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Parker Bohn III advances to third place in all-time PBA TV appearances


2015PBA19ParkerBohn3.jpgBy qualifying for the ESPN finals of the PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno Tahoe USA – on the heels of his victory in the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game – Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III (pictured) broke a tie with Norm Duke and surpassed the legendary Earl Anthony to claim sole possession of third place on the all-time PBA Tour television appearances list.

Bohn made his 114th TV appearance in the Cheetah finals during GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII, surpassing Duke’s 113 appearances and tying Anthony at 114. He then broke his tie with Anthony when he made TV final No. 115 in the Scorpion Championship.

2015PBAWalterRayWilliams.jpg2015PBAPeteWeber.jpgIt’ll be more than a little challenging for Bohn to move up any higher, however. Walter Ray Williams Jr. (left) is the runaway leader with 176 PBA Tour television appearances and Pete Weber (right) is solidly entrenched in the No. 2 position with 136 finals.

Williams also is the leader in most TV match wins with 158 followed by Weber with 120, Duke with 99, Bohn with 94 and Anthony with 92.

Here’s a summary of the top 10 in all-time PBA Tour television appearances (No. of matches won in parenthesis):

1. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 176 (153)
2. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 136 (120)
3. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 115 (94)
4. Earl Anthony, 114 (92)
5. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 113 (99)
6. Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore., 105 (66)
7. Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 95 (66)
8. Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 93 (62)
9. Mike Aulby, Carmel, Ind., 88 (84)
10. Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 83 (83)

Rolltech PBA World Championship to re-air on ESPN Sunday

2015PBAWorldChampionshipLogo_small.jpgThe finals of the 2015 Rolltech PBA World Championship will be re-broadcast Sunday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m. EST, immediately following the finals of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, ESPN has announced.

The two-hour doubles finals begin at 1 p.m., providing PBA fans with a four-hour “doubleheader.” All fans also are reminded you can now watch PBA’s ESPN telecasts using the WatchESPN app on your mobile device or computer.

2016 Xtra Frame coverage begins with DHC PBA Japan Invitational

Two significant live events are on tap as Xtra Frame’s exclusive live coverage of PBA’s 2016 season unfolds, beginning with on-the-scene coverage of the DHC PBA Japan Invitational in Tokyo beginning Friday, followed by the live announcement of the 2015 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year, Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year, Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner and 2015 Tony Reyes PBA Community Service Award winner on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m. EST.

The DHC PBA Japan Invitational will feature four eight-game rounds of head-to-head match play for the 32-player field, leading to a five-player stepladder final that will air on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. EST on Sunday, Jan. 31.

Round one will air today at 7:40 p.m. EST; round two at 12:40 a.m. EST Friday, round three at 8:25 p.m. Friday and round four at 1:40 a.m. Saturday. First prize in the tournament is $40,000 along with a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member.

Also coming soon to Xtra Frame will be three weeks’ worth of action from back-to-back-to back PBA major championships.

In addition to live coverage of qualifying and match play rounds of the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions (Saturday, Jan. 30-Friday, Feb. 5 including the FireLake Southwest Regional and TOC qualifying event) from Shawnee, Okla.; USBC Masters (Tuesday, Feb. 9-Saturday, Feb. 13) and Barbasol PBA Players Championship (Tuesday, Feb. 16-Friday, Feb. 19).

Bonus coverage will include the live PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and presentation of awards to 2015 PBA award winners on Monday, Feb. 1, beginning at 7 p.m. ET from the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Event Center in Shawnee, Okla.

Bowling fans who want to subscribe to Xtra Frame have a variety of options.

Seven PBA members earn berths on Men’s Team USA 2016

2016TeamUSATrialsDanielleMcEwanMarshallKent.jpgMarshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., PBA’s 2014 Rookie of the Year, and PBA Regional titlist Danielle McEwan (pictured, r-l) of Stony Point, N.Y., won the overall men’s and women’s titles in USBC’s Team USA Trials that concluded on Jan. 7 at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, each earning a fifth term on Team USA and leading a contingent of PBA members who will represent the United States in international competition in 2016.

Earning automatic spots on Team USA 2016 based on overall performances in the Trials was PBA member Andrew Cain of Phoenix and amateurs Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn.; AJ Chapman of Manchester, Iowa, and U.S. Amateur Champion Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio.

Players added by the National Selection Committee were PBA members Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas; Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.; John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y.; and Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., along with amateurs Rob Gotchall of Clarksville, Tenn., and John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla.

Joining McEwan with automatic spots on women’s Team USA 2016 were PWBA/PBA members Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas; Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., and Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill.

National Selection Committee choices included Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio; Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb; Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn.; Bryanna Cote, Red Rock, Ariz.; Kayla Johnson, Washington, Ill.; Brittni Hamilton, Webster, N.Y., and Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif.

PBA Regional Update: Non-member Rich Bolosan wins 2016 South Region opener

PBARegionalBreakdown.jpgNon-member Rich Bolosan of Newport News, Va., defeated top qualifier Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 235-164, to win the 12th annual PBA Gloucester Southern Open at Village Lanes in Gloucester, Va., Sunday, kicking off the PBA South Region’s 2016 season.

Bolosan earned $2,500 while Troup, who also finished second in 2015, pocketed $1,300 as runner-up. Because he is not a PBA member, Bolosan doesn’t receive credit for a PBA title.

Bolosan defeated Billy Rohde of Marietta, Ga., 279-173, to open the stepladder finals and then eliminated newly-crowned PBA World Champion Gary Faulkner Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., 228-209, to advance to the title match.

PBA South Region competition continues with a doubleheader this weekend. The PBA50 and PBA Shore Lanes/Sill’s Pro Shop Merritt Island Opens presented by Storm is set for Saturday and Sunday in Merritt Island, Fla.

The PBA Central Region kicks off its 2016 season with the Don Vay Memorial PBA/PBA50 Central Doubles Classic presented by Ebonite at Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Jan. 22-24.

In addition to the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Winter Open at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla. – which also will serve as a FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions qualifying event – the Jan. 29-31 weekend includes the Sands Regency West/Northwest Challenge (for non-champions), Sands Regency Winter Classic and PBA50 Sands Regency Winter Classic – all presented by Storm – at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

Also on the calendar is the PBA Midwest’s first event of 2016, the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest Open presented by 900 Global at Arlington Lanes in Arlington Heights, Ill.

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

Reminder: All players and fans travelling to PBA Tour stops can get a special discount on United Airlines flights. When you book a flight, use the United code ZVYN122558 to obtain the discount. Follow this link and enter the code into the Promotions and Certificates part at the bottom of the page.

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