The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2017 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 9501 The 11th Frame: In title match of contrasts, rookie Matt Sanders beats veteran Brian LeClair to win PBA Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open for first PBA Tour title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9501 It’s hard to imagine a more contrasting title match pairing in the PBA Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open presented by Chris Hardwick than Matt Sanders and Brian LeClair. Sanders is a 23-year-old rookie who was bowling just his third PBA Tour event as a member, while LeClair has been a PBA member for 10 more years than Sanders has been alive and owns the PBA record for most money won without winning a PBA Tour title, although he has won three times on the PBA50 Tour since turning 50... subscribe to read more. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:00:00 -0600 9505 The 11th Frame: Spoiler alert: Results of the PWBA Wichita Open, Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open, PWBA Greater Detroit Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9505 If you don't want to know who won the PWBA Wichita Open, Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open, and PWBA Greater Detroit Open before the TV shows air, do not read this story. The stepladder TV finals of all three tournaments were taped Sunday at Ashwauebon Bowling Alley in the Green Bay suburb of Ashwaubenon after the live telecast of the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship and will air on CBS Sports Network the first three Tuesdays of July.  The PWBA Wichita Open will air Tuesday, July 4 at 7 p.m.... subscribe to read more. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:00:00 -0600 9499 The 11th Frame: In battle of best, Liz Johnson edges Kelly Kulick to win Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9499 It’s hard to imagine anyone disputing that Liz Johnson and Kelly Kulick are the two best female bowlers of the 21st century, and part of any Greatest Of All Time debate: Going into Sunday, Johnson had eight major titles, Kulick six women’s majors plus the PBA Tournament of Champions, and no one else was close. So you’d have to expect any match between the two would be worth watching, especially if it was a title match of a major tournament, such as happened Sunday in the Go... subscribe to read more. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:00:00 -0600 9498 The 11th Frame: PWBA Go Bowling Players Championship TV finals features 2 greats, 2 seeking first title in Kelly Kulick, Liz Johnson, Lindsay Boomershine, Siti Rahman http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9498 Sunday’s PWBA Go Bowling Players Championship TV show is either going to add to history or make history: top seed Kelly Kulick and fourth seed Liz Johnson will be seeking to add to their historic resumes with another major title, while second seed Lindsay Boomershine and third seed Siti Rahman of Malaysia will be trying to win their first title. If the position round game that ended Saturday’s match play at Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in the Green Bay suburb near Lambeau Field is any... subscribe to read more. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:00:00 -0600 9500 The 11th Frame: Kris Prather opens up 70-pin lead over Mike Wolfe as PBA Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open heads to match play http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9500 At 25, Kris Prather was born about the time the XCalibur appeared, the final advancement that made polyester (plastic) balls nothing more than spare balls for most bowlers. That is, except in gimmick events where other types of balls are banned, such as this weekend’s PBA Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open that limits players to two polyester balls like those that were the standard when Hardwick was at his peak.   Prather’s age and resulting less experience with... subscribe to read more. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:00:00 -0600 9497 The 11th Frame: Kelly Kulick surges to lead of Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship heading into final round of match play http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9497 Kelly Kulick came into Saturday’s morning second of three 6-game match play rounds in the 2017 Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship in fourth place, 115 pins behind leader Lindsay Boomershine. The future Hall of Famer opened by winning with games of 233 and 215, losing with 202 and winning with 217, leaving her still in fourth, 98 pins behind leader Syaidatul Hamidi of Malaysia. Then Kulick fired a winning 257 in the fifth game, while Hamidi lost with 153, second-place Boomershine lost... subscribe to read more. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:00:00 -0600 9496 The 11th Frame: Lindsay Boomershine loses, regains lead at Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship, says it doesn’t matter heading into final day of match play http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9496 Lindsay Boomershine had a solid third round of qualifying Friday at the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship, totaling 1,334 for six games to head into match play with a 26-pin lead over future Hall of Famer Kelly Kulick as the 67-player field was cut to the top 18. The 31-year-old right-hander then bowled a steady round of match play on Friday night at the Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in the Green Bay suburb, splitting her six matches while never falling below 199 on the difficult lane pattern,... subscribe to read more. Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:00:00 -0600 9511 The 11th Frame: Madison Area Bowling Association taking applications for manager through July 7, aiming to have new leader in place by Aug. 1 start http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9511 The new Madison Area Bowling Association officially starts on Aug. 1 and on Friday it officially began the process of selecting its new leader. I detailed last month’s MABA organization meeting in this story. MABA includes the Madison Bowling Association, Madison Women’s Bowling Association, Madison Youth Bowling Association and Southwest Wisconsin Women’s Bowling Association, MBA took over the former Southwest Wisconsin Bowling Association a few years ago,... subscribe to read more. Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0600 9494 The 11th Frame: Lindsay Boomershine edges Kelly Kulick for lead after second round of qualifying of Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9494 Coming off having her first child in February and a knee injury, Lindsay Boomershine edged Kelly Kulick for the lead after Thursday’s two rounds of qualifying in the 2017 Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship at Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in the Green Bay suburb. Boomershine fired games of 241, 168, 268, 267 and 214 for 1,325 in the first round and 192, 215, 245, 197, 215 and 244 for 1,308 in the second round and a 2,633 total (219.42 average). Kulick was just three pins behind at 2,630... subscribe to read more. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:00:00 -0600 9509 The 11th Frame: Greater Iowa Bowling Association releases 2017-18 schedule, again featuring 11thFrame.com Open, 2 Fusion Realtors Opens http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9509 The Greater Iowa Bowling Association has released its 2017-18 schedule, which again will include the 11thFrame.com Open and a pair of Fusion Realtors/Community 1st National Bank Open tournaments. The schedule is attached to the bottom of this story as a PDF. GIBA, which is sponsored by Ebonite, is run by Joe Engelkes, his wife Rosie and daughter Jennifer Wittenburg. They are among the best, if not the best, tournament operators I’ve seen this side of the PBA, running efficient events,... subscribe to read more. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0600 9508 The 11th Frame: 'Hula Bob' Hileman named 2017 Jim Jaryszak Laneman Award recipient for 2017 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9508 I like to say that being a laneman is the hardest job in bowling. After all, the old joke is that in any given event every player but one — the winner — is mad at the laneman. In all seriousness, a laneman with a conscience and a desire to do the job right is going to experience a lot of stress: lane maintenance is more art than science, and no matter what the laneman does it is virtually impossible to achieve true “fairness” between lefties and righties, crankers and... subscribe to read more. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0600 9510 The 11th Frame: ESPY Best Bowler nominees are Jason Belmonte, Francois Lavoie, E.J. Tackett http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9510 ESPN has announced the annual ESPY nominees and the 2017 Best Bowler nominees are Jason Belmonte, Francois Lavoie and E.J. Tackett. Belmonte was PBA Player of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and is a leading contender this year with two major titles. The Australian 2-hander has won the past two ESPYs and three overall.  Lavoie was 2016 PBA Rookie of the Year won the U.S. Open, the PBA Shark Championship, and the PBA Xtra Frame Greater Jonesboro Open earlier this month. Tackett was the... subscribe to read more. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 03:00:00 -0600 9507 The 11th Frame: With PBA at crossroads, BPAA's GoBowling.com umbrella sponsorship makes big things possible, CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark says http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9507 The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America’s GoBowling.com will be the umbrella sponsor of the PBA Tour for the next year, it was announced Wednesday morning at Bowl Expo in Nashville, Tennessee. The deal came about quickly and was known only to BPAA and its board and PBA and its owners and board prior to the announcement, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark said in an interview late Wednesday afternoon. “This was completely secret,” Clark said. “No one on my staff... subscribe to read more. Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:30:00 -0600 9453 The 11th Frame: E.J. Tackett's win in Group Two stepladder sets up battle with Jason Belmonte for Main Event PBA Tour Finals title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9453 Jason Belmonte was PBA Player of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015. E.J. Tackett dethroned him last year to become 2016 PBA Player of the Year. And they are the leading contenders this year, with Belmonte having won two majors and Tackett one major and another title — they are the only players with multiple PBA Tour titles in 2017 heading into the Main Event PBA Tour Finals. All of the competition in the event featuring the top eight in PBA Tour and International Tour earnings from... subscribe to read more. Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:30:00 -0600 9446 The 11th Frame: With understandable emotion, Kelly Kulick wins first title since re-launch of PWBA Tour http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9446 Some of the greatest bowlers in history have suffered through extended winless streaks, perhaps most notably Marshall Holman in the early 1980s and Jason Belmonte for roughly two years ending in February. Kelly Kulick certainly merits consideration when considering the greatest female bowlers of all time, with six titles in women’s majors and one no other woman can claim: the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions. But she has faced her own perplexing winless streak since the re-launch of the... subscribe to read more. Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:00:00 -0600 9504 The 11th Frame: SunOpta Sweeper Bowl for the Food Shelf offers $1,200 top prize, chance to help those in need http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9504 Writing up a handicap tournament in Minnesota goes beyond my usual policy, but this tournament benefits a worthy charity, is at a center I’ve enjoyed competing at in the past, and the request came from a subscriber, so I am "violating" my policy. The sixth annual SunOpta Sweeper Bowl for the Food Shelf on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. is at Garden Center Lanes in Alexandria, Minnesota. The entry fee is $65 and first is $1,200. Brackets and side pots will be available. The format is six... subscribe to read more. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0600 9485 The 11th Frame: Top rookie Verity Crawley earns top seed for PWBA Greater Detroit Open; Diandra Asbaty, Juliana Franco, Daria Pajak also make stepladder finals http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9485 If the 2017 PWBA Tour season ended today, Verity Crawley would be the easy winner for Rookie of the Year, as she leads rookies in every statistical category. With her performance in this weekend’s PWBA Greater Detroit Open, the powerful young right-hander from England and Webber International University has put herself in position to enter the competition for Player of the Year. After qualifying eighth on Friday, Crawley jumped to second with a huge 1,475 in the 6-game cashers round on... subscribe to read more. Sat, 17 Jun 2017 22:00:00 -0600 9236 The 11th Frame: 2017 11thFrame.com Open set for Aug. 11-13 with new Friday sweeper, more added money, same 2015 U.S. Open lane pattern http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9236 The 2017 GIBA 11thFrame.com Open will be Aug. 11-13 at Cherry Lanes inside the Diamond Jo casino in Dubuque, Iowa. We had intended for it again be held the last weekend of August but Greater Iowa Bowling Association administrator Joe Engelkes and his family have a family wedding that weekend. The weekend before (Aug. 18-20) we would have had to go without webcasting as Craig Elliott’s BowlStreamtv will be webcasting the New Mexico Open that weekend. The weekend after that... subscribe to read more. Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0600 9502 The 11th Frame: World Bowling Tour Finals to be Nov. 19 with World Series of Bowling in Reno http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9502 The World Bowling Tour Finals will be held Sunday, Nov. 19, in conjunction with GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, World Bowling announced Saturday. World Bowling said the show again would air on ESPN, but no date and time was given. The World Bowling Tour Finals was moved earlier in the calendar than previous WBT Finals due to the cancellation of the World Bowling Tour events that had been scheduled to be held in the Middle East in late 2017. ... subscribe to read more. Sat, 17 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0600 9503 The 11th Frame: Ballard vs. The Big ‘C’ set for Sept. 16 at Bowler Euless in Euless, Texas http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9503 The annual Ballard vs. The Big “C” cancer fighting fundraiser in honor of Hall of Famer and cancer survivor Del Ballard Jr. has been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. at Bowler Euless in Euless, Texas. The 2-game event for 5-man teams is $250 per team. The mission is to raise funds for continued research in cancer treatment, specifically in the area of head, neck and throat, through the sport of bowling. For more details, call Tina or Terry Taylor at 817-996-4544,... subscribe to read more. Sat, 17 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0600 9492 The 11th Frame: Michael Haugen Jr. wins 'ugly' over Brian LeClair in Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9492 With five frames to go in the title match of the 2017 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm, Xtra Frame suffered a tricaster malfunction and the feed froze. The feed never returned and likely won’t be recoverable, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark said in a message Saturday morning. Perhaps it simply couldn’t take the ugliness unfolding in the match between top seed Michael Haugen Jr. and Brian LeClair, with neither player having a double, Haugen one open and LeClair... subscribe to read more. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 22:00:00 -0600 9484 The 11th Frame: Diana Zavjalova leads qualifying as pins fall a little easier at PWBA Greater Detroit Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9484 The 2017 PWBA Tour has been known for its low scores, as I detailed in this story on last week’s Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open. That changed in Friday’s qualifying for the PWBA Greater Detroit Open, which was led by Diana Zavjalova with a 225 average for the 12 games, while the cut in 32nd was Lynda Barnes at 2,452 (204.33 average). Another four players cashed in the 107-player field, with Li Jane Sin of Malaysia getting the last spot with 2,432 (202.67 average). While no one would call... subscribe to read more. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 22:00:00 -0600 9493 The 11th Frame: Fans choose Tommy Jones to face Wes Malott in next King of Bowling pay-per-view match http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9493 Who did you think fans would choose to face Wes Malott in the next “King of Bowling” pay-per-view match on Xtra Frame? Tommy Jones? Chris Barnes? Walter Ray Williams Jr.? Sean Rash? Or Pete Weber? I’m not sure who I would have predicted in advance. Probably Pete, just based on his historical popularity. But remember that this involved social media, which isn’t exactly the forte of Pete’s demographic. So Rash, who is a supremely skilled user of social... subscribe to read more. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:00:00 -0600 9487 The 11th Frame: Soon-to-be CEO Corey Dykstra says Brunswick is 'excited to start taking a few chances' as it seeks growth   http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9487 Anyone who follows bowling closely could see for some time that Corey Dykstra was destined to be the next CEO of Brunswick Bowling Products, succeeding long-time CEO Brent Perrier. The succession with Perrier retiring will happen in late July, the company announced last week, as I detailed in this story. But it might have happened earlier if not for all the changes with the business, which started with the sale of Brunswick Corp.’s Retail Bowling business (85 bowling centers) to... subscribe to read more. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0600 9491 The 11th Frame: Michael Haugen Jr. jumps into lead heading into final day of Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9491 Michael Haugen Jr. got out of be on Thursday in sixth place at the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open in Las Vegas. By lunch time, he was in first. And he stayed that way as Thursday’s two 6-game rounds of modified round-robin match play ended at the Suncoast and the 40 players had been cut to 20. Friday features two more 6-game rounds of modified round-robin match play, followed by a stepladder finals for the top five, scheduled for 4 p.m. Las Vegas time. Haugen, a PBA50 Tour rookie with... subscribe to read more. Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:00:00 -0600