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December 17 2011 Bowling Newsletter

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What Is The Measure?
"What is the measure?" We, each of us, decide what the "measure" really is. Ultimately, it is within each of us to decide what, where, or how far we want to take our game of bowling.


Bill Vint | PBA Media Relations
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PBA Spare Shots


A series of new “Read Between the Lanes” promotional spots for PBA Tour events are ready to begin airing on ESPN, but you can preview them now on To check out the new spots, visit the PBA’s official page:

In addition to the new ESPN spots, you can find a wide variety of additional PBA video clips on PBA’s YouTube page.

The new ESPN spots include a “How To” advice clip (in 15- and 30-second versions), and clips on Majors, Majors’ Strategies and one devoted to Jason Belmonte’s two-handed style.

"We’re proud of these spots, which accentuate virtues of our sport and the PBA through the words of some of our greatest stars," said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark.


Four-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash has assembled the entire Brunswick and DV8 Pro Staff for a three-day, world-class Brunswick Bowling Camp at Brunswick Zone XL in Romeoville, Ill., July 6-8.

“The idea is to use everyone on our staff – nine exceptional players who do everything the game has ever seen – so we’ll be able to do multiple things throughout the camp,” Rash said. “We have high-rev players, a two-hander, a left-hander, strokers, PBA hall of famers, you name it.”

The Brunswick/DV8 staffers who have joined forces to host the unique camp include PBA Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Parker Bohn III, high-rev players Rash, Tom Smallwood and Ronnie Russell, two-hander Brian Valenta, left-hander Ryan Ciminelli, and PBA Tour veterans Mike Machuga and Chris Loschetter.

The camp will include three “9 to 5” days of intense instruction and analysis, including videotaping, classroom discussion, hands-on experience with lane conditions, bowling equipment analysis, and discussions on tournament preparations and mental attitudes. The $1,200 tuition fee ($1,300 after March 1) will include four new bowling balls (two Brunswick, two DV8), two shirts, breakfast and lunch each day, a coaching manual, videotaping and tickets to a Chicago White Sox game.

“We’re looking for anyone and everyone, from those who average 120 to players who average 210 and want to learn what it takes to reach the PBA level,” Rash said. “Age doesn’t matter.”

For more information, send Rash an e-mail message at or visit


Turbo Bowling Accessories has arranged with the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas, to set up a tribute account to purchase a commemorative brick in the name of PBA Senior Tour player and tournament organizer Mel Wolf who lost his battle with cancer on Dec. 6.

The total amount of contributions will determine the size of the brick honoring Wolf. The brick will be installed in the walkway to the front entrance of the IBM/HF. For details on the commemorative brick program, visit and select “Support.” Donations may be sent through PayPal (also located on the website) or mailed directly to: IBM/HF, 621 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, TX 76011.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our friend and fellow Senior Tour member Mel Wolf,” said Turbo Bowling Accessories CEO Dave Bernhardt. “Mel was a sincere and gracious man who truly loved the sport of bowling. He will be missed by all.”

A tax-deductible receipt will be sent to the donor and an acknowledgement letter will be sent to the family listing those friends and relatives who make donations. The brick will be installed next spring and a picture can be sent to anyone requesting it.


Xtra Frame, PBA’s official online bowling channel, continues its free pre- and post-game shows this week with the PBA World Championship Billy Hardwick Division finals, beginning with a pre-game introduction that is currently available on

Pre-game shows for all PBA Tour events 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 and click on the Xtra Frame logo.


Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Ore.; Ron Mohr, a newly-relocated Las Vegas resident, and amateur Patrick Foley of Sparks, Nev., were title winners in a PBA Sands Regency Tri-Regional tripleheader at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., over the Dec. 11 weekend.

Smith posted a 10-1-1 match play record and a 24-game total of 5,950 pins on Sunday to win the standard PBA Sands Regency Tri Regional presented by Ebonite. Smith, who earned $2,000, defeated Eddie VanDaniker Jr., of Essex, Mass., by 105 pins.

In the companion Senior Open, Mohr, a former resident of Eagle River, Alaska, went 11-1 and knocked down 5,838 total pins for 24 games to top Rob Cline of Spokane, Wash., for his third West Region Senior Regional title and $1,500. Cline had 5,722 pins, 116 behind Mohr.

On Friday, Foley defeated Wayne Stellick of Aurora, Colo., 214-173, to win the PBA West Region Non-Champions event. Foley, as a non-member, will not receive credit for a PBA title, but he did earn $1,400.

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 will then take a holiday break before resuming in January. For complete Regional tournament schedules and entry information, visit and click on “Regional Tour” under the “Schedules” drop-down tab.

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