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December 24 2011 Bowling Newsletter

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The Power Step
Could this be why I'm losing leverage in my release? Could this be why I seem to be hitting a plateau in my bowling average? Why is it that I am leaving every pin in the back row on most nights that I bowl?

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PBA Spare Shots


The PBA’s All-In Showdown, a winner-take-all special event with a $5,000 entry fee, will return to the program as the kickoff event for the inaugural Xtra Frame Tour event in Fountain Valley, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 20.

The second All-In Showdown of the season follows the inaugural event held during the PBA World Series of Bowling, where Tommy Jones topped a field of eight players, including Sean Rash in the final two-game match of the All-In Showdown, 446-426, for a $45,000 payoff.

The new Xtra Frame Tour Cheetah Open presented by Ebonite is set for Jan. 20-22, starting with practice and pro-ams on Friday plus the renewal of the All-In Showdown at 2:30 p.m. PT. The All-In Showdown, along with Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s match play rounds, will be webcast live, exclusively on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel (for subscription details, visit

Instead of the WSOB “survival” format where half of the field advanced in each round, the Fountain Valley Showdown will feature two-game, head-to-head elimination matches. Opponents and lane assignments will be decided by blind draw. Competition will be conducted on the PBA’s Cheetah pattern.

The Fountain Valley version of the All-In Showdown will be slightly different than the World Series version: while the entry fee remains $5,000 and the winner will take the full prize fund, entries will be accepted in blocks of two, four or a maximum of eight to ensure there will be no “bye” rounds. Example: if three players enter, the third player will be placed on standby until a fourth entry is paid. If there are four entries, entries no. 5, 6 and 7 will be on standby until a capacity field of eight is achieved.

Players can enter the Xtra Frame Tour Cheetah Open on Players can enter the All-In Showdown by calling Barb Wilt at the PBA office (206-654-6025). Entries will be accepted on a first-come basis.


Xtra Frame, PBA’s official online bowling channel, continues its free pre- and post-game shows next week with the PBA World Championship Johnny Petraglia Division finals, beginning with a pre-game introduction that will debut on Wednesday on The Petraglia Division, the third of four elimination rounds leading up to the January 15 PBA World Championship finals on ESPN, features top qualifier Sean Rash, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, third-year Tour player and one-time titlist Ryan Ciminelli and journeyman Nathan Bohr who is making his PBA TV debut.

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.


George Lord of Lakeland, Fla., and his son James Lord of Ft. Mill, S.C., swept PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker, King, N.C., and 13-time PBA Tour titlist Patrick Allen, Baltimore, in the best-of-three-game title match Sunday at Wayne Lanes in Waynesboro, Va., to win the PBA South Region Decker Appraisal Service Doubles presented by Hammer.

The Lords won the first doubles games, 447-373, and put the title away with a 459-396 victory in game two. The win was George Lord’s second in senior regional competition and the first for his son, who also became eligible to enter the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions. The Lords earned $3,200 as a team while the team of Baker and Allen earned $2,000. In a teary acceptance speech both father and son acknowledged how much it meant to win a PBA title together.

Regional competition will resume 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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