20154 PBA Tour #2 & 3

01/28/15

Ronnie Russell rolls into PBA Players Championship lead

Walter Ray Williams Jr. & Tom Smallwood take early lead in Mark Roth/Marshall Holman Doubles

2014PBARonnieRussell2_small.jpg2014PBADJArcher2_small.jpgRonnie Russell (l.) arguably the hottest player on the PBA Tour, caught fire after an opening 212 game and rolled into the first round lead in the PBA Players Championship Tuesday at AMF Bowlero in Wauwatosa, Wis. Russell, who is trying for his third PBA Tour title, finished the eight-game opening round with games of 268, 289, 259, 234, 247, 238 and 269 for a 2,016 pinfall total, a 252 average, and a 135-pin lead over DJ Archer (r.).

2015 PBA Tour

01/28/15

2015 PBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2015PBALogo_small.jpg The 2015 Professional Bowlers Association Tour currently consists of 21 tournaments on U.S. soil and an invitational event in Japan in cooperation with the Japan PBA. Due to an agreement between PBA and World Bowling, Tenpin Bowling's world governing body, nine international tournaments of the 2015 World Bowling Tour will also award a PBA title if won by a PBA member. The 2015 PBA Tour will conclude with the Detroit Open December 11-13 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.

2015 Pan Am Games

01/27/15

Canada's Dan MacLelland named torch bearer for Tenpin Bowling at 2015 Pan Am Games

2014MWCMastersDanMacLelland_small.jpg Canadian national team member and professional bowler Dan MacLelland (pictured) has been named torch bearer for Tenpin Bowling and will be carrying the torch for the opening ceremonies portion of the XVII Pan American Games, which will be staged from July 10 to 26 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. MacLelland recently won the gold medal Singles and bronze in All-Events at the 2014 Men's World Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The tentative date for the Pan Am Games torch relay will be at the bowling venue on Tuesday morning July 7.

2015 MEC

01/27/15

Israel announces team for Men's European Championships 2015 in Aalborg, Denmark

2015MECTeamIsraelselected_small.jpgThe Israel Bowling Federation has announced the six players who will represent Israel in the 2015 Men's European Championships, which will be held from June 3-14 at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark. The qualifying tournament at Hutzot bowling center in Haifa featured a 38-game format over six days on medium, long and dual lane condition. The top four qualifiers plus the top two players of the Israeli National Ranking made the team for Denmark (pictured).

PBA Awards

01/27/15

Australia's Jason Belmonte wins second consecutive PBA Player of the Year Award

Marshall Kent is Rookie of Year; Brett Spangler wins Nagy Sportsmanship Award, Missy Parkin receives Reyes Community Service Award

2014PBAAwardWinners_small.jpgWith another outstanding record in 2014 PBA Tour major championships, Australian two-handed competitor Jason Belmonte picked up where he left off in 2012-13 to earn his second consecutive GEICO Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year award. Belmonte, along 2014 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent, Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner Brett Spangler and Tony Reyes PBA Community Service Award winner Missy Parkin, were recognized Monday.

215 AsC

01/26/15

Ryan Lalisang, New Hui Fen win Men's and Women's Masters title at 23rd Asian Championships

Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand (January 15-26, 2015)

2015AsCMastersChampionsRyanLalisangNewHuiFen_small.jpgRyan Lalisang (l.) of Indonesia and Singapore's New Hui Fen (r.), who dominated the match play rounds to earn the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals, finished with big games to end the 23rd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships with victory in Men's and Women's Masters Monday, January 26 at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand. Korea led the medal tally with six gold, four silver and five bronze medals.

PBA Special Events

01/26/15

ESPN's Super Bowl Sunday telecast of CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational moves to 2 p.m. ET

AMF Bowl-O-Drome Lanes in Torrance, Calif., USA (January 8, 2015)

2015CP3PBACelebrityInternationalLogo_small.jpg ESPN has moved up the time for airing of Chris Paul's CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Bowlmor AMF from 4:30 p.m. ET to 2 p.m. ET on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1). The telecast will also be increased from 90 minutes to two hours. The CP3 fundraiser, which will again include a diverse group of celebrities and PBA Tour stars and has become a tradition on Super Bowl Sunday, was staged January 8 at AMF Bowl-O-Drome in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, Calif.

2015 AsC Thailand

01/26/15

Indonesia's Ryan Lalisang is the top seed in Men's Masters stepladder finals

Korea's Hong Hae Sol takes on Kuwait's Mostafa Al-Mousawi in the opening match

2015AsCMenMastersTop3Finalists_small.jpgRyan Lalisang (center) of Indonesia, who led the field after the first eight games on medium oil, posted the highest 1878 series on long oil Monday to earn the No. 1 seed for the Men's Masters stepladder finals starting at 5 p.m. local time (ICT). Trailing Lalisang by 145 pins to finish in second place was Hong Hae Sol (l.) of Korea, who leaped from fourth to second place with 3756. Hong will bowl Mostafa Al-Mousawi (r.) in the semifinal match. The Kuwaiti maintained third place with 3714.

2015 AsC Thailand

01/26/15

Singapore's New Hui Fen earns No. 1 seed for Women's Masters stepladder finals

Korea's Son Yun Hee and Malaysia's Sin Li Jane square off in the semifinal match

2015AsCWomenMastersTop3Finalists_small.jpgNew Hui Fen (center) of Singapore earned the No. 1 seed for the Women's Masters stepladder finals of the 23rd Asian Championships Monday, 5 p.m. ICT at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand. New, who averaged 236.13 on long oil winning five of her eight matches, widened her lead to 308 pins and is one win away from the gold medal. Her opponent in the title match will be determined between Korea's Son Yun Hee (l.) and Sin Li Jane (r.) of Malaysia.

2015 AsC Thailand

01/25/15

New Hui Fen takes commanding lead as Women's Masters match play reaches halfway point

Singaporean averages 253.63 and wins seven out of eight matches on medium oil to take a 251 pin lead into the second round on long oil Monday; Korea's Son Yun Hee becomes the second woman in Asian Championships history to roll a 300 game

2015AsCWomenMastersLeeNewLarasati_small.jpgNew Hui Fen (center) of Singapore has almost secured her spot in the Masters finals of the 23rd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships as the women's round robin match play has reached the halfway point Sunday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand. New averaged of 253.63 on medium oil and totaled 2099 pins to lead Lee Young Seung (l.) of Korea by 251 pins. Lee was second with 1848 and was followed by Alisha Nabila Larasati (r.) of Indonsia in third place with 1824.

2015 AsC Thailand

01/25/15

Ryan Lalisang takes first-round lead in Men's Masters match play

Indonesian averages 237.88 and wins seven of his eight matches on medium oil; Yeri Ramadona (INA) and Hong Hae Sol (KOR) bring the number of 300 games to six

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Ryan Lalisang (center) of Indonesia averaged 237.88 in the first match play round to take the lead in the Men's Masters competition of the 23rd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships Sunday morning at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand with 1973 total including 70 bonus pins. Choi Bok Eum (l.) of Korea was 79 pins behind in second place with 1894 and was followed by Mostafa Al-Mousawi (r.) of Kuwait, who sits in third place with 1880.

2015 AsC Thailand

01/24/15

Korean men complete "Triple Crown" of major Team victories at 23rd Asian Championships

Koreans average over 228 to win their third gold medal of the Championships by more than 200 pins over Malaysia and Thailand; Park Jong Woo wins the fourth gold medal in All-Events

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Park Jong Woo, Shin Seung Hyeon, Kim Jun Yung, Kang Hee Won, Hong Hae Sol and Choi Bok Eum of Korea (pictured) averaged 228.47 for three games on medium oil Saturday afternoon at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand, to easily win the gold medal in the prestigious five-player Team event at the 23rd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships. Malaysia finished second and Thailand was third. Park Jong Woo earned the gold medal in All-Events by averaging 228.25 for 24 games.

2015 AsC Thailand

01/24/15

Korean women end winless streak in five-player Team event, All-Events in Thailand

Korean fivesome start second block on medium oil with 1182 game to cruise to victory at 23rd Asian Championships; Jung Da Wun captures the gold medal in All-Events

2015AsCWomenTeamKorea2_small.jpgKorea (pictured) with Jung Da Wun, Jun Gwi Ae, Kim Jin Sun, Lee Young Seung, Jeon Eun Hee and Son Yun Hee averaged 207.33 on medium oil to overtake Singapore and to win the first gold medal for the Korean women in the 23rd Asian Championships in the prestigious five-player Team event. The Koreans came out of the gates with a huge 1182 game to shoot into the lead and never looked back. Jung Da Wun averaged 222 for 24 games to earn another gold in All-Events.

20154 PBA Spare Shots #4

01/24/15

Tickets for ESPN telecasts in Indianapolis now available

PBA Network signs sponsorship pact with League Pals; PBA Regional activity back to full swing in February

201112PBALogo_small.jpgTickets for the live ESPN telecast of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, and finals of the PBA Players Championship and Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship in Indianapolis are now on sale on the PBA website. The "tripleheader" ESPN weekend begins with the finals of the Players Championship on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. ET. The TOC stepladder finals will air live on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. The Roth/Holman Doubles finals will be contested at 4:30 p.m.

IBMA News

01/24/15

Kent marshalled in as December Bowler of the Month

2014IBMABotMMarshallKent_small.jpg Marshall Kent (pictured), Yakima, Washington, has been chosen as the December 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Kent defeated Martin Larsen, Sweden, 257-206, to win the 8th Kingdom International Open, also his first PBA title. Others obtaining votes were three-time World Champion Choi Bokeum, two-time World Champions Kang Heewon and Park Jongwoo, all from Korea, and four-time silver medalist Mike Fagan.

2015 IBE

01/24/15

Magic Johnson to deliver keynote address at International Bowl Expo 2015

2015IBEKeynoteSpeakerMagicJohnson_small.jpg Two of America's most beloved sports, bowling and basketball, will come together at this year's International Bowl Expo (IBE). NBA Champion and philanthropist, Earvin "Magic" Johnson (pictured), will step to the podium to deliver the keynote address at this year's event being held from June 22-26, 2015 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. IBE is the premier bowling industry event, hosting thousands of bowling center owners/operators and industry leaders from around the world each year.

United States

01/24/15

PBA Hall of Fame Charter member Chuck Pezzano dies at age 86

Internationally recognized bowling journalist, historian was one of a kind

20150123ChuckPezzano_small.jpgChuck Pezzano (pictured) of Clifton, N.J., a charter member of the PBA Hall of Fame and widely recognized as the dean of bowling journalists, died Friday, January 23 of cardiac arrest while undergoing a stent procedure at St. Mary's Passaic, N.J. He turned 86 on Jan. 14. Since the formation of the PBA in 1958, no one has contributed more to the organization in so many different ways than Pezzano, a founding member of the organization. He was the first Meritorious Service inductee in the inaugural PBA Hall of Fame class in 1975, among his 12 halls of fames.

2015 AsC Thailand

01/23/15

Singaporean women finish strong to set the tone in the five-player Team event

Korea is 15 pins behind in second place with Indonesia a distant third; Japan's Misaki Mukotani shoots into the lead in All-Events after 21 of 24 games

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A strong finish propelled Daphne Tan, Geraldine Ng, Jasmine Yeong-Nathan, Joey Yeo and New Hui Fen of Singapore (pictured) into the lead in the prestigious five-player Team event at the 23rd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships after the first block on long oil Friday in Bangkok, Thailand. The Singaporeans toppled 3344 pins (222.93) to lead Korea and Indonesia by 15 and 157 pins, resp. Japan's Misaki Mukotani, Japan, jumped into the lead in All-Events after 21 of 24 games.

2015 AsC Thailand

01/23/15

Korean men lead in five-player Team event after the first block on long oil

Thailand is mere 11 pins behind with Malaysia in third; Korea's Shin Seung Hyeon overtakes the lead in All-Events with three games on medium oil to go on Saturday

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Park Jong Woo, Shin Seung Hyeon, Kim Jun Yung, Kang Hee Won and Hong Hae Sol of Korea (pictured) rolled games of 1071, 1113 and 1052 on long oil to take the lead in the prestigious five-player Team event in the 23rd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships with 3236 pinfall total (215.73 average). Trailing Korea by mere 11 pins to sit in second place was Thailand on 3225 with Malaysia in third at 3193. Korea's Shin Seung Hyeon took the lead in All-Events after 21 of 24 games.

2015 AsC Thailand

01/22/15

Korea's Park, Shin, Hong set two records to cruise to the gold medal in Men's Trios

China wins the silver medal, Malaysia takes the bronze; Johnathan Chan (MAS), Takuya Miyazawa (JPN) bring the number of 300 games to four; Malaysia's Rafiq Ismail maintains 21-pin lead in All-Events heading into the Team event Friday & Saturday

2015AsCTriosParkShinHong_small.jpgFirst-block leaders Park Jong Woo, Shin Seung Hyeon and Hong Hae Sol (l-r) widened their lead from 123 to 316 pins in a span of three games on long oil to cruise to the gold medal in Men's Trios at the 23rd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. The Koreans started the day with a solid 637 game before they closed out with huge 728 and 747 for 2112 series 234.67 and 4254 total, an overall average of 236.33, to set new Asian Championships Trios records for three and six games.

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