2016 ISBT #3


England's Angie Brown, Ron Oldfield sweep titles in 5th Alsace Senior Open

2016ISBT03AngieBrownRonOldfield_small.jpg International Seniors Bowling Tour all-time titles leaders Angie Brown and Ron Oldfield of England swept the women's and men's titles in the titles 5th Alsace Senior Open Sunday, May 1, at Cristal Bowling in Wittelsheim, France. It was the 11th victory for Oldfield in the men's division while Brown's win now takes her tally of ISBT wins to 14, double that of any other woman. The third stop on the 2016 ISBT tour drew a field of 116 players from 12 countries, 94 men and 22 women.

2016 ISBT


2016 International Seniors Bowling Tour features 10 events in 5 countries

2016ISBTLogo_small.jpg The 2016 International Seniors Bowling Tour will consist of 10 tournaments in five countries, three Germany, two each in Belgium, France and The Netherlands, and one in Italy. In each event, men and women age 50 and over bowl in separate divisions. Age bonus starts at age 51 (1 pin per game), then increases a pin for every additional year of age with no limit. The ISBT Masters Finals for the 2015 season will be held on September 2 at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Masters will be held in 2017.



2016 Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship set for Sept. 1-4 in Virginia

2015PWBA11DanielleMcEwan_small.jpgThe 2016 Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship, the final event of the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour season, will be held Sept. 1-4 at Uptown Alley in Midlothian, Virginia. CBS Sports Network will televise the event's semifinals and championship matches. The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship brings together the top 16 competitors from the 2016 PWBA Tour season. All 2016 PWBA Tour champions will receive an automatic invitation.



2016 PWBA Tour Schedule features 14 tournaments

2016PWBALogo_small.jpg The Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, which was re-launched in 2015 after nearly a dozen years, has released the PWBA Tour schedule for 2016, featuring 10 regular-season events, four "majors" and stops from coast to coast. The 2016 PWBA schedule kicks off April 28 with the PWBA Las Vegas Open at Texas Station and will conclude with back-to-back "majors", the U.S. Women's Open and The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #16


Special "Clash" events kick off PBA50 Johnny Petraglia Open on Xtra Frame

2016XtraFrameLogo2_small.jpg Next up on PBA's Xtra Frame schedule will be start-to-finish coverage of the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, the final standard event before the "senior tour" heads west for a five-week early summer swing including two major championships, and preliminary-round coverage of the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open Saturday and Sunday from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif. Leading off the Xtra Frame coverage of the Petraglia BVL Open will be a pair of special "clash" events.

2016 PBA50 Tour #4


PBA Stars head to Farmingdale for PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open

2015PBATourUSBCMastersJohnnyPetraglia_small.jpgAmerican military veterans will be the beneficiaries when an "A-List" of Professional Bowlers Association stars arrive in Farmingdale Saturday to participate in the second annual PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale Lanes. Leading the list of PBA greats will be the tournament namesake, bowling legend and Brooklyn native Johnny Petraglia (pictured) of nearby Jackson, N.J., the only player to win PBA national titles in six different decades.



Glenn Mortensen Pedersen wins both titles at Norwegian Championships

Singles champ joins forces with Mads Sandbækken to win Men's Doubles; Heidi Thorstensen repeats as Women's Singles champion; mother-daughter duo Tove and Grethe Walstad Fosseide capture Women's Doubles title

2016NORSinglesHeidiThorstensenGlennMortenPedersen_small.jpgGlenn Morten Pedersen (r.) captured both titles at the Norwegian Singles & Doubles Championships which were held at 18-lane Hønefoss Bowling in Hønefoss, Norway from April 26 through May 1. Pedersen averaged almost 225 for 29 games to improve on a third-place finish in singles last year and joined forces with Mads Sandbækken for a come-from-behind victory in doubles at their home center. Heidi Thorstensen (l.) no problems to defend the women's singles title.

2016 PBA50 Tour #3


Pete Weber wins in Mooresville for back-to-back PBA50 Tour titles

Sixth career PBA50 win ties late father, spoils Jack Jurek's bid to defend Mooresville title

2016PBA5003PeteWeber.jpg PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber won the PBA50 Tour's Mooresville Ford Open presented by Columbia 300 and Miller High Life Wednesday night at George Pappas' Victory Lanes, notching back-to-back titles and his sixth career PBA50 title to tie his late father, Dick Weber, on the all-time "senior tour" titles list. In winning the title, Weber spoiled Jack Jurek's bid to defend his 2015 Mooresville title after the Lackawanna, N.Y., veteran earned the top berth for the stepladder finals.

2016 PBA50 Tour


2016 PBA50 Tour Schedule & Champions

2016 PBA50 Tour features 15 events including four "Majors"

PBA50Logo_small.jpg The 2016 PBA50 Tour for players 50 years of age and older (formerly the PBA Senior Tour) features 15 tournaments in seven States, Florida, North Carolina, New York, Nevada, California, Minnesota and Indiana. The extended PBA50 schedule includes four "majors", PBA Senior U.S. Open (May 29-June 3), USBC Senior Masters (June 19-25), PBA50 World Championship (July 17-23) and the PBA50 National Championship which will conclude the 2016 season at Signature Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., USA (Aug. 14-17).

United States


Defending champions Sparks, McNiel won't repeat in 2016

Frank Clay joins 100,000-Pin Club at 113th USBC Open Championships; Canadian Matt Dammann rolls second 300 game

2016OCRonnieSparks_small.jpgDefending champions Ronnie Sparks Jr. of Redford, Michigan, and Matt McNiel of Minneapolis, returned to the USBC Open Championships to put their respective titles on the line this week at the National Bowling Stadium. Sparks (pictured), the 2015 Regular Singles winner (793), made his title defense April 29. After a 243 start, he had games of 217 and 204 for a 664 series, short of last year's winning mark and this year's leader, Robert J. Bures of Painesville, Ohio (815).



Clara Morton, USBC Hall of Fame member, dies at 92

201605002USBCHoFClaraMorton_small.jpg Clara Morton of Knoxville, Tennessee, a member of the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame, died Monday. She was 92. Morton was appointed to the Women's International Bowling Congress Board in 1976 by Alberta E. Crowe and was elected to her first term the following year. She eventually would serve on the board for 19 years. As a WIBC Board member, she served as the chair for the WIBC National Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum (NBHF/M) committee. She held many positions at the state and local level.

2016 PWBA Tour #2


Host state well-represented at 2016 Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open

2016PWBALogo_small.jpgRecent pop culture has taught us that California girls are undeniable, and some of the best bowlers from The Golden State will have the chance to prove it at the upcoming Nationwide Professional Women's Bowling Association Sonoma County Open. The event is the second of the 2016 PWBA Tour season and will run May 5-7 at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, California, with nearly 80 players representing nine countries, battling for a $10,000 top prize.

2016 PWBA Tour #1


Shannon Pluhowsky top seed for PWBA Las Vegas Open

Sandra Gongora, Liz Johnson and Rocio Restrepo will join Pluhowsky in the stepladder finals which will be taped May 26 and will air June 7 on CBS Sports Network

2016PWBATour01Finalists_small.jpgShannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, rolled through round-robin match play Sunday to capture the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals of the Professional Women's Bowling Association Las Vegas Open, the opening event of the 2016 season. Sandra Gongora, Liz Johnson and Rocio Restrepo will join Pluhowsky in the stepladder finals, which will be taped May 26 at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas and will air Tuesday, June 7 on CBS Sports Network.

United States


New Diamond All-Events, Doubles leaders emerge at 2016 USBC Women's Championships

Illinois bowler sets bar in Ruby Singles; two participation milestones highlight week

2016USBCWCEmilyPeterson_small.jpgEmily Peterson of West Fargo, North Dakota, decided to go for broke during her doubles and singles set April 25, and that choice helped her into the lead in Diamond All-Events with 1,969. After starting her team event April 24 with a conservative ball selection that resulted in 15 nine-counts on her way to a 594 series, the 29-year-old right-hander made the change to a more aggressive ball for doubles and singles, leading to sets of 698 in doubles and 677 in singles.



USBC Convention concludes; delegates approve dues cap increase

Delegates approve bylaws amendments allowing national dues to increase up to a maximum of $15

2016USBCBoardMarkMartinFrankWilkinsonJeffreyUssery_small.jpg Delegates voted to increase the national dues cap and also voted on three board positions as the 2016 USBC Convention and Annual Meeting concluded Friday at The Orleans in Las Vegas. Delegates approved bylaws amendments allowing national dues to increase up to a maximum of $15. Delegates elected current USBC President Frank Wilkinson (c.), incumbent director Mark Martin (l.) and Jeffrey Ussery (r.) to the USBC board.



Class of 2016 inducted into USBC Hall of Fame

2016USBCHallOfFameClass_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame welcomed five new members and celebrated their accomplishments at The Orleans Hotel and Casino on Thursday evening. The 2016 USBC Hall of Fame Class includes Kim Adler and Mike Durbin in the Superior Performance category; Steve Kloempken or Outstanding USBC Performance; Harry Sullins in the Veterans category; and Joan Romeo for Meritorious Service.

2016 PBA Tour


2016 PBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2016PBALogo_small.jpg The 2016 Professional Bowlers Association Tour features 25 tournaments, including five 'majors' (Tournament of Champions, Masters, Players Championship, U.S. Open and World Championship) and the PBA Team Challenge. According to an agreement between PBA and World Bowling, Tenpin Bowling's world governing body, the international tournaments of the 2016 World Bowling Tour will also award a PBA title if he/she is a PBA member and bowls without accepting handicap pins.



Teams named for Weber Cup XVII

WeberCupLogoBlue_small.jpgWith team Europe having won the last two Weber Cups, including a crushing 17-8 victory last year in Barnsley, there are changes afoot as the two sides are named for this year's Europe vs. USA showdown which takes place at Eventcity in Manchester from 5th to 7th August. The Weber Cup is the tenpin bowling version of golf's Ryder Cup as two four-man teams from Europe and the USA compete over three days in a series of singles, doubles and baker-format matches.

United States


Three bowlers reach 50 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships

2016OCRichardRied_small.jpgJules Falcone of Media, Pennsylvania, Richard Ried (pictured) of Mason, Michigan, and Bud Howell of Idaho Falls, Idaho, became the latest members of the 50-Year Club at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. To commemorate their milestones, each received an escorted march down Center Aisle at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, before being presented with the traditional chevron, plaque and special lapel pin.

Industry News


Hammer files for patent protection

2016HammerCarbonFiberReinforced_small.jpg Hammer has filed for patent protection for its carbon fiber process and other reinforcement material technologies. Hammer introduced carbon fibers to their outer cores and saw immediate improvement to durability. Most recently, Hammer infused carbon fiber into the coverstock of the Scandal, Hammer's most recent high performance product. "The increase in durability afforded by carbon fiber technology allows Hammer to offer an industry leading three-year warranty," said Jim Cormier, VP Marketing.

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