It won’t go down as the biggest field in PBA50 history, but the quality of the field at All-Star Lanes this past weekend became clear in the final standings as a PBA Hall of Famer edged out a two-time major champion and a regional major winner to capture the title on the 43-foot Chameleon pattern.
Hall of Famer Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, won 6-of-8 matches on Sunday to take the $1,500 first prize over major winner Mike Scroggins, who won five matches in match play. Williams for the weekend shot 3,704 for 16 games to average 231, while Scroggins posted a very good 3,543 (221 average). Scroggins won $800.
Third went to David Anthony of Austin, Texas, with the top Louisiana finisher Shreveport’s Cliff Barnes in 11th place. Norm Spurlock of Kenner was 12th and Kenny Tynan of Shreveport 13th.
Women’s tour returning
I know people here have tired of me constantly making a snide reminder about a lack of a women’s pro tour every time a major women’s event took place. When Dave Lamont this summer closed out the Queen’s telecast by saying the next ESPN telecast for women would be in May 2015 for the next Queen’s I thought this is what we’ve come to. One major event on over-the-air cable TV for the best women in the world.
Imagine my surprise Friday when a press release arrived that said the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour would launch in 2015 with a three-year funding commitment from the United States Bowling Congress and the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America. Preliminary plans call for a nine-event tour running from mid-summer through early fall.
An initial framework approved by both the USBC and BPAA Boards of Directors calls for an equal investment by USBC and BPAA to support operation and guaranteed prize funds of the PWBA Tour for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons. Events will have a Friday-Sunday format to allow PWBA members to bowl tour stops and have flexibility for family or job obligations during the week.
The initial framework for the 2015 PWBA Tour calls for eight regular-season tour events culminating in a PWBA Tour Championship as the ninth event. The regular season will be live streamed online with a broadcast partner sought for the PWBA Tour Championship.
I’ve seen Facebook responses from people like Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Missy Parkin and a few friends who I think will probably give it a try. I like the Friday-Sunday idea because a lot has changed since the 2003 demise of the old PWBA. I doubt any female wants to go out on a nine-week tour that takes them away from home or work for nine complete weeks. This isn’t going to have the money of the PBA (of course that isn’t as thrilling as it was back in the day) but until we see what sponsors come aboard, it’s up to USBC and BPAA to establish the fund.
Maybe the USBC and BPAA can also find the women’s U.S. Open again it would be very nice.
I’m excited about it. I will be shocked if some of the stops aren’t in Texas and hopefully, someone will allow amateurs from the NCAA college ranks with eligibility remaining the opportunity to bowl some of the summer events. Why not? They are the ones you are going to get after college to turn pro and join your tour. The stars of 21 years ago aren’t going to sustain this tour in the future. While everyone wants to see the Kelly Kulick’s, the Dorin-Ballards and other longtime stars back bowling regularly (and they are needed to make this go initially), this is a tour for the future of women’s bowling that hopefully will establish the next generation of “names” that will offer new rooting interests on the women’s side.
It’s time people. City tournament for every bowling group is coming up Nov. 1-2 and 15-16 at All-Star Lanes and the deadline is next Monday. Don’t delay. Don’t procrastinate. Entries blanks are at the bowling center and with all youth coordinators. Get it done. Get an entry turned in ASAP.
Honor roll notes
The numbers 800 and 300 are the headlines on the honor roll this time. First with one omitted last time at All Star as Jason Ballard shot 835 with a 279 high game. Congrats also to Troy Cedotal with 828 (290) and Mario Johnson 810 (278). Tyler Wright, Jerry Conard, Gordon Michelli and Darrin Senegal among those with 300 games.
Mary Mansur at Circle had the best women’s series with 703 (268) and congrats to Cindy Kienlen for a fine 299 game. A 634 by Clay Craighead was the best youth score, while Mike Bass shot 679 in the senior leagues. Finally congrats to Jo Ann Tullier for picking up the 4-7-10 split.
That is until Oct. 28. Until then, good luck and good bowling.