The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2014 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 6792 The 11th Frame: PBA in 2015 to adopt USBC rule that thumbless bowlers can’t have ‘thumb’ hole and weight hole http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6792 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Back in early May, the United States Bowling Congress announced that it had modified its rules on bowling ball gripping holes so that bowlers who don&rsquo;t use their thumb during a delivery cannot have both a &ldquo;thumb&rdquo; hole and a balance hole.</span></p> <p>I covered the complex topic in <a href="../../../news/article/6630" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The change prompted numerous Facebook threads that delved into an astounding number of nuances that at times left me more confused than I was when the rule was announced.</span></p> <p>I won&rsquo;t pretend to be able to definitively answer every single question and came to just two definitive conclusions: any traditional bowler who uses their thumb should not mess around in certified competition and throw a thumbless shot using a ball that also has a weight hole, and thumbless bowlers should make sure they fully understand the rule, even if it means contacting USBC.</p> <p>After all of the Facebook chatter, USBC did release a Q&amp;A that I added to <a href="../../../news/article/6630" target="_blank"><strong>my blog</strong></a>, but I&rsquo;m not sure it answered every question.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">At the time USBC announced the rule change, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said PBA needed to review the new rule before commenting, though the organization typically follows such USBC rules.</span></p> <p>On Thursday morning &mdash; the day before the rule takes effect for USBC certified competition with the start of the new season Aug. 1 &mdash; PBA sent out this statement to its members:</p> <p>The USBC is the governing body of bowling in the United States and as such, the PBA continues to adhere to USBC equipment specifications.&nbsp; In a move to add greater clarity and fairness to ball specifications related to bowlers not using their thumb while delivering the ball, the USBC modified the specifications on bowling ball gripping holes.&nbsp; This rule will take effect for USBC competition beginning August 1, 2014.&nbsp; &nbsp;However, to avoid a change in the middle of the PBA/WBT season, the effective date for this rule to be implemented during PBA and WTBA events will be January 1, 2015.</p> <p>Under the new rule, any thumb hole that is not used for gripping purposes during the delivery would be classified as a balance hole. Bowling balls are only permitted one balance hole.</p> <p><strong><em>RATIONALE FOR THE CHANGE:</em>&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;A no-thumb bowler using a balance hole along with an unused thumb hole could effectively create two balance holes and change ball dynamics through layout choices in ways that are not available to a bowler who does use their thumb.&nbsp; This rule change aims to create greater fairness by removing the potential advantage of two balance holes. If the bowler doesn't use the thumb hole for gripping, it's not really a gripping hole. &nbsp;The change is intended to simplify the specification, make it easier to enforce and reduce confusion.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>RAMIFICATIONS OF THE CHANGE:&nbsp;</em></strong>&nbsp;The rule change strictly addresses the use of the thumb hole and only affects bowlers who do not use their thumb for&nbsp;gripping the ball during a delivery. The change will go into effect at the beginning of the winter bowling season, Aug. 1, allowing bowlers affected by the change the time to make necessary repairs to their equipment.&nbsp; the change is intended to simplify the specification, make it easier to enforce and reduce confusion.&nbsp; It is not necessary to have a thumb hole if the bowler isn't going to use it for gripping purposes.&nbsp; The ball has to be within USBC static balance requirements to be used during USBC certified competition.</p> <p>Here is how the new specification will read in the USBC Playing Rules starting Aug. 1:</p> <p><em>Holes or indentations for gripping purposes shall not exceed five and shall be limited to one for each finger and one for the thumb, all for the same hand.&nbsp; The player is not required to use all finger holes in any specific delivery, but they must be able to demonstrate, with the same hand, that each gripping hole can be simultaneously used for gripping purposes. Any thumb hole that is not used for gripping purposes during the delivery would be classified as a balance hole.</em></p> <p><strong>PBA PENALTIES FOR NON COMPLIANCE:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>PBA Regional Tour/PBA50 Tour.</strong></p> <p><strong>PENALTY: 1st Offense&nbsp; - $200</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2nd Offense - $500</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3rd Offense&nbsp; - PBA Code of Ethics Violation &ndash; Disqualification</strong></p> <p><strong>PBA Tour.&nbsp;</strong>Penalties for exceeding the specifications noted in Rules 11.1 through 11.5.</p> <p><strong>PENALTY:&nbsp; 1st Offense&nbsp; - $500 and ball is removed from play</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 2nd Offense - $1000 and ball is removed from play</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 3rd Offense&nbsp; - PBA Code of Ethics Violation - Disqualification</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:30:00 -0600 6793 The 11th Frame: Mike Edwards maintains lead heading into match play at PBA50 Dayton Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6793 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Mike Edwards maintained his lead as qualifying ended Wednesday and 28 players headed into Thursday&rsquo;s match play at the PBA50 Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip.</span></p> <p>Edwards rolled games of 279, 235, 229, 224, 247, 248, 177 and 238 in the second round at Capri Lanes for a 3,840 total for 16 games of qualifying (240 average), 71 pins ahead of Hall of Famer Tom Baker.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m able to stay ahead of my game and keep everything in front of me,&rdquo; Edwards, who has one title each on the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour, said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/7/30/Mike-Edwards-Continues-to-Set-Pace-After-Second-Round-in-PBA50-Dayton-Classic.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I haven&rsquo;t had to change a whole lot which has enabled me to stay in a good rhythm.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;Anything can happen when you get to match play but it gives you a lot of confidence when you qualify well. I&rsquo;m going to stay with my game plan and just be prepared to go to plan B or C, but hopefully I won&rsquo;t have to do that.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>The tournament is being contested on the PBA50 Tour Mark Roth pattern.</p> <p>Jack Jurek qualified third at 3,744, followed by Hall of Famer and two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. with 3,722, Kerry Painter at 3,720, Hall of Famer Pete Weber with 3,686, and Hall of famer and Dayton Classic defending champion Randy Pedersen at 3,655.</p> <p>After Thursday&rsquo;s match play rounds, the top four players will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 6 p.m. Central time.</p> <p>PBA Xtra Frame is webcasting all of the competition starting at 8 a.m. Central time Thursday.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA50 DAYTON CLASSIC PRESENTED BY ROTO GRIP</strong><br /><strong>Wednesday&rsquo;s second round results</strong><br /><em>(16 games)</em><br /><em>Top 28 players advance to match play</em><br /><em>Capri Lanes,&nbsp;Kettering, Ohio</em><br /><em>n=non-member</em><br /><em>s=super seniors out the regular prize fund cashing for $700</em></p> <p>1, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,840.<br />2, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,769.<br />3, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,744.<br />4, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,722.<br />5, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,720.<br />6, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,686.<br />7, Randy Pedersen, Orlando, Fla., 3,655.<br />8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,634.<br />9, (tie) Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., and Tracy Teeters, Salem, Ore., 3,623.<br />11, Tommy Martin, Arlington, Tenn., 3,613.<br />12, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,610.<br />13, Ralph Brunt Jr., Ft. Pierce, Fla., 3,593.<br />14, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,591.<br />15, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3,584.<br />16, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,580.<br />17, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,578.<br />18, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,574.<br />19, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,564.<br />20, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,538.<br />21, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,522.<br />22, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,516.<br />23, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,502.<br />24, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,497.<br />25, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,491.<br />26, Darron Peters, Murrieta, Calif., 3,475.<br />27, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,467.<br />28, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,453.<br /><em>Tom Carter defeated Sammy Ventura 225-214 in one-game roll-off</em><br /><em>to advance to match play</em></p> <p><strong>Missed cut</strong><br />29, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,453, $900.<br />30, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,443.<br />31, s-Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 3,442, $700.<br />32, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,438.<br />33, s-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,419, $700.<br />34, s-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,409, $700.<br />35, s-Dale Eagle, Newport Beach, Calif., 3,406, $700.<br />36, s-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,403, $700.<br />37, s-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,396, $700.<br />38, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,373.<br />39, Michael Llaneza, Columbus, Ohio, 3,354.<br />40, Paul Lemond, Jasper, Ind., 3,348.<br />41, Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 3,344.<br />42, s-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,341, $700.<br />43, Tim Hartley, Englewood, Ohio, 3,337.<br />44, s-Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 3,320, $700.<br />45, Mike Mineman, Belleville, Ill., 3,313.<br />46, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 3,286.<br />47, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,285.<br />48, Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,270.<br />49, n-Gerry Loudin, Bridgeport, W. Va., 3,264.<br />50, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,261.<br />51, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,251.<br />52, Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 3,245.<br />53, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 3,239.<br />54, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,230.<br />55, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 3,223.<br />56, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,207.<br />57, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 3,192.<br />58, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,189.<br />59, Bruce VanMetre, Delphos, Ohio, 3,161.<br />60, Dave Dunphy, Canada, 3,159.<br />61, (tie) William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., and Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,155.<br />63, Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 3,144.<br />64, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,141.<br />65, n-Les Ash, Washington Ct. House, Ohio, 3,127.<br />66, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,118.<br />67, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3,115.<br />68, Mark Medler, Waterloo, Ind., 3,102.<br />69, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,090.<br />70, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,085.<br />71, (tie) Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., and James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn, 3,080.<br />73, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 3,078.<br />74, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,069.<br />75, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,061.<br />76, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,055.<br />77, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,047.<br />78, Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 3,036.<br />79, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 3,002.<br />80, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 2,996.<br />81, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,954.<br />82, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 2,933.<br />83, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,931.<br />84, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 2,925.<br />85, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 2,834.<br />86, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 2,833.<br />87, Gregory Popham, Crestview Hill, Ky., 2,830.<br />88, n-Earl Hayes, Palmyra, Tenn., 2,828.<br />89, n-Mark Nance Sr., Grove City, Ohio, 2,817.</p> <p><em>300 games - Randy Pedersen</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0600 6794 The 11th Frame: Juniors, seniors lead way as US bowlers win 7 of 10 gold medals in doubles at Tournament of the Americas http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6794 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">U.S. bowlers won seven of 10 gold medal in doubles Wednesday at the 52nd Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas in Sunrise, Florida, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The doubles featured six games by each player, with 10 divisions of competition by gender and age.</span></p> <p>The U.S. gold medal winners included Andrew Anderson/Ronnie Fujita and Julia Bond/Breanna Clemmer in junior A (older juniors),Cortez Schenck/Sean Wilcox and Leah Glazer/Ashley Channell in junior B (younger juniors), Rick Steelsmith/Larry Porter and Karen Barcal/Tish Johnson in seniors, and Jesslyn Rhoades/Carol Teel in super seniors.</p> <p>The adult gold medal winners were Alejandro Cruz/Mario Quintero of Mexico and Patricia de Faria/Karen Marcano of Venezuela.</p> <p>Holly Harris and Brittni Hamilton of the U.S. won the women&rsquo;s adult bronze.</p> <p>For adult men, Rob Gotchall and AJ Johnson finished fourth.</p> <p>Sam Carter and Jack Nelson of the U.S. won the super senior silver.</p> <p>More details are in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622322400" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">And full results are <a href="http://www.bowlingamericas.com/ToA%20Pages/toa_contents.htm" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>The mixed doubles competition is set for Thursday. The Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas, the oldest annual international tournament in the American Zone, is a week-long invitational competition for countries in the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON), the American Zone of the World Tenpin Bowling Association.</p> <p>In each division, one team comprised of two men and two women compete in singles, doubles, mixed doubles and mixed team. After 36 games, individual all-events and national all-events champions are recognized.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2013 LEE EVANS TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS RESULTS<br />DOUBLES<br /></strong>Adult Women - 1, Patricia de Faria/Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 2,391. 2, Kristie Lopez/Mariana Ayala, Puerto Rico, 2,332. 3, Holly Harris/Brittni Hamilton, USA, 2,284.<br />Adult Men - 1, Alejandro Cruz/Mario Quintero, Mexico, 2,655. 2, Andro Simounet/Javier Diaz, Puerto Rico, 2,552. 3, Giorgio Clinaz/Eddy Fuentes, Venezuela, 2,444.<br />Senior Women - 1, Karen Barcal/Tish Johnson, USA, 2,225. 2, Teresa Piccini/Margarita Ramos, Mexico, 2,211. 3, Caroline Gagnon/Cathy Harvey, Canada, 2,083.<br />Senior Men - 1, Rick Steelsmith/Larry Porter, USA, 2,430. 2, Michel Lesage/Randy Kostenuk, Canada, 2,303. 3, Manuel Garcia/Rafael Gomez, Mexico, 2,218.<br />Super Senior Women - 1, Jesslyn Rhoades/Carol Teel, USA, 2,150. 2, Lauraine Fast/Elizabeth Wong, Canada, 1,994. 3, Eliza Baez/Enriqueta Berra, Mexico, 1,955.<br />Super Senior Men - 1, Juan Lopez/Alfonso Rodriguez, Mexico, 2,435. 2, Sam Carter/Jack Nelson, USA, 2,294. 3, Bob Puttick/Robert Cambell, Canada, 2,231.<br />Junior A Women - 1, Julia Bond/Breanna Clemmer, USA, 2,133. 2, Stephanie Tirado/Estefania Cobo, Puerto Rico, 2,087. 3, Maria Teresa Pascoal/Alexandra Hernandez, Venezuela, 2,042.<br />Junior A Men - 1, Andrew Anderson/Ronnie Fujita, USA, 2,560. 2, Carson Therres/Daniel George, Canada, 2,286. 3, Martin Vaello/Joaquin Palerm, Puerto Rico, 2,224.<br />Junior B Women - 1, Leah Glazer/Ashley Channell, USA, 2,206. 2, Dakota Faichnie/Kelsi Beauchamp, Canada, 2,137. 3, Natalia Delgado/Naomi Berrios, Puerto Rico, 1,944.<br />Junior B Men - 1, Cortez Schenck/Sean Wilcox, USA, 2,409. 2, Jesus Briceno/Carlos Nunez, Venezuela, 2,219. 3, Raymond Rodriguez/Jomar Alvarado, Puerto Rico, 2,105.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6790 The 11th Frame: Mike Edwards cruises to 1st-round lead at PBA50 Dayton Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6790 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Mike Edwards averaged 245.3 to take the lead after the first round of the PBA50 Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip at Capri Lanes in Dayton, Ohio.</span></p> <p>Edwards, who won the 2012 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters in his PBA50 Tour rookie season, rolled games of 270, 255, 215, 246, 194, 247, 278 and 258 for a 1,963 total.</p> <p>"When I woke up this morning I wasn't feeling well so I didn't know that to expect today," Edwards said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/07/29/Mike-Edwards-Averages-245-to-Lead-After-First-Round-in-PBA50-Dayton-Classic.aspx#.U9hP4Y7-Sec.facebook" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &nbsp;"Sometimes you're not feeling the best and you bowl real well and other times you're feeling good and you don't bowl well.&nbsp; It's hard to figure sometimes.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">"I only used two balls in the round which is rare for me and the conditions really fell into my hands. My biggest adjustment was my foot speed and timing. We're bowling on wood approaches here which, for me, are slicker than the synthetic approaches so it took a little getting used to."</span></p> <p>Edwards has best finishes of third in the USBC Senior Masters and eighth in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open.</p> <p>Tom Baker grabbed second with 1,941, followed by Tracy Teeters at &nbsp;1,934, Kerry Painter &nbsp;1,917, and Jack Jurek and Walter Ray Williams Jr. tied at 1,905.</p> <p>Dayton Classic defending champion Randy Pedersen opened with 1,891 for seventh.</p> <p>The 89-player field will return Wednesday for a second eight-game qualifying round after which the top 28 will advance to match play on Thursday. The four survivors will advance to stepladder finals at 6 p.m. Central time on Thursday.</p> <p>PBA Xtra Frame is webcasting the entire tournament, with Wednesday&rsquo;s second round starting at 8 a.m. Central time.</p> <hr /> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">PBA50 DAYTON CLASSIC PRESENTED BY ROTO GRIP<br /></span>Tuesday's first round results</strong><br /><em>(8 games)</em><br /><em>Capri Lanes Kettering, Ohio&nbsp;</em><br /><em><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">n=non-member</span></em></p> <p>1, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,963.<br />2, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,941.<br />3, Tracy Teeters, Salem, Ore., 1,934.<br />4, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,917.<br />5, (tie) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., and Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,905.<br />7, Randy Pedersen, Orlando, Fla., 1,891.<br />8, Tommy Martin, Arlington, Tenn., 1,882.<br />9, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,873.<br />10, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,853.<br />11, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1,847.<br />12, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,836.<br />13, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,831.<br />14, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,820.<br />15, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,813.<br />16, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,809.<br />17, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,806.<br />18, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,793.<br />19, Ralph Brunt Jr., Ft. Pierce, Fla., 1,792.<br />20, (tie) Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., and Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,781.<br />22, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1,775.<br />23, Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,764.<br />24, (tie) Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., and Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,763.<br />26, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,759.<br />27, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,750.<br />28, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,748.<br />29, Darron Peters, Murrieta, Calif., 1,741.<br />30, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,734.<br />31, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,730.<br />32, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,724.<br />33, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,718.<br />34, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,713.<br />35, Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 1,710.<br />36, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 1,706.<br />37, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,700.<br />38, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,695.<br />39, (tie) Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., and Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 1,685.<br />41, Tim Hartley, Englewood, Ohio, 1,683.<br />42, Dale Eagle, Newport Beach, Calif., 1,678.<br />43, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,677.<br />44, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,675.<br />45, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,672.<br />46, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,670.<br />47, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,669.<br />48, Mike Mineman, Belleville, Ill., 1,666.<br />49, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 1,662.<br />50, Michael Llaneza, Columbus, Ohio, 1,656.<br />51, Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 1,654.<br />52, Paul Lemond, Jasper, Ind., 1,650.<br />53, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,648.<br />54, Dave Dunphy, Canada, 1,642.<br />55, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 1,640.<br />56, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 1,638.<br />57, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 1,621.<br />58, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,616.<br />59, Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 1,608.<br />60, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,597.<br />61, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 1,587.<br />62, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 1,584.<br />63, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,581.<br />64, Bruce VanMetre, Delphos, Ohio, 1,577.<br />65, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 1,572.<br />66, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,561.<br />67, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,550.<br />68, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,541.<br />69, n-Gerry Loudin, Bridgeport, W. Va., 1,535.<br />70, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 1,534.<br />71, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 1,526.<br />72, Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 1,525.<br />73, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,524.<br />74, n-Earl Hayes, Palmyra, Tenn., 1,522.<br />75, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,518.<br />76, (tie) Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., and Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,509.<br />78, n-Mark Nance Sr., Grove City, Ohio, 1,495.<br />79, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,492.<br />80, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,490.<br />81, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,486.<br />82, Mark Medler, Waterloo, Ind., 1,479.<br />83, n-Les Ash, Washington Ct. House, Ohio, 1,476.<br />84, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 1,472.<br />85, Gregory Popham, Crestview Hill, Ky., 1,471.<br />86, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,469.<br />87, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,467.<br />88, Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,439.<br />89, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,346.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0600 6791 The 11th Frame: U.S. bowlers fall 1 shy of gold sweep in singles at Tournament of Americas http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6791 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">U.S. bowlers won nine of 10 gold medal in singles Tuesday to open the 52nd Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas in Sunrise, Florida, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The singles featured six games each on Monday and Tuesday with 10 divisions of competition by gender and age.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The U.S. gold medal winners included adult Rob Gotchall, seniors Tish Johnson and Rick Steelmith, super seniors Carol Teel and &nbsp;Sam Carter, and juniors Breanna Clemme, Andrew Anderson, Ashley Channell and Sean Wilcox.</span></p> <p>Brittni Hamilton took the silver for adult women, with Aseret Zetter of Mexico taking the gold.</p> <p>More details are in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622322398" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">And full results are <a href="http://www.bowlingamericas.com/ToA%20Pages/toa_contents.htm" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>Rob Gotchall posted this on Facebook after singles: &ldquo;Went +45 yesterday at the Tournament of America's and was 3rd, 49 pins out of the lead. Bowled 221-192-247-172-201 and was down 3 pins with 1 game to go. Threw 11 of my best shots for 258 the last game to win the Singles GOLD Medal! What an incredible feeling!&rdquo;</p> <p>Sam Carter posted this: &ldquo;Really proud to be one of the 9 Team USA Gold Medalist at the Tournament of Americas today. Many thanks go out to coaches Stephen Padilla and John Gaines, and many of my USA teammates for their guidance and advice during the day. Also to Ric Hamlin for all he has done helping with my game and my equipment. To Storm &amp; Roto for the Lights Out and the Up Roar and to Skip Pavone for drilling all my balls for lots of years.My first trip representing USA and I'm amazed at the TEAMWORK that goes into putting this whole thing together. So to my bowling friends that think they bowl on tough shots, imagine bowling on a 36ft pattern one game and a 46ft pattern the next...for 12 games, and you only have your spare ball and a couple of others to try and figure it out. It's a bit challenging. We've got doubles/mixed doubles/ and mixed team over the next 4 days so keep rooting for TEAM USA!!!!!!!! Thanks to everyone for all the support!&rdquo;</p> <p>Andrew Anderson posted this: &ldquo;Easily one of the most exhausting days of bowling I have ever had. I threw the ball 100 percent better than yesterday.. Between having bad ball reaction then not being able to get my ball to get the 8 out lol I battled and won gold in singles after going -9 today and -50 for the tournament! They are brutal but Team USA is doing really well so far. let's keep it up!‪#&lrm;TeamUSA ‪#&lrm;tournamentofamericas&rdquo;</p> <p>And Larry Porter posted this: &ldquo;T of A day 2. games 7 thru 12 of singles today alternating between long and short patterns. +40 after 2 but ended up -9 for the day.+3 for the event so far. Rick Steelsmith was -7 for the day and +150. We took Gold and Silver for singles Tomorrow is doubles and we bowl together. Should be a lot of fun. Crossed together today and enjoyed it a lot. Crossing this house is like a mini Peterson Classic lol ! Hooking heads and tight backends keep scores way down! Team USA looking good so far! Rick, Tish, Gotchall, Sam Carter, Breanna Clemmer, Ashley Channell, Sean Wilcox all took gold....!&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The doubles competition is scheduled for Wednesday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas, the oldest annual international tournament in the American Zone, is a week-long invitational competition for countries in the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON), the American Zone of the World Tenpin Bowling Association. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">In each division, one team comprised of two men and two women compete in singles, doubles, mixed doubles and mixed team. After 36 games, individual all-events and national all-events champions are recognized. </span></p> <hr /> <p><strong>2013 LEE EVANS TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS RESULTS<br /></strong><strong>SINGLES<br /></strong>Adult Women - 1, Aseret Zetter, Mexico, 2,410. 2, Brittni Hamilton, USA, 2,340. 3, Patricia de Faria, Venezuela, 2,330.<br />Adult Men - 1, Rob Gotchall, USA, 2,538. 2, Javier Diaz, Puerto Rico, 2,457. 3, Zachary Wilkins, Canada, 2,446.<br />Senior Women - 1, Tish Johnson, USA, 2,374. 2, Cathy Harvey, Canada, 2,221. 3, Roseli Santos, Brazil, 2,201.<br />Senior Men - 1, Rick Steelsmith, USA, 2,550. 2, Larry Porter, USA, 2,403. 3, Manuel Garcia, Mexico, 2,293.<br />Super Senior Women - 1, Carol Teel, USA, 2,298. 2, Enriqueta Berra, Mexico, 2,093. 3, Lauraine Fast, Canada, 2,082.<br />Super Senior Men - 1, Sam Carter, USA, 2,429. 2, Jack Nelson, USA, 2,300. 3, Bob Puttick, Canada, 2,279.<br />Junior A Women - 1, Breanna Clemmer, USA, 2,395. 2, Alexandra Hernandez, Venezuela, 2,180. 3, Julia Bond, USA, 2,166.<br />Junior A Men - 1, Andrew Anderson, USA, 2,350. 2, Joaquin Palerm, Puerto Rico, 2,316. 3, Ronnie Fujita, USA, 2,206.<br />Junior B Women - 1, Ashley Channell, USA, 2,113. 2, Emilyn Piccinni, Venezuela, 2,055. 3, Naomi Berrios, Venezuela, 2,023.<br />Junior B Men - 1, Sean Wilcox, USA, 2,355. 2, Cortez Schenck, USA, 2,287. 3, Jesus Briceno, Venezuela, 2,236.<br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6789 The 11th Frame: Qualifying upped to 4 games for 12th annual Tri City Bank Milwaukee Open Oct. 26 at New Berlin Bowl http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6789 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Responding to the desires of most competitors, qualifying has been increased to four games for the 12th annual Tri City Bank Milwaukee Open scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26 at New Berlin Bowl, 16000 W. Cleveland Ave. in New Berlin, organizer Bob Greenfield announced.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;The feedback from many bowlers was that it was too much of a &lsquo;sprint,&rsquo; " the tournament announcement states on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1461346244121201/" target="_blank"><strong>the event&rsquo;s Facebook page</strong></a>. &ldquo;So lets take a good thing and make it better!&rdquo;</p> <p>The Milwaukee Open, which is open to USBC members from outside Wisconsin as well,&nbsp;will have qualifying squads at 8:30 a.m. and noon with re-entries allowed.&nbsp;</p> <p>Match play for the top 20 is 2-game total pins matches.</p> <p>The lane condition is not a house shot and typically has been very challenging. USBC head laneman Eric Pierson and predecessor Mike Stranney have often designed the shot and may again this year, Greenfield said.</p> <p>In 10 years, the low cut has been minus 4 and the high cut plus 66, Greenfield said.</p> <p>The cut was plus 58 last year, with Nathan Michalowski edging Henry Teetz for the title, as I reported <a href="../../../news/article/6167" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The top prize of $1,000 is guaranteed.</p> <p>The entry fee is $75 if at least $20 is paid by the Friday before the tournament and $85 after that. Re-entries are $65.</p> <p>Call Greenfield at 414-405-7854 for details.</p> <p>The tournament again will kick off Milwaukee&rsquo;s annual Triple Crown Points Challenge tourneys. The other events in the Triple Crown are the Wisconsin Championship Doubles, which typically is the first Sunday in December, and the Greater Milwaukee Classic Team Open, which typically is the last Sunday in January.</p> <p>In the past, the top 20 in points from the tournaments have shared in a $2,500 prize fund, with $500 to the top point earner. The $2,500 has been funded by the Greater Milwaukee Bowling Association, the Milwaukee Bowling Hall of Fame, and the Ten Pin Journal.</p> <p>The Milwaukee Open faces no major conflicts, although Leisure Lanes in Davenport, Iowa does plan a large scratch tournament that weekend with qualifying on Saturday and finals on Sunday.</p> <p>If it is the last Sunday in January. the Greater Milwaukee Classic Team likely will lose some entries to the Fusion Realtors Open in Waterloo, Iowa. The second Fusion of 2014-15 had to move to that weekend from its traditional late February dates due to host center Maple Lanes of Waterloo, Iowa hosting the Iowa State Tournament.</p> <p>The Madison Area Scratch Tour&rsquo;s 2014-15 schedule will be released in mid-August.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:00:00 -0600 6788 The 11th Frame: USBC eliminates almost all split team/minors squads for 2015 Open Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6788 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The United States Bowling Congress has eliminated virtually all of the split team/minors squads that had been scheduled at the 2015 USBC Open Championships in El Paso, Texas.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;A few months ago, we re-evaluated the schedule and the response to the combo squads, and we essentially eliminated that concept for the 2015 OC,&rdquo; USBC spokesman Matt Cannizzaro said in a message.</p> <p>Those split squads were to have been at 8:30 p.m., as I reported in <a href="../../../news/article/6460" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a> detailing the move to tiered pricing and new squad times of&nbsp; 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for minors, 5 p.m. for team, and 8:30 p.m. that was to have been the mix of team and minors.</p> <p>&ldquo;With the exception of a few days we could not schedule around, the 8:30 pm squad will be EITHER team or DS,&rdquo; Cannizzaro said. &ldquo;With this, some days will have two team events and some will have just one, by design. It will basically be a rotation for the team events of &nbsp;2-1-2-1, etc., to allow the extra DS squad the day after a two-team day.&ldquo;</p> <p>Cannizzaro said the capacities for each day have been adjusted in the tournament&rsquo;s online registration system.</p> <p>Somewhere along the line, I missed this change or it was not communicated to me. My apologies to anyone who was confused.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0600 6718 The 11th Frame: 11thFrame.com Open Aug. 16-17 in Dubuque, Iowa to feature at least $4,000 in sponsorship, no expenses or lineage out of entry fee http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6718 <p>Thanks to the great people and entities putting it on, the 11thFrame.com Open set for Aug. 16-17 at beautiful Cherry Lanes inside the Diamond Jo casino in Dubuque, Iowa will be a bowler&rsquo;s dream.</p> <p>Along with an innovative format and (hopefully) challenging lane pattern playable from multiple angles, the tournament will have at least $4,000 in sponsorship money and the entire $150 entry fee will go to the prize fund.</p> <p>Yes, Cherry Lanes is graciously donating the lineage for the tournament. Thank you general manager Bob Hochrein and everyone at Cherry Lanes and the Diamond Jo. Hochrein is a USBC Open Championships and PBA regional title holder who cares about the sport and manages a top notch staff.</p> <p>And yes, the <a href="http://giba-bowling.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Greater Iowa Bowling Association</strong></a> is graciously taking no expense fee for running the tournament, which will be part of GIBA&rsquo;s schedule for 2014-15. Thank you GIBA operator Joe Engelkes and his family, who never take expense fees for running their events &mdash; all Joe ever does is take a portion of the bracket proceeds while donating the rest back to the prize funds.</p> <p>Joe is one of the top tournament operators I know and I couldn&rsquo;t think of a better guy and group to run the 11thframe.com Open.</p> <p>The only extra fee entrants must pay is the GIBA $10 season membership fee, and that gets you the right to compete in other GIBA events like the great Fusion Realtors Open tournaments in Waterloo, Iowa, and the end-of-season extras.</p> <p>Joe and GIBA are taking entries now and the only way to guarantee a spot and make a squad request is to send in your entry fee!&nbsp;To reserve a spot and make a squad request, send your $150 check made out to GIBA to&nbsp;GIBA,&nbsp;c/o Joe Engelkes,&nbsp;3018 Saratoga Drive,&nbsp;Waterloo, IA&nbsp; 50702. He can be reached at 319-236-0955 or <a href="mailto:jengelkes@pkmidwest.com">jengelkes@pkmidwest.com</a>.</p> <p>The only way to guarantee a spot and make a squad request is to send in your entry fee! To reserve a spot and make a squad request, send your $150 check made out to GIBA to:</p> <p><em>Update June 28 and July 3: Mike Flanagan of Storm and InsideBowling.com has a conflict and can't webcast the event, but we have made a deal with Craig Elliott and MichiganBowler.tv so there will be webcasting of the tournament!&nbsp;<br /></em> <em>If you want to see MichiganBowler.tv's work, tune in&nbsp;for&nbsp;The Proprietors Cup July 11-13!</em><br /><em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Michiganbowlertv" target="_blank"><strong>Here</strong></a> is the Michiganbowler.tv's Facebook page and <a href="http://www.michiganbowler.tv/" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> is its&nbsp;website. <span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".7.1:3:1:$comment10203160790195105_10203161719258331:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".7.1:3:1:$comment10203160790195105_10203161719258331:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".7.1:3:1:$comment10203160790195105_10203161719258331:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$0:0">Become a follower of MichiganBowler.tv page @ livestream.com and you'll get all the streaming links sent right to your email!</span></span></span></em></p> <p>Even the worst never-satisfied bowler is going to have to struggle to find something to complain about in all of that!</p> <p>And all we ask of you is to patronize the sponsors who are helping making this possible: drink Coors Light if you have a beer, eat and gamble at Cherry Lanes and the Diamond Jo, and patronize Storm Products. (The Diamond Jo officially will be part of Boyd Gaming by the time of the tournament, so whenever you are in a city with a choice in gambling facilities and one is a Boyd property, you could patronize the Boyd property and let them know why. Other Boyd facilities include Suncoast, Orleans and Gold Coast in Las Vegas.)</p> <p>This will be the second 11thframe.com Open &mdash; the inaugural event in 2012 was won by Matt McNeil, as I wrote up <a href="../../../news/article/5280" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>, but we elected not to hold it last year because we could not get it done correctly.</p> <p>I think everyone will agree it was worth the wait.</p> <p>The format will be something different that started in the fertile mind of Flanagan, a true out-of-the-box thinker.</p> <p>It will feature traditional qualifying squads at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday with pins carrying over and one-third of the bowlers advancing to Sunday and cashing. With three squads full, there would be a 144-bowler field and 48 players advancing and cashing. With three squads, the qualifying will be 6 games. If entries are 96 or fewer, we will go to two squads of 8 games.</p> <p>Re-entries will be allowed, with priority given to first entries in this way: New entries will have priority if they are paid before Saturday.&nbsp; Re-entries will come next if they are paid before Saturday. For those paid on Saturday, new entries will get priority over re-entries up to half an hour before the final two squads&rsquo; scheduled start time, then it will be first come, first served until the squads start.</p> <p>As in the Fusions, bowlers can request to bowl with specific bowlers but lane assignments for pairs will be by random draw.</p> <p>Sunday will feature 12 games of bowling with bonus pins based on score from highest to lowest.</p> <p>For example, if 48 advance to Sunday in each game the highest scorer will get 48 bonus pins, the second-highest scorer 47 pins, so on down to 1 bonus pin for the lowest score each game. Whatever number of finalists there are, that number of bonus pins will go to the high scorer down to 1 pin for the lowest score each game.</p> <p>Yes, it&rsquo;s not head-to-head; instead, it&rsquo;s all-against-one. The idea is to reward the consistently solid bowler and not the one who may bowl the right people at the right time. And everyone who makes the cut gets to bowl all of Sunday's games.</p> <p>After those 12 games, the top five will compete in a stepladder finals on fresh oil.</p> <p>The lane pattern will be a Sport compliant pattern, but I am less concerned with scoring level than with letting all parts of the lane play, depending how you throw it.</p> <p>At least the basic parameters of the pattern will be released in advance at 11thframe.com. The actual pattern will be available at Cherry Lanes in advance of all squads.</p> <p>The pattern will be put down on eight lanes&nbsp;on Friday, Aug. 15&nbsp;if anyone wants to practice at a&nbsp;price of $2.75 per game, Hochrein said. Cosmic bowling begins at 7 p.m., he said.</p> <p><em>Update: Hochrein has been working with Brunswick experts on the pattern and the basics on it should be available several days ahead of the tournament.</em></p> <p>There will be optional prize funds for seniors and women similar to the Fusions, along with brackets and pot games. And there will be a SMART option for youth bowlers, as GIBA offers with the Fusions.</p> <p>Seniors and women each are guaranteed a 1-in-3 cashing ratio paying at least $150 per check. For example, if 15 seniors enter and two cash in the regular prize list there would be three separate senior checks so five cash.</p> <p>There also will be brackets, pot games and a Bet You Win pot. And a separate $20 entry fee for a separate additional prize fund likely will be offered for both seniors and women &mdash; this is not noted on the flyer.</p> <p>The total estimated prize fund, which is detailed in the flyer attached to the bottom of this blog, based on 144 entries is $24,950. That is well above the $21,600 from 144 entries at $150 each. (It's not exactly $4,000 extra to cover some senior, female and youth checks; if there are not that amount of senior, female and youth checks the extra funds will go to the regular prize list.)&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The top five spots will be $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $1,100 and $900, down to $200 for the 48<sup>th</sup> and last check.</p> <p>If additional sponsorship is obtained, it will be used to pay extra spots, senior and/or female checks, or improve the overall prize list.</p> <p>Like the Fusions, the field will be open to anyone, including the top pros. However, with a first prize only around $2,500 and Brian Kretzer&rsquo;s big PBA Regional in Ohio and the New Mexico Open that weekend, it's unlikely many will enter. But any who do will be welcome.</p> <p>Entry information is on the flyer at the bottom of this blog.</p> <p>There is a room block at the nearby Holiday Inn in downtown Dubuque, which is about a 5- to 10-minute walk. The room rate is $94 plus tax through July 31 and you must ask for the Cherry Lanes room block. The Holiday Inn is very nice and convenient.</p> <p>Finally, Susie "Fever" Dyhr has been working to develop a charitable relationship for the tournament with Green Acres Boxer Rescue of Wisconsin. Anyone who knows of the two Boxers I've had in my life &mdash; the famed Norman and Clifford &mdash; will understand how near and dear Green Acres is to my heart. It's likely where Sue and I will get our next dog at some point. She is designing some T-shirts for the tournament with Green Acres benefiting from each sale. Details to come.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:00:00 -0600 6784 The 11th Frame: Mary Lo Hall of Fame induction highlights Madison USBC Women’s Jamboree Aug. 19 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6784 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The Hall of Fame induction of Mary Lo in the Superior Performance category highlights the 2014 Madison USBC Women&rsquo;s Jamboree on Tuesday, Aug. 19.</span></p> <p>Lo, who grew up on the east side of Madison and bowled juniors at the old Bowl-A-Vard Lanes and later at Prairie Lanes, has four titles in the Women&rsquo;s City Tournament &mdash; team, doubles and all-events in 2010-11 and doubles in 2013-14.</p> <p>She also was part of the team that took first in Division 1 handicap in the City Tournament in 2011-12 (other members were Tom Howery, Rollie Truehl, Jodon Thompson and Jeff Stassi).</p> <p>Lo also was part of the team champs in the Women&rsquo;s State Tournament in 1990 and was second in all-events in 2011.</p> <p>Another career highlight was winning the Florence Boehringer Award from the Wisconsin 600 Club for high scratch series in singles at 712 in 2006.</p> <p>Lo said she took a big step in her bowled in 2002 when she joined the Classic League at Schwoegler&rsquo;s.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ll never forget something Char Clementi said to me when I started this league: &lsquo;You bowl better when you bowl with good bowlers.&rsquo; &ldquo; Lo said in a message. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve carried this with me since, and it shows in my average.&rdquo;</p> <p>Lo broke through the 200 average barrier at 209 in that league in 2005-06 &mdash; also the season she switched to Storm balls, she noted &mdash; and has stayed above 200 since.</p> <p>Her career highs are a 289 game, 743 series and 214 average.</p> <p>&ldquo;The highlights of my career are the last 6 years, because I bowled with my brother, Bill Lincoln,&rdquo; Lo said. &ldquo;Bill passed away this past April from a brain tumor, and bowling will never be the same for me without him. He was such an inspiration to me, he truly made me a better bowler; he was never afraid to tell me if I was doing something wrong, he always gave the best advice, and he was my biggest cheerleader when I bowled at tournaments. He was always there watching me, coaching me, and just being my big brother when I needed him.&nbsp; We were very close and bowling was &lsquo;our thing.&rsquo; Every frame I bowl from here on out will be for Bill.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Aug. 19 Jamboree includes a golf outing, bowling, cards and the the Hall of Fame dinner at 7 p.m. at Bowl-A-Vard.</p> <p>Details are in the attached flyer and reservations can be made by calling the MWBA office at 221-0300.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0600 6785 The 11th Frame: BCAW seminar for youth coaches set for Aug. 9 and 16 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6785 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The Bowling Centers Association of Wisconsin is holding a seminar for youth coaches on Saturday, Aug. 9 at Dale&rsquo;s Weston Lanes in Weston and Saturday, Aug. 16 at Village Bowl in Menomonee Falls.</span></p> <p>The cost is $49 per coach or $125 for three coaches. BCAW coaching club members pay just $35 each.</p> <p>Details are in the flyer at the end of this blog.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:00:00 -0600 6786 The 11th Frame: 3rd annual Coaches Summit set for Sept. 20-21 at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6786 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The third annual Coaches Summit is set for Sept. 20-21 at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes in Madison.</span></p> <p>The weekend will feature some of the biggest names in coaching, including USBC Gold level coach Hank Boomershine of Storm Products, USBC Director of Coaching Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, pro champion Diandra Asbaty of the International Art of Bowling, UW-Milwaukee head coach Chad Sorce, and USBC Silver coach Doene Moos of Storm.</p> <p>The weekend is a coaches summit geared toward middle school and high school coaches and any coach aiming to advance their coaching knowledge.</p> <p>Advance registration up to Sept. 10 is $99 per person, with the pirce $90 each for three or more people signing up together.&nbsp;After Sept. 10, the price increases by $10. Members of the BCAW CoachesClub pay $80 each.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sign up is through the Bowling Centers Association of Wisconsin, which can be reached at 262-783-4292.</p> <p>Details are in the PDFs attached to the end of this blog.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 -0600 6787 The 11th Frame: PBA Tour champion Brad Angelo in Waukesha Aug. 22-24 for BowlU Camp http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6787 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">PBA Tour champion Brad Angelo will be in Waukesha Aug. 22-24 for a BowlU Camp at Sunset Bowl.</span></p> <p>The events include a meet and greet on that Friday night at Minooka Park in Waukesha and then the camp Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sunset Bowl.</p> <p>BowlU&rsquo;s approach combines outdoor skill development exercises with on-lane workshops.</p> <p>The $250 cost includes a rebate certificate from Storm Bowling for a camp participant's next Storm ball purchase.</p> <p>The Facebook page for the camp is <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bowluwaukesha" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">And details are in the PDFs attached to the bottom of this blog.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:00:00 -0600 6783 The 11th Frame: Lone miscue the difference as Shannon Pluhowsky downs Diana Zavjalova to win BPAA Women’s All-Star http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6783 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Heading to the finish, the title match of the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America Women's All-Star Tournament was all strikes and 9-spares save for one shot.</span></p> <p>That shot &ndash; a 2-4-8-10 split in the ninth frame by Zavjalova &ndash; proved to be the difference in Pluhowsky&rsquo;s 225-212 win Friday at Cherry Bowl in Rockford, Illinois.</p> <p>I watched the title match in the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA-4NH3vjWU&amp;feature" target="_blank"><strong>BowlTV archive of the stepladder finals here</strong></a> and it was hard to tell what Zavjaolva did in leaving the 2-4-8-10. Best I could tell is that she may have gotten a little fast.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">"The lanes have been really sensitive all week, and even a small mistakes turned out really bad," &nbsp;Zavjalova, the 2013 USBC Queens champion, said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622322388" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "I thought I threw it OK in the ninth frame, and I was surprised that happened. I thought it would make it back because I knew I had even slowed down a little bit."</span></p> <p>Zavjalova&rsquo;s &nbsp;effort to convert the split didn&rsquo;t miss by much, which would have set up an entirely different finishing scenario for Pluhowsky.</p> <p>As it was, Pluhowsky ended with a pair of pocket hits that left the 7-pin for conversions in the ninth and 10<sup>th</sup> and then struck on her fill ball to lock up the win and $15,000. Second was $8,000.</p> <p>&nbsp;"In my mind, I wasn't necessarily trying to strike, because that's when you over-think it and bad things happen," the left-hander said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622322388" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &nbsp;"I just wanted to throw a good shot, and I did that. Diana bowled two great games today and had one bad frame. It could've gone either way. She bowled well all week."</p> <p>Pluhowsky and Zavjalova battled for the top spot in the standings throughout the 16 games of match play Thursday. The two faced off in the final game of match play and again in the position round, with Pluhowsky winning both meetings to secure the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals.</p> <p>"The lanes weren't easy this week, and you didn't need a lot of big games stay close," Pluhowsky, who &nbsp;won the 2006 USBC Queens, said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622322388" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "I tried some different tricks to try and make it carry better here and there, but I didn't necessarily want to make too big of a move. I was fortunate to be able to win a lot of matches (14), and the bonus pins were a big help."</p> <p>In the semifinal match, Zavjalova struck in six of her first seven frames in a 236-207 win over Team USA member Shannon O'Keefe.</p> <p>O&rsquo;Keefe opened the stepladder finals with wins of 223-169 over Kelly Kulick 235-175 over Liz Johnson.</p> <p>Scoring was low all week on <a href="http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/usbcongress/bowl/tournaments/pdfs/Women/Pattern.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>the challenging 39-foot lane pattern</strong></a>.</p> <p>BPAA said the Women's All Star, which began in 1971, was the pre-cursor to Bowling's U.S. Women's Open, which is on hiatus until 2015. This year's event showcased today's top talent, highlighted the history of women's bowling and celebrated the 40th anniversary of formation of the Ladies Pro Bowling Tour.</p> <p>Bowling's U.S. Open officially will return in 2015 after USBC and BPAA agreed to a three-year deal that will see USBC operate and conduct the U.S. Open for men and women in 2015, 2016 and 2017. As part of the agreement, USBC and BPAA each will contribute at least $100,000 annually toward operating the events. Further details will be announced at a later date. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/6649" target="_blank"><strong>My coverage of the U.S. Opens being saved is here</strong></a>.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2014 BPAA WOMEN'S ALL-STAR</strong><br /><em>Cherry Bowl, Rockford, Ill.</em><br /><em>Friday's results</em><br /><strong>CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND</strong><br /><strong>Match 1</strong><br />Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, def. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 223-169 (Kulick finishes fifth, earns $3,000)<br /><strong>Match 2</strong><br />O'Keefe def. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 237-175 (Johnson finishes fourth, earns $4,000)<br /><strong>Match 3</strong><br />Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, def. O'Keefe, 236-207 (O'Keefe finishes third, earns $6,000)<br /><strong>Match 4</strong><br />Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, def. Zavjalova, 225-212 (Zavjalova finishes second, earns $8,000; Pluhowsky finishes first, earns $15,000)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6782 The 11th Frame: Shannon Pluhowsky earns top seed for BPAA Women's All-Star http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6782 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Dominating in match play with a 14-2 record, Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky earned the top seed for Friday&rsquo;s stepladder finals of the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America Women's All-Star Tournament, the United States Bowling Congress reported. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The 31-year-old lefty averaged 218.5 in her 16 games of match play Thursday at Cherry Bowl in Rockford, Illinois, rising from third place after qualifying to the top seed with a 7,713 total.</span></p> <p>Qualifying leader Diana Zavjalova of Latvia earned the No. 2 seed for the stepladder finals at 7,564, and was followed by 2013 U.S. Women's Open champion Liz Johnson at 7,485, Team USA member Shannon O'Keefe of Arlington, Texas with 7,321) and 2014 USBC Queens runner-up Kelly Kulick with 7,293.</p> <p>The stepladder finals will be webcast live on BowlTV on Friday at 11 a.m. Central time. First prize is $15,000.</p> <p>"The more games you bowl, the better, because you get more comfortable, find which balls work best and learn the differences from pair to pair," Pluhowsky said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622322385" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "With a condition this difficult, my goals really were just to throw it well enough to get nine and stay clean. Of course, getting the No. 1 seed is key because you only have to bowl one more game."</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Scoring was low for the 75-player field on </span><a style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;" href="http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/usbcongress/bowl/tournaments/pdfs/Women/Pattern.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>the challenging 39-foot lane pattern</strong></a><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">.</span></p> <p>Full results are <a href="http://scores.bowl.com/BPAA/AllStarResults.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou94ctqlUo4" target="_blank"><strong>The BowlTV archive of the first round of match play is here</strong></a>. And <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnDfyUioCyQ&amp;list=PLIFfKFInYIiYbgsCrhTd0Vmr8eKG2QVyS" target="_blank"><strong>the BowlTV archive of the second round of match play is here</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>BPAA said the Women's All Star, which began in 1971, was the pre-cursor to Bowling's U.S. Women's Open, which is on hiatus until 2015. This year's event showcased today's top talent, highlighted the history of women's bowling and celebrated the 40th anniversary of formation of the Ladies Pro Bowling Tour.</p> <p>Bowling's U.S. Open officially will return in 2015 after USBC and BPAA agreed to a three-year deal that will see USBC operate and conduct the U.S. Open for men and women in 2015, 2016 and 2017. As part of the agreement, USBC and BPAA each will contribute at least $100,000 annually toward operating the events. Further details will be announced at a later date. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/6649" target="_blank"><strong>My coverage of the U.S. Opens being saved is here</strong></a>.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2014 BPAA WOMEN'S ALL-STAR</strong><br /><em>Cherry Bowl, Rockford, Illinois</em><br /><strong>Thursday's match play standings </strong><br /><em>(with hometown and pinfall):</em><br />1, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 7,713.<br />2, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 7,564.<br />3, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 7,485.<br />4, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 7,321.<br />5, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 7,293.<br /><strong>Other Cashers </strong><br /><em>(did not advance)</em><br />6, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 7,238. $2,250<br />7, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 7,173. $2,000<br />8, Cassandra Leuthold, Black Hawk, S.D., 7,160. $1,750<br />9, Brittni Hamilton, Webster, N.Y., 7,137. $1,500<br />10, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 7,125. $1,400<br />11, Elysia Current, Wichita, Kan., 7,092. $1,300<br />12, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 7,079. $1,200<br />13, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 7,061. $1,150<br />14, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 7,024. $1,100<br />15, Marcia Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, 6,960. $1,050<br />16, Alexis Ijams, Wichita, Kan., 6,643. $1,000</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6781 The 11th Frame: Paula Vidad repeats as Senior Women’s U.S. Open champion; Tish Johnson rebounds to take Triple Crown Shoot-Out http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6781 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Paula Vidad successfully defended her title at Bowling's Senior Women's U.S. Open with a 234-210 win Thursday against USBC Hall of Famer Tish Johnson, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</span></p> <p>In a battle of right-hander vs. left-hander, the righty won after starting with three strikes and striking on the first shot of the 10<sup>th</sup> frame to lock up the $3,000 top prize.</p> <p>"Earlier in the day, and even during practice, I was leaving a lot of weak 10s, so I knew I had to do something," Vidad, who also won the USBC Senior Queens in 2011, said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622322382" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "I decided to increase my speed, which helped get the ball down the lane a little better and conserve some energy. It was important to come out strong and put some pressure on her."</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Johnson, who struck early but couldn't carry late in the title match, now second- and third-place finishes in the Senior Open and two seconds in the USBC Senior Queens. She did win the National Golden Ladies Classic in 2013. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">USBC reported that Vidad initially struggled when the lanes were freshly oiled this week, but she used the long format as an opportunity to try some different things and also benefited from watching some of the best women in the world, who were competing simultaneously in the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America Women's All-Star Tournament. She moved outside and in the final round of match play pulled out a new ball and went 6-2 to grab the top seed.</span></p> <p>"I started the week very slowly and was not comfortable at all," the DV8 staffer said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622322382" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "As the tournament went on, everything started to feel better and better. I guess I have a way of rising to the occasion. When it's a tough shot like this, you really have to pull out all the tricks as you try to figure it out. I was fortunate to be able to do that."</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The stepladder finals started with Hall of Famer Lucy Sandelin defeating Linda Kelly 254-167 before falling to Johnson 220-166.</span></p> <p>Scores were low throughout the tournament for the 28 competitors on <a href="http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/usbcongress/bowl/tournaments/pdfs/Women/Pattern.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>the challenging 39-foot lane pattern</strong></a>.</p> <p>This week's Senior Women's U.S. Open also marked the third and final stop of the Senior Women's Triple Crown Series presented by The Orleans. The Triple Crown Series is a special competition for bowlers who compete in the USBC Senior Queens, National Golden Ladies Classic and Senior Women's U.S. Open. The Triple Crown Shoot-Out, also held at Cherry Bowl on Thursday, featured the top 10 players in the Triple Crown standings, which combined qualifying totals from all three events. Johnson earned a bit of redemption &ndash; and $1,000 &ndash; when she won the event 220-212 over Sandelin, who earned $750.</p> <p>"A major is still the one you want to win, but this was a nice way to show that I had a good overall performance this year," Johnson said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622322382" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The competition was webcast on BowlTV. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP5iFhdyfl8&amp;index=2&amp;list=PLIFfKFInYIiYbgsCrhTd0Vmr8eKG2QVyS" target="_blank"><strong>Here is the archive of the Senior Open stepladder finals</strong></a>. And <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQJRaX7sC50" target="_blank"><strong>here is the archive of the title match of the Triple Crown Shoot-Out</strong></a>.</span></p> <hr /> <p><strong>2014 BOWLING'S SENIOR WOMEN'S U.S. OPEN</strong><br /><em>Cherry Bowl, Rockford, Ill.</em><br /><em>Thursday's results</em></p> <p><strong>STEPLADDER FINALS<br /></strong>Match 1<br />Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., def. Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 254-167 <br /><em>(Kelly finishes fourth, earns $1,000).</em><br />Match 2<br />Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. Sandelin, 220-166 <br /><em>(Sandelin finishes third, earns $1,500).</em><br />Match 3<br />Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., def. Johnson, 234-210 <br /><em>(Vidad finishes first, earns $3,000; Johnson finishes second, earns $2,000).</em></p> <p><strong>OTHER MATCH-PLAY CASHERS </strong><br />(Did not advance to stepladder)<br />5, Sharon Powers, Lakewood, Colo., 5,053, $850<br />6, Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 4,876, $700<br />7, Jan Schmidt, Hales Corners, Wis., 4,870, $600<br />8, Lil Johnson, Lawton, Okla., 4,815, $500</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1>&nbsp;</h1> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:00:00 -0600 6780 The 11th Frame: How to make the best of the Fusion Realtors Open and PBA Diamond Jo's Casino Midwest Open being on the same weekend http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6780 <p>Having the hugely popular Greater Iowa Bowling Association Fusion Realtors Open and PBA Diamond Jo&rsquo;s Casino Midwest Open on the same weekend barely more than an hour apart is not the end of the world.</p> <p>In fact, the tournaments actually could turn out to benefit each other due to the way they are scheduled.</p> <p>The Fusion will be at Maple Lanes in Waterloo, Iowa with qualifying on Saturday, Sept. 13 and the semifinals and stepladder finals on Sunday, Sept. 14. The details are in my blog <a href="../../../news/article/6722" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The Diamond Jo Regional will be at Cherry Lanes inside the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa with just practice and a pro-am on Saturday late in the day and the tournament on Sunday. The tournament is one of the low-entry fee tournaments ($175 for members and $225 for non-members) and also a <a href="../../../news/article/6763" target="_blank"><strong>PBA Women&rsquo;s Regional</strong></a> event. The details are <a href="http://www.pba.com/Tournaments/Regional/3430" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>GIBA operator Joe Engelkes scheduled the Fusion months ago.</p> <p>The Diamond Jo Regional originally was scheduled for Sept. 20-21, but Cherry Lanes manager Bob Hochrein said in an email on Thursday that tournament sponsor Budweiser understandably wanted Pete Weber to compete in the Regional and he was available Sept. 13-14 but not Sept. 20-21.</p> <p>PBA Midwest Region manager Rich Weber has graciously agreed not to prevent any PBA members from bowling the Fusion, and in return is hoping that many of the bowlers&nbsp;who don&rsquo;t make the cut&nbsp;at the Fusion will enter the Regional on Sunday.</p> <p>Undoubtedly, some of the PBA members who bowl the Fusion will make the cut, keeping some high level players out of the Regional, which should make it more enticing to non-members who might not otherwise enter.</p> <p>That could mean a stronger-than-expected turnout for the Regional, though the entry list might look even smaller than normal when it&rsquo;s posted during the week.</p> <p>I paid my entry for the Regional last week when it was scheduled for Sept. 20-21.</p> <p>I am not certain what I will do, but am leaning toward skipping a Fusion for the first time and bowling the Regional.</p> <p>I have no expectations of contending for the title in either event and am mostly interested in doing what is best for bowling.</p> <p>I have strong ties to the Diamond Jo and Cherry Lanes and to Joe and the GIBA: As many know, we all are cooperating to put on the 11thFrame.com Open at Cherry Lanes on Aug. 16-17. Details are in my blog <a href="../../../news/article/6718" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The Fusion undoubtedly is going to have a huge turnout as it always does and certainly doesn&rsquo;t need my entry to be successful.</p> <p>The Regional, on the other hand, can use every entry and also pros for the charity pro-am on Saturday night, so I&rsquo;m thinking it would be better for me to be there.&nbsp;Hope the pro-am bowlers don&rsquo;t mind bowling with an old has-been!</p> <p>I hope anyone who bowls the Fusion and doesn&rsquo;t make the cut&nbsp;will join me in Dubuque.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:00:00 -0600 6779 The 11th Frame: Bowlmor AMF-Brunswick deal made sense for both parties, sale prospects for Retail Products business hard to figure, equity analyst says http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6779 <p>The Bowlmor AMF-Brunswick deal made sense for both parties, but sale prospects for Brunswick&rsquo;s Retail Products business are hard to figure, an equity analyst who has studied the deal told 11thFrame.com.</p> <p>As I wrote up <a href="../../../news/article/6758" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>, Brunswick announced in a news release last Thursday that it has agreed to sell its Retail Bowling business (85 bowling centers) 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>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a pretty good gamble for Bowlmor,&rdquo; Rob Plaza, a senior equity analyst with Key Private Bank in Cleveland, said in an interview a couple of days after the deal was announced. &ldquo;And that (Retail Bowling) business wasn&rsquo;t helping Brunswick&rsquo;s publicly traded valuation, with slower growth and lower margins than marine engines and boats and fitness. So they sell that off and now you can argue that they can trade at a higher valuation.&rdquo;</p> <p>Plaza, a former PBA member with one PBA Regional title who no longer bowls due to back problems, said he has talked with Brunswick&rsquo;s management team in the past (well before last week) and they &ldquo;knew the value of the Brunswick brand and what it stood for. It really didn&rsquo;t come easy for them to make this decision, even though when you run the numbers financially it was the right thing to do for Brunswick shareholders.&rdquo;</p> <p>Plaza said the Bowlmor AMF&nbsp;deal was not a surprise &ldquo;knowing everything that led up to it,&rdquo; although he added that he &ldquo;was shocked at the price they got for the centers. That was a pretty aggressive bid.&rdquo;</p> <p>But he said whether Bowlmor AMF overpaid is a &ldquo;a tricky question&rdquo; that partly depends on what they are going to do with the business going forward.</p> <p>&ldquo;Even though the industry is struggling, it&rsquo;s still a very profitable enterprise,&rdquo; Plaza said. &ldquo;I think most of the Brunswick centers are clustered with others and that helps with some scale and savings on costs. And it&rsquo;s a cash cow so as long as they don&rsquo;t have to reinvest any of the cash back into the business it&rsquo;s going to make a lot of money for (Bowlmor AMF).</p> <p>&ldquo;The problem Brunswick had is in order to see growth they would have had to reinvest all that cash back into the business. And that is not as attractive for your investor.&rdquo;</p> <p>Plaza looked at Brunswick going back a decade and found that bowling and billiards was almost as big as fitness in 2005, with marine engines and boats by far the biggest piece of Brunswick. Everything crashed with the economy in 2009, with bowling falling the least.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, with the recovery, &ldquo;all of the businesses came back except for bowling. It&rsquo;s dropped by almost 40 percent and flattened out.&rdquo;</p> <p>Plaza said he was unable to find out how much of the land the centers sit on was owned by Brunswick.</p> <p>&ldquo;If you&rsquo;re Bowlmor and you own the land and can run it for 10, 20 years, bleed it for all the cash and sell at the end for the land they will end up coming out pretty good,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>Plaza said that overall the retail bowling business is in a stabilization period.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not getting any worse,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And as more and more centers close, it makes those that survive incrementally more profitable.&rdquo;</p> <p>One reason for center closings is that bowling doesn&rsquo;t generate near the revenue per square foot that something like a grocery store does.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a tough business,&rdquo; Plaza said of retail bowling. &ldquo;I cover retail stocks. You walk into a Costco and they use every inch of square footage in the building to sell product. A bowling center, you can&rsquo;t jam people into the lane beds or in the back with the machines. The value per square foot is much more in many other businesses.&rdquo;</p> <p>Plaza&rsquo;s analysis found that while Brunswick&rsquo;s Retail Bowling business has about twice the revenues of the Bowling Products business, its operating profits before taxes are about five times more.</p> <p>&ldquo;To me it looks like Brunswick was carrying the products business,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;They were using it for marketing&nbsp;&mdash; helping out the retail business. On its own, it doesn&rsquo;t look very attractive. It&rsquo;s very expensive and not that big in the overall scheme of things.&rdquo;</p> <p>Yet Brunswick&rsquo;s Bowling Products business is huge in bowling, he said, accounting for about one-third of the $350 million global industry.</p> <p>Brunswick said in its announcement that &ldquo;we anticipate net proceeds from both these divestitures and associated actions, which reflect our current estimates for taxes and liabilities to be paid, to approximate $270 million to $290 million.&rdquo;</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve heard chatter that Brunswick is asking $40 million for the Bowling Products business, which still would give it a much lower valuation than the Retail Bowling business that has about twice the revenues and five times the operating profits before taxes.</p> <p>&ldquo;The figures they are looking at are really low,&rdquo; Plaza said.</p> <p>Brunswick said in the release that it would sell the business by the end of 2014, which seems to put it in a bad negotiating position.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think that admits that there&rsquo;s not many people interested in buying and if they are interested they don&rsquo;t have the means or access to capital to pay a lot,&rdquo; Plaza said. &ldquo;What are you really buying? I think the brand is the most valuable piece of this. They don&rsquo;t really have to buy production facility.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is profitable,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;But given the size of business and global industry there&rsquo;s not really much growth potential. Only emerging markets really have any growth/expansion.&rdquo;</p> <p>Plaza said he wouldn&rsquo;t be surprised to see pieces of the Bowling Products business sold off separately.</p> <p><a href="http://www.brunswickbowling.com/news/article/open-letter-to-the-bowling-industry/" target="_blank"><strong>Here is a statement Brunswick issued on Thursday, July 24 regarding the sale of its Bowling Products Business</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0600 6777 The 11th Frame: Pete Weber finally gets 1st PBA50 Tour title of season in Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6777 <p>After a season of near-misses, Pete Weber finally got his first PBA50 Tour title of 2014, defeating Randy Pedersen 259-207 in the title match to win the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic presented by Ebonite.</p> <p>En route to being named PBA50 Tour Rookie of the Year in 2013, Weber won twice, including the USBC Senior Masters.</p> <p>But heading into this week this season, Weber had five top-eight finishes without a title, including seconds at the Suncoast Senior U.S. Open and PBA50 Miller High Life Classic, third in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages and fourth in the USBC Senior Masters.</p> <p>That changed&nbsp;in Fort Wayne, as&nbsp;the Hall of Famer dominated qualifying with a 16-game total of 3,982 (248.8 average), then survived four rounds of match play culminating with the win over Pedersen.</p> <p>Pedersen, who was trying for his second career PBA50 Tour title, jumped out to the early lead in the title match with three strikes, but ran into trouble in the seventh frame when he missed the 2-10 split while Weber struck in seven of the first eight frames.</p> <p>&ldquo;We were all leaving a lot of corner pins so I thought it was a good time to change to a different ball for the final match,&rdquo; Weber said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/7/23/Pete-Weber-Wins-PBA50-Pro-Bowl-West-Fort-Wayne-Classic-For-Third-Career-PBA50-Tour-title.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;The lane conditions were transitioning pretty quickly and the ball wasn&rsquo;t driving into the pocket like it should so I went to a ball that hooked more and revved sooner and it was the right choice.&rdquo;</p> <p>PBA reported that the win moved Weber into second in the PBA50 Player of the Year race behind Hall of Famer Norm Duke with three tournaments remaining in the season. Duke did not compete in the Fort Wayne event.</p> <p>&ldquo;If you want to be the best, you have to keep at it,&rdquo; Weber said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/7/23/Pete-Weber-Wins-PBA50-Pro-Bowl-West-Fort-Wayne-Classic-For-Third-Career-PBA50-Tour-title.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I still look at guys like Walter Ray (Williams Jr.) and the other great bowlers and that&rsquo;s what keeps me going. I still love to bowl and love to travel.&rdquo;</p> <p>In what was an all-Hall of Fame semifinals, Weber beat Wayne Webb 223-210 while Pedersen edged Johnny Petraglia 207-192.</p> <p>Bill McCorkle, who defeated Petraglia in the title match Sunday to win the PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Storm, lost to Pedersen in the Round of 8.</p> <p>Detailed scores from match play are <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/07/23/PBA50-Pro-Bowl-West-Fort-Wayne-Classic-presented-by-Ebonite-Match-Play-Rounds.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The PBA50 Tour moves to Capri Lanes in Kettering, Ohio, Monday through next Thursday for the PBA50 Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip, followed by stops in Hammond, Indiana and Welch, Minnesota in August.</p> <p>All of the competition will be webcast by PBA Xtra Frame.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA50 PRO BOWL WEST FORT WAYNE CLASSIC PRESENTED BY EBONITE</strong><br /><strong>Wednesday&rsquo;s Final Results</strong><br /><em>Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne, Indiana</em><br /><em>n=non-member</em></p> <p><strong>Championship Match</strong><br />Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo. ($7,500) def. Randy Pedersen, Orlando, Fla. ($4,000), 259-207.</p> <p><strong>Semifinal Round</strong><br /><em>(one-game matches, losers eliminated, earn $2,300)</em><br />Weber def. Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 223-210.<br />Pedersen def. Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 207-192.</p> <p><strong>Round of 8</strong><br /><em>(best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $1,600)</em><br />Pedersen def. Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 2-0.<br />Petraglia def. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2-0.<br />Webb def. Ralph Brunt Jr., Ft. Pierce, Fla., 2-1.<br />Weber def. n-Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn. 2-1.</p> <p><strong>Round of 16</strong><br /><em>(best-of-five games, losers eliminated, earn $1,300)</em><br />Weber def. Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3-1.<br />Lantto def. Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3-2.<br />Brunt def. Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3-0.<br />Webb def. Darron Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3-1.<br />Pedersen def. Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3-2.<br />McCorkle def. Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3-2.<br />Petraglia def. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3-0.<br />Bohn def. Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3-0.</p> <p><strong>Round of 24</strong><br /><em>(best-of-five games, losers eliminate, earn $1,100)</em><br />Goebel def. n-Jim Starks, San Bernardino, Calif., 3-0.<br />Lantto def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3-1.<br />Brunt def. Dale Eagle, Laguna Hills, Calif., 3-0.<br />Traber def. Lennie Boresch Jr. Kenosha, Wis., 3-1.<br />McCorkle def. Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3-1.<br />Petraglia def. Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 3-1.<br />Bohn def. Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3-0.<br />Peters def. John Chapman, Canada, 3-2.</p> <p><strong>Round of 32</strong><br /><em>(best-of-five games, losers eliminated, earn $1,000)</em><br />Goebel def. Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 3-2.<br />Lantto def. Chris Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3-2.<br />Brunt def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3-0.<br />Peters def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3-1.<br />Boresch def. Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3-2.<br />McCorkle def. Williams Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3-0.<br />McDonald def. Marc Lineberry, Comanche, Iowa, 3-2.<br />Staikoff def. Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3-1.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0600 6778 The 11th Frame: Diana Zavjalova, Tish Johnson earn qualifying leads at Women’s All-Star, Senior Women’s U.S. Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6778 <p>Diana Zavjalova and Tish Johnson grabbed the leads as qualifying ended Wednesday at the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America Women's All-Star Tournament and 2014 Bowling's Senior Women's U.S. Open, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</p> <p>Zavjalova, a 22-year-old right-hander from Latvia and Webber University, totaled 3,893 for 18 games at Cherry Bowl in Rockford, Illinois as she moved past first- and second-round leader Jodi Woessner, who is second at 3,805. Lefty Shannon Pluhowsky is third with 3,797.</p> <p>"I'm pretty happy with how I bowled, especially because I was consistent all three days," Zavjalova said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622322375" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "It hasn't been too difficult to get to the pocket, but I struggled with carry at times. After so many games now, I know a little better what to do if I leave a 10 pin, so I'm really looking forward to tomorrow."</p> <p>USBC Hall of Famer Johnson totaled 3,509 for 18 games as no senior woman was able to average 200 on the challenging <a href="http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/usbcongress/bowl/tournaments/pdfs/Women/Pattern.pdf"><strong>the 39-foot lane pattern being used in the tournaments</strong></a>. Defending champion Paula Vidad is second at 3,484 and USBC Hall of Famer Lucy Sandelin is third with 3,435.</p> <p>"I don't really pay attention to the standings, and I never give up until the last ball is thrown," Johnson said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622322375" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "Qualifying is qualifying, but I really enjoy when we get to match play. It's a different mindset. It's exciting. And with the 30 bonus pins, that's where you really get the opportunity to try and separate yourself."</p> <p>On Thursday, the top 16 All-Star Tournament participants from the 75-player field will bowl 16 games of round-robin match play, and the top eight in the 28-player Senior Women's U.S. Open will bowl eight games of match play to determine the stepladder finalists for each event.</p> <p>The Senior Women's U.S. Open stepladder finals are scheduled for Thursday, and the BPAA Women's All-Star Tournament finals will be Friday.</p> <p>Team USA member Brittni Hamilton grabbed the final spot in match play at the All-Star at 3,637 total, and Lil Johnson the last spot at the Senior Women's U.S. Open with 3,315.</p> <p>All of the competition is being webcast on BowlTV. Thursday&rsquo;s bowling starts at 8 a.m. Central time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0rAudJM_xg&amp;feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here is the archive of A squad on Wednesday</strong></a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7dVef8CS7Y&amp;feature" target="_blank"><strong>here is the archive of B squad on Wednesday</strong></a>.</p> <p>The Women's All Star Tournament, which began in 1971, was the pre-cursor to Bowling's U.S. Women's Open, which is on hiatus until 2015. The tournament is highlighting the history of women's bowling and celebrating the 40th anniversary of formation of the Ladies Pro Bowling Tour. The Women's All-Star winner earns $15,000, while the Senior Women's U.S. Open champion earns $3,000.</p> <p>The Senior Women's U.S. Open marks the third and final stop of the Senior Women's Triple Crown Series presented by The Orleans. The Triple Crown Series is a special competition for bowlers who compete in the United States Bowling Congress Senior Queens, National Golden Ladies Classic and Senior Women's U.S. Open.</p> <p>The top 10 players in the Triple Crown standings, which combines qualifying totals from all three events, will take part in the Triple Crown Shoot-Out presented by The Orleans. The Triple Crown Shoot-Out will be held after the Senior Women's U.S. Open qualifying rounds July 24 at The Cherry Bowl.</p> <p>Sandelin won the Triple Crown Shoot-Out in 2013.</p> <p>Bowling's U.S. Open officially will return in 2015 after USBC and BPAA agreed to a three-year deal that will see USBC operate and conduct the U.S. Open for men and women in 2015, 2016 and 2017. As part of the agreement, USBC and BPAA each will contribute at least $100,000 annually toward operating the events. Further details will be announced at a later date. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/6649" target="_blank"><strong>My coverage of the U.S. Opens being saved is here</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2014 BPAA WOMEN'S ALL-STAR</strong><br /><em>Cherry Bowl, Rockford, Ill.<br />Wednesday's results<br /></em><strong>QUALIFYING - ROUND 3</strong><br /><strong>TOP&nbsp;16</strong><br /><em>(18 games)</em><br />1, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 3,893.<br />2, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 3,805.<br />3, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 3,797.<br />4, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,767.<br />5, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 3,758.<br />6, Marcia Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, 3,751.<br />7, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 3,731.<br />8, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,720.<br />9, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 3,717.<br />10, Cassandra Leuthold, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,714.<br />11, Alexis Ijams, Wichita, Kan., 3,704.<br />12, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 3,690.<br />13, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,675.<br />14, Elysia Current, Wichita, Kan., 3,651.<br />15, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 3,646.<br />16, Brittni Hamilton, Webster, N.Y., 3,637.<br /><strong>OTHER CASHERS</strong><br />17, Josie Earnest, Vandalia, Ill., 3,633. $800<br />18, Leanne Hulsenberg, Ogden, Utah, 3,630. $500<br />19, Jenny Brown, Lake Wales, Fla., 3,618. $500<br />20, Natalie Cortese, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 3,607. $500</p> <p><strong>2014 BOWLING'S SENIOR WOMEN'S U.S. OPEN</strong><br /><em>Cherry Bowl, Rockford, Illinois</em><br /><em>Wednesday's results<br /></em><strong>QUALIFYING - ROUND 3</strong><br /><strong>TOP 8</strong><br /><em>(18 games)</em><br />1, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,509.<br />2, Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., 3,484.<br />3, Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 3,435.<br />4, Sharon Powers, Lakewood, Colo., 3,413.<br />5, Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 3,383.<br />6, Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,375.<br />7, Jan Schmidt, Hales Corners, Wis., 3,360.<br />8, Lil Johnson, Lawton, Okla., 3,315.<br /><strong>OTHER CASHERS</strong><br />9, Char Hammel, Las Vegas, 3,304. $300<br />10, Carol Teel, The Villages, Fla., 3,245. $200</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6775 The 11th Frame: Pete Weber leads top 32 into match play at PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6775 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Pete Weber cruised to the qualifying lead with an average near 250 as the top 32 headed into match play in the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic presented by Ebonite.</span></p> <p>The legendary Hall of Famer fired games of 289, 222, 258, 238, 258, 257, 244 and 247 in Tuesday&rsquo;s second round for a 16-game total of 3,982 (248.8 average).</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a higher scoring condition so it&rsquo;s a matter of finding the right ball and angle to the pocket, then it&rsquo;s just going through the motions,&rdquo; Weber said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2014/7/22/Pete-Weber-Tops-PBA50-Pro-Bowl-West-Fort-Wayne-Classic-Qualifying.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;The goal was to finish in the top eight to get the two byes for match play and from there it&rsquo;s up to me to finish the job. There&rsquo;ll be plenty of time to relax before match play so I&rsquo;ll have time to be as prepared as I can be.&rdquo;</p> <p>Weber, who was the 2013 PBA50 Rookie of the Year, holds a 59-pin lead over fellow Hall of Famer and Storm staffer Randy Pedersen.</p> <p>Rounding out the top eight were Mike Edwards at 3,826, Wayne Webb with 3,794, Mike Henry 3,784, Harry Sullins 3,772, Kent Wagner 3,756, and Ron Mohr 3,748.</p> <p>Wednesday&rsquo;s match play starts at 9 a.m. Central time, with all of the competition webcast by PBA Xtra Frame.</p> <p>Weber last season won twice on the PBA50 Tour including the USBC Senior Masters. This season he has five top-eight finishes including seconds at the Suncoast Senior U.S. Open and PBA50 Miller High Life Classic, third in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages and fourth in the USBC Senior Masters.</p> <p>I ended up tied for 64<sup>th</sup> at 3,383 in my first competition since last month&rsquo;s USBC Senior Masters.</p> <p>After a first round in which my high game was 237 and knowing I needed probably 250 over to have any chance at advancing, I gambled and tried something totally different by using very strong equipment &ndash; a Roto Grip HYPER CELL and Storm ZERO GRAVITY &ndash; and trying to play a little deeper around 15-board at the arrows and hooking it more.</p> <p>The result on the 39-foot PBA50 Chameleon pattern was a strike-or-split train wreck start of 168 and 187 that effectively ended any hopes I had for match play.</p> <p>I then went the other way with a HY-ROAD PEARL back to the right fairly direct around 10-board and resumed getting small strings and 9-counts and spares for small 200s.</p> <p>After a couple of games of that, I moved inside 15-board and used a strong MARVEL-S to get small strings and 9-counts and spares for small 200s.</p> <p>And for the last two games, I went with the new Storm PITCH BLACK urethane straight up about 10-board and actually had my best look of the week! The PITCH BLACK is much stronger than any urethane Storm has produced and can definitely be used on today&rsquo;s oils and patterns.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m hoping to get my review up soon. Suffice it to say, I love the PITCH BLACK and so does everyone else I&rsquo;ve talked to who has used it.</p> <p>My final six games were 235, 207, 225, 206, 232 and 202.</p> <p>It was a disappointing result but I had a great time crossing with Parker Bohn III, seeing tons of great friends and getting back into competition. My wrist held up fine with my old grip and I am looking forward to a lot of bowling starting next month with the PBA50 Tour stops in Hammond, Indiana and Welch, Minnesota, the Petersen Classic in between, and my 11thFrame.com Open and some PBA Regional events following.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA50 PRO BOWL WEST FORT WAYNE CLASSIC PRESENTED BY EBONITE</strong><br /><strong>Tuesday&rsquo;s second round results&nbsp;</strong><br /><em>(16 games)</em><br /><em>Top 32 advance to match play</em><br /><em><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind.<br /></span>n=non-member</em><br /><em>s-denotes super seniors ages 60 and over out of the regular prize fund cashing for $700</em></p> <p>1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,982.<br />2, Randy Pedersen, Orlando, Fla., 3,923.<br />3, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,826.<br />4, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,794.<br />5, Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,784.<br />6, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,772.<br />7, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3,756.<br />8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,748.<br />9, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,746.<br />10, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,743.<br />11, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,737.<br />12, (TIE) Dale Eagle, Newport Beach, Calif., and John Chapman, Canada, 3,732<br />14, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,726.<br />15, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,724.<br />16, n-Jim Starks, San Bernardino, Calif., 3,723.<br />17, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,712.<br />18, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,691.<br />19, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,689.<br />20, Darron Peters, Murrieta, Calif., 3,687.<br />21, Ralph Brunt Jr., Ft. Pierce, Fla., 3,681.<br />22, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 3,659.<br />23, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,640.<br />24, n-Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 3,623.<br />25, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,618.<br />26, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,606.<br />27, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,602.<br />28, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,597.<br />29, (tie) Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., and Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,595.<br />31, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,582.<br />32, Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 3,578.</p> <p><strong>Missed Cut</strong><br />33, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,575, $900.<br />34, s-Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,570, $700.<br />35, s-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,562, $700.<br />36, s-Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,560, $700.<br />37, Bruce VanMetre, Delphos, Ohio, 3,555.<br />38, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 3,543.<br />39, s-Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,537, $700.<br />40, s-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,532, $700.<br />41, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,525.<br />42, Scott Sustar, Medina, Ohio, 3,522.<br />43, (tie) n-Larry Salvati , Canada, and s-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,518, $700.<br />45, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,516.<br />46, s-Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 3,509, $700.<br />47, s-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,507, $700.<br />48, Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y., 3,503.<br />49, Dale Strike, Saginaw, Mich., 3,495.<br />50, Jeffrey Taylor, Madison, Wis., 3,482.<br />51, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,475.<br />52, Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 3,470.<br />53, Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 3,468.<br />54, (tie) Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., and Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,444.<br />56, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3,432.<br />57, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,426.<br />58, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 3,418.<br />59, Mike Mineman, Belleville, Ill., 3,411.<br />60, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,398.<br />61, (tie) Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., and Mark Medler, Waterloo, Ind., 3,391.<br />63, Tommy Martin, Arlington, Tenn., 3,389.<br />64, (tie) Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, and Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 3,383.<br />66, (tie) Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., and Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,374.<br />68, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,373.<br />69, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,370.<br />70, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 3,363.<br />71, n-Fred Phillips, Canada, 3,344.<br />72, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,339.<br />73, n-Gary Gatchell, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,338.<br />74, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 3,337.<br />75, Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,334.<br />76, Steve Jones, Berlin, Md., 3,333.<br />77, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,326.<br />78, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 3,304.<br />79, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 3,300.<br />80, Dan Duskin, Atlantic, Iowa, 3,279.<br />81, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 3,268.<br />82, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 3,264.<br />83, Norm Ginsberg, West Babylon, 3,234.<br />84, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,211.<br />85, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,196.<br />86, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,189.<br />87, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 3,142.<br />88, n-Gilbert Kuchta, West Allis, Wis., 3,133.<br />89, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,127.<br />90, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 3,121.<br />91, Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 3,110.<br />92, Thomas Kelley Sr., Omaha, Neb., 3,096.<br />93, n-Victor VanHentenryck, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,085.<br />94, Edgar Gomez, Colombia, 3,079.<br />95, n-Scott Winschief, New Richmond, Ind., 3,074.<br />96, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 3,049.<br />97, Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 3,032.<br />98, Dale Holgate, Silver Lake, Ohio, 3,008.<br />99, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,498 (withdrew).</p> <p><em>300 Games - Frank Gallo Jr., Mike Henry, Lee Brosius</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0600 6776 The 11th Frame: Jodi Woessner extends Women’s All-Star lead, Paula Vidad grabs Senior Women’s U.S. Open lead after 2nd qualifying rounds http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6776 <p>Jodi Woessner extended her lead in the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America Women's All-Star Tournament and Paula Vidad grabbed the lead in the 2014 Bowling's Senior Women's U.S. Open after Tuesday&rsquo;s second rounds of qualifying at Cherry Bowl in Rockford, Illinois.</p> <p>Woessner, a 44-year-old right-hander, started Tuesday with a 247 game and finished with a 12-game total of 2,629, 45 pins ahead of Alexis Ijams. Longtime Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky is third with 2,567.</p> <p>"I am very pleased with my execution today, and I definitely feel confident going into tomorrow," Woessner said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622322370" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "The last couple of games got a little tricky, and there was a lot more transition and movement today than we saw yesterday.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">"I really just wanted to grind it out and stay clean today, which I did. More than anything, I just didn't want to make a wrong move and give anything away. I drilled another ball for tomorrow that I think will be the missing piece as the lanes transition, and I'll go out and get all I can again."</span></p> <p>Scores have been fairly low on&nbsp;<a href="http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/usbcongress/bowl/tournaments/pdfs/Women/Pattern.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>the 39-foot lane pattern being used in the tournaments</strong></a>.</p> <p>In the Senior Women's U.S. Open, defending champion Vidad finished the second round with games of 246 and 245 to grab the lead at 2,394 &ndash; just shy of a 200 average.</p> <p>"My confidence is really high right now, and as the week goes on, I'm getting more comfortable with the approaches and the condition and just the whole environment," Vidad said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622322370" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "The conditions are a little tougher, but whether you're over or under, you just want to stay ahead of everybody. Then, when you get to match play, it changes a little, but the goals are pretty much the same."</p> <p>Hall of Famers Lucy Sandelin and Linda Kelly follow at 2,348 and 2,311, respectively.Full results are in the PDFs attached to the end of this blog.</p> <p>All 75 players in the All-Star and 28 in the Open finish off their 18 qualifying games Wednesday before the fields are cut. The top 16 All-Star Tournament participants will bowl 16 games of round-robin match play, and the top eight in the Senior Women's U.S. Open will bowl eight games of match play to determine the stepladder finalists for each event.</p> <p>The Senior Women's U.S. Open stepladder finals are scheduled for Thursday, and the BPAA Women's All-Star Tournament finals will be Friday.</p> <p>All of the competition is being webcast on BowlTV. Wednesday&rsquo;s bowling starts at 10 a.m. Central time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q0jms9XpU4&amp;feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here is the archive of A squad on Tuesday</strong></a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35gVWYjFvnY&amp;feature" target="_blank"><strong>here is the archive of B squad on Tuesday</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The Women's All Star Tournament, which began in 1971, was the pre-cursor to Bowling's U.S. Women's Open, which is on hiatus until 2015. The tournament is highlighting the history of women's bowling and celebrating the 40th anniversary of formation of the Ladies Pro Bowling Tour. The Women's All-Star winner earns $15,000, while the Senior Women's U.S. Open champion earns $3,000.<br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The Senior Women's U.S. Open marks the third and final stop of the Senior Women's Triple Crown Series presented by The Orleans. The Triple Crown Series is a special competition for bowlers who compete in the United States Bowling Congress Senior Queens, National Golden Ladies Classic and Senior Women's U.S. Open.</span></p> <p>The top 10 players in the Triple Crown standings, which combines qualifying totals from all three events, will take part in the Triple Crown Shoot-Out presented by The Orleans. The Triple Crown Shoot-Out will be held after the Senior Women's U.S. Open qualifying rounds July 24 at The Cherry Bowl.</p> <p>Sandelin won the Triple Crown Shoot-Out in 2013.</p> <p>Bowling's U.S. Open officially will return in 2015 after USBC and BPAA agreed to a three-year deal that will see USBC operate and conduct the U.S. Open for men and women in 2015, 2016 and 2017. As part of the agreement, USBC and BPAA each will contribute at least $100,000 annually toward operating the events. Further details will be announced at a later date. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/6649" target="_blank"><strong>My coverage of the U.S. Opens being saved is here</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2014 BPAA WOMEN'S ALL-STAR</strong><br /><em>Cherry Bowl, Rockford, Ill.<br />Tuesday's results</em></p> <p><strong>QUALIFYING - ROUND 2</strong><br /><em>Top 10</em><br /><em>(12 games)</em><br />1, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,629.<br />2, Alexis Ijams, Wichita, Kan., 2,584.<br />3, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 2,567.<br />4, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,565.<br />5, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 2,557.<br />6, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,553.<br />7, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 2,528.<br />8, Brittni Hamilton, Webster, N.Y., 2,520.<br />9, Leanne Hulsenberg, Ogden, Utah, 2,516.<br />10, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,494.</p> <p><strong>2014 BOWLING'S SENIOR WOMEN'S U.S. OPEN</strong><br /><em>Cherry Bowl, Rockford, Ill.</em><br /><em>Tuesday's results<br /></em><br /><strong>QUALIFYING - ROUND 2</strong><br /><em>Top 5</em><br /><em>(12 games)</em><br />1, Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., 2,394.<br />2, Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 2,348.<br />3, Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,311.<br />4, Jan Schmidt, Hales Corners, Wis., 2,305.<br />5, Char Hammel, Las Vegas, 2,287.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6772 The 11th Frame: USBC makes proper changes to ball surface altering rule for Open Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6772 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The United States Bowling Congress sometimes is slow to make changes that obviously are necessary for fairness in bowling, but it usually gets the big things correct eventually. &nbsp;</span></p> <p>Some prime examples include having fresh oil for all squads at the Open Championships and having an adequate amount of warm-up time before team and minors at the Open Championships. Those were changes that greatly improved the equity of the tournament for all players.</p> <p>One issue that had been below the radar screens of most bowlers is the quirky ball surface altering rule at the Open Championships. That all changed when Kyle Troup broke the rule in practice prior to his team event last April 11 live on BowlTV and after I was informed of what happened the next morning, I decided it was time to put the rule on the radar screens of anyone reading my blog.</p> <p>If you want to refresh yourself on what happened and the issue, my lengthy and detailed blog is <a href="../../../news/article/6575" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>I had total confidence that once called out on the rule, USBC would do what was right and fix it before the 2015 Open Championships.</p> <p>Whatever the negative types may believe about USBC, most of the people I know who work for the organization love the sport and care deeply about doing what is best for it.</p> <p>And they have proven me correct again by changing the ball surface altering rule for the 2015 Open Championships.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bowl.com/Open_Championships/Open_Championships_Home/Information/" target="_blank"><strong>Here is the page with the rules for the 2015 tournament</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">And here is how the pertinent part of rule 9 on equipment now reads:</span></p> <p><em>The Manager on Duty will handle any questionable circumstances.</em><br /><em>BOWLING BALLS &mdash; Every bowler must have a bowling ball and shoes for his/her exclusive use. Each entrant will be allowed a maximum of eight bowling balls. Only USBC approved bowling balls will be allowed and MUST have the manufacturer&rsquo;s name, product name and serial number clearly visible at all times for identification purposes. Balls and drilling must meet all USBC specifications. All bowling balls may be checked for compliance with USBC Equipment Specifications.</em><br /><em>EQUIPMENT ALTERATIONS &mdash; Altering the surface of a bowling ball by the use of abrasives, cleaners or polish is prohibited during competition. In addition, no substance may be placed on the outer surface of the bowling ball. You are permitted to sand the surface of your bowling balls prior to certified competition; however, the use of abrasives is strictly prohibited once the first ball is thrown in competition. The outer surface of the bowling ball may only be cleaned with a dry towel once the bowler has begun competition. No modifications can be made to affect the balance of the bowling ball once competition has begun (i.e. additional weight holes, modification of existing holes, etc).</em><br /><em>NOTE:</em><br /><em>Rule 18/3 &ndash; Since the tournament is conducting doubles and singles concurrently, you cannot alter the surface of the bowling ball (including sanding) between events. Competition is defined as any time teams or individuals are bowling for score.</em><br /><em>&bull; Penalty for the first offense: Individual is warned and the ball is removed from that competition for the remainder of the series, match or block (Doubles and Singles is considered a block).</em><br /><em>&bull; Second offense: Disqualification from the remainder of the event in which the violation occurred.</em></p> <p>This essentially make the rule the same for the Open Championships as it is for other certified competition, which is how it should be. You can lter the surface of your equipment prior to the start of competition, including out on the lanes during practice, not just in the lockerroom.</p> <p>Props to USBC for taking another step that improves the Open Championships.</p> <p>Maybe some day they will do what I have advocated for years and allow ball surfaces to be altered at any time, which will level the playing field to a degree between staff players&nbsp;and others who can afford many bowling balls and the average bowler: A 4-ball arsenal effectively becomes a 12-ball arsenal or more if surfaces can be altered&nbsp;at any time.&nbsp;</p> <p>In at least some international competition, players are allowed to alter their ball surfaces between games in a designated area outside the settee.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:00:00 -0600 6774 The 11th Frame: QuibicaAMF comments on Brunswick moves http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6774 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">QuibicaAMF has issued a statement on Brunswick getting out of the bowling business.</span></p> <p>As I wrote up <a href="../../../news/article/6758" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>, Brunswick announced in a news release last Thursday that it has agreed to sell its Retail Bowling business (85 bowling centers) 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>QubicaAMF is the lanes, pinsetters, etc. unit of what once was the all encompassing AMF.</p> <p>QuibicaAMF is a separate company from Bowlmor AMF, which includes the bowling centers of what once was the all encompassing AMF.</p> <p>In other words, QuibicaAMF has no dog in this race &ndash; beyond being a competitor of Brunswick&rsquo;s Bowling Product&rsquo;s business.</p> <p>But clearly the company is worried about more negativity about bowling hurting the industry and its business.</p> <p><a href="http://talktenpin.net/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=10021&amp;Itemid=139" target="_blank"><strong>This was the statement on TalkTenpin.net by QuibicaAMF executive Roger Creamer</strong></a>:</p> <p><em>After a&nbsp;number of difficult years for the industry as a whole this announcement will do&nbsp;little to add confidence. It is for this reason that I am communicating with&nbsp;you to advise you of the QubicaAMF position.</em><br /><em>You can&nbsp;rest assured of our commitment for the long term to your success and to the bowling&nbsp;business as a whole. Bowling is our only focus and our business is&nbsp;sound. We continue to demonstrate we are &ldquo;all in&rdquo; for this&nbsp;industry. <br />In the last&nbsp;few years, whilst most industries have been adversely affected by the global&nbsp;slowdown, </em><em>QubicaAMF has continued to invest in its product lines. We introduced&nbsp;new lanes, SPL II as well as a range of coloured lane panels, the all new Edge&nbsp;Pinspotter, the world&rsquo;s only bowler&rsquo;s entertainment system, BES X, as well as a&nbsp;lower price entry level scoring system, QScore.</em><br /><em>This year we launched the&nbsp;Harmony furniture line, the safety minded, energy efficient ball return and a&nbsp;new range of masking units. Look at our new bowling centre installations, almost&nbsp;everything you see today has been developed and launched during the deepest&nbsp;recession in modern times. And we are committed to continue to invest into new&nbsp;and innovative products and services that will make our customers more profitable.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:45:00 -0600 6773 The 11th Frame: The Open Championships group you should join on Facebook http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6773 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">I have never met Keith Dumphy, but thanks to Facebook we have become friends based on our love for the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.</span></p> <p>Keith is a bowler who loves the tournament and has channeled that love into creating an Open Championships Facebook page that is an incredibly valuable resource.</p> <p>I refer to it often and encourage anyone who bowls in or follows the Open Championships to request a membership.</p> <p>Keith will be closing his 2014 page soon and already has opened his <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/482715161831580/" target="_blank"><strong>2015 page here</strong></a>. He has numerous threads up with information on hotels, restaurants, casinos, etc. in El Paso and the surrounding area.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Keith operates it as a closed group so you need to ask to join and then he will approve you.</span></p> <p>Be aware that he does not hesitate to remove people who violate his policies, which I have found to mostly be a good thing. He allows plenty of debate &ndash; so long as it doesn&rsquo;t cross the line into personal attacks and ridiculous negativity.</p> <p>He also exerts a welcome heavy hand in removing posts that aren&rsquo;t on topic.</p> <p>This blog is my way of saying thanks to Keith for his tireless volunteer efforts.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:30:00 -0600 6765 The 11th Frame: $25,000 raised for Hall of Fame at Bowl Expo http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6765 <p>The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame had a good week at International Bowl Expo in Orlando, Florida.</p> <p>Even without the traditional Salute to Bowling this year, more than $25,000 still was raised for the Hall of Fame through a combination of raffle tickets sales and donations, the Bowling Proprietors&rsquo; Association of America reported in a recent news release (I don&rsquo;t have a link).</p> <p>BPAA said the annual raffle brought in $15,000 in profit after paying pro shop operator Mike Wolfe on his winning ticket. Another $5,000 was donated by former president and new BPAA hall of famer Mike Ducat after he won BPAA's $25,000 raffle. The IBM/HF also received $5,000 from the National Association of Independent Resurfacers as one of several donations to several charities as part of the organization's dissolution.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;</strong>We would like to thank all of those attendees who purchased raffle tickets and especially want to express our appreciation to Mike Ducat and NAIR president Greg Pasidora for their generosity,&rdquo; outgoing IBM/HF president/chairman of the board Keith Hamilton said in the release.</p> <p>Hamilton had previously announced he was stepping down after serving three terms as president/chairman, with industry veteran Bob Gudorf, executive vice president of Classic Products Corp., elected to replace him effective Aug. 1.</p> <p>&ldquo;It has been my extreme honor to serve such a great organization as the IBM/HF for so long,&rdquo; Hamilton said in the release. &ldquo;I'm confident Bob will do a great job leading us into the immediate future.&rdquo;</p> <p>"I am truly honored and humbled to be put in such an important position within the industry," Gudorf said in the release. "I will do my best to follow the legacy left by prior chairmen Pat Ciniello and Keith Hamilton, two stalwarts who have made major contributions to the hall of fame and the industry throughout their respective careers."</p> <p>Also during the week, new officers were elected for the 2014-15 season. Joining Gudorf&nbsp; will be JOMA Corp. president and immediate BPAA past president Cathy DeSocio as vice president/vice chairman; Jeff Boj&eacute; of Boj&eacute; Enterprises as treasurer; Lori Mraz of Turbo Grips as secretary; and proprietor Mike Aulby, Storm Products president/chairman Bill Chrisman; and Wally Hall and Associates president Wally Hall as directors-at-large. All start their new terms Aug. 1.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:00:00 -0600