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USA sweeps Team as 2016 Tournament of The Americas concludes

ToALogo2_small.jpgThe 54th Lee Evans Tournament of The Americas concluded Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as the United States swept the top spots in mixed team to walk away with gold medals in 31 of 45 events this week at Strikers Family Sportscenter. The Lee Evans Tournament of The Americas is the oldest annual international tournament in the American Zone. It is an invitational event for countries in the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON), the American Zone of World Bowling.

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David Pavilack wins $20,000 in 2016 True Amateur Tournament Amateur Classic

2016SummerTATDavidPavilack_small.jpg David Pavilack (second from left) of Hollywood, Florida, a 209 average bowler, rolled a 208 game in the championship match of the 2016 True Amateur Tournament Amateur Classic at The Orleans Bowling Center to take home the $20,000 top prize. The 2016 TAT Amateur Classic concluded July 9 after a busy week in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Orleans Hotel and Casino bowling center opened their lanes for over 450 bowlers all week long who competed in multiple events.

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The Orleans bowling manager Bob McVey passed away

20160716BobMcVey_small.jpgBob McVey, bowling manager for the Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, who ran the annual National Golden Ladies Classic, passed away. Char Hammel of Las Vegas, the 2010 Senior Queens champion, who runs the Facebook page for the National Golden Ladies Classic, informed: "With a heavy heart I need to let you all know that our beloved Bob McVey suffered a heart attack and passed away on July 19 at 8:45am in the ICU." Services will be held Saturday July 23rd at Palm Southwest Mortuary.



CTF Board approves pilot project for sanctioning of string pin bowling centers

2016CTFHeaderLogo_small.jpg"Ladies and Gentlemen, today you have made history". These were the words spoken by the Canadian Tenpin Federation President, Brian McMaster, shortly after the CTF Board of Directors voted on June 5, 2016 to approve a pilot project for the sanctioning of string pin bowling centers in Alberta only, for sanctioned play during the 2016-2017 bowling season. CTF will run the pilot project in Alberta only for the 2016-2017 season to determine if any changes to center certification specifications and/or playing rules are required.



Karen Marcano, Jose Lander win Venezuelan Team Trials

Trials determine adult and youth national teams for 2016

2016VENTTAdultTeam_small.jpg Karen Marcano and Jose Lander led the women's and men's adult division in the 2016 Venezuelan Team Trials, which determined the members of the adult and youth national teams for 2016. Men and women bowled 48 games over six days on six different lane conditioning patterns, while the boys and girls bowled 30 games over five days. The top 6 women and the top 5 men earned berths into the 2016 Venezuelan national team.

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172 average bowler throws four Brooklyns to win $20,000 in TAT Nationals

2016TATAmateurNationalsJamescartAlarcio_small.jpg Jamescart Alarcio (center) of Pomona, California, threw four Brooklyn strikes (3 in a row) in the final game of the TAT Amateur Nationals to become the first bowler ever from the "189 & Under Division" to win a TAT Nationals title. The TAT, which was held Feb. 1-6 at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., had over 4,000 entries and paid out over $300,000 in just six days in all its events, including over $220,000 in the TAT Main Finals. Champion Alarcio took home $20,000.



Sandy Lowe retires from CTF High Performance Program

2010BWCSandyLowe_small.jpgThe Canadian Tenpin Federation, the governing body for Tenpin Bowling in Canada, has announced that long-time national team member and head coach, Sandy Lowe (pictured), has elected to retire from the High Performance Committee for CTF. Sandy worked for High Performance for five years after retiring from the head coach position, a position she held for 10 years after she retired from the Canadian national team. In her 10 years as a national team member, Sandy earned a respectable 17 medals for her country.



Canadian Tenpin Federation introduces new President Brian McMaster

2016CTFPresidentBrianMcMaster_small.jpg The Canadian Tenpin Federation (CTF) Board of Directors has elected Brian McMaster (pictured) as their new President. He will begin his new term January 1, 2016. McMaster has many years of related experience. In addition to three years as a CTF Director, he has been a Director on his Local Bowling Association (Niagara Peninsula) for 20+ years. The Executive Team includes Elaine Yamron as First Vice President and Cathy Innes as Second Vice President. Past President Brian Von Richter and Ron Molinski remain on as Directors.

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Jon Rakoski wins $20,000 in 2015 TAT Summer Classic

2015TATSummerClassicJonRakoski_small.jpgJon Rakoski (center) from Estero, Florida, shot 257 in the final match to win the TAT Summer Classic and the $20,000 first-place check July 4th at The Orleans bowling center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jon Kroll from West Seneca, New York took home 2nd place and $10,000 shooting 216. Russ Oviatt and Cliff Connors both residing in Tempe, Arizona, earned $7,500 and $6,000 for third and fourth place with Armando Martinez of Mission, Texas, in fifth place, worth $5,000.



Robin Crawford-Orlikowski, Dan MacLelland capture Canadian National titles

2016TeamCanadaRobinCrawfordOrlikowski_small.jpg2016TeamCanadaDanMacLelland_small.jpgRobin Crawford-Orlikowski (l.) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Dan MacLelland (r.) from Kitchener, Ontario captured the women's and men's Canadian National titles at the 2016 Canadian Team Trials in Oshawa, Ontario. Crawford-Orlikowski has been on Team Canada 12 times but for the first time she walked away with the gold medal in the adult division. MacLelland is also no rookie to Team Canada. The PBA touring pro has been on the adult team 4 times.



Canadian Tenpin Federation inducts Bob Puttick to Hall of Fame

2015CTFHOFDave KistKarenandBobPuttick_small.jpgCalgary's Bob Puttick (pictured with CTF Director Dave Kist, left, and his wife Karen) has been named to the Canadian Tenpin Federation Hall of Fame in the athletes category. He will the 29th inductee joining 18 athletes, one veteran and nine builders in the national tenpin hall. Puttick, who has won his first tournament in 1971, still competes and cashes in both senior and open events in Alberta and Montana on a regular basis. He is one of only two bowlers in the Calgary Sports Hall of Fame.



Canadian Tenpin Federation announces adult, senior and youth Bowler of the Year 2014

2014CTFAdultBotYLynneGauthier_small.jpg 2014MWCTriosDanMacLelland_small.jpg The Canadian Tenpin Federation (CTF) has announced its adult, senior and youth Bowler of Year selections for 2014. Lynne Gauthier (l.) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Dan MacLelland (r.) from Kitchener, Ontario, were named adult Bowler of Year. Senior selections went out to Cathy Harvey of Orillia, Ontario, and Michel Lesage from Trois-Rivières, Quebec, and Danielle Lemoine and Curtis Fach of Guelph, Ontario, were honored in the youth division.

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Adam Barta targets to set a new Guinness Book of World Record for 1 hour pinfall

2015HammerBowlingStaffAdamBarta_small.jpg Hammer Bowling and have announced that Hammer Bowling's own Adam Barta (pictured) will be attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records "Highest Pinfall in Tenpin Bowling in 1 Hour by an Individual". The current record is 2,132 pins. Barta will attempt this World Record at the TNBA Reed-Hawthorne Memorial Tournament from The Game at Wickliffe in Wickliffe, Ohio, February 13-15, 2015. The World Record attempt will be streamed LIVE by in its entirety.

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How many songs celebrate bowling?

TheBlueFlamesBowlingUSACover_small.jpg When Chris Richardson went to went duckpin bowling at White Oak Lanes in Silver Spring, Md., United States, last weekend and had such a good time doing so he thought to himself, "How many songs celebrate bowling?" Richardson, who calls himself a certified music freak, realized what a great idea it was for a piece for his pop music history blog, Zero to 180. He started poking around on the web thinking someone surely has already pulled together a righteous list of songs about bowling, but amazingly … no one had! Until now.



Three new Directors join the Canadian Tenpin Federation Board


The Canadian Tenpin Federation held elections for three CTF Director positions at their Annual Meeting on Saturday, Nov 15th. Dave Kist, Calgary, AB, Blaine Boyle, Estevan, SK, and Jim Lester, Sarnia, ON were the successful candidates. Their three-year terms officially start on Jan 1, 2015. Outgoing Directors are Deborah Hope, Toronto, ON, Tyrel Rose, Montreal, QC, and Dan Tereck, Winnipeg, MB. There is currently one vacant Director position which will be filled by appointment in the near future.



Canadian Tenpin Federation hires Tyrel Rose as full-time head coach

2013BWCTyRose_small.jpgThe Canadian Tenpin Federation has announced that it has hired Tyrel Rose (pictured) as its head coach. Following board approval in July, the CTF has redefined its definition of their head coach position. For the first time, this becomes a full-time position with expanded responsibilities that includes not only the National Teams, but coach training and development as well as organizing local clinics and lessons for bowlers across the country. Starting as an assistant coach with Team Canada in 2009, Rose was the men's head coach for 2013 and 2014.

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Craig Nidiffer shoots big game to win 11th New Mexico Open

2014NMOpenCraigNidiffer2_small.jpgA new champion, the tenth different winner in the tournament's eleven years, was crowned Sunday at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA, when Craig Nidiffer (pictured) from the Detroit, Michigan, area caught two early breaks in his match against top seed, Brett Wolfe of Phoenix to beat the 2010 runner-up, 276-237, and to claim the $10,000 first prize. Wolfe, who lost to Andrew Cain a few years ago, received $5,500 as runner-up.

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United States wins three team titles at Tournament of The Americas

ImageThe United States captured three team titles as the 52nd Lee Evans Tournament of The Americas came to a conclusion with the final games of the team competition on Saturday. In addition to the three team titles, the U.S. squad had the all-events winner in nine of the 10 divisions and took the National All-Events title in four of the five divisions of the week-long tournament held at Strikers Lanes in Sunrise, Fla. It is the oldest annual international tournament in the American Zone.



Roberta Rodrigues, Renan Zoghaib win XXIII QubicaAMF Brazil Cup

Champions qualify for 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Wroclaw, Poland

2014BWBRAQRenanZoghaibRobertaRodrigues_small.jpgRoberta Rodrigues and Renan Zoghaib (r-l) capture the women's and men's title in the XXIII QubicaAMF Brazil Cup July 27 at Dragon Bowling Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and will represent their country in the 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup November 1-9 at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland. In the men's title match, Zoghaib defeated Few Campos, 191-182, while Rodrigues celebrated a narrow 174-170 victory over Neuza Kae to win the women's title.

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Team USA to compete at 52nd Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas

ImageBrittni Hamilton of Webster, New York, heads the 20-member United States team that will compete in the 52nd Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas starting Monday in Sunrise, Fla. The week-long tournament features players from the American Zone competing for medals in singles, doubles, mixed doubles, mixed team and all-events. The tournament has Adult, Senior (ages 50-plus for men, 45-plus for women), Super Senior (ages 60-plus for men, 55-plus for women), Junior A (ages 16-19) and Junior B (ages 12-15) divisions.

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