of Dayton, Ohio, and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York (r-l), will represent Team USA at the prestigious 2015 Pan American Games this July in Toronto. The qualifying process was based on performance at the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials and the 2015 USBC Queens. The Pan American Games are an Americas version of the Olympic Games which includes the Olympic program sports and others that are not part of the Olympics.

2015 European Bowling Tour #7


Swedes Karlsson, Jansson move to the top of the leaderboard in Aalborg

2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The Kegel Aalborg International 2015 will be held May 18-24 at 30-lane Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark. The tournament is the seventh stop of the 2015 European Bowling Tour season and the second of three EBT "silver" tournaments, the third-highest of four tournament categories. Players compete for total prize money of 40.000 Euro with 5.000 Euro going to the winner. Qualifying concludes Saturday with Squad 10-12 and the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad.



USBC selected as finalist for national youth award

2015NCYSLogo_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress has been selected as one of five finalists for the National Council of Youth Sports S.T.R.I.V.E. Organization of the Year Award presented by AIG. The award recognizes organizations that embrace a 'kids first' approach based on implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect children by promoting responsible health, wellness and safety within their organization while showcasing the positive benefits of youth sports.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #20


Entries available for PBA Senior U.S. Open, two PBA50 Tour California events

Chris Barnes among six elected to PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame; check out new "like me, follow me" links to PBA Tour players; Brandon Novak wins Nunan Memorial title

PBA50Logo_small.jpgThe PBA50 Tour begins its western swing with the first major and only stop in Las Vegas when the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm gets underway May 31-June 5 at the Suncoast Bowling Center. The second PBA50 major of 2015 will be the USBC Senior Masters at The Ashwaubenon Bowl in Green Bay, Wis., July 27-Aug. 1. The Senior U.S. Open is the most prestigious of all PBA "senior tour" events and features a challenging format contested on challenging lane conditions.

United States


California's Marv Sargent rolls the sixth perfect game at 2015 USBC Open Championships

Florida bowler Skip Hintz joins 50-year club; there will be two live stream broadcasts from the El Paso Convention Center this week

2015USBCOCMarvSargent_small.jpgMarv Sargent (pictured) has been one of the best doubles partners in recent history at the USBC Open Championships, but he was able to find individual success this week as he rolled the sixth perfect game of the 2015 event. The 56-year-old right-hander rolled 12 consecutive strikes between games of 189 and 196 for a 685 singles series May 17 at the El Paso Convention Center. Sargent started his day with a 687 set, helping him and Marc Scherlis into 13th place in Regular Doubles.

2015 PWBA Tour #1


Hall of famer Liz Johnson wins 2015 USBC Queens

2015USBCQueensLizJohnson_small.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Liz Johnson (pictured) of Cheektowaga, New York, added to her legacy Tuesday as she became the ninth bowler in history to win multiple titles at the USBC Queens, a PWBA event. In the title match at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., Johnson cruised to a 256-202 victory against rookie Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska. Johnson claimed the coveted Queens tiara and $20,000 top prize, while McCarthy took home $10,000 for second place.

2015 PWBA Tour


2015 PWBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2015PWBALogo_small.jpg The 2015 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour was re-launched in 2015 after nearly a dozen years featuring seven regular-season events, three nationally televised majors and stops from coast to coast. The 2015 PWBA schedule kicked off with the USBC Queens in May and will conclude with the PWBA Tour Championship in September. Next event is the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open from July 9-12 at Steve Cook's Fireside Lanes in Sacramento, Calif.

2015 USBC Senior Queens


Robin Romeo makes history at 2015 USBC Senior Queens

2015USBCSQRobinRomeo3_small.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Robin Romeo (pictured) of Newhall, California, became the first woman in history to win back-to-back USBC Senior Queens titles as she defeated fellow hall of famer Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the second consecutive year. The 57-year-old right-hander earned $3,000 and the coveted Senior Queens tiara for the win Tuesday at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., while Johnson took home $1,500 for the second-place effort.



Lynne Fishler, Ron Berlov win 2015 Israeli National Championships

2015IsraelNCRonBerlov_small.jpg2015IsraelNCLynneFishler_small.jpgRon Berlov (l.) of Hutzot club and Lynne Fishler (r.) of Ramat Gan club won the men's and women's title at the 2015 Israeli National Championships, which concluded May 15 at Gan Shmuel bowling center. It marks the first individual title for both players, who will represent Israel at the 2015 European Champions Cup in San Marino.

2015 PBA Tour #10


Champions crowned in PBA Oklahoma Open and King of the Swing special event

2015 PBA Tour Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing concludes May 17th at Grand Casino Resort Event Center in Shawnee, Okla.

2015PBASummerSwing_small.jpg The 2015 PBA Tour Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing concluded on Sunday, May 17th, at the Grand Casino Resort Event Center in Shawnee, Okla., with the stepladder final of the PBA Oklahoma Open followed by the stepladder final of the Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort PBA King of the Swing special event. The finals, taped over two days by the CBS Sports Network, will air on five consecutive Tuesdays nights beginning with the Wolf Open finals on May 26. Scores may not have been broadcast on television yet.

2015 PBA Tour #7-9


Champions crowned in PBA Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens

Stepladder finals contested May 16 at Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort Events Center in Shawnee, Okla., for tape-delay broadcast on consecutive Tuesday nights beginning on May 26

2015PBASummerSwing_small.jpg The Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing preliminaries were held at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla. May 11-14. The stepladder finals of the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens were contested Saturday, May 16, and will be followed by the Oklahoma Open stepladder finals and the King of the Swing special event on Sunday, May 17. The finals will be taped over two days by the CBS Sports Network for airing on five consecutive Tuesdays nights beginning with the Wolf Open finals on May 26.
These scores may not have been broadcast on television yet.



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

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.jpgRegistration for the preliminaries of the inaugural Bowling World Open - Bowling to the Olympics is underway. The BWO, the 13th event of the 2015 World Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "major" tournaments, will be held from July 9th to 12th in Japan's capital city of Tokyo. It 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 with 10 million Yen (approx. $83.145) each going to the men's and women's champion.


05/13/15 to sponsor PWBA Tour Championship

2015PWBALogo_small.jpg will be a sponsor for the final event of the 2015 PWBA Tour season, the PWBA Tour Championship, which will be held at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington on Sept. 10-13. The PWBA Tour season starts this week with the USBC Queens. It is the first of nine tour events in which bowlers will earn qualifying points toward the PWBA Tour Championship. The PWBA Tour Championships will feature a $60,000 prize fund, with $20,000 going to the event's winner.



Kyle Troup triumphs as April Bowler of the Month

2015LogoInfusionInsideBowlingOpenKyleTroup_small.jpgKyle Troup (pictured), Taylorsville, North Carolina, has been chosen as the April 2015 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Troup defeated top seeded Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pennsylvania, 210-182, in the finals of the Logo Infusion Open in St. Louis, Missouri. Troup, with numerous titles in the PBA South Region in his young career, has been a regular on the PBA Tour the past few years and is slated for action in the upcoming PBA Summer Swing in Oklahoma.



Thorstensen, Haukås win both titles in Norwegian Singles & Doubles Championships

Norwegian Bowling Federation names team for 2015 Men's European Championships

2015NorwegianChampionshipsWomenSinglesHeidiThorstensen_small.jpg 2015NorwegianChampionshipsMenSinglesKennethHaukas_small.jpg Heidi Thorstensen (l.) and Kenneth Hauk√•s (r.) won both titles in the women's and men's division at the Norwegian Singles & Doubles Championships Sunday at Bowling & Squash in Troms√ł, Norway. Both started the championhips with victory in Doubles and went on to win the Singles competition as well. Thorstensen teamed with Lisa I Riise to claim the women's doubles titles while Hauk√•s and team mate Stefan Palm√®r captured the men's doubles title.

PBA News


Former ESPN, ABC and NFL Network President Steve Bornstein joins PBA Board of Directors

2015PBABoardofDirectorsSteveBornstein_small.jpg Steve Bornstein (pictured), one of the most influential sports and entertainment media executives of the last quarter century, has joined the PBA Board of Directors, Board Chairman Mike Slade announced Monday. Bornstein played a major role in shaping the growth and success of ESPN and the National Football League. He will lend his visionary expertise in areas of marketing and deal-making to the PBA at a time when the organization is experiencing unprecedented growth in television viewership and international multi-media awareness.



Canadian Tenpin Federation inducts Bob Puttick to Hall of Fame

2015CTFHOFDave KistKarenandBobPuttick_small.jpgCalgary's Bob Puttick (pictured with CTF Director Dave Kist, left, and his wife Karen) has been named to the Canadian Tenpin Federation Hall of Fame in the athletes category. He will the 29th inductee joining 18 athletes, one veteran and nine builders in the national tenpin hall. Puttick, who has won his first tournament in 1971, still competes and cashes in both senior and open events in Alberta and Montana on a regular basis. He is one of only two bowlers in the Calgary Sports Hall of Fame.



Maria Bulanova, Alexey Parshukov dominate Russian Championships 2015

Bulanova wins four out of possible five gold medals; Parshukov claims the titles in Singles and Team; the leaders in All-Events, who rolled the lone women's and men's 300 game, will represent Russia in 2015 European Championships Cup

2015RUSCAlexeyParshukovMariaBulanova_small.jpgDefending Russian champions Maria Bulanova of Nizhny Novgorod and Alexey Parshukov of Krasnodar (pictured r-l) dominated the Russian Championships 2015 which took place April 28th to May 3rd at Russian Field in St. Petersburg, the biggest bowling center in Russia. The event combined the Russian Individual and Team Championships, which were held separately in previous years. As the repeat winners in All-Events, Bulanova and Parshukov will represent Russia in 2015 European Championships Cup.

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