Go Bowling!, the PBA Tour’s umbrella sponsor for a third consecutive year in 2020, will again showcase the sport with an appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. The 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air starting at 9 a.m. in all time zones on NBC.
In conjunction with the holiday season, Go Bowling! is also offering bowling fans a chance to win a $1,000 Holiday Shopping Spree simply by filling out an entry form. To enter, use this link: bit.ly/GBHolidayShoppingSpree.
For the PBA fan in your family, H5G Brands is offering free shipping for PBA merchandise purchased online on Cyber Monday, Dec. 2. For details, and a look at the entire line of PBA products offered by the PBA’s new merchandising partner, visit this link: www.pbastore.com.
PBA’S DEBUT SEASON ON FOX SPORTS PROVES REWARDING FOR PBA PLAYERS
The PBA’s first full year of competition under its new FOX Sports agreement proved to be financially rewarding to PBA Tour players. Nine players exceeded $100,000 in earnings during the year, led by Australia’s Jason Belmonte who banked $288,290, the highest single-season earnings total since Mika Koivuniemi collected $333,040 after winning the record $250,000 first prize in the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions during the 2010-11 season.
Belmonte was the Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s only four-time title winner in 2019, including a pair of major championships (PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA World Championship), and won the earnings crown by $52,510 over Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., who won a total of $235,780. Both totals were career highs.
1, Jason Belmonte, $288,290.
2, Jakob Butturff, $235,780.
3, Bill O’Neill, $192,448.
4, Kris Prather, $183,960.
5, Sean Rash, $181,897.
6, Anthony Simonsen, $176,598.
7, EJ Tackett, $172,945.
8, Dom Barrett, $125,720.
9, Norm Duke, $105,515,
10, Kyle Sherman, $97,558.
PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: BILL O’NEILL DISCUSSES 2019 CHESAPEAKE OPEN TITLE
The PBA Player’s Perspective interview series, featuring PBA title winners reflecting on their victories, continues with Bill O’Neill providing insights into his win in the 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open. O’Neill’s inside story will debut on Tuesday, Dec. 3. To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list.
The weekly series includes a new perspective released every Tuesday on the PBA’s YouTube channel. The following players will provide personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:
• Dec. 3 – Bill O’Neill talks about his 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open triumph.
• Dec. 10 – Jason Belmonte provides insights about capturing his record-breaking 11th major title in the 2019 PBA World Championship during PBA World Series of Bowling X in Allen Park, Mich.
• Dec. 17 – Jakob Butturff will reveal his thoughts about winning his first major championship in the 2019 USBC Masters.
• Dec. 24 – On Christmas Eve day, EJ Tackett will take fans across the Pacific Ocean to talk about his victory in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational to kick off the 2017 season.
Player’s Perspectives currently in the archives on YouTube include:
• Norm Duke’s stunning 2011 U.S. Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).
• Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).
• Anthony Simonsen talks about his win in the 2019 Bear Open (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k25WKNzQ).
• Sean Rash reflections on his 2019 Wolf Open title (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GNxO2WdaZo).
• EJ Tackett provides fans with his personal take on his 2019 Barbasol PBA Tour Finals victory in Las Vegas (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVuLOuU8btQ).
PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WALTER RAY WINS REGIONAL TITLE NO. 54
Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla. and non-PBA member Josh Johnson of Yulee, Fla., defeated Orlando partners Mike Moore and Shawn Naumann, 244-232, to win the $4,800 first prize in the PBA South Region Member/Non-Member Doubles at Break Point Alley Bowling Center in Tavares, Fla., Sunday.
With his 34th standard PBA Regional win, Williams improved his overall PBA Regional titles total to 54, one behind all-time leader Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Oregon, who has won a combined 55 times in PBA and PBA50 Regional competition. Including WRW’s record 47 PBA Tour titles and 14 PBA50 Tour titles, he improved his record for overall PBA titles at all levels to 115.
Williams and Johnson won only four of their 10 matches leading into the stepladder finals, but their 18-game total of 5,974 pins was enough to claim the top berth in the finals by 13 pins over Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Florida, and his non-member partner, Matthew Tuckfield of Orlando. Moore and Naumann, the defending champions, qualified third and easily defeated the team of Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Florida and Colin Champion of Spring Hill, Florida, 248-189, in the first stepladder match. Moore and Naumann then eliminated Tuckfield and Auerbach, 244-203, to advance to the title match.
• Lennie Boresch of Kenosha, Wis. defeated Steve Kenyon of Grosse Ile, Mich., 743-644 in the three–game final match to win the PBA50 Allstate Central Match Classic at Westland Bowl in Westland, Mich., Sunday for his eighth PBA50 Regional title and the $1,700 first prize.
In the semifinal round, Boresch topped Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., 723-651, and Kenyon edged Michael Lucente of Warren, Mich., 652-651, in the three-game semifinal round to set up the championship match.
• Warren Crawford from McKinleyville, Calif., and Kevin Croucher from Grants Pass, Ore., were winners in Sunday’s PBA and PBA50 Epicenter Northwest-West Open tournaments, respectively, in Klamath Falls, Ore.
Crawford, needing to beat Chris Warren of Grants Pass by 29 pins for the title, defeated the all-time PBA Regional titles leader, 238-203, in their position round match to claim the $2,000 first prize and his second PBA Regional title. Warren has won a record 47 standard PBA Regional titles.
In the companion PBA50 event, Croucher went 6-2 and knocked down 3,715 total pins for 16 games, including match play bonus pins, to top Blaine Weninger of Happy Valley, Ore., for his fifth PBA50 Regional title, 10th overall PBA Regional title and a $1,300 prize. Weninger had a 6-2 match play record and a total of 3,513 pins.
• The only PBA Regional tournament over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving weekend will be the PBA50 Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.
• The PBA Regional schedule over the Dec. 6-8 weekend includes the Knob Hill East Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio. Both “challenge” tournaments are open exclusively to non-title winners.
• The PBA Regional program concludes its 2019 season with PBA/PBA50 Houston Emerald Bowl Doubles Dec. 20-22 in Houston, Texas. The Southwest Region event is projected to pay a projected $7,000 first place.
• For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).
• PBA Tour competitor Francois Louw (at left) became the first South African bowler to win the QubicaAMF World Cup in the tournament’s 55-year history, defeating Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia in Palembang, Indonesia, 237-202. Australia’s Bec Whiting (also at left) won the women’s title, defeating two-time World Cup winner Aumi Guerra of Dominican Republic, 172-162, in their title match.