2015 Tour

2015 PWBA Tour #11

09/14/15

Danielle McEwan wins The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship

Liz Johnson wins PWBA Player of the Year award; Stefanie Johnson claims PWBA Rookie of the Year award

2015PWBA11DanielleMcEwan_small.jpgDanielle McEwan (pictured) of Stony Point, New York, recorded her first professional victory by claiming The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship promoted by GoBowling.com on Sunday. In the championship match, McEwan defeated Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, 233-205, at the ITRC in Arlington, Texas. The event also finalized the PWBA Player of the Year race with Liz Johnson topping Stefanie Johnson for the honor. Stefanie Johnson claimed PWBA Rookie of the Year.

2015 PWBA Tour

09/14/15

2015 PWBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2015PWBALogo_small.jpg The 2015 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour was re-launched in 2015 after nearly a dozen years featuring eight regular-season events, three nationally televised majors and stops from coast to coast. The 2015 PWBA schedule kicked off with the USBC Queens in May and concluded with the TV finals of The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas.

2015 PWBA Tour #11

09/12/15

Semifinalists determined at The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship

PWBA Player of the Year race also will be determined during Sunday's championship round

2015PWBALogo2.jpgLiz Johnson, Stefanie Johnson, Kelly Kulick and Danielle McEwan advanced to the championship round of The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship on Friday. The semifinal matches will feature Liz Johnson squaring off against McEwan and Stefanie Johnson taking on Kulick at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas. The winners will advance to the finals and face off for the major title and $20,000 top prize.

2015 PWBA Tour #11

09/08/15

PWBA's top players set for The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship

2015PWBATourLizJohnson_small.jpg2015PWBATourStefanieJohnson_small.jpgThe Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour season will come to an end this week when 16 of the tour's top players compete in The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship. PWBA Tour points leader and three-time champion this season Liz Johnson (l.) of Cheektowaga, New York, and Stefanie Johnson (r.) of Grand Prairie, Texas, are automatically seeded into the live finals on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network.

2015 PWBA Tour #10

09/07/15

Liz Johnson claims her fourth U.S. Women's Open title

Hall of Famer defeats top-seeded Shannon O'Keefe by one pin to become the first bowler to successfully defend a U.S. Women's Open title since 1969 and to earn the $50,000 top prize

2015PWBA10LizJohnson_small.jpgDefending champion Liz Johnson (pictured) of Cheektowaga, New York, already may be in the USBC Hall of Fame, but she was able to add another huge accomplishment to her legacy Sunday with a win at the 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women's Open. The 41-year-old right-hander defeated her Team USA teammate Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, 190-189, to claim her fourth U.S. Women's Open title, breaking a tie for second place on the event's all-time win list behind Marion Ladewig, who won eight times.

2015 PWBA Tour #10

09/06/15

TV finalists set for 2015 U.S. Women's Open

Shannon O'Keefe earns No. 1 seed for Sunday's stepladder finals; Liz Johnson, Danielle McEwan, Jazreel Tan and Kelly Kulick will determine O'Keefe's opponent

2015PWBATourShannonOKeefe_small.jpgShannon O'Keefe (pictured) of O'Fallon, Illinois, needed every bit of the 56-game format at the 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women's Open, but she was able to track down defending champion Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, to earn the top seed for Sunday's televised finals. O'Keefe entered the final game of match play Saturday 67 pins behind Johnson and fired a 278 game, her best effort of the week, to move to the top spot in the standings with a 12,604 total including bonus pins, an average of 215.96 for 56 games.

2015 PWBA Tour #10

09/05/15

Liz Johnson takes control of the leaderboard at 2015 U.S. Women's Open

Eight international bowlers from, Singapore, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela make the cut to the top 24 for match play

2015PWBATourLizJohnson_small.jpgDefending champion Liz Johnson (pictured) of Cheektowaga, New York, took control of the leaderboard at the 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women's Open early in Friday's final qualifying round and built on her lead during the opening round of match play Friday night. The three-time U.S. Women's Open winner entered the day at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J., in third place, but the highest eight-game block of the morning by more than 100 pins helped Johnson turn a 218-pin deficit into a 71-pin advantage.

2015 PWBA Tour #10

09/04/15

Shannon O'Keefe back on top at 2015 U.S. Women's Open

Eleven-time Team USA member leads top 51 including 16 international bowlers into the next round

2015PWBATourShannonOKeefe_small.jpg2015PWBATourDanielleMcEwan_small.jpgShannon O'Keefe (l.) of O'Fallon, Illinois, averaged more than 226 over eight games Thursday to regain the lead and distance herself from the field at the 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women's Open. The 36-year-old right-hander shot 255 early in the block to move past second-day leader Danielle McEwan (r.) of Stony Point, New York, and will enter the final round of qualifying 165 pins ahead of her four-time Team USA teammate.

2015 PWBA Tour #10

09/03/15

Danielle McEwan leads 2015 U.S. Women's Open after Round 2 Qualifying

2015PWBADanielleMcEwan_small.jpgWhile the 2015 PWBA Tour season has been a long coast-to-coast journey for the world's top female bowlers, Danielle McEwan (pictured) of Stony Point, New York, said she feels as sharp as ever at this week's Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women's Open. The 24-year-old right-hander, who celebrated her birthday Tuesday, turned in nearly identical performances during the first two days of qualifying at Brunswick Zone Carolier to lead the field with a 16-game total of 3,609, a 225.56 average.

2015 PWBA Tour #10

09/02/15

Shannon O'Keefe leads after opening round at 2015 U.S. Women's Open

Five international bowlers in the top 20 after 8 of 24 qualifying games

2015PWBAShannonOKeefe_small.jpgFive-time world champion Shannon O'Keefe (pictured) of O'Fallon, Illinois, finished her day with two big games to surge into the lead after the first round of qualifying at the 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women's Open. The 11-time Team USA member posted games of 276 and 256 to outlast more than a half dozen of the top female bowlers in the world who had a shot at the top spot heading into the final game Tuesday at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, New Jersey.

2015 PWBA Tour #9

08/30/15

Liz Johnson conquers PWBA Detroit Open

2015PWBA09LizJohnson_small.jpgLiz Johnson (pictured) of Cheektowaga, New York, became the first two-time winner this season on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour as she overcame a tough lane condition Saturday to claim the 2015 PWBA Detroit Open title. Johnson took down PWBA Tour points leader Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, 193-158, in the championship match at Super Bowl. It was the second title of the season for Johnson, who captured the USBC Queens in May.

2015 PWBA Tour #9

08/29/15

Kelly Kulick tackles tough lane condition to lead PWBA Detroit Open

2015PWBA09KellyKulick_small.jpgKelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, earned top qualifier honors on the toughest lane conditions of the season Friday at the 2015 Professional Women's Bowling Association Detroit Open. Kulick finished qualifying with 2,586 (215.5 average) to top the 120-player field at Super Bowl on the 35-foot nearly flat lane condition. The top 16 players in the qualifying standings Friday advanced to Saturday's round-robin match play, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Central.

2015 PWBA Tour #10

08/27/15

Liz Johnson ready to defend U.S. Women's Open title

2015USWOLogo_small.jpgLiz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, has been busy and successful since winning the U.S. Women's Open in 2013, and she's now ready to put that title on the line at the upcoming 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women's Open. The event will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 6 at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, New Jersey. It will be the final open event of the 2015 PWBA Tour schedule. The televised finals are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 6 and the winner will take home a top prize of $50,000.

PWBA News

08/27/15

Smithfield Foods joins PWBA Tour as a major sponsor

2015PWBATourChampionshipLogo_small.jpg Smithfield Foods will sponsor the final event of the Professional Women's Bowling Association season, the PWBA Tour Championship, set to take place in September with the finals on national television. The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship promoted by GoBowling.com will bring together the top 16 bowlers from the 2015 PWBA Tour season, including the winner of each tour stop, for the season-ending event starting Sept. 10 in Arlington, Texas.

2015 PWBA Tour #9

08/25/15

PWBA Tour heads to Michigan this week for the PWBA Detroit Open

2015PWBALogo2_small.jpgThe Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour season heads into the home stretch this week when the PWBA Detroit Open begins Friday. The tournament, which will take place at Super Bowl in in Canton, Michigan, is the final standard event before the PWBA Tour season ends with the U.S. Women's Open and PWBA Tour Championship next month. The Detroit metro area is home to the largest concentration of United States Bowling Congress members in the country.

2015 PWBA Tour #8

08/23/15

Latvia's Diana Zavjalova takes PWBA Minnesota Open title

2015PWBA08DianaZavjalova_small.jpgDiana Zavjalova (pictured) of Latvia delivered four clutch strikes in the championship match Saturday to win the 2015 Professional Women's Bowling Association Minnesota Open. Zavjalova, the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Queens champion, defeated Rocio Restrepo of Colombia, 216-208, in a pressure-packed title match at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn. Zavjalova earned $10,000 for the title and a spot in the season-ending PWBA Tour Championship next month.

2015 PBA50 Tour #8

08/22/15

Shannon Pluhowsky averages 245 to lead PWBA Minnesota Open qualifying

2015PWBAShannonPluhowsky_small.jpgLeft-hander Shannon Pluhowsky (pictured) of Dayton, Ohio, averaged better than 245 a game to take the lead after qualifying Friday at the 2015 PWBA Minnesota Open. Pluhowsky, a 15-time Team USA member, fired 2,941 for 12 games to top the field heading into match play. The remaining players will bowl 16 games of match play Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Central. Match play will conclude with a position round to finalize the top four for the stepladder finals.

2015 PWBA Tour #8

08/18/15

Stefanie Johnson leads PWBA Player of the Year race heading into PWBA Minnesota Open

2015PWBAStefanieJohnson_small.jpg After a consistent start to the season, Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour points leader Stefanie Johnson (pictured) of Grand Prairie, Texas, will look to continue her momentum heading into the PWBA Minnesota Open this week. Johnson is the player to beat in the PWBA Player of the Year and PWBA Rookie of the Year race with four events remaining on the schedule. The PWBA stops in Welch, Minnesota, this week at Island Xtreme Bowl.

2015 PWBA Tour #7

08/16/15

Amanda Greene victorious at PWBA Lincoln Open

2015PWBA07AmandaGreene_small.jpgAfter leading wire-to-wire in qualifying and match play, Amanda Greene (pictured) of Romney, West Virginia, held on to win her first career title Saturday at the 2015 Professional Women's Bowling Association Lincoln Open. Greene watched as Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, failed to double in the final frame and locked up the title, 214-205, at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska. Greene earned $10,000 for the title and a spot in the season-ending PWBA Tour Championship.

2015 PWBA Tour #7

08/10/15

Nebraska grad Liz Kuhlkin headlines PWBA Lincoln Open field

2015PWBALizKuhlkin_small.jpgFresh off her victory at the Professional Women's Bowling Association Topeka Open, recently graduated University of Nebraska star Liz Kuhlkin will headline a field of the best female bowlers in the world at the PWBA Lincoln Open this week. Kuhlkin, who led the Huskers to national titles in 2013 and 2015, will be joined in the sold-out field by several other Nebraska stars at Sun Valley Lanes. The event concludes with the stepladder finals at 6:30 p.m. Central on Saturday. All rounds will be broadcast live on Xtra Frame.

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