Friday, December 24, 2021


New York, N.Y.—The 2022 PBA50 Tour will open competition in April with a return to Fort Myers, Fla. for the PBA50 Lightning Strikes Open. Four major championships, three PBA60 exclusive events, five new venues and a collection of PBA Hall of Famers highlight the 17-event season that concludes in August.

All four PBA50 major championships return in 2022: the Florida Blue Medicare PBA50 National Championship in The Villages, Fla., April 24-28, USBC Senior Masters in Las Vegas, Nev., June 6-10, PBA Senior U.S. Open in Lubbock, Texas, July 2-6 and PBA50 Cup in Westland, Mich., July 18-21.

Pete Weber is the defending PBA50 National Champion, Chris Barnes will defend the PBA50 Cup and Tom Hess will defend both the USBC Senior Masters and PBA Senior U.S. Open.

Hess enters the season as the reigning PBA50 Player of the Year and PBA50 Rookie of the Year, having defeated Barnes in the championship match of both the Senior U.S. Open and USBC Senior Masters to clinch both awards.

The PBA50 Tour again begins in Florida and moves up the coast before going west and ultimately finishing in the Midwest. New events for 2022 include the PBA50 Mooresville Open in Mooresville, N.C. (last held in 2019) and the PBA50 Highland Park Lanes Open in Greeley, Colo. The PBA50 Bud Moore Classic will again hold its finals in Bud Moore Lanes at the home of Bill Moore, with qualifying this year taking place at Bowl America Dranesville in Sterling, Va. The PBA50 Cup moves from Lubbock, where the Senior U.S. Open will be held, to Vision Lanes in Westland.

Weber, who won two PBA50 titles in 2021 to give him 13 in his career, will be chasing Walter Ray Williams Jr., who won the season-opening event last season to set the all-time record with 15 PBA50 Tour titles. The win broke the tie at 14 Williams previously shared with John Handegard. Weber and Williams will have 14 PBA50 events in which to battle. Williams, along with all other players age 60 and over, will have three more chances to compete in PBA60-exclusive events.

In addition to the returning USBC Super Senior Classic and PBA60 Dick Weber Open, PBA60 players will close the season in the PBA60 Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl Open.


PBA50 Lightning Strikes Lanes Open, Lightning Strikes Lanes, Fort Myers, Fla. – April 18-22
Florida Blue Medicare PBA50 National Championship (major), Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla. – April 24-28
PBA50 Granville Financial Open, Sandhills Bowling Center, Aberdeen, N.C. – May 1-4
PBA50 Mooresville Open, Victory Entertainment Center, Mooresville, N.C. – May 7-10
PBA50 Bud Moore Classic, Bowl America Dranesville (stepladder finals in Bud Moore Lanes), Sterling, Va. – May 13-16
USBC Super Senior Classic, Sam’s Town, Las Vegas, Nev. – June 1-5
USBC Senior Masters (major), Sam’s Town, Las Vegas, Nev. – June 6-12
PBA50 Odessa Open, Diamond Lanes, Odessa, Texas – June 26-29
PBA Senior U.S. Open (major), South Plains Lanes, Lubbock, Texas – July 2-6
PBA50 Highland Park Lanes Open, Highland Park Lanes, Greeley, Colo. – July 9-12
PBA50 Cup (major), Vision Lanes, Westland, Mich. – July 18-21
PBA50 South Shore Open, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind. – July 25-28
PBA50 Spectrum Lanes Open, Spectrum Lanes, Wyoming, Mich. – August 1-4
PBA50 David Small’s Championship Lanes Open, Championship Lanes, Anderson, Ind. – August 6-9
PBA50 David Small’s JAX60 Open, JAX60, Jackson, Mich. – August 12-15
PBA60 Dick Weber Classic, JAX60, Jackson, Mich. – August 16-18
PBA60 Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl Open, Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio – August 19-22

Wednesday, December 22, 2021


ARLINGTON, Texas – The 2022 Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour season will begin in May and feature 12 events, seven of which will conclude on CBS Sports Network.

Athletes in 2022 will be competing for an overall prize fund of approximately $1.4 million, which represents the largest average per event since the tour’s relaunch in 2015.

The schedule will feature the United States Bowling Congress Queens and U.S. Women’s Open, along with the season-ending PWBA Tour Championship, to close out the season. Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, won her second major title and $50,000 in October at the 2021 Tour Championship.

The stepladder finals at all three majors, and four standard events throughout the season, will

be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

Along with the noteworthy prize money at the three majors on the 2022 PWBA Tour schedule, three additional events will award increased prize money for first place — the PWBA Rockford Open, PWBA Twin Cities Open and PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open.

“We’re thrilled to continue this commitment to larger top prizes after the excitement earlier this year at the U.S. Women’s Open and PWBA Tour Championship,” USBC President Melissa McDaniel said. “The 2022 season will be incredible to watch, and we’re proud to be able to invest in the future of the PWBA Tour and the sport of bowling.”

PWBA staff worked closely with the newly elected PWBA Player Committee to revise the schedule, prize fund distribution and additional television exposure.


“It has been great to work together with the PWBA staff to deliver a schedule that we felt best serves the wants and needs of the entire membership,” said 2021 PWBA Player of the Year and PWBA Player Committee chair Bryanna Coté. “We are really looking forward to getting out on the lanes in 2022 and hope these new changes will bring even more new faces out to compete on the PWBA Tour.”

The CBS Sports Network coverage will begin with the season-opening Rockford Open at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford, Illinois. The event will begin May 12, with the stepladder finals being broadcast May 15.

The other standard events on the CBS Sports Network schedule are the Twin Cities Open, St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open and PWBA BVL Open.

“The additional exposure of the PWBA Tour on CBS Sports Network will allow the best athletes in the sport to be showcased throughout 2022,” BPAA Executive Director Frank DeSocio said. “We’re excited to be able to watch these athletes perform on the biggest stages, while reaching a larger audience and fanbase through these national broadcasts.”

All rounds leading up to the stepladder finals will be broadcast on Events not featuring a CBS Sports Network broadcast, excluding the Professional Bowlers Association/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles event, will conclude live on BowlTV.

Two venues on the 2022 schedule are being visited for the first time since the relaunch, and they will host Classic Series events. The Classic Series events were introduced in 2021 and featured three national tour events during a single stop.

Maple Lanes Rockville Centre in Rockville Centre, New York, will host the PWBA Long Island Classic, PWBA BowlTV Classic and BVL Classic from June 6-12. USA Bowl in Dallas will host the PWBA DFW Classic, PWBA Pepsi Classic and Tour Championship from Aug. 2-9.

With dates, event, center, location and broadcast channel (subject to change):

  • May 12-15, PWBA Rockford Open, The Cherry Bowl, Rockford, Ill., CBS Sports Network
  • May 18-24, USBC Queens, Stardust Bowl, Addison, Ill., CBS Sports Network
  • May 26-29, PWBA Twin Cities Open, Cedarvale Lanes, Eagan, Minn., CBS Sports Network
  • June 2-5, PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open, Seminole Lanes, Seminole, Fla., CBS Sports Network
  • June 6-8, PWBA Long Island Classic, Maple Lanes Rockville Centre, Rockville Centre, N.Y., BowlTV
  • June 9-10, PWBA BowlTV Classic, Maple Lanes Rockville Centre, Rockville Centre, N.Y., BowlTV
  • June 11-12, PWBA BVL Classic, Maple Lanes Rockville Centre, Rockville Centre, N.Y., CBS Sports Network
  • June 14-21, U.S. Women’s Open, Kingpin’s Alley Family Fun Center, South Glens Falls, N.Y., CBS Sports Network
  • July 28-31, PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, Copperfield Bowl, Houston, TBD
  • Aug. 2-4, PWBA DFW Classic, USA Bowl, Dallas, BowlTV
  • Aug. 5-6, PWBA Pepsi Classic, USA Bowl, Dallas, BowlTV
  • Aug. 7-9, PWBA Tour Championship, USA Bowl, Dallas, CBS Sports Network

There also will be two PWBA Regional competitions tied to national tour stops during the season. The regionals will take place May 15 after the Rockford Open and May 29 after the Twin Cities Open.

Athletes will be able to purchase their 2022 PWBA memberships starting Jan. 12, 2022.

To learn more about the PWBA Tour, visit

Thursday, December 16, 2021


December 16, 2021

ARLINGTON, Texas - Most bowling fans know Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, as one of the world's top competitors or even as a personality on various bowling telecasts, but they'll get to see her in a new capacity in 2022 as the head coach for the Junior Team USA bowling program.

Kulick, a United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer and USBC Silver coach, will assume the position vacated by Bryan O'Keefe, who was named head coach of Team USA in June. The two have worked together for the past four years and will continue to do so in their new positions.

Since 2017, Kulick has been one of seven assistant coaches for Team USA, offering her expertise at a variety of camps and international events.

Her new role puts her at the helm of the expanding junior program that now includes more than two dozen Junior Team USA members and the members of the developmental team.

Kulick will begin her tenure at the upcoming USBC Team USA Trials, an event she won in 2019 and 2020.

"There are few things more special and rewarding than standing on the podium and hearing our national anthem, but helping others experience that for the first time might be one of those things," Kulick said. "I'm extremely proud of my career with Team USA, and I'm excited to continue that by helping the next generation of champions reach their dreams."

For more than two decades, Kulick has been a standout on the lanes for Team USA, earning dozens of medals across the globe. She is a 17-time member of the team and was a Junior Team USA member in 1998 and 2000.

The 44-year-old right-hander won her first international medal in 1998 and most recently took home a pair of medals and co-Most Valuable Player honors at the 2021 International Bowling Federation Super World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The years in between have been filled with success on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour and as a pioneer on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, where she became the first woman to win a PBA Tour title. She won the PBA Tournament of Champions in 2010.

Kulick also has been involved in the administrative side of the sport, serving three terms on the USBC Board of Directors. Her stint concluded at the end of the 2019-2020 season, but she continues to serve as a member of the USBC Hall of Fame Committee.

When not competing or carrying out her committee responsibilities, Kulick has been passionate about helping others improve and succeed - in bowling and in other areas of life and fitness.

Coaching bowling is a journey that started close to home as a student, and later as an instructor, for New Jersey's Dick Ritger Bowling Camps. She has been a Level 3 Master Dick Ritger coach since 1995.

Kulick's coaching endeavors have taken her as far as Australia for regular clinics and appearances, and her official debut as part of the Team USA coaching staff came at the 2018 IBF World Youth Championships in the Detroit area.

"Kelly has been a huge part of Team USA's on-lane success over the last 20 years, and she has been a great influence for the Junior Team USA players through her role as an assistant coach," O'Keefe said. "Her transition to this new opportunity is a logical next step in her career, and I know it will be seamless due to her experience as a player and coach and because of her familiarity with international competition. I respect Kelly as a competitor and as a colleague, and I know she will be a great leader for the next generation of young standouts."

While bowling became Kulick's career since graduating from Morehead State University in 2000, her bachelor's degree in physical and health education has served her well for her own fitness goals and in helping others.

She is part of the National Exercise Trainers Association and certified in kettlebell and foam rolling. She also teaches line dancing and group exercise classes and can offer advice as a nutrition specialty coach. The latter stemmed from a passion for food and cooking.

For more information on Junior Team USA, visit

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

One Man’s Amazing Journey to the Center of the Bowling Ball

The following is An Article in Wired Magazine about the inimitable Maurice "Mo" Pinel 

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Mo Pinel spent a career reshaping the ball’s inner core to harness the power of physics. He revolutionized the sport—and spared no critics along the way.