Monday, January 18, 2021

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP TELEVISION SCHEDULE

 PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP TELEVISION SCHEDULE

Bowlero Jupiter – Jupiter, Fla.

Sunday, Jan. 24 at 12 p.m. ET on FS1 – West Region Finals
Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. ET on FS1 – Southwest Region Finals
Saturday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. ET on FS1 – Midwest Region Finals
Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. ET on FS1 – East Region Finals
Sunday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1 – South Region Finals
Sunday, Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX – PBA Players Championship Finals

And the players qualifing at the regions are: 

WEST REGION STEPLADDER FINALISTS

Bowlero Christown – Phoenix, Ariz.

  1. Anthony Simonsen
  2. Wesley Low Jr.
  3. Jakob Butturff
  4. Darren Tang
  5. Kris Koeltzow

Full West Region standings: https://www.pba.com/node/117446

SOUTHWEST REGION STEPLADDER FINALISTS

AMF Garland Lanes – Garland, Texas

  1. François Lavoie
  2. Packy Hanrahan
  3. Keven Williams
  4. Benjamin Martinez
  5. AJ Chapman

Full Southwest Region standings: https://www.pba.com/node/117441

CENTRAL REGION STEPLADDER FINALISTS

Bowlero Wauwatosa – Wauwatosa, Wis.

  1. Tom Smallwood
  2. Andrew Anderson
  3. Ronnie Russell
  4. Wes Malott
  5. Zach Weidman

Full Central Region standings: https://www.pba.com/node/117436

EAST REGION STEPLADDER FINALISTS

Bowlero West End – Richmond, Va.

  1. Kyle Troup
  2. Brandon Novak
  3. Michael Davidson
  4. Chris Via
  5. Bill O’Neill

Full East Region standings: https://www.pba.com/node/117431

SOUTH REGION STEPLADDER FINALISTS

AMF University Lanes – Tampa, Fla.

  1. Jesper Svensson
  2. Cristian Azcona
  3. Ryan Ciminelli
  4. Tom Daugherty
  5. Dick Allen

Full South Region standings: https://www.pba.com/node/117426

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Storm Introduces the Incite and Hy-Road Max



HY-ROAD MAX

The Inverted Fe2 weight block has historically had a higher RG orientation. The higher the RG, the more resistant the ball will be to changing direction as it travels down the lane. NeX first made its debut on the Axiom™, the newest touchstone from which all other balls are compared. The finishing touches clock in at 3000-grit Abralon, which has become the benchmark standard of surface profiles. As you can see, there’s more to every ball than meets the eye..

Available: February 19, 2021
Color: Emerald/Lime
Fragrance: Green Apple



INCITE


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Color: Goldenrod/Graphite/Crimson
Fragrance: Cherry Vanilla

Available: February 19, 2021

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The 2021 USBC Masters and US Open Will Move to Reno

 ARLINGTON, Texas - With COVID-19 still impacting event operations, the United States Bowling Congress has decided to adjust the competition locations for the 2021 USBC Masters and U.S. Open.

The two events, both considered majors on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, now will be held in consecutive weeks at the 78-lane National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, allowing competitors planning to bowl in both tournaments to make just one trip, rather than journey to two destinations at different times.


The Masters will be held first, taking place on its original dates from March 29-April 4, now with room for an additional 55 competitors. The field had been limited to 245 entries, but the move to the NBS allows for a capacity of 300 entries.


The U.S. Open will follow, with the 108-competitor field taking to the iconic lanes April 4-11. 


Qualifying and match play for both tournaments will be livestreamed on BowlTV, before the action shifts to Fox Sports' FS1 as part of the PBA Tour television schedule. The live TV finals of each event will air from 2-4 p.m. Eastern on April 4 and April 11, respectively. 


Prior to the move, the U.S. Open was scheduled to be held at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wisconsin, from Feb. 21-28, and the Masters was slated to return to the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.


"We are committed to running these events in 2021," USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said. "By moving the tournaments to Reno and back in the calendar, we are better positioned to receive approval from health officials to conduct the events, while also adding additional lanes for more competitors."


The Masters traditionally attracts hundreds of bowlers from all over the world and has sold out for the last seven years. The 2019 event at the Gold Coast Bowling Center, won by left-hander Jakob Butturff, featured 450 competitors.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions and best-practice recommendations, however, the Masters field in 2021 initially had to be limited. The event sold out in just a few days, and the waiting list quickly grew to more than 150 eager competitors. USBC will continue to monitor the restrictions and social-distancing recommendations in Nevada and expand the field again, if appropriate.


Masters bowlers will join Butturff on the lanes at the NBS for 15 games of qualifying, before the top 63, plus Butturff, advance to the double-elimination match-play portion of the event.


The 2021 U.S. Open will be a collaborative effort between USBC and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, featuring a limited field of the world's best bowlers, most of whom earned their spots in the event based on their recent on-lane performances. The list includes leaders on the PBA Tour points list and top performers at USBC events and PBA majors.


The U.S. Open format features qualifying across multiple oil patterns and round-robin match play, before the top five competitors advance to the TV stepladder, based on their 56-game pinfall totals. 


Bowlers who did not receive invitations to compete in the 2021 event can earn spots through an on-site pre-tournament qualifier, which will take place April 4.


The 2020 U.S. Open was held in Lincoln, Nebraska, in February and won by Australia's Jason Belmonte for the 12th of his record 13 major titles. 


For more information about the U.S. Open and USBC Masters, visit BOWL.com/Tournaments.

Friday, November 13, 2020

EJ Tackett signs 10-year contract with MOTIV®

Tackett, a 13-time PBA® Tour champion, has been the face of the MOTIV® brand for seven years. The first seven years of EJ’s career are historic, seeing him win Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year, compete on Team USA in international competition and at the Weber Cup, and most recently releasing a bowling ball bearing his ExJ brand logo. 

MOTIV® Staff Manager Brett Spangler said, “It is a huge point of pride for me that every shot EJ Tackett has ever thrown as a PBA Tour member has been as a MOTIV® staff player. I could not be happier than I am right now knowing that he is going to be with us for ten more years.” 

This latest contract guarantees that Tackett will be on staff with
MOTIV® through at least the 2030 season. When asked what a ten-year contract with MOTIV® meant to him, EJ responded, “the people at MOTIV® are like family to me. Ten years means I don’t have to worry about anything but going out there and winning for another decade. I love throwing the best balls in the world and representing such amazing people.” 

“EJ’s magazine cover says, ‘I’m the guy, you come get me’. We just responded with ‘Ok, we would love to, here is a contract for ten years…now let’s go set the bowling world on fire together!’”, commented Scott Wilbur, President of MOTIV® Bowling. “Truly it was an easy decision to make. He is a premier athlete, our true friend, and part of the corporate family here at MOTIV®”. 


Monday, July 13, 2020

With COVID-19 death toll rising in Florida, PBA postpones PBA50 Tour World Series of Bowling


Monday the PBA announced that it was postponing the PBA50 Tour World Series of Bowling that was scheduled for Aug. 8-15 at The Villages, Florida.

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Friday, July 10, 2020

PBA League Rescheduled for September 26-28; Miami Waves and Phoenix Fury Teams Drafted

New York, NY – The Professional Bowlers Association has completed its roster of twelve teams to compete in the 2020 PBA League Elias Cup with the addition of 10 of the world’s best female bowlers to the Miami Waves and Phoenix Fury.

The twelve teams now split into two divisions, Carter and Anthony, will take to the lanes at *Bayside Bowl in Portland, ME, on September 26-28, with hometown team Portland Lumberjacks, looking to defend the prestigious Elias Cup. Bowling’s most thrilling team event was postponed due to Covid-19 health and safety precautions.

The seeding round will take place on September 26, followed by eight hours of live competition broadcasted on FS1 in four telecasts on consecutive days as follows:

PBA Elias Cup: Quarterfinals – Sunday, September 27, 12 p.m. ET on FS1
PBA Elias Cup: Quarterfinals – Sunday, September 27, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
PBA Elias Cup: Semifinals – Monday, September 28, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
PBA Elias Cup: Finals – Monday, September 28, 9 p.m. ET on FS1

After winning the coin toss, Phoenix Fury selected two-time, reigning PWBA Player of the Year Shannon O’Keefe as the first pick of the special PBA League Draft, followed by 5-time PWBA Champion Danielle McEwan to the Miami Waves. The draft was conducted virtually live on FloBowling with 35 eligible players based on 2019 PWBA Points. The two new 5-player rosters were selected in order (listed below), followed by 2020 full rosters.
Shannon O’Keefe, Phoenix Fury
Danielle McEwan, Miami Waves
Liz Johnson, Phoenix Fury
Dasha Kovalova, Miami Waves
Jordan Richard, Phoenix Fury
Clara Guerrero, Miami Waves
Stefanie Johnson, Phoenix Fury
Liz Kuhlkin, Miami Waves
Maria José Rodriguez, Phoenix Fury
Missy Parkin, Miami Waves

2020 PBA League Division Line-Ups and Rosters

Carter Division:

Dallas Strikers
Manager: Norm Duke
Norm Duke
Tommy Jones
Bill O'Neill
Brad Miller
Nick Pate

Philadelphia Hitmen
Manager: Jason Couch
Dom Barrett
Tom Smallwood
Shawn Maldonado
Jason Sterner
Matt Ogle

Brooklyn Styles
Manager: Johnny Petraglia
Walter Ray Williams Jr.
Brad Angelo
Rhino Page
BJ Moore
Thomas Larsen

Silver Lake Atom Splitters
Manager: Mark Baker
Chris Barnes
Jesper Svensson
Tom Daugherty
Chris Via
AJ Chapman

Las Vegas High Rollers
Manager: Amleto Monacelli
Francois Lavoie
Andrew Anderson
AJ Johnson
Richie Teece
Ildemaro Ruiz

Phoenix Fury
Manager: Kim Terrell-Kearney
Shannon O’Keefe
Liz Johnson
Jordan Richard
Stefanie Johnson
Maria José Rodriguez

Anthony Division:

NYC KingPins
Manager: Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
Pete Weber
Marshall Kent
Kyle Sherman
Darren Tang
Osku Palermaa

Motown Muscle
Manager: Del Ballard
EJ Tackett
Anthony Simonsen
Josh Blanchard
Mitch Hupe
Matt McNiel

Portland Lumberjacks
Manager: Tim Mack
Wes Malott
Kyle Troup
Kris Prather
Martin Larsen
Packy Hanrahan

L.A. X
Manager: Andrew Cain
Jason Belmonte
Jakob Butturff
Stu Williams
Patrick Girard
Anthony Lavery-Spahr

Brew City Ballers
Manager: Marshall Holman
Sean Rash
Ryan Ciminelli
Dick Allen
Christopher Sloan
Zeke Bayt

Miami Waves
Manager: Bob Learn Jr.
Danielle McEwan
Dasha Kovalova
Clara Guerrero
Liz Kuhlkin
Missy Parkin

*Location subject to change due to local government restrictions.