2015 European Bowling Tour #8


Squad 9 and 10 leaders Larsen, Hansen crack top 24 at Odense International

Swede Pontus Andersson holds on to the lead with 1455 (242.50 average); score to make the cut in 24th place is currently 1272 (212 average)

2014PBAThomasLarsen_small.jpgSøren Åhman Hansen and Thomas Larsen (pictured left) of Denmark led the 9th and 10th qualifying squad Thursday at Odense Bowling Center in Odense, Denmark, en route to move into the top 24 in the Odense International, an EBT Satellite event. With 10 out of 15 qualifying squads in the books, Sweden's Pontus Andersson continued to lead in the 75-player field from England, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the host country Denmark with 1455 and an average of 242.50.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #21


Funeral services set for Saturday for 19-time PBA Regional champion Sean Swanson

Marshall Kent rolls three 300 games to win his first PBA Regional title

2013PBAMidwestSeanSwanson_small.jpgFuneral services have been scheduled for Saturday in Springfield, Mo., for Sean Swanson (pictured), a 19-time PBA Regional title winner from Springfield, Mo., who died on his 46th birthday Sunday after a three-year struggle to overcome a rare form of cancer. Swanson, a Midwest Region resident, competed extensively in the PBA Southwest Region where he won 16 of his titles. He will be inducted into the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame on Aug. 28 during ceremonies at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Okla.

2015 PBA50 Tour #5


2015 PBA50 Tour resumes with Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open

Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (May 31 - June 5, 2015)

PBA50Logo_small.jpgThe PBA50 Tour returns to action as the world's top bowlers ages 50 years and older will compete in the first major tournament of the 2015 season when the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm gets underway at the Suncoast Bowling Center June 1-5. While this will mark the 13th PBA Senior U.S. Open, it will be the 10th time the Suncoast has hosted the event. Fans can catch wire-to-wire coverage of the Senior U.S. Open via PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame beginning Monday, June 1.

2015 European Bowling Tour


European Bowling Tour announces cancellation of 4th Florence International

2015 Tour is down to 17 tournaments in 13 countries, three Platinum, three Gold, three Silver and eight Satellite tournaments; total prize fund is now 870.000 Euro

2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The European Bowling Tour has announced that the 4th Florence International, an EBT "satellite" tournament scheduled for Oct. 31 to Nov. 8, 2015 in Florence, Italy, has been cancelled "due to unforeseen technical problems leading to a complete technical reconstruction of the center". The 2015 Tour now consists of three "Platinum", three "Gold", three "Silver" and eight "Satellite" events. The 17 tournaments conducted in 13 countries offer total prize fund of 870.000 Euro or roughly 950.000 U.S. Dollar.

United States


Florida's Edward Rehnberg celebrates 50 years at 2015 USBC Open Championships

USBC Open Championships competitor to appear on "American Ninja Warrior"; one live stream broadcast from El Paso Convention Center this week

2015USBCOCEdwardRehnberg_small.jpgEdward Rehnberg (pictured) of Jupiter, Florida, has made it to the USBC Open Championships every year since his debut in 1966, and he celebrated his 50th consecutive tournament appearance May 23 at the El Paso Convention Center. In his 50th appearance, the 73-year-old right-hander put together scores of 585 in doubles, 555 in team and 439 in singles for a 1,579 all-events total, giving him a career pinfall of 85,505 for a 190 lifetime average.



Chuck Pezzano named recipient of IBMA Hennessy Award of Merit


The International Bowling Media Association announced Chuck Pezzano (pictured), recognized as the dean of bowling writers, will receive the 2015 Hennessy Award of Merit. To say Chuck Pezzano was bowling's most famous and prolific journalist is the understatement of the century. No one ever has or ever will surpass the sheer volume of positive publicity he generated for the sport in an incredible career spanning more than 60 years. The Hennessy Award will be presented June 24, 2015 at International Bowl Expo.

World Bowling Tour News


Registration for Bowling World Open is underway

World Bowling Tour "major" event will be held July 9-12 in Tokyo, Japan; 48 million Yen or 400,000 U.S. Dollar at stake with 10 million Yen ($83.145) going to the men's and to the women's champion

2015WBOLogo4_small.jpgRegistration for the preliminaries of the inaugural Bowling World Open is underway. The BWO, the 13th event of the 2015 World Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "major" tournaments, will be held from July 9th to 12th in Japan's capital city of Tokyo. It is the richest event on the 2015 WBT schedule featuring a total prize fund of 48 million Yen or approximately 400,000 U.S. Dollar with 10 million Yen (approx. $83.145) each going to the men's and women's champion.

Industry News


BlueArc Capital Management acquires Brunswick Bowling Products

BrunswickLogo_mini.jpgBrunswick Bowling Products announced today that it has been acquired by BlueArc Capital Management LLC, a private investment firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. Brunswick, the worldwide market leader in bowling products, is based in Muskegon, Michigan. BlueArc completed the acquisition with investments from Gladstone Investment Corporation, a publicly traded business development company in McLean, Virginia and Capitala Finance Corp., a business development company in Charlotte, North Carolina.

2015 European Bowling Tour #7


Finn Juhani Tonteri averages over 230 to win Kegel Aalborg International 2015

In a championship round featuring fives Swedes, two Norwegians and one Finnish bowler, Juhani Tonteri of Finland averaged 237.75 to win his first European Bowling Tour title in the Kegel Aalborg International 2015 Sunday, May 24, at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark. Starting the final four-game round in second place with 1374, Tonteri rolled games of 243, 248, 243 and 217 (951) to overtake previous leader Mattias Olsson (838) of Sweden by 59 pins to earn the 5.000 top prize.

2015 EBT Men's Point Ranking


Swede Jesper Svensson widens his lead in 2015 Men's European Bowling Tour Ranking

Aalborg International winner Juhani Tonteri (FIN) is tied for 14th place

2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour consists of 18 tournaments in 14 countries, three "Platinum", three "Gold", three "Silver" and nine "Satellite" events. In its 16th season, the EBT offers total prize fund of roughly 900.000 Euro (approx. 1.014 million U.S. Dollar). The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women for the 9th EBT Masters July 25, 2016 in San Marino.

2015 EBT Women's Point Ranking


Sweden's Ida Andersson maintains her lead in 2015 EBT Women's Ranking

Cajsa Wegner of Sweden is the top-ranked woman in Aalborg International to move into 18th place

2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour consists of 18 tournaments in 14 countries, three "Platinum", three "Gold", three "Silver" and nine "Satellite" events. In its 16th season, the EBT offers total prize fund of roughly 900.000 Euro (approx. 1.014 million U.S. Dollar). The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women for the 9th EBT Masters July 25, 2016 in San Marino.



Bowlingdigital's Herbert Bickel selected for 2015 IBMA Luby Hall of Fame Award

BowlingdigitalEditorHerbertBickel_small.jpgBowlingdigital.com editor Herbert Bickel (pictured), one of the pioneers of online real-time coverage of bowling tournaments and news, has been chosen as the winner of the 2015 Luby Hall of Fame Award by the International Bowling Media Association. The award is presented to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to print, broadcast, telecast or photographic coverage of bowling over an extended period of years. The award will be presented June 24 at International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas.

United States


USBC Hall of Famer Betty Barnes makes 50th Women's Championships appearance

Topaz Singles lead changes hands at National Bowling Stadium; there will be a BowlTV live broadcast from the Women's Championships this week

2015USBCWCBettyBarnes_small.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Betty Barnes (pictured) of Reno, Nevada, had a hometown celebration for her 50th USBC Women's Championships appearance May 18. The 81-year-old right-hander made her tournament debut at the 1958 event in San Francisco, and she received a plaque and pendant to welcome her as the latest member of the event's 50-Year Club. In her 50th appearance, Barnes rolled sets of 456 in singles, 441 in team and 391 in doubles for a 1,288 all-events total.

Team USA News


Shannon Pluhowsky, Liz Johnson qualify to represent Team USA in Pan American Games

2013WCLizJohnsonShannonPluhowsky_small.jpgShannon Pluhowsk of Dayton, Ohio, and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York (r-l), will represent Team USA at the prestigious 2015 Pan American Games this July in Toronto. The qualifying process was based on performance at the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials and the 2015 USBC Queens. The Pan American Games are an Americas version of the Olympic Games which includes the Olympic program sports and others that are not part of the Olympics.



USBC selected as finalist for national youth award

2015NCYSLogo_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress has been selected as one of five finalists for the National Council of Youth Sports S.T.R.I.V.E. Organization of the Year Award presented by AIG. The award recognizes organizations that embrace a 'kids first' approach based on implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect children by promoting responsible health, wellness and safety within their organization while showcasing the positive benefits of youth sports.

2015 PBA Spare Shots #20


Entries available for PBA Senior U.S. Open, two PBA50 Tour California events

Chris Barnes among six elected to PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame; check out new "like me, follow me" links to PBA Tour players; Brandon Novak wins Nunan Memorial title

PBA50Logo_small.jpgThe PBA50 Tour begins its western swing with the first major and only stop in Las Vegas when the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm gets underway May 31-June 5 at the Suncoast Bowling Center. The second PBA50 major of 2015 will be the USBC Senior Masters at The Ashwaubenon Bowl in Green Bay, Wis., July 27-Aug. 1. The Senior U.S. Open is the most prestigious of all PBA "senior tour" events and features a challenging format contested on challenging lane conditions.

2015 PWBA Tour #1


Hall of famer Liz Johnson wins 2015 USBC Queens

2015USBCQueensLizJohnson_small.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Liz Johnson (pictured) of Cheektowaga, New York, added to her legacy Tuesday as she became the ninth bowler in history to win multiple titles at the USBC Queens, a PWBA event. In the title match at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., Johnson cruised to a 256-202 victory against rookie Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska. Johnson claimed the coveted Queens tiara and $20,000 top prize, while McCarthy took home $10,000 for second place.

2015 PWBA Tour


2015 PWBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2015PWBALogo_small.jpg The 2015 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour was re-launched in 2015 after nearly a dozen years featuring seven regular-season events, three nationally televised majors and stops from coast to coast. The 2015 PWBA schedule kicked off with the USBC Queens in May and will conclude with the PWBA Tour Championship in September. Next event is the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open from July 9-12 at Steve Cook's Fireside Lanes in Sacramento, Calif.

2015 USBC Senior Queens


Robin Romeo makes history at 2015 USBC Senior Queens

2015USBCSQRobinRomeo3_small.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Robin Romeo (pictured) of Newhall, California, became the first woman in history to win back-to-back USBC Senior Queens titles as she defeated fellow hall of famer Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the second consecutive year. The 57-year-old right-hander earned $3,000 and the coveted Senior Queens tiara for the win Tuesday at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., while Johnson took home $1,500 for the second-place effort.



Lynne Fishler, Ron Berlov win 2015 Israeli National Championships

2015IsraelNCRonBerlov_small.jpg2015IsraelNCLynneFishler_small.jpgRon Berlov (l.) of Hutzot club and Lynne Fishler (r.) of Ramat Gan club won the men's and women's title at the 2015 Israeli National Championships, which concluded May 15 at Gan Shmuel bowling center. It marks the first individual title for both players, who will represent Israel at the 2015 European Champions Cup in San Marino.

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