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August 27 2011 Bowling Newsletter

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Organize Yourself
I do this because many of us start out as recreational bowlers and, by the time we're entering leagues and tournaments, our mindset is such that we think we can continue to advance ourselves by doing the same thing we've always been doing - that is, "on our own."

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PBA Spare Shots

The PBA Senior Tour will complete its 2011 season next week and Xtra Frame,’s exclusive online video streaming service, will be on hand to cover the finale. Xtra Frame will be on-site at Capril Lanes in Dayton, Ohio, Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 29-30, for the final rounds of the PBA Senior Dayton Classic. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

PBA fans also can watch the conclusion to qualifying and the complete match play finals of the PBA Senior Jackson Open from Airport Lanes in Jackson, Mich., today and Thursday, Aug. 24 and 25.

Heading into the Senior Jackson Open, Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, held a 26-point lead over Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., and a 30-point lead over Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., in the Senior Player of the Year points race. With 16 points awarded for a win, 8 points for second place, 4 points for third and 2 points for a fourth-place finish, Mohr needs to finish third or higher in either of the last two events to clinch at least a share of the title he won in 2009.

PBA Regional Roundup:
Former PBA Tour exempt player Brian Waliczek of Birch Run, Mich. defeated Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, 189-132, to win the PBA Central Region’s fourth annual Lefeld Implement Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes Sunday, Aug. 21. The title was Waliczek’s seventh in PBA Regional competition and earned him a $4,000 prize.

Also in the Central Region, a number of PBA Senior Tour stars made a stop at Al-Mar Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio, between the Decatur and Jackson, Mich., tour events. Tom Baker of King, N.C., defeated Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., 234-197, on Friday, Aug. 19, to win the Progressive/Gerdeman Insurance Agency Senior Classic and a $3,500 first prize. It was Baker’s 22nd overall PBA Regional title.

In the PBA East Region, Brent Hunter of Glenville, Pa., defeated Tommy Brodowski of New Hyde Park, N.Y., 237-204, to win the Colony Park Lanes Senior Open at Colony Park Lanes East in York, Pa., Sunday for his first PBA Regional title. The win qualifies Hunter for the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions, which will be held at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas next April.

In the PBA South Region, Jason Sterner of McDougal, Ga., won seven of eight matches and went on to record a 94-pin victory over Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., in the Budweiser Columbia (S.C.) Open at Royal Z Lanes Sunday. Sterner, who was in third place after 13 qualifying games, finished match play with a 21-game total of 5,281 pins to claim his sixth career PBA Regional title and the $2,500 first prize.

In Chillicothe, Mo., amateur Dave Williams Jr. of Omaha, Neb., defeated Duane Kilts of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 255-212, to win the PBA Midwest Region Fast Lane Non-Champions Challenger Open on Sunday. Because he is an amateur, Williams does not earn eligibility for the PBA Tournament of Champions.

In the Southwest Region, amateur Robert Klann from Cibola, Texas, defeated two-time defending champion Nathan Bohr of Wichita, Kan., 255-215, to win the 15th annual Killeen Open at Hallmark Lanes in Killeen, Texas, on Sunday. Klann, a recent Lindenwood University graduate bowling in only his second PBA Regional, won all seven single-elimination match games on his way to his first PBA win. As a non-member, however, Klann doesn’t qualify for the PBA Tournament of Champions.

In the PBA Northwest Region, Erik Hohlbein of Renton, Wash., posted a 9-3 match play record and compiled a total of 4,859 pins Sunday to win his fifth career regional title in the Dave Husted Northwest Open at Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore. Hohlbein, who earned $2,000, defeated Bob Davidson of Seattle by 247 pins for the title.

Next weekend’s round of PBA Regional events includes the PBA East Region Mil-Ray Foods Open at 30 Strikes in Stratford, N.J.; the Midwest Region Premiere Bowling and Entertainment Center Open in Pleasant Hill, Iowa; the PBA Southwest Region Greenville (Texas) Open at DB’s Sports Grill and Bowling, and the West Region’s Pain Center Open at Johnson Lanes in Sun City West, Ariz. All are Friday-Sunday events.

For complete Regional tournament schedules and entry information, visit and click on “Regional Tour” under the “Schedules” drop-down tab.

England’s Dominic Barrett defeated PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss, 484-465, in the two-game title match of the BNC Open at BNC Bowling Center in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Sunday, Aug. 21.

The World Tenpin Bowling Association’s fledgling World Bowling Tour has already booked a new event for the 2012 season. The WBT will include the Bahamas International Bowling Classic, Feb. 27-March 4 at Mario's Bowling and Entertainment Palace, a new 50-lane bowling center in Nassau. It will mark the first time a World Bowling Tour event will be held in the American Zone outside of the United States.

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