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October 2 2010 Bowling Newsletter

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Timing Is Everything
The greater majority of people will have either early-timing or late-timing; the former resulting in a weak rolling ball, and the latter causing you to pull the ball left of target. Either way, your chances of getting a strike are very much against you.

Bill Vint | PBA Media Relations
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PBA Spare Shots

As expected, the 2010 PBA World Series reached its capacity of 256 players on Sept. 28, with former PBA Exempt Tour player Tony Reyes of San Bruno, Calif., claiming the final spot.

The next step is filling the spectator area at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas with PBA fans to help kick off the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season.

And during the first week of qualifying, you might find yourself seated next to Susie Anthony. The wife of the late PBA superstar Earl Anthony has confirmed she intends to attend the entire first week of World Series action to visit with old friends and watch the competition.

Tickets for all sessions of the World Series, set for Oct. 24-Nov. 6 at South Point are now on sale on the PBA website. For the practice sessions on Sunday, Oct. 24, and each of the “animal pattern” qualifying sessions Monday through Friday, Oct. 25-29, ticket prices are $10 for either the morning or afternoon/evening sessions, or $15 per day for “all day” passes.

For the Sunday, Oct. 31, practice session for the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark match play finalists, and for the five individual match play rounds, including Monday’s Cheetah and Viper finals; Tuesday’s Chameleon and Scorpion finals, and Wednesday’s Shark finals, are $15.

Tickets for the Cheetah, Viper and Chameleon TV finals at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, will be $20 per session or $50 for the full day. Tickets for the Scorpion, Shark and U.S.A. vs. The World finals on Saturday at 11 a.m., 3 and 5:30 p.m. also are $20 per session or $50 for the full day.

Players who are still hopeful of getting into the World Series field should get their names on the waiting list as soon as possible. Any late withdrawals will be filled on a first-come basis from the waiting list.

PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP powered by Xtra Frame
As Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour veteran Ryan Shafer knows only too well, not all victories in bowling are a thing of beauty. The Horseheads, N.Y., resident will likely remember his 15th career PBA Regional title fit that category after he defeated James Sonday of Exeter, Pa., 160-146, to win the PBA East Region’s Parkway Lanes Open in Elmwood Park, N.J., on Sept. 26.

Shafer, who earned $2,500 for his win, defeated Sonday’s older brother, P.J. Sonday of Luzerne, Pa., 225-183, to advance to the title match. James Sonday eliminated former exempt tour competitor Brian LeClair of Athens, N.Y., 198-181, in the other semifinal round match.

Also on Sept. 26, Lennie Boresch of Kenosha, Wis., defeated Tim Mack of Indianapolis, 235-198, to win the joint Midwest/Central Sparetime Lanes Open in Decatur. The title was Boresch’s second of the year and his 24th career regional title. He also earned $2,200.

Boresch defeated Jaros, 279-235, and Mack edged Mark London of Ingleside, Ill., 268-217, in the semifinal round.

Also on Sept. 26, Barry Mefford of Aurora, Ill., defeated Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., 233-214, to win the joint Central/Midwest Region Mel Westrich Senior Open at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio. The title was Mefford’s first of the year and his second career PBA Regional title. He earned $1,800 along with his title.

In Fort Smith, Ark., Andy Patterson of Tyler, Texas, defeated former PBA exempt tour player Nathan Bohr of Wichita, Kan., 232-225, to successfully defend his title at the eighth annual PBA Southwest Region Smith Open at Bowling World on Sept. 26 while Henry Gonzalez of Colorado Springs, Colo., defeated PBA Hall of Famer Gary Dickinson of Edmond, Okla., 209-179, to win the Senior portion of the same event.

Patterson, a former Texas Youth Bowler of the Year, won his first title at the 2009 Fort Smith Open and doubled in the 10th frame Sunday to deny Bohr his fourth Southwest Regional title of the year. Patterson won $2,600. PBA Exempt Tour competitor Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla., was eliminated by Bohr in the semifinal round, 236-213.

Gonzalez, winner of a combined 25 standard and senior PBA Regional events, won the first Senior event held in the PBA Southwest Region in 10 years. Gonzalez, who earned $1,600, defeated Phil Gessner of Spring, Texas, in his best-of-five-game semifinal round match, 3-0, while Dickinson had to overcome fellow PBA Hall of famer Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, 3-1.

On Sunday, Oct. 3, Xtra Frame will conclude its 2010 PBA Senior and Regional summer schedule with final-day coverage of the PBA South Region Camp LeJeune Open from Bonneyman Recreation Center in Camp LeJeune, N.C. Xtra Frame coverage will resume on Oct. 24 with comprehensive coverage of the 2010 PBA World Series of Bowling from South Point Lanes in Las Vegas.

All PBA title holders (National, Senior, Regional, Senior Regional, Women's Series champions) are reminded they must be PBA members in good standing as of Oct. 1 to be eligible for the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions in January at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas.

The new Women’s Museum in Dallas, the first comprehensive museum in the United States dedicated to the history of women in America, has opened a Kelly Kulick exhibit which features one of Kulick’s designer "Spider-man" shirts and an Ebonite Mission ball just like the one she used to win the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions.

The museum is located inside Fair Park where more than three million people will visit the Texas State Fair between Sept. 24 and Oct. 17. The Women’s Museum: an institute for the future, was developed in association with the Smithsonian Institution and chronicles the lives of American women through a series of state-of-the-art interactive exhibits that explore the contributions of women throughout American history.

PBA Central Region Manager Bobby Jakel of Lockport, Ill., was inducted into the Greater Joliet Area Bowling Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Sept. 25 in Channahon, Ill. Jakel, who got his start in bowling in the Joliet area youth program, later bowled for Illinois State University where he won the 1994 ACUI national singles championship.

As an adult league bowler, he has won city and Illinois state tournament titles, and owns an “eagle” as a member of the Joliet Town and Country Lanes’ team that shared the 2001 USBC Open Championships Regular Team title. Jakel has a personal-best 235 league average, 33 perfect games and a dozen 800 series.

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