PWBA News

02/17/15

2015 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour Schedule set

Bowlers invited to join PWBA for discounted entry on regular-season tour events

2014PWBALogo_small.jpg The Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour will re-launch in 2015 featuring seven regular-season events, three nationally televised majors and stops from coast to coast. The PWBA Tour schedule will kick off with the United States Bowling Congress Queens from May 13-19 and conclude with the PWBA Tour Championship from Sept. 10-13.

Industry News

02/17/15

Kegel and USBC work together to benefit Folds of Honor

Republished courtesy of The Inside Line - A Kegel Publication (February 17, 2015)

2015FoldsOfHonorLogo_small.jpg 2011KegelLogo_small.jpgEach time the USBC and Kegel team up to condition the lanes at USBC’s championship events in 2015, bowlers and fans surely will take notice of the custom Kegel Flex lane machines being used to get the job done. As the official lane maintenance provider for all USBC tournaments, Kegel has created a limited-edition Patriot FLEX lane machine.

Women's Collegiate Bowling

02/17/15

Wichita State women's bowling team finishes regular season with a bang; win Hoosier Classic

Lady Shockers defeat Newman University by higher total pin fall after a tie in the deciding seventh game in the championship best four-out-of-seven match

2014WSUWichitaStateUniversityLogo_small.jpgThe Wichita State Lady Shocker's successfully defended the Hoosier Classic title held at Western Bowl in Indianapolis, Indiana this past weekend. The Lady Shockers faced Kansas natives Newman University in the championship best four-out-of-seven match, which went to the tenth frame of game seven. A failed spare conversion by Newman's anchor left the final game score tied at 162 to 162. Tournament rules gave tied matches to the higher total pinfall, in this case, the Lady Shockers (1,310 to 1,260).

USBC News

02/17/15

New Jersey and North Texas to host Bowlmor AMF U.S. Opens

Registration for both tournaments will open April 6

2015USOpenLogo_small.jpg2015WUSOLogo_small.jpgBowlmor AMF will host and provide television sponsorship for Bowling's U.S. Open's in 2015. The 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women's Open will take place at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, New Jersey, Aug. 31-Sept. 6. The 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open will take place at AMF Garland Lanes in suburban Dallas/Fort Worth from Nov. 2-8. Both events will feature a top prize of $50,000 and will be operated by USBC.

Team USA News

02/14/15

Devin Bidwell, Tommy Jones qualify to compete in XVII Pan American Games "Toronto 2015"

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Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kansas, and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina, will represent Team USA at the prestigious 2015 Pan American Games this July 10-26 in Toronto, Canada. The qualifying process was based on performance at the 2015 USBC Team USA Trials and the 2015 USBC Masters. The Team USA women's representatives will be decided after the 2015 USBC Queens in May.

2015 World Bowling Tour

02/14/15

Dom Barrett, Kelly Kulick sit atop World Bowling Tour Rankings

2015EBT01DominicBarrett_small.jpg2014PBAKellyKulick2_small.jpgDom Barrett (l.) and the United States' Kelly Kulick (r.) sit atop the World Bowling Tour rankings. Double points were awarded at the Masters, which is a major event on the World Bowling Tour schedule. Barrett earned 26 points and leads the points list with 614 points. Kulick did not compete but still leads the field with 558 points. The next event on the World Bowling Tour schedule is the H.H. Emir Cup in Doha, Qatar, from Feb. 22-27.

2015 WBT Men's Point Ranking

02/14/15

England's Dom Barrett extends lead in WBT Ranking to 70 points

USBC Masters champion Jason Belmonte (AUS) moves into third place

WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 World Bowling Tour, which actually started in late 2014, currently features 18 tournaments including seven major events (award double ranking points). The top 50 men and women earn points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points include some events from 2013 and all events from 2014 and 2015. The top 3 men and top 3 women will qualify for the World Bowling Tour finals in the beginning of 2016.

2015 WBT Women's Point Ranking

02/14/15

USA's Kelly Kulick maintains 39-point lead in 2015 WBT Women's Ranking

Liz Johnson (USA) earns 100 points at the USBC Masters to jump into second place

WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 World Bowling Tour, which actually started in late 2014, currently features 18 tournaments including seven major events (award double ranking points). The top 50 men and women earn points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points include some events from 2013 and all events from 2014 and 2015. The top 3 men and top 3 women will qualify for the World Bowling Tour finals in the beginning of 2016.

PBA Awards

02/11/15

Glass, Peters, Wilt inducted into PBA Hall of Fame during ceremonies in Indianapolis

2015PBAHoFPetersGlasWilt_small.jpg PBA Senior standout Bob Glass (c.), former PBA owner Chris Peters (l.) and longtime PBA staff member Barb Wilt (r.) were inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Tuesday evening in conjunction with the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions. Glass was elected in the PBA50 Performance category while Peters and Wilt were recognized in the Meritorious Service category for their extraordinary contributions behind the scenes to advance the PBA.

2015 PBA Tour #4

02/09/15

Jason Belmonte becomes first bowler to win three straight USBC Masters titles

Australian two-hander defeats top-seeded collegiate bowler AJ Johnson, 202-157, on the way to his 11th career PBA title and the $50,000 first prize

2015PBA04JasonBelmonte_small.jpgAustralia's Jason Belmonte (pictured) became the first bowler in the 64-year history of the USBC Masters to win the event three consecutive times on Sunday, defeating collegiate bowler AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, 202-157. Belmonte, the two-time reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year, pulled away down the stretch at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley to claim the Masters for the third straight year live on ESPN. He earned $50,000 for winning the Masters.

IBMA News

02/05/15

Mike Fagan starts 2015 as January Bowler of the Month

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Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, has been chosen as the January 2015 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Fagan defeated Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 252-212, for the PBA World Championship, earning his second major PBA title, and fifth overall. Fagan, the No. 2 seed, defeated Williams, 219-206, in the semifinal, setting up the title match with top-seeded Malott. Others obtaining votes this month were Paul Moor, Chris Barnes, Brian Voss and Kameron Doyle.

2015 PBA50 Tour

02/05/15

New match play format, expanded Xtra Frame coverage on tap for 2015 PBA50 Tour season

12-tournament includes new PBA/PBA50 Doubles event

PBA50Logo_small.jpgThe PBA begins its 12-tournament 2015 PBA50 Tour season in April with expanded Xtra Frame coverage, a new match play format and a new PBA/PBA50 Tour doubles event. Also, for the third consecutive year, a season-long point competition will qualify the top eight PBA50 Tour players for the PBA Challenge which will be conducted during the PBA World Series of Bowling VII later this fall. All PBA50 Tour events (except the USBC Senior Masters, streamed on USBC's BowlTV) will be streamed live in their entirety on Xtra Frame.

2015 ISBT #1

02/03/15

Alessandra Morra, Alan Jenkins start 2015 Senior Tour with victory in 4th Plaza Senior Open

Plaza Bowling Thillois in Reims, France (January 22-25, 2015)

2015ISBT01AlessandraMorraAlanJenkins_small.jpgAlessandra Morra of Italy and England's Alan Jenkins (pictured left, l-r) started the 2015 International Seniors Bowling Tour with victory in the women's and men's finals in the 4th Plaza Senior Open January 25 at Plaza Bowling Thillois in Reims, France. The first stop on the 2015 ISBT tour was the fourth running of the Plaza Senior Open and drew 115 competitors, 91 men and 24 women, from 13 countries, slightly up on the previous year.

PBA Awards

01/27/15

Australia's Jason Belmonte wins second consecutive PBA Player of the Year Award

Marshall Kent is Rookie of Year; Brett Spangler wins Nagy Sportsmanship Award, Missy Parkin receives Reyes Community Service Award

2014PBAAwardWinners_small.jpgWith another outstanding record in 2014 PBA Tour major championships, Australian two-handed competitor Jason Belmonte picked up where he left off in 2012-13 to earn his second consecutive GEICO Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year award. Belmonte, along 2014 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent, Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner Brett Spangler and Tony Reyes PBA Community Service Award winner Missy Parkin, were recognized Monday.

2015 AsC

01/26/15

Ryan Lalisang, New Hui Fen win Men's and Women's Masters title at 23rd Asian Championships

Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand (January 15-26, 2015)

2015AsCMastersChampionsRyanLalisangNewHuiFen_small.jpgRyan Lalisang (l.) of Indonesia and Singapore's New Hui Fen (r.), who dominated the match play rounds to earn the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals, finished with big games to end the 23rd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships with victory in Men's and Women's Masters Monday, January 26 at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand. Korea led the medal tally with six gold, four silver and five bronze medals.

2015 IBE

01/24/15

Magic Johnson to deliver keynote address at International Bowl Expo 2015

2015IBEKeynoteSpeakerMagicJohnson_small.jpg Two of America's most beloved sports, bowling and basketball, will come together at this year's International Bowl Expo (IBE). NBA Champion and philanthropist, Earvin "Magic" Johnson (pictured), will step to the podium to deliver the keynote address at this year's event being held from June 22-26, 2015 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. IBE is the premier bowling industry event, hosting thousands of bowling center owners/operators and industry leaders from around the world each year.

United States

01/24/15

PBA Hall of Fame Charter member Chuck Pezzano dies at age 86

Internationally recognized bowling journalist, historian was one of a kind

20150123ChuckPezzano_small.jpgChuck Pezzano (pictured) of Clifton, N.J., a charter member of the PBA Hall of Fame and widely recognized as the dean of bowling journalists, died Friday, January 23 of cardiac arrest while undergoing a stent procedure at St. Mary's Passaic, N.J. He turned 86 on Jan. 14. Since the formation of the PBA in 1958, no one has contributed more to the organization in so many different ways than Pezzano, a founding member of the organization. He was the first Meritorious Service inductee in the inaugural PBA Hall of Fame class in 1975, among his 12 halls of fames.

USBC Coaching

01/15/15

Peter Somoff, Mike Dias earn USBC Coaching Gold certification

Addition of Somoff and Dias brings the list of active Gold coaches to 21

2015USBCGoldCoachPeterSomoff_small.jpg2015USBCGoldCoachMikeDias_small.jpgBowling coaches Peter Somoff (l.) of Tacoma, Washington, and Mike Dias (r.) of Lafayette, Colorado, have received USBC Gold certification and are ready to use their knowledge and experience to help others excel. The two have showcased their skills and expertise in the field and in front of a panel of experts, and each will receive the Fred Borden USBC Gold Coach Award for successfully completing USBC Coaching's Gold certification program.

Industry News

01/12/15

Juan Cabezas named President and Chief Growth Officer of QubicaAMF

Cabezas will lead all marketing, sales and product management functions for the company and drive growth

2014BWCJuanCabezas_small.jpgQubicaAMF Worldwide, the leading manufacturer of bowling and mini bowling products, has announced that Juan Cabezas (pictured) has been appointed President and Chief Growth Officer and will lead all marketing, sales and product management functions for the company. In his capacity of President of the company, he will also represent QubicaAMF in the market place with customers and industry stakeholders. Cabezas joined QubicaAMF in April 2014 as Senior Vice President, Global Sales & International Service.

Sweden

01/07/15

Jesper Svensson defeats all opponents to defend his title in 35th AIK International

Two-handed lefty from Sweden wins all nine matches in match play finals out averaging his nearest competitor by more than 22 pins to win the 60.000 SEK top prize

2015AIKTop3_small.jpg Starting the final match play round in fifth place, Jesper Svensson (center) of Sweden defeated all nine opponents and out averaged his nearest his nearest competitor by more than 22 pins to successfully defend his title in the 35th AIK International Tournament Tuesday at Bowl-O-Rama in Stockholm, Sweden. The two-handed lefty averaged 238.4 for ten games and added 180 bonus pins to cruise to victory and to pocket 60.000 Swedish Kronor (approx. 6,285 Euro).

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