PBA News


50th Anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions returns to Indianapolis

Historic PBA major championship returns to the city of its birth Feb. 11-15, 2015

2014PBAToCLogo_small.jpgWoodland Bowl, the host for some of the most memorable championships in Professional Bowlers Association history, will once again step into the spotlight early in 2015 when the 50th anniversary PBA Tournament of Champions returns to the city where it was born. The newly-renovated Woodland Bowl will host the milestone Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions Monday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 15, when ESPN will televise the finals live at 1 p.m. ET.

2014 WSOB VI


Entries open August 15 for PBA World Series of Bowling VI

World's top players to compete in traditional events; new PBA Challenge added to ESPN lineup

2014PBAWSOBVILogo_small.jpgEntries will open on Friday, Aug. 15, for the Professional Bowlers Association's World Series of Bowling VI which returns to South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas Oct. 24-Nov. 2 with a proven formula, a capacity field of the world's most talented bowlers and a few new wrinkles. The World Series, which made its debut in suburban Detroit in 2009, has evolved into an international showcase for bowlers from around the world.

World Bowling News


World Bowling creates group to explore alternative scoring systems


With hopes of making following competitive bowling easier and simpler for a majority of people and mainstream media, World Bowling has created a new group tasked with exploring alternative scoring systems. World Bowling president and CEO Kevin Dornberger has announced the formation of the Alternate Bowling Scoring System working group that will find a way to engage non-bowling spectators to help the sport grow. Dornberger said the goal for this group is to come up with an initial recommendation by Dec. 1, 2014.

BPAA Tournaments


Shannon Pluhowsky wins 2014 BPAA Women's All-Star

2014BPAAWomensAllStarShannonPluhowsky_small.jpg 2014BPAAWomensAllStarDianaZavjalova_small.jpgIn a week where strikes were hard to come by, Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky (l.) of Dayton, Ohio, stepped up and delivered one to remember as she defeated Diana Zavjalova (r.) of Latvia, 225-212, in the championship match of the BPAA Women's All-Star Tournament. Zavjalova clung to a one-pin lead until a missed 2-4-8-10 split in the ninth frame gave Pluhowsky a chance to shut her out.

BPAA Tournaments


Paula Vidad defends title in 2014 Bowling's Senior Women's U.S. Open

Tish Johnson wins Triple Crown Shoot-Out

2014SeniorWUSOPaulaVidad_small.jpgPaula Vidad (pictured) of Sun City, California, successfully defended her title at Bowling's Senior Women's U.S. Open with a 234-210 win Thursday against United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Vidad, a 54-year-old right-hander, started the title tilt at The Cherry Bowl with three consecutive strikes and struck on the first shot of her final frame to lock up the green jacket and $3,000 top prize. Johnson received $2,000 for second place.

Industry News


Brunswick to sell Retail Bowling Business to Bowlmor AMF

Courtesy of BJI Cyber Report #820

BrunswickLogo_mini.jpg Brunswick Corporation has announced on Thursday, July 17, it has agreed to sell its Retail Bowling business to Bowlmor AMF for $270 million, contingent upon customary closing procedures. Brunswick anticipates completing this transaction in approximately 90 days. In connection with its decision to sell its bowling centers, Brunswick also announced its intention to divest its Bowling Products business. Brunswick is targeting to complete that sales process by the end of 2014, during which time the company will continue to operate the business.

United States


Oklahoma team tops list of winners at 2014 USBC Open Championships

2014USBCOCArtisticExpressions1_small.jpgThe members of Artistic Expressions 1 of Oklahoma City (pictured left) already were well-known throughout the Southwest, but they've gained international notoriety since rolling the highest team score in 111 years of USBC Open Championships history. Their 3,720 team total at the National Bowling Stadium on June 23 earned them a whirlwind of media and bowling-community attention that will continue now that they're officially this year's Regular Team champions.

2014 USBC Queens


Maria Jose Rodriguez becomes second consecutive foreign player to win USBC Queens

Colombian national team member defeats Team USA's Kelly Kulick in a dramatic finish to win the 2014 event and the $20,000

2014USBCQMariaJoseRodriguez4_small.jpg Maria Jose Rodriguez (pictured) of Colombia outlasted two-time USBC Queens champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., to win the 2014 event in a dramatic 190-189 finish at the National Bowling Stadium on Thursday. After Rodriguez missed the 2-4-5-8 combination in her final frame, Kulick was forced to throw a double in order to become the third player in history with three USBC Queens titles. The 2007 and 2010 champion left a 10 pin on her first shot in the 10th frame, handing Rodriguez the title worth $20,000.

2014 USBC Senior Queens


Robin Romeo wins 2014 USBC Senior Queens

2014USBCSQRobinRomeo2_small.jpg United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Robin Romeo (pictured left) of Newhall, Calif., made her way through the stepladder finals to capture the coveted tiara at the 2014 USBC Senior Queens presented by Storm on Thursday. The 57-year-old right-hander defeated fellow hall of famer and top seed Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo., 241-188, to take home the $3,500 top prize at the National Bowling Stadium. It was her first victory in more than 30 years of USBC Queens and Senior Queens competition.

United States


2014 USBC Women's Championships comes to a close in Reno

All standings are unofficial and pending final verification

2014USBCWCLogo_small.jpg The two-year run of the USBC Women's Championships at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center came to a close Monday as the final squad of the 2014 event stepped off the championship lanes. The 81-day event kicked off April 11 and ushered in a new era in the tournament's 95-year history, switching from five-player to four-player teams for the first time. The tournament also featured new divisions and an all-scratch format for the first time since 2009.

2014 ABF Tour


2014 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Schedule & Champions

ABFTourLogo_small.jpg The 2014 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour consists of nine legs, five in the Middle East (Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia) with a men's division only and four in East and South East Asia (Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau and Indonesia) featuring men and women in separate divisions. Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The top 16 men and the top 16 women at the end of the 2014 season qualify for the ABF Tour Tournament of Champions in Kuwait.



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

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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