Red Sox star Mookie Betts creates immediate media impact for PBA World Series

    10/08/15

    2015 PBA Spare Shots #40

    Sands Regency Casino West/Northwest Classic offers $10,000 to winner; Next up on Xtra Frame: Iowa Midwest Open; Zavjalova wins in Kokomo; McEwan wins WSOB berth

    2015PBAWSOBVIIMookieBetts.jpgThe news of Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts' (pictured) decision to enter the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII made an immediate impact on news media attention for WSOB VII.

    Within minutes of the PBA's announcement, Boston Globe Red Sox beat writer Peter Abraham tweeted the news, which led to re-tweets and comments on masslive.com, redsoxlive.com and overthemonster.com, among others.

    Within hours, the news spread to ESPN, Fox Sports, the Providence Journal, New York Daily News, Bangor Daily News, CBS Boston, NESN (New England Sports Channel), Boston.com, millcitysports.com and many other websites, social media outlets and publications, including many throughout the bowling industry.

    Immediately upon the close of the major league season on Sunday, Betts returned to his Brentwood, Tenn., home and, according to his mother Diana Benedict, headed to the bowling center Tuesday morning to begin preparations for WSOB VII.

    Bowling – and Red Sox fans – around the world will be able to follow Betts' throughout his WSOB experiences by watching PBA's Xtra Frame online video-streaming service and/or free live scoring on pba.com.

    Betts will compete in the PBA Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships Dec. 8-11 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, and additional rounds if he finishes among the top qualifiers.

     


    Sands Regency Casino West/Northwest Classic offers $10,000 to winner


    PBA West/Northwest Region tournament manager Gary Mage has announced the Sands Regency Casino West/Northwest Classic, presented by Radical, will offer a guaranteed $10,000 first prize.

    The tournament, which will be covered live on Xtra Frame, will take place Oct. 16-18 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno as a prelude to the South Point Bowling Plaza Fall Classic which gets underway on Monday, Oct. 19, in Las Vegas.

    The Sands Regency regional event will be a reduced-entry fee tournament ($175 for PBA members, $225 for non-members).

    To assist players who have already made travel plans to Las Vegas, a 15-passenger van will be available to transport players from South Point to Reno on Friday, Oct. 16, returning to Las Vegas right after the tournament ends on Sunday.

     


    Next up on Xtra Frame: Iowa Midwest Open


    PBA Tour competition returns to Xtra Frame this weekend with start-to-finish coverage of the PBA Xtra Frame Iowa Midwest Open from Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs, Iowa. A projected $10,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title will be at stake.

    Following coverage of the Sands Regency event Oct. 17-18, Xtra Frame coverage of the PBA Fall Classic begins Oct. 19 at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

    During the Fall Classic, Xtra Frame will provide live coverage of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship qualifying and match play rounds Oct. 19-20, start-to-finish coverage of the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, Oct. 21-22; the South Point West Challenge (for non-title winners) on Oct. 23; the new PBA Team Challenge, Oct. 24-25, and the PBA50 Western Open on Oct. 26.

     


    PBA Regional Update: Diana Zavjalova wins in Kokomo; Danielle McEwan wins WSOB berth


    2015PBAKokomoShootoutDianaZavjalova.jpg 2015PWBATourDanielleMcEwan.jpgDiana Zavjalova (pictured with Dave Small) of Beavercreek, Ohio, and Danielle McEwan (right) of Stony Point, N.Y., who won titles during the PWBA's newly-completed revival season, and veteran women's star Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., made PBA Regional news over the weekend.

    Zavjalova, a 24-year-old native of Latvia, defeated J.R. Raymond of Bay City, Mich., 210-186, to win the PBA Kokomo Central/Midwest Shootout presented by Security Federal Savings Bank at Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind., Sunday, becoming the eighth woman to win a standard PBA Regional title. The event was covered live, exclusively on PBA's Xtra Frame video streaming service.

    Zavjalova, winner of the 2013 USBC Queens along with the 2015 PWBA Minnesota Open, earned $2,000 and is now eligible to enter the 2016 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions.

    She joins Liz Johnson, Kelly Kulick, Missy Parkin, Shannon O'Keefe, Adrienne Miller, Clara Guerrero and Japan's Yuka Tsuchiya as a PBA Regional title winner. Amy Stolz and Jodi Woessner also have won regionals as non-members and therefore didn't receive credit for titles.

    To reach the title match in Kokomo, Zavjalova downed Kelly Jordon of Marion, Ohio, 255-202, while Raymond topped Ronnie Sparks of Ecorse, Mich., 211-135, in the semifinal round. She had previously eliminated Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, 2-0, in the best-of-three-game Round of 8 and Dean Mueller of Vernon Hills, Ill., 2-0, in the best-of-three Round of 12.

    McEwan, winner of the end-of-season Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship, survived a six-woman race to win the PBA East Region's points competition and earn a paid entry into the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII along with a berth in the PWBA-PBA Women's Regional Challenge qualifying event in Reno.

    2015PWBAMapleCityDodgeEastOpenKellyKulick.jpg McEwan won the regional women's points race with a fifth-place finish in the PWBA Maple City Dodge East Open in Hornell, N.Y., an event won by Kulick (pictured with tournament coordinator Steve Crandall and Gary Harwood for Maple City Dodge) with a 12-game total of 2,519 pins.

    Brittni Hamilton of Webster, N.Y., finished second in Hornell with 2,475 pins, 44 behind Kulick. Kulick earned $1,500 while Hamilton took home $1,000. McEwan finished the season with 34,647 points, topping Kerry Smith of Lititz, Pa., who had 29,302 points.

    2015PBAMapleCityDodgeEventPatrickAllen.jpg In Sunday's PBA Open portion of the Maple City Dodge event, presented by 900 Global, Patrick Allen (pictured with Maple City Dodge sponsor Gary Harwood, right) of Mount Kisco, N.Y., won seven of his 12 matches and finished with a 20-game total of 4,667 pins to edge Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. by 20 pins. Allen won $2,400 for his 28th career regional title.

    Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., and Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colo. won PBA50 Southwest Region titles in a doubleheader weekend at Junction City Bowl in Junction City, Kan.

    On Saturday, Goebel defeated Scott Greiner from Platte City, Mo., 192-184, to win his first Junction City title. Goebel opened in the ninth frame of the championship match, but converted the 4-5 split in the 10th frame to force Greiner to throw two strikes for the win. Greiner, a previous Junction City champion, struck once but left a 7 pin on his second shot to allow Goebel to collect the $1,000 first place check.

    On Sunday, Dias used two 279 games in the round-robin match-play finals to outpace Kurt Gengelbach from Carrollton, Texas, to win his third Junction City title. Dias finished with of 3,295 pins, including match play bonus pins, for 13 games.

    Mai Takasaka became the second woman to win a PBA Japan Region Open title Sunday, topping the 112-player field to win the $4,172 first prize in the DHC PBA Chameleon Open at Soundbowl Ushiku in Ibaraki, Japan.

    After qualifying seventh for the eight-player elimination finals, Takasaka defeated Yuuhi Shinbata, 180-168, in the Round of 8; Hiroko Shimizu, 201-183, in semifinal round and Yuta Saito, 184-174, for the title. Yuka Tsuchiya, who swept the 2014 Chameleon Women's and Open titles, was eliminated by Saito in the semifinal round, 186-172, to finish in a tie for third.

    Hiroko Shimizu won Saturday's Chameleon Women's Open, also earning $4,172, by nipping Maki Nakano, 167-166, in the title match. Takasaka lost to Nakano in the Round of 8, 234-201, to finish tied for fifth in the women's event.

    The Oct. 9-11 PBA Regional schedule includes the Xtra Frame Iowa Midwest Open from Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs, Iowa; the PBA/PBA50 Ken Fowler Auto Centers West/Northwest Doubles presented by 900 Global at Yokayo Bowling Center in Ukiah, Calif., and the Sunday-only Greater Muskegon Men's USBC/Northway Lanes Central Open from Muskegon, Mich.

    The Oct. 16-18 PBA Regional calendar includes the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop Eastern Open from AMF Woodlawn Bowl in Baltimore; the PBA50 Park Centre Lanes Senior/Super Senior Doubles Central Open presented by Columbia 300 from North Canton, Ohio; the Sands Regency West/Northwest Challenge presented by DV8, and the Sands Regency West/Northwest Open presented by Radical from the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

    Oct. 19 marks the beginning of the South Point Bowling Plaza PBA Fall Classic which will include the Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, Oct. 20-22; the South Point West Challenge presented by Track, Oct. 23, and the PBA50 South Point West Open presented by Track on Oct. 26.

    The Oct. 23-25 weekend includes the PBA50 Tomball Southwest Open from Tomball Bowl in Tomball, Texas, and the one-day PBA Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest Challenge at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill. Two Teen Masters qualifying events also are scheduled over the Oct. 24-25 weekend: the Erie Open Teen Masters event, presented by the Erie Sports Commission, at Rolling Meadows Lanes, and the Frisco Open presented by the Frisco Convention and Visitors Bureau at Strikz in Frisco, Texas.

    October's regional activity closes with the PBA50 WGB Accounting Craig Pezzano Memorial presented by The Insurance Market at Bryan's Bowling Center in Laurel, Del.; the Wichita Southwest Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., and the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open at Arlington Lanes in Arlington Heights, Ill., over the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 weekend.

    For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, click here and open the "schedules" tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

     


    Quick Notes


    Lynda Barnes confirms husband Chris Barnes' discectomy has been successfully completed in Dallas and the 18-time PBA Tour champion is ready, willing and eager to go home to complete his recovery. Barnes expects to be out of action for at least eight weeks.

     


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