Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bowling Bytes--5/6/10

Today we see how Walter Ray Williams Jr. fared in his first PBA Senior event and learn about the USBC SMART scholarship funds, a Michigan bowler's big game in the USBC Open, Bo Goergen's return to the Open this year, famed bowling writer Dick Evans' take on this year's USBC convention, a fancy new bowling center in the Ukraine, the good and not-so-good aspects of next season's Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, and top coach Joe Slowinski's characteristically brainy and detailed analysis of the two-handed bowling style.

~ Walter Ray Williams Jr. Wins Senior Miller High Life Classic in PBA Senior Tour Debut -- "Recently-crowned Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., picked up where he left off at the conclusion of the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season in April by winning the Senior Miller High Life Classic Wednesday at George Pappas Victory Lanes. Making his PBA Senior Tour debut, Williams, the PBA Tour’s all-time leader in career titles with 47, notched his first Senior Tour win by defeating Keith Sharp of Orlando, Fla., 267-245 in the championship match..."

~ PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic--Match Play Rounds

~ USBC SMART scholarship funds transferred to new independent corporation -- "The United States Bowling Congress has created a new corporation dedicated to the management, protection and promotion of youth bowling scholarships. All funds in the USBC SMART (Scholarship Management and Accounting Reports for Tenpins) program have been transferred to the new entity called SMART Bowling Scholarship Funding Corporation. This new corporation is financially and legally independent of USBC, but will continue to use the SMART name. All scholarships previously earned through SMART remain in place with all benefits and eligibility protection for recipients continuing..."

~ Michigan bowler rolls 298 game at USBC Open Championships -- "Only a handful of bowlers each year find themselves in position to roll a perfect game at the USBC Open Championships. Chris Damon of Kimball, Mich., has been there twice in his seven tournament appearances but fell short of perfection on both occasions. Damon's recent attempt came in his final game of singles at the National Bowling Stadium on Tuesday night, but he left the 4-7 on his final shot and finished with the fifth 298 of this year's event. There have been 13 perfect games this year..."

~ On the Lanes with Bo Goergen -- "In the coming months, we'll talk with some of the best-known bowlers at the USBC Open Championships and get their thoughts on their time at the tournament and what it takes to succeed on the championship lanes. This week, we heard from 2009 Regular Singles champion, Bo Goergen, who tossed 32 out of a possible 36 strikes en route to games of 299, 299 and 264 for an 862 singles series last year in Las Vegas. His effort was the highest three-game set in tournament history. He added a 700 series in doubles and 628 in team for a 2,190 all-events total, which was third overall..."

~ Everything you didn't want to know about USBC Convention by Dick Evans -- "Trust is something that is earned and not granted automatic entry into our brains. It is especially true in bowling where the old gutter-ball shooters would flirt with the gutter on their strike deliveries but had trust that their timing would be perfect and the ball would end up the strike pocket. They all lived by the creed: "trust is a must."Their trust was well founded in most cases but I remember when a gutter shooter lost a PBA title because he hit his ankle with the ball, which rolled into the gutter, and he lost the championship game by a few pins. My beliefs about trust seeped into my brain at the USBC Convention April 30 when President Jeff Bojé pointed out how important trust is to the future growth of the United States Bowling Congress..."

~ Largest FEC in the Ukraine features Brunswick-equipped bowling center -- "The largest Family Entertainment Center (FEC) in the Ukraine, Entertainment World Cosmix, which is also one of the largest entertainment complexes in the entire territory of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), recently started its operation in the country's capital, Kiev. The entertainment facility was completed at the end of 2009 and spans more than 5,700 square meters. It offers visitors some of the most popular and modern leisure activities for the entire family to enjoy, making it the trendiest source of entertainment in the region."Cosmix" includes a pub, a pizza restaurant, a sushi-bar, a billiards hall and tenpin bowling. The bowling center features 20 Brunswick-equipped lanes with Vector® Scoring and Management System, GS-X™ pinsetters, Anvilane™ synthetic lanes, new Frameworx® furniture and the Authority22® lane maintenance system..."

~ Rocky Marciano for Ebonite (1955)

~ PBA 2010-11 preview: fizzling or sizzling? -- "IT’S SAID THAT SIZZLE sells the steak. But is it possible to create an enticing sizzle and produce an appetizing dinner with a limited supply of beef? As a case in point, check out the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. It buzzes with the promise of a $1 million Tournament of Champions — in which the winner will collect $250,000 — and a real breakthrough in television coverage of the U.S. Open: The winner is slated to earn a check for around $120,000 — after three days of live ESPN coverage. That’s a sizeable amount of bread (or steak, as the case may be) allocated by an organization nearly starving for sponsors and whose internal financial underpinnings have publicly become a concern. Measuring bang for the buck, the PBA’s desire for an attention-getting 2010-11 seems to be on track. But it is the result of some deft rearranging that attempts to make less money look like more...budget constraints will reduce total prize money awarded to players by about $1 million next season, while the new arrangement also will save the PBA about the same amount by reducing TV production costs and staff expenses...A closer look reveals next season’s “tour” barely meets the definition. It’s certainly not a pro bowling tour based on a perpetual city-to-city concept. Instead, it’s a compilation of traditional, though enhanced, majors, surrounded by a revised renewal of the World Series of Bowling and a strategically stretched-out playoff series at the end. Mix in a couple of other official tournaments and unofficial special events, and it adds up to 22 “unique” telecasts originating from eight locations — all subject to change, of course, until all of the plans are etched in stone..."

~ Two-Handed Bowling: A Brief Analysis of a Powerful New Bowling Form -- "In recent years, 2 bowlers with thumbless two-handed bowling styles have emerged as two of the most successful bowlers of our time. These bowlers always attract viewers due to their exciting ability to strike, strike and strike again. Osku Palerma, Finland and Jason Belmonte, Australia, can dominate a tournament with their exciting styles and high scoring games. In November 2006, Palermaa dominated the AMF World Cup, start to finish, to claim the title. In 2007, Belmonte won the High Roller as well as the World Tenpin Masters titles, defeating Chris Barnes along the way. Palermaa defeated Belmonte, this week, in the final of the Istanbul Open, in Turkey. More and more bowlers are attempting to emulate these two bowlers. In fact, in Hickory, NC, PBA great Guppy Troup’s children both use a thumbless release. In December 2006, Chaz Dennis (10 years, 2 months and 27 days) became the youngest bowler ever to shoot a 300 game approved by the United States Bowling Congress. With such success, coaches should review and analyze these styles. With this in mind, here is a brief analysis of this style. I will continue to develop an understanding of the 2-
handed delivery from a coaches’ eye..."

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