Wednesday, April 24, 2013

AMF Introduces The Incinerate in May

This ball is all about MAXIMUM HOOK! AMF Incinerate wraps a symmetric core shape with their strongest cover ever (F90) in Black with Blue Shimmer. The AMF Incinerate is finished with the NEAT system E pad (1,500 grit).
In balls weighing 15 pounds the Radius of Gyration (RG) is 2.49, while RG differential is .050.

World Wide Release Date is May 15th, 2013.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bob Learn Overcomes a Strong Field to Win PBA50 Pasco County Suncoast Open Benefiting Wounded Warriors

Overcoming a back injury suffered in qualifying, Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, PA, won the
PBA50 Pasco County Suncoast Open Benefiting Wounded Warriors Wednesday at Lane Glo Bowl for his second career PBA50 Tour title.

In the first tournament of the 2013 PBA50 Tour (formerly Senior Tour) season, Learn defeated PBA Hall of Famer Wayne Webb of Columbus, Ohio, 226-206, in the championship match.

Learn, also a five-time PBA Tour winner, injured his back when he slipped slightly on his approach during the fourth frame of the first game of Tuesday’s second round of qualifying which caused a sprain in his lower back. He managed to struggle through the rest of the round but didn’t know how long he would last.

With the help of Gulf Coast Spinal Center, one of the tournament’s sponsors, Learn was able get treatment on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning to at least make an effort to bowl in Wednesday’s match play.

“I thought I might have to withdraw after a couple games in the second round of qualifying but I managed to struggle through it,” said the 51-year-old Learn. “The treatment helped to the point where I felt good enough to at least start match play but I had no idea how far I could go after that. The expectation was not to win but maybe make it through a match or two.

“I felt about 20 percent yesterday but felt about 80 percent today,” said Learn, who had to win five matches to get to the championship match.

“I was actually getting better as the day went on and was probably in my best shape when I had some of my toughest matches toward the end of the day.”

One of those matches was the semifinal where Learn defeated Hall of Famer and reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, FL, 229-216, to advance to the championship match.

Webb, who was trying to win his sixth PBA50 Tour title, defeated Tim Kauble of Marion, Ohio, in the other semifinal match, 245-206.

Woman amateur standout Lucy Sandelin of Tampa, who qualified third, was eliminated in the Round of 16, losing to Mike Dias of Lafayette, CO, 3 games to 1.

The United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer was making a bid to become the first woman to win a PBA50 Tour tournament.

The next stop for the PBA50 Tour will be The Villages, FL, for the PBA50 Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Hammer April 20-23.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Monacelli Leading After Round 2 of PBA50 Pasco County Suncoast Open Benefiting Wounded Warriors

Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli retained his lead in the PBA50 Pasco County Suncoast Open benefiting Wounded Warriors after Tuesday’s second round but standout woman amateur Lucy Sandelin of Tampa made a statement by finishing qualifying in third.

Monacelli, the 2012 PBA50 Senior Rookie of the Year, finished qualifying with a 3,819 16-game pinfall total (238.6 average) to outdistance PBA Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker by 117 pins who was second with 3,702.

In Monacelli’s second eight-game round Tuesday, he bowled games of 276, 269,
245, 255, 239, 235, 181 and 266. He leads a field of 40 players who advanced to Wednesday’s match play rounds.

“Overall I’m bowling real well and I feel good,” said Monacelli, who won the
2012 Senior U.S. Open and is a 19-time PBA Tour champion. “My whole life I’ve worked hard to stay in shape and combine that with the right amount of practice which is working well for me now."

“Another thing that is working well for me is to not wasting time making a
change whether it be with my equipment or with ball speed and where to play on the lane,” he added.

Sandelin, a member of the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame, qualified third with a 3,651 pinfall total (228.1 average) and will be hoping to add another chapter to Professional Bowlers Association history as she tries to become the first woman to win a PBA50 Tour (formerly known as PBA Senior Tour) tournament. She had games of 236, 224, 211, 242, 216, 257, 258 and 214 in the second round.

Her job will be made easier as she earned byes for three match play rounds as a
result of finishing in the top eight in qualifying.

“When I entered the tournament I was hoping to make match play because I
thought, hey, I can make it to the top 40,” said Sandelin, who was the 1996
women’s national amateur champion and United States Olympic Committee Athlete of the Year for bowling in 1992 and 1996. “But then as qualifying went on I was bowling better and I thought maybe I can make the top 30 or top 20 but here I am in the top eight."

“One thing that really helped today was I studied my equipment and knew when I needed to throw which ball,” the 10-time Team USA member added. “I wasn’t having to fish for what balls would work during the second block. Heading into match play I need to continue to be smart about my equipment and just stay in the moment.”

Sandelin is trying to become the first woman to win a PBA50 Tour tournament. The highest finishes by women in a PBA50 event are ninth by Linda Kelly in the 2006 Senior Decatur Open and Robin Romeo who finished 22nd in the 2007 USBC Senior Masters.
Kelly Kulick of Union, NJ became the only woman to win a PBA Tour event when she won the PBA Tournament of Champions in 2010.

PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame is providing start to finish coverage

of the Pasco County Suncoast Open. For subscription and schedule information visit the homepage and click on the Xtra Frame logo.
Match play continues all day Wednesday with championship rounds scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET.


Second Round Qualifying (after 16 games)
Top 40 advance to match play
a-amateur, s-super seniors out of the regular prize list cashing for $700

1, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,819.
2, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,702.
3, a-Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 3,651.
4, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp, Mich., 3,629.
5, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,579.
6, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,560.
7, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,554.
8, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,548.
9, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,544.
10, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,540.
11, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,539.
12, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,506.
13, John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 3,475.
14, a-Widmar Vargas, Riverview, Fla., 3,465.
15, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3,457.
16, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,445.
17, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 3,442.
18, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 3,439.
19, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,386.
20, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,375.
21, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,365.
22, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,358.
23, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,356.
24, Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 3,351.
25, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3,349.
26, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,347.
27, a-Larry Barwick, Wauchula, Fla., 3,346.
28, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,327.
29, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,324.
30, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,316.
31, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,300.
32, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,292.
33, Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 3,284.
34, Doug O'Bryant, Jasper, Ga., 3,270.
35, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,265.
36, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,264.
37, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,262.
38, (TIE) Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., and Joe Scarborough, Mars Hill, N.C., 3,260.
40, Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,254.

41, a-Duane Podgorski, Lakeland, Fla., 3,250
42, (TIE) Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., s-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,231, $700
44, David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 3,227.
45, s-Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,226, $700.
46, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,224.
47, s-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,223, $700.
48, (TIE) Lee Rucker, Fort Myers, Fla., and Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 3,209
50, Jeffrey Herman, Bonaire, Ga., 3,208.
51, a-Jeffery Roberson, Land O'Lakes, Fla., 3,206.
52, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,189.
53, (TIE)a-Edgar Gomez, Colombia, and Ron Dixon, Boynton Beach, Fla., 3,185.
55, s-Rick Minier, Houston, Texas, 3,179, $700.
56, (TIE) Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., and s-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,178, $700.
58, Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., 3,166.
59, Tom Kennedy, Shepherdsville, Ky., 3,165.
60, s-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,164, $700.
61, a,s-Robert Morrison, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,161, $700.
62, (TIE) Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., a-Patrick Trudeau, St. Petersburg, Fla., 3,158.
64, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 3,154.
65, s-Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 3,142, $700
66, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,139.
67, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 3,134.
68, Richard Esposito, Clearwater, Fla., 3,129.
69, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 3,128.
70, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 3,127.
71, Dan Ahlquist, Sweden, 3,118.
72, Leif Sjoberg, Sweden, 3,095.
73, Ed Cutter, Manassas Park, Va., 3,088.
74, a-Philip Frey, Lutz, Fla., 3,087.
75, Ron Woods, Hudson, Fla., 3,084.
76, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,056.
77, Don Sylvia, Lady Lake, FL, 3,048.
78, Dale Lee, Brandon, Fla., 3,044.
79, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,042.
80, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,038.
81, Chuck Gardner, Charlotte, N.C., 3,037.
82, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 3,034.
83, Keith Glasgow, St. Petersburg, Fla., 3,024.
84, Michael Truitt, Orland Park, Ill., 3,022.
85, (TIE) Paul Lemond, Jasper, Ind, and Andy Ippolito, Forest Hills, N.Y., 3,012.
87, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,000.
88, (TIE) Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., and Brian Cooper, Visalia, Calif., 2,995.
90, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 2,988.
91, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 2,985.
92, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 2,968.
93, a-Dave Titer, Land O' Lakes, Fla., 2,958.
94, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 2,947.
95, John Younger, Ledyard, Conn., 2,940.
96, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 2,934.
97, Timothy Bates, Orlando, Fla., 2,932.
98, Dave Schultz, Jackson, Wis., 2,925.
99, a-Donald Helsel, Tampa, Fla., 2,920.
100, Tommy King, Oakdale, N.Y., 2,909.
101, Danny Gould, Palm Bay, Fla, 2,908.
102, Patsy DellaPenna, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,907.
103, Steven Boxerman, University City, Mo., 2,903.
104, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 2,900.
105, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,899.
106, a-Nicholas Crisafulli, Tarpon Springs, Fla., 2,857.
107, Don Michaelsen Sr., Plant City, Fla., 2,855.
108, Bob Pazur, Venice, Fla, 2,844.
109, Douglas Weese, Carson City, Mich., 2,838.
110, Larry Montgomery, Safety Harbor, Fla., 2,837.
111, Jim Heintz, St. Charles, Mo., 2,801.
112, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 2,779.
113, Dan Howsmon, Lutz, Fla., 2,775.
114, Bob Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 2,770.
115, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 2,760.
116, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,749.
117, Lindell Woolard, Tallahassee, Fla., 2,718.
118, Dennis Amato, Pine Brook, N.J., 2,704.
119, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 2,585.
120, a-Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 2,490.

 300 Games, 1 - Todd Kjell

Monday, April 15, 2013

Brunswick to Add 4 to Entry Level Ball Line

Brunswick announces the new Strike King, a ball in four color combinations being added to it’s entry level product line. The SK13 reactive coverstock is Brunswick’s newest formulation for a low friction veneer with a High Gloss box finish (500 Siaair Micro Pad; Rough Buff; High Gloss Polish).

SK13 formula is described as a less aggressive reactive coverstock that easily projects down the lane without making the coverstock highly sensitive to the dry and oily parts of the lane.

The new Strike King symmetrical core features a single density light bulb shape design. This core design promotes skid through the front and mid-lane with flip on the backend. Additional benefits from Brunswick: “to make a great ball for entry level bowlers, rev dominant and slower ball speed players on light oil conditions.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Hammer True Blood Spare Ball Arrives in May

Like the predecessor Taboo Spare from Hammer, the Hammer True Blood is a polyester coverstock. With Blood Red/Black/White poly cover and the First Blood core, the design intention is for "Super Dry" lanes. The True Blood factory finish is 800, 800, 1000, 2000 Abralon® w/ Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish. World Wide Release Date: 5/7/13

Dave Ryan and Randy Pederson to Team Up for GEICO PBA Summer Swing

from Bill Vint 

Veteran Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) announcer Dave Ryan returns as play-by-play announcer for the PBA, partnering with color analyst Randy Pedersen, for the five-event GEICO PBA Summer Swing series on CBS Sports Network.

Ryan, who served as Voice of the PBA for five years (2002-07), joined CBS Sports Network in 2009 and has spent the past four years covering college football, basketball and baseball, college and professional lacrosse, as well as professional tennis.

“It’s been awhile since I’ve done PBA coverage, but I’m really looking forward to it,” Ryan said. “I joined CBS Sports Network in 2009 and it’s been great. I’ve done a lot of events for CBS. I’ve pretty much had the same role I had with ESPN, but with a different network.

“I’m thrilled, really excited. I miss being around the guys, and I’m particularly excited to work with Randy again. We’re good friends. I’ve been following the PBA since I left,” he added.

Ryan is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in broadcast journalism.

Pedersen, a 13-time PBA Tour champion and 2011 PBA Hall of Fame inductee, is currently in his 12th season as color analyst for PBA Tour telecasts.

“Dave called me and started singing, ‘Reunited.’ I didn’t know what he was talking about until then, but it was great news,” Pedersen said. “Dave Ryan is a great guy, a friend and he’s a real professional. It’ll be great to work with him again. I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be a lot of fun.”

The GEICO PBA Summer Swing will feature five two-hour telecasts on CBS Sports Network – the Badger, Wolf and Bear Opens, the Milwaukee Open and the GEICO Summer King of the Swing – which will air on consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.

The GEICO PBA Summer Swing will be held at three different Milwaukee area bowling centers – AMF Waukesha, AMF West and AMF Bowlero – May 20-June 2. PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, will provide wall-to-wall coverage of all preliminary rounds of the Summer Swing. For subscription information, visit and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Storm Unveils Three Balls for Spring

To enhance the reaction of the original Tropical Heats, Storm wrapped the Turbine core with a more aggressive R2S™ hybrid reactive coverstock and will call it the Lights Out. Its responsive nature grips the dry boards and turns the corner when needed. This stronger shell can be prepped with a sanding pad if needed, but give it a good look first with the factory finish as it provided an optimum motion in testing.

The proven Turbine™ core offers a medium RG and ample flare potential which works for a variety of styles on a countless number of lane conditions. Previously powering the Tropical Heat™ series, this core shape allows you to control your roll pattern and, ultimately, your ball reaction.

The Storm Super Natural is descibed as a “super urethane,” so to speak, to give control and predictability with a touch of aggression on the backend found in Reactor™ and R2S™ coverstocks. This new material, U3S™, was aptly named as it’s Storm’s third generation of urethane and completely unique in formulation.

With a 1500-grit polished finish, the new Super Natural is sure to help those battling drier lanes and match up well to those with slower ball speed! When paired with the dynamic Turbine™ core, Stormcreated an increase of flare potential so that those with a higher rev rate will see up to 6” of migration.
While the original Storm Frantic’s hybrid coverstock created ample backend reaction, the Freak’n Frantic’s pearl mixture amped that characteristic to the next degree. During testing, in fact, the Freak’n Frantic earned its spot in the lineup as the Storm technical team noticed its crisp break point and bold reaction to friction, no matter how far down the lane it began.

With a 1500-grit polished finish, the new Freak’n Frantic can be optimized to any bowler style. Those with a lot of ball speed may need to take some of the polish off the surface while others may prefer the factory finish.

While the coverstock is crucial to reaction, you have to consider the core as well. The Freak’n Frantic’s N.O.S. core provides the power and, when compared with the Turbine™ core, Storm increased its flare potential by more than 15% with its higher volume. The new Storm Balls will be available May 14, 2013.

Kent and Wiseman Inducted into PBA Hall of Fame

Doug Kent of Newark, NY, the winner of 10 Professional Bowlers Association Tour titles including four major championships, and Danny Wiseman of Baltimore, a 12-time Tour winner with one major title, were inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame for superior performance during ceremonies at the Indianapolis Marriott North Saturday night.

Wiseman, 45, joined the PBA in 1987 and has earned just over $1.55 million.
Kent, also 45, joined the PBA in 1988 and has earned just over $1.51 million
during his career. In the voting for the 50 Greatest Players in PBA History
during the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2009, Wiseman was
ranked 42nd and Kent 43rd.

Among Kent’s major titles are the 1991 United States Bowling Congress Masters, his first title, the 2002 PBA World Championship, and the 2006 USBC Masters and Denny’s PBA World Championship. Winning two majors in 2006 led to the Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year award. He is one of only nine players ever to win two major titles in the same season.

“As a young player I never thought about Halls of Fame or Player of the Year
awards,” Kent said. “All I wanted to be was like my hero Mark Roth."

“I want to thank PBA for the opportunity to be a professional bowler and to live
a dream.”

Kent joins his brother-in-law, Parker Bohn III, in the PBA Hall of Fame. Kent’s
wife is the former Chrissie Beamish; Bohn’s wife is the former Leslie Beamish.
They are the second set of brothers-in-law in the PBA Hall, joining Mike Aulby
and Steve Cook, who also married sisters.

Wiseman, who won the first of his 11 standard titles in the 1990 Fair Lanes Open in his hometown in his first television appearance, won the historic 2004 USBC Miller High Life Masters which was staged on a special lane installation inside Miller Park in Milwaukee – the first time a bowling championship had been conducted inside a major league baseball stadium.

Wiseman also had memorable performances in the 1992 Tournament of Champions and 2009 USBC Masters, finishing second in both tournaments.

Early in his career, Wiseman defined himself by compiling the winningest
television record in PBA history at that time (21-5), and by introducing a
colorful persona that branded him as something of a maverick.

“I never had a lot of natural ability and often wondered how I got to this
point,” Wiseman said.  “I have to give my parents a lot of the credit. I learned
to strive for perfection from dad and to never give up from my mom."

“I took what I learned from a lot of the greats in the sport, combined it with
my own ability and made a career out of it.”

Including the Class of 2013, the PBA Hall of Fame consists of 61 performance, 27 meritorious service and three PBA50 (formerly senior) inductees.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Weber Crushes Belmonte in PBA Tournament of Champions Finals

Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, MO, wrote another chapter in bowling history Sunday when he defeated Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte, 224-179, to win the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, IN.
The victory made Weber the first player to complete the PBA Triple Crown for a second time and tied bowling legend Earl Anthony for most major PBA titles with 10.
Weber, who was considered one of the professional tour’s power players when he won his first PBA Tournament of Champions with his unique high back swing back in 1978, is now 50 – the oldest player ever to win the TOC – and affectionately called “Gramps” by his younger opponents.
He won his second TOC title to go along with five U.S. Open titles and two PBA World Championships. He also owns a PBA Touring Players Championship for his other major. His win Sunday was his 37th, tying him for third place on the PBA all-time titles list with Norm Duke, behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47) and Anthony (43).
“I don’t know what it is,” Weber said. “I get up for the majors, but there’s one eluding me and the Weber family – the USBC Masters. I really want that one, and I’m not done yet. I’m not slowing down. I have no plans to retire.”
Weber won Sunday with three doubles, four spares and help from Belmonte, who left the 4-10 split three times – failing to convert it twice.
“I woke up today and said my dream would be to bowl Pete and win by a pin,” Belmonte said. “I got half of it right. I bowled Pete, but I lost by 60.
“Pete is the most talented bowler the world has ever seen, and may ever see,” Belmonte added. “To bowl him in the finals and see him break records like he has broken is really special. If I could achieve half of what he has done by the time my career is over, I’ll be ecstatic.”
Belmonte eliminated defending champion Sean Rash of Montgomery, IL, 229-171, in the semifinal match. Belmonte started with five strikes while Rash threw only one strike in his first six frames. When Belmonte left the 1-2-4-6-10 in the eighth frame and failed to convert, he gave Rash a glimmer of hope, but Rash was unable to close the gap.
In the second match, Rash followed a first-frame spare with five strikes to build a 34-pin lead over Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, SC, after Jones left and failed to convert the 3-4-6-7-10 split in his second frame. Despite striking on eight of his last nine shots, Jones was unable to overcome his early mistake against Rash’s error-free game.
Jones started the stepladder finals with a 217-189 victory over Finland’s two-handed star, Osku Palermaa. Jones had a double in the second and third frames which gave him the lead and Palermaa, unable to double the entire game, couldn’t catch up.
The PBA Tour’s winter season ends next Sunday (April 7) when the finals of the Elias Cup, the concluding event of the inaugural PBA League season, airs on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET. The New York City WTT KingPins, owned by women’s sports legend Billie Jean King, is the top-qualifying team for the finals. Other finalists include the Motown Muscle, owned by former Pittsburgh Steelers star Jerome Bettis; the BROOKLYN STyLES, owned by Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams, and the Dallas Strikers, owned by former NFL great Terrell Owens.
Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Sunday
Final Standings
1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $50,000.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $25,000.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $15,000.
4, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $12,000.
5, Osku Palermaa, Finland, $10,000.
Stepladder Results
Match One: Jones def. Palermaa, 217-189.
Match Two: Rash def. Jones, 247-233.
Semifinal Match: Belmonte def. Rash, 229-171.
Championship: Weber def. Belmonte, 224-179.