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Xtra Frame to cover Pete Weber’s bid for Senior U.S. Open begins


2015PBA5005PeteWeber2.jpgXtra Frame fans will have a full June schedule of viewing options, filled with live PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and PWBA coverage, but none of the events are likely to have the historical significance of the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open that takes place May 30-June 3 at the Suncoast in Las Vegas.

Fans following the PBA50 Tour’s first major championship of the year will be watching to see if PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (pictured left after winning the 2015 Senior U.S. Open) can make more history as he continues his quest for a record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title, back-to-back Senior U.S. Open titles and what may prove to be an insurmountable lead in his bid for back-to-back PBA50 Player of the Year honors.

Fans can relive Weber’s strike-to-win shot at the 2015 Senior U.S. Open by watching this clip on PBA’s YouTube channel where Weber also addresses the question, can he repeat?

Previously posted on YouTube is a highlight reel of Weber’s three previous PBA50 Tour victories.

As the PBA Senior U.S. Open wraps up, the PBA Tour returns to action with the Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open presented by Xtra Frame at Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., June 4-5, and PWBA fans will be able to watch live coverage of the preliminary rounds of the PWBA Wichita Open from Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., also over the June 3-5 weekend.

Additional PBA50 Tour action on the June Xtra Frame schedule include the Fountain Valley Open presented by Track, June 6-8, and the Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV, June 13-15 The USBC Senior Masters, June 19-25, will be covered by BowlTV on bowl.com.

PWBA competition continues with the Pepsi Lincoln Open from Lincoln, Neb., June 10-11; the Greater Detroit Open from Canton, Mich., June 17-18 and the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship from Green Bay, Wis., June 24-25.

All preliminary rounds of PWBA events leading up to the CBS Sports Network-televised stepladder finals air live on Xtra Frame.

Rounding out the June Xtra Frame schedule will be the fourth of 10 Xtra Frame PBA Tour tournaments of the year, the Xtra Frame PBA Lubbock Sports Open from South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, June 25-26, where a $20,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title will be at stake.

Speaking of Jonesboro, bad weather isn’t a problem

Heavy rains and flooding that have impacted areas of Jonesboro, Ark., have not impacted Jonesboro Bowling Center. In fact, heeding the old adage about no need to fix the roof if it ain’t raining, the soon-to-be host of the Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open presented by Xtra Frame is one step ahead – making major roof repairs ahead of potential problems.

So the center is sitting high-and-dry, awaiting its PBA Tour Xtra Frame event, which will take place June 3-5.

Malaysian contingent plans to compete in PBA WSOB VIII

Entries for PBA’s World Series of Bowling VIII, set for Nov. 27-Dec. 11 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, don’t open until July 15, but the PBA has already learned a contingent of bowlers from Malaysia are making plans to compete.

No details are available at this point, but Malaysia hasn’t had a representative in the WSOB since the inaugural event in 2009.

QubicaAMF PBA Regional Update: Brett Cooper wins first Regional title in OKC

2012PBAEastBrettCooper.jpgVeteran QubicaAMF PBA Regional competitor Brett Cooper (left) from Denver, Colo., outperformed his challengers in the end to win his first PBA Regional title in the Planet Bowl Southwest Open Sunday at Planet Bowl, topping PBA Southwest Region stalwarts Joe Findling from Mesquite, Texas, and Amarillo’s Mark Scroggins.

After decisively winning his first two matches in the eight-game round-robin finals, Scroggins lost his next four matches before rebounding with a 269 win in game seven. Meanwhile, Findling won six of his first seven matches to close in on the lead while Cooper won five of seven matches to take a six-pin lead over Scroggins and a 21-pin advantage over Findling going into the final position round match.

The title was undecided going into the 10th frame where Scroggins finished first, leaving a 7-10 split. Findling then left a solid 10 pin to allow Cooper a chance. Cooper seized the moment, throwing two strikes to collect the $2,500 first place check and become eligible to enter the 2017 PBA Tournament of Champions.

The tournament also was the debut event in PBA competition for Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, an amateur who aspires to become an accomplished bowler.

In his PBA debut, Anderson finished in a tie for 64th in the field of 71 bowlers, averaging a modest 173 for his eight qualifying games, but he also announced his intention to bowl in the upcoming Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open presented by Xtra Frame at Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., June 3-5.

Coincidentally, one of Anderson’s coaches is Brett Cooper.

2015PBAWSOBDaveWodka.jpgDave Wodka (right) of Beavercreek, Ohio defeated Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio by 27 pins to win his second straight QubicaAMF PBA Regional Title in the J.D. Producing, Inc./Star Strategies/Orrvilion, Inc. Central Open presented by Hammer at Triway Lanes in Wooster, Ohio, Sunday.

Wodka, who finished with a 10-2 match play record and a total of 4,823 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, picked up his 21st career PBA Regional title and the $2,500 first prize.

2016TeamUSATrialsMarshallKent.jpgMarshall Kent (left) of Yakima , Wash., posted an 8-2 match play record and 4,193 pins Sunday to win his third QubicaAMF PBA Regional title in the PBA Shock/Top Budweiser Open presented by US Foods at Daffodil bowl in Puyallup, Wash.

Kent, who earned $2,000, defeated former Robert Morris-Illinois teammate Cameron Weier of Federal Way, Wash., by 215 pins for the title. Weier had a 5-5 match play record and 3,978 pins for 18 games including match play bonus pins.

2014PBA50HughMiller.jpgIn the companion PBA50 Daffodil Bowl Open presented by Sunset Chevrolet, Hugh Miller (right) of Mercer Island, Wash., went 5-3 and knocked down 3,503 total pins for 16 games to top Barry Tate of Wenatchee, Wash., for his 10th PBA50 Northwest Regional title. Tate had a 5-3 match play record and 3,333 pins.

As PBA50 players head toward Las Vegas and the Suncoast PBA U.S. Senior Open presented by 900 Global May 29-June 3, they’ll have a couple of pre-Memorial Day regional opportunities in Arizona – the 7th annual Lona King Saguaro West Open at Johnson Lanes in Sun City West, which ended Wednesday, followed by the PBA50 Miller Lite Western Open at Starlite Lanes in Flagstaff which ends Friday.

Over Memorial Day weekend, QubicaAMF PBA Regional competition will include the Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open presented by MOTIV in Junction City, Kan. (which was originally scheduled for May 13-15); and the Colony Park Lanes East Challenge for non-title winners in York, Pa.

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

Quick Notes

Reminder: The June 15 deadline for applications for the $1,000 2016 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship Award is closing in. The Welu Scholarship recognizes exemplary qualities in male or female college students who compete in the sport of bowling. The application can be retrieved by downloading two PDF files using this link. Nominations can be sent to [email protected] or through the U.S. mail at PBA Billy Welu Scholarship, 55 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 401, Chicago, IL 60604.

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