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Louisiana bowler Frances Plaia reaches 50 years at USBC Women's Championships

New leaders in Sapphire Doubles and Amethyst All-Events emerge at National Bowling Stadium

2015USBCWCFrancesPlaia_small.jpgFrances Plaia (pictured left) of Mandeville, Louisiana, made her 50th consecutive USBC Women's Championships appearance at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, on June 7. The 96-year-old right-hander started her career at the 1966 event in New Orleans, but she began her journey to fame at the 1969 tournament in San Diego, when she teamed with Linda Prattini to create the Zodiacs of New Orleans, now known as "The World's Best-Dressed Bowling Team."

USBC High School


2014-2015 Dexter/USBC All-American Team named

2013DexterUSBCHSAATeamLogo_small.jpgA two-time state title winner is one of three high school juniors selected to the 2014-2015 Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team. Dexter and USBC annually select five boys and five girls from around the country to form the Dexter/USBC High School All-American team. The 2014-2015 team marks the 10th year the team has been selected. Student-athletes are nominated by their coach or athletic director, and must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average.

United States


Illinois bowler Richard Supanich joins 50-Year Club at 2015 USBC Open Championships

New names land on leaderboard at El Paso Convention Center; the next live stream broadcast will take place on June 18

2015USBCOCRichardSupanich_small.jpgRichard Supanich (pictured) of Burbank, Illinois, became the 12th bowler to celebrate 50 years of participation during the 2015 USBC Open Championships at the El Paso Convention Center in El Paso, Texas. When he was asked to bowl in his first tournament in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1965, he could not have imagined where that simple request ultimately would lead. As the 75-year-old right-hander made his march down the famed Center Aisle on June 5, it almost was too much for him to believe.

USBC Youth


Junior Gold program breaks the 6,000-members mark

More than 3,400 youth bowlers have qualified for the 2015 Junior Gold Championships

2015JGCLogo_small.jpg The Junior Gold program has shattered its all-time membership mark with more than 6,200 members having joined the program for the 2014-2015 season. The 2015 Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master also will eclipse last year's record for number of participants. More than 3,400 youth bowlers have qualified for the tournament, which will take place July 11-17 in DuPage County, Illinois, (Chicago area).

United States


Two-time champion Anne Hjelmberg back on top at USBC Women's Championships

More leaders emerge at National Bowling Stadium

2015USBCWCAnneHjelmbergKatrinaRaysby_small.jpgTwo-time USBC Women's Championships titlist Anne Hjelmberg (l.) entered this year's event as the reigning Sapphire All-Events champion and now is looking to share that winning feeling with her teammates after a successful weekend at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada. The 23-year-old right-hander helped Naperville's Fox Bowl Ladies into the lead in Ruby Team on May 31 and teamed with Katrina Raysby (r.) to take over the top spot in Ruby Doubles on June 1.

Junior Team USA News


Junior Team USA squad selected for 2015 PABCON Youth Championships in Panama

2012JuniorTeamUSALogo_small.jpg Eight Junior Team USA members will head to Panama later this month to take part in the 2015 PABCON Youth Championships . The tournament, which features countries from the American Zone competing in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All-Events and Masters, runs from June 27 through July 3 and will take place at Bolera Sede in Panama City. Junior Team USA also will compete in the Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas in Sunrise, Florida, from July 26-Aug. 1

Team USA News


U.S. National Amateur Bowling Championships to make its return in January

2015USAmateurLogo_small.jpg After almost a decade-long absence, the United States National Amateur Bowling Championships returns in 2016 and will take place as part of the United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials, scheduled for the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from Jan. 2-7. Both the men's and women's division winners at the 2016 U.S. Amateur will earn a spot on Team USA. USBC Team USA 2016 will have a minimum of 12 men and 12 women. The USBC Summer Team USA Trials event has been eliminated.

USBC Youth


USA Bowling announces sites for 16 youth regional events

2015USABowlingNCLogo_small.jpgStarting this fall, USA Bowling will hold 16 regional youth events to determine teams that will advance to the first USA Bowling national tournament in 2016. International Bowling Campus Youth Development started USA Bowling as a team-based youth program to introduce youngsters to bowling. The 16 USA Bowling Regional events that start this fall will determine teams that will compete in the first USA Bowling National event to be held in Indianapolis in the summer of 2016. Plans also include acquiring a TV partner for the new national event.

United States


Close calls highlight week at 2015 USBC Open Championships

One live stream broadcast on BowlTV from El Paso Convention Center this week

2015USBCOCLogo_small.jpgAs the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships approaches its final month of competition, the tournament already has seen its share of exciting performances at the El Paso Convention Center. Although there were no changes at the top of the leaderboard this week, several competitors found their way into the top 10. There will be one live stream broadcast on BowlTV from the 2015 USBC Open Championships this week.



SMART Corporation announces $400,000 distribution

2014SMARTLogo_small.jpgThe Scholarship Management and Accounting Reports for Tenpins (SMART) Corporation Board of Directors made an income earnings distribution of $400,000 to providers' funds on May 29. The distribution is for 2014 earnings. The distribution follows a $192,969 distribution made in December, for 2013 earnings. The United States Bowling Congress SMART program began in 1994, offering a centralized location to manage bowling scholarship funds.



New Sport Bowling program includes tournament average integrity as the centerpiece

Bowlers no longer will need to purchase a membership upgrade to compete in Sport leagues


To encourage more bowlers and leagues to take advantage of competing on challenging lane conditions and to improve certified tournament average integrity, the United States Bowling Congress will make several enhancements to the Sport Bowling program for the 2015-2016 season, which starts Aug. 1. Leagues choosing to compete on Sport lane patterns now will have the opportunity to report as a Sport/Challenge league without submitting lane tapes or requiring bowlers to purchase membership upgrades.

United States


Wisconsin's Rochelle Roventini ties Diamond Singles lead at USBC Women's Championships

New leaders emerge in Emerald Singles and Amethyst Doubles; California's Yvonne Carrel makes 50th appearance; two live broadcasts from the National Bowling Stadium this week

2015USBCWCRochelleRoventini_small.jpg2015USBCWCDarrisRuffner_small.jpgRochelle Roventini (l.) of Franklin, Wisconsin, matched the leading score in Diamond Singles at the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships on May 24. The 39-year-old right-hander rolled games of 248, 263 and 231 for a 742 series at the National Bowling Stadium and moved into a tie with Darris Ruffner (r.) of Exeter, California.

United States


Florida's Edward Rehnberg celebrates 50 years at 2015 USBC Open Championships

USBC Open Championships competitor to appear on "American Ninja Warrior"; one live stream broadcast from El Paso Convention Center this week

2015USBCOCEdwardRehnberg_small.jpgEdward Rehnberg (pictured) of Jupiter, Florida, has made it to the USBC Open Championships every year since his debut in 1966, and he celebrated his 50th consecutive tournament appearance May 23 at the El Paso Convention Center. In his 50th appearance, the 73-year-old right-hander put together scores of 585 in doubles, 555 in team and 439 in singles for a 1,579 all-events total, giving him a career pinfall of 85,505 for a 190 lifetime average.

United States


USBC Hall of Famer Betty Barnes makes 50th Women's Championships appearance

Topaz Singles lead changes hands at National Bowling Stadium; there will be a BowlTV live broadcast from the Women's Championships this week

2015USBCWCBettyBarnes_small.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Betty Barnes (pictured) of Reno, Nevada, had a hometown celebration for her 50th USBC Women's Championships appearance May 18. The 81-year-old right-hander made her tournament debut at the 1958 event in San Francisco, and she received a plaque and pendant to welcome her as the latest member of the event's 50-Year Club. In her 50th appearance, Barnes rolled sets of 456 in singles, 441 in team and 391 in doubles for a 1,288 all-events total.

Team USA News


Shannon Pluhowsky, Liz Johnson qualify to represent Team USA in Pan American Games

2013WCLizJohnsonShannonPluhowsky_small.jpgShannon Pluhowsk of Dayton, Ohio, and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York (r-l), will represent Team USA at the prestigious 2015 Pan American Games this July in Toronto. The qualifying process was based on performance at the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials and the 2015 USBC Queens. The Pan American Games are an Americas version of the Olympic Games which includes the Olympic program sports and others that are not part of the Olympics.



USBC selected as finalist for national youth award

2015NCYSLogo_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress has been selected as one of five finalists for the National Council of Youth Sports S.T.R.I.V.E. Organization of the Year Award presented by AIG. The award recognizes organizations that embrace a 'kids first' approach based on implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect children by promoting responsible health, wellness and safety within their organization while showcasing the positive benefits of youth sports.

United States


California's Marv Sargent rolls the sixth perfect game at 2015 USBC Open Championships

Florida bowler Skip Hintz joins 50-year club; there will be two live stream broadcasts from the El Paso Convention Center this week

2015USBCOCMarvSargent_small.jpgMarv Sargent (pictured) has been one of the best doubles partners in recent history at the USBC Open Championships, but he was able to find individual success this week as he rolled the sixth perfect game of the 2015 event. The 56-year-old right-hander rolled 12 consecutive strikes between games of 189 and 196 for a 685 singles series May 17 at the El Paso Convention Center. Sargent started his day with a 687 set, helping him and Marc Scherlis into 13th place in Regular Doubles.

2015 PWBA Tour #1


Hall of famer Liz Johnson wins 2015 USBC Queens

2015USBCQueensLizJohnson_small.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Liz Johnson (pictured) of Cheektowaga, New York, added to her legacy Tuesday as she became the ninth bowler in history to win multiple titles at the USBC Queens, a PWBA event. In the title match at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., Johnson cruised to a 256-202 victory against rookie Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska. Johnson claimed the coveted Queens tiara and $20,000 top prize, while McCarthy took home $10,000 for second place.

2015 USBC Senior Queens


Robin Romeo makes history at 2015 USBC Senior Queens

2015USBCSQRobinRomeo3_small.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Robin Romeo (pictured) of Newhall, California, became the first woman in history to win back-to-back USBC Senior Queens titles as she defeated fellow hall of famer Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the second consecutive year. The 57-year-old right-hander earned $3,000 and the coveted Senior Queens tiara for the win Tuesday at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., while Johnson took home $1,500 for the second-place effort.

2015 PWBA Tour #1


Erin McCarthy earns top seed for TV show at 2015 USBC Queens

Joining McCarthy in the live ESPN2 finals Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern will be Liz Johnson, Shannon Pluhowsky, defending champion Maria Rodriguez and Liz Kuhlkin

2015USBCQueensErinMcCarthy_small.jpgErin McCarthy (pictured) of Omaha, Nebraska, saved her best performance of the week for the right time and averaged 261 in her final two matches Monday to earn the top seed for the televised finals of the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Queens, a Professional Women's Bowling Association event. Joining McCarthy in the live ESPN2 finals Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern will be Liz Johnson, Shannon Pluhowsky, defending champion Maria Jose Rodriguez and Liz Kuhlkin.

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