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SCOTT NEWELL WINS PBA EAST REGIONfS RICHEST TOURNAMENT
Scott Newell of Deland, Fla., defeated Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa., 194-165, to win the $10,000 first prize in the PBA East Region Appletree Classic at Mid-County Lanes in Middletown, Pa., Sunday.
Newell, who posted a 9-3 match play record, earned the top position for the stepladder finals by 84 pins by defeating Graham, 267-198, in the position round match. The win was Newellfs fourth career PBA regional title. He earned his first PBA Tour title in Columbus, Ohio, in February.
Newellfs $10,000 prize matched the largest payoff in PBA East Region history, matching the prize earned in the same event last year by Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C. The tournament, sponsored by Appletree Answering Service for the second season, drew a field of 148 participants.
And further good news for PBA East Region competitors: Appletree has already announced it will renew its sponsorship for 2013.
RASH HANDS EOFF HIS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE RUNNER-UP FINISH IN PBA MIDWEST
Derek Eoff is off to a blazing start as a PBA Midwest Regional grookie,h advancing to the title match in his first five tournaments over a span of six weeks. But if anyone knows how Eoff feels after finishing second in all five events, itfs probably Sean Rash, who denied Eoff his first PBA title in his most recent event.
Rash, who lives in Montgomery, Ill., defeated Eoff, 215-208, in the title match of the joint PBA Midwest/Central Region Dragon Palace Open at Orland Bowl in Orland Park, Ill., on Sunday, July 29. It was the former Team USA member and University of Nebraska collegiate All-Americanfs fifth runner-up finish in his first five events since joining the PBA in late June.
Whether the runner-up string is a record is unknown because itfs not a record category the PBA maintains, but gI canft imagine anyone, at least in their first five events as a member, finishing second in all of them,h Eoff said.
Eoff, who recently moved to Madison, Wis., from Arlington, Texas, is employed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
gIfm bowling well; I canft really complain although obviously I want to win,h Eoff said. gItfs aggravating when you bowl that well for all those (qualifying) games and it comes down to one game at the end, but obviously I havenft bowled as well as my opponent in that last game.
gIfm not questioning my abilities by any means. You canft take away what Ifve done to get to the title matches. I have no doubt itfs going to happen.h
Rash, who ended a personal four-year PBA Tour title drought when he won the PBA Tournament of Champions in April, knows was Eoff is going through.
gIt comes down to a one-game match and everyone wants to win,h Rash said. gDerek is a phenomenal player, a great talent and he has been for a long time. The only advice I have for him is to keep doing what hefs doing.
gIfve been in his position; I know what itfs like to finish second,h Rash added. gAll you can do it put yourself in position to win. I want to see him succeed, but itfs an individual game. I hope he wins soon. Just not against me.h
During his streak, Eoff lost title matches to PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (248-217 in Oak Forest, Ill.); Dale Traber (by 10 pins in a 19-game total pinfall event in Wheaton, Ill.); Dave Beres and Lennie Boresch Jr. (459-439 in doubles event with partner Wayne Webb in Johnsburg, Ill.), and David Traber (226-223 in Peru, Ill.)
REGIONAL ROUNDUP: PLUHOWSKY, CASTILLO WIN EBONITE SOUTH POINT DOUBLES
Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio, and partner Dino Castillo of Carrollton, Texas, combined for 10,595 pins to win the PBA West Region Ebonite South Point Mixed Doubles title at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 29, by 34 pins over Darris Ruffner of Visalia, Calif., and Eric Forkel of Las Vegas.
During the tournament, Pluhowsky and Castillo combined for a USBC-record 1,647 mixed doubles series record (pending USBC approval). Pluhowsky contributed 824 pins and Castillo 823 in topping the previous record of 1,630 by Patti Cacciopo and Joe Biscardi on July 22, 1998.
Lennie Boresch of Kenosha, Wis., defeated Charlie Tapp of Kalamazoo, Mich., 248-173, to win the PBA Midwest/Central Region Laraway Lanes Senior Open sponsored by Allstate Insurance at Laraway Lanes in New Lenox, Ill., on Sunday. The win was Boreschfs 27th overall in PBA Regional competition. He also earned $1,800.
In Anderson, S.C., Gary Morgan of Atlanta, Ga., defeated Todd Wilson of Summerfield, N.C., 249-184, to win his 13th PBA regional title in the South Region Anderson Senior Open at Boulevard Lanes on Sunday. Morgan earned $1,500 for the win.
On tap as the PBA Regional program rolls into August are the following events over the Aug. 3-5 weekend: the PBA South Region will host the Fayetteville (N.C.) Open at LaFayette Lanes; the PBA East Region will conduct its Bowlers Supply/Storm Products Cheetah Open at Colony Park Lanes North in York, Pa., and the PBA Midwest and Central Regions will have a joint senior event at Beverly Lanes in Arlington Heights, Ill., in advance of the resumption of the PBA Senior Tourfs Senior South Shore Open at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., Aug. 6-9.
The Aug. 10-12 weekend schedule includes the PBA Midwest Region Challenge (non-champions) Open presented by Roto Grip at St. Charles (Mo.) Lanes; the PBA Central Region Boss Snow Plows/Track Open, a Saturday-only event at PinHeads Bowling Center in Fishers, Ind.; the PBA South Region Gaffney (S.C.) Open at Gaffney Entertainment Center; the PBA East Region Colony Park Lanes Senior Open in York, Pa.; the PBA West Regionfs Fog City Open and Fog City Senior Open at Daly City (Calif.) Bowling Center, and the PBA Southwest Region Chameleon Open at Hallmark Lanes in Killeen, Texas.
In all PBA regional animal pattern championships, players can pay an optional animal pattern entry fee for the right to win a paid entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling, Nov. 2-11 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. In all seven PBA Regions, the player who accumulates the highest number of competition points in the regionfs four animal pattern events (Cheetah, Scorpion, Chameleon and Viper) will earn a World Series entry, whether or not he participates in the goptionalh entry program.
For complete PBA regional schedule and entry information, visit pba.com and click on gRegional Toursh under the Schedules tab.
PBA SENIOR gROOKIE OF THE YEARh RACE ENTERS HOME STRETCH
The 2012 PBA Senior Tour heads into its home stretch next week with the Senior South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., and both the PBA Senior Player of the Year and Senior Rookie of the Year races are on the line.
While PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., holds a commanding 16-point lead in the Player of the Year race, the Senior Rookie of the Year contest - which will be decided by news media-PBA member balloting at the conclusion of the season - is wide open. Thus far in the season, grookiesh Lennie Boresch Jr., Bob Learn Jr., Amleto Monacelli and Mike Edwards have each won a title.
The Hammond tournament is set for Aug. 6-9, followed by the end-of-season Senior Decatur (Ill.) Open at Spare Times Lanes Aug. 11-14. Other highlights as the curtain falls on the Senior Tour season is the return of PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia after mid-season surgery on his non-bowling shoulder, and the final event in fellow PBA Hall of Famer Dave Soutarfs 51-year bowling career in Decatur. Xtra Frame will provide live online coverage of the Decatur event.
XTRA FRAMEfS NEXT STOP: TEEN MASTERS GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP
Xtra Framefs next stop is Vanderbilt Hall in New York Cityfs Grand Central Terminal where PBAfs online bowling channel will provide exclusive live coverage of the finals of the 15th Teen Masters, Aug. 5-8. In addition to crowning boysf and girlsf high school division champions, the winners of those two divisions will meet in a head-to-head Teen Masters Grand Championship match with a $64,000 gfull rideh scholarship package at stake.
Following the Teen Masters, Xtra Frame will make a stop in the Midwest to cover the 2012 PBA Senior Tour finale, the Senior Decatur Open presented by Brunswick, Aug. 13-14 from Spare Time Lanes in Decatur, Ill.
Then Xtra Frame heads back to Reno, Nev., to cover the Reno Tri-Propertiesf (Eldorado Hotel/Casino, Circus Circus and Silver Legacy Resort/Casino) new Silverado National Open tournament Aug. 26-29 at the National Bowling Stadium.
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PBA Hall of Famer Bob Strampe, who was ranked 50th on the list of the PBAfs 50 Greatest Players in 2009, will be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on Aug. 16 at the historic Gem Theater in downtown Detroit. Strampe won seven PBA Tour titles including the 1964 PBA National Championship, the 1964 BPAA All Star and the 1966 USBC Masters.
Storm Bowling Shoes have joined the lineup of PBA Registered Products, and are now eligible for use in PBA competition.
Reminder: Saturday, Aug. 11, is National Bowling Day. On National Bowling Day, America will bowl for free - anyone and everyone can go to GoBowling.com to access a free game coupon and find participating centers closest to them. The coupon can also be accessed by "liking" the GoBowling Facebook page. Select centers will also host special events that include activities for all ages, quick and easy league sign-up, free coaching clinics and other fun events.
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