Restrepo Leads Opening Round of PWBA Las Vegas Open

Fresh off a Masters gold medal at the Pan American Bowling Confederation Champion of Champions event, Rocio Restrepo of Louisville, Ohio, put together another strong performance Saturday as she led qualifying at the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Las Vegas Open.

Restrepo, a member of Team Colombia, averaged more than 226 to lead the opening event of 2016 PWBA season with a 2,718 total for 12 games at Texas Station.

Mexico’s Sandra Gongora is second with 2,698, while Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio (2,679), Singapore’s Hui Fen New (2,634) and reigning PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York (2,631), round out the top five.

The top 32 players in qualifying Saturday advanced to Sunday’s cashers’ round, which begins at 11 a.m. Eastern. Competition will conclude Sunday with a group stepladder final starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. All rounds leading up to the stepladder finals are being broadcast live on Xtra Frame.

“Last year in Sacramento, I bowled really well to start the season, so it feels really good to do it again,” said Restrepo, who finished fourth at the 2015 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open. “There are a lot of games left tomorrow, but I feel like I have good ball reaction. I’m going to be positive, stay in the moment and enjoy every shot.”

The final spot in Sunday’s cashers’ round went to 2015 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open champion Elysia Current of Ephrata, Pennsylvania. Current earned the final spot with a 2,415 total, a 201.25 average.

Six additional games in Sunday’s cashers’ round will determine the top 12 players to advance to round-robin match play. The match-play finalists will be split into two groups, each featuring six players. Each group will bowl six games of match play, including a final position round.

At the end of the match play, the top qualifier in each group will earn an automatic spot in the stepladder finals, with seeding being determined by total pins. The second, third and fourth qualifiers in each group will advance to a group stepladder final. The winner of each group stepladder final will advance to the televised stepladder finals.

The finals of the PWBA Las Vegas Open will air Tuesday, June 7 on CBS Sports Network.

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Weber Wins PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages For Fifth PBA50 Tour Title

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., the 2015 PBA50 Player of the Year, began work defending that crown by winning the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Tuesday at Spanish Springs Lanes.

Weber won his fifth career PBA50 Tour title by defeating two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and tournament top qualifier Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 204-162, in the title match.

“I’ve always bowled well here,” said Weber. “I’ve made the finals here three out of the last four years and was hoping it would just be a matter of time to get a win.”

Weber, a winner of 37 titles, including a record-tying 10 majors on the PBA Tour, was helped by three open frames by Mohr, who missed two 10 pins and a four pin. Mohr, an eight-time PBA50 Tour titlist, was trying to end a nearly four-year drought without a win, with his last coming in the 2012 Senior Decatur Open.

“I feel bad for Ron but he’s the type of guy that will bounce back no doubt about that,” Weber said. “We’ve all been there. Sometimes when you miss an easy spare, that frustration can make things worse. We were both having trouble that game—I could barely get a double.”

The win solidified a good start to the season for Weber who finished fourth in last week’s season-opening Pasco County Florida Open.

“I’m feeling good physically and my game is in a good shape so I’m looking forward to another good season,” Weber added.

In the semifinal, Weber beat PBA50 Tour newcomer Joel Carlson of Omaha, Neb., 268-223, to advance to the championship match.

In the opening stepladder match, Carlson beat four-time PBA50 Player of the Year and 12-time PBA50 Tour winner Tom Baker of King, N.C., 224-213, and then went on to beat 2015 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, 268-217, to advance to the semifinal.

PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli bowled three 300 games which tied the record for most 300s in a PBA50 Tour tournament with four other bowlers – Mohr, Bob Kelly, Joe Scarborough and Walter Ray Williams Jr.

The PBA50 Tour’s third stop of the season will be George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C. for the Mooresville Ford Open presented by Columbia 300 and Miller High Life May 1-4.




EJ Tackett Converts Break into Second Career PBA Tour Title in PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open

EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., broke up a 7-9 split, converting the break into a string of three strikes that proved to be the difference in winning his second career PBA Tour title Sunday in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open at Liberty Lanes.

Tackett, the 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year, defeated top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 217-210, to win the $10,000 first prize after eliminating PBA Regional veteran Steven Taylor of Deer Creek, Ill., in the semifinal match.

“They say winning your second title is the toughest,” said Tackett, who won his first PBA Tour title in the 2015 PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open. “But I’ve been close and I’ve been bowling well. Maybe this will lead to something more.

“I really didn’t think I could bowl enough to beat Ryan; I thought it would take 250 to win,” Tackett said. “I got fortunate that he didn’t bowl a good game because that’s really uncharacteristic of how he’s been bowling.”

Ciminelli’s closing string of four strikes forced Tackett to mark in the 10th frame on the lane that was giving him difficulty.

“I liked the first shot,” he said, despite leaving a 4 pin. “I guess, being in the situation, I probably threw it a little hard, but the result was good. I was a little nervous on that (4 pin) spare, just because I’d missed one in match play earlier – against Ryan, actually.”

Taylor’s “Cinderella” bid for his first PBA Tour title, in only his second PBA Tour event after bowling in 103 regionals, came to an end with a 205-200 loss to Tackett in the semifinal match. Tackett threw one double and converted six single-pin spares, but Taylor threw one too many splits.

Taylor, an 11-year PBA Midwest Region competitor with three regional titles, rallied from an early 29-pin deficit with a string of six strikes to eliminate Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 237-209, in the first stepladder match. The 40-year-old right-hander then watched 14-time PBA Tour titlist Patrick Allen of Mount Kisco, N.Y., start with five strikes, rolling into an early 33-pin lead, before throwing eight strikes in his last nine attempts for a 246-212 victory. Allen left a pocket 7-10 in the seventh frame and then saw his titles hopes disappear when he left and failed to convert the 3-7-9 split in the ninth frame.

The PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open is the second of 10 Xtra Frame events that will pay the PBA member with the highest points total at the conclusion of the series a $10,000 bonus. Tackett said his plan is to bowl the entire Xtra Frame series.

“The series rewards good bowling, it rewards consistency on different patterns,” Tackett said. “They’re not just handing out titles and with a $10,000 bonus at the end, it’s worth going after.”

The PBA Xtra Frame Tour resumes June 25-26 with live coverage of the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open from Lubbock, Texas. Fans can subscribe to Xtra Frame by clicking on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage.




Scott Weber and Ryan Ciminelli Lead 16 Players Advancing to PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open Match Play

Scott Weber of LaSalle, Ill., whose best finish in a Professional Bowlers Association tournament was second in a QubicaAMF PBA50 regional event, averaged 253 to lead qualifying Saturday in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill.

The 51-year-old Weber, who is no relation to the famous Weber bowling family, bowled a 2,025 eight-game pinfall total with games of 258, 210, 238, 258, 288, 257, 280 and 236. He holds a 41-pin lead over six-time PBA Tour winner Ryan Ciminelli of Cheetowaga, N.Y., who finished qualifying with a 1,984 pinfall (248 average).

“I don’t know if I can believe it – it’s a dream come true.” said Weber, who topped a field filled with many PBA Tour stars. “I was pretty nervous at the start but after the first game I was able to settle down. It’s tough to do but it’s part of the game. I just took some deep breaths and settled into a rhythm.”

Weber and Ciminelli led a group of 16 players who advanced to Sunday’s match play round beginning at 9 a.m. CT. After match play is completed, the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled to get underway at 2:30 p.m.

Trying for his second consecutive win of the 2016 season, Ciminelli won the recent bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout presented by Xtra Frame earlier this month.

Rounding out the top five after qualifying were 2012-13 PBA Rookie of the Year and one-time Tour winner EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind. 1,975; 2014 Rookie of the Year and one-time Tour winner Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,925, and seven-time PBA Tour winner Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,923.

The PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open is the second of 10 Xtra Frame events that will pay the PBA member with the highest points total at the conclusion of the series a $10,000 bonus.

The PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open continues Sunday with live coverage on PBA’s online bowling channel. Fans can subscribe to Xtra Frame by clicking on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage
















Walter Ray Williams Jr. Wins Pasco County Florida Open For 10th PBA50 Tour Title by JSchneider

In an all-PBA Hall of Fame stepladder final that included five all-time greats with a combined 171 PBA Tour titles, Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., won two matches to claim the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open title Tuesday at Lane Glo Bowl for his 10th PBA50 Tour win.

Williams, the PBA Tour’s all-time titles leader with 47 wins defeated 38-time Tour and two-time PBA50 Tour winner Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., 245-225, in the title match and in the process handed Duke his third consecutive championship match defeat in the Pasco County Open.

“It feels good to be back in the winner’s circle,” said Williams, whose last PBA50 Tour win came in the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open in August of 2014. “Bowling with these guys tonight I had to feel blessed that I was able to bowl in an era with such great players.”

In the title match, Williams held a 21-pin lead over Duke in the sixth frame and then struck on the next four shots to seal the win.

“I really didn’t have a good read on the lanes,” said Williams. “I thought the lanes would be a lot tighter and they were hooking a lot more than I thought. Fortunately, I was able to adjust by steadily moving inside, finding a good hook spot, and catching some timely breaks.”

In the semifinal match, Williams ended Parker Bohn III’s bid to repeat as champion of the tournament by beating the 35-time Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner, 258-223.

The win was especially satisfying for Williams after a slow start finishing 59th at the end of the first day of qualifying.

“Again, I just wasn’t reading the lanes well and was using the wrong equipment,” Williams said. “I think I averaged about 211 for my first 11 games and once I got things figured out I think I averaged about 250 the rest of the way.”

In the second stepladder match, Bohn defeated 37-time PBA Tour, four-time PBA50 Tour winner and reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Pete Weber, 257-224, to advance to the semifinal match against Williams.

In the opening match, Weber beat Johnny Petraglia, a winner of 14 PBA Tour and eight PBA50 Tour titles, 225-193. At age 69, Petraglia was hoping to become the oldest player to win a PBA50 Tour title. The record is held by the late James Brenner at 66 years and 358 days.

The Pasco County Florida Open is presented by the Pasco County Tourist Development Council and sponsored by the Law Office of Lucas Magazine.

The PBA50 Tour heads to The Villages, Fla., for the second stop of the 2016 season where Spanish Springs Lanes will host the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical April 23-26.

Fans can catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Subscription and schedule information is available by clicking on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage.







KingPins End Atom Splitters’ Reign as PBA League Elias Cup Champions; Portland Lumberjacks Advance

A year after finishing last in the Professional Bowlers Association League race, the GEICO New York City WTT KingPins knocked off the two-time defending PBA League Elias Cup champion bowlingball.com Silver Lake Atom Splitters as quarterfinal round competition got underway in front of a wildly enthusiastic sold-out crowd at Bayside Bowl in the chase for the 2016 Elias Cup.

In the second quarterfinal round match that aired Sunday on ESPN, the hometown-favorite Shipyard Brewing Co. Portland Lumberjacks eliminated the High 5 Gear Philadelphia Hitmen, 2-0, in their best-of-two-game Baker team match.

The KingPins, winners of the inaugural Elias Cup in 2013, swept the Atom Splitters, rallying behind a string of five strikes for a 223-215 win in the first five-player Baker team contest and ending Silver Lake’s bid for a third consecutive Elias Cup, 234-209, in the second game.

New York City took the lead in the match behind consecutive strikes by Mike Fagan, John Szczerbinski, Scott Norton, Marshall Kent and anchor Pete Weber. In the second game, Weber conceded the anchor spot to Kent who delivered a key fifth-frame strike, helping the KingPins build a 35-pin advantage that Silver Lake was unable to overcome.

‘We were on a mission,” said KingPins’ team manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard. “When we picked the team this year, we picked more for chemistry, who would check their egos at the door. Everyone had their own reason for wanting to throw the best shot they could, and it matched up and all came together.”

Weber, the KingPins’ team leader for all four years of PBA League competition, agreed.

“I made it a point to tell our guys we couldn’t do any worse than we did last year. All we could do was improve, and obviously we improved.”

He also admitted the decisive strike he got in the 10th frame of game one wasn’t his best ever.

“I knew I needed to strike in the 10th of game one, but I felt like Dad (the late Dick Weber) on that shot. I felt like I did a fake follow through because the ball was already off my hand,” he said. “It wasn’t my best effort ever, but the result was good and that’s all that mattered.”

The newly-named Portland Lumberjacks, assuming the role formerly held by the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, got a whole new level of crowd support in nipping Philadelphia, 192-191, in the first game of the second quarterfinal round match. Anchor bowler Wes Malott’s strike on his fill ball in the 10th frame was the deciding factor when Philadelphia anchor Dom Barrett threw two strikes followed by leaving a solid 9 pin in the Hitmen’s 10th frame.

The Lumberjacks then went on a strike binge to race away to a 256-190 victory in game two. Strikes by Malott, Bryon Smith, Liz Johnson, Osku Palermaa, Ryan Ciminelli and again by Malott turned the game into a runaway, giving the Lumberjacks a victory the former Jack Rabbits had never enjoyed in three previous years of PBA League competition.

“That was incredible,” said Lumberjacks manager Tim Mack. “We were fortunate to sneak out the first game because Dom (Barrett, at left) threw a great shot and left a 9 pin. It was crazy. But Wes striking on his fill ball was huge for us, because when you have a game up in this format it allows you not to relax, but to realize you still have life even if you lose the second game.”

The change in team identify was more than merely cosmetic, Mack said.

“Last year the crowd was loud but this year, when you’re the home team like we were, I think it gives you another 10 pins a game. These guys are all professionals, but in that first game, when things went a little awry for us, (the fans) kept their level of intensity up and that gave us an advantage.”

With their victories, New York City and Portland will advance to the first semifinal round match, which will air on ESPN on Sunday, May 1, at 1 p.m. Eastern.

The final quarterfinals round matches pitting BJ’s L.A. X against the Barbasol Motown Muscle, and the Concrete Software Brooklyn Styles against the GoBowling.com Dallas Strikers , will air Sunday, April 24, at 1 p.m. ET.














Ryan Ciminelli Pushed Himself to Sixth Career Title in bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout

Gradually, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., is beginning to believe in himself, and thanks to a momentary burst of confidence, the 30-year-old left-hander rolled his way to a two-game sweep of 16-time Professional Bowlers Association title winner Tommy Jones in the best-of-three-game title match of the bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout at Bayside Bowl Wednesday.

After winning a 2-1 decision over Michael Markin of Tafton, Pa., in the Round of 64, and a 2-0 sweep of Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., in the Round of 32 on Tuesday, Ciminelli completed his run to his sixth PBA Tour title and the $10,000 first prize with best-of-three-game victories over Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas; Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, and Tim Mack of Indianapolis before rolling past Jones in the title match, 255-213 and 225-203.

“I caught these guys at the right time on the right pairs of lanes,” Ciminelli said. “For once, everything fell in place for me. I didn’t think I had a chance to win this tournament, but I kept my head down and kept fighting.”

A year ago, Ciminelli’s confidence had bottomed out so badly he was considering retirement, but he made a great run in the second half of the 2015 season, winding up second in the 2015 PBA Player of the Year Race to Australia’s Jason Belmonte.

“My confidence is going up with every event,” he said. “You’re not going to win every tournament you bowl, but you have to keep knocking on the door.”

The next event on the PBA Tour schedule is the Xtra Frame PBA Tour Storm Open, the second of 10 Xtra Frame PBA Tour events scheduled for 2016, April 22-24 at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill. The Storm Open will be covered from to start to finish, live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. Three-day, 30-day and full-year subscriptions are available through the Xtra Frame link on pba.com.







Norm Duke Rolls 299 to Advance to Round of 16 in bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., used a near-perfect 299 game to retain in contention for the bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout title at Bayside Bowl Tuesday, advancing to Wednesday’s final best-of-three-game elimination rounds along with 19-year-old Texas two-handed star Anthony Simonsen, who is trying to become the first three-time titlist of the 2016 PBA Tour season.

Duke, a 38-year PBA Tour title winner, eliminated Colombia’s Andres Gomez after losing the first game, 224-213. Duke escaped with a 239-234 win in game two and then ran away from Gomez in game three, 299-234, missing a perfect game when the 10 pin stood on his final shot.

Simonsen, who became the youngest player ever to win a PBA major title when he won the United States Bowling Congress Masters in February, is trying for his third career title. The Princeton, Texas, resident won his first PBA Tour title in January when he teamed with North Carolina’s Connor Pickford to win the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship. Tuesday, he swept PBA Tour veteran Tom Daugherty, 2-0, in the opening Round and ran away from three-time PBA winner Scott Norton in the Round of 32, 2-0.

Defending champion Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., made it through the opening round with a 2-1 win over Sweden’s Martin Larsen, but then was eliminated by Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 2-0, in the Round of 32.

In a marque opening-round match between two future PBA Hall of Famers, 16-time PBA Tour champion Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., eliminated two-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, in a thriller. Belmonte won game one, 258-203. Jones tied the match with a 236-227 win in game two and then nipped Belmonte in game three, 209-208. Jones then ousted North Carolina’s Kyle Troup in the second round, 2-0.

Maine’s final hope, amateur Jimmy Clark from Topsham, upset PBA Tour veteran John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2-1, in the Round of 64, before losing an intense 2-1 battle with 10-time PBA Tour champion Wes Malott in the Round of 32. Clark won the first game, 235-181, but Malott out-struck him in game two, 266-261, and threw the first two strikes in the 10th frame to win, 235-223, after Clark left a 2-10 split on his second shot in the 10th frame.

The bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout, presented by Xtra Frame, is the first of 10 PBA Tour Xtra Frame events scheduled for 2016. The tournament began with a field of 64 players and concludes Wednesday with best-of-three-game single elimination rounds beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET. The championship match to determine the winner of the $10,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title begins at 7:30 p.m. ET.

All of the competition will be covered live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.





















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