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BOWLING INDUSTRY STRIKES PREMIUM...

LIQUOR DEAL
Strike Spirits to launch national brand in custom bowling pin bottles

 

ARLINGTON, Texas – Strike Ten Entertainment, the marketing arm of the bowling industry, has announced a sponsorship agreement with Strike Spirits, a company specializing in development, sales and distribution of top-shelf private label and unique branded spirits. Strike Spirits will launch a complete line of spirits in a uniquely designed “bowling pin” bottle. The spirits line will include Dark Rum, Light Rum, Vodka, Whiskey, Tequila and Gin, sourced from some of the highest quality distilleries in the U.S., in January 2018.

 

PBA Spare Shots

 

GEICO PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING IX CHRONICLES LOOKS INSIDE THE WSOB

A new “GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX Chronicles” produced by Xtra Frame’s Jef Goodger made its debut on PBA’s YouTube channel this week, with a PBA Chameleon Championship, presented by Reno Tahoe, qualifying episode kicking off a series that will give PBA fans an inside look at the WSOB.

 

Video features, which also are being posted on PBA’s Facebook page and on Xtra Frame, will include qualifying and match play episodes recapping each of the PBA’s four animal pattern events plus the PBA World Championship, providing fans with a glimpse of PBA competition they never get to see on national television before the finals air on ESPN.

 

The first of the feature videos features - World Series of Bowling IX Chronicles Part 1 - Chameleon Championship Qualifying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO2AL2Z2TZA was followed by World Series of Bowling IX Chronicles Part 2 - Chameleon Championship Match Play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u4uP5dWebo. PBA Shark Championship presented by Xtra Frame episodes will debut Thursday (Part 3 Qualifying) and Friday (Part 4 Match Play). ESPN’s coverage of the Chameleon and Shark championship rounds begins at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday.

 

Next week it’s PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game (Part 5 Qualifying) on Tuesday and Cheetah match play (Part 6) on Wednesday. Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com (Part 7 Qualifying) debuts next Thursday followed by the Scorpion match play (Part 8) on Friday.

 

The following week will contain episodes for the World Championship.

 

“SPECTO” DATA WILL PROVIDE ADDED DIMENSION TO WSOB IX FINALS

Also upcoming is another high-tech look at GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling competition through the “eyes” of Kegel’s new “Specto” data tracking system.

 

Specto, which uses a high-powered sensor to display data about a bowler’s ball path and ball motion, has been designed as a teaching tool for bowling centers, coaches and individuals. Data is delivered through an easy-to-use app, and it will be used to analyze player data for each of the WSOB IX television finals. For more information about Specto, visit: http://www.kegel.net/specto.

 

Specto data for the PBA Chameleon and Shark Championships, which air Sunday on ESPN beginning at 1 p.m. EST, will be included in next week’s PBA Spare Shots and on PBA’s social media outlets.

 

PBA REGIONAL SPONSOR TO PRESENT 300 RING TO SPECIAL OLYMPIAN ON “FB LIVE”

Bowling Dynamix Pro Shops owner Mike Austin, sponsor of this weekend’s PBA/PBA50 Houston Southwest Open Doubles at Emerald Bowl in Houston, Texas, is going to use the platform of the event to make a special Facebook Live presentation of one of his own USBC 300 rings to a young man who otherwise might never get one.

 

“When Mike saw a Facebook post about Doug Kelley, a Kentucky Special Olympian bowling a perfect game, he was excited,” Austin’s wife Lisa noted. “It didn’t matter that he had never met the man or that he probably never would. But it’s a special accomplishment and Mike wanted to do something to recognize him.”

 

Knowing that 300 rings are only awarded for bowling in a certified league or tournament, Austin – an eight-time PBA Regional titlist and Houston Bowling Hall of Fame member, got an idea. He asked his wife to find Carol Farwell, identified as his coach in the news clip he saw. Lisa contacted Carol at Erlanger Super Bowl, and together they planned a Facebook Live presentation (https://www.facebook.com/BowlingDynamix) for Saturday (Dec. 16) at around 8 a.m. (CST) before the PBA Regional Austin is sponsoring gets underway at Emerald Bowl. The 300 ring, which has already been shipped to Kentucky, will be “awarded” to Kelley in a similar Facebook Live presentation at Erlanger Super Bowl.

 

According to Austin’s research, Kelley is the first Special Olympian in Kentucky to shoot 300 in competition.

 

“Bowling is probably the only sport where Doug and I can compete with bowlers who are at all different skill levels and everyone has a shot at winning,” Austin noted, adding the two men may never meet, but Kentucky is special to him because his father, Bruce, was born in Kentucky and Austin has been on Track’s bowling staff since 2012. Track, one of the Ebonite family of brands, is based in Hopkinsville, Ky.

 

ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN FOR “BIG FEBRUARY” EVENTS

Entries are now open for the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour “Big February” events including the PBA Tournament of Champions, Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic, Barbasol PBA Players Championship and the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship presented by Bowlerx.com:

 

2018 PBA Tournament of Champions, Fairlawn, Ohio, Feb. 5-11 (max. field size 80)

Prize Fund: First place $50,000 25 cash spots based on full field

To enter: Contact PBA Tournament Entries Coordinator Mary von Krueger (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; phone: 206-332-9688). 

 

2018 Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic, Indianapolis, Feb. 12-18 (max. field size 224)

Prize Fund: First prize $30,000, 56 cash spots (one in four) based on full field

To enter: Click on the member log in link on pba.com.

 

2018 Barbasol PBA Players Championship, Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 19-25 (max. field size 120)

Prize Fund: First prize $40,000, 30 cash spots (one in four) based on a full field

To enter: Click on the member log in link on pba.com.

 

2018 Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship presented by BowlerX.com, Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 19-25 (max. field size 50 teams)

Prize Fund: First prize $22,000, 13 cash spots based on full field

To enter: Contact PBA Tournament Entries Coordinator Mary von Krueger (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; phone: 206-332-9688).

Note: Open to PBA members only; all participants must also bowl the Barbasol PBA Players Championship.

 

CONCRETE SOFTWARE “BEAT THE CHEETAH CHAMPION” CHALLENGE IS COMING

Reminder: Concrete Software, creator of the PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, has issued a “Cheetah Challenge” in conjunction with the PBA Cheetah Championship finals, presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game.

 

The rules are simple: if you haven’t already done so, download the free PBA Bowling Challenge app at Google Play or the Apple App store. Then select the "Limited Tournament" button on the landing page of the app to enter the tournament. “Bowl” one virtual game and if your game score beats the actual PBA Cheetah Championship winner’s score, you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win 5,000 Gold Pins (in-game currency) and a pin signed by the Cheetah champion. Multiple entries are allowed.

 

The sweepstakes will begin at 1 a.m. EST on Dec. 24 and end at 12:59 p.m. on Jan. 2.

Here is a link the official rules: http://bit.ly/PBA_OfficialRules.

 

Speaking of the PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, another new PBA League venue has been added to the game this week. This week’s addition to the PBA League venues features the Silver Lake Atom Splitters venue.

 

Join the fun. The PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game app is a free download at Google Play and Apple App stores. Use these links: Google Play: http://bit.ly/PBABowlingChallengeAnd or Apple App Store: http://bit.ly/PBABowlingChallengeiOS

 

XTRA FRAME HOLIDAY SALE BEGINS FRIDAY: SAVE $10 ON “XF SEASON TICKET”

For the bowling fan in your family, a great Christmas gift that will keep on giving is a full-year of PBA Xtra Frame access, available exclusively Dec. 15-31 for the holiday discount price of only $54.99. That’s just over $1 a week for 12 months of live streaming of PBA, PBA50 and PWBA Tour action, access to a great library of past PBA Tour telecasts plus player interviews, bowling instruction, and more.

 

Visit xtraframe.tv between 8 a.m. EST on Friday and 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 31 and enter “PBAHOLIDAY17” in the promo code box to secure the $10 discount price.

 

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: JASON STERNER WINS FIRST REGIONAL HELD AT A TRUCK STOP

Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., will become a footnote in PBA trivia after capturing the inaugural PBA Petro TA South Open Sunday at Beltline Lanes in Columbia, S.C., by defeating top qualifier Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 246-240.

 

The trivia tidbit is that this was the first PBA Regional title decided at a “truck stop.” Beltline Lanes is a unique bowling and entertainment center built inside the TA (TravelCenter America) Petro Stopping Center on the outskirts of Columbia.

 

Troup, who finished the title match first, ended his game with six strikes in a row, forcing Sterner to double in his 10th frame for the win. Sterner collected $3,000 for his effort.

 

Sterner, the no. 3 qualifier, disposed of Mike Vitalone Jr. of Lake Worth, Fla., 222-216, in the first stepladder match, also needing a double in the 10th to win that match. In the second stepladder match, Sterner eliminated Zack Brown of Holly Springs, N.C., 247-195.

 

Kevin Donovan of Painted Post, N.Y. defeated amateur Kyle Condrick of Austintown, Ohio, 247-245, to win his first PBA Regional title in the McKinley Lanes Central/East Challenge at McKinley Lanes in Niles, Ohio, Sunday.

 

Donovan, who earned $1,500, downed amateur Devon Miller of Dublin, Ohio, 200-187, and Condrick topped Sam DeWitt of Neville Island, Pa., 249-205, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match. The tournament field consisted of PBA members who do not hold a PBA title or non-members who have never won a PBA event.

 

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple device users using the new PBA app).

 

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Two GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX PBA Tour Finals Back-to-Back

This Sunday on ESPN Beginning at 1 p.m. ET

 

RENO, Nev. (Dec. 13, 2017) The Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule for 2017 continues with doubleheader action Sunday on ESPN beginning at 1 p.m. ET featuring the PBA Chameleon Championship presented by Reno Tahoe followed by the PBA Shark Championship presented by Xtra Frame. The finals are the first two animal pattern events of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties.

 

 

PBA Returns to CBS Sports Network with 2018 PBA Tour Finals

Eight elite PBA Tour stars to compete for title in Thunderbowl Lanes arena in suburban Detroit in May

 

CHICAGO (Dec. 11, 2017) – Eight elite Professional Bowlers Association stars who have dominated PBA’s earnings chart over a span of more than two years will compete in the historic Thunderbowl Lanes arena in Allen Park, Mich., May 5-6, in the second edition of the PBA Tour Finals.

 

The special event marks PBA’s return to CBS Sports Network for a series of five two-hour prime-time telecasts as part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

 

 

 

U.S. Stars Defeat International Standouts to Successfully Defend

USA vs. The World Team Title at WSOB IX

 

RENO, Nev. (Dec. 10, 2017) - The five leading American qualifiers in PBA World Championship pinfall during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties combined for 20 clean frames and 18 strikes in 24 attempts to sweep the best-of-two-game USA vs. The World team competition, kicking off ESPN’s coverage of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule Sunday.

 

CANADA, KOREA WIN MASTERS TITLES AT 2017 WORLD BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

LAS VEGAS - If...

there was one pair of lanes in the world Francois Lavoie of Canada would want in his basement, it would be lanes 23 and 24 from the South Point Bowling Plaza.

The 24-year-old right-hander conquered those lanes again Monday, this time winning the Masters gold medal at the 2017 World Bowling Championships.

That is the same set of lanes where he became the first bowler in history to roll a perfect game during the televised finals of a U.S. Open (2016), and he went on to win the coveted title and green jacket.


FOUR ELECTED TO 2018 USBC HALL OF FAME CLASS

ARLINGTON, Texas – The United...

States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame will have at least four new members after the USBC Hall of Fame Committee selected Jeri Edwards, Kendra Gaines, John Janawicz and Tim Mack for the 2018 class.

Gaines and Janawicz were elected in the Outstanding USBC Performance category, Edwards was selected in the Meritorious Service category and Mack was chosen in the Pioneer Category.

USA, MALAYSIA WIN TEAM TITLES AT 2017 WORLD BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

LAS VEGAS - The...

Team USA men may have had an up-and-down week at the 2017 World Bowling Championships, but everything fell into place Sunday during the team medal round, where they swept Chinese Taipei in the best-of-three championship match, 2-0.

TEAM USA, HONG KONG WIN TRIOS AT 2017 WORLD BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

LAS VEGAS -...

In a performance her teammates and coaches described as motivational, inspirational and heroic, Shannon O'Keefe essentially made her way from a hospital bed to the lanes at the South Point Bowling Plaza, where she helped Team USA to the trios gold medal at the 2017 World Bowling Championships.


TEAM USA, KOREA WIN DOUBLES AT 2017 WORLD BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

LAS VEGAS...

- Tommy Jones and Chris Barnes have been friends for decades and have combined for 25 appearances on Team USA, but they'd never had the opportunity to bowl doubles together while representing the United States in international competition.

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