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U.S. Teams selected for 2016 PABCON Adult Championships

2016TeamUSALogo_small.jpgWith the growth of the Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master, and the addition of the Under-15 Developmental Team, the Team USA bowling program continues to evolve as a training ground for some of the world's best competitors. When Team USA hits the lanes at Bolera Departamental in Cali, Colombia, for the 2016 PABCON Adult Championships from Sept. 12-23, 10 of the 12 players will boast both Junior Team USA and Team USA experience.

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USA sweeps Team as 2016 Tournament of The Americas concludes

ToALogo2_small.jpgThe 54th Lee Evans Tournament of The Americas concluded Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as the United States swept the top spots in mixed team to walk away with gold medals in 31 of 45 events this week at Strikers Family Sportscenter. The Lee Evans Tournament of The Americas is the oldest annual international tournament in the American Zone. It is an invitational event for countries in the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON), the American Zone of World Bowling.

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David Pavilack wins $20,000 in 2016 True Amateur Tournament Amateur Classic

2016SummerTATDavidPavilack_small.jpg David Pavilack (second from left) of Hollywood, Florida, a 209 average bowler, rolled a 208 game in the championship match of the 2016 True Amateur Tournament Amateur Classic at The Orleans Bowling Center to take home the $20,000 top prize. The 2016 TAT Amateur Classic concluded July 9 after a busy week in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Orleans Hotel and Casino bowling center opened their lanes for over 450 bowlers all week long who competed in multiple events.

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The Orleans bowling manager Bob McVey passed away

20160716BobMcVey_small.jpgBob McVey, bowling manager for the Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, who ran the annual National Golden Ladies Classic, passed away. Char Hammel of Las Vegas, the 2010 Senior Queens champion, who runs the Facebook page for the National Golden Ladies Classic, informed: "With a heavy heart I need to let you all know that our beloved Bob McVey suffered a heart attack and passed away on July 19 at 8:45am in the ICU." Services will be held Saturday July 23rd at Palm Southwest Mortuary.



PDW repeats as IBMA Kegel Bowler of the Month


Pete Weber, St. Ann, Missouri, has been chosen as the June 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Weber won two PBA50 majors in the month. He defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Michigan, 223-184, for the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open title, presented by 900 Global, and edged Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 266-263 in the second and deciding game to win the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters.



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.



Pete Weber rolls on as May Bowler of the Month

2016PBALPeteWeber_small.jpgPete Weber, St. Ann, Missouri, has been chosen as the May 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. PDW won twice in the month in the midst of a record PBA50 streak of four straight tournament wins. His two May wins were in the PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open, presented by Columbia 300 and Miller High Life, and in the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, presented by Brunswick. With the second win of the month, the 1999 PBA Hall of Famer tied a record winning three consecutive PBA50 wins, first set by Tom Baker in 2006.



Ryan Ciminelli steady as April Bowler of the Month

2016PBA06RyanCiminelli_small.jpg Ryan Ciminelli (center), Cheektowaga, New York, has been chosen as the April 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Ciminelli defeated Tommy Jones, 2-0 (255-213, 225-203), in a best-of-three match for the PBA Maine Shootout crown, his sixth PBA title, fourth in the last two seasons. In close voting this month, others obtaining consideration were Walter Ray Williams Jr., E.J. Tackett, Rob Gotchall, and Pete Weber.



Rocio Restrepo, Francois Lavoie are PABCON Champion of Champions

2016PCCOCRocioRestrepoFrancoisLavoie_small.jpg Rocio Restrepo of Colombia and Canadian Francois Lavoie emerged as Masters champions in the 4th PABCON Champion of Champions tournament which concluded Monday at Noria Pro Bowling in Puebla, Mexico. Both championship matches in best-of-three games format went the distance. Restrepo came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Stefanie Johnson, United States, 2-1. Top-seeded Lavoie secured a 2-1 victory over Chris Via, United States, with a 235-191 win in the decider.



USA sweeps Doubles gold medals at PABCON Champion of Champions

Colombia, USA, Venezuela qualify for 2017 World Games

2016PCCOCWorldGamesQualifiers2_small.jpg Team USA swept the gold medals, Colombia the silver medals and Venezuela the bronze medals in the Doubles competition of the 4th PABCON Champion of Champions tournament Sunday at Noria Pro Bowling in Puebla, Mexico. The top three countries after eight games in Singles and eight games in Doubles automatically qualified for the 2017 World Games, which will be held in Wroclaw, Poland. Those three countries were Colombia, United States and Venezuela (pictured).



Colombia sweeps Singles titles at 4th PABCON Champion of Champions

2015PWBATourClaraJulianaGuerrero_small.jpg 2014PBAWSOBManuelOtalora_small.jpg Colombia's Clara Juliana Guerrero and Manuel Otalora swept the titles in singles at the 4th PABCON Champion of Champions tournament currently underway at Noria Pro Bowling in Puebla, Mexico. Guerrero (l.) averaged of 230 for eight games to lead the 25-player women's field with the field-best 1840 total. Otalora (r.) survived a late scare from Ildemaro Ruiz Jr. to beat out the Venezuelan for the top spot by three pins, 1828 to 1825.



Karen Marcano, Jose Lander win Venezuelan Team Trials

Trials determine adult and youth national teams for 2016

2016VENTTAdultTeam_small.jpg Karen Marcano and Jose Lander led the women's and men's adult division in the 2016 Venezuelan Team Trials, which determined the members of the adult and youth national teams for 2016. Men and women bowled 48 games over six days on six different lane conditioning patterns, while the boys and girls bowled 30 games over five days. The top 6 women and the top 5 men earned berths into the 2016 Venezuelan national team.



IBMA member Joyce Letourneau dies

20160412JoyceLetourneau_small.jpg Joyce Letourneau, former owner of the TenPin Alley bowling newspaper, died April 12 at her home in North Las Vegas following a long illness. A member of the BWAA/IBMA for 20 years, Joyce served as TenPin Alley's Operations and Sales Manager. She jointly owned the monthly paper for 16 years with her husband, IBMA member Frenchy Letourneau. An avid consumer advocate, Joyce's monthly column "Reality Bites" tossed hard and fast commentary toward slick business practices, utility weirdness, and all types of consumer fraud.



IBMA announces finalists for College Bowlers of the Year

IBMALogo_small.jpg The International Bowling Media Association has announced the sixteen nominees for the 2016 College Bowler of the Year. The committee, comprised of IBMA members who are bowling media and former college coaches, met on April 7, 2016 to determine the top eight male and female players eligible to receive the award. The IBMA College Bowler of the Year Award is given each season to the male and female bowlers who excel on the lanes in USBC officially certified tournament play.



Danielle McEwan rolls on as March Bowler of the Month

2016HHEmirCupChampionDanielleMcEwan_small.jpgDanielle McEwan of Stony Brook, New York, has been chosen as the March 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. McEwan defeated Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 540-416 in a two-game total pins match to claim the H.H. Emir Cup 2016, her first World Bowling Tour title. McEwan received eight pins per game of handicap granted each woman during a WBT event, thus does not receive credit for a PBA title.



CTF Board announces Bowlers of the Year

2016CTFBowlerOTYRobinOrlikowski_small.jpg2016CTFBowlerOTYDanMacLelland_small.jpgThe Canadian Tenpin Federation has announced its Bowler of Year selections for 2015. The adult team Bowler of the Year awards go out to Robin Orlikowski of Grand Rapids, MI (l.) and Dan MacLelland from Kitchener, Ontario (r.). Mykaela Mitchell from London, ON, and Mitch Hupe, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, are the youth selections. Senior selections go to Lauraine Fast of Calgary, Alberta and John Chapman from Toronto, Ontario.




Puebla, Mexico to host 4th PABCON Champion of the Champions Tournament

Noria Pro Bowling in Puebla, Mexico (April 22-26, 2016)

2016PABCONLogo_small.jpgThe city of Puebla in Mexico will host the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Champion of Champions tournament April 22-26, 2016 at 36-lane Noria Pro Bowling. Two male and two female athletes from each of the 25 PABCON federations are eligible to participate in the COC tournament. The top three countries in both the men's and women's field automatically qualify for the 2017 World Games which will take place from July 20-30 in Wroclaw, Poland.

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172 average bowler throws four Brooklyns to win $20,000 in TAT Nationals

2016TATAmateurNationalsJamescartAlarcio_small.jpg Jamescart Alarcio (center) of Pomona, California, threw four Brooklyn strikes (3 in a row) in the final game of the TAT Amateur Nationals to become the first bowler ever from the "189 & Under Division" to win a TAT Nationals title. The TAT, which was held Feb. 1-6 at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., had over 4,000 entries and paid out over $300,000 in just six days in all its events, including over $220,000 in the TAT Main Finals. Champion Alarcio took home $20,000.



Jesper Svensson historic as February Bowler of the Month

2016PBA03JesperSvensson5_small.jpg Jesper Svensson of Sweden has been chosen as the February 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Svensson defeated Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tennessee, 226-177, to become the youngest winner of the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions. In the process, just days before his 21st birthday, the the reigning PBA Rookie of the Year won his first major title on the PBA Tour and his third PBA title overall.



Ageless Amleto Monacelli is IBMA January Bowler of the Month

2016PBA02AmletoMonacelli4_small.jpg Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, has been chosen as the January 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Monacelli defeated Don Barrett, England, 255-233, to win the DHC PBA Japan Invitational for his 20th PBA title. The 1997 PBA Hall of Famer becomes the fourteenth player to win 20 PBA titles, and also his third win in Japan. He defeated legendary Japanese bowler Takeo Sakai in 1987 for his first PBA title, and the late David D'Entremont in 1995.

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