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April 7 2012 Bowling Newsletter

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Bowling Ball Weight, Fit, and Grip
If you have any aches and pains in or around the areas of any of your body joints or your hands, take a look at the three aspects I covered today. There's something wrong with your style and how you're throwing the ball if you're having these aches and pains.


Bill Vint | PBA Media Relations
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PBA Spare Shots

The “good ol’ days” of bowling never would have allowed PBA fans to follow the action in the PBA Tournament of Champions like they’ll be able to follow the 2012 event.

Beginning Monday and continuing through the end of Round of 36 match play on Friday, April 13, PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, will provide wall-to-wall coverage of the Champions Field, Elite Field and Round of 36 competition. A one-month subscription for $7.99 will provide access to the entire event, including a live post-finals show immediately following the live ESPN finals at 2:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. Pacific) on Sunday, April 15.

In addition to Xtra Frame, a group of players bowling in the tournament will provide their own unique viewpoints via their Twitter and Facebook pages. For a lineup of Twitter and Facebook participants, visit and click on the special “Twitter” link.

Tickets are now available to the public for the PBA Hall of Fame induction dinner which will be held as part of the PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Resort next week. The Hall of Fame dinner, featuring the inductions of 16-time PBA Tour champion Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., and 11-time PBA Senior Tour star Gene Stus of Taylor, Mich., is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Red Rock.

Individual tickets are $125. To order hall of fame dinner tickets, or tickets for any session of the Tournament of Champions, click on the “tickets” link on the home page.

A special “Champions Squad Regional” has been added to the PBA Tournament of Champions lineup as an optional event. For an additional $250 entry fee, bowlers entered in the Champions Field (limited to PBA regional, Senior Tour and Women’s Series title winners) will use the scores bowled during their 14-game qualifying event to compete for a $4,000 first prize (based on 96 entries) and a PBA Regional title.

Bowlers in the Champions Field will be able to enter the optional event on-site. Two seven-game Champions Field qualifying rounds are scheduled for Monday, April 8.

Kelly Kulick’s participation in a bowling ball-oriented commercial for Bridgestone Tires is now airing, but two special promotional “teaser” videos related to the advertising spot also are posted on YouTube.

Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., continued his domination in the PBA Northwest Region, defeating Bob Davidson of Seattle, 256-230, to win the Northwest Region Pawn Brokers Cheetah Open at Bowl Arena in Ft. Lewis, Wash., on Sunday, April 1 – opening day for the 2012-13 season for regional players.

Warren, who won a Northwest Region-record seven titles during the 2011-12 season, also picked up his 35th career regional title and a $2,000 prize.

Tony Reyes of San Bruno, Calif., was eliminated in the Round of 8 in Ft. Lewis, but he earned a paid entry into the 2012 PBA World Series of Bowling as high finisher among players who entered the optional Northwest Region Cheetah Open “animal pattern” competition.

In the companion Senior Open, Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., defeated Trent Zabelle of Beaverton, Ore., 249-172, for his third Northwest Region senior title. He also earned $1,200.

The Pawn Brokers Cheetah Open also included a Teen Masters qualifier. Heather Lundgren of Colbert, Wash., qualified in the girls’ high school division with a score of 1,370 for 8 games. In the boys’ high school division, Kyle Nichols of Blaine, Wash., set the pace with a score of 1,479 for the 8 games. Both qualified for the Teen Masters national finals which will be held July 8-12 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The weekend’s only other regional event was in Carpentersville, Ill., where Mitch Jabczenski of Novi, Mich., defeated Todd Kjell of Roscoe, Ill., 197-192, to win the joint PBA Midwest/Central Region Liberty Lanes Senior Open sponsored by Allstate Insurance on Sunday. The title was Jabczenski’s ninth in PBA Regional competition. He earned $1,500 along with his title.

Over the April 6-8 weekend, South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas will host the PBA West Region’s Member/Non-Member Doubles plus a West Region Non-Champions event. The PBA Southwest returns to action with the Del-Mar Lanes Etonic Challenge for non-champions in Houston, Texas.

For complete PBA Regional schedules and entry information, visit, click on “Regional Tour” under the Schedules tab, and click on the link to the region of interest. For Teen Masters information, visit


PBA Commissioner Tom Clark was guest speaker at the annual NAIA Invitational awards banquet Friday, March 30, in Indianapolis. The NAIA national men’s and women’s finals were being held at Western Bowl while the Xtra Frame Dick Weber PBA Playoffs presented by Hammer were underway at Woodland Bowl. A number of NAIA student-athletes took advantage of the situation to come over to Woodland Bowl to watch Saturday night’s PBA competition.

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