American Bowling News Overview



Roberta Rodrigues, Renan Zoghaib win XXIII QubicaAMF Brazil Cup

Champions qualify for 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Wroclaw, Poland

2014BWBRAQRenanZoghaibRobertaRodrigues_small.jpgRoberta Rodrigues and Renan Zoghaib (r-l) capture the women's and men's title in the XXIII QubicaAMF Brazil Cup July 27 at Dragon Bowling Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and will represent their country in the 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup November 1-9 at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland. In the men's title match, Zoghaib defeated Few Campos, 191-182, while Rodrigues celebrated a narrow 174-170 victory over Neuza Kae to win the women's title.

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Team USA to compete at 52nd Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas

ImageBrittni Hamilton of Webster, New York, heads the 20-member United States team that will compete in the 52nd Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas starting Monday in Sunrise, Fla. The week-long tournament features players from the American Zone competing for medals in singles, doubles, mixed doubles, mixed team and all-events. The tournament has Adult, Senior (ages 50-plus for men, 45-plus for women), Super Senior (ages 60-plus for men, 55-plus for women), Junior A (ages 16-19) and Junior B (ages 12-15) divisions.



Panama's Eric Lanuza dies at 57

Eric Lanuza.jpgThe Panamanian bowling community mourns the loss of Eric Eduardo Lanuza. The long-time national team member, coach and WTBA Technical Delegate died July 2 at the age of 57. Eric was three-time National Champion and a member of Panama's national team for 20 consecutive years (1982-2001). After retiring from the national team, Eric attended coaching courses from renowned bowling coaches Fred Borden and Palmer Fallgreen and became USBC Bronze coach, and then USBC Silver coach.

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Mark Davis receives John Davis Award for 2014

2014JohnDavisAwardMarkDavis_small.jpg Mark Davis (pictured with Len Nicholson, left), younger brother of the late John Davis, founder of the Kegel Company, has been named the 2014 recipient of the John Davis Award. The surprise presentation was made at International Bowl Expo in Orlando, Fla. The award is presented annually to a deserving person who is actively involved in trying to advance the sport of bowling. A perpetual plaque, bearing each recipient's name, is on permanent display at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla.



Bill O'Neill claims May IBMA Bowler of the Month

2014PBA06BillONeill_small .jpg Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pennsylvania, has been chose as the May 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. O'Neill won two events during the PBA Summer Swing, the PBA Badger Open, defeating Brian Valenta, Lockport, Illinois, 243-235. He then won the PBA Oklahoma's Grand Resort King of the Swing, downing Sean Rash, Montgomery, Illinois, 245-181. In addition, O'Neill finished eighth in the PBA Wolf Open, fourth in the PBA Oklahoma Open, and third in the PBA Bear Open.



David Simard, Isabelle Rioux win Canadian Team Trials titles

2014CANTTMenDavidSimardIsabelleRioux_small.jpgDavid Simard and Isabelle Rioux (l-r), both from Quebec overcame a 30-game format to claim the titles at the 2014 Canadian Team Trials. Canada's most prestigious tournament came to an end Monday, May 19, 2014 at Planet Bowl, venue for Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games bowling competition. Simard captured his third straight national title. Rioux celebrated national champion title number two. The top 6 athletes in both divisions earned their spots on 2015 Team Canada.

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Country stars help raise more than $50,000 for Folds of Honor Foundation

Second Annual Patriot Bowling Cup part of the Week Vegas Goes Country®, Academy of Country Music Awards week in Las Vegas

2014PatriotBowlingCupLeeBrice_small.jpgThe Folds of Honor Foundation combined country music and charity recently in Las Vegas, with the success of the Second Annual Patriot Bowling Cup shows a held during the Week Vegas Goes Country® – the weekend leading up to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas – which raised more than $50,000. Country music stars (pictured is Lee Brice) along with PBA star Tommy Jones participated alongside Folds of Honor scholarship recipients.



Norm Duke is royal as April IBMA Bowler of the Month

2014PBANormDuke_small.jpg Norm Duke (pictured) of Clermont, Florida, has been chosen as the April 2014 Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Duke had a solid month on the PBA50 Tour, posting a win at the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages, presented by Radical, and a runner-up finish in the season-opening event, the PBA50 Pasco County Open. In his win, Duke defeated three fellow PBA Hall of Famers, Parker Bohn III, Pete Weber and Tom Baker.

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Liz Johnson, Jason Belmonte selected as 2013 IBMA Bowlers of the Year


201213PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpgWins in major events propelled Liz Johnson (l.) and Jason Belmonte (r.) to major accolades as they were selected 2013 Bowlers of the Year by the International Bowling Media Association. Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., captured the top spot in the women's voting in large part because of her victory in the U.S. Women's Open. Belmonte, a two-handed thrower from Australia, led the men's voting thanks to winning the USBC Masters.



Thomas Larsen claims March Bowler of the Month


Thomas Larsen (pictured) of Denmark has been chosen as the March 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Larsen defeated Dom Barrett, England, 208-205, to win the World Bowling Tour's 11th Kuwait International Open for his second WBT/PBA title. He won his first WBT/PBA title in the 1st Abu Dhabi WBT in December 2013. His other top finishes were in the 2012 PBA WSOB V, a 16th place finish in the PBA Scorpion Championship and a 24th place finish in the PBA World Championship.

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Hero Noda named 2014 Luby Hall of Fame recipient by International Bowling Media Association

2014LubyHallofFameAwardHeroNoda_small.jpg The International Bowling Media Association (IBMA) announced Hero Noda, Ibaraki, Japan, as their 2014 recipient of the Luby Hall of Fame Award. A proprietor himself, Mr. Noda is best known as a "volunteer fixture" at International Bowl Expo and the mid-winter Bowling Summit where he takes thousands of photographs of the events as well as of many international tournaments. He will be recognized during the special awards luncheon at International Bowl Expo, Tuesday, June 24, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.

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IBMA to honor Lee Evans with Alberta E. Crowe Meritorious Service Award


The man whose dream over 50 years ago has resulted in a tournament involving many nations that has lasted for over 50 years is the recipient of this year's International Bowling Media Association of America Alberta E. Crowe Meritorious Service Award. Lee Evans, the late non-bowling pioneer, dreamer, and risk-taker who founded the Tournament of The Americas, is being honored for his outstanding long-term accomplishments in and for the sport of bowling.



Jason Belmonte repeats as February Bowler of the Month

2014PBA02JasonBelmonte4_small.jpgJason Belmonte, Orange, New South Wales, Australia, has been unanimously chosen as the February 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Belmonte defeated E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Indiana, 221-177, for the USBC Masters title, for his ninth career and third major PBA title. He is only the third bowler to repeat as Masters champion; the first almost nearly a half-century. Belmonte joins USBC Hall of Famers Dick Hoover and Billy Welu as the only back-to-back winners of the USBC Masters.



Augie Karcher, IBMA Hall of Fame member, dead at 91

20140221IBMAAugieKarcher_small.jpgAugust "Augie" W. Karcher, a bowling media fixture for years, passed away Feb. 21, 2014 in Winona, Iowa. He was 91. Karcher was born in Germany in 1923 and emigrated to the U.S. a year later with his mother and two sisters to join his father in Sioux City, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa and in 1943 began his newspaper career at the Toledo Chronicle. He earned numerous awards for writing and service to the sport of bowling including the Mort Luby Distinguished Service Award from the Bowling Writers Association of America.

IBMA Awards


Steve James named 2014 IBMA Mike Hennessy Award of Merit recipient


The International Bowling Media Association has announced that Steve James has been named as the IBMA Mike Hennessy Award of Merit recipient for 2014. James, of Fox Point, Wis., devoted his career to promoting the sport and those who competed in it through several positions in the bowling industry over a career that spanned nearly four decades, highlighted by induction to the ABC Hall of Fame in 2005. In the international arena, James served as Deputy Secretary General of the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ)



Caroline Lagrange, Dan MacLelland named Canadian Bowler of the Year

2013BWCCarolineLagrange2_small.jpg2013WGDanMacLelland_small.jpg Caroline Lagrange and Dan MacLelland, both long-time members of the adult national teams programs, have been named female and male Canadian Bowler of the Year by the Canadian Tenpin Federation (CTF). Lagrange has been named female Bowler of the Year eight different years. Youth Bowler of the Year honors went to Brittany Crawford (Girls) and Mitch Hupe (Boys), both from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Alex Aguiar wins $20,000 top prize in 2014 True Amateur Tournaments Nationals

German-Swiss Tanya Cuva becomes first 1st TAT Ladies champion; Robert Lewis catures inaugural Seniors title; 18-year-old David Krol wins TAT Roto Grip Challenge

2014TATNationalsAlexAguiar_small.jpg Alex Aguiar from Dartmouth, Mass., (center) won the title and the $20,000 top prize in the 2014 True Amateur Tournaments Nationals at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Aguiar, who came from the 35 & Under Division, was throwing the ball incredible all the way through the finals averaging 273 for five games. Mexican Angel Hernandez just couldn't keep pace with Aguiar in the final match coming up 15 pins short to land in second place for $10,000.



Jason Belmonte named Kegel January Bowler of the Month by IBMA

2014PBA01JasonBelmonte_small.jpgJason Belmonte (pictured) of Orange, New South Wales, Australia, has been chosen as the January 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. He defeated Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 219-218 in the championship match, to win the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions for his eighth career and second major PBA title. Belmonte continues a winning streak of the IBMA Kegel Bowler of the Month honor by capturing the award in each of the last four years.



Lucy Sandelin, Pete Weber named IBMA Senior Bowlers of the Year


201213PBA16PeteWeber2_small.jpgInternational Bowling Media Association (IBMA) President Joan Romeo has announced Lucy Sandelin (l.), Tampa, Fla., and Pete Weber (r.), St. Ann, Mo., have been elected Senior Bowlers of the Year for 2013 by a vote of members of the bowling media group. Sandelin garnered 210 points in a 5-3-1 voting system with 5 points being given for a first place vote. Weber won Male Senior Bowler of the Year by one point (175-174) over Walter Ray Williams Jr.



Dominic Barrett repeats as December Bowler of the Month


Dom Barrett of Colchester, Essex, England, has been chosen as the December 2013 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Barrett (pictured) captured the 13th Qatar Bowling Open by defeating Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 515-467, in a two-game total pins match. This was Barrett's eighth European Bowling Tour and third PBA title. The British bowler continued his hot streak from November, when he captured his first major, the PBA World Championship.

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