PBA Bowling News Overview

2016 PBA Tour #8


Denver Broncos' CJ Anderson to bowl in PBA Jonesboro Open June 3-5

Super Bowl 50 champ is taking his bowling experiences seriously

2016CP3CJAnderson_small.jpg CJ Anderson, who helped the underdog Denver Broncos upset the heavily favored Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, made his debut in Professional Bowlers Association competition over the weekend in the PBA Planet Bowl Southwest Open in Oklahoma City, and is already making plans for his second appearance in the Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open presented by Xtra Frame at Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., June 3-5.

2016 PWBA Tour #4


Germany's Birgit Pöppler top qualifier for 2016 USBC Queens

29 international bowlers make the cut to the top 64 for double-elimination match play, eight of whom finish qualifying in the top 10; Kelly Kulick is the top-positioned U.S. bowler in fifth place

2016USBCQueensBirgitPoppler2_small.jpg Birgit Pöppler of Germany continued her scorching pace through the third round of qualifying Monday at the 2016 USBC Queens and earned the top seed for the match-play portion of the event. Pöppler averaged more than 240 over 15 games at The Orleans Bowling Center in Lass Vegas for a 3,601 total, the second-highest in USBC Queens history. She had blocks of 1,238, 1,159 and 1,204. As the top seed, Pöppler will square off against the No. 64 seed, Josie Earnest of Nashville, Tennessee, in the opening round.

2016 PWBA Tour #4


Germany's Birgit Pöppler takes second-round lead in USBC Queens

Seven international bowlers in the top 10 after 10 of 15 qualifying games

2016USBCQueensBirgitPoppler_small.jpgGermany's Birgit Pöppler leads a field of more than 250 bowlers after two rounds of qualifying at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Queens. Pöppler used games of 236, 245, 267, 186 and 225 for a 1,159 total Sunday at The Orleans bowling center in Las Vegas to bring her 10-game total to 2,397. Two-time USBC Queens champion Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, is in second place with 2,388, and Singapore's Jazreel Tan is third with 2,324.

2016 PWBA Tour #4


Erin McCarthy leads opening day at 2016 USBC Queens

2015USBCQueensErinMcCarthy_small.jpgTeam USA's Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska, continued where she left off at the United States Bowling Congress Queens and led a field of more than 250 players Saturday in the opening round of the 2016 event. McCarthy (pictured) averaged more than 251 for her five-game block at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, including games of 268, 257, 259, 232 and 241, for an opening-round total of 1,257. Germany's Birgit Pöppler ended the day in second place with 1,238.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #18


Denver Broncos' CJ Anderson to compete in Oklahoma City PBA Regional event

Top 10 PBA Fall Swing money-winners to earn berths in 2017 DHC Japan Open; Xtra Frame kicks into high gear in June; PBA50 National Championship host center making major upgrades; Wodka, Verble, Shafer notch regional wins

2016CP3CJAnderson_small.jpgThe PBA has learned that Denver Broncos' running back CJ Anderson is going to compete in the PBA Planet Bowl Southwest Open in Oklahoma City this weekend. Anderson, who made his PBA debut as a celebrity guest in the Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational in Los Angeles in January, is serious about bowling and reportedly has been practicing diligently with guidance from PBA competitors, including fellow Denver area PBA member Brett Cooper.

2016 PBA Tour


PBA World Series of Bowling VIII returns to National Bowling Stadium

Silver Legacy, Reno to host multi-event international bowling showcase

PBAWorldSeriesofBowlingLogo_small.jpgThe eighth annual edition of the Professional Bowlers Association's World Series of Bowling, an international multi-event showcase for the world's most talented bowlers, will return to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., from Nov. 27 through Dec. 11, 2016. WSOB VIII will return to a PBA members-only event and will offer its members from around the world an opportunity to compete for shares of an estimated $750,000 in prize money and five PBA Tour titles in nationally-televised ESPN finals.

2016 PBA50 Tour #5


Pete Weber juggernaut's next stop: Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open

Hall of Famer hopes to defend title, win record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour event

2015PBAPeteWeber_small.jpgJust four events into the relatively young 2016 PBA50 Tour season, Pete Weber has his sights set on a record-setting campaign, including a second consecutive PBA50 Player of the Year crown, back-to-back Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open titles and an unprecedented fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title. After a fourth-place finish in the Pasco County Florida Open to start the year, followed by three consecutive wins to start the season, he's in prime position to make good on all three goals.

2016 PWBA Tour #4


2016 USBC Queens draws largest field since 2008

Defending champion Liz Johnson leads more than 250 of the top female competitors to The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas May 20-26

2015PWBATourLizJohnson_small.jpg The resurgence of the Professional Women's Bowling Association continues to show as the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Queens will draw its biggest turnout in nearly a decade starting Saturday in Las Vegas. USBC Hall of Famer and reigning PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson (pictured) of Cheektowaga, New York, will look to defend her title against more than 250 of the top female competitors in the world. The stepladder finals, which will be televised live Thursday, May 26 at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network.

2016 PWBA Tour #3


Singapore's Cherie Tan earns top seed for PWBA finals in Sacramento

2016PWBATour03Finalists_small.jpg With as many as six bowlers on the lanes for each PWBA event this season, Singapore has been well-represented, and the group now is guaranteed to bowl for the title at the 2016 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open. Cherie Tan, the lone left-hander of the contingent, averaged more than 225 this weekend to claim the No. 1 seed for the TV finals, which will be taped May 26 at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas and air Tuesday, June 21 on CBS Sports Network.

2016 PWBA Tour #3


Anggie Ramirez leads at 2016 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open

2016PWBATour03AnggieRamirez_small.jpgColombia's Anggie Ramirez started and finished her day at the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open with her two best games, closing with a 258 effort to surge to the top of the standings after 12 games. The 25-year-old left-hander (pictured) averaged more than 231 during the second block of qualifying Friday at Steve Cook's Fireside Lanes in Sacramento, Calif., to move up from fifth place after the day's first block. She finished with a 2,713 total, an overall average of 226.08.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #17


WRW vs. PDW: The Race to 100 titles is getting close

2015PBAWalterRayWilliams_small.jpg 2015PBAPeteWeber_small.jpg Maybe the most celebrated rivalry among contemporary bowling stars is the ongoing battle between Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber, made famous by WRW's domination of PDW in their history of PBA Tour television battles. In head-to-head duels on national television, Williams (l.) has beaten Weber (r.) nine times in 11 matches. Lesser known is the competition between the two that began more than 35 years ago.

2016 PBA50 Tour


2016 PBA50 Tour Schedule & Champions

2016 PBA50 Tour features 15 events including four "Majors"

PBA50Logo_small.jpg The 2016 PBA50 Tour for players 50 years of age and older (formerly the PBA Senior Tour) features 15 tournaments in seven States, Florida, North Carolina, New York, Nevada, California, Minnesota and Indiana. The extended PBA50 schedule includes four "majors", PBA Senior U.S. Open (May 29-June 3), USBC Senior Masters (June 19-25), PBA50 World Championship (July 17-23) and the PBA50 National Championship which will conclude the 2016 season at Signature Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., USA (Aug. 14-17).

2016 PBA50 Tour #4


Pete Weber wins record-tying third straight PBA50 tour title

Brian LeClair's bid for victory ends with pocket 7-10 split in 10th frame

2015PBAPeteWeber_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber continued his torrid 2016 PBA50 Tour campaign Tuesday night, winning the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., for a record-tying third consecutive PBA50 Tour title. Weber (pictured) again dominated the field of 50-and-older players to earn the top berth in the stepladder finals, but he narrowly escaped with a 223-204 victory over Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., when LeClair left a pocket 7-10 split on his first shot in the 10th frame.

2016 PBA50 Tour #4


Monacelli, Weber lead PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open Qualifying

2015PBAAmletoMonacelli_small.jpg 2014PBA50PeteWeber_small.jpg PBA Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli and Pete Weber took the top two spots after qualifying Monday in the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., as competition moves into match play. The 54-year-old Monacelli earned top-qualifier honors with a 3,683 16-game pinfall total (230.1 average). The 53-year-old Weber finished qualifying in second with a 3,605 pinfall (225 average).

2016 PBA League


"Right" choice helps Dallas Strikers win PBA League Elias Cup

2016PBALDallasStrikers_small.jpgMaking the "right" lane choice throughout the Professional Bowlers Association League Elias Cup elimination rounds proved to be the correct strategic move as the GoBowling.com Dallas Strikers ended four years of frustration in capturing the elusive team championship with a 4-2 win against the GEICO New York City KingPins. The 2016 Elias Cup was held at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, from March 31 through April 3, 2016. The finals aired Sunday, May 8 on ESPN.

2016 PWBA Tour #2


Kelly Kulick earns top seed for Sonoma County Open finals

2016PWBATour02Finalists_small.jpgStatistically, Kelly Kulick (r.) of Union, New Jersey, had a terrific 2015 season on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, but there was one thing missing - a win. Now, she's in position to get that hurdle out of the way early in 2016 as the top seed for the stepladder finals of the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open, which will be taped May 26 at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas and air Tuesday, June 14 on CBS Sports Network.

2016 PWBA Tour #2


Danielle McEwan leads after Day 1 at PWBA Sonoma County Open

2015PWBATourDanielleMcEwan_small.jpg Most players on the PWBA Tour travel with diverse equipment arsenals and a wealth of knowledge and support, but Danielle McEwan (pictured) of Stony Point, New York, found patience to be her most effective tool on the way to the top of the standings Friday at the 2016 Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open. McEwan said she didn't initially see what she needed to see in order to successfully navigate the 37-foot oil pattern at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., but when it finally clicked, she was able to take advantage.



2016 Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship set for Sept. 1-4 in Virginia

2015PWBA11DanielleMcEwan_small.jpgThe 2016 Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship, the final event of the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour season, will be held Sept. 1-4 at Uptown Alley in Midlothian, Virginia. CBS Sports Network will televise the event's semifinals and championship matches. The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship brings together the top 16 competitors from the 2016 PWBA Tour season. All 2016 PWBA Tour champions will receive an automatic invitation.



2016 PWBA Tour Schedule features 14 tournaments

2016PWBALogo_small.jpg The Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, which was re-launched in 2015 after nearly a dozen years, has released the PWBA Tour schedule for 2016, featuring 10 regular-season events, four "majors" and stops from coast to coast. The 2016 PWBA schedule kicks off April 28 with the PWBA Las Vegas Open at Texas Station and will conclude with back-to-back "majors", the U.S. Women's Open and The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #16


Special "Clash" events kick off PBA50 Johnny Petraglia Open on Xtra Frame

2016XtraFrameLogo2_small.jpg Next up on PBA's Xtra Frame schedule will be start-to-finish coverage of the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, the final standard event before the "senior tour" heads west for a five-week early summer swing including two major championships, and preliminary-round coverage of the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open Saturday and Sunday from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif. Leading off the Xtra Frame coverage of the Petraglia BVL Open will be a pair of special "clash" events.

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