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Sean Rash joins PBA’s exclusive double-digit titles club

Back-to-back victories in the PBA Fall Swing Badger Open and Detroit Open for his 10th and 11th career titles made Sean Rash the 51st player in PBA history to win at least 10 PBA Tour titles.

Of the 51, 42 are already members of the PBA Hall of Fame. The others who are title-eligible for PBA Hall of Fame consideration are Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones, Mika Koivuniemi, Patrick Allen, Jason Belmonte, Bryan Goebel, Steve Hoskins, Wes Malott and Rash (pictured above).

Of those with at least 10 titles, only Goebel and Hoskins are currently eligible based on the second criteria, which is a minimum 20 years of PBA membership. Assuming the following players maintain their memberships, Barnes (18 titles) will become eligible for PBA Hall of Fame consideration in 2018, Allen (13) and Koivuniemi (15) in 2019, Jones (17) in 2020, Malott (10) in 2021, Rash (11) in 2025, and Belmonte (12) in 2028.

If a player doesn’t meet the 10 title minimum requirement for eligibility, the alternative is five standard PBA Tour titles plus two majors. Mike Scroggins (eight titles including two majors) is membership-eligible and title-eligible under the alternate criteria (for the record, Rash, Barnes, Jones, Koivuniemi, Allen and Belmonte also have won at least two majors among their total titles).

When a player achieves both title and years of membership requirements, he is automatically put on the PBA Hall of Fame ballot.

Scroggins, Goebel and Hoskins are currently on the PBA Hall of Fame ballot, which requires a candidate to receive votes on at least two-thirds of ballots cast for election to the hall of fame. Voters include existing PBA Hall of Famers and a panel of veteran bowling writers and industry leaders.

Senior stars to team up for PBA’s Second Team Challenge

2016PBALogoThe latest entry into the second annual PBA Team Challenge, set for Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, is a team of “senior stars” who have been taking on all-comers for years.

The “PBA50 Tour” team including PBA Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Amleto Monacelli will be joined by 2016 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Eddie Graham, five-time PBA Tour/three-time PBA50 Tour titlist Bob Learn Jr. and former PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, an eight-time PBA50 Tour winner.

The 2016 PBA Team Challenge, which will award PBA Tour titles to each member of the winning team (if he/she is a PBA member) for the first time, will be covered from start-to-finish on Xtra Frame.

All teams will bowl qualifying rounds on Monday, Oct. 31, with the top qualifiers (number of teams will be based on entries) advancing to round-robin Baker format match play followed by a four-team Baker format stepladder final on Tuesday.

Entries for the Team Challenge, along with the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open singles event that will kick off the PBA Fall Classic Oct. 29-30, are still being accepted. Both events are open to non-members as well as members. To enter, contact Mary von Krueger (phone: (206) 654-6025; email: [email protected]).

Players, industry leaders, fans urged to book rooms in Reno asap

2014PBAGEICOWSOBVILogoPBA members, industry leaders, bowling writers and PBA fans who plan to attend the GEICO World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno Nov. 28-Dec. 11 are urged to book their rooms at the Silver Legacy Resort as soon as possible, due in part to an anticipated room shortage over the Dec. 10-11 weekend.

The PBA has a special room rate and reservation block of rooms on hold until Monday, Nov. 14. Reservations can be made online by clicking here or by calling Silver Legacy reservations at 800-687-8733 and using the code “WSOB16.”

Players planning to bowl in WSOB VIII are reminded they must have a reservation at Silver Legacy, a major sponsor of the World Series, before entering the event.

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Kent, McEwan to represent U.S. in QubicaAMF World Cup

PBA members Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., and Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., will represent the United States in the 52nd QubicaAMF World Cup Oct. 17-22 in Shanghai, China. Kent, PBA’s 2014 Rookie of the Year and a one-time PBA Tour title winner, was runner-up in the 2012 World Cup. McEwan finished fourth in 2012 and 2013.

The defending women’s champion is PBA Regional title winner Clara Guerrero, who will represent Colombia. Guerrero, a two-time World Cup winner, is one of three women ever to qualify for a PBA national television final. Hong Kong’s Wu Siu Hong won the 2015 men’s title, but isn’t in the 2016 field.

Next up on Xtra Frame: Bonus coverage from Kokomo

2016XtraFrameLogo2In advance of the extensive Xtra Frame coverage of the PBA Fall Classic followed by preliminary round coverage of Bowling’s U.S. Open, Xtra Frame will provide fans with “bonus” coverage of the one-day PBA Kokomo Central/Midwest Regional Classic presented by Security Federal Savings on Sunday, Oct. 23, from Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind., which could be an historic event.

Entered in the Kokomo regional tournament are PBA Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber, who are tied for the all-time PBA titles record with 99 each.

Pending the outcome of this weekend’s PBA Central Region PBA50/PBA60 doubles event in Canton, Ohio, where Williams is entered with partner Tom Carter win, if Williams or Weber wins in Kokomo, he’ll be the first to win 100 combined PBA Tour, PBA Regional, PBA50 Tour and PBA50 Regional titles.

Xtra Frame coverage then heads to Las Vegas for the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, the final event in the 2016 Xtra Frame PBA Tour points competition that will reward the overall winner with a $10,000 bonus, which kicks off nearly two weeks of programing Oct. 29-30.

The Las Vegas Open winner will receive 25 points with the next 19 players earning points in descending value, but the players to watch in the Xtra Frame Tour final are: E.J. Tackett with 76 points, Tommy Jones with 72, and Ryan Ciminelli with 69. Only Sean Rash and Anthony Simonsen (52 each) still have a mathematical chance 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.

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QubicaAMF PBA Regional Update: Kelly, Mccune win in Muskegon

Megan Kelly of Dayton, Ohio, and Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind. won titles in the PBA-PWBA Northway Lanes Central Open and PBA Greater Muskegon Men’s USBC/Northway Lanes Central Open doubleheader at Northway Lanes in Muskegon, Mich., on Sunday.

Kelly (pictured above, at the middle with Jason Pranger, left, and Kevin Brostrom, right) defeated Kristin Warzinski of Muskegon by 49 pins to win the PBA-PWBA Central Region women’s title. Kelly, who finished with an eight-game total of 1,752 pins, earned $1,000.

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McCune (center) won his 23rd career regional title and $2,400 with a 213-206 decision over Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind. McCune eliminated E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 246-227, and Russell topped Dave Wodka of Beavercreek, Ohio, 229-195, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match in the standard regional event.

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Brian LeClair (pictured with sponsor John DiSantis, left, for True Rival Fitness) of Delmar, N.Y. defeated Sam Maccarone of Blackwood, N.J., 181-169, to win the PBA50 True Rival Fitness Open Sunday at First State Lanes in Wilmington, Del. LeClair, the qualifying leader, earned his fourth PBA50 QubicaAMF Regional title and the 22nd overall of his career. He also earned $1,500.

LeClair defeated Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y., 191-161, and Maccarone defeated Mike Hastings of Millsboro, Del., 193-158, in the semifinal round.

Mark Porter of Lincoln, Neb., defeated Jim Knoblauch of Waukesha, Wis., by 101 pins to win the PBA50 Superbowl Midwest Open at Superbowl in Atlantic, Iowa, Sunday. Porter, a non-member, out-scored Knoblauch, 3,057-2,956, over 13 games to claim the $1,600 first prize, but he doesn’t earn credit for a title because he is an amateur.

This weekend is 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.

The schedule 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 900 Global ball they’d like to see added to the PBA Bowling Challenge. To take the survey, click here.

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