The 11th Frame Blog en-us 2014 Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 6921 The 11th Frame: Bruce Hansen, Rick Erce fire perfect games <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Bruce Hansen and Rick Erce fired perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday.</span></p> <p>Hansen&rsquo;s second career 300 came in a 763 series in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Coors Senior Masters League.</p> <p>Erce&rsquo;s 11<sup>th</sup> career 300 came in a 749 in the Dream Lanes All-Star Classic League.</p> <p>Herb Kimpel was second for the men on Tuesday with a 762, also on the Dream All-Star Classic.</p> <p>The top two women&rsquo;s scores both came in the Village Lanes All-Star Co-Ed Classic League: 645 by Dana McClelland and 627 by Linda Kilgore.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6920 The 11th Frame: Ricky Burright slams 804 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Ricky Burright slammed an 804 series to highlight Madison area bowling on Monday.</span></p> <p>Burright chained games of 279, 268 and 257 in the Dream Lanes Suburban Merchants League.</p> <p>Matt Gannon fell a pin shy of perfection, firing a 299 game in a 749 series in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Big Eight League.</p> <p>Blaine Haugen was next on Monday with a 771 in the Prairie Lanes Major League, followed by Nick Larson with 756 in the Riviera Bowl Special League.</p> <p>No women&rsquo;s series of 600 or better were reported.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6915 The 11th Frame: Open moving a week later in 2015 <p>If there was one thing we heard at this year&rsquo;s Greater Iowa Bowling Association Open it was that bowlers would love to see it be during, or at least closer to, the traditional bowling season.</p> <p>Mission accomplished&nbsp;&mdash; at least by one week.</p> <p>The 2015 Open will be Aug. 22-23, which is one week later than the Aug. 16-17 dates we had this year.</p> <p>The weekend we are moving to was this year&nbsp;the weekend of <a href="../../../news/article/6840" target="_blank"><strong>a great PBA Regional at Bowlerama in Des Moines that drew more than 100 entries</strong></a>.</p> <p>However, in 2015 the PBA is elevating a half-dozen big Regionals to PBA Tour title events and one of those will be Aug. 22-23 in Delaware.</p> <p>For those six tournaments, PBA will not allow any PBA Regionals to be held, which means Bowlerama could not host its Regional that weekend in 2015.</p> <p>Tom Hess, who helped organize and promote the Bowlerama Regional, said it&nbsp;likely would move back to&nbsp;Aug. 14-16 in 2015, but no final decision has been made.</p> <p>So, we decided to switch weekends with the Bowlerama Regional.</p> <p>Look for the 2015 Open to look pretty much the same as this year&rsquo;s, hopefully with the same support from Storm, Coors Light and Cherry Lanes/the Diamond Jo Casino.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re not worried about the PBA Tour title tournament being that weekend as we&rsquo;re not really geared to the top PBA pros. And we may gain some very good bowlers s we won&rsquo;t be going head-to-head with the New Mexico Open.</p> <p>Please put us on your calendar for Aug. 22-23, 2015!</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/6831" target="_blank"><strong>Here is my blog on Matt Gasn winning the 2014 Open</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:00:00 -0600 6910 The 11th Frame: New USBC Bowling Academy a bonanza for bowlers looking to improve <p>How many times do you see or hear it? Someone moaning that they get nothing for their United States Bowling Congress certification fee.</p> <p>Moaner, meet the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>USBC Bowling Academy</strong></a>.</p> <p>Even if you got nothing else&nbsp;&mdash; and you actually get <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>all of this</strong></a> and more&nbsp;&mdash; the Bowling Academy makes the $10 of your annual certification dues that goes to USBC well worth it.</p> <p>The Academy, which was announced in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>&nbsp;last week, offers a huge library of videos featuring lessons and advice, as well as tips on things like fitness training for bowling and bowling etiquette. The content is designed to help all levels of bowlers.</p> <p>Each topic area has both free and <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>premium content</strong></a>, with the premium content costing $4.99 for 30 days or $34.99 for a year.</p> <p>The Premium Subscription allows unlimited access to all premium videos, step-by-step tips and techniques, advice and instruction from Team USA coaches, as well as 50 percent off all video downloads.</p> <p>USBC gave me a free opportunity to check out the premium content so I could write a thorough review of the Academy.</p> <p>I went through several of the premium videos over the weekend and I was blown away: There is no significant topic I can think of that isn&rsquo;t covered.</p> <p>One of the best videos I checked out was &ldquo;Impact of Bowling Ball Surface Adjustments,&rdquo; which explained the topic thoroughly and showed players throwing shots before and after surface adjustments. The stark changes in ball motion is a perfect illustration of that old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words&nbsp;&mdash; except in this case it&rsquo;s a video is worth a thousand words.</p> <p>Similarly, &ldquo;Bowling Lane Courtesy&rdquo; does more with video to explain PBA&rsquo;s lane courtesy system than anyone ever has with words. PBA should license it and show it before every tournament so newbies might actually be able to grasp what truly is a simple concept.</p> <p>Obviously, nothing substitutes for personal coaching from a top level coach.</p> <p>But the Academy&nbsp;&mdash; which was developed by USBC in partnership with TN Marketing and features Team USA, USBC-certified Gold coaches and top pros&nbsp;&mdash; is the next best thing.</p> <p>The best advice I can give is to go in and check out the free content. If you like what you see and want more, get the premium content. If you&rsquo;re a bowler serious about getting better, it&rsquo;s a great value.</p> <p>&ldquo;The USBC Bowling Academy is a spectacular resource for the bowling industry years in the making and offers an unparalleled quality and depth of instruction videos,&rdquo; USBC Deputy Executive Director Jason Overstreet said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;Through the USBC Bowling Academy, bowlers everywhere now have on-demand access to outstanding training and insight from the best coaches in the world.</p> <p>&ldquo;Bowlers are able to access the USBC Bowling Academy through their computers, smartphones or tablets at any time. Flexibility is important in today&rsquo;s world. We think once bowlers take the time to check out the website, they will be excited to learn more about how to improve their games.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:30:00 -0600 6919 The 11th Frame: Tyler Sheehy fires 704, Candace Kipp slams 666 to top youth scoring; Scott Erickson slams perfect game in adult action <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Tyler Sheehy fired a 704 and Candace Kipp slammed a &nbsp;666 to top youth scoring, while Scott Erickson slammed a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling over the weekend.</span></p> <p>Sheehy chained games of 258, 266 and 180 on the 44-foot WTBA London pattern in the Prairie Lanes Storm Challenge League.</p> <p>Kipp rolled games of 185, 202 and 279 in the Prairie Storm Major League.</p> <p>Next were Zach Davidson with 696 at Village Lanes and Kayla Halverson with 649 at Dream Lanes.</p> <p>Other top boys scores were 691 by Andrew Olson and 688 by Zachary Est at Prairie, and 683 by Zach Thomas at Schwoegler&rsquo;s.</p> <p>Erickson's 300 came in a 4-game series of 1,037 in the Southern Wisconsin Traveling League at Spartan Bowl.</p> <p>The top scores in adult leagues over the weekend were Doug Leikness&rsquo; 741 and Linda Minor&rsquo;s 610, both in the Dream Lanes Opposites League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6918 The 11th Frame: Chad Kloss defeats Brent Ritchie for 2014 Straight Shot Open title <p>Chad Kloss defeated Brent Ritchie 210-180 in the title match to win the 2014 Straight Shot Open title at Fox Valley Lanes in Neenah.</p> <p>First was $450 and $230 in the tournament, which drew a perplexing and disappointing dozen entries.</p> <p>Kloss led qualifying, followed by Todd Fenske, Ritchie and Steven Brinkman.</p> <p>In the stepladder finals, Ritchie beat Brinkman 223-202 and Fenske 239-193 before losing to Kloss.</p> <p>Fox Valley, which will host the minor events of the 2015 State Tournament, changed ownership this summer and is being totally remodeled. As of this weekend, half of the 36 lanes have been converted to synthetic and half still are the old wood.</p> <p>The tournament featured 3-game sets of qualifying on wood lanes and synthetic lanes, and then finals with one lane of each surface and taping by Time Warner Cable.</p> <p>A similar youth tournament is set for Sunday at Fox Valley.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/6836" target="_blank"><strong>More details are in this blog</strong></a>.</p> <p>I definitely would have bowled, but have not been able to bowl since Aug. 23 due to an injured hamstring on my sliding leg.</p> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0600 6917 The 11th Frame: Fans have chance for 1-ball shootout against a pro on World Series TV finals <p>How would you like to bowl against a famous PBA pro on ESPN?</p> <p>If you attend the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling ESPN TV finals tapings Nov. 1-2 at the new South Point Bowling Stadium in Las Vegas, you might get that chance.</p> <p>PBA on Friday announced the &ldquo;PBA Bowling Challenge&rdquo; will award one fan before each ESPN telecast the opportunity to take on a PBA Pro on the championship pair in a one-ball shootout which will be aired on that TV finals show on ESPN.</p> <p>If the fan outscores the pro, the fan wins the pro&rsquo;s ball plus a custom-made High 5 jersey.</p> <p>The details follow and are in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>.</p> <p><em>1. Bowling fans should visit the High 5 Gear Selfie Station in the South Point&rsquo;s Bowling Center all week during the WSOB preliminary rounds Oct. 24-31. The selfies can be taken during the preliminary rounds at the South Point Bowling Center anytime. </em><br /><em>2. Snap a selfie. </em><br /><em>3. Tag it #High5GearWSOB. </em><br /><em>4. Tweet it. </em><br /><em>5. Tell your Twitter followers to retweet it.</em><br /><em> 6. The person with the most retweets from their account will win the chance to bowl with a pro on TV, one shot before each show. </em><br /><em>7. A PBA representative will contact winners either in-person or through Twitter and to notify them what shows they will be bowling on. </em><br /><em>8. The winner should bring their own ball and shoes to the taping. </em><br /><em>9. If the fan beats the pro, they win a bowling ball from the pro and a custom made High 5 jersey. </em></p> <p>PBA also announce a &ldquo;Picture With the Winner&rdquo; promotion in which the fan with the most creative sign &ndash; as chosen by a PBA staffer &ndash; having their picture taken holding the championship trophy with the winner during the awards presentation after each ESPN show.</p> <p>There also will be a &ldquo;Craziest Fan Costume Contest&rdquo; since the TV tapings will take place in the two days after Halloween. Those who wear a costume will be seated in a special section during the telecasts, and the winning costume each day wins a $25 PBA merchandise certificate.</p> <p>And the first 80 fans through the doors for the Sunday, Nov. 2 tapings will receive an official PBA baseball cap.</p> <p>Admission is free for the TV tapings for the World Series. Tickets are available on a first-come basis <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> or at the South Point Bowling Center.</p> <p>I went to the second day of the World Series TV tapings last year and saw some tremendous bowling drama. The fact that tickets are free makes it an infinite bargain for bowling fans.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>GEICO PBA World of Series ESPN TV Taping Schedule<br /></strong><em>South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas</em></p> <p><strong>Saturday, Nov. 1<br /></strong>Noon: PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game<br />2 p.m.: PBA Viper Championship<br />4:45 p.m.: PBA Chameleon Championship<br />6:30 p.m.: PBA Scorpion Championship</p> <p><strong>Sunday, Nov. 2<br /></strong>11 a.m.: PBA Challenge Presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame<br />2:45 p.m.: WBT Men&rsquo;s and Women&rsquo;s Finals presented by PBA</p> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 15:00:00 -0600 6916 The 11th Frame: Madison Women’s Bowling Association Senior Tournament set for Sunday, Oct. 5 at Ten Pin Alley <p>The Madison Women&rsquo;s Bowling Association Senior Tournament is set for Sunday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. at Ten Pin Alley.</p> <p>The entry fee for the singles tournament for MWBA members age 50 and older is $14, which breaks down to 50 for bowling, $5.50 for prize money and $1 for expenses.</p> <p>The divisions are 50 to 59, 60 to 69, and 70 and older.</p> <p>Handicap is 95 percent based off of 220.</p> <p>The entry form and rules can be found&nbsp;on <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this page</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0600 6914 The 11th Frame: Petersen Classic now heading to Brunswick Zone River Grove? <p>Multiple bowlers are reporting that the Petersen Classic will move to <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Brunswick Zone River Grove</strong></a> in suburban Chicago in 2015, not back to AMF Hoffman Estates.</p> <p>I reported in <a href="../../../news/article/6841" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a> that the Petersen would move back to AMF Hoffman Estates with the closing of AMF Bolingbrook,&nbsp;which hosted the tournament this year.</p> <p>Long-time Petersen competitor and Petersen Hall of Famer Dave Armstrong on Friday posted the first report I saw that the tournament would move to the 48-lane center at 3111 River Road in River Grove, Illinois that formerly was known as Mages Bowl. The center is not far from O&rsquo;Hare airport.</p> <p>(If you've been living under a rock, River Grove is now part of Bowlmor AMF with <a href="../../../news/article/6907" target="_blank"><strong>the completion of that huge deal</strong></a>.)</p> <p>PBA Regional champion Andrew Loose, who runs the pro shop at River Grove, confirmed on Saturday morning that the Petersen was moving there next year.</p> <p>I will be attempting to get more details next week and will update this blog if and when I get them.</p> <p>Loose said River Grove is a &ldquo;very nice clean center that's been kept well since BZ took it over.&rdquo;</p> <p>One twist is that in 2015 River Grove is one of the host centers for Junior Gold, which will be July 11-17. Some details are in <a href="../../../news/article/6804" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a>.</p> <p>Loose said his understanding was that the Petersen stuff would be removed during Junior Gold, then reinstalled, but that it&rsquo;s too early to know exactly what will happen.</p> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:00:00 -0600 6913 The 11th Frame: Leonard Wilson falls a pin shy of perfection <p>Leonard Wilson fell a pin shy of perfection to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday.</p> <p>Wilson&rsquo;s 299 came in a 724 series in the Dream Lanes Industrial Nite League.</p> <p>Rick Erce had the high series on Friday with a 744 in the Dream Moonlight League.</p> <p>Next with 730 each were Twoie Gallagher in the Dream Industrial Nit and Roger Dushack in the Dream Minor League.</p> <p>No women&rsquo;s series of 600 or higher were reported by the Wisconsin State Journal.</p> <p>However, only the scores from Dream and Village Lanes were reported, so it may have been a lack of space and more scores may be reported Sunday or Monday. If so, I will update this blog.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6912 The 11th Frame: Scott Roelke slams 800, Joe Siriani fires 2nd career perfect game before injury ends league session early <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Scott Roelke slammed an 800 series and Joe Siriani fired his second career perfect game before an injury ended his league session early, highlighting Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday.</span></p> <p>Roelke bowled in the Dream Lanes Suburban Atlas League.</p> <p>Competing in the MARBA League at Badger Bowl, Siriani started the night with 16 straight strikes, then pulled a muscle in the final frame of his 230 second game and could not bowl his third gane, Badger Pro Shop&rsquo;s Jessica Wipperfurth reported.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Two bowlers fell a shot shy of perfection: Jim Fosdick with a 298 in a 778 in the Dream Major League, and Nate Sime with a 298 in the Village Lanes Golfers 3-Man &nbsp;League.</span></p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 773 by Mark Recknagel in the Sport Bowl Businessmen&rsquo;s League, 760 by Dylan Wilde in the Dream Major, and 756 by LeRoy Smith Ten Pin Alley Thunder League.</p> <p>Kayla Klink led women&rsquo;s scoring with a 634 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Gypsies League.</p> <p>Nicole Edwards was next with 615 in the Spartan Bowl Waubesa Mixers League.</p> <p>Andy Bunkoske and Chris Pounders led the Ten Pin Alley Bullseye Masters League with 726 each on the Kegel Route 66 challenge pattern. The 45-foot pattern is not quite a Sport compliant pattern but is flatter than the typical house shot.&nbsp;<a href=";VIEW=COM" target="_blank"><strong>Here is one version of the pattern</strong></a>.</p> <p>Other 700s were Brian Hoffman&rsquo;s 719, Jay Heinzelman&rsquo;s 706, and Chris Gibbons&rsquo; 701.</p> <p>The Bullseye Masters will compete on a pair of Sport compliant patterns in the final two rounds &mdash; PBA Cheetah and Kegel Turnpike &mdash; and then the 2015 USBC Open Championships patterns in the playoffs</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6911 The 11th Frame: Bradley Thompson fires 2nd career perfect game; Chad Churchill rolls 802, Lauren Sammel slams 703 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Bradley Thompson fired his second career perfect game, Chad Churchill rolled an 802 series and Lauren Sammel slammed a 703 to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday.</span></p> <p>Thompson&rsquo;s 300 came in a 730 series in the Prairie Lanes Men&rsquo;s Rec League.</p> <p>Churchill competed in the Ten Pin Alley Hump League and Sammel in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Mixed Nuts League.</p> <p>Dave Koppenhauer fell a pin shy of perfection with a 299 game in a 676 series in the MARBA League Dream Lanes.</p> <p>Nate Sime was next for the men with 775 in the Viking Lanes Classic League, followed by Heath Haug with 763 in the Bowl-A-Vard Mixed Nuts, and A.J. Ziegler with 759 in the Sport Bowl All-Stars League.</p> <p>Tammy Belz was next for the women with 646 in the Prairie Eagles 623 League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6909 The 11th Frame: Matt Pursell fires 2nd career perfect game, Becky James slams women’s season-high 767 <p>Matt Pursell fired his second career perfect game and Becky James slammed a women&rsquo;s season-high 767 series to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday.</p> <p>Pursell&rsquo;s 300 came in a 672 series in the NFL League at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes.</p> <p>James competed in the Ten Pin Alley Fifth Quarter League, topping the prior season-high of 729 by LeAnn Eimermann.</p> <p>Theresa Holmes was next for the women with 663 in the Village Lanes All-Stars League.</p> <p>Jeff Barsness had the high series on Tuesday with 780 in the Bowl-A-Vard Senior Masters League.</p> <p>David Starr was next with 751 in the NFL League at Prairie Lanes.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6859 The 11th Frame: 2nd annual 2-pattern La Crosse Open sponsored by La Crescent Wine and Spirits set for Nov. 22 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The second annual 2-pattern La Crosse Open sponsored by La Crescent Wine and Spirits is set for Nov. 22 at Pla-Mor Lanes, 807 S. 4th St. in La Crosse.</span></p> <p>La Crescent&rsquo;s generous $5,000 sponsorship means the top three spots again will be guaranteed at $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000, tournament operator Nick Heilman announced. Last year, the extra $500 went for a 300 game pot, but Heilman said he was inclined to put that money into the prize fund this year.</p> <p>Update: On Sept. 15, Heilman posted that "DAHL Subaru has signed on as a new sponsor of the La Crosse Open for 2014. It is located directly across the street from Pla-Mor Lanes and The Eleventh Frame Diner. If you get time before, between, or after squads stop over and see them. Need an oil change? Their service department is open Saturday so have it done while you bowl!"</p> <p>And on Sept. 24, Heilman posted that Pearl Street Brewery had signed on as a sponsor, and their products would be on special at Pla-Mor and The Eleventh Frame Diner during the tournament.</p> <p>SUPPORT YOUR SPONSORS!</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Heilman said the DAHL sponsorship will ensure that that $140 as the minimum cash spot, $160 for 24th and $200 for 16th.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The entry fee stayed at&nbsp;$80,&nbsp;with 1 in 3 again cashing, he said.</span></p> <p>There is a maximum of 48 entries per squad&nbsp;&mdash; three per lane in the 16-lane center that annually hosts the popular Super Bowl Doubles. Re-entries will be allowed if there are spots available on the second squad. Squad times are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;Because of limited space, and the fact that we came very close to filling in our first year, entries will be open only to those that bowled the event last year up until Oct. 1,&rdquo; Heilman said. &ldquo;We will start to take entries for all remaining spots on Oct. 2. Once again, a check will be required to hold your spot.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>That ensures that those who bowled last year can request what squad they want and not get shutout by entries for those who didn't bowl, he said.</p> <p>Checks should be sent to Pla-Mor.</p> <p>Not every detail has been finalized, but there are a few changes, Heilman said, adding that a flyer with the rules finalized should be out soon. The tournament's Facebook page is <a href="" 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.</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 stepladder finals.</p> <p>The stepladder will feature the modified house pattern on one lane and the challenge pattern on the other lane, with the higher seed having choice of starting/finishing lane, Heilman said.</p> <p>Brackets and pots will be segregated by lane pattern.</p> <p>For those staying over, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Settle Inn of La Crosse</strong></a>&nbsp;is offering a rate of $62 per night for Friday&nbsp;and Saturday as&nbsp;the host hotel for the La Crosse Open. The code to use&nbsp;is "La Crosse Open."</p> <p>Andy Mills won the inaugural event in dominating fashion. Details are in&nbsp;<a href="../../../news/article/6248" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 -0600 6907 The 11th Frame: Bowlmor AMF completes acquisition of Brunswick centers <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Bowlmor AMF on Tuesday announced that it has completed its acquisition of&nbsp; Brunswick&rsquo;s Retail Bowling business of 85 bowling centers.</span></p> <p>As I wrote up <a href="../../../news/article/6758" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>, Brunswick announced July 17 that it had agreed to sell its Retail Bowling business to Bowlmor AMF for $270 million, and intends to sell its Bowling Products business (balls, machines, lanes, etc.) by the end of 2014.</p> <p>No deal has been made for the Bowling Products Business.&nbsp;Sale prospects for that business are hard to figure, an equity analyst who has studied the deal told in <a href="../../../news/article/6779" target="_blank"><strong>this story</strong></a>.</p> <p>With the completion of the acquisition of the Brunswick centers, Bowlmor AMF now has more than 340 locations, 9,000 employees and annual revenue of approximately $600 million.</p> <p>"As of today,&nbsp;Bowlmor AMF and Brunswick's bowling center business have come together to create one great company dedicated to bringing the best bowling and social entertainment experience to consumers across North America," Tom Shannon, Bowlmor AMF Chairman, CEO and President , said in a news release announcing the completion of the deal. "Our strategic growth plan is focused on elevating the bowling experience, furthering our commitment to league play and re-establishing bowling in popular culture.&nbsp; This transaction not only enables us to expand Bowlmor AMF's geographic footprint in key markets, but also provides a great opportunity to drive continued growth and re-energize the bowling industry."</p> <p>Bowlmor AMF is operating the Brunswick bowling center business as a stand-alone entity, retaining the retail branding and maintaining existing locations.</p> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:30:00 -0600 6900 The 11th Frame: 8th annual Hammer Junior Hall of Fame tournament set for Sunday, Nov. 9 at AMF Bowlero <p>The 8<sup>th</sup> annual Hammer Junior Hall of Fame tournament is set for Sunday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at AMF Bowlero Lanes in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa, organizer Shannon Labinski announced.</p> <p>The popular and gigantic tourney has room for 96 teams&nbsp;&mdash; 72 handicap and 24 scratch. There were 87 last year, with $9,400 in scholarship funds awarded to youth bowlers. There were 96 teams and $10,000 awarded in 2012.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/6250" target="_blank"><strong>Here is my blog on last year&rsquo;s tournament</strong></a>. The winners of the scratch division were Brandon Biondo, Tyler Kurcz and adult partner Scott Erickson. The winners of the handicap division were Blake Reiger, Ryan Dreikosen and adult partner Ken Duffield.</p> <p>Youth bowlers will be able to choose the handicap or scratch divisions, while all adults will continue to bowl scratch. Handicap&nbsp;is 85 percent based on a 220 average.</p> <p>First will be $1,000 in handicap based on 72 teams and $800 in scratch based on 24 teams.</p> <p>The entry fee is $80 for each 2-junior team ($40 per bowler and juniors must enter as a 2-person team). There is a $10 late fee after Oct. 26.</p> <p>The tournament staff will draw the teams the night before the event.</p> <p>The youth female and male bowler rolling the most pins over their average during qualifying will win the $50 Adam Schultz and Jennifer Krueger Scholarship Awards.</p> <p>Adults will be able to enter pot games, brackets and men's/women's sweepers.</p> <p>Half of the adult bracket fees and a portion of each sweeper entry will be added to the scholarship fund. Raffles also will raise scholarship money.</p> <p>The format again will be three games of qualifying and two games of Baker format, with top the 48 handicap teams and top 24 scratch teams advancing to the next round.</p> <p>The next two rounds are 2-game Baker format matches, with pins carrying over and the fields cut to 24 and 12 and then the top four in each division for stepladder finals.</p> <p>The stepladder finals consist of one-game Baker matches with the adult bowling frames 1, 4, 7 and 10 and the youths bowling 2-5-8 and 3-6-9.</p> <p>Labinski is looking for any Hall of Fame members in the region who are willing to participate. She can be reached at <a href=""></a> or 414-916-0411.</p> <p>I've always had conflicts that prevented me from taking part and that will be the case again this year as I am bowling a PBA50 Midwest Regional in Kankakee, Illinois that weekend, but I've heard nothing but great things about this event and I hope to make it some year in the future.</p> <p>Sponsors include Hammer, VISE, The Greater Milwaukee Bowling Association &amp; Hall of Fame&nbsp;and the Milwaukee Women's Bowling Association &amp; Hall of Fame.</p> <p>The event&rsquo;s Facebook page is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and the website is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:00:00 -0600 6899 The 11th Frame: 20th annual Badger State Bowling Council Mixed Handicap Tournament set for late October, November in Minocqua <p>The 20<sup>th</sup> annual Badger State Bowling Council Mixed Handicap Tournament will be held the last weekend of October and the first four weekends of November at Island City Lanes in Minocqua.</p> <p>The BSBC donates $1,000 to the prize fund and first pays $800 in team based on 120 teams and $400 in doubles based on 240 duos.</p> <p>Teams must be made up of 2 men and 2 women, and doubles 1 man and 1 woman. (There is no singles.)</p> <p>Entry fees are $20 per event and $5 for all-events.</p> <p>Handicap is 100 percent based off of&nbsp;230.</p> <p>Details are in the entry form attached to the end of this blog as a PDF and also available <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>And if you enter the Mixed Handicap, nearby Woodruff Lanes is hosting a 9-pin No Tap tournament at the same time. There is an ad for it on the last page of the Mixed Handicap flyer.</p> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0600 6908 The 11th Frame: Rick Baker’s 754, Kayla Klink’s 641 top Monday scoring <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Rick Baker fired a 754 and Kayla Klink slammed a 641 to top Madison area bowling on Monday.</span></p> <p>Baker competed in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Good Neighbors League and Klink in the Ten Pin Alley Hangover League.</p> <p>Next were Arick Ecker with 748 in the Spartan Bowl Major League and Sue Hepler with 610 in the Ten Pin Hangover.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6903 The 11th Frame: Jason Belmonte’s ‘Confessions of a Pro Bowlers Mind’ a great look at thinking of a champion in 2013 USBC Masters title match <p>If you&rsquo;ve ever wondered what goes through a top bowler&rsquo;s mind as they compete for a championship, Jason Belmonte&rsquo;s &ldquo;Confessions of a Pro Bowlers Mind&rdquo; is for you.</p> <p>The 2-handed superstar gave me a chance to view the 21-plus minute video, which features his comments voiced over the title match of the 2013 USBC Masters in which he beat Wes Malott, and I found it quite enjoyable. Belmonte&rsquo;s win, which I wrote up <a href="../../../news/article/5685" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>, was his first major title.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s touted as offering a chance to &ldquo;take a step inside Belmo's mind while he wins one of the biggest titles of his career,&rdquo; and that is exactly what it does.</p> <p>I don&rsquo;t want to give too much away, but I will offer a few snippets.</p> <p>Belmonte tells us his philosophy on choosing which lane to start on when he is the top seed. Hint: He has a totally different view than fellow great Pete Weber, which is interesting. The choice is not about right or wrong, it&rsquo;s about personal comfort.</p> <p>Belmonte also gives a nice explanation of why he chose the ball he chose for the title match, and some great commentary on each shot during the match and the adjustments he made the thought process behind them.</p> <p>He made one statement that I think every coach would endorse: &ldquo;Whatever decision I choose, I commit to it.&rdquo;</p> <p>That is something mandatory for success in bowling&nbsp;&mdash; if you don&rsquo;t believe in a shot before you make it, you will not make a good one.</p> <p>Belmonte&nbsp;said he was &ldquo;changed as a bowler&rdquo; by his 10<sup>th</sup> frame, whether he won or lost: Belmonte knew he had performed like a champion and that was truly what mattered.</p> <p>That is being process oriented, rather than results oriented, as I like to say.</p> <p>A preview of Confessions of a Pro Bowlers Mind is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. And you can order it <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The cost is $5.95 during the current pre-order period,&nbsp;$9.95&nbsp;starting with Wednesday's launch.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:00:00 -0600 6904 The 11th Frame: USBC job cuts shouldn’t surprise anyone <p>If you know anything about bowling, you know the trends squeezing the United States Bowling Congress, and what they have led to in recent years.</p> <p>USBC membership has been falling by roughly 5 percent a year, which has led to a corresponding decrease in revenue, while entries in the Open Championships also have been declining, costing USBC&nbsp;more revenue from what is&nbsp;its second-biggest source.</p> <p>If you check out the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>USBC&rsquo;s audited financials here</strong></a>, you can see the organization still has millions of dollars more in assets than in liabilities, but the trends are unmistakable.</p> <p>So you can see the logic in USBC choosing to be proactive in protecting its reserves, cutting programs and jobs, and restructuring&nbsp;to avoid deficit spending that would eat up those reserves.</p> <p>USBC had more than 240&nbsp;employees before it left&nbsp;the Milwaukee suburb of Greendale in 2008, but is down around 100 now&nbsp;in Arlington, Texas, where it shares space with BPAA.</p> <p>The cuts have included high-profile executives such as <strong><a href="../../../news/article/6631" target="_blank">Brian Lewis</a>,</strong>&nbsp;Pete Tredwell and <a href="../../../news/article/6747" target="_blank"><strong>Eric Kearney</strong></a>, as well as numerous lower-level staffers.</p> <p>(Some changes also have come with a new Executive Director in Chad Murphy, who did some <a href="../../../news/article/6747" target="_blank"><strong>restructuring of the management structure</strong></a> after he had the interim tag removed from his title earlier this year. This also should surprise no one&nbsp;&mdash; a new head man naturally wants to institute his ideas and be surrounded by his people, just as a new general manager of a sports team tends to change coaches.)</p> <p>Multiple sources have confirmed that about a dozen employees in Arlington&nbsp;&mdash; USBC and BPAA&nbsp;&mdash; lost their positions in the latest round of cuts last Wednesday.</p> <p>Although I knew about the cuts almost immediately, I wasn&rsquo;t going to write anything until I was inundated with people wondering what was going on: cuts in Arlington have become so routine that I didn&rsquo;t see it as major news, although even one cut is huge news to the person cut!</p> <p>Among the higher profile names in last week's cuts that have since surfaced in social media are Tim Robben, Stefanie Johnson, Eric Pierson and Amanda Vermilyea. (Carolyn Dorin-Ballard confirmed that she left USBC for personal reasons&nbsp;a couple of weeks before these cuts.)</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">I know and respect all of those named in this story and there&rsquo;s no doubt they all are losses for USBC.</span></p> <p>But this is how it is these days when you&rsquo;re part of an organization facing declining revenue.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve spent my entire adult life working at Capital Newspapers, starting as a part-time sportswriter with The Capital Times at age 18, becoming a full-time news reporter for that paper in 1990, and eventually transitioning to an online editor for a few years ago.</p> <p>When I started there, newspapers were like bowling entities: booming money machines. And, due to largely to changing societal factors,&nbsp;both have since declined drastically, although the digital side of journalism is growing.</p> <p>Much as with USBC, I have seen huge cuts at my company, including The Capital Times ending daily publication, and many, many&nbsp;talented colleagues lose their jobs. There have been some very sad days in&nbsp;my "real" job, just as there have been in my bowling life.</p> <p>USBC declined to comment on the cuts when I asked, but USBC President Andrew Cain did speak with Bowlers Journal International in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this story published Friday</strong></a>.</p> <p>I think it's possible USBC might&nbsp;actually hire a few people and perhaps grow its employee&nbsp;count slightly as it restructures, but the overall trend can't help but be down barring an unexpected turnaround in bowling.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:00:00 -0600 6902 The 11th Frame: PBA details new PBA Network <p>In <a href="../../../news/article/6835" target="_blank"><strong>this blog last month</strong></a>, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said that the organization soon would launch a new "PBA Network" 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>On Friday, PBA in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a> announced the launch of PBA Network, which it said will give fans &ldquo;unprecedented access to the PBA including wall-to-wall coverage of an expanded schedule of live events, player interaction, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates anytime, on varying communications devices anywhere in the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>The URL for PBA Network is <strong><a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</strong></p> <p>The centerpiece of PBA Network is Xtra Frame, the online channel available for $64.99 a year, or a little more than $5 per month, or on a monthly basis at a rate of $7.99 per month.</p> <p>Full details on PBA network are in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:00:00 -0600 6906 The 11th Frame: Nate Sime slams season-high 837, Jesse Hauge 815, Kim Zimmerman 713; Tyler Sheehy tops youth with 799 on WTBA London Sport pattern <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Nate Sime slammed a season-high 837 series, Jesse Hauge fired an 815, Kim Zimmerman a 713, and Tyler Sheehy topped youth scoring with a 799 on the WTBA London Sport pattern to highlight Madison area bowling over the weekend.</span></p> <p>Sime rolled a 279 triplicate for his big series in the Sport Bowl Saturday Night Specials League.</p> <p>The prior season high was Arick Ecker&rsquo;s 826 on Sept. 14 in the Spartan Bowl Major League.</p> <p>Hauge chained games of 279, 269 and 267 in Spartan Saturday Nite Live League.</p> <p>Zimmerman rolled games of 203, 256 and 254 in the Prairie Lanes Saturday Nite Twlighters League.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Pat LaShore was next for the women with a 612 in the Dream Lanes Eastside Couples League.</span></p> <p>Sheehy rolled games of 287, 257 and 255 in the Storm Challenge League at Prairie on Saturday morning. He said in a message that he had a shot at 800 until leaving the 3-6-10 and then chopping it in the ninth frame of his final game.</p> <p>At the invitation of Prairie coaches John and Cher Breunig, I stopped out at Prairie on Saturday morning to offer some advice on playing the 44-foot WTBA London pattern to the Storm Challenge league bowlers before they started.</p> <p>So I guess I will take credit for Tyler&rsquo;s 799 &mdash; just kidding!</p> <p>Seriously, it was great to see a 32-lane center filled with &nbsp;junior bowlers and eight teams competing on the Sport pattern.</p> <p>Chad Dempski was second in the league with 649 and Allison Dempski led the girls with 529.</p> <p>Kayla Halversen led girls scoring over the weekend with 673 at Dream Lanes.</p> <p>Candace Kipp was next with 646 and Hannah Yalk recorded 625, both at Prairie.</p> <p>Sheehy also had a 672 at Prairie, while Bailey Storey fired 661 and Kasey Horwath 648 at Dream Lanes.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6905 The 11th Frame: Andy Mills beats Kevin Punzel at Village Lanes for 2nd career MAST title <p>Andy Mills beat Kevin Punzel 225-186 in the title match at Village Lanes in Monona on Sunday for his second career Madison Area Scratch Tour title.</p> <p>The Brunswick staffer from La Crosse earned $550 for the win and $80 in the Bet You Win pot, while Punzel took home $302 for second.</p> <p>Mills posted this on Facebook after his win: &ldquo;Winner of the Village Lanes MAST today!! 2nd MAST title is just a sweet as the first one. Used the Brunswick Melee Cross all day.&rdquo;</p> <p>The tournament drew 62 bowlers for competition on Village&rsquo;s house shot. The cut to the top 16 for bracket match play took 909 for four games, with Don Dudley leading qualifying at 990.</p> <p>Jay Heinzelman fired a perfect game in his first match.</p> <p>Full results will be posted <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> soon.</p> <p>The tournament was sponsored by Village Lanes, which added a portion of the lineage to the prize fund and four $10 gift cards to the drawing, and Badger Pro Shop, which donated a Roto Grip HYSTERIA at a reduced cost. The result was $276 added to the prize fund.</p> <p>Eric Fritton won the ball, and the gift cards were won by Heinzelman, Richard DeArmond, Joe Munro, and Bob Greenfield.</p> <p>The next MAST is a split squad doubles on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Lake Ripley Lanes in Cambridge.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:00:00 -0600 6901 The 11th Frame: MBA Manager Bill Dennis misses perfection by a pin <p>Madison Bowling Association Manager Bill Dennis on Friday night reminded those who may have forgotten that he has bowling skills to go with his administrative skills.</p> <p>Dennis, who once competed in PBA Regionals and numerous other tournaments, fired a 299 game in a 749 series in the Prairie Lanes Couples League. Dennis does have perfect games on his bowling resume, but I&rsquo;m not sure how many.</p> <p>The top series in Madison area bowling on Friday were Rick Erce&rsquo;s 763 in the Dream Lanes Moonlight League and Cher Breunig&rsquo;s 664 in the Prairie Couples.</p> <p>Lauren Sammel was next for the women with 660 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Three-Man League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6898 The 11th Frame: PBA Regional weekend in Council Bluffs, Iowa offers 2 tourneys for price of 1 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">A PBA Regional weekend in Council Bluffs, Iowa Oct. 11-12 offers two tourneys for the price of one, just as it did in September 2013.</span></p> <p>On Saturday, Oct. 11, Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs will host both a PBA Regional and a PBA50 Regional.</p> <p>Details are <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The entry fees are $220 for members and $285 for non-members, with standard 1 in 3 payouts.</p> <p>The free bonus is a Baker team tournament on Sunday, Oct, 12 that carries no additional entry fee but will pay prize money to all 36 players who qualify based on their finishing positions in Saturday&rsquo;s Regionals.</p> <p>Details are not posted but will be <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> when they are posted soon.</p> <p>The 47-foot Scorpion pattern will be used for the weekend.</p> <p>PBA Midwest Region Manager Rich Weber said the top 18 from both the regular and senior Regionals will advance.</p> <p>The top six in each division will make up the 12 captains, and each team will get one regular and one senior to complete the 3-player rosters, based on finishing position.</p> <p>The teams will bowl 12 games of Baker format match play with the 12th game being position round and then the top four teams advancing to a stepladder finals.</p> <p>The winners will get $500 per man and all teams will cash, with 12th being $100 per man.</p> <p>In September 2013, the teams had four players for the Baker tourney, but there were just eight so only 32 players advanced.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/6061" target="_blank"><strong>Here</strong></a> is my blog on that weekend.</p> <p>There is no reason this excellent weekend of competition where the players will be playing for much more than their entry fees should not draw a large field.</p> <p>Many, many thanks to Ted Baer and the great folks at Thunderbowl for again hosting this special weekend.</p> <p>Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend as that is the weekend a group of us are taking our annual trip to Las Vegas to gamble, sit in a sportsbook and watch football and otherwise have a lot of fun. Our plane tickets were bought by the time these tournaments were announced.</p> <p>I wish I could be in two places at once!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0600