PBA Bowling News Overview

2016 PBA50 Tour #7

06/15/16

Ron Mohr, Pete Weber top PBA50 Northern California Classic qualifying

Mohr earns third top-qualifier crown of the season while Weber heads into match play in good position for fifth consecutive PBA50 Tour title

2016PBA50RonMohr_small.jpg In seven PBA50 Tour tournaments this season, Ron Mohr of Las Vegas has been the qualifying leader in three of them. The goal now is to turn his success in qualifying into a tournament win. Mohr (pictured) averaged 242.8 after the second round of the PBA50 Northern California Classic Tuesday at Harvest Park Bowl for his third top-qualifier crown. He led qualifying with a 3,885 pinfall total, 13 pins ahead of Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who is trying for his fifth consecutive PBA50 Tour title.

2016 PBA50 Tour #7

06/14/16

Ron Mohr continues qualifying hot streak

Two-time PBA50 Player of the Year averages 246.8 to lead first round in PBA50 Northern California Classic

2015PBA5008RonMohr_small.jpg As qualifying leader for two tournaments this season, two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas is on his way to making it three after averaging 246.8 to lead first round qualifying Monday in the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV. Mohr (pictured) bowled a 1,975 eight-game pinfall total with games of 244, 278, 199, 237, 258, 235, 247 and 277 at Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif., to hold a 49-pin lead over Robert Brown of Cody, Wyo., in second with 1,926.

2016 PWBA Tour #6

06/12/16

Shannon O'Keefe top seed for Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open finals

2016PWBA06Finalists_small.jpgBefore the PWBA Tour went on hiatus in 2003, Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, spent just under two years learning and growing as a competitor new to the tour. Since the return of the PWBA Tour in 2015, O'Keefe has been making up for lost time and earned the No. 1 seed for the Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open this week at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska. She led throughout the event and averaged more than 219 for 24 games to claim the top seed for the televised finals.

2016 PWBA Tour #6

06/11/16

Shannon O'Keefe cruises into lead at Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open

2016PWBA06ShannonOKeefe2_small.jpgShannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, opened the day with a 277 game, and cruised to the lead after 12 games of qualifying Friday at the Pepsi Professional Women's Bowling Association Lincoln Open at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska. Following her explosive start, O'Keefe turned in her lowest game of the day (184), but she was able to rally with games of 258, 248, 258 and 219 to close the opening block with a 1,444 total. The 37-year-old right-hander added 1,362 in her second block for a 12-game total of 2,806, an average of 233.83.

2016 PWBA Tour #6

06/09/16

Amanda Greene seeks to defend Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open title

2015PWBATourAmandaGreene_small.jpgGrowing up, Amanda Greene of Romney, West Virginia, spent her time after school practicing and working at her parents' bowling center, Wilson Lanes. So it should be no surprise the 25-year-old right-hander wasted no time proving she belonged on the re-launched PWBA Tour last season. This week, the tour heads to Lincoln, Nebraska, where Greene will return to Sun Valley Lanes as the defending champion. The event gets underway Thursday with a 5 p.m. practice session, while official competition takes place Friday and Saturday.

2016 PBA50 Tour #6

06/09/16

Monacelli beats Bohn to win PBA50 Fountain Valley Open

2016PBA5006AmletoMonacelli2_small.jpg2016PBA50ParkerBohn_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (l.) of Venezuela won four consecutive matches in the stepladder finals Wednesday to win the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by Track at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, California. Monacelli, who qualified fourth for the finals, beat top qualifier hall of famer Parker Bohn III (r.) of Jackson, N.J., 266-247, in the title match to win his first PBA50 Tour title of the season and the sixth of his career.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #21

06/08/16

EJ Tackett takes lead in Xtra Frame PBA Tour points race

Entries open for PBA Fall Swing PTQ; Senior U.S. Open was one for the books; Xtra Frame continues PBA50, PWBA coverage; Portland's Bayside Bowl breaks ground for expansion; QubicaAMF PBA Regional Update

2014PBARegionalChallengeEJTackett_small.jpgWith his fifth-place finish in the Downums Waste Services presented by Xtra Frame, EJ Tackett (pictured left) of Huntington, Ind., has taken the lead in the Xtra Frame PBA Tour points race, a season-long contest that will reward the winner of the 10-event series with a $10,000 bonus. Tackett now has 53 points and a nine-point lead over Ryan Ciminelli and Jonesboro Open winner Tommy Jones, who are tied for second with 44 points. Sean Rash is fourth with 31 points.

2016 PWBA Tour #1

06/08/16

Liz Johnson wins 2016 PWBA Las Vegas Open

2016PWBATour01LizJohnson2_small.jpg Reigning Professional Women's Bowling Association Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, wasted no time putting in her bid for a second consecutive POY honor as she defeated top seed Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, to win the 2016 PWBA Las Vegas Open. Johnson (pictured) said she's been struggling with spares early in the 2016 PWBA season, but filling frames ultimately was her key to success in a 195-172 win against Pluhowsky at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

2016 PBA50 Tour #6

06/08/16

Ron Mohr leads top 16 into match play in Fountain Valley

Two-time PBA50 Player of the Year earns second top qualifier honor of the Season

2015PBAWSOBRonMohr_small.jpg Two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, averaged 241.3 in the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by Track Tuesday after the second round to earn his second top qualifier honor of the 2016 season. The 60-year-old Mohr (l.) led qualifying with a 3,862 16-game pinfall total, topping first round leader Amleto Monacelli in second with 3,815. After a cashers round Wednesday morning, 24 players will compete in match play which will determine the top five players who will advance to the stepladder finals

2016 PBA50 Tour #6

06/07/16

Amleto Monacelli owns first round at PBA50 Fountain Valley Open

PBA Hall of Famer averages 243.5 for eight games to take a 27-pin lead over Ron Mohr

2016PBA50AmletoMonacelli_small.jpg Coming off a fourth-place finish in last week's Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (l.) of Venezuela averaged 243.5 Monday to take the first round lead in the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by Track at Fountain Bowl.The five-time PBA50 Tour winner led qualifying with a 1,948 eight-game pinfall total with games of 255, 264, 235, 227, 269, 233, 237 and 228 to edge two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas who finished the first round in second with 1,921.

2016 PBA Tour #7

06/06/16

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 PWBA Tour #5

06/05/16

Danielle McEwan grabs top seed for PWBA Wichita Open finals

Joining McEwan in the June 26 stepladder finals are Colombia's Maria Jose Rodriguez, Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky and Syaidatul Afifah of Malaysia

2016PWBA05Finalists_small.jpgDanielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., was a slow starter during qualifying at the 2016 PWBA Wichita Open, but had no trouble in match play to earn the top seed at Northrock Lanes. McEwan averaged more than 257 during match play to claim the No. 1 seed for the TV finals, which will be taped June 26 during the PWBA Players Championship in Green Bay, Wis. Joining McEwan in the stepladder finals are Colombia's Maria Jose Rodriguez, Team USA's Shannon Pluhowsky and Syaidatul Afifah of Malaysia

2016 PBA50 Tour #8

06/05/16

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 PWBA Tour #5

06/04/16

Diana Zavjalova leads qualifying at PWBA Wichita Open

International bowlers occupy the top 4 spots as the field is cut to 32 players

2015PWBATourDianaZavjalova_small.jpg 2015PWBATourMariaJoseRodriguez_small.jpg Latvia's Diana Zavjalova finished with games of 265 and 264 to overtake Colombia native Maria Jose Rodriguez for the lead after 12 games of qualifying at the Professional Women's Bowling Association Wichita Open. After the opening six games of qualifying at Northrock Lanes on Friday, Zavjalova (left) was 11th but averaged 249 over the next six games for a 2,882 pinfall total to lead Rodriguez (right) by 14 pins.

2016 PBA50 Tour #5

06/04/16

Pete Weber successfully defends Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open title

Weber captures his record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour win and and eighth career PBA50 Tour title by defeating Harry Sullins 223-184 in title match

2016PBA5005PeteWeber_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., successfully defended his Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global title Friday for a record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title. Weber, the top qualifier, defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 223-184, in the title match at the Suncoast Bowling Center to set the new mark. He had shared the previous record of three consecutive titles with fellow Hall of Famer Tom Baker who achieved the feat in 2006.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #20

06/03/16

All-star field heads to Arkansas for PBA Jonesboro Open

Xtra Frame set for live coverage from Arkansas, Vegas, California; Funeral services set for PBA Hall of Famer Ted Hoffman Jr.; Bosox bowling enthusiast Mookie Betts is on a tear; Mohr, Kretzer win pre-Senior U.S. Open title

2016CP3ChrisBarnes_small.jpgJonesboro, Ark., a city of 71,000-plus residents, the home of Riceland Rice and Arkansas State University, and the birthplace of novelist John Grisham, will be in bowling's spotlight this weekend when an all-star cast of PBA champions invades 32-lane Jonesboro Bowling Center for the Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open presented by Xtra Frame. Among the 22 players who have already won PBA Tour titles, is 18-time PBA champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas (pictured).

2016 PBA50 Tour #5

06/03/16

Pete Weber moves into Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open lead

Beats weekend warrior tournament bowler Mike Klosin in position round match to take 15-pin lead heading into the final two match play rounds Friday

2015PBA5005PeteWeber3_small.jpgDefending champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., put together a 7-5 record and averaged 234.5 Thursday after two match play rounds to move into the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Weber moved into the lead in the position round match when he beat weekend warrior tournament bowler Mike Klosin of Windham, N.H., 278-216. Weber has a 30-game 7,094 pinfall total (including bonus pins), just 15 pins ahead of Klosin in second with 7,079.

2016 PBA50 Tour #5

06/02/16

Duke overcomes bump in the road to earn PBA Senior U.S. Open top qualifier honors

Defending champion Pete Weber continues his march to record fourth consecutive win qualifying fourth heading into Thursday's match play

2015PBANormDuke_small.jpgAfter cruising through the first 15 games of qualifying as the tournament leader, PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke (l.) of Clermont, Fla., survived his lowest game of the tournament Wednesday to handily earn top qualifier honors for the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Defending champion, Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who is trying for a record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title, moved into fourth with 4,069 thanks to a 1,404 six-game pinfall in the final qualifying round.

PBA News

06/01/16

PBA offers incentives to new, reinstated members

Exclusive benefits available to bowlers chasing the dream; military bowlers can join at no cost for 2016

2016PBALogo_small.jpg The Professional Bowlers Association kicked off a membership drive today, offering bowlers who are chasing the dream of competing at the highest levels of the sport a special waiver for the traditional initiation fee, an opportunity to participate in the members-only PBA World Series of Bowling VIII and, for active members of the American Armed Forces, complimentary membership for the duration of the 2016 season. PBA's 2016 membership drive arrives at the perfect time.

2016 PBA50 Tour #5

06/01/16

Norm Duke retains lead in Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open

PBA Hall of Famer averages 231 in the second round to hold a 71-pin lead over amateur Mike Klosin

2015PBANormDuke_small.jpgNorm Duke of Clermont, Fla., averaged 231 for six games Tuesday to retain his lead after the second round of the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The PBA Hall of Famer bowled a 1,388 six-game pinfall total in the second round after bowling 1,488 in Monday's first round for a 2,876 overall pinfall total (239.6 average). He holds a 71-pin lead over non-member Mike Klosin of Windham, N.H., in second, who is bowling in his first Senior U.S. Open.

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