The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2018 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 10318 The 11th Frame: 2018 11thFrame.com Open set for Aug. 10-12 with same Friday sweeper, tournament format, and (hopefully) a tougher lane pattern than 2017 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10318 Note: This story first posted on May 8, 2018. We could not have asked for much more from the 2017 GIBA 11thFrame.com Open at Cherry Lanes inside the Diamond Jo casino in Dubuque, Iowa. The new Friday sweeper drew a solid turnout, and the tournament Saturday and Sunday sold out at 156 entries and ran great. The only disappointment was that scores were a little higher than we anticipated, even though we used the same lane pattern as 2016 — the 2015 U.S. Open lane pattern modified... subscribe to read more. Mon, 18 Jun 2018 01:00:00 -0600 10396 The 11th Frame: Team USA ends 5-year drought by winning Weber Cup over Europe; 2019 Weber Cup will be in U.S. http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10396 Team USA trounced Europe 19-10 over the weekend to win the Weber Cup for the first time in six years, according to published reports. Weber Cup officials also announced that the 20th Weber Cup next year will be held in the U.S., with the dates and venue to be announced in the future. The Weber Cup has never been held in the U.S.  With all due respect to other venues, if it is not at famed Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, it is being held in the wrong place. Kyle Troup was named MVP as... subscribe to read more. Sun, 17 Jun 2018 20:00:00 -0600 10393 The 11th Frame: A star is born? Jordan Richard wins PWBA Greater Harrisburg Open for first career PWBA Tour title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10393 Before the 2018 PWBA Tour season began, Jordan Richard was identified by many as a leading candidate for Rookie of the Year and a potential future star. On Saturday, she took a big step toward the former and affirmed herself as the latter by winning the PWBA Greater Harrisburg Open in what was just her fourth PWBA Tour event. The powerful right-hander who was a collegiate star at Arkansas State and Team USA member who won the 2018 U.S. Amateur was eighth after Friday’s 12 games of... subscribe to read more. Sat, 16 Jun 2018 21:00:00 -0600 10270 The 11th Frame: Update: USBC slightly alters new ball specs; Best advice to bowlers on new USBC ball specs is R-E-L-A-X http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10270 Update: This story originally was published on April 24, 2018. This update was published on June 16, 2018, after the the United States Bowling Congress posted this video, "Bowling Technology Study Conclusion: Research Summary and Updated Specifications" and this news release. Starting Aug. 1, 2018, bowlers will have a choice between the current static weight rule of a maximum 3 ounces of top/bottom and 1 ounce of side/finger/thumb weight with a weight hole, or a maxiumum 3 ounes of... subscribe to read more. Sat, 16 Jun 2018 14:00:00 -0600 10391 The 11th Frame: Even in retirement, Mika Koivuniemi remains 'Major Mika' as he wins Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10391 Mika Koivuniemi might be pretty much retired from top-level bowling after becoming the coach of the United Arab Emirates national team, but he showed this week that he’s still “Major Mika.” The 51-year-old right-hander who won three majors among his 14 titles during his 16-year PBA Tour career started Friday in second at the Suncoast PBA Senior US. Open presented by Storm, climbed to the top seed during 12 games of modified round-robin match play, then defeated a red-hot... subscribe to read more. Fri, 15 Jun 2018 22:00:00 -0600 10392 The 11th Frame: Lindsay Boomershine leads by 79 after qualifying at 2018 PWBA Greater Harrisburg Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10392 Lindsay Boomershine averaged more than 227 to take a 79-pin lead after Friday’s two rounds of qualifying at the 2018 PWBA Greater Harrisburg Open at ABC West Lanes in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Boomershine fired games of 224, 245, 215, 155, 218, 249, 226 and 237 for 1,769 in the first round and 263, 257, 211, 203, 247, 176, 247 and 270 for 1,874 in the second round and 3,643 for 16 games (227.69 average). Josie Barnes was second at 3,564 on rounds of 1,737 and 1,827, Missy Parkin... subscribe to read more. Fri, 15 Jun 2018 21:00:00 -0600 10390 The 11th Frame: Despite 154 finish, Ryan Shafer extends lead as qualifying ends at Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, but many big names in striking distance http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10390 Despite a 154 in his final game of qualifying on Thursday, Ryan Shafer extended his lead in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm heading into the final day at the Suncoast in Las Vegas. The 5-time PBA Tour champion edged into the lead by five pins after the third round and extended it to 84 pins with games of 279, 221, 210, 227, 212 and 154 for 1,303 for the round and 5,340 for the 24 games of qualifying (222.5 average) on the PBA Bear 39 lane pattern. “You have to put... subscribe to read more. Thu, 14 Jun 2018 22:00:00 -0600 10389 The 11th Frame: Ryan Shafer leads Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open after 3 rounds as he aims for major title that eluded him on PBA Tour http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10389 There is no doubt that Ryan Shafer is the greatest bowler ever with five or fewer titles in a lengthy PBA Tour career.  The what-ifs in Shafer’s career are mind-boggling: Mixed in a long career's worth of bowling heartbreak are 14 TV finals in major tournaments (if my math is right) without a title, including five second-place finishes. Just winning two of those major tournament TV title matches and Shafer would be a borderline Hall of Famer; three or more and he’d probably... subscribe to read more. Wed, 13 Jun 2018 22:00:00 -0600 10395 The 11th Frame: USOC grants USBC motion to dismiss Jim Salisbury complaint, ruling Salisbury had not exhausted remedies with USBC but not ruling on his claim http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10395 The United States Olympic Committee has ruled in favor of the United States Bowling Congress’ motion to dismiss a complaint long-time USBC foe Jim Salisbury filed against USBC with USOC seeking removal of USBC’s status as bowling’s National Governing Body. USOC said in the decision, which was handed down Tuesday and is attached to the bottom of this story as a PDF, that Salisbury “failed to exhaust his administrative remedies with USBC and failed to prove by clear and... subscribe to read more. Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:00:00 -0600 10357 The 11th Frame: Jason Belmonte the announcer highlights fourth show of 2018 PBA Tour Finals as E.J. Tackett moves on to final against Belmonte http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10357 Jason Belmonte stole the show, so to speak, as E.J. Tackett advanced to the championship show of the 2018 PBA Tour Finals by winning the Group 2 stepladder in competition that was held May 5 at Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Detroit and aired Tuesday night on CBS Sports Network. Tackett will meet Belmonte in a rematch of the 2017 championship he won in the 2018 championship show that will air June 19 CBS SN. My spoiler alert story detailing who won is here, if you wish to know.... subscribe to read more. Tue, 12 Jun 2018 23:00:00 -0600 10388 The 11th Frame: Michael Haugen Jr. keeps grinding, extends lead after second round of Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10388 Michael Haugen Jr. kept grinding in Tuesday’s second round of the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm and extended his lead from a pin to 24 pins over PBA Hall of Famer Mark Williams. The defending Senior U.S. Open and 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year followed his 1,370 first-round total with 1,399 in the second round on games of 267, 223, 193, 276, 244 and 196 in the second round at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas for a 2,769 12-game total (230.7 average) on the PBA... subscribe to read more. Tue, 12 Jun 2018 22:00:00 -0600 10386 The 11th Frame: PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Open will feature bonus pins each game for beating players on pair http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10386 The format being used for the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Open in suburban Chicago June 30-July 1 is so interesting I’d like to copy it and use it in a tournament. The format for the PBA Tour event at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois, comes from host Sean Rash, who said he borrowed from other tournaments he has competed in. The field bowls 8-game qualifying rounds on Saturday and Sunday, with the top quarter of the field advancing to another 8-game round Monday before the top five bowl a... subscribe to read more. Tue, 12 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0600 10387 The 11th Frame: Michael Haugen Jr. starts defense of Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open title on top after first round http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10387 Michael Haugen Jr. can accomplish a lot this week at the Suncoast in Las Vegas. The 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year can win a second straight Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm, and doing so would put him in prime position to earn 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year, as he already leads the points going into the tournament. Haugen got his title defense off to a solid start by totaling 1,370 for six games in Monday’s first round to take a 1-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer and 2010... subscribe to read more. Mon, 11 Jun 2018 22:00:00 -0600 10394 The 11th Frame: USBC holding 14 Bronze coaching certification conferences weekend of Aug. 11-12 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10394 The United States Bowling Congress announced in this news release Monday that it would hold hold 14 USBC Bronze coaching conferences the weekend of Aug. 11-12. USBC said that Bronze certification class “provides intermediate-level training designed to increase coaching skills and professionalism. It covers topics such as fine-tuning the physical game, lane conditions and adjustments, dynamics of ball motion, giving lessons and much more. USBC Bronze certification is the next step... subscribe to read more. Mon, 11 Jun 2018 20:00:00 -0600 10377 The 11th Frame: With 3 flush, clutch strikes, Chris Barnes returns to PBA Tour winner’s circle for first time since 2015 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10377 As I noted in this story after Saturday’s qualifying round of the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, Chris Barnes is nearly eligible for the PBA50 Tour, has endured back surgery, and hasn’t won a PBA Tour title since the 2015 DHC PBA Japan Invitational, which was before his back surgery. But with three flush, clutch strikes to end the tournament, the PBA Hall of Famer returned to the PBA Tour winner’s circle, edging young star... subscribe to read more. Sun, 10 Jun 2018 23:00:00 -0600 10383 The 11th Frame: Norm Duke proves even the greatest are human as his 4-through-the-middle hands Chris Warren 2018 USBC Senior Masters title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10383 Norm Duke is one of the greatest champions and clutch performers in the history of bowling. Even in his mid-50s, he’s still throwing clutch strikes to win PBA League matches — and the pressure of team bowling ratchets up the intensity of those shots. And Duke has come through numerous times to win on the PBA Tour, perhaps most memorably when he made the bucket to win one of his U.S. Open titles. But Duke is human, as he showed in Sunday’s final frame of the 2018 United... subscribe to read more. Sun, 10 Jun 2018 21:00:00 -0600 10376 The 11th Frame: Aiming for first title since 2015, Hall of Famer Chris Barnes leads PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open qualifying http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10376 Chris Barnes is nearly eligible for the PBA50 Tour, has endured back surgery, and hasn’t won a PBA Tour title since the 2015 DHC PBA Japan Invitational, which was before his back surgery. But he might not be done winning, as he showed Saturday in leading qualifying of the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas. The 18-time PBA Tour champion and Hall of Famer fired games of 276, 254, 217, 235, 258, 279, 215 and 190 to total 1,942 on the PBA Scorpion 42... subscribe to read more. Sat, 9 Jun 2018 23:00:00 -0600 10375 The 11th Frame: Erin McCarthy is first top seed to win on 2018 PWBA Tour as she makes Louisville Open her first career PWBA Tour title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10375 It’s fair to say that there will be few professional bowling wins more popular than Erin McCarthy’s Saturday in the PWBA Louisville Open. After opening Facebook on Sunday morning, I scrolled through a seemingly unending series of Facebook posts congratulating McCarthy on winning her first PWBA Tour title, and they weren't just from fellow EBI staffers. The posts were testimony to her popularity on and off the lanes — she is a registered nurse whose exhausting schedule I... subscribe to read more. Sat, 9 Jun 2018 22:00:00 -0600 10382 The 11th Frame: Norm Duke tops Michael Haugen Jr. for top seed at 2018 USBC Senior Masters, Keith Lesko, Chris Warren, Ron Mohr also make stepladder finals http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10382 Norm Duke beat Michael Haugen Jr. in the match for the top seed at the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters, and Keith Lesko, Chris Warren and Ron Mohr also made the stepladder finals on Saturday at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas. Duke averaged more than 237 as he went 6-0 in match play, concluding with a 706-660 win over Haugen for the top seed in which he jumped out to a 257-178 lead in the first game. "I'm very happy with how things went, as this is what we work for and train... subscribe to read more. Sat, 9 Jun 2018 21:00:00 -0600 10374 The 11th Frame: Malaysia’s Siti Rahman averages more than 235 in leading qualifying at 2018 PWBA Louisville Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10374 Malaysia’s Siti Rahman averaged more than 235 to lead after Friday’s two rounds of qualifying at the 2018 PWBA Louisville Open Fountain Valley Open at Fern Valley Strike and Spare in Lousiville. Rahman fired games of 259, 269, 263, 225, 278, 235, 223 and 216 for 1,968 in the first round and 266, 268, 158, 209, 202, 229, 243 and 224 for 1,799 in the second round and a 16-game total of 3,767 (235.44 average). Erin McCarthy and Malaysia’s Esther Cheah tied for second with... subscribe to read more. Fri, 8 Jun 2018 22:00:00 -0600 10381 The 11th Frame: Defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke, Michael Haugen Jr., Ron Mohr among unbeaten after first day of match play at 2018 USBC Senior Masters http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10381 Defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke, Michael Haugen Jr. and Ron Mohr are among the 16 unbeaten players after Friday’s first day of match play at the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas. Williams, who has three seconds already on the 2018 PBA50 Tour, is looking to become the first person since Tom Baker in 2007 to successfully defend a USBC Senior Masters title and the event's first three-time winner — he also won in... subscribe to read more. Fri, 8 Jun 2018 21:00:00 -0600 10349 The 11th Frame: Enough schools signing on has NAIA bowling on path to varsity status in 2019-20 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10349 Last summer, I wrote in this lengthy story that NAIA bowling appeared to be at a crossroads with proposed rules changes that would drastically restrict players' competitive freedom as part of a path to possible varsity status that proponents say could be a big positive for college bowling with more funding and more schools adding the sport.  The debate was spirited and vigorous, but also mostly thoughtful and respectful in this long thread of comments off the posting of... subscribe to read more. Fri, 8 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0600 10380 The 11th Frame: James Campbell earns top seed, last spot comes down to roll-off as 2018 USBC Senior Masters heads to match play http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10380 James Campbell edged back past Brian LeClair to earn the top seed, and the 64th and final spot for match play came down to roll-off as 2018 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters heads to match play at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas. Campbell, the first-round leader, rolled 1,179 for his final 5-game qualifying round to total 3,571 for his 15 games (238.07 average) and move back past second-round leader LeClair, who finished second in the 272-player field with 3,527. 2017 PBA50 Rookie... subscribe to read more. Thu, 7 Jun 2018 21:00:00 -0600 10379 The 11th Frame: With badly damaged knee stabilized by brace, Brian LeClair moves into lead after second round of 2018 USBC Senior Masters http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10379 If you’ve followed the trials and tribulations of 2017 PBA50 Tour Player of the Year Brian LeClair, you know a troublesome left (sliding) knee has been causing him pain and after a further injury last month, threatening to end his bowling career. That career may have been saved by a new brace that hasn’t removed the pain, but has allowed him to bowl and at a high level again, as evidenced by his leading the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Masters through two rounds of... subscribe to read more. Wed, 6 Jun 2018 21:00:00 -0600 10384 The 11th Frame: South Point Bowling Plaza almost becoming home to World Bowling with 3 more World Championship events headed there http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10384 It isn’t likely to make a lot of the European bowlers who are advocating for more diversity in championship sites happy, but World Bowling on Wednesday announced that it has awarded three more of its World Championships to South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. The Plaza has been named host center for the World Singles and World Youth Championships in 2020 and World Senior Championships in 2021, World Bowling said in this news release. South Point already is hosting the 2019 World... subscribe to read more. Wed, 6 Jun 2018 08:30:00 -0600