The 11th Frame Blog en-us 2014 Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 6901 The 11th Frame: MBA Manager Bill Dennis misses perfection by a pin <p>Madison Bowling Association Manager Bill Dennis on Friday night reminded those who may have forgotten that he has bowling skills to go with his administrative skills.</p> <p>Dennis, who once competed in PBA Regionals and numerous other tournaments, fired a 299 game in a 749 series in the Prairie Lanes Couples League. Dennis does have perfect games on his bowling resume, but I&rsquo;m not sure how many.</p> <p>The top series in Madison area bowling on Friday were Rick Erce&rsquo;s 763 in the Dream Lanes Moonlight League and Cher Breunig&rsquo;s 664 in the Prairie Couples.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6898 The 11th Frame: PBA Regional weekend in Council Bluffs, Iowa offers 2 tourneys for price of 1 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">A PBA Regional weekend in Council Bluffs, Iowa Oct. 11-12 offers two tourneys for the price of one, just as it did in September 2013.</span></p> <p>On Saturday, Oct. 11, Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs will host both a PBA Regional and a PBA50 Regional.</p> <p>Details are <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The entry fees are $220 for members and $285 for non-members, with standard 1 in 3 payouts.</p> <p>The free bonus is a Baker team tournament on Sunday, Oct, 12 that carries no additional entry fee but will pay prize money to all 36 players who qualify based on their finishing positions in Saturday&rsquo;s Regionals.</p> <p>Details are not posted but will be <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> when they are posted soon.</p> <p>The 47-foot Scorpion pattern will be used for the weekend.</p> <p>PBA Midwest Region Manager Rich Weber said the top 18 from both the regular and senior Regionals will advance.</p> <p>The top six in each division will make up the 12 captains, and each team will get one regular and one senior to complete the 3-player rosters, based on finishing position.</p> <p>The teams will bowl 12 games of Baker format match play with the 12th game being position round and then the top four teams advancing to a stepladder finals.</p> <p>The winners will get $500 per man and all teams will cash, with 12th being $100 per man.</p> <p>In September 2013, the teams had four players for the Baker tourney, but there were just eight so only 32 players advanced.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/6061" target="_blank"><strong>Here</strong></a> is my blog on that weekend.</p> <p>There is no reason this excellent weekend of competition where the players will be playing for much more than their entry fees should not draw a large field.</p> <p>Many, many thanks to Ted Baer and the great folks at Thunderbowl for again hosting this special weekend.</p> <p>Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend as that is the weekend a group of us are taking our annual trip to Las Vegas to gamble, sit in a sportsbook and watch football and otherwise have a lot of fun. Our plane tickets were bought by the time these tournaments were announced.</p> <p>I wish I could be in two places at once!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0600 6897 The 11th Frame: Trevor Habich falls pin shy of perfection <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Trevor Habich fell a pin shy of perfection to highlight Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday.</span></p> <p>Habich&rsquo;s 299 game came in a 774 series in the Dream Lanes Major League.</p> <p>The top series were Mike Stabenaw&rsquo;s 788 in the Prairie Lanes Classic League and Sue&rsquo;s Brown&rsquo;s 653 in the Spartan Bowl Waubesa Mixers League.</p> <p>Next were Matt Ruhland&rsquo;s 781 in the Spartan Waubesa Mixers and Rachel Zimmer&rsquo;s 647 in the Village Lanes Thirsty League.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 773 by Jim Fosdick and 772 by Herb Kimpel in the Dream Major, and 758 by Kevin Arvold in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s CMIG League.</p> <p>Derek Eoff led the Ten Pin Alley Bullseye Masters with a 710 on the Kegel Route 66 challenge pattern. The 45-foot pattern is not quite a Sport compliant pattern but is flatter than the typical house shot.&nbsp;<a href=";VIEW=COM" target="_blank"><strong>Here is one version of the pattern</strong></a>.</p> <p>The Bullseye Masters will compete on a pair of Sport compliant patterns in the final two rounds &mdash; PBA Cheetah and Kegel Turnpike &mdash; and then the 2015 USBC Open Championships patterns in the playoffs.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6895 The 11th Frame: 6 Xtra Frame-only tourneys, return of PBA/PBA50 Doubles highlight rest of 2015 PBA Tour schedule <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The PBA released the rest of its schedule for 2015 on Thursday, including for the PBA50 Tour, which I&rsquo;ll write up in a separate blog.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">And for all the fiscal restraints PBA is operating under, I would say there is more to it than most expected</span></p> <p>For the PBA Tour, the highlights of previously unreported events are six Xtra Frame-only tourneys and the return of the PBA/PBA50 Doubles, as well as the filling out of the 9-event PBA International-World Bowling Tour schedule.</p> <p>In all, there will be 29 PBA Tour title events, with 22 programs on ESPN and CBS Sports Network, PBA said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>The U.S. Open will be held in 2015, but that now is a venture of USBC and BPAA, as I reported <a href="../../../news/article/6649" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The PBA/PBA50 Tour Doubles Championship will be in Hammond, Indiana, which has been a great host for the PBA50 Tour.</span></p> <p>The Xtra Frame-only PBA Tour title events will be in Pensacola, Florida; Lubbock, Texas; Middletown, Delaware; Portland, Maine (with the PBA League competition); Houston, Texas (the Striking Against Breast Cancer mixed doubles), and Council Bluffs, Iowa. These former regional events will feature enhanced prize funds and elevation to PBA Tour title status.</p> <p>I've been to Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs numerous times and they are great hosts and deserving of the tournament. Hopefully, a PBA Tour title event might get the Horseshoe, Harrah's or Ameristar casinos there interested in getting involved. It also gives players a chance to visit the <a href="../../../news/article/5780" target="_blank"><strong>awesome Memory Lanes Bowling Musuem across the Missouri River in Omaha owned by Ted Baer and JC Cramer that I wrote about here</strong></a>.</p> <p>PBA World Series of Bowling VII will be Oct. 16 through Nov. 1 at South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa complex in Las Vegas.</p> <p>PBA will conclude its 2014 campaign with five championship tournaments and two special events in World Series of Bowling VI at South Point in Las Vegas, followed by the Japan Cup and PBA International-World Bowling Tour events in Korea, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which means that between November 2014 and the end of 2015, PBA Tour players will compete for 37 titles and nearly $4 million in prize money.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>REST OF 2014 PBA TOUR</strong></p> <p>Oct. 24-Nov. 2: GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI (PBA Regional, PBA50 Tour, PBA Women&rsquo;s Regional Match Play Elimination Rounds; Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Viper, Scorpion, Chameleon and PBA World Championship preliminary rounds, South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas (preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, finals Nov. 1-2 and Jan. 11)</p> <p>Nov. 13-15: Japan Cup, Minami Suna Round1 Bowling Center, Tokyo, Japan</p> <p>Nov. 9-22: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Daejeon International Open, Daejeon World Cup Bowling Center, Daejeon, Korea</p> <p>Nov. 21-27: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Qatar Open, Qatar Bowling Center, Doha, Qatar</p> <p>Nov. 28-Dec. 3: PBA International-World Bowling Tour 8th Kingdom International Open, Universal Bowling Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia</p> <p>Dec. 4-15: WTBA Men&rsquo;s World Championships (non-PBA event), Khalifa International Bowling Centre, Abu Dhabi, UAE</p> <p><strong>2015 PBA TOUR</strong> <br /> <em>(tentative)</em></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Jan. 8: Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational, site to be announced, Los Angeles (ESPN, Feb. 1, 4:30 p.m. ET)</span></p> <p>Jan. 6-11: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Ballmaster Open, Tali Bowling Center, Helsinki, Finland</p> <p>Jan. 11: GEICO WSOB VI PBA World Championship stepladder finals, South Point Bowling Stadium, Las Vegas (ESPN live, 1 p.m. ET)</p> <p>Jan. 14-18: DHC PBA Japan Invitational 2015, Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan (Xtra Frame)</p> <p>Jan. 26-30: PBA Players Championship and Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship qualifying and match play, Bowlmor AMF Bowlero, Wauwatosa, Wis. (Xtra Frame)</p> <p>Feb. 1-8: United States Bowling Congress Masters, Ashwaubenon Bowl, Green Bay, Wis. (preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, finals on ESPN live, Feb. 8, 1 p.m. ET)</p> <p>Feb. 10-15: 50th Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis (preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, finals on ESPN live, Feb. 15, 1 p.m. ET); PBA Players Championship finals, Feb. 14 (ESPN, Feb. 22, 1 p.m. ET); Mark Roth/Marshall Homan PBA Doubles Championship finals, Feb. 15 (ESPN, March 1, 1 p.m. ET)</p> <p>Feb. 24-March 2: PBA International-World Bowling Tour H.H. Emir Cup, Qatar Bowling Center, Doha, Qatar</p> <p>Feb. 27-March 1: PBA Xtra Frame Pensacola South Open, New Liberty Lanes, Pensacola, Fla. (Xtra Frame)</p> <p>March 5-10: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Kingdom of Bahrain Open, Ozone Entertainment Center, Oman, Bahrain</p> <p>March 13-17: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Kuwait Open, Cozmo Bowling Center, Kuwait City, Kuwait</p> <p>March 19-22: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Brunswick Euro Challenge, Dream-Bowl Palace, Munich, Germany</p> <p>March 28-30: PBA League Playoffs and Elias Cup Finals, Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (ESPN, March 29, 4:30 p.m. ET; April 5, 3:30 p.m. ET; April 12, 2 p.m. ET and April 19, 1 p.m. ET)</p> <p>March 30-31: PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout, Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (Xtra Frame)</p> <p>May 9-17: Oklahoma&rsquo;s Grand Casino and Resort PBA Summer Swing (Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Open tournaments), Firelake Bowling Center and Grand Casino Event Center, Shawnee, Okla. (preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, finals on CBS Sports Network, air dates to be announced)</p> <p>June 26-28: PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Southwest Open, South Plains Lanes, Lubbock, Texas (Xtra Frame)</p> <p>July 31-Aug. 2: PBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas (Xtra Frame)</p> <p>Aug. 4-7: PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind. (Xtra Frame)</p> <p>Aug. 21-23: PBA Xtra Frame Middletown East Open, Middletown, Del. (Xtra Frame)</p> <p>Sept. (tba): PBA International-World Bowling Tour Thailand, Blu-O Paragon, Bangkok</p> <p>Oct. 9-11: PBA Xtra Frame Iowa Midwest Open, Council Bluffs, Iowa (Xtra Frame)</p> <p>Oct. 16-Nov. 1: PBA World Series of Bowling VII (Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion Opens; PBA World Championship; World Bowling Tour Men&rsquo;s and Women&rsquo;s Finals presented by PBA), South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas (preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, finals on ESPN, air dates to be announced)</p> <p>Nov. 21-27: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Qatar Open, Qatar Bowling Center, Doha, Qatar</p> <p>Nov. 28-Dec. 3: PBA International-World Bowling Tour 9th Kingdom International Open, Universal Bowling Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:00:00 -0600 6896 The 11th Frame: Return of PBA/PBA50 Doubles highlights 2015 PBA50 Tour schedule <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The return of the PBA/PBA50 Tour Doubles highlights the 2015 PBA50 Tour schedule that was announced Thursday by PBA in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>The PBA50 Tour kicks off in April with its southern swing in New Port Richey and The Villages in Floirda, and then Mooresville, N.C.</p> <p>The West Coast swing in June features the Senior U.S.Open at Suncoast in Las Vegas, and then stops in Brentwood, California and Grants Pass, Oregon.</p> <p>The Midwest swing in late July and early August starts at the Treasure Island Resort &amp; Casino in &nbsp;Welch, Minnesota, then moves to the Green Bay suburb of Ashwaubenon for the USBC Senior Masters, then to Hammond, Indiana for the PBA/PBA50 Doubles, and finally to Fort Wayne, Indiana for a PBA50 Tour tourney and then a PBA60 tournament.</p> <p>The PBA/PBA50 Doubles, which always was a fun tournament to compete in and watch, will partner based on qualifying scores.</p> <p>Xtra Frame will webcast all of the events except for the Senior Masters, which will be on BowlTV.</p> <p>With the Senior U.S. Open alone in Vegas, my girlfriend Susie &ldquo;Fever&rdquo; Dyhr and I will not make the drive and instead I will focus my limited vacation on the Midwest swing. I should be able to bowl three of the four, which unfortunately is likely to leave Fort Wayne off of my schedule, although skipping the Masters may make more sense to save my wrist from competing three weeks in a row &mdash; I will not miss Hammond or Minnesota unless I must due to work schedules.</p> <p>We also had considered making the Florida swing so we could visit Susie&rsquo;s sister&rsquo;s family in Atlanta and spend some time at their beach house in Gulf Shores, Alabama, but that would make it hard to make it to the 2015 USBC Hall of Fame inductions in Omaha, Nebraska, which I think are April 23. &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2015 PBA50 TOUR<br /></strong><em>(tentative)</em></p> <p>April 11-14: PBA50 Pasco County Open, Lane-Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla. (Xtra Frame)</p> <p>April 18-21: PBA50 Sun Bowl in The Villages, Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla. (Xtra Frame)</p> <p>April 26-29: PBA50 Miller High Life Classic, George Pappas&rsquo; Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C. (Xtra Frame)</p> <p>May 31-June 5: Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas (Xtra Frame)</p> <p>June 7-10: PBA50 Northern California Classic, Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif. (Xtra Frame)</p> <p>June 13-16: PBA50 Grants Pass Open, Cave Man Bowl, Grants Pass, Ore. (Xtra Frame)</p> <p>July 19-22: PBA50 Treasure Island Resort &amp; Casino Open, Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minn. (Xtra Frame)</p> <p>July 27-Aug. 1: USBC Senior Masters, Ashwaubenon Bowl, Green Bay, Wis.</p> <p>Aug. 4-7: PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind. (Xtra Frame)</p> <p>Aug. 8-11: PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Xtra Frame)</p> <p>Aug. 13-15: PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Xtra Frame)</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0600 6893 The 11th Frame: Cody Pechan fires 1st career perfect game; Mary Lo slams 713, Tammy Belz 709 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Cody Pechan fired his first career perfect game, Mary Lo slammed a 713 series and Tammy Belz a 709 to highlight Madison area bowling on Wednesday.</span></p> <p>Pechan&rsquo;s 300 came in the Oregon Bowl Community League but his series was not reported in the Wisconsin State Journal.</p> <p>Lo competed in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Mixed Nuts League, and Belz in the Prairie Lanes Eagles 623 League.</p> <p>Two men fell a shot shy of perfection: Tom Darrow with a 299 game in a 687 series in the Sugar River Lanes Badger League, and Nate Sime with a 298 in a 791 in the Viking Lanes Badger League.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 769 by Matt Gannon in the Bowl-A-Vard Mixed Nuts, and 750 by Tim Gille in the Viking Classic. &nbsp;</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6894 The 11th Frame: Danielle McEwan caps big week for Team USA at PABCON Women’s Championships with Masters gold <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Danielle McEwan capped a huge week for Team USA at the 2014 Pan American Bowling Confederation Women's Championships by winning the Masters gold, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</span></p> <p>The U.S. won all but the singles gold, which was earned by Clara Guerrero before her home country fans at the Cali Bowling Coliseum in Colombia.</p> <p>McEwan defeated teammate Missy Parkin, 2-1, in the best-of-three championship match.</p> <p>Parkin won the opening game of the championship match, 227-219, but McEwan rallied to take the next two games, 239-235 and 217-181. Parkin could have won the title in the second game, but left a 10-pin on her second shot in the 10th frame, USBC reported.</p> <p>"This was my first time traveling with the whole team, and it was so amazing learning from them," McEwan said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "It was awesome to spend time with the team because they are all so unbelievably knowledgeable, and I was just trying to keep up and learn as much as I could."</p> <p>In the semifinals, McEwan defeated Guerrero, 2-0, in a dramatic finish. McEwan won the first game 238-188, and Guerrero had a chance to force a decisive third game but got seven on her final ball to lose, 211-209.</p> <p>Parkin advanced to the gold-medal match by defeating teammate Liz Johnson, 2-1. Johnson took the opening game 232-183 before Parkin won the next two, 242-201 and 216-214.</p> <p>McEwan posted this on Facebook: &ldquo;Wow! What an absolutely unbelievable week! Just to be part of this team, and here in Colombia is such an honor... But on top of that, I'm going home with a Bronze in doubles, Gold in trios, Gold in team, and Gold in masters. Ah!!&nbsp;&nbsp; Congratulations to my teammates on such an awesome week and a big thank you for helping me out along the way! Thank you KT tape, Turbo and Storm for putting the best equipment in my hands to help me strike this week. And finally, I cannot thank Team USA and USBC enough for giving me this amazing opportunity.<br />‪#&lrm;TeamUSA ‪#&lrm;USBC ‪#&lrm;StormNation ‪#&lrm;TurboGrips ‪#&lrm;KTtapeBowling&ldquo;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Full Masters results are <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>;s BowlTV webcast the competition. The archive of the Masters is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;"><strong>2014 PABCON WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong><br /><em>Cali Bowling Coliseum, Cali, Colombia</em><br /><em>Wednesday's results</em></span></p> <p><strong>MASTERS</strong><br /><em>(Best-of-three matches)<br /></em><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">GOLD - Danielle McEwan, United States<br /></span>SILVER - Missy Parkin, United States<br />BRONZE - Liz Johnson, United States; Clara Guerrero, Colombia<br />Semifinals: Parkin def. Johnson, 2-1; McEwan def. Guerrero, 2-0.&nbsp;<br />Championship: McEwan def. Parkin, 2-1</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6890 The 11th Frame: Willow Creek Scratch Tournament set for Saturday, Oct. 18 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">With the Badger State Elite Match Games off the schedule, as I wrote up <a href="../../../news/article/6881" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>, Willow Creek in Green Bay is holding a scratch tournament on Saturday, Oct. 18.</span></p> <p>The entry fee is $90 and first prize will be $2,000 based on 80 entries. (The flyer, which is attached to the end of this blog as a PDF, says $2,000 guaranteed but under that it says based on 80 entries.)</p> <p>The cash ratio is 1 in 6, but in a Facebook thread Bryan Utke said 16 would make the finals with 80 entries and all would cash, which would make it 1 in 5.</p> <p>The format is four games of qualifying with shifts at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.</p> <p>The top 16 then advance to bowl two more games, with the top five after six games advancing to a stepladder finals.</p> <p>The lane pattern will be a Kegel Challenge series pattern.</p> <p>Willow Creek also will host a 4-game sweeper on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. with a $60 entry and 1 in 6 cash ratio.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:00:00 -0600 6891 The 11th Frame: Greg Stauffacher fires 771, Barb Gaffney, Rachel Zimmerman 633 each to top Tuesday scoring <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Greg Stauffacher fired a 771 series and Barb Gaffney and Rachel Zimmer each rolled 633 to top Madison area bowling on Tuesday.</span></p> <p>Stauffacher competed in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Senior Masters League, Gaffney in the Prairie Lanes NFL League and Zimmer in the Village Lanes All-Star Co-Ed Classic League.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were Dave Eaton with 760 in the Dream All-Star Classic and Thomas Rogers with 753 in the Ten Pin Alley Fifth Quarter League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6892 The 11th Frame: Team USA wins team with record score, sweeps all-events medals at PABCON Women’s Championships <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">In a record-setting effort on Tuesday, Team USA won the team event and swept the all-events medals at the 2014 Pan American Bowling Confederation Women's Championships, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</span></p> <p>The all-events finishes also qualified Team USA for the 2015 Pan American Games.</p> <p>Team USA led by more than 100 pins after the first game of team and finished with a record total of 6,738 for six games at the Cali Bowling Coliseum in Cali, Colombia. Canada took the silver with 6,301, and Mexico the bronze with 6,195.</p> <p>Missy Parkin led the team with 1,452 and was followed by Liz Johnson (1,375), Kelly Kulick (1,341), Shannon O'Keefe (1,261), Shannon Pluhowsky (664) and Danielle McEwan (645). The prior team record was 6,713 by Team USA in 2012.</p> <p>"We bowled amazing and it was just incredible," Parkin said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "We were really good at communicating with each other and keeping up with the moves, which was important because the lanes were changing quickly."</p> <p>Parkin also set a record in all-events with a 24-game total of 5,515 (229.79 average). Kulick, who won the silver with 5,426, held the previous all-events record of 5,463 set in 2008. Johnson took the bronze medal with 5,354 to complete the Team USA sweep.</p> <p>Full team results are <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and full all-events results are <a href=";ev=53&amp;vista=todoEvento" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><a style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;" href=";ev=53&amp;vista=todoEvento"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The top eight players in the all-events standings advanced to Wednesday match-play Masters. The Masters will consist of three rounds of best-of-three match play to determine the medalists.</span></a></p> <p>O'Keefe qualified fourth, Clara Guerrero of Colombia was fifth, Sandra Gongora of Mexico was sixth, McEwan &nbsp;seventh, and Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic eighth.</p> <p>All of the competition is being webcast by;s BowlTV.</p> <p>The archive of the first squad of team is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and the archive of the second squad of team is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Three other countries also qualified for the 2015 Pan American Games from standings based on the combined all-events of the top two bowlers from each non-qualified country: Aruba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. That brought the total number of qualified countries to 12.</span></p> <p>Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Venezuela secured spots previous to this week's event. The final two spots will be awarded at the Central and Caribbean Games later this year.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2014 PABCON WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong><br /><em>Cali Bowling Coliseum, Cali, Colombia</em><br /><em>Tuesday's results</em></p> <p><strong>TEAM</strong><br /><em>(6 games)<br /></em>GOLD - United States (Shannon Pluhowsky 664, Shannon O'Keefe 1261, Danielle McEwan 645, Liz Johnson 1,375, Kelly Kulick 1,341, Missy Parkin, 1,452), 6,738<br />SILVER - Canada (Valerie Calberry 1,286, Lynne Gauthier 1,242, Miranda Panas 1,324, Samantha Wong How 1,178, Isabelle Rioux 1,271), 6,301<br />BRONZE - Mexico (Ashanti Sanchez 1,250, Lilia Robles 1,261, Iliana Lomeli 653, Sayuri Yamada 524, Aseret Zetter 1,232, Sandra Gongora 1,275), 6,195</p> <p><strong>ALL-EVENTS</strong><br /><em>(24 games)</em><br />GOLD - Missy Parkin, United States, 5,515<br />SILVER - Kelly Kulick, United States, 5,426<br />BRONZE - Liz Johnson, United States, 5,354</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6743 The 11th Frame: Biggest source of inequity in bowling is relatively unknown factor: lane topography <p><em>Note: This story originally was published in July but it is so important I felt it was worth bringing back to the front of for additional exposure.</em></p> <hr /> <p>The biggest source of inequity in bowling isn&rsquo;t lane conditions or ball technology or anything else most bowlers might think of.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s lane topography, a relatively unpublicized factor that only recently started being recognized for its significant impact as it was studied thoroughly.</p> <p>Extensive research by Kegel and Lou Trunk&rsquo;s Bowling Installations has proven the significance of flatness, or lack thereof, of bowling lanes.</p> <p>When it was demonstrated to Pete Weber, he memorably said, &ldquo;I owe a lot of lane men an apology,&rdquo; though that demonstration and statement haven&rsquo;t gotten near the publicity they deserve.</p> <p>This article and the <a href="../../../news/article/6742" target="_blank"><strong>accompanying article on one center&rsquo;s experience with fixing its topography</strong></a> aim to change that, and hopefully spread the word about this crucial issue and prompt change for the better in the sport and industry.</p> <p>Topography is why lanes in a center oiled by a computerized lane machine that distributes oil precisely in millionths of an inch can play several boards different.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s why the same lane pattern can be soft and high scoring in one center and difficult and low scoring in another center, even though all other factors are the same.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s why a small move of perhaps 2-and-1 can result in a huge difference at the pins despite the player making a good shot.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s the most fascinating topic in bowling I&rsquo;ve ever studied,&rdquo; Kegel technician Ted Thompson said, &ldquo;because it answers all the questions.&rdquo;</p> <p>Thompson remembers a prominent tournament he was attending at a center that had had its topography &ldquo;mapped&rdquo;&nbsp;&mdash; Kegel calls its machine that measures topography by the thousandths of an inch the &ldquo;lane mapper&rdquo;&nbsp;&mdash; but the problems not fixed.</p> <p>As two PBA stars with numerous titles moved to a pair, Thompson predicted that they would leave a 2-pin at best in their first shots on one of the lanes because he knew its topography. The first star missed the headpin to the right on his first shot. The second star saw this &hellip; and did the same thing.&nbsp;They eventually made significant adjustments to get the ball to the pocket on that lane.</p> <p>The lanes had been oiled exactly the same by a computerized lane machine; the difference was topography.</p> <p>Anyone who might have trouble believing that story or the evidence Kegel and Trunk have gathered should watch the stunning videos <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here of Weber</strong></a>, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here of Norm Duke</strong></a> and <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here of Rhino Page</strong></a>. Actually, everyone reading this story should watch the three short videos.</p> <p>&nbsp;The PBA Tour stars made virtually identical shots (measured by CATS with data embedded in the videos) on lanes oiled the same, but with maximum legal topography differences in opposite directions. They got lined up on one lane and struck and then rolled essentially the same shot on the other and got huge differences in ball reaction. (Kegel has lanes at its facility that can be adjusted topographically and the lanes in the demonstration were adjusted from flat to&nbsp;a &nbsp;legal combination of crosstilts and rapid but legal crown/depression changes&nbsp;of 40 thousandths&nbsp;maximum&nbsp;along the lines the pros were playing. Keep in mind that many lanes far exceed the maximum.)</p> <p>For the right-handed Weber and Duke the ball appeared to be struggling up a hill on their second shots, with Weber taking three off the right and Duke hitting the 3-6, while the left-handed Page&rsquo;s ball had the opposite reaction and crossed over.</p> <p>Weber&rsquo;s ball was impacted more than Duke&rsquo;s because of his lighter weight (15 vs. 16 pounds) and more side rotation, Thompson said.</p> <p>For the technically inclined, Kegel and Trunk knew the approximate 10-board area that the pros would play based on the pattern length for that particular test, so Kegel and Trunk&nbsp;put a legal .04-inch (40-thousandths crown in those boards on one lane and .04-inch depression on the other in that area where their balls would be rolling. So from the crown/depression the ball would "feel" a slope-per-board of 4 (.04-inch over 10 boards) on one lane and -4 on the other. They added a crosstilt of .039-inch (legal additional&nbsp;slope-per-board of 1) in the same direction. This made the balls feel a slope of 5 on one lane and -5 on the other&nbsp;&mdash; a difference of 10.</p> <p>A slope of "1" over 60 feet produces a change at the pins of 1.2 inches, so a slope difference of 10 over 60 feet produces 12 inches of change&nbsp;&mdash; just as Kegel and Trunk expected.</p> <p>If you have trouble understanding some of the terms, think of crowns as mountains and depressions as valleys, and crosstilts as the way a flat piece of wood would be angled higher on one side to lower on another.</p> <p>The key metric is slope-per-board, as having a big crown or depression in one part of lane will have a dramatic effect on the ball in that area and yield a large slope-per-board reading, whereas a gradual tilt across a lane won&rsquo;t have as dramatic an effect or yield as big a reading.</p> <p>In the real world, a ball only is impacted by the boards it travels on so if there is a big crown or depression between 5- and 10-board in the first 20 feet of the lane on the right side and a right-hander is playing a deep inside line, shots won&rsquo;t be impacted. But if that player is trying to play somewhere right of 10-board, the impact will be dramatic as the player runs into the crown.</p> <p>&ldquo;That's why you can make a little move on a lane and get a HUGE logic-defying change,&rdquo; Trunk said. &ldquo;Your ball didn't hit the big slope boards in shot one, but did in shot two.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Think about that the next time you see a pro on TV make a small adjustment only to see a big change in ball reaction&nbsp;&mdash; rather than a wet or dry spot, it&rsquo;s more likely the shot hit a crown (producing push) or depression (producing spark), Trunk said.</p> <p>The good news is that topographical issues in lanes can be fixed, and once fixed they are staying fixed. The bad news is that the cost runs hundreds of dollars per lane, although one Iowa center that had its lanes leveled last summer said it was worth every penny in <a href="../../../news/article/6742" target="_blank"><strong>this accompanying story</strong></a>. The center had more consistent conditions and higher scores in its leagues, and greater equity in conditions for the tournaments it hosts.</p> <p>&ldquo;It's about bringing back the skill of the player as the focus, and limiting the &lsquo;luck of the draw&rsquo; as a major factor,&rdquo; said Trunk, who also has been the stand-by service manager for the United States Bowling Congress Open and Women's Championships since 1987 and a QubicaAMF bowling equipment installation specialist since 1977. &ldquo;And it's about giving ALL styles a chance rather than the current situation, which gives the advantage to the power players (explained later in this story).</p> <p>&ldquo;It is commonplace today in an event that changes lanes each game to catch a pair way different (topography-wise) than the previous pair. A player that catches pairs that are alike keeps on striking, and the guy catching the different pair has to line-up all over again. HUGE swings in pinfall can result.</p> <p>&ldquo;Further, a team in an event where players remain on one pair that catches a pair that are nearly identical has a big advantage over a team that has to play the odd lane different from the even due to topography issues.&rdquo;&nbsp;How has something so important been so unknown?</p> <p>Like many things in bowling, technology outpaced the rules, Thompson and Trunk say.</p> <p>&ldquo;I would say the majority of people in bowling have no clue about it for the simple reason that we had rules that prevented topography from being such a random influential aspect of the game like it is today,&rdquo; Thompson said, referring to the old American Bowling Congress (now USBC) rule requiring centers to resurface their wood lanes every year.</p> <p>&ldquo;The whole point of the annual resurfacing rule was to make it so this lane played similar to that lane and this center played similar to that center no matter where you were in the country.&rdquo;</p> <p>Back then, lanes had what Thompson called &ldquo;grooves&rdquo; but they were nothing like what is seen with many synthetic lanes today.</p> <p>&ldquo;You had depressions when resurfacing but they were very slight&nbsp;&mdash; like 15 thousandths&rdquo; of an inch, less than half the legal limit of 40-thousandths, he said. &ldquo;Brunswick put it maybe 12, 13, 14 board and AMF would put it a few boards to the right. It&rsquo;s why Brunswickand AMF houses played different.&rdquo;</p> <p>Since the entire lane was resurfaced, there were not big differences in the variance at different points on the lane so it didn&rsquo;t matter where the cross tilt was measured to see if it was within the 40 thousandths of an inch tolerance.&nbsp;</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s not that way with synthetic lanes, Thompson said.</p> <p>USBC rules require that the topography be checked on lanes only in three measuring windows&nbsp;&mdash; 10 to 15 feet, 30 to 40 feet and 50 to 55 feet.</p> <p>&ldquo;What good does it do to check three spots on the lane when everywhere in between can be illegal or totally different?&rdquo; Thompson said. &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t tell you how many lanes I check where the (required spots) are within rules and in between is illegal.&rdquo;</p> <p>Thompson said a legal 40-thousandths difference across a lane means that a 15-pound ball moving 18 miles per hour end over end will move about 1.2 inches off line over 60 feet.</p> <p>Thompson has seen prominent centers where important tournaments are held where crosstilts combined with depression yield 7 thousandths <em>per board</em>, which mean the lane itself literally moves the ball 6&nbsp;inches to the left in the first 31 feet.</p> <p>&ldquo;So they&rsquo;re trying to hit 3-board on a short pattern, but by the time it got to the arrows it&rsquo;s already on 6,&rdquo; Thompson said. &ldquo;It had nothing to do with oil&nbsp;&mdash; gravity was taking it left.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;What we&rsquo;re seeing on synthetics is extreme slopes from one board to next or one small area to the next,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;And it can be totally random and it can go both ways.&rdquo;</p> <p>Recall the dramatic impact of the legal topographical differences in the demonstration with the PBA stars.</p> <p>An important factor to note is that topography impacts slower speeds more and lighter weight balls more, Thompson said.</p> <p>&ldquo;The longer the ball spends on a slope the more it&rsquo;s affected by it,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And lighter balls are affected more than heavier balls because it takes more force to move a heavier object. And different axis rotations are affected differently because of the different force vectors.</p> <p>&ldquo;Because of all the randomness in most synthetic surfaces along with the high friction balls, there&rsquo;s no doubt in my mind why we&rsquo;ve seen the demise of the low ball speed player. The high ball speed player doesn&rsquo;t see topography as much.&rdquo;</p> <p>So it isn&rsquo;t just high-tech balls that has made styles like Tim Criss and Steve Jaros basically extinct at the top levels of bowling.</p> <p>Thompson said the idea of bowlers winning because they &ldquo;match up&rdquo; to a lane pattern is actually more complex because it&rsquo;s matching up to the pattern and topography.</p> <p>&ldquo;The more lanes deviate from flatness, it is not always the &lsquo;best&rsquo; who wins,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It is the one whose ball roll matches up to the environment best along with being able to repeat and adjust to the ever changing friction and side slope conditions the quickest. The key to minimizing this luck of the draw, or luck of the center, is minimizing the slope per board across all lanes in any one center. Only then do all balls rolls, ball speeds, and ball weights have an equal opportunity.&rdquo;</p> <p>As mentioned earlier, the good news is that topography can be measured and fixed, and the fix seems to be permanent, Thompson and Trunk say.</p> <p>Synthetic lanes come in two flavors, so to speak: new installations and overlays. Overlays can go directly on top of old wood lanes, or a portion of the old wood head can be removed and replaced with a new manufactured-wood product underlayment before the overlay is installed.</p> <p>New installations are easier to get level and once made level don&rsquo;t appear to change much over time, Thompson said, adding that he has checked lanes 11 years after a new installation and found them essentially the same.</p> <p>&ldquo;If they&rsquo;re leveling it from the ground up and doing the right things, it&rsquo;s not changing,&rdquo; Thompson said. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s not much to change&nbsp;&mdash; just do maintenance work like making sure moisture can&rsquo;t penetrate.&rdquo;</p> <p>Overlays depend on what is underneath the synthetic lanes: the old wood lanes or replacement material must be level and everything must be put together solidly and tightly so the lanes don&rsquo;t change with the weather (where the weather varies dramatically).</p> <p>&ldquo;If they didn&rsquo;t inject the heads beforehand or if they didn&rsquo;t cut them out and put MDF (medium density fiberboard) underneath the front two panels,&rdquo; Thompson said, &ldquo;the bowling balls keep beating up the lane, the toe screws get loose and the wood lane underneath starts acting like an accordion, so it can really move a lot from summer to winter. High humidity and the lanes swell up, and low humidity they depress. And you can get these huge depressions&nbsp;&mdash; 100-, 160-, 200-thousandths. You can find totally different play of the same pattern from summer to winter.&rdquo;</p> <p>When summer&rsquo;s high humidity makes the wood expand in areas away from where it&rsquo;s screwed down on the outsides and middle of the lane, high spots develop, creating a hang-to-the-outside effect as balls struggle to hook back &ldquo;uphill.&rdquo;</p> <p>Conversely, the wood contracts in the dry winter months, eliminating the high spot and therefore the hang and making the lane conditions seem easier.</p> <p>Thompson said that has been seen in a prominent center in Europe that hosts major tournaments: The center played very difficult in the summer and much softer in the winter.</p> <p>Topography can effectively trump the lane man, making difficult patterns play softer and relatively soft patterns play difficult, and even force players to play different parts of the lane than what is &ldquo;correct&rdquo; for a pattern. For example, a short pattern that typically plays to the outside may be unplayable in a center where the topography creates that &ldquo;going uphill&rdquo; effect from the outside, making it hard for balls to hook back.</p> <p>&ldquo;The flatter the lane surface, the more the pattern comes into play,&rdquo; Thompson said. &ldquo;And the more the lane surface deviates from flatness, the more the surface comes into play.&rdquo;</p> <p>Lanes are measured in thousandths of an inch, while oil is measured in millionths of an inch, Thompson noted, adding that one unit of oil is 54 nanometers in depth so 100 units of oil is 5,400 nanometers, while a sheet of paper is 100,000 nanometers.</p> <p>As Weber said, &ldquo;I owe a lot of lane men an apology.&rdquo;</p> <p>The cost to level a lane typically is a few hundred dollars, according to Bill Mongeau, whose company Lane Analytics does such work and fixed the Iowa center in <a href="../../../news/article/6742" target="_blank"><strong>the accompanying story</strong></a>.</p> <p>That might be a barrier for some centers, but it&rsquo;s not like the old days of resurfacing wood lanes where it needed to be done every year or two, Thompson said, emphasizing that he has seen little change in centers once they are leveled.</p> <p>&ldquo;One center in Europe I mapped two years apart and the biggest difference I saw (between the two mappings) was 5 thousandths,&rdquo; Thompson said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m seeing lots of consistency. You might only have to check every few years to make sure nothing funky is going on in your foundations.&rdquo;</p> <p>Getting centers to embrace leveling is the key.</p> <p>Ideally, USBC&nbsp;rules would be changed to require an entire lane to meet specifications, not just three spots on it.</p> <p>But since that might force centers to spend thousands of dollars to level their lanes and thereby cause proprietor resistance, there are other options, Thompson said.&nbsp;</p> <p>Perhaps the best is having different levels of certification.</p> <p>&ldquo;Some federations overseas are coming up with an inspection system and will start grading centers based upon the technical environment of the bowling center,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I think the problem in the (United) States is we&rsquo;re trying to treat everybody the same. Everybody is certified, even centers that are all over the map. So what incentive is there for a guy to spend money on the technical part of his bowling center? Because he&rsquo;s treated the same certification wise as the guy spending nothing.&rdquo;</p> <p>With different levels of certification, association championships and top level tournaments might only go to centers with higher levels of certification, either by rule or simply due to pressure from bowlers who understand the fairness issues that come with topography.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a fairness rating&nbsp;&mdash; an opportunity rating,&rdquo; Thompson said. &ldquo;(Close to) perfectly flat is the fairest and the more you deviate from that the more it&rsquo;s going to favor different styles, depending where the oil pattern puts you. And bowlers will start saying. &lsquo;I&rsquo;m not going to that place because we know it&rsquo;s going to favor this style.&rsquo; And now they know why.&rdquo;</p> <p>Thompson said some proprietors simply will want to do the right thing, while pride and ego will prompt many to do what&rsquo;s necessary to achieve the highest level of certification.</p> <p>Another incentive is that a level lane will score higher and perform truer than one that has topography issues, although lanes that are lower in the middle can score higher than level lanes, potentially bringing a new dimension to &ldquo;score wars.&rdquo;&nbsp; However, topography also is much easier to check and enforce than lane conditions ever have been&nbsp;&mdash; the topography of a lane isn&rsquo;t altered by bowling balls going down the lanes like lane patterns are.</p> <p>One intriguing impact of lane mapping is that it provides an explanation for why a certain lane or pair in a center hooks more, hangs more, scores high, scores low, etc.</p> <p>&ldquo;They think it&rsquo;s cuz of the lane machine, and it&rsquo;s not,&rdquo; Thompson said.</p> <p>It also allows tournament directors to choose patterns that work best with the topography of a center, he said.</p> <p>Trunk said it&rsquo;s important to understand that even when lanes with topographical problems are fixed,&nbsp;there still will be some minor deviations as perfect flatness isn&rsquo;t achievable. However,&nbsp;minor deviations won&rsquo;t have anywhere near the impact of the extreme deviations common today.</p> <p>&ldquo;There will never be such a thing as a flat lane," Trunk said. "We need to realize it, get over it, get used to it, and embrace it as part of the game and thought process that makes one bowler better than another. Show bowlers the situation&nbsp;&mdash; show them the bunkers and OB&nbsp;&mdash; and let the best bowler win.&rdquo;</p> <p>"Lanes are like snowflakes: no two are the same and they never will be the same,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p>For fairness, bowlers should get topographical information as well as lane pattern information, Trunk said, and tournament operators should make every effort to have every player bowl on all lanes the same number of times.</p> <p>In the future, Trunk thinks it&rsquo;s possible there could be an app that would enable a bowler to see mapping data that shows deviations in a mapped center and tells the difference between say, lane 7 and lane 22 under similar oil breakdown situations.</p> <p>Topography and its significance is one reason why Kegel is a strong supporter of the move USBC was making toward professional lane inspectors.</p> <p>USBC had planned to test the concept in Wisconsin, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana in the 2014-15 season, but postponed that, according to <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this statement</strong></a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;USBC received a great deal of feedback from proprietors and associations about the PLI concept,&rdquo; the statement said. &ldquo;There is near unanimous industry support for a better and more consistent lane inspection process, but USBC has determined it needs to conduct additional research to be certain the program design does not unintentionally harm any of its stakeholders.&ldquo;The bowling industry has started great dialogue on this topic and USBC now will look to perform additional due diligence regarding cost structure and execution of the program. USBC also wants more data to better understand the potential financial impact for proprietors.&ldquo;USBC remains committed to the development of a new lane inspection process and will continue research and discovery. Anyone with questions should contact the Equipment Specifications and Lane Certifications team at 817-385-8407 or <strong><a href=""></a>.&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>USBC declined my request for its views on topography for this story.</p> <p>Those who know what a big problem topography is hope that USBC moves forward in some manner on the issue because the bottom line is that lane flatness equates to fairness, and non-flatness results in unfairness.</p> <p>&ldquo;If we want to grow the sport of bowling, the bowler has to feel they are the biggest part of the equation,&rdquo; Thompson said.</p> <hr /> <p><em>For a comprehensive and&nbsp;detailed technical look at the topic of lane topography, go</em> <a href="" target="_blank"><strong><em>here for a series of white papers on the topic that Trunk posted</em></strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0600 6742 The 11th Frame: Topography fix worth every penny to Waterloo, Iowa center <p><em>Note: This story originally was published in July but it is so important I felt it was worth bringing back to the front of for additional exposure.</em></p> <hr /> <p>When new owners took over Maple Lanes in Waterloo, Iowa a couple of years ago, they worked diligently to improve scoring and make lane conditions more consistent at the center.</p> <p>Manager Andy Buelow said he and part-owner Rich Eighme &ldquo;spent a lot of hours working with Kegel on the phone trying to figure out oil patterns.&nbsp; One night it would work and the next night would be a disaster.&rdquo;</p> <p>Finally, Kegel recommended the center contact Bill Mongeau of Lane Analytics to have him check the topography of the lanes at Maple.</p> <p>&ldquo;Once he came down and graphed the lanes and showed us some of the topography issues and explained it, all of a sudden the things we had seen made total sense,&rdquo; Buelow said. &ldquo;You have depressions in the middle part of the lane&nbsp;&mdash; the track is leaning into the middle&nbsp;&mdash; and you&rsquo;re playing straighter and miss in a little and the ball seems to check up or push toward the head pin even though there&rsquo;s oil there. Then you add more oil and the next thing you know the ball is hydroplaning. And from 3 to 7 the ball is trying to hook uphill. And we had good pairs and bad pairs in the house and that was explained with the topography of the lanes.&nbsp;&ldquo;</p> <p>Prior to the tip from Kegel, topography was a foreign topic to the executives at Maple.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think we probably made the assumption that I think a lot of proprietors and bowlers make that the lane is level,&rdquo; Buelow said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not something that comes to mind.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mongeau came in last summer and leveled Maple&rsquo;s 32 lanes and the change was dramatic, with league scoring rising dramatically and tougher patterns playing more consistently across the house in leagues and tournaments such as the Greater Iowa Bowling Association Fusion Realtors Open tourneys (to read about the Fusions go to the search box on the front page of and type in &ldquo;Fusion Realtors Open&rdquo;).</p> <p>I can attest to the change at Maple as I have competed in all of the Fusions: the lane-to-lane differences at Maple were fairly dramatic before last season and they have all but disappeared.</p> <p>The only difference seen now is that the low end hooks a tad more than the high end. Mongeau attributes that to the oddity that there is no air flow over the first eight lanes.</p> <p>&ldquo;They start the same (as the rest of the center) but don&rsquo;t finish the same,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>But there aren&rsquo;t noticeable differences within the first eight and the other 24&nbsp;&mdash; just between the two areas.</p> <p>&ldquo;With Sport patterns it made a noticeable difference,&rdquo; Buelow said of the topography fixes. &ldquo;It was evident in both Fusions (last season). And our Thursday night scratch league bowls on the USBC team pattern once it&rsquo;s released and this year a lot of guys said we were within a board (of Reno), at least to start. In years past, usually it wasn&rsquo;t even close.&rdquo;</p> <p>Maple&rsquo;s league scores rose dramatically in 2013-14 over 2012-13, Buelow said.</p> <p>Perfect games rose to 72 from 41 and 800 series to 39 from 14 or 15.</p> <p>&ldquo;And the thing was the styles,&rdquo; Buelow said. &ldquo;The year before I bet 12 of the 15 came from guys with a decent amount of hand. This year we had left-handers, straight players, and we had Roxie Bush shoot 833&nbsp;&mdash; the first woman ever to shoot 800 in Waterloo&nbsp;&mdash; and she&rsquo;s down the boards, old school. There was a variety of people scoring.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;And the averages were incredible,&rdquo; Buelow added. &ldquo;Seniors had the highest averages they ever had&nbsp;&mdash; up 10, 15 pins. Before, from 3 to 7 the ball was trying to hook uphill so you&rsquo;re flat 10-ing all day. And the light mixer 7 was very noticeable with straight players.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the <a href="../../../news/article/6743" target="_blank"><strong>accompanying main story on topography</strong></a>, experts said bad topography had a greater impact on bowlers with slower speeds and who use lighter balls, which likely includes most seniors. So leveling the lanes should aid those bowlers.</p> <p>Referring to seniors, Mongeau said that &ldquo;In every case, when we went back and looked after we made them flatter that&rsquo;s the biggest group that improves.&rdquo;</p> <p>Buelow said no one could have imagined the dramatic difference leveling the lanes made at Maple.</p> <p>&ldquo;We messed around with oils, volumes, patterns&nbsp;&mdash; we did literally everything and overnight things were night and day different,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It was the biggest change we could have imagined. The overwhelming response (from Maple&rsquo;s bowlers) was, &lsquo;We can&rsquo;t believe how consistent things have been&nbsp;from week to week.&rsquo; Not one pair one week and another pair next week and like being in a different center.&rdquo;</p> <p>After the lanes were leveled, Mongeau helped Maple tweak its pattern from the prior season, and once set, it mostly stayed the same all season, Buelow said. Mongeau keeps tabs on the center with a webcam he has set up over lanes 5 and 6.</p> <p>&ldquo;The main thing is we were putting too much oil on the outside trying to make up for the topography because guys couldn&rsquo;t get the ball down the lane,&rdquo; Buelow said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re using less oil and we&rsquo;re a little smarter where we apply it. We were putting too much in the forward. More reverse and Ice oil have made big difference.&rdquo;</p> <p>Buelow, who is a power player, said even on Maple&rsquo;s high friction AMF HPL surface, he typically only moved five or six boards in a league session last season instead of 10 or more and going from aggressive to weak with his equipment the prior season.</p> <p>What would Buelow say to other proprietors about topography?</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;d tell him I think they&rsquo;re crazy if they don&rsquo;t look at it, especially if they&rsquo;ve had any issues at all,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It makes a huge difference. And it makes your job as a proprietor a whole lot easier. I never expected anything to make that much difference when you&rsquo;re talking thousandths of an inch. But I&rsquo;m a believer.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mongeau said he has been so busy with Lane Analytics that he has been home just two nights in the past two years and recently hired three employees he is training.</p> <p>Before that, he typically worked with the center&rsquo;s mechanic and a couple of other guys if they wanted to help.</p> <p>Originally, it took him three weeks to do 32 lanes and he charged $800 to $1,000 per lane. &ldquo;Now we can knock out 12 to 14 lanes a night&rdquo; and the cost ranges from $175 to $300 a lane, Mongeau said.</p> <p>As was explained in the <a href="../../../news/article/6743" target="_blank"><strong>accompanying story</strong></a>, Mongeau sees much worse problems with overlays than with new installs.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;New installs are more tilt issues,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Old overlays you really get some crowns and depressions like crazy&nbsp;&mdash; there&rsquo;s a hump down the track.&rdquo;</p> <p>The key with overlays is what is under the front part of the lane: &ldquo;there&rsquo;s a lot of work to get under that wood to shim it up properly.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;When you put laminate on top of wood lanes, the toe screws that hold the wood down become loose or break and the whole thing starts sagging,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;You can see 150-, 200-thousandths depressions the first 15 feet.&rdquo; (Forty-thousandths at the measuring points is the maximum allowed under USBC rules.)</p> <p>Most of the work involves carpentry skills, but there&rsquo;s a lot of math involved, Mongeau said. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I just took on 3 guys and they&rsquo;re bright kids,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It probably takes about five jobs until I&rsquo;m comfortable with their math skills when you look at trying to calculate the tilt with the crown and depressions of each board. Once you get that, it&rsquo;s simple. You run into weird things once in a while&nbsp;&mdash; there&rsquo;s a crack in the floor where the whole lane sagged down so you have to raise the entire foundation up. But typically it&rsquo;s easy once you know how to do the math.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mongeau said he has yet to confront anything he couldn&rsquo;t fix.</p> <p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s been some real bad ones that sat under water for a while,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;You go down to the foundation and there&rsquo;s a drying time. I&rsquo;ve sanded lanes. Used a planar. We make it all nice and flat underneath. But I&rsquo;ve never had to tear it all out.&rdquo;</p> <p>And he will use a router on the synthetic panels if necessary.</p> <p>One thing he does at every center is add a screw at 7-board on both sides. This is typically where the lane develops a crown or depression depending on the season.</p> <p>&ldquo;Now it doesn&rsquo;t move up and down,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;and I can shim it to whatever dimension I need.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I see it changing when you flood or have an earthquake, but nothing else,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>Mongeau said he has &ldquo;never been to a center where I show them what I see and they say, &lsquo;OK thanks, can&rsquo;t fix it.&rsquo;&nbsp;&nbsp; All of them say, &lsquo;Please, can you start tonight?&rsquo; &ldquo;</p> <p>But some proprietors of centers with lots of honor scores may never call him in, not realizing the problems they don&rsquo;t see, such as senior bowlers who can&rsquo;t carry corner pins.</p> <p>The increase in scoring that centers like Maple see after their lanes are leveled is &ldquo;kind of a moral dilemma for me,&rdquo; Mongeau said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We can create an environment where we optimize scoring pace for the typical house player,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We take out all the weirdness and put out a pattern that has great transition and they start carrying a whole lot better. Everyone goes up. I can&rsquo;t tell you how many first-time award scores we had in some of these places. It&rsquo;s kind of embarrassing to say.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mongeau said that in centers he has repaired, of 2,000 bowlers this past season, 97 percent improved their average at least 5 pins and nearly 40 percent went up 20 pins or more.</p> <p>What makes advocates for top level bowling happy is that level lanes also provide better play for tougher conditions.</p> <p>&ldquo;The lanes play the same lane to lane and the transitions make sense,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;When I move 2 left, my result is what I thought it should be when I move 2 left. Everything makes sense so scores go up. You even see some patterns you think would play hard, play like house patterns.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>And with leveled lanes, patterns play similar center to center&rdquo; &ldquo;The difference is just higher friction and lower friction surfaces. You just change the drop brush by 2 feet. It&rsquo;s almost too easy.&rdquo;</p> <p>Like those quoted in the <a href="../../../news/article/6743" target="_blank"><strong>accompanying story</strong></a>, Mongeau also is a supporter of different levels of certification for centers based on topography.</p> <p>&ldquo;USBC can&rsquo;t force it down the industry&rsquo;s throat,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Give proprietors options and if they choose the A-plus certification they are allowed to hold this type of league or tournament.&nbsp; Things like that to help the proprietor get some of their money back. And it shows people that center is the upper class of certification.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ultimately, the benefits of fixing topographical problems are so large, many bowlers will demand it and many proprietors will embrace it, Mongeau predicted.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m optimistic,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s kind of like when (Kegel founder) John (Davis) came out with his first lane machine: &lsquo;It&rsquo;s $6,000&nbsp;&mdash; no one is going to buy it.&rsquo; You popped one in the middle of a city and now they all bought one. I suspect it will be like that.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:59:00 -0600 6887 The 11th Frame: Arick Ecker blasts season-high 826 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Arick Ecker blasted a Madison Bowling Association season-high 826 series to highlight area bowling on Monday.</span></p> <p>Ecker chained games of 279, 279 and 268 in the Spartan Bowl Major League.</p> <p>Gregg Williams was next with a 786 in the Dream Lanes Suburban Merchants League.</p> <p>Cody Ramsden, who lost the tip of the middle finger on his bowling (right) hand in a work mishap about a year ago, continued on the comeback trail with a 758 in the Prairie Lanes Major League.</p> <p>No women&rsquo;s series of 600 or higher were reported.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6888 The 11th Frame: Team USA edges Colombia for trios gold, silver at PABCON Women’s Championships <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Clara Guerrero opened with a perfect game for home country Colombia, but both Team USA teams edged past Colombia to win the gold and silver in an extremely tight trios competition at the 2014 Pan American Bowling Confederation Women's Championships, the United States Bowling Congress .</span></p> <p>Team USA&rsquo;s Shannon O'Keefe (1,400 for six games), Danielle McEwan (1,260) and Missy Parkin (1,225) totaled 3,885 to win the gold medal.</p> <p>Team USA&rsquo;s Liz Johnson (1,231), Shannon Pluhowsky (1,294) and Kelly Kulick (1,335) totaled 3,860 to earn the silver.</p> <p>Colombia was just one pin back to take the bronze, with Rocio Restrepo (1,290), Maria Jose Rodriguez (1,308) and Guerrero (1,261) totaling 3,859</p> <p>The silver medal came down to the final ball as Johnson struck to secure second.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">"We feel really good about what we accomplished tonight and now we are ready to jump right into the team event tomorrow and win gold again," O'Keefe said in </span><a style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;" href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">. "Our looks are getting better each day, and we are settling in just at the right time."&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Full trios results are <a href=";ev=53" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here is BowlTV video of the final shot of Guerrero&rsquo;s 300</strong></a>.</p> <p>Four countries will qualify for the 2015 Pan American Games this week as part of the PABCON Women's Championships. The combined all-events total of the top two bowlers from each non-qualified country will determine the top four that advance.</p> <p>Eight countries have already qualified for the Pan American Games, which will feature 14 countries. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Venezuela have already secured spots.</p> <p>There are seven countries competing in the PABCON Women's Championships that have yet to qualify and four will earn spots. Those countries are Aruba, the Bahamas, the United States, Guatemala, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.</p> <p>With just team remaining, Team USA is almost a lock to qualify for the Pan Am Games with the top four spots in all-events: Kulick at 4,085, Parkin at 4,063, O&rsquo;Keefe at 4,061 and Johnson at 3,979.</p> <p>Full all-events results are <a href=";ev=53&amp;vista=todoEvento" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The team event is Tuesday starting at 9 a.m. Central time.;s BowlTV is webcasting the competition.</p> <p>The archive of the first squad of trios is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and the archive of the second squad of trios is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2014 PABCON WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong><br /><em>Cali Bowling Coliseum, Cali, Colombia</em><br /><em>Monday's results</em></p> <p><strong>TRIOS</strong><br /><em>(6 games)<br /></em>GOLD - Shannon O'Keefe (1,400)/Danielle McEwan (1,260)/Missy Parkin (1,225), United States, 3,885<br />SILVER - Liz Johnson (1,231)/Shannon Pluhowsky (1,294)/Kelly Kulick (1,335), United States, 3,860<br />BRONZE - Rocio Restrepo (1,290)/Maria Jose Rodriguez (1,308)/Clara Guerrero (1,261), Colombia, 3,859</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6859 The 11th Frame: 2nd annual 2-pattern La Crosse Open sponsored by La Crescent Wine and Spirits set for Nov. 22 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The second annual 2-pattern La Crosse Open sponsored by La Crescent Wine and Spirits is set for Nov. 22 at Pla-Mor Lanes, 807 S. 4th St. in La Crosse.</span></p> <p>La Crescent&rsquo;s generous $5,000 sponsorship means the top three spots again will be guaranteed at $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000, tournament operator Nick Heilman announced. Last year, the extra $500 went for a 300 game pot, but Heilman said he was inclined to put that money into the prize fund this year.</p> <p>Update: On Sept. 15, Heilman posted that "DAHL Subaru has signed on as a new sponsor of the La Crosse Open for 2014. It is located directly across the street from Pla-Mor Lanes and The Eleventh Frame Diner. If you get time before, between, or after squads stop over and see them. Need an oil change? Their service department is open Saturday so have it done while you bowl!"</p> <p>Heilman said the DAHL sponsorship will ensure that that $140 as the minimum cash spot, $160 for 24th and $200 for 16th.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The entry fee was $80 last year and will be $80 to $90 this year, with 1 in 3 again cashing, he said.</span></p> <p>There is a maximum of 48 entries per squad&nbsp;&mdash; three per lane in the 16-lane center that annually hosts the popular Super Bowl Doubles. Re-entries will be allowed if there are spots available on the second squad. Squad times are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;Because of limited space, and the fact that we came very close to filling in our first year, entries will be open only to those that bowled the event last year up until Oct. 1,&rdquo; Heilman said. &ldquo;We will start to take entries for all remaining spots on Oct. 2. Once again, a check will be required to hold your spot.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>That ensures that those who bowled last year can request what squad they want and not get shutout by entries for those who didn't bowl, he said.</p> <p>Not every detail has been finalized, but there are a few changes, Heilman said, adding that a flyer with the rules finalized should be out soon. The tournament's Facebook page is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">The format again will be six games of qualifying with alternating pairs of house and challenge lane patterns.</span></p> <p>The inaugural tournament featured lanes oiled every other pair with the Pla-Mor house shot and the Kegel Boardwalk Sport pattern.&nbsp;</p> <p>New this year is a semifinals of 4 games&nbsp;for the top16 at&nbsp;7 p.m. with pins carrying over, then a stepladder for the top five with the top seed having to be beaten twice.</p> <p>The lanes will be re-oiled for both shifts and the stepladder finals.</p> <p>The stepladder will feature the modified house pattern on one lane and the challenge pattern on the other lane, with the higher seed having choice of starting/finishing lane, Heilman said.</p> <p>Brackets and pots will be segregated by lane pattern.</p> <p>For those staying over, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Settle Inn of La Crosse</strong></a>&nbsp;is offering a rate of $62 per night for Friday&nbsp;and Saturday as&nbsp;the host hotel for the La Crosse Open. The code to use&nbsp;is "La Crosse Open."</p> <p>Andy Mills won the inaugural event in dominating fashion. Details are in&nbsp;<a href="../../../news/article/6248" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:00:00 -0600 6883 The 11th Frame: Tyler Sheehy fires 2nd career perfect game, Hannah Yelk slams 700 to top youth; Terry Dunn rolls 12th career perfect game to top adults <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Tyler Sheehy fired his second career perfect game and Hannah Yelk slammed a 700 to top youth scoring, while Terry Dunn rolled his 12</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;"> career perfect game to highlight adult leagues in Madison area bowling over the weekend.</span></p> <p>Sheehy, who last month made match play is his first career PBA Regional, used a Storm HY-ROAD PEARL as he rolled games of 214, 300 and 203 for a 717 at Prairie Lanes in the Thursday Storm Majors league.</p> <p>Yelk chained games of 258, 217 and 225 in the Storm Challenge League on Saturday at Prairie for the high girls&rsquo; series of the season.</p> <p>Cayman McKee had the high youth series of the weekend with 721 at Dream Lanes, and Zach Thomas was next with 707 at Schwoegler&rsquo;s.</p> <p>Zach Davidson rolled 682 at Village Lanes and Joseph Miller 680 at Prairie.</p> <p>Allison Dempski was second for the girls with 648 (189-235-224) at Prairie.</p> <p>Dunn&rsquo;s 300 came in a 698 series in the Dream Lanes Opposites League.</p> <p>Todd Husebo had the high series for the weekend with a 705 in the same league.</p> <p>No women&rsquo;s series of 600 were reported.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6884 The 11th Frame: Tom Hess defeats AJ Chapman for GIBA Fusion Realtors Open title <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Tom Hess had a tough decision to make for the weekend: to bowl the GIBA Fusion Realtors Open in Waterloo, Iowa or the Budweiser Open PBA Regional in Dubuque, Iowa.</span></p> <p>I wrote about the issue of the conflicting tournaments in <a href="../../../news/article/6780"><strong>this blog</strong></a>.</p> <p>Hess delayed his decision by entering both tournaments, but faced the tough decision after rolling a stellar qualifying round in the Fusion at Maple Lanes early Saturday that ultimately put him seventh.</p> <p>The 2011 USBC Masters champion drove to Cherry Lanes in Dubuque to bowl the Budweiser Open pro-am on Saturday night, still unsure what he was going to do.</p> <p>I told him that having qualified that high he had to go back for the Fusion semifinals on Sunday, and that Cherry Lanes manager Bob Hochrein and PBA Midwest Region manager Rich Weber would understand, which they did.</p> <p>Hess made his decision to return to Waterloo on Sunday a wise one as he went on to win the Fusion, defeating Wichita State University standout AJ Champman 278-210 in the title match, GIBA operator Joe Engelkes posted on <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>GIBA&rsquo;s Facebook page</strong></a>.</p> <p>First was $2,700 and Hess and Chapman split the Bet You Win pot of $1,470 &mdash; a decision they made before the title match.</p> <p>PDFs with full results are attached to the end of this blog.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Eric Fritton and Jason Sterner finished tied for ninth, and Jason Wojnar and Dave Dentlinger tied for 7</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">, with Rob Gotchall advancing to the stepladder finals.</span></p> <p>Gotchall then beat Mike Wolfe 225-212 and Jon Schalow 258-214, before Hess downed him 234-169.</p> <p>Hess then trounced Tom Adcock 244-176 and Chapman to win the title.</p> <p>Engelkes reported that the tournament took in $26,250 in entry fees and paid Maple Lanes $3500 in lineage while paying out a total prize fund of $29,645 that included three extra prizes of $150 to senior cashers outside the regular prize fund.</p> <p>Total added prize money ended up at $6,895, including $650 from Maple Lanes/Kingpin Bar and Grill, $1,000 from bracket proceeds and $200 from GIBA member fees. Other sponsors were Zach Beschorner at Fusion Realtors, Brandon Steen from Community First Nation Bank mortgage, Budweiser/Bud Light, P&amp;K Midwest John Deere dealer, Storm Bowling Products and the Waterloo Convention &amp; Visitors Bureau.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">After the win, Hess, a Radical staffer, posted this on Facebook: &ldquo;Finally got back in the winners circle!!!! 2014 Fusion Realtors Open Champion!!! The all new Yeti Uncaged was a beast today!!!! I shot 278 in the championship match to win. Been a long time coming and sure feels great!!!!‪#&lrm;TeamRadical ‪#&lrm;infuseyourgame ‪#&lrm;Vise"</span></p> <p>And later this: &ldquo;Thank you to everyone who made it possible for me to get the win today. Everyone on the Brunswick Team. We have 3 great brands in Radical, Brunswick and DV8. Everyone at Vise, Logo Infusion and Bowlers Connection Pro Shop. Proud to represent all of you. Most of all my family Sue Holloway Hess, Andrew Hess and Megan Hess. You are the ones that sacrifice while I'm gone. Thank you all!!!&rdquo;</p> <p>Chapman, a Storm staffer, posted this: &ldquo;Pretty good weekend of bowling at the fusion realtors open! Very demanding pattern. Went plus 65 for qualifying to qualify 24th. Threw it great in the semis and went plus 185 and got up to 1st for stepladder! Lost in the title match to Tom Hess. Hard to beat 278! Great bowling to tom. Thanks to everyone who supported me this weekend! Thanks to storm for making the best balls on the planet! Marvel pearl and victory road pearl were the balls of choice this weekend! ‪#&lrm;stormnation#fusionrealtersopen#keepknocking&rdquo;</p> <p>My blog on Saturday&rsquo;s qualifying is&nbsp;<a href="../../../news/article/6880" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:00:00 -0600 6885 The 11th Frame: Missy Parkin, Kelly Kulick set record in winning PABCON Women’s doubles <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">A day after home country favorite <a href="../../../news/article/6882" target="_blank"><strong>Clara Guerrero won the singles gold with a record score</strong></a>, Team USA&rsquo;s Missy Parkin and Kelly Kulick on Sunday won the doubles gold with a record 2,861 at the 2014 Pan American Bowling Confederation Women's Championships in Cali, Colombia, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</span></p> <p>Parkin totaled 1,498 on games of 217, 296, 247, 225, 279 and 234, while Kulick added 1,363 on games of 222, 258, 193, 204, 251 and 235 on the 47-foot WTBA Paris pattern.</p> <p>The prior record of 2,780 was recorded by Kulick and Shannon Pluhowsky in 2010.</p> <p>Aruba's Kamilah Dammers and Thashaina Seraus won the silver with 2,754 &mdash; the country&rsquo;s first medal ever in the PABCON Women&rsquo;s Championships &mdash; and Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe and Danielle McEwan took the bronze with 2,679.</p> <p>"I thought I might have some issues on the long pattern, so I'm really happy with how we both performed," Parkin said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I was excited to bowl doubles again with Kelly because last time we bowled together at the World Championships in doubles we got silver. This time we got the gold."</p> <p>The third Team USA doubles pair of Pluhowsky and Liz Johnson finished seventh with 2,559. Team USA occupies the top three spots in the all-events standings after 12 of 24 games: Parkin leads with 2,838, Kulick is second at 2,750 and Johnson is third at 2,748.</p> <p>The top eight players in all-events will advance to Wednesday's Masters match play. With Parkin and Kulick leading the all-events race, the U.S. is in great position to qualify for the Pan American Games halfway through the event.</p> <p>Four countries will qualify for the 2015 Pan American Games this week as part of the PABCON Women's Championships. The combined all-events total of the top two bowlers from each non-qualified country will determine the top four that advance.</p> <p>Eight countries have already qualified for the Pan American Games, which will feature 14 countries. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Venezuela have already secured spots.</p> <p>There are seven countries competing in the PABCON Women's Championships that have yet to qualify and four will earn spots. Those countries are Aruba, the Bahamas, the United States, Guatemala, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.</p> <p>Trios is on Monday starting at 9 a.m. Central time. All of the competition is being webcast live on's BowlTV.</p> <p>The archive of the first squad of doubles is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and the archive of the second squad of doubles is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2014 PABCON WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong><br /><em>Cali Bowling Coliseum, Cali, Colombia</em><br /><em>Sunday's results</em></p> <p><strong>DOUBLES</strong><br /><em>(6 games)</em><br />GOLD - Missy Parkin (1,498)/Kelly Kulick (1,363), United States, 2,861<br />SILVER - Thashaina Seraus (1,293)/Kamilah Dammers (1,461), Aruba, 2,754<br />BRONZE - Shannon O'Keefe (1,399)/Danielle McEwan (1,280), United States, 2,679</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6886 The 11th Frame: Steve Taylor wins PBA Budweiser Open Regional by defeating Pete Weber, Jesse Buss in final 2 matches <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Playing the lanes from an outside line virtually no other player used, Steve Taylor won the PBA Budweiser Midwest Open hosted by the Diamond Jo casino and presented by Dexter on Sunday at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa.</span></p> <p>And he did it by being a giant killer in the semifinals and finals, defeating all-time great Pete Weber and then former exempt Touring Pro Jesse Buss to win the $2,000 top prize.</p> <p>PBA&rsquo;s Xtra Frame online channel webcast the tournament.</p> <p>It was Taylor&rsquo;s second career Regional title, but his first in an open event &mdash; <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>his first was a non-champions tournament in May in Kankakee, Illinois</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">I am still on the disabled list with a hamstring injury on my sliding leg that is slowly improving and hopefully should have me back on the lanes by early October, but I went to Dubuque as a spectator for part of Sunday&rsquo;s tournament and got to see the Taylor show.</span></p> <p>He led qualifying at 1,644, 57 pins ahead of Buss, as the 43-foot PBA Chameleon pattern provided a strong challenge: the cut to the top eight in the 40-player field took just 1,459 and the 10<sup>th</sup> and last cash spot was 1,436.</p> <p>Other than Taylor, the players I saw attacked the lanes anywhere from the just inside the track to a deep inside line.</p> <p>In the quarterfinals, Taylor fought back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Jerry Marcus 3-2, then beat Weber 215-201 and Buss 245-171.</p> <p>Chris Gibbons of Madison and Dave Beres of Waukesha &nbsp;lost their first matches and earned $700 each.</p> <p>Full results are <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0600 6881 The 11th Frame: Badger Elite will not be held this year <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Weston Lanes announced Saturday that the Badger State Elite Match Games&nbsp;will not be held this year.</span></p> <p>The move comes after long-time Badger Elite and Central Wisconsin Scratch Bowlers Tour tournament director Dale Hackbart retired from running tournaments.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Weston proprietor Dale Elliott posted this statement on Facebook:</span></p> <p>&ldquo;Weston Lanes will postpone the Badger Elite Bowling Tournament until 2015. With the loss of the Tournament Director and not being able to entertain a cash sponsor I have decided to wait until both a new director is found as well as working on a cash sponsor so it is worth the trip to Wausau for the bowlers.... Stay Tuned for the date.. I would like to thank Dale Hackbart for his support of this event as well as the support of the scratch bowlers who attended over the year.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Badger Elite likely would have been on Saturday, Oct. 18, so that weekend now is open for other tournaments.</p> <p>Obviously, there also won&rsquo;t be a Badger Elite Team Quad Masters, which the past few years has been held on the Friday night before the Badger Elite.</p> <p>I think Elliott is making the correct decision as without a sponsor to keep the prize fund about what it has been, it&rsquo;s likely that many bowlers would skip the tournament.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s hoping he&rsquo;s able to secure a sponsor and bring the great tournament back next year.</p> <p>Elliott also posted that Weston still will host the Divisional Scratch Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 20 and Marathon Lanes will hold its scratch tournament Saturday, Jan. 3.</p> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:00:00 -0600 6880 The 11th Frame: Fusion Realtors Open cut is minus 3 <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">When I received the lane pattern for this weekend&rsquo;s Fusion Realtors Open at Maple Lanes in Waterloo, Iowa, I wrote in <a href="../../../news/article/6864" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a> that it looked very challenging and scores likely would be low.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">And Saturday&rsquo;s qualifying proved me correct, as the cut for the top 60 who advanced to Sunday&rsquo;s semifinals in the 175-player field took under a 200 average: 1,397 for seven games.</span></p> <p>Chris Pierson led qualifying at 1,633, Jason Wojnar was second at 1,601 and Tom Adcock third at 1,590.</p> <p>The pattern is 39 feet with just under 26.5 mL of Ice oil and a 2.0-1 ratio. However, no oil is applied beyond 26.8 feet&nbsp;&mdash; the rest is just buff.</p> <p>The top 60 bowl six games of semifinals and the top 10 after 13 games advance to the finals. Places five through 10 bowl in a bracket of one-game matches, with the 5 and 6 seeds getting one bye to determine the fifth seed for the stepladder finals.</p> <p>Full qualifying results are at the Greater Iowa Bowling Association page <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>FUSION REALTORS OPEN</strong></p> <p><em>Maple Lanes, Waterloo, Iowa</em></p> <p><strong>Qualifying</strong></p> <p>1st Chris Pierson 7 1633 233 Single</p> <p>2nd Jason Wojnar 7 1601 201 Single</p> <p>3rd Tom Adcock 7 1590 190 Single</p> <p>4th Marc Henninger 7 1581 181 Single</p> <p>5th Mike Wolfe 7 1577 177 Single</p> <p>6th Nick Kruml 7 1557 157 Single</p> <p>7th Tom Hess 7 1547 147 Single</p> <p>8th Dominic Partipilo 7 1539 139 Single</p> <p>9th Dan Bock 7 1533 133 Single</p> <p>10th Rob Gotchall 7 1527 127 Single</p> <p>11th Greg Thomas 7 1526 126 Single</p> <p>12th Jonathan Schalow 7 1505 105 Single</p> <p>13th Jerad Helmers 7 1500 100 Single</p> <p>14th Dave Dentlinger 7 1497 97 Single</p> <p>15th Mike Dole 7 1493 93 Single</p> <p>16th Brent Ritchie 7 1483 83 Single</p> <p>17th David Oulman 7 1482 82 Single</p> <p>18th Ryan Zagar 7 1476 76 Single</p> <p>19th Matt McNiel 7 1475 75 Single</p> <p>20th Jon Mesecher 7 1474 74 Single</p> <p>21st Justin Zwaschka 7 1473 73 Single</p> <p>22nd Michael Yaw 7 1470 70 Single</p> <p>23rd Andy Stone 7 1466 66 Single</p> <p>24th AJ Chapman 7 1465 65 Single</p> <p>25th Erin McCarthy 7 1462 62 Single</p> <p>26th Jim Schroeder 7 1456 56 Single</p> <p>27th Kelly Bonta 7 1456 56 Single</p> <p>28th Shea Bittenbender 7 1456 56 Single</p> <p>29th Josh Hepp 7 1455 55 Single</p> <p>30th Jason Becher 7 1455 55 Single</p> <p>31st Matt Smith 7 1455 55 Single</p> <p>32nd Devin Bidwell 7 1454 54 Single</p> <p>33rd Eric Fritton 7 1450 50 Single</p> <p>34th Nick Riedler 7 1449 49 Single</p> <p>35th Bryan Bannach 7 1449 49 Single</p> <p>36th Bryan Bowers 7 1446 46 Single</p> <p>37th Scott Carpenter 7 1446 46 Single</p> <p>38th Ryan Keith 7 1444 44 Single</p> <p>39th Clayton Mohr 7 1444 44 Single</p> <p>40th Travis Anderson 7 1443 43 Single</p> <p>41st Jason Sterner 7 1443 43 Single</p> <p>42nd Andrew Pospisal 7 1429 29 Single</p> <p>43rd Shannon Buchan 7 1428 28 Single</p> <p>44th Kyle Krol 7 1425 25 Single</p> <p>45th Jason Poli 7 1425 25 Single</p> <p>46th Matt Krueger 7 1421 21 Single</p> <p>47th Darik Rude 7 1421 21 Single</p> <p>48th Derek Sapp 7 1419 19 Single</p> <p>49th Nick Heilman 7 1418 18 Single</p> <p>50th Andy Buelow 7 1418 18 Single</p> <p>51st Kyle Anderson 7 1416 16 Single</p> <p>52nd Miguel Lopez 7 1409 9 Single</p> <p>53rd Chris Colella 7 1407 7 Single</p> <p>54th Jason Guest 7 1405 5 Single</p> <p>55th Scott Rains 7 1405 5 Single</p> <p>56th Steven Keeler 7 1404 4 Single</p> <p>57th Brett Lobdell 7 1403 3 Single</p> <p>58th Melissa Sobolik 7 1403 3 Single</p> <p>59th Tony Manna 7 1400 Single</p> <p>60th Matt Gasn 7 1397 -3 Single</p> <p>61st Matt Tomsu 7 1396 -4 Single</p> <p>62nd Dave Axon 7 1396 -4 Single</p> <p>63rd Duane Kilts 7 1396 -4 Single</p> <p>64th Chaz Brewer 7 1395 -5 Single</p> <p>65th Aaron Ramsden 7 1394 -6 Single</p> <p>66th David Krol 7 1393 -7 Single</p> <p>67th Bryan Roth 7 1392 -8 Single</p> <p>68th Tony Oliva 7 1391 -9 Single</p> <p>69th Pete Rusch 7 1390 -10 Single</p> <p>70th Andy Mills 7 1388 -12 Single</p> <p>71st Kurt Krull 7 1388 -12 Single</p> <p>72nd Daron Hansen 7 1387 -13 Single</p> <p>73rd Jacob Bedard 7 1386 -14 Single</p> <p>74th Brady Stearns 7 1385 -15 Single</p> <p>75th Josh Peverill 7 1385 -15 Single</p> <p>76th Jamie Clark 7 1385 -15 Single</p> <p>77th Jason Mesecher 7 1384 -16 Single</p> <p>78th Todd Morrison 7 1383 -17 Single</p> <p>79th Marc Lineberry 7 1382 -18 Single</p> <p>80th Adam Heglund 7 1381 -19 Single</p> <p>81st Gordy Kilpatrick 7 1379 -21 Single</p> <p>82nd Brett Cooper 7 1376 -24 Single</p> <p>83rd Jason Peterson 7 1376 -24 Single</p> <p>84th Kenny Benoit 7 1373 -27 Single</p> <p>85th Dan Lemiesz 7 1373 -27 Single</p> <p>86th Nate Weberg 7 1373 -27 Single</p> <p>87th Mike Peters 7 1373 -27 Single</p> <p>88th Ben Trueg 7 1369 -31 Single</p> <p>89th Nick Pate 7 1368 -32 Single</p> <p>90th Jeff Colaianni 7 1364 -36 Single</p> <p>91st Rob Aimers 7 1364 -36 Single</p> <p>92nd Andy Staub 7 1363 -37 Single</p> <p>93rd Steve Inman 7 1357 -43 Single</p> <p>94th Jason Rook 7 1356 -44 Single</p> <p>95th Jacob Boresch 7 1355 -45 Single</p> <p>96th Troy Fuller 7 1353 -47 Single</p> <p>97th Bobby Nelson 7 1349 -51 Single</p> <p>98th Jeff Rausch 7 1349 -51 Single</p> <p>99th Drew Balta 7 1344 -56 Single</p> <p>100th Brandon Steen 7 1344 -56 Single</p> <p>101st Dave Marget 7 1340 -60 Single</p> <p>102nd Steve Foss 7 1340 -60 Single</p> <p>103rd Darren Stanley 7 1340 -60 Single</p> <p>104th Steve Taylor 7 1339 -61 Single</p> <p>105th Dan Perry 7 1337 -63 Single</p> <p>106th Scott Wohlwend 7 1334 -66 Single</p> <p>107th Brad Miller 7 1334 -66 Single</p> <p>108th Nate Breitsprecker 7 1331 -69 Single</p> <p>109th Jake Genz 7 1328 -72 Single</p> <p>110th Dave Williams Jr. 7 1327 -73 Single</p> <p>111th Kyle King 7 1326 -74 Single</p> <p>112th Jason Polreis 7 1323 -77 Single</p> <p>113th Wesley Edwards 7 1322 -78 Single</p> <p>114th Kenny Calkins III 7 1321 -79 Single</p> <p>115th Andy Shutt 7 1318 -82 Single</p> <p>116th Michael Snell 7 1318 -82 Single</p> <p>117th Joe Engelkes 7 1314 -86 Single</p> <p>118th Chris Twomey 7 1310 -90 Single</p> <p>119th Jeff McCann 7 1309 -91 Single</p> <p>120th Jeremy Smith 7 1304 -96 Single</p> <p>121st Jeremy Haakonson 7 1299 -101 Single</p> <p>122nd Holly Harris 7 1299 -101 Single</p> <p>123rd Gary Clark Sr. 7 1299 -101 Single</p> <p>124th Justin Schiffler 7 1298 -102 Single</p> <p>125th Adam Keith 7 1293 -107 Single</p> <p>126th Tommy Barnwell 7 1289 -111 Single</p> <p>127th Daniel Healy 7 1288 -112 Single</p> <p>128th Dave Kucera 7 1283 -117 Single</p> <p>129th Quincy Bruce 7 1282 -118 Single</p> <p>130th Matt Heesaker 7 1280 -120 Single</p> <p>131st Harley Aumann 7 1276 -124 Single</p> <p>132nd Jacques Kaune 7 1276 -124 Single</p> <p>133rd George Hall 7 1274 -126 Single</p> <p>134th Brian Laurent 7 1273 -127 Single</p> <p>135th Jasmine Laugerman 7 1272 -128 Single</p> <p>136th Darin Galbraith 7 1270 -130 Single</p> <p>137th Spencer Hochmann 7 1268 -132 Single</p> <p>138th Chad Kloss 7 1261 -139 Single</p> <p>139th Tim Schmidt 7 1258 -142 Single</p> <p>140th Derek Hein 7 1256 -144 Single</p> <p>141st Leon Brewer 7 1255 -145 Single</p> <p>142nd David Aldridge 7 1254 -146 Single</p> <p>143rd Brian Crane 7 1254 -146 Single</p> <p>144th Zach Livingston 7 1252 -148 Single</p> <p>145th Kevin Christie 7 1252 -148 Single</p> <p>146th Paul Stuart 7 1248 -152 Single</p> <p>147th Mat Fowler 7 1244 -156 Single</p> <p>148th Danny Woodford 7 1243 -157 Single</p> <p>149th Robert Ciaffa 7 1241 -159 Single</p> <p>150th Rob Warren 7 1239 -161 Single</p> <p>151st Phill Breitbach 7 1227 -173 Single</p> <p>152nd Tim Wahner 7 1226 -174 Single</p> <p>153rd Justin Haenel 7 1223 -177 Single</p> <p>154th Grant Jensen 7 1221 -179 Single</p> <p>155th Greg Engelkes 7 1215 -185 Single</p> <p>156th Mark Bennett Jr. 7 1214 -186 Single</p> <p>157th Erik Kerby 7 1212 -188 Single</p> <p>158th Henry Trutwin 7 1207 -193 Single</p> <p>159th Richard Bates 7 1203 -197 Single</p> <p>160th Jamie Huseboe 7 1201 -199 Single</p> <p>161st C.J. Boyer 7 1196 -204 Single</p> <p>162nd Al Glick 7 1188 -212 Single</p> <p>163rd Burke Risetter 7 1176 -224 Single</p> <p>164th Andy Aries 7 1167 -233 Single</p> <p>165th Gabe Bartlett 7 1158 -242 Single</p> <p>166th Megan Jirsa 7 1154 -246 Single</p> <p>167th Jordan Ely 7 1146 -254 Single</p> <p>168th Brian Netherton 7 1142 -258 Single</p> <p>169th Mackenzie Van Zante 7 1141 -259 Single</p> <p>170th Darin Hein 7 1112 -288 Single</p> <p>171st Curt Bach 7 1101 -299 Single</p> <p>172nd Marty Morrison 7 1070 -330 Single</p> <p>173rd Tiffany Clark 7 1029 -371 Single</p> <p>174th Wyatt Learing 7 1013 -387 Single</p> <p>175th Tyson Vance 7 959 -441 Single</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:00:00 -0600 6882 The 11th Frame: Clara Guerrero sets record in winning singles gold at PABCON Women's Championships <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Competing in her home country, Colombia's Clara Guerrero broke the Pan American Bowling Confederation Women's Championships singles record in winning the gold medal on Saturday, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</span></p> <p>Guerrero rolled games of 233, 290, 223, 248, 259 and 245 for a 1,498 total (249.67 average) to win her second career gold medal in the PABCON Women's Championships.</p> <p>Team USA's Kelly Kulick earned the silver at 1,387 and Team USA&rsquo;s Liz Johnson the bronze at 1,369 in the competition at the Cali Bowling Coliseum.&nbsp;</p> <p>Guerrero won the doubles gold medal in 2001 with Paola Gomez and has earned seven silver medals and two bronze medals over the years.</p> <p>"It feels incredible to win the gold medal in singles with my parents, my brother and the people who always support me behind me," Guerrero, who beat the previous record of 1,482 set by Johnson in 2008, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "The level of this tournament is quite high, so I'm very pleased and quite excited."</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Team USA bowlers also finished fourth through sixth: Missy Parkin at 1,340, and &nbsp;Shannon Pluhowsky and Danielle McEwan at 1,314 each. Shannon O'Keefe was 14th with 1,262. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">Full results are <a href=";ev=53" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;">With Kulick and Johnson's strong start, it put Team USA atop the leaderboard in the race to qualify for the Pan American Games.</span></p> <p>Four countries will qualify for the 2015 Pan American Games this week as part of the PABCON Women's Championships. The combined all-events total of the top two bowlers from each non-qualified country will determine the top four that advance.</p> <p>Eight countries have already qualified for the Pan American Games, which will feature 14 countries. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Venezuela have already secured spots.</p> <p>There are seven countries competing in the PABCON Women's Championships that have yet to qualify and four will earn spots. Those countries are Aruba, the Bahamas, the United States, Guatemala, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.</p> <p>Doubles is on Sunday starting at 10 a.m. Central time. All of the competition is being webcast live on's BowlTV.</p> <p>The archive of the first squad of singles is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and the archive of the second squad of singles is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;"><strong>2014 PABCON WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong> <br /><em>Cali Bowling Coliseum, Cali, Colombia </em><br /><em>Saturday's results </em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.428571429;"><strong>SINGLES</strong> <br /><em>(6 games)</em> <br />GOLD - Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 1,498 <br />SILVER - Kelly Kulick, United States, <br />1,387 BRONZE - Liz Johnson, United States, 1,369</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6879 The 11th Frame: Documentary movie on evolution of bowling needs your help! <p>There really is nothing more I can add to what Randy Brown writes here, except this:</p> <p>Please read it and do what he says!</p> <p># # #</p> <p>Friends,</p> <p>I&rsquo;m asking a big favor of you. For starters, this is going to be a really long post, so I&rsquo;m begging your indulgence just to read it. Yeah, I know; some of you don&rsquo;t like long posts. But please bear with me this one time. I promise, there&rsquo;s something in this for you, too. And I think you&rsquo;ll be interested.</p> <p>As some of you may already know, I have spent the last 40+ years of my life in broadcasting, and I work today as a voiceover artist. Yeah, depending on the market you live in, I may be that voice on your radio that says silly things like, &ldquo;The best mix of the &lsquo;80s, &lsquo;90s and now&hellip;&rdquo; As Bugs Bunny once said, &ldquo;Eh, it&rsquo;s a living.&rdquo; And as some of you may know, I&rsquo;ve also been a bowling video collector for several years and have a YouTube channel (BowlingOldies) with over 200 vintage clips of pro bowling and vintage stars of bowling that date all the way back to the 1930s up through the modern era. My BowlingOldies channel has received over 2.5 million views and has over 1,600 subscribers. I&rsquo;ve been around bowling all my life ever since I was a kid growing up at the dawn of the automatic pinsetter era. For five years in the late &lsquo;70s/early &lsquo;80s, I was a PBA member, never with the intent of touring (I already had a career, thanks), but just so I could realize my childhood dream of competing with the best. Despite a lengthy (30 year) hiatus from actively participating in the game, bowling has never been far from my heart. Indeed, my heart is why I got back into bowling. In the aftermath of open heart surgery nearly three years ago and some complications in my recovery, I thought it best to give up golf in favor of a sport that isn&rsquo;t contested in 90 degree searing heat in the Summertime. In my lifetime, the game of bowling has given me far more than I will ever be able to give back. But through a most unexpected twist of fate, I have recently had an opportunity to give something back to our game through my involvement in a project that seemed to be, if you&rsquo;ll excuse the pun, right up my alley.</p> <p>For the past year, I&rsquo;ve been working with an Academy Award-winning filmmaker named Don Barrett. In addition to his credentials in the film arena, Don has also been around the block a few times in television, having worked with such luminaries as Johnny Carson, Dick Clark and others too numerous to mention. How he stumbled upon me is a whole &lsquo;nother story for another time, but suffice it to say he shares my &mdash; indeed, he shares OUR &mdash; love for bowling. Like me, Don grew up in the era of the Dick Webers and Don Carters and Ray Bluths of our game, and was weaned on TV shows like Championship Bowling, Bowling Stars, Make That Spare, Jackpot Bowling, and other similar shows that helped the sport of bowling become ubiquitous in American popular culture.</p> <p>Don has created a feature-length documentary about the evolution of bowling that contains interviews that he conducted with 50 touring pros, 21 of whom are in the PBA Hall of Fame. Among those interviewed were Jason Belmonte, Pete Weber, Chris Barnes, Sean Rash, Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Kelly Kulick, Carmen Salvino, Randy Pedersen, and more. Many of these interviews cover subjects that have never been discussed on television. Some reveal a human side of these players that has never been shown to a national audience. But the real stars of the show are the video and film clips from the PBA, Championship Bowling, Bowling Stars, and even some material that dates back as far as the early 1930s, telling the story of how bowling became part of Americana. But as much as the film delves into bowling&rsquo;s history, it also digs as deeply into where the game is today, the challenges it faces, and the way forward into the future. This project has the full support of the PBA and Commissioner Tom Clark. We had every intention of having the film ready for airing during ESPN&rsquo;s telecast of the upcoming World Series of Bowling. Everything was moving forward exactly as planned.</p> <p>The final step before post-production (editing of the raw footage into a sequence that would comprise the actual finished movie) was to get the narration done. Randy Pedersen and I were set to narrate the film. The recording session for the two of us to lay down the voice tracks for the narration was already scheduled. Randy and Don were ready to fly into Atlanta, their hotel rooms were booked, and they were both scheduled to come to my home to record the voice tracks for the movie right here in my home recording studio the week of Labor Day. But then, just before the session was about to happen, the project hit a show-stopping roadblock.</p> <p>Don had been told that the licensing fee for the use of ABC-TV's clips of "Pro Bowlers Tour" would be waived by ABC Television, since the documentary was intended for airing on ABC&rsquo;s cable sports channel, ESPN. But rather than waiving the fees or licensing the clips for a nominal $1.00 fee (commonly done in similar circumstance), ABC/Disney instead has insisted on being paid a whopping $820,000 for the licensing of these video clips. Obviously, the project has been halted in its tracks unless there&rsquo;s a break in this impasse. Up to this point, Don has absorbed all the expenses for this project out of pocket because, well, frankly, telling bowling&rsquo;s story has been a labor of love for him, a project he had on his bucket list before he was ready to call it a career. Understandably, he&rsquo;s not prepared to write a check for $820,000 to license these clips. But without them, this film cannot even go to post-production.</p> <p>If completed, the film will not only promote professional bowling, which viewers can only watch on ABC/Disney&rsquo;s own ESPN for most of the year, but also celebrates the history of one of America&rsquo;s most beloved sports &mdash; a history that is inextricably linked to ABC Television. For reasons that defy logic, the PBA long ago negotiated away their rights to the ABC-TV recordings of their own tournaments. What this means is that these clips are now the property of ABC/Disney, and ABC/Disney is now holding hostage an enormous portion of our sport&rsquo;s history in its archival vault while having the gall to make ransom demands for its release.</p> <p>This is outrageous and flies in the face of everything we know to be common business practice in media and the world of filmmaking, not to mention what most of us would agree is common sense and decency. And frankly, it is also a slap in the face to the PBA and to every bowling fan who has ever sat in front of a TV set to watch a professional bowling telecast on ABC.</p> <p>I can personally vouch for what this film promises to be, as I have played a key role in providing Don with research material and guidance toward existing video clips and story lines relating to our game&rsquo;s history. But it is Don Barrett himself who has had the truly inspiring vision of the story this film will tell. He gets it. He understands where the sport came from, how it has evolved in the television era, how modern technology has changed the game, how scoring has spun out of control as a result, and what needs to be done to remedy the situation, and frankly, to save our sport. Don has captured bowling's inside, untold story from the mouths of the people who live it day-to-day and who earn their living from it &mdash; the people who have the greatest stake in bowling&rsquo;s survival and future success.</p> <p>It would be a shame if all the hours spent in collecting this material, all the miles spent traveling and filming interviews and gathering information and capturing bowling&rsquo;s biggest stars on-camera laughing, crying, telling stories that we&rsquo;ve never heard, sharing profound insights and organizing this material into story form all went up in smoke, never to see the light of day, never to be shown anywhere to anyone at any time. To have come this far only to stop short of completing the film would be an outrage to any bowling aficionado if they knew all that went into it, only to get this close and then shut the project down. As I have said to a handful of friends who know of my involvement in this project, it promises to be &ldquo;the documentary to end all documentaries on the sport of bowling."</p> <p>But that&rsquo;s where this project sits right now. It&rsquo;s on hold pending a change in the status of ABC/Disney&rsquo;s demands for $820,000 in rights fees. Unless ABC/Disney moves off the dime and makes their historical archive of professional bowling telecasts, aka &ldquo;Pro Bowlers Tour&rdquo; clips, available to the PBA and to this project, the film &mdash; Bowling Wars &mdash; will never be completed. And that, my friends, would be a huge loss for bowling. At a time when our sport can ill-afford any more setbacks, just when someone has come along who has the credentials to tell bowling&rsquo;s story in a compelling, contemporary and entertaining way that will reach across generational and cultural boundaries, I just hate to think that this project will fail to get across the finish line.</p> <p>But there might be a way to push it forward. Those of us who truly love the sport of bowling have a unique opportunity right now to do something that can help bring our sport&rsquo;s story to the masses and shine a new light on it.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s the favor I am asking of you:</p> <p>If you want to see this project brought to television, please go to <a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a> . When you get to this page, there will be a form to fill out. It will ask for your name, city, state, zip code, country and email address. Then it will ask what you&rsquo;re writing about. Tell it you have a suggestion about something on ESPN and provide your satellite or cable provider. Under &ldquo;Category&rdquo; choose &ldquo;Movies/Documentary.&rdquo; Under &ldquo;Item,&rdquo; choose &ldquo;Other.&rdquo; And under &ldquo;Topic,&rdquo; choose &ldquo;Other.&rdquo; Then under &ldquo;Subject&rdquo; type, &ldquo;Bowling Wars.&rdquo; (That&rsquo;s the name of this film.)</p> <p>In the field called &ldquo;Message,&rdquo; feel free to write your own message, asking ABC/Disney to make the clips from &ldquo;Pro Bowlers Tour&rdquo; available to the filmmaker who is producing a documentary called &ldquo;Bowling Wars&rdquo; AND TELL THEM YOU WANT TO SEE THE MOVIE &ldquo;BOWLING WARS&rdquo; ON ESPN! Or just copy the following message and paste it in the box:</p> <p>&ldquo;I have recently learned of a documentary called "Bowling Wars" that is going to post-production but has been held up by ABC/Disney&rsquo;s demand for exorbitant licensing fees for video clips that originally aired on ABC-TV&rsquo;s long-running series "Pro Bowlers Tour.&rdquo; These clips are part of bowling&rsquo;s and the PBA&rsquo;s history. Please, ABC/Disney: Release these clips so we bowling fans (who, by the way, are viewers of ESPN) can relive the history of our sport and hear its story told. Please stop holding hostage our sport&rsquo;s history in your archival vault in return for ransom demands. Those &ldquo;Pro Bowlers Tour&rdquo; telecasts provided live coverage of actual American sporting events. They aired over what the FCC has deemed to be "public airwaves.&rdquo; As such, this content belongs to all of us. I want to see &ldquo;Bowling Wars&rdquo; on ESPN. Please release the clips!&rdquo;</p> <p>If the form presents you with the opportunity to mark it as &ldquo;URGENT,&rdquo; please do so. Remember, our goal is to get this program ready for air as part of the World Series of Bowling telecasts that are fast approaching.</p> <p>Or, if you feel so inclined, you can send them a letter via postal mail at the following address:</p> <p>ESPN<br />ESPN Viewer Response<br />ESPN Plaza<br />Bristol, CT 06010</p> <p>Friends, I know this is a big ask. You&rsquo;ve already done a lot just by reading this far. And a letter writing campaign might even be a long shot. But here&rsquo;s the deal: A letter writing campaign has worked before. The most famous example is when Star Trek was set for cancellation after its first season. Then a letter writing campaign organized by screenplay writer Dorothy Fontana prompted the network to rethink its decision to cancel, and the rest, as they say, is television history. The network knows full well that each email or letter that it receives represents thousands of other like-minded people who agree with what&rsquo;s in the letter, but are not inclined to go to the trouble to send one of their own. If a couple hundred people were to write in, chances are good that the leverage will change and you might actually get to see this remarkable program that we&rsquo;ve been working for months to bring you&hellip;.that DON has been working &lsquo;round-the-clock for months to bring you.</p> <p>For the record, and in full disclosure, I have offered my services as a voiceover talent to Don on this project totally pro bono out of my love for our game. I was flattered that he asked, and was only too happy to provide my voiceover work simply for the privilege of being a part of this awesome project. I will receive no financial compensation from my participation in this project. The only thing I will get out of it, should the project move to completion, is the honor of having my voice used in the narration and my name in the film&rsquo;s credits.</p> <p>I appreciate you taking the time to read all the way to the end of this missive. Now, if you feel moved to act (and I hope you do), please go to the link I provided above and act now while it&rsquo;s fresh on your mind.</p> <p>Thanks!</p> <p>(Randy Brown)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0600 6878 The 11th Frame: New Japanese Invitational kicks off 2015 PBA Tour season as bonus for top World Series bowlers <p>The PBA Tour hasn&rsquo;t been a true Tour for a few years, but the start of next year looks more like it&nbsp;&mdash; at least for a select group of players who bowl excellently at World Series of Bowling VI this fall.</p> <p>The latest addition is the PBA DHC Japan Invitational tournament&nbsp;that will be the first event of the&nbsp;2015 PBA Tour season and serve as a great bonus for top bowlers at the World Series.</p> <p>PBA announced in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release Friday</strong></a> that the DHC Invitational will take place Jan. 15-18 at Tokyo Port Bowl and be an official PBA Tour title event.</p> <p>The field will feature 16 international players and 16 Japanese players competing for a $47,000 top prize in a $215,000 prize fund. In addition, all 32 players will participate in Baker team and Scotch doubles exhibition matches offering&nbsp;$40,000 in additional prize money.</p> <p>The international players will include 12 qualifiers from the PBA World Championship&nbsp;&mdash; the top 11 men plus the highest woman qualifier if she is not among the 12 leading qualifiers. The four additional international players will be three PBA members and one Korean PBA player invited by DHC.</p> <p>The Japanese players will be the top four players on the DHC PBA Japan Invitational points list, four players based on PBA Japan Region points, one player each selected by each bowling organization in Japan, and four players who will earn berths in a Pre-Tournament Qualifier.</p> <p>PBA said the DHC tournament is an extension of the PBA&rsquo;s work with Japan Bowling Promotions that earlier this year helped create the <a href="../../../news/article/6678" target="_blank"><strong>PBA Japan Regional program</strong></a>. Four of those seven tournaments have been completed, with <a href="../../../news/article/6762" target="_blank"><strong>Yuka Tsuchiya winning all four, including&nbsp;beating all of the men who entered the two open events</strong></a>.</p> <p>The DHC Invitational format will be 32 games of round-robin match play leading into a 5-player stepladder finals.</p> <p>&ldquo;The DHC PBA Japan Invitational is the result of a great deal of hard work and cooperation with the Japan bowling community which has provided PBA members with a great new event,&rdquo; PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the&nbsp;PBA release</strong></a>. &ldquo;We greatly appreciate the involvement of DHC Limited, Japan Bowling Promotions and our partners in Japan who have made this event possible.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to TV coverage in Japan, PBA said its Xtra Frame online channel will cover an overseas event for the first time.</p> <p>Because the DHC Invitational happens too close to the Asian Games, it can't be&nbsp;an official World Bowling Tour event, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>World Bowling President Kevin Dornberger explained on this week's Phantom Radio Show</strong></a>.</p> <p>Top PBA players will be in Los Angeles to tape the Chris Paul Invitational on Jan. 8, the stepladder finalists at the World Championship will compete in the live TV finals of that major tournament on Jan. 11 in Las Vegas, and then they and the other qualifiers head to the DHC Invitational.</p> <p>The <a href="../../../news/article/6871" target="_blank"><strong>pre-TV competition of the&nbsp;PBA Players Championship and the&nbsp;Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship follow in Milwaukee the last week of January</strong></a>, the USBC Masters is in Green Bay the first week of February, and the PBA Tournament of Champions is the second week of February, with the Players Championship and Doubles TV finals also on Valentine&rsquo;s Day weekend.</p> <p>Some PBA players are going to enjoy a heckuva great start to 2015.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>DHC PBA JAPAN INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE<br /></strong><em>Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan</em><br /><em>(all times local; live video streaming coverage on PBA&rsquo;s online bowling channel Xtra Frame)</em></p> <p><strong>Thursday, Jan. 15<br /></strong>Pro-Am and Japan Pre-Tournament Qualifier (at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center)</p> <p><strong>Friday, Jan. 16<br /></strong>8 a.m. &ndash; 32 players, 8 games round-robin match play<br />1 p.m. - 32 players, 8 games round-robin match play<br />6 p.m. &ndash; Baker team exhibition: 8 four-player teams, 8 games Baker format round-robin match play<br />Top two four-player teams advance to TV finals</p> <p><strong>Saturday, Jan. 17<br /></strong>8 a.m. - 32 players, 8 games round-robin match play<br />1 p.m. - 32 players, 8 games round-robin match play<br />Top five players advance to TV stepladder finals<br />6 p.m. &ndash; Scotch doubles exhibition: 16 doubles teams, round-robin match play<br />Top two teams advance to TV finals</p> <p><strong>Sunday, Jan. 18<br /></strong>10:15 a.m. - Scotch doubles TV finals (two teams)<br />11 a.m. - Baker team TV finals (two teams)<br />Noon - DHC PBA Japan Invitational stepladder finals (five players)<br />2:30 p.m. - Special exhibition: top five international, top five Japan players who did not qualify for TV, one-ball &ldquo;last man standing&rdquo; elimination special event (low score per round eliminated)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 06:00:00 -0600 6877 The 11th Frame: Scott Noltemeyer’s 715, Theresa Holmes’ 646 top Friday scoring <p>Scott Noltemeyer fired a 715 series and Theresa Holmes rolled a 646 to top Madison area bowling on Friday.</p> <p>Noltemeyer competed in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Tiger League and Holmes in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Three-Man League.</p> <p>Mark Allen was next with 713 in the Village Lanes Pinheads League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:55:00 -0600