The 11th Frame Blog en-us 2015 Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 7709 The 11th Frame: No lanes being removed in 2016 renovation of Brunswick Zone Carolier, company says <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">No lanes will be removed when Brunswick Zone Carolier is renovated next year, a company executive told Thursday.</span></p> <p>And conflicting events &mdash; not the renovation, which won&rsquo;t start until May 2016 or later &mdash; was the reason the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Masters could not be held at the 82-lane center in North Brunswick, N.J., Colie Edison, BowlmorAMF vice president of marketing, said in a phone interview.</p> <p>&ldquo;We will not be removing any lanes,&rdquo; Edison said, noting that she grew up bowling at Carolier. &ldquo;We have no appetite for misplacing any of our leagues.&rdquo;</p> <p>Edison said the renovation will involve lanes 1 to 48, which will be converted to the company&rsquo;s upscale Bowlero concept, while the arcade also will be built out a little.</p> <p>&ldquo;And unlike any other conversion we have done, (lanes 1-48) will have the ability to bowl white light,&rdquo; meaning they can operate in a mode for traditional leagues and tournaments, Edison said.</p> <p>Lanes 49 to 82 will not be changed and will stay open, she said.</p> <p>&ldquo;The center is never going to close for renovation,&rdquo; Edison said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to renovate half the house and stay open the entire time.&rdquo;</p> <p>The bottom line is that when the renovation is done, Carolier still will have 82 lanes capable of hosting traditional competition.</p> <p>The center has hosted numerous major tournaments with huge fields and having it reduced to roughly half its current size would be a big blow to competitive bowling.</p> <p>Carolier next week is hosting the 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women's Open.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re very excited about that,&rdquo; Edison said.</p> <p>Carolier also is scheduled to host the 2016 NCAA Women&rsquo;s Bowling Championships April 14-16, 2016, she said.</p> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:00:00 -0600 7707 The 11th Frame: Kenosha’s Lennie Boresch Jr., Johnny Petraglia lead halfway through men’s doubles qualifying at World Bowling Senior Championships <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">USBC Hall of Famers Lennie Boresch Jr. &nbsp;of Kenosha and Johnny Petraglia took the lead Wednesday after the first of two qualifying squads in men's doubles at the 2015 World Bowling Senior Championships, the United States Bowling Congress reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>Petraglia rolled 1,333 for six games and Boresch added 1,323 as they totaled 2,656 at Sam's Town Bowling Center in Las Vegas.</p> <p>Mexico's Manuel Garcia and Alejandro Sanchez are a distant second with 2,446, while Australia's Warren Stewart and Andrew Frawley at 2,443, and Germany's Holger Ohlrogge and Frank-Peter Frey with 2,440 are third and fourth.</p> <p>The <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>archive of A squad&rsquo;s double&rsquo;s qualifying is here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The other half of the men's field bowls its qualifying squad Thursday &nbsp;at 10:30 a.m. Central time. The top four scores at the end of qualifying will advance to the medal round.</p> <p>Boresch at 2,593 for 12 games leads all-events by 60 pins over Frawley among the half of the field that has completed 12 games.&nbsp;Petraglia is 10<sup>th</sup> at 2,439.</p> <p>Links to full results and online scoring are&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">All of the competition is being webcast on BowlTV.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The World Bowling Senior Championships features more than 200 competitors age 50 and older from 33 countries vying for medals in singles, doubles, team, all-events and Masters competition.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 23:00:00 -0600 7701 The 11th Frame: How Swede it is: Kristina Nordenson wins all-Swedish title match for women's singles gold at World Bowling Senior Championships <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Sweden's Kristina Nordenson defeated teammate Susanne Olsson 205-181 to win the gold medal in women's singles Wednesday at the 2015 World Bowling Senior Championships, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</span></p> <p>Nordenson doubled in the sixth and seventh frames and Olsson missed a 3-pin in the seventh to reverse the match at Sam's Town Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Both players opened in the ninth frame, and Nordenson sealed the win with a strike in the 10<sup>th</sup> as Olsson missed on her first offering, USBC reported.</p> <p>"I just tried to relax and execute," Nordenson said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "Before the semifinal match, we said we would see each other in 20 minutes. This is fantastic."</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Nordenson, who got the fourth and final spot in the bracket match play medal round with 1,197 for six games, downed top seed Lucy Sandelin of the U.S. 199-194 in the semifinals.</span></p> <p>Sandelin, a USBC Hall of Famer and the defending singles champion, led qualifying with 1,231.</p> <p>In the other semifinal, Olsson beat Finland's Tuula Tamminen 236-194.</p> <p>Sandelin and Tamminen earned bronze medals.</p> <p>Team USA&rsquo;s Paula Vidad was one spot out of the medal round at 1,194, while USBC Hall of Famers Tish Johnson with 1,177 and Robin Romeo at 1,144 were seventh and 13th, respectively.</p> <p>Links to full results and online scoring are&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>Thursday&rsquo;s competition is the rest of men&rsquo;s doubles starting at 10:30 a.m. Central time.</p> <p>All of the competition is being webcast on BowlTV.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>archive of the women&rsquo;s singles medal round is here</strong></a>, and the <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>archive of women&rsquo;s singles qualifying is here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The World Bowling Senior Championships features more than 200 competitors age 50 and older from 33 countries vying for medals in singles, doubles, team, all-events and Masters competition.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015 WORLD BOWLING SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong><br /><strong>Wednesday's results</strong><br /><em>Sam's Town Bowling Center, Las Vegas</em></p> <p><strong>WOMEN'S SINGLES</strong><br /><strong>Semifinals</strong><br />Kristina Nordenson, Sweden, def. Lucy Sandelin, United States, 199-194<br />Susanne Olsson, Sweden, def. Tuula Tamminen, Finland, 236-194<br /><em>(Losers earn bronze medals)</em><strong><br />Final</strong><br />Nordenson def. Olsson, 205-181 <br /><em>(Nordenson wins gold medal; Olsson wins silver medal)</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7704 The 11th Frame: PBA legend Guppy Troup home from hospital after suffering stroke <p>PBA legend Guppy Troup suffered a stroke, but was released from a hospital on Wednesday and is recovering at home, his son and fellow PBA Tour champion Kyle Troup reported. &nbsp;</p> <p>Here is what Kyle posted on Facebook:<br /><em>"Guppy update... the Doctor said that he did have a stroke however it was only in the part of the brain that affects speech. He is still able to talk and will be starting a new medication routine that will hopefully prevent this from happening again in the future. Hid heart is not as strong as it should be but with the new medication along with NO ALCOHOL his heart will improve. Mom will be bringing him home shortly for a good night's sleep and brighter days ahead. He wanted to tell everyone his pain in the a** is going home so he's definitely feeling a little better lol.</em><br /><em>Thank you again to everyone for the prayer requests and concerns."</em></p> <p>And here is what Guppy posted:<em><br />"WElll I'm home. doing good and will be back real soon. am right here. thank you everyone for all the nice words. will be back tomorrow. see ya'll then."</em></p> <p>Guppy, 65, won eight PBA Tour titles and 41 PBA Regional titles in his career, yet is known as much for his flamboyant personality as his considerable talent. In fact, his flamboyance may have overshadowed his talent &mdash; it could be argued that he may have been one strike from the PBA Hall of Fame.&nbsp;</p> <p>That strike was needed in the 10th frame to beat Mark Roth for the 1984 U.S. Open title. Add that major title to the rest of his record and perhaps he gets elected to the PBA Hall of Fame.&nbsp;</p> <p>I became friends with Guppy through the PBA and shared more than one drink with him over the years &mdash; Crown for Guppy and beer for me! We were fortunate enough to be qualifiers for the PBA National Resident Pro Championship for many years and Guppy often joined our Midwest team and Midwest Region Manager Dick Weber for our team dinner, I am sure because he knew we had the most fun of any of the regions.</p> <p>Here's hoping Guppy gives up those cocktails, and does whatever else he needs to do to stick around many more years watching Kyle attempt to catch him in PBA titles. &nbsp;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">This post on Sept. 8, 2013 is my favorite from Guppy on Facebook:&nbsp;<br /></span><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">"Well, guess its time. I have decided to quit or retire from bowling. What ever way it goes. Have had a great 38 years in bowling. People that I have met on regular tour were fabulous. Want to thank you all for the support in those years. Senior tour was the best. Got to get together with friends I hadn't seen and made some new ones. Tommy Nevitt, only guy to live with me longer than my wifes. My best friend always. John Hirsina, Bob Hart. What can I say. Without you two don't know if I would of made it through the Senior Tour. The 3 bandidoes will live forever. Thanks to everyone I met and for all the fun you've let me have. Have a couple tournaments this year left and then that's it. Will bowl Delphos next week and always the over-under, with my son. Only thing left for me to do in my carrear is to win with my son. Thanks to everyone in my carrear. Its been a hell of a run. PS, guys I will come back every so often to harass you. See ya'll have a good one."</span></em></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Take care of yourself and get well, my friend.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:00:00 -0600 7703 The 11th Frame: PWBA takes big step forward in landing Smithfield Foods as sponsor of Tour Championship <p>The PWBA Tour has been enjoying a tremendously successful re-launch season, with full or nearly full fields and plenty of exciting competition featuring down-to-the-wire title matches.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The question is whether PWBA will be able to turn those success factors into big steps forward in the form of sponsors and additional TV exposure.</span></p> <p>One step forward was announced in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PWBA news release</strong></a> late Wednesday afternoon: Smithfield Foods in a 2-year deal has joined the PWBA as an &ldquo;elite title sponsor&rdquo; with the season-ending tournament now called the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship promoted by</p> <p>&ldquo;This is a tremendous opportunity to partner with the PWBA during its comeback season,&rdquo; Bob Weber, Vice President of Corporate Marketing for Smithfield Foods, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PWBA release</strong></a>. &ldquo;The early tour events have drawn a good deal of interest and the PWBA Tour will be a great avenue for our brands to reach bowling fans.&rdquo;</p> <p>Smithfield Foods was founded in Smithfield, Virginia, in 1936 and has become the world&rsquo;s largest producer of pork products. In addition to its Smithfield flagship brand, its other notable brands include Eckrich, Farmland, Armour, Cook&rsquo;s Gwaltney, John Morrell and Nathan&rsquo;s Famous.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Tour Championship</strong></a> &mdash; maybe it will become known as The Smithfield the way the PBA Tournament of Champions became simply The Firestone &mdash; will feature only the top 16 bowlers from the 2015 PWBA Tour season. Those 16 will be the winners of each PWBA Tour stop and the top non-winners from the points list.</span></p> <p>The bracket match play format with seedings changes as the winners and points change. Stefanie Johnson leads the points, followed by Diana Zavjalova and Kelly Kulick. To check the latest bracket, go <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The tournament will be Sept. 10-13 at the International Training and Research Center in in Arlington, Texas. The stepladder finals will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network on Sept. 13 at noon Central time, with the winner presented with the Smithfield Cup and $20,000.</p> <p>There is no entry fee and the rest of the prize list is $10,00 for second, $5,000 each for third and fourth, $3,000 each for fifth and sixth, $2,000 each for seventh through 10<sup>th</sup>, and $1,000 each for 11<sup>th</sup> through 16<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The <a href="../../../news/article/6947" target="_blank"><strong>PWBA Tour re-launched earlier this year</strong></a> with a 3-year funding commitment from the Bowling Proprietors&rsquo; Association of America and the United States Bowling Congress.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s always great to see when a company such as Smithfield Foods sees the value of marketing through our sport,&rdquo; Kulick, the spokesperson for the PWBA who could be featured in PWBA-themed ads for Smithfield, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PWBA release</strong></a>. &ldquo;The opportunity for women to compete as professional bowlers on a regular basis is possible because of the PWBA Tour and because of companies like Smithfield.&rdquo;</p> <p>While financial terms of the deal were not announced, there is no questioning the importance of adding a sponsor from outside the bowling industry. Regardless of the terms of the deal, it could end up being more important if it helps draw in other non-bowling sponsors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:00:00 -0600 7702 The 11th Frame: Items announced for International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame September auction <p>The items available in the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame auction for September have been announced.</p> <p>Proceeds from the monthly auctions benefit the IBMHOF in its mission to preserve the history of bowling.</p> <p>The items include an Earl Anthony-themed Kessler advertisement on mirror, circa 1970s or early 1980s; a large framed Italian 19th century bocce ball photograph; and a framed illustration of outdoor kegeling.</p> <p>The auction will take place in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>The Bowling Museum Store on eBay here</strong></a>.</p> <p>Bidders will be able to find detailed descriptions of each item on Sept. 21 and bidding will run Sept. 21 through Oct. 1.</p> <p>For more information, or to inquire about donating items, contact Museum Curator Jessica Bell at, 817-385-8212 or 800-343-1329 extension 8212.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0600 7700 The 11th Frame: Australia’s Andrew Frawley wins men’s singles gold at World Bowling Senior Championships <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">If anyone was thinking U.S. bowlers were going to dominate the 2015 World Bowling Senior Championships on their home turf, Tuesday&rsquo;s men&rsquo;s singles put an end to those thoughts.</span></p> <p>Australia's Andrew Frawley, a 51-yeart-old right-hander, beat top seed Todd Sim of Canada 224-183 to win the gold medal at Sam's Town Bowling Center in Las Vegas, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</p> <p>Frawley started the match with four consecutive strikes as Sim stayed clean but was unable to double. Frawley nearly opened the window after leaving a 3-6-7-10 split in the sixth frame, but he converted it to keep Sim at bay, USBC reported.</p> <p>A 4-7-10 split in the ninth from Sim ended any hope of a comeback as Frawley brought Australia its first gold medal in two World Bowling Senior Championships.</p> <p>"I had a pretty good ball reaction in practice, so I was feeling relatively confident," Frawley said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "I was really trying to burn up a spot to roll it into, and it really started to roll early. I had to make a move and was a little late. So, I made the move, and Tom got a little unlucky with a few taps, so I relaxed after that."</p> <p>Sim, who led qualifying with 1,415 for six games, earned the silver.</p> <p>Bronze medals went to Scotland&rsquo;s Alan Keddie, who lost to Frawley 215-211, and Canada&rsquo;s John Chapman, who fell to Frawley 243-206.</p> <p>Team USA&rsquo;s Ron Mohr was a spot from the medal round, finishing fifth in qualifying with 1,297. The other U.S. bowlers were Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha in seventh with 1,270, and Johnny Petraglia at 1,106 and Bob Learn Jr. with 1,074 out of the top 50.</p> <p>Links to full results and online scoring are <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>Wednesday&rsquo;s competition is women&rsquo;s singles and the first squad of men's doubles starting at 10:30 a.m. Central time.</p> <p>All of the competition is being webcast on BowlTV.</p> <p>The <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>archive of the men&rsquo;s singles medal round is here</strong></a>, the <strong><a href=";feature" target="_blank">archive of A squad qualifying is here</a>,</strong> and the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>archive of B squad qualifying is here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The World Bowling Senior Championships features more than 200 competitors age 50 and older from 33 countries vying for medals in singles, doubles, team, all-events and Masters competition.</span>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><strong>2015 WORLD BOWLING SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong><br /><strong>Tuesday's results</strong><br /><em>Sam's Town Bowling Center, Las Vegas</em><br /></span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><strong>MEN'S SINGLES</strong><br /><strong>Semifinals</strong><br /><em>(Losers earn bronze medals)</em><br />Todd Sim, Canada, def. John Chapman, Canada, 243-206<br />Andrew Frawley, Australia, def. Alan Keddie, Scotland, 215-211<br /><strong>Final</strong><br />Frawley def. Sim, 224-183 <br /><em>(Frawley wins gold medal; Sim wins silver medal)</em><br /></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7693 The 11th Frame: Matt McNiel wins Open for 2nd time <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">By the third game of Saturday&rsquo;s qualifying, I firmly believed I&rsquo;d be seeing Matt McNiel bowling for the title of this weekend&rsquo;s Open at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa.</span></p> <p>I crossed with McNiel in qualifying and after a game in the 190s to open, the Brunswick staffer switched to a MASTERMIND SCHOLAR and followed with a pair of games in the 250s.</p> <p>His reaction was very good and as one of 20 or so left-handers in the 156-player field I knew it wouldn&rsquo;t change anywhere near as much as the right-handers&rsquo; reaction during Sunday&rsquo;s 12-game marathon format leading up to the stepladder finals.</p> <p>Fellow lefty Eric Fritton eventually passed McNiel in the 6-game qualifying 1,471-1,410, as I wrote up <a href="../../../news/article/7692" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>Sunday&rsquo;s format, which came from the fertile mind of;s Mike Flanagan, featured all 48 bowlers who advanced rolling 12 games with 1 to 48 bonus pins available each game. The top score each game receives 48, second 47, third 46 down to 1 for 48<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The finals went about as I expected, with the right side transitioning into a fairly severe cliff with over-under reaction left to right and front to back.</p> <p>On the left, meanwhile, Daron Hansen made it three lefties in the top four for most of the day.</p> <p>However, the left side began transitioning late in the day and Fritton ended up falling to fifth after closing with games of 197, 173 and 232.</p> <p>Hansen romped to the top seed by 105 pins over McNiel on the strength of Sunday&rsquo;s high block of 2,812 and the most bonus pins at 446.</p> <p>Kyle Sherman made the biggest move Sunday, jumping from 18<sup>th</sup> to third with a block of 2,802, while Shea Bittender edged out Fritton by 23 pins for fourth after qualifying in third on Saturday.</p> <p>Nick Kruml was just five pins behind Fritton and Nick Heilman was eight pins behind Kruml with a perfect game in his final game.</p> <p>The game-by-game results with bonus pins for all 48 players are attached to the end of this blog as a PDF, as is the lane pattern.</p> <p>This old man rallied up to about 16th before running out of gas and falling to 31st. A dozen games in one day is too much when you're staying up late supporting your sponsors! Of course, even well rested I am unlikely to keep up with all of the great younger players in the field.</p> <p>So the stepladder finals featured two lefties from Minnesota on top and two righties from the St. Louis area in the opening match.</p> <p>I first saw Sherman when I crossed with him in the inaugural Open in 2011 when he was just 17. I was impressed then and he is becoming exactly the bowler he looked capable of becoming. He has a fundamentally excellent game with rhythm and balance and a strong heavy roll.</p> <p>Bittenbender won a PBA Regional last month in the St. Louis area on a very tough condition. He has tremendous rhythm and a powerful ball roll with a quirky finish up on his left toe. Bittenbender has more side turn than Sherman and is great at getting the ball down the lane while retaining power when a shot gets toasty.</p> <p>That also appeared to hurt him against Sherman on the fresh condition as his reaction was a little more jumpy than Sherman&rsquo;s, with the worst result from that being a 3-4-6-7-9-10 in the third frame that he never recovered enough from as Sherman had seven of the first eight strikes in a 234-184 win.</p> <p>Bittenbender used a Roto Grip MENACE and Sherman an Ebonite WARRIOR.</p> <p>The Greater Iowa Bowling Association format is three practice balls on both lanes before each match for each bowler during the stepladder finals, which stayed on lanes 13-14 at Cherry Lanes to accommodate Craig Elliott&rsquo;s webcast.</p> <p>And that didn&rsquo;t seem to be enough for McNeil, who later told me he got &ldquo;jittery&rdquo; as the semifinal match started.</p> <p>He whiffed the head-pin in the first and second frames, converting a 1-3-7 washout but chopping the 1-3-6, before settling down a little and sparing a single pin in the third.</p> <p>Sherman, meanwhile, opened up a big lead with four strikes to start.</p> <p>But while he would never double again in a clean 227, McNiel settled down into the machine that has become arguably the greatest USBC Open Championships bowler in history &mdash; inarguably if you consider just a short time frame.</p> <p>Sherman, who bowls for Lindenwood University, still had a chance to control the match with a potential 257 by striking in the ninth &mdash; McNiel had a potential 256 at that point &mdash; but left a light mixer 10-pin.</p> <p>McNiel then got up and flushed strikes in the ninth and 10<sup>th</sup> to lock up what became a 243-227 win.</p> <p>For the title match, McNiel, a Brunswick staffer, switched from an INTRIGUE to the MASTERMIND SCHOLAR that worked so well on Saturday.</p> <p>The powerful Hanson, meanwhile, stuck with the MOTIV VENOM SHOCK that had worked all day &hellip; but it was too much for a pair that he said hooked more than any he saw all day.</p> <p>McNiel opened with five strikes and nine of the first 10 in blasting a 263, while Hansen never doubled and struggled to 156.</p> <p>You can watch it all at <a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a>.</p> <p>The archived webcast of <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Saturday's qualifying is here</strong></a> and the archived webcast of <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Sunday&rsquo;s Round of 48 and stepladder finals</strong></a> is here.</p> <p>The stepladder webcast concludes with an interview with McNiel, who also made <a href=";theater&amp;notif_t=mentions_comment" target="_blank"><strong>this Facebook video</strong></a> on the way home.</p> <p>As I said on the webcast over the weekend, I can't wait to see how McNiel does against the best in the world.&nbsp;</p> <p>First was $2,700 plus $1,220 in the Bet You Win pot, second was $2,200, third $1,800 and fourth $1,350. The prize fund went down to $400 for 24<sup>th</sup> and $225 for 48<sup>th</sup>, with four more checks paid at $185, $185, $175 and $175. The cashing list is attached to the bottom of the blog as a PDF.</p> <p>In all, the entry fees totaled $23,100 (Cherry Lanes received two free entries in return for the free lineage), and paid out a total major prize fund of $27,750, along with an extra $750 in $150 checks to four seniors and one female &mdash; an extra $750.&nbsp;</p> <p>All this happens thanks to Cherry Lanes donating the lineage, Coors Light, Storm Bowling&nbsp;Products,&nbsp;and the Diamond Jo Casino providing significant added prize money and covering the webcast. High5 Gear and the GIBA also added sponsor money, and High 5 Gear will provide a jersey to McNiel and sold us the <a href="../../../news/article/7668" target="_blank"><strong>Bowlers for Boxers T-shirts at cost for our charity effort for Green Acres Boxer Rescue</strong></a>. I will have a report on that later.</p> <p>I also will provide a one-year subscription to to McNiel when my site becomes a subscription site soon. And if that works out, I will add to the prize fund next year.</p> <p>I can&rsquo;t offer enough thanks to all of the sponsors, GIBA/Joe Engelkes and his family, and everyone at Cherry Lanes and the Diamond Jo. I will have information out about next year&rsquo;s tournament as soon as possible, but tentative plans are for the same weekend with the same format and hopefully a full field again.</p> <p>In three years, we have had three dramatically different lane patterns, with McNiel winning jamming it up between 10- and 15-board in 2012, Matt Gasn winning lofting the gutter cap much of the day in 2014, and McNiel winning again on an outside shot this year.</p> <p>The left side turned out to have an advantage this year, but the pattern provided many things we desired: the outside boards played, you could start anywhere from 1- to 10-boardish, the pattern held up for 12 games with 4 on a pair without getting to gutter cap lofting, and scores were fairly moderate.</p> <p>I called the pattern soft but tricky.</p> <p>I welcome all feedback and am happy to take the bad with the good, but was somewhat surprised that I didn&rsquo;t hear many complaints. Certainly fewer than last year.</p> <p>I would say it&rsquo;s possible we may use this pattern &mdash; a modified version of the 2014 Open pattern &mdash; with some tweaks to make it play a little different and a little tougher on the left. Cherry Lanes manager Bob Hochrein gets plenty of capable assistance at Brunswick with developing such lane patterns.</p> <p>All the armchair quarterbacks who don&rsquo;t have much knowledge of oiling lanes have no idea how hard it is to find the middle ground in scores and left-to-right play. Today&rsquo;s environment tends to be either mega scores or brutally tough, and lefties at a big disadvantage or running the right-handers over.</p> <p>There is no harder job in bowling than being a lane man seeking that middle ground.</p> <p>I simply try to be what I preach &mdash; as transparent as possible in explaining what I/we aim for and where there is success and where there is failure.</p> <p>Overall, I think this year was a huge success.</p> <p>Finally, thanks to all of the bowlers who backed up what we&rsquo;ve been doing with the tournament by filling it up.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 23:00:00 -0600 7696 The 11th Frame: 12-year wait ends for Ryan Shafer as he wins 5th PBA Tour title <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Ryan Shafer may be the greatest player in PBA Tour history who has no chance of getting into the Hall of Fame &ndash; unless he has a huge run way late in his career.</span></p> <p>And I mean that totally as praise.</p> <p>The what-ifs in Shafer&rsquo;s career are mind-boggling: Mixed in a long career's worth of bowling heartbreak are 14 TV finals in major tournaments (if my math is right) without a title, including five second-place finishes.</p> <p>More details are in <a href="../../../news/article/4856" target="_blank"><strong>this blog I wrote during the 2012 U.S. Open</strong></a> when Shafer lost the opening TV match to Pete Weber in what turned out to be the signature &ldquo;Who do you think you are? I am!&rdquo; moment of the Hall of Famer&rsquo;s legendary career.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Just winning two of those major tournament TV title matches and Shafer would be a borderline Hall of Famer; three or more and he&rsquo;d probably already have been inducted.</span></p> <p>If he had won all five, or just five or more out of the 14 major tournament TV finals, he'd almost certainly be considered one of the all-time greats.</p> <p>It just tells you how important &mdash; overvalued? &mdash; winning single-game matches on TV is when compared to the much more meaningful task of bowling a huge number of games over many days to make the TV finals of a major.</p> <p>As it is, heading into this weekend, Shafer&rsquo;s last PBA Tour win came in the 2003 Empire State Open.</p> <p>The 1987 PBA Rookie of the Year eased a lot of bowling heartache by winning the PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter Pro Shop East Classic at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Delaware.</p> <p>Shafer started the title match with seven straight strikes in a 254-144 rout of Marshall Kent to take the $15,000 top prize.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a long time, 12 years,&rdquo; Shafer, who turned 49 last week, said in this PBA news release. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m glad it&rsquo;s over. It really feels good.</span></p> <div class="_209g _2vxa" data-block="true" data-offset-key="bgmet-0-0" data-reactid=".ao.1:6.0.$right.$editor0.0.0.$bgmet"><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been through a rough few years. You start to feel like the young guys are really taking over. You lose ball speed. The only thing you can do is practice a lot and make your spares, and grind it out. That&rsquo;s the kind of tournament I prefer. I like a lot of games.&rdquo;</span></div> <p>Shafer qualified seventh for Sunday&rsquo;s match play and then won 10 of 16 matches to earn the top seed.</p> <p>&ldquo;They were a little toasty, the second eight games today,&rdquo; Shafer said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s what I&rsquo;m best at. I&rsquo;m a grinder.&rdquo;</p> <p>Kent, who fired a 279 in the final game of match play to advance from eighth to third for the stepladder finals, advanced to the title match with wins of 225-189 over John Szczerbinski and 244-242 over lefty Tommy Gollick.</p> <p>As seen on Xtra Frame, Kent was using a very hard shot with a ton of loft directly up around first arrow. It was a winner until he ran into a series of splits against Shafer&rsquo;s strike barrage.</p> <p>After the win, Shafer made this post on Facebook:<br /><em>Well what can a person say. It's been 12 long years since my last national title and the last few years have been more than trying on my soul. I don't need to rehash all of that. I must thank many people. First, the people at EBI for believing in me when some other people felt I had nothing left to offer as a player or a person. Dave Wodka, the great Jason Couch, Rob Gotchall, Bugsy Kelly (when he was still there) and Randy Schickert. This victory belongs to you also.</em><br /><em>My beautiful girlfriend and champion in her own right Liz Kuhlkin for motivating me and helping me stay interested in the game when I was feeling defeated.</em><br /><em>My friends at Rossi lanes and Jim Pitts who puts out patterns for me in the Congo so I can practice what I need to work on.</em><br /><em>To JJ Bobby Downing, Mickey Sullivan, Roland Painter and everyone at Crystal lanes for inviting me in and treating me like family. I enjoy our practice sessions every week.</em><br /><em>To all my friends and family in the Elmira/Corning Horseheads area who never stopped believing that I had it in me to win again.</em><br /><em>To all the guys I compete with in the eastern region week in and week out. You guys are all great and you motivate me to keep working hard so I can keep up with you. Especially Tommy Gollick. No one works harder than you and it would have been awesome to bowl you for the title. You bowled the best out of anyone all day.</em><br /><em>To Russ Mills who runs a superb eastern region and a man I have called a friend for 30 years.</em><br /><em>To Jeff Mraz and Dick Gran, the two best sponsors a guy could ask for.</em><br /><em>And finally the sponsor of the event. After my victory, he offered to donate $1000 to the Michelle Shafer Scholarship fund. This means more to me than my victory that my story can touch people in that way. Thanks mid- county lanes for hosting a great event with great pro Ams. It was a day to remember for a long time. Many congrats to the players in the top 24 and the other step ladder finalists... Marshall Kent, tommy Gollick and john Szczerbinski or however you spell your last name (hahaha) ‪#&lrm;TeamEBI</em></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The next PBA Tour title event will be the Xtra Frame PBA Iowa Midwest Open from Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Oct. 9-11.</span></p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA XTRA FRAME GENE CARTER PRO SHOP EAST CLASSIC</strong><br /><em>Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Sunday</em><br /> <br /><strong>Final Standings<br /></strong>1, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., $15,000. 2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., $7,800. 3, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., $4,000. 4, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., $2,500.<br /> <br /><strong>Stepladder Results<br /></strong>Match One &ndash; Kent def. Szczerbinski, 225-189. Semifinal &ndash; Kent def. Gollick, 244-242. Championship - Shafer def. Kent, 254-144.<br /> <br /><strong>Final Match Play Standings</strong> <br /><em>(23 games, including match play bonus pins)</em><br />1, Shafer, 10-6, 5,399.<br />2, Gollick, 10-6, 5,367.<br />3, Kent, 11-5, 5,315.<br />4, Szczerbinski, 11-5, 5,311.<br />5, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 11-5, 5,297, $1,700.<br />6, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 8-8, 5,288, $1,300.<br />7, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 9-6-1, 5,276, $1,100.<br />8, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 9-7, 5,223, $1,000.<br />9, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 7-9, 5,196, $950.<br />10, Matt O'Grady, Matawan, N.J., 9-7, 5,162, $925.<br />11, A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6-9-1, 5,125, $900.<br />12, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 8-8, 5,082, $880.<br />13, Kristian Rogers, Charlotte, N.C., 8-8, 5,064, $860.<br />14, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 8-8, 5,056, $850.<br />15, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 7-9, 5,051, $840.<br />16, Nick Christy, Newport, N.C., 8-8, 5,026, $830.<br />17, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 7-9, 5,006, $820.<br />18, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 8-8, 4,988, $810.<br />19, Chris Arcaro, Wilmington, N.C., 8-8, 4,962, $800.<br />20, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 6-10, 4,924, $790.<br />21, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 6-10, 4,916, $780.<br />22, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 7-9, 4,902, $770.<br />23, Adam Baer, Gettysburg, Pa., 5-11, 4,876, $760.<br />24, Frank Gray, North East, Md., 4-12, 4,576, $750.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 19:00:00 -0600 7692 The 11th Frame: Lefties Eric Fritton, Matt McNiel lead Open qualifying <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Left-handers Eric Fritton and Matt McNiel led Saturday&rsquo;s qualifying of the GIBA Open on Saturday at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa.</span></p> <p>Fritton, who is from the Milwaukee area, totaled 1,471 for six games and McNiel, the USBC Open Championships multi-Eagle winner who is from the Twin Cities, totaled 1,410.</p> <p>Shea Bittenbender, who won his first PBA Regional title last month, was the high right-hander in third with 1,395.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">As I wrote in <a href="../../../news/article/7544" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a>, my goal for this year&rsquo;s Open was to make the pattern different from the first two years when the outside of the lane was completely out of play.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">McNiel somehow won the first Open on a pattern that I would have bet no lefty could have won on as he just jammed it straight up between 10- and 15-board. It was when I began to understand just how good he is.&nbsp;</span>That pattern was so long and tight good right-handers were throwing shots in the right gutter while playing 20 and outside 10 had zero chance.</p> <p>Matt Gasn won last year as many bowlers were lofting the guttercap with several games to go.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Both tournaments produced quality champions and there was no doubt quality shotmaking was required, so they were successful in that important way. But the tournaments didn&rsquo;t meet my goals of having multiple angles possible and enabling everyone to play their A game at some point during the tourney.</span></p> <p>This year we used the 2014 Open pattern, which McNiel won, with modifications to make the left side tougher. The PDF of the 44-foot Sport pattern is attached to the bottom of this blog.</p> <p>Yet lefties still went 1-2 in qualifying. Two every good lefites it must be said.&nbsp;</p> <p>As McNiel said when we were talking after crossing together , &ldquo;If you let the gutter play we&rsquo;re liable to run you (righities) over.&rdquo;</p> <p>Yet, it also is easy to just slightly tweak them and have the lefties have virtually no chance.</p> <p>Such is bowling.</p> <p>One issue Saturday was that righties played everywhere from 1-board to close to 15-board at the start. And many used very rough surface.</p> <p>The result was stark pair-to-pair differences and no consistent ball reaction as bowlers moved pairs.</p> <p>That may be different Sunday with just the top 48 bowling and presumably &ldquo;better&rdquo; play on the right side.</p> <p>I am open to all feedback anyone wants to offer. The one thing I can guarantee is that the pattern won&rsquo;t be the same next year &ndash; we&rsquo;ve certainly had a variety the first three years.</p> <p>And we achieved one important goal: giving players the chance to play an outside line.</p> <p>The top 48 advanced to Sunday&rsquo;s semifinals, which will consist of 12 games with up to 48 bonus pins available each game. The format conceived by Mike Flanagan remains without a good name, but is fun to bowl.</p> <p>Each game, the high score will get 48 bonus pins, second 47, third 46, down to 1 for the lowest score. &nbsp;</p> <p>After 12 games the top four for 18 games plus bonus pins will make the stepladder finals on fresh oil.</p> <p>The tournament is being webcast by&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a>.</p> <p>The last finals spot went to Derek Hein at 1,250.</p> <p>We also paid four extra cash spots in the 156-player field, with Chris Pierson getting the last check at 1,245.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">I had not bowled in two weeks and was rusty, but managed to advance with 1,297 on games of 228, 204, 215, 198, 237 and 215.</span></p> <p>I used a Roto Grip SINSTER the first three games, then made a bad ball change to a Roto Grip MENACE to start game three, then to a CRUX for the last 2 1/2 games.&nbsp; The surfaces were either 500 or 1,000 Abralon.</p> <p>&nbsp;I played straight up outside 5 to start and could barely wrinkle it, which has become more of a problem the older I&rsquo;ve gotten.</p> <p>By the end I was between 5- and 10-board at the arrows with a fairly direct angle.</p> <p>After 647 the first three, I made the switch to the MENACE seeking more hook/power and more strikes.</p> <p>I didn&rsquo;t realize lane 30 (the end lane) was hooking much more. I left a 3-pin, moved 4-and-2 for the spare and hooked by it! After a spar eon lane 29, I moved 2-and1 more and left a 4-6-7-10 for 33 in the third. Nice!</p> <p>After a change to the CRUX and a 5-bagger, I left the 3-6-10 on lane 30, moved in for the spare and skidded by it when I was worrying about chopping it.</p> <p>I also missed a 3-6-10 to the right and a 2-8 hooking by it somehow in the second and third frames of the last game, but rallied for 215 including three strikes in the ninth and 10<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>Thanks again to all the sponsors: Diamond Jo Casino, Cherry Lanes, Coors Light, Storm Products and High 5 Gear.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:00:00 -0600 7691 The 11th Frame: 2013 USBC Queens champion Diana Zavjalova wins PWBA Minnesota Open title <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">I call it being counter intuitive: trying something that logic or experience says shouldn&rsquo;t work. And sometimes when all seems lost, it is the perfect solution.</span></p> <p>With the wackiness of lane pattern transition, it makes sense that what doesn&rsquo;t make sense sometimes makes perfect sense.</p> <p>On Saturday, Diana Zavjalova called it &ldquo;Go big or go home&rdquo; in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PWBA news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>In the middle of the title match of the PWBA Minnesota Open at Island Xtreme Bowl, Zavjalova changed to a ball she hadn&rsquo;t used during the tournament to that point and rallied to win a thrilling title match 216-208 over top seed Rocio Restrepo.</p> <p>"I didn't use that ball all week," Zavjalova said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "I was struggling with the transition and I had to figure out a way to strike. So I tried something different and it worked. Go big or go home."</p> <p>Zavjalova, the 2013 USBC Queens champion, defeated Rocio Restrepo of Colombia, 216-208, in a pressure-packed title match.</p> <p>Zavjalova closed with four strikes, forcing Restrepo to throw two strikes and a 9-count in the 10<sup>th</sup> to win. Restrepo struck on her first shot but left a 7-pin on her second to lose.</p> <p>"I just had a feeling this was going to be my week and it was," Zavjalova said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "I feel like I have been so close and to finally break through and win feels great."</p> <p>Zavjalova, who was the third seed, got to the title match with wins of 279-205 over future Hall of Famer Kelly Kulick and 247-209 over Kayla Bandy.</p> <p>Zavjalova earned $10,000 for the title and a spot in the season-ending PWBA Tour Championship presented by, which will be contested in Arlington, Texas, next month.</p> <p>The Minnesota Open lane pattern was long (in length) and light (in oil volume). The pattern is 47 feet with a 47-foot reverse drop brush and 21.55 mL of Kegel Fire oil consisting of 20.35 mL of forward oil and 1.2 mL of reverse oil. The left-side ratios are 2.86-1 outside track to middle, 2.63-1 middle track to middle, and 1.27-1 inside track to middle.&nbsp;The right-side ratios are 2.86-1 outside track to middle, 2.38-1 middle track to middle, and 1.14-1 inside track to middle. The PDF with pattern details is attached to the bottom of this blog.</p> <p><a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here is the archived Xtra Frame broadcast of the stepladder finals</strong></a>.</p> <p>And <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the archives of the qualifying and match play rounds can be found here</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PWBA MINNESOTA OPEN</strong><br /><em>Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minnesota</em><br /><strong>Saturday's results</strong></p> <p><strong>FINAL STANDINGS</strong><br />1, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 742 (three games), $10,000 2, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 208 (one game), $5,000 3, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 209 (one game), $3,500 4, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 205 (one game) $3,000<br /> <br /><strong>STEPLADDER REULTS<br /></strong>Match One - Zavjalova def. Kulick, 279-205 Match Two - Zavjalova def. Bandy, 247-209 Championship - Zavjalova def. Restrepo, 216-208</p> <p><strong>MATCH PLAY</strong><br />(16 games, 30 bonus pins for a win, 15 bonus pins for a tie, top four advance)<br />1, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 13-3-0, 6,874.<br />2, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 14-2-0, 6,860.<br />3, Diana Zavjalova, Beavercreek, Ohio, 10-6-0, 6,754.<br />4, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 10-5-1, 6,716.<br /><strong>DID NOT ADVANCE</strong><br />5, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 9-7-0, 6,673, $2,000.<br />6, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 10-6-0, 6,569, $1,850.<br />7, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 8-7-1, 6,559, $1,800.<br />8, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 4-10-2, 6,518, $1,750.<br />9, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 6-10-0, 6,508, $1,700.<br />10, Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., 9-6-1, 6,506, $1,650.<br />11, Bryanna Caldwell, Red Rock, Ariz., 6-10-0, 6,386, $1,550.<br />12, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 6-10-0, 6,375, $1,500.<br />13, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 6-10-0, 6,313, $1,450.<br />14, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 5-11-0, 6,254, $1,400.<br />15, Jacqueline Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 5-10-1, 6,231, $1,350.<br />16, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 4-12-0, 6,078, $1,300.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7695 The 11th Frame: Kyle Troup soars to big lead in PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter Pro Shop Classic qualifying <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The power of the fro was in evidence Saturday in Middletown, Delaware, as Kyle Troup averaged 245.7 for seven games to lead qualifying in the PBA Tour Xtra Frame Gene Carter Pro Shop East Classic at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, PBA reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>The 23-year-old 2-hander, who won his first PBA Tour title in the PBA Wolf Open earlier this year, totaled 1,720 for eight games to lead the 180 bowler-field.</p> <p>PBA rookie A.J. Johnson, who finished second to Jason Belmonte in this year&rsquo;s USBC Masters, was second at 1,658.</p> <p>Defending champion Jason Couch was among the 24 players who advanced to match play, qualifying in 15th at 1,533 pins.</p> <p>The modified 16-game round-robin match play finals start Sunday at 8 a.m. Central time. The top four after match play advance to the stepladder finals.</p> <p>The tournament is being webcast on Xtra Frame.</p> <hr /> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><strong>PBA XTRA FRAME GENE CARTER PRO SHOP EAST CLASSIC</strong><br /></span><em>Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Delaware, Saturday</em></p> <p><strong>Final Qualifying Standings</strong> <br /><em>(7 games; top 24 advance to modified round-robin match play Sunday)</em><br /> 1. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,720. 2. A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,658. 3. Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,611. 4. Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,602. 5. Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,590. 6. John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,582.<br /> 7. Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,582. 8. Frank H. Gray, Elkton, Md., 1,581. 9. Greg Ostrander, freehold, N.J., 1,577. 10. Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 1,576. 11. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,560. 12. Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,546.<br /> 13. Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 1,546. 14. J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 1,541. 15. Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,533. 16. Matthew O'Grady, Matawan, N.J., 1,531. 17. Chris Arcaro, Willmington, N.C., 1,529. 18. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, , SC, 1,527.<br /> 19. Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,526. 20. Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,525. 21. Nick Christy, Newport, N.C., 1,522. 22. Connor Pickford, Matthews, N.C., 1,522. 23. Adam Baer, Gettysburg, Pa., 1,519. 24. Kristian Rogers, Charlotte, N.C., 1,500.<br /> <br /><strong>Other Cashers</strong> <br />25. Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa., 1,498, $550. 26. Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 1,497, $550. 27. Noel Vega, Kew Gardens, N.Y., 1,494, $550. 28. Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,492, $550. 29. Jason Cornog, Cherry Hill, N.J., 1,489, $550. 30. Gary Haines, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,480, $550.<br /> 31. Stephanie Casey, Yonkers, N.Y., 1,476, $550. 32. Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,475, $550. 33. B.J. Moore, Apex, N.C., 1,472, $550. 34. Josh Schmehl, Seaford, Del., 1,470, $550. 35. Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,466, $550. 36. Brian Cavey, Baltimore, Md., 1,461, $550.<br /> 37. Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, Ariz., 1,459, $525. 38. Rusty Thomsen, south amboy, N.J., 1,458, $525. 39. Chris Blackmore, Fairfax, Va., 1,451, $525. 40. Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,451, $525. 41. Luke Matthys, Whitestown, Ind., 1,450, $525. 42. Tim Mack, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,449, $525.<br /> 43. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,445, $525. 44. Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,438, $525. 45. Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,437, $525. 46. Brian Elder, Newark, Del., 1,433, $525. 47 (tie). Paul Bajorski, West Babylon, N.Y.; Richard Horsley, Morrisville, N.C., and Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,431, $516.67.<br /> 50. Brandon Hinderer, York, Pa., 1,429, $500. 51. Billy Asbury, Odenton, Md., 1,427, $500. 52. E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,424, $500. 53. John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,424, $500. 54. Craig Schneider, Marcy, N.Y., 1,423, $500.<br /> 55. Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,422, $500. 56. Chris S. Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,411, $500. 57. Mike McDonnell, Chesterfield, Va., 1,402, $500. 58. Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,402, $500. 59. David Harvey, Danville, Pa., 1,399, $500. 60. Ethan Gray, North East, Md., 1,397, $250.</p> <p><strong>Did not cash</strong><br /> 61. William Ray Barlow, Edgewood, Md., 1,397. 62. Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,395. 63. Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 1,395. 64. John Neral, Vienna, Va., 1,395. 65. Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,395. 66. Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 1,393.<br /> 67. Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,392. 68. Zack Brown, Holly Springs, N.C., 1,392. 69. Ronnie Horton, Christiansburg, Va., 1,391. 70. Brian Robinson, Westover, W. Va., 1,390. 71. John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 1,390. 72. Paul Pinto, Philadelphia, Pa., 1,389.<br /> 73. Ernest Lukacs, Manville, N.J., 1,389. 74. Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 1,389. 75. Brandon Korczykowski, East Amherst, N.Y., 1,387. 76. Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,386. 77. Collin Raineri, Gilbertsville, Pa., 1,385. 78. Ken Yokobosky, Rockaway, N.J., 1,383.<br /> 79. Bradley Hoffman, Lemoyne, Pa., 1,378. 80. Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 1,375. 81. Keith Doran, Pomona, N.Y., 1,374. 82. Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,372. 83. Victor Florie Jr., Richmond, Va., 1,372. 84. Tommy Dakouvanos, Belford, N.J., 1,369.<br /> 85. Hayward Marlow, Bronx, N.Y., 1,367. 86. Thomas Coco Jr., Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., 1,364. 87. Tim Gillick, Milford, Conn., 1,363. 88. Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 1,362. 89. Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 1,362. 90. Adam Travis, Cockeysville, Md., 1,362.<br /> 91. Michael Markis, Tafton, Pa., 1,362. 92. Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 1,360. 93. Dave Wodka, Beaver Creek, Ohio, 1,359. 94. James Joseph Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 1,357. 95. Kevin Donovan, Painted Post, N.Y., 1,356. 96. Darren Andretta, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,353.<br /> 97. Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,350. 98. Terry Wiley, Vienna, Va., 1,348. 99. Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 1,346. 100. Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 1,345. 101. Michael L. Cimba, Monroeville, Pa., 1,345. 102. Jeremy Elder, Smyrna, Del., 1,342.<br /> 103. Keith Wagner, Easton, Pa., 1,340. 104. Christopher Colella, Templeton, Mass., 1,337. 105. Tnia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., 1,336. 106. Lee Vanderhoef, Canton, Ga., 1,336. 107. Joseph Rzemieniewski, Middletown, Del., 1,334. 108. Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 1,334.<br /> 109. Jeff Voght, Canajoharie, N.Y., 1,332. 110. Brian Knauer Sr., Federalsburg, Md., 1,332. 111. Mike Deckelman, Milford, Del., 1,331. 112. David Haynes, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,330. 113. David Asbury, Ellicott City, Md., 1,329. 114. Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 1,328.<br /> 115. John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,325. 116. Brian Klonarides, Vienna, Va., 1,324. 117. Calvin Sellers, Stratford, Conn., 1,323. 118. Louis Gaudio, Morganville, N.J., 1,323. 119. Eric Cornog, Cherry Hill, N.J., 1,318. 120. Joseph Hostetler, Louisville, Ky., 1,317.<br /> 121. Lizabeth Kuhlkin, Rotterdam, N.Y., 1,316. 122. Richie Bebber, Galena, Md., 1,315. 123. Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 1,313. 124. Terry Smallwood, Germantown, Md., 1,313. 125. Ben Zakrocki, Philadelphia, Pa., 1,312. 126. Geordin Krupski, Newtonville, N.J., 1,312.<br /> 127. Michael J. Cimba, Monroeville, Pa., 1,311. 128. Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,309. 129. Adam Chase, North Babylon, N.Y., 1,307. 130. Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 1,307. 131. Michael Stocks, Leesburg, Va., 1,306. 132. Jason Stadtler, Cherry Hill, N.J., 1,305.<br /> 133. George Dougherty II, Newark, Del., 1,300. 134. Jesse Gibson, West Grove, Pa., 1,299. 135. Jeffrey Roberts, Montverde, Fla., 1,298. 136. Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,296. 137. Tony Myers, Pensacola, Fla., 1,292. 138. Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,292.<br /> 139. Robert Mockenhaupt, Rutherford, N.J., 1,291. 140. Jack Bogan, Kensington, Md., 1,290. 141. David Powers, Newport News, Va., 1,289. 142. Tim Beaver, Kingston, N.Y., 1,288. 143. Colton Wilson, North East, Md., 1,285. 144. Stephen Haas, Enola, Pa., 1,281.<br /> 145. Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 1,276. 146. Paul Nickle III, Rising Sun, Md., 1,273. 147. Timothy Martin, Harrisville, R.I., 1,273. 148. Will Vidulich, Parsippany, N.J., 1,273. 149. Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,269. 150. Rob Manley, Wilmington, Del., 1,260.<br /> 151. Michael Tweed, Camp Hill, Pa., 1,260. 152. Pat Scott, Manassas, Va., 1,258. 153. Otis Reff, Conshohocken, Pa., 1,257. 154. Clifton Wolfe, West Grove, Pa., 1,255. 155. Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,250. 156. Arthur Nowlin, New Castle, Del., 1,248.<br /> 157. Dan Buchman, Maple Shade, N.J., 1,247. 158. Benjamin Enea, Utica, N.Y., 1,243. 159. Pat Merrill, Newark, Del., 1,239. 160. Greg Rottengen, Washington, N.J., 1,235. 161. Robert Fusik III, East Windsor, N.J., 1,234. 162. Jeremy Domingo, Sewell, N.J., 1,232.<br /> 163. David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 1,229. 164. Gregory Smith, Baltimore, Md., 1,227. 165. David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 1,227. 166. Thad Rand, Rapidan, Va., 1,225. 167. Troy Lehigh, York, Pa., 1,215. 168. Howard Snyder, Hunt Valley, Md., 1,215.<br /> 169. Jackson Getting, Hampton, N.H., 1,212. 170. Charles Beam, Henrico, Va., 1,208. 171. Leon Platt, Summerville, S.C., 1,207. 172. John Schmidt, Warners, N.Y., 1,205. 173. Bill Vannoy, Jacksonville, N.C., 1,190. 174. Derek James, Wyandanch, N.Y., 1,189.<br /> 175. Tommy Barna, Westminster, Md., 1,187. 176. Bob Andretta, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,178. 177. Bill Michael Sr., Bowie, Md., 1,147. 178. Joseph Hanussak, Hamilton, N.J., 1,124. 179. Richard Lyles, Poolesville, Md., 1,105. 180. Derek C Engeln, Clifton Park, N.Y., 671, WD.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 19:00:00 -0600 7690 The 11th Frame: Shannon Pluhowsky shakes off title match loss last week, leads PWBA Minnesota Open qualifying <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">When she stepped up in the final frame at last week&rsquo;s PWBA Lincoln Open, Shannon Pluhowsky had a chance to take the title.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><a href="../../../news/article/7674" target="_blank"><strong>That she didn&rsquo;t</strong></a> only proved that even great champions are human.</span></p> <p>Great champions also shake off losses like that, and often use them as fuel for the fire, which is what Pluhowsky did Friday in surging to the qualifying lead of the PWBA Minnesota Open.</p> <p>Pluhowsky, a 15-time Team USA member, blasted 2,941 for 12 games at Island Xtreme Bowl in the Treasure Island Resort and Casino.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">"Things just carried forward from last week," Pluhowsky said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PWBA news release</strong></a>. "I threw it really well in Lincoln and bowling is such a momentum game. Once things get going in the right direction you just keep trying to keep it going."</span></p> <p>Missy Parkin was second at 2,831, Rocio Restrepo third with 2,814, Mexico's Sandra Gongora fourth at 2,779, and Danielle McEwan fifth with 2,767.</p> <p>The top 16 players advanced to Saturday&rsquo;s round-robin match play rounds at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Central time.</p> <p>Lindsay Boomershine and Clara Guerrero tied for 16<sup>th</sup> at 2,597, and Boomershine beat Guerrero 246-234 in the roll-off to advance.</p> <p>Thirty-two of the 58 bowlers cashed, with 32<sup>nd</sup> paying $1,200 to Mariana Ayala at 2,492.</p> <p>The Minnesota Open lane pattern is long (in length) and light (in oil volume). The pattern is 47 feet with a 47-foot reverse drop brush and 21.55 mL of Kegel Fire oil consisting of 20.35 mL of forward oil and 1.2 mL of reverse oil. The left-side ratios are 2.86-1 outside track to middle, 2.63-1 middle track to middle, and 1.27-1 inside track to middle.&nbsp;The right-side ratios are 2.86-1 outside track to middle, 2.38-1 middle track to middle, and 1.14-1 inside track to middle. The PDF with pattern details is attached to the bottom of this blog.</p> <p>The stepladder finals are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.</p> <p>The tournament is being webcast on Xtra Frame.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PWBA MINNESOTA OPEN</strong> <br /><em>Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minn.</em><br /><em>Friday's results</em></p> <p><strong>QUALIFYING</strong><br /><em>(12 games; top 16 advance)<br /></em>1, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 2,941. 2, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 2,831. 3, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 2,814. 4, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 2,779. 5, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,767. 6, Bryanna Caldwell, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,752.<br /><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">7, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 2,711. 8, Jacqueline Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 2,708. 9, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,691. 10, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,676. 11, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,656. 12, Diana Zavjalova, Beavercreek, Ohio, 2,652.<br /></span>13, Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., 2,644. 14, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,640. 15, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,607. 16, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 2,597*.<br />*Won roll-off, 246-234, against Clara Guerrero to advance.</p> <p><strong>DID NOT ADVANCE</strong><br />17, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,597, $1,200. 18, Jodi Gawlik, Schaumburg, Ill., 2,592, $1,200. 19, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 2,590, $1,200.<br /> 20, Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill., 2,569, $1,200. 21, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 2,562, $1,200. 22, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, Ill., 2,556, $1,200. 23, Jasmine Snell, Papillion, Neb., 2,548, $1,200.<br /> 24, (TIE) Amanda Cortese, Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 2,537, $1,200. 26, Andrea Ruiz, Colombia, 2,536, $1,200. 27, Danielle Van der Meer, Washington, Ill., 2,525, $1,200. 28, Katherine Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., 2,519, $1,200. 29, Kayla Johnson, Washington, Ill., 2,515, $1,200. 30, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 2,506, $1,200.<br /> 31, Katie Anne Sopp, White Bear Lake, Minn., 2,499, $1,200. 32, Mariana Ayala, Euless, Texas, 2,492, $1,200.</p> <p><strong>DID NOT CASH</strong><br />33, Natalie Cortese, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 2,478. 34, Brandy Silva, Fort Worth, Texas, 2,477. 35, Sarah Muench, Kewaskum, Wis., 2,443. 36, (TIE) Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., and Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,439.<br /> 38, Holly Harris, Wichita, Kan., 2,438. 39, Megan Buja, Rockford, Ill., 2,432. 40, Samantha Schaden, Baltimore, Md., 2,428. 41, Kayla Stram, Minnetonka, Minn., 2,411. 42, Kerry Smith, Lititz, Pa., 2,390.<br /> 43, (TIE) Anneli Blomqvist, Sweden, and Lindsey Siegel, Gurnee, Ill., 2,388. 45, Jessica Abel, Rose Hill, Kan., 2,383. 46, Cassandra Leuthold, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,309. 47, Kerrie Watson, Canada, 2,306. 48, Anggie Ramirez, Chicago, Ill., 2,302.<br /> 49, Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich., 2,287. 50, Trista Kimmes, Eagan, Minn., 2,262. 51, Brooke Bower, Camp Hill, Pa., 2,242. 52, Lauren Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,218. 53, Stephanie Mours, Franklin, Wis., 2,198. 54, Denise Schwandt, Paynesville, Minn., 2,166.<br /> 55, Brittany Himmelreich, Cressona, Pa., 2,139. 56, Danielle Daugherty, Fresno, Calif., 2,096. 57, Jenny Schwab, Elk River, Minn., 2,024. 58, Amanda Duncan, Forest Lake, Minn., 1,968.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7699 The 11th Frame: Finally Player of the Year, Pete Weber says ‘I don’t care’ it’s PBA50 POY <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">It&rsquo;s a fair argument that Pete Weber&rsquo;s controversial nature in his younger years cost him enough votes to keep him from winning PBA Player of the Year a time or two.</span></p> <p>The most notable year was 1987, when the 1980 PBA Rookie of the Year &nbsp;finished second in the voting to fellow Hall of Famer Marshall Holman, who didn&rsquo;t win a title despite making seven TV finals.</p> <p>Holman finished second three times that year, and led in average and points, while Weber won the Tournament of Champions and led in Tour earnings.</p> <p>Ironically, that highly debatable vote &mdash; I was on Tour in 1987 and both bowled incredible that year; if my memory is correct, I voted for Pete &mdash; pales in comparison to the injustices USBC Hall of Fame voters subjected both Weber and Holman to when they were denied election in their first years on the ballot.</p> <p>There is zero doubt both should have been unanimously elected, and frankly anyone who didn&rsquo;t vote for either doesn&rsquo;t deserve a ballot.</p> <p>But I digress.</p> <p>Twenty-eight years after that near-miss of PBA Player of the Year Weber finally became Player of the Year &mdash; PBA50 Player of the Year, an honor decided on points at the conclusion of the <a href="../../../news/article/7672" target="_blank"><strong>PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite</strong></a>&nbsp;earlier this month</p> <p>Weber, whose 37 PBA Tour titles include 10 majors, in 2015 won the &nbsp;Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open and finished second in the USBC Senior Masters after being the top seed.</p> <p>Weber also finished second in the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort &amp; Casino Open and PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, and third in the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic.&nbsp;</p> <p>And he led the PBA50 Tour in earnings, average and competition points, which is the deciding factor for Player of the Year, 239,964 to 207,108 for 2015 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Mike Scroggins, the season&rsquo;s only three-time winner.</p> <p>&ldquo;It took me 35 years to do it, but I&rsquo;ve got a Player of the Year title,&rdquo; Weber said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA new release</strong></a>. &ldquo;PBA Tour or PBA50 Tour, I don&rsquo;t care. I&rsquo;ll take it. I didn&rsquo;t have a lot of wins this season, but I had a lot of top finishes and I did well in the (PBA50) majors, which was good enough to achieve another goal in my career.&rdquo;</p> <p>Weber also quipped when asked about winning that &ldquo;Marshall Holman wasn&rsquo;t here to take it away from me.&rdquo;</p> <p>Weber also led the PBA50 Tour in average (227.82 for 327 games bowled) and earnings with $36,875, tied Scroggins for most championship round appearances (five), and tied five other players with most match play appearances with nine.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>FINAL 2015 PBA50 TOUR STATISTICS</strong></p> <p><strong>AVERAGES (min. 225 games)</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Games&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Average</strong></p> <p>1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 327&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 227.82</p> <p>2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 314&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 227.54</p> <p>3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 306&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 224.20</p> <p>4, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 239&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 224.08</p> <p>5, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 321&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 223.99</p> <p>6, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 361&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 223.22</p> <p>7, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 322&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 222.47</p> <p>8, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 366&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 222.05</p> <p>9, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 335&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 221.45</p> <p>10, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 267&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 221.36</p> <p>11, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 335&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 220.46</p> <p>12, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis.251&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 217.65</p> <p>13, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 336&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 217.15</p> <p>14, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 308&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 217.14</p> <p>15, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 238&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 214.96</p> <p>16, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev.&nbsp;&nbsp; 275&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 214.18</p> <p>17, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 264&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 211.73</p> <p>18, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 268&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 210.90</p> <p>19, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 229&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 210.65</p> <p>20, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 239&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 210.25</p> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;">EARNINGS</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Titles&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Total</strong></p> <p>1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $36,875</p> <p>2, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $33,675</p> <p>3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $29,025</p> <p>4, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $28,975</p> <p>5, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $26,313</p> <p>6, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $23,475</p> <p>7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $22,100</p> <p>8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $16,550</p> <p>9, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $16,050</p> <p>10, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $16,000</p> <p>11, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis.0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $15,550</p> <p>12, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $15,300</p> <p>13, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $15,250</p> <p>14, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $14,725</p> <p>15, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $12,600</p> <p>16, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $11,650</p> <p>17, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $10,215</p> <p>18, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $9,980</p> <p>19, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $9,475</p> <p>20, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $9,400</p> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;">COMPETITION POINTS</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Events&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Points</strong></p> <p>1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 10&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 239,964</p> <p>2, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 9&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 207,108</p> <p>3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 195,318</p> <p>4, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 10&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 188,370</p> <p>5, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 132,390</p> <p>6, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 115,686</p> <p>7, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 6&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 108,180</p> <p>8, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 106,833</p> <p>9, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 100,530</p> <p>10, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 94,326</p> <p>11, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 9&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 88,494</p> <p>12, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis.8&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 81,600</p> <p>13, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 78,132</p> <p>14, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 6&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 75,474</p> <p>15, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 9&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 74,595</p> <p>16, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 63,522</p> <p>17, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 56,043</p> <p>18, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 9&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 53,622</p> <p>19, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 45,006</p> <p>20, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 42,108</p> <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">ss-denotes PBA60 player</span></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:00:00 -0600 7698 The 11th Frame: Latest edition of ‘Bowling’s Catalog’ available in print and online, Luby Publishing announces <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The 2015-16 edition of "Bowling's Catalog," produced by the Billiard and Bowling Institute of America, is now available in print and online, publisher Luby Publishing Inc. announced.</span></p> <p>Luby, which publishes Bowlers Journal International, said it has 456 pages, features 25 separate brands, and organizes products into an array of categories, including balls, bags, shoes, apparel, accessories, grips and pro shop supplies.</p> <p>"The BBIA catalog has evolved into being one of the most coveted resources in bowling," BBIA President Jeff Mraz said in the announcement. "We are particularly excited about our catalog now being featured online, making it available to consumers, not just retail outlets."</p> <p>The print edition is $20, while the online edition is free. The online version is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0600 7697 The 11th Frame: Team USA team members set for 2015 PABCON Men’s Championships <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">At the last Pan American Bowling Confederation Men's Championships in Las Vegas in 2012, Team USA took gold medals in singles, doubles, team and all-events, missing titles only in trios and Masters.</span></p> <p>John Janawicz won singles, Bill O'Neill and Tommy Jones doubles, O&rsquo;Neill all-events, and Janawicz, O'Neill, Jones, Marshall Kent and Steve Smith won team.</p> <p>All but Smith are on Team USA this year, so why not send the other four to the 2015 PABCON Men&rsquo;s Championships?</p> <p>That&rsquo;s what USBC did, adding PBA superstars Chris Barnes and Sean Rash to complete its 6-player PABCON group, USBC announced in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>Competition runs Sept. 14-18 at AMF Bolera Paradise Lanes in San Juan, Puerto Rico.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:00:00 -0600 7677 The 11th Frame: #BuyTheBlog to #ReadTheBlog — Why I’m making a subscription site <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">I started The 11th Frame bowling blog at as a volunteer endeavor in my free time a few years ago when the newspaper company I work for began having reporters write blogs for the beats we covered.</span></p> <p>My beat at the time was technology, but I had gotten my start at The Capital Times in 1980 as a bowling columnist and knew there was an audience for bowling stories in the Madison area. And once the editors at the paper saw the number of hits my bowling blog was getting they became supportive, especially since I did almost all of the work in my free time.</p> <p>In 2012, I moved The 11thFrame to with the help of the team at <a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a>. I explained the move in <a href="../../../news/article/4724" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a>.</p> <p>It has remained a labor of love that consumes much of my free time and energy.</p> <p>I never have enough time to do all the stories I&rsquo;d like to, but the plans I have for should enable me to do more for my readers.</p> <p>The traffic on has grown tremendously, and I have decided that the time has come to monetize the site with the aim of making it even better, doing good things for bowling, and gaining some compensation for the thousands of blogs I have written and the thousands more I plan to write, as well as for those who have done the behind the scenes work to make the site function.</p> <p>If all goes according to plan, the new will debut soon, with a subscription costing $1.99 per month, or $19.99 per year. The timing will be when my tech guy says it is ready to go live.</p> <p>I am hoping my subscriber total reaches the thousands, but even if I only get a few hundred subscribers, I will be able to do more than what I do now.</p> <p>And making better is my main goal.</p> <p>I intend to bowl a little less and use that vacation time from my real job as an online editor at Capital Newspapers to travel to bowling events and cover them. Possible examples would be the World Series of Bowling, PBA League and Summer Swing, PWBA Tour, USBC Convention and Bowl Expo.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">I&rsquo;ve been able to cover the ESPN TV finals tapings for the World Series the past couple of years because it coincided with the USBC Hall of Fame Committee meetings where some expenses are covered for committee members; subscription funds would allow me to travel to many more events.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">It also might allow me to be there to cover some of the competition leading up to TV, writing, for example, a series of &ldquo;Inside the World Series&rdquo; or &ldquo;Inside the Summer Swing&rdquo; stories each day. I&rsquo;d love to talk to the bowlers and ball reps each day, explaining who was hot and why, and offering details on the latest balls from all companies. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> <p>I regularly hear how much people love the work I do, but I often feel frustrated when I think how much more I could do if I had more time.</p> <p>When I allocate the time, I can produce stuff like my package on topography <a href="../../../news/article/6743" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and <a href="../../../news/article/6742" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and coverage of the USBC Open Championships like <a href="../../../news/article/7308" target="_blank"><strong>this</strong></a> that isn&rsquo;t available anywhere else. And I produce stuff on a daily basis that sometimes beats even the official announcements, though "real" life sometimes delays me.</p> <p>It would be great to produce in-depth coverage on a daily basis from the events people care about.</p> <p>The limit is that my vacation time isn&rsquo;t unlimited, but I certainly will have more days if I scale back my bowling.</p> <p>For those who may wonder, I have no desire to quit my real job, which I mostly love. I am a tiny cog in a company that does very important and often outstanding work with ever-diminishing resources: the media may not be popular, but American democracy could not function without a watchdog.</p> <p>I would miss being part of daily journalism as it sometimes produces the same kind of adrenaline as a sporting competition, with bigger stakes. This has been especially true in recent years in Wisconsin with Gov. Scott Walker being so polarizing and now a presidential candidate.</p> <p>Of course, I one day may be one of those cut at Capital Newspapers. And it is possible I could get so many subscribers that I could afford to do The full time. But it isn't a goal or anything I expect &mdash; at least for now.</p> <p> subscription funding also would enable me to help sponsor my tournaments &mdash; the Riggs Classic and Open &mdash; and potentially others. My big dreams are to help create a State Sport Championships for the Wisconsin State Tournament and bring a PBA50 Tour or PBA Tour event to Madison.</p> <p>And I&rsquo;d like to be able to make donations to worthy bowling charities such as <strong><a href="" target="_blank">BVL</a></strong>, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Bowl for The Cure</strong></a>, and the <strong><a href="" target="_blank">International Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum</a></strong>.</p> <p>One thing subscribers will get is a promise from me to answer to the best of my ability any questions they have on any topic, even when USBC checks and 1099s will come out.</p> <p>And in order to do the best job I can for subscribers, I will have a policy that I will not answer questions from non-subscribers. I must prioritize my time and this seems the most fair and most logical policy.</p> <p>Eventually, we may add things like chats and/or podcasts, and exclusive webcasts of our teams&rsquo; practice for the USBC Open Championships.</p> <p>I hope this all sounds worth $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:00:00 -0600 7689 The 11th Frame: Bowling tournament, fundraiser for children of Lukas Howery set for Sept. 12 at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Lukas Howery was a good guy, a good father and a good bowler who loved the sport.</span></p> <p>He just had one problem that he couldn&rsquo;t beat and last month it claimed his life: heroin addiction.</p> <p>Anyone who doubts the insidiousness of heroin should spend some time talking with his family &mdash; Lukas is the nephew of my close friend and teammate Tom Howery &mdash; or any police officer or paramedic.&nbsp;</p> <p>Lukas worked hard to stay clean and sober and achieved that for months in stretches. But heroin never lets go and last month it caught up to him.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Lukas left behind children Rylee and Dakota.</span></p> <p>To help them, on Saturday, Sept. 12 from noon to 8 p.m. Bowl-A-Vard Lanes is hosting &ldquo;Lukas&rsquo;s Legacy&rdquo; &mdash; a bowling tournament and fundraiser, with the proceeds to be placed in a trust fund to assist with living expenses and college tuition for Rylee and Dakota.</p> <p>The handicap tournament will feature 4-person teams with an entry fee is $20 per person and first prize of $200 based on 10 teams.</p> <p>Spots can be reserved by calling Bowl-A-Vard at 608-244-7246.</p> <p>There also will be raffles, a disc jockey, and Tom Howery will be paying for beer and soda during the tournament.</p> <p>He called it &ldquo;My way of giving thanks to those that show up and bowl (or watch) and maybe a little extra incentive. It would be great if some of our scratch bowling friends put together teams of family or friends and made this a great turnout for Lukas' family. It certainly would mean a lot to me also!! Of course, I understand many have prior commitments, so hopefully they could consider a small donation instead. Thank You to all of my/our bowling friends!!!&rdquo;</p> <p>I am committed to the GIBA Fusion Realtors Open in Waterloo, Iowa on Sept. 12, but I will be making a donation.</p> <p>To make a donation, call Bowl-A-Vard at 608-244-7246.</p> <p>The flyer for the event is attached to the bottom of this blog as a PDF.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 07:00:00 -0600 7676 The 11th Frame: New Wisconsin Bowlers Tour aims to emulate old Wisconsin Non-Pro Bowlers Alliance <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">You can&rsquo;t fault Carl McDonald for lack of ambition.</span></p> <p>The 65-year-old retired Air Force and government worker who has bowled all over the world, winning some military titles, this season will be offering the &ldquo;Wisconsin Bowlers Tour&rdquo; with the goal of bringing back something like the glory days of the Wisconsin Non-Pro Bowlers Alliance.</p> <p>For those too young to know, the WNPBA was a series of monthly tournament during the bowling season offering formats similar to the PBA Regional Tour with amazingly strong fields and competition. I believe it started in the 1960s &mdash; you had to be 18 so I started in 1980 &mdash; and ran to the late 1980s.</p> <p>The WISBT will be a series of one-day scratch tournaments mostly held two to a weekend in the same community or area of Wisconsin.</p> <p>McDonald said he has had some talks with potential major sponsors who want to see what kind of response he gets from bowlers.</p> <p>The WISBT will feature a $100 entry fee &mdash; $80 to the prize fund and $20 lineage &mdash; with an advance reservation and $115 at the tournament site for walk-ins with no reservation, with the extra $15 going to the prize fund.</p> <p>First will be $1,000 based on 40 entries, with a 1-in-4 cashing ratio. For a 40-entry tournament, second will be $500, third $380, fourth $340, fifth $300, sixth $215, seventh $200, eighth $180, ninth $170 and $10<sup>th</sup> $160.</p> <p>Sponsorships will go 100 percent to the prize fund.</p> <p>Bowlers can enter online at <a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a>&nbsp;or by mail to The Wisconsin Bowlers Tour, P.O. Box 497, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. Entries by mail must be received no later than the Wednesday prior to the event.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The first four events Aug. 29-30 and Sept. 19-20 (full schedule at end of this blog) will not require a WBT membership. After those four events, a membership fee of $40 will be charged.</span></p> <p>Those first four events can be entered at;</p> <p>After those four, once a person becomes&nbsp;a member, the online entry opens up to allow the member to enter online.</p> <p>There is a house bowler program and house bowlers will be able to get entry blanks at the respective houses, or by calling or requesting one on</p> <p>The WISBT also has <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>a Facebook page here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The biggest problem for the WISBT in drawing entries could be conflicting events.</span></p> <p>Some examples include the MAST tournament on Aug. 29, the Junior Hall of Fame tournament Nov. 8, and the La Crosse Open on Nov. 21.</p> <p>McDonald did make several adjustments to his schedule as he learned of conflicting events, but it&rsquo;s impossible to avoid every conflict in Wisconsin&rsquo;s crowded tournament schedule.</p> <p>At best, I will be able to make only a handful of his events due to conflicts I have.</p> <p>McDonald said he is working on his schedule from January through April.</p> <p>The format will be eight games of qualifying across 16 lanes, followed by either a bracket match play, a survivor, or a 3-to-a-pair elimination finals. The top qualifier will draw for the finals format.</p> <p>Fields will be a maximum of three to a lane, or six to a pair.</p> <p>All tournaments will start at 10 a.m., with practice for 10 minutes at 9:50 a.m.</p> <p>The WISBT will ask host centers to put down a &ldquo;tough but fair&rdquo; non-house shot lane condition.</p> <p><em>Update: McDonald has decided to release pattern information and said in a message that the Willow Creek tournament would use its 37-foot Willow Creek Classic tournament pattern, while West Bend would use Kegel Sunset Strip, a pattern in Kegel's Challenge series that is 40 feet with the main ratio being 3.2-1.&nbsp;<br /></em></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The tournaments will be open to all players except the top 25 in PBA points in the most current season. A USBC membership is required and can be bought at a WISBT tournament.</span></p> <p>The WISBT will offer 8- and 16-man brackets with no limit on the number a player can enter. The 8-man brackets will start in games, 1 through 6 and the 16-man brackets in games 1 through 5.</p> <p>There also will be a Bet You Win pot that will pay out accordingly: $5 will receive 25 percent of the pot,&nbsp; $10 will receive 50 percent of the, $15 will receive 75 percent of the pot, and $20 will receive 100 percent of the pot. If the winner is not entered in the Bet You Win pot, the funds carry over to the next event.</p> <p>There also will be a 50/50 Raffle conducted by the youth program in each house, with half of the proceeds going to the program, and bowling ball raffles.</p> <p>Some bracket proceeds and money from the ball raffles will go the prize fund.</p> <p>The WISBT will have a dress code that bans T-shirts and jeans, but allows shorts between May 15 and Sept. 15; a points system, and a season ending tournament with the format to be announced.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">For details on these rules and some not covered in this blog go to the WISBT website (when it goes live), or email to <a href=""></a>&nbsp;or call 309-791-1425.&nbsp;</span>It will be interesting to see what kind of response McDonald gets.</p> <p>McDoald said he would be interested in hearing from bowlers 50 and older on whether they have interest in senior events for the WISBT. Just send a note to <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>WISCONSIN BOWLERS TOUR 2015-16 SCHEDULE<br /></strong>Saturday, Aug. 29, Willow Creek Lanes, Bellevue<br />Sunday, Aug. 30, King Pin Bowl, West Bend<br />Saturday, Sept. 19, Schwoegler&rsquo;s Entertainment Center, Madison<br />Sunday, Sept. 20, Spartan Bowl, McFarland<br />Saturday, Oct. 10, Wagner&rsquo;s Lanes, Eau Claire<br />Sunday, Oct. 11, Broadway Bowl, Menomonie<br />Saturday, Nov. 7, Lakeshore Lanes, Sheboygan<br />Sunday, Nov. 8, Maple Lanes, Sheboygan<br />Saturday, Nov. 21, AMF West Lanes, Milwaukee<br />Sunday, Nov. 22, AMF West Lanes, Milwaukee<br />Sunday, Dec. 20, Tower Lanes, Beaver Dam</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0600 7694 The 11th Frame: 2016 PBA schedule on ESPN features finals of majors live on 3 straight February Sundays <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">February figures to be the highlight of the 2016 bowling calendar for PBA fans and competitors.</span></p> <p>On the consecutive Sundays of Feb. 7, 14 and 21, ESPN will broadcast live the finals of three majors: the FireLake Tournament of Champions from Shawnee, Oklahoma; the <a href="../../../news/article/7688" target="_blank"><strong>USBC Masters</strong></a>&nbsp;from Indianapolis; and the Players Championship from Columbus, Ohio, PBA announced in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a> on Wednesday.</p> <p>The TOC will air at noon Central time on Feb. 7, which is Super Bowl Sunday.</p> <p>In recent years, the Chris Paul Celebrity Invitational has aired on Super Bowl Sunday, but this year that charity event will be broadcast on Feb. 28 at noon Central time.</p> <p>The Masters and Players Championship shows will air at noon Central on Feb. 14 and 21, respectively.</p> <p>After the Chris Paul event, there will not be any PBA bowling on ESPN until the PBA League is broadcast on Sundays, April 17 and 24 and May 1 and 8, all at noon Central.</p> <p>In news broke <a href="../../../news/article/7515" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and followed up on <a href="../../../news/article/7517" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and <a href="../../../news/article/7553" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>, the 2015-16 ESPN schedule for PBA kicks off with the live telecast of the finals of the PBA World Championships from the National Bowling Stadium in Reno on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. Central time.</p> <p>The next six Sundays will feature shows taped at the World Series: the Cheetah Championship Dec. 20, the Viper Championship Dec. 27, the Chameleon Championship Jan. 3, the Scorpion Championship Jan. 10, the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship Jan. 17, and the PBA Challenge Finals on Jan. 24.</p> <p>All but the Jan. 24 show will air at noon Central, with the Jan. 24 show at 2 p.m. Central.</p> <p>Other than the Roth/Holman Doubles, all of those World Series shows are part of the 2015 season, as <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>PBA shows here</strong></a>. The Doubles is part of the 2016 season, because 2015 already had a Roth/Holman Doubles.</p> <p>On Jan. 31, the DHC PBA Japan Invitational from Tokyo will air on ESPN2 at noon Central.</p> <p>PBA announced in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>&nbsp;later Wednesday that PBA members will compete for 10 automatic invitations to bowl in the 2016 DHC PBA Japan Invitational during qualifying rounds in the BowlmorAMF U.S. Open and the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open this fall.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">And one additional invitation will be extended to a PWBA member based on similar qualifying.</span></p> <p>For PBA members, the 10 automatic invitations will be based on total pins for 16 qualifying games in the South Point Las Vegas Open Oct. 20-22 at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas plus 24 qualifying games during the U.S. Open Nov. 2-8 at AMF Garland Lanes in Garland, Texas. The one automatic PWBA invitation will be based on qualifying pinfall during the South Point Las Vegas Open plus qualifying pinfall from the BowlmorAMF Women&rsquo;s U.S. Open Aug. 31-Sept. 6 at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick. N.J.</p> <p>PBA star Chris Barnes is invited as the defending champion. First prize in 2015 was roughly $43,000, and Barnes won an additional $43,000 for bowling a perfect game during the stepladder finals, which aired live on PBA Xtra Frame.</p> <p>PBA said additional details about the DHC PBA Japan Invitational will be announced later.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;The PBA is looking forward to building on our exciting 2014-15 season which saw our audience increase by 23 percent, the largest year-over-year viewership increase in decades,&rdquo; PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark said in </span><a style="line-height: 1.428571429;" href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a credit to our great partners at ESPN, our business partners and host proprietors, the PBA players who consistently deliver thrilling sports entertainment, and the wide-spread awareness we have developed through our multi-media PBA Network.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>Brian Kweder, ESPN Senior Director, Programming and Acquisitions, also had praise of the network&rsquo;s long-standing relationship with the PBA.</p> <p>&ldquo;The PBA has been a staple of ESPN&rsquo;s schedule for the past 36 years and following the success of last year&rsquo;s rating, we&rsquo;re excited to kick things off with a live prime time event on December 17,&rdquo; Kweder said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>. &ldquo;We are looking to continue the ratings upswing this season with an appealing and consistent schedule.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015-16 PBA-ESPN TELECAST SCHEDULE <br /></strong><em>(all times are Central)</em><br />Thursday, Dec. 17 &ndash; PBA World Championship (live), 6 p.m.<br />Sunday, Dec. 20 &ndash; WSOB VII PBA Cheetah Championship, noon<br />Sunday, Dec. 27 &ndash; WSOB VII PBA Viper Championship,&nbsp;noon<br />Sunday, Jan. 3 &ndash; WSOB VII PBA Chameleon Championship,&nbsp;noon<br />Sunday, Jan. 10 &ndash; WSOB VII PBA Scorpion Championship,&nbsp;noon<br />Sunday, Jan. 17 &ndash; Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship,&nbsp;noon<br />Sunday, Jan. 24 &ndash; WSOB VII PBA Challenge Finals (PBA-PWBA Women&rsquo;s Regional, PBA Regional and PBA50 Tour Finals plus Teen Masters Grand Championship), 2 p.m.<br />Sunday, Jan. 31 (ESPN2) &ndash; DHC PBA Japan Invitational from Tokyo,&nbsp;noon<br />Sunday, Feb. 7 &ndash; PBA FireLake Tournament of Champions (live), 1 p.m.<br />Sunday, Feb. 14 &ndash; United States Bowling Congress Masters (live),&nbsp;noon<br />Sunday, Feb. 21 &ndash; PBA Players Championship (live),&nbsp;noon<br />Sunday, Feb. 21 &ndash; World Bowling Tour Men&rsquo;s and Women&rsquo;s Finals presented by PBA, 2 p.m.<br />Sunday, Feb. 28 &ndash; Chris Paul&rsquo;s CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational,&nbsp;noon<br />Sunday, April 17 &ndash; PBA League Quarterfinals,&nbsp;noon<br />Sunday, April 24 &ndash; PBA League Quarterfinals,&nbsp;noon<br />Sunday, May 1 &ndash; PBA League Semifinals,&nbsp;noon<br />Sunday, May 8 &ndash; PBA League Elias Cup Finals,&nbsp;noon</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:30:00 -0600 7688 The 11th Frame: USBC announces 2016 sites: Masters to Indianapolis, Senior Masters to Las Vegas <p>The United States Bowling Congress on Tuesday announced the 2016 sites for two of its most important championships.</p> <p>The Masters will be held Feb 7-14 at Woodland Bowl in in Indianapolis, and the Senior Masters will be June 19-25 at Sam&rsquo;s Town in Las Vegas, USBC announced in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>Both tournaments were contested this year at Ashwaubenon Bowl in the Green Bay suburb of Ashwaubenon.</p> <p>USBC had announced a deal last year to hold the 2016 Masters at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J., but Bowlmor AMF will be renovating the center in February when the Masters will be held, a source with knowledge of the situation told;</p> <p>There are rumors that a big chunk of Carolier's 82 lanes would be replaced by other things, such as laser tag, but the source had no knowledge of that.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The Masters sold out at Carolier in 2013 and 2014, and because Woodland Bowl now has 70 lanes &mdash; down from its peak of 80 after a renovation replaced 10 lanes with other activities &mdash; the maximum field will be slightly smaller than it would have been at Carolier. Indianpolis' central location makes it a good possibility that the field will fill.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Woodland has been the host of numerous PBA tournaments, including many majors, with the 2015 Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions being the most recent.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;In recent years, we have seen interest in the Masters grow with sold-out fields and millions of television viewers,&rdquo; USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis provides a great venue in the heart of the Midwest to keep the momentum for another successful Masters in 2016.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Masters has been in Indianapolis once in 1974 at the Indiana Convention Center with, as was tradition then, the ABC Tournament (now the USBC Open Championships). Jason Belmonte is the three-time defending champion of the Masters.</p> <p>The Senior Masters is expected to be the last stop on the West Coast swing of the PBA50 Tour, preceded by the Senior U.S. Open in Las Vegas and two PBA50 Tour tournaments in California.</p> <p>Amleto Monacelli beat fellow Hall of Famer Pete Weber to win this year&rsquo;s Senior Masters.</p> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0600 7687 The 11th Frame: Ball, angle changes key factors as Zachary Doty, Sierra Kanemoto win U20 titles on Junior Gold show <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Brandon Biondo made the correct ball and angle change a little late, and Sierra Kanemoto made the correct ball change in plenty of time in a pair of interesting Junior Gold Championships U20 title matches that aired on CBS Sports Network Tuesday night.</span></p> <p>Zachary Doty beat Biondo 416-388 for the boys title and Kanemoto defeated defending girls champion Breanna Clemmer 401-385 for the girls title.</p> <p>Doty took the early lead in the boys U20 championship match as Biondo first tried moving deeper and going to a stronger ball, then jumped right with a direct line and weaker ball as he fell far behind.</p> <p>Biondo finally tried a different ball feeding it from between 15- and 20-board at the arrows to the track &mdash; similar to Doty&rsquo;s line &mdash; and that worked and he rallied but couldn&rsquo;t catch Doty.</p> <p>"I was just trying to fill frames and trying to make every shot close to give it a chance to strike or leave something makeable," Doty, a 20-year-old right-hander who competes collegiately at Morehead State, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "This is crazy. It doesn't seem real. I came into this year just hoping to make the second cut, maybe match play. It's unbelievable."</p> <p>Kanemoto struggled to find any ball reaction early in the girls U20 title match, but switched balls in the first game and closed with four strikes to cut Clemmer&rsquo;s lead then fired a 232 in the second game to pass her and win.</p> <p>"My collegiate teammates were making funny faces and really helped me calm down," Kanemoto, a 19-year-old right-hander who bowls for Wichita State, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "This week was unbelievable. No words can describe it. It hasn't even hit me yet."</p> <p>Clemmer was trying to become the first Junior Gold champion to repeat since Team USA's Stefanie Johnson won in 2003, 2004 and 2005.</p> <p>The 2015 Junior Gold Championships featured a record field of 3,191 bowlers competing for part of the $275,000 in total scholarships.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7685 The 11th Frame: Stefanie Johnson leads for PWBA Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year heading into season home stretch <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">If the PWBA Tour hadn&rsquo;t been defunct for more than a decade, it&rsquo;s probably safe to say that Stefanie Johnson wouldn&rsquo;t be in the running for Rookie of the Year in 2015.</span></p> <p>Player of the Year perhaps, as she is, but her rookie year likely would have been long before the PWBA Tour was revived in 2015 and much closer to when the PWBA Tour went out of business in 2003.</p> <p>As it stands with four tournaments remaining in the 2015 season, Johnson leads the PWBA Tour in points, making her the leader for PWBA Player of the year and Rookie of the Year, PWBA reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The PWBA Minnesota Open is this weekend at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minnesota. The beautiful 24-lane center inside Treasure Island Resort and Casino has hosted PBA50 Tour events the past three years that I have competed in.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The only bad thing about Treasure Island hosting is that it has just 24 lanes meaning a maximum field with one squad of 60 entries at 5 on a pair. That resulted in some players not getting in the field. An unfortunate result of the PWBA's success!</span></p> <p>If I wasn&rsquo;t hosting the Greater Iowa Bowling Association Open at Cherry Lanes inside the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa this weekend I would have traveled to Treasure Island for a first-hand look at the new PWBA. &nbsp;</p> <p>I am aiming to do interviews for a story on the success the PWBA has enjoyed and where it goes from here either during the last few tournaments of this season or shortly after. That includes what changes there might be next season to accommodate the demand from women bowlers to compete.</p> <p>Following the Minnesota Open, the Detroit Open is Aug. 27-30, the &nbsp;Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women's Open is Aug. 31-Sept. 6 at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, New Jersey, and the PWBA Tour Championship presented by is Sept. 10-13 at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas.</p> <p>Johnson, who has a title and second this season, is the only player to make match play in all six PWBA Tour events this season (not counting the USBC Queens).&nbsp;She is one of eight players tied for the lead with two stepladder finals appearances.</p> <p>Johnson leads in points with 51,675, while long-time Team USA teammate Kelly Kulick is second with 42,000, Diana Zavjalova third with 41,250 and five match play appearances, Hall of Famer Liz Johnson fourth with 39,300, and Liz Kuhlkin fifth at 37,750.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">"I credit my success on the lanes due to my personal life being in a great place and truly having the opportunity to enjoy myself and just bowl," Johnson, who is married to former PBA Rookie of the Year Chris Johnson, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PWBA release</strong></a>. &nbsp;"I make an effort to keep an even keel regardless of how things are going and I feel this is a key factor week to week &mdash;&nbsp;my highs aren't too high and my lows aren't too low."</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Liz Johnson leads in earnings at $25,900, with Stefanie Johnson second at $21,600.</span></p> <p>Kelly Kulick leads in average at 217.6, with Shannon Pluhowsky second at 215.51, as the PWBA has been competing on very challenging Sport patterns.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">For a look at all of the PWBA statistical leaders, go <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</span>&nbsp;</p> <p>Johnson being eligible for the PWBA Rookie of the Year award despite having years of experience competing in the USBC Queens, U.S. Women's Open, and PBA Women's Series led to a spirited debate on my Facebook page <a href=";notif_t=feed_comment" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>Clearly she and some other rookie-eligible players are veterans of professional competition and shouldn't be considered rookies.&nbsp;</p> <p>Johnson captured the bottom line well in this post:<br /><em>"Everyone is entitled to speak their minds, however I feel it's important to not get caught up in the hoopla of who will be winning the awards (whether it be myself, Kelly, Diana, Liz, whomever), the fields being capped, etc but rather the big picture that Women's bowling IS BACK!!! Us ladies have continuously been reminded that the PWBA relaunch is a work in progress and to bare with them every step of the way. At the end of the day we have these wonderful opportunities to bowl and for that I am extremely grateful. I have a wonderful employer <a href="">Jamie</a> at <a href="">Plano Super Bowl</a> and family that allows me to be on the road so much of which I will be forever in debt to. Thank you <a href="">Jeff</a> for the nice write up, too bad we won't be seeing you this week in Minnesota!"</em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">PWBA MINNESOTA OPEN<br /></span></strong><em>Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minnesota<br />(All times Central)</em></p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Thursday, Aug. 20<br /></span></strong>4-6 p.m. - Practice session for all tournament bowlers</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Friday, Aug. 21<br /></span></strong>7-8 a.m. - Practice session for all tournament bowlers<br />9 a.m. - Qualifying Round 1 (six games)<br />2:30 p.m. - Qualifying Round 2 (six games - field cut to top 16)</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Saturday, Aug. 22<br /></span></strong>8:30 a.m. - Top 16 round-robin match play (eight games)<br />1:30 p.m. - Top 16 round-robin match play (eight games - field cut to top four)<br />6:30 p.m. - Stepladder finals</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:00:00 -0600 7684 The 11th Frame: Chris Gibbons takes Petersen Classic lead with 1,603 <p>Chris Gibbons of Madison took the Petersen Classic lead with 1,603 on Monday, edging past the <a href="../../../news/article/7644" target="_blank"><strong>1,596 of Adam Barta</strong></a>&nbsp;and putting him in line for the estimated $20,000 top prize.</p> <p>Starting on lanes 3 and 4 at Brunswick Zone River Grove in suburban Chicago, Gibbons rolled games of 204, 179, 208, 217, 178 on notorious lanes 11-12, 200, 201 and 216 closing on 1-2.</p> <p>Gibbons said in a phone interview that he started his last game with a chop of the 5-9 on 1-2 when the machine set the pins far apart for the spare, but came back with a two doubles and a turkey. He needed a mark in the 10th and struck on his first ball on lane 2, then left a 6-pin.</p> <p>He quipped that he was "pretty excited." Those of us who know him know that means he unleased a major yell on that strike, which he admitted to.</p> <p>Noting how many strong squads still have to bowl, Gibbons said "even it it doesn't win it's top three hopefully."</p> <p>Gibbons said he used two polyester (plastic) balls: a Brain that flares and hooks a bit and an old White Dot.</p> <p>Jacob Boresch, son of squad leader Lennie Boresch Jr. was second on the squad with 1,544.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">It was the second time Gibbons has been over 1,600 at the Petersen. His high-speed spinner has produced many top 100 finishes in his career at the famed tournament.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Barta posted this on Facebook:<br /><em>"Hats off to Chris Gibbons for taking over my lead at the Petersen Classic. This is one event I've always wanted to win really bad and this year if I hang on to the top 5 will be my 5th top 5 in 6 years. If I keep giving myself enough chances to win maybe the bowling gods will let me win one. Congrats again to Chris on a huge score!!"</em></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:00:00 -0600 7581 The 11th Frame: Open Aug. 22-23 to feature at least $5,000 in sponsorship, no expenses or lineage out of entry fee <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Update: We decided to use the breakdown pair during qualifying and increased the maximum field size to 156 entries and the tournament is full, with a waiting list started, as Friday, July 31. We will have to consider adding a Friday night squad next year! We still will advance just 48 bowlers to Sunday, but will pay four extra cashing spots to retain the 1-in-3 cashing ratio.</span></em></p> <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The squad assignments are posted <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</span></em></p> <p><em style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">GIBA operator Joe Engelkes also announced that GIBA now is able to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">accept payments through PayPal, and credit cards through PayPal. If you want to pay by credit&nbsp; card, Engelkes will send a PayPal payment request that will allow you to click on a link to make a secure payment. There is a $5 fee for using a credit card.&nbsp;</span></em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&nbsp;</span></p> <hr /> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Thanks to the great people and entities sponsoring it and putting it on, the Greater Iowa Bowling Association Open set for Aug. 22-23 at beautiful Cherry Lanes inside the Diamond Jo casino in Dubuque, Iowa again will be a bowler&rsquo;s dream.</span></p> <p>Along with <a href="../../../news/article/6831" target="_blank"><strong>the innovative format that the competitors enjoyed last year</strong></a> and <a href="../../../news/article/7544" target="_blank"><strong>a lane pattern that aims to be as equitable as humanly possible for all styles</strong></a>, the tournament will have at least $5,000 in sponsorship money and the entire $150 entry fee will go to the prize fund.</p> <p>The sponsors include the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Diamond Jo</strong></a>, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Storm Bowling Products</strong></a>, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Coors Light</strong></a>, and <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>High 5 Gear</strong></a>, with <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Cherry Lanes</a></strong> graciously donating the lineage for the tournament. Some of the money will cover the expense of having Craig Elliott&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a> webcast the tournament, but the tournament will pay out far more than the total of the entry fees.</p> <p><em>Note: High 5 Gear was added to the sponsor lineup on July 4. High 5 also will provide a jersey to the tournament champion.</em></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Elliott already has set up links for the webcast. </span><a style="line-height: 1.428571429;" href="" target="_blank"><strong>Here is the link to the webcast of Saturday's qualifying</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><a style="line-height: 1.428571429;" href="" target="_blank"><strong>here is the link to the webcast of Sunday's semifinals and stepladder</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">(For next year&rsquo;s tournament, work is underway that will result in The becoming a subscription website, with some of those funds going to sponsor the tournament.)</span></p> <p>All we ask of competitors and fans is to patronize the sponsors who are helping making this such a great tournament: drink Coors Light if you have a beer, eat and gamble at Cherry Lanes and the Diamond Jo, and patronize Storm Products. If you do gamble, please get a player&rsquo;s card and use it! This is VERY important to continue the tournament and sponsorship! (The Diamond Jo is part of Boyd Gaming, so whenever you are in a city with a choice in gambling facilities and one is a Boyd property, you could patronize the Boyd property and let them know why.)</p> <p>And please thank Cherry Lanes general manager Bob Hochrein and everyone else at the center and the Diamond Jo. Hochrein is a USBC Open Championships and PBA regional title holder who cares about the sport and manages a top notch staff.</p> <p>Joe Engelkes and his family, who operate the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>GIBA</strong></a>, are taking no expense fee for running the tournament, which will be a points tournament in GIBA&rsquo;s schedule for 2015-16. All Joe ever does is take a portion of the bracket proceeds while donating the rest back to the prize funds.</p> <p>Joe is one of the top tournament operators I know and I couldn&rsquo;t think of a better guy and group to run the Open.</p> <p>The GIBA will be sponsored by EBI this year, but we thank EBI for graciously allowing my Storm-sponsored tournament &mdash; I have been on Storm&rsquo;s staff since 1996 &mdash; to be part of the GIBA schedule.</p> <p>The only extra fee entrants must pay is the GIBA $10 season membership fee, and that gets you the right to compete in other GIBA events like the great Fusion Realtors Open tournaments in Waterloo, Iowa, and the end-of-season extras.</p> <p>Joe and GIBA are taking entries now for the Open and the only way to guarantee a spot and make a squad request is to send in your entry fee!&nbsp;To reserve a spot and make a squad request, send your $150 check made out to GIBA to&nbsp;GIBA,&nbsp;c/o Joe Engelkes,&nbsp;3018 Saratoga Drive,&nbsp;Waterloo, IA&nbsp; 50702. He can be reached at 319-236-0955 or <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>The tournament nearly filled last year and we expect it to fill this year, so if you want to bowl, send in your entry as soon as possible. The flyer is attached to the bottom of this blog.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The format again will feature traditional qualifying squads at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday with pins carrying over and one-third of the bowlers advancing to Sunday and cashing. With three squads full, there would be a 144-bowler field and 48 players advancing and cashing.</span></p> <p>With three squads, the qualifying will be 6 games. If entries are 96 or fewer, we will go to two squads of 8 games.</p> <p>Re-entries will be allowed on B and C squads, with priority given to first entries in this way: New entries will have priority if they are paid before Saturday.&nbsp;Re-entries will come next if they are paid before Saturday. For those paid on Saturday, new entries will get priority over re-entries up to half an hour before the final two squads&rsquo; scheduled start time, then it will be first come, first served until the squads start.</p> <p>As in the Fusions, bowlers can request to bowl with specific bowlers but lane assignments for pairs will be by random draw.</p> <p>Sunday will feature 12 games of bowling starting at 9 a.m. with bonus pins based on score from highest to lowest.</p> <p>For example, if 48 advance to Sunday in each game the highest scorer will get 48 bonus pins, the second-highest scorer 47 pins, so on down to 1 bonus pin for the lowest score each game. Whatever number of finalists there are, that number of bonus pins will go to the high scorer down to 1 pin for the lowest score each game.</p> <p>Yes, it&rsquo;s not head-to-head; instead, it&rsquo;s all-against-one. The idea is to reward the consistently solid bowler and not the one who may bowl the right people at the right time. And everyone who makes the cut gets to bowl all of Sunday's games.</p> <p>After those 12 games, the top five will compete in a stepladder finals on fresh oil.</p> <p>The pattern will be put down on several lanes on Friday, Aug. 21&nbsp;if anyone wants to practice.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">There will be optional prize funds for seniors and women similar to the Fusions, along with brackets and pot games. And there will be a SMART option for youth bowlers, as GIBA offers with the Fusions.</span></p> <p>Seniors and women each are guaranteed a 1-in-3 cashing ratio paying at least $150 per check. For example, if 15 seniors enter and two cash in the regular prize list there would be three separate senior checks so five cash.</p> <p>There also will be brackets, pot games and a Bet You Win pot, with $490 carrying over in the Bet You Win because champion Matt Gasn did not get in last year.</p> <p>And a separate $20 entry fee for a separate additional prize fund likely will be offered for both seniors and women &mdash; this is not noted on the flyer.</p> <p>The total estimated prize fund, which is detailed in the flyer attached to the bottom of this blog, based on 144 entries is $24,950. That is well above the $21,600 from 144 entries at $150 each. (It's not exactly $4,000 extra to cover some senior, female and youth checks; if there are not that amount of senior, female and youth checks the extra funds will go to the regular prize list.)&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The top five spots will be $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $1,100 and $900, down to $200 for the 48<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;and last check.</p> <p>If additional sponsorship is obtained, it will be used to pay extra spots, senior and/or female checks, or improve the overall prize list.</p> <p>Like the Fusions, the field will be open to anyone, including the top pros.&nbsp;However, there is a PBA Tour Xtra Frame tournament in Delaware Aug. 21-23 so I don&rsquo;t expect to see many top pros in Dubuque.&nbsp;</p> <p>I also wouldn't expect to see many women bowlers as the PWBA Tour will be only about three hours up the Mississippi River at Treasure Island in Welch, Minnesota that weekend.</p> <p>And there is a PBA50 Regional a Beverly Lanes in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights. This is the center owned by the Zikes family and I feel terrible for the scheduling conflict but we had this date set up and announced months before that PBA50 Regional.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Hochrein said there is a special room block at the very nice Holiday Inn that is about a 5-minute walk from the Diamond Jo. Rooms are $99 per night through Aug. 7 using the group name "Cherry Lanes." The phone is 563-556-2000.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Finally, my girlfriend Susie "Fever" Dyhr again plans a fundraising effort with Green Acres Boxer Rescue of Wisconsin, who last November brought into our lives a lovable, knucklehead of a boxer named Otis.</span></p> <p>She again plans to design T-shirts for the tournament with Green Acres benefiting from each sale. I will add details when they are finalized.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:00:00 -0600