FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Feb. 28, 2013)
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PBA MEMBERS SHINE IN USBC MASTERS
The 196 PBA members in the USBC Masters’ field of 468dominated the show at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J.
PBA members in the sold-out tournament field, which included12 women and players from 13 different countries, out-averaged their non-procounterparts by just over 10 pins per game (201.83 vs. 191.32) during the 15qualifying games. The average needed to make the 64-player match play finalswas 212.93 (up from 209.87 a year ago in Las Vegas).
Fifty PBA members and 14 non-members advanced todouble-elimination match play. Included in that group were nine internationalplayers, and no women.
Jason Belmonte of Australia became the secondinternational player to win the Masters (Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi wasthe first in 2000).
XTRA FRAME COVERAGE OFKOIVUNIEMI’S 7-10 SPLIT MAKES ESPN NEWS
Mika Koivuniemi’s successful 7-10 split conversionduring the final Elimination Bracket match of the USBC Masters, aired live onXtra Frame and ultimately was aired as the “Bud Light Play of the Day” onESPN’s SportsCenter Tuesday night.
The 7-10 conversion proved to be a very big shot forKoivuniemi. It helped him clinch the fifth spot in the ESPN stepladder finalsby 12 pins over Mike Machuga.
Speaking of Xtra Frame’s comprehensive coverage of theMasters, the PBA has learned the average Xtra Frame viewer spent 54 consecutiveminutes watching the live action.
In addition, ESPN’s “Pardon TheInterruption” hosts Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser celebratedthe one-year anniversary of Pete Weber’s famous "Who Do You ThinkYou Are? I Am!" moment after winning the 2012 U.S. Open during theirTuesday show.
MORE XTRA FRAME: PBA SOUTH REGION’S PENSACOLA OPEN, TOCCOVERAGE ON TAP
Xtra Frame will provide live coverage ofthe PBA South Region’s New Liberty Lanes South Open from Pensacola, Fla., thisweekend. The capacity field of 128 players will include JasonSterner of McDonough, Ga., who also will appear inthe ESPN coverage of the PBA Detroit Winter Swing’s Don Carter Classic Sundayat 3 p.m. ET. Mike J. Laneside and “The Bowling Guy,” Jason Thomas, willprovide 15-plus hours of live coverage in Pensacola, including qualifyingrounds on Saturday, March 2, starting at 8:40 a.m. and 2:10 p.m., followed bythe match play finals starting at 8:45 a.m. Sunday. All times are Eastern.
Also on tap is live coverage of all qualifying and matchplay rounds of the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions from Woodland Bowl inIndianapolis, March 27-29. Qualifying round coverage will begin at 9:40 a.m.and 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday, and 9:40 a.m. Thursday. Round-robin match playcoverage will begin at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, and 10:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Friday.
Following the TOC, Xtra Frame will begin extensivestart-to-finish coverage of the PBA50 Tour, beginning with the PBA50 Pasco County Suncoast Open benefitting WoundedWarriors from Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla., April 14-17; the PBA50Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Hammer at Spanish Springs Lanes, April20-23; PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia from George PappasVictory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., May 5-8. Xtra Frame also will cover bothPBA50 Tour majors – the
Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Openpresented by Storm and the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters fromSouth Point in Las Vegas – in June.
Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel, is available bysubscription on a monthly or annual basis. To sign up, visit pba.com and clickon the Xtra Frame link.
PBA LEAGUE OWNERS HARDWICK, HART MAKE MORE NEWS
PBA League owners Chris Hardwick and Kevin Hart aremaking news. Hardwick, the comedian/Nerdist Internet entrepreneur, is featuredin an interview in the March issue of Playboy magazine. Hart, who is appearingon television, in movies and on the basketball court as the star of the NBACelebrity All-Star Game, will host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on Saturday,March 2.
NEW XTRA FRAME APP A TOP-10 HIT AT GOOGLE PLAY
The new Android version of the Xtra Frame app for mobiledevices and tablets, created by NeuLion and available at no cost at GooglePlay, resulted in more than 2,800 downloads within the first five days –ranking among the top 10 in Google Play downloads. Download statistics were notimmediately available from the Apple App Store, which also offers a free appfor iPhone and iPad users.
While the Xtra Frame Mobile App isfree to download, users must have an Xtra Frame subscription to watch PBAcoverage and programming. Subscriptions ($64.99 for 12 months, $7.99 for onemonth) are available by visiting pba.com and clicking on the Xtra Frame link.
TICKETS ON SALE FOR PBA HALL OF FAME DINNER ININDIANAPOLIS
Tickets are now on sale to the public for the PBA Hall ofFame Dinner at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at Indianapolis Marriott North(Marion Ballroom). This year’s inductees are Baltimore’s Danny Wisemanand Doug Kent of Newark, N.Y. Tickets are offered at $125 per person(attendees must be 21 or older) and include cocktail hour with hand-passed hors d'oeuvres, an open bar throughout the eveningand dinner. Business attire is expected. To order tickets, visit: http://pbahalloffamedinner.eventbrite.com/
Other tickets for PBA Tournament of Champions week also areavailable. Tickets for the live ESPN finals on March 31, as well as the finalsof the PBA League Elias Cup, range from $10 to $60. Daily tickets range from$10 to $40. Pro-am entry fees are $55 for the Junior Base Package and $75for Adult Base Package (add $100 to either package to upgrade to obtain a newbowling ball). To purchase tickets, visit: http://tofctickets.eventbrite.com/
FAGAN, PARKIN LEAD WORLD BOWLING TOUR STANDINGS
Four-time PBA Tour titlist Mike Fagan and two-timePBA Regional title winner Missy Parkin lead the World Tenpin BowlingAssociation’s World Bowling Tour points list at the conclusion of the USBCMasters. The World Bowling Tour is made up of series of international eventsand awards points based on how players finish in each event. Points are basedon a continuous two-year cycle.
Although Fagan did not earn any points at the USBCMasters, which awarded double points as a major, he leads with 444 points. SeanRash picked up 24 points at the Masters and is second with 437 points,while Mika Koivuniemi of Finland is third with 428 points. Masterswinner Jason Belmonte of Australia earned the maximum 100 points andsits in fourth place overall. 17 points behind Koivuniemi.
Parkin was the top finisher among the women at theMasters, earning 100 points to boost her total to 506. Kelly Kulick issecond with 484 points and Liz Johnson is third with 365 points.
The next event on the WBT schedule is the Kuwait Open,March 13-17, at Cozmo Bowling Center in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The Kuwait Openwill be immediately followed by the Brunswick Euro Challenge, March 19-24, atDream Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany. Both events also are WTBA-PBAInternational Tour events, meaning a PBA International Tour title will beawarded if the winner of either event is a PBA member.
WTBA has also announced the 2013 Daejeon InternationalOpen in Daejeon, South Korea, July 7-13, has been added to the WBT/WTBA-PBAInternational Tour schedule as a WBT major event.
EBAYAUCTION TO BENEFIT TONY REYES FAMILY
Vise Inserts, in cooperation withThe Chrisman Foundation, is conducting an ongoing eBay auction throughmid-April to raise funds for Nichole and Gianna Reyes, wife and daughter of thelate PBA Tour champion Tony Reyes, who died from injuries sustained in atraffic accident in September 2012.
Direct donations to the Reyesfamily fund also will be accepted through links which can be found on the ViseInserts website (viseinserts.com). In addition, Vise Inserts will bedonating $20 to the Reyes Family Fundraiser for every Pop Grip Starter Setsold to pro shops before March 31.
The eBay auction will include a WalterRay Williams Jr. game-used, autographed ball; Jerome Bettis and TerrellOwens autographed footballs; Gerold Vallie (professionalskateboarder) autographed poster; autographed Pete Weber Tour Polo; newbowling balls from Storm, Track, DV8, 900 Global, Brunswick and MOTIV; andassorted autograph balls, posters and accessories by dozens of PBA Players.
PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP:
● Bob Learn Jr. of Macomb, Mich., defeated CurtAemisegger of Wauconda, Ill., 202-189, to win the joint PBA50 Todd RenihanAllstate Midwest/Central Open at Beverly Lanes in Arlington Heights, Ill., onSunday. The win, which included a $1,500 first prize, was Learn’s first inPBA50 regional competition.
The tournament was the second in the PBA Midwest Region’s“lower entry fee” test program, offering bowlers a reduced entry fee structure($155 for members, $225 for non-members), a one-day format to better managetravel expenses, a one-in-four payoff ratio (compared to the standardone-in-three ratio) and a lower prize fund based upon reduced revenues. TheArlington Heights event drew a field of 49 players ages 50 and older comparedto similar events which averaged 38 entries a year ago. The first test event inElk Grove Village, Ill., two weeks earlier drew a field of 57 players.
Next on the PBA Regional calendar are this weekend’s NewLiberty Lanes Pensacola (Fla.) South Open; the PBA50 Showtime LanesMidwest/Central Open in Virden, Ill., and the PBA Ebonite West Open at PalmSpring Lanes in Cathedral City, Calif. The March 8-10 schedule includes the PBAThunderbowl Over/Under Doubles Midwest Open in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
For complete PBA regional schedule and entry information,visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tours” under the Schedules tab.
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