PBA Spare Shots

2016 PBA Spare Shots #29

08/04/16

Chris Warren closes in on Pete Weber's PBA Regional record

Next up on Xtra Frame: U.S. Women's Open prelims, Pro Bowl West doubleheader; Graham Fach wins Greater Marion Central Open

2015PBA50ChrisWarren_small.jpgChris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., posted a 6-2 match play record and a 3,510 pinfall total Sunday to win the PBA Boise Northwest/West Open at 20th Century Lanes in Boise, Idaho, moving to within one title of catching PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber for the all-time PBA Regional titles lead. Warren, who now owns 47 standard PBA Regional titles, earned $2,000 when he defeated David Haynes of Las Vegas by 39 pins for the title. Warren, 52, also has won six PBA Tour titles and one PBA50 Regional title for 54 overall PBA titles.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #28

07/28/16

Entries open for PBA World Series of Bowling VIII

Countdown enters final two months for PBA Regional Players; Next up on Xtra Frame; Shawn Maldonado dominates for eighth Regional title

PBAWorldSeriesofBowlingLogo_small.jpgEntries are now open for the PBA World Series of Bowling VIII, presented by Silver Legacy, which returns to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., Nov. 27-Dec. 11 with a number of enhancements. The multi-event competition will include four animal pattern championships, each offering a guaranteed $20,000 first prize, and the live nationally-televised ESPN finals of PBA World Championship, offering a $60,000 first prize. Entries are open to PBA members only on a first-come basis.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #27

07/21/16

Walter Ray Williams Jr. returns to China to promote the sport

Next up on Xtra Frame; PBA50 Tour competitor John Burkett undergoes surgery; Special benefits available to new, returning PBA members; Chris Warren, Jeff Frankos win Reno Doubles event

2016WalterRayWilliamsvisitsChina_small.jpgWalter Ray Williams Jr., PBA's all-time titles leader, recently returned from a trip to China where he helped friend Frank Zhao, the founder and president of Longmarch Bowling, promote the opening of a new six-lane bowling center. The new center, located in the Bund district of Shanghai, is the fourth built by Zhao's organization in China. Longmarch is also turning its sights to the promotion of the sport at the competitive level with the hope of growing the sport professionally, according to Williams.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #26

07/14/16

Chris Paul named ESPN's Sports Humanitarian of the Year

PBA Bowling Challenge adds new venue, ball, tournaments; Next up on Xtra Frame; World Bowling Tour returns to Thailand; Jakob Butturff remains red-hot in PBA West

2016ESPYCiminelliBelmonteSimonsen_small.jpgLos Angeles Clippers all-star point guard Chris Paul has been named ESPN's second annual Sports Humanitarian of the Year for using the power of sports to make a positive impact on society, ESPN announced Wednesday. PBA champions Ryan Ciminelli, Jason Belmonte and Anthony Simonsen (l-r) – three of the four nominees for the "Best Bowler" ESPY award – attended the event. Belmonte won the ESPY for the second year in a row and the third time overall.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #25

07/08/16

PBA Fall Classic entries now open

WSOB entries open July 18; next up on Xtra Frame; Jakob Butturff wins again in Arizona

2016PBAFallClassicLogo_small.jpgEntries for the PBA Fall Classic presented by South Point Bowling Plaza, being held in the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, are now being accepted. The event features a pair of PBA Tour title events – the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open and the five-player PBA Team Challenge. Both events will be covered live from start-to-finish by Xtra Frame. Entries for the PBA World Series of Bowling VIII, set for Nov. 27-Dec. 11 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, will open on Monday, July 18.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #24

07/01/16

PBA surprises Duke's Dallas Strikers with $10,000 300 game bonus

Tackett, Jones cling to one-two spots in Xtra Frame PBA Tour points race; Next up on Xtra Frame; Anthony Simonsen to compete in World Youth Championships; QubicaAMF PBA Regional Update

2016PBALDallasStrikers_small.jpgWhen the PBA League GoBowling.com Dallas Strikers, led by player-manager Norm Duke, bowled a Baker format 300 game in the semifinal round of the PBA League Elias Cup competition at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, the question arose, does the team qualify for the traditional $10,000 bonus for a nationally-televised 300 game? The question was answered in front of a crowd of more than 1,000 bowling proprietors and industry leaders during International Bowl Expo at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Tuesday.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #23

06/22/16

International Bowl Expo helps boost PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open field

Pete Weber tries for another milestone in USBC Senior Masters; This week on Xtra Frame; Hohlbein, Rice, Eskew win in NW Tripleheader

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The PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open may have received a boost from International Bowl Expo, the annual multi-event bowling industry trade show and educational showcase that is set to get underway in Las Vegas this weekend. A number of PBA stars, including international stars Dom Barrett and Jason Belmonte, will compete in the tournament this weekend before heading to Las Vegas to make appearances at the Bowl Expo trade show for the bowling ball companies next week.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #22

06/17/16

Race for PBA Regional, PWBA/PBA Women's Regional Challenge berths heats up

Entries open from PBA Fall Swing in Detroit; This week on Xtra Frame; Abraham Lopez, Robert Brown become TOC-eligible

2016PBALogo_small.jpgCompetition to earn berths in the QubicaAMF Regional Tour's Regional and PWBA/PBA Women's Regional Challenge events which will be held as part of PBA's World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno are heating up along with the summer temperatures. In each of the seven domestic PBA regions, players are accumulating points between Jan. 1 and the Sept. 30 cutoff date to not only earn berths in the eight-player PBA Challenge events, but also win paid entries into WSOB VIII worth $1,000.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #21

06/08/16

EJ Tackett takes lead in Xtra Frame PBA Tour points race

Entries open for PBA Fall Swing PTQ; Senior U.S. Open was one for the books; Xtra Frame continues PBA50, PWBA coverage; Portland's Bayside Bowl breaks ground for expansion; QubicaAMF PBA Regional Update

2014PBARegionalChallengeEJTackett_small.jpgWith his fifth-place finish in the Downums Waste Services presented by Xtra Frame, EJ Tackett (pictured left) of Huntington, Ind., has taken the lead in the Xtra Frame PBA Tour points race, a season-long contest that will reward the winner of the 10-event series with a $10,000 bonus. Tackett now has 53 points and a nine-point lead over Ryan Ciminelli and Jonesboro Open winner Tommy Jones, who are tied for second with 44 points. Sean Rash is fourth with 31 points.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #20

06/03/16

All-star field heads to Arkansas for PBA Jonesboro Open

Xtra Frame set for live coverage from Arkansas, Vegas, California; Funeral services set for PBA Hall of Famer Ted Hoffman Jr.; Bosox bowling enthusiast Mookie Betts is on a tear; Mohr, Kretzer win pre-Senior U.S. Open title

2016CP3ChrisBarnes_small.jpgJonesboro, Ark., a city of 71,000-plus residents, the home of Riceland Rice and Arkansas State University, and the birthplace of novelist John Grisham, will be in bowling's spotlight this weekend when an all-star cast of PBA champions invades 32-lane Jonesboro Bowling Center for the Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open presented by Xtra Frame. Among the 22 players who have already won PBA Tour titles, is 18-time PBA champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas (pictured).

2016 PBA Spare Shots #19

05/26/16

Xtra Frame to cover Pete Weber's bid for Senior U.S. Open begins

2015PBA5005PeteWeber2_small.jpgXtra Frame fans will have a full June schedule of viewing options, filled with live PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and PWBA coverage, but none of the events are likely to have the historical significance of the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open that takes place May 30-June 3 at the Suncoast in Las Vegas. Fans following the PBA50 Tour's first major championship of the year will be watching to see if PBA Hall of Famer and defending champion Pete Weber can make more history.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #18

05/21/16

Denver Broncos' CJ Anderson to compete in Oklahoma City PBA Regional event

Top 10 PBA Fall Swing money-winners to earn berths in 2017 DHC Japan Open; Xtra Frame kicks into high gear in June; PBA50 National Championship host center making major upgrades; Wodka, Verble, Shafer notch regional wins

2016CP3CJAnderson_small.jpgThe PBA has learned that Denver Broncos' running back CJ Anderson is going to compete in the PBA Planet Bowl Southwest Open in Oklahoma City this weekend. Anderson, who made his PBA debut as a celebrity guest in the Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational in Los Angeles in January, is serious about bowling and reportedly has been practicing diligently with guidance from PBA competitors, including fellow Denver area PBA member Brett Cooper.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #17

05/13/16

WRW vs. PDW: The Race to 100 titles is getting close

2015PBAWalterRayWilliams_small.jpg 2015PBAPeteWeber_small.jpg Maybe the most celebrated rivalry among contemporary bowling stars is the ongoing battle between Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber, made famous by WRW's domination of PDW in their history of PBA Tour television battles. In head-to-head duels on national television, Williams (l.) has beaten Weber (r.) nine times in 11 matches. Lesser known is the competition between the two that began more than 35 years ago.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #16

05/06/16

Special "Clash" events kick off PBA50 Johnny Petraglia Open on Xtra Frame

2016XtraFrameLogo2_small.jpg Next up on PBA's Xtra Frame schedule will be start-to-finish coverage of the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, the final standard event before the "senior tour" heads west for a five-week early summer swing including two major championships, and preliminary-round coverage of the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open Saturday and Sunday from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif. Leading off the Xtra Frame coverage of the Petraglia BVL Open will be a pair of special "clash" events.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #15

04/28/16

Ryan Ciminelli extends Xtra Frame PBA Tour points lead

2015PBARyanCiminelli_small.jpg2015PBAWSOBEJTackett_small.jpgWith a second-place finish in Sunday's PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., to go along with his win in the bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout earlier in the month, Ryan Ciminelli (l.) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., has taken a seven-point lead over XF Storm Open winner EJ Tackett (r.) of Huntington, Ind., in the race for the overall Xtra Frame PBA Tour points crown and a $10,000 bonus.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #14

04/21/16

Full schedule of diverse events coming to Xtra Frame

2015XtraFrameLogo2_small.jpg PBA's Xtra Frame continues to provide a full schedule of programming this week, including exclusive coverage of the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open from Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., April 23-24, followed by the PBA50 United Healthcare Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Radical, April 24-26. PWBA action returns to Xtra Frame April 30-May 1 with the PWBA Las Vegas Open from Texas Station. The May schedule gets underway with the PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open May 2-4.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #13

04/15/16

Ryan Ciminelli takes early lead in race for Xtra Frame PBA Tour bonus

Full schedule of diverse events coming to Xtra Frame; PBA Fall Swing qualifying event set for Aug. 27; Graham Fach wins first PBA Regional title

2015PBA20RyanCiminelli2_small.jpg With his victory in the bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout presented by Xtra Frame, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., has taken the early lead in the 10-event Xtra Frame PBA Tour competition points race for a $10,000 bonus. As the winner of the first tournament in the Xtra Frame PBA Tour series, Ciminelli earned 25 points. The next event in the series is the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open April 23-24 at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill. First prize is a guaranteed $10,000.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #12

04/01/16

Xtra Frame returns April 4-6 with Bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout

2015PBA06JoshBlanchard_small.jpg Xtra Frame returns with live coverage of the bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout, presented by Xtra Frame, beginning with the player "draw party" at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 4, at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, when the field of 64 players will draw for opponents. Josh Blanchard (pictured right) of Mesa, Ariz., will begin defense of his 2015 title when the best-of-three-game single elimination match play competition begins Tuesday, April 5, at 9 a.m.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #11

03/24/16

Clara Guerrero wins record-tying third PBA Regional title

Martin Larsen takes World Bowling Tour men's points lead; fans still have time to enter PBA League contest; Matt O'Grady perfect in winning his second regional title

2016CP3ClaraGuerrero_small.jpgColombia native Clara Juliana Guerrero, now residing in Pflugerville, Texas, defeated Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, 246-236, to claim a record-tying third Professional Bowlers Association Regional title Sunday in the fifth annual PBA Odessa Southwest Open, presented by Columbia 300 at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas. In addition to the $2,500 first place check, Guerrero joined California's Missy Parkin as the second woman to win three PBA Regional titles.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #10

03/17/16

Teenager Anthony Simonsen lands berth on Adult Team USA

Omaha's Dave Williams wins in Council Bluffs

2016PBA01AnthonySimonsen4_small.jpgAnthony Simonsen of Princeton, Texas, has added a berth on Team USA 2016 to his rapidly expanding resumé of accomplishments. The 19-year-old two-handed competitor, who earned a spot on Junior Team USA at the USBC Team USA Trials in January, has been added to the adult Team USA roster in the wake of his victory in the USBC Masters in February and winning his first PBA Tour title in the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship to kick off the PBA Tour's 2016 schedule.

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