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Xtra Frame returns April 4-6 with PBA Maine Shootout


Xtra Frame returns with live coverage of the bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout, presented by Xtra Frame, beginning with the player “draw party” at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 4, at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, when the field of 64 players will draw for opponents.

2015PBA06JoshBlanchard.jpgJosh Blanchard (pictured right with Bayside Bowl co-owner Justin Alfond) of Mesa, Ariz., will begin defense of his 2015 title when the best-of-three-game single elimination match play competition begins Tuesday, April 5, at 9 a.m., continuing with elimination rounds at 11 a.m., 1:30, 3:30, 6 and 8 p.m. reducing the field to 16 survivors.

The Maine Shootout concludes Wednesday with Round of 16 matches at 10 and 11:30 a.m., quarterfinal matches at 2 p.m., semifinals at 6 p.m. and the championship match at 7:30 p.m.

The entire bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout will be covered exclusively on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video-streaming service.

Gary Faulkner Jr. joins PBA Bowling Challenge roster

2015PBA23GaryFaulkner2.jpgGary Faulkner Jr. has joined the roster of PBA players fans can compete against by playing the world’s most popular mobile device bowling game, PBA Bowling Challenge.

The Concrete Software game has been downloaded on more than 15.2 million mobile devices. To activate the version of the game including Faulkner, PBA Bowling Challenge users need to download the latest update.

Services set for Saturday for PBA Hall of Famer Chuck Clemens

PBA Hall of Famer and long-time PBA executive Chuck Clemens died on Monday, March 28 of complications from diabetes. He was 80.

Clemens was inducted into the Meritorious Service Category in 1994 in recognition of his contributions to the organization as its financial director, a position he held until his retirement in 1996.

He designed various programs involving health, insurance and investing for the organization. Clemens was also responsible for all financial aspects for the nearly 200 PBA Tour, Regional Tour and Senior Tour tournaments conducted every year.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Jean (Margo); children, Chris (Dan) Krinsky, Bob Clemens and Cheryl (Tim) Goergen; grandchildren Robyn and Hannah Clemens, Brian (Bethany) and Scott Krinsky and Matthew, Christopher and Caroline Goergen; sister Judy Clemens and extended family members.

Services will be at St. Hilary Church in Fairlawn, Ohio, on Saturday, April 2 starting at 9:30 a.m.

QubicaAMF PBA Regional Update: Timothy Tripp wins first PBA title in Las Vegas

2014PBAWSOBTimTripp.jpgTimothy Tripp (pictured left) of Santa Clarita, Calif., defeated non-member Justin Spurrier of Las Vegas, 245-175, to win the South Point West Challenge on Friday, March 25, and non-member Jon Nakagawa and Jakob Butturff teamed up to win Sunday’s companion South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles in a PBA West Region doubleheader at South Point Bowling Plaza.

On Friday, Tripp earned $2,000 and eligibility for the 2017 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions with his first PBA title. He defeated Craig Spencer of Tempe, Ariz., 222-216, while Spurrier defeated Dwight Burns of Tucson, Ariz., 212-178, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match. PBA Challenge events are open to non-champions only.

2015PBAJakobButturff.jpgNakagawa, of San Jose, Calif., and Butturff (right), of Chandler, Ariz., defeated Russ Oviatt of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Benjamin Canfield of San Diego, 478-438, in the title match to claim the $5,000 doubles first prize.

College student Dallas Leong from Las Vegas, Nev., won five of his final six matches Sunday to win the PBA Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge, presented by Global 900, in Houston.

Leong, a student at UNLV and a non-member of the PBA, was visiting friends on spring break in Houston, and decided to enter his first PBA event. He threw three strikes in the ninth and 10th frames of the final game position round to overtake runner-up Jonathan Pokorny of Converse, Texas, for the victory.

PBA Challenge events are open only to non-members who have not won a PBA event and PBA members not credited with a PBA title. Because he is a non-member, Leong collected the $2,500 first prize but doesn’t get credit for a PBA title.

Leong, who led the 13-game qualifying portion of the event, started the modified round robin match play finals by losing his first match and tying his second, but he then won five of his final six matches to overtake fellow non-member Pokorny by 43 pins for the win. Pokorny took the lead by winning his first five matches, and led Leong by seven pins going into the final game.

QubicaAMF PBA Regional competition over the April 6-8 weekend includes the PBA and PBA50 Earl Anthony West/Northwest Classic doubleheader at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.; the FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Open presented by Brunswick in Shawnee, Okla.; and the Debbie & Leon Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Grove City Family Dentistry and Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio.

Two QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour events are on top for the April 15-17 weekend, including the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop Eastern Open presented by Hammer at Brunswick Zone Normandy in Ellicott City, Md., and the one-day, reduced entry fee Elkhart Central/Midwest Open presented by Brunswick at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind.

The PBA50 Sarasota Open presented by Ebonite, Wednesday, April 20-Friday, April 22 – will give PBA50 Tour competitors a mid-week stop between the PBA50 Tour’s Pasco County Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla. (April 16-19) and the United Health Care Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Radical at Spanish Springs Lanes (April 23-26).

A second mid-week event, the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip, is set for April 28-30 as the PBA50 Tour leaves Florida and heads to North Carolina for the Mooresville Ford Open presented by Columbia 300 and Miller High Life May 1-4.

In addition to the PBA Tour Xtra Frame Storm Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., April 22-24, the PBA West and Northwest Regions return to Hawaii for the annual Hawaii West/Northwest Open at Scofield Air Based April 24, the Fort Shafter West/Northwest Hawaii Open April 27, and the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open April 29-May 1.

For complete QubicaAMF PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, click here to find the event(s) in your area.

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