Two GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX PBA Tour Finals Back-to-Back

December 13, 2017

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Two GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX PBA Tour Finals Back-to-Back

This Sunday on ESPN Beginning at 1 p.m. ET

 

RENO, Nev. (Dec. 13, 2017) – The Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule for 2017 continues with doubleheader action Sunday on ESPN beginning at 1 p.m. ET featuring the PBA Chameleon Championship presented by Reno Tahoe followed by the PBA Shark Championship presented by Xtra Frame. The finals are the first two animal pattern events of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties.

 USBC Hall of Famer and three-time reigning PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson, and PBA Tour champions Wes Malott, Anthony Pepe and Tom Smallwood swept their respective best-of-three-game Round of 8 matches to advance to Sunday’s Chameleon final at the National Bowling Stadium.

 The finals will use a format where the four finalists simultaneously bowl one game on the same pair of lanes with the top two scorers advancing to a head-to-head final match.

 Johnson, a native of western New York who now lives in Palatine, Ill., is a PBA regional champion, who will make her third PBA Tour television appearance. Her best finish was second in the 2005 Banquet Open when she became the first woman to qualify for a PBA Tour national television final. She also owns a record 10 PWBA Tour major titles. She will be trying to join Kelly Kulick, the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions winner, as the only women to win a PBA Tour title.

 Malott, a 10-time Tour winner from Pflugerville, Texas, will be trying for his first win of the season. Pepe, of Elmhurst, N.Y., won his only PBA Tour title in the 2014 Cheetah Championship, and Smallwood, of Saginaw, Mich., will be trying for his third Tour title.

 For the Shark Championship, two PBA Tour champions and two players making their first telecast appearances will face off at 2 p.m.

Four-time PBA Tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., and two-time winner Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., both swept their best-of-three matches to advance to the finals. Kent will be trying for his third win of the 2017 season and Daugherty his first.

 Charlie Brown Jr. of Grandville, Mich., a 36-year-old rookie bowling in his first PBA Tour event, swept Shota Kawazoe of Japan, 2-0 in the Round of 8, to make his first PBA Tour telecast.

 Bowling in his fourth World Series of Bowling, England’s Richie Teece finally broke through to make his first Tour telecast by beating Smallwood, 2-1 in the Round of 8.

 WSOB IX continues with back-to-back telecasts on ESPN of the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game and the Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com on Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. EST and the PBA World Championship Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. WSOB IX coverage concludes with World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA on Jan. 7 at 1 p.m.

 

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U.S. Stars Defeat International Standouts to Successfully Defend USA vs. The World Team Title at WSOB IX

December 10, 2017

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RENO, Nev(Dec. 10, 2017) – The five leading American qualifiers in PBA World Championship pinfall during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties combined for 20 clean frames and 18 strikes in 24 attempts to sweep the best-of-two-game USA vs. The World team competition, kicking off ESPN’s coverage of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule Sunday.

The USA team, captained by PBA Hall of Famer and 22-time PBA Tour champion Marshall Holman, included PBA Tour champions Kyle Troup, Bill O’Neill, Ryan Ciminelli, Tom Smallwood and PBA regional winner Matt McNiel. Making up The World team, captained by England’s Stuart Williams, were PBA Tour winners Jason Belmonte of Australia, Jesper Svensson of Sweden, Dom Barrett of England, Thomas Larsen of Denmark and 20-year-old newcomer Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia.

In what could be considered the all-star event of WSOB IX, players earned their spots on their respective teams based on their finishing positions after 40 games of qualifying in the PBA Chameleon Championship presented by Reno Tahoe, Shark Championship presented by Xtra Frame, Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game and Pepsi Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com

In the first Baker format match contested at the National Bowling Stadium, where each player bowls two frames to combine for one score, the U.S. team took control with a 226-213 win when the World team couldn’t catch up after a missed 1-2-4-6-10 washout in the fifth frame by Barrett.

The USA completely dominated game two, combining for a 279 while The World managed only 191. Troup, O’Neill, McNiel and Ciminelli struck in the first four frames. Smallwood then converted a 10-pin spare in the fifth frame before the team closed out the victory with a string of seven consecutive strikes.

“We may have been the underdogs on paper but all these guys had the qualities you need to contribute to a great team effort,” said Holman. “I had a good idea of what lineup would work and went with my first instinct, but in reality, I could have put any lineup out there and we would have been in good shape.”

The USA vs. The World event was conducted on the 42-foot PBA Earl Anthony lane condition which was a neutral condition the players had not competed on in WSOB IX.

“In Baker team competition, especially on a new lane condition, communication is key,” said O’Neill, an eight-time PBA Tour winner. “With everyone’s break point being so different it can be difficult to get the reads so it was important that we were on the same page.

“Marshall put together a good lineup and then it was up to us to take it from there,” O’Neill added. “I think there was only one frame where we didn’t hit the pocket and we had a high strike percentage so the rest took care of itself.”

In 2016, the USA (Mitch Beasley, BJ Moore, Matt O’Grady, Dick Allen, EJ Tackett) beat The World (Sam Cooley, Barrett, Arturo Quintero, Francois Lavoie, Martin Larsen) in a one-frame roll-off after each team won one game.

WSOB IX action continues on ESPN Sunday, Dec. 17 with the Chameleon Championship at 1 p.m. ET followed immediately by the Shark Championship at 2 p.m.

USA vs. THE WORLD TEAM CHALLENGE

National Bowling Stadium Reno, Nev. (televised Sunday on ESPN)

(Best-of-two-game Baker format match)

 

Match One: USA (Kyle Troup, Bill O’Neill, Ryan Ciminelli, Matt NcNiel, Tom Smallwood) def. The World (Jason Belmonte, Jesper Svensson, Dom Barrett, Thomas Larsen, Rafiq Ismail), 226-213.

Match Two: USA def. The World, 279-191.

About the PBA

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RHINO CHARGES TO OCTOBER IBMA BOWLER OF THE MONTH

November 22, 2017

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Rhino Page, Orlando, Florida, has been selected as the October 2017 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association.

Page defeated top-seeded Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Arizona, 256-222, for the 2017 United States Open title, his sixth PBA title and first major crown.

The television stepladder finals began with fifth-seeded Graham Fach, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, downing fourth-seeded Norm Duke, Clermont, Florida, 259-222. Third-seeded Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, ousted Fach, 186-179. The second-seeded Page then bested the 2013 U.S. Open Champ, 226-155, setting up the title match with Butturff.

Page slowly climbed up the leaderboard in qualifying, ending the first round in 48 th place, rising to 30 th, 13 th, then finishing the fourth qualifying round in 4 th place. He stayed in the top five during each of the three match play rounds, getting to second place for the stepladder finals.

Others obtaining votes this month were Yannaphon Larp-apharat, Thailand, winner of the World Bowling Tour (WBT) Thailand 2017, Paul Moor, England, winner of the 8 th Sofia International Open, and Raymond Jansson, Sweden, winner of the Norwegian Open 2017 by Brunswick.

WORLD BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 TO BE SHOWN LIVE ON THE OLYMPIC CHANNEL

November 17, 2017

Press release

 WORLD BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 TO BE SHOWN LIVE ON THE OLYMPIC CHANNEL

LAUSANNE, November 17 – World Bowling have today confirmed that the World Bowling Championships 2017 will be carried live on the Olympic Channel to a worldwide audience on December 3rd and 4th from South Point Casino in Las Vegas. 

 

The 10 day event which is set to begin on November 24th, will showcase 390 of the world’s top men and women athletes from 42 countries. Fans will be able to watch the action from the final two days of the event including the Trios, Teams and Masters Events, live on the Olympic Channel at olympicchannel.com and on its mobile apps as well as on the event websitehttp://2017wc.worldbowling.org/

 

The Olympic Channel is a multiplatform mediadestination where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round, and is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOSdevices and at olympicchannel.com.

 

World Bowling CEO, Kevin Dornberger says “We are excited to be extending our reach to sports fans across the globe through this innovative new platform. Although World Bowling have already produced several small features for the Olympic Channel, being able to livestream our World Championships on the platform gives our event an added value. We are pleased to be sharing our sport with the world and continuing our partnership with the Olympic Channel.”

 

World Bowling Championships 2017 live streaming schedule (Times local: UTC-8):

   Saturday, November 25- 08:50-17:10 (availablehttp://2017wc.worldbowling.org/)

   Sunday, November 26- 08:50 – 17:10 (availablehttp://2017wc.worldbowling.org/)

   Monday, November 27- 09:00 – 19:30 (availablehttp://2017wc.worldbowling.org/)

   Tuesday, November 28- 08:50 – 19:00 (availablehttp://2017wc.worldbowling.org/)

   Wednesday, November 29- 08:50 – 19:00 (available http://2017wc.worldbowling.org/)

   Thursday, November 30- 08:45 – 18:00 (available http://2017wc.worldbowling.org/)

   Friday, December 1- 08:45 – 18:00 (availablehttp://2017wc.worldbowling.org/)

   Saturday, December 2- 08:45 – 18:00 (availablehttp://2017wc.worldbowling.org/)

   Sunday, December 3- 09:00 – 17:30 (01:00 – 09:30 UTC) (available www.olympicchannel.com)

   Monday, December 4- 09:00 – 16:30 (01:00 – 08:30 UTC) (available www.olympicchannel.com)

 

For a full schedule of events please see:http://2017wc.worldbowling.org/schedule/

 

Livestreaming will compliment 24/7 updates, content and live clippings that will appear on the World Bowling social platforms – @worldbowling facebook, twitter & Instagram.

 

About the World Bowling Championships 2017:

The World Bowling Championships 2017 is bowling’s most prestigious event featuring the top male and female athletes from World Bowling’s National Federations. Held every four years, this year’s event will occur at South Point Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.

For more information on World Bowling or the World Bowling Championships 2017, visit the event websitehttp://2017wc.worldbowling.org/schedule/ 

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WORLD BOWLING SIGNS CONTRACT WITH LANETALK APP

November 15, 2017


Press release

LAUSANNE, November 15 – World Bowling have today signed a two year contract with bowling application provider Lanetalk. Designed to connect bowlers around the world and provide a platform for individual bowlers to track their scores, the app provides a modern approach to the game and connects the many millions of casual players around the world to the sport of bowling.

Lanetalk functions as a bowling data platform, tracking the scores of an individual’s bowling performance in a center over time and allows its users to view a history of their activities, measure their progress and assess their current goals. Lanetalk will allow users to share their personal content through social channels and compete against other people in different centers across the globe. 

Through cooperation with World Bowling, Lanetalk will also look to log the statistical data from the federation’s major events meaning that users can play against world champions and the best in the sport.

World Bowling CEO, Kevin Dornberger says “Creating this partnership will bring a fresh approach to the sport of bowling. We are confident that the app gives us a passageway to connect the casual player to the bigger picture and grow our youth fan base for the sport.”

Viggo Hanson, COO of Lanetalk says “In an age when everyone is connected online and through social media, we want to bring the sport and the game of bowling to this global phenomenon. Through the setup of a statistical data base, players can now create a profile, log their scores and play against friends, strangers and even the professionals, all through the Lanetalk app.”

Over coming months World Bowling will be assisting Lanetalk with their final preparations before roll out of the system will begin in the first quarter of 2018.

For more information on World Bowling, visit the websitewww.wordbowling.org or please contact:

Megan Tidbury, PR & Marketing Director

Telephone:+41788303651; Email:megan@worldbowling.org

For more information on Lanetalk please visit:www.lanetalk.com or contact

reine@lanetalk.com

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The California Bowling Writers are holding their 14th Annual Phone Card Drive

November 10, 2017


The California Bowling Writers are holding their 14th Annual Phone Card Drive now through December 15th.  You can donate to purchase phone cards which are sent to our troops overseas so they can call home and talk to their families.  To date they have collected over $77,000 which calculates to approximately 3,750 phone cards sent over the last 13 years. 
Any amount is appreciated!  Send checks made out to “CBW” to CBW Treasurer, Tina Martin, 57 Shields Lane, Novato, CA  94947.

LOFTING THE GUTTER AT THE 2017 U.S. OPEN

October 28, 2017

The 2017 U.S. Open is underway at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool, N.Y., just outside of Syracuse, N.Y.

Something that will always happen at a tournament is there will always be a winner, but at what cost?

If you have been watching coverage of the tournament on Xtra Frame or following by way of facebook, you may have seen a number of posts/comments in regards to the “Double Burn.” If you are not use to that term, the 2017 U.S. Open will freshly dress the lanes for the first squad of the day and than not touch the lanes again until the next day.

Lofting the gutter caps have become the norm in events like this and for the younger and college players it is easy to do. In a prestigious event like this you do have the top senior players out there as well. There will come a day where we will not see Pete Weber, Walter Ray Williams, Norm Duke or Ryan Shafer bowl in events with the double burn due to causing an injury on these conditions.

“After watching B squad tonight and seeing the progression of the lanes, I have decided to WD from the US Open. Due to my physical limitations ( lack of significant ball speed, and plantar fasciitis and carpal tunnel) I determined it was counter productive to try and compete to the best of my ability on that condition.” said Shafer, a Two-time Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner. “As it has been determined it is “ a required element” in today’s game to loft the gutter at the the US Open, I am no longer capable of doing that without potentially hurting myself. I would prefer to prepare for the WSOB in Reno starting November 6. It pains me to do this as I have always looked forward to this event and really wanted to win one of these in my career. But that time has passed. Thank you to all my family , friends and fans who came to watch this week. I apologize for my performance, or lack thereof.”

Being that I am a solid 205 on a true house shot and 175 on sport, so by no means am I saying that what these guys are doing is bad. In fact to be able to throw a 14-16 pound ball over the heads or further and hit the same spot down lane with accuracy is amazing.

Till next time, get out there and go Bowling!

BH

2018 USBC OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SYRACUSE TO BEGIN ONE WEEK EARLIER

August 30, 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas – With teams quickly filling the schedule for the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships in Syracuse, New York, USBC will add another week to the competition, so more bowlers can experience competing in the national event.

To meet the extra requests for squad times, the 2018 USBC Open Championships will begin its run at the Oncenter Convention Center on March 24, a week earlier than previously scheduled.

“We hoped the captains and competitors would be excited about traveling east and returning to Syracuse, and we got some confirmation of that early in the registration process,” USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “We initially shortened the duration of the event, hoping the days would be full and action-packed, but we made sure there was flexibility to add days, if necessary.”

The 2018 tournament will last for 107 days, concluding July 8. The custom-built 48-lane venue also will play host to the USBC Masters from April 8-15, reuniting the two events for the first time since 2011.

The extra week will allow more than 600 additional five-player teams to enjoy the Open Championships experience, increasing the overall capacity to more than 8,300 teams.

The Open Championships last was held in Syracuse in 1999, and the upcoming return will mark the fifth time the event has traveled to Salt City. It also was held there in 1935, 1958 and 1973.

The transformation of the Oncenter Convention Center will get underway Dec. 11 and include vendor and office space, scale room and squad room, locker and concessions areas and seating for hundreds of friends, family and bowling fans.

The entry deadline for the event now will be March 24 to coincide with the start of competition. It previously was listed as March 31.

Captains can enter here or call the tournament office at 888-910-2695.

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WORLD BOWLING TOUR RANKINGS TIGHTEN FOLLOWING MALMO STOP

August 30, 2017

Dear friends of World Bowling,

Please see attached and below:

Press release

 

WORLD BOWLING TOUR RANKINGS TIGHTEN FOLLOWING MALMO STOP

LAUSANNE, August 30th – Following the conclusion of the World Bowling Tour Malmo stop (also known as the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters) which saw Jason Belmonte triumph over a field of 450 players from 22 countries, the men’s and women’s World Bowling Rankings have tightened in competition.

Still leading the field for the men is USA’s Marshall Kent after his Oklahoma Open win on 273 points, ahead of England’s Dominic Barret on 249, despite neither having competed in Malmo.  Yet Sweden’s Martin Larsen, Australia’s Jason Belmonte and Anthony Simonsen from the USA all competed at the event winning points that have put them hot on the heels of the number one and two ranked players.  Larsen remains in third position on 227, Belmonte jumps to fourth on 220 and Simonsen is bumped down to fifth on 216.

We see a similar trend in the Women’s rankings where by USA athletes Danielle McEwan and Liz Johnson maintain their lead but with far fewer points difference than before the Malmo stop.  McEwan now leads on 445 to Johnson’s 230 and Colombia’s Anggie Ramirez, a new entry into the top 10, makes third position on 228 points.  Other new entries to the top ten women’s lists are USA’s Liz Kuhlkin in 5th position, Ingelimar Beasley from Venezuela in 8th position and Sweden’s Jenny Wegner in 10th.

The top 10 Men’s & Women’s Rankings are as follows:

Men’s Ranking

1.

Kent

Marshall

USA

273

2.

Barrett

Dominic

England

249

3.

Larsen

Martin

Sweden

227

4.

Belmonte

Jason

Australia

220

5.

Simonsen

Anthony

USA

216

6.

Tackett

EJ

USA

203

7.

Svensson

Jesper

Sweden

190

8.

Williams

Stuart

England

188

9.

Larsen

Thomas

Denmark

177

10.

Rash

Sean

USA

172

Women’s Ranking

1.

McEwan

Danielle

USA

445

2.

Johnson

Liz

USA

230

3.

Ramirez Perea

Anggie

Colombia

228

4.

Ng

Shayna

Singapore

186

5.

Kuhlkin

Liz

USA

176

6.

Zavjalova

Diana

Latvia

155

7.

Tan

Cherie

Singapore

142

8.

Beasley

Ingelimar

Venezuela

140

9.

Wegner

Jenny

Sweden

122

10.

Tan

Jazreel

Singapore

117

The next stop on the World Bowling Tour will be Bangkok from September 30th to October 6th.

About The World Bowling Tour: The World Bowling Tour is sanctioned by World Bowling, the governing body for the sport of bowling.  The tour is the premier international bowling series that is hosted in numerous, unique cities around the globe.  Men and women compete for points to earn places on The World Bowling Tour rankings.  The points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, where points include every event from the previous two year format.

For more information on World Bowling or the World Bowling Tour, visit WorldBowling.org or please contact:

Megan Tidbury, PR & Marketing Director

Telephone: +41 78 830 3651; Email: megan@worldbowling.org

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USBC OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS BIGGEST FAN ENJOYS LAS VEGAS

July 13, 2017

By Matt Cannizzaro and Brian Hirsch
USBC Communications

LAS VEGAS – 
Antonio Zapata of San Antonio may not be in contention for an Eagle this year at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, but he felt like a champion as he helped lead a recent team squad to the lanes at the South Point Bowling Plaza.

Zapata, who is 15 years old and wheelchair-bound, definitely is one of the tournament’s biggest fans, and his love and support for the event can be felt by everyone he encounters. 

Each year, he looks forward to attending the USBC Open Championships with his mother, Danielle Rabidas, and grandfather, Richard Rabidas, who have attended four and 23 tournaments, respectively. It was their squad he escorted to the lanes at the Bowling Plaza.

“This is my first time to the South Point Bowling Plaza, and it is very overwhelming,” Zapata said. “I cannot believe how large the bowling area is.”

Zapata has been to almost every tournament since 2003, watching, cheering and even doing a little coaching. 

He also has had the pleasure of meeting countless bowlers and staff from all over the world, and he treasures the opportunity to reconnect with many of those friends during his annual trip to the event.

“In the years we come to bowl and don’t bring Antonio, everyone asks where he is,” Danielle Rabidas said. “The staff and other bowlers look forward to seeing him every year, and it means a lot to us.”

Being in Las Vegas for the 2017 Open Championships turned out to be more special than Zapata ever could’ve expected, as Professional Bowlers Association stars Chris Barnes and Jason Belmonte also were competing, giving him the chance to meet the duo. 

“This year is awesome,” Zapata said.

As he got older, Zapata needed a wheelchair that would better suit his needs, but it came with a $25,000 price tag. With the help of friends and bowlers, the family was able to raise more than $9,000 through a GoFundMe page, and that helped offset the total cost.

A self-proclaimed 300 average bowler on his iPad video game, Zapata also likes to knock down some actual pins when he gets the chance and often finds time to go bowling with his Special Olympics teammates.

ZapataAntonio2017OCForWeb250x140Before leaving The Entertainment Capital of the World following their 2017 Open Championships campaign, Zapata and his family planned to enjoy some of the sights Las Vegas has to offer. 

Among the must-see places were M&M World, World of Coca-Cola and the world-famous Fremont Street Experience. 

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