American Bowling News Overview

IBMA Awards


IBMA to honor Gordon Vadakin with Alberta E. Crowe Meritorious Service Award

200910WSUGordonVadakin_small.jpgA man who has achieved success both on and off the lanes but who perhaps is best recognized as one of bowling's top coaches, is the recipient of this year's International Bowling Media Association Alberta E. Crowe Meritorious Service Award. Gordon Vadakin (pictured), who has made his mark in bowling as an athlete, instructor, coach, and even an entertainer of sorts, is being honored for his outstanding long-term accomplishments in and for the sport of bowling. The award will be presented during International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas.

USBC Collegiate


Michael Tang, Daria Kovalova named Collegiate MVPs for 2014-15 Season

201415CollegiateMVPsMichaelTangDariaKovalova_small.jpgSan Jose State sophomore Michael Tang and Wichita State junior Daria Kovalova (pictured, l-r) were named Most Valuable Players for the 2014-15 college bowling season by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association. Tang and Kovalova were honored Wednesday night with the rest of the All-Americans at the Night of Champions banquet held in conjunction with the 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships, which starts Thursday at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.



Josh Blanchard snares March Bowler of the Month

2015EBT06JoshBlanchard_small.jpgJosh Blanchard of Gilbert, Arizona has been chosen as the March 2015 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. A unanimous choice by committee members, Blanchard won his first two PBA titles in a nine-day span. His first title came in a 248-211 win over Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, for the WBT/EBT 12th Brunswick Euro Challenge. The second win was a 2-1 best-of-three win over reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, Australia, in the PBA XtraFrame Maine Shootout.

2015 Pan Am Games


Canadian bowling team nominated for XVII Pan American Games "Toronto 2015"

2015PanAmGamesLogo_small.jpgThe Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Canadian Tenpin Federation (CTF) have announced the athletes nominated to represent Team Canada at the XVII Pan American Games "Toronto 2015" from July 10-26. The ladies roster will consist of Isabelle Rioux of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, and Robin Orlikowski who resides in Michigan. The Canadian men's roster features World Champions Dan MacLelland from Kitchener, Ontario, and François Lavoie of Quebec City.



IBMA announces sixteen finalists for 2015 College Bowlers of the Year

IBMALogo.jpg The International Bowling Media Association (formerly Bowling Writers Association of America) has announced the sixteen nominees for the 2015 College Bowler of the Year. The committee, comprised of IBMA members who are bowling media and former college coaches, met on April 6, 2015 to determine the top eight male and female players eligible to receive the award. The 2015 winners will be announcedon April 15th.



Jason Belmonte historic as February Bowler of the Month

2015PBA04JasonBelmonte_small.jpg2015PBA05JasonBelmonte_small.jpgJason Belmonte of Orange, New South Wales, Australia, has been chosen as the February 2015 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Belmonte had a month to remember with an unprecedented three-peat win at the 65th USBC Masters (l.), followed up by a back-to-back win at the 50th PBA Tournament of Champions (r.).

Team USA News


Devin Bidwell, Tommy Jones qualify to compete in XVII Pan American Games "Toronto 2015"


Devin Bidwell (l.) of Wichita, Kansas, and Tommy Jones (r.) of Simpsonville, South Carolina, will represent Team USA at the prestigious 2015 Pan American Games this July 10-26 in Toronto, Canada. The qualifying process was based on performance at the 2015 USBC Team USA Trials and the 2015 USBC Masters. The Team USA women's representatives will be decided after the 2015 USBC Queens in May.

IBMA Awards


Jason Belmonte and Kelly Kulick named 2014 IBMA Bowlers of the Year

2014PBAKellyKulick2_small.jpg2014MWCMastersJasonBelmonte_small.jpgThe International Bowling Media Association has chosen Jason Belmonte and Kelly Kulick as it 2014 Bowlers of the Year. Belmonte (l.) was the overwhelming choice of IBMA members, garnering 81% of first place votes on ballots distributed in January. This selection also marks back-to-back IBMA Bowler of the Year titles, as he was also chosen in 2013. In the women's category, it was another 'slim pickins' year for events.



Mike Fagan starts 2015 as January Bowler of the Month


Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, has been chosen as the January 2015 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Fagan defeated Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 252-212, for the PBA World Championship, earning his second major PBA title, and fifth overall. Fagan, the No. 2 seed, defeated Williams, 219-206, in the semifinal, setting up the title match with top-seeded Malott. Others obtaining votes this month were Paul Moor, Chris Barnes, Brian Voss and Kameron Doyle.

IBMA Awards


Tish Johnson, Pete Weber elected IBMA Senior Bowlers of the Year for 2014

2014BPAAWomensAllStarTishJohnson_small.jpg 2014PBAPeteWeber2_small.jpgJoan Romeo, President of the International Bowling Media Association (IBMA), has announced that Tish Johnson (l.) of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Pete Weber (r.) of St. Ann, Mo., have been elected Senior Bowlers of the Year for 2014. Johnson led the female voting with 148 points with Paula Vidad of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., a distant second (59). Weber topped the male ballot with 110 points, followed by Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla. (76).



Kent marshalled in as December Bowler of the Month

2014IBMABotMMarshallKent_small.jpg Marshall Kent (pictured), Yakima, Washington, has been chosen as the December 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Kent defeated Martin Larsen, Sweden, 257-206, to win the 8th Kingdom International Open, also his first PBA title. Others obtaining votes were three-time World Champion Choi Bokeum, two-time World Champions Kang Heewon and Park Jongwoo, all from Korea, and four-time silver medalist Mike Fagan.

United States


PBA Hall of Fame Charter member Chuck Pezzano dies at age 86

Internationally recognized bowling journalist, historian was one of a kind

20150123ChuckPezzano_small.jpgChuck Pezzano (pictured) of Clifton, N.J., a charter member of the PBA Hall of Fame and widely recognized as the dean of bowling journalists, died Friday, January 23 of cardiac arrest while undergoing a stent procedure at St. Mary's Passaic, N.J. He turned 86 on Jan. 14. Since the formation of the PBA in 1958, no one has contributed more to the organization in so many different ways than Pezzano, a founding member of the organization. He was the first Meritorious Service inductee in the inaugural PBA Hall of Fame class in 1975, among his 12 halls of fames.

United States


Adam Barta targets to set a new Guinness Book of World Record for 1 hour pinfall

2015HammerBowlingStaffAdamBarta_small.jpg Hammer Bowling and have announced that Hammer Bowling's own Adam Barta (pictured) will be attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records "Highest Pinfall in Tenpin Bowling in 1 Hour by an Individual". The current record is 2,132 pins. Barta will attempt this World Record at the TNBA Reed-Hawthorne Memorial Tournament from The Game at Wickliffe in Wickliffe, Ohio, February 13-15, 2015. The World Record attempt will be streamed LIVE by in its entirety.

United States


How many songs celebrate bowling?

TheBlueFlamesBowlingUSACover_small.jpg When Chris Richardson went to went duckpin bowling at White Oak Lanes in Silver Spring, Md., United States, last weekend and had such a good time doing so he thought to himself, "How many songs celebrate bowling?" Richardson, who calls himself a certified music freak, realized what a great idea it was for a piece for his pop music history blog, Zero to 180. He started poking around on the web thinking someone surely has already pulled together a righteous list of songs about bowling, but amazingly … no one had! Until now.

2014 CAC Games


Góngora, Perez conclude Central American & Caribbean Games with victory in Masters

El Salvador and Guatemala earn final two spots for the 2015 Pan American Games

2014CACGMastersWomenTop4_small.jpg2014CACGMastersMenTop4_small.jpg Sandra Góngora of Mexico and Puerto Rico's Francisco Perez concluded the 2014 Central American & Caribbean Games with victory in Masters. In the women's gold medal match, Góngora defeated Kamilah Dammers, Aruba, 235-211, to claim her second gold medal. Perez defeated Mario Quintero, Mexico, 245-207, to become the only three-time gold medalist.

2014 CAC Games


Colombian women, Venezuelan men earn gold in Trios at Central American & Caribbean Games

Aruba's Kamilah Dammers and Venezuela's Ildemaro Ruiz lead eight women and men into round robin match play Masters

2014CACGTriosMenVenezuela_small.jpg Colombia' Rocio Restrepo, Maria Jose Rodriguez and Clara Juliana Guerrero and Amleto Monacelli, Ildemaro Ruiz and Eddy Fuentes (l-r) of Venezuela earned the gold medals in the Trios event of the 2014 Central American & Caribbean Games Thursday at Bolerama in Veracruz, Mexico. Kamilah Dammers of Aruba and Ruiz led the 58 women and 60 men in All-Events. No medals were awarded in All-Events, which served as the qualifier for the Masters event.



Three new Directors join the Canadian Tenpin Federation Board


The Canadian Tenpin Federation held elections for three CTF Director positions at their Annual Meeting on Saturday, Nov 15th. Dave Kist, Calgary, AB, Blaine Boyle, Estevan, SK, and Jim Lester, Sarnia, ON were the successful candidates. Their three-year terms officially start on Jan 1, 2015. Outgoing Directors are Deborah Hope, Toronto, ON, Tyrel Rose, Montreal, QC, and Dan Tereck, Winnipeg, MB. There is currently one vacant Director position which will be filled by appointment in the near future.

2014 CACG


Colombian women, Puerto Rican men emerge as Doubles Champions at CAC Games

Colombia's Anggie Ramires shoots the third perfecto of the Games and the second by a woman; Puerto Rico's Francisco Perez, Cristian Azcona become the first multiple gold medalists

2014CACGLogo_small.jpg Anggie Ramirez and Maria Jose Rodriguez of Colombia and Puerto Rico's Francisco Perez and Cristian Azcona emerged as champions in the Central American & Caribbean Games Doubles event Thursday at Bolerama in Veracruz, Mexico. Ramirez and Rodriguez won the first gold medal for Colombia with 2584 total and an average of 215.33. The series was boosted by a perfect 300 game by Ramirez, the third perfecto of the Games and the second by a woman. Perez, Azcona became the first multiple gold medalists in the bowling competition.

2014 CACG


Mexican women, Puerto Rican men claim gold in Team event at CAC Games

2014CACGTeamMexicoWomen_small.jpgThe women from Mexico (l.) and the men from Puerto Rico claimed the prestigious Team gold medals in the Central American & Caribbean Games Wednesday  in Veracruz, Mexico. Adriana Ortega, Lilia Robles, Aseret Zetter, Iliana Lomeli and Sandra Góngora cruised to the women's title with 6250 total (208.33 ave.). Jose Diaz, Francisco Perez, Francisco Colon, Israel Hernandez and Cristian Azcona of Puerto Rico maintained a slim 5-pin lead over Venezuela to claim the men's gold with 6605 (220.17).

2014 Central American & Caribbean Games


Dammers, Prats start Central American & Caribbean Games with victory in Singles

2014CACGSinglesWomenTop3a_small.jpg2014CACGSinglesMenTop3_small.jpgKamilah Dammers of Aruba and Dominican Republic's Alejandro Prats started the bowling competition at the 2014 Central American & Caribbean Games with victory in Singles. Dammers rolled a perfect 300 game to win the women's title with 1516 and the field-best 252.67 average.Prats emerged as the men's champion with 1454 (242.33).

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