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International field set for 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational

The field of 16 international players for the 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational has been confirmed, based on qualifying during the PBA Fall Swing in Allen Park, Mich., and other criteria.

Earning berths based on their performances in the Fall Swing were Sean Rash, Jason Belmonte, E.J. Tackett, Tom Daugherty, Wes Malott, Jesper Svensson, Josh Blanchard, Rhino Page and Kristopher Prather.

Jason Sterner, as first alternate, will travel to Japan in place of qualifier Francois Lavoie, who will be unable to participate. Likewise, Danielle McEwan will replace top women’s qualifier Rocio Restrepo, who has a scheduling conflict.

PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (pictured above with the first-place check in 2015) will return as defending champion. DHC, as titled sponsor, has selected Dom Barrett, Tommy Jones and Chris Barnes as its special invitees. Six-time Korea PBA titlist Choi Won Young will represent Korea. If any of the male players above can’t make the trip, John Szczerbinski is now first alternate.

The 2017 special event in Japan also will include a field of 16 top Japanese players in a 32-player, round-robin tournament scheduled for January 11-14. The tournament will be held in Osaka – four hours south of Tokyo – at Bentencho Grandbowl. The winner will earn a projected $40,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title (if he/she is a member).

Next up on Xtra Frame: PBA Xtra Frame turns attention To Las Vegas

2016XtraFrameLogo2With the cancellation of the PBA Xtra Frame Reality Check Tamarac Open due to Hurricane Matthew, Xtra Frame will now turn its attention to extensive coverage of the PBA Fall Classic and related events scheduled for South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas beginning Oct. 28 and ending Nov. 8.

Leading off the exclusive live coverage will be the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas Oct. 29-30, the final event in the 2016 Xtra Frame PBA Tour points competition that will reward the overall winner with a $10,000 bonus.

The Las Vegas Open winner will receive 25 points with the next 19 players earning points in descending value, starting with 19 points for second place, 18 for third, etc. The remaining contenders for the Xtra Frame Tour bonus are: E.J. Tackett (76), Tommy Jones (72), Ryan Ciminelli (69) while Sean Rash and Anthony Simonsen (52 each) still have slim mathematical chances to win the bonus.

Following the Las Vegas Open will be live coverage of the second PBA Team Challenge, a five-player team competition that will award PBA Tour titles to all five winning teammates (if they are PBA members) for the first time. Team Challenge coverage is set for Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

Nov. 2 will feature live coverage of the PBA League Draft, with eight team managers selecting the final two players to round out their 2017 rosters.

PBA’s Xtra Frame team will then provide exclusive live coverage of the qualifying and match play rounds of Bowling’s U.S. Open, Nov. 4-8. The stepladder finals will air live on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. ET.

QubicaAMF PBA Regional Update: Haugen, Gregory, Parkin win in the West

200910PBA15MichaelHaugenMichael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz.; Derek Gregory of Chowchilla, Calif., and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., were victorious in a PBA West Region “tripleheader” sponsored by Parkin’s Bowling Supply at Bowlium Lanes in Montclair, Calif., Sunday.

Haugen (left) posted a 9-3 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,762 pins, including match play bonus pins, to win the PBA Parkin’s Bowling Supply Open, a standard PBA West Regional event, by 56 pins over non-member Kevin Gagnon of Moreno Valley, Calif.

2016PCWomenSinglesMissyParkinGregory won the PBA50 portion of the tripleheader with a 7-2-1 match play record and 4,118 total pins, beating Darron Peters of Temecula, Calif., by 75 pins for the $1,500 first prize.

Parkin (right), the first woman to join the PBA and the only woman to win three standard PBA Regional titles, won the PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional event for the second year in a row. She had a 3-3 match play record and knocked down 3,146 total pins for her 14 games to top non-member Laura Lee Daniel of Corona, Calif., for the win and a $1,000 prize. Daniel had 3,108 pins.

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Brian Kretzer (pictured with proprietor Bruce VanMetre, left) of Dayton, Ohio, defeated Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa. by 202 pins to win the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial/Ebonite Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio, Sunday.

Kretzer finished with a 10-2 match play record and a total of 4,889 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, for his first Central Region title of the year and his third overall PBA50 Regional title. He also earned $1,500. Zaffino finished with a 4,687 pinfall total.

2016PBA50JunctionCityBowlRegional1MarkScrogginsMark Scroggins (pictured left with proprietor Joe Ellison, right) of Canyon, Texas, and Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., won joint PBA Southwest/Midwest PBA50 Regional events in a doubleheader weekend at Junction City Bowl in Junction City, Kan.

2016PBA50JunctionCityBowlRegional2BryanGoebelOn Saturday, Scroggins, bowling in his first PBA50 regional event, defeated Goebel 189-173, to win his first PBA50 title. Goebel opened in the ninth frame of the championship match, allowing Scroggins to clinch the victory.

On Sunday, Goebel (pictured right with Ellison) held off hard-charging Kerry Fulford of Ft. Worth, Texas, to win the 15-game event with 3,324 total pins, 98 ahead of the newly-named PBA50 Tour Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award winner.

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Liz Kuhlkin of Rotterdam, N.Y. outscored Nicole Parkhurst of Utica, N.Y., by 15 pins over eight games to win the PBA-PWBA Maple City Dodge East Open Saturday at Maple City Bowl in Hornell, N.Y.

From right, Kuhlkin, proprietor Steve Crandall and Parkhurst.

Kuhlkin, the winner of one PWBA event, rolled games of 168, 217, 213, 189, 215, 145, 226 and 190 for an eight-game total of 1,563 pins to claim the $1,000 first prize.

Kuhlkin also learned the East Region’s women’s points leader, Kerry Smith of New Holland, Pa., has declined her spot in the PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional Challenge that will be held Nov. 27 as part of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling in Reno, which means Kuhlkin as No. 2 in points will take her place and also receive a paid entry into the WSOB.

The final two 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 get started over the Oct. 7-9 weekend.

The 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

Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile game continues, with fans invited to vote on what new Product Registered balls they would like to see introduced into the game. This week fans can vote on the Roto Grip ball they’d like to see added to the PBA Bowling Challenge. To take the survey, click here.

Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile game also is running a special Halloween-themed bowling ball promotion during the weeks leading up to the Halloween weekend. Currently underway, new Halloween balls are being released each week for limited use (one week) – and then all of the balls will be available for the Halloween weekend.

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