PBA Bowling News Overview

2015 PBA50 Tour #3


Brian Voss averages 253.8 to lead first round in PBA50 Miller High Life Classic


2014PBAPeteWeber2_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss (l.) averaged 253.8 Monday to lead qualifying after the first round of the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas' Victory Lanes. Voss, a 25-time winner on the PBA Tour who is trying for his first PBA50 Tour title, fired a 2,031 pinfall total with games of 224, 267, 258, 248, 278, 269, 218 and 269. Voss holds a 36-pin lead over Hall of Famer Pete Weber (r.) in second with 1,995.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #17


PBA plans special "Clash of the Legends" event for May 2

Andy Varipapa nips Chris Barnes for "Greatest Trick Shot"; Maine Sports Commission eager for PBA to return in 2016; USA Today features Jason Belmonte's two-handed trickery; Terry Metzner wins first PBA50 Regional title in Sarasota

2013PBA50FinalWeberWilliamsMonacelli_small.jpgThe PBA will jump into a big day in the world of sports with a "Clash of the Legends" special event in conjunction with the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open in Farmingdale, N.Y. A special competition involving PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr. (c.), Pete Weber (l.) and Amleto Monacelli (r.) will be part of a unique contest that invites sports fans to pick the winners of the Kentucky Derby, Clash of Legends and the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao boxing match.

2015 PBA50 Tour #2


Mike Scroggins wins PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages in PBA50 Tour debut

Eight-time PBA Tour winner defeats Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III in championship match

2015PBA5002MikeScroggins_small.jpgAfter a nearly year-long absence from top-level competition recovering from foot problems, eight-time PBA Tour winner Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, won the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Tuesday in his PBA50 Tour debut at Spanish Springs Lanes. Scroggins, who qualified fifth for the finals, won three consecutive matches before battling fellow lefthander and tournament leader Parker Bohn III  in the championship match, 255-246.

2015 PBA50 Tour


2015 PBA50 Tour features 13 events including two "Majors" and two "Super Senior" stops

PBA50Logo_small.jpgThe 2015 PBA50 Tour (formerly the PBA Senior Tour) features 13 tournaments in Florida, North Carolina, New York, Nevada, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana including two "majors", the PBA Senior U.S. Open in Las Vegas (May 31 - June 5) and USBC Senior Masters in Green Bay, Wis. (July 27 - Aug. 2), and two "Super Senior" events. For the third consecutive year, a season-long point competition will qualify the top three players for the PBA50 Tour Finals (dates and venue tba).

PBA News


Jason Belmonte, Rhino Page take early leads in key 2015 PBA Statistical Categories

Two major championships give Australian star earnings lead; Page paces averages

2014PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpg2014PBARhinoPage_small.jpgAt the conclusion of the third annual Professional Bowlers Association League Elias Cup team competition and heading into the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort Summer Swing, two-time reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte (l.) held the lead in 2015 PBA earnings while Rhino Page (r.) of Dade City, Fla., jumped into the lead in scoring averages. Official PBA Tour statistics include earnings and titles only for World Bowling Tour events.

2015 PBA50 Tour #2


Parker Bohn III tops qualifying to lead 32 players into Sun Bowl In The Villages match play

PBA50 rookies Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and John Burkett also advance to match play

2014PBALeagueQF1ParkerBohn_small.jpgFor the time being there seems to be no stopping Parker Bohn III (pictured) as the PBA Hall of Famer averaged 253 to top qualifying Monday in the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical at Spanish Springs Lanes. Bohn, who won the season opening Pasco County Florida Open last week, led a field of 32 players into match play with a 4,052 16-game pinfall total. In Monday's second round he had games of 254, 300, 204, 279, 268, 238, 252 and 268.

2015 PBA League


Silver Lake Atom Splitters repeat as PBA League Elias Cup champions

Anchor bowler Dick Allen wins Mark Roth MVP Award after clutch 10th-frame performances

2015PBALChampionsSilverLakeAtomSplitters_small.jpgHelped greatly by a series of clutch 10th-frame strikes, the Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom Splitters (pictured) won their second straight PBA League Elias Cup with an impressive 5-1 decision over the Wheaties L.A. X at Bayside Bowl. At the close of the competition – eight days after escaping serious injury in an automobile accident – Silver Lake anchor bowler Dick Allen was selected as the PBA League's Mark Roth Most Valuable Player.

2015 PBA50 Tour #2


Parker Bohn III averages 248.6 to take first round lead in PBA50 Sun Bowl In The Villages


2012PBASRonMohr_small.jpgComing off a win in the season-opening PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open last week, Parker Bohn III (l.) kept the momentum alive by averaging 248.6 Sunday to take the first round lead in the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical at Spanish Springs Lanes. The PBA Hall of Famer finished the eight-game round with 1,989 pinfall total to hold a 31-pin lead over two-time PBA50 Tour Player of the Year Ron Mohr (r.).

2015 PBA Spare Shots #16


Osku Palermaa proves "speed thrills"

PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia receives BBIA Industry Service award; Sean Lavery-Spahr, Wesley Low Jr., Marty Deh, Patrick Allen, Kyle Troup and Jesse Buss winn PBA Regional events

2015PBA03OskuPalermaa_small.jpgWhether Finland's Osku Palermaa can throw a bowling ball faster than anyone in history is up for debate – and probably something no one could ever prove – but the reality is, when the high-rev two-handed player reverts to using only his right hand to shoot at single pin spares, it has become a thrill to watch. During the recent Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship fans began to add a "nnneeeooowww…" sound effect every time the powerful Finn unleashed a spare attempt, imitating the sound of the high-speed ball buzzing down the lane.

2015 PBA50 Tour #1


Parker Bohn III defeats Norm Duke to win PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open

PBA Hall of Famer shoots 263 to win his second career PBA50 Tour title

2015PBA5001ParkerBohn_small.jpgIn a title match that featured two of the PBA's all-time greats with 72 PBA Tour wins between them, Parker Bohn III (second from left) defeated fellow Hall of Famer and reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Norm Duke Tuesday in the title match to win the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla. Bohn, a 34-time PBA Tour titlist, won his second PBA50 Tour title by defeating Duke (right), a 38-time Tour winner, 263-222, in the title match.

2015 PBA League


Silver Lake Atom Splitters to face off against L.A. X in PBA Elias Cup Finals

Last year's finalists will battle it out in a re-match of the 2014 Elias Cup Finals on ESPN Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m. ET

2014PBALSilverLakeAtomSplitters_small.jpg201213PBALLosAngelesX_small.jpgAfter yet another ESPN PBA League telecast that featured dramatic sudden-death roll-offs to determine the winners, the defending champion Bass Pro Shop Silver Lake Atom Splitters and Wheaties L.A. X survived to win their semifinal rounds last Sunday to advance to the 2015 PBA Elias Cup Finals at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine. The teams will battle it out in a re-match of the 2014 Elias Cup Finals on ESPN Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m. ET.

2015 PBA50 Tour #1


Amateur Jerry Brunette averages 233.6 to top qualifying in PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open

Cashers and match play rounds get underway Tuesday

2015PBA5001JerryBrunette_small.jpgAmateur Jerry Brunette Jr. (pictured) of Rochester, N.Y., averaged 233.6 to take top qualifier honors Monday in the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl heading into Tuesday's match play rounds. Brunette completed qualifying in the opening tournament of the season with a 3,738 16-game pinfall total bowling 1,890 in Monday's eight-game second round with games of 203, 199, 236, 217, 258, 247, 264 and 266. He edged out reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., for the lead by two pins.

2015 PBA50 Tour


Amleto Monacelli averages 232 to lead after PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open first round

Defending Champion leads field of 116 players in opening PBA50 Tour tournament of the season

2013PBA50AmletoMonacelli2_small.jpgAs the 2015 PBA50 Tour season gets underway, defending champion Amleto Monacelli (pictured left) averaged 232 to take the first round lead Sunday in the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl. The Hall of Famer, who owns 19 PBA Tour and three PBA50 Tour titles, fired a 1,856 eight-game pinfall with games of 278, 203, 275, 192, 246, 194, 262 and 206. Monacelli holds an eight-pin lead over amateur Jerry Brunette Jr. of Rochester, N.Y. in second, who is bowling in his first PBA tournament. Brunette bowled 1,848.

2015 PBA League


Silver Lake Atom Splitters, L.A. X advance to PBA League Elias Cup Finals

Two more sudden-death roll-offs needed to decide championship finalists

2014PBALSilverLakeAtomSplitters_small.jpg201213PBALLosAngelesX_small.jpgThe defending champion Silver Lake Atom Splitters and the L.A. X survived an intense semifinal round, capped by two more sudden-death roll-offs, to advance to the third annual PBA League Elias Cup Finals. The semifinal round, which aired last Sunday on ESPN, completed a highly-competitive Baker team series at Bayside Bowl which saw all six best-of-two-game elimination matches decided by sudden-death roll-offs.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #15


ESPN 30 for 30's "The Bad Boy of Bowling" debuts at film festivals

Mike J. Laneside to make "debut" in PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open; Monacelli, Learn form new coaching services company; Villanueva, Ruffner & Forkel win at South Point


After months in the making, the ESPN "30 for 30" documentary about PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (pictured), "The Bad Boy of Bowling," is making its debut at film festivals around the country on its way to a yet-to-be-announced premier as part of ESPN "30 for 30" series. The film will make its formal debut at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, Ore., April 10, 11, 12 and 13, followed by showings at IFF Boston April 22-29 and the San Francisco International Film Festival at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas April 25 and May 5.

2015 PBA50 Tour #1


Former MLB pitcher John Burkett looking forward to second sports career as PBA50 Tour player

Pasco County PBA50 Florida Open to start 2015 season April 11-14 in New Port Richey

2014PBAWSOBJohnBurkett_small.jpgFormer major league pitching star John Burkett's career as an athlete enters a new chapter when the two-time all-star begins his professional bowling career in earnest. On April 12 he will join a field of approximately 120 players 50 years of age and older in the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open, which kicks off the 2015 PBA50 Tour season. Burkett (pictured), an accomplished bowler for most of his life, is not a stranger to bowling in PBA competition, having bowled in a handful of PBA Tour events since making his debut in 1990 in Pinole, Calif.

2015 PBA League


PBA League semifinal matches air Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN

Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits will meet L.A. X; BROOKLyN STyLES will take on Silver Lake Atom Splitters


After quarterfinal wins by the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits and L.A. X last Sunday, the semifinal field for the third annual PBA League Elias Cup Playoffs is set for Sunday's telecast (April 12) on ESPN at 2 p.m. ET. In best-of-two-game Baker format team matches, the Jack Rabbits will meet L.A. X while the BROOKLyN STyLES will battle the defending champion Silver Lake Atom Splitters. The two semifinal winners will advance to the Elias Cup Finals on ESPN Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m. ET.

2015 PBA Lea


Pittsburgh, L.A. X complete PBA League semifinal round field

Two more quarterfinal round matches decided in sudden-death roll-offs

201213PBALPittsburghJackRabbits_small.jpg201213PBALLosAngelesX_small.jpgThe semifinal field for the third annual PBA League Elias Cup playoffs was completed when the HotelPlanner.com Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits and Wheaties L.A. X won one-ball sudden-death roll-offs before a sold-out crowd at Bayside Bowl. With their victories, Pittsburgh and L.A. will join the Concrete Software BROOKLYN STyLES and defending champion Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom Splitters in the semifinal round.

2015 PBA50 Tour #1


Norm Duke turns sights to defending PBA50 Player of the Year Crown

Hall of Famer embraces new chapter of his career as 2015 PBA50 Tour season starts in New Port Richey, Fla. April 11-14

2014PBANormDuke2_small.jpgPrior to making his PBA50 Tour debut in the Pasco County Florida Open to kick off the 2014 PBA50 season, Hall of Famer Norm Duke (pictured) was quick to point out that starting another new chapter in his legendary career on the so-called PBA senior tour was something he was going to take very seriously. It wasn't going to be some kind of leisurely hobby. He's lived up to his word. In 2014 Duke went on to become only the second player to earn PBA50 Player of the Year and PBA50 Rookie of the Year in the same season.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #14


Wheaties' Andy Varipapa commercials available on YouTube

Sean Rash fulfills make-a-wish for Illinois boy; Bill Lillard breaks USBC Open Championships record; Curt Aemisegger wins back-to-back PBA50 titles

Image Special Wheaties commercials featuring the late bowling trick shot artist Andy Varipapa debuted in the PBA League telecasts on ESPN, and also are available for viewing on YouTube. Born March 31, 1891, Varipapa started his bowling career in the 1920s and soon made a reputation for himself in this sport, becoming one of the first pro bowlers in the country. He was famous for his ability to convert splits and, astoundingly, could regularly convert the 7-10 split by rolling one ball from each hand, simultaneously.

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