2015

PBA Awards

01/21/16

Jason Belmonte wins third consecutive PBA Player of the Year honor

Australian two-hander becomes the fourth player in PBA history to win three consecutive Player of the Year swards

2015PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpg 2016EBT01JesperSvensson_small.jpgLandmark wins in two 2015 PBA Tour major championships helped Australian two-handed competitor Jason Belmonte (l.) of Australia earn his third consecutive GEICO Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year award, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark announced Wednesday. Two-handed lefty Jesper Svensson of Sweden (r.) was a runaway winner in the Rookie of the Year race. He was the choice on 68.5 percent of the ballots cast.

2015 PBA Tour #22

01/11/16

Jon Van Hees wins his first PBA title in PBA Scorpion Championship

11-year veteran becomes first Rhode Island native to win a PBA Tour title

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Jon Van Hees' (pictured) patience finally paid its biggest dividend when the 11-year part-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour competitor from Charlestown, R.I., defeated Jason Sterner of Covington, Ga., 202-176, to win the PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno Tahoe USA at the National Bowling Stadium, becoming the first Rhode Island native to win a PBA Tour title. He reecived the $20,000 top prize. The Scorpion Championship aired Sunday on ESPN.

2015 PBA Tour

01/11/16

2015 PBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2015PBALogo_small.jpg The 2015 Professional Bowlers Association Tour consisted of 23 tournaments on U.S. soil, including four "majors", and an invitational event in Japan. Due to an agreement between PBA and World Bowling, Tenpin Bowling's world governing body, the international tournaments of the 2015 World Bowling Tour also awarded a PBA title if won by a PBA member. The PBA Tour concluded with the PBA World Series of Bowling VII Dec. 7-19 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

2015 PBA Tour #21

01/04/16

Sweden's Jesper Svensson wins PBA Chameleon Championship

Two-handed rookie tops all-international field for second PBA Tour title

2015PBA21JesperSvensson_small.jpgSweden's Jesper Svensson (pictured), a 20-year-old two-handed player, won his second PBA Tour title, and first on American soil, when he defeated Germany's Pascal Winternheimer, 267-193, to win the PBA Chameleon Championship at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada. The Chameleon Championship aired Sunday on ESPN. It was the first PBA Tour event held in the United States to feature an all-international field of finalists.

2015 PBA Tour #20

12/28/15

Ryan Ciminelli wins GoBowling.com Viper Championship for third 2015 PBA Tour title

Victory puts New York left-hander into contention for 2015 PBA Player of the Year honors

2015PBA20RyanCiminelli2_small.jpgRyan Ciminelli (pictured) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., became the PBA's first three-time winner in 2015 when he defeated Thailand's Kim Bolleby, 237-201, to win the GoBowling Viper Championship at the National Bowling Stadium and put himself into contention for 2015 PBA Player of the Year honors. Ciminelli, 29, jumped out to a 33-pin lead on the strength of three strikes and a spare while Bolleby opened in his fourth frame, and Ciminelli never gave Bolleby a chance to get back into the game.

2015 PBA Tour #19-22

12/21/15

Champions crowned in PBA WSOB VII "Animal Pattern" Championships

2015PBALogo_small.jpgThe seventh edition of the PBA World Series, scheduled for Dec. 7-19 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, featured four animal pattern championships. The champions of the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships, which were conducted on lane conditioning patterns that bear those animal names, were determined in four-player stepladder finals for delayed broadcast on ESPN. Note: These scores not have not been broadcast on television yet.

2015 PBA Tour #19

12/21/15

Parker Bohn III wins PBA Cheetah Championship for 35th Tour title

Hall of Famer breaks tie with Mark Roth for fifth place on all-time PBA titles list

2015PBA19ParkerBohn_small.jpgParker Bohn III (pictured) of Jackson, N.Y., defeated England's Paul Moor, 210-206, to win the Professional Bowlers Association's Cheetah Championship at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. The Cheetah Championship was the first of four "animal pattern" championships contested during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII. With his 35th career PBA Tour title, the PBA Hall of Famer broke a tie with fellow hall of famer Mark Roth for fifth place on the career titles list.

2015 PBA Tour #23

12/18/15

Gary Faulkner Jr. wins Rolltech PBA World Championship for first PBA title

Memphis left-hander becomes second African American to win a PBA Tour title

2015PBA23GaryFaulkner_small.jpg Gary Faulkner Jr. (pictured) of Memphis, Tenn., making his first professional television appearance, defeated top qualifier EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 216-178, to win the Rolltech PBA World Championship Thursday at the National Bowling Stadium. He earned $60,000. Faulkner, a 25-year-old third-year PBA member, qualified third for the World Championship finals and won three straight matches to join George Branham III of Indianapolis as the PBA's only African American titlists.

2015 PBA Tour #19-22

12/17/15

PBA Tour Animal Pattern Championship finals fields set

PBA Cheetah Championship to kick off ESPN series on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. ET; PBA Chameleon Championship final will consist of four international players

2015PBANormDuke_small.jpg2015PBAParkerBohn_small.jpgThe final fields for the four GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling animal pattern lane condition championships were determined Wednesday at the National Bowling Stadium. Finals will be taped on Friday and will air beginning Dec. 20 on ESPN. Two of PBA's all-time greats proved they still have gas in the tank on the PBA Tour as Hall of Famers Norm Duke (l.) and Parker Bohn III (r.) advanced to the finals of the PBA Cheetah Championship.

2015 PBA Tour #22

12/16/15

PBA World Championship top qualifier EJ Tackett advances to Scorpion Championship final 8

Tackett beats Sean Rash 3-2 to make first GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII animal pattern event Round of 8

2015PBAEJTackett_small.jpgRolltech PBA World Championship top qualifier EJ Tackett (pictured) of Huntington, Ind., survived a see-saw Round of 16 best-of-five single-elimination match against nine-time Tour winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., to advance to Wednesday's Round of 8 in the PBA Scorpion Championship. Tackett won the final two games of the match to win the match, 3-2, at the National Bowling Stadium to make his first Round of 8 berth in a GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII animal pattern lane condition event.

2015 PBA Tour #21

12/16/15

Adjustments help Bill O'Neill to advance to PBA Chameleon Championship Round of 8

Round of 16 features seven international players with four advancing to the Round of 8

2015PBABillONeill_small.jpgSince winning two events during the PBA Summer Swing last May, seven-time PBA Tour champion Bill O'Neill (l.) of Langhorne, Pa. has been generally happy with his productivity this season. O'Neill won his PBA Chameleon Championship Round of 16 match in three straight games Tuesday against Rolltech PBA World Championship top qualifier EJ Tackett at the National Bowling Stadium to advance to Wednesday's Round of eight moving a step closer to a berth in the finals. O'Neill beat Tackett, 275-218, 254-173, and 237-170.

2015 PBA Tour #20

12/15/15

Rash outlasts Williams Jr. in match play to advance to PBA Viper Championship Round of 8

2015PBASeanRash_small.jpg 2015PBAWalterRayWilliams_small.jpgIn a hard-fought Round of 16 best-of-five single elimination match against PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. (r.), former PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash (l.) of Montgomery, Ill., was one of eight players who advanced to the Round of 8 in the PBA Viper Championship Monday at the National Bowling Stadium. Wednesday's Viper Championship match ups will be: Rash vs. Ciminelli, Jehkinen vs. Faulkner, Crawford vs. Butturff and Troup vs. Bolleby.

2015 PBA Tour #19

12/15/15

Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III among PBA Cheetah Championship final eight

2015PBAParkerBohn_small.jpgFrom a match play field of 24 made up of a mix of Hall of Famers, PBA Tour and international stars in the PBA Cheetah Championship, eight players advanced to Wednesday's semifinal rounds at the National Bowling Stadium Monday. In Monday's Round of 16, PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III (pictured) of Jackson, N.J. made short work of his best-of-five game single-elimination match against fellow Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., winning in three straight games. Between games one and two Bohn had 18 consecutive strikes.

2015 PBA Tour #23

12/14/15

Indiana's EJ Tackett earns top berth for Rolltech PBA World Championship Finals

Tackett, Ryan Ciminelli, Gary Faulkner Jr., Scott Norton and Rhino Page will compete in the live ESPN telecast of the season's final major Thursday at the National Bowling Stadium

2015PBAEJTackett_small.jpgEJ Tackett (pictured) of Huntington, Ind., made a late final match play round run to capture the top qualifying position for the stepladder finals of the Rolltech PBA World Championship Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. Tackett, the lone righthander, and lefthanders Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., Gary Faulkner Jr. of Memphis, Tenn.; Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., will return for the live World Championship ESPN stepladder finals Thursday at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT).

2015 PBA Tour #23

12/13/15

Ryan Ciminelli surges into Rolltech PBA World Championship lead in Match Play Round 1

Two-time 2015 champion averages 241.5 and wins seven of his eight matches; 24-player match play field returns for second and third rounds Sunday

2015PBARyanCiminelli_small.jpgCompiling a 7-1 match play record and averaging 241.5, Ryan Ciminelli (pictured left) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., surged into the lead after the first round of match play in the Rolltech PBA World Championship Saturday at the National Bowling Stadium. The four-time Tour winner, with two wins this season including the Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open for his first major, had games of 237, 244, 250, 238, 259, 241, 217, 246 in the first match play round. Overall, after 50 games, Ciminelli led with an 11,730 overall pinfall total including bonus pins.

2015 PBA Tour #22

12/12/15

Texas teen Anthony Simonsen leads PBA Scorpion Championship Qualifying

England's Williams conquers animal patterns to pace PBA World Championship qualifying

2015PBAAnthonySimonsen_small.jpg Anthony Simonsen (pictured) of Princeton, Texas, has a chance to tie Norm Duke's record as the youngest bowler in history to win a PBA Tour title, after leading qualifying in the PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno-Tahoe USA Friday at the National Bowling Stadium, and advancing into the cashers' round of the Rolltech PBA World Championship. Simonsen, a two-handed player, averaged 241.2 for his nine games on the PBA's Scorpion lane condition Friday to lead the top 24 into the match play elimination rounds on Tuesday.

2015 PBA Tour #21

12/11/15

Swedish two-hander Jesper Svensson tops PBA Chameleon Championship qualifying round

England's Stuart Williams leads Rolltech PBA World Championship qualifiers after three rounds

2015PBAJesperSvensson_small.jpgJesper Svensson (pictured), a two-handed lefty from Sweden, averaged a stunning 247 to win the qualifying round of the PBA Chameleon Championship Thursday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. Svensson, who is trying for his second PBA Tour title and first on American soil, fired games of 226, 279, 204, 246, 247, 259, 268, 235 and 259 for a 2,223 total to race into a 62-pin lead over Denmark's Thomas Larsen. England's Stuart Williams holds a 103-pin lead over Canada's Patrick Girard in the Rolltech PBA World Championship qualifying.

2015 PBA Tour #20

12/10/15

Ryan Ciminelli charges into PBA Viper Championship Qualifying lead

England's Stuart Williams takes early lead in Rolltech PBA World Championship qualifying

2015PBARyanCiminelli_small.jpgHard-throwing left-hander Ryan Ciminelli (pictured) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., averaged 233.8 Wednesday to lead qualifying in the Professional Bowlers Association's GoBowling.com Viper Championship presented by Xtra Frame at the National Bowling Stadium while England's Stuart Williams assumed the early lead in Rolltech PBA World Championship qualifying. Ciminelli, who is trying to become the PBA's first three-time title winner in 2015, paced the field of 246 players through the nine-game Viper qualifying event with 2,105 total.

2015 PBA Tour #19

12/10/15

Australia's Sam Cooley averages 252 to lead PBA Cheetah Championship Qualifying Round

Two-time Cheetah champion Eugene McCune qualifies second in high-scoring opening round featuring 12 300s; score to make the cut to the top 24 is 2112 (234.67 average)

2015PBASamCooley2_small.jpgAustralia's Sam Cooley (pictured left) averaged 252 for nine games to take the qualifying lead in the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game, the first qualifying leg of the Rolltech PBA World Championship, Tuesday at the National Bowling Stadium. The Cheetah Championships is the first of five PBA Tour title events that are part of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy. Cooley toppled  2,272 pins and a 65-pin lead over Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind.

PBA News

11/26/15

PBA World Series of Bowling VII features more than 230 players from record 22 countries

In addition to the World Championship live telecast, ESPN will tape the finals of five other PBA Tour events on Dec. 18 and 19

2015PBAWSOBVIILogo_small.jpgReno's National Bowling Stadium has been home to topflight bowling competition for two decades, but in December, Reno will host a professional international showcase for the first time when the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy visits town Dec. 7-19. The 2015 WSOB lives up to its name as the premier international showcase of professional bowling competition, featuring a field of more than 230 players representing a record 22 countries.

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