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Team USA News


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


Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kansas, and Tommy Jones 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).



Dom Barrett reigns as November 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month

2014EBT19DominicBarrett2_small.jpgDom Barrett (pictured), Colchester, Essex, England, has been chosen as the November 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Barrett defeated British countryman, Stuart Williams, 395-388, in a two-game total-pins match to successfully defend his championship in the 14th Qatar Open. Barrett's strong November performance included a fourth place finish in the PBA Viper Championship, a sixth place posting in the PBA Chameleon Championship, and a 37th place showing in the PBA Round 1 Japan Cup.



Paul Moor named October IBMA Bowler of the Month

2014EBT16PaulMoor_small.jpg Paul Moor (pictured)of England has been named October 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Moor defeated Tommy Jones, United States, 265-217, for the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open in Vienna, Austria. Moor threw eleven strikes in his match with Jones, a third frame split the only blemish. The stepladder finals started with the fourth-seeded Jones ousting fellow American Chris Barnes 255-205, then disposed second-seeded Jonas Jehkinen, Finland, 231-203, to set up the title match with Moor.

2014 PABCON Women's Championships


Danielle McEwan caps PABCON Women's Championships with Masters gold

2014PCWomenMasterstop4_small.jpgDanielle McEwan capped off a dominating week for Team USA as she won the Masters gold medal Wednesday to give the U.S. five of the six gold medals at the 2014 Pan American Bowling Confederation Women's Championships. McEwan defeated teammate Missy Parkin, 2-1, in the best-of-three championship match at the Cali Bowling Coliseum. Parkin earned the silver medal while her team mate Liz Johnson and Clara Guerrero of Colombia shared the bronze medal.

2014 PABCON Women's Championships


Team USA wins Team, sweeps All-Events at PABCON Women's Championships


Team USA (pictured) dominated the field to win the team gold medal, swept the All-Events medals and qualified for the 2015 Pan Am Games on Tuesday in an eventful day at the 2014 PABCON Women's Championships. Team USA took the lead by nearly 150 pins after the first game of team event and never looked back en route to a record-breaking six-game total of 6,738 at the Cali Bowling Coliseum. Canada took the silver with 6,301, and Mexico earned the bronze with 6,195.

2014 PABCON Women's Championships


USA wins gold, silver in Trios at PABCON Women's Championships

Host country Colombia earns bronze; Colombia's Clara Guerrero rolls the second perfecto of the Championships

2014PCWomenKulickMcEwanParkin_small.jpgIn a tight race to the finish, Team USA earned the gold and silver medals in the trios event Monday at the 2014 Pan American Bowling Confederation Women's Championships. Shannon O'Keefe, Danielle McEwan and Missy Parkin (l-r) combined to shoot 3,885 to capture the gold medal at the Cali Bowling Coliseum. Their eammates took the silver with 3,860. Host Colombia finished 26 pins out of first and one pin out of second with 3,859 in what was a close battle until the final frame.

2014 PABCON Women's Championships


Team USA's Missy Parkin, Kelly Kulick shatter PABCON Women's Doubles record

Kamilah Dammers and Thashaina Seraus win silver, the first medal in PABCON Women's Championships history for Aruba; Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe and Danielle McEwan take bronze

2014PCWomenKellyKulickMissyParkin_small.jpgAnother record was broken Sunday at the 2014 Pan American Bowling Confederation Women's Championships as Team USA's Missy Parkin and Kelly Kulick (pictured, r.-l) shot 2,861 (238.42 average) to win the Doubles gold medal. Parkin put together a six-game total of 1,498, while Kulick added 1,363, as the pair rolled to the title at the Cali Bowling Coliseum. Aruba's Kamilah Dammers and Thashaina Seraus won the silver, while Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe and Danielle McEwan took the bronze.

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