PBA plans special "Clash of the Legends" event for May 2


    2015 PBA Spare Shots #17

    Andy Varipapa nips Chris Barnes for "Greatest Trick Shot"; Maine Sports Commission eager for PBA to return in 2016; USA Today features Jason Belmonte's two-handed trickery; Terry Metzner wins first PBA50 Regional title in Sarasota

    2013PBA50FinalWeberWilliamsMonacelli.jpgThe PBA will jump into a big day in the world of sports with a "Clash of the Legends" special event in conjunction with the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y.

    A special competition involving PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr. (center), Pete Weber (left) and Amleto Monacelli (right) will be part of a unique contest that invites sports fans to pick the winners of the Kentucky Derby, Clash of Legends and the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao championship boxing match.

    2014PBA50JohnnyPetraglia2.jpgThe Clash of Legends, presented by BVL and emceed by tournament namesake Johnny Petraglia (right), will air live on Xtra Frame in the window between the Kentucky Derby (6:24 p.m. ET) and the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight (10 p.m. ET).

    Beginning 6:45 p.m. – prior to the start of the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open pro-am – the Clash will involve each player throwing one ball with the lowest count eliminated in each round. In case of ties, the tied players will have a head-to-head roll-off to determine who is eliminated in that round. The remaining players will bowl the next round on the other lane, repeating the format until one man remains to claim the winner-take-all cash prize.

    The fan contest associated with the Clash of Legends will invite PBA fans to pick the winner of the Kentucky Derby, Clash of PBA Legends and Mayweather-Pacquiao fight on PBA's Facebook page.

    Picks must be posted in the following format between noon and 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 2 (Derby: horse's name. Clash: player's name: Fight: winning boxer's name). Entrants must get all three correct in order to win. If multiple people pick all three winners, up to 10 PBA Fan Packs full of prizes will be awarded.


    New three-day pass helps fans follow PBA50 Tour on Xtra Frame

    PBA50Logo.jpgThe PBA's new $3.99, three-day pass to watch complete PBA50 Tour events is allowing a growing group of PBA50 fans an easy, inexpensive way to follow the "senior tour" from start to finish.

    There are two more PBA50 events coming soon: the Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 from George Pappas' Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., Monday, April 27-Wednesday, April 29, followed by the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., Sunday, May 3-Tuesday, May 5.

    Fans are reminded the three-day pass begins at the moment of registration, so plan accordingly. To subscribe, click on the Xtra Frame link on pba.com. One-month ($7.99) and full year XF Season Ticket ($64.99) subscriptions also are available.


    Andy Varipapa nips Chris Barnes for "Greatest Trick Shot"

    PBA fans voting for the "greatest bowling trick shot ever" have awarded the honor to the late Andy Varipapa for his three-ball spare conversion, edging Chris Barnes' two-lane "flying eagle" spare by a mere two percentage points.

    The winner was announced during Sunday's ESPN telecast of the PBA League Elias Cup finals. Varipapa received 51 percent of the fan votes, compared to Barnes' 49 percent.

    Varipapa, a PBA charter member who died in 1984 at the age of 93, was a legendary showman and trick shot artist who also performed one of the most memorable feats in professional bowling – winning back-to-back titles in the grueling 100-game 1947 and 1948 BPAA All Star tournaments at the ages of 56 and 57.



    Maine Sports Commission eager for PBA to return in 2016


    The three-year-old Maine Sports Commission, created to attract major sports events to the state, is eagerly awaiting the PBA's return in 2016 after a successful first visit in 2015…and the PBA is already making plans for a return trip in 2016, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark has confirmed.

    Shamrock Sports and Entertainment President Brian Corcoran, a member of the Maine Sports Commission board of directors, was a key player in securing the financial commitment needed to produce the inaugural "Maine Event" at Bayside Bowl in Portland.

    Based upon a sold-out event supported by hundreds of thousands of exposures for the Maine business community through the PBA's media coverage and ESPN telecasts, Corcoran believes Maine can do an even better job in generating new sponsorship support for 2016.




    USA Today features Jason Belmonte's two-handed trickery

    USAToday.com has produced a feature story on Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte, showcasing his skills as a bowling trick shot artist in an online video. To read the feature story and watch Belmonte's trick-shot skills as a two-handed player, click here.



    PBA Regional Update: Terry Metzner wins first PBA50 Regional title in Sarasota

    2013PBA50TerryMetzner.jpgIn a best-of-three-game final between Terry Metzner (pictured left) of Kentwood, Mich., and Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, Metzner defeated Mohr, 199-232, 211-191, 203-199, to win his first PBA Regional title in the PBA50 Sarasota South Open at Sarasota (Fla.) Lanes on Friday, April 17.

    Metzner earned $2,000 while Mohr earned $1,000 as the runner-up. The mid-week PBA50 regional event featured a number of PBA50 Tour stars who were traveling between the season-opening PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open and the tour's second stop of the season at The Villages, Fla.

    In the best-of-three semifinal round, Metzner swept Bill Peters of Dayton Ohio, 206-183, 222-198, while Mohr blanked Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., 207-172, 219-168.

    2014EBT16JRRaymond.jpgJ.R. Raymond (right) of Bay City, Mich. defeated T.J. Schmidt of Mishawaka, Ind., 219-214, to win the PBA Country Club Lanes Central/Midwest Open at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., Sunday.

    The title was Raymond's second PBA Regional title. He also earned $2,500. He eliminated Brad Miller of St. Charles, Mo., 257-203, and Schmidt defeated Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., 236-224, to set up the championship match.

    2015BowlersDiscountEasternOpenPaulBajorski.jpgPaul Bajorski (center, with BZ Normany GM Jason Howard and Bowlers Discount Pro Shop sponsor Richard Byrd) of West Babylon, N.Y., defeated John Furey of Freehold, N.J., 224-199, to win his first PBA Regional title in the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop Eastern Open presented by Hammer at Brunswick Zone Normandy in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday.

    Bajorski, in his second year of regional competition, earned $2,500. Furey, a former East Region Player of the Year, lost his ball reaction late in the championship match, finishing with two open frames. Although Bajorski won the championship match while sitting on the bench, he threw three clutch strikes in the final frame of his semi-final match to advance over Eric Cornog of Cherry Hill, N.J. 200-190.

    Dean Richards of Tacoma, Wash. and amateur partner Daniel Jackson Jr. of Portland, Ore. defeated Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash. and non-member Bob Davidson of Mountlake Terrace, Wash., 512-396, to win the PBA Northwest Region Speedometer Member/Non-Member Doubles at Bowlero Lanes in Lakewood, Wash., Sunday.

    Richards earned his fifth regional title but Jackson does not receive credit for a title as he is a non-member. They split a $3,000 first prize.

    Another mid-week PBA50 event is the PBA50 Tarheel Lanes South Open April 23-25 in Hendersonville, N.C. Players will then head to Hawaii for the annual tripleheader beginning April 26-27 with the Kona West/Northwest Open at KBXtreme Lanes in Kailua-Kona followed by the Hawaii West/Northwest Open presented by Storm at Scofield Air Base on April 29, and the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open May 1-3.

    Leading off the month of May over the May 1-3 weekend will be the Junction City (Kan.) Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open presented by Radical, and the Pro Bowl West Tri-Region Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by the Proprietor's Cup in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

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



    Quick Notes

    2014PBA07LizJohnson2.jpgLiz Johnson (left) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., a two-time PBA Regional title winner and the only woman to appear in two PBA Tour national television finals, has been recognized as the 2015 Am-Pol Eagle Citizen of the Year for sports. The annual Am-Pol awards recognize outstanding Polish American citizens. Among her many accomplishments, Johnson also will be inducted into the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in late April.

    The third annual Bill O'Neill Junior Scholarship Tournament is set for Sunday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m. ET at AMF Bristol Pike Lanes in in Croydon, Pa. Bowlers will compete in U20 and U15 age divisions, with girls receiving 7 handicap pins per game (if fewer than 32 girls enter). All players will bowl six qualifying games followed by three games of match play and a top four stepladder final in each division. For more information, or to sign up, click here. For the first two years, the O'Neill youth event has awarded more than $11,000 in scholarship money.

    2015CP3FrenchMontanaChrisPaulRonnieRussell.jpgPBA fans can help life-long bowling enthusiast and veteran CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational host Chris Paul (center, with 2015 CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational winners French Montana, left, and Ronnie Russell, right) win the National Basketball Association's Community Assist Award. Paul, the NBA all-star point guard with the Los Angeles Clippers, and one of the original PBA League owners (L.A. X) is well-known for his charitable and youth development programs, supported in part by the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational fund-raiser. If you'd like to help Paul win the award, cast your vote on Twitter: vote for @CP3 by tweeting w/ #NBACommunityAssist #ChrisPaul.

    Don't forget: During the month of April, MOTIV is awarding another new ball to a new Xtra Frame subscriber. To enter, all you have to do is sign up for a new Xtra Frame subscription, either three-day ($3.99), monthly ($7.99) or 12-month XF Season Ticket ($64.99). The ball-a-month sweepstakes will continue throughout 2015.

    Reminder: Every month, HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, is awarding a $200 lodging gift certificate to a lucky person who books a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com. Use the "Book Hotel" link on pba.com 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.

    Last call: You can still earn a discount on an Xtra Frame Season Ticket subscription with the purchase of a new bowling ball through a special limited-time arrangement with Bowling Infinity Group. Visit http://offthetrailer.com/ for details on how to earn a $25 discount and free shipping on the bowling ball-Xtra Frame Season Ticket package now through April 30.



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