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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.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #14


Full schedule of diverse events coming to Xtra Frame

2015XtraFrameLogo2_small.jpg PBA's Xtra Frame continues to provide a full schedule of programming this week, including exclusive coverage of the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open from Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., April 23-24, followed by the PBA50 United Healthcare Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Radical, April 24-26. PWBA action returns to Xtra Frame April 30-May 1 with the PWBA Las Vegas Open from Texas Station. The May schedule gets underway with the PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open May 2-4.



2016 U.S. Women's Open to take place in Chicago area

Stepladder finals to be televised live on CBS Sports Network

2016USWomensOpenLogo_small.jpgThe 2016 U.S. Women's Open, a major event on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, will take place Aug. 1-7 in suburban Chicago. The stepladder finals will be televised live on Sunday, Aug. 7, at noon Eastern on CBS Sports Network. The third major of the season, the U.S. Women's Open is one of 13 PWBA events that will be televised on CBS Sports Network this year. The Stardust Bowl, an 82-lane center in Addison, Illinois, will be the host center for the tournament.

2016 PBA50 Tour #1


Walter Ray Williams Jr. wins Pasco County Florida Open for 10th PBA50 Tour title

PBA's all-time Tour titles leader tops all-Hall of Fame stepladder final

2016PBA5001WalterRayWilliams2_small.jpg In an all-Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame stepladder final that included five all-time greats with a combined 171 PBA Tour titles, Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., won two matches to claim the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open title Tuesday at Lane Glo Bowl for his 10th PBA50 Tour win. Williams, the PBA Tour's all-time titles leader with 47 wins defeated 38-time Tour and two-time PBA50 Tour winner Norm Duke (pictured) of Clermont, Fla., 245-225, in the title match to earn the $7,500 top prize.



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 PBA50 Tour #1


PBA50 Tour rookie John Donovan earns top qualifier honors in Pasco County Florida Open

Donovan leads 24 players into match play; cashers round to determine another eight finalists; defending champion Parker Bohn III qualifies third

2015PBAParkerBohn_small.jpgBowling in his first PBA50 Tour tournament, John Donovan of Melbourne, Fla., averaged 237 to earn top qualifier honors Monday after the second round of the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla. Donovan led qualifying with a 3,799 16-game pinfall total. He credited bowling with fellow lefthander and Pasco County Florida Open defending champion Parker Bohn III (pictured) of Jackson, N.J., during qualifying for his success. Bohn finished the day in third with a 3,774 pinfall.

2016 PBA50 Tour #1


Craig Auerbach tops PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open first round

2015PBAWSOBCraigAuerbach_small.jpg Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., got the 2016 PBA50 Tour season started by averaging 245 to lead first round qualifying Sunday in the season opening Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl. The 52-year-old Auerbach (pictured), bowling in his fourth PBA50 Tour tournament, bowled a very consistent round with a 1,961 eight-game pinfall total on games of 242, 247, 245, 268, 235, 254, 245 and 225. Auerbach holds a four-pin lead over four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., who finished with a 1,957 pinfall.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #13


Ryan Ciminelli takes early lead in race for Xtra Frame PBA Tour bonus

Full schedule of diverse events coming to Xtra Frame; PBA Fall Swing qualifying event set for Aug. 27; Graham Fach wins first PBA Regional title

2015PBA20RyanCiminelli2_small.jpg With his victory in the bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout presented by Xtra Frame, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., has taken the early lead in the 10-event Xtra Frame PBA Tour competition points race for a $10,000 bonus. As the winner of the first tournament in the Xtra Frame PBA Tour series, Ciminelli earned 25 points. The next event in the series is the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open April 23-24 at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill. First prize is a guaranteed $10,000.

2016 PBA50 Tour #1


PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open starts expanded 2016 PBA50 Tour season

Defending champion Parker Bohn III among expected field of 150 players

2015PBAParkerBohn_small.jpg2015PBANormDuke_small.jpgIn a title match that featured two of the PBA's all-time greats with 72 PBA Tour wins between them, Parker Bohn III defeated Norm Duke, 263-222, to win the PBA50 Tour's 2015 Pasco County Florida Open and kick off a great 2015 season opener. Bohn (l.) and Duke (r.), who will be among a field of approximately 150 of the sport's top stars ages 50 and over, will return for the 2016 Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla., April 16-19.

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.

PBA News


PBA Detroit Fall Swing set for Thunderbowl Lanes in September

Multi-event Wolf, Bear, Badger, Detroit Opens and King of Swing to air on CBS Sports Network

DetroitThunderbowlLanes_small.jpgThe Professional Bowlers Association will return to historic Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Allen Park, Mich., Sept. 4-11 with its multi-event Detroit Fall Swing, featuring the Wolf, Bear, Badger and Detroit Opens plus a Fall King of the Swing special event. All five events will be televised on CBS Sports Network on dates to be announced. The PBA Fall Swing previously has been held as the PBA Summer Swing in Milwaukee (2013) and Shawnee, Okla. (2014 and '15).

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.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #12


Xtra Frame returns April 4-6 with Bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout

2015PBA06JoshBlanchard_small.jpg Xtra Frame returns with live coverage of the bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout, presented by Xtra Frame, beginning with the player "draw party" at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 4, at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, when the field of 64 players will draw for opponents. Josh Blanchard (pictured right) of Mesa, Ariz., will begin defense of his 2015 title when the best-of-three-game single elimination match play competition begins Tuesday, April 5, at 9 a.m.

2016 PBA League


Greatest names in bowling return to Portland for PBA's Maine Event 2016

Can Silver Lake Atom Splitters win a third straight PBA League Elias Cup?

2015PBALPortlandMainefans_small.jpgThe greatest names in professional bowling from around the world will return to Bayside Bowl in Portland April 1-6 for a second year of PBA League and individual competition. No one was quite sure what to expect from the PBA's inaugural visit to quaint Bayside Bowl a year ago, but the bowling fans in Portland provided a sold-out, standing-room-only welcome and the stars of the PBA responded with performances that could only be categorized as "I've never seen anything like it."

2016 PBA Spare Shots #11


Clara Guerrero wins record-tying third PBA Regional title

Martin Larsen takes World Bowling Tour men's points lead; fans still have time to enter PBA League contest; Matt O'Grady perfect in winning his second regional title

2016CP3ClaraGuerrero_small.jpgColombia native Clara Juliana Guerrero, now residing in Pflugerville, Texas, defeated Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, 246-236, to claim a record-tying third Professional Bowlers Association Regional title Sunday in the fifth annual PBA Odessa Southwest Open, presented by Columbia 300 at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas. In addition to the $2,500 first place check, Guerrero joined California's Missy Parkin as the second woman to win three PBA Regional titles.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #10


Teenager Anthony Simonsen lands berth on Adult Team USA

Omaha's Dave Williams wins in Council Bluffs

2016PBA01AnthonySimonsen4_small.jpgAnthony Simonsen of Princeton, Texas, has added a berth on Team USA 2016 to his rapidly expanding resumé of accomplishments. The 19-year-old two-handed competitor, who earned a spot on Junior Team USA at the USBC Team USA Trials in January, has been added to the adult Team USA roster in the wake of his victory in the USBC Masters in February and winning his first PBA Tour title in the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship to kick off the PBA Tour's 2016 schedule.

PBA News


PBA Billy Welu Scholarship applications now being accepted

1959BPAANationalMatchGamechampionsBillyWeluMarionLadewig_small.jpg The PBA has announced it is now accepting applications for the 2016 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship Award. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship was established to annually recognize a college student who combines outstanding bowling talents with academic excellence. Welu (pictured left with Marion Ladewig), who passed away in 1974, was a two-time PBA Tour champion and a member of the PBA Hall of Fame's inaugural induction class in 1975.

2016 PBA League


Fans invited to pick the winner in PBA League contest

Can Silver Lake Atom Splitters win a third straight Elias Cup?

2016PBALeagueLogo_small.jpg Can the Bowlingball.com Silver Lake Atom Splitters win a third consecutive PBA League Elias Cup title? That's a question to be decided as the eight-team PBA League bracket plays out later in the spring, and if you can pick the team that wins the 2016 Elias Cup, you could win a replica High 5 Gear championship team jersey along with a bowling pin autographed by the winning team members. One lucky fan who correctly picks the winners of seven PBA League matches will be declared the winner.

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