The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2015 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 7517 The 11th Frame: Move of World Series of Bowling puts PBA World Championship TV finals live on ESPN on Thursday, Dec. 17 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7517 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The move of the World Series of Bowling from South Point in Las Vegas was due to a scheduling conflict and the PBA and South Point retain a strong relationship, PBA said in an email to its membership Thursday, a day after I broke the story of the World Series move <a href="../../../news/article/7515" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said a move of the World Series to December presented a huge opportunity the PBA could not pass up &mdash; the PBA World Championship TV finals will be on live from 6-8 p.m. Central time on Thursday, Dec. 17 &mdash; and South Point had scheduling conflicts that prevented it from holding the World Series in December.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is the best opportunity our sport has had for a significant television audience in a long time,&rdquo; Clark said in the email. &ldquo;The last time we aired an event live in prime time on ESPN was 2001. We thank ESPN for the opportunity, the trust and we intend to make it pay off for all involved.&rdquo;</p> <p>So the World Series will move to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, with South Point gaining two new events during the time when the World Series was going to be held, Clark said in the email.</p> <p>The World Series, which had been set for Oct. 16-Nov. 1 at the new South Point Bowling Plaza, instead will run from Dec. 7-19 at the Stadium.</p> <p>&ldquo;Scheduling conflicts do not allow for the WSOB to move to those December dates at South Point,&rdquo; Clark said in the email. &ldquo;South Point understands our ESPN scheduling opportunity in December, is supportive of the move and we are working together with Director of Bowling Mike Monyak to provide new events for PBA players at the new South Point Bowling Plaza.&rdquo;</p> <p>The presenting sponsor for World Series of Bowling VII will be the Silver Legacy, which will offer special rates to entrants.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Silver Legacy, the National Bowling Stadium and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority all stepped up on short notice to become strong partners of the PBA and WSOB VII,&rdquo; Clark said in the email. &ldquo;The Stadium will be a spectacular host for the WSOB and&nbsp;the&nbsp;national TV audience.&rdquo;</p> <p>Entry fees, schedule, format, hotel and prize money information will be released very soon, the email said.</p> <p>If you were a fan of South Point and the tentative dates, I&rsquo;m sure you understand that PBA could not pass up the primetime weeknight opportunity, although the last 35 minutes will&nbsp;go up against the NFL game between Tampa Bay and St. Louis that starts at 7:25 p.m. Central time on NFL Network that night.</p> <p>But conflicting for a short time with what figures to be&nbsp;a crummy game only degenerate gamblers and diehard fans care about is not the same as being on Sunday afternoon.</p> <p>The bottom line is it&rsquo;s primetime and if the show draws good ratings perhaps it will open up more primetime opportunities, including ones that might not be head-to-head with the NFL at all.</p> <p>For those questioning Reno as a site, the Stadium is a great venue for competition (especially with its new lanes installed before this year&rsquo;s USBC Women&rsquo;s Championships) and Reno should be a less expensive site than Vegas for an extended period: it might be more expensive to get to, but hotel, food, etc. should be cheaper than Vegas. And players can skip getting a rental car as everything is walking distance in downtown Reno.</p> <p>As for weather, I spent more than a decade going to the PBA Resident Pro Championship and Regionals in December in Reno and it was typically in the 30s and 40s in the day and 20s at night, with 50s not uncommon. It snowed often in the mountains around Reno, but it only snowed in the city a couple of times in all those December days I was there.</p> <p>The serious PBA players competing in the World Series are not the vacation-minded&nbsp; Open and Women&rsquo;s Championships bowlers &mdash; Reno as a site simply is not an issue.</p> <p>Plus, the Stadium should mean a larger field can be accommodated without extending the schedule as was planned for the South Point Plaza this year, so Reno actually will be a net positive.</p> <p>And the added bonus of the move is two new events at South Point.</p> <p>Clark said in the email that during the approximate timeframe in October when South Point had been tentatively scheduled to host World Series VII, South Point instead will help launch a new tournament for PBA members only.</p> <p>"The PBA Nationals hosted by the South Point Bowling Plaza" will be modeled after the USBC Open Championships with 4-player team, doubles, singles and all events categories. Details on entry fees, prize money and dates will be announced soon.</p> <p>South Point also will host a new Xtra Frame PBA South Point Open in October in conjunction with the new PBA Nationals event. Details will be released soon.</p> <p>Clark also announced that with the move of World Series VII to December, the dates of the Xtra Frame PBA Detroit Open will change. PBA said the new date would be announced as soon as it is known.</p> <p>All of this news is just another step forward for the PBA as it recovers from the <a href="../../../news/article/6302" target="_blank"><strong>dark days of the winter of 2013-14</strong></a> when many were predicting its demise.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 May 2015 10:00:00 -0600 7515 The 11th Frame: PBA World Series of Bowling switching dates, sites? http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7515 <p>It appears that the PBA World Series of Bowling will not be in late October and early November at the new South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas as originally planned.</p> <p>The dates and sites now are listed as TBA (to be announced) <a href="http://pba.com/Tournaments/Details/2058" target="_blank"><strong>on the PBA website here</strong></a>.</p> <p>PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said in a message Tuesday that there are "no money issues" and the World Series is on.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">He added that there are "some scheduling opportunities that would necessitate some changes" and that the details would be announced "soon."</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">I'm hearing from multiple sources that the National Bowling Stadium in Reno is going to be the site, and that the dates could be later than the Oct. 16 throug Nov. 1 dates the World Series was scheduled for at South Point.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">If the dates go into December as I'm hearing may be the case, there is potential for live TV fitting in with the ESPN schedule.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open is scheduled for Nov. 2-8 in the Dallas area immediately after the World Series and it still is listed that way on the PBA website.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:00:00 -0600 7508 The 11th Frame: Update: Brunswick finally sells Bowling Products business; Atlanta private equity firm BlueArc Capital Management is buyer http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7508 <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Update: I wrote the story below over the weekend and set it to go live on Tuesday morning and not long after it went live and I Tweet'd it and posted it on Facebook, the announcement of the deal was made in <a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=97828&amp;p=irol-newsArticle_Print&amp;ID=2053125" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</span></em></p> <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Brunswick announced the sale of its Bowling Products business to BlueArc Capital Management, a private equity firm based in Atlanta. Terms were not disclosed.</span></span></em></p> <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">"We are pleased that the buyer is a long&shy;term investor and that the Brunswick name and all that it stands for will carry on and continue to set the standard in the bowling industry," Brunswick Chairman and CEO Dustan E. McCoy said in the release.</span></span></em></p> <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">I am trying to reach someone at BlueArc to see if they will talk about the deal and their plans for the business.</span></span></em></p> <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">BlueArc is partnered with Gladstone Investment Corp. and Capitala Finance Corp. in the deal to buy the business, according to <a href="http://ir.gladstoneinvestment.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=914810" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</span></span></em></p> <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Brunswick Tour rep Chuck Gardner posted this on Facebook after the deal was announced: "OK Here we go people. This is one of the most exciting days in my work life. Right behind getting hired by Brunswick and having Sean Rash and Ryan Ciminelli bowl for the title at the TOC. We have amazing new owners that want to grow the Bowling business. Can't possibly explain how excited I am for the future of Brunswick Bowling Products."</span></span></em></p> <hr /> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">We&rsquo;re less than two months from the one-year anniversary of the bombshell announcement that stunned the bowling world: Brunswick was getting out of bowling.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">As I detailed in <a href="../../../news/article/6758" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a>, Brunswick agreed to sell its Retail Bowling business (85 bowling centers) to BowlmorAMF for $270 million in a deal that was completed several weeks later, and announced its intention to sell its Bowling Products business (balls, machines, lanes, etc.) by the end of 2014.</span></p> <p>Obviously, the latter has not happened as we approach the middle of 2015.</p> <p>Some people might consider that to be a bad sign, although Brunswick has continued to operate the business normally while it seeks a buyer.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not a story I&rsquo;ve tried to dig into deeply, in part because a decade as a business reporter for The Capital Times (back when it was the afternoon daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin) taught me that publicly traded companies typically are very mindful of the Securities and Exchange Commission&rsquo;s stringent rules against dissemination of information about deals before they happen:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">No one wants an insider trading case filed against them.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">That doesn&rsquo;t mean there haven&rsquo;t been plenty of rumors out there, although all have turned out to be unfounded so far.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The recent word on the street seems plausible, though, and sounds like good news: The sale of Brunswick&rsquo;s Bowling Products business will happen in the next few weeks, perhaps by the time of Bowl Expo in late June.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The good in the sale taking longer than expected is that, based on what I&rsquo;ve heard, it didn&rsquo;t stem from lack of interest in the business, but from greater-than-expected interest.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Brunswick originally said it hired Lazard to seek a buyer and I would assume Lazard set up a fairly formal process for dealing with serious prospective buyers involving meetings and presentations.</span></p> <p>While some in bowling may have been fearful that the business would draw little interest, I&rsquo;m hearing there were more interested serious prospective buyers than expected &mdash; possibly in double-digits.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">That means more meetings and presentations and just a generally longer process.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">I&rsquo;ve also heard that the Bowling Products business will be sold as one unit, rather than being split up, say, with balls as one unit and lanes, pinsetters, etc. as another.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">I have not heard anything about the identity of the buyer &mdash; if a deal has even been made &mdash; but I have heard that the seemingly logical idea advanced by some that Bowlmor AMF would acquire the Bowling Products business after divesting itself of its stake in Qubica AMF to ease antitrust concerns isn&rsquo;t what is happening.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Bowlmor AMF selling its share of QubicaAMF to Qubica&rsquo;s legacy partners &mdash; Roberto Vaioli, Luca Drusiani, Emanuele Govoni, Guido Sorba, Pat Ciniello, Frank Mascadri and Rich Albright &mdash; is simply a coincidence.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">QubicaAMF CEO Emanuele &ldquo;Manu&rdquo; Govoni and Chairman Ciniello <a href="http://www.bowlersjournal.com/?p=9311" target="_blank"><strong>spoke with Bowlers Journal here</strong></a> about that deal that was announced not long after the Bowlmor AMF-Brunswick deal.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Bowlmor AMF possibly being interested in buying the Bowling Products business could be theorized by how CEO Tom Shannon didn&rsquo;t directly answer this question from Bowlers Journal:</span></p> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><em>BJI: Then why wouldn&rsquo;t you simply have bought Brunswick Manufacturing as well? Cost wise, it&rsquo;s a much smaller part of the business. <br /></em></strong><em style="line-height: 1.428571429;">I&rsquo;m certainly not concerned that the manufacturing and parts business will go away. Somebody will buy it. There are a lot of players in the parts business. And pre-Brunswick centers purchase, there are more AMF centers with Brunswick equipment than with AMF equipment, just by virtue of the chains and centers that AMF purchased under Goldman.</em></p> <p>Shannon didn&rsquo;t say Bowlmor AMF had no interest in the business &mdash; he said he wasn&rsquo;t concerned it would go away. Apparently, there was no intent that way in his wording, but it's easy to see how someone could theorize based on his wording.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">As a bowler, the only thing I hope for is that the buyer of Brunswick&rsquo;s Bowling Products business is someone or some entity with a love for the game, keen business sense and deep enough pockets to keep the Bowling Products business going and hopefully improving and growing.</span></p> <p>The strong interest I have heard there has been in the business should be taken as a good sign for the sport and industry, and I think all bowlers look forward to hearing from the buyer on their reasoning in making the deal, plans for the business and views on the industry and sport.</p> <p>Rob Plaza, a senior equity analyst with Key Private Bank in Cleveland and a PBA Regional champion, detailed his views on the intended sale in <a href="../../../news/article/6779" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a> days after the deal was announced last July.</p> <p>Plaza&rsquo;s analysis found that while Brunswick&rsquo;s Retail Bowling business had about twice the revenues of the Bowling Products business, its operating profits before taxes were about five times more.</p> <p>&ldquo;To me it looks like Brunswick was carrying the products business,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;They were using it for marketing&nbsp;&mdash; helping out the retail business. On its own, it doesn&rsquo;t look very attractive. It&rsquo;s very expensive and not that big in the overall scheme of things.&rdquo;</p> <p>Yet Brunswick&rsquo;s Bowling Products business is huge in bowling, he said, accounting for about one-third of the $350 million global industry.</p> <p>Brunswick saying it wanted to sell the business by the end of 2014 seemed to put it in a bad negotiating position, and Plaza said at the time that &ldquo;I think that admits that there&rsquo;s not many people interested in buying and if they are interested they don&rsquo;t have the means or access to capital to pay a lot.&rdquo;</p> <p>In retrospect, Brunswick obviously didn&rsquo;t make a sale just to have it done by the end of 2014.</p> <p>Because the deal will be so small, Plaza has not been actively following it. But he said Monday that "I<span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">t sounds like Brunswick is working to make sure that whoever buys the bowling products business will maintain the strong brand and same high standards that Brunswick was known for. It's not just looking to sell to the highest bidder."<br /><br /></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 26 May 2015 07:00:00 -0600 7514 The 11th Frame: Wichita State wins 2015 XBowling ITC men's title, but wicked lane pattern is co-star of show http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7514 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The Wichita State men cruised to another national title, sweeping Midland 3-0 to win the 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships in the TV finals that aired Monday night on CBS Sports Network.</span></p> <p>But the co-star of the show was the wicked lane pattern developed by former PBA executive Nick Hoagland of H2M Management.</p> <p>The pattern was 38 feet with 38mL &mdash; as high as I&rsquo;ve seen in a lane pattern &mdash; but that was only part of the story: the &ldquo;backward&rdquo; shape was just as attention-grabbing.</p> <p>I don&rsquo;t have a graphic but if you saw the show you saw that it featured less oil in the heads and more at the end of the pattern, with a reverse taper, meaning it was narrow in the front widening to across the lane at the end.</p> <p>It brought to mind Hoagland&rsquo;s inventiveness when he was creating patterns for the PBA &mdash; specifically a regional pattern when he was Midwest PBA laneman in the late 1990s that had a &ldquo;hammerhead&rdquo; of 2-2 loads at the end around 40 feet. I won a couple of titles on that pattern, which was a ton of fun to bowl on.</p> <p>The tricky ITC pattern on Monday&rsquo;s show, which none of the coaches and players knew until after they were done, clearly was handled better by Wichita State than Midland as the Shockers romped 169-129, 275-167 and 210-166 for their 11<sup>th</sup> national title.</p> <p><span>"We bowled unbelievable this week," Wichita State junior AJ Chapman said in&nbsp;<a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324305" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "We stuck to our plan all week and just made awesome shots to get here. It's crazy. We all came to Wichita State for this moment. The feeling hasn't sunk in yet."</span></p> <p>It appeared that Wichita was using more surface and smoother rolling balls to give them more control on the tricky pattern, but that&rsquo;s just me observing on TV &mdash; not being there.</p> <p>Kelly Kulick and Dave LaMont did a fabulous job dissecting the pattern, the way the players were attempting to adjust to it, and what Wichita was doing better. She noted Wichita's use of urethane in practice to try to create some hold downlane</p> <p>I did five years of 30-plus shows a year as color analyst for Bowling With the Champs on Milwaukee&rsquo;s NBC station and trust me it is not as easy as it looks to follow the action and commentate with a partner while your director is talking in your earpiece.</p> <p>I think Kulick did as good a job as any rookie announcer could have done in the four Intercollegiate shows and I hope she gets more TV opportunities in the future.</p> <p>She and LaMont simply were a pleasure to listen to. &nbsp;</p> <p>Hoagland said in a message that he agreed that Kulick did a &ldquo;great job&rdquo; announcing.</p> <p>As for his patterns for the four shows, &ldquo;The college game is so cool because you can&rsquo;t make them hard enough,&rdquo; Hoagland said, referring to how young bowlers embrace the challenge. &ldquo;Thinking outside of the box is fun and cool for the bowlers and coaches, too.&rdquo;</p> <p>The only quibble I have &mdash; and it&rsquo;s something I&rsquo;ve made clear many time is simply a basic philosophy of mine &mdash; is that I would find it more interesting to see what the coaches and players would come up with for strategy knowing the pattern in advance. I also think that is more fair, but that is a different argument for a different day.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The tournament was held at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, home city for the Shockers but not home center.</span></p> <p>"It's great for our school and community to get to share this title," Wichita State head coach Gordon Vadakin said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324305" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "We feel so lucky to compete in this environment. We had such a great crowd and supportive bowling community behind us today, and to see so many of them rooting us on was an exhilarating feeling."</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Nick Pate of Midland was named the tournament's most valuable player.</span></p> <p>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>The Intercollegiate Team Championships featured the top 16 men's and top 16 women's college bowling teams in the country vying for national titles. All 32 teams competed in best-of-seven, double-elimination match play in the Baker format until the field was pared down to the finalists in both the men's and women's divisions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 May 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7512 The 11th Frame: Rochelle Roventini’s roll continues as she ties for singles lead at USBC Women's Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7512 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Rochelle Roventini has been on a roll, but her performance Sunday at the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships may have been the cherry on top of her bowling sundae.</span></p> <p>The Milwaukee area right-hander rolled games of 248, 263 and 231 for 742 to tie Darris Ruffner for the singles lead.</p> <p>"In years past, I've been challenged with this condition," Roventini said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324301" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "I struggled yesterday in team. My first game (146), I had a lot of timing issues. I mean, outright, I just bowled badly and missed a lot of spares. I brought it together better for the second and third games (215-198), but my timing was an issue."</p> <p>Roventini told USBC that a lesson with famed coach Mike Jasnau at Lane 81 at the National Bowling Stadium helped her in minors.</p> <p>"I had a lesson with Jasnau the day before I bowled team," Roventini said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324301" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "Today, I just really tried to put into use a lot of what Mike and I had talked about. I really credit him a lot in that last game because a lot of mental tips he gave me. I kept talking to myself and saying, 'You have the right ball, you have the right line,' and that mental, positive attitude definitely helped."</p> <p>In her final game of singles, Roventini missied a single pin in the seventh frame, but then came up clutch with a 4-bagger before finishing with an 8-count on her final ball to tie Ruffner.</p> <p>"I didn't know what I needed, so when I got done, my teammates all sighed, and they said I had tied the score," Roventini said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324301" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "I was joyful, and it was amazing that I tied it, but it's haunting to know I missed by that one pin."</p> <p><a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324301"><span style="color: #333333; line-height: 1.428571429;">It&rsquo;s worth noting that when it comes to winning titles at tournaments like the Open Championships and Women&rsquo;s Championships, a tie is as good as winning outright because players that tie all get credit for a title.</span></a></p> <p>Here was her post on Facebook after equaling the lead: &ldquo;Thank you!!!! Bowling is so full of highs and lows and I am so excited for this high right now!!! This could not have happened without all the support from Tony Roventini and all the ladies out here - Tina Becke, Roxanne George, Shannon Labinski, Jen Grisham, Joey Biondo, Jonquay Armon, Keri Caduto!!&rdquo;</p> <p>Roventini's 559 helped Vise of Franklin into seventh in team with 2,413, and she rolled 547 in doubles for 1,848 all-events.</p> <p>Rovenitni's love for bowling goes back to when she was 8 years old and her mother began working at Holiday Lanes in Milwaukee.</p> <p>"She was there every night after Dad got home from work, so my sister and I went every night with her to the bowling alley," Roventini, whose sister and teammate Roxanne George is one of Wisconsin&rsquo;s all-time best, said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324301" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "I went to a technical college, and if I look back in my bowling career, that would be one thing I wish I would've done differently. Bowling was definitely not as big, especially when I was in high school. I think if I would have had the opportunity in high school, I would have pursued it in college. I did sports around bowling, like tennis, so that I could continue bowling as much as I could. We say in Wisconsin, 'bowling is the one thing you can do year round.' "</p> <p><a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324301"><span style="color: #333333; line-height: 1.428571429;">Roventini, who is married to 900 shooter and PBA Regional champion Tony Roventini, rolled a perfect game in late March and then had a stellar Women&rsquo;s State Tournament a few weeks before competing in the USBC Queens and then the Open Championships and Women's Championships.</span></a></p> <p>At State, Roventini won the scratch all-events, she and Grisham the scratch doubles, and their Vise team the scratch team.</p> <p>Now she must wait to see if she holds on for the Women&rsquo;s Championships title: the tournament opened April 10 and will run until June 30.</p> <p>"I have a lot of superstitions," Roventini said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324301" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "I have the earrings on my son bought me, and the necklace my daughter bought me. I've had some lucky socks from my niece, who brought them from South Korea. They come with me to every tournament. Then, before I bowl doubles, my Twizzlers Bites are my go-to thing. All the superstitions worked for me in that singles event."</p> <p>The <a href="http://bowl.com/Womens_Championships/Womens_Championship_Home/Scores/" target="_blank"><strong>Women's Championships standings can be found here</strong></a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324301"><span style="color: #333333; line-height: 1.428571429;">&nbsp;</span></a></p> Sun, 24 May 2015 23:00:00 -0600 7511 The 11th Frame: With Queens over, Shannon Pluhowsky, Liz Johnson qualify to represent Team USA at Pan Am Games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7511 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">With the United States Bowling Congress Queens over, Shannon Pluhowsky and Liz Johnson have qualified to represent Team USA at the prestigious 2015 Pan American Games in July in Toronto, USBC reported in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324297" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>The qualifying process was based on performance at the 2015 Queens and 2015 USBC Team USA Trials.</p> <p>Sixty percent of the qualifying points came from the Team USA Trials &ndash; 40 percent based on overall finish and 20 percent based on daily finish. The final 40 percent was based on performance at the Queens &ndash; 30 percent based on qualifying position and 10 percent based on final position in the bracket.</p> <p>Pluhowsky, who won the 2015 Team USA Trials, led with 1,670 points, while Johnson, who won the Queens earlier this week, was second with 1,640 points.</p> <p>Brittni Hamilton was third with 1,610 points and will be the first alternate.</p> <p>USBC reported that Pluhowsky and Johnson have competed previously at the Pan Am Games. In 2003 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Pluhowsky won the singles gold and mixed doubles silver, while Johnson is the Pan Am Games defending champion in singles and doubles, winning the events in 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m excited to represent Team USA in the Pan American Games again,&rdquo; &nbsp;Pluhowsky said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324297" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;The first time I went, I had a great time, and it&rsquo;s definitely been a tournament that I have wanted to be able to compete in again.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Having the chance to bowl against some of the best bowlers in the world is a very humbling and amazing opportunity,&rdquo; Johnson said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324297" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;At the same time, it is also an honor and a privilege to be able to bowl and represent Team USA.&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The Pan Am Games are an Americas version of the Olympic Games that includes the Olympic program sports and others that are not part of the Olympics. The U.S. Olympic Committee has specific requirements for selecting players to compete in the event. Two men and two women will represent Team USA at the event, which is considered the most important event in the four-year cycle of the Team USA bowling program. In order to represent the United States at the Pan American Games, athletes must be U.S. citizens and members of Team USA in 2015. </span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Devin Bidwell and Tommy Jones qualified as the men's representatives men based on their performances in the Team USA Trials and 2015 USBC Masters.</span></p> Sat, 23 May 2015 08:00:00 -0600 7510 The 11th Frame: Your vote needed to help USBC win national youth award http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7510 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The United States Bowling Congress announced that it has been selected as one of five finalists for the National Council of Youth Sports S.T.R.I.V.E. Organization of the Year Award presented by AIG</span></p> <p>"The award recognizes organizations that embrace a &lsquo;kids first&rsquo; approach based on implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect children by promoting responsible health, wellness and safety within their organization while showcasing the positive benefits of youth sports,&rdquo; USBC said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324247" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEYn9F-2Z2k&amp;feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here is a USBC video on its commitment to youth</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The other four finalists are:</span></p> <ul> <li>Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association &ndash; Lake Forest, Illinois</li> <li>Greater Lafayette Regional Soccer Alliance &ndash; Lafayette, Indiana</li> <li>Pop Warner Little Scholars &ndash; Langhorne, Pennsylvania</li> <li>York Jewish Community Center &ndash; York, Pennsylvania</li> </ul> <p>Your daily vote can help USBC win the award, as online voting results combined with judges' scores determines the winner.</p> <p>Online voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, June 9. Only one vote per day per email address will be valid and each vote must contain a unique, verifiable, and active email address.</p> <p>Go <a href="http://www.ncys.org/strive" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>&nbsp;to vote.</p> <p>The STRIVE Award for Organization of the Year will be presented on NCYS Youth Sports Day set for Tuesday, July 14, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. during National Youth Sports Week. The winning organization will receive a $5,000 donation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 -0600 7509 The 11th Frame: Entries fine for Senior US Open separated from USBC Senior Masters http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7509 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Rarely have I been this happy to be wrong about a prediction.</span></p> <p>The last couple of years, the Senior U.S. Open and USBC Senior Masters have been back-to-back in Las Vegas, enabling us Raisins to bowl both majors in just one trip and cut expenses.</p> <p>The schedule enabled me to travel by car from Wisconsin with my girlfriend Susie #Fever Dyhr, driving in the weekend before the Senior Open started and home the weekend after the Senior Masters ended.</p> <p>That saved us on airfare, ball shipping, rental car expenses, and vacation days, though we obviously spent more on gasoline. An added bonus is that Susie had never driven Interstate 70 through Colorado or Interstate 80 through Wyoming and Utah.</p> <p>Over the last two years, we made the trip out I-70 and home I-80 and then both ways I-70 (which is shorter), where we found a cool Colorado city called Glenwood Springs that we stayed at all three I-70 trips.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/5905" target="_blank"><strong>Two years ago, I had one of the best bowling weeks of my career in finishing ninth</strong></a> after being third with a round to go in the Senior Open, and followed that by making match play and winning a match before losing two in the Senior Masters.</p> <p>Last year, I was terrible at the Senior U.S. Open and then a little short of the money at the Senior Masters when a late rally fell short. I was coming off a cortisone shot in my wrist and still trying to get my grip squared away.</p> <p>But the two weeks still were a great time in the world&rsquo;s greatest vacation city. &nbsp;</p> <p>When I learned the Senior Masters would be in Green Bay in 2015, I feared there would be a big decline in entries for the Senior Open in Vegas.</p> <p>Not only would the two majors be separated, but prize money has been declining in the Open &mdash; I earned $2,400 for ninth in 2013 when there were 185 entries and ninth was $2,000 in 2014 when there were 188 entries. &nbsp;First was $14,000 in 2013 and $12,000 in 2014</p> <p>This year, first is listed at $12,000 based on 240 entries.</p> <p>And none of this even touches on the stellar competition led by so many Hall of Famers: <a href="../../../news/article/6684" target="_blank"><strong>The top six last year were Duke, Weber, Monacelli, Voss, Walter Ray and Tom Baker</strong></a>.</p> <p>The odds of run-of-the-mill players like me beating all, or even any, of those guys over 48 or 50 games on the nearly flat Senior Open pattern are very small.</p> <p>And then there was the hefty decline in entries at the end of the PBA50 Tour last season.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">I told PBA50Tour manager John Weber that I feared there might not be more than 125 entries for the Senior Open.</span></p> <p>And, happily, I could not have been more wrong: As of Thursday, there are 174 entries for the tournament May 31-June 5 at the Suncoast, according to the <a href="http://pba.com/Rosters/Details/2064" target="_blank"><strong>roster here</strong></a>.</p> <p>That means the <a href="http://pba.com/Tournaments/Details/2064" target="_blank"><strong>Senior Open</strong></a> should surpass the past two years and may get to 200.</p> <p>I guess the allure of Vegas, and a major tournament and the PBA50 Tour western swing was more than enough.</p> <p><a href="http://news.pba.com/post/2015/5/20/PBA-Spare-Shots-Entries-Available-for-PBA-Senior-US-Open-Two-PBA50-Tour-California-Events.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>This PBA news release has details on the Senior Open and how to enter it</strong></a>.</p> <p>And <a href="http://www.kegel.net/phantom/2015/05-20-15-john-weber.mp3" target="_blank"><strong>here is an interview with Weber on Phantom Radio</strong></a>.</p> <p>I expect the Senior Masters, which is July 27-Aug. 2, to do fine because it will be part of the Midwest portion of the PBA50 Tour and Green Bay in the summer is a great place to be.</p> <p>I chose not to bowl the Senior Open this year because of the great change in expense to prize money with the majors being separated &mdash; I would have to fly, rent a car and ship balls. That meant having to make match play to break even and the stepladder finals to really make any significant profit.</p> <p>With my limited vacation, I can only bowl four PBA50 Tour events a year at most, so I chose to do Minnesota, the Senior Masters, and Hammond in July and August. I have enough days to also bowl Fort Wayne, although I&rsquo;m leaning against that solely because I think my wrist won&rsquo;t be able to handle four tournaments in less than four weeks.</p> <p>If I had unlimited vacation and my wrist could take it, I would bowl the entire PBA50 Tour.</p> <p>Some vacation for me goes to the USBC Open Championships, some for the USBC Hall of Fame committee meetings trip, some for the Hall of Fame inductions, and some for our annual football weekend in Vegas in the fall that started 15 years ago and has grown to a large group get together that is a riot and my one certain non-bowling vacation each year.</p> <p>If the two majors are back together next year in Vegas, we probably will go, though I&rsquo;m not certain I want to spend 2-plus weeks away from our dog Otis. Perhaps we will try to find a dog-friendly house to rent and bring the O-man along.</p> <p>Good luck to all my fellow Raisins who make it out to Vegas for the Senior Open!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 08:00:00 -0600 7496 The 11th Frame: Brewers Bowl-A-Thon set for Sunday, July 19 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7496 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The Milwaukee Brewers announced that they are holding the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon on Sunday, July 19 from 5-9 p.m. at JB's on 41, 4040 S. 27th St. in Milwaukee.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;Enjoy a unique opportunity to pal around on the pins with your favorite Brewers players, all while helping raise money for the Sojourner Family Peace Center, a safe haven for abused women and children,&rdquo; the team said in a news release.</span></p> <p>The Sojourner Family Peace Center is the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention in Wisconsin, serving over 9,500 clients each year.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>For more information, go <a href="http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/mil/community/beyond_the_diamond.jsp" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> or call (414) 902-4532.</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 07:00:00 -0600 7507 The 11th Frame: Liz Johnson wins USBC Queens, ‘ruins’ a great bowling trivia question http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7507 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">For nearly a dozen years, Michelle Feldman has been the answer to a great &mdash; but sad &mdash; trivia question.</span></p> <p>Who won the last Professional Women&rsquo;s Bowling Association tournament?</p> <p>Feldman beat Kendra Gaines 250-170 for her 12<sup>th</sup> career title in the championship match of that tournament, the Dallas Open at Don Carter West Lanes in July 2003. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jq82VoO_zE&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank"><strong>Here is that match on YouTube</strong></a>, and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXisJ8rdac0&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;t=9m10s" target="_blank"><strong>here is Commissioner John Falzone&rsquo;s PWBA status update at the time explaining a hiatus that extended until this week at Ashwaubenon Bowl in suburban Green Bay</strong></a>.</p> <p>First was $15,000 and second $8,000. For the record, Carol Gianotti-Block finished third, Dede Davidson fourth and Rachel Perez fifth. (Many thanks to my Facebook friends who delivered the details and YouTube links to me.)</p> <p>I would assume Feldman is as happy as her still-active fellow women bowlers and their supporters to no longer be the answer to that question.</p> <p>The happiest on Tuesday had to be USBC Hall of Famer Liz Johnson, who became the ninth player to win multiple United States Bowling Congress Queens titles.</p> <p>Johnson opened the title match with four strikes and cruised to a 256-202 win over Erin McCarthy for her second win in the Queens, which was the opening event of the re-launched PWBA.</p> <p>Were it not for my commitments to competing in the USBC Open Championships and my real job, I would have traveled to Green Bay to witness the historic tournament.</p> <p>I settled for following as I could on Xtra Frame and watching the Queens telecast on ESPN2 on my DVR shortly after my alarm dragged me out of bed at 2:30 a.m.&nbsp;The show was entertaining enough to make me less productive than normal.</p> <p>In the opening match, defending champion Maria Jose Rodriguez downed former Nebraska University standout Liz Kuhlkin 10-9 in a one-ball roll-off after they tied at 227.&nbsp;Kuhlkin culminated a rally by rolling two strikes and a 10-pin in her 10<sup>th</sup> frame when three strikes would have won the match. She left another 10-pin in the roll-off, allowing Rodriguez to strike to advance.</p> <p>Rodriguez suffered from what looked like some over/under reaction as she lost the second match to lefty and former Queens champion Shannon Pluhowsky 225-208.</p> <p>Johnson had no troubles with reaction on the right side, as she was playing a direct line up around 5-board &mdash; something only Norm Duke may do better than her in the world.</p> <p>Johnson built a big lead, then gave it up when she suffered a light 8-10 split and a pocket 7-10 split in the sixth and eighth frames. &nbsp;Pluhowsky could have won with a double in the 10<sup>th</sup>, but after a strike, went high and left a 2-pin.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Johnson then struck out, digging out the 10 on her first two shots with her Storm MARVEL-S.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">McCarthy had similar problems with reaction as Rodriguez and probably should have taken a gamble and jumped to the right.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">But how many players in their first singles national TV appearance would have the guts to do that? &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Only a late string got McCarthy to 200.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;This is going to sound so cliche, but it's a dream come true," Johnson, who now owns six major titles, said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324251" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "To win one Queens back in 2009, and now be able to win a second one to be in such company on a very short list, words can't describe how happy and excited and proud I am. It has been an amazing week."</p> <p>USBC Hall of Famers Wendy Macpherson and Millie Ignizio are the only three-time winners of the Queens, while Dotty Fothergill, Donna Adamek, Katsuko Sugimoto, Aleta Sill, Lynda Barnes and Kelly Kulick all have two titles apiece.</p> <p>"I think having the extra game really helped," Johnson said in <a href="http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324251" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. "I felt a little more comfortable after making the adjustments on the right lane, and I knew I had a great shot on the left lane. I was making good shots and being aggressive and throwing the best shots I could.</p> <p>"I'm just very honored and humbled to be in the position, but I'm not done yet. It has been an amazing career so far, but I'm going to keep going. We have the ladies tour coming up in the summer, and we have a lot of good stuff coming up. Hopefully, I can continue the run."</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">After her win, Johnson posted this on Facebook: &ldquo;All I can say is WOW!! What an amazing week and NIGHT!! I can't believe I won the USBC Queens for the 2nd time. Thank you to Storm Products for allowing me to throw the BEST balls on the planet!! I want to thank my reps Hank Boomershine and Chris Schlemer for their amazing help. Thank you to everyone at Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley for their awesome hospitality. Thank you Vise Inserts and High5 Gear for their support! Thank you to all my family and friends for their continued support!!! I am truly a blessed person who is able to do what I love and love what I do!&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">McCarthy posted this: <br /><em>"Driving home from Green Bay has made me realize that 2015 has easily been the best year of my life so far. This past week has been an experience of a lifetime. I think I had an equal amount of fun on and off the lanes. Josie Kaye Earnest, my stomach still hurts from laughing literally non stop with you! I would be lying if I said I wasn't slightly disappointed with the outcome, but it has made me more motivated than ever to keep working hard and achieving my goals. I cannot wait to see what the rest of this summer has to hold. Very excited to be traveling non stop and for the opportunity to bowl on tour with the best female bowlers in the world.</em><br /><em>I am absolutely mind blown by the amount of support I have received from family, friends and coaches. A huge thank you goes out to Andrew Anderson for sitting behind me almost every shot this week and helping me out with literally anything and everything. I also want to thank Shawn Morris and Richard Hanson for their support and advice on the lanes. Although it was my first time meeting them, I am truly thankful they were there and look forward to working with them in the future. Jamie Martin,I think I would have lost my mind this week if it weren't for you. I don't know what I would do without you, and it means the world to me that you were right behind me every single day this week. There are no words to explain how grateful I am that you are always there for me...from practicing, working through mental breakdowns, and even getting lost multiple times on the way home from tournaments! And last, but certainly not least..thank you to EBI, vise, real bowlers tape and logo infusion for providing me with the best equipment and apparel out there!"</em></span></p> <p>And Kuhlkin posted this:<br /><em>&ldquo;Tonight was an amazing night in my bowling career. I know it was not the result I would have liked, but I am super happy and proud of my performance on such an elite level. I put it in the pocket when I needed to and when I was under pressure, and in the end I just came up a bit short. I finished 5th in the USBC Queens which consisted of over 200 bowlers in which included some of the best in the world. I left it all out on the lanes and I could not be more satisfied with my performance.</em><br /><em>The experience I took away from this tournament is something I will never forget, and I could not be more motivated to prepare for the first tour stop in Sacramento, CA in July. I have so many people to thank. My parents Mark and Ricki and my brother and sister in law for there undying and constant support, wish you could've been here but I will make another show that you'll be able to attend, I promise! My loving boyfriend Ryan Shafer who came from Oklahoma after he bowled all week to Green Bay to coach me and support me. Without you I don't think this incredible run I had would have been possible. Words can't describe how thankful I am, I love you dearly. Hammer ball reps Rich Hanson and Shawn Morris, who I have now grown connections with and their guidance also helped me tremendously throughout this week. EVERYONE who has texted, Facebooked, called, Twittered, just everything, I am so grateful to have such an amazing support group and I promise I will get back to everyone who contacted me, I just wanted to put out a generic message for how appreciative I am for all of you. You are a integral part of why I love to bowl. Ashwaubenon Bowl for hosting a wonderful tournament for the opening of the women's tour, I couldn't be more excited to be a part of it!</em><br /><em>I want to congratulate Liz Johnson, who is just plain out amazing at the game of bowling. Such a nice person too, I'm so happy for you! Also Maria Jose Rodriguez, Erin McCarthy and Shannon Pluhowsky for their performances. I am so excited to have had this experience and I'm so ready for the rest of the PWBA tour!<br />Time to get some rest and hit the road back to HOME in New York. Again, thank you everyone for their messages! I will be back!<br /></em><em>‪#&lrm;TeamEBI ‪#&lrm;ViseInserts ‪#&lrm;PWBA ‪#&lrm;USBCQueens&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The next PWBA event is scheduled for July 9-12 in Sacramento, California.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015 USBC QUEENS</strong><br /><em>Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay. Wis.</em><br /><em>Tuesday's results</em></p> <p><strong>CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND</strong><br />Match 1<br />Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, def. Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., 227-227 (10-9) (Kuhlkin finishes fifth, earns $4,000)<br />Match 2<br />Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, def. Rodriguez, 225-208 (Rodriguez finishes fourth, earns $5,000)<br />Match 3<br />Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. Pluhowsky, 234-228 (Pluhowsky finishes third, earns $6,000)<br />Match 4<br />Johnson def. Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 256-202 (McCarthy finishes second, earns $10,000; Johnson finishes first, earns $20,000)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 May 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7506 The 11th Frame: Robin Romeo bests Tish Johnson for Senior Queens title for 2nd straight year http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7506 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">For the second straight year, friends Robin Romeo and top seed Tish Johnson met for the United States Bowling Congress Senior Queens title.</span></p> <p>And for the second straight year, Romeo came out on top, making her the first to win the Senior Queens in consecutive years. <strong><a href="../../../news/article/6739" target="_blank">Romeo last year beat Johnson 241-188 in Reno</a></strong>.</p> <p>Romeo's 212-191 win on Tuesday at Ashwaubenon Bowl in suburban Green Bay actually was Johnson&rsquo;s third straight loss as top seed. And Johnson had finished fourth the prior year.</p> <p>The left-handed Johnson opened the title match between USBC Hall of Famers with a double, but left a blower 10-pin in the third and then opened with 4-6 combination splits in the fourth and sixth frames.</p> <p>Romeo split as well in the seventh and Johnson closed the gap with a double, but then a weak 7-pin put Romeo in position to close out the match.</p> <p>And she did it with strikes in the ninth and 10<sup>th</sup> frames. In the ninth, she tripped the 4-pin into the 9-pin, rocking it back and forth before it fell. The 10<sup>th</sup> was flush and she reacted with exuberance.</p> <p>First was $3,000 and second $1,500 out of the $20,000 prize fund.</p> <p>"I was just focused on making the best two shots of my life," Romeo said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324244" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "I got the break on the 4-9 and wanted to take advantage of that."<br /><br />Romeo is the fourth bowler to win the event multiple times, joining USBC Hall of Famers Sandy Postma (three), Shirley Levens (two) and Lucy Sandelin (two).</p> <p>"Coming in as the defending champion, you don't want to think about that too much, but I felt good all week," Romeo said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324244" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. "I figured this would be Tish's day, and she would come out and bowl a big game, so I'd need a big score to beat her. When I left the split in the seventh frame, I knew she was going to come back, so I had to stay focused."</p> <p>Romeo led the tournament all through qualifying and didn&rsquo;t lose a match until Johnson beat her in the final match before TV, 622-569.</p> <p>"I wanted to be the top seed, but I knew the match against Tish was going to be tough," Romeo said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324244" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. "Sometimes, it's good to get a match under your belt, and I think that definitely helped me today."</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Here is what Romeo posted on Facebook after her win: "Wow what an unbelievable feeling winning the 2015 Senior Queens...I would like to thank The Storm family for all their support... and special thanks to Hank Boomershine and Chris Schlemer. Thank you to ViseGrips. Also a big thank you to USBC for supporting women's bowling and to Damon Sarrocco for doing an excellent job running both senior and regular queens! Most if all, I am overwhelmed with all the congratulations...THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE!!!"</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Lisa Wasson opened the stepladder with wins over Char Hammel 202-181 and Mandy Wilson 225-163, before falling to Romeo 214-196.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Third was $1,250, fourth $1,000 and fifth $750.</span>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015 USBC SENIOR QUEENS</strong><br /><em>The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay<br />Tuesday's results</em></p> <p><strong>CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND</strong><br />Match 1<br />Lisa Wasson, Murphy, Texas, def. Char Hammel, Las Vegas, 202-181 (Hammel finishes fifth, earns $750)<br />Match 2<br />Wasson def. Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 225-163 (Wilson finishes fourth, earns $1,000)<br />Match 3<br />Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., def. Wasson, 214-196 (Wasson finishes third, earns $1,250)<br />Match 4<br />Romeo def. Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 212-191 (Johnson finishes second, earns $1,500; Romeo finishes first, earns $3,000)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 May 2015 12:30:00 -0600 7505 The 11th Frame: Erin McCarthy closes with strike barrage to earn top seed of USBC Queens http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7505 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Diminutive Erin McCarthy has a powerful release with strong roll, and she demonstrated that power in a strike barrage in her final two matches to earn the top seed for Tuesday night&rsquo;s stepladder finals of the United States Bowling Congress Queens at Ashwaubenon Bowl in suburban Green Bay.</span></p> <p>The 24-year-old right-hander downed Singapore's Kristin Quah 771-603 to secure a spot on the TV show and then beat USBC Hall of Famer Liz Johnson 795-651 to take the top seed.</p> <p>"This feels surreal, and I don't even think it has sunk in yet," McCarthy, a Team USA member, said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324242" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "I'm going to treat tomorrow like a brand new tournament and just try to throw the 10 best shots I can."</p> <p>The stepladder finals air live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Central time. First is $20,000 out of the more than $125,000 prize fund.</p> <p>Johnson, the 2009 USBC Queens champion, is the No. 2 seed, while the third through fifth seeds were decided in the shootout match involving four bowlers.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">2006 USBC Queens champion Shannon Pluhowsky earned the third seed with 681, defending champion Maria Jose Rodriguez the fourth seed with 667 and former Nebraska University star Liz Kuhlkin the fifth seed with 661. Quah finished sixth with a 591.</span></p> <p>McCarthy has been on TV before as she helped Nebraska to an NCAA title in 2009 and led Midland to a runner-up finish at the 2012 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships, but it will be her first time under the lights without a team behind her.</p> <p>"It's great to be out there with a team behind you, but I'm really looking forward to this new experience, too," McCarthy said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324242" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "I struggled during qualifying and drilled a ball that really gave me some room out there, so I feel pretty good. I wanted to do well, but I never expected to be the No. 1 seed. This is pretty amazing."</p> <p>USBC reported that McCarthy is looking to become the third straight top seed to win the Queens, Rodriguez is trying to become the fifth repeat Queens winner, and Johnson and Pluhowsky also are looking to join the other eight bowlers who have won multiple titles since the Queens began in 1961.</p> <p>Shannon Labinski was eliminated in the Round 3 loser's bracket by&nbsp;Kimi Davidson 580-552.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Labinski posted this on Facebook after her Queens was over: "I began this season questioning where I belonged within the bowling industry. I took a step back to focus on family, work and school but I never gave up! This week at USBC Queens has been the most physically, mentally and emotionally grueling, yet exciting experience of my career! I far exceeded my expectations on the lanes; making the first cut, beating one of the greatest female bowlers in the world in match play and making it to the final day of matches! I took several mom</span><span class="text_exposed_show" style="line-height: 1.428571429;">ents to take a deep breath and just look around me and cherish the moment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="text_exposed_show">I now know what it feels like to have the entire state rooting for me and it's something I will never forget! Thanks to everyone who has cheered with me, laughed with me and cried with me on and off the lanes - All of those moments prepared me for this week. I will cherish the experience forever and my journey is far from over! Love you all!"</span></p> <p>USBC did several feature videos from the Xtra Frame webcasts of the tournament.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKVOWjvoW8Y&amp;feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here</strong></a> is McCarthy and Johnson securing their TV spots. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muPf22P4s34&amp;feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here</strong></a> is a tight finish to the match between Natalie Cortese and Diana Zavjalova. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNCkQe9qdsU&amp;feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here</strong></a> is the tight finish to the match between Johnson and Pluhowsky. And <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7GFxr5lZNU&amp;feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> is the tight finish between Rocio Restrepo and Kim Kearney.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015 USBC QUEENS</strong><br /><em>Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay. Wis.</em><br /><em>Monday's results</em></p> <p><strong>MATCH PLAY</strong><br /><em>Double elimination, 3-game matches decided by total pinfall</em></p> <p><strong>ROUND 2 WINNERS BRACKET</strong><br /><em>(Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to elimination bracket.)</em><br />(64) Natalie Cortese, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, def. (16) Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 648-615<br />(8) Kristin Quah, Singapore, def. (24) Kristina Wendell, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.,&nbsp;736-639<br />(37) Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., def. (12) Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 641-607<br />(52) Karen Marcano, Venezuela, def. (4) Kim Kearney, Grand Prairie, Texas,&nbsp;676-634</p> <p>(35) Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, def. (19) Leanne Hulsenberg, North Ogden, Utah, 627-605<br />(11) Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., def. (6) Diana Zavjalova, Beavercreek, Ohio, 657-605<br />(7) Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. (10) Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 695-693<br />(18) Brittany Smith, Des Moines, Iowa, def. (31) Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 643-580</p> <p><strong>ROUND 3 ELIMINATION BRACKET</strong><br /><em>(Losers eliminated, earn $1,200)</em><br />(25) Birgit Poeppler, Germany, def. (32) Giselle Poss, Montgomery, Ill.,&nbsp;744-543<br />(3) Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, def. (9) Laura Beuthner, Germany,&nbsp;678-570<br />(60) Kimi Davidson, Irving, Texas, def. (50) Shannon Labinski, Wauwatosa, Wis., 580-552&nbsp;<br />(2) Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., def. (39) Trisha Reid, Columbus, Ohio,&nbsp;697-593<br />(56) Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas, def. (17) Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 645-621<br />(40) Iliana Lomeli, Mexico, def. (33) Bryanna Caldwell, Red Rock, Ariz.,&nbsp;623-619<br />(63) Jackie Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., def. (58) Pamela Alvarez, Mexico,&nbsp;666-647<br />(36) Amanda Greene, Romney, W. Va., def. (5) Brittni Hamilton, Wood Ridge, N.J., 695-690.</p> <p><strong>ROUND 3 WINNERS BRACKET</strong><br />Quah def. Cortese, 696-621<br />McCarthy def. Marcano, 678-573<br />Kuhlkin def. Rodriguez, 672-640<br />Johnson def. Smith, 627-586</p> <p><strong>ROUND 4 ELIMINATION BRACKET</strong><br /><em>(Losers eliminated, earn $1,400)</em><br />Asbaty def. Poeppler, 595-566<br />Restrepo def. Kearney, 663-647<br />Woessner def. Davidson, 619-614<br />Kulick def. Wendell, 643-565<br />Guerrero def. Padilla, 675-638<br />Pluhowsky def. Lomeli, 769-706<br />Zavjalova def. Carbonetto, 717-670<br />Hulsenberg def. Greene, 705-639</p> <p><strong>ROUND 4 WINNERS BRACKET</strong><br />McCarthy def. Quah, 771-603<br />Johnson def. Kuhlkin, 682-612</p> <p><strong>ROUND 5 ELIMINATION BRACKET</strong><br /><em>(Losers eliminated, earn $1,600)</em><br />Asbaty def. Restrepo, 659-585<br />Woessner def. Kulick, 690-625<br />Pluhowsky def. Guerrero, 752-624<br />Zavjalova def. Hulsenberg, 680-647</p> <p><strong>ROUND 5 WINNERS BRACKET</strong><br /><em>(Winner earns for No. 1 seed for TV show; Loser is No. 2 seed.)</em> <br />McCarthy def. Johnson, 795-651</p> <p><strong>ROUND 6 ELIMINATION BRACKET</strong><br /><em>(Losers eliminated, earn $2,000)</em><br />Asbaty def. Smith, 597-581<br />Rodriguez def. Woessner, 650-629<br />Pluhowsky def. Marcano, 742-673<br />Cortese def. Zavjalova, 641-634</p> <p><strong>ROUND 7 ELIMINATION BRACKET</strong><br /><em>(Losers eliminated, earn $2,400)</em><br />Rodriguez def. Asbaty, 650-583<br />Pluhowsky def. Cortese, 667-578</p> <p><strong>ROUND 8 ELIMINATION BRACKET</strong><br /><em>(Three highest scores advance to finals and are seeded by 3-game shootout pinfall &mdash; lowest score is eliminated, earns $3,000)</em> <br />Pluhowsky, 681; Rodriguez, 667; Kuhlkin, 661; Quah, 591</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 18 May 2015 23:00:00 -0600 7504 The 11th Frame: Tish Johnson trying to avoid striking out as she again earns top seed at USBC Senior Queens http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7504 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Usually in bowling it&rsquo;s a good thing to strike out.</span></p> <p>For Tish Johnson, though, there is one strike out she wants to avoid: in title matches as top seed of the United States Bowling Congress Senior Queens.</p> <p>On Monday at Ashwaubenon Bowl in suburban Green Bay, the Hall of Fame left-hander earned the Senior Queens top seed for the third straight year.</p> <p>But she&rsquo;ll be looking for her first Senior Queens win in the stepladder finals that start at 10 a.m. live on BowlTV.</p> <p>"It's just one game, so anything can happen, but I'm going to try a different strategy this time and see if it works," Johnson, who was fourth in her other Senior Queens appearance, said in<a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324237" target="_blank"><strong> this USBC news release</strong></a>. "I'm the only one on my side of the lane, so I'm not going to practice too much on the TV pair. I think I bowled too much on it last year, so this time, I'll throw a few shots to get loose, but I'll spend more time on the practice pair."</p> <p>Johnson qualified seventh with a 193 average through 15 games of qualifying, but averaged 210 in going 5-0 in the double-elimination match play bracket, earning the top seed with a 622-569 win over leading qualifier and defending champion Robin Romeo, relegating Romeo to the second seed.</p> <p>The other three TV finalists emerged from the elimination bracket, in which four bowlers compete for three spots in the stepladder.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Mandy Wilson rolled 637 to take the third seed, 2010 Senior Queens champion Char Hammel&nbsp;</span>575 for the fourth seed, and Lisa Wasson 523 for the fifth seed. Carole Jones rolled 502 for sixth.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">First is $3,000 of the $20,600 prize fund.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">USBC reported that Johnson also is a member of the newly re-launched Professional Women's Bowling Association, which kicked off its first season in more than a dozen years this week at the USBC Queens, held simultaneously with the Senior Queens.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">With the two tournaments being held together, Johnson chose to compete in Senior Queens because it is part of the Senior Women's Triple Crown Series presented by The Orleans. She recently finished second at the first stop of the Triple Crown Series, the National Golden Ladies Classic in March.</span></p> <p>The top 10 players in the Triple Crown standings, which combines qualifying totals from all the National Golden Ladies Classic, the Senior Queens and the U.S. Women's Open, will take part in the Triple Crown Shoot-Out presented by The Orleans.</p> <p>The Triple Crown Shoot-Out will be held after the U.S. Women's Open qualifying rounds Sept. 4 at Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, New Jersey.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015 USBC SENIOR QUEENS</strong><br /><em>Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay</em><br /><em>Monday's results</em></p> <p><strong>MATCH PLAY</strong><br /><em>Double elimination, 3-game matches decided by total pinfall</em></p> <p><strong>ROUND 2 WINNERS BRACKET</strong><br /><em>(Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to elimination bracket.)</em><br />(1) Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., def. (9) Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla.,&nbsp;616-610<br />(5) Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, def. (13) Laurie Lanfier, Muscatine, Iowa,&nbsp;549-529<br />(14) Char Hammel, Las Vegas, def. (11) Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif.,&nbsp;678-653<br />(7) Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. (2) Kristy Whitcher, Belfair, Wash., 662-522</p> <p><strong>ROUND 3 ELIMINATION BRACKET</strong><br /><em>(Losers eliminated, earn $450)</em><br />(3) Lisa Wasson, Murphy, Texas, def. (16) LoriJo Turner, Sheridan, Wyo.,&nbsp;535-512<br />(15) Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, def. (20) Shelley Nell, Silverdale, Wash.,&nbsp;569-518<br />(6) Margarita Ramos, Mexico, def. (25) Tayna Fulmer, McKinney, Texas,&nbsp;636-564<br />(31) Carole Jones, Englewood, Colo., def. (4) Beth Owen Cipielewski, Bradenton, Fla., 605-578</p> <p><strong>ROUND 3 WINNERS BRACKET</strong><br />Romeo def. Wilson, 630-530<br />Johnson def. Hammel, 698-545</p> <p><strong>ROUND 4 ELIMINATION BRACKET</strong><br /><em>(Losers eliminated, earn $500)</em><br />Wasson def. Lanfier, 609-534<br />Kelly def. Sandelin, 636-567<br />Ramos def. Whitcher, 585-584<br />Jones def. Vidad, 591-514</p> <p><strong>ROUND 4 WINNERS BRACKETS</strong><br /><em>(Winner earns No. 1 seed for stepladder; Loser is No. 2 seed.)</em> <br />Johnson def.&nbsp;Romeo, 622-569</p> <p><strong>ROUND 5 ELIMINATION BRACKET</strong><br /><em>(Losers eliminated, earn $550)</em><br />Wasson def. Kelly, 578-569<br />Jones def. Ramos, 494-486</p> <p><strong>ROUND 6 ELIMINATION BRACKET</strong><br /><em>(Three highest scores advance to finals and are seeded by 3-game shootout pinfall &mdash; lowest score is eliminated, earns $700)</em> <br />Wilson 637, Hammel 575, Wasson 523, Jones 502</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 May 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7503 The 11th Frame: North Carolina AT&T prevails on tricky ‘backward’ lane condition to win women’s Intercollegiate Team Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7503 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">When I saw the lane graph pop up on Monday night&rsquo;s CBS Sports Network telecast of the women&rsquo;s Intercollegiate Team Championships title show, I had to rewind and pause my DVR to make sure what I was seeing.</span></p> <p>Then I had to send out a few text messages to make sure the graph wasn&rsquo;t being shown backward or upside down or however you might describe it.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s correct, I was told: The pattern featured narrower oil at the foul line to all the way across the lane down at the end of the oil application &mdash; the opposite of how it usually is.Think of it as an upside down or backward Christmas tree.&nbsp;The pattern was 40 feet with a 1.8-1 ratio at the end and a tad over 27 mL of oil.&nbsp;</p> <p>And it looked very tricky, judging from the ball reaction and shots of the North Carolina A&amp;T and defending champion Robert Morris-Illinois.</p> <p>North Carolina A&amp;T missed two single-pin spares in the first game as they fell 202-201 as Robert Morris&rsquo; anchor bowler went 8-spare and 8 in the 10<sup>th</sup> frame. The Aggies' spare shooting improved from there as they grinded out wins of 182-162 and 198-163.</p> <p>"I told them to just be who they've been all year and that we got that one out of the way," North Carolina A&amp;T head coach James Williams said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324239" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>, referring to the first game. "The nerves were there the first game, but they started making better shots and taking care of spares from there."&nbsp;</p> <p>In game four, Robert Morris-Illinois senior Leea Haworth rolled three great strikes in the 10<sup>th</sup>, forcing North Carolina A&amp;T to mark with count to secure the title. Sophomore MacKenzie Robinson delivered a strike and then a 9-count in a 195-190 win that secured the title 3-1.</p> <p>"That was amazing," Robinson said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324239" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. "I was talking with coach before stepping up and he just kept telling me to give him 20 (pins). All of the girls were telling me to give them the first one. I owed it to them and myself. It was the best shot I threw all day. We get to go back with the trophy and showed that we can deliver on a big stage."&nbsp;</p> <p>The championship match was taped last month at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kansas.</p> <p>The XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships men's show will air next Monday at 6 p.m. Central.</p> <p>Daria Kovalova of Wichita State was named the tournament's most valuable player. Joining Kovalova on the women's all-tournament team were Haworth, Emily Strombeck of North Carolina A&amp;T, Katelyn Simpson of Pikeville, and Caitlin Hoffman of St. Francis-Illinois.</p> Mon, 18 May 2015 21:00:00 -0600 7502 The 11th Frame: ESPN 30 For 30 on Pete Weber will air in December http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7502 <p>The ESPN 30 For 30 on Pete Weber will air in December, Weber said in <a href="https://twitter.com/PDWBowling/status/600044405844779009?s=02" target="_blank"><strong>this Tweet</strong></a> on Sunday.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">I have heard that "Bad Boy of Bowling" is excellent and will show the world a lot of Weber the person, rather than just PDW the bowling legend.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">I've known Pete for 35 years and have always said he is one of the most misunderstood bowlers of all time. He's a fierce competitor but a great sportsman. He's had some well publicized bad incidents in his life for which he's paid a heavy price, but he's a genuinely nice guy off the lanes who treats people who can do nothing for him pretty much the same as he treats those he might want something from &mdash; a way I judge someone.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Back when we checked every bowling ball during PBA Regionals, Pete often jumped in and helped check in the bowling balls of his competitors, from the greenest rookie to fellow champions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The point is he &mdash; like most human beings &mdash; is a complex person, who is certainly much more than the PDW character most people know.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">If "Bad Boy of Bowling" shows this, it should be a wonderful show.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">If you have not seen any of the awesome 30 For 30 movies, you better make sure to start with this one.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">I wrote about the show when I was at the World Series of Bowling last November and met the&nbsp;independent producer who was making the movie.&nbsp;</span>A separate ESPN crew was on scene taping footage for the show.</p> <p>If I have a chance to see the show before it airs I willl write a review.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 May 2015 12:00:00 -0600 7499 The 11th Frame: Open Championships host El Paso a gem off the lanes http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7499 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Before this year&rsquo;s United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, my experience with El Paso consisted of driving through it while I was on the PBA Tour in 1987 and 1988.</span></p> <p>But I&rsquo;d heard it was a nice place and knew the crime fears were way overblown because I&rsquo;d read the statistical crime rankings that show El Paso is the safest U.S. city of 500,000 population or greater.&nbsp;</p> <p>Just don&rsquo;t cross the border into Mexico.</p> <p>The one negative for many is getting there, which is costly and complex for many. For example, we took a flight with two stops on the way home to Wisconsin.</p> <p>But once we were there it was almost as convenient as Reno.</p> <p>Steve Richter Pricelined a car for $16 per day so we could run errands as needed.</p> <p>But it wasn&rsquo;t much as we stayed at the Camino Real next to the Convention Center, making it just a quick walk.</p> <p>The rooms at the Camino Real were fine, the WiFi worked well, the free breakfast was good, and the bar was adequate.</p> <p>We did have a couple of billing and customer service issues but we&rsquo;re trusting those will be taken care of.&nbsp; And to be fair, we also had some good customer service.</p> <p>We had great success with restaurants and brewpubs.</p> <p>Craft and Social was an excellent little beer joint. Sparrow had decent pizza, although when we ordered hand tossed and they brought pan they just shrugged their mistake off and didn't even give us a break on the bill. Big Bun was an awesome little burger joint. L&amp;J has great Mexican food at ridiculously low prices.</p> <p>And the Hoppy Monk where we spent the last night after bowling was fabulous &mdash; I had a sour porter beer there that was incredible.</p> <p>For the most part, we found the people and establishments of El Paso very welcoming and appreciative of bowlers.</p> <p>And USBC did an excellent job with the venue, with the only issue being that the Showcase Lanes space is tight.</p> <p>A special shoutout to Matt Cannizzaro and Aaron Smith of USBC PR for their tireless and professional efforts to bring all of us the news from the Open Championships.&nbsp;</p> <p>If El Paso were about 1,000 miles to the east I think it would be a hugely popular venue.</p> <p>Anybody who didn&rsquo;t go this year missed a good time.</p> <p>I'd be happy to go back for another Open Championships in the future.</p> <p>The best news is that entries are open until the end of the tournament July 11-12, so you still can experience the greatest tournament in the world and a gem of a city.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 May 2015 07:00:00 -0600 7497 The 11th Frame: Nevada lawmakers approve room-tax hike that helps modified deal between USBC and Reno, paper reports http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7497 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The Nevada Assembly on Thursday approved a Washoe County hotel-room tax hike that will provide additional funds for the renegotiated deal between the United States Bowling Congress and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported in <a href="http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2015/05/14/lawmakers-approve-washoe-room-tax-hike-marketing/27340323/" target="_blank"><strong>this story</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>The bill still must be signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval.</p> <p>Downtown Reno hotels will add $1 to their nightly room charges while hotels outside of the downtown area will add $2 to their per-night rates. The downtown hotels already add a $2 fee to nightly room rate to help pay for the upkeep of downtown venues like the National Bowling Stadium and the Reno Events Center, the paper reported.</p> <p>Details on the amended deal are in <a href="../../../news/article/7167" target="_blank"><strong>my blog here</strong></a> and in <a href="../../../news/article/7160" target="_blank"><strong>my blog here</strong></a>.</p> <p>Key parts include that the Open Championships will be in eastern city instead of Reno in 2022, and Reno will pay more per bowler to USBC.</p> <p>The money from the new hotel fees also will be used for a regional marketing plan, and to help lure more airline flights into Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the paper reported.</p> <p>More flights to Reno certainly would be welcomed by bowlers. I can remember when there were direct flights to Reno from Minneapolis, Chicago and even Milwaukee.</p> <p>Now, there are just a few direct flights from Chicago to Reno, none from Milwaukee and I believe none from Minneapolis.</p> <p>More details are in <a href="http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2015/05/14/lawmakers-approve-washoe-room-tax-hike-marketing/27340323/" target="_blank"><strong>the paper&rsquo;s story</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Upcoming USBC Championships sites</strong></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">2015 &mdash; Open in El Paso, Texas; Women&rsquo;s in Reno, Nev.</span></p> <p>2016 &mdash; Open in Reno, Nev.; Women&rsquo;s in Las Vegas, Nev.</p> <p>2017 &mdash; Open in Las Vegas, Nev.; Women&rsquo;s in Baton Rouge, La.</p> <p>2018 &mdash; Open in Syracuse, N.Y.; Women&rsquo;s in Reno, Nev.</p> <p>2019 &mdash; Open in Las Vegas, Nev.; Women&rsquo;s in Wichita, Kan.</p> <p>2020 &mdash; Open in Reno, Nev.; Women&rsquo;s in Las Vegas, Nev.</p> <p>2021 &mdash; Open in Las Vegas, Nev.; Women&rsquo;s in Mobile, Ala.</p> <p>2022 &mdash; Open in (to be determined); Women&rsquo;s in Reno, Nev.</p> <p>2023 &mdash; Open in Reno, Nev.; Women&rsquo;s in Las Vegas, Nev.</p> <p>2024 &mdash; Open in Las Vegas, Nev.; Women&rsquo;s (to be determined)</p> <p>2025 &mdash; Open in Baton Rouge, La.; Women&rsquo;s in Reno, Nev.</p> <p>2026 &mdash; Open in Reno, Nev.; Women&rsquo;s (to be determined)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 May 2015 06:00:00 -0600 7501 The 11th Frame: Defending champion Maria Jose Rodriguez 1 of 16 undefeated heading into final match play day at USBC Queens http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7501 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">While top seed Verity Crawley was swept out in two matches, defending champion Maria Jose Rodriguez of Colombia is one of 16 undefeated players heading into Monday&rsquo;s final day of match play at the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Queens at Ashwaubenon Bowl in suburban Green Bay.</span></p> <p>Rodriguez, a 26-year-old right-hander, rallied to win both of her matches on Sunday, edging past Team USA member Josie Earnest 641-636, and fellow Team Colombia member Rocio Restrepo 606-590.</p> <p>Match play continues Monday and the top five ultimately will advance to the stepladder finals live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Central time. All of the tournament prior to the TV finals is being webcast on Xtra Frame.</p> <p>Against Restrepo, Rodriguez rallied from a 56-pin deficit with a game to go with four late strikes a key, USBC reported, as she tries to become the fifth bowler in Queens history and first since Japan's Katsuko Sugimoto in 1981-1982 to win back-to-back titles.</p> <p>Rodriguez edged Kelly Kulick 190-189 last year.</p> <p>"I definitely am getting more and more comfortable as the week goes on," Rodriguez said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324226" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "I was nervous at the beginning, but being the defending champion is not in my head right now. I'm just one of the competitors out here trying to get on the show, and then I can start thinking about winning."</p> <p>As defending champion, Rodriguez was guaranteed a spot in match play but would have made it anyway as finished qualifying in 35<sup>th</sup> while trying different strategies on the 42-foot Sport Bowling lane pattern.</p> <p>"I may have had too many options during qualifying, and I didn't narrow them down enough, but I think I've got it figured out now," Rodriguez said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324226" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. "I changed surfaces and switched balls many times, and a lot of different things worked OK, but now I think I have a much better idea. And, I just want to relax and enjoy it."</p> <p>The undefeated players include six past champions: USBC Hall of Famers Leanne Hulsenberg (1999) and Kim Kearney (2002), as well as Shannon Pluhowsky (2006), Liz Johnson (2009), Diandra Asbaty (2012) and Diana Zavjalova (2013).</p> <p>Crawley lost to No. 64 seed Natalie Cortese 684-631 and Giselle Poss 587-530.</p> <p>Still, the Webber International student from England made quite a first big splash on the adult bowling scene.</p> <p>She posted this on Facebook: &ldquo;Really don't know what to say. My first Queens experience is over but it was a very special one. To lead the qualifying was unreal, unfortunately matchplay just didn't go the way I would have liked. I learnt so much this week and it is only going to make me a stronger bowler. Thank you for all of your support, I really appreciate it and also a massive thank you toShawn Morris, Richard Hanson and Ron Hickland for their help on the lanes. I will never stop doing what I love to do. ‪#&lrm;TeamEBI‪#&lrm;LeavingOurMark ‪#&lrm;WebberWay&rdquo;</p> <p>Shannon Labinski of Wauwatosa made it to Monday in the loser&rsquo;s bracket after beating Shannon O'Keefe 623-552, losing to Brittany Smith 600-593, and downing Catherine Maher 628-585.</p> <p><a href="http://scores.bowl.com/2015-Queens/Brackets.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>Here are the brackets</strong></a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S8ZAmJr03g&amp;feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here is video of the finish of the match between Bryanna Caldwell and &nbsp;Lindsay Boomershine</strong></a>.</p> <p>First is $20,000 of the estimated $125,000 prize fund.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015 USBC QUEENS <br /></strong><em>Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay</em><em>Sunday's results</em></p> <p><strong>MATCH PLAY <br /></strong><em>Double elimination, 3-game matches decided by total pinfall</em></p> <p><strong>OPENING ROUND&nbsp;<br /></strong><em>(Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to contenders bracket.)</em><br />(64) Natalie Cortese, Hoffman Estates, Ill., def. (1) Verity Crawley, Babson Park, Fla., 684-631<br />(33) Bryanna Caldwell, Red Rock, Ariz., def. (32) Giselle Poss, Montgomery, Ill., 627-604<br />(17) Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., def. (48) Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Oklahoma, 681-617<br />(16) Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, def. (49) Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 676-633<br />(56) Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas, def. (9) Laura Beuthner, Germany, 628-581<br />(24) Kristina Wendell, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., def. (41) Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan., 696-653<br />(40) Iliana Lomeli, Mexico, def. (25) Birgit Poeppler, Germany, 646-597<br />(8) Kristin Quah, Singapore, def. (57) Stephanie Martins, Brazil, 699-591<br />(5) Brittni Hamilton, Wood Ridge, N.J., def. (60) Kimi Davidson, Irving, Texas, 686-513<br />(37) Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., def. (28) Kaidee Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., 614-530<br />(44) Lauren Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., def. (21) Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 650-564<br />(12) Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, def. (53) Jessica Abel, Wichita, Kan., 668-656<br />(52) Karen Marcano, Venezuela, def. (13) Samantha Kelly, Streamwood, Ill., 650-586<br />(20) Marcia Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, def. (45) Cassandra Leuthold, Black Hawk, S.D., 588-579<br />(36) Amanda Greene, Romney, W. Va., def. (29) Catherine Maher, Altoona, Pa., 731-656<br />(4) Kim Kearney, Grand Prairie, Texas, def. (61) Neishka Cardona, Puerto Rico, 612-577<br />(3) Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, def. (62) Mariana Ayala, Euless, Texas, 606-597<br />(35) Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, def. (30) Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 641-636<br />(19) Leanne Hulsenberg, North Ogden, Utah, def. (46) Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich., 612-523<br />(51) Sarah Germano, Rochester, N.Y., def. (14) Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 684-596<br />(11) Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., def. (54) Katie Anne Sopp, White Bear Lake, Minn., 586-512<br />(43) Patricia de Faria, Venezuela, def. (22) Anita Arnett, Richmond, Texas, 646-630<br />(27) Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, def. (38) Emily Peterson, West Fargo, N.D., 715-677<br />(6) Diana Zavjalova, Beavercreek, Ohio, def. (59) Aseret Zetter, Mexico, 661-585<br />(7) Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. (58) Pamela Alvarez, Mexico, 676-601<br />(39) Trisha Reid, Columbus, Ohio, def. (26) Samantha How, Oregon City, Ore., 607-568<br />(42) T'Nia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., def. (23) Jacqui Reese, McAdoo, Pa., 621-580<br />(10) Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, def. (55) Karen Boyd, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 655-625<br />(50) Shannon Labinski, Wauwatosa, Wis., def. (15) Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill., 623-552<br />(18) Brittany Smith, Des Moines, Iowa, def. (47) Kristin Warzinski, Lincoln, Calif., 631-532<br />(31) Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, def. (34) Kerry Smith, Lititz, Pa., 692-654<br />(2) Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., def. (63) Jackie Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 703-511</p> <p><strong>ROUND 1 WINNERS BRACKET</strong><br />Cortese def. Caldwell, 597-555<br />Woessner def. Parkin, 700-553<br />Wendell def. Padilla, 678-587<br />Quah def. Lomeli, 612-566<br />McCarthy def. Hamilton, 657-654<br />Asbaty def. Pate, 660-547<br />Marcano def. Kloempken, 668-559<br />Kearney def. Greene, 650-601<br />Rodriguez def. Restrepo, 606-590<br />Hulsenberg def. Germano, 690-655<br />Kuhlkin def. De Faria, 630-551<br />Zavjalova def. S. Johnson, 695-617<br />L. Johnson def. Reid, 732-563<br />Pluhowsky def. Falbo, 681-604<br />B. Smith def. Labinski, 600-593<br />Guerrero def. Kulick, 690-650</p> <p><strong>ROUND 1 ELIMINATION BRACKET</strong><br /><em>(Losers eliminated, earn $1,000)</em><br />Poss def. Crawley, 587-530<br />Poeppler def. Martins, 700-608<br />Duggan def. Galante, 614-575<br />Beuthner def. Kovalova, 679-668<br />Davidson def. Sutphin, 617-608<br />Maher def. Cardona, 739-716<br />M. Kelly def. Abel, 594-574<br />Leuthold def. S. Kelly, 616-561<br />Ayala def. Earnest, 636-629<br />Zetter def. Peterson, 590-574<br />Boomershine def. Lokker, 670-608<br />Arnett def. Sopp, 592-567<br />Alvarez def. How, 672-597<br />Carbonetto def. K. Smith, 648-529<br />Reese def. Boyd, 633-559<br />Warzinski def. O'Keefe, 612-611<br /><br /><strong>ROUND 2 ELIMINATION BRACKET</strong><br /><em>(Losers eliminated, earn $1,100)</em><br />Poss def. Germano, 595-560<br />Poeppler def. De Faria, 690-541<br />Restrepo def. Duggan, 778-609<br />Beuthner def. S. Johnson, 657-644<br />Davidson def. Falbo, 595-561<br />Labinski def. Maher, 628-585<br />Reid def. M. Kelly, 647-578<br />Kulick def. Leuthold, 653-591<br />Parkin def. Ayala, 616-604<br />Padilla def. Zetter, 608-587<br />Caldwell def. Boomershine, 672-648<br />Lomeli def. Arnett, 634-592<br />Alvarez def. Pate, 602-488<br />Carbonetto def. Kloempken, 681-638<br />Hamilton def. Reese, 678-578<br />Greene def. Warzinski, 699-542<br /><br /><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&nbsp;</strong></p> Sun, 17 May 2015 23:00:00 -0600 7500 The 11th Frame: Defending champion Robin Romeo 1 of 8 undefeated heading into final match play day at USBC Senior Queens http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7500 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Defending champion Robin Romeo is looking to go wire to wire in winning what would be her second straight United States Bowling Congress Senior Queens.</span></p> <p>The 57-year-old right-hander led after all three rounds of match play and on Sunday at Ashwaubenon Bowl in suburban Green Bay was one of eight bowlers to go 2-0 in the double-elimination match play bracket.</p> <p>Romeo first defeated Joanne Herman 608-432 and then Camille Kohner 596-519.</p> <p>"So far, I feel like I'm throwing a lot of good shots and not giving away the pocket at all," the USBC Hall of Famer said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324227" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>. "I know the scores aren't crazy, so I just want to keep the ball around the pocket and stay focused. I've made the right ball decisions, and I feel good, confident and comfortable. I'm looking forward to tomorrow."</p> <p>Romeo's first match Monday will be against fellow Hall of Famer and two-time Senior Queens champion Lucy Sandelin.</p> <p>The winners bracket also includes 2010 Senior Queens winner Char Hammel of Las Vegas, 2011 champion Paula Vidad of Sun City, California, and USBC Hall of Famer Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, the runner-up in 2013 and 2014.</p> <p>"Lucy and I always have some pretty good matches, and I think tomorrow will be a pretty tight match, too," Romeo said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324227" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "At the same time, you can't worry about who you're bowling. You just have to focus on what you're doing in your own game. I'll just think about it one match at a time. I definitely don't want to get too far ahead of myself."</p> <p><a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324227"><span style="color: #333333; line-height: 1.428571429;">Match play continues Monday until the final five are determined for the stepladder finals. BowlTV will webcast the finals on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Central time.</span></a></p> <p>First is $3,000 out of the $20,600 prize fund.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015 USBC SENIOR QUEENS<br /></strong><em>T</em><em>he Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay</em><em>Sunday's results</em></p> <p><strong>MATCH PLAY<br /></strong><em>Double elimination, three-game matches decided by total pinfall</em></p> <p><strong>OPENING ROUND<br /></strong><em>(Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to elimination bracket.)</em><strong><em><br /></em></strong>(1) Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., def. (32) Joanne Herman, Natick, Mass., 608-432 (17) Camille Kohner, Bloomington, Minn., def. (16) LoriJo Turner, Sheridan, Wyo., 515-485 (9) Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., def. (24) Linda Andrews, Highlands Ranch, Colo., 661-439 (25) Tayna Fulmer, McKinney, Texas, def. (8) Terri Ward, Loveland, Colo., 502-487</p> <p>(5) Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, def. (28) Tonda Lee, Fredericksburg, Va., 506-459 (12) Pam Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., def. (21) Corinne Hoffman, Rhinelander, Wis., 538-465 (13) Laurie Lanfier, Muscatine, Iowa, def. (20) Shelley Nell, Silverdale, Wash., 572-499 (4) Beth Owen Cipielewski, Bradenton, Fla., def. (29) Pam Buckner, Reno, Nev., 568-511</p> <p>(3) Lisa Wasson, Murphy, Texas, def. (30) Lynn Minning, Austin, Texas, 584-496 (14) Char Hammel, Las Vegas, def. (19) Linda Cunningham, Davenport, Iowa, 622-545 (11) Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., def. (22) Debbie Colby, Frisco, Texas, 620-589 (27) Suzanne Soderberg, Conover, Wis., def. (6) Margarita Ramos, Mexico, 498-455</p> <p>(7) Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. (26) Jennifer Nelson, Menlo Park, Calif., 555-481 (10) Christine Weber, Waukesha, Wis., def. (23) Lisa Vint, East Troy, Wis., 578-559 (15) Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, def. (18) Melanie McAllister, Colorado Springs, Colo., 568-439 (2) Kristy Whitcher, Belfair, Wash., def. (31) Carole Jones, Englewood, Colo., 592-536</p> <p><strong>ROUND 1 WINNERS BRACKET</strong> <br />Romeo def. Kohner, 596-519 Sandelin def. Fulmer, 602-556 Wilson def. Sprow, 612-603 Lanfier def. Cipielewski, 589-550 Hammel def. Wasson, 639-523 Vidad def. Soderberg, 547-484 Johnson def. Weber, 613-548 Whitcher def. Kelly, 633-611</p> <p><strong>ROUND 1 ELIMINATION BRACKET<br /></strong><em>(Losers eliminated, earn $350)</em><strong><em><br /></em></strong>Turner def. Herman, 552-433 Andrews def. Ward, 561-502 Nell def. Buckner, 525-455 Lee def. Hoffman, 556-450 Cunningham def. Minning, 584-491 Ramos def. Colby, 558-527 Jones def. McAllister, 609-477 Nelson def. Vint, 516-512</p> <p><strong>ROUND 2 ELIMINATION BRACKET<br /></strong><em>(Losers eliminated, earn $400)</em><strong><em><br /></em></strong>Turner def. Soderberg, 560-536 Wasson def. Andrews, 563-457 Nell def. Weber, 588-548 Kelly def. Lee, 582-474 Fulmer def. Cunningham, 599-552 Ramos def. Kohner, 581-543 Jones def. Sprow, 564-511 Cipielewski def. Nelson, 636-551</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 17 May 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7492 The 11th Frame: Spoiler alert: Final results of the PBA King of the Swing http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7492 <p>Don't read this blog if you don't want to know the final results of the PBA Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing before the stepladder finals air on CBS Sports Network.</p> <p>The stepladder finals were taped in the Grand Casino Hotel &amp; Resort &nbsp;in Shawnee, Oklahoma on Sunday. The show will air on Tuesday, June 23 at 8 p.m. Central time.</p> <p>In the stepladder, Jason Belmonte defeated Kyle Troup 201-182 before falling to Ronnie Russell 233-211. Tommy Jones then beat Russell 208-178 before falling to Bill O&rsquo;Neill 191-164 in the title match.</p> <p>Belmonte came into the Summer Swing with a chance to all but lock up his third straight Player of the Year honor, as I wrote up <a href="../../../news/article/7456" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>But while he had a solid Summer Swing, his failure to win a title and O&rsquo;Neill&rsquo;s big Summer Swing that featured wins in the Oklahoma Open (his sixth PBA Tour title) and King of the Swing (which is not an official title) gives him a chance to make a run at Belmonte if he can perhaps win the U.S. Open and finish 2015 strong in the Xtra Frame tournaments, PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles, World Series of Bowling and overseas events.</p> <p>The TV shows were taped in the Grand Casino Hotel &amp; Resort events center on two lanes installed for the TV finals.</p> <p>The TV lanes were AMF HPL synthetics, while the FireLake Bowling Center that hosted all of the competition leading up to TV was Brunswick ProLane synthetics.</p> <p>&ldquo;The lane build was a matter of making the most economic sense and availability of lanes/builders,&rdquo; PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said in an email last year when the same situation existed. &ldquo;There is no contractual obligation to use Brunswick for arena lane builds. From a bowling perspective, the lanes are always different in an arena build vs. bowling center anyways. As you know, that is unavoidable. There is no AMF signage involved. Aficionados can tell the difference but the vast majority of viewers have no idea.&rdquo;</p> <p>Clark is right that special installs will play different from centers even if they are the same product, and it is unavoidable. Differences in wear and tear and locale factor in there.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 17 May 2015 20:30:00 -0600 7491 The 11th Frame: Spoiler alert: Final results of the PBA Oklahoma Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7491 <p>Don't read this blog if you don't want to know the final results of the PBA Oklahoma Open before the stepladder finals air on CBS Sports Network.</p> <p>The stepladder finals were taped in the Grand Casino Hotel &amp; Resort in Shawnee, Oklahoma on Sunday. The show will air on Tuesday, June 16 at 8 p.m. Central time.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/7482" target="_blank"><strong>Here is my blog after the stepladder field was set</strong></a>.</p> <p>In the stepladder, Patrick Allen defeated Andres Gomez 211-200 and Tommy Jones 225-215 before falling to Jason Belmonte 237-203. Bill O&rsquo;Neill then won his sixth PBA Tour title 247-172 over Belmonte.</p> <p>Belmonte came into the Summer Swing with a chance to all but lock up his third straight Player of the Year honor, as I wrote up <a href="../../../news/article/7456" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>But while he had a solid Summer Swing, his failure to win a title and O&rsquo;Neill&rsquo;s big Summer Swing that featured wins in the Oklahoma Open and King of the Swing (which is not an official title) gives him a chance to make a run at Belmonte if he can perhaps win the U.S. Open and finish 2015 strong in the Xtra Frame tournaments, PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles, World Series of Bowling and overseas events.</p> <p>The TV shows were taped in the Grand Casino Hotel &amp; Resort events center on two lanes installed for the TV finals.</p> <p>The TV lanes were AMF HPL synthetics, while the FireLake Bowling Center that hosted all of the competition leading up to TV was Brunswick ProLane synthetics.</p> <p>&ldquo;The lane build was a matter of making the most economic sense and availability of lanes/builders,&rdquo; PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said in an email last year when the same situation existed. &ldquo;There is no contractual obligation to use Brunswick for arena lane builds. From a bowling perspective, the lanes are always different in an arena build vs. bowling center anyways. As you know, that is unavoidable. There is no AMF signage involved. Aficionados can tell the difference but the vast majority of viewers have no idea.&rdquo;</p> <p>Clark is right that special installs will play different from centers even if they are the same product, and it is unavoidable. Differences in wear and tear and locale factor in there.</p> Sun, 17 May 2015 20:00:00 -0600 7495 The 11th Frame: Our Open Championships minor events as good as team was bad for us http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7495 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">If you read <a href="../../../news/article/7487" target="_blank"><strong>my blog on our 11thFrame.com group&rsquo;s&nbsp; team event Friday at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships</strong></a>, you know how poorly we performed by the standards we set for ourselves.</span></p> <p>Minor events on Saturday was as good for us as team was bad.</p> <p>In fact, it left our first team with a touch of &ldquo;what if&rdquo; in team all-events, something we&rsquo;re familiar with in a serious fashion due to our collection of near-misses of that Eagle, which we did win in 2005.</p> <p>We recovered from 3,034 in team to shoot 3,348 in doubles and 3,356 in singles to move into fourth with 9,738.</p> <p>Team all-events leader Junior Team USA Support 1 went from 3,359 in team to 10,064, which means they were 705 over in minors, one pin better than us.</p> <p>As I explained in <a href="../../../news/article/7487" target="_blank"><strong>my team blog</strong></a>, I don&rsquo;t believe we could have shot 3,359 in team, but I do believe if we had performed as well Friday as we did Saturday we could have reached 3,200-something.</p> <p>That means we would have needed about 100 more in minors to catch the lead, and I believe that was possible as I think we would have had more intensity in singles &mdash; I know I would have &mdash; and we have a history of rising to the occasion when given such an opportunity.</p> <p>In addition, we may have made more aggressive ball changes &mdash; my theory when it comes to the Open Championships is that I would rather gamble and train wreck trying to win an Eagle than play it safe knowing it won&rsquo;t get you there.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Money gets spent, Eagles are forever.</span></p> <p>I had one ball change I wanted to try in singles but didn&rsquo;t in part because I was afraid it might hurt the other guys.&nbsp; After Mike Shady had 726 with a 298 in doubles, I thought he had Eagle potential in singles and my possible change to a the MARVEL-S I used in team might have chewed up too much oil. (In retrospect, that likely wasn&rsquo;t the case.)</p> <p>But if an Eagle had been in reach, I would have asked my guys what they thought and if they said go for it, I would have.</p> <p>I was clean 84 of 90 frames with five splits and a missed 3-6 being my only opens, yet shot just 1,881 all-events. Part of it may have been the 14-pound balls I now am using, but I think more of it in minors was how stiff (not sore) my wrist was, even with eight Aleve on Saturday. The stiffness reduced my release just enough to turn strikes into weak 10-pins and light mixer 7-pins.</p> <p>Of course, I must concede that if we came in with, say, 3,250, we might not have been as mentally loose and perhaps not bowled as well.</p> <p>It's all speculation.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">What I do know is that our game plan was spot on for minors as we developed them quickly and nicely. The minors pattern has a bit more shape and is not quite as flat as team so that is to be expected.</span></p> <p>Our first team and Dan Goepfert from our second team bowled on 39-40 and the other four from our second team on 37-38 with two really good guys &mdash; Michael Kay and Alan Zabransky &mdash; who were excited to bowl with our group and went with our game plan. They also helped us out by giving Gail Myers Jr. a look at the ball reaction on 37-38 when they moved in a little. That helped lead us to make the same move on 39-40.</p> <p><a style="line-height: 1.428571429;" href="../../../news/article/7473" target="_blank"><strong>Our plan</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"> during the 6 minutes of practice was to use strong balls with surface that we planned to start scoring on our starting lines between 5- and 10-board.</span></p> <p>As we did in team, we missed left with way too many shots in practice. I was the worst offender with my stiff wrist. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>That worried us, but it didn&rsquo;t turn out too bad as by the middle of the first game we were able to edge our feet left and start feeding the ball to the area we&rsquo;d been aiming at. It perhaps had us in by a couple of boards more than we would have been.</p> <p>And there was plenty of hang outside 5-board. But we were far enough left that it only mattered on horrid shots that it should matter on.</p> <p>Thanks to Michael and Alan, Gail was the one who first saw the move left we could make, and we communicated well all day, something we didn't do as well during team.</p> <p>My start was comical: a 4-6-7 split in the first frame and then 11 straight spares, with maybe only half of them pocket hits. I may not strike anywhere near what I once I did, but when I am focused I still am a solid grinder.</p> <p>By game two of doubles I had switched to a Roto Grip UNHINGED high-pin strong with 2,000 Abralon and moved to where I was crossing the arrows at about 12- or 13-board trying to get it out to just outside the dark downlane marker.</p> <p>I followed my 11-spare string with five straight strikes as I started loosening up and throwing it better. That string ended with a frustrating light mixer 7-pin, which foreshadowed the rest of my day.</p> <p>I eventually switched to a Storm ROCKET low-pin strong with 2,000 Abralon only because the UNHINGED lane shined dramatically with the Ice oil and simply was skidding too much.</p> <p>By the end of singles I was crossing a little inside 20-board just trying to project it right, and the ROCKET had lane shined as well.</p> <p>The one thing that slowed us down was the transition of 39 and 40 &ndash; 40 was a tad tighter for quite a while until it all of a sudden broke open while 39 cliffed a bit and got tighter inside. (Ironically, the MARVEL-S might have helped avoid that cliff.)</p> <p>After punching the face three times in a row on 40 in game two of singles moving 1-1, 1-1 and 1-0, I didn&rsquo;t get the pocket back until I moved another 2-1. This when we also had stretches where we would go several frames without having to move!</p> <p>Almost as much as the difficult patterns, I think the unpredictable transition is responsible for the low scores.</p> <p>The killer shot of my tournament was the 3-6 and miss in the 10<sup>th</sup> frame of the final game of doubles. I could have struck out for 257, which would have given me and Steve Richter 1,361 for doubles, which might be a top 10 score. I projected the shot well but just had a little too much adrenaline going and hit it too much and it snapped high.</p> <p>It was precisely the kind of penalty there should be for a shot that was not close to clean off my hand when national championships are on the line.&nbsp;</p> <p>So I shot 636 (175-236-225) and we ended with 1,329. Disappointing, but deserved.</p> <p>I added 624 (226-194-204) in singles and with my 621 in team ended with 1,881, giving me consistent but unspectacular totals from 1,871 to 1,919 the past six years.</p> <p>Steve used mostly a Roto Grip HYPER CELL and also a Storm IQ TOUR NANO as he bowled tremendously, firing 693 (221-215-257) in doubles and 658 (233-200-225) in singles. With his 590 in team from a tough 151 start, he totaled 1,941.</p> <p>As usual, our leaders were Gail Myers Jr. with 2,033 and Mike Shady with 2,029.</p> <p>Gail used mostly his trusty old Storm INVASION and then a CRUX and an IQ TOUR NANO as he fired 679 (219-203-257) in doubles and 715 (224-212-279) in singles after 639 in team.&nbsp;</p> <p>Gail now is a remarkable 27-for-27 with 1,800 or better all-events in his career.</p> <p>Gail never gets the credit he deserves for what a great bowler he is, especially at the Open Championships. A touch of that is his fault, but mostly it's that he's known too much for being on our team and not enough for how good he is as an individual.</p> <p>I will be filling out his nomination forms for the USBC Hall of Fame to give that situation a chance to change.</p> <p>I was a tiny bit concerned going into this year that Shades would lose his amazing streak of 1,900 better for all of his 19 years. That concern grew a bit when he had an un-Shades-like six opens in his 614 in team.</p> <p>But all concern disappeared when he followed an opening 209 in doubles with a 298. His first two shots in the 10<sup>th</sup> were picture perfect, but his last was a tad in and he left a 4-7 for his second 298 in doubles in his career. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/13745237/videos/o.425884950783804/10105033426909058/?type=2&amp;theater" target="_blank"><strong>Here is the video of that 12th shot</strong></a>.</p> <p>He closed with 219 for 726 and then fired 689 (210-234-245) in singles.</p> <p>I believe he used an Ebonite CODE OF HONOR the entire six games of minors.</p> <p>Shades is a lock to lead the 20-year average list by a huge margin at a record 222.86 and he should be the standard until Matt McNeill gets 11 more years in. You can find <a href="http://bowl.com/Open_Championships/Open_Championships_Home/Past_Results_and_History/" target="_blank"><strong>the average leaders lists here</strong></a>.</p> <p>With that cherry on top of his great record, I believe there's a good chance Shades is headed for induction into the USBC Hall of Fame next year.&nbsp;</p> <p>And depending on how John Janawicz does, Myers could be second on the 20-year list at 217.39.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Like me, Marc McDowell couldn&rsquo;t quite find the right formula for big games as he followed 570 in team with 614 (208-191-215) in doubles, giving he and Shady 1,340, and 670 (232-212-226) in singles for 1,854 all-events.</span></p> <p>I believe Mac used a MOTIV REVOLT and VENOM SHOCK in minors.</p> <p>Dan Goepfert bowled great in minors after 550 in team, rolling 679 (219-203-257) in doubles for 1,323 with Gail, and 704 (246-267-191)&nbsp; in singles where he didn&rsquo;t adjust quick enough the last game. He totaled 1,898.</p> <p>Our other guys on 37-38 also bowled great, especially Mike Walters, who was two poor games from shooting a huge all-events score.</p> <p>Wally followed a stellar 661 in team, with 645 (177-209-259) in doubles and 669 (279-169-221) in singles for 1,975 all-events.</p> <p>John Wittkowske continued his recovery from a 155 start in team en route to 576 with 667 (210-209-248) in doubles and 605 (215-214-176) in singles for 1,848 all-events.</p> <p>Tom Howery followed 553 in team with 578 (202-144-232) in doubles and 518 (156-172-190) in singles for 1,649.</p> <p>And Bret Faulkner followed 547 in team with 538 (183-155-200) in doubles and 542 (173-191-178) in singles for 1,627.</p> <p>Based on what we saw, I would say Matt McNiel&rsquo;s 2,236 is a lock to win all-events,&nbsp; 10,064 is a near-lock to win team all-events, 3,368 is 95 percent to win team, and 1,409 in doubles and 795 in singles are 50 percent chances to win.</p> <p>The USBC deserves a tremendous amount of credit for having the stones to put out such challenging conditions for our national championship tournament.</p> <p>I was pleasantly surprised to overhear quite a bit of chatter about how tough the conditions were by people who bowled low scores but appreciated the difficulty.</p> <p>They obviously get the big picture that winning an Eagle should be a supreme test of a bowler&rsquo;s physical and mental capacity.</p> <p>We didn&rsquo;t reach that standard in team and it rightly cost us this year.</p> <p>The question for us is how many more years we will have to dream of winning another Eagle &mdash; or whether our time already has passed.</p> <p>By the time we bowl next year, everyone but Richter in our group will be at least 50 years old, with Marc at 54 and myself at 53.</p> <p>We all work hard and are in good shape (not counting my creaky 3-operation wrist), but time is the only undefeated foe.</p> <p>But that&rsquo;s life and you will hear no whining from us.</p> <p>Assuming our health is OK, I would expect we will continue together at this tournament to the point where the only thing we&rsquo;ll be achieving is longevity plaques.</p> <p>We love the Open Championships and we love each other like brothers.</p> <p>We might not be the best or even close to the best group anymore, but we&rsquo;re still at the top when it comes to having fun together.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ultimately, that&rsquo;s really what it&rsquo;s about.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 16 May 2015 23:00:00 -0600 7494 The 11th Frame: Verity Crawley maintains lead as USBC Queens heads into match play http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7494 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Powerful young Verity Crawley continued to make a big splash at the United States Bowling Congress Queens on Saturday, maintaining her lead as qualifying ended at Ashwaubenon Bowl in suburban Green Bay.</span></p> <p>The Webber International standout shot her lowest block of the week with 1,083 for five games, adding to her prior rounds of 1,215 and 1,241 for a 3,539 total.</p> <p>"This feels surreal, and it's something I probably couldn't even dream of,"&nbsp; Crawley said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324213" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "I really wasn't trying to think about the standings too much today. I just wanted to watch ball reaction and learn for tomorrow, especially since it's mainly going to be fresh."</p> <p>Crawley posted this on Facebook: &ldquo;What an unreal feeling. Lead the USBC Queens qualifying with 3539 for 15 games (235.93 average). Tomorrow is a whole new competition with double elimination matchplay. Just doing what I love to do! Thank you to everyone for all of the support so far! ‪#&lrm;TeamC300 ‪#&lrm;TeamBoom ‪#&lrm;WebberWay&rdquo;</p> <p>The 2015 USBC Queens is being contested on a 42-foot Sport Bowling-certified lane condition, and even though Crawley made a run at the record books for 10 and 15 games, she told USBC her struggles in the final five games actually were beneficial.</p> <p>"I struggled on the fresh today, and it was a combination of bad shots and bad ball reaction," Crawley said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324213" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. "It definitely was a learning experience about what not to do tomorrow, so that part was good."</p> <p>Crawley will face No. 64 seed Natalie Cortese in her match in the double-elimination match-play bracket, starting at 9 a.m. Central time Sunday.</p> <p>Cortese, Jackie Carbonetto and Mariana Ayala tied for 62<sup>nd</sup> through 64<sup>th</sup> at&nbsp; 3,073.</p> <p>Two-time USBC Queens champion and future Hall of Famer Kelly Kulick qualified second at 3,480, Colombia's Rocio Restrepo third with 3,400, Hall of Famer Kim Kearney fourth with 3,378, and Team USA member Brittni Hamilton fifth at 3,374.</p> <p>The lone Wisconsin qualifier for match play out of the 205-player field was Shannon Labinski of Wauwatosa, who was 50<sup>th</sup> with 3,123.</p> <p>Defending champion Maria Jose Rodriguez of Colombia totaled 3,167 to earn the No. 35 seed.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=729YnldghZ0&amp;feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here is video of Birgit Poeppler shooting 300</strong></a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbSsDp4owSk&amp;feature" target="_blank"><strong>here is video of Traisha Reid shooing 300</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Match play will continue Monday, with the top five advancing to the live stepladder finals on ESPN2 on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Central.</span></p> <p>The entire tournament prior to the TV finals is being webcast live on Xtra Frame.</p> <p>First is $20,000 out of the estimated $125,000 prize fund.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015 USBC QUEENS</strong><br /><em>Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay</em><br /><em>Saturday's results</em></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><strong>ROUND 3</strong><br /></span><em>(15 games)</em></p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp;1, Verity Crawley, Babson Park, Fla., 3,539. 2, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,480. 3, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 3,400. 4, Kim Kearney, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,378. 5, Brittni Hamilton, Wood Ridge, N.J., 3,374. 6, Diana Zavjalova, Beavercreek, Ohio, 3,366. &nbsp; &nbsp;<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;7, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,364. 8, Kristin Quah, Singapore, 3,361. 9, Laura Beuthner, Germany, 3,347. 10, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 3,333. 11, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., 3,325. 12, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 3,314. &nbsp; &nbsp;<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;13, Samantha Kelly, Streamwood, Ill., 3,293. 14, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 3,291. 15, Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill., 3,285. 16, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 3,269. 17, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 3,235. 18, Brittany Smith, Des Moines, Iowa, 3,224. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;19, Leanne Hulsenberg, North Ogden, Utah, 3,218. 20, Marcia Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, 3,217. 21, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,215. 22, Anita Arnett, Richmond, Texas, 3,208. 23, Jacqui Reese, McAdoo, Pa., 3,202. 24, Kristina Wendell, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 3,201. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;25, Birgit Poeppler, Germany, 3,197. 26, (TIE) Samantha How, Oregon City, Ore., and Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,188. 28, Katherine Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., 3,187. 29, Catherine Maher, Altoona, Pa., 3,184. 30, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 3,180. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;31, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,179. 32, Giselle Poss, Montgomery, Ill., 3,177. 33, Bryanna Caldwell, Red Rock, Ariz., 3,174. 34, Kerry Smith, Lititz, Pa., 3,172. 35, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 3,167. 36, Amanda Greene, Romney, W. Va., 3,166. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;37, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 3,162. 38, Emily Peterson, West Fargo, N.D., 3,155. 39, Trisha Reid, Columbus, Ohio, 3,148. 40, Iliana Lomeli, Mexico, 3,147. 41, Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan., 3,145. 42, Tnia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., 3,142. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;43, Patricia De Faria, Venezuela, 3,140. 44, Lauren Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 3,135. 45, Cassandra Leuthold, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,129. 46, Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich., 3,128. 47, Kristin Warzinski, Lincoln, Calif., 3,126. 48, Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., 3,125. &nbsp; &nbsp;<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;49, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 3,124. 50, Shannon Labinski, Wauwatosa, Wis., 3,123. 51, Sarah Germano, Rochester, N.Y., 3,120. 52, Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 3,118. 53, Jessica Abel, Wichita, Kan., 3,115. 54, Katie Anne Sopp, White Bear Lake, Minn., 3,114. &nbsp; &nbsp;<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;55, Karen Boyd, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 3,106. 56, Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas, 3,099. 57, Stephanie Martins, Brazil, 3,098. 58, Pamela Alvarez, Mexico, 3,089. 59, Aseret Zetter, Mexico, 3,087. 60, Kimi Davidson, Irving, Texas, 3,081. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;61, Neishka Cardona, Puerto, PR, 3,076. 62, (TIE) Jacqueline Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., and Natalie Cortese, Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Mariana Ayala, Euless, Texas, 3,073.</p> <p><strong>DID NOT ADVANCE</strong></p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; 65, Kristy Coles, Kearns, Utah, 3,068, $950. 66, Olivia Sandham, Saint Joseph, Mo., 3,062, $900. 67, (TIE) Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W. Va., and Michelle Abner, Cincinnati, 3,061, $825. 69, (TIE) Samantha Schaden, Baltimore, Md., and Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,060, $750.</p> <p><strong>FAILED TO CASH</strong></p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; 71, (TIE) Ashley Rucker, Bartlesville, Okla., and Brandi Branka, Momence, Ill., 3,059. &nbsp;73, Michelle Bowden-Calhoun, Flossmoor, Ill., 3,057. 74, Terysa Wojnar, New Lenox, Ill., 3,055. 75, Lindsay Rusch, Appleton, Wis., 3,054. 76, (TIE) Sandi Charles, Nolanville, Texas, and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 3,053. 78, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 3,048. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; 79, April Murphy, Wichita, Kan., 3,045. 80, Stephanie Schwartz, Racine, Wis., 3,042. 81, Genie Franklin, Frisco, Texas, 3,041. 82, Kayla Stram, Minnetonka, Minn., 3,036. 83, Brittany Himmelreich, Cressona, Pa., 3,030. 84, Holly Harris, Wichita, Kan., 3,026. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 85, Emily Eckhoff, Denver, Colo., 3,019. 86, (TIE) Kristin Nieter, Homewood, Ill., and Debbie Ayers, La Mesa, Calif., 3,016. 88, Brooke Bower, Camp Hill, Pa., 3,015. 89, Jennifer Helferstay, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,014. 90, Lili Robles, Mexico, 3,011. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; 91, Christina Hardee, Mount Dora, Fla., 3,009. 92, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 3,007. 93, Julie Oczepek, Reese, Mich., 3,003. 94, Sydney Brummett, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,999. 95, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 2,992. 96, Leigh Anne Price, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,989. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 97, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 2,982. 98, Kalynn Carl, Albany, N.Y., 2,971. 99, Catie Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas, 2,969. 100, Kerrie Watson, Canada, 2,967. 101, (TIE) Michelle Secours, Huntsville, Texas, and Kimberly Roe, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., 2,949. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; 103, Correen Lieber, Issaquah, Wash., 2,947. 104, (TIE) Morgan O'Brien, Fond du Lac, Wis., and Ashley Crowder, Tamarac, Fla., 2,946. 106, Sarah Muench, Kewaskum, Wis., 2,941. 107, Mary Wells, Columbus, Ohio, 2,935. 108, Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 2,933. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 109, Melissa Sobolik, Marion, Iowa, 2,929. 110, Paola Gomez, Colombia, 2,919. 111, Gabriella Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., 2,915. 112, Danielle Knittle, State College, Pa., 2,913. 113, Katie Mae Pritchard, Coon Rapids, Minn., 2,912. 114, Blair Blumenscheid, Columbus, Ohio, 2,900. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp; 115, Jennifer Evans, Peru, Ind., 2,896. 116, Crystal Brooks, Schofield, Wis., 2,891. 117, Tabitha Bieri, Grandview, Iowa, 2,883. 118, Heather D'Errico, Rochester, N.Y., 2,881. 119, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 2,879. 120, Cassie Hauner, Sussex, Wis., 2,877. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 121, Cieara Watts, Sugar Land, Texas, 2,874. 122, Rochelle Roventini, Franklin, Wis., 2,871. 123, Mindie Meyer-Mohr, Alexandria, Minn., 2,867. 124, Nikki Stiteler, Medina, Ohio, 2,859. 125, Jordan Newham, Aurora, Ill., 2,856. 126, Lori Eskew, Hillsboro, Ore., 2,854. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />&nbsp; &nbsp;127, Lisa Doss, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2,853. 128, Katie Bishop, Westland, Mich., 2,845. 129, Jacqueline Malone, Scotia, N.Y., 2,844. 130, Rebecca Mencheski, Green Bay, Wis., 2,842. 131, Valerie Verheyen, Green Bay, Wis., 2,835. 132, Margrette Suchoski, East Moline, Ill., 2,832. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 133, Michelle Sterner, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 2,824. 134, Katelyn Zwiefelhofer, Racine, Wis., 2,822. 135, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 2,816. 136, (TIE) Brandy Silva, Fort Worth, Texas, and Ryan Oswood, Champlin, Minn., 2,815. 138, Paula Brown, Milwaukee, Wis., 2,814. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 139, Marissa Allison, Temperance, Mich., 2,808. 140, Diana Walter, Bellport, N.Y., 2,799. 141, Briana Cubito, Green Bay, Wis., 2,798. 142, Alyssa Harper, Deland, Fla., 2,796. 143, Catherine Rawsthorne, Federal Way, Wash., 2,794. 144, Rebecca Sharp-Keegan, Carleton, Mich., 2,793. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; 145, Lauren Sammel, Madison, Wis., 2,783. 146, Desiree Negron, Puerto Rico, 2,782. 147, Ashley Cole, Florissant, Mo., 2,776. 148, (TIE) Chenoa Rhoades, Lafayette, Ind., and Sabrina Duncan-Rose, Bellaire, Texas, 2,775. 150, Ranae Janssen, Sioux Falls, S.D., 2,774. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 151, Kolien Owens, Mason, Mich., 2,767. 152, Sharon Powers, Lakewood, Colo., 2,759. 153, Amber Ottilige, Lake Wales, Fla., 2,756. 154, Beverly Blanchard, Virginia Beach, Va., 2,754. 155, Trista Kimmes, Eagan, Minn., 2,749. 156, Brandy Sanderson, Bossier City, La., 2,744. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 157, Crystal Boutotte, Montgomery, Texas, 2,742. 158, Janis Birschbach, Fond du Lac, Wis., 2,739. 159, Megan Jirsa, La Crosse, Wis., 2,737. 160, Megan McGinley, Cinnaminson, N.J., 2,733. 161, Brittney Harper, Rainsville, Ala., 2,720. 162, Chelsea Farrell, Elkart, Ind., 2,715. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 163, (TIE) Jennifer Dovers, Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Ellen Moller, Rock Island, Ill., 2,714. 165, Kayla Kolisch, Lakewood, Colo., 2,713. 166, (TIE) Beth Tesch, Neenah, Wis., and Stephanie Mours, Franklin, Wis., 2,704. 168, Gina Hurst, Greenfield, Wis., 2,703. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 169, (TIE) Heather Williams, Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Lori Munson, Cottage Grove, Minn., 2,701. 171, (TIE) Ashely Bryant, Huber Heights, Ohio, and Morgan Stary, Green Bay, Wis., 2,699. 173, Kerri Ellenbecker, Germantown, Wis., 2,698. 174, Amber Kwiecien, Brown Deer, Wis., 2,694. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />&nbsp; &nbsp; 175, Heather White Guillen, Odenton, Md., 2,693. 176, Charly Boelter, Oshkosh, Wis., 2,691. 177, Shawna Strause, Tucson, Ariz., 2,684. 178, Jewel Skelton, Niles, Ohio, 2,681. 179, Tracie Ball, Tucson, Ariz., 2,677. 180, Jessica Nanneman, Waterford, Wis., 2,675. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 181, Brittany Morris, Waymart, Pa., 2,631. 182, Alice Driber, East Stroudsburg, Pa., 2,629. 183, Dori Fox, Statesville, N.C., 2,628. 184, Beth Polomis, Green Bay, Wis., 2,604. 185, Kelly Blank, Oshkosh, Wis., 2,587. 186, Cassondra Mize, Toledo, Ohio, 2,575. <br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;187, Angelica Greene, Superior, Colo., 2,565. 188, Susan Olson, Wausaukee, Wis., 2,561. 189, Nicole Reese, Duluth, Minn., 2,526. 190, Theresa Holmes, Windsor, Wis., 2,519. 191, Kim Hoffman, Pulaski, Wis., 2,498. 192, Amber Loberger, Fond du Lac, Wis., 2,490. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;193, Mary Burton, Peru, Ind., 2,478. 194, Krista Giese, Norfolk, Neb., 2,475. 195, Taylor Hartwig, Wausau, Wis., 2,442. 196, Cristine Plum, Willow Street, Pa., 2,432. 197, Marina Guseva, Russia, 2,415. 198, Krystal Mannering, Hammonton, N.J., 2,414. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 199, Shari Kirsch, Green Bay, Wis., 2,392. 200, Martina Campbell, Hampton, Va., 2,381. 201, Melissa Frisque, Green Bay, Wis., 2,371. 202, Carrie Jaeger, De Pere, Wis., 2,356. 203, (TIE) Ekaterina Voronina, Russia, and Brianna Erdmann, Menasha, Wis., 2,225. 205, Rebecca Barribeau, Green Bay, Wis., 2,188.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 16 May 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7493 The 11th Frame: Defending champion Robin Romeo maintains qualifying lead as USBC Senior Queens heads into match play http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7493 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Robin Romeo never won the United States Bowling Congress Queens in her illustrious Hall of Fame career, but she&rsquo;s now in position to win her second straight USBC Senior Queens.</span></p> <p>Romeo <a href="../../../news/article/6739" target="_blank"><strong>won last year&rsquo;s Senior Queens in Reno</strong></a> and on Saturday maintained her lead as qualifying ended in the 2015 Senior Queens at Ashwaubenon Bowl in suburban Green Bay.</p> <p>Romeo finished qualifying with a 15-game total of 3,111 (207.4 average) as 32 players of the 37-bowler field advanced to the double-elimination match-play bracket starting Sunday at 9 a.m. Central time.</p> <p>Romeo totaled 993 in the third round after 1,080 in the first round and 1,038 in the second round.</p> <p>"Match play is a whole different ball game, and I think the way the scores are, I just need to not worry about who I'm bowling, just bowl my own game and fill frames," Romeo said in <a href="http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324212" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "The Queens is not always how good you bowl, sometimes it's just winning your match. As long as I fill my frames and win my matches, I don't care about the score."</p> <p>Kristy Whitcher earned the second seed with 3,029, Lisa Wasson the third seed with 3,003, Beth Owen-Cipielewski fourth at 2,950, and Mandy Wilson fifth with 2,941.</p> <p>Chris Weber of Waukesha was the high Wisconsin bowler with 2,848 to qualify 10th.</p> <p>The cut was Joanne Herman at 2,414.</p> <p>Match play continues Monday, with the top five advancing to the stepladder finals live on BowlTV on Tuesday at 10 a.m.</p> <p>First is $3,000 of the $20,600 prize fund.</p> <p>The Senior Queens, open to all female USBC members age 50 and older, marks the second stop of the Senior Women's Triple Crown Series presented by The Orleans. The Triple Crown Series is a special competition for bowlers who compete in the Senior Queens, National Golden Ladies Classic and the U.S. Women's Open.</p> <p>The top 10 players in the Triple Crown standings, which combines qualifying totals from all three events, will take part in the Triple Crown Shoot-Out presented by The Orleans.</p> <p>The Triple Crown Shoot-Out will be held after the U.S. Women's Open qualifying rounds Sept. 4 at Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, New Jersey.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015 USBC SENIOR QUEENS</strong><br /><em>Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay</em><br /><em>Saturday's results</em></p> <p><strong>THIRD ROUND QUALIFYING</strong><br /><em>(15 games)</em></p> <p>1, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 3,111. 2, Kristy Whitcher, Belfair, Wash., 3,029. 3, Lisa Wasson, Murphy, Texas, 3,003. 4, Beth Owen Cipielewski, Bradenton, Fla., 2,950. 5, Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 2,941. 6, Margarita Ramos, Mexico, 2,913.<br /> 7, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,909. 8, Terri Ward, Loveland, Colo., 2,903. 9, Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 2,861. 10, Christine Weber, Waukesha, Wis., 2,848. 11, Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., 2,841. 12, Pam Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 2,834.<br /> 13, Laurie Lanfier, Muscatine, Iowa, 2,796. 14, Char Hammel, Las Vegas, 2,792. 15, Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,776. 16, LoriJo Turner, Sheridan, Wyo., 2,765. 17, Camille Kohner, Bloomington, Minn., 2,706. 18, Melanie McAllister, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,694.<br /> 19, Linda Cunningham, Davenport, Iowa, 2,677. 20, Shelley Nell, Silverdale, Wash., 2,661. 21, Corinne Hoffman, Rhinelander, Wis., 2,633. 22, Debbie Colby, Frisco, Texas, 2,632. 23, Lisa Vint, East Troy, Wis., 2,621. 24, Linda Andrews, Highlands Ranch, Colo., 2,610.<br /> 25, Tayna Fulmer, McKinney, Texas, 2,607. 26, Jennifer Nelson, Menlo Park, Calif., 2,598. 27, Suzanne Soderberg, Conover, Wis., 2,596. 28, Tonda Lee, Fredericksburg, Va., 2,577. 29, Pam Buckner, Reno, Nev., 2,571. 30, Lynn Minning, Austin, Texas, 2,560.<br /> 31, Carole Jones, Englewood, Colo., 2,512. 32, Joanne Herman, Natick, Mass., 2,414.</p> <p><strong>DID NOT ADVANCE</strong><br /> 33, Pam Harms, Apple Valley, Minn., 2,402. 34, Linda Buffa, Manchester, N.J., 2,322. 35, Loree Hippe, Bremerton, Wash., 2,303. 36, Karen Tenor, De Pere, Wis., 2,254. 37, Karla Alsgood, Rio Linda, Calif., 1,733.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 16 May 2015 21:00:00 -0600 7490 The 11th Frame: Spoiler alert: Final results of the PBA Badger Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/7490 <p>Don't read this blog if you don't want to know the final results of the PBA Badger Open before the stepladder finals air on CBS Sports Network.</p> <p>The stepladder finals were taped in the Grand Casino Hotel &amp; Resort in Shawnee, Oklahoma on Saturday. The show will air on Tuesday, June 9 at 8 p.m. Central time.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/7479" target="_blank"><strong>Here is my blog after the stepladder field was set</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">In the stepladder, Walter Ray Williams Jr. defeated Shawn Maldonado 232-223, and Ronnie Russell beat Williams 235-217, Rhino Page 244-193 and Dom Barrett 218-178.</span></p> <p>It was the third career PBA Tour title for Russell, a MOTIV staffer.</p> <p>The tournament was contested on the 52-foot Badger pattern.</p> <p>The TV shows were taped in the Grand Casino Hotel &amp; Resort events center on two lanes installed for the TV finals.</p> <p>The TV lanes were AMF HPL synthetics, while the FireLake Bowling Center that hosted all of the competition leading up to TV was Brunswick ProLane synthetics.</p> <p>&ldquo;The lane build was a matter of making the most economic sense and availability of lanes/builders,&rdquo; PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said in an email last year when the same situation existed. &ldquo;There is no contractual obligation to use Brunswick for arena lane builds. From a bowling perspective, the lanes are always different in an arena build vs. bowling center anyways. As you know, that is unavoidable. There is no AMF signage involved. Aficionados can tell the difference but the vast majority of viewers have no idea.&rdquo;</p> <p>Clark is right that special installs will play different from centers even if they are the same product, and it is unavoidable. Differences in wear and tear and locale factor in there.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 16 May 2015 20:30:00 -0600