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Australia's Jason Belmonte named 2012-13 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year

Two-hander tops 2011-12 Player of the Year Sean Rash and Hall of Famer Pete Weber for first POY honor

201213PBAPlayeroftheYearJasonBelmonte3_small.jpgAustralia's Jason Belmonte was named the 2012-13 Professional Bowlers Association Chris Schenkel Player of the Year today during a special live presentation Friday from Thunderbowl Lanes on PBA's online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. In earning his first Player of the Year honor, Belmonte won two titles, including the USBC Masters – his first major – and had runner-up finishes in three other major championships: the 2012 PBA World Championship, U.S. Open and 2013 PBA Tournament of Champions.

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Ryan Shafer wins second PBA Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award


Professional Bowlers Association Commissioner Tom Clark has announced Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., has been selected by his fellow PBA members as winner of the 2012-13 Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award. Shafer, a 47-year-old who has won four titles in a 27-year PBA Tour career. It was a bittersweet moment for Shafer, who also won the Nagy award in 2009, coming a day after the funeral services for his wife, Michelle, who died unexpectedly five days earlier.

2012-13 PBA Tour #23


Yuya Katoh ends Japan's 24-year title drought with victory in 2013 Round1 Japan Cup

Katoh defeats compatriot Kazuaki Watanabe in an all-Japan title match to claim the six million Yen top prize (US$ 58,620)

201213PBA23YuyaKatoh2_small.jpg201213PBA23KazuakiWatanabe2_small.jpgYuya Katoh (l.) ended a 24-year title drought for Japanese bowlers when he defeated his compatriot Kazuaki Watanabe (r.), 243-235, in an all-Japan title match to win the 2013 Round1 Japan Cup in Tokyo, Japan. Katoh, who received the 6.000.000 Yen top prize or approximately US$ 58,620, is the first Japanese winner of the prestigious title since Takeo Sakai in 1988. Watanabe was consoled with 3.200.000 Yen (US$ 31,260).

2012-13 PBA Tour #23


Past winners Jones, Barnes among eight finalists at Round1 Japan Cup

Tackett, Rash, Palermaa, three Japan PBA players make bids for first Japan Cup title

201213PBATommyJones_small.jpg201213PBAChrisBarnes_small.jpgPast winners Tommy Jones (l.) and Chris Barnes (r.) were among five PBA members to advance to the eight-player match play finals in the Round1 Japan Cup. Three additional PBA members, including Sean Rash, E.J. Tackett, and Osku Palermaa of Finland also advanced to the championship round along with three Japan PBA members – Kazuaki Watanabe, Shinichi Horie and Yuya Katoh – who will try to end Japan's 24-year title drought in the event.

2012-13 PBA Tour #23


It's down to 64 finalists at Round1 Japan Cup in Tokyo

Top 32 players of A and B Squad qualifying advance to single-elimination best-of-five games finals in bracket system


E.J. Tackett (pictured) of Huntington, Ind. and Nathan Urrutia led the qualifying squads in the 2013 Round1 Japan Cup to earn the No. seeds for the single-elimination best-of-five games brackets as the field was trimmed to 64 players at Minami Suna Round1 Bowling Center in Tokyo, Japan. 176 players were divided equally between A and B Squads. All players bowled 10 games of qualifying with the top 32 players in each squad advancing to A and B Brackets. 24 out of 28 PBA players, who qualified for the main event, survived the cut.

2012-13 PBA Tour #22


England's Dom Barrett wins PBA World Championship

British star joins Finland's Palermaa as second international player to win World Championship


England's Dom Barrett (pictured) became the second international player ever to win the PBA World Championship when he held off reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 238-235, in the title match. Barrett received $50,000 for his second PBA title and his first "major". The 55th World Championship was the fifth and final PBA Tour championship event of the PBA World Series of Bowling V. The finals were held on Sunday, Nov. 3 at South Point Exhibition Hall in Las Vegas, Nev.

2012-13 PBA Tour #21


Tom Smallwood wins Scorpion Championship for second PBA Tour title

2009 PBA World Champion ends television drought with victory over collegiate star Marshall Kent

201213PBA21TomSmallwood2_small.jpg201213PBA21MarshallKent_small.jpgTom Smallwood (l.) of Saginaw, Mich., ended a four-year television drought when he defeated collegiate star Marshall Kent (r.) of Yakima, Wash., 221-216, to win his second PBA Tour title in the Scorpion Championship at the South Point Hotel and Casino complex. In the semifinal match, Smallwood out-lasted 2011-12 PBA Rookie of the Year Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., in a PBA-record five-frame sudden-death roll-off after they a 232-232 tie.

2012-13 PBA Tour #20


Inspired Ryan Ciminelli wins Chameleon Championship for his second PBA title

New York left-hander overcomes Viper disappointment in third World Series of Bowling V event

201213PBA20RyanCiminelli3_small.jpg201213PBA20DominicBarrett_small.jpgRyan Ciminelli (l.) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., converted disappointment into determination, winning the PBA Chameleon Championship for his second PBA Tour title with an inspired 258-203 victory over England's Dom Barrett (r.). Ciminelli, the No. 3 qualifier, ran away from Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., in the first match, 255-197, and was equally impressive in eliminating Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 235-179, in the semifinal match.

2012-13 PBA Tour #19


Chris Barnes wins 16th career title in PBA Viper Championship

Ciminelli's 7-10 split in 10th frame proves costly in second World Series of Bowling V event

201213PBA19ChrisBarnes4_small.jpgChris Barnes (pictured left with wife Lynda) of Double Oak, Texas, captured his 16th career title in the PBA Viper Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge, defeating top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 230-212, when Ciminelli left a 7-10 split in the 10th frame of the title match. England's Stuart Williams started the four-man Viper stepladder finals with a 203-194 victory over Australia's PBA Player of the Year contender, Jason Belmonte.

2012-13 PBA Tour #18


Wes Malott wins PBA Cheetah Championship for ninth career title

Opening telecast in PBA World Series of Bowling V series introduces "blue oil" to TV fans

201213PBA18WesMalott_small.jpg201213PBA18ParkerBohn_small.jpgWes Malott (l.) capped a three-match sweep in the finals of the PBA Cheetah Championship, defeating top qualifier Parker Bohn III (r.), in the title match of the historic ESPN telecast, 243-169, for his ninth career PBA Tour title. Malott defeated Colombia native Clara Juliana Guerrero, 214-208, in the opening match, and was nearly perfect in ousting 51-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, 288-242, in advancing to the title match.



PBA to introduce Dyed Oil for ESPN's World Series of Bowling telecasts

Colorful additive to lane conditioning oil will illustrate bowling lane surface for the first time


The PBA will take an historic step toward illustrating the challenges bowlers face when blue dye will be added to the lane conditioning oil for ESPN's telecasts of five PBA World Series of Bowling championship events this weekend. PBA worked with its official lane maintenance provider Brunswick to formulate and test the oil that will be applied exclusively on the pair of Brunswick lanes installed in the South Point Hotel Exhibit Hall B complex for the World Series of Bowling ESPN-televised finals.

2012-13 PBA Tour #22


Dom Barrett one win away from the title in PBA World Championship

Englishman averages 236.40 over 52 games to earn the No. 1 seed; Sean Rash, Mike Fagan, Tom Smallwood, Pete Weber round out stepladder finals field; first prize in the 2012-13 season's final "major" is $50,000

201213PBA22WorldChampionshipFinalists_small.jpgDom Barrett of England won five of his final eight matches to clinch the No. 1 berth in the stepladder finals of the PBA World Championship Thursday at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Barrett averaged 236.40 over 52 games and won 14 of 24 matches. Reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash finished in second place and was followed by Mike Fagan, Tom Smallwood and 37-time PBA Tour champion Pete Weber.

2012-13 PBA Tour #22


Dom Barrett retains lead heading into final round of PBA World Championship Match Play

Englishman holds 99-pin lead over Sean Rash, who advances from 12th to second place; final match play round set for Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. PT

201213PBADominicBarrett_small.jpg201213PBASeanRash_small.jpgDom Barrett (l.) of England retained a 99-pin lead over reigning Player of the Year Sean Rash (r.) of Montgomery, Ill., after two of three rounds of match play in the PBA World Championship Wednesday at South Point Bowling Center. Barrett, who entered the 24-game match play finals as the top qualifier, won nine of his first 16 matches to finish the sixth round with a 44-game total of 10,649 pins, including match play bonus pins.

2012-13 PBA Tour #21


Collegiate star Marshall Kent tops PBA Scorpion Championship finals field

England's Dom Barrett holds a 209-pin lead in the PBA World Championship as the field was cut to the top 24 for match play

201213PBA21ScorpionFinalists_small.jpg Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., the only amateur in the field, won the top berth for the stepladder finals of the PBA Scorpion Championship Tuesday at South Point Bowling Center. Kent averaged 227.79 for 14 games, finishing with a 3,189 pinfall total to claim the top rung in the stepladder finals by 12 pins over Tom Smallwood. Josh Blanchard qualified third and Tommy Jones earned the fourth spot in the Nov. 2 finals.

2012-13 PBA Tour #20


England's Dom Barrett earns No. 1 berth for PBA Chameleon finals

Kretzer, Ciminelli, Smallwood round out ESPN championship finals field of four one-time PBA Tour title winners; Barrett widens his lead in PBA World Championship qualifying to 141 pins

201213PBA20ChameleonFinalists_small.jpg England's Dom Barrett advanced from sixth place to first Monday night, claiming the No. 1 berth in the PBA Chameleon Championship stepladder finals at South Point Bowling Center. Barrett will lead a field of four one-time PBA Tour title winners into the Chameleon Championship finals on Saturday, Nov. 2. Also winning berths in the championship round were Brian Kretzer, Ryan Ciminelli and Tom Smallwood.

2012-13 PBA Tour #19


Ryan Ciminelli earns No. 1 seed for PBA Viper Championship finals

England's Dom Barrett leads PBA World Championship qualifying after two of four events with 3,382 total (241.57 average)

Ryan Ciminelli battled for the lead in the PBA Viper Championship all Sunday, but didn't make the move into first place until the final frame of his 14th game. His 268 final game gave him a total of 3,244 pins (231.71 average) and the lead by 18 pins over Chris Barnes (3,226). England's Stuart Williams was third with 3,207 and Australia's Jason Belmonte earned the fourth and final berth into the Nov. 2 Viper finals with a 3,178.

2012-13 PBA Tour #18


Parker Bohn III tops Cheetah finalists as PBA World Series of Bowling gets underway

Bohn fires his 91st and 92nd career 300 games en route to earn the top seed for the Nov. 2 stepladder finals; Colombia's Clara Guerrero becomes third woman to qualify for nationally-televised stepladder finals

201213PBA18CheetahFinalists_small.jpg Defending PBA World Champion Parker Bohn III rolled a pair of 300 games Saturday on his way to earning the top qualifying position for the PBA Cheetah Championship finals at South Point Bowling Center while Colombia native Clara Guerrero became the third woman in PBA history to qualify for a nationally-televised stepladder final. They will be joined in the Nov. 2 stepladder finals by Pete Weber and Wes Malott.

2012-13 PBA Tour


"The World" wins High 5 Gear PBA League Challenge to kick off PBA World Series of Bowling V

2013PBALChallengeTheWorld_small.jpg"The World," a team of seven international stars, defeated an all-star team of American professionals Friday to win the High 5 Gear PBA League Challenge, a special event that kicked off PBA World Series of Bowling V at South Point Bowling Center. The international team (pictured) won the Challenge with a 211-183 Baker team victory to conclude the special event, earning three points for the team win and a 4-2 victory.



World's top professional bowlers return to Las Vegas for PBA World Series V

Belmonte, Rash head sold-out field of 240 players from 20 countries

201213PBA15JasonBelmonte_small.jpg201213PBA12SeanRash_small.jpgStatistically speaking, the Jason Belmonte (l.) vs. Sean Rash (r.) rivalry will once again be the headline attraction as a sold-out field of 240 of the world's top professional bowlers return to South Point Bowling Center this week for the start of PBA World Series of Bowling V. The World Series is a multi-event competition on a variety of challenging lane conditions, leading up to a full weekend of ESPN television finals Nov. 2-3.

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New High 5 Gear PBA League Challenge to kick off PBA World Series

Special "USA vs. The World" Xtra Frame pay-per-view event set for Friday, Oct. 25

WSOBVLogo_small.jpgA new event, the High 5 Gear PBA League Challenge: USA vs. The World, will kick off PBA World Series of Bowling V on Friday, Oct. 25, at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas as a special pay-per-view event on PBA's online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. The special Xtra Frame PBA League Challenge webcast – and additional daily events held as part of the WSOB V – will be available for a special World Series of Bowling Day Pass fee of $5. There will be no added cost for current Xtra Frame subscribers

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