USBC Bowling News Overview

United States

05/04/16

Defending champions Sparks, McNiel won't repeat in 2016

Frank Clay joins 100,000-Pin Club at 113th USBC Open Championships; Canadian Matt Dammann rolls second 300 game

2016OCRonnieSparks_small.jpgDefending champions Ronnie Sparks Jr. of Redford, Michigan, and Matt McNiel of Minneapolis, returned to the USBC Open Championships to put their respective titles on the line this week at the National Bowling Stadium. Sparks (pictured), the 2015 Regular Singles winner (793), made his title defense April 29. After a 243 start, he had games of 217 and 204 for a 664 series, short of last year's winning mark and this year's leader, Robert J. Bures of Painesville, Ohio (815).

USBC News

05/04/16

Clara Morton, USBC Hall of Fame member, dies at 92

201605002USBCHoFClaraMorton_small.jpg Clara Morton of Knoxville, Tennessee, a member of the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame, died Monday. She was 92. Morton was appointed to the Women's International Bowling Congress Board in 1976 by Alberta E. Crowe and was elected to her first term the following year. She eventually would serve on the board for 19 years. As a WIBC Board member, she served as the chair for the WIBC National Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum (NBHF/M) committee. She held many positions at the state and local level.

United States

04/30/16

New Diamond All-Events, Doubles leaders emerge at 2016 USBC Women's Championships

Illinois bowler sets bar in Ruby Singles; two participation milestones highlight week

2016USBCWCEmilyPeterson_small.jpgEmily Peterson of West Fargo, North Dakota, decided to go for broke during her doubles and singles set April 25, and that choice helped her into the lead in Diamond All-Events with 1,969. After starting her team event April 24 with a conservative ball selection that resulted in 15 nine-counts on her way to a 594 series, the 29-year-old right-hander made the change to a more aggressive ball for doubles and singles, leading to sets of 698 in doubles and 677 in singles.

USBC News

04/30/16

USBC Convention concludes; delegates approve dues cap increase

Delegates approve bylaws amendments allowing national dues to increase up to a maximum of $15

2016USBCBoardMarkMartinFrankWilkinsonJeffreyUssery_small.jpg Delegates voted to increase the national dues cap and also voted on three board positions as the 2016 USBC Convention and Annual Meeting concluded Friday at The Orleans in Las Vegas. Delegates approved bylaws amendments allowing national dues to increase up to a maximum of $15. Delegates elected current USBC President Frank Wilkinson (c.), incumbent director Mark Martin (l.) and Jeffrey Ussery (r.) to the USBC board.

USBC News

04/29/16

Class of 2016 inducted into USBC Hall of Fame

2016USBCHallOfFameClass_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame welcomed five new members and celebrated their accomplishments at The Orleans Hotel and Casino on Thursday evening. The 2016 USBC Hall of Fame Class includes Kim Adler and Mike Durbin in the Superior Performance category; Steve Kloempken or Outstanding USBC Performance; Harry Sullins in the Veterans category; and Joan Romeo for Meritorious Service.

United States

04/27/16

Three bowlers reach 50 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships

2016OCRichardRied_small.jpgJules Falcone of Media, Pennsylvania, Richard Ried (pictured) of Mason, Michigan, and Bud Howell of Idaho Falls, Idaho, became the latest members of the 50-Year Club at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. To commemorate their milestones, each received an escorted march down Center Aisle at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, before being presented with the traditional chevron, plaque and special lapel pin.

USBC Collegiate

04/24/16

Emily Eckhoff, Daniel Hanson capture 2016 Intercollegiate Singles titles

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2016ISCDanielHanson_small.jpgHastings junior Emily Eckhoff and Robert Morris-Illinois freshman Daniel Hanson captured individual titles Saturday at the 2016 Intercollegiate Singles Championships. Eckhoff (l.) defeated Fairleigh Dickinson's Morgan Brown, 227-222, to become the first player in ISC history to repeat as champion, while Hanson (r.) defeated San Jose State's Darren Tang, 203-174.

United States

04/23/16

South Carolina bowler leads three events at 2016 USBC Women's Championships

2016USBCWCDaphneSmith_small.jpg Daphne Smith of Simpsonville, South Carolina, had an exciting 24-hour run and stepped off the lanes April 15 as the leader in three events at the 2016 USBC Women's Championships. The 35-year-old right-hander (pictured) kicked off her second appearance April 14 by helping Atlanta's Finest of Lithia Springs, Georgia, into the Diamond Team lead with a 2,534 total, and she continued strong the following day by setting the bar in Diamond Singles (724) and Diamond All-Events (1,957).

USBC Collegiate

04/23/16

McKendree men, Webber International women claim ITC titles

Jessica Mellott of McKendree and Jake Rollins of William Paterson named tournament's Most Valuable Players

2016ITCMcKendreeMen_small.jpg2016ITCWebberWomen_small.jpg The McKendree men and the Webber International women claimed titles Saturday at the Intercollegiate Team Championships. McKendree (l.) defeated William Paterson, 3-2, in the best-of-five title match to capture the program's first ITC title. On the women's side, Webber International (r.) knocked off Wichita State, 3-1, to raise the Kerm Helmer Cup.

USBC Collegiate

04/23/16

Finalists determined at 2016 Intercollegiate Team Championships

2016ITCLogo.jpg William Paterson will face off against McKendree in the men's title match at the 2016 Intercollegiate Team Championships, while Wichita State takes on Webber International in the women's finals. The ITC finals will be among the four television shows being taped Saturday. The women's team final will air Tuesday, May 24 at 10 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network, and the men's final will air Saturday, June 4 at noon Eastern.

USBC Collegiate

04/22/16

Match play begins at 2016 Intercollegiate Team Championships

2016ITCLogo_small.jpg After two rounds of match play, four men's teams and four women's teams remain undefeated at the 2016 Intercollegiate Team Championships at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kansas. On the men's side, William Paterson, McKendree, Robert Morris-Illinois and Webber International remained undefeated in the double-elimination bracket. The women's winners' bracket consists of defending champion North Carolina A&T, Florida State, McKendree and Wichita State.

USBC Collegiate

04/21/16

Coffey, Smith named collegiate MVPs for 2015-2016 season by NCBCA

IBMA selects Coffey, Smith as 2016 College Bowlers of the Year

201516USBCCollegiateMVPMichaelCoffeyBrittanySmith_small.jpg Lindenwood sophomore Michael Coffey and Grand View junior Brittany Smith were recognized as Most Valuable Players for the 2015-2016 collegiate bowling season by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA). Coffey and Smith were honored Wednesday at the Night of Champions banquet. The banquet brings together the 32 teams that advanced to the Intercollegiate Team Championships, which starts Thursday at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.

USBC / PWBA News

04/21/16

2016 U.S. Women's Open to take place in Chicago area

Stepladder finals to be televised live on CBS Sports Network

2016USWomensOpenLogo_small.jpgThe 2016 U.S. Women's Open, a major event on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, will take place Aug. 1-7 in suburban Chicago. The stepladder finals will be televised live on Sunday, Aug. 7, at noon Eastern on CBS Sports Network. The third major of the season, the U.S. Women's Open is one of 13 PWBA events that will be televised on CBS Sports Network this year. The Stardust Bowl, an 82-lane center in Addison, Illinois, will be the host center for the tournament.

United States

04/21/16

Past champion rolls first 300 of 2016 USBC Open Championships

2016OCTimJanz_small.jpg Tim Janz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and his teammates didn't quite get out to the start they were hoping for at the 2016 USBC Open Championships, but things got progressively better and ended on a high note as Janz rolled the first perfect game of this year's event. The 36-year-old right-hander (pictured) also made a run at the top spot in Regular Singles on April 15, before settling into fourth place with a 770 series on games of 253, 300 and 217.

USBC Collegiate

04/20/16

Semifinals set for 2016 Intercollegiate Singles Championships

2016ISCSemifinalists_small.jpg The men's and women's semifinalists for the 2016 Intercollegiate Singles Championships were determined Tuesday at Northrock Lanes in in Wichita, Kansas. Both the men's and women's semifinals will take place on Saturday and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network starting in May. The women's show will run Tuesday, May 10, and the men's show will air Tuesday, May 17. Both will start at 9 p.m. Eastern.

USBC / PBA News

04/20/16

U.S. Open Finals to be televised live on CBS Sports Network

New equipment rules set concerning bowling balls, mobile and electronic devices

2016USOpenLogo_small.jpg The stepladder finals of the 2016 U.S. Open at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas will be televised live on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network. In addition to the live prime-time finals, the 2016 U.S. Open will have new rules concerning the number and adjustment of bowling balls by competitors, and the use of mobile and electronic devices during competition. Registration is underway for the U.S. Open, which will kick off Nov. 4 with the first of three days of qualifying.

USBC Collegiate

04/15/16

Collegiate Champions to be crowned next week

2016ISCITCLogo_small.jpgThe United States Bowling Congress will crown champions next week as the nation's top teams and individuals invade Wichita, Kansas, for the 2016 Intercollegiate Team and Singles Championships. Northrock Lanes once again will host the top bowlers in the country, marking the sixth time the 48-lane center will serve as the backdrop for college bowling's pinnacle events. The Wichita State men and the North Carolina A&T women return as defending champions.

United States

04/13/16

Past champions tie for Doubles lead at 2016 USBC Open Championships

Two bowlers celebrate 50 years at National Bowling Stadium; defending Regular Team champion puts the team title on the line April 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern live on BowlTV

2016OCNickHeilmanAndyMills_small.jpg Andy Mills and Nick Heilman of La Crosse, Wisconsin, both 2012 Regular Team champions, once again got comfortable on the lanes at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and found their way to the top of the standings. Mills (r.), a 26-year-old right-hander, converted the 1-2-6-10 washout to secure a tie for the lead in Regular Doubles with a 1,341 total April 11 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada. He had no idea they'd tied for the lead.

United States

04/11/16

Fabulous Four journey concludes at 2016 USBC Women's Championships

2016USBCWCFabulousFour_small.jpg The winners in this year's Bowl for the Cure® Fabulous Four essay contest may have had their five-day journey conclude after competing this weekend at the 2016 USBC Women's Championships, but the bond created and memories made surely will not be forgotten. The Fabulous Four competed in team competition Saturday and returned to the Bowling Plaza for doubles and singles Sunday before it was time to say goodbye and return home.

USBC Coaching

04/07/16

USBC Coaching signs agreement with Japan Bowling Congress

2016USBCCoachingJPBATesting_small.jpg Stephen Padilla, Director of Coaching Certification and Development for the United States Bowling Congress, recently had the opportunity to travel to Japan to conduct the first Level I and Bronze certification coaching classes for the Japanese Professional Bowling Association (JPBA). Following the classes, USBC Coaching signed an international agreement with the Japan Bowling Congress to host future coaching certification classes.

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