The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2014 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 6962 The 11th Frame: Mike Edwards replaces injured Ron Mohr in PBA Champions Challenge PBA50 qualifier http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6962 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Mike Edwards has replaced an injured Ron Mohr in the PBA Champions Challenge PBA50 qualifier that will be held Friday at the GEICO World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas.</span></p> <p>Mohr said in a message that he had a pinched nerve in his neck that was causing extreme pain and numbness in his left shoulder and arm.</p> <p>Mohr said he has tried massage, a chiropractor, traction, injections and electrical stimulation to no avail, and his next step would be seeing a neurosurgeon.</p> <p>&ldquo;REALLY disappointed,&rdquo; was his understandable comment.</p> <p>Needless to say, best wishes to Ron on a complete and quick-as-possible recovery!</p> <p>Wayne Webb declined Mohr&rsquo;s spot in the PBA50 Challenge and Mike Edwards took it, PBA spokesman Bill Vint said in an email.</p> <p>The other seven competitors are Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber, Tom Baker, Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Amleto Monacelli and Harry Sullins.</p> <p>The two who emerge from Friday&rsquo;s competition will compete on the PBA Champions Challenge TV show, along with the two who emerge in the qualifiers for Regional players and Women&rsquo;s Regional players.</p> <p>Along with those three championship matches, the show also will feature the Teen Masters Grand Championship match.</p> <p>Details are <a href="../../../news/article/6946" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/10/21/No-Shortage-of-Compelling-Storylines-for-GEICO-PBA-World-Series-of-Bowling-VI3b-Catch-All-the-Action-on-Xtra-Frame.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>This PBA news release</strong></a> looks at some of the storyline from the World Series.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0600 6961 The 11th Frame: MBA Hall of Famer Bruce Bryan fires perfect game in 803 series on near-anniversary of heart attack http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6961 <p>It was 364 days ago that <a href="../../../news/article/6148" target="_blank"><strong>Madison Bowling Association Hall of Famer Bruce Bryan nearly died from a heart attack he suffered while competing in the Dream Lanes All-Star Classic League<span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">.</span></strong></a></p> <p>That was less than a week after he had&nbsp;<strong><a href="../../../news/article/6132" target="_blank">rolled a perfect game</a>.</strong></p> <p><a style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;" href="../../../news/article/6572" target="_blank"><strong>On Thursday April 10, Bryan recorded another perfect game, confirming his comeback</strong></a><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">.</span></p> <p>And on Tuesday night &mdash; 364 days from his heart attack &mdash; Bryan &ldquo;celebrated&rdquo; the anniversary by firing his ninth career 300, sandwiching it between games of 278 and 225 for the supernational in the Dream Lanes All-Star Classic League.</p> <p>Heath Haug was second with 792 in the Village Lanes All-Star Co-Ed Classic League,</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 788 by Jay Heinzelman in the Village Co-Ed Classic; 785 by Willie Feltz in the Dream Early Men&rsquo;s League; 783 by Ray Ozols in the Ten Pin Alley Fifth Quarter League; 783 by Jim Fosdick, 780 by Gregg Williams and 755 by Herb Kimpel in the Dream All-Star Classic; 770 by Joey Sonekiao in the Badger Bowl Bowl Pho Fun League; and 757 by Jeff Bach in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Sportsmen&rsquo;s League.</p> <p>Kim Zimmerman led women&rsquo;s scoring with 655 in the Village All-Star Co-Ed Classic, edging the 649 of Rachel Zimmer in the same league.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6960 The 11th Frame: Bob Glass, Chris Peters, Barb Wilt elected to PBA Hall of Fame http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6960 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Bob Glass, Chris Peters and Barb Wilt have been inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame, PBA announced Monday.</span></p> <p>Glass, who was a dominant player during a 10-year career on the PBA50 Tour that was ended by back woes, was elected in the PBA50 Performance category.</p> <p>Peters, the former Microsoft executive who led the group that bought the nearly bankrupt PBA at the turn of the century, and Wilt, the longest-tenured employee in PBA history who retired just weeks ago, will be inducted in the Meritorious Service category.</p> <p>PBA said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/10/20/Bob-Glass-Chris-Peters-Barb-Wilt-Elected-to-PBA-Hall-of-Fame.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a> that the induction ceremonies would be held on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Marriott Indianapolis North during the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions. Ticket information will be announced later.</p> <p>Glass, won nine titles and finished in the top five 38 times in 78 PBA50 tournaments, earning PBA50 Player of the Year honors in 2000, 2001 and 2004.</p> <p>That dominance earned Glass my vote on my PBA Hall of Fame ballot.</p> <p>I competed many times against Glass in PBA Midwest Region tournaments and always enjoyed chatting with him as he is a true intellectual giant he holds a PhD in economics and has a law degree, land currently is Chief of Economics and Rates with the Kansas Corporation Commission, PBA reported.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was really surprised,&rdquo; Glass said of his election in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/10/20/Bob-Glass-Chris-Peters-Barb-Wilt-Elected-to-PBA-Hall-of-Fame.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I bowled some on the regular tour, and I really only bowled full-time 5 1/2 years on the senior tour. I just feel real lucky. It&rsquo;s kind of shocking.</p> <p>&ldquo;I used to tell people that my game degenerated slower than other people&rsquo;s because as a senior, I was able to beat guys who used to beat me regularly.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was still pretty strong when I came out (on the PBA50 Tour). Actually, Steve Wunderlich (a three-time PBA Tour titlist), who was with Track at the time, probably saved my career when he convinced me to drop from 16-pound equipment for 15 pounds because the heavier ball was too powerful.&rdquo;</p> <p>Peters, an early employee of Microsoft who later became an executive with the company, led the effort to purchase the PBA with partners and fellow Microsoft executives Mike Slade and Rob Glaser in 2000.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/10/20/Bob-Glass-Chris-Peters-Barb-Wilt-Elected-to-PBA-Hall-of-Fame.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>The PBA release</strong></a> details the numerous groundbreaking efforts made by PBA during his tenure as owner, including the development of webcasting, an Exempt Tour, and the biggest prize funds in PBA Tour history.</p> <p>It wasn&rsquo;t for lack of effort that PBA couldn&rsquo;t again achieve the kind of status it had during the glory days.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was very excited when (PBA Commissioner) Tom Clark called,&rdquo; Peters said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/10/20/Bob-Glass-Chris-Peters-Barb-Wilt-Elected-to-PBA-Hall-of-Fame.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s great. I&rsquo;m a bit overwhelmed, but obviously this is shared with (co-owners) Rob (Glaser) and Mike (Slade).&nbsp; They were responsible, not just financially, but with their enthusiasm and ideas and everything else. I never could have done this without them.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been 15 years since I first talked with (former PBA Commissioner) Mark Gerberich. Way back then, Rob and Mike and I thought there might be a way to showcase bowling on the Internet. The idea was crazy at the time, but now the world is catching up, and that&rsquo;s great to see.</p> <p>&ldquo;The nicest thing about my involvement is the people I met in the bowling industry. They are the nicest people I&rsquo;ve met in the world, bar none, and that&rsquo;s what makes this so special. The PBA didn&rsquo;t have to do this. It&rsquo;s a huge honor. It&rsquo;s kind of a sad note, but my father was a big bowling fan, and he died during the past 15 years. He was the first one I wanted to call, so that kind of explains how much this means to me.&rdquo;</p> <p>Wilt retired to North Carolina in 2014 after 44 years of service to the organization. Her duties ranged from processing all PBA Tour entries to managing all of the PBA&rsquo;s statistical records, and virtually every other hands-on office chore over her extensive career.</p> <p>She was the face of the PBA among most of its thousands of members over four-plus decades, providing a familiar and friendly voice to help them with their needs, and she was conduit between PBA&rsquo;s national and regional tournament directors in bridging the gap between the &ldquo;office and the road.&rdquo; She also became the organization&rsquo;s unofficial historian and served as a guardian of old records, photographs and historical information.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m overwhelmed. I never believed this would happen,&rdquo; Wilt said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/10/20/Bob-Glass-Chris-Peters-Barb-Wilt-Elected-to-PBA-Hall-of-Fame.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s pretty overwhelming and I&rsquo;m very, very honored.</p> <p>&ldquo;I did a job I loved to do, and worked with great people and terrific athletes, and I got the better end of the deal. It&rsquo;s pretty cool.&rdquo;</p> <p>No candidates were elected in the PBA Performance category.</p> <p>Eligibility for the PBA Hall of Fame in the performance category requires a minimum of 20 years of PBA membership plus a minimum of 10 standard PBA Tour titles, or five titles plus two majors. Eligibility for the PBA50 performance category, which is intended to recognize players who excelled after reaching the age of 50, requires a minimum of 10 years of PBA50 competition plus a minimum of eight PBA50 Tour titles, or five standard PBA50 titles plus two majors. Candidates must receive a two-thirds majority of ballots cast in order to be elected.</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0600 6959 The 11th Frame: LeRoy Smith fires perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6959 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">LeRoy Smith fired a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Monday.</span></p> <p>Smith&rsquo;s 300 came in a 691 series in the Badger Bowl Utility League.</p> <p>The high series were Arick Ecker&rsquo;s 790 in the Spartan Bowl Major League and Kayla Klink&rsquo;s 686 in the Ten Pin Alley Hangover League.</p> <p>Next were Drew Latsch with 780 in the Village Lanes Honeymooners League and Lynn Pleuss with 659 in the Ten Pin Alley Less We Forget League.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 769 by Bill Reithmeyer and 760 by Jared Herfel, both in the Dream Lanes Suburban Merchants League.</p> <p><em style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6958 The 11th Frame: Reno tourism agency looking to hike fees it pays to USBC for Open, Women’s Championships, paper reports http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6958 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The Reno-Sparks Convention &amp; Visitors Authority finance board last week voted to recommend that its &nbsp;Board of Directors double what it pays the United States Bowling Congress per bowler from $20 to $40 to keep competitive with what other venues offer, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported on Sunday.</span></p> <p>The USBC is seeking to amend its contract, running now through 2030, to cover the period from 2019-2026 with a boost in the per-bowler fee from the RSCVA to better reflect "market value," Joe Kelley, RSCVA vice president, told the paper in <a href="http://www.rgj.com/story/money/business/2014/10/19/rscva-must-pay-lose-bowlers/17592783/" target="_blank"><strong>this story</strong></a>.</p> <p>The increase could mean another $525,000 out of the RSCVA's coffers in tournament years, and by not agreeing, the region risks losing the USBC's events, the paper reported it was told.</p> <p>"That's the game we're in,&rdquo; RSCVA finance committee member Dwight Dortch <a href="http://www.rgj.com/story/money/business/2014/10/19/rscva-must-pay-lose-bowlers/17592783/" target="_blank"><strong>told the paper</strong></a>. &ldquo;We've got to step up to the plate. We've gotta do what we've gotta do to keep the business."</p> <p>The 2015 and 2018 USBC Women's Championships, and the 2016 Open Championships would not be affected, the paper said.</p> <p>USBC declined to comment on the story.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">I wrote in </span><a style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;" href="../../../news/article/6651" target="_blank"><strong>this story</strong></a><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;"> in May that the concern over &ldquo;Reno fatigue&rdquo; is high enough that I&rsquo;d heard rumblings that USBC was at least considering making a move to switch one or even more of the Reno years to other cities. This story by the Reno paper seems to confirm that possibility,</span></p> <p>In my May story, two former high-ranking USBC executives said they believe that the Open Championships &mdash; and Women&rsquo;s Championships &mdash; are going too frequently to Reno and that cutting back the years would be good.</p> <p>The first year the tournament was held at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno in 1995 a then-record 17,285 teams competed, nearly double the 9,285 of 1994 in Mobile. Hosting every third year after 1995, Reno remained a strong draw with more than 15,000 entries through 2007, then 14,109 in 2010.</p> <p>But when the tournament returned again in 2011, replacing Wichita after that city failed to meet contract terms, entries fell to12,553. And after 11,794 teams competed in Baton Rouge in 2012, entries declined again in 2013 in Reno to 10,253 and&nbsp;to 9,024 this year in Reno &mdash; the fewest teams since 1993 in Tulsa.</p> <p>While other factors such as the economy undoubtedly have played a part, the trend is&nbsp;unmistakable, as is the chorus of Reno fatigue complaints in social media.</p> <p>The Open Championships is scheduled to return to Reno in &nbsp;2020, 2022 and 2024, in addition to 2016.</p> <p>The Reno paper <a href="http://www.rgj.com/story/money/business/2014/10/19/rscva-must-pay-lose-bowlers/17592783/" target="_blank"><strong>reported that</strong></a> RSCVA CEO Chris Baum said the most viable option for securing the $525,000 could be expanding the legislatively approved $2 room surcharge on major downtown Reno hotels, begun in 2012 for tourism-related redevelopment, to other lodging businesses in the region.</p> <p>Rick Murdock, a member of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees, <a href="http://www.rgj.com/story/money/business/2014/10/19/rscva-must-pay-lose-bowlers/17592783/" target="_blank"><strong>told the paper</strong></a> the bowlers represent Reno's largest group of fly-in tourists, most of them aboard crucial longer-haul flights from the Midwest.</p> <p>"It helps our cab drivers, concessions. We need them desperately," Murdock said.</p> <p>The RSCVA board is scheduled to meet Wednesday at 9 a.m. Pacific time, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.</p> <p>More details are in <a href="http://www.rgj.com/story/money/business/2014/10/19/rscva-must-pay-lose-bowlers/17592783/" target="_blank"><strong>the story</strong></a>.</p> <p>As I have reported, USBC has two separate contracts with Reno and there are buyout clauses.</p> <p>The first contract goes through 2018 and the second covers the later years. I wrote <a href="../../../news/article/5906" target="_blank"><strong>this story about the contracts</strong></a> in June 2013.<span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>If USBC does end up getting more money from Reno, it will need to do something directly for the bowlers to ease &ldquo;Reno fatigue&rdquo; &mdash; though I&rsquo;m not sure if any financial compensation will do much to ease the situation for the many &ldquo;vacation&rdquo; bowlers who long for the days when the Championships visited a different city at least two of every three years.</p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:00:00 -0600 6957 The 11th Frame: King Classic Ritchie Buss Memorial tourney set for Jan. 11 in Freeport, Illinois http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6957 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The fifth annual King Classic Ritchie Buss Memorial Bowling Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at 4 Seasons Bowl, 1100 W Galena Ave. in Freeport, Ill.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.journalstandard.com/obituaries/x1793482757/OBITUARY-Ritchie-C-Buss" target="_blank"><strong>Buss, who died in 2010,</strong></a>&nbsp;was a 2-time PBA Regional champion and frequent competitor in Madison Area Scratch Tour and other scratch events. He also was one of the quietest, nicest guys you could ever meet.</p> <p>Although scheduling conflicts have kept me away the past couple of years, I bowled the first two and can vouch for what a fun day it is.</p> <p>The tournament will be contested on a slightly modified <a href="http://kegel.net/V3/PatternLibraryPattern.aspx?ID=599" target="_blank"><strong>Kegel Broadway pattern</strong></a>, a 37-foot- challenge pattern that is tougher than a house shot but softer than a Sport shot.</p> <p>The format is eight games of qualifying followed by a 5-person stepladder finals.</p> <p>The entry fee is $55 and first prize is guaranteed at $555.55 but could be more depending on entries. The cash ratio is 1 in 5.</p> <p>The tournament&rsquo;s Facebook page is&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/229690933861832/" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>For details and to reserve a spot, call Jeff, Tim or Thomas at Seasons at 815-235-6145.</p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:00:00 -0600 6816 The 11th Frame: Update: All Star Lanes Fall Classic in La Crosse canceled http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6816 <p><em><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Update: Nick Heilman reports that Nancy Kaiser told him the&nbsp;30th annual All Star Lanes Fall Classic at All Star in La Crosse that was set for Saturday, Nov. 1 has been canceled.&nbsp;</span></em></p> <p><em><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Entries in the tournament have fallen dramatically in recent years and tournament operator Daron Schmitz recently left the center.</span></em></p> <hr /> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The 30th annual All Star Lanes Fall Classic at All Star in La Crosse is switching to a 1-day format on Nov. 1, tournament operator Daron Schmitz announced.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The squads will be at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will be six games across 12 lanes each with the end pairs not used at 16-lane All-Star.</span></p> <p>The top six players will compete in a stepladder finals after qualifying at 7 p.m., with both squads and the stepladder competing on fresh oil.</p> <p>The tournament dropped from three to two squads last year, but kept the Sunday semifinals and stepladder.</p> <p>The entry fee is $85 &ndash;&nbsp;$75 to the prize fund and $10 expense fee &ndash; and first will be $1,200 based on 72 entries (a maximum 36 on each squad).</p> <p>Re-entries must be prepaid and there will be no refunds.</p> <p>One in four will cash with the last spot at least $150. Bowlers can cash only once.</p> <p>Youth bowlers are not allowed.</p> <p>Brackets and pot games will be available.</p> <p>For reservations, call All Star at 608-788-7827. The address is&nbsp;4735 Mormon Coulee Road, LaCrosse, WI&nbsp; 54601.</p> <p>Sponsors include Budweiser and Bud Light, Coulee Bank, C &amp; C Catering, and MOTIV Bowling.</p> <p>There will be karaoke in the bar at 8 p.m. with food and drink specials all day.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/6188" target="_blank"><strong>Nick Heilman defeated teammate Andy Mills for the title last year</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:00:00 -0600 6955 The 11th Frame: Tyler Sheehy slams 764 to top youth scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6955 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Tyler Sheehy slammed a 764 to top youth scoring and highlight Madison area bowling over the weekend.</span></p> <p>Sheehy chained games of 235, 269 and 260 at Prairie Lanes, where Jeromey Hodsdon had a 680</p> <p>Shane Quam rolled the second-highest score of the weekend with a 709 at Ten Pin Alley.</p> <p>Candace Kipp led girls&rsquo; scoring with 613 (196-213-204)at Prairie.</p> <p>The Storm Challenge Sport League at Prairie switched to the 41-foot WTBA Montreal pattern on Saturday, and the top scores were Quinn Sheehy with 627, Chad Dempski 613, and Sara Solum 520.</p> <p>The top scores in adult leagues were Jim Fosdick with 761 in the Dream Lanes Eastside Couples League, and Rosey Rosenbaum with 648 in the Viking Lanes Couples League.</p> <p>Nate Sime rolled 752 and Mark Snyder 750 in the Viking Saturday Nite Specials League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6956 The 11th Frame: Chad Dempski, Taylor LaVine, Connor Carpenter, Lauren Schmitt take top spots in BYBT at Badger Bowl http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6956 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Chad Dempski, Taylor LaVine, Connor Carpenter and Lauren Schmitt &nbsp;won the division titles in Sunday&rsquo;s Badgerland Youth Bowlers Tour tournament at Badger Bowl.</span></p> <p>Dempski, who averaged 213, earned $133 for winning the boys scratch division.</p> <p>LaVine, who averaged 191, earned $84 for winning the girls scratch division.</p> <p>Carpenter, who averaged 171, earned $156 for winning the boys handicap division.</p> <p>Schmitt, who averaged 191, earned $118 for winning the girls handicap division.</p> <p>Jeromey Hodson had the high series with 727 and Kasey Horwath the high game of 279.</p> <p>Schmitt&rsquo;s 610 and Kenzie Sonsalla&rsquo;s 226 were the top series and game by girls.</p> <p>Junior Gold entries were won by Austin Powers (U20), Zach Davidson (U15) and Schmitt (U15).</p> <p>Full results are <a href="http://bybt.bowlweb.com/" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 05:00:00 -0600 6952 The 11th Frame: Chris Gibbons fires 807, Patty Spires-Merkel slams 713 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6952 <p>Chris Gibbons fired an 807 series and Patty Spires-Merkel slammed a 713 to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday.</p> <p>Gibbons chained games of 290, 258 and 259 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Jesters League.</p> <p>Competing in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Super Seniors League, Spires-Merkel highlighted her big series with a 265 game.</p> <p>Dan Somers fell a shot shy of perfection, rolling a 297 game in a 714 series in the Dream Lanes Moonlight League.</p> <p>Bill Henry was next for the men with 757 in the Sport Bowl Lions League, followed by 755 each by Rick Erce in the Dream Lanes Moonlight League and Rhett Roeth in the Dream Minor League.</p> <p>Theresa Holmes was next for the women with 668 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Three-Man League, followed by Cher Breunig with 658 in the Prairie Lanes Couples League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6953 The 11th Frame: Marshall Holman a great addition to Xtra Frame booth for GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6953 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">I&rsquo;ve written and said many times that my favorite bowling announcing team of all-time was Mike Durbin or Denny Schreiner with Marshall Holman.</span></p> <p>Holman was my favorite bowler when I was a kid, and I later was fortunate enough to cover him as a sportswriter and then compete with him on the PBA Tour. &nbsp;</p> <p>Holman was famous as a bowler for his temper and histrionics on the lanes, which for a time made him the favored &ldquo;bad guy&rdquo; of the PBA Tour &mdash; I can remember fans in Milwaukee cheering when he left a pocket 7-10.</p> <p>But after he endured some tough times on TV and mellowed some, he became a fan favorite who was cheered wildly.</p> <p>What fans didn&rsquo;t get to know about Marshall is what his fellow competitors and friends did: he was a heckuva smart and funny guy and a truly nice guy off the lanes.</p> <p>Fans would learn that when he became an announcer for PBA telecasts on ESPN, ESPN2 and CBS.</p> <p>His serious and solid analysis made him my favorite announcer; similarly, it&rsquo;s why I love when Chris Barnes &mdash; along with Norm Duke arguably the most intellectual bowler on the planet &mdash; joins colorful Randy Pedersen and whoever is the play-by-play announcer.</p> <p>That threesome is the only crew I&rsquo;d take over Marshall with one of his partners.</p> <p>Younger bowling fans who never got to see Marshall compete or hear him announce will get that chance later this month when the legendary Hall of Famer&nbsp;joins the Xtra Frame coverage team as a color commentator during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI.</p> <p>PBA Vice President of Media Dave Schroeder made the announcement Thursday in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/10/16/PBA-Legend-Marshall-Holman-Joins-Xtra-Frame-Broadcast-Booth-for-GEICO-PBA-World-Series-of-Bowling-VI.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>Holman will join Xtra Frame and ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Jakubowski in the Xtra Frame broadcast booth for live coverage of the Round of 24 blocks of the four animal pattern championships (Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion) that will be conducted Oct. 25-28 at the South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas and the final two rounds of match play for the PBA World Championship October 29-30.</p> <p>"The concept of the World Series has always intrigued me," Holman said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/10/16/PBA-Legend-Marshall-Holman-Joins-Xtra-Frame-Broadcast-Booth-for-GEICO-PBA-World-Series-of-Bowling-VI.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>. "What I hope to accomplish is provide a historical perspective to the sport that has been so good to me while at the same time provide some entertaining commentary for PBA's growing audience of Xtra Frame subscribers."</p> <p>Marshall being in the booth will be one more reason for me to fire up my computer and make time to watch some of the World Series action.</p> <p>As I wrote up <a href="../../../news/article/6941" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>, PBA is offering a special deal on Xtra Frame that provides the online channel through the end of 2015 for the $64.99 price of one year.</p> <p>"The PBA and Xtra Frame production team is excited to have one of PBA's all-time greats joining us for our live coverage of the World Series of Bowling," Schroeder said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/10/16/PBA-Legend-Marshall-Holman-Joins-Xtra-Frame-Broadcast-Booth-for-GEICO-PBA-World-Series-of-Bowling-VI.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>. "Marshall will bring his expert analysis, unique perspective and bold personality to our coverage, enhancing what is already the sport's premier international professional showcase and providing bowling fans with yet another reason to subscribe to Xtra Frame."</p> <p>Xtra Frame subscribers also will have access to&nbsp;exclusive live frame-by-frame scoring during qualifying rounds of all four animal pattern championship events. In order to access the exclusive feature, Xtra Frame subscribers must log in during qualifying rounds to receive a special password of the day which will be used (along with the user&rsquo;s email address) as a link to the live scoring page on Rolltech&rsquo;s website.</p> <p>Details are in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/10/22/Rolltech-to-Provide-Bonus-Frame-by-Frame-Scoring-During-WSOB-Qualifying-for-Xtra-Frame-Subscribers.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI Xtra Frame Schedule</strong> <br />(All times Eastern)</p> <p><strong>Friday, Oct. 24<br /></strong>5:15 p.m. - All-In Showdown<br />5:30 p.m. - PBA Challenge match play</p> <p><strong>Saturday, Oct. 25<br /></strong>10:40 a.m. -&nbsp; Cheetah A squad qualifying<br />4:40 p.m. - Cheetah B squad qualifying<br />10:10 p.m. - Cheetah Round of 24 qualifying</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Sunday, Oct. 26<br /></span></strong>10:40 a.m. - Viper B squad qualifying<br />4:40 p.m. - Viper A squad qualifying<br />10:10 p.m. -Viper Round of 24 qualifying</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Monday, Oct. 27<br /></span></strong>10:40 a.m. - Chameleon A squad qualifying<br />4:40 p.m. - Chameleon B squad qualifying<br />10:10 p.m. - Chameleon Round of 24 qualifying</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Tuesday, Oct. 28<br /></span></strong>10:40 a.m. - Scorpion B squad qualifying<br />4:40 p.m. - Scorpion A squad qualifying<br />10:10 p.m. - Scorpion Round of 24 qualifying</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Wednesday, Oct. 29<br /></span></strong>1:45 p.m. - PBA World Championship Round 1 match play<br />8:45 p.m. - PBA World Championship Round 2 match play</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Thursday, Oct. 30<br /></span></strong>4:45 p.m. - PBA World Championship Round 3 match play</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Friday, Oct. 31<br /></span></strong>3:15 p.m. - 2015 PBA League draft</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:00:00 -0600 6951 The 11th Frame: Mike Hoffman, Greg Van Haren, Steve Micksch fire perfect games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6951 <p>Mike Hoffman, Greg Van Haren and Steve Micksch fired perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday.</p> <p>Hoffman&rsquo;s 63<sup>rd</sup> career 300 came on the Kegel Route 66 challenge pattern in a 788 series that is the highest this season in the Ten Pin Alley Bullseye Masters League, the area&rsquo;s top league.</p> <p>The 45-foot pattern is not quite a Sport compliant pattern but is flatter than the typical house shot.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kegel.net/V3/PatternLibraryPatternGraph.aspx?ID=654&amp;VIEW=COM" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: #255898;">Here is one version of the pattern</span></strong></a>.</p> <p>The Bullseye Masters will compete on a pair of Sport compliant patterns in the final two rounds &mdash; PBA Cheetah and Kegel Turnpike &mdash; and then the 2015 USBC Open Championships patterns in the playoffs</p> <p>Other 700s in the Bullseye Masters were Derek Eoff with 756, Jay Heinzelman 729, Brent Ritchie 722 and Gail Myers Jr. 716.</p> <p>Van Haren&rsquo;s 10<sup>th</sup> career 300 and second this season came in a 715 in the Dream Lanes Great Lakes League. His first 300 of the season came in the same league just a week earlier.</p> <p>Micksch&rsquo;s first career 300 came in a 656 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes American Family Insurance League.</p> <p>Shawn Mitchell fell a pin shy of perfection with a 299 game in a 737 in the Dream Lanes Major League.</p> <p>Suzy Borchers led women&rsquo;s scoring with 701 in the Bowl-A-Vard Mixed Nuts League.</p> <p>Mary Lo was next with 689 in the same league.</p> <p>Joe Ryan was second for the men with 777 in the Dream Major.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 769 by Steve Reiber in the Waun-A-Bowl Beagles Classic League, 763 by Kevin Thompson in the Dream Major, 758 by Jon Lucasavitch in the Sport Bowl Businessmen&rsquo;s League, 756 by Chris Gibbons in the Bowl-A-Vard Mixed Nuts, and 752 by Scott Kramer in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s St. James.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6950 The 11th Frame: JT Jackson truly putting ‘Action’ in his name with winner-take-all match against Chris Barnes http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6950 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">If the average person knows JT &ldquo;Action&rdquo; Jackson, it&rsquo;s for his numerous TV commercials, not his bowling.</span></p> <p>But the 37-year-old lefty is a good enough bowler to have won a PBA Regional and cashed in a PBA Tour event (out of 34 tries).</p> <p>And having earned his nickname by bowling action with his comedian friends in Los Angeles, Jackson showed no fear by challenging PBA Tour superstar Chris Barnes to a one-game, All-In Showdown match that will be webcast live on PBA&rsquo;s Xtra Frame online bowling channel on Friday, Oct. 24, from South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, PBA reported in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/10/15/PBA-Spare-Shots-e2809cActione2809d-Jackson-Chris-Barnes-to-Bowl-2410000-Winner-Take-All-Match-at-WSOB-VI.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>Each bowler will put up $5,000 for the match &mdash; PBA League owner and comedian Kevin Hart actually is backing Jackson &mdash; which will air at 4:15 p.m. Central time on Oct. 24.</p> <p>&ldquo;I called (PBA Commissioner Tom Clark) and asked him if the PBA was going to do an &lsquo;all-in showdown&rsquo; like they did a couple of years ago,&rdquo; Jackson said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/10/15/PBA-Spare-Shots-e2809cActione2809d-Jackson-Chris-Barnes-to-Bowl-2410000-Winner-Take-All-Match-at-WSOB-VI.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;No one had mentioned anything. But he asked if I wanted to do something like that, so he called Barnes, and it&rsquo;s going to be me against him.&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Barnes, who did his share of high-stakes action bowling before he began his PBA career, quickly accepted the challenge. The future Hall of Famer is the only PBA player who has agreed to participate in every winner-take-all contest since the concept was introduced as a special event at the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling in 2009.</span></p> <p>For more on Jackson&rsquo;s action history and what he thinks of his chance against Barnes, go to <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/10/15/PBA-Spare-Shots-e2809cActione2809d-Jackson-Chris-Barnes-to-Bowl-2410000-Winner-Take-All-Match-at-WSOB-VI.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>.</p> <p>Barnes obviously will be a heavy favorite, but in a 1-game match anything truly can happen, and that will get me watching on Xtra Frame.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve always liked action,&rdquo; Barnes said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/10/15/PBA-Spare-Shots-e2809cActione2809d-Jackson-Chris-Barnes-to-Bowl-2410000-Winner-Take-All-Match-at-WSOB-VI.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;It doesn&rsquo;t happen that much anymore, but that&rsquo;s what I do. I bowl. I&rsquo;d prefer a longer format than one game, but it is what it is. It gets your heart pumping, and $5,000 for one game will get my blood flowing.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0600 6949 The 11th Frame: Dan Miller falls a shot shy of perfection http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6949 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Dan Miller fell a shot shy of perfection to highlight Madison area bowling on Wednesday.</span></p> <p>Miller&rsquo;s 298 game came in a 730 series in the Dream Lanes Classic League.</p> <p>The high scores were Larry Stormer&rsquo;s 744 in the Sport Bowl All-Stars League and Karen Ziegler&rsquo;s 655 in the Waun-A-Bowl Belles League.</p> <p>Larry Beranek was next for the men with 741 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Happy Hour Rollers League.</p> <p>No other women&rsquo;s scores of 600 or higher were reported.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6947 The 11th Frame: Why the new PWBA may last under BPAA, USBC http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6947 <p>Chad Murphy was working for Columbia Industries about eight years ago when Strike Ten Entertainment President Frank DeSocio paid him a visit during a layover at the San Antonio airport.</p> <p>DeSocio asked Murphy if there was a chance Columbia might sponsor a re-launch of a professional women&rsquo;s bowling tour.</p> <p>Murphy said he didn&rsquo;t think so, and he was correct.</p> <p>But years later, after they had forged a business relationship &mdash; Murphy had pro shops that now are owned by his brother Billy Murphy in some of Frank and Cathy DeSocio&rsquo;s bowling centers &mdash; and ultimately come to hold two of the most powerful offices in bowling, that conversation could be thought of as a seed that grew into a reality.</p> <p>On Friday, the Bowling Proprietors&rsquo; Association of America (where DeSocio is executive director) and the United States Bowling Congress (where Murphy is executive director) announced the re-launch of the Professional Women&rsquo;s Bowlers Association, as I wrote up <a href="../../../news/article/6939" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>On Wednesday, during a nearly hour-long conference call detailing the re-launch, Murphy recalled that meeting with DeSocio eight years ago.</p> <p>&ldquo;He asked me in that meeting if Columbia would consider putting in some dollars to support a launch of a new professional women&rsquo;s tour,&rdquo; Murphy said. &ldquo;I told him that I didn&rsquo;t think we would. Which is kind of ironic in how we&rsquo;re sitting here today."</p> <p>&ldquo;We mostly agreed about how important professional bowling is to the growth of the sport,&rdquo; Murphy added. &ldquo;Frank never gave up on that thought (of a women&rsquo;s tour.) We&rsquo;re just extremely excited about the possibilities this Tour will bring us.&rdquo;</p> <p>While many details will be filled in over time, those that were provided in the call have to amount to more than many top women bowlers even dared to dream about after so many years without a tour.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s the philosophy of what the new PWBA is about that should give the women who will compete some confidence that it will stick around.</p> <p>For three years starting in 2015, there will be eight regular PWBA tournaments followed by a PWBA Championship for the top points earners. (The U.S. Women&rsquo;s Open and the USBC Queens are separate from the PWBA, meaning the women actually will have 11 pro tournaments annually.)</p> <p>PWBA prize funds will be guaranteed at $60,000 total, $10,000 first, 24 cash spots and $1,200 last cash spot. Yes, all of that is guaranteed, Murphy emphasized.</p> <p>&ldquo;The idea is that last cash spot will more than cover a week&rsquo;s (expenses) for the ladies,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>If a field exceeds 72, additional spots will be paid on a 1-in-3 cashing ratio.</p> <p>Entry fees have not been set yet. There will be membership dues, but those also haven&rsquo;t been set and the tournaments will be open to all women. Members will pay lower entry fees than non-members.&nbsp;</p> <p>Obviously, NCAA bowlers wouldn&rsquo;t be able to take any prize money.</p> <p>An effort will be made to capture the history of women&rsquo;s professional bowling &mdash; there have been several organizations &mdash; and connect to it with records and statistics.</p> <p>PWBA competitors will be eligible to compete in the USBC Open and Women&rsquo;s Championships, though there may be some restrictions on them such as two to a team as there are on PBA members and top players, Murphy said.</p> <p>The USBC dollars supporting the PWBA are coming from existing sponsorships that are in place through the USBC member rewards platform, not from membership revenues, Murphy said.</p> <p>That should eliminate much of the potential opposition from those who were vociferous in stating in social media since Friday that they didn&rsquo;t want membership dues used for the PWBA. (Of course, sponsorship dollars used for PWBA would be available for a different use.)</p> <p>BPAA President Tom Martino said BPAA&rsquo;s board gave the OK to use BPAA reserve funds for the PWBA effort, &ldquo;and we will start to reach out to the companies in our partnership programs,&rdquo; for support.</p> <p>The PWBA tournaments will run on a Friday-Sunday schedule, with dates in 2015 starting the second weekend of July and ending Labor Day weekend.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s basically an extended weekend that will provide some opportunity for these ladies to participate,&rdquo; Murphy said. &ldquo;You can come in on a Thursday night and if needed be back in time for work on a Monday morning. We&rsquo;re trying to make it very friendly for anyone who wants to chase this dream but didn&rsquo;t want to quit their job.&rdquo;</p> <p>Murphy said it would be a Tour of cities across the U.S. &mdash; he likened it to a snake &mdash; and said the idea of holding multiple tournaments in one site was rejected.</p> <p>&ldquo;We wanted to hit more markets &mdash; it&rsquo;s time to get around the country again,&rdquo; he said, noting that a true tour allows for pro-ams, fan, sponsorship and media connections in many locations.</p> <p>Site decisions will be made on geography and the value proposition of going to that market, Murphy said, adding that since Friday &ldquo;we have taken lot of contacts from centers already.&rdquo;</p> <p>The format is not totally set, but there will be at least 24 games in each tournament, with practice, qualifying and pro-ams on Friday, a cut to Saturday for match play and some sort of finals Saturday night or possibly Sunday afternoon. BowlTV will be webcasting and TV deals will be sought.</p> <p>&ldquo;We believe there&rsquo;s a market for somewhere between 32 and 48 regulars,&rdquo; Murphy said when asked about entry projections. &ldquo;And we&rsquo;re certainly hoping to grow that over time.&rdquo;</p> <p>Murphy and DeSocio noted the growth in youth and collegiate bowling since the last women&rsquo;s pro tour went out of business represent a major change in the bowling landscape and a source of PWBA competitors and future competitors.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;This is just a natural,&rdquo; DeSocio said. &ldquo;And we&rsquo;re grateful that we&rsquo;re in a place that can make this happen. I wish everybody could experience the excitement we saw out of our staff when the announcement came through.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;And I&rsquo;m happy for the ladies. They&rsquo;ve been through a lot.&rdquo;</p> <p>Kelly Kulick, an all-time great and a USBC board member who figures to be a dominant force on the new PWBA, said she is &ldquo;over the moon&rdquo; about the new PWBA.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very excited about it,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s a great addition for those who have continued to bowl competitively. But with the rise of collegiate bowling and Junior Gold and the numbers we&rsquo;ve seen with the Queens entries and the U.S. Open entries, women&rsquo;s bowling is strong, it&rsquo;s out there and it wants to be seen and put on a stage.&rdquo;</p> <p>The three-year commitment is a key, she said.</p> <p>BPAA and USBC&rsquo;s goals in the re-launch of the PWBA include building awareness among non-bowlers and giving young female bowlers a professional arena to aspire to.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our plans are to create a robust, exciting professional tour that will support the growth of women&rsquo;s bowling in the future,&rdquo; Murphy said.</p> <p>As was said on Friday, BPAA and USBC will be subsidizing the cost of the PWBA for the next three years.</p> <p>Murphy said that while no specific details or total cost will be made available, &ldquo;in hopes of providing some additional clarity it should be stated that this Tour is not being built as profit center, only as a promotional Tour for bowling.&rdquo;</p> <p>The basic math of a $60,000 prize fund 27 times is $1.62 million. Entry fees will cover some of that, as will proprietor host fees, though DeSocio said they would be small and could be offset by hosts keeping pro-am and gate revenues. Additional sponsors and product registration &mdash; Murphy said there would be a program &mdash; also will help.</p> <p>But there also will be costs for staff and tournaments operations, including webcasting.</p> <p>It clearly isn&rsquo;t an inexpensive undertaking. But the potential reward is at least as big as the risk when you consider how there now is essentially nothing for top level female bowlers to aspire to, unless they want to compete with the men on the PBA Tour.</p> <p>What incentive is there for young girls &mdash; not that there&rsquo;s now a huge incentive for young boys &mdash; to seek to excel at bowling and for parents to support that?</p> <p>&ldquo;We will have hurdles ahead of us.&rdquo; DeSocio said. &ldquo;But it&rsquo;s working together as an industry, as a sport to make this work. This isn&rsquo;t just a one-off. We&rsquo;re here for three years and we&rsquo;re going to make this work.&rdquo;</p> <p>Murphy said he has &ldquo;no concern at all&rdquo; that a few players will dominate and hold entries down, noting the excitement among women bowlers in social media after Friday&rsquo;s announcement.</p> <p>&ldquo;The way we&rsquo;re building this Tour is with a financial model that&rsquo;s built to last,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And we believe by supporting the entire prize fund, rather than just something at the top, it will prevent some of that. It certainly does take a new crop of bowlers a while to understand what it takes to win. &hellip; But the cream will certainly come to the top.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;If 16 folks show up we&rsquo;d still operate,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not a situation where we need a certain amount of bowlers to make it work.&rdquo;</p> <p>In essence, the new PWBA Tour doesn&rsquo;t have to be a success to succeed, at least right away, which is why it may have the longevity to actually find more success than many expect.</p> <p>In other words, if there are only fields of 22, 26, 35, 28, etc. at the beginning, the plug isn&rsquo;t going to be pulled. Or so BPAA and USBC are saying now.</p> <p>That, in turn, may give more women the confidence in it to make the relatively minimal commitment necessary to compete in at least some of the Tour, and entries may grow.</p> <p>And since BPAA and USBC are saying they don&rsquo;t need to turn a profit, and big sponsors and a TV deal aren&rsquo;t necessary &mdash; though they&rsquo;d obviously be welcome and <em>are</em> necessary to return to the glory days &mdash; maybe the PWBA can sustain itself.</p> <p>Ultimately, it may come down to how much money the boards of BPAA and USBC can stomach investing (losing) in professional women&rsquo;s bowling. Does the value exceed the cost is the simple question.</p> <p>&ldquo;As long as we&rsquo;re crowning champions, that&rsquo;s important for those who will aspire to do that long term,&rdquo; Murphy said. &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t tell you how many times in the past four years I&rsquo;ve been in the room where I&rsquo;ve heard, &lsquo;Business is great on the youth side, but where do kids go to bowl after Junior Gold or after college?&rsquo; It was the right time and the right place.&rdquo;</p> <p>Added DeSocio: &ldquo;And as everybody works together we&rsquo;ve come to the conclusion that we can move the needle. And that competitive bowling is very important to proprietors around the country. And we want to see it grow.&rdquo;</p> <p>That&rsquo;s not to say there won&rsquo;t be measures and those involved won&rsquo;t be accountable for their decisions as they report regularly to their boards.</p> <p>&ldquo;We always look to see measurable results,&rdquo; BPAA President Tom Martino said. &ldquo;But it&rsquo;s not based on a one-year off. We know it may need a little time to grow. And we&rsquo;re totally convinced it will grow.&rdquo;</p> <p>Details not yet released will be made available over time, Murphy said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We ask everyone to be patient as we move forward with this incredible opportunity,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6946 The 11th Frame: Fields set for PBA Challenge qualifiers at GEICO PBA World of Series of Bowling VI http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6946 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">All of the fields are set for the PBA Challenge qualifiers at GEICO PBA World of Series of Bowling VI at South Point in Las Vegas, PBA announced in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/10/14/GEICO-PBA-World-of-Series-of-Bowling-VI-Kicks-Off-with-PBA-Challenge-Qualifiers-at-South-Point-Oct-24-on-Xtra-Frame.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The qualifiers for the PBA Challenge presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame wiil be on Friday, Oct. 24.</span></p> <p>The PBA will conduct 8-player, 8-game round-robin match play qualifiers for the PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA Women's Regional Tours to determine two finalists in each group who will advance to the ESPN taping of the PBA Challenge Finals on Sunday, Nov. 2 in the new South Point Bowling Plaza.</p> <p>The ESPN telecast, which also will include a Teen Masters Grand Championship match and a "Knock-Out Round" finale, will air on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. Central time.</p> <p>All three PBA Challenge match play qualifiers will be covered live on Xtra Frame on Oct. 24 starting at 4:15 p.m. Central time.</p> <p>The PBA50 Tour qualifier field features the top eight players in 2014 PBA50 Tour competition points: Walter Ray Williams Jr., Tom Baker, Norm Duke, Pete Weber, Parker Bohn III, Amleto Monacelli, Harry Sullins and Ron Mohr.</p> <p>The Regional Tour qualifier field features the points leaders from eight PBA Regions (East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West, Northwest and Japan) as of the Oct. 12 deadline: Ryan Shafer (East), Connor Pickford (South), EJ Tackett (Central), Tom Hess (Midwest), Shawn Maldonado (Southwest), David Haynes (West), Josh Blanchard (Northwest) and Pat Nolan (Japan).</p> <p>The Women's Regional Tour qualifier field features Kristina Wendell (East), Christina Hardee (South), Liz Johnson (Central), Amanda Green (Midwest), Clara Guerrero (Southwest), Missy Parkin (West), Lindsay Boomershine (Northwest) and Yuka Tsuchiya (Japan).</p> <p>All three PBA qualifying events will be contested on the PBA World Championship lane condition.</p> <p>The Teen Masters Grand Championship match will feature boys' division winner Michael Coffey of Melbourne, Florida, bowling girls' division winner Kelly Skalacki of Coram, New York. The winner will receive a $6,500 scholarship.</p> <p>The PBA Challenge telecast will conclude with the special Knock-Out Round, where the four match winners will roll one ball per round, with the lowest score eliminated until one player remains.</p> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0600 6945 The 11th Frame: Jon O’Konek fires 10th career perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6945 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Jon O&rsquo;Konek fired his 10</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;"> career perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday.</span></p> <p>O&rsquo;Konek&rsquo;s 300 came in a 728 in the Waun-A-Bowl Suburban League.</p> <p>The top seris on Tuesday were 792 by Todd Husebo in the Dream Lanes Early Men&rsquo;s League and 661 by Kris Schultz in the Oregon Bowl Nite Owls League.</p> <p>Next were Gregg Williams with 763 in the Dream All-Star Classic League and Dan Schulz with 652 at Ten Pin Alley.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6859 The 11th Frame: 2nd annual 2-pattern La Crosse Open sponsored by La Crescent Wine and Spirits set for Nov. 22 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6859 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The second annual 2-pattern La Crosse Open sponsored by La Crescent Wine and Spirits is set for Nov. 22 at Pla-Mor Lanes, 807 S. 4th St. in La Crosse.</span></p> <p>La Crescent&rsquo;s generous $5,000 sponsorship means the top three spots again will be guaranteed at $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000, tournament operator Nick Heilman announced. Last year, the extra $500 went for a 300 game pot, but Heilman said he was inclined to put that money into the prize fund this year.</p> <p>Update: On Sept. 15, Heilman posted that "DAHL Subaru has signed on as a new sponsor of the La Crosse Open for 2014. It is located directly across the street from Pla-Mor Lanes and The Eleventh Frame Diner. If you get time before, between, or after squads stop over and see them. Need an oil change? Their service department is open Saturday so have it done while you bowl!"</p> <p>And on Sept. 24, Heilman posted that Pearl Street Brewery had signed on as a sponsor, and their products would be on special at Pla-Mor and The Eleventh Frame Diner during the tournament.</p> <p>SUPPORT YOUR SPONSORS!</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Heilman said the DAHL sponsorship will ensure that that $140 as the minimum cash spot, $160 for 24th and $200 for 16th.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The entry fee stayed at&nbsp;$80,&nbsp;with 1 in 3 again cashing, he said.</span></p> <p>There is a maximum of 48 entries per squad&nbsp;&mdash; three per lane in the 16-lane center that annually hosts the popular Super Bowl Doubles. Re-entries will be allowed if there are spots available on the second squad. Squad times are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;Because of limited space, and the fact that we came very close to filling in our first year, entries will be open only to those that bowled the event last year up until Oct. 1,&rdquo; Heilman said. &ldquo;We will start to take entries for all remaining spots on Oct. 2. Once again, a check will be required to hold your spot.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>That ensures that those who bowled last year can request what squad they want and not get shutout by entries for those who didn't bowl, he said.</p> <p>Checks should be sent to Pla-Mor.</p> <p>Not every detail has been finalized, but there are a few changes, Heilman said, adding that a flyer with the rules finalized should be out soon. The tournament's Facebook page is <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1419406864964392/" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The format again will be six games of qualifying with alternating pairs of house and challenge lane patterns. The challenge pattern will be a version of what Mike Flanagan used at the InsideBowling.com Open in April.</span></p> <p>The inaugural tournament featured lanes oiled every other pair with the Pla-Mor house shot and the Kegel Boardwalk Sport pattern.&nbsp;</p> <p>New this year is a semifinals of 4 games&nbsp;for the top16 at&nbsp;7 p.m. with pins carrying over, then a stepladder for the top five with the top seed having to be beaten twice.</p> <p>The lanes will be re-oiled for both shifts and the semifinals, but not the stepladder finals.</p> <p>The stepladder will feature the modified house pattern on one lane and the challenge pattern on the other lane, with the higher seed having choice of starting/finishing lane, Heilman said.</p> <p>Brackets and pots will be segregated by lane pattern.</p> <p>For those staying over, <a href="http://www.settleinn.com/hotels/lacrosse" target="_blank"><strong>Settle Inn of La Crosse</strong></a>&nbsp;is offering a rate of $62 per night for Friday&nbsp;and Saturday as&nbsp;the host hotel for the La Crosse Open. The code to use&nbsp;is "La Crosse Open."</p> <p>Andy Mills won the inaugural event in dominating fashion. Details are in&nbsp;<a href="../../../news/article/6248" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:00:00 -0600 6827 The 11th Frame: Update: New Rose Bowl tourney set for Oct. 25-26 at Leisure Lanes in Davenport, Iowa canceled http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6827 <p><em><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Update: This tourney has been canceled due to low entries, with several other tournaments going on the weekend of Oct. 25-26 in the Midwest.<br /></span></em></p> <p><em>"We will definitely attempt to do this again when there isn't so much going on in the Midwest area," Joe Roseman said in a message.</em></p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">If you like the Fusion Realtors Open, Leisure Lanes in Davenport, Iowa has created a new tournament a lot like the Fusions.</span></p> <p>The inaugural Rose Bowl will be Oct. 25-26 at the center at 2802 W. 73<sup>rd</sup> St. in Davenport.</p> <p>The entry fee is $120, with $100 to the prize fund and $20 for lineage. With $2,000 in added money already secured, first prize is guaranteed $1,500 and 1 in 3 will cash.</p> <p>The format is seven games of qualifying with squads at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. The squads are limited to 48 bowlers and with 96 entries, 32 will cash and the top 24 advance to Sunday&rsquo;s 6-game semifinals with pins carrying over.</p> <p>The top five after those 13 games advance to a stepladder finals.</p> <p>The lane pattern will be Sport compliant.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/6789" target="_blank"><strong>The 12th annual Tri City Bank Milwaukee Open is Sunday, Oct. 26</strong></a>.</p> <p>For more information and to reserve a spot, call Joe Roseman at 563-726-2708.</p> <p>Roseman also reported that his mother's homemade chili will be available FREE&nbsp;in the bar for all of the bowlers, with the reward of an alcoholic beverage of the person's choice if they can eat just one bowl!</p> <p>I'm not sure how I will bowl that weekend, but I am ready to take anyone up on a chili challenge.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0600 6943 The 11th Frame: Luke Ganser fires 3rd career perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6943 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Luke Ganser fired his third career perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Monday.</span></p> <p>Ganser&rsquo;s 300 came in a 695 series in the Riviera Bowl Special League.</p> <p>The high series were Twoie Gallagher&rsquo;s 762 in the Spartan Bowl Major League and Jenny Gladem&rsquo;s 624 in the Dream Lanes Nighters League.</p> <p>Jeff Bunge was next for the men with 648 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Good Neighbors League.</p> <p>No other women&rsquo;s series of 600 or higher were reported.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6942 The 11th Frame: Shane Quam fires 709 to top youth scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6942 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Shane Quam fired a 709 to top youth scoring over the weekend.</span></p> <p>Quam competed at Ten Pin Alley.</p> <p>Tanner Bilstad was next with 688.</p> <p>No girls scores of 600 or higher were reported.</p> <p>Ray Nelson led adult scoring over the weekend with 701 in the Prairie Lanes Survivors League.</p> <p>No women&rsquo;s series of 600 or higher were reported.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6941 The 11th Frame: Xtra Frame now an even better value http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6941 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">I&rsquo;ve written multiple times that Xtra Frame is a great value for any bowling fan, delivering hundreds of hours of bowling competition for $64.99 per year, or just a little over $5 per month.</span></p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/6640" target="_blank"><strong>Here is one blog</strong></a> I wrote about Xtra Frame after famed coach Joe Slowinski made a call for bowling fans to step and support the PBA by subscribing to Xtra Frame.</p> <p>Now PBA is offering a deal that makes Xtra Frame an even better value: for that $64.99 you get Xtra Frame for the rest of 2014 and all of 2015, plus a copy of the new 2015 PBA Yearbook.</p> <p>The details are in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/10/10/New-Xtra-Frame-Season-Ticket-Provides-Front-Row-Seat-to-2015-PBA-Season.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">2014-15 PBA SCHEDULE OF XTRA FRAME EVENTS</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Oct. 24-30: GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI (PBA Regional, PBA50 Tour, PBA Women&rsquo;s Regional Match Play Elimination Rounds; Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Viper, Scorpion, Chameleon and PBA World Championship preliminary rounds, South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas</span></p> <p>Oct. 31: 2015 PBA League Draft, South Point, Las Vegas</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Jan. 14-18: DHC PBA Japan Invitational 2015, Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Jan. 26-30: PBA Players Championship and Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship qualifying and match play, Bowlmor AMF Bowlero, Wauwatosa, Wis.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Feb. 1-8: United States Bowling Congress Masters, Ashwaubenon Bowl, Green Bay, Wis. (preliminary rounds)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Feb. 10-15: 50th Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis (preliminary rounds)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Feb. 27-March 1: PBA Xtra Frame Pensacola South Open, New Liberty Lanes, Pensacola, Fla.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">March 30-31: PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout, Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine</span></p> <p>April 11-14: PBA50 Pasco County Open, Lane-Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla.</p> <p>April 18-21: PBA50 Sun Bowl in The Villages, Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla.</p> <p>April 26-29: PBA50 Miller High Life Classic, George Pappas&rsquo; Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C.</p> <p>May 9-17: Oklahoma&rsquo;s Grand Casino and Resort PBA Summer Swing (Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Open tournaments), Firelake Bowling Center and Grand Casino Event Center, Shawnee, Okla. (preliminary rounds; CBS Sports Network finals archived one week after original air date)</p> <p>May 31-June 5: Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas</p> <p>June 7-10: PBA50 Northern California Classic, Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif.</p> <p>June 13-16: PBA50 Grants Pass Open, Cave Man Bowl, Grants Pass, Ore.</p> <p>June 26-28: PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Southwest Open, South Plains Lanes, Lubbock, Texas</p> <p>July 19-22: PBA50 Treasure Island Resort &amp; Casino Open, Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minn.</p> <p>July 27-Aug. 1: USBC Senior Masters, Ashwaubenon Bowl, Green Bay, Wis.</p> <p>July 31-Aug. 2: PBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas</p> <p>Aug. 4-7: PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind.</p> <p>Aug. 8-11: PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind.</p> <p>Aug. 13-15: PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind.</p> <p>Aug. 21-23: PBA Xtra Frame Middletown East Open, Mid-County Lanes, Middletown, Del.</p> <p>Oct. 9-11: PBA Xtra Frame Iowa Midwest Open, Thunderbowl, Council Bluffs, Iowa</p> <p>Oct. 16-Nov. 1: PBA World Series of Bowling VII (Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion Opens; PBA World Championship; World Bowling Tour Men&rsquo;s and Women&rsquo;s Finals presented by PBA), South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas (preliminary rounds)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0600 6940 The 11th Frame: Lane pattern released for 12th annual Tri City Bank Milwaukee Open Oct. 26 at New Berlin Bowl http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6940 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The lane pattern has been released for the 12th annual Tri City Bank Milwaukee Open scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26 at New Berlin Bowl, 16000 W. Cleveland Ave. in New Berlin, organizer Bob Greenfield announced.</span></p> <p>The pattern is 38 feet with the drop brush at 30 feet and 27.99 mL of oil. The ratios are 3.33-1 outside track to middle and 1.33-1 middle track to middle.</p> <p>The lane pattern details are attached to the bottom of this blog as a PDF.</p> <p>Details on the tournament are in my blog <a href="../../../news/article/6789" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>And <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1461346244121201/" target="_blank"><strong>this the tournament&rsquo;s Facebook page</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0600 6944 The 11th Frame: Derek Eoff, Gail Myers Jr. win 3rd straight MAST doubles title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6944 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Derek Eoff and Gail Myers won their third straight Madison Area Scratch Tour doubles tournament, defeating Dan Swenson and Herb Kimpel 414-379 in the title match at Lake Ripley Lanes on Saturday, MAST reported.</span></p> <p>Eoff and Myers won last year at Lake Ripley and at Middleton Sport Bowl.</p> <p>Saturday&rsquo;s win was worth $640, while second was $338.</p> <p>The tourney drew 24 teams who competed on the WTBA London pattern.</p> <p>The top eight advanced to match play and the cut took a score of 1,563 for four games by each member of a duo.</p> <p>Kimpel and Swenson lead qualifying with 1,652 and Steve Brinkman was the individual high qualifier at 873.</p> <p>Full results are <a href="http://www.bowlweb.com/mast/archives/2014-2015/27-370/" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Lake Ripley Lanes donated tailgate parties and Badger Pro Shop a Roto Grip ASYLUM at cosr, adding $237 to the prize fund.</span></p> <p>Ron Blanchar won the drawing for the ASYLUM Bob Greenfield the Tailgate parties sponsored by Frank Liquor, Q106, Absolute, Fireball, and Dr. McGillicuddy&rsquo;s.</p> <p>The next MAST will be held at Dream Lanes on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 12:30 p.m.</p> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:00:00 -0600 6939 The 11th Frame: Key questions to be answered on re-launch of Professional Women’s Bowling Association http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6939 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The bowling world was buzzing after Friday&rsquo;s announcement that the Professional Women&rsquo;s Bowling Association Tour will re-launch in 2015 with a 3-year funding commitment from the United States Bowling Congress and Bowling Proprietors&rsquo; Association of America.</span></p> <p>It certainly provided a jolt to my weekend vacation with friends in Las Vegas!</p> <p>Luckily, I will be home in time for a conference call late Wednesday afternoon that hopefully will provide more details than <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622322786" target="_blank"><strong>this news release Friday</strong></a>. &nbsp;</p> <p>Here are a few of the key questions I plan to ask:</p> <p>What will the prize funds be for the tournaments?<br />What entries do you expect/hope for?<br />Do you expect to be able to get sponsors?<br />Will the U.S. Open &ndash; at least the women&rsquo;s &ndash; be part of this?</p> <p>I posed those questions to USBC Deputy Executive Director Jason Overstreet after the release came out and he said there was nothing more he could share until the conference call.</p> <p>Update: After I posted this story on Facebook, readers also came up with other&nbsp;good questions:</p> <p>What reaction does USBC expect from members regarding spending funds on the PWBA?<br />What impact will bowling in the PWBA have on eligibility for the USBC Open and Women's Championships?<br />What are the requirements for a host center?<br /><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".31.1:3:1:$comment10203826925728077_10203846974109274:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".31.1:3:1:$comment10203826925728077_10203846974109274:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".31.1:3:1:$comment10203826925728077_10203846974109274:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$0:0">Will there be a product registration program for balls and other equipment?</span></span></span></p> <p>In the release, USBC and BPAA said the preliminary plans are for a 9-event tour running from mid-summer through early fall &ndash; eight regular-season tour events followed by a PWBA Tour Championship. The regular events will be webcast online &ndash;&nbsp;former PBA Xtra Frame broadcaster Jason Thomas has joined USBC and I'd expect him to be involved &ndash;&nbsp;and a broadcast partner will be sought for the PWBA Tour Championship.</p> <p>The tournaments will run Friday-Sunday, which should help women with jobs compete.</p> <p>&ldquo;The new PWBA Tour must fit the lifestyle balance today&rsquo;s women need,&rdquo; BPAA President Tom Martino said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622322786" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;Women shouldn&rsquo;t have to choose between pursuing their dream as a professional bowler and the stability of traditional home life. We want the new tour to be an option for as many women as possible.&rdquo;</p> <p>An initial framework approved by both the USBC and BPAA Boards of Directors calls for an equal investment by USBC and BPAA to support operation and guaranteed prize funds of the PWBA Tour for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have seen women&rsquo;s bowling experience fantastic growth in the participation and skill development at the high school and collegiate level in recent years,&rdquo; USBC president Andrew Cain said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622322786" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;Now the USBC and BPAA are uniting to provide this talented next generation of women a professional tour to continue pursuing their passion for the sport.&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">A search will be conducted to hire support staff with USBC and BPAA providing assistance until the structure is developed.</span></p> <p>An obvious point that may be overlooked there is that once that structure is in place, it could run a men&rsquo;s tour as well, should the PBA ever fail.</p> <p>Of course, despite the long-running predictions by some that PBA was going to be folding &ndash; I long ago lost count of the predictions of that I have seen and received &ndash; PBA continues on, and actually is better now than it has been in the last few years. &nbsp;</p> <p>PBA Tour Commissioner Tom Clark obviously maintains that PBA is going nowhere.</p> <p>On the PWBA announcement, Clark said it &ldquo;sounds promising and it will be great for everyone to get details on prize money and media.&rdquo;</p> <p>If you are a bowling fan, you have to welcome the re-launch of the PWBA.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s great to see top women bowlers, especially the younger ones who never had a chance on the prior women&rsquo;s tours, having the chance to compete many times a year.</p> <p>It will be interesting to see what entries the tournaments attract. It&rsquo;s hard to make a projection until you know what the prize funds will be, but you have to hope they attract at last 50 entries. Making 100 would be a huge win, I&rsquo;d say.</p> <p>One problem is that women&rsquo;s top level bowling is dominated by a select few &ndash; perhaps the new PWBA will be an impetus for more to work to reach the level of the Kelly Kulicks of the world.</p> <p>The release said that in the coming weeks, a process will be announced to identify host centers for the 2015 PWBA Tour stops.</p> <p>A final thing worth mentioning is that this can be seen as another example of the benefit of having &ldquo;Team Wichita&rdquo; &ndash; USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy and BPAA leaders Frank and Cathy DeSocio &ndash; in top positions in Arlington.</p> <p>&ldquo;Together We Can&rdquo; as the mantra goes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 10:00:00 -0600