PBA Announces 15-Tournament 2019 PBA50/60 Tour Season Schedule; Season to Feature Three Majors and Three New Venues

CHICAGOThe Professional Bowlers Association has released its 2019 15-stop PBA50/60 Tour schedule that includes three majors and three new events. All of the PBA50/60 events are expected to be streamed live from start to finish by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

After kicking off the season with the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia Open presented by Brunswick at Maple Countryside Lanes in Clearwater, Fla., April 14-17, the season’s first major returns to Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Fla., April 22-26 for the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical.

The season’s two other majors return to Las Vegas for the USBC Senior Masters June 2-9 at Sam’s Town and the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm June 9-14 at the Suncoast Bowling Center.

New events in 2019 will include the PBA50 Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center Open in Trenton, N.J., May 3-5, and two stops at Jax 60 Lanes in Jackson, Mich., the PBA50 Dave Small’s Jax 60 Open, July 30-Aug. 2, and PBA60 Dave Small’s Jax 60 Open, Aug. 3-5.

The PBA50 Tour will also make return trips to Mooresville, N.C., Brentwood, Calif., Monticello, Minn., Hammond, Ind., Anderson, Ind., and Wyoming, Mich.

There will be two other events for players 60 and over which are: USBC Super Senior Classic at Sam’s Town, May 29-June 2, and PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by 900 Global Aug. 4-7 at Pro Bowl West in Goshen, Ind., to close out the season.

Players can enter beginning March 4 online at pba.com or by downloading an entry form and emailing it to Mary von Krueger at mary@pba.com.

2019 PBA50 TOUR SCHEDULE

April 14-17 – PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick, Maple Countryside Lanes, Clearwater, Fla.

April 22-26 – PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical, Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla.

April 28-May 1 – PBA50 Mooresville Open, presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau and Columbia300

May 3-5 – PBA50 Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center Open, Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center, Trenton, N.J.

May 25-28 – PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV, Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif.

May 29-June 2 –USBC Super Senior Classic, Sam’s Town, Las Vegas.

June 2-9 – USBC Senior Masters, Sam’s Town, Las Vegas.

June 9-14 – Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm, Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas

July 9-12 – PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Hammer, River City Extreme, Monticello, Minn.

July 15-18 – PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Ebonite, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind.

July 20-23 – PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip, Dave Small’s Championship Lanes, Anderson, Ind.

July 25-28 – PBA50 Spectrum Lanes Open, Spectrum Lanes, Wyoming, Mich.

July 30-Aug. 2 – PBA50 Dave Small’s Jax 60 Open, Jax 60, Jackson, Mich.

Aug. 3-5 –PBA60 Dave Small’s Jax 60 Open, Jax 60, Jackson, Mich.

Aug. 7-9 – PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by 900 Global, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind.

PBA Spare Shots: EJ Tackett Claims Third Berth in 2019 World Bowling Tour Men’s Finals

Thanks in part to a gold-medal performance in all-events in the World Bowling Men’s Championships in Hong Kong last week, EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind., claimed the third berth in the 2019 World Bowling Tour Men’s Finals that will be contested on Sunday, Jan. 6, at the International Research and Training Center in Arlington, Texas, for broadcast on FS1 on March 10.

Tackett will join 2018 WBT points leader Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, and Stuart Williams of England in the men’s finals. The WBT Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, will feature Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y.; Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., and Daria Pajak of Poland.

Featured photo caption: Team USA’s World Bowling Men’s Championships trios gold medalists, from left: EJ Tackett, Kyle Troup and Andrew Anderson.

On his way to winning the all-events gold medal in Hong Kong, Tackett also won gold in trios with Team USA teammates Andrew Anderson and Kyle Troup, and a silver medal in doubles with Anderson, PBA’s newly-crowned 2018 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year. Anderson was also silver-medalist in all-events.

WBT Men’s and Women’s Finalists were determined based on competition points earned in WBT events during calendar year 2018. For a complete summary of World Bowling Men’s Championships results, visit worldbowling.org.

INTERNATIONAL BOWLING MUSEUM TO UNVEIL PBA HALL OF FAME EXHIBIT

The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas, will unveil a new PBA Hall of Fame exhibit featuring items on loan from 2019 PBA Hall of Fame inductees Patrick Allen, Mika Koivuniemi, Bob Johnson and Jim Doty.

The PBA Hall of Fame exhibit, which will celebrate the organization’s role as the “major league of bowling in the world,” will hold its premier on Saturday, Jan. 5, in conjunction with the newest inductions. The Arlington-based IBM/HF serves as the home of the PBA Hall of Fame.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: MIKE BAILEY WINS BEAUMONT SOUTHWEST OPEN

Mike Bailey from Irving, Texas, defeated Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, 258-202, in the position round final match to win the 17th annual PBA Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, Sunday. The victory was Bailey’s seventh in PBA Regional competition and his second in 2018.

Bailey battled Lavery-Spahr for the lead through most of the match play finals, but trailed Lavery-Spahr by 78 pins before the final game. With the 30 bonus pins awarded for winning the match, Bailey made up the deficit with a 258-202 win to claim the $2,500 first place check.

Bailey finished the event 18 pins ahead of Lavery-Spahr’s 4,853. Houston’s David Scardaville finished in third place.

Mike Moore and non-PBA member partner Shawn Naumann, both of Orlando, Fla., defeated Cristian Azcona of Puerto Rico and non-member Justin Dunn of Deland, Fla., 451-335, in a total pinfall match to win the $4,000 first prize in the PBA South Region Member/Non-Member Doubles at Break Point Alley Bowling Center in Tavares, Fla., Sunday.

Moore and Naumann won six of their eight matches and finished with a 16-game total of 7,042 pins to qualify first. Azcona and Dunn, who shared $2,000 for second place, eliminated Dave Stouffer of Lehigh Acres, Florida, and Lee Rathjen of Naples, Fla., 446-377, in the first stepladder match.

Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., defeated top qualifier Mike Steil of Wheeling, Ill., 224-194, to win the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest/Central Open at Victory Lanes in Kankakee, Ill., Sunday. The tournament was Rich Weber’s final tournament as PBA Midwest Region tournament manager. Weber will officially retire on December 31.

Sullins, who earned $1,500 along with his 36th overall PBA Regional title and his fourth at Victory Lanes, defeated Gary Alstott of Washington, Ill., 267-214, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match after Alstott eliminated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 234-221, in the first match.

Scott Kinkaid of Elizabethtown, Pa., defeated Steven Kotowski of Clark, N.J., 278-236, to win the PBA MJK Pro Shop/Knob Hill Eastern Challenge presented by Brunswick in Manalapan, N.J., on Saturday.

PBA Challenge events are open to any member or non-member who has never won a PBA event.

Kinkaid, a 44-year-old non-PBA member, was bowling in his 12th PBA event. He qualified sixth and then dominated the field in the bracket elimination finals. He posted 6-1 record, averaging 262.4 over the seven games. Kotowski, also a non-member who was competing in only his second PBA event, posted a 5-2 record.

Kinkaid earned $1,500 for the win, but does not receive credit for a PBA Regional title because he is a non-member.

In the semifinal matches, Kinkaid topped Michael Markis of Tafton, Pa., 269-234, and Kotowski defeated Jeremy Milito of Holbrook, N.Y., 223-214.

● The PBA50 Timber Lanes East Open, originally scheduled for the Dec. 7-9 weekend in Oxford, Pa., has been postponed until 2019.

● As the PBA heads toward the year-end holidays, a limited schedule of PBA Regional competition is on tap for the Dec. 14-16 weekend, including the Reality Check/CareHawk South Classic at Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac, Fla., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central-East Challenge for non-title winners at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio.

● Closing out PBA’s 2018 regional calendar will be the PBA50/PBA Houston Emerald Bowl Doubles presented by Bowling Dynamix over the Dec. 21-23 weekend, and the PBA Japan Region’s Scorpion and Women’s Scorpion Open tournaments at Tokyo Hagashiyamato Grand Bowl.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES:

Del Ballard Jr., recipient of the 2017 PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award, and wife Carolyn Dorin-Ballard have announced a $72,000 contribution to Cancer Care Services in the wake of their annual “Ballard Vs. The Big C” fund-raiser in Dallas.

Chris Barnes, the 2018 PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award recipient, and wife Lynda drew a field of 241 participations for their 14th annual Barnes Thanksgiving Classic tournament at Plano Super Bowl in the Dallas area, awarding a total of $17,750 in scholarships.

Correction: the correct dates for the 20th anniversary Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament in Houston, Texas, are Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, July 28. The tournament will be part of the 2019 USBC Cup points series and will be covered live from start to finish by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

USBC Cup Highlights PBA’s Six-City Eight-Tournament 2019 Summer Tour Schedule on FloBowling

 

Expanding upon what already will be an historic year of competition, Professional Bowlers Association CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark today announced a six-city, eight-tournament summer series as part of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule that will include a $40,000 USBC Cup points competition.

The 2019 PBA Summer Tour will award eight PBA Tour titles beginning with the 20th anniversary PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles in Houston in July and continuing with stops in Chesapeake, Va.; Wilmington, N.C.; Middletown, Del., and Coldwater, Ohio, before ending in late August with the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing which will include two animal pattern events and the Aurora Open finale in Aurora, Ill. Complete tournament schedules and formats will be announced later.

Open to PBA members as well as non-members, all eight events will be streamed live from first ball to last by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

All summer tour events except the Aurora Open will be classified as Tier 3 points events under the PBA’s Tier 1-2-3 points system. The Aurora Open will be a Tier 2 event. The top five PBA members at the end of the summer tour will share in the $40,000 USBC Cup prize fund – including $20,000 to the points leader. The USBC Cup points bonus, sponsored by the United States Bowling Congress, will be part of the summer tour for the next three seasons. All competition points earned during the summer tour will also apply to 2020 DHC PBA Japan Invitational and 2020 PBA Tour Finals eligibility.

2019 GO BOWLING! PBA SUMMER TOUR SCHEDULE

July 26-29 – Storm PBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, Copperfield Lanes, Houston, Texas

August 9-11 – PBA Chesapeake Open, AMF Western Branch Lanes, Chesapeake, Va.

August 12-14 – PBA Wilmington Open, Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C.

August 16-18- PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic, Mid-County Lanes, Middletown, Del.

August 21-23 – PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy Xtra Pair, Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio

August 24-31 – FloBowling PBA Summer Swing (Wolf Open, Bear Open, Aurora Open), Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill.

PBA Spare Shots: H5G Brands Offers New Line of PBA Replica Jerseys in Time for Christmas

H5G Brands, the PBA’s official dye-sublimated jersey provider, has unveiled a new line of replica jerseys in time for the Christmas gift-giving season.

2019_AndrewAnderson_0001The new line of jerseys feature new looks and designs that have been worn by many of PBA’s top stars in the past as well as designs that will be worn when the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season gets underway. Jersey designs include those worn in PBA League competition.

Fans can check out H5G Brands’ (formerly High 5 Gear) line of PBA replica jerseys at: http://h5gbrands.com/bowling/replica-jerseys/pba-pro-replica-jerseys.html or review HG5 Brands’ full line of apparel and related products at http://h5gbrands.com/?SID=250b1bd71rp4inldlpdv6gs5u6. Jerseys are available in a full range of sizes and assorted styles.

PBA TOUR ADDS THREE WORLD BOWLING TOUR EVENTS TO 2019 SCHEDULE

The PBA has announced the addition of three PBA-World Bowling Tour events to the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, adding to the number of tournaments that will award PBA Tour titles as well as men’s World Bowling Tour competition points.

Under an agreement between the PBA and World Bowling, eight tournaments in 2019 will offer PBA Tour titles as part of the WBT series. None of the eight will allow handicap pins for women.

The 2019 PBA-WBT schedule will include:

● March 12-21 – PBA World Championship, Allen Park, Mich.;

● March 26-April 1 – USBC Masters, Las Vegas;

● July tba – Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, Houston, Texas;

● tba – Illinois Open, Aurora, Ill.;

● tba – U.S. Open;

● Aug. 24-Sept. 9 – Lucky Larsen Masters, Helsingborg, Sweden;

● Sept. 27-Oct. 4 – WBT Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand;

● Oct. 31-Nov. 6 – Kuwait Open, Kuwait City, Kuwait.

ILLINOIS NATIVE BOBBY JAKEL TO MANAGE PBA MIDWEST REGION

Photos from the PBA Players Draft at Woodland Bowl in 
Indianapolis, IN.  Saturday, Feb. 17 2018. (Photo Alan Petersime)Lockport, Ill., native Bobby Jakel, the PBA Central Region manager since 2006, will succeed Rich Weber as PBA Midwest Region manager at the start of the 2019 season.

Jakel, a 49-year-old graduate of Illinois State University where he majored in psychology and bowled with the Redbirds for four years, will become the PBA Midwest Region’s seventh manager, following in the footsteps of Pat Patterson, Ray Bluth, Don McClaren, Dick Weber, John Weber and Rich Weber. He also will continue to manage the PBA Central Region.

“I’m looking forward to handling duties in both regions and seeing Midwest bowlers more often,” Jakel said.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BAILEY WINS SOUTHWEST TITLE IN BEAUMONT

PBA Southwest Region veteran Mike Bailey of Irving, Texas, won his seventh career regional title in the Beaumont Southwest Open Sunday at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, defeating Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, by 18 pins to claim the $2,500 first prize.

Bailey posted a 4-4 match play record in the final round, but needed a 258-202 win over Lavery-Spahr in the final match to claim the title. Lavery-Spahr finished with a 4,853 pinfall total for the 21-game event. David Scardaville of Houston was third with 4,653 pins followed by Sean Lavery-Spahr in fourth with a 4,622 total.

● The November PBA Regional calendar comes to a close over the Nov. 30-Dec. 2 weekend with the Knob Hill/MJK Pro Shop Challenge (a non-champions event) presented by Brunswick at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J.; the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest Open presented by Allstate in Kankakee, Ill.; and the re-scheduled Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

10th Anniversary PBA World Series of Bowling to Return to its Original Home in Suburban Detroit in 2019

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The 10th anniversary Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling will return to its original home at Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Detroit in March where it will write a new chapter in bowling history with five consecutive nights of prime-time national television coverage on FS1.

PBA’s World Series of Bowling, created in 2009 as a multi-event series of tournaments, has grown into the most important international event in bowling, annually attracting the most talented bowlers from around the world. And the 2019 WSOB X will continue the trend, concluding with an historic television package including four consecutive nights of live championship tournament finals telecasts – Monday through Thursday, March 18, 19, 20 and 21 – plus a USA vs. The World team match featuring the World Series’ top performers on Friday, March 22.

The five consecutive nights of prime-time coverage is a first in bowling history, and an important segment in the PBA’s 60th consecutive year of national television coverage. All five two-hour shows, part of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, will air on FS1 at 8 p.m. EST from the famous arena bay inside historic Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.

WSOB X, which gets underway on March 10, will include four championship tournaments: the PBA Cheetah 33, Chameleon 39 and Scorpion 42 Championships plus the 2019 PBA World Championship which will include an elite field of players based upon their overall performances in the three preliminary “animal pattern” events that will be contested on distinctly different lane oiling patterns. The PBA World Championship will be contested on the Earl Anthony 43 oiling pattern. Each event’s numerical designation indicates the distance oil is applied down the lane.

A total of 115 PBA members will be invited to compete in the World Series, based upon their composite WSOB earnings between 2015-17, plus any PBA Tour title winner who has not qualified on the composite earnings list. A pre-tournament qualifier will be held on March 10 at Thunderbowl to allow other PBA members to compete for all remaining berths in the 135-player field.

Fans can pre-order tickets for the World Series by visiting PBA.com (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-world-series-of-bowling-x-tickets-49606041004).

2019 PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING X SCHEDULE
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., March 10-21 (all times are Eastern)

Sunday, March 10
10 a.m. – Unofficial practice session
1 p.m. – Pre-Tournament Qualifier (if necessary; six games)
7 p.m. – WSOB X Pro-Am

Monday, March 11
10 a.m. – Cheetah 33 and Chameleon 39 practice session
2:30 p.m. – Scorpion 42 and Earl Anthony 43 practice session

Tuesday, March 12
(Contested on 33-foot Cheetah lane oiling pattern)
12:30 p.m. – Cheetah Championship Qualifying Round 1, 5 games
6:30 p.m. – Cheetah Championship Qualifying Round 2, 5 games
    Top 16 qualifiers after 10 games advance to single-elimination match play, March 18; 10-game qualifying totals carry over to PBA World Championship

Wednesday, March 13
(Contested on 39-foot Chameleon lane oiling pattern)
12:30 p.m. – Chameleon Championship Qualifying Round 1, 5 games
6:30 p.m. – Chameleon Championship Qualifying Round 2, 5 games
    Top 16 qualifiers after 10 games advance to single-elimination match play, March 19; 10-game qualifying totals carry over to PBA World Championship

Thursday, March 14
(Contested on 42-foot Scorpion lane oiling pattern)
12:30 p.m. – Scorpion Championship Qualifying Round 1, 5 games
6:30 p.m. – Scorpion Championship Qualifying Round 2, 5 games
    Top 16 qualifiers after 10 games advance to single-elimination match play, March 20; 10-game qualifying totals carry over to PBA World Championship; top 40 qualifiers based on composite 30-game totals from Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships advance to PBA World Championship cashers round; top five American and top five international players advance to USA vs. The World team competition.

Friday, March 15
(Contested on 43-foot Earl Anthony lane oiling pattern)
12:30 p.m. – PBA World Championship Cashers Round 1, 5 games
6:30 p.m. – PBA World Championship Cashers Round 2, 5 games
    Top 16 qualifiers after 40 games advance to round robin match play

Saturday, March 16
(Contested on 43-foot Earl Anthony lane oiling pattern)
9 a.m. – PBA World Championship Round Robin Match Play, 8 games
3 p.m. – PBA World Championship Round Robin Match Play, 8 games
    Top 5 qualifiers after 56 games advance to FS1 stepladder finals, Thursday, March 21, 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 17
4 p.m. – WSOB X Pro-Am

Monday, March 18
(Contested on 33-foot Cheetah lane oiling pattern)
Noon – Cheetah Championship Round of 16 (best of five games, single-elimination match play)
3 p.m. – Cheetah Championship Round of 8 (best of five games, single-elimination match play)
8 p.m. – Cheetah Championship Finals (live on FS1)
    Match 1 – Four finalists, one game, lowest score eliminated
    Semifinal Match – Three finalists, one game, lowest score eliminated
    Championship – Two survivors, best of three games (game three is 9th and 10th frame if needed)

Tuesday, March 19
(Contested on 39-foot Chameleon lane oiling pattern)
Noon – Chameleon Championship Round of 16 (best of five games, single-elimination match play)
3 p.m. – Chameleon Championship Round of 8 (best of five games, single-elimination match play)
8 p.m. – Chameleon Championship Finals (live on FS1)
    Match 1 – Four finalists, one game, lowest score eliminated
    Semifinal Match – Three finalists, one game, lowest score eliminated
    Championship – Two survivors, best of three games (game three is 9th and 10th frame if needed)

Wednesday, March 20
(Contested on 42-foot Scorpion lane oiling pattern)
Noon – Scorpion Championship Round of 16 (best of five games, single-elimination match play)
3 p.m. – Scorpion Championship Round of 8 (best of five games, single-elimination match play)
8 p.m. – Scorpion Championship Finals (live on FS1)
    Match 1 – Four finalists, one game, lowest score eliminated
    Semifinal Match – Three finalists, one game, lowest score eliminated
    Championship – Two survivors, best of three games (game three is 9th and 10th frame if needed)

Thursday, March 21
(Contested on 43-foot Earl Anthony lane oiling pattern)
5 p.m. – USA vs. The World team match (top five U.S. qualifiers for PBA World Championship vs. top five international qualifiers, best of three Baker scoring team matches (taped to air on FS1 on Friday, March 22, at 8 p.m.)
8 p.m. – PBA World Championship Stepladder Finals (live on FS1)

Friday, March 22
8 p.m. – USA vs. The World telecast (FS1)

PBA Spare Shots: PBA, Slap It On Create Custom Wall Decals Featuring PBA, PBA50 Stars

The PBA and SlapItOn, a company that produces custom vinyl wall decals of sports stars, have entered into a licensing agreement to create a line of decals featuring a number of PBA and PBA50 stars in time for the holiday season.

The large vinyl decals come as 3.5 x 4-foot sheets that feature removable action figures that readily attach to most smooth, flat surfaces. No adhesive is required. The decals are safe on walls, and can be removed and moved without difficulty. Quality vinyl also makes them stand up well to wear-and-tear.

“SlapItOn is extremely excited to be partnering with the PBA Tour, an association that has been around for 60 years,” said SlapItOn CEO Mike Vanderjagt. “We are bringing the fans of bowlers worldwide, a cool product that they can SlapItOn anywhere!”

To check out the roster of PBA and PBA50 players available, visit: https://slapiton.us/collections/pba. The website also offers a variety of other products.

WATCH WORLD BOWLING MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS ON FLOBOWLING

PBA fans can watch many of PBA’s top stars from around the world as they compete in singles, doubles, trios, five-man team and Masters competitions in the World Bowling Men’s Championships Sunday through Wednesday, Dec. 1-5, at SCAA Bowling Center in Hong Kong. Semifinal and finals rounds will be live-streamed by Xtra Frame on FloBowling, and archived for same-day access at more favorable time slots for American viewers.

Competition will include singles qualifying Sunday-Monday, Nov. 25-26; doubles qualifying Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 27-28; trios qualifying Thursday-Friday, Nov. 29-30; five-man team qualifying plus singles semifinals and finals, Saturday, Dec. 1; five-man team qualifying plus doubles semifinals and finals, Sunday, Dec. 2; five-man team qualifying, all-events medal presentations and trios semifinals and finals, Monday, Dec. 3; Masters match play and five-man team semifinals and finals, Tuesday, Dec. 4, and masters match play, semifinals and finals, Wednesday, Dec. 5.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: FOY WINS SECOND REGIONAL TITLE IN MARYLAND

Two-handed player Tim Foy Jr. of Seaford, Del., earned his second career PBA Regional title when he defeated Gary Haines of West Babylon, N.Y., 189-178, in the title match of the PBA Bowlers Discount Eastern Open presented by Track at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Md., Sunday.

Haines, who was also looking for his second regional title, chose to finish the match last on the right lane. After Foy failed to strike in his 10th frame, Haines needed to post a strike/spare to win, but his first shot went high, resulting in a split. Foy, whose previous win came in 2014, earned $2,500.

In the semifinal matches, Foy defeated Jeff Ripic of Apalachin, N.Y., 200-169, while Haines eliminated Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence, N.Y., 220-212.

Lee Brosius of Ashburn, Va., defeated Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., 633-589, in the three-game total pinfall title match to win his sixth PBA Regional title in the PBA50 PlyGems Windows Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount (Va.) Bowling Center Sunday.

After eliminating Bill Vannoy of Jacksonville, N.C., 597-517, in the three-game semifinal round, Brosius rolled games of 227-181, 201-222 and 205-186 for his 44-pin win over Bower for the title after Bower advanced thanks in part to a 10th frame open by Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., 564-552, in their semifinal match.

● Headlining the Thanksgiving weekend will be the Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.

● The November PBA Regional calendar comes to a close over the Nov. 30-Dec. 2 weekend with the Knob Hill/MJK Pro Shop Challenge (a non-champions event) presented by Brunswick at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J.; the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest Open presented by Allstate in Kankakee, Ill.; and the re-scheduled Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES:

PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark was a special guest on the Brandstorm podcast, discussing the modernization of the PBA. To list to the podcast, click here: https://www.platypus-ad.com/brandstorm/episode-56-modernizing-the-professional-bowlers-association-with-commissioner-tom-clark/

Michigan’s Andrew Anderson, Tennessee’s Kamron Doyle Win PBA Player, Rookie of the Year Honors

AUSTIN, Texas – Second-year Professional Bowlers Association member Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., has been selected as the 2018 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year, and 20-year-old Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn., has won 2018 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year honors, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark announced Tuesday.

In a live-stream presentation airing on Xtra Frame on FloBowling, Clark also announced Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., has been selected by his fellow Go Bowling! PBA Tour competitors as winner of the 2018 Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award while 2018 PBA Hall of Fame inductee Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, has been selected as the PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award winner.

Anderson and Doyle will be recognized on national television during the PBA Clash telecast that will air on FOX on Sunday, Dec. 23. Smallwood and Barnes will receive their awards during the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies that will be live-streamed by Xtra Frame on FloBowling on Saturday, Jan. 5, from the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas.

Through the advancements in technology, Anderson had just de-planed in Hong Kong, where he will bowl with Team USA in the World Bowling Men’s Championships later this week, and was able to watch PBA CEO & Commissioner Tom Clark announce on FloBowling that he had won the 2018 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year award. Anderson immediately send Clark a note:

“I sat in the airport after getting off before going through customs or anything to have WiFi,” Anderson noted. “Thank you so much. I had two agents asked if I was okay because I had tears in my eyes at the airport so that’s embarrassing. Really appreciate the way you explained my year, quote the heartbreak in Indy (where he was bypassed in the PBA League selection process), but could only go up from there.”

Anderson, a 23-year-old right-hander who is still pursuing a degree in elementary education, returned to Go Bowling! PBA Tour competition in 2018 highly motivated after not being selected to participate in the PBA League Elias Cup competition and won a pair of titles: the United States Bowling Congress Masters (his first major) and the Xtra Frame Greater Jonesboro Open on his way to winning the 2018 Harry Smith PBA Points Leader award. He cashed in 16 of the 19 events he entered and had five top-five finishes, including a third-place finish in the PBA Tournament of Champions. He is the second-youngest player ever to win the award, behind only the late Billy Hardwick who was 22 when he was selected as PBA’s first Player of the Year in 1963.

Anderson out-distanced runner-up EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind., the 2016 Player of the Year, and Dom Barrett of England in voting by his fellow PBA members and veteran bowling writers. In one of the most balanced seasons in recent memory, 12 players qualified by rule to make the Player of the Year ballot and 10 of the candidates received votes.

Doyle also dominated voting, winning “rookie” honors easily over Thailand’s Annop Arromsaranon, the only first-year PBA member to win a title (the PBA-World Bowling Tour Busan Cup in South Korea). Doyle cashed in seven of the 15 events he entered, and had a personal-best third-place finish in the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic in Middletown, Del.

Doyle’s arrival into the PBA Tour ranks has been highly-anticipated since 2010 when he became the youngest bowler ever to cash in a PBA Regional tournament at the age of 12, followed by becoming the youngest bowler ever to cash in the U.S. Open two years later as a 5-foot-5, 105-pound, 14-year-old eighth grader.

Smallwood, a 41-year-old country music fan and avid deer hunter, is one of a handful of PBA Tour players to win the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award more than once. The 2016 Nagy recipient has earned the admiration of his fellow players despite his quiet, unassuming ability to beat them when the pressure is on. His three PBA Tour titles include a pair of majors: an historic win in the 2009 PBA World Championship after losing his job in the auto industry, and a pressure-packed four-match climb to the title in the 2018 Barbasol PBA Players Championship. He has four additional top-five finishes in majors among his 23 career championship round appearances.

The Nagy sportsmanship award has been presented annually since 1966, the year of Nagy’s death, honoring his memory as a PBA Hall of Famer and founding member whose guidance in the PBA’s formation years was considered critical to the tour’s success.

Barnes, and his wife, PWBA champion and USBC Hall of Famer Lynda Barnes, have been in a “give back” frame of mind for years. For starters, the Chris Barnes Thanksgiving Classic has awarded more than 260 youth bowlers with more than $200,000 in scholarship assistance since its first event in 2004. Across the years, more than 3,200 young bowlers have participated in the annual holiday event.

Even more noticeable has been his involvement in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation since the couple’s son, Troy, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2008. Chris and Lynda played a key role in the formation of Strike Out Diabetes within six months of Troy’s diagnosis, and they have devoted non-stop attention to the JDRF efforts ever since, raising more than $375,000 to assist with creating awareness and advancing education in the fight against juvenile diabetes.

The PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award was founded in 2013 to recognize charitable or community service projects undertaken by an active PBA member. The award is named in honor of the PBA Tour champion who lost his life in an automobile accident in 2012.

PBA Spare Shots: Tickets Now on Sale for All 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour Events

If you’d like to get a jump-start on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season – or maybe acquire a very special Christmas gift for the bowling fan(s) in your family – tickets for all 2019 “PBA on FOX” tournament finals are now on sale through the PBA Event Tickets landing page (https://www.pba.com/Tickets).

The page includes links to not only admission tickets to each Go Bowling! PBA Tour event, but also links to PBA merchandise, “meet the pros” opportunities and more. It’s the PBA fan’s one-stop shopping center to put together a personal – or a gift – package to experience the PBA like never before. The lone exception for tickets is the USBC Masters, which offers free admission.

The 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season begins with the PBA Hall of Fame Classic from the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, and continues through the PBA League Elias Cup Finals at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, including stops in Shawnee, Okla.; Lubbock and Conroe, Texas; Fairlawn and Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Jonesboro, Ark.; Allen Park, Mich., and Las Vegas along the way. Every event will include at least one television event on FOX or FS1.

BOWLING SALUTES BOSTON RED SOX STAR MOOKIE BETTS’ HISTORIC YEAR

On Nov. 10, Anthony Means, a writer for Cut4 by MLB.com, noted that Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts was the first athlete to participate in both the PBA World Series of Bowling (where he earned a PBA 300 game ring) and the Major League Baseball World Series. That was just the beginning for one of the sports world’s most talented individuals.

On Thursday, Betts was named American League MVP, capping an unprecedented year in which he won a Golden Glove, was named American League Defensive Player of the Year, won a Silver Slugger award for his offensive prowess, won the American League batting title and helped the Red Sox win baseball’s world series. No player in MLB history had ever accomplished that sweep.

But maybe Bett’s proudest accomplishment arrived on Nov. 6 when he and fiancée Brianna welcomed the arrival of their first child, daughter Kynlee Ivory Betts.

NHRA DRAG RACING STAR AND PBA FAN JR TODD WINS FIRST FUNNY CAR TITLE

Accomplished bowler and NHRA funny car star JR Todd won his first career NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car World Championship title Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif.

Todd won the title by defeating Tommy Johnson in the finals with a 3.872 seconds elapsed time at 329.1 mph, notching his sixth win of the season in the process.

Todd and fellow NHRA drivers Shawn Langdon and Richie Crampton took time out from their busy schedules to bowl with 12-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Ill., in June. Todd showed his prowess on the lanes by posting games of 217 and 220 during an informal match between the three drivers and Rash.

PBA will join NHRA as part of the FOX Sports family of beginning with the PBA Clash telecast on Dec. 23 leading into the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season in January.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: AJ JOHNSON WINS SIXTH REGIONAL TITLE IN IOWA

AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., defeated 12-time PBA Tour titlist Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 189-183, to win his sixth career regional title in the Plaza Bowl Midwest Open at Plaza Bowl in Clinton, Iowa, Sunday.

Johnson, the 2017 PBA Midwest Player of the Year, earned $2,000 along with his first title of 2018.

Rash defeated Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, 193-182, in the semifinal contest to advance to the championship match after Hess eliminated PBA Rookie of the Year candidate Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 204-201, in the first match.

● Zac Tackett of Huntington, Ind. defeated Charlie Brown of Grandville, Mich., 10-8 in a one-ball roll-off after they tied at 224, to win the PBA La-Z-Boy Central Challenge at Monroe Sport Center in Monroe, Mich., Saturday.

Tackett, the 22-year-old younger brother of PBA star EJ Tackett, earned $1,400 and his first PBA title.

Tackett edged Nick Cooper of Flint, Mich., 223-222, while Brown downed Lonnie Jones of Ann Arbor, Mich., 220-204, to set up the championship match. The tournament field consisted of PBA members who had not won a PBA title or non-members who have never won a PBA event.

Jeff Bellinger of Columbia, S.C., defeated Gary Shultis of Levittown, N.Y., 204-177 to win the PBA50 Gastonia Southern Open presented by Brunswick at George Pappas Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C., Sunday.

Bellinger, who won $1,700 along with his 15th overall regional title, narrowly made it to the championship match after beating PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., in the semifinal round, 10-9 in a one-ball roll-off after they tied at 258–258. Both recorded strikes on their first sudden-death roll-off shots before Williams left a solid 8 pin on his second shot.

Shultis, who had won at Liberty Lanes three times in the past, earned his shot at the title by defeating Pete Bryan of Laurel, Del., 234-211, in the other semifinal match.

Jim Pratt of Avondale, Ariz., defeated Ray Lussier of San Jose, Calif., 235-151, to win the PBA Mesa East Bowl Western Open presented by Columbia 300 at Mesa East Bowl in Mesa, Ariz., Sunday.

Pratt defeated three bowlers to earn the $2,500 first prize and his fourth regional title. He defeated Michael Tang of San Francisco, 194-166, and non-PBA member Ed Smaglik of Flagstaff, Ariz., 220-168, to set up the title match.

● Heading into the Thanksgiving break, the only events on the Nov. 16-18 schedule are the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop East Open at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Md., and the PBA50 Plygem Windows South Open at Rocky Mount Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, Va.

● Headlining the Thanksgiving weekend will be the Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.

● The November PBA Regional calendar comes to a close over the Nov. 30-Dec. 2 weekend with the Knob Hill/MJK Pro Shop Challenge (a non-champions event) presented by Brunswick at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J.; the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest Open presented by Allstate in Kankakee, Ill.; and the re-scheduled Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES:

● In an all-PBA final, Australia’s Sam Cooley defeated PBA Player of the Year candidate Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 244-163, to win the 54th Qubica AMF Bowling World Cup Saturday at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas. Troup defeated Colombia’s Andres Gomez, 264-216, and Cooley eliminated Finland’s Osku Palermaa, 240-203, to set up the title match. PBWA Player of the Year Shannon O’Keefe, a PBA Regional title winner, won the women’s World Cup with a 238-236 thriller over Malaysia’s Sin Li Jane.

● Three-time PBA Tour champion Bill Tucker of Gilbert, Ariz., has died at the age of 92. A USBC Hall of Famer, Tucker was the first bowler to roll two 300 games in ABC/USBC Open Championships history. Among his most impressive victories was in the 100-game BPAA All Star in 1961 when he out-distanced Dick Weber by 363 pins for the title. A U.S. Army veteran who served during WWII, Tucker worked in his Arizona pro shop until his retirement at the age of 91.

10th CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Presented by Go Bowling! Returns to Bowlero The Woodlands

CONROE, Texas – Tickets are now on sale for the 10th edition of Houston Rockets star Chris Paul’s CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational, presented by GoBowling!, which will return to Bowlero The Woodlands on Thursday, Jan. 17.  The star-studded CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational will air on FOX on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. ET.

Paul, the tournament host and a nine-time NBA All-Star, is hoping to defend his doubles title and win for the fifth time overall in the multi-format event which benefits the Chris Paul Family Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting youth, education, health, sports and social responsibility. Paul and a group of his friends from the world of sports and entertainment will participate along with an all-star lineup of PBA Tour stars.

Four different ticket options for the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational are available. For information and advance purchase, click on www.pba.com/Tickets. The packages are as follows:

VIP Package – $150 – Includes meet & greet with Chris Paul, full buffet (2:30 p.m.), open bar (2-6 p.m.), premium bleacher seat and Chris Paul-signed Bowlero Pin.

Premium General Package – $75 – Includes full buffet, two non-premium drink tickets and one bleacher seat.

General Admission – $50 – Includes one bleacher seat.

Standing Room Only – $25

One lucky fan will also have the opportunity to attend, and will win two Celebrity Invitational VIP passes courtesy of the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Go Bowling! Bowlero VIP Sweepstakes. Now through Dec. 16, fans can enter to win by following the @BowleroBowl Instagram, liking the “CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Sweepstakes Instagram post, and tagging a friend they’d like to bring in the comments section. One winner will be selected at random and announced on Dec. 21. Sweepstakes rules can be found here.

The Celebrity Invitational begins with a red carpet ceremony at 3 p.m. CT (doors open at 2 p.m.) on Jan. 17 at Bowlero The Woodlands (27000 I-45 N, Conroe, TX 77385) with the FOX taping of competition beginning at 4 p.m.

In addition to Paul, who won the 2018 doubles title with PBA Hall of Fame partner Norm Duke, the event will feature a number of celebrities and PBA Tour stars. The full lineup of celebrities and PBA players will be announced soon. One of the first celebrities to commit to the event is NASCAR star Aric Almirola, a two-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series title winner who was a finalist in the 2018 NASCAR Cup playoffs. Also expected to return to the 2019 tournament are Boston Red Sox All-Star outfielder, 2018 American League Most Valuable Player and World Series champion Mookie Betts along with 2018 NFL Hall of Fame inductee Terrell Owens.

Other celebrity bowlers who have participated in previous events include NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant; NFL stars Michael Strahan, Hines Ward, LaMarr Woodley, Reggie Bush, C.J. Anderson; hip-hop stars DJ Khaled, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Lil Wayne, French Montana and Nelly; television personality Chris Hardwick; comedian/motion picture star Kevin Hart; television star Jesse Williams, and U.S. Olympians Allyson Felix and Hope Solo, among others.

CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Past Winners:

2018 – Norm Duke/Chris Paul

2017 – Chris Barnes/Chris Paul

2016 – Pete Weber/Terrell Owens

2015 – Ronnie Russell/French Montana

2013 – Chris Barnes/Chris Hardwick

2012 – Pete Weber/Jerry Ferrara/Blake Griffin

2011 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul

2010 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul

2009 – Jason Couch/LeBron James

PBA to Unveil Player, Rookie of the Year on Tuesday

The selection of the 2018 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year is down to three finalists – Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich.; Dom Barrett of England and EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind. – and the winner will be announced by PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark in a special live FloBowling presentation on Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST.

The announcement will be live-streamed on FloBowling.com and streamed simultaneously on FloBowling’s Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/FloBowling/), Twitter page (https://twitter.com/flobowling) and YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/flobowling).

Voting among PBA members and veteran bowling writers across America is complete. Among the Player of the Year candidates who qualified by finishing among the top 10 in either PBA earnings or competition points, Anderson, Barrett and Tackett are the three leading vote-getters, in alphabetical order. Among the three, Tackett is the only previous Player of the Year winner, capturing the honor for the 2016 season.

● Anderson, 23, won his first two Go Bowling! PBA Tour titles in 2018 including his first major, the USBC Masters. The second-year PBA member also won the 2018 Harry Smith Points Leader Award, symbolic of the tour’s most consistent player. He also finished third in the PBA Tournament of Champions, and ranked among the top five in earnings and scoring average.

● Barrett, 33, won the 2018 U.S. Open for his second career major and also won the DHC PBA Japan Invitational. He had top 10 finishes in all three key statistical categories: points (10th), average (seventh) and earnings (second).

● Tackett, 26, was the PBA Tour’s only three-title winner in 2018 and had two other top-five finishes, including fourth place in the U.S. Open. He ranked among the tour leaders in competition points (third), earnings (fifth) and average (sixth).

ROY_600X300Tuesday’s announcements also will include the 2018 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year, Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner and PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award recipient.

The top three contenders for the 2018 PBA Rookie of the Year award are Thailand’s Annop Arromsaranon; Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn., and Malaysia’s Rafiq Ismail.

● Annop, 34, was the only rookie to win a title, capturing the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Busan Cup in South Korea.

● Doyle, 20, led all rookies with seven cashes in 15 PBA Tour events, with a best finish of third in the PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic. He also finished in a tie for 12th place in the USBC Masters.

● Ismail, a 21-year-old lefthander, cashed in three of the four PBA Tour events he entered and led all rookies with a 220.84 average in his limited action.

The POY and ROY winners will be presented their awards during the PBA Clash that will be televised by FOX on Sunday, Dec. 23. The Nagy and Reyes award winners will be recognized during the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies that will be live-streamed by FloBowling on Jan. 5 from Arlington, Texas.

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