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PBA announces expanded 10-event Xtra Frame PBA Tour Schedule

$10,000 winner-take-all bonus awaits Xtra Frame Tour points champion

2016XtraFramePBATour_small.jpgThe PBA has announced a series of 10 Xtra Frame PBA Tour events for the balance of the 2016 season, featuring a $10,000 winner-take-all points champion bonus, leading into the end-of-season PBA World Series of Bowling VIII at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., in December. Complementing the domestic events on the 2016 schedule will be a series of PBA International-World Bowling Tour events.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #9


PBA World Champion Gary Faulkner Jr. visits White House Lanes

Harry Sullins wins 19th PBA50 Regional title

2016WhiteHouseLanesGaryFaulkner_small.jpgOne of the highest honors any athlete, or anyone for that matter, can receive is an invitation to the White House. Such was the case for 2015 PBA World Championship winner Gary Faulkner Jr. when he had the opportunity to visit the White House on Friday, March 4, and bowl on the White House Lanes located in the Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House in Washington D.C. Faulkner received the invitation thanks to U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis who made it possible.

PBA Regional


QubicaAMF signs on as PBA Regional Tour partner

Sponsorship agreement bolsters prize funds across PBA's extensive regional program

The Professional Bowlers Association has announced a partnership agreement has been signed with QubicaAMF Worldwide, the world leader in bowling capital equipment and state-of-the-art automatic scoring technologies, that will bolster the extensive QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour program. Under the partnership agreement, QubicaAMF's participation assures the prize funds for the more than 150 tournaments conducted in the PBA's seven domestic regions.



U.S. Open to take place in Las Vegas this fall

The 2016 U.S. Open will take place at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas this fall. The tournament has a tentative start date of Oct. 31, with the specific date for the live broadcast of the stepladder finals on CBS Sports Network still to be determined. The U.S. Open is part of USBC's agreement with CBS Sports Network to televise 23 major championship bowling events in 2016. The event's estimated prize fund will be $250,000, which includes $100,000 added.



DV8, Motiv become registered product sponsors of PWBA Tour

2016PWBALogo_small.jpgDV8 and Motiv, bowling balls and accessories manufacturers, will have their brands showcased on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour in 2016 as the companies joined 900 Global, Brunswick, Columbia 300, Hammer, Roto Grip and Storm as registered product sponsors. Each of the brands are Level 2 sponsors for the 2016 PWBA Tour season. Level 2 sponsors are entitled to full product use by players, plus logo display on player jerseys in all PWBA events.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #8


ESPN partners Pedersen, Jakubowski to cover Xtra Frame PBA Tour events

"The Bad Boy of Bowling" avaiable online; Greg Thompson Jr., Stoney Baker victorious; surprising bonus for Dom Barrett

2015PBARandyPedersenMikeJakubowski_small.jpgThe Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) has announced PBA Hall of Famer and veteran ESPN color analyst Randy Pedersen (left) will join ESPN/Xtra Frame lead announcer Mike Jakubowski (right) in the broadcast booth for a series of exclusive PBA Xtra Frame tournaments, beginning with the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout April 4-6 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine. PBA's 2016 Xtra Frame tournament series will include tournaments across the United States.



GoBowling.com renews sponsorship with PWBA Tour

Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship set for June 23-26

2016PWBALogo_small.jpg The PWBA Tour has announced that GoBowling.com will return as a sponsor for the 2016 season and will be the title sponsor of the season-ending event. The Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship, set for June 23-26 at the Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., will have a $100,000 prize fund and a $20,000 top prize. Open only to PWBA members, the tournament will be the second major event on the 2016 Tour with the stepladder finals televised live on CBS Sports Network.

PBA Special Event


Pete Weber, Terrell Owens team up to win CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational

PBA Tour stars and celebrities compete in seventh Chris Paul Family Foundation benefit

2016CP3PeteWeberChrisPaulTerrellOwens_small.jpg Los Angeles Clippers All-Star guard Chris Paul (c.) has made a tradition out of raising awareness for a great cause through his CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational that aired Sunday on ESPN. In a "battle of the sexes" championship match, the team of PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (l.) and former NFL All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens (r.) defeated international bowling star Clara Guerrero and Olympic and World Cup women's soccer gold medalist Hope Solo, 78-54.



Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour announces Pepsi as an official sponsor

2016PWBALogo_small.jpgThe Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) today announced a new sponsorship deal making Pepsi the official soft drink of the 2016 PWBA Tour. As part of the agreement, Pepsi will be the title sponsor of the PWBA Tour stop in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open will take place June 9-12 at Sun Valley Lanes and will air on Tuesday, July 12. Pepsi also will be featured during 2016 PWBA Tour telecasts on CBS Sports Network.

PBA News


"The Bad Boy of Bowling" is now available for viewing online

30 for 30 Films documentary follows life and times of PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber

2016BadBoyofBowlingPeteWeber4_small.jpg"The Bad Boy of Bowling," an award-winning documentary centered around the life-and-times of Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber (pictured), will premiere on the ESPN Films 30 for 30 Shorts website on Tuesday, February 23. The ESPN Films 30 for 30 Shorts documentary, directed by SideStilt Films' Bryan Storkel and produced by Amy Storkel and Daniel Judge, is now available for viewing online.

2016 PBA Tour #5


Ryan Ciminelli wins top berth for Sunday's Barbasol PBA Players Championship finals

Canadian, Australian, Swede and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke complete stepladder field

2016PBA05Finalists_small.jpgRyan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., advanced from third place to take the lead earlier Friday and fired a 300 in his final game to lock up the top berth in Sunday's finals of the Barbasol PBA Players Championship at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. Ciminelli, a 29-year-old left-hander and the PBA Tour's only three-time title winner in 2015, has won 16 of his 24 matches and tied another, averaging 240.69 to claim the top rung in the stepladder finals by 70 pins over Canadian Graham Fach.

PBA News


Three-time PBA50 Tour winner Jim Brenner dies at 76

20160219JimBrenner_small.jpg Three-time PBA50 Tour winner Jim Brenner of Bettendorf, Iowa, the oldest player to win a PBA50 Tour title, died Friday after a brief battle with cancer. He was 76. The first of his three PBA50 Tour titles came in the 1995 Ladies and Legends doubles event in El Cajon, Calif., where he teamed with Cheryl Daniels to win the title. Brenner also owned six PBA50 Regional titles, had four 300 games, and amassed more than $250,000 in earnings since becoming a PBA member in 1985.



Nationwide partners with Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour as an official sponsor

2015PWBALogo2_small.jpg Nationwide will be the official insurance sponsor for the 2016 Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour season and, as part of a new sponsorship deal with the PWBA, will be the title sponsor of the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open in Rohnert Park, California, set for May 5-8, 2016. "We see the exciting growth of the PWBA Tour as a way to promote a great family sport and introduce more people to Nationwide," said Ann Ritterspach, AVP Nationwide Affinity Solutions.

2016 PBA Tour #5


Graham Fach rebounds to lead field into final match play rounds at PBA Players Championship

Weber's out, but three Hall of Famers are still chasing history heading into final two match play rounds

2015PBAGrahamFach_small.jpgLittle-known Canadian Graham Fach (pictured) led the field of 24 finalists into Friday's final two rounds of match play in the Barbasol PBA Players Championship. Fach, a 24-year-old left-hander lost his first three matches in Thursday night's opening round of match play and momentarily dropped out of the lead. But he rebounded with four wins in his next five matches, rolling games of 269, 267, 245, 278 and 266 to regain first place by 49 pins over Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y. Fach had 7,960 pins, Pepe 7,761.

2016 PBA Tour #5


Graham Fach leads top 36 into Cashers's Round at PBA Players Championship

24-year-old Canadian rookie averages over 248 to take second round lead in second PBA Tour appearance

2016PBA05GrahamFach_small.jpgGraham Fach (pictured), a 24-year-old left-hander from Gulph, Ontario, bowling in his second Professional Bowlers Association Tour event, averaged 248.38 to charge into the second round lead in the Barbasol PBA Players Championship at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl Wednesday. Fach fired games of 276, 227, 195, 289, 235, 256, 245 and 247 during Wednesday's second round to finish with 3,974 pins, overtaking first-round leader Sam Cooley (left) of Australia by 56 pins.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #7


Question of the Week: Who'll get a Barbasol facial on Sunday?

Simonsen displaces Ressler as youngest Masters winner; PBA South, West regions return to action

2015PBA05JasonBelmonteBarbasolFacial_small.jpgWill the tradition continue? The question of the week is, who is most likely to get a Barbasol shaving cream facial at the conclusion of Sunday's live ESPN telecast of the Barbasol PBA Players Championship. In Barbasol's previous titled events – the 2014 and '15 Barbasol PBA Tournaments of Champions – winner Jason Belmonte got a ceremonial Barbasol facial courtesy of his friends on tour. This year? Fans will have to wait until the end of the telecast at around 3 p.m. EST Sunday to find out.

2016 PBA #5


Aussie Sam Cooley out-scores Hall of Fame trio for early lead in PBA Players Championship

2015PBASamCooley2_small.jpgSam Cooley (pictured) of Australia out-scored a little-known Canadian, a ranking international star and a trio of PBA Hall of Famers to take the first round lead in the Barbasol PBA Players Championship Tuesday at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. Cooley, who has yet to qualify for a PBA stepladder finals, averaged 256.38 Tuesday behind games of 257, 300, 279, 209, 236, 266, 226 and 278 for an eight-game total of 2,051 pins to take a 47-pin lead over 35-time titlist Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. and Canadian Graham Fach.

PBA Special Event


Celebrity and PBA Tour player lineup announced for CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational

LA Clippers all-star guard Chris Paul and Super Bowl winning Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson headline celebrities scheduled to compete in seventh annual fundraiser

2015CP3ChrisPaul2_small.jpg The Professional Bowlers Association and the Chris Paul Family Foundation have announced the celebrity and PBA Tour player lineup for the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by GoBowling.com which will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Lucky Strike LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. Tournament host, LA Clippers guard and eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul (pictured) and Super Bowl winning Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, headline the list of celebrities.

2016 PBA Tour #4


Past PBA Players Championship winners Belmonte, Norton, Bohn earn retroactive majors

2016PBA05BelmonteNortonBohn_small.jpg Prior to the start of the Barbasol PBA Players Championship, PBA Deputy Commissioner Kirk von Krueger announced Monday night that three past Players Championship winners – Jason Belmonte, Scott Norton and Parker Bohn III (l-r) – will be awarded major title recognition retroactively for the titles they won in 2011, 2013 and 2015, respectively. The announcement was made at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl where the 2016 Barbasol PBA Players Championship begins Tuesday.

2016 PBA Tour #4


Anthony Simonsen makes history with win at 2016 USBC Masters

Nineteen-year-old two-handed player become the youngest player to win a major PBA title

2016PBA04AnthonySimonsen_small.jpg Nineteen-year-old Anthony Simonsen of Princeton, Texas, won the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Masters on Sunday to become the youngest player to win a major title on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour. Simonsen struck on eight of his first nine shots in the championship match at Woodland Bowl to secure a 245-207 victory against Dan MacLelland of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The victory earned Simonsen $50,000 and the coveted Masters trophy, while MacLelland took home $25,000 as the runner-up.

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