PBA News


Former ESPN, ABC and NFL Network President Steve Bornstein joins PBA Board of Directors

2015PBABoardofDirectorsSteveBornstein_small.jpg Steve Bornstein (pictured), one of the most influential sports and entertainment media executives of the last quarter century, has joined the PBA Board of Directors, Board Chairman Mike Slade announced Monday. Bornstein played a major role in shaping the growth and success of ESPN and the National Football League. He will lend his visionary expertise in areas of marketing and deal-making to the PBA at a time when the organization is experiencing unprecedented growth in television viewership and international multi-media awareness.



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.



Maria Bulanova, Alexey Parshukov dominate Russian Championships 2015

Bulanova wins four out of possible five gold medals; Parshukov claims the titles in Singles and Team; the leaders in All-Events, who rolled the lone women's and men's 300 game, will represent Russia in 2015 European Championships Cup

2015RUSCAlexeyParshukovMariaBulanova_small.jpgDefending Russian champions Maria Bulanova of Nizhny Novgorod and Alexey Parshukov of Krasnodar (pictured r-l) dominated the Russian Championships 2015 which took place April 28th to May 3rd at Russian Field in St. Petersburg, the biggest bowling center in Russia. The event combined the Russian Individual and Team Championships, which were held separately in previous years. As the repeat winners in All-Events, Bulanova and Parshukov will represent Russia in 2015 European Championships Cup.

2015 PWBA Tour #1


2015 United States Bowling Congress Queens kicks off new PWBA Tour next week

Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., United States (May 13-19, 2015)

2015USBCQueensLogo_small.jpg 2015PWBALogo_small.jpg The Professional Women's Bowling Association will mark its official return next week when the best women bowlers in the world battle for the 2015 USBC Queens title. The Queens, which will mark the first PWBA event in nearly a dozen years, will take place at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Nearly 200 bowlers from around the world are expected to compete.



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.

2015 PBA50 Tour #4


Mike Scroggins defeats Pete Weber to win PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open

Scroggins wins his second career PBA50 Tour title and becomes season's first multiple winner

2015PBA5004MikeScroggins_small.jpg Mike Scroggins (second from right) of Amarillo, Texas, won four consecutive stepladder matches to win the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick Tuesday and become the season's first two-time winner. Scroggins defeated PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., in the championship match, 247-195, at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., to win his second PBA50 Tour title in three tournaments with his first win coming in his PBA50 Tour debut.

2015 PBA50 Tour


2015 PBA50 Tour features 13 events including two "Majors" and two "Super Senior" stops

PBA50Logo_small.jpgThe 2015 PBA50 Tour (formerly the PBA Senior Tour) features 13 tournaments in Florida, North Carolina, New York, Nevada, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana including two "majors", the PBA Senior U.S. Open in Las Vegas (May 31 - June 5) and USBC Senior Masters in Green Bay, Wis. (July 27 - Aug. 2), and two "Super Senior" events. For the third consecutive year, a season-long point competition will qualify the top three players for the PBA50 Tour Finals (dates and venue tba).



Japanese Bowling Centers join Bowling Proprietors' Association of America

2010BPAALogo_small.jpg Nearly 60 bowling centers representing more than 2,000 lanes in Japan have joined the BPAA through the International Membership Program. The centers belong to Brunswick Kai, a group of Brunswick equipped bowling centers that was founded in 1974 to help unite the bowling industry in Japan. Hiroshi Funaki, President of Brunswick Kai, plans to bring a group of more than 30 Japanese members to International Bowl Expo scheduled for Las Vegas this June.

PBA50 News


Monacelli outlasts Bohn, Weber and Williams to win Clash of the Legends

2015PBAClashoftheLegendsMonacelliWilliams_small.jpgFour of PBA's all-time greats, with a combined total of 137 PBA Tour and 17 PBA50 Tour wins, battled it out in the Clash of the Legends presented by BVL at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y. Saturday. After three rounds and a roll-off, it was 19-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner, Amleto Monacelli (l.) who defeated Walter Ray Williams Jr. (r.) in a roll-off, 10-9, to win the one-ball elimination event seen on pba.com's Xtra Frame online video service.

Coming in October


Onsite Coverage of the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick in Oslo (Oct. 2-11)

Find all tournament information on a one-page flyer; European Bowling Tour "Satellite" offers total prize fund of 239.000 Norwegian Kronor (approx. 28.040 Euro) with 40.000 NOK (approx. 4.695 Euro) going to the winner; online registration will open soon

2015NorwegianOpenLogo2_small.jpg The Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick is the 16th stop of the 2015 European Bowling Tour and the penultimate of nine EBT "Satellite" events this season. The tournament, which will be held from Oct. 2-11 at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, offers total prize fund of approx. 28.040 Euro including a 4.695 Euro top prize. You can find all tournament information on a one-page flyer. Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage commencing Thursday Oct. 8 all the way through to the finals on Sunday, Oct. 11.

2015 ABF Tour #5


Kuwait's Mohannad Ebrahim cruises to the title in ABF Tour Egypt leg

2015ABFT05MohannadEbrahim_small.jpgMohannad Ebrahim (pictured) of Kuwait flew past Ayman Hashem of Egypt, 217-145, in the title match of the 2015 Asian Bowling Federation Tour Egypt leg to win his first career ABF Tour title Friday, May 1st, at the International Bowling Center in Cairo, Egypt. Ebrahim earned a $1,000 bonus for the victory and received 75 ranking points to leap into third place in the men's ranking after five out of ten events with 113 points. Naif Oqab of the United Arab Emirates leads with 137 points.

2015 ABF Tour


2015 Asian Bowling Federation Tour features 10 legs and a TOC finale


The 2015 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour consists of 10 legs, six in the Near East (Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia) with a men's division only and four in East and South East Asia (Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau and Indonesia) featuring men and women in separate divisions. Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The top 16 men and the top 16 women at the end of the 2015 season will qualify for the ABF Tour TOC March 2016 in Kuwait.



Frank Wilkinson elected USBC President

2015UCBCPresidentFrankWilkinson_small.jpg 2015USBCVicePresidentCathyDeSocio_small.jpgFrank Wilkinson (l.) of Staten Island, New York, has been elected president of the United States Bowling Congress and Cathy DeSocio (r.) of Wichita, Kansas, will serve as vice president of USBC for the 2015-2016 season. Wilkinson, 28, has served as USBC vice president the last two seasons and will assume his new role on August 1. He takes over for Andrew Cain of Phoenix, who is completing his third and final term as president.



Frederik Øhrgaard, Sara Gamal capture men's and women's title in 17th Sinai International Open

2015SinaiOpenSaraGamalFrederikOhrgaard_small.jpgDane Frederik Øhrgaard (l.) and Sara Gamal (r.) from the host country Egypt topped their opponents in the championship matches in two-games, total pins format to capture the men's and women's title in the 17th Sinai International Open Thursday at International Bowling Center in Cairo. Øhrgaard defeated Yousef Al-Jaber of Qatar, 502-478, to pocket the $7,500 top prize. In the women's finale, Gamal stunned Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 441-406.

USBC Awards


United States Bowling Congress inducts five into Hall of Fame

2015USBCHoFInductees_small.jpg Five new members of the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame had their accomplishments celebrated Wednesday night as they earned bowling's ultimate honor. Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, Larry Laub of Lincoln, California, Gus Yannaras of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Sam Lantto of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and the late Fritzie Rahn of Chicago were formally inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame at the Ramada Plaza Omaha.

2015 PBA #18


Largest PBA League audience ever watches Elias Cup final rounds on ESPN

Xtra Frame to cover Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open; PBA Commissioner addresses USBC Delegation; three more brands are PBA Product Registered; CBS Sports Network announces PBA Summer Swing air dates; PBA Regional Update

2012PBALeagueLogo_small.jpgClosing out a highly-successful season of ESPN coverage, the PBA Tour posted the largest audience ratings in the three-year history of PBA League competition. The PBA League Elias Cup finals from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, reached an audience of more than 670,000 viewers, up 66 percent over the previous year and up 22 percent over the inaugural Elias Cup finals held in 2013. The strong PBA League ratings capped a season that began with the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling.

2015 MCC


Anže Grabrijan (SLO), Gulhan Aksular (TUR) conclude MCC with victory in Masters

Turkey leads the final medal table in the 18th Mediterranean Challenge Cup 2015 with two gold, one silver and three bronze medals

2015MCCLogo_small.jpg The 18th Mediterranean Challenge Cup 2015 concluded Saturday with the men's and women's Masters competition at Bowling Mega Place in Chania, Crete, Greece. The top 8 players in All-Events advanced to single-elimination match play. Anže Grabrijan of Slovenia defeated Malta's Mark Spiteri, 420-391, to claim the men's title. Gulhan Aksular of Turkey came back from a 32-pin deficit with big 246 second game to beat Italian Giada Di Martino, 415-395.

2015 BWC


Las Vegas to host the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, Nev., USA (Nov. 13-20, 2015)

2015BWCLogo_small.jpgAfter a 16-year absence, the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup returns to the United States in style, surrounded by the flash, glitter and appeal of one of America's favorite vacation destinations. The 56-lane center inside Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas will host QubicaAMF's classic event for the second time in the tournament's 51-year history. The 51st edition of the prestigious tournament will take place from November 13-20, 2015.

ETBF Coaching


3rd iCoach ETBF International Coaching Conference to be held in September 2015

Kuortane High Performance Training Center, Finland (Sept. 18-20, 2015)

2013ETBFiCoachClassRoom_small.jpgThe 3rd iCoach ETBF International Coaching Conference by KEGEL will take place at Kuortane High Performance Training Center on September 18-20, 2015 in Kuortane, Finland. The ETBF Educational Committee invites all coaches to join the conference to get the latest information about coaching, sports science, psychology, coaching methodology and coaching tools in this unique gathering for bowling coaches. Registration for iCoach 2015 and its side events is open.

2015 European Bowling Tour #15


Registration is open for the 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

European Bowling Tour "gold" tournament will be held from Sept. 28 - Oct. 4, 2015 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria; VO 2015 offers total prize money of 73.130 Euro

2015ViennaOpenLogo_small.jpg Registration is now open for the 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open, which will be held from Sept. 28 - Oct. 4, 2015 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. The European Bowling Tour "gold" tournament has total prize fund of 73.130 Euro plus several extra prizes with 7.000 Euro going to the winner. Qualifying is traditionally a doubles tournament. The winners will split 1.600 Euro. While the tournament format remained almost unchanged, the number of qualifying squads was reduced to 16.

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