PBA Bowling News Overview

2015 PBA Tour #13 / 2015 PWBA Tour #5

08/01/15

Anita Arnett, Tyler Jensen hold early lead in Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles

2015PBA13TylerJensenAnitaArnett_small.jpg Former collegiate star Anita Arnett of Richmond, Texas, and partner Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth (r-l) held the early lead in the 16th annual PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament Friday at Palace Lanes, averaging a composite 213.56 to pace their 42-team squad with a 3,417 pinfall total. In second place after the opening squad were Kristin Warzinski of Muskegon, Mich., and Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, with 3,272, 145 pins behind the leaders.

2015 PBA50 Tour #9

08/01/15

Pete Weber, Walter Ray Williams Jr. undefeated at 2015 USBC Senior Masters

2014PBA50PeteWeber_small.jpg2015PBA50WalterRayWilliams_small.jpgQualifying leader Pete Weber (l.) of St. Ann, Missouri, and defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. (r.) of Oxford, Florida, are among the 16 players in the winners bracket after the first day of match play at the 2015 USBC Senior Masters. Also undefeated at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley are 2012 USBC Senior Masters winner Mike Edwards, and a trio of hall of famers, Amleto Monacelli, left-hander Parker Bohn III, and Brian Voss.

2015 PBA50 Tour #9

07/31/15

Pete Weber top qualifier at 2015 USBC Senior Masters

2014PBAPeteWeber3_small.jpg For the sixth consecutive qualifying round at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Pete Weber (pictured) of St. Ann, Missouri, found his way to the top of the standings, this time earning top qualifier honors at the 2015 USBC Senior Masters. The USBC and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer's streak goes back to the USBC Masters in February, where he led all three rounds of qualifying. This week, he is back in Green Bay and averaged more than 233, while leading a field of 194 USBC members age 50 and older.

2015 PBA50 Tour #9

07/30/15

Pete Weber maintains lead at 2015 USBC Senior Masters

2014PBAPeteWeber2_small.jpg 2013PBA50AmletoMonacelli2_small.jpgPete Weber (l.) of St. Ann, Missouri, turned in a steady performance Wednesday to maintain his lead at the 2015 USBC Senior Masters. The 52-year-old right-hander rolled games of 197, 206, 269, 226 and 257 for a 1,155 total, and his 2,338 two-day effort, a 233.8 average, puts him 84 pins ahead of fellow USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (r.) of Venezuela, who has toppled 2,254 pins in his first 10 games this week.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #30

07/29/15

PBA, PWBA members win gold medals in Pan American Games

China's PBA Pioneers League continues to pursue PBA status; Sean Rash to fulfill "wish" for 11-year-old Ohio boy; 22 years later, Ted Staikoff gets first PBA title

2015PAGDanMacLellandFrancoisLavoie_small.jpg2015PAGClaraJulianaGuerreroRocioRestrepo_small.jpg PBA member Dan MacLelland (left with Francois Lavoie, right) of Canada, and PBA/PWBA members Clara Guerrero (right, with Rocio Restrepo, right) of Colombia and Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, were gold-medal winners in Men's and Women's Doubles and Women's Singles at the recently-completed Pan American Games bowling competition.

2015 PBA50 Tour #9

07/29/15

Pete Weber leads after Round One Qualifying at 2015 USBC Senior Masters

2014PBA50PeteWeber_small.jpg2012PBASRonMohr_small.jpgPete Weber (l.) of St. Ann, Missouri, returned to The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wisconsin, both comfortable and confident after his last visit to the 60-lane center, and he set the pace through the first day of qualifying Tuesday at the 2015 USBC Senior Masters. Weber averaged more than 236 on the way to a 1,183 five-game total, 27 pins better than Ron Mohr (r.) of North Las Vegas, Nevada, who finished second with 1,156.

2015 PWBA Tour #4

07/26/15

Stefanie Johnson dominates PWBA Wichita Open to claim first PWBA title

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Stefanie Johnson (pictured) of Grand Prairie, Texas, dominated the PWBA Wichita Open on Saturday, blasting the field in match play and taking the title in the stepladder finals. Johnson, an 11-time Team USA member, defeated Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, 247-221, in the championship match at Northrock Lanes to win her first career PWBA title. Needing a mark and good count in the final frame, Johnson stepped up and delivered a clutch strike to lock up the win.

2015 PWBA Tour #4

07/25/15

Bryanna Caldwell tops qualifying at PWBA Wichita Open

2015PWBABryannaCaldwell_small.jpgPropelled by an improved spare-shooting game, Bryanna Caldwell (pictured) of Red Rock, Arizona, led qualifying Friday at the PWBA Wichita Open. Caldwell had a 12-game qualifying total of 2,689 (224.08 average) to top the field of 106 bowlers at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kansas. Diana Zavjalova of Latvia led most of the day and finished in second place with 2,685, just four pins off the lead. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, took the third position with 2,646.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #29

07/23/15

PBA stars represent U.S. in Pan American Games bowling events

BowlmorAMF offers PBA members special practice rate; Mika Koivuniemi accepts UAE coaching post; Memorial service planned for Friday for John Hricsina; Josh Conner wins first PBA Regional title

2015PAGLizJohnsonShannonPluhowsky_small.jpg2015PAGTommyJonesDevinBidwell_small.jpgPBA Tour star Tommy Jones along with PBA Women's Series winners Liz Johnson and Shannon Pluhowsky plus amateur Devin Bidwell are representing the United States in the Pan American Games bowling competition this week at the Pan Am Bowling Center in Toronto. Several PBA international members also are bowling for their home countries in the Games.

2015 PBA50 Tour #9

07/23/15

USBC Senior Masters headlines trio of events in Green Bay

2014USBCSeniorMastersLogo_small.jpgDuring the next two weeks, three USBC events will head to The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wisconsin, which has played host to many of the world's best bowlers in 2015. The USBC Senior Masters will headline the three tournaments, with nearly 200 of the top USBC members age 50 and older set to take on the unique double-elimination format from July 27-Aug. 2. USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. is the defending champion.

2015 PBA50 Tour #8

07/23/15

Parker Bohn III wins Treasure Island Open for second PBA50 Tour title of the season

Hall of Famer solidifies position as PBA50 Player of the Year contender with three tournaments left in the season

2015PBA5008ParkerBohn_small.jpgIn a title match featuring two PBA Hall of Fame players with a combined 71 titles on the PBA Tour, Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., defeated Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., to win the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open Wednesday notching his second PBA50 Tour title of the season. Bohn, who solidified his position as a contender for PBA50 Player of the Year, defeated Weber, 259-238, in the championship match which was also his third career PBA50 Tour title.

2015 PBA50 Tour

07/23/15

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 in December in Reno, Nev.

2015 PBA Tour #13 / 2015 PWBA Tour #5

07/23/15

Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles continues to remember Luci Bonneau

Record field to pursue PBA and PWBA Tour titles in Houston July 31-August 2; Xtra Frame to provide live coverage

2015StrikingAgainstBreastCancerLogo_small.jpgAfter watching her best friend, Luci Bonneau, lose her painful struggle against breast cancer in 1999, Donna Conners made a pledge to honor Bonneau's memory in a way that would have a lasting impact. Sixteen years and $650,000 later, Luci Bonneau has not been forgotten and her memory has never been more appreciated. Most bowling fans refer to it as "The Luci," but it is now more accurately called the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles.

PBa News

07/21/15

Former PBA50 Player of the Year John Hricsina dies at 77

PBA50JohnHricsina1937-2015_small.jpgThe PBA has learned that seven-time PBA50 Tour champion and 1990 PBA50 Player of the Year John Hricsina of Franklin, Pa., died Monday at the age of 77. Hricsina competed in 193 PBA50 (Senior Tour) events, making 48 television appearances and compiling nearly $394,000 in career earnings. In addition to his seven PBA50 Tour wins – one title shy of the eligibility requirement for PBA Senior Hall of Fame consideration – he also won five PBA50 regional titles.

2015 PBA50 Tour #8

07/21/15

Mohr averages 246.6 to take first round lead in PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open

2015PBA5008RonMohr_small.jpg Coming off the month-long break in the 2015 PBA50 Tour season schedule, two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr (pictured left) of Las Vegas came back refreshed by averaging 246.6 to take the first round lead Monday in the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn. The eight-time PBA50 Tour winner finished the round with a 1,973 pinfall bowling games of 225, 269, 236, 216, 258, 227, 277 and 265.

2015 PWBA Tour #4

07/21/15

Wichita set to host PWBA Wichita Open

2015PWBALogo2_small.jpgThe PWBA Tour heads to Wichita, Kansas, this week where a vibrant, bowling-savvy community will embrace the competitors for the PWBA Wichita Open. Wichita will welcome some of the best female bowlers in the world this week at Northrock Lanes. The players will take part in 12 games of qualifying Friday before the top 16 advance to round-robin match play Saturday. The event concludes with the stepladder finals at 6:30 p.m. Central on Saturday.

2015 PWBA Tour #3

07/20/15

Singapore's Jazreel Tan wins PWBA Lubbock Sports Open

Tan defeated Team USA's Stefanie Johnson, 257-246, at South Plains Lanes

2015PWBA03JazreelTan2_small.jpgJazreel Tan (pictured) entered the 2015 PWBA Lubbock Sports Open hoping to prove that she and her Team Singapore teammates could compete on the big stage of the PWBA, and she did that with a dominating performance this week at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas. The 25-year-old right-hander led the event through qualifying and match play, and she topped Team USA member Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, 257-246, to claim the title and $10,000 top prize.

2015 PWBA Tour #3

07/18/15

Singapore's Jazreel Tan leads qualifying at PWBA Lubbock Sports Open

Tan is one of four bowlers from Singapore among the 16 match play qualifiers

2015PWBA03JazreelTan_small.jpgJazreel Tan (pictured) of Singapore took the lead early during qualifying at the Professional Women's Bowling Association Lubbock Sports Open and maintained that momentum to earn top qualifier honors at South Plains Lanes on Friday. The 25-year-old right-hander averaged more than 224 on the way to a 12-game pinfall of 2,697 and is one of four bowlers from Singapore among the 16 who qualified for match play. The event concludes with the stepladder finals at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday.

PBA News

07/16/15

Jason Belmonte wins Best Bowler ESPY for second time

2015PBA08JasonBelmonte_small.jpgTwo-time defending PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte (pictured left) of Australia won the Best Bowler ESPY Award for the second time during the 2015 ESPY Awards ceremony Wednesday evening at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Belmonte, who won his first ESPY Award in 2011, was among winners in a variety of sports and special moment categories that were determined by fan voting on espn.com with the winners announced during the ESPY Awards ceremony telecast on ABC.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #28

07/16/15

Mitch Beasley defeats wife to win PBA Midwest Regional title

2014PBAWSOBMitchBeasley_small.jpgIn a first for the Professional Bowlers Association, Mitch Beasley (pictured) of Nashville, Tenn., defeated his wife, Inngellimar Beasley, 224-212, to win the PBA Shock Top Midwest Region Open at Plaza Lanes in St. Charles, Mo., Saturday. It was the first time in PBA history that a husband and wife bowled for a PBA title. Mitch Beasley, a 21-year veteran of PBA competition, started the championship match with six strikes and held on despite a pair of unconverted splits to win his 17th PBA Regional title and the $2,200 first prize.

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