PBA News


Belmonte, Ciminelli, Svensson and Simonsen nominated for ESPY Best Bowler Award

Voting is open until the start of the ESPYs telecast

2016PBA03JasonBelmonte2_small.jpgThree-time defending PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte (l.), Player of the Year contender Ryan Ciminelli, 2016 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions winner and 2015 Rookie of the Year Jesper Svensson and 2016 USBC Masters champion Anthony Simonsen have been selected as nominees for the 2016 ESPY Best Bowler Award. Awards will be announced Wednesday, July 13 during the ESPYs telecast in Los Angeles beginning at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Voting will be open until the start of the ESPYs telecast.

2016 PWBA Tour #3


Cherie Tan wins first PWBA title at 2016 Storm Sacramento Open

2016PWBATour03CherieTan2_small.jpgCherie Tan capped an impressive four-week stretch for her and her teammates from Singapore as she delivered in the final frame to capture the 2016 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open. Tan, who earned the top seed for the stepladder finals by posting a 6-0 record in match play, connected on two strikes in the 10th frame of the title match to outlast Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, 208-205, to win her first PWBA title. The stepladder aired nationally on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday.

Junior Team USA News


U.S. Teams selected for 2016 World Youth Championships

2016JuniorTeamUSABoysnGirls_small.jpgThe eight bowlers who will represent the United States at the 2016 World Bowling Youth Championships this summer have been selected by the Team USA coaching staff. The World Youth Championships will take place in Lincoln, Nebraska, from July 26-Aug. 2. The Team USA coaching staff also selected the four Junior Team USA members who will compete at the Lee Evans Bowling Tournament of the Americas. That event will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from July 25-30.

Industry News


Ebonite International taps Mike Snellbaker to head up Bowling Ball marketing

2013EboniteLogo_small.jpgEbonite International has announced that the company has named industry veteran Mike Snellbaker Marketing Manager - Bowling Balls. Snellbaker has been in the bowling business for the last 20 years and has a very diverse and consumer focused background. He has operated pro shops, worked for the PBA Tour, developed products and for the past eight years has overseen sales and marketing efforts in the Northwest as the District Sales Manager for EBI.



CTF Board approves pilot project for sanctioning of string pin bowling centers

2016CTFHeaderLogo_small.jpg"Ladies and Gentlemen, today you have made history". These were the words spoken by the Canadian Tenpin Federation President, Brian McMaster, shortly after the CTF Board of Directors voted on June 5, 2016 to approve a pilot project for the sanctioning of string pin bowling centers in Alberta only, for sanctioned play during the 2016-2017 bowling season. CTF will run the pilot project in Alberta only for the 2016-2017 season to determine if any changes to center certification specifications and/or playing rules are required.

2016 PBA50 Tour #8


Japan's Junichi Yajima wins 2016 ITRC Super Senior Classic

2016PBA5008JunichiYajima_small.jpg Junichi Yajima of Japan earned new life in a dramatic semifinal match at the 2016 ITRC Super Senior Classic and rode that momentum to a 248-218 win over top seed Ron Mohr of North Las Vegas, Nevada, to become the first international player to win the event. Yajima and Mohr matched each other nearly shot for shot through the first eight frames of the championship match Sunday at Sam's Town Bowling Center, but a pair of 10 pins from Mohr in the final frames gave Yajima the opportunity to take the title.

ABF Tour News


World Bowling's scoring system to debut at ABF Tour Macao

2016ABFTLogo_small.jpgAthletes and bowling fans in Asia will witness the debut of World Bowling's new scoring system at the 2016 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour Macao leg on June 27, 2016 in Macao, China, which will be broadcast live in Malaysia and in China. The new scoring system was proposed by an all-star panel of international bowling experts, including World Bowling leaders, athletes, coaches, news media and commercial bowling industry experts.

2016 PWBA Tour #7


Rocio Restrepo snags top seed for PWBA Greater Detroit Open finals

Heading into the PWBA Greater Detroit Open on Saturday, second-round leader Rocio Restrepo of Colombia really wanted to nail down the top spot for the television show. For the second consecutive day, Restrepo cranked it up for the final few games to lead her match-play group and claim the No. 1 seed for the PWBA Greater Detroit Open TV show. The stepladder finals will be taped June 26 during the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship and will air Tuesday, July 19, on CBS Sports Network.

2016 WEC


Sweden sweeps the medals in Masters to end Women's European Championships

Filippa Persson defeats Ida Andersson in the title match; Nina Flack and Joline Persson Planefors share the bronze medal

2016WECMastersPodium2_small.jpg Sweden capped off the Women's European Championships Sunday at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, with a sweep of the gold, silver and bronze medals in the tournament-ending Masters competition. In the title match, Filippa Persson came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Ida Andersson, 2-1. In an all-Swedish semi-final round, Andersson fired games of 233 and 254 to sweep Nina Flack, 2-0, while Persson rallied from being down 1-0 to defeat Joline Persson Planefors, 2-1.

2016 PWBA Tour #7


Rocio Restrepo has big finish to take PWBA Greater Detroit Open lead

2016PWBA07RocioRestrepo_small.jpgColombia native Rocio Restrepo (l.) was on her way to the second 800 series of the PWBA Tour season at the PWBA Greater Detroit Open on Friday when she decided to try something different. While the change didn't work, Restrepo still pulled out a 238 in her final game of the day to grab the lead with a 2,786 total for the 12 qualifying games. She leads Brittany Smith of Des Moines, Iowa, by five pins with 2015 PWBA Rookie of the Year Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, in third at 2,758.

2016 WEC


Sweden shoots two 1100 series to win the coveted Team gold in Vienna

2016WECTeamSweden2_small.jpg Sweden averaged over 220 in the medal round of the five-player team event to capture the coveted team gold medal at the Women's European Championships in Vienna, Austria. In the title match against top-seeded Germany, All-Events champion Jenny Wegner, doubles champions Nina Flack, Joline Persson Planefors and Ida Andersson and Sandra Andersson posted their third 1100-plus series of the day for a 1104-1019 victory to win the third gold medal for Sweden in this Championships.

2012 WEC


Germany earns No. 1 seed for WEC Team finals

Joining Germany in the finals are Sweden, Denmark and Belgium; Sweden's Jenny Wegner averages 218.17 to claim gold in All-Events; top 24 advance to Saturday's Masters match play

2016WECTeamGermany_small.jpg Germany averaged 212.24 in the second block of three games to leap two spots and to earn the No. 1 seed for the team finals of the Women's European Championships this afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Germany toppled 6394 pins and bowls No. 4 Belgium (6025), while No. 2 Sweden (6352) takes on No. 3 Denmark (6227) in the semifinals. Sweden's Jenny Wegner averaged 218.17 for 24 games to claim the gold medal in All-Events.

2016 ISBT #4


Hermann Wimmer, Beate Albert win Italian Senior Open

2016ISBT04HermannWimmerBeateAlbert_small.jpgGermany's Hermann Wimmer and Beate Albert won the men's and women's titles in the Italian Senior Open, the fourth stop on the 2016 International Seniors Bowling Tour, which was held from June 4-12 at Reno Bowling in Bologna, Italy. All champions this season, men and women, come from either Germany or England. Wimmer, who won the season-opening Arthur's 11th Senior Open, became the first two-time winner this season. For Albert it was her first career ISBT title.

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.

2016 WEC


Denmark leads WEC Team preliminaries after Block 1

2016WECTeamDenmark_small.jpg Denmark averaged 217.73 to lead the team preliminaries in the Women's European Championships at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, after the first block of three games with 3266. The Danes rolled games of 1067, 1094 and 1105 to lead Sweden (3264) by just two pins. Germany is third with 3208, with Belgium in fourth with 3129. The second block and the medal round will be played on Friday. Jenny Wegner of Sweden leads in All-Events after 21/24 games with 4568 (217.52).

2016 PWBA Tour #2


Shannon O'Keefe captures Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open title

2016PWBATour02ShannonOKeefe_small.jpgShannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, struck on six of her first seven shots on the way to a 246-203 victory over top seed Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, in the title match of the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open. It was the first individual PWBA title for O'Keefe. She teamed with Bill O'Neill to win the PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles last year. Second-seeded O'Keefe defeated New Hui Fen of Singapore in the semi-final match, 235-226, to advance.

2016 PBA50 Tour #7


Noel Vazquez wins PBA50 Northern California Classic for first PBA50 Tour title

In his first PBA50 finals appearance, Vazquez defeats Pete Weber in the title match, 255-224, to end Weber's consecutive win streak at four

2016PBA5007NoelVazquez2_small.jpgNoel Vazquez of Sacramento, Calif., won the PBA50 Northern California Classic Wednesday for his first career PBA50 Tour title and in the process ended Pete Weber's record run of consecutive PBA50 Tour titles at four. Vazquez, who has won two PBA regional and six PBA50 regional titles, defeated Weber, 255-224, in the title match at Harvest Park Bowl. Vazquez took an 11-pin lead in the fifth frame and then threw five consecutive strikes which were too much for Weber, who was the finals top qualifier, to overcome.

USBC Youth


YES partners with Bowl4Life for additional coaching seminars

2016YESLogo_small.jpgThe Youth Education Services (YES) and Chuck Gardner Bowl4Life Scholarship Foundation will team to support additional USA Bowling Coaching seminars throughout the United States. The YES initiative started in 2010 and USA Bowling was the first program financed by the YES Fund. The USA Bowling Coaching seminars, operated by the IBC Youth Development team, are designed to teach basic bowling coaching skills to youth coaches, volunteers or parents of children involved in the sport.

2016 WEC


Germany exemplifies consistency on the way to the Trios title

Second seeded Germans defeat No. 1 seed England in the gold medal match, 616-560

2016WECTriosGermany1a_small.jpgIn a title match between the two top-seeded trios, Birgit Pöppler, Nadine Geißler and Tina Hulsch of Germany exemplified consistency on their way to a 616-560 victory over qualifying leaders Hayley Russell, Keira Reay and Lisa John of England en route to claim the gold medal at the Women's European Championships. Pöppler (l.) led the team with 207 with Hulsch (r.) and Geißler (c.) close behind with 205 and 204, respectively. England took silver, Denmark and Sweden received bronze.

2016 PWBA Tour #7


Liz Johnson looks to extend early success at PWBA Greater Detroit Open

2016USBCWCLizJohnson2_small.jpgIn grabbing player of the year honors in the return of the PWBA Tour last season, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, won three titles, including two majors. This week, she returns to defend her PWBA Detroit Open title when the tour stops at Super Bowl in Canton, Michigan. She said the momentum of last year's success helps, but 2016 is a new year and the PWBA Tour is continuing to provide more challenges. A practice session is set for Thursday, with qualifying rounds taking place Friday and Saturday.

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