2016 PWBA Tour #5


Danielle McEwan grabs top seed for PWBA Wichita Open finals

Joining McEwan in the June 26 stepladder finals are Colombia's Maria Jose Rodriguez, Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky and Syaidatul Afifah of Malaysia

2016PWBA05Finalists_small.jpgDanielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., was a slow starter during qualifying at the 2016 PWBA Wichita Open, but had no trouble in match play to earn the top seed at Northrock Lanes. McEwan averaged more than 257 during match play to claim the No. 1 seed for the TV finals, which will be taped June 26 during the PWBA Players Championship in Green Bay, Wis. Joining McEwan in the stepladder finals are Colombia's Maria Jose Rodriguez, Team USA's Shannon Pluhowsky and Syaidatul Afifah of Malaysia

USBC Youth


Junior Gold sets records, announces opening ceremony celebration

2016JGCLogo_small.jpgWith the continued growth of the Junior Gold program, including another record-setting year for entries in the Junior Gold Championships, this year's championships in Indianapolis will kick off with two days of special events, including an opening ceremony celebration. Junior Gold membership reached an all-time high for the sixth consecutive year, with nearly 6,500 members, and spots sold for the Junior Gold Championships also hit a record high with more than 3,700.

2016 PWBA Tour #5


Diana Zavjalova leads qualifying at PWBA Wichita Open

International bowlers occupy the top 4 spots as the field is cut to 32 players

2015PWBATourDianaZavjalova_small.jpg 2015PWBATourMariaJoseRodriguez_small.jpg Latvia's Diana Zavjalova finished with games of 265 and 264 to overtake Colombia native Maria Jose Rodriguez for the lead after 12 games of qualifying at the Professional Women's Bowling Association Wichita Open. After the opening six games of qualifying at Northrock Lanes on Friday, Zavjalova (left) was 11th but averaged 249 over the next six games for a 2,882 pinfall total to lead Rodriguez (right) by 14 pins.

2016 PBA50 Tour #5


Pete Weber successfully defends Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open title

Weber captures his record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour win and and eighth career PBA50 Tour title by defeating Harry Sullins 223-184 in title match

2016PBA5005PeteWeber_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., successfully defended his Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global title Friday for a record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title. Weber, the top qualifier, defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 223-184, in the title match at the Suncoast Bowling Center to set the new mark. He had shared the previous record of three consecutive titles with fellow Hall of Famer Tom Baker who achieved the feat in 2006.

PBA News


PBA offers incentives to new, reinstated members

Exclusive benefits available to bowlers chasing the dream; military bowlers can join at no cost for 2016

2016PBALogo_small.jpg The Professional Bowlers Association kicked off a membership drive today, offering bowlers who are chasing the dream of competing at the highest levels of the sport a special waiver for the traditional initiation fee, an opportunity to participate in the members-only PBA World Series of Bowling VIII and, for active members of the American Armed Forces, complimentary membership for the duration of the 2016 season. PBA's 2016 membership drive arrives at the perfect time.



Oliver Morig captures title at 39th Grand Prix Zurich

2016GPZurichOliverMorig_small.jpgOliver Morig of Germany averaged 234.43 for seven games to capture the title in the 39th Grand Prix Zurich Sunday at bowling center BESECO in Winterthur, Switzerland. Morig took home the 1.100 Swiss Franc top prize. The handicap tournament was dominated by German scratch bowlers, who took the first four places in the 2016 event. Morig rolled games of 217, 270, 256, 196, 202, 256 and 244 in the final round, which featured a special position point system format, to finish with 1641 pinfall total.



Nicholas Hoagland to direct lane pattern development for USBC events

2016USBCLanePatternDevelopmentNicholasHoagland_small.jpgNicholas Hoagland of Indianapolis will lead the lane pattern development program for the United States Bowling Congress, working with USBC tournament directors and Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider for USBC events, to set lane patterns for competitions. Hoagland has been involved in bowling most of his life, and worked for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) from 2001-2005 as Manager of Consumer Programs. During that time, he was responsible for the launch of the PBA Animal lane patterns.

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PBA News


Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Ted Hoffman dies

2014PBAHoFTedMarilynHoffmanGeorgeBush_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Ted Hoffman Jr. (pictured with his wife Marilyn and President George W. Bush), who served the PBA in a number of capacities for more than 50 years, died Monday following a lengthy illness. He was 76. The son of a bowling proprietor, Hoffman was a star bowler in suburban Philadelphia in his teens. In 1964 he was selected as Pennsylvania "Bowler-of-the-Year" by the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association and was a winner of the famed Newsday Long Island Open Tournament.

2016 PWBA Tour #5


Stefanie Johnson set to defend PWBA Wichita Open title

2015PWBATourStefanieJohnson_small.jpgThe opportunity to compete on a professional women's bowling tour is something Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, thought might never happen, and she's appreciative of the chance to showcase her skills. When she arrives in Wichita, Kansas, for this week's Professional Women's Bowling Association Wichita Open, she will enter Northrock Lanes as the defending champion. The event kicks off with a practice session on Thursday at 5 p.m., and official competition will be Friday and Saturday.

2016 European Bowling Tour #6


Swede Peter Hellström wins third EBT title in Aalborg

2016EBTLogo_small.jpgVeteran European Bowling Tour competitor Peter Hellström of Sweden outperformed his challengers in the final three rounds to win his third European Bowling Tour title in the Kegel Aalborg International 2016 Sunday at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark, topping 13-time champion Osku Palermaaof Finland and Norwegian champion Glenn Morten Pedersen. Hellström averaged 232.40 for 10 games to collect the 5.000 Euro first place check.

2016 PWBA Tour #1-3


Titles determined for three PWBA events

SPOILER ALERT: The following story contains information about the stepladder finals of PWBA events that will air on CBS Sports Network at a later date.

2016PWBALogo_small.jpg The stepladder finals of the first three events of the 2016 PWBA Tour season were held Thursday at The Orleans Bowling Center, and CBS Sports Network will air the finals of the events in June as part of its television package with USBC. The PWBA Las Vegas Open, Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open and Storm PWBA Sacramento Open stepladders were taped for broadcast at the site of the first major of the season, the USBC Queens, in Las Vegas.

2016 PWBA #4


Singapore's Bernice Lim wins 2016 USBC Queens

2016USBCQueensBerniceLim5_small.jpg Bernice Lim of Singapore became the sixth international player to win the USBC Queens, defeating top seed Sandra Andersson of Sweden, 248-223, at The Orleans Bowling Center on Thursday. Lim started the championship match, live on CBS Sports Network, with six consecutive strikes, before a 10 pin ended her run at perfection. She needed just three pins on the first shot of her final frame to secure the victory. The USBC Queens is the first major of the 2016 PWBA Tour season.

2016 PWBA #04


Sixteen players remain in contention at 2016 USBC Queens

Six international bowlers and two from the U.S. remain in the winners' bracket

2016USBCQueensBirgitPoppler4_small.jpg2016USBCQueensStefanieJohnson2_small.jpg After four days of competition at the 2016 USBC Queens, only 16 players remain in contention for the coveted tiara and $20,000 top prize. Among the undefeated competitors after the opening round of match play Tuesday are top seed Birgit Pöppler (l.) of Germany and Team USA member Stefanie Johnson (r.) of Grand Prairie, Texas, who each have had very different experiences this week at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas.



Tomoyuki Sasaki, Mirai Ishimoto win 50th Japan All-Star Invite

2016NHKCupMiraiIshimotoTomoyukiSasaki_small.jpg Japan national team captain Tomoyuki Sasaki (l.) of Kanagawa and women's national member Mirai Ishimoto (r.) of the Intercollegiate Bowling Association of Japan won the men's and women's titles in the NHK Cup 50th Japan All-Star Invitational Championships at Shinsayama Grand Bowl to earn Japan's most prestigious individual bowling titles. It was the third victory in the Japan All-Star Championships for Sasaki and the first for reigning World Youth Masters champion Ishimoto.

2016 PBA Tour


PBA World Series of Bowling VIII returns to National Bowling Stadium

Silver Legacy, Reno to host multi-event international bowling showcase

PBAWorldSeriesofBowlingLogo_small.jpgThe eighth annual edition of the Professional Bowlers Association's World Series of Bowling, an international multi-event showcase for the world's most talented bowlers, will return to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., from Nov. 27 through Dec. 11, 2016. WSOB VIII will return to a PBA members-only event and will offer its members from around the world an opportunity to compete for shares of an estimated $750,000 in prize money and five PBA Tour titles in nationally-televised ESPN finals.

2016 USBC Senior Queens


Robin Romeo wins third consecutive USBC Senior Queens title

2016USBCSeniorQueensChampionRobinRomeo_small.jpgUnited States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Robin Romeo of Newhall, California, collected a historic win at the 2016 USBC Senior Queens as she captured her third consecutive tiara Thursday at The Orleans Bowling Center. Romeo (l.) bested fellow hall of famer Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the title match in dramatic fashion, 198-195, to take home the $3,000 top prize. The 2016 event marked the fourth consecutive year Johnson has finished in the runner-up position.

United States


David Cirigliano leads team, ties Open Championships record

Arizona bowler joins Craig Szplett as the only bowlers in tournament history with three 300s in USBC Open Championships competition

2016USBCOCDavidCirigliano_small.jpgFor David Cirigliano of Phoenix, team is extremely important, and nowhere was this more evident than at the 2016 USBC Open Championships as he helped Bowling Dynamics.com to the top of the standings May 13. The 31-time tournament participant logged two strikes and a nine-count in his final frame at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, to solidify Bowling Dynamics.com's place at the top of the Regular Team standings on games of 1,041, 1,154 and 1,105 for a 3,300 total.

USBC Equipment Specification


USBC explains specification related to new gripping layouts

2016USBCEquimentSpecificationLogo_small.jpgThe United States Bowling Congress Equipment Specifications and Certifications Team recently analyzed new ball gripping layouts being used to create different ball reactions and how it affects specifications for bowling balls. These layouts allow bowlers to grip the balls in different configurations, which create different ball reactions depending on which holes the bowler uses to deliver the ball. This has led to questions concerning USBC's gripping-hole specification.

2016 BWC


QubicaAMF announces official hotel for Shanghai World Cup

2016BWCLogo_small.jpgAnne-Marie Board, QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup and Marketing Manager, has announced that Jin Jiang Hua Ting Hotel & Towers in Shanghai will the official tournament hotel of this year's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. The 52nd edition of the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, tenpin bowling's largest annual sporting event in terms of number of participating countries, will be held from Oct. 14 through 23, 2016, at Hao's Bowling in Shanghai, China.

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