PBA Bowling News Overview

2015 PBA Tour #2 & 3

01/29/15

DJ Archer bids for second title as PBA Players Championship leader

'Odd couple' Williams, Smallwood lead Mark Roth/Marshall Holman Doubles finalists into match play

2014PBADJArcher2_small.jpg2014PBARonnieRussell2_small.jpgAfter 12 years and 159 tournaments before winning his first title, DJ Archer (l.) of Friendswood, Texas, put himself into position for a second PBA Tour title Wednesday as the leader in the PBA Players Championship at AMF Bowlero, winning seven of his first eight matches and averaging 244.25. Archer will take a 42-pin lead over Ronnie Russell (r.) of Marion, Ind., who is going through a similar career renaissance, into the final two rounds of match play Thursday.

20154 PBA Tour #4

01/28/15

Jason Belmonte looks to make more history at USBC Masters

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Last year, Jason Belmonte (pictured left) of Australia accomplished something that hadn't been done in nearly 50 years. Next week, he will attempt to accomplish something no bowler has done in the 64-year history of the USBC Masters. Belmonte made history last year by becoming just the third player to win the USBC Masters in back-to-back years. No bowler has ever won the event three consecutive years. The two-handed star will again be the player to beat when the Masters kicks off with the first round Tuesday, Feb. 4.

20154 PBA Tour #2 & 3

01/28/15

Ronnie Russell rolls into PBA Players Championship lead

Walter Ray Williams Jr. & Tom Smallwood take early lead in Mark Roth/Marshall Holman Doubles

2014PBARonnieRussell2_small.jpg2014PBADJArcher2_small.jpgRonnie Russell (l.) arguably the hottest player on the PBA Tour, caught fire after an opening 212 game and rolled into the first round lead in the PBA Players Championship Tuesday at AMF Bowlero in Wauwatosa, Wis. Russell, who is trying for his third PBA Tour title, finished the eight-game opening round with games of 268, 289, 259, 234, 247, 238 and 269 for a 2,016 pinfall total, a 252 average, and a 135-pin lead over DJ Archer (r.).

PBA Awards

01/27/15

Australia's Jason Belmonte wins second consecutive PBA Player of the Year Award

Marshall Kent is Rookie of Year; Brett Spangler wins Nagy Sportsmanship Award, Missy Parkin receives Reyes Community Service Award

2014PBAAwardWinners_small.jpgWith another outstanding record in 2014 PBA Tour major championships, Australian two-handed competitor Jason Belmonte picked up where he left off in 2012-13 to earn his second consecutive GEICO Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year award. Belmonte, along 2014 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent, Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner Brett Spangler and Tony Reyes PBA Community Service Award winner Missy Parkin, were recognized Monday.

PBA Special Events

01/26/15

ESPN's Super Bowl Sunday telecast of CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational moves to 2 p.m. ET

AMF Bowl-O-Drome Lanes in Torrance, Calif., USA (January 8, 2015)

2015CP3PBACelebrityInternationalLogo_small.jpg ESPN has moved up the time for airing of Chris Paul's CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Bowlmor AMF from 4:30 p.m. ET to 2 p.m. ET on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1). The telecast will also be increased from 90 minutes to two hours. The CP3 fundraiser, which will again include a diverse group of celebrities and PBA Tour stars and has become a tradition on Super Bowl Sunday, was staged January 8 at AMF Bowl-O-Drome in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, Calif.

20154 PBA Spare Shots #4

01/24/15

Tickets for ESPN telecasts in Indianapolis now available

PBA Network signs sponsorship pact with League Pals; PBA Regional activity back to full swing in February

201112PBALogo_small.jpgTickets for the live ESPN telecast of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, and finals of the PBA Players Championship and Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship in Indianapolis are now on sale on the PBA website. The "tripleheader" ESPN weekend begins with the finals of the Players Championship on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. ET. The TOC stepladder finals will air live on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. The Roth/Holman Doubles finals will be contested at 4:30 p.m.

United States

01/24/15

PBA Hall of Fame Charter member Chuck Pezzano dies at age 86

Internationally recognized bowling journalist, historian was one of a kind

20150123ChuckPezzano_small.jpgChuck Pezzano (pictured) of Clifton, N.J., a charter member of the PBA Hall of Fame and widely recognized as the dean of bowling journalists, died Friday, January 23 of cardiac arrest while undergoing a stent procedure at St. Mary's Passaic, N.J. He turned 86 on Jan. 14. Since the formation of the PBA in 1958, no one has contributed more to the organization in so many different ways than Pezzano, a founding member of the organization. He was the first Meritorious Service inductee in the inaugural PBA Hall of Fame class in 1975, among his 12 halls of fames.

20154 PBA Tour #2 & 3

01/22/15

PBA returns to Milwaukee, Wis., for the preliminary rounds of two championship tournaments

Bowling fans can catch all the action on PBA.com's Xtra Frame plus Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Nagy Sportsmanship and Tony Reyes Award presentations

201112PBALogo_small.jpgThe Professional Bowlers Association will return to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jan. 26-30 for the preliminary rounds of two championship tournaments – the PBA Players Championship and the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship – leading into a mega-television weekend in Indianapolis in February as part of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions. Bowling fans will be able to catch all the action on PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame.

2014 WBT Finals

01/20/15

2014 World Bowling Tour Finals air Sunday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Finals to feature experimental World Bowling scoring system

WBTLogo_small.jpgThe GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI concludes with the introduction of an experimental scoring system being used by World Bowling during the telecast of the World Bowling Tour Men's and Women's Finals presented by the PBA Sunday, January 25 at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The top 3 men and three women in the WBT rankings earned their berths in the 2014 finals, based on a rolling two-year points ranking involving a series of tournaments held around the world.

20154 PBA Tour #1

01/18/15

Chris Barnes wins DHC PBA Japan Invitational for 18th PBA Tour title

Future hall of famer earns $43,032 top prize; rolls 300 in semifinal match for another $43,032 bonus

2015PBA01ChrisBarnes_small.jpgFuture PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes (pictured) of Double Oak, Texas, enjoyed one of the most rewarding days in his career Sunday, winning the DHC PBA Japan Invitational at Tokyo Port Bowl for his 18th career PBA Tour title. Barnes, 44, won the $43,032 (5 million yen) first prize with a 206-196 victory over top qualifier Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, and also won a $43,032 bonus for rolling a championship round perfect game in eliminating England's Stuart Williams, 300-225, in the semifinal match.

20154 PBA Tour #1

01/17/15

Mike Fagan earns No. 1 seed for DHC PBA Japan Invitational stepladder finals

Mike Fagan earns No. 1 seed for DHC PBA Japan Invitational stepladder finals Chris Barnes, Liz Johnson, Stuart Williams and Shawn Maldonado to determine Fagan's opponent; winner earns $41,460 first prize

2014PBAWSOBMikeFagan_small.jpgMike Fagan (pictured) of Fort Worth, Texas, will lead the five-player field into Sunday's stepladder finals of the DHC PBA Japan Invitational at Tokyo Port Bowl, starting at 9:55 p.m. Eastern Time tonight. Other Japan Invitational finalists will include No. 2 qualifier Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas; No. 3 Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; No. 4 Stuart Williams of England, and two-hander Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas. Xtra Frame's live coverage today will begin at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.

20154 PBA Tour #1

01/16/15

Mike Fagan leads DHC PBA Japan Invitational after two rounds

Final two rounds of match play set for 5:40 p.m. and 10:40 p.m. ET today

2014PBAWSOBMikeFagan_small.jpg2014PBAWSOBStuartWilliams_small.jpgNewly-crowned PBA World Champion Mike Fagan (l.) of Fort Worth, Texas, held the second round lead in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational Friday at Tokyo Port Bowl, posting an 11-5 record for a 16-game match play total of 3,930 pins. First round leader Stuart Williams (r.) of England, who had an 8-0 record for his first-round matches, was second with 3,860 total pins. The final two rounds of match play will determine the stepladder finalists.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #3

01/15/15

Five more Chinese "pioneers" qualify for PBA membership

Rolltech's frame-by-frame, ball-by-ball statistics for the PBA World Championship; 2015 Team USA Trials; 50th Anniversary PBA TOC History/Media Kit; PBA Regional Update

201112PBALogo_small.jpgLongmarch Bowling founder Frank Zhao has confirmed five more Chinese players have qualified for PBA membership during the fourth edition of his Longmarch Pioneers League program. The three-day "league" session – this one at Longmarch Bowling Center in Shanghai over New Year's weekend – included 36 bowlers from Philippine, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and several areas in the mainland China. All players bowled two six-game sessions each day for three days in an attempt to establish a minimum 200 average.

20154 PBA Tour #1

01/14/15

PBA World Series qualifiers arrive in Tokyo for DHC PBA Japan Invitational

PBA World Championship finalists among players who earned berths in new international event

201112PBALogo_small.jpgNewly-crowned PBA World Champion Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, and his fellow PBA World Championship finalists have arrived in Tokyo to compete in the new DHC PBA Japan Invitational. The DHC PBA Japan Invitationa will feature an elite field of 16 international players and 16 Japanese players competing for shares of a $215,000 prize fund, which includes a $41,460 first prize, and a PBA Tour title. In addition, all 32 players will participate in special events for an additional $40,000 in prize money.

PBA News

01/14/15

PBA's Product Registration Program continues to grow

900 Global and AMF300 bowling balls, 3G and Brunswick shoes join 2015 lineup of approved products

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The Professional Bowlers Association kicked off its 2015 season on January 1 with a full complement of companies, highlighted by long-time partners Ebonite, Brunswick, Storm and MOTIV, participating in its Product Registered program. The PBA Product Registered program was created to provide participating companies a variety of opportunities to showcase their brand-name products, logos and/or other product identification in PBA competition across America and around the world.

PBA Regional News

01/13/15

Ryan Shafer, Harry Sullins highlight list of 2014 PBA Regional Award winners

E.J. Tackett and Kyle Troup repeat; Yuka Tsuchiya shines in new Japan Region

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Ryan Shafer has won his third consecutive PBA East Region Player of the Year award, and PBA50 Tour competitor Harry Sullins has won PBA50 Player of the Year honors in both the PBA Central and Midwest Regions, highlighting the annual PBA Regional Awards announced today by John Weber, Director of PBA Regional and PBA50 Tours. Two other PBA Regional standouts – E.J. Tackett and Kyle Troup – won their second straight Player of the Year awards in the Central and South Regions, resp.

2014 PBA Tour

01/12/15

PBA World Championship finals conclude 2014 PBA Tour PBA

201112PBALogo_small.jpg The 2014 Professional Bowlers Association Tour concluded with the stepladder finals of the PBA World Championship Sunday, January 11, 2015 at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2014 PBA Tour consisted of 11 PBA National Tour events in the United States including three majors, the Japan Cup and 12 World Bowling Tour events in the Middle East, Asia and Europe, which counted as PBA titles if won by a PBA member.

2014 PBA Tour #11 / 2015 WBT #1

01/12/15

Mike Fagan wins PBA World Championship for fifth Tour title and second major

In battle of Texans, No. 2 qualifier Fagan defeated top qualifier Wes Malott 252-212 in championship match

2014PBA11MikeFagan_small.jpg In a championship match battle between two players from Texas, Mike Fagan (pictured) of Fort Worth, prevailed to win the Professional Bowlers Association World Championship Sunday at the South Point Bowling Plaza for his fifth PBA Tour title. Fagan, who qualified second for the stepladder finals, defeated top qualifier Wes Malott from the Austin suburb of Pflugerville, 252-212, in the title match to also record his second major title after winning the USBC Masters in 2012.

2014 PBA Tour #11

01/09/15

Wes Malott is one game away from PBA World Championship title

Third major championship, final tournament of the season to be televised live at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN

2014PBA11No1WesMalott_small.jpg After earning top qualifier honors for the season-ending PBA World Championship, Wes Malott is one game away from winning his 10th career PBA Tour title, his second PBA major and eligibility for the PBA Hall of Fame someday in his future. The 38-year-old Malott paced the 240-player field in October's GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point Bowling Center, averaging 229 over 52 games, to earn the top qualifying spot by 118 pins over Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas.

2014 PBA Tour #11

01/09/15

Fagan successfully navigates multiple lane conditions to reach PBA World Championship Finals

2014PBA11No2MikeFagan_small.jpg The unique PBA World Championship qualifying format, conducted during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI, could easily cause a player to lose focus. For four-time PBA Tour winner and No. 2 PBA World Championship qualifier Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, combining a short- and long-term strategy throughout the World Series last October at the South Point Bowling Center made the 52-game trek to the finals a particularly difficult challenge.

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