2014 PBA Spare Shots #14


Was "The Villages" field the toughest championship group in PBA history?

Brian Voss tops Walter Ray Willaims Jr. in PPA50 South Regional event

2014PBA5002Finalists_small.jpgIt's one of those unofficial statistical categories, but long-time PBA observers have been wracking their brains trying to recall if there was ever a tougher field of finalists than the group of five who bowled for the PBA50 Tour UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl in The Villages title Tuesday night at Spanish Springs Lanes in Florida. All five finalists were PBA Hall of Famers and combined they have won 164 PBA Tour titles.

USBC Hall of Fame


USBC Hall of Fame welcomes five new members

2014USBCHallofFameInductees_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame grew by five members as the careers of the new inductees were celebrated Thursday night at the Reno Ballroom. Steve Cook of Granite Bay, Calif., Doug Kent of Newark, N.Y., John Gaines of Orlando, Fla., and Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis., were elected for performance, while the late Woody Woodruff of Long Island, N.Y., was elected posthumously for Meritorious Service.

Industry News


Juan C. Cabanas joins QubicaAMF as Senior Vice President, Global Sales & International Service

20130731QubicaAMFLogo.jpg QubicaAMF Worldwide (QubicaAMF) has announce that Juan C. Cabanas has joined QubicaAMF as its Senior Vice President, Global Sales & International Service. He will be responsible for leading the global sales force and strengthening QubicaAMF sales organization in addition to insuring quality service to their international customers. Cabanas holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, masters' degrees in both Industrial Engineering and Business Administration from the University of Miami.

Collegiate Bowling


USBC Gold coach Ken Yokobosky named as First Bowling Coach at Caldwell College

USBCGoldCoachKenYokobosky_small.jpgCaldwell College Executive Director of Athletics Mark A. Corino has announced the hiring of Ken Yokobosky (pictured) as head coach of the new bowling program. Yokobosky has an impressive background in bowling as a player, coach and instructor. Yokobosky, who holds a Gold coaching certification from the United States Bowling Congress, served as an assistant coach for Team USA from 2001 to 2010 working with both the men's and women's teams under legendary coach Fred Borden.



USBC Convention is underway at Silver Legacy Resort in Reno, Nev.

2014USBCConventionStart_small.jpg The ninth USBC Convention and Annual Meeting kicks into full gear on Wednesday morning at the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno, Nev. "Together We Can" is the theme of the 2014 USBC Convention. Seminars continue Thursday morning, including the Meet the Candidates seminar where delegates can hear from the six candidates running for the four open positions on the USBC Board of Directors. The USBC Annual Meeting will begin Thursday afternoon.

United States


Anthony LaCaze takes All-Events lead at USBC Open Championships

New leaders in Regular Singles and Regular Doubles emerge at National Bowling Stadium; two more 800s rolled

2014USBCOCAnthonyLaCaze_small.jpgAnthony LaCaze (pictured) recorded the fourth-highest All-Events total in 111 years of USBC Open Championships history on his way to the Regular All-Events lead at the 2014 tournament April 21. The 31-year-old right-hander fired sets of 766 in Doubles, 765 in Team and 742 in Singles for a 2,273 total and an average of 252.56. The USBC Open Championships all-events record belongs to Matt McNiel, who shot 2,326 (258.44) to win the 2010 Regular All-Events title.

2014 PBA50 Tour #2


Norm Duke wins UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages for first PBA50 Tour title

Bowling in his second PBA50 Tour tournament, Duke defeats Tom Baker 256-228 in championship match; stepladder finals features five PBA Hall of Famers representing 164 PBA Tour titles including 28 majors

2014PBANormDuke_small.jpg In a stellar stepladder final that included five PBA Hall of Famers representing 164 PBA Tour titles, Norm Duke (pictured) of Clermont, Fla., emerged as the winner of the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Tuesday capturing his first PBA50 Tour title. Bowling in his second PBA50 Tour tournament, after finishing second in last week's season-opening Pasco County Open, Duke defeated four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., 256-228, in the title match at Spanish Springs Lanes.

2014 PBA50 Tour


2014 PBA50 Tour Schedule & Champions

PBA50Logo_small.jpgThe 2014 PBA50 Tour (formerly the PBA Senior Tour) features 12 tournaments Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, California, Oregon, Indiana, Ohio and Minnesota including two majors, the PBA Senior U.S. Open and USBC Senior Masters, to be held back-to-back in Las Vegas in June. For the second consecutive year, a season-long point competition will qualify the top three players for the televised PBA50 Tour Finals which will be conducted during the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in November.

2014 EYC


Pontus Andersson, Lea Degenhardt claim the prestigious Boys and Girls Masters title

2014EYCLogo2_small.jpg Pontus Andersson of Sweden and Lea Degenhardt of Germany concluded the 27th European Youth Championships in Odense, Denmark, with victory in the prestigious Boys and Girls Masters. In a title match between the Boys All Events champion and runner-up, No. 2 Andersson topped No. 1 Markus Bergendorff of Denmark, 2-1, including a 227-175 win in the deciding third game. In the Girls final, No. 4 Degenhardt defeated No. 1 Keira Reay, 2-1, including a 212-175 win in the decider.

2014 ABF Tour #3


Kritsanakorn Sangaroon, Shaik Abdul Hameed win their first ABF Tour title in Thailand

2014ABFT03ShaikAbdulHameedKritsanakornSangaroon_small.jpg Shaik Abdul Hameed of India and Thailand's Kritsanakorn Sangaroon (l-r) claimed their first career ABF Tour title in the 2014 Tour's Thailand leg Thursday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothinon in Bangkok, Thailand. Hameed, who survived a roll-off in the opening round, flew past Mahmood Al-Attar, UAE, in the men's title match, 242-183. 19-year-old Kritsanakorn defeated Benchawan Poungthong in an all-Thai affair, 223-183, to seal the victory in the women's division.

2014 ABF Tour


2014 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour features nine legs and a TOC finals

ABFTourLogo_small.jpg The 2014 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour consists of nine legs, five in the Middle East (Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia) with a men's division only and four in East and South East Asia (Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau and Indonesia) featuring men and women in separate divisions. Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The top 16 men and the top 16 women at the end of the 2014 season qualify for the ABF Tour Tournament of Champions in Kuwait.

USBC Collegiate


Robert Morris-Illinois women, Lindenwood men capture 2014 Intercollegiate Team title

Pikeville's Katelyn Simpson and Urbana's Graham Fach named the tournament's MVPs


The Robert Morris-Illinois women (l.) and Lindenwood men (r.) captured national titles at the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships on Friday. Robert Morris-Illinois swept Pikeville, 3-0, while Lindenwood eliminated Urbana, 3-0. CBS Sports Network will air the championship matches May 20 and 27, resp.

USBC Collegiate


Diana Zavjalova, Francois Lavoie win 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships

International bowlers dominate the men's and women's championships rounds

2014ISCDianaZavjalovaFrancoisLavoie_small.jpg Webber International's Diana Zavjalova and Wichita State's Francois Lavoie (pictured, l-r) took home individual titles at the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships on Friday. Zavjalova of Latvia, the 2013 USBC Queens champion, defeated Wichita State's Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia, 290-247, to claim the women's title, while Canadian Lavoie, the 2013 World Champion in Trios, outlasted Midland's Perry Crowell, 217-188, to take home the hardware on the men's side.



Kim Bolleby, Angkana Netrviseth victorious in 40th MWA Thailand International Open

2014EBT04KimBolleby_small.jpg2012ABFTToCAngkanaNetrviseth_small.jpgKim Bolleby (l) of Sweden and Thailand's Angkana Netrviseth (r.) won the men's and women's Open Masters titles at the 40th MWA Thailand International Open in Bangkok Wednesday. Bolleby defeated Vincent Lim of Singapore in the deciding game, 244-222, to capture the 300,000 Baht (approx. US$9,300) top prize. Netrviseth topped compatriot Benchawan Poungthong, 205-193, to win the first women's title for Thailand in the tournament history.

Collegiate Bowling


McKendree's Johnson, Wichita State's Roumimper named Collegiate MVPs

2014CollegiateMVPsAJJohnsonTannyaRoumimper_small.jpg McKendree junior AJ Johnson and Wichita State senior Tannya Roumimper (Indonesia) were named Most Valuable Players for the 2013-14 college bowling season Tuesday night by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association. Johnson and Roumimper were honored with the rest of the All-Americans at the Night of Champions banquet held Tuesday in conjunction with the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships, which will open Wednesday at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

2014 PBA50 Tour #1


Amleto Monacelli wins third career PBA50 Tour title in Pasco County Open

Monacelli defeats fellow Hall of Famer Norm Duke 259-190 in championship match of 2014 PBA50 Tour season opener

2014PBA5001AmletoMonacelli_small.jpg Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, a 19-time winner on the PBA Tour, notched his third career PBA50 Tour title Tuesday by winning the season-opening Pasco County Open at Lane Glo Bowl. In a battle between two Hall of Famers, Monacelli (second from right) defeated 37-time PBA Tour winner Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., bowling in his first PBA50 Tour event, 259-190, in the championship match.



Colorado bowler Amos Gordon brings the number of 900 series to 25

20140411AmosGordon900_small.jpg Amos Gordon (pictured) of Colorado Springs, Colo., became the first bowler in the state of Colorado to roll three consecutive 300 games on his way to a 900 series on April 11. The 29-year-old right-hander had 36 consecutive strikes at the Friday Night Mixed Early league at Thunder Alley Bowling Center in nearby Fort Carson, Colo., to become the 24th bowler in history to record a perfect series. The achievement is pending approval from the United States Bowling Congress and would be the 25th USBC-approved 900.

Coming in October


Live Coverage of the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick in Oslo (Oct. 3-12)

Find all tournament information on a one-page flyer; European Bowling Tour "Satellite" tournament increases top prize by 5.000 Kronor to NOK 40.000 (approx. 4.850 Euro / $6,730); Online Registration will open Monday, June 2nd

2014NorwegianOpenFlyer_small.jpg The Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick is the 17th stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the seventh out of nine EBT "Satellite" events this season. The tournament, which will be held from Oct. 3-12 at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, offers totalk prize fund of nearly 30.000 Euro including a 4.850 Euro top prize. You can now find all tournament information on a one-page flyer. Bowlingdigital.com will provide Live Coverage commencing Thursday Oct. 9 all the way through to the finals on Sunday, Oct. 12.

2014 PBA League


Silver Lake Atom Splitters win 2014 PBA League Elias Cup

Atom Splitters defeat L.A. X 4-2 in 'Battle of Los Angeles' finals

2014PBALeagueFinalSilverLakeAtomSplitters_small.jpgDown 2 points to 1 and trailing by 31 pins in the deciding final Baker game, the Silver Lake Atom Splitters  (L-R Mark Baker, Chris Barnes, Dom Barrett, Wes Malott, Bryon Smith, and Tommy Jones) rallied to defeat L.A. X to win the 2014 PBA League Elias Cup. In the fifth frame of the Baker game, which was worth three points, the Atom Splitters combined to string the last seven strikes to overtake L.A. X, winning the game, 225-203, and the match 4-2.

Collegiate Women's Bowling


Sam Houston State earns first NCAA title in any sport in Women's Bowling Championship

2014NCAASamHoustonStateBearkats_small.jpg The women's bowling team won the first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) title in any sport for Sam Houston State Saturday night, when the Bearkats (photo NCAA.com) upset last year's champion Nebraska in the best-of-seven games title match, 4-2, to win the 2014 National Collegiate Women's Bowling Championship. In the sixth game, Nebraska suffered three open frames in the first seven while Sam Houston rolled a clean game to seal the victory, 195-165.

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