PBA News


Columbus, Ohio to host 2016 Barbasol PBA Players Championship

Third consecutive major championship of the year to air live on ESPN on February 21

2016BarbasolPBATOCLogo_small.jpg Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl will host the 2016 Barbasol PBA Players Championship, a Professional Bowlers Association major championship that will conclude with live ESPN television coverage on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. ET. The 2016 Barbasol PBA Players Championship will return to PBA major title status, featuring a 48-game qualifying and match play format, and a five-player stepladder final with a $40,000 first prize.



Nikita Koshelev ends women's winning streak at 2015 Russian Open

Russian defeats Sweden's Joline Persson Planefors in the title match

2015RussianOpenNikitaKoshelev2_small.jpg2015RussianOpenJolinePerssonPlanefors_small.jpgAfter two years of female winners, Nikita Koshelev (l.) of Russia defeated Joline Persson Planefors (r.) of Sweden in two-games, total pins format, 473-359, to win the 2015 Russian Open Sunday at bowling center Russian Field in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Koshelev, who became the first male winner since Marshall Kent's victory in 2012, received 1.500 Euro for the feat. Persson Planefors took home 1.300 for second place.

2015 PWBA Tour #11


Danielle McEwan wins The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship

Liz Johnson wins PWBA Player of the Year award; Stefanie Johnson claims PWBA Rookie of the Year award

2015PWBA11DanielleMcEwan_small.jpgDanielle McEwan (pictured) of Stony Point, New York, recorded her first professional victory by claiming The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship promoted by GoBowling.com on Sunday. In the championship match, McEwan defeated Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, 233-205, at the ITRC in Arlington, Texas. The event also finalized the PWBA Player of the Year race with Liz Johnson topping Stefanie Johnson for the honor. Stefanie Johnson claimed PWBA Rookie of the Year.

2015 PWBA Tour


2015 PWBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2015PWBALogo_small.jpg The 2015 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour was re-launched in 2015 after nearly a dozen years featuring eight regular-season events, three nationally televised majors and stops from coast to coast. The 2015 PWBA schedule kicked off with the USBC Queens in May and concluded with the TV finals of The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas.

2015 ISBT #9


Martina Beckel, Uwe Tscharke triumph in 2nd Dream-Bowl Palace Senior Open

2015ISBT09MartinaBeckelUweTscharke_small.jpg Germany's Martina Beckel and Uwe Tscharke survived three eliminator rounds en route to win the women's and men's titles in the 2nd Senior Open Sunday at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany. Tscharke defeated André Geelen in the men's title match, 259-214, for his first career ISBT title. The women's finale between Beckel and Angela Laub was very one-sided, with Beckel winning 231-165 for her third consecutive win and fourth on the 2015 International Seniors Bowling Tour.

South Korea


Chris Barnes survives eliminator finals to win 17th Samho Korea Cup

2015KoreaCupChrisBarnes_small.jpgChris Barnes (pictured), United States, won another major international title in his illustrious career when he flew past Jung Taewha, Korea, in the last eliminator round, 249-183, to win the 17th Samho Korea Cup International Bowling Tournament Sunday, Sept. 6, at Hogye Gymnaium in Anyang City, South Korea. The 18-time PBA champion, whose last two titles came in the H.H. Emir Cup 2014 in Doha, Qatar, and in the 2015 DHC PBA Japan Invitational in Tokyo, Japan, received 30 million Korean Won (approx. $24,910).

Industry News


Brunswick supports growth of Bowling in China with Training Seminar in Yancheng and Shanghai

BrunswickLogo_mini.jpgMembers of the Chinese national team along with other bowlers, maintenance personnel, bowling center and pro shop owners and operators enjoyed classroom and hands-on training by Brunswick Bowling Products at the Chinese Bowling Foundation (CBF) Education Conference. The event was held in Yancheng, China, July 21-25, 2015. Brunswick training staff included bowler development, pro shop, center operations, and maintenance professionals and PBA staff player Sean Rash.

Hong Kong


Korea sweeps Masters titles at 41st Hong Kong International Open

2015HKGOpenSonYoungSeokLimSiHyun_small.jpgKorea swept the men's and women's Masters titles at the 41st Hong Kong International Open Sunday at SCAA Bowling Center. In the men's stepladder final, top-seeded Son Young Seok defeated his fellow countryman Kim Dong Gyoo in a low-scoring encounter, 170-167 to win the title and the 55,000 Hong Kong Dollar top prize. In the women's title match, Lim So Hyun defeated defending champion and No. 1 seed, Victoria Chin of Malaysia, twice to for the title worth HK$26,000.

2015 WSrC


Sweden's Susanne Olsson, Australia's Andrew Frawley emerge as Masters Champions

Conclude 2015 World Seniors Championships in Las Vegas with victory in women's and men's Masters competition

2015WSrCSusanneOlssonAndrewFrawley2_small.jpgSweden's Susanne Olsson and Australia's Andrew Frawley claimed Masters titles as the 2015 World Seniors Championships came to a close Sunday at Sam's Town bowling center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Olsson defeated Lucy Sandelin of the United States, 222-184, in the women's title match, while Singles champion Frawley captured his second gold medal of the event with a 269-222 victory over Lennie Boresch Jr. of the United States in the men's finals.

PBA News


For childhood friends, PBA60 titles fulfill an unlikely dream - By Bill McCorkle

Ohioans Bill McCorkle, Bill Henson win same Fort Wayne event under eerily similar circumstances


Friends since childhood, growing up together in Westerville, Ohio, PBA60 players Bill McCorkle (pictured left) and Bill Henson (right) achieved their dream of winning a national PBA title by winning the same tournament in Fort Wayne, Ind., in back-to-back years. Below, McCorkle tells the story of the pair's friendship and oddly similar experiences. The following feature was provided to the PBA by PBA60 Tour member Bill McCorkle.

2015 PBA News


2016 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions heads to Oklahoma

Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Grand Casino Resort & Hotel to host PBA Tour's signature event Jan. 30-Feb. 7


After hosting two highly successful PBA Summer Swing events in 2014 and 2015, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Grand Casino Resort & Hotel, and FireLake Bowling Center and Arena will partner with the PBA to host the organization's signature event in 2016, the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions. The premier event for PBA champions will take place Jan. 30-Feb. 7 in Shawnee, Okla., concluding with live ESPN coverage of the stepladder finals staged at FireLake Arena at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 7.

2015 PBA50 News


Pete Weber dominates PBA50 stats on his way to a milestone Player of the Year season

Tom Baker earns first PBA60 Player of the Year award

2014PBAPeteWeber2_small.jpgIt hardly seems possible that Pete Weber, in his 35 years of PBA competition, had never won PBA Player of the Year recognition despite a Hall of Fame career that included 37 PBA Tour titles, a record-tying 10 majors including a record five U.S. Open titles, and nearly $4 million in career earnings, among his most notable complishments. But during the 2015 PBA50 Tour campaign, at age 52 and in his third campaign with the 50-and-older generation, Weber finally had the breakthrough season.

2015 PBA50 Tour


2015 PBA50 Tour features 13 events including two "Majors" and two "Super Senior" stops

PBA50Logo_small.jpg The 2015 PBA50 Tour (formerly the PBA Senior Tour) featured 13 tournaments in Florida, North Carolina, New York, Nevada, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana including two "majors", the PBA Senior U.S. Open and the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters, and two "Super Senior" events for bowlers age 60 and over. The top eight players in competition points earned berths in the PBA Challenge Finals qualifier in December in Reno, Nev.



Don't get too angry on the lanes

MikaelKanoldonYouTube.com.jpg Mikael Kanold is a young talented Swedish bowler, a member of the Swedish youth national team, and not known for becoming angry very often. His compatriot Martin Larsen, World Doubles champion and Jason Belmonte, the High Roller champ from Australia brought this video to our attention. It shows why all bowling center proprietors teach their customers NOT to cross the line between the approach and the lane. Actually it gives the expression 'foul line' a new meaning. Enjoy.

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