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April 23 2011 Bowling Newsletter

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PBA Spare Shots

Dick Allen’s victory in the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs Sunday at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis marked the end of the first full season in PBA history without a multiple champion, dating back to the inaugural three-event 1959 season when Weber himself won two of the three events.

During the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season, 12 different champions were crowned in 12 different events: Eugene McCune (Brunswick Pro Bowling Cheetah Championship), Bill O’Neill (Pepsi Viper Championship), Scott Norton (Chameleon Championship), Yong-Jin Gu (Scorpion Championship), Osku Palermaa (GEICO Shark Championship), Chris Barnes (PBA World Championship), Mika Koivuniemi (PBA Tournament of Champions), Ryan Ciminelli (One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial), Tom Hess (Bayer USBC Masters), Norm Duke (Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open), Jason Couch (Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship) and Dick Allen (Dick Weber PBA Playoffs).

Among the 12, Norton, Palermaa, Ciminelli and Hess won their first PBA Tour titles. Gu is not credited with a PBA title because he was not a PBA member.

Sean Heath of Spokane, Wash., defeated J.T. Jackson of Tarzana, Calif., 222-193, to win the PBA West/Northwest Region Hickam Air Force Base Open at Hickam Lanes in Hawaii Sunday for his second regional title in four days and third overall, ending a 21-year dry spell between titles.

Heath, who earned $2,000 for Sunday’s title, also earned $2,000 on Thursday when he won the West/Northwest Region’s Hawaii Open at Pali Lanes in Kailua. In that event, he defeated Vayle Floria of Cerritos, Calif., 248-225, in the title match.

In the weekend’s only other PBA Regional event, Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa., defeated Charles Anderson of Sloatsburg, N.Y., 214-189, to win the PBA East Region Rockaway Lanes Open at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J., Sunday. It was Graham’s second career regional title and netted him a $2,700 prize.

Easter weekend’s limited schedule includes only a PBA West Region non-champions tournament Friday at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas followed by a PBA West member/non-member doubles event Friday through Sunday, also at South Point.

Four regional events are on the calendar for the April 29-May 1 weekend: the South Region Rocky Mountain Open at The Bowling Center in Rocky Mountain, N.C.; the East Region King Pin Lanes Open in Rome, N.Y.; a joint Southwest/Midwest Region Junction City Bowl Open in Junction City, Kan., and the Northwest Lithia C-J-D of Tri Cities Open Doubles event at Go Bowl in Pasco, Wash. For complete tournament entry and schedule information, visit the PBA website and click on the “Regional Tour” link on the “Schedules” drop down menu.

After completing his brilliant 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour campaign, 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions winner Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., has returned to Europe where he continues his dominant season.

The native Finlander defeated fellow Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt player Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, 279-225, in the title match of the QubicaAMF Open at Gladiator Arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia, for a €6,000 payday on April 10. Finland’s two-handed star, Osku Palermaa, finished third and Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., was fifth.

Two days later in the same center in Slovenia, Koivuniemi capped his winning 25-game European Bowling Tour Masters performance with a 300 game to win another €4,000. Sweden’s Martin Larsen finished second followed by Parker Bohn III in third place and Fagan in fifth.

Seven PBA stars have been named by the Team USA coaching staff to represent the United States in international competition later this year.

PBA champions Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla.; Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas; Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas; Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa.; Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., will compete in the Pan American Bowling Confederation Men's Championships from May 8-13 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The PABCON event will involve five-player team, trios, doubles, singles, all-events and match-play Masters for American Zone countries.

Barnes and O'Neill also will represent the U.S. in the Pan American Games, Oct. 24-27 in Guadalajara, while Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., has been named as Team USA’s representative in the QubicaAMF World Cup, Nov. 30-Dec. 7 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

J.R. Raymond of Saginaw, Mich., was selected as PBA Central Region Dan Ottman Rookie of the Year for the 2010-11 season based upon six cashes in 10 events including one runner-up finish. Raymond was overlooked in the recent announcement of PBA Regional award winners.

Chris and Lynda Barnes are hosting a “Strike Out Diabetes” fund-raiser on Saturday, June 4, at AMF Lewisville Lanes in Lewisville, Texas. Their goal is to raise $12,000 in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help fight type 1 diabetes, a condition their nine-year-old son Troy suffers from

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