PBA Bowling News Overview

USBC/PBA News

10/31/14

South Point Hotel and Casino opens doors to $35 million South Point Bowling Plaza

State-of-the-Art United States Bowling Congress Tournament Facility

20130501SouthPointArena2_small.jpgSouth Point Hotel and Casino's new $35 million bowling tournament facility, South Point Bowling Plaza, rolls into Las Vegas eight months early with a full schedule of tournament events beginning on Saturday, Nov. 1. After signing a 12-year deal with United States Bowling Congress (USBC), Las Vegas Events (LVE) and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) in April 2013, South Point Bowling Plaza has scheduled 122 days of tournament operations in 2015.

PBA League News

10/31/14

Draft-eligible list set for Friday's 2015 PBA League Draft

Xtra Frame to cover player selections live at 3 p.m. ET from South Point Bowling Plaza

2012PBALeagueLogo_small.jpgAn all-star list of bowling stars has set confirmed for Friday's 2015 PBA League Draft, which will be conducted Friday at 3 p.m. ET from the new South Point Bowling Plaza. A live international audience will be able to watch the third annual PBA League draft on PBA's online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. The eight-team PBA League will compete for the Elias Cup March 28-30 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine. The Elias Cup will be decided by points earned in singles, doubles, trio and Baker team matches.

2014 PBA Tour #11

10/31/14

Wes Malott clinches No. 1 berth for PBA World Championship Finals

England's Stuart Williams claims fifth position with strong finish

2014PBAWSOBWesMalott_small.jpg2014PBAWSOBStuartWilliams_small.jpgWes Malott (l.) of Pflugerville, Texas, captured the top qualifying position for the PBA World Championship, a PBA "major", by 118 pins over Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday at South Point Bowling Center. Malott, Fagan, Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana; Todd Book of Russells Point, Ohio, and Stuart Williams (r.) of England will return to South Point's new 60-lane Bowling Plaza for the live ESPN stepladder finals on Sunday, Jan. 11.

PBA News

10/30/14

Chinese bowlers make historic debut in PBA World Series of Bowling VI

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A group of six bowlers from mainland China (pictured) made history this week as the first players from their country ever to bowl in professional competition. They earned the right to enter the World Series by recording averages of 200-plus in a "PBA Pioneer League" program initiated by Frank Zhao (c.). The Chinese aren't competitive, yet, but their appearance at WSOB VI may be a preview of the significant impact China may have on the world of bowling in the years ahead.

2014 PBA Tour #11

10/30/14

Wes Malott takes 125-pin lead into final Match Play Round in PBA World Championship

Mike Fagan finishes strong to move into second place; top 5 after 52 games will return on Jan. 11 for the live ESPN finals

2014PBAWSOBWesMalott_small.jpg2014PBAWSOBMikeFagan_small.jpgWes Malott (l.) of Pflugerville, Texas, won 11 of his 16 matches Wednesday and will take a 125-pin lead into Thursday's final round of match play in the PBA World Championship at South Point Bowling Center. Malott led by more than 200 pins going into Wednesday night's final match against fellow Texan Mike Fagan (r.) of Fort Worth. Fagan, after rolling a 300 a game earlier, defeated Malott, 276-204, to cut Malott's lead in half.

2014 PBA Tour #10

10/29/14

Michael Haugen Jr. earns top berth in PBA Scorpion Championship

England's Barrett heads field as 24 PBA World Championship qualifiers set for match play

2014EBT16MartinLarsen2_small.jpg2014PBA10MichaelHaugen_small.jpgThree-time PBA titlist Michael Haugen Jr. (l.) of Phoenix jumped from sixth to first in the final game Tuesday night to capture the top berth in the PBA Scorpion Championship in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling Tuesday with 3,213 14-game total and an average of 229.50. In the ESPN finals on Saturday, Nov. 1, Haugen will be joined by Scott Newell of Daytona, Florida, Sweden's Martin Larsen (r.) and Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa.

2014 PBA Tour #10

10/29/14

B.J. Moore back on top as PBA Scorpion Championship first round leader

England's Dom Barrett heads field as 24 PBA World Championship qualifiers set for match play

2014PBA08BJMoore_small.jpg2014EBT16DominicBarrett_small.jpgB.J. Moore III (l.) of Apex, North Carolina, was back on top of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling Tuesday at South Point Bowling Center as the first round leader in the PBA Scorpion Championship, but this time he is hoping for a better long-term outcome in Tuesday night's final qualifying session. England's Dom Barrett (r.) was top qualifier for the World Championship with a 6,430 pinfall total and an average of 229.64 for 28 games.

2014 PBA Tour #9

10/28/14

D.J. Archer leads PBA Chameleon Championship field into ESPN Finals

Ronnie Russell paces PBA World Championship qualifying after three of four rounds

2014PBA09DJArcher_small.jpgD.J. Archer (left) of Friendswood, Texas, a 34-year-old, 12-year veteran who is still trying for his first PBA Tour title, fought through the emotional memories of his mother's death in September on his way to the top qualifying position in the Chameleon Championship television finals. Joining Archer in the finals on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the new South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas are Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana; Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois; and J.R. Raymond Bay City, Mich., who will make his ESPN debut.

2014 PBA Tour #9

10/28/14

D.J. Archer charges into first round lead in PBA Chameleon Championship

Ronnie Russell paces PBA World Championship qualifying after three of four rounds

2014PBADJArcher_small.jpg2014PBARonnieRussell_small.jpgD.J. Archer (pictured) of Friendswood, Texas, stumbled out of the gate, but righted himself quickly to charge into the first round lead in the PBA Chameleon Championship, the third of four animal pattern events in GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI, Monday at South Point Bowling Center. Archer toppled 1,696 pins to hold a nine-pin lead over Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana, who took the lead in the PBA World Championship qualifying.

2014 PBA Tour #8

10/27/14

Connor Pickford wins No. 1 berth for PBA Viper Championship finals

Fourth-year pro from North Carolina to make national television debut

2014PBA08ConnorPickford_small.jpg2014PBA08DomBarrett_small.jpgConnor Pickford (pictured left) of Charlotte, North Carolina, who has never finished higher than 14th in his abbreviated four-year PBA Tour career, will make his national television debut as the top qualifier in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI's Viper Championship. Joining Pickford in the finals on Saturday, Nov. 1, are Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana, England's Dom Barrett (r.) and Finland's Mika Koivuniemi, who lives in Hartland, Michigan.

2014 PBA Tour #8

10/27/14

B.J. Moore III paces the field after first round in PBA Viper Championship

Shawn Maldonado leads PBA World Championship qualifying after two rounds

2014PBA08BJMoore_small.jpg201213PBAShawnMaldonado_small.jpgB.J. Moore III (l.) of Apex, North Carolina, seized the first round lead in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI's Viper Championship Sunday at South Point Bowling Center. Moore, a 26-year-old one-time PBA Regional winner, averaged 234.57 on the Viper lane condition for a 1,642 total. The leading World Championship qualifier is two-handed player Shawn Maldonado (r.) of Houston, Texas, with a 236.85 composite average and 3,316 pins.

2014 PBA Tour #7

10/26/14

Dick Allen earns No. 1 seed for PBA Cheetah Championship stepladder finals

Liz Johnson makes women's bowling history as she becomes the first woman to advance to a second PBA Tour national television finals

2013DanKondasMemorialDickAllen2_small.jpg2014PBA07LizJohnson_small.jpgDick Allen (l.) of Columbia, South Carolina, averaged 244.36.71 for 14 games Saturday to earn the top qualifying berth for the stepladder finals of the PBA Cheetah Championship which will be contested on Saturday, Nov. 1. Liz Johnson (r.) of Cheektowaga, New York, completed a charge out of 24th place at the end of the first round to finish fourth and become the first woman to advance to a second PBA Tour national television finals.

2014 PBA Tour #7

10/26/14

Dick Allen takes first round lead in PBA Cheetah Championship

Top 24 advance to second round in the opening event of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI

201213PBADickAllen2_small.jpgDick Allen (pictured) of Columbia, South Carolina, averaged 252.71 for his first seven games to take the first round lead in the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game as the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI officially got underway Saturday at South Point Bowling Center. The top 24 players advanced to a second seven-game qualifying round Saturday night, competing for four berths in the Cheetah Championship finals which will be contested on Saturday, Nov. 1.

PBA News

10/25/14

Hall of Famers Monacelli, Williams lead field of PBA Challenge finalists

PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional, PBA Women's Regional representatives advance to ESPN special event

2013PBA50AmletoMonacelli2_small.jpg2014PBAWalterRayWilliams_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Florida, advanced to the finals of the PBA Challenge, a made-for-ESPN special event, as the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI got underway Friday at South Point Bowling Center. Monacelli (l.) and Williams (r.) finished one-two in an eight-game match play qualifying event for the 2014 season's top PBA50 Tour players, earning berths in the Nov. 2 PBA Challenge TV finals.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #39

10/23/14

Mike Edwards replaces Ron Mohr in PBA Challenge's PBA50 tour field

PBA Regional Summary: Venezuela's Richard Leon wins twice in Reno

2014PBA50MikeEdwards_small.jpg2012PBASRonMohr_small.jpgMike Edwards (l.) of Tulsa, Okla., has replaced Ron Mohr (r.) of Las Vegas in the field of eight players who will compete for the PBA50 Tour's berth in the made-for-TV PBA Challenge telecast during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI. The eight-player, eight-game match play qualifying events for PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA Women's Regional players will take place Friday at 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET) at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

PBA News

10/22/14

Rolltech to provide Live Frame-By-Frame Scoring during PBA WSOB VI

Bonus coverage during animal pattern qualifying rounds offered to Xtra Frame subscribers

2014PBAGEICOWSOBVILogo_small.jpgRolltech, the official Live Scoring Partner of the 2014 GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling, will give PBA's Xtra Frame subscribers a chance to watch the WSOB VI in exceptional detail when the multi-event series gets underway Friday in Las Vegas, PBA Vice President of Media Dave Schroeder announced Wednesday. Under the new agreement, Rolltech will provide exclusive live frame-by-frame scoring to Xtra Frame subscribers during qualifying rounds of all four animal pattern championship events.

PBA Awards

10/21/14

Bob Glass, Chris Peters, Barb Wilt elected to PBA Hall of Fame

2015 induction ceremonies planned for February 10 in Indianapolis

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Bob Glass, a dominant player during a 10-year career on the PBA50 Tour; former Microsoft executive Chris Peters, who played a key role as a new owner in reviving the Professional Bowlers Association, and Barb Wilt, the longest-tenured employee in PBA history, have been elected to the PBA Hall of Fame. There were no candidates elected in the PBA Performance category. Induction ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Marriott Indianapolis North in conjunction with the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions.

PBA News

10/16/14

PBA legend Marshall Holman joins Xtra Frame broadcast booth for GEICO PBA WSOB VI

2014PBAMarshallHolman_small.jpg PBA legend Marshall Holman (pictured) will return to the broadcast booth when he joins the Xtra Frame coverage team for the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI as color commentator, PBA Vice President of Media Dave Schroeder announced today. The PBA Hall of Famer and 22-time PBA Tour titlist will join Xtra Frame and ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Jakubowski in the broadcast booth for live coverage Oct. 25-28 at the South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #38

10/16/14

"Action" Jackson to take on Chris Barnes in winner-take-all duel at WSOB VI

Top teaching pro Mark Baker's "Tips" to be featured on Xtra Frame; Johnny Petraglia featured in VFW Magazine article; Danny Wiseman Youth Tournament awards $21,000 in scholarships; European PBA stars top Americans to win 15th Weber Cup; West, Northwest WSOB VI representatives decided

2010PBAWestJTJackson_small.jpg2014PBAChrisBarnes_small.jpgJT "Action" Jackson (l.), who earned his nickname by bowling "action" with his comedian friends in Los Angeles, has challenged 17-time PBA Tour champion Chris Barnes (r.) of Double Oak, Texas, to a one-game, All-In Showdown match that will be webcast live on PBA's Xtra Frame online bowling channel on Friday, Oct. 24, from South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Each player will put up $5,000 and they will bowl for a $10,000 winner-take-all prize.

PBA News

10/15/14

GEICO PBA World of Series of Bowling VI kicks off with PBA Challenge Qualifiers

Stars of PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA Women's Regional Tours to be showcased on Xtra Frame and ESPN

2014PBAGEICOWSOBVILogo_small.jpgThe GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI gets underway Friday, October 24 with live Xtra Frame coverage of the PBA Challenge presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame qualifying rounds. The PBA will conduct eight-player, eight-game round-robin match play qualifiers for the PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA Women's Regional Tours to determine two finalists in each group who will advance to the PBA Challenge Finals on November 2 in the new South Point Bowling Plaza.

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