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February 18 2012 Bowling Newsletter

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Learn How To Bowl Again
And by the way, go to the coach with an open mind because you have to acknowledge that the sport of bowling has changed and some new approaches to bowling better are now being taught.

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Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, will provide extensive qualifying and match play coverage of the 69th U.S. Open, which gets underway Tuesday, Feb. 21, when a field of 350 of the world’s top professional and amateur players from 11 different countries bowl their first eight qualifying games at Brunswick Zone-Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J.

Xtra Frame’s coverage will continue through the final round of match play on Saturday, Feb. 25, including the position round of match play when the four players who will advance to Sunday’s stepladder finals, televised live on ESPN at 3 p.m. ET, will be decided.

Xtra Frame’s schedule includes eight-game qualifying rounds Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday starting at 8 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. each day. Fridays’ coverage will include the cashers’ round at 9 a.m. and the first eight games of match play at 6 p.m. Saturday’s match play coverage begins at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. All times are Eastern.

U.S. Open coverage followed the Xtra Frame Tour Ricart Ford Open from Sequoia Pro Bowl in Columbus, Ohio, which will be webcast live in its entirety on Xtra Frame Saturday and Sunday.

PBA fans around the world can follow all of the Ricart Ford Open and U.S. Open coverage for the $7.99 monthly rate. A full-year subscription costs $64.99. In addition to live coverage, subscribers have access to a complete library of previous telecasts, coaching segments, new product discussions and much more. To subscribe, visit and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

The deadline for PBA Regional players to earn points for the Xtra Frame Dick Weber PBA Playoffs is closing in. Remaining qualifying events leading up to the February 26 deadline include the PBA South Region Dave Edwards Spartanburg Senior Open presented by Etonic, Feb. 17-19, at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C.; and the PBA Central/Midwest Region Eastown Recreation Center Open presented by Hammer, Feb. 24-26, in Jasper, Ind., and the PBA Midwest/Central Region Showtime Lanes Senior Open sponsored by Allstate Insurance, Feb. 24-26, in Virden, Ill.

The Xtra Frame Dick Weber PBA Playoffs is set for March 30-April 1 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. Fifteen players from six PBA Regional programs (East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest and West/Northwest) will qualify for the playoffs along with the top 66 players on the 2011-12 PBA Tour points list and the top 11 PBA Senior Tour players based on their 2011 points list. The field of 156 will meet in Indianapolis to bowl elimination rounds within their respective regional groups leading up to Regional, Conference and Championship rounds.

The PBA Regional schedule for March 2-4 includes the Midwest/Central Region Plamor Lanes Open presented by Brunswick in Muscatine, Iowa; the South Region New Liberty Lanes Open in Pensacola, Fla., and the Southwest Region Duncan Etonic Open at Freedom Lanes in Duncan, Okla.

For complete Regional tournament schedules and entry information, visit and click on “Regional Tour” under the “Schedules” drop-down tab.

Tommy Jones is beginning to love bowling in Japan. Jones, who won his 13th and most recent PBA Tour title in the 2010 Japan Cup, claimed the $77,500 first prize in the 2012 International Bowling Championship supported by DHC Hakata Star Lanes in Hakata, Japan, Saturday, Feb. 11, defeating fellow PBA Tour star Mika Koivuniemi, 290-204, in the title match.

The International Bowling Championship was the fourth stop of the World Tenpin Bowling Association’s 2012 World Bowling Tour. Koivuniemi, who earned $38,500, defeated South Korea’s Choi Bok-Eum, 226-211, to advance to the title match after Choi eliminated Malaysia’s Zulmazran Zulkifli, 241-198.

Zulkifli won the opening six-man shootout match, nationally-televised in Japan, and just missed a $125,000 perfect game bonus when he fired a 298 game to eliminate Mike Fagan (267), Dan MacLelland (248), Chris Barnes (224), Park Kyung-Sin and Shota Kawazoe (182). Other PBA Tour players among the 24 finalists were Scott Norton, 10th; Bill O’Neill, 14th; Sean Rash, 18th, and Patrick Allen, 22nd.

Jones, Koivuniemi, Barnes, O’Neill, Rash and Allen were among 10 PBA Tour players who earned invitations to participate in the event based upon their rankings among the leaders on the 2010-11 PBA Tour competition points list.

In the companion women’s event, Cherie Tan of Singapore won the $77,500 first prize, defeating Malaysia’s Dayang Khairuniza, 218-179. Tan ousted South Korea’s Jeon Eun-Hee in the semifinal match after Jeon eliminated PBA member Missy Parkin, 224-206. Parkin won the women’s shootout match, rolling a 267 game to eliminate Wendy Macpherson (246), Maki Nakano (218), Zandra Aziela (212), Mari Kimura (208) and Carol Gianotti (183). Other past and present PBA members among the women’s finalists were Diandra Asbaty, 13th; Kelly Kulick, 15th, and Shannon Pluhowsky, 22nd.

The WBT points leaders after the DHC Japan event, based on cumulative points earned in 2011 and 2012, include: Mika Koivuniemi, 308; Mike Fagan, 237; Chris Barnes, 195; Sean Rash, 162, and Tommy Jones, 144. Women’s points leaders are: Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, 186; Kelly Kulick, 167; Liz Johnson, 155; Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 151, and Missy Parkin, 145. The top three in each division following the 2012 Australian Masters will advance to the WBT Finals presented by the PBA as part of the 2012 PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas in November.

The third of four exclusive Xtra Frame Tour events, the Detroit Open presented by Track, is set for Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., March 11-12. At stake is a $10,000 first prize, a PBA Tour title and an automatic berth in the Round of 36 in the PBA Tournament of Champions April 8-15 at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas.

The Xtra Frame Detroit Open will be webcast live, exclusively on the PBA’s online bowling channel to an international audience beginning with Saturday’s qualifying squads at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET. All of Sunday’s match play competition will be webcast with squads at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. leading up to the four-player stepladder finals at 6 p.m. Full-year and monthly subscriptions to Xtra Frame are available on

It’s one man’s opinion, but an Internet blogger named Steve writes: “Any serious bowler who wants to get better and can afford $7.95 a month or $65 a year for Xtra Frame is crazy not to subscribe and start soaking up like a thirsty sponge the incredible information offered. And if you do subscribe and miss events like what I just described, you can always catch them in the archives and go over them as many times as you wish to learn everything you can and want to learn from them.”

Veteran PBA Senior Tour competitor Robert McDonald of Addison, Ill., died on Feb. 5 after a lengthy battle with pulmonary lung disease. He was 71. McDonald bowled in 112 PBA Senior Tour events, and almost as many PBA Senior Regional tournaments. In his first tournament as a PBA member, McDonald finished third in the 1993 ABC Senior Masters. He never won a national title, but he won four senior regional titles during a career which after he turned 50. He is survived by his companion, Joyce Hardy; six children, 22 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Two highly-visible and long-time personalities in the background at PBA Tour events have new roles. Storm Products Inc. has promoted long-time PBA Tour Consultant Chris Schlemer to a new position as Marketing Manager for Roto Grip, and the company has hired PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr. to fill Schlemer’s role as PBA Tour Consultant.

March 1 is the “early bird” enrollment deadline for a new three-day, world-class Brunswick Bowling Camp hosted by Sean Rash and the entire Brunswick/DV8 pro staff. The event will be held at Brunswick Zone XL in Romeoville, Ill., July 6-8. PBA Tour players who will be involved in the 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 early enrollment fee is $1,200 ($1,300 after March 1). For more information, contact Rash at or visit

PBA Hall of Famers Nelson Burton Jr., Johnny Petraglia and Walter Ray Williams Jr. will be on hand for the 28th annual Frank Bacom Memorial Strike-A-Thon, a benefit for the Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, Sunday, March 18 at Brookfield Lanes in Brookfield, Conn. Burton, who has participated in all 28 fundraisers, has helped raise more than $200,000 for the hospice. For more information, contact Frank Acri with the Danbury News Times (, cell phone: 203-733-7956).

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