Mark Jacobs, Lisanne Breeschoten crowned Dutch National Champions

2016DutchNCLisanneBreeschotenMarkJacobs_small.jpg Mark Jacobs and Lisanne Breeschoten remained undefeated in the best-of-three games finals to capture their first career all-events titles in the 2016 Dutch National Championships at Claus Park Collection, Hoofddorp, Netherlands. Both players entered the finals as the No. 2 seeds. Jacobs defeated top-seeded Yorick van Deutekom, 257-186, to win the men's title, two-games-to-one. On the women's side, Breeschoten swept top-seeded Nicole Sanders, 2-0, to seal the victory.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #13


Ryan Ciminelli takes early lead in race for Xtra Frame PBA Tour bonus

Full schedule of diverse events coming to Xtra Frame; PBA Fall Swing qualifying event set for Aug. 27; Graham Fach wins first PBA Regional title

2015PBA20RyanCiminelli2_small.jpg With his victory in the PBA Maine Shootout presented by Xtra Frame, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., has taken the early lead in the 10-event Xtra Frame PBA Tour competition points race for a $10,000 bonus. As the winner of the first tournament in the Xtra Frame PBA Tour series, Ciminelli earned 25 points. The next event in the series is the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open April 23-24 at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill. First prize is a guaranteed $10,000.

Industry News


When scores matter: Perfect Game App

2016PerfectGameLogo_small.jpg When you play in a league, have classes with a coach, train yourself, in other words take your game seriously you surely want to have your scores recorded for after-game analysis to learn about all of your ups and downs and to find a solution how to eliminate the latter. There's no need to have heavy-weight computers or learn programming languages for numbers storing and calculations anymore. Everything can be done by friendly-looking apps running on a smartphone you keep in your pocket.



IBMA member Joyce Letourneau dies

20160412JoyceLetourneau_small.jpg Joyce Letourneau, former owner of the TenPin Alley bowling newspaper, died April 12 at her home in North Las Vegas following a long illness. A member of the BWAA/IBMA for 20 years, Joyce served as TenPin Alley's Operations and Sales Manager. She jointly owned the monthly paper for 16 years with her husband, IBMA member Frenchy Letourneau. An avid consumer advocate, Joyce's monthly column "Reality Bites" tossed hard and fast commentary toward slick business practices, utility weirdness, and all types of consumer fraud.

Industry News


Kegel releases new Kegel Logo

2016KegelLogo_small.jpg Kegel has announced today the launch of a new Kegel logo. The new logo will now have a one-color orange Phoenix with some slight changes to the fonts. Erin Wall, Kegel's Marketing Coordinator shares, "In recent months we have taken the time to evaluate our Kegel logo. While the Phoenix is an important representation of Kegel, we do feel that our logo should continue to evolve along with current trends and our growing brand." Kegel will be transitioning to use of this logo on all marketing material, shirts, product packaging, websites, etc.

United States


Past champions tie for Doubles lead at 2016 USBC Open Championships

Two bowlers celebrate 50 years at National Bowling Stadium; defending Regular Team champion puts the team title on the line April 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern live on BowlTV

2016OCNickHeilmanAndyMills_small.jpg Andy Mills and Nick Heilman of La Crosse, Wisconsin, both 2012 Regular Team champions, once again got comfortable on the lanes at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and found their way to the top of the standings. Mills (r.), a 26-year-old right-hander, converted the 1-2-6-10 washout to secure a tie for the lead in Regular Doubles with a 1,341 total April 11 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada. He had no idea they'd tied for the lead.



IBMA announces finalists for College Bowlers of the Year

IBMALogo_small.jpg The International Bowling Media Association has announced the sixteen nominees for the 2016 College Bowler of the Year. The committee, comprised of IBMA members who are bowling media and former college coaches, met on April 7, 2016 to determine the top eight male and female players eligible to receive the award. The IBMA College Bowler of the Year Award is given each season to the male and female bowlers who excel on the lanes in USBC officially certified tournament play.

United States


Arlington-based Bowling Museum opens Nascar exhibit

2015IBMHOFLogoBlack_small.jpg NASCAR legend Richard Petty and driver Brian Scott helped the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame open a new exhibit today highlighting the rich history and connection between racing and bowling. The exhibit, "Bowling and NASCAR: Life in the Fast Lane," will be featured until Sept. 16 at the Arlington-based museum. It includes memorabilia ranging from NASCAR themed bowling balls to racing suits and trophies. Petty, an avid bowler, has loaned several items including an outfit and belt buckles.

Industry News


Richard Petty Motorsports partners with Go Bowling

2016GoBowlingRichardPettyMotosports_small.jpgRichard Petty Motorsports announced today that Go Bowling and Strike Ten Entertainment will partner with driver Brian Scott and the No. 44 Ford Team for the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway in May. As part of the one-race primary partnership, the logo will be on the hood of the No. 44 Ford Fusion at the May 7 night race in Kansas. Go Bowling has been a partner with Richard Petty Motorsports since 2013, and has been featured on the No. 43 Ford Fusion driven by Aric Almirola.

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.

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 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.

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