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Hotly-contested vote for PBA Player of the Year set to begin

Arizona’s Blanchard heads Rookie of the Year ballot; five earn Steve Nagy Award nominations

2012PBAPotYRace_small.jpgThe 2011-12 PBA Tour season turned into one of the most compelling season-long battles for Chris Schenkel Player of the Year honors in history as a group of stars battled in PBA major championships and events around the world. The three leading vote-getters will be announced on Wednesday, May 16, followed by the first-ever live announcement of the winner on PBA’s Xtra Frame on Monday, May 28.

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PBA inducts Couch and Stus into Hall of Fame during ceremonies in Las Vegas


Sixteen-time PBA Tour titlist Jason Couch (l.) and 11-time PBA Senior Tour winner Gene Stus (r.) were inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame during ceremonies Saturday evening at the Red Rock Resort. The 42-year-old Couch is the only player in Tour history to win three consecutive PBA Tournament of Champions titles. Stus' 11 Senior Tour titles rank fourth on the all-time list.  behind fellow Hall of Famers John Handegard, Gary Dickinson and Dale Eagle.

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Former "First Lady of PBA" LaVerne Carter dies in Florida


LaVerne Carter, the first wife of the late Professional Bowlers Association superstar Don Carter, died Thursday night of heart failure. She was 86. The former LaVerne Thompson, who achieved stardom on her own in the formation years of professional women's bowling, was a member of the United States Bowling Congress (1977) and Professional Women's Bowling Association (1995) Halls of Fame. She earned the nickname "the Blonde Bombshell" for her colorful, high-kicking showmanship on the lanes.

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Media buzz continues for Weber's celebration, Barnes' 300, Doyle's feat


201112PBA04ChrisBarnes3_small.jpgPete Weber's (l.) emotional post-U.S. Open celebration, wherein he coined the unique phrase, "Who do you think you are? I am!" and Chris Barnes' (r.) nationally-televised 300 game during Sunday's ESPN coverage of the GEICO Shark Open continue to provide the PBA with national media attention. Not to be overlooked was a New York Times front sports page feature on 14-year-old Kamron Doyle's performance as the youngest casher in U.S. Open history..

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Pete Weber's dramatic U.S. Open win takes U.S. media by storm

ESPN Classic to re-air historic U.S. Open on March 5

201112PBA12PeteWeber4_small.jpgNASCAR star Carl Edwards was among those impressed by Pete Weber's dramatic win in PBA's 69th U.S. Open. Edwards took in the U.S. Open ESPN telecast - which garnered a 25 percent increase in viewership over the 2011 U.S. Open telecast - during Sunday's rainout of the Daytona 500. Weber defeated Mike Fagan 215-214 in the title match last Sunday for a record fifth U.S. Open title at Brunswick Zone-Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J., surpassing his father Dick Weber and Don Carter who won the prestigious tournament four times.

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Jason Couch, Gene Stus elected to PBA Hall of Fame

16-time Tour titlist and 11-time Senior Tour winner to be inducted during PBA Tournament of Champions week in Las Vegas

201011PBAJasonCouch_small.jpg2012PBAHoFGeneStus_small.jpgSixteen-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour titlist Jason Couch (l.) and 11-time PBA Senior Tour winner Gene Stus (r.) have been elected to the PBA Hall of Fame. The 42-year-old Couch is the only player in PBA Tour history to win three consecutive Tournament of Champions titles. Stus' 11 Senior Tour titles rank fourth on the all-time list. Couch and Stus will be inducted during ceremonies at Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Saturday, April 14. 

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2012 PBA World Series of Bowling returns to South Point in Las Vegas

Fourth annual multi-event international competition set for November 2-11

2011PBAWSOBLogo_small.jpgSouth Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas will host the fourth annual PBA World Series of Bowling, a multi-event international competition, Nov. 2-11, that will kick off the 2012-13 PBA Tour season, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced Thursday. The 2012 World Series of Bowling will feature four PBA "animal pattern" championships and conclude with the PBA World Championship. The package also will include the 2012 WTBA World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA.

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PBA membership drive targets renewals, youth, international players

Tournament of Champions eligibility, new World Bowling Tour program among incentives

201112PBALogo_small.jpgThe Professional Bowlers Association has launched a new membership drive to encourage new members to experience PBA competition, former members to return to the fold, invite young bowlers to test their skills at the PBA level at an affordable price, and attract bowlers from around the world to enjoy the benefits of PBA membership as competitors in the new PBA-WTBA World Bowling Tour program. The new membership campaign introduces a new low-cost PBA24 membership and a new PBA International membership.

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PBA, World Tenpin Bowling Association unveil International Tour

For first time in bowling history, players will compete for PBA titles on first true global professional bowling tour

201112PBALogo_small.jpg2011WTBALogo_small.jpgThe Professional Bowlers Association and the World Tenpin Bowling Association Wednesday announced an historic agreement that will result in the first true global professional bowling tour. The alliance will allow international and domestic PBA members who compete in World Bowling Tour events to earn PBA Tour titles in WBT events and to bowl in PBA Tour events in the United States.

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Resumption of Japan Cup adds incentive to PBA Tour for 2011-12 season

Sixteen PBA players will earn automatic berths; four invitational spots also to be awarded

201112PBALogo_small.jpgAfter a one-year absence, the Japan Cup has been resurrected for the fall of 2012 and will provide additional incentive for PBA players to perform at a high level during the 2011-12 season. Sixteen PBA Tour players, based upon competition points at the close of the current season, will earn automatic berths in a field that will include top Japan and Korean PBA competitors, and international amateurs. An additional four PBA players will receive special invitations from the host organization.



PBA decides to return to non-exempt format in 2012-13 By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (Jan. 16, 2012)

201112PBALogo_small.jpgFor the Professional Bowlers Association, it will be back to the future to determine who competes in its national tournaments in 2012-13. After working under an exempt tour concept for the past eight seasons, PBA will be eliminating that format and returning to the non-exempt plan it utilized prior to 2004-05. It means PBA will re-open competition on its national tour to all current and aspiring members. Or as PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said, "All tournaments during the 2012-13 season will be open to all players."

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Gary Thorne replaces Rob Stone as ESPN's play-by-play voice

Veteran ESPN sportscaster Thorne to be PBA Tour play-by-play announcer for remaining majors in 2011-12 season; Stone moves to anchor FOX Sports Network soccer coverage

2011GaryThorneESPN_small.jpg2011RobStoneESPN_small.jpgThe PBA has announced that veteran ESPN sportscaster Gary Thorne (l.) will replace Rob Stone as ESPN's play-by-play voice for the three remaining PBA Tour majors during the 2011-12 season. Stone (r.), the originator of the famous "hambone" for four strikes in a row and other bowling colloquialisms to describe the action on the lanes, leaves ESPN to join FOX Sports primarily as lead studio host for FOX's soccer coverage.

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Bowling legend Don Carter dies at age 85

PBA Hall of Famer and founding member was sport's first television star

20120105DonCarter2_small.jpgBowling's original superstar, PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Don Carter, died at his home in Miami Thursday night. Carter, who had recently been hospitalized with pneumonia complicated by emphysema, was 85. Carter rocketed to fame during bowling's so-called golden era of team bowling in the 1950s, but at that same time he was a dominant figure in the emerging world of sports television. In great part due to his high standing among his fellow competitors, Carter became a leading force in the formation of the PBA in 1958.

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Sean Rash hosts 17th Annual Stars of the Future tournament

201112PBASeanRash_small.jpgIn addition to competing on the PBA Tour and dominating this year's PBA World Series of Bowling, PBA star Sean Rash (pictured) also hosts an annual youth tournament in his former home state of Alaska. The event started in 1996 as a way to supplement the annual Coca-Cola Youth Championships that, for many years, was the only major scratch bowling event in the state. The event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, December 27 at Jewel Lake Bowl in Anchorage and Rash is flying there the day before to attend.



Hometown salutes Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte

2011OrangeCivicReceptionJasonBelmonte_small.jpg The world-beating achievements of tenpin bowling champion Jason Belmonte were acknowledged this week at an impressive Civic Reception hosted by the Mayor of Orange City Council, Cr. John Davis (l.). Before a large audience of Orange citizens and distinguished guests including New South Wales MP, the Hon. Andrew Gee, Mayor Davis commended Belmonte (r.) on the combination of hard work, determination, natural talent and passion that has led to his outstanding success.

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Ricart Ford to sponsor Columbus, Ohio PBA Xtra Frame Tour event

201112PBALogo_small.jpgRicart Ford in Columbus, Ohio, will be the title sponsor of the PBA Ricart Ford Open presented by Columbia 300, Feb. 17-19 at Sequoia Lanes in Columbus. The tournament will be the third of four PBA Tour Xtra Frame tournaments on the 2011-12 PBA Tour schedule. The newly-created Xtra Frame Tour will also include the Cheetah Open presented by Ebonite, Jan. 21-22, in Fountain Valley, Calif.; the Detroit Open presented by Track, March 11-12, in Allen Park, Mich., and the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs presented by Hammer, March 31-April 1, in Indianapolis.

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"Eliminator" format adds more action to PBA's 2011-12 ESPN telecasts

201112PBALogo_small.jpgAll four finalists will be in action in the very first match this Sunday as bowling fans will experience the unique pace and player strategies of the "eliminator" format beginning with this week's telecast of the PBA World Championship Don Carter Division finals at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN from the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Designed to provide bowling fans with more action and more exposure for their favorite players, the PBA has incorporated the eliminator format into its entire series of PBA World Series of Bowling telecasts.

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PBA Senior Tour player and tournament organizer Mel Wolf dies at 71

20111206MelWolf_small.jpgLongtime PBA Senior Tour player Mel Wolf of Jackson, Mich., died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 71. During a nearly 20-year career bowling on the Senior Tour, Wolf had one Senior Tour title and one senior regional title. While an avid competitor on the Senior Tour, he was also a great supporter of PBA as the tournament chairman of the PBA Senior Jackson (Mich.) Senior Tour event hosted by Airport Lanes where he was the driving force in bringing the event to Jackson in 1992.

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ESPN to televise 2011-12 Professional Bowlers Association Tour

First full PBA Season produced in HD; USBC Masters, U.S. Open and TOC will be live telecasts

ESPNRobStone2_small.jpg2010ESPNColorAnalystRandyPedersen_small.jpgESPN will televise the 2011-12 PBA Tour season in HD for the first time. The 16-show tour will begin Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. ET with the Don Carter Division finals of the PBA World Championship. In their fifth year together, play-by-play announcer Rob Stone (l.) and analyst Randy Pedersen (r.) will serve as ESPN’s commentator team for all events, which will be televised on Sunday afternoons through mid-April.

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World Bowling Tour finals to kick off PBA's ESPN season Sunday, Dec. 4

201112PBALogo_small.jpgWBTLogo_small.jpgAn international journey that began in Helsinki, Finland, in January 2011 and ended 10 months later in Las Vegas will kick off the Professional Bowlers Association's 2011-12 television season Sunday when the men's and women's finals of the inaugural GEICO World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA air at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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