The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2015 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 7437 The 11th Frame: PBA creates ‘Clash of the Legends’ for contest with Kentucky Derby, Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7437 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The PBA has created a new event and will tie it into the Kentucky Derby and Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight on Saturday to create a contest for fans.</span></p> <p>The &ldquo;Clash of the Legends&rdquo; will be held in in conjunction with the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y. It will feature Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber and Amleto Monacelli.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Presented by BVL and emceed by Petraglia, it will air live on Xtra Frame at 5:45 p.m. Central time, right after the Kentucky Derby and before the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight at about 9 p.m.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The Clash will have each player throwing one ball, with the lowest count eliminated in each round. In case of ties, the players who tied will have a head-to-head roll-off to determine who is eliminated in that round. The remaining players will bowl the next round on the other lane, repeating the format until one man remains to claim the winner-take-all cash prize.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Fans must pick the winners of the Derby, Legends and fight on PBA&rsquo;s Facebook page. Picks must be posted in the following format between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Central time on Saturday &mdash; Derby: horse&rsquo;s name. Clash: player&rsquo;s name: Fight: winning boxer&rsquo;s name.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Entrants must get all three correct in order to win. If multiple people pick all three winners, up to 10 PBA Fan Packs full of prizes will be awarded.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The contest was announced in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2015/4/22/PBA-Spare-Shots-PBA-Creates-e2809cClash-of-the-Legendse2809d-as-Part-of-Big-Sports-Day-on-May-2.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:00:00 -0600 7438 The 11th Frame: Clutch strike gives Kyle Troup win over Bill O’Neill for InsideBowling.com Open title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7438 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">A clutch 10</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"> frame strike gave Kyle Troup a win over Bill O&rsquo;Neill Sunday for the InsideBowling.com Open title at Tropicana Lanes in St. Louis.</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/insidebowling/videos/vb.368128356649093/682460141882578/?type=2&amp;theater" target="_blank"><strong>Here is video of Troup&rsquo;s winning strike</strong></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Troup advanced to the title match by beating Shawn Maldonado, after Maldonado beat Ronnie Russell 229-200. Russell had opened the stepladder with a 230-213 win.</span></p> <p>I will update this blog with details after tournament operator Mike Flanagan posts his report &nbsp;at InsideBowling.com.</p> <p>I do know that first was $10,000 and 62 bowlers cashed with 32 advancing to Sunday&rsquo;s semifinals, then 12 to match play, before the field was cut to the top five for the stepladder finals.</p> <p>Needless to say, the challenging pattern and grueling format produced another stellar stepladder finals with O&rsquo;Neill and Russell being PBA Tour champions and stars, Maldonado a rising young player on the PBA Tour, Troup the owner of numerous PBA Regional titles, and the 18-year-old Ryan a heralded young talent.</p> <p>Troup, for those who don't know, is the son of retired PBA star Guppy Troup, one of the more colorful and popular bowlers of all time.</p> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:00:00 -0600 7439 The 11th Frame: Las Vegas to host 2015 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7439 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The QubicaAMF World Cup will be held at Sam&rsquo;s Town in Las Vegas in November, QuibicaAMF announced Friday.</span></p> <p>It has been 16 years since the tournament was in the U.S., with Sam&rsquo;s Town also being the host in 1999.</p> <p>Kamron Doyle and Shannon Pluhowsky will represent the U.S. in Las Vegas, an honor <a href="../../../news/article/7159" target="_blank"><strong>they earned by winning the Team USA Trials</strong></a>.</p> <p>The tournament dates are Nov. 13-20.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;We think the selection of Las Vegas as Host City will generate great excitement and interest in this year&rsquo;s Bowling World Cup,&rdquo; tournament organizer Anne-Marie Board said in the release. &ldquo;Not only is Las Vegas one of the premier vacation cities in the world, but it&rsquo;s also a great bowling town, hosting a variety of bowling championships each year. It&rsquo;s quite possible that we&rsquo;ll top the record of 95 countries that participated in the 2004 Bowling World Cup in Singapore.&rdquo;</p> <p>Last year&rsquo;s tournament in Wroclaw, Poland, attracted bowlers from 85 nations.</p> <p>The winners were Chris Barnes of the U.S. and Clara Guerrero of Colombia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0600 7436 The 11th Frame: Mike Flanagan does it again with Logo Infusion InsideBowling.com Open lane pattern http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7436 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Mike Flanagan has made a habit of coming up with lane patterns for the InsideBowling.com Open that some self-proclaimed experts said couldn&rsquo;t produce what they did.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Most notably was his pattern the first year when he created one for a guardian surface that played out and held up by using the most oil I&rsquo;d ever seen in a pattern &mdash; I think it was 36 or 37 mL but the graphic was not attached to any of my stories. And it was not a shootout.</span></span></p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/4325" target="_blank"><strong>Here was my story on the tournament</strong></a>, which I competed in and missed cashing by three pins.</p> <p>Flanagan did it again last year, using a 44-foot lane pattern with 33.84 mL of oil that played out, something I also heard some self-proclaimed experts say couldn&rsquo;t be done.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/7387" target="_blank"><strong>I used it at the recent Riggs Classic and played outside 5-board in winning the title match</strong></a>.</p> <p>The pattern for this years IB.com Open, which is this weekend at Tropicana Lanes in St. Louis, is similar to a year ago, and I am sure will confound those who say, "You can&rsquo;t play out on a pattern like that!"</p> <p>It is 46 feet, although no oil is applied past 35 feet. Last year&rsquo;s pattern was 44 feet, with no oil applied after 40 feet. The volume is 33.42 mL, just a tad less than the 33.84 mL last year.</p> <p>And it is slightly flatter with ratios of 1.82-1 outside track to middle and 1.02-1 middle track to middle. Last year was 1.92-1 on the right and 2.09-1 on the left for outside track to middle and 1.03-1 for middle track to middle on both sides.</p> <p>I would love to be down in St. Louis watching and commenting on the webcast (I think my days of competing with a powerful field like that are past), but I will be in Sheboygan at Steve Richter&rsquo;s charity tournaments this weekend.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/7367" target="_blank"><strong>This blog contains more details on the IB.com Open</strong></a>, which will pay $10,000 for first.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:00:00 -0600 7429 The 11th Frame: 2015 Open Championships conditions stem from tourney’s history, Chad Murphy says http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7429 <p>For most of its history going back to when it was the American Bowling Congress Tournament, the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships was known for its tough conditions and low scores.</p> <p>For those in need of perspective, when our Faball Enterprises No. 2 team won the team Eagle in 1986 with 3,253 it was the third-highest score in the history of the Regular Division. That score didn&rsquo;t make the top 100 last year and barely made the top 100 in 2013.</p> <p>While advanced ball technology means those days are long gone using any realistic lane patterns, the <a href="../../../news/article/7308" target="_blank"><strong>difficult patterns at the 2015 Open Championships</strong></a> probably have brought us about as close as we realistically can be.</p> <p>And those days are pretty much what it&rsquo;s all about when it comes to this year&rsquo;s lane patterns, USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy indicated in a recent interview.</p> <p>When Murphy bowled the 2013 Open Championships in Reno, he said he hadn&rsquo;t bowled in &ldquo;quite a while&rdquo; and his only practice was a half hour at the training center and a couple of sets at the Bowlers Journal Championships. He then shot 1,985 &mdash; with three games under 200.</p> <p>&ldquo;It wasn&rsquo;t so much my score,&rdquo; Murphy said in a recent phone interview. &ldquo;It was that I felt like if I bowled well I might have been able to bowl 2,100. I had a couple, three inches at my breakpoint and I just remembered thinking this is too easy an environment to crown champions at.&rdquo;</p> <p>He noted that his views &ldquo;meant nothing&rdquo; at the time because he wasn&rsquo;t executive director.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s Open Championship is the first for which Murphy was fully in charge at USBC during the time the lane patterns were designed. Not that he makes the decision alone &mdash; he is just part of the group that makes the decision.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a collaborative effort within staff level making those determinations,&rdquo; Murphy said.</p> <p>The pattern design process began with a meeting of that staff going through some of the tournament history such as low to cash scores and winning scores. There were consultations with Kegel and more meetings.</p> <p>&ldquo;We targeted some scoring and I think it&rsquo;s going pretty well,&rdquo; Murphy said. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t want to tell you our targets because that&rsquo;s for the competition to figure out. But there was a concerted effort to lean toward the low side this year. &ldquo;</p> <p>Murphy thinks that perceived &ldquo;consumer demand has driven the scores to be a little higher. I think folks generally believe that if they&rsquo;re easier more people will come and bowl the tournament. That was how it gravitated over a number of years. But at the same time that was happening the team counts weren&rsquo;t going up. There just probably isn&rsquo;t a correlation between the two.&rdquo;</p> <p>Murphy said the Beamonesque 3,720 blasted by Artistic Expressions to win the team Eagle last year had nothing to do with the patterns this year &ldquo;because it was an outlier in the data.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;That 3,700 was incredible and anybody who doesn&rsquo;t give those guys credit for what they did &hellip; just amazing,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;But it didn&rsquo;t figure into the decision making. It was a decade&rsquo;s worth of data &mdash; sitting down and really looking at it and looking at the tournament in complete retrospective and then trying to put it in perspective moving forward.</p> <p>&ldquo;It should be more of a challenge. That doesn&rsquo;t take anything away from the folks that have won &mdash; the cream always rises to the top no matter what the scoring pace. But I think that tournament has had a long standing history of being something and I think we got away from it a little bit. And all we&rsquo;re really trying to do is return to it somewhat.&rdquo;</p> <p>While some people think this year&rsquo;s difficult patterns and low scores equate to unhappy bowlers, Murphy said USBC is not seeing that.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;We just haven&rsquo;t heard a whole lot of negative,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I think lot of folks who bowl the tournament have been bowling it for a lot of years and it&rsquo;s not that long ago that they don&rsquo;t remember it this way. It&rsquo;s really not a departure from the long-standing history of the tournament. It&rsquo;s just a departure from the last few years. And even Baton Rouge in 2012 they were fairly difficult."</span></p> <p>Most comments I have seen and receieved have been favorable regarding the conditions. Even those who scored poorly generally have not reacted as negatively as I&rsquo;ve seen in the past, perhaps because they know how tough the patterns are and that they aren&rsquo;t alone in scoring poorly.</p> <p>Murphy also noted that lower cashing scores can be a positive, something I have seen noted in social media.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">While Murphy said he expects that &ldquo;this year will be a good indicator of where we move forward&rdquo; with the Open Championships conditions, it&rsquo;s not a certainty.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;There will be some exit interviews after the tournament,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And we&rsquo;ll have some conversations to determine how we move to it long term. But I will say the resounding message has been favorability to this decision. And we&rsquo;ll just see if that continues over time.&rdquo;</p> <p>While Murphy was on two teams that won the World Team Challenge Grand Finals, he bowled with mostly family at the Open Championships and recorded a high finish in team of 19<sup>th</sup>. (He now bowls with a group of USBC employees.)</p> <p>&ldquo;The Open for me was always a highlight of the year where some friends and our family got together in search of a good time but also an opportunity to win an eagle and become national champs,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>So while Murphy was a top level bowler and has the greatest respect for the tournament&rsquo;s long and proud history, I think it&rsquo;s fair to say he&rsquo;s in touch with the feelings of the less serious bowlers who aren&rsquo;t Eagle hunting but still love the tournament.</p> <p>El Paso should end with more than 7,300 entries, perhaps 7,400, continuing an entry decline that may continue with another trip to Reno next year, but that trend is expected to reverse sharply with a big number in 2017 when the tournament makes its first trip to the new South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.</p> <p>But Murphy said he has no expectations.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a guess,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really tough to decide what a consumer is going to want to do. You can say the tournament is in decline and it&rsquo;s obvious when you look at the numbers. But is it in a decline or is it just a return to some similar numbers of the past?&rdquo;</p> <p>He noted that when bowling was at its heights in membership count there were fewer entries than today, when membership is a fraction of what it was at the peak.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think the (National Bowling) Stadium in Reno and the way folks attacked that from a vacation perspective and a venue perspective really kind of gave us a false expectation of the numbers and I think things are just kind of returning to normalcy,&rdquo; Murphy said. &ldquo;That being said, Vegas in &lsquo;17 will be another number that&rsquo;s a blurb on the graph. I think a lot of folks are going to take advantage of that that aren&rsquo;t normal tournament bowlers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Since the Open Championships is USBC&rsquo;s biggest source of revenue outside of membership, many question how much the lower entries may hurt USBC, and what could become of the tournament.</p> <p>Murphy says not to worry: &ldquo;The tournament is 112 years old. I believe 112 years from now there will still be an Open Championships for consumers to enjoy. I think the numbers will be cyclical based on the venue as it always has. To the folks worried about our future, I would tell them not to be. It&rsquo;s such an important part of our culture and what we do within bowling. That tournament will be around for 100 years to come. &ldquo;</p> <p>Murphy said he thinks Syracuse in 2018 will be a better indicator of where the tournament is at than Vegas in 2017.</p> <p>&ldquo;We had a very successful tournament that for a lot of years the expectation that was in place was a certain number of teams,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s call it 7,500. Then the Stadium opened and every expectation changed. We went to Reno a lot and think those numbers are now returning. Is it broken? I would tell you it isn&rsquo;t. Is it the structure of the competition? I&rsquo;m just not sure it is.&rdquo;</p> <p>Murphy responded to a few of the ideas/worries that come from what I call the apocalyptic bowlers who think the sky is falling and USBC will do anything to &ldquo;save&rdquo; the tournament and keep the money coming in.</p> <p>One is that non-Sport compliant patterns will be used.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think there&rsquo;s a percentage of folks that would like to see that, but I certainly wouldn&rsquo;t be in favor of that,&rdquo; Murphy said. &ldquo;Again, I would lean back to integrity and the history and the sense of achievement you get for doing well at that event. And how important that is long term.&rdquo;</p> <p>He said he would have the same answer to the idea of adding handicap.</p> <p>Changing the division split or adding a new division &mdash; an idea I have long said may have some merit &mdash; continues to be discussed, Murphy said.</p> <p>Former USBC Managing Director of Tournaments Brian Lewis discussed the idea and much more in <a href="../../../news/article/5901" target="_blank"><strong>this story</strong></a> I wrote in 2013.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s something we will continue to consider,&rdquo; Murphy said. &ldquo;I am one of those guys (who thinks) there are no bad ideas. I am open to all new ideas that maintain the level of integrity and the historic nature of the event.&rdquo;</p> <p>Murphy noted that the scoring environment of today is a lot different than the environment when 180 was set as the Classified Division average cutoff.</p> <p>Murphy added that he finds the idea of Open Championships averages determining divisions &ldquo;interesting,&rdquo; though he emphasized that he is not for or against the idea.</p> <p>He also responded to those who complain about USBC taking a chunk of the money generated for the tournament to use for other things.</p> <p>&ldquo;Prize ratio is a topic of debate at all tournaments, but it's only part of the Open Championships experience,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The key is whether bowlers see and receive a good value and a great experience for their dollars.&rdquo;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>USBC OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS ENTRIES</strong> <br />1980 Louisville, KY 6,269 teams<br />1981 Memphis, TN 6,400<br />1982 Baltimore, MD 6,627<br />1983 Niagara Falls, NY 7,132<br />1984 Reno, NV 8,380<br />1985 Tulsa, OK 7,700<br />1986 Las Vegas, NV 10,019<br />1987 Niagara Falls, NY 7,480<br />1988 Jacksonville, FL 7,562<br />1989 Wichita, KS 7,717<br />1990 Reno, NV 9,199<br />1991 Toledo, OH 8,359<br />1992 Corpus Christi, Texas 8,557<br />1993 Tulsa, Oklahoma 8,518<br />1994 Mobile, Alabama 9,285<br />1995 Reno, Nevada 17,285<br />1996 Salt Lake City, Utah 9,764<br />1997 Huntsville, Alabama 9,480<br />1998 Reno, Nevada 15,925<br />1999 Syracuse, New York 9,912<br />2000 Albuquerque, New Mexico 10,688<br />2001 Reno, Nevada 16,104<br />2002 Billings, Montana 10,806<br />2003 Knoxville, Tennessee 12,203<br />2004 Reno, Nevada 16,585<br />2005 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 13,222<br />2006 Corpus Christi, Texas 12,606<br />2007 Reno, Nevada 16,235<br />2008 Albuquerque, New Mexico 12,615<br />2009 Las Vegas, Nevada 17,200<br />2010 Reno, Nevada 14,109<br />2011 Reno, Nevada 12,553<br />2012 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 11,794<br />2013 Reno, Nevada 10,253 <br />2014 Reno, Nevada 9,024 <br />2015 El Paso, Texas 7,300 (estimated)</p> <p><strong>UPCOMING USBC CHAMPIONSHIPS SITES</strong><br />2016 &mdash; Open in Reno, Nev.; Women&rsquo;s in Las Vegas, Nev.<br />2017 &mdash; Open in Las Vegas, Nev.; Women&rsquo;s in Baton Rouge, La.<br />2018 &mdash; Open in Syracuse, N.Y.; Women&rsquo;s in Reno, Nev.<br />2019 &mdash; Open in Las Vegas, Nev.; Women&rsquo;s in Wichita, Kan.<br />2020 &mdash; Open in Reno, Nev.; Women&rsquo;s in Las Vegas, Nev.<br />2021 &mdash; Open in Las Vegas, Nev.; Women&rsquo;s in Mobile, Ala.<br />2022 &mdash; Open in (to be determined); Women&rsquo;s in Reno, Nev.<br />2023 &mdash; Open in Reno, Nev.; Women&rsquo;s in Las Vegas, Nev.<br />2024 &mdash; Open in Las Vegas, Nev.; Women&rsquo;s (to be determined)<br />2025 &mdash; Open in Baton Rouge, La.; Women&rsquo;s in Reno, Nev.<br />2026 &mdash; Open in Reno, Nev.; Women&rsquo;s (to be determined)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:00:00 -0600 7427 The 11th Frame: U.S. Open lane pattern details not ready for release, Chad Murphy says http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7427 <p>There are a lot of rumors out there regarding the lane conditions&nbsp;for the 2015 U.S. Open.</p> <p>Notably, that there might be just one oiling for three squads and that the lane pattern won&rsquo;t be flat, as it has been for more than a decade.</p> <p>USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy didn&rsquo;t seem concerned about the rumors in a recent interview.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have fielded some questions about how we&rsquo;re going to view lane patterns with three squads,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We haven&rsquo;t committed to how we&rsquo;re going to do that yet.&rdquo;</p> <p>Asked whether the pattern would be flat, Murphy said simply, &ldquo;We&rsquo;re not ready to talk about the pattern yet.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;But,&rdquo; he added, &ldquo;I will tell you there are some really cool things we are doing working with (host center) Bowlmor AMF here in Garland (Texas). We&rsquo;re not ready to release any of that yet but we're excited how it&rsquo;s progressing.&rdquo;</p> <p>If you recall, there was some consideration given to using a not-quite-flat pattern for the 2013 U.S. Open, as I detailed <a href="../../../news/article/5868" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>, with links in that story to my coverage of the topic.</p> <p>Murphy did promise one thing about the 2015 U.S. Open pattern: &ldquo;I wouldn&rsquo;t plan on anyone showing up and averaging a large number.&rdquo;</p> <p>That it's a difficult and grueling challenge is the most important thing in making the U.S. Open the U.S. Open.</p> <p>The U.S. Open will count as a PBA Tour title, even though it;s being run by USBC and BPAA. If you recall, the Open and U.S. Women's Open were not held in 2014 and were totally dead for a bit before they were saved &mdash; <a href="../../../news/article/6625" target="_blank"><strong>a story I broke in May 2014</strong></a>. Details on the resurrection later that month are in <a href="../../../news/article/6649" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a>.</p> <p>The U.S. Women's Open will be&nbsp;Aug 31- Sept. 6 at Carolier in North Brunswick, New Jersey.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">2015 U.S. Open host Bowlmor AMF in Garland had 58 lanes and the two end pairs will not be used, Murphy said, meaning the maximum entries will be 324&nbsp;&mdash; two per lane for 54 lanes on three squads.</span></p> <p>That could mean turning some bowlers away, as the Open has drawn 400-plus bowlers in the past at centers like Carolier in New Jersey.</p> <p>&ldquo;Inherently I would never want to leave anybody out,&rdquo; Murphy said. &ldquo;Look at Junior Gold, for example. But I think everyone that needs to be represented in that field will be. And we&rsquo;ll crown a champion worthy that is representative of being named U.S. Open champion. And that&rsquo;s enough for us at this time.&rdquo;</p> <p>For equity, the Open should travel, Murphy said, since a specific center could favor certain players or styles.</p> <p>Murphy said he has heard no negative feedback on the scheduling, which has the Open in November immediately following the World Series of Bowling.</p> <p>&ldquo;I remember tour repping and we&rsquo;d get done (with one week) and practice session for one of the majors would be the next day and everybody was just so excited to go bowl for a major championship and a bigger check that nobody really cared about any of that,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I think the same thing will happen here.&rdquo;</p> <p>The scheduling was done so someone from, for example, the East Coast could fly to Vegas, then to Dallas and then home, saving money compared to making two separate trips.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll do some exit surveys afterward to see how people felt about it,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>There has been &ldquo;some pretty solid interest&rdquo; in holding U.S. Open qualifiers from centers, Murphy said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We hope over time that will become a staple for the event again,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I remember when I couldn&rsquo;t get in the Open. I knew I had to beat some pretty good bowlers to get into it and if I couldn&rsquo;t beat them I didn&rsquo;t deserve to be in the field. I&rsquo;d like to see a world where we&rsquo;ve rebuilt this thing (and it&rsquo;s like that again). That&rsquo;s when bowling was booming.&rdquo;</p> <hr /> <p><em>Note: This is the third&nbsp;of four stories based on a lengthy interview with Chad Murphy. On Monday, the focus was USBC. On Tuesday, the focus was the PWBA.&nbsp;Thursday, the focus is the Open Championships.</em></p> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:00:00 -0600 7435 The 11th Frame: Rob Gotchall sets the Open Championships all-events bar higher with 2,181 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7435 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Anyone looking at Rob Gotchall&rsquo;s nine games at the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships probably is going to say his clutch finish of 248 and 258 is what allowed him to pass Chad Maas&rsquo; 2,152 for the all-event lead with 2,181. &nbsp;</span></p> <p>And while that is indisputably true, I would argue that the <em>key</em> game happened more than an hour earlier when he opened doubles with 269.</p> <p>According to the <a href="http://apps.bowl.com/tournaments/usbcopen/National/results.aspx?evt=2&amp;di=1&amp;ty=2015" target="_blank"><strong>doubles leaderboard</strong></a>, among the current top 73 duos there have been only three other opening games of 250 or higher. That is a strong testament to how difficult <a href="../../../news/article/7308" target="_blank"><strong>this year&rsquo;s patterns</strong></a> are when fresh.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Gotchall said in a message Wednesday that he "absolutely" agreed the 269 to start doubles was his key game.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">"I chose to use a strong symmetrical ball (Hammer Bad Intentions) pin down with a light 1000 scuff," he said. "Reason being: less flare, enough surface to give me a little right but most importantly control the pocket. That was probably my most complete game shotmaking wise of the tournament.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">"I switched to a different GB2 than team in the 5th frame of game 2 of doubles. Wanted to switch after the split in the 2nd but didn't throw it that great so I 2nd guessed myself and threw it again in the 3rd for a strike but split again in the 4th on a good shot."</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">After rolling 783 (257-248-278) with a clutch final frame double at anchor to lead </span><a style="line-height: 1.428571429;" href="../../../news/article/7434" target="_blank"><strong>Team NABR into the team lead with 3,368</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">, Gotchall followed his 269 start in doubles with 192 and 218 for 679, then fired 719 (213-248-258) in singles to pass Maas.</span></p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t know Rob&rsquo;s smooth and powerful game, you&rsquo;ve seen it over the last couple of days in <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VVdyQNWGz4" target="_blank"><strong>their team event webcast</strong></a> and video footage.</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/matt.cannizzaro.9/videos/o.425884950783804/10206234786685547/?type=2&amp;theater" target="_blank"><strong>Here is USBC video of his finish to singles</strong></a>.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve bowled doubles and team tournaments with the popular and affable Gotchall and have always admired his game and wondered how he might do if he hit the PBA Tour full time. (He works for Ebonite now and lives in Tennessee after previously owning his own landscaping business in Nebraska.)</p> <p>The former Team USA member has the kind of revs and tilt that makes him better on flatter, tougher conditions than house shots &mdash; something he certainly showed the past couple of days in El Paso.</p> <p>Gotchall is one of 28 bowlers with more than one perfect game in the Open Championships and has appeared on most of the tournament's annual average lists at some point, USBC said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323996" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>, but has never won an Eagle.</p> <p>Now he is in line for two.</p> <p>Some people like to bowl without knowing anything about scores, where they&rsquo;re at in a tournament, what they might need to make the cut, take the lead, etc.</p> <p>Not Gotchall.</p> <p>"I knew what I needed the last game," he said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323996" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "I actually asked after I finished the second game of singles exactly what I needed. I knew it was somewhere around the 230 range. He gave me the number, and I said, 'All right, 10 good shots and I can get there.'</p> <p>"It's just a dream come true, no matter the end result. I got to share it with some of my best friends that I've met through the great game of bowling. If I'm fortunate enough to take home an eagle when the tournament is all said and done, it's not just for me. It's for the guys as well."</p> <p>Ebonite staffer Matt Gasn reported that Gotchall used a Hammer BAD INTENTIONS and an Ebonite GAMEBREAKER 2 in minors.</p> <p>For Maas, it will be another near-miss, with last year's second in team to Artistic Expressions' Beamonesque 3,720 perhaps the toughest of the too-many he has seen.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">To his credit, Maas said in a text to me yesterday as Gotchall started his last game that: "When or if he beats me i will say congrats and it was not meant to be for me. I will hold my head high and be proud of what I did."</span></p> <p>He should be proud and that is the perfect statement of a true sportsman.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Gotchall led Team NABR to 9,886 team all-events, second behind the 10,064 of Junior Team USA Support 1.</span></p> <p>Brian Waliczek added 2,019, which is seventh, 2007 all-events Eagle winner Mike Rose Jr. 1,978, Adam Barta 1,866, and former Team USA member Scott Pohl 1,842.</p> <p>Team NABR&rsquo;s performance only made clearer to me what a huge score 10,064 is.</p> <p>There are few teams in the tournament that can approach Team NABR&rsquo;s talent and they edged out Junior Team USA Support 1 in team, yet they still fell 178 pins short with scores in minors that&nbsp;were solid &mdash; just not spectacular.</p> <p>My original predictions for Eagle winning scores in <a href="../../../news/article/7308" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a> were 3,325 for team, 1,395 for doubles, 805 for singles, 2,140 for all-events, and 9,600 for team all-events.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m low on team, but there have been just two scores above 3,231 and 40 pins basically is just one split replacing a strike in a key frame, &nbsp;so I&rsquo;m not feeling too far off. I do believe a 3,400 is possible, but I&rsquo;d be very surprised if a team got there.</p> <p>My team all-events is way low, but the thing I did not know when I made that prediction is how close the team and minors patterns would play, which I think is helping scores in minors. Still, even knowing that, I probably wouldn't have guessed more than 9,800.</p> <p>I think 10,064 is almost as much an outlier as 3,720 was last year &mdash; I truly think it's a near-lock to win.</p> <p>I am stunned 1,372 still leads doubles and surprised 785 is leading singles, and think both scores will be beat.</p> <p>Gotchall&rsquo;s 2,181 is the hardest score to figure. I think it has a very good chance to win, but wouldn&rsquo;t be surprised at all if a player like Norm Duke &mdash; he is bowling with the Lodge Lanes group &mdash; John Janawicz, Mike Shady, Lennie Boresch, etc. beats it.</p> <p>The patterns might be flatter than even 2005 in Baton Rouge, but it&rsquo;s clear that going fresh both squads with similar reactions is helping the good teams and bowlers get a little higher than expected in all-events, even if scores are well down overall.</p> <p>The key is that it takes teamwork as well as talent and performance to shot big numbers on patterns as flat and tricky as this year's. And how many bowlers are there left with the talent and the teammates &mdash; 9 in team event &mdash; to do it? Yup, not many.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://schmucks.podbean.com/e/rob-gotchall/" target="_blank"><strong>Here is an interview with Rob Gotchall on The Bowlers Show</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015 USBC OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS<br /></strong> <em>El Paso Convention Center, El Paso, Texas<br />(Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall)<br />(April 21, 2015)</em></p> <p><strong>REGULAR DIVISION<br /></strong><strong>Team</strong> <br />1, Team NABR (Adam Barta, Scott Pohl, Brian Waliczek, Mike Rose Jr., Rob Gotchall), West Henrietta, N.Y., 3,368. 2, Junior Team USA Support 1, Las Vegas, 3,359. 3, Hashtag Team Dole, Cleveland, 3,231. 4, Bowling With Leverage Pro Shop, Peoria, Ariz., 3,211. 5, Coach K Scholarship, Pleasant View, Utah, 3,178. 6, Motion Plus, Greenfield, Wis., 3,169. 7, ND Storm, Mandan, N.D., 3,149. 8, To Be Determined Too, Lexington, Ky., 3,116. 9, Artistic Expressions 1, Oklahoma City, 3,088. 10(tie), Off The Sheet Pro Shop 1, Oklahoma City, and Before The 1st Frame 1, Rocky Mount, N.C., 3084.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Doubles</strong> <br />1, Tom Woodworth/Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,372. 2, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska/Ron Mohr, North Las Vegas, 1,370. 3, Phil Karwoski Jr./Phil Karwoski Sr., Lake Worth, Fla., 1,357. 4, Rich Abboud, Omaha, Neb./Jeff Nimke, Oshkosh, Wis., 1,352. 5, Ray Huffman, III, Glenford, Ohio/Robert Murgatroyd, Zanesville, Ohio, 1,337. 6, David Shinn, West Columbia, S.C./Darrel Ratliff, Monroe, N.C., 1,331. 7, Donald Robinson, Houston/Terence McQueen, Fresno, Texas, 1,319. 8, Chad Kloss, West Allis, Wis./Chad Maas, Waukesha, Wis., 1,318. 9, Graham Ready, Batesburg, S.C./Jeff Campbell, Newport News, Va., 1,316. 10, Steve Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah/David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,311.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Singles</strong> <br />1, Scott Endersbe, Waite Park, Minn., 785. 2, Chad Oachs, Mankato, Minn., 772. 3, Matthew Tuckfield, Orlando, Fla., 771. 4, Jason Tom, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 770. 5, Dave Beres, Greenfield, Wis., 754. 6, Mike Pelham, Clinton, Iowa, 748. 7, Chad Maas, Waukesha, Wis., 746. 8, Ken Duffield, Platteville, Wis., 739. 9, Andy Bunkoske, Beaver Dam, Wis., 736. 10, Art Alexander III, Baldwinsville. N.Y., 735.</p> <p><strong>All-Events</strong> <br />1, Rob Gotchall, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,181. 2, Chad Maas, Waukesha, Wis., 2,152. 3, Erik Vermilyea, Las Vegas, 2,083. 4(tie), Matt Smallin, Glenburn, N.D., and Jason Tom, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 2,062. 6, Matthew Tuckfield, Orlando, Fla., 2,048. 7, Brian Waliczek, Frankenmuth, Mich., 2,019. 8, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill., 2,016. 9, Chris Pounders, Madison, Wis., 2,008. 10, Scott Endersbe, Waite Park, Minn., 1,990.</p> <p><strong>Team All-Events</strong> <br />1, Junior Team USA Support 1 (Matthew Tuckfield, Anthony LaCaze, Steve Novak, Jeffrey Mersch, Erik Vermilyea), Las Vegas, 10,064. 2, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 9.886. 3, Motion Plus, Greenfield, Wis., 9,669. 4, ND Storm, Mandan, N.D., 9,393. 5, Bowling with Leverage Pro Shop, Peoria, Ariz., 9,338. 6, SavageBowlingProShops 1, Whitestown, Ind., 9,306. 7(tie), Coach K Scholarship, Pleasant View, Utah, and To Be Determined Too, Lexington, Ky., 9,189. 9, Molalla Bowl, Cornelius, Ore., 9,168. 10, Southern Storm, Ocala, Fla., 9,144.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0600 7433 The 11th Frame: On comeback trail from injury, Mike Scroggins wins in his PBA50 Tour debut http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7433 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">It&rsquo;s often said that turning 50 provides a new lease on life for a professional bowler (or golfer).</span></p> <p>Instead of being the aging guy overpowered by the youngsters, the 50-year-old is the youngster doing the overpowering &mdash; a rookie without all the negatives usually associated with being a rookie like inexperience and nerves.</p> <p>Heck, even a never-was like me made match play in every PBA 50 event I bowled in my first two seasons after turning 50.</p> <p>Stars typically are dominating forces in senior competition, with a fair amount winning their Raisin debut tournament.</p> <p>The latest to do so is Mike Scroggins, who won the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical on Tuesday.</p> <p>Scroggins, who could bolster his solid PBA Hall of Fame credentials with a stellar PBA50 career, ran the stepladder finals and beat red-hot fellow lefty Parker Bohn II 255-246 in the title match at Spanish Springs Lanes.</p> <p>Scroggins, whose eight PBA Tour titles include two majors, has been away from top-level competition for nearly a year as he recovered from foot problems.</p> <p>In the title match, Bohn, who dominated the tournament and was coming off a win in the PBA50 Tour season-opener last week, fired a strike and then a 9-count and spare in the 10<sup>th</sup> frame, forcing Scroggins to get the first two strikes in the 10th. Scroggins got the strikes and a 9-count for the 255-246 win.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;This is one of the best feelings I&rsquo;ve had in bowling especially after what I&rsquo;ve been through for the past year,&rdquo; Scroggins said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2015/4/21/Mike-Scroggins-Wins-PBA50-UnitedHealthcare-Sun-Bowl-In-The-Villages-In-PBA-50-Tour-Debut.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;It made it extra special to beat the great bowlers that were in the finals which I felt very fortunate to do.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;I was having good success on the right lane so when Parker left that nine-count, I felt pretty confident I could get the job done. I just told myself to relax and throw the kind of shots I&rsquo;m capable of and I could win it.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>Scroggins suffers from plantar fasciitis, a tendon and ligament disorder, in both feet which put him out of action for more than nine months.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a long road to recovery and it&rsquo;s really something that won&rsquo;t totally go away,&rdquo; Scroggins said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2015/4/21/Mike-Scroggins-Wins-PBA50-UnitedHealthcare-Sun-Bowl-In-The-Villages-In-PBA-50-Tour-Debut.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s something that comes with age and I&rsquo;m going to continually have to manage it.&rdquo;</p> <p>Scroggins opened the stepladder with a 231-205 win over ageless Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia who at 68 was trying for his ninth PBA50 title.</p> <p>Scroggins then beat two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr 239-227 and four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker 234-202 in the semifinal match.</p> <p>After his win, Scroggins posted this on Facebook: &ldquo;Hey thanks everyone. It has been a long road of recovery to make it to the top again. What a great top 5 tonight. I got to bowl against some of the greatest bowlers of our sport. Not too many people gets to do that. I will treasure this win for a while. Thanks again, Mike Scroggins&rdquo;</p> <p>Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, also making her PBA50 debut, finished 11<sup>th</sup> and earned $1,425, just missing the best finish ever by a woman in a PBA50 Tour event. Linda Kelly holds that record with a ninth-place finish in Decatur in 2006.</p> <p>Kenosha&rsquo;s Lennie Boresch Jr. placed 10<sup>th</sup> for $1,450.</p> <p>Former major league baseball pitcher John Burkett ended in 24<sup>th</sup> for $1,130.</p> <p>The PBA50 Tour next heads to Mooresville, N.C., for the third stop of the season when George Pappas Victory Lanes hosts the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 Sunday through Wednesday.</p> <p>The PBA50 Tour is being webcast on Xtra Frame.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA50 UNITEDHEALTHCARE SUN BOWL IN THE VILLAGES PRESENTED BY RADICAL</strong><br /><em>Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla., Tuesday</em></p> <p><strong>Final Standings</strong><br />1, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, $7,500. <br />2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $4,000. <br />3, Tom Baker, King, N.C., $2,500. <br />4, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, $2,000. <br />5, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., $1,850.</p> <p><strong>Stepladder Results</strong> <br />Match One &ndash; Scroggins def. Petraglia, 231-205. <br />Match Two &ndash; Scroggins def. Mohr, 239-227.<br />Semifinal Match &ndash; Scroggins def. Baker, 234-202.<br />Championship &ndash; Scroggins def. Bohn, 255-246.</p> <p><br /><strong>Final Match Play Standings</strong> <br /><em>(32 games, including match play bonus pins, top five advance to stepladder finals)<br /></em>1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 9-7, 8,231.<br />2, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 9-7, 8,038.<br />3, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 9-7, 8,031.<br />4, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 9-7, 8,001.<br />5, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 8-8, 7,979.<br />6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 9-7, 7,964, $1,700.<br />7, n-Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 10-6, 7,895, $1,550.<br />8, n-Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 10-6, 7,873, $1,500.<br />9, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 7-8-1, 7,783, $1,475.<br />10, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 10-6, 7,778, $1,450.<br />11, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 11-5, 7,764, $1,425.<br />12, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 7-8-1, 7,676, $1,400.<br />13, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 8-8, 7,633, $1,363.<br />13, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 8-8, 7,633, $1,363.<br />15, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 6-10, 7,536, $1,325.<br />16, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 5-10-1, 7,434, $1,300.</p> <p><strong>Other Cashers</strong> <br /><em>(24 games, including match play bonus pins)</em>&nbsp;<br />17, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 5-3, 5,762, $1,200.<br />18, n-Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 4-4, 5,756, $1,190.<br />19, Peter Knopp, Germany, 4-4, 5,728, $1,180.<br />20, n-Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3-4-1, 5,716, $1,170.<br />21, n-John Dougherty, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 4-4, 5,690, $1,160.<br />22, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 5-3, 5,684, $1,150.<br />23, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 5-3, 5,681, $1,140.<br />24, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 4-4, 5,678, $1,130.<br />25, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 4-4, 5,672, $1,120.<br />26, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 2-6, 5,635, $1,110.<br />27, ss-Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 4-4, 5,621, $1,100.<br />28, James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 2-6, 5,583, $1,095.<br />29, Gary Morgan, Atlanta, 3-5, 5,565, $1,090.<br />30, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 2-6, 5,504, $1,085.<br />31, ss-Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 3-5, 5,497, $1,080.<br />32, ss-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 1-7, 5,486, $1,075.</p> <p><em>300 games: Stoney Baker, Johnny Petraglia, Amleto Monacelli, Gary Morgan.</em></p> <p><em>n=non-member</em><br /><em>ss-denotes PBA60 player</em></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7426 The 11th Frame: Chad Murphy and Tom Clark on how PWBA-PBA deal came about http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7426 <p>The heavy lifting is pretty much done in the re-launch of the PWBA, which kicks off with next month&rsquo;s USBC Queens and begins its weekly schedule in July.</p> <p>&ldquo;Things are moving along,&rdquo; USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said in a recent interview. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s exciting. We&rsquo;re trying to sell some sponsorships, but the actual creation of it is behind us and we&rsquo;re just moving forward to activate.&rdquo;</p> <p>Murphy said it was too early for any meaningful numbers on membership and entries, although he noted that for the Queens to count in PWBA points a player must be a member before the tournament.</p> <p>As a reminder, here is the 2015 PWBA Tour schedule:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>May 13-19 &ndash; USBC Queens, Green Bay (major)</li> <li>July 9-12 &ndash; PWBA Storm Sacramento Open, Sacramento, &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Calif.</li> <li>July 16-19 &ndash; PWBA Lubbock Sports Open, Lubbock, Texas</li> <li>July 23-26 &ndash; PWBA Wichita Open, Wichita, Kan.</li> <li>Aug. 6-9 &ndash; PWBA Topeka Open, Topeka, Kan.</li> <li>Aug. 13-16 &ndash; PWBA Lincoln Open, Lincoln, Neb.</li> <li>Aug. 20-23 &ndash; PWBA Minnesota Open, Welch, Minn.</li> <li>Aug. 27-30 &ndash; PWBA Detroit Open, Canton, Mich.</li> <li>Aug 31- Sept. 6 &ndash; Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women&rsquo;s Open&nbsp;(major), North Brunswick, N.J.</li> <li>Sept. 10-13 &ndash; PWBA Tour Championship, location TBD (major)</li> </ul> <p>Murphy said a non-bowling industry sponsorship deal is possible for the PWBA Tour Championship and that would impact the site, which is why it has not been announced yet.</p> <p>The big recent news about the PWBA was the deal with PBA that includes:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Seven new PWBA regional events to complement the PWBA Tour</li> <li>Player services transportation and mobile pro shop for&nbsp;the PWBA Tour</li> <li>Exclusive live coverage of the PWBA Tour through&nbsp;the&nbsp;Xtra Frame, PBA&rsquo;s online video streaming service</li> <li>Eligibility for PWBA members to bowl in all PBA events</li> <li>Expanded points program for women bowling in PBA&nbsp;regionals culminating in the ESPN-televised PWBA Regional Challenge at the PBA World Series of Bowling VII</li> </ul> <p>As I wrote <a href="../../../news/article/7363" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>, the deal is a win-win&nbsp;&mdash; I asked on Facebook for anyone to offer negatives on the deal and no one said a thing, which is rare for bowlers and bowling.</p> <p>Murphy and PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said the deal happened quickly, which makes sense because the deal makes so much sense for all involved.</p> <p>USBC had been talking with PBA about different things and then Murphy met with Clark when he went to Indianapolis in February for the PBA Tournament of Champions.</p> <p>&ldquo;Nothing high intensity,&rdquo; Murphy said. &ldquo;Just good conversation&rdquo; that led to internal talks at USBC when he returned.</p> <p>PBA had started a women&rsquo;s program that led to the points leader in each region competing at the World Series of Bowling for two spots on an ESPN TV show before the re-launch of the PWBA was announced.</p> <p>Clark said PBA was about to publish a schedule of about 80 PBAW regionals growing on the&nbsp;concept, along with a reduced rate PBAW membership fee.</p> <p>&ldquo;But with the advent of the new PWBA it just seemed nonsensical to have a PWBA and a PBAW each with separate memberships and events not working together while both organizations are simply interested in the growth of women&rsquo;s pro bowling for long-term,&rdquo; Clark said in an email. &ldquo;So I wrote Chad a note asking if he&rsquo;d like to talk about ways we could work together on women&rsquo;s pro bowling rather than send out that release. He called immediately and within a week we had a meeting with all the key people in Arlington, banged out ways we can help each other, with each organization making sacrifices for the greater good.&rdquo;</p> <p>Clark said it was a great meeting that led to the PBA-PWBA deal, which he said gives women&rsquo;s pro bowling &ldquo;it&rsquo;s best chance&rdquo; to succeed.</p> <p>Murphy said as soon as get got the note from Clark, he scheduled a conference call, which led to a 5-hour meeting in Arlington that produced the deal.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was three weeks from start to finish,&rdquo; Murphy said. &ldquo;I think you can measure how right the project was for us to work together by how quickly it came together. It&rsquo;s a win-win for all sides and that&rsquo;s what makes it less complicated than some of the other things. I give Tom a lot of credit for thinking about it in that light and his willingness to come down&rdquo; to Arlington to meet.</p> <p>The deal is &ldquo;very important,&rdquo; Murphy said.</p> <p>&ldquo;I just believe that if we&rsquo;re working together as an industry we&rsquo;ll be successful,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>One question raised to me about the deal is whether having PBA providing player services for the PWBA will cost the PBA50 Tour its player services when the two tours are going on simultaneously.</p> <p>Both Clark and Murphy said it would not, with two trucks being used.</p> <p>&ldquo;There might be one or two PWBA events that are out of range and have to go without a truck for those, but we&rsquo;ll just work closer together on scheduling moving forward to avoid that issue,&rdquo; Clark said.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/7271" target="_blank"><strong>Here is my blog</strong></a> when the 2015 PWBA schedule was announced. It includes links to my other stories on the PWBA since its re-launch was announced.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Note: This is the second&nbsp;of four stories based on a lengthy interview with Chad Murphy. On Monday, the focus was USBC. Wednesday, the focus is the U.S. Open. And Thursday, the focus is the Open Championships.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 -0600 7434 The 11th Frame: Team NABR’s performance lives up to its talent in taking Open Championships team lead http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7434 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The argument can be made that Team NABR is the most talented team that will compete in the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Of course, with more top PBA players than ever eligible for the tournament this year, there potentially are more great teams than ever. But even though they lack big-time PBA resumes, Team NABR's members don't have to take a backseat to almost anyone.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Mike Rose Jr. won the all-events Eagle in 2007 and made a great run at winning it again the next year. He, Adam Barta, Rob Gotchall and Scott Pohl absolutely would make anyone&rsquo;s list of the country&rsquo;s best non-PBA members. And Brian Waliczek is PBA champion and former exempt player on the PBA Tour.</p> <p>In 2013, they finished 33<sup>rd</sup> in team with 3,361. <a href="../../../news/article/6610" target="_blank"><strong>Last year, they made a run at the lead before falling off the last game and ending up 11<sup>th</sup> with 3,495.&nbsp; Pohl and Rose grabbed the doubles lead with 1,403 and the team moved into second in team all-events at 10,169, led by Rob Gotchall&rsquo;s 2,172</strong></a>.</p> <p>But it takes more than talent to win an Eagle, especially on <a href="../../../news/article/7308" target="_blank"><strong>this year&rsquo;s difficult lane patterns</strong></a>.</p> <p>It takes true teamwork &mdash; actually 10 players worth in team event &mdash; some good fortune, and mental fortitude to fight through the bad breaks and bad streaks that are inevitable (unless you&rsquo;re shooting 3,720, but that is out of play this year).</p> <p>Barta said it perfectly in a message to me Tuesday morning: &ldquo;I know that unless you have a group of ten guys that really work with each other to play the lanes right there is a slim chance any one team can win!!&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">And if it comes down to the end, it takes big stones to sac up and throw the clutch strikes needed to take the lead.</span></p> <p>Team NABR had all of that on Monday and it resulted in a 3,368 total that edged past <a href="../../../news/article/7386" target="_blank"><strong>Junior Team USA Support 1&rsquo;s 3,359</strong></a> for the lead, denying that stellar team the chance for a team and team all-events double Eagle.</p> <p>3,359</p> <p>On Tuesday, Team NABR will try to pass <a href="../../../news/article/5805" target="_blank"><strong>Junior Team USA Support 1&rsquo;s formidable 10,064 leading team all-events total</strong></a>.</p> <p>You got to see it all if you watched the BowlTV webcast of Team NABR. The archive is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VVdyQNWGz4" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>It came down to the end as Team NABR needed doubles out of its final three players.</p> <p>Waliczek and Rose came through, leaving it up to Gotchall, who came through as well in finishing off a 783 that is the highest series in team event this year.</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/MattGasn1108/videos/637615443037205/?pnref=story" target="_blank"><strong>Here is video of Gotchall&rsquo;s deciding strike from Facebook</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The team&rsquo;s games were 1,057, 1,123 and 1,188, with Rose adding 697, Waliczek 659, Barta 636 and Pohl 593.</span></p> <p>"All of us have some big accomplishments and success, but to have Rob up in the 10th and knowing he has to double, you know he's going to make great shots," Barta said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323993" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>."He's one of the best clutch players there is, and we had all the confidence in the world in him stepping up with a shot to take the lead and potentially win an eagle."</p> <p>As many noted in social media, the team had chances for much more. I watched from the middle of the first game to the end of the second game and saw them go 0-for-5 with all strikes up in both the fourth and 10<sup>th</sup> frames of that second game.</p> <p>So, yes they could have had 3,400. But things happen, even on much softer patterns.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s the stuff you have to fight through to win Eagles.</p> <p>"It deflated us a little, but we knew we were where we wanted to be after two games,"&nbsp; Gotchall said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323993" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "By the end of the last game, I knew we were close, and I just wanted a chance. We put this team together because thought we could have a shot to win at this tournament, and it means a lot that they had the confidence in me to throw it in that situation."</p> <p>After they were done taking the team lead, Pohl posted this on Facebook: &ldquo;It was great bowling team event tonight. Taking the lead at the USBC in team event is the greatest. I am blessed to have the best teammates and Sponsor.Pete Barta Mike Jr Rose Adam Barta Brian Waliczek and the beast Rob Gotchall!&rdquo;</p> <p>Barta posted this: &ldquo;All I can say is wow!!!!!!&rdquo;</p> <p>Team sponsor Pete Barta posted this: "WHAT A NIGHT IT WAS!!!!! The National Amateur Bowler Rankings nationals team of Adam Barta, Rob Gotchall, Mike Rose Jr, Brian Waliczek, and Scott Pohl took over the team lead by shooting 3368. It was AMAZING to witness in person. We needed 8 out of 9 strikes out of the last three guys, Brain Waliczek, Mike Rose, and Rob Gotchall and all three delivered. Not only are these guys great bowlers but we are all also great friends. I hope the score holds up.one thing is for sure, if you don't leave here in first you have no chance at an eagle. All you can do is raise the bar and hope for the best. That is exactly what these guys did. If I had to sum it up in one word, the word would be CLUTCH."</p> <p>And Gotchall in a message Tuesday morning said it was &ldquo;definitely an incredible feeling.&rdquo;</p> <p>He also provided ball information for the team. He said he used an Ebonite GameBreaker 2, Rose used a Storm IQ TOUR NANO and IQ TOUR, Pohl and IQ TOUR and an IQ TOUR NANO, Waliczek a Columbia DELIRIUM, then a Roto Grip TOTALLY DEFIANT and a Hammer BAD INTENTIONS, and Barta a Hammer FIRST BLOOD and BLACK WIDOW LEGEND.</p> <p>The group returns to the lanes for minors on the 1 p.m. squad. Barta said in a message that Waliczek was bowling with Team NABR&rsquo;s companion team in minors.</p> <p>Along with the 10,064, <a href="../../../news/article/7404" target="_blank"><strong>Chad Maas' 2,152 that leads all-events</strong></a> is in obvious peril, and it certainly wouldn't be a shock to see the <a href="../../../news/article/7347" target="_blank"><strong>1,372 that leads doubles</strong></a> and <a href="../../../news/article/7417" target="_blank"><strong>785 that leads singles</strong></a> fall as well.&nbsp;</p> <p>"We are friends, we love to compete and I know we have the ability to win at the most prestigious tournament there is," Gotchall said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323993" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "We'll enjoy this a little bit tonight, but we'll definitely be ready and focused tomorrow. We know there's still six more games to go, and our job isn't finished."</p> <p>USBC&rsquo;s Matt Cannizzaro said in a message that there would be no &ldquo;bonus&rdquo; webcast of the group&rsquo;s minors, but there could be game-by-game Twitter updates.</p> <p>(BowlTV is webcasting defending singles Eagle winner Louis Jenkins Jr.&rsquo;s minors on the 8:30 p.m. squad Tuesday.)</p> <hr /> <p><em>Update: Matt Cannizzarro of USBC on Tuesday around mid-day posted this:</em></p> <p><em>BIG NEWS: Team NABR, the new Regular Team leader at the 20155#USBCOpen&nbsp;will be recognized at tonight's El Paso Chihuahuas baseball game, and Guinness world record holder Adam Barta will be throwing out the first pitch!</em></p> <p><em>If you're in or near El Paso this year, definitely thank the Chihuahuas organization for its support of the Open Championships by going to a game.</em></p> <p><em>If you plan to attend a game while you're here, see the promo code below (for advance purchases only).</em></p> <p><em>In addition to the special rate, each bowler who purchases in advance can receive $2 in Bark Bucks to use at our concession stands. The bowlers can pick these up at the box office window.</em></p> <p><em>CODE: USBC2015</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0600 7432 The 11th Frame: Parker Bohn III maintains lead in high-scoring PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages tourney http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7432 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Parker Bohn III maintained his hot streak Monday at the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical, but he wasn&rsquo;t the only story.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The high scores were a story: Bohn, who won the PBA50 Tour season opener last week, averaged 253.25 and it took an average of 228.37 to make the top 32 in the 158-player field.</span></p> <p>The &ldquo;rookies&rdquo; making match play were another: USBC Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard in her PBA50 debut, former major league baseball pitcher John Burkett in his second PBA50 event, and 8-time PBA Tour champion Mike Scroggins in his PBA50 debut.</p> <p>And the lefties were a story: more than one-third of the top 32 were lefty, according to multiple Facebook posts I saw.</p> <p>But Bohn was the main story, as he rolled games of 254, 300, 204, 279, 268, 238, 252 and 268 in Monday&rsquo;s second round of qualifying for a 4,052 16-game total.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not going to take anything lightly,&rdquo; the 34-time PBA Tour and two-time PBA50 Tour champion said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2015/4/20/Bohn-Tops-Qualifying-to-Lead-32-Players-Into-PBA50-UnitedHealthcare-Sun-Bowl-In-The-Villages-Match-Play.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;We know who the superstars are but you have to remember that there are the other players who want to make their name out here and want to beat me as much as I want to beat them.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m just going to go out there and keep doing what I&rsquo;ve been doing. I&rsquo;ll find a ball that will give me the best look to the pocket and stay focused on what I need to do to keep the ball in the pocket. If I can keep bowling the way I am, I won&rsquo;t need to worry that much about winning matches because that should take care of itself.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rounding out the top five heading into Tuesday&rsquo;s match play were two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr at 3,909; eight -time PBA Tour winner and PBA50 rookie Mike Scroggins with 3,883; Terry Metzner at 3,845, and 10-time PBA Tour winner Bryan Goebel with 3,812.</p> <p>Dorin-Ballard was tied for 17<sup>th</sup> at 3,714 as she aims to beat the previous&nbsp;high finish by a woman in a PBA50 Tour event of ninth by Linda Kelly in the 2006 Senior Decatur Open.</p> <p>Burkett, a two-time All-Star during a 16-year major league career, finished qualifying 21st at 3,692 pinfall.</p> <p>Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha was 20<sup>th</sup> at 3,693. And Wisconsin native&nbsp;Todd Kjell of Roscoe, Illinois was 47th at 3,581 for $1,000.</p> <p>Tuesday&rsquo;s match play is modified round-robin. The 32 players will be cut to 16 after eight games, and those 16 will bowl eight more, with the top five advancing to the stepladder finals scheduled for 6 p.m. Central time on Tuesday.&nbsp;</p> <p>The tournament is being contested on the PBA50 Chameleon pattern with no re-oil between qualifying squads or match play each day.</p> <p>The entire tournament is being webcast on PBA Xtra Frame.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA50 UNITEDHEALTHCARE SUN BOWL IN THE VILLAGES PRESENTED BY RADICAL</strong><br /><em>Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla., Monday</em><br /><strong>Second round</strong> <br /><em>(16 games)</em><br /><em>Top 32 advance to Tuesday&rsquo;s match play round</em><br /> <br />1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4,052.<br />2, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,909.<br />3, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,883.<br />4, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,845.<br />5, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,812.<br />6, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,810.<br />7, n-John Dougherty, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 3,777.<br />8, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 3,776.<br />9, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,763.<br />10, n-Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,759.<br />11, n-Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,754.<br />12, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,741.<br />13, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,740.<br />14, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 3,729.<br />15, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,726.<br />16, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,716.<br />17, (tie) Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 3,714.<br />19, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 3,706.<br />20, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,693.<br />21, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,692.<br />22, n-Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3,687.<br />23, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,683.<br />24, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,681.<br />25, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,679.<br />26, James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 3,674.<br />27, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,673.<br />28, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 3,668.<br />29, n-Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3,658.<br />29, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 3,658.<br />31, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,656.<br />32, Gary Morgan, Atlanta, 3,654.<br /> <br /><strong>Did not advance</strong><br />33, (tie) Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., $1,000, and Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,646, $1,000.<br />35, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,643, $1,000.<br />36, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,638, $1,000.<br />37, Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 3,624, $1,000.<br />38, (tie) n-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,621, $1,000.<br />40, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,618, $1,000.<br />41, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,610, $1,000.<br />42, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,595, $1,000.<br />43, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 3,590, $1,000.<br />44, (tie) Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $1,000, and Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,588, $1,000.<br />46, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,587, $1,000.<br />47, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,581, $1,000.<br />48, (tie) Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., $1,000, and Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3,571, $1,000.<br />50, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 3,570, $1,000.<br />51, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,565, $1,000.<br />52, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,557, $1,000.<br />53, (tie) ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., $1,000 and Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 3,556.<br />55, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 3,552.<br />56, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,548.<br />57, Kenneth Bland Jr., Cibolo, Texas, 3,539.<br />58, (tie) Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., and ss-Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,537, $1,000.<br />60, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,536.<br />61, (tie) Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., and Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,531.<br />63, Larry Woomer, State College, Pa., 3,526.<br />64, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,521, $1,000.<br />65, (tie) ss-n-Lenny Biondi, Winter Garden, Fla., $1,000 and ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,519, $1,000.<br />67, n-James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3,513.<br />68, n-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 3,512.<br />69, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,508.<br />70, ss-Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,491, $1,000.<br />71, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,490, $1,000.<br />72, n-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 3,488.<br />73, (tie) Joe Salvemini, Mckinney, Texas, and a, Andy Ippolito, The Villages, Fla., 3,483.<br />75, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,482.<br />76, n-Kenneth May, Titusville, Fla., 3,481.<br />77, n-Jace Peterson, Ocala, Fla., 3,480.<br />78, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 3,472.<br />79, Scott Thomsen, Sumter, S.C., 3,468.<br />80, Tony Myers, Pensacola, Fla., 3,463.<br />81, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 3,461.<br />82, (tie) Douglas Weese, Carson City, Mich., and Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,459.<br />84, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,455.<br />85, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 3,452.<br />86, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,444.<br />87, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,437.<br />88, Brian McMahon, Boca Raton, Fla., 3,431.<br />89, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,430.<br />90, Warren Burr, Wilmington, DE, 3,429.<br />91, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 3,423.<br />92, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 3,420.<br />93, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3,418.<br />94, Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,415.<br />95, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,414.<br />96, Kevin Schofield, Canada, 3,411.<br />97, Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 3,407.<br />98, Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 3,401.<br />99, Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 3,400.<br />100, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 3,393.<br />101, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 3,392.<br />102, Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,382.<br />103, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 3,378.<br />104, n-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Methuen, Mass., 3,371.<br />105, Richard McDaniel, Coconut Creek, Fla., 3,364.<br />106, Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 3,351.<br />107, (tie) Ron Rajcok, Stanley, N.C., and Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,348.<br />109, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 3,347.<br />110, Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 3,333.<br />111, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,331.<br />112, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 3,325.<br />113, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,321.<br />114, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,313.<br />115, Norm Spurlock, Kenner, La., 3,306.<br />116, Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 3,297.<br />117, Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 3,293.<br />118, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn, 3,291.<br />119, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3,284.<br />120, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,274.<br />121, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,271.<br />122, Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 3,268.<br />123, John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 3,257.<br />124, Sam Perrotta, Newark, Del., 3,253.<br />125, Dan Palmiotto, Merritt Island, Fla., 3,244.<br />126, n-Rickey Kendrick, Castle Rock, Colo., 3,241.<br />127, n-Dave Van Riet, Summerfield, Fla., 3,222.<br />128, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 3,214.<br />128, Barry Warshafsky, Peabody, Mass., 3,214.<br />130, Edgar Gomez, Colombia, 3,212.<br />131, (tie) Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., and Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 3,205.<br />133, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., 3,203.<br />134, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,181.<br />135, (tie) Walter Sova Sr., Columbus, Ohio, and Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 3,179.<br />137, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 3,176.<br />138, Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla., 3,172.<br />139, Robert Shannon, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,170.<br />140, n-Walter Grzybowski, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 3,165.<br />141, Larry Felts Jr., Moore, S.C., 3,162.<br />142, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3,155.<br />143, Gene Morrison, Spring Lake, N.C., 3,145.<br />144, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 3,131.<br />145, Dave Schultz, Jackson, Wis., 3,129.<br />146, Patsy DellaPenna, Palm Harbor, Fla., 3,127.<br />147, Adrian Eckroth, Ocala, Fla., 3,079.<br />148, Dan Howsmon, Lutz, Fla., 3,040.<br />149, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,027.<br />150, Bobby Dunn, Augusta, Ga., 3,003.<br />151, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,965.<br />152, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 2,899.<br />153, n-Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 2,865.<br />154, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 2,857.<br />155, Pete Nastasi, Rock Hill, N.Y., 2,639.<br />156, Teata Semiz, Hopatcong, N.J., 2,581.<br />157, Billy Block, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 1,941.<br />158, Scott Smith, Warrenville, Ill., 1,638.<br /> <br /><em>300 games &ndash; Joe Scarborough, Tracy Teeters, Mark Scime, John Dougherty, Tom Baker, Parker Bohn III, Tony Myers.</em><br /> <br /><em>n=non-member</em><br /><em>ss-denotes PBA60 players age 60 and over outside cashing spots also earning $1,000.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7425 The 11th Frame: Entire bowling industry needs to raise its IT game, USBC's Chad Murphy says http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7425 <p>It wasn&rsquo;t that long ago that there was no webcasting of bowling competition, that you signed up for tournaments by mailing in entry forms with a check, and couldn&rsquo;t look up tournament results online.</p> <p>Bowling <em>has</em> made some great advancements in information technology in recent years.</p> <p>But much more needs to be done, according to United States Bowling Congress Executive Director Chad Murphy.</p> <p>Back in January, when USBC laid out its five priorities in the &ldquo;A Future for the Sport&rdquo; email to its membership, I was intrigued by the emphasis on IT. My blog on that announcement in January is <a href="../../../news/article/7215" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>So when I had a chance to interview Murphy recently, I made it a point to ask about the issue.</p> <p>And he reiterated its importance.</p> <p>&ldquo;Bowling has to embrace technology at a higher level and a faster level than we have in the last decade or so,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We have to become more available to the consumer than we have. And that starts with the internal information technology structures of our business&nbsp;&mdash; the governance structure form campus to locals to proprietors. Our entire industry has to raise its game (in IT).&rdquo;</p> <p>An obvious and simple example of where bowling falls short is that bowlers still join USBC each season by filling out cards by hand.</p> <p>&ldquo;My kids do a lot of things,&rdquo; Murphy noted. &ldquo;Church. Baseball. Bowling. Basketball. But there&rsquo;s only one thing we don&rsquo;t sign up for electronically and that&rsquo;s bowling. We still fill out a form.&rdquo;</p> <p>USBC also has been emphasizing its role as guardian of the sport in the past couple of years, which its critics say is something it was lacking in for many years.</p> <p>Murphy said that doesn&rsquo;t just mean the pros, Team USA, and other top levels of competition.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s organized play,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;A sport is something that is competed in an organized fashion. League play certainly is a piece of the sport.&rdquo;</p> <p>"Sport," he said, "is an important piece of rebuilding the industry as a whole.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bowling isn&rsquo;t a sport when people start in it, but then they create an affinity for the sport, Murphy said.</p> <p>&ldquo;And if you don&rsquo;t market it as a sport and you don&rsquo;t look out for the sport and don&rsquo;t create opportunities for sport, then kids can&rsquo;t aspire to be an athlete within our sport,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>That is what makes the re-launch of the PWBA so important, he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;A 7-year-old girl bowling in a youth league for the first time this year is going to have a very different experience this year than she has for the last decade,&rdquo; Murphy said. &ldquo;She is going to have the opportunity to aspire to be a PWBA champion. It&rsquo;s a simple thought, but it encompasses where we&rsquo;re heading as a sport.&rdquo;</p> <p>It was only about a year ago that the U.S. Opens were dead, there was no PWBA, cooperation between Arlington (USBC and BPAA) and the PBA was much less than it is now, and the Championships deal with Reno hadn&rsquo;t been re-negotiated to provide fewer trips there.</p> <p>This with a USBC budget and staff&nbsp;&mdash; less than half what it was when the organization was in the Milwaukee suburb of Greendale&nbsp;&mdash; that continues to decline with membership.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have a really passionate dedicated staff here that works really hard and delivers a lot of really quality programming,&rdquo; Murphy said. &ldquo;I think (USBC has) been measured on a declining membership product and that&rsquo;s all it gets measured on. But there are a lot of great things going on. And we&rsquo;re excited to move forward to build a better future for our sport.&rdquo;</p> <hr /> <p><em>Note: This is the first of four stories based on a lengthy interview with Chad Murphy. Tuesday, the focus is the PWBA. Wednesday, the focus is the U.S. Open. And Thursday, the focus is the Open Championships.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:00:00 -0600 6703 The 11th Frame: 2015 Badger Queens changing to 1-day format Sunday, May 3 in Oshkosh http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/6703 <p>The 2015 Badger Queens is moving to the spring from winter and changing to a one-day format on Sunday, May 3 at Shoreview Lanes in Oshkosh, the Wisconsin State USBC Women&rsquo;s Bowling Association announced Thursday on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1429659640653611/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming" target="_blank"><strong>its Facebook page</strong></a>.</p> <p>The long-running scratch tournament is for 170 and above average female bowlers who are USBC members.</p> <p>The format will be six games of qualifying followed by a cut to the top 16. There will be a 2-game semifinals with the top five advancing to a stepladder finals. The entry fee will be $90, with $60 going to the prize fund.</p> <p><em style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Update: The winner will receive a spot in the USBC Queens later in May. In addition, High 5 Gear has donated $500 to the prize fund and a jersey to the winner, and&nbsp;Linds bowling is donating two certificates for high performance bowling shoes valued at $200 each. Other donations also have been made to the tournament, with details on its Facebook page.</em></p> <p><em style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The lane pattern will be a modified version of the&nbsp;USBC White 1 pattern with increased the oil within the pattern as well as on the outside.</em></p> <p>Entry forms will be available starting in August at the WWBA website or by request when available by email to wwba@sbcglobal.net or by calling 800-660-9655 toll free, or 920-406-2695 locally.<em style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><br /></em></p> <p>The 2014 Badger Queens was held Jan. 4-5 at Weston Lanes in Weston and won by Lindsey Siegel, as I reported <a href="../../../news/article/6356" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:00:00 -0600 7430 The 11th Frame: Rick Erce slams 801 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7430 <p>With the 2014-15 season winding down, Rick Erce fired an 801 to highlight Madison area bowling over the weekend.&nbsp;</p> <p>Erce chained games of 257, 255 and 289 in the Dream Lanes Moonlight League.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Chuck Kraege was next with 701 in the same league.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">No women's scores were reported.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:55:00 -0600 7431 The 11th Frame: Red-hot Parker Bohn III leads after high-scoring 1st round of PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages tourney http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7431 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Riding a wave of momentum after his win in last week&rsquo;s season-opening PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open, Parker Bohn III grabbed the first-round lead Sunday at this week&rsquo;s PBA50 tournament, PBA reported.</span></p> <p>The PBA Hall of Famer rolled games of 247, 212, 228, 259, 239, 278, 279 and 247 to total 1,989 to lead the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical at Spanish Springs Lanes.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Like every sport you ride the highs as long as you can and hope it stays that way for a while,&rdquo; Bohn, who has 34 PBA Tour and two PBA50 Tour titles, said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2015/4/19/Parker-Bohn-III-Averages-2486-to-Top-Qualifying-After-First-Round-In-PBA50-UnitedHealthcare-Sun-Bowl-In-The-Villages.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>.&nbsp; &ldquo;You never know when the roller coaster ride ends so you just ride it as long as you can.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bohn told PBA he had trouble getting comfortable at the start of the round.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think the main issue I had was just getting out of my own way,&rdquo; Bohn said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2015/4/19/Parker-Bohn-III-Averages-2486-to-Top-Qualifying-After-First-Round-In-PBA50-UnitedHealthcare-Sun-Bowl-In-The-Villages.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I just wasn&rsquo;t making enough good shots consistently. I really didn&rsquo;t have to make too many major adjustments &mdash; I just had to analyze what I was doing and bear down.&rdquo;</p> <p>Two-time PBA50 Tour Player of the Year Ron Mohr is second at 1,958,</p> <p>Terry Metzner is third with 1,944, Johnny Petraglia fourth with 1,936, and USBC Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard fifth at 1,934.</p> <p>Dorin-Ballard, a two-time PBA Women&rsquo;s Series winner and 20-time women&rsquo;s professional champion, is the lone woman in the 158-player field as she makes her PBA50 debut.</p> <p>The highest finish by a woman in a PBA50 event is ninth by Linda Kelly in the 2006 Senior Decatur Open.</p> <p>Long-time Wisconsin resident Jace Peterson of Ocala, Florida is 55<sup>th</sup> at &nbsp;1,774; Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha is 56<sup>th</sup> at 1,772; Dale Traber of Cedarburg is 61<sup>st</sup> at 1,757; Jim Knoblauch of Waukesha is 127<sup>th</sup> at 1,601; and Dave Schultz of Jackson is 157<sup>th</sup> at 1,387.</p> <p>The field bowls another eight-game qualifying round on Monday to determine the 32 players who will advance to the modified round-robin match play on Tuesday.&nbsp; The 32 players will be cut to 16 after eight games, and those 16 will bowl eight more, with the top five advancing to the stepladder finals scheduled for 6 p.m. Central time on Tuesday.&nbsp;</p> <p>The tournament is being contested on the PBA50 Chameleon pattern with no re-oil between qualifying squads or match play each day.</p> <p>The entire tournament is being webcast on PBA Xtra Frame.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA50 UNITEDHEALTHCARE SUN BOWL IN THE VILLAGES PRESENTED BY RADICAL<br /></strong><em>Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla., Sunday<br /></em><strong>First round&nbsp;<br /></strong><em>(8 games)</em></p> <p>1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,989.<br />2, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,958.<br />3, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,944.<br />4, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,936.<br />5, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 1,934.<br />6, James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 1,930.<br />7, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 1,928.<br />8, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,925.<br />9, ss-Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 1,915.<br />10, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,904.<br />11, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,896.<br />12, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,886.<br />13, n-Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,885.<br />14, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,875.<br />15, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,874.<br />16, Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 1,873.<br />17, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,869.<br />18, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,868.<br />19, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,861.<br />20, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,860.<br />21, (tie)Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,857, and Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,857.<br />23, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,850.<br />24, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,846.<br />25, n-John Dougherty, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 1,843.<br />26, Scott Thomsen, Sumter, S.C., 1,838.<br />27, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,832.<br />28, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,827.<br />29, (tie) ss-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., and ss-Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,826.<br />31, Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 1,825.<br />32, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,818.<br />33, ss-Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 1,815.<br />34, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,814.<br />35, (tie) ss-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., and n-Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,811.<br />37, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,809.<br />38, (tie) n-Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., and ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,807.<br />40, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 1,800.<br />41, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,799.<br />42, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,794.<br />43, (tie) John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., and n-James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,791.<br />46, (tie) Gary Morgan, Atlanta, and n-Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,790.<br />48, (tie) Billy Block, Pembroke Pines, Fla., and ss-Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 1,787.<br />50, (tie) William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,783.<br />52, Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 1,781.<br />53, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,780.<br />54, ss-Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,777.<br />55, n-Jace Peterson, Ocala, Fla., 1,774.<br />56, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,772.<br />57, ss-Sam Perrotta, Newark, Del., 1,769.<br />58, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,765.<br />59, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,764.<br />60, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,762.<br />61, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,757.<br />62, ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,756.<br />63, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 1,755.<br />64, n-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 1,753.<br />65, Brian McMahon, Boca Raton, Fla., 1,750.<br />66, ss-Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 1,749.<br />67, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,748.<br />68, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,746.<br />69, ss-Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,745.<br />70, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,744.<br />71, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,742.<br />72, (tie) n-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., and Norm Spurlock, Kenner, La., 1,740.<br />75, ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,739.<br />76, ss-Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,737.<br />77, ss-aAndy Ippolito, The Villages, Fla., 1,734.<br />78, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,733.<br />79, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,730.<br />80, ss-Kevin Schofield, Canada, 1,728.<br />81, Kenneth Bland Jr., Cibolo, Texas, 1,727.<br />82, (tie) ss-Lucien Casagrande, Canada, and ss-John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1,725.<br />84, (tie) Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., and Joe Salvemini, Mckinney, Texas, 1,724.<br />86, (tie) ss-Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., and n-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 1,721.<br />88, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,719.<br />89, ss-Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,717.<br />90, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,716.<br />91, (tie) ss-Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., and Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1,715.<br />94, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,712.<br />95, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,711.<br />96, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,710.<br />97, Larry Woomer, State College, Pa., 1,709.<br />98, ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,708.<br />99, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,702.<br />100, Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,698.<br />101, ss-Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 1,695.<br />102, (tie) ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., and ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,693.<br />104, Richard McDaniel, Coconut Creek, Fla., 1,688.<br />105, n-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Methuen, Mass., 1,687.<br />106, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,685.<br />107, (tie) ss-Douglas Weese, Carson City, Mich., and ss-Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 1,672.<br />109, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,671.<br />110, ss-James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn, 1,669.<br />111, ss-n-Lenny Biondi, Maitland, Fla., 1,663.<br />112, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 1,660.<br />113, Tony Myers, Pensacola, Fla., 1,659.<br />114, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 1,648.<br />115, n-Kenneth May, Titusville, Fla., 1,647.<br />116, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 1,644.<br />117, (tie) ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., and ss-Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 1,641.<br />119, Scott Smith, Warrenville, Ill., 1,638.<br />120, ss-Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 1,635.<br />121, ss-Barry Warshafsky, Peabody, Mass., 1,633.<br />122, Dan Palmiotto, Merritt Island, Fla., 1,627.<br />123, (tie) ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., and ss-Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,613.<br />125, ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,607.<br />126, ss-Robert Shannon, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,603.<br />127, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,601.<br />128, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., 1,600.<br />129, ss-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,599.<br />130, (tie) n-Dave Van Riet, Summerfield, Fla., and Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,597.<br />132, ss-Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 1,592.<br />133, ss-Edgar Gomez, Colombia, 1,581.<br />134, ss-n-Walter Grzybowski, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,580.<br />135, ss-Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,578.<br />136, ss-Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla., 1,573.<br />137, (tie) ss-Dan Howsmon, Lutz, Fla., and ss-Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 1,572.<br />139, ss-Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 1,571.<br />140, ss-n-Rickey Kendrick, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,561.<br />141, Larry Felts Jr., Moore, S.C., 1,560.<br />142, (tie) ss-Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, and ss-Walter Sova Sr., Columbus, Ohio, 1,530.<br />144, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,528.<br />145, ss-Teata Semiz, Hopatcong, N.J., 1,502.<br />146, ss-George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,499.<br />147, ss-Ron Rajcok, Stanley, N.C., 1,496.<br />148, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 1,487.<br />149, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,484.<br />150, ss-Bobby Dunn, Augusta, Ga., 1,481.<br />151, ss-Patsy DellaPenna, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,478.<br />152, Adrian Eckroth, Ocala, Fla., 1,468.<br />153, ss-Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,460.<br />154, ss-William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,448.<br />155, ss-Gene Morrison, Spring Lake, N.C., 1,432.<br />156, ss-n-Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 1,396.<br />157, ss-Dave Schultz, Jackson, Wis., 1,387.<br />158, Pete Nastasi, Rock Hill, N.Y., 1,338.<br /> <br /><em>n=non-member</em><br /><em>ss-denotes PBA60 players age 60 and over</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7428 The 11th Frame: In PBA League, Mark Baker proves as good a manager as he is a coach http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7428 <p>You have to give Mark Baker credit for at least one thing: he is not afraid to make a decision that opens himself to criticism.</p> <p>Of course, you have to give Baker credit for being tons of things, including PBA Tour champion and top level coach.</p> <p>Add to that smart and gutsy PBA League manager.</p> <p>It would have been the easiest thing in the world for Baker to stick Chris Barnes or Mika Koivuniemi at anchor on the Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom Splitters.</p> <p>Barnes is a future Hall of Famer who has become a hugely clutch player on TV since Baker fixed a flaw in his game, and Koivuniemi earned the nickname &ldquo;Major Mika&rdquo; for his major wins.</p> <p>Baker, though, chose Dick Allen, who has three PBA Tour titles in a solid career that is nowhere near Barnes&rsquo; or Koivuniemi&rsquo;s.</p> <p>If Allen had performed poorly and his team had gone down in flames, Baker surely would&nbsp;have faced criticism for his line-up decisions.</p> <p>Instead, Baker turned out to be a genius as Allen came through in the clutch on multiple occasions, earning the PBA League Mark Roth MVP award and multiple carry-offs from teammate Tom Daugherty as the Atom Splitters won their second straight PBA League Elias Cup.</p> <p>The Atom Splitters beat the Wheaties L.A. X 5-1 in the title show that was taped last month before the usual wild and crazy crowd at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine and aired Sunday on ESPN.</p> <p>Eight days after escaping serious injury in a car crash, Allen stood on the approach needing a 9-count and miss or any mark to clinch the title. He rolled a light mixer strike.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is definitely the highlight of my career,&rdquo; Allen said in&nbsp;<a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2015/4/19/Bass-Pro-Shops-Silver-Lake-Atom-Splitters-Repeat-as-PBA-League-Elias-Cup-Champions.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;The whole situation of being chosen by (team manager) Mark Baker and Chris (Barnes) and Mika (Koivuniemi) to put me at anchor surprised me a little, but I like that position. They instilled a lot of confidence in me this week. It did a lot of good for me personally.&rdquo;</p> <p>Allen had made clutch sudden-death roll-off shots to give Silver Lake victories in both the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds despite a stiff, sore neck sustained in his one-car crash the previous Sunday near his home in South Carolina, PBA reported.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was coming around a corner, swerved to avoid hitting a dog in the road, and lost control,&rdquo; he said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2015/4/19/Bass-Pro-Shops-Silver-Lake-Atom-Splitters-Repeat-as-PBA-League-Elias-Cup-Champions.aspx" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">the release</span></span></strong></a>. &ldquo;I went into a ditch and hit a pole. I thought I was done for, but I got away with just some whiplash.&rdquo;</p> <p>Allen was a big fan of the boisterous crowd at Bayside that was the story of the PBA League.</p> <p>&ldquo;The more you bowl on TV, the more loosened up you get,&rdquo; Allen said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2015/4/19/Bass-Pro-Shops-Silver-Lake-Atom-Splitters-Repeat-as-PBA-League-Elias-Cup-Champions.aspx" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">the release</span></span></strong></a>, &ldquo;but the crowd here was highly unexpected. Fortunately I&rsquo;m used to that because back home, I practice with my buddies after the bowling center closes, and we crank up the music, and my buddies trash-talk non-stop, so bowling here was just like after-hours practice at home.&rdquo;</p> <p>Allen&rsquo;s only &ldquo;failure&rdquo; of the day was in the trios match when he doubled in the 10<sup>th</sup> but then left a 2-8-10 on his final shot for 297.</p> <p>&ldquo;The crowd got me,&rdquo; he said in <a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2015/4/19/Bass-Pro-Shops-Silver-Lake-Atom-Splitters-Repeat-as-PBA-League-Elias-Cup-Champions.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;They had been so loud, but in about my third step, they got quiet. I didn&rsquo;t expect that. In that little moment, it kinda got me. My fundamentals collapsed.&rdquo;</p> <p>I met Allen when he was a young bowler in the Kansas City area and he had the same air of confidence about him that you saw during the PBA League shows. Perhaps his PBA League success will propel him to bigger things.</p> <p>And for those wondering about the entertaining exchanges between Tom Daugherty and Jason Belmonte, Daugherty posted this on Facebook: "So everyone wants to know what is up with me and Belmo. Well you might not want to hear this but absolutely nothing. It was friendly trash talking among two competitors. Because we mutually respect each other it's all in good fun people. I promise you 2 things. 1. He gives me way more crap then I give him, mainly because he wins all the damn time and 2. I will never call him bottle bitch. Just saying. Love you Jase Belmonte and I'm prolly gonna regret this hash tag ‪#&lrm;stillcantbeatmeontv‬ "</p> <p>The next PBA Tour competition is the Oklahoma Grand Casino Hotel and Resort Summer Swing in Shawnee, Oklahoma May 9-17. The multi-event competition will include the Wolf, Badger, Bear and Oklahoma Open title events, followed by the King of the Swing special event. All finals will air on CBS Sports Network, with dates and times to be announced later.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP FINALS</strong><br /><em>Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, March 29 (aired April 19)</em></p> <p><strong>Final Standings</strong><br />Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom def. Wheaties L.A. X, 5-1.</p> <p><strong>Singles Match </strong><br /><em>(one point)<br /></em>Chris Barnes, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, def. Jason Belmonte, L.A. X, 223-211.</p> <p><strong>Alternate Ball Doubles<br /></strong> <em>(one point)</em>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Baker Trios<br /></strong> <em>(one point)<br /></em>Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Dick Allen/Craig Nidiffer/Tom Daugherty) def. L.A. X (Jason Belmonte/Andres Gomez/Martin Larsen), 297-246.</p> <p><strong>Five-Player Baker Team<br /></strong> <em>(three points)<br /></em>Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Mika Koivuniemi/Chris Barnes/Craig Nidiffer/Tom Daugherty/Dick Allen) def. L.A. X (Stuart Williams/Andres Gomez/Patrick Allen/Martin Larsen/Jason Belmonte), 236-215.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:30:00 -0600 7424 The 11th Frame: Spoiler alert: Winners of the Intercollegiate Team Championships and Intercollegiate Singles Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7424 <p>If you do not want to know who won the Intercollegiate Team Championships and Intercollegiate Singles Championships before the TV finals are broadcast, do not read this blog.</p> <p>The shows were taped Saturday at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kansas and will air next month on CBS Sports Network.</p> <p>The women&rsquo;s singles show will air May 4 at 6 p.m. Central time, the men&rsquo;s singles show May 11 at 6 p.m., the women&rsquo;s team show May 18 at 6 p.m., and the men&rsquo;s team show May 25 at 6 p.m.</p> <p>In singles, the champions were San Jose State's Michael Tang and Hastings' Emily Eckhoff, USBC reported.</p> <p>In the title matches, Tang defeated Notre Dame-Ohio's Meeco Walker 259-174 and Eckhoff beat Nebraska's Julia Bond at Northrock Lanes, 237-182.</p> <p>Tang reached the finals with a 169-152 win over Morehead State's Devon Miller, while Walker downed Lindenwood's Andre Fors 207-204.</p> <p>Eckhoff reached the finals by beating Webber International's Verity Crawley 237-178, while Bond defeated Vanderbilt's Robyn Renslow 222-179.</p> <p>Details and quotes are in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323982" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>In team, the champions were Wichita State for men and North Carolina A&amp;T for women, USBC reported.</p> <p>In the best-of-five title matches, Wichita State swept Midland 3-0 for the school&rsquo;s 11<sup>th</sup> championship and North Carolina A&amp;T defeated defending champion Robert Morris-Illinois 3-1.</p> <p>Details and quotes are in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323985" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>Wichita State&rsquo;s Matt McNiel, who has had some historic moments at the USBC Open Championships, posted this on Facebook after the team&rsquo;s win: &ldquo;Best day of my career hands down! These guys are unbelievable, privileged to share this national title with them!! #TeamBrunswick #TurboGrips #InFuseYourGame #Realbowlerstape #NeverGiveUp &mdash; with Wichita State Shocker Bowling, Derick Holmes, Tyler Cruz, Justin Zwaschka, A.j. Chapman, Stephen Cowland, Packy Hanrahan, Mitch Hup&eacute; and Nathan Bohr.&rdquo;</p> <p>Nick Pate of Midland and Daria Kovalova of Wichita State were named the tournament's most valuable players.Pate was joined on the men's all-tournament team by Chapman, Mitch Katic of Calumet, Cristian Azcona of Lindenwood and Cameron Weier of Robert Morris-Illinois.</p> <p>Joining Kovalova on the women's all-tournament team was Haworth, Emily Strombeck of North Carolina A&amp;T, Katelyn Simpson of Pikeville and Caitlin Hoffman of St. Francis-Illinois.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015 XBOWLING INTERCOLLEGIATE SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong><br /><em>Saturday's results</em><br /><em>Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kansas</em></p> <p><strong>MEN</strong><br /><em>Semifinals<br /></em>Meeco Walker, Notre Dame-Ohio def. Andre Fors, Lindenwood, 207-204<br />Michael Tang, San Jose State def. Devon Miller, Morehead State, 169-152<br /><em>Final<br /></em>Tang def. Walker, 259-174</p> <p><strong>WOMEN<br /></strong><em>Semifinals<br /></em>Julia Bond, Nebraska def. Robyn Renslow, Vanderbilt, 222-179<br />Emily Eckhoff, Hastings def. Verity Crawley, Webber International, 237-178<br /><em>Final<br /></em>Eckhoff def. Bond, 237-182</p> <p><strong>2015 XBOWLING INTERCOLLEGIATE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong> <br /><em>Saturday's results</em> <br /><em>Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kansas</em></p> <p><strong>MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP <br /></strong>Wichita State def. Midland, 3-0 (169-129, 275-167, 210-166)</p> <p><strong>WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP<br /> </strong>North Carolina A&amp;T def. Robert Morris-Illinois, 3-1 (201-202, 182-162, 198-163, 195-190)&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:50:00 -0600 7423 The 11th Frame: Intercollegiate Team Championships finalists set: Wichita State, Midland for men; defending champion Robert Morris-Illinois, North Carolina A&T for women http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7423 <p>Arguably the most exciting day of the college bowling season took place Friday at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kansas.</p> <p>The final match play day of the XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships produced the four teams that will compete for the 2015 titles on Saturday, with broadcasts of those title matches to air next month on CBS Sports Network. The women&rsquo;s final will air May 18 at 6 p.m. Central time, and the men's final May 25 at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Wichita State and Midland will meet for the men&rsquo;s title, and defending champion Robert Morris-Illinois and North Carolina A&amp;T for the women&rsquo;s title.</p> <p>I didn&rsquo;t bowl at UW-Madison and have experienced the college championships as a spectator just one time: in 1985 in Milwaukee when my good buddy and teammate Marc McDowell was part of a legendary West Texas State team that also included fellow future PBA champions Jack Jurek, and Mike and Mark Scroggins.</p> <p>The team dominated the event at the old Red Carpet South Park, earning the top seed, but then lost the title match.</p> <p>It was a crushing defeat, but an amazing event. And from what I see in webcasts it is only more amazing today.</p> <p>If you want to get a flavor for what it means, here are Facebook posts from a couple of top college bowlers I know and one proud dad.</p> <p>AJ Chapman, of Wichita State:<br /><em>Unbelievable day! We went undefeated in match play and will be bowling for the national championship on national tv tomorrow! Went through two really tough teams in Lindenwood and Robert Morris. Great bowling to them and all the other teams who made it this far! Congrats to the ladies for bowling great and finishing 3rd. Great run after losing a match early! ‪#&lrm;WSU ‪#&lrm;shox #20</em></p> <p>Matt Gasn, of Robert Morris-Illinois, champions two years ago when the team also included Marshall Kent:<br /><em>I can't believe it's over. The time went by so quickly. Winning this my senior year would have meant a lot to me. Some things just aren't meant to be. I was absolutely blessed with 3 amazing years here at Robert Morris. I met the best people I could have ever dreamed of meeting and we became a family. I am an only child, so I never knew what it was like to have brothers until I came here. I am going to miss putting on my jersey with them every weekend more than anything.</em><br /><em>In the last three years we have bowled 39 tournaments and won 33 of those including 4 national championships! This loss definitely stings but when you look at the big picture it's been an honor and privilege to be a part of this! We have a lot of talent coming into the program over the next couple years and I hope they can follow in our footsteps and keep this going!</em><br /><em>I just want to say thank you to Dale Lehman for giving me the opportunity to be an Eagle. This opportunity has changed my life forever, for the better! Also to Danny Hayes who over the last few years has been a great coach and is a big reason that I have become the bowler I am today!</em><br /><em>Also a big thanks to my parents Billy and Debby for all their love and support! I wouldn't have been able to have any of this without them!</em><br /><em>I am proud to be a Robert Morris Eagle!</em></p> <p>Billy Gasn, Matt's dad:<br /><em>They say that all good things come to an end. It's especially true here. It's been an unbelievable 3 years that started with a visit to RMU on Friday June 8, 2012. Although we had never met Dale Lehman the head of the program, he knew who Matt was. We never spoke before the visit, only to arrange the meeting. He asked if we were serious about coming to RMU and my response was "we aren't coming to win tournaments, we are coming to win championships". But now looking back it's been so much more. The first two individual 300 games in the program's history, the three baker 300's two of which were consecutive during a best of three match on different lanes. This will probably never be duplicated. Winning 33 of 39 regular season tournaments (sorry I gave you the wrong number Matt) three sectional championships and 4 National Championships. You look at the hundreds if not thousands of kids who have bowled in college over this three year period and most would give anything for a very small portion of this success. But for us, this became more than just the bowling and its success. They say when you experience great things, it's the people you meet along the way who make it so special. Lots of teams refer to themselves as family, but for us this is more than talk. This is truly the greatest group of people we could have ever imagined meeting and becoming family with - The Petrins, Partipilo's, Zagars, Greenes, Weiers, Kings, Ryan's and the East coast and West Coast Kents as I affectionately refer to them. The best coaches we could have provided our son, DJ, Will, Chris and Dale. From the bottom of our hearts thank you for allowing us to be a part of the ride and for having such a big part in our son's life.We could not have asked for a better three years. May the experience of all future Eagles be as great as ours. Love Billy and Debby Gasn</em></p> <p>I am certain that the sentiments above are shared by so many other competitors and parents: they tell you how much college bowling means.&nbsp;</p> <p>I would never trade the experiences I&nbsp;had competing in the country's best bowling culture at its strongest during my late high school and college years, most importantly as a member of Rich Wonders' Kendor/Faball group during the latter half of my college years. Those experiences&nbsp;helped make me the bowler I became.</p> <p>But I will admit that I have at times thought about what it might have been to bowl college. However, to bowl at a high level in college&nbsp;would have meant going somewhere other than UW-Madison and I went there for its world famous&nbsp;academics:&nbsp;I was in the honors program as a freshman and intended to go to law school before becoming a stringer with The Capital Times and switching to journalism.</p> <p>I enjoy watching college (and high school) bowling, though I find high fives after open frames as annoying as I find high fives after missed free throws in basketball.</p> <p>On Saturday, Wichita State, which just missed the finals at the 2014 ITC, will look to add a record 11th ITC title to the school's&nbsp;trophy case.&nbsp; The Shockers went undefeated in match play and beat defending champion Lindenwood, 4-2, in the semifinals.</p> <p>"Last year was rough, but we were able to make it this year because this is a strong program with a great group of coaches and players," Wichita State senior Francois Lavoie, the winner of the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships title, said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323980" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "Anytime you're able to make it to a TV final is great, but to be able to do it with all of the hometown support was icing on the cake."</p> <p>Midland earned the top seed in Thursday's qualifying round and went undefeated until losing in the semifinal to Calumet, 4.5-1.5. In the deciding best-of-seven match, the Warriors rallied after losing the first game to take the last four games and the spot in the championship match, 4-1.</p> <p>"We didn't want to go to an extra match, but made some shots and really buckled down," Midland senior Neil Cooley said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323980" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "It's surreal. We're going to work off of all the positives we've had this week, and hopefully take care of the thing we came here to do."</p> <p>Despite losing six of the eight players from last year&rsquo;s champion team, the Robert Morris-Illinois women went unbeaten in match play and downed Wichita State, 4-1, to make the finals.</p> <p>"I can't believe it," Robert Morris-Illinois senior Leea Haworth said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323980" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">the USBC release</span></span></strong></a>. "Tomorrow, we'll just need to relax and stay within ourselves like last year. If we take it one frame at a time, we can get it done."</p> <p>The North Carolina A&amp;T women made their first ITC appearance since 2001 and also went undefeated, beating St. Francis-Illinois, 4-0, to make the finals.</p> <p>"It's crazy," North Carolina A&amp;T junior Emily Strombeck said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323980" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">the USBC release</span></span></strong></a>. "We've been working hard to get ready for this and knew we had a chance. This is an amazing group of girls. We went undefeated, but we'll have to let that go because tomorrow is a clean slate. We have to make good shots, cover our spares and just keep doing what we've been doing all year long."</p> <p>The tournament up the TV finals was webcast on BowlTV. The archive of match play rounds 3 and 4 is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWDrMgheZ-Q" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>, rounds 5 and 6 is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv93w1T69wE" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>, and rounds 7 and 8 is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1teUjKv0mU" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The singles and team TV finals are being taped Saturday at Northrock.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/7413" target="_blank"><strong>Here was my write-up of the singles</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015 XBOWLING INTERCOLLEGIATE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS<br /></strong><em>Friday's results</em><br /><em> (Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan.)</em></p> <p><strong>MATCH PLAY<br /></strong><em>(Best-of-7, double-elimination match play)</em></p> <p><strong>MEN<br /></strong><em><strong><strong>Third Round<br /></strong></strong></em>Webber International def. Lindenwood-Belleville, 4-3 (Lindenwood-Belleville eliminated)Purdue def. Pikeville, 4-3 (Pikeville eliminated)Lindenwood def. Clarke, 4-2 (Clarke eliminated)Davenport def. Urbana, 4-3 (Urbana eliminated)</p> <p><em><strong>Fourth Round<br /></strong></em>McKendree def. Webber International, 4-2 (Webber International eliminated)Calumet def. Purdue, 4-1 (Purdue eliminated)Lindenwood def. San Jose State, 4-0 (San Jose State eliminated)Notre Dame-Ohio def. Davenport, 4-0 (Davenport eliminated)</p> <p><em><strong>Fifth Round<br /></strong></em>Midland def. Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4-3Wichita State def. Robert Morris-Illinois, 4-3Calumet def. McKendree, 4-0 (McKendree eliminated)Lindenwood def. Notre Dame-Ohio, 4-2 (Notre Dame-Ohio eliminated)</p> <p><em><strong>Sixth Round<br /></strong></em>Calumet def. Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4-0 (Wisconsin-Whitewater eliminated)Lindenwood def. Robert Morris-Illinois, 4-2 (Robert Morris-Illinois eliminated)</p> <p><em><strong>Semifinals<br /></strong></em>Calumet def. Midland, 4.5-1.5 (Second semifinal needed)Midland def. Calumet, 4-1 (Calumet eliminated)Wichita State def. Lindenwood, 4-2 (Lindenwood eliminated)</p> <p><strong>WOMEN</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Third Round<br /></strong></em>Emmanuel def. Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4-3 (Wisconsin-Whitewater eliminated)Delaware State def. Bowling Green, 4-1 (Bowling Green eliminated)Webber International def. Midland, 4-1 (Midland eliminated)Stephen F. Austin def. Wright State, 4-1 (Wright State eliminated)</p> <p><em><strong>Fourth Round<br /></strong></em>Grand View def. Emmanuel, 4-1 (Emmanuel eliminated)Wichita State def. Delaware State, 4-0 (Delaware State eliminated)McKendree def. Webber International, 4-1 (Webber International eliminated)Stephen F. Austin def. Lindenwood, 4-2 (Lindenwood eliminated)</p> <p><em><strong>Fifth Round<br /></strong></em>Robert Morris-Illinois def. Pikeville, 4-3North Carolina A&amp;T def. St. Francis-Illinois, 4-3Wichita State def. Grand View, 4-2 (Grand View eliminated)Stephen F. Austin def. McKendree, 4-1 (McKendree eliminated)</p> <p><em><strong>Sixth Round<br /></strong></em>Wichita State def. Pikeville, 4.5-1.5 (Pikeville eliminated)St. Francis def. Stephen F. Austin, 4-2 (Stephen F. Austin eliminated)</p> <p><em><strong>Semifinals<br /></strong></em>Robert Morris-Illinois def. Wichita State, 4-1 (Wichita State eliminated)North Carolina A&amp;T def. St. Francis-Illinois, 4-0 (St. Francis-Illinois eliminated)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7422 The 11th Frame: Teen standout Wesley Low Jr. wins another PBA Regional http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7422 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Young, 2-handed lefty standout Wesley Low Jr. of California has done it again.</span></p> <p>Low, who turns 18 on April 27, won his second PBA Regional on Sunday, going 9-3 in match play and totaling 5,028 for 20 games to take the PBA Earl Anthony West/Northwest Memorial at Earl Anthony&rsquo;s Dublin Bowl, PBA reported.</p> <p>Low finished 166 pins ahead of Josh Blanchard, the former PBA Rookie of the Year who won his first two PBA Tour titles back-to-back in recent weeks</p> <p>Full results are <a href="http://www.pba.com/Tournaments/RegionalResult/3487" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Back in March 2013, Low at 15 became the youngest bowler ever to win a PBA title, although I wrote in </span><a style="line-height: 1.428571429;" href="../../../news/article/5798" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"> that it should come with an asterisk since it was a non-champions Regional.</span></p> <p>Pete Weber remains the youngest bowler to win an open PBA tournament when he won a PBA Regional at 17 in 1979. (I am fairly certain Weber was not within a couple of weeks of his 18<sup>th</sup> birthday at the time.)</p> <p>And, yes, non-members still don&rsquo;t credit for a PBA &ldquo;title&rdquo; &mdash; regardless, Low has won two PBA Regionals so he is a 2-time champion in this guy&rsquo;s book.</p> <p>The bottom line is the uber talented Low has won two PBA tournaments &mdash; and likely will win more, hopefully some day as a PBA member.</p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0600 7420 The 11th Frame: Matt White, Tony Thaden, Tim Thorson fire perfect games; Brittany Pollentier slams 722 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7420 <p>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Ending the 2014-15 season in style, Matt White, Tony Thaden and Tim Thorson fired perfect games, and Brittany Pollentier slammed a 722 series to highlight Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday.</span></p> <p>White&rsquo;s 300 came in a 752 series in the Prairie Lanes Classic League.</p> <p>Thaden&rsquo;s seventh career 300 came in the Dream Lanes Major League.</p> <p>Thorson&rsquo;s 14<sup>th</sup> career 300 came in the Viking Lanes Badger League.</p> <p>Pollentier chained games of 206, 237 and 279 in the Dream Major for her 17<sup>th</sup> 700 of the season, tops among Madison area women.</p> <p>Larry Wagner fell a pin shy of perfection with a 299 in a 731 in the Sport Bowl Businessmen&rsquo;s&nbsp;League.</p> <p>Gary Engeseth was high with 794 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Wally Warner League.</p> <p>Scott Roelke was next with 779 in the Dream Suburban Atlas League.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 772 by Gregg Williams, 767 by Jacob Thomas and 762 by Rob Hamilton in the Dream Major; 760 by Sean Short in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Gypsies; and 751 each by Jeff Shockley and Todd Dougherty in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s St. James League.</p> <p>Kayla Klink was second for the women with 617 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Gypsies League.</p> <p>The Ten Pin Alley Bullseye Masters League ended its season on the 2015 USBC Open Championships minor events pattern.</p> <p>Scores were not printed in the State Journal, but the team of Jeff Prein, Troy Cox, Kevin Thompson and Gail Myers Jr. subbing for Derek Eoff edged out Chris Pounders, Brent Ritchie, Chris Gibbons and myself for the title. Congrat to those guys.</p> <p>If you want to be challenged by Sport patterns in the best league in the Madison area, join us next season!&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 23:55:00 -0600 7421 The 11th Frame: UW-Whitewater men among undefeated teams heading into final day of Intercollegiate Team Championships matches http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7421 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The UW-Whitewater men are among four men's and four women's teams who emerged unbeaten from Thursday&rsquo;s first two rounds of double-elimination match play at the 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</span></p> <p>Thursday's competition at Northrock Lanes &nbsp;in Wichita, Kansas began with 24 Baker games to determine the seeding for the double-elimination match play bracket.</p> <p>The other men&rsquo;s teams in the winner&rsquo;s bracket heading into Friday are Midland, Wichita State, and Robert Morris-Illinois.</p> <p>The women&rsquo;s teams in the winner&rsquo;s bracket heading into Friday are Robert Morris-Illinois, which beat UW-Whitewater 4-3, Pikeville, St. Francis-Illinois, and North Carolina A&amp;T.</p> <p>More details are in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323976" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>All of the tournament leading up to the TV finals is being webcast live on BowlTV.</p> <p>The archive of Thursday&rsquo;s qualifying is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbheSRVKfCs" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and the archive of Thursday&rsquo;s match play is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uI8Q5f7k1Tk" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The finals will be taped Saturday for broadcast on CBS Sports Network in May. The women's final will air May 18 at 6 p.m. Central time, and the men&rsquo;s final will air May 25 at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Some day I am going to attend the collegiate championships again &mdash; I attended in Milwaukee in 1985 when my friend and teammate Marc McDowell was part of the powerhouse West Texas State team that finished second. It was quite a spectacle then and looks to be far more of one now.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015 XBOWLING INTERCOLLEGIATE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS<br /></strong><em>Thursday's results </em><br /><em>(Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kansas)</em></p> <p><strong>QUALIFYING<br /></strong><em>(24 games)</em></p> <p><strong>MEN</strong><br />1, Midland, 4,944. 2, Wichita State, 4,880. 3, Robert Morris-Illinois, 4,824. 4, McKendree, 4,758. 5, Purdue, 4,699. 6, San Jose State, 4,650. 7, Notre Dame-Ohio, 4,649. 8, Calumet, 4,606. 9, Webber International, 4,605. 10, Lindenwood, 4,569. 11, Davenport, 4,549. 12, Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4,539. 13, Pikeville, 4,501. 14, Urbana, 4,499. 15, Clarke, 4,270. 16, Lindenwood-Belleville, 4,194.</p> <p><strong>WOMEN</strong><br />1, Wichita State, 4,837. 2, Webber International, 4,646. 3, McKendree, 4,583. 4, Pikeville, 4,515. 5, Grand View, 4,495. 6, North Carolina A&amp;T, 4,483. 7, St. Francis-Illinois, 4,463. 8, Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4,457. 9, Robert Morris-Illinois, 4,451. 10, Midland, 4,428. 11, Wright State, 4,426. 12, Delaware State, 4,356. 13, Bowling Green, 4,321. 14, Stephen F. Austin, 4,266. 15, Lindenwood, 4,263. 16, Emmanuel, 4,176.</p> <p><strong>MATCH PLAY</strong><br /><em>(Best-of-7, double-elimination match play)</em></p> <p><strong>MEN</strong><br /><em><strong>First Round</strong></em><br />(1) Midland def. (16) Lindenwood-Belleville, 4-0<br />(8) Calumet def. (9) Webber International, 4-3<br />(12) Wisconsin-Whitewater def. (5) Purdue, 4-2<br />(4) McKendree def. (13) Pikeville, 4-2<br />(2) Wichita State def. (15) Clarke, 4-1<br />(7) Notre Dame-Ohio def. (10) Lindenwood, 4-2<br />(6) San Jose State def. (11) Davenport, 4.5-1.5<br />(3) Robert Morris-Illinois def. (14) Urbana, 4-0</p> <p><em><strong>Second Round</strong></em><br />Midland def. Calumet, 4-2<br />Wisconsin-Whitewater def. McKendree, 4-1<br />Wichita State def. Notre Dame-Ohio, 4-1<br />Robert Morris-Illinois def. San Jose State, 4-1</p> <p><strong>WOMEN</strong><br /><em><strong>First Round</strong></em><br />(1) Wichita State def. (16) Emmanuel, 4-3<br />(9) Robert Morris-Illinois def. (8) Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4-3<br />(5) Grand View def. (12) Delaware State, 4-1<br />(4) Pikeville def. (13) Bowling Green, 4-1<br />(15) Lindenwood def. (2) Webber International, 4-3<br />(7) St. Francis-Illinois def. (10) Midland, 4-1<br />(6) North Carolina A&amp;T def. (11) Wright State, 4-0<br />(3) McKendree def. (14) Stephen F. Austin, 4-2</p> <p><em><strong>Second Round</strong></em><br />Robert Morris-Illinois def. Wichita State, 4-3<br />Pikeville def. Grand View, 4-3<br />St. Francis-Illinois def. Lindenwood, 4-2<br />North Carolina A&amp;T def. McKendree, 4-3</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7419 The 11th Frame: Kevin Statz fires 770 to top Wednesday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7419 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Kevin Statz fired a 770 to top Madison area bowling on a light Wednesday as the 2014-15 season winds down.</span></p> <p>Statz competed in the Prairie Lanes Eagles 623 League.</p> <p>Jacob Ceplina was next with 766 in the Village Lanes Businessmen&rsquo;s League, followed by Todd Gille with 760 in the Viking Lanes Classic League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 23:55:00 -0600 7418 The 11th Frame: Michael Tang, Daria Kovalova sweep top college honors for 2014-15 season http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7418 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">San Jose State sophomore Michael Tang and Wichita State junior Daria Kovalova have swept the top honors in college bowling for the 2014-15 season.</span></p> <p>Tang and Kovalova were named Most Valuable Players by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association, according to <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323966" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>And they were selected as 2015 College Bowlers of the Year by the International Bowling Media Association, IBMA announced.</p> <p>Tang, Kovalova and the rest of the All-Americans were honored Wednesday at the Night of Champions banquet held in conjunction with the&nbsp;2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships.</p> <p>USBC reported that Tang led the country with a 221.6 average for 80 games while winning three individual titles. He also finished in the top five in the individual standings in 10 of the 13 events in which he competed.</p> <p>Joining Tang as first-team All-Americans are his brother Darren Tang of San Jose State, Nick Kruml of UW-Whitewater, Nick Pate of Midland, and Francois Lavoie of Wichita State.</p> <p>Kovalova won three of the seven events she competed in this year and led the country with a 213.6 average for 50 games.</p> <p>Kovalova is joined as a first team All-American by Sabrena Divis of Midland, Katelyn Simpson of Pikeville, Brittany Smith of Grand View, and Shannon DeWitt of Wright State.</p> <p>Rookie of the Year winners were Michael Coffey of Lindenwood and Sydney Brummett of Wichita State.</p> <p>Lindsey Wong of San Jose State was named the men's coach of the year, and Ron Damon of Pikeville was honored as the women's top coach.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>NATIONAL COLLEGIATE BOWLING COACHES ASSOCIATION</strong><br /><strong>2014-15 ALL-AMERICANS</strong></p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">MEN</span></strong></p> <p><em><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">First team<br /></span></strong></em>Michael Tang, San Jose State; Darren Tang, San Jose State; Nick Kruml, Wisconsin-Whitewater; Nick Pate, Midland; Francois Lavoie, Wichita State</p> <p><em><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Second team<br /></span></strong></em>Graham Fach, Urbana; Michael Coffey, Lindenwood; Ryan Zagar, Robert Morris-Illinois; AJ Johnson, McKendree; Russ Oviatt, Arizona State</p> <p><em><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Honorable mention<br /></span></strong></em>Ramon Hilferink, Webber International; Ben Pallardy, Lindenwood; Matt Kuba, Calumet; Justin Dunn, Webber International; Tylor Greene, Robert Morris-Illinois</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><em><strong>Most Valuable Player</strong></em> - Michael Tang, San Jose State</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><em><strong>Rookie of the Year</strong></em> - Michael Coffey, Lindenwood</span></p> <p><em><strong>Kerm Helmer Coach of the Year</strong></em> - Lindsey Wong, San Jose State</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">WOMEN</span></strong></p> <p><em><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">First team<br /></span></strong></em>Daria Kovalova, Wichita State; Sabrena Divis, Midland; Katelyn Simpson, Pikeville; Brittany Smith, Grand View; Shannon DeWitt, Wright State</p> <p><em><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Second team<br /></span></strong></em>Brianna Larson, Pikeville; Rachael Albright, Ursuline; Destiny Harper, Emmanuel; Sydney Brummett, Wichita State; Stephanie Cieslewicz, Robert Morris-Illinois</p> <p><em><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Honorable mention<br /></span></strong></em>Thashaina Seraus, Maryland-Eastern Shore; Fallon Tallman, Pikeville; Stephanie Schwartz, Stephen F. Austin; Shelby Fromm, Pikeville, Kamilah Dammers, Webber International</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><em><strong>Most Valuable Player</strong></em> - Daria Kovalova, Wichita State</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><em><strong>Rookie of the Year</strong></em> - Sydney Brummett, Wichita State</span></p> <p><em><strong>Kerm Helmer Coach of the Year</strong></em> - Ron Damron, Pikeville</p> <p><em><strong>Gordon Teigen Meritorious Service Award</strong></em> - Nick Hoagland, Hoosier Classic/H2M Management</p> <hr /> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">INTERNATIONAL BOWLING MEDIA ASSOCIATION<br /></span>2014-15 COLLEGIATE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR</strong></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><em><strong>Male</strong></em> - Michael Tang, San Jose State</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><em><strong>Female</strong></em> - Daria Kovalova, Wichita State</span></p> <p><em><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Male runners-up<br /></span></strong></em>Michael Coffey, Lindenwood; Nick Kruml, Wisconsin-Whitewater; Francois Lavoie, Wichita State; Darren Tang, San Jose State</p> <p><em><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Male honorable mention<br /></span></strong></em>Graham Fach, Urbana; AJ Johnson, McKendree; Nick Pate, Midland</p> <p><em><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Female runners-up<br /></span></strong></em>Shannon DeWitt, Wright State; Sabrena Divis, Midland; Katelyn Simpson, Pikeville; Brittany Smith, Grand View</p> <p><em><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Female honorable mention<br /></span></strong></em>Rachael Albright, Ursuline, Brianna Larson, Pikeville; Thashaina Seraus, Maryland Eastern Shore</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7412 The 11th Frame: Kevin Figy, Scott LaCoursiere, Scott Scholtz, Chris Green fire perfect games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7412 <p>Kevin Figy, Scott LaCoursiere, Scott Scholtz and Chris Green fired perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday.</p> <p>All four competed at Dream Lanes: Figy, Scholtz and Green in the Early Men&rsquo;s League and LaCoursiere in the All-Star Classic League.</p> <p>Figy&rsquo;s first career 300 came in a 752 series.</p> <p>LaCoursiere&rsquo;s 11<sup>th</sup> career 300 came in a 750.</p> <p>Scholtz&rsquo;s first career 300 came in a 741.</p> <p>Green&rsquo;s first career 300 came in a 683.</p> <p>Troy Kleist had the high series with a 753 in the Dream Early Men&rsquo;s.</p> <p>No women's scores were reported as the 2014-15 season winds down.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 23:55:00 -0600 7417 The 11th Frame: Scott Endersbe comes through in clutch for 785 to take singles lead at Open Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7417 <p>With&nbsp;a high-backswing, high-rev, high-speed power game, Scott Endersbe closed out singles with three impressive strikes for a 279 and 785 to take the lead at the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.</p> <p>You can <a href="https://www.facebook.com/jimmy.mcmartin/videos/o.425884950783804/1050387468323928/?type=2&amp;theater" target="_blank"><strong>see those three strikes in this video on Facebook</strong></a>, as Endersbe crosses around 20-board at the arrows.</p> <p>&ldquo;Holy shit what just happened,&rdquo; Endersbe posted on Facebook after taking the lead. &ldquo;Had a great day on the lanes struggled in doubles but took the lead in singles with a 785. Want to thank the doyoubowl.com team for letting me bowl had a fun time. And there are others also for teaching me new things each year. Still speechless on this achievement. It's been a great year overall with my son being born and having the best girlfriend in the world, if it wasn't for her I wouldn't of been here. I love you Nicole Franzwa&rdquo;</p> <p>In a message, Endersbe emphasized that he wanted to offer special thanks to his&nbsp;doyoubowl.com teammates for letting him join the team this year.</p> <p>"And also a big thanks to Benjamin Goede and Clayton Mohr for teaching me new things on the lanes the last few years," he wrote.</p> <p>Endersbe used a <a href="http://www.stormbowling.com/products/balls/classic/reignsupreme?search=&amp;exclusiveClassic=false" target="_blank"><strong>Storm REIGN SUPREME</strong></a> &mdash; a relatively ancient ball that I still keep in my arsenal &mdash; and said that he "was shocked it worked as well as it did from taking it out of the closet a month ago."</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Endersbe edged past the </span><a style="line-height: 1.428571429;" href="../../../news/article/7364" target="_blank"><strong>prior leading score of 772 by fellow Minnesotan Chad Oachs</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">, who </span><a style="line-height: 1.428571429;" href="http://schmucks.podbean.com/e/chad-oachs/" target="_blank"><strong>talked about his performance on The Bowler&rsquo;s Show on Sunday</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">.</span></p> <p>Endersbe opened with games of 268 and 238, striking out the 10<sup>th</sup> of all three games and finishing with eight strikes in his final game. But he didn&rsquo;t know he needed at least the first strike and an 8-spare the final 10th frame for the lead, USBC reported.</p> <p>His performance is reminiscent of the <a href="http://www.11thframe.com/news/article/6608" target="_blank"><strong>Eagle-winning 826 by previous relative unknown Louis Jenkins Jr. last year</strong></a>&nbsp;&mdash; Endersbe&nbsp;in 12 Open Championships&nbsp;had never shot higher in singles than his 677 in 2013.</p> <p>"Shaky, I'm still shaky," Endersbe said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323951" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "I can't believe this is happening right now. I didn't know what I needed. I just wanted to be sure and make solid shots and hit my mark. Doubles was not pretty, so I had to move my eyes a little bit and throw quality shots, which I did, so I'm happy about that.</p> <p>&ldquo;The shot was playable, but it was very tough at the start, and you had to be very soft. If you grabbed it, even a little bit, it hooked a lot more. The biggest thing with this pattern is being able to stay ahead of the adjustments. Having the teammates we have was important because being able to break down the pattern was a big deal. I give my teammates a lot of credit for being able to stay ahead of the adjustments, otherwise this never would have happened. This is one of the tougher patterns I've bowled on."</p> <p>Endersbe had 651 in team and 554 in doubles for 1,990 all-events, which also is a career best, USBC reported.</p> <p>"I've done this for a few years, and on a tough pattern like this, you've got to make the adjustments at the right time," Endersbe said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323951" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "This is the best I've ever done overall. I don't really have words to explain it. I'm just on a high note right now."</p> <p>I would wager that not many people who have bowled many Open Championships are going to leave El Paso saying it was their career best!</p> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 23:00:00 -0600