2011-12

PBA News

05/29/12

Sean Rash wins 2011-12 PBA Player of the Year award

Belmonte second, Fagan third in closest voting contest in years

201112PBASeanRash_small.jpgSean Rash (l.) of Montgomery, Ill., was named as 2011-12 PBA Chris Schenkel Player of the Year Monday, concluding one of the most competitive Player of the Year contests in years. Rash, who made a record five-consecutive television finals during the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling and concluded his season with a victory in the PBA Tournament of Champions, was elected over a field of 11 eligible candidates in balloting conducted among his fellow PBA Tour competitors and veteran members of the bowling news media.

2011-12 PBA Tour #15

04/16/12

Sean Rash ends 2011-12 PBA Tour season with victory in PBA Tournament of Champions

Top qualifier wins fifth career title to end five-year, 14-tournament TV drought

201112PBA15SeanRash5_small.jpgSean Rash (pictured) of Montgomery, Ill., won the PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Sunday, ending a five-year, 14-tournament television drought with a 239-205 victory over Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. Rash, who hadn’t won a title since the 2007 USBC Masters, started the title match with four strikes and bowled an almost error-free game to win the $80,000 first prize and the fifth title of his career. The tournament concluded the 2011-12 PBA Tour regular season.

2011-12 PBA Tour #15

04/15/12

Player of Year race highlights Sunday's PBA Tournament of Champions Finals on ESPN

Rash, Belmonte, Fagan hope to enhance statistics; Ciminelli lurks as potential spoiler

201011PBATournamentofChampionsBanner_small.jpgAustralia's Jason Belmonte and Mike Fagan of Dallas are the leading contenders for PBA Player of the Year honors heading into Sunday's live ESPN finals of the season-ending PBA Tournament of Champions. Top qualifier Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., is the darkhorse candidate. And left-hander Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., would like to spoil all of their chances. The stepladder finals air at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN. First prize is $80,000.

2011-12 PBA Tour #15

04/14/12

Sean Rash tops PBA Tournament of Champions stepladder finals roster

Belmonte, Fagan, Ciminelli complete field for Sunday's 1 p.m. ET ESPN telecast

201112PBASeanRash_small.jpg201112PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpgSean Rash (l.) of Montgomery, Ill., won six of his final nine matches and tied two others to win the top qualifying position for the finals in the PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes. Australia's Jason Belmonte (r,), Mike Fagan of Dallas and Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., will round out Sunday's field. The finals of the TOC, a major championship with an $80,000 first prize, will air live on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.

2011-12 PBA Tour #15

04/14/12

Jason Belmonte takes 120-pin lead heading into final match play round at TOC

Anxious Australian awaits birth of overdue child while battling for PBA Tournament of Champions title and Player of the Year advantage

201112PBA06JasonBelmonte_small.jpgAustralia’s Jason Belmonte (pictured ), while texting his pregnant, overdue wife between frames, averaged 251.1 while winning seven of his first nine match games Friday afternoon to charge into the lead in the PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes. With nine games remaining Friday night, Belmonte, a 28-year-old two-handed player, had an 18-game total of 6,619 pins and a 120-pin lead over Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., is the race for four berths in Sunday’s finals, which will air live on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.

2011-12 PBA Tour #15

04/13/12

Mike Fagan takes 119-pin lead into PBA Tournament of Champions match play finals

18 games of head-to-head match play Friday will determine top four for Sunday’s ESPN finals

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Mike Fagan (l.) of Dallas made another statement in his bid to become PBA Player of the Year, averaging 240.22 in building a 119-pin lead over defending champion Mika Koivuniemi (r.) of Hartland, Mich., after 18 qualifying games in the PBA Tournament of Champions Thursday at Red Rock Lanes. Fagan finished Thursday's Round of 36 qualifying with a total of 4,324 pins. Koivuniemi had a 4,205 pinfall total. The top 18 advanced to the match play finals on Friday.

2011-12 PBA Tour #15

04/13/12

Mike Fagan averages 265 to soar into PBA Tournament of Champions lead

Player of the Year contender builds 239-pin lead after first nine qualifying games

201112PBAMikeFagan_small.jpgMike Fagan (pictured) of Dallas continued to build his PBA Player of the Year credentials, averaging 265.11 while racing into a 239-pin lead after the first nine qualifying games in the PBA Tournament of Champions Round of 36 Thursday at Red Rock Lanes. Fagan rolled games of 238, 299, 268, 258, 299, 201, 290, 269 and 264 for a total of 2,386 pins. Fagan is seeking his third title of the 2011-12 season, including his second major championship after winning the United States Bowling Congress Masters in January.

2011-12 PBA Tour #15

04/12/12

Sean Rash leads 25 Elite Field survivors in PBA Tournament of Champions

After 20 games, four players bowled a one-game roll-off with two of the four advancing

201112PBASeanRash_small.jpgSean Rash (pictured) of Montgomery, Ill., completed the Elite Field qualifying portion of the PBA Tournament of Champions Wednesday at Red Rock Lanes with a 20-game total of 4,845 pins, leading a group of 25 players who will join 11 current-season title winners in the Round of 36 for the final dash toward Sunday's live ESPN stepladder finals starting Thursday morning. After 20 games, four players wound up tied for 24th place, resulting in a one-game roll-off with two of the four advancing.

2011-12 PBA Tour #15

04/11/12

Sean Rash leads PBA Tournament of Champions Elite Field after two rounds

Four-time PBA Tour title winner continues quest for first title in 2012

201112PBASeanRash_small.jpg201112PBANathanBohr_small.jpgSean Rash (l.) of Montgomery, Ill., averaged 243.6 Tuesday to take a two–pin lead over Nathan Bohr (r.) of Wichita, Kan., after two rounds of Elite Field qualifying in the PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes. Rash, a four-time PBA Tour title winner who is trying to win his first title since the 2007 USBC Masters, posted a 10-game total of 2,436 pins. Bohr, who is seeking his first PBA Tour title, was second with 2,434 pins.

2011-12 PBA Tour #15

04/10/12

Tom Daugherty opens bid to return to PBA Tournament of Champions finals

PBA South Region competitor advances from Champions Round to Elite Field

201011PBA07TomDaugherty2_small.jpgTom Daugherty (pictured) of Wesley Chapel, Fla., who set one of the most infamous records in PBA history during the nationally-televised finals of the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions, led the advance from the Champions Field to the Elite Field of the Tournament of Champions Monday at Red Rock Lanes. Daugherty, who throws the ball without using his thumb, averaged 244.07 for 14 games Monday to win the Champions Field round by 179 pins over fellow "thumbless" player Jim Pratt of Glendale, Ariz.

2011-12 PBA Tour #7

04/09/12

Jason Belmonte wins his third title this season in Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship

Eighth and final event in the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling aired Sunday on ESPN

201112PBA07JasonBelmonte_small.jpgAustralia's Jason Belmonte (pictured) won his third Professional Bowlers Association Tour title of the 2011-12 season, and the fourth of his career, when he defeated Mike DeVaney of Murrieta, Calif., 255-238, to win the Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship. The finals of the eighth and final event in the PBA World Series of Bowling were conducted November 20, 2011 in suburban Las Vegas. The tape-delay telecast of the championship round aired Sunday on ESPN.

2011-12 PBA Tour #15

04/06/12

What drama awaits at the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions?

2011-12 season comes full circle with PBA's signature event at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas

201011PBATournamentofChampionsBanner_small.jpgFor the past four seasons Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas has hosted some of the most dramatic Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions finals telecasts in history. This year, with the PBA's signature event moved into position as the final event on the 2011-12 schedule, it holds promise to add another chapter to its colorful history. In addition to the TOC competition, the 2012 PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held on Saturday, April 14.

2011-12 PBA Tour #14

04/02/12

Norm Duke wins Hall of Fame battle for 37th career title in Dick Weber PBA Playoffs

Third victory of 2010-11 season moves Duke past Pete Weber into third place on PBA's all-time list

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Norm Duke (pictured) of Clermont, Fla., won a hall of fame strikefest with Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., Sunday night to win the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs presented by Hammer at Woodland Bowl and secure his 37th career title, third best in PBA Tour history. Duke's third victory of the 2010-11 season also put him into the thick of the PBA Player of the Year race with only the PBA Tournament of Champions remaining on the schedule. The TOC will be conducted April 9-15 at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas.

2011-12 PBA Tour #6

04/02/12

Colombia's Andres Gomez wins first PBA Tour title in Carmen Salvino Classic

Veteran international player becomes fourth player to win first title during 2011-12 season

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Colombian native Andres Gomez (pictured) became the fourth player to win his first Professional Bowlers Association Tour title during the 2011-12 season when he defeated Wes Malott (right) of Pflugerville, Texas, 246-207, to win the Carmen Salvino Classic. Gomez added his coveted title after nearly 20 years of success in the international arena, individually and as a member of Colombia's national bowling team.

2011-12 PBA Tour #14

04/01/12

Field of 40 advance in Xtra Frame Dick Weber PBA Playoffs

Top six PBA Tour points leaders to join the action Sunday morning

PBADickWeberPlayoffsLogo_small.jpg A field of 40 PBA Tour, PBA Regional and PBA Senior Tour players survived two rounds of eliminations Saturday in the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs presented by Hammer at Woodland Bowl and will be joined in Sunday morning's third round by the six hottest players on the PBA Tour. The PBA playoffs feature six regional groups of players bowling a series of elimination rounds. Saturday's second-round survivors advance to a five-game third round Sunday at 9 a.m. ET.

2011-12 PBA Tour #15

03/30/12

Milestones in PBA Tournament of Champions history

47th edition takes place at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas April 8-15, 2012

201011PBATournamentofChampionsBanner_small.jpgAs the 2011-12 PBA Tour season heads down the homestretch, all eyes will be on the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions when PBA's signature event concludes the season April 8-15 at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas. It will mark the 47th edition of the event which is considered one of the most challenging and prestigious to win. The TOC culminates with the live ESPN finals at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. Pacific) Sunday, April 15 from Red Rock Lanes.

2011-12 PBA Tour #6

03/28/12

Colombia's Andres Gomez leads field for tape-delay Carmen Salvino Classic TV finals

Top PBA Tour, Regional, Senior Tour players head to Indianapolis for Xtra Frame Dick Weber PBA Playoffs

201112PBA05AndresGomez2_small.jpgColombian native Andres Gomez (pictured) will try to add a PBA Tour title to his collection of international titles in the tape-delay TV finals of the PBA's Carmen Salvino Classic as part of the PBA Tour's final "doubleheader" weekend Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN. Also this weekend, the PBA Tour's competition points leaders will join the best players from the PBA's seven regional programs and the 2011 PBA Senior Tour points list for the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs presented by Hammer at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

2011-12 PBA Tour #8

03/22/12

Russell and Rash head star-studded field for Sunday's PBA Doubles Championship

PBA World Series of Bowling event airs Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

201112PBARonnieRussell_small.jpg201112PBASeanRash_small.jpgRonnie Russell (l.) trying for his first PBA Tour title, will team up with the hottest player in the PBA World Series of Bowling, Sean Rash (r.), in the finals of the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, but they will have to beat an all-star team if they want to win the title. The finals, which were conducted in November 2011 during the PBA World Series of Bowling, will be televised Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

2011-12 PBA Tour #14

03/16/12

PBA Tour, Regional, Senior players heading to Indianapolis for Dick Weber PBA Playoffs

Final Xtra Frame Tour event features start-to finish coverage on PBA's online channel

PBADickWeberPlayoffsLogo_small.jpgPBA players who have performed the best in PBA Tour, Regional and Senior Tour competition during the 2011-12 season are heading to Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis for the second Dick Weber PBA Playoffs presented by Hammer March 30-April 1 at Woodland Bowl. The fourth and final event on the PBA's inaugural Xtra Frame Tour is the penultimate event on the 2011-12 PBA Tour schedule and will be webcast from start to finish, live on the PBA's online bowling channel.

2011-12 PBA Tour #13

03/12/12

Norm Duke wins PBA Detroit Open presented by Track for 36th career title

Becomes the third player in PBA history who surpassed the $3 million career earnings mark

201112PBA13NormDuke_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke (pictured) won the PBA Detroit Open presented by Track Sunday for his second win of the 2011-12 season and the 36th of his career. Duke, of Clermont, Fla., defeated reigning PBA Player of the Year and No. 1 seed, Finland native Mika Koivuniemi, 266-217, in the championship match at Thunderbowl Lanes to win the $10,000 first prize which pushed his career earnings over the $3 million mark. His 36 wins also moved him into a tie for third place on the all-time career list for titles won.

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