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PBA News

07/09/16

Wichita State's Sydney Brummett is 2016 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship recipient

2016WeluScholarshipSydneyBrummett2_small.jpgThe Professional Bowlers Association has announced that Wichita State University Shocker bowling star Sydney Brummett of Fort Wayne, Ind., is the winner of the 2016 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship Award. Brummett, entering her junior year majoring in health science/pre-nursing, was a member of the second-place 2016 Intercollegiate Team Championships women's team. The $1,000 scholarship award was established to annually recognize a college student who combines outstanding bowling talents with academic excellence.

PBA News

07/09/16

Adam Zimmerman, Breanna Clemmer win Teen Masters High School Bowling Championships

2016TeenMastersAdanZimmerman_small.jpg 2016TeenMastersBreannaClemmer_small.jpg Adam Zimmerman (l.) of Deer Park, N.Y., and three-time Junior Team USA member Breanna Clemmer (r.) of Clover, S.C., won the boy's and girls' division titles in the Teen Masters High School Bowling Championships at Sawgrass Lanes in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Friday. Each was $6,000 scholarships. Kirk Mowl of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Mabel Cummins of Elburn, Ill., were the boys' and girls' U14 division winners as the highest finishing players in their age group.

2016 PWBA Tour #10

07/09/16

Shannon O'Keefe leads qualifying at 2016 PWBA Rochester Open

2016PWBA10ShannonOKeefe2_small.jpg Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, is bowling with confidence this season, and that again was on display Friday at the 2016 Professional Women's Bowling Association Rochester Open. O'Keefe (pictured above) averaged 235 over 12 qualifying games for a 2,820 pinfall total at AMF Gates Lanes in Rochester, N.Y., edging Clara Juliana Guerrero (right) of Pflugerville, Texas (2,794), for the lead. O'Keefe, who also led after the first six-game block Friday, averaged 242.5 during the evening block to stay ahead of the charging Guerrero.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #25

07/08/16

PBA Fall Classic entries now open

WSOB entries open July 18; next up on Xtra Frame; Jakob Butturff wins again in Arizona

2016PBAFallClassicLogo_small.jpgEntries for the PBA Fall Classic presented by South Point Bowling Plaza, being held in the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, are now being accepted. The event features a pair of PBA Tour title events – the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open and the five-player PBA Team Challenge. Both events will be covered live from start-to-finish by Xtra Frame. Entries for the PBA World Series of Bowling VIII, set for Nov. 27-Dec. 11 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, will open on Monday, July 18.

PBA News

07/08/16

Dawson Maier, Breanna Clemmer lead into final day of Teen Masters

2016TeenMastersLogoRed_small.jpg Dawson Maier of Hampton, Va., who had led since round two, and Breanna Clemmer of Clover, S.C., took the boy's and girls' division leads into Friday's final two rounds of the Teen Masters High School Bowling Championships at Sawgrass Lanes in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Maier, 17, won five of his first six matches Thursday to finish the day with a five-round, 30-game total of 6,746 pins. Clemmer, 18, posted a 4-1-1 record for her opening round of match play to finish the round with a 6,204 pinfall total.

PBA News

07/07/16

Dawson Maier, Caitlyn Johnson lead as Teen Masters arrives at "Cut Day"

2016TeenMastersLogoRed_small.jpgAs the Teen Masters Bowling Championships arrived at "cut day" at Sawgrass Lanes in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Wednesday, Dawson Maier of Hampton, Va., held onto the lead in the boys' division while Caitlyn Johnson of Beaumont, Texas, advanced into the lead in the girls' division. After 18 games, the top 45 boys ages 15-and-older and the top nine U14 boys will advance to a fourth six-game qualifying round Thursday along with the top 20 girls 15-and-older plus the top six U14 girls.

2016 PWBA Tour #10

07/07/16

Brittni Hamilton returns home to compete in PWBA Rochester Open

2016PWBA10BrittniHamilton_small.jpgFive-time Team USA member Brittni Hamilton of Nashville, Tennessee, was noticeably absent from the PWBA Tour this season until last week, when the made her 2016 debut at the PWBA Lexington Open. Hamilton has had a busy schedule off the lanes this year, starting a full-time job in admissions at DeVry University. Along with other commitments, she was able to fit in only a couple of Tour stops this season including this week's PWBA Rochester Open that will take place in her hometown.

2016 PWBA Tour #5

07/06/16

Danielle McEwan captures second career title at PWBA Wichita Open

2016PWBA05DanielleMcEwan_small.jpgSometimes it's better to be lucky than good. Fortunately, for Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, not only was she good, she also had a certain lucky charm in attendance to help her to victory at the 2016 PWBA Wichita Open. McEwan, the No. 1 seed, struck in five of the first seven frames en route to defeating Colombian native Maria Jose Rodriguez of Austin, Texas, 210-171, at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., for her second career PWBA title.

PBA News

07/06/16

Dawson Maier, Adrianna Stacy advance from fifth to first in Teen Masters Qualifying

2016TeenMastersLogoRed_small.jpgDawson Maier of Hampton, Va., and Adrianna Stacy of Sebring, Fla., both advanced from fifth to first after the second round of qualifying in the Teen Masters Championships at Sawgrass Lanes in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Tuesday. Maier, 17, rolled games of 233, 234, 216, 197, 236 and 219 Tuesday to finish the second round with a 12-game total of 2,645 pins . Stacy, also 17, had games of 268, 204, 157, 205, 226 and 147 to finish her second round with 2,397 pins

PBA News

07/05/16

Jackson Short, Samantha Johnson hold early Teen Masters leads

TeenMastersLogo118h.jpgFloridians Jackson Short of Brooksville and Samantha Johnson of Apopka rolled into the first round leads in the boys and girls divisions of the Teen Masters Championships at Sawgrass Lanes in in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Monday. Short rolled games of 234, 177, 224, 258, 212 and 246 for a 225.1 average, finishing his six-game opening round for a 1,351 pinfall total and a 16-pin lead over Cody Estes of Somersworth, N.H. Igar Rodriguez of Miami, Fla., was third in the field of 211 boys with 1,329 pins.

2016 PWBA Tour #09

07/03/16

Kelly Kulick earns top seed at PWBA Lexington Open

2016PWBA09Finalists_small.jpgWhen Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, decides to hang up her bowling shoes and throw her last ball down the lane, she will look back on a successful career and be pleased with her performances.But, what she might look back on the most, is her performance down the stretch at the PWBA Lexington Open this weekend, while battling injury at Collins Bowling Center-Eastland. Kulick used a 5-1 match play record to claim the No. 1 seed for the event's stepladder finals.

2016 PWBA Tour #9

07/02/16

Rocio Restrepo grabs lead at PWBA Lexington Open

2016PWBA07RocioRestrepo2_small.jpg When Colombia native Rocio Restrepo, now living in Louisville, Ohio, arrived for the Thursday practice session of the 2016 PWBA Lexington Open, to say she was tired would have been an understatement Restrepo dealt with several flight delays en route to Lexington and wasn't quite herself during practice. She opted to sleep late Friday and the extra hours of sleep paid off. Restrepo averaged more than 221 through 12 games of qualifying Friday to take the lead at Collins Bowling Center-Eastland with a 2,662 total.

United States

07/02/16

Jaryszak Laneman Award winner John Forst dies at Bowl Expo

PBA Tour titlist's final day includes surprise award, reunion with friends, colleagues, former competitors

2016JimJaryszakLanemanAwardJohnForst2_small.jpgA matter of hours after he was surprised as the 2016 recipient of the Jim Jaryszak Laneman Award at International Bowl Expo on June 29, LaGrange, Ill., native John Forst was found unresponsive on the Mandalay Bay property. Forst, who was suffering from terminal brain cancer, was 55. At Bowl Expo, Forst (pictured in the middle of a Storm group) had a final opportunity to reunite with a horde of friends, colleagues and former competitors from his days working with Storm Products, Kegel, USBC and PBA competition.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #24

07/01/16

PBA surprises Duke's Dallas Strikers with $10,000 300 game bonus

Tackett, Jones cling to one-two spots in Xtra Frame PBA Tour points race; Next up on Xtra Frame; Anthony Simonsen to compete in World Youth Championships; QubicaAMF PBA Regional Update

2016PBALDallasStrikers_small.jpgWhen the PBA League GoBowling.com Dallas Strikers, led by player-manager Norm Duke, bowled a Baker format 300 game in the semifinal round of the PBA League Elias Cup competition at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, the question arose, does the team qualify for the traditional $10,000 bonus for a nationally-televised 300 game? The question was answered in front of a crowd of more than 1,000 bowling proprietors and industry leaders during International Bowl Expo at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Tuesday.

2016 PWBA Tour #09

06/29/16

Veterans still a force as tour heads to PWBA Lexington Open

2016PWBALogo_small.jpgTake a quick look at the field of players competing each week on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, such as this week's PWBA Lexington Open, and you will see a list littered with players who were in college within the last five or so years. While these competitors are trying to make their mark on the PWBA Tour, there is a smaller group who have nothing to prove, players such as Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Anne Marie Duggan and Leanne Hulsenberg.

2016 PBA #9

06/27/16

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

06/27/16

Pete Weber makes history with win at 2016 USBC Senior Masters

2016PBA5009PeteWeber5_small.jpg Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, made history Sunday by winning the 2016 USBC Senior Masters to become the first player with five Professional Bowlers Association 50 Tour titles in a season. The 53-year-old reigning PBA50 Player of the Year achieved the feat in dramatic fashion with a 266-263 win against left-hander Paul McCordic of Sugar Land, Texas, who stepped up in the final frame with a chance to win but left the 1-3-6-9 combination on his second offering to fall short.

2016 PWBA Tour #8

06/27/16

Clara Guerrero wins first PWBA title at Players Championship

2016PWBA08ClaraGuerrero_small.jpg More than a decade ago, Clara Juliana Guerrero made the move from Colombia to the United States to bowl collegiately and chase her dream of competing on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour. It took a little longer than expected, but Guerrero accomplished the dream of winning a PWBA title, and a major title at that, with a 199-175 victory over Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, in the final of the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship on Sunday.

2016 PBA50 Tour #9

06/26/16

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 PWBA Tour #8

06/26/16

Liz Johnson grabs no. 1 seed at Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship

2016PWBA08Finalists_small.jpg Being back in the bowling center where she won her sixth major title, Liz Johnson (l.) of Cheektowaga, New York, said her expectations were not too high heading into the Go Bowling Professional Women's Bowling Association Players Championship. A troublesome practice session had dimmed those expectations, but a strong finish in Saturday's final eight match-play games allowed her to capture the No.1 seed for the stepladder finals at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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