PBA Bowling News Overview

2015 PBA Spare Shots #47


Chris Barnes begins preparation for DHC PBA Japan Invitational title defense

PBA-PWBA stars set to compete in Women's World Championships; Final "King of Bowling" telecast debuts on PBA's Modern Classics on YouTube; Aaron Lorincz wins first PBA Regional title in Michigan

2015PBA01ChrisBarnes_small.jpgAfter undergoing surgery in early October to repair a herniated disk, Chris Barnes (pictured) has begun rehab as he works toward defending his DHC PBA Japan Invitational in January, Barnes confirmed Monday. "I am definitely out for the World Series. My time table is to attempt the Team USA team trials and then go to Japan to defend my title there," Barnes noted. The DHC PBA Japan Invitational, set for Jan. 15-17, features an elite field of 16 international and 16 Japanese stars.

PBA News


PBA World Series of Bowling VII features more than 230 players from record 22 countries

In addition to the World Championship live telecast, ESPN will tape the finals of five other PBA Tour events on Dec. 18 and 19

2015PBAWSOBVIILogo_small.jpgReno's National Bowling Stadium has been home to topflight bowling competition for two decades, but in December, Reno will host a professional international showcase for the first time when the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy visits town Dec. 7-19. The 2015 WSOB lives up to its name as the premier international showcase of professional bowling competition, featuring a field of more than 230 players representing a record 22 countries.

2016 PBA50 Tour


PBA adds PBA50 World Championship to 2016 PBA50 Tour Schedule as third major

13-tournament season begins April 16-19 in New Port Richey, Fla.

PBA50Logo_small.jpgThe Professional Bowlers Association has announced a 13-tournament PBA50 Tour schedule for 2016 which includes a new PBA50 World Championship as a third major championship. The Treasure Island Resort & Casino PBA50 World Championship presented by Storm and hosted by Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., will join the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open and USBC Senior Masters as major championships for players 50 years of age and older. PBA will begin taking entries for PBA50 Tour events beginning Feb. 1, 2016.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #46


62 players enter 2016 PBA League draft pool

Xtra Frame to cover DHC PBA Japan Invitational; Qatar, Saudi Arabia events precede GEICO PBA WSOB VII; Chris Warren closes in on Pete Weber with 44th PBA Regional title

2012PBALeagueLogo_small.jpg The eight PBA League managers will have difficult decisions to make in filling the final two berths on each of their teams for the 2016 PBA League program after 62 players formally announced their wishes to participate in the 2016 PBAL competition March 31-April 3 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine. The eight team managers had the opportunity to protect up to three players from their 2015 rosters. All other PBA members who wish to enter the 2016 PBAL draft had until Nov. 13 to make their intentions known.

PBA News


Reno/Las Vegas Properties to offer opportunity to wager on Rolltech PBA World Championship

Oddsmaker establishes Australia's Jason Belmonte as early favorite at 7/2 odds

2015PBAWSOBVIILogo_small.jpgFor the first time, bowling fans of legal gambling age will be able to wager on the outcome of the 2015 Rolltech PBA World Championship through sports book venues in Las Vegas and Reno. The crown jewel of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII will be the season's final major championship and it will include the first live prime-time telecast of a PBA Tour event in 14 years when the stepladder finals get underway on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET Thursday, Dec. 17 at Reno's National Bowling Stadium.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #45


U.S. Open champ Ciminelli paces DHC PBA Japan Invitational qualifiers

Xtra Frame crew gearing up for World Series marathon coverage; Dale Coleman wins sudden-death marathon in Florida

2015PBA18RyanCiminelli2_small.jpgIn addition to winning back-to-back PBA titles in the Xtra Frame PBA Las Vegas Open in Las Vegas on Oct. 22 and the 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open in Texas on Sunday, Ryan Ciminelli (pictured) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., led the combined pinfall totals for 40 qualifying games between those two events to earn an automatic invitation to compete in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational at Tokyo Bowl in Tokyo Jan. 12-17, 2016. Earning an invitation as the leading women's points qualifier is Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y.

PBA News


Mookie Betts begins preparations for GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII

Boston Red Sox star is working hard for his newest challenge as a professional athlete

2015PBAWSOBVIIMookieBetts_small.jpgMookie Betts (pictured) returned to his home in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday, Oct. 5 – the day after his highly-successful season with the Boston Red Sox ended – and that evening, a supply of new bowling balls was delivered to his house. Tuesday afternoon, he was at Donelson Strike & Spare, practicing as he began preparing for his debut in the GEICO Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling VII, presented by Silver Legacy and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Bureau, in Reno, Nev., Dec. 7-19.

2015 PBA Tour #18


Ryan Ciminelli wins Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open for first major PBA title

2015PBA18RyanCiminelli2_small.jpg2015EBT14DomBarrett_small.jpgTop qualifier Ryan Ciminelli (l.) of Cheektowaga, New York, captured his first major title by winning the final match at the Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open on Sunday. Ciminelli, who led the field by 461 pins to earn the top spot in the stepladder finals, held off Dominic Barrett (r.) of Colchester, England, 236-223, in the title match at AMF Garland Lanes. It was the fourth career title and the second sonsecutive this season for Ciminelli, who received the $50,000 first-place check.

2015 PBA Tour


2015 PBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2015PBALogo_small.jpg After the PBA has added the PBA South Point Bowling Plaza Fall Classic to its 2015 schedule, the 2015 PBA Tour consists of 23 tournaments on U.S. soil and an invitational event in Japan. Due to an agreement between PBA and World Bowling the international tournaments of the 2015 World Bowling Tour will also award a PBA title if won by a PBA member. The U.S. Tour will conclude with the PBA World Series of Bowling VII Dec. 7-19 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.


2015 PBA Tour #18


Ryan Ciminelli earns top spot for Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open finals

2015PBA18Finalists_small.jpgRyan Ciminelli (r.) of Cheektowaga, New York, continued his strong run at the 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open on Saturday, leading the field by 461 pins to earn his fifth TV appearance in a major tournament. Ciminelli, who earned the top qualifying spot for Sunday's TV finals with a 13,445 pinfall total for 56 games, including bonus pins, will be joined in the finals by Pete Weber, Norm Duke, Dominic Barrett and defending champion Wes Malott (r-l).

2015 PBA Tour #18


Ryan Ciminelli regains lead in opening match play round at 2015 U.S. Open

2014PBAWSOBRyanCiminelli_small.jpgRyan Ciminelli (pictured) of Cheektowaga, New York, fired games of 237, 265, 243, 279, 230, 258, 232 and 259 to dominate the opening round of match play to recapture the lead at the 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open on Friday night. The 29-year-old left-hander averaged more than 250 at AMF Garland Lanes in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas,  on his way to a 7-1 match-play record and 9,348 total, including bonus pins, to put himself nearly 300 pins ahead of two-time U.S. Open champion Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida, who is second with 9,053.

2015 PBA Tour #18


John Szczerbinski takes lead at 2015 U.S. Open as field is cut to top 92 bowlers

2014PBAJohnSzczerbinski_small.jpgBefore heading to the 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open, John Szczerbinski (pictured left) of North Tonawanda, New York, spent some time working on the feel of his equipment and some inconsistencies in his physical game. His efforts paid dividends at AMF Garland Lanes in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, this week as the five-time Team USA member never fell below second place and finished Thursday's third round of qualifying atop the 275-player field with a 24-game total of 5,530, a 230.42 average.

2015 PBA Tour #18


Ryan Ciminelli leads after second round at 2015 U.S. Open

2015PBA18RyanCiminelli_small.jpgLess than two weeks after capturing his third Professional Bowlers Association Tour title, Ryan Ciminelli (pictured) of Cheektowaga, New York, finds himself on top of the standings at the 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open through two rounds of qualifying. The 29-year-old left-hander posted an eight-game block of 1,829 at AMF Garland Lanes in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, on Wednesday to move into the lead with a 16-game total of 3,690 and an average of 230.6.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #44


"Bad Boy of Bowling" earning great reviews on nationwide tour

"Bad Boy of Bowling" earning great reviews on nationwide tour Bill Fong to realize dream by bowling in GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII; Myrtle Beach couple wins trip to World Series of Bowling VII; Johnny Petraglia rolls to PBA50 East victory

2015BadBoyofBowlingPeteWeber_small.jpg The "Bad Boy of Bowling" documentary centered around PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber's (pictured) colorful career has yet to make its debut on ESPN's "30 for 30" series, but producer Bryan Storkel said the film continues to earn great reviews as it tours the nation's film festivals. The film, which has played already at over 25 festivals, is scheduled for additional screenings in November, including the St. Louis Film Festival in Weber's hometown Nov. 14 where Weber will make a personal appearance to answer questions.

2015 PBA Tour #18


Cameron Weier leads after opening round at 2015 U.S. Open

2015PBA18CameronWeier_small.jpg Cameron Weier (pictured) of Tacoma, Washington, may be new to the professional bowling ranks, but he quickly has made his presence known and now is the player to beat at the 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open. The 25-year-old right-hander posted an eight-game score of 1,895, a 236.88 average, to set the pace after the first day of qualifying Tuesday at AMF Garland Lanes in Dallas/Fort Worth. Weier finished one pin ahead of John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, New York (1,894).

2015 PBA Spare Shots #43


Wes Malott, Jason Belmonte headline field for Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open

All PBA members to be eligible for 2017 USBC Open Championships; Ultimate Bowling joins PBA Product Registered lineup; "King of Bowling" series to debut on YouTube; David Scardaville turns 50, wins first PBA title

201213PBA17WesMalott2_small.jpg Wes Malott (pictured) of Pflugerville, Texas, will try to defend his 2013 Lipton U.S. Open title and Australia's Jason Belmonte – Malott's title-match victim in the 2013 U.S. Open title match in Columbus, Ohio – will be out to win his third PBA major title of the year when the Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open gets underway Monday at AMF Garland Lanes in Garland, Texas. Exclusive live coverage of the qualifying and match play rounds of the U.S. Open is next up on Xtra Frame.

2015 PBA Tour #18


Wes Malott ready to defend title at at upcoming Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open

All qualifying and match-play rounds will be broadcast live on Xtra Frame

2015USOpenLogo_small.jpg 2014PBAWesMalott2_small.jpgNot long before winning the 2013 U.S. Open for the first major title of his career, Wes Malott (pictured) of Pflugerville, Texas, had knee surgery, which made the long event a true physical test. The tournament was on hiatus in 2014, so now, two years later, the 39-year-old right-hander finally gets to put his title on the line at the upcoming Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open, scheduled to take place at AMF Garland Lanes in Garland, Texas, from Nov. 2-8.

PBA News


Silver Lake Atom Splitters gear up for PBA League "three-peat"

Portland Lumberjacks will join the field for 2016 competition at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine

2012PBALeagueLogo_small.jpgThe two-time defending PBA League champion Silver Lake Atom Splitters will make their bid for an Elias Cup "three-peat" in 2016 with a roster led by Chris Barnes, Dick Allen and Tom Daugherty. The three players were protected by Atom Splitters manager Mark Baker and announced, along with players protected by the other seven PBA League teams, by PBA Commissioner Tom Clark who also announced the host city for the 2016 PBA League series will field its own team for the first time: the Portland Lumberjacks.

PBA Regional


Amateur Russ Davies defeats Walter Ray Williams Jr. win PBA50 South Point West Open regional

2015PBA50SouthPointWestOpenRussDavies_small.jpgAmateur Russ Davies (pictured with tournament director John Weber, left) of Las Vegas won the most memorable match of his career by defeating PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. to win the PBA50 South Point West Open presented by Track regional Monday at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. The 60-year-old Davies defeated Williams, 217-206, in the title match for his first PBA title and the $1,500 top prize in the concluding event of the inaugural PBA Fall Classic.

2015 PBA Team Challenege


"Dead Money" upsets PBA Stars to win inaugural PBA Team Challenge title

Long-time bowling friends unite to topple decorated team of PBA veterans

2015PBATeamChallengeDeadMoney_small.jpg"Dead Money" is a poker term related to the money left in the pot by players who have folded. It also is the name a team of five relatively untested bowlers (L-R Danielle McEwan, Alex Cavagnaro, Anhony Pepe, Matt O'Grady and Matt McNiel) gave themselves before upsetting a highly-decorated team of PBA stars in the inaugural PBA Team Challenge at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas Sunday.

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