Xtra Frame fans first to see Brian Voss' key 7-10 conversion


    2010 PBA Spare Shots #5

    200910PBA13BrianVoss2.jpgSubscribers to pba.com's online live video-streaming service, Xtra Frame, were the first to see Brian Voss (pictured left) convert the 7-10 split in a critical eighth-frame situation during match play position round in the Bayer Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles last Friday.

    The successful conversion helped Voss and partner Diandra Asbaty earn the fifth qualifying position for Sunday's live ESPN finals, and from that point, they went on to win the tournament.

    Since Friday, Voss' "miracle shot" has become a YouTube sensation with more than 65,000 "views" as of Wednesday, Feb. 24.


    Xtra Frame continues to provide its growing base of subscribers with unique up-to-the-minute insight into tournament competition, along with analysis of equipment, information on how players are playing the current lane condition, interviews and insights provided by past and present competitors and more.

    Among the guests who will sit in the Xtra Frame booth this week during the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open will be hometown hero Mike Aulby, the first player in PBA history to complete the so-called “Super Slam” (victories in five majors – the U.S. Open, PBA Tournament of Champions, PBA World Championship, USBC Masters and PBA Touring Players Championship).

    To become an Xtra Frame subscriber, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame icon.


    Final major championship of the season to air on ESPN Sunday

    The pressure will be intense Sunday when four finalists will meet on ESPN at 12:30 p.m. Eastern to decide the championship of the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open, the fourth and final major championship of the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season.

    If the title itself isn’t enough pressure, the stakes also include a $60,000 payday, a three-year PBA Tour exemption, and 50 percent more points than a standard event applied to both the PBA Player of the Year race as well as the PBA World Points Ranking which determines the exempt players for next season. Player of the Year points to be awarded for the U.S. Open are 24 for first place, 12 for second, 8 for third, 4 for fourth and two for fifth place.

    It has already been a storybook season for PBA’s major championships – former auto worker Tom Smallwood wins the PBA World Championship, Kelly Kulick becomes the first woman to win a PBA Tour title in the PBA World Championship and 50-year-old Walter Ray Williams Jr. wins a record 47th title in the USBC Masters – so another great story is expected to unfold Sunday.


    Kulick wins Women’s Series Points title, but Pluhowsky leads in earnings

    200910PBA06KellyKulick2.jpg200910PBA04ShannonPluhowsky.jpgKelly Kulick (left) of Union, N.J., with victories in the PBA Women’s World Championship and PBA Shark Women’s Championship, nipped Shannon Pluhowsky (right) of Kettering, Ohio, for the 2009-10 PBA Women’s Series presented by BOWL.COM points title, 135,957-134,771, but Pluhowsky flipped the standings in official Women’s Series earnings, $40,300-$39,100.

    The seven-event PBA Women’s Series presented by BOWL.COM concluded its official season with the Bayer Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles. A special Women’s Series Showdown presented by BOWL.COM will be contested in April at the International Training Center in Arlington, Texas. That event will air on ESPN on April 18 at 1 p.m. Eastern.

    200910PBA05LizJohnson.jpgIn the third key statistical race, Liz Johnson (left) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., led the women in average, bowling at a 217.05 pace for 169 games. Kulick was second with a 214.77 average, Pluhowsky was third at 213.78, Tammy Boomershine of North Ogden, Utah, was fourth at 209.80 and Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, rounded out the top five at 209.64.

    Johnson was third in points with 131,848 followed by Shannon O’Keefe of Arlington, Texas, at 100,738 and Diandra Asbaty of Chicago with a 100,646 total.

    Asbaty was third in earnings with $37,000 followed by Johnson at $32,300 and Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y., at $24,000. The earnings list doesn’t include Kulick’s $40,000 first prize for winning the PBA Tournament of Champions, or any other PBA Tour or PBA Regional earnings by any of the Women’s Series players.


    O’Keefe tops field of 102 to win PBA Southwest non-champions title

    200910PBAWSShannonOKeefe.jpgShannon O’Keefe of Arlington, Texas, is the fifth woman to win a PBA Regional tour event after defeating Michael Bowser of Cypress, Texas, 245-161, in the title match of the PBA Southwest Non-Champions’ Challenge at Del-Mar Lanes in Houston on Feb. 7.

    While titles are not awarded in non-champion events, O’Keefe did top a male-dominated field of 102 players in Houston. The four women who have won regular PBA Regional titles are Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J.; Missy Bellinder of Fullerton, Calif. (two); and Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio.


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    2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Stats

    Earnings (Events, Total)
    1. Walter Ray Williams Jr. Ocala, Fla., 13, $123,270
    2. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 13, $98,710
    3. Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 13, $82,460
    4. Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 13, $73,135
    5. Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 13, $72,075
    6. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 13, $69,320
    7. Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 13, $65,550
    8. Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 13, $56,230
    9. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 12, $54,640
    10. Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 13, $52,200

    PBA Player of the Year Race (Championship Round Appearances, Points)
    Based on championship round finishes only: Standard five-player events = 16, 8, 4, 2, 1 points; Major four-player events = 24, 12, 8, 4
    1. Walter Ray Williams Jr. Ocala, Fla. 4, 50
    2. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3, 32
    (tie) Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa. 5, 32
    4. Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3, 29
    5. Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla. 4, 26
    6. Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 2, 24
    (tie) Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1, 24
    (tie) Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3, 24
    9. Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2, 20
    10. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3, 18

    PBA World Ranking Points (Titles, Points)
    1. Walter Ray Williams Jr. Ocala, Fla., 2, 165,654
    2. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 0, 142,826
    3. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 0, 142,605
    4. Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1, 131,976
    5. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 0, 129,311
    6. Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1, 124,298
    7. Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1, 122,586
    8. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo. 0, 112,963
    9. Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan. 0, 111,187
    10. Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1, 107,908