The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2018 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 10519 The 11th Frame: Harry Sullins hoping to add to his 'Legend' with first PBA50 Tour title since 2011 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10519 Harry “The Legend” Sullins hasn’t won a PBA50 Tour title since the 2011 PBA50 Senior Lake County Open, but he is in prime position to change that this week — although some may quibble whether a PBA60 title is a PBA50 title. The USBC Hall of Famer who has five PBA Tour titles and three PBA50 Tour titles totaled 1,683 on games of 196, 276, 247, 212, 265, 208 and 279 to take the lead after Tuesday’s first round of qualifying in the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship... subscribe to read more. Tue, 14 Aug 2018 23:00:00 -0600 10526 The 11th Frame: How can you not love the USA Bowling National Championships? http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10526 Watching the USA Bowling National Championships presented by Sixlets always puts a smile on my face. How can you not love young talents with a love for bowling in a team competition? As I’ve said and written an uncountable number of times: How awesome would it have been for events like this to have been around in the 1970s when Marc McDowell and myself and our friends were growing up together at Village Lanes in Monona? The memories these kids are making will be priceless. The... subscribe to read more. Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:00:00 -0600 10529 The 11th Frame: NCAA rules changes include aligning with new USBC ball specs http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10529 NCAA rules changes for women’s bowling for 2018-19 includes aligning with the new United States Bowling Congress ball specs detailed in my story here. The changes, which were announced July 26, are detailed in this NCAA news release, which includes a link to a PDF that also is attached to the bottom of this story. The ball specs changes include the static weight option that took effect Aug. 1 and the mandate that if a ball includes both a thumb hole and a weight hole and the thumb is... subscribe to read more. Tue, 14 Aug 2018 12:00:00 -0600 10528 The 11th Frame: USBC Senior Championships to Cincinnati in 2019, Louisville in 2020 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10528 The United States Bowling Congress announced Tuesday in this news release that the USBC Senior Championships will be held in Cincinnati in 2019 and Louisville in 2020 as part of a two-year agreement with S&S Family Entertainment. The 2019 Senior Championships will take place Aug. 6-9 at Western Bowl, a 68-lane center that hosts the Hoinke Classic and will host the 2024 USBC Women’s Championships. The 2020 Senior Championships will take place July 28-31 at Executive Strike and Spare,... subscribe to read more. Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:00:00 -0600 10506 The 11th Frame: Andy Mills plants his flag inside, hangs on to make stepladder finals, then runs ladder to win 2018 GIBA 11thFrame.com Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10506 It isn’t often that a lane pattern truly offers the option of playing multiple angles with relatively equal difficulty, but that was the case on the right side for the 2018 Greater Iowa Bowling Association 11thFrame.com Open. While lefties by necessity camped out on the edge and stayed there all weekend, right-handers mostly played inside during Saturday’s qualifying before several jumped outside on Sunday, producing a dramatic turn in the tournament. Early in Sunday’s 12... subscribe to read more. Sun, 12 Aug 2018 23:00:00 -0600 10516 The 11th Frame: Underappreciated Brian Kretzer wins first PBA50 Tour title in PBA50 Cup http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10516 There probably aren’t a lot of bowling fans who understand all Brian Kretzer has done in bowling since some of his biggest and most lucrative wins came outside the PBA Tour and before the era of social media and webcasting. Before he joined the PBA in 2001, Kretzer probably made more money bowling than perhaps any other player this side of Walter Ray Williams Jr., winning the 1997 and 1999 International Eliminator in Las Vegas for $100,000 each and the UAE (United Arab Emirates) Open... subscribe to read more. Sun, 12 Aug 2018 21:00:00 -0600 10518 The 11th Frame: Jodi Gawlik wins 2018 Estrogen Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10518 Jodi Gawlik beat top seed Summer Jasmin to win the 2018 Estrogen Open on Sunday at Poplar Creek Bowl in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, the tournament reported on its Facebook page. The stepladder finals opened with Amber Ovel beating Samantha Kelly 197-158 and Erin Czuprynski 179-144, before Gawlik beat Ovel 211-148 and Jasmin 173-151. Seven players cashed in the 33-player field, with first $800, second $400, third $300, fourth $225, fifth $175, sixth $150 and seventh... subscribe to read more. Sun, 12 Aug 2018 19:00:00 -0600 10504 The 11th Frame: Nick Pate edges Ryan Keith for qualifying lead at 11thFrame.com Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10504 Nick Pate rolled 1,221 in qualifying at the 2018 Greater Iowa Bowling Association 11thFrame.com Open on Saturday and that would have been enough to advance to Sunday’s 12-game semifinal round at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa. But Pate took advantage of the chance to re-enter with several spots open on C squad and blasted 1,445 for his second set of six games to edge past three left-handers to lead qualifying. Re-entries are allowed on B and C squads, with priority given to first entries... subscribe to read more. Sat, 11 Aug 2018 23:00:00 -0600 10503 The 11th Frame: Rocio Restrepo takes advantage of opportunity Liz Kuhlkin gives her to strike to win 2018 BowlerX.com PWBA Twin Cities Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10503 Among the unwritten rules of top-level bowling is that if you miss a single pin you will lose a match, and if you give an opponent a chance to strike to beat you they will. Both rules were in play in Saturday’s title match of 2018 BowlerX.com PWBA Twin Cities Open as Rocio Restrepo beat top seed Liz Kuhlkin 224-193 for her first title of the year and fourth of her career, qualifying her for the season-ending PWBA Tour Championship. In the title match, Restrepo took the early lead as... subscribe to read more. Sat, 11 Aug 2018 22:00:00 -0600 10515 The 11th Frame: Parker Bohn III leads PBA50 Cup qualifying after nearly not making it back in time from trip to promote National Bowling Day http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10515 Anyone doubting Parker Bohn III’s dedication to bowling would have to change their mind after learning of what he did Saturday for the sport. After his first round of qualifying in the PBA50 Cup presented by DV8 at Spectrum Lanes in Wyoming, Michigan, on Friday, Bohn traveled to New York City where he participated in a National Bowling Day segment on “FOX & Friends” on Saturday morning. His plane was delayed when he headed back to Michigan and he barely made it for his... subscribe to read more. Sat, 11 Aug 2018 21:00:00 -0600 10512 The 11th Frame: U.S. sweeps team and national all-events golds, wins 9 of 10 all-events golds, as Levi Rosenbaum of Canada prevents sweep at the Tournament of the Americas http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10512 U.S. bowlers swept the team and national all-events gold medals, and won nine of 10 individual all-events golds, with Levi Rosenbaum of Canada preventing a sweep in the competition that concluded on Saturday, according to results reported by Bowling Tournaments of The Americas Association. The Tournament of the Americas was held at Strikers Family Sportscenter in Sunrise, Florida.  It features bowlers from North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean competing in... subscribe to read more. Sat, 11 Aug 2018 18:00:00 -0600 10505 The 11th Frame: A.J. Chapman tops 45-player field in winning 11thFrame.com Open Sweeper with 1,101 for 5 games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10505 A.J. Chapman averaged 220.2 to win the Greater Iowa Bowling Association 11thFrame.com Open Sweeper at Cherry Lanes in the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa, on Friday. Chapman, who won the 2018 USBC Open Championships doubles Eagle with Rich Eighme, earned $400 in topping the 45-player field with 1,101 for five games. Lefty Kyle Anderson was second with 1,079 for $320. Other cashers were Don Breeden at 1,064 for $275, Tim Behrendt 1,062 for $235, Brent Boho 1,059 for $210, Mitch Hupe 1,058... subscribe to read more. Fri, 10 Aug 2018 23:00:00 -0600 10502 The 11th Frame: Liz Kuhlkin continues late-season surge by leading first round of 2018 BowlerX.com PWBA Twin Cities Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10502 Powerful right-hander Liz Kuhlkin continued her late-season surge by leading Friday’s first round of the 2018 BowlerX.com PWBA Twin Cities Open at Cedarvale Lanes in Eagan, Minnesota. The 2018 U.S. Women’s Open champion would be the first player this season to make three consecutive championship-round appearances if she stays in the top five after Saturday's semifinals. Kuhlkin, a Brusnwick staffer, fired games of 244, 212, 248, 268, 228, 205, 233, and 199 for 1,837 in the first... subscribe to read more. Fri, 10 Aug 2018 22:00:00 -0600 10514 The 11th Frame: Dominican Republic’s Rolando Sebelen leads by 77 pins after first round of season-ending PBA50 Cup http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10514 PBA50 Tour rookie Rolando Sebelen of the Dominican Republic jumped out to a 77-pin lead after Friday’s  first round of the PBA50 Cup presented by DV8 Friday at Spectrum Lanes in Wyoming, Michigan. Sebelen, a multi-medalist in international competition, totaled 1,857 (232.12 average) on games of 248, 248, 264, 214, 191, 227, 231 and 234 on the PBA Earl Anthony 42 lane pattern, with PBA Tour champion Brian Kretzer second at 1,780.  “I’m feeling great and my physical... subscribe to read more. Fri, 10 Aug 2018 21:00:00 -0600 10521 The 11th Frame: Kenosha’s Lennie Boresch Jr. part of Senior Team USA for 2018 PABCON Senior Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10521 USBC Hall of Famer Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha will be along the eight players on Senior Team USA for the 2018 Pan American Bowling Confederation Senior Championships, the United States Bowling Congress announced in this news release. The sixth PABCON Senior Championships will be held at 30-lane Let’s Bowl in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, from Aug. 19-24. The competition will be on the 41-foot World Bowling Rome lane pattern, and feature singles, doubles, trios, four-player team,... subscribe to read more. Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:00:00 -0600 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: The original version of this story 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 slight 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.... subscribe to read more. Fri, 10 Aug 2018 05:00:00 -0600 10511 The 11th Frame: U.S. wins 3 golds, Canada 2 in Tournament of the Americas mixed doubles, U.S. leads in 9 of 10 all-events http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10511 U.S. bowlers won three gold medals and Canada two in mixed doubles on Thursday and the U.S. leads in 9 of 10 categories for all-events at the 56th Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas, according to results reported by Bowling Tournaments of The Americas Association. The Tournament of the Americas is being held at Strikers Family Sportscenter in Sunrise, Florida, through Saturday. It features bowlers from North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean competing in adult,... subscribe to read more. Thu, 9 Aug 2018 18:00:00 -0600 10501 The 11th Frame: Elysia Current leads PTQ that completed field for 2018 BowlerX.com PWBA Twin Cities Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10501 Elysia Current averaged 222.88 to lead Thursday’s PTQ that completed the field for the 2018 BowlerX.com PWBA Twin Cities Open, according to results posted at PWBA.com. The Pennsylvania right-hander rolled games of 203, 244, 242, 213, 170, 227, 275 and 209 for a 1,783 total at Cedarvale Lanes in Eagan, Minnesota. Nine of the 48 players in the PTQ advanced to complete the 32-player field for the second “Elite” field event of the 2018 PWBA Tour, which I explained in this... subscribe to read more. Thu, 9 Aug 2018 15:00:00 -0600 10510 The 11th Frame: U.S. sweeps all 10 golds in Tournament of the Americas doubles, leads in 9 of 10 all-events http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10510 U.S. bowlers won all 10 gold medals in doubles on Wednesday and leads in 9 of 10 categories for all-events at the 56th Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas, according to results reported by Bowling Tournaments of The Americas Association. The Tournament of the Americas is being held at Strikers Family Sportscenter in Sunrise, Florida, through Saturday. It features bowlers from North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean competing in adult, senior, super senior, junior... subscribe to read more. Wed, 8 Aug 2018 18:00:00 -0600 10517 The 11th Frame: Madison Area USBC names 2017-18 Bowlers of the Year http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10517 The merged Madison Area USBC has named its adult, senior and youth Bowlers of the Year for its first season of 2017-18 in this news release posted at its website. For adults, Derek Eoff was named the Jim Grady Bowler of the Year and Brittany Pollentier was named the Marge Pursell Bowler of the Year. I don’t think there are any knowledgeable observers who would dispute that Eoff and Pollentier are the top male and female bowlers in the Madison Area USBC. For seniors, Chris Gibbons was... subscribe to read more. Wed, 8 Aug 2018 17:00:00 -0600 10491 The 11th Frame: Michael Haugen, John Marsala both enjoy huge wins in PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10491 Michael Haugen Jr. won the war, but John Marsala won the battle at Dave Small’s Championship Lanes in Anderson, Indiana on Tuesday night. Haugen won the semifinal match of the stepladder finals of the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip to clinch 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year. But top seed Marsala beat him 224-218 in the title match to win his first PBA50 Tour title only a month after joining the PBA. Marsala, who was competing in just his fifth... subscribe to read more. Tue, 7 Aug 2018 22:00:00 -0600 10494 The 11th Frame: Top seeds Anthony Neuer, Julia Huren win U20 titles in very different fashion at 2018 Junior Gold Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10494 Top seeds Anthony Neuer and Julia Huren won the U20 titles in very different fashion at the 2018 Junior Gold Championships presented by the Brands of Ebonite International. If you didn’t enjoy the U20, U15 and U12 shows that aired the last three Tuesday nights on CBS Sports Network you’re simply not a bowling fan as the youngsters showcases the amazing skills of America’s top young bowlers. The competition was contested Saturday, July 21 at the International Training and... subscribe to read more. Tue, 7 Aug 2018 21:00:00 -0600 10509 The 11th Frame: U.S. wins 9 golds, Canada 1 in Tournament of the Americas singles http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10509 U.S. bowlers won nine gold medals and a Canadian earned the other one in singles at the 56th Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas on Monday and Tuesday, according to results reported by Bowling Tournaments of The Americas Association. The Tournament of the Americas is being held at Strikers Family Sportscenter in Sunrise, Florida, through Saturday. It features bowlers from North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean competing in adult, senior, super senior, junior A... subscribe to read more. Tue, 7 Aug 2018 18:00:00 -0600 10513 The 11th Frame: Bowling Centers Association of Wisconsin discontinues Wisconsin Grand Prix Program http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10513 The Bowling Centers Association of Wisconsin in this post on Monday announced that it was discontinuing the Wisconsin Grand Prix Program. Here is the full post: “It is essential that EVERYONE know nothing has or will happen to the youth bowlers’ scholarship money. All money is secure and will be available when bowlers graduate and continue their education after high school. Back in the 1980’s the Grand Prix Program was created to reward participation in youth bowling while... subscribe to read more. Mon, 6 Aug 2018 20:00:00 -0600 10490 The 11th Frame: Ron Mohr fires another perfect game, but Parker Bohn III almost catches him for qualifying lead of PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10490 Ron Mohr fired a perfect game for the second straight day and averaged 244.12 for the eight games of Monday’s second round, but still almost lost his lead as qualifying concluded in the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip in Anderson, Indiana. Mohr entered the round with a 40-pin lead on the field and was 58 pins ahead of Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III, but the defending champion in Anderson also bowled a perfect game as he totaled 1,977 for the... subscribe to read more. Mon, 6 Aug 2018 20:00:00 -0600