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PBA Summer Swing Returns, Moves to Oklahoma

March 21st, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Updated… The PBA’s 2014 Summer Swing, a multi-tournament event that will be televised by CBS Sports Network, will be hosted by Grand Casino Resort and FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., May 18-25, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced today. The Summer Swing will include four PBA Tour title events — the Wolf, Bear and Badger […]


Dates Set for 2014 World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas

February 26th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The PBA’s World Series of Bowling VI will return to South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Oct. 24-Nov. 2, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced today. The PBA World Series, which originated in 2009 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., as a multi-event international showcase of bowling talent, will again feature […]


Belmonte Successfully Defends Masters Title

February 24th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Jason Belmonte became the first bowler in nearly 50 years to successfully defend a USBC Masters title on Sunday as he defeated E.J. Tackett, 221-177, in the championship match. Belmonte, the reigning PBA Player of the Year, opened up a big lead early and coasted to the title at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J. […]


PBA TOC, League Play Ready to Roll at Thunderbowl

January 15th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

At age 51, defending Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions winner Pete Weber shows no signs of slowing down, and hopes to add yet another chapter to his legendary career by becoming the tournament’s third three-time winner. PDW will defend his title against a field of approximately 100 other PBA titlists when Thunderbowl Lanes hosts the […]


PBA50 Tour Schedule for 2014 Unveiled

January 15th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The PBA has announced a 12-tournament PBA50 Tour schedule for 2014 which includes two new venues, a new PBA50 Super Senior event and traditional major championships — the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Dexter and the USBC Senior Masters — back-to-back in Las Vegas in June. For the second consecutive year, a season-long […]


Update #2: TOC Host Calls PBA Move a ‘Wake-up Call for the Industry’

December 20th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

UPDATE #2: Jim Doty, General Manager of Royal Pin Leisure Centers in Indianapolis, said he was “disappointed and shocked” by the PBA’s decision to pull the 2014 Tournament of Champions out of Royal Pin’s Woodland Bowl. But he quickly added that he understood the reason for the move, and “holds no ill will toward the […]


Update: TOC Changes Linked to PBA Revenue Projections

December 20th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

UPDATE: PBA Commissioner Tom Clark told Mark Ambrogi of the Indianapolis Star that moving the 2014 Tournament of Champions to January in metro Detroit was a budget issue. “Some measures had to be taken due to revenue projections [for 2014] not matching expenses,” Clark said. “Due to the TOC being late[r] in the year, that […]


PBA Changes Dates and Venue for Tournament of Champions

December 20th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The 2014 PBA Barbasol Tournament of Champions will move to Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., beginning Jan. 18 and concluding with a live ESPN telecast at 12 noon Eastern on Sunday, Jan. 26, the PBA announced today. The change in venue and dates for the 49th TOC from previously announced April in Indianapolis is […]


PBA Great Billy Hardwick Dies at 72

November 17th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

PBA Hall of Famer and two-time PBA Player of the Year Billy Hardwick of Memphis, Tenn., died of an apparent heart attack Saturday. He was 72. In one of the greatest turnarounds in professional bowling history, Hardwick went from a rookie PBA Tour season in 1962 when he failed to cash in a single event, […]


PBA Airs on CBS Sports Network Tuesdays, June 11-July 9

June 7th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The Professional Bowlers Assn. will make its debut on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. Eastern. The Lucas Oil Badger Open will be the first of five two-hour telecasts of stepladder final rounds conducted during the GEICO PBA Summer Swing. The GEICO PBA Summer Swing, presented by Lucas Oil, will continue […]



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