PBA News

08/27/14

Barb Wilt retires after 44-year career of service to PBA and its members

2014PBAStaffBarbWilt_small.jpg In the 56-year history of the PBA, there is no one who has personally experienced as much of the history and evolution of the sport's professional organization than Barb Wilt, who will bring her 44-year career with PBA to an end when she retires on Aug. 31. Wilt began her career with PBA in a clerical position in July 1970 when PBA's offices were located in Akron, Ohio, and there were just five people working in the office. Over the next 44 years, she created a legacy of service to the organization and its members.

PBA News

08/26/14

Professional Bowlers Association moves administrative headquarters to Chicago

PBA will retain its IT staff and services in Seattle

PBA1958Logo_small_0.jpgEffective September 2, the Professional Bowlers Association will enter into a shared services agreement with Luby Publishing, publisher of Bowlers Journal International and other periodicals, and move its operational headquarters to Luby's home in Chicago, Commissioner Tom Clark announced today. The move, Clark said, is designed to improve the organization's operational efficiencies, taking advantage of Luby Publishing's expertise in membership services.

2014 WBT News

08/26/14

World Bowling Tour Finals to showcase world's best bowlers

WBTLogo_small.jpgThe top-ranked bowlers in the world will be featured in the season-ending World Bowling Tour (WBT) Finals in November in the grand finale to the WBT season. The top three men and top three women in the WBT rankings were finalized over the weekend as the final stop on the 2014 schedule was held in Bangkok, Thailand. The finalists were determined based on the WBT points standings and will compete for a $70,000 prize pool on Nov. 1 or 2 in Las Vegas.

2014 WBT Men's Point Ranking

08/26/14

Mika Koivuniemi, Sean Rash, Jason Belmonte lead 2014 WBT men's point ranking

Top three players advance to the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals Nov. 1 or 2 in Las Vegas

WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 World Bowling Tour featureds 12 tournaments including two major events (award double ranking points) and one event which was exclusively for women (USBC Queens). The top 50 men and women earned points based on how they finished in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points include every event from 2013 and 2014. The top 3 men and top 3 women qualified for the World Bowling Tour Finals November 1 or 2, 2014 in Las Vegas.

2014 WBT Women's Point Ranking

08/26/14

Kelly Kulick, Liz Johnson, Sandra Andersson lead 2014 WBT women's point ranking

Top three players advance to the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals Nov. 1 or 2 in Las Vegas

WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 World Bowling Tour featureds 12 tournaments including two major events (award double ranking points) and one event which was exclusively for women (USBC Queens). The top 50 men and women earned points based on how they finished in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points include every event from 2013 and 2014. The top 3 men and top 3 women qualified for the World Bowling Tour Finals November 1 or 2, 2014 in Las Vegas.

2014 World Bowling Tour #12

08/25/14

Osku Palermaa defeats Ryan Ciminelli twice to win his fourth PBA title in WBT Thailand event

2014PBALeagueSF2RyanCiminelli_small.jpg2014PBALeagueQF4OskuPalermaa_small.jpgTwo-hander Osku Palermaa (l.) of Finland defeated Ryan Ciminelli (r.), United States, 227-213 and 243-224 to win his fourth career PBA title in the World Bowling Tour Thailand tournament Monday afternoon at Blu-O Paragon bowling center in Bangkok. Palermaa received 1 million Baht or approximately $31,240 for the victory. Ciminelli, who was looking for his third PBA title, was consoled with $31,240.

2014 World Bowling Tour

08/25/14

2014 World Bowling Tour concludes with WBT Thailand tournament

WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 World Bowling Tour, which consisted of 12 tournaments in Arabia (6), United States (3), Europe (2) and Asia (1), concluded with the WBT Thailand event August 25 in Bangkok. Players earned ranking points based on how they finished in each event. The top three men and top three women in the WBT Point Ranking advance to the WBT Finals, which will be contested the first weekend in November in Las Vegas as part of the PBA World Series of Bowling VI. The finals will air on national television in the United States.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #30

08/22/14

Youth movement making a statement in PBA's Southwest Region

PBA Regional Summary: EJ Tackett tops Rhino Page in Coldwater

PBARegionalBreakdown_small.jpgThe PBA Southwest Region has experienced a youth movement during the 2014 season, according to Southwest Region manager Pete McCordic. So far this year, the region has seen four players win their first PBA titles – and all of them are under the age of 28. The most recent additions to the list are 23-year-old twin brothers Anthony and Sean Lavery of Pasadena, Texas, who won their first titles in back-to-back weeks. And three non-members also have won PBA Southwest events for the first time.

2014 PBA50 Tour Awards

08/21/14

Norm Duke earns PBA50 Player and Rookie of the Year

Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber Top 2014 PBA50 Tour Statistics; Johnny Petraglia takes Super Senior Player of the Year honors

2014PBA50POYNormDuke_small.jpgIt didn't take long for PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke (pictured) to make an impact on the PBA50 Tour. In his rookie season on the tour for players ages 50 and older, the 37-time PBA Tour champion from Clermont, Florida, became only the second player to earn PBA50 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the same season. Despite the great season Duke had, it was two other PBA greats – Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber – who led the PBA50 Tour statistical races over the course of the 11-tournament campaign.

United States

08/21/14

Craig Nidiffer shoots big game to win 11th New Mexico Open

2014NMOpenCraigNidiffer2_small.jpgA new champion, the tenth different winner in the tournament's eleven years, was crowned Sunday at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA, when Craig Nidiffer (pictured) from the Detroit, Michigan, area caught two early breaks in his match against top seed, Brett Wolfe of Phoenix to beat the 2010 runner-up, 276-237, and to claim the $10,000 first prize. Wolfe, who lost to Andrew Cain a few years ago, received $5,500 as runner-up.

2014 WYC Hong Kong

08/19/14

13th CGSE World Youth Championships in Hong Kong comes to an end

Under-21 youth bowlers to be invited to compete in the 14th World Youth Championships in Lincoln, Neb., USA, in July 2016

2014WYCLogo_small.jpg 2014WorldBowlingLogo_small.jpg Hong Kong was the center of the bowling world August 6-15, when the best Under-21 bowlers in the sport competed in the 13th World Youth Championships at SCAA Bowling Center. 262 players, 96 girls and 166 boys, from 46 World Bowling member federations participated in the biennial event and bowled for 10 gold, 10 silver and 18 bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Team of Four, All-Events and Masters.

PBA News

08/19/14

PBA Hall of Famer Gene Stus dies at 74

20140818PBAHoFGeneStus_small.jpg The Professional Bowlers Association has learned that PBA Hall of Famer and Senior Tour standout Gene Stus of Allen Park, Mich., died on Monday, August 18, at age 74. As a competitive bowler for most of his adult life, Stus had always wondered how he might have done on the PBA Tour. But the opportunity to compete in Tour competition didn't present itself until he was able to retire from General Motors after 32 years at the age of 50 and he became a regular on the Senior Tour, now called the PBA50 Tour.

2014 WYC Hong Kong

08/15/14

Top-seeded Mirai Ishimoto, Jesper Svensson win WYC Masters gold in dramatic fashion

Both championship matches in the Under-21 World Youth Championships were decided in the last frame

2014WYCMastersGirlsGoldMiraiIshimoto_small.jpg 2014WYCMastersBoysGoldJesperSvensson_small.jpgMirai Ishimoto (l.), 16, of Japan and Jesper Svensson (r.), 19, of Sweden won the girls' and boys' championship matches of the 13th CGSE World Youth Championships in dramatic fashion to earn the gold medals Friday afternoon at the 40-lane South China Athletic Association bowling center in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China. The victory banquet, slated for 7 p.m. at Panda Hotel, will conclude the 13th World Youth Championships.

2014 PBA50 Tour #12

08/14/14

Walter Ray Williams Jr. wins season-ending PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open

Norm Duke earns PBA50 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year Award

2015PBA5012WalterRayWilliams_small.jpgWalter Ray Williams Jr. (r.) won his ninth career PBA50 Tour title and Norm Duke withstood a challenge from Tom Baker in the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer to earn the 2014 PBA50 Player of the Year crown Wednesday at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn. Williams, defeated Baker in the championship match, 268-224. With a win Baker could have earned the 16 points necessary to move ahead of Duke of Clermont, Florida, for the Player of the Year title.

2014 PBA50 Tour

08/14/14

2014 PBA50 Tour Schedule & Champions

PBA50Logo_small.jpgThe 2014 PBA50 Tour (formerly the PBA Senior Tour) features 12 tournaments Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, California, Oregon, Indiana, Ohio and Minnesota including two majors, the PBA Senior U.S. Open and USBC Senior Masters, to be held back-to-back in Las Vegas in June. For the second consecutive year, a season-long point competition will qualify the top three players for the televised PBA50 Tour Finals which will be conducted during the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in November.

2014 WYC Hong Kong

08/13/14

Wesley Low (USA) shoots 300 game at 13th CGSE World Youth Championships

2014WYCWesleyLow300HammerNail_small.jpgJunior Team USA's Wesley Low rolled the first 300 game of the 13th CGSE World Youth Championships at SCAA bowling center in Hong Kong, China, in the first game of the second 3-game block of the Boys Team event. It was the fifth perfecto in WYC history and the fourth by a boy. PBA star Tommy Jones, United States, was the first youth bowler who achieved perfection (1996) and was followed Mubarak Al Muraikhi of Qatar (1998) and Syimir Abdul Razak of Malaysia (2010). Daniela Alvarado of Mexico (2008) is the only girl in the elite 300-club.

PBA News

08/08/14

50th Anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions returns to Indianapolis

Historic PBA major championship returns to the city of its birth Feb. 11-15, 2015

2014PBAToCLogo_small.jpgWoodland Bowl, the host for some of the most memorable championships in Professional Bowlers Association history, will once again step into the spotlight early in 2015 when the 50th anniversary PBA Tournament of Champions returns to the city where it was born. The newly-renovated Woodland Bowl will host the milestone Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions Monday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 15, when ESPN will televise the finals live at 1 p.m. ET.

2014 WSOB VI

08/05/14

Entries open August 15 for PBA World Series of Bowling VI

World's top players to compete in traditional events; new PBA Challenge added to ESPN lineup

2014PBAWSOBVILogo_small.jpgEntries will open on Friday, Aug. 15, for the Professional Bowlers Association's World Series of Bowling VI which returns to South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas Oct. 24-Nov. 2 with a proven formula, a capacity field of the world's most talented bowlers and a few new wrinkles. The World Series, which made its debut in suburban Detroit in 2009, has evolved into an international showcase for bowlers from around the world.

World Bowling News

08/04/14

World Bowling creates group to explore alternative scoring systems

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With hopes of making following competitive bowling easier and simpler for a majority of people and mainstream media, World Bowling has created a new group tasked with exploring alternative scoring systems. World Bowling president and CEO Kevin Dornberger has announced the formation of the Alternate Bowling Scoring System working group that will find a way to engage non-bowling spectators to help the sport grow. Dornberger said the goal for this group is to come up with an initial recommendation by Dec. 1, 2014.

BPAA Tournaments

07/26/14

Shannon Pluhowsky wins 2014 BPAA Women's All-Star

2014BPAAWomensAllStarShannonPluhowsky_small.jpg 2014BPAAWomensAllStarDianaZavjalova_small.jpgIn a week where strikes were hard to come by, Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky (l.) of Dayton, Ohio, stepped up and delivered one to remember as she defeated Diana Zavjalova (r.) of Latvia, 225-212, in the championship match of the BPAA Women's All-Star Tournament. Zavjalova clung to a one-pin lead until a missed 2-4-8-10 split in the ninth frame gave Pluhowsky a chance to shut her out.

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