PBA News


Jason Belmonte wins back-to-back Best Bowler ESPY Awards

Australian two-hander earns third overall award during ceremonies in Los Angeles

2016PBA03JasonBelmonte2_small.jpg Jason Belmonte of Australia earned his second consecutive and third overall Best Bowler ESPY Award Wednesday evening during the 2016 ESPY Awards ceremonies at the Microsoft Theater. Belmonte, who won his first ESPY Award in 2011, was among winners in a variety of sports and special moment categories that were determined by fan voting. The winners were announced during ABC-TV's live ESPY Awards telecast. Also nominated were Ryan Ciminelli, Jesper Svensson and Anthony Simonsen.

United States


2016 USBC Open Championships concludes at National Bowling Stadium

2016OCHiggysAquarium_small.jpgAfter a few close calls, everything finally fell into place for Dan Higgins of Westerville, Ohio, and his teammates, and they headline the list of champions at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, which finished its 129-day run Monday at the National Bowling Stadium. Higgins helped Higgy's Aquarium to the Team All-Events title with a 10,041 total, marking only the 59th time in 113 years of tournament history the 10,000-pinfall mark has been surpassed.



Roberta Rodrigues, Renan Zoghaib win 25th QubicaAMF Brazil Bowling Cup

2016BWCQBrazil_small.jpgRoberta Rodrigues and Renan Zoghaib captured the women's and men's title in the 25th QubicaAMF Brazil Bowling Cup, sponsored by Pin1 Bowling Supply - QubicaAMF, Sunday, July 10, at Dragon Bowling Center Norte in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The winners will represent their country at the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, which will be held at Hao's Bowling in Shanghai, China October 14-23, 2016. It will be the third World Cup for Zoghaib and the second for Rodrigues.

USBC Youth


2016 Junior Gold Championships kicks off this weekend in Indianapolis

Bowling.com USBC Youth Open starts Thursday

2016JGCLogo_small.jpg More than 3,300 youth bowlers, the largest field in tournament history, are scheduled to compete at the 2016 Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master, and the weeklong event will kick off with this weekend in Indianapolis with the trade show and opening ceremonies. The Junior Gold Championships features the top youth bowlers (U20, U15 and U12) in the country seeking national titles, spots on Junior Team USA and scholarship money.

2016 PWBA Tour #6


Shannon O'Keefe captures third title at Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open

2016PWBA06ShannonOKeefe3_small.jpgShannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, wasted no time in the title match, defeating Colombia native Clara Guerrero of Pflugerville, Texas, 252-203, to win the Pepsi Professional Women's Bowling Association Lincoln Open, her third career PWBA title and second of the 2016 season. For O'Keefe, her success in 2016 might not be possible without her previous television experiences. Through repetition, the 37-year-old right-hander has learned how to control her emotions when competing on television.



PDW repeats as IBMA Kegel Bowler of the Month


Pete Weber, St. Ann, Missouri, has been chosen as the June 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Weber won two PBA50 majors in the month. He defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Michigan, 223-184, for the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open title, presented by 900 Global, and edged Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 266-263 in the second and deciding game to win the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters.



Disqualifications at USBC Open Championships due to unreported Sport averages

2016IBMAGMChadMurphy2_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress has disqualified several bowlers from the 2016 USBC Open Championships for bowling in the Classified Division using Sport averages reported as Standard averages. "Average integrity continues to be a serious issue for our sport and USBC is committed to aggressively enforcing our rules in this area," USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy (pictured) said. "The Open Championships will not tolerate bowlers competing in a lower division due to an unreported Sport-league average or any average manipulation tactic."

United States


2016 USBC Mixed comes to a close in Las Vegas

2016USBCMixedGoBearsofBenicia_small.jpgThe 2016 USBC Mixed concluded its second run alongside the USBC Women's Championships on Sunday. The USBC Mixed, which made its debut in 2015 in Reno, Nevada, kicked off April 10 and featured four-player mixed team (two men and two women), mixed doubles (one man and one woman) and open singles competition. Mixed team events were held at the new South Point Bowling Plaza, while doubles and singles were contested at the South Point Bowler Center.

Chinese Taipei


Michael Mak, Huang Chiung-Yao take 16th Chinese Taipei International Open titles

2016TPEOpenHuangChiungYaoMichaelMak_small.jpgHong Kong's Michael Mak and Chinese Taipei's Huang Chiung-Yao emerged as men's and women's Open Masters champion of the 16th Chinese Taipei International Open Bowling Championships Saturday at Southern Bowling Center in Kaohsiung City, Chinese Taipei. Top-seeded Mak held off Wu Hao-Ming, Chinese Taipei, in the men's title match, 257-244. Huang, seeded second in an all-Chinese Taipei women's stepladder finals, had to defeat top-seeded Chang Yu-Hsuan twice to win the title.

2016 European Bowling Tour #8


Ray Teece wins all-English Brunswick Madrid Challenge finals

Teece defeats PBA champions Dom Barrett and Stu Williams on his way to win his first European Bowling Tour title; follows in the footprints of his brother Richard

2016EBT08ChampionRayTeece_small.jpg In an all-English stepladder final, Ray Teece (pictured) defeated England's PBA champions Dom Barrett and Stu Williams in two almost identical games to win the 4th Brunswick Madrid Challenge and the 6.000 Euro top prize Sunday at Bowling ChamartĂ­n in Madrid, Spain. By winning his first European Bowling Tour title, Ray followed in the footprints of his younger brother Richard, who owns two EBT titles, including the Odense International, the previous stop of the European Bowling Tour in Denmark last month.

Industry News


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2016 PWBA Tour #10


Shannon O'Keefe earns top seed at PWBA Rochester Open

2016PWBA10Finalists_small.jpgShannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, has been on a tear this season, and her torrid pace continued this week as she earned the top seed for the televised finals of the 2016 PWBA Rochester Open at AMF Gates Lanes in Rochester, N.Y. O'Keefe (l.), who led qualifying on Friday, only won two matches during match play Saturday, but she'd built enough of a lead to hold off the field and earn the top spot for the stepladder finals, which will air Tuesday, Aug. 23, on CBS Sports Network.

PBA News


Adam Zimmerman, Breanna Clemmer win Teen Masters High School Bowling Championships

2016TeenMastersAdanZimmerman_small.jpg 2016TeenMastersBreannaClemmer_small.jpg Adam Zimmerman (l.) of Deer Park, N.Y., and three-time Junior Team USA member Breanna Clemmer (r.) of Clover, S.C., won the boy's and girls' division titles in the Teen Masters High School Bowling Championships at Sawgrass Lanes in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Friday. Each was $6,000 scholarships. Kirk Mowl of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Mabel Cummins of Elburn, Ill., were the boys' and girls' U14 division winners as the highest finishing players in their age group.

Industry News


Lucky Bowl Expo attendee wins $5,000 in QubicaAMF contest

2016MatchMyMonsterContestAlainaCrabtree2_small.jpgAs a platinum sponsor of the Bowl Expo, QubicaAMF Worldwide  had a strong presence at the event with four fully functioning lanes and continued to push the envelope. For the second year, QubicaAMF hosted the Match My Monster contest in its booth. Each participant had one chance to play the five frame Mad Game, Monster Factory, in an attempt to match the monster generated from the BES X system. To win this contest, it would take both skill and little bit of luck. Fortunately for Alaina Crabtree of Murrieta, CA, she had both in Vegas and won $5,000.

2016 IBE


2016 International Bowl Expo concludes at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas

2016IBEPeytonManning2_small.jpgOrganized by the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, the 2016 International Bowl Expo took place June 26-30 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Renowned Denver Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning (pictured), was the selected keynote speaker and kicked off the General Session on the 29th with a presentation speech. The Bowling Industry Service Awards were presented at the Annual Awards Luncheon, Tuesday, June 28.

United States


Jaryszak Laneman Award winner John Forst dies at Bowl Expo

PBA Tour titlist's final day includes surprise award, reunion with friends, colleagues, former competitors

2016JimJaryszakLanemanAwardJohnForst2_small.jpgA matter of hours after he was surprised as the 2016 recipient of the Jim Jaryszak Laneman Award at International Bowl Expo on June 29, LaGrange, Ill., native John Forst was found unresponsive on the Mandalay Bay property. Forst, who was suffering from terminal brain cancer, was 55. At Bowl Expo, Forst (pictured in the middle of a Storm group) had a final opportunity to reunite with a horde of friends, colleagues and former competitors from his days working with Storm Products, Kegel, USBC and PBA competition.



Changing Lanes - By Ted Thompson

Republished courtesy of The Inside Line (June 23, 2016)

2016ChangingLanes5_small2.jpg With the invention of the Kegel LaneMapper, came a study about bowling lane topography like no other in the history of the game. Truth be told, when lanes were made of wood, and resurfaced in a timely manner and taken care of by craftsmen, topography was not really an issue. But with the proliferation of synthetic lanes and overlays, along with lanes getting minimal attention today, topography is much different and more influential than in past times – and the Kegel LaneMapper has been able to show it.



Why Reno is still a must-visit city for bowlers

By Lucas Wiseman

2016LWCRenoNBS_small.jpg When you ask most bowlers in the United States about going to Reno, Nevada, they groan or complain. The USBC Open Championships have been held in the city 10 times since the National Bowling Stadium opened in 1995 and team entries have dropped from 17,285 to just 8,063 this year. Reno fatigue is real and its impact is undeniable. That being said, I'm going to say something many bowlers will scoff at – I actually like going to Reno. Last weekend I took my wife to Reno to bowl for the first time in the USBC Open.

2016 PBA #9


Jakob Butturff wins his first PBA title in Lubbock, Texas

22-year-old lefthander nips Shawn Maldonado by two pins to win the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open

2016PBA09JakobButturff_small.jpg Jakob Butturff, a 22-year-old lefthander who won't complete his first full year of PBA competition until next month, won the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open Sunday, nipping Houston's Shawn Maldonado in the title match, 207-205. Butturff (l.) used a late double to pull even with Maldonado, and then struck on his fill ball in the 10th frame to force the two-handed player to double for the win. Maldonado's left the 4 pin on his try for a second strike which sealed his fate.

2016 WEC


Sweden sweeps the medals in Masters to end Women's European Championships

Filippa Persson defeats Ida Andersson in the title match; Nina Flack and Joline Persson Planefors share the bronze medal

2016WECMastersPodium2_small.jpg Sweden capped off the Women's European Championships Sunday at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, with a sweep of the gold, silver and bronze medals in the tournament-ending Masters competition. In the title match, Filippa Persson came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Ida Andersson, 2-1. In an all-Swedish semi-final round, Andersson fired games of 233 and 254 to sweep Nina Flack, 2-0, while Persson rallied from being down 1-0 to defeat Joline Persson Planefors, 2-1.

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