The 11th Frame Blog en-us 2014 Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 7117 The 11th Frame: Bruce Bryan, Tim Wiseman, Gerald Schwartz fire perfect games <p>Bruce Bryan, Tim Wiseman, Gerald Schwartz and this Raisin fired perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday.</p> <p>MBA Hall of Famer Bryan recorded his 10<sup>th</sup> career 300, second of the season and third since he&nbsp;<a href="../../../news/article/6148" target="_blank"><strong>nearly died from a heart attack in October 2013&nbsp;while competing in the Dream Lanes All-Star Classic League</strong></a>. Bryan finished with&nbsp;a 731 series in the MARBA League at Dream Lanes.</p> <p>Wiseman&rsquo;s second career 300 came in a 708 in the Prairie Lanes 8-Ball League.</p> <p>Schwartz&rsquo;s seventh career 300 came in a 660 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Wally Warner League.</p> <p>The high series were 791 by Bradley Thompson in the Prairie Lanes Classic League and 693 by Kayla Klink in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Towne Gypsies League.</p> <p>Next were Earl Chandler with 782 in the Village Lanes Golfers League and Brittany Pollentier with 683 in the Dream Major League, edging Debby Walker&rsquo;s 674 in the Dream MARBA.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 777 by Mike Stabenaw in the Prairie Classic, 773 by Craig Swenson in the Dream Suburban Atlas League, 762 by Jason Frey in the Oregon Bowl 3-Man League, 762 by Marc McDowell and 758 by Jim Fosdick in the Village Lanes Golfers League, 754 by Eric Serfort in the Viking Lanes Badgers League, and 751 by Eric Edge in the Waun-A-Bowl Beagles Classic League.</p> <p>My perfect game Thursday night was one of the more interesting of the 69 I have rolled in my career, as I used two dramatically&nbsp;different balls&nbsp;&mdash; one making its debut for me&nbsp;&mdash; on lanes 31 and 32, which are notorious for playing at least an arrow different.</p> <p>We are bowling this round on the 35-foot PBA Cheetah Sport pattern that depending on the version &mdash; and there have been many over the years &mdash; ranges from incredibly soft to tricky and hard. Our version on Thursdays has been closer to tricky and hard with some hang outside and my high this round has been just 660.</p> <p>But on 31-32 Thursday night there didn&rsquo;t seem to be any hang, although 32 was its typical much more frictitious self (Jeff Carter, I owe you another 25 cents).</p> <p>On Cheetah, controlling the breakpoint front-to-back is more important than side-to-side as the ball can hook early and miss the headpin left or shoot by the headpin on the right.</p> <p>One ball I often had great success on in PBA competition on Cheetah was a Storm FURIOUS with a pin-in-the-palm drilling that allowed me to move in and swing it:&nbsp;too wide and it would hook quick and stop; in and it often would freeze while still rolling enough to strike.</p> <p>However, that ball cracked a couple of winters ago&nbsp; when it was sitting in my basement (I never rotated it as I should have) waiting for the next PBA Regional season to begin.</p> <p>That loss broke my heart, even moreso as time has passed and I have not been able to find another PITP ball that comes close to the reaction of my FURIOUS.</p> <p>I finally decided to make a more educated guess on a replacement by looking at tech specs.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>FURIOUS</strong></a>, which came out in 2009, had an RG of 2.53 and a differential of 0.040 for 15 pounds.</p> <p>Last year, I tried a PITP in both the Storm IQ TOUR FUSION and Roto Grip OUTCRY, but both hooked too early and didn&rsquo;t give me the &ldquo;boomerang&rdquo; reaction the FURIOUS often did on Cheetah (or other wet/dry short patterns).</p> <p>That likely is because both balls had far lower differentials: the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>IQ TOUR FUSION</strong></a> has an RG of 2.49 and a differential of only 0.029, while the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>OUTCRY</strong></a> is 2.55 and 0.030.</p> <p>The new Roto Grip <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>UNHINGED</strong></a>, which goes on sale Jan. 6, is in the line that includes the HYSTERIA, a huge favorite of mine. More important, its numbers are 2.58 and 0.049&nbsp;&mdash; above the FURIOUS in differential, which I thought might give me a flippier PITP version of the FURIOUS, which would be just fine.</p> <p>I am ecstatic to report that that is exactly what I saw Thursday night.</p> <p>I tried throwing the UNHINGED on lane 32 and it simply hooked way too much&nbsp;&mdash; the topography on that lane must be something else!</p> <p>But on lane 31 it was perfect, providing me a nice shot crossing the arrows between 5- and 10-board throwing it at the gutter. If I got it near the gutter, it made a quick move and then slowed down. If I got it in AND released it clean,&nbsp;it would lay off, especially as the night wore on and the lanes transitioned.</p> <p>In the closing 300 game that gave me a 767 series, I finished on lane 31 with a dig 10-pin and two flush strikes crossing closer to 10-board at the arrows going right. Perfect games don't mean what they once did, but I was a little surprised about how confident I was &mdash; I guess a healthy sliding leg and three tournaments win in three weekends will help in that area!</p> <p>I solved lane 32 with a trusty old Storm&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>BARBED WIRE</strong></a>, which was introduced in 2003 and remains in my arsenal because it&rsquo;s probably the least hooking resin ball Storm made&nbsp;&mdash; at least in the last 15 years.</p> <p>I almost can never swing the BARBED WIRE, but 32 hooked so much I was playing roughly the same line as with the UNHINGED on lane 31 and actually got two light mixer strikes on shots I got almost to the edge.</p> <p>Even if the PITP UNHINGED never gives me much use outside of short patterns, I will consider the ball a total success for me as it filled a key hole in my arsenal that had been there for a couple of years. A picture of it is at the end of this blog.</p> <p>(I also brought my new Roto Grip HYPER CELL SKID on Thursday but in practice it was as I expected: way too much for Cheetah.)</p> <p>There were two other 700s, both by lefties, in the Bullseye Masters on Thursday: Mike Hoffman&rsquo;s 732 (also on 31-32) and Jacob Thomas&rsquo; 728.</p> <p>The first round was on the Kegel Route 66 challenge pattern. The 45-foot pattern is not quite a Sport compliant pattern but is flatter than the typical house shot.</p> <p>The Bullseye Masters will compete on the Kegel Turnpike Sport pattern in the third round and then the 2015 USBC Open Championships patterns in the playoffs</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:55:00 -0600 7115 The 11th Frame: Sites for World Bowling Championships tourneys for 2017-2020 include Detroit, Las Vegas <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The World Tenpin Bowling Association Executive Board has announced the host cities for World Bowling Championships tournaments for 2017-2020.</span></p> <p>The decisions were announced Tuesday in Abu Dhabi, where the board&nbsp;met following the completion of the World Men&rsquo;s Championships.</p> <p>Here is the schedule:</p> <p>2017 World Championships &ndash; Kuwait City, Kuwait</p> <p>2017 World Senior Championships &ndash; Munich, Germany</p> <p>2018 World Men&rsquo;s Championships &ndash; Hong Kong</p> <p>2018 World Youth Championships &ndash; Detroit</p> <p>2019 World Women&rsquo;s Championships &ndash; South Point, Las Vegas</p> <p>2019 World Senior Championships &ndash; South Point, Las Vegas</p> <p>2020 World Singles Championships &ndash; Tokyo, Japan</p> <p>&ldquo;We are thrilled to see such a diverse range of cities interested in hosting our championship events," World Bowling President Kevin Dornberger said in a news release. "We are pleased that we could accommodate for all the bidding cities and I believe this reflects on the global reach of our sport.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:00:00 -0600 7116 The 11th Frame: Dan Viken fires 806, Sam Manderino slams 803; Viken, Bob Richardson, Brian Wratney reach perfection <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Dan Viken fired an 806 series, Sam Manderino slammed an 803, and Viken, Bob Richardson and Brian Wratney all rolled perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Wednesday.</span></p> <p>Viken competed in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes American Family Men&rsquo;s League, and Manderino in the Sport Bowl All-Stars League.</p> <p>Richardson&rsquo;s 40<sup>th</sup> career 300 and MBA-leading third this season came in a 703 in the Sport All-Stars. Richardson&rsquo;s first of the season came in the same league on Nov. 12 and his second two days later in the Sport Lions League.</p> <p>Wratney&rsquo;s first career 300 came in a 659 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lake City League. The Madison Bowling Association reported on Thursday that Wratney&nbsp;shot the 300&nbsp;using a Brunswick BLACK DIAMOND hard&nbsp;rubber ball on lanes 1-2.&nbsp;Not counting&nbsp;the legendary Eric Pedersen, that has to be the first shot with a hard rubber ball in many, many years in the MBA. &nbsp;</p> <p>Lauren Sammel led women&rsquo;s scoring with a 689 in the Bowl-A-Vard Mixed Nuts League.</p> <p>Kim Zimmerman was next with 640 in the Prairie Lanes Eagles 623 League.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 799 by Brady Steinberg in the Sport Bowl Classic League, 792 by Mike Voger and 760 by Phil Frye in the Ten Pin Alley Hump League, 773 by Eric Pederson in the Bowl-A-Vard Lake City, and 761 by Jess Parizo in the Viking Lanes Classic League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:55:00 -0600 7114 The 11th Frame: Jay Heinzelman fires 806; Ryan Spindler, Josh Kearney, Shawn Mitchell slam perfect games <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Jay Heinzelman fired an 806 series, and Ryan Spindler, Josh Kearney and Shawn Mitchell slammed perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday.</span></p> <p>Heinzelman chained games of 247, 269 and 290 in the Village Lanes All-Star Co-ed Classic League.</p> <p>Spindler&rsquo;s 300 came in a 761 series in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Elks/Moose League.</p> <p>Kearney&rsquo;s third career 300 came in a 760 in the NFL League at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes.</p> <p>Mitchell&rsquo;s seventh career 300 came in a 718 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Sportsmen&rsquo;s League.</p> <p>Ashley Chlebowski led women&rsquo;s scoring with a 666 in the Prairie Lanes Big 10 League.</p> <p>Nicole Russell was next with a 654 in the Ten Pin Alley Fifth Quarter League.</p> <p>Kevin Morrical was second for the men with 778 in the Prairie Big 10.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 776 by Greg Goldstein and 763 by Zack Green in the Ten Pin Alley Fifth Quarter League; 767 by Jim Fosdick and 750 by Dave Eaton in the Dream Lanes All-Star Classic League; and 755 by Jon Parr, 754 by Mark Peterson and 751 by Brian Bergen in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Sportsmen&rsquo;s.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:55:00 -0600 7113 The 11th Frame: Cherry Lanes hosting annual Dubuque Area Sweeper with $1,000 top prize on Sunday, Jan. 11 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Cherry Lanes in the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque is holding the annual Dubuque Area Sweeper on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 9 a.m.</span></p> <p>The tournament features six games of qualifying with the top eight advancing to a double stepladder finals.</p> <p>The entry fee is $50, with $35 to the prize fund, $15 to lineage and entrants getting $10 in free slot play.</p> <p>With several sponsors on board, the tournament is paying a top prize of $1,000 based on 50 entries. The cashing ratio is 1 in 4. Brackets and pot games will be available.</p> <p>The field is capped at 78 and youths may compete under the SMART program.</p> <p>The flyer is attached to the end of this blog and the tournament Facebook page is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">To enter and for more information, contact Brian White at 563-590-5938 or&nbsp;</span><strong><a style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;" href=""></a></strong><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600 7111 The 11th Frame: Milton's Varsity Lanes again holding Santa's Match Play tourney on Christmas Eve <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Varsity Lanes in Milton again will be holding the Santa's Match Play scratch tournament on Christmas Eve at 9 a.m., proprietor Todd Williams announced.</span></p> <p>The tournament at the center at 450 S. John Paul Road has a guaranteed first prize of $600 with a $60 entry fee that goes $50 to the prize fund and $10 to lineage. There also will be brackets.</p> <p>The format is four games of qualifying with the top eight advancing to bracket matches on the 39-foot World Bowling Seoul Sport pattern.</p> <p>With the top 32, the cut and cash will be eight people. &nbsp;With 33 or more, the cut and cash will be 16.</p> <p>For details and to sign up, call 608-868-6800.</p> <p>I'd bowl it if I wasn't working, as it's a fun little tournament with a challenging shot on old wood lanes.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:00:00 -0600 7107 The 11th Frame: Thunderbird Lanes in Baraboo hosting 3-Man Scratch tourney Saturday, Jan. 3 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Thunderbird Lanes in Baraboo announced that it is hosting a 3-Man Scratch tournament on Saturday, Jan. 3 that&nbsp;</span>will be similar to the popular Henry Hitter 3-Man.</p> <p>The entry fee is $180 with $160 to the prize fund and $20 to lineage/expenses.</p> <p>The format is four games of qualifying with the top 12 teams advancing to match play and the top four getting a bye.</p> <p>The lane pattern will be a 44-foot modified version of a USBC Blue pattern.</p> <p>There will be qualifying squads at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. with lanes being re-oiled for the second squad. (There will be no re-oil for match play.)</p> <p>Based on 32 teams, the payout will be $1,800 for first, $1,000 for second, $450 each for third and fourth, $220 fifth through eighth, and $160 ninth through 12<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>To reserve a spot, call Troy Schweda at 608-432-2019 or Thunderbird at 608-356-9111.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:00:00 -0600 7112 The 11th Frame: Dick Kalnicky fires 783 to top Monday scoring <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Dick Kalnicky fired a 783 to top scoring on a quiet Monday of Madison area bowling.</span></p> <p>Kalnicky, who has a pair of perfect games this season, competed in the MARBA League at Badger Bowl.</p> <p>Tom Rogers was next with 751 in the Prairie Lanes Major League.</p> <p>No woman&rsquo;s score of 600 or higher were reported.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:55:00 -0600 7104 The 11th Frame: Kurt Davids Memorial New Year’s Eve day tourney back to 1 squad <p>The Kurt Davids Memorial New Year&rsquo;s Eve Day Handicap Singles Tournament is going back to one squad this year.</p> <p>The tournament drew 145, 155 and 145 bowlers from 2010-12 when New Year&rsquo;s Eve fell on the weekend or a day adjacent to the weekend. But last year when New Year&rsquo;s Eve was on a Tuesday, the field was &ldquo;only&rdquo; 98 bowlers.</p> <p>With New Year&rsquo;s Eve on Wednesday this year, the folks at Badger Bowl and Badger Pro Shop decided to run just one squad.</p> <p>The maximum field is 120. If the field is 112 or less, Badger can leave a pair open in case of a breakdown. (Note to Badger: if you leave a pair open make it 1-2 because the wall is tight to the lane on lane 1.)</p> <p>Entries with checks made payable to Badger Bowl can be sent to Badger Bowl, Attn. Kurt Davids Memorial Tournament, 506 E. Badger Rd., Madison, WI 53713.</p> <p>The format again will be 4 games of qualifying with the top 24 advancing to bracket match play (based on 120 entries), with the top eight getting first-round byes.</p> <p>Handicap is 90 percent based on a 220 average with a maximum of 60 pins per game.</p> <p>The entry fee is $41 in advance, $46 on the day of the tournament, and first will be $800 based on 120 entries.</p> <p>For more information, call or text 608-577-2695 or email <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>It's a great, fun event that honors my long-time good buddy, making it one of the few handicap tournaments I bowl.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/6328" target="_blank"><strong>The defending champion is Craig Hull, who beat David Labinski 289-276 in the title match last year</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:00:00 -0600 7110 The 11th Frame: Quinn Sheehy’s 689, Kari Kipp’s 673 top youth scoring <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Quinn Sheehy fired a 689 and Kari Kipp slammed a 673 to top Madison area youth scoring over the weekend.</span></p> <p>Sheehy competed at Prairie Lanes and Kipp at Dream Lanes.</p> <p>Next were Tyler Sheehy with 678 at Prairie and Meredith Holt with 667 at Dream.</p> <p>Other top scores included Ryan Phipps with 676 and Andrew Olson with 674 and Hannah Yelk with 627, all at Prairie.</p> <p>In the Prairie Storm Challenge League on the 36-foot World Bowling Los Angeles Sport pattern, the top scores were Quinn Sheehy&rsquo;s 674 and Allison Dempski&rsquo;s 532.</p> <p>The top scores in adult leagues over the weekend were Kevin Kleutger with 716 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Sunday&rsquo;s Best League and Lisa Kolosso with 623 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Saturday Night Couples League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:55:00 -0600 7109 The 11th Frame: Anthony Pepe shows what it’s like to achieve your life-long dreams <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">When I attended the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling TV tapings in November in Las Vegas, I instantly knew the Cheetah Championship show would be a memorable one, as I wrote in <a href="../../../news/article/6975" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>Even though my girlfriend Susie "Fever" Dyhr and I had great seats close to the action (and just off camera), I knew the impact would be even stronger on TV with close-up shots of the bowlers and action and commentary from Randy Pedersen and Mike Jakubowski.</p> <p>While I&rsquo;ve met Anthony Pepe, I don&rsquo;t know him well. But I do know &mdash; and it&rsquo;s obvious &mdash; that he loves the sport and competing.</p> <p>If you couldn&rsquo;t see that watching the Cheetah Championship show, which I finally had the chance to on Tuesday night, you weren&rsquo;t paying attention.</p> <p>I&rsquo;d say Pepe&rsquo;s performance and reaction tells you all you&rsquo;d ever want to know about what it&rsquo;s like to achieve your life-long dreams &mdash; whatever the sport or competitive arena.</p> <p>I mean, only the truly hard-hearted wouldn&rsquo;t be touched by Pepe&rsquo;s tearful reaction to winning his first PBA Tour title, especially in his emotional embrace with his mother.</p> <p>I achieved virtually every dream in bowling I had, but that is the one that escaped me, and it always makes me a bit wistful when I see the joy of someone else achieving it.</p> <p>But I think my failure has made me appreciate even more what it means when someone else does.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Here is PBA&rsquo;s Cheetah preview</strong></a>.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s what I wrote about the show in November:</p> <p><em>The Cheetah Championship show was a memorable one, with Anthony Pepe winning is first title in his first ESPN appearance.</em></p> <p><em>Using a shiny IQ TOUR NANO playing up the outside, the stylish lefty fired a 295 in his first TV game, throwing 11 great strikes before leaving the 2-4-6-7-8 on his last shot. &nbsp;That big game easily defeated the 226 of Brad Angelo and the 224 of Liz Johnson in the new format where three players bowl the first match and the winner advances to the title match.</em></p> <p><em>I think that format will work well for a 1-hour TV show &ndash; the action was fast paced and it may indeed get more people to watch bowling on Sundays at noon before switching to the NFL.</em></p> <p><em>Using a MOTIV JACKAL swinging wide from across the arrows around 15-board,&nbsp; Dick Allen started with a spare and six strikes to open a big lead on Pepe, who followed a starting 4-bagger with a 2-4-7 he converted, a 7-pin he missed and a strike.</em></p> <p><em>But Allen finished with 4 through the middle split on a shot too wide too early, a 6-7 split on a shot that jumped high, and a heartbreaking pocket 7-10 on a shot he appeared to throw well.</em></p> <p><em>Pepe had only managed consecutive 6-pins that he spared in the eighth and ninth, but when Allen failed to close him out, he stepped up and threw a flush strike that left him needing just three pins in two balls for the win.</em></p> <p><em>He struck out for a 224-206 final.</em></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Here is video of Pepe&rsquo;s 10<sup>th</sup> frame in the 295</strong></a>.</p> <p>When Pepe left the 5-count for 295 and laughed about it, I expected it to help him in the title match &mdash; he should have been more relaxed than if he had got the perfect game.</p> <p>&ldquo;On that 12th shot, I was a bundle of nerves,&rdquo; Pepe said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;To think I had the first 11 strikes in my first game on TV&hellip;I kinda grabbed (the ball) at the bottom (of my arm swing) and I paid the penalty.&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">And while he did seem relaxed in the title match, he still fell behind as Allen opened the big lead before the three splits gave Pepe an opening.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;I couldn&rsquo;t believe it when (Dick) left that split in the 10th frame, but I just told myself to stay calm and execute a good shot,&rdquo; Pepe said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>. &ldquo;After all of those hours of working hard, practicing alone, for this moment, it&rsquo;s unbelievable.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;There are no words to describe the feeling,&rdquo; Pepe also said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>. &nbsp;&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve dreamed of this since I was a little kid. (PBA Tour champions) Patrick Allen, Mike Fagan and Ryan Shafer all told me to get my PBA card because they thought I had the potential to be successful out here. That kinda gave me a little confidence. That meant so much to me and the fact I&rsquo;m now holding this trophy, well, it&rsquo;s an indescribable feeling.&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Pepe is a Storm staffer and <a href=";" target="_blank"><strong>here is the Storm In the Bag</strong></a> on his win.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>And here is much more on the show and his feelings about the win in a Storm feature by Michelle Montgoris</strong></a>.</p> <p>During the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI, the PBA worked with Rolltech to record unique frame-by-frame, ball-by-ball statistics for the 14 qualifying games. Here&rsquo;s a look at some of the stats for the four TV finalists, as reported by PBA:</p> <p>&mdash;&nbsp;Strike percentage: Allen, the top qualifier, struck on 116 of 161 shots for a 77.05% success rate. Angelo was second (71.88%, 115 strikes on 160 attempts), Pepe was third (70.12%, 115 of 164) and Johnson fourth (67.26%, 109 of 162). The entire field&rsquo;s strike percentage was 57.92 (12,042 strikes on 20,791 attempts).</p> <p>&mdash; Spare percentage: Johnson was the leading spare shooter (93.75% successful on 45 of 48 attempts) followed by Allen (81.40%, 35 of 43 attempts) followed by Pepe (79.55%, 35 of 44) and Angelo (73.17%, 30 of 41). Note: splits were not counted as &ldquo;spare attempts.&rdquo; The field&rsquo;s success rate was 73.16.</p> <p>&mdash;&nbsp;Single pin spare conversions: Johnson again led, converting 33 of 34 (97.05%), followed by Pepe (96.66%, 29 of 30), Allen (86.42%, 27 of 28) and Angelo (88.88%, 24 of 27). The field&rsquo;s success rate was 91.67.</p> <p>&mdash;&nbsp;Multi-pin spare conversions: Johnson was perfect on 12 of 12 attempts, followed by Angelo (85.71%,&nbsp; 6 of 7), Pepe (83.33%, 5 of 6) and Allen (75%, 6 of 8). The field converted 75.33% (1,609 on 2,135 attempts).</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA CHEETAH CHAMPIONSHIP</strong><br /><strong>presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game</strong><br /><em>South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas</em></p> <p><strong>Championship<br /></strong>Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y. ($20,000) def. Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., ($10,000), 224-206.</p> <p><strong>Shootout Match</strong> <br /><em>(winner advanced to championship match; eliminated players earned $6,000)<br /></em>Pepe (295) def. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y. (226) and Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y. (224).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:00:00 -0600 7108 The 11th Frame: Tough Lanes Challenge draws 61 after nearly being canceled <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The 29</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;"> annual Tough Lanes Challenge at Schwoegler&rsquo;s Entertainment Center almost didn&rsquo;t happen, but ended up with one of the bigger fields in years, ensuring that it will be back next year.</span></p> <p>With just three bowlers signed up early last week, Schwoegler&rsquo;s announced it was cancelling the event. That got the attention of many bowlers who asked for a chance to save it.&nbsp;When nearly 40 signed up by Friday, the tournament was saved. And it ended up drawing 61 competitors to Schwoegler&rsquo;s on Sunday.</p> <p>This Tough Lanes Challenge was as tough as ever, with the top five stepladder finals taking just 1,084 for six games and the last cash spot of 15<sup>th</sup> only 1,027.</p> <p>I was the top seed at 1,168 and ended up winning the title match 177-163 over Kevin Punzel.</p> <p>For those who don&rsquo;t know, the Tough Lanes Challenge is similar to the &nbsp;Petersen Classic, with tricked up lane conditions, an assortment of mismatched pins of different weights, and even lanes with towels hanging so low you can&rsquo;t see the arrows or the pins.</p> <p>The result is weird leaves, pocket splits, gutter balls and crazy ball reaction with some lanes having no oil and others a flood. As I&rsquo;ve always said, if you don't laugh at all the stuff that happens, you will lose your mind.</p> <p>With no practice balls, I didn&rsquo;t hit the head-pin on my starting lane Sunday until my fourth shot and was very happy to escape with a 179 start using my polyester Storm SOCCER BALL.</p> <p>A decent 188 second game was followed by a 216 the third game on the one set of lanes with a semi-house shot that features dry to the right and oil in the middle &mdash; except it&rsquo;s mostly at the back-end, which is a fun challenge. &nbsp;</p> <p>After a 183 on a tough flooded pair, the key game for me was a 212 on a bone dry pair and then a 190 finish.</p> <p>A pair of lefties qualified second and third, with Herb Kimpel at 1,116 and Alex Bowyer at 1,115. Brent Ritchie was fourth at 1,085 and Kevin&nbsp; Punzel fifth at 1,084, edging Kevin Thompson at 1,081.</p> <p>Punzel opened the stepladder by crushing Ritchie 225-160 on the semi-house shot, then surviving Bowyer 177-140 and Kimpel 233-200 back on the semi-house shot.</p> <p>In the title match, I started with a 3-7 split and a 4-6-7-10 split, playing the hooking left lane with my SOCCER BALL off the left corner and the wet-dry right lane with early hook and tight back-ends with my REIGN ON.</p> <p>Punzel maintained a lead with a series of routine spares and then a conversion of a 3-7-10 split as I managed one double to cut into his lead.</p> <p>But he then missed a spare as I continued marking and edged into the lead.</p> <p>We both followed strikes in the eighth frame with taps in the ninth: a flush 7-pin on a Brooklyn for me and a ring 10 for Punzel.</p> <p>In the 10<sup>th</sup> Punzel finished first, leaving the tough 1-2-4-7 on the bone dry left lane and hooking by the head-pin on his spare attempt.</p> <p>That left me just needing decent count to win, which I got with a light mixer 7-pin. I capped the day with humor by making the spare and then leaving a 4-5-7 on my fill ball.</p> <p>First was $400, second $225, third $175, fourth $125 and fifth $100.</p> <p>Other cashers were: Thompson $90, Dan Seppa 1,073 for $80, Tony Spigarelli 1,061 for $70, Chris Gibbons 1,060 for $60, Cody Rasmden 1,054 for $50, Jon Schalow 1,043 for $45, Steve Bulanda 1,038 for $40, Jeremy Krueger 1,032 for $40, Paul Becker 1,031 for $40, and Thomas Rogers 1,027 for $40.</p> <p>Lauren Sammel earned $100 as high woman and Sarah Lawson $25 for high in the optional handicap division.</p> <p>Schwoegler&rsquo;s is considering making the Tough Lanes a permanent fixture on the bowling calendar by having it always be the day after the Henry Hitter, which will be Saturday Dec. 19 in 2015, putting the Tough Lanes on Sunday, Dec. 20.</p> <p>When the tournament is announced for 2015, I will write it up.</p> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:00:00 -0600 7106 The 11th Frame: Korea’s Kang Heewon beats Team USA's Mike Fagan for Masters gold at World Men's Championships <p>Korea&rsquo;s Kang Heewon beat Team USA's Mike Fagan 213-198 to win the Masters gold at the 2014 <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>World Bowling Men's Championships</strong></a> in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</p> <p>It was the second consecutive day Kang stepped up in the 10th frame with the gold medal on the line, and both times he won. The team title for Korea came when <a href="../../../news/article/7105" target="_blank"><strong>Tommy Jones left a solid 10-pin on his second shot of the 10th frame&nbsp;at anchor for Team USA</strong></a>.</p> <p>USBC said Kang maintained a double-digit lead throughout the Masters title match and capitalized on splits from Fagan in the seventh and ninth frames, despite a split of his own in the ninth. He locked up the win with a strike in the final frame.</p> <p>"The focus for us this week was on the team event, so winning Masters was an unexpected surprise," Kang said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "I am really happy with this finish."</p> <p>The loss gave Fagan his fourth silver medal of the World Championships, with trios, team and Masters coming down to the final frame. He also won the&nbsp;silver in all-events.</p> <p>"I am really proud of our team's performance this week, even though we fell short of some goals," Team USA coach Rod Ross said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "We put ourselves in a good position by getting to the medal rounds, but then anything can happen. It was nice to see all of the great bowlers from around the world and some great performances when it mattered most."</p> <p>In the semifinals, Fagan beat top seed Choi Bokeum 212-197 and Kang beat teammate Park Jongwoo 213-190.</p> <p>All 24 Masters finalists bowled six games Sunday morning, with&nbsp;their 30-game&nbsp;totals determining who advanced to the top eight for round-robin match play. The top eight then bowled seven matches with 20 bonus pins for each win, with the top four advancing to the medal round.</p> <p>The video archive of the Masters medal round is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. And the rest of the archives of the competition also can be found at this page.</p> <p>A total of 272 competitors from 49 countries competed at the World Men's Championships this week, bowling for medals in singles, doubles, trios, team and all-events before the cut to the top 24 for the Masters. All-events medals, as well as the cutline for the top 24, were based on 24-game pinfall totals.</p> <p>Each event included six games, before the field was cut to the top four for the semifinals. Semifinal winners then bowled for the gold medals, while losers each earned bronze medals.</p> <p>The 2014 World Men's Championships featured two lane patterns: 43-foot Tokyo and 38-foot Atlanta.</p> <p>Singles was contested on the Tokyo, doubles was bowled on Atlanta and trios and team competition both included three games on each pattern. Masters competition featured Tokyo on the left lane and Atlanta on the right lane.</p> <p>Korea topped the medal table this week with eight medals overall, including four gold and four bronze.</p> <p><a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here is a USBC video feature on the gold medal moments</strong></a>.</p> <p>Art McKee posted some interesting thoughts on Facebook Korea's emergence as a bowling power: <br />"<span data-reactid=".at.1:3:1:$comment10204224893917033_10204238475856573:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".at.1:3:1:$comment10204224893917033_10204238475856573:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".at.1:3:1:$comment10204224893917033_10204238475856573:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$0:0">I have a theory about this... I'm not sure if it's because they made a really smart decision in their training system, or if it's because of their lack of knowledge in the technical area. As has become common teaching practice, bowlers with high rev rates must learn to change their releases to deal with high amounts of friction that can be encountered, especially using aggressive reactive balls. Of course, the training required to be able to repeat shots with different releases can be difficult. It SEEMS like the Koreans have trained their bowlers to have higher amounts of axis rotation (60 degrees or maybe more in some cases) than the normal for high rev players (30-50 degrees). They use a lot of surface, a lot of speed, a lot of revs and a lot of axis rotation and deal with changing lanes by changing to different urethane balls that hook different amounts. We all know that their repetition is among the best in the world outside the tour and by only having to use one basic release, there are less decisions to make in competition. They have high enough rev rates that their carry isn't going to suffer too much and even if they leave a few more weak corners, they are the best spare shooters in the world, again, outside of the tour players. They were using more reactives on the long pattern but they played the medium just like most guys play the short.</span></span></span>"</p> <p>&nbsp;<br /><strong>2014 WORLD BOWLING MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong><br /><em>Khalifa International Bowling Centre</em><br /><em>Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates</em></p> <p><strong>MASTERS</strong><br /><em>(Winner earns gold, loser gets silver)</em><br />Kang Heewon, Korea def. Mike Fagan, United States, 213-198</p> <p><strong>SEMIFINALS</strong><br /><em>(Winners advance, losers tie for bronze)</em><br />Fagan def. Choi Bokeum, Korea, 212-197<br />Kang def. Park Jongwoo, Korea, 231-190</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:00:00 -0600 7105 The 11th Frame: Korea beats Team USA in dramatic finish of team event at 2014 World Men's Championships; Korea's Choi Bokeum wins all-events gold <p>Korea beat Team USA 1,097-1,088 in a dramatic finish of the team event Saturday at the 2014 <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>World Men's Championships</strong></a> in Abu Dhabi, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</p> <p>Team USA opened twice in the ninth frame to fall behind by about 30 pins, but rallied and had a chance to win when Korean anchorman Kang Heewon left a solid 8-pin on his first shot in the 10th. But Team USA anchor Tommy Jones&nbsp;left&nbsp;a solid 10-pin on his second shot of the 10th after a solid strike to give Korea the win.</p> <p>The video archive of the team medal round is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. And the rest of the archives of the competition also can be found at this page.</p> <p>I watched the last five frames of the gold medal match and it was as intense and exciting as bowling competition can get. Watch it if you haven't!</p> <p>USBC said that Kang, who did not bowl in the semifinal match against Australia, led Korea to the title with a 237 in the title match. Doubles gold medalists Park Jongwoo and Choi Bokeum added 236 and 227, respectively, Hong Haesol rolled 202 and Shin Seunghyeon 195.For the U.S., Jones had 227, Bill O'Neill 222, Sean Rash 220, Mike Fagan 218 and Chris Barnes 201.</p> <p>"It was very nice because this was our first team gold medal," Park, a 23-year-old righty, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "But I can't really explain what I'm feeling right now. Sean and Tommy are my idols, so being able to bowl against them was an honor. I'm just really, really happy right now."</p> <p>Team USA now has won silver in team twice in a row after winning the event three consecutive times in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Finland won the gold in the last World Men&rsquo;s Championships in 2013.</p> <p>"The left lane was really tough for us, so we had a lot of strikes then spares that game," Barnes said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "There's always key moments in a match, and unfortunately for us, it ended up being the ninth frame. We had our fate in our own hands, and we let it get away. But at the end, we had the guy who's arguably the best in the world at closing games with the ball in his hand, and we wouldn't have wanted anyone else up there. That's how we won in Germany (2010), and again, he threw one of the best shots you can throw. It just didn't go our way this time."</p> <p>As the higher seed, Korea chose the 38-foot Atlanta pattern for the championship match, as it did for its semifinal meeting with Australia. Sweden, the higher seed in the other semifinal against the United States, also chose Atlanta.Both semifinals were route, with Korea beating Australia 1,082-924 and Team USA defeating Sweden 1,236-985.</p> <p>Sweden and Australia each earned bronze medals.Qualifying in the team event included six games over two days&nbsp;&mdash; three games on each of the tournament's two oil patterns&nbsp;&mdash; with the top four advancing to the medal round.</p> <p>Top seed Korea broke the event's three- and six-game team scoring records with 3,563 and 6,917, respectively. Korea previously held the three-game record with 3,561 in 2008, and the U.S. the six-game mark of 6,618 in 2006.</p> <p>The all-events medals also were decided Saturday with Korea's Choi topping the 272 competitors from 49 countries with a 24-game total of 5,603, a 233.46 average. Fagan shot 267 in his final game to earn the silver medal with 5,510 and Canada&rsquo;s Dan MacLelland, the singles gold medalist, took home the bronze medal with 5,490.</p> <p>The top 24 advanced to Sunday&rsquo;s Masters round. Pins carry over and all 24 players bowl six additional games to determine the top eight for round-robin match play. After seven games of match play, the field will be narrowed to the top four for the semifinals, scheduled for Sunday at 6 a.m. Eastern time.</p> <p>The two lane conditions at the 2014 World Men's Championships are the 43-foot Tokyo pattern and 38-foot Atlanta.</p> <p>Singles was contested on Tokyo, doubles was bowled on Atlanta and trios and team competition both included three games on each pattern. Each event included six games of qualifying before the field was narrowed to the top four for the semifinals.</p> <p>All competition is being webcast live on&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>'s BowlTV</strong></a>. For a complete schedule in Eastern time, visit&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /><strong>2014 WORLD BOWLING MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong><br /><em>Khalifa International Bowling Centre</em><br /><em>Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates</em></p> <p><strong>TEAM</strong> <br /><em>(Winner earns gold, loser gets silver)</em><br />Korea def. United States, 1,097-1,088</p> <p><strong>SEMIFINALS<br /></strong><em>(Winners advance, losers tie for bronze)</em><br />Korea def. Australia, 1,082-924<br />United States def. Sweden, 1,236-985</p> <p><strong>ALL-EVENTS</strong><br />Gold - Choi Bokeum, Korea, 5,603<br />Silver - Mike Fagan, United States, 5,510<br />Bronze - Dan MacLelland, Canada, 5,490</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 22:00:00 -0600 7103 The 11th Frame: Mike Pounders, Dan Seppa, Jim Fosdick win Henry Hitter <p>Mike Pounders, Dan Seppa and Jim Fosdick won the 26<sup>th</sup> annual Henry Hitter at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes on Saturday.</p> <p>The final match was 712-636 over Chris Pollentier, Dan Marks and Scott Erickson.</p> <p>First was $1,800 and second was $900.</p> <p>The 40 teams bowled four games of qualifying on the Bowl-A-Vard house shot and the cut score to the top 16 for bracket matches was a Henry Hitter record 2,720.</p> <p>Pounders (257), Seppa (212) and Fosdick (267) routed my team of Marc McDowell (221), myself (223) and Derek Eoff (222) 736-666 in the semifinals.</p> <p>Third and fourth paid $450 each, fifth through eighth $300 and ninth through 16<sup>th</sup> $210.</p> <p>The Bowl-A-Vard house shot was not as wet/dry as it traditionally has been, although it predictably developed into a wet-dry reaction as the day went on.</p> <p>I went back and forth between my Storm 2,000-grit IQ TOUR NANO and shiny CRUX, starting out going fairly straight in the track and eventually moving in to crossing around 20-board at the arrows.</p> <p>We started with a huge 792, then added 695, 698 and 667 for 2,852 that qualified fifth.</p> <p>Mac totaled (945289-235-208-213), I added 920 (256-226-232-206) and Derek led with 987 (247-234-258-248).</p> <p>We should have lost our first match due to my pathetic 199, but Bryan Bannach left a pocket 7-10 in the 10th, I managed to strike out after missing a 6-pin(!) on a total lack of focus in the ninth, and Jon Schalow left a 4-6-10 after Eoff for the first strike.</p> <p>Mac had 218 and Derek 244 as we totaled 661, to the 648 of Bannach (231), Beau Breunig (185) and Schalow (232).</p> <p>We won our next match 759-596 although it actually was close about halfway through. A killer solid 8-pin by Jason Wendt turned the momentum. Mac had 256, I had 247 and Derek 256 to Mike Thill&rsquo;s 180, Ken Kempf&rsquo;s 194 and Wendt&rsquo;s 222.</p> <p>The highlight of the day was more than a dozen of us getting together for dinner and drinks at Ale Asylum on Saturday night &mdash; the Henry Hitter always has been more of a social event than a serious tournament and the dinner was the perfect capper.</p> <p>Bill &ldquo;Crusher&rdquo; Kreitzman received the Darold Meisel Sportsmanship Award.</p> <p>Here is Mark Henry&rsquo;s tournament summary:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>TEN PIN ALLEY tops BADGER BOWL&nbsp; to win&nbsp;</em></strong><strong><em>the 26<sup>th</sup> Annual Henry Hitter 3-man Classic</em></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; On a record setting day at the 26<sup>th</sup>&nbsp; Henry Hitter 3-Man Classic, all you need to do is get &ldquo;hot&rdquo; in the match play and it doesn&rsquo;t matter where you qualify. This was the theme of this years tournament, as the 15th and 16<sup>th</sup> seeded teams made it to the final match.</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bowlers skills never seem to diminish with age as Ten Pin Alley(M.B.A. Hall of Famers Dan Seppa and Jim Fosdick and their young gun-Mike Pounders) proved it this year in qualifying in 16<sup>th </sup>place.&nbsp; T.P.A. threw 95 strikes and averaged 245 in 4 games in match play to win. Jim Fosdick bowled 812(268-277-267) and a 245 in the championship game for a 1057(264 ave.) which set the record for a 4-game match play score.</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Badger Bowl (Dan Marks-Chris Pollentier-Scott Erickson) as the 15<sup>th</sup> seed were the &ldquo;comeback kids&rdquo; in their first 3 games where they stormed back in the 9<sup>th</sup> and 10<sup>th</sup> frames in those games to make it to the final match.</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the championship match Ten Pin Alley Had 13 out of the first 16 strikes and took an 85 pin lead in and never looked back.</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; After the match, Dan Seppa,who won the 3<sup>rd</sup> Hitter said &ldquo;23 years between championships---I guess the next time I win I&rsquo;ll be almost 90!&rdquo;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bill Kreitzman received the Darold Meisel Medal of honor and got to celebrate by making &ldquo;Blatz Bowling Buddies &ldquo; of the 2 final teams and most of the finals audience.</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; High Individual series:</strong></p> <p><strong>1034(258-269-278-229) Andy Bunkowske</strong></p> <p><strong>1013(289-258-239-257) Pat Dushack</strong></p> <p><strong>1013 (227-242-265-279) Nick Plouff</strong></p> <p><strong>1011 (279-232-276-224) Nate Sime</strong></p> <p><strong>1006 (279-212-257-258) Dan Seppa</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>300&nbsp; Game-Gregg Williams</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Qualifying scores</strong></p> <ol> <li><strong>+497 Woodruff Lanes(N. Plouff-L. Kuhlman-J. Sikora)</strong></li> <li><strong>+478 Pursell&rsquo;s Pro Shop(A. Bunkowske-G. Thomas-T. Janz)</strong></li> <li><strong>+477 Eville Spirits (N. Sime- C. Gibney-D. Swenson)</strong></li> <li><strong>+452 11<sup>th</sup> McDowell-J. Richgels-D. Eoff)</strong></li> <li><strong>+445 Team Jack Lynchburg,Tn(J. Barsness-J. Ring-M. Hoffman)</strong></li> <li><strong>+418 E.B.R.(E. Shelby-B. Richardson-R. Thomas)</strong></li> <li><strong>+404 Dean&rsquo;s Gang (J. Knudtson-D. Grossman-D. Ripp)</strong></li> <li><strong>+ 397 Kenda Tire &amp; Wheel (B. Greenfield-P. Bloemer-J. Alivo)</strong></li> <li><strong>+391 Club LaMark (J. Thomas-D Rasamussen-J. Kick)</strong></li> <li><strong>+375 Strike or go Home(M. Thill-K.Kempf-J. Wendt)</strong></li> <li><strong>+367 Dare we say &ldquo;En Fuego&rdquo;(C. Baker-D.Geitz-M. Fravert)</strong></li> <li><strong>+367 11<sup>th</sup> Frame Leftovers (G. Myers Jr.-J. Buss-R. Schuh)</strong></li> <li><strong>+352 Crossover Innovations(G.Williams-H. Kimpel-K. Punzel)</strong></li> <li><strong>+352 Coachz Pro Shop(B Bannach-B. Breunig-J. Schalow)</strong></li> <li><strong>+327 Badger Bowl (D.Marks-C. Pollentier-S. Erickson)</strong></li> <li><strong>+320 Ten Pin Alley (M. Pounders-D.Seppa-J. Fosdick</strong></li> </ol> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>MATCH PLAY RESULTS 1st round</strong></p> <p><strong>Badger Bowl 698-672 Woodruff Lanes</strong></p> <p><strong>Team Jack Lynchburg 675-645&nbsp; Dare we say &ldquo;En Fuego&rdquo;</strong></p> <p><strong>Club LaMark 680-577 Dean&rsquo;s Gang</strong></p> <p><strong>Eville Spirits 643-638 Crossover Innovations</strong></p> <p><strong>11<sup>th</sup> 661-648 Coachz Pro Shop</strong></p> <p><strong>Strike or go Home 711-640 Kenda Tire &amp; Wheel</strong></p> <ol> <li><strong><sup>th</sup> Frame Leftovers</strong></li> </ol> <p><strong>Ten Pin Alley 773-724 Pursell&rsquo;s Pro Shop</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 9<sup>th</sup> thru 16<sup>th</sup> receive $210.00</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>2<sup>nd</sup> round results:</strong></p> <p><strong>Badger Bowl 762-728&nbsp; Team Jack Lynchburg</strong></p> <p><strong>Club LaMark 784-684 Eville Spirits</strong></p> <p><strong>11<sup>th</sup> 759-596 Strike or go Home</strong></p> <p><strong>Ten Pin Alley 728-719 E.B.R.</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 5<sup>th</sup> thru 8<sup>th</sup> receive $300.00</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Semi final results:</strong></p> <p><strong>Badger Bowl 638-602 Club LaMark</strong></p> <p><strong>Ten Pin Alley 736-666 11<sup>th</sup></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3<sup>rd</sup> and 4<sup>th</sup> receive $450.00</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Championship match:</strong></p> <p><strong>Ten Pin Alley 712-636 Badger Bowl</strong></p> <p><strong>BADGER BOWL&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; TEN PIN ALLEY</strong></p> <p><strong>Dan Marks&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 203&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 257&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mike Pounders</strong></p> <p><strong>Chris Pollentier185&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 210&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dan Seppa</strong></p> <p><strong>Scott Erickson&nbsp;&nbsp; 248&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 245&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jim Fosdick</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 636&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 712</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $900.00&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $1800.00</strong></p> <p><strong><em>Thanks again to all the bowlers who make this all possible . Next year the 27<sup>th</sup> Henry Hitter 3-man Classic will be December 19<sup>th</sup> 2015.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Mark Henry-Tournament Director</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 20:00:00 -0600 7099 The 11th Frame: Update: Proprietors group seeking help to videotape High School Bowling Club State Championships for 2015 <p>Update&nbsp;Saturday: On Friday, the BCAW sent this email to its&nbsp;member proprietors and HSBC district coordinators:</p> <p><em>"The High School Board of Control (BOC) held a conference call today to discuss how to make sure the 2015 WI High School Bowling Club State Championships team and singles finals on Sunday, March 8th are still exciting for the bowlers.&nbsp; The BOC is looking to video tape the boys and girls singles and boys and girls division I &amp; II team finals.&nbsp; The BOC would like to have each finals uploaded to YouTube, so each finals could be seen by the bowlers and more people in a timely manner.&nbsp; This could lead to greater exposure for high school bowling in WI.&nbsp; With TV we were at the mercy of when the shows would be televised and the time of day it was televised. </em><br /><em>We need your help to find two people who have a quality video camera and tripod set up, who are willing to volunteer to tape the bowling matches on Sunday, March 8th at Bowl A Vard Lanes in Madison and then upload them to YouTube.&nbsp; Both people will need to be onsite and available from 7:30am until about 3pm.&nbsp; The two volunteers will get breaks between the matches and be provided lunch. </em><br /><em>Please spread the word to your coaches and ask them to please have any interested parties contact me no later than Friday 12/19/14.&nbsp; We would like find the volunteers as soon as possible."</em></p> <p>The person to contact is Bob Maki at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>The Sunday, Dec. 14 Spare/Time Bowling Show on 105.7 FM/The Fan covered this topic in depth. To listen, go <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The board of directors of the Bowling Centers Association of Wisconsin has decided to end TV broadcasting of the High School Bowling Club State Championships &mdash; at least for 2015.</span></p> <p>I received queries about the situation overnight and contacted Yvonne Tison Bennett, the executive director of the BCAW and she confirmed the end of the TV taping for the event&rsquo;s finals.</p> <p>&ldquo;Unfortunately, the expense for production of the HSBC TV finals is cost prohibitive for us to continue,&rdquo; BCAW said in an email to HSBC District Coordinators. &ldquo;The fact that we've also had some issues with getting timely on-air time has also contributed to the challenges to justify the TV aspect of the event.&nbsp; And lastly, we have had several coaches comment that the pace of the finals is slowed down to the detriment of the competition.&rdquo;</p> <p>The BCAW said there still will be boys and girls singles and team finals for Divisions I and II on the Sunday of the tournament weekend, which traditionally is the first weekend of March.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The committee and board of directors were performing their fiduciary responsibility of sound financial stewardship on behalf of the 180 bowling centers who are members of the BCAW,&rdquo; Bennett said in her message to me. &ldquo;We looked at other options for 2015, but with short timeframe between December and March, it was felt there wasn't enough time to totally restructure the financial framework of the HSBC so for now, TV is out.&nbsp; Who knows what might be possible for 2016 and beyond; we have some work to do to explore the options.&rdquo;</p> <p>There is no doubt these are tough times in the bowling industry. Hopefully there will come a day when things are better and the TV can be restored.</p> <p>&ldquo;This was not an easy decision for us to make,&rdquo; Bennett said. &ldquo;We understand the excitement that is created by having the High School State Championships televised; and that there will be some people disappointed by our decision.&rdquo;</p> <p>Retired PBA Tour star Marc McDowell has been the color analyst for several years, except last year when he was traveling out of the country and ESPN PBA Tour color analyst Randy Pedersen filled in for him.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:00:00 -0600 7102 The 11th Frame: Tim Rice fires perfect game, Jeff Shockley falls a pin short of perfection <p>Tim Rice fired a perfect game and Jeff Shockley fell a pin short of perfection to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday and from late reports Wednesday and Thursday.</p> <p>Competing in the Ten Pin Alley Thursday Thunder League, Rice sandwiched his 300 between games of 256 and 178 for a 734.</p> <p>Shockley&rsquo;s 299 came in a 752 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Tiger Mixed League.</p> <p>The high series were Casey Gibney&rsquo;s 792 and Brittany Pollentier&rsquo;s 690, both in the Dream Lanes Major League.</p> <p>Next were Dan Swenson and Scott Henes with 781 each in the Dream Major and Nicole Russell with 659 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Tiger.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 773 by Mark Mansur and 768 by Herb Kimpel in the Dream Major, 772 by Willie Feltz in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes 3-Man League, 770 by Rick Thomas in the Sport Bowl Lions League, 758 by Chad Baker and Matt Hamen in the Prairie Lanes Couples League, and 757 by Paul Thony in the Dream Moonlight League.</p> <p>Gibney, Mansur and Kimpel totaled 2,341, which is just 71 pins off the state record for 3-man series.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 23:55:00 -0600 7090 The 11th Frame: Update: Tough Lanes Challenge is on for Sunday at Schwoegler’s! <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Update Friday morning: Schwoegler's announced that it had 37 people signed up and the Tough Lanes Challenge was on.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Details on the tournament, which was scheduled for Sunday, are in my blog&nbsp;<a href="../../../news/article/7017" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">And the flyer is attached to the end of this blog.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Update Tuesday morning: Shortly before noon, Schwoegler&rsquo;s Entertainment Center &nbsp;made this post on Facebook announcing that it wouldn&rsquo;t cancel the 29</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;"> annual Tough Lanes Challenge after all &mdash; IF ENOUGH PEOPLE SIGN UP:</span></p> <p>&ldquo;First off, Schwoegler's does NOT want to cancel Tough Lanes this year.&nbsp;<br />So here is our plan: Tough Lanes has been a staple for over 25 years at Schwoegler's. 5-10 years ago we had 60-70 participants, with 40-50 signing up well before the tournament date. For the last 5 years we have seen a decline to 40-50 participants, with around 30 signed up ahead of time. This year with less than a week prior to the tournament, we have 3 sign ups. Tough Lanes is unfortunately not a tournament we can run without prior sign ups. We would have no idea how many lanes to set up. Also, with the decline of participation the prize fund has suffered. We love to see that people feel the same way we do about cancelling this tournament. So, Schwoegler's has decided to hold off on cancelling the tournament until Friday morning. We need to have 35 people signed up to run the tournament on Sunday. We will heed to have at least 30 people show up to run the original format. Less than 30 people, the lanes will still be set up, so we will just change the format and run a variation of Tough Lanes for the people who show up. Please email, facebook message, or call 608-833-7272 before friday to sign up.&nbsp;<br />Thank you for your interest!!&rdquo;</p> <p>So for those who reacted with dismay at the cancellation news on Monday, it&rsquo;s up to you now:</p> <p>Email, Facebook message or call Schwoegler&rsquo;s and tell them to put you down and that you will be there on Sunday!</p> <p><em>As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 21 people signed up, up from four in the morning, Schwoegler's reported.</em></p> <p>Details on the tournament are in my blog <strong><a href="../../../news/article/7017" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;</strong>and&nbsp;the flyer is in that blog and in the rotating flyer section of the homepage.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">BLOG MONDAY:</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Schwoegler&rsquo;s Entertainment Center stunned Madison area bowlers with this Facebook post on Monday afternoon:</span></p> <p>&ldquo;We have some bad news...due to the low response to the 29th Annual Tough Lanes Tournament, it has been cancelled.&rdquo;</p> <p>Details on the tournament, which was scheduled for Sunday, are in my blog <a href="../../../news/article/7017" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The announcement came with no warning, such as &ldquo;we need people to start signing up for Tough Lanes or we may have to cancel.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>I told Schwoegler&rsquo;s I&rsquo;d be there and I had numerous other bowlers tell me they&rsquo;d be there as well. For many, it is a fun tradition.</p> <p>If they wanted advance signups they should have dropped flyers off at other local tournaments over the past month.</p> <p>But the tournament has always been one with a large walk-up of entries, and judging by the Facebook posts on a thread Chris Pounders started on my Facebook page and the messages and calls I got from people that was going to be the case again</p> <p>I know the tournament is a lot of work, with the multiple lane conditions, towels hanging on some lanes, oddball pins, etc. But it will be a loss for Madison area bowling if Schwoegler&rsquo;s doesn&rsquo;t change its mind.</p> <p>Former Midwest PBA laneman Rory Holland said in a Tweet that "I would help set up conditions if they need it. Although that is a little close to the due date."</p> <p>Here is what some bowlers had to say on Facebook:</p> <p>Scott Erickson: &ldquo;Wow....probably the end of a long standing tournament in the Madison area...&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Chris Pounders: &ldquo;I was thinking about bowling but I guess not now.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>Brian Hoffman: &ldquo;I wanted to try since i have to work that evening. Haven't been able to bowl it in years due to conflicts.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ted Smith: &ldquo;What a shame! It was always a fun day.&rdquo;</p> <p>Theresa Holmes: &ldquo;I was going to do it for the first time this year! Actually emailed Lauren Sammel today about it. We were just going to sign up that day. How many do you need to keep it going?&rdquo;</p> <p>Rollie Truehl: "Can't believe they canceled Tough Lanes contest. With all the guys in town for the Henry Hitter they would have had 25 to 30 walk in."</p> <p>If you want to try to change Schwoegler&rsquo;s mind, call 608-833-7272.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:00:00 -0600 7101 The 11th Frame: Jon O’Konek, Brian Olson, Doug Stittleburg fire perfect games — all in same league; O’Konek totals 805, Rick Symdon 804 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Jon O&rsquo;Konek, Brian Olson and Doug Stittleburg all fired perfect games in Waun-A-Bowl Beagle&rsquo;s Classic League, with O&rsquo;Konek totaling 805 and Rick Symdon 804, highlighting Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday.</span></p> <p>O&rsquo;Konek&rsquo;s 300 was the 12<sup>th</sup> of his career and second of the season. He also had a 300 on&nbsp;Oct. 14 in the Waun-A-Bowl Suburban League.</p> <p>Olson&rsquo;s second career 300 came in a 771 series. Yes, Olson is the WKOW meteorologist.</p> <p>Stittleburg&rsquo;s 20<sup>th</sup> career 300 came in a 760.</p> <p>Symdon chained games of 279, 268 and 257 in the Oregon Bowl Three-Man League.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 753 by Mark Snyder in the Viking Lanes Badger League and 752 by Sean Serfort in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Wally Warner League.</p> <p>Jackie Smith led women&rsquo;s scoring with 678 in the Riviera Bowl Classic League.</p> <p>Cathy Goodweiler was next with 653 in the Bowl-A-Vard OM Fine Products League.</p> <p>Andy Bunkoske led the Ten Pin Alley Bullseye Masters with a 726 on the 35-foot PBA Cheetah Sport pattern that is being used in the second round. Depending on the version &mdash; and there have been many over the years &mdash; the Cheetah ranges from incredibly soft to tricky and hard. Our version on Thursdays has been closer to tricky and hard with some hang outside.</p> <p>Controlling the breakpoint front-to-back is more important than side-to-side as the ball can hook early and miss the headpin left or shoot by the headpin on the right.</p> <p>Other 700s were 717 by Jeff Taylor, 716 by Mark Mansure, 703 by Kevin Thompson and 702 by Marc McDowell.</p> <p>The first round was on the Kegel Route 66 challenge pattern. The 45-foot pattern is not quite a Sport compliant pattern but is flatter than the typical house shot.</p> <p>The Bullseye Masters will compete on the Kegel Turnpike Sport pattern in the third round and then the 2015 USBC Open Championships patterns in the playoffs</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:55:00 -0600 7100 The 11th Frame: Denmark edges Team USA for trios gold at Men’s World Championships <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Denmark's Thomas Larsen rolled a 2-pin on the second shot of his final frame to help his team to a 647-638 win against top seed Team USA in the trios gold medal match at the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Men&rsquo;s World Championships</strong></a> in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</span></p> <p>Larsen closed with five strikes for a 257 and Carsten Hansen added 203 and Frederik Ohrgaard 187 for Denmark USBC reported that Team USA was down by more than 30 pins after seven frames but rallied to take its first lead of the match when leadoff bowler Mike Fagan struck out in the 10th frame. Fagan finished with 223, Sean Rash added 226 and Marshall Kent had a chance to double in the 10th frame to shut out Larsen before leaving the 3-6-10 and finishing with 189.</p> <p>"This is amazing," Larsen said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "It has been really great for our national team to get to this level in just seven years or so. And to be able to step up in the 10th frame and secure it, especially with a little break, was perfect."</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Team USA was dominant on the 38-foot World Bowling Atlanta oil pattern en route to breaking the event's six-game trios record with 4,144, just three pins ahead of Denmark. Three games were bowled on Atlanta and three games on 43-foot Tokyo.</span></p> <p>As the top qualifier, Team USA was able to choose the lane condition for its semifinal match against Australia and for the final against Denmark, and head coach Rod Ross chose Atlanta for both.</p> <p>"It was great to set the record, and it was nice that it was the top two teams bowling for the gold medal," Ross said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "It came down to the 10th frame, but it didn't go our way. Denmark bowled very well and performed in the clutch. It was a great match, and now we'll turn our attention to the start of the team event tomorrow."</p> <p>In the semifinals, Team USA defeated Australia 735-647, as Fagan rolled 279, Rash 239 and Kent 237.</p> <p>Two-hander Jason Belmonte had 249 for Australia, David Porto added 206 and Sam Cooley 192. In the other semifinal, Denmark beat Korea 668-662 on Tokyo.</p> <p>Korea and Australia each earned bronze medals. Fagan led Team USA in qualifying with a huge 1,515, Rash added 1,323 and Kent 1,306. Their teammates Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones and Bill O'Neill previously held the trios record with 4,101, shot last year in Henderson, Nevada. Doubles gold medalist Choi Bokeum tops the all-events standings after 18 games at 4,174, a 231.89 average. Fagan is second with 4,169 and Team USA's Jones is third with 4,118. Martin Larsen of Sweden and singles gold medalist Dan MacLelland of Canada are just outside the top three with 4,113 and 4,101, respectively.</p> <p>The video archive of the trios medal round is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. And the rest of the archives of the competition also can be found at this page.</p> <p>All-events medals will be awarded based on total pinfall for 24 qualifying games &mdash; six each in singles, doubles, trios and team &mdash; and the top 24 will advanced to Masters competition on Sunday.</p> <p>Competition continues Friday at 12 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time with the first of two days of team bowling. All teams will bowl six games over the two days - three games on Tokyo and three games on Atlanta - before the field is cut to the top four based on their six-game pinfall totals. The tournament features two different World Bowling Sport lane conditions: 38-foot Atlanta and 43-foot Tokyo. Singles was contested on Tokyo, doubles was bowled on Atlanta, and trios and team competition both will include three games on each pattern. Each event includes six games of qualifying before the field is narrowed to the top four for the semifinals.</p> <p>Each event includes six games of qualifying before the field is narrowed to the top four for the semifinals. All competition is being webcast live on&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>'s BowlTV</strong></a>. For a complete schedule in Eastern time, visit&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a>.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2014 WORLD BOWLING MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong><br /><em>Khalifa International Bowling Centre</em><br /><em>Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates</em></p> <p><strong>TRIOS</strong><br /><strong>CHAMPIONSHIP</strong><br /><strong>(Winner earns gold, loser gets silver)</strong><br />Denmark def. United States, 647-638</p> <p><strong>SEMIFINALS</strong><br /><em>(Winners advance, losers tie for bronze)</em><br />United States def. Australia, 735-647<br />Denmark def. Korea, 668-662</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:00:00 -0600 6985 The 11th Frame: US Opens sponsorship again shows Bowlmor AMF cares about competitive bowling <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">There certainly has been reason to think Bowlmor AMF didn&rsquo;t care about competitive bowling.</span></p> <p>Most notable is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the interview with CEO Tom Shannon on Bloomberg in which he essentially trashed the sport</strong></a>.</p> <p>But Bowlmor AMF suddenly has become the industry&rsquo;s biggest backer of top level bowling, at least outside of the major ball companies.</p> <p>First, the company signed a sponsorship deal with the PBA, a story I broke <a href="../../../news/article/6835" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and wrote up <a href="../../../news/article/6936" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> after it became official.</p> <p>And on Thursday it finally was announced that Bowlmor AMF has signed a deal to sponsor the U.S. Opens.</p> <p>While <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a> came out Thursday afternoon, I learned of the impending deal (without many details) back in October. For a variety of reasons, I chose not to report it then&nbsp;&mdash; sorry to anyone I offended with my Facebook tease at the time&nbsp;&mdash; but you get to do things like that when you have no editors or paying subscribers to answer to. Mostly I didn't want to chance messing up the deal by breaking it before it was final.</p> <p>Basically, for a change I acted like a bowler first and journalist second and let the parties involved break this big story, though I didn&rsquo;t imagine it would take this long!</p> <p>And make no mistake: this is a big story.</p> <p>Bowlmor AMF&rsquo;s commitment is to host Bowling&rsquo;s U.S. Open and Women&rsquo;s U.S Open in its centers in 2015, and provide more than $250,000 in funding for broadcast television production, according to <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>.</p> <p>Both events will feature a top prize of $50,000, a $400 entry fee and a 1-in-3 cashing ratio, and will be operated by USBC.</p> <p>As I've written before, it's hard to go to potential sponsors outside the industry and ask them to support top level bowling if the biggest&nbsp;bowling center company does not. I don't think this can be overstated.&nbsp;</p> <p>And, yes, I know Bowlmor AMF has done some things to hurt and anger a lot of bowlers. But it's doing&nbsp;some great things for top level&nbsp;bowling, too. Like most things in life, it's not all good or bad.</p> <p>The 2015 Women&rsquo;s U.S. Open will take place in late August/early September and will be part of the new PWBA Tour&nbsp;&mdash; detailed in my blog <a href="../../../news/article/6947" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>&nbsp;&mdash; as an added event, providing 10 total events for women competitors during the tour&rsquo;s schedule. Hard to argue with that scheduling.</p> <p>The 2015 U.S. Open will take place in November following the PBA World Series of Bowling, a great move in that it will allow World Series competitors from across the globe to take part in another major event, as <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a> notes. This pretty much guarantees it will be in the western U.S. so find the Bowlmor centers in that area with a large number of lanes and you have the potential sites.</p> <p>USBC and Bowlmor AMF said specific dates would be announced once sites are finalized and a broadcast TV&nbsp;outlet is secured.</p> <p>Plans call for a traditional 56-game format with three eight-game qualifying rounds followed by a cut to the top one-third of the field before the top 24 players qualify for round-robin match play, and then stepladder finals for TV.</p> <p>Registration for both tournaments will open April 6. Entries will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and only entries paid in full will be accepted.</p> <p>And there will be qualifying events: those who want to run one are asked to contact Damon Sarrocco at for information.</p> <p>And with the time frame of the Opens, there is ample&nbsp;time for qualifying events &mdash; you don't know how many times I wanted to give agitators like Jim Salisbury the Aaron Rodgers R-E-L-A-X treatment on this issue.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>The release</strong></a> contains statements from several officials of the entities involved.</p> <p>USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy: &ldquo;I want to thank Bowlmor AMF and Tom Shannon for demonstrating a clear and unquestionable commitment to competitive bowling. This partnership shows Bowlmor AMF supports the future of the sport and shares a deep respect for the value of the U.S. Open.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bowlmor AMF Chairman, CEO and President Tom Shannon: &ldquo;Bowlmor AMF is thrilled to reinforce our commitment to the sport of bowling by sponsoring the U.S. Opens. We look forward to further developing a strong relationship with the USBC and BPAA to support bowlers at every level, in every state and especially in every one of our over 340 Bowlmor AMF centers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jay Lietman, Vice President of Leagues for Bowlmor AMF: &ldquo;This is an exciting step in our renewed commitment to competitive play at Bowlmor AMF. I am elated about the ripple effects this will have on our very dedicated population of league bowlers. This can only build from here.&rdquo;</p> <p>BPAA Executive Director Frank DeSocio: &ldquo;This partnership is a tremendous success story for the bowling industry. We have the largest operator in the world stepping up in collaboration with International Bowling Campus on a project to bring great benefit for bowling at the local level and exposure in the national media.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:00:00 -0600 7097 The 11th Frame: MWBA Queens, Women’s City Tournament set for January at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The Madison Women&rsquo;s Bowling Association announced that the MWBA Queens and MWBA Championships &ndash; aka the Women&rsquo;s City Tournament &ndash; will be held in January at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes.</span></p> <p>The MWBA Queens, which will be Jan. 11 at 12:30 p.m., is $30 to enter in advance, $35 on the day of the tournament.</p> <p>Based on 30 entries, first will be $168, second $98, third and fourth $58 each, fifth through eighth $44 each, and ninth through 12<sup>th</sup> $35 each. There also are $25 and $15 prizes for the top two games by bowlers who miss the cut.</p> <p>A bowler must be an MWBA member and have an average of 170, with the exception that previous Queens competitors are grandfathered for three years if they drop below 170. Handicap is 90 percent based on 220.</p> <p>The format is three games of qualifying, followed by bracket match play.</p> <p>The MWBA is adding $2.50 per entrant&nbsp;to the prize fund, and Street Rags and Phoenix Pro Shop are sponsoring the tournament.</p> <p>The entry form and rules are <a href=";yr=2015" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. And the entry flyer is attached at the end of this blog as a PDF.</p> <p>For more information and to enter, call 221-0300 or email to <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/6357" target="_blank"><strong>Paige Havel is the defending champion</strong></a>.</p> <p>The Women's City Tournament follows at Bowl-A-Vard Jan. 17-18 and 24-25.</p> <p>The entry form and rules are&nbsp;<a href=";yr=2015" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.&nbsp;And the entry flyer is attached at the end of this blog as a PDF.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600 7098 The 11th Frame: Items announced in International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame December auction <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The items available in the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame December auction were announced Wednesday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Proceeds from the monthly auctions benefit the IBMHOF in its mission to preserve the history of bowling.</span></p> <p>The items include a teaching certificate from Turbo 2-n-1 Grips, an original painting from artist Larry Cutler, autographed jersey shorts from NBA player Chris Paul, a 19th century print depicting the "Game of Bowls," and an autographed Tony Reyes poster.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The December auction will take place in&nbsp;</span><a style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;" href="" target="_blank"><strong>The Bowling Museum Store on eBay here</strong></a><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">.</span></p> <p>The information includes descriptions of each item, along with information on how to participate in the auction.&nbsp;</p> <p>Bidding began Wednesday and lasts through Dec. 20.</p> <p>For more information, or to inquire about donating items, contact Museum Curator Jessica Bell at , 817-385-8212 or 800-343-1329 extension 8212.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 -0600 7096 The 11th Frame: Gary Schindler slams 801; Bradley Thompson, Josh Sanders, Rick Festge, Chris Gibbons fire perfect games <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Gary Schindler slammed an 801 series and Bradley Thompson, Josh Sanders, Rick Festge and Chris Gibbons fired perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Wednesday.</span></p> <p>Schindler&rsquo;s 801 came in the Village Lanes Businessmen&rsquo;s League.</p> <p>Schindler posted this on Facebook: "chasing your dreams...... i've bowling for 40+ years and have been after one thing. a few 300 games, a few 790 series. but could never get the monkey off my back for that elusive 800 series. we'll last night the wait was worth every penny. congrat's to me for shooting 801 series 296-259-246.<br />thank you badger pro shop for drilling that radical layout for the storm pearl hyroad. that thing just slayed pins last night. one more thing off my bucket list !!! whoot ,whoot !!"</p> <p>Thompson&rsquo;s third career 300 came in a 779 in the Prairie Lanes Men&rsquo;s Rec League.</p> <p>Sanders&rsquo; first career 300 came in a 733 in the Dream Lanes Libs &amp; Adlibs League.</p> <p>Festge&rsquo;s 10th career 300 was part of a 732 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lake City League.</p> <p>Gibbons&rsquo; 40<sup>th</sup> career 300 came in a 707 in the Bowl-A-Vard Mixed Nuts League.</p> <p>Craig Anderson was second for the men with 777 in the Spartan Bowl Classic League.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 773 by Aaron Koppes and 757 by Dennis Schwaner in the Dream Lanes Classic League, 771 by&nbsp;Brandon Glancey in the Bowl-A-Vard Lake City, and 765 by Brady Steinberg in the Spartan Classic.</p> <p>Mary Lo led women&rsquo;s scoring with 675 and was followed by Lauren Sammel with 633, both in the Bowl-A-Vard Lake City League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:55:00 -0600 7094 The 11th Frame: Jim Murray fires 805, Ross Bussan slams perfect game <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Jim Murray fired an 805 series and Ross Bussan slammed a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday.</span></p> <p>Murray chained games of 258, 290 and 257 in the Dream Lanes Early Men&rsquo;s League.</p> <p>Bussan, part of the family that owns Prairie Lanes and Bowl-A-Vard Lanes, rolled his 15<sup>th</sup> career 300 in a 739 in the Bowl-A-Vard NFL League.</p> <p>Bruce Davis fell a shot shy of perfection with a 298, leaving a 6-10 on his final shot, in a 701 series in the Bowl-A-Vard &nbsp;U-Play-U-Pay League.</p> <p>Sherri Seefeldt led women&rsquo;s scoring with a 676 in the Bowl-A-Vard Sunshine League.</p> <p>Nicole Russell was next with 657 in the Ten Pin Alley Fifth Quarter League.</p> <p>Andy Wright was next for men with 784 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Elks/Moose League.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 775 by Dan Seppa in the Dream All-Star Classic, 770 by Rick Elliott and 757 by Cody Zirbel in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Sportsmen&rsquo;s League, 762 by Alex Shekey in the Ten Pin 5<sup>th</sup> Quarter, and 753 each by Troy Kleist in the Dream Early Men&rsquo;s and Rick Elliott in the Spartan Bowl Datex Ohmeda League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 23:55:00 -0600