Industry News


John Walker steps down as CEO of QubicaAMF Worldwide; David Roys named new CEO

2013QAMFLogo_small.jpgQubicaAMF Worldwide has announced today that John Walker has resigned as CEO, effective immediately. The Board of Directors has appointed David Roys as CEO of QubicaAMF. Roys, who has a BA in Finance and Business Administration from Grand Valley State University, has a strong track record with over 20 years of extensive experience in management and financial responsibility in manufacturing operations and high tech product design organizations.

IBMA Awards


Steve James named 2014 IBMA Mike Hennessy Award of Merit recipient


The International Bowling Media Association has announced that Steve James has been named as the IBMA Mike Hennessy Award of Merit recipient for 2014. James, of Fox Point, Wis., devoted his career to promoting the sport and those who competed in it through several positions in the bowling industry over a career that spanned nearly four decades, highlighted by induction to the ABC Hall of Fame in 2005. In the international arena, James served as Deputy Secretary General of the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ)



2014 Men's World Championships change dates again

Championships shift to December 4-15 at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE

2011WTBALogo_small.jpgThe World Tenpin Bowling Association has announced that the sport's governing body has to change the dates again for the 2014 Men's World Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE. As the Formula 1 race in Abu Dhabi moved close to the planned dates of the MWC, which were recently scheduled for November 8-19, the championships are now supposed to be held from December 4-15 at Khalifa International Bowling Center, the host center of the 1999 World Championships.

2014 WYC


13th World Youth Championships Organizing Committee releases Bulletin No. 2 and Forms B-F

South China Athletic Association Bowling Centre, Hong Kong, China (August 6-15, 2014)

2014WYCLogo_small.jpg The Organizing Committee of the 13th World Youth Championships presented by the Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society has released Bulletin No. 2 and Forms B-F for the championship, which will be held from August 6-15, 2014 in Hong Kong, China. As of today, 40 countries are intending to participate. BowlingdigitalBanner_mini.jpgIn cooperation with the Asian Bowling Federation and the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress, will cover Championships live from Hong Kong.

2014 EBT Masters


Pasi Uotila, Mai Ginge Jensen emerge as champions in 7th EBT Masters 2014

2014EBTMastersPasiUotila_small.jpg2014EBTMastersMaiGingeJensen_small.jpg Pasi Uotila (l.) of Finland and Mai Ginge Jensen (r.) of Denmark emerged as men's and women's champion in the 7th EBT Masters 2014, which concluded the 2013 European Bowling Tour season Monday, March 3, at Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg in Tilburg, Netherlands. In the men's title match, top seeded Uotila defeated Martin Larsen of Sweden, 246-202. On the women's finale, Jensen, took downd tournament leader Birgit Pöppler of Germany, 224-207.

2014 PBA #2 / 2014 WBT #6


Jason Belmonte makes history with back-to-back USBC Masters titles

Wins four consecutive matches to claim his ninth career title and the $50,000 top prize


Australia's Jason Belmonte became the first bowler in nearly 50 years to successfully defend a USBC Masters title on Sunday as he defeated EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 221-177. Belmonte, the reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year, opened up a big lead early and eased to the title at Brunswick Zone Carolier. With the victory, Belmonte, who earned $50,000 for the win, is just the third player to successfully defend a Masters title, joining Billy Welu (1964 & 1965) and Dick Hoover (1956 & 1957).

2014 PBA Tour


2014 Professional Bowlers Association Tour Schedule & Champions

201112PBALogo_small.jpg The 2014 Professional Bowlers Association Tour currently consists of 12 World Bowling Tour events in the Middle East (6), Asia (3) and Europe (3), which count as PBA international titles if won by a PBA member, as well as four PBA National Tour events in the United States. Following two "majors", the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions and the USBC Masters, in January is the PBA Summer Swing (dates and venue tba). The 2014 PBA Tour season will conclude Oct. 24-Nov. 2 in Las Vegas with the PBA World Series of Bowling VI.



10 Frequently Asked Questions about Conditioning Lanes By Kegel's Steve Cross

Republished courtesy of The Inside Line, a Kegel Publication (February 13, 2014)

2014KegelSteveCross_small.jpgLake-Wales, Fla. based Kegel company, the leading lane maintenance provider in the sport of tenpin bowling, gets many tech calls asking how to help bowling centers make their lane conditions a little bit better. In this edition of the "Inside Line", Kegel Pattern Specialist Steve Cross (pictured) will show some of the more common questions and provide some basic answers to those questions. Before making any adjustments to the conditioner pattern, make sure that your lane machine is cleaning properly.

PBA News


Australia's Jason Belmonte named 2012-13 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year

Two-hander tops 2011-12 Player of the Year Sean Rash and Hall of Famer Pete Weber for first POY honor

201213PBAPlayeroftheYearJasonBelmonte3_small.jpgAustralia's Jason Belmonte was named the 2012-13 Professional Bowlers Association Chris Schenkel Player of the Year today during a special live presentation Friday from Thunderbowl Lanes on PBA's online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. In earning his first Player of the Year honor, Belmonte won two titles, including the USBC Masters – his first major – and had runner-up finishes in three other major championships: the 2012 PBA World Championship, U.S. Open and 2013 PBA Tournament of Champions.



The Constant Flame - Recalling the life of John Davis By Fred Groh

Republished courtesy of International Bowling Industry magazine (Volume 21, March 2013)

2013IBIJohnDavisTribute_small.jpg We did not know John Davis the way Len Nicholson did, or Chris Chartrand or Pat Ciniello, all three friends and colleagues of Davis's for years who spoke at the memorial service for him in February. It was held at the most appropriate possible place: the Kegel Training Center at Kegel headquarters in Lake Wales, FL. Davis died Jan. 25. "He tried to do something that no one else did," as Nicholson says. "He tried to make the sport as fair as possible."



Don't get too angry on the lanes Mikael Kanold is a young talented Swedish bowler, a member of the Swedish youth national team, and not known for becoming angry very often. His compatriot Martin Larsen, World Doubles champion and Jason Belmonte, the High Roller champ from Australia brought this video to our attention. It shows why all bowling center proprietors teach their customers NOT to cross the line between the approach and the lane. Actually it gives the expression 'foul line' a new meaning. Enjoy.

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