2016 European Bowling Tour


Schedule, Champions and Money-breakdown

Season-ending Qatar Bowling Open changes dates to December 10-16

2016EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2016 European Bowling Tour got underway with its 17th consecutive season in early January. The EBT will consist of 16 tournaments in 11 countries, including three "Platinum", three "Gold", four "Silver" and six "Satellite" events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 Euro. The season-ending Qatar Bowling Open, originally scheduled for Nov. 25 to Dec. 1, has changed dates to December 10-16. The EBT commences with the Kegel Aalborg International 2016 May 23-29.

2016 ISBT #2


Martina Beckel, Steven Jeeves capture titles in 50+ Euro Bowling Open

2016ISBT02MartinaBeckelStevenJeeves_small.jpgGermany's Martina Beckel and Steven Jeeves of England captured the women's and men's title in the 50+ Euro Bowling Open, the second stop on the International Seniors Bowling Tour (ISBT), Sunday, April 3, at Euro Bowling in Deurne, Belgium. In the title match, Jeeves (right) defeated Laurent Quittelier of France, 182-165, while Beckel (left) flew past Maria Grazia Locatelli of Italy, 262-193. It was the seventh ISBT title for Beckel and the first for Jeeves.

2016 ISBT


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.

ABF Tour News


Alisports to be the Official Partner for the 2016 ABF Tour

2016ABFTLogo_small.jpgFor the first time since 2004, when the ABF Tour became the official Tour of Asian Bowling Federation, an official partner, Alisports, will be involved with the 2016 Tour commencing April when the ABF Tour -Thailand will be held on April 18 at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand. Established September 9th, 2015, Alisports will take care of the TV production and media exposure through their media platform for six of the legs of the 2016 ABF Tour.



Product Maintenance in the High Tech Era

By Ted Thompson - Republished courtesy of The Inside Line (April 1, 2016)

2016KegelTedThompson_small.jpg Just about everyone involved in the game of bowling on a sport level has learned that today's high tech bowling balls need more maintenance than the bowling balls in the "low tech" era. In the 'good ole days' all one had to do is resurface their ball every year or two, and your ball performed as good as new. But the high tech bowling balls of today need a lot more "tender loving care" in order to maintain high performance levels. Not only do the bowling balls of today need simple resurfacing from time to time, they are much more porous.

2016 PBA Tour #6


Ryan Ciminelli pushes himself to victory in PBA Maine Shootout

Cheektowaga left-hander sweeps Tommy Jones for sixth career PBA Tour title

2016PBA06RyanCiminelli_small.jpg Gradually, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. (center), is beginning to believe in himself, and thanks to a momentary burst of confidence, the 30-year-old left-hander rolled his way to a two-game sweep of 16-time Professional Bowlers Association title winner Tommy Jones in the best-of-three-game title match of the bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout at Bayside Bowl Wednesday. Ciminelli defeated Jones, 255-213 and 225-203, to win his sixth PBA Tour title and the $10,000 first prize.

USBC Coaching


USBC Coaching signs agreement with Japan Bowling Congress

2016USBCCoachingJPBATesting_small.jpg Stephen Padilla, Director of Coaching Certification and Development for the United States Bowling Congress, recently had the opportunity to travel to Japan to conduct the first Level I and Bronze certification coaching classes for the Japanese Professional Bowling Association (JPBA). Following the classes, USBC Coaching signed an international agreement with the Japan Bowling Congress to host future coaching certification classes.



Danielle McEwan rolls on as March Bowler of the Month

2016HHEmirCupChampionDanielleMcEwan_small.jpgDanielle McEwan of Stony Brook, New York, has been chosen as the March 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. McEwan defeated Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 540-416 in a two-game total pins match to claim the H.H. Emir Cup 2016, her first World Bowling Tour title. McEwan received eight pins per game of handicap granted each woman during a WBT event, thus does not receive credit for a PBA title.

PBA News


PBA Detroit Fall Swing set for Thunderbowl Lanes in September

Multi-event Wolf, Bear, Badger, Detroit Opens and King of Swing to air on CBS Sports Network

DetroitThunderbowlLanes_small.jpgThe Professional Bowlers Association will return to historic Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Allen Park, Mich., Sept. 4-11 with its multi-event Detroit Fall Swing, featuring the Wolf, Bear, Badger and Detroit Opens plus a Fall King of the Swing special event. All five events will be televised on CBS Sports Network on dates to be announced. The PBA Fall Swing previously has been held as the PBA Summer Swing in Milwaukee (2013) and Shawnee, Okla. (2014 and '15).



CTF Board announces Bowlers of the Year

2016CTFBowlerOTYRobinOrlikowski_small.jpg2016CTFBowlerOTYDanMacLelland_small.jpgThe Canadian Tenpin Federation has announced its Bowler of Year selections for 2015. The adult team Bowler of the Year awards go out to Robin Orlikowski of Grand Rapids, MI (l.) and Dan MacLelland from Kitchener, Ontario (r.). Mykaela Mitchell from London, ON, and Mitch Hupe, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, are the youth selections. Senior selections go to Lauraine Fast of Calgary, Alberta and John Chapman from Toronto, Ontario.




Puebla, Mexico to host 4th PABCON Champion of the Champions Tournament

Noria Pro Bowling in Puebla, Mexico (April 22-26, 2016)

2016PABCONLogo_small.jpgThe city of Puebla in Mexico will host the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Champion of Champions tournament April 22-26, 2016 at 36-lane Noria Pro Bowling. Two male and two female athletes from each of the 25 PABCON federations are eligible to participate in the COC tournament. The top three countries in both the men's and women's field automatically qualify for the 2017 World Games which will take place from July 20-30 in Wroclaw, Poland.

Industry News


Brunswick Bowling hires Rocky Ferman as Aftermarket Product Specialist

2016BrunswickRockyFerman_small.jpg Brunswick Bowling today announced it has hired Rocky Ferman as an aftermarket product specialist covering the Midwestern United States. Ferman will call on and assist bowling centers with their pinsetter, electrical, and lane maintenance needs. Ferman has also has worked as a nuclear reactor inspector and ski lift mechanic. Ferman will continue to live in Kansas, which is centrally located in his territory, and will report to Frank Marrese, North American sales manager, aftermarket products.



California bowler oldest to roll certified 800 series

2016WilliamLautenschlager805_small.jpg Even at 85 years old, William Lautenschlager of Stockton, California, still is working on his bowling game, and changes made earlier this year helped land him in the USBC record books as the oldest bowler to roll a USBC-certified 800 series. Lautenschlager put together games of 226, 279 and 300 for an 805 set Jan. 14 at Stockton's West Lane Bowl in the Thursday Senior A league, one of three leagues Lautenschlager participates in, and he claimed the record at 85 years and 9 days old.

Industry News


Motiv responds to USBC ruling, introduces ball exchange program

2013MotivLogo_small.jpg MOTIV® has announced Wednesday that, while it is still seeking to have approval reinstated for the popular Jackal Carnage and Jackal bowling balls, the company is offering customers who purchased these balls the opportunity to exchange them for another MOTIV model. On March 15, Executive Director of the USBC, Chad Murphy, announced that approval of the Jackal Carnage and Jackal bowling balls was being revoked immediately, citing the results of a recent spot check in the marketplace.

Industry News


Roger Creamer named Director for QubicaAMF

As Director of International Relations and Sports Development, Creamer will lead the company's initiative to further develop the sport of tenpin bowling in all markets around the world

2016QubiaAMFDirectorRogerCreamer2_small.jpg QubicaAMF Worldwide (QubicaAMF) has announce that Roger Creamer has been appointed Director of International Relations and Sport Development. Creamer will lead the company's initiative to promote the sport of bowling worldwide, working with the Industry and Bowling Federations. QubicaAMF is committed to the sport of bowling and sees the future of the sport gaining worldwide acclaim with a goal of inclusion in the Olympics. Creamer is an accomplished bowler with several 300 games to his name.

Industry News


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United Arab Emirates


Naif Oqab bags 4th DIBC Open Masters title

2016DIBCOpenNaifOqab_small.jpg Top seed, Naif Oqab of the UAE lived up to seeding expectations to bag the Open Masters title of the 4th DIBC Open Bowling Tournament Saturday at Dubai International Bowling Center in Al Mamzar, Dubai, UAE. Oqab (center) fought a closely contested match against HRH Prince Mohammed Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, needing a spare and strike in the 10th frame to shut out the Prince and to win the title match, 214-200. Oqab bagged the top prize of 25,000 Dirham or roughly $6,800.

2016 EYC


Swedes William Svensson, Cajsa Wegner claim gold in EYC Masters

Ahokas, Bulanova earn silver; Kjær, Van Deutekom and Tagg, Degenhardt share bronze; Sweden leads the medal tally for the third consecutive European Youth Championships

2016EYCMastersBoysPodium_small.jpg 2016EYCMastersGirlsPodium_small.jpg Sweden's William Svensson and Cajsa Wegner captured the gold medals in boys' and girls' masters match play, which concluded the 29th European Youth Championships Sunday at Keiluhöllin Egilshöll bowling center in Reykjavik, Iceland. For the third consecutive year, Sweden led the medal tally, this time with five gold and five bronze medals.

2016 EYC


Maria Bulanova, Patrik Sörensen win gold medals in Singles

Cajsa Wegner, Niko Oksanen take the gold medalls in All-Events

2016EYCMariaBulanova_small.jpg 2016EYCPatrikSorensen_small.jpg Top-seeded Maria Bulanova (l.) of Russia and second-seeded Patrik Sörensen (r.) of Denmark captured the Singles titles at the 29th European Youth Championships in Reykjavik, Iceland. Bulanova topped Shir Azulay of Israel, 226-184, to win the girl's title, while Sörensen flew past team champion Rok Kostric of Slovenia in the boys' finale, 249-185. Azulay and bronze medalist Cajsa Wegner of Sweden rolled 300 games in the girls' preliminaries.



Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg destroyed in fire

Future of the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament unsure

20160325DolphinBowlingFire_small.jpg Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands, burned down last night but thankfully, no one was injured. The 20-laner known was the host center of the European Bowling Tour's Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament. According to Luc Jansen, who did a wonderful job of running a first-class event with his staff, the fire started last night around 11 p.m. behind lanes 11 and 12. Within minutes the fire spread around the bowling center (pictured).

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