PBA Bowling News Overview

2015 PBA Spare Shots #13


Entries open April 1 for Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing

Bohn, Rash achieve elite PBA millionaire milestones; "Philadelphia Hitmen" virtual bowling ball complete PBA League set; Nathan Bohr wins 19th regional title in Odessa

2014PBASummerSwing_small.jpgEntries into the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing in Shawnee, Okla., May 9-17, will open to the PBA general membership on a first-come, first-served basis on Wednesday, April 1. A capacity field of 120 players is expected for the multi-event summer series. For a $750 entry fee, players will be entered into the PBA Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Open tournaments, plus they will be eligible to advance to the King of the Swing special event if they qualify.



PBA and PWBA form new strategic partnership

Agreement includes PWBA Tour Xtra Frame coverage, player services and new PWBA regional events culminating in PBA World Series of Bowling, berths on ESPN telecast

2014PWBALogo_small.jpg The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) have formed a new strategic partnership to provide new events, exposure and services for women's bowling. The seven new PWBA regional events, which will will complement the PWBA Tour schedule, are women-only competitions conducted by PBA's respective regional managers and will have a $10,000 prize fund based on a minimum of 40 entries.

2015 PBA League


PBA returns to ESPN on March 29 to begin four-week PBA League Series

Eight all-star teams ready to battle for Elias Cup in PBA's first national tour visit to Maine

2012PBALeagueLogo_small.jpgThe stars of the Professional Bowlers Association return to ESPN on Sunday, March 29 at 5 p.m. ET with the first in a four-week series of PBA League telecasts, concluding with the Elias Cup finals on Sunday, April 19, at 1 p.m. ET. All PBA League competition will take place at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, as part of a six-day "Maine Event" which gets underway on Thursday, March 26. Competition officially gets underway on Saturday, March 28, with two PBA League quarterfinal round elimination matches.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #12


TV Finals tickets now on sale for PBA Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing events

"BROOKYN STyLES" PBA League virtual bowling ball debuts; Brunswick stars to conduct "Mini Camps"; Brad Angelo wins Kuwait Open; Lennie Boresch wins milestone 30th Regional title

2014PBASummerSwing_small.jpgTickets for the CBS Sports Network finals of five PBA Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing events are now available. The finals of the Wolf, Badger, Bear and Oklahoma Opens, and Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing special event will be contested in the Grand Casino Event Center in Shawnee, Okla., on Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17. Individual day passes weekend passes can be purchased online for $25 and $60 each, respectively.

USBC Youth


Bowling Industry unites to launch nationwide youth initiative

Governing Body, Ball Manufacturers and Pro Bowlers encourage kids to "Bowl Like a Boy" and "Bowl Like a Girl" with all-level youth league programs

2015BowlLikePromotion_small.jpgThe Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) have teamed with the International Bowling Campus Youth Development and Strike Ten Entertainment to launch a new league program that encourages kids nationwide to Bowl Like a Girl! or Bowl Like a Boy! The industrywide youth bowling initiative, which is open to youth bowlers up to age 20, kicks off April 6, 2015.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #11


PBA fans invited to vote on best bowling trick shot ever

"L.A. X" PBA League Virtual Bowling Ball debuts this week; Pete Weber overcomes accidental ball switch to win his fourth PBA50 regional title

PBA1958Logo_mini.jpgPBA fans are invited to vote on the best bowling trick shot ever in a special poll now underway on pba.com. The "contest" features four great trick shots: Norm Duke's "spinning ball spare," Chris Barnes' "Flying Eagle," Osku Palermaa's "over the chair strike" and the late Andy Varipapa's "three-ball split conversion." Voting on pba.com will close on Friday, March 20 at 8 p.m. ET.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #10


Star-studded field set for PBA League Playoffs, Maine event; limited entries still available

Motown Muscle" PBA League virtual bowling ball debuts this week; Walter Ray Williams Jr. wins battle of South Region PBA50 stars

2012PBALeagueLogo_small.jpgWith a field of PBA Tour champions including USBC Masters and Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions winner Jason Belmonte, PBA Players Champion Parker Bohn III and Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Champions Norm Duke and Wes Malott already entered, the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout March 29-31 at Bayside Bowl in Portland has a few more spots available to PBA members on a first-come basis. The entry fee for the tournament is $500 with a 1:2 cashing ratio and a $10,000 first prize.

2015 PBA League


Wheaties signs on as sponsor of PBA League, L.A. X team

General Mills brand to debut during PBA League Elias Cup playoffs in Portland, Maine

2012WheatiesBoxMuhammadAli_small.jpg The PBA and Wheaties have reached an agreement to have the General Mills brand come on as a sponsor for both the 2015 PBA League playoffs and as presenting sponsor of team L.A. X later this month at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine. Wheaties is well known for featuring prominent athletes on the exterior of the package (pictured: Muhammad Ali, 2012). The sponsorship package will include on-site signage during the PBA League Elias Cup Playoffs, as well as 30-second commercials on the four ESPN telecasts originating from the event.

2015 PBA Tour #3


Malott helps Duke win 38th title in Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship

PBA's "odd couple" successfully defends 2011 title; Duke moves into third place on all-time PBA Tour titles list

2015PBA03WesMalottNormDuke_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke with the help of partner Wes Malott successfully defended their Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, giving Duke his 38th career title and sole possession of third place on the all-time PBA titles list. Duke (l.), who stands 5-foot-6 and weighs 128 pounds, teamed up with Malott (r.), at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, to defeat international stars Dom Barrett and Osku Palermaa, 228-203, for a victory that also gave Malott 10 career titles.

2015 PBA Tour


2015 PBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2015PBALogo_small.jpg The 2015 Professional Bowlers Association Tour currently consists of 22 tournaments on U.S. soil and an invitational event in Japan in cooperation with the Japan PBA. Due to an agreement between PBA and World Bowling, Tenpin Bowling's world governing body, nine international tournaments of the 2015 World Bowling Tour will also award a PBA title if won by a PBA member. The 2015 PBA Tour will conclude with the Detroit Open December 11-13 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.

2015 PBA Tour #3


Mark Roth and Marshall Holman were fierce rivals but perfect doubles partners

PBA legends combined for three PBA Tour doubles titles

PBADoublesMarshallHolmanMarkRoth_small.jpgThe individual accomplishments of Mark Roth and Marshall Holman (r-l) are things of legend. Roth, a four-time player of the year, ranks tied for fifth all-time with 34 titles. Holman, the 1987 player of the year, ranks 11th all-time with 22 titles. But among their 56 combined titles are three doubles championships. When it came to teaming up as doubles partners, both players were a force to be reckoned with at the annual PBA Tour doubles events.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #9


PBA stars head east for three World Bowling Tour events

"Jack Rabbits" PBA League bowling ball debuts this week; Josh Blanchard holds off amateur Wesley Low Jr. for Sutter Creek title

2014PBADominicBarrett_small.jpgPBA stars from around the world are heading east for a three-tournament PBA International-World Bowling Tour series, beginning with the H.H. Emir Cup, which is underway at Qatar Bowling Centre in Doha. The Qatar event will be followed by the Kingdom of Bahrain Open at Ozone Entertainment Centre in Manama, Bahrain, March 2-7, and the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, March 14-22. Heading into the three-tournament swing, Dom Barrett (pictured) of England is the WBT men's points leader.

2015 PBA Tour #2


Bohn wins PBA Players Championship in overtime, ties Roth with 34th title

Strike on second sudden-death shot ends dramatic championship match

2015PBA02ParkerBohnIII_small.jpgParker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., struck on his second shot in sudden-death to win the PBA Players Championship at Woodland Bowl, earning his 34th career title and moving into a tie for fifth place on the all-time PBA career titles list with legendary star Mark Roth. The 51-year-old left-hander received a $25,000 winner's check. The finals were held in conjunction with the Tournament of Champions at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind., on February 14 and aired Sunday, Feb 22, on ESPN.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #8


Walter Ray Williams Jr. fulfills wish for 14-year-old Iowa bowler

Kulick's historic victory tops "Top Toc Television Moments" poll; "Atom Splitters" PBA League bowling ball debuts this week; Why Sean Rash is the first player in PBA history to bowl two nationally-televised 300 games; PBA Regional activity heats up this weekend

2015MattBrauckmanWalterRayWilliams_small.jpg It isn't often that an aspiring youth bowler has a chance to bowl one of the world's greatest bowlers and then beats him in a match. But that's exactly what 14-year-old Matt Brauckman (pictured left) of Carroll, Iowa did. Brauckman, who has Hodgkin's lymphoma, had the opportunity to bowl Walter Ray Williams Jr. (right) at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, the site of the 50th Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, as a result of a Make-A-Wish Foundation grant.

2015 PBA Tour #2


Career milestones on the Line in PBA Players Championship Finals

Stepladder finals air Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN


Two-time reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, and Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III and Norm Duke highlight the field of five finalists for this Sunday's (Feb. 22) PBA Players Championship at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN. Bohn (pictured), who ranks sixth on the all-time Tour win list with 33 titles, will try for his first win since the 2013 PBA World Championship. With a win, he will tie fellow Hall of Famer Mark Roth for the fifth-most titles in PBA history behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47), Earl Anthony (43) and Duke and Pete Weber (37).



2015 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour Schedule set

Bowlers invited to join PWBA for discounted entry on regular-season tour events

2014PWBALogo_small.jpg The Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour will re-launch in 2015 featuring seven regular-season events, three nationally televised majors and stops from coast to coast. The PWBA Tour schedule will kick off with the United States Bowling Congress Queens from May 13-19 and conclude with the PWBA Tour Championship from Sept. 10-13.



New Jersey and North Texas to host Bowlmor AMF U.S. Opens

Registration for both tournaments will open April 6

2015USOpenLogo_small.jpg2015WUSOLogo_small.jpgBowlmor AMF will host and provide television sponsorship for Bowling's U.S. Open's in 2015. The 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women's Open will take place at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, New Jersey, Aug. 31-Sept. 6. The 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open will take place at AMF Garland Lanes in suburban Dallas/Fort Worth from Nov. 2-8. Both events will feature a top prize of $50,000 and will be operated by USBC.

2015 PBA Tour #5


Jason Belmonte repeats as Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions winner

Nationally-televised finals feature historic 300 game by Sean Rash, who becomes the first player to bowl two nationally-televised 300 games in PBA Tour competition

2015PBA05JasonBelmonte_small.jpg Australian two-handed player Jason Belmonte (pictured) continued his astonishing run in Professional Bowlers Association major championships Sunday, successfully defending his title in the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions with a 232-214 victory over top qualifier Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., at Woodland Bowl for his fifth major title in the past three years. In addition to winning his 12th career title, Belmonte earned his second $50,000 check in two weeks.

2015 PBA Tour #5


Rhino page holds on to claim top berth for 50th PBA Tournament of Champions finals

Jason Belmonte, Ryan Ciminelli, Sean Rash, Scott Norton complete stepladder field

2014PBARhinoPage_small.jpg2014PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpgRhino Page (l.) of Orlando, Fla., survived a heated challenge Friday night at Woodland Bowl to hold on to the top qualifying position for Sunday's finals in the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions by 45 pins over defending champion Jason Belmonte (r.) of Australia. Page, who is hoping to win the TOC title that evaded him in 2009, won 15 of his 24 matches and tied another, averaging 243.9 for 48 games for a 12,172 pinfall total.

2015 PBA Tour #5


Rhino Page takes Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions lead into final round

Final 8 games of match play Friday night to decide Sunday's ESPN stepladder finalists

2014PBARhinoPage_small.jpgRhino Page (pictured) of Dade City, Fla., again held off his challengers to take a 137–pin lead over defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia into Friday night's final round of match play in the 50th anniversary Barbasol Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions. Page, who is hoping to win the Tournament of Champions title that evaded him in 2009, has won 11 of his first 16 matches and tied another, averaging 245.23 for 40 games for a 10,154 pinfall total. He has led the tournament since the opening round.

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