PBA-PWBA HEATING UP FOR SUMMER TOUR OPENS

 

May 4, 2018; Allen Park, MI, USA; During a PBA event at Thunderbowl Lanes. Credit: Tim Fuller-Professional Bowlers Association

Former PBA Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., will lead a powerful field of established and rising PBA stars that will invade South Plains Lanes Saturday and Sunday to defend his PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open title against a potent field of PBA Tour champions, international players and future stars of professional bowling. By Bill Vint

The Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour makes its 11th visit to Kentucky when the PWBA Louisville Open takes place this week at Fern Valley Strike and Spare.

Bryanna Coté of Red Rock, Arizona, also is among the Kentucky champions, capturing her first career title at the 2016 PWBA Lexington Open, and she looks to continue her solid performances in 2018 at this week’s PWBA Louisville Open. By Emil Williams

For years, James Campbell of Clearwater, Florida, enjoyed continued success as a member of the Professional Bowlers Association South Region, but in recent years, the time he used to spend on the lanes has been devoted to his family and watching his son play baseball.

Now that his son Jeffrey’s playing days have concluded, his family has encouraged him to return to top-tier competition, and he’s already making his presence known at the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters, where he is the leader after the first day of qualifying. By Matt Cannizzaro

In an effort to review the current state of global bowling specifications, World Bowling will solicit input from member federations and industry stakeholders to determine if changes are necessary.

Currently, World Bowling recognizes specifications set by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) on a global scale, however, USBC is one of 112 World Bowling member federations. In order to further the cause of inclusion in the Olympic Games, World Bowling is taking this step to study how specifications should be set globally. By World Bowling

PBA

 Four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia won his PBA Tour Finals Group 1 stepladder semifinal round at Thunderbowl Lanes to earn the first berth in the title match. The Group 1 Semifinal Round aired Tuesday on CBS Sports Network.

In a battle of two of the premier two-handed stars on the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, Belmonte, the reigning player of the year, defeated three-time PBA Tour titlist Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, 2-0, in the best of two-game final match to advance to the title match which will air on CBS Sports Network Tuesday, June 19 at 8 p.m. ET. Belmonte will face the winner of the Group 2 Semifinal Round, which airs next Tuesday (June 12) at 8 p.m. By JSchneider

The Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour will livestream preliminary rounds of the final five events of the 2018 PWBA Tour season on BowlTV, the YouTube channel of the United States Bowling Congress. Fans will be able to watch all competition, leading up to the live finals on CBS Sports Network, including two of the season’s major events, free of charge. Competition dates for each event. By Terry Bigham, USBC Communications

FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, today announced a multiyear rights partnership with the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). As part of the announcement, FloSports will launch FloBowling.com, a new site where fans can access PBA’s Xtra Frame for live and on-demand PBA coverage and more. The site will offer fans access to professional competition, breaking news, highlights, original documentaries, and more.

The agreement enables FloSports to provide live and on-demand coverage for more than 40 professional events each year with increased production value at several competitions, such as the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and PBA Regional Tour. Live coverage begins June 30. By Bill Vint, Professional Bowlers Association

For the second year in a row, Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence, N.Y., led qualifiers in the PBA Xtra Frame Greater Jonesboro Open at Hijinx Family Entertainment Center into Sunday’s cashers round, averaging 225.75 for Saturday’s first eight games.

Ciminelli, a 32-year-old lefthander and seven-time PBA Tour title winner, rolled games of 253, 209, 190, 215, 233, 243, 228 and 235 for a 1,806 pinfall total, taking the qualifying lead in the final game by 12 pins over amateur Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tenn. Defending Jonesboro champion Francois Lavoie of Canada was third with 1,782 pins as the top 35 top qualifiers advanced to Sunday’s five-game cashers round. Lavoie defeated Ciminelli, 224-152, to win the 2017 Greater Jonesboro Open title. By Jerry Schneider

 

 

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