PBA Bowling News Overview

2014 PBA50 Tour #2

04/23/14

Norm Duke wins UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages for first PBA50 Tour title

Bowling in his second PBA50 Tour tournament, Duke defeats Tom Baker 256-228 in championship match; stepladder finals features five PBA Hall of Famers representing 164 PBA Tour titles including 28 majors

2014PBANormDuke_small.jpg In a stellar stepladder final that included five PBA Hall of Famers representing 164 PBA Tour titles, Norm Duke (pictured) of Clermont, Fla., emerged as the winner of the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Tuesday capturing his first PBA50 Tour title. Bowling in his second PBA50 Tour tournament, after finishing second in last week's season-opening Pasco County Open, Duke defeated four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., 256-228, in the title match at Spanish Springs Lanes.

2014 PBA50 Tour #2

04/22/14

Bo Goergen averages 239.6 to lead qualifying in PBA50 Sun Bowl In The Villages

Goergen leads field of 32 players heading into Tuesday's match play rounds

2011PBASBoGoergen_small.jpg2013PBA50TomBaker_small.jpgBo Goergen (l.) of Sanford, Mich., averaged 239.6 after Monday's second round to lead qualifying in the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical at Spanish Springs Lanes. Goergen finished qualifying with a 3,834 pinfall for 16 games to lead 32 players from the 158-player field who advanced to Tuesday's match play rounds. He held a one-pin lead over four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker (r.) of King, N.C., in second with 3,833.

2014 PBA50 Tour #2

04/21/14

Brian Cooper averages 245 to take first round lead in PBA50 Sun Bowl In The Villages

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2013PBA50TomBaker_small.jpgBrian Cooper (l.) of Henderson, Nev., averaged 245 to take the first-round lead in the PBA50 Sun Bowl In The Villages Sunday at Spanish Springs Lanes. Cooper, who had a 1,960 eight-game pinfall total, held a four-pin lead over four-time PBA50 Player of the Year and Hall of Famer Tom Baker (r.) of King, N.C., and Bill Henson of Westerville, Ohio, who tied for second with 1,956. The 158-player field will return Monday for another eight-game qualifying round.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #13

04/19/14

PBA Bowling Challenge approaching 10 million downloads

Dino Castillo rolls three 300 games on his way to the Firelake/Grand Casino title

2013PBABowlingChallengeBanner_small.jpgConcrete Software's PBA Bowling Challenge continues to reel in record numbers of users as one of the mobile device industry's most popular games, approaching 10 million total downloads. Originally introduced via Google Play for Android devices, PBA Bowling Challenge has surpassed 7.6 million free downloads and maintains an impressive 4.5 star rating out of 5.0. In addition, since its introduction in the Apple Store, another 1.5 million Apple device users have downloaded the game and given it a 4.6 star rating.

2014 PBA50 Tour #2

04/18/14

One year later, Joe Scarborough still being recognized for historic 900 series

North Carolina electrical contractor among sold-out field of 160 in PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical

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It was just a year ago that Joe Scarborough (pictured) of Charlotte, N.C., made bowling history by rolling the first and only 900 series in PBA history at the PBA50 Sun Bowl In The Villages at Spanish Springs Lanes. Scarborough, a PBA50 Tour rookie bowling in only his second tournament, rolled three consecutive 300 games to start his first qualifying round. Scarborough will return to the scene of bowling history when the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages gets underway April 19.

2014 PBA50 Tour #1

04/16/14

Amleto Monacelli wins third career PBA50 Tour title in Pasco County Open

Monacelli defeats fellow Hall of Famer Norm Duke 259-190 in championship match of 2014 PBA50 Tour season opener

2014PBA5001AmletoMonacelli_small.jpg Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, a 19-time winner on the PBA Tour, notched his third career PBA50 Tour title Tuesday by winning the season-opening Pasco County Open at Lane Glo Bowl. In a battle between two Hall of Famers, Monacelli (second from right) defeated 37-time PBA Tour winner Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., bowling in his first PBA50 Tour event, 259-190, in the championship match.

2014 PBA50 Tour #1

04/15/14

Darin Hays continues to lead after Round Two Qualifying in PBA50 Pasco County Open

PBA50 Tour debutants Parker Bohn III and Norm Duke sit in second and third place as field is cut to 40 players for match play in first tournament of the season

2014PBA5001DarinHays_small.jpg201213PBAParkerBohn2_small.jpgDarin Hays (l.) of Wesley Chapel, Fla., proved that taking the first round lead in the PBA50 Pasco County Open was no fluke by averaging 251 for eight games Monday to retain his lead after the second round. Finishing with a 4,039 total (252.4 average) after the second round, Hays held a 99-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III (r.) in second with 3,940. Hays led a field of 40 players who advanced to Tuesday's match play rounds.

2014 PBA50 Tour #1

04/14/14

Darin Hays takes first round lead in PBA50 Pasco County Open

Florida bowler hoping to make career comeback

2014PBA5001DarinHays.jpgDarin Hays (pictured) of Wesley Chapel, Fla., averaged 253.5 to take the first round lead in the 2014 PBA50 season-opening Pasco County Open Sunday at Lane Glo Bowl. The 51-year-old bowled a remarkably consistent 2,028 eight-game pinfall total with games of 247, 246, 247, 240, 247, 290, 245 and 266. Hays was primarily a PBA regional player from the early 1980s until 2005 when he broke his ankle in a car accident. He is hoping to return to PBA competition on a regular basis after having surgery to fuse his ankle joint two years ago.

2014 PBA League

04/14/14

Silver Lake Atom Splitters win 2014 PBA League Elias Cup

Atom Splitters defeat L.A. X 4-2 in 'Battle of Los Angeles' finals

2014PBALeagueFinalSilverLakeAtomSplitters_small.jpgDown 2 points to 1 and trailing by 31 pins in the deciding final Baker game, the Silver Lake Atom Splitters  (L-R Mark Baker, Chris Barnes, Dom Barrett, Wes Malott, Bryon Smith, and Tommy Jones) rallied to defeat L.A. X to win the 2014 PBA League Elias Cup. In the fifth frame of the Baker game, which was worth three points, the Atom Splitters combined to string the last seven strikes to overtake L.A. X, winning the game, 225-203, and the match 4-2.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #12

04/10/14

Belmonte, Walter Ray Williams Jr. achieve PBA pinfall milestones

ESPN "Sports Science" segment explores Rash's striking power on Sunday; Xtra Frame to provide extensive coverage of PBA50 Tour; Barnes family's Strike Out Diabetes Fundraiser set for May 10; Brian Gunn wins first PBA Regional title in Indiana

2014USBCOCBeverlyandBobHart_small.jpgOne of the most notable pinfall milestones a grassroots bowler can accomplish is membership in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships' 100,000 pinfall club. Bob Hart (pictured with wife Beverly), a ong-time PBA member and current Storm Products Vice President-Public Relations accomplished the feat recently in Reno. In his 58th USBC Open appearance, Hart became the 14th bowler to join that elite club.

2014 PBA50 Tour #1

04/09/14

Walter Ray Williams Jr. begins PBA50 Player of the Year title defense

Xtra Frame to provide live coverage of PBA50 Tour season-opening Pasco County Open April 13-15 in New Port Richey, Fla.

2013PBA50WalterRayWilliams2_small.jpgWith a new crop of PBA Tour talent becoming eligible for the PBA50 Tour in 2014, the road to a third consecutive Player of the Year crown won't get any easier for two-time defending PBA50 Tour Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. Williams heads an all-star list of more than 160 players ages 50 and over who are entered in the season-opening PBA50 Tour Pasco County Open April 12-15 at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla. The tournament will be covered live on Xtra Frame.

2014 PBA League

04/08/14

Atom Splitters meets L.A. X in Championship Match of the 2014 PBA League Elias Cup

'Battle of Los Angeles' Finale airs Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN

2014PBALSilverLakeAtomSplitters_small.jpg201213PBALLosAngelesX_small.jpg In what can be called the 'Battle of Los Angeles,' Chris Hardwick's Silver Lake Atom Splitters and Chris Paul's L.A. X battle it out for the 2014 PBA League Elias Cup from Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J. The Atom Splitters and L.A. X were the two surviving teams from an original eight-team field that competed in a six-round series of head-to-head single-elimination team matches.

2014 PBA League

04/07/14

Silver Lake sweeps Philadelphia, advances to PBA League Elias Cup Finals

Atom Splitters to battle L.A. X for 2014 PBA League championship on ESPN on April 13

2014PBALeagueSF2SilverLakeAtomSplitters_small.jpg2014PBALeagueSF2PhiladelphiaHitmen_small.jpgChris Barnes and his Silver Lake Atom Splitters teammates (l.) swept the Philadelphia Hitmen (r.) in the final Professional Bowlers Association League semifinal match to earn a berth in the 2014 Elias Cup finals against Jason Belmonte and his L.A. X team. The all-Los Angeles area battle for the Elias Cup will air on ESPN on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. ET.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #11

04/05/14

Xtra Frame to cover first leg of Race to PBA50 Tour Finals

Firelake to host PBA Summer Swing "win a spot" qualifier; "Bowling Guy" appears on Neulion's "Digital Dudes" panel; World Bowling Tour leaders retain positions; Online Auction raises $3,128; PBA regions to cooperate with Proprietors Cup III; PBA Regional Roundup

PBA50Logo_small.jpgThe road to the 2014 PBA50 Tour Finals begins April 13 in New Port Richey, Fla., and PBA fans around the world can watch the first leg of the race on Xtra Frame. The PBA50 Pasco County Open will not only kick off the 2014 PBA50 Tour season, but it will make the "senior" debut of PBA Hall of Famers Norm Duke and Parker Bohn III competing in a field of more than 110 players that will include fellow hall of famers Tom Baker, Dale Eagle, Amleto Monacelli, Randy Pedersen, Brian Voss, Wayne Webb, Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2014 PBA League

04/01/14

Sunday on ESPN: Philadelphia Hitmen battles SL Atom Splitters in second PBA League Semifinal

201213PBALPhiladelphiaHitmen_small.jpg2014PBALSilverLakeAtomSplitters_small.jpgThree teams remain in the quest for the 2014 PBA Elias Cup, and that number will be reduced to two after actor/comedian Kevin Hart's Philadelphia Hitmen presented by High 5 Gear meets the Silver Lake Atom Splitters presented by Spiceworks, owned by "Nerdist" creator and television personality Chris Hardwick, in the final PBA League semifinal round Sunday on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET. Sunday's winner will meet L.A. X in the championship match.

2014 PBA League

03/31/14

L.A. X upsets defending champions, advances to PBA League Elias Cup Finals

Clutch spare by Jason Belmonte, strike by Parker Bohn III eliminates New York City WTT KingPins

2014PBALeagueSF1LAX_small.jpg2014PBALeagueSF1WTTKingPins_small.jpgA clutch ninth-frame spare by reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte followed by three equally clutch 10th frame strikes in the Baker team finale by Parker Bohn III gave L.A. X (l.) a 5-1 victory over the defending PBA League champion New York City WTT KingPins (r.) and a berth in the 2014 Elias Cup finals.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #10

03/27/14

Norm Duke turns 50, to make PBA50 debut in Pasco County Open April 12-15

Xtra Frame gears up for PBA50 Tour coverage; Room rates available for Summer Swing at Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort; PBA Regional Roundup: Thomas Ault nearly perfect in Portland win

2014PBANormDuke_small.jpgThe PBA50 Tour will make its 2014 debut April 12-15 when Lane Glo Bowl hosts the Pasco County Open in New Port Richey, Fla. Among the field of 100-or-so players will be another PBA Hall of Famer making his PBA50 debut. Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., turned 50 on Tuesday. Duke, who still holds the PBA record as the youngest player ever to win a PBA Tour title, will join the ranks of 50-and-older players 31 years after that memorable event. Duke is currently tied with Pete Webder for third place on the all-time PBA Tour titles list.

2014 PBA League

03/25/14

Sunday on ESPN: L.A. X meets NYC WTT KingPins in first PBA League Semifinal

201213PBALLosAngelesX_small.jpg201213PBALNYCWTTKingPins_small.jpgWith actor/comedian Kevin Hart's Philadelphia Hitmen presented by High 5 Gear winning Sunday's PBA League quarterfinal match against NFL linebacker LaMarr Woodley's Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits presented by Hotel Planner.com, the semifinal field is set for the stretch run to capture the 2014 PBA League Elias Cup. The first semifinal match will pit L.A. X vs. defending champion New York City WTT KingPins this Sunday at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN.

2014 PBA League

03/24/14

Philadelphia sweeps Pittsburgh to roll into PBA League Semifinal Round

Bill O'Neill's Hitmen avenge disappointing 2013 finish, reach final four

2014PBALeagueQF4PhiladelphiaHitmen_small.jpg 2014PBALeagueQF4PittsburghJackRabbits_small.jpg Bill O'Neill and his Philadelphia Hitmen (l.) recorded the first sweep in the 2014 Professional Bowlers Association League Elias Cup eliminations, knocking the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits (r.) out of the tournament at Thunderbowl Lanes and atoning for a disappointing finish to their 2013 campaign.The 6-0 win landed the Hitmen a berth in the semifinals.

PBA News

03/22/14

Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort to host PBA Summer Swing in May

Swing includes Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens, PBA Oklahoma Open and King of the Swing special event

2014PBAOklahomaGrandCasinoResort_small.jpg The 2014 PBA Summer Swing, a multi-tournament event that will be televised by CBS Sports Network, will be hosted by Grand Casino Resort and FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., May 18-25. The Summer Swing will include four PBA Tour title events – the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens and the PBA Oklahoma Open – and the Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort Summer King of the Swing special event involving four winners plus a "wild card" player.

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