2015

2015 PBA Tour #3

02/26/15

Mark Roth and Marshall Holman were fierce rivals but perfect doubles partners

PBA legends combined for three PBA Tour doubles titles

PBADoublesMarshallHolmanMarkRoth_small.jpgThe individual accomplishments of Mark Roth and Marshall Holman (r-l) are things of legend. Roth, a four-time player of the year, ranks tied for fifth all-time with 34 titles. Holman, the 1987 player of the year, ranks 11th all-time with 22 titles. But among their 56 combined titles are three doubles championships. When it came to teaming up as doubles partners, both players were a force to be reckoned with at the annual PBA Tour doubles events.

2015 PBA Tour #2

02/22/15

Bohn wins PBA Players Championship in overtime, ties Roth with 34th title

Strike on second sudden-death shot ends dramatic championship match

2015PBA02ParkerBohnIII_small.jpgParker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., struck on his second shot in sudden-death to win the PBA Players Championship at Woodland Bowl, earning his 34th career title and moving into a tie for fifth place on the all-time PBA career titles list with legendary star Mark Roth. The 51-year-old left-hander received a $25,000 winner's check. The finals were held in conjunction with the Tournament of Champions at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind., on February 14 and aired Sunday, Feb 22, on ESPN.

2015 PBA Tour #2

02/18/15

Career milestones on the Line in PBA Players Championship Finals

Stepladder finals air Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN

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Two-time reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, and Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III and Norm Duke highlight the field of five finalists for this Sunday's (Feb. 22) PBA Players Championship at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN. Bohn (pictured), who ranks sixth on the all-time Tour win list with 33 titles, will try for his first win since the 2013 PBA World Championship. With a win, he will tie fellow Hall of Famer Mark Roth for the fifth-most titles in PBA history behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47), Earl Anthony (43) and Duke and Pete Weber (37).

2015 PBA Tour #5

02/15/15

Jason Belmonte repeats as Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions winner

Nationally-televised finals feature historic 300 game by Sean Rash, who becomes the first player to bowl two nationally-televised 300 games in PBA Tour competition

2015PBA05JasonBelmonte_small.jpg Australian two-handed player Jason Belmonte (pictured) continued his astonishing run in Professional Bowlers Association major championships Sunday, successfully defending his title in the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions with a 232-214 victory over top qualifier Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., at Woodland Bowl for his fifth major title in the past three years. In addition to winning his 12th career title, Belmonte earned his second $50,000 check in two weeks.

2015 PBA Tour #5

02/14/15

Rhino page holds on to claim top berth for 50th PBA Tournament of Champions finals

Jason Belmonte, Ryan Ciminelli, Sean Rash, Scott Norton complete stepladder field

2014PBARhinoPage_small.jpg2014PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpgRhino Page (l.) of Orlando, Fla., survived a heated challenge Friday night at Woodland Bowl to hold on to the top qualifying position for Sunday's finals in the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions by 45 pins over defending champion Jason Belmonte (r.) of Australia. Page, who is hoping to win the TOC title that evaded him in 2009, won 15 of his 24 matches and tied another, averaging 243.9 for 48 games for a 12,172 pinfall total.

2015 PBA Tour #5

02/13/15

Rhino Page takes Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions lead into final round

Final 8 games of match play Friday night to decide Sunday's ESPN stepladder finalists

2014PBARhinoPage_small.jpgRhino Page (pictured) of Dade City, Fla., again held off his challengers to take a 137–pin lead over defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia into Friday night's final round of match play in the 50th anniversary Barbasol Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions. Page, who is hoping to win the Tournament of Champions title that evaded him in 2009, has won 11 of his first 16 matches and tied another, averaging 245.23 for 40 games for a 10,154 pinfall total. He has led the tournament since the opening round.

2015 PBA Tour #5

02/13/15

Rhino Page rallies to retain Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions lead

Final 16 games of match play Friday to decide Sunday's ESPN stepladder finalists

2014PBARhinoPage_small.jpgAfter temporarily surrendering the lead, Rhino Page (pictured) of Dade City, Fla., rallied Thursday night at Woodland Bowl to regain a 109-pin lead over Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., heading into Friday's final two rounds of match play in the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions. Page won six of his eight matches Thursday night and averaged 246.63 to finish with a 32-game total of 8,072 pins, including 30 bonus pins for each match play win, to retain the lead he has held since the first round.

2015 PBA Tour #5

02/12/15

Rhino Page leads Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions field into match play

PBA50 Tour "rookie" Mike Scroggins moves into second place as field cut to top 24

2014PBAMikeScroggins2_small.jpg2014PBARhinoPage_small.jpgLeft-hander Rhino Page (l.) of Dade City, Fla., trying for his first PBA title in five years, led a field of 24 finalists into the match play portion of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions Thursday at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. Page, the 2008 PBA Rookie of the Year, averaged 246.5 through 24 games of qualifying for a total of 5,916 pins and a 78-pin lead over 50-year-old Mike Scroggins (r.) of Amarillo, Texas.

2015 PBA Tour #5

02/12/15

Rhino Page retains second round lead in 50th Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions

2014PBARhinoPage_small.jpg 2014PBADanMacLelland_small.jpgRhino Page (l.) of Dade City, Fla., set a blistering pace as the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions got underway at Woodland Bowl Wednesday, averaging 249 for his first 16 games to take an 18-pin lead over Canada's Dan MacLelland (r.) into Thursday's third and final qualifying round. Page, the 2008 PBA Rookie of the Year is now 31 and still recovering from wrist surgery in July of 2013. He leads the field with 3,984 pinfall total.

2015 PBA Tour #5

02/11/15

Rhino Page takes first round lead in 50th Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions

Painful memories of 2009 TOC loss provide "steam" for opening round performance

2014PBARhinoPage_small.jpg2014PBAWSOBLizJohnson_small.jpgPropelled by memories of his painful loss in the 2009 PBA Tournament of Champions title match, Rhino Page (l.) set a blistering pace as the 50th PBA Tournament of Champions got underway at Woodland Bowl Wednesday afternoon, averaging 252 for his first eight games to take a 19-pin lead over Liz Johnson (r.). Qualifying continues Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m. ET before the field of 113 is reduced to the top 24 players.

2015 PBA Tour #4

02/09/15

Jason Belmonte becomes first bowler to win three straight USBC Masters titles

Australian two-hander defeats top-seeded collegiate bowler AJ Johnson, 202-157, on the way to his 11th career PBA title and the $50,000 first prize

2015PBA04JasonBelmonte_small.jpgAustralia's Jason Belmonte (pictured) became the first bowler in the 64-year history of the USBC Masters to win the event three consecutive times on Sunday, defeating collegiate bowler AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, 202-157. Belmonte, the two-time reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year, pulled away down the stretch at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley to claim the Masters for the third straight year live on ESPN. He earned $50,000 for winning the Masters.

2015 PBA Tour #4

02/08/15

Collegiate star AJ Johnson earns top seed for USBC Masters finals

2015PBA04AJJohnsonJasonBelmonte_small.jpgCollegiate bowler AJ Johnson (l.) of Oswego, Illinois, went undefeated in the double-elimination match-play bracket to earn the top seed for Sunday's televised finals of the 2015 USBC Masters. The two-time Team USA member defeated two-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte (r.) of Australia, 665-664, to earn the top seed for the stepladder finals, which will air at 1 p.m. Eastern live on ESPN. Rounding out the TV finals will be Mike DeVaney, Pete Weber and Martin Larsen.

2015 PBA Tour #4

02/07/15

Jason Belmonte, Pete Weber looking to make history at USBC Masters

2014PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpg2014PBAPeteWeber2_small.jpg Jason Belmonte (l.) of Australia and Pete Weber (r.) of St. Ann, Missouri, both have their sights set on making history as the 2015 USBC Masters begins to wind down. Both players went 2-0 in the double-elimination match-play bracket Friday to stay alive in the winners bracket at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis. The Masters will conclude with the live ESPN finals on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

2015 PBA Tour #4

02/06/15

Pete Weber earns top qualifier honors at USBC Masters

2014PBAPeteWeber2_small.jpg2014PBAPatrickGirard_small.jpg Pete Weber (l.) of St. Ann, Missouri, continued to pace the field at the 2015 USBC Masters as he earned top qualifier honors Thursday. Weber finished qualifying with a 15-game total of 3,574 (238.27 average) to lead the field of 64 players who advanced into the double-elimination match-play bracket. Weber ended qualifying tied with Canada's Patrick Girard (r.) but earned the top seed by having the highest five-game qualifying block.

2015 PBA Tour #4

02/05/15

Pete Weber continues to roll after two rounds at USBC Masters

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USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (pictured left) of St. Ann, Missouri, extended his strong performance into the second round Wednesday at the 2015 USBC Masters as he stayed atop the leaderboard. Weber, who is looking to win the Masters for the first time in his career, extended his lead on the field of 336 of the top bowlers in the world with a 10-game total of 2,478 (247.8 average) at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley. The finals of the event will be broadcast live on ESPN on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

2015 PBA Tour #4

02/04/15

Pete Weber tops USBC Masters field after opening round

2014PBAPeteWeber3_small.jpgPete Weber (pictured) of St. Ann, Missouri, has won 37 career PBA titles, including 10 majors, but the one tournament that has always eluded him has been the USBC Masters. Weber got off to a stellar start in Tuesday's opening round at the 2015 USBC Masters, finishing with a five-game total of 1,308 (261.6 average) to lead the sold-out field of 336 of the top bowlers in the world at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis. The finals of the event will be broadcast live on ESPN on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

2015 PBA Tour #5

02/03/15

50th Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions set to begin in Indianapolis

PBA legend Pete Weber, Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, Indiana's Ronnie Russell among entrants

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Woodland Bowl, the host for some of the most memorable championships in Professional Bowlers Association history, will continue that tradition as host of the 50th Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, the second major of the 2015 season, February 11-15. The 50th anniversary edition will culminate with the live ESPN stepladder finals at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 15, as part of an ESPN "tripleheader" to conclude the historic week. The winner will receive $50,000.

2015 PBA Tour #3

01/31/15

Duke, Malott team up to win No. 1 berth for Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship Finals

ESPN finals set for Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis on Sunday, February 15

2015PBA03Finalists_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., and partner Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, will try to repeat as Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship winners after racing away to the No. 1 qualifying position for the stepladder finals on Feb. 15 in Indianapolis. The duo dominated Friday's match play rounds at AMF Bowlero, averaging a combined 238.44 for 48 games of qualifying and match play to finish with 11,835 pins.

2015 PBA Tour #2 & 3

01/29/15

DJ Archer bids for second title as PBA Players Championship leader

'Odd couple' Williams, Smallwood lead Mark Roth/Marshall Holman Doubles finalists into match play

2014PBADJArcher2_small.jpg2014PBARonnieRussell2_small.jpgAfter 12 years and 159 tournaments before winning his first title, DJ Archer (l.) of Friendswood, Texas, put himself into position for a second PBA Tour title Wednesday as the leader in the PBA Players Championship at AMF Bowlero, winning seven of his first eight matches and averaging 244.25. Archer will take a 42-pin lead over Ronnie Russell (r.) of Marion, Ind., who is going through a similar career renaissance, into the final two rounds of match play Thursday.

2015 PBA Tour #4

01/28/15

Jason Belmonte looks to make more history at USBC Masters

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Last year, Jason Belmonte (pictured left) of Australia accomplished something that hadn't been done in nearly 50 years. Next week, he will attempt to accomplish something no bowler has done in the 64-year history of the USBC Masters. Belmonte made history last year by becoming just the third player to win the USBC Masters in back-to-back years. No bowler has ever won the event three consecutive years. The two-handed star will again be the player to beat when the Masters kicks off with the first round Tuesday, Feb. 4.

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