2016 PBA Tour #10 / 2016 PWBA Tour #12


O'Keefe, O'Neill again win "The Lucy" Mixed Doubles title

2016PBA10ShannonOKeefeBillONeill_small.jpg Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, and Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pennsyalvania, withstood a challenge from Jason Belmonte of Australia and Diandra Asbaty of Chicago, in the position round match to successfully defend their Storm PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles title Sunday at Bowl on Bellaire. O'Keefe, a 12-time Team USA member, earned her fourth PWBA Tour title while O'Neill earned his eighth PBA Tour title and first of the season.

2016 PBA Tour


2016 PBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2016PBALogo_small.jpg The 2016 Professional Bowlers Association Tour features 25 tournaments, including five 'majors' (Tournament of Champions, Masters, Players Championship, U.S. Open and World Championship) and the PBA Team Challenge. According to an agreement between PBA and World Bowling, Tenpin Bowling's world governing body, the international tournaments of the 2016 World Bowling Tour will also award a PBA title if he/she is a PBA member and bowls without accepting handicap pins.

2016 PBA Tour #10 / 2016 PWBA Tour #12


Belmonte and Asbaty are top qualifiers in "The Lucy"

38 doubles teams advance to Sunday's cashers' round at Storm PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles

2016PBA10JasonBelmonteDiandraAsbaty_small.jpgThree-time defending PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia and Diandra Asbaty of Chicago, combined to average 221.6 to lead 152 doubles teams after qualifying Saturday in the Storm PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles at Bowl on Bellaire in Houston, Texas. The duo had a 3,547 16-game pinfall total to top 38 teams that advanced to Sunday morning's cashers' round that will determine the top eight teams for the final match play round Sunday afternoon.

2016 PBA Tour #10 / 2016 PWBA Tour #12


Record field set for Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles

PBA, PWBA Tour stars headline 17th annual fund-raiser in Houston

2016PBALogo_small.jpgThe largest field in the 17-year history of Donna Conners' tribute to her late friend, Luci Bonneau, will arrive in Houston this weekend to compete for titles in the PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, sponsored by Storm. After raising nearly $750,000 to help fund breast cancer research and assist those who may not be able to afford proper care, Conners continues to enhance the tournament to accommodate an increasing number of PBA and PWBA competitors who want to participate.

2016 PBA #9


Jakob Butturff wins his first PBA title in Lubbock, Texas

22-year-old lefthander nips Shawn Maldonado by two pins to win the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open

2016PBA09JakobButturff_small.jpg Jakob Butturff, a 22-year-old lefthander who won't complete his first full year of PBA competition until next month, won the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open Sunday, nipping Houston's Shawn Maldonado in the title match, 207-205. Butturff (l.) used a late double to pull even with Maldonado, and then struck on his fill ball in the 10th frame to force the two-handed player to double for the win. Maldonado's left the 4 pin on his try for a second strike which sealed his fate.

2016 PBA50 Tour #9


Anthony Simonsen leads PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open qualifying

Texas teenager holds one-pin lead in bid for third PBA Tour title of 2016 season

2016PBA04AnthonySimonsen_small.jpgNineteen-year-old Anthony Simonsen of Princeton, Texas, bidding to become the first PBA player to win three PBA Tour titles in 2016, led the field of 151 players through Saturday's qualifying in the Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas. Simonsen, a two-handed player and the youngest player ever to win a PBA Tour major, averaged 236.6 during Saturday's eight qualifying games to finish with a 1,893 pinfall total for a one-pin lead over Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn.

2016 PBA Tour #7


Tip from roommate helps Tommy Jones win PBA Jonesboro Open

Urethane ball, direct-to-pocket delivery keys to tying PBA Hall of Famer Carmen Salvino with 17th title

2016PBA08TommyJones2_small.jpg Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., a future Professional Bowlers Association hall of famer, used a tip from his roommate and an "old school" technique to win the Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open presented by Xtra Frame Sunday at Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Jones, 37, defeated top qualifier Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 237-228, to win his 17th PBA Tour title – tying PBA Hall of Famer Carmen Salvino for 20th place on the all-time PBA Tour titles list. Jones also won a $15,000 first prize.

2016 PBA50 Tour #8


Teenager Anthony Simonsen leads PBA Jonesboro Open qualifying

EJ Tackett in second place heading into Sunday's final rounds

2016PBA01AnthonySimonsen6_small.jpgTexas teenager Anthony Simonsen averaged 225 Saturday to lead the qualifying round of the Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open by 16 pins over EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind. Simonsen (pictured), a 19-year-old two-handed player who won both of his PBA Tour titles earlier in the year, rolled games of 237, 182, 243, 276, 200, 172, 219 and 278 to finish the eight-game qualifying round with 1,807 pins, while Tackett toppled 1,791 pins.

2016 PBA Tour #8


Denver Broncos' CJ Anderson to bowl in PBA Jonesboro Open June 3-5

Super Bowl 50 champ is taking his bowling experiences seriously

2016CP3CJAnderson_small.jpg CJ Anderson, who helped the underdog Denver Broncos upset the heavily favored Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, made his debut in Professional Bowlers Association competition over the weekend in the PBA Planet Bowl Southwest Open in Oklahoma City, and is already making plans for his second appearance in the Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open presented by Xtra Frame at Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., June 3-5.

2016 PBA Tour


PBA World Series of Bowling VIII returns to National Bowling Stadium

Silver Legacy, Reno to host multi-event international bowling showcase

PBAWorldSeriesofBowlingLogo_small.jpgThe eighth annual edition of the Professional Bowlers Association's World Series of Bowling, an international multi-event showcase for the world's most talented bowlers, will return to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., from Nov. 27 through Dec. 11, 2016. WSOB VIII will return to a PBA members-only event and will offer its members from around the world an opportunity to compete for shares of an estimated $750,000 in prize money and five PBA Tour titles in nationally-televised ESPN finals.

2016 PBA League


"Right" choice helps Dallas Strikers win PBA League Elias Cup

2016PBALDallasStrikers_small.jpgMaking the "right" lane choice throughout the Professional Bowlers Association League Elias Cup elimination rounds proved to be the correct strategic move as the GoBowling.com Dallas Strikers ended four years of frustration in capturing the elusive team championship with a 4-2 win against the GEICO New York City KingPins. The 2016 Elias Cup was held at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, from March 31 through April 3, 2016. The finals aired Sunday, May 8 on ESPN.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #16


Special "Clash" events kick off PBA50 Johnny Petraglia Open on Xtra Frame

2016XtraFrameLogo2_small.jpg Next up on PBA's Xtra Frame schedule will be start-to-finish coverage of the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, the final standard event before the "senior tour" heads west for a five-week early summer swing including two major championships, and preliminary-round coverage of the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open Saturday and Sunday from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif. Leading off the Xtra Frame coverage of the Petraglia BVL Open will be a pair of special "clash" events.

2016 PBA Tour #7


EJ Tackett wins PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open for second PBA Tour title

Key break in title match helps 2013 Rookie of the Year escape top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli

2016PBA07EJTackett_small.jpg EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., broke up a 7-9 split, converting the break into a string of three strikes that proved to be the difference in winning his second career PBA Tour title Sunday in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill. Tackett (l.) the 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year, defeated top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 217-210, to win the $10,000 first prize after eliminating PBA Regional veteran Steven Taylor in the semifinal match.

2016 PBA #07


Scott Weber, Ryan Ciminelli lead qualifying at PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open

2015PBA20RyanCiminelli2_small.jpg Scott Weber of LaSalle, Ill., whose best finish in a PBA tournament was second in a QubicaAMF PBA50 regional event, averaged 253 to lead qualifying Saturday in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open at Liberty Lanes. The 51-year-old Weber, who is no relation to the famous Weber bowling family, bowled a 2,025 eight-game pinfall total. He holds a 41-pin lead over six-time PBA Tour winner Ryan Ciminelli (pictured) of Cheetowaga, N.Y., who finished qualifying with a 1,984 pinfall (248 average).

PBA News


PBA Fall Classic to return to South Point Bowling Plaza in October

PBA Xtra Frame Las Vegas Open, PBA Team Challenge to precede U.S. Open

2016PBAFallClassicLogo_small.jpg The PBA Fall Classic, featuring a pair of PBA Tour title events, will return to South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas Oct. 28-Nov. 1, in advance of the U.S. Open which also will be held at South Point Nov. 3-9. The PBA Fall Classic presented by South Point Bowling Plaza will include two events that will be covered from start-to-finish by PBA's Xtra Frame online video-streaming service – the PBA Xtra Frame Las Vegas Open and the return of the five-player PBA Team Challenge.



U.S. Open Finals to be televised live on CBS Sports Network

New equipment rules set concerning bowling balls, mobile and electronic devices

2016USOpenLogo_small.jpg The stepladder finals of the 2016 U.S. Open at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas will be televised live on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network. In addition to the live prime-time finals, the 2016 U.S. Open will have new rules concerning the number and adjustment of bowling balls by competitors, and the use of mobile and electronic devices during competition. Registration is underway for the U.S. Open, which will kick off Nov. 4 with the first of three days of qualifying.

2016 PBA Tour #7


PBA Tour title on the line in PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open

2016PBALogo_small.jpg Several of the PBA's most talented future stars will take on an all-star roster of PBA Tour champions when the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open visits Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24. At stake in the second of an expanded schedule of 10 events that will be covered exclusively start to finish by pba.com's online video service Xtra Frame, the event will mark the first time that a PBA tournament that awards a PBA Tour title will be held in the Fox Valley/Carpentersville area.

2016 PBA Tour #6


Ryan Ciminelli pushes himself to victory in PBA Maine Shootout

Cheektowaga left-hander sweeps Tommy Jones for sixth career PBA Tour title

2016PBA06RyanCiminelli_small.jpg Gradually, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. (center), is beginning to believe in himself, and thanks to a momentary burst of confidence, the 30-year-old left-hander rolled his way to a two-game sweep of 16-time Professional Bowlers Association title winner Tommy Jones in the best-of-three-game title match of the bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout at Bayside Bowl Wednesday. Ciminelli defeated Jones, 255-213 and 225-203, to win his sixth PBA Tour title and the $10,000 first prize.

2016 PBA Tour #6


Norm Duke rolls 299 to advance in PBA Maine Shootout

2016PBA05NormDuke_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., used a near-perfect 299 game to retain in contention for the bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout title at Bayside Bowl Tuesday. Duke (pictured), a 38-time PBA Tour title winner, eliminated Colombia's Andres Gomez after losing the first game, 224-213. Duke escaped with a 239-234 win in game two and then ran away from Gomez in game three, 299-234, missing a perfect game when the 10 pin stood on his final shot.

2016 PBA Tour #6


Match Play Bracket set for PBA Maine Shootout

Live Xtra Frame coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET Tuesday from Bayside Bowl in Portland

2016PBALogo_small.jpg Matchups for the Professional Bowlers Association's bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout were decided by random draw at Bayside Bowl Monday evening, heading into two days of best-of-three-game, single-elimination match play Tuesday and Wednesday. In the opening round of 64, defending Maine Shootout champion Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., bowls Sweden's Martin Larsen; The bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout, presented by Xtra Frame, is the first of 10 PBA Tour Xtra Frame events scheduled for 2016.

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