IBMA News

05/11/16

Ryan Ciminelli steady as April Bowler of the Month

2016PBA06RyanCiminelli_small.jpg Ryan Ciminelli (center), Cheektowaga, New York, has been chosen as the April 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Ciminelli defeated Tommy Jones, 2-0 (255-213, 225-203), in a best-of-three match for the PBA Maine Shootout crown, his sixth PBA title, fourth in the last two seasons. In close voting this month, others obtaining consideration were Walter Ray Williams Jr., E.J. Tackett, Rob Gotchall, and Pete Weber.

USBC News

05/10/16

Frank Wilkinson is re-elected USBC President

2016USBCFrankWilkinson_small.jpg 2016USBCCathyDeSocio_small.jpg Frank Wilkinson (l.) of Staten Island, New York, was re-elected president of the United States Bowling Congress and Cathy DeSocio (r.) of Wichita, Kansas, will continue to serve as vice president of USBC. Wilkinson and DeSocio were re-elected as officers for the 2016-2017 season by the USBC Board of Directors, following the USBC Convention held in April in Las Vegas. Wilkinson, 29, will begin his second term as president on Aug. 1.

2016 PBA League

05/09/16

"Right" choice helps Dallas Strikers win PBA League Elias Cup

2016PBALDallasStrikers_small.jpgMaking the "right" lane choice throughout the Professional Bowlers Association League Elias Cup elimination rounds proved to be the correct strategic move as the GoBowling.com Dallas Strikers ended four years of frustration in capturing the elusive team championship with a 4-2 win against the GEICO New York City KingPins. The 2016 Elias Cup was held at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, from March 31 through April 3, 2016. The finals aired Sunday, May 8 on ESPN.

2016 PWBA Tour #2

05/08/16

Kelly Kulick earns top seed for Sonoma County Open finals

2016PWBATour02Finalists_small.jpgStatistically, Kelly Kulick (r.) of Union, New Jersey, had a terrific 2015 season on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, but there was one thing missing - a win. Now, she's in position to get that hurdle out of the way early in 2016 as the top seed for the stepladder finals of the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open, which will be taped May 26 at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas and air Tuesday, June 14 on CBS Sports Network.

United States

05/07/16

Northwest bowler competes in 50th USBC Women's Championships

2016USBCWCAlyceHansen_small.jpgThe United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships is all about having a good time while competing on the biggest stage in women's bowling, and Alyce Hansen (pictured) of Port Ludlow, Washington, threw quite a party this week at the South Point Bowling Plaza. Hansen kicked off the festivities May 3 by making her 50th USBC Women's Championships appearance, and she continued the party May 4 as she celebrated her 92nd birthday.

Industry News

05/06/16

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2016 ISBT #3

05/06/16

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

05/06/16

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.

PWBA News

05/06/16

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.

PWBA News

05/06/16

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.

Norway

05/05/16

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

05/05/16

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.

USBC News

05/04/16

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 #1

05/02/16

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.

USBC News

04/30/16

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.

USBC News

04/29/16

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

04/28/16

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.

England

04/27/16

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

04/27/16

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

04/27/16

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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