PBA Bowling News Overview

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PBA's 50th anniversary Tournament of Champions highlights ESPN Schedule

Live coverage of three major championships on tap as 34th season on ESPN begins on December 14

PBA1958Logo_mini.jpgThe Professional Bowlers Association's 34th consecutive season of coverage on ESPN begins on Sunday, Dec. 14, and includes 16 weeks of national television coverage for the world's best bowlers, including live coverage of three major championships: the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, PBA World Championship and USBC Masters. The new season on ESPN begins on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. ET with the finals of the PBA Cheetah Championship.

PBA News


GEICO returns as Entitlement Partner of PBA World Series of Bowling VI

2014PBAGEICOWSOBVILogo_small.jpg GEICO will celebrate its 12th anniversary as a primary partner of the Professional Bowlers Association by serving as the Entitlement Partner of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI. The multi-event international bowling competition will be held Oct. 24 through Nov. 2 at South Point Casino, Hotel and Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The GEICO WSOB VI will feature seven ESPN-televised events, beginning Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. ET, and continuing every Sunday through Jan. 25.

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PBA World Series VI field is sold out; standby names being accepted

Kristina Wendell, Christina Hardee lock up PBA Women's Regional berths in WSOB VI; Bob Caruso pulls off "super" victory in PBA East Region

2014PBAGEICOWSOBVILogo_small.jpgAs expected the 240-player field for the Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling VI, set for Oct. 24-Nov. 2 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, has been filled and names for the standby list are now being accepted. Vacancies will be filled on a first-come basis. The 2014 WSOB field includes players from a record-tying 21 different countries including first-time representatives from Belgium, the British Virgin Islands, China and Latvia and also eight PBA Hall of Famers.

PBA League News


2015 PBA League Draft set for live Xtra Frame coverage on October 31

Team managers to draft new rosters during PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas

2012PBALeagueLogo_small.jpgWho will be the first player selected when the Professional Bowlers Association conducts its 2015 PBA League Draft on Friday, Oct. 31, during the PBA World Series of Bowling VI? Reigning Player of the Year Jason Belmonte? Hall of Famer Pete Weber? A left-hander, right-hander, budding future star? A live international audience watching the draft on PBA's Xtra Frame will be the first to know as eight team managers select all-new team rosters in preparation for the PBA Tour's first-ever visit to the state of Maine.

PBA News


Barb Wilt retires after 44-year career of service to PBA and its members

2014PBAStaffBarbWilt_small.jpg In the 56-year history of the PBA, there is no one who has personally experienced as much of the history and evolution of the sport's professional organization than Barb Wilt, who will bring her 44-year career with PBA to an end when she retires on Aug. 31. Wilt began her career with PBA in a clerical position in July 1970 when PBA's offices were located in Akron, Ohio, and there were just five people working in the office. Over the next 44 years, she created a legacy of service to the organization and its members.

PBA News


Professional Bowlers Association moves administrative headquarters to Chicago

PBA will retain its IT staff and services in Seattle

PBA1958Logo_small_0.jpgEffective September 2, the Professional Bowlers Association will enter into a shared services agreement with Luby Publishing, publisher of Bowlers Journal International and other periodicals, and move its operational headquarters to Luby's home in Chicago, Commissioner Tom Clark announced today. The move, Clark said, is designed to improve the organization's operational efficiencies, taking advantage of Luby Publishing's expertise in membership services.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #30


Youth movement making a statement in PBA's Southwest Region

PBA Regional Summary: EJ Tackett tops Rhino Page in Coldwater

PBARegionalBreakdown_small.jpgThe PBA Southwest Region has experienced a youth movement during the 2014 season, according to Southwest Region manager Pete McCordic. So far this year, the region has seen four players win their first PBA titles – and all of them are under the age of 28. The most recent additions to the list are 23-year-old twin brothers Anthony and Sean Lavery of Pasadena, Texas, who won their first titles in back-to-back weeks. And three non-members also have won PBA Southwest events for the first time.

2014 PBA50 Tour Awards


Norm Duke earns PBA50 Player and Rookie of the Year

Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber Top 2014 PBA50 Tour Statistics; Johnny Petraglia takes Super Senior Player of the Year honors

2014PBA50POYNormDuke_small.jpgIt didn't take long for PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke (pictured) to make an impact on the PBA50 Tour. In his rookie season on the tour for players ages 50 and older, the 37-time PBA Tour champion from Clermont, Florida, became only the second player to earn PBA50 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the same season. Despite the great season Duke had, it was two other PBA greats – Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber – who led the PBA50 Tour statistical races over the course of the 11-tournament campaign.

PBA News


PBA Hall of Famer Gene Stus dies at 74

20140818PBAHoFGeneStus_small.jpg The Professional Bowlers Association has learned that PBA Hall of Famer and Senior Tour standout Gene Stus of Allen Park, Mich., died on Monday, August 18, at age 74. As a competitive bowler for most of his adult life, Stus had always wondered how he might have done on the PBA Tour. But the opportunity to compete in Tour competition didn't present itself until he was able to retire from General Motors after 32 years at the age of 50 and he became a regular on the Senior Tour, now called the PBA50 Tour.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #29


Regional coverage next for Xtra Frame

Another 15 minutes of fame for PBA50 Tour titlist Mike Pullin; PBA Regional Summary: Sean Lavery, Clara Guerrero shine in Killeen Southwest event

201112PBALogo_small.jpgWith the PBA50 Tour season now in the record books, Xtra Frame, the PBA's online bowling channel, will turn its attention to PBA Regional competition in the weeks ahead. Next up is the PBA Bowlerama Lanes Midwest Region Open from Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 23-24. On the September calendar will include the PBA Grand Hotel, Casino and Resort Southwest Regional Invitational from Shawnee, Okla., Sept. 5-7, and the Diamond Jo's Casino Midwest Open at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa, Sept. 13-14.

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Walter Ray Williams Jr. wins season-ending PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open

Norm Duke earns PBA50 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year Award

2015PBA5012WalterRayWilliams_small.jpgWalter Ray Williams Jr. (r.) won his ninth career PBA50 Tour title and Norm Duke withstood a challenge from Tom Baker in the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer to earn the 2014 PBA50 Player of the Year crown Wednesday at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn. Williams, defeated Baker in the championship match, 268-224. With a win Baker could have earned the 16 points necessary to move ahead of Duke of Clermont, Florida, for the Player of the Year title.

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Mike Edwards tops first round qualifying in PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open

PBA50 Player of the Year contenders Pete Weber, Norm Duke and Tom Baker sit in second, sixth and 13th place in the 2014 PBA50 season-ending tournament

2013PBA50MikeEdwards_small.jpgPBA Tour and PBA50 Tour titlist Mike Edwards (pictured) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, averaged 228.5 Monday to lead the first round of the season-ending PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer. Edwards bowled an 1,828 eight-game pinfall total at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., with games of 227, 213, 223, 245, 203, 268, 226 and 223 to lead PBA Hall of Famers Wayne Webb of Columbus, Ohio, and PBA50 Player of the Year contender Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, tied for second with 1,817.

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Jack Jurek captures his first PBA50 Tour title in PBA50 South Shore Open

2014PBA5011JackJurek_small.jpg Jack Jurek (center) of Lackawanna, N.Y., who has endured a series of bad breaks in his quest for his first PBA50 Tour title, made a breakthrough Thursday night when he struck on eight of his first nine shots to defeat Randy Pedersen of Clermont, Fla., 242-205, in the title match of the PBA50 South Shore Open. "It's never an easy battle out here," Jurek said. "I've won a couple of Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Awards because I've lost a lot of times in title matches and people think I'm a nice guy."

PBA News


50th Anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions returns to Indianapolis

Historic PBA major championship returns to the city of its birth Feb. 11-15, 2015

2014PBAToCLogo_small.jpgWoodland Bowl, the host for some of the most memorable championships in Professional Bowlers Association history, will once again step into the spotlight early in 2015 when the 50th anniversary PBA Tournament of Champions returns to the city where it was born. The newly-renovated Woodland Bowl will host the milestone Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions Monday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 15, when ESPN will televise the finals live at 1 p.m. ET.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #28


Hall of Famer Jason Couch wins PBA East "Super Regional" title in Delaware

Xtra Frame heads to Minnesota, Iowa; Norton, Parkin team up to win Bonneau Mixed Doubles

2014PBAGeneCarterProShopClassicJasonCouch_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Jason Couch (r.) of Clermont, Fla., bowling in his first PBA competition in a year, defeated Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 234-190, to win the $15,000 first prize in the PBA Gene Carter Pro Shop Classic, a PBA East Region "super regional," at Mid-County Lanes in Middletown, Del., Sunday. Entering the stepladder finals as the tournament leader, Couch broke open a title battle with Shafer when Shafer lost his footing in the final frame and opened.

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846 series helps Pete Weber surge into PBA50 South Shore Open

Hall of Famer averages 261.75 in second round to lead top 24 into match play rounds


Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber (pictured) fired an 846 series in the first three games of second round qualifying Wednesday helping him surge into the lead in the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes. Weber, trying for his second PBA50 Tour title of the season after a win in the recent Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic, bowled games of 278, 279, 289, 248, 259, 237, 278 and 226 in the second round, finishing qualifying with a 4,047 16-game overall pinfall total (253 average).

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Harry Sullins averages 249 to take first round lead in PBA50 South Shore Open

2013PBA50HarrySullins_small.jpg2013PBA50JackJurek_small.jpgHoping to end a streak of three seasons without a PBA50 Tour win, Harry Sullins (l.) of Chesterfield Township, Mich., averaged 249 to lead first round qualifying Tuesday in the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes. Sullins, whose last PBA50 Tour win came at Olympia Lanes in August of 2011, bowled a 1,995 eight-game pinfall to lead two-time PBA Tour winner Jack Jurek (r.) of Lackawanna, N.Y., in second with a 1,988 pinfall.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #27


Ben Laughlin gets a little help in completing Pro-Am 300 game

Regional points competitions heat up heading toward PBA World Series of Bowling; PBA adopts USBC's "No Thumb Rule"; August will be busy month for Xtra Frame coverage; Teenager Anthony Simonsen wins Southwest Open title

2014PBABoiseOpenProAm300BenLaughlinBriannaArchabal_small.jpg Thousands of grassroots league bowlers have treasured memories of bowling in PBA Pro-Am events, where they team up with PBA stars and stars-to-be. But few pro-am bowlers have ever had an experience quite like the one six-year-old Brianna Archabal (r.) had during the PBA Boise West/Northwest Open at 20th Century Lanes in Boise, Idaho, on July 25. The daughter of former PBA Regional player Scot Archabal was bowling on the same pair of lanes with 2013 PBA Regional Finals champ Ben Laughlin (l.), who started his game with 11 strikes.

2014 PBA50 Tour #10


Tom Baker wins PBA50 Dayton Classic for 12th career title

In another Hall of Fame championship match-up, Baker defeats Norm Duke, 265-217, to join Duke as a two-time winner this season

2014PBA5010TomBaker2_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C. (pictured with Carolyn Irwin & Mike Irwin, proprietors of Capri Lanes, and manager Shannon Pluhowsky) won the PBA50 Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip Thursday to capture his 12th career PBA50 Tour title and second of the season. The 59-year-old Baker defeated fellow Hall of Famer and top qualifier Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., 265-217, in the title match at Capri Lanes to join Duke as the tour's only two-time winners this season.

PBA Regional News


PBA Southwest Region to induct five in inaugural Hall of Fame ceremony

PBA1958Logo_mini.jpgThe PBA Southwest Region will induct five individuals into the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame in its inaugural induction ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, at the Grand Casino, Hotel and Resort in Shawnee, Okla. The Hall of Fame ceremony will be held in conjunction with the PBA Grand Casino, Hotel and Resort Southwest Invitational, which will be hosted by FireLake Bowling Center. In additional, Grand Casino will be the "home" of the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame, housing a special display to honor the inductees.

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