2015 WBT Men's Point Ranking


England's Dom Barrett maintains 42-point lead over Jason Belmonte after 11/19 events

PBA bowlers occupy top 20 spots in the men's rankings

WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 World Bowling Tour, which actually started in late 2014, currently features 20 tournaments including eight major events (award double ranking points). The top 50 men and women earn points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points include some events from 2013 and all events from 2014 and 2015. The top 3 men and top 3 women will qualify for the World Bowling Tour finals in the beginning of 2016.

2015 WBT Women's Point Ranking


USBC Queens winner Liz Johnson (USA) narrows the gap to 76 points after 12/19 events

Her compatriot Kelly Kulick continues to lead with 652 points

WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 World Bowling Tour, which actually started in late 2014, currently features 20 tournaments including eight major events (award double ranking points). The top 50 men and women earn points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points include some events from 2013 and all events from 2014 and 2015. The top 3 men and top 3 women will qualify for the World Bowling Tour finals in the beginning of 2016.



Bill O'Neill reigns as May IBMA Bowler of the Month

2015PBA08BillONeill_small.jpgBill O'Neill (pictured) of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, has been selected as the May 2015 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. O'Neill downed reigning PBA Player of the year, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 247-172 for the PBA Oklahoma Open crown. O'Neill then defeated Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, South Carolina, 191-164, for the King of the Swing crown, featuring each of the four tournament winners and the top point getter of the PBA Summer Swing.

USBC Youth


Junior Gold program breaks the 6,000-members mark

More than 3,400 youth bowlers have qualified for the 2015 Junior Gold Championships

2015JGCLogo_small.jpg The Junior Gold program has shattered its all-time membership mark with more than 6,200 members having joined the program for the 2014-2015 season. The 2015 Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master also will eclipse last year's record for number of participants. More than 3,400 youth bowlers have qualified for the tournament, which will take place July 11-17 in DuPage County, Illinois, (Chicago area).

World Bowling News


World Bowling hands in Tokyo 2020 application with support from one million Japanese fans

2014WorldBowlingLogo_small.jpg This morning World Bowling submitted its application to be considered by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (Tokyo 2020) as an additional event for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Bowling is one of 33 sports invited by the organizing committee to submit an application. Alongside the document, the Japan Bowling Congress (JBC) has collected nearly 1,000,000 signatures to show the level of national support for the Bowling's inclusion in their capital city's Games.

2016 European Bowling Tour


European Bowling Tour announces preliminary schedule for 2016

17th season features 18 tournaments in 13 countries including 3 Platinum, 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 7 Satellite tournaments offering total prize fund of approx. 930.000 Euro (currently 1,033,000 U.S. Dollar)

2016EBTLogo_small.jpg The European Tenpin Bowling Federation has announced the preliminary schedule for the 2016 European Bowling Tour. Heading into the 17th season since the inception in the year 2000 the EBT will consist of 18 tournaments in 13 countries including three "Platinum" events as well as four "Gold", four "Silver" and 7 "Satellite" events. The 18 tournaments offer total prize fund of approximately 930.000 Euro, currently 1,033,000 U.S. Dollar.



Robin Crawford-Orlikowski, Dan MacLelland capture Canadian National titles

2016TeamCanadaRobinCrawfordOrlikowski_small.jpg2016TeamCanadaDanMacLelland_small.jpgRobin Crawford-Orlikowski (l.) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Dan MacLelland (r.) from Kitchener, Ontario captured the women's and men's Canadian National titles at the 2016 Canadian Team Trials in Oshawa, Ontario. Crawford-Orlikowski has been on Team Canada 12 times but for the first time she walked away with the gold medal in the adult division. MacLelland is also no rookie to Team Canada. The PBA touring pro has been on the adult team 4 times.

Industry News


QubicaAMF reports installations of Bowler Entertainment System in over 350 centers

Proprietors are reporting success with the ability to provide a unique and personalized experience to bowlers at each visit and by making the game more fun for a larger demographic

2015QAMFBESXLogo_small.jpgQubicaAMF Worldwide, the leading manufacturer of bowling and mini bowling products, has announced that to-date more than 350 centers and 6,300 lanes worldwide have installed BES X, its newest, and world's only, Bowler Entertainment System. In addition, centers are consistently reporting typical increases in total revenue upwards of 20%, expanded repeat business, and longer customer visits—all within the first year of installing the system.

Team USA News


U.S. National Amateur Bowling Championships to make its return in January

2015USAmateurLogo_small.jpg After almost a decade-long absence, the United States National Amateur Bowling Championships returns in 2016 and will take place as part of the United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials, scheduled for the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from Jan. 2-7. Both the men's and women's division winners at the 2016 U.S. Amateur will earn a spot on Team USA. USBC Team USA 2016 will have a minimum of 12 men and 12 women. The USBC Summer Team USA Trials event has been eliminated.

USBC Youth


USA Bowling announces sites for 16 youth regional events

2015USABowlingNCLogo_small.jpgStarting this fall, USA Bowling will hold 16 regional youth events to determine teams that will advance to the first USA Bowling national tournament in 2016. International Bowling Campus Youth Development started USA Bowling as a team-based youth program to introduce youngsters to bowling. The 16 USA Bowling Regional events that start this fall will determine teams that will compete in the first USA Bowling National event to be held in Indianapolis in the summer of 2016. Plans also include acquiring a TV partner for the new national event.



Organizer announces players for 2015 QubicaAMF Bowling Promotion Cup Tour

6th edition of the made-for-TV event features eight TV finals, four men and four women, in four cities in France (Nov. 2-7, 2015)

2015QBPCStMalo_small.jpg Tournament manager Bruno Bidone has announced the men's and women's roster for the 2015 QubicaAMF Bowling Promotion Cup Tour. The sixth edition of the made-for-TV Tour will be contested from Nov. 2-7 in bowling centers in four different cities in France, Bowling Skittle in Chateuabriant, Silverbowl in Angers, Bowling Le Belem in Dinan and Extra Bowl in Ballainvilliers. Each of the eight shows will air on French television networks and on the internet free of charge.

2015 ISBT #4


England's Angie Brown, Lol Ellis sweep the titles in 50+ Euro Bowling Open

2015ISBT04LolEllisAngieBrown_small.jpgAngie Brown and Lol Ellis (r-l) of England swept the women's and men's title in the 50+ Euro Bowling Open Sunday at Euro Bowling Deurne in Brussels, Belgium. It was the 12th career ISBT title for Brown, who pocketed 750 Euro, and the third for Ellis, who received the 1.400 Euro top prize. The fourth stop on the 2015 International Seniors Bowling Tour attracted an entry list of 73 men and 15 women including a strong English contingent, with 28 players competing.

2015 ISBT


2015 International Seniors Bowling Tour features 10 events in 5 countries

2015 season concludes with the ISBT Masters in Lomme, France

ISBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 International Seniors Bowling Tour features 10 tournaments in five countries, three each in France and Germany, two in Belgium, and one each in Italy and the Netherlands. 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 2014 season will be held on October 2 at Planet Bowling in Lomme, France. The 2015 Masters will be held in 2016.



Switzerland's Harn Chieh Kwan emerges victorious at 38th Grand Prix Zurich

2015GPZHarnChiehKwan_small.jpg Harn Chieh Kwan (pictured) of Switzerland closed out the finals of the 38th Grand Prix Zurich with a big 236 game to overtake his compatriot David Tanic en route to win the title and the 1.100 Swiss Franc top prize (approx. 1.064 Euro). The Swiss national team member posted a 1440 series and the field-best 205.71 average in the final seven-game round, which featured a special position point system format, to beat out Tanic for the title by six points, 95 to 89.

2015 European Bowling Tour #8


Jeroen van Geel defeats Kamilla Kjeldsen in roll-off to win his first EBT title Odense International

2015EBT08JeroenvanGeel2_small.jpgThe match play finals in the Odense International went into overtime when the two undefeated players, Jeroen van Geel of Netherlands and Kamilla Kjeldsen of Denmark tied in the title match at 202. In the one-ball roll-off Van Geel (pictured) struck while Kjeldsen left two pins standing to cruise to his first career EBT title and to earn the 4.000 Euro top prize. Kjeldsen, who was looking to become the first multiple EBT champion this season, had to settle for second place worth 2.500 Euro.



How to get the most from your bowling lesson

Republished courtesy of The Inside Line, a Kegel Publication (May 29, 2015)

20150529TheInsideLine_small.jpg At one time or another, many bowlers have considered taking lessons to improve their skills and take their game to the next level. If you are going to invest time and money into your training, it is important to understand how you can get the most benefit from your lesson. In this article, Kegel's Rick Wiltse will discuss how you can choose the type of lesson that is best for you and what to bring to your lesson.

Industry News


BlueArc Capital Management acquires Brunswick Bowling Products

BrunswickLogo_mini.jpgBrunswick Bowling Products announced today that it has been acquired by BlueArc Capital Management LLC, a private investment firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. Brunswick, the worldwide market leader in bowling products, is based in Muskegon, Michigan. BlueArc completed the acquisition with investments from Gladstone Investment Corporation, a publicly traded business development company in McLean, Virginia and Capitala Finance Corp., a business development company in Charlotte, North Carolina.



Bowlingdigital's Herbert Bickel selected for 2015 IBMA Luby Hall of Fame Award

BowlingdigitalEditorHerbertBickel_small.jpgBowlingdigital.com editor Herbert Bickel (pictured), one of the pioneers of online real-time coverage of bowling tournaments and news, has been chosen as the winner of the 2015 Luby Hall of Fame Award by the International Bowling Media Association. The award is presented to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to print, broadcast, telecast or photographic coverage of bowling over an extended period of years. The award will be presented June 24 at International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas.

2015 PWBA Tour #1


Hall of famer Liz Johnson wins 2015 USBC Queens

2015USBCQueensLizJohnson_small.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Liz Johnson (pictured) of Cheektowaga, New York, added to her legacy Tuesday as she became the ninth bowler in history to win multiple titles at the USBC Queens, a PWBA event. In the title match at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., Johnson cruised to a 256-202 victory against rookie Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska. Johnson claimed the coveted Queens tiara and $20,000 top prize, while McCarthy took home $10,000 for second place.

2015 PWBA Tour


2015 PWBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2015PWBALogo_small.jpg The 2015 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour was re-launched in 2015 after nearly a dozen years featuring seven regular-season events, three nationally televised majors and stops from coast to coast. The 2015 PWBA schedule kicked off with the USBC Queens in May and will conclude with the PWBA Tour Championship in September. Next event is the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open from July 9-12 at Steve Cook's Fireside Lanes in Sacramento, Calif.

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