Thursday, May 31, 2012

Storm Adds New Balls For Fall

The new Storm Fire Road™ contains the proven Inverted Fe3 Technology weight block first introduced in the Victory Road™. The advancements made in Fe³ allowed Storm to utilize a larger mass to increase the dynamics, upping the differential approximately 15%.
But ball reaction is the product of both core and coverstock. And while the Victory Roads and Crossroad™ all utilize the proven R2S™ coverstock, Storm is encasing the Fire Road weight block with an R2X™ blend that has previously been reserved for the biggest hitters like the Virtual Gravity™. With a smoothly polished 1500-grit finish and pearl blend, the new Fire Road is sure to fire up the pins and the pocket. Release Date: July 10, 2012
The new IQ and IQ Tour Editionwere designed to continue the Master Line predictability and reliability. The IQ Tour Edition (blue cover) is sure to become your new benchmark ball. The C3 - Centripetal™ Control Core is engineered to yield ample midlane roll while smoothing out the transition. This fast-revving symmetrical shape is unique in its mass distribution and is the brains behind it all.
Prepped with a perfectly balanced 4000-grit Abralon® finish, the IQ Tour Edition's proven R2S™ solid coverstock (like on the Victory Road solid) ensures great traction and performance. You may know that coverstocks come in a variety of levels of aggressiveness. Since we built the IQ Tour Edition to be the foundation of your arsenal, you can be confident in the fact that this ball will be consistent across a variety of lane conditions.

The new Storm IQ (Red/Blue) is a ball for heavier oil. With an amped up new PFT™ (Progressive Friction Technology) coverstock and dynamic Centripetal™ core (from the Marvel series), the IQ is sure to turn some heads. The Centripetal™ core's symmetrical shape provides countless drilling options. This fast-revving core produces 6” or more of flare and is designed to benefit players of all skill levels. Prepped with a textured 3000-grit Abralon® finish, the IQ’s PFT coverstock emphasizes the break point angle as it grips the dry boards like no other. Release Date: July 10, 2012

Hammer Announces New Balls

Last year Hammer set fire to oily lane conditions with the Arson. Now Arson Pearl is ready to light up the lanes when the Arson has burned them up. The new Arson Red/Turquoise Pearl uses a new Max-Corner Pearl coverstock (500, 1000, 2000 Abralon®, Powerhouse™ Factory Finish Polish) wrapping the Arson/Hot Sauce Core to backend harder on medium oil lane conditions. #15 RG (2.48) Diff (.045) Available July 17, 2012.  
The Hammer Ratchet combines a modified version of our asymmetric  M.P.A. core (from the Brick) with a Violet/Black/Silver hybrid version of the Grand Theft Reactive II coverstock (finished: 800 Abranet®, 1000, 2000, 3000 Abralon­®).  The Hammer Ratchet has enough twist to turn through the mid-lane on medium to medium-heavy oil patterns. Available August 14, 2012.

Hammer announces the Nail Smoke and Fire, built around the Modified Raw Hammer Doom core and wrapped in Shredder Reactive Pearl cover veneer (800 Abranet®, 1000, 2000, 4000 Abralon­®, Powerhouse™ Factory Finish Polish) designed for medium-dry lane conditions. #15 RG (2.55) Diff (.042).

Hammer’s new Cobalt Vibe combines the proven Vibe core shape with a Violent Reactive Pearl coverstock. This Vibe has the original Black Widow coverstock (800 Abranet, 1000 Abralon, 2000 Abralon, 4000 Abralon with Powerhouse Factory Finish). Cobalt Vibe is designed with drier lanes in mind. By using a very smooth texture coverstock, Cobalt Vibe offers extreme length with an angular backend motion. #15 RG (2.51), Diff (.042).

Columbia 300 Introduces New Bowling Balls

The Elastin breakthrough technology (Elastin 8.0 Supreme Hybrid) has been taken to new levels for the Columbia 300Wicked Encounter (more overall hook!). An entirely new chemical additive has been used in order to create more friction in the front of the lane while helping the Wicked Encounter create stronger motion through back part of the lane, even on heavier oil conditions (finished 800, 800 Abralon, 1500, 1500 Abranet). Inside the new Orange/Black/Silver Wicked Encounter is the same dynamic core found in the original Encounter and Dark Encounter. Avaialable July 24, 2012

The new mid-level Columbia 300 Oath features a Bend-It Solid cover in Blue/Purple/Red. Bend-It Solid was first used on the Omen, an extremely aggressive pearlized ball that likes oil.  The Oath features a solid version of Bend-It that has been modified to react stronger in the mid-lane and through the back of the lane than the pearlized version (finished 500, 800 Abranet® and 1000, 2000 Abralon™). 

The Capsule core was designed to provide great performance and versatility while also being very simple.  A simple symmetric shape with great performance characteristics was chosen in order to be very driller and bowler friendly.  The low RG Capsule revs up early and the high Differential helps create a large amount of flare for great continuation in the backend. Radius of Gyration - 2.47 RG Differential - .054 in 15#. Available September 11, 2012.

The new Columbia 300 Violent Eruption is wrapped in Lava colored New Era SF Plus reactive veneer (800 Abranet™, 1000, 2000 Abralon®, Powerhouse™ Factory Finish). The Skid Flip version of New Era was used in the original Eruption. The Violent Eruption will contain the low RG and medium differential Resurgence core.

Columbia explains what to expect: “The Violent Eruption is clean through the front and provides the greatest length in the Columbia 300 lineup. The sharp move it makes off the friction along with it’s length makes this ball a great choice on most medium to medium dry lane conditions.” Radius of Gyration - 2.46 RG Differential - .040 in 15#. Available June 21, 2012.

The (new Urethane) Classic from Columbia 300 contains the Resurgence core. Columbia describes The Classic as “smooth and controllable and devastates the pins in the right environment” suggesting The Classic for “higher rev rates, slower ball speeds, and tough and dry conditions.” The slate color urethane veneer is finished at 2000 Abralon®. Available June 19th, 2012.

In addition to The Classic, Columbia 300 has added two new colors to it’s entry reactive Scout line. With a three piece construction, the new Scouts create easy length for slower ball speeds, drier lanes or straighter target lines.  

New Balls From Ebonite International

The Ebonite Innovate is an upper mid-performance ball that likes to be extremely responsive to down lane friction. The High Traction Reactive (HTR 3.0) Pearl coverstock is Red/Navy/ Purple, while the “Verve” Core is Radius of Gyration (RG) of 2.49 / RG Differential .046 in #15 Available June 12, 2012. 

Ebonite Endure is the new, mid-performance product from Ebonite. Ebonite suggests “The Endure will provide you with great performance on fresh conditions and those that are in transition.” The Black/Yellow/Blue cover of Traxion Reactive Hybrid wraps the V5 core (the Elevate and Game Changer). Available July 31, 2012. Radius of Gyration (RG) of  2.50 / RG Differential .051 in #15.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Rash Named PBA Player of the Year

Sean Rash now living in suburban Chicago (Montgomery, IL), was named as 2011-12 Professional Bowlers Association Chris Schenkel Player of the Year Monday, concluding one of the most competitive Player of the Year contests in years.
Rash, who made a record five-consecutive television finals during the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling and concluded his season with a victory in the PBA Tournament of Champions, was elected over a field of 11 eligible candidates in balloting conducted among his fellow PBA Tour competitors and veteran members of the bowling news media.

In the end, Rash received 29.04 percent of the Player of the Year votes, Australia’s Jason Belmonte 26.61 percent and Mike Fagan of Dallas, TX 18.32 percent in the closest voting contest in years. Pete Weber of St. Ann, MO, received 11.89 percent and Norm Duke of Clermont, FL, 10.23 percent to round out the top five vote-getters.

The announcement was made live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel as a special kickoff to the made-for-television PBA Summer Shootout special event at 10pin bowling lounge in Chicago.

During the 2011-12 PBA Tour season, Rash, a 29-year-old right-hander, won the season-ending PBA Tournament of Champions (TOC) for his only title, but had six championship round finishes, including third place in the PBA World Championship. Qualifying for a record five consecutive TV finals during the World Series of Bowling helped the Alaska native dominate PBA Tour stats where he finish first in average, points and earnings.

“We all had great seasons, but I think winning the TOC put a stamp on it,” Rash said. “I’m a stats guy. When I voted in the past, I voted by the numbers. They don’t lie. If one of those guys had won the TOC, he would have got my vote.

“I felt a big sign of relief,” he said of the moment PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced his win. “It meant a lot to have the waiting finally over.

“Jason and Mike and I have bowled in 15 different countries during the past year. We travel around the world to stay sharp,” Rash added. “You take a lot of satisfaction after all of the travel, the practice, the sacrifices you make. We’ve made each other better.”

Belmonte, a 28-year-old two-handed player, won three titles, had championship round finishes, finished third in average and second in both points and earnings. Belmonte also finished third in the U.S. Open and Tournament of Champions, fourth in the PBA World Championship and ninth in the USBC Masters.

Fagan, a 31-year-old right-hander, won the Alka-Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels USBC Masters for his first major title and he won the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Paris, France. The Long Island, NY, native had three additional championship round finishes including second place in the U.S. Open and fourth place in the Tournament of Champions. Statistically, he was second in average, and third in points and earnings.

Also contending in the Player of the Year race were Weber, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, and Duke, three-time winner during the 2011-12 season.

The Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year Award is named in honor of the late hall of fame announcer who served as the voice of the PBA on ABC Television for 36 years.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Roto Grip Reveals Their Fall Ball Line-Up Additions

Defiant Edge
Defiant Edge
GUTS: Featuring the same technological advancement found in the Defiant™, the unique elliptical shape of the Paragon™ core defines predictability of axis migration and allows you to perfectly match up your ball reaction to the condition at hand.
GRIT: The MicroBite™ pearl reactive coverstock uses extremely small structured additives to help smooth the transitions while maintaining entry angle at the pocket. This helps you create better pin action while reducing oil sensitivity that can send your ball through the break point.
GRIME: The new Defiant Edge™ is the ideal complement to the original Defiant, providing the perfect combination of skid-hook-roll even on medium-heavy oil. Be sure to keep your original Defiant on hand for those heavy oil situations.
GUTS: With the same consistent, smooth-rolling Caliber™ weight block that the Bandit™ rode all the way to glory, the Berserk utilizes increased energy transfer to create maximum pin action for both rev-dominant and speed-dominant players alike.
GRIT: The 65MH™ Hybrid Reactive Coverstock is the ideal combination of both solid and pearl reactive. This technology gives you the ease of the pearl through the front part of the lane with the smooth reaction of a solid at the breakpoint.
GRIME: The Berserk is the perfect marriage of its predecessors, the Bandit and Outlaw™. This ball is best suited for medium/heavy oil conditions, but the surface can easily be adjusted to work well on a variety of conditions.
GUTS: Featuring the same proven, late-rolling Neutron™ core utilized in both the Rising Star™ and Shooting Star™, the Shatter is a model of consistency, producing good length and strong motion down-lane.
GRIT: The 51ML™ pearl reactive coverstock was created to go toe-to-toe with medium to lighter oil conditions. This reliable shell allows the ball to easily clear the front part of the lane and provide you with more stored energy down-lane.
GRIME: The Shatter produces more length and backend on medium to lighter oil conditions than the Rising Star and Shooting star, creating the perfect combination when paired with either of its predecessors.
Scream & Shout
Scream & Shout
GUTS: The NEW Late Roll 46™ core was designed to provide maximum length with stable control down lane. This core will produce a minimal amount of flare and strong hitting power through the pocket.
GRIT: The NEW 42L™ pearl (Scream) and 45L™ solid (Shout) reactive coverstocks were created to combat lighter oil conditions. Both easily clear the front part of the lane – and look good doing it.
GRIME: The NEW Scream & Shout were designed for those lighter oil conditions where you need a ball that provides you with good length and control at the breakpoint.

Track Reveals the New 912T, 706A, 503T and 300A

“Our goal was to create a ball that simply out hooked and (out) performed every ball ever made in the history of Track.” The new Track introduction in the 900 series is 912T.  With the Legion 2 Turbo core creating easy revs while storing plenty of energy for the back end  the 912T features the brand new Gen ET (Extreme Traction) cover. Track included: “The “Traction” this cover creates is out of this world. We accomplished this by taking our Gen XT (Xtra Traction) cover used on the popular 716T and slowly increased the “Traction” additives until we created the best cover to match up with heavy oil patterns.”

Track further explained “In order to create the strong overall hook that was desired when creating the 912T, we decided to go with our newest finishing process. This process uses 1500 Abranet Soft as the last finishing step. Abranet Soft is a new type of sanding material that was developed to minimize clogging while sanding. The foam layer and open structure of Abranet Soft provides more flexibility and allows the material to follow surface contours more effectively.” Available June 21, 2012.

Later this summer, Track will reveal the New 706A. Track explained The concept for creating the 706A was simple. We wanted a core/cover combination that would provide the aggressive move at the breakpoint the “A” series is known for, with improved continuation through the pins. Our R&D team accomplished this by creating both a brand new core and cover. 706A is the first Track ball to feature the brand new Helmet core. For the 706A, our R&D team developed our new Gen XA (Xtra Angle) cover. The finish process is the final factor that determines our overall ball motion. For the 706A, we started with 800 Abranet then followed it up with 1000 and 2000 Abralon. Once the sanding is done, we apply our Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish." Available July 24, 2012.

In August, Track introduces the 503T. The Packman core offers moderate revs due to the medium Rg values combined with a large overall flare potential. The new GenMT (Moderate Traction) cover is a modified version of the Gen XT (Xtra Traction) cover found on the 716T. By reducing the amount of Traction additives, Trackcreated a cover that will match up the best with medium to oily lane conditions. The finish process is the final factor that determines the overall ball motion. For the 503T, they started with 800 Abranet then followed it up with 1000 and 2000 Abralon. This finish will provide enough traction for oily lanes while allowing the 503T, to still be useful on medium oil patterns as well. Available August 28, 2012

 The 300A is designed for when there is too much friction for today's high-performance balls. A combination of the Track Symmetric Core and Gen MA (Moderate Angle) cover provided the building blocks for a ball to complement the 300T and 300C. The 300A comes with standard polished factory finish. The surface is finished with 800 Abranet and then working up with 1000, 2000 and then 4000 Abralon before Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish. Those looking for a little less length can achieve it by sanding with a 2000 Abralon pad and then re-polishing. Available June 21,2012.

Patraglia Wins PBA Titles in Six Decades With Dayton Win

Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia became the first player in PBA history to win a national tour or senior tour title in six decades by winning the PBA Senior Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip Thursday at Capri Lanes.

Petraglia, who won his eighth career Senior Tour title, also ended a three-year
drought without a win by defeating reigning Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, 220-204, in the title match.

Petraglia, who was the top seed for the finals, started strong with the first
three strikes but then ran into trouble in the fourth frame throwing a 4-6-7-10
split.  He threw another split (3-7) in the seventh frame but was able to close
out the match with four strikes and a nine-count which was enough to beat Mohr who was also struggling.

“When I threw that first split it surprised me because I thought it was going to
be a strike,” said the 65-year-old Petraglia, whose last Senior Tour title came
in the 2009 Sun Bowl In The Villages. “Frankly, I was a little lost at that
point. I really didn’t make an adjustment until after that second split when I
moved right on the approach, threw it a little farther left on the lane and
trusted that it would come back and it did.

“I guess some things are meant to happen,” he added. “Ron was having trouble on the left lane leaving three 10-pins which meant if I could get back to striking
I could still win the match.”
Overall, Petraglia and fellow PBA legend Dick Weber both have PBA titles in six
decades, however, Weber’s longevity mark includes a PBA regional title.
Petraglia also owns 14 PBA Tour titles, winning his first at a national tour
stop in Ft. Smith, AR, in 1966 at the age of 19.

“I guess it shows how old I am,” Petraglia said jokingly after achieving the
milestone. “But this is very special to me because it’s part of history and
makes it all worth it. “You know at my age, I was wondering if it was going to happen,” he said. “There are so many great Senior Tour players and there are more great bowlers from the regular Tour who are becoming eligible so it doesn’t get any easier. Another thing that makes it special is that there are some guys that might be able to tie this record in the coming years but probably not going to break it.”

In the semi-final match, Mohr, trying for his first title of the season and
eighth of his career, defeated Ron Profitt of Brookville, Ohio, 238-222, to
advance to the title match.  In the opening match, Profitt defeated last week’s
Senior Mooresville Classic winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, PA, 243-217.  Learn
beat Profitt in the championship match of that tournament, 203-196, for his
first Senior Tour title.

The Senior Tour takes a two-week break before the Senior U.S. Open June 3-8 at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The season’s first major will be
streamed live in its entirety on bowling’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame
Subscription information is available by visiting


1, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., one game, 220, $8,000.
2, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, two games, 442, $4,500.
3, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, two games, 465, $3,000.
4, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa. one game, 217, $2,500.

Match One - Profitt def. Learn, 243-217; Semifinal Match – Mohr def. Profitt,
238-222; Championship Match – Petraglia def. Mohr, 220-204.

(Includes match play record, total pinfall and money earned. Top four advanced
to stepladder finals)

1,  Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 12-4, 7,982.
2,  Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 7-8-1, 7,924.
3,  Bob  Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 9-4-3, 7,909.
4,  Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 9-7, 7,873.
5,  Darryl  Bower, Middletown, Pa., 10-6, 7,820, $2,000.
6,  Dale  Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 10-4-2, 7,813, $1,800.
7,  Lennie  Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 5-11, 7,797, $1,700.
8,  Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 10-5-1, 7,782, $1,600.
9,  Hugh  Miller, Seattle, 6-9-1, 7,767, $1,500.
10, Roy  Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 10-6, 7,736, $1,450.
11, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 10-6, 7,706, $1,400.
12, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 6-10, 7,654, $1,380.
13, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 5-11, 7,625, $1,360.
14, Mike  Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 9-7, 7,604, $1,340.
15, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 6-10, 7,578, $1,320.
16, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 6-9-1, 7,499, $1,300.

Failed to advance to second match play round
17, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3-5, 5,586, $1,200.
18, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3-5, 5,580, $1,180.
19, Brian Cooper, Visalia, Calif., 5-3, 5,568, $1,160.
20, Charlie  Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 5-2-1, 5,555, $1,140.
21, (tie) Tom Carter, Rockford, IL, 4-3-1, & John  Shreve Sr., Elyria, OH, 1-6-1, 5,539, $1,110.
23, Harry  Sullins, Chesterfield Twp, Mich., 3-5, 5,536, $1,080.
24, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 5-3, 5,518, $1,070.
25, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn, 5-3, 5,505, $1,060.
26, Arturo Hernandez, Venezuela, 4-4, 5,495, $1,050.
27, (tie) Peter Knopp, Germany, 5-3-0,  and Mark  Williams, Beaumont, TX, 2-6, 5,492, $1,035.
29, Dale  Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 2-6, 5,462, $1,020.
30, Wayne  Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3-5, 5,454, $1,010.
31, Dave  Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 4-4, 5,321, $1,010.
32, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 2-6, 5,302, $1,000.

300 Games -  Daryl Bower

Friday, May 11, 2012

Xtra Frame Resumes Live Coverage with PBA Senior Dayton Classic

Live Xtra Frame programming returns May 15-17 with coverage of the PBA Senior Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip from Capri Lanes in Dayton, Ohio.

Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, will cover qualifying rounds at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, and Wednesday, May 16, along with full coverage of round-robin match play rounds on Thursday at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., leading into the four-player stepladder finals at 7 p.m. All times are Eastern.

Also on the Xtra Frame calendar will be the live announcement of the 2011-12 PBA Player of the Year from the PBA Summer Shootout in Chicago at noon ET on Monday, May 28.

Preliminary summer webcasts on the Xtra Frame schedule include the Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas, July 21-22; the South Point Mixed Doubles from Las Vegas, July 28-29, and the Teen Masters Grand Championships from Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, Aug. 5-8.

To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit and click on the Xtra Frame link.

If you would like information on how to get your event covered live on Xtra Frame, contact PBA Multimedia Specialist Mike Jakubowski (email: or call: 414-651-6965).

International PBA Stars To Compete For World Games Berths

Mixed doubles teams from 19 WTBA American Zone countries will compete for berths in the 2013 World Games during the Pan American Bowling Confederation Champion of Champions event May 9-12 at Kegel Training Center in Babson Park, Fla.

Team USA will be presented by amateur Steve Smith of San Diego and two-time PBA Women’s Series titlist Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, NY. Venezuela’s team will include PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, PBA Tour titlist Andres Gomez will bowl for Colombia, and PBA Tour competitor Dan MacLelland will be on Team Canada. At stake are eight spots in the World Games, which will be held in Cali, Colombia.

The Champion of Champions event will award medals in men's and women’s singles, mixed doubles, men's and women’s all-events, national all-events, men’s and women's Masters, and mixed doubles Masters. The top eight teams in the national all-events will join Colombia in qualifying for the World Games, an international showcase for more than 30 sports that are not included in the Olympics Games.

“PBA24” Membership Program

Rob Gotterbarn first experienced PBA-level competition as a 19-year-old amateur when he bowled his first PBA East Region tournament in 2010. The Garden City South, NY, resident finished 39th, out of the money.

He tried again in 2011, when he improved to 37th – still short of the cash line, but closer.

Then the former St. John’s University collegiate bowler tried the 2012 U.S. Open, finishing in a tie for 80th place and picking up his first PBA check – for $1,145. It was a turning point.

“Bowling in the U.S. Open was an awesome experience,” Gotterbarn said. “It really made me want to be a PBA24 member.”

The new PBA24 membership program, inviting new players to experience PBA competition for a modest $49 membership fee, was just what Gotterbarn needed to take the next step.

“It was a great opportunity for me,” he said. “I can’t say enough about the program. College bowling helped me a lot, but the only reason I’m bowling regionals is because I get to bowl with the best bowlers in the world and see what they do. I really enjoy watching them and I’m learning a lot. Without the PBA24 program, it would have made it a lot harder for me to be out here.”

Since becoming a PBA24 member, Gotterbarn has bowled in three East Region tournaments, cashing in two events (Catskill, NY, and Rockaway, NJ). With two cashes, he was required to move up to full PBA membership, which he happily did.

“I definitely want to get there (on the national tour). I’m working every day towards it. That’s my goal, my dream,” he said. “I’m learning how to play the patterns. At the last regional I bowled, I had to grind it out, but I’m watching Patrick Allen and Brad Angelo and Ryan Shafer and Johnathan Bower, and it’s crazy to see what those guys can do when they get lined up on the pattern with the right equipment. I need to learn how to do that. I’m burning into my memory everything those guys are doing.”

Gotterbarn is one of 33 young bowlers, all ages 24 and younger, who have taken advantage of the PBA24 opportunity so far. Additional players who want to test their skills at an affordable price are expected to join as the PBA regional program kicks into high gear over the summer months.

For more information about this program and other PBA membership opportunities, visit and click on the “join PBA” link.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Seismic Releases The Raging Bull Stampede

The Seismic Raging Bull Stampede™ has been engineered to provide more torque at the end of the pattern than has ever been seen in a Seismic ball.

The Horn Core has been their most popular core to date. Matching this core with the new SF79 Coverstock, the Stampede™ provides you with the same stable roll which sets up for an strong back end move. This Core/Cover combination is designed for maximizing carry percentage on high scoring lanes. Video of the new Seismic Stampede

MOTIV Introduces the Sigma Hybrid

The new Diablo Red and Charcoal Pearl MOTIV Sigma Hybrid is built on award winning technology from the Sigma Tour, which won 1st place as the Most Versatile Ball of 2011 in the Bowling This Month Magazine's (BTM) Reader's Choice Awards.
While the Hybrid edition does feature the same proven Sigma™ core design, the cover technology (Atomix™ Hybrid Reactive) and box finish (1000 Wet Sand) the Sigma Hybrid should provide a different zone of performance. Designed for medium-heavy oil, the Sigma Hybrid reads earlier and provides a smoother ball motion.

League bowlers that are rev-challenged or speed dominant will appreciate the strength of the Sigma Hybrid on a fresh house shot. Tournament bowlers will use it on medium-heavy volume sport patterns. 15# SPECS: RG: 2.47, DIFF: .047

MOTIV steps into the Entry Level Performance Catagory

MOTIV™. will introduce the Ascent™ May 30th. Available in both a solid and pearl option, the Ascent™ line offers two different ball motions for Light Oil.

The Pink/Purple Pearl edition is much longer with a more angular backend (Pearl Finish: 2000 Polish).

The Red/Blue Solid Ascent reads earlier and produces a smooth strong arc to the pocket (Solid Finish: 1000 Wet Sand.
Both Ascent™ balls combine the MOTIVator-Z™ cover from the QZ2 Backdraft with the proven Recon™ core . The resulting RG is 2.59 with a .025 differential on the 15# model.

WWRD: 5/30/2012

PBA Regional Players Championship-East

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA)’s annual Regional Players Championship-East is set for Memorial Day weekend at Columbus Western Bowl in Columbus, Ohio, where the winner will earn an “Elite” berth in the 2013 PBA Tournament of Champions.

The Regional Players Championship-East, which is open to all PBA members except for those who finished among the top 32 in competition points during the 2011-12 PBA Tour season, will also pay a $6,000 first prize based upon a capacity field of 200 players.

Scott Newell of Deland, FL, who went on to win his first PBA Tour title in the Xtra Frame Tour Ricart Ford Open in Columbus during the 2011-12 season, is the defending RPC-East champion.

Following Friday, May 25, practice and pro-am events, the RPC-East gets underway with an eight-game qualifying round Saturday. The top one-third of the field will advance to a four-game cashers’ round Sunday morning, with the top 32 (based on 170 entries) moving on. Additional two-game elimination rounds will follow at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. with the field being trimmed in half after each round.

At 2 p.m., the four surviving players will bowl one more game, with total pinfall for 19 games deciding the champion.

The entry fee will be $295. One in three entries will cash with last-to-cash guaranteed to pay a minimum of $600. For additional entry and prize fund information, visit and click on the “Regional Players Championship” in the Regional Tours section under the Schedules tab.

Bob Learn Jr. Wins PBA Senior Mooresville Classic

In only his third tournament on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior Tour, Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, PA, won the PBA Senior Mooresville Classic presented by Columbia Wednesday for his first Senior Tour title.

Learn, who won five PBA Tour titles including the 1999 U.S. Open in a 15-year PBA Tour career, defeated Ron Profitt of Brookville, Ohio, 203-196, in the championship match at George Pappas Victory Lanes.

After starting the match with two strikes, Profitt ran into trouble early with a split and a washout in the third and fourth frames, respectively, which he failed to convert and was not able to recover from later in the match.

“When he threw the split and the washout it definitely changed the tone of the match,” said the 50-year-old Learn. “Even though I didn’t have a good look on the pair either, from that point on I was able to bowl just good enough to stay ahead of him.”

In his two previous Senior Tour tournaments this season Learn finished ninth in both the Senior Sun Bowl In The Villages and Senior Don Carter Memorial Open.
“Third time’s the charm I guess,” said Learn. “I’m qualifying well but you have to get some breaks in the match play rounds and it kind of made up for some bad breaks I had in the first two tournaments.”

Profitt was trying for his first win in seven seasons on the Senior Tour. He had a long road to the championship match winning three best-of-five matches, a best-of-three match and the semifinal. His runnerup finish was a career best with fourth being his best previous finish.

In the semifinal matches, Learn defeated Mike Henry of Brunswick, Ohio, 201-189 and Profitt defeated last week’s Senior Don Carter Memorial winner Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., 248-206.

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PBA SENIOR MOORESVILLE CLASSIC PRESENTED BY COLUMBIAGeorge Pappas Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C., Wednesday

Final Results

Championship Match
Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa. ($8,000) def. Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio ($4,500), 203-196.

Semifinal Round (one-game matches, losers earn $3,000)
Profitt def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 248-206.
Learn def. Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 201-189.

Round of 8 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, $1,700 each)
Profitt def. Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2-0.
W.R. Williams def. Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., 2-0.
Henry def. Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 2-0.
Learn def. Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2-0.

Round of 16 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,300 each)
M. Williams def. Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3-0.
Profitt def. Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 3-1.
W.R. Williams def. Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 3-0.
Beck def. Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3-2.
Henry def. Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3-1.
Kossert def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3-2.
Petraglia def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3-2.
Learn def. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3-2.

Round of 24 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,100 each)
M. Williams def. Brent Hunter, Glenville, Pa., 3-2.
Profitt def. Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 3-0.
Schrum def. Kerry Fulford, Brownwood, Texas, 3-1.
Ferraro def. Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3-0.
Kossert def. Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3-0.
Petraglia def. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3-0.
Gonzalez def. Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3-0.
Beck def. Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3-2.
Round of 32 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,050 each)
Hunter def. Brian Gottry, Wilmington, N.C., 3-2.
Profitt def. Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 3-0.
Schrum def. Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3-2.
Beck def. Al Brooks, Bluefield, W. Va., 3-0.
Ferraro def. Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 3-0.
Carlson def. Peter Knopp, Germany, 3-2.
Petraglia def. Peter King, Yankton, S.D., 3-2.
Gonzalez def. Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill. 3-2.

Wayne Webb Holds Onto Lead at PBA Senior Mooresville Classic

Wayne Webb relied on his arsenal of bowling equipment once again to help him retain the lead after the second round of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior Mooresville Classic presented by Columbia Tuesday at George Pappas Victory Lanes.

Webb, an innovator in using knowledge of bowling ball mechanics and drilling
layouts to achieve desired ball reaction since his days competing on the PBA
where he won 20 titles, led with a 3,969 16-game overall  pinfall total
(248 average).  In Tuesday’s second round he had a 1,962 eight-game pinfall with games of 255, 256, 199, 300, 234, 217, 279 and 222.

“I put my experience with equipment to good use the past two days,” said the
Hall of Famer. “One of my strengths is having an idea of what equipment to use
to sometimes create something that isn’t there and get the desired results.”
In Monday’s qualifying round Webb used three different balls and two in
Tuesday’s round to help him adjust to the changing lane conditions.

“I started with one of the balls I used yesterday thinking it would give me the
same ball reaction today but it was hooking way too early,” said Webb, who is
five-time Senior Tour titlist and was the 2010 Senior Player of the Year.  “The
lanes played differently in today’s first block so I went to another ball that
gave me a similar look as yesterday and had good luck with it.”
Webb heads a field of 32 players who advanced to Wednesday’s match play rounds dominating qualifying by holding a 181-pin lead over Mike Henry 
of Brunswick, Ohio in second with 3,788.  As a result of finishing in the top eight, Webb and Henry earned two byes for match play.

Rounding out the top eight and also earning two byes in match play were Bob
Learn Jr., Erie, PA, 3,711; Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, MI, 3,667; Walter Ray
Williams Jr., Ocala, FL, 3,561; Tom Baker, King, NC, 3,549; Kenny Parks,
Hammond, IN, 3,547, and Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 3,545.
George Pappas Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C., Tuesday

(after 16 games)

1, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,969.
2, Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,788.
3, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,711.
4, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3,667.
5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,561.
6, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,549.
7, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,547.
8, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 3,545.
9, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 3,540.
10, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 3,536.
11, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,521.
12, Kerry Fulford, Brownwood, Texas, 3,501.
13, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,499.
14, Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3,497.
15, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3,491.
16, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,488.
17, Brian Gottry, Wilmington, N.C., 3,477.
18, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,463.
19, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,456.
20, (tie) Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., and Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 3,447.
22, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,445.
23, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,435.
24, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,418.
25, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 3,409.
26, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,403.
27, (tie) John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., and Al
Brooks, Bluefield, W. Va., 3,400.
30, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,397.
31, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 3,387.
32, Brent Hunter, Glenville, Pa., 3,382.

Did not advance
33, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 3,381, $900.
34, (tie)Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, and Steve Lickliter, Beckley, W. Va., 3,376, $900.
36, (tie) Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., and Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,366, $900.
38, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,359, $900.
39, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,344, $900.
40, George Patel, England, 3,343, $900.
41, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 3,341, $900.
42, George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C., 3,337, $900.
43, Danny Weikel, Dallas, N.C., 3,335, $900.
44, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 3,332, $900.
45, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3,319, $900.
46, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,314, $900.
47, Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 3,303, $900.
48, Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,290, $900.
49, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 3,289.
50, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,287, $700.
51, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,286.
52, (tie) Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., and Vince Honeycutt, Buford, Ga., 3,283.
54, Tommy Reeves, Gastonia, N.C., 3,273.
55, Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 3,269.
56, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,268, $700.
57, Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 3,267.
58, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,265.
59, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,263, $700.
60, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,257.
61, Ernest Lukacs, Manville, N.J., 3,254.
62, ss-Ron Woods, Hudson, Fla., 3,252, $700.
63, Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 3,247.
64, David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 3,241.
65, Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 3,234.
66, Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 3,232.
67, Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 3,227.
68, Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., 3,224.
69, ss-Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3,223, $700.
70, Brian Cooper, Visalia, Calif., 3,207.
71, ss-Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 3,206, $700.
72, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,196, $700.
73, (tie) Todd Wilson, Summerfield, N.C., and ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,191, $700.
75, Doug Arden, Newport, N.C., 3,189.
76, Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va., 3,187.
77, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,171.
78, Nick Panicaro, Naples, Fla., 3,170.
79, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 3,169.
80, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,136.
81, Andy Anderson, Falls Church, Va., 3,133.
82, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,131.
83, Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 3,128.
84, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,126.
85, Chris McGee, Townvilel, S.C., 3,124.
86, Rod Michael, Florissant, Mo., 3,122.
87, Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 3,119.
88, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 3,118.
89, (tie) Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., and Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 3,109.
91, David Hull, Lexington, N.C., 3,107.
92, Dennis Amato, Pine Brook, N.J., 3,104.
93, Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 3,101.
94, Ken Shealy, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 3,099.
95, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,097.
96, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 3,088.
97, Randy Shewmake, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,085.
98, (tie)Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, and Steve Fuhrman, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,074.
100, Chuck Gardner, Charlotte, N.C., 3,068.
101, Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 3,066.
102, Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 3,057.
103, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,056.
104, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3,053.
105, Gene Morrison, Spring Lake, N.C., 3,042.
106, (tie) Terry Wellman, Marengo, Ohio, and Michael Truitt, Orland Park, Ill., 3,041.
108, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 3,039.
109, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,028.
110, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,017.
111, Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 3,009.
112, Phil Gessner, Spring, Texas, 3,008.
113, (tie) James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., and Mark McNutt, Alpharetta, Ga., 2,997.
115, Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 2,987.
116, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 2,986.
117, (tie) James West, Catonsville, Md., and Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 2,970.
119, Bob Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 2,941.
120, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 2,936.
121, Dave Paquin, Kannapolis, N.C., 2,934.
122, Kevin Murray, Concord, N.C., 2,926.
123, Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 2,898.
124, Rusty Huggins, Concord, N.C., 2,891.
125, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 2,879, $50.
126, Frank Manley Jr., Fletcher, N.C., 2,876.
127, John Hunt, Grayling, Mich., 2,875.
128, Larry Swain, West Columbia, S.C., 2,874.
129, Bill Carpenter, Middletown, Ohio, 2,872.
130, Jack Howell, Lyons, N.Y., 2,848.
131, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 2,841.
132, Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 2,839.
133, Wayne Garren, Candler, N.C., 2,838.
134, Dave Rossi, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,837.
135, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., 2,822.
136, Matty Robinson, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 2,818.
137, Larry Felts Jr., Moore, S.C., 2,811.
138, Mike O'Barr, Anderson, S.C., 2,776.
139, Bobby Dunn, Augusta, Ga., 2,753.
140, Brian DiCicco, Ridgefield, Conn., 2,750.
141, Larry O'Neill, Alexandria, Va., 2,639.
142, Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,607.
143, J. Wayne Shank, Winter Park, Fla., 2,453.
Charlie Toney, Oak Hill, W.Va., 1,923 (WD)
Jim McGee, Townville, S.C., 1,473 (WD).

300 Games - Wayne Webb, Brian Gottry