2014 EBT #4 / 2014 WBT #10


2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge - Watch the Video of the Stepladder Finals

2014BECLogo_small.jpg The 2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge was a European Bowling Tour and World Bowling Tour event that offered a PBA International title if won by a PBA member. The last day of qualifying and all rounds of the finals were covered live on Bowlingdigital's YouTube channel. Marshall Kent, United States, Daniel Fransson, Sweden and Chris Loschetter, United States, battled it out for the title and the 11.111 Euro top prize in a stepladder final at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

2014 World Bowling Tour


It's Daejeon International Open Bowling Tournament changes dates

Originally scheduled for July, the tournament will now take place November 9-22 in Daejeon, South Korea

WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 World Bowling Tour got underway in November 2013 with the PBA World Championship, one of the Tour's "majors". The 2014 WBT currently consists of 15 tournaments in Arabia (6), Asia (3), United States (3), Europe (2) and Australia (1). The top three men and top three women in the WBT Point Ranking will be invited to compete in the 2014 World Bowling Tour Finals, which will be held in conjunction with the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in November 2014.

2014 EBT #4 / 2014 WBT #10


U.S. College star Marshall Kent wins his second EBT title in 2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge

2014EBT04MarshallKent3_small.jpg2014EBT04DanielFransson_small.jpgAmateur bowler Marshall Kent (pictured left) of Yakima, Wash., USA, defeated Daniel Fransson of Sweden in a high-scoring championship match, 277-258, to win his second European Bowling Tour title in the 11th 2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge and the 11.111 Euro top prize. In the opening match, Fransson, seeded second, outlasted PBA champion Chris Loschetter, United States, 255-226, for the right to bowl Kent for the title.

PBA News


Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort to host PBA Summer Swing in May

Swing includes Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens, PBA Oklahoma Open and King of the Swing special event

2014PBAOklahomaGrandCasinoResort_small.jpg The 2014 PBA Summer Swing, a multi-tournament event that will be televised by CBS Sports Network, will be hosted by Grand Casino Resort and FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., May 18-25. The Summer Swing will include four PBA Tour title events – the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens and the PBA Oklahoma Open – and the Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort Summer King of the Swing special event involving four winners plus a "wild card" player.

USBC Youth


California, Missouri bowlers selected as USBC Youth Ambassadors of the Year


Irene Wilson of Pinole, Calif., and Richard Hochecker IV of Ballwin, Mo., have been named the 2014 USBC Youth Ambassadors of the Year. Each year, one female and one male USBC Youth bowler are recognized for exemplary contributions to the sport, academic accomplishments and community involvement. The youth ambassadors, selected by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee, each receive a $1,500 scholarship.



Former BPAA President and Hall of Famer Harry Wells dead at 85

20140318BPAAHarryWells_small.jpg BPAA Hall of Fame member, and former president, Harry M. Wells passed away Tuesday, March 18 in Ohio. He was 85. Wells was born in the Bucyrus, Ohio area where he lived all his life. He formed an insurance business in 1949 before starting and operating Suburban and Gala Lanes from 1963-1991. He was president of the BPAA from 1982-84 during which time the organization celebrated its 50th anniversary. In 1993, Wells was honored with the Victor Lerner Memorial Medal and induction into the BPAA Hall of Fame.



Priscilla Maaswinkel, Tom van der Vliet win All Events titles at Dutch National Championships

2014DutchNCTomvanderVlietPriscillaMaaswinkel_small.jpg Priscilla Maaswinkel and Tom van der Vliet (pictured, r-l) emerged as women's and men's All Events champions at the Dutch National Championships 2014 at Claus Event Center in Hoofddorp. It was the second national title after 2011 for Maaswinkel and the first for Van der Vliet. Total 79 participants, 61 men and 18 women, participated in the highest division. They bowled eight games of qualification with the Top 20 men and the top 10 women advancing to the final rounds.

USBC Youth


Zeb Scholarship awarded to Wisconsin youth bowler Michael Istvanek

2014ZebScholarshipMichaelIstvanek_small.jpg Michael Istvanek of Kenosha, Wis., has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 USBC Annual Zeb Scholarship. Each year, the $2,500 Zeb Scholarship is awarded to a USBC Youth member who is a junior or senior in high school, has a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and has given back to their community through service. Istvanek will receive an expenses-paid trip to the awards ceremony that will be held in conjunction with the Junior Gold Championships in the Buffalo, N.Y., area in July.

2013 ABF Tour


Surasak Manuwong, Sharon Limansantoso finish 2013 ABF Tour with victory in TOC

ABFTourLogo_small.jpgSurasak Manuwong of Thailand and Indonesia's Sharon Limansantoso finished the 2013 Asian Bowling Federation Tour with victory in the Tournament of Champions Monday in Kuwait. In the men's title match, Manuwong posted the highest game of the day to defeat Wicky Yeung of Hong Kong, 226-191. Limansantoso captured her second women's crown after 2010 by defeating Hong Kong's Milki Ng, 199-178. Manuwong pocketed the US$20,000 top prize. Limansantoso received $10,000.

USBC Collegiate


32 teams advance to 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships

Webber International, Wichita State and Lindenwood sweep their sectional qualifiers

2014ISTXbowlingLogo2_small.jpg There are 32 teams still in the hunt for collegiate national titles as the field was determined Sunday for the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships. The field of 16 men's teams and 16 women's teams was determined at sectional qualifiers at four sites with the top four teams in each division advancing. The ITC will be held April 16-18 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev.

2014 ABF Tour #2


Mahmood Al-Attar wins his first Asian Bowling Federation Tour title in Kuwait

2014ABFT02MahmoodAlAttar_small.jpg UAE national team member Mahmood Al-Attar defeated local favorite Khaled Al-Dubyyan of Kuwait, 217-184, to claim his first career Asian Bowling Federation Tour title Saturday at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait. The top 16 Asian bowlers in the 11th Kuwait International Open 2014 qualified for the second leg of the 2014 ABF Tour. In the title match, 23-year-old Al-Attar, who won the 2013 Dubai Open, pulled away with a four-bagger in frames 2-5 and never looked back.

2014 ABF Tour


2014 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour features nine legs and a TOC finals

ABFTourLogo_small.jpg The 2014 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour consists of nine legs, five in the Middle East (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 2014 season qualify for the ABF Tour Tournament of Champions in Kuwait.

2014 World Bowling Tour #9


Thomas Larsen wins his second PBA title in 11th Kuwait International Open 2014

Top-seeded Larsen defeats England's Dom Barrett in the title match to claim the $25,000 top prize; Shannon O'Keefe (USA) captures the women's title; Aseel Al-Roomi (KUW) takes revenge in Youth final

2014KuwaitOpenThomasLarsen3_small.jpgDenmark's Thomas Larsen (pictured) defeated Dominic Barrett of England, 208-205, to win his second PBA International title in three months in the 11th Kuwait International Open Friday at Cozmo Bowling Center. The top qualifier sealed the victory in the first game of the championship match after Barrett suffered a split in the ninth frame which resulted in an open. Larsen, whose previous PBA title came in the 1st Abu Dhabi WBT in December 2013, received the $25,000 first prize.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #8


PBA Regional Roundup: Jack Jurek wins PBA50 Central Region title in Ohio

PBA's Shafer, Carter to join Jerome Bettis for foundation fundraiser; Xtra Frame to cover joint PBA Regional this weekend; PBA targets "100,000 Likes" milestone on Facebook; PBA Bowling Challenge game adds enhanced dolby sound; China to expand PBA "Pioneers League" program; Grand Hotel & Casino to sponsor PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame

2014PBA50VictoryLanesCentralOpenJackJurek_small.jpgJack Jurek (pictured) of Lackawanna, N.Y., defeated Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., by 164 pins to win the PBA50 Victory Lanes Central Open presented by Brunswick at Victory Lanes in Galion, Ohio, on Sunday, March 9. Jurek finished the 20-game contest with a 9-3 match play record and a total of 4,959 pins including match play bonus pins. The title was his first of 2014 and his 16th overall Professioanl Bowlers Association Regional title. Jurek also earned $1,600.



Arizona youth coach Lance Stern to receive 2014 David Dahms Coach of the Year Award


Lance Stern (pictured) of Yuma, Ariz., the youth director of the Yuma United States Bowling Congress association, has been selected to receive the 2014 David Dahms Coach of the Year Award. The award recognizes a coach who has been actively involved in a USBC Youth program and has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to coaching, sportsmanship and knowledge of USBC Youth rules. Stern will receive an expenses-paid trip to the 2014 USBC Convention in Reno, Nev., where he will receive the award.



Champions crowned in four divisions at 2014 Koge Youth Masters


Danes Mathias Ankerdal (l.), Rikke Johansen (r.), Christopher Bengt and Gaetan Mouvereux of France won the titles in the 2014 Koge Youth Masters, which concluded Sunday at Koge Bowling Center in Koge near Copenhagen, Denmark. 130 players from eight countries participated in the event. Players competed for prize money and the last ranking points of the 2013-14 Youth Euro Trophy (YET) before the season-ending YET Masters Finals.

PBA News


East Region PBA50 Player of Year John Conroy to receive National Honor

Career paramedic named American Ambulance Association Star of Life Award winner

2013PBA50EastPotYJohnConroy_small.jpgOn March 24, the day after John Conroy (pictured) hopes to defend his only PBA title in the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open in Elmira, N.Y., he'll head to Washington, D.C., where he will be presented the American Ambulance Association's highest honor, the AAA Star of Life Award. Conroy, a 51-year-old New York City native and 2013 East Region PBA50 Player of the Year, was among the first responders not only for the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center, but the 1993 bomb attack on the WTC's north tower.

Industry News


John Walker steps down as CEO of QubicaAMF Worldwide; David Roys named new CEO

2013QAMFLogo_small.jpgQubicaAMF Worldwide has announced today that John Walker has resigned as CEO, effective immediately. The Board of Directors has appointed David Roys as CEO of QubicaAMF. Roys, who has a BA in Finance and Business Administration from Grand Valley State University, has a strong track record with over 20 years of extensive experience in management and financial responsibility in manufacturing operations and high tech product design organizations.

IBMA Awards


Steve James named 2014 IBMA Mike Hennessy Award of Merit recipient


The International Bowling Media Association has announced that Steve James has been named as the IBMA Mike Hennessy Award of Merit recipient for 2014. James, of Fox Point, Wis., devoted his career to promoting the sport and those who competed in it through several positions in the bowling industry over a career that spanned nearly four decades, highlighted by induction to the ABC Hall of Fame in 2005. In the international arena, James served as Deputy Secretary General of the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ)



2014 Men's World Championships change dates again

Championships shift to December 4-15 at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE

2011WTBALogo_small.jpgThe World Tenpin Bowling Association has announced that the sport's governing body has to change the dates again for the 2014 Men's World Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE. As the Formula 1 race in Abu Dhabi moved close to the planned dates of the MWC, which were recently scheduled for November 8-19, the championships are now supposed to be held from December 4-15 at Khalifa International Bowling Center, the host center of the 1999 World Championships.

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