2016 ISBT

06/17/16

2016 International Seniors Bowling Tour features 10 events in 5 countries

2016ISBTLogo_small.jpg The 2016 International Seniors Bowling Tour will consist of 10 tournaments in five countries, three Germany, two each in Belgium, France and The Netherlands, and one in Italy. In each event, men and women age 50 and over bowl in separate divisions. Age bonus starts at age 51 (1 pin per game), then increases a pin for every additional year of age with no limit. The ISBT Masters Finals for the 2015 season will be held on September 2 at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Masters will be held in 2017.

2016 WEC

06/16/16

Denmark leads WEC Team preliminaries after Block 1

2016WECTeamDenmark_small.jpg Denmark averaged 217.73 to lead the team preliminaries in the Women's European Championships at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, after the first block of three games with 3266. The Danes rolled games of 1067, 1094 and 1105 to lead Sweden (3264) by just two pins. Germany is third with 3208, with Belgium in fourth with 3129. The second block and the medal round will be played on Friday. Jenny Wegner of Sweden leads in All-Events after 21/24 games with 4568 (217.52).

2016 PWBA Tour #2

06/16/16

Shannon O'Keefe captures Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open title

2016PWBATour02ShannonOKeefe_small.jpgShannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, struck on six of her first seven shots on the way to a 246-203 victory over top seed Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, in the title match of the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open. It was the first individual PWBA title for O'Keefe. She teamed with Bill O'Neill to win the PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles last year. Second-seeded O'Keefe defeated New Hui Fen of Singapore in the semi-final match, 235-226, to advance.

2016 PBA50 Tour #7

06/16/16

Noel Vazquez wins PBA50 Northern California Classic for first PBA50 Tour title

In his first PBA50 finals appearance, Vazquez defeats Pete Weber in the title match, 255-224, to end Weber's consecutive win streak at four

2016PBA5007NoelVazquez2_small.jpgNoel Vazquez of Sacramento, Calif., won the PBA50 Northern California Classic Wednesday for his first career PBA50 Tour title and in the process ended Pete Weber's record run of consecutive PBA50 Tour titles at four. Vazquez, who has won two PBA regional and six PBA50 regional titles, defeated Weber, 255-224, in the title match at Harvest Park Bowl. Vazquez took an 11-pin lead in the fifth frame and then threw five consecutive strikes which were too much for Weber, who was the finals top qualifier, to overcome.

USBC Youth

06/16/16

YES partners with Bowl4Life for additional coaching seminars

2016YESLogo_small.jpgThe Youth Education Services (YES) and Chuck Gardner Bowl4Life Scholarship Foundation will team to support additional USA Bowling Coaching seminars throughout the United States. The YES initiative started in 2010 and USA Bowling was the first program financed by the YES Fund. The USA Bowling Coaching seminars, operated by the IBC Youth Development team, are designed to teach basic bowling coaching skills to youth coaches, volunteers or parents of children involved in the sport.

2016 WEC

06/15/16

Germany exemplifies consistency on the way to the Trios title

Second seeded Germans defeat No. 1 seed England in the gold medal match, 616-560

2016WECTriosGermany1a_small.jpgIn a title match between the two top-seeded trios, Birgit Pöppler, Nadine Geißler and Tina Hulsch of Germany exemplified consistency on their way to a 616-560 victory over qualifying leaders Hayley Russell, Keira Reay and Lisa John of England en route to claim the gold medal at the Women's European Championships. Pöppler (l.) led the team with 207 with Hulsch (r.) and Geißler (c.) close behind with 205 and 204, respectively. England took silver, Denmark and Sweden received bronze.

2016 PWBA Tour #7

06/15/16

Liz Johnson looks to extend early success at PWBA Greater Detroit Open

2016USBCWCLizJohnson2_small.jpgIn grabbing player of the year honors in the return of the PWBA Tour last season, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, won three titles, including two majors. This week, she returns to defend her PWBA Detroit Open title when the tour stops at Super Bowl in Canton, Michigan. She said the momentum of last year's success helps, but 2016 is a new year and the PWBA Tour is continuing to provide more challenges. A practice session is set for Thursday, with qualifying rounds taking place Friday and Saturday.

2016 WEC

06/15/16

England earns No. 1 seed for Trios finals

Block 1 leader remains atop the leaderboard after Block 2, bowls Sweden 2 in the semi-finals; Germany takes on Denmark in the other match

2016WECTriosEngland1a_small.jpg Overnight leader England with Lisa John, Singles champion Keira Reay and Hayley Russell (r-l) added 1877 to the 1987 from yesterday for 3864 total to win the trios preliminaries at the Women's European Championships and to earn the No. 1 seed for the medal round Tuesday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. England bowls Squad 2 leader Sweden (3651) in the semi-finals. Germany bowls Denmark in the other match after surpassing the Danes by 29 pins (3785 to 3756).

United States

06/15/16

Young team leads both team events at 2016 USBC Open Championships

Matt Gilman rolls second 800 series of the Championships; two more bowlers celebrate 50 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships

2016OCBowersbowlingtourcom_small.jpgThe members of BowersBowlingTour.com of Bel Aire, Kansas, had a memorable trip to the 2016 USBC Open Championships, which included taking the lead in Regular Team and Team All-Events. The group started its team event June 10 with a 1,004 game and rallied with two of the four highest team games of the year at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada (1,178 and 1,195), to land at the top of the team standings with a 3,377 total.

2016 WEC

06/14/16

A Squad Trios dominate Preliminaries Block 1

England's Hayley Russell takes the lead in All-Events after 15 of 24 games

2016WECTriosGermany2_small.jpg A Squad leaders England, Denmark and Germany dominated the first block of the trios preliminaries at the Women's European Championships in Austria. Singles champion Keira Reay, Hayley Russell and Lisa John of England hold the pole position with 1987 pinfall total and an average of 222.77. Denmark and Germany 1are close behind with with 1983 and 1970, resp. Germany 2 with Patricia Luoto, Martina Schütz and Laura Beuthner (r-l) led B Squad with 1885 to take over fourth place.

2016 WEC

06/14/16

England sets the tone in WEC Trios preliminaries

2016WECTriosEngland1_small.jpg Hayley Russell, Lisa John and Singles champion Keira Reay (l-r) of England averaged 222.77 to lead the first block of the Women's European Championships' Trios event after the first squad with 1987 pinfall. The trio rolled games of 620, 707 and 660 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, to hold a four-pin lead over Denmark in second with 1983. Germany is further 13 pins behind in third place with 1970. Sweden sits in fourth place with distant 1794. Squad 2 will bowl their first block starting at 12.45 CEST.

2016 WEC

06/13/16

Sweden's Persson Planefors, Flack cruise to Doubles gold

2016WECDoublesJolinePerssonPlaneforsNinaFlack2_small.jpg Top-seeded Joline Persson Planefors and Nina Flack (l-r) of Sweden averaged 226 in the medal round to cruise to the gold medal in Doubles at the Women's European Championships in Vienna, Austria. The multiple European champions, who toppled 2645 pins, an average of 220.42, to lead the preliminaries and to earn the No. 1 seed, defeated No. 2 seed, Martina Schütz and Laura Beuthner (right, r-l) of Germany, in the title match, 432-376, to claim the first gold medal for Sweden in this Championships.

2016 WEC

06/12/16

Germany, Sweden lead WEC Doubles preliminaries after Squad 2/3

2016WECDoublesLauraBeuthnerMartinaSchutz_small.jpg Squad 2 leaders Martina Schütz & Laura Beuthner of Germany (2576, r-l) and Sandra Andersson & Jenny Wegner of Sweden (2516) took the lead in the Doubles preliminaries at the Women's European Championships after 2 of 3 squads. Squad 1 leader Denmark (Anja Ginge Jensen & Rikke Holm Agerbo) slipped to third place with 2508. With the final squad 3 to come on Monday morning, Hayley Russell & Keira Reay of England hold the fourth and last place to advance to the medal round with 2456.

2016 PWBA Tour #6

06/12/16

Shannon O'Keefe top seed for Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open finals

2016PWBA06Finalists_small.jpgBefore the PWBA Tour went on hiatus in 2003, Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, spent just under two years learning and growing as a competitor new to the tour. Since the return of the PWBA Tour in 2015, O'Keefe has been making up for lost time and earned the No. 1 seed for the Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open this week at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska. She led throughout the event and averaged more than 219 for 24 games to claim the top seed for the televised finals.

2016 IBE

06/12/16

VA Secretary McDonald to speak at Bowl Expo

2016IBERobertMcDonaldVASecretary_small.jpg The Honorable Robert A. McDonald, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Bowling Proprietors' Association of America International Bowl Expo on June 29 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. McDonald is speaking at the behest of bowling's own, oldest and most successful charity -- the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL). Prior to joining VA, Secretary McDonald was Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G).

2016 WEC

06/11/16

Keira Reay comes from behind to win Singles gold

2016WECSinglesPodium_small.jpg Keira Reay of England, who barely qualified for the Singles finals at the Women's European Championships, defeated two opponents to win the first gold medal of the Championships Saturday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. In the gold medal match, Reay edged defending champion Daria Kovalova of Ukraine by mere three pins, 199-196, to win the biggest title in her career. Kovalova received the silver medal while Sandra Andersson, Sweden, and Patricia Luoto, Germany, got bronze.

2016 PWBA Tour #6

06/11/16

Shannon O'Keefe cruises into lead at Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open

2016PWBA06ShannonOKeefe2_small.jpgShannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, opened the day with a 277 game, and cruised to the lead after 12 games of qualifying Friday at the Pepsi Professional Women's Bowling Association Lincoln Open at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska. Following her explosive start, O'Keefe turned in her lowest game of the day (184), but she was able to rally with games of 258, 248, 258 and 219 to close the opening block with a 1,444 total. The 37-year-old right-hander added 1,362 in her second block for a 12-game total of 2,806, an average of 233.83.

IBMA News

06/10/16

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.

USBC Coaching

06/09/16

Passion driving bowling development in Saudi Arabia

By Matt Cannizzaro and Christian Seaborn, USBC Communications

2016USBCCoachingSaudiArabia_small.jpg Led by seasoned bowling coach, Rick Benoit of Topeka, Kansas, a group of Saudi Arabia's most talented bowlers traveled more than 9,000 miles to participate in the 2016 USBC Open Championships. Benoit and part of the group were among the 93 attendees at the three-day World Bowling Coach Conference that kicked off May 6 and brought representatives from 15 countries to the International Training and Research Center, part of the International Bowling Campus, in Arlington, Texas.

2016 PBA50 Tour #6

06/09/16

Monacelli beats Bohn to win PBA50 Fountain Valley Open

2016PBA5006AmletoMonacelli2_small.jpg2016PBA50ParkerBohn_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (l.) of Venezuela won four consecutive matches in the stepladder finals Wednesday to win the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by Track at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, California. Monacelli, who qualified fourth for the finals, beat top qualifier hall of famer Parker Bohn III (r.) of Jackson, N.J., 266-247, in the title match to win his first PBA50 Tour title of the season and the sixth of his career.

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