Friday, June 4, 2010

Bowling Bytes--6/4/10

~ PBA Spare Shots: Koivuniemi's Win in Istanbul Extends Global Title Portfolio to 12 Countries -- "Professional Bowlers Association players are spanning the globe during the “off season,” some of them helping to create international exposure for the bowling product companies they represent, and others gaining more competitive experience. In mid-May, native Finlander Mika Koivuniemi won the 7th Istanbul Open in Turkey, defeating Mykhaylo Kalika of Ukraine, 548-424, in the two-game title match for a first prize of $10,000 Euros. For the globe-trotting Koivuniemi, it was the 12th different country where he has won a title. American two-handed player Cassidy Schaub set a tournament record with a six-game qualifying block of 1,591. Fellow 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour competitors Tim Mack, Brian Voss and Stu Williams of England also bowled in the Istanbul event..."

~ Don Sylvia Wins Senior Northern California Classic -- "Don Sylvia of Reno, Nev., defeated J.P. Muller of Gervais, Ore., 209-173, to win his third career Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour title in the PBA Senior Northern California Classic at Harvest Park Bowl Wednesday.Sylvia, who won his last title in the Lake County Indiana Open in Hammond, Ind., three years ago, earned $8,000 while Muller, a non-titlist bowling in only his seventh Senior Tour event, won $4,500 as runner-up...The PBA Senior Tour now heads to Las Vegas, Nev., for back-to-back major championships. Wayne Webb of Columbus, Ohio, will try for his third consecutive Senior U.S. Open title June 6-11 at Suncoast Bowling Center on the north side of Las Vegas. The following week, Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis., will try to defend his USBC Senior Masters title across town at South Point Bowling Center, June 13-18..."

~ Many strikes, few gutters for former Stockton resident -- "Life just seems to keep getting better for Walter Ray Williams Jr.The former Stockton resident has won more events on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour than anyone in history. His 47 titles and seven player of the year awards are records. He's won 17 tournaments since turning 40 years of age, also a record, and his most recent POY award came in April at the conclusion of the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season..."

~ O'Keefe assumes new role as coach with ITRC, Team USA -- "USBC silver-level coach Bryan O’Keefe has assumed a new role as Assistant Coach with the International Training and Research center as well as with Team USA. O’Keefe, who posted scored of 275, 286, 258 and 235 for a 1,054 total in Singles at the Bowlers Journal Championships this year, brings unique coaching expertise to his new position...O’Keefe, who has a career average of 213 in 16 years of competing at the USBC Open Championships, is a chief architect of the USBC’s two-handed bowling instruction curriculum. O’Keefe will also supervise the ITRC pro shop in his new role, and looks forward to bringing his experience and knowledge of lane play and transition to his position as an assistant coach with both the ITRC and Team USA..."

~ USBC's honored for its online videos -- "Matt Lawson, Director of Video Production for the United States Bowling Congress, recently was honored with a Telly Award for his video work that appeared on, the USBC website. The Telly Awards honor the best local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs in addition to video and film productions, and work created for websites..."

~ Kansas bowler tied for Classified Singles lead at USBC Open Championships -- "After two games of singles at the 2010 USBC Open Championships, Don Clayborn of Kansas City, Kan., had his sights set on the first 700 series of his tournament career but had no idea a big finish also would give him a shot at a Classified Singles title.The 62-year-old right-hander started singles with games of 202 and 246, and while his 221 finish left him short of his goal Thursday, he now is tied for the lead in Classified Singles with 669. Clayborn shares the top spot with David Garcez of Merced, Calif., who set the bar on March 14...Clayborn isn't the same bowler he was prior to a heart attack in 2003, but his passion for the sport and appreciation for the Open Championships keep him coming back to the tournament every year..."

~ Surasak Manuwong, Kristel Oh lead Singapore Open Masters qualifiers into the finals -- "Surasak Manuwong (pictured left), Thailand, and Kristel Oh, Singapore, held on to the lead in the qualifying of the 43rd Singapore International Open Masters competition Thursday at Orchid Bowl at Orchid Country Club in Singapore en route to lead 42 men and 30 women into the finals on Friday and Saturday. Manuwong's 1061 total, an average of 265.25, was the sole 4-game series over 1000 in both divisions. Aaron Kong, Malaysia, was second in the Overseas Pool with 970 andSomjed Kusonpithak, Thailand, was third with 962...Kristel Oh set the tone in the women's division leading the Local Pool with 963 or an average of 240.75. PBA Women's Series bowler Shalin Zulkifli (left), Malaysia, had the second highest 943 total to lead the Overseas Pool..."

~ USBC 'Gift For Life' program awards 12 scholarships -- "Twelve United States Bowling Congress Youth bowlers have been selected to receive $1,000 college scholarships through the USBC Gift For Life Scholarships program. Gift For Life Scholarships are annually awarded to USBC Youth members who are high school students, have a GPA of 2.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale) and can demonstrate financial need. Recipients were selected by a committee of USBC staff members and the scholarships are managed through the SMART program..."

~ The nose knows -- "Because I have a nose for news, I can tell you that 2010 is the 10th anniversary of the introduction of scented bowling balls by the folks at Storm Products.You may recall that the first scents used were green apple and citrus. In ensuing years, just about any aroma you can think of has been utilized, including black cherry, lemonade, banana and, of course, the one scent that nobody can resist — chocolate..."

~ Bowling ball maker finds sweet smell of success -- "Odors associated with bowling traditionally include smelly feet, cigarette smoke and beer. But what about grape, amaretto and cherry? One bowling ball manufacturer — Storm Products Inc. — is putting fruit and other popular scents into its mid- to high-end bowling balls, resulting in a steady increase in sales. More than half the bowlers on the Professional Bowlers Association tour last year used them, including four-time PBA champion Ryan Shafer..."

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