Brunswick News

July 02, 2014

Johnny Petraglia Honored with 53rd Sam Levine Flowers for the Living Award

After being presented the Flowers for the Living Award from Flowers committee member Frenchy LeTourneau, right, Johnny Petraglia said
The 2014 Sam Levine Flowers for the Living Award, sponsored by The Bowling Foundation, goes to Brunswick Professional Staff Member and Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, New Jersey. Petraglia, 67, is well known as the only Professional Bowlers Association champion in six decades, winning 14 PBA Tour titles, 8 PBA50 Tour titles, and numerous other titles on the lanes, including 4 Newsday Eastern Open crowns in the early years of his career, defeating many of the best bowlers in the world in
that grueling 85 game event. He is also a PBA Triple Crown winner.

Petraglia provided one of the most exciting moments in bowling history when he rolled a 300 game on national television in 1994 to earn a $100,000 bonus. After the final strikes, he said “Thank God, now my son can go to college.” (and John Jr. did attend and bowl at Moorhead State University)

The Flowers Award, however, is not being given to Petraglia for his bowling prowess or superior performance. He was chosen for his outstanding character, integrity, and outspokenness about important issues throughout his career representing the best of bowling on and off the lanes.

The legendary Sam Weinstein described the award eloquently . . .”Not for any outstanding deed or spectacular accomplishment, but just for being a person in our world who truly deserves a pat on the back to let them know we love them and admire them for what they have done and stood for.”

A couple of important milestones in Johnny Petraglia’s life, his military service and signing to represent Brunswick, instilled in him the importance of character and integrity, and explain his ability and desire to set a shining example for his peers, fans, and fellow pros; these life lessons also have made him fiercely loyal to family, friends, and grateful for all those he meets in his extensive travels.

Not fond of airlines, Petraglia has logged millions of miles from coast-to-coast in his Brunswick SUVs. Imagine how many great bowling and life discussions he has enjoyed along the road. After becoming one of the best bowlers in the land and winning his first pro title in 1966, Petraglia served in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam War. He was there during the horrific Tet Offensive in ’68., and it took him more than a year to get back in bowling shape in ’69 before resuming his PBA career in the 1970 season.

In an interview in 2007, he told Stars & Strikes “I learned through my experience in Viet Nam and the military, how great this country is and how important freedom is.”

That experience inspired him to represent the Bowlers to Veterans Link, raising millions for military vets through bowling. Petraglia has personally organized many BVL fund raisers over the years, and visited countless vets in VA hospitals throughout his career.

After he won five PBA titles in 1971, and three consecutive ending with the Tournament of Champions, all of the ball companies were after him to be on their pro staff. With his dad’s encouragement, he chose Brunswick. “Signing with Brunswick was the best career move of my life,” he said in the 2007 interview. “My dad told me that the number one thing they were looking for was character, and he was right. They have been like a second family. It is a great company to work for.”

Petraglia has never backed down from taking a stand on any issue that will help bowling. That commitment is one of the reasons why he was proud to serve three two-year terms as PBA President. Petraglia’s best friends in bowling also speak of his character…“Johnny, Dave Soutar and I roomed together for 34 years on the tour, and during all that time, we never had one serious argument,” said fellow Hall of Famer Dave Davis. “He is very honest and loyal, and a strong family man.” Judy and Dave Soutar, who served alongside Petraglia on the Brunswick Pro Staff had this to say: “Dave and I know Johnny as a great bowler, a great story teller who is never at a loss for words, and a great friend. We share so many wonderful memories.”

In 2015, Johnny Petraglia will celebrate his 50th year as a PBA member and as one of bowling’s greatest ambassadors of all time. He joins past Flowers Award winners Earl Anthony, Joe Norris, Marion Ladewig, Dick Weber, Don and Paula Carter, Jack Reichert, and last year’s winner John Summer to mention only a few.

The Flowers for the Living Award began in 1961, inspired by the “Flowers for the Living” poem written by Ohio Associated Press editor Fritz Howell, one of its founders and a member of the first committee. Other founders were Sam Levine, Cleveland Kegler, Steve Crucheon, Detroit Bowlers Digest, Billy Sixty, Milwaukee Journal, Bill Hengen, Minneapolis Star, and Tom Bolger, Toledo Blade. The award is managed today by an independent panel of industry writers and executives who nominate candidates and select a winner each year. To maintain its independence and integrity, the ballots are kept secret, and the winners are not revealed until the time of presentation.

Courtesy Jim Goodwin, Committee Chairman

Brunswick News

May 01, 2014

Brunswick Staffer Wins Two Gold and One Silver at the European Youth Championships

The European Youth Championship 2014 took place on April 12-21 in Odense, Denmark. It was the main tournament of the year among teenagers from 28 European countries.

Russia was represented by one of the youngest female teams. The Russian team beat the German, Swedish and British teams, and for the first time in the history of bowling in Russia, won a Gold medal at an International Championship.

Brunswick staff player Maria Bulanova used a Mastermind and Mastermind Genius. She was the best in the second block (1327pins) and showed 279 pins in the qualifying match which helped the team move up to the top four and leave the hosts of the championship (Denmark) without a medal.

The key 234 in the semi final match with the Swedish team and 278 in the final match against the British team brought the victory to the Russian team and made the team members the Champions of the The European Youth Championship 2014.

In the individual match, Maria showed a record score of the championship (1355 pins, avg 225.8). Maria first outscored the All-Events leader and moved on defeat Swedish bowler Cajsa Wegner (201 vs 180) which led Maria to becoming a 2-time champion of The European Youth Championship 2014.

Maria’s average score of 213.7 pins gave also awarded her the silver medal at the All-Events!

Brunswick News

May 01, 2014

Parker Bohn III Wins PBA50 Miller High Life Classic

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., finished the championship match of the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 with six consecutive strikes to win his first PBA50 Tour title Wednesday at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes.

Overcoming a 4-6-7-8-10 split and open in the third frame, Bohn defeated fellow Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 232-229 in the championship match. With Weber finishing the match first, Bohn needed a double and eight pins in the 10th frame to win but threw three solid strikes to pull out the victory.

“It was a good example of never giving up,” said Bohn, who ranks sixth on the PBA Tour career titles list with 33 wins. “I trailed the whole game until the last ball. All you can ask for is an opportunity and I was able to take advantage of it.

“For the fans, that’s what they come to see,” the two-time PBA Player of the Year continued. “In a match that comes down to the last shot for the title, you can’t ask for much more than that.”

Early in the match, Bohn was wrestling with two issues, struggling with the shot on the left lane and getting a clean release from the ball he was using.

“I was going back and forth between the two balls I had but finally I just had to go with the one that would release off my hand the best,” he said.

Bohn’s win came after fifth and fourth-place finishes in the first two tournaments of the season. He is also the third consecutive Hall of Famer to win a PBA50 Tour tournament with Amleto Monacelli winning the season-opening Pasco County (Fla.) Open and Norm Duke winning last week’s UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages.

In the semifinals, Bohn defeated three-time PBA50 Tour winner Harry Sullins, 247-224, to advance to the title match. Weber, who dominated qualifying and was trying for his third PBA50 Tour title, beat Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker, 189-161.

“With the competition out here the way it is, I didn’t imagine it would happen this early,” Bohn said. “Whenever you bowl another Hall of Famer you have to bring it all to the table and that’s what I had to do tonight.”

Parker used the Mastermind Genius his way to a tournament victory.

Courtesy PBA

Brunswick News

April 25, 2014

Brunswick Congratulates Lindenwood Men’s Bowling Team

The men’s bowling team from Lindenwood University located in St. Charles, Mo., captured the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships held in Reno.

The Lindenwood men edged out the first two games against Urbana in the 10th frame, with victories of 204-202 and 200-195. In game three, Lindenwood got out to an early lead and never looked back in a 201-167 win as they claimed their second ITC title.

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Brunswick News

April 15, 2014

Brunswick staff player earns 4 medals in Gibraltar

Congratulations to Brunswick staff player Anze Grabrijan, of Slovenia, for taking a Gold, a Silver and two Bronze medals in the Mediterranean Challenge Cup (MCC), in Gibraltar. The 17th edition of the Mediterranean Challenge Cup was held at King’s Bastion Leisure Centre in Gibraltar, March 31 – April 6.

Bowlers from 10 Mediterranean countries competed.

Grabrijan took home a Gold in doubles competition, a Silver in the All Event competition and Bronze medals in the individual and Masters competition. He used the Meanstreak Beatdown and LT48 ball throughout the competition.

Brunswick News

March 12, 2014

Mohammed Janahi Finshes Second in Bahrain

Brunswick staffer, Mohammed Janahi, finished second in the opening leg of the 2014 ABF Tour Bahrain after he was narrowly defeated (200-199) in the finals.

Janahi qualified for the finals, defeating Sithiphol Kunaksorn of Thailand, in the semifinal. The first runner-up also defeated Ryan Lalisang in Round 2 and second seed, Yousif Falah, in the first round.

Brunswick News

March 12, 2014

Alessandro Silletti Wins GPP Tokyo Station Open

Alessandro Silletti used the Meanstreak Beatdown, versa-max, Nexxus and Melee to capture the GPP Tokyo Station Open in Legowo, Poland.

The GPP Tokyo Station Open is the second stop in the Grand Prix series, which also counts toward the Polish national team trials. The tournament consists of a six-game qualification, with the top 24 players advancing, followed by another six-game block where the field is reduced to 12. The remaining 12 bowl another six games, where the winner is determined based on total pin fall from all 18 games.

Alessandro made an incredible comeback to capture the title, surging from 12th after the first stage. This was the second win for Alessandro in as many tournaments with year, capuring the Polish Cup in December.

Brunswick News

March 07, 2014

John Wells Captures first European Bowling Tour title

John Wells of England won his first European Bowling Tour title in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014 in the closest decision in EBT history. Wells tied defending champion Thomas Larsen of Denmark in the fourth and last Eliminator Round after two games, 429-429, and became the winner due to the “higher last game” rule.

Larsen had a three-pin lead after the first game, 256 to 253. Both players struggle in game two, but Wells managed to level the match with 176 to 173. As all ties in this tournament were broken by the higher last game, Wells emerged as the champion and received the 6.000 Euro top prize.

Larsen, who was targeting his fourth EBT title and the second consecutive in Tilburg, had to settle for second place, worth 4.000 Euro.

The two other players in the eliminator finals, Kamilla Kjeldsen of Denmark and PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss, United States, were more than 70 pins behind after the first game and could not make up enough ground in the second game. Read complete story.

Brunswick News

March 07, 2014

Mai Ginge Jensen crowned champion in 7th EBT Masters

Pasi Uotila of Finland and Mai Ginge Jensen of Denmark emerged as men’s and women’s champion in the 7th EBT Masters 2014, which concluded the 2013 European Bowling Tour season Monday, March 3, at Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg in Tilburg, Netherlands. Read complete story

Brunswick News

January 14, 2014

Parker Bohn III Named First Tony Reyes Community Service Award Winner

PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., is the first Tony Reyes Community Service award recipient, named in honor of the late PBA Tour champion in honor of his off-the-lanes activities, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced today.

The Tony Reyes Community Service Award will be awarded annually to a PBA member who has performed outstanding community service and made charitable and/or educational contributions over the course of the previous PBA Tour season.

Reyes, a popular PBA Tour titlist, died in September 2012 of injuries sustained in a traffic accident near his home in San Bruno, Calif. An eight-time regional tournament winner, he was also one of only 22 players to have rolled a 300 game on a PBA Tour telecast.

“There’s no more fitting recipient of the first Tony Reyes Award than Parker,” said Clark. “Throughout his entire career Parker has established himself as one of the sport’s great ambassadors through his selfless charity work.”

Bohn, a 33-time PBA Tour champion, was honored for his work primarily with two charitable endeavors he established – the Striking Out Sandy fundraiser and his annual Parker Bohn III Scholarship Tournament – as well as his involvement with High Hopes of New Hampshire, a program he has been involved with for the past 10 years.

“When Tom Clark notified me that I won the award I was speechless,” Bohn said. “To win this award in the name of Tony, who was a great friend not only to me but literally everyone, left me feeling very humble.

“Tony was a friend to everyone on and off the lanes. He was one of those special people who was always trying to improve himself not only as a bowler but as a person.”

The Striking Out Sandy fundraising project benefited those who were affected by the devastating hurricane that ravaged the East Coast in November of 2012. One aspect of the fundraiser encouraged bowling fans to either pay a flat donation or pledge money for every strike Bohn threw during the 2012 World Series of Bowling.

In addition, Bohn treated kids and families affected by the storm to a field trip in June of 2013 that included a tour of a local bowling center, a day of bowling and lunch.

“The smiles we gave to the kids were priceless, you’d think I was Santa Claus,” Bohn said.

Bohn hosts his annual scholarship tournament over the Labor Day weekend. Since its inception 15 years ago, the tournament has awarded nearly $70,000 in scholarships.

“A lot of kids I talk to would like to have bowling as a career but I always tell them that their education should be their priority,” Bohn said. “A good education is something that can’t be taken away from you and it opens doors. Not only my scholarship tournament, but all scholarships awarded through bowling have had a very positive impact on the lives of young people.”

Bohn has been a fixture with High Hopes of New Hampshire, a program similar to Make-A-Wish in fulfilling wishes of children with very serious or life-threatening medical conditions. The High Hopes organization conducts a three-day bowling event that includes clinics, pro-ams and a singles tournament as well as autograph and photo sessions with Tour players that raises funds for the children.

“The credit for that great event really needs to go to (former Tour player and proprietor) Steve Hardy. I’m just honored to be involved with it,” Bohn said. “He puts on an awesome weekend for everyone involved.”

Representative of the many comments included from the nominations received for the award was one from Christine Ruess who said, “The hours that Parker puts into all his community service areas are too numerous to count. The countless hours are a testament to his devotion to the sport and helping others.”

Typical of Bohn, he deflected a lot of credit aimed at himself and focused instead on contributions others are making on behalf of their communities.

“I’m honored to win the first Tony Reyes Award, but people should know that a lot of PBA players give of their time and effort to get involved with charities at all levels,” Bohn said. “When it comes down to it, we’re blessed to be able to do what we do and if we have the opportunity to put a smile on the faces of those less fortunate, we’re happy to do it.”

Brunswick News

January 09, 2014

Brunswick Regional Bowler Receives Player of the Year

PBA Announces 2012-13 Regional Award Winners

Eighteen bowlers were recognized for their achievements in the seven Professional Bowlers Association regions as recipients of Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and PBA50 Player of the Year awards, PBA Regional and PBA50 Tour Director John Weber announced today.

Among them was Dave Beeres of Waukesha, Wis., Brunswick Midwest Regional Bowler, who earned his first Player of the Year award after two wins and one fifth-place finish.

The PBA conducted 160 regional and senior regional events during the 2012-13 season. Among those 160 events were six Regional Players Invitational tournaments that awarded the winners of each a spot in World Series of Bowling V and ultimately determined six finalists for the first RPI Finals which will be telecast by ESPN on Jan. 19.

Brunswick News

January 05, 2014

Sean Rash Captures World Bowling Tour Championship

LAS VEGAS – After two years and more than 400,000 miles of global competition, reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., along with PBA Tour titlist Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., have won the World Bowling Tour Finals.

Rash, a seven-time PBA Tour title winner, defeated Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, 255-231, to win the WBT Men’s Finals presented by the PBA during the PBA World Series of Bowling V, hosted by South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, while Kulick, the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions winner, raced away from defending champion Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., 267-194, to win the WBT Women’s Finals. Both events aired Sunday on ESPN. Sean threw his Meanstreak Beatdown en route to the victory.

Rash, who entered the WBT event as the leader in a two-year rolling points competition involving a series of WTBA/PBA International Tour tournaments held around the world, started his match against Fagan with seven strikes and was never challenged.

Fagan had been nearly perfect himself in eliminating Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi, 279-223, in the first match. Koivuniemi, who won the 2011 WBT Men’s Finals and finished second in 2012, is the only player to make the series finals in all three years the competition has been held.

“Anytime you have a chance to compete, whether it’s in the U.S. or around the world, it’s fun,” Rash said. “That’s why you’re an athlete. You love to compete.

“I came into this event with a different mindset,” he added. “The World Series wasn’t as great as I would have liked, but it wasn’t terrible. I feel great. I’ve been bowling well for the past few months. My life has changed since the arrival of our new baby. I’m in a happy place.

“You have to take advantage of opportunities,” Rash continued. “Mike got a little lost on the left lane and that’s why I had him finish there. I kinda figured the first mistake would come on that lane and that’s what happened.

“It’s always good to win. It doesn’t matter; it could be league. I like to win.”

The WBT Finals, like the PBA animal pattern tournaments held earlier in the World Series, were bowled on the unique blue-tinted lane conditioner in order to allow onsite fans and ESPN viewers an opportunity to see the WTBA’s Atlanta lane oiling pattern. Like the players who had experienced bowling on the tinted oil in previous events, it was a non-factor as far as Kulick was concerned.

“I didn’t even see it,” she said. “As a professional, we look at ball reaction, so honestly, I didn’t even notice it, other than the lane was blue.”

PBA competition on ESPN continues on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. ET with the finals of the Round1 Japan Cup from Tokyo. The eight finalists for the single-elimination match play format finals include PBA members Rash; Osku Palermaa, Finland; Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.; Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas; E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., and Japan PBA members Shinichi Horie, Yuya Kotah and Kazuaki Watanabe.

ESPN’s coverage of the PBA World Series of Bowling V concludes on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. ET with the PBA Regional Players Invitational Finals and PBA50 Tour Finals, followed by one-hour coverage of the Teen Masters Grand Championship.

A post-finals recap of the WBT finals and a preview of next Sunday’s Japan Cup will be included in “The Bowling Center,” a magazine-style program available on YouTube Monday.

WTBA WORLD BOWLING TOUR FINALS presented by the PBA

South Point Exhibition Hall, Las Vegas
Men’s Final Standings:
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $20,000.

2, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, $10,000.
3, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, $5,000 .

Brunswick News

December 22, 2013

Tom Smallwood Wins PBA Scorpion Championship for Second Tour Title

LAS VEGAS – Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., ended a four-year television drought when he defeated collegiate star Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., 221-216, to win his second Professional Bowlers Association Tour title in the Scorpion Championship at the South Point Hotel and Casino complex.

The Scorpion Championship, which aired Sunday on ESPN, was the final animal pattern championship conducted as part PBA World Series of Bowling V, and the fourth in a series of seven events conducted during the World Series. It also featured the innovative blue oil that has been used during all animal pattern tournament finals to give television fans a unique opportunity to see the lane conditioning challenges PBA players face.

Smallwood, who won his only previous PBA Tour title in the 2009 PBA World Championship, ended a personal six-appearance television drought when he out-lasted 2011-12 PBA Rookie of the Year Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., in a PBA-record five-frame sudden-death roll-off, followed by another thrilling victory over Kent for the title.

Blanchard started the stepladder finals with a 234-226 victory over Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., but lost to Smallwood in the semifinal match roll-off. A six-count on his final shot in the 10th frame tied the match at 232-232. After throwing matching strikes in four one-ball, sudden-death frames, Smallwood ended the longest televised sudden-death roll-off in PBA history with a fifth strike while Blanchard left a 10 pin.

In the title match against Kent, a two-time Collegiate Player of the Year who was competing in the World Series on a special PBA Commissioner’s exemption, Smallwood struck on six of his first seven shots, but failed to convert a 3-10 split in the fourth frame. Kent, with a four-strike string of his own, held an early 13-pin lead, but a 7-10 split in the ninth frame proved to be the difference. A spare and nine-count on his fill ball in the 10th frame clinched the title for Smallwood.

“I thought if I ever made another show and won, I’d bawl like a baby,” Smallwood said, “but I was so emotionally drained, I didn’t have any emotions left.

“It’s amazing,” he added. “I never dreamed in my life I’d have one (title), so to have two? As a kid, all I ever wanted was a chance to be there. I watched these guys on TV forever. I’ve bowled bad enough on TV enough times it’s nice to be on the other side of a bad break. That last time I was (on TV), I got knocked out of the World Championship when I left back to back 4-9s, so I know the feeling.”

Smallwood said the difference was finding his shot to the pocket in the roll-off against Blanchard.

“In the roll-off (against Blanchard), my timing got really good. The first shot was perfect, it was like, there it is,” Smallwood said. “After that, I never missed until the fifth shot and I apparently missed in the right place on that one, so it worked out well.”

Smallwood joined the list of animal pattern finalists who said the blue oil had no bearing on his game or the outcome.

“(The blue oil) doesn’t matter as long as you can see the target you’re looking for,” he said. “It’s so clear I could see the board I was looking at, so it had no effect on me at all.”

ESPN coverage of the PBA World Series continues next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET with the finals of the PBA World Championship, the final major championship of the season. Smallwood will make his third consecutive television appearance, bowling against PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., in the opening match. Other finalists are No. 3 qualifier Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas; No. 2 Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and top qualifier Dom Barrett of England.

A recap of the Scorpion Championship and a preview of the PBA World Championship, along with other features, will be available Monday on “The Bowling Center” on YouTube.com. Xtra Frame subscribers who may have missed Sunday’s telecasts will be able to watch the finals “on demand” in the Xtra Frame archives three days after the original show airs.

2013 SCORPION CHAMPIONSHIP
South Point Exhibition Hall, Las Vegas
Final Standings:

1, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., $20,000.

2, a-Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., $10,000.
3, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., $7,000.
4. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $5,000.

Brunswick News

December 19, 2013

Alessandro Silletti Claims Polish Cup for Second Time

Making a great comeback from an earlier injury that left him sidelined for a year, Brunswick European Staff player, Alessandro Silletti, recently won the 2013 Polish Open in Plock. After qualifying fifth out of 84 bowlers, Silletti was dominate in all five qualifying matches, claiming the title match 404-344. The tournament title was his second, also winning the 2011 Polish Open.

Alessandro, who holds dual citizenship in Poland and Italy, used the C•(System) versa-max performance balls by Brunswick with the layouts 60/5.5”/35 and 45/1.5”/45. The tournament was played on the WTBA Athens lane pattern and the lane conditions were provided by the Brunswick Authority22® lane maintenance system.

Brunswick News

December 06, 2013

Brunswick Staffer Vladimir Sverchkov Captures 2013 Russian National Championship

Vladimir Sverchkov from Krasnodar and fifteen-year-old Maria Bulanova, who lives in Moscow but represented Nizhny Novgorod, captured the men’s and women’s titles in the 2013 Russian Tenpin Bowling Championships.

The championship was held December 2-3 at 52-lane Russian Field bowling center in St. Petersburg and drew 24 women and 29 men representing the regional bowling federations of Russia.

All player rolled two blocks of six games qualifying on Monday with the top 16 men and the top 12 women advancing to the second day.

Alexey Vasilenko from St. Petersburg used a 300 game in the fourth game to lead the men’s division after the first block with 1357 or an average of 226.17. Russian national team member Nikita Koshelev, who was second with 1312 added a 1388 series in the second block to lead the top 16 with 2700 and an average of 225 for twelve games.

Read more at bowlingdigital.com

Brunswick News

November 12, 2013

Brunswick Bowling Provides Support to Local Veterans Home

Brunswick Bowling recently helped lend a hand to a local Veterans home by refurbishing its bowling lanes and get them in top condition for the residents to enjoy.

The lanes are located in the basement of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans in Grand Rapids, Mich., where a large room was converted to a two-lane bowling center complete with meeting USBC regulations for certification in the 1940s. Over the years the lanes were neglected although they were still used for competition by the residents. They were in terrible condition as were the pinsetting machine because no one had the knowledge to repair the machines nor the necessary spare parts.

Brunswick supplied the labor, knowledge, and the equipment and replacement parts to complete the work. A service team converted a broken down set of bowling lanes to a first class bowling center, correcting lanes, rebuilding the pinsetting machines, updating the masking unit graphics and repairing the ball lifts. Northway Lanes in Muskegon, Mich., offered the use of its lane machine to provide the lane maintenance. The Grand Rapids Bowling Assoc. has contributed over $1,300 to help with the lane maintenance and to financially support a part time mechanic to check the machines once a month and provide the necessary maintenance.

A dedication ceremony was recently held where representatives from most of the West Michigan American Legion Posts as well as members from the Muskegon Bowling Association, Michigan State Bowling Association, the Grand Rapids Bowling Association, and the Michigan State Youth were in attendance to celebrate the complete refurbishment of the bowling lanes.

Spear-heading the project was Carl Kuzyk, retired Brunswick employee and member of the American Legion Charles A. Conklin Post #28 from Grand Haven, Mich. Kuzyk spent over two years putting the program together to improve the lanes and all the equipment. Kuzyk was given special recognition and a plaque and certificate signed by Governor Rick Snyder for the work that was accomplished.

Once the project was complete, the value of the parts and equipment donated by Brunswick was estimated at $8,600 along with 176 man hours. But the value of how much the veterans will enjoy the lanes and enhance their quality of life cannot be measured. Brunswick is very proud to have been part of this project.

Brunswick News

October 29, 2013

Brunswick Pro Wins European Champions Cup

Congratulations to Finish bowler and Brunswick staffer Kimmo Lehtonen for winning the European Champions Cup 2013 held in Bratislava. Kimmo defeated Richard Teece from England 235-224.

Click here to read more about the tournament.

Throughout the tournament, Kimmo used the new Mastermind performance ball by Brunswick.

Brunswick News

October 27, 2013

Two 300s Help Bohn Top Cheetah Championship Field

LAS VEGAS – Defending Professional Bowlers Association World Champion Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., used his Brunswick Melee to roll a pair of 300 games Saturday on his way to earning the top qualifying position for the PBA Cheetah Championship finals at South Point Bowling Center while Colombia native Clara Guerrero became the third woman in PBA history to qualify for a nationally-televised stepladder final.

The Cheetah Championship is the first of five tournaments on the PBA World Series of Bowling V program which continues through Nov. 3.

Bohn, who won the 2012 World Championship during PBA World Series of Bowling IV, fired his 91st and 92nd career 300 games (one behind all-time leader Walter Ray Williams Jr., who has 93 perfect games in PBA competition) for a 14-game total of 3,503 pins and a 250.21 average. The 33-time PBA Tour champion won the top berth in the Cheetah stepladder finals by 49 pins over fellow PBA Hall of Famer and 37-time Tour champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo. Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, the 2013 U.S. Open champion, qualified third with 3,452 pins and Guerrero finished her climb from 10th place to claim the fourth berth in the finals with a 3,446 total.

Guerrero will join Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., as the third woman to reach the championship round of a PBA Tour event. Kulick went on to win the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions to become the only woman to capture a PBA Tour title.

The Cheetah Championship finals will be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 2, on lanes installed in South Point’s Exhibition Hall B and will air on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. ET.

Bohn, who started the semifinal round in fifth place, found his comfort zone and ran away from the field.

“I don’t have many issues with the Cheetah lane condition,” Bohn said. “My speed allowed me to play it comfortably. The lanes were a little tighter than they were in practice, but once I got my speed dialed in, the ball did what it was supposed to do.

“I’m very, very happy,” he added. “Now I get to bowl one game for the title, which is always a good thing. Even better, I’m way ahead of last year when I didn’t have one top 16 finish in any of the animal pattern events, but I still won the World Championship.”

World Series competition continues Sunday with the Viper Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge. Qualifying squads will bowl seven games at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. PT, with the top 24 advancing to the seven-game semifinal round at 7:30 p.m. The final two animal pattern events – the Chameleon and Scorpion Championships – will be held on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

All qualifying rounds from the World Series are being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel, and via “live scoring” on pba.com. For daily, monthly or yearly subscriptions to Xtra Frame, click on the Xtra Frame link on the pba.com home page.

Brunswick News

October 21, 2013

Sean Rash Captures Title in World Bowling Tour Thailand and 7th PBA Title

Brunswick Pro and reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash defeated two-time PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi of Finland, 235-225 and 245-228, to win the World Bowling Tour Thailand at Blu-O Paragon bowling center inside the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall in Bangkok.

Throughout the tournament, Rash used the newly released Mastermind and Melee performance balls by Brunswick.

Rash received one million Baht top prize (approx. $32,140) and earned his seventh career PBA title and the second international title of the 2012-2013 PBA/WBT season after his victory in the Kuwait Open in March 2013.

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Brunswick News

October 10, 2013

Youngest Player to Ever Win EBT Stop Bowled with Brunswick

Congratulations to 14-year-old Maria Bulanova who recently became the youngest player ever to win a European Bowling Tour title in its 14-year history. Bulanova, won the Red Express Russian Open, the 12th stop in the European Bowling Tour. In the final game she defended first seed Ukrain player, Mikhail Kalika, 420 – 413 pins.

Bulanova, who bowled with the Aura Mystic throughout the tournament, began bowling at the age of six. She has other Russian and international youth competitions; is the vice-champion of Russia 2012 and 2013 both in team and individual competition; the finalist of the World Youth Championship 2012 and the four-time prize-winner of the European Youth Championship 2013.

Brunswick News

October 03, 2013

Brunswick Supports Collegiate Bowling Teams

Brunswick Bowling wishes luck to its collegiate bowling teams!
Have a GREAT bowling season!!

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Brunswick News

September 30, 2013

Parker Bohn III wins first career EBT title

Brunswick’s Parker Bohn III, a 33-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion, won his first career title on the European Bowling Tour when he defeated Joonas Jehkinen of Finland in all-lefty affair, 255-218, to win the BNC Open at BNC Bowling Center in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Bohn, who earned more than $2.8 million in 29 years on the PBA Tour, received 7.000 Euro or approximately $9,465 for the victory.

The PBA and USBC Hall of Famer, and two-time PBA player of the Year (1999, 2001-02), averaged 252.75 in the Round of 16 to earn the No. 1 seed for the six-player stepladder finals.

The BNC Open was the 14th event of the 2013 European Bowling Tour and the fifth and penultimate of EBT “Gold” tournament this season. The BNC Open ran from Sept. 23-29 at the Brunswick-equipped, 16-lane BNC Bowling Center and offered total prize fund of 62.000 Euro.

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Brunswick News

September 23, 2013

Brunswick Pro Earns PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award

PBA50 Tour veteran, and Brunswick pro, Robert Harvey of Boise, Idaho, has been selected as the 2013 PBA50 Tour’s Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award winner by his fellow players marking the second time he has won the honor named after the legendary PBA Hall of Famer.

“It’s an honor to win it once and a surprise to get it twice,” said the 57-year-old pro shop owner who first won the award in 2010. “It’s especially an honor to receive an award that’s voted on by your peers and named after one of the greats of the game.”

Harvey, who has competed on the Senior Tour since 2008, owns one PBA50 Tour title which came in the Illinois State BPA Ladies and Legends doubles event which he won with partner Kelly Kulick in 2008.

In 2013 he made a run at winning his second title by finishing second in the season-ending PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by MOTIV, losing to Hall of Famer Pete Weber, 243-227, in the championship match. He also had a fifth-place finish in the PBA50 Greater Birmingham Open presented by Ebonite earlier in the season.

“This season was probably the most consistent I’ve had to date,” Harvey said. “I had a couple of top-five finishes, finished in the top 20 in overall points and cashed in all but three tournaments. When you’re having fun positive things happen. I think that attitude rubs off on your fellow competitors.”

Brunswick News

August 27, 2013

Walter Ray Williams Jr. Earns Second Consecutive PBA50 Player of the Year Crown

SEATTLE – Three of the Professional Bowlers Association’s greatest players topped the season-ending PBA50 Tour stats for average, earnings and competition points.

After earning his second consecutive PBA50 Player of the Year crown, Brunswick staffer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., topped the earnings and standard competition points lists while finishing third in the average category behind fellow Hall of Famers Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., and Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela.

Bowling in all 11 tournaments and leading all competitors with three titles, Williams led earnings with $41,175, competition points with 204,157 and he placed third on the average list – based upon a minimum of 150 games bowled – with a 229.46 average for 304 games. Along with his three titles, Williams had two thirds, two fourths, including the Suncoast Senior U.S. Open, and had three other 10th-place finishes including the USBC Senior Masters. Player of the Year points earned for top four finishes determined the PBA50 Player of the Year title.
Competing in his fourth PBA50 Tour season, the PBA Tour’s all-time titles leader now has seven PBA50 Tour titles.

Weber, who bowled in only six events in his first year as a PBA50 Tour competitor, led the average category, scoring at a 233.77 pace for 154 games, and ending the season second in earnings ($32,000) and sixth in competition points (127,667).

Weber won two titles, including his first PBA50 Tour major in the USBC Senior Masters, in his third tournament. He also won the season-ending Treasure Island Resort & Casino presented by MOTIV Open in Welch, Minn., a victory that gave him the PBA50 Rookie of the Year title (also based on points awarded for top four finishes). Weber also had two third-place finishes, a fourth and a ninth.

Competing in eight tournaments in his second PBA50 Tour season, Monacelli finished second in average (230.48), third in earnings ($29,850) and second in competition points (159,339).

Monacelli, a 19-time winner on the PBA Tour, successfully defended his Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open title for his second career PBA50 Tour title. Other top finishes included two seconds, two fifth and two eighth-place finishes. He was the top qualifier in five of the eight tournaments he competed in.

As the top three in Player of the Year points, Williams, Monacelli and Weber earned the three berths for the PBA50 Tour Finals which will be conducted as part of World Series of Bowling V in Las Vegas in early November.

Brunswick regional staffer, Tim Kauble of Marion, Ohio, finished in the top eight of the Treasure Island Resort and Casino Open to become the PBA50 Tour’s first Super Senior Player of the Year, nipping PBA Hall of Famer Dale Eagle of Tavares, Fla. The honor for players ages 60 and older was based upon the tour’s competition points standings. Kauble had top finishes of fourth, sixth and seventh during the season.

Brunswick News

August 09, 2013

Brunswick staff player Daria Kovalyova wins Gold at World Games

Eighteen-year-old, Ukrainian bowler and Brunswick staff player Daria Kovalyova took a gold medal at the bowling competition at the IX World games in Cali, Colombia. During the four days of the Games, Daria showed excellent results. In the final two-game title match she outran American bowler Kelly Kulick, 428-425.

In the words of the young champion, the key to the victory was teamwork. “We have a great team with my coach and mother, Oxana Fanygina,” said Daria. “We play together very productively, understand the lane very well, and make decisions that led to the good results very quickly. And we never give up, it’s the main thing! However, it’s not right to train during the tournament. That’s why we were prepared emotionally – disposed ourselves to the victory, thought positively. All the rivals were very strong. And it can’t be any other way, they are the best players of their countries! All of them are worthy to play at the World Games, all of them can show great results! It never pays to underestimate the rivals. You need to be always concentrated and never relaxed!”

During the Games, Daria used the Meanstreak bowling ball line, and her final games were played with the C-(System) Maxxed Out.

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Brunswick News

August 09, 2013

Walter Ray Williams Jr. Tops Mark Williams for PBA50 South Shore Open Title

Reigning PBA50 Tour Player of the Year and Brunswick Staffer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., defeated Mark Williams – no relation – of Beaumont, Texas, 217-198, to win the PBA50 Tour South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes Thursday.

Helped by Mark’s pocket 7-10 split in the 10th frame, Walter Ray completed a come-from-behind victory to win his third PBA50 Tour title of the year, the seventh PBA50 Tour title of his career, and he expanded his points lead to 18 points over Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli in the PBA50 Player of the Year race with only two tournaments remaining in the 2013 season.

Walter Ray Williams, who owns a record 47-time PBA Tour titles, never led in the title match until throwing three strikes in a row in the eighth, ninth and 10th frames to erase Mark William’s early lead. Mark had a chance to win with a strike and nine-count spare in his 10th frame, but left the so-called “impossible” split on a pocket hit on his first shot.

“That was the 15th time I left that split this week,” Mark said, “but I guess there was room for one more. That shot could have struck, but maybe it was just the pressure of the moment.”

“I bowled a great game and had a lot of nine counts, and Mark bowled a great game and had some bad breaks,” Walter Ray said. “But that’s part of bowling. For awhile it looked like I wasn’t getting any good breaks, but in the end I got the break I needed.”

Despite years of bowling against each other on the “junior tour,” as the 50-and-older players refer to the regular PBA Tour, friendships and good-natured rivalries remain intense among the PBA50 players.

“We’re all good friends. We’ve known each other for years, but we don’t like to lose to each other,” Walter Ray added. “I’m still competitive. I don’t like to lose. I’m out here to get all the accolades I can, and win titles, and win a little money if I can.”

In the semifinal round featuring four PBA Hall of Famers, Mark Williams started with six strikes and ran away with a 267-191 decision over Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who left splits and failed to convert both the third and fifth frames. Walter Ray then set up the all-Williams title match with a 244-199 victory over Randy Pedersen of Clermont, Fla.

By picking up 16 points in the Player of the Year points race, Williams has an 18-point edge over Monacelli, but Monacelli isn’t expected to bowl the final two PBA50 Tour events due to international competitions as a member of Team Venezuela. Weber, a PBA50 Tour rookie, is third in the points competition with 30 points, and would need to win the final two tournaments – with Walter Ray adding no more than four points to his total – in order to win Player of the Year honors.

The top three players in PBA50 Tour points also competing for earn berths in the ESPN-televised PBA50 Tour Finals, a new special event that will be conducted during the PBA World Series of Bowling V at South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas in early November.

The PBA50 Tour completes its 2013 season with the Decatur Open presented by Brunswick at Spare Time Lanes in Decatur, Ill., Sunday through Tuesday, Aug. 13, followed by the Treasure Island Resort and Casino Open presented by Motiv at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., Aug. 18-21.

Press Release courtesy of PBA

Brunswick News

June 20, 2013

WILLIAMS OVERTAKES MONACELLI IN PBA50 PLAYER OF THE YEAR RACE

With his second victory of the year in the PBA50 Northern California Classic Wednesday in Brentwood, Calif., defending PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. has overtaken fellow PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli by two points in the PBA50 Player of the Year race with three tournaments remaining on the 2013 schedule.

The PBA50 Player of the Year competition is based upon points earned for top four (or top five) finishes in each tournament, depending upon format. Standard tournaments award 16 points for first place, 8 for second, 4 for third, 2 for fourth and 1 for fifth (if a stepladder format is used). Major tournaments award 24, 12, 8, 4 and 2 points, respectively.

Also at stake in the Player of the Year points race are three berths in a new PBA50 Tour Finals special event that will be conducted during the PBA World Series of Bowling V at South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas in early November.

Williams, who won the PBA50 Sun Bowl in The Villages earlier in the year, has accumulated 42 points based upon two titles, a third-place finish in New Port Richey, Fla., and fourth-place finishes in Trussville, Ala., and the PBA Senior U.S. Open. Monacelli held an 11-point lead over Lennie Boresch Jr., and led Williams by 14 points, going into the NorCal event, but Williams passed both when the two leaders failed to finish among the top four in the match play elimination-format tournament.

Trailing Williams, Monacelli and Boresch in PBA50 Player of the Year points are PBA50 rookie Pete Weber with 26 points, Bob Learn Jr. with 20 points, and PBA Hall of Famers Tom Baker and Randy Pedersen, who are tied with 16 points each. Williams was the only player among the leaders who added points in Brentwood.

Brunswick News

June 20, 2013

Walter Ray Williams Jr. Wins PBA50 Northern California Classic to Become Season’s First Two-time Win

BRENTWOOD, Calif. (June 19, 2013) – Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., survived a roll-off after the championship match to win the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by Track Wednesday at Harvest Park Bowl becoming the first two-time winner this season.

Williams, the reigning PBA50 Player of the Year, defeated amateur Pete Thomas of Oklahoma City, 20-19 in a two-frame roll-off after the players tied with a 223 game. Both players struck in the first frame of the roll-off but Williams struck on the second ball and Thomas could only manage a nine-count leaving the 2 pin. In the 10th frame of the title match, Williams needed the second strike in the 10 frame to win the match outright but went nine-spare to force the tie.

“That was a little more exciting than I wanted it to be,” said the PBA Hall of Famer of the title match. “It was kind of a reflection of how tough all my matches were. None of them were easy which made it a tough day but all the more rewarding in the end.”

Williams, who won his sixth career PBA50 Tour title, won a best-of-five game match against Joe Goldstein of San Bruno, Calif., 3-2, and a best-of-three match against Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., 2-1 to advance to the semifinal match where he beat Kevin Croucher of Grants Pass, Ore., 253-209 to advance to the championship match.

“Except for one frame I used the same ball the whole tournament,” said Williams, who won the PBA50 Sun Bowl In The Villages in April. “With a few adjustments I was able to keep the ball in play and get to the pocket consistently.”

Thomas, bowling in his fifth PBA50 Tour event, defeated Hall of Famer Dale Eagle of Tavares, Fla., 248-224, in the other semifinal to advance to the title match. Thomas was trying to become the first amateur to win a PBA50 Tour tournament since Nick Morgan of Sacramento, Calif., won the Northern California Classic in 2008.

With three tournaments remaining in the season, Williams’ win moved him into the PBA50 Player of the Year points lead with 42 points, followed by Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela with 40, and Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., in third with 29. The top three in points will earn a trip to Las Vegas in early November for the televised PBA50 Tour Finals which will be part of World Series of Bowling V at the South Point Bowling Center.

The PBA50 Tour season takes a six-week break before returning to Hammond, Ind. for the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 Aug. 5-8.

Brunswick News

April 24, 2013

Walter Ray Williams Jr. Wins PBA50 Sun Bowl In The Villages

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (April 23, 2013) – In a stepladder final made up of three of the Professional Bowlers Association’s all-time greats, Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., prevailed to win his fifth career PBA50 Tour title by capturing the Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Hammer title Tuesday at Spanish Springs Lanes.

Williams, the reigning PBA50 Player of the Year, defeated fellow Hall of Famer and 2012 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, 276-216, in the championship match to win the second tournament of the 2013 PBA50 Tour season.

Williams, throwing his Aura Paranormal, found it necessary to implement the unusual technique of using a different ball on each lane of the championship pair in the title match to get the desired ball reaction on each lane.

“It’s not something I normally do, but I practiced with a few balls and was able to determine that if I needed to make a change like that I had the equipment I could do it with,” Williams said. “It turned out that I made the right decisions at the right time and Amleto had a couple bad breaks and I was fortunate to get the win.”

It was a rematch of the last time Williams and Monacelli, a 19-time Tour winner, met in a PBA50 Tour championship match when Monacelli defeated Williams 255-247 to win the 2012 PBA Senior U.S. Open last June in Las Vegas.

“Anytime you can beat Amleto it’s an accomplishment,” said Williams, who owns 47 PBA Tour titles which tops the all-time list. “There were so many great players in this tournament I feel very fortunate to have won it.”

Williams advanced to the title match by defeating Bo Goergen of Sanford, Mich., 258-191, in the semifinal. Goergen, who was trying for his first PBA50 Tour win, made a dramatic jump from seventh in the match play position round to make the final stepladder spot.

In the opening match, Goergen defeated Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 259-256. Weber, a 37-time PBA Tour winner who is competing as a rookie on the PBA50 Tour this season, won the PBA Tournament of Champions on March 31 for a record-tying 10th major title and also became the first player to win PBA’s triple crown twice. He was also a member of the New York City WTT KingPins team that won the inaugural PBA League Elias Cup.

Several scoring records were set during the Sun Bowl In The Villages which included the first 900 series in PBA history bowled by Joe Scarborough of Mars Hill, N.C., during the tournament’s first qualifying round. He ended the tournament finishing in a tie for 49th place. A record 20 300 games were bowled in the tournament and Scarborough along with Williams tied the record for most 300 games bowled in one tournament with three.

Another milestone was set in the Sun Bowl In The Villages when 87-year-old Darrell Ducat became the oldest player ever to bowl in a PBA event.

Throughout the 2013 PBA50 Tour season, players will be competing for the opportunity to advance to the nationally-televised PBA50 Tour Finals which will be conducted as part of the World Series of Bowling V in Las Vegas in November. The top three players in points at the conclusion of the season will advance to the PBA50 Tour Finals.

The PBA50 Tour makes its first visit to the Birmingham, Ala., area for the third stop of the season when the PBA50 Greater Birmingham Open presented by Ebonite will be conducted at Lightning Strikes in Trussville April 28-May 1.

PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame will return with start-to-finish coverage of the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., May 5-8. Click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage for subscription and schedule information.

Final Standings

1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., $7,500.
2, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, $4,000.
3, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., $2,500.
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $2,000.

Brunswick News

March 26, 2013

Wayne Webb Joins Brunswick Pro Staff

Brunswick Bowling announced today that Wayne Webb is the newest professional bowler to join its Pro Staff. Webb is ranked number 18 by the Professional Bowlers Association (PBAWayne Webb ) on its 2008 list of “50 Greatest Players of the Last 50 Years.”

Webb, a right-hander who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1993, has captured 20 career PBA titles, including the Brunswick Memorial World Open in 1978 and the Tournament of Champions in 1980, both of which he is extremely proud to have won. He is also one of the PBA’s first 10 career millionaires.

Webb, of Grove City, Ohio, joined the PBA Tour in 1978 and the Senior Tour in 2008. He won his first Senior event in 2008, the Senior U.S. Open, defeating fellow staffer and bowling legend, Johnny Petraglia. That year, he was also named PBA Senior Rookie of the Year. Webb went on to win back-to-back U.S. Senior Opens in 2009.

In 2010, he was named Bowler of the Year by the Bowling Writers Association of America (BWAA). He won his fifth career title and his third PBA Senior Tour Major after only three years on the Senior Tour, capturing the USBC Senior Masters. He was also crowned PBA Senior Player of the Year. This made him just the second bowler in history (after Mark Roth) to win both the PBA and Senior BPA Player of the Year awards in a career.

Webb holds 80 certified 300 games and 14 PBA Regional titles.

“It is an honor to be on the Brunswick staff, especially since I earned my first title in 1978 winning the Brunswick Memorial World Open,” said Webb. “It’s great knowing that I will eventually end my career with Brunswick.”

“Wayne’s enthusiastic personality and great talent are an excellent addition to our staff,” said Brian Graham, Brunswick’s director of sales and marketing for Consumer Products. “We look forward to watching him compete and represent Brunswick in the upcoming PBA Tournament of Champions and on the PBA50 Tour.”

Webb joins Brunswick Pro Staff members Parker Bohn III, Tom Hess, Chris Loschetter, Johnny Petraglia, Sean Rash, Tom Smallwood, Jason Sterner and Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

Brunswick News

March 18, 2013

Sean Rash defeats Mika Koivuniemi to win 10th Kuwait International Open 2013

Reigning PBA Player of the Year, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., USA, defeated Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 234-201, in the title match of the World Bowling Tour’s 10th Kuwait International Open 2013 to win the PBA International title and the $25,000 top prize.

Rash claimed the No. 1 seed with a victory against Koivuniemi and defending champion Osku Palermaa, Finland, in the position round match of the modified match play Round of 15. According to the tournament rules, the No. 1 seed must be defeated twice to win the title.

Rash struck eight times and took advantage of a big split by Koivuniemi in the 10th frame to seal the victory in the first game. The seeding of the top five players remained unchanged in the stepladder finals.

In the opening match, No. 4 seed Sandra Andersson of Sweden topped No. 5 seed, DV8’s Ronnie Russell, United States, 226-185. Palermaa, seeded third, flew past Andersson in the second match, 279-176.

In the all-Finnish semifinal match, second-seeded Koivuniemi finished with six consecutive strikes to deny Palermaa’s bid for back-to-back Kuwait Open titles, 238-228.

Fresh off his victory in the Bahrain Open last weekend, Koivuniemi, who was looking for this 12th PBA title, was consoled with $12,000. Palermaa received $8,000 for third place while Andersson and Russell received $6,000 and $5,000 for fourth and fifth place, respectively.

The 10th Kuwait International Open 2013 was the sixth event on the World Bowling Tour and ran from March 13-17, 2013 at 16-lane Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait. The offered total prize fund of $130,500 U.S. Dollar.

Due to an agreement between the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the Kuwait International Open awarded a PBA International title, if won by a PBA member.

Brunswick News

March 15, 2013

2012 Tournament of Champions was More Than a Major Title for Sean Rash

INDIANAPOLIS (March 15, 2013) — When sports enthusiasts look for deciding factors in a player of the year season, one of the first places they look is how an athlete performs in major tournaments.

Defending Barbasol Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions winner and reigning Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash didn’t feel any special urgency to win the 2012 edition of the PBA’s signature tournament. He went into the event at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas like he does for every tournament he bowls in — planning to win.

But as it turned out, Rash’s victory in the TOC was the defining moment in his first Player of the Year campaign, concluding one of the most competitive Player of the Year contests in years.

Rash, who made a record five consecutive television finals during the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling, concluded the season with his fifth career PBA Tour title and second major, defeating Ryan Ciminelli of Cheetowaga, N.Y., in the championship match, 239-205, ending a five-year, 14-tournament television drought that extended back to his win in the 2007 USBC Masters for his first major title.

During the 2011-12 PBA Tour season, the TOC was the Montgomery, Ill., power-player’s only title, but he made it to the championship round six times and the Alaska native dominated PBA Tour stats, finishing first in average, competition points and earnings for the season.

By any measure, his World Series performance was eye-catching, resulting in three runner-up finishes, three third-place finishes and a fifth. Arch-rival Jason Belmonte of Australia won three titles during the World Series, and had five top-five finishes, making him a co-favorite for Player of the Year, but the race came right down to the end of the year.

“I didn’t really feel the need to win the Tournament of Champions to validate that I could win, but it did validate what had been a very good season all along,” Rash said. “I was disappointed I didn’t win at the World Series, but I was happy with the way I bowled in all of the tournaments.

“Nothing can really eliminate the frustration when you let opportunities slip away, but the win at the Tournament of Champions did come as a welcome sense of relief.”

Rash will try to defend his title against at least 50 other Tour champions on March 27, when the 48th Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions gets underway at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. He will try to become the first player to successfully defend a TOC title since Hall of Famer Jason Couch won an unprecedented three consecutive TOCs (1999, 2000 and 2002). Couch, who also will be in the field in Indianapolis, is the only player who has successfully defended a TOC title.

“I think what Jason (Couch) did will be a record that will never be repeated,” Rash said. “Winning the Tournament of Champions means you have beaten the best of the best.

“Every major has an element that makes it especially challenging to win, but for the Tournament of Champions, it’s the fact that you are competing against proven champions and I think that’s what separates it from the other majors.”

In addition to Rash and Couch other past TOC champions entered are Mika Koivuniemi (2011) Kelly Kulick (2010), Patrick Allen (2009), Chris Barnes (2006), Mark Williams (1985 and 1988), Wayne Webb (1980), Norm Duke (1994), Bryan Goebel (1998), Michael Haugen Jr. (2008), Johnny Petraglia (1971), George Branham III (1993), Steve Jaros (2005), Tommy Jones (2007), and Pete Weber (1987).

The 2013 TOC gets underway with three eight-game qualifying rounds on Wednesday, March 27, and Thursday, March 28, with the top 24 players after 24 games advancing to three eight-game round robin match play rounds Thursday and Friday which will determine the five players for the stepladder finals which will be televised Saturday, March 31 live on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. ET.

On Saturday, the PBA champions will bowl with Indianapolis-area amateur men, women and youth league bowlers in a pro-am event, and Saturday evening, Danny Wiseman of Baltimore and Doug Kent of Newark, N.Y., will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in ceremonies at the Indianapolis Marriott North. Sunday’s schedule also will include the stepladder finals of the PBA League Elias Cup, the inaugural PBA League championship round, which will air on ESPN on Sunday, April 7, at 1 p.m. ET.

Brunswick News

March 03, 2013

Jason Sterner Captures Don Carter Classic Title

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Jason Sterner of McDonough, Ga., who had never finished higher than seventh place in a Professional Bowlers Association Tour event before the 2012-13 season, won his first PBA Tour title in the Don Carter Classic with a nearly-perfect 299-235 victory over top qualifier Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, at Thunderbowl Lanes.

The Don Carter Classic and PBA League Carter team finals aired Sunday on ESPN.

Sterner, who lost a 199-177 decision to eventual champion Tom Daugherty in his only previous PBA television appearance in the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling earlier in the season, lost his chance at the 23rd nationally-televised 300 game in PBA history when he left a solid 10 pin on his final shot.

He also lost a bid to join Bob Benoit of Topeka, Kan., as only the second player to win his first PBA Tour title with a 300 game. Benoit won the 1988 Quaker State Open in Grand Prairie, Texas, for his first title in his first PBA television appearance.

“The biggest thing I learned from my first show was getting rid of the nerves, and to trust your decisions,” Sterner said. “It’s a little added pressure to bowl on TV, but once you get comfortable, and trust your decisions, it’s a lot easier.

“I felt very confident,” he added. “I had the right ball, I knew what moves I needed to make and it was just a matter of going through my routine and believing in it. After the first couple of shots, I could see how the lanes were changing, and it just came easy. It was definitely a great feeling.

“When I realized the match was done, I realized I had a shot at 300, and the pins just kept falling,” Sterner continued. “I don’t think I’ve ever bowled that good of a game under pressure, ever.

“The last shot, I liked. I thought it was a great shot, but at that point I was so ready to celebrate the win, the 300 game wasn’t even important.”

With his first PBA Tour title, Sterner also earned his first opportunity to compete in the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, March 26-31 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

Brunswick News

March 01, 2013

76-year-old league bowler scores 865 series with Brunswick

John Scaia, 76, of Syracuse, N.Y., loves bowling and his Monday travel league. He recently decided to put on a show for his teammates and community. He went to Lakeview Recreation, a well known center in the area, with hope that a new ball would give him higher scores. The 40-year-old, 16-lane center yields some of the best scores and highest league members in the area.

John worked with pro shop operator Mike McCracken of Ball Wizard Pro Shop in Syracuse to get a ball that was aggressive and would enable him to stand to the left and really hook the lane. John hooked him up with a Nexus Solid.

John threw 10 strikes in a row in his first game and then left a 10 pin that cost him perfection. He repeated his performance with 10 strikes in a row again. His third game started a bit rough with a strike and a spare, but then caught fire as he ran the next 10 strikes in a row one more time. His game scores were 289, 287, 289 for an astounding 865 series.

John throws 13 lb equipment and has scored three different 800 series with Brunswick equipment.

Brunswick News

February 28, 2013

“Championship-worthy” Line-up of Presenting Sponsors Announced for Historic 2013 Bowling’s U.S. Open

The historic 2013 Bowling’s U.S. Open just got even bigger as the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA), the bowling industry’s premier trade organization announced today the presenting sponsors for the tournament. The Open, which will be held in Columbus, OH beginning July 20, will combine the Men’s, Women’s and Senior Women’s tournaments. To support this ground-breaking event, the following major global brands have signed on as presenting sponsors: The Brands of Ebonite & Columbia 300, Brunswick Bowling & Billiards, Jani-King and Storm Bowling Products.

The unprecedented event is the result of a collaborative effort between four of the leading organizations in bowling – the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA), the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Strike Ten Entertainment (STE).

“This historic 2013 Bowling’s U.S. Open is the pinnacle event of professional bowling. Never before has there been so much excitement as evidenced by the stature of the iconic brands that have already signed on as presenting sponsors,” said John Losito, tournament director of the event. “Just like the Open itself, each of these brands are in the upper echelon of their respective categories, and by signing on as sponsors, they continue to help elevate and enhance what is already a great sport.”

The Brands of Ebonite & Columbia 300, Storm Bowling Products and Brunswick Bowling & Billiards are some of the leading brands in the sport today. Additionally, Jani-King the “Official Cleaning Provider of the BPAA” returns again as a presenting sponsor, continuing to offer cleaning services to the more than 3,500 bowling centers that are members of the BPAA.

“As a bowler, it’s thrilling and inspiring to see the collaboration between our sport, the industry and our sponsors,” said Kelly Kulick, the 2003, 2010 and 2012 Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open champion. “Through the U.S. Open, and with the help of these presenting sponsors, we look forward to an exciting tournament that will captivate bowlers and fans nationwide.”

“The U.S. Open is the number one tournament on my calendar every year,” said PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Pete Weber, who won the U.S. Open for a record fifth time in 2012. “It’s the most challenging and prestigious event in the sport, as far as I’m concerned, and I can’t wait until July when I plan to come to Columbus and win it for a sixth time.”

The Men’s and Women’s U.S. Open competition will take place simultaneously, beginning Saturday, July 20, at three host centers – Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus Western Bowl and Holiday Lanes. The event will conclude with the top four men and top four women bowlers earning a spot in the finals, taking place Saturday, July 27, at Columbus Western Bowl. As one of the most influential brands in sports, the U.S. Open finals will be telecast live in a two-hour event on ESPN at noon EST that Saturday, where the winner of the Men’s and the winner of the Women’s U.S. Open will be crowned. ESPN has been broadcasting the Open since 1997.

Brunswick News

February 21, 2013

Brunswick Signs PBA Pro Jason Sterner to Pro Staff

Brunswick Bowling announced today that Jason Sterner is the newest professional bowler to join its Pro Staff.

Sterner, who joined the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) in 2006, has six PBA Regional titles to his credit and nine 300 games. So far during the 2012-13 season, Sterner has bowled in six events. Earlier this season he made his PBA television debut in the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV in Las Vegas where he finished fourth for his best career Tour finish.

Sterner, of Fayetteville, Ga., is a right-handed bowler and bowled on Brunswick’s regional staff for several years. “It’s good to be back home,” says Sterner. “I couldn’t ask for a better staff of people to be a part of.”

“Brunswick is very excited to add Jason to the Brunswick Pro Staff,” said Brian Graham, Brunswick’s director of sales and marketing for Consumer Products. “Jason has great ambition and talent. We’re looking forward with great anticipation to watch him compete on the Tour.”

Sterner joins Brunswick Pro Staff members Parker Bohn III, Tom Hess, Chris Loschetter, Sean Rash, Tom Smallwood, and Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

Brunswick News

February 13, 2013

Brunswick Bowling expands distributorship in Mainland China

Brunswick Bowling announced today that it has partnered with Dinghong Bowling to expand its coverage in China.

Dinghong will service the mainland China market for Brunswick as a distributor of capital equipment to modernize or build new bowling centers, as well as for after-market (parts & supplies) and consumer goods (bowling balls, bags, shoes).

Dinghong Bowling was founded in 1996 when bowling was first introduced in China. Today, under the leadership of Tao (Kevin) Wang, Dinghong operates seven bowling centers in China and is very active in growing the sport of bowling and bringing bowling back to the prominent, recreational activity that it once was.

“Dinghong brings strong, operational expertise and business background, along with the desire to educate those who wish to also expand the bowling industry in China,” said Gary Smith, vice president international sales. “It is great to have a passionate company like Dinghong join our team.”

Dinghong Bowling headquarters is located at Dinghong Bowling Center, Swan Hotel, No.95, Zhongshan Rd., Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, P. R. China, 150036,

Brunswick News

January 14, 2013

Brunswick Adds Mo Pinel to the Radical Bowling Technologies Team

Brunswick Bowling today announced that it has signed an agreement to add renowned bowling ball developer Mo Pinel to the Radical Bowling Technologies team. Pinel will serve as Technology Developer for the Radical brand, bringing patented technologies and years of core design experience. “By adding Mo to Radical team, we will be able differentiate the balls with unique core designs that provide unmatched ball dynamics and satisfaction for serious bowlers,” according to Brian Graham, Brunswick director of sales and marketing for consumer products.

Recognized as one of the most colorful personalities in the bowling industry, Mo Pinel has famously revolutionized ball technology several times over the past 25 years. In 1991, Pinel introduced the AMF Sumo, the first mass-market flaring bowling ball. Six years later, he developed the Hammer 3D Offset for Faball, widely credited as the bowling ball that forevermore changed ball design. His most recent venture with MoRich included the development of a number of extremely aggressive bowling balls with strong hook motion.

“I am excited to be on a team that will be focused on developing and implementing innovative bowling ball technologies,” said Pinel. “The Radical Bowling Technologies brand will speak to the technically minded league bowler, and this is a significant audience in today’s bowling ball business.”

“Integrating Mo into Radical Bowling Technologies will certainly add creativity and innovation,” said Brunswick’s Graham. “This is going to be very interesting.”

Brunswick News

January 13, 2013

Parker Wins PBA World Championship

LAS VEGAS – Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., completed one of the most impressive, if unlikely, victories in his hall of fame career, defeating four opponents including top qualifier Jason Belmonte of Australia, 254-227, to win the PBA World Championship at South Point Hotel and Casino.

The concluding event of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV, and the first major championship of the 2012-13 PBA Tour season, aired Sunday on ESPN.

Bohn, who had not won a title in more than four years, captured his 33rd PBA Tour title – and second major – with a stunning performance that began when he claimed the 24th and final position in match play by only three pins, followed by qualifying for the stepladder finals by only nine pins.

In the championship round, he defeated Canada’s Dan MacLelland, 226-218; Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., 200-170, and reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 278-231, to advance to the title match where he defeated Belmonte.

In winning the World Championship, Bohn became only the third player ever to win a major championship after qualifying 24th for match play (Mike Aulby won the 1989 U.S. Open and Pete Weber won the 1991 U.S. Open after qualifying 24th), and the 15th overall to accomplish that feat. At age 49 years, 122 days he also became the second-oldest player ever to win the PBA World Championship (Tom Baker was 49 years, 192 days when he won in 2004).

“Dreams do come true if you wait long enough, I guess,” Bohn said. “It was a lot of destiny, a lot of things working in my favor.”

Bohn, who almost cancelled his plans to attend the World Series after Super Storm Sandy devastated his home state, began his miraculous title quest with seven strikes in his first nine frames en route to his victory over MacLelland. In the second match, he got help in overcoming a 10-pin deficit when Page missed a 7 pin spare attempt in the eighth frame and opened again in the ninth.

The veteran left-hander started the semifinal match against Rash with seven strikes and never trailed. In the title match, he struck on eight of his first 10 shots against Belmonte, but didn’t break away until Belmonte left 10 pins in the seventh and ninth frames.

“When I look at everything that’s gone on this week,” Bohn said, hesitating. “I looked at (my wife) Leslie the night before I left and said, you know, it’s a tossup over whether I even go. The only thankful grace at that point was we had our power back a couple of hours before I left.

“When I got here, I missed the first practice session, but lo and behold, I kept going throughout the week. I never made the top 16 in any of the events, but still found myself fortunate enough to sneak in to match play in 24th. I just kept plugging along.

“The only pin I threw away all week was on one fill ball, when I threw a 7 pin away. That’s the only pin I can remember throwing away the entire week. Every pin mattered. I only made the top 24 by three pins, and then I made the TV show by less than 10 pins as well.”

When he got to the ESPN finals, Bohn believes divine intervention came into play.

“I do believe my old friend (the late Tony Reyes) was looking down on me and letting me stand tall. The biggest key was going through the nose in the seventh frame against (Rash). A pin rolls out of nowhere and takes out the 4-7, and I get a strike. Usually whoever wins has one or two breaks and I’m here to tell you, I had my share of breaks today.”

Throughout the World Series, Bohn said he was bowling for more than himself.

“My wife and I have created a Striking Out Sandy fund. We’re trying to raise funds for kids who unfortunately lost everything,” Bohn said. “I know there are families that lost everything, but hopefully there will be other people who can take care of them. We had people who were donating money for every strike during qualifying. All of the money we’re raising is going to buy kids backpacks and things they need for school so they can hopefully put the past behind them.

“My heart always goes out to kids,” he added. “I’ve got five children myself and I want them to be able to live life as normally as they can. I had one guy compute all of the strikes I threw in qualifying and match play – 415 or 420 – and he put up $1 a pin himself. We had another guy who lives in upstate New York near my brother-in-law Doug Kent and his wife Chrissie who had a 25-foot trailer. He saw what we were doing on our website, and filled the trailer with clothes and supplies, and delivered it to our area.”

Information about the Striking Out Sandy program can be found of parkerbohn.com. “It’ll be there for a long time to come, because I can’t tell you how much the people back east have gone through,” Bohn said. “It’s not going to get corrected by tomorrow.”

While the hardships friends and family faced were fresh on his mind, Bohn might have been the happiest he has ever been after winning a PBA title.

“I’m as happy as I can be,” he grinned. “Now I can say that I’m the world champion.”

ESPN’s coverage of the 2012-13 PBA Tour season continues next Sunday with the finals of the Round1 Japan Cup from Tokyo, Japan, at 3 p.m. ET. The all-new PBA League then makes its debut with a live two-hour ESPN telecast from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., at noon ET on Sunday, Jan. 27.

Pre- and post-telecast coverage will be webcast on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

South Point Exhibition Hall, Las Vegas

Final Standings: 1, Parker Bohn, Jackson, N.J., $50,000. 2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $25,000. 3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $15,000. 4, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., $12,000. 5, Dan MacLelland, Canada, $10,000.

Brunswick News

January 07, 2013

Brunswick Signs Agreement to Add Radical Bowling Balls

Brunswick Bowling today announced a major deal with Radical Bowling – the high-tech ball company owned by notable bowling ball innovator Phil Cardinale. The agreement will move the production of Radical bowling balls to the Brunswick manufacturing plant, and the brand will be renamed Radical Bowling Technologies. Cardinale will continue his role in the development, sales and promotion of the Radical Bowling Technologies product line.

“I’m thrilled to team up with Brunswick,” said Cardinale. “Brunswick gives us stability and first-class manufacturing for our balls, and this agreement will allow Radical to expand its reach with improved sales and distribution to pro shops and consumers around the world. In return, I bring a cult following for Radical balls – bowlers who aren’t Brunswick customers.”

Brian Graham, director of sales and marketing for Brunswick consumer products, concurred, saying, “Partnering with Phil and creating Radical Bowling Technologies is a great example of how we’re growing our overall position in the bowling consumer products business. This brand will allow us to expand our product offerings to reach a new customer that is looking for a technological edge in their bowling balls.”

Cardinale’s creativity and business instincts are certainly among the most valuable assets gained by Brunswick in the deal. He first broke into the bowling business in 1988 after throwing a perfect game with a ball that had its drilling specs reversed. He got an audience with the ball manufacturer’s owner after informing the company of the error, then helped remake the company into Track Bowling, his first bowling venture. In the 25 years since, Cardinale founded and ran several other successful bowling ball companies, building up the estimable reputation and fan-base he enjoys today. He is perhaps best known for thinking of everything. “My role, in all of my companies, has been to have the whole spectrum covered – the cores, the cover stocks and the programs (branding/packaging/marketing),” said Cardinale. “We make sure to appeal to the whole chain – the distributor, the pro shop and the consumer, so all three parties benefit from the sale. We want there to be “Wow!” in the whole program, not just in the ball.”

Brunswick News

December 05, 2012

Brunswick Euro Challenge New Location Announced

BEC 2013 – Anniversary Edition

To highlight the continuous success of the Brunswick Euro Challenge over the past years, Valcke Bowling and Brunswick are pleased to announce the move to the largest center in Europe, 52-lanes Dream-Bowl Palace, Unterföhring near Munich, for the tournament’s 10th anniversary.

The tournament dates, March 19-24 and squads’ schedule have been adjusted for the new location.

Registration opens December 15, 2012.

For details, please go to www.brunswickeurochallenge.com.

Brunswick News

November 08, 2012

Parker Bohn Striking Out Sandy

November 4, 2012—Living only 20 minutes from the New Jersey shore, Parker and his family know first hand the destruction left in the wake of the recent Hurricane Sandy. Many people are displaced from their homes close to the shore, and thousands more are still living without power in the area. New Jersey will simply never be the same again.

Parker has decided to help the cause with his “Striking Out Sandy” program, and asks for your help as well. You can make a flat donation, or you can pledge a set amount for every strike he throws at the GEICO World Series of Bowling, running from November 2-7, 2012, in Las Vegas, NV. Make your pledge by visiting Parker’s Facebook page, or by emailing Leslie Bohn . Read more at parkerbohn.com.

Brunswick News

October 31, 2012

Brunswick & DV8 Pro Staff to Host Best Buddies at World Series of Bowling

The Professional Bowling Association (PBA) World Series of Bowling (WSOB) televised finals will kick-off on Saturday, Nov. 10, but before they are consumed with practice sessions and qualifying rounds the Brunswick and DV8-sponsored teams have personal business to attend to.

On Thursday, Nov., 1, Brunswick & DV8 professional bowlers and coaching staff will host individuals from the Las Vegas Chapter of Best Buddies for a memorable afternoon at the bowling center located inside South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa.

Timeline of Brunswick/Best Buddies Event:
3:30 p.m. Private autograph session
4:00 p.m. Private practice session – Best Buddies members can enjoy a private viewing of the bowlers in action, or bowl a few frames on the lanes donated by South Point
5:00 p.m. Afternoon concludes with a pizza party

Brunswick Bowling & Billiards, a leader within the bowling industry, has worked directly with the Las Vegas Chapter of Best Buddies, the Professional Bowlers Association and South Point to create this special event to for Best Buddies.

Best Buddies is a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-on-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Brunswick News

September 28, 2012

PBA Champion Tony Reyes Dies from Injuries Suffered in Car Accident

SEATTLE – The sport of bowling was shaken Friday with the news that PBA Tour champion Tony Reyes had been killed in a car accident in California.

Reyes, 38, who competed in 14 seasons on the PBA Tour, won his lone Tour title in dramatic fashion in the 2006 Motor City Classic in Detroit where he bowled the 18th televised 300 game in PBA Tour history in the semifinal match against Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III before going on to defeat Wes Malott in the championship match 255-238.

Reyes, of San Bruno, Calif., cut back on Tour competition in recent seasons to concentrate on his pro shop business and coaching. Most recently, he finished sixth in the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions, 21st in 2012 and 37th in 2011.

“It is a sad day for the PBA and bowling,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “You hear descriptions about people all the time as being ‘great guys.’ Well in Tony Reyes’ case, that is an understatement. No one who ever met Tony Reyes didn’t like Tony Reyes. He was a great bowler, a unique talent with a gift of spreading the virtues of the game, a wonderful friend and the sadness we feel is indescribable. Our thoughts are with the Reyes family.”

Reyes, who also won eight PBA Regional titles, graduated from San Jose State University in 1998 with a degree in radio, television and film. He competed on the San Jose State bowling team from 1992-95 and was named First Team All-America in 1993 and ’95. He was also an assistant coach for the San Jose State bowling team.

“Tony Reyes was an amazing person,” said PBA Deputy Commissioner and longtime PBA Tour Director Kirk von Krueger. “When he walked into a room, you just couldn’t help but smile; he simply made you feel good. Tony’s ‘100 watt’ smile was a window into the man inside and it told you everything you needed to know about him.”

According to the San Bruno Patch News website, the accident occurred in the early morning hours Friday in the town of Redwood City.

Reyes was married to wife Nicole and had a one-year-old daughter, Gianna.

Additional details regarding his death were limited and information regarding services is still pending.

Brunswick News

August 15, 2012

Brunswick Players Dominate 2011/2012 Bowling Season with Top Achievements

WRW Sr POY
PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. captured his first PBA Senior Player of the Year crown in the final tournament of the 2012 season. Despite being eliminated in the match play Round of 16, Williams earned his first Senior Player of the Year title to go along with his record seven on the PBA Tour.

The PBA Tour’s all-time career titles leader with 47 wins will now turn his attention to the 2012-13 PBA Tour season which starts with the PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas in November.

“I’m looking forward to the World Series and probably am going to give it another year on the PBA Tour and evaluate it after that,” Williams said. “It’s a little different bowling out here on the Senior Tour than the regular Tour but I’m encouraged by the season I had on the Senior Tour.”

Read the full story here.

Johnny Petraglia Wins PBA Titles in Six Decades
PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia became the first player in PBA history to win a national tour or senior tour title in six decades by winning the PBA Senior Dayton Classic earlier this year.

Petraglia, who won his eighth career Senior Tour title, also ended a three-year drought without a win by defeating reigning Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, 220-204, in the title match.

Overall, Petraglia and fellow PBA legend Dick Weber both have PBA titles in six decades, however, Weber’s longevity mark includes a PBA regional title. Petraglia also owns 14 PBA Tour titles, winning his first at a national tour stop in Ft. Smith, Ark., in 1966 at the age of 19.

“I guess it shows how old I am,” Petraglia said jokingly after achieving the milestone. “But this is very special to me because it’s part of history and makes it all worth it.

“You know at my age, I was wondering if it was going to happen,” he said. “There are so many great Senior Tour players and there are more great bowlers from the regular Tour who are becoming eligible so it doesn’t get any easier. Another thing that makes it special is that there are some guys that might be able to tie this record in the coming years but probably not going to break it.”

Read the full article here.

Tournament of Champions
Sean Rash Wins TOC; Ciminelli Runner-up
Brunswick Bowling had an astounding win at the PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, Nevada. Brunswick Bowler, 29-year-old Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, battled through this prestigious series of matches to be titled Champion.

Rash won the championship with a 239-205 victory over fellow Brunswick Bowler, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. “This one (tournament) ranks right up there with the most important titles I’ve ever won,” Rash said. “Your first title is always special, and so is your first major, but this tournament is special because everyone who bowls in it is a champion. The other guys in the finals are all great young players.”

“Sean and Ryan are both dedicated players and it is exciting to see the Brunswick Pro Staff having great success with our new bowling balls. Brunswick has devoted a tremendous amount of effort into our ball technologies over the past year or so, and all that hard work is showing up in outstanding ball performance that provides the winning edge for all levels of bowlers,” says Brian Graham, Director of Sales and Marketing for Brunswick.

Read more on this story here.

Later in the season Rash was named 2011-12 Professional Bowlers Association Chris Schenkel Player of the Year, concluding one of the most competitive Player of the Year contests in years.

Rash, who made a record five-consecutive television finals during the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling and concluded his season with a victory in the PBA Tournament of Champions, was elected over a field of 11 eligible candidates in balloting conducted among his fellow PBA Tour competitors and veteran members of the bowling news media.

In the end, Rash received 29.04 percent of the Player of the Year votes, Australia’s Jason Belmonte 26.61 percent and Mike Fagan of Dallas 18.32 percent in the closest voting contest in years. Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., received 11.89 percent and Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., 10.23 percent to round out the top five vote-getters.

“We all had great seasons, but I think winning the TOC put a stamp on it,” Rash said. “I’m a stats guy. When I voted in the past, I voted by the numbers. They don’t lie. If one of those guys had won the TOC, he would have got my vote.

More on Sean’s POY

Sean Rash Wins 2012 ESPY for Best Bowler
Sean Rash followed up his 2011-12 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year crown by receiving the 2012 “Best Bowler” ESPY Award during the 20th Annual ESPY Awards ceremony in Los Angeles in July.

Rash became the fans’ choice in the bowling category thanks to a Tour season in which he won the season-ending PBA Tournament of Champions for his only title, but had six championship round finishes, including third place in the PBA World Championship. Qualifying for a record five consecutive TV finals during the World Series of Bowling helped the Alaska native dominate PBA Tour stats where he finished first in average, points and earnings. His Tournament of Champions win was the fifth Tour title of his career.

“This is very special because it’s an award voted on by the fans—bowling fans and sports fans,” said Rash, who now makes his home in the Chicago suburb of Montgomery, Ill. “The fans are why we do what we do—they’re why I get up in the morning.

“Winning the Tournament of Champions, Player of the Year, getting married (to Sara) and winning the ESPY has made it just an unbelievable year,” Rash added. “Even though I had a frustrating start to the season, I had a lot of support from my family, fans, friends and Brunswick and without them I couldn’t have done it.”

See the full story here.

Brunswick News

August 15, 2012

Walter Ray Williams earns Sr. POY crown

DECATUR, Ill. (Aug. 14, 2012) – Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, won the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Decatur Open presented by Brunswick Tuesday for his eighth career Senior Tour title while PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. captured his first PBA Senior Player of the Year crown in the final tournament of the 2012 season.

Mohr, the 2011 and 2009 Senior Player of the Year, defeated three-time Senior Tour titlist Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 243-181, in the championship match to win his first title of the 2012 season.

“It really wasn’t realistic to expect I would have a season like last year,” Mohr said. “Plus, I was having trouble matching up my ball drilling layouts with the conditions for the first half of this season. It comes down to having to adjust and I really didn’t start making the right adjustments until about the middle of the season.”

Both Mohr and Sullins had trouble finding the pocket in the first half of the championship match but Mohr was able to string six strikes in a row from the fifth frame while Sullins continued to struggle.

“When you’re given the opportunity you have to take advantage of it,” Mohr said. “I could see he was struggling and I knew if I could just put a few good shots together I could win it.”

Williams earned his first Senior Player of the Year title to go along with his record seven on the PBA Tour.

Prior to the start of the tournament, 2012 USBC Senior Masters winner Mike Edwards of Tulsa and Hugh Miller of Seattle, who won last week’s Senior South Shore Open, had a chance to catch Williams in the Player of the Year race but both had to win for any chance. Edwards was also eliminated in the Round of 16 and Miller failed to advance to match play handing Senior Player of the Year to Williams.

“The guys that had a chance didn’t bowl all the tournaments this year so it would have been interesting to see how it would have turned out if they did,” said Williams, who was the Senior Tour’s Rookie of the Year in 2010. “I would have liked to finish it off with a win or at least a better finish but the breaks didn’t go my way and I let it get to me a little bit today.”

I’m looking forward to the World Series and probably am going to give it another year on the PBA Tour and evaluate it after that,” Williams said. “It’s a little different bowling out here on the Senior Tour than the regular Tour but I’m encouraged by the season I had on the Senior Tour.”

In the semifinal matches, Sullins defeated Wayne Webb, of Columbus, Ohio, 257-237, to advance to the championship match with Mohr beating Michael Henry of Brunswick, Ohio, 222-175.

Brunswick News

August 07, 2012

Walter Ray Williams Jr Wins Senior Regional

Walter Ray Williams Jr. finished first in the Senior Regional Tournament held in Arlington Heights., Ill. WRW used the newly-released Maxxed Out and Nexxxus™ƒ (P+S) performance balls, averaging 220 on a ‘Junior’ Chameleon.

Brunswick News

July 30, 2012

Sean Rash Wins 6th Regional Tournament

Brunswick Pro and 2012 ESPY winner Sean Rash recently won his 6th PBA regional title at Orland Bowl in Orland Park, IL.

Sean used Solid NeXus, Maxxed-Out and NeXXXus.

Brunswick News

July 30, 2012

Women bowler makes history with Brunswick equipment

Katie Verbil, a former Wichita State bowler, used Brunswick’s C System ulti-max during league bowling recently when she broke the women’s three- game national record with 879.

“I have always loved to throw Brunswick equipment and accomplishing this with a Brunswick ball in hand made it that much sweeter,” said Katie.

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Brunswick News

July 12, 2012

Sean Rash Wins 2012 ESPY for Best Bowler

Sean Rash followed up his 2011-12 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year crown by receiving the 2012 “Best Bowler” ESPY Award during the 20th Annual ESPY Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theatre Wednesday evening.

Rash became the fans’ choice in the bowling category thanks to a 2011-12 Tour season in which the 29-year-old right-hander won the season-ending PBA Tournament of Champions for his only title, but had six championship round finishes, including third place in the PBA World Championship. Qualifying for a record five consecutive TV finals during the World Series of Bowling helped the Alaska native dominate PBA Tour stats where he finished first in average, points and earnings. His Tournament of Champions win was the fifth Tour title of his career.

Sean and Sara Rash at 2012 ESPYs “This is very special because it’s an award voted on by the fans—bowling fans and sports fans,” said Rash, who now makes his home in the Chicago suburb of Montgomery, Ill. “The fans are why we do what we do—they’re why I get up in the morning.

“Winning the Tournament of Champions, Player of the Year, getting married (to Sara) and winning the ESPY has made it just an unbelievable year,” Rash added. “Even though I had a frustrating start to the season, I had a lot of support from my family, fans, friends and Brunswick and without them I couldn’t have done it.”

Brunswick News

July 02, 2012

Vote for Sean Rash in the 2012 Best Bowler ESPY Award

Cast your vote NOW for Sean Rash for the 2012 ESPY Best Bowler Award.

Voting ends at midnight on July 9th.

ESPY Award candidates are selected by ESPN for a variety of sports and special moments in athletic competition, and winners are determined by fan voting.

Brunswick News

June 11, 2012

Brunswick Signs PBA Pro Tom Hess to Pro Staff

Brunswick Bowling today announced that Tom Hess has joined its Pro Staff.

Hess, of Urbandale, Iowa, captured his first career Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) national title in 2011 when he won the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters. Prior to that victory, Hess had earned a one-year exemption for the 2011-2012 season by placing in the top 10 at the Regional Players Invitational in December of 2010. After the PBA National and Regional seasons were complete, he was named the 2010-2011 PBA Midwest Region Player of the Year.

Hess has been a member of the PBA since 2003, and he currently has seven PBA 300 games.

Hess was named 2010-11 PBA Midwest Region Player of the Year, 2003 PBA Midwest Region Rookie of the Year, three-time Iowa State Champion, and was elected to the Greater Des Moines Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 2011.

“I spent many of my days growing up practicing and dreaming of becoming a professional bowler, now getting that opportunity is truly a dream come true,” said Hess.

“We are very happy to add Tom Hess to the Brunswick Pro Staff. Tom is an intense competitor who knows how to win. We look forward to seeing Tom represent Brunswick on the PBA Tour,” said Brian Graham, marketing and sales director for Brunswick Consumer Products.

Hess joins Brunswick Pro Staff members and PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III, Johnny Petraglia, and Walter Ray Williams, Jr., as well as Ryan Ciminelli, Chris Loschetter, Sean Rash, Tony Reyes, and Tom Smallwood.

Brunswick News

June 07, 2012

Brunswick Hires Parker Bohn III as Product Specialist

Brunswick Bowling today announced that it has hired PBA Hall of Fame bowler Parker Bohn III as a product specialist in its Consumer Products division.

Bohn, who has been on Brunswick’s professional bowling staff for 24 years, has traveled the world as a professional bowler not only competing, but also giving seminars and clinics to bowlers of all skill levels. His new responsibilities will include representing Brunswick at industry events and visiting pro shops and bowling centers throughout the United States and around the world, offering product support and assistance.

Bohn will continue to compete on the PBA Tour as a Brunswick pro bowler and will expand his responsibilities to help Brunswick grow the consumer products business.

“I am very excited to expand my responsibilities with Brunswick and continue to support the industry and sport I love so much,” said Bohn. “I look forward to making new contacts in the industry and sharing my passion for bowling.”

“We are extremely excited about expanding Parker’s responsibilities with Brunswick Consumer Products off the lanes. Adding Parker to our team of product specialists will help us to expand our reach to pro shops and consumers around the world,” said Corey Dykstra, vice president for Brunswick Consumer and Aftermarket Products.

Bohn, who is a left-handed bowler, joined the PBA in 1984 and was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2000. He recorded his first win in 1987 and his career earnings of more than $2.7 million rank him third all-time. Bohn currently owns 32 career Tour titles, which ranks fifth all-time. A fierce competitor on the lanes and a gentleman off, Bohn has been recognized by his peers four times as the recipient of the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award (1990-1993).

Brunswick News

May 29, 2012

Sean Rash Wins 2011-12 PBA Player of the Year Award

Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., was named as 2011-12 Professional Bowlers Association Chris Schenkel Player of the Year Monday, concluding one of the most competitive Player of the Year contests in years.

Rash, who made a record five-consecutive television finals during the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling and concluded his season with a victory in the PBA Tournament of Champions, was elected over a field of 11 eligible candidates in balloting conducted among his fellow PBA Tour competitors and veteran members of the bowling news media.

In the end, Rash received 29.04 percent of the Player of the Year votes, Australia’s Jason Belmonte 26.61 percent and Mike Fagan of Dallas 18.32 percent in the closest voting contest in years. Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., received 11.89 percent and Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., 10.23 percent to round out the top five vote-getters.

The announcement was made live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel as a special kickoff to the made-for-television PBA Summer Shootout special event at 10pin bowling lounge in Chicago.

During the 2011-12 PBA Tour season, Rash, a 29-year-old right-hander, won the season-ending PBA Tournament of Champions for his only title, but had six championship round finishes, including third place in the PBA World Championship. Qualifying for a record five consecutive TV finals during the World Series of Bowling helped the Alaska native dominate PBA Tour stats where he finish first in average, points and earnings.

“We all had great seasons, but I think winning the TOC put a stamp on it,” Rash said. “I’m a stats guy. When I voted in the past, I voted by the numbers. They don’t lie. If one of those guys had won the TOC, he would have got my vote.

“I felt a big sign of relief,” he said of the moment PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced his win. “It meant a lot to have the waiting finally over.

“Jason and Mike and I have bowled in 15 different countries during the past year. We travel around the world to stay sharp,” Rash added. “You take a lot of satisfaction after all of the travel, the practice, the sacrifices you make. We’ve made each other better.”

Belmonte, a 28-year-old two-handed player, won three titles, had championship round finishes, finished third in average and second in both points and earnings. Belmonte also finished third in the U.S. Open and Tournament of Champions, fourth in the PBA World Championship and ninth in the USBC Masters.

Fagan, a 31-year-old right-hander, won the Alka-Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels USBC Masters for his first major title and he won the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Paris, France. The Long Island, N.Y., native had three additional championship round finishes including second place in the U.S. Open and fourth place in the Tournament of Champions. Statistically, he was second in average, and third in points and earnings.

Also contending in the Player of the Year race were Weber, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, and Duke, three-time winner during the 2011-12 season.

The Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year Award is named in honor of the late hall of fame announcer who served as the voice of the PBA on ABC Television for 36 years.

Brunswick News

May 18, 2012

Johnny Petraglia Wins PBA Senior Dayton Classic, Wins PBA Titles in Six Decades

KETTERING, Ohio (May 17, 2012) – Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia became the first player in PBA history to win a national tour or senior tour title in six decades by winning the PBA Senior Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip Thursday at Capri Lanes.

Petraglia, who won his eighth career Senior Tour title, also ended a three-year drought without a win by defeating reigning Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, 220-204, in the title match.

Petraglia, who was the top seed for the finals, started strong with the first three strikes but then ran into trouble in the fourth frame throwing a 4-6-7-10 split. He threw another split (3-7) in the seventh frame but was able to close out the match with four strikes and a nine-count which was enough to beat Mohr who was also struggling.

“When I threw that first split it surprised me because I thought it was going to be a strike,” said the 65-year-old Petraglia, whose last Senior Tour title came in the 2009 Sun Bowl In The Villages. “Frankly, I was a little lost at that point. I really didn’t make an adjustment until after that second split when I moved right on the approach, threw it a little farther left on the lane and trusted that it would come back and it did.

“I guess some things are meant to happen,” he added. “Ron was having trouble on the left lane leaving three 10-pins which meant if I could get back to striking I could still win the match.”

Overall, Petraglia and fellow PBA legend Dick Weber both have PBA titles in six decades, however, Weber’s longevity mark includes a PBA regional title. Petraglia also owns 14 PBA Tour titles, winning his first at a national tour stop in Ft. Smith, Ark., in 1966 at the age of 19.

“I guess it shows how old I am,” Petraglia said jokingly after achieving the milestone. “But this is very special to me because it’s part of history and makes it all worth it.

“You know at my age, I was wondering if it was going to happen,” he said. “There are so many great Senior Tour players and there are more great bowlers from the regular Tour who are becoming eligible so it doesn’t get any easier. Another thing that makes it special is that there are some guys that might be able to tie this record in the coming years but probably not going to break it.”

In the semi-final match, Mohr, trying for his first title of the season and eighth of his career, defeated Ron Profitt of Brookville, Ohio, 238-222, to advance to the title match. In the opening match, Profitt defeated last week’s Senior Mooresville Classic winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., 243-217. Learn beat Profitt in the championship match of that tournament, 203-196, for his first Senior Tour title.

The Senior Tour takes a two-week break before the Senior U.S. Open June 3-8 at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The season’s first major will be streamed live in its entirety on bowling’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Subscription information is available by visiting www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA SENIOR DAYTON CLASSIC PRESENTED BY ROTO GRIP
Capri Lanes, Kettering, Ohio, Thursday

FINAL STANDINGS
1, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., one game, 220, $8,000.
2, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, two games, 442, $4,500.
3, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, two games, 465, $3,000.
4, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa. one game, 217, $2,500.

Brunswick News

May 03, 2012

Brunswick Signs PBA Pro Tony Reyes to Pro Staff

MUSKEGON, Mich., May 3, 2012 – Brunswick Bowling announced today that Tony Reyes is the newest professional bowler to join its Pro Staff.

Reyes, who joined the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) in 1997, has one PBA Tour title to his credit. During the 2006 Motor City Open, he became the 18th bowler in PBA history to roll a 300 game on television, later winning that tournament. Reyes also has nine PBA Regional Titles, and a total of 24 career 300 games.

Among his other credits, Reyes holds 10 PBA Regional Titles and was named Collegiate All-American at San Jose State University, where he serves as an assistant coach for the bowling team. Reyes also owns and operates Off the Sheet Pro Shop in San Jose, Calif.

“I feel very privileged to join this talented staff of players and contribute my experience to the team,” says Reyes. “Brunswick has always been a leader in the bowling business, and I’m honored to be part of the family. I’m looking forward to helping Brunswick Bowling continue to be the best in the business!”

“Tony will be a great addition to the Brunswick team,” said Brian Graham, marketing and sales director for Brunswick Consumer Products. “We have a great line-up of bowlers on our Pro Staff, and we look forward to picking up more wins on the PBA Tour.”

Reyes joins Brunswick Pro Staff members Parker Bohn III, Ryan Ciminelli, Chris Loschetter, Sean Rash, Tom Smallwood, and Hall of Famer, Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

Brunswick News

May 02, 2012

Walter Ray Williams Jr. Wins PBA Senior Don Carter Memorial

Rebounding from a tough 2011-12 Professional Bowlers Association Tour season and coping with the emotions resulting from his father’s recent passing, Walter Ray Williams Jr. persevered to win the PBA Senior Don Carter Memorial Open Wednesday, May 2 for his third career Senior Tour title.

Williams defeated Bo Goergen of Sanford, Mich., in the championship at Carter Family Bowl, 247-217, marking his first Senior Tour win since the Senior Mark Roth Allentown Open in May of 2011.

In the 2011-12 Tour season, the 52-year-old Hall of Famer’s record streak of 26 consecutive years making at least one TV finals appearance came to an end and he had a best finish of only 17th in the Shark Open. On Tuesday his father passed away after a lengthy illness.

“I’m not an emotional person but I’ll have to admit this was an emotional week for me,” said Williams. “It helped a great deal to have my family here not only for my dad but also to be here to watch me bowl.”

Even though the scores showed that Williams was dominant in match play, he felt fortunate to win all four of his matches Wednesday.

“On paper it looked easy but I can tell you that in a few of those matches my opponents bowled better than they scored,” said the PBA Tour all-time titles leader with 47 wins. “An example was Bo in the title match when he started with the first five (strikes) but then had a split in the sixth frame which gave me an opening.”

Williams’ win in the second tournament of the 2012 season comes off a fourth-place finish in last week’s season-opening Senior Sun Bowl In The Villages in The Villages, Fla.

“It was a great tournament and nice to win again,” Williams said. “It’s a confidence builder and now I just hope I can keep some momentum going and hope for a good Senior Tour season.

“The lanes play a little differently out here than they do on the regular tour but you still have to make good shots and when you don’t, you have to make the right adjustments. I just wasn’t throwing enough good shots last season on tour.”

In the semifinals, Williams defeated fellow Ocala resident Brian Brazeau, who was trying for his second Senior Tour title, 246-213. In the other semifinal, Goergen, who was trying for his first Senior Tour title, defeated Tim Kauble of Marion, Ohio, 190-165.

Brunswick News

April 26, 2012

Sean Rash Makes A Strong Case For POY

The 2011-12 Professional Bowlers Association Tour season turned into one of the most compelling season-long battles for Chris Schenkel Player of the Year honors in history as a group of stars battled in PBA major championships and events around the world.

The three leading vote-getters in the Player of the Year race will be announced on Wednesday, May 16, followed by the first-ever live announcement of the winner on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel on Monday, May 28, during the PBA Summer Shootout at 10pin Bowling Lounge in Chicago.

Brunswick pro, Sean Rash, has made quite a case to be named this season’s Player of the Year, after winning the PBA’s signature event, the Tournament of Champions.

Statistical Triple-Crown Winner (Average, Points, Earnings):

This season, Sean led the Tour with eight top-five finishes, including third place in the PBA World Championship, and finished first in average, points and earnings. He also qualified for a record five consecutive TV finals during the World Series of Bowling. Check out the complete Player of the Year Stats.

Off the lanes:

Sean battled hard this year, both on and off the lanes. His involvement with Best Buddies and the Make-A-Wish Foundation made a lasting impression with two of his newest friends. Sean proved to be a great ambassador for bowling, the PBA and Brunswick.




What others are saying:

PBA Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year are selected by the entire PBA membership plus a panel of veteran bowling writers. The Nagy Award is voted on by players who bowled at least half of the PBA Tour events during the past season. Ballots, full statistical data and voting instructions will be available to PBA members on the members-only section of PBA.com beginning April 25. Hard copy ballots will be mailed to media voters. The deadline for voting will be May 15.

Brunswick News

April 25, 2012

Brunswick Pros Win Regional Tournaments

PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., boosted his amazing PBA title total to 81 overall when he defeated reigning PBA Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, by 116 pins on April 19 to win the PBA South Region Don Carter Signature Series Tampa Senior Open at AMF University Lanes.

The regional event was the final tune-up prior to the start of the Senior Sun Bowl at The Villages presented by Storm at Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Fla., to kick off the 2012 PBA Senior Tour season. The win in Tampa was Williams’ 32nd in regional competition to go along with his all-time record 47 PBA Tour titles and two PBA Senior Tour victories.

In the PBA East Region, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. went 13-3 in match play to record a 69-pin victory over Eddie Torres of Port Ewen, N.Y. in the PBA East Region 900 Global Open at Catskill Hoe Bowl Sunday in Catskill, N.Y. Ciminelli, coming off his runner-up finish in the PBA Tournament of Champions, averaged 249 to lead qualifying and was never challenged on his way to his seventh career regional title and a $2,500 first prize.

Brunswick News

April 19, 2012

Sean Rash Wins T of C Using Newly-Released Brunswick Ball

Muskegon, Michigan – As a leader within the bowling industry, Brunswick Bowling & Billiards had an astounding win over the weekend at the PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, Nevada. Brunswick Bowler, 29-year-old Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, battled through this prestigious series of matches to be titled Champion.

Rash won the championship with a 239-205 victory over fellow Brunswick Bowler, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. “This one (tournament) ranks right up there with the most important titles I’ve ever won,” Rash said. “Your first title is always special, and so is your first major, but this tournament is special because everyone who bowls in it is a champion. The other guys in the finals are all great young players.”

With his PBA Tournament of Champions Title, Rash is now vying for the PBA Player of the Year. He unofficially led the PBA Tour in earnings, average and competition points while finishing in the Top 10 in 11 of 14 tournaments.

Sean Rash and Ryan Ciminelli both bowled with newly-released Brunswick Balls throughout the PBA Tournament of Champions.

Rash was throwing the C-(System) Versa-Max when he won the title of the PBA Tournament of Champions. This Brunswick ball has the newest breakthrough in their Chemical Friction Technology. Brunswick has designed the CFT versa-max to have the ultimate coverstock in order to provide enhanced projection down the lane with saving axis rotation for more energy on the backend and through the pins. With its High Gloss Finish, the C-(System) skids effortlessly down the lanes and has the most versatile ball motion from fresh to extremely broken down lane conditions.

Ciminelli, a left-handed player, was throwing the Nexxus ƒ (P+R) throughout the PBA Tournament of Champions. The Nexxus balls were produced using Brunswick’s newest innovation – Adaptive Chemistry. This process blends various performance-enhancing additives to produce any and every ball reaction. The Nexxus ƒ (P+R) describes Brunswick’s latest formula combining (P)rojection and Recovery additives together to create their most aggressive coverstock. This ball also offers the highest hook potential and most continuation of any Brunswick ball to date.

“We are thrilled about Sean’s victory at the Tournament of Champions this past weekend. Sean and Ryan are both dedicated players and it is exciting to see the Brunswick Pro Staff having great success with our new bowling balls. Brunswick has devoted a tremendous amount of effort into our ball technologies over the past year or so, and all that hard work is showing up in outstanding ball performance that provides the winning edge for all levels of bowlers,” says Brian Graham, Director of Sales and Marketing for Brunswick.

Brunswick News

April 16, 2012

Brunswick Staffer Named BWAA Amateur Bowler of the Year

Jazreel Tan, a native Singaporean who lives in Wichita, Kansas, and Matt Weggen, Muscatine, Iowa, have been selected as the 2011 Bowling Writers Association of America Amateur Bowlers of the Year.

Tan, who is a Brunswick International Staff Player, earned her honor through consistent, year-long college performances. Weggen earned his through a blistering, record-setting day in Reno.

Tan, 22, a Wichita State University junior majoring in Sports Management, was also the BWAA Collegiate Female Bowler of the Year. She was selected as the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association All-American Most Valuable Player and First Team All-American. She won individual titles at the Blue & Gold and Backhaul-Hoosier tournaments.

Tan, a member of the Singaporean national team, was a two-time Singapore National Champion and Singapore National Council Sportsgirl of the Year. She said, “It’s always nice to be recognized.”

Weggen, 32, a systems analyst for Involta Technologies, set a USBC Open Championships record by being the first bowler to roll consecutive 800 series on the tournament lanes. He followed up an 806 series in doubles with an 826 in singles to capture the Singles Championships. Adding his 636 in team won the All-Events title with 2,268.

“It’s just unbelievable,” he said. “You set goals for yourself, but never dream of doing anything like this.”

Weggen states that, “Bowling has been a huge part of my life since I started way back when I was five years old. My parents drove me all over the Midwest for scholarship tournaments.” Married to LeeAnn, he will now carry on that tradition with daughter, Addison, and son, Hunter.

Brunswick News

April 15, 2012

Sean Rash Wins PBA Tournament of Champions

LAS VEGAS (April 15, 2012) – Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., won the PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Sunday, ending a five-year, 14-tournament television drought with a 239-205 victory over Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Rash, who hadn’t won a title since the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Masters, started the title match with four strikes and bowled an almost error-free game to win the $80,000 first prize and the fifth title of his career.

“This one ranks right up there with the most important titles I’ve ever won,” Rash said. “Your first title is always special, and so is your first major, but this tournament is special because everyone who bowls in it is a champion. The other guys in the finals are all great young players.

“The biggest thing is learning from your failures. I learned that a long time ago, and I’ve worked hard to overcome my mistakes,” the 29-year-old said. “The great thing about winning a title like this is we’re all family out here. Every other player wants the other guy to succeed. It really feels good.”

With his title, Rash also inserted himself into the PBA Player of the Year chase. He unofficially led the Tour in earnings, average and competition points while finishing in the top 10 in 11 of 14 tournaments.

Ciminelli had nothing but praise for Rash’s performance after eliminating two PBA Player of the Year candidates in his first two matches.

“I’m disappointed I didn’t win, but Sean bowled a great game. He earned it,” Ciminelli said. “Getting to the title match was another step in my career. I won by far the biggest check I’ve ever gotten ($40,000), I qualified for the Japan Cup and I’ll get to bowl in the PBA Summer Series, so it was a big week for me.

“And I think I handled the pressure well,” the 26-year-old left-hander said. “I usually beat myself up, but this week I’m proud of myself. There are going to be many, many more opportunities. I’m very young.”

In the semifinal match, Ciminelli missed a 7 pin in the first frame but raced away to a 257-223 victory over Australia’s Jason Belmonte, striking on nine of his next 10 shots. Belmonte couldn’t solve the right lane until the 10th frame and by then it was too late.

In the opening match, Ciminelli defeated Mike Fagan of Dallas, 190-182, in a mistake-filled match. Fagan opened in three of his first five frames before rallying with a late turkey. Ciminelli also survived a pair of unconverted splits, throwing the first string of three strikes in the match to protect his slim lead and converting a 7 pin in the 10th frame to lock up the win.

Brunswick News

April 12, 2012

Rash, Smallwood Lead Top 25 in PBA Tournament of Champions

LAS VEGAS (April 11, 2012) – Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., completed the Elite Field qualifying portion of the Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions Wednesday at Red Rock Lanes with a 20-game total of 4,845 pins, leading a group of 25 players who will join 11 current-season title winners for the final dash toward Sunday’s live ESPN stepladder finals starting Thursday morning.

Competition for the TOC title and the $80,000 first prize starts fresh Thursday with two nine-game qualifying rounds. After Thursday’s 18 games, the top 18 will advance to two nine-game rounds of head-to-head match play on Friday. The top four players after 36 games will advance to the finals Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Rash, a four-time PBA Tour title winner, averaged 242.25 to finish 43 pins ahead of 2011 TOC runner-up Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich.

Leading the group of Elite Field qualifiers was no more meaningful than finishing 25th as far as Rash was concerned, other than giving him an opportunity to get his game fine-tuned for the 36-game dash to the finals.

“My tempo is what I’ve worked on all year and that’s what I worked on,” Rash said. “Leading right now doesn’t matter. There’s no added prize money, no points. We drop pins and start over. The goal was just to survive these two days.

“Tomorrow is when the tournament starts. It’ll be a lot different tournament tomorrow – different players, a different level of talent, different approach.”

The final five games in the Elite Field resulted in an intense battle for the final spots. With one game to go, nine players were within 33 pins of the 25th spot. After 20 games, four players wound up tied for 24th place, resulting in a one-game roll-off with two of the four advancing. In the roll-off, Eddie VanDaniker of Essex, Md. (256) and defending champion Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., with a strike on his final ball in the 10th frame (226), advanced. Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., who became the first woman ever to win a PBA Tour title in the 2010 Tournament of Champions, lost by a pin to Koivuniemi with a 225. Jim Pratt of Glendale, Ariz. (213) also was eliminated.

Joining the Round of 36 field Thursday are three-time 2011-12 titlists Jason Belmonte of Australia and Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla.; U.S. Open champ Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo.; two-time winners Osku Palermaa of Finland and Mike Fagan of Dallas; England’s Stuart Williams and Dom Barrett; Colombia’s Andres Gomez; Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas; Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., and Scott Newell of Deland, Fla.

Two of the longest-running streaks of television appearances in PBA history ended Wednesday night when PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., missed the cut to the Round of 36, assuring that his PBA record streak of 26 consecutive years of TV appearances has ended. Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., also saw his streak of 20 consecutive years with at least one television final come to an end.

Bowling fans can follow progress in the Tournament of Champions through the PBA’s exclusive coverage on Xtra Frame, the PBA’s online bowling channel; through live scoring on pba.com, and through the Professional Bowlers Association on Facebook and Twitter. Subscriptions to Xtra Frame are available on the pba.com home page.

Brunswick News

April 11, 2012

Brunswick sponsored University of Pikeville Bears claimed their first NAIA women’s bowling champions

From University of Pikeville Press Release

NO FOOLIN’: Bears win NAIA Championship!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Pikeville Bears claimed their first NAIA women’s bowling championship on Sunday with a 3-0, 3-0 sweep of No. 1 seed Webber International University.

The Warriors sent the Bears into the contender’s bracket on Sunday morning with a 3-1 win. The Bears survived Ashford (Iowa) University 3-2 to reach the championship round and then won 3-0 to force a final, deciding round for the title.

“One of our goals this season was to get back here and win this tournament,” said Coach Ron Damron, who has led Pikeville to two USBC titles. “This may be an ‘invitational’ tournament for now, but it’s still a national title. We’re really proud of our ladies and will consider them national champions.”

Bowling is considered an emerging sport in the NAIA, meaning not enough schools are participating to be considered a championship sport. With 50 teams needed to be a championship sport, there are 35 women’s teams and 36 men’s teams competing during the 2011-12 academic year.

The Bears knocked off Webber 166-135, 195-144 and 204-195 to claim the crown.

UPIKE had three open frames in the first game but saw the Warriors leave six empty. But junior Brandy Hensley and senior Kim Yioulos doubled in frames 9-10 to insure the Bears of the win. Five strikes made the second game a little easier, as Yioulos rolled two to lead the way for the 195-144.

Like sharks who could smell blood in the water, the Bears stormed out in the final game with five consecutive strikes and survived two open frames in the second half for the title.

Yioulos had four strikes in the final round and was named to the five-player all-tournament team. Senior Natasha Martin and sophomore Christina Halen had three each, while senior Megan Kyle and junior Brandy Hensley had two each.

Pikeville will now prepare for the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships, which will be held April 19-21 in Lincoln, Neb.

UPIKE 3, Webber 0: The Bears bounced back with a sweep of the Warriors to force a deciding best-of-five round for the title.

Pikeville won 209-179, 219-175 and 216-181.

In the three games, the Bears rolled 15 strikes and left only a single frame opener. Yioulos had five strikes in her six frames, while Halen tossed four. Martin rolled three while Hensley added two and Kyle one.

UPIKE 3, Ashford 2: Why is Kim Yioulos the NAIA Bowler of the Year? For moments like this: The senior from Rochester, N.Y., rolled the only Pikeville strike of Game Five on the fill ball to give her team a 184-183 win and send it to the championship round with a 3-2 win.

Pikeville posted 10 spares in the final game, but a double in 8-9 by the Saints and a spare in the 10th set the stage. After watching freshman Trisha Zimmerman roll a strike on her own fill ball, the senior calmly stepped to the approach needing nine to force a sudden-death playoff and 10 for the win, and calmly mowed them all down.

All five games were won on the left lane. Pikeville opened with a 181-165 win before being beaten 209-183 in a game that saw Ashford roll six strikes. In game three the Bears had a turkey in frames 3-4-5 and rolled to a 212-167 win before the Saints rebounded with strikes on their final four balls to win game four 225-205.

Pikeville rolled 16 strikes and left only five frames unfilled and were led by Hensley’s seven strikes. Yioulos had four, as neither had an open frame in the contest.

Halen added three strikes while Kyle and sophomore Ashley Copley had one each.

Webber 3, UPIKE 1: Webber International threw 17 strikes and left open only one from in the final three games to move into the championship round.

After Pikeville opened with a 195-183 win, the Warriors advanced by winning 214-206, 214-195 and 243-211. UPIKE lost a match in which it left only three frames open in four games and struck 18 times.

Pikeville took advantage of three open frames by Webber with five strikes to win 195-183. The Bears stepped up with five more strikes in the second but Webber matched that to win. Webber doubled twice in the third and managed only two strikes but filled every frame in a loss. The Warriors were open in the first frame of the fourth but struck five straight and eight of the last nine to close the deal.

Martin led the Bears with five strikes in the block. Kyle rolled four while Yioulos, Hensley and Halen had three apiece.

UPIKE

Brunswick News

March 23, 2012

Watch Live Streaming Videos from the Brunswick Euro Challenge

To watch the live streaming and the videos of the Brunswick Euro Challenge and the WTBA International Open, click here.

Stepladder finals of the World Bowling Tour’s Brunswick Euro Challenge to air live on the internet Sunday, March 25.

The Brunswick Euro Challenge is the fouth tournament on the 2012 European Bowling Tour schedule and one of only two “Platinum” events, the EBT’s highest category. The BEC is also the seventh event of the 2012 World Bowling Tour and the second of three WBT events in Europe this season.

The tournament is held from March 16-25 at 28-laner Le Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin near Paris, France and offers total prize money of 106.000 Euro, approximately US $140,000 with 15.000 Euro going to the winner, 7.500 Euro to the runner-up and 5.000 Euro to the third place finisher.

The Brunswick Euro Challenge sponsored by Brunswick is organized and conducted by Brunswick distributor Valcke Bowling.

Bowlingdigital.com, tenpin bowling’s premier international website, will cover the event live from Le Plaza Bowling with stories and results after each round including live streaming, high definition videos and high quality photos. For the complete coverage go to: http://www.bowlingdigital.com/bowl/bld/2/1495

Live streaming of the 2012 Brunswick Euro Challenge stepladder finals starts on Sunday, March 25th at 6.30 p.m. Central European Time (12.30 p.m. EST; 12.30 a.m. on the 26th Hong Kong time). The award ceremonies are scheduled for 7.30 p.m. CET.

The stepladder finals of the World Bowling Tour’s WTBA International Open was contested Wednesday, March 20th at Plaza St. Maximim, featuring Brunswick Pro Walter Ray Williams Jr., Chris Barnes and Liz Johnson.

Brunswick News

March 05, 2012

Sean Rash Wins Regional Tournament

Brunswick Pro Sean Rash had a great win that included two perfect games at the PBA Regional at Plamor Lanes in Muscatine, Iowa, winning his 5th PBA Regional.

Rash beat Mike Steil 248-247 throwing a strike on his final shot to win the title.

Rash used the NeXXus, Pearl Nexus and versa-max.

Brunswick News

February 17, 2012

Sean Rash qualified 3rd for the PBA Scorpion Finals

The Scorpion Open is the third of four PBA “animal pattern” championships conducted during the World Series of Bowling.

Joining Rash in the four-player eliminator field will be England’s Dom Barrett; Dave Wodka of Henderson, Nev., who won his only PBA Tour title in the 1999 Greater Detroit Open; and 13-time PBA Tour titlist Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., who is seeking his first title in two years.

Rash earned the third qualifier position for the Scorpion finals by averaging 229.79 over 14 qualifying games, less than 50 pins behind top qualifier Barrett.

Rash, a four-time PBA Tour champion, who qualified for the ESPN finals in a record six PBA World Series of Bowling events, is trying for his first title since the 2007 USBC Masters.

In the eliminator format the four finalists will bowl a one-game match. The player with the lowest score will be eliminated. The three survivors will bowl another game, with the low man ousted. The two finalists will then bowl a final game for the title.

PBA Scorpion Finals at South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas will air Sunday, February 19 on ESPN at 3:00 p.m. EST.

Brunswick News

February 06, 2012

Brunswick Pro Sean Rash to Compete in Sunday’s Chameleon Open Finals on ESPN

Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., who qualified for the ESPN finals in a record six Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling events, will meet two-handed rivals Jason Belmonte of Australia and Osku Palermaa of Finland in the PBA Chameleon Open finals Sunday on ESPN. Rounding out the field of four will be unsung Venezuelan Ildemaro Ruiz, making his third career PBA television appearance.

The Chameleon Open is the second of four PBA “animal pattern” championships conducted during the World Series of Bowling at South Point Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. ESPN will air the finals at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT).

Rash, a four-time PBA Tour champion who is trying for his first title since the 2007 USBC Masters, will try to derail the two international two-handed stars who finished one-two in Chameleon Open qualifying. Belmonte averaged 236.29 to pace the Chameleon field with Palermaa 16 pins behind, averaging at a 235.14 pace. Rash was another 25 pins behind Palermaa while Ruiz qualified fourth for the four-man eliminator format finals.

Eliminator-format finals feature three one-game rounds. All four players bowl the opening game, with the lowest-scoring player after each game being eliminated.

Belmonte, the 2008-09 PBA Rookie of the Year, is trying for his second career title. He won his only Tour title in the 2009 Bowling Foundation Long Island Open. In the meantime, Palermaa, his primary rival in the world of two-handed players, has won twice including the 2012 PBA World Championship. Ruiz is trying for his first PBA title.

The Chameleon Open winner will earn $15,000 and a berth in the Round of 36 for the end-of-season PBA Tournament of Champions, April 8-15, at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas.

A Chameleon Open pre-event show will be webcast at no cost on pba.com’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel starting Wednesday, with a follow-up post-game show immediately following Sunday’s ESPN telecast. To subscribe to Xtra Frame , visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

Brunswick News

January 27, 2012

Make-A-Wish Kid Receiving Bowling Experience and Private Lesson from Sean Rash

HENDERSON, NV – Sixteen-year-old wish kid Benjamin, an avid bowler who wants to improve his game, will have the opportunity to do just that when on Saturday he meets and receives a private lesson from his favorite professional bowler, Sean Rash, courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wyoming.

Prior to meeting Rash, Benjamin, who has brain cancer, will be provided with a private tour of the Strike Zone bowling facilities and have a Brunswick ball customized just for him.

Media are invited to attend the private lesson with Benjamin and Rash; both will be available to talk to the media regarding this special event.

When: Wish experience starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 28 – the private lesson takes place from 6-7 p.m.

Where: Strike Zone at Sunset Station, located at 1301 W. Sunset Road, Henderson

On Sunday, Benjamin and his family also will enjoy VIP seating at the Professional Bowling Association’s Alka Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels USBC Masters tournament, starting at 9:30 a.m.

“I am truly looking forward to this opportunity to meet Benjamin and his family,” said Brunswick Pro Sean Rash. “From what I have heard about Benjamin, he has an incredible passion for life and the sport of bowling. We will have a great time during his private lesson and I am excited he will be a part of the tournament on Sunday.”

Brunswick Bowling & Billiards, a leader within the bowling industry, is working directly with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Professional Bowlers Association to create this special event for Benjamin.

Brunswick News

January 26, 2012

Youngest Bowler in History Sets Record with Brunswick Nexus Solid

The youngest bowler in history rolled an 800 series and he did it with a Brunswick Nexus Solid.

Korey Reichard of Jackson, Mich., became the youngest bowler to roll a certified 800 series when the 10-year-old right-hander had games of 265, 257 and 278 for an 800 series January 21. The record is unofficial until the required paperwork has been filed and verified by the United States Bowling Congress.

Korey rolled the 800 while competing in a singles league in Jackson. He currently bowls in two leagues. “Korey threw the last shot, went to add it up, then everyone was yelling and he said ‘Awesome,’ said his father, Todd Reichard. “I find it amazing that he knew he had to throw 278 for 800 and went out there and did it like there was no pressure.

Reichard’s father, who has coached high school bowling for 12 years, said Korey started bowling at age 2 and “is very dedicated and practices almost every day.”

Information courtesy of bowl.com

Brunswick News

January 17, 2012

PBA Bayer Viper Open Finals on ESPN

The Bayer Viper Open is the first of four PBA “animal pattern” championships conducted during the PBA World Series of Bowling at South Point Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. ESPN will air the finals at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT).

Mike Fagan of Dallas, a two-time PBA Tour champion, will head the field of four for the eliminator-format finals of the Viper Open. Fagan averaged 242.36 for 14 qualifying games to advance to the finals. He’ll bowl against England’s Stuart Williams, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela for the Viper title.

Eliminator-format finals feature three one-game rounds. All four players bowl the opening game, with the lowest-scoring player after each game being eliminated. Fagan, 31, is a nine-year PBA Tour veteran who won his last title in the 2010 One A Day Dick Weber Open, held at Fountain Bowl. Rash, 28, is a four-time PBA Tour winner who is seeking his first title since the 2007 USBC Masters. Williams and Ruiz are making their second PBA television appearances. Neither has won a PBA Tour title.

The winner of the Bayer Viper Open will earn a berth in the Round of 36 for the end-of-season PBA Tournament of Champions, April 8-15, at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas.

Bill Vint | PBA Media Relations
Professional Bowlers Association | 719 Second Avenue, Suite 701 | Seattle, WA 98104
bill.vint@pba.com | cell: 414.339.0404

Brunswick News

January 12, 2012

Sean Rash to Fulfill “Wish” for Young Cancer Victim

Sean Rash will fulfill the “wish” of 16-year-old Benjamin Doyle of Casper, Wyo., providing the young cancer victim with a personal visit and a bowling lesson during the Alka-Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels USBC Masters.

Rash will meet with Doyle, who is suffering from brain cancer, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Strike Zone inside Sunset Station Hotel/Casino in Henderson, Nev., in response to a request from the Make A Wish Foundation. Doyle and his family also will be invited to attend the live ESPN coverage of the USBC Masters finals on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. PT as guests of the PBA and USBC.

Brunswick News

January 02, 2012

Sean Rash Hosts 17th Annual Stars of the Future Youth Tournament

In addition to competing on the PBA Tour and dominating this year’s PBA World Series of Bowling, Brunswick Pro Staffer Sean Rash also hosted the 17th annual “Stars of the Future” youth tournament in his former home state of Alaska.

“I started this event because the only scratch event in Alaska was the Coca-Cola Youth Championships. I wanted young players to have a chance to tune up their game in preparation for Coca-Cola because if you won that tournament, you won an entry into the Coca-Cola National event,” said Rash.

The event has paid out over $24,000 in scholarships since it began and also offers a number of door prizes, including autographed items from select PBA players. This year’s event included 26 Alaskan youth bowlers and a total of $2,600 in scholarships and one paid entry into the North Pointe Junior Gold National Championships were awarded.

Rash added, “Hosting this event in Alaska where I grew up and in the bowling center I started at, Jewel Lake Bowl, means a ton. Although I do not live there anymore, it shows me that Jewel Lake Bowl still cares about our youth and the competitive side of bowling.”

Results
Paid entry into the North Pointe Junior Gold National Championships – Jacque Kaune

1st Place – Jacques Kaune – $950
2nd Place – Cory Wiles – $625
3rd Place – John Robarge – $425
4th Place – Connor Staggs – $300
5th Place – Mason Yamada – $200

Top Female – Mariah Hebbe – $100

Brunswick News

December 22, 2011

Eight-Year-Old Joins Sean Rash for Ceremonial First Roll

On Sunday, January 1, eight-year-old Dan McCarty rolls out a ceremonial first ball with Brunswick Pro, Sean Rash, on ESPN at 1 p.m. EST from The Professional Bowling Association (PBA) World Championship Johnny Petraglia Division Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dan’s story is an incredible one – he lives with a disease called osteogenisis imperfecta also known as brittle bone disease. Despite his challenges, he is a remarkable little boy who wants to be an advocate for other children and individuals who live with intellectual or developmental impairments. Dan’s positive spirit and charisma is contagious, this young man has asked to be a vital part of the Las Vegas chapter of Best Buddies to help educate the community about the importance of helping those with disabilities.

“For me, meeting Dan and his family made my play at the World Series of Bowling even more special,” said Rash. “It was very emotional to do the ceremonial roll with Dan to kick off the tournament. Throughout play, I felt his passion as he cheered for me. He was a great fan to have in the crowd and his continued support motivated me to play my best. I am thankful to Brunswick and the PBA who embraced Dan and his family. He is truly an inspiration to us all because of his charismatic personality and determination.”

The history behind Dan McCarty and Sean Rash:
Prior to the WSOB kick-off, Brunswick hosted a photo shoot for all Brunswick players. Brunswick was asked if individuals from Best Buddies could attend, of course Brunswick agreed. During this photo shoot, Dan McCarty and Brunswick Pro, Sean Rash, had an immediate and amazing connection.

Brunswick Bowling & Billiards, a leader within the bowling industry, has worked directly with the Las Vegas Chapter of Best Buddies and the Professional Bowlers Association to create this special event to highlight Dan McCarty.

Best Buddies is a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-on-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information on Best Buddies, please visit their website at www.bestbuddiesnevada.org

Brunswick News

December 19, 2011

Brunswick and DV8 Pros to Host Bowling Camp

Four-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash has assembled the entire Brunswick and DV8 Pro Staff for a three-day, world-class Brunswick Bowling Camp at Brunswick Zone XL in Romeoville, Ill., July 6-8.

“The idea is to use everyone on our staff – nine exceptional players who do everything the game has ever seen – so we’ll be able to do multiple things throughout the camp,” Rash said. “We have high-rev players, a two-hander, a left-hander, strokers, PBA hall of famers, you name it.”

The Brunswick/DV8 staffers who have joined forces to host the unique camp include PBA Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Parker Bohn III, high-rev players Rash, Tom Smallwood and Ronnie Russell, two-hander Brian Valenta, left-hander Ryan Ciminelli, and PBA Tour veterans Mike Machuga and Chris Loschetter.

The camp will include three “9 to 5” days of intense instruction and analysis, including videotaping, classroom discussion, hands-on experience with lane conditions, bowling equipment analysis, and discussions on tournament preparations and mental attitudes. The $1,200 tuition fee ($1,300 after March 1) will include four new bowling balls (two Brunswick, two DV8), two shirts, breakfast and lunch each day, a coaching manual, videotaping and tickets to a Chicago White Sox game.

“We’re looking for anyone and everyone, from those who average 120 to players who average 210 and want to learn what it takes to reach the PBA level,” Rash said. “Age doesn’t matter.”

For more information, send Rash an e-mail message at seanrashfan@gmail.com or visit parkerbohn.com.

Brunswick News

December 16, 2011

Alessandro Silletti wins Polish Cup with the new Nexus

Brunswick European Staff player, Alessandro Silletti, has shown strong performances on lanes across Europe lately. This past weekend the 20-year old Polish/Italian Bowler, he holds dual citizenship, bowled his way to the title in the Polish Cup posting impressive scores throughout the entire tournament. “Alek,” as he is being referred to by his Polish bowling peers, recorded a tournament average of over 230 and remained undefeated through all the matches, some of them coming down to the last frame. “Most of the matches were very tight including the title match where I won 446 to 443. I wanted that title so much and I got it. Hard training, together with great help from Brunswick, teamed up for a victory,” said the happy winner.

Alessandro used his new Nexus Solid™ ball from Brunswick throughout the entire tournament. The tournament lane patter was developed by Brunswick specialist Pat Mitchell and the excellent and consistent lane conditions were provided by the Brunswick Authority22® lane maintenance system.

Brunswick News

December 13, 2011

Smallwood Vies for Second Major PBA Titile

Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., who won his only Professional Bowlers Association title in the 2009 PBA World Championship, heads the field of four players who will do battle in the Billy Hardwick Division finals of the PBA World Championship Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in high-definition on ESPN.

The Hardwick Division is the second of four eliminator rounds that will trim the PBA World Championship field of 16 finalists down to four for a Sunday, Jan. 15, battle for the $50,000 first prize, the Earl Anthony Trophy and the PBA Tour’s first major title of the 2011-12 season.

All World Championship competition will be conducted on a pair of lanes specially installed in an exhibit hall at South Point Hotel and Casino.

Smallwood, 34, became an instant hero among America’s blue-collar work force when he defeated former PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott for the 2009 PBA World Championship. Smallwood, who had lost his job with General Motors, had decided to pursue his dream to become a professional bowler and stunned the bowling world with his upset victory in Wichita, Kan. Last season, he won $100,000 as runner-up to Mika Kovuniemi in the PBA Tournament of Champions.

Now Smallwood is back in position to try for another major title as the top qualifier in the Hardwick Division. He earned his place in the Hardwick group as the No. 2 qualifier over 40 games of World Championship qualifying on five different lane conditions, averaging 226.63 to finish 296 pins behind leader Sean Rash. As top qualifier in his group, Smallwood has selected the PBA’s Scorpion lane conditioning pattern for Sunday’s event when he will face Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz, Colombia’s Andres Gomez and 25-year PBA Tour veteran Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., in a battle for a berth in the World Championship finals.

Both South American players are trying for their first PBA Tour titles. Ruiz, who is making his PBA television debut, qualified for the elimination rounds in seventh place. Gomez was 10th and Shafer tied for 14th. No international player has ever won the PBA World Championship.

In Sunday’s eliminator round, all four players will bowl a one-game match. The player with the lowest score will be eliminated. The three survivors will bowl another game, with the low man knocked out. The two finalists will bowl a final game, with the survivor advancing to the World Championship finals.

The four World Championship divisional finals have been named for PBA superstars who excelled in the event during their careers. Finland’s Osku Palermaa won the Don Carter Division berth. The Johnny Petraglia and Mike Aulby Division finals, which will air on ESPN on Jan. 1 and Jan. 8, respectively, will complete the divisional elimination rounds. The championship trophy is named in honor of Anthony, the only player ever to win the event six times.

A special preview of the Hardwick Division finals will be webcast on pba.com’s Xtra Frame beginning Wednesday, and a post-game show will be presented on Xtra Frame Sunday immediately following the ESPN finals.

Bill Vint | PBA Media Relations
Professional Bowlers Association | 719 Second Avenue, Suite 701 | Seattle, WA 98104
bill.vint@pba.com | cell: 414.339.0404

Brunswick News

November 23, 2011

Brunswick Bowler Captures 50th Perfect Game

Brunswick Staff Player and and England International John Wells rolled his 50th career 300 game in the 888.com English Open.

John used the newest releases by Brunswick, Nexus ƒ(P+F) and Nexus ƒ(P).

Brunswick News

November 18, 2011

Eight-Year-Old Rolls Ceremonial Ball at World Series of Bowling on Saturday, November 19

Las Vegas, Nevada – The Professional Bowling Association (PBA) World Series of Bowling (WSOB) is underway in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Saturday, November 19th, eight-year-old Dan McCarty will roll out a ceremonial first ball with Brunswick Pro, Sean Rash, at 3:30 p.m.

Dan’s story is an incredible one – he lives with a disease called osteogenisis imperfecta also known as brittle bone disease. Despite his challenges, he is a remarkable little boy who wants to be an advocate for other children and individuals who live with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Dan’s positive spirit and charisma is contagious, this young man has asked to be a vital part of the Las Vegas chapter of Best Buddies to help educate the community about the importance of helping those with disabilities.

The history behind Dan McCarty and Sean Rash: Prior to the WSOB kick-off, Brunswick hosted a photo shoot for all Brunswick players. Brunswick was asked if individuals from Best Buddies could attend, of course Brunswick agreed. During this photo shoot, Dan McCarty and Brunswick Pro, Sean Rash, had an immediate and amazing connection.

Details for Saturday’s Ceremonial Roll: Dan and his family will enjoy a limousine ride from their home to South Point Hotel and Resort, have VIP access to the Brunswick media lounge and seating, and enjoy dinner at South Point. In addition, Dan will receive a signed photo of him and Sean Rash, an autographed Sean Rash jersey, Brunswick Viz-A-Ball® and have the opportunity to meet Brunswick/DV8 Pro Staff.

Brunswick Bowling & Billiards, a leader within the bowling industry, has worked directly with the Las Vegas Chapter of Best Buddies and the Professional Bowlers Association to create this special event to highlight Dan McCarty.

Best Buddies is a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-on-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information on Best Buddies, please visit their website at www.bestbuddiesnevada.org.

Brunswick News

November 14, 2011

PBA World Championship Finalists Select Patterns for Divisional Finals

An important advantage of finishing among the top four PBA World Championship qualifiers was the right to select the lane condition that will be used for each of the divisional finals Saturday in Exhibition Hall A at South Point Hotel and Casino.

As the top qualifier in the Don Carter Division, England’s Stuart Williams has selected the Viper pattern for the 10:30 a.m. PT finals. His opponents will be Osku Palermaa, Dom Barrett and Jack Jurek.

For the 12:30 p.m. group, Billy Hardwick Division top qualifier Tom Smallwood has selected the Scorpion pattern. Smallwood’s group includes Ildemaro Ruiz, Andres Gomez and Ryan Shafer.

As the overall qualifying leader, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., has also selected the Scorpion pattern for the Johnny Petraglia Division finals at 3:30 p.m. Rash’s opponents will be Pete Weber, Ryan Ciminelli and Nathan Bohr.

The Mike Aulby Division final will be contested on the Shark pattern at 5:30 p.m., selected by top qualifier Jason Belmonte. His group includes Brian Kretzer, Josh Blanchard and Mike Fagan.

The winner of each division final will advance to the PBA World Championship finals at 8:30 p.m. The highest seeded player in that field will select the lane conditioning pattern for the final round.

Bill Vint | PBA Media Relations
Professional Bowlers Association | 719 Second Avenue, Suite 701 | Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: 206.332.9688 | Fax: 206.332.9722 | bill.vint@pba.com | cell: 414.339.0404

Brunswick News

November 13, 2011

Bohn, Aguiar Win PBA West Region Member/Non-Member Doubles Title

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 13, 2011) – PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., and amateur partner Alex Aguiar of Dartmouth, Mass., defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, and amateur Jeff Fehr of Cincinnati, 428-415, to win the PBA West Region Member/Non-Member Doubles title Sunday at South Point Bowling Center.

Bohn fired a 224 and Aguiar a 204 to claim the $4,800 first prize. The victory was Bohn’s 19th in PBA Regional competition. He also has 32 PBA Tour titles, sixth best in PBA history. He and Aguiar upset the top-seeded team of Hyun Bum Kim of South Korea and Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., 420-412, in the semifinal round to advance to the title match.

Action resumes in the PBA World Series of Bowling when qualifying begins in the Carmen Salvino Classic Monday morning. After two six-game rounds, the top 16 players will advance to an additional six-game qualifying round Monday evening to determine the top four players for the ESPN TV finals which will be conducted in South Point Exhibition Hall A next Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

All preliminary rounds of competition in the World Series of Bowling are being covered live on Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel. For information on how to subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com.

PBA WEST REGION MEMBER/NON-MEMBER DOUBLES
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 13

Championship:
a-Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass./Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., ($4,800) def. a-Jeff Fehr, Cincinnati/Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio ($2,400), 428-415.

Semifinal Round (losers earned $1,600):
Aguiar/Bohn def. a-Hyun Bum Kim, South Korea/Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 420-412.
Fehr/Kretzer def. a-Raul Rosales, El Monte, Calif./Michael Haugen Jr., Cave Creek, Ariz., 525-435.

Bill Vint | PBA Media Relations
Professional Bowlers Association | 719 Second Avenue, Suite 701 | Seattle, WA 98104
bill.vint@pba.com | cell: 414.339.0404

Brunswick News

November 11, 2011

Nexus ƒ(P+F) and Nexus ƒ(P) Available for Purchase Worldwide

As a leader in the bowling industry, Brunswick Bowling & Billiards debuts the Nexus ƒ(P+F) and Nexus ƒ(P) Bowling Balls at the 2011 World Series of Bowling currently taking place in Las Vegas, Nev.. The results have been astounding – three members of the Brunswick pro staff are qualified in the Top 16 within this exclusive tournament.

Today, Nexus ƒ(P+F) and Nexus ƒ(P) Bowling Balls are available globally for sale.

Developed in tandem, the Nexus ƒ(P+F) and Nexus ƒ(P) are the first balls ever produced using a brand new innovation from Brunswick – “Addaptive” Chemistry. This process blends various performance-enhancing additives to produce any and every ball reaction. The Nexus ƒ(P+F) features a combination of the new Brunswick Projection and Friction additives, resulting in the biggest hooking ball in the Brunswick product line. In contrast, the Nexus ƒ(P) provides more length, a higher entry angle to the pocket and improves motion through the pins.

These balls have been used throughout the World Series of Bowling tournaments. Brunswick pro staff member Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., has currently completed the most impressive five-day run in the three-year history of the Professional Bowlers Association’s World Series of Bowling, earning the top qualifying position for the PBA World Championship and earning an unprecedented fifth consecutive television finals berth.

“I have everything working together right now,” Rash said. “Physically and mentally I’m in the right place and I’ve got great equipment.”

The “Addaptive” Chemistry of the Nexus has fueled success for the Brunswick pro staff throughout the PBA World Series of Bowling. Rash, a 29-year-old four-time PBA Tour champion, averaged 234.03 over 40 games bowled on five different lane conditioning patterns to finish with 9,361 pins. Brunswick pro staff member Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Michigan, trails Sean by 296 pins for second place. In ninth place is Brunswick pro staff member Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., the only left-handed player to finish in the Top 16.

Brunswick Bowling & Billiards is named the preferred bowling ball brand at PBA Tour pro-am events. To learn more about Nexus ƒ(P+F) and Nexus ƒ(P) go to www.BowlwithBrunswick.com/nexus.

Brunswick News

November 11, 2011

Brunswick Begins Construction on PBA WSOB Arena Lane Installation for ESPN Finals

After a day off to rest up and re-focus, competition resumed in the PBA World Series of Bowling Friday at South Park Bowling Center with the combined Carmen Salvino Classic Tour Qualifying Round and All Regions South Point Open.

Also Friday, construction was getting underway on the special television set that will host 14 ESPN telecasts and eight PBA Tour title events over a span of four days next week. For the final tournament days of the World Series of Bowling, Brunswick will build two exclusive bowling lanes within the South Point Hotel and Resort. A Brunswick crew of six individuals will spend five days (November 11-15th) building this high-tech bowling center featuring GS® pinsetters, ball returns, and Pro Lane™ synthetic lanes. The PBA also utilizes Brunswick Direct+ conditioning system lane machines, cleaners, conditioners and cloth and Max® crown bowling pins.

All of the television shows are open to the public at no cost. The schedule includes the men’s and women’s World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA on Thursday, Nov. 17, starting at 5:30 p.m. PT. The Friday, Nov. 18 schedule includes the Bayer Viper Open finals at 1 p.m., Chameleon Open finals at 3 p.m., Scorpion Open finals at 6 p.m. and GEICO Shark Open finals at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 19, is PBA World Championship day with the Don Carter Division finals at 10:30 a.m., Billy Hardwick Division finals at 12:30 p.m., Johnny Petraglia Division finals at 3:30 p.m., Mike Aulby Division finals at 5:30 p.m., and the PBA World Championship finals – featuring winners from each of the four divisions – at 8:30 p.m.

The 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling wraps up on Sunday, Nov. 20, with the Lumber Liquidators Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles preliminary round at 10 a.m., doubles finals at noon, Carmen Salvino Classic finals at 3:30 p.m. and the Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship at 5:30 p.m.

Bill Vint | PBA Media Relations
Professional Bowlers Association | 719 Second Avenue, Suite 701 | Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: 206.332.9688 | Fax: 206.332.9722 | bill.vint@pba.com | cell: 414.339.0404

Brunswick News

November 10, 2011

Sean Rash Off To Unprecedented Start in 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling

Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., is off to an unprecedented start in the third annual PBA World Series of Bowling, finishing third in each of the four qualifying elements to reach the PBA World Championship — the Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark lane condition championships.

On Wednesday, Rash, a 29-year-old four-time PBA Tour title winner, became the first player to reach five consecutive ESPN finals when he led the field of 204 in PBA World Championship qualifying with a 40-game total of 9,361 pins, averaging 234.03 across the four “animal patterns” plus the eight-game cashers’ round which was conducted on the PBA World Championship pattern.

Bill Vint | PBA Media Relations
Professional Bowlers Association | 719 Second Avenue, Suite 701 | Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: 206.332.9688 | Fax: 206.332.9722 | bill.vint@pba.com | cell: 414.339.0404

Brunswick News

November 09, 2011

Nexus Performance Bowling Ball Packs 1 – 2 Punch at WSOB

The “Addaptive” Chemistry of the Nexus has fueled great scores throughout the PBA World Series of Bowling and launched two Brunswick pro staff members to the top of the PBA World Championship leader board. Brunswick pro staff member Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., a 29-year-old four-time PBA Tour champion, averaged 234.03 over 40 games bowled on five different lane conditioning patterns to finish with 9,361 pins. Brunswick pro staff member Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., slid past Australia’s Jason Belmonte to secure the second place position.

“I have everything working together right now,” Rash said. “Physically and mentally I’m in the right place and I’ve got great equipment.”

Developed in tandem, the Nexus ƒ(P+F) and Nexus ƒ(P) are the first balls ever produced using a brand new innovation from Brunswick – “Addaptive” Chemistry. This process blends various performance-enhancing additives to produce any and every ball reaction. The Nexus ƒ(P+F) features a combination of the new Brunswick Projection and Friction additives, resulting in the biggest hooking ball in the Brunswick product line. In contrast, the Nexus ƒ(P) provides more length, a higher entry angle to the pocket and improves motion through the pins.

Nexus ƒ(P+F) and Nexus ƒ(P) Bowling Balls are available globally for sale Friday, 11-11-11.

Brunswick Bowling & Billiards is named the preferred bowling ball brand at PBA Tour pro-am events. To learn more about Nexus ƒ(P+F) and Nexus ƒ(P) go to www.BowlwithBrunswick.com/nexus.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Nov. 8

Final Qualifying Standings (after 40 games; top 16 advance to ESPN finals)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 9,361.
2, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 9,065.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 9,047.
4, Stuart Williams, England, 9,023.
5, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 8,974.
6, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 8,954.
7, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 8,921.
8, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 8,906.
9, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 8,874.
10, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 8,861.
11, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 8,849.
12, Dom Barrett, England, 8,843.
13, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 8,838.
14 (tie), Mike Fagan, Dallas, and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 8,831.
16, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 8,825.

Brunswick News

November 09, 2011

Rash Dominates PBA World Championship Qualifying, Earns Fifth TV Final

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 8, 2011) – Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., completed the most impressive five-day run in the three-year history of the Professional Bowlers Association’s World Series of Bowling Wednesday, earning the top qualifying position for the PBA World Championship and earning an unprecedented fifth consecutive television finals berth.

Rash, a 29-year-old four-time PBA Tour champion, averaged 234.03 over 40 games bowled on five different lane conditioning patterns at South Point Bowling Center to finish with 9,361 pins and earn a $5,000 bonus as top qualifier by 296 pins over Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich.

“I’ve got my foot down and going full force,” Rash said. “There are so many great players here, you can’t let up. If you think positive, positive things will happen. You need to avoid the negativity. With this (40-game) format, you have to have that mindset.”

Rash, who qualified for the Bayer Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and GEICO Shark Open finals the previous four days, is the first player to reach more than three television finals in a World Series. He will be among the 16 players who now advance to a series of four divisional elimination rounds in determining the PBA World Championship winner.

In each divisional final, named in honor of past PBA World Champions Don Carter, Billy Hardwick, Johnny Petraglia and Mike Aulby, four players will bowl one game with the lowest-scoring player eliminated. The three surviving players will bowl a second game, again eliminating the low score. The two survivors will then bowl a game to decide who advances to the PBA World Championship finals which will follow the same format.

All five PBA World Championship rounds will be contested on Saturday, Nov. 19, in a special arena lanes setup at South Point, starting at 10:30 a.m. PT. The telecasts will air on ESPN on five consecutive Sundays except Christmas Day (Dec. 11, 18, Jan. 1, 8 and 15) at 1 p.m. ET.

First prize in the 2011 PBA World Championship is $50,000.

The World Series of Bowling will take a break Thursday. Competition resumes Friday with the All Region South Point Open and Carmen Salvino Classic Tour Qualifying Round, followed by a special PBA West Region Member/Non-Member Doubles event Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Competition for PBA Tour players resumes Monday with Carmen Salvino Classic qualifying rounds.

All preliminary rounds of World Series competition are being webcast live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. To subscribe, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Nov. 8
Final Qualifying Standings (after 40 games; top 16 advance to ESPN finals)

1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 9,361.
2, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 9,065.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 9,047.
4, Stuart Williams, England, 9,023.
5, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 8,974.
6, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 8,954.
7, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 8,921.
8, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 8,906.
9, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 8,874.
10, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 8,861.
11, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 8,849.
12, Dom Barrett, England, 8,843.
13, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 8,838.
14 (tie), Mike Fagan, Dallas, and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 8,831.
16, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 8,825.

Bill Vint | PBA Media Relations
Professional Bowlers Association | 719 Second Avenue, Suite 701 | Seattle, WA 98104
bill.vint@pba.com | cell: 414.339.0404

Brunswick News

November 09, 2011

Rash Takes Third Place in GEICO Shark Open Qualifying

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 8, 2011) – Bowling fans will be seeing a lot of four-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash on ESPN this season.

Rash continued his unprecedented PBA World Series of Bowling streak Tuesday, qualifying for his fourth consecutive television final at South Point Bowling Center. With his third-place finish in the GEICO Shark Open, the Montgomery, Ill., resident has qualified for the ESPN-televised finals in all four animal pattern tournaments – Bayer Viper Open, Chameleon Open, Scorpion Open and the Shark Open.

Rash finished the tournament with a 3,238 14-game pinfall (231.3 average) and had games of 243, 222, 209, 230, 214 and 247 in Tuesday’s six-game final round to secure his berth in the TV finals.

“I have everything working together right now,” Rash said. “Physically and mentally I’m in the right place and I’ve got great equipment.”

Asked about the challenge of competing on four different conditions over four days, Rash said it’s all in the preparation.

“Every day is a different day and having a game plan for each day really becomes important in the World Series,” he said. “That’s going to help put yourself in a position to win and it has worked great so far.”

Thirteen-time Tour champion and defending PBA World Championship winner Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, led the Shark qualifying and will be making his first World Series television final after posting a 3,297 pinfall total (235.5 average). He had games of 226, 290, 268, 176, 227 and 268 Tuesday night.

“I really haven’t been bowling up to expectations,” Barnes said. “I’ve been way off the pace and need to get out of the block much better. It was important for me to make this show and get some momentum going into the last round of the World Championship.”

Also making the Shark Open finals were Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte, who finished second with a 3,251 pinfall, making his second television final and reigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., who finished fourth with 3,190 pins to make his first final. The Shark Open finals will be taped by ESPN on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. PT.

The World Series of Bowling is webcast live on pba.com’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. Special one-day and World Series of Bowling subscription packages are available on pba.com.

PBA GEICO SHARK OPEN
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Tuesday
(After 14 games; top 4 advance to ESPN finals)

1, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,297.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,251.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,238.
4, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 3,190.

Jerry Schneider | PR/Media Relations
Professional Bowlers Association | 719 Second Avenue, Suite 701 | Seattle, WA 98104
jerry.schneider@pba.com | cell: (262) 366-2157

Brunswick News

November 09, 2011

Rash Leads Field of 53 into PBA World Championship Cashers’ Round

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 8, 2011) – Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., dominated the first 32 games of the PBA World Series of Bowling and will lead the field of 53 survivors into the cashers’ round of the PBA World Championship, the Professional Bowlers Association’s first major championship of the 2011-12 season, Wednesday at South Point Bowling Center.

Rash, a 29-year-old four-time PBA Tour title winner, averaged 239.81 over four eight-game rounds on the PBA’s Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark lane conditioning patterns for a total of 7,674 pins and a 314-pin lead over Australia’s Jason Belmonte. Rash, who has already qualified among the top four for the ESPN television finals in the Bayer Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Open events, ranked second in the Shark field heading into Tuesday night’s final six qualifying games, and needs to remain among the top 16 after Wednesday’s final eight-game round of PBA World Championship qualifying to advance to an unprecedented five consecutive World Series of Bowling telecasts.

Defending PBA World Champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, also advanced to the cashers’ round, sitting in 12th place after 32 games.

Following Wednesday morning’s final round, the top qualifier will earn a $5,000 bonus and the top 16 will advance to a series of divisional elimination rounds named in honor of past PBA World Champions Don Carter, Billy Hardwick, Johnny Petraglia and Mike Aulby. In each divisional final, the highest of four seeded player (based on their qualifying totals) will select the lane condition and all four will bowl one game with the lowest-scoring player eliminated. The three surviving players will bowl a second game, again eliminating the low score. The two survivors will then bowl a game to decide who advances to the PBA World Championship finals which will follow the same format.

All five PBA World Championship rounds will be contested on Saturday, Nov. 19, in a special arena lanes setup at South Point. The telecasts will air on ESPN on five consecutive Sundays except Christmas Day (Dec. 11, 18, Jan. 1, 8 and 15) at 1 p.m. ET.

Wednesday’s cashers’ round (and all other World Series preliminaries) will be webcast live on pba.com’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. Special one-day and World Series of Bowling subscription packages are available on pba.com.

First prize in the 2011 PBA World Championship will be $50,000. If reigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi or 13-time PBA Tour titlist Tommy Jones should happen to win the event, the PBA Triple Crown club will have its seventh member.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
(After 32 games; top 53 advance to cashers’ round)

1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 7,674.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 7,360.
3, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 7,314.
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 7,300.
5, Stuart Williams, England, 7,246.
6, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 7,213.
7, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 7,205.
8 (tie), Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Dom Barrett, England, 7,191.
10, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 7,167.
11, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 7,165.
12, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 7,130.
13, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 7,107.
14, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 7,103.
15, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 7,093.
16, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 7,067.
17, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 7,066.
18, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 7,063.
19, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 7,060.
20, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 7,055.
21 (tie), Dan MacLelland, Canada, and Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 7,039.
23, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 7,032.
24, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 7,024.
25, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 7,016.
26, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 7,009.
27, Patrick Allen, Baltimore, 7,008.
28, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 6,976.
29, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 6,964.
29, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 6,964.
31, Bill O’Neill, Southampton, Pa., 6,963.
32, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 6,953.
33, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 6,948.
34, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 6,939.
35, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 6,934.
36, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 6,929.
37, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 6,925.
38, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 6,920.
39, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 6,919.
40, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 6,918.
41, Patrick Girard, Canada, 6,914.
42, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 6,907.
43, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 6,903.
44, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 6,901.
45, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 6,897.
46, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 6,889.
47, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 6,888.
48 (tie), Matthew O’Grady, South Amboy, N.J., and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 6,885.
50, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 6,867.
51, Hyun Bum Kim, South Korea, 6,862.
52, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 6,858.
53, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 6,857.

Bill Vint | PBA Media Relations
Professional Bowlers Association | 719 Second Avenue, Suite 701 | Seattle, WA 98104
bill.vint@pba.com | cell: 414.339.0404

Brunswick News

November 08, 2011

Rash Earns Third in PBA Scorpion Open Qualifying; Makes Third TV Finals

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 7, 2011) – International players continued to make an impact at the World Series of Bowling as Dom Barrett of England earned top-qualifier honors in the PBA Scorpion Open Monday at the South Point Bowling Center.

Barrett bowled a 3,264 14-game pinfall total (233.1 average) with the help of a 1,453 six-game block on games of 248, 277, 210, 241, 178 and 299 in the final round.

Barrett will be joined by PBA Tour titlist Dave Wodka of Henderson, Nev., four-time Tour titlist Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill. and 13-time Tour winner Patrick Allen of Baltimore in the Scorpion Open ESPN Eliiminator finals which will be taped at 6 p.m. PT on Nov. 18.

Barrett, who currently ranks fifth on the European Bowling Tour points list, won his first PBA title in a regional tournament in Reno last weekend on his way to the World Series.

“I came here to win one of these tournaments,” said Barrett, who is also third in PBA World Championship qualifying. “Winning the regional gave me a lot of confidence. This is going to be my first (PBA) show and I couldn’t be happier.

“The key to my success so far has been taking advantage of every minute of practice time I’ve had since I’ve been here to work on everything from making adjustments to selecting the right ball.”

Rash earned his third straight television final, and fortified his lead after 24 games of PBA World Championship qualifying.

Rash, who has already qualified for the ESPN televised finals of the Bayer Viper Open and Chameleon Open, had a 1,870 eight-game pinfall (233.7 average) in the morning qualifying round.

“Having already made two TV shows helps loosen up your arm swing,” he added. “I’ve bowled well in all three World Series events and the All-In Showdown. All you ever want to do is give yourself a chance to win. If you give yourself enough chances, you’ll win and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

With the conclusion of Monday’s eight-game Scorpion qualifying round, the fourth and final animal pattern is tomorrow’s GEICO Shark Open. After the Shark round, the top 53 players based on 32 games will advance to Wednesday’s eight-game PBA World Championship cashers round. After a total of 40 games, the top 16 players will advance to the ESPN-televised elimination finals in the first PBA major championship of the season.

PBA SCORPION OPEN
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Monday
(After 14 games; top 4 advance to ESPN finals)
1, Dom Barrett, England, 3,264.
2, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 3,247.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,217.
4, Patrick Allen, Baltimore, 3,212.

Jerry Schneider | PR/Media Relations
Professional Bowlers Association | 719 Second Avenue, Suite 701 | Seattle, WA 98104
jerry.schneider@pba.com | cell: (262) 366-2157

Brunswick News

November 06, 2011

Rash Finishes Third in PBA Chameleon Open Qualifying

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 6, 2011) – International twin-grip players Jason Belmonte of Australia and Osku Palermaa of Finland took the top two spots after qualifying in the Professional Bowlers Association Chameleon Open Sunday at South Point Bowling Center.

Belmonte and Palermaa, the only players to have won a PBA Tour title using a two-handed delivery, will advance to the Chameleon Open televised finals which will be taped by ESPN at 3 p.m. on Nov. 18.

After 14 games of qualifying in the second tournament of the PBA World Series of Bowling, Belmonte, whose PBA title came in the 2009 Bowling Foundation Long Island Open, led with a 3,308 pinfall total (236.2 average). Palermaa, who won last season’s GEICO Shark Championship, finished second with 3,292.

“I was bowling scared yesterday, like I was afraid to make errors which caused more errors,” said Belmonte of his disappointing 75th place performance in Saturday’s Bayer Viper Open. “I was too cautious and I had to make sure to come out more aggressive today.

“Today was a new day and generally I had more confidence. Any time I got into a lull or I was cruising I just kept reminding myself not to bowl scared—just grab the ball and get it. This is a huge confidence builder for the rest of the tournament.”

Also advancing to the Chameleon TV finals were four-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash in third, with a 3,267 total, and Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela in fourth with 3,183 pins. It will be the second consecutive TV finals for both players who also qualified for the Bayer Viper Open finals.

With Rash and Belmonte in the Chameleon finals, a re-match is possible from their emotional “bottlegate” confrontation during the GEICO PBA Team Shootout in June in Chicago. Both players will also go head-to-head in the World Bowling Tour finals which is also part of the World Series of Bowling lineup.

The Chameleon Open is the second leg in the PBA World Championship. In addition to competing for a spot in the Chameleon Open finals, all World Series of Bowling competitors will bowl two more eight-game qualifying rounds in the PBA’s Scorpion and Shark tournaments over the next two days to qualify for the eight-game PBA World Championship cashers round.

The top 16 players after 40 games will then advance to the World Championship ESPN-taped divisional finals scheduled for Nov. 19 starting at 10:30 a.m.

PBA CHAMELEON OPEN
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Sunday
(After 14 games; top 4 advance to ESPN finals)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,308.
2, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,292.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,267.
4, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,183.

Jerry Schneider | PR/Media Relations
Professional Bowlers Association | 719 Second Avenue, Suite 701 | Seattle, WA 98104
jerry.schneider@pba.com | cell: (262) 366-2157

Brunswick News

November 05, 2011

Rash Qualifies Third in PBA Bayer Viper Open

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 5, 2011) – Hoping for his third Professional Bowlers Association Tour title, Mike Fagan of Dallas, led an international field of four players Saturday who advanced to the televised finals of the PBA Bayer Viper Open at South Point Lanes.

After 14 games of qualifying in the first tournament of the PBA World Series of Bowling, Fagan had a 3,393 pinfall (242.3 average). In Saturday’s final six-game round he bowled games of 209, 237, 246, 279, 237 and 269.

Fagan finished 90 pins ahead of second-place finisher Stuart Williams of England, who had a 3,303 pinfall. Four-time PBA Tour winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., finished third with 3,261 and Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela rounded out the top four with 3,240.

“I had some momentum coming into the final round and was able to get into cruise control,” said Fagan. “It’s nice to be the tournament leader but you still have to win when it counts on TV.”

Williams, whose previous best Tour finish was sixth in the 2009 PBA Cheetah Championship, felt he could capitalize on the Viper lane condition especially in Saturday’s final qualifying round.

“My goal was to stay steady for the whole round and hope to maybe catch a couple pairs where I could shoot a big game to vault up the standings and that’s pretty much what happened in that round,” said Williams.

The Bayer Viper Open is the opening event of the 2011-12 PBA Tour season, and the first leg in the PBA World Championship. In addition to competing for a spot in the Viper Championship televised finals which will be taped by ESPN at 1 p.m. PT Nov. 18, all World Series of Bowling competitors will bowl three more eight-game qualifying rounds in the PBA’s Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark tournaments over the next three days to qualify for the PBA World Championship cashers round.

The top 16 players after 40 games will then advance to the World Championship ESPN-taped divisional finals scheduled for Nov. 19 starting at 10:30 a.m.

PBA BAYER VIPER OPEN
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Saturday
(After 14 games; top 4 advance to ESPN finals)

1, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 3,393.
2, Stuart Williams, England, 3,303.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,261.
4, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,240.

Jerry Schneider | PR/Media Relations
Professional Bowlers Association | 719 Second Avenue, Suite 701 | Seattle, WA 98104| jerry.schneider@pba.com | cell: (262) 366-2157

Brunswick News

November 03, 2011

Judy Soutar Retiring After More Than 50 Years with Brunswick

At the end of the 2012 Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior Tour, Judy Soutar will be saying good-bye to her fellow bowlers, proprietors and friends after more than 50 years in bowling.

In her 52 years in the sport, Soutar bowled as a Brunswick pro bowler for 30 years on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) tour. She then extended that to 22 additional years as the Brunswick Senior tour representative, including five years on the PWBA tour. Soutar has plans to contribute her knowledge by continuing to promote the sport of bowling, especially with women and seniors.

In 2010, Soutar celebrated her 50th year with Brunswick, where she was honored during the International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas and presented with a crystal bowling pin, as a token of the company’s appreciation. In front of a crowd of family, friends and fellow bowlers, Soutar thanked Brunswick for allowing her the opportunities and experiences she was able to achieve during her journey. The 50th year celebration with Brunswick was one of her most memorable accomplishments. “Brunswick has given me the opportunity to pursue my career from the age of 16, and has supported me for 50 years,” said Soutar.

“Judy will truly be missed by her Brunswick family,” said Brent Perrier, president Brunswick Bowling Products. “She is a true pioneer for women and senior bowlers, and we can’t thank her enough for the support she has provided Brunswick, our bowlers, and our industry over the years.”

Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., began bowling at the age of four at her father’s bowling center in Kansas City, Mo. Growing up, her father had a big impact as her mentor and teacher on Soutar’s success. He taught her the techniques and mental aspect of bowling until she turned 16 and joined the Professional Women’s Bowlers Association (PWBA) and Brunswick Pro Staff in December 1960. Remembering her early years getting started in the sport, Soutar said she was fortunate because she was both embraced early by her peers and also had Brunswick as her support system.

Soutar has experienced many changes throughout her 50-plus-year bowling career. “When I was on the ladies’ tour in the ‘60s, I would go to tournaments with three balls – one for oily lane conditions, one for dry lane conditions, and a spare ball, “ she said. “Spare shooting was a premium, as it was very difficult to string strikes. I was the high average on the tour with 200 to 202 in the early ’70s, and today, I would have to learn the modern game with equipment, technology, lane surfaces, pins, and the technical support from product specialists,” she said.

Soutar earned more than $190,000 in career earnings, eight national titles, including the Women’s International Bowling Congress (WIBC) Queens, and several awards, including induction into the WIBC (now United States Bowling Congress) Hall of Fame in 1976 for superior performance at the age of 31.

Soutar’s list of other titles and awards includes:
• Highest game series: 787
• Three-time WIBC All American
• Only back-to-back USBC Doubles Champion (with partner Gloria Bouvia) 1969 and 1970
• Kansas City, Mo., Hall of Fame – 1980
PWBA Hall of Fame – 1987
• Missouri Hall of Fame – 1989
PWBA Star of Tomorrow – 1973
• Bowler of the Year – 1973 & 1975
USBC Team and All Events – 1974

Brunswick News

October 26, 2011

Brunswick Signs Walter Ray Williams Jr. to Pro Staff

Hall of Famer and professional bowling all-time leading title winner, Walter Ray Williams, Jr., has joined the Brunswick Pro Staff. Williams joins an elite team of bowlers representing Brunswick on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour (PBA): Parker Bohn III, Ryan Ciminelli, Chris Loschetter, Sean Rash, and Tom Smallwood.

Williams has racked up a total of 85 career PBA 300 games. He has enjoyed many titles so far in his career with 39 standard titles, eight major titles and two senior titles. He holds the highest average of 229.56 in the 2011 senior season. Williams has a long list of career achievements. The most notable was the 2009-10 season where he swept every major statistical category. By winning two titles, that brought him to the record, all-time career titles of 47 and seventh Player of the Year honor. That season also brought Williams’ career earnings threshold to over $4 million, the first and only player to hold that honor. He won at least one PBA Tour title in 17 consecutive seasons (1993 through 2009-10), which is also a record.

Williams, who has been named PBA Player of the Year a record seven times, has been a member of the PBA for more than 30 years and says winning 47 PBA tour titles is the accomplishment he is most proud of.

“It’s nice to be back with Brunswick,” said Williams. “It is also great to know that they have confidence in me to be a part of their team. So far, I’ve bowled very well with all of the Brunswick balls I’ve been using. I have had the highest average in my last 3 PBA tournaments using Brunswick balls and am looking forward to continue great bowling with them.” Williams was a Brunswick Pro Staff member from early 1995 to late December 2000.

“Brunswick is very excited to welcome Walter Ray back to our Pro Staff,” said Nick Stickler, vice president Consumer and After-market products. “We have great line-up of bowlers on Tour, and we look forward to a great season.”

Brunswick News

October 25, 2011

Brunswick Regional Staff Bowler Wins the Russian Bowling Cup

Michael Belenkii from Novosibirsk city (Russia) won the Russian Bowling Cup 2011 title. The 18-year-old Brunswick staff bowler was the best among experienced bowlers.

He used the C•System alpha-max during qualification games and the Wicked Siege for the finals.

The Russian Bowling Cup 2011 Tournament was held in Moscow, 14-16 of October in Kosmik-Balaya Dacha Bowling (30 Brunswick-equipped lanes).

Brunswick News

October 10, 2011

Future Success of Bowling is in the Younger Demographics

The popularity of bowling continues to increase each year, partially due to a younger demographic gravitating to the sport. Students, for example, find bowling a fun and inexpensive form of casual entertainment. However, there is also a growing trend among high school and college students joining competitive bowling. In 2010, a record number of students competed in bowling tournaments.

The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) reports over 50,000 high school and 3,500 college athletes competed in bowling tournaments in 2010.

According to the Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA), the bowling industry’s trade association, as of 2010 high school bowling had seen double-digit growth in five of its last eight seasons, and the number of varsity bowlers has more than doubled within the past decade. In 2010, 47 states recognized bowling on the high school varsity or club level – a drastic increase from 20 states in 2002. During the 2010-2011 bowling season, there was a record number of participants at the varsity level. As a result of the popularity in bowling among students, many colleges now offer bowling scholarships through the NCAA.

“Bowling has become quite popular as a competitive sport among high school and college students, as we have seen trends change drastically to include bowling as a varsity sport. Many bowling centers helped nurture this growth by creating youth-oriented leagues to spark an interest in student bowlers and create a passion for bowling at a young age. This forward-thinking concept created a new generation of bowlers that will continue to impact the popularity of bowling in years to come,” says Gary Smith of Brunswick.

In 2010, the USBC created the Youth Education Services (YES) Fund. YES initially began developing a sports model for bowlers 12 years of age and older. This specially-designed program involves testing team-based competitions, development of training and recruitment programs which targets the younger demographic. “Brunswick is proud to be a part of the YES Fund industry initiative. It is great to see companies make an investment into the future of our industry as we work together to create a more positive experience for our youth bowlers,” states Brian Graham, Brunswick Consumer Products.

Recently, Brunswick Bowling & Billiards announced its support of a new bowling exhibit located in the Iowa Hall of Pride. The exhibit was designed to celebrate notable achievements over the past 100-plus years by high school graduates in Iowa communities. A project of the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), the Iowa Hall of Pride honors past and present Iowa high school students involved in extracurricular activities including athletics, academics, and the arts.

Most recently, Brunswick has offered $50,000 in matching funds to the World Tenpin Bowling Association for youth development worldwide. These funds will be used to help build the next generation of bowlers.

Brunswick News

October 10, 2011

Bowling Vision Named Exclusive Distributor for Brunswick Products

Brunswick Bowling Products and Bowling Vision recently held a showcase and trade show during which the companies provided proprietors, lane technicians and pro shops with the latest information on how to operate a successful business and provide the best bowling conditions and equipment.

The showcase, held in Kettering, United Kingdom, was one of the largest bowling events to take place in the United Kingdom in recent years. More than one hundred participants from every segment of the bowling industry gathered to hear about and see the latest in bowling equipment technology and bowling center best practices.

Brunswick Bowling Products distributor, Bowling Vision, hosted the event and was joined by industry organizations, including bowlers from the British Tenpin Bowling Association (BTBA) and proprietors from the Tenpin Bowling Proprietors Association (TBPA), plus ten other U.K. business partners to form the trade show.

Three separate activities ran throughout the day where proprietors listened how Brunswick Recreation Centers promotes its businesses in the United States, technicians were advised on providing and maintaining consistent lane conditions and pro shops were introduced to the latest Brunswick products and ball fitting techniques.

The culmination of the day’s event was when Brunswick Bowling Products President, Brent Perrier, announced that Bowling Vision would represent all Brunswick Bowling products, including capital equipment. Perrier commented, “Today’s event demonstrates Bowling Vision’s commitment to customer service. Their long-standing industry relations will serve them well in representing the full range of Brunswick products.”

Brunswick News

September 27, 2011

Brunswick Bowling Furthers Support of Youth Bowling

Brunswick Bowling recently announced an initiative with the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) to support youth bowling. Brunswick will offer $50,000 in matching funds for worldwide youth development. The funds will be jointly administered by WTBA and Brunswick. “Brunswick is committed to developing youth bowlers who can greatly impact the popularity of the sport in years to come. These funds will be used to help build the next generation of youth bowlers,” said Brent Perrier, President of Brunswick Bowling Products.

Brunswick is also one of the initial supporting brands contributing to the BPAA and USBC’s Youth Education Services (YES), which is also dedicated to youth bowling development.

Brunswick News

September 21, 2011

Brunswick European Bowler Wins in Italy

Brunswick European staff bowler, Alessandro Silletti recently won the Torneo Silver Tournament held in Casalecchio di Reno (BO), Italy. The tournament was from the Italian Silver Series and 118 players participated. 

Alessandro was the top seed after the qualifications where he shot 1426. 20 players made the cut and played 5 games from scratch.

Alessandro shot games of 191,196, 169, 258, 248 and went on to bowl an 802 series that put him in first position for the finals, where he scored 228-182. He used the Karma performance ball during the entire tournament.

Alessandro also recently scored his 8th perfect game in a local tournament in Poland.  

Brunswick News

September 21, 2011

Parker Bohn III set a new 18-game benchmark

PBA Hall of Famer and Brunswick staffer, Parker Bohn III, set a new 18-game benchmark of 4284 after taking over the pole position in the qualifying rounds of the 13th DSD Samho Korea Cup International Open with a record-breaking 1559 series in the final block. He used C System ulti-max during the entire tournament and achieved an 800 series(280-248-290).

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September 12, 2011

Chris Loschetter Wins PBA Central Regional Tournament

Congratulations to Brunswick Pro Staffer Chris Loschetter on his Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) regional win in Wapakoneta, OH.

To see the upcoming Regional schedule, click here.