Thursday, February 4, 2016

Swedish Two Hander Moves into The Lead at The 51st Firelake PBA Tournament of Champions

by Bill Vint February 4, 2016 07:16

SHAWNEE, Okla. – Sweden’s Jesper Svensson struck on 22 of his first 23 shots Thursday morning in the 51st FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions at FireLake Bowling Center, advancing from sixth place to first, and he continued his blistering pace in match play Thursday night to build a 266-pin lead over Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, TN.
Svensson, a 20-year-old left-handed two-hander and PBA’s 2015 Rookie of the Year, averaged 232.1 for his first 32 games to lead the field of 24 finalists into Friday’s final two rounds of match play in the PBA’s first major championship of the year. Following games of 289 and 300, Svensson finished his morning round with games of 220, 258, 235, 213, 223 and 203. He then started Thursday night’s first round of match play with games of 267, 229, 256 and 290, winning all four matches to break away from the field.
He finished the evening round games of 213, 196 and 213 for losses, and a 238 win in his last game for a 5-3 match play record and a 32-game total of 7,624 pins, including 30 bonus pins for each match won.
“That was good,” Svensson said of his start in the evening round, “but I struggled a bit in the middle, so it was good to finish with a good game. In the middle, the urethane ball I was using got a bit shiny, and I couldn’t get as good of pin carry as when it has a fresh surface.
“But I’m happy; I didn’t expect this at all. I’m just going to have a good time and see where I finish tomorrow.”
Chasing Svensson and Beasley (7,358 pins) in the race for Sunday’s five-player stepladder finals were Tom Daugherty of Riverview, FL, with 7,328 pins; Dom Barrett of England with a 7,317 total and EJ Tackett of Huntington, IN, with 7,300 pins.
Australia’s Jason Belmonte, the two-time defending champion, was fifth heading into match play, but posted a 4-4 record in the opening round and slipped back to ninth place.
The 24 finalists will bowl their final two eight-game round-robin match play rounds Friday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST to determine the five finalists for Sunday’s live ESPN stepladder finals at 1 p.m. CST (2 p.m. Eastern). The finals will be held on a special two-lane installation inside FireLake Arena.
All match play rounds are being covered exclusively, live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. For subscription information visit and click on the Xtra Frame link.
FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Thursday
Round Five Standings (after 32 games, including match play bonus pins)
1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 5-3, 7,624.
2, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 7-1, 7,358.
3, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 6-2, 7,328.
4, Dom Barrett, England, 4-4, 7,315.
5, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 6-2, 7,300.
6, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 6-2, 7,292.
7, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2-6, 7,262.
8, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3-5, 7,219.
9, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4-4, 7,212.
10, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 4-4, 7,178.
11, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 5-3, 7,167.
12, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3-5, 7,141.
13, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5-3, 7,139.
14, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4-4, 7,135.
15, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 5-3, 7,125.
16, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3-5, 7,110.
17, x-A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6-2, 7,085.
18, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 4-4, 7,044.
19, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2-6, 7,036.
20, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3-5, 7,014.
21, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2-6, 7,010.
22, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3-5, 6,987.
23, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3-5, 6,949.
24, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1-7, 6,704.
x-Johnson replace Norm Duke, who withdrew due to a neck injury.
300 Game: Jesper Svensson.

Radical Bowling Technologies Adds Two New Balls in February

The Radical Ridiculous™ ASYM
The Ridiculous Asym brings a more aggressive reaction to the Ridiculous line. The combination of the new asymmetric core design and the beefed up cover gives the Ridiculous Asym a very different look on the lanes, and with the stronger ball motion, it is the perfect complement to the original Ridiculous.
From Radical “We now have a very Ridiculous one-two punch.”
The Radical Rave™ On
With the Rave On, Radical is introducing a hybrid coverstock formulation featuring some of the popular friction enhancers that they have been using in the Guru series. The result is a more hooking version of the original Rave, and it adds versatility to the mid performance line.

The new Radical Technology balls will be available February 16, 2016.

New Brunswick Bowling Balls, Including an Old Favorite

Brunswick Ultimate Nirvana™ The new ECS Hybrid coverstock is Brunswick’s latest advancement in performance enhancing technology. ECS expands the soft segments of the polymer chain producing improved friction and wider sweet spot resulting in fewer adjustments. ECS technology generates a faster refresh rate and a longer performance life for the coverstock. 

Paired with the Nirvana Ultra Low RG core, the Ultimate Nirvana provides effortless length through the heads with extraordinary backend continuation on medium oily to oily lane conditions.

Brunswick unveils a retro Danger Zone™ The new PK 2016 coverstock is Brunswick’s modern version of PowrKoil 18. PK 2016 reactive combines their re-engineered “PowrKoil 18” base coverstock with a chemical supplement package for today’s conditions. Combined with the Vintage Light Bulb low RG core the Danger Zone skids easily through the front, maintaining axis rotation for the backend to deliver that famous Danger Zone reaction!

The new Brunswick balls will be available February 16, 2016.

Smallwood Moves into The Lead at The 51st Firelake PBA Tournament of Champions

by Bill Vint February 3, 2016 08:22
SHAWNEE, OK – Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, MI, who has made a career out of bowling well in major championships, averaged 231.4 for 16 games to move into the lead at the end of qualifying in the 51st FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions at FireLake Bowling Center Wednesday.
Smallwood, 38, posted games of 258, 258, 203, 259, 260, 200, 206 and 231 Wednesday for a 16-game total of 3,703 pins, advancing from 10th place to first in a hotly contested battle for the top 27 berths in Thursday’s eight-game cashers round.
Among those who remained in title contention was Australia’s two-handed star, Jason Belmonte, who advanced from 48th place to qualify 13th for the cashers round. Belmonte is trying to equal PBA Hall of Famer Jason Couch’s record as the second player to win the Tournament of Champions three consecutive times.
Trailing Smallwood at the end of qualifying was 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., with 3,665 pins, 38 pins behind Smallwood, followed by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., at 3,662; EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., at 3,661 and Dom Barrett of England at 3,633.
Smallwood, who made national news when he won the 2010 PBA World Championship after losing his job at General Motors during the recession, has done his best work in PBA majors. He finished second in the 2011 Tournament of Champions, fourth in the 2014 United States Bowling Congress Masters and fifth in the 2012 PBA World Championship in addition to winning his second PBA title in the 2012 PBA Scorpion Championship.
“I don’t put any more time or effort into the majors, but it’s only natural to put a little more emphasis on them because they pay more and they’re more prestigious,” Smallwood said. “For whatever reason my ball decides to strike more in the majors, which is fine with me.”
Smallwood said he found a way to play the lanes that other players weren’t playing, and they actually helped move the oil around to his favor.
“Usually I’m playing the wrong part of the lane, but I played a little farther right of everybody tonight and it worked,” he said. “The first six games, I only moved four boards with my eyes, and that was it. Everyone else was playing farther inside than I was, and they actually gave me more hold area which allowed me to stay where I was.”
Among the players advancing to Thursday’s cashers round was reigning Professional Women’s Bowling Association Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, NY, who also is the first woman ever to advance to the PBA national telecast and the only woman ever to accomplish that feat twice. Johnson qualified in a tie for 20th place.
“I never really put a PBA Tour title on my bucket list, but it would be nice to win one,” Johnson said. “The thing I realized this week is that I bowled my first women’s pro tournament 20 years ago this week, and to think I’m still out here doing what I’m doing is pretty amazing to me.”
Johnson was one of four women in the TOC field. Kelly Kulick of Union, NJ, who won the 2010 Tournament of Champions to become the only woman ever to win a PBA Tour title, was in contention Wednesday but faltered down the stretch, finishing 31st and missing the cut by 14 pins.
At the conclusion of Thursday’s cashers round, the top 24 based on 24-game pinfall totals will advance to three eight-game rounds of head-to-head match play to determine the top five for Sunday’s live ESPN finals at 2 p.m. ET. PBA’s Xtra Frame online video-streaming service will cover the cashers round and all three match play rounds live. Rounds start at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST Thursday and Friday.
FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Wednesday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 16 games)
1, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,703.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,665.
3, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,662.
4, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,661.
5, Dom Barrett, England, 3,633.
6, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3,631.
7, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,627.
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,606.
9, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 3,595.
10, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,594.
11, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,580.
12, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,579.
13, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,575.
14, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,569.
15, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,567.
16, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,560.
17, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 3,525.
18, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,522.
19, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,512.
20, (tie) Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., and f-Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,497.
22, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 3,496.
23, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,495.
24, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,493.
25, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3,483.
26, A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,480.
27, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,476.
Failed to advance
28, Stuart Williams, England, 3,470.
29, (tie) Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,468.
31, f-Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,462.
32, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,458.
33, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 3,457.
34, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,454.
35, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,453.
36, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 3,447.
37, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,435.
38, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 3,433.
39, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,431.
40, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,427.
41, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,422.
42, Paul Moor, England, 3,416.
43, Will Barnes, Wichita, Kan., 3,414.
44, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3,405.
45, Patrick Allen, South Salem, N.Y., 3,379.
46, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 3,359.
47, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 3,353.
48, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,352.
49, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,346.
50, David Scardaville, Houston, Texas, 3,341.
51, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,325.
52, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,313.
53, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,296.
54, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 3,294.
55, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 3,286.
56, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,276.
57, Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., 3,269.
58, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3,265.
59, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,244.
60, J.T. Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 3,222.
61, (tie)  f-Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, and Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,210.
63, f-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,207.
64, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,202.
65, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 3,193.
66, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 3,189.
67, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,180.
68, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,150.
69, Paul Brewbaker , Midwest City, Okla., 3,141.
70, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 3,133.
71, Brandon Bivens, East Ridge, Tenn., 3,083.
72, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 3,067.
73, Lee White, Odessa, Texas, 3,048.
74, Joe Salvemini, Nevada City, Calif., 2,987.
75, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,890.
76, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 2,887.
77, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 2,369.
f-denotes female

Thursday, January 21, 2016

900 Global Introduces Two New Balls

The new 900 Global Dream Big™ pearl features the 79 Alert™ Pearl Coverstock.  Are you ready for a BIG, jaw-dropping motion downlane? The Identity™ Asymmetric core creates quick revving action with plenty of energy retention. Use the Dream™ Big Pearl on medium-heavy lane conditions for angularity down lane.

The new Respect solid features the S78™ Dig Coverstock provides friction in oil and unrelenting overall hook potential. The Tetra™ Symmetric core is designed for a strong, heavy roll throughout the lane. Use the Respect™ Solid on fresh, higher volume conditions.

Two New Balls Added To Columbia 300 Line-up

The new Reflex pearl coverstock version creates a stronger change of direction at the back end, resulting in “shocking” pin action.

The Swerve FX features the same lower Mass Bias strength core as the original Swerve which makes it very driller friendly and allows the core to perform well for the masses. This core yields a slightly stronger mid-lane read than the typical symmetrical shape, while maintaining the predictability symmetrical balls provide. 

HyperSHOCK Technology is an energy enhancement material added to the outer core to help power the ball through the pins. This viscoelastic material works to control the influence pins have on the balls motion through the pin deck. The Swerve line, with HyperSHOCK Technology, not only gets you to the pocket, but drives through the pins like no other bowling balls on the planet.

New for the Yellow Line Collection, the Delirium Shock is a perfect choice for the bowler looking for great performance without breaking the bank. The Delirium Shock provides a strong mid-lane and back end reaction which will match up perfectly on medium oil patterns. Featuring the Resurgence core, "the Delirium Shock may be as close to the classic Resurgence ball motion as we've seen yet from Columbia 300." said a company representative. 

Look for the new balls on February 2nd, 2016. 

Hammer Scandal, and A Black Widow and New Spare Ball Coming in February

Hammer introduces Scandal into its high performance ball line-up, featuring Scandal Semtex Solid CFI (Carbon Fiber Infused) coverstock in Blue/Green/Black, with a 500 / 2000 AbralonTM finish. The design intent is for Medium to Heavy Oil and for the Scandal to create aggressive overall hook. 

The Scandal is the strongest ball Hammer has produced according to their FCC rating system (27.75). 

Check out the NEW Hammer performance shoes in the video. Coming this summer. 

The new Hammer Dark Legend is Black/Purple Pearl Semtex Hybrid coverstock with a fairly rough finish at 500/1000 Abralon® then Polished. The legendary Gas Mask core inhabits this new Black Widow. The hybrid cover and strong core combination is designed for Medium - Heavy oil conditions. Expect strong mid-lane reaction with continuous backend. 

A new polyester ball with a basic pancake weightblock is coming down the pike. Called the Clear Skulz, finished 800/800/1000/2000 Abralon® then Polished. Designed for light conditions or as a spare ball. 

This trios Worldwide Release Date is 2/16/16.