Saturday, November 17, 2018

PBA Spare Shots
 
TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR ALL 2019 GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR EVENTS
If you’d like to get a jump-start on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season – or maybe acquire a very special Christmas gift for the bowling fan(s) in your family – tickets for all 2019 “PBA on FOX” tournament finals are now on sale through the PBA Event Tickets landing page (https://www.pba.com/Tickets).
 
The page includes links to not only admission tickets to each Go Bowling! PBA Tour event, but also links to PBA merchandise, “meet the pros” opportunities and more. It’s the PBA fan’s one-stop shopping center to put together a personal – or a gift – package to experience the PBA like never before. The lone exception for tickets is the USBC Masters, which offers free admission.
 
The 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season begins with the PBA Hall of Fame Classic from the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, and continues through the PBA League Elias Cup Finals at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, including stops in Shawnee, Okla.; Lubbock and Conroe, Texas; Fairlawn and Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Jonesboro, Ark.; Allen Park, Mich., and Las Vegas along the way. Every event will include at least one television event on FOX or FS1.
 
BOWLING SALUTES BOSTON RED SOX STAR MOOKIE BETTS’ HISTORIC YEAR
On Nov. 10, Anthony Means, a writer for Cut4 by MLB.com, noted that Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts was the first athlete to participate in both the PBA World Series of Bowling (where he earned a PBA 300 game ring) and the Major League Baseball World Series. That was just the beginning for one of the sports world’s most talented individuals.
 
On Thursday, Betts was named American League MVP, capping an unprecedented year in which he won a Golden Glove, was named American League Defensive Player of the Year, won a Silver Slugger award for his offensive prowess, won the American League batting title and helped the Red Sox win baseball’s world series. No player in MLB history had ever accomplished that sweep.
 
But maybe Bett’s proudest accomplishment arrived on Nov. 6 when he and fiancĂ©e Brianna welcomed the arrival of their first child, daughter Kinley.
 
NHRA DRAG RACING STAR AND PBA FAN JR TODD WINS FIRST FUNNY CAR TITLE
Accomplished bowler and NHRA funny car star JR Todd won his first career NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car World Championship title Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif.
 
Todd won the title by defeating Tommy Johnson in the finals with a 3.872 seconds elapsed time at 329.1 mph, notching his sixth win of the season in the process.
 
Todd and fellow NHRA drivers Shawn Langdon and Richie Crampton took time out from their busy schedules to bowl with 12-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Ill., in June. Todd showed his prowess on the lanes by posting games of 217 and 220 during an informal match between the three drivers and Rash.
 
PBA will join NHRA as part of the FOX Sports family of beginning with the PBA Clash telecast on Dec. 23 leading into the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season in January.
 
PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: AJ JOHNSON WINS SIXTH REGIONAL TITLE IN IOWA
AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., defeated 12-time PBA Tour titlist Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 189-183, to win his sixth career regional title in the Plaza Bowl Midwest Open at Plaza Bowl in Clinton, Iowa, Sunday.
 
Johnson, the 2017 PBA Midwest Player of the Year, earned $2,000 along with his first title of 2018.
 
Rash defeated Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, 193-182, in the semifinal contest to advance to the championship match after Hess eliminated PBA Rookie of the Year candidate Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 204-201, in the first match.
 
● Zac Tackett of Huntington, Ind. defeated Charlie Brown of Grandville, Mich., 10-8 in a one-ball roll-off after they tied at 224, to win the PBA La-Z-Boy Central Challenge at Monroe Sport Center in Monroe, Mich., Saturday.
 
Tackett, the 22-year-old younger brother of PBA star EJ Tackett, earned $1,400 and his first PBA title.
 
Tackett edged Nick Cooper of Flint, Mich., 223-222, while Brown downed Lonnie Jones of Ann Arbor, Mich., 220-204, to set up the championship match. The tournament field consisted of PBA members who had not won a PBA title or non-members who have never won a PBA event.
 
Jeff Bellinger of Columbia, S.C.defeated Gary Shultis of Levittown, N.Y., 204-177 to win the PBA50 Gastonia Southern Open presented by Brunswick at George Pappas Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C., Sunday.
 
Bellinger, who won $1,700 along with his 15th overall regional title, narrowly made it to the championship match after beating PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., in the semifinal round, 10-9 in a one-ball roll-off after they tied at 258–258. Both recorded strikes on their first sudden-death roll-off shots before Williams left a solid 8 pin on his second shot.
 
Shultis, who had won at Liberty Lanes three times in the past, earned his shot at the title by defeating Pete Bryan of Laurel, Del., 234-211, in the other semifinal match.
 
Jim Pratt of Avondale, Ariz., defeated Ray Lussier of San Jose, Calif., 235-151, to win the PBA Mesa East Bowl Western Open presented by Columbia 300 at Mesa East Bowl in Mesa, Ariz., Sunday.
 
Pratt defeated three bowlers to earn the $2,500 first prize and his fourth regional title. He defeated Michael Tang of San Francisco, 194-166, and non-PBA member Ed Smaglik of Flagstaff, Ariz., 220-168, to set up the title match.
 
● Heading into the Thanksgiving break, the only events on the Nov. 16-18 schedule are the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop East Open at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Md., and the PBA50 Plygem Windows South Open at Rocky Mount Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, Va.
 
● Headlining the Thanksgiving weekend will be the Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.
 
● The November PBA Regional calendar comes to a close over the Nov. 30-Dec. 2 weekend with the Knob Hill/MJK Pro Shop Challenge (a non-champions event) presented by Brunswick at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J.; the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest Open presented by Allstate in Kankakee, Ill.; and the re-scheduled Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla.
 
● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).
 
QUICK NOTES:
● In an all-PBA final, Australia’s Sam Cooley defeated PBA Player of the Year candidate Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 244-163, to win the 54th Qubica AMF Bowling World Cup Saturday at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas. Troup defeated Colombia’s Andres Gomez, 264-216, and Cooley eliminated Finland’s Osku Palermaa, 240-203, to set up the title match. PBWA Player of the Year Shannon O’Keefe, a PBA Regional title winner, won the women’s World Cup with a 238-236 thriller over Malaysia’s Sin Li Jane.
 
● Three-time PBA Tour champion Bill Tucker of Gilbert, Ariz., has died at the age of 92. A USBC Hall of Famer, Tucker was the first bowler to roll two 300 games in ABC/USBC Open Championships history. Among his most impressive victories was in the 100-game BPAA All Star in 1961 when he out-distanced Dick Weber by 363 pins for the title. A U.S. Army veteran who served during WWII, Tucker worked in his Arizona pro shop until his retirement at the age of 91.

Friday, November 16, 2018

10th CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Presented by Go Bowling!
Returns to Bowlero The Woodlands
Tickets now on sale; CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Go Bowling! Bowlero VIP Sweepstakes will award two VIP passes to the winner 
 
CONROE, Texas  – Tickets are now on sale for the 10th edition of Houston Rockets star Chris Paul’s CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational, presented by GoBowling!, which will return to Bowlero The Woodlands on Thursday, Jan. 17.  The star-studded CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational will air on FOX on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. ET.
 
Paul, the tournament host and a nine-time NBA All-Star, is hoping to defend his doubles title and win for the fifth time overall in the multi-format event which benefits the Chris Paul Family Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting youth, education, health, sports and social responsibility. Paul and a group of his friends from the world of sports and entertainment will participate along with an all-star lineup of PBA Tour stars.
 
Four different ticket options for the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational are available. For information and advance purchase, click on www.pba.com/Tickets. The packages are as follows:
 
VIP Package - $150 - Includes meet & greet with Chris Paul, full buffet (2:30 p.m.), open bar (2-6 p.m.), premium bleacher seat and Chris Paul-signed Bowlero Pin.
Premium General Package - $75 - Includes full buffet, two non-premium drink tickets and one bleacher seat.
General Admission - $50 - Includes one bleacher seat.
Standing Room Only - $25 
 
One lucky fan will also have the opportunity to attend, and will win two Celebrity Invitational VIP passes courtesy of the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Go Bowling! Bowlero VIP Sweepstakes. Now through Dec. 16, fans can enter to win by following the @BowleroBowl Instagram, liking the “CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Sweepstakes Instagram post, and tagging a friend they’d like to bring in the comments section. One winner will be selected at random and announced on Dec. 21. Sweepstakes rules can be found here.
 
The Celebrity Invitational begins with a red carpet ceremony at 3 p.m. CT (doors open at 2 p.m.) on Jan. 17 at Bowlero The Woodlands (27000 I-45 N, Conroe, TX 77385) with the FOX taping of competition beginning at 4 p.m.
 
In addition to Paul, who won the 2018 doubles title with PBA Hall of Fame partner Norm Duke, the event will feature a number of celebrities and PBA Tour stars. The full lineup of celebrities and PBA players will be announced soon. One of the first celebrities to commit to the event is NASCAR star Aric Almirola, a two-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series title winner who was a finalist in the 2018 NASCAR Cup playoffs. Also expected to return to the 2019 tournament are Boston Red Sox All-Star outfielder, 2018 American League MVP and World Series champion Mookie Betts along with 2018 NFL Hall of Fame inductee Terrell Owens.
 
Other celebrity bowlers who have participated in previous events include NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant; NFL stars Michael Strahan, Hines Ward, LaMarr Woodley, Reggie Bush, C.J. Anderson; hip-hop stars DJ Khaled, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Lil Wayne, French Montana and Nelly; television personality Chris Hardwick; comedian/motion picture star Kevin Hart; television star Jesse Williams, and U.S. Olympians Allyson Felix and Hope Solo, among others.
 
CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Past Winners:
2018 – Norm Duke/Chris Paul
2017 – Chris Barnes/Chris Paul
2016 – Pete Weber/Terrell Owens
2015 – Ronnie Russell/French Montana
2013 – Chris Barnes/Chris Hardwick
2012 – Pete Weber/Jerry Ferrara/Blake Griffin
2011 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul
2010 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul
2009 – Jason Couch/LeBron James
 
About The Chris Paul Family Foundation
The Chris Paul Family Foundation strives to positively impact individuals and families by leveling the playing field in education, sports and life. The foundation provides resources that enrich and strengthen the healthy development of strong communities. Recognized as a leader in the area of philanthropy, The Chris Paul Family Foundation will continue to use its platform to impact communities nationally and globally. For more information about the Chris Paul Family Foundation, visit chrispaul3.com/foundation.
 
About GoBowling.com
GoBowling.com is the destination for bowling fans and enthusiasts seeking news and information about one of America’s favorite pastimes and the nation’s number one participatory sport.  With more than 67 million people taking to the lanes every year, GoBowling.com is a one-stop location where people of all ages can go to satisfy their love of bowling. Consumers turn to GoBowling.com every day to find bowling fun – discovering new bowling centers, tips and tricks to use on the lanes, event news and great deals at more than 1,700+ family-friendly bowling centers across the country.
 
About Bowlero Corp
Bowlero Corp (formerly Bowlmor AMF) is the largest owner and operator of bowling centers in the world, with over 300 locations, including eight locations in Mexico and two in Canada, specializing in corporate and special events, as well as league and retail bowling. The company was created in 2013 following the merger of Bowlmor Lanes, an upscale bowling and entertainment company, and AMF Bowling Worldwide and continued its growth with the acquisition of Brunswick Corporation’s bowling center business in 2014. The company’s portfolio of bowling center brands includes Bowlero, Bowlmor Lanes, AMF Bowling Co., and Brunswick Zone. For more information, please visit BowleroCorp.com.
 
About PBA
Now in its 60th year, the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is an organization of more than 3,000 of the best bowlers from 27 countries who compete in Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA50 Tour, and PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional events. In 2018, the PBA celebrated its 59th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching bowling fans around the world who follow PBA activities through the PBA Network which includes Xtra Frame on FloBowling, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, FOX Sports, FS1 and CBS Sports Network, and the PBA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. PBA sponsors include Barbasol, Brunswick, Ebonite International, FloBowling.com, GoBowling.com, MOTIV, 900 Global, PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Storm Products and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. Learn more at www.pba.com.

Thursday, November 15, 2018


PWBA HALL OF FAME TO RETURN IN 2019
ARLINGTON, Texas – In 2019, the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Hall of Fame will induct its first class in 16 years, and nominations now are being accepted at PWBA.com.
The induction ceremony for the 2019 PWBA Hall of Fame Class will take place May 15 in Wichita, Kansas, in conjunction with the 2019 United States Bowling Congress Queens, a major event on the PWBA Tour. Details on the induction ceremony will be announced later.
Nomination forms are available at PWBA.com and will be accepted through Jan. 1, 2019. The categories and eligibility criteria for each category are:
* Performance – A minimum of 10 PWBA Tour titles or a minimum of five PWBA Tour titles including two majors. Minimum age is 50.
* Ambassador – At least one PWBA Tour title and made a major impact on the growth of the PWBA Tour. Minimum age is 50.
* Meritorious/Builder – Advanced the PWBA as an organization, promoted the PWBA Tour through media and must show a minimum of five years of support.
The PWBA Hall of Fame committee will be appointed by the PWBA Player Committee, with approval of PWBA stakeholders. The committee will consist of PWBA Hall of Fame members, bowling media members, and appointed board of directors from the USBC and the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America.
Donna Adamek, Patty Costello, Dorothy Fothergill, Mildred Ignizio, Marion Ladewig, and Betty Morris in the Performance category, LaVerne Carter, Helen Duvall and Shirley Garms in Pioneer, and Georgia Veatch in the Builder category comprised the inaugural PWBA Hall of Fame class in 1995.
The most recent class was in 2003, with Anne Marie Duggan and Virginia Norton inducted in the Performance category.
After a 12-year absence, the PWBA Tour returned in 2015 through a funding agreement from the BPAA and the USBC. The 2019 PWBA Tour season will have 14 events, kicking off with the PWBA Greater Cleveland Open on April 25-27 at Yorktown Lanes.
Through 2018, there are 35 members of the PWBA Hall of Fame – 19 in Performance, 10 in Pioneer and six in Builder.
For more information on the PWBA Hall of Fame and where to send nomination forms, visit PWBA.com/HallofFame.
About the PWBA
The Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) originally was formed in 1960. The PWBA Tour has events throughout the country, offering high-level competition and top prize money for women bowlers. The PWBA is supported by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA) and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC).
Plans Moving Forward to Introduce Revolutionary PBA Playoffs in 2019
Historic competition with $100,000 first prize will be a centerpiece of PBA’s inaugural season on FOX Sports
 
CHICAGO  – With the return of Professional Bowlers Association competition to broadcast television looming in 2019, the PBA and its new broadcast partner, FOX Sports, are finalizing plans for an historic PBA Playoffs series that will add unprecedented drama to the Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s 61st season.
 
Beginning in January, PBA members will compete in a schedule of 13 PBA Tour events, earning points toward 24 berths in an all-new PBA Playoffs match play elimination series that will unfold over nine weeks of television coverage on FOX Sports’ FS1 and FOX channels. The 10-event television series will begin with live coverage of the first Round of 24 matches from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, on Monday, April 8, and conclude with live coverage of the semifinal and final rounds on FOX on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, also from Bayside Bowl.
 
Details for each tournament, including schedules, formats and more, are posted on pba.com under the “Schedules/2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour” tab.
 
The winner of the PBA Playoffs will earn $100,000.
 
“With the largest first prize in bowling at stake and live broadcast TV on FOX for the championship rounds, qualifying for the PBA Playoffs will be the goal of every player on the 2019 PBA Tour,” said Tom Clark, PBA CEO and Commissioner. "At each of the 13 Tour events leading up to the Playoffs, points will be at stake, with only the top 24 making the cut. Keeping track of that points list during the first part of the year, and then watching all the intense elimination matches play out on mostly Monday nights in the spring on FS1, the Playoffs will capture the attention of fans everywhere.
 
“We couldn’t choose a better home for the first PBA Playoffs on FOX Sports than Portland's Bayside Bowl, with its great fan base and unique atmosphere. Maine is going to host the most exciting tournament ever held.”
 
Here’s how the PBA Playoffs will unfold:
 
● PBA Tour players will earn points based on positions for both qualifying and final standings in 13 tournaments classified as Tier 1 (major championship), Tier 2 (traditional) events, or Tier 3 (small or limited field, short format) events. Tier 1 events will award 50 percent more points than Tier 2 and three times as many as Tier 3 events.
 
● The 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, with “tier” designation, includes:
      Jan. 1-6 – PBA Hall of Fame Classic, Arlington, Texas (Tier 3).
      Jan. 8-13 – PBA Oklahoma Open, Shawnee, Okla. (Tier 2).
      Jan. 8-13 – Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles, Shawnee, Okla. (Tier 3).
      Jan. 23-27 – PBA Lubbock Sports Open, Lubbock, Texas (Tier 2).
      Feb. 5-10 – PBA Tournament of Champions, Fairlawn, Ohio (Tier 1).
      Feb. 12-17 – PBA Players Championship, Columbus, Ohio (Tier 1).
      Feb. 19-24 – PBA Indianapolis Open, Indianapolis, Ind. (Tier 2).
      Feb. 27-March 3 – PBA Jonesboro Open, Jonesboro, Ark. (Tier 2).
      March 11-18 – PBA World Series of Bowling X Cheetah Championship, Allen Park, Mich. (Tier 3).
      March 11-19 - PBA World Series of Bowling X Chameleon Championship, Allen Park, Mich. (Tier 3).
      March 11-20 - PBA World Series of Bowling X Scorpion Championship, Allen Park, Mich. (Tier 3).
      March 11-21 - PBA World Series of Bowling PBA World Championship, Allen Park, Mich. (Tier 1).
      March 26-April 1 – USBC Masters, Las Vegas (Tier 1).
 
● If any of the 2019 events includes a limited field, all PBA members will have the opportunity to advance into the field through a PTQ regardless of the size of the field.
 
● In each Tier 1, 2 or 3 tournament, up to 64 players may earn points for their finishing positions in both qualifying and the finals. The maximum a player can earn in a Tier 2 event will be 5,000 points per event (1,000 for leading qualifying, 4,000 for winning the tournament. In Tier 1 events, 64 players will earn points. The maximum will be 7,500 points (1,500 for leading qualifying, 6,000 for winning the event). In Tier 3 tournaments, the maximum will be 2,500 points (500 for leading qualifying, 2,000 for winning the event).
 
● Based on cumulative points earned at the completion of the USBC Masters, the top 24 players will advance to the PBA Playoffs. The top 8 on the points list will earn a bye for the first single-elimination match play round.
 
● The Round of 24 will include qualifiers 9 through 24 bowling one-game matches. The winners will advance to the Round of 16 (joining qualifiers 1-8) for best-of-three-game matches wherein the third game will consist of a two-frame tiebreaker if needed. The winners will continue to advance to the Round of 8, the semifinal round and the championship for the two survivors.
 
● Complete details including pairings, prize money and more will be posted on the PBA Playoffs page on pba.com in the near future.
 
● The PBA Playoffs will be contested in front of Bayside Bowl’s enthusiastic fans in Portland, Maine, beginning with a live telecast on Monday, April 8, on FS1. Preliminary rounds will air for eight consecutive Monday nights through May 27. The semifinals and finals will then move to FOX for live coverage at noon Eastern on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2.
 
2019 FOX-FS1 PBA PLAYOFFS TELECAST SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)
Monday, April 8 – PBA Playoffs Round of 24, Portland, Maine (FS1, 7 p.m., live).
Monday, April 15 - PBA Playoffs Round of 24, Portland, Maine (FS1, 8 p.m.).
Monday, April 22 - PBA Playoffs Round of 24, Portland, Maine (FS1, 9 p.m.).
Monday, April 29 - PBA Playoffs Round of 24, Portland, Maine (FS1, 9 p.m.).
Monday, May 6 - PBA Playoffs Round of 16, Portland, Maine (FS1, 9 p.m.).
Monday, May 13 - PBA Playoffs Round of 16, Portland, Maine (FS1, 9 p.m.).
Monday, May 20 - PBA Playoffs Quarterfinals, Portland, Maine (FS1, 9 p.m.).
Monday, May 27 - PBA Playoffs Quarterfinals, Portland, Maine (FS1, 9 p.m.).
Saturday, June 1 - PBA Playoffs Final Four, Portland, Maine (FOX, noon, live).
Sunday, June 2 - PBA Playoffs Championship Round, Portland, Maine (FOX, noon, live).
Tuesday, July 16 – PBA League Quarterfinals, Portland, Maine (FS1, 7 p.m., live).
Tuesday, July 16 – PBA League Quarterfinals, Portland, Maine (FS1, 9 p.m., live).
Wednesday, July 17 – PBA League Semifinals, Portland, Maine (FS1, 9 p.m., live).
Thursday, July 18 – PBA League Elias Cup Finals, Portland, Maine (FS1, 9 p.m., live).
 
About PBA
Now in its 60th year, the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is an organization of more than 3,000 of the best bowlers from 27 countries who compete in Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA50 Tour, and PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional events. In 2018, the PBA celebrated its 59th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching bowling fans around the world who follow PBA activities through the PBA Network which includes Xtra Frame on FloBowling, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, FOX Sports, FS1 and CBS Sports Network, and the PBA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. PBA sponsors include Barbasol, Brunswick, Ebonite International, FloBowling.com, GoBowling.com, MOTIV, 900 Global, PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Storm Products and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. Learn more at www.pba.com.
PBA to Unveil Player, Rookie of the Year Tuesday on FloBowling
Voters narrow Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year contenders to top three
 
The selection of the 2018 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year is down to three finalists – Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich.; Dom Barrett of England and EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind. – and the winner will be announced by PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark in a special live FloBowling presentation on Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST.
 
The announcement will be live-streamed on FloBowling.com and streamed simultaneously on FloBowling’s Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/FloBowling/), Twitter page (https://twitter.com/flobowling) and YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/flobowling).
 
Voting among PBA members and veteran bowling writers across America is complete. Among the Player of the Year candidates who qualified by finishing among the top 10 in either PBA earnings or competition points, Anderson, Barrett and Tackett are the three leading vote-getters, in alphabetical order. Among the three, Tackett is the only previous Player of the Year winner, capturing the honor for the 2016 season.
 
● Anderson, 23, won his first two Go Bowling! PBA Tour titles in 2018 including his first major, the USBC Masters. The second-year PBA member also won the 2018 Harry Smith Points Leader Award, symbolic of the tour’s most consistent player. He also finished third in the PBA Tournament of Champions, and ranked among the top five in earnings and scoring average.
 
● Barrett, 33, won the 2018 U.S. Open for his second career major and also won the DHC PBA Japan Invitational. He had top 10 finishes in all three key statistical categories: points (10th), average (seventh) and earnings (second).
 
● Tackett, 26, was the PBA Tour’s only three-title winner in 2018 and had two other top-five finishes, including fourth place in the U.S. Open. He ranked among the tour leaders in competition points (third), earnings (fifth) and average (sixth).
 
Tuesday’s announcements also will include the 2018 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year, Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner and PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award recipient.
 
The top three contenders for the 2018 PBA Rookie of the Year award are Thailand’s Annop Arromsaranon; Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn., and Malaysia’s Rafiq Ismail.
 
● Annop, 34, was the only rookie to win a title, capturing the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Busan Cup in South Korea.
 
● Doyle, 20, led all rookies with seven cashes in 15 PBA Tour events, with a best finish of third in the PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic. He also finished in a tie for 12th place in the USBC Masters.
 
● Ismail, a 21-year-old lefthander, cashed in three of the four PBA Tour events he entered and led all rookies with a 220.84 average in his limited action.
 
The POY and ROY winners will be presented their awards during the PBA Clash that will be televised by FOX on Sunday, Dec. 23. The Nagy and Reyes award winners will be recognized during the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies that will be live-streamed by FloBowling on Jan. 5 from Arlington, Texas.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

PBA Spare Shots
 
PBA WELL-REPRESENTED IN 2019 USBC HALL OF FAME CLASS
Existing PBA Hall of Famers Jim St. John and Larry Lichstein, along with newly-elected PBA Hall of Fame journalist Bob Johnson, are among four men elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame for induction in 2019, USBC announced Tuesday. Six additional PBA stars are on USBC’s Superior Performance ballot which will be voted on by a national panel in the near future.
 
St. John, a six-time PBA Tour title winner who died in 1987 at age 56, was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1989. St. John, who won back-to-back World Invitational titles in 1963 and ’64, was elected by the USBC Hall of Fame Committee in the Veterans category. Lichstein, PBA’s long-time Director of Player Services and a PBA Meritorious Service inductee in 1996, was elected in the USBC Pioneer category. Johnson, a highly-decorated journalist as editor of Bowlers Journal International among others, and the late John Davis, the founder of Kegel and creator of revolutionary lane maintenance equipment, were elected in the USBC Meritorious Service category.
 
Yet to be decided are the Superior Performance inductees. On the men’s ballot are multi-title PBA stars Patrick Allen, Chris Barnes, Dave Ferraro, Mika Koivuniemi, Randy Pedersen and Mark Williams. Allen and Koivuniemi will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame on Jan. 5 in Arlington, Texas; the other four are already PBA Hall of Fame members.
 
Candidates on USBC’s women’s performance ballot are multi-PWBA champions Marianne DiRupo, Kelly Kulick, Sandra Jo Shiery and Tammy Turner. Kulick made PBA history when she became the first woman to win a PBA Tour title when she won the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.
 
USBC’s induction ceremony will take place May 1 as part of the USBC Convention at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. For more information about the USBC Hall of Fame news, click here: https://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622332048/
 
WBT MEN’S FINALS FIELD COMES DOWN TO WORLD BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
The third berth in the 2019 WBT Men’s Finals presented by the PBA will come down to how well a handful of contenders fare in the World Bowling Men’s Championships Nov. 23-Dec. 5 in Hong Kong, where finishing positions in the Men’s Masters and/or all-events are crucial.
 
Heading into the championships, Anthony Simonsen (2,183 points) and Stuart Williams (1,943) have locked up the top two berths in the World Bowling Tour Men’s Finals, which will be contested on Sunday, Jan. 6, at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas. Currently third is Jason Belmonte (1,441), but within reach of overtaking the Australian star (who isn’t bowling in Hong Kong) are Team USA members EJ Tackett (1,423), Andrew Anderson (1,382) and Kyle Troup (1,366). A longshot in the chase is Thailand’s Jojoe Yannaphon (1,164).
 
The World Championships will award 400 points to the highest-finishing player in the Masters/men’s all-events followed by 320 points for second, 280 for third, etc., through 50 places.

The WBT Women’s Finals, which also will be contested on Jan. 6 in Arlington, will feature American stars Danielle McEwan, Liz Johnson and Poland’s Daria Pajak. FOX Sports will air the finals on FS1 on Sunday, March 10, at 10 p.m. Eastern.
 
For detailed information about the multi-event World Bowling Men’s Championships, visit: http://2018wmc.worldbowling.org/
 
FLOBOWLING TO COVER WORLD BOWLING MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS
FloBowling, PBA’s official live streaming partner, has announced it will live-stream the 2018 World Bowling Men’s Championships from Hong Kong Dec. 1-5, providing North American bowling fans a chance to watch a number of PBA stars competing for their national teams in singles, doubles, trios, team and Masters competitions.
 
The World Bowling Men’s Championships will be the final qualifying event in determining the finalists for the 2019 WBT Men’s Finals, presented by the PBA, that will be contested on Jan. 6 in Arlington, Texas, for broadcast on FS1 on Sunday, March 10.
 
The live-streaming schedule will be as follows. All times are Eastern:
● Saturday, Dec. 1: 6:30 -8:30 a.m., singles semifinals, final and medal ceremony;
● Sunday, Dec. 2: 5:30-8:15 a.m., doubles semifinals, final and medal ceremony;
● Monday, Dec. 3: 5-8:30 a.m., trios semifinals, final and medal ceremony;
● Tuesday, Dec. 4: 4-9 a.m., five-man team semifinals, final and medal ceremony;
● Wednesday, Dec. 5: 2- 5:30 a.m., Masters semifinals, final and medal ceremony.
 
To enroll as a FloBowling subscriber, visit FloBowling.com and click on the “join now” link.
 
PBA OFFERS NEW LINE OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE BOWLING BALL SURFACING PADS
Bowling ball surfacing pads are essential tools that allow competitive bowlers to customize surfaces on high-tech bowling balls to maximize performance on a variety of lane conditions. To assist players looking for a competitive edge, the PBA is now offering specially-branded top-of-the-line surfacing pads that are tailored to any given bowler’s needs.
 
The pads are available in a three-pack of one grit for $13 or a six-pack that will include one pad each of 500, 1000, 1500, 2000, 3000 and 5000 grit for $22. To order the pads, visit: http://pba.firelakedesigns.com/shop/accessories/pba-branded-surfacing-pad-3-pack/ or http://pba.firelakedesigns.com/shop/accessories/pba-branded-surfacing-pad-6-pack/.
 
CHRIS WARREN, HARRY SULLINS PACE PBA REGIONAL TITLE WINNERS
An update on PBA’s regional title holders show Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., has maintained his one-title margin on the list of most standard PBA Regional titles and moved into sole possession of the “overall” titles lead while Michigan veteran Harry Sullins has taken a substantial five-title lead on the “most PBA50” regional victories list.
 
Here’s how things stand as of Nov. 4, 2018:
 
● Warren leads the all-time standard PBA Regional titles list with 47, one ahead of Pete Weber. Rounding out the top five are Steve Jaros (43), Mike Scroggins (40) and Dale Traber (39). A total of 126 PBA members have won at least 10 standard PBA Regional titles since the program began full-fledged operations in 1970.
 
● With his most recent PBA50 Regional win in Waxahachie, Texas, in October, Warren now has a combined 53 standard and PBA50 titles, breaking a tie for a lead in that category with Traber, who has won 39 standard and 13 PBA50 regional titles for a total of 52. One title behind in third place are Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr. with 51. A distant fifth with 44 overall titles is Washington’s Hugh Miller.
 
● Sullins, a prolific competitor throughout his career, has won 23 PBA50 Regional titles including wins in the PBA’s South, Central, Midwest and West Regions. Second-best is a tie between PBA Hall of Famers Tom Baker and WRW with 18 each. Two more hall of famers – Ron Mohr and George Pappas – have each won 17 times in 50-and-older regionals. Only 13 players have won as many as 10 PBA50 Regional titles.
 
It’s still pretty amazing to realize the PBA, throughout its seven regional programs, has conducted 6,459 tournaments since the beginning – and 1,873 different players have won at least one title.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: DICK ALLEN HELPS WRW IMPROVE RECORD TO 109 TITLES
With the assistance of partner Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., improved his own record for overall PBA titles to 109 Sunday as the tandem defeated Steve Arehart of Chesapeake, Va., and Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., 248-180, to win the PBA/PBA50 Decker Appraisal Services Baker Doubles title presented by Hammer Sunday at Valley Lanes in Harrisonburg, Va.
 
Allen and Williams qualified first for the stepladder finals and watched as John Furey of Howell, N.J and Sam Maccarone of Williamstown, N.J., eliminated Steve Haas of Enola, Pa., and Bob Michalojko of Pittsburgh, Pa., 244-205, to start the four-team stepladder finals. Arehart and Baker then defeated Furey and Maccarone, 268-248, to advance to the title match.
 
The win was Williams’ 51st in PBA Regional and PBA50 Regional competition to accompany his 47 PBA Tour and 11 PBA50 Tour titles. Allen picked up his 22nd PBA Regional win and the partners shared the $3,600 first prize. Arehart and Baker pocketed $1,800 for second, the Furey/Maccarone team collected $1,400 for third place and the Haas/Michalojko team $1,200 for fourth place.
 
JR Raymond of Clinton Twp., Mich. defeated Dave Han of Birmingham, Ala., 224-209, to win the PBA Greater Anderson Central/Midwest Open at Dave Small’s Championship Lanes in Anderson, Ind., Sunday for his fourth career PBA Regional title and the $2,000 first prize.
 
In the semifinal round, Raymond eliminated Ric McCormick of Cincinnati, Ohio, 224-173, and Han edged Zachery Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 217-209, to set up the championship match.
 
Darren Tang of San Francisco posted a 6-2 match play record and knocked down 3,990 pins Sunday to win his fourth PBA Regional title in the PBA Ken & Kathy Fowler Auto Centers Open at Yokayo Bowl in Ukiah, Calif.
 
Tang, who earned $2,000, defeated Raymond Lussier of San Jose, Calif., by 202 pins for the title. Lussier had a 6-2 match play record and 3,788 total pins for his 16 games including match play bonus pins.
 
In the companion PBA50 Open, Kevin Croucher of Grants Pass, Ore., went 6-2 and knocked down 3,517 total pins to top Derek Gregory of Chowchilla, Calif., for his third PBA50 Regional title. Gregory had a 4-4 match play record and a total of 3,485 pins.
 
● PBA Regional competition over the Nov. 9-10 weekend will include the La-Z-Boy Central Challenge at Monroe Sport Center in Monroe, Mich.; the Plaza Bowl Midwest Open in Clinton, Iowa; the PBA50 Gastonia South Open at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C., and the Mesa East Bowl Western Open in Mesa, Ariz.
 
● Heading into the Thanksgiving break, the only events on the Nov. 16-18 schedule are the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop East Open at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Md., and the PBA50 Plygem Windows South Open at Rocky Mount Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, Va.
 
● Headlining the Thanksgiving weekend will be the Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.
 
● The November PBA Regional calendar comes to a close over the Nov. 30-Dec. 2 weekend with the Knob Hill/MJK Pro Shop Challenge (a non-champions event) presented by Brunswick at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J.; the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest Open presented by Allstate in Kankakee, Ill.; and the re-scheduled Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla.
 
● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).
 
QUICK NOTES:
● Voting is underway to select the 2018 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year and the 2018 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year. The winners will be announced on Monday, Dec. 10 as part of the PBA Clash that will air on FOX on Sunday, Dec. 23. Check your local listings for the time of the telecast in your market.
 
● If you haven’t done so already, you still have time to enter the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame’s VIP Experience sweepstakes (https://rafflecreator.com/pages/25310/hall-of-fame-vip-experience). The lucky winner will receive a great package including an expenses-paid round trip for two to attend the 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic in Arlington, Texas, Jan. 5-6, plus other special benefits.
 
PBA Midwest Region Manager Rich Weber Announces Retirement
 
CHICAGO (Nov. 14, 2018) – Rich Weber, the oldest of PBA legend Dick Weber’s four children, has announced he will retire from PBA active duty at the end of the year after more than 30 years of service to the organization.
 
Weber, who turned 68 on Oct. 2, will conclude his latest role as PBA Midwest Region manager when he supervises the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest Open presented by Allstate in Kankakee, Ill., over the Nov. 30-Dec. 2 weekend.
 
A lifelong St. Louis area resident, Weber began his administrative work with the PBA in 1984 as an assistant to then-PBA Midwest Region manager Don McClaren. He and younger brother John continued to work with the Midwest Region when their father took over McClaren’s post in 1987. He also served a year as assistant tournament director for the PBA Senior Tour under Mike Durbin in 1989 and in 1990, began a seven-year tour of duty as PBA Senior Tour Tournament Director.
 
John Weber succeeded his father as PBA Midwest manager in 1997, running the region with Rich’s help until 2006 when John was named Director of the PBA Regional and Senior Tours. Rich then assumed the helm of the Midwest Region, a position he has held for the past 12 years.
 
“The most fun I had was running the senior tour,” Rich said. “It was a close-knit group. We needled each other, played golf together, had dinners…it was an amazing time.
 
“The best part of running the regional program was watching the young guys develop,” he added. “The AJ Johnsons, AJ Chapmans today have a good time. They have grown up bowling with and against each other in college. They’re a close-knit group. Guys were a lot more serious years ago.”
 
Beyond his service to the PBA, Rich also has been the personal coach to his youngest brother – 37-time PBA Tour champion Pete Weber – throughout Pete’s career.
 
PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark was among many players, proprietors and industry leaders who expressed their thanks to Weber for his contributions to the sport.
 
“It is difficult to live up to the greatest name in bowling – Weber – and yet Rich did it with talent and class in all his roles with the PBA,” Clark said. “The PBA is very proud of Rich and happy for him. We can’t thank Rich enough for all he has done for the Midwest Region and the entire PBA.”
 
The PBA is expected to announce Weber’s successor as PBA Midwest Regional manager soon.