The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2016 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 8127 The 11th Frame: Mike Machuga pays PBA fine, returning to top level bowling at USBC Masters http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8127 Thanks to supporters in a GoFundMe campaign, Mike Machuga has paid his $1,000 PBA fine and will be competing in next week’s United States Bowling Congress Masters. While the Masters is a USBC event, it also is part of the PBA Tour, counts as a PBA Tour title for PBA members, and the rules require that a competitor be in good standing with the PBA in order to compete. After he paid the fine, Machuga posted this on Facebook: “I just paid the fine to the PBA. I am now a ‘former... subscribe to read more. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 10:00:00 -0600 8161 The 11th Frame: Unheralded Mitch Beasley earns top seed for FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions TV finals; Jason Belmonte keeps three-peat effort alive http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8161 Just because many bowling fans might be unfamiliar with Mitch Beasley does not mean he is not a very good bowler. Due to his U.S. Air Force career and injuries, Beasley never got to focus on bowling and have a full chance to find his place on the PBA Tour. But at 47, the Track staffer and powerful — by his generation’s standards — right-hander is retired from the Air Force and healthy again, and this week at the 51st FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions he showed what might... subscribe to read more. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 23:59:00 -0600 8152 The 11th Frame: Rick Thomas' 749 tops Friday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8152 Rick Thomas fired a 749 to top Madison area bowling on Friday. Thomas competed in the Sport Bowl Lions League. Next was Jeff Barsness with 741 in the same league. No women’s series of 600 or higher were reported. Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.  ... subscribe to read more. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 23:55:00 -0600 8163 The 11th Frame: Jesper Svensson holds much-reduced lead heading into final round of FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8163 Jesper Svensson remained on top heading into the final round of match play at the 51st FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions, but he lost most of what had been a huge lead, PBA reported in this news release. The 2015 PBA Tour Rookie of the Year and 2-time PBA Tour champion went 4-4 in match play in the sixth round as his 266-pin lead was cut to 32 pins over 1-Time PBA Tour champion Tom Daugherty. Svensson is a 2-handed lefty who rarely uses anything but urethane because of his astounding... subscribe to read more. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 16:00:00 -0600 8160 The 11th Frame: USBC, Woodland Bowl move paddock outside to expand Masters field from 384 to 420 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8160 The United States Bowling Congress and Woodland Bowl announced in this news release Thursday that they and the PBA have taken action so that the field for next week’s USBC Masters can be expanded from 384 to 420 bowlers. The original plans were for the paddock to take up six of the famed Indianapolis center’s 70 lanes — it went from 80 to 70 lanes in a remodeling — and with four on a pair and three squads that created a maximum field of 384 at 128 per squad. A waiting... subscribe to read more. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 08:00:00 -0600 8159 The 11th Frame: The dawning of the Jesper Svensson era? http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8159 Coming into GEICO World Series of Bowling VII in December, you had to be a fairly serious bowling fan to know who Jesper Svensson was. The amazingly powerful 2-handed left-hander from Sweden was a PBA Tour champion, but his win came last March in the 13th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open, which doesn’t carry quite the notoriety of winning a PBA Tour title on U.S. soil with TV coverage here. A stellar World Series highlighted by a win in the Chameleon Championship provided a serious... subscribe to read more. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 23:59:00 -0600 8151 The 11th Frame: Doug Stittleburg fires 815-300, Marc McDowell, Jon O’Konek, Steve Reiber, Brian Call also reach perfection; Chris Smith slams 730 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8151 Doug Stittleburg fired a perfect game in an 815 series, Marc McDowell, Jon O’Konek, Steve Reiber, Brian Call also rolled perfect games, and Chris Smith slammed a 730 to highlight Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday. Competing in the Waun-A-Bowl Beagle’s Classic League, Stittleburg opened with games of 256 and 259 before closing with his 24th career 300. McDowell’s 49th career 300 came in a 746 in the Village Lanes Golfers League. O’Konek’s 13th... subscribe to read more. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 23:55:00 -0600 8158 The 11th Frame: Hot start to cashers round propels Jesper Svensson to lead at FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8158 2015 PBA Rookie of the Year Jesper Svensson put his awesome power on full display to start Thursday's cashers round at the 51st FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions and it propelled him from sixth place into the lead heading into match play, PBA reported in this news release. The 2-handed lefty who almost exclusively uses urethane balls because of his out-of-this-world rev rate struck on 22 of his first 23 shots in opening with games of 289 and 300 then added 220, 258, 235, 213, 223... subscribe to read more. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:00:00 -0600 8154 The 11th Frame: Tom Smallwood takes lead, Jason Belmonte makes charges in 2nd round of FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8154 Tom Smallwood took the lead, but the potentially biggest news in Wednesday’s second round of the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions was Jason Belmonte making a huge charge. While Smallwood is chasing his second major title, Belmonte is chasing history as he aims to join Jason Couch as the only players to win the TOC three straight times. Belmonte was buried in 48th place in the 77-player field after a 1,682 in Tuesday’s first 8-game qualifying round, but on Wednesday he rolled... subscribe to read more. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 23:59:00 -0600 8150 The 11th Frame: Doug Leikness’ 762, Kim Zimmerman’s 655 top Wednesday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8150 Doug Leikness fired a 762 and Kim Zimmerman slammed a 655 to top Madison area bowling on Wednesday. Leikness competed in the Dream Lanes OM Cubed League and Zimmerman in the Prairie Lanes Eagles 623 League. Next were Andrew Gannon with 750 and April Kaczor with 633, both in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Mixed Nuts League. Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.... subscribe to read more. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 23:55:00 -0600 8157 The 11th Frame: Family of Billy Hardwick to sponsor new scholarships for Teen Masters http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8157 The family of the late PBA Hall of Famer Billy Hardwick has announced that it will sponsor Billy Hardwick Scholarships in conjunction with Gary Beck’s annual Teen Masters Championships. Hardwick, who retired from competition in 1977 and ran the 40-lane Billy Hardwick All-Star Lanes in Memphis in retirement, died in 2013. “Billy was particularly proud of his center’s programs involving youth bowlers,” his widow Rebecca Hardwick said in this PBA news release, “so... subscribe to read more. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 20:00:00 -0600 8156 The 11th Frame: Bowler’s Ed grants an example of the folks at bowling HQ in Arlington doing good http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8156 The next time someone asks what good it does to be a USBC member, tell them about the “Bowler’s Ed Grants.” The International Bowling Campus Youth Development team at bowling headquarters in Arlington, Texas, annually receives applications from schools and organizations seeking the grants, which award mobile bowling equipment that help teach the sport of bowling to children. USBC reported in this news release earlier this week that applications grew by almost 400 percent and... subscribe to read more. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 18:00:00 -0600 8153 The 11th Frame: Resiliency — aka Dom Barrett and E.J. Tackett — on top after 1st round of FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8153 If there are bowlers more resilient than Dom Barrett and E.J. Tackett, I would like to meet them. Consider that since winning the 2014 Qatar Open, Barrett has finished second in the Roth/Holman Doubles, the Badger Open, the U.S. Open and the DHC PBA Japan Invitational. And consider that Tackett has suffered brutal title match losses as top seed in the 2015 Rolltech PBA World Championship 216-178 to Gary Faulkner Jr.,  in the 2014 USBC Masters 221-177 to Jason... subscribe to read more. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 23:59:00 -0600 8149 The 11th Frame: Jim Fosdick fires MBA season-high 6th perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8149 Jim Fosdick fired his Madison Bowling Association season-high sixth perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday. Fosdick’s 69th career 300 came in a 715 series in the Dream Lanes All-Star Classic League. Rick Baker fell a shot shy of perfection with a 298 game in a 726 series in the Schwoegler’s Towne  Gypsies League. The high series on Tuesday were 782 by Jason Stampfli in the Schwoegler’s Towne Gypsies and 686 by Tammy Young in the Riviera Bowl Ladies... subscribe to read more. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 23:55:00 -0600 8148 The 11th Frame: Josh Miller fires 1st career perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8148 Josh Miller fired a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Monday. Miller’s first career 300 came in a 717 in the Waun-A-Bowl Monday Niters League. The top series on Monday were Dean Kielhofer’s 781 in the Dream Lanes Suburban Merchants League and Monica Slinde’s 623 in the Viking Lanes Twilighters League. Next were Dave Eaton with 753 in the Spartan Bowl Major League and Deb Eveland with 609 in the Badger Bowl Utility League. Source: scores reported to... subscribe to read more. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 23:55:00 -0600 8155 The 11th Frame: Sun Prairie boys, Sun Prairie/East/Marshall girls take area high school bowling titles http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8155 The Sun Prairie boys and Sun Prairie/East/Marshall girls earned the titles as Wisconsin District 4 High School Bowling concluded its regular season on Monday. The Sun Prairie boys finished with 93.5 points, 22.5 more than Cambridge. The Sun Prairie/East/Marshall girls ended with 90.5 points, 30.5 ahead of Monona Grove. Twelve boys teams and five girls teams — there were 12 and six last year — competed this year. The competition features nine games of Baker format each week. On... subscribe to read more. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 20:00:00 -0600 8146 The 11th Frame: Youth bowler Logan Bittner fires perfect game in 765 series http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8146 Youth bowler Logan Bittner fired a perfect game in a 765 series to highlight Madison area bowling over the weekend. Bittner competed at Dream Lanes. The high youth series this season is Andrew Olson’s 792. Tyler Sheehy, who also has a perfect game this season, slammed a 763 (246-279-238) and a 736  (224-287-225) at Prairie Lanes, where Alex Bandli also has a 710 (264-206-240). Allison Dempski led girls scoring with a 638 (188-223-227) at Prairie. Two Prairie youth bowlers had... subscribe to read more. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 23:55:00 -0600 8147 The 11th Frame: Huge final game gives Anthony Pepe win in PBA Grand Casino, Hotel & Resort Winter Open Regional http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8147 Anthony Pepe entered the final game of the PBA Grand Casino, Hotel & Resort Winter Open Regional 71 pins behind leader E.J. Tackett. With 30 bonus pins for winning each match, that meant Pepe need to beat Tackett by 41 to tie and 42 to win. In other words, if Tackett fired a 260 even a 300 would not be enough for Pepe. But 278 was enough for Pepe to claim the title at Firelake Bowling Center on Sunday when Tackett managed just 178. First was $2,500 and second $1,700 in the Regional,... subscribe to read more. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8137 The 11th Frame: Tony Majcher beats David Tyrell to win PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Agent Midwest Open Presented by 900 Global http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8137 Tony Majcher beat David Tyrell in the title match to win the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Agent Midwest Open Presented by 900 Global at Arlington Lanes in Arlington Heights, Illinois, on Sunday. Majcher beat Tyrell 206-162 in a tournament that presented the fascinating challenge of original Brunswick synthetic lanes with Guardian on top. The story is that the former owners of the center added the Guardian for the color it offers for Cosmic bowling. First was $1,600 and second $900. It was... subscribe to read more. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:00:00 -0600 8138 The 11th Frame: Amleto Monacelli keeps Dom Barrett's TV tough luck going with DHC PBA Japan Invitational title match win http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8138 Note: This story is an updated version of this “spoiler alert” story I wrote after the TV show was taped. I aim to update this story again after watching the TV finals — I bowled a PBA50 Regional in the Chicago area while the show was airing and my automatic DVR setting did not grab the show because it was on ESPN2, so I will have to watch it on PBA's YouTube channel or Xtra Frame.  The stepladder finals of the DHC PBA Japan Invitational were taped on Sunday, Jan. 17... subscribe to read more. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 15:00:00 -0600 8129 The 11th Frame: To get finals on TV, PWBA Tour will tape groups of 4 shows at 3 sites in 2016 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8129 The way the PWBA Tour is aiming to get all of its finals on TV in 2016 apparently was the worst kept secret in bowling — I just wasn’t in on it until recently. When I interviewed PBA Players Committee President Scott Norton during GEICO World Series of Bowling VII in December, he tossed out a variety of ideas for the PBA Tour. One was bowling three tournaments in three cities over three weeks, then holding a major in a fourth week in a different city and taping all four TV finals... subscribe to read more. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 08:00:00 -0600 8136 The 11th Frame: Derek Eoff wins MBA Masters for 3rd time in 4 years http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8136 There is no doubt Derek Eoff is the best bowler in the Madison Bowling Association. There also is no doubt that at one time Marc McDowell was the best bowler in the MBA — and in 1992 was the best in the world with Dave Ferraro as they split BWAA Bowler of the Year and PBA Player of the Year honors On Saturday, McDowell, 53, turned back the clock by leading qualifying in the MBA Masters at Ten Pin Alley with 1,419 (241-237-248-254-237-202) total. The MOTIV staffer was firing a Jackal on... subscribe to read more. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8145 The 11th Frame: Anthony Lavery-Spahr leads Regional that serves as qualifier for PBA Tournament of Champions http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8145 Anthony Lavery-Spahr led Saturday’s qualifying round of the PBA Grand Hotel, Casino & Resort Winter Open Regional at FireLake Bowling Center that determined the final 26 qualifiers for the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions that starts Tuesday, PBA reported in this news release. The 26 joining the 53 exempt players included Liz Johnson, Danielle McEwan and Diana Zavjalova, meaning the TOC will feature four women with 2010 TOC champion Kelly Kulick exempt. PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional,... subscribe to read more. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 21:00:00 -0600 8135 The 11th Frame: Mike Hoffman fires 834 to top Friday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8135 Mike Hoffman fired an 834 series to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday. Hoffman’s second supernational of the season included a 299 game and came in the Sport Bowl Friends League. Brent Ritchie was next with 760 in the same league, followed by Phil Burr with 751 in the Schwoegler’s Jesters League. Nicole Russell led women’s scoring with 624 in the Schwoegler’s Tiger Mixed League. Sarah Maciejeski was next with 608 in the Dream Lanes Pinheads League. ... subscribe to read more. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:55:00 -0600 8134 The 11th Frame: Dale Chlebowski, Kirk Anderson, Jeff Prein fire perfect games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8134 Dale Chlebowski and Kirk Anderson fired perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Thursday. Chlebowski’s 15th career 300 came in a 706 series in the Prairie Lanes Classic League. Anderson’s second career 300 came in a 699 in the Viking Lanes Badger League. Prein’s 300 came in a 691 in the Ten Pin Alley Bullseye Masters League on the Kegel Boardwalk Sport pattern. Here is video of Prein’s final strike. Chris Jackson led the league with a 748 and other 700s... subscribe to read more. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 23:55:00 -0600