The 11th Frame Blog en-us 2015 Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 7577 The 11th Frame: Greg Young, Sydney Brummett win gold as Junior Team USA takes 7 of 8 medals in Masters to close out PABCON Youth Championships <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Greg Young and Sydney Brummett won the gold medals as Junior Team USA took seven of eight medals in Masters to close out the 2015 PABCON Youth Championships in Panama, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</span></p> <p>In the final event of the PABCON Youth Championships on Friday, the U.S. boys swept all the medals in match-play Masters, while the girls took three out of four medals.</p> <p>Young beat Michael Tang 2-1, in the best-of-three Masters final to take the gold for boys, while Kamron Doyle and Wesley Low shared the bronze after losing to their teammates in the semifinals.</p> <p>For the girls, Sydney Brummett defeated Gazmine Mason 2-1 to win the Masters gold, while Breanna Clemmer and Puerto Rico's Kristie Lopez shared the bronze. Stephanie Schwartz of Racine lost to Lopez in the quarterfinals.</p> <p>The Junior Team USA boys won every gold medal, while the girls won two of six.</p> <p>"I am extremely proud of this team's performance this week," Team USA head coach Rod Ross said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "The girls fought hard and never gave up, just coming up short at the end in team event. The performance of the boys during the trios and team was inspiring. I have seen many record-breaking performances before, however, the boys were at a level rarely seen, and it was a joy to be part of."</p> <p><a href=""><span style="color: #333333; line-height: 1.428571429;">After the tournament, Doyle posted this on Facebook:<br /><em>"Amazing week to say the least. My run has come to an end here in Panama. I can't thank the coaches and staff enough for all of their help this week. Very successful trip for team USA. I came out with 4 gold medals and 2 bronze medals. Used mainly the pitch black and iq tour solid all week. Had a ton of fun on and off the lanes all week. Gonna carry this momentum to junior gold next week. Time to watch the masters finals and head to the banquet tonight. Leave bright and early tomorrow. Once again, thanks to everyone!‪#&lrm;TeamUSA#StormNation#TurboGrips#TeamHookShim "</em><br /></span></a></p> <p><span style="color: #333333; line-height: 1.428571429;">Tang posted this:<em><br />"I'm finally settled back in at home and I can't thank the coaching staff and my teammates enough for making my first international USA experience one I'll never forget! Came away with three gold medals and two silver medals and a whole new community of friends from across the Americas! I learned so much about bowling and life this past week and I can't wait to have the opportunity to travel again in the future! Thank you Storm and Roto Grip for the support as well! The Storm Optimus Solid and my pin in ring Pitch Black were the two balls I used probably 97% of the tournament and boy were they good! Definitely one of the greatest weeks of my life!<span class="_58cl"><a class="_58cn" href=";story_id=1016341498376424" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;*N&quot;,&quot;type&quot;:104}">‪</a>&nbsp;#&lrm;USA‬ ‪#&lrm;StormNation‬ ‪#&lrm;OwnIt‬ ‪#&lrm;Team514‬"</span></em></span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Brummett posted this:<br /><em>"Sitting at the airport on my way home from Panama I have some time to realize what was truly accomplished by this team. Never backing down and giving our full effort created some great memories. Coming out of the tournament with one gold medal and two silver brings me such joy and happiness. I'm blessed to have been chosen to attend this tournament. I cannot thank the coaches enough for all of their advice, pep talks, and leading the way to success. Also to my teammates, thank you for a wonderful experience and I can't wait to see you soon. Sat, 4 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0600 7585 The 11th Frame: Brandon Soedarmasto, Brigitte Jacobs win Teen Masters titles as U14 bowlers make splash <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Brandon Soedarmasto of Levittown, New York, and Brigitte Jacobs of Freeport, Illinois, won the titles in the Teen Masters Championships at South Point Bowling Plaza on Friday, each earning $7,500 scholarships and spots in the PBA Challenge Finals that will air on ESPN, PBA reported.</span></p> <p>That Teen Masters Grand Championship match will be contested Dec. 19 during GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada. The PBA Challenge Finals also will include PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PWBA-PBA Women&rsquo;s Regional Challenge matches. The show will air on ESPN in early 2016.</p> <p>The Teen Masters was webcast by PBA&rsquo;s online channel Xtra Frame.</p> <p>Soedarmasto, 17, took the lead in the second round of qualifying and never looked back, averaging 231.52 for 42 games while winning 13 of his 18 match games for a 10,114 total, 165 pins over runner-up Trey Brand of Battlefield, Missouri.</p> <p>Soedarmasto told PBA the experience he gained from four prior Teen Masters helped.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;The previous years I wasn&rsquo;t as sharp with my spare game or my mental game, so those were what I worked on the most,&rdquo; he said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I wasn&rsquo;t really watching the scoreboard, but I was watching the players around me when I struggled to see what they were doing. From block to block, I didn&rsquo;t feel like I was as focused as I needed to be, but when I got the distractions out of my head, I was able to bowl to the best of my ability.&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Brand, who is a 13-year-old 2-hander, also won the boys&rsquo; 14-and-under title in his first Teen Masters. He <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>told PBA</strong></a> he didn&rsquo;t expect to win but, &ldquo;I was expecting to make match play. I&rsquo;m happy I did as well as I did.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Jacobs, 17, who trailed Paige Beeney of Salado, Texas, by 181 pins after the 24 qualifying games, won 12 of her 18 match games and averaged 207.69 to finish at 9,083, with runner-up Beeney 243 pins behind.</p> <p>&ldquo;After qualifying, I kept telling myself, you can do it, you can do it, so I just concentrated on making good shots and picking up my spares,&rdquo; Jacobs, a first-time Teen Masters competitor, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I wanted to bowl the tournament because the playing field is level with the bowling balls and conditions, and it went really well.&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The girls side also had a precocious young player in U14 girls winner Allie Leiendecker, 14, of Wooster, Ohio, who was the only U14 player to qualify for match play for the girls.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;I did a lot better than I thought I was going to do,&rdquo; Leiendecker said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I practiced a lot on house shots with the bowling balls, but not on the tournament patterns. It worked a lot better than I thought. I did a lot better than I did last year (when she finished third in the U14 division).&rdquo;</p> <p>The Teen Masters, created in 1997 by Killer B Promotions founder Gary Beck as an elite challenge for high school age boys and girls, drew an open-entry field of 160 boys and 76 girls to Las Vegas. All qualifying rounds were conducted on PBA-caliber short- and long-oil lane conditions. In match play, the short-oil pattern was applied to one lane and the long-oil pattern to the other. All players were required to use special PBA Skill Balls 2.0 (polyester) and 3.0 (urethane) &mdash; no modern, high tech balls are allowed.</p> <p>Teen Masters champions who have gone on to become PBA Tour titlists include Mike Fagan (1997), Jason Sterner (2003), Ryan Ciminelli (2004), and Jake Peters (2006).</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TEEN MASTERS HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong><br /><em>South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas, July 3</em><br /><em>(Prizes listed are scholarship awards)</em></p> <p><strong>Boys&rsquo; Division</strong> <br /><em>(final standings, after 42 games including match play bonus pins)</em><br />1, Brandon Soedarmasto, Levittown, N.Y., 13-5, 10,114, $7,500.<br />u-2, Trey Brand, Battlefield, Mo., 13-5, 9,949, $3,750.<br />3, Pablo Cerda, Sunrise, Fla., 14-3-1, 9,904, $2,000.<br />4, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 13-5, 9,764, $1,000.<br />5, Alex Martin, Smyrna, Ga., 13-5, 9,535, $750.<br />6, Justin Wisler, Davenport, Fla., 12-6, 9,444, $500.<br />7, Jarek Vincent, Fort Smith, Ark., 8-10, 9,404, $480.<br />8, Adam Zimmerman, Deer Park, N.Y., 8-9-1, 9,288, $460.<br />9, Collin Smith, Huron, S.D., 7-10-1, 9,287, $440.<br />10, Jacob Yoder, Wooster, Ohio, 8-10, 9,181, $420.<br />11, Donovan Thomas, Longmont, Colo., 9-9, 9,172, $400.<br />12, Parker Capra, Spring, Texas, 7-11, 9,150, $390.<br />13, Benjamin Hardin, Tampa, Fla., 8-10, 9,114, $380.<br />14, Daniel Watkinson, Palm Bay, Fla., 8-10, 9,106, $370.<br />15, Andrew Guba, Las Vegas, 4-13-1, 9,082, $360.<br />16, Basil Ng, Singapore, 5-13, 9,000, $350.<br />17, EJ Baradas, Roseville, Calif., 4-14, 8,967, $340.<br />18, TJ Rock, Henderson, Nev., 6-12, 8,733, $330.</p> <p><strong>Girls&rsquo; Division</strong> <br /><em>(final standings, after 42 games including match play bonus pins)</em><br />1, Brigitte Jacobs, Freeport, Ill., 12-6, 9,083, $7,500.<br />2, Paige Beeney, Salado, Texas, 8-10, 8,840, $3,000.<br />3, Megan Eaglehouse, Cibolo, Texas, 13-5, 8,723, $1,500.<br />4, Bryanna Leyen, Perry Hall, Md., 9-9, 8,720, $750.<br />5, Ashley Dunn, Palmdale, Calif., 12-6, 8,718, $500.<br />6, Natalie Koprowitz, Girard, Ill., 6-11-1, 8,694, $400.<br />7, Crystal Elliott, Melbourne, Fla., 11-7, 8,679, $360.<br />u-8, Allie Leiendecker, Wooster, Ohio, 9-7-2, 8,677, $340.<br />9, Krystina Nealon, Coral Springs, Fla., 8-10, 8,654, $320.<br />10, Samantha Johnson, Apopka, Fla., 6-12, 8,605, $300.<br />11, Candace Taylor, Dalton, Ohio, 10-8, 8,552, $280.<br />12, Jenna Williams, Homosassa, Fla., 10-7-1, 8,510, $260.<br />13, Madison Kasza, OFallon, Ill., 10-8, 8,499, $240.<br />14, Christie Draper, McKinney, Texas, 7-11, 8,327, $220.<br />15, Heather Trapp, Chester, Va., 7-11, 8,229, $200.<br />16, Heather Duncan, Middleburg, Fla., 6-12, 8,198, $180.<br />17, Mallory Liversedge, Meridian, Idaho, 7-11, 8,074, $160.<br />18, Jasmine April, Port Orange, Fla., 9-9, 7,858, $140.</p> <p><em>u-denotes U14 competitor</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 22:00:00 -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><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><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">There may be a special room block and I will add that information as soon as I get it.</span></p> <p>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.</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> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:00:00 -0600 7580 The 11th Frame: Matt Gasn hosting a World Series-style weekend of 5 tourneys for single entry fee Sept. 12-13 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">As I have said many times before, I typically don't write about tournaments outside Wisconsin and the surrounding states unless they are national in scope. I simply don't have the time to write up every deserving event.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">This tournament does not meet that criteria, but I am doing it as a favor to Matt Gasn, who <a href="../../../news/article/6831" target="_blank"><strong>won my Open last year</strong></a>, and because I find the format intriguing and would like to see it succeed and for someone to run a weekend with it in my area.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Gasn is hosting a World Series-style weekend of five tournaments for one entry fee Sept. 12-13 at The Lanes at Ft. Meade in Ft. Meade, Maryland.</span></p> <p>The entry fee is $600, with $525 to the prize funds, $50 to lineage and $25 to expenses.</p> <p>Entries must be paid by Sept. 6 and to get on base driver&rsquo;s will need a car registration and driver&rsquo;s license and passengers will need a driver&rsquo;s license.</p> <p>The cashing ratio will be 1 in 5 for each tournament and sample prize lists based on a variety of entry totals are attached to the bottom of this blog as a PDF. With a full field of 102, first will be $2,000, second $1,250 down to $240 for 21<sup>st</sup>.</p> <p>The rules for the weekend also are attached to the bottom of this blog as a PDF.</p> <p>There will be four tournaments of 5 games each &mdash; two on Saturday and two on Sunday &mdash; and the fifth &ldquo;tournament&rdquo; actually will be a payout based on points earned in the four tournaments.</p> <p>The four tournaments will be contested one each on a short, medium, long and flat lane pattern. The patterns will be released on the day of competition.</p> <p>The event is open to all bowlers, including youth bowlers under the SMART program.</p> <p>For more information, contact Matt or Billy Gasn at <a href=""></a> or <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:00:00 -0600 7582 The 11th Frame: World Bowling President Kevin Dornberger receives 2015 John Davis Award <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">World Bowling President Kevin Dornberger has been named as the 2015 recipient of the John Davis Award, Kegel announced during the Phantom Radio Show at Bowl Expo in Las Vegas.</span></p> <p>Dornberger, who is leading the effort to get bowling in the Olympics, was a long-time friend of Davis, who died in 2013.</p> <p>Details on Dornberger receiving the award are in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release from Kegel</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>JOHN DAVIS AWARD RECIPIENTS</strong><br />2001 &mdash; Joyce Deitch<br />2002 &mdash; John Weber<br />2003 &mdash; Ted Hoffman, Jr.<br />2004 &mdash; Jim Dressel<br />2005 &mdash; Mark Gerberich<br />2006 &mdash; Carmen Salvino<br />2007 &mdash; Linda Davis<br />2008 &mdash; Gary Parsons<br />2009 &mdash; Len Nicholson<br />2010 &mdash; Walt Steinsiek<br />2011 &mdash; Gary Beck<br />2012 &mdash; Kim Thorsgaard Jensen<br />2013 &mdash; Barbara and Bill Chrisman<br />2014 &mdash; Mark Davis<br />2015 &mdash; Kevin Dornberger<br />&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0600 7576 The 11th Frame: Junior Team USA boys take gold, girls silver in team at PABCON Youth Championships <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The Junior Team USA boys ran away with another gold medal and the girls earned silver in team Thursday at the 2015 Pan American Bowling Confederation Youth Championships in Panama, the United States Bowling Congress reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>Kamron Doyle, Wesley Low, Michael Tang and Greg Young combined for a six-game total of 5,487 (228.63 average) to top silver medalist Costa Rica (5,173) by 314 pins. Canada took the bronze with 5,103.</p> <p>Low, who also earned the all-events gold medal, led the team with 1,440, Tang added 1,372, Young 1,342, and Doyle 1,333.</p> <p>It was the fourth gold in four tries for Doyle, as earlier this week, <a href="../../../news/article/7575" target="_blank"><strong>Low, Doyle and Tang won the trios gold by an astounding 472 pins</strong></a>, <a href="../../../news/article/7574" target="_blank"><strong>Tang and Doyle won the doubles gold</strong></a>, and <a href="../../../news/article/7573" target="_blank"><strong>Doyle won the singles gold</strong></a>.</p> <p>The Junior Team USA girls nearly pulled off a huge comeback in the final game but fell 16 pins short as Colombia won the gold medal 4,826-4,810.</p> <p>Breanna Clemmer led the U.S. with 1,286, Sydney Brummett added 1,204, Stephanie Schwartz of Racine 1,195 and Gazmine Mason 1,125.</p> <p>USBC reported that the U.S. was behind by 164 pins going into the final game, but fired an 867 to Colombia&rsquo;s 719.</p> <p>In addition to Low&rsquo;s gold in all-events with a 24-game total of 5,707 (237.79 average), Tang took the silver medal with 5,564 and Doyle the bronze with 5,530, while Young finished fourth with 5,406.</p> <p>For girls, Colombia's Laura Plazas edged Mason for the gold medal 5,009-5,005. Canada's Mykaela Mitchel took the bronze with 4,966.</p> <p>Schwartz finished fifth with 4,910, Clemmer sixth with 4,906, and Brummett eighth at 4,782.</p> <p>Full results are <a href=";ev=98" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> for boys team, <a href=";ev=98" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> for girls team, <a href=";ev=98&amp;vista=todoEvento" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> for boys all-events, and <a href=";ev=98&amp;vista=todoEvento" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> for girls all-events.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The event continues Friday with the match-play Masters event.</span></p> <hr /> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">PABCON YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS<br /></span></strong>Bolera Sede, Panama City, Panama</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">BOYS TEAM<br /></span></strong>Gold - United States (Kamron Doyle 1,333, Wesley Low 1,440, Michal Tang 1,372, Greg Young 1,342), 5,487<br />Silver - Costa Rica (Alberto Quezada 1,289, Jonaykel Conejo 1,264, David Villalobos 1,350, James Stanley 1,270), 5,173<br />Bronze - Canada (Sean Coutts 1,181, Mitch Hupe 1,333, Cedrick Ruest 1,271, Josh Brant-Parkin 1,318), 5,103</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">BOYS ALL-EVENTS<br /></span></strong>Gold - Wesley Low, United States, 5,707<br />Silver - Michael Tang, United States, 5,564<br />Bronze - Kamron Doyle, United States, 5,530</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">GIRLS TEAM<br /></span></strong>Gold - Colombia (Veronica Cepeda 1,106, Isabella Correa 1,258, Laura Plazas 1,216, Juliana Franco 1,246), 4,826<br />Silver - United States (Sydney Brummett 1,204, Breanna Clemmer 1,286, Gazmine Mason 1,125, Stephanie Schwartz 1,195), 4,810<br />Bronze - Canada (Leigha Carnevale 1,120, Stephanie Adams 1,192, Mykaela Mitchel 1,284, Shaune Pine 1,092), 4,688</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">GIRLS ALL-EVENTS<br /></span></strong>Gold - Laura Plazas, Colombia, 5,004<br />Silver - Gazmine Mason, United States, 5,005<br />Bronze - Mykaela Mitchel, Canada, 4,966<br /><br /></p> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0600 7583 The 11th Frame: Historical items in International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame July auction <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">A couple of items more than a century old are among the items in the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame&rsquo;s July auction.</span></p> <p>Proceeds from the monthly auctions benefit the IBMHOF in its mission to preserve the history of bowling.</p> <p>The items include "A Strike" 1901 bowling illustration, a Tony Reyes poster, 1895 Harper's Weekly bowling tips, and an AMF decorative plate</p> <p>The auction will take place in The Bowling Museum Store on eBay <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>Bidders will be able to find detailed descriptions of each item on July 20, and bidding will begin on that day and run through July 30.</p> <p>For more information, or to inquire about donating items, contact Museum Curator Jessica Bell at 817-385-8212, or email</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0600 7579 The 11th Frame: Guest blog: Mason Brantley: What got you here can get you there <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Note: On occasion, I offer the perspective of a guest blogger on The following piece is by Mason Brantley of Detroit, whose resume includes one PBA Regional title, 4 MSBS titles, 3 Michigan Major titles and four Mid State Masters titles. He is on the staff of Storm/Roto Grip and Turbo Grips.</span></em></p> <hr /> <p>Mason Brantley: What got you here can get you there</p> <p>I was watching signature moves on ESPN and they were talking about how different the crossover is today from how it was back in the day.&nbsp; Isaiah Thomas was discussing the effectiveness of the crossover, and how it was more effective back then.&nbsp; The fundamentals of the crossover were simple, &nbsp;he said.&nbsp; You want to dribble within the box of the defender and then once you catch him off balance, you blow right pass him or step back and shoot. To effectively make the shot after the crossover, you must be within the box of the shot.&nbsp; Today, players will cross over to the outside of the box and have to come back in it in order to effectively make the shot.&nbsp; Not saying that one is better than the other; but it seems to be more work to get back square with the new way of crossing over.&nbsp;&nbsp; What I took from the conversation was the being within the box was the common denominator.&nbsp; You can add whatever you want to its original design; but the fundamentals of the move NEVER changed to make the basket after the crossover.&nbsp; The fundamentals of the execution still exist with the forever changing look of the game.&nbsp;</p> <p>Without making this blog too long, I have this same feeling about bowling.&nbsp; People talk all the time about the changes that bowling has picked up over the years.&nbsp; With having been bowling since the age of 6, of course I&rsquo;ve noticed the changes of the game; with the equipment, lanes, oil machines, the path the ball takes to hit the pocket, the motion of the pins after contact is made with the bowling ball; the list is endless.&nbsp; But I will not say that the changes of the game have made them easier or harder statically.&nbsp; I have always been a middle of the road type player.&nbsp; It has been the situation of being a little too good to bowl league and some local events, but definitely not a major threat on the pro level.&nbsp; They say the equipment should make the game easier, but it doesn&rsquo;t for me.&nbsp; I always seem to make mistakes somewhere in the fundamental approach to the game.&nbsp;&nbsp; There has never been a magic ball, layout, or lane pattern that gives me a pass to success.&nbsp; Not saying that balls and layout don&rsquo;t help, but getting back to the core fundamentals of the sport of bowling seems to always fix my issues (which included hard work and understanding my flaws).</p> <p>The human body by nature is designed to react emotionally before it thinks in a human state.&nbsp; Why do you I say that???&nbsp; How many times have you had something happen to you that you didn&rsquo;t like or rubbed you the wrong way and your first reaction was get even?&nbsp; As a human defense, the mind wants to protect the body first.&nbsp; It wants to protect the image, the health, the confidence, the reputation and anything else that could injure itself when something negative happens.&nbsp; So when things happen, it&rsquo;s natural to want to make an excuse to why it happen verses making a human factual diagnosis of the situation.&nbsp; How many times have you reacted in a way that later on you said to yourself, I don&rsquo;t know why I did that?&nbsp; That isn&rsquo;t even like me to act or talk like that.&nbsp; It is not your fault; it is how you were put together.&nbsp; That is why the old saying, &ldquo;Think before you do&rdquo; always gets enforced upon people no matter the age.&nbsp; How does this pertain to bowling you might be asking yourself? &nbsp;</p> <p>Here is my opinion&hellip;.</p> <p>I read on social media all the time people&rsquo;s opinions on what the game needs in order for it to be a game of integrity.&nbsp; People think the oil is to blame along with the bowling ball design.&nbsp; Some say the pins need to be heavier.&nbsp; Some say the opportunity of the players such as ball deals and sponsorships play a part.&nbsp; While all of these opinions might have some truth attached to them, what do they all have in common is always my question?&nbsp; They all have to know and/or execute the best approach and shot making skills for what is out there with whatever they are using.&nbsp; Poor execution equals bad games, or no carry; which equals a sponsor losing money.&nbsp; The ball deal is meaningless if the player doesn&rsquo;t execute in the proper parts of the lanes to produce the most score.&nbsp; The oil pattern, whether it was supposed to score high or low is pointless if you never get the ball through the exit window with the proper speed and rev rate.&nbsp; How many times have we bowled on a pattern that everyone said was easy and you couldn&rsquo;t bust a grape?&nbsp; Why did you bowl badly today?&nbsp; Instead of having a truthful conversation with yourself and going to find solutions before your next outing, you take to social media and have an emotional breakdown for LIKES.&nbsp; We end up bashing the sport of bowling because it challenged your shortcomings and used the phrase &ldquo;ITS JUST MY OPINION&rdquo; when people ask you to think rationally about what happened.&nbsp; Bowling can be argued to be the hardest sport on the planet to play at all levels.&nbsp; If you don&rsquo;t understand your shortcomings, you will start campaigning for things that make you good versus what is good for the overall sport.&nbsp; You should want to be great every time you lace up for a bowling competition.&nbsp; Your good bowling should inspire others to want to bowl more.&nbsp; It should inspire those who never bowled to want to try it.&nbsp;</p> <p>People need to take responsibility for their shortcomings and stop making excuses.&nbsp; That, in my opinion is what is wrong with the world.&nbsp; We would rather be grouped and labeling everybody else verse creating the wheel that everyone could aspire to want to recreate.&nbsp; Bowling is an art that I was blessed to watch other great players do that made me want to be as good, then become better than them.&nbsp; If I was on the outside of this current game and watched the so-called great bowlers talk about the game, I would know more about the money troubles, the cake walk oil patterns, the balls killing the game, and any other crazy theories that bowlers come up with.&nbsp; Our forefathers taught us how to execute, understand pin carry, and watching other players to stay ahead of the moves.&nbsp; We need to get back to that portion of the game and sell the sport.&nbsp; There are so many things to be known about this game that people have never heard of.&nbsp; There are things to this day I&rsquo;m still learning.&nbsp; You have to want to be a complete individual to inspire groups of people that hard work does pay off.&nbsp; If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 2 Jul 2015 09:00:00 -0600 7578 The 11th Frame: Flurry of late scratch champions highlight 2015 Women's Championships <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">While the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships hasn&rsquo;t seen a new leader since early May, the USBC Women&rsquo;s Championship saw three of its four scratch champions compete in the last two weeks of the tournament that ended Tuesday.</span></p> <p>The 82-day run of the 96th USBC Women's Championships brought nearly 16,000 bowlers to Reno in the 10<sup>th</sup> trip to the northern Nevada city and seventh competition at the National Bowling Stadium, USBC reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">All standings are unofficial and pending final verification.</span></p> <p>In the last two weeks of the tournament, scratch titles were won in team, singles and all-events.</p> <p>In team, long-time Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky rolled a 706 series to lead AZ Gals into the lead with 2,717 on June 19. Megan Withey added 682, Megan Kelly 668, and Brenda Burns 661.</p> <p>Details are <a href="../../../news/article/7554" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">In singles, BowerBrooke, a former Kutztown University standout, fired 781 (257-257-267) on June 25 to take the lead.</span></p> <p>Details are <a href="../../../news/article/7567" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">One day later, Jennifer Asplin took the all-events lead with 2,182 on series of 736 in team, 695 in doubles and 751 in singles.</span></p> <p>Details are <a href="../../../news/article/7569" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>In doubles, USBC Hall of Famer Lynda Barnes and likely future USBC Hall of Famer 2005 Tennelle Milligan combined for 1,404 on May 8 and held on to claim the title. Milligan led with 760 and Barnes added 644.</p> <p>Details are <a href="../../../news/article/7470" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The 2016 Women's Championships will be held at the new South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas from April 9 through July 10 (last team date), marking the tournament's third visit to Las Vegas, and first trip since 1983.</p> <p>Full results are <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:00:00 -0600 7575 The 11th Frame: Junior Team USA wins trios gold at PABCON Youth Championships by astounding 472 pins <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Junior Team USA's Wesley Low, Kamron Doyle and Michael Tang didn&rsquo;t just win the boys trios gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Bowling Confederation Youth Championships in Panama on Tuesday, they owned it.</span></p> <p>The trio totaled 4,309 for their six games to win by an astounding 472 pins &mdash; 26.2 pins per game &mdash; over Venezuela, 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;">Low blitzed the pins with games of 259, 235, 246, 266, 258 and 266 for 1,530, Doyle added 1,396, and Tang 1,383.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">It was the third gold in three tries for Doyle, who <a href="../../../news/article/7573" target="_blank"><strong>won the singles on Sunday</strong></a> and <a href="../../../news/article/7574" target="_blank"><strong>the doubles with Tang on Monday</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>Venezuela's Andres Rodriguez, Massimiliano Fridegotto and Lucas Mota took the silver with 3,837, and Brazil's Bruno Soarez, Bernanrdo Abreu and Joao Ferreira the bronze with 3,767.</p> <p>In girls trios, Mexico's Paola Limon, Raquel Orozco and Sara Pelayo earned the gold with 3,843.</p> <p>Junior Team USA's Gazmine Mason, Sydney Brummett and Breanna Clemmer &nbsp;took the silver with 3,714. Mason led the trio with an impressive 1,419, Brummett added 1,159 and Clemmer 1,136.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Puerto Rico's Kristie Lopez, Nicole Rivera and Giselle Poss took the bronze with 3,713.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Full results for the boys are <a href=";ev=98" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and for the girls are <a href=";ev=98" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>After winning, Low posted this on Facebook:<br /><em>"Last night was unbelievable For us as a trios team as we went +709 for 6 games to win the Trios gold medal. I used a Sky Rocket and Grenade all day. Getting ready for the team event later today."</em></p> <p>Doyle posted this:<br /><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">"TRIOS GOLD! By far the most amazing performance I have ever seen by a team. We went +709 for the 6 games we bowled and won by 472 pins! Now tomorrow starts the real tournament with team event! I used a pitch black and iq tour solid. Great day for the USA! &mdash; with Wesley Low and Michael Tang."</span></em></p> <p>And Tang posted this:<br /><em>"I just witnessed one of the most amazing performances while actually being a part of it. Wesley Low absolutely destroyed the lanes today, going about +340, Kamron Doyle goes about +190 and I go about +180. Won the gold medal by almost 500 pins! Not to mention that Greg Young also went +175! Used my two pitch blacks, Optimus solid, and hyroad today!"</em></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The event continues Wednesday with the first three games of the team event. Medals also are awarded in all-events and match-play Masters.</span></p> <hr /> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">PABCON YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS<br /></span></strong><em>Bolera Sede, Panama City, Panama</em></p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">BOYS TRIOS<br /></span></strong>Gold - United States (Kamron Doyle 1,396, Wesley Low 1,530, Michal Tang 1,383), 4,309<br />Silver - Venezuela (Andres Rodriguez 1,243, Massimiliano Fridegotto 1,323, Lucas Mota 1,271), 3,837<br />Bronze - Brazil (Bruno Soarez 1,335, Bernarnrdo Abreu 1,273, Joao Ferreira 1,159), 3,767</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">GIRLS TRIOS<br /></span></strong>Gold - Mexico (Paola Limon 1,253, Raquel Orozco 1,184, Sara Pelayo 1,406), 3,843<br />Silver - United States ( Sydney Brummett 1,159, Breanna Clemmer 1,136, Gazmine Mason 1,419), 3,714<br />Bronze - Puerto Rico (Kristie Lopez 1,290, Nicole Rivera 1,202, Giselle Poss 1,221), 3,713</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0600 7574 The 11th Frame: Singles gold medalist Kamron Doyle teams with Michael Tang to strike doubles gold at PABCON Youth Championships <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Junior Team USA&rsquo;s Kamron Doyle won his second gold medal in as many tries at the PABCON Youth Championships in Panama, the United States Bowling Congress reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</span></p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/7573" target="_blank"><strong>Doyle on Sunday won the singles with a stellar 1,511 total for six games</strong></a>.</p> <p>On Monday, he and teammate Michael Tang struck gold in doubles with a 2,719 total as Tang fired 1,429 (273-235-247-236-213-225) and Doyle 1,290 (246-187-225-229-193-210) on the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>World Bowling Montreal lane pattern</strong></a>.</p> <p>Junior Team USA teammates Greg Young and Wesley Low took the silver with 2,701 as Young totaled 1,372 and Low 1,329.</p> <p>Canada's Josh Brant-Parkin and Sean Coutts earned the bronze with 2,683.</p> <p>Colombia's Laura Plazas and Juliana Franco earned the girls doubles gold with 2,535, Canada's Leigha Carnevale and Mykaela Mitchel took the silver with 2,516, and Junior Team USA&rsquo;s Breanna Clemmer and Stephanie Schwartz of Racine the bronze with 2,410. Clemmer rolled 1,252, and Schwartz added 1,158.</p> <p>Junior Team USA&rsquo;s Sydney Brummett and Gazmine Mason finished fourth with 2,373 as Brummett bowled 1,226 and Mason 1,147.</p> <p>Doyle posted this on Facebook:<br /><em>&ldquo;DOUBLES GOLD!!! Outstanding bowling to Michael Tang tonight for carrying me. We got to +319 combined. I used a pitch black, asylum, and hyroad and he used a pitch black, Optimus solid, and hyroad. Great teamwork tonight by ‪#&lrm;Team514. Trios event tomorrow at 5pm!!‪#&lrm;TeamUSA&rdquo;</em></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">And Tang posted this:<br /></span><em>&ldquo;Awesome day of bowling. Kamron Doyle and I won the doubles gold at +319 for 6 games on WTBA Montreal. Greg Young and Wesley Low take silver as well! Breanna Clemmer and Stephanie Schwartz take bronze too. Great day for Team USA! Used a Pitch Black, Optimus Solid, and Hyroad. Get your Optimus Solid today (6/30/15)! ‪#&lrm;Team514 ‪#&lrm;TeamHookShim ‪#&lrm;TeamUSA ‪#&lrm;TeamStorm ‪#&lrm;TeamRotoGrip&rdquo;</em></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Full results for the boys are <a href=";ev=98" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and the girls are <a href=";ev=98" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Trios competition is Tuesday, followed by team, all-events and match-play Masters.</span></p> <hr /> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">PABCON YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS<br /></span></strong><em>Bolera Sede, Panama City, Panama</em></p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">BOYS DOUBLES<br /></span></strong>Gold - Kamron Doyle (1,290)/Michael Tang (1,429), United States, 2,719<br />Silver - Wesley Low (1,329)/Greg Young (1,372), United States, 2,701<br />Bronze - Sean Coutts (1,325)/Josh Brant-Parkin (1,358), Canada, 2,683</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">GIRLS DOUBLES<br /></span></strong>Gold - Laura Plazas (1,279)/Juliana Franco (1,256), Colombia, 2,535<br />Silver - Leigha Carnevale (1,176)/Mykaela Mitchel (1,340), Canada, 2,516<br />Bronze - Breanna Clemmer (1,252)/Stephanie Schwartz (1,158), United States, 2,410<br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0600 7570 The 11th Frame: Scroggins brothers’ 10-lefty group ready to go again in 2016 Open Championships <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">If you don&rsquo;t know what team bowling really is about and how tough the lane conditions are at the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, you might look at the scores the Scroggins brothers&rsquo; 10-lefty group shot and think they had a bad experience.</span></p> <p>And you would be wrong.</p> <p>Mike&rsquo;s Roto Grip&rsquo;s Sinisters totaled 3,034 and Mark&rsquo;s Storm&rsquo;s Southpaws 2,814, and the group&rsquo;s all-events totals ranged from 1,695 to 1,876.</p> <p>Those are respectable scores, not only because of the tough conditions this year but also because some members of the group had never met before competing in El Paso, Mike said.</p> <p>That means they haven&rsquo;t had the chance to develop the kind of chemistry groups that have bowled together for years depend on.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s usually hard to bowl with people that you just met and try to establish anything,&rdquo; Mike said in a phone interview on Friday. &ldquo;And it seemed like we clicked together and we had a really good time.&nbsp;So I know next year and maybe the years after that it will get a lot better.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>Yes, the group already has decided to do it again next year.</p> <p>They went to dinner after their competition was done and after a humorous moment where they realized they didn&rsquo;t have to worry about seating arrangements and bumping elbows because they all are left-handed, they quickly decided to compete together in Reno in 2016.</p> <p>&ldquo;Everybody had a great time,&rdquo; Mike said. &ldquo;It was like people we&rsquo;d known for years and some of us just met this weekend. As of right now, all 10 are committed to doing it again.&rdquo;</p> <p>The &ldquo;Lefty Mafia&rdquo; &mdash; the group&rsquo;s adopted nickname that was coined by Jonathan Burke &mdash; was one of the most anticipated groups for the 2015 Open Championships from the moment the Scroggins brothers decided to build the 10-lefty group.</p> <p>I reported on their effort <a href="../../../news/article/6756" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and <a href="../../../news/article/6803" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and <a href="../../../news/article/7264" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Their team event was part of the Open Championships webcast schedule, and also drew a crowd in the stands in El Paso, which added to the group&rsquo;s understandable jitters. &nbsp;</span></p> <p>Their game plan was for most of the players to throw surface up the outside and for the Scroggins brothers and Anggie Ramirez to throw polyester (plastic) up about 10-, 11-, 12-board &ldquo;to try to get a little bit of carrydown there,&rdquo; Mike said. &ldquo;That worked pretty good, especially early &mdash; we had a little bit of hold.&rdquo;</p> <p>Given the opportunity for a mulligan, &ldquo;I think we&rsquo;d do the very same thing,&rdquo; Mike said. &ldquo;The thing that got us was our spare shooting.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mark Scroggins&rsquo; team missed 18 makeable spares in team event and Mike Scroggins&rsquo; team probably half that many, Mike said.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was just nerves,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I could see it.&nbsp;I flagged the head-pin on my first shot and my second shot I moved a little left and caught the dry too quick and it just hooked on me. That was stupid. And Mike Stiles flagged the 5-pin.&rdquo;</p> <p>But the group stayed with their plan and the shot opened up nicely, he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Most of us got in and started wheeling on it,&rdquo; Mike said. &ldquo;My brother said it was the best shot he&rsquo;s had in the last three years (at the Open Championships).&rdquo;</p> <p>The high rev players in the group ended up setting the ball down about 22-, 23-board &ldquo;getting it out about anywhere left,&rdquo; Mike said.</p> <p>The breakdown was not as nice as what they saw at the Showcase Lanes &mdash; something many groups, including mine, have experienced this year &mdash; but they believe they proved their plan was correct.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think we had the right idea,&rdquo; Mike said. &ldquo;I think 10 lefties can do the same thing on the left that 10 righties can do on the right. The other guys that bowled OK said this was the best look they&rsquo;ve had at Nationals in a long time.&rdquo;</p> <p>For the most part, he felt like the group handled the large amount of transition few lefties ever see quite well ... with one exception: himself.</p> <p>Although he is by far the most accomplished bowler in the group with a resume that ultimately may get him in the PBA Tour Hall of Fame, Mike felt he &ldquo;didn&rsquo;t bowl very well at all.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;I kind of struggled on it because bowling on Tour so long we really don&rsquo;t see breakdown like that anymore with them oiling every squad,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;To be honest, the last time I played inside 15 on Tour was probably 15 years ago at least. And it was hard for me to see what was going on. I was just disappointed in how I bowled. And I know they were probably looking at me and saying, &lsquo;Why aren&rsquo;t you bowling any better.&rsquo; I felt like I let us down.</p> <p>&ldquo;If you&rsquo;re left-handed on Tour and you play in you&rsquo;re done. You&rsquo;re never going to make any money. You&rsquo;ve got to learn your own trick. And my trick is staying left &mdash; my game is I pull everything. And bowling with 10 lefties on a pair you&rsquo;re not going to be able to stay left. Playing in and trusting it is one thing I&rsquo;m definitely going to have work on for next year.&ldquo;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">There also was the difference between individual and team bowling, which Scroggins excelled at back in the 1980s when he was part of a powerhouse West Texas State team that included his brother, Marc McDowell and Jack Jurek.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;This was the first time I bowled Nationals in 15 years and it&rsquo;s a little different,&rdquo; Mike said, &ldquo;You have to get into the team concept again instead of being on your own. And I put a lot more pressure on myself bowling team in college than (individually) in PBA events.&nbsp;And it&rsquo;s kind of double that when you don&rsquo;t know the people. They&rsquo;re expecting you to come out and bowl great and when you&rsquo;re not bowling very good it&rsquo;s really depressing.&rdquo;</p> <p>The group&rsquo;s plan for doubles and singles was similar and it &ldquo;did a very good job,&rdquo; Mike said. &ldquo;Our scores were good. Nothing big but everybody bowled pretty well. We didn&rsquo;t light it on fire like we wanted to but I think we met our expectations. I think it was a win-win deal. And I think we&rsquo;ll do better next year.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mike said it was &ldquo;great getting Richie Wolfe back to bowling. He still throws it as good as did 20 years ago.&rdquo;</p> <p>And he was impressed with Ramirez: &ldquo;She had the high all-events out of everybody and I think she will do really well on the Women&rsquo;s Tour.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ramirez posted this on Facebook after the Open Championships:&nbsp;<br /><em>"Well our ‪#&lrm;LeftyMafia experience at the ‪#&lrm;USBC Open Championships is over and we had an absolute blast! Although we struggled with execution on team and our spare game wasn't perfect, we still managed to get 6/10 plus for all events and some pretty close to even! Also, I was top score of the group for All Events (sorry had the pride it off guys! Lol) I've never laughed and had so much fun while bowling and can't wait to do it again! Yes, you read right, there will be #LeftyMafia for a while!"</em></p> <p>Stiles posted this:&nbsp;<br /><em>"This weekend was a very humbling and incredible experience. I completely misplayed the lanes in team and couldn't pry my spare ball off of my hand. Doubles didn't start any better with a 148,178 start but I made a change to how I was throwing my spare ball and moved way right to average a little over 220 for the last 4 and shot 567, 636 for doubles and singles.</em><br /><em>I want to thank Mark for the invitation to the team, Richie for the wisdom he shared with me, and everyone else on the teams for the memories; this will be a tournament I won't forget.</em><br /><em>‪#&lrm;10Lefties"</em></p> <p>And Hansen posted this:&nbsp;<br /><em>"As I am sitting in the back seat of a Suburban, riding to a bowling tournament, with 3 people I just met 4 days ago, and another that I met about a month ago, I get to reflect on my El Paso experience. Bowling aside (which had good and bad), I am reminded as to why I love this game. I have expanded my bowling family a little more and have spent some time with some great people. There were many laughs listening to old PBA Tour stories by the Scroggins brothers and Richie Wolfe (who still can get the job done with a bowling ball). Getting to know and bowl with each person of the ‪#&lrm;LeftyMafia is something I will never forget and I feel fortunate to have been a part of. This was a perfect way to celebrate my 25th consecutive appearance at the USBC Open Championships. I also want to thank my wife, Jeni Sportel Hansen, for her understanding what these 9 days away from home mean to me. Lastly, thank you to my new friends and teammates for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of this amazing experience."</em></p> <p>While the sport was totally different and teamwork in managing the lane pattern was not nearly as important as it is today, USBC Hall of Famer Mike McGrath reported that the 1972 Classic Division Team Eagle winners were all left-handed: Butch Gearhart, Johnny Petraglia, Larry Lichstein, Dick Battista and McGrath.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">ROTO GRIP'S SINISTERS</span></p> <p>RICH WOLFE</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p>427</p> </td> <td> <p>All Events</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>614,612,646</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1872</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>881</p> </td> <td> <p>Doubles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>176,203,233</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1167</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>816</p> </td> <td> <p>Singles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>210,236,200</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>646</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>74</p> </td> <td> <p>Team</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>178,245,191</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>3034</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>BRETT SPANGLER</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p>338</p> </td> <td> <p>Singles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>202,223,249</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>674</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>74</p> </td> <td> <p>Team</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>204,166,217</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>3034</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>479</p> </td> <td> <p>All Events</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>587,604,674</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1865</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>516</p> </td> <td> <p>Doubles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>171,223,210</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1194</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>MIKE SCROGGINS</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p>2613</p> </td> <td> <p>All Events</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>579,555,595</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1729</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>74</p> </td> <td> <p>Team</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>205,199,175</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>3034</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>3077</p> </td> <td> <p>Singles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>202,203,190</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>595</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>881</p> </td> <td> <p>Doubles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>177,191,187</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1167</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>JAKC ZUNIGA</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p>74</p> </td> <td> <p>Team</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>200,228,198</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>3034</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>2940</p> </td> <td> <p>Singles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>195,212,190</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>597</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>4132</p> </td> <td> <p>Doubles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>178,141,171</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1055</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>3058</p> </td> <td> <p>All Events</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>626,490,597</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1713</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DARON HANSEN</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p>479</p> </td> <td> <p>All Events</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>628,590,647</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1865</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>801</p> </td> <td> <p>Singles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>208,223,216</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>647</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>74</p> </td> <td> <p>Team</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>171,258,199</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>3034</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>516</p> </td> <td> <p>Doubles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>185,196,209</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1194</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>STORM's SOUTHPAWS</p> <p>MARK SCROGGINS</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p>1224</p> </td> <td> <p>Singles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>194,203,234</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>631</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>4132</p> </td> <td> <p>Doubles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>149,216,200</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1055</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>495</p> </td> <td> <p>Team</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>193,225,226</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>2814</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>676</p> </td> <td> <p>All Events</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>644,565,631</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1840</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>CHRIS PICKETT</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p>1168</p> </td> <td> <p>All Events</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>547,567,685</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1799</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>227</p> </td> <td> <p>Singles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>197,239,249</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>685</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>1365</p> </td> <td> <p>Doubles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>145,201,221</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1139</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>495</p> </td> <td> <p>Team</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>150,162,235</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>2814</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>ANGGIE RAMIREZ</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p>2282</p> </td> <td> <p>Singles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>210,217,180</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>607</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>405</p> </td> <td> <p>All Events</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>594,675,607</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1876</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>146</p> </td> <td> <p>Doubles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>223,248,204</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1255</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>495</p> </td> <td> <p>Team</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>193,173,228</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>2814</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>MIKE STILES</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p>1087</p> </td> <td> <p>Singles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>200,248,188</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>636</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>3668</p> </td> <td> <p>All Events</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>487,572,636</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1695</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>495</p> </td> <td> <p>Team</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>131,184,172</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>2814</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>1365</p> </td> <td> <p>Doubles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>148,179,245</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1139</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>JOSHUA COGGINS</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p>1344</p> </td> <td> <p>All Events</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>542,580,666</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1788</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>495</p> </td> <td> <p>Team</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>221,144,177</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>2814</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>146</p> </td> <td> <p>Doubles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>204,200,176</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>1255</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>438</p> </td> <td> <p>Singles</p> </td> <td> <p>Regular</p> </td> <td> <p>216,238,212</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>666</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:00:00 -0600 7573 The 11th Frame: Junior Team USA’s Kamron Doyle, Gazmine Mason strike gold in singles at PABCON Youth Championships <p>Junior Team USA's Kamron Doyle and Gazmine Mason won gold medals in singles as the 2015 Pan American Bowling Confederation Youth Championships began Sunday in Panama, the United States Bowling Congress reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>Doyle opened with a perfect game, then added 270, 222, 214, 269 and 236 for a 1,511 total at Bolera Sede in Panama City.</p> <p>After his 300, Doyle posed with his Storm PITCH BLACK urethane ball.</p> <p>Josh Lee Encarnacion of Puerto Rico earned the silver with 1,430 and Junior Team USA's Wesley Low the bronze medal with 1,408.</p> <p>Junior Team USA's Michael Tang totaled 1,380 for fifth and Greg Young Jr. 1,317 for 12th.</p> <p>Mason won gold with games of 211, 154, 218, 225, 248 and 258 for 1,314.</p> <p>Laura Plazas of Colombia took the silver with 1,257 and Kristie Lopez the bronze at 1,255.</p> <p>Junior Team USA's Breanna Clemmer was sixth with 1,232, Stephanie Schwartz ninth at 1,218 and Sydney Brummett 12th with 1,193.</p> <p>The PDFs with full results are attached at the end of this blog.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The PABCON Youth Championships continues Monday with doubles. Medals also will be awarded in trios, team, all-events and match-play Masters.</span></p> <hr /> <p><strong>PABCON YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS<br /></strong><em>Bolera Sede, Panama City, Panama</em></p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">BOYS SINGLES<br /></span></strong>Gold - Kamron Doyle, United States, 1,511<br />Silver - Josh Lee Encarnacion, Puerto Rico, 1,430<br />Bronze - Wesley Low, United States, 1,408</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">GIRLS SINGLES<br /></span></strong>Gold - Gazmine Mason, United States, 1,314<br />Silver - Laura Plazas, Colombia, 1,257<br />Bronze - Kristie Lopez, Puerto Rico, 1,255</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0600 7572 The 11th Frame: Likely the first of many: EJ Tackett a PBA Tour champion with win in Xtra Frame Lubbock Southwest Sports Open <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">EJ Tackett might not have won his first PBA Tour title on national TV and it might have taken longer than many thought it would, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean it wasn&rsquo;t an impressive and meaningful win.</span></p> <p>In the title match of the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open, the man who produces more revs per pound than anyone else in the world beat Bill O&rsquo;Neill, arguably the world&rsquo;s best bowler in 2015 this side of Jason Belmonte, 256-213.</p> <p>This after earning the top seed against a 172-player field filled with big names, including the following in the top 16 behind Tackett and O&rsquo;Neill: &nbsp;Shawn Maldonado, Mitch Beasley, Wes Malott, Tom Daugherty, Patrick Allen, Stuart Williams, Mike Fagan, Marshall Kent, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Sean Rash, A.J. Chapman, D.J. Archer, Kyle Troup and Tommy Jones.</p> <p>If those were the only bowlers in the field, winning would be impressive!</p> <p>PBA reported that Tackett, the 2013 Rookie of the Year, opened the title match with three single-pin spares, but adjusted and ran off seven strikes to run away from O&rsquo;Neill.&nbsp;First was $15,000 and second $8,250.</p> <p>Tackett, 22, had best previous finishes of second in the 2014 USBC Masters and 2014 Oklahoma Open.</p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435570106025_64497" class="yiv6445353003MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;A lot of people took a chance on me when I first came out on tour, so I want to thank all of them,&rdquo; Tackett said in </span><a style="line-height: 1.428571429;" href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">O&rsquo;Neill advanced to the title match with a 267-235 victory over 2014 PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year Shawn Maldonado, who opened the stepladder finals by rallying to beat Mitch Beasley 222-200.</span></p> <p>The Xtra Frame Lubbock Southwest Open, presented by Storm, was the fourth PBA Tour event covered exclusively Xtra Frame.</p> <p>The 172 players bowled nine games of qualifying on Saturday, with the top 59 advancing to the 6-game Cashers Round on Sunday, followed by eight games of round-robin match play and then the stepladder finals.</p> <p>The qualifying cut number was 1,866 and the Cashers Round cut number was 3,346.</p> <p>Full results are <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>PBA reported that among the 59 players who qualified for the cashers&rsquo; round was former All-Star pitcher John Burkett. The PBA50 player was certain he had missed the cut after qualifying so he headed home &mdash; roughly 320 miles away. At the end of the 5-hour trip, he learned he had made the cut in 58th, so he turned around and drove back to Lubbock. Bowling the Cashers Round on three hours of sleep, Burkett moved up to 34th place after two games before fatigue set in and he fell to 51st.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>This PBA news release</strong></a> details John's Excellent Adventure.</p> <p>I love his explanation for why he turned around and made the 320-mile drive back on Sunday morning:</p> <p>&ldquo;If you look at my baseball career, I took the mound every fifth day. When I sign up for a tournament, I obligate myself to bowl the whole event. I don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s professional to quit. Out of respect to the PBA, the other players, the tournament host, you finish the event. I wouldn&rsquo;t want to look people in the face if I quit. I have too much respect for the sport."&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><strong>PBA XTRA FRAME LUBBOCK SPORTS SOUTHWEST OPEN</strong><br /></span><strong>presented by Storm</strong><br /><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">South Plains Lanes, Lubbock, Texas, June 28</span></em></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><strong>Final Standings:</strong> 1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., $15,000. 2, Bill O&rsquo;Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $8,250. 3, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, $5,000. 4, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., $3,000.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><strong>Stepladder Results:</strong> Match One &ndash; Maldonado def. Beasley, 222-200. Semifinal Match &ndash; O&rsquo;Neill def. Maldonado, 267-235. Championship &ndash; Tackett def. O&rsquo;Neill, 256-213.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><strong>Final Match Play Standings<br /></strong> <em>(23 games, including match play bonus pins)<br /></em></span>1, Tackett, 6-2, 5,587. 2, O'Neill, 7-1, 5,433. 3, Maldonado, 6-2, 5,413. 4, Beasley, 5-3, 5,398. 5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5-3, 5,373, $2,000. 6, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5-3, 5,323, $1,700. 7, Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 3-5, 5,293, $1,500. 8, Stuart Williams, England, 5-3, 5,288, $1,300.<br />9, Mike Fagan, Ft.Worth, Texas, 4-4, 5,222, $1,200. 10, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3-5, 5,196, $1,100. 11, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3-5, 5,145, $1,000. 12, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3-5, 5,141, $900. 13, n-A.J. Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2-6, 5,099, $850. 14, D.J. Archer, Kingwood, Texas, 3-5, 5,065, $800. 15, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2-6, 5,041, $750. 16, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2-6, 4,968, $700.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><strong>Other Cashers<br /></strong> <em>(15 games)</em><br />17, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3,337, $620. 18, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3,330, $610. 19, Gary Faulkner, Memphis, Tenn., 3,328, $605. 20, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,312, $600. 21, n-Tyson Branagan, Euless, Texas, 3,305, $635. 22, n-Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 3,304, $590. 23, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 3,293, $585. 24, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 3,282, $580.<br /></span>25, s-Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,278, $575. 26, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 3,275, $570. 27 (tie), Brett Cooper, Denver, Colo., and s-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,259, $562.50. 29, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,244, $555. 30, n-Dylan Burns, Garden City, Kan., 3,238, $550. 31, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 3,229, $545. 32, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,223, $540.<br />33, Scotty Pope, Odessa, Texas, 3,214, $540. 34, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,202, $535. 35 (tie), Paul Brewbaker, Midwest City, Okla., and n-Marc Heninger, Tonganoxie, Kan., 3,197, $532.50. 37, n-Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 3,194, $530. 38, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 3,183, $525. 39, n-Xeno Garcia, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,182, $525. 40, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 3,172, $520.<br />41, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix , 3,170, $520. 42, n-Lanndyn Carnate, Glendale, Ariz., 3,166, $515. 43, Chris Colella, Templeton, Mass., 3,165, $515. 44, Chad Newman, The Colony, Texas, 3,146, $515. 45, n-David Decker, Aurora, Colo., 3,139, $510. 46, n-Brandon Martin, Derby, Kan., 3,129, $510. 47, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,125, $510. 48, s-Doug Kirkman, Lubbock, Texas, 3,122, $510.<br />49, Jeff Hatt, Oklahoma City, 3,107, $505. 50, Ramese Chambers, Kansas City, Mo., 3,103, $505. 51, s-John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,091, $505. 52, n-Jason Duran, Littleton, Colo., 3,086, $505. 53, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3,078, $505. 54, n-Seth Rutledge, Dallas, 3,056, $500. 55, f-Anggie Ramirez, Chicago, 3,034, $500. 56 (tie), n-John Pierce, Denton, Texas, and s-Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,030, $500.<br />58, Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas, 3,005, $500. 59, n-Dylan Macon, Ennis, Texas, 2,992, $500. 64, f-Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas/Colombia, 1,850, $300.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><em>n=non-member; s-denotes PBA50 player; f-denotes female</em></span></p> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7571 The 11th Frame: Harry Sullins wins mega grindfest PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Agent Open Regional <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Sunday&rsquo;s PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Agent Open Regional at Fox Bowl in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton was a grindfest of epic proportions.</span></p> <p>The qualifying was a plain old grind, with the cut to the top 12 for match play taking 1,378 for seven games and the leader being 1,482. Tough, yes. Epic tough, no.</p> <p>But the eight games of round-robin match play were as brutal as anything I have experienced in my long PBA career.</p> <p>Champion Harry Sullins was the only one of the 12 bowlers to average 200 during match play and several of us struggled to even get a 200 game. I failed, rolling a <em>high</em> game of just 181 as I totaled 1,359 for the eight games, 113 pins less than I totaled for seven games during qualifying!</p> <p>The 47-foot PBA50 Scorpion pattern can be very high scoring, as it was in <a href="../../../news/article/6810" target="_blank"><strong>last year&rsquo;s PBA50 Tour stop in Hammond, Indiana, where I was 420 over for 16 games and didn&rsquo;t make the top 24</strong></a>!</p> <p>But whatever it was &mdash; different oil, different lane machine, different lane surface &mdash; this PBA50 Scorpion stung us repeatedly.</p> <p>In qualifying, you could find a bit of push and the field managed to open up the lanes just a bit. Bad shots missed the head-pin right or went through the face, but you could score with the right ball and angle and good shots.</p> <p>After a 190 start, I found it with a 500-Abralon Storm CRUX crossing the arrows around 15-board for 230 and 224. But that disappeared the next two games as I struggled to 168 and 182, finding a bunch of different ways to not convert 3-6 combination leaves.</p> <p>For the last two games, I jumped back to the right with a 2,500 Turbo sandbagger Roto Grip UNHINGED with a lot of lane shine going very straight up around 15 and rolled 244 and 234 for 1,472. If I hadn&rsquo;t chopped the 2-4-5 in my final frame I would have been the qualifying leader, which was Jim Heintz at 1,482 after an amazing finish of 275, 243, 246.</p> <p>Then came the re-oil for match play.</p> <p>I tried out. I tried in. I tried fairly straight. I tried slow hooking it. I tried mega hook balls. I tried smooth weak balls.</p> <p>It didn&rsquo;t matter what I tried.</p> <p>And I was not alone.</p> <p>Miss a tad right or don&rsquo;t catch it correctly and you nicked the head-pin at best. Miss a tad in or cut it short a bit and you were 3-6 combination at best.</p> <p>My games were 177, 180, 181, 152, 176, 158, 175 and 160. I won my first match and my 176 tied eventual champion Harry Sullins on one of the truly ugly pairs.</p> <p>Why were they so brutal?</p> <p>The only theory anyone could come up with is that the lanes weren&rsquo;t allowed to sit after they were oiled &mdash; we bowled immediately. And that may have been correct, as the low end of the match play lanes, which was oiled first, wasn&rsquo;t quite as horrendous as the high end.</p> <p>Whatever the cause, it was a nightmare whose end was welcomed by all.</p> <p>The championship came down to whoever won the final game between Sullins and Dave Traber, as the spread between them was less than the 30 bonus pins for winning.</p> <p>And Sullins bowled a stellar game for an easy win that earned him $1,500 and his 31<sup>st</sup> PBA Regional titles (regular and PBA50 combined).</p> <p>Sullins, who mostly a played a fairly direct line in the track, posted this on Facebook after his win: <br />"Wow ; YES it was a GRIND to WIN this PBA50 Regional !!! Thanks to STORM for the equipment that got me there....Defiant Edge , IQ Tour and TWO Crux's ...Yeah BAKES , even your old one helped....Thanks to TURBO Grips and MONGOOSE for doing the GOOSE !!! Another BIG FINISH in the LAST GAME for the WIN !!!"</p> <p>As always, the folks at Fox Bowl, led by proprietor Tom Sims, were stellar hosts.</p> <p>Fulll results are <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:00:00 -0600 7569 The 11th Frame: Jennifer Asplin hoping 2nd time is charm as she takes Women's Championships all-events lead <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">In 2012, Jennifer Asplin took the lead in all-events at the USBC Women&rsquo;s Championships at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno and ultimately finished seventh, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</span></p> <p>After taking the scratch all-events lead again on Friday at the Stadium at the 2015 Women&rsquo;s Champions, Asplin is hoping the second time is the charm.</p> <p>With the tournament ending Tuesday, it&rsquo;s looking good for her.</p> <p>Asplin rolled 736 in team, 695 in doubles and 751 in singles for 2,182, moving past the 2,169 of 2005 Queens champion Tennelle Milligan of Arlington, Texas.</p> <p>"It's amazing, because I've been working hard and practicing more," the 39-year-old right-hander said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "I knew with the first strike in the 10th frame of the final game it was going to be enough for the all-events lead."</p> <p>Before her team event on Thursday, Asplin had a lesson with famed coach Mike Jasnau of Lane 81 at the Stadium.</p> <p>&ldquo;She was fun to work with and she is good!&rdquo; Jasnau said in a message.</p> <p>Asplin nearly took the scratch singles lead as well, opening with games of 277 and 289 as she took aim at the 781 Brooke Bower posted on Thursday.</p> <p>USBC reported that two early opens left her needing a 10<sup>th</sup> frame mark to pass Milligan, and she rolled three strikes to finish with a 185. "There were times I wasn't striking, and I was trying really hard," Asplin said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "It's a tough shot out there, and I was trying to stay positive."&nbsp;</p> <p>Asplin, who will compete in the PWBA Tour &nbsp;Storm Sacramento Open July 9-11, teamed with Kaidee Sutphin to move into fourth in doubles with 1,376.</p> <p>"Kaidee helped line me up from doubles to singles," Asplin said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>."I switched balls and then switched back, and she told me to move left, so I moved.</p> <p><a href=""><span style="color: #333333; line-height: 1.428571429;">"This was a chance to work on my mental game and my next tournament. Whether it's a strike or an open, just leave it behind, because the next shot is a new shot."</span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7568 The 11th Frame: 2015-16 Madison Area Scratch Tour schedule impacted by Madison hosting 2016 State Tournament <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The 2015-16 Madison Area Scratch Tour is complicated by Madison hosting the 2016 Wisconsin State USBC Bowling Association Championships &mdash; aka the State Tournament.</span></p> <p>With the State Tournament running from early January into mid-May, the Madison Bowling Association will be hosting the City Tournament in November and December before Christmas, when the City Tournament has been in January in recent years.</p> <p>As a result, there will be no MAST tournaments between Oct. 25 and Jan. 10, pushing the start of the season back to the last weekend of August and the Year End to April 9-10, according to the preliminary schedule released by MAST Friday.</p> <p>There is one major conflict, as&nbsp;the Tri City Bank Milwaukee Open is "locked into" Oct. 25 at&nbsp;Village Bowl in Menomonee Falls, Bob Greenfield said in a message.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">There is one other minor conflict: Sept. 13 will be the second day of the GIBA Fusion Realtors Open in Waterloo, Iowa.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The Schwoegler&rsquo;s Doubles on Jan. 10 could benefit from the State Tournament being in Madison, which based on past schedules would mean the Wisconsin Bowling Hall of Fame induction dinner would be the night of Jan. 9 and the Over 40/Under 40 Doubles may be that day in Madison.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Lane conditions and other details will be announced before the season starts.</span></p> <p><strong>MAST 2015-2016 Schedule (preliminary)<br /></strong>Prairie Lanes August 29, 2015 Sat 12:30 PM<br />Badger Bowl September 13, 2015 Sun 12:30 PM<br />Lake Ripley Split Shift Doubles September 26, 2015 Sat 11 AM/2 PM<br />Bowl-A-Vard Lanes October 3, 2015 Sat 12:30 PM<br />Village Lanes October 18, 2015 Sun 12:30 PM<br />Dream Lanes October 25, 2015 Sun 12:30 PM<br />Schwoegler&rsquo;s Doubles January 10, 2016 Sun 12:30 PM<br />Spartan Bowl January 17, 2016 Sun 11:30 AM<br />Viking Lanes February 13, 2016 Sat 11:30 AM<br />Sport Bowl Split Shift Doubles February 27, 2016 Sat 10 AM/1 PM<br />Rock River Lanes Fort Atkinson March 6, 2016 Sun 11:30 AM<br />Ten Pin Alley March 19, 2016 Sat 12:30 PM<br />Leisure Lanes Monroe Year End April 9-10 2016 Sat-Sun 11 AM<br /><strong><br /></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:00:00 -0600 7566 The 11th Frame: Jason Belmonte, Parker Bohn III, Mike Fagan are nominees for 2015 'Best Bowler' ESPY <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The 2015 ESPY Best Bowler Award nominees are two-time defending PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III, and five-time PBA Tour champion Mike Fagan.</span></p> <p>To vote for your selection, go <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The award winners will be announced July 15 during ceremonies at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ESPY show is at 7 p.m. Central time on ABC.</p> <p>Details on the players&rsquo; accomplishments are in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;">ESPY BEST BOWLER AWARD WINNERS</strong></p> <p>2014 -&nbsp; Pete Weber</p> <p>2013 &ndash; Pete Weber</p> <p>2012 &ndash; Sean Rash</p> <p>2011 &ndash; Jason Belmonte</p> <p>2010 &ndash; Walter Ray Williams Jr.</p> <p>2009 &ndash; Norm Duke</p> <p>2008 &ndash; Norm Duke</p> <p>2007 &ndash; Norm Duke</p> <p>2006 &ndash; Walter Ray Williams Jr.</p> <p>2005 &ndash; Walter Ray Williams Jr.</p> <p>2004 &ndash; Pete Weber</p> <p>2003 &ndash; Walter Ray Williams Jr.</p> <p>2002 &ndash; Pete Weber</p> <p>2001 &ndash; Walter Ray Williams Jr.</p> <p>2000 &ndash; Parker Bohn III</p> <p>1999 &ndash; Walter Ray Williams Jr.</p> <p>1998 &ndash; Walter Ray Williams Jr.</p> <p>1997 &ndash; Bob Learn Jr.</p> <p>1996 &ndash; Mike Aulby</p> <p>1995 &ndash; Norm Duke</p> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 08:00:00 -0600 7565 The 11th Frame: Hank Marino tourney special squad set for Saturday at noon <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The Hank Marino team tournament at Bluemound Bowl in suburban Milwaukee is holding a special squad on Saturday at noon.</span></p> <p>The squad already has nine teams, and proprietor Hank Posnanski said he would love to fill it at 16. The squad&rsquo;s Facebook page is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The tournament ends June 30 and the high team with handicap that bowls the last week will receive 10 tickets with parking, and food and beverages in the Pepsi suite at Miller Park for the Brewers game on July 31.</p> <p>Anyone interested in bowling can call Bluemound &nbsp;at 262-786-6280.</p> <p>All you need is two teams to bowl at any time on any day, Posnanski said.</p> <p>Bluemound is at 12935 W. Bluemound Road in Brookfield.</p> <p>The tournament has a guaranteed first prize of $5,000.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0600 7567 The 11th Frame: Brooke Bower takes USBC Women's Championships singles lead with 781 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Warming up for the main schedule of the 2015 PWBA Tour, former Kutztown University standout Brooke Bower of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, soared into the 2015 USBC Women's Championships scratch singles lead with a 781 series Thursday, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</span></p> <p>The 22-year-old right-hander rolled games of 257, 257 and 267 at the National Bowling Stadium to easily eclipse the <a href="../../../news/article/7512" target="_blank"><strong>742s rolled by Rochelle Roventini of Franklin</strong></a>&nbsp;in suburban Milwaukee and Darris Ruffner of Exeter, California.</p> <p>"We bowled doubles first, and I was bowling with my sister," Bower, who added 560 in team and 603 in doubles for 1,944 all-events, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "Yesterday, she had a pretty good line. So I pretty much based it off of how she was playing the lanes. I had a decent look in doubles, but I wasn't quite carrying, so I made a couple of adjustments for singles, and everything kind of fell together."</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The Women&rsquo;s Championships ends on Tuesday.</span></p> <p>"We actually looked online this morning," Bower said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release.</strong></a> "We knew it was possible to beat the score, we just didn't think we actually would be able to do it. So, I'm very surprised. I was throwing it really well, and once everything got flowing, I was like, 'I have a shot at this.'"</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Bower, who earned honorable mention status in the 2013 National Tenpin Coaches Association All-America voting, plans to compete on the PWBA Tour, which resume July 9-11 with the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open in Citrus Heights, California.</span></p> <p>"When I was little, my father always got (the PWBA Tour) at our bowling center," Bower said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "So, while growing up, I got to watch them and be there all the time while they were bowling. I was in love with the sport as it is, and now that the PWBA is back, and I'm old enough to be able to do what I love to do, I figured now is a great the opportunity to pick up the pace and compete with the best in the world."</p> <p><a href="">&nbsp;</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:00:00 -0600 7564 The 11th Frame: Bill Cooley of Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl honored with 2015 Jim Jaryszak Laneman Award <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Bill Cooley, the head mechanic and lane maintenance supervisor at Earl Anthony&rsquo;s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, California, for the last 35 years, was honored with the 2015 Jim Jaryszak Laneman Award at Bowl Expo on Thursday, according to <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>I can&rsquo;t remember if I ever met Bill but I immediately felt wonderful reading about him winning the award as it brought back the great memory of Dublin Bowl being where in 1987 I made my first (of very few) top 24s in my short PBA Tour career. &nbsp;(I finished 24<sup>th</sup>.)</p> <p>The release states that &ldquo;Because of his extensive knowledge of lane maintenance and Brunswick pinsetters, Cooley was hired by bowling legend Earl Anthony in 1980,&rdquo; which means that he was working there in 1987.</p> <p>&ldquo;When I heard that I won the award, it blew me away. I am overwhelmed and humbled,&rdquo; Cooley said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;Lanemen like working in the background. If you're seeing the laneman, it is usually a bad thing, which is why this award and recognition is so special for the bowling industry.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I want to thank all the people who won before. These were pioneers in the industry and their support has been unbelievable. I want to thank Jim Jaryszak for having a vision of how important lanemen are. If he was here today, I know he would be proud of what this has become.&rdquo;</p> <p>Cooley worked with the PBA lane maintenance crew led by Len Nicholson, the first recipient of the Jim Jaryszak Laneman Award, on conditions for the PBA tournaments at Dublin Bowl.</p> <p>&ldquo;He is very talented when it comes to knowing oil patterns,&rdquo; Ted Hoffman Jr., a PBA Hall of Famer and co-owner of Dublin Bowl, said in nominating Cooley. &ldquo;Many of our local bowling centers come to Bill when they need help with their lane conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Jaryszak Award first was awarded&nbsp;by the United States Bowling Congress Equipment Specifications and Certifications team in 2011 to Nicholson to recognize a person for his behind-the-scenes career as a laneman. It is named in honor of the former USBC Research Manager, who died in 2010.</p> <p>Jaryszak was instrumental in setting up the USBC Sport Bowling program and was the point person as USBC worked with the PBA on updating its &ldquo;animal&rdquo; patterns. Past honorees in addition to Nicholson were Sam Baca, the first Director of Lane Maintenance for the PBA, in 2012; John Davis, Kegel founder, who was posthumously honored in 2013; and Steve Cross of Kegel in 2014.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:00:00 -0600 7563 The 11th Frame: Biggest question of new South Point PBA tourneys is who will bowl team together <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The PBA on Wednesday announced details of the events that will be held in October at South Point Bowling Plaza in place of the GEICO World Series of Bowling.</span></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re a bowler or bowling fan who has been living under a rock, the World Series has been switched to December in Reno, a move <a href="../../../news/article/7515" target="_blank"><strong>broke in this story</strong></a> and <a href="../../../news/article/7517" target="_blank"><strong>detailed in this story</strong></a> and then <a href="../../../news/article/7553" target="_blank"><strong>this story</strong></a>. The key reason for the switch was to accommodate a live prime-time ESPN telecast of the stepladder finals of the PBA World Championship on Thursday, Dec. 17.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">As promised by PBA when it announced the World Series change, the move to Reno in December resulted in new tournaments being added in October at South Point: the South Point Bowling Plaza Fall Classic Oct. 19-26 includes a new PBA Team Challenge, a new Xtra Frame South Point Open, and the Mark/Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship.</span></p> <p>There also will be a PBA South Point West Challenge tournament for players who have never officially won a PBA title that will be held on Friday, Oct. 23, and a PBA50 Western Open Regional on Monday, Oct. 26.</p> <p>All of the competition will be open to non-members and covered by Xtra Frame, except for the TV finals of the Roth/Holman Doubles, which will be taped at the World Series for broadcast in January on ESPN.</p> <p>&ldquo;The PBA is thrilled to be able to stage this exciting series of events in the new South Point Bowling Plaza,&rdquo; PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;South Point has been a great partner to the PBA and working with Director of Bowling Operations Mike Monyak to launch a new PBA team event in addition to two PBA Tour title events in the new Plaza will be awesome for the best bowlers in the world, the bowling fans in Las Vegas and a worldwide audience on Xtra Frame.&rdquo;</p> <p>The biggest question surrounding the new events is who will team together for the 5-player Team Challenge. &nbsp;</p> <p>There will be no restrictions on who can bowl together, which some folks on Facebook were predicting would hurt entries.</p> <p>That may be the case, but Clark said in an exchange of messages that &ldquo;this is the PBA. There are no restrictions on individuals&rdquo; so there won&rsquo;t be restrictions on teams.</p> <p>He said restriction in Regionals such as member/non-member doubles events are different than restrictions on Tour, and he said the &ldquo;PBA League is different completely&rdquo; with its draft. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not an open event.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Team Challenge was scheduled for the weekend to try to maximize entries, Clark said.</p> <p>The doubles and singles events are capped at 120 players (60 duos for doubles), but the team can get to 300 (60 teams).</p> <p>At about a month shy of 53, my days of competing against the PBA Tour guys are long past, other than the occasional Regional.&nbsp;But I might have entered the Team Challenge if teams had been structured in some manner that made each team have a slot for, say, a PBA50 player, a PBA non-champion, and a PBA Tour non-champion &mdash; meaning no team could have more than two PBA Tour champions who weren&rsquo;t 50 or older.</p> <p>But I have zero problems with there being no restrictions &mdash; it <em>is</em> the PBA Tour! &mdash; and I&rsquo;d like to see it get a lot of entries.</p> <p>My fear is that once a couple of &nbsp;stacked teams are announced &mdash; or even just in anticipation of that happening &mdash; there won't be more than 15 or 20 teams.&nbsp;</p> <p>With some form of restrictions like I described, I might even be able to persuade my USBC team to compete, even though by then only Steve Richter of our five won't be a senior.</p> <p>The format certainly is interesting with six games of regular bowling and 12 games of Baker for the qualifying on Saturday, then eight games of Baker format round-robin match play for the eight teams that advance to Sunday, with the top four team ultimately advancing to the stepladder finals.</p> <p>And the prize money is decent at $40,000 for first and $5,000 for 15<sup>th</sup> with a 1-in-4 cashing ratio and 60 teams. Entry fees are hefty at $500 per member and $600 per non-member. Those aren't out of line considering a winning member would get 16 times their entry fee and 1-in-4 would get at least double their entry fee. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Clark said there will be no PBA title awarded to the winners.</p> <p>The Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open will feature a small entry fee spread of $300 for members and $325 for non-members, with $10,000 for first and a 1-in-3 cashing ratio.</p> <p>The Roth/Holman Doubles also will feature entry fees of $500 per member and $600 per non-member, with $22,000 for first and $2,000 for 15th on a 1-in-4 cashing ratio and 60 duos.</p> <p>The Roth/Holman Doubles TV finals will be taped on Saturday Dec. 19 at the World Series to air Jan. 17, 2016 and officially will be part of the 2016 season to avoid there being two Roth/Holman Doubles in 2015, Clark explained.</p> <p>He also said that the World Bowling Tour Finals that had been taped at the World Series in recent years will be taped in conjunction with the USBC Masters at Carolier Lanes in New Jersey in February to air March 27, 2016 on ESPN.</p> <p>The WBT wanted to go to a calendar year points system to align with the PBA, Clark said.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Both the Challenge and PBA50 Regionals will feature entry fees of $220 for members and $285 for non-members, with $1,500 first for the Challenge and $2,000 first for the PBA50 and 1-in-3 cashing ratios in both.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">(Coincidentally, I will be in Vegas Oct. 22-26 for an annual weekend a group of us have been taking for about 15 years that mostly consists of sitting in a sportsbook watching football and betting on games, playing craps and drinking and eating to excess. I am scheduled to fly out Monday but may extend my trip to Tuesday and bowl the PBA50 Regional, although that probably would be stupid as I usually need about 16 straight hours of sleep to recover from this weekend.)</span></p> <p>Clark said the South Point Fall Classic not only provides new PBA tournaments for players it adds to the Xtra Frame coverage portfolio that has been greatly expanded this year with the other Xtra Frame PBA Tour events and the PWBA Tour.</p> <p>The No. 1 thing fans can do to support the PBA is to buy Xtra Frame &mdash; it is like buying a season ticket for a sports team.</p> <p>And I will say what I have said many times: At $64.99 per year it&rsquo;s barely $5 per month &mdash; the price of one good craft beer. You can't fit tens of thousands of fans in a bowling center or even an arena, but if tens of thousands of fans subscribe to Xtra Frame it accomplishes the same thing.</p> <p>&ldquo;The PBA will live on in some form or fashion no matter what, but if they want real bowling and real bowling tournaments and pros to be able to compete for real money, they are the key,&rdquo; Clark, said referring to fans. &ldquo;They have the opportunity. They just have to buy one ticket.&rdquo;</p> <p>Clark added that fans tell him all the time that &ldquo;they miss the chance to see more live bowling. And I tell them there is more live bowling to watch now than ever. It's really almost endless live content, more than at any time in the history of bowling.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;">PBA SOUTH POINT BOWLING PLAZA FALL CLASSIC SCHEDULE<br /></strong><em>South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas, Oct. 19-26</em><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday, Oct. 19</strong></p> <p>11 a.m. &ndash; Fall Classic practice session</p> <p>3 p.m. &ndash; Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, 8 qualifying games (16 individual games)</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Top 12 teams advance to round robin match play</p> <p><strong>Tuesday, Oct. 20</strong></p> <p>9 a.m. &ndash; Roth/Holman PBA Doubles, 6 games match play (12 individual games)</p> <p>2 p.m. &ndash; Roth/Holman PBA Doubles, 6 games match play (12 individual games)</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Top 5 teams after 20 doubles games (40 individual games) advance to ESPN stepladder finals on Saturday, Dec. 19 at National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.</p> <p>7 p.m. &ndash; PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open practice session</p> <p><strong>Wednesday, Oct. 21</strong></p> <p>9 a.m. &ndash; PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, 8 qualifying games</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Top 24 advance to round robin match play</p> <p>4 p.m. - PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, 8 games round-robin match play</p> <p><strong>Thursday, Oct. 22</strong></p> <p>8:30 a.m. - PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, 8 games round-robin match play</p> <p>1 p.m. - PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, 8 games round-robin match play</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Top 5 after 32 games advance to stepladder finals</p> <p>5:30 p.m. - PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open stepladder finals (live on Xtra Frame)</p> <p><strong>Friday, Oct. 23</strong></p> <p>9 a.m. &ndash; PBA South Point West Challenge qualifying and match play (open to non-champions)</p> <p>6 p.m. &ndash; PBA Team Challenge practice session</p> <p><strong>Saturday, Oct. 24</strong></p> <p>9 a.m. &ndash; PBA Team Challenge, 6 qualifying games (30 individual games)</p> <p>5 p.m. &ndash; PBA Team Challenge, 12 Baker format qualifying games</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Top 8 teams after 18 combined team games advance to round robin match play&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Sunday, Oct. 25</strong></p> <p>9 a.m. &ndash; PBA Team Challenge, 8 games Baker format round robin match play</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Top 4 teams after 26 combined team games advance to stepladder finals</p> <p>3 p.m. &ndash; PBA Team Challenge Baker format stepladder finals (live on Xtra Frame)&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Monday, Oct. 26</strong></p> <p>9 a.m. &ndash; PBA50 Western Open qualifying and match play</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:00:00 -0600 7551 The 11th Frame: Kegel releases 12 new patterns designed for its FLEX lane machine <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Kegel at Bowl Expo on Thursday released a dozen new lane patterns designed for its </span><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">FLEX</span><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"> lane machine, which features a variable speed buffer, variable mic stream, and cleaner mixing upgrade.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;All the features in the FLEX mean you can&nbsp;get a lot more creative with the patterns,&rdquo; Kegel&rsquo;s Ted Thompson said in a recent phone interview.</p> <p>There are four Sport patterns (3-1 or flatter), four Challenge patterns (3-1 to 4.9-1), and four recreational patterns (5.1 or more) in the new Landmark series.</p> <p>A PDF with brief descriptions of the patterns is attached to the end of this blog. The individual pattern reports are at the end of this blog and are being posted at <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Kegel's website</strong></a> on Thursday, Thompson said.</p> <p>All of the patterns are 38 feet or longer, meaning there are none that would be considered &ldquo;short.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s really not a whole lot you can do with a short pattern,&rdquo; Thompson explained. &ldquo;You can go flatter, you can let the corners play. That&rsquo;s about all you can do.&rdquo;</p> <p>Conversely, there is a really long pattern in each group of 47 or 48 feet.</p> <p>With bowling balls getting stronger and lane surfaces getting more worn &ldquo;we&rsquo;re seeing patterns that were made six, seven, eight years ago have to be adjusted because the environment is changing,&rdquo; Thompson said. &ldquo;We have to go a little wider with some of the patterns and we have to go a little bit longer with some of them. Some of your house patterns are increasing these days. A &nbsp;43-, 44-, 45-foot pattern doesn&rsquo;t seem too long anymore. It kind of plays like a 42-foot pattern did a few years ago.&rdquo;</p> <p>The variable speed buffer in the FLEX helps with the long patterns Thompson said.</p> <p>For example, Eiffel tower is heavy for 40 feet and then really light the last 8 feet, with a taper of about 10-1 those last eight feet. (Taper is the way the oil is heavier in the front of the lane and becomes lighter going down the lane.)</p> <p>(The variable speed buffer also means the machine itself doesn&rsquo;t have to slow down or speed up to apply more or less oil, so oiling longer, heavier patterns doesn&rsquo;t take longer.)</p> <p>The FLEX&rsquo;s capabilities help in managing that taper.</p> <p>&ldquo;We can really beef up the (oil in the) front and mid-part of the lane, especially the mid-part,&rdquo; Thompson said. &ldquo;And we can fine tune that front to back taper a lot to get a lot more in the midlane but still keep the very end of the pattern thinned out extremely if we need to. That means some of that oil in the midlane can be captured within the pattern before it gets deposited in the dry back-ends.&rdquo;</p> <p>The result, he added, is that you &ldquo;limit the transition you might see from super dry back-ends to all of a suddenly tight back ends.&rdquo;</p> <p>The heavy oil up front is commonly called the launch pad.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the old days, prior to track flare, the launch pad was about 14 feet,&rdquo; Thompson said. &ldquo;The ball caught oil in its first revolution and then redeposited some oil down the pattern&rdquo; and the back-ends.</p> <p>With track flare and ever-stronger balls, the launch pad went to 22 to 26 feet and now to 32 to 34 feet.</p> <p>&ldquo;Therefore,&rdquo; Thompson said, &ldquo;we really need more control over front to back taper. And that&rsquo;s where variable buff and the drop brush comes into play. We can really beef up and extend that launch pad so the midlane is holding up without compromising the back end of the pattern. Even though we&rsquo;re constantly creating newer and more durable oils that doesn&rsquo;t mean we can always put a significant amount less.&rdquo;</p> <p>But, he added, with Ice and Fire oil, &ldquo;we found we have to increase the front to back taper significantly. And that&rsquo;s something the&nbsp;<span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435149090576_27809">FLEX</span>&nbsp;allows us to do. We can really thin out last 4&nbsp;to&nbsp;6 feet of the pattern&nbsp;<span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435149090576_27803">by reducing the buffer rpm&nbsp;</span>but still put quite a bit up to that point and then capture some of that carrydown in the pattern.&rdquo;</p> <p>For example, a 38-foot pattern might have a taper measured at 3-1 from 8 to 32 feet, but measured at 6-1 from 8 to 38 feet.</p> <p>Taper has been a hot topic in a couple of interesting Facebook threads.</p> <p>Thompson said simply that &ldquo;There is no such thing as perfect taper&nbsp;anymore.<span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435149090576_27571">&nbsp;There are just too many lane surface variables to say &lsquo;x&rsquo; amount of taper is the perfect solution for all the different scenarios out there.</span>&rdquo;</p> <p>Three of the Landmark patterns will work fine in &ldquo;regular&rdquo; Kegel lane machines as they don&rsquo;t require variable buffer speed: the Sphinx Sport pattern (1940), the Challenge Chichen Itza pattern (3640), and the Recreation Stonehenge pattern (5840).</p> <p>The other Landmark patterns can perhaps be adapted to non-FLEX machines using machine speed changes, but they will not be the same, Thompson said.</p> <p>Kegel Chemist Dennis Sheirs was on Phantom Radio recently and the interview included some discussion of the Landmark patterns. The <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>interview is here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The cleaner mixing upgrade for the FLEX means a stronger cleaner can be used for the front part of the lane and a weaker cleaner in the back end to calm the back ends down without compromising the front part of the lane, though Thompson said that&rsquo;s not really used in the Landmark patterns.</p> <p>Here are the patterns:</p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56429" class="yiv9924660838MsoNormal"><strong><span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56473">SPORT SERIES</span></strong></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56458" class="yiv9924660838MsoNormal"><span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56479">Alcatraz:&nbsp;</span><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56457" class="yiv9924660838MsoNormal"><span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56480">Eiffel Tower:&nbsp;</span><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56432" class="yiv9924660838MsoNormal">Red Square:&nbsp;<a id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56431" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56430"></span></a></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56483" class="yiv9924660838MsoNormal">Sphinx:&nbsp;<a id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56482" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56481"></span></a></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56456" class="yiv9924660838MsoNormal"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">CHALLENGE SERIES</span></strong></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56486" class="yiv9924660838MsoNormal">Tower of Pisa:&nbsp;<a id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56485" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56484"></span></a></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56435" class="yiv9924660838MsoNormal">Taj Mahal:&nbsp;<a id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56434" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56433"></span></a></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56489" class="yiv9924660838MsoNormal">Statue of Liberty:&nbsp;<a id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56488" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56487"></span></a></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56454" class="yiv9924660838MsoNormal">Chichen Itza:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56490" class="yiv9924660838MsoNormal"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">RECREATION SERIES</span></strong></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56491" class="yiv9924660838MsoNormal">Big Ben:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56438" class="yiv9924660838MsoNormal">Gateway Arch:&nbsp;<a id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56437" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56436"></span></a></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56452" class="yiv9924660838MsoNormal">Great Wall of China:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1435236703601_56492" class="yiv9924660838MsoNormal">Stonehenge:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:00:00 -0600 7562 The 11th Frame: Tom Smyth, Don Bussan, Mike Kelly, Don Leighton elected to MBA Hall of Fame <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Tom Smyth, Don Bussan, Mike Kelly, and&nbsp;Don Leighton&nbsp;have been elected to the Madison Bowling Association Hall of Fame, the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>MBA announced in this news release</strong></a> Wednesday.</span></p> <p>Smyth was elected in the Distinguished Performance category.</p> <p>Bussan, the proprietor of Bowl-A-Vard Lanes, was elected in the Meritorious Service category.</p> <p>And Kelly and Leighton were elected in the Veterans category.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/7539" target="_blank"><strong>My blog with details on the 2015 MBA Hall of Fame candidates is here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The MBA said news releases for the inductees will come out in mid-July.</span></p> <p>The four inductions will bring the MBA Hall of Fame to 130 members.</p> <p>The inductions will take place at the 2015 Hall of Fame and Bowler Recognition Dinner on Thursday, Aug. 13 at Turner Hall, 3001 S. Stoughton Road in Madison.</p> <p>In addition to the Hall of Fame inductions, the MBA will add two bowlers to the Legion of Honor, and recognize standout accomplishments by league bowlers this season, including high average, high composite average, high series, Jim Grady Bowler of the Year, Dan Mack Senior Bowler of the Year, as well as award&nbsp;the Fred G. Engelke scholarship.</p> <p>The MBA said more details on these honorees would be released in the coming weeks.</p> <p>Invitations to the general public will be available at in mid-July. I will update this blog with details when they come out.</p> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:00:00 -0600 7560 The 11th Frame: 2016 PBA Tournament of Champions headed to Grand Casino Resort Oklahoma <p>Bill O'Neill revealed to listeners a significant piece of news in the <a href=";" target="_blank"><strong>Xtra Frame Post-game Show</strong></a> after winning the PBA King of the Swing.</p> <p>Go to the 1-minute mark and hear O'Neill say that he is looking forward to returning to Fire Lake bowling center, which is at Oklahoma&rsquo;s Grand Casino Hotel &amp; Resort.</p> <p>PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said in an email that he had revealed to the audience just before the Xtra Frame show that the PBA would hold next year's TOC there, with the live TV finals on Feb. 28.&nbsp;</p> <p>So O'Neill wasn't spilling any beans, so to speak.</p> <p>A formal announcement awaits finalization of next season's TV schedule, Clark said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:00:00 -0600