Andrew Cain of Phoenix, one of two left-handers to survive the Professional Bowlers Association Shark Championship qualifying round, surged past PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber with a 223 final game to lead the fourth and final animal pattern event in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII at the National Bowling Stadium Friday. Cain, a former Team USA member and past-president of the United States Bowling Association, rolled games of 224, 255, 207, 222, 236, 221, 258 and 223 on the demanding 43-foot Shark oiling pattern to lead the 24 players who advanced to the Shark Championship best-of-five-game elimination matches next Wednesday.
Australia's two-handed star, Jason Belmonte, caught fire Thursday to lead qualifying in the Professional Bowlers Association Scorpion Championship, presented by Reno Tahoe USA, at the National Bowling Stadium. The Scorpion Championship is the third of four animal pattern qualifying stages in GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII competition, leading into the PBA World Championship finals that will air live on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. ET.
For the third year, "graduates" of China's Longmarch Pioneers League have returned to the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling. This year's record group of 10 players includes three traditional right handers, two lefties and five players who use the "spinner" technique with very light bowling balls, a technique that is popular in Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and a few other Asian Rim nations.
The 33-year-old Girard from Jonquiere, Que., posted games of 267, 227, 213, 215, 264, 209, 247 and 238 for a 1,880 pinfall total as competition continued in the PBA World Series of Bowling VIII at the National Bowling Stadium. "I don't want to make my goal," said Girard.
A 300 in his final game Tuesday pushed three-time Professional Bowlers Association's regional titlist Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio, into the qualifying lead in the PBA Cheetah Championship, presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, as well as the early lead in PBA World Championship qualifying, as the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII got underway at the National Bowling Stadium. The Cheetah Championship is a PBA Tour title event, and it also is the first of four animal pattern qualifying stages leading to the PBA World Championship, the final major championship of the 2016 season.
In order to "add a little bit of competitiveness," according to tournament director Jeff Segel , the Huck Finn /Northeast Bowling Proprietors of New York scratch tour has introduced a season-long points system to the mix. The top three point finishers automatically will qualify for the rolloffs of the season-ending Jack Scaccia Memorial at Alpha Lanes.
There's a youth movement going on in today's PBA Tour and it's being underscored by the immediate impact young players are making in not just winning PBA Tour events, but by winning majors. You need to look no further back than last year's GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy Resort and Casino when 25-year-old Gary Faulkner Jr. of Memphis won the PBA World Championship at the National Bowling Stadium by defeating then-23-year-old EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., for his first PBA Tour title.
Mark Gerberich, who led the Professional Bowlers Association through its most turbulent years prior to the sale of the organization to former Microsoft executives Chris Peters, Mike Slade and Rob Glaser, has been elected to the PBA Hall of Fame for his service to the sport. Gerberich, who joined the PBA staff after graduating from St. John's University with a degree in sports management in 1983, started as PBA membership services director and rose through a variety of positions before being named PBA Commissioner in 1996.
For the second consecutive year, Reno's National Bowling Stadium will be home to the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII presented by the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino, the premier professional international showcase for the sport. Based on early entries, a record of at least 22 countries will be represented in the multi-event extravaganza that will be highlighted by a live ESPN telecast of the PBA World Championship, the fifth and final major of the 2016 PBA Tour season, along with five other ESPN telecasts.