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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Stars To Help Run Free Youth Bowling Clinics Friday at East, West Regional Sites

Several Professional Bowlers Association players will be on hand to help young bowlers learn more about the sport in free youth clinics to be held Friday in conjunction with PBA regional tournaments.

Tony Reyes, Chris Warren and P.J. Haggerty will participate in the joint West/Northwest Region Don Johnson Memorial Classic at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif., on Friday while Ryan Ciminelli, Danny Wiseman, Ryan Shafer and Ray Edwards will conduct a clinic as part of the East Region’s Mid-County Lanes Open in Middletown, Del., also on Friday.

The clinics are a part of the PBA’s programs to help the bowling industry prepare for National Bowling Week, an annual celebration to kick off the winter bowling league season.



In a joint PBA Northwest/West Regional event in Reno, Nev., on July 25, Steven Black of Phoenix won for his third time in the last four events in the Sands Regency Casino Summer Classic at High Sierra Lanes.  Black, who won $2,000, defeated Curtis Woods Jr. of Santa Rosa, Calif., 184-179, for his fifth career PBA regional title. Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Ore., the 2002 USBC Masters champ, finished third. Exempt players Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., and Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., finished fourth and ninth, respectively, while former exempt player Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., finished sixth.

In the PBA East Region, Terry Miller of York, Pa., picked up his second PBA Regional victory and $2,500 on July 25 defeating Ken Yokobosky, Fredon, N.J., 227-188, to win the Cap Card Open at Cedar Lanes in Lebanon, Pa.  PBA Exempt players Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., and Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, picked up $2,400 and his fifth career PBA regional victory in the PBA Midwest’s Olathe Lanes East Marathon Open in Olathe, Kan., on July 25. Hess averaged 213 for 20 games across four different lane conditions, similar to the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour’s Marathon Open, to top fellow Iowan Jason Poli by 89 pins for the win. Exempt player and 2010 PBA Harry Golden Rookie of the Year Anthony LaCaze finished fifth.

In the South Region, Chip Collins of Fayetteville, N.C. earned his third regional title and $2,500 in the Fayetteville Open at LaFayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C. Exempt and former exempt notables among the top 10 were: Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., second; Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., third; Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., fifth; Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., sixth, and Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., eighth.

Xtra Frame will provide final day coverage of the Joint PBA Midwest/Central Region Thunderbowl Open from Thunderbowl in Mokena, Ill., Sunday, Aug. 1. On Aug. 8, Xtra Frame will provide coverage of the PBA Central/Midwest Region Terre Haute Open at Terre Haute Bowling Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

All PBA title holders (National, Senior, Regional, Senior Regional, Women's Series champions) who are PBA members in good standing as of Sept. 1 are eligible for the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions.


PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III and Mike Aulby were participants in the annual Jeff Gordon celebrity bowling fund-raiser at Western Bowl in Indianapolis on July 22 as part of NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 week. The annual event, which raised more than $300,000, benefits the Jeff Gordon Pediatric Cancer Research Fund at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Gordon, Sam Hornish Jr. and Sarah Fisher were among the race car drivers who attended.