Friday, October 31, 2008
Malott, who ended the first block of qualifying in seventh, was able to remain consistent in his second block with scores of 213, 241, 258, 221, 248, 255 and 236 to finish with a score of 3261, averaging 232.93 over the 14-games. He bested No. 2 and All-Time PBA Title leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla. by 81 pins.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The women take the stage on the PBA Tour this week as the 2008-09
PBA Women’s Series kicks off at the Pepsi Viper Championship at
Thunder Alley in
, Oct. 29-Nov. 2. Omaha, Neb.
The PBA Women’s Series will feature a diverse field including veterans
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Tennelle Milligan, fresh, young faces in Adrienne
Miller and Trisha Reid, and international stars Clara Guerrero and Shalin Zulkifli, of
Colombiaand , respectively.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
BuzzBOMB Agent Orange with “Pure GripTM” pearl reactive in Orange/Black is finished to 500 Grit Abralon, while the core “Doomsday Bomb2(squared) provides “ball reaction where you had none before.” A 15lb. ball has RG of 2.487, Diff:.052.
The Chainsaw from Lane #1 is a highly polished, Blue/Purple cover called “Skid/HookTM” wrapping an “Endcut DoomsdayTM Patented Diamond” core.
Lane #1 “offers you high performance on drier lanes at a more affordable price.” A 15lb. ball has RG of 2.53, Diff: .013.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Morich’s new offering is the Lev-RG Response, the Blurple Berry Pearl “Extended Ra Pearl Reactive” coverstock finished at 4000 Grit and wrapped around the “EZRev” core with RG numbers of 2.509 and RG Diff of .046.
Learning from all the valuable research recently performed by the USBC in regards to coverstock Ra values (the height and depth of the microscopic "spikes" and "pores" on the surface of a bowling ball), and their direct effect on a cover's performance capabilities, MoRich developed the all new “Extended Ra Pearl Reactive Cover”.
WICHITA, KAN. (October 25, 2008) — Norm Duke moved even closer to the history
books by defeating Parker Bohn III in five games (247-244, 279-206, 216-230,
239-223, 234-200) in Saturday’s Round of 8, advancing to Sunday’s televised
finals of the PBA World Championship, live on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.
With the win, Duke (Clermont, Fla.) would become the first player in the 50
years of the PBA’s history to win three consecutive Majors.
Duke’s historical journey began with him winning the final two Majors of the
2007-2008 season. After being on the verge of losing his exemption, Duke rallied
back from injuries to fashion one of the greatest late-season runs in PBA
history, winning titles in both the Denny’s World Championship and the 65th
Denny’s U.S. Open.
“Honestly I’m not even thinking about it (making history),” Duke said. “I feel
good and I’m just going to go out there and approach it how I always do.”
Duke will face Wichita’s own Sean Rash, who is undefeated in TV appearances thus
far (7-0). Rash defeated Michael Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y. in the Round of 8 in
six games (245-220, 199-181, 237-176, 256-210, 149-236, 243-215) advancing to
Sunday’s ESPN finals.
Chris Barnes (Double Oak, Tex.) came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Todd Book
of Wakaponeta, Ohio (204-244, 253-225, 202-257, 246-268, 234-203, 235-166,
257-216) in order to advance.
“I didn’t know if it was bad reaction or bad strategy,” Barnes said. “I bowled
here a lot in college, this was my home center which probably got me through
qualifying. I was surprised how many of the (lane) pairs I remembered (referring
to the lane characteristics).”
With Barnes and Rash in the Final Four, there could possibly be a Wichita-State
alumni championship match. Barnes will face Steve Jaros (Yorkville, Ill.) in the
semifinal match. Jaros advanced to the TV finals by sweeping Mika Kouvuniemi of
Finland (197-171, 257-247, 244-177, 278,169).
Round of 16
#23 Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., def. #10 Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 4-1
(218-206, 257-176, 259-197, 157-197, 279-181).
#18 Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, def. #15 Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 4-0
(223-202, 218-181, 218-208, 214-202).
#19 Eugene McCune ($2,150), Munster, Ind., def. #14 Mike DeVaney ($2,150), San
Diego, 4-1 (237-236, 193-218, 217-162, 219-183, 235-194).
#11 Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., def. #22 Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla.,
4-3 (242-221, 209-249, 201-223, 235-184, 245-237, 194-237, 246-224).
#12 Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., def. #21 Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala,
Fla., 4-2 (279-227, 234-246, 223-280, 241-221, 238-235, 246-226).
#20 Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., def. #13 Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 4-1
(242-181, 234-255, 236-201, 237-230, 259-215).
#16 Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, def. #17 Tom Baker ($100), King, N.C., 4-3
(172-256, 194-211, 194-201, 254-231, 266-243, 257-238, 226-189).
#9 Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., def. #24 Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 4-2
(188-203, 221-170, 193-254, 241-226, 226-223, 229-179).
# Todd Book, Cantonment, Fla, def. #9 Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 4-1 (214-199,
166-198, 231-230, 215-167, 223-199).
#16 Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, def. # Jason Belmonte ($100), Orange,
NSW,Australia, 4-2 (212-236, 229-247, 238-194, 234-212, 226-178, 186-154).
#20 Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., def. # Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 4-2
(248-181, 245-145, 224-255, 243-202, 164-201, 204-159).
# Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan, def. #19 Eugene McCune ($2,150), Munster, Ind., 4-2
(224-175, 202-181, 226-247, 202-200, 224-238, 186-171).
# Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., def. #23 Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 4-3
(200-210, 267-232, 190-212, 235-198, 213-237, 259-234, 237-183).
# Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., def. #18 Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 4-0
(257-213, 218-212, 288-238, 278-277).
#11 Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., def. # Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 4-2
(169-158, 205-220, 212-233, 201-190, 193-193, 222-209).
#12 Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., def. # Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4-0
(208-185, 244-199, 247-245, 225-214).
Round of 8
# Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan, def. #11 Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 4-2
(245-220, 181-199, 237-176, 256-210, 149-236, 243-215).
#20 Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., def. #12 Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 4-0
(197-171, 257-247, 244-177, 278-269).
#16 Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, def. # Todd Book, Cantonment, Fla, 4-3
(204-244, 253-225, 202-257, 246-268, 234-203, 235-166, 257-216).
# Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., def. # Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-1
(247-244, 279-206, 216-230, 239-223, 234-200).
Saturday, October 25, 2008
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WICHITA, KAN. (October 24, 2008) — Fifty-four year-old Tom Baker of King, N.C.,
bowled a perfect 300 game in the first round of match play at the PBA World
Championship in Wichita, Kan. Baker defeated No. 32 seed Mike Machuga of Erie,
Pa., 4-2 (238-227, 246-169, 196-212, 238-199, 229-248, 300-227) to advance to
the Round of 16.
“I don’t really get nervous anymore, but it’s still exciting,” said Baker, who
shot his 48th career PBA 300 game. “You just count on making a good shot. I knew
I had already won, but it’s nice to do it (shoot 300) for the fans and for
myself. It was a good feeling.”
The 2008-09 season marks the last year of Baker’s five-year exemption, which he
earned at the PBA World Championship in 2004. That win made him the oldest
bowler to win the World Championship and the third-oldest to win a Major.
“I have to earn my exemption this year so my goal is to stay towards the top,”
Baker said. “Last year I started off horribly because I took a couple months off
in the summer. This summer, I bowled on the PBA Senior Tour and competed in some
Regional Tournaments; I kept bowling, felt sharp. I feel like I’m off to a good
In the Round of 32, seven of 16 matches were sweeps. No. 25 seed Tony Reyes
defeated No. 24 George Lambert IV, No. 9 Brad Angelo took out No. 40 Tommy
Delutz Jr., No. 16 and PBA Player of the Year for 2007-08 Chris Barnes
dispatched No. 33 Dino Castillo, No. 12 Mika Koivuniemi eliminated No. 37 D.J.
Archer, No. 10 Brian Kretzer sent home #39 Mitch Beasley, No. 23 Bill O'Neill
beat out No. 26 Ken Abner and No. 30 Eugene McCune upset No. 19 Troy
Match play continues Saturday with the Round of 16 starting at 9 a.m. CST. The
top seeds going into match play received a two-round bye and will start
competition in the Super 16 Saturday at 2 p.m. CST. No. 2 seed Norm Duke, who
can make history this week by winning three consecutive Majors, Wichita native
Sean Rash, seeded third and looking to win his second major in his hometown, as
well as top seed Jason Belmonte will all try to capture the first Major of the
2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season.
PBA World Championship Format:
There are three squads of qualifying (A, B and C). Each squad will bowl one
6-game block each day over three days, completing 18 total games of qualifying.
The field will then be cut to the top 53 on Thursday night, Oct. 23. Bowlers
making the cut will return on Friday morning, Oct. 24 for nine games of semi
finals. Upon completion of the nine games, the field will then be cut to the top
40 bowlers, with the top eight bowlers receiving two byes and an automatic berth
into the Super Round of 16. Bowlers finishing 9-40, will then compete in a best
4-out-of-7 single elimination match play format starting Friday at 6 p.m. and
continuing on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. until eight bowlers remain. Those
eight bowlers will then face the top eight bowlers from qualifying in the Super
Round of 16 on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. Matches continue until four bowlers
remain, thus advancing to the live ESPN finals on Sunday, Oct. 26 at noon. All
Round of 32
#9 Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., def. # Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, N.Y., 4-0
(248-227, 219-186, 233-218, 190-180).
#24 Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., def. # George Lambert IV, Wichita, Kan, 4-0
(223-176, 234-181, 229-190, 247-195).
#17 Tom Baker, King, N.C., def. # Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 4-2 (238-227,
246-169, 196-212, 238-199, 229-248, 300-227).
#16 Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, def. # Dino Castillo $100, Carrollton,
Texas, 4-0 (190-187, 266-203, 238-188, 223-184).
#13 Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., def. # Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4-2
(245-252, 219-178, 258-246, 266-235, 181-232, 226-206).
#20 Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., def. # Jeremy Hunt, Sikeston, Mo., 4-0
(222-190, 200-158, 268-201, 227-160).
#21 Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., def. # Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 4-1
(204-228, 245-211, 206-199, 279-164, 227-218).
#12 Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., def. # D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas,
4-0 (238-192, 237-201, 224-162, 258-143).
#10 Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, def. # Mitch Beasley, Arlington, Texas, 4-0
(240-199, 189-186, 227-194, 223-203).
#23 Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., def. # Ken Abner, Cincinnati, 4-0 (212-184,
220-152, 220-186, 232-197).
#18 Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, def. # Jonathan Van Hees, Newport, R.I.,
4-3 (255-213, 216-214, 234-245, 181-230, 193-204, 233-199, 278-226).
#15 Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., def. # Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 4-3
(248-212, 201-279, 200-201, 259-180, 183-242, 186-176, 232-195).
#14 Mike DeVaney, San Diego, def. # Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4-1 (195-207,
185-180, 222-213, 244-215, 237-201).
#19 Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., def. # Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, 4-0 (268-201,
234-215, 227-224, 215-200).
#22 Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., def. # Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 4-0
(211-167, 232-146, 269-197, 194-160).
#11 Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., def. # Christopher Collins, Fayetteville,
N.C., 4-2 (223-223, 236-230, 247-225, 225-238, 244-150, 227-189).
Friday, October 24, 2008
Norm Duke is one step closer to making history after his move into the second spot in Qualifying today (Friday), but he’s not necessarily thinking about it. Duke who is attempting to become the first bowler in the 50 years of the PBA’s existence to win three consecutive Majors easily advanced to Friday’s Semifinals with a 26th place finish Thursday, the third day of qualifying. The 195 player field pared down to 53 at the PBA World Championship at Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kansas.
After Friday's play - Qualifying Round Four
1, Jason Belmonte, Orange, NSW, Australia, 6,316,
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 6,076
3, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan, 6,064
4, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 6,062
5, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5,999
6, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 5,991
6, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5,991
8, Todd Book, Cantonment, Fla, 5,967
9, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5,958
10, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 5,939
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
A hybrid variation is being inserted into the Thunder Series, with the introduction of the Hy-Road. With the T-Road core (Inverted Fe2 Technology), the Black/Ultramarine Blue "R2S™ Hybrid" coverstock, of the New Hy-Road is finished to 1500 and polished. The scent wafting from the box when first opened will be Boysenberry. Radius of Gyration (RG) in 15# - 2.57, with RG Differential of .046.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Wichita, Kan. – Oct. 19-26, 2008
Qualifying Round - Block 1
(A, B and C Squads combined)
1, Todd Book, Cantonment, Fla, 1,505
2, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan, 1,466
3, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,427
3, Jason Belmonte, Orange, NSW,Australia, 1,427
5, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,421
6, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 1,419
7, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, 1,404
8, Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, N.Y., 1,403
9, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,399
10, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kans, 1,389
PBA World Championship Format:There are three squads of qualifying (A, B and C). Each squad will bowl one 6-game block each day over three days, completing 18 total games of qualifying. The field will then be cut to the top 25% on Thursday night, Oct. 23. Bowlers making the cut will return on Friday morning, Oct. 24 for nine games of semi finals. Upon completion of the nine games, the field will then be cut to the top 40 bowlers who will then compete in a best 4-out-of-7 single elimination match play format starting Friday at 6 p.m. and continuing on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. until four bowlers remain. The top four finalists will advance to the live ESPN finals on Sunday, Oct. 26 at noon.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Bowling fans worldwide can own a piece of history by bidding on unique game-used autographed items directly from the PBA Tour and its players. Items include bowling balls, jerseys, score cards, pin sweeps and photos.
The PBA has partnered with FansDepot and Truition to create the online auction which can be found at http://auction.pba.com/.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Just before this Sunday’s Professional Bowling Association's 2008-09 season kickoff telecast at 1:00pm on ESPN (Chris Paul Celebrity Invitational), bowling fans can go back in time 15 years and view highlights of the 1993 Greater Harrisburg Open championship round. That edited one-hour program will begin at 12 noon Eastern on ESPN Classic.
Click for the complete PBA Tour television schedule on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic.
The Professional Bowling Association has added new features to its online video service, Xtra Frame, for the 2008-09 season, which kicks off on Sunday with the the airing of the Chris Paul PBA Charity Invitational, presented by the brands of Ebonite International, at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.
Xtra Frame is the only place on the Web for behind-the-scenes videos of the PBA Tour, including interviews with bowling stars, special features, cover-age of the Senior Tour and Women’s Series, and archived ESPN telecasts. Fans can currently tune in to see Women’s Series and Tour Trials interviews, and activity from the Chris Paul event.
Once the regular season starts, Xtra Frame will be adding new content six days a week. Fans will be able to tune in on Fridays (or Saturdays in the cases of the PBA World Championship, U.S. Open and Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator Championship) and watch Round of 8 or round robin action streaming live. Xtra Frame is available for $5.95 per month and features videos in Windows Media On-Demand and Streaming Windows Media.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2008 Pepsi Viper Championship Omaha, Neb.
Nov. 12 - 16, 2008 Chameleon Championship Taylor, Mich.
Nov. 26 - 30, 2008 Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship Vernon Hills, Ill.
Dec. 3 - 7, 2008 Cheetah Championship Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Dec. 10 - 14, 2008 Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship Baltimore, Md.
Jan. 4 - 6, 2009 Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles
Championship Reno, Nev.
Jan. 14 - 18, 2009 Earl Anthony Medford Classic Medford, Ore.
“These icons of bowling helped establish our sport in the fabric of America and it is only fitting that during our 50th anniversary we single them out for special recognition,” said PBA Commissioner Fred Schreyer. “The popularity of our sport also is reflected in the outstanding sponsors that are so vital to the success of our Tour.”
Carmen Salvino and Don and Paula Carter join legends like Dick Weber, Earl Anthony and Don Johnson to have PBA tournaments named after them.
Salvino, one of the original seven founding charter members, won 17 PBA Tour titles as a professional, including the 1962 PBA National Championship. He also served the PBA in various capacities for the past 57 years.
“Anytime someone wants to acknowledge you for your professional achievements, especially the PBA by naming an event after you, it makes you feel extremely honored,” Salvino said. “I feel very fortunate that the PBA has decided to recognize my career and happy that my grandkids will be able to attend the tournament.”
Don Carter, a charter member of the PBA and one of the 50 Greatest, won two titles in 1960, including the PBA National Championship, as well as four titles in 1962. He also won the 1961 USBC Masters and the BPAA All-Star in 1953-54 and 1957-58. He was named six-time Bowler of the Year and was voted Greatest Bowler of All-Time in 1970.
Carter’s wife, Paula, was women’s bowling most marketable player in the 1970s and 80s. She was named Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the Year in 1971, named to the Florida Bowler Hall of Fame, twice winning the U.S. Open in 1971 and 1975 and the Florida Bowling Queen’s Tournament. She also won the 1990 Women’s International Bowling Congress National Singles Championship. She was inducted into the WIBC Hall of Fame in 1994.
“This fits perfectly for us,” Paula Carter said. “Anytime you can put a fun spin on the game and make the experience more exciting for fans is a positive for bowling, which is what the mixed doubles tournament is all about.”
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The awards for the 2008 PBA Senior Tour season were voted on by PBA membership and national media.
Getting a piece of the Bounty bounty ($25,000) offered by 900 Global involves perfection and some paperwork. Check out The Bounty.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Luoto, a native of Germany now living in Finland, defeated Sweden's Martin Paulsson, 224-201 (including eight pins handicap for Luoto) to win the title. All women competing on the European Bowling Tour receive eight pins handicap per game.
Team USA's Lynda Barnes is widely considered one of the best bowlers in the world - male or female. So when she arrived to compete in the 2008 Columbia 300 Vienna Open, she was a little stunned to find out that even she would get eight pins a game handicap.
Barnes is one of nearly 300 bowlers from 28 countries competing this week at the 2008 Columbia 300 Vienna Open. For complete coverage of the tournament, including standings and updates after each squad, visit BowlingDigital.com.
To play iBowl, the user depresses the "bowl" button on the touch screen interface throughout the swing and releases the button at the end of the swing to direct the ball down the lane. By twisting your wrist while you swing the iPhone player can create spins and control the direction of the ball.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
In contrast, Sport Bowling league membership was up 13%, accompanied by a rise in 2007-08 honor scores.
The above drop coincides with a 2% decline in the number of bowling centers from the prior year with USBC certifying 5,443 centers and 113,041 lanes in the U.S., Puerto Rico and on U.S. military bases. The average lanes-per-center is 20.67. PA had the most centers with 378 while MI had the most lanes with 8,060. WI was second in centers with 362 followed by MI with 353, NY with 339 and OH with 331. Following MI in lanes were NY (7,303), OH (7,290), CA (6,614) and IL (6,456).
This year marks the 10th consecutive year that the event will be contested at the National Bowling Stadium.
For more click: PBA/RPI
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
To kick off the 2008-09, PBA season, the 50th anniversary for the league, professional bowlers and basketball players alike joined forces for the inaugural Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational in
This landmark event represents the first time professional athletes from other sports partnered with professional bowlers for a bowling event with a dedicated telecast. Both the professional bowlers and the NBA superstars were excited to be part of such an event.
“This gives me an opportunity to show a part of me and it also gives an opportunity for the world to see how big of a sport bowling is,” said Paul, the New Orleans Hornets superstar point guard. “Bowling is a competitive sport and something that I’m very, very involved in, and I love it.”
The bowlers seemed to have an especially good time. “I was really pumped; it was great bowling with my partner (Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James),” said Team Dexter Pro Jason Couch. “It was huge for me to meet these guys, let alone bowl with them.” Reported by Dexter Bowling.