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July 24 2010 Bowling Newsletter

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Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt players Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas; Joe Ciccone of Buffalo, N.Y., and Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., were July 18 winners in PBA Regional competitions.

Barnes picked up his 20th career PBA Regional title, winning the PBA Southwest/Midwest Region Jonesboro Super Regional at Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark. Barnes ($5,000) beat Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill. ($2,500), 268-213, for his milestone victory.

In the PBA Central Region: Ciccone won his 12th PBA Regional title in the PBA Central Region Dan Kondas Memorial Open at Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Ciccone, who also won at Legend Lanes in 2003, donated $250 of his $2,700 first prize to the Dan Kondas Memorial Fund. He defeated J.R. Raymond of Belleville, Ill., by 189 pins in the total pinfall competition. Other top 10 finishers included 2010 PBA Regional Players Championship winner Riga Kalfas of Florence, Ky.; Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and 2010-11 exempt players Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., and Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich.

Bohn traveled cross-country to win the Northwest/West Region’s Secoma Lanes Open at Secoma Lanes in Federal Way, Wash. Bohn earned $4,000 for his 18th career PBA Regional victory, topping J.T. Jackson of Valley Village, Calif., by 100 pins in the total pinfall standings. Bohn collected $4,000.

Also at Secoma Lanes, Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash. – a 31-time PBA Regional winner – won his first PBA Senior Regional title victory in the Secoma Lanes Senior Open presented by Korum Ford by 92 pins over Matt Surina of Everett, Wash. Miller pocketed $2,000 for the win.

In the East Region, Gary Shultis of Levittown, N.Y., notched his ninth career PBA Regional title with a 219-172 victory over Mark Glover of Woodbridge, Va., in the Mil-Ray Foods Senior Open at Brunswick Zone Turnersville in Turnersville, N.J. Shultis earned $1,500.

Xtra Frame will provide final day coverage of the joint PBA Midwest/Central Region Thunderbowl Open from Thunderbowl in Mokena, Ill., on Sunday, Aug. 1, and the PBA Central/Midwest Terre Haute Open at Terre Haute Bowling Center in Terre Haute, Ind., on Sunday, Aug. 8.

All PBA title holders (National, Senior, Regional, Senior Regional, Women's Series champions) who are PBA members in good standing as of September 1 are eligible for the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions.

WATCH XTRA FRAME FOR TEEN MASTERS COVERAGE’s Xtra Frame, a subscription-based on-line video streaming service, will provide live coverage of the final three days of match play eliminations in the Teen Masters, Tuesday, July 27, through Thursday, July 30. To enroll as an Xtra Frame subscriber, visit and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

The Teen Masters will include more than 200 boys and girls bowling in pursuit of scholarships plus the first-ever opportunity for two top players from the Collegiate and two from the Teen Masters to bowl alongside the best bowlers in the world in the 2010 PBA World Series of Bowling, Oct. 24-Nov. 6, at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

Mika Koivuniemi, a native of Finland, helped Europe win the second Federation Cup July 13 in Barcelona, Spain, bowling with the winning European Tenpin Bowling Federation team and joining former countryman Osku Palermaa in winning men’s doubles. Koivuniemi also finished third in men’s singles and second in men’s all-events in the special competition between four-man and four-woman teams representing the World Tenpin Bowling Association’s European, Asian and American Zones.

The Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour had a strong presence on the leader board during the 32nd Ciutat de Barcelona Open at 14-lane Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain, July 13-18. Belgium star Gery Verbruggen won the $12,000 Euro top prize, defeating England’s Dominic Barrett, 224-196, in the title match. Right behind were Brian Voss in third place, Pete Weber fourth, England’s Stuart Williams fifth and Chris Loschetter seventh.

Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour champion Jason Belmonte of Australia and Vanessa Fung of Hong Kong captured the men’s and women's titles in the seventh event of the Asian Bowling Federation Tour season at Jaya Ancol Bowling Center in Jakarta, Indonesia, on July 18. In the men's finale, the two-handed Belmonte doubled in the 10th frame to beat local favorite Oscar (he goes by one name), 244-237.

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