Industry News

01/30/16

Hammer introduces Scandal, Dark Legend and Skulz in February

2016HammerScandal_small.jpg 2016HammerSkullz_small.jpg Hammer Bowling will add three new bowling balls to its portfolio in February. Engineered for medium to heavy oil, the Scandal is Hammer's latest high performance bowling ball and the strongest hooking Hammer ball ever produced. The Dark Legend, an upper mid performance bowling ball, provides strong mid-lane with continuous backend. The Skulz is the latest addition to Hammer's clear polyester balls.

PBA News

01/29/16

PBA's 2016 Year of the Fan to feature historic Clash of Generations

Pro bowling's most decorated stars to do battle with insurgence of young talent

2016PBALogo_small.jpg The PBA has declared 2016 as "The Year of the Fan," with a number of new initiatives on tap to connect with the world's population of more than 100 million people who enjoy the sport every year. The idea is to give the global bowling audience more ways than ever to feel a part of the sport, through social media and the Internet, television and traditional print media, live web streaming of tournaments to a global audience, corporate partners and, of course, direct access through competition on the lanes.

PBA50 Tour News

01/29/16

PBA50 National Championship added as fourth major for 2016 PBA50 Tour season

Elkhart, Ind. event to benefit Riley Hospital for Children in finale of 15-tournament schedule

PBA50Logo_small.jpg The PBA has announced the addition of the PBA50 National Championship as a fourth major tournament to its 2016 PBA50 Tour schedule for players 50 years of age and older. The 15-tournament 2016 season will conclude with the PBA50 National Championship to benefit Riley Hospital for Children Aug. 14-17 at Signature Lanes in Elkhart, Ind. PBA50 Tour events will again be webcast live on PBA's online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. PBA will accept entries for PBA50 Tour events beginning Feb. 1 on pba.com.

2015 Industry News

01/28/16

Eric Pierson joins Kegel Team as Technical Support Manager

2010USBCWCEricPierson_small.jpgKegel has announced that Eric Pierson (pictured) has accepted an offer to join the Kegel team. The company is based in Lake Wales, Fla. where it operates its manufacturing, quality control, software development, chemical production and packaging, technical support, Kegel Connection Pro Shops, Foundation300 and its world renowned Kegel Training Center. As Technical Support Manager, Pierson will lead the team of Kegel Techs which offers 24/7 support to bowling centers worldwide. He will begin his position later this spring.

USBC Awards

01/27/16

National high average, series award winners determined for 2014-15 season

2015USBCLogo_small.jpgFormer Team USA member Lisa Noor of Mound, Minnesota, and 2013 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships Regular Singles winner Zeke Bayt of Westerville, Ohio, claimed the USBC Sport Bowling National High Average Awards for the 2014-15 season. The Youth Male and Youth Female Sport Bowling National High Average Awards were earned by Tyler Zogg of Chesapeake, Virginia, and Kaitlyn Eder of Lithia, Florida.

Column

01/26/16

Five must-know things about Oil Pattern Taper

By Ted Thompson - Republished courtesy of The Inside Line (Jan. 20, 2016)

2016KegelTedThompson_small.jpg Oil pattern taper, the amount of lane conditioner in the front part of an oil pattern versus how much is at the end of the oil pattern, has had to change significantly as bowling ball technology has changed. Lane conditioner (lane oil) has two main functions; to protect the lane surface, and to provide smooth predictable ball motion for as many styles as possible. Front-to-back oil taper with balanced balls is very different than what is needed with modern high flaring balls, which have multiple oil rings on them.

2015 Industry News

01/26/16

Kegel LLC completes ownership transition

2010MWCKegelLogo_small.jpg Kegel LLC has announced that there has been a change in company ownership. Linda Davis, co-founder and wife of company founder John Davis, has redeemed her share of ownership in the LLC, leaving the Mitchell family as the sole shareholders of Kegel. Members of the Mitchell family have held a minority interest in the business since 2003. Jonathan Mitchell, managing member of Kegel LLC, has named Chris Chartrand, formerly Kegel LLC President, as its new CEO.

USBC News

01/26/16

USBC Hall of Famer Gertrude Finke dies at age 94

20160123USBCHoFGertrudeFinke_small.jpg Gertrude Finke (pictured right) of Maple Grove, Minnesota, a United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer, died Jan. 23. She was 94. Finke dedicated her life to the sport of bowling, spending much of that time making it special and memorable for others. Her hard work earned her a spot in the Meritorious Service category of the USBC Hall of Fame in 1990. Among her proudest accomplishments was five decades of organizing teams for the USBC Women's Championships.

PBA News

01/25/16

Bohn, Beasley, Allen and Soedarmasto are winners in PBA Challenge Finals

Final event of GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII showcases diverse aspects of PBA competition

2015PBAChallengeWinners_small.jpg PBA stars Parker Bohn III and Patrick Allen, PWBA-PBA Women's Regional representative Inngellimar Beasley and high school senior Brandon Soedarmasto were the winners in Sunday's ESPN telecast of the PBA Challenge Finals. The final telecast from the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII featured three different levels of PBA competition – seniors, women and regional – in addition to a Teen Masters Grand Championship match showcasing two emerging stars in the sport.

Industry News

01/23/16

NFL Foundation Bowling Tournament to celebrate Super Bowl 50

Entry fees include a $3,500 contribution to the NFL Foundation for a bowling team of four and $250 for a non-bowling spectator

2016NFLFoundationLogo_small.jpg The 10th annual NFL Foundation Bowling Tournament will take place on Friday, Feb. 5 from 4-9 p.m. at Lucky Strike San Francisco (200 King St.). The tournament is partnering with the NFL Legends Community to celebrate Super Bowl 50. Teams of amateur bowlers will be captained by NFL Legends, Super Bowl MVPs and Pro Football Hall of Famers. Proceeds from the 'Legends on the Lanes' event will benefit the NFL Foundation to support NFL Legends' philanthropic initiatives.

2015 USBC News

01/22/16

Two incumbents among slated candidates for USBC Board

2016USBCFrankWilkinson_small.jpgDelegates to the 2016 USBC Convention and Annual Meeting will vote to fill three open positions on the USBC Board of Directors and current USBC President Frank Wilkinson (pictured) is one of three candidates slated by the USBC Nominating Committee. Wilkinson, of Staten Island, New York, is joined by incumbent director Mark Martin of Waterford, Michigan, and Jeffrey Ussery of Tonganoxie, Kansas, on the list of slated candidates. The USBC Nominating Committee may slate up to two candidates for each open position on the board.

PBA Awards

01/21/16

Jason Belmonte wins third consecutive PBA Player of the Year honor

Australian two-hander becomes the fourth player in PBA history to win three consecutive Player of the Year swards

2015PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpg 2016EBT01JesperSvensson_small.jpgLandmark wins in two 2015 PBA Tour major championships helped Australian two-handed competitor Jason Belmonte (l.) of Australia earn his third consecutive GEICO Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year award, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark announced Wednesday. Two-handed lefty Jesper Svensson of Sweden (r.) was a runaway winner in the Rookie of the Year race. He was the choice on 68.5 percent of the ballots cast.

Industry News

01/20/16

Hammer announces expansion of its national pro staff

2016HammerStaffBillONeil_small.jpg Hammer has announced the expansion of its national pro staff. Joining Bill O'Neill (pictured) are PBA champions Mike Wolfe and Tom Daugherty, along with long-time Team USA member, Shannon Pluhowsky, and 2015 PWBA Rookie of the Year, Stefanie Johnson. Rob Gotchall, manager of players, events and promotions for Hammer, stated the addition of these players, and the team spirit they'll bring, will create opportunities to further showcase the talent these bowler's possess while increasing Hammer's exposure.

Canada

01/20/16

Sandy Lowe retires from CTF High Performance Program

2010BWCSandyLowe_small.jpgThe Canadian Tenpin Federation, the governing body for Tenpin Bowling in Canada, has announced that long-time national team member and head coach, Sandy Lowe (pictured), has elected to retire from the High Performance Committee for CTF. Sandy worked for High Performance for five years after retiring from the head coach position, a position she held for 10 years after she retired from the Canadian national team. In her 10 years as a national team member, Sandy earned a respectable 17 medals for her country.

PBA Regional News

01/19/16

Youth vs. experience highlights PBA's 2015 Regional Award winners

2013PBA50JohnWeber_small.jpgThe PBA's regional program, founded in 1970, has provided young bowlers with a proving ground to develop their skills in high-level competition against some of the sport's established stars. That mix of PBA Tour stars and emerging young talent was evident when John Weber (pictured), Director of PBA Regional and PBA50 Tours, announced the 2015 PBA Regional Awards winners Tuesday. Recognized in the eight PBA Regional awards programs are Players of the Year, Rookies of the Year, PBA50 Players of the Year and Pat Patterson Award winners.

PBA News

01/19/16

Jason Belmonte looking forward to 'Major' stretch

Live ESPN coverage includes FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions finals on Feb. 7, USBC Masters on Feb. 14, Barbasol PBA Players Championship on Feb. 21

2015PBA05JasonBelmonte_small.jpg When two-time defending FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions winner Jason Belmonte competes in the 2016 edition of PBA's signature championship Feb. 1-7 in Shawnee, Okla., he will be focused on yet another career milestone that will add to what is already one of the best runs in PBA majors history. Belmontehas demonstrated his dominance in two of PBA's major tournaments, winning a record three straight USBC Masters titles in addition to back-to-back TOCs.

Industry News

01/18/16

Dave Bolt elected President of the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association

IBPSIA elects new board members

IBPSIALogo.jpg2016IBPSIAPresidentDaveBolt_small.jpgDave Bolt (pictured) has been elected President of the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association, and will lead IBPSIA's newly elected Board of Directors in 2016. Bolt, from Champaign, Ill., operates DB's Elite Pro Shop and Instruction. Also elected to the Executive Committee as Vice President and Treasurer was Tom Zernia of West Bend, Wis. Jordan Vanover of Muskegon, Mich., was elected Secretary.

2016 European Bowling Tour #2

01/18/16

Paul Moor wins his 17th career European Bowling Tour in Irish Open Championships

English lefty defeats Chris Sloan in the title match, 495-414; denies Irish two-hander's bid for first career EBT title

2016EBT02PaulMoor_small.jpg All-time European Bowling Tour title leader Paul Moor (pictured) of England defeated Irish two-hander Chris Sloan in the title match of the 28th Irish Open Championships, 495-414, to win his third Irish Open title and his 17th career title Sunday in Dublin, Ireland. Moor received 5.000 Euro for the win, while Sloan, who was targeting his first career EBT title, pocketed 2.500 Euro. Amanda Larkin, Ireland, was the best woman in fifth place, and Tom Byrne, Ireland, edged Swede Bengt-Åke Bengtsson, 404-403, for the senior title.

2016 PBA Tour #1

01/18/16

Simonsen, Pickford win Roth/Holman Doubles Championship for first PBA Tour titles

Texas teenager misses PBA record as youngest title winner by two days

2016PBA01ConnorPickfordAnthonySimonsen_small.jpgTeenager Anthony Simonsen of Princeton, Texas, and partner Connor Pickford of Charlotte, N.C., raced away from Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., and Andres Gomez of Colombia, 223-173, to win their first PBA Tour titles in the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship presented by Storm, kicking off the PBA Tour's 2016 season. In winning his first title, Simonsen, a two-handed player, became the second-youngest player to win a PBA Tour title.

USBC Collegiate

01/16/16

Lady Shox win Las Vegas Collegiate Shoot-Out for the sixth year in a row

The Shocker men almost match the ladies, finish in second place

2015WSUShockerWomenCelebration_small.jpgAfter a pair of Tier I tournaments in Las Vegas over Christmas break, the Shockers close the door on first semester. The Glen Carlson Las Vegas Invitational was held at South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa (Dec. 19-20) and was followed by the Collegiate Shoot-Out at Orleans Bowling Center (Dec. 21-22). The Calumet College of St. Joseph men cashed in big in Las Vegas, winning both events, and the women's titles went to Pikeville and Wichita State (pictured).

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