PBA Bowling News Overview



Jason Belmonte will be known as the bowler who revolutionized the sport

By Lucas Wiseman

2016ColumnistLucasWiseman_small.jpg Some people hate Jason Belmonte. And the reason is simple. He does things to a bowling ball most people can't even dream of doing, and he's breaking the mold of traditional bowling. For those of you who insist on hating Belmonte, it's time to accept reality. Jason Belmonte may be the best bowler to ever pick up a bowling ball. The success Belmonte, an Australian who uses a unique two-handed delivery (from the right-hand side), is having is driving some people mad on social media.



Ryan Express temporarily derailed, back on track at Masters

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications


With a big event or a new season on the horizon, you'll often see athletes hit the gym to help build strength and endurance or even lose a few pounds. Heading into a three-week stretch of Professional Bowlers Association Tour majors this month, red-hot Ryan Ciminelli (pictured) of Cheektowaga, New York, lost 14 pounds. Unfortunately, it wasn't in a top-of-your-game kind of way, it was a scary and unexplainable perspective-on-life-changing way.

2016 PBA Tour #4


Australia's Jason Belmonte among the undefeated players at 2016 USBC Masters

Three-time defending champion is two wins away from locking up a spot in the stepladder finals for the fourth consecutive year

2015PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpg2015PBAWSOBKrisPrather_small.jpgJason Belmonte (l.) again proved why he's considered the best bowler in the world by battling back from a 38-pin deficit to remain undefeated at the 2016 USBC Masters. The three-time defending champion struck on five of his last six shots, including a clutch double in the 10th frame, to defeat Kristopher Prather (r.) of Milton, Florida, 669-666, and now is two wins away from locking up a spot in the USBC Masters stepladder finals for the fourth consecutive year.



USBC Masters returns to Las Vegas in 2017 as part of Open Championships experience

2016USBCMastersLogo_small.jpg The 2017 United States Bowling Congress Masters will take place in Las Vegas for just the fourth time, and the event once again will be in the same host city as the USBC Open Championships. The 2017 USBC Masters, a major tournament on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, will take place Feb. 19-26 at The Orleans, a 70-lane center. The Masters, first held in 1951, has been part of the USBC Open Championships for most of its history.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #6


Firelake PBA TOC draws nearly one million ESPN viewers

Barbasol PBA Players Championship next up on Xtra Frame's schedule; Anthony DeStasio wins PBA South Challenge

2016FireLakePBATournamentofChampionsLogo_small.jpg The FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions averaged 981,000 viewers on Sunday on ESPN, the highest rated PBA telecast of the 2015-16 ESPN season to date. It also posted a 17 percent increase over last year's TOC audience. The 2016 event kicked off a "Big February" series of three straight weeks of live PBA major championships coverage on ESPN. The February series continues with the USBC Masters finals this Sunday at 1 pm EST, followed by the Barbasol PBA Players Championship final on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. EST

2016 PBA Tour #4


Jason Belmonte back on top at 2016 USBC Masters

Three-time defending champion leads the top 64 into double-elimination match-play in bracket system

2016PBA03JasonBelmonte_small.jpgThree-time defending champion Jason Belmonte (pictured left) knew he was guaranteed a spot in the double-elimination bracket at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Masters, but he made sure to remain focused and aggressive throughout qualifying this week at Woodland Bowl. His game plan was strategic and familiar, and he got progressively better during each round of qualifying, eventually posting the highest five-game set of the week to catapult himself to the top of the standings with a 15-game total of 3,483, a 232.2 average.

2016 PBA Tour #5


Barbasol PBA Players Championship returns to major title status

Finals of third consecutive major to air live on ESPN on Sunday, February 21

2016BarbasolPBAPlayersChampionshipLogo_small.jpg On the heels of its strongest television ratings in a decade in 2015, the PBA will return one of its storied franchises to major title status next week when Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl hosts the 2016 Barbasol PBA Players Championship. The tournament will include a demanding 48-game qualifying and match play format, and a five-player stepladder final with a $40,000 first prize. The third-and-final live telecast in PBA's "Big February" series will air live on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. ET.

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"The Bad Boy of Bowling" to make ESPN debut online on Feb. 23, on air on Feb. 26

30 for 30 Films documentary follows life and times of PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber

201213PBA14PeteWeber2_small.jpg"The Bad Boy of Bowling," an award-winning documentary centered around the life-and-times of PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (pictured), will premiere on the ESPN Films 30 for 30 Shorts website on Tuesday, February 23. The ESPN Films 30 for 30 Shorts documentary, directed by SideStilt Films' Bryan Storkel and produced by Amy Storkel and Daniel Judge, covers the sometimes controversial but always successful career of the youngest of bowling legend Dick Weber's three sons.

2016 PBA Tour #4


Matt Ogle maintains lead at 2016 USBC Masters after two days of qualifying

While nobody likes to make mistakes, Matt Ogle (pictured2016PBA04MattOgle2_small.jpg) of Louisville, Kentucky, had room for a few after the blistering start he had at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Masters. But, instead of letting a couple of miscues at Woodland Bowling on Wednesday slow his momentum, he used them as opportunities to gather information about the challenging 39-foot oil pattern and the nuances of the 70-lane bowling center, all while maintaining his lead on the 417-player field.

2016 PBA Tour #4


Matt Ogle leads after first day of 2016 USBC Masters

2016PBA04MattOgle_small.jpg Matt Ogle (pictured) of Louisville, Kentucky, has enjoyed past success on the national stage, but he was able to experience a whole new level of nervousness Tuesday on the way to the top of the standings at the 2016 USBC Masters. The 31-year-old right-hander saw a personal dream come true when he rolled the first perfect game of this week's event at Woodland Bowl, and he matched the feat two games later to surge into the lead with a five-game total of 1,251, a 250.2 average.

2016 PBA Tour #3


Sweden's Jesper Svensson wins 51st FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions

PBA's 2015 Rookie of the Year becomes youngest player to win TOC at age 20

2016PBA03JesperSvensson5_small.jpgEight days shy of his 21st birthday, Sweden's Jesper Svensson (pictured), the 2015 Professional Bowlers Association Rookie of the Year, became the youngest player to win the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions Sunday at FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Svensson, a 6-foot-3, 158-pound left-handed two-hander, defeated top qualifier Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn., 226-177, to win his third career PBA Tour title, his first major and a $50,000 first prize.

2016 PBA Tour


2016 PBA Tour schedule currently features 11 tournaments

2016PBALogo_small.jpg The 2016 Professional Bowlers Association Tour, which kicked off Sunday, Jan. 17, with the TV finals of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship and the DHC PBA Japan Invitational, currently features 11 tournaments, including three 'majors', 2 doubles events, five events presented by Xtra Frame, and the Japan Invitational. Dates and venues for the PBA Fall Classic and U.S. Open as well as the dates for the PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno. Nev., haven't been dicided yet.

2016 PBA Tour #3


Mitch Beasley claims top berth for PBA Tournament of Champions stepladder finals

Australia's Jason Belmonte qualifies third in bid for record-tying third consecutive TOC title

2014PBAWSOBMitchBeasley_small.jpgRetired U.S. Air Force veteran Mitch Beasley (pictured) of Clarksville, Tenn., will make a bid for his first PBA major title Sunday as top qualifier in the 51st FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions after dominating match play Friday at FireLake Bowling Center. Beasley won 13 of his final 14 matches Friday, and tied the other one, to advance from third place to first, finishing with a 48-game total of 11,559 pins. On Sunday, he will face the player who emerges from three preliminary matches in a one-game duel for the $50,000 first prize.

2016 PBA Tour #4


Sellout field expanded for 2016 United States Bowling Congress Masters

2016USBCMastersLogo_small.jpg The sold-out field at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Masters now will include an additional 36 bowlers and a prize fund of $295,000 when it returns to Indianapolis next week for the first time since 1974. All 70 lanes at Woodland Bowl will be in use Feb. 8-14 as 420 of the best bowlers in the world, including three-time defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia, meet for a chance at the USBC Masters trophy and $50,000 top prize.

2016 PBA Tour #3


Sweden's Jesper Svensson charges into FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions lead

PBA's 2015 Rookie of the Year leads off round with 289, 300 games to move into first place

2015PBAJesperSvensson_small.jpgSweden's Jesper Svensson (pictured) struck on 22 of his first 23 shots Thursday morning in the 51st FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions at FireLake Bowling Center, advancing from sixth place to first, and he continued his blistering pace in match play Thursday night to build a 266-pin lead over Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn. Svensson, a 20-year-old left-handed two-hander and PBA's 2015 Rookie of the Year, averaged 232.1 for his first 32 games to lead the field of 24 finalists into Friday's final two rounds of match play.

2016 PBA Tour #4


Jason Belmonte looks to extend streak at sold-out 2016 USBC Masters

2015PBATeamChallengeJasonBelmonte2_small.jpgJoe DiMaggio. Brett Favre. Roger Federer. Byron Nelson. Richard Petty. These names are synonymous with some of the most notable streaks in sports history, and Australian Jason Belmonte (pictured) is making his bid to be bowling's addition to the star-studded list. Belmonte's record run has included back-to-back wins at the PBA Tournament of Champions, three consecutive PBA Player of the Year honors and an unprecedented trio of victories at the USBC Masters.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #5


FireLake Arena undergoes transformation for Sunday's live ESPN TOC finals

Billy Hardwick family to sponsor new Teen Masters Scholarships; Wayne's Lanes in "wait-and-see" situation for comeback; Jakob Butturff wins first Regional title in Reno

2016PBA03FireLakeArenaInstallation_small.jpg FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Okla., normally a showcase for country music artists, cage fighting and wrestling, is undergoing a transformation into a state-of-the-art bowling facility for its national television debut Sunday when the arena will become the stage for the stepladder finals of the 51st FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions. The first-ever ESPN telecast from FireLake Arena will begin at 2 p.m. ET on the special two-lane installation on the arena floor.

2016 PBA Tour #3


Tom Smallwood rolls into FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions lead

Big second round keeps Australia's Belmonte in contention for third straight TOC title

2015PBATomSmallwood_small.jpgTom Smallwood (pictured) of Saginaw, Mich., who has made a career out of bowling well in major championships, averaged 231.4 for 16 games to move into the lead at the end of qualifying in the 51st FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions at FireLake Bowling Center Wednesday. Smallwood, 38, posted games of 258, 258, 203, 259, 260, 200, 206 and 231 Wednesday for a 16-game total of 3,703 pins, advancing from 10th place to first in a hotly contested battle for the top 27 berths in Thursday's eight-game cashers round.

2016 PBA Tour #3


England's Dom Barrett takes first-round lead at PBA Tournament of Champions

2013 Rookie of the Year EJ Tackett trails by two pins after first 8 qualifying games

2015PBADomBarrett_small.jpgEngland's Dom Barrett (pictured), a four-time Professional Bowlers Association titlist, overtook EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., by two pins in the final game to take the first-round lead in the 51st FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions at FireLake Bowling Center Tuesday. Barrett, 30, had a 1,869 pinfall total to edge the 23-year-old Tackett, who posted his 1,867-pin total earlier in the day. The opening round of PBA's signature tournament saw the lead change after almost every game with nine players finishing within 23 pins of the leader.

PBA Awards


Pete Couture, Harry O'Neale and Denny Schreiner inducted into PBA Hall of Fame

2016PBAHoFSchreinerONealeCouture_small.jpgPBA50 Tour standout Pete Couture (right) of Cocoa, Fla., former South Region Manager Harry O'Neale (center) of Ravenel, S.C., and former PBA Tour announcer Denny Schreiner (left) of Akron, Ohio, were inducted into the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame Monday during ceremonies at the Grand Casino Hotel Resort in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

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