The 11th Frame Blog en-us 2014 Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 6839 The 11th Frame: Update: Lane pattern released for popular Over 40/Under 40 Doubles Nov. 29 in Appleton <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Terry Kulibert&rsquo;s WSBT 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 a record 73 teams, first paid $2,000 and second $1,200.</p> <p><em>Update: On Wednesday, Kulibert posted that 68 teams were entered and that if the record of 73 is broken, he would add $500 to the prize fund. There already is $3,300.00 in added money to the prize fund. </em></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">There also is plenty of side action.</span></p> <p>The lane pattern is not a house shot &mdash; last year it was Kegel Middle Road. A picture of the lane pattern is attached to this blog. I included it at the bottom as well because the bottom photo position can handle the entire picture.</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> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:30:00 -0600 7056 The 11th Frame: Ross Bussan fires season-high 846; Becky James, Cody Roedner just miss perfection <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Ross Bussan fired a season-high 846 series, and Becky James and Cody Roedner fell a shot shy of perfection to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday.</span></p> <p>Bussan used a Roto Grip HYPERCELL to roll games of 279, 289 and 278 in the NFL League at Prairie Lanes, where he is the manager.</p> <p>The prior high series this season was 837 by both Nate Sime in the Sport Bowl Saturday Night Couples League on Sept. 20 and Rick Thomas in the Sport Lions League Oct. 3.</p> <p>Using a Storm OPTIMUS Gregg Goldstein of Phoenix Pro Shop at Ten Pin Alley drilled for her on Tuesday, James fired a 297 game in a 666 series in the Ten Pin Fifth Quarter League. She came high and left the 6-7-10 on her final shot in her 297.</p> <p>Roeder slammed a 299 game in a 708 series in the same league.</p> <p>April Kaczor led women&rsquo;s scoring with a 695 in the Prairie Lanes Big 10 League.</p> <p>Other women&rsquo;s series of 650 or higher were 673 by Doris Anderson in the Village Lanes All-Star Co-Ed Classic League, 673 by Danie Schulz in the Ten Pin Fifth Quarter, and 658 by Mari Jo Kessenich in the Ten Pin Alley Cats League.</p> <p>Chad Baker was second on Tuesday with a 798 in the Prairie Lanes Big 10 League.</p> <p>Heath Haug was next with 782 in the Village Co-Ed Classic, followed by&nbsp;Eric Hewitt with 758 in the Prairie NFL.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:55:00 -0600 7054 The 11th Frame: Mark Newkirk’s 780, Beth Davidson’s 629 top Monday scoring <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Mark Newkirk fired a 780 and Beth Davidson slammed a 629 to top Madison area bowling on Monday.</span></p> <p>Newkirk competed in the Dream Lanes Suburban Merchants League and Davidson in the Dream Monday Nighters League.</p> <p>Next were Cody Ramsden with 770 in the Prairie Lanes Major League and Pat LaShore with 617 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Big Eight League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:55:00 -0600 7057 The 11th Frame: Marshall/Waterloo/Poynette boys grab lead, Sun Prairie girls maintain lead after 4th week of area high school bowling <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The Marshall/Waterloo/Poynette boys moved into the lead and the Sun Prairie girls maintained their lead after the fourth week of Wisconsin District 4 High School Bowling.</span></p> <p>Marshall/Waterloo/Poynette &nbsp;has a 29-28.5 lead over DeForest for the boys, while Sun Prairie has a 30-22.5 lead over DeForest/East/Stoughton for the girls.</p> <p>Twelve boys teams and six girls teams &mdash; there were 12 and nine last year &mdash; are competing this year. The competition features nine games of Baker format each week.</p> <p>On Monday, the boys competed at Badger Bowl and the girls at Rude&rsquo;s Lanes in DeForest.</p> <p>For boys, Marshall/Waterloo/Poynette had the high series of 1,878 and Cambridge the high game of 236.</p> <p>For girls, DeForest/East/Stoughton had the high series and game of 1,678 and 226.</p> <p>Two boys led in fill percentage at 100 percent: Ryan McKee of Waunakee and Jeromey Hodsdon of Sun Prairie.</p> <p>Nicole Mottier of La Follette led the girls in fill percentage at 100 percent.</p> <p>Full results can be accessed on the District 4 page&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The boys compete next week at Rude&rsquo;s Lanes and the girls at Village Lanes in Monona.</p> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:00:00 -0600 7051 The 11th Frame: Kyle Kadrmas’ 738, Hannah Yelk’s 636 top youth scoring <p>Kyle Kadrmas fired a 738 and Hannah Yelk slammed a 636 to top Madison area youth bowling over the weekend.</p> <p>Kadrmas chained games of 267, 183 and 288 and Yelk rolled 214, 206 and 216, both at Prairie Lanes.</p> <p>Other top scores included Kasey Horwath&rsquo;s 695 at Dream Lanes, Tyler Sheehy&rsquo;s 684 at Prairie, and Sam Bucholz&rsquo;s 683 at Village Lanes.</p> <p>The Prairie Storm Challenge League moved to the WTBA Los Angeles Sport pattern on Saturday and the top scores were Joey Miller&rsquo;s 613 and Kenzie Sonsalla&rsquo;s 548.</p> <p>Los Angeles is an often tricky 36-foot pattern with 26.1 mL of oil that demands an outside angle and typically presents a wet/dry reaction to deal with.</p> <p>The top scores in adult leagues were Paul Hellenbrand&rsquo;s 712 in the Bailey&rsquo;s Lanes Whenever League and Doris Anderson&rsquo;s 665 in the Village Lanes Holy Ballers League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:55:00 -0600 7048 The 11th Frame: Rick Erce wins 2nd straight MBA Senior Masters <p>Rick Erce won his second straight Madison Bowling Association Senior Masters by edging Herb Kimpel 211-202 in the title match at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes on Sunday.</p> <p>The semifinal match was a rematch of last year&rsquo;s title match, with Erce coming out on top 247-204 this time. <a href="../../../news/article/6219" target="_blank"><strong>Last year&rsquo;s title match score was 234-223</strong></a>.</p> <p>First was $320, an eagle trophy, a pass to the annual MBA Dinner With the Champions, and two tickets to the annual MBA Hall of Fame and Bowler Recognition Dinner. Second was $195 and third $160.</p> <p>Madison Bowling Association Manager Bill Dennis recounted the title match in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>his report here</strong></a>.</p> <p>Dennis said Erce could have closed out the match with a strike in the 10<sup>th</sup> frame, but slid the 6-pin over without it falling, spared it, and got an 8-count for 211.</p> <p>That gave Kimpel the chance to strike out for 212, but after getting the first strike, could manage only 9 pins on his second shot.</p> <p>The tournament drew 30 bowlers, up from 27 in 2013 and 29 in 2012, but down from 40 in 2011 and 42 in 2010.</p> <p>The lane pattern&nbsp;was reported to be a version of&nbsp;Kegel Bourbon Street&nbsp;from its Recreation series (Bowl-A-Vard has a Brunswick lane machine). The pattern is a moderate volume, effectively short pattern not far off from a house shot in shape.There is 23.45 mL of oil:&nbsp;15.6 mL on the forward oil, which ends at 32.3 feet and is buffed to 40 feet, and 7.85 mL on the reverse oil, which starts at 30 feet.The ratios are 2.5-1 middle track-middle and 7.67-1 outside track-middle.</p> <p>However, the pattern&nbsp;played&nbsp;tighter,&nbsp;longer and flatter.</p> <p>The key point is it was not a house shot, with no huge hold area and some hang outside. But it did play like most shots do on Bowl-A-Vard&rsquo;s 20-year-old Brunwick early generation synthetics: the right side became wet/dry and lefties rose to the top&nbsp;&mdash; Erce and Kimpel both are left-handed.</p> <p>Kimpel led at 1,378 for the six games of qualifying, followed by Erce at 1,348, Kevin Thompson 1,344, and Prein and myself tying for the fourth stepladder spot at 1,325.</p> <p>Prein beat me 39-36 in the 9<sup>th</sup> and 10<sup>th</sup> frame roll-off on 37-38 when 38 continued to bedfuddle me: I had just one strike in five shots on it during qualifying and after striking on 37, left a light 4-7 and then punched the face for a 4-6-7-10.</p> <p>Prein then beat Thompson 266-233 in the first stepladder match, with Thompson earning $135.</p> <p>I won $120 for fifth.</p> <p>Other cashers were Rollie Truehl at 1,291 for $85, Dave Massey at 1,285 for $85, Mike Helsell at 1,284 for $80, Greg Stauffacher at 1,276 for $75, ad Conway Sunell at 1,274 for $75.</p> <p>I used a 4,000-Abralon Storm OPTIMUS starting in the track and moving in slowly. I started with a clean 209, followed with a 245 with a 10<sup>th</sup> frame spare miss, a 258, and then struggled to 200 and 204 as the lanes got more and more wet/dry.</p> <p>After a poor start to the final game, I switched to a shiny Storm CRUX and tried to go as hard and straight as I could, rallying with two turkeys for a 209.</p> <p>The best news for me was my leg and wrist both came through with no issues, so perhaps I can finish strong and put an end to one of the worst years of my bowling career.</p> <p>Full results are in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Dennis' report</strong></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:00:00 -0600 7049 The 11th Frame: Eric Fritton beats top seed Ryan Zagar to win La Crosse Open <p>Eric Fritton of Milwaukee defeated top seed Ryan Zagar of Kenosha in the title match to win the La Crosse Open sponsored by La Crescent Wine and Spirits at Pla Mor Lanes on Saturday.</p> <p>Because Zagar was the top seed, Fritton had to beat him twice and did so 252-199 and 231-173.</p> <p>First was $2,000 and second $1,500.</p> <p>Zagar posted this on Facebook: &ldquo;Well my run at the Lacrosse Open is over. Was the leading qualifier after the ten games. Had to lose twice and did. I ran into an absolute buzz saw. I had two bad shots one in each game. The balls of choice today were the Meltdown which I used most of today and in the finals. The smackdown also got use in qualifying. Congrats once again to Eric Fritton on winning. I have the BEST brands in bowling supporting me in what I love to do and couldn't be more thankful. Thanks to Nick Heilman and his staff for running a great event. I'll be back next time Lacrosse. ‪#&lrm;C300 ‪#&lrm;VISE ‪#&lrm;HIGH5GEAR &ldquo;</p> <p>The tournament was contested on two patterns: the Pla-Mor house shot and a version of the 2014 Open pattern that Mike Flanagan let Nick Heilman use for the La Crosse Open. The Open pattern is attached as a PDF to the end of this blog. It&rsquo;s a long, high volume pattern that played outside. It features 33.84 mL of oil to 44 feet with a 1.03-1 middle to middle track ratio and a 1.92-1 middle to outside track ratio.</p> <p>In qualifying, the patterns are on alternating pairs. In the semifinals and stepladder finals, the patterns are on each pair.</p> <p>The left-handed Fritton said on Facebook that he played the Open pattern &ldquo;Very very straight! For myself I needed to really get the ball started early, roll it as much as possible. Used a 1000 sanded Crux the whole tournament on that pattern.&rdquo;</p> <p>The inaugural tournament in 2013 featured the Pla-Mor house shot and the Kegel Boardwalk Sport pattern.&nbsp;</p> <p>The tournament was full with 96 bowlers, thanks in large part to the awesome effort of tournament director Nick Heilman and the support of the great sponsors who added $5,750 to the prize fund! Those sponsors were title sponsor La Crescent Wine &amp; Spirit, along with&nbsp;DAHL Subaru, Altra Federal Credit Union, Advisors Management Group Inc., and Pearl Street Brewery.</p> <p>The day of the tournament Rich Gillette and La Crescent Wine and Spirits announced they would pay $100 to the first five 300 games of each squad.&nbsp; As no one rolled a 300, Heilman said it was decided that $400 of that $1000 would go towards paying out four more spots (33 to 36) at $100 each, and pot games for four games of the Round of 16 ($100 to first, $50 to second).&nbsp;</p> <p>So the total payout was $13,200 for this tournament -- $6,528 from entry fees, $6,750 from sponsors. The entry fee was $80, with $68 going to the prize fund, $12 to bowling, and $0 to expenses.&nbsp;</p> <p>The final cash spot of 36<sup>th</sup> was 1,254 for six games. The top 16 took just over 1,300, as Todd Fenske&nbsp;was 17<sup>th</sup> at 1,303.</p> <p>After eight games, the top five for the stepladder were Zagar at 2,366, Fritton at 2,300, Derek Eoff at 2,286, Andy Mills at 2,275 (despite a 145 first game) and Sam Sylvester 2,269.</p> <p>&ldquo;A squad had a couple more people in the round of 16 than B squad this year, but the lanes seemed to play fairly close to the same both squads,&rdquo; Heilman reported. &ldquo;The difference I suspect is in how the squads played the lanes.&nbsp; A Squad averaged 203 after 3 games and ended up averaging 207 after 6.&nbsp; Scores got better and better as the squad went on.&nbsp; B Squad averaged 201 after 3 but ended up averaging 197 after 6.&rdquo;In the stepladder, Sylvester beat Mills 245-181 and Eoff 197-196, before Fritton beat Sylvester 298-204 to set up the title match.</p> <p>Third was $1,000, fourth $750 and fifth $625.</p> <p>I have the full results in a PDF that I will attach to the end of this blog as soon as my content management system is fully restored and I am able to attach it.</p> <p>The challenge pattern will be a version of the very interesting pattern&nbsp;Mike Flanagan used at the Open in April. The PDF of the pattern is attached to the end of this blog. The pattern was a long, high volume pattern but it played outside. It features 33.84 mL of oil to 44 feet with a 1.03-1 middle to middle track ratio and a 1.92-1 middle to outside track ratio.</p> <p>The inaugural tournament featured lanes oiled every other pair with the Pla-Mor house shot and the Kegel Boardwalk Sport pattern.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:00:00 -0600 7047 The 11th Frame: USBC won’t budge on any recognition for Glenn Allison’s 900 <p>The United States Bowling Congress on Saturday announced in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a> that it &ldquo;recently concluded a re-evaluation of Glenn Allison&rsquo;s 900 series award application from 1982&rdquo; and had decided to make no changes in its recognition&nbsp;&mdash; rather non-recognition&nbsp;&mdash; of the famed score turned down by the American Bowling Congress (one of the two groups that joined to form USBC).</p> <p>Earlier this year, I outlined my views on why Allison's 900 should be recognized in some fashion in&nbsp;<a href="../../../news/article/6854" target="_blank"><strong>this&nbsp;blog</strong></a> with the headline &ldquo;The time is long past for the United States Bowling Congress to certify Hall of Famer Glenn Allison&rsquo;s 900 series.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Allison rolled what is widely considered the greatest league bowling series in history&nbsp;at La Habra Bowl in La Habra, California, on July 1, 1982. But ABC did not approve the Hall of Famer&rsquo;s 900 because it ruled that the lane conditions did not meet the far stricter rules of that time.</p> <p>The ruling, which survived a court challenge, has been met with widespread scorn since ABC/USBC essentially abandoned all standards for lane conditions (other than for Sport Bowling) more than two decades ago: There is no doubt the condition Allison bowled 900 on would be approved under the rules of the past more than two decades.</p> <p>Yet USBC has decided to offer Allison&rsquo;s 900 no recognition, not even some sort of conditional recognition with an asterisk that recognizes the score was turned down under the rules of that time but was shot under conditions that have been the industry standard for more than two decades.</p> <p>&ldquo;The bowling community is very passionate about this issue and we heard calls from a diverse group of voices asking USBC to re-consider Glenn Allison&rsquo;s award,&rdquo; USBC President Andrew Cain said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC&nbsp;news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;The USBC Board of Directors has reviewed all historical documents on two separate occasions. While USBC has the highest respect and admiration for Glenn Allison, we can&rsquo;t turn back the hand of time and change the rules in 1982.&rdquo;</p> <p>Note to USBC: No one is asking you to do that!</p> <p>The release noted that at the time of Allison&rsquo;s 900 about 8 percent of award scores were denied.</p> <p>&ldquo;Any official change to Glenn Allison&rsquo;s 900 would also impact thousands of scores in that era,&rdquo; Cain said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;As a National Governing Body with a legal responsibility to enforce rules uniformly, we simply can&rsquo;t re-write history for one score and apply a different standard more than 30 years later.&rdquo;</p> <p>Here is where USBC and I (along with many others) differ.</p> <p>As I wrote in <a href="../../../news/article/6854" target="_blank"><strong>my blog on Allison&rsquo;s 900</strong></a>: &ldquo;The easy answer is simply to recognize all of those scores as well, including another famous score by a legend that was turned down a decade before Allison&rsquo;s: Ray Orf&rsquo;s 890."</p> <p>USBC's inflexibility on this issue makes no sense to me: I will wager anything that the organization&nbsp;would&nbsp;receive little, if any, negative reaction from the bowling community by doing something that makes complete logical and moral sense. And anyone who did argue with such a ruling would have scorn heaped upon them by the bowling community.</p> <p>There have been effectively zero rules on lane conditions for more than two decades&nbsp;&mdash; reactive resin balls are not hindered in any meaningful way by 3 units of oil&nbsp;&mdash; and it would be logical for USBC to say that it is retroactively recognizing ALL scores shot by all bowlers in the history of certified competition that were turned down based on non-complying lane conditions because they likely would have been approved based on the current rules.</p> <p>USBC also should say that&nbsp;it will spend no money on awards or recognition of the scores&nbsp;&mdash; in effect, it is simply a symbolic recognition of reality. I think there is no doubt bowlers will understand that USBC does not have the money or manpower to do so, and bowlers only get one award per lifetime now anyway.</p> <p>For any scores that would make the record books&nbsp;&mdash; such as Allison&rsquo;s 900&nbsp;&mdash; USBC will attach an asterisk tied to an explanation of its ruling.</p> <p>That asterisk says it all: the score(s) didn&rsquo;t meet the rules of the day, but deserves recognition because it would be approved under the rules of the current game.</p> <p>That does NOT change the rules of 1982. It simply tells anyone that the scores of that day would be approved UNDER THE RULES OF TODAY, thereby giving people without knowledge of what bowling once was vs. what it is today understanding of what Glenn Allison accomplished.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s sad that USBC won&rsquo;t do something that is so obviously the right thing to do&nbsp;&mdash; at least with that asterisk, which lets anyone looking at the record book know that there is more to the story.</p> <p>Those angered by this decision need to realize that the&nbsp;bottom line that really matters is that knowledgeable bowlers KNOW what Allison did was a greater feat than any other league score ever shot, and deserves some sort of official recognition. I have talked to tons of top bowlers and not one thinks otherwise.</p> <p>That should give Glenn more satisfaction than any ruling by USBC could.</p> <p>I do fully agree with the final statement in the USBC release, which notes&nbsp;that&nbsp;USBC&rsquo;s Board of Directors has agreed the issue is now settled given that all the evidence has been considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Glenn Allison is a living legend and a Hall of Famer who will always be known not only for his bowling talents, but the incredible class he displays as an ambassador for our sport,&rdquo; Cain said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;While this decision may not be the outcome some people hoped for, I ask that we can all come together and respect the conclusion. It is time to close this chapter and move forward.&rdquo;</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve had my say. Allison&rsquo;s numerous supporters have made a great effort on his behalf. USBC has made its ruling.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a logically and morally incorrect ruling, but it IS the organization&rsquo;s ruling.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s time to accept that, as the saying goes,&nbsp;it is what it is.</p> <p>The fight is over.&nbsp;I will not write again about this issue.</p> <hr /> <p><em><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".6.1:3:1:$comment10152563260026317_10152565278786317:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".6.1:3:1:$comment10152563260026317_10152565278786317:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".6.1:3:1:$comment10152563260026317_10152565278786317:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$0:0">La Habra Bowl posted this on Facebook: "I spoke with Glenn about this, as he still works full time at our alley. He was very disheartened about the ruling. Bowling has always been his life's passion. If any of you feel inclined to do so, he sure could use some letters/cards of encouragement from his fans. Send them to La Habra 300 Bowl attn Glenn Allison. 370 E. Whittier Blvd, La Habra, CA 90631. Thank you"</span></span></span></em></p> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:30:00 -0600 7050 The 11th Frame: South Korean woman wins, Dan MacLelland 3rd in It’s Daejeon International Open <p>DAEJEON, South Korea &ndash; South Korea&rsquo;s Song Si Ra became the first woman to win a World Bowling Tour major title when she upset countryman and top qualifier Choi Tae Seung 231-205 to win the It&rsquo;s Daejeon International Open at the Daejeon World Cup Bowling Centre Sunday, PBA reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>Song, 24, beat PBA Tour player Dan MacLelland of Canada 213-195 in the semifinal match after MacLelland won a three-player shootout match to start the championship round, which as televised in South Korea.</p> <p>The It&rsquo;s Daejeon International Open is one of the international events that award women who enter the &ldquo;open&rdquo; division 8 pins of handicap per game, although Song won each match in the championships round by more than 8 pins. No information was provided on how important the handicap was in Song&nbsp;making the championship round.</p> <p>Song earned 40 million Korean won, or&nbsp;$37,200, Choi earned $18,600 and MacLelland took home $9,000. Song does not receive credit for a PBA International Tour title because she is a non-member and because she took the handicap.</p> <p>In the shootout match, MacLelland&rsquo;s 196 eliminated Korea&rsquo;s Lee Na Hyun (168) and Jang Dong Chul (167). Lee was the second woman to make the championship round.</p> <p>Josh Blanchard, the only other PBA Tour player who competed in the tournament,&nbsp;finished seventh and won&nbsp;$2,976.</p> <p>PBA International Tour players now travel to Doha, Qatar for the Qatar Open, Nov. 22-27, and the 8th Kingdom International Open in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 28-Dec. 2. A number of PBA members from around the world will then close the year by competing in the World Men&rsquo;s Bowling Championships &ndash; a non-PBA event &ndash; in Abu Dhabi, UAE.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>IT&rsquo;S DAEJEON INTERNATIONAL OPEN<br /></strong><em>Daejeon World Cup Bowling Centre, Daejeon, Korea, Nov. 22</em>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Final Standings: </strong>1, f-Song Si Ra, Korean, $37,200. 2, Choi Tae Seung, Korea, $18,600. 3, Dan MacLelland, Canada, $9,300. 4, f-Lee Na Hyun, Korea, $4,650. 5, Jang Dong Chul, Korea, $3,050.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stepladder Results: </strong>Shootout Match: MacLelland (196) def. Lee (168) and Jang (167). Semifinal Match: Song def. MacLelland, 213-195. Championship: Song def. Choi, 231-205.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>f-denotes female bowler (under tournament rules, female bowlers received an additional 8 handicap pins per game).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:00:00 -0600 7046 The 11th Frame: World Bowling moves to calendar year schedule to align World Bowling Tour with PBA Tour <p>World Bowling is moving to a calendar year schedule to align the World Bowling Tour with the PBA Tour, PBA announced in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>World Bowling and PBA cooperate in the WBT, with all WBT tournaments awarding a PBA International Tour title to winners if they are PBA members.</p> <p>World Bowling will extended the current WBT season from Oct. 31, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2015, and then move to the calendar year schedule in 2016.</p> <p>All events from Oct. 31, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2015 will be included in the 2015 point list, which means the results of both the 2014 and 2015 PBA World Championships (conducted during PBA World Series of Bowling) along with the 2014 and 2015 It&rsquo;s Daejeon Opens in Korea, Qatar Opens and Kingdom International Opens in Saudi Arabia will be conducted twice&nbsp;&mdash; and counted twice&nbsp;&mdash; as part of the 14-month 2014-15 season.</p> <p>Starting Jan. 1, 2016, the World Bowling Tour Finals (part of the World Series) will be based on 2016 events only. WBT Points will continue to use its two-year rolling points list for world ranking purposes.</p> <p>My blog on the 2015 PBA Tour schedule is <a href="../../../news/article/6895" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:00:00 -0600 7045 The 11th Frame: Tony Pena fires perfect game; Brittany Pollentier slams 728 series <p>Tony Pena fired a perfect game and Brittany Pollentier slammed a 728 series to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday.</p> <p>Pena&rsquo;s third career 300 came in a 715 series in the Dream Lanes Industrial League.</p> <p>Pollentier&rsquo;s 728 came in the Sport Bowl Friends League and was her seventh 700 of the season, tops among Madison area women.</p> <p>Lauren Sammel was next for the women with 666 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Three-Man League.</p> <p>Alex Shekey led men&rsquo;s scoring with a 765 in the Sport Lions League.</p> <p>Todd Gille was next with 763 in the Bowl-A-Vard Three-Man.</p> <p>Chris Pollentier rolled a 761 in the Sport Friends and Sam Sharer recorded a 750 in the Ten Pin Alley Thunder League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:55:00 -0600 7044 The 11th Frame: Joe Bass, Trevor Fisher, Mike Gannon, Brian Hoffman slam perfect games <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Joe Bass, Trevor Fisher, Mike Gannon and Brian Hoffman slammed perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday.</span></p> <p>Bass&rsquo; first career 300 came in a 743 in the Waun-A-Bowl Thundercats League.</p> <p>Fisher&rsquo;s first career 300 came in a 738 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s St. James League.</p> <p>Gannon&rsquo;s 15<sup>th</sup> career 300 came in a 710 in the Prairie Lanes Classic League.</p> <p>And Hoffman&rsquo;s 300 &mdash; he has a few dozen &mdash; came in a 734 in the Village Lanes Golfers League, Village manager Mary Conklin reported, adding that it was&nbsp;the first 300 at Village this year.</p> <p>Ross Hauge had the high series with a 782 in the Prairie 8-Ball League.</p> <p>Brian Call was next with 773 in the Spartan Bowl Waubesa Mixers League.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 762 by Mark Recknagel in the Sport Bowl Businessmen&rsquo;s League, 762 by Mitch Reis and 760 by Rick Festge in the Waun-A-Bowl Beagles Classic League, 761 by Dan Marks in the Village Golfers, 761 by Mike Stabenaw in the Prairie Classic, and 750 by Dave Schraufnagel in the Viking Lanes Badger League.</p> <p>Doris Anderson led women&rsquo;s scoring with a 655 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes OM Fine Products League.</p> <p>Cher Breunig was next with 648 in the Prairie Classic.</p> <p>Derek Eoff fired 725 and Mike Hoffman 705&nbsp;to lead the Ten Pin Alley Bullseye Masters in the second night of the second round, which is on the PBA Cheetah pattern.</p> <p>Depending on the version &mdash; and there have been many &mdash; the 35-foot Cheetah ranges from incredibly soft to tricky and hard. Our version on Thursdays has been closer to tricky and hard with some hang outside.</p> <p>The first week of the round I ended up using my urethane Storm PITCH BLACK on an extreme outside line just looking to keep the ball in the pocket.</p> <p>The second week I brought a Storm REIGN ON with an extremely weak drilling and played a similar line en route to my highest league series since I returned from my glute injury: a 643 that finally got my average above 200. Controlling the breakpoint front-to-back is more important than side-to-side as the ball can hook early and miss the headpin left or shoot by the headpin on the right.</p> <p>I had what almost certainly will be my frame of the year between a pair of turkeys the first game: my ball got out to the edge, hung on way down the lane and then hooked a tad to take out the 6-9-10. My spare attempt left the 2-4-5 for a nice 3-4 seven out!&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:55:00 -0600 7042 The 11th Frame: Rick Festge’s 781, Kami Anderson’s 693 top Wednesday scoring <p>Rick Festge fired a 781 and Kami Anderson slammed a 693 to top Wednesday scoring in Madison area leagues.</p> <p>Festge competed in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Lake City League and Anderson in the Sugar River Lanes Badger League.</p> <p>Next were Chad Yttri with 764 in the Spartan Bowl Classic League and Tina Wiggins with 662 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Mixed Nuts League.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 758 by John Losse in the Dream Lanes Classic League and 757 by Kevin Kleutgen in the Ten Pin Alley Hump League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:55:00 -0600 7041 The 11th Frame: A shot I bet you've never seen before: Greg Engelkes windmills his way to 300 <p>If you know Greg Engelkes, you've seen his amazing windmill shot before.</p> <p>Engelkes, the son of Greater Iowa Bowling Association&nbsp;director Joe Engelkes, can&nbsp;roll solid shots (not much off his normal delivery) while totally windmilling his arm during his approach. &nbsp;</p> <p>It's so routine to those who know him that they don't even react when he does it. I've seen him bowl an entire game this way when he was out of contention at the end of a tournament.</p> <p>And his dad says he has seen Greg&nbsp;strike out the tenth frame a few times doing one windmill the first shot, two the second and three the third.&nbsp;I've never seen the triple windmill.&nbsp;</p> <p>On Monday night in the&nbsp;Cadillac Lanes Viking League, Engelkes fired a windmill strike on the final ball of a perfect game &mdash; likely making it a 300 unlike any ever shot before.</p> <p>&nbsp;<span class="_5yl5" data-reactid=".7q.$mid=11416430908246=211cea0b9d5df2fdc53.2:"><span data-reactid=".7q.$mid=11416430908246=211cea0b9d5df2fdc53.2:"><span data-reactid=".7q.$mid=11416430908246=211cea0b9d5df2fdc53.2:$end:0:$0:0">Engelkes, who&nbsp;finished with a 763 series, actually is now 2 for 2 windmilling his 12th ball for a 300.</span></span></span></p> <p>So you have seen this shot before &mdash; if you were there the first time he did it.</p> <p>Anyone who has seen anyone else do this, let me know and I will correct myself.</p> <p>The video of his&nbsp;final shot Monday night is here:</p> <p><iframe src="" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:00:00 -0600 7039 The 11th Frame: Chris Pounders slams 34th career perfect game <p>Powerful Chris &ldquo;Bigpapa&rdquo; Pounders slammed his 34<sup>th</sup> career perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday.</p> <p>Pounders&rsquo; 300 came in a 784 series in the Ten Pin Alley Fifth Quarter League.</p> <p>Jeff Bach was next for the men with 782 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Sportsmen&rsquo;s League.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 781 by Nate Smith in the Rude&rsquo;s Lanes Suburban League, 770 by Herb Kimpel and 760 by Rick Erce in the Dream Lanes All Star Classic League, 758 by Sam Coleman in the Spartan Bowl Datex-Ohmeda League, 758 by Bryan Zimmer in the Prairie Lanes NFL League, and 755 by Matt Pursell in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes NFL League.</p> <p>Marcia Fraley led women&rsquo;s scoring with 643 in the Village Lanes Co-Ed Classic League.</p> <p>April Kaczor was next with 635 in the Prairie Lanes Big Ten League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:55:00 -0600 7035 The 11th Frame: GIBA’s Blake Lobdell Memorial tourney Feb. 22 moving to Cedar Rapids Bowling Center <p>The Greater Iowa Bowling Association&rsquo;s season-ending Blake Lobdell Memorial tourney on Sunday, Feb. 22 is moving to Cedar Rapids Bowling Center, GIBA operator Joe Engelkes announced.</p> <p>The tournament was scheduled for Rose Bowl in Mason City, Iowa, but that center still has not been rebuilt after being <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>decimated by a fire in January 2014</strong></a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Cedar Rapids Bowling Center</strong></a> is as 265 Blairs Ferry Road N.E. in Cedar Rapids.</p> <p>The second Fusion Realtors Open of the season has been the GIBA season finale that weekend in February in recent years, but host Maple Lanes In Waterloo is a host of the 2015 Iowa State Tournament so the second Fusion was moved to&nbsp;Jan. 24-25.</p> <p>That shifted the Blake Lobdell Memorial to Feb. 22. It also means the GIBA&rsquo;s year end bonus funds will be part of the tournament.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/6722" target="_blank"><strong>Here was my blog on the 2014-15 GIBA schedule</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:00:00 -0600 7037 The 11th Frame: Jay Thysse fires 3rd career perfect game <p>Jay Thysse fired his third career perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Monday.</p> <p>Thysse&rsquo;s 300 came in a 758 in the MARBA League at Dream Lanes.</p> <p>Brad Pflager fell a shot shy of perfection with a 297 game in a 700 in the Badger Bowl Utility League.</p> <p>Twoie Gallagher was next with a 738 in the Spartan Bowl Major League.</p> <p>No women&rsquo;s series of 600 or higher were reported.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:55:00 -0600 7040 The 11th Frame: DeForest, Cambridge boys tie for lead, Sun Prairie girls maintain lead after 3rd week of area high school bowling <p>The DeForest and Cambridge boys moved into a tie for the lead and the Sun Prairie girls maintained their lead after the third week of Wisconsin District 4 High School Bowling.</p> <p>DeForest and Cambridge each have 19.5 points for the boys, while Sun Prairie has a 25-17 lead over La Follette for the girls.</p> <p>Twelve boys teams and six girls teams &mdash; there were 12 and nine last year &mdash; are competing this year. The competition features nine games of Baker format each week.</p> <p>On Monday, the boys and girls both bowled at Ten Pin Alley.</p> <p>For boys, Marshall/Waterloo/Poynette had the high series and games of 1,873 and 277 and 276.</p> <p>For girls, La Follette had the high series of 1,656 and DeForest/East/Stoughton had the high game of 224.</p> <p>Three boys led in fill percentage at 100 percent: Eddie Larson of East/Middleton/McFarland, Billy Hommen of Cambridge and Scott Schwoegler of Belleville.</p> <p>Lexie Jacobus of DeForest/East/Stoughton led the girls in fill percentage at 100 percent.</p> <p>Full results can be accessed on the District 4 page <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The boys compete next week at Badger Bowl and the girls compete at Rude&rsquo;s Lanes in DeForest.</p> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:00:00 -0600 6859 The 11th Frame: Update: Challenge lane pattern posted for 2-pattern La Crosse Open Nov. 22 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The second annual 2-pattern La Crosse Open sponsored by La Crescent Wine and Spirits is set for Saturday, Nov. 22 at Pla-Mor Lanes, 807 S. 4th St. in La Crosse.</span></p> <p>La Crescent&rsquo;s generous $5,000 sponsorship means the top three spots again will be guaranteed at $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000, tournament operator Nick Heilman announced. Last year, the extra $500 went for a 300 game pot, but Heilman said he was inclined to put that money into the prize fund this year.</p> <p>Update: On Sept. 15, Heilman posted that "DAHL Subaru has signed on as a new sponsor of the La Crosse Open for 2014. It is located directly across the street from Pla-Mor Lanes and The Eleventh Frame Diner. If you get time before, between, or after squads stop over and see them. Need an oil change? Their service department is open Saturday so have it done while you bowl!"</p> <p>And Heilman later posted that Pearl Street Brewery had signed on as a sponsor, and their products would be on special at Pla-Mor and The Eleventh Frame Diner during the tournament.</p> <p>And Heilman later posted that "Advisors Management Group, Inc. is another new sponsor for this year's event. If you're in need of financial planning, accounting, tax preperation, business consultation,or 401k/ retirement plan consultation be sure to give them a call! This tournament would not be possible without all of our great sponsors!!"</p> <p>And Heilman later posted that "We would like to welcome Altra Federal Credit Union on as a new sponsor for the 2014 La Crosse Open! If you are in need of any banking services please support the business' that support this tournament and go check out Altra. If you have any questions about the services Altra provides be sure to get in contact with Matt Mysliwiec who can answer all those questions."&nbsp;</p> <p>SUPPORT YOUR SPONSORS!</p> <p>With $5,750 in sponsor support, the projected prize fund now looks like this:<br /><span data-reactid=".ac.1:3:1:$comment1515046215400456_1515339002037844:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$4:0">1: $2000</span><br data-reactid=".ac.1:3:1:$comment1515046215400456_1515339002037844:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$5:0" /><span data-reactid=".ac.1:3:1:$comment1515046215400456_1515339002037844:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$6:0">2: $1500</span><br data-reactid=".ac.1:3:1:$comment1515046215400456_1515339002037844:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$7:0" /><span data-reactid=".ac.1:3:1:$comment1515046215400456_1515339002037844:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$8:0">3: $1000</span><br data-reactid=".ac.1:3:1:$comment1515046215400456_1515339002037844:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$9:0" /><span data-reactid=".ac.1:3:1:$comment1515046215400456_1515339002037844:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$10:0">4: $750</span><br data-reactid=".ac.1:3:1:$comment1515046215400456_1515339002037844:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$11:0" /><span data-reactid=".ac.1:3:1:$comment1515046215400456_1515339002037844:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$12:0">5: $625</span><br data-reactid=".ac.1:3:1:$comment1515046215400456_1515339002037844:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$13:0" /><span data-reactid=".ac.1:3:1:$comment1515046215400456_1515339002037844:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$14:0">10: $325</span><br data-reactid=".ac.1:3:1:$comment1515046215400456_1515339002037844:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$15:0" /><span data-reactid=".ac.1:3:1:$comment1515046215400456_1515339002037844:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$16:0">15: $260</span><br data-reactid=".ac.1:3:1:$comment1515046215400456_1515339002037844:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$17:0" /><span data-reactid=".ac.1:3:1:$comment1515046215400456_1515339002037844:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$18:0">20: $190</span><br data-reactid=".ac.1:3:1:$comment1515046215400456_1515339002037844:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$19:0" /><span data-reactid=".ac.1:3:1:$comment1515046215400456_1515339002037844:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$20:0">32: $140</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The entry fee stayed at&nbsp;$80,&nbsp;with 1 in 3 again cashing, Heilman said.</span></p> <p>There is a maximum of 48 entries per squad&nbsp;&mdash; three per lane in the 16-lane center that annually hosts the popular Super Bowl Doubles. Re-entries will be allowed if there are spots available on the second squad. Squad times are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;Because of limited space, and the fact that we came very close to filling in our first year, entries will be open only to those that bowled the event last year up until Oct. 1,&rdquo; Heilman said. &ldquo;We will start to take entries for all remaining spots on Oct. 2. Once again, a check will be required to hold your spot.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>That ensures that those who bowled last year can request what squad they want and not get shutout by entries for those who didn't bowl, he said.</p> <p>Checks should be sent to Pla-Mor.</p> <p><em>Update Monday: Nick Heilman posted this: "Less than a week away from the 2nd Annual 2014 La Crosse Open.&nbsp;Tournament is still full and maxed out at 96 entries, but we are down to only 1 on our waiting list. If you are still interested in bowling send me a message so I can get you added to that list."</em></p> <p>A flyer with the rules is attached to the end of this blog and is at the tournament's&nbsp;Facebook page&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The format again will be six games of qualifying with alternating pairs of house and challenge lane patterns. The challenge pattern will be a version of the very interesting pattern&nbsp;Mike Flanagan used at the Open in April. The PDF of the pattern is attached to the end of this blog. The pattern was a long, high volume pattern but it played outside. It features 33.84 mL of oil to 44 feet with a 1.03-1 middle to middle track ratio and a 1.92-1 middle to outside track ratio.</span></p> <p>The inaugural tournament featured lanes oiled every other pair with the Pla-Mor house shot and the Kegel Boardwalk Sport pattern.&nbsp;</p> <p>New this year is a semifinals of 4 games&nbsp;for the top16 at&nbsp;7 p.m. with pins carrying over, then a stepladder for the top five with the top seed having to be beaten twice.</p> <p>The lanes will be re-oiled for both shifts and the semifinals, but not the stepladder finals.</p> <p>The semifinals and the stepladder will feature the modified house pattern on one lane and the challenge pattern on the other lane, with the higher seed having choice of starting lane (which determines finishing lane) in the stepladder, Heilman said.</p> <p>Brackets and pots will be segregated by lane pattern.</p> <p>For those staying over, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Settle Inn of La Crosse</strong></a>&nbsp;is offering a rate of $62 per night for Friday&nbsp;and Saturday as&nbsp;the host hotel for the La Crosse Open. The code to use&nbsp;is "La Crosse Open."</p> <p>Andy Mills won the inaugural event in dominating fashion. Details are in&nbsp;<a href="../../../news/article/6248" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:00:00 -0600 7032 The 11th Frame: Andrew Olson fires 725, Candace Kipp slams 636 to top youth scoring <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Andrew Olson fired a 725 and Candace Kipp slammed a &nbsp;636 to top youth scoring over the weekend.</span></p> <p>Olson chained games of 278, 237 and 210 and Kipp 223, 180 and 233, both at Prairie Lanes.</p> <p>Scott Schwoegler was next for the boys with 703 at Sugar River Lanes, followed by Ryan McKee&nbsp;with 701 at Dream Lanes, and&nbsp;Tyler Sheehy at 681 and Chad Dempski at 672, both at Prairie.</p> <p>In the Prairie Storm Challenge League on the WTBA Montreal Sport pattern, Quinn Sheehy led boys with 651 and Hannah Yelk topped girls with 595.</p> <p>The high scores in adult leagues were 781 by Willie Feltz in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Three-Man and 654 by Gayle Seltzner in the Prairie Lanes Twilighters.</p> <p>Next were Nate Sime&rsquo;s 768 and Lu Burmeister&rsquo;s 636 in the Viking Lanes Saturday Night Specials League, while Chad Kuehmichel rolled a 750 in the Sport Bowl Odd Couples League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:55:00 -0600 7043 The 11th Frame: UW-Whitewater women win Titan Invite <p>UW-Whitewater won the women&rsquo;s division at the Titan Invite at Oshkosh Lanes in Oshkosh over the weekend, the United States Bowling Congress reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>Whitewater defeated Viterbo of La Crosse for the title after beating Robert Morris-Illinois in the semifinals.</p> <p>Morgan O'Brien of Clarke averaged 215.17 en route to the women's top individual total with a six-game total of 1,291. Abby Heinzen of Whitewater's junior varisty team&nbsp;was second with 1,236, while Bethany Duchowny of Robert Morris-Illinois was third with 1,193.</p> <p>Whitewater includes Taylor LaVine, who bowled in the Prairie Lanes junior program, Ashley Kouba, Shannon Franklin, Destinee Kafka, Kristen Delano, and Sarah Paasch.&nbsp;The coach is Katie Zwiefelhofer.</p> <p>Clarke won the men's title, beating host Wisconsin-Oshkosh 2-1 after defeating UW-Madison 2-1 in the semifinals.</p> <p>Nick Kruml of Whitewater was the top individual with 1,402. Ryan Zagar of Robert Morris-Illinois was second with 1,396, while Bobby Phillips of Whitewater was third with 1,387.</p> <p>The most notable happening at the tournament was back-to-back perfect Baker format games by Robert Morris-Illinois, which from what I have been able to learn is the first time that has happened in bowling history.</p> <p>Full results of the Titan Invite are attached to the bottom of this blog as a PDF.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>The release</strong></a> also contains details on other USBC Collegiate action over the weekend from across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:00:00 -0600 7033 The 11th Frame: Rick Thomas takes Leisure Lanes tourney for 12th career MAST title <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Rick Thomas defeated Chris Gibbons 214-174 in the title match to win the Madison Area Scratch Tour tournament at Leisure Lanes in Monroe on Sunday.</span></p> <p>Thomas earned $511 for his 12<sup>th</sup> career MAST title, while Gibbons won $281 for second.</p> <p>The tournament drew 55 bowlers for competition on a USBC Blue pattern, which proved challenging as the cut to the top 16 for match play took just 803 for four games. Nick Heilman led qualifying with 907.</p> <p>Full results will be posted <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> soon.</p> <p>Leisure Lanes, Wisconsin Distributors, Industrial Lanes, and Badger Pro Shop sponsored the tournament, with $364 added to the prize fund. Out of the drawing, Kelsie Bannach won a Radical Guru and $10 gift cards to Leisure Lanes were won by Trace Ermey, Jeff Johnson, and Shawn Mitchell.</p> <p>The next MAST is Sunday, Dec. 7 at 11:30 a.m. at Rock River Lanes in Fort Atkinson.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:00:00 -0600 7036 The 11th Frame: Zach Davidson, Candace Kipp, Joey Reindl, Caitlin Powers take top spots in BYBT at Dream Lanes <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Zach Davidson, Candace Kipp, Joey Reindl and Caitlin Powers won the division titles in Sunday&rsquo;s Badgerland Youth Bowlers Tour tournament at Dream Lanes, while Joey Miller rolled slammed an 806 series and Alex Bandli fired a perfect game .</span></p> <p>Davidson, who averaged 229, earned $136 for winning the boys scratch division.</p> <p>Kipp, who averaged 204, earned $76 for winning the girls scratch division.</p> <p>Reindl, who averaged 204, earned $150 for winning the boys handicap division.</p> <p>Powers, who averaged 193, earned $122 for winning the girls handicap division.</p> <p>Miller&rsquo;s high series came on games of 249, 258 and 299, while Bandli also had a 299 game to go with his 300.</p> <p>Kipp&rsquo;s 623 and Nicole Mottier&rsquo;s 216 were the top series and game by girls.</p> <p>Andrew Olson won a U15 Junior Gold entry.</p> <p>Full results are&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:00:00 -0600 7034 The 11th Frame: South Korea’s Kyung Shin Park wins Japan Cup as Asian bowlers dominate PBA players in TV finals <p>South Korea&rsquo;s emergence as a world bowling power took another step Saturday when Kyung Shin Park became that country&rsquo;s first winner of the Japan Cup on Saturday.</p> <p>Park, a Storm staffer,&nbsp;defeated Japan&rsquo;s Akio Ishihara 241-203 in the title match of the 28th Round1 Japan Cup, earning a bit more than $51,700, PBA reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>Four PBA Tour players made the Round of 8, but the two Koreans and two Japanese bowlers dominated the single-game elimination matches.</p> <p>Chris Loschetter was the only PBA Tour player to make it out of the Round of 8 and he lost to Park 244-166 in the semifinals. Park defeated Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the Round of 8 278-214.</p> <p>In the other semifinal match, Ishihara beat Korea&rsquo;s Young Kwan Kim 226-225 to prevent an all- Korea title match.</p> <p>PBA Rookie of the Year contender Marshall Kent and past Japan Cup titlist Mika Koivuniemi of Finland also were eliminated in the Round of 8.</p> <p>PBA Tour players now travel to South Korea and the Middle East to complete the 2014 season with three PBA International-World Bowling Tour events: the It&rsquo;s Daejeon International Open in Daejeon, South Korean, through Nov. 22; the Qatar Open in Doha, Qatar, Nov. 22-27; and the 8th Kingdom International Open in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 28-Dec. 2.</p> <p><br /><strong>ROUND1 JAPAN CUP<br /></strong><em>Minami Suna Round1, Tokyo, Saturday</em></p> <p><strong>CHAMPIONSHIP<br /></strong>Kyung Shin Park, Korea ($51,700) def. Akio Ishihara, Japan ($27,570), 241-203.</p> <p><strong>SEMIFINAL ROUND<br /></strong> <em>(losers earned $12,925)<br /></em>Ishihara def. Young Kwan Kim, Korean, 226-225.<br />Park def. Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 244-166.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>ROUND OF 8<br /></strong> <em>(losers earned $6,545)<br /></em><span style="font-family: 'Tahoma','sans-serif'; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;">Kim def. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 247-226.<br /></span></span><span style="font-family: 'Tahoma','sans-serif'; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;">Ishihara def. Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 216-203.<br /></span></span><span style="font-family: 'Tahoma','sans-serif'; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;">Loschetter def. Takuya Miyazawa, Japan, 205-173.<br /></span></span><span style="font-family: 'Tahoma','sans-serif'; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;">Park def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 278-214.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:00:00 -0600 7030 The 11th Frame: Walter Ray Williams Jr., Mika Koivuniemi, Chris Loschetter, Marshall Kent, 2 Japanese, 2 Korean players make Japan Cup Round of 8 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">PBA Tour players Walter Ray Williams Jr., Mika Koivuniemi, Chris Loschetter and Marshall Kent, and two players each from Japan and Korea advanced to Saturday&rsquo;s Round of 8 finals in the 28th Round1 Japan Cup Friday at Minami Suna Round 1, PBA reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>Williams, the only player who has bowled in all 28 modern Japan Cups, will try for his third Japan Cup title and a 48th PBA Tour title, which would extend his record.</p> <p>Saturday&rsquo;s finals will be a continuation of the bracket elimination matches that started with the Round of 64, but the matches will be one game. Saturday&rsquo;s competition will be on national television in Japan with a top prize of $51,700 first prize.</p> <p>The four overseas finalists are Japan&rsquo;s Akio Ishihara and Takuya Miyazawa, and Korea&rsquo;s Park Kyung Shin and Kim Young Kwan.</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ROUND1 JAPAN CUP</strong><br /><em>Minami Suna Round1, Tokyo, Friday</em></p> <p><strong>ROUND OF 16</strong><br /><em>(Best of 5 games; winners advance to Round of 8 finals, losers earned $2,840)</em><br />Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., def. Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 3-1.<br />Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, def. Hiroyuki Kuretake, Japan, 3-2.<br />Akio Ishihara, Japan, def. Toshifumi Kojima, Japan, 3-0.<br />Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, def. Nobuhito Fujii, Japan, 3-2.<br />Park Kyung Shin, Korea, def. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3-1.<br />Takuya Miyazawa, Japan, def. Yoshihiro Gima, Japan, 3-0.<br />Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., def. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3-1.<br />Kim Young Kwan, Korea, def. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3-2.<br /> <br /><strong>ROUND OF 32</strong><br /><em>(A Squad, winners advance to Round of 16, losers earned $1,375)</em><br />Gima def. Takashi Kudoh, Japan, 3-1.<br />Miyazawa def. Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3-1.<br />Park def. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3-1.<br />Jones def. Nobuaki Takahashi, Japan, 3-1.<br />Palermaa def. Shigeo Saito, Japan, 3-2.<br />Kim def. Stuart Williams, England, 3-2.<br />Malott def. Masanori Satoh, Japan, 3-2.<br />Kent def. Takuya Saitoh, Japan, 3-1.<br /><em>(B Squad, winners advance to Round of 16, losers earned $1,375)</em><br />Koivuniemi def. Yugo Imakita, Japan, 3-1.<br />Kuretake def. Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3-1.<br />W.R. Williams def. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-0.<br />Fagan def. Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3-2.<br />Fujii def. Seo Jeng Hwan, Korea, 3-1.<br />Loschetter def. Hiroki Takada, Japan, 3-1.<br />Kojima def. Takeo Sakai, Japan, 3-2.<br /> <br /><strong>ROUND OF 64</strong><br /><em>(A Squad, winners advance to Round of 32, losers earned $685)</em><br />Sterner def. Shigenori Sakata, Japan, 3-1.<br />Malott def. Joji Takabuchi, Japan, 3-1.<br />Belmonte def. Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3-0.<br />Kim def. Shinya Ishida, Japan, 3-2.<br />Palermaa def. Kengo Tagata, Japan, 3-0.<br />Takahashi def. Katsuhito Itoyama, Japan, 3-1.<br />Kent def. Tamiki Miike, Japan, 3-1.<br />Kudoh def. Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3-2.<br />Gima def. Choi Won Young, Korea, 3-2.<br />Saitoh def. Shunsuke Miyata, 3-1.<br />Jones def. Akio Harada, Japan, 3-0.<br />Saito def. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3-2.<br />S. Williams def. Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 3-2.<br />Park def. Takahiro Satoh, 3-2.<br />Masanori Satoh def. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3-0.<br />Miyazawa def, Hayato Hijikata, Japan, 3-0.<br /><em>(B Squad, winners advance to Round of 32, losers earned $685)</em><br />Smallwood def. Kaname Yamamoto, Japan, 3-0.<br />Endo def. Bill O&rsquo;Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3-1.<br />Duke def. Yoshimi Kitaoka, Japan, 3-0.<br />Loschetter def. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3-1.<br />Seo def. Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 3-1.<br />Ciminelli def. Eisuke Miyazaki, Japan, 3-0.<br />Sakai def. Jeong Tae Hwa, Korea, 3-1.<br />Koivuniemi def. Fumihiro Yoshida, Japan, 3-0.<br />Imakita def. Shuichi Heki, Japan, 3-0.<br />Kojima def. Jo Nam Yi, Korea, 3-0.<br />Fagan def. Shinichi Horie, Japan, 3-1.<br />Fuji def. Makoto Kawakami, Japan, 3-0.<br />Takada def. Dom Barrett, England, 3-1.<br />W.R. Williams def. Park Sang Pil, Korea, 3-0.<br />Ishihara def. Kenichi Kadokawa, 3-0.<br />Kuretake def. Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 3-0.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:00:00 -0600