Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Newell Wins PBA Regional Players Championships - East

Scott Newell of Deland, FL, defeated Michael Clark Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, 227-180, to win the Professional Bowlers Association Regional (PBA) Players Championship-East at Thunderbowl Lanes Monday. 

The win earned Newell $6,000, an “elite” berth in the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions and his third career title as a PBA regional competitor. 

Newell entered the 32-player single-elimination match play finals as the No. 27 qualifier. He slipped past Nathan Bohr of Wichita, KS, 4-3, in the best-of-seven-game opening round; swept Jim Tomek Jr. of Camp Hill, PA, 3-0, in the best-of-five Round of 16, and then defeated Chicago’s Jason Wojnar, 2-0, in the best-of-three Round of 8 to reach the semifinal round where he eliminated Jeff Hicks of Allen Park, MI, 189-159, in a one-game match. 

Newell, 28, hopes his Regional Players Championship is a turning point in an up-and-down career. In 2010, he had a streak of eight consecutive PBA South Region tournaments where he finished in the top 10, but over the next 16 regional and national tournaments, he didn’t finish in the top 10 once. 

“I’ve made a lot of changes to my game,” he said. “I’ve really worked hard at it, mostly through competition because I need to see the result in competition to know if what I’m doing is actually working. I’ve been bowling real well in non-PBA events recently, so I felt good coming into this event. 

“I kind of knew that one of these days there was going to be a breakthrough, and hopefully things will go well from here.” 

Newell has aspirations of succeeding on the PBA National Tour, but he also knows what he’s up against. 

“Bowling on the national tour is so much different,” he said. “Those guys are so good, and what they do to the lane conditions is amazing. But you either figure it out or you go home, and I’m not ready to go home yet.” 

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Monday 

CHAMPIONSHIP Scott Newell, Deland, Fla. ($6,000) def. Michael Clark Jr., Cleveland, Ohio ($3,000), 227-180. 

SEMIFINAL ROUND (best of 3 games, losers eliminated and earn $2,000) 
Clark def. John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 245-233. 
Newell def. Jeff Hicks, Allen Park, Mich., 189-159. 

ROUND OF 8 (best of 3 games, losers eliminated and earn $1,400 each) 
Clark def. Mike Steil, Wheeling, Ill., 2-0. 
Szczerbinski def. Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 2-1. 
Hicks def. Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 2-1. 
Newell def. Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 2-0. 

ROUND OF 16 (best of 5 games, losers eliminated and earn $1,000 each) 
Steil def. Dustin Baker, Melbourne, Ky., 3-1. 
Clark def. Larry Verble, Mason, Mich., 3-0. 
Buss def. Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 3-1. 
Szczerbinski def. Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 3-2. 
Newell def. Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa., 3-0. 
Wojnar def. Steven Taylor, Deer Creek, Ill., 3-0. 
LeMond def. Greg Stahora, West Hazelton, Pa., 3-1. 
Hicks def. Adam Voth, Danville, Ky., 3-1. 

ROUND OF 32 (best of 7 games, losers eliminated and earn $750 each) 
Baker def. Brian Thompson, Flat Rock, Mich., 4-3. 
Steil def. Paul Pinto, Philadelphia, 4-0. 
Verble def. Jack Laffey, Indianapolis, 4-3. 
Clark def. Floyd Raymond, Saginaw, Mich., 4-2. 
Buss def. Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 4-1. 
Sterner def. Kip Roberts, Glenallen, Va., 4-3. 
Waliczek def. Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 4-3. 
Szczerbinski def. Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 4-0. 
Newell def. Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 4-3. 
Tomek def. Chad Maas, Waukesha, Wis., 4-1. 
Wojnar def. Dave Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 4-2. 
Taylor def. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 4-1. 
Stahora def. Mason Brantley, Detroit, 4-3. 
LeMond def. Aaron Williams, Pennsauken, N.J., 4-0. 
Hicks def. Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 4-1. 
Voth def. Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 4-2.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Walter R Williams, Jr. Defeats Ron Mohr for PBA Mark Roth/Allentown Open Senior Title

Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) legend Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, FL, won the PBA Senior Mark Roth Allentown Open Tuesday for his first tour win in more than a year.

Williams defeated 2009 Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, 268-168, in the championship match at Playdrome Rose Bowl for his first senior title of the season and second of his Senior Tour career. 

Williams left little doubt of the outcome by opening the championship match with eight consecutive strikes before leaving a 10 pin in the ninth frame. Mohr, trying for his second consecutive win this season having won the Senior Miller High Life Classic in Mooresville, NC, three weeks ago, could never get anything going. 

“I got off to a good start and Ron just couldn’t get lined up, especially on the right lane,” said the 51-year-old Williams. “I was able to play between the first and second arrow and just had a nice angle to the pocket and great ball reaction from there.” 

In his Senior Tour debut, Williams won his first Senior Tour title in the Senior Miller High Life Classic in early May of 2010, shortly after earning a record seventh PBA Player of the Year crown at the conclusion of the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season. 

After also going on to earn PBA Senior Rookie of the Year honors last year, it has been quite a dry spell for Williams, however. He experienced the worst PBA Tour season of his 28-year career in 2010-11 where his best finish was sixth. It ended a record streak of 17 seasons with at least one Tour win. 

“I think the hard work I’ve put in the past couple of months has really paid off,” said the all-time leader in PBA Tour wins with 47. “I’m feeling very comfortable being able to make the adjustments I need to make and just bowling very well in general. You're going to have your good times and bad times but I’m very encouraged and confident going forward from here.” 

Williams’ previous best Senior Tour finishes this season were second in the Sun Bowl In the Villages and third in the Senior Don Carter Open.  

In the semifinals, Mohr defeated Hall of Famer and four-time Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, NC, 206-174, to advance to the championship match and Williams defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, MI, 238-192. 

Williams is looking forward to the PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by the Suncoast June 12-17 at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, which is the next Senior Tour stop. 

“I wish it was next week,” Williams said of the U.S. Open. “But, it gives me a couple weeks to get back to work on my game and relax a little bit.”  

Playdrome Rose Bowl, Allentown, PA. 

Final Results Championship Match 
Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, FL. ($7,500) def. Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, ($4,000), 268-168. 

Semifinal Round (losers earn $2,500) 
Mohr def. Tom Baker, King, NC, 206-174. 
W.R. Williams def. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, MI, 238-192. 

Round of 8 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, $1,700 each) 
Mohr def. Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 2-1. 
Baker def. Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 2-1. 
W.R. Williams def. John Chapman, Canada, 2-0. 
Sullins def. George Lord, Lakeland, FL, 2-0. 

Round of 16 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,300 each) 
Henry def. Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3-1. 
Mohr def. Wilbert Moorer, Dover, DE, 3-1. 
Baker def. Ricky Beck, Box Elder, SD, 3-1. 
Csuhta def. Dennis Welshans, Watsontown, PA, 3-0. 
W.R. Williams def. Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3-0. 
Chapman def. Kent Wagner, Palmetto, FL, 3-1. 
Lord def. Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, NY, 3-1. 
Sullins def. Patric Donaghue, Honeoye Falls, NY, 3-1. 

Round of 24 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,100 each) 
Moorer def. Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, NJ, 3-0. 
Lineberry def. Bob Brady, Santa Monica, CA, 3-0. 
Beck def. Gale Voshell, Dover, DE, 3-2. 
Welshans def. Bill Neumann, Renssalaer, NY, 3-2. 
M. Williams def. Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3-1. 
Chapman def. David Kneas, Annapolis, MD, 3-1. 
Lord def. Darryl Bower, Mechanicsburg, PA, 3-0. 
Donaghue def. Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, NC, 3-0. 

Round of 32 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,000 each) 
Moore def. Tim Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3-2. 
Lineberry def. Tom Lazaro, Allentown, PA, 3-0. 
Voshell def. Marty Berke, Allentown, PA, 3-0. 
Welshans def. Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, NY, 3-2. 
Hensen def. Mark Everette, Aliquippa, PA, 3-0. 
Kneas def. Terry Metzner, Kentwood, MI, 3-0. 
Lord def. Don Hicks, West Babylon, NY, 3-0. 
Donaghue def. Emilio Mora, Defiance, Ohio, 3-2.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mohr Leads PBA Senior Mark Roth/Allentown Open

Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, continued to pace the field in the PBA Senior Mark Roth Allentown Open Monday retaining the lead after second-round qualifying at Playdrome Rose Bowl, Allentown, PA.

Mohr, hoping to become the season’s first two-time winner after winning the
Senior Miller High Life Classic for his fourth career Senior Tour title three
weeks ago, finished qualifying with a 3,609 16-game pinfall total (225.5
average).  He had second-round scores of 232, 223, 211, 219, 213, 204, 214 and 247 and did not have a game under 200 in both rounds of qualifying.

“I went to a different ball today because I wanted to play it conservative,”
said Mohr, the 2009 Senior Player of the Year. “I went with a ball that had a
smooth, predictable roll that would better enable me to keep it in play.  The
goal today was not to go backward and stay in the top eight.”

Mohr is among 32 players from the 135-player field who advanced to Tuesday’s
match play.  Because he finished qualifying in the top eight he earns two byes
in match play.

“For match play I plan to stay conservative and use balls that are more polished to ensure that  predictable roll,” the 55-year-old Mohr added.  “It could be a case where if you shoot 225, you’ll win most of your matches so that’s how I plan to approach it.”

Rounding out the top eight are PBA Hall of Famer and 2010 Senior Rookie of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, FL, in second with 3,554, followed by Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, MI, 3,508; Dale Cshuta, Wadsworth,
Ohio, 3,461; Hall of Famer and four-time Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker, King, NC, 3,422; Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, NY and Allentown native Kent Wagner tied for sixth with 3,395, and Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,385.

Match play begins Tuesday at 9 a.m. ET with Round of 8 and championship rounds starting at 5 p.m.  All the action can be seen on pba.com’s Xtra Frame video service.  Click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage for subscription information.

Playdrome Rose Bowl, Allentown, Pa.

16-game pinfall totals; top 32 advance to Tuesday’s match play rounds

1, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 3,609.
2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,554.
3, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 3,508.
4, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,461.
5, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,422.
6 (tie), Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., and Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3,395.
8, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,385.
9, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,380.
10, John Chapman, Canada, 3,368.
11, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,350.
12, Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., 3,349.
13, Bill Neumann, Rensselaer, N.Y., 3,325.
14, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 3,324.
15, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,320.
16, Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J., 3,316.
17, Wilbert Moorer, Dover, Del., 3,315.
18, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,307.
19, Patric Donaghue, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., 3,304.
20, Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 3,299.
21, Gale Voshell, Dover, Del., 3,295.
22, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3,294.
23, David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 3,288.
24, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,283.
25, Tom Lazaro, Allentown, Pa., 3,281.
26, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,278.
27, Don Hicks, West Babylon, N.Y., 3,276.
28, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,273.
29, Dennis Welshans, Watsontown, Pa., 3,270.
30, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,268.
31, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 3,267.
32, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,260.

Failed to advance
s-indicates super seniors outside of the regular prize fund cashing for $700

33, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,258, $900.
34, Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3,256, $900.
35, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 3,247, $900.
36, David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 3,215, $900.
37  (tie), Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., and Michael Tryniski, Fulton, N.Y., 3,196, $900.
39, Darryl Roberson, Oakton, Va., 3,195, $900.
40, Tom Yadanza, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 3,194, $900.
41, Brent Hunter, Glenville, Pa., 3,185, $900.
42 (tie), Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., David Goldenberg, Lake Grove, N.Y.,
and Perry Keplinger, Amherst, Ohio, 3,183, $900.
45, Russell Michaud, Hudson, N.H., 3,181, $900.
46 (tie), Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,180.
48, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3,172.
49 (tie), Conn Casey, Ontario, and s-Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,164, $700.
51, s-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,158, $700.
52, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,156.
53, Leonard Reyngoudt, Catskill, N.Y., 3,150.
54, George Tignor, Winchendon, Mass., 3,147.
55 (tie), Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., and Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 3,146.
57, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 3,145.
58, Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 3,139.
59, s-Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,138, $700.
60 (tie), Vince Honeycutt, Buford, Ga., and Paul Donovan, Pen Argyl, Pa, 3,136.
62, s-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,135, $700.
63 (tie), Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, and s-Greg Rottengen, Washington, N.J., 3,132, $700.
65, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3,126.
66 (tie), Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., and Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,125.
68 (tie), Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio,
and s- Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 3,121, $700.
71, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,120.
72, s-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,119, $700.
73 (tie) Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., and Michael Lessar, Naples, N.Y.,3,117.
75, W. Gary Piripavel, Bethlehem, Pa., 3,116.
76, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,095.
77, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,093.
78 (tie), Barry Mefford, Aurora, Ill., and Don Patterson, Lakewood, Colo., 3,084.
80, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 3,083.
81 (tie) Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., and Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,079.
83, Patrick Mott Sr, Waterloo, N.Y., 3,075.
84, Donald Smith, New Oxford, Pa., 3,071.
85, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,069.
86, Barry Warshafsky, Lowell, Mass., 3,064.
87, Chuck Schuette, Bettendorf, Iowa, 3,059.
88, Michael Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,058.
89, Robert Rogers, Brick, N.J., 3,045.
90, Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 3,041.
91 (tie), John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., and Kerry Fulford, Brownwood, Texas,3,037.
93, Dennis Amato, Pine Brook, N.J., 3,025.
94, Gregory Goetz, Washington D.C., 3,017.
95, John Shreve, Elyria, Ohio, 3,014.
96, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 2,997.
97 (tie) Henry Blough, Elizabethtown, Pa., and Andy Ippolito, Forest Hills,N.Y., 2,987.
99, Helmut Vickus, New Britain, Pa., 2,983.
100, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,970.
101 (tie), Doug Hosking, Elizabethtown, Pa., and Christopher Keane, New City,N.Y., 2,966.
103, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 2,965.
104, Tino Polce III, Wall, N.J., 2,964.
105, Joe Tusa, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2,962.
106, Robert Callari, Bloomfield, N.Y., 2,941.
107, William Tenan Jr., Hayes, Va., 2,938.
108, David Knight, Folcroft, Pa., 2,926.
109, Timothy Banks, Bedford, Mass., 2,922.
110, Guy Wallach, Livingston, N.J., 2,916.
111, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 2,904.
112, Gary Malone, Branchville, N.J., 2,893.
113, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 2,876.
114, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 2,869.
115, Jim Theyken, San Diego, 2,864.
116, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 2,860.
117, Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 2,855.
118, Wayne Bibbens, Weedsport, N.Y., 2,839.
119, Gregory Smith, Baltimore, 2,813.
120, Michael Brower, Amsterdam, N.Y., 2,812.
121, Joseph Venezio, Linden, N.J., 2,782.
122, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 2,765.
123, Carlos Crespo, Mechanicsburg, Pa., 2,737.
124, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich., 2,735.
125, Dowell Milliken, Lake Grove, N.Y., 2,730.
126, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,696.
127, Burdette Walker, Rockwood, Pa., 2,677.
128, Mitch Kirstein, Manalapan, N.J., 2,675.
129, Tony Bellantoni, White Plains, N.Y., 2,668.
130, Win Randler Jr., Elizabethtown, Pa., 2,650.
131, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 2,628.
132, J. Wayne Shank, Winter Park, Fla., 2,551.
133, Mark Fordin, Oceanside, N.Y., 1,458 (WD).
134, Scott Welch, Penacook, N.H., 1,216 (WD).
135, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 501 (WD).

New Product Introductions from Hammer

The “BioHazard” core shape is back in black, with the new Hammer “Magneto” core material. Combined with the new “Level 5 Reactive™ Pearl” coverstock, the Hammer Epidemic is the “sickest” ball on the market. And the Epidemic takes HD color to a new threat level with stunning Full Spectrum color. Factory Finish: 800/ 1000/2000/2000 w/ PowerHouse™ Factory Finish Polish. Radius of Gyration (RG): 2.53, RG Differential (Diff): 0.050. WWRD 8/18/11.

Hammer introduces the Arson. The Arson brings back the “Sauce” core shape and pairs up with a new hybrid “Max-Hook” coverstock in Red/ Black/Silver, delivering friction in the heavy oil portions of the lane. Arson’s 2000 grit finish (Factory Finish: 800/1000/2000/2000 Abralon®) gives this ball the ability to hook through nearly any oil pattern. Radius of Gyration (RG): 2.50, RG Differential (Diff): 0.045. WWRD 6/23/11.
Grape Vibe is the hottest new color in Green/Purple Pearl in the Hammer Vibe series of bowling balls. With the new “CT Reactive™ Pearl” coverstock (800/1000/2000/4000/Polish), this Vibe is ready to get through the front of the lane easily and unleash a big backend movement when it sees the friction. Radius of Gyration (RG): 2.51, RG Differential (Diff): 0.042.
From Hammer: “The Blue Hammer is an iconic throwback in performance ball technology. By combining a re-engineered Vibe core shape with our new Performance Urethane coverstock, we’re introducing a ball that rolls like the old-school balls without actually being old-school stuff. This new spin on older ball motion brings the control of yesterday’s balls and the performance of today’s stuff to the lane for Hammer!”

Thursday, May 19, 2011

News From Ebonite

Ebonite introduces a new ball and reports “With a hook potential of 47.75 out of a potential high rating of 50 on Ebonite’s performance scale, the all-new Signals ball offers strong backend motion with a clean breakpoint angle.”

Signals offers the sharpest move down lane of any Ebonite product you have seen lately,” said Ed Gallagher, Ebonite brand manager. “And, the beautiful Red/Gold Pearl veneer (High Traction Reactive-1 Reactive Resin finished: 800 Abranet, 1000 Abralon, 2000 Abralon – Polished with Power House Factory Finish) just begs for attention from your bag to the pins.”

Signals uses the “Vitals Mass Bias” core from the Vital Sign and Vital Energy with a brand new coverstock designed for medium oil, the “HTR-1 Reactive Resin”, to produce the kind of hook seen on high performance balls from other brands. RG: 2.53, RG Diff: .048, Mass Bias Rating: .018. World Wide Release Date is 7/12/11

Ebonite reveals the follow-up to the successful Game Breaker. Ebonite reports; “We worked long and hard with our Research and Development team to create a great new core, off of the “V2” core design that was used in the Game Breaker. We are introducing the all new “V5” core design that does meet the revised Radius of Gyration (RG) specs as outlined by the USBC.

The new product is the Game Changer! The Game Changer has Game Breaker type motion.” With a “Traxion Reactive 0.39” coverstock in Navy/Red/Gold the cover is prepared with 500 Abralon, 1000, Abralon, 2000 Abralon, 3000 Abralon Sanded. RG: 2.51, Diff: .046, World Wide Release Date is 7/12/11

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New From Columbia 300

Columbia 300’s new Eruption is wrapped in one of Columbia’s most popular cores (Resurgence, 15# RG – 2.46, Diff. - .043) with a new variation of the “New Era Skid Flip” coverstock in Electric Blue / Ultra Violet (finished 800, 1000, 2000, and polished with PowerHouse™ Factory Finish) to give you performance in a mid price ball. Radius of Gyration (RG): 2.46, RG Differential (Diff): 0.043. WWRD 6/23/11 

Columbia 300 unchains the Ransom Demand as the latest edition to its upper-mid performance bowling ball line. Using the “Full Swing” core wrapped in “Super Tilt Solid 2.0” coverstock in Classic Black/Crimson with a factory finish of 800/1000/2000/4000 Abralon. Radius of Gyration (RG): 2.52, RG Differential (Diff): 0.056, Intermediate Differential (Mass Bias): .016. WWRD 8/18/11

New Introductions from Track Bowling

The new Track 300T, a lower mid performance ball, is constructed with a symmetric core. Track wrapped it with a brand new coverstock blend, the “LMP GEN1T Solid”. This cover is designed to be very aggressive through the front part of the lane, and have a true “T” track-tion shape in the mid lane. This is a very unique color combination for Track and it will stand out on the lanes.

The all-new Track 503C is designed to be an improved version of the original 505C. What you can expect from the new 5 Series C ball is more length and an even more controllable ball motion at the breakpoint. Track reports: "From tournament bowlers to the average league player, this ball will undoubtedly be the first ball out of the bag. This beautiful Purple/Blue/White Pearl ball in it’s out of the box 4000 sanded and polished state is designed for medium to dry lanes. In a larger volume of oil, just adjust the surface to a 2000 grit scuffed surface and you will gain an additional 5 boards of hook for the average player - some may see even more." Available 7/12/11.
Track announced an addition to the 9 Series, the 919C. Track’s intention “To make the most continuous mid-lane ball motion our R&D team could produce. Yes…the new 919C “C” is for continuous, not control.”

The new “Blade Asymmetric” core shape boasts midlane power, specially designed for midlane continuous ball motion.

Track chemists have come up with yet another new and stronger coverstock formulation colored Blue/Red/Silver, one that has a rather unique side effect…a unique HAZE to it. New “Haze HP9C” can only be described as a HAZE that will change its appearance in differing environmental conditions (Factory Finish: 500, 1000, 2000, 3000 Abralon). Track reported "This HAZE has no bearing on performance, but the look is phenomenal! Some will haze more than others and some will change appearance just from using the product." Radius of Gyration (RG): 2.53, RG Differential (Diff): 0.049, Intermediate Differential (Mass Bias): .019. World Wide Release Date: 8/18/2011

Thursday, May 12, 2011

PDW Wins His 80th PBA Title

Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Hall of Famer Pete Weber defeated 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi by 416 pins to win the PBA Central Region’s Boss Snow Plows/Track Open on Saturday.

Weber finished the 18-game round-robin match play event with an 8-2 record and a total of 4628, including bonus pins, to increase his PBA-record total of regional titles to 45.

Weber, who also owns 35 PBA Tour titles for an overall record 80 national and regional victories, now has a three-title lead over Steve Jaros in the PBA Regional titles race.

PBA’s Top 10 Regional Title Winners

1. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 45
2. Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 42
3. Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 39
4. Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 38
5. Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 36
6. Ross Packard, San Jose, Calif., 32
6. Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 32
8. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 30
9. Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 29
9. Dennis Horan Jr., Temecula, Calif., 29
9. Jeff Richgels, Oregon, Wis., 29

Thursday, May 5, 2011

PBA Year End Awards Go to Koivuniemi, Norton and Jurek

Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi, who won the richest first prize 
in Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) history and 
became the first player ever to reach the television finals 
in all four PBA major championships in a single season,
has been selected as 2010-11 PBA Player of the Year.

Koivuniemi, who won the $250,000 first prize in the $1 
million PBA Tournament of Champions, also finished 
second in the U.S. Open, third in the Bayer USBC 
Masters and sixth in the PBA World Championship on his way to winning the PBA 
Tour earnings title with $330,040 – the third-highest total in PBA Tour history. 
The 44-year-old right-hander, who also won Player of the Year honors for 
2003-04, was the Tour’s average leader with a 222.50 average for 292 games 

The PBA also announced Scott Norton of Costa Mesa, CA, is 2011 Harry Golden 
Rookie of the Year and Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, NY, has won the Steve Nagy 
Sportsmanship Award for the second time.

Koivuniemi, who lives in Hartland, MI, and Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli (1989 
and 1990) are the only international players who have won PBA Player of the Year 
honors. Koivuniemi received 334 votes from his peers, easily out-distancing 
runner-up Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas (63) and Bill O’Neill of 
Southampton, PA. (61).

“It’s really a great honor,” Koivuniemi said. “There are only 10 players who had 
won Player of the Year more than once, and to be the 11th member of that group 
is really special.

“It was an almost perfect season for me,” he added. “Qualifying for TV for all 
four majors is a huge deal. No one had ever done that before, and to win the 
Tournament of Champions? That’s the one everyone wanted.”

Norton, a practicing California attorney, won his first PBA Tour title in the 
Pepsi Chameleon Championship. He was the only rookie to win a title during the 
2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season. Norton received 445 votes; no other 
player received more than 15.

Jurek, who also won the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award in 2006, also was an 
overwhelming choice. His most visible act of sportsmanship came during the title 
match of the Bayer USBC Masters where he was top qualifier, and was on the verge 
of losing to first-time champion Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa.  Jurek approached 
Hess, who had broken down in tears under the emotion of his victory, and helped 
him calm down enough to finish the match.

Another Stellar Showing for Linds Lakers at USBC Championships

For the second consecutive year, Linds Lakers 1 of Minneapolis walked out of the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV, with the lead in Team All-Events at the USBC Open Championships.

Last year, the team finished in second place, 97 pins short of a third Team All-Events title since 2002. The group also came up short in Regular Team with another runner-up finish.

Luke Voaklander, the only team member not on the roster during the 2002 and 2006 title runs, led the way this year with a 2093 all-events total, which included a 300 game. The 31-year-old right-hander helped the group to a 10,076 total, marking the 27th time in 108 years of USBC Open Championships history that a team has eclipsed the 10,000 mark.

Linds Lakers 1 also accomplished the feat in 2002 (10,339) and 2010 (10,187).
Linds Cedarvale 2 of Eagan, Minn., led by 2010 Regular All-Events champion Matt McNiel, previously held the lead this year with 10,027. Voaklander was followed by Gary Green (2032), John Eiss (2015), Sam Lantto (2000) and Charles Vashaw (1936).

The original fifth member of the title-winning team is USBC Hall of Famer Todd Savoy, who chose to bowl with his family this year instead.

“Each time is different,” said Eiss, who made his 38th Open Championships appearance. “Each time has its own special things. My daughter bowled with us this year on the other team, and we bowled Doubles together, so she got to experience things on a personal level, and that was really neat.

“We also aren’t getting any younger. Every time we bowl, we think this might be our last chance, and we thought that last year. We just missed out on the Team event, and that one hurt the most.”

George Rowan and Rod Singer of Columbus, Ohio, were in perfect harmony as they moved into the Regular Doubles lead with a 1494 total. Erik Hohlbein of Renton, Wash., and Shawn Copeland of Milwaukie, Ore., previously held the lead with 1466.

Singer put together games of 278, 242 and 289 for an 809 series, while Rowan added 205, 257 and 223 for 685. Singer’s 800 series was the 10th of this year’s tournament and the third in two days.

“I had the right ball in my hand and was very comfortable,” said Singer. “It’s all about getting comfortable. It’s nice to know when you let it go that it’s going to make the right move.”

The PBA Returns to Chicago with a Team Tourney

Bill “The Real Deal” O’Neill, who shot the men’s target score for this year’s Chicago Sun-Times "Beat The Champions" event, will be among 20 pro bowlers running out shots at 10Pin Bowling Lounge (330 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60654) during Memorial Day week.

O’Neill & Co. will be in town for the $180,000 “Geico PBA Team Shootout.” Four five-person teams will compete at the Marina City center May 31-June 1 for a $75,000 first prize after pro-ams May 29.

The Shootout is the first national Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) event held within the Chicago city limits since the long-gone Bowlium on North Sheridan Road hosted the 1963 Coca-Cola Open.

Tom Clark, deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the PBA, said this also would be the first time a modern “boutique-style” center welcomes the PBA.

“We’re signed, sealed and delivered and can’t wait to get to ­Chicago for this,” Clark said.

The pros will bowl on teams representing four of the major ball manufacturers. Points earned during round-robin qualifying will determine seeding for the Baker-game stepladder finals Sunday.

Unlike other PBA competitions, qualifying will include novelty ­formats such as “best ball” along with traditional team bowling.

The Shootout rounds will be ­videotaped and broadcast on ESPN as part of the “PBA Summer Series” ­beginning June 25.

Mohr Wins PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic

Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, won the PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic Wednesday at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes for his fourth career Senior Tour title.
Mohr, the 2009 PBA Senior Player of the Year, defeated Tim Kauble of Marion, Ohio, 248-236, in the title match for his first win of the season after a third-place finish in last week’s Sun Bowl In the Villages and fourth-place finish in the season-opening Senior Don Carter Open.

It was an especially emotional win for Mohr, whose wife Linda passed away in January as the result of treatment complications from surgery last September. He had to miss most of the second half of the 2010 Senior Tour season to return home to be with his wife and family.

“My plan was to approach this season like I did when I first came out on Tour in 2008,” said the 55-year-old Mohr. “I’d bowl the first three tournaments or so and see how it goes and then make a decision on if I should continue.

“It’s a big relief, he continued. “Prior to the start of this season I hadn’t bowled competitively for seven months so I wasn’t sure what the future was going to hold. I’ll be honest, winning in the third tournament of the season was more than I could expect.”

With Mohr down by 20 pins in the fifth frame, Kauble missed a 10 pin in the sixth frame which turned out to be a turning point in the match. 

“He started with the first five (strikes) but when he missed that spare it put me back in the match,” Mohr said. “Then, I had four strikes in a row from the sixth to the ninth and all I needed to do was mark in the 10th frame to shut him out.”

Mohr defeated Keith Sharp of Orlando, FL, 268-249, in the semifinal to advance to the championship match. Kauble defeated PBA Hall of Famer and four-time Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, NC, in the other semifinal match, 268-238.

The PBA Senior Tour will take a short break and resume May 21-24 for the Mark Roth Allentown Open at Playdrome Rose Bowl in Allentown, PA.

George Pappas’ Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C.
Final Results

Championship Match
Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska ($8,000) def. Tim Kauble, Marion, Ohio ($4,500), 248-236.
Semifinal Round (one-game matches, losers earn $2,500)
Kauble, def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 268-238.
Mohr def. Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 268-249.
Round of 8 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, $1,700 each)
Kauble def. Steve Lickliter, Beckley, W. Va., 2-1
Baker def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 2-0.
Sharp def. Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 2-0.
Mohr def. Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 2-0.
Round of 16 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,300 each)
Lickliter def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3-2.
Kauble def. William Keene, Orlando, Fla., 3-1.
Baker def. Warren Blankenship, Ardmore, Okla., 3-0.
Parks def. Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 3-1.
Mohr def. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3-0.
Kossert def. Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3-1.
Berke def. Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3-2.
Sharp def. David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 3-2.
Round of 24 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,150 each)
Lickliter def. Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3-2.
Kauble def. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 3-0.
Blankenship def. Dave Goldenberg, Selden, N.Y., 3-0.
Parks def. Hugh Miller, Seattle, 3-0.
Kneas def. Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 3-1.
McCorkle def. Russ Freeman, Antioch, Ill., 3-2.
Gonzalez def. Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3-0.
Kossert def. Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3-0.
Round of 32 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,050 each)
Patchen def. George Pappas, Charlotte, 3-2.
Sullins def. Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 3-1.
Goldenberg def. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3-1.
Parks def. Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, S.C., 3-1.
Kneas def. Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 3-1.
McCorkle def. Darryl Bower, Mechanicsburg, Pa., 3-1.
Eagle def. Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 3-0.
Kossert def. Vince Honeycutt, Bufurd, Ga., 3-1.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Walter Ray Williams Jr. Leads PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, FL, heads a field of 32 players who advanced to match play after Tuesday’s second round qualifying in the PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes.

The 2010 PBA Senior Rookie of the Year leads with a 3,899 16-game pinfall total (243.6 average) after bowling 2,025 in Monday’s eight-game round and 1,874 in Tuesday’s second round. Using the same ball he used in Monday’s round, Williams had games of 244, 257, 168, 279, 245, 195, 247 and 239 Tuesday.

“Out of the gate I liked my ball reaction much better in today’s round than yesterday but I had a couple bad games,” said the 51-year-old Williams, who is the PBA Tour’s all-time titles leader with 47 wins. “In the 168 game I had a problem adjusting to the pair of lanes I was on, and in the 195 game, I actually had a good shot to the pocket but just didn’t carry."

Rounding out the top five are Keith Sharp of Orlando, FL, in second with 3,881, followed by Gary Shultis, Levittown, NY, 3,826; Brian Brazeau of Ocala, FL, 3,785 and four-time Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., 3,771.

Williams, who won last season’s PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic in his Senior Tour debut, is hoping to defend his title after a second-place finish in last week’s Senior Sun Bowl In The Villages and third-place in the season-opening Senior Don Carter Open.

“When you lead qualifying you just hope to keep the momentum going,” Williams said. “Hopefully I can keep throwing a lot of strikes because I’m going to need them. The guys on the Senior Tour are good and just like the regular tour you can’t take anything for granted.”

Match play begins Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET with Round of 8 and championship rounds starting at 7:30 p.m.

George Pappas’ Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C.

16-game pinfall totals; top 32 advance to Wednesday’s match play rounds

1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,899.
2, Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 3,881.
3, Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3,826.
4, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 3,785.
5, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,771.
6, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 3,718.
7, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,697.
8, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,690.
9, Tim Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,688.
10, Russ Freeman, Antioch, Ill., 3,677.
11, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,676.
12, Warren Blankenship, Ardmore, Okla., 3,675.
13, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 3,666.
14, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,655.
15, Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 3,654.
16, Steve Lickliter, Beckley, W. Va., 3,652.
17, George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C., 3,632.
18, David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 3,625.
19, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 3,624.
20, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,623.
21 (tie), Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., and Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3,612.
23, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,610.
24, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 3,595.
25, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 3,589.
26, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,586.
27, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,580.
28, David Goldenberg, Selden, N.Y., 3,575.
29 (tie), Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., and Vince Honeycutt, Buford, Ga., 3,570.
31, Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 3,568.
32, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3,565.

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33, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,563, $900.
34, Gale Voshell, Dover, Del., 3,562, $900.
35, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,560, $900.
36, Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., 3,556, $900.
37, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,554, $900.
38, Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va, 3,542, $900.
39, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,532, $900.
40, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,524, $900.
41, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 3,522, $900.
42 (tie), Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., and Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,512, $900.
44, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,511, $900.
45, Brent Hunter, Glenville, Pa., 3,506, $900.
46, Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 3,496, $900.
47 (tie), Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., and Phil Taylor, Tifton, Ga., 3,488, $900.
49, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla, 3,478, $900.
50, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,467.
51 (tie), Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., and Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,458.
54, Dave Sill, Rockledge, Fla., 3,453.
55, Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 3,443.
56, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,434.
57, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,432.
58, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 3,429.
59, Michael Tryniski, Fulton, N.Y., 3,401.
60, s-Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 3,397, $700.
61, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 3,394.
62, Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 3,393.
63 (tie), Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., and Mark Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 3,392.
65, Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 3,387.
66, Ron Jacobson, Jupiter, Fla., 3,379.
67 (tie), Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., and Tom Smith III, Newark, Del., 3,370.
69, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,368.
70, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,365.
71, s-Michael Truitt, Orland Park, Ill., 3,362, $700.
72, Fred Kaczmarczyk, Martinez, Calif., 3,358.
73 (tie), Don Patterson, Lakewood, Colo., Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., and s-Mike O'Barr, Anderson, S.C., 3,357, $700.
76, s-Bob Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 3,350, $700.
77, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,347.
78, s-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,343, $700.
79, Mark McNutt, Alpharetta, Ga., 3,335.
80, s-Dowell Milliken, Lake Grove, N.Y., 3,318, $700.
81, Michael Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,313.
82, Keith Glasgow, St. Petersburg, Fla., 3,310.
83, Don Hicks, West Babylon, N.Y., 3,302.
84, s-Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,300, $700.
85, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 3,293.
86 (tie), James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., and William Tenan Jr., Hayes, Va., 3,292.
88, Stan Wells, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,277.
89, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,272.
90, Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 3,271.
91, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 3,267.
92, David Frazier, Parkersburg, W.Va., 3,251.
93, Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 3,248.
94, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 3,246.
95, Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 3,244.
96, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 3,243.
97, Ron Woods, Hudson, Fla., 3,223.
98, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,217.
99, Hector Valenzuela, Brown Summit, N.C., 3,214.
100, Terry Wellman, Marengo, Ohio, 3,210.
101, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,208.
102, Donna Tuttle, King, N.C., 3,205.
103, John Maloof, Park Hall, Md., 3,185.
104, Gary Simon, Philippi, W.Va., 3,183.
105, Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., 3,182.
106, Henry Blough, Elizabethtown, Pa., 3,181.
107, Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 3,170.
108 (tie), Joseph Stalnaker, Alderson, W.V., and Rusty Huggins, Concord, N.C., 3,169.
110, Frank Manley Jr., Fletcher, N.C., 3,168.
111, Hollis McMullen, Rockville, Md., 3,161.
112, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 3,159.
113, Douglas Weese, Carson City, Mich., 3,155.
114, John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 3,132.
115, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 3,123.
116, Norm Ginsberg, Kissimmee, Fla., 3,122.
117, Archie Means, Spartanburg, S.C., 3,116.
118, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,114.
119, Gregory Smith, Baltimore, 3,106.
120, Bobby Dunn, Augusta, Ga., 3,105.
121, Dave Paquin, Kannapolis, N.C., 3,093.
122, Greg Wilhelm, Stafford, Va., 3,087.
123, Todd Wilson, Summerfield, N.C., 3,083.
124, Kerry Fulford, Brownwood, Texas, 3,077.
125, Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 3,072.
126, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,066.
127, Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 3,065.
128, Xavier Pullara, Brandon, Fla., 3,041.
129, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 3,037.
130, Nick Panicaro, Naples, Fla., 3,036.
131, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3,034.
132, Jim Shuck, Huntingdon, Pa., 3,021.
133, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 3,004.
134, Dennis Amato, Pine Brook, N.J., 3,001.
135, Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 2,982.
136, Larry Felts Jr., Moore, S.C., 2,951.
137, Andy Anderson, Falls Church, Va., 2,937.
138, Bob Webb, Burnsville, N.C., 2,913.
139, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla, 2,885.
140, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 2,842.
141, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich., 2,743.
142, Rick Hood, Stafford, Va., 2,701.
143, Dennis Lefebvre, High Point, N.C., 2,649.
144, Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 1,577 (WD).
145, Andy Ippolito, Forest Hills, N.Y., 1,561 (WD).
146, Randy Niehaus, Rockford, Ill., 1,473 (WD).
147, Brian Clarke, Columbia, S.C., 1,341 (WD).
148, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 886 (WD).

300 Games - Keith Sharp, Henry Gonzalez, Brian Brazeau