PBA Bowling News Overview

2014 PBA50 Tour #9


Pete Weber tops PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic Qualifying

Hall of Famer averages 248 to lead 32 players into match play

2014PBA05PeteWeber3_small.jpgTrying for his first PBA50 Tour win of the season, Pete Weber (pictured) moved a step closer to that goal Tuesday by taking the lead after second round qualifying in the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic presented by Ebonite. The PBA Hall of Famer and 2013 PBA50 Rookie of the Year bowled games of 289, 222, 258, 238, 258, 257, 244 and 247 in Tuesday's second round to top the field with a 16-game overall pinfall of 3,982 (248.8 average). Weber and the seven other finishers in the top eight receive two match play round byes.

2014 PBA50 Tour #9


Wayne Webb averages 250 to take first round lead in PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic

2013BrunswickSeniorProStaffWayneWebb_small.jpg2014PBAPeteWeber_small.jpgDespite a sore bowling hand, Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Wayne Webb (l.) averaged 250 Monday to lead after the first round of the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic presented by Ebonite. Webb bowled a 2,003 eight-game pinfall total at Pro Bowl West with games of 252, 222, 289, 233, 277, 224, 279 and 227 to lead fellow Hall of Famer and 2013 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Pete Weber (r.) in second with 1,969.

2014 PBA50 Tour #8


Bill McCorkle wins inaugural PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic for first PBA50 title

61-year-old PBA veteran defeats PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia 244-173 in title match

2014PBA5008BillMcCorkle_small.jpg Bill McCorkle (pictured with Pro Bowl West proprietor Dave Small, left) of Westerville, Ohio, won the biggest tournament of his professional career Sunday by defeating PBA Hall of Famer and eight-time PBA50 Tour winner Johnny Petraglia in the championship match of the PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Storm. In the inaugural event for PBA50 Tour players ages 60 and over, McCorkle defeated the top-seeded Petraglia, 244-173, at Pro Bowl West to record his first PBA50 Tour title.

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After nearly 20 years...Randy Pedersen finally embraces "The worst break in PBA history"

19952014RandyPedersenStone8_small.jpg Let's turn back the clock to 1995...
It's the 10th frame of the PBA Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship Final Match and all Randy Pedersen needs is a strike to win (plus 6 measly pins on 2 shots).
Pedersen steps up to the line and... We don't want to give away the ending, so you'll have to watch the video to find out what happens. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I don't buh-lieve it...

2014 PBA50 Tour #8


Johnny Petraglia leads PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic after third round

32 players return for final match play round Sunday morning to determine top five for stepladder finals

2013PBA50BillMcCorkle_small.jpg2014PBA50JohnnyPetraglia_small.jpgEight-time PBA50 Tour titlist and PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia (l.) led a field of 32 players after Saturday's first match play round of the PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Storm at Pro Bowl West. With a 5-1 match play record and a 4,032 18-game overall pinfall total, Petraglia held a 69-pin lead over Bill McCorkle (r.) of Westerville, Ohio, in second, who finished the round with a 6-0 match play record and 3,963 pinfall.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #25


PBA's Japan Regional Program off to a stunning start

PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr. recovering after bypass surgery; Race for PBA50 Player, Rookie of the Year resume on Xtra Frame; Kimberly Roe cashes, Christina Hardee leads Points in first PBA Women's Regional event; Mitch Beasley wins Southwest Super Regional in Lubbock

2014PBAJapanLogo_small.jpgPBA Commissioner Tom Clark, who attended the second weekend of PBA Japan Region competition over the July 12-13 weekend at Sound Bowl in Ushiku, got a first-hand look at the program, met many of the players and tournament officials, and witnessed Yuka Tsuchiya's historic performance in adding the PBA Japan Women's Chameleon and Chameleon Open titles to the Women's Cheetah and Cheetah Open titles she won the previous weekend.

PBA News


PBA adjusts women's dues, re-schedules Central, Midwest Region events


PBA Deputy Commissioner Kirk von Krueger (pictured) announced Friday that the PBA has adjusted membership dues for women for the balance of the 2014 season as part of a revised PBA Women's Regional program. The inaugural PBA Women's Regional program, offering women bowlers close-to-home opportunities to bowl in PBA-caliber competition, will culminate with a PBA Challenge television event on ESPN which also will feature the PBA Regional Finals match, PBA50 Tour Finals match and Teen Masters Grand Championship match.

2014 PBA50 Tour #8


Paul McCordic averages 223 to lead after first round in PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic

2013PBA50PaulMcCordic_small.jpgPaul McCordic (pictured) of Sugar Land, Texas, averaged 223 Friday to lead after the first round of qualifying in the inaugural PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Storm at Pro Bowl West. The 60-year-old McCordic bowled a 1,339 six-game pinfall total to top the field of 128 players in the first event conducted for PBA50 Tour players ages 60 and over. Trying for his first PBA50 Tour title, McCordic's best finish in a PBA50 Tour event is eighth in the 2013 USBC Senior Masters. This season he has best finishes of 13th and 14th.

PBA News


Pete Weber wins his fourth "Best Bowler" ESPY Award

201213PBA18PeteWeber_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (pictured) of St. Ann, Mo., won his fourth Best Bowler ESPY Award Wednesday during the 22nd annual ESPY Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Weber was the leading vote-getter among Best Bowler candidates Jason Belmonte, Wes Malott and Sean Rash, who attended the event with his wife Sara and father Gene Rash. ESPN awards for a variety of sports categories and special moments are determined by fan voting on espn.com.

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Former PBA Commissioner Mike Connor dies at 81

20140712MikeConnor_small.jpg Mike Connor, who served as PBA Commissioner from 1992-1995, died July 12 at the age of 81 after a short illness. Connor, of Akron, Ohio, became PBA's second Commissioner replacing Joe Antenora who served in the position from 1978-1991. During Connor's tenure, Bud Light became the official beer of the PBA and sponsor of the PBA National Championship and Touring Players Championship. Prior to joining PBA, Connor worked for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company where he spent 34 years.

2014 PBA 50 Tour #8 & #9


PBA50 Tour returns to action for landmark doubleheader in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Xtra Frame to cover the event live July 18-23 at Pro Bowl West

201112PBALogo_small.jpgAfter a three-week break, the PBA50 Tour returns to action July 18-23 for a landmark PBA50 Tour doubleheader at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., which will be covered live in its entirety on Xtra Frame. For the first time, PBA will conduct the PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic for super seniors (players 60 years of age and older) July 18-20 followed immediately by the regular PBA50 Tour Pro Bowl West Classic July 21-23 which is for players 50 and older including the super seniors who wish to enter.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #24


Veteran woman star Yuka Tsuchiya sweeps inaugural PBA Japan Region Cheetah titles

It'll be Florida vs. New York in 2014 Teen Masters Grand Championship; Mongoose Products becomes PBA Registered Product Company; South Region changes women's regional event; PBA Regional Summary

2014JapanRegionalCheetahOpenYukaTsuchiya_small.jpgYuka Tsuchiya (pictured), a 35-year-old right-hander from Kanagawa and an accomplished veteran of Japanese professional competition, got the PBA Japan Regional program off to an historic start, sweeping the PBA Japan Women's Cheetah and Cheetah Opens titles at Tokyo Port Bowl. On Saturday, Tsuchiya defeated Shima Washizuka of Tokyo, 223-206, to win the Women's Cheetah Open. On Sunday, she defeated Shogo Wada of Wakayama, 211-189, to win the Cheetah Open.

PBA50 Tour News


PBA50 Player, Rookie of the Year races make stretch run heading into Fort Wayne

Norm Duke leads in both the PBA50 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year points races

2014PBANormDuke_small.jpgWith the 2014 PBA50 Tour season heading into the home stretch, PBA50 Tour rookie Norm Duke (pictured) finds himself with a commanding lead in both the PBA50 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year points races — at least for now. As the lone two-time winner this season, Duke, with 48 points, holds a healthy 13-point lead over two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the POY race and a 22-point lead over Parker Bohn III in the ROY race with four tournaments remaining on the 2014 schedule.

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Bill O'Neill, PBA fans were big winners in Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing

2014SummerSwingBillONeill_small.jpg With the 2014 Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing in the books, PBA Badger Open and King of the Swing winner Bill O'Neill (pictured) topped the earnings list for the second annual event with $31,700 of the more than $264,000 total prize fund. The five-day event, which allowed players to enter four events for a single entry fee, paid prize money to 55 of 115 players with three players cashing for more than $24,000 and seven players cashing for more than $10,000.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #23


PBA supports future stars in 2014 Teen Masters Grand Championships

Xtra Frame adds Eastern "Super Regional" to video streaming lineup; Bohn, Duke, Barnes poised to move up on PBA TV appearances list; Mike Fagan, Hugh Miller win in federal way

20120922TeenMastersLogo.jpgThe PBA has thrown its support behind the Teen Masters Grand Championships, currently underway at Sawgrass Lanes in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with a field of 186 high school-age boys and 91 girls. The U.S. Open-format tournament, conducted on demanding Sport Bowling-compliant lane conditions, continues through Sunday. Live scoring throughout the event will be available on pba.com.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #22


PBA South Region revises PBA Women's Regional Schedule

Hotelplanner.com Sweepstakes continues through August; PBA Regional Summary: Tommy Jones spoils Pickford's record performance

PBAEst1958_small.jpgThe PBA South Region has adjusted its three-event PBA Women's Regional schedule to include a tournament Aug. 22-24 in Fayetteville, N.C., replacing the previously-announced event in Franklin, Va., Oct. 17-19. The South Region also will host PBA Women's Regional events July 11-13 in Spring Hill, Fla., and Aug. 15-17 in Gloucester, Va. Details for all PBA Regional tournaments, including entry information, can be found under the Regional Tour tab under the Schedules drop-down menu on pba.com.

PBA News


PBA announces new PBA Champion's Challenge as Part of World Series VI

ESPN telecast to feature PBA50, PBA Regional, PBA Women's Regional and Teen Masters finals

2014PBAWSOBVILogo_small.jpgFour champions in four unique areas of elite bowling competition will be crowned in a two-hour ESPN telecast emanating from the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas this fall. The new PBA Champion's Challenge will culminate with the tops stars of the PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional Tour, the new PBA Women's Regional Tour, and the Teen Masters boys' and girls' division champions bowling in the four-match television show at the South Point Casino complex over the Nov. 1-2 weekend.

PBA Regional


PBA introduces new Women's Regional Tournament Program

Six PBA Regional programs each to offer three events; each regional competition points leader will receive a paid entry into PBA World Series of Bowling VI

PBA1958Logo_mini.jpgThe Professional Bowlers Association has created a new PBA Women's Regional Tour program that will begin in July and culminate at the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas this fall, Commissioner Tom Clark announced yesterday. The PBA Women's Regional Tour will provide women bowlers with opportunities to compete against other women in the same kind of affordable, close-to-home tournament structure that has given thousands of male bowlers an opportunity to develop their skills since the PBA introduced its regional program 1969.

PBA News


Belmonte, Malott, Rash, Weber nominated for "Best Bowler" ESPY Award

Voting now underway; 20th annual award to be presented on July 16


Voting began Tuesday for the 20th annual "Best Bowler" ESPY Award, presented by ESPN. Candidates selected by ESPN for 2014 ESPY consideration are (l-r) Jason Belmonte of Australia; Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., and Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo. Voting ends on July 16, the date of the winners will be announced in the live ESPY telecast from Nokia Theater LA Live.

2014 PBA50 Tour #7


Mike Dias wins PBA50 Grants Pass Open for second career PBA50 title

2014PBA5007MikeDiaz_small.jpg More than three years after winning his first PBA50 Tour title, Mike Dias (pictured) of Lafayette, Colo., captured the second title of his career Monday by winning the PBA50 Grants Pass Open presented by Track. Dias defeated PBA Hall of Famer Dale Eagle of Newport Beach, Calif., 229-224, in the championship at Caveman Bowl to win his first title since winning the PBA Senior Don Carter Open in April of 2011. Dias' win breaks a streak of six consecutive PBA50 Tour tournaments this season which have been won by PBA Hall of Famers.

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