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USBC Collegiate


Match play begins at 2016 Intercollegiate Team Championships

2016ITCLogo_small.jpg After two rounds of match play, four men's teams and four women's teams remain undefeated at the 2016 Intercollegiate Team Championships at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kansas. On the men's side, William Paterson, McKendree, Robert Morris-Illinois and Webber International remained undefeated in the double-elimination bracket. The women's winners' bracket consists of defending champion North Carolina A&T, Florida State, McKendree and Wichita State.

USBC Collegiate


Coffey, Smith named collegiate MVPs for 2015-2016 season by NCBCA

IBMA selects Coffey, Smith as 2016 College Bowlers of the Year

201516USBCCollegiateMVPMichaelCoffeyBrittanySmith_small.jpg Lindenwood sophomore Michael Coffey and Grand View junior Brittany Smith were recognized as Most Valuable Players for the 2015-2016 collegiate bowling season by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA). Coffey and Smith were honored Wednesday at the Night of Champions banquet. The banquet brings together the 32 teams that advanced to the Intercollegiate Team Championships, which starts Thursday at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.



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.

United States


Past champion rolls first 300 of 2016 USBC Open Championships

2016OCTimJanz_small.jpg Tim Janz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and his teammates didn't quite get out to the start they were hoping for at the 2016 USBC Open Championships, but things got progressively better and ended on a high note as Janz rolled the first perfect game of this year's event. The 36-year-old right-hander (pictured) also made a run at the top spot in Regular Singles on April 15, before settling into fourth place with a 770 series on games of 253, 300 and 217.

USBC Collegiate


Semifinals set for 2016 Intercollegiate Singles Championships

2016ISCSemifinalists_small.jpg The men's and women's semifinalists for the 2016 Intercollegiate Singles Championships were determined Tuesday at Northrock Lanes in in Wichita, Kansas. Both the men's and women's semifinals will take place on Saturday and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network starting in May. The women's show will run Tuesday, May 10, and the men's show will air Tuesday, May 17. Both will start at 9 p.m. Eastern.



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.

USBC Collegiate


Collegiate Champions to be crowned next week

2016ISCITCLogo_small.jpgThe United States Bowling Congress will crown champions next week as the nation's top teams and individuals invade Wichita, Kansas, for the 2016 Intercollegiate Team and Singles Championships. Northrock Lanes once again will host the top bowlers in the country, marking the sixth time the 48-lane center will serve as the backdrop for college bowling's pinnacle events. The Wichita State men and the North Carolina A&T women return as defending champions.

United States


Past champions tie for Doubles lead at 2016 USBC Open Championships

Two bowlers celebrate 50 years at National Bowling Stadium; defending Regular Team champion puts the team title on the line April 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern live on BowlTV

2016OCNickHeilmanAndyMills_small.jpg Andy Mills and Nick Heilman of La Crosse, Wisconsin, both 2012 Regular Team champions, once again got comfortable on the lanes at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and found their way to the top of the standings. Mills (r.), a 26-year-old right-hander, converted the 1-2-6-10 washout to secure a tie for the lead in Regular Doubles with a 1,341 total April 11 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada. He had no idea they'd tied for the lead.

United States


Fabulous Four journey concludes at 2016 USBC Women's Championships

2016USBCWCFabulousFour_small.jpg The winners in this year's Bowl for the Cure® Fabulous Four essay contest may have had their five-day journey conclude after competing this weekend at the 2016 USBC Women's Championships, but the bond created and memories made surely will not be forgotten. The Fabulous Four competed in team competition Saturday and returned to the Bowling Plaza for doubles and singles Sunday before it was time to say goodbye and return home.

USBC Coaching


USBC Coaching signs agreement with Japan Bowling Congress

2016USBCCoachingJPBATesting_small.jpg Stephen Padilla, Director of Coaching Certification and Development for the United States Bowling Congress, recently had the opportunity to travel to Japan to conduct the first Level I and Bronze certification coaching classes for the Japanese Professional Bowling Association (JPBA). Following the classes, USBC Coaching signed an international agreement with the Japan Bowling Congress to host future coaching certification classes.

United States


Defending champions make run at 2016 USBC Open Championships

New team leader emerges at National Bowling Stadium; Ed Gagnon celebrates 50 years of participation

2016OCJuniorTeamUSASupport1_small.jpg The members of the defending Team All-Events champion, Junior Team USA Support 1 of Eagan, Minnesota, averaged more than 231 in singles April 3 to regain their spot atop the standings at the USBC Open Championships. The group won Team All-Events at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, in 2013 and again last year in El Paso, Texas, and is looking to become the first team since 1998 to successfully defend the title.



California bowler oldest to roll certified 800 series

2016WilliamLautenschlager805_small.jpg Even at 85 years old, William Lautenschlager of Stockton, California, still is working on his bowling game, and changes made earlier this year helped land him in the USBC record books as the oldest bowler to roll a USBC-certified 800 series. Lautenschlager put together games of 226, 279 and 300 for an 805 set Jan. 14 at Stockton's West Lane Bowl in the Thursday Senior A league, one of three leagues Lautenschlager participates in, and he claimed the record at 85 years and 9 days old.

United States


First-timer leads two events at 2016 USBC Open Championships

Past champions make run at National Bowling Stadium

2016OCDavidHjelmGarySundby_small.jpg David Hjelm (l.) of Wheaton, Minnesota, had a memorable debut at the USBC Open Championships, and he left the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, as the leader in Classified Doubles (with Gary Sundby, right) and Classified All-Events. The 42-year-old right-hander rolled sets of 587 in singles, 586 in doubles and 540 in team to finish his first USBC Open Championships with a 1,713 all-events total.

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Ohio bowler celebrates 50 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships

Classified Division gets new leaders at National Bowling Stadium

2016OCJackGlick_small.jpg When Jack Glick of Findlay, Ohio, made his USBC Open Championships debut at the 1966 event in Rochester, New York, he thought it would be a one-time experience he and his friends could cross off their bucket lists. Glick enjoyed the tournament atmosphere and tradition so much, he made it a point to return the next year and all but one year since. On March 21, the 72-year-old right-hander made his 50th march down Center Aisle.

USBC Youth


Jack Cook earns Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow Award

2016ChuckHallAwardJackCook_small.jpg Jack Cook of Denville, New Jersey, a senior at Morris Knolls High School, has been selected as the 2016 Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow Award winner. The winner receives a $6,000 scholarship. The annual award recognizes star qualities, including distinguished bowling performance, academic achievement and civic involvement, in a male United States Bowling Congress Youth member who competes in bowling and currently is in high school or college. Cook will be presented the award at the 2016 USBC Convention.

USBC Youth


Gazmine Mason named Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow

2016AlbertaCroweAwardGazmineMason_small.jpg Gazmine Mason of Cranston, Rhode Island, a junior at Nebraska, has been selected as the 2016 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow. The prestigious annual award recognizes star qualities in a female United States Bowling Congress Youth bowler, including accomplishments on the lanes, academic achievement and community service. The award winner, selected by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee, receives a $6,000 scholarship. Mason will be presented the award at the 2016 USBC Convention.

USBC Youth


Gift For Life Scholarships awarded to 12 USBC Youth members

2016IBCYouthDevelopmentLogo_small.jpgTwelve youth bowlers have been selected by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee to receive Gift For Life Scholarships in 2016. All 12 of this year's recipients are seniors in high school. The Gift For Life Scholarships annually are awarded to 12 USBC Youth members who are in need of financial assistance to obtain a college education. In honor of the 9/11 heroes, at least two of the 12 scholarships each year are awarded to children of fire, police or emergency rescue personnel

United States


Sylvester Thiel ties participation record with 71st appearance at USBC Open Championships

2016OCSylvesterThiel71stAppearance_small.jpg Sylvester Thiel of Lake City, Minnesota, may not own a coveted eagle trophy from the USBC Open Championships, but he's still one of the most celebrated and decorated bowlers who has marched down the famed Center Aisle. The 93-year-old's time on the tournament lanes has yielded him two priceless rewards - love and longevity - and he was recognized for the latter Wednesday as he made his record-tying 71st appearance.

United States


Ohio teammates lead every event at USBC Open Championships

Connecticut's John Kamenitsky reaches 50 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships

2016OCWickliffeLanes_small.jpg Robert J. Bures of Painesville, Ohio, and his Wickliffe Lanes teammates worked together and communicated well at the 2016 USBC Championships, and they're now leading every Regular Division event, along with Team All-Events. Bures set the pace and was able to close his fifth USBC Open Championships appearance with games of 279, 278 and 258 for an 815 series, taking the lead in Regular Singles at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.



USBC revokes certification approval of two Motiv balls

2016MOTIVJackalCarnageandCarnage_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress has revoked approval of two Motiv brand bowling balls and removed them from the list of balls approved for competition effective today, March 15, 2016. The revocation comes after USBC determined that the Jackal and Jackal Carnage balls do not comply with current specifications and requirements in the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications Manual. Customers were informed that Motiv will replace the bowling balls.

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