American Bowling News Overview

2015 PABCON Youth


Mexican girls, U.S boys cruise to the U21 Trios titles in Panama

Colombia's Laura Garcia & Felipe Gil dominate the U16 Mixed Doubles

2015PABCONYouthLogo_small.jpg The Mexican girls and the U.S. boys cruised to the Under-21 Trios titles at the 2015 PABCON Youth Championships while Colombia's Laura Garcia and Felipe Gil captured the gold medal in the Under-16 Mixed Doubles Tuesday at Bolera Sede in Panamá City, Panamá. Junior Team USA leads the medal tally in the U21 division after six of 12 events with four gold, two silver and two bronze medals. Colombia dominates the U16 division after 5/10 events with four gold and two bronze medals.

2015 PABCON Youth


U.S. boys, Colombian girls claim gold in Doubles in Under-21 division

Venezuelan boys and Colombian girls win the titles in the Under-16 division

2015PABCONYouthMichaelTangKamronDoyle_small.jpgU.S. Boys Kamron Doyle and Michael Tang (U21; r-l), Venezuela's Gianmarco Gaglione and Rodolfo Monacelli Jr. (U16) and the girls from Colombia, Juliana Franco and Laura Plazas (U21) and Laura Garcia and Ana Sofia Olaya (U16) shared the gold medal in Doubles on the second day of competition at the 2015 PABCON Youth Championships currently underway at Bolera Sede in Panamá City, Panamá. Tang, Plazas, Monacelli and Garcia lead their respective division in All-Events.

2015 PABCON Youth


USA, Colombia sweep U21, U16 Singles titles to start 2015 PABCON Youth Championships

U21 Boys Singles champion Kamron Doyle (USA) and Andres Rodríguez (VEN) achieve perfection

2015PABCONYouthKamromDoyle_small.jpgJunior Team USA's Kamron Doyle and Gazmine Mason and Colombia's Felipe Gil and Laura García won the gold medals in Singles in the Under-21 and Under-16 divisions to start the 2015 Pan American Bowling Confederation Youth Championships Sunday at Bolera Sede in Panamá City, Panamá. Doyle (pictured) started the championships with bang rolling the first 300 game of the event in the first game of the U21 Boys Singles. Andres Rodríguez of Venezuela posted the second 300 in his third game.



Bill O'Neill reigns as May IBMA Bowler of the Month

2015PBA08BillONeill_small.jpgBill O'Neill (pictured) of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, has been selected as the May 2015 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. O'Neill downed reigning PBA Player of the year, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 247-172 for the PBA Oklahoma Open crown. O'Neill then defeated Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, South Carolina, 191-164, for the King of the Swing crown, featuring each of the four tournament winners and the top point getter of the PBA Summer Swing.



Robin Crawford-Orlikowski, Dan MacLelland capture Canadian National titles

2016TeamCanadaRobinCrawfordOrlikowski_small.jpg2016TeamCanadaDanMacLelland_small.jpgRobin Crawford-Orlikowski (l.) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Dan MacLelland (r.) from Kitchener, Ontario captured the women's and men's Canadian National titles at the 2016 Canadian Team Trials in Oshawa, Ontario. Crawford-Orlikowski has been on Team Canada 12 times but for the first time she walked away with the gold medal in the adult division. MacLelland is also no rookie to Team Canada. The PBA touring pro has been on the adult team 4 times.

Junior Team USA News


Junior Team USA squad selected for 2015 PABCON Youth Championships in Panama

2012JuniorTeamUSALogo_small.jpg Eight Junior Team USA members will head to Panama later this month to take part in the 2015 PABCON Youth Championships . The tournament, which features countries from the American Zone competing in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All-Events and Masters, runs from June 27 through July 3 and will take place at Bolera Sede in Panama City. Junior Team USA also will compete in the Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas in Sunrise, Florida, from July 26-Aug. 1



Chuck Pezzano named recipient of IBMA Hennessy Award of Merit


The International Bowling Media Association announced Chuck Pezzano (pictured), recognized as the dean of bowling writers, will receive the 2015 Hennessy Award of Merit. To say Chuck Pezzano was bowling's most famous and prolific journalist is the understatement of the century. No one ever has or ever will surpass the sheer volume of positive publicity he generated for the sport in an incredible career spanning more than 60 years. The Hennessy Award will be presented June 24, 2015 at International Bowl Expo.

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.



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.



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.



Canadian Tenpin Federation announces adult, senior and youth Bowler of the Year 2014

2014CTFAdultBotYLynneGauthier_small.jpg 2014MWCTriosDanMacLelland_small.jpg The Canadian Tenpin Federation (CTF) has announced its adult, senior and youth Bowler of Year selections for 2014. Lynne Gauthier (l.) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Dan MacLelland (r.) from Kitchener, Ontario, were named adult Bowler of Year. Senior selections went out to Cathy Harvey of Orillia, Ontario, and Michel Lesage from Trois-Rivières, Quebec, and Danielle Lemoine and Curtis Fach of Guelph, Ontario, were honored in the youth division.

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.

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