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U.S. Teams selected for 2016 World Youth Championships

2016JuniorTeamUSABoysnGirls_small.jpgThe eight bowlers who will represent the United States at the 2016 World Bowling Youth Championships this summer have been selected by the Team USA coaching staff. The World Youth Championships will take place in Lincoln, Nebraska, from July 26-Aug. 2. The Team USA coaching staff also selected the four Junior Team USA members who will compete at the Lee Evans Bowling Tournament of the Americas. That event will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from July 25-30.

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Canadian team takes Ruby lead at 2016 USBC Women's Championships

Texan edges into Emerald lead in Las Vegas

2016USBCWCCanucksofLondonOntario_small.jpg Consistency was the name of the game for the members of Canucks of London, Ontario, Canada, as the quartet cruised into the lead in Ruby Team at the 2016 USBC Women's Championships on June 14. After starting the event with a 793 effort, Canucks remained steady at the South Point Bowling Plaza, adding games of 771 and 770 for a 2,334 total.. Jill Friis paced Canucks with a 618 series and was folloed by Debbie Sims (604), Judy Hansen (560) and Karen MacNeil (552).

USBC Youth


YES partners with Bowl4Life for additional coaching seminars

2016YESLogo_small.jpgThe Youth Education Services (YES) and Chuck Gardner Bowl4Life Scholarship Foundation will team to support additional USA Bowling Coaching seminars throughout the United States. The YES initiative started in 2010 and USA Bowling was the first program financed by the YES Fund. The USA Bowling Coaching seminars, operated by the IBC Youth Development team, are designed to teach basic bowling coaching skills to youth coaches, volunteers or parents of children involved in the sport.

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Young team leads both team events at 2016 USBC Open Championships

Matt Gilman rolls second 800 series of the Championships; two more bowlers celebrate 50 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships

2016OCBowersbowlingtourcom_small.jpgThe members of of Bel Aire, Kansas, had a memorable trip to the 2016 USBC Open Championships, which included taking the lead in Regular Team and Team All-Events. The group started its team event June 10 with a 1,004 game and rallied with two of the four highest team games of the year at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada (1,178 and 1,195), to land at the top of the team standings with a 3,377 total.

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Zodaics' Prattini celebrates 50th USBC Women's Championships appearance

Sisters take Sapphire Doubles lead at South Point Bowling Plaza

2016USBCWCZodiacsLindaPrattini_small.jpgThe founder of the famed Zodiacs of New Orleans, Linda Prattini, made her 50th consecutive USBC Women's Championships appearance June 5. The 74-year-old right-hander began her tournament career at the 1967 event  and was awarded a plaque, chevron and pendant at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas this week to commemorate her achievement. Prattini introduced the Zodiacs at the 1969 USBC Women's Championships in San Diego as a rebellion against the tournament's dress code.

USBC Coaching


Passion driving bowling development in Saudi Arabia

By Matt Cannizzaro and Christian Seaborn, USBC Communications

2016USBCCoachingSaudiArabia_small.jpg Led by seasoned bowling coach, Rick Benoit of Topeka, Kansas, a group of Saudi Arabia's most talented bowlers traveled more than 9,000 miles to participate in the 2016 USBC Open Championships. Benoit and part of the group were among the 93 attendees at the three-day World Bowling Coach Conference that kicked off May 6 and brought representatives from 15 countries to the International Training and Research Center, part of the International Bowling Campus, in Arlington, Texas.

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Ohio's John Sroka reaches 50 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships

2016OCJohnSroka_small.jpg John Sroka of Lancaster, Ohio, reached a special milestone June 6 at the 2016 USBC Open Championships as he made his 50th appearance on the tournament lanes. His journey to five decades of participation began in 1960, just after his return home from serving in the United States Marines. He attended his first USBC Open Championships in Toledo, Ohio. To commemorate the event at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, Sroka received a plaque, chevron and special lapel pin.

USBC Youth


Junior Gold sets records, announces opening ceremony celebration

2016JGCLogo_small.jpgWith the continued growth of the Junior Gold program, including another record-setting year for entries in the Junior Gold Championships, this year's championships in Indianapolis will kick off with two days of special events, including an opening ceremony celebration. Junior Gold membership reached an all-time high for the sixth consecutive year, with nearly 6,500 members, and spots sold for the Junior Gold Championships also hit a record high with more than 3,700.

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Liz Johnson delivers in final frame at 2016 USBC Women's Championships

New leaders emerge in the Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire and Topaz divisions;

2016USBCWCLizJohnson_small.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, delivered two strikes in her final frame May 28 to secure the lead in Diamond Singles at the 2016 USBC Women's Championships with a 757 series. The five-time titlist started singles at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas with games of 212 and 278 before finding herself in must-strike territory after a spare conversion in the fourth frame. Johnson fired seven consecutive strikes to finish with a 267 game.

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USBC Hall of Famer Bob Hart reaches 60 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships

Open Championships active participation leader Sylvester Thiel dies; Iowa's Andy Shutt becomes the fifth bowler this year to roll a perfect game

2016OCBobHart_small.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Bob Hart of Suwanee, Georgia, stole the show at the USBC Open Championships on May 24 as he added another milestone to his impressive tournament resume. The three-time titlist became the 22nd bowler in 113 years of tournament history to reach 60 years of participation. The milestone march this year marked the second celebration for Hart at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, where he joined the elite 100,000-Pin Club during the 2014 event.



Nicholas Hoagland to direct lane pattern development for USBC events

2016USBCLanePatternDevelopmentNicholasHoagland_small.jpgNicholas Hoagland of Indianapolis will lead the lane pattern development program for the United States Bowling Congress, working with USBC tournament directors and Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider for USBC events, to set lane patterns for competitions. Hoagland has been involved in bowling most of his life, and worked for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) from 2001-2005 as Manager of Consumer Programs. During that time, he was responsible for the launch of the PBA Animal lane patterns.

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New leaders emerge in Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz divisions

2016USBCWCRoadTripofNaperville_small.jpgThe Ruby and Sapphire divisions saw new team leaders emerge this week at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships taking place at the South Point Bowling Plaza. In the Ruby Division, three of the four members of Road Trip of Naperville, Illinois, recently found success at the USBC Open Championships in Reno, Nevada, and continued their hot streak on the championship lanes in Las Vegas as they surpassed previous leader VA Wildcards of Stafford, Virginia, with 2,266.

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Singapore's Bernice Lim wins 2016 USBC Queens

2016USBCQueensBerniceLim5_small.jpg Bernice Lim of Singapore became the sixth international player to win the USBC Queens, defeating top seed Sandra Andersson of Sweden, 248-223, at The Orleans Bowling Center on Thursday. Lim started the championship match, live on CBS Sports Network, with six consecutive strikes, before a 10 pin ended her run at perfection. She needed just three pins on the first shot of her final frame to secure the victory. The USBC Queens is the first major of the 2016 PWBA Tour season.

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Sweden's Sandra Andersson earns top seed at 2016 USBC Queens

Live TV stepladder final includes five bowlers from Sweden, Singapore, United States, Malaysia and Germany

2016USBCQueensSandraAndersson_small.jpg Sweden's Sandra Andersson went undefeated in match play to earn the top seed for the stepladder finals of the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Queens, which will air live on CBS Sports Network on Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern. Andersson (pictured left) is looking to become the sixth international player, and first since 2014, to win the USBC Queens. This year's stepladder includes bowlers from five different countries – Sweden, Singapore, United States, Malaysia and Germany.

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USBC Hall of Famer Glenn Allison reaches 65 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships

Another three bowlers celebrate 50 years; Bermuda's Alfred Jones becomes the first international competitor to reach the milestone; new leaders emerge in Regular All-Events, Regular Doubles; Illinois ladies lead Classified Team

2016OCGlennAllison_small.jpgUnited States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Glenn Allison of Anaheim, California, became the 10th bowler in 113 years of USBC Open Championships history to reach 65 years of participation. The 85-year-old right-hander made his milestone march down Center Aisle at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, on May 17 and received a plaque, chevron and custom ring to commemorate the achievement. Allison made his Open Championships debut at the 1947 event in Los Angeles.

2016 PWBA #04


Sixteen players remain in contention at 2016 USBC Queens

Six international bowlers and two from the U.S. remain in the winners' bracket

2016USBCQueensBirgitPoppler4_small.jpg2016USBCQueensStefanieJohnson2_small.jpg After four days of competition at the 2016 USBC Queens, only 16 players remain in contention for the coveted tiara and $20,000 top prize. Among the undefeated competitors after the opening round of match play Tuesday are top seed Birgit Pöppler (l.) of Germany and Team USA member Stefanie Johnson (r.) of Grand Prairie, Texas, who each have had very different experiences this week at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

2016 PWBA Tour #4


Germany's Birgit Pöppler top qualifier for 2016 USBC Queens

29 international bowlers make the cut to the top 64 for double-elimination match play, eight of whom finish qualifying in the top 10; Kelly Kulick is the top-positioned U.S. bowler in fifth place

2016USBCQueensBirgitPoppler4_small.jpg Birgit Pöppler of Germany continued her scorching pace through the third round of qualifying Monday at the 2016 USBC Queens and earned the top seed for the match-play portion of the event. Pöppler averaged more than 240 over 15 games at The Orleans Bowling Center in Lass Vegas for a 3,601 total, the second-highest in USBC Queens history. She had blocks of 1,238, 1,159 and 1,204. As the top seed, Pöppler will square off against the No. 64 seed, Josie Earnest of Nashville, Tennessee, in the opening round.

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Germany's Birgit Pöppler takes second-round lead in USBC Queens

Seven international bowlers in the top 10 after 10 of 15 qualifying games

2016USBCQueensBirgitPoppler_small.jpgGermany's Birgit Pöppler leads a field of more than 250 bowlers after two rounds of qualifying at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Queens. Pöppler used games of 236, 245, 267, 186 and 225 for a 1,159 total Sunday at The Orleans bowling center in Las Vegas to bring her 10-game total to 2,397. Two-time USBC Queens champion Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, is in second place with 2,388, and Singapore's Jazreel Tan is third with 2,324.

2016 PWBA Tour #4


Erin McCarthy leads opening day at 2016 USBC Queens

2015USBCQueensErinMcCarthy_small.jpgTeam USA's Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska, continued where she left off at the United States Bowling Congress Queens and led a field of more than 250 players Saturday in the opening round of the 2016 event. McCarthy (pictured) averaged more than 251 for her five-game block at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, including games of 268, 257, 259, 232 and 241, for an opening-round total of 1,257. Germany's Birgit Pöppler ended the day in second place with 1,238.

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Shannon O'Keefe leads three events at USBC Women's Championships

New Diamond Team leader emerges in Las Vegas; Tennessee's Martha Johnson reaches 50 years; one live stream broadcast this week from the South Point Bowling Plaza

2016USBCWCShannonOKeefe_small.jpgTeam USA member and six-time World Champion Shannon O'Keefe (pictured) of O'Fallon, Illinois, shined brightest on a star-studded squad May 20 on her way into the lead in three events at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships. The 37-year-old right-hander averaged nearly 250 during doubles and singles at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas and rolled to the top of the leaderboard in Diamond Doubles, Diamond Singles and Diamond All-Events.

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