PBA News


Former PBA Commissioner Mike Connor dies at 81

20140712MikeConnor_small.jpg Mike Connor, who served as PBA Commissioner from 1992-1995, died July 12 at the age of 81 after a short illness. Connor, of Akron, Ohio, became PBA's second Commissioner replacing Joe Antenora who served in the position from 1978-1991. During Connor's tenure, Bud Light became the official beer of the PBA and sponsor of the PBA National Championship and Touring Players Championship. Prior to joining PBA, Connor worked for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company where he spent 34 years.

United States


Oklahoma team tops list of winners at 2014 USBC Open Championships

2014USBCOCArtisticExpressions1_small.jpgThe members of Artistic Expressions 1 of Oklahoma City (pictured left) already were well-known throughout the Southwest, but they've gained international notoriety since rolling the highest team score in 111 years of USBC Open Championships history. Their 3,720 team total at the National Bowling Stadium on June 23 earned them a whirlwind of media and bowling-community attention that will continue now that they're officially this year's Regular Team champions.



Sarit Mizrachi, Oron Cohen win 25th Israeli Bowling World Cup Qualifier

2014BWCISRQSaritMizrachiOronCohen_small.jpg Sarit Mizrachi and Oron Cohen (pictured l-r), both of bowling club Nesher, won the men's and women's division of the 25th Israeli National qualification tournament at Superbol bowling center in Rishon-Letzion and will represent their country in the 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. The 2014 BWC will be held November 1-9 at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland. It will be the third World Cup for Mizrachi after 2000 and 2010 and the first for Cohen.



Omaha, Nebraska, to host 2015 USBC Convention

Las Vegas to serve as host city for the 2016 and 2017 conventions

USBCConventionLogo_small.jpgThe 2015 USBC Convention and Annual Meeting will shift to Omaha, Neb., and will take place April 27-30. The 2015 USBC Convention will take place at the Ramada Plaza Omaha, and also will start a day earlier than previously announced. The final day of the Annual Meeting, which includes the legislative session, will take place Thursday, April 30. The convention originally was scheduled for Indianapolis. Las Vegas will serve as host city for the 2016 and 2017 conventions.



Champions crowned at 2014 USBC Senior Championships

2014USBCSeniorChampions50to54_small.jpg Herman Ferguson (l.) of Los Angeles was one of 12 champions crowned at the 2014 USBC Senior Championships, and he earned his title with a clutch performance in his final frames at the National Bowling Stadium. Ferguson struck on his final four deliveries to secure the victory. He finished with a 687 series and 2,128 total for his nine games, just 10 pins ahead of Don Griffin (c.) of St. Louis (2,118). Eduardo Vegas (r.), Tucson, Ariz., finished third (2,099).



Jason Overstreet named USBC Deputy Executive Director


Jason Overstreet (pictured) has been named USBC Deputy Executive Director by Executive Director Chad Murphy. The move elevates Overstreet from his previous role as Managing Director of Marketing and Communications, and is part of a broader leadership restructuring. Joining Murphy and Overstreet on the new USBC executive team will be Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Salazar and Managing Director of National Governing Body Neil Stremmel. A search is ongoing for a Managing Director of Technology/Operations/Planning.

PBA50 Tour News


PBA50 Player, Rookie of the Year races make stretch run heading into Fort Wayne

Norm Duke leads in both the PBA50 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year points races

2014PBANormDuke_small.jpgWith the 2014 PBA50 Tour season heading into the home stretch, PBA50 Tour rookie Norm Duke (pictured) finds himself with a commanding lead in both the PBA50 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year points races — at least for now. As the lone two-time winner this season, Duke, with 48 points, holds a healthy 13-point lead over two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the POY race and a 22-point lead over Parker Bohn III in the ROY race with four tournaments remaining on the 2014 schedule.

Czech Republic


Markku Veijanen wins his first international title in Czech Open 2014

Finn averages over 250 in last eliminator round to earn the 2.500 Euro top prize; high-scoring 12th edition of the event features eight 300 games and one 299

2014CzechOpenMarkkuVeijanen2_small.jpgMarkku Veijanen (pictured) of Finland rolled games of 267 and 238 in the last eliminator round of the Czech Open 2014 to win his first international title and the 2.500 Euro top prize Sunday at Bowland bowling center in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Veijanen beat out Björn Einar Rudshagen of Norway for the top spot by 11 pins, 505-494. The 12th edition of the Czech Open drew 222 players from 20 countries, 182 men and 40 women, and offered total prize fund of 13.140 Euro.

USBC Youth


Record field on tap for Junior Gold Championships in Buffalo next week

USBC Youth Open begin Thursday

2014JGCLogo_small.jpg The top youth bowlers in the country will head to the Buffalo, N.Y., area starting this weekend with dreams of earning spots on Junior Team USA and with more than $200,000 in scholarships on the line at the 2014 Junior Gold Championships. The event, which is presented by Ebonite, Columbia 300, Track and Hammer, officially gets underway with the first round of qualifying on Monday. A record 2,770 USBC youth members are eligible to participate in the event.



Andrew Cain to continue as USBC President


2014USBCFrankWilkinson_small.jpgAndrew Cain (l.) of Phoenix has been elected for a third one-year term as president of the United States Bowling Congress and Frank Wilkinson (r.) of Staten Island, N.Y., will continue to serve as vice president. The USBC Board of Directors elected Cain and Wilkinson as officers for the 2014-2015 season, which begins Aug. 1, during a USBC board meeting held in Orlando, Fla., during Bowl Expo. The 2014-2015 season will be Cain's last as president.

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2014 World Bowling Tour


2014 World Bowling Tour hits home stretch

WBTLogo_small.jpg After the Indonesian Open and the Australian Masters fell off the schedule, the 2014 World Bowling Tour is heading into the final event of the season, the WBT Thailand (August 18-25). The 2014 Tour consists of 12 tournaments in Arabia (6), United States (3), Europe (2) and Asia (1). The top three men and women in the Point Ranking will compete in the 2014 World Bowling Tour Finals November 1-2 during the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas.

2014 WBT Women's Point Ranking


USBC Queens runner-up Kelly Kulick maintains her lead in women's point ranking

Queens champion Maria Jose Rodriguez moves into 53 place

WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 World Bowling Tour features 12 tournaments including two major events (award double ranking points) and one event which is exclusively for women (USBC Queens). 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. The top 3 men and top 3 women will qualify for the World Bowling Tour Finals November 1-2, 2014 in Las Vegas.

2014 WBT Men's Point Ranking


Sean Rash holds slim lead in men's point ranking heading into season-ending WBT Thailand

No changes in the men's ranking in USBC Queens (exclusively for women)

WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 World Bowling Tour features 12 tournaments including two major events (award double ranking points) and one event which is exclusively for women (USBC Queens). 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. The top 3 men and top 3 women will qualify for the World Bowling Tour Finals November 1-2, 2014 in Las Vegas.

2014 European Bowling Tour #16


Live Coverage of the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2014)

2014ViennaOpenLogo2_small.jpg The 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open is the 16th event on the 2014 European Bowling Tour as well as 6th and last "gold" tournament this season. Players will compete for total prize fund of 73.130 Euro or approx. $100,000 - 62.900 € for Singles and 10.230 € for the Doubles event. Columbia 300 also offers the Columbia Perfect Game Award and the Columbia Early Bird Award. BowlingdigitalBanner_mini.jpgFor the 12th year in a row, Bowlingdigital will report live from Vienna.

2014 USBC Queens


Maria Jose Rodriguez becomes second consecutive foreign player to win USBC Queens

Colombian national team member defeats Team USA's Kelly Kulick in a dramatic finish to win the 2014 event and the $20,000

2014USBCQMariaJoseRodriguez4_small.jpg Maria Jose Rodriguez (pictured) of Colombia outlasted two-time USBC Queens champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., to win the 2014 event in a dramatic 190-189 finish at the National Bowling Stadium on Thursday. After Rodriguez missed the 2-4-5-8 combination in her final frame, Kulick was forced to throw a double in order to become the third player in history with three USBC Queens titles. The 2007 and 2010 champion left a 10 pin on her first shot in the 10th frame, handing Rodriguez the title worth $20,000.

2014 USBC Senior Queens


Robin Romeo wins 2014 USBC Senior Queens

2014USBCSQRobinRomeo2_small.jpg United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Robin Romeo (pictured left) of Newhall, Calif., made her way through the stepladder finals to capture the coveted tiara at the 2014 USBC Senior Queens presented by Storm on Thursday. The 57-year-old right-hander defeated fellow hall of famer and top seed Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo., 241-188, to take home the $3,500 top prize at the National Bowling Stadium. It was her first victory in more than 30 years of USBC Queens and Senior Queens competition.



Walter Ray Williams Jr. masters June IBMA Bowler of the Month

2014PBA5005WalterRayWilliams2_small.jpgWalter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Florida has been chosen as the June 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Williams defeated Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, New York, 240-219, for the USBC Senior Masters title, for his first PBA50 major title. Williams also had top ten finishes in the other three PBA50 events in the month, a third place in the PBA50 Grants Pass Open, fifth in the Senior U.S. Open, and eighth in the PBA50 Northern California Classic.

United States


2014 USBC Women's Championships comes to a close in Reno

All standings are unofficial and pending final verification

2014USBCWCLogo_small.jpg The two-year run of the USBC Women's Championships at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center came to a close Monday as the final squad of the 2014 event stepped off the championship lanes. The 81-day event kicked off April 11 and ushered in a new era in the tournament's 95-year history, switching from five-player to four-player teams for the first time. The tournament also featured new divisions and an all-scratch format for the first time since 2009.

2014 WYC Hong Kong


Organizing Committee releases Bulletin No. 3 for 2014 CGSE World Youth Championships

Bulletin No. 3 comes along with Forms G & H and a Reply Slip for Arrival and Departure; WTBA informs about new online ball registration procedure for participating players


The Organizing Committee of the 13th World Youth Championships presented by the Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society has released Bulletin No. 3 for the championship, which will be held from August 6-15, 2014 at 40-lane South China Athletic Association Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China. Bulletin No. 3 comes along with Forms G & H and a Reply Slip for Arrival and Departure. Bowlingdigital.com will cover the Championships live from Hong Kong.

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