BPAA Tournaments


Paula Vidad defends title in 2014 Bowling's Senior Women's U.S. Open

Tish Johnson wins Triple Crown Shoot-Out

2014SeniorWUSOPaulaVidad_small.jpgPaula Vidad (pictured) of Sun City, California, successfully defended her title at Bowling's Senior Women's U.S. Open with a 234-210 win Thursday against United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Vidad, a 54-year-old right-hander, started the title tilt at The Cherry Bowl with three consecutive strikes and struck on the first shot of her final frame to lock up the green jacket and $3,000 top prize. Johnson received $2,000 for second place.

BPAA Tournaments


Illinois, Kansas teams take top honors at 2014 International Family Tournament

2014InternationalFamilyTournamentLogo_small.jpgTwelve pins were the difference between first and second place in the Parent/Youth division of the 39th Annual International Family Tournament presented by QubicaAMF (IFT). The tournament, held this year at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford, Illinois, July 19-21, drew 36 Parent/Youth and 38 Parent/Teen teams representing 25 states and the U.S. Navy for three days of fun and friendly competition for a share of a $70,000 scholarship pool.

Industry News


QubicaAMF affirms its commitment to the Bowling Industry

In the wake of the recent announcement by Brunswick Corporation to sell its Bowling Products business, QubicaAMF Worldwide affirms its commitment to help grow the bowling industry

20130731QubicaAMFLogo_small.jpgAs result of the announcement by Brunswick Corporation on July 17, 2014, that it plans to divest its Bowling Products business by the end of the year, QubicaAMF Worldwide (QubicaAMF), a leading manufacturer and marketer of bowling and amusement products, reassured the bowling industry of its commitment to the success of its customers and to the bowling business as a whole.

2014 PBA50 Tour #9


Pete Weber wins PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic for third career PBA50 Tour title

In another all-Hall of Fame final, Weber defeats Randy Pedersen, 259-207, for first win of the season

2014PBA5009PeteWeber_small.jpgAfter five top-eight finishes, Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber (pictured with proprietor Dave Small, left) finally broke through to win his first PBA50 Tour title of the season Wednesday by winning the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic presented by Ebonite. Weber defeated fellow Hall of Famer and PBA Tour telecast color analyst Randy Pedersen of Orlando, Fla., 259-207, in the title match at Pro Bowl West, to also notch his third career PBA50 Tour title.

2014 ISBT #6


England's Angie Brown, Ron Oldfield sweep the titles in 2014 Flanders Senior Open

Brown becomes the first player, men and women, to win multiple titles in the 2014 season; Brown (10 titles) and Oldfield (8 titles) are the all-time ISBT title leaders

2014ISBT06AngieBrownRonOldfield_small.jpgEngland's Angie Brown and Ron Oldfield (pictured, l-r) swept the women's and men's titles in the 2014 Flanders Senior Open which concluded Sunday, July 20, in Antwerp, Belgium. It was Brown's 10th title and Oldfield's 8th, both records on the International Seniors Bowling Tour. Brown, who won the women's title at the 1st Senior Open at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, earlier this month, become the first player, men and women, to win multiple titles on the 2014 Tour.

2014 PBA50 Tour #8


Bill McCorkle wins inaugural PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic for first PBA50 title

61-year-old PBA veteran defeats PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia 244-173 in title match

2014PBA5008BillMcCorkle_small.jpg Bill McCorkle (pictured with Pro Bowl West proprietor Dave Small, left) of Westerville, Ohio, won the biggest tournament of his professional career Sunday by defeating PBA Hall of Famer and eight-time PBA50 Tour winner Johnny Petraglia in the championship match of the PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Storm. In the inaugural event for PBA50 Tour players ages 60 and over, McCorkle defeated the top-seeded Petraglia, 244-173, at Pro Bowl West to record his first PBA50 Tour title.

2014 European Bowling Tour #10


Dominic Barrett defeats Stuart Williams in all-English affair to win his 9th EBT title in San Marino

Swedes Joachim Karlsson, Markus Jansson eliminated in Eliminator Round 1 and 2 to finish in third and fourth place

2014EBT10StuartWillams_small.jpg2014EBT10DominicBarrett_small.jpgIn the last round of the eliminator finals between England's PBA champion Sunday evening at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, three-time PBA titlist Dominic Barrett (l.) used a 181-160 win to defeat one-time PBA titlist Stuart Williams (r.), 671-610, en route to win his 9th career European Bowling Tour title, 8.000 Euro and 150 ranking points. Williams, who was targeting to win his seventh EBT title, received 5.000 Euro and 120 point for second place.

USBC Youth


Six USBC youth members win national titles at 2014 Junior Gold Championships

2014JuniorGoldWinners_small.jpg Tylor Greene of Davison, Michigan, and Breanna Clemmer of Clover, South Carolina, claimed the 20-and-under titles at the 2014 Junior Gold Championships, while Adam Zimmerman of Deer Park, New York, and Ashley Channell of Morris Chapel, Tennessee, won the 15-and-under division. In the new 12-and-under division, Anthony Neuer of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and Madison Bailey of Rocklin, California, earned victories.

PBA News


PBA adjusts women's dues, re-schedules Central, Midwest Region events


PBA Deputy Commissioner Kirk von Krueger (pictured) announced Friday that the PBA has adjusted membership dues for women for the balance of the 2014 season as part of a revised PBA Women's Regional program. The inaugural PBA Women's Regional program, offering women bowlers close-to-home opportunities to bowl in PBA-caliber competition, will culminate with a PBA Challenge television event on ESPN which also will feature the PBA Regional Finals match, PBA50 Tour Finals match and Teen Masters Grand Championship match.

Industry News


Brunswick to sell Retail Bowling Business to Bowlmor AMF

Courtesy of BJI Cyber Report #820

BrunswickLogo_mini.jpg Brunswick Corporation has announced on Thursday, July 17, it has agreed to sell its Retail Bowling business to Bowlmor AMF for $270 million, contingent upon customary closing procedures. Brunswick anticipates completing this transaction in approximately 90 days. In connection with its decision to sell its bowling centers, Brunswick also announced its intention to divest its Bowling Products business. Brunswick is targeting to complete that sales process by the end of 2014, during which time the company will continue to operate the business.

PBA News


Pete Weber wins his fourth "Best Bowler" ESPY Award

201213PBA18PeteWeber_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (pictured) of St. Ann, Mo., won his fourth Best Bowler ESPY Award Wednesday during the 22nd annual ESPY Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Weber was the leading vote-getter among Best Bowler candidates Jason Belmonte, Wes Malott and Sean Rash, who attended the event with his wife Sara and father Gene Rash. ESPN awards for a variety of sports categories and special moments are determined by fan voting on espn.com.



Panama's Eric Lanuza dies at 57

Eric Lanuza.jpgThe Panamanian bowling community mourns the loss of Eric Eduardo Lanuza. The long-time national team member, coach and WTBA Technical Delegate died July 2 at the age of 57. Eric was three-time National Champion and a member of Panama's national team for 20 consecutive years (1982-2001). After retiring from the national team, Eric attended coaching courses from renowned bowling coaches Fred Borden and Palmer Fallgreen and became USBC Bronze coach, and then USBC Silver coach.



IBMHOF raises $25,000, elects new leadership at Bowl Expo

2014IBMHOFLogo_small.jpg While not as busy as usual, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame still had an eventful week at International Bowl Expo June 22-26 in Orlando, Fla. Even without the traditional Salute to Bowling this year, the IBMHOF still raised more than $25,000. Outgoing IBMHOF president/chairman of the board Keith Hamilton, who was stepping down after serving three terms as president/chairman will be followed by Industry veteran Bob Gudorf, executive vice president of Classic Products Corp.

PBA News


Former PBA Commissioner Mike Connor dies at 81

20140712MikeConnor_small.jpg Mike Connor, who served as PBA Commissioner from 1992-1995, died July 12 at the age of 81 after a short illness. Connor, of Akron, Ohio, became PBA's second Commissioner replacing Joe Antenora who served in the position from 1978-1991. During Connor's tenure, Bud Light became the official beer of the PBA and sponsor of the PBA National Championship and Touring Players Championship. Prior to joining PBA, Connor worked for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company where he spent 34 years.

United States


Oklahoma team tops list of winners at 2014 USBC Open Championships

2014USBCOCArtisticExpressions1_small.jpgThe members of Artistic Expressions 1 of Oklahoma City (pictured left) already were well-known throughout the Southwest, but they've gained international notoriety since rolling the highest team score in 111 years of USBC Open Championships history. Their 3,720 team total at the National Bowling Stadium on June 23 earned them a whirlwind of media and bowling-community attention that will continue now that they're officially this year's Regular Team champions.



Omaha, Nebraska, to host 2015 USBC Convention

Las Vegas to serve as host city for the 2016 and 2017 conventions

USBCConventionLogo_small.jpgThe 2015 USBC Convention and Annual Meeting will shift to Omaha, Neb., and will take place April 27-30. The 2015 USBC Convention will take place at the Ramada Plaza Omaha, and also will start a day earlier than previously announced. The final day of the Annual Meeting, which includes the legislative session, will take place Thursday, April 30. The convention originally was scheduled for Indianapolis. Las Vegas will serve as host city for the 2016 and 2017 conventions.



Champions crowned at 2014 USBC Senior Championships

2014USBCSeniorChampions50to54_small.jpg Herman Ferguson (l.) of Los Angeles was one of 12 champions crowned at the 2014 USBC Senior Championships, and he earned his title with a clutch performance in his final frames at the National Bowling Stadium. Ferguson struck on his final four deliveries to secure the victory. He finished with a 687 series and 2,128 total for his nine games, just 10 pins ahead of Don Griffin (c.) of St. Louis (2,118). Eduardo Vegas (r.), Tucson, Ariz., finished third (2,099).



Jason Overstreet named USBC Deputy Executive Director


Jason Overstreet (pictured) has been named USBC Deputy Executive Director by Executive Director Chad Murphy. The move elevates Overstreet from his previous role as Managing Director of Marketing and Communications, and is part of a broader leadership restructuring. Joining Murphy and Overstreet on the new USBC executive team will be Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Salazar and Managing Director of National Governing Body Neil Stremmel. A search is ongoing for a Managing Director of Technology/Operations/Planning.

PBA50 Tour News


PBA50 Player, Rookie of the Year races make stretch run heading into Fort Wayne

Norm Duke leads in both the PBA50 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year points races

2014PBANormDuke_small.jpgWith the 2014 PBA50 Tour season heading into the home stretch, PBA50 Tour rookie Norm Duke (pictured) finds himself with a commanding lead in both the PBA50 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year points races — at least for now. As the lone two-time winner this season, Duke, with 48 points, holds a healthy 13-point lead over two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the POY race and a 22-point lead over Parker Bohn III in the ROY race with four tournaments remaining on the 2014 schedule.

Czech Republic


Markku Veijanen wins his first international title in Czech Open 2014

Finn averages over 250 in last eliminator round to earn the 2.500 Euro top prize; high-scoring 12th edition of the event features eight 300 games and one 299

2014CzechOpenMarkkuVeijanen2_small.jpgMarkku Veijanen (pictured) of Finland rolled games of 267 and 238 in the last eliminator round of the Czech Open 2014 to win his first international title and the 2.500 Euro top prize Sunday at Bowland bowling center in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Veijanen beat out Björn Einar Rudshagen of Norway for the top spot by 11 pins, 505-494. The 12th edition of the Czech Open drew 222 players from 20 countries, 182 men and 40 women, and offered total prize fund of 13.140 Euro.

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