Chris Barnes begins preparation for DHC PBA Japan Invitational title defense

    11/26/15

    2015 PBA Spare Shots #47

    PBA-PWBA stars set to compete in Women's World Championships; Final "King of Bowling" telecast debuts on PBA's Modern Classics on YouTube; Aaron Lorincz wins first PBA Regional title in Michigan

    2015PBA01ChrisBarnes.jpgAfter undergoing surgery in early October to repair a herniated disk, Chris Barnes (pictured after winning the 2015 event) has begun rehab as he works toward defending his DHC PBA Japan Invitational in January, Barnes confirmed Monday.

    "I'm healing well and have been doing rehab for a week now. I can start throwing balls - light weight - in approximately two weeks," he noted. "I am definitely out for the World Series. My time table is to attempt the Team USA team trials (Jan. 2-7 at Gold Coast in Las Vegas), and then go to Japan to defend my title there."

    The DHC PBA Japan Invitational, set for Jan. 15-17, with an elite field of 16 international and 16 Japanese stars, will kick off a power-house schedule of live Xtra Frame programming for 2016 that also will include preliminary rounds of the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA Hall of Fame ceremonies from Shawnee, Okla., Jan. 30-Feb. 6; qualifying and match play rounds of the USBC Masters from Indianapolis, Feb. 9-13, and the qualifying and match play rounds of the Barbasol PBA Players Championship from Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 16-19.

    Closing out the 2015 Xtra Frame schedule will be extensive coverage of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy, Dec. 7-17, from the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

     


    PBA-PWBA stars set to compete in Women's World Championships


    2015PWBATourDanielleMcEwan.jpg2015PWBATourLizJohnson.jpgA Team USA squad featuring women who have made PBA history as well as enjoying spotlight moments on the revived Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour earlier in the year will take on a field of international stars in the World Bowling Women's World Championships Dec. 4-14 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

    Team USA's roster includes four women who have won standard PBA Regional titles (Danielle McEwan (left) of Stony Point, N.Y.; Liz Johnson (right) of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., and Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Ill.) along with two women who own PBA Women's Series titles (Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio, and Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas).

    2015PWBATourClaraJulianaGuerrero.jpg2015PWBATourDianaZavjalova.jpgTwo additional PBA Regional title winners – Colombia's Clara Juliana Guerrero (left) and Latvia's Diana Zavjalova (right) – will be among the international stars leading their national teams.

    Bowling fans will be able to follow the Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team and Masters competitions live from the Khalifa International Bowling Center on BOWL.com's BowlTV.

    At the conclusion of the Women's World Championships, McEwan (PBA East Region), Guerrero (PBA Southwest Region) and Colombia's Rocio Restrepo (below left; Central Region) will travel to Reno, Nev., to represent their regions in the PWBA-PBA Women's Regional qualifying tournament on Friday, Dec. 18.

    2015PWBATourRocioRestrepo.jpgThe eight-player, eight-game round robin match play event will determine the two women who will advance to the Saturday PBA Challenge Finals event for delayed telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 24.

    Other women's regional representatives who also will bowl the entire GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy include Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla. (South Region); Inngellimar Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn. (Midwest Region); Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif. (West Region); April Lord Wittig, Steilacoom, Wash. (Northwest Region) and Yuka Tsuchiya, Tokyo (Japan Region).

    Qualifying rounds in the PBA Challenge events (PBA Regional, PBA50 Tour and PWBA-PBA Women's Regional finals) will bookend Xtra Frame's live coverage of the PBA World Series of Bowling VII on Dec. 7 and Dec. 18.

     


    Final "King of Bowling" telecast debuts on PBA's Modern Classics on YouTube


    The final telecast in PBA's 2009 made-for-television "King of Bowling" series, held at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla., makes its encore appearance among the PBA's Modern Classics on YouTube on Friday. This new episode features Brad Angelo vs. Parker Bohn III in a duel for the right to dethrone Wes Malott as "King."

    To access the free programming, click here.

     


    PBA Regional Update: Aaron Lorincz wins first PBA Regional title in Michigan


    2015PBALaZBoyCentralChallengeAaronLorincz.jpgFormer Saginaw Valley State University star Aaron Lorincz (pictured left) of Belleville, Mich., defeated amateur Frank Snodgrass of Sterling Heights, Mich., by 171 pins to win his first PBA Regional title in the La-Z-Boy Central Challenge at Monroe Sport Center in Monroe, Mich., Sunday.

    Lorincz, who earned $1,400, finished with a 7-0-1 match play record and a total of 3,808 pins for 16 games, including match play bonus pins. With his win, Lorincz becomes eligible to enter the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions in late January in Shawnee, Okla.

    Snodgrass finished with a 3,637 pinfall total. The tournament field consisted of PBA members who do not hold a PBA title or non-members who have never won a PBA event.

    2015PBA50TomBaker.jpg2014PBAJasonSterner.jpgThe team composed of PBA Hall of Famer and PBA60 competitor Tom Baker (left), PBA50 regional champion Jeff Schrum and PBA Tour champion Jason Sterner (right) defeated the team of Dick Gran, Sam Ventura and Joe Bailey, 213-179, to win the PBA South Region's Decker Appraisal Southern Baker Trios event presented by Hammer at Wayne Lanes in Waynesboro, Va., Sunday.

    The second annual PBA South Region event featured teams composed of one player under the age of 50, one in the 50-59 age group and one 60-or-older player in a Baker format trios competition. Each member of the winning team earned $1,700. The Gran group was the tournament leader going into the stepladder finals, but had to settle for $1,000 each for second place.

    In the first stepladder match, the team of Darryl Bower, Jay Boyle and Darryl's son Jonathan Bower from Harrisburg, Pa., defeated the team of "super senior" Steve Lickliter, Gary Morgan and Connor Pickford, 213-158. In the semifinal match, Sterner doubled in the 10th frame to shut out the Pennsylvania team, 258-213.

    The event drew 24 teams. All competition involved the Baker scoring format whereby the leadoff bowler bowled the first, fourth, seventh and 10th frames; the No. 2 bowler bowled the second, fifth and eighth frames, and the No. 3 player bowled the third, sixth and ninth frames.

    The only PBA Regional activity over Thanksgiving weekend will be the Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, Nov. 27-29.

    The GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy, set for Dec. 7-19 in Reno, will dominate the December calendar. Other activity over the Dec. 4-6 weekend includes the McKinley Lanes Central Challenge in Niles, Ohio, and the Knob Hill/MJK Pro Shop Eastern Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J. Both are reduced entry fee events for non-champions.

    The Dec. 12-13 PBA Regional calendar includes the Sands Regency Tri-Region Open presented by Radical and the PBA50 Sands Regency Tri-Region Open presented by Roto Grip at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno during a break in the GEICO PBA WSOB VII action.

    Closing out 2015 over the Dec. 18-20 weekend will be the PBA/PBA50 Houston Southwest Doubles Open presented by Bowling Dynamix at Emerald Bowl in Houston, Texas, and the PBA Japan Region's DHC Women's Scorpion Open and Scorpion Open at Higashiyamato Grandbowl in Tokyo.

    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


    Corrections: in the Nov. 18 edition of PBA Spare Shots, the names of PBA League applicants David Haynes and Matt McNiel were misspelled. Players who weren't listed on the original 2016 PBA League draft list include Jesse Buss, Jakob Butturff, Anthony Pepe and Brian Valenta.

     


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