Star-studded field set for PBA League Playoffs, Maine event; limited entries still available


    2015 PBA Spare Shots #10

    Motown Muscle" PBA League virtual bowling ball debuts this week; Walter Ray Williams Jr. wins battle of South Region PBA50 stars

    2012PBALeagueLogo.jpgWith a field of PBA Tour champions including USBC Masters and Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions winner Jason Belmonte, PBA Players Champion Parker Bohn III and Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Champions Norm Duke and Wes Malott already entered, the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout March 29-31 at Bayside Bowl in Portland has a few more spots available to PBA members on a first-come basis.

    The entry fee for the tournament is $500 with a 1:2 cashing ratio. The tournament offers a $10,000 first prize, a last-to-cash payout of $1,000 for players who win one match and a PBA Tour title will be awarded to the winner.

    The format consists of best-of-three-game, single-elimination match play rounds from start to finish, beginning on Monday, March 30, with four Round of 64 squads, followed by two Round of 32 squads Monday evening for the winners. The sixteen Round of 32 winners will advance to Tuesday's final rounds.

    On Tuesday, two Round of 16 rounds will narrow the field to the top eight for the quarterfinal round, followed by the semifinal and championship rounds Tuesday evening.

    The Maine Shootout will be covered live, start to finish, by PBA's online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information, visit and click on the Xtra Frame link.

    To enter or for additional information, contact PBA Central Region Manager Bobby Jakel at [email protected]


    "Motown Muscle" PBA League virtual bowling ball debuts this week

    201213PBALDetroitMotownMuscle.jpgNumber five in the continuing series, Concrete Software will debut the "virtual" Motown Muscle PBA League team ball into the PBA Bowling Challenge game on Thursday (March 5).

    PBA League-logoed team balls for gaming play currently available to PBA Bowling Challenge players include the Dallas Strikers, GEICO New York WTT KingPins, Silver Lake Atom Splitters and Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits.

    The remaining three PBA League balls will be added to the PBA Bowling Challenge arsenal, one a week, leading up to the PBA League Elias Cup competition March 28-29 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

    PBA League-logoed balls can be used by more than 12 million people who play PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game on a regular basis. The PBA Bowling Challenge by Concrete Software app is available on Google Play, Apple iOS, Amazon App Store and Nook.


    PBA Regional Update: Walter Ray Williams Jr. wins battle of South Region PBA50 stars

    2014PBAWalterRayWilliams2.jpgIn a best-of-three-game final between PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. (pictured) of Oxford, Fla., and 2014 South Region PBA50 Player of the Year Gary Morgan of Atlanta, Ga., Williams was victorious, 246-235, 195-189, in winning his 37th career PBA Regional title in the PBA50 Pensacola South Open at New Liberty Lanes in Pensacola, Fla., Sunday.

    Williams, who won all 11 games he bowled during the single-elimination match play finals, earned $1,900 while Morgan earned $1,000 as the runner-up.

    As PBA Regional players continue their pursuit of season-long points championships in their respective regions, which will mean berths in the PBA Regional Challenge Finals along with paid entries into PBA World Series of Bowling VII at South Point in Las Vegas, a busy March schedule kicks into gear this weekend with the PBA50 Victory Lanes Central Open presented by 900 Global in Galion, Ohio; the Sunday-only PBA50 Thunderbowl Midwest Open presented by Hammer in Council Bluffs, Iowa; and the PBA West/Northwest Sands Regency Winter Challenge, Winter Classic and PBA50 Winter Classic at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

    The March 13-15 PBA Regional schedule includes only one event – the joint PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Track in Virden, Ill.

    A heavy slate of PBA Regional action is on tap over the March 20-22 weekend, including the PBA50 Fayetteville (N.C.) Open at Lafayette Lanes; the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the joint PBA Trumbull County Tourism Bureau Central/East Open presented by DV8 at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio; the PBA Odessa (Texas) Southwest Open at Astro Bowl; the PBA50 Boys & Girls Club Midwest/Central Open presented by MOTIV at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., and the PBA Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open in Grants Pass, Ore.

    Wrapping up the March PBA Regional schedule over the 27-28 weekend will be the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open presented by DV8 at Willowbrook Lanes in Willowbrook, Ill.

    For complete Regional tournament schedules and entry information, click here.


    Quick Notes

    Reminder: If you're not already an Xtra Frame subscriber, you might win a valuable prize if you enroll today. Every month, MOTIV is giving away a bowling ball to someone who signs up for a new Xtra Frame subscription, either monthly ($7.99) or 12-month XF Season Ticket ($64.99). The ball-a-month promotion is a continuation of the MOTIV promotion which ran during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI. The February MOTIV ball winner is Johnny Smithey of Metairie, La.

    Reminder: Every month,, the official travel partner of the PBA, is awarding a $200 lodging gift certificate to a lucky person who books a hotel room through Use the "Book Hotel" link on before the last day of the month, and you will be automatically entered. The $200 gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only.


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