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Bowling News USA - August 1, 2014 PBA Spare Shots: Regional Points Competition Races Heating Up, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard Becomes PBA50 Tour Eligible

Story by Bill Vint •

The chase for the 2014 competition points lead in seven PBA Regions is heating up with the October 12 deadline for qualifying for the PBA Regional Finals berths for PBA World Series of Bowling VI. The points leader in each region – along with the PBA Japan Region’s points leader – will receive a paid entry into the World Series and will qualify for the PBA Regional Finals’ match play competition. An eight-game round robin match play event on Friday, Oct. 24, at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas will determine the two players who will advance to the PBA Regional Finals match as part of the ESPN-televised PBA Challenge special event.

As of the final weekend in July, the PBA Regional points leaders were:

● East Region: Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., with 94,469 points, followed by Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., with 73,266 points.

● South Region: Connor Pickford of Charlotte, N.C., with 68,830 points, followed by Lee Vanderhoef of Greenville, S.C., with 54,390 points.

● Central Region: Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., with 108,096 points, followed by Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, with 84,416 points.

● Midwest Region: Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, with 106,353 points, followed by Brian Gunn of Chicago with 64,804 points.

● Southwest Region: Roger Petrin of Wichita, Kan., with 82,870 points, followed by Andy Patterson of Tyler, Texas, with 78,595 points.

● West Region: David Haynes of Las Vegas with 175,109 points, followed by Dave Wodka of Henderson, Nev., with 107,924 points.

● Northwest Region: David Haynes of Las Vegas with 124,590 points, followed by Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., with 96,551 points.

● Japan Region: Yuka Tsuchiya of Kanagawa, with victories in the Cheetah and Chameleon Women’s and Open tournaments, has clinched both the Japan Regional and Women’s Regional points titles. She will make a decision on which event she will enter at the WSOB VI, and the runner-up in the other category also will be invited to bowl in Las Vegas.

PBA fans can follow the regional points races by clicking on the “statistics” link on


Joining the list of PBA50 Tour age-eligible players is two-time PBA Women’s Series Champion, 20-time PWBA Champion, Roto Grip Staffer and USBC Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, who celebrated her 50th birthday on Tuesday, July 29.


2014PBABoiseOpenProAm300BriannaArchabal.jpgThousands of grassroots league bowlers – men, women, seniors and especially kids – have treasured memories of bowling in PBA Pro-Am events, where they team up with PBA stars and stars-to-be. But few pro-am bowlers have ever had an experience quite like the one six-year-old Brianna Archabal (pictured right) had during the PBA Boise West/Northwest Open at 20th Century Lanes in Boise, Idaho, on July 25.

The daughter of former PBA Regional player Scot Archabal was bowling on the same pair of lanes with 2013 PBA Regional Finals champ Ben Laughlin of Chandler, Ariz., who started his game with 11 strikes. Laughlin then told Brianna that he gets very nervous when he’s so close to bowling a 300 game, and asked her if she’d throw the last ball for him.

She did…and she struck…and the crowd went wild.

“Anyone who has kids had tears in their eyes,” wrote Christian Ashcraft, who also was bowling on the same pair of lanes. “I don’t have any way to thank Ben personally for making that little girl’s day, but I really appreciate what he did.”

Brianna’s mother Samantha Archabal notes that her daughter is no stranger to PBA pro-ams. She attended her first one when she was two weeks old.

  • Upcoming PBA Regional Events
The Aug. 1-3 weekend includes the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic hosted by Mid-County Lanes in Middletown, Pa., a PBA East “super regional” with a $15,000 first prize and live Xtra Frame coverage; the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Arlington Heights, Ill.; the Pensacola Re-Entry South Open at New Liberty Lanes in Pensacola, Fla.; and the Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles at Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas. The Luci Bonneau event isn’t an official PBA regional, but it is supported by the PBA and will award regional titles to the male and female winners if they are PBA members.

On the Aug. 8-10 schedule is the Waccamaw Myrtle Beach South Classic (a PBA Women’s Regional series points event) at Waccamaw Bowling Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; the Killeen Southwest Open (also a PBA Women’s Regional points event) at Hallmark Lanes in Killeen, Texas, and the Bowlers Supply/Storm East Open at Colony Park Lanes North in York, Pa.

The Aug. 15-17 weekend includes the Emerald Bowl Southwest Challenge presented by Bowling Dynamix, for non-champions, in Houston, Texas; the Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by Dexter at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.; the Bethmann Russell Syracuse Eastern Open presented by Radical (a PBA Women’s Regional points event) at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool, N.Y., and the Lefeld Implement Central Classic (a PBA Women’s Regional points event) at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio.

The Aug. 22-24 regional schedule includes the Fayetteville South Open (a PBA Women’s Regional points event) at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Mil-Ray Foods East Open presented by Columbia 300 at Brunswick Zone in Deptford, N.J.; the PBA and PBA50 Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes Capital City West/Northwest Opens presented by DV8 (a PBA Women’s West and Northwest Region points event) in Citrus Heights, Calif.; the Greenville Southwest Open presented by (a PBA Women’s Regional points event) at Shenaniganz in Greenville, Texas, and the Bowlerama Lanes Midwest Open presented by Radical (a live Xtra Frame event and a PBA Women’s Regional points event) in Des Moines, Iowa.

The extended Labor Day weekend includes another full schedule of events, including the PBA50 Wilson & Sons Termite Pest Control Super Senior Open (for players 60 and older) followed by the PBA50 Mooresville South Open at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.; the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Brunswick at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif., and the BOWLSTRONG Midwest/Central Challenge (for non-winners) plus the BOWLSTRONG Midwest/Central Tournament of Champions (for PBA title winners) at King Pin Lanes in Springfield, Ill.

Kicking off the September schedule will be the PBA50 Kingsport Super Senior South Open for players 60 and older at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn., Sept. 2-4, followed by Sept. 5-7 weekend events including the Moon City Central Classic presented by Roto Grip at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta, Ohio; the Grand Hotel, Casino & Resort Southwest Invitational at Firelake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla. (featuring live Xtra Frame coverage); the PBA50 Howell Lanes East Open in Howell, N.J.; the Rufus West Open presented by Columbia 300 at FlipSide Lanes in Gilbert, Ariz., and a pair of one-day PBA50 events presented by Ebonite at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Ill.

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