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June 11 2011 Bowling Newsletter

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If You Don't Have A Spare Ball
The urethane ball bowler who cannot afford (or refuses) to get a second ball and the plastic ball bowler who cannot afford (or refuses) to get a second ball but has the ball leverage drilled like in the late-60's and early 70's.

Bill Vint | PBA Media Relations
Professional Bowlers Association
719 Second Avenue, Suite 701
Seattle, WA 98104

PBA Spare Shots

Bowlers Journal International, Powerhouse and Xtra Frame, the official video service of the PBA are teaming up to provide "Bowlers Journal on Xtra Frame" coverage of 2011 International Bowl Expo at AMF Showplace Lanes in Euless and the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas, June 28-30.

Mike (Mike J. Laneside) Jakubowski and Jason ("Uncensored") Thomas will provide coverage from Ebonite's product showcase at Showplace Lanes on June 28 as a prelude to bowling industry interviews and features from the trade show floor at 2011 International Bowl Expo on June 29 and 30. Xtra Frame's Jackie Bowling will be in Texas to provide "Powerhouse Reports" during this year's "Bowlers Journal on Xtra Frame" Bowl Expo expanded coverage.

"On-demand" coverage also will include interviews during "A Night on the Campus" from the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, on June 29. Clips of the coverage will be available on PBA's YouTube channel with full content available at no charge on the free section of Xtra Frame's Neulion platform at

Hot topics around the sport of bowling will be covered in addition to interviews and features with top players, industry leaders, manufacturers and product representatives. "Bowlers Journal on Xtra Frame" returns for a second year with expanded coverage that began with 2010 Bowl Expo in Las Vegas, Nev.

Xtra Frame,’s exclusive video-streaming service, will be on site at Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas to cover the match play and stepladder finals rounds of the PBA Senior U.S. Open on June 16 and 17.

Xtra Frame will cover the final three eight-game match play rounds on Thursday, June 16, at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. Pacific), and Friday, June 17, at 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT) and 3 p.m. (noon PT). Xtra Frame will then cover the four-player stepladder finals beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT).

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

A field of more than 220 of the world’s best professional and amateur bowlers ages 50 and older will begin competition in the Senior U.S. Open at the Suncoast Bowling Center on Monday, June 13. PBA Hall of Famer Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, is defending champion.

Professional Bowlers Association fans are invited to order their own custom-designed Gemini bowling jerseys – the same shirts all Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour stars wear in competition – at a discount during a special limited-time promotion.

For details on how to order your own jersey, visit or Enter the promotional code PBAG2 for a 10 percent discount. Gemini jerseys are available in a variety of styles, starting as low as $36.

After qualifying 10th for the match play finals, Ryan Shafer of Horesheads, N.Y., ran off 11 consecutive match play wins on his way to his 16th career PBA Regional title in the PBA East Region Forest Hill Lanes Open in Forest Hill, Md., on June 5.

Shafer, who finished with a 14-2 match play record and a 24-game total of 5,436 pins including match play bonus pins, topped John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, N.Y., by 61 pins for the $5,000 first prize. Fellow Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt player Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pa., finished third and Dan MacLelland of Saginaw, Mich., was fourth.

Wayne Garber of Modesto, Calif., defeated Mike Fagan of Patchoque, N.Y., 238-202, to win his second straight PBA West/Northwest Regional title in the Don Johnson Memorial Regional at 4th Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif., on June 5. Garber earned $2,500 along with his ninth career regional title. Reigning PBA Rookie of the Year Scott Norton of Costa Mesa, Calif., finished third, losing to J.T. Jackson of Tarzana, Calif., in the second stepladder match. Garber then defeated Jackson, 235-210, to advance to the championship match.

In the PBA Midwest Region, Jason Wojnar of Chicago defeated 2011 USBC Masters champion Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, 242-240, to win the 3-D Bowl Open sponsored by American Family Insurance in Island Lake, Ill., on June 5. The title was Wojnar’s first of the year and the third regional title of his career. He also earned $2,400. Hess defeated Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 279-168, to advance to the title match.

Also on June 5, Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., defeated George Hall of Genoa, Ill., 210-184, to win the joint Midwest/Central Wood Dale Bowl Senior Open sponsored by Allstate. The win was Sullins’ second in two weeks and the 17th combined standard/senior regional title of his career. He earned $1,500.

Over Memorial Day weekend, Sullins and Ricky Beck of Box Elder, S.C., were winners in the one-day joint PBA Midwest/Central Senior Regionals at Town and Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill. Sullins defeated Tom Hinz of Joliet, 248-236, to win the $1,200 first prize and his 16th career PBA Regional title in Saturday’s one-day event. Beck topped Dan Miner of Moline, Ill., 213-185, in Sunday’s finale, also earning $1,200 along with his first PBA Senior Regional title. Both were sponsored by Allstate Insurance.

PBA Regional action continues this week with the PBA West Region Saguaro Senior Open Tuesday-Thursday at Johnson Lanes in Sun City West, Ariz., followed by three weekend events. The PBA South Region will conduct its second annual Fran Bohlman Memorial at Avalon Bowl in Milton, Fla., Friday through Saturday, and the Central Region will host the joint Central/Midwest Terre Haute Open at Terre Haute Bowling Center in Terre Haute, Ind. For more information, visit and click on the “Regional Tours” link on the “Schedules” drop-down menu.

Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., defeated 2011 Collegiate Woman Bowler of the Year Jazreel Tan of Singapore to win the Open Masters women’s division of the 44th Singapore International Open at Orchid Bowl in Singapore on June 4.

Kulick, the only non-Asian woman in the 30-player Masters final, averaged 212.69 over 16 games to earn the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals, giving her the advantage of having to lose twice to lose the title. Tan, who bowled for Wichita State University, defeated the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions winner in their first match, 215-196, but Kulick rebounded with a 226-210 win to claim the first prize of approximately $4,880 in U.S. dollars.

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