December 10 2011 Bowling Newsletter
Step By Step Is Best
We have to be sure we're performing the basics in the correct manner and then (and only then) can we move on to the next step. You see, part of the overall "Process" is to get the basics right, because if we don't, then we will be processing in the wrong way.
Bill Vint | PBA Media Relations
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PBA Spare Shots
ESPN3 TO SIMULCAST USBC MASTERS, U.S. OPEN, TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS FINALS
ESPN3 will simulcast the finals of the PBA Tour’s three remaining major championships, live online to a potential audience of nearly 70 million households.
The USBC Masters (Sunday, Jan. 29 at 12:30 p.m. ET), the 69th U.S. Open (Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. ET) and the season-ending PBA Tournament of Champions (Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m. ET) will not only air in HD on ESPN, but will be available to online viewers who have high-speed Internet or video subscription from an affiliated provider.
The programming also will be accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smart phones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE. Complete PBA coverage will also be available via WatchESPN online and on mobile and tablets devices for fans of an affiliated provider.
BELMONTE TOPS JONES TO WIN QUBICA/AMF WORLD CUP
Jason Belmonte gave Australia its first QubicaAMF World Cup men’s title on Wednesday, Dec. 7, defeating 13-time PBA Tour winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., 2-1, in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the best-of-three-game title match of the 47th World Cup.
After Jones won the first game, 279-259, Belmonte rallied to win the next two games, 247-216 and 259-236, for the title. Belmonte’s three-game 765 series in the title match was a World Cup record, one pin higher than the mark set by Norway’s Petter Hansen in 2004. Jones, Team USA’s male representative in the annual event, was top qualifier.
Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic became the second woman to win back-to-back World Cups, sweeping another former World Cup champion and two-time PBA Women’s Series titlist Diandra Asbaty of Chicago, 266-201, 202-199.
ENTRIES NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2012 PBA TOUR EVENTS
Entries are now being accepted for the 2012 portion of the current PBA Tour season. The entry form for 2012 events is available on pba.com under the “schedule” tab. Players can click on the individual tournament they are interested in entering. Members can also access the on-line system from that link as well.
Bowlers wishing to enter the USBC Masters should contact the USBC director (Brian Whitman at 800-514-2695, Ext. 8251) or visit bowl.com and enter under the “tournaments” tab.
XTRA FRAME TO AIR FREE PRE-, POST-GAME SHOWS STARTING WITH WBT FINALS
Xtra Frame, PBA’s official online bowling channel, will air free pre- and post-game shows for all 2011-12 PBA Tour finals, beginning Wednesday with a pre-game introduction to Sunday’s telecast of the Don Carter Division finals in the PBA World Championships series of telecasts.
Pre-game shows will be online on Wednesday afternoon preceding each Sunday telecast. A post-game show, featuring an interview with the tournament champion(s) and a discussion of equipment used during the finals, will be posted immediately after the telecast.
Xtra Frame subscribers also can access the archives within Xtra Frame for a recap of the individual tournaments leading up to the Sunday telecasts. For information on how to subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.
DAUGHERTY WINS SECOND STRAIGHT PBA SOUTH REGION TITLE
Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., defeated Scott Newell of Deland, Fla., 223-213, to win the PBA South Region Surfside Beach Open at Surfside Bowl on Sunday, Dec. 4, for his sixth career PBA Regional title and second in a row. Daugherty, who earned $2,700, also won in Jacksonville, Fla., in October in his last regional appearance.
The final pre-holiday season regional event will be the PBA South Region’s Waynesboro (Va.) Regular/Senior Doubles presented by Hammer at Wayne’s Lanes, Dec. 16-18. Regional competition around the country will resume in January.
For complete Regional tournament schedules and entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tour” under the “Schedules” drop-down tab.
Correction: England’s Dom Barrett defeated Mika Koivuniemi to win the Qatar Open, not the Dubai Open as noted in last week’s Spare Shots.
Reigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi made a holiday season visit to Houghton, Mich., where he visited the Mine Shaft bowling center to announce the formation of the Mika Koivuniemi Youth Scholarship Fund. The Hartland, Mich., resident participated in a pro-am, silent auction and bowling clinic, with all proceeds going to Koivuniemi’s new scholarship program.
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