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BWAA Awards


John LaSpina is 2012 BWAA Mike Hennessy Award of Merit recipient

Award for contributions to the sport to be presented at BWAA Annual Meeting June 24 in Reno, Nev.

2012JohnLaSpina_small.jpgFor contributions to bowling through education, promotion and commentary on issues affecting the sport, the Bowling Writers Association of America has announced that John LaSpina (pictured) is the recipient of the 2012 BWAA Mike Hennessy Award of Merit. LaSpina has served in leadership roles at many levels during his lifetime of involvement in the sport. LaSpina will be presented with his award during BWAA Annual Meeting activities held in conjunction with International Bowl Expo June 24-29 in Reno, Nev.



Canadian Tenpin Federation pilot project group receive first CTF Merit Award


The Regina, Saskatchewan group that were the leaders in the Pilot Project for the Canadian Tenpin Federation becoming a full membership organization, will receive the first CTF Merit Award at the 2012 annual meeting in Windsor, Ontario. The Regina group made up of Dale and Gale Montgomery, Dale Martens and Sue Leslie, with the assistance of then CTF President, Adrianne Bride, Winnipeg, Manitoba started it all. They were formed in the summer of 2000.



Saskatoon's Dwight Safroniuk first male winner of CTF Leadership Award

2011SpecialOlympicsDwightSafroniuk2_small.jpg Dwight Safroniuk (pictured), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is the first male winner of the new Canadian Tenpin Federation Hazel McLeary Leadership Award. Safroniuk, who was born without hearing, joined the Special Olympic in 1999 and won gold in Singles and Doubles at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The award was created to honour 'Joe Bowler' who will probably never be nominated to the CTF Hall of Fame or achieve Bowler of the Year status, but makes bowling a better sport by their dedication and commitment.

BWAA Awards


Mort Luby Jr. to receive 2012 Alberta Crowe Meritorious Service Award

2012BWAAMSAMortLubyJr_small.jpgThe man whose name is synonymous with excellence and vision in bowling journalism is the recipient of this year's BWAA Alberta Crowe Meritorious Service Award. Mort Luby Jr., former publisher of Bowlers Journal International and founder of the World Bowling Writers, is being recognized for his long-term accomplishments in and for the sport of bowling through these and other media. A journalism graduate from the University of Notre Dame, Luby also won numerous industry awards for his own editorial commentary and reporting over the decades.



Canadian Tenpin Federation announces new Hazel McLeary Leadership Award

CTFLogo2_small.jpgBWAAHazelMcLeary_small.jpgThe Canadian Tenpin Federation has created a new major annual award, the Hazel McLeary Leadership award. When you read this description, it is no wonder that it is being named after Hazel McLeary (pictured) of Victoria, British Columbia. She has been involved with tenpin bowling in so many capacities over many, many years, and embodies the characteristics and passion for the sport that this award is meant to recognize.

United States


Dana Miller-Mackie wins her second National Golden Ladies Classic title

By Gianmarc Manzione, USBC Communications

2012NGLCDanaMillerMackie_small.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Dana Miller-Mackie won the first leg of the Senior Women’s Triple Crown Series Thursday at The Orleans in Las Vegas, Nev., defeating fellow Hall of Famer Robin Romeo, 216-200 for the 2012 National Golden Ladies Classic title. This is Miller-Mackie’s second National Golden Ladies Classic title and the win earned her a top prize of $2,000. In the Super Senior Division of the event, Janine Ditch edged out Connie Palmer with a total pinfall of 2,855 over Palmer’s 2,795.

BAWW Awards


Mika Koivuniemi, Shannon Pluhowsky chosen as 2011 BWAA Bowlers of the Year

201112PBAMikaKoivuniemi_small.jpg2012IntlOpenShannonPluhowsky_small.jpgMika Koivuniemi (pictured left), the Finland star living in Hartland, Mich., and Shannon Pluhowsky (right) of Kettering, Ohio, added to their 2011 success by being selected male and female Bowlers of the Year by the Bowling Writers Association of America. Voting in both divisions was fairly close. Awards for Koivuniemi and Pluhowsky will be presented during the BWAA Annual Meetings and International Bowl Expo in Reno, Nev.



Karen Marcano, Richard Leon win 2012 Venezuelan National Team trials

Marcano and Amleto Monacelli to represent Venezuela in PABCON Tournament of Champions

2012VenezuelanBowlingFederationFVB_small.jpgThe Venezuelan Bowling Federation National Team Trials determined the players who will represent Venezuela in international competition in the year 2012. International competition in 2012 includes PABCON Tournament of Champions, Tournament of the Americas, PABCON Championships, South American Championships, World Youth Championships and Central American and Caribbean Championships.

United States


Robby Spigner wins Beat the Champs by Dale Bowman

2012BeattheChampsRobbySpigner_small.jpg Next up for Robby Spigner is parking in Old Town. The 30-year-old added to his family's bowling history by winning the men's finals of the 51st Beat the Champions on Sunday (March 4) at Burr Oak Bowl in Blue Island with a scratch 972. "It's weird, I have a place to hang a TV in the city, but not to park a car," said Spigner, who won a 2012 Ford Focus from the Chicagoland Ford Dealers. "The first thing will be to find a place to park my Ford."



Pete Weber named February BWAA Bowler of the Month


Pete Weber, of St. Ann, Missouri, has been unanimously named the February 2012 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America. In what he later stated was the biggest win of his career, Weber defeated Mike Fagan, Dallas, Texas, 215-214, to win the 69th U.S. Open. His record fifth win surpassed the four wins by both his dad, the late Dick Weber and also the late Don Carter. Those wins were in the predecessor to the U.S. Open, the BPAA All Star.

United States


Kegel to host 2012 Pan American Champion of the Champions Tournament

Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla., USA (May 8-12, 2012)

2012PCCOCLogo_small.jpg The Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Champion of Champions Tournament will be held from May 8-12, 2012 at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Florida. The tournament will feature one man and one woman from each of the twenty-seven (27) PABCON member federations. The event will also serve as a qualifying event for the 2013 World Games to be held in Cali, Colombia.



Ontario teenager Mykaela Mitchell becomes youngest Canadian girl to bowl a 300 game

20120205MykaelaMitchell300_small.jpgMykaela Mitchell of London, Ontario rolled a 300 game in a recent tournament held at Classic Bowl, Mississauga, Ontario. Mitchell, born August 25, 1997, at 14 years, is the youngest girl to bowl a Canadian Tenpin Federation certified 300 game. Mitchell bowled the 'perfecto' in the Joyce Woolgar Memorial Twosome on February fifth. She had a 946 series for four games including 236, 180, 300 and 230 en route to break two age division records.

United States


Tish Johnson wins $10,000 at WBA/ABT Las Vegas Event

Bryanna Caldwell, Cassandra Leuthold achieve perfection in the semi-finals

2012WBAABTSouthPointLVTishJohnson_small.jpgTish Johnson of Colorado Springs, CO won the first National Women's Bowling Alliance (WBA) event hosted by the Amateur Bowlers Tour (ABT) Winter Nationals at South Point Lanes in Las Vegas by topping 90 entries of the best women bowlers in the U.S. for a $10,000 payday. Johnson, a 25-time PWBA champion and two-time Player of the Year, averaged 247 in the semi-finals and match play finals with a record of 3-1 for the title.



Mike Fagan masterful as January BWAA Bowler of the Month


Mike Fagan (pictured) of Dallas, Texas, has been unanimously named the January 2012 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America. Fagan won the Alka Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress Masters defeating top-seeded Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 246-213. After no strikes and a 30-pin deficit in the first four frames, Fagan threw seven straight strikes to wrap up his third career and first major PBA title.

United States


Big payday for Canadian Dan MacLelland; wins $30,000 top prize in The International Mini

Darrin Remiticado, Willie Wells finish second and third at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center

2012MiniEliminatorTop3_small.jpgPBA exempt player Dan MacLelland (center), a native Canadian who lives in Saginaw, Mich., won The International Mini Sunday morning, Feb. 5, at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., and received the $30,000 first-place check. In the one-game championship match, the Canadian Bowler of the Year 2011 defeated Bronze Division champion Darrin Remiticado of Stockton, Calif.,, and Silver Division champion Willie Wells of Herriman, Utah,  203-187-182. 

United States


D.J. Archer wins 10,000 Dollar in All Events in Las Vegas

Mike Machuga hits jackpot at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center

200506PBADJArcher_small.jpg201011PBAMikeMachuga_small.jpgFormer PBA exempt player D.J. Archer (l.) of Pt Arthur, Texas averaged over 240 in the qualifying of the USBC Masters, WTBA International Open and The International Mini en route to win $10,000 first prize in All Events with 4813 20-game total. Two-time PBA champion Mike Machuga (r.) of Erie, Pa., matched Archer's earnings when hit the jackpot at one of the Keno machines in Strike Zone Bowling Center.

United States


56 players advance to The International Mini finals on Super Bowl Sunday

Finals start at 8 a.m. at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Las Vegas

2012MiniEliminatorLogo_small.jpg A total of 56 players advanced to the divisional finals of the 2012 International Mini starting at 8 a.m. Pacific on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5. Alex Aguiar of N. Dartmouth, Mass. set the tone in Saturday's qualifying in the Gold Division with 993 four game total. Julio Blancas of Mexico City, Mexico rolled the highest series of the day in the Silver Division (1000) and Courtney Harris of New York City totaled 871 including handicap to lead the Bronze Division. .

United States


14 players including five PBA champions advance to The International Mini finals on Friday

Total 42 players have qualified for the finals Sunday, Feb. 5 starting at 8 a.m. Pacific

201112PBAChrisBarnes_small.jpg201112PBASeanRash_small.jpgA total of 14 players - seven in the Gold Division including five PBA champion (Chris Barnes, lef,t, and Sean Rash, right), four in the Silver Division and three in the Bronze Division - advanced to the divisional finals of the 2012 International Mini Friday at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Las Vegas. With the final qualifying day to go, 42 players have qualified for the finals on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5 starting at 8 a.m. Pacific.

United States


Nine players advance to the finals of The International Mini during Thursday's qualifying

Total 28 players have qualified for the finals Sunday, Feb. 5 starting at 8 a.m. Pacific

201112PBADanMacLelland_small.jpg201112PBARyanShafer_small.jpgAnother nine players qualified for the divisional finals of the 2012 International Mini through Thursday's qualifying at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Las Vegas, which brought the total number of finalists to 28. Among the players, who advanced from te to the finals on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5 starting at 8 a.m. Pacific were Candian Bowler of the Year Dan MacLelland (l.), and four-time PBA champion Ryan Shafer (r.) of Horseheads, N.Y.

United States


Mika Koivuniemi shoots 300 to advance to Gold Division Finals at The International Mini

Total 19 players have qualified for the finals Sunday, Feb. 5 starting at 8 a.m. Pacific

201112PBAMikaKoivuniemi_small.jpg201112PBATommyJones_small.jpgReigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi (l.) rolled the second 300 game of The International Mini Wednesday at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Las Vegas en route to advance to the finals of the Gold Division on Super Bowl Sunday. Also advancing from to the Gold Division finals were 13-time PBA champion Tommy Jones (r.) of Simpsonville, S.C. and PBA Regional champion PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif.

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