ARLINGTON, Texas – The United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame will have at least four new members when the 2020 class is inducted April 29, 2020, in Las Vegas.
The USBC Hall of Fame Committee recently elected Patrick Healey Jr. in the USBC Outstanding Performance men’s category, Bob Learn Jr. in the Veterans category, and Andrew Cain and Jim Zebehazy in the Meritorious Service category.
In addition to the four elected, the USBC Hall of Fame Committee selected eight bowlers – six men and two women – for the Superior Performance ballot that will be distributed to a national panel of USBC Hall of Fame members, USBC Board members and veteran bowling writers.
Selected for the men’s national ballot are Patrick Allen of Garfield, New Jersey; Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kansas; Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas; Randy Pedersen of Orlando, Florida; Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, and Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas.
Named to the women’s national ballot are Marianne DiRupo of Succasunna, New Jersey, and Tammy Turner of West Palm Beach, Florida.
Healey Jr., 51, of Niagara Falls, New York, was a three-time member of Team USA (1991-1992, 1995). In Pan American Games competition, he brought home two gold medals (team, Masters) from the 1991 event in Havana, Cuba, and won three golds (doubles, team, Masters) and a silver (singles) at the 1995 event in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He won gold in doubles and trios at the 1991 World Championships in Singapore, gold in Masters at the 1991 United States Sports Festival, and took the title at the 1995 QubicaAMF World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He also earned six gold medals at the 1995 Tournament of the Americas.
The 1994 U.S. National Amateur champion, Healey Jr. took third at the 1995 Brunswick World Tournament of Champions as an amateur and also is a two-time World Team Challenge champion (1995, 1997). He is a two-time World Amateur Bowler of the Year (1995, 1996) and was named to the Bowlers Journal All-Century Team for the American Zone (1999).
He was selected the United States Olympic Committee Athlete of the Year for Bowling in 1991 and 1995.
Healey Jr. started bowling in international tournaments in 1990 and has earned 24 wins in international competitions. He has a 300 game in nine countries and won titles in 14 countries and on six continents. He was invited to be part of the 1992 Olympic Games American Bowling Congress team to help promote the sport of bowling and the sport’s quest to gain medal status.
He was a member of the Lodge Lanes team that won the Team All-Events title at the 1997 and 1998 USBC Open Championships. He has four additional top-10 finishes at the event.
A regular on the PBA Tour for nearly a decade, Healey Jr. won three titles, including the PBA Tournament of Champions in 2003. He officially retired from competition in 2008.
The 1986 Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow award winner, he attended Wichita State University from 1986-1990 and was a National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) first-team All-America selection in 1988.
Learn Jr., 57, a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, currently serves as the head coach of the men’s and women’s bowling programs at Martin Methodist College in Tennessee.
He joined the PBA Tour in 1981, winning five titles, including the 1999 U.S. Open. In 1996, he rolled a 300 game in the opening match of the PBA Flagship Open televised finals, the 10th perfect game in a televised PBA event, to earn a $100,000 bonus and the nickname Mr. 300. He then posted games of 270, 280 and 279 to win the title and shatter the highest two-game (570), three-game (850), and four-game (1,129) series in PBA television history.
He also owns three PBA50 titles and, in 2017, made the stepladder finals in six of 11 events.
A two-time member of Senior Team USA, he earned a gold medal in team at the 2015 World Bowling Senior Championships in Las Vegas and captured gold in doubles and team at the 2017 event in Unterfohring, Germany.
A USBC Silver coach, Learn Jr. is a former Team USA coach and has conducted bowling clinics throughout the world.
He won the ESPY Award for bowling in 1997, was a Bowlers Journal All-America first-team selection in 1995-1996, and a USBC first-team All-American in 1996 and 1999. He is a member of the Erie Bowling Association and Pennsylvania State Halls of Fame.
Cain, 38, of Phoenix, was a five-time member of Team USA and has bowled on the PBA Tour since 2007, but made his biggest mark in the sport off the lanes.He joined the USBC Board of Directors in 2007, was named vice president in 2010, and then took the reins as president in 2012. During his three-and-a-half years as USBC president, Cain was instrumental in the creation of International Bowling Campus Youth Development, combining the youth forces of USBC and the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA) to streamline and improve participation in youth bowling.
Also, during his tenure, the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) was restarted through a joint effort with BPAA, as was the U.S. Open, also with support from BPAA.
Cain served on the BPAA, Strike Ten Entertainment, and The Bowling Foundation boards, and, after completing his term on the USBC Board, he continues to serve bowling at the national level as a member of the USBC Equipment Specifications Committee and on the SMART board.
On the lanes, Cain was a two-time first-team All-American at Arizona State University and was named the 1999 Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow. He won the 2001 U.S. Amateur Championships, is a five-time member of Team USA (2002-2003, 2005, 2016-2017) and was a member of Junior Team USA in 2001.As a member of K&K Bowling Services 5, Cain captured the Team All-Events title at the 2011 USBC Open Championships.
He joined the PBA Tour in 2007, making the televised finals in his first PBA event (Dick Weber Open), where he finished fourth. He was named the 2007-2008 PBA West Region Player of the Year, as well as 2007-2008 PBA West and Northwest Region Rookie of the Year. In 2017, the left-hander rolled a PBA five-game record of 1,352, including a 300 game, in the PBA Cheetah Championship at the National Bowling Stadium.
Zebehazy, 66, of Leesburg, Florida, was instrumental in promoting and developing youth bowling and helped lay the groundwork for the Junior Gold Championships.
He started his career in the bowling industry in 1971 as a pinsetter mechanic and pro shop rep at Airport Bowling Center in Buffalo, New York, and later joined the Buffalo Bowling Association board.
In 1983, he became a field representative for the American Bowling Congress (ABC), visiting more than 1,500 associations in the Northeast and teaching Certified Lane Inspection Workshops. He took over as ABC’s Group Executive for Field Service in 1989.
In 1998, he was named Executive Director of the Young American Bowling Alliance (YABA), overseeing staff, programs and services, and strategic planning. During his tenure, he implemented David Dahm’s concept of the Junior Gold program, provided the vision for the USBC Youth Open Championships, and initiated the Gift For Life Scholarship program.He was directly responsible for the creation of the Registered Volunteer Program (RVP), one of the first safety programs put into place in the world of youth sports, and was a key person in improving and advancing the Scholarship Management and Account Reporting for Tenpins (SMART) program.His role in YABA ended with the merger of the sport’s major organizations to form USBC in 2005. He supported the merger and played an integral role in helping to push the initiative to completion. The YABA board created the Annual Zeb Scholarship in 2005 in recognition of his dedication to the organization.He joined USBC in 2005 as a field representative, a position he held until his retirement in 2015.
In 2010, Zebehazy received the Kerm Helmer Horizon Award, given to leaders in the youth bowling community who have displayed the courage, determination, and ability to develop far-reaching programs of national scope that provide fun and exciting opportunities.
The 2020 USBC Hall of Fame Class will be inducted April 29, during the USBC Convention at The Orleans Hotel and Casino.
Through 2019, there are 432 members of the USBC Hall of Fame – 223 in Superior Performance, 120 in Meritorious Service, 51 in Veterans, 22 in Pioneer and 16 in Outstanding USBC Performance.
The USBC Hall of Fame was created in 2005 by merging the former American Bowling Congress and Women’s International Bowling Congress Halls of Fame.Visit BOWL.com/HallofFame for more information on the USBC Hall of Fame.
CHICAGO - The Professional Bowlers Association has released its 2019 15-stop PBA50/60 Tour schedule that includes three majors and three new events. All of the PBA50/60 events are expected to be streamed live from start to finish by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.
After kicking off the season with the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia Open presented by Brunswick at Maple Countryside Lanes in Clearwater, Fla., April 14-17, the season’s first major returns to Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Fla., April 22-26 for the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical.
The season’s two other majors return to Las Vegas for the USBC Senior Masters June 2-9 at Sam’s Town and the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm June 9-14 at the Suncoast Bowling Center.
New events in 2019 will include the PBA50 Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center Open in Trenton, N.J., May 3-5, and two stops at Jax 60 Lanes in Jackson, Mich., the PBA50 Dave Small’s Jax 60 Open, July 30-Aug. 2, and PBA60 Dave Small’s Jax 60 Open, Aug. 3-5.
The PBA50 Tour will also make return trips to Mooresville, N.C., Brentwood, Calif., Monticello, Minn., Hammond, Ind., Anderson, Ind., and Wyoming, Mich.
There will be two other events for players 60 and over which are: USBC Super Senior Classic at Sam’s Town, May 29-June 2, and PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by 900 Global Aug. 4-7 at Pro Bowl West in Goshen, Ind., to close out the season.
Players can enter beginning March 4 online at pba.com or by downloading an entry form and emailing it to Mary von Krueger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 PWBA TOUR SCHEDULE
April 25-27 – PWBA Greater Cleveland Open, Yorktown Lanes, Cleveland
May 2-4 – PWBA Twin Cities Open, Cedarvale Lanes, Eagan, Minn.
May 9-11 – PWBA Lincoln Open, Sun Valley Lanes, Lincoln, Neb.
May 15-21 – USBC Queens, Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan.
May 30- June 1 – PWBA Sonoma County Open, Double Decker Lanes, Rohnert Park, Calif.
June 6-8 – PWBA Tucson Open, Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson, Ariz.
June 13-15 – PWBA Fountain Valley Open, Fountain Bowl, Fountain Valley, Calif.
June 16-23 – U.S. Women’s Open, Texas Station, Las Vegas
July 25-28 – Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, Copperfield Bowl, Houston
Aug. 1-3 – PWBA East Hartford Open, Silver Lanes, East Hartford, Conn.
Aug. 8-10 – PWBA Louisville Open, Executive Strike and Spare, Louisville, Ky.
Aug. 15-17 – PWBA Orlando Open, Boardwalk Bowl, Orlando, Fla.
Aug. 21-25 – PWBA Players Championship, Buffaloe Lanes North, Raleigh, N.C.
TBD – PWBA Tour Championship
Visit PWBA.com for complete information about the PWBA Tour including the schedule, player biographies and more.
by bvint | Sunday, April 24, 2016 2:59 PM
CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. – EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., broke up a 7-9 split, converting the break into a string of three strikes that proved to be the difference in winning his second career PBA Tour title Sunday in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open at Liberty Lanes.
Tackett, the 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year, defeated top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 217-210, to win the $10,000 first prize after eliminating PBA Regional veteran Steven Taylor of Deer Creek, Ill., in the semifinal match.
“They say winning your second title is the toughest,” said Tackett, who won his first PBA Tour title in the 2015 PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open. “But I’ve been close and I’ve been bowling well. Maybe this will lead to something more."
“I really didn’t think I could bowl enough to beat Ryan; I thought it would take 250 to win,” Tackett said. “I got fortunate that he didn’t bowl a good game because that’s really uncharacteristic of how he’s been bowling.”
Ciminelli’s closing string of four strikes forced Tackett to mark in the 10th frame on the lane that was giving him difficulty.
“I liked the first shot,” he said, despite leaving a 4 pin. “I guess, being in the situation, I probably threw it a little hard, but the result was good. I was a little nervous on that (4 pin) spare, just because I’d missed one in match play earlier – against Ryan, actually.”
Taylor’s “Cinderella” bid for his first PBA Tour title, in only his second PBA Tour event after bowling in 103 regionals, came to an end with a 205-200 loss to Tackett in the semifinal match. Tackett threw one double and converted six single-pin spares, but Taylor threw one too many splits.
Taylor, an 11-year PBA Midwest Region competitor with three regional titles, rallied from an early 29-pin deficit with a string of six strikes to eliminate Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 237-209, in the first stepladder match. The 40-year-old right-hander then watched 14-time PBA Tour titlist Patrick Allen of Mount Kisco, N.Y., start with five strikes, rolling into an early 33-pin lead, before throwing eight strikes in his last nine attempts for a 246-212 victory. Allen left a pocket 7-10 in the seventh frame and then saw his titles hopes disappear when he left and failed to convert the 3-7-9 split in the ninth frame.
The PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open is the second of 10 Xtra Frame events that will pay the PBA member with the highest points total at the conclusion of the series a $10,000 bonus. Tackett said his plan is to bowl the entire Xtra Frame series."
The series rewards good bowling, it rewards consistency on different patterns,” Tackett said. “They’re not just handing out titles and with a $10,000 bonus at the end, it’s worth going after.”
The PBA Xtra Frame Tour resumes June 25-26 with live coverage of the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open from Lubbock, Texas. Fans can subscribe toXtra Frame by clicking on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage.
PBA XTRA FRAME STORM OPEN
Liberty Lanes, Carpentersville, Ill., Sunday April 24th, 2016
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., $10,000.
2, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., $5,000.
3, Steve Taylor, Deer Creek, Ill., $2,500.
4, Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., $2,000.
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $1,500.
Match One – Taylor def. Rash, 237-209.
Match Two – Taylor def. Allen, 246-212.
Semifinal Match – Tackett def. Taylor, 205-200.
Championship – Tackett def. Ciminelli, 217-210.
Final Match Play Standings (after 20 games, including match play bonus pins)
1, Ciminelli, 7-5, 5,256.
2, Tackett, 9-3, 5,192.
3, Allen, 7-4-1, 5,095.
4, Taylor, 8-4, 4,991.
5, Rash, 7-4-1, 4,979.
6, Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich., 6-6, 4,903, $1,100.
7, Scott Weber, LaSalle, Ill., 5-7, 4,883, $1,000.
8, Jordan Klassen, Canada, 7-5, 4,877, $900.
9, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 5-6-1, 4,852, $875.
10, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 5-7, 4,804, $850.
11, n-Brian Traber, Waterford, Wis., 6-5-1, 4,791, $825.
12, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6-6, 4,785, $800.
13, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 3-9, 4,702, $780.
14, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 4-8, 4,693, $770.
15, n-Derek Roseberry, Louisville, Ky., 6-6, 4,668, $760.
16, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3-9, 5,494, $750.
The Professional Bowlers Association announced a partnership agreement has been signed with QubicaAMF Worldwide, the world leader in bowling capital equipment and state-of-the-art automatic scoring technologies, that will bolster the extensive QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour program.
Under the partnership agreement, QubicaAMF’s participation assures the prize funds for the more than 150 tournaments conducted in the PBA’s seven domestic regions (East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West and Northwest) will exceed player entry fee contributions, enhancing the professional experience for all competitors.
“Since the PBA Regional program was officially launched in 1970, thousands of bowlers have had an opportunity to experience PBA-level competition in hundreds of cities across America,” said John Weber, PBA Director of Regional and PBA50 Tours.
“Thanks to the support of QubicaAMF, the PBA will continue to provide the future stars of the PBA with affordable, close-to-home opportunities to develop the skills they will need to compete at the highest levels of our sport. At the same time, the QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tourprovides thousands of fans an opportunity to see our established and emerging stars in person.”
As titled sponsor of the QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour, QubicaAMF’s logo will be part of all of PBA’s on-site and online materials related to the regional program.
“We are thrilled to be able to give this boost to the Regional Tour and partner with the PBA,” said Pat Ciniello, Chairman of the Board of QubicaAMF. “QubicaAMF is committed to the sport of bowling—from developing products for leagues and tournaments to the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, this year celebrating its 53rd Anniversary, which promotes the sport of bowling at all levels across the world. We feel that supporting the PBA and the bowling centers that host the regional events are important steps to ensuring the continuing success of our beloved sport.”
The QubicaAMF announcement arrives just as the PBA Regional program springs into its busy summer season, drawing praise from PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark, who described PBA’s regional directors as “the rock stars” of the PBA.
Clark referred to the regional managers as “the core of the greatest bowling tournament club ever created: the PBA.”
The QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour is supervised by John Weber and managed by a group of men who are well-suited to mentor young players because of their extensive experience in PBA competition as well as related aspects of the sport:
● Russ Mills has managed the PBA East Region since 1997. A former PBA Tour and Regional competitor, Mills also was a former Ebonite district sales manager.
● Sam Zurich assumed management of the PBA South Region in 2012 after eight years assisting former South Regional director Harry O’Neale. Zurich is a two-time PBA Tour and 40-time PBA Regional title winner.
● Bobby Jakel has managed the PBA Central Region since 2006. A former collegiate bowler and USBC Open Championships “eagle” winner, Jakel bowled inPBA competition for 2 1/2 years before assuming his administrative role.
● Rich Weber was co-manager of the PBA Midwest Region between 1984-1998, working with his late father Dick Weber and younger brother John, before assuming full-time responsibility for the region in 2006. A two-time PBA Regional titlist in his own right, Rich Weber also was PBA50 Tour Director from 1990-98.
● Pete McCordic has managed the PBA Southwest Region since 1997. He came into the role after bowling on the PBA Tour for 18 years, winning two PBA Tour titles, bowling a nationally-televised 300 game, and winning seven PBA Regional titles. His twin brother Paul is currently active on the PBA50 Tour.
● Gary Mage, who does double-duty as PBA West and Northwest Region manager, is in his 51st year of involvement with the PBA. He bowled on the PBA Tour from 1968-1981, winning one title. A former bowling center owner, he was founder of the PBA Northwest Region in 1978 and has managed the program ever since, adding the PBA West Region to his duties in 2004.
Over the past three years, the QubicaAMF PBA Regional program has conducted an average of 165 tournaments each year, paying out more than $6.5 million in prize money.
To follow the QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour, including upcoming events and results, visit pba.com and click on Menu/schedules/ “Regional Tours.”
Keep your ball on the lane and good luck carrying the corners.