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Chris Barnes moves into top 10 in career PBA TV appearances

With his appearance in the CBS Sports Network stepladder finals of the PBA Wolf Open during the PBA Fall Swing, Chris Barnes slipped into 10th place on the all-time PBA television appearances list, making his 84th TV appearance in singles competition to break a tie with PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss.

The runaway leader in career TV shows is Walter Ray Williams Jr. with 176 TV shows. A distant second – but comfortably alone in the runner-up position – is Pete Weber with 136 shows.

Rounding out the top 10 are Parker Bohn III with 115, the late Earl Anthony and Norm Duke in a tie for fourth with 114, Marshall Holman (105), Amleto Monacelli (96), Mark Roth (93) and Mike Aulby in ninth with 88.

Bowlers Journal pays tribute to PBA’s “Super Seven”

Bowlers Journal International publisher Keith Hamilton broke with his magazine’s decades-old tradition in the October issue, noted for its annual listing of bowling’s most influential power players, by recognizing a group of individuals he called the “PBA’s Super Seven.”

Hamilton paid tribute to the seven men who have been responsible for bringing professional bowling to the grassroots level for years – the QubicaAMF PBA Regional managers – along with their “leader,” PBA Director of Regional and PBA50 Tournaments, John Weber.

The other members of the “Super Seven” are PBA East Region manager Russ Mills, PBA South Region manager Sam Zurich, PBA Central Region manager Bobby Jakel, PBA Midwest Region manager Rich Weber, PBA Southwest Region manager Pete McCordic and PBA West and Northwest Region manager Gary Mage.

The seven men combine to produce more than 170 tournaments for men, women and “senior” bowlers each year, giving the future stars of professional bowling an opportunity to develop their skills against proven stars in close-to-home, affordable events while bringing high-level PBA competition to the grassroots public across America (and, now, in Japan as well).

For those who don’t subscribe to Bowlers Journal, click here to view Hamilton’s “Leading Off” column.

Halloween-themed balls planned for PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile game

Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile game is planning a special Halloween-themed bowling ball promotion during the weeks leading up to the Halloween weekend.

Beginning Sept. 29, new Halloween balls will be released each week for limited use (one week) – and then all of the balls will be available for the Halloween weekend. One ball per company will be released each week beginning Sept. 29 with 900 Global, Roto Grip and Storm.

Oct. 6 releases will involve Hammer, Ebonite and Columbia 300. Oct. 13 brands will be Track, DV8 and MOTIV. Oct. 20 releases will be Brunswick and Radical. And on Oct. 27, all of the special balls will be available to PBA Bowling Challenge players thru Oct. 31.

Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile game also is asking fans to vote on what new Product Registered balls they would like to see introduced into the game. To take the survey, click here.

Broncos’ CJ Anderson talks about bowling’s influence on his life

Check out the new NFL 360 feature titled ‘How I Roll’ on Denver Broncos running back CJ Anderson who talks about his life growing up in Vallejo, Calif., football and bowling.

The interview by Mike Silver takes place in a bowling center. An accomplished bowler despite his unorthodox “wrong foot” style, Anderson owns three 300 games and competed in the PBA Planet Bowl Southwest Open in Oklahoma City in May.

He also bowled in the Chris Paul Family Foundation PBA Celebrity Invitational earlier in the year. To view the feature, click here.

Next up on Xtra Frame: PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open

2016XtraFrameLogo2Xtra Frame’s exclusive live coverage of PBA Tour competition resumes with the two-day PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open from Aurora, Ill., Saturday and Sunday, followed by live start-to-finish coverage of the PBA Reality Check Tamarac Open presented by Xtra Frame from Sawgrass Lanes in suburban Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Oct. 8-9. Both events will offer projected $10,000 first prize checks plus PBA Tour titles to the winners.

The Illinois and Florida events are the sixth and seventh events in an eight-tournament Xtra Frame PBA Tour points competition that will reward the overall winner with a $10,000 bonus.

Each event winner receives 25 points with the next 19 players earning points in descending value, starting with 19 points for second place, 18 for third, etc. The top 10 in Xtra Frame PBA Tour points heading into Aurora are: E.J. Tackett (66), Tommy Jones (56), Ryan Ciminelli and Sean Rash (44 each), Anthony Simonsen (42), Kyle Troup (40), Shawn Maldonado (36), Jason Sterner (34), Dick Allen (33) and Bill O’Neill (31).

The Xtra Frame PBA Tour points competition ends with the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open which will be part of the PBA Fall Classic presented by South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas Oct. 28-Nov. 1.

Also airing on Xtra Frame will be coverage of the finals of the QubicaAMF PBA Midwest Region’s PBA-PWBA Diamond Jo Women’s Midwest Open which were held on Sept. 18 at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa, on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET. The women’s finals, along with the men’s finals that aired the previous week, will be available in the Xtra Frame archives.

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QubicaAMF PBA Regional Update: Butturff wins again in PBA Northwest

2016OCJakobButturffJakob Butturff (right) of Chandler, Ariz., continued his dominance in the QubicaAMF PBA Northwest Region Sunday, winning his seventh regional title of the year (and his career) with a 318-pin victory over Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix in the PBA TSI/On Site Express Northwest Open hosted at Narrows Plaza Lanes in Tacoma, Wash.

Butturff, a 22-year-old left-hander, posted a 7-3 match play record and total 4,517 pins for 18 games to earn the $2,000 first prize. Haugen, a five-time PBA Tour title winner, had a 7-3 match play record and 4,199 pins for 18 games including match play bonus pins.

In his second year as a PBA member, Butturff also has won his first PBA Tour title (in the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open in Texas in July) and he has earned more than $20,000 in regional competition alone.

In the companion PBA50 event for senior players, Mitch Vernon of Olympia, Wash., went 4-2 and knocked down 3,008 total pins to top non-member Randy Macomber of Kennewick, Wash., for his first PBA Northwest Region title. Macomber had a 3-3 match play record and 2,930 pins for 14 games. Along with his $1,000 first prize, Vernon became eligible to enter the 2017 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions.

PBA Rookie of the Year contender Graham Fach (pictured above with proprietor Adrian Guzman, left) of Guelph, Ontario, defeated Aaron Lorincz of Center Line, Mich. by 58 pins to win the PBA Florence Bowling Center Central Open Sunday in Florence, Ky., for his third PBA Central Region title of the year.

Fach finished with a 7-3 match play record and a total of 4,299 pins for 18 games, including match play bonus pins, to win the $2,000 first place prize. Fach became the first Canadian ever to win a PBA Tour title when he won the Barbasol PBA Players Championship in Columbus, Ohio, in February.

2016PBAFallKOSSeanRashSliderSean Rash (left) of Montgomery, Ill., defeated Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, by 113 pins to win his ninth QubicaAMF PBA Midwest Region title in the PBA Thunderbowl Midwest Open at Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Sunday.

Rash won seven of his eight matches and posted a 15-game total of 3,686 pins to collect the $2,000 first prize. Hess had a 6-2 match play record and 3,573 total pins, including match play bonus pins.

In the companion PBA50 event, Greg Shields of Independence, Mo.., defeated Joel Carlson of Omaha, Neb., by 90 pins to win $1,600 along with his first PBA50 title of the year.

2016PBAMillsboroLanesDoublesBobCarusoRustyThomsenBob Caruso of Dayton, N.J. and Rusty Thomsen (l-r Caruso, GM Scott Smithson and Rusty Thomsen) of Carteret, N.J., teamed up to defeat Don Herrington of Ballston Lake, N.Y. and Jeff Voght of Canajoharie, N.Y., 2-1, in the best-of-three-game final of the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Doubles Sunday at Millsboro Lanes in Millsboro, Del.

Caruso earned his third career title, all coming after the age of 56, and Thomsen picked up his fourth title. Caruso and Thomsen shared the $4,000 first prize.

Caruso and Thomsen defeated the team of Sam Maccarone of Blackwood, N.J. and John Furey of Freehold, N.J., 2-1, while Herrington and Voght eliminated Andy Neuer of Milton, Pa. and partner Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa., 2-0, in the semifinal round.

The final three weekends of qualifying for QubicaAMF PBA Regional and PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional berths in the PBA Challenge events as well as the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno gets underway with a “tripleheader” in the PBA West Region – the PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Parkin’s Bowling Supply Open events at Bowlium Lanes in Montclair, Calif., over the Oct. 1-2 weekend.

Also on tap for that weekend are the PBA50 Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open in Junction City, Kan., and the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio. The PBA East Region will host the PBA-PWBA Maple City Dodge East Open powered by Ram at Maple City Bowl in Hornell, N.Y., on Oct. 1.

The Oct. 7-9 QubicaAMF PBA Regional calendar includes the PBA50 True Rival Fitness Open from First State Lanes in Wilmington, Del.; the PBA Greater Muskegon Men’s USBC/Northway Lanes Central Open and PBA-PWBA Northway Lanes Central Open in Muskegon, Mich., and the PBA50 Superbowl Midwest Open in Atlantic, Iowa.

The Oct. 14-16 weekend, the final weekend of PBA Regional and PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional qualifying for GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII “challenge” berths and paid entries, includes the PBA Wichita Southwest Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.; the PBA Illinois Valley Midwest Open at IV Super Bowl in Peru, Ill.; and a doubleheader including the PBA and PBA50 Northwest/West Twin Falls Bowladrome Opens in Twin Falls, Idaho. The PBA Central Region also will conduct the PBA50/PBA60 Park Centre Lanes Central Doubles event in North Canton, Ohio.

● QubicaAMF PBA Regional competition continues over the Oct. 21-23 weekend with the PBA Century Lanes South Open in Hampton, Va.; the PBA Greenville Southwest Open at Shenaniganz in Greenville, Texas; the Maple City Dodge East Open presented by 900 Global at Maple City Bowl in Hornell, N.Y.; the PBA/PBA50 Ken Fowler Auto Centers West/Northwest Doubles presented by 900 Global at Yokayo Bowling Center in Ukiah, Calif.; the PBA Kokomo Central/Midwest Classic presented by Security Federal Savings at Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind., and the DHC Cheetah Open Doubles at Nagoya Grandbowl in Japan.

For complete QubicaAMF PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, click here to find the event(s) in your area.

Quick Notes

2015PBA23RhinoPagePBA Tour champion Rhino Page (left) and the Tyler Cacioppo family have announced the eighth annual Rhino Page & Friends “Lace Up” to Strike Out Crohn’s and Colitis fundraiser is scheduled for 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at South Levittown Lanes in Levittown, N.Y. For information on how to get involved, click here. Since Page befriended Cacioppo, a Crohn’s victim, in 2009, the family’s fundraiser has raised more than $160,000 to combat Crohn’s and colitis.

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