PBA Bowling News Overview

2014 PBA50 Tour #1


Amleto Monacelli wins third career PBA50 Tour title in Pasco County Open

Monacelli defeats fellow Hall of Famer Norm Duke 259-190 in championship match of 2014 PBA50 Tour season opener

2014PBA5001AmletoMonacelli_small.jpg Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, a 19-time winner on the PBA Tour, notched his third career PBA50 Tour title Tuesday by winning the season-opening Pasco County Open at Lane Glo Bowl. In a battle between two Hall of Famers, Monacelli (second from right) defeated 37-time PBA Tour winner Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., bowling in his first PBA50 Tour event, 259-190, in the championship match.

2014 PBA50 Tour #1


Darin Hays continues to lead after Round Two Qualifying in PBA50 Pasco County Open

PBA50 Tour debutants Parker Bohn III and Norm Duke sit in second and third place as field is cut to 40 players for match play in first tournament of the season

2014PBA5001DarinHays_small.jpg201213PBAParkerBohn2_small.jpgDarin Hays (l.) of Wesley Chapel, Fla., proved that taking the first round lead in the PBA50 Pasco County Open was no fluke by averaging 251 for eight games Monday to retain his lead after the second round. Finishing with a 4,039 total (252.4 average) after the second round, Hays held a 99-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III (r.) in second with 3,940. Hays led a field of 40 players who advanced to Tuesday's match play rounds.

2014 PBA50 Tour #1


Darin Hays takes first round lead in PBA50 Pasco County Open

Florida bowler hoping to make career comeback

2014PBA5001DarinHays.jpgDarin Hays (pictured) of Wesley Chapel, Fla., averaged 253.5 to take the first round lead in the 2014 PBA50 season-opening Pasco County Open Sunday at Lane Glo Bowl. The 51-year-old bowled a remarkably consistent 2,028 eight-game pinfall total with games of 247, 246, 247, 240, 247, 290, 245 and 266. Hays was primarily a PBA regional player from the early 1980s until 2005 when he broke his ankle in a car accident. He is hoping to return to PBA competition on a regular basis after having surgery to fuse his ankle joint two years ago.

2014 PBA League


Silver Lake Atom Splitters win 2014 PBA League Elias Cup

Atom Splitters defeat L.A. X 4-2 in 'Battle of Los Angeles' finals

2014PBALeagueFinalSilverLakeAtomSplitters_small.jpgDown 2 points to 1 and trailing by 31 pins in the deciding final Baker game, the Silver Lake Atom Splitters  (L-R Mark Baker, Chris Barnes, Dom Barrett, Wes Malott, Bryon Smith, and Tommy Jones) rallied to defeat L.A. X to win the 2014 PBA League Elias Cup. In the fifth frame of the Baker game, which was worth three points, the Atom Splitters combined to string the last seven strikes to overtake L.A. X, winning the game, 225-203, and the match 4-2.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #12


Belmonte, Walter Ray Williams Jr. achieve PBA pinfall milestones

ESPN "Sports Science" segment explores Rash's striking power on Sunday; Xtra Frame to provide extensive coverage of PBA50 Tour; Barnes family's Strike Out Diabetes Fundraiser set for May 10; Brian Gunn wins first PBA Regional title in Indiana

2014USBCOCBeverlyandBobHart_small.jpgOne of the most notable pinfall milestones a grassroots bowler can accomplish is membership in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships' 100,000 pinfall club. Bob Hart (pictured with wife Beverly), a ong-time PBA member and current Storm Products Vice President-Public Relations accomplished the feat recently in Reno. In his 58th USBC Open appearance, Hart became the 14th bowler to join that elite club.

2014 PBA50 Tour #1


Walter Ray Williams Jr. begins PBA50 Player of the Year title defense

Xtra Frame to provide live coverage of PBA50 Tour season-opening Pasco County Open April 13-15 in New Port Richey, Fla.

2013PBA50WalterRayWilliams2_small.jpgWith a new crop of PBA Tour talent becoming eligible for the PBA50 Tour in 2014, the road to a third consecutive Player of the Year crown won't get any easier for two-time defending PBA50 Tour Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. Williams heads an all-star list of more than 160 players ages 50 and over who are entered in the season-opening PBA50 Tour Pasco County Open April 12-15 at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla. The tournament will be covered live on Xtra Frame.

2014 PBA League


Atom Splitters meets L.A. X in Championship Match of the 2014 PBA League Elias Cup

'Battle of Los Angeles' Finale airs Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN

2014PBALSilverLakeAtomSplitters_small.jpg201213PBALLosAngelesX_small.jpg In what can be called the 'Battle of Los Angeles,' Chris Hardwick's Silver Lake Atom Splitters and Chris Paul's L.A. X battle it out for the 2014 PBA League Elias Cup from Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J. The Atom Splitters and L.A. X were the two surviving teams from an original eight-team field that competed in a six-round series of head-to-head single-elimination team matches.

2014 PBA League


Silver Lake sweeps Philadelphia, advances to PBA League Elias Cup Finals

Atom Splitters to battle L.A. X for 2014 PBA League championship on ESPN on April 13

2014PBALeagueSF2SilverLakeAtomSplitters_small.jpg2014PBALeagueSF2PhiladelphiaHitmen_small.jpgChris Barnes and his Silver Lake Atom Splitters teammates (l.) swept the Philadelphia Hitmen (r.) in the final Professional Bowlers Association League semifinal match to earn a berth in the 2014 Elias Cup finals against Jason Belmonte and his L.A. X team. The all-Los Angeles area battle for the Elias Cup will air on ESPN on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. ET.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #11


Xtra Frame to cover first leg of Race to PBA50 Tour Finals

Firelake to host PBA Summer Swing "win a spot" qualifier; "Bowling Guy" appears on Neulion's "Digital Dudes" panel; World Bowling Tour leaders retain positions; Online Auction raises $3,128; PBA regions to cooperate with Proprietors Cup III; PBA Regional Roundup

PBA50Logo_small.jpgThe road to the 2014 PBA50 Tour Finals begins April 13 in New Port Richey, Fla., and PBA fans around the world can watch the first leg of the race on Xtra Frame. The PBA50 Pasco County Open will not only kick off the 2014 PBA50 Tour season, but it will make the "senior" debut of PBA Hall of Famers Norm Duke and Parker Bohn III competing in a field of more than 110 players that will include fellow hall of famers Tom Baker, Dale Eagle, Amleto Monacelli, Randy Pedersen, Brian Voss, Wayne Webb, Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2014 PBA League


Sunday on ESPN: Philadelphia Hitmen battles SL Atom Splitters in second PBA League Semifinal

201213PBALPhiladelphiaHitmen_small.jpg2014PBALSilverLakeAtomSplitters_small.jpgThree teams remain in the quest for the 2014 PBA Elias Cup, and that number will be reduced to two after actor/comedian Kevin Hart's Philadelphia Hitmen presented by High 5 Gear meets the Silver Lake Atom Splitters presented by Spiceworks, owned by "Nerdist" creator and television personality Chris Hardwick, in the final PBA League semifinal round Sunday on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET. Sunday's winner will meet L.A. X in the championship match.

2014 PBA League


L.A. X upsets defending champions, advances to PBA League Elias Cup Finals

Clutch spare by Jason Belmonte, strike by Parker Bohn III eliminates New York City WTT KingPins

2014PBALeagueSF1LAX_small.jpg2014PBALeagueSF1WTTKingPins_small.jpgA clutch ninth-frame spare by reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte followed by three equally clutch 10th frame strikes in the Baker team finale by Parker Bohn III gave L.A. X (l.) a 5-1 victory over the defending PBA League champion New York City WTT KingPins (r.) and a berth in the 2014 Elias Cup finals.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #10


Norm Duke turns 50, to make PBA50 debut in Pasco County Open April 12-15

Xtra Frame gears up for PBA50 Tour coverage; Room rates available for Summer Swing at Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort; PBA Regional Roundup: Thomas Ault nearly perfect in Portland win

2014PBANormDuke_small.jpgThe PBA50 Tour will make its 2014 debut April 12-15 when Lane Glo Bowl hosts the Pasco County Open in New Port Richey, Fla. Among the field of 100-or-so players will be another PBA Hall of Famer making his PBA50 debut. Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., turned 50 on Tuesday. Duke, who still holds the PBA record as the youngest player ever to win a PBA Tour title, will join the ranks of 50-and-older players 31 years after that memorable event. Duke is currently tied with Pete Webder for third place on the all-time PBA Tour titles list.

2014 PBA League


Sunday on ESPN: L.A. X meets NYC WTT KingPins in first PBA League Semifinal

201213PBALLosAngelesX_small.jpg201213PBALNYCWTTKingPins_small.jpgWith actor/comedian Kevin Hart's Philadelphia Hitmen presented by High 5 Gear winning Sunday's PBA League quarterfinal match against NFL linebacker LaMarr Woodley's Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits presented by Hotel Planner.com, the semifinal field is set for the stretch run to capture the 2014 PBA League Elias Cup. The first semifinal match will pit L.A. X vs. defending champion New York City WTT KingPins this Sunday at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN.

2014 PBA League


Philadelphia sweeps Pittsburgh to roll into PBA League Semifinal Round

Bill O'Neill's Hitmen avenge disappointing 2013 finish, reach final four

2014PBALeagueQF4PhiladelphiaHitmen_small.jpg 2014PBALeagueQF4PittsburghJackRabbits_small.jpg Bill O'Neill and his Philadelphia Hitmen (l.) recorded the first sweep in the 2014 Professional Bowlers Association League Elias Cup eliminations, knocking the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits (r.) out of the tournament at Thunderbowl Lanes and atoning for a disappointing finish to their 2013 campaign.The 6-0 win landed the Hitmen a berth in the semifinals.

PBA News


Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort to host PBA Summer Swing in May

Swing includes Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens, PBA Oklahoma Open and King of the Swing special event

2014PBAOklahomaGrandCasinoResort_small.jpg The 2014 PBA Summer Swing, a multi-tournament event that will be televised by CBS Sports Network, will be hosted by Grand Casino Resort and FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., May 18-25. The Summer Swing will include four PBA Tour title events – the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens and the PBA Oklahoma Open – and the Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort Summer King of the Swing special event involving four winners plus a "wild card" player.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #9


Colombia's Clara Guerrero featured in "Self" Magazine

PBA now accepting 2014 Billy Welu Scholarship applications; One week remaining in PBA League online fund-raising auction; Eugene McCune wins his 19th career Regional title

20140317SelfMagazineClaraGuerrero_small.jpg Colombia native Clara Juliana Guerrero, one of three women to advance to a PBA Tour national television final and one of nine women who have won a PBA Regional title, is featured in a Self magazine feature titled, "How to Get Pro Bowler Clara Guerrero's Strong and Shapely Legs." The long-time Colombian national team member, who lives in the United States, has won the 2005 World Ranking Masters and the gold medals in All Events and Masters at the 2009 Women's World Championships.

2014 PBA League


Jack Rabbits and Hitmen battle for final PBA League semifinal berth

Fourth quarterfinal match to air Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN

201213PBALPittsburghJackRabbits_small.jpg201213PBALPhiladelphiaHitmen_small.jpgThe last semifinal berth in the 2014 PBA League season will be filled when LaMarr Woodley's Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits presented by HotelPlanner.com meets Kevin Hart's Philadelphia Hitmen presented by High 5 Gear in a quarterfinal matchup Sunday on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET. After Sunday's telecast from Thunderbowl Lanes, the PBA League will be down to four teams that will advance to semifinal action beginning March 30 on ESPN.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #8


PBA Regional Roundup: Jack Jurek wins PBA50 Central Region title in Ohio

PBA's Shafer, Carter to join Jerome Bettis for foundation fundraiser; Xtra Frame to cover joint PBA Regional this weekend; PBA targets "100,000 Likes" milestone on Facebook; PBA Bowling Challenge game adds enhanced dolby sound; China to expand PBA "Pioneers League" program; Grand Hotel & Casino to sponsor PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame

2014PBA50VictoryLanesCentralOpenJackJurek_small.jpgJack Jurek (pictured) of Lackawanna, N.Y., defeated Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., by 164 pins to win the PBA50 Victory Lanes Central Open presented by Brunswick at Victory Lanes in Galion, Ohio, on Sunday, March 9. Jurek finished the 20-game contest with a 9-3 match play record and a total of 4,959 pins including match play bonus pins. The title was his first of 2014 and his 16th overall Professioanl Bowlers Association Regional title. Jurek also earned $1,600.

PBA News


Online PBA League Auction to benefit Chris Paul's CP3 Foundation


A special Professional Bowlers Association League auction begins today on pba.com featuring a variety of autographed merchandise donated by PBA League members. Proceeds from the online auction, which ends on Wednesday, March 26, will benefit NBA star Chris Paul's CP3 Foundation. The online auction is the conclusion of a competition between PBA League teams that began during the PBA World Series of Bowling V at the South Point complex in Las Vegas in November.

PBA News


East Region PBA50 Player of Year John Conroy to receive National Honor

Career paramedic named American Ambulance Association Star of Life Award winner

2013PBA50EastPotYJohnConroy_small.jpgOn March 24, the day after John Conroy (pictured) hopes to defend his only PBA title in the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open in Elmira, N.Y., he'll head to Washington, D.C., where he will be presented the American Ambulance Association's highest honor, the AAA Star of Life Award. Conroy, a 51-year-old New York City native and 2013 East Region PBA50 Player of the Year, was among the first responders not only for the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center, but the 1993 bomb attack on the WTC's north tower.

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