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Bad Boy of Bowling shows softer side in Indie Rom Bo Com

2015BadBoyofBowlingPeteWeber_small.jpgPete Weber, the crotch chopping, sunglasses wearing, bad boy of the lanes, will be making his Hollywood debut in the August 2 digital release of Split, the world's first romantic bowling comedy from independent writer/director, Jamie Buckner. Split is the story of Cassie and her quest to find love in 30 days. However, she idolized her professional bowler dad, and only a man of the lanes will do. Unfortunately, Cassie finds herself with a notorious split between a lovable 7 and a self involved 10.

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Jason Belmonte wins back-to-back Best Bowler ESPY Awards

Australian two-hander earns third overall award during ceremonies in Los Angeles

2016PBA03JasonBelmonte2_small.jpg Jason Belmonte of Australia earned his second consecutive and third overall Best Bowler ESPY Award Wednesday evening during the 2016 ESPY Awards ceremonies at the Microsoft Theater. Belmonte, who won his first ESPY Award in 2011, was among winners in a variety of sports and special moment categories that were determined by fan voting. The winners were announced during ABC-TV's live ESPY Awards telecast. Also nominated were Ryan Ciminelli, Jesper Svensson and Anthony Simonsen.

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Wichita State's Sydney Brummett is 2016 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship recipient

2016WeluScholarshipSydneyBrummett2_small.jpgThe Professional Bowlers Association has announced that Wichita State University Shocker bowling star Sydney Brummett of Fort Wayne, Ind., is the winner of the 2016 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship Award. Brummett, entering her junior year majoring in health science/pre-nursing, was a member of the second-place 2016 Intercollegiate Team Championships women's team. The $1,000 scholarship award was established to annually recognize a college student who combines outstanding bowling talents with academic excellence.

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Jaryszak Laneman Award winner John Forst dies at Bowl Expo

PBA Tour titlist's final day includes surprise award, reunion with friends, colleagues, former competitors

2016JimJaryszakLanemanAwardJohnForst2_small.jpgA matter of hours after he was surprised as the 2016 recipient of the Jim Jaryszak Laneman Award at International Bowl Expo on June 29, LaGrange, Ill., native John Forst was found unresponsive on the Mandalay Bay property. Forst, who was suffering from terminal brain cancer, was 55. At Bowl Expo, Forst (pictured in the middle of a Storm group) had a final opportunity to reunite with a horde of friends, colleagues and former competitors from his days working with Storm Products, Kegel, USBC and PBA competition.

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Belmonte, Ciminelli, Svensson and Simonsen nominated for ESPY Best Bowler Award

Voting is open until the start of the ESPYs telecast

2016PBA03JasonBelmonte2_small.jpgThree-time defending PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte (l.), Player of the Year contender Ryan Ciminelli, 2016 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions winner and 2015 Rookie of the Year Jesper Svensson and 2016 USBC Masters champion Anthony Simonsen have been selected as nominees for the 2016 ESPY Best Bowler Award. Awards will be announced Wednesday, July 13 during the ESPYs telecast in Los Angeles beginning at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Voting will be open until the start of the ESPYs telecast.

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PBA offers incentives to new, reinstated members

Exclusive benefits available to bowlers chasing the dream; military bowlers can join at no cost for 2016

2016PBALogo_small.jpg The Professional Bowlers Association kicked off a membership drive today, offering bowlers who are chasing the dream of competing at the highest levels of the sport a special waiver for the traditional initiation fee, an opportunity to participate in the members-only PBA World Series of Bowling VIII and, for active members of the American Armed Forces, complimentary membership for the duration of the 2016 season. PBA's 2016 membership drive arrives at the perfect time.

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Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Ted Hoffman dies

2014PBAHoFTedMarilynHoffmanGeorgeBush_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Ted Hoffman Jr. (pictured with his wife Marilyn and President George W. Bush), who served the PBA in a number of capacities for more than 50 years, died Monday following a lengthy illness. He was 76. The son of a bowling proprietor, Hoffman was a star bowler in suburban Philadelphia in his teens. In 1964 he was selected as Pennsylvania "Bowler-of-the-Year" by the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association and was a winner of the famed Newsday Long Island Open Tournament.

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PBA World Series of Bowling VIII returns to National Bowling Stadium

Silver Legacy, Reno to host multi-event international bowling showcase

PBAWorldSeriesofBowlingLogo_small.jpgThe eighth annual edition of the Professional Bowlers Association's World Series of Bowling, an international multi-event showcase for the world's most talented bowlers, will return to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., from Nov. 27 through Dec. 11, 2016. WSOB VIII will return to a PBA members-only event and will offer its members from around the world an opportunity to compete for shares of an estimated $750,000 in prize money and five PBA Tour titles in nationally-televised ESPN finals.

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PBA Fall Classic to return to South Point Bowling Plaza in October

PBA Xtra Frame Las Vegas Open, PBA Team Challenge to precede U.S. Open

2016PBAFallClassicLogo_small.jpg The PBA Fall Classic, featuring a pair of PBA Tour title events, will return to South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas Oct. 28-Nov. 1, in advance of the U.S. Open which also will be held at South Point Nov. 3-9. The PBA Fall Classic presented by South Point Bowling Plaza will include two events that will be covered from start-to-finish by PBA's Xtra Frame online video-streaming service – the PBA Xtra Frame Las Vegas Open and the return of the five-player PBA Team Challenge.



2016 U.S. Women's Open to take place in Chicago area

Stepladder finals to be televised live on CBS Sports Network

2016USWomensOpenLogo_small.jpgThe 2016 U.S. Women's Open, a major event on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, will take place Aug. 1-7 in suburban Chicago. The stepladder finals will be televised live on Sunday, Aug. 7, at noon Eastern on CBS Sports Network. The third major of the season, the U.S. Women's Open is one of 13 PWBA events that will be televised on CBS Sports Network this year. The Stardust Bowl, an 82-lane center in Addison, Illinois, will be the host center for the tournament.



U.S. Open Finals to be televised live on CBS Sports Network

New equipment rules set concerning bowling balls, mobile and electronic devices

2016USOpenLogo_small.jpg The stepladder finals of the 2016 U.S. Open at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas will be televised live on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network. In addition to the live prime-time finals, the 2016 U.S. Open will have new rules concerning the number and adjustment of bowling balls by competitors, and the use of mobile and electronic devices during competition. Registration is underway for the U.S. Open, which will kick off Nov. 4 with the first of three days of qualifying.

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PBA Detroit Fall Swing set for Thunderbowl Lanes in September

Multi-event Wolf, Bear, Badger, Detroit Opens and King of Swing to air on CBS Sports Network

DetroitThunderbowlLanes_small.jpgThe Professional Bowlers Association will return to historic Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Allen Park, Mich., Sept. 4-11 with its multi-event Detroit Fall Swing, featuring the Wolf, Bear, Badger and Detroit Opens plus a Fall King of the Swing special event. All five events will be televised on CBS Sports Network on dates to be announced. The PBA Fall Swing previously has been held as the PBA Summer Swing in Milwaukee (2013) and Shawnee, Okla. (2014 and '15).

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PBA Billy Welu Scholarship applications now being accepted

1959BPAANationalMatchGamechampionsBillyWeluMarionLadewig_small.jpg The PBA has announced it is now accepting applications for the 2016 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship Award. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship was established to annually recognize a college student who combines outstanding bowling talents with academic excellence. Welu (pictured left with Marion Ladewig), who passed away in 1974, was a two-time PBA Tour champion and a member of the PBA Hall of Fame's inaugural induction class in 1975.

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PBA announces expanded 10-event Xtra Frame PBA Tour Schedule

$10,000 winner-take-all bonus awaits Xtra Frame Tour points champion

2016XtraFramePBATour_small.jpgThe PBA has announced a series of 10 Xtra Frame PBA Tour events for the balance of the 2016 season, featuring a $10,000 winner-take-all points champion bonus, leading into the end-of-season PBA World Series of Bowling VIII at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., in December. Complementing the domestic events on the 2016 schedule will be a series of PBA International-World Bowling Tour events.



U.S. Open to take place in Las Vegas this fall

The 2016 U.S. Open will take place at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas this fall. The tournament has a tentative start date of Oct. 31, with the specific date for the live broadcast of the stepladder finals on CBS Sports Network still to be determined. The U.S. Open is part of USBC's agreement with CBS Sports Network to televise 23 major championship bowling events in 2016. The event's estimated prize fund will be $250,000, which includes $100,000 added.

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"The Bad Boy of Bowling" is now available for viewing online

30 for 30 Films documentary follows life and times of PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber

2016BadBoyofBowlingPeteWeber4_small.jpg"The Bad Boy of Bowling," an award-winning documentary centered around the life-and-times of Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber (pictured), will premiere on the ESPN Films 30 for 30 Shorts website on Tuesday, February 23. The ESPN Films 30 for 30 Shorts documentary, directed by SideStilt Films' Bryan Storkel and produced by Amy Storkel and Daniel Judge, is now available for viewing online.

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Three-time PBA50 Tour winner Jim Brenner dies at 76

20160219JimBrenner_small.jpg Three-time PBA50 Tour winner Jim Brenner of Bettendorf, Iowa, the oldest player to win a PBA50 Tour title, died Friday after a brief battle with cancer. He was 76. The first of his three PBA50 Tour titles came in the 1995 Ladies and Legends doubles event in El Cajon, Calif., where he teamed with Cheryl Daniels to win the title. Brenner also owned six PBA50 Regional titles, had four 300 games, and amassed more than $250,000 in earnings since becoming a PBA member in 1985.

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Past PBA Players Championship winners Belmonte, Norton, Bohn earn retroactive majors

2016PBA05BelmonteNortonBohn_small.jpg Prior to the start of the Barbasol PBA Players Championship, PBA Deputy Commissioner Kirk von Krueger announced Monday night that three past Players Championship winners – Jason Belmonte, Scott Norton and Parker Bohn III (l-r) – will be awarded major title recognition retroactively for the titles they won in 2011, 2013 and 2015, respectively. The announcement was made at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl where the 2016 Barbasol PBA Players Championship begins Tuesday.



Jason Belmonte will be known as the bowler who revolutionized the sport

By Lucas Wiseman

2016ColumnistLucasWiseman_small.jpg Some people hate Jason Belmonte. And the reason is simple. He does things to a bowling ball most people can't even dream of doing, and he's breaking the mold of traditional bowling. For those of you who insist on hating Belmonte, it's time to accept reality. Jason Belmonte may be the best bowler to ever pick up a bowling ball. The success Belmonte, an Australian who uses a unique two-handed delivery (from the right-hand side), is having is driving some people mad on social media.



USBC Masters returns to Las Vegas in 2017 as part of Open Championships experience

2016USBCMastersLogo_small.jpg The 2017 United States Bowling Congress Masters will take place in Las Vegas for just the fourth time, and the event once again will be in the same host city as the USBC Open Championships. The 2017 USBC Masters, a major tournament on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, will take place Feb. 19-26 at The Orleans, a 70-lane center. The Masters, first held in 1951, has been part of the USBC Open Championships for most of its history.

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