The 11th Frame Blog en-us 2014 Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 6834 The 11th Frame: King Pin Lanes in Springfield, Illinois hosting 2 PBA Regionals, Storm Doubles over Labor Day weekend <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Land of Lincoln Tournaments is hosting a cancer fundraiser, two PBA Regionals and a doubles tournament over Labor Day weekend at King Pin Lanes in Springfield, Illinois.</span></p> <p>The two PBA Regionals will be held Saturday, Aug. 30. They are the Midwest/Central PBA BOWLSTRONG Non-Champions Tournament and the Midwest/Central PBA BOWLSTRONG Tournament of Champions.</p> <p>The 3<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;annual Storm Doubles Classic will be held Sunday, Aug. 31, replacing the Mary Teubner Memorial Team Challenge due to a lack of team entries &mdash; retired PBA Tour champion Jeff Carter of Land of Lincoln Tournaments reported that there were just 14 teams entered at 45 days before the tournament.</p> <p>The weekend starts Friday, Aug. 29 with practice for the Regionals from 3-5 p.m., followed by the 13<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;annual Mary Teubner Memorial Pro-am Fundraiser at 7 p.m. The fun event, which already has 130 entries, will feature 50/50&rsquo;s, ball raffles, BOWLSTRONG merchandise sales and a special BOWLSTRONG video challenge incentive. There will be another MEGA 50/50 drawing this year &mdash; last year&rsquo;s winner took home more than $2,500.</p> <p>The Regionals start with qualifying at 9 a.m. on Saturday and continue with bracket match play in the afternoon.</p> <p>The Non-Champions Regional will have an experimental relaxed dress code: jeans may be worn and you do not need a name shirt, but must still be presentable. All other equipment product registration rules apply.</p> <p>All PBA rules apply to the Tournament of Champions Regional.</p> <p>The Non-Champions Regional will be contested on the PBA Dick Weber pattern and the Tournament of Champions Regional will be contested on the 39-foot 2011-12 Tournament of Champions pattern.</p> <p>There will be brackets and pots for both regionals, with all of the proceeds going to the BOWLSTRONG Cancer Research Charity.</p> <p>The Storm Doubles on Sunday will be contested on a 41-foot pattern Kegel created for the tournament called &ldquo;For the Fight&rdquo; featuring 26.95 ml of oil and a 2.5:1 ratio.</p> <p>&ldquo;Nobody has practiced on it and the first time bowlers will see it will be on that Sunday, so there will be no unfair advantage to anyone,&rdquo; Carter said.</p> <p>The field is limited to 54 entries and 38 are taken already, Carter reported.</p> <p>Shea Bittenbender and Chris Taylor are the 2-time defending champions of the event.</p> <p>There will be 50/50s, ball raffles, merchandise sales and brackets and side pots for the event.</p> <p>The winner of the MEGA 50/50 raffle will be drawn at the conclusion of the Storm Doubles.</p> <p>Details on the events are in PDFs attached at the bottom of this blog.</p> <p>&ldquo;Last year we raised over $14,000 for BOWLSTRONG and we&rsquo;d be happy to match that this year,&rdquo; he said. &rdquo;We&rsquo;re hopeful for a great weekend with lots of opportunities to raise money for Cancer Research. I hope that the brackets and side pots go over well during the regionals, as well as the Doubles Classic. And we&rsquo;ll be unveiling some new BOWLSTRONG T-shirts as well!&rdquo;</p> <p>Carter said he was disappointed that he had to shelve the Team Challenge concept, especially since he adjusted the eligibility rules after PBA star Tommy Jones&rsquo; team ran away with it last year.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not a fan of limitations or restrictions on who can bowl, but as a host and Tournament Director I also have to take into consideration what&rsquo;s best for the event and ultimately in our case, what&rsquo;s best for BOWLSTRONG,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think many people knew that we eliminated the Top 50 in Tour Points from the event.&rdquo;</p> <p>Carter added the Regionals after the Team Challenge conflicted with a PBA Regional doubleheader in Council Bluffs, Iowa last year, forcing Midwest PBA members into a difficult situation.</p> <p>&ldquo;We split up the added money that was going to go towards the Team Challenge and put it into the three events instead,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;d like to bring the Team Challenge back, but possibly on a smaller (more local) scale. Our focus moving forward will be the Storm Doubles Classic.&rdquo;</p> <p>I am entered in the Champions Regional and will bowl in the pro-am to support the charitable efforts put forth by Jeff, Mindy Manci and her family, and everyone else at King Pin.</p> <p>But I won&rsquo;t be bowling the doubles, as that&rsquo;s a little much for my creaky wrist and aging body to take, although I might have made the effort if it was an Over 50/Under 50 format.</p> <p>Going forward, I will be bowling only a select few special PBA Regionals as I focus my remaining years of competition on PBA50 and non-PBA senior tournaments.</p> <p>I haven&rsquo;t won a PBA Regional in several years, though I did finish second a couple of years ago, and no longer have any serious prospects of winning a significant tournament against the &ldquo;kids.&rdquo;</p> <p>Carter said 2015 &ldquo;could prove to be very big for us and BOWLSTRONG&rdquo; with tentative plans for a &ldquo;Super Week&rdquo; starting with possibly hosting a PBA50 Tour Stop (along with golf outings, pro-ams, putt-putt tournament) and finishing with the Storm Doubles on Labor Day weekend.</p> <p>&ldquo;The key will be putting the added money together and working out the details, but that&rsquo;s the direction we&rsquo;d like to head,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Right now the PBA50 Tour seems to be the logical investment as a host, so we&rsquo;re doing our due diligence and looking into that for 2015.&rdquo;</p> <p>That would certainly make my choices for using my limited vacation time even more difficult, considering how much I love the PBA50 Tour stops in Hammond, Indiana and Welch, Minnesota and that the USBC Senior Masters will be in Green Bay in 2015.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Land of Lincoln Tournament Facebook page is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>And the BOWLSTRONG Cancer Research Facebook page is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0600 6839 The 11th Frame: Popular Over 40/Under 40 Doubles set for Nov. 29 in Appleton <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Terry Kulibert&rsquo;s WBST Over 40/Under 40 Doubles, annually one of the state&rsquo;s most popular scratch tournaments, is set for Saturday, Nov. 29 at noon at Super Bowl, 2222 E Northland Ave. in Appleton.</span></p> <p>The tournament requires one bowler of a duo to be at least 40 years old, and teams are limited to one PBA player.</p> <p>The entry fee is $160 per team, with $130 to the prize fund and $30 to lineage and expenses, and first is $1,500 based on 48 teams. Last year, there were 74 teams, first paid $2,000 and second $1,200.</p> <p>There also is plenty of side action.</p> <p>The lane pattern is not a house shot &mdash; last year it was Kegel Middle Road.</p> <p>The format is four games of qualifying followed by one-game matches, with one-third of the field making the cut and cashing.</p> <p>The <a href="../../../news/article/6262" target="_blank"><strong>defending champions are Mike Peters and Scott Rains</strong></a>, who made the trip from Iowa.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">For details and to enter, contact Kulibert at <a href=""></a>, or 920-379-0108, or through <a href=";ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited" target="_blank"><strong>the tournament&rsquo;s Facebook page</strong></a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The tournament flyer is attached to the end of this blog.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:00:00 -0600 6838 The 11th Frame: Senior Scratch Bowlers Association of Iowa announces 2014-15 schedule <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The Senior Scratch Bowlers Association of Iowa has announced its 2014-15 schedule, highlighted by the annual 50/50 4-man and doubles tournaments it puts on with the Greater Iowa Bowling Association.</span></p> <p>The SSBA offers fun events on house shots &mdash; bring your striking shoes! &mdash; with affordable entry fees and relatively flat prize funds.</p> <p>In other words, the events are not about making money, they&rsquo;re about the fun of competing with a great group of guys.</p> <p>The one change in the SSBA this year is the addition of an option additional Tier 2 entry fee of $30, with 100 percent returned to the bowlers. The idea started by the GIBA offers those who want to bowl for extra money the option to do so.</p> <p>The season opener is Sunday, Sept. 7 at May City Bowl&nbsp;&nbsp;in Cedar Rapids.</p> <p>The 111 Doubles &mdash; the age of partners must total at least 111 &mdash; will be Sunday, Oct. 12 at Maple Lanes&nbsp;in Waterloo.</p> <p>Bowlerama&nbsp;&nbsp;in Des Moines is the host on Sunday, Nov. 9.</p> <p>The 50/50 4-man is Saturday, Dec. 6 and the 50/50 doubles follows the next day, both at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo. The doubles annually is sold out at 75 paid teams by Thanksgiving and last year the 4-man drew more than two dozen teams.</p> <p>Host centers on Sundays, Jan. 18, Feb. 15 and March 15 are Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Highland Park Bowl in Moline (Illinois) and Totem Bowl in Marshalltown, respectively.</p> <p>The season closes at Miller Time in Davenport, Iowa, although I think the listed date of April 5 may change since that is Easter.</p> <p>Depending how the PBA50 Regional schedule pans out, I will compete in a few of the SSBA tournaments as I have the past couple of seasons.</p> <p>For more information, contact Gary Brinker at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>A website for the SSBA is under development.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0600 6836 The 11th Frame: Classic Lanes Fox Valley hosting adult, youth scratch tournaments Sept. 27-28 on mix of wood, synthetic lanes <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">I&rsquo;ve bowled in a few tournaments in my career at centers that had a mix of wood and synthetic lanes, including PBA Regionals at the old Fox Bowl in suburban Chicago.</span></p> <p>Such a situation presented an extra challenge that was fun to deal with.</p> <p>Classic Lanes Fox Valley will offer that challenge in a pair of scratch tournaments for adult and youth bowlers on Sept. 27-28.</p> <p>The center, which will host the minor events of the 2015 State Tournament, changed ownership this summer and is being totally remodeled. As of the weekend of the tournaments, half of the 36 lanes will have been converted to synthetic and half still will be the old wood.</p> <p>The 2014 Straight Shot Open will be Saturday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. and the Youth Challenge Series 2014 Straight Shot Classic will be Sunday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m.&nbsp; Youth bowlers can enter the Straight Shop Open and take a VISA gift card if less than $500 in prize money won or have money awarded as scholarship.</p> <p>Both tournaments will feature 3-game sets of qualifying on wood lanes and synthetic lanes.</p> <p>The adults will have the top eight seeded into a bracket with 2-game total pins matches featuring one game on each surface, then 1-game matches taped for Time Warner Cable SportsChannel &amp; Charter on Demand for the semifinals and finals featuring one lane of each surface for the TV pair.</p> <p>The youth bowlers will compete in boys and girls divisions, 18-21 and 17 and under, with the top two in each division moving to the semifinals. Those matches will be 2 games total pins with one game on each surface, with the winners advancing to title matches taped for Time Warner Cable SportsChannel &amp; Charter on Demand that will be 1-game matches featuring one lane of each surface.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">For those 1-game matches, lanes 18 and 19 will be used with scores punched in manually on scorers.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;Even though we will be looking to make this weekend an annual event, for this inaugural weekend, it's a once in a lifetime challenge,&rdquo; Phil Brylow of ECB Productions said of the dual surfaces.</p> <p>Both tournaments will have added money thanks to sponsorship by Straight Shot Pool, Dart and Game Supply in Menasha, and the bracket proceeds from Saturday's event will be split between the prize funds on Saturday and Sunday.</p> <p>Brackets will be separate for wood and synthetic surfaces.</p> <p>The lane patterns will be from the Kegel Challenge series.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The entry fee in the Straight Shot Open is $75, with $47 going to the prize fund, $18 for lineage and $10 for tournament/TV expense. There&rsquo;s a $10 late fee after Sept. 24.</span></p> <p>One in five will cash and based on 60 entries, first will pay $900, second $600, third and fourth $325, fifth-eighth $175 and 9<sup>th</sup>-12<sup>th</sup> $125.</p> <p>The entry fee in the TCS Straight Shot Classic is $50, with $26 to the prize fund and $24 to lineage, expenses and TV production. There&rsquo;s a $10 late fee after Sept. 24.</p> <p>The lineage and expense portions of the prize fund and 1-in-5 cashing ratio in the Straight Shot Open may turn off some bowlers, but for those who do enter, competing on the two surfaces should be fun.&nbsp;</p> <p>The tournaments are not USBC certified, but USBC rules will be used with one exception: bowling ball surface altering is allowed between games.</p> <p>PDFs of the entry flyers are attached at the bottom of this blog.</p> <p>Those with question can call Brylow at 414-659-0444, or Classic Fox Valley manager Terry Kulibert at 920-722-1998.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0600 6835 The 11th Frame: Commissioner Tom Clark expects PBA deal with Bowlmor AMF <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Those who consider Bowlmor AMF to be an enemy of serious bowling are going to be shocked at what I am about to write and what is soon to happen, according to PBA Commissioner Tom Clark.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;It does look like they are going to do some sponsorship or advertising with the PBA, which I hope let&rsquo;s people know they do care about 'real' bowling,&rdquo; Clark said of Bowlmor AMF in a recent interview.&nbsp; &ldquo;It hasn&rsquo;t happened yet, but we&rsquo;re really deep in talks and at this point it would be shocking to me if we didn&rsquo;t work something out together, hopefully sooner rather than later.&rdquo;</p> <p>The deal is likely to be a combination of having events and having Bowlmor AMF as a sponsor of PBA, Clark said, adding that the sides continue to have open dialogue about ways to partner, including meetings in New York City.</p> <p>AMF hasn&rsquo;t put any money toward the PBA for years, he said.</p> <p>Clark said he has been talking with Bowlmor since they bought AMF, which at one point had a former Disney executive at its chief marketing officer.</p> <p>&ldquo;I even had the owners of the PBA meet with him and we were talking about a sweeping title sponsorship of the PBA and redefining the way TV would show bowling,&rdquo; Clark said.</p> <p>Bowlmor AMF turned down that proposal but wanted to talk about a sponsorship that was a little smaller, Clark said, before the former Disney executive left the company, setting things back.</p> <p>Eventually, Clark revisited talking with the company after they spent a large sum on a great commercial that aired nationally.</p> <p>The goal was to get the ad on PBA Tour TV shows &ldquo;and then the next week they bought Brunswick,&rdquo; Clark said.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In that deal in July, Brunswick announced that it had agreed to sell its Retail Bowling business (85 bowling centers) to Bowlmor AMF for $270 million, and intended to sell its Bowling Products business (balls, machines, lanes, etc.) by the end of 2014.</p> <p>My initial story on the sale is <a href="../../../news/article/6758" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and my story featuring financial analyst (and PBA regional champion) Rob Plaza&rsquo;s views of the deal is <a href="../../../news/article/6779" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Clark doesn&rsquo;t expect Bowlmor AMF to do much to change how the Brunswick centers operate with leagues and tournaments.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&ldquo;I think that (Bowlmor AMF CEO ) Tom Shannon likes the way the Brunswick centers were run,&rdquo; Clark said. &ldquo;He didn&rsquo;t like the way AMF centers were run, but that&rsquo;s pretty obvious &mdash; they went bankrupt. AMF was a mess they had to fix up. Most Brunswick centers are not doing that poorly and they have better management and staff and stuff like that, so there&rsquo;s less to change about them. And a lot of them are fortified by leagues and regular bowlers so you have to keep them. &ldquo;</p> <p>In regard to the image Shannon has with some bowlers as being anti-serious bowling, Clark said he &ldquo;seems fine to me,&rdquo; and he believes the Brunswick deal &ldquo;ultimately will end up being OK for everybody.&rdquo;</p> <p>Shannon, Clark added, &ldquo;is putting his money where his mouth is, and is positive about the business of bowling above and beyond anyone right now.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s like the PBA owners: they invested, they believed in it. You have these people that invest in (bowling) and they end up with more criticism than people sitting back wanting things for free.&rdquo;</p> <p>I have gone back and forth with Bowlmor AMF public relations since before interviewing Clark, but haven&rsquo;t been able to set up an interview with a representative of Bowlmor AMF.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">In pitching PBA to Shannon and his team, Clark said he tries to &ldquo;make it clear to them to not think of this stodgy organization that will not bend to modern presentation. We don&rsquo;t want a preconceived notion of what PBA is to turn someone off.&ldquo;</span></p> <p>Clark said that despite Brunswick's Bowling Products business being for sale and therefore in limbo and the centers being taken over by Bowlmor AMF, the PBA expects to continue with the partnerships it has for events at Brunswick centers, product registration of Brunswick bowling balls and other products, and with Brunswick as the official lane maintenance provider.</p> <p>In essence, the sponsorship and advertising with Bowlmor AMF would be added to PBA&rsquo;s existing partnerships with Brunswick.</p> <p>Clark also covered several other issues in the wide-ranging interview, including that the upcoming World Series of Bowling will have just 1-hour shows for the four animal pattern tournaments, with the other three remaining 2 hours. Bowlers Journal broke that news in its August issue.</p> <p>The hour shows still will feature four bowlers, with seeds 2, 3 and 4 competing in the first match and the winner in the title match.</p> <p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s something I want to do,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not ESPN saying you have to do 1-hour shows.&rdquo;</p> <p>One reason is that he believes the &ldquo;general audience might have an appetite for a quicker show and quicker conclusion to what&rsquo;s going on. It&rsquo;s always better to leave people wanting more than saying, &lsquo;That was too long.&rsquo; &ldquo;</p> <p>The move also is aimed at what it&rsquo;s about when it comes to anything on TV: ratings.</p> <p>The four animal pattern events start Dec. 14 and will be going against the NFL immediately following the NFL pre-game show on ESPN.</p> <p>&ldquo;We end up with a lot of holdover people, so ratings usually are strong at the top of the show and then people begin to find their way to an NFL game,&rdquo; Clark said. &ldquo;A shorter show invites more people to stay with us to the conclusion, so we compete less against the NFL when we&rsquo;re only an hour. I think it will be a chance to increase our ratings.&rdquo;</p> <p>The shorter shows also will cut down the amount of taping over that first weekend of November at South Point, so it should make it easier on production staff and fans, Clark said.</p> <p>The risks are giving up an hour of time bowling is on TV and the inventory for commercials, promotional opportunities, etc.</p> <p>For this viewer, last year&rsquo;s 2-hour shows from the World Series that featured the trick shot segments with Terrell Owens did drag on, and those segments ruined some of the continuity as they came between the semifinal and title match. I did enjoy them, but I found myself going forward on my DVR to the title match after the semi and then returning to the trick shots to watch them. (I rarely get to see the shows when they air as I&rsquo;m usually bowling.)</p> <p>Clark also gave some general information on the 2015 PBA League, which is returning in part due to the support of sponsors GEICO and Barbasol.</p> <p>The League will be taped in early 2015 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, which Clark described as a cool building that &ldquo;feels like an arena,&rdquo; and result in the four shows that will conclude the season on ESPN March 29 and April 5, 12 and 19.&nbsp;</p> <p>It will be eight teams with the same managers but a total re-draft for rosters with a random draw for draft order. &nbsp;The eligibility for draft spots will be based on PBA points, with, for example, the top 10 points (outside the franchise players) eligible for the first round. The two players not picked then go into the grouping for the second round.</p> <p>&ldquo;It makes sure people won&rsquo;t go off the board for any goofy picks or anything like that,&rdquo; Clark said.</p> <p>The managers are Mark Baker, Jason Couch, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Del Ballard, Tim Mack, Andrew Cain, Norm Duke and Johnny Petraglia.</p> <p>The franchises, logos and celebrities will be the same, although Pittsburgh could switch to Oakland since celebrity owner Lamar Woodley now plays with the Raiders instead of the Steelers.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to keep those brands and logos going,&rdquo; Clark said.</p> <p>The shows will be two quarterfinal matches on each of two shows, then two semis on one show and the title match on one show.</p> <p>The format for the first three shows will be 2-game Baker matches, while the title match will be singles, doubles, trios and team like in the 2014 PBA League, Clark said.</p> <p>More details on the 2015 PBA League will be released later, Clark said, adding that &ldquo;there&rsquo;s a lot to still be decided.&rdquo;</p> <p>A big highlight of the 2015 season will be the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Tournament of Champions, with the week in Indianapolis kicking off with a Hall of Fame induction. The Hall of Fame vote is still to come.</p> <p>The prestigious major tournament will be held at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis Feb. 11-15, with all PBA champions eligible.</p> <p>More details on the TOC are in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this recent PBA news release</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Clark also said the plan is for blue oil to be used &ldquo;any time we are on TV except the Masters,&rdquo; where the decision would be USBC&rsquo;s.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>&ldquo;I haven&rsquo;t met anybody who doesn&rsquo;t like it from outside of the traditionalist world,&rdquo; Clark said of the visible oil. &ldquo;Obviously, there is some dissension in bowling about it. But outside of bowling everybody likes it &mdash; ESPN and sponsors. Most of the complaints are kind of lame, like that it makes it easier, which it doesn't.&rdquo;</p> <p>Clark said he&rsquo;d love to have a full tournament using the oil, but nothing has been scheduled.</p> <p>Clark also confirmed that ESPN has expressed interest in televising PBA50 Tour competition.</p> <p>&ldquo;The name that gets everybody excited still in bowling is Pete Weber,&rdquo; Clark said. &ldquo;And I think an executive noticed that Pete Weber was bowling in championships in the PBA50. It was the first time I had ever had a long conversation about the PBA50 Tour with ESPN.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have been sneaking them on (ESPN) in different ways. In the past, they always didn&rsquo;t want senior bowling. But the most recent conversation was how can we get them on more? It&rsquo;s a good opening and we&rsquo;ll see what we can do.&rdquo;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s likely nothing would happen until the 2016 season, and a logical format might be a resurrection of the PBA-PBA50 doubles, he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;That would be a good show,&rdquo; Clark said. &ldquo;But you never know dealing with TV executives. Their opinions and budgets and needs for programming change all the time.&rdquo;</p> <p>Speaking of the PBA50 Tour, the chatter toward the end of this season was that the dominance by Hall of Famers this year was hurting entries.</p> <p>Clark said he felt it might be more about the length of the season and people not having enough time off, and also said that one way to counter the situation if it is a factor is to find ways to monetize the interest guys like Weber draw so prize funds can go up for the PBA50 bowlers.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Super Senior event (in Fort Wayne, Indiana) had 130 entries but I don&rsquo;t think if we had 12 Super Senior events there would be 130 at the last one,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>Clark said he feels that PBA has stabilized and is in position take advantage of growth opportunities.</p> <p>&ldquo;I feel better about our direction now than I have because we were able to stem that tide of a poor budget prediction in previous years and we&rsquo;re budgeting realistically,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re self-sufficient and it enables us to make better business decisions. And it also means if something good happens then all of a sudden we can grow.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;For some reason people got used to the idea that you don&rsquo;t have to make money to pay. And that was true for a while because our owners were kind of like investors in the PBA for several years. They allowed us to overspend and covered that based on thinking they&rsquo;d get a rights fee at some point. They really were hoping that ESPN would step up with like a $75 million rights fee at some point because of the success they would have. That&rsquo;s not a bad way to think, but with that not happening it put us in a position where there was no more direct investment and we&rsquo;d have to make it work on our own.&rdquo;</p> <p>There still are almost as many professional bowlers as in those subsidized years, but they live differently: traveling globally, doing more coaching, depending more on sponsors.</p> <p>Clark said the things happening &ldquo;give me hope,&rdquo; and that should be the theme among bowlers, rather than the negativity that is common.</p> <p>&ldquo;For a while, I almost didn&rsquo;t blame them,&rdquo; he said of those who are negative. &ldquo;But I think we&rsquo;ve got some opportunities and I wouldn&rsquo;t want to see those opportunities hurt by negativity.&rdquo;</p> <p>Clark said one of those opportunities is a new "PBA Network" about to be launched that will feature Xtra Frame, the PBA Youtube channel and the PBA Bowling Challenge game, among other things.</p> <p>&ldquo;These our &nbsp;opportunities for growth in new revenue streams that could break wide open any day as we add content and better monetize our fan base like all professional sports do,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>The dream of many is a true PBA Tour that tours the country with full tournaments week after week like in the golden years.</p> <p>The key to that &mdash; and many other big things &mdash; happening is rights fees from a TV network.</p> <p>Back when the PBA had a true Tour, it was because &ldquo;ABC paid the PBA to be on the air and paid for production of the shows,&rdquo; Clark said. &ldquo;We actually don&rsquo;t have bad deals with ESPN and CBS (Sports Network) now. They help with production. A lot of smaller sports jealous of our relationship with ESPN &mdash; swimming would like to be on ESPN for 16 straight Sundays &mdash; but our deal doesn&rsquo;t cover all of our production and doesn&rsquo;t offer us a payment we can use against our bottom line.&rdquo;</p> <p>And that pales in comparison to, for example, the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>$1.1 billion deal FOX agreed to for the acquisition of rights to golf&rsquo;s U.S. Open for a dozen years</strong></a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>$90 million per year in deals Major League Soccer recently signed</strong></a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s the way you can grow in today&rsquo;s sports world,&rdquo; Clark said. &ldquo;Sponsorships are like gravy. The baseline is rights fees .&rdquo;</p> <p>A big rights fee deal would make it &ldquo;so you almost can&rsquo;t fail,&rdquo; Clark said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Two years ago we shopped the ESPN deal and talked to almost every network and that&rsquo;s how the CBS deal was born,&rdquo; Clark added. &ldquo;But it was not a more compelling offer than what ESPN offered us.&rdquo;</p> <p>And the ESPN deal is &ldquo;really still the biggest single reason for the viability of the PBA,&rdquo; Clark said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Securing rights fees is about growing bowling&rsquo;s fan base,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;If we can prove an overwhelming interest by a great passionate group, now the network wants to invest in it. It&rsquo;s, &lsquo;Here&rsquo;s your $10 million make this work.&rsquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;One of the virtues of staying alive is any day I could get a phone call from a network saying we want a 5-week series this summer. The more good stuff you have the more chances you can get the interest of a network that wants programming.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0600 6833 The 11th Frame: 16th annual Joe Tomsu Memorial Over/Under Scratch Doubles set for Nov. 9 in Council Bluffs, Iowa <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The&nbsp;16th annual Joe Tomsu Memorial Over/Under Scratch Doubles is set for Sunday, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. at Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs, Iowa.</span></p> <p>The age for determining over and under in the event is 45, except women get to compete in the older division if they are at least 35.</p> <p>The entry fee is $125, with $112.50 to the prize fund, $10.50 for lineage and $2 for expenses.</p> <p>The field is limited to 128 entries. Based on 96, first will pay $2,500, second $1,250 down to $400 for 13<sup>th</sup> through 16<sup>th</sup> with 1 in 3 cashing.</p> <p>The format is 6 games of qualifying, &nbsp;with 16 in each division advancing and paired by their qualifying score.</p> <p>The top four receive two byes and places 5-8 receive one bye.</p> <p>The finals consist of best-of-3-games elimination matches.</p> <p>The tournament also features an interesting super bracket.</p> <p>Details are in the flyer attached to the bottom of this blog.</p> <p>Or for details, call Matt Tomsu at 402-305-5989 or Scott Sullinger at 402-301-8832 or The Bowling Store at 402-991-2660.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0600 6832 The 11th Frame: PBA Senior Tour great Gene Stus dies <p>PBA Senior Tour great and PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Gene Stus died Monday. He was 74.</p> <p>Stus had not bowled for about a decade due to heart problems and had been in declining health, close friend and Turbo owner Dave Bernhardt said in a phone call.</p> <p>Stus didn&rsquo;t compete on the PBA Tour, but became a great on the PBA Senior Tour after he was able to retire from General Motors at 50, winning 11 Senior Tour titles, three behind&nbsp;all-time leader and&nbsp;fellow Hall of Famer John Handegard .</p> <p>The Detroit area legend's most memorable moment came in&nbsp;July&nbsp;1992 when he became the first Senior Tour player to bowl a 300 game on national television, defeating Don Gilman, 300-188, in the Pacific Cal Bowl Senior Open in Lakewood, California. That perfect game on ESPN earned Stus a $100,000 bonus.</p> <p>That helped earn him Senior Player of the Year honors in 1992.</p> <p>He was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2012. <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Here is the video tribute for his Hall induction</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;It was an honor to bowl with the sport&rsquo;s greats who I admired my whole life and I always wondered how I would measure up,&rdquo; Stus said in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech, according to <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;When I was able to retire at 50, I started to get back to bowling seriously and found I still had the touch. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;Bowling on the Senior Tour was a lot more than achieving the dream of bowling with the greats of the game,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;Just to be around them and to remember all the fun we had on and off the lanes for those years was an experience I&rsquo;ll never forget.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Stus, who won three titles in his USBC Open Championships career, was inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame in 2009. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Stus won Open Championships Eagles in the 1987 team all-events, 1990 team and 1992 doubles.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">In 25 Open Championships appearances, Stus averaged 201.4.</span></p> <p>Stus also was a member of the Taylor Sports, Greater Detroit Bowling Association and Michigan State Bowling Association Halls of Fame.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">I did not know&nbsp;Stus, but his popularity was evident during Dave Soutar's retirement party at the PBA Senior Tour stop (my second) in Decatur, Illinois in 2012. A call was placed to Stus, who was unable to attend, and piped through the sound system at the party so everyone could hear the conversation with Stus.</span></p> <p>Stus is survived by his wife Sally, son Troy, stepson Gary Tis, grandchildren Cayla, Chris, D.J., Cody and Nolan, and two great grandchildren.</p> <p>PBA reported that visitation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 20 from 5-9&nbsp;p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 21 from noon-9 p.m.&nbsp;at the John Molnar Funeral Home Chapel, 23700 West Road, Brownstown, Michigan. Services have been scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22 at 9:30 a.m. (Instate) and 10 a.m. (Mass) at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 9000 Laurence, Allen Park, Michigan.</p> <p>He will be laid to rest at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, 18303 Allen Road in Brownstown.</p> <p>Additional information may be obtained from the Molnar Funeral Home via <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>its website</strong></a>&nbsp;or by calling 734-692-1515.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0600 6828 The 11th Frame: Sean Yonan Memorial weekend of tournaments set for March 20-22 in Sheboygan <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The Sean Yonan Memorial weekend of youth and adult &nbsp;tournaments will be March 20-22 Lakeshore and Maple Sheboygan, Trevor Yonan announced.</span></p> <p>The Baker event is Friday, the youth events are Saturday and Sunday, and the second annual Sean Yonan Memorial Scratch Open is Sunday.</p> <p>Yonan said the formats will be the same as 2014 so for detail, read my blog in advance of 2014 <a href="../../../news/article/6253" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The events honor Sean Yonan, who died from complications of a severe asthma attack on Feb. 14, 1995. More than $100,000 in scholarships have been given away in the past nine years.</p> <p>For more information, contact tournament director Keith Yonan at&nbsp;<a href=""><strong></strong></a>&nbsp;or 920-980-4752, or Trevor Yonan at&nbsp;<a href=""><strong></strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:05:00 -0600 6827 The 11th Frame: New Rose Bowl tourney similar to Fusion Realtors Open set for Oct. 25-26 at Leisure Lanes in Davenport, Iowa <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> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0600 6829 The 11th Frame: Cadillac Lanes starting scratch trio tournament in memory of Adrian Erickson on Sept. 20 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;"><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo, Iowa is starting a scratch trio tournament in memory of long-time owner Adrian Erickson, who died earlier this year.</span></span></p> <p>The A.E. Classic Trio Tournament&nbsp;at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 will benefit the Adrian Erickson Memorial Scholarship Fund.</p> <p>Entry fee is $45 per bowler, with $30 to the prize fund, $10 to lineage and $5 to the scholarship fund.</p> <p>The format is four games across eight lanes, cut to the top 12 and bowl another game, cut to the top six and bowl another game, then cut to the top four for a stepladder finals.</p> <p>The top seed gets a $75 prize.</p> <p>Other prize details are not given on the flyer.</p> <p>The lane pattern will be a modified house shot.</p> <p>To enter, contact April Tippett at 319-721-9836 or <a href=""></a> or Angi Fangman at 319-231-0167 or <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Cadillac is at 650 LaPorte Road in Waterloo.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:55:00 -0600 6837 The 11th Frame: Craig Nidiffer takes advantage of good breaks, beats top seed Brett Wolfe for $10,000 top prize at New Mexico Open <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Craig Nidiffer took advantage of some good breaks in beating top seed Brett Wolfe for the $10,000 top prize at the 11</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;"> annual New Mexico Open on Sunday.</span></p> <p>Nidiffer, a rising star from the Detroit area, beat Wolfe, a former USBC Masters champion, in the righty-lefty battle 276-237, Steve Mackie, tournament operator and host proprietor at Tenpins &amp; More in Rio Rancho, N.M., reported.</p> <p>Nidiffer led qualifying but Wolfe passed him during Sunday&rsquo;s semifinals and round-robin match play, leaving Nidiffer the second seed for the stepladder finals.</p> <p>In the stepladder, after PBA star Mike Fagan beat Geoffrey Young 227-218 and Tyler Jensen downed Fagan 246-224, Nidiffer edged Jensen 204-195 to advance to the title match.</p> <p>Wolfe hit the pocket every shot, but three solid 8-pins and a ringing 7-pin stymied him, while Nidiffer used a Brooklyn and a face shot strike in an opening 4-bagger to propel him.</p> <p>"I got lucky," Nidiffer told Gary Herron of the Rio Rancho Observer in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this story in the Albuquerque Journal</strong></a>. "I got really lucky."</p> <p><a href=""><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Wolfe earned $5,500 for second in the tournament, which broke records for entries at 217, states represented at 18, prize money at $54,465 and total prize money counting side action at more than $73,000 Mackie reported.</span></a></p> <p>Third was $2,750, fourth $2,000 and fifth $1,750.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;There were a lot of tournaments going on this weekend, but I felt this was the best one,&rdquo; Nidiffer said in the </span><a style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;" href="" target="_blank"><strong>Rio Rancho Observer story</strong></a><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">. &ldquo;Coming out here, it&rsquo;s good to get away from Michigan. Detroit&rsquo;s now 15 feet under water and the rats are swimming and you&rsquo;ve got kayaks going down the freeway. So figured, (I&rsquo;d) come out to New Mexico &mdash; the weather&rsquo;s beautiful out here, you&rsquo;ve got a great tournament. I&rsquo;ve enjoyed my time out here and very happy I decided to come out here.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Mackie said the 12</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;"> annual New Mexico Open will be the same weekend, Aug. 14-16, 2015.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0600 6831 The 11th Frame: Matt Gasn cruises in stepladder, defeats top seed Jonathan Schalow to win Open title <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">DUBUQUE, Iowa &mdash; Matt Gasn grabbed the lead early in Sunday&rsquo;s 12 games of semifinals at the 2014 GIBA Open, extended it to more than 200 pins and then held on until the last game, when he fell to third as Jonathan Schalow and Brad Miller surged by him.</span></p> <p>By that time, those three players and several others in the 43-player field were lofting the left gutter cap, some to an extreme degree and none more so than Schalow, who was nearly Brian Valenta-esque as he surged to the lead.</p> <p>As one of the top college players in the country and a power player, Gasn is used to lofting the cap and very good at it. But late in Sunday&rsquo;s semis, he had torn open the base of his thumb and even patched up, it was noticeably impacting his shotmaking with the force used in lofting the cap.</p> <p>But the lanes were freshly oiled for the 5-man stepladder finals on lanes 13-14 at Cherry Lanes in the Diamond Jo Casino complex and that ended the cap lofting.</p> <p>And after Shea Bittenbender downed Brunswick staffer Dave Beres 234-203 in the opening match, Gasn went back to the scoring machine he was early on Sunday on the difficult pattern designed by Cherry Lanes manager Bob Hochrein, defeating Bittenbender 229-179, Miller 227-170 and Brunswick staffer Schalow 253-166.</p> <p>All three of those losing bowlers made better shots than their scores indicated, but some bad breaks &mdash; notably a sixth frame 4-7-9 by Bittenbender between strikes &mdash; and some touchy ball reaction doomed them to low scores.</p> <p>Miller, for example, had a pair of 2-10s, a 2-8-10,&nbsp; a 4-pin and one strike on lane 14, while Schalow had a pair of 2-10s on 13 with different balls.</p> <p>Gasn, meanwhile, used a rough surface Roto Grip RUMBLE (sorry for wrongly stating that it was a HY-ROAD SOLID on the webcast) the first game and then switched to a shiny HY-ROAD &mdash; the 40<sup>th</sup>! he has drilled, he said &mdash; for the last two games, which is what he said he&rsquo;d done off fresh oil earlier.</p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1408353250499_59791">"There are a lot of great bowlers in the Midwest, and there were a lot of great bowlers in this tournament, so it feels pretty good to come out on top," Gasn told Jim Leitner, sports editor of the&nbsp;Dubuque Telegraph Herald, after his win. "I'm still kind of out of breath, because we did an awful lot of bowling today, but it feels good to win it.&nbsp;But I'm ready to pass out right now, honestly."&nbsp;</p> <p>(The paper has a paywall on its website so a link only works for subscribers, so Leitner gave me permission to use his story in this blog.)</p> <p>Other than Beres, who was playing up about 10-board, the players moved in from about 15-board at the arrows to about 20 at the arrows in the stepladder, with Schalow saying after he struck out in the 10<sup>th</sup> frame that he had moved even deeper and got a better reaction and should have been there at the start of the title game.</p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1408353250499_59856">"The final pair (of lanes) was tough, but it wasn't unachievable," Schalow told Leitner. "It was more a matter of poor decision making on my part. I wasn't playing the right part of the lanes with the right ball until it was too late. Going into the last match, I made a ball change and I experienced a lack of motion at the breakpoint.</p> <p>"I bowled really well (Saturday) and today, but I just wasn't able to finish the way I would have liked. It was still an amazing experience. Jeff (Richgels) and Joe (Engelkes) run a great tournament."</p> <p>Gasn talked about lofting, his thumb, the stepladder finals, the balls he used and the tournament in general Sunday night on The Bowlers Show. Listen to the interview <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1408353250499_59791">He told Leitner that "I knew my ball reaction was good on the fresher part of the (oil) pattern, and I knew it wasn't going to be like it was toward the end of the day (in qualifying) when I bowled bad.&nbsp;It was just a matter of making sure my thumb didn't split open again. I patched it up pretty well and let it sit for a while. I just had to get used to the texture of the patch."</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">First was $2,500, second $1,700, third $1,400, fourth $1,100 and fifth $900, down to $200 for 42</span><sup>nd</sup><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;"> and 43</span><sup>rd</sup><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;"> as the tournament paid out well above the total entry fees thanks to the sponsorship of Cherry Lanes and the Diamond Jo Casino, Coors Light and Storm Products. Greater Iowa Bowling Association operator Joe Engelkes also donated more than half of the bracket proceeds to fund $150 checks to three seniors and two women.</span></p> <p>The final results and prize winnings are posted as a PDF at the end of this blog. Be aware the total pins and overall averages are impacted by the bonus points each bowler earned. The second round shows 14 games because we had to add first a game 13 for the bonus, and eventually a game 14 as bowlers went above 300 bonus pins since the program won&rsquo;t allow a game higher than 300 to be entered.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition, the PDF from qualifying and a picture that captures most of the results of the last several games of competition is among the pictures at the end of this blog. My story on qualifying is <a href="../../../news/article/6830" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The semifinals featured a format from the fertile mind of Mike Flanagan that most of the bowlers praised as different and fun to bowl. It awarded 1 to 43 bonus pins each game of the semifinals: 43 to the highest score, 42 for the second-highest score, down to 1 for the lowest score. It made for big swings during the day and a wild finish as fourth through 10<sup>th</sup> ended up only about 20 pins apart.</p> <p>I heard nothing but positive feedback &mdash; I am happy to hear any and all comments &mdash; on the format and the tournament, with the only negative being the workload it put on GIBA operator Joe Engelkes, his wife Rosie and daughter Jennifer and the time it took to figure the scores and standings each game. They had to figure the bonus pins each game and then enter both the scores and bonus pins for each of the 43 players player each game. Getting results out also was delayed by having pairs with four and three bowlers, which meant by the end some were getting done a game ahead of others.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Still, we definitely will use the format next year and the tournament almost certainly will be on the same weekend. We considered moving it to the traditional bowling season in late September, but Cherry Lanes general manager Bob Hochrein said that would mean not being able to donate the lineage, which would be a substantial hit to the prize fund.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Gasn did not enter the Bet to Win so $490 will carry over to next year's tournament.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>So make your plans for the third weekend of August next year. As soon as the dates are finalized, I will get a blog posted.</p> <p>Gasn&rsquo;s plans didn&rsquo;t include the Open until Wednesday, though I sent him and Carbonetto and former Robert Morris college teammate Marshall Kent and girlfriend Danielle McEwan messages inviting them. Kent, who now is a PBA member, bowled the PBA Regional in Ohio, but Gasn and Carbonetto elected to come to Dubuque.</p> <p>I wanted them in the tournament because they are some of the world&rsquo;s top young players and I wanted to see them competing, and they added prestige and credibility to the tournament.</p> <p>I asked Engelkes to put me with Gasn and Carbonetto in qualifying &mdash; Joe lets bowlers bowl with who they want with random draws for pairs &mdash; and although I bowled terrible, I had a great time watching them compete.</p> <p>One weakness in my writing is that I don&rsquo;t have experience observing and/or competing with many of the top young players and I can&rsquo;t provide as much insight as I can with players I&rsquo;m familiar with.</p> <p>I now have plenty of insight on Gasn and Carbonetto and can confidently say that they are every bit as good as I perceived &mdash; they proved it in Dubuque over the weekend. Carbonetto was the high woman in the tournament, missing the cut by just six pins and easily should have made it.</p> <p>I met Kent and McEwan at the USBC Open Championships a couple of years ago and knowing these four a bit now, one thing that strikes me is how polished and professional they are as bowlers and people.</p> <p>The way they (and many other young standouts) carry themselves at a young age and perform on the lanes is far advanced over how I was at their age &mdash; I had loads of raw talent but was pretty much a knucklehead &mdash; and I attribute that to all of the training available for kids today in youth bowling, college bowling, the Team USA program, etc.</p> <p>I experienced none of that and learned what I learned competing with adults for money. I was very lucky to hook up with Rich Wonders&rsquo; great group and eventually learn what I needed to learn, but they certainly are more prepared for top level bowling than I was at their age.</p> <p>While James passed up his final year of eligibility to turn pro, Gasn stayed for his final year and is working on a degree in computer science to add to the degree in business he already has earned.</p> <p>The four young standouts leave for Thailand on Tuesday for a World Bowling Tour tournament and I wish them luck.</p> <p>I hope they and more young standouts can make it back to Dubuque next year.</p> <p><a href=""><strong>The livestream archives of the Open can be accessed and viewed at this page</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Special thanks to Craig Elliott of for coming to Dubuque to webcast the event.<br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">I also want to thank everyone who bought a T-shirt and donated to Green Acres Boxer Rescue. It's still possible to buy a T-shirt for a few more days before the campaign closes and the shirts are made and shipped. When we have a final donation total, I will update <a href="../../../news/article/6815" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6830 The 11th Frame: Greg Thomas conquers demanding condition to lead Open qualifying <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">DUBUQUE, Iowa &mdash; Greg Thomas handily led qualifying in the Open Saturday at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa.</span></p> <p>Thomas totaled 1,406 for six games as the tournament sponsored by Coors Light, Storm, Cherry Lanes, the Diamond Jo Casino and the Greater Iowa Bowling Association drew 128 entries.</p> <p>Thomas excels on demanding lane conditions so it was no surprise to see him on top, even though his game doesn't feature the power and speed the condition seemed to favor.</p> <p>Jason Wojnar was second with 1,365 and Tom Hess third with 1,363.</p> <p>The cut to the top 43 for Sunday took just 1,222 on the demanding lane condition designed by Cherry Lanes manager Bob Hochrein.</p> <p>The new Brunswick Defy oil was used and it seemed to add to the challenge as the lanes didn't blow open as typically happens. For more on the Defy Oil, go to the closing portion of <a href="../../../news/article/6822" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a>.</p> <p>Full qualifying results are <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Note that re-entries were allowed so the lowest scores by Shannon Buchan and Jason Pole did not count.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Greater Iowa Bowling Association operator Joe Engelkes donated more than half of the bracket proceeds back to the tournament to fund three senior checks and two women's checks at $150 each. The senior cashers (besides Brockland) were Brett Lobdell, Gary Clark Sr. and Gordy Kilpatrick, and the other women's check was &nbsp;Amanda Greene.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Sunday&rsquo;s format has pins carrying over from Saturday and all bowlers bowling 12 games across 24 lanes. In each game, bonus pins will be awarded from 1 to 43 with the high score getting 43, the second highest score getting 42 and so on down to 1 for the lowest score.</span></p> <p>After those 12 games, the top four players advance to a stepladder finals. The lanes will be re-oiled for the stepladder.</p> <p>All of Sunday&rsquo;s competition will be webcast by; Go <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> to watch.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">More details on the tournament are in my preview story <a href="../../../news/article/6718" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">I bowled terrible on Saturday, &nbsp;totaling just 1,104 in my qualifying. After two weeks of two PBA50 Tour stops, the Petersen Classic, the State Hall of Fame committee meeting, and the Madison Bowling Association Hall of Fame induction dinner, I was running on fumes and that was no match for the demanding condition.</span></p> <p>In addition, I think I played the lanes wrong as I simply didn&rsquo;t have the speed and power to get inside, get the ball down the lane to the right and get it to recover as the condition favored, but never did what seemed best for a tweener Raisin like myself &ndash; going out to the edge and playing straight up with a stable ball.</p> <p>I tried that method of attack with a VLS Roto Grip ASYLUM at the end of my last game of qualifying and hit the pocket five straight shots, four of which struck.</p> <p>That after I had spent the day splitting, whiffing and hacking my way through 5 &frac12; games, with the only moderate success I found coming on a straight up the track shot with a Storm OPTIMUS. The minute that stopped getting to the pocket because it was hooking too much and I moved left, I had air.</p> <p>I considered re-entering and playing out but an aching left quad muscle from two weeks of tacky approaches made me decline that option.</p> <p>Still, it was a very enjoyable qualifying round, as I got to bowl with two of the country&rsquo;s great young talents: Matt Gasn and Carbonetto. It was my first chance to see the couple bowl in person and they did not disappoint.</p> <p>Gasn was smooth and powerful as he got deep and boomed his way to 1,321 to lead A squad and be sixth overall, while Carbonetto for sure had the fewest opens in the field as she lived in the pocket but just couldn&rsquo;t carry en route to her 1,216 that featured four clean games to finish.</p> <p>Thanks to all who bowled!</p> <p>We hope to have the dates for next year announced soon, with the possibility of moving into the bowling season to the last weekend of September.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong> Open qualifying standings&nbsp;<br /></strong><em>(6 games, top 43 advance to Sunday;&nbsp;only one score per player counts)</em></p> <p>1st Greg Thomas 6 1406 206 Single</p> <p>2nd Jason Wojnar 6 1365 165 Single</p> <p>3rd Tom Hess 6 1363 163 Single</p> <p>4th Tim Behrendt 6 1345 145 Single</p> <p>5th Chad Maas 6 1335 135 Single</p> <p>6th Matt Gasn 6 1321 121 Single</p> <p>7th Steven Keeler 6 1318 118 Single</p> <p>8th Ben Howison-Johnsto 6 1315 115 Single</p> <p>9th Derek Sapp 6 1306 106 Single</p> <p>10th Richard Zarnstorff 6 1301 101 Single</p> <p>11th Kenny Calkins III 6 1289 89 Single</p> <p>12th Brad Miller 6 1287 87 Single</p> <p>13th Jonathan Schalow 6 1285 85 Single</p> <p>14th Andy Shutt 6 1284 84 Single</p> <p>15th Jon Mesecher 6 1279 79 Single</p> <p>16th Jacques Kahne 6 1278 78 Single</p> <p>17th Dave Beres 6 1275 75 Single</p> <p>18th Chris Hill 6 1275 75 Single</p> <p>19th Matt Tomsu 6 1274 74 Single</p> <p>20th Justin Schiffler 6 1272 72 Single</p> <p>21st Ryan Keith 6 1271 71 Single</p> <p>22nd Shannon Buchan 6 1268 68 Single</p> <p>23rd Clayton Mohr 6 1267 67 Single</p> <p>24th Nick Heilman 6 1267 67 Single</p> <p>25th Mike Dole 6 1263 63 Single</p> <p>26th Scott Pohl 6 1262 62 Single</p> <p>27th Anthony Jordan 6 1261 61 Single</p> <p>28th Scott Wohlwend 6 1260 60 Single</p> <p>29th Andy Mills 6 1260 60 Single</p> <p>30th Scott Rains 6 1259 59 Single</p> <p>31st Jerry Marrs 6 1251 51 Single</p> <p>32nd Steve Brinkman 6 1250 50 Single</p> <p>33rd Duane Kilts 6 1248 48 Single</p> <p>34th Larry Dall 6 1244 44 Single</p> <p>35th J.R. Monteith 6 1243 43 Single</p> <p>36th Brady Stearns 6 1237 37 Single</p> <p>37th Jason Poli 6 1236 36 Single</p> <p>38th Shea Bittenbender 6 1235 35 Single</p> <p>39th Jerad Helmers 6 1233 33 Single</p> <p>40th Jason Poli 6 1231 31 Single</p> <p>41st Steve Taylor 6 1228 28 Single</p> <p>42nd Shannon Buchan 6 1228 28 Single</p> <p>43rd Jake Genz 6 1227 27 Single</p> <p>44th Nick Kruml 6 1224 24 Single</p> <p>45th John Brockland 6 1222 22 Single</p> <p>46th Brady Stearns 6 1221 21 Single</p> <p>47th Chris Gibbons 6 1219 19 Single</p> <p>48th Jackie Carbonetto 6 1216 16 Single</p> <p>49th Gary Clark Sr. 6 1215 15 Single</p> <p>50th Tony Oliva 6 1214 14 Single</p> <p>51st Jake Genz 6 1211 11 Single</p> <p>52nd Vince DeFranco 6 1209 9 Single</p> <p>53rd Dale Laurinas 6 1207 7 Single</p> <p>54th Ryan Lakota 6 1206 6 Single</p> <p>55th Kyle Sherman 6 1206 6 Single</p> <p>56th Dave Williams Jr. 6 1204 4 Single</p> <p>57th Clayton Mohr 6 1204 4 Single</p> <p>58th Brett Lobdell 6 1199 -1 Single</p> <p>59th Gordy Kilpatrick 6 1191 -9 Single</p> <p>60th Aaron Ramsden 6 1189 -11 Single</p> <p>61st Tony Oliva 6 1187 -13 Single</p> <p>62nd Jason Peterson 6 1187 -13 Single</p> <p>63rd Andy Buelow 6 1186 -14 Single</p> <p>64th Dan Perry 6 1182 -18 Single</p> <p>65th Brandon Steen 6 1181 -19 Single</p> <p>66th Lucas Perdiu 6 1181 -19 Single</p> <p>67th Bryan Roth 6 1178 -22 Single</p> <p>68th Quinton Bohlen 6 1178 -22 Single</p> <p>69th Kyle Anderson 6 1175 -25 Single</p> <p>70th Steve Points 6 1174 -26 Single</p> <p>71st Bob Hochrein 6 1174 -26 Single</p> <p>72nd Nick Pate 6 1173 -27 Single</p> <p>73rd Aaron Ramsden 6 1173 -27 Single</p> <p>74th Bryan Bowers 6 1173 -27 Single</p> <p>75th Bob Carlson 6 1172 -28 Single</p> <p>76th Mike Dolan 6 1171 -29 Single</p> <p>77th Phill Breitbach 6 1171 -29 Single</p> <p>78th Nick Plouff 6 1169 -31 Single</p> <p>79th Rob Aimers 6 1169 -31 Single</p> <p>80th Dale Traber 6 1168 -32 Single</p> <p>81st Tony Majcher 6 1165 -35 Single</p> <p>82nd Craig Keith 6 1163 -37 Single</p> <p>83rd Brandon Billet 6 1159 -41 Single</p> <p>84th Bryan Bannach 6 1159 -41 Single</p> <p>85th Steve Taylor 6 1156 -44 Single</p> <p>86th Harley Aumann 6 1154 -46 Single</p> <p>87th Kyle Weist 6 1149 -51 Single</p> <p>88th Gary Exner 6 1149 -51 Single</p> <p>89th Amanda Greene 6 1148 -52 Single</p> <p>90th Bryan Roth 6 1144 -56 Single</p> <p>91st Cord McMahon 6 1143 -57 Single</p> <p>92nd Alexx Borst 6 1137 -63 Single</p> <p>93rd Brandon Steen 6 1132 -68 Single</p> <p>94th Sean McCallum 6 1127 -73 Single</p> <p>95th Greg Pizl 6 1121 -79 Single</p> <p>96th Jackie Carbonetto 6 1120 -80 Single</p> <p>97th Andy Aries 6 1119 -81 Single</p> <p>98th Megan Jirsa 6 1115 -85 Single</p> <p>99th Brian Netherton 6 1113 -87 Single</p> <p>100th Quincy Bruce 6 1112 -88 Single</p> <p>101st Adam Keith 6 1111 -89 Single</p> <p>102nd Scott Greiner 6 1105 -95 Single</p> <p>103rd Jeff Richgels 6 1104 -96 Single</p> <p>104th Jim Montgomery 6 1103 -97 Single</p> <p>105th Daniel Healy 6 1101 -99 Single</p> <p>106th Kyle Weist 6 1094 -106 Single</p> <p>107th Mike Peters 6 1094 -106 Single</p> <p>108th Curt Bach 6 1093 -107 Single</p> <p>109th Jamie Clark 6 1092 -108 Single</p> <p>110th Tyler Kohl 6 1090 -110 Single</p> <p>111th Nick Pate 6 1087 -113 Single</p> <p>112th Matt Krueger 6 1087 -113 Single</p> <p>113th Rob Warren 6 1084 -116 Single</p> <p>114th Dan Schmerbach 6 1067 -133 Single</p> <p>115th C.J. Boyer 6 1063 -137 Single</p> <p>116th Dave Axon 6 1063 -137 Single</p> <p>117th Roger Taylor Jr. 6 1063 -137 Single</p> <p>118th Mark Bennett Jr. 6 1061 -139 Single</p> <p>119th Nate Weberg 6 1060 -140 Single</p> <p>120th Darin Galbraith 6 1057 -143 Single</p> <p>121st Jim Kedroski 6 1055 -145 Single</p> <p>122nd Jeremy Smith 6 1053 -147 Single</p> <p>123rd Chris Twomey 6 1052 -148 Single</p> <p>124th Andrew Glass 6 1052 -148 Single</p> <p>125th Scott Huenink 6 1050 -150 Single</p> <p>126th Derek Hein 6 1049 -151 Single</p> <p>127th Chris Twomey 6 1046 -154 Single</p> <p>128th Jason Rook 6 1023 -177 Single</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0600 6826 The 11th Frame: Junior Team USA’s Wesley Low earns silver as Sweden, Japan win Masters gold medals at World Youth Championships <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Junior Team USA&rsquo;s Wesley Low completed his medal haul at the 2014 World Youth Championships in Hong King with a silver in Masters as Jesper Svensson of Sweden and Mirai Ishimoto of Japan won gold medals, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</span></p> <p>Both winners sealed their victories with doubles in the final frame as Svensson defeated Low 237-227 and Ishimoto beat Finland's Sanna Pasanen 208-191.</p> <p>USBC reported that Svensson started the championship match with an open frame, and Low posted four straight strikes to jump out to an early 20-pin lead, but it was Svensson who was able to strike down the stretch.</p> <p>"I started off strong and took advantage of a few lucky breaks, but he found something in the last few frames, and I couldn't get anything going," Low said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "This week was an amazing experience. To get to bowl against all of these countries and keep up with the best youth bowlers in the world was very satisfying."</p> <p>The 2-handed lefty medaled in every event, including an all-events gold with a record score of 4,224 for 18 games.</p> <p>Low won his semifinal match with a clutch double in the 10<sup>th</sup> to edge teammate Kamron Doyle 227-220. As the higher seed, Low was able to choose which lane he'd finish on, selecting the 35-foot Beijing pattern, on which he rolled the fifth perfect game in tournament history this week. Svensson, the top seed, topped teammate Pontus Andersson 206-195 in the other semifinal.</p> <p>In the girls final, Ishimoto converted the 2-4-10 split in the sixth frame to stay close to Pasanen, then doubled in the 10th frame to win the gold.</p> <p>In the girls semifinals, top-seeded Ishimoto defeated Ukraine's Daria Kovalova 196-180, while Pasanen beat Sweden's Jenny Wegner 188-136.</p> <p>All rounds of the Masters featured the 45-foot Mexico City lane condition on the left lane and 35-foot Beijing pattern on the right lane of each pair.</p> <p>The archive of the Masters medal round is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.&nbsp; The archive of round 1 is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and round 2 is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here is a USBC video feature on the all-events</strong></a>. And <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here is a USBC video feature on the Masters</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The field at the 2014 World Youth Championships included 262 bowlers from 46 countries, competing in singles, doubles, team, all-events and Masters. Singles was contested on the Beijing oil pattern, doubles was bowled on Mexico City and the team event featured three games on each. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The United States led in medals with 12: three gold, five silver and four bronze. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">"We have a great team and great support from the other Junior Team USA members back home," Junior Team USA head coach Rod Ross said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "We couldn't have done this without them behind us. I am extremely proud of all the players. They performed in the clutch and bowled with dignity. It was a terrific week overall."</span></p> <p>A USBC video feature on &ldquo;Moments and Memories&rdquo; from the World Youth Championships is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Complete information on the World Youth Championships is&nbsp;</span><a style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;" href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">.</span></p> <hr /> <p><strong>2014 WORLD BOWLING YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong><br /><em>SCAA Bowling Center, Hong Kong</em><br /><strong>Friday's results</strong></p> <p><strong>GIRLS MASTERS</strong><br /><strong>CHAMPIONSHIP</strong><br /><em>(Winner earns gold, loser gets silver)</em><br />Mirai Ishimoto, Japan, def. Sanna Pasanen, Finland, 208-191<br /><strong>SEMIFINALS</strong><br /><em>(Winners advance, losers tie for bronze)</em><br />Ishimoto def. Daria Kovalova, Ukraine, 196-180<br />Pasanen def. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 188-136<br /> <br /><strong>BOYS MASTERS</strong><br /><strong>CHAMPIONSHIP</strong><br /><em>(Winner earns gold, loser gets silver)</em><br />Jesper Svensson, Sweden, def. Wesley Low, United States, 237-227<br /><strong>SEMIFINALS</strong><br /><em>(Winners advance, losers tie for bronze)</em><br />Low def. Kamron Doyle, United States, 227-220<br />Svensson def. Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 206-195</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6825 The 11th Frame: Madison Area Scratch Tour announces 2014-15 schedule <p>The Madison Area Scratch Tour has announced its 2014-15 schedule.</p> <p>The PDF of the schedule is at the bottom of this blog.</p> <p>MAST again will feature a mix of lane patterns from house shots to USBC Blue to the USBC Open Championships team and minors patterns from both 2014 and 2015 after they&nbsp;are released. (An adjustment needs to be made to the PDF for the Feb. 21 tournament at Bowl-A-Vard as that will be before the 2015 Open Championships patterns are released.)</p> <p>The Year End Championship will be March 28-29 at Ten Pin Alley in Fitchburg and will be on the 2015 USBC Open Championships team&nbsp;pattern.</p> <p>There are 12 tournaments leading up to the Year End Championship, starting with Sunday, Sept. 7 at Badger Bowl on a house shot.</p> <p>There will be two doubles tournaments: at Lake Ripley Lanes in Cambridge on Saturday, Oct. 11 and Saturday Feb. 7 at Middleton Sport Bowl.</p> <p>Four singles tournaments will feature survivor format finals.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0600 6821 The 11th Frame: Amleto Monacelli, Bob Learn Jr. team up in new Bowling Revolutions Coaching <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Friends and PBA Tour champions Amleto Monacelli and Bob Learn Jr. have teamed up in a new coaching company called Bowling Revolutions Coaching.</span></p> <p>Their first coaching clinics will be Aug. 23-24 in Florida (where both live) with details on <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>their Facebook page here</strong></a>.</p> <p>They also have a <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>website here</strong></a> that will be live soon.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">I had lunch with Monacelli on Wednesday after we completed our second round in the PBA50 Tour stop in Welch, Minnesota, and he explained how he and Learn got together and what Bowling Revolutions Coaching is all about.</span></p> <p>Monacelli, a PBA and USBC Hall of Famer, and Learn, a 5-time PBA Tour and 2-time PBA50 Tour champion best known for his famous perfect game and record strike binge in the TV finals in Erie, Pennsylvania, met on the PBA Tour.</p> <p>&ldquo;We were really close friends from the beginning and always kept in touch,&rdquo; Monacelli said.</p> <p>Learn is a USBC Silver level coach and Monacelli a Bronze level coach who had done clinics together, and &ldquo;one day we started talking about doing clinics on our own.&rdquo;</p> <p>As a native of Venezuela, Monacelli is intimately familiar with one key market for Bowling Revolutions Coaching: &ldquo;Latin American countries are hungry to learn bowling.&rdquo;</p> <p>He pointed out that even if students know English as a second language they may miss things, or if a translator is a non-bowler a lot can be lost in translating.</p> <p>Monacelli can talk to Spanish speaking students in their native language, clearly imparting the nuances critical to learning the game.</p> <p>Monacelli and Learn also intend to coach elsewhere overseas, and will offer both group and individual lessons. &nbsp;</p> <p>Bowling Revolutions Coaching also will differentiate itself by focusing on fitness and the mental game as much as physical skills, Monacelli said.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a different way of seeing bowling,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;People may have success without being fit, but it doesn&rsquo;t mean they couldn&rsquo;t have done better.&nbsp; And it&rsquo;s also about the image of bowling.&rdquo;</p> <p>Strong legs and flexibility will be the focus, said Monacelli, who likely is the fittest great bowler in history and still is a physical marvel past age 50.</p> <p>Monacelli said a weak mental game will hold back even the greatest talents. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I learned how strong I needed to become to succeed coming from another country,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I had so many hurdles. And I never stop thinking about the mental game, even when I am competing.&rdquo;</p> <p>Perhaps the strongest thing the duo can sell is that they still are competing at the top level &ndash; at least the top senior level. (Learn is almost fully recovered from wrist surgery earlier this year.)</p> <p>&ldquo;We experience what we&rsquo;re talking about,&rdquo; Monacelli said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:00:00 -0600 6718 The 11th Frame: Open Aug. 16-17 in Dubuque, Iowa to feature at least $4,000 in sponsorship, no expenses or lineage out of entry fee <p>Thanks to the great people and entities putting it on, the Open set for Aug. 16-17 at beautiful Cherry Lanes inside the Diamond Jo casino in Dubuque, Iowa will be a bowler&rsquo;s dream.</p> <p>Along with an innovative format and (hopefully) challenging lane pattern playable from multiple angles, the tournament will have at least $4,000 in sponsorship money and the entire $150 entry fee will go to the prize fund.</p> <p>The Diamond Jo Casino is providing $3,000 in added money, Storm Bowling Products is adding $1,000, and Coors Light is adding $1,500 for the live stream coverage of the tournament. (In the future when we hopefully are generating ad revenue from, we also will add to the prize fund.)</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">In addition, Cherry Lanes is graciously donating the lineage for the tournament. Thank you general manager Bob Hochrein and everyone at Cherry Lanes and the Diamond Jo. Hochrein is a USBC Open Championships and PBA regional title holder who cares about the sport and manages a top notch staff.</span></p> <p>And&nbsp;the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Greater Iowa Bowling Association</strong></a> is graciously taking no expense fee for running the tournament, which will be part of GIBA&rsquo;s schedule for 2014-15. Thank you GIBA operator Joe Engelkes and his family, who never take expense fees for running their events &mdash; all Joe ever does is take a portion of the bracket proceeds while donating the rest back to the prize funds.</p> <p>Joe is one of the top tournament operators I know and I couldn&rsquo;t think of a better guy and group to run the Open.</p> <p>The only extra fee entrants must pay is the GIBA $10 season membership fee, and that gets you the right to compete in other GIBA events like the great Fusion Realtors Open tournaments in Waterloo, Iowa, and the end-of-season extras.</p> <p>Joe and GIBA are taking entries now and the only way to guarantee a spot and make a squad request is to send in your entry fee!&nbsp;To reserve a spot and make a squad request, send your $150 check made out to GIBA to&nbsp;GIBA,&nbsp;c/o Joe Engelkes,&nbsp;3018 Saratoga Drive,&nbsp;Waterloo, IA&nbsp; 50702. He can be reached at 319-236-0955 or <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>As of Aug. 13, Joe reported that he has 113 entries&nbsp;with 32 on A, a full 48 on B, and 33 on C, which should fill with re-entries so it looks like the tournament should be nearly full or full, which should make for a great prize fund and awesome Sunday of action. The squad assignments are posted <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><em style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Update June 28 and July 3: Mike Flanagan of Storm and has a conflict and can't webcast the event, but we have made a deal with Craig Elliott and so there will be webcasting of the tournament!&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>If you want to see's work, tune in&nbsp;for&nbsp;The Proprietors Cup July 11-13!</em><br /><em><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Here</strong></a> is the's Facebook page and <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> is its&nbsp;website. <span data-reactid=".7.1:3:1:$comment10203160790195105_10203161719258331:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".7.1:3:1:$comment10203160790195105_10203161719258331:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".7.1:3:1:$comment10203160790195105_10203161719258331:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$0:0">Become a follower of page @ and you'll get all the streaming links sent right to your email!</span></span></span></em></p> <p>Even the worst never-satisfied bowler is going to have to struggle to find something to complain about in all of that!</p> <p>And all we ask of you is to patronize the sponsors who are helping making this possible: drink Coors Light if you have a beer, eat and gamble at Cherry Lanes and the Diamond Jo, and patronize Storm Products. (The Diamond Jo officially will be part of Boyd Gaming by the time of the tournament, so whenever you are in a city with a choice in gambling facilities and one is a Boyd property, you could patronize the Boyd property and let them know why. Other Boyd facilities include Suncoast, Orleans and Gold Coast in Las Vegas.)</p> <p>This will be the second Open &mdash; the inaugural event in 2012 was won by Matt McNeil, as I wrote up <a href="../../../news/article/5280" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>, but we elected not to hold it last year because we could not get it done correctly.</p> <p>I think everyone will agree it was worth the wait.</p> <p>The format will be something different that started in the fertile mind of Flanagan, a true out-of-the-box thinker.</p> <p>It will feature traditional qualifying squads at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday with pins carrying over and one-third of the bowlers advancing to Sunday and cashing. With three squads full, there would be a 144-bowler field and 48 players advancing and cashing. With three squads, the qualifying will be 6 games. If entries are 96 or fewer, we will go to two squads of 8 games.</p> <p>Re-entries will be allowed, with priority given to first entries in this way: New entries will have priority if they are paid before Saturday.&nbsp; Re-entries will come next if they are paid before Saturday. For those paid on Saturday, new entries will get priority over re-entries up to half an hour before the final two squads&rsquo; scheduled start time, then it will be first come, first served until the squads start.</p> <p>As in the Fusions, bowlers can request to bowl with specific bowlers but lane assignments for pairs will be by random draw.</p> <p>Sunday will feature 12 games of bowling with bonus pins based on score from highest to lowest.</p> <p>For example, if 48 advance to Sunday in each game the highest scorer will get 48 bonus pins, the second-highest scorer 47 pins, so on down to 1 bonus pin for the lowest score each game. Whatever number of finalists there are, that number of bonus pins will go to the high scorer down to 1 pin for the lowest score each game.</p> <p>Yes, it&rsquo;s not head-to-head; instead, it&rsquo;s all-against-one. The idea is to reward the consistently solid bowler and not the one who may bowl the right people at the right time. And everyone who makes the cut gets to bowl all of Sunday's games.</p> <p>After those 12 games, the top five will compete in a stepladder finals on fresh oil.</p> <p>The lane pattern will be a Sport compliant pattern, but I am less concerned with scoring level than with letting all parts of the lane play, depending how you throw it. The main goal is to let every style of player play their A game at some point during the tournament.</p> <p><em>Update Aug. 9: The lane pattern has been set. It is a Sport compliant pattern of&nbsp;40.5 feet with medium volume,&nbsp;a&nbsp;main ratio of 2.2-1 and&nbsp;basically Christmas tree shape.&nbsp;The Brunswick graphics picture is attached to the end of this blog.</em></p> <p><em>Hochrein said the pattern is based on an old version of the 39-foot PBA Chameleon pattern (it's now 43 feet), with 1.5 feet of added length, oil added to the front of the lane and a little to the outside. He said in testing straighter players could play between first and second arrow at the arrows and power players in deeper. </em></p> <p><em>"I think it gives everybody a chance," he said. </em></p> <p>The pattern will be put down on eight lanes&nbsp;on Friday, Aug. 15&nbsp;if anyone wants to practice at a&nbsp;price of $2.75 per game, Hochrein said. Cosmic bowling begins at 7 p.m., but you still can practice, he said.</p> <p>There will be optional prize funds for seniors and women similar to the Fusions, along with brackets and pot games. And there will be a SMART option for youth bowlers, as GIBA offers with the Fusions.</p> <p>Seniors and women each are guaranteed a 1-in-3 cashing ratio paying at least $150 per check. For example, if 15 seniors enter and two cash in the regular prize list there would be three separate senior checks so five cash.</p> <p>There also will be brackets, pot games and a Bet You Win pot. And a separate $20 entry fee for a separate additional prize fund likely will be offered for both seniors and women &mdash; this is not noted on the flyer.</p> <p>The total estimated prize fund, which is detailed in the flyer attached to the bottom of this blog, based on 144 entries is $24,950. That is well above the $21,600 from 144 entries at $150 each. (It's not exactly $4,000 extra to cover some senior, female and youth checks; if there are not that amount of senior, female and youth checks the extra funds will go to the regular prize list.)&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The top five spots will be $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $1,100 and $900, down to $200 for the 48<sup>th</sup> and last check.</p> <p>If additional sponsorship is obtained, it will be used to pay extra spots, senior and/or female checks, or improve the overall prize list.</p> <p>Like the Fusions, the field will be open to anyone, including the top pros. However, with a first prize only around $2,500 and Brian Kretzer&rsquo;s big PBA Regional in Ohio and the New Mexico Open that weekend, it's unlikely many will enter. But any who do will be welcome.</p> <p>Entry information is on the flyer at the bottom of this blog.</p> <p>There is a room block at the nearby Holiday Inn in downtown Dubuque, which is about a 5- to 10-minute walk. The room rate is $94 plus tax through July 31 and you must ask for the Cherry Lanes room block. The Holiday Inn is very nice and convenient.</p> <p>Finally, Susie "Fever" Dyhr did the work to develop a charitable relationship for the tournament with Green Acres Boxer Rescue of Wisconsin. Anyone who knows of the two Boxers I've had in my life &mdash; the famed Norman and Clifford &mdash; will understand how near and dear Green Acres is to my heart. It's likely where Sue and I will get our next dog at some point. She designed T-shirts for the tournament with Green Acres benefiting from each sale. Details are <a href="../../../news/article/6815" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:00:00 -0600 6815 The 11th Frame: Green Acres Boxer Rescue is charity tie-in to Open <p>Anyone who knows me knows that I have had two beloved &ldquo;kids&rdquo; in my life: knuckleheaded, sweethearted boxers Norman and Clifford, named for the great characters from Cheers, my all-time favorite TV show.</p> <p>I came home from winning a PBA Regional in August 1993 to find a tiny little wiggly puppy as I walked in the door. I put down the trophy, got down on the floor and he crawled in my lap and excitedly peed all over me.</p> <p>Thus began almost 10 years of joy with an amazing guy who suffered through surgeries on both knees and bouts with cancer that eventually claimed him after a life well lived.</p> <p>Two weeks after Norman died, my ex-wife and her sister and I drove more than four hours to a highly recommended breeder in Indiana. The family had three puppies left. Two were mostly interested in playing with each other, while the third just wanted to lap cuddle.</p> <p>Thus began a decade of joy for an amazing guy who was my best buddy as I became a single man again and eventually re-connected with Susie &ldquo;Fever&rdquo; Dyhr, who stole Clifford&rsquo;s heart as well. The two of them became constant companions and he became absolutely devoted to his cooking and huggling girl.</p> <p>Clifford survived a bout with cancer in 2009 only to later develop a horrible disease similar to ALS that ultimately claimed his life last year.</p> <p>I split custody of Clifford with my ex-wife, which enabled me to keep up my bowling career on weekends.</p> <p>Susie and I will definitely get another boxer (or two) but it won&rsquo;t be from a breeder&nbsp;&mdash; I have become a strong advocate of adoption.</p> <p>And being from Wisconsin. the organization we will get that dog (or dogs) from will be Green Acres Boxer Rescue.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a great charity that rescues boxers and fosters them before they are adopted. Like most dog rescues, funding is a constant issue.</p> <p>So Susie and I have developed a way to support GABR and tied it into the Open next weekend in Dubuque, Iowa. Details on the tournament are in <a href="../../../news/article/6718" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a>.</p> <p>Susie asked me about a charity tie-in to my website and tournament and I immediately thought of GABR. The organization&rsquo;s website is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>She discovered and did all the work designing T-shirts we are selling as a tie-in to&nbsp;the tournament through that site. But anyone can buy the shirts and support GABR &mdash; you don't have to be a bowler or compete in the tournament.</p> <p>The Hanes tagless T-shirts cost $20 each and all proceeds above the cost go to GABR.</p> <p>The shirts will be delivered two weeks after the campaign closes. None will be at the tournament site because of the way Booster runs such a campaign but there are great shots of the shirts and other details at <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this page</strong></a>.</p> <p>Susie and I would greatly appreciate your support of GABR by buying a shirt or shirts, as we will. You also can make a donation to GABR above the cost of the shirt.</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:00:00 -0600 6824 The 11th Frame: Norm Duke claims PBA50 Tour Player of the Year honors as the greatest champion in bowling history wins another title <p>There can be an argument over whether Walter Ray Williams Jr. is the greatest bowler ever, but there is no debate that he is the greatest champion in bowling history.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Williams added to his illustrious record with his ninth PBA50 Tour title, winning the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort &amp; Casino Open presented by Hammer.</p> <p>Williams&rsquo; 268-224 win over Tom Baker in the title match denied Baker his fifth career PBA50 Tour Player of the Year honor, as Norm Duke hung on to win PBA50 Tour Player of the Year honors to go with the PBA50 Tour Rookie of the Year crown he already had clinched going into the tournament at the beautiful casino complex in Welch, Minnesota.</p> <p>Duke and Baker are the only players to win both honors in the same year.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great way to end a season,&rdquo; Williams, who is the PBA Tour&rsquo;s all-time titles leader at 47, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I had a good season and when you can win against the talent that&rsquo;s out here now it makes it that much more satisfying. I think Norm owes me dinner but you can&rsquo;t take anything away from him&nbsp;&mdash; he bowled awesome all year.&rdquo;</p> <p>Baker had given himself a chance to pass Duke in the Player of the Year race by beating Duke in the quarterfinals 2 games to 1.</p> <p>&ldquo;Player of the Year is what you aspire to and it&rsquo;s the pinnacle of the year,&rdquo; Duke said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>. &ldquo;When I got beat by Tom in the Round of 8, the ball wasn&rsquo;t in my court and that&rsquo;s never a comfortable situation, but either way, I had a blast all season.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pete Weber also had a chance to earn Player of the Year honors heading into match play but had to withdraw when he became ill and went to a local hospital for treatment. Weber woke up early Wednesday&nbsp;with a throat so sore he couldn&rsquo;t swallow. He eventually was diagnosed with an abscess on his throat, given medication and released Wednesday afternoon.</p> <p>In the semifinals, Baker beat fellow Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen 246-162 and Williams defeated Don Breeden of Urbandale, Iowa, 279-190.</p> <p>Williams&rsquo; 279 and 268 in his final two games were his highest of the tournament.</p> <p>&ldquo;I saved the best for last and that was the time to have them,&rdquo; the PBA50 Player of the year in 2012 and 2013 said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>. &ldquo;Earlier in the day I wasn&rsquo;t really executing as well as I wanted but I was able to fine tune my adjustments at the right time.&rdquo;</p> <p>I was Williams&rsquo; victim in the Round of 8, although I made him work for the win, striking out in the ninth and 10<sup>th</sup> frames of our second game to force him to get the first strike in the 10<sup>th</sup> to beat me. I expected the solid strike Walter Ray delivered &mdash; how could you not? &mdash; to send me packing 232-213 after a 236-191 win in the first game of the best of 3 games match.</p> <p>It still was a successful tournament for me, as I broke a long slump that began with some serious wrist issues a few months back. Going back to my old grip has me getting out of the ball as clean as I am capable of, and my wrist held up well after more than a week of bowling in two PBA50 Tour events and the Petersen Classic. It was sore when we were done, but not so painful as to be debilitating.</p> <p>My first match in the Round of 9-24 against Steve Stein came on lanes 13-14, which was a very tough pair for me in the pro-am and both of the qualifying rounds. It played about the same, with 13 hooking and 14 hanging.</p> <p>In light of my earlier struggles on the pair, I went with a different game plan, using a Storm OPTIMUS I hit with a 4,000 Abralon pad&nbsp;to get less skid/flip from it.</p> <p>It gave me a smooth enough look for wins of 215-203 and 225-180 the first two games as I switched to the Roto Grip HYSTERIA I had used during most of qualifying and moved from around 10-board at the arrows to around 15-board.</p> <p>My wrist was incapable of staying behind the ball as I had during much of qualifying, but that was OK because spinning it more actually gave me a better look getting it down the lane to the breakpoint, which was my main challenge in the tournament.</p> <p>Stein crushed me the third game 255-220, but a switch to a HY-ROAD PEARL got me a cleaner motion to the breakpoint and I was able to strike out in the ninth and 10<sup>th</sup> frames of game four&nbsp;to lock Stein out, winning 213-190.</p> <p>It has been a long time since I rolled shots that good when I needed them on a condition that difficult. It actually made bowling fun again.</p> <p>In the Round of 16 I faced Lennie Boresch Jr., my good friend from Kenosha who I had crossed with in qualifying.</p> <p>For the first time all week, we bowled as soon as the lanes were done being oiled and lanes 5-6 were tighter than anything we had seen.</p> <p>Lennie and I both started between 5- and 10-board at the arrows using an OPTIMUS and we beat that area up quickly.</p> <p>Lennie started quickly in game one and I felt like I was going to get run over, but the more we bowled and the drier the area around 10-board got, the better reaction I got with my spinner and the worse reaction Lennie got with his higher roll.</p> <p>I again struck at the end to beat Lennie 233-224 in game one, then beat him 242-178 and 208-203.</p> <p>That earned me the right to battle Williams on 19-20, which started like 5-6 but broke down much faster.</p> <p>I was in rhythm and striking consistently&nbsp;in the 10 minutes of practice, but after practice all eight players were introduced and I lost that rhythm and stiffened up&nbsp;and a slow start doomed me to the opening 236-191 loss.</p> <p>But I had loosened up by game two and started solidly before a 4-6-7-10 in the fifth frame bit me on a shot I thought was perfect. That the lanes had suddenly transitioned was proved true when Williams escaped with a trip 4-pin for a strike and then again jumped high for a 3-6-9-10 that he converted on the lane I had left the 4-6-7-10 on.</p> <p>That led me to switch to the HYSTERIA from the OPTIMUS and it gave me better skid from slightly inside 15-board, setting up my late strike string that forced Williams to show what a great champion he is by striking to beat me.</p> <p>It was a fun match and week that broke my long slump and has me more excited about bowling than I have been in a very long time.</p> <p>The PBA50 Tour is filled with Hall of Famers that make it difficult for us Joe Schmoes, but the competition and camaraderie is a blast. Heck, I'd almost rather advance to the Round of 8 and lose to Walter Ray the way I did than win most non-PBA tournaments I bowl.</p> <p>I just hope entries rebound for the PBA50 Tour next year. I hope to make as many of the Midwest events as possible, including the USBC Senior Masters in Green Bay.</p> <p>While the 2014&nbsp;PBA50 Tour season is over,&nbsp;I have a ton of PBA Regionals and other tournaments coming up, starting with my <a href="../../../news/article/6718" target="_blank"><strong> Open this weekend at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa</strong></a>.</p> <p>The top eight players in PBA50 Tour competition points earned an entry into World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas Oct. 24-Nov. 2 and a berth in the World Series PBA Champions Challenge PBA50 qualifier. The qualifier will determine the two players who will compete in the finals to be televised by ESPN.</p> <p>The eight who qualified were Williams, Weber, Baker, Duke, Parker Bohn III, Amleto Monacelli, Harry Sullins and Ron Mohr.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA50 TREASURE ISLAND RESORT &amp; CASINO OPEN PRESENTED BY HAMMER </strong><br /><strong>Wednesday&rsquo;s final results </strong><br /><em>Island Xtreme Bowl Welch, Minn.</em></p> <p><strong>Championship Match</strong><br />Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla. ($7,500) def. Tom Baker, King, N.C. ($4,000), 268-224.</p> <p><strong>Semifinal Round </strong><br /><em>(one-game matches, losers earn $2,300)<br /></em>Baker def. Randy Pedersen, Orlando, 246-162.<br />Williams def. Don Breeden, Urbandale, Iowa, 279-190.</p> <p><strong>Round of 8 </strong><br /><em>(best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $1,600)<br /></em>Breeden def. Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-0.<br />Williams def. Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 2-0.<br />Baker def. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2-1.<br />Pedersen def. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2-1.</p> <p><strong>Round of 16<br /></strong><em>(best-of-five games, losers eliminated, earn $1,300)<br /></em>Duke def. Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3-2.<br />Baker def. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3-0, (Weber withdrew because of illness).<br />Pedersen def. Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3-0.<br />Richgels def. Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3-0.<br />Williams def. Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3-1.<br />Sullins def. Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3-1.<br />Breeden def. Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3-1.<br />Monacelli def. Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3-2.</p> <p><strong>Round of 24</strong><br /><em>(best-of-five games, losers eliminated, earn $1,100)<br /></em>Staikoff def. Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3-2.<br />Baker def John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3-1.<br />Dias def. Dave Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3-1.<br />Henson def. Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3-1.<br />Richgels def. Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3-1.<br />Williams def. Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3-0.<br />Webb def. Darron Peters, Murrietta, Calif., 3-2.<br />Breeden def. Chris Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3-2.</p> <p><em>Full match play results are</em> <em><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0600 6823 The 11th Frame: Junior Team USA boys win team gold, Wesley Low wins all-events gold at World Youth Championships <p>Defending champion Junior Team USA won the boys gold medal and Japan the girls gold medal at the 2014 World Youth Championships in Hong Kong, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</p> <p>Team competition also concluded the all-events, with Junior Team USA Wesley Low winning the boys gold in record fashion and Japan&rsquo;s Shion Izumune the girls gold.</p> <p>Low in his first game on Wednesday rolled the fourth perfect game by a boy, and fifth overall, in World Youth Championships competition. The&nbsp;2-handed lefty totaled 4,224 for 18 games (234.6 average), while teammate Kamron Doyle earned the silver with 4,095 and Sweden's Jesper Svensson the bronze with 4,078. The previous all-events record of 4,153 was set by Dominic Barrett of England in 2008.</p> <p>"I wasn't paying attention to the all-events standings at all this week," Low, who also won the silver in singles, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I wanted to take it one event at a time and hopefully make the Masters cut, and then take it from there. Today, I was just focused on the team and helping us have a chance to win."</p> <p>For the girls, Izumune won the gold with 3,836 (213.1 average), while Junior Team USA's Mary Wells and Liz Kuhlkin won the silver and bronze medals with 3,777 and 3,724, respectively.</p> <p>In the boys team title match, Junior Team USA was able to capitalize on early mistakes by Malaysia and rolled to an 812-735 win.</p> <p>The foursome also won gold at the 2013 Pan American Bowling Confederation Youth Championships, and they drew on that experience in Hong Kong.</p> <p>"After PABCON, we didn't know if we'd get to travel together again for the World Championships, so to come here together, win again and defend the title for the 2012 team is surreal," Low said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "We had an early advantage today and just didn't want to let up or give them a chance to come back. As the week went on, we kept getting stronger as a team, and that really showed today."</p> <p>In the semifinals, the U.S. edged Japan 776-760 and Malaysia beat England 909-738.</p> <p>The other U.S. team members are Matthew Farber, Kamron Doyle and Greg Young.</p> <p>Farber posted this on Facebook after winning gold: "<span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">WE DID IT! WE WON THE GOLD MEDAL IN THE TEAM EVENT!! USA IS NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD!!! Thank you to everyone back home for the support this week!! We couldn't have done it without you!! And thank you to USBC for the opportunity of a lifetime!!! USA!!!!!!!</span>"</p> <p>Doyle posted this: "<span class="userContent">Can't believe this just happened. We won the team gold medal at the World Youth Championships!! That's the first time the USA has ever defended their title!! Couldn't be happier for this team!!</span>"</p> <p>Young posted this: "TEAM GOLD BABBBY!! Thank you everyone that supported us. Seriously can't even explain how amazing it's feels to achieve my dream with my amazing teammates! Big thanks to our Head coach Rod Ross for all his help and support this week along with Kim Kearney, Tennelle Grijalva-Milligan and Nick Bohanan!! You guys are the best and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity! USA!!!!"</p> <p>In the girls team title match, a late rally by Japan gave anchor Kana Shimoide a chance to win with two strikes and nine pins in the final frame. After getting the double, Shimoide's final offering went high, nearly leaving the 4-7-10 split, but the 7 and 10 pins fell late for a 784-783 win, USBC reported.</p> <p>In the semifinals, Japan defeated Finland 750-685 and Sweden edged Junior Team USA 838-821 when Swedish anchor Jenny Wegner struck on the first shot of the 10th frame.</p> <p>The teams losing in the semifinals all earned bronze medals.</p> <p>The U.S. girls team features Liz Kuhlkin,&nbsp;Sarah Lokker, Stephanie Schwartz of Racine, and Mary Wells.</p> <p>Kuhlkin posted this on Facebook after the team event: &ldquo;I am so happy and proud to be a part of such an amazing team and organization. Today Team USA girls started in sixth place and climbed up the ladder to first at one point including a 939 four person series to finish at second for qualifying to advance with three other teams to the semi-finals. We bowled Sweden first which is a very talented team and threw a 825 at them and that still wasn't enough. We bowled so great all day to get where we could medal and we will walk away with our heads held high with bronze. I am so proud of these girls! I also finished third in all events so I will receive another bronze medal tomorrow . I want to also give a shoutout to Mary Wells for silver in all events, Wesley Low for gold in all events and Kamron Doyle for silver. And of course all the boys for winning GOLD tonight as a team. So proud of you guys! Tomorrow is masters, we start at 11am and it will be six games on long and short mixed pairs then a cut to top 8. Going in open minded standing in third place all pins carry over. So grateful for the opportunities I have been given! ‪#&lrm;TeamUSA‪#&lrm;Gold‪#&lrm;Bronze‪#&lrm;TogetherWeCan &ldquo;</p> <p>Lokker posted this: "<span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">Well us girls went from 6th place to second place today which put us in the medal rounds! We bowled well just came up a little short. So the girls took the bronze medal today! And congrats to the guys for winning GOLD!! So proud of this team! Thank you to USBC for making this possible and thank you to all the coaches for all your help! USA!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}"><a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here is a video feature on the team competition</strong></a>.</span></p> <p><span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">As a former Team USA member, I consider everyone who has&nbsp;ever bowled for Team USA and Junior Team USA to be a teammate and want to offer the heartiest congratulations to Junior Team USA for its outstanding performance at the World Youth Championships.</span></p> <p><span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">The field included 262 bowlers from 46 countries, competing in singles, doubles, team and all-events. Singles was contested on the 35-foot Beijing pattern, doubles was bowled on the 45-foot Mexico City pattern, and the team event featured three games on each.</span></p> <p>Competition continues Thursday with the start of Masters play, which will feature the top 24 boys and top 24 girls in the all-events standings. It took an average of 205.44 to qualify on the boys side and 194.17 for the girls.</p> <p>All competitors will bowl six games Thursday morning, followed by a cut to the top eight in each division for round-robin match play. Each pair of lanes will have the Mexico City pattern on the left lane and Beijing on the right.</p> <p>The top four in each category after Friday's match-play round will advance to the semifinals, scheduled for 1 a.m. Eastern time.</p> <p>The event is being webcast live by BowlTV.</p> <p>The archive of the boys team medal round is <a href=";list=UULJun193ZJyheIJ9jFM2QOw" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. The archive of the girls team medal round is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.&nbsp;The archive of boys team qualifying round 1 squad A is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and squad B is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. The archive of girls team qualifying round 1 squad A is here and squad B is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. The archive of boys and girls team qualifying round 2 squad A is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and squad B is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4285; font-size: 14px;">Complete information on the World Youth Championships is&nbsp;</span><a style="line-height: 1.4285; font-size: 14px;" href="" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: #255898;">here</span></strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.4285; font-size: 14px;">.</span></p> <p>The complete live-streaming schedule (all times Eastern) is&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: #255898;">here</span></strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2014 WORLD BOWLING YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong><br /><em>SCAA Bowling Center, Hong Kong</em><br /><strong>Wednesday's results</strong></p> <p><strong>BOYS TEAM</strong><br /><strong>CHAMPIONSHIP</strong><br /><em>(Winner earns gold, loser gets silver)</em><br />United States def. Malaysia, 812-735<br /><strong>SEMIFINALS</strong><br /><em>(Winners advance, losers tie for bronze)</em><br />United States def. Japan, 776-760<br />Malaysia def. England, 909-738<br /> <br /><strong>GIRLS TEAM</strong><br /><strong>CHAMPIONSHIP</strong><br /><em>(Winner earns gold, loser gets silver)</em><br />Japan def. Sweden, 784-783<br /><strong>SEMIFINALS</strong><br /><em>(Winners advance, losers tie for bronze)</em><br />Japan def. Finland, 750-685<br />Sweden def. United States, 838-821</p> <p><strong>BOYS ALL-EVENTS</strong><br />Gold - Wesley Low, United States, 4,224<br />Silver - Kamron Doyle, United States, 4,095<br />Bronze - Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 4,078</p> <p><strong>GIRLS ALL-EVENTS</strong><br />Gold - Shion Izumune, Japan, 3,836<br />Silver - Mary Wells, United States, 3,777<br />Bronze - Liz Kuhlkin, United States, 3,724</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0600 6822 The 11th Frame: PBA50 Tour Player of the Year contenders Norm Duke, Pete Weber and Tom Baker advance to match play at Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The PBA50 Tour Player of the Year race is coming down to the final day of the season Wednesday with all three contenders alive and all of the action on PBA Xtra Frame.</span></p> <p>Norm Duke leads the PBA50 Player of the Year race with 56 points, Pete Weber is second at 48, and 4-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker is third with 44.</p> <p>In the Player of the Year competition, 16 points are awarded to the tournament winner, eight to the runner-up, four to third and two to fourth.</p> <p>Qualifying ended Tuesday at the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort &amp; Casino Open presented by Hammer at Island Xtreme Bowl, with the top 24 advancing to Wednesday&rsquo;s bracket match play.</p> <p>The top eight earned one bye and Duke led qualifying at 3,670 for 16 games (229.3 average) on the extremely tough PBA50 Tour Dick Weber pattern, while Weber edged Baker for the eighth spot 3,517 to 3,510.</p> <p>Others earning byes were Lennie Boresch Jr. with 3,645, Mike Edwards 3,620, Harry Sullins 3,607, Randy Pedersen 3,585, Amleto Monacelli 3,583, and Ron Mohr 3,546.</p> <p>Duke, whose two titles this season include the PBA Senior U.S. Open over Weber, rolled games of 210, 277, 201, 248, 215, 258, 230 and 247 in Tuesday&rsquo;s second round.</p> <p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s the reason we&rsquo;re here,&rdquo; Duke said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;There were some great players battling for it all season and it&rsquo;s what we all want.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s really a tournament inside of a tournament. With the race coming down to the last tournament of the year, it makes it fun. I&rsquo;ll have to be at my best because I know they&rsquo;ll be prepared.&rdquo;</p> <p>If Duke can win PBA50 Player of the Year, he would join Baker as the only players to earn Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the same season.&nbsp;</p> <p>Match play starts at 11 a.m., with the championship rounds at 5 p.m.</p> <p>The top eight players in competition points (not player of the year points) earn an entry into World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas Oct. 24-Nov. 2 and a special PBA50 qualifier preceding the World Series which will determine the two players who will face off in the WSOB Challenge telecast on ESPN. I grinded my way to a 1,616 total on Tuesday to finish with 3,338, 58 pins ahead of 24th setting me up for a match against Steve Stein.</p> <p>The final game of the day provided a thriller for fans in attendance and watching on Xtra Frame as there were half a dozen players within a dozen pins of the cutline and only Dale Traber done from the earlier squad at plus 60.</p> <p>After Kevin Foley bowled a big game to soar past the number, it came down to Terry Metzner and he responded with flush strikes in the 9<sup>th</sup> and 10<sup>th</sup> frames to go past Traber.</p> <p>Believe me that they were truly great shots on how tough the condition was! Dave Axon deserves a special shoutout for firing a perfect game to end his qualifying with three flush strikes in the 10th frame.</p> <p>I went into round two hoping to find a similar look to the first round and just not train wreck, knowing that even if I just stayed even that should easily be enough to make the top 24 for match play and that I had little chance of shooting enough to make the top eight and earn a bye.</p> <p>But in my first game, the Storm HY-ROAD SOLID I used to tame the reaction in the first round playing straight up about 10 board hooked almost instantly. And the Roto Grip HYSTERIA I used most of the first round had no consistent reaction.</p> <p>It didn&rsquo;t help that we were on lanes 13-14, which I&rsquo;ve always found to be the toughest pair at Island Xtreme Bowl.</p> <p>The result was the ugliest clean game I can remember in my career: a 181 with a Brooklyn strike to start and then nine straight spares that were a cluster of 6-, 7- and 8-counts. How I made all of them I do not know.</p> <p>I then found two pairs that were close to the first round and shot 238 and 214 with the HYSTERIA going fairly straight up the track, but in game four I got a bad read with an early double and didn&rsquo;t&nbsp; see that it was hooking more as I got totally lost and finished with three splits as I moved deeper to just inside 15-board at the arrows on each shot. My ugly 156 dropped me to plus 111 and made me somewhat nervous about making the cut.</p> <p>A big part of the reason is that we were moving to lanes 1-2, which hooked so much in the last game of our first round that I could only get the ball down the lane by using just my middle finger and thumb from around fifth arrow on lane 1 in a clean 198. It has been a while since I used the 1-finger slinger.</p> <p>After the second round was over, Walter Ray Williams Jr. related how he couldn&rsquo;t get the ball down the lane on lane 1 and when he moved left it just hooked more. Believe me, when Walter Ray can&rsquo;t get a ball down the lane it is HOOKING!</p> <p>As it turned out, the mega hook of 1-2 actually was just what the doctor ordered as I moved deeper, spun it on lane 1 over about 20-board at the arrows&nbsp; and rolled it hard up the oil line on lane 2 at just right of 20 for a 247 that could have been a 300. Amazingly, it was my best reaction of the tournament &ndash; I was just happy to hit early enough in the round.</p> <p>The next game on 3-4 was back to what we had seen on the high end, and I struggled but made a good adjustment and fired a 5-bagger for 222 to get myself relatively safe for the cut.</p> <p>Then we hit 9-10, with 9 hooking and 10 giving me over/under front to back. I struggled with five splits, making the 6-7-10 and the 3-6-7-10, struck the last three shots on lane 9, but never on 10 for 172. Ugh.</p> <p>I went with a spinner for the last game on 11-12, trying to loft it over about 20 giving it away a little. I struck three of the first four frames, then went just high a few shots, moved a board deeper and went light the rest of the game. It was comical. Fortunately I made all my spares for a 186 for 1,616 for the block and 3,338 total.</p> <p>It was a fun, exhilarating and draining day of bowling that again really tested the competitors&nbsp; &ndash; other than a few like Lennie Boresch Jr., who I crossed with and who utterly bombed them in leading our squad. It was an amazing display of shotmaking by Skyn.</p> <p>I only made the cut because I took advantage of the nice pairs I found and because of stellar sparemaking &ndash; I did not miss any the first round and my only misses in the second round were a 3-6-10 and a chopped 6-10, while I made half a dozen splits. And most of my conversions were not single pins &ndash; they were 2-4-5s and 3-6-10s and head-pin combinations.</p> <p>By the end of the second round, I was mentally spent after 16 long games of grinding, thinking and focusing. It was exactly how you should feel after bowling in a PBA50 Tour or PBA Tour event.</p> <p>Those who complain about soft conditions and high scores &ndash; like last week in Hammond, where I didn&rsquo;t miss a spare and was 420 over but missed the cut by two spots &ndash; have to love this week.</p> <p>My wrist feels just normally sore on Wednesday morning and I&rsquo;m looking forward to match play. As hard as they are fresh, it should be entertaining viewing.</p> <p>PBA lane man Mark Sabatine took me out on the lanes at the end of competition Tuesday to show me what they looked like, which is partially why they were so difficult.&nbsp; Brunswick&rsquo;s new Defy oil is designed to fill back in the tracks bowling balls make as they go down the lane, especially where the volume is heaviest in the heads.</p> <p>It was amazing to see that the heads almost looked like they were freshly oiled after the 8-game squad. A track was more evident down the lane where the oil was lighter. The PBA50 Weber is 39 feet, with 32 feet of oil and 7 feet of buff.</p> <p>With the heads not developing a track, it meant less development of a defined miss area. That and the extreme hook off the oil line and a short Sport compliant pattern produced the tough reaction and relatively low scores. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>It will be interesting to see what this oil produces at World Series of Bowling VI &nbsp;this fall, as Sabatine said the plan is to use it there.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA50 TREASURE ISLAND RESORT &amp; CASINO OPEN PRESENTED BY HAMMER</strong><br /><strong>Tuesday&rsquo;s second round results</strong><br /><em>(16 games)</em><br /><em>Top 24 advance to match play</em><br /><em>Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minnesota</em><br /><em>n=non-member&nbsp;</em><br /><em>s-Denotes super senior out of the regular prize fund cashing for $700</em></p> <p>1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,670.<br />2, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,645.<br />3, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,620.<br />4, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,607.<br />5, Randy Pedersen, Orlando, Fla., 3,585.<br />6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,583.<br />7, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,546.<br />8, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,517.<br />9, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,510.<br />10, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,474.<br />11, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,457.<br />12, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3,456.<br />13, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,441.<br />14, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,426.<br />15, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,410.<br />16, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,373.<br />17, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,342.<br />18, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 3,338.<br />19, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,329.<br />20, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,309.<br />21, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,306.<br />22, Darron Peters, Murrieta, Calif., 3,292.<br />23, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,288.<br />24, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,280.</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Missed Cut</strong></p> <p>25, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,260.<br />26, n-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 3,241.<br />27, s-Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,236, $700.<br />28, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,231.<br />29, n-Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 3,229.<br />30, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,225.<br />31, n-Alan Harteneck, Red Wing, Minn., 3,202.<br />32, s-Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,195, $700.<br />33, n-Bob Markiewicz, San Diego, 3,192.<br />34, Gary Livingston, Papillion, Neb., 3,183.<br />35, s-Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 3,180, $700.<br />36, n-John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 3,151.<br />37, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,150.<br />38, (tie) Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., and s-Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 3,144, $700.<br />40, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,140.<br />41, s-Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 3,123, $700.<br />42, n-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 3,117.<br />43, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,107.<br />44, Bill Sell, Menasha, Wis., 3,105.<br />45, s-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,093, $700.<br />46, (tie) Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., and n-James Martin, Vero Beach, Fla., 3,077.<br />48, Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 3,049.<br />49, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 3,039.<br />50, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,036.<br />51, Dan Schmerbach, St. Joseph, Mo., 3,031.<br />52, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,027.<br />53, n-Gilbert Kuchta, West Allis, Wis., 3,013.<br />54, Tracy Teeters, Salem, Ore., 3,011.<br />55, Dale Eagle, Newport Beach, Calif., 3,005.<br />56, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 2,994.<br />57, n-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 2,962.<br />58, n-Tom Havlish, Coon Rapids, Minn., 2,895.<br />59, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 2,854.<br />60, Don Birkentall, Omaha, Neb., 2,820.<br />61, n-Gary Ring, Woodbury, Minn., 2,804.<br />62, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 2,780.<br />63, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 2,768.<br />64, Will Friedrich, Green Bay, Wis., 2,750.<br />65, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,736.<br />66, Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 2,732.<br />67, n-Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 2,730.<br />68, n-Joe Kolodziejczak, Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada, 2,699.<br />69, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,489 (withdrew).</p> <p><em>300 games - Dave Axon</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0600 6786 The 11th Frame: 3rd annual Coaches Summit, Storm MatchMaker set for Sept. 20-21 at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The third annual Coaches Summit is set for Sept. 20-21 at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes in Madison, with a Storm MatchMaker to follow on Sept. 21.</span></p> <p>The weekend will feature some of the biggest names in coaching, including USBC Gold level coach Hank Boomershine of Storm Products, USBC Director of Coaching Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, pro champion Diandra Asbaty of the International Art of Bowling, UW-Milwaukee head coach Chad Sorce, and USBC Silver coach Doene Moos of Storm.</p> <p>The weekend is a coaches summit geared toward middle school and high school coaches and any coach aiming to advance their coaching knowledge.</p> <p>Advance registration up to Sept. 10 is $99 per person, with the pirce $90 each for three or more people signing up together.&nbsp;After Sept. 10, the price increases by $10. Members of the BCAW CoachesClub pay $80 each.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sign up is through the Bowling Centers Association of Wisconsin, which can be reached at 262-783-4292.</p> <p>The MatchMaker sessions are noon-1:30 p.m. and 1:45-3:15 p.m. Storm's Hank Boomershine and Doene Moos are running the event.&nbsp;</p> <p>Cost is $25 through Sept. 11, $35 after.</p> <p>Details are in the PDFs attached to the end of this blog.</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:00:00 -0600 6820 The 11th Frame: Mike Edwards leads frictitious 1st round of PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Last week&rsquo;s PBA50 Tour stop in Hammond, Indiana was all about hold and high scores on the 47-foot PBA50 Tour Scorpion pattern.</span></p> <p>Anyone who complained about those two things is getting the antidote this week at the season-ending PBA50 Treasure Island Resort &amp; Casino Open presented by Hammer:&nbsp;The 39-foot PBA50 Tour Dick Weber pattern has zero hold but some swing area and scores are low. &nbsp;</p> <p>Believe me, if you cut a shot off or grab it, it is hooking early and headed left (for righties). If you don't believe me, watch some of the action on PBA Xtra Frame.&nbsp;</p> <p>I had more than my share of those shots, but managed to carry a few Brooklyn strikes and did not miss a spare en route to a 1,722 total good for 14th.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">That was 106 pins behind leader Mike Edwards, who totaled 1,828 at Island Xtreme Bowl on games of 227, 213, 223, 245, 203, 268, 226 and 223 to lead PBA Hall of Famers Wayne Webb and PBA50 Player of the Year contender Pete Weber by 11 pins.</span></p> <p>Harry Sullins was fourth at 1,805 and Bill Henson fifth at 1,790.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re playing on a tougher condition this week where you want to avoid shooting the 150 or 160 game,&rdquo;&nbsp;Edwards said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;You don&rsquo;t have that hold area you usually get and you have to create some different angles to the pocket &ndash; sometimes you pick the wrong one.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;For the most part I made the right adjustments and made three ball changes which is a lot for me. It&rsquo;s a condition where you have to think about it more and I like that.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>I made the decision to avoid the 2-10 at the start by going with a Storm HY-ROAD SOLID most would consider too strong for the extremely hooking pattern. That got me some solid strikes but no 2-10s &ndash; shots that plagued many bowlers &ndash; and any shots I cut off or grabbed tended to go Brooklyn.</p> <p>In game three, I switched to a shiny, high-pin Roto Grip HYSTERIA that gave me plenty of hook as the lanes transitioned to avoid 2-10s but also more skid than the HY-ROAD SOLID.</p> <p>My carry was not good until games six and seven when I fired 248 and 247.</p> <p>I felt very fortunate to escape with a clean 198 the last game on 1-2 as lane 1 was absolutely on fire: after two shots through the face from fifth arrow &ndash; a good 10 and 7 left of where I&rsquo;d played the previous two pairs &ndash; on lane 1, I took my middle finger out of the ball and went with just my middle finger and thumb. That got me to the 1-3, although I didn&rsquo;t manage to carry a strike.</p> <p>It actually was an awesomely fun block because it tested you on every level: lane play, ball choices and shotmaking. &nbsp;</p> <p>The 69-player field returns Tuesday for another 8-game qualifying round after which the top 24 players advance to bracket match play on Wednesday.</p> <p>The Treasure Island Resort &amp; Casino Open is being webcast live on PBA Xtra Frame&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">PBA50 TREASURE ISLAND RESORT &amp; CASINO OPEN PRESENTED BY HAMMER<br /></span></strong><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;"><strong>Monday&rsquo;s first round results</strong><br /><em>(8 games)</em><br /></span><em>Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minnesota</em><br /><em>n=non-member</em></p> <p>1, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,828.<br />2, (tie) Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, and Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,817.<br />4, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,805.<br />5, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,790.<br />6, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,784.<br />7, Randy Pedersen, Orlando, Fla., 1,775.<br />8, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,774.<br />9, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,758.<br />10, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,754.<br />11, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,753.<br />12, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,749.<br />13, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,729.<br />14, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 1,722.<br />15, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,716.<br />16, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,707.<br />17, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,704.<br />18, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,696.<br />19, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,693.<br />20, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,678.<br />21, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,665.<br />22, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 1,652.<br />23, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,651.<br />24, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,645.<br />25, n-Bob Markiewicz, San Diego, 1,638.<br />26, n-Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 1,631.<br />27, Gary Livingston, Papillion, Neb., 1,621.<br />28, (tie) n- Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., and<br /> Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,612.<br />31, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,608.<br />32, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 1,604.<br />33, n-Alan Harteneck, Red Wing, Minn., 1,603.<br />34, n-James Martin, Vero Beach, Fla., 1,601.<br />35, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 1,590.<br />36, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,587.<br />37, Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 1,583.<br />38, n-John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 1,574.<br />39, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,569.<br />40, Tracy Teeters, Salem, Ore., 1,564.<br />41, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,563.<br />42, n-Gilbert Kuchta, West Allis, Wis., 1,562.<br />43, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,556.<br />44, Darron Peters, Murrieta, Calif., 1,539.<br />45, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,532.<br />46, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,523.<br />47, n-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 1,518.<br />48, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,517.<br />49, Bill Sell, Menasha, Wis., 1,503.<br />50, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,489.<br />51, n-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,483.<br />52, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 1,480.<br />53, (tie) Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 1,478.<br />55, Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 1,475.<br />56, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,474.<br />57, Dan Schmerbach, St. Joseph, Mo., 1,455.<br />58, Don Birkentall, Omaha, Neb., 1,454.<br />59, Dale Eagle, Newport Beach, Calif., 1,452.<br />60, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,414.<br />61, n-Tom Havlish, Coon Rapids, Minn., 1,383.<br />62, Will Friedrich, Green Bay, Wis., 1,372.<br />63, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 1,367.<br />64, n-Gary Ring, Woodbury, Minn., 1,361.<br />65, n-Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 1,357.<br />66, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,334.<br />67, n-Joe Kolodziejczak, Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada, 1,330.<br />68, Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 1,306.<br />69, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,293.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6819 The 11th Frame: Junior Team USA’s Liz Kuhlkin and Sarah Lokker, Swedish boys win doubles gold medals at World Youth Championships <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Junior Team USA&rsquo;s Liz Kuhlkin and Sarah Lokker win doubles gold, while Matthew Farber and Kamron Doyle earned silver in losing the championship match to Sweden's Markus Jansson and Pontus Andersson Monday at the 2014 World Youth Championships in Hong Kong, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</span></p> <p>Kuhlkin delivered a powerful strike on her first shot in the 10th frame to lift the U.S. duo to a 370-361 victory over Japan's Shion Izumune and Kana Shimoide, when Shimoide couldn't match the effort, USBC reported.</p> <p>A converted ninth-frame washout from Lokker helped Junior Team USA even the match heading into the final frame, but Izumune rolled a 10-pin to give Japan a one-pin advantage before Kuhlkin stepped up in front of a packed house and BowlTV viewers.</p> <p>"Going into that frame, I just wanted to get the ball off my hand," Kuhlkin said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "I've been in that situation before because I bowl anchor in college (at Nebraska), but it's so much different to step up wanting to make your teammates, coaches and entire country proud. It's almost surreal right now, and it's such an honor to be here representing our country."</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Kuhlkin posted this on Facebook after she and Lokker won gold: "Day 9: What an indescribable feeling. Today a dream came true for a small town New Yorker. Sarah and I held onto third place to advance to semi-finals. The first match we faced a very talented Indonesian team, where we struggled a bit but h</span><span class="text_exposed_show" style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">eld on to win by 4 pins. Next match in the championship we faced another great team in Japan. Such talented players we get to encounter. Sarah and I again didn't have the best looks in the world but we made shots when we needed to and came out World Champs with a GOLD medal. This is unreal. I want to thank the coaches, for being there and helping me be a better player, my teammates who are so supportive to no end, the parents here, the United States Bowling Congress for helping make our dreams come true, everyone who supports me, who has been there for me (the 518, Nebraskans, everyone who has been there) and last but not least my parents and brother whom I miss so dearly and wish they could be here. Without your support none of this would be possible. I love you with all my heart. Also congratulations to my teammates Kamron, Matt, Wesley and Greg on medaling both Silver and Bronze; a great day to be on junior team USA! Tomorrow starts team event and there is a lot of work still to be done! 3 games on long tomorrow! time to dig deep!&nbsp;<a class="_58cn" href="" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;*N&quot;,&quot;type&quot;:104}">#USA</a>&nbsp;<a class="_58cn" href="" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;*N&quot;,&quot;type&quot;:104}">#USBC</a><a class="_58cn" href="" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;*N&quot;,&quot;type&quot;:104}">#TogetherWeCan</a>&nbsp;"</span></p> <p><span class="text_exposed_show">Lokker posted this: "Well today was absolutely incredible to say the least! Liz Kuhlkin and I took the gold medal for doubles!! This feeling is indescribable! And to make it even better I found a little note in my bag when I was done Also congrats to Matthew Farber &amp; Kamron Doyle on silver and Greg Young &amp; Wesley Low on bronze! Great day for USA!!"&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Jansson and Andersson defeated Farber and Doyle 405-371 when Doyle was unable to force a tie with three strikes in his final frame. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Farber and Doyle had downed Junior Team USA teammates Greg Young and Wesley Low in the semifinals 423-371. Kuhlkin and Lokker beat Indonesia's Nadia Nurmalina and Alisha Larasati 354-350 in the semifinals. The losing semifinalists earned bronze medals.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Farber posted this on Facebook: "Made it to the Gold Medal match in the doubles event with Kamron Doyle but came up a bit short. Happy to earn a Silver Medal for my country and had a ton of fun. Thank you to USBC for making all of this possible! Team event tomorrow morning!!!&nbsp;<a class="_58cn" href="" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;*N&quot;,&quot;type&quot;:104}">#USA</a>&nbsp;"</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Doyle posted this: "Well made it to the gold medal match with Matthew Farber in doubles. We came up a bit short to earn the silver medal! Congrats to Sarah Lokker and Liz Kuhlkin for winning gold and Greg Young and Wesley Low for the bronze. Now it really starts with team event tomorrow. Let's get it done!"</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;"><a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here is a USBC video feature on the doubles</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>All doubles teams bowled six qualifying games on the 45-foot Mexico City lane condition, the long pattern this week, before the field was cut to the top four for the bracket semifinals.</p> <p>The field includes 262 bowlers from 46 countries, competing in singles, doubles, team, all-events and match-play Masters. Competition continues Tuesday with the start of the team event, which will feature both the Mexico City and 35-foot Beijing patterns over two days. &nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The archive of the girls medal round is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. The archive of the boys medal round is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. The archive of the second day of qualifying is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The archive of the first day of qualifying is&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Complete information on the World Youth Championships is&nbsp;</span><a style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;" href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">.</span></p> <p>The complete live-streaming schedule (all times Eastern) is&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2014 WORLD BOWLING YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong><br /><em>SCAA Bowling Center, Hong Kong</em><br /><strong>Monday's results</strong></p> <p><strong>GIRLS<br /></strong><strong>CHAMPIONSHIP</strong><br /><em>(Winners earn gold, losers get silver)</em><br /> Sarah Lokker/Liz Kuhlkin, United States, def. Shion Izumune/Kana Shimoide, Japan, 370-361<br /><strong>SEMIFINALS</strong><br /><em>(Winners advance, losers tie for bronze)</em><br /> Izumune/Kana Shimoide def. Tatiana Munoz/Laura Plazas, Colombia, 387-368<br />Lokker/Kuhlkin def. Nadia Nurmalina/Alisha Larasati, Indonesia, 354-350<br /> <br /><strong>BOYS</strong><br /><strong>CHAMPIONSHIP</strong><br /><em>(Winners earn gold, losers get silver)</em><br /> Markus Jansson/Pontus Andersson, Sweden def. Matthew Farber/Kamron Doyle, United States, 405-371<br /><strong>SEMIFINALS</strong><br /><em>(Winners advance, losers tie for bronze)</em><br /> Jansson/Andersson def. Enrique Kassian/Andre Fors, Mexico, 401-376<br />Farber/Doyle def. Greg Young/Wesley Low, United States, 423-371</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:00:00 -0600 6818 The 11th Frame: 2015 Wisconsin Bowling Hall of Fame class is Norb Wetzel, Hank Posnanski, Gene Schrank <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The 2015&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Wisconsin State USBC Hall of Fame</strong></a> class is Norb Wetzel, Hank Posnanski and Gene Schrank.</span></p> <p>Posnanski was elected in the skilled category, Wetzel for the combination of his bowling accomplishments (skilled) and exemplary service to the game, and Schrank in the exemplary service category.</p> <p>The induction dinner annually is the Saturday in January during the opening weekend of the State Tournament, which is in the Fox Valley in 2015. The Wisconsin State Bowling Association will release details at a later date and I will update this blog or write a separate blog when I get those details.</p> <p>Posnanski is the popular and well-known proprietor of Bluemound Bowl in Milwaukee who found time to fashion a stellar record as a bowler that included being a member of the team champions at the 1994 USBC Open Championships a year after finishing second in that event, and winning five State Tournament titles.</p> <p>Wetzel was as known for his coaching and pro shop/technical expertise as for his bowling, and the smooth lefty was a great bowler who won numerous Wisconsin tournaments, and also titles on the PBA Senior Tour (1999 in The Villages, Florida), PBA Regional Tour and PBA Senior Regional Tour, with numerous seconds on all of those levels.</p> <p>Schrank, who died last August, was president of the WSBA, served on the State Hall of Fame committee and numerous other committees, was association manager in Manitowoc and organized its Hall of Fame, and was a squad sponsor for more than 30 years for the State Tournament. &nbsp;</p> <p>I had the honor of joining the State Hall of Fame Committee this year and found the men on the committee to be just as dedicated to &ldquo;getting it right&rdquo; as the greats I am honored to serve with on the USBC Hall of Fame committee.</p> <p>Wisconsin has numerous strong candidates who will make for great induction classes for the State Hall of Fame in the coming years.</p> <p>Obviously, the discussions in the committee are confidential but I can say that there were bowlers before the committee this year that are very worthy of induction in future years once they add details to their resumes and/or clear up some issues to make their applications conform to the policies and procedures of the Hall.</p> <p>I also know there are bowlers out there who are very deserving of induction but who have slipped through the cracks, so to speak, and simply need someone to nominate them with the detailed information necessary for their candidacies to be properly evaluated.</p> <p>Mike Van Domelen, who chairs the Hall committee, has made some contacts along these lines and will be making more, but I urge anyone who knows of such a bowler to do the work and get a proper and detailed nomination to the WSBA and the committee.</p> <p>Mike can be reached at <a href=""></a>&nbsp;and the nomination form is available <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> on the WSBA website and attached to the end of this blog.</p> <p>It would be great if in a decade or so, we could sit back and look at the State Hall of Fame and feel like every bowler who absolutely deserves to be a member has been inducted!</p> <p>That is my mission in serving on this committee.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0600