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 PBA Tour


2016 PBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2016PBALogo_small.jpg The 2016 Professional Bowlers Association Tour features 25 tournaments, including five 'majors' (Tournament of Champions, Masters, Players Championship, U.S. Open and World Championship) and the PBA Team Challenge. According to an agreement between PBA and World Bowling, Tenpin Bowling's world governing body, the international tournaments of the 2016 World Bowling Tour will also award a PBA title if he/she is a PBA member and bowls without accepting handicap pins.

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.

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.

2017 European Bowling Tour


European Tenpin Bowling Federation announces preliminary schedule for 2017

18th season features 14 tournaments in 10 countries including 3 Platinum, 3 Gold, 3 Bronze and 5 Satellite tournaments offering total prize fund of approx. 736.000 Euro

2017EBTLogo_small.jpg The European Tenpin Bowling Federation has announced the preliminary schedule for the 2017 European Bowling Tour. Heading into the 18th consecutive season since the inception in the year 2000 the EBT will consist of 14 tournaments in 10 countries including three "Platinum" events, three "Gold", three "Bronze" and five "Satellite" events. The 14 tournaments offer total prize fund of approximately 736.000 Euro, an average of 52.500 per tournament.



Class of 2016 inducted into USBC Hall of Fame

2016USBCHallOfFameClass_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame welcomed five new members and celebrated their accomplishments at The Orleans Hotel and Casino on Thursday evening. The 2016 USBC Hall of Fame Class includes Kim Adler and Mike Durbin in the Superior Performance category; Steve Kloempken or Outstanding USBC Performance; Harry Sullins in the Veterans category; and Joan Romeo for Meritorious Service.



Rocio Restrepo, Francois Lavoie are PABCON Champion of Champions

2016PCCOCRocioRestrepoFrancoisLavoie_small.jpg Rocio Restrepo of Colombia and Canadian Francois Lavoie emerged as Masters champions in the 4th PABCON Champion of Champions tournament which concluded Monday at Noria Pro Bowling in Puebla, Mexico. Both championship matches in best-of-three games format went the distance. Restrepo came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Stefanie Johnson, United States, 2-1. Top-seeded Lavoie secured a 2-1 victory over Chris Via, United States, with a 235-191 win in the decider.

USBC Collegiate


Emily Eckhoff, Daniel Hanson capture 2016 Intercollegiate Singles titles

2016ISCDanielHanson_small.jpgHastings junior Emily Eckhoff and Robert Morris-Illinois freshman Daniel Hanson captured individual titles Saturday at the 2016 Intercollegiate Singles Championships. Eckhoff (l.) defeated Fairleigh Dickinson's Morgan Brown, 227-222, to become the first player in ISC history to repeat as champion, while Hanson (r.) defeated San Jose State's Darren Tang, 203-174.

USBC Collegiate


McKendree men, Webber International women claim ITC titles

Jessica Mellott of McKendree and Jake Rollins of William Paterson named tournament's Most Valuable Players

2016ITCMcKendreeMen_small.jpg2016ITCWebberWomen_small.jpg The McKendree men and the Webber International women claimed titles Saturday at the Intercollegiate Team Championships. McKendree (l.) defeated William Paterson, 3-2, in the best-of-five title match to capture the program's first ITC title. On the women's side, Webber International (r.) knocked off Wichita State, 3-1, to raise the Kerm Helmer Cup.

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.



Lucas Wiseman, the main voice of BowlTV, leaves USBC after 13 successful years

2014WCAbuDhabiLucasWiseman_small.jpgUnited States Bowling Congress Public Relations and Social Media Manager Lucas Wiseman has left USBC and will be moving into a new career outside the bowling industry later this month. Wiseman, who worked at USBC for 13 year and was the main voice of BowlTV, covered his last event at the 2015 World Bowling Women's Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, this week. As a pioneer of BowlTV's live streaming, Wiseman helped usher in a new era of bowling fans being able to watch the sport.

2015 WWC


Korea's Jung Dawun wins Masters gold at Women's World Championships

2015WWCMastersTop4MohdAlQubaisi_small.jpgJung Dawun of Korea outlasted Liz Johnson, United States, 256-183, in the title match to conclude the 2015 Women's World Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with victory in the Masters competition Sunday at Khalifa International Bowling Center. Dawun won the third gold medal of the Championships for Korea. In the semi-finals, Dawun eliminated competriot Jeon Eunhee, 208-193 and Johnson took down fellow countrywoman Danielle McEwan, 238-213.

2015 BWC Recap


Stats, records and more stuff on the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

2015BWCWuSiuHongClaraJulianaGuerrero2_small.jpgThe 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, which was held at the 56-laner inside Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, Nev., United States, concluded after five days of competition Thursday, November 19, with the stepladder finals and the victory banquet. Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong, and Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia emerged as World Cup champions. The 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be held October 14-23, 2016, at Hao's Bowling in Shanghai, China.



Don't get too angry on the lanes

MikaelKanoldonYouTube.com.jpg 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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