The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2019 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 11400 The 11th Frame: Team USA makes Weber Cup history by firing perfect game in taking 10-6 lead over Team Europe in second day of competition http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11400 Team USA fired the first Baker perfect game in Weber Cup history in taking a 10-6 lead over Team Europe in Wednesday's second day of the competition, the Weber Cup reported in this news release. Weber Cup XX, which is sponsored by Storm, is taking place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas through June 21, the first time it has ever been held in the U.S. The U.S. and Europe came in tied 4-4 after the first day Tuesday, but the U.S. won six of eight matches on Wednesday. Details on the second day are... subscribe to read more. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 18:00:00 -0600 11399 The 11th Frame: USBC says Junior Gold Championships will set entry record for ninth straight year. http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11399 The United States Bowling Congress announced Wednesday in this news release that the Junior Gold Championships for the night straight year will set an entry record and a record for number of members. The 2019 Junior Gold Championships presented by the Brands of Ebonite International will take place at eight centers in the Detroit area July 13-20. This year’s Junior Gold will be the first with the addition of a U17 division — the addition of U17 to U12, U15 and U20 was... subscribe to read more. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 17:30:00 -0600 11397 The 11th Frame: Expanded World Bowling Tour Finals set for Kuwait in November; U.S. TV coverage to be determined http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11397 The World Bowling Tour Finals has been held in conjunction with a U.S. PBA Tour event and the PBA’s TV package for several years, but this year it will be with the Kuwait Open and U.S. TV coverage has yet to be determined. Both World Bowling CEO Kevin Dornberger and PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark said in messages that they would be discussing the U.S. TV coverage for the WBT Finals during Bowl Expo later this month. Dornberger said the Kuwait Open will pay $50,000 for first out of a... subscribe to read more. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 05:00:00 -0600 11387 The 11th Frame: Missy Parkin averages 218 as just 15 of 108 players are plus in opening round of 2019 U.S. Women's Open on flat pattern http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11387 A U.S. Open should be a grind. It should be the toughest test in a sport. You should have to suffer in order to win it. For that reason, I always was a huge fan of the U.S. Open when the PBA Tour ran it and put down a flat lane pattern for the first decade-plus of this century. Scores were absurdly low by modern standards, but the competition invariably was compelling and produced some of the most memorable tournaments in PBA history, including Pete Weber’s “Who do you think you... subscribe to read more. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 23:00:00 -0600 11396 The 11th Frame: Opening day at Weber Cup ends 4-4 for Team USA, Team Europe http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11396 The opening day at the Weber Cup ended all square at 4-4, the Weber Cup reported in this news release. Weber Cup XX, which is sponsored by Storm, is taking place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas through June 21, the first time it has ever been held in the U.S. Here are the results from the first day reported by the Weber Cup:  Team USA 218-232 Team EuropeAnthony Simonsen 279-246 Jesper SvenssonJakob Butturff 244-255 Dominic BarrettChris Barnes 263-222 Stuart WilliamsKyle Troup 232-223 Osku... subscribe to read more. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 18:00:00 -0600 11290 The 11th Frame: With International Olympic Committee Session vote nearing on added sports for 2024 Olympics, question for bowling is where to go for 2028 and beyond http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11290 The 134th International Olympic Committee Session June 24-26 in Lausanne, Switzerland will vote on the provisional inclusion of breakdancing (breaking), skateboarding, rock climbing (sport climbing), and surfing in the 2024 Paris Olympics. The new additions for 2024 would be officially confirmed by the IOC Executive Board in December 2020, It will be the first Olympics for breakdancing, and the second straight Olympics for skateboarding, rock climbing, and surfing, which were added by the IOC... subscribe to read more. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 08:00:00 -0600 11394 The 11th Frame: 2019 U.S. Women's Open lane patterns differ only in volume, oil type from 2018 U.S. Open lane patterns http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11394 The 2019 U.S. Women’s Open lane patterns differ from the 2018 U.S. Open lane patterns only in volume and type of oil — at least that is the case with three of the four, with the fourth not being released until the practice session Thursday night for the 36 players who advance to the cashers round. The Women’s Open patterns are attached to the bottom of this story as PDFs. I will update this story when the fourth is posted and add that PDF. The first three patterns are used... subscribe to read more. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 18:00:00 -0600 11395 The 11th Frame: Higgy's Aquarium firing 3,362 to take team lead at 2019 USBC Open Championships can't help but raise ‘What if?’ questions http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11395 If you cast aside questions about a team member changing, it’s mind-boggling to think how close Higgy’s Aquarium is to creating an incredible run at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. Or perhaps it's incredible to think how close Higgy’s Aquarium is to creating a mind-boggling run at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. On Sunday night at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, Higgy’s fired 3,362 (1,033-1,159,1,170) to soar... subscribe to read more. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 08:00:00 -0600 11383 The 11th Frame: Bryanna Coté becomes 2nd player this season to lose PWBA Tour title walking in the shoes of Randy Pedersen as Sandra Andersson wins her first title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11383 On April 27, left-hander Cherie Tan left a solid 9-pin that cost her a chance to win the 2019 Nationwide PWBA Greater Cleveland Open, harkening back to the infamous solid 8-pin that Pedersen left to lose the 1995 PBA Touring Players Championship to Ernie Schlegel. Tan would have needed two more strikes to edge Josie Barnes by a pin, but never go that chance due to the 9-pin. On Saturday, Bryanna Coté became the latest bowler to walk in Pedersen’s shoes, as she left a brutal solid... subscribe to read more. Sat, 15 Jun 2019 23:00:00 -0600 11382 The 11th Frame: Solid game plan, versatility carry Erin McCarthy to qualifying lead at 2019 PWBA Fountain Valley Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11382 A solid game plan and versatility carried Erin McCarthy to the lead after Friday’s qualifying rounds at the 2019 PWBA Fountain Valley Open at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, California. In the first round, the diminutive right-hander fired games of 232, 201, 192, 188, 212, 266, 235 and 233 for 1,759, and then in the second round, she rolled 156, 234, 194, 213, 214, 256, 235 and 200 for 1,702 and a 16-game total of 3,461 (216.31 average) that gave her a 6-pin lead over the 3,456 of... subscribe to read more. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 23:00:00 -0600 11381 The 11th Frame: World Bowling Hall of Famer Tore Torgersen of Norway beats top seed Mika Koivuniemi of Finland in international title match of 2019 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11381 A U.S. Open is supposed to be a grind, and the 2019 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm certainly was on the challenging Marshall Holman 41 lane pattern, which has 30.91 mL of oil and a 2.49-1 ratio. In the 24 games of qualifying, only 46 players in a field that started with 152 managed to average 200, and that continued through match play and into the stepladder finals, capped by World Bowling Hall of Famer Tore Torgersen of Norway beating top seed and defending champion Mika... subscribe to read more. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 22:00:00 -0600 11386 The 11th Frame: 'Predatory monster': Former Washington youth bowling coach Ty Treddenbarger gets 25 years in prison for producing child porn http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11386 Ty Treddenbarger, a former youth bowling coach in the Seattle, Washington area, was sentenced in federal court on Tuesday to 25 years in prison and lifetime supervised release for production and possession of child pornography, the office of U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran announced in this news release. Treddenbarger, 54, traveled with teen bowlers, drugged them and took pictures of his sexual molestation of them over many years, the release states. “This defendant not only groomed the... subscribe to read more. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 10:00:00 -0600 11380 The 11th Frame: Norway's Tore Torgersen takes narrow lead over Pete Weber at Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11380 After three days of defending champion Mika Koivuniemi leading the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm, the top of the leaderboard underwent a major shuffling in Thursday’s fourth and final round of qualifying. Norway’s Tore Torgersen took a narrow lead over Pete Weber, Norm Duke jumped to third, Koivuniemi fell to fourth, and Steve Smith moved into fifth as those five players separated themselves from the rest of the field by more than 100 pins heading into the final... subscribe to read more. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 22:00:00 -0600 11379 The 11th Frame: Defending champion Mika Koivuniemi maintains lead through third round at Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11379 Defending champion Mika Koivuniemi maintained his lead through Wednesday’s third round of qualifying at the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm lead. The famous Fin held off Norway’s Tore Torgersen who charged to second with the high block of the day at 1,357 on games of 257, 240, 214, 207, 183 and 256 on the challenging Marshall Holman 41 lane pattern, which has 30.91 mL of oil and a 2.49-1 ratio. Koivuniemi struggled to 1,119 on games of 202, 196, 183, 199, 216 and... subscribe to read more. Wed, 12 Jun 2019 22:00:00 -0600 11384 The 11th Frame: To keep doing what he loves, retired PBA star Robert Smith turns to 2-handed bowling, and finds 'a brand new struggle' he is enjoying http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11384 Robert Smith loves to bowl. So much that he would do almost anything to keep bowling, even switching to 2-handed, which is blasphemy to some of his former PBA Tour competitors and champions such as Brian Voss and Mike Machuga. Stressed by years of his extreme, ultra-powerful style, the 7-time PBA Tour champion’s body simply gave out: The pain in his hip and back became so bad that he was withdrawing from more tournaments than he finished, most recently the 2019 USBC Masters at the... subscribe to read more. Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:00:00 -0600 11378 The 11th Frame: Mika Koivuniemi extends lead, Pete Weber jumps to third at 2019 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11378 Defending champion Mika Koivuniemi extended his lead, while Pete Weber made news by jumping to third in Tuesday’s second round of the 2019 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm. Koivuniemi had a 63-pin lead with 1,465 after Monday’s first round at the Suncoast Bowling Center, then rolled games of 243, 223, 174, 210, 276 and 190 for 1,316 in the second round and a 12-game total of 2,781 that pushed his lead to 166 pins over Brian Kretzer, the man he beat in the title... subscribe to read more. Tue, 11 Jun 2019 22:00:00 -0600 10595 The 11th Frame: 2019 GIBA 11thFrame.com Open set for Aug. 16-18 with same Friday sweeper, tournament format, and a slight tweak to 2018 lane pattern http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10595 Note: The original version of this story posted on Sept. 13, 2018. The Greater Iowa Bowling Association 11thFrame.com Open at Cherry Lanes inside the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa, is moving a week later to Aug. 16-18 in 2019. The tournament was Aug. 10-12 in 2018, but GIBA administrator Joe Engelkes has a family conflict the second weekend of August in 2019. And Cherry Lanes doesn't want to tie up the center for a weekend after the third weekend of August, so we need to avoid... subscribe to read more. Tue, 11 Jun 2019 06:00:00 -0600 11374 The 11th Frame: 16th annual New Mexico Open set for Aug. 16-18 with $12,500 first prize and a new car for perfect game in title match http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11374 The 16th annual New Mexico Open is set for Aug. 16-18, with a $12,500 first prize based on 192 entries and a new prize of a new car from local car dealership Pitre Buick GMC Kia for a perfect game in the title match. The tournament at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho, N.M., is the same weekend as both the PBA Gene Carter's Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Lanes in Middletown, Delaware, and the 11thFrame.com Open at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa. With the PBA stop part of the Summer Tour and its... subscribe to read more. Tue, 11 Jun 2019 05:00:00 -0600 11377 The 11th Frame: Picking up where he left off, defending champion Mika Koivuniemi takes first-round lead at Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11377 Picking up where he left off a year ago, defending champion Mika Koivuniemi took the first-round lead at the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm on Monday at Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The PBA and USBC Hall of Famer, who coaches the United Arab Emirates team, fired games of 203, 253, 300, 229, 234 and 246 for a 1,465 total on the challenging Marshall Holman 41 lane pattern, which had 30.91 mL of oil and a 2.49-1 ratio. Here is FloBowling video of the close of... subscribe to read more. Mon, 10 Jun 2019 22:00:00 -0600 11365 The 11th Frame: Amleto Monacelli shows why he is an all-time great in winning the 2019 USBC Senior Masters http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11365 Seemingly making every shot when he needed it, getting breaks at key times, covering for his own errors and taking advantage of his opponents’ mistakes, Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli looked destined to win the 2019 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters as he entered the title match, despite the fact that he would need to beat top seed Stoney Baker twice. But when Baker started with seven strikes and Monacelli six strikes but a pocket 7-10 in the third frame for an open, it... subscribe to read more. Sun, 9 Jun 2019 18:00:00 -0600 11376 The 11th Frame: Tyler Slaubaugh beats PBA star Anthony Simonsen in title match to win 2019 Proprietors Cup http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11376 Tyler Slaubaugh defeated PBA star Anthony Simonsen 202-188 in the title match to win the 2019 Proprietors Cup at Beaver Vu Bowl in the Dayton, Ohio area on Sunday, according to Facebook reports on the Proprietors Cup page. The 140-player field bowled 12 games of qualifying on Saturday, with the top 28 advancing to Sunday’s 6-game cashers round. The top 10 bowlers based on 18-game totals then advanced to the survivor rounds, with 2-game rounds dropping two bowlers each round until the... subscribe to read more. Sun, 9 Jun 2019 17:30:00 -0600 11375 The 11th Frame: Anthony Simonsen dominates 2019 Proprietors Cup qualifying as top 28 advance to cashers round http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11375 PBA star Anthony Simonsen led Saturday’s qualifying at the 2019 Proprietors Cup as the top 28 advanced to Sunday’s cashers round at Beaver Vu Bowl in the Dayton, Ohio area, according to standings posted on the tournament’s Facebook page. Simonsen rolled 3-game sets of 804, 718, 768 and 743 for a 12-game total of 3,033, a 252.75 average on the tournament’s modified house shot. Tyler Slaubaugh was second with 2,842, Matt Ogle third at 2,835, Marcus McClain fourth with... subscribe to read more. Sun, 9 Jun 2019 02:00:00 -0600 11367 The 11th Frame: 'What if … ?' simply inevitable after Shannon O'Keefe wins 10th career PWBA Tour title in 2019 PWBA Tucson Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11367 There literally are dozens of bowlers who legitimately can say “what if” about the dark years of the PWBA Tour from 2003 until USBC and BPPA re-launched it in 2015. What if there had been a PWBA Tour all those years? How many titles might I have won? How much money might I have won? What would be my place in bowling history? I explored those issues with four superstars in this story: “PWBA dark years put a big 'What if' on the careers of all-time greats Liz Johnson, Kelly... subscribe to read more. Sat, 8 Jun 2019 23:00:00 -0600 11364 The 11th Frame: Norm Duke threatens 900 in stunning 863 series, but Stoney Baker earns top seed at 2019 USBC Senior Masters http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11364 Norm Duke nearly rolled what arguably would have been the second most significant series in bowling history — behind only Glenn Allison’s 900 — on Saturday, but Stoney Baker stole the headlines when he beat Duke to earn the top seed at the 2019 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters. In the fourth round of the winners bracket, Duke scorched Sam’s Town in Las Vegas with an incredible 863 series — a Senior Masters record — to beat the 765... subscribe to read more. Sat, 8 Jun 2019 22:00:00 -0600 11373 The 11th Frame: Team MOTIV II — Graham Fach, Zach Wilkins, Kyle Cook, Kyle Mayberry, Zach Doty — wins 2019 Ace Mitchell Team Challenge http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11373 Team MOTIV II — Graham Fach, Zach Wilkins, Kyle Cook, Kyle Mayberry and Zach Doty — won the 2019 Ace Mitchell Team Challenge on Friday night at Beaver Vu Bowl in the Dayton, Ohio area, according to standings posted on the center’s Facebook page. Detailed results for the top 18 teams in the 52-team field are attached to the bottom of this story as PDFs. Team MOTIV II rolled 1,176, 1,167 and 1,050 in the traditional three teams games, then 192, 172, 206, 238 and 264 in the... subscribe to read more. Fri, 7 Jun 2019 23:30:00 -0600