PBA Bowling News Overview

IBMA News

05/23/15

Bowlingdigital's Herbert Bickel selected for 2015 IBMA Luby Hall of Fame Award

BowlingdigitalEditorHerbertBickel_small.jpgBowlingdigital.com editor Herbert Bickel (pictured), one of the pioneers of online real-time coverage of bowling tournaments and news, has been chosen as the winner of the 2015 Luby Hall of Fame Award by the International Bowling Media Association. The award is presented to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to print, broadcast, telecast or photographic coverage of bowling over an extended period of years. The award will be presented June 24 at International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #20

05/21/15

Entries available for PBA Senior U.S. Open, two PBA50 Tour California events

Chris Barnes among six elected to PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame; check out new "like me, follow me" links to PBA Tour players; Brandon Novak wins Nunan Memorial title

PBA50Logo_small.jpgThe PBA50 Tour begins its western swing with the first major and only stop in Las Vegas when the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm gets underway May 31-June 5 at the Suncoast Bowling Center. The second PBA50 major of 2015 will be the USBC Senior Masters at The Ashwaubenon Bowl in Green Bay, Wis., July 27-Aug. 1. The Senior U.S. Open is the most prestigious of all PBA "senior tour" events and features a challenging format contested on challenging lane conditions.

2015 PWBA Tour #1

05/20/15

Hall of famer Liz Johnson wins 2015 USBC Queens

2015USBCQueensLizJohnson_small.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Liz Johnson (pictured) of Cheektowaga, New York, added to her legacy Tuesday as she became the ninth bowler in history to win multiple titles at the USBC Queens, a PWBA event. In the title match at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., Johnson cruised to a 256-202 victory against rookie Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska. Johnson claimed the coveted Queens tiara and $20,000 top prize, while McCarthy took home $10,000 for second place.

2015 PWBA Tour #1

05/19/15

Erin McCarthy earns top seed for TV show at 2015 USBC Queens

Joining McCarthy in the live ESPN2 finals Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern will be Liz Johnson, Shannon Pluhowsky, defending champion Maria Rodriguez and Liz Kuhlkin

2015USBCQueensErinMcCarthy_small.jpgErin McCarthy (pictured) of Omaha, Nebraska, saved her best performance of the week for the right time and averaged 261 in her final two matches Monday to earn the top seed for the televised finals of the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Queens, a Professional Women's Bowling Association event. Joining McCarthy in the live ESPN2 finals Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern will be Liz Johnson, Shannon Pluhowsky, defending champion Maria Jose Rodriguez and Liz Kuhlkin.

2015 PWBA Tour #1

05/18/15

Defending champion Maria Jose Rodriguez among undefeated players at 2015 USBC Queens

List of undefeated players includes six past champions

2015USBCQueensMariaJoseRodriguez_small.jpgDefending champion Maria Jose Rodriguez (pictured) of Colombia is getting more and more comfortable as time progresses at the 2015 USBC Queens, a PWBA event, and she is one of 16 players still undefeated in match play. The 26-year-old right-hander made two late charges Sunday at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley to sneak past Team USA member Josie Earnest of Nashville, Tennessee, (641-636) and fellow Team Colombia member Rocio Restrepo of Louisville, Ohio, (606-590).

2015 PBA Tour #7-9

05/17/15

Champions crowned in PBA Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens

Stepladder finals contested May 16 at Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort Events Center in Shawnee, Okla., for tape-delay broadcast on consecutive Tuesday nights beginning on May 26

2015PBASummerSwing_small.jpg The Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing preliminaries were held at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla. May 11-14. The stepladder finals of the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens were contested Saturday, May 16, and will be followed by the Oklahoma Open stepladder finals and the King of the Swing special event on Sunday, May 17. The finals will be taped over two days by the CBS Sports Network for airing on five consecutive Tuesdays nights beginning with the Wolf Open finals on May 26.
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2015 PWBA Tour #1

05/17/15

Verity Crawley top qualifier at USBC Queens

Top 64 players advance to the double-elimination match-play bracket starting Sunday at 10 a.m. Eastern

2015USBCQueensVerityCrawley_small.jpg Verity Crawley (pictured) of Babson Park, Florida, was able to maintain her lead at the 2015 USBC Queens and while she didn't bowl as well in Saturday's final qualifying round, she gathered a lot of valuable information. The collegiate standout, a native of England, averaged more than 235 over 15 games this week to earn the top seed for the double-elimination match-play bracke. She'll take on No. 64 seed Natalie Cortese of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, in the opening round.

2015 PWBA Tour #1

05/16/15

England's Verity Crawley surges into lead at USBC Queens

Singapore's Kristin Quah breaks the Queens five-game record with 1,297 (259.40 average) in the second round to jump into second place

2015USBCQueensVerityCrawley_small.jpg College bowler Verity Crawley (pictured), a native of England, surged into the lead Friday after the second round of qualifying at the 2015 USBC Queens. Crawley, who bowls for Webber International, has a 10-game total of 2,456 (245.6 average) as she jumped from second to the top spot at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis. Singapore's Kristin Quah broke the Queens five-game record with 1,297 (259.4 average) in the second round and jumped into second place with 2,410.

2015 PWBA Tour #1

05/15/15

Kelly Kulick off to hot start at USBC Queens

2015USBCQueensKellyKulick_small.jpg Kelly Kulick (pictured) of Union, New Jersey, averaged more than 251 a game Thursday as she took the opening-round lead at the 2015 USBC Queens, a Professional Women's Bowling Association event. Kulick, a two-time Queens champion, had a five-game total of 1,258 (251.6 average) to top the 2005-player field at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis. Qualifying continues Friday with the second round and the event concludes with the live ESPN2 finals Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

2015 PBA Tour #10

05/15/15

Bill O'Neill edges Jason Belmonte for top finals berth in PBA Oklahoma Open

Tommy Jones, Patrick Allen and Andres Gomez also advance to stepladder finals in fourth event of Oklahoma's Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing

2015PBA10Finalists_small.jpg Making his third stepladder final of the Oklahoma's Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing, five-time PBA Tour champion Bill O'Neill beat Oklahoma Open defending champion Jason Belmonte, 255-214, in the position round match of the final match play round Thursday at FireLake Bowling Center to earn the top berth for the PBA Oklahoma Open finals. Joining O’Neill and Belmonte in the stepladder finals are Tommy Jones, Patrick Allen and Andres Gomez (l-r).

2015 PBA Tour #9

05/14/15

England's Dom Barrett earns No. 1 seed for PBA Badger Open finals

Rhino Page, Ronnie Russell, Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Shawn Maldonado round out stepladder lineup

2015PBA09Finalists_small.jpg Four-time PBA Tour titlist Dom Barrett of England averaged 227.6 Wednesday at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., to capture the top qualifying berth for Saturday's stepladder finals in the PBA Badger Open. Barrett completed qualifying with a 2,732 12-game pinfall total, bowling games of 192, 222, 234, 225, 237 and 234 in Wednesday's final round. Joining Barrett in the stepladder finals were Rhino Page, Ronnie Russell, Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Shawn Maldonado (l-r).

2015 PBA Tour #9

05/14/15

Patrick Allen paces Badger Open qualifying after first round

Bill O'Neill tops Oklahoma Open qualifying, leads top 18 players into Thursday's match play round

2014PBAPatrickAllen_small.jpgHoping to redeem himself after bowling a 168 in the final game of Monday's PBA Wolf Open second round to miss the stepladder finals, 13-time PBA Tour winner Patrick Allen (pictured) of Mount Kisco, N.Y., led Badger Open first round qualifying Wednesday. In the third tournament of the Oklahoma's Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing, Allen bowled a 1,425 pinfall total (237.5 average) with games of 259, 222, 224, 223, 286 and 211 in the first round to lead 18 players into the Badger Open second round.

2015 PBA Tour #8

05/13/15

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke earns top berth for PBA Bear Open finals

Bill O'Neill, Jason Belmonte, Tommy Jones and Brad Angelo also make finals

2015PBA08Finalists_small.jpg PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., averaged 225.3 Tuesday to earn the top qualifying berth for the stepladder finals of the PBA Bear Open at FireLake Bowling Center. Duke, who ranks third on the all-time PBA Tour win list with 38 titles, earned the top spot with a 2,704 12-game pinfall total bowling games of 198, 280, 234, 232, 212 and 215 in Tuesday evening's final qualifying round. Joining Duke in the finals are Bill O'Neill, Jason Belmonte, Tommy Jones and Brad Angelo.

PWBA News

05/13/15

GoBowling.com to sponsor PWBA Tour Championship

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GoBowling.com will be a sponsor for the final event of the 2015 PWBA Tour season, the PWBA Tour Championship, which will be held at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington on Sept. 10-13. The PWBA Tour season starts this week with the USBC Queens. It is the first of nine tour events in which bowlers will earn qualifying points toward the PWBA Tour Championship. The PWBA Tour Championships will feature a $60,000 prize fund, with $20,000 going to the event's winner.

2015 PBA Tour #8

05/13/15

Jake Peters averages 235.5 to lead PBA Bear Open

ield cut to 18 for final six-game round to determine five players for stepladder finals

2014EBT04JakePeters_small.jpgBowling on a lane condition he's not entirely comfortable with, Jake Peters (pictured) of Henderson, Nev., averaged 235.5 to lead first round qualifying in the PBA Bear Open Tuesday at the FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla. Peters leads 18 players who advanced to Tuesday evening's second six-game round which will determine the top five players who will advance to Saturday's Bear Open stepladder finals to be held on the special lane installation at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Event Center at 2:30 p.m. CT.

2015 PBA Tour #7

05/12/15

Marshall Kent jumps from 9th to first place to earn top berth for PBA Wolf Open finals

Joining Kent in finals of the first event of the Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort & Hotel PBA Summer Swing will be Bill O'Neill, Kyle Troup, Andres Gomez and Tommy Jones

2015PBA07Finalists_small.jpg Marshall Kent, the 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year, averaged 240.2 Monday at FireLake Bowling Center Shawnee, Okla., to earn the top berth for Saturday's PBA Wolf Open stepladder finals. Kent, who was ninth after the first round, completed the 12-game qualifying portion of the Wolf Open with a 2,883 pinfall total to take the top spot by 47 pins over Bill O'Neill in second with 2,836. Joining Kent and O'Neill in the finals are Kyle Troup, Andres Gomez and Tommy Jones.

2015 PBA Tour #7

05/12/15

Patrick Allen takes first round lead in PBA Wolf Open

Allen averages 243.5 to lead a field of 18 players into the second round

2014PBAPatrickAllen_small.jpgLooking to end a six-year drought without a win, 13-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour titlist Patrick Allen (pictured left) of Mount Kisco, N.Y., averaged 243.5 to lead after the first round of the PBA Wolf Open at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.. Allen, whose last win came in the 2009 Dydo Japan Cup, bowled games of 257, 211, 236, 213, 268 and 276 for a 1,461 six-game pinfall total. He led a field of 18 qualifiers into Monday night's second six-game qualifying round on the 32-foot Wolf lane conditioning pattern.

PBA News

05/12/15

Former ESPN, ABC and NFL Network President Steve Bornstein joins PBA Board of Directors

2015PBABoardofDirectorsSteveBornstein_small.jpg Steve Bornstein (pictured), one of the most influential sports and entertainment media executives of the last quarter century, has joined the PBA Board of Directors, Board Chairman Mike Slade announced Monday. Bornstein played a major role in shaping the growth and success of ESPN and the National Football League. He will lend his visionary expertise in areas of marketing and deal-making to the PBA at a time when the organization is experiencing unprecedented growth in television viewership and international multi-media awareness.

2015 PBA Tour #7-10

05/08/15

PBA Tour season hits full stride with Oklahoma's Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing

Four PBA Tour title events and one PBA special event to air on CBS Sports Network

2015PBASummerSwing_small.jpg The PBA Tour season hits full stride when a sold-out field of 120 of the world's best bowlers returns to FireLake Bowling Center and the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort May 9-17 for the second annual Oklahoma's Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing. The Summer Swing will include four PBA Tour title events plus a special Oklahoma's Grand Casino Hotel & Resort King of the Swing finale, all of which will air on CBS Sports Network on consecutive Tuesday nights beginning May 26.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #19

05/08/15

Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing accepting standby entries

Rolltech to sponsor PBA Summer Swing "Bowl the Pros Challenge"; Great schedule of events on tap for Xtra Frame viewers; Scott Norton wins twice in "mirror image" Hawaii events

2014PBASummerSwing_small.jpg For the second year in a row, the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing has reached its capacity of 120 entries, and is now accepting additional entries on its first-come standby list. The multi-tournament series gets underway with pro-am squads on Saturday, May 9; practice sessions on Sunday, May 10, and competition on Monday, May 11. The preliminary qualifying and match play rounds of the Wolf, Badger, Bear and Oklahoma Opens will be covered live on Xtra Frame.

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