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May 5 2012 Bowling Newsletter

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Reading Oil Pattrn Graphs
This is not an exact science - is there anything in our sport that is?; but, it does give us a starting point of where we can begin playing the lanes, what ball to start with, and how soon should we start adjusting.

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Live Xtra Frame programming returns May 15-17 with coverage of the PBA Senior Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip from Capri Lanes in Dayton, Ohio.

Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, will coverage qualifying rounds at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, and Wednesday, May 16, along with full coverage of round-robin match play rounds on Thursday at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., leading into the four-player stepladder finals at 7 p.m. All times are Eastern.

Also on the Xtra Frame schedule in the weeks ahead will be live coverage of the Etonic PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Suncoast, June 4-8, from Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas and the PBA Senior Decatur Open presented by Brunswick, Aug. 12-14, from Spare Time Lanes in Decatur, Ill.

The USBC Senior Masters will be covered on USBC’s BowlTV on, June 10-15, from Sunset Station in Las Vegas.

To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit and click on the Xtra Frame link.

Four-time PBA champion and PBA Player of the Year contender Mike Fagan of Dallas defeated two-time WTBA world champion Clara Guerrero of Colombia, 469-446, to win the two-game title match in the third Track Dream Bowl Palace Open on April 29 in Munich, Germany.

For Fagan, the European Bowling Tour title was the fifth of his career and the second of 2012. He also won the Brunswick Euro Challenge in France in March, an event which also gave him a PBA Tour title as part of a new alliance between the PBA and the World Tenpin Bowling Association.

In the wake of the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling where international players won seven of eight titles awarded, American PBA players have won four of the first seven European Bowling Tour titles awarded in 2012.

In the semifinal round, Guerrero eliminated England’s Stuart Williams, who won his first PBA Tour title in the 2011 WSOB Bayer Viper Open, 476-441, while Fagan ousted PBA Tournament of Champions winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 502-425. PBA Tour title winners Dom Barrett, England, and Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., were eliminated in the quarterfinal round.

PBA Hall of Famer Mark Roth, who continues to make remarkable strides in recovering from a stroke suffered in 2009, will participate in Upstate University Hospital’s Strikes Against Stroke fundraiser Sunday, May 6, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool, N.Y.

Upstate University Hospital played a key role in Roth’s extensive rehabilitation.

“(Mark) has come a long way, but it’s been a lot of work,” said his wife, Denise.

Proceeds from the fundraising event will help support patient and family education programs, direct patient care needs and community awareness programs. Entry fee for Strikes Against Stroke is $15 for stroke survivors; $20 for children under 12; and $30 for the general public. To register, call 315-464-8668. Registration is also available at the door the day of the event.

Adam Baer of Gettysburg, Pa., defeated Greg Ostrander of Wall, N.J., 192-190, to win the PBA East Region Rockaway Lanes Chameleon Open, $2,500 and his second PBA Regional title at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J., on Sunday, April 29.

Ostrander, however, earned the East Region’s first paid entry into the 2012 PBA World Series of Bowling as highest finisher among 21 players who entered the East Region’s optional “animal pattern” championship series competition. During the coming months, the East Region will also conduct Cheetah, Scorpion and Viper championship events. In addition, the player who earns the most competition points for all four animal pattern tournaments also will win a berth in the World Series of Bowling.

In the PBA Midwest Region, Nathan Michalowski of Burlington, Wis., defeated Don Breeden of Clive, Iowa, by 39 pins to win his first PBA Regional title in the Dutler’s Bowl Open presented by Etonic at Dutler’s Bowl in Mankato, Minn., Sunday. Michalowski finished with an 8-4 match play record and a total of 4,835 pins for 19 games, including match play bonus pins. He also earned $2,500.

In the PBA West/Northwest, Chris Warren continued his torrid pace, posting a 12-4 match play record and a 24-game total of 5,471 pins Sunday to win the PBA West/Northwest Regions Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif. Warren, who earned $2,500 along with his 36th career PBA Regional title, defeated Scott Boyle of Salida, Calif., by 119 pins.

In the companion Senior event, Ty Dawson of Sunnyvale, Calif., went 8-4 and knocked down 4,429 total pins for 20 games to top Jim Murtishaw of Menfee, Calif., by 111 pins for his second West Senior Regional title and a $1,600 prize.

PBA Regional activity heats up in May, including four more “animal pattern” championship events over the May 18-20 weekend.

This weekend includes the joint PBA Southwest/Midwest Junction City (Kan.) Hammer Open at Junction City Bowl, plus the PBA East Region’s King Pin Lanes Open presented by Brunswick in Rome, N.Y.

May 11-13 features the PBA Northwest Sunset Chevrolet Open and the Puyallup Senior Open presented by U.S. Foods, both at Daffodil Bowl in Puyallup, Wash.

May 18-20 includes four “animal pattern” championships: the PBA Central Region Baldo Campana Viper Open (and Senior Open) benefitting Lorain County Kids Fund at Rebman Recreation in Lorain, Ohio; the PBA Midwest Region Stars and Strikes Scorpion Open presented by Ebonite at Scott AFB, Illinois; the PBA Southwest Region Fort Sill (Okla.) Viper Open at Twin Oak Lanes, and the PBA West Region Battle at Black Oak Casino Cheetah Open at Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne, Calif. Also on the May 19-20 calendar is the PBA East Region Iroquois Lanes Senior Open in Canajoharie, N.Y.

For complete PBA Regional schedule and entry information, visit and click on “Regional Tours” under the Schedules tab.

Three great PBA championships that originally aired on ESPN will be re-broadcast on ESPN Classic in May. The thrilling 69th U.S. Open, won on a dramatic final strike by Pete Weber, airs Monday, May 7, at 11 p.m. The historic 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions won by Kelly Kulick airs on Monday, May 21, at 11:30 p.m. and the 2010 USBC Masters, won by Walter Ray Williams Jr., airs Monday, May 28, at 11 p.m. All times are Eastern.

The Bahamas International Bowling Classic, a WTBA World Bowling Tour event and one of the international tournaments scheduled as a PBA International Tour title competition, has been postponed indefinitely. The tournament was scheduled for May 14-20.

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