2016 PBA50 Tour #2

04/27/16

Pete Weber wins fifth PBA50 Tour title in The Villages

2015 PBA50 Player of the Year benefits from three missed spares by Ron Mohr in championship match at UnitedHealthcare PBA50 Sun Bowl in The Villages

2016PBA5002PeteWeber_small.jpg Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., the 2015 PBA50 Player of the Year, began work defending that crown by winning the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Tuesday at Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Fla. Weber (center) won his fifth career PBA50 Tour title by defeating two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and tournament top qualifier Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 204-162, in the title match.

Mexico

04/26/16

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.

Industry News

04/26/16

Ebonite International bolsters sales department

Rich Hanson named International Sales Manager; Mike Stewart assumes role of Retail/Inside Sales, Non-ball Coordinator; EBI starts the search for a Marketing Manager Bowling Ball Category

2013EboniteLogo_small.jpg Ebonite International has announced that Rich Hanson has been named International Sales Manager. Hanson has been in the bowling business his entire professional life, owning three pro shops in San Antonio, TX before moving to Hopkinsville, KY in 2011 to take on the role of PowerHouse Brand Manager. He continued to move up within the company and in 2014 became the Marketing Manager - Bowling Ball Category with responsibility for all four of the EBI brands.

Mexico

04/25/16

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).

2016 PBA Tour #7

04/25/16

EJ Tackett wins PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open for second PBA Tour title

Key break in title match helps 2013 Rookie of the Year escape top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli

2016PBA07EJTackett_small.jpg EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., broke up a 7-9 split, converting the break into a string of three strikes that proved to be the difference in winning his second career PBA Tour title Sunday in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill. Tackett (l.) the 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year, defeated top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 217-210, to win the $10,000 first prize after eliminating PBA Regional veteran Steven Taylor in the semifinal match.

Industry News

04/24/16

Mary Harrar selected as new BVL Executive Director

2016BVLLogo_small.jpg Mary Harrar, a leader with almost 30 years in the bowling industry, has been chosen to take on the role of The Bowlers to Veterans Link Executive Director beginning in June. She will be replacing Elizabeth Montanya who is stepping down. Harrar will join BVL following her previous role as Executive Administrator for Thunderbird Lanes. In addition to her extensive knowledge of the bowling industry, Harrar has long been an avid BVL supporter coordinating very successful fund-raising campaigns over the years.

Mexico

04/24/16

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.

Venezuela

04/24/16

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.

USBC Collegiate

04/24/16

Emily Eckhoff, Daniel Hanson capture 2016 Intercollegiate Singles titles

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2016ISCDanielHanson_small.jpgHastings junior Emily Eckhoff and Robert Morris-Illinois freshman Daniel Hanson captured individual titles Saturday at the 2016 Intercollegiate Singles Championships. Eckhoff (l.) defeated Fairleigh Dickinson's Morgan Brown, 227-222, to become the first player in ISC history to repeat as champion, while Hanson (r.) defeated San Jose State's Darren Tang, 203-174.

United States

04/23/16

South Carolina bowler leads three events at 2016 USBC Women's Championships

2016USBCWCDaphneSmith_small.jpg Daphne Smith of Simpsonville, South Carolina, had an exciting 24-hour run and stepped off the lanes April 15 as the leader in three events at the 2016 USBC Women's Championships. The 35-year-old right-hander (pictured) kicked off her second appearance April 14 by helping Atlanta's Finest of Lithia Springs, Georgia, into the Diamond Team lead with a 2,534 total, and she continued strong the following day by setting the bar in Diamond Singles (724) and Diamond All-Events (1,957).

USBC Collegiate

04/23/16

McKendree men, Webber International women claim ITC titles

Jessica Mellott of McKendree and Jake Rollins of William Paterson named tournament's Most Valuable Players

2016ITCMcKendreeMen_small.jpg2016ITCWebberWomen_small.jpg The McKendree men and the Webber International women claimed titles Saturday at the Intercollegiate Team Championships. McKendree (l.) defeated William Paterson, 3-2, in the best-of-five title match to capture the program's first ITC title. On the women's side, Webber International (r.) knocked off Wichita State, 3-1, to raise the Kerm Helmer Cup.

PBA News

04/23/16

PBA Fall Classic to return to South Point Bowling Plaza in October

PBA Xtra Frame Las Vegas Open, PBA Team Challenge to precede U.S. Open

2016PBAFallClassicLogo_small.jpg The PBA Fall Classic, featuring a pair of PBA Tour title events, will return to South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas Oct. 28-Nov. 1, in advance of the U.S. Open which also will be held at South Point Nov. 3-9. The PBA Fall Classic presented by South Point Bowling Plaza will include two events that will be covered from start-to-finish by PBA's Xtra Frame online video-streaming service – the PBA Xtra Frame Las Vegas Open and the return of the five-player PBA Team Challenge.

Industry News

04/22/16

BBIA elects Corey Dykstra as new president

2016BBIALogo_small.jpg 2016BBIAPresidentCoreyDykstra2_small.jpg The Billiard and Bowling Institute of America (BBIA) board of directors elected Brunswick Executive, Corey Dykstra, as its new president, replacing Jeff Mraz of Ace Mitchell. "I am truly honored to have been elected president of this historic association," said Dykstra (pictured). The new board took office immediately and will hold the position for at least one year.

USBC Collegiate

04/21/16

Coffey, Smith named collegiate MVPs for 2015-2016 season by NCBCA

IBMA selects Coffey, Smith as 2016 College Bowlers of the Year

201516USBCCollegiateMVPMichaelCoffeyBrittanySmith_small.jpg Lindenwood sophomore Michael Coffey and Grand View junior Brittany Smith were recognized as Most Valuable Players for the 2015-2016 collegiate bowling season by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA). Coffey and Smith were honored Wednesday at the Night of Champions banquet. The banquet brings together the 32 teams that advanced to the Intercollegiate Team Championships, which starts Thursday at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.

USBC / PWBA News

04/21/16

2016 U.S. Women's Open to take place in Chicago area

Stepladder finals to be televised live on CBS Sports Network

2016USWomensOpenLogo_small.jpgThe 2016 U.S. Women's Open, a major event on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, will take place Aug. 1-7 in suburban Chicago. The stepladder finals will be televised live on Sunday, Aug. 7, at noon Eastern on CBS Sports Network. The third major of the season, the U.S. Women's Open is one of 13 PWBA events that will be televised on CBS Sports Network this year. The Stardust Bowl, an 82-lane center in Addison, Illinois, will be the host center for the tournament.

United States

04/21/16

Past champion rolls first 300 of 2016 USBC Open Championships

2016OCTimJanz_small.jpg Tim Janz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and his teammates didn't quite get out to the start they were hoping for at the 2016 USBC Open Championships, but things got progressively better and ended on a high note as Janz rolled the first perfect game of this year's event. The 36-year-old right-hander (pictured) also made a run at the top spot in Regular Singles on April 15, before settling into fourth place with a 770 series on games of 253, 300 and 217.

2016 PBA50 Tour #1

04/20/16

Walter Ray Williams Jr. wins Pasco County Florida Open for 10th PBA50 Tour title

PBA's all-time Tour titles leader tops all-Hall of Fame stepladder final

2016PBA5001WalterRayWilliams2_small.jpg In an all-Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame stepladder final that included five all-time greats with a combined 171 PBA Tour titles, Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., won two matches to claim the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open title Tuesday at Lane Glo Bowl for his 10th PBA50 Tour win. Williams, the PBA Tour's all-time titles leader with 47 wins defeated 38-time Tour and two-time PBA50 Tour winner Norm Duke (pictured) of Clermont, Fla., 245-225, in the title match to earn the $7,500 top prize.

USBC / PBA News

04/20/16

U.S. Open Finals to be televised live on CBS Sports Network

New equipment rules set concerning bowling balls, mobile and electronic devices

2016USOpenLogo_small.jpg The stepladder finals of the 2016 U.S. Open at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas will be televised live on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network. In addition to the live prime-time finals, the 2016 U.S. Open will have new rules concerning the number and adjustment of bowling balls by competitors, and the use of mobile and electronic devices during competition. Registration is underway for the U.S. Open, which will kick off Nov. 4 with the first of three days of qualifying.

2016 ABF Tour #1

04/18/16

Sam Cooley, Sharon Koh conquer ABF Tour Thailand leg

2016ABFT01SamCooleySharonKoh_small.jpg Aussie Sam Cooley and Sharon Koh of Malaysia remained undefeated to win the men's and women's titles in the 2016 Asian Bowling Federation Tour Thailand leg Monday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothinon in Bangkok. Cooley (l.) averaged 265.25 over four games and cruised to his third career ABFT title with a near-perfect 295-216 win against local favorite Yannaphon Larpapharat. Koh (r.) captured her her first ABFT title with a 227-213 victory over team mate Hee Kar Yen.

2016 MBC

04/18/16

Greece leads Mediterranean Bowling Championships medal standings

2016MBCLogo_small.jpg Greece led the medal standings with three golds, three silvers and 1 bronze as the 2016 Mediterranean Bowling Championships (formerly Mediterranean Challenge Cup) came to an end at RenoBowling in Bologna, Italy. Nine of the 13 countries which participated in the MBC had its share of the medal haul. Vaggelis Krizinis of Greece was the most decorated player with three gold medals. Besides victories in Singles and All-Events, Krizinis teamed with Georgia Sagona to win in mixed doubles.

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