2016 PBA Tour #8


Denver Broncos' CJ Anderson to bowl in PBA Jonesboro Open June 3-5

Super Bowl 50 champ is taking his bowling experiences seriously

2016CP3CJAnderson_small.jpg CJ Anderson, who helped the underdog Denver Broncos upset the heavily favored Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, made his debut in Professional Bowlers Association competition over the weekend in the PBA Planet Bowl Southwest Open in Oklahoma City, and is already making plans for his second appearance in the Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open presented by Xtra Frame at Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., June 3-5.

2016 PWBA Tour #4


Germany's Birgit Pöppler top qualifier for 2016 USBC Queens

29 international bowlers make the cut to the top 64 for double-elimination match play, eight of whom finish qualifying in the top 10; Kelly Kulick is the top-positioned U.S. bowler in fifth place

2016USBCQueensBirgitPoppler2_small.jpg Birgit Pöppler of Germany continued her scorching pace through the third round of qualifying Monday at the 2016 USBC Queens and earned the top seed for the match-play portion of the event. Pöppler averaged more than 240 over 15 games at The Orleans Bowling Center in Lass Vegas for a 3,601 total, the second-highest in USBC Queens history. She had blocks of 1,238, 1,159 and 1,204. As the top seed, Pöppler will square off against the No. 64 seed, Josie Earnest of Nashville, Tennessee, in the opening round.



Tomoyuki Sasaki, Mirai Ishimoto win 50th Japan All-Star Invite

2016NHKCupMiraiIshimotoTomoyukiSasaki_small.jpg Japan national team captain Tomoyuki Sasaki (l.) of Kanagawa and women's national member Mirai Ishimoto (r.) of the Intercollegiate Bowling Association of Japan won the men's and women's titles in the NHK Cup 50th Japan All-Star Invitational Championships at Shinsayama Grand Bowl to earn Japan's most prestigious individual bowling titles. It was the third victory in the Japan All-Star Championships for Sasaki and the first for reigning World Youth Masters champion Ishimoto.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #18


Denver Broncos' CJ Anderson to compete in Oklahoma City PBA Regional event

Top 10 PBA Fall Swing money-winners to earn berths in 2017 DHC Japan Open; Xtra Frame kicks into high gear in June; PBA50 National Championship host center making major upgrades; Wodka, Verble, Shafer notch regional wins

2016CP3CJAnderson_small.jpgThe PBA has learned that Denver Broncos' running back CJ Anderson is going to compete in the PBA Planet Bowl Southwest Open in Oklahoma City this weekend. Anderson, who made his PBA debut as a celebrity guest in the Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational in Los Angeles in January, is serious about bowling and reportedly has been practicing diligently with guidance from PBA competitors, including fellow Denver area PBA member Brett Cooper.

United States


Shannon O'Keefe leads three events at USBC Women's Championships

New Diamond Team leader emerges in Las Vegas; Tennessee's Martha Johnson reaches 50 years; one live stream broadcast this week from the South Point Bowling Plaza

2016USBCWCShannonOKeefe_small.jpgTeam USA member and six-time World Champion Shannon O'Keefe (pictured) of O'Fallon, Illinois, shined brightest on a star-studded squad May 20 on her way into the lead in three events at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships. The 37-year-old right-hander averaged nearly 250 during doubles and singles at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas and rolled to the top of the leaderboard in Diamond Doubles, Diamond Singles and Diamond All-Events.

2016 PBA Tour


PBA World Series of Bowling VIII returns to National Bowling Stadium

Silver Legacy, Reno to host multi-event international bowling showcase

PBAWorldSeriesofBowlingLogo_small.jpgThe eighth annual edition of the Professional Bowlers Association's World Series of Bowling, an international multi-event showcase for the world's most talented bowlers, will return to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., from Nov. 27 through Dec. 11, 2016. WSOB VIII will return to a PBA members-only event and will offer its members from around the world an opportunity to compete for shares of an estimated $750,000 in prize money and five PBA Tour titles in nationally-televised ESPN finals.

2016 USBC Senior Queens


Robin Romeo wins third consecutive USBC Senior Queens title

2016USBCSeniorQueensChampionRobinRomeo_small.jpgUnited States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Robin Romeo of Newhall, California, collected a historic win at the 2016 USBC Senior Queens as she captured her third consecutive tiara Thursday at The Orleans Bowling Center. Romeo (l.) bested fellow hall of famer Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the title match in dramatic fashion, 198-195, to take home the $3,000 top prize. The 2016 event marked the fourth consecutive year Johnson has finished in the runner-up position.

2016 PBA50 Tour #5


Pete Weber juggernaut's next stop: Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open

Hall of Famer hopes to defend title, win record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour event

2015PBAPeteWeber_small.jpgJust four events into the relatively young 2016 PBA50 Tour season, Pete Weber has his sights set on a record-setting campaign, including a second consecutive PBA50 Player of the Year crown, back-to-back Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open titles and an unprecedented fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title. After a fourth-place finish in the Pasco County Florida Open to start the year, followed by three consecutive wins to start the season, he's in prime position to make good on all three goals.

United States


David Cirigliano leads team, ties Open Championships record

Arizona bowler joins Craig Szplett as the only bowlers in tournament history with three 300s in USBC Open Championships competition

2016USBCOCDavidCirigliano_small.jpgFor David Cirigliano of Phoenix, team is extremely important, and nowhere was this more evident than at the 2016 USBC Open Championships as he helped Bowling Dynamics.com to the top of the standings May 13. The 31-time tournament participant logged two strikes and a nine-count in his final frame at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, to solidify Bowling Dynamics.com's place at the top of the Regular Team standings on games of 1,041, 1,154 and 1,105 for a 3,300 total.

USBC Equipment Specification


USBC explains specification related to new gripping layouts

2016USBCEquimentSpecificationLogo_small.jpgThe United States Bowling Congress Equipment Specifications and Certifications Team recently analyzed new ball gripping layouts being used to create different ball reactions and how it affects specifications for bowling balls. These layouts allow bowlers to grip the balls in different configurations, which create different ball reactions depending on which holes the bowler uses to deliver the ball. This has led to questions concerning USBC's gripping-hole specification.

2016 BWC


QubicaAMF announces official hotel for Shanghai World Cup

2016BWCLogo_small.jpgAnne-Marie Board, QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup and Marketing Manager, has announced that Jin Jiang Hua Ting Hotel & Towers in Shanghai will the official tournament hotel of this year's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. The 52nd edition of the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, tenpin bowling's largest annual sporting event in terms of number of participating countries, will be held from Oct. 14 through 23, 2016, at Hao's Bowling in Shanghai, China.

2016 PWBA Tour #3


Singapore's Cherie Tan earns top seed for PWBA finals in Sacramento

2016PWBATour03Finalists_small.jpg With as many as six bowlers on the lanes for each PWBA event this season, Singapore has been well-represented, and the group now is guaranteed to bowl for the title at the 2016 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open. Cherie Tan, the lone left-hander of the contingent, averaged more than 225 this weekend to claim the No. 1 seed for the TV finals, which will be taped May 26 at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas and air Tuesday, June 21 on CBS Sports Network.

United States


North Carolina bowler leads Emerald All-Events at USBC Women's Championships

The first live stream from the 2016 event will take place this week

2016USBCWCKathiFinley_small.jpgKathi Finley (pictured) of New Bern, North Carolina, celebrated Mother's Day by calling her sons to let them know she moved into the lead in Emerald All-Events at the 2016 USBC Women's Championships. The 56-year-old right-hander (pictured above) averaged nearly 210 during her doubles and singles competition May 8 at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas to coast into the lead with a 1,788 nine-game total. Rexiene Smith of Tampa, Florida, previously held the lead with 1,690.

2016 European Bowling Tour


Schedule, Champions and Money-breakdown

14th Columbia 300 Vienna Open qualifying period extended by two days

2016EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2016 European Bowling Tour got underway with its 17th consecutive season in early January. The EBT will consist of 16 tournaments in 11 countries, including three "Platinum", three "Gold", four "Silver" and six "Satellite" events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 Euro. The organizer of the 14th Columbia 300 Vienna Open has decided to extend the qualifying period by two days. The EBT "gold" tournament now starts on Saturday, Sept. 24 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 2.



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United States


Indiana's Robert Teeters reaches two milestones

73-year-old becomes the 21st bowler in 113 years of USBC Open Championships history to reach 60 years of tournament participation and becomes the 19th member of the event's 100,000-Pin Club

2016OCRobertTeeters60thOC_small.jpg Robert Teeters of Lapel, Indiana, found himself in the spotlight two different times this week at the USBC Open Championships. The 73-year-old started his trip to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, with a memorable march down Center Aisle on May 7 as he became the 21st bowler in 113 years of USBC Open Championships history to reach 60 years of tournament participation. He returned to the lanes May 8 to add his name to another elite list as the 19th member of the event's 100,000-Pin Club.

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 PBA50 Tour #4


Pete Weber wins record-tying third straight PBA50 tour title

Brian LeClair's bid for victory ends with pocket 7-10 split in 10th frame

2015PBAPeteWeber_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber continued his torrid 2016 PBA50 Tour campaign Tuesday night, winning the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., for a record-tying third consecutive PBA50 Tour title. Weber (pictured) again dominated the field of 50-and-older players to earn the top berth in the stepladder finals, but he narrowly escaped with a 223-204 victory over Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., when LeClair left a pocket 7-10 split on his first shot in the 10th frame.



Ryan Ciminelli steady as April Bowler of the Month

2016PBA06RyanCiminelli_small.jpg Ryan Ciminelli (center), Cheektowaga, New York, has been chosen as the April 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Ciminelli defeated Tommy Jones, 2-0 (255-213, 225-203), in a best-of-three match for the PBA Maine Shootout crown, his sixth PBA title, fourth in the last two seasons. In close voting this month, others obtaining consideration were Walter Ray Williams Jr., E.J. Tackett, Rob Gotchall, and Pete Weber.



Frank Wilkinson is re-elected USBC President

2016USBCFrankWilkinson_small.jpg 2016USBCCathyDeSocio_small.jpg Frank Wilkinson (l.) of Staten Island, New York, was re-elected president of the United States Bowling Congress and Cathy DeSocio (r.) of Wichita, Kansas, will continue to serve as vice president of USBC. Wilkinson and DeSocio were re-elected as officers for the 2016-2017 season by the USBC Board of Directors, following the USBC Convention held in April in Las Vegas. Wilkinson, 29, will begin his second term as president on Aug. 1.

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