PBA Bowling News Overview

2014 PBA Spare Shots #43

11/27/14

PBA Regional Summary: Nathan Bohr wins 18th PBA Regional title in Watauga, Texas

2014PBANathanBohr_small.jpg2014PBAWSOBWesMalott_small.jpgNathan Bohr (l.) of Austin, Texas, outlasted fellow Texans Wes Malott (r.) of Pflugerville, Mike Fagan of Hurst and Shawn Maldonado of Houston to win his 18th PBA Regional title Sunday in the 10th annual PBA Dallas Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons Southwest Open, hosted by Brunswick Zone, Watauga, Texas. Bohr earned $5,000 with the victory, Malott collected $2,600 for second, Maldonado $1,750 for third and Fagan $1,300 for fourth.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #42

11/22/14

Buffalo area PBA players struggling through historic snowfall

Ryan Ciminelli and friends contending with catastrophic early winter storm; rain and flooding next?

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Two-time PBA titlist Ryan Ciminelli feels lucky today to be among the survivors of what may be the worst snowstorm to bury the Buffalo, New York, area in a century. Ciminelli explained his harrowing story while taking a break Friday from trying to clear more than five feet of snow from the roof of his house. Last Sunday, Ciminelli flew home from Tokyo, where he had competed in the Round1 Japan Cup, when the lake-effect snow across Lake Erie began to bury the region in up to nine feet of snow.

2014 PBA Tour #12

11/15/14

South Korea's Park Kyung Shin wins 28th Round1 Japan Cup

Eventual champ eliminates Loschetter, ends Williams' bid for history en route to title

2014PBA12ParkKyungShin_small.jpgSouth Korea's Park Kyung Shin (pictured) became his country's first Round1 Japan Cup winner Saturday when he defeated Japan's Akio Ishihara, 241-203, in the 28th edition of the international tournament. Park, who ended PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr.'s bid for history in the Round of 8 at Minami Suna Round1, earned $51,700 along with his title. Park also eliminated Chris Loschetter in the semifinal round, 244-166, ending the PBA's last hope for a title for the second straight year.

2014 PBA Tour

11/15/14

PBA Tour players complete 2014 season with three World Bowling Tour events

201112PBALogo_small.jpg The 2014 Professional Bowlers Association Tour consists of 11 PBA National Tour events in the United States, the Japan Cup and 12 World Bowling Tour events, which count as PBA international titles if won by a PBA member. PBA Tour players now travel to South Korea and the Middle East to complete the 2014 season with three World Bowling Tour events in Soth Korea, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The season ends with the TV finals of the PBA World Championship on Jan. 11, 2015.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #41

11/15/14

Weekend warrior Sullins becoming a 'legend" in PBA50 Regional competition

Barnes, Guerrero win Bowling World Cup titles; LeClair and son win PBA East doubles title

2014PBA50HarrySullins2_small.jpgFive-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner Harry Sullins (pictured), who also goes by the moniker "The Legend," isn't letting the grass grow under his feet. On Sunday, Sullins defeated Tim Kauble of Marion, Ohio, 218-188, to win the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Kankakee, Ill., for his sixth PBA50 Regional title of the year and a $1,600 payday. Since Sullins drives to all of his tournaments he estimates that he has driven nearly 35,000 miles this year alone while bowling in a total of 27 PBA events.

2014 PBA Tour #12

11/14/14

Walter Ray Williams Jr. headlines Round1 Japan Cup finalists

55-year-old PBA Hall of Famer seeks third title in Japan, 48th all-time PBA Tour title

2014PBAWalterRayWilliams_small.jpgA month after celebrating his 55th birthday, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Florida, put himself into position to add to his stunning portfolio of PBA accomplishments, advancing to the Round of 8 finals in the 28th Round1 Japan Cup Friday at Minami Suna Round 1. Williams, the only player who has bowled in all 28 modern Japan Cups, will try for his third Japan Cup title and a 48th PBA Tour title – expanding upon his PBA titles record – when the eight finalists bowl for the $51,700 first prize on national television in Japan Saturday.

2014 PBA Tour #12

11/14/14

23 PBA players advance to Round1 Japan Cup Match Play Finals

Defending champion Yuya Kato among players who failed to advance

201213PBA22TomSmallwood_small.jpg Twenty-three PBA players who traveled to Tokyo to compete in the 28th Round1 Japan Cup have advanced to the field of 64 match play finalists at Minami Suna Round 1. After 10 qualifying games by the field of 176 players on Thursday, Japan's Shigenori Sakata led the 32 players who advanced out of A Squad with a 10-game total of 2,483 pins and a 248.3 average, while two-time PBA Tour titlist Tom Smallwood (pictured) of Saginaw, Michigan, paced the B squad qualifiers with a 2,437 total (243.7 average).

2014 PBA Tour #12

11/12/14

PBA stars hope to regain Round1 Japan Cup

20 PBA invitees, nine PTQ hopefuls ready to begin competition Wednesday in Tokyo

PBA1958Logo_mini.jpgA contingent of 29 Professional Bowlers Association competitors, including 20 invitees and nine PTQ hopefuls, are headed to Tokyo for the start of the 28th Round1 Japan Cup at Minami Suna Round 1 Bowling Center in Tokyo, hoping to return the prestigious Japan Cup to PBA hands. The Round1 Japan Cup field includes 16 PBA Tour players who qualified based upon competition points, four players invited by the hosts, and nine players who will bowl in a "pre tournament qualifier" on Wednesday in hopes of joining the 20 invited players in the tournament field.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #40

11/09/14

American Forces Network to again air PBA finals around the world

Svensson, McNeil and Allen win World Series Regional events; Team of PBA All-Stars to represent Team USA in World Men's Championships; Eddie Elias Tournament rewards Akron students with scholarships; PBA Regional Summary

2014AmericanForcesNetworkLogo_small.jpgThe American Forces Network, a non-commercial television service made available by the U.S. Department of Defense, will continue to air PBA telecasts to more than a half million active duty, uniformed personnel based in 175 locations around the world, thanks to the renewal of an ongoing agreement with the PBA. PBA programming will be provided to AFN at no cost, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced.

United States

11/04/14

PWBA accepting applications for host centers, unveils logo

2014PWBALogo_small.jpg The Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA), which will re-launch next summer, now is accepting applications from bowling centers interested in serving as a host for a PWBA tournament. More than a decade after holding its last event, the PWBA Tour will re-launch in mid-summer of 2015 with a nine-event tour and a new logo. The PWBA has a three-year funding commitment from USBC and BPAA to support operations and provide guaranteed prize funds for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons.


PBA Regional News

11/03/14

Jesper Svensson defeats Thomas Larsen to win PBA South Point All Regions Open

International bowlers dominate PBA Regional event with four players in the top 5

2014SouthPointOpenJesperSvensson_small.jpg Swedish two-handed lefty Jesper Svensson (pictured) defeated Thomas Larsen of Denmark, 259-214, to win the PBA South Point All Regions Open Sunday at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas and to earn the $3,000 top prize. Larsen pocketed $1,700 for second place. Using a urethane bowling ball, Svensson, the reigning World Youth Championships Masters champion, achieved perfection to eliminate fellow Swede Kim Bolleby in the semifinals, 300-228.

PBA Special Events

11/03/14

Champions crowned in PBA Challenge Finals

PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional, PBA Women's Regional representatives compete in ESPN special event

2014PBAChallengeFinalists_small.jpgAmleto Monacelli of Venezuela and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., and EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., Clara Guerrero of Colombia and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., advanced to the finals of the PBA Challenge, a made-for-ESPN special event, which was held in conjunction with the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI Sunday Nov. 2 at South Point Bowling Plaza. The ESPN telecast will air on Sunday, Jan. 19.


2014 PBA Tour #7-10

11/02/14

Four champions crowned in PBA WSOB VI "Animal Pattern" Championships

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The sixth edition of the PBA World Series, scheduled for Oct. 25-Nov. 1 at South Point in Las Vegas, featured four animal pattern championships. The champions of the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships, which were conducted on lane conditioning patterns that bear those animal names, were determined in Saturday's stepladder finals at the brand new state-of-the-art South Point Bowling Plaza for delayed broadcast on ESPN. Note: These scores not have not been broadcast on television yet.

2015 PBA League

11/01/14

BROOKLYN STyLES make Sean Rash first pick in 2015 PBA League Draft

PBA World Championship top qualifier Wes Malott goes No. 2 by Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits

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Sean Rash (pictured) of Montgomery, Ill., was the first of 40 players selected in the 2015 PBA League Draft, held Friday at South Point Bowling Plaza. Eight PBA League teams will compete for the Elias Cup in two days of competition at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, March 28-29. Draft order was determined by a random drawing. The BROOKLYN STyLES are managed by PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia.

USBC/PBA News

10/31/14

South Point Hotel and Casino opens doors to $35 million South Point Bowling Plaza

State-of-the-Art United States Bowling Congress Tournament Facility

20130501SouthPointArena2_small.jpgSouth Point Hotel and Casino's new $35 million bowling tournament facility, South Point Bowling Plaza, rolls into Las Vegas eight months early with a full schedule of tournament events beginning on Saturday, Nov. 1. After signing a 12-year deal with United States Bowling Congress (USBC), Las Vegas Events (LVE) and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) in April 2013, South Point Bowling Plaza has scheduled 122 days of tournament operations in 2015.

PBA League News

10/31/14

Draft-eligible list set for Friday's 2015 PBA League Draft

Xtra Frame to cover player selections live at 3 p.m. ET from South Point Bowling Plaza

2012PBALeagueLogo_small.jpgAn all-star list of bowling stars has set confirmed for Friday's 2015 PBA League Draft, which will be conducted Friday at 3 p.m. ET from the new South Point Bowling Plaza. A live international audience will be able to watch the third annual PBA League draft on PBA's online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. The eight-team PBA League will compete for the Elias Cup March 28-30 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine. The Elias Cup will be decided by points earned in singles, doubles, trio and Baker team matches.

2014 PBA Tour #11

10/31/14

Wes Malott clinches No. 1 berth for PBA World Championship Finals

England's Stuart Williams claims fifth position with strong finish

2014PBAWSOBWesMalott_small.jpg2014PBAWSOBStuartWilliams_small.jpgWes Malott (l.) of Pflugerville, Texas, captured the top qualifying position for the PBA World Championship, a PBA "major", by 118 pins over Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday at South Point Bowling Center. Malott, Fagan, Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana; Todd Book of Russells Point, Ohio, and Stuart Williams (r.) of England will return to South Point's new 60-lane Bowling Plaza for the live ESPN stepladder finals on Sunday, Jan. 11.

PBA News

10/30/14

Chinese bowlers make historic debut in PBA World Series of Bowling VI

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A group of six bowlers from mainland China (pictured) made history this week as the first players from their country ever to bowl in professional competition. They earned the right to enter the World Series by recording averages of 200-plus in a "PBA Pioneer League" program initiated by Frank Zhao (c.). The Chinese aren't competitive, yet, but their appearance at WSOB VI may be a preview of the significant impact China may have on the world of bowling in the years ahead.

2014 PBA Tour #11

10/30/14

Wes Malott takes 125-pin lead into final Match Play Round in PBA World Championship

Mike Fagan finishes strong to move into second place; top 5 after 52 games will return on Jan. 11 for the live ESPN finals

2014PBAWSOBWesMalott_small.jpg2014PBAWSOBMikeFagan_small.jpgWes Malott (l.) of Pflugerville, Texas, won 11 of his 16 matches Wednesday and will take a 125-pin lead into Thursday's final round of match play in the PBA World Championship at South Point Bowling Center. Malott led by more than 200 pins going into Wednesday night's final match against fellow Texan Mike Fagan (r.) of Fort Worth. Fagan, after rolling a 300 a game earlier, defeated Malott, 276-204, to cut Malott's lead in half.

2014 PBA Tour #10

10/29/14

Michael Haugen Jr. earns top berth in PBA Scorpion Championship

England's Barrett heads field as 24 PBA World Championship qualifiers set for match play

2014EBT16MartinLarsen2_small.jpg2014PBA10MichaelHaugen_small.jpgThree-time PBA titlist Michael Haugen Jr. (l.) of Phoenix jumped from sixth to first in the final game Tuesday night to capture the top berth in the PBA Scorpion Championship in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling Tuesday with 3,213 14-game total and an average of 229.50. In the ESPN finals on Saturday, Nov. 1, Haugen will be joined by Scott Newell of Daytona, Florida, Sweden's Martin Larsen (r.) and Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa.

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