USBC Bowling News Overview

United States

05/25/16

USBC Hall of Famer Glenn Allison reaches 65 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships

Another three bowlers celebrate 50 years; Bermuda's Alfred Jones becomes the first international competitor to reach the milestone; new leaders emerge in Regular All-Events, Regular Doubles; Illinois ladies lead Classified Team

2016OCGlennAllison_small.jpgUnited States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Glenn Allison of Anaheim, California, became the 10th bowler in 113 years of USBC Open Championships history to reach 65 years of participation. The 85-year-old right-hander made his milestone march down Center Aisle at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, on May 17 and received a plaque, chevron and custom ring to commemorate the achievement. Allison made his Open Championships debut at the 1947 event in Los Angeles.

2016 PWBA #04

05/25/16

Sixteen players remain in contention at 2016 USBC Queens

Six international bowlers and two from the U.S. remain in the winners' bracket

2016USBCQueensBirgitPoppler4_small.jpg2016USBCQueensStefanieJohnson2_small.jpg After four days of competition at the 2016 USBC Queens, only 16 players remain in contention for the coveted tiara and $20,000 top prize. Among the undefeated competitors after the opening round of match play Tuesday are top seed Birgit Pöppler (l.) of Germany and Team USA member Stefanie Johnson (r.) of Grand Prairie, Texas, who each have had very different experiences this week at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

2016 PWBA Tour #4

05/24/16

Germany's Birgit Pöppler top qualifier for 2016 USBC Queens

29 international bowlers make the cut to the top 64 for double-elimination match play, eight of whom finish qualifying in the top 10; Kelly Kulick is the top-positioned U.S. bowler in fifth place

2016USBCQueensBirgitPoppler4_small.jpg Birgit Pöppler of Germany continued her scorching pace through the third round of qualifying Monday at the 2016 USBC Queens and earned the top seed for the match-play portion of the event. Pöppler averaged more than 240 over 15 games at The Orleans Bowling Center in Lass Vegas for a 3,601 total, the second-highest in USBC Queens history. She had blocks of 1,238, 1,159 and 1,204. As the top seed, Pöppler will square off against the No. 64 seed, Josie Earnest of Nashville, Tennessee, in the opening round.

2016 PWBA Tour #4

05/23/16

Germany's Birgit Pöppler takes second-round lead in USBC Queens

Seven international bowlers in the top 10 after 10 of 15 qualifying games

2016USBCQueensBirgitPoppler_small.jpgGermany's Birgit Pöppler leads a field of more than 250 bowlers after two rounds of qualifying at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Queens. Pöppler used games of 236, 245, 267, 186 and 225 for a 1,159 total Sunday at The Orleans bowling center in Las Vegas to bring her 10-game total to 2,397. Two-time USBC Queens champion Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, is in second place with 2,388, and Singapore's Jazreel Tan is third with 2,324.

2016 PWBA Tour #4

05/22/16

Erin McCarthy leads opening day at 2016 USBC Queens

2015USBCQueensErinMcCarthy_small.jpgTeam USA's Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska, continued where she left off at the United States Bowling Congress Queens and led a field of more than 250 players Saturday in the opening round of the 2016 event. McCarthy (pictured) averaged more than 251 for her five-game block at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, including games of 268, 257, 259, 232 and 241, for an opening-round total of 1,257. Germany's Birgit Pöppler ended the day in second place with 1,238.

United States

05/21/16

Shannon O'Keefe leads three events at USBC Women's Championships

New Diamond Team leader emerges in Las Vegas; Tennessee's Martha Johnson reaches 50 years; one live stream broadcast this week from the South Point Bowling Plaza

2016USBCWCShannonOKeefe_small.jpgTeam USA member and six-time World Champion Shannon O'Keefe (pictured) of O'Fallon, Illinois, shined brightest on a star-studded squad May 20 on her way into the lead in three events at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships. The 37-year-old right-hander averaged nearly 250 during doubles and singles at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas and rolled to the top of the leaderboard in Diamond Doubles, Diamond Singles and Diamond All-Events.

2016 USBC Senior Queens

05/20/16

Robin Romeo wins third consecutive USBC Senior Queens title

2016USBCSeniorQueensChampionRobinRomeo_small.jpgUnited States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Robin Romeo of Newhall, California, collected a historic win at the 2016 USBC Senior Queens as she captured her third consecutive tiara Thursday at The Orleans Bowling Center. Romeo (l.) bested fellow hall of famer Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the title match in dramatic fashion, 198-195, to take home the $3,000 top prize. The 2016 event marked the fourth consecutive year Johnson has finished in the runner-up position.

2016 USBC Senior Queens

05/19/16

Two-time defending champion Robin Romeo undefeated at USBC Senior Queens

2016USBCSeniorQueensRobinRomeo2_small.jpg Two-time defending champion Robin Romeo of Newhall, California, is undefeated through two rounds of match play at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Senior Queens and still in contention for an unprecedented third consecutive win at the premier event in senior women's bowling. Romeo (pictured), who qualified second for the double-elimination match-play bracket after averaging 220 through 15 games of qualifying at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, is one of eight undefeated bowlers left in the field.

United States

05/18/16

David Cirigliano leads team, ties Open Championships record

Arizona bowler joins Craig Szplett as the only bowlers in tournament history with three 300s in USBC Open Championships competition

2016USBCOCDavidCirigliano_small.jpgFor David Cirigliano of Phoenix, team is extremely important, and nowhere was this more evident than at the 2016 USBC Open Championships as he helped Bowling Dynamics.com to the top of the standings May 13. The 31-time tournament participant logged two strikes and a nine-count in his final frame at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, to solidify Bowling Dynamics.com's place at the top of the Regular Team standings on games of 1,041, 1,154 and 1,105 for a 3,300 total.

USBC Equipment Specification

05/18/16

USBC explains specification related to new gripping layouts

2016USBCEquimentSpecificationLogo_small.jpgThe United States Bowling Congress Equipment Specifications and Certifications Team recently analyzed new ball gripping layouts being used to create different ball reactions and how it affects specifications for bowling balls. These layouts allow bowlers to grip the balls in different configurations, which create different ball reactions depending on which holes the bowler uses to deliver the ball. This has led to questions concerning USBC's gripping-hole specification.

2016 USBC Senior Queens

05/18/16

Tish Johnson leads after two rounds at 2016 USBC Senior Queens

2016USBCSeniorQueensTishJohnson_small.jpgUnited States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, averaged more than 230 during her second block of qualifying at the USBC Senior Queens and leads after two rounds at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The left-hander (pictured above) was fourth after the first five-game block Tuesday, but surged to the top of the 70-player field with a 1,152 total during the second block, giving her a 10-game total of 2,222.

2016 PWBA Tour #4

05/17/16

2016 USBC Queens draws largest field since 2008

Defending champion Liz Johnson leads more than 250 of the top female competitors to The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas May 20-26

2015PWBATourLizJohnson_small.jpg The resurgence of the Professional Women's Bowling Association continues to show as the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Queens will draw its biggest turnout in nearly a decade starting Saturday in Las Vegas. USBC Hall of Famer and reigning PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson (pictured) of Cheektowaga, New York, will look to defend her title against more than 250 of the top female competitors in the world. The stepladder finals, which will be televised live Thursday, May 26 at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network.

United States

05/14/16

North Carolina bowler leads Emerald All-Events at USBC Women's Championships

The first live stream from the 2016 event will take place this week

2016USBCWCKathiFinley_small.jpgKathi Finley (pictured) of New Bern, North Carolina, celebrated Mother's Day by calling her sons to let them know she moved into the lead in Emerald All-Events at the 2016 USBC Women's Championships. The 56-year-old right-hander (pictured above) averaged nearly 210 during her doubles and singles competition May 8 at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas to coast into the lead with a 1,788 nine-game total. Rexiene Smith of Tampa, Florida, previously held the lead with 1,690.

United States

05/11/16

Indiana's Robert Teeters reaches two milestones

73-year-old becomes the 21st bowler in 113 years of USBC Open Championships history to reach 60 years of tournament participation and becomes the 19th member of the event's 100,000-Pin Club

2016OCRobertTeeters60thOC_small.jpg Robert Teeters of Lapel, Indiana, found himself in the spotlight two different times this week at the USBC Open Championships. The 73-year-old started his trip to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, with a memorable march down Center Aisle on May 7 as he became the 21st bowler in 113 years of USBC Open Championships history to reach 60 years of tournament participation. He returned to the lanes May 8 to add his name to another elite list as the 19th member of the event's 100,000-Pin Club.

USBC News

05/10/16

Frank Wilkinson is re-elected USBC President

2016USBCFrankWilkinson_small.jpg 2016USBCCathyDeSocio_small.jpg Frank Wilkinson (l.) of Staten Island, New York, was re-elected president of the United States Bowling Congress and Cathy DeSocio (r.) of Wichita, Kansas, will continue to serve as vice president of USBC. Wilkinson and DeSocio were re-elected as officers for the 2016-2017 season by the USBC Board of Directors, following the USBC Convention held in April in Las Vegas. Wilkinson, 29, will begin his second term as president on Aug. 1.

United States

05/07/16

Northwest bowler competes in 50th USBC Women's Championships

2016USBCWCAlyceHansen_small.jpgThe United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships is all about having a good time while competing on the biggest stage in women's bowling, and Alyce Hansen (pictured) of Port Ludlow, Washington, threw quite a party this week at the South Point Bowling Plaza. Hansen kicked off the festivities May 3 by making her 50th USBC Women's Championships appearance, and she continued the party May 4 as she celebrated her 92nd birthday.

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.

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