PBA Bowling News Overview

2016 PWBA Tour #13


Shannon O'Keefe heads to U.S. Women's Open having standout season

2016PWBA10ShannonOKeefe_small.jpgShannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, endured a heart-breaking loss in the 2015 U.S. Women's Open title match, falling 190-189 to Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York. The loss continued a string of close finishes at the prestigious major, which includes finishing third in 2012, fifth in 2011 and another runner-up finish in 2007. But with two PWBA titles this season, and having qualified for at least two other TV shows, O'Keefe will head into the 2016 U.S. Women's Open more confident than ever.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #28


Entries open for PBA World Series of Bowling VIII

Countdown enters final two months for PBA Regional Players; Next up on Xtra Frame; Shawn Maldonado dominates for eighth Regional title

PBAWorldSeriesofBowlingLogo_small.jpgEntries are now open for the PBA World Series of Bowling VIII, presented by Silver Legacy, which returns to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., Nov. 27-Dec. 11 with a number of enhancements. The multi-event competition will include four animal pattern championships, each offering a guaranteed $20,000 first prize, and the live nationally-televised ESPN finals of PBA World Championship, offering a $60,000 first prize. Entries are open to PBA members only on a first-come basis.

2016 PBA50 Tour #11


Walter Ray Williams Jr. is top qualifier in PBA50 South Shore Open

PBA Hall of Famer is in good position to reach PBA Title Century Mark

2016PBA50WalterRayWilliams_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. averaged 246 to lead qualifying in the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 Wednesday putting him in good position to reach another record in a career that has lasted more than three decades. Heading into Thursday's match play rounds, Williams (pictured) led qualifying with a 3,941 16-game pinfall total at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., and if he can win his 11th PBA50 Tour title, the all-time leader on the PBA Tour titles list with 47 wins will have won a combined 100 titles in PBA competition.

2016 PBA50 Tour #11


Graham, Williams Jr., lead first round in PBA50 South Shore Open

Rookie Eddie Graham averages 257 and shoots 300 game to dominate first round

2009PBACentralEddieGraham_small.jpgWith the help of a 300 game, PBA50 Tour rookie Eddie Graham of Centerville, Ohio, averaged 257 to lead the first round of the PBA50 South Shore Open Tuesday at Olympia Lanes. Graham (pictured), winner of five PBA regional titles including the 2007 Regional Players Invitational, fired a 2,058 eight-game pinfall total. He got his low game out of the way in the first game bowling 235 and then followed it up with games of 247, 269, 246, 300, 269, 248 and 244. "This is the kind of round you want to have at least once in your life," said Graham.

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.

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Bad Boy of Bowling shows softer side in Indie Rom Bo Com

2015BadBoyofBowlingPeteWeber_small.jpgPete Weber, the crotch chopping, sunglasses wearing, bad boy of the lanes, will be making his Hollywood debut in the August 2 digital release of Split, the world's first romantic bowling comedy from independent writer/director, Jamie Buckner. Split is the story of Cassie and her quest to find love in 30 days. However, she idolized her professional bowler dad, and only a man of the lanes will do. Unfortunately, Cassie finds herself with a notorious split between a lovable 7 and a self involved 10.

2016 PBA50 Tour #10


Duke defeats Weber in PBA50 World Championship

Norm Duke beats Pete Weber 234-215 in title match to notch his third career PBA50 Tour title and second PBA50 Major

2016PBA5010NormDuke_small.jpgWhen PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke looks for motivation, he finds it in the milestone PBA50 Tour season that longtime rival and fellow hall member Pete Weber is having this year. Duke had extra motivation in the title match of the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship Saturday beating Weber (right), 234-215, in the title match at Island Xtreme Bowl for his second PBA50 Tour major and third title of his career on the tour for players 50 years of age and older.

2016 PBA50 Tour #10


Williams, Bohn and Kretzer win PBA50 Regionals in Minnesota

Walter Ray Williams Jr. wins Viper Championship for 99th title in PBA competition

2016PBA50WalterRayWilliams_small.jpgPBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship presented by Storm match play finalists Walter Ray Williams Jr., Parker Bohn III and Brian Kretzer each won PBA50 regional titles Friday at Island Xtreme Bowl. Williams (pictured) won the 99th tournament of his PBA career by defeating two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 268-258, in the title match of the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Viper Championship, one of three regional events conducted as a prelude to Saturday's final day of the World Championship.

2016 PBA50 Tour #10


Pete Weber eyes 100 title mark in PBA competition

2016PBALPeteWeber3_small.jpgAfter qualifying for two PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Championship stepladder finals Thursday, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber has his eyes set on the career milestone of 100 career titles in PBA competition. Weber, who along with fellow hall of famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. currently has 98 combined career titles in PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA regional and PBA50 regional tournaments, qualified for the finals of the Viper and Scorpion Championships at Island Xtreme Bowl.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #27


Walter Ray Williams Jr. returns to China to promote the sport

Next up on Xtra Frame; PBA50 Tour competitor John Burkett undergoes surgery; Special benefits available to new, returning PBA members; Chris Warren, Jeff Frankos win Reno Doubles event

2016WalterRayWilliamsvisitsChina_small.jpgWalter Ray Williams Jr., PBA's all-time titles leader, recently returned from a trip to China where he helped friend Frank Zhao, the founder and president of Longmarch Bowling, promote the opening of a new six-lane bowling center. The new center, located in the Bund district of Shanghai, is the fourth built by Zhao's organization in China. Longmarch is also turning its sights to the promotion of the sport at the competitive level with the hope of growing the sport professionally, according to Williams.

2016 PBA50 Tour #10


Nelson, Bohn top qualifying PBA50 World Championship

Pete Weber finishes qualifying in third as 24 players advance to match play

2016PBA5010RonNelson_small.jpgBowling in his first PBA50 Tour tournament, non-member Ron Nelson Jr. (pictured) of Bridgeview, Ill., averaged 256.6 in Wednesday's final qualifying round to lead 24 players who advanced to match play in the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship presented by Storm at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn. For the three qualifying rounds, Nelson had a 3,585 15-game qualifying pinfall good for a 239 overall average. Finishing second was PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., who had a 3,568 15-game pinfall.

2016 PWBA Tour #7


Rocio Restrepo grabs first PWBA title at Greater Detroit Open

2016PWBA07RocioRestrepo4_small.jpg2016EBT09SinLiJane4_small.jpg Rocio Restrepo admits her emotions can sometimes get the better of her when she's on the lanes, but she allowed those strong emotions to drive her to the title of the PWBA Greater Detroit Open. Restrepo (l.) jumped to an early lead against Malaysia's Sin Li Jane (r.), striking in four of her first six frames, on her way to a 217-185 victory at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis. Restrepo claimed her first PWBA title with the victory.

2016 PBA50 Tour #10


Norm Duke retains PBA50 World Championship lead after second round

PBA Hall of Famer keeps momentum on Chameleon lane condition; Australia's Andrew Frawley averages 253.6 to top Chameleon Championship

2015PBA19NormDuke_small.jpg In last month's Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., dominated qualifying as the tournament leader only to falter in match play eventually finishing 11th. It's something the PBA Hall of Famer hopes to avoid in the PBA50 World Championship. After Tuesday's second round bowling on PBA's 43-foot Chameleon lane condition pattern at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., Duke retained his qualifying lead with a 2,422 10-game pinfall total.

2016 PWBA Tour #11


Lindsay Boomershine top seed at PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open

2016PWBA11Finalists_small.jpgSetting goals provides a player in any sport a special focus during a long season. For Lindsay Boomershine, the goal for the 2016 PWBA Tour season was simple – to not be 17th. Boomershine, of Perry, Utah, went 5-1 in match play at the PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open on Saturday to earn the top seed for the televised stepladder finals. She will be joined on the TV show by Colombia's Rocio Restrepo along with Stefanie Johnson and Kelly Kulick.

2016 PWBA Tour #11


Maria Jose Rodriguez leads at PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open

2016PWBA11MariaJoseRodriguez_small.jpgMaking the cut at the end of the first day of competition means making a paycheck on the PWBA Tour. Colombian native Maria Jose Rodriguez of Austin, Texas, not only is on her way to cashing another PWBA check, she also has put herself in a better position than what she has seen lately as the leader after 12 games of qualifying at the PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open, taking place at Seminole Lanes. The tournament continues Saturday with six more games to determine the 12 players for match play.

2016 PWBA Tour #11


Local standouts ready for 2016 PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open

2016PWBAAshlyGalante_small.jpgThe last time the Professional Women's Bowling Association visited Florida, Ashly Galante just had entered her teen years and still was a few years away from hitting her stride as one of the nation's top junior bowlers. Currently, the 27-year-old Palm Harbor resident is a role model for the young bowlers at nearby Countryside Lanes in Clearwater, Florida, and she's hoping to have her own breakthrough PWBA performance in front of her friends and family this week at the 2016 PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #26


Chris Paul named ESPN's Sports Humanitarian of the Year

PBA Bowling Challenge adds new venue, ball, tournaments; Next up on Xtra Frame; World Bowling Tour returns to Thailand; Jakob Butturff remains red-hot in PBA West

2016ESPYCiminelliBelmonteSimonsen_small.jpgLos Angeles Clippers all-star point guard Chris Paul has been named ESPN's second annual Sports Humanitarian of the Year for using the power of sports to make a positive impact on society, ESPN announced Wednesday. PBA champions Ryan Ciminelli, Jason Belmonte and Anthony Simonsen (l-r) – three of the four nominees for the "Best Bowler" ESPY award – attended the event. Belmonte won the ESPY for the second year in a row and the third time overall.

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Jason Belmonte wins back-to-back Best Bowler ESPY Awards

Australian two-hander earns third overall award during ceremonies in Los Angeles

2016PBA03JasonBelmonte2_small.jpg Jason Belmonte of Australia earned his second consecutive and third overall Best Bowler ESPY Award Wednesday evening during the 2016 ESPY Awards ceremonies at the Microsoft Theater. Belmonte, who won his first ESPY Award in 2011, was among winners in a variety of sports and special moment categories that were determined by fan voting. The winners were announced during ABC-TV's live ESPY Awards telecast. Also nominated were Ryan Ciminelli, Jesper Svensson and Anthony Simonsen.

2016 PWBA Tour #6


Shannon O'Keefe captures third title at Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open

2016PWBA06ShannonOKeefe3_small.jpgShannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, wasted no time in the title match, defeating Colombia native Clara Guerrero of Pflugerville, Texas, 252-203, to win the Pepsi Professional Women's Bowling Association Lincoln Open, her third career PWBA title and second of the 2016 season. For O'Keefe, her success in 2016 might not be possible without her previous television experiences. Through repetition, the 37-year-old right-hander has learned how to control her emotions when competing on television.

2016 PBA50 Tour #10


Pete Weber looks to continue record-breaking season

Xtra Frame coverage of the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship begins July 18 with first round qualifying

2016PBA5009PeteWeber2_small.jpgDefending PBA50 Player of the Year Pete Weber, who will be trying for his third consecutive major win of the season, tops the list of PBA stars 50 and over who will compete in the inaugural PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship presented by Storm July 17-23 at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn. The Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open continues a busy month of July on PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame. PBA fans will be able to catch all the action beginning Monday, July 18 with first round qualifying.

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