USBC Collegiate


Coffey, Smith named collegiate MVPs for 2015-2016 season by NCBCA

IBMA selects Coffey, Smith as 2016 College Bowlers of the Year

201516USBCCollegiateMVPMichaelCoffeyBrittanySmith_small.jpg Lindenwood sophomore Michael Coffey and Grand View junior Brittany Smith were recognized as Most Valuable Players for the 2015-2016 collegiate bowling season by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA). Coffey and Smith were honored Wednesday at the Night of Champions banquet. The banquet brings together the 32 teams that advanced to the Intercollegiate Team Championships, which starts Thursday at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.



2016 U.S. Women's Open to take place in Chicago area

Stepladder finals to be televised live on CBS Sports Network

2016USWomensOpenLogo_small.jpgThe 2016 U.S. Women's Open, a major event on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, will take place Aug. 1-7 in suburban Chicago. The stepladder finals will be televised live on Sunday, Aug. 7, at noon Eastern on CBS Sports Network. The third major of the season, the U.S. Women's Open is one of 13 PWBA events that will be televised on CBS Sports Network this year. The Stardust Bowl, an 82-lane center in Addison, Illinois, will be the host center for the tournament.

United States


Past champion rolls first 300 of 2016 USBC Open Championships

2016OCTimJanz_small.jpg Tim Janz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and his teammates didn't quite get out to the start they were hoping for at the 2016 USBC Open Championships, but things got progressively better and ended on a high note as Janz rolled the first perfect game of this year's event. The 36-year-old right-hander (pictured) also made a run at the top spot in Regular Singles on April 15, before settling into fourth place with a 770 series on games of 253, 300 and 217.

2016 PBA50 Tour #1


Walter Ray Williams Jr. wins Pasco County Florida Open for 10th PBA50 Tour title

PBA's all-time Tour titles leader tops all-Hall of Fame stepladder final

2016PBA5001WalterRayWilliams2_small.jpg In an all-Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame stepladder final that included five all-time greats with a combined 171 PBA Tour titles, Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., won two matches to claim the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open title Tuesday at Lane Glo Bowl for his 10th PBA50 Tour win. Williams, the PBA Tour's all-time titles leader with 47 wins defeated 38-time Tour and two-time PBA50 Tour winner Norm Duke (pictured) of Clermont, Fla., 245-225, in the title match to earn the $7,500 top prize.



U.S. Open Finals to be televised live on CBS Sports Network

New equipment rules set concerning bowling balls, mobile and electronic devices

2016USOpenLogo_small.jpg The stepladder finals of the 2016 U.S. Open at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas will be televised live on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network. In addition to the live prime-time finals, the 2016 U.S. Open will have new rules concerning the number and adjustment of bowling balls by competitors, and the use of mobile and electronic devices during competition. Registration is underway for the U.S. Open, which will kick off Nov. 4 with the first of three days of qualifying.

2016 ABF Tour #1


Sam Cooley, Sharon Koh conquer ABF Tour Thailand leg

2016ABFT01SamCooleySharonKoh_small.jpg Aussie Sam Cooley and Sharon Koh of Malaysia remained undefeated to win the men's and women's titles in the 2016 Asian Bowling Federation Tour Thailand leg Monday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothinon in Bangkok. Cooley (l.) averaged 265.25 over four games and cruised to his third career ABFT title with a near-perfect 295-216 win against local favorite Yannaphon Larpapharat. Koh (r.) captured her her first ABFT title with a 227-213 victory over team mate Hee Kar Yen.

2016 MBC


Greece leads Mediterranean Bowling Championships medal standings

2016MBCLogo_small.jpg Greece led the medal standings with three golds, three silvers and 1 bronze as the 2016 Mediterranean Bowling Championships (formerly Mediterranean Challenge Cup) came to an end at RenoBowling in Bologna, Italy. Nine of the 13 countries which participated in the MBC had its share of the medal haul. Vaggelis Krizinis of Greece was the most decorated player with three gold medals. Besides victories in Singles and All-Events, Krizinis teamed with Georgia Sagona to win in mixed doubles.



Kim Bolleby, Yanee Saebae win Thailand Open from top seed

2016ThailandOpenKimBollebyYaneeSaebae2_small.jpg Kim Bolleby and Yanee Saebae gave Thailand a clean sweep Open Masters titles in the 42nd MWA-SINGHA Thailand International Open Sunday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok. Bolleby (l.) sealed his second victory after 2014 by defeating Alex Liew of Malaysia for the men's title, 248-191. On the women's side, Saebae (r.) fell to Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia in the first game, 209-199, but rebounded with big 251-189 win in the decisive game to capture the title.



Mark Jacobs, Lisanne Breeschoten crowned Dutch National Champions

2016DutchNCLisanneBreeschotenMarkJacobs_small.jpg Mark Jacobs and Lisanne Breeschoten remained undefeated in the best-of-three games finals to capture their first career all-events titles in the 2016 Dutch National Championships at Claus Park Collection, Hoofddorp, Netherlands. Both players entered the finals as the No. 2 seeds. Jacobs defeated top-seeded Yorick van Deutekom, 257-186, to win the men's title, two-games-to-one. On the women's side, Breeschoten swept top-seeded Nicole Sanders, 2-0, to seal the victory.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #13


Ryan Ciminelli takes early lead in race for Xtra Frame PBA Tour bonus

Full schedule of diverse events coming to Xtra Frame; PBA Fall Swing qualifying event set for Aug. 27; Graham Fach wins first PBA Regional title

2015PBA20RyanCiminelli2_small.jpg With his victory in the PBA Maine Shootout presented by Xtra Frame, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., has taken the early lead in the 10-event Xtra Frame PBA Tour competition points race for a $10,000 bonus. As the winner of the first tournament in the Xtra Frame PBA Tour series, Ciminelli earned 25 points. The next event in the series is the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open April 23-24 at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill. First prize is a guaranteed $10,000.

Industry News


When scores matter: Perfect Game App

2016PerfectGameLogo_small.jpg When you play in a league, have classes with a coach, train yourself, in other words take your game seriously you surely want to have your scores recorded for after-game analysis to learn about all of your ups and downs and to find a solution how to eliminate the latter. There's no need to have heavy-weight computers or learn programming languages for numbers storing and calculations anymore. Everything can be done by friendly-looking apps running on a smartphone you keep in your pocket.



IBMA member Joyce Letourneau dies

20160412JoyceLetourneau_small.jpg Joyce Letourneau, former owner of the TenPin Alley bowling newspaper, died April 12 at her home in North Las Vegas following a long illness. A member of the BWAA/IBMA for 20 years, Joyce served as TenPin Alley's Operations and Sales Manager. She jointly owned the monthly paper for 16 years with her husband, IBMA member Frenchy Letourneau. An avid consumer advocate, Joyce's monthly column "Reality Bites" tossed hard and fast commentary toward slick business practices, utility weirdness, and all types of consumer fraud.

Industry News


Kegel releases new Kegel Logo

2016KegelLogo_small.jpg Kegel has announced today the launch of a new Kegel logo. The new logo will now have a one-color orange Phoenix with some slight changes to the fonts. Erin Wall, Kegel's Marketing Coordinator shares, "In recent months we have taken the time to evaluate our Kegel logo. While the Phoenix is an important representation of Kegel, we do feel that our logo should continue to evolve along with current trends and our growing brand." Kegel will be transitioning to use of this logo on all marketing material, shirts, product packaging, websites, etc.

United States


Past champions tie for Doubles lead at 2016 USBC Open Championships

Two bowlers celebrate 50 years at National Bowling Stadium; defending Regular Team champion puts the team title on the line April 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern live on BowlTV

2016OCNickHeilmanAndyMills_small.jpg Andy Mills and Nick Heilman of La Crosse, Wisconsin, both 2012 Regular Team champions, once again got comfortable on the lanes at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and found their way to the top of the standings. Mills (r.), a 26-year-old right-hander, converted the 1-2-6-10 washout to secure a tie for the lead in Regular Doubles with a 1,341 total April 11 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada. He had no idea they'd tied for the lead.



IBMA announces finalists for College Bowlers of the Year

IBMALogo_small.jpg The International Bowling Media Association has announced the sixteen nominees for the 2016 College Bowler of the Year. The committee, comprised of IBMA members who are bowling media and former college coaches, met on April 7, 2016 to determine the top eight male and female players eligible to receive the award. The IBMA College Bowler of the Year Award is given each season to the male and female bowlers who excel on the lanes in USBC officially certified tournament play.

United States


Arlington-based Bowling Museum opens Nascar exhibit

2015IBMHOFLogoBlack_small.jpg NASCAR legend Richard Petty and driver Brian Scott helped the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame open a new exhibit today highlighting the rich history and connection between racing and bowling. The exhibit, "Bowling and NASCAR: Life in the Fast Lane," will be featured until Sept. 16 at the Arlington-based museum. It includes memorabilia ranging from NASCAR themed bowling balls to racing suits and trophies. Petty, an avid bowler, has loaned several items including an outfit and belt buckles.

Industry News


Richard Petty Motorsports partners with Go Bowling

2016GoBowlingRichardPettyMotosports_small.jpgRichard Petty Motorsports announced today that Go Bowling and Strike Ten Entertainment will partner with driver Brian Scott and the No. 44 Ford Team for the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway in May. As part of the one-race primary partnership, the logo will be on the hood of the No. 44 Ford Fusion at the May 7 night race in Kansas. Go Bowling has been a partner with Richard Petty Motorsports since 2013, and has been featured on the No. 43 Ford Fusion driven by Aric Almirola.

2016 European Bowling Tour


Schedule, Champions and Money-breakdown

Season-ending Qatar Bowling Open changes dates to December 10-16

2016EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2016 European Bowling Tour got underway with its 17th consecutive season in early January. The EBT will consist of 16 tournaments in 11 countries, including three "Platinum", three "Gold", four "Silver" and six "Satellite" events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 Euro. The season-ending Qatar Bowling Open, originally scheduled for Nov. 25 to Dec. 1, has changed dates to December 10-16. The EBT commences with the Kegel Aalborg International 2016 May 23-29.

2016 ISBT #2


Martina Beckel, Steven Jeeves capture titles in 50+ Euro Bowling Open

2016ISBT02MartinaBeckelStevenJeeves_small.jpgGermany's Martina Beckel and Steven Jeeves of England captured the women's and men's title in the 50+ Euro Bowling Open, the second stop on the International Seniors Bowling Tour (ISBT), Sunday, April 3, at Euro Bowling in Deurne, Belgium. In the title match, Jeeves (right) defeated Laurent Quittelier of France, 182-165, while Beckel (left) flew past Maria Grazia Locatelli of Italy, 262-193. It was the seventh ISBT title for Beckel and the first for Jeeves.

2016 ISBT


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.

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