2015 PBA Spare Shots #35


Inaugural PBA Team Challenge roster features Fish, Couch Potatoes & more

PBAEst1958_small.jpgThe inaugural PBA Team Challenge, inviting PBA players and all comers to put together a roster of five players for a team battle never before seen in the United States, has already produced some interesting combinations of players. Among the first 15 teams entered are Team Fish, the Couch Potatoes, the unnamed "super team," another unnamed team with a distinct international flavor, teams with pronounced regional ties, others with lots of collegiate experience, and it's rumored an all-women's team will be in the field.

2015 PWBA Tour 10


Shannon O'Keefe back on top at 2015 U.S. Women's Open

Eleven-time Team USA member leads top 51 including 16 international bowlers into the next round

2015PWBATourShannonOKeefe_small.jpg2015PWBATourDanielleMcEwan_small.jpgShannon O'Keefe (l.) of O'Fallon, Illinois, averaged more than 226 over eight games Thursday to regain the lead and distance herself from the field at the 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women's Open. The 36-year-old right-hander shot 255 early in the block to move past second-day leader Danielle McEwan (r.) of Stony Point, New York, and will enter the final round of qualifying 165 pins ahead of her four-time Team USA teammate.

Industry News


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2015 ABF Tour #7


Sam Cooley, Wendy Chai conquer Asian Bowling Federation Tour Hong Kong leg

2015ABFT07SamCooley_small.jpg2015ABFT07WendyChai_small.jpgAustralia's Sam Cooley (l.) and Wendy Chai (r.) of Malaysia remained undefeated in the single-elimination match play finals to conquer the ABF Tour Hong Kong leg Monday at SCAA Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China. It marked the second time in their career that Cooley and Chai won the men's and women's division in the same ABF Tour event after the 2013 ABFT Thailand leg.

2015 ABF Tour


2015 Asian Bowling Federation Tour features 10 legs and a TOC finale


The 2015 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour consists of 10 legs, six in the Near East (Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia) with a men's division only and four in East and South East Asia (Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau and Indonesia) featuring men and women in separate divisions. Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The top 16 men and the top 16 women at the end of the 2015 season will qualify for the ABF Tour TOC March 2016 in Kuwait.

Hong Kong


Korea sweeps Masters titles at 41st Hong Kong International Open

2015HKGOpenSonYoungSeokLimSiHyun_small.jpgKorea swept the men's and women's Masters titles at the 41st Hong Kong International Open Sunday at SCAA Bowling Center. In the men's stepladder final, top-seeded Son Young Seok defeated his fellow countryman Kim Dong Gyoo in a low-scoring encounter, 170-167 to win the title and the 55,000 Hong Kong Dollar top prize. In the women's title match, Lim So Hyun defeated defending champion and No. 1 seed, Victoria Chin of Malaysia, twice to for the title worth HK$26,000.

2015 WSrC


Sweden's Susanne Olsson, Australia's Andrew Frawley emerge as Masters Champions

Conclude 2015 World Seniors Championships in Las Vegas with victory in women's and men's Masters competition

2015WSrCSusanneOlssonAndrewFrawley2_small.jpgSweden's Susanne Olsson and Australia's Andrew Frawley claimed Masters titles as the 2015 World Seniors Championships came to a close Sunday at Sam's Town bowling center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Olsson defeated Lucy Sandelin of the United States, 222-184, in the women's title match, while Singles champion Frawley captured his second gold medal of the event with a 269-222 victory over Lennie Boresch Jr. of the United States in the men's finals.

2015 PWBA Tour #9


Liz Johnson conquers PWBA Detroit Open

2015PWBA09LizJohnson_small.jpgLiz Johnson (pictured) of Cheektowaga, New York, became the first two-time winner this season on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour as she overcame a tough lane condition Saturday to claim the 2015 PWBA Detroit Open title. Johnson took down PWBA Tour points leader Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, 193-158, in the championship match at Super Bowl. It was the second title of the season for Johnson, who captured the USBC Queens in May.

2015 PWBA Tour


2015 PWBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2015PWBALogo_small.jpg The 2015 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour was re-launched in 2015 after nearly a dozen years featuring seven regular-season events, three nationally televised majors and stops from coast to coast. The 2015 PWBA schedule kicked off with the USBC Queens in May and will conclude with the PWBA Tour Championship in September. Next event is the PWBA Detroit Open from August 27-30 at Super Bowl in Canton, Michigan.

PBA News


For childhood friends, PBA60 titles fulfill an unlikely dream - By Bill McCorkle

Ohioans Bill McCorkle, Bill Henson win same Fort Wayne event under eerily similar circumstances


Friends since childhood, growing up together in Westerville, Ohio, PBA60 players Bill McCorkle (pictured left) and Bill Henson (right) achieved their dream of winning a national PBA title by winning the same tournament in Fort Wayne, Ind., in back-to-back years. Below, McCorkle tells the story of the pair's friendship and oddly similar experiences. The following feature was provided to the PBA by PBA60 Tour member Bill McCorkle.

2015 PBA News


2016 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions heads to Oklahoma

Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Grand Casino Resort & Hotel to host PBA Tour's signature event Jan. 30-Feb. 7


After hosting two highly successful PBA Summer Swing events in 2014 and 2015, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Grand Casino Resort & Hotel, and FireLake Bowling Center and Arena will partner with the PBA to host the organization's signature event in 2016, the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions. The premier event for PBA champions will take place Jan. 30-Feb. 7 in Shawnee, Okla., concluding with live ESPN coverage of the stepladder finals staged at FireLake Arena at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 7.

Coming in September


Onsite Coverage of the 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open from Vienna, Austria

Season's last European Bowling Tour "gold" tournament offers total prize money of 73.130 Euro to top 64 in Singles and top 20 in Doubles

2015ViennaOpenLogo_small.jpg The 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open is the 15th tournament on the 2015 European Bowling Tour and the last of only three EBT "gold" events this season. The VO 2015 will be held from Sept. 28 - Oct. 4 at Plus Bowling, a 32-laner in Vienna, Austria. Players will compete for total prize fund of 73.130 Euro - 62.900 € in Singles and 10.230 € in Doubles. BowlingdigitalBanner_mini.jpg For the 13th consecutive year, Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the event.



Smithfield Foods joins PWBA Tour as a major sponsor

2015PWBATourChampionshipLogo_small.jpg Smithfield Foods will sponsor the final event of the Professional Women's Bowling Association season, the PWBA Tour Championship, set to take place in September with the finals on national television. The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship promoted by GoBowling.com will bring together the top 16 bowlers from the 2015 PWBA Tour season, including the winner of each tour stop, for the season-ending event starting Sept. 10 in Arlington, Texas.

Industry News


Christophe Chauvard promoted to General Manager for QubicaAMF

Chauvard to lead sales and ensure quality service to customers in French territories

2015QAMFChristopheChauvardGMFrance_small.jpg QubicaAMF Worldwide (QubicaAMF), the leading manufacturer of bowling and mini bowling products, has announced today that Christophe Chauvard (pictured) has been promoted to General Manager for the French office and territories including France, the French speaking areas of Switzerland and all French speaking African countries. Chauvard is responsible for leading the local marketing and sales force, ensuring quality service to customers in this region and representing QubicaAMF in the marketplace with industry stakeholders.

2015 PBA50 Tour #15


Ryan Shafer wins PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter Pro Shop East Classic in Delaware

29-year PBA Tour veteran ends 12-year title drought with fifth career victory

2015PBA15RyanShafer_small.jpg Ryan Shafer (pictured with Gene Carter, left) of Horseheads, N.Y., ended a 12-year title drought Sunday, defeating Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., 254-144, to win the PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter Pro Shop East Classic at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in in Middleton, Delaware. Shafer, a 29-year PBA Tour veteran and a 26-time PBA Regional title winner, earned $15,000 along with his fifth PBA Tour title and first since the 2003 Empire State Open in Latham, N.Y.

2015 PBA Tour


PBA adds PBA Doubles Championship, XF South Point Open to 2015 Schedule

2015PBALogo_small.jpg After the PBA has added the PBA South Point Bowling Plaza Fall Classic, including two PBA Tour title events, to its 2015 schedule, the 2015 PBA Tour consists of 24 tournaments on U.S. soil and an invitational event in Japan. Due to an agreement between PBA and World Bowling the international tournaments of the 2015 World Bowling Tour will also award a PBA title if won by a PBA member. The 2015 Tour will conclude with the PBA World Series of Bowling VII Dec. 9-17 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.


2015 PWBA Tour #8


Latvia's Diana Zavjalova takes PWBA Minnesota Open title

2015PWBA08DianaZavjalova_small.jpgDiana Zavjalova (pictured) of Latvia delivered four clutch strikes in the championship match Saturday to win the 2015 Professional Women's Bowling Association Minnesota Open. Zavjalova, the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Queens champion, defeated Rocio Restrepo of Colombia, 216-208, in a pressure-packed title match at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn. Zavjalova earned $10,000 for the title and a spot in the season-ending PWBA Tour Championship next month.

2015 PBA50 News


Pete Weber dominates PBA50 stats on his way to a milestone Player of the Year season

Tom Baker earns first PBA60 Player of the Year award

2014PBAPeteWeber2_small.jpgIt hardly seems possible that Pete Weber, in his 35 years of PBA competition, had never won PBA Player of the Year recognition despite a Hall of Fame career that included 37 PBA Tour titles, a record-tying 10 majors including a record five U.S. Open titles, and nearly $4 million in career earnings, among his most notable complishments. But during the 2015 PBA50 Tour campaign, at age 52 and in his third campaign with the 50-and-older generation, Weber finally had the breakthrough season.

Team USA News


Team USA roster set for PABCON Men's Championships

PABCONLogo.jpgTeam USA will send a talented group of six bowlers to represent the United States at the 2015 Pan American Bowling Confederation Men's Championships in Puerto Rico next month. The U.S. team will be made up of Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Florida, Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois.

PBA Tour News


PBA's 2015-16 ESPN Schedule kicks off live in prime time on December 17

36th consecutive season on ESPN includes four major championships, 17 telecasts

201516PBAESPNTelecastSchedule_small.jpgOn the heels of a break-out viewership season, the PBA returns to ESPN for the 36th consecutive year with a live prime-time telecast on Thursday, Dec. 17, as part of a 17-event schedule that includes four major championship live telecasts. The 2015-16 schedule, released today by the PBA and ESPN, begins with two hours of live coverage of the PBA World Championship at 7 p.m. ET on Dec. 17, and concludes with the PBA League Elias Cup finals on May 8.

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