USBC Bowling News Overview

United States


Science of Bowling exhibit opens at El Paso Exploreum

2015USBCOCElPasoExploreum_small.jpg For the next four months, El Paso will be home to the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, and the event will touch many aspects of life in Sun City as tournament bowlers and staff immerse themselves in the local community. Even the children of El Paso will get the chance to learn the ins and outs of the sport of bowling when they visit the El Paso Exploreum Children's Museum, which will feature a detailed Science of Bowling exhibit during the 128-day run of the USBC Open Championships.



Massachusetts' Hakim Emmanuel rolls 900 series

20150219HakimEmmanuel900_small.jpg Hakim Emmanuel (pictured) of Stoughton, Massachusetts, admitted that his palms were sweaty and his bowling ball felt heavier than ever as he put the finishing touches on the first perfect game of his bowling career Thursday night, but that was nothing compared to the nerves he felt two games later when he found himself on the verge of history with a chance at a third consecutive 300 game and a 900 series. He delivered the strike to become the 26th bowler to record a perfect series.

USBC Collegiate


Sectional field announced for 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships

2014ITCXBowlingLogo2_small.jpgThe nation's top college bowling teams can begin charting their course toward the 2015 national title as sectional-qualifying assignments were handed out Wednesday for the 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships. The four sectional qualifiers will be held March 14-15 at 30 Strikes in Stratford, New Jersey; Cityview Lanes in Fort Worth, Texas; Stardust Bowl of Addison in Addison, Illinois; and Smyrna Bowl in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Women's Collegiate Bowling


Wichita State women's bowling team finishes regular season with a bang; win Hoosier Classic

Lady Shockers defeat Newman University by higher total pin fall after a tie in the deciding seventh game in the championship best four-out-of-seven match

2014WSUWichitaStateUniversityLogo_small.jpgThe Wichita State Lady Shocker's successfully defended the Hoosier Classic title held at Western Bowl in Indianapolis, Indiana this past weekend. The Lady Shockers faced Kansas natives Newman University in the championship best four-out-of-seven match, which went to the tenth frame of game seven. A failed spare conversion by Newman's anchor left the final game score tied at 162 to 162. Tournament rules gave tied matches to the higher total pinfall, in this case, the Lady Shockers (1,310 to 1,260).



New Jersey and North Texas to host Bowlmor AMF U.S. Opens

Registration for both tournaments will open April 6

2015USOpenLogo_small.jpg2015WUSOLogo_small.jpgBowlmor AMF will host and provide television sponsorship for Bowling's U.S. Open's in 2015. The 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women's Open will take place at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, New Jersey, Aug. 31-Sept. 6. The 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open will take place at AMF Garland Lanes in suburban Dallas/Fort Worth from Nov. 2-8. Both events will feature a top prize of $50,000 and will be operated by USBC.

Team USA News


Devin Bidwell, Tommy Jones qualify to compete in XVII Pan American Games "Toronto 2015"


Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kansas, and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina, will represent Team USA at the prestigious 2015 Pan American Games this July 10-26 in Toronto, Canada. The qualifying process was based on performance at the 2015 USBC Team USA Trials and the 2015 USBC Masters. The Team USA women's representatives will be decided after the 2015 USBC Queens in May.



USBC Masters telecast on ESPN reaches more than 3.5 million viewers

Ratings increase by 62 percent over last year's telecast

2015USBCMastersLogo_small.jpgThe PBA Tour telecast of the USBC Masters on ESPN was the most-watched cable sports program on Sunday, reaching more than 3.5 million viewers. The telecast, which featured two-handed Australian bowler Jason Belmonte winning a historic third-straight Masters title, averaged 1.17 million viewers in the last quarter-hour of the telecast. The two-hour telecast averaged a 0.60 household U.S. rating representing a 62 percent increase versus the 2014 USBC Masters telecast.

USBC Youth


2015 Youth Open to offer handicap option; West Region site is set

2013USBCYouthLogo_small.jpgThe 2015 Youth Open Championships will provide more opportunities for youth bowlers to grab a share of the scholarship fund and, for the third consecutive year, the event will hold a West Region tournament. This year, Cloverleaf Family Bowl in Fremont, California, will be the host center for the Youth Open West Region on June 20-21. Orland Bowl in Orland Park, Illinois, will host the 2015 Youth Open Championships from July 9-26.



USBC, Kegel work together to benefit Folds of Honor

2015KegelPatriotFLEXlanemachine_small.jpgEach time the 11United States Bowling Congress and Kegel team up to dress the lanes at USBC's championship events in 2015, bowlers and bowling fans surely will take notice of the custom lane machines being used to get the job done. As the official lane maintenance provider for all USBC tournaments, Kegel has created a limited-edition Patriot FLEX lane machine that will be used at the 2015 USBC Masters, USBC Open Championships and USBC Women's Championships.

USBC Awards


Recipients of USBC National Recognition Awards selected

2015USBCLogo_small.jpg Sue Pinski of Perrysburg, Ohio, Dick Atkinson of Harker Heights, Texas, and Joe Spain Jr. of Roswell, Georgia, have been named the recipients of the 2015 USBC National Recognition Awards. Pinski has been named USBC Proprietor of the Year, Atkinson was selected for the USBC Joyce Deitch Unity Award and Spain will receive the USBC Helen Baker Award for Outstanding Association Service. The award winners will be recognized during the 2015 USBC Convention in April.



Five nominees selected for USBC Board positions

2015USBCLogo_small.jpg The USBC Nominating Committee has slated five candidates for three open positions on the USBC Board of Directors. Incumbents Karen Jost of Olympia, Washington, and Steve O’Brien of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, are joined by Jay Daryman of York, Pennsylvania, Lynda Isaacs of Richmond, Indiana, and Jeff Ussery of Tonganoxie, Kansas, as candidates for the USBC Board. Delegates at the 2015 USBC Convention in Omaha, Nebraska, will vote during the Annual Meeting on April 30.



Ohio bowler Earon Vollmar rolls 900 series


Earon Vollmar (pictured) of Toledo, Ohio, didn't have the best weekend on the lanes, but a few adjustments put him back on track in time for his Monday night league, where he rolled three consecutive 300 games for a 900 series. The 26-year-old right-hander had 36 consecutive strikes during the Monday Night All-Stars league January 19 at Toledo's New Glass Bowl Lanes, making him the 25th bowler in history, and third from Ohio, to record a perfect series.

Women's Collegiate Bowling


UMES takes the Mid-Winter Invite Championship

Hawks top the Nation's No. 1 & No. 3 team in route to their third event win this season.


After a rough first half of the season, the Hawks of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) dropped in the national rankings to ninth place. After some solid work on the lanes, team bonding and a renewed focus on the roster, the team showed that they are a lot better than ninth. UMES topped No. 1 Nebraska and No. 3 and host Arkansas State Sunday to claim the championship at the 2015 Mid-Winter Invitational, an event featuring eight of the top nine teams in the country.

USBC Coaching


Peter Somoff, Mike Dias earn USBC Coaching Gold certification

Addition of Somoff and Dias brings the list of active Gold coaches to 21

2015USBCGoldCoachPeterSomoff_small.jpg2015USBCGoldCoachMikeDias_small.jpgBowling coaches Peter Somoff (l.) of Tacoma, Washington, and Mike Dias (r.) of Lafayette, Colorado, have received USBC Gold certification and are ready to use their knowledge and experience to help others excel. The two have showcased their skills and expertise in the field and in front of a panel of experts, and each will receive the Fred Borden USBC Gold Coach Award for successfully completing USBC Coaching's Gold certification program.



Eight legislative proposals to be decided by USBC delegates to the 2015 USBC Convention

2015USBCConventionLogo_small.jpg Delegates to the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Convention and Annual Meeting will vote on eight proposals involving changes to USBC bylaws, league rules and tournament rules. The 2015 USBC Convention will take place April 27-30 at the Ramada Plaza Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. Delegates will vote on two proposals related to League Rules, one proposal concerning Tournament Rules and five proposals related to Bylaws.



USBC, RSCVA and Reno approve revision of tournament hosting agreement

Amendment adjusts event schedule, hosting fees and stadium renovation timeline

2015NBSNationalBowlingStadiumReno_small.jpgThe United States Bowling Congress (USBC), the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) Board of Directors and the Reno City Council have approved revisions to the hosting agreement for USBC Championships tournaments. Key changes include shifting the USBC Open and Women's Championships back to their historical rotation of visiting Reno once every three years, adjusting the site fee and extending the completion date for renovations at the National Bowling Stadium (NBS).



Fabulous Four essay contest returns to raise breast cancer awareness

2015FabulousFourLogo_small.jpg The Bowl for the Cure® Fabulous Four essay contest once again will send four women on the ultimate bowling experience, culminating on the lanes at the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships in Reno, Nevada. Bowl for the Cure, a year-round fundraising initiative sponsored by USBC in partnership with Susan G. Komen®, held its first Fabulous Four essay contest last year to raise awareness about breast cancer.

2015 Team USA Trials


Kamron Doyle, Shannon Pluhowsky claim Team USA Trials titles

All three stepladder finalists earn automatic spots on Team USA in 2015; National Selection Committee announces remainder of the Team USA roster

2015TeamUSATrialsKamronDoyleShannonPluhowsky_small.jpg Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tennessee, became the youngest USBC Team USA Trials champion in history, while Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, won the women's crown for a record fifth time Wednesday at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Doyle (left), who is 16, defeated Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, 234-206 to claim the men's title, while Pluhowsky (right) defeated two-time champion Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, 246-222.

2015 Team USA Trials


Kamron Doyle, Danielle McEwan lead Team USA trials heading into final round

Justin Dunn and Andrew Diley achieve perfection in the fourth round on the 41-foot Montreal pattern

2015TeamUSATrialsKamronDoyleDanielleMcEwan_small.jpg With just one round remaining, Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tennessee, and Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, lead the field at the 2015 USBC Team USA Trials. Doyle (l.) moved into the top spot with 35 points, while McEwan (r.) led for the fourth consecutive round and now has 25 points at The Orleans Bowling Center. Doyle is actually tied in the points race with Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kansas, but the total pins tie-breaker gives the edge to Doyle.

2015 Team USA Trials


Devin Bidwell, Danielle McEwan maintain lead at team USA Trials after three rounds

Kamron Doyle, Dallas Leong and Chris Loschetter shoot 300 in the third round on the 35-foot Beijing pattern

2015TeamUSATrialsDevinBidwellDanielleMcEwan2_small.jpg Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kansas, and Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, maintained the lead after three rounds Monday at the 2015 USBC Team USA Trials. McEwan (r.) stayed in the top spot for the third consecutive round and now has 20 points, while Bidwell (l.) has totaled 18 points at The Orleans Bowling Center. Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tennessee, fired a 300 game in the third round and sits in second place overall with 25 points.

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