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Sports Challenge Network and Rolltech join forces

2016SportsChallengeNetworkLogo_small.jpgSports Challenge Network and Rolltech, the creators behind XBowling and Action Bowling, have completed a merger agreement, the companies announced Monday. The newly incorporated Sports Challenge Network (SCN) will be the parent company for all combined products, creating the industry leader in innovating and expanding new types of bowler experiences, competition, and connection over mobile devices and networks within the sport of bowling.

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World's first smart bowling wrist band to provide real time shot analysis data

2016BodyBiolyticsLogo_small.jpg Stonington, CT-based Body Biolytics, LLC, a leading innovator in activity recognition and motion analytics using wearables has announced a performance improvement solution for bowling called the Plus20TM Shot Analyzer comprised of a motion sensor-enabled wrist band and smartphone mobile application. The Plus20 Shot Analyzer records motion data from wrist band sensors and displays key bowling shot metrics to help bowlers perform more consistently to raise their bowling average.

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Dexter-USBC All-American Team named for 2015-2016 season

2016DHSAALogo_small.jpgThe 2015-2016 Dexter/United States Bowling Congress All-American Team includes a national award winner, a national youth champion and a returning member of the team. Dexter Bowling, in consultation with the International Bowling Campus Youth Development staff, annually selects five boys and five girls for the Dexter/USBC High School All-American team. The 2015-2016 team marks the 11th year a team has been selected. The student-athletes named to the team are ...

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Illinois competitor secures Classified All-Events lead at 2016 USBC Open Championships

2016OCBrandonNovak_small.jpg Jim Hosier of Wayne, New Jersey, made a run at the lead in Regular All-Events this week at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, but he finished one pin shy, moving into second place with a 2,132 total June 25. Hosier needed nine pins on his final shot to secure the lead at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, but left the 3-9-10 combination. He had sets of 725 in singles, 713 in doubles and 694 in team. Brandon Novak (pictured) of Chillicothe, Ohio, leads with 2,133.

2016 ABF Tour #2


Daisuke Yoshida, Lee Young Seung win first ABF Tour title in Macau

2016ABFT02DaisukeYoshidaLeeYoungSeung_small.jpgDaisuke Yoshida of Japan and Korea's Lee Young Seung took full advantage of the World Bowling scoring system which debuted on the Asian Bowling Federation Tour when they captured their first ABFT title in Macau, China. Yoshida (l.) defeated Cheng Hsing Chao of Chinese Taipei, 245-218, to cruise to the men's title. 2015 Macau Open champion Lee claimed the women's title in her first ABF Tour event, when she topped Cheng's fellow countrywoman Wang Ya Ting, 223-190.



Rickle Kam shoots 300 to win 2016 Macau China International Open

Novie Phang secures women's title in deciding match

2016MacaoOpenRickleKamNoviePhang_small.jpg Top-seeded Rickle Kam of Hong Kong thrilled the spectators at COTAI Bowling Center in Macau, China, with a perfect game in his 300-249 victory over Daisuke Yoshida (right) of Japan in the men's championship match of the 2016 Macau China International Open. It was the sixth perfecto of the event. The women's title went to Novie Phang of Indonesia, who defeated Jang Ha Eun in the second and deciding game, 224-166, after losing the first game against the Korean, 192-170.



Why Reno is still a must-visit city for bowlers

By Lucas Wiseman

2016LWCRenoNBS_small.jpg When you ask most bowlers in the United States about going to Reno, Nevada, they groan or complain. The USBC Open Championships have been held in the city 10 times since the National Bowling Stadium opened in 1995 and team entries have dropped from 17,285 to just 8,063 this year. Reno fatigue is real and its impact is undeniable. That being said, I'm going to say something many bowlers will scoff at – I actually like going to Reno. Last weekend I took my wife to Reno to bowl for the first time in the USBC Open.

2016 PBA #9


Jakob Butturff wins his first PBA title in Lubbock, Texas

22-year-old lefthander nips Shawn Maldonado by two pins to win the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open

2016PBA09JakobButturff_small.jpg Jakob Butturff, a 22-year-old lefthander who won't complete his first full year of PBA competition until next month, won the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open Sunday, nipping Houston's Shawn Maldonado in the title match, 207-205. Butturff (l.) used a late double to pull even with Maldonado, and then struck on his fill ball in the 10th frame to force the two-handed player to double for the win. Maldonado's left the 4 pin on his try for a second strike which sealed his fate.

2016 PBA Tour


2016 PBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2016PBALogo_small.jpg The 2016 Professional Bowlers Association Tour features 25 tournaments, including five 'majors' (Tournament of Champions, Masters, Players Championship, U.S. Open and World Championship) and the PBA Team Challenge. According to an agreement between PBA and World Bowling, Tenpin Bowling's world governing body, the international tournaments of the 2016 World Bowling Tour will also award a PBA title if he/she is a PBA member and bowls without accepting handicap pins.

2016 PBA50 Tour #9


Pete Weber makes history with win at 2016 USBC Senior Masters

2016PBA5009PeteWeber5_small.jpg Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, made history Sunday by winning the 2016 USBC Senior Masters to become the first player with five Professional Bowlers Association 50 Tour titles in a season. The 53-year-old reigning PBA50 Player of the Year achieved the feat in dramatic fashion with a 266-263 win against left-hander Paul McCordic of Sugar Land, Texas, who stepped up in the final frame with a chance to win but left the 1-3-6-9 combination on his second offering to fall short.

2016 PBA50 Tour


2016 PBA50 Tour Schedule & Champions

2016 PBA50 Tour features 15 events including four "Majors"

PBA50Logo_small.jpg The 2016 PBA50 Tour for players 50 years of age and older (formerly the PBA Senior Tour) features 15 tournaments in seven States, Florida, North Carolina, New York, Nevada, California, Minnesota and Indiana. The extended PBA50 schedule includes four "majors", PBA Senior U.S. Open (May 29-June 3), USBC Senior Masters (June 19-25), PBA50 World Championship (July 17-23) and the PBA50 National Championship which will conclude the 2016 season at Signature Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., USA (Aug. 14-17).

2016 PWBA Tour #8


Clara Guerrero wins first PWBA title at Players Championship

2016PWBA08ClaraGuerrero_small.jpg More than a decade ago, Clara Juliana Guerrero made the move from Colombia to the United States to bowl collegiately and chase her dream of competing on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour. It took a little longer than expected, but Guerrero accomplished the dream of winning a PWBA title, and a major title at that, with a 199-175 victory over Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, in the final of the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship on Sunday.



2016 PWBA Tour Schedule & Champions

2016PWBALogo_small.jpg The Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, which was re-launched in 2015 after nearly a dozen years, has released the PWBA Tour schedule for 2016, featuring 10 regular-season events, four "majors" and stops from coast to coast. The 2016 PWBA schedule kicked off April 28 with the PWBA Las Vegas Open at Texas Station and will conclude with back-to-back "majors", the U.S. Women's Open and The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship.

2016 PBA50 Tour #9


Anthony Simonsen leads PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open qualifying

Texas teenager holds one-pin lead in bid for third PBA Tour title of 2016 season

2016PBA04AnthonySimonsen_small.jpgNineteen-year-old Anthony Simonsen of Princeton, Texas, bidding to become the first PBA player to win three PBA Tour titles in 2016, led the field of 151 players through Saturday's qualifying in the Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas. Simonsen, a two-handed player and the youngest player ever to win a PBA Tour major, averaged 236.6 during Saturday's eight qualifying games to finish with a 1,893 pinfall total for a one-pin lead over Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn.

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New Jersey bowler joins 50-Year Club at USBC Women's Championships

Utah bowler moves into Ruby All-Events lead in Las Vegas

2016USBCWCAliciaStraka_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships has helped Alicia Straka of Bridgewater, New Jersey, travel across the country and build countless friendships, and her trek in 2016 gave her another memory to cherish as she celebrated her 50th tournament appearance June 19. The 89-year-old right-hander began her journey at the 1966 event in New Orleans, and she has made an annual appearance at the tournament each year since 1984.

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Belmonte, Ciminelli, Svensson and Simonsen nominated for ESPY Best Bowler Award

Voting is open until the start of the ESPYs telecast

2016PBA03JasonBelmonte2_small.jpgThree-time defending PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte (l.), Player of the Year contender Ryan Ciminelli, 2016 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions winner and 2015 Rookie of the Year Jesper Svensson and 2016 USBC Masters champion Anthony Simonsen have been selected as nominees for the 2016 ESPY Best Bowler Award. Awards will be announced Wednesday, July 13 during the ESPYs telecast in Los Angeles beginning at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Voting will be open until the start of the ESPYs telecast.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #23


International Bowl Expo helps boost PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open field

Pete Weber tries for another milestone in USBC Senior Masters; This week on Xtra Frame; Hohlbein, Rice, Eskew win in NW Tripleheader


The PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open may have received a boost from International Bowl Expo, the annual multi-event bowling industry trade show and educational showcase that is set to get underway in Las Vegas this weekend. A number of PBA stars, including international stars Dom Barrett and Jason Belmonte, will compete in the tournament this weekend before heading to Las Vegas to make appearances at the Bowl Expo trade show for the bowling ball companies next week.

2016 PWBA Tour #3


Cherie Tan wins first PWBA title at 2016 Storm Sacramento Open

2016PWBATour03CherieTan2_small.jpgCherie Tan capped an impressive four-week stretch for her and her teammates from Singapore as she delivered in the final frame to capture the 2016 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open. Tan, who earned the top seed for the stepladder finals by posting a 6-0 record in match play, connected on two strikes in the 10th frame of the title match to outlast Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, 208-205, to win her first PWBA title. The stepladder aired nationally on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday.

Junior Team USA News


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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Ebonite International taps Mike Snellbaker to head up Bowling Ball marketing

2013EboniteLogo_small.jpgEbonite International has announced that the company has named industry veteran Mike Snellbaker Marketing Manager - Bowling Balls. Snellbaker has been in the bowling business for the last 20 years and has a very diverse and consumer focused background. He has operated pro shops, worked for the PBA Tour, developed products and for the past eight years has overseen sales and marketing efforts in the Northwest as the District Sales Manager for EBI.

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