The 11th Frame Blog en-us 2015 Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 7639 The 11th Frame: Where are all the touring pros for the PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles? <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">When I heard that the Hammond, Indiana, PBA50 Tour stop was becoming a reincarnation of the old PBA Tour/PBA Senior Doubles, I planned to get my entry in right away.</span></p> <p>I always loved competing in and watching that tournament, and have made the cut two of three years in the PBA50 Tour stop at Hammond and loved the atmosphere at Olympia Lanes. Plus, it&rsquo;s convenient with two hotels across the street and a free shuttle from the Ramada to the nearby Horseshoe Casino. And Midway Airport isn't far away and is served by Southwest Airlines.&nbsp;</p> <p>I truly thought the tournament would sell out the 100 spots in both divisions.</p> <p>But as of Wednesday, a week before practice and pro-am day, the <strong><a href="" target="_blank">PBA Tour/PBA50 South Shore Doubles presented by DV8</a>&nbsp;</strong>has <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>18 entries on the PBA Tour side</strong></a> and <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>68 on the PBA50 Tour side</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Forgive my language, but what the hell is going on here?</span></p> <p>Olympia Lanes General Manager Mike Kozy sent me a note asking me why the entries were so low and I cannot give him the answer.</p> <p>After 16 years at Hammond, you have to be worried that the poor turnout could hurt enough to put the event in jeopardy.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">One prominent touring pro who is not entered said in a message that the entry fee of $450 for members and $500 for non-members <em>"is a lot for an event with an average prize fund in a bad time of the year... when you don't even control your own destiny... cause of the doubles part of it.</em><br /></span><em>We don't mind spending it when there is a lot of added money and a chance to make a lot.... but having to make the top 4 to break even isn't a good idea. That is OK when the expenses are low, but when they are high and you do good to not make money it is unsustainable."</em></p> <p>Another prominent touring pro said in a message that:<br /> <em>"I can only tell you that if this were a PBA stop with stops on either side, this would be a no-brainer. But having nothing on either side doubles or triples expenses. It also puts all the onus on a couple days to even make your money back.</em><br /><em>And I can only speak for myself here, but it isn't worth it to miss work for another 2-3 days on the chance that I might no even make my money back</em><br /><em>Especially where I don't even get to pick my partner and my destiny is not my own."</em></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">That is sensible reasoning. One of the interesting issues with today's PBA Tour that isn't really a Tour is that it enables even top players to have "regular" jobs and compete as time off allows them.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Jon Van Hees and Tommy Gollick both posted on Facebook that there is the Bowlers Supply Trade Show and then a PBA East Regional in York, Pennsylvania that conflicts so some players may be there, and Chris Johnson posted that there is a trade show in Dallas that presents the same issues. (Staff players often need to attend trade shows.)</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The top prize is $10,000 each for the winners guaranteed, and it counts as a PBA Tour title. Last cash is $1,000 guaranteed to each player of a duo. And eight Super Senior cash spots of $1,000 each are guaranteed.</span></p> <p><span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1438171378660_90723" lang="EN">The tournament &lsquo;cut to match play&rsquo; procedure was changed to accommodate the lack of entries in order to maintain the same basic format for the doubles event. With up to 24 players, 1 in 3 &lsquo;kids&rsquo; (with a minimum of eight) will advance to match play.</span></p> <p class="yiv8649517552MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The brackets will be adjusted accordingly if the tournament reaches 27 or more entries to accommodate any late increase in the size of the PBA Tour side. The seniors will still have their minimum of 24 advancing to match play.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The 16 teams will bowl Baker format bracket finals, with 1-4 getting two byes and 5-8 on bye.</span></span></p> <div class="_3hi clearfix"> <div class="_38 direction_ltr"> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The PBA50 side still will pay 1 in 3, and there will be the eight Super Senior cash spots.</span></p> </div> </div> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The lane pattern is PBA50 Scorpion, which last year produced a cut for the top 24 of 445 over. I finished two spots out at 420 over.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:00:00 -0600 7632 The 11th Frame: Pete Weber continues his ‘Mastery’ of Ashwaubenon Bowl <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The last time we saw Pete Weber at Ashwaubenon Bowl he was making a run at finally winning the United States Bowling Congress Masters.</span></p> <p>That effort in February ended in a memorable semifinal loss to Jason Belmonte in a <a href="../../../news/article/7234" target="_blank"><strong>highly entertaining ESPN TV finals that ended with Belmonte winning an unprecedented third straight Masters</strong></a>.</p> <p>Fast forward to Tuesday and Weber continued his &ldquo;Mastery&rdquo; at the 60-lane center in suburban Green Bay, totaling 1,183 for five games to take a 27-pin lead over Ron Mohr after the first round of the USBC Senior Masters.</p> <p>"I had an idea how the lanes were going to play, so I knew what kind of bowling balls and layouts I wanted to bring in," Weber, who won the 2013 Senior Masters, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "I don't plan on changing anything tomorrow, unless I need to. As long as I feel like I'm throwing the ball well, I won't have to worry about that. I just plan to keep doing what I'm doing.</p> <p>"Naturally, you want be the leader, but the main goal is to make the top 63. Then, it's about winning matches and staying in the winners bracket."</p> <p>After 15 games of qualifying over three days, the top 63 bowlers will join defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the double-elimination match-play bracket.</p> <p>Mike Edwards, the 2012 Senior Masters winner, is third with 1,149, 2-time PBA Tournament of Champions winner Mark Williams is fourth with 1,136, and 5-time PBA Tour titlist Marc McDowell of Madison is fifth at 1,134.</p> <p>McDowell, a MOTIV staffer making his first PBA50 Tour appearance since the 2012 Senior Masters, opened with games of 269 and 259 playing a fairly direct line up the track.</p> <p>Marc has no intention of bowling regularly in PBA50 competition, but said he&rsquo;d come out to compete when tournaments are close &ndash; Green Bay and Madison are about 2 hours apart &ndash; and fit his schedule.</p> <p>Marc and his wife Kerri, myself and my girlfriend Susan Dyhr, and our teammate Tom Howery and his wife Terri are sharing a rental house on Lake Michigan near Algoma this week and the fun and relaxation has put us in a great mental state to bowl well.</p> <p>The cut score after the first round &ndash; a tie for 63<sup>rd</sup> and 64<sup>th</sup> in the 194-player field &ndash; was 1,013.</p> <p>USBC announced before competition began that it was adding money to pay the prize list that was based on a 240-player field. That means while entry fees totaled about $87,000, the payout would be about $115,000.&nbsp;</p> <p>A squad bowled on fresh oil and B squad on the burn on Tuesday, and B squad predictably scored much higher &ndash; I was 30<sup>th</sup> on A squad with 980 and ended up tied for 82<sup>nd</sup>.</p> <p>That hopefully will even up as B bowls fresh and A burn on Wednesday. Both squads bowl fresh on Thursday.</p> <p>After Monday&rsquo;s practice I wrote this blog on the lane pattern predicting that the cut would end up between 100 and 200 over &ndash; a prediction that looks way too high.</p> <p>When we started on Tuesday, I immediately thought my prediction was high as the condition seemed flatter with more hook in the middle compared to practice.</p> <p>The pattern, which is attached to the bottom of this blog as a PDF, is 40 feet with a 35-foot reverse drop brush. The oil volume is 28.715 mL with 21.5 mL forward and 7.215 mL reverse.</p> <p>The pattern is asymmetrical with the left side at a 2.4-1 ratio for outside track to middle and 1.42-1 middle track to middle, while the right side is 2.35-1 and 1.22-1.</p> <p>I had the best reaction with the same ball as Monday &ndash; a Storm MARVEL-S with 1,500 Turbo sandbagger on the surface, a low pin and strong drilling angle &ndash; and played the lanes about the same to start, crossing the arrows around 15-board going out to about 10 at the breakpoint.</p> <p>I made a classic mistake by not moving to start with a 4-6-10 split after lightly touching the MARVEL-S with a 1,000 Abralon pad at the end of practice. A 1-and-1 move in got me a turkey and I was on my way to a 226 that had me thinking I was going to have a great block.</p> <p>The next pair I had no miss room to the right but even more hook left and struggled with a mix of 2-pin and 3-pin combinations, failing to convert three of them for a sickening 159.</p> <p>My crossing partner, Jim Kedroski, had the exact opposite with games of 160 and 242, with that second game recovery leading to a solid round of 1,032.</p> <p>The next pair was bizarre as the left lane was great &ndash; I rolled four strikes and a 4pin &ndash;&nbsp;and the right lane was bizarre &ndash; I went through the face, moved and missed the head-pin right, moved back a tad and missed the head-pin right, tried to roll it more and went through the face , and tripped the 4-pin in the 10<sup>th</sup> with a rope to the pocket. &nbsp;</p> <p>If I make the cut, getting 191 on this pair will be a key.</p> <p>We then flipped from the low end to the high end and found much more oil in the middle, enabling us to move back right a little and find a nice look throwing it slow to the breakpoint, allowing it to return.</p> <p>If I don&rsquo;t make the cut, this 200 will be a key. I started with a turkey, got a little quick for a 2-4-10 (open) and 2-4-5 (spare), doubled, left two 10-pins (spares), and then tried to make the 10<sup>th</sup> frame strike and grabbed it through the face for a 3-10 I failed to convert.</p> <p>This pair should have been at least 230 for me.</p> <p>Our last pair was close to the game four pair, with a little less skid. I rolled a 204 clean as I switched to my Roto Grip MENACE trying to create more reaction and carry. No dice.</p> <p>But 20 under on the fresh with a 159 train wreck won&rsquo;t be a killer if I can take advantage of the burn Wednesday night.</p> <p>My biggest concern is the creakiness of old age combined with too much vacation activity creating a lot of stiff muscles that need loosening. I am feeling closer to 73 than the 53 I will be on Thursday.</p> <p>The entire tournament is being webcast on BowlTV.</p> <p>B squad bowls at noon and A squad at 5 p.m. Wednesday.</p> <p>The A squad archive from Tuesday is&nbsp;<a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. The B squad archive from Tuesday is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015 USBC SENIOR MASTERS</strong><br /><em>The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin</em><br /><strong>Tuesday's Results</strong></p> <p><strong>QUALIFYING - ROUND 1</strong><br /><em>(5 games)</em><br /> 1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,183. 2, Ron Mohr, North Las Vegas, Nev., 1,156. 3, Michael Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,149. 4, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,136. 5, Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis., 1,134. 6, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,133.<br /> 7, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,131. 8, Jeff Nimke, Oshkosh, Wis., 1,122. 9, Amleto Monacelli, Aventura, Fla., 1,120. 10, Michael Tryniski, Fulton, N.Y., 1,114. 11, Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 1,112. 12, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,109.<br /> 13, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,106. 14, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,105. 15, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,102. 16, Bill Sell, Menasha, Wis., 1,101. 17, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,097. 18, (TIE) Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., and Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, and Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 1,088.<br /> 21, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,087. 22, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,085. 23, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,082. 24, Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 1,076.<br /> 25, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 1,068. 26, (TIE) Harvey Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., and Dale Strike, Saginaw, Mich., and John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., and Dale Eagle, Newport Beach, Calif., 1,065. 30, (TIE) Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., and Toby Contreras, Lees Summit, Mo., and Ricky Woods, Whites Creek, Tenn., 1,064.<br /> 33, Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., 1,058. 34, Jerome Penxa, Romeo, Mich., 1,051. 35, (TIE) Ernie Segura, Taylor, Mich., and Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas, 1,050.<br /> 37, Thomas Baker, King, N.C., 1,048. 38, Jeff Shaw, Kennesaw, Ga., 1,047. 39, Kent Wagner, Bradentown, Fla., 1,045. 40, Kevin Thompson, Madison, Wis., 1,042. 41, David Bordson, Saint Paul, Minn., 1,040. 42, (TIE) Mark Sullivan, Indianpolis, Ind., and Ronald Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 1,035.<br /> 44, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,034. 45, Kevin Anderson, Mt. Juliet, Tenn., 1,033. 46, (TIE) James Kedroski, Kansasville, Wis., and Walter Ray Williams Jr, Oxford, Fla., and James DePlanche, Taylor, Mich., 1,032.<br /> 49, Duane Mellinger, Aurora, Colo., 1,029. 50, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,028. 51, (TIE) Bob Learn Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., and Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 1,026. 53, (TIE) Tim Kauble, Marion, Ohio, and Sam Ventura, Norwich, N.Y., 1,025.<br /> 55, William Mueller, Vernon Hills, Ill., 1,023. 56, David Bannach, Stevens Point, Wis., 1,022. 57, Steve Anderson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,021. 58, (TIE) Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., and Lennie Boresch, Kenosha, Wis., 1,020. 60, (TIE) Steven Brinkman, Sussex, Wis., and Scott Weber, Green Bay, Wis., 1,016.<br /> 62, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield, Mich., 1,015. 63, (TIE) Doug Hayes, Clarksville, Tenn., and Tom Adcock, Decatur, Ill., 1,013. 65, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,011. 66, (TIE) Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., and John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,004. <br /> 68, (TIE) Craig Frankel, Highland Park, Ill., and John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,002. 70, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 1,001. 71, (TIE) Craig Schiffler, Melrose, Minn., and Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 999.<br /> 73, Mike Thill, Oshkosh, Wis., 993. 74, (TIE) Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, and Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 991. 76, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 989. 77, Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis., 988. 78, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 985.<br /> 79, Robert Amoruso, Glenview, Ill., 984. 80, Ed Silva, Manteca, Calif., 982. 81, Charles Vashaw, Deephaven, Minn., 981. 82, (TIE) Kenny Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., and Jeff Richgels, Oregon, Wis., 980. 84, (TIE) Willie Wells, Brandon, Fla., and James Martin, Vero Beach, Fla., 979.<br /> 86, (TIE) Charles Toney, Oak Hill, W. Va., and Ron Glick, Wickatunk, N.J., 977. 88, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 976. 89, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 974. 90, (TIE) Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., and Michael Karch, Edgewood, Wash., 971.<br /> 92, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 967. 93, Mike Schmid, Arden Hills, Minn., 966. 94, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 965. 95, (TIE) Kurt Bogner, Longview, Wash., and Steve Wiemer, Springfield, Mo., 964.<br /> 97, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 963. 98, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 961. 99, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 959. 100, Bill Hewlett, Eagle, Idaho, 957. 101, Kerry Fulford, Fort Worth, Texas, 956. 102, Karl Schmidt, Arvada, Colo., 954.<br /> 103, Charles Cannon, Springs, Fla., 953. 104, Stephen Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 951. 105, Ralph Brunt Jr., Port St. Lucie, Fla., 950. 106, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 946. 107, (TIE) Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., and Robert Leavy, Manitowoc, Wis., and Scott Canfield, Mountville, Pa., 945.<br /> 110, (TIE) Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., and Gary Reynolds, Groton, N.Y., 944. 112, (TIE) Steve Caughey, Park Rapids, Minn., and Don Burdick, Dekalb, Ill., 943. 114, Peter Knopp, Bremen, N.C., 942.<br /> 115, Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 940. 116, (TIE) Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, and William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., and Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 939. 119, Albert Danz, Escanaba, Mich., 937. 120, (TIE) Jay Joyner, Minneapolis, Minn., and Steve Kiss, Clackamas, Ore., and Dave Kucera, Urbandale, Iowa, 936.<br /> 123, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 935. 124, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 934. 125, Roger Taylor, Marshalltown, Iowa, 931. 126, (TIE) Thomas Ream, Temple Terrace, Fla., and<br /> Steve Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 930. 128, Brad Snell, Mt. Prospect, Ill., 929. 129, (TIE) Jeff Moore, Boone, Iowa, and Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., 928. 131, (TIE) Steve Banks, Leesburg, Va., and Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 926.<br /> 133, Rick Erce, Madison, Wis., 924. 134, Paul Kwiecien, Lansing, Mich., 923. 135, (TIE) David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., and Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 922. 137, Donald Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 918. 138, Butch Hrouda, Dickinson, N.D., 916.<br /> 139, Gregory Bard, Fond du lac, Wis., 915. 140, (TIE) Martin Berke, Allentown, Pa., and Norbert Wetzel, Fon Du Lac, Wis., 914. 142, Jim Darvin, Waupaca, Wis., 913. 143, Donald Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 912. 144, Jared Cudnohufsky, Kingsford, Mich., 911.<br /> 145, Richard Wilkinson, Bennington, Neb., 909. 146, (TIE) James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., and Michael Walters, Sheboygan, Wis., 905. 148, Mark Hildebrandt, Appleton, Wis., 904. 149, Gus Yannaras, Waukesha, Wis., 903. 150, (TIE) Bob Micek, Northfield, Minn., and Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and Mark Nance Sr., Grove City, Ohio, 899.<br /> 153, (TIE) Wayne Clark, Locke, N.Y., and Timothy Hartley, Englewood, Ohio, 898. 155, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 892. 156, (TIE) Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., and Charles Moore, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 884.<br /> 158, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 882. 159, Randy Leszczynski, Kronewetter, Wis., 881. 160, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 878. 161, Neil Southern, Centennial, Colo., 875. 162, Dean Reid, New Whiteland, Ind., 871.<br /> 163, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 870. 164, Ed Campbell, Denham Springs, La., 869. 165, Brent Beery, Lombard, Ill., 864. 166, Ken Charbonneau, Northfield, Vt., 863. 167, (TIE) Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., and Dave LaBar, Green Bay, Wis., 862.<br /> 169, (TIE) Jeff Prein, Stoughton, Wis., and James Senatore, Fountain Hills, Ariz., 860. 171, (TIE) Jim Montgomery, Byron, Ill., and Bud Young, Ladysmith, Wis., 859. 173, (TIE) Wayne Teske, Green Bay, Wis., and Bill Henson, Wewsterville, Ohio, 855.<br /> 175, George Lord, Mulberry, Fla., 853. 176, (TIE) Bruce Postel, Raytown, Mo., and Robert Pazur, Venice, Fla., 851. 178, Larry Acre, Benton, Mo., 849. 179, Robert Holzbauer, Madison, Wis., 841. 180, Jim Heintz, St. Charles, Mo., 839.<br /> 181, Pete Zerger, Livonia, Mich., 837. 182, Glen Nakagawa, Village, Texas, 836. 183, Joe Alivo, Lannon, Wis., 829. 184, Dennis Frawley, Binghamton, N.Y., 828. 185, Dennis Galen Keas, ALDA, Neb., 825. 186, Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 821.<br /> 187, Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 818. 188, Rod Hafeman, Wausau, Wis., 813. 189, Ken Ulicny, Swartz Creek, Mich., 790. 190, Richard Spaulding, Morrisville, Vt., 782. 191, Robert Heroux, Green Bay, Wis., 772. 192, Bill Mason, Grove City, Ohio, 765.<br /> 193, Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 737. 194, Bill Cody, Niagara, Wis., 712.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:00:00 -0600 7638 The 11th Frame: Michael Coffey sets record as U.S. win 9 of 10 singles medal at Tournament of the Americas <p>U.S. bowlers captured nine of 10 singles gold medals on Tuesday at the 53rd Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas in Sunrise, Florida, the United States Bowling Congress reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The singles competition featured 12 games over two days with total pins &nbsp;determining the medals. The 20-player U.S. contingent features four Team USA, four Junior Team USA members and four U15 development team members. </span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">USBC reported that Canada's Zachary Wilkins won gold for the Adult Men with 2,534, edging Team USA's AJ Chapman with 2,505.</span></p> <p>USBC reported that the U.S. winners included Erin McCarthy in Adult Women with 2,378 12-game total, Junior Team USA members Michael Coffey with a record 2,809 and Julia Bond with 2,460 in Junior B (ages 16-19), Cortez Schenck with 2,487 and Ashley Channell with 2,331 in Junior B (ages 12-15), Mark Porter with 2,538 in Senior Men&rsquo;s (age 50-plus) and USBC Hall of Famer Tish Johnson with 2,373 in Senior Women's (age 45-plus), Clark Poelzer with 2,373 for Super Senior Men (age 60-plus), and Sharon Powers with 2,279 in Super Senior Women (age 55-plus).</p> <p>Former Junior Team USA member Andrew Koff previously held the Junior B record with 2,672 in 2008 event.</p> <p>Coffey posted this on Facebook after winning:<br /><em>"an absolutely awesome day on the lanes with going +250 for six today getting to 405 over for the 12 games of singles i took the gold home. I used the brute strength on the long and the black phantom on the short these ball are just to good! also congrats to aj A.j. Chapman for taking silver today and erin macarthy for wining gold and Kenny Ryan for taking bronze Julia Bond for taking gold and Jadee Scott-Jones for silver and Cortez Schenck on gold! ‪#&lrm;Brunswick‬ ‪#&lrm;vise‬ ‪#&lrm;brutestrength‬ ‪#&lrm;phantom‬ ‪#&lrm;teamusa"‬</em></p> <p>More details are available in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015 LEE EVANS TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS RESULTS</strong></p> <p><strong>SINGLES</strong></p> <p>Adult Women - 1, Erin McCarthy, USA, 2,378; 2, Stefanie Martins, Brazil, 2,341; 3, Rosali Santos, Brazil, 2,322. Other USA: Kayla Johnson, 2,218.</p> <p>Adult Men - 1, Zachary Wilkins, Canada, 2,534; 2, AJ Chapman, USA, 2,505; 3, Edwar Rey, Colombia, 2,451. Other USA: Chris Colella, 2,443.</p> <p>Senior Women - 1, Tish Johnson, USA, 2,373; 2, Edissa Andrade, Panama, 2,255; 3, Brenda Burns, USA, 2,227.</p> <p>Senior Men - 1, Mark Porter, USA, 2,538; 2, Craig Auerbach, USA, 2,450; 3(tie), Luis Vasquez, Panama, and Antonio Carlos Santos, Brazil, 2,416.</p> <p>Super Senior Women - 1, Sharon Powers, USA, 2,279; 2, Cathy Harvey, Canada, 2,246; 3, Lizzy Abood, Panama, 2,183. Other USA: Kristy Whitcher, 2,179.</p> <p>Super Senior Men - 1, Clark Poelzer, USA, 2,373; John Katsaros, USA, 2,254; 3, Stephen Wong, Canada, 2,070.</p> <p>Junior A Women - 1, Julia Bond, USA, 2,460; 2, Jadee Scott-Jones, USA, 2,293; 3, Kelsi Beauchamp, Canada, 2,259.</p> <p>Junior A Men - 1, Michael Coffey, USA, 2,809; 2, Jorge Rodriguez, Puerto Rico, 2,460; 3, Kenny Ryan, USA, 2,456.</p> <p>Junior B Women - 1, Ashley Channell, USA, 2,331; 2, Ana Sofia Olaya, Colombia, 2,055; 3, Brogan Zengel, USA, 2,009.</p> <p>Junior B Men - 1, Cortez Schenck, USA, 2,487; 2, Michael Schoerner, USA, 2,343; 3, Rodolfo Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,274.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:00:00 -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: The field is rapidly filling, with 142 entries as of Wednesday afternoon, July 29. The maximum entry number is 144.&nbsp;</span></em></p> <div><em><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>&nbsp;</div> <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. The price is $1 per game until 6 p.m. and then $3.50 per game after 6 p.m., with cosmic bowling beginning at 7 p.m., Hochrein said.</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> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:00:00 -0600 7631 The 11th Frame: USBC Senior Masters conditions look to feature more hook than past 2 years at South Point <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><em>Update: It appears could not have been more wrong with a prediction of the cut being between 100 and 200 over: I bowled A squad on Tuesday and the lanes seemed flatter than in practice and the lane to lane differences were large. Of the 95 bowlers, just 24 averaged 200 and 32nd was 21 under.</em>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Going into my first United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters in 2013 I was very interested to see how the lanes would play with a fresh squad, a burn squad, and a double burn squad.</span></p> <p>Trying that format for the youngsters would be comical &ndash; a good chunk of those fields end up on the left gutter in a fresh squad, so imagine a double burn squad!</p> <p>But that didn't happen at that 2013 Senior Masters at South Point in Las Vegas, where I played the fresh up around 10-board, and never got deeper than between 15- and 20-board at the arrows on the double burn.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s what happens with the lower rev rates and straighter lane play of us Raisins.</p> <p>In last year&rsquo;s Senior Masters at South Point again, the lanes were tighter to start and I got a little deeper to just inside 20 at the arrows, as it seemed more players used rougher surface equipment. For example, my main ball was a HYPER CELL where in 2013 it was a DISTURBED.</p> <p>For this year&rsquo;s Senior Masters at Ashwaubenon Bowl in Green Bay, the pattern is similar to the past two years but the lane surface seems to provide more hook than South Point&rsquo;s surface.</p> <p>The pattern, which is attached to the bottom of this blog as a PDF, is 40 feet with a 35-foot reverse drop brush. The oil volume is 28.715 mL with 21.5 mL forward and 7.215 mL reverse.</p> <p>The pattern is asymmetrical with the left side at a 2.4-1 ratio for outside track to middle and 1.42-1 middle track to middle, while the right side is 2.35-1 and 1.22-1.</p> <p>In practice on Monday I found what commonly is called a &ldquo;fake&rdquo; shot outside around 5, meaning it looks to be good but really isn&rsquo;t. I feel like a good straighter player could make the cut playing out there &ndash; at least on the fresh. But that likely would be trouble for a tweener with fading shotmaking abilities like me.</p> <p>But I found a better shot starting in the track, with the lane surface and topography seeming to provide a reaction on the fresh that made it seem as though the lanes had already been transitioned some. I also found that I needed to loft it a bit so it didn&rsquo;t check early.</p> <p>My best look was with a strong MARVEL-S with 1,500 Turbo sandbagger playing around 15 at the arrows to 10ish at the breakpoint. That ball was continuous through the pins better than an IQ NANO, HAYWIRE, SINISTER or MENACE &hellip; which means I probably will use one of those today when we start!</p> <p>With only just under 200 entries, the format features just two squads so both bowl two fresh squads and a burn squad &ndash; no double burn.</p> <p>With as much hook as there is on the fresh, a double burn would be interesting. &nbsp;</p> <p>Depending how they transition and how the left side plays, I would expect moderate scores again this year, with a cut for 15 games between 100 over and 200 over. Those who bowl well could shoot some big scores, but if you're off you will struggle.</p> <p>The cuts were plus 160 last year and plus 15 in 2013.</p> <p>You can watch the tournament live on BowlTV.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:00:00 -0600 7528 The 11th Frame: 12th annual New Mexico Open will feature boost to $10,500 top prize, $65,000 prize fund <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">As I&rsquo;ve written in the past, I normally don&rsquo;t write about tournaments outside the Midwest unless they&rsquo;re something of national significance.</span></p> <p>The New Mexico Open at Tenpins &amp; More in Rio Rancho Aug. 14-16 is just that, having grown into something resembling a PBA Tour stop.</p> <p>For 2015, the top prize is rising to a guaranteed $10,500, up from $10,000 last year, and the total prize fund is increasing to $65,000 on a full field of 240 bowlers, up from $56,700 last year, tournament director Steve Mackie said in a news release.</p> <p>There also is expected to be $15,000 in side tournaments and brackets. The Santa Fe MazdaVolvo Dealership is adding $5,500 in bonus money, including a $2,000 prize for a 300 game bowled during the live TV finals on Albuquerque's cable channel 26.</p> <p>Mackie said he also is trying to secure live webcast coverage of the three-day tournament, pending continuing sponsorship talks.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Mackie is someone I go way back with as he was the manager at AMF Island Bowl in Corpus Christi, Texas, when I won the PBA National Resident Pro Championship in 1993, so I'm also inclined to help him out when he asks &mdash; not that his tournament needs my publicity boost to succeed!</span></p> <p>Before last year&rsquo;s New Mexico Open, Rio Rancho replaced its wood lanes with new synthetic lanes, approaches, pindecks and flat gutters.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><a href="../../../news/article/6837" target="_blank"><strong>Rising young star Craig Nidiffer took advantage of some good breaks in beating top seed Brett Wolfe 276-237 for the $10,000 top prize last year</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>Wolfe earned $5,500 for second in the tournament, which broke records for entries at 217, states represented at 18, prize money at $54,465 and total prize money counting side action at more than $73,000 Mackie reported.</p> <p>Third was $2,750, fourth $2,000 and fifth $1,750.</p> <p>Mackie said he could raise the $240 entry fee to $400 and have a $100,000 prize fund, but said that probably would cost him 50 entries.</p> <p>The tournament typically is fairly low-scoring with the lane condition concocted each year by retired PBA Tour champion Mike Miller, a co-owner of the host center.</p> <p>The tournament again will feature 9-game qualifying squads to cut the field to 48 who bowl an additional four games. The top 32 then enter the new bracket stage featuring 2-game total pin double elimination matches until only four remain for the TV show.</p> <p>The cash ratio is 1-in-3.</p> <p>To sweeten the pot for New Mexico bowlers, who comprise more than 35 percent of the field, local sponsor, Fuego Del Sol Homes has added $ 2,000 to a special "Double Bang for your Buck" tournament on Aug. 22-23 also bowled on the demanding New Mexico Open lane condition.</p> <p>The entry form is attached to the bottom of this blog as a PDF.</p> <p>Craig Elliott's is webcasting the tournament and the links to use follow:</p> <p>Squad 1:</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Squad 2:</span></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Squad 3:</span></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Squad 4:</span></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Squad 5:</span></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Round of 48 &amp; 32:</span></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Championship:</span></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0600 7625 The 11th Frame: Stefanie Johnson wins 1st PWBA Tour title a week after finishing 2nd <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">There is little doubt Stefanie Johnson will one day end up in the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame: The 11-time Team USA member has an illustrious resume that continues to grow.</span></p> <p>But for women bowlers of her generation, there always will be a &ldquo;What if?&rdquo; to their careers because of the demise of the PWBA Tour in 2003.</p> <p>With the re-launch of the PWBA Tour this year, all women like Johnson can do is try their best to make up for all that lost time.</p> <p>Johnson, who was Stefanie Nation before marrying former PBA Rookie of the Year Chris Johnson, has been doing that best, finishing second at last week&rsquo;s Lubbock Sports Open and winning her first PWBA Tour title Saturday in the Wichita Open.</p> <p>After dominating the tournament to earn the top seed, the EBI staffer beat future USBC Hall of Famer Kelly Kulick 247-221. Johnson needed a mark and good count in the final frame, and rolled a strike to win, PWBA reported.</p> <p>"After I threw that strike, I was holding back the tears because I knew I still had to make a couple more shots," Johnson said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PWBA news release</strong></a>. "These are the moments you prepare for and it's amazing to make a good shot when you need one.</p> <p>"This is surreal. This is my generation's tour and to already have a title is incredible. I'm just so excited to have this opportunity."</p> <p>This was her post on Facebook the day after her win:<br /><em>"This morning I woke up a PWBA Champion. Talk about a dream come TRUE! Wow! So many years have led up to this moment and it truly was everything I hoped it would be and MORE!</em><br /><em>I am most looking forward to using this experience to continuously grow as a person and making the best of the weeks we have ahead! Living in the moment is key.</em><br /><em>Last but not least ~ special THANK YOU to my family for allowing me to live my dream... Plano Super Bowl for allowing me to be away (Jamie!) It certainly takes an army. To my sponsors Hammer &amp; VISE for giving me the best equipment on the market!!!! And to High 5 Gear for making me look good"</em></p> <p>Johnson went 14-2 in match play and averaged 234 to earn the top seed by 359 pins.</p> <p>Kulick was the third seed and beat non-member Shannon Sellens 246-172 and Latvia's Diana Zavjalova 216-206 to make the title match.</p> <p>Johnson 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, in September.</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> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The lane pattern for the tournament is posted at the bottom of this blog as a PDF. It is 38 feet long, with 25.8 mL of oil and ratios of 2.38-1 for the outside track to middle and 1.23-1 for the middle track to middle, continuing the trend of challenging patterns for the PWBA.</span>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><strong>PWBA WICHITA OPEN</strong><br /><em>Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kansas</em><br /><strong>Saturday's Results</strong></span></p> <p><strong>Final standings</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>1, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 247 (one game), $10,000<br />2, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 683 (three games), $5,000<br />3, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 206 (one game), $3,500<br />4, Shannon Sellens, Copiague, N.Y., 172 (one game) $3,000&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stepladder results</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>Match One - Kulick def. Sellens, 246-172<br />Match Two - Kulick def. Zavjalova, 216-206<br />Championship - Johnson def. Kulick, 247-221</p> <p><strong>MATCH PLAY</strong><br /><em>(16 games, 30 bonus pins for a win, 15 bonus pins for a tie, top 4 advance)</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>1, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 14-2-0, 6,776.<br />2, Diana Zavjalova, Beavercreek, Ohio, 8-8-0, 6,417.<br />3, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 8-8-0, 6,403.<br />4, Shannon Sellens, Copiague, N.Y., 9-7-0, 6,190.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>DID NOT ADVANCE</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>5, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 8-8-0, 6,165, $2,000.<br />6, Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill., 8-8-0, 6,162, $1,850.<br />7, Leanne Hulsenberg, North Ogden, Utah, 9-7-0, 6,135, $1,800.<br />8, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 9-6-1, 6,115, $1,750.<br />9, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 8-6-2, 6,095, $1,700.<br />10, Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan., 8-8-0, 6,058, $1,650.<br />11, Bryanna Caldwell, Red Rock, Ariz., 5-10-1, 6,022, $1,550.<br />12, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 8-8-0, 6,021, $1,500.<br />13, Amanda Greene, Romney, W. Va., 8-8-0, 6,014, $1,450.<br />14, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 7-9-0, 5,961, $1,400.<br />15, Kayla Johnson, Washington, Ill., 6-10-0, 5,957, $1,350.<br />16, Sabrena Divis, Gillette, Wyo., 3-13-0, 5,708, $1,300.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:00:00 -0600 7628 The 11th Frame: Shannon Pluhowsky wins gold, Liz Johnson and Devin Bidwell bronze in singles at Pan Am Games <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Team USA&rsquo;s Shannon Pluhowsky won the gold medal and Liz Johnson and Devin Bidwell earned bronze medals in singles as the Pan American Games bowling competition concluded on Saturday, the United States Bowling Congress reported. </span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Pluhowsky defeated Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic in the women&rsquo;s title match 223-212 to earn her second Pan Am Games singles title. She also won in 2003.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;Just be able to pull it together &hellip; I didn&rsquo;t bowl great all week, I had my ups and downs,&rdquo; the smooth left-hander said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I kind of figured it out in position round, I was going to throw the same ball on both lanes. And it worked.&rdquo;</p> <p>USBC Hall of Famer Liz Johnson qualified first and Pluhowsky second for the bracketed semifinals.</p> <p>&ldquo;That was the goal, to be 1-2 or 1-3 so didn&rsquo;t have to bowl each other in the semifinals,&rdquo; Pluhowsky said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re very good friends and I was excited to come here with her. To come here with one of your friends, be able to win a medal, and represent our country, it was awesome.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the semifinals, Pluhowsky edged Colombia&rsquo;s Rocio Restrepo 214-212, while Guerra beat Johnson 258-181 after Johnson opened with a missed 10-pin.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was fortunate to still be in the lead (after match play),&rdquo; Johnson said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I popped a couple of decent games at the end to stay in first. With the top-four bracket &hellip; you never know. I didn&rsquo;t make the shots I wanted to during the match. It&rsquo;s tough when you start with a missed 10 pin.&rdquo;</p> <p>For the men, top seed Dan MacLelland of Canada lost to fell to Venezuelan PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, 187-178, and Bidwell fell to Marcelo Suartz of Brazil 202-182 after qualifying third.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was busy trying to breathe,&rdquo; Bidwell, who was in&nbsp;his first international competition, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &ldquo;That was a good match and taught me something. This whole week has been humbling. I expected it to be, and it was a lot cooler than I expected. It was cool to have the opportunity and to have a couple of good days of bowling. I hope there are more events like this I can have an opportunity to compete in.&rdquo;</p> <p>Suartz won the gold with a 201-189 win over Monacelli.</p> <p>Tommy Jones, the fourth Team USA bowler, closed match play with 235 and 246 but fell 10 pins shy of the semifinals.</p> <p>&ldquo;Amleto bowled a good game the last game,&rdquo; Jones said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &ldquo;The split he made, you make two out of a hundred. That&rsquo;s why he&rsquo;s a hall of famer.&rdquo; Overall, Team USA has won 21 of a possible 32 gold medals, seven silver medals and six bronze medals in bowling in&nbsp;Pan American Games history.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PAN AMERICAN GAMES RESULTS</strong></p> <p><strong>MEN&rsquo;S SINGLES</strong><br /><strong>Semifinals</strong><br />Marcelo Suartz, Brazil, d. Devin Bidwell, USA, 202-182<br />Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, d. Dan MacLelland, Canada, 187-178<br />- Bidwell and MacLelland awarded bronze medals<br /><strong>Final</strong><br />Suartz d. Monacelli, 201-189</p> <p><strong>WOMEN&rsquo;S SINGLES</strong><br /><strong>Semifinals</strong><br />Shannon Pluhowsky, USA, d. Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 214-212<br />Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, d. Liz Johnson, USA, 258-181<br />- Johnson and Restrepo awarded bronze medals<br /><strong>Final</strong><br />Pluhowsky d. Guerra, 223-212</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7630 The 11th Frame: Land of Lincoln Storm Doubles, Gerlach's Open highlight Midwest tournaments on Labor Day weekend <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">A pair of big tournaments are set for Labor Day weekend in the Midwest.</span></p> <p>The fourth annual Land of Lincoln Tournaments Storm Products Doubles&nbsp;is set for King Pin Lanes in Springfield, Illinois, and the Gerlach&rsquo;s Labor Day Weekend Open will be at Gerlach&rsquo;s Lanes in Lapeer, Michigan.</p> <p>The Storm Doubles, which is put on by Jeff Carter, will pay $8,000 to the winning duo based on 108 entries. The entry fee is $300 per team and re-entries are $250, if they are available.</p> <p>There will be qualifying squads at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5 and 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 6. Qualifying is eight games.</p> <p>The top 24 teams advance to 3-game total pins Baker format elimination match play, with the top eight getting a bye.</p> <p>The top six teams from each of the qualifying rounds automatically advance, with the final six spots and seeding coming from qualifying totals.</p> <p>The lane pattern will be the BOWLSTRONG "For the Fight" pattern, which is 41 feet with 26 mL of oil and a 2.5-1 ratio.</p> <p>There is a ton of side action.</p> <p>For more details and to sign up, go to <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the event&rsquo;s Facebook page here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The Gerlach&rsquo;s Open features $13,000 in added money and a guaranteed first prize of $10,000 and last cash of $600. The entry fee is $320 and the cashing ratio is 1 in 4. The main sponsor is MBFSport.</span></p> <p>A full field is 216 entries and with just 108 entries, fifth will get $2,000 and 18<sup>th</sup> $1,000.</p> <p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the tournament website here</strong></a>, Gerlach's Bowling Center in Lapeer &mdash; a small community north of Detroit &mdash; is nearly a century old and there has never been an 800 at it. The first 800 in the tournament (for games 1-3, 4-6, or 7-9 or later in match play using the same concept), will earn a $1,000 bonus. If it happens in the same set of the same qualifying squad between two or more bowlers, the $1,000 will be divided among them.</p> <p>The nearly flat 42-foot lane pattern is attached to the bottom of this blog as a PDF.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">There will be four qualifying squads: 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, 5 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 5, and 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6. Qualifying will be nine games.</span></p> <p>There are re-entries, but initial entrants get first priority.</p> <p>The top 25 percent from each squad will qualify for the 9-game semifinals on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. With a full field of 216 entries, the top 54 would qualify. &nbsp;</p> <p>The top 18 after the semifinals advance to a 9-game match play round on Monday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. The winner of each match gets a 30-pin bonus.</p> <p>The top five after match play advance to a stepladder finals.</p> <p>Pins carry over from the semifinals to match play.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The entry flyer is attached to the bottom of this blog as a PDF.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Craig Elliott's will be webcasting Monday at the Gerlach's Open.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 08:00:00 -0600 7629 The 11th Frame: 20 bowlers to compete for U.S. at Tournament of the Americas <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Twenty bowlers will compete for the U.S. at the 53rd Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas starting Sunday at Strikers Lanes in Sunrise, Florida, the United States Bowling Congress reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The tournament features competition for medals in singles, doubles, mixed doubles, mixed team and all-events in five age-based divisions, including Adult, Senior (ages 50-plus for men, 45-plus for women), Super Senior (ages 60-plus for men, 55-plus for women), Junior A (ages 16-19) and Junior B (ages 12-15).</span></p> <p>In each division, one team comprised of two men and two women compete in singles, doubles, mixed doubles and mixed team. After 36 games, individual all-events and national all-events champions are recognized.</p> <p>Mike Flanagan's will be webcasting the tournament on Friday and Saturday.</p> <p>Erin McCarthy, Kayla Johnson, AJ Chapman and Chris Colella will represent Team USA at the 2015 event.</p> <p>The Junior Team USA bowlers who will compete in Junior A are Julia Bond, Jadee Scott-Jones, Michael Coffey and Kenny Ryan.</p> <p>Competing in Junior B will be Ashley Channell, Brogan Zengel, Michael Schoerner and Cortez Schenck. Each earned their way to the event via the 2014 Junior Gold Championships.</p> <p>Schoerner is from Plymouth, Wisconsin.</p> <p>The Senior bowlers are USBC Hall of Famer Tish Johnson, Brenda Burns, Mark Porter and Craig Auerbach.</p> <p>The Super Senior bowlers are Sharon Powers, Kristy Whitcher, John Katsaros and Clark Poelzer.</p> <p>The Senior and Super Senior team members earned their spots by their performance at the USBC Open Championships and USBC Women's Championships.</p> <p>Team USA associate coach Stephen Padilla and provisional coach Del Warren, both USBC Gold coaches, will coach the team.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">For more information on the Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas, go </span><a style="line-height: 1.428571429;" href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 06:00:00 -0600 7624 The 11th Frame: Bryanna Caldwell leads qualifying at PWBA Wichita Open <p>Former Team USA member Bryanna Caldwell led qualifying Friday at the PWBA Wichita Open, PWBA reported.</p> <p>Caldwell totaled 2,689 for 12 games, a 224.08 average, to top the 106-player field at Northrock Lanes.</p> <p>"The biggest key for me today was that I stayed clean," Caldwell, a four-time first-team collegiate All-American at Central Missouri, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PWBA news release</strong></a>. "At one point today, I had five clean games in a row. That was the one thing I wanted to work on from last week."</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The top 16 players advanced to Saturday's round-robin match play, with rounds at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Central time. The top five advance to the stepladder finals at 6:30 p.m.</span></p> <p>The entire tournament is being webcast by PBA Xtra Frame.</p> <p>Diana Zavjalova of Latvia was second at 2,685, Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard third with 2,646, Kelly Kulick fourth at 2,630, and Stefanie Johnson fifth with 2,612.</p> <p>Shannon Sellens earned the 16<sup>th</sup> spot with 2,501.</p> <p>The last cash spot was Cherie Tan of Singapore in 35<sup>th</sup> at 2,437 for $1,200.</p> <p>The lane pattern for the tournament is posted at the bottom of this blog as a PDF. It is 38 feet long, with 25.8 mL of oil and ratios of 2.38-1 for the outside track to middle and 1.23-1 for the middle track to middle, continuing the trend of challenging patterns for the PWBA.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PWBA WICHITA OPEN</strong><br /><em>Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kansas</em></p> <p><strong>QUALIFYING</strong><br /><em>(12 games; top 16 advance)</em><br /> 1, Bryanna Caldwell, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,689. 2, Diana Zavjalova, Beavercreek, Ohio, 2,685. 3, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 2,646. 4, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,630. 5, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,612. 6, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 2,602.<br /> 7, Kayla Johnson, Washington, Ill., 2,588. 8, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,572. 9, Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill., 2,551. 10, Sabrena Divis, Gillette, Wyo., 2,540. 11, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,526. 12, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,523.<br /> 13, Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan., 2,516. 14, Leanne Hulsenberg, North Ogden, Utah, 2,508. 15, Amanda Greene, Romney, W. Va., 2,506. 16, Shannon Sellens, Copiague, N.Y., 2,501.</p> <p><strong>OTHER CASHERS</strong><br /> 17, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 2,500, $1,200. 18, Marcia Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, 2,499, $1,200.<br /> 19, T'nia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., 2,485, $1,200. 20, Daphne Tan, Singapore, 2,482, $1,200. 21, Hui Fen New, Singapore, 2,476, $1,200. 22, Jacqueline Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 2,475, $1,200. 23, Brittany Himmelreich, Cressona, Pa., 2,474, $1,200. 24, Brittni Hamilton, Victor, N.Y., 2,473, $1,200.<br /> 25, April Murphy, Wichita, Kan., 2,472, $1,200. 26, Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W. Va., 2,471, $1,200. 27, Heather Whitney, Euless, Texas, 2,469, $1,200. 28, Ashley Rucker, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,464, $1,200. 29, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., 2,462, $1,200. 30, (TIE) Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., and Sarah Muench, Kewaskum, Wis., 2,454, $1,200. 32, Karen Boyd, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 2,453, $1,200. 33, Holly Harris, Wichita, Kan., 2,449, $1,200. 34, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 2,440, $1,200. 35, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 2,437, $1,200.</p> <p><strong>DID NOT CASH</strong><br /> 36, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 2,435. 37, Caycee Landers, Wichita, Kan., 2,432. 38, Brandi Branka, Momence, Ill., 2,427. 39, (TIE) Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., and Shayna Ng, Singapore, 2,423. 41, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 2,421. 42, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 2,413.<br /> 43, Samantha Schaden, Baltimore, Md., 2,409. 44, Katherine Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., 2,403. 45, Ashley Bright, Milton, Fla., 2,402. 46, Anita Arnett, Richmond, Texas, 2,399. 47, Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., 2,396. 48, (TIE) Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, and <br /> Jasmine Snell, Papillion, Neb., 2,394. 50, Alexis Ijams, Wichita, Kan., 2,391. 51, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,389. 52, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 2,376. 53, Kim Yioulos, Clovis, Calif., 2,375. 54, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 2,372.<br /> 55, Megan Buja, Rockford, Ill., 2,371. 56, Kiyoko McDonald, McKinney, Texas, 2,367. 57, Chelsea Gilliam, Independence, La., 2,362. 58, Olivia Sandham, Saint Joseph, Mo., 2,354. 59, Kerry Smith, Lititz, Pa., 2,347. 60, Anggie Ramirez, Chicago, Ill., 2,342.<br /> 61, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,338. 62, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,324. 63, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,319. 64, Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich., 2,314. 65, Brooke Bower, Camp Hill, Pa., 2,311. 66, Grace Hall, Oklahoma City, Okla., 2,307.<br /> 67, Kaitlin Quinn, Bel Aire, Kan., 2,298. 68, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, Ill., 2,295. 69, Samantha Carpio, Burlington, Kan., 2,291. 70, Catherine Prather, Wichita, Kan., 2,290. 71, Brandy Sanderson, Bossier City, La., 2,288. 72, Danielle Van der Meer, Washington, Ill., 2,287.<br /> 73, Linda Walbaum, Brighton, Colo., 2,280. 74, Catie Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas, 2,279. 75, (TIE) Sandi Charles, Nolanville, Texas, and Leela Yahya, Wichita, Kan., 2,277. 77, Nichole DePaul-Miller, Baytown, Texas, 2,273. 78, Bianca Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 2,271.<br /> 79, (TIE) Georgia Drewes, Wichita, Kan., and Debbie Ayers, La Mesa, Calif., 2,269. 81, Genie Franklin, Frisco, Texas, 2,267. 82, Chelsie Bahr, Topeka, Kan., 2,262. 83, Kerrie Watson, Canada, 2,259. 84, Chenoa Rhoades, Wichita, Kan., 2,253.<br /> 85, Stephanie Mours, Franklin, Wis., 2,247. 86, Jessica Abel, Rose Hill, Kan., 2,232. 87, Keli Callahan, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,213. 88, Annetta Light, Andover, Kan., 2,202. 89, Neishka Cardona, Carolina, PR, 2,198. 90, Tatiana Munoz, Tolima, 2,190.<br /> 91, Tabitha Bieri, Grandview, Iowa, 2,186. 92, Amanda Cortese, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 2,181. 93, Katie Garcia, Wichita, Kan., 2,175. 94, Rachel Moe, Wichita, Kan., 2,162. 95, Brandy Silva, Fort Worth, Texas, 2,138. 96, Tiffany Morris, Del Aire, Kan., 2,128.<br /> 97, Kolien Owens, Mason, Mich., 2,119. 98, Natalie Cortese, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 2,116. 99, Heather D'Errico, Rochester, N.Y., 2,115. 100, Jacqueline Malone, Scotia, N.Y., 2,086. 101, Beverly Blanchard, Virginia Beach, Va., 2,085. 102, Heather Helmbrecht, Deer Park, Wash., 2,081.<br /> 103, Deb Alvarez, Hays, Kan., 1,854. 104, Megan McGinley, Cinnaminson, N.J., 1,796. 105, Amy Fisher, Aurora, Colo., 1,781.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 23:00:00 -0600 7627 The 11th Frame: Devin Bidwell, Liz Johnson lead singles heading into final day at Pan Am Games <p>Team USA&rsquo;s Devin Bidwell and Liz&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Johnson led and Tommy Jones and Shannon Pluhowsky were fifth in singles qualifying Friday at the Pan American Games in Toronto as all four U.S. bowlers qualified for match play, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</span></p> <p>Eight men and eight women advanced to Saturday&rsquo;s round-robin match play, with the winner of each 1-game match receiving 20 bonus pins. The top four bowlers after match play advance to the medal round, also on Saturday. Bidwell moved up from third in the first round, 16 pins behind Canada&rsquo;s Dan MacLelland, to take the lead at 2,753 total for 12 games, a 229.4 average.</p> <p>MacLelland is in second at 2,699.</p> <p>&ldquo;I felt good going into today, I&rsquo;ve learned a bunch about the lanes,&rdquo; Bidwell said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I really felt I was just playing in the moment today. It carried over for both blocks.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jones totaled 2,603.</p> <p>&ldquo;We bowl eight games tomorrow with the two lane patterns, one on each lane, so hopefully it will be a better day execution-wise,&rdquo; Jones said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &ldquo;We have bowled long enough now in the building to have an idea of what&rsquo;s going on. So now, it&rsquo;s pretty much on us.&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Johnson, the defending singles champion at the Pan Am Games, totaled 2,709, a 225.8 average, to lead Colombia&rsquo;s Clara Guerrero by 75 pins.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;I stuck with the same ball all day, all 12 games, stayed out of trouble and made some good moves, &ldquo;Johnson said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I felt like I threw it better and kept the splits to a minimum, compared to the last few days.&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Pluhowsky, who won the singles title at the 2003 Pan American Games, was at 2,533.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;This morning, I never really had a great look and didn&rsquo;t throw it very well,&rdquo; Pluhosky said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &ldquo;This afternoon, I took what we learned yesterday and had much better reaction, obviously.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><a href=""><span style="color: #333333; line-height: 1.428571429;"><strong>PAN AMERICAN GAMES RESULTS</strong><br /><strong>MEN&rsquo;S QUALIFYING</strong> <br /><em>(12 games; top 8 advance to Saturday&rsquo;s match play)</em><br />1. Devin Bidwell, United States, 2,753<br />2. Dan MacLelland, Canada, 2,699<br />3. Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,694<br />4. Marcelo Suartz, Brazil, 2,611<br />5. Tommy Jones, United States, 2,603 <br />6. Mario Quintero, Mexico, 2,596<br />7. Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,593<br />8. Alejandro Cruz, Mexico, 2,546</span></a></p> <p><strong>WOMEN&rsquo;S QUALIFYING</strong> <br /><em>(12 games; top 8 advance to Saturday&rsquo;s match play)</em><br />1. Liz Johnson, United States, 2,709<br />2. Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 2,634<br />3. Thashaina Seraus, Aruba, 2,591<br />4. Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 2,589<br />5. Shannon Pluhowsky, United States, 2,553<br />6. Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 2,550<br />7. Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 2,510<br />8. Kristie Lopez, Puerto Rico, 2,445</p> <p><a href=""><span style="color: #333333; line-height: 1.428571429;">&nbsp;</span></a></p> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:00:00 -0600 7623 The 11th Frame: Green Bay again focus of bowling world as USBC Senior Masters tops 3 events in area <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The Green Bay suburb of Ashwaubenon is back at the center of the bowling world over the next couple of weeks with the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters, International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic, and Senior Championships take place at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley.</span></p> <p>Earlier this year, the center hosted the USBC Masters and USBC Queens.</p> <p>The Senior Masters starts with practice and pro-am day on Monday and ends with the stepladder finals on Aug. 2. First is $18,000.</p> <p>The Super Senior Classic, for bowlers 50 and over, will be Aug. 2-5, while the USBC Senior Championships will be Aug. 5-7.</p> <p>The Senior Masters and Super Senior Classic will be webcast live on BowlTV.</p> <p>Defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr., who collapsed the 2-4-5 for a strike to beat Jack Jurek last year in Las Vegas, aims to become the sixth competitor to win multiple Senior Masters titles and first to win in back-to-back years since fellow USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker did it in 2007, USBC reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>As defending champion, Williams has a guaranteed spot in the 3-game double-elimination bracket portion of the event. However, he will bowl qualifying to try and improve his seeding in the bracket. If he finishes outside of the top 63 in qualifying, he will earn the No. 64 spot in the bracket.</p> <p>The Senior Masters drew more than 300 entries last year when it was held immediately after the PBA Senior U.S. Open in Las Vegas.</p> <p>This year, there were 180 entries as of Thursday, which tells me many seniors don&rsquo;t understand how nice Green Bay is in the summer, and how many attractions there are in the area, most notably the Green Bay Packers (training camp opens next week), Lambeau Field and the Packers Hall of Fame.</p> <p>The lower-than-expected entries mean the event was cut down to two squads from three, with A squad bowling at noon Tuesday, 5 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. Thursday, and B Squad at 5 p.m. Tuesday, noon Wednesday and 5 p.m. Thursday. A will bowl fresh oil, burn, fresh, and B will bowl burn, fresh, fresh.</p> <p>Match play is Friday and Saturday, and the stepladder finals will be Sunday. &nbsp;</p> <p>I am part of a group that is making a vacation of the week in Green Bay: myself and my girlfriend Susie &ldquo;Fever&rdquo; Dyhr, Marc and Kerri McDowell, and Tom and Terri Howery have rented a house on Lake Michigan near Algoma. Marc also is competing and we are on A squad.</p> <p>Hopefully, the fun doesn&rsquo;t impact our bowling negatively.</p> <p>In the Super Senior Classic, there will be 16 games of qualifying over two days, with top 25 percent advancing to a 4-game cashers' round, and then the top five to a stepladder finals.</p> <p>Jim Knoblauch of Waukesha is the defending champion, having beaten 2013 winner Kerry Painter 224-213 in the title match.</p> <p>Senior Championships competitors will finish USBC's historic run in Green Bay as they roll six games over two days, competing in six age-based categories in two divisions &mdash; Open and Women's.</p> <p>The Senior Championships field includes bowlers who advanced through local and state events to earn their places in the national tournament.</p> <p>The top six scores with handicap in each category after six games will advance to the medal round, which will include three additional games to determine the 2015 champions.</p> <p>An important note for anyone attending the events at Ashwaubenon Bowl was distributed by USBC this week:</p> <p><em>The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has announced Allied Street between Oneida and Centennial will close on Monday, July 27<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; This will affect traffic getting to/from Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley. The alternate route to take to get to Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley is as follows:</em></p> <ul> <li><em>Starting on Oneida Street; head WEST onto Hansen Road</em></li> <li><em>Take a left onto S. Ridge Road (first left at top of the hill)</em></li> <li><em>Take a left onto Circle Drive and then a right onto Allied Street.</em></li> <li><em>The bowling center will be on your left.</em></li> </ul> <p><em>For additional questions on this road closure, please contact the Greater Green Bay Convention &amp; Visitors Bureau at 888-867-3342.</em></p> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:00:00 -0600 7626 The 11th Frame: Team USA women get silver, men bronze in Pan Am Games doubles <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The Team USA women earned a silver medal and the men a bronze in doubles at the Pan American Games on Thursday, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</span></p> <p>For the women, Colombia&rsquo;s Clara Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo won the gold with 5,074 for 12 games each, 149 pins ahead of Liz Johnson and Shannon Pluhowsky. Venezuela was another 106 pins back with 4,819.</p> <p>&ldquo;It had its ups and downs again,&rdquo; Pluhowsky said of the team&rsquo;s day in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;We played the wrong part of the lane too long. The one game where we both shot 180, we were searching.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re great bowlers and they just bowled phenomenal today,&rdquo; Johnson added of Colombia in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &ldquo;We started out well &hellip; I got caught up staying a little further right than I wanted to and second-guessing myself. Once we moved in, it was a better reaction but we had a lot of holes today.&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Johnson rolled a 299 game, leaving a 10-pin on her final shot, to tie the women&rsquo;s Pan Am Games record for high game set by Tennelle Milligan at the 2007 Pan American Games. </span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t think it was a bad shot,&rdquo; Johnson said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I got a little bit in, but that shot I probably got it in the most of the 12 shots. It went kind of flat.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Canada ran away with the men&rsquo;s goal, totaling 5,607 to finish 318 pins ahead of silver medalist Colombia. Dan MacLelland rolled 815 in the first three games, and Francois Lavoie had the first perfect game in the Pan Am Games to lead Canada.</span></p> <p>Team USA&rsquo;s Devin Bidwell and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville dropped to fifth after nine games, then pulled within three pins of third-place Mexico heading into the final game. Bidwell finished with a 245, and Jones doubled in the 10th when he needed a mark for the bronze. Team USA finished at 5,203, 22 pins ahead of Mexico.</p> <p>&ldquo;Thanks goodness he bowled 245 last game because I was bowling 150 going into the 10th,&rdquo; Jones, who finished with a 164, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I actually asked coach on the fill shot if I could try something different just for my own sanity. This game is very frustrating, and that&rsquo;s one thing that makes it great.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bidwell said winning bronze in his first international competition with Team USA was &ldquo;oddly satisfying.&rdquo; &ldquo;We didn&rsquo;t come here for bronze, but that last pair ... I&rsquo;m glad we got on the podium,&rdquo; Bidwell said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>.</p> <p>MacLelland posted this on Facebook after winning gold:<br /><em>"Well after some down time looking back at the last 2 days and the great experience it was! GOLD MEDAL FOR CANADA!! To be apart of this is breathtaking. Thanks Francois Lavoie for lining me up most the time&nbsp;Singles competition tomorrow need to make the top 8. New day, new frame of mind... Another medal in sights!"</em></p> <p>Singles starts Friday with 12 games of qualifying. The field then will be cut to the top eight in each division for match play on Saturday. Bowlers will take their totals into match play, which will consist of one-game matches with the winner receiving 20 bonus pins. The top four bowlers after match play advance to the semifinals and finals, also on Saturday.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PAN AMERICAN GAMES RESULTS</strong></p> <p><strong>Men&rsquo;s Doubles &ndash; Final Results <br /></strong><em>(12 games)</em><br />Gold &ndash; Canada (Francois Lavoie, 2,677; Dan MacLelland, 2,930) 5,607<br />Silver &ndash; Colombia (Jaime Gonzalez, 2,574; Manuel Otalora, 2,715) 5,289<br />Bronze &ndash; United States (Devin Bidwell, 2,521; Tommy Jones, 2,682) 5,203<br />Other scores &ndash; 4. Mexico, 5,181; 5. Venezuela, 5,162; 6. Costa Rica, 5,050; 7. Dominican Republic, 4,973; 8. Puerto Rico, 4,965; 9. Brazil, 4,926; 10. El Salvador, 4,729; 11. Panama, 4,709; 12. Guatemala, 4,555; 13. Aruba, 4,501; 14. Argentina, 4,363.</p> <p><strong>Women&rsquo;s Doubles &ndash; Final Results</strong> <br /><em>(12 games)</em><br />Gold &ndash; Colombia (Clara Guerrero, 2,452; Rocio Restrepo, 2,532) 5,074<br />Silver &ndash; United States (Liz Johnson, 2,501; Shannon Pluhowsky, 2,424) 4,925<br />Bronze &ndash; Venezuela (Patricia De Faria, 2,433; Karen Marcano, 2,386) 4,819<br />Other scores &ndash; 4, Puerto Rico, 4,811; 5, Dominican Republic, 4,784; 6, El Salvador, 4,779; 7, Argentina, 4,646; 8, Canada, 4,609; 9, Aruba, 4,601; 10, Mexico, 4,540; 11, Brazil, 4,533; 12, Guatemala, 4,426; 13, Costa Rica, 4,409; 14, Chile, 4,143.<br /><br /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:00:00 -0600 7622 The 11th Frame: Frequency Bowling Tour releases 2015-16 schedule <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The Frequency Bowling Tour has released its schedule for its third season, with two additional tournaments and two new formats &mdash; a doubles and a long and short pattern event.</span></p> <p>Jonathan Schalow and Bryan Bannach again are running the FBT, which will feature seven tournaments in 2015-16.</p> <p>As was the case last year, each tournament will feature a different format and the lane patterns will be challenge patterns. The tournaments will be USBC certified.</p> <p>The FBT entry fee is $60, with $47 to the prize fund, $8 in lineage and $5 in expenses. The payout ratio is 1 in 4.</p> <p>More details can be found at the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>FBT website</strong></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href=";ref=br_tf" target="_blank"><strong>FBT Facebook page</strong></a>.</p> <p>Schalow can be reached at &nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Here is the FBT 2015-16 schedule:</p> <p>Sunday, October 4 - Rhinelander, WI&nbsp;- CWSBT format <br />Saturday, October 17 - Amherst Junction, WI - Doubles <br />Sunday, November 29 - Oshkosh, WI - Iron Man Bonus <br />Sunday, December 13 - Fort Atkinson, WI - Survivor <br />Saturday, January 2 - Stevens Point, WI - 4 Ball Challenge <br />Saturday, February 20 - Burlington, WI - Long &amp; Short <br />Saturday, March 5 - Freeport, IL - Double Elimination</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:00:00 -0600 7620 The 11th Frame: Parker Bohn III beats Pete Weber for PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open title <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">In a battle of living legends with 71 PBA Tour titles between them, Parker Bohn III defeated Pete Weber 259-238 in the title match to win the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort &amp; Casino Open presented by Roto Grip at </span><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Island Xtreme Bowl</span><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"> on Wednesday.</span></p> <p>The win was Bohn&rsquo;s second of the PBA50 Tour season, putting him in the hunt for PBA50 Player of the Year. Weber won the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open earlier this season and also is a leading contender for Player of the Year.</p> <p>Bohn started the title match with seven strikes, then left the 2-4-6-7-10 split and opened, before striking in the ninth and 10<sup>th</sup> to lock up the win.</p> <p>&ldquo;The ball just hung up in my hand which threw off my push-away,&rdquo; Bohn said of the split in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I wasn&rsquo;t too worried because I had a pretty good lead at that point and I knew right away what to do to correct it.&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Bohn qualified fourth for the stepladder finals and beat two-time PBA50 Tour Player of the Year Ron Mohr 242-193, eight-time PBA Tour winner and fellow lefty Mike Scroggins 268-216, and fellow Hall of Famer and 25-time PBA Tour winner Brian Voss 258-202 to get to the title match.</span></p> <p>Scroggins has two PBA50 Tour titles this season and also is a leading contender for PBA50 Player of the Year.</p> <p>&ldquo;I know it sounds like a clich&eacute; but you have to take one game and one tournament at a time, especially at this point in the season,&rdquo; Bohn said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>.&nbsp; &ldquo;When you look at a finals lineup like we had tonight with this much talent, if you even think about thinking too far ahead you&rsquo;re asking for trouble.&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">My tournament ended in the Cashers Round with 982 on games of 160, 233, 213, 162 and 214. The PBA50 Viper pattern played tighter and flatter for me on Wednesday, and I struggled in the opening game on lanes 7 and 8, which always is a tough pair for me and was the scene of my low game on Tuesday. Lane 7 always hooks a ton more than 8 and I only had one shot in the pocket on it, and I missed three spares in that opening game.</span></p> <p>The 162 game was a case of struggling with carry and then leaving splits when I tried to make my ball strike, as the saying goes.</p> <p>It was just a tough day where I simply wasn&rsquo;t sharp enough to hang with the best of the PBA50 Tour.</p> <p>But it was a very fun week at a great facility and I look forward to returning next year.</p> <p>The PBA50 Tour next week competes in the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters</strong></a> at Ashwaubenon Bowl in suburban Green Bay. The Senior Masters is the second and final major of the season.</p> <p>After having more than 300 entries last season in Las Vegas when it was held the week after the PBA Senior U.S. Open, the Senior Masters this year has 174 entries as of Wednesday and has been reduced to two squads from three.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA50 TREASURE ISLAND RESORT &amp; CASINO OPEN PRESENTED BY ROTO GRIP</strong><br /><em>Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minnesota, Wednesday</em></p> <p><strong>Final Standings</strong> <br />1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $7,500.<br />2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $4,000.<br />3, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., $2,500.<br />4, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, $2,000.<br />5, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, $1,750.</p> <p><strong>Stepladder Results</strong> <br />Match One &ndash; Bohn def. Mohr, 242-193. <br />Match Two &ndash; Bohn def. Scroggins, 268-216.<br />Semifinal Match &ndash; Bohn def. Voss, 258-202.<br />Championship &ndash; Bohn def. Weber, 259-238.</p> <p><strong>Modified Match Play Round 2</strong> <br /><em>(6 games, including match play record and bonus pins. Top 5 advanced to stepladder finals)</em><br />1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-1, 1,570.<br />2, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3-2-1, 1,549.<br />3, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 4-2, 1,509.<br />4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-2, 1,494.<br />5, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 4-1-1, 1,484.<br />6, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-3, 1,446, $1,500.<br />7, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4-2, 1,442, $1,500.<br />8, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 4-2, 1,405, $1,500.<br />9, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3-3, 1,386, $1,300.<br />10, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3-3, 1,384, $1,300.<br />11, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2-4, 1,370, $1,300.<br />12, n-Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 1-5, 1,345, $1,300.<br />13, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1-5, 1,318, $1,300.<br />14, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-4, 1,317, $1,300.<br />15, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 2-3-1, 1,306, $1,300.<br />16, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1-4-1, 1,216, $1,300.</p> <p><strong>Modified Match Play Round 1</strong> <br /><em>(5 games, including match play bonus pins)</em><br />17, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 3-2, 1,133, $1,125.<br />18, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 2-3, 1,086, $1,125.<br />19, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1-4, 1,081, $1,125.<br />20, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 2-3, 1,054, $1,125.<br />21, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 2-3, 1,030, $1,125.<br />22, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1-4, 1,017, $1,125.<br />23, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1-4, 1,001, $1,125.<br />24, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1-4, 939, $1,125.</p> <p><strong>Other Cashers</strong> <br /><em>(after 5-game Cashers Round)</em><br />25, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,049, $1,050.<br />26, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,040, $1,050.<br />27, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,024, $1,050.<br />28, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,015, $1,050.<br />29, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,005, $1,050.<br />30, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,000, $1,050.<br />31, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 995, $1,000.<br />32, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 982, $1,000.<br />33, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 981, $1,000.<br />34, Bob Micek, Woodbury, Minn., 973, $1,000.<br />35, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 961, $1,000.<br />36, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 930, $1,000.<br />37, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 917, $1,000.<br />38, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 876, $1,000.</p> <p><em>n=non-member</em><br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:00:00 -0600 7619 The 11th Frame: Team USA duos in contention heading into final day of doubles at Pan American Games <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The Team USA men and women are in second midway through the doubles competition at the Pan American Games in Toronto, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</span></p> <p>Six games were bowled Wednesday and six more will be bowled Thursday with medals determined on 12-game totals.</p> <p>For the men, Team USA&rsquo;s Devin Bidwell and Tommy Jones are second with 2,649, 63 pins behind Canada&rsquo;s Francois Lavoie and Dan MacLelland.</p> <p>Jones had games of 203, 247, 279, 233, 214 and 204 for 1,380 while Bidwell rolled 159, 225, 299, 190, 186 and 210 for 1,269..</p> <p>&ldquo;The first pair was a little different than the other pairs and we didn&rsquo;t bowl great on it,&rdquo; Jones said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;We had three 4-9s; that&rsquo;s the breaks in bowling. Then later in the round we caught a really good pair and took advantage of it.&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">That&nbsp;&ldquo;good pair&rdquo; would allow the U.S. team to set two Pan American Games records and temporarily vault into the lead. Bidwell had a 299 game that featured a 9-pin on his final ball, while Jones opened with seven strikes in a 279.</span></p> <p>The 578 game crushed the record of 515 held by Team USA teammates Chris Barnes and Bill O&rsquo;Neill, and Bidwell&rsquo;s 299 game beat the record of 297 held by Canada&rsquo;s Danyck Briere.</p> <p>And MacLelland&rsquo;s 1,416 broke Barnes&rsquo; Pan American Games record of 1,400 for a 6-game set.</p> <p>&ldquo;I heard the 299 for Devin and then I looked over and Tommy has 279 going,&rdquo; MacLelland said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &ldquo;They started on the worst pair in the house so I&rsquo;m glad they came back. It&rsquo;s fun competing against them.&rdquo;</p> <p>For the women, Team USA&rsquo;s Liz Johnson and Shannon Pluhowsky are in second with 2,381, 28 pins behind leader Colombia.</p> <p>Johnson, who is the defending champion in Pan Am singles and doubles, had games of 218, 182, 191, 190, 231 and 166 for 1,178, while Pluhowsky rolled 194, 192, 170, 203, 269 and 175 for 1,203.</p> <p>&ldquo;They were probably as tough as we&rsquo;ve seen it in a long time,&rdquo; Johnson said in <strong><a href="" target="_blank">the USBC release</a>.</strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;We were just trying to make the right moves and filling frames was a big key for us. Fortunately we had that one big game, but it was tough.&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;You just didn&rsquo;t know what the next pair would bring; pair to pair was tricky,&rdquo; Pluhowsky said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &ldquo;Overall everything was good, just a few less splits tomorrow and a few more strikes.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">For great coverage of the Pan Am Games, go to the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>CTF Connection Facebook page</strong></a>.</span></p> <hr /> <p><strong>PAN AMERICAN GAMES </strong></p> <p><strong>MEN&rsquo;S DOUBLES, DAY 1</strong> <br /><em>(6 games)</em><br /><strong>Canada</strong><br />Francois Lavoie, 238, 213, 173, 235, 192, 245, 1296, 216.0, 2712, -- <br />Dan MacLelland, 269, 289, 204, 233, 214, 207, 1416, 236.0<br /><strong>United States</strong><br />Devin Bidwell, 159, 225, 299, 190, 186, 210, 1269, 211.5, 2649, -63<br />Tommy Jones, 203, 247, 279, 233, 214, 204, 1380, 230.0<br /><strong>Colombia</strong><br />Jaime Gonzalez, 167, 269, 215, 198, 181, 224, 1254, 209.0, 2605, -107<br />Manuel Otalora, 201, 256, 237, 225, 230, 202, 1351, 225.2<br /><strong>Puerto Rico</strong><br />Cristian Azcona, 229, 205, 268, 205, 193, 186, 1286, 214.3, 2582, -130<br />Jean Perez, 216, 213, 241, 200, 202, 224, 1296, 216.0<br /><strong>Venezuela</strong><br />Amleto Monacelli, 217, 259, 247, 137, 242, 258, 1360, 226.7, 2570, -142<br />Ildemaro Ruiz, 170, 171, 225, 221, 214, 209, 1210, 201.7<br /><strong>Costa Rica</strong><br />Rodolfo Madriz, 208, 248, 187, 222, 216, 202, 1283, 213.8, 2566, -146<br />James Stanley, 267, 193, 212, 185, 224, 202, 1283, 213.8<br /><strong>Mexico</strong><br />Alejandro Cruz, 197, 227, 216, 208, 206, 192, 1246, 207.7, 2562, -150<br />Mario Quintero, 268, 234, 223, 183, 202, 206, 1316, 219.3<br /><strong>Brazil</strong><br />Charles Robini, 203, 161, 194, 177, 200, 213, 1148, 191.3, 2384, -328<br />Marcelo Suartz, 218, 195, 258, 209, 194, 162, 1236, 206.0<br /><strong>Guatemala</strong><br />Armando Batres, 187, 178, 205, 182, 199, 180, 1131, 188.5, 2374, -338<br />Jose Morales, 202, 167, 234, 212, 201, 227, 1243, 207.2<br /><strong>Dominican Republic</strong><br />Manuel Fernandez, 175, 182, 130, 192, 243, 220, 1142, 190.3, 2365, -347<br />Alex Prats, 200, 213, 203, 193, 191, 223, 1223, 203.8<br /><strong>El Salvador</strong><br />Julio Acosta, 173, 157, 163, 213, 178, 196, 1080, 180.0, 2344, -368<br />Giancarlo Mateucci, 244, 191, 218, 213, 228, 170, 1264, 210.7<br /><strong>Aruba</strong><br />Bryan Helmeyer, 155, 234, 237, 204, 210, 211, 1251, 208.5, 2317, -395<br />Jason Odor, 160, 188, 215, 182, 157, 164, 1066, 177.7<br /><strong>Panama</strong><br />Juan Narvaez, 227, 201, 172, 155, 169, 171, 1095, 182.5, 2279, -433<br />Carlos Olmos, 172, 205, 243, 207, 158, 199, 1184, 197.3<br /><strong>Argentina</strong><br />Ricardo Dalla Rosa, 203, 234, 202, 156, 167, 172, 1134, 189.0, 2186, -526<br />Ruben Favero, 207, 198, 179, 144, 172, 152, 1052, 175.3</p> <p><strong>WOMEN&rsquo;S DOUBLES, DAY 1</strong> <br /><em>(6 games)</em><br /><strong>Colombia</strong><br />Clara Guerrero, 223, 143, 181, 211, 186, 232, 1176, 196.0, 2409, -- <br />Rocio Restrepo, 212, 187, 168, 221, 246, 199, 1233, 205.5<br /><strong>United States</strong><br />Liz Johnson, 218, 182, 191, 190, 231, 166, 1178, 196.3, 2381, -28<br />Shannon Pluhowsky, 194, 192, 170, 203, 269, 175, 1203, 200.5<br /><strong>Venezuela</strong><br />Patricia De Faria, 212, 186, 189, 212, 199, 228, 1226, 204.3, 2375, -34<br />Karen Marcano, 166, 188, 191, 245, 193, 166, 1149, 191.5<br /><strong>Puerto Rico</strong><br />Mariana Ayala, 206, 152, 169, 168, 202, 223, 1120, 186.7, 2279, -130<br />Kristie Lopez, 236, 142, 193, 206, 208, 174, 1159, 193.2<br /><strong>Dominican Republic</strong><br />Aumi Guerra, 158, 214, 202, 171, 165, 214, 1124, 187.3, 2269, -140<br />Ana Henriquez, 215, 184, 179, 182, 195, 190, 1145, 190.8<br /><strong>El Salvador</strong><br />Eugenia Quintanilla, 197, 180, 182, 198, 181, 202, 1140, 190.0, 2262, -147<br />Marcela Sanchez, 187, 191, 188, 161, 225, 170, 1122, 187.0<br /><strong>Canada</strong><br />Robin Orlikowski, 151, 174, 211, 177, 214, 163, 1090, 181.7, 2257, -152<br />Isabelle Rioux, 190, 220, 173, 204, 198, 182, 1167, 194.5<br /><strong>Brazil</strong><br />Roberta Rodrigues, 197, 198, 168, 171, 191, 171, 1096, 182.7, 2220, -189<br />Stephanie Martins, 214, 171, 215, 175, 192, 157, 1124, 187.3<br /><strong>Argentina</strong><br />Maria Lanzavecchia, 174, 165, 123, 221, 158, 178, 1019, 169.8, 2219, -190<br />Vanesa Rinke, 188, 180, 197, 224, 222, 189, 1200, 200.0<br /><strong>Guatemala</strong><br />Laura Barrios, 205, 208, 153, 167, 158, 200, 1091, 181.8, 2212, -197<br />Sofia Rodriguez, 208, 124, 206, 198, 172, 213, 1121, 186.8<br /><strong>Mexico</strong><br />Sandra Gongora, 156, 175, 200, 147, 191, 207, 1076, 179.3, 2142, -267<br />Iliana Lomeli, 214, 195, 180, 156, 157, 164, 1066, 177.7<br /><strong>Aruba</strong><br />Kamilah Dammers, 213, 170, 171, 173, 158, 216, 1101, 183.5, 2099, -310<br />Thashaina Seraus, 123, 202, 183, 175, 164, 151, 998, 166.3<br /><strong>Costa Rica</strong><br />Ghiselle Araujo, 180, 145, 162, 203, 166, 158, 1014, 169.0, 2079, -330<br />Maria Ramirez, 182, 184, 161, 226, 157, 155, 1065, 177.5<br /><strong>Chile</strong><br />Cony Baham&oacute;ndez, 184, 158, 160, 171, 152, 173, 998, 166.3, 2055, -354<br />Veronica Valdebenito, 177, 180, 157, 128, 196, 219, 1057, 176.2</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7621 The 11th Frame: ‘The Luci’ officially becomes a PBA Tour and PWBA Tour event <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Looking at the illustrious list of winners of the &ldquo;The Luci&rdquo; mixed doubles tournament, it&rsquo;s clear that it&rsquo;s been somewhat of an unofficial PBA Tour and PWBA Tour tournament.</span></p> <p>This year the great tournament officially becomes a PBA Tour and PWBA Tour title event with the new name of the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles. It will be held July 31 through Aug. 2 at Palace Lanes in Houston, with a first prize of $15,000.</p> <p>But it always will be just The Luci to the bowling world.</p> <p>It's one of the tournaments I wish I had bowled back in my younger years.</p> <p>As recounted in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>, Donna Conners started the tournament after watching her best friend, Luci Bonneau, lose her painful struggle against breast cancer in 1999. It has raised about $650,000 over the years.</p> <p>The tournament, which is sponsored by Storm Products, already is sold out with 256 bowlers, and the pro-am is sold out, PBA reported.</p> <p>For a roster of bowlers entered, go <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.<a href="" target="_blank"><br /></a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>The PBA news release</strong></a> includes much more detail.</p> <p>For those who would like to support the effort but can&rsquo;t attend the event, go <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> to make a contribution online.</p> <p><strong>PBA/PWBA XTRA FRAME STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER MIXED DOUBLES</strong><br /><strong>Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2<br /></strong> <em>(all times are Central)</em><br /> <br /><strong>Thursday, July 30</strong><br />2 p.m. &ndash; Open practice session<br /><strong>Friday, July 31</strong><br />9 a.m. &ndash; Open practice session<br />1 p.m. - C Squad, 8 qualifying games<br />7 p.m. - Pro-am squad<br /><strong>Saturday, Aug. 1</strong><br />8 a.m. - A Squad, 8 qualifying games<br />1:30 p.m. - B Squad, 8 qualifying games<br /> Top 30 teams after 8 games advance to cashers&rsquo; round<br />8 p.m. - Pro-am squad<br /><strong>Sunday, Aug. 2</strong><br />8 a.m. - Top 30 teams, 4-game cashers&rsquo; round<br /> Top 8 teams after 12 games advance to round-robin match play<br />Noon - Top 8 teams, 8 games round robin match play</p> <hr /> <p><strong>HISTORY OF STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER&nbsp;</strong><strong>(LUCI BONNEAU MEMORIAL) MIXED DOUBLES WINNERS</strong></p> <p>2000 - Donna Conners/Mark Scroggins</p> <p>2001 - Amy Dillon/Chris Barnes</p> <p>2002 - Diandra (Hyman) Asbaty/Dino Castillo</p> <p>2003 - Genie Franklin/Wes Malott</p> <p>2004 - Krystal Scott/Russ Wilson</p> <p>2005 - Rachel Perez/Paul Fleming</p> <p>2006 - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard/Marc Laracuente</p> <p>2007 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones</p> <p>2008 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones</p> <p>2009 - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard/Parker Bohn III</p> <p>2010 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones</p> <p>2011 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones</p> <p>2012 - Shannon O&rsquo;Keefe/Bryan O&rsquo;Keefe</p> <p>2013 - Shannon O&rsquo;Keefe/Bill O&rsquo;Neill</p> <p>2014 - Missy Parkin/Scott Norton</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:00:00 -0600 7618 The 11th Frame: John Burkett falls a 10-pin shy of Ron Mohr for qualifying lead at PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">John Burkett stepped up in the final frame of the final game of qualifying of the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort &amp; Casino Open presented by Roto Grip facing a simple task: strike to pass Ron Mohr for the lead.</span></p> <p>Burkett rolled a good shot with his Storm OPTIMUS but left a 10-pin on a not-quite-flush pocket hit, giving Mohr the lead 3,777-3,769.</p> <p>The only difference was a $250 bonus (provided by Warren Burr&nbsp;and WGB Accounting) and pride, as the top eight players earned two byes to the final round of match play at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Island Xtreme Bowl.</p> <p>Mohr, an eight-time PBA50 Tour winner and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year, rolled games of 227, 213, 259, 213, 233, 217, 216 and 226 in Tuesday&rsquo;s eight-game second round, while the retired Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher bowled games of 213, 204, 256, 226, 275, 267, 248 and 238.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;My goal was to earn the two-round bye for match play but after that I wanted to go for the lead,&rdquo; Mohr said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I was able to find a good shot on each pair of lanes today. Bowling on a fresh lane condition this morning I knew it was going to be a little harder to shoot a big number but I bowled well enough where at least I wasn&rsquo;t going backwards.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>The rest of the top eight were PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III and Pete Weber at 3,685 and 3,671, Bob Learn Jr. with 3,656, Bryan Goebel with 3,654, Harry Sullins at 3,644, and Mike Dias with 3,625.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is definitely another milestone for me,&rdquo; Burkett, who has made match play in five of his six tournaments this season, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>.&nbsp; &ldquo;To be able to challenge for the qualifying lead in a field with this much talent is a huge confidence boost for me.&rdquo;</p> <p>Places 9-16 earned one bye into the first round of match play at 12:30 p.m. Places 17-30 and the highest eight Super Seniors past 30<sup>th</sup> place advanced to the Cashers Round at 9 a.m.</p> <p>The top eight from the Cashers Round advance to the first match play round and eight from that round advance to the final match play round. The top five from the final match play round make the stepladder finals at 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>The entire tournament is being webcast by <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>PBA Xtra Frame</strong></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>I was as good Tuesday as I was bad in Monday&rsquo;s first round, rising from 1,615 to 1,822 for the 8-game blocks.</p> <p>I definitely bowled much better Tuesday, with my only missed spare being a chopped 6-10, and far fewer splits and washouts. I even had three clean games after having none on Monday.</p> <p>The big key was Ron Mohr telling me how great his Roto Grip MENACE rolled on Monday, which prompted me to go my car and get mine for Tuesday.</p> <p>A picture of my menace is at the end of this blog. The pin is a good distance above my ring finger with the mass bias kicked a tad to the right. It was not a large pin out so the CG is right next to my ring finger. I drilled the fingers super deep but still needed a little weight hole above the ring finger to get it static legal.</p> <p>The weight hole is solely to make it static weight legal and is so small I don&rsquo;t think it has any impact on ball motion.</p> <p>I had this high-pin drilling in a Roto Grip HYPER CELL and it was great for getting in and hooking it, although the HYPER CELL was so strong a ball I didn&rsquo;t get to use it that often.</p> <p>The MENACE looks to be exactly what I was looking for, and should get much more use for me than the HYPER CELL.</p> <p>Before Tuesday&rsquo;s round, I shined my MENACE and then lightly hit the cover with a 2,000 Abralon pad, which turned out to be a perfect combination.</p> <p>It was too strong on the fresh PBA50 Viper pattern, so I started with my new Roto Grip HAYWIRE with the cover lightly hit by hand with a 1,000 Abralon pad. (It&rsquo;s also pictured at the end of this blog.)</p> <p>I started playing around 10 at the arrows trying to get it between 5 and 10 at the breakpoint.</p> <p>That got me 207 and 236 the first two games with only two balls out of the pocket, and only poor carry on one lane costing me two big games to start.</p> <p>I started game three with a strike, a 3-6-10 and spare, and then a 1-2-4-6-10 super washout for 42 in the third.</p> <p>Goodbye HAYWIRE. Hello MENACE.</p> <p>The MENACE worked right away with a 4-bagger as I rallied to 220, and I stayed with it the rest of the way.</p> <p>Game four was a 231 that could have been 269 with XXX in the 10<sup>th</sup>. Instead, I grabbed the crap out of it for a big split and 231.</p> <p>I then went 229, 259, 236 clean, with the 236 a possible 258 before a messenger went in front of the 10-pin in the 10<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>This put me in position to go from hoping to make the cut to possibly getting in the top 16 for a bye.</p> <p>Up to that point, I still hadn&rsquo;t gotten inside 15 at the arrows crossing out to 10 or a little right.</p> <p>The MENACE made a strong arcing move &ndash; no jerkiness to the motion &ndash; and rolled hard through the pins. If I got it in a tad it laid off enough to not jump high and if I got it wide, it returned smoothly &ndash; no jumping high.</p> <p>&nbsp;It truly was ideal ball motion. &nbsp;</p> <p>But my final pair (7-8) was hooking a ton more &ndash; 5 &amp; 3 on the left lane and 3 &amp; 2 on the right.</p> <p>A chop of the 6-10 in the second and not enough strikes resulted in a 204 finish, and ultimately 21<sup>st</sup> and a spot in the Cashers Round.</p> <p>Considering where I was after Monday&rsquo;s first round, that&rsquo;s what I was hoping for.</p> <p>Tuesday was a somber day on the PBA50 Tour as it was announced that 1990 PBA50 Player of the Year John Hricsina had died on Monday. He was 77.</p> <p>I met John once or twice and obviously didn&rsquo;t know him well but the testimonials from those who did were universal in praising what a great guy he was.</p> <p>I did watch him bowl many, many times on TV as he won seven PBA50 Tour titles and earned nearly $400,000.</p> <p>RIP John.</p> <p>More details are in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA50 TREASURE ISLAND RESORT &amp; CASINO OPEN PRESENTED BY ROTO GRIP</strong><br /><em>Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minnesota, Tuesday</em><br /><strong>Second Round Standings</strong><br /><em>(16 games; top 16 advance to match play; 17th-30th places plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine 8 additional match play finalists)</em><br /> <br />1, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,777.<br />2, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,769.<br />3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,685.<br />4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,671.<br />5, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,656.<br />6, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,654.<br />7, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,644.<br />8, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,625.<br />9, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,603.<br />10, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,566.<br />11, n-Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 3,564.<br />12, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,563.<br />13, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,542.<br />14, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 3,519.<br />15, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,513.<br />16, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,499.<br />17, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,478.<br />18, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,443.<br />19, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3,442.<br />20, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,440.<br />21, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 3,437.<br />22, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,434.<br />23, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 3,421.<br />24, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,408.<br />25, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 3,405.<br />26, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,383.<br />27, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,369.<br />28, Bob Micek, Woodbury, Minn., 3,367.<br />29, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 3,363.<br />30, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,344.<br />31, Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 3,329.<br />32, n-Ron Cleveland, St. Paul, Minn., 3,316.<br />33, (tie) ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,312.<br />35, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,304.<br />36, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,302,<br />37, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,300.<br />38, (tie) Brent Beery, Kansas City, Mo., and Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,291.<br />40, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,282.<br />41, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 3,281.<br />42, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,273.<br />43, n-David Oulman, Medford, Minn., 3,268.<br />44, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,267.<br />45, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,258.<br />46, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,255.<br />47, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,253.<br />48, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,252.<br />49, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 3,249.<br />50, Robert Spaulding, Mckinney, Texas, 3,233.<br />51, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 3,223.<br />52, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 3,222.<br />53, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,215.<br />54, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,204.<br />55, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 3,186.<br />56, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,181.<br />57, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,178.<br />58, Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 3,177.<br />59, Bill Hewlett, Eagle, Idaho, 3,156.<br />60, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,143.<br />61, Tony Majcher, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 3,133.<br />62, Jeff Moore, Boone, Iowa, 3,116.<br />63, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,112.<br />64, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,111.<br />65, Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 3,102.<br />66, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 3,101.<br />67, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 3,093.<br />68, Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 3,090.<br />69, John Austin, Friendswood, Texas, 3,050.<br />70, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,023.<br />71, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,017.<br />72, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2,999.<br />73, n-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 2,988.<br />74, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 2,983.<br />75, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 2,982.<br />76, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 2,978.<br />77, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 2,972.<br />78, Dennis Erckfritz, Sioux Falls, S.D., 2,935.<br />79, Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 2,915.<br />80, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 2,910.<br />81, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,905.<br />82, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,903.<br />83, Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 2,895.<br />84, Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,836.<br />85, Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 2,808.<br />86, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 2,722.<br />87, Al Danz Jr., Escanaba, Mich., 2,714.<br />88, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 2,670.<br />89, n- Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 2,601.<br />90, n-Dale Lipovsky, Apple Valley, Minn., 1,455.<br /> <br /><em>ss-denotes PBA60 players ages 60 and over out of the regular prize list cashing for $1,000.</em><br /><em>n=non-member</em></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7616 The 11th Frame: Pan American Games bowling starts Wednesday in Toronto <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Three Team USA stalwarts and a former Junior Team USA player will represent the U.S. in bowling at the Pan American Games Wednesday through Saturday in Toronto.</span></p> <p>The women are Team USA veterans Liz Johnson and Shannon Pluhowsky, while the men are Team USA veteran Tommy Jones and former Junior Team USA player Devin Bidwell.</p> <p>The United States Bowling Congress said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a> that the Pan Am Games &ldquo;is considered the most important event in the four-year cycle of the Team USA bowling program.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Pan Am Games will have more than 6,100 athletes competing in 364 medal events over 20 days of competition. The Pan American Sports Organization, which is affiliated with the International Olympic Committee, governs the Pan Am Games, the second-largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. Go to to learn more about the Pan American Games.</p> <p>The bowling competition starts with doubles on Wednesday and concludes Saturday with the singles medal round on Saturday. Doubles is six games Wednesday and six games Thursday. Singles is 12 games Friday and match play Saturday consisting of one-game matches with the winner receiving 20 bonus pins. The top four bowlers after match play advance to the semifinals and finals.</p> <p>A total of 56 athletes, 28 men and 28 women, will compete.</p> <p>Johnson is the defending champion in singles and doubles, and will be competing in her third Pan American Games. She also won gold in all-events and silver in team at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina.</p> <p>Pluhowsky won gold in singles and silver in doubles at the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic.</p> <p>Team USA has won 20 of a possible 28 gold medals, six silver medals and four bronze medals at the Pan American Games.</p> <p>For quotes and more details, go to <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:00:00 -0600 7615 The 11th Frame: PWBA Wichita Open nearing full field of 120 entries <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The PWBA continues to show how foolish those of us who raised questions about entry counts for the re-launch of the PWBA Tour were.</span></p> <p>The latest example is this weekend&rsquo;s PWBA Wichita Open, which is at 105 entries, just shy of the 120-bowler maximum &ndash; the roster of the tournament is attached to the end of this blog as a PDF.</p> <p>The relevant question now is how many entries might the PWBA get if it wasn&rsquo;t restricted to a one-squad format to fit in its compressed weekend schedule that enables players to keep their full-time jobs and still compete.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a wonderful question to ask &ndash; and a great &ldquo;problem&rdquo; to have.</p> <p>More details on this weekend&rsquo;s PWBA Wichita Open are in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PWBA news release</strong></a>.</p> <p><strong>PWBA WICHITA OPEN<br /></strong><em>Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kansas<br /></em><strong>Schedule of events<br /></strong><em>(All times Central)</em></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><em><strong>Thursday, July 23</strong></em><br /></span>5-6 p.m. - Practice session for all tournament bowlers</p> <p><em><strong>Friday, July 24<br /></strong></em>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><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><em><strong>Saturday, July 25</strong></em><br /></span>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, 21 Jul 2015 14:00:00 -0600 7617 The 11th Frame: Ron Mohr is a ‘Menace’ to the field in 1st qualifying round of PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr has not won a PBA50 Tour title since 2012, although he has had several near misses, including a third earlier this season in the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open.</span></p> <p>It&rsquo;s certainly not because he&rsquo;s been bowling poorly, as he showed again Monday in taking the first round lead of the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort &amp; Casino Open presented by Roto Grip at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minnesota.</p> <p>The eight-time PBA50 Tour champion rolled games of 225, 269, 236, 216, 258, 227, 277 and 265 for a 1,973 total.</p> <p>&ldquo;I missed a single-pin spare in the first game and that was a wake-up call,&rdquo; &nbsp;Mohr said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;It was kind of a good thing it happened because it reminded me to pay attention and focus on every shot.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been bowling well and really can&rsquo;t complain. I just need to concentrate on making good shots in key situations and hope I get a few breaks along the way.&rdquo;</p> <p>After the round, he told me he switched to the new Roto Grip MENACE for the last four games and was able to really open up the lane.</p> <p>I bowled terrible on Monday but will be going out to the car and getting my MENACE before Tuesday&rsquo;s second round. It is very strong, but I will shine it up and see if I can find something that will enable me to rally.</p> <p>Bob Learn Jr. is second at 1,916, Chris Keane is third with 1,870, Hall of Famer Pete Weber fourth at 1,851, and retired two-time major league all-star pitcher John Burkett fifth with 1,842.</p> <p>Monday was the first time I had seen Burkett bowl in person and I could not have been more impressed. I knew from watching Xtra Frame that he had solid fundamentals, but it&rsquo;s only up close that you can really see a person&rsquo;s release, lane play, adjustments, etc. &ndash; the things that distinguish really good bowlers.</p> <p>Burkett clearly has all that with a strong, heavy roll that enabled him to open up the lanes and nearly catch Weber on A squad on Monday morning.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m sure he also benefits from the mental strength that enabled him to succeed as a pitcher.</p> <p>Put it all together and it&rsquo;s obvious why he has enjoyed success this year on the PBA50 Tour &ndash; and why it should be no surprise if he wins a tournament soon.</p> <p>Instead of thinking of Burkett as a baseball pitcher who bowls, he should simply be thought of a BOWLER who used to pitch. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>He&rsquo;s also a down to earth guy who you&rsquo;d never guess made millions as a star on much bigger playing fields than the PBA. I knew that because he is a good friend of my long-time friend Ken Duffield, but it was great to finally meet John.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Here is a recent interview did with Burkett</strong></a>.</p> <p>The 90-player field bowls another 8-game qualifying round on Tuesday. The 30 plus eight Super Seniors advance to Wednesday. The top eight get a bye into the final match play round. Place 9-16 get a bye to the first match play round. The other 22 bowl in the Cashers Round, with the top eight advancing to that first match play round.</p> <p>The stepladder finals are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Central Times on Wednesday.</p> <p>The entire tournament is being webcast on <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Xtra Frame</strong></a>.</p> <p>My first round was, as I said earlier, horrible. &nbsp;I have not devoted much time to my bowling recently and it showed on Monday.</p> <p>I missed four single pins, chopped a couple of other spares, wrapped around two washouts, made some horrible shots for splits and didn&rsquo;t carry well.</p> <p>The sad thing is I felt like my ball reaction was good enough to shoot 150 over or more and I shot just 1,615 on games of 194, 211, 191, 181, 224, 223, 202 and 189.</p> <p>I had a decent look playing fairly direct in the track to start using the new Roto Grip HAYWIRE, and late trying to swing from between 15- and 20-board at the arrows to outside 10 for a breakpoint with an UNHINGED and a HAYWIRE.</p> <p>I just didn&rsquo;t make good enough shots. My hand action was very slow so my release was poor. And my brain is a bit overloaded lately so my mental game was poor.</p> <p>The good news is 30<sup>th</sup> is just 1,669, which means the cut is likely to be somewhere between 125 and 150 over and I feel like if I bowl well a 150 to 200 over block is out there for me.</p> <p>But I have to be way better than Monday.</p> <hr /> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><strong>PBA50 TREASURE ISLAND RESORT &amp; CASINO OPEN PRESENTED BY ROTO GRIP</strong><br /></span><em>Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minnesota, Monday</em><br /><strong>First Round Standings&nbsp;</strong><br /><em>(8 games)</em></p> <p>1, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,973.<br />2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,916.<br />3, Chris Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,870.<br />4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,851.<br />5, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,842.<br />6, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,824.<br />7, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,801.<br />8, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,797.<br />9, n-Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 1,789.<br />10, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,785.<br />11, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,772.<br />12, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,766.<br />13, Bob Micek, Woodbury, Minn., 1,764.<br />14, (tie) Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., and ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,747.<br />16, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,745.<br />17, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,742.<br />18, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,727.<br />19, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,725.<br />20, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,713.<br />21, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,704.<br />22, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,701.<br />23, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 1,699.<br />24, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,695.<br />25, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,693.<br />26, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,690.<br />27, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 1,687.<br />28, (tie) Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., and ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,676.<br />30, (tie) Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., and n-Ron Cleveland, St. Paul, Minn., 1,669.<br />32, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,667.<br />33, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 1,663.<br />34, (tie) ss-Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., and Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,658.<br />36, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,651.<br />37, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,640.<br />38, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 1,639.<br />39, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,632.<br />40, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,631.<br />41, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,627.<br />42, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 1,615.<br />43, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 1,599.<br />44, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,594.<br />45, (tie) ss-Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., and ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,592.<br />47, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,589.<br />48, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,587.<br />49, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,586.<br />50, ss-Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 1,579.<br />51, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,578.<br />52, (tie) Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., and Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,577.<br />54, Robert Spaulding, Mckinney, Texas, 1,574.<br />55, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,571.<br />56, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 1,570.<br />57, Brent Beery, Kansas City, Mo., 1,564.<br />58, Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 1,563.<br />59, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,561.<br />60, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,557.<br />61, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,555.<br />62, n-David Oulman, Medford, Minn., 1,554.<br />63, Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 1,552.<br />64, ss-Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,543.<br />65, Jeff Moore, Boone, Iowa, 1,537.<br />66, Tony Majcher, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 1,535.<br />67, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,527.<br />68, ss-Bill Hewlett, Eagle, Idaho, 1,526.<br />69, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,525.<br />70, (tie) Dennis Erckfritz, Sioux Falls, S.D., and ss-Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 1,514.<br />72, ss-Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 1,510.<br />73, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,497.<br />74, ss-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,495.<br />75, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,481.<br />76, n-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 1,472.<br />77, ss-George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,463.<br />78, ss-n-Dale Lipovsky, Apple Valley, Minn., 1,455.<br />79, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,442.<br />80, John Austin, Friendswood, Texas, 1,441.<br />81, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,439.<br />82, ss-Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 1,435.<br />83, ss-Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 1,421.<br />84, Al Danz Jr., Escanaba, Mich., 1,412.<br />85, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,408.<br />86, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 1,405.<br />87, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,399.<br />88, ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,388.<br />89, ss-Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,316.<br />90, n- Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 1,288.<br /> <br /><em>ss-denotes PBA60 players ages 60 and over</em><br /><em>n=non-member</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7613 The 11th Frame: Pete Weber leads points race as PBA50 Tour heads into homestretch <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The Midwest swing of the PBA50 Tour starts this week with Pete Weber leading the points race that will determine the eight bowlers who qualify for the PBA Challenge competition at GEICO World Series of Bowling VII in December.</span></p> <p>PBA50 Tour Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors also will be decided in the final four tournaments in Welch, Minnesota; Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin; Hammond, Indiana; and Fort Wayne, Indiana.</p> <p>Hall of Famer and 2015 Senior U.S. Open winner Pete Weber leads the points at 151,548, with PBA50 Tour rookie Mike Scroggins, the season&rsquo;s only multiple winner, next at 133,992.</p> <p>Average leader (229.1) Parker Bohn III is third with 118,020, and Brian LeClair is fourth at 105,408.</p> <p>Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha is 11<sup>th</sup> with 51,756.</p> <p>The full points list is at the bottom of this blog.</p> <p>In addition to the eight spots in the PBA50 Challenge, the points leaders receive paid entries into GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII.</p> <p>The eight points leaders will bowl an 8-game round robin match play qualifying event on Dec. 7 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, with the top two players advancing to the PBA50 Challenge Finals that will be part of the PBA Challenge TV show airing on ESPN.</p> <p>I will be competing in the first three of the four remaining PBA50 Tour tournaments, which start with the Treasure Island Resort &amp; Casino Open presented by Roto Grip Sunday through Wednesday.</p> <p>Treasure Island is a huge and very nice facility (though Minnesota casinos lack craps and roulette) and the 24-lane bowling center is beautiful. Manager Bob Micek keeps it in tip-top shape.</p> <p>But I may be biased as I have made match play both years I&rsquo;ve competed in the tournament there, including losing in the Round of 8 to Walter Ray Williams Jr. last year.</p> <p>The USBC Senior Masters follows July 27-Aug. 2 from Ashwaubenon Bowl in the Green Bay suburb, a center that hosted the Masters in February and that I haven&rsquo;t bowled in since the State Tournament was last in Green Bay.</p> <p>The major tournament always draws a large and strong field and is a fun event to bowl. And I&rsquo;m looking forward to the week as a combination vacation/tournament: a group of us are renting a home on Lake Michigan near Algoma, about 45 minutes from Green Bay. If only Lake Michigan were warm enough to swim in!</p> <p>The following event is a fun one resurrected this year: the Xtra Frame PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles Championship, which will be at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Indiana Aug. 5-8</p> <p>Not only is that a fun tournament, it is at a center where I made match play twice and last year missed by just two spots. Mike Kozy and his crew do a great job making the players welcome and the crowds typically pack the place, with some of them gambling on the outcomes during match play.</p> <p>The PBA/PBA50 Tour Doubles hasn&rsquo;t been held in 14 years, as detailed in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>The PBA winner of the tournament will earn an official PBA Tour title.</p> <p>One of the fun parts of the tournament is that partners are determined by qualifying scores, not chosen ahead of time.</p> <p>The final PBA50 Tour event of the year is the PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Aug. 9-12.</p> <p>I bowled at Fort Wayne last year and would love to return but don&rsquo;t have enough vacation this year.</p> <p>There also are two PBA60 tournaments scheduled: the USBC Super Senior Classic Aug. 2-5 and the PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Pro Bowl West and Hammer Aug. 14-16.</p> <p>All of the PBA50 events except the USBC Senior Masters will be covered live from start to finish on PBA Xtra Frame.</p> <p>The Senior Masters will be covered by USBC&rsquo;s BowlTV.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015 PBA50 TOUR STATISTICS <br /></strong><em>(as of July 18)</em></p> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;">COMPETITION POINTS &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Events&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; 7&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 151,548</p> <p>2, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas&nbsp;&nbsp; 6&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 133,992</p> <p>3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 118,020</p> <p>4, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 105,408</p> <p>5, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 4&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 99,792</p> <p>6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 96,378</p> <p>7, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 75,582</p> <p>8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 66,798</p> <p>9, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 4&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 62,910</p> <p>10, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 58,584</p> <p>11, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 4&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 51,756</p> <p>12, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 49,548</p> <p>13, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 45,006</p> <p>14, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 5&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 43,278</p> <p>15, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 37,428</p> <p>16, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 6&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 36,648</p> <p>17, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 36,432</p> <p>18, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore. 3&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 31,404</p> <p>19, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas&nbsp; 5&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 30,540</p> <p>20, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J. 6&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 27,354</p> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;">AVERAGES (min. 125 games) Games&nbsp; Average</strong></p> <p>1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.&nbsp;&nbsp; 222&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 229.10</p> <p>2, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 222&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 226.66</p> <p>3, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 169&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 226.24</p> <p>4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 242&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 226.16</p> <p>5, Norm Duke Clermont, Fla.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 134&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 224.69</p> <p>6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 228&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 224.00</p> <p>7, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 285&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 224.00</p> <p>8, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 246&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 222.89</p> <p>9, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 247&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 221.57</p> <p>10, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.&nbsp; 153&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 221.32</p> <p>11, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 261&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 221.05</p> <p>12, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan.&nbsp; 168&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 221.04</p> <p>13, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas 253&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 220.71</p> <p>14, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 184&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 220.22</p> <p>15, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore. 130&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 220.14</p> <p>16, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 222&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 218.91</p> <p>17, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 156&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 218.86</p> <p>18, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 252&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 216.00</p> <p>19, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla. 169&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 215.49</p> <p>20, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas 160&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 214.99</p> <p><strong>EARNINGS&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; Total</strong></p> <p>1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $23,275</p> <p>2, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas&nbsp;&nbsp; 2&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $19,475</p> <p>3, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $18,025</p> <p>4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $17,175</p> <p>5, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $16,275</p> <p>6, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $13,550</p> <p>7, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $12,313</p> <p>8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas&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; $12,300</p> <p>9, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $12,025</p> <p>10, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $11,150</p> <p>11, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $11,000</p> <p>12, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $9,500</p> <p>13, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $8,300</p> <p>14, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $8,100</p> <p>15, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $7,950</p> <p>16, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $7,750</p> <p>17, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore. 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $7,150</p> <p>18, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $6,800</p> <p>19, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $6,425</p> <p>20, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla. 0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $6,325</p> <p><em>ss-denotes PBA60 player</em></p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA/PBA50 DOUBLES CHAMPIONS</strong> <br />2001 &ndash; NBS Senior/National Doubles, Reno, Nev., Rohn Morton/Parker Bohn III <br />2000 - NBS Senior/National Doubles, Reno, Nev., Pete Couture/Dave Husted <br />1999 - NBS Senior/National Doubles, Reno, Nev., Johnny Petraglia/Jason Hurd <br />1996 &ndash; Senior/Touring Pro Doubles, East Providence, R.I. , Gene Stus/Eric Forkel <br />1993 &ndash; Senior/Touring Pro Doubles, O&rsquo;Fallon, Ill., Teata Semiz/Rich Abboud <br />1992 &ndash; Senior/Touring Pro Doubles, Belleville, Ill., Dick Weber/Justin Hromek <br />1991 - Senior/Touring Pro Doubles, Cheektowaga, N.Y ., Teata Semiz/Rick Steelsmith <br />1990 &ndash; Senior/Touring Pro Doubles, Cheektowaga, NY., Dave Soutar/Rowdy Morrow <br />1989 - Senior/Touring Pro Doubles Championship, Buffalo, N.Y ., Dick Weber/Marc McDowell <br />1988 - Senior/Touring Pro Doubles Championship, Cheektowaga, N.Y., Carmen Salvino/Randy Pedersen <br />1987 - Kessler Senior/Touring Pro Championship, Green Bay, Wis. , Mickey Spiezio/Rowdy Morrow <br />1986 - Columbia Senior/Touring Pro Doubles, Erlanger, Ky. , Teata Semiz /Joe Berardi <br />1985 - Columbia Senior/Touring Pro Doubles, Erlanger, Ky. , Les Zikes /Steve Wunderlich <br />1984 - Columbia Senior/Touring Pro Doubles Championship, San Antonio, Texas, Louie Blancarte/John Forst</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 07:00:00 -0600 7614 The 11th Frame: Jazreel Tan completes domination of PWBA Lubbock Sports Open with title match win over Stefanie Johnson <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Former college star Jazreel Tan of Singapore completed her domination of the PWBA Lubbock Sports Open with a 257-246 title match win over Stefanie Johnson on Saturday.</span></p> <p>Tan, a 25-year-old right-hander who was a 4-time first-team All-American and 2-time collegiate Player of the Year while attending Wichita State from 2009-2013, <a href="../../../news/article/7612" target="_blank"><strong>led after 12 games of qualifying</strong></a> and held her lead through 16 games of match play, ending 105 pins ahead of Missy Parkin at South Plains Lanes.</p> <p>PWBA reported that Tali locked up her title with a double in the 10<sup>th</sup> frame, first rolling a 10-pin and then flushing her second strike.</p> <p>"Things were moving quickly, so I wasn't totally sure of the score, but I knew I needed to get maximum score because Stefanie was striking and bowling well," Tan said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PWBA news release</strong></a>. "Every frame was a big frame, and I'm glad that 10 pin fell."</p> <p>Johnson&rsquo;s lone open was a 6-7 split in the seventh frame.</p> <p>Johnson qualified third for the 4-player stepladder finals and beat fellow Team USA members Danielle McEwan 233-159 and Missy Parkin 213-158 to get to the championship match.</p> <p>First was $10,000 for Tan, who with her Team Singapore teammates will bowl next week&rsquo;s PWBA Wichita Open before heading home.</p> <p>"Bowling in college in the United States and sharing success with fellow Wichita State players, such as Tannya Roumimper, was a big step forward for international bowlers, but this being on a professional level is another big step," Tan said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PWBA release</strong></a>. "Hopefully, this will open the door for more bowlers from Asia to be able to come here to compete against the best. It's a long and expensive trip for most, but I hope this helps others see the opportunities."</p> <p>For final standings heading into the stepladder, go <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. (The stepladder is only 18:07 long and USBC said that was because&nbsp;there were some technical issues with the first two matches, so they just were introduced with some highlights.)</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Here is the archived Xtra Frame broadcast of the stepladder finals</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">And the archives of the qualifying and match play rounds can be found <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>The lane pattern is posted as a PDF at the end of this blog. The pattern is 40 feet with 26.55 mL of oil and ratios of 2.38-1 for the middle to outside track and 1.35-1 for the middle to middle track.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><strong>PWBA LUBBOCK SPORTS OPEN</strong><br /><em>South Plains Lanes, Lubbock, Texas</em></span>&nbsp;<br /><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Saturday's Results</span></em></p> <p><strong>Final standings</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>1, Jazreel Tan, Singapore 257 (one game), $10,000 2, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 703 (three games), $5,000 3, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 158 (one game), $3,500 4, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 159 (one game) $3,000&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stepladder results</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>Match One - Johnson def. McEwan, 233-159 Match Two - Johnson def. Parkin, 213-158 Championship - Tan def. Johnson, 257-246&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>MATCH PLAY<br /></strong><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">(16 games, 30 bonus pins for a win, 15 bonus pins for a tie, top 4 advance)</span></em>&nbsp;</p> <p>1, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 11-5-0, 6,384.<br />2, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 10-6-0, 6,279.<br />3, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 9-7-0, 6,229.<br />4, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 10-5-1, 6,212.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>DID NOT ADVANCE</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>5, Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., 8-7-1, 6,070, $2,000.<br />6, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 9-7-0, 6,061, $1,850.<br />7, Daphne Tan, Singapore, 10-6-0, 6,059, $1,800.<br />8, Alexis Ijams, Wichita, Kan., 7-7-2, 6,022, $1,750.<br />9, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 10-6-0, 5,967, $1,700.<br />10, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 6-10-0, 5,946, $1,650.<br />11, Katherine Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., 8-7-1, 5,920, $1,550.<br />12, Shayna Ng, Singapore, 4-10-2, 5,902, $1,500.<br />13, Diana Zavjalova, Beavercreek, Ohio, 6-9-1, 5,896, $1,450.<br />14, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 6-8-2, 5,820, $1,400.<br />15, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 6-10-0, 5,774, $1,350.<br />16, T'nia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., 3-13-0, 5,646, $1,300.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></p> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:00:00 -0600 7611 The 11th Frame: Spoiler alert: Champions, final Junior Team USA spots decided as Junior Gold Championships conclude <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Don't read this blog if you don't want to know the final results of the 2015 Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master before the championship matches air on CBS Sports Network.</span></p> <p>The title matches were taped at Stardust Bowl in the Chicago suburb of Addison on Friday and will air on three consecutive Tuesdays in August. The 12-and-under (U12) finals will air Aug. 4, the U15 finals on Aug. 11, and the U20 finals on Aug. 18, all starting at 9 p.m. Central time.</p> <p>The United States Bowling Congress reported in this news release that the U20 titles went to Zachary Doty of Nassau, New York, and Sierra Kanemoto of Dayton, Ohio; the U15 titles to Tom Hankey of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and Danielle Jedlicki of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and the U12 titles to Spencer Robarge of Springfield, Missouri, and Amanda Naujokas of Lake Ronkonkoma, New York.</p> <p>A record 3,191 bowlers &mdash; it was reported at 3,102 earlier this week &mdash; traveled to DuPage County, Illinois, to compete for $275,000 in total scholarship funding. That stunning increase from the prior record of 2,479 competitors last year in the Buffalo, New York, area caused problems that I wrote about <a href="../../../news/article/7599" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and <a href="../../../news/article/7603" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>There were three rounds of qualifying, semifinal &ldquo;Advancers&rdquo; rounds, and then double-elimination match play for the top 16 in U20 and U15 and top eight in U12. The matches were two games decided by total pins.</p> <p>In the U20 boys title match, Doty beat Brandon Biondo of Carpentersville, Illinois, 416-388.</p> <p>&ldquo;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,&rdquo; 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>. &ldquo;This is crazy. It doesn&rsquo;t seem real. I came into this year just hoping to make the second cut, maybe match play. It&rsquo;s unbelievable.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the U20 girls title match, Kanemoto edged defending U20 champion Breanna Clemmer of Clover, South Carolina, 401-385.</p> <p>&ldquo;My collegiate teammates were making funny faces and really helped me calm down,&rdquo; Kanemoto, a 19-year-old right-hander, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &ldquo;This week was unbelievable. No words can describe it. It hasn&rsquo;t even hit me yet.&rdquo;</p> <p>The conclusion of U20 competition decided the final spots on 2016 Junior Team USA.</p> <p>On Thursday as I wrote up <a href="../../../news/article/7608" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>, Michael Tang of San Francisco, Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tennessee, Cortez Schenck of Phoenix and Thomas Peters of Belleville, Illinois, made the boys team after posting the top age-eligible scores through 24 games of qualifying.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Qualifying leader Dallas Leong of Las Vegas was ineligible for a spot due to age requirements, and Peters made the team when Jacob Klein was disqualified in a situation I detailed in <a href="../../../news/article/7610" target="_blank"><strong>this story</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>Biondo also made Junior Team USA by making the title match, and the final spot went to Chad Mee of Hamburg, New York, who was the next highest age-eligible qualifier. Doty was ineligible for a spot due to age requirements.</p> <p>For the girls, Clemmer, Hollyann Johansen of Wichita, Kansas, Sydney Brummett of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Julia Bond of Aurora, Illinois, and Jordan Richard of Tecumseh, Michigan, each earned spots through qualifying. Kanemoto also made the team by making it to the girls U20 title match.</p> <p>In the U15 boys title match, Hankey made a ball change and closed with the final seven strikes for a 259 game and 445-387 victory over Jorge Rodriguez of Yauco, Puerto Rico.</p> <p>&ldquo;During match play I had a pretty good look with one ball, but I didn&rsquo;t have a great look with it on the TV pair,&rdquo; Hankey, a 15-year-old right-hander, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I decided to use a ball with a little more surface and strong drilling to create a little more response down lane. This is the best I&rsquo;ve ever bowled in my life. This is one of the hardest tournaments for a junior bowler to win, and to come out on top means the world to me.&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">In the U15 girls title match, Jedlicki bounced back from three opens in the first five frames and edged Emily Schrader of Orland Park, Illinois, 343-334.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"> &ldquo;I was nervous to start,&rdquo; Jedlicki, a 14-year-old right-hander, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &ldquo;Winning this title means a lot.&rdquo; </span></p> <p><a style="line-height: 1.428571429;" href=""><span style="color: #333333; line-height: 1.428571429;">Hankey and Jedlicki also earned spots on the U15 Developmental Team along with Jonathan Cummins of Independence, Kentucky, and Katherine Corbin of Romney, West Virginia.</span></a></p> <p>In the U12 boys title match, Robarge also made a key ball chance in beating Cameron Hurwitz of Rochester, New York, 390-332 victory.</p> <p>&ldquo;I wasn&rsquo;t able to really throw a good shot on the left lane,&rdquo; Robarge, a 12-year-old 2-handed lefty, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &ldquo;So I switched to something that would blend it out. If you don&rsquo;t make quality shots and make your spares, it&rsquo;s tough to get to this stage at this tournament. This win feels really good.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the U12 girls title match, Naujokas had just one open in beating Aliyah Alleyne of Mooresville, North Carolina, 383-324.</p> <p>&ldquo;I just tried keeping my feet slow and tried to stay calm,&rdquo; Naujokas, a 12-year-old right-hander, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &ldquo;This title means a lot because I&rsquo;ve worked really hard on my game in the last two months, so it definitely paid off.&rdquo;</p> <p>Full results, the match play brackets and lane patterns are at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this page</strong></a>.</p> <p>All of the competition leading up to the championship matches was webcast by BowlTV.</p> <p><a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here is U12 match play rounds 3-4</strong></a>.</p> <p><a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here is U20 and U15 boys match play rounds 3-7</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here is U20 and U15 girls match play rounds 3-7</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>As I did the last three years, I contacted an expert on U.S. youth bowling who has been at Junior Gold all week to offer opinions on the Junior Team USA qualifiers, since I do not have much first-hand knowledge of the country&rsquo;s top youth bowlers. I gave my expert anonymity to ensure that they would be as forthcoming as possible. This is similar to how, for example, newspapers prepare reports in advance of the NFL draft, using scouts given anonymity.</p> <p>To read what my expert had to say on those who earned spots on Junior Team USA on Thursday, go to <a href="../../../news/article/7608" target="_blank"><strong>this story</strong></a>.</p> <p>Here is my expert&rsquo;s take on Friday&rsquo;s competition, Peters, and those who qualified for Junior Team USA on Friday.</p> <p>What a day of madness on Friday! Junior Gold was a memorable one this year. There was plenty of great bowling and I&rsquo;ll get to that later, but first it&rsquo;s hard to ignore the events after bowling had ended for the afternoon. Around noon central, word had been circulating through the bowling center that Jacob Klein had been disqualified from the tournament because he violated the youth eligibility rules of the USBC. It also meant that his spot on Junior Team USA was taken down and given to the next bowler, and Thomas Peters was the fortunate recipient of a golden ticket. The sympathy award of the week goes to Ric McCormick in 17<sup>th</sup> after finding out about the disqualification It&rsquo;s hard to even think about being in 17<sup>th</sup> without cringing a little bit. Imagine you or your child traveled half way across the country, originally tied for 16<sup>th</sup> place after 24 games, lost a competitive roll-off to miss the finals, and learned later that a bowler inside the final cut wasn&rsquo;t even eligible to have his shoes on for the week. That&rsquo;s heartbreak. No matter your opinion of whether Jacob was admirable to own up to his mistake on Facebook or not, EVERY elite youth bowler knows the rule about accepting cash or bowling in adult team events. He shouldn&rsquo;t have been there. End of story.</p> <p><strong>Brandon Biondo</strong> &ndash; Brandon is from the Chicago suburbs and was fortunate enough to spend the week at home. He has a giant family reputation to live up to as both of his parents were on Team USA, and he finally made it into the bigger bowling family of Junior Team. He recently signed with Wichita State for the Fall semester. Brandon&rsquo;s release is very different than many of the other bowlers in the finals as he relies on a lot of tilt and rotation, which allows him to use stronger balls than the rest of the field. It certainly helped in match play to blend the pattern and keep his angles a little straighter on a difficult pattern. He&rsquo;s bowling in the finals that will air in mid-August on CBS Sports Network. He&rsquo;s electric and intense, so the show should be entertaining!</p> <p><strong>Chad Mee</strong> &ndash; There were a lot of situations in which Chad could have gotten a spot this week. This is an exercise to show that I&rsquo;m relieved he got one. He had a top 4 ball reaction all day Thursday, but frustratingly fouled in many key situations. I stood in awe in game 5 of Thursday morning&rsquo;s block as he had 134 in the 7<sup>th</sup> with a double up, and shockingly double fouled for 164. He went on to miss the top 4 by 18 pins on Thursday afternoon. How many bowlers get their head back in the game after such a disaster to get that close? Chad also had a chance to push Brandon to a second match to get to the finals but could not catch a double in the 10<sup>th</sup>. What I&rsquo;m saying is he bowled great this week and is not just the lucky recipient of a spot when he was awarded Jacob&rsquo;s position. It takes a one of the best mental games in the building to endure what he went through this week.</p> <p><strong>Thomas Peters</strong> - Through the madness on Friday, Thomas was awarded an automatic spot on Junior Team from his qualifying position at the end of Thursday. He's another sophomore Shocker-to-be coming this Fall. He's really grown over the last few years and improved his game. He's arm swing is getting more compact and his release is extremely clean. He's going to be really good by the time he graduates! Jordan Richard &ndash; Jordan has been very close to breaking out the last few years of Junior Gold. The Richard family has been a pretty powerful force in youth bowling for a long time. She and her sisters have had a good amount of success over the past few years at Junior Gold as well as at their respective universities. Jordan has a power game that showcases speed and a heavy roll. She&rsquo;ll be attending Arkansas State University in what looks to be a promising team in the Fall.</p> <p><strong>Sierra Kanemoto</strong> &ndash; Sierra is a sophomore at Wichita State (again!). It sure seems like that Shocker squad is stacked with Junior Team USA members this year. Sierra needed a big match play to make the team and ran through her bracket matches with ease to make the TV show. She gets to the line very well and creates a lot of leverage through the bottom of the swing. Junior Team USA is getting a solid bowler in Sierra after this week. She&rsquo;s bowling in the finals that will air in mid-August as well.</p> <p>Finally what follows are some selected Facebook posts after Junior Gold ended.</p> <p>Joey Biondo, mother of Brandon Biondo and a former Team USA member:<br /><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">I think it might take a few days to let all of the the events from this week and all we have just experienced to sink in so we can gather all our thoughts (and emotions). But wanted to take a moment to give a huge congrats to our son Brandon Scal Biondo for an incredible week of bowling. Congrats on making all our dreams come true by working extremely hard for a very long time to become a member of Jr Team USA! The moment we shared today will be something that we will never forget and will be safely stored away in our hearts and minds for a lifetime. It really is cool that we can and will be making space to put your medals right beside ours! You showed such incredible strength, incredible fight, incredible desire and lastly incredible heart! Your 2nd place finish at Jr Gold is absolutely amazing and again couldn't be more proud of not only how you bowled but because you showed true class to everyone you encountered and defined so many moments by just being the great human being that you truly are! You have nothing but wonderful things a head...stay humble, stay focused, work hard, and enjoy and embrace all that lies ahead. Lastly Vince and I would like to thank the special grandparents and friends that came out all week to support our family which included watching Brett throughout the day and overnight so we could fully embrace every single moment! To those that text, watched on live stream, etc...thank you too for amazing support (near or far it was felt). Promise lastly, thanks to Shawn Morris and Hammer/EBI for believing in our son and allowing him to throw some really awesome equipment! Thanks to USBC for making Jr Gold possible, the week had it's ups and downs but it truly is unreal how much they do for the future of our sport!</span></em></p> <p>Sydney Brummett:<br /><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Now that Junior Gold has come to an end, I've had a short amount of time to reflect. I ended up finishing third &amp; I am beyond thrilled about this accomplishment. I came here with a single goal in mind and that was to become a member of Jr. Team USA again &amp; I am happy to say that I get to wear red, white, and blue!! Representing our country brings me such joy that I can't put into words. Congrats to all of the players who are joining the team! I cannot wait to get to know all of you.&nbsp;</span></em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">A huge thank you goes out to my parents for bringing me to the tournament and sticking by me no matter what. Also a thank you to HoHolly Harrisnd JeJeff Dreyfusor being there and providing amazing support! And of course I can't forget the amazing Wichita State coaching staff, MaMark Lewisnd GoGordon VadakinYou guys are unbelievable. Now it's time to get ready to head back to school for another amazing season with my team at WSU!</span></p> <p>Michael Tang:<br /><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">My final Junior Gold tournament came to an end today, and so did my youth career. Finished in 10th place but still got my spot on Jr Team USA which was the main goal. Special thanks to Chris Via and Darren Tang for ball repping and Mary Wells and Tracie Hom Tang for staying behind me the whole time. Thanks also goes out to Roto Grip for supporting me with all of their great products! Can't wait for another year of ‪#&lrm;TeamUSA!</span></em></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Breanna Clemmer:<br /></span><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Well my week at junior gold has come to an end. I fell up short in the title match, and finished 2nd. Congrats to Sierra for winning. This week has taught me so many thing, and I'm learning more and more each and every junior gold that I attend. This week has been one of the best weeks that I've had in a long time. From the amount of support, and love that I've received to the friendships that I've built. Things didn't go as planned, but I am still very happy with myself. Congrats to everyone who made Junior Team USA 2016! It's an unbelievable experience, and you make lasting friendships. I also would like to say thank you to everyone who has texted, called, and cheered me on from behind the scenes this week. Your love and support has pushed me through this week, and I wouldn't be here without you. I will never give up, and I will be back next year. ‪#&lrm;determined ‪#&lrm;brunswick ‪#&lrm;dv8 ‪#&lrm;radical</span></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015 Junior Gold Championships</strong><br /><em>Stardust Bowl, Addison, Ill.</em><br /><em>Friday&rsquo;s results</em></p> <p><strong>CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES</strong><br /><em>2-game matches decided by total pinfall</em></p> <p><strong>U20 Boys</strong><br />Zachary Doty, Nassau, N.Y., def. Brandon Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 416-388</p> <p><strong>U20 Girls</strong><br />Sierra Kanemoto, Dayton, Ohio, def. Breanna Clemmer, Clover, S.C., 401-385</p> <p><strong>U15 Boys</strong><br />Tom Hankey, Great Barrington, Mass., def. Jorge Rodriguez, Yauco, Puerto Rico, 445-387</p> <p><strong>U15 Girls</strong><br />Danielle Jedlicki, Murfreesboro, Tenn., def. Emily Schrader, Orland Park, Ill., 343-334</p> <p><strong>U12 Boys</strong><br />Spencer Robarge, Springfield, Mo., def. Cameron Hurwitz, Rochester, N.Y., 390-332</p> <p><strong>U12 Girls</strong><br />Amanda Naujokas, Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., def. Aliyah Alleyne, Mooresville, N.C., 383-324</p> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:00:00 -0600