The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2019 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 11650 The 11th Frame: Dave Beres beats Tom Hess in title match to become third 2-time champion of GIBA Ebonite Fall Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11650 Dave Beres beat top seed Tom Hess 218-195 in Sunday’s title match to become the third 2-time champion of Greater Iowa Bowling Association Ebonite Fall Classic at Maple Lanes in Waterloo, Iowa. Here is Facebook live video of the title match of the tournament, long known as the Fusion Realtors/Community First National Bank Open. Hess, who was trying to become the first 3-time champion, led Saturday’s qualifying with 1,611 for seven games and held the lead through the 6-game... subscribe to read more. Sun, 15 Sep 2019 17:00:00 -0600 11243 The 11th Frame: After 6 years, Badger Elite set to return Sept. 28-29 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11243 Note: This story first posted on April 16, 2019 and has been updated with more details. With the loss of sponsorship and the retirement of long-time Badger Elite and Central Wisconsin Scratch Bowlers Tour tournament director Dale Hackbart, the prestigious Badger Elite tournament was canceled in 2014. Hackbart confirmed over the weekend that he would be returning to run the Badger Elite Sept. 28-29 at Dale’s Weston Lanes. The Badger Elite will have an entry fee of $125 ($105 prize... subscribe to read more. Sun, 15 Sep 2019 17:00:00 -0600 11662 The 11th Frame: Seventh annual 2-pattern La Crosse Open set for Saturday, Nov. 23 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11662 The seventh annual 2-pattern La Crosse Open presented by Brunswick will be Saturday, Nov. 23 — the traditional Saturday before Thanksgiving — at Pla Mor Lanes, 807 4th St. South in La Crosse. The format again features qualifying of six games across 12 lanes on alternating pairs of modified house pattern and challenge pattern, with shifts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The shifts are limited to the first 56 paid entries, and re-entries will be available if spots are open. The top 24 for the... subscribe to read more. Sun, 15 Sep 2019 16:00:00 -0600 11634 The 11th Frame: 13th annual Junior Hall of Fame tournament set for Sunday, Nov. 10 at Bowlero Lanes http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11634 The 13th annual Junior Hall of Fame tournament is set for Sunday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. at Bowlero Lanes in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa, and the entry deadline is Nov. 1, tournament director Shannon Labinski announced. The goal is to give away $13,000 in scholarship prizes to reach $100,000 total for the tournament, Labinski said. The popular and gigantic tourney has room for only 84 teams — 60 handicap and 24 scratch, and has sold out for many years. The tournament is... subscribe to read more. Sun, 15 Sep 2019 11:00:00 -0600 11651 The 11th Frame: 16 players set to compete in season-ending PWBA Tour Championship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11651 Sixteen players who qualified through winning titles or the 2019 points list are set to compete in this week’s season-ending 2019 PWBA Tour Championship as the event makes its third straight trip to Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Based on the points, 2018 and 2019 PWBA Player of the Year Shannon O’Keefe and Danielle McEwan already have earned two of the four spots in the bracket-style TV finals that will be contested live on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday at 7 p.m.... subscribe to read more. Sun, 15 Sep 2019 09:00:00 -0600 11649 The 11th Frame: Tom Hess leads qualifying at GIBA Ebonite Fall Classic as plus 22 makes cut http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11649 Two-time champion Tom Hess led Saturday’s qualifying with 1,611 for seven games and 1,422 made the cut at the Greater Iowa Bowling Association Ebonite Fall Classic at Maple Lanes in Waterloo, Iowa. Lefty Nate Stubler, who won the GIBA 11thFrame.com Open last month, was second with 1,607, Cameron Crowe third at 1,582, past champion Steven Keeler fourth with 1,572, and Chris Wiley fifth at 1,571. The cut at tied for 57th was Bryan Hahlen and Tom Adcock with 1,422. With re-entries, the... subscribe to read more. Sat, 14 Sep 2019 23:00:00 -0600 11648 The 11th Frame: Carl Malueg defeats Brian Mattmiller to take Wolf River Scratch Bowlers Tour at Coral Lanes in Rothschild http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11648 Carl Malueg defeated Brian Mattmiller 247-214 in the title match to win the Wolf River Scratch Bowlers Tour tournament at Coral Lanes in Rothschild on Saturday, the WRSBT reported at its Facebook page. First was $425 and second $255. Malueg also earned $155 in the Bet You Win pot. Here is video of the title match. The tournament drew 41 bowlers and the cut to make match play was 909 for four games. Mattmiller  led qualifying with 1,054, which included a perfect game and 856 his first... subscribe to read more. Sat, 14 Sep 2019 20:00:00 -0600 11646 The 11th Frame: Milwaukee Bowling Shootout set for Friday, Oct. 4, night before the Midwest Collegiate Tournament http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11646 The new Milwaukee Bowling Shootout has been scheduled for night of Friday, Oct. 4, the night before the Midwest Collegiate Tournament, with both tournaments at AMF Bowlero in Wauwatosa. The adults-only tournament, which is hosted by Friends of Milwaukee Bowling, will start at 6:15 p.m. and has an entry fee of $35. It is not certified, but USBC rules will apply. The format will be two games and cut to the top 25 percent of the field, bowl one more game and cut to the top eight, bowl one more... subscribe to read more. Sat, 14 Sep 2019 14:00:00 -0600 11641 The 11th Frame: Willie Feltz fires Madison area season-high 790 series to top Friday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11641 Willie Feltz fired a 790 series on Friday for the highest series in the Madison area early in the 2019-20 season. Feltz competed in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes 3-Man League. Next was Nick Pezoldt with 752 in the same league. No women’s series of 600 or higher were reported. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal and Facebook reports.... subscribe to read more. Fri, 13 Sep 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11416 The 11th Frame: Update: Lane pattern posted for GIBA Ebonite Fall Classic Sept. 13-15 at Maple Lanes in Waterloo, Iowa http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11416 Note: This story originally posted on June 26, 2019. The first of this season’s two Greater Iowa Bowling Association Ebonite Classics — formerly the Fusion Realtors/Community First National Bank Opens — is set for Sept. 13-15 at Maple Lanes in Waterloo, Iowa, GIBA Administrator Joe Engelkes announced this week. Engelkes said that Fusion Realtors and Community First National Bank no longer would be sponsoring the Fusion Realtors/Community First National... subscribe to read more. Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:00:00 -0600 11640 The 11th Frame: Bob Richardson fires 54th career perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11640 Bob Richardson fired his 54th career perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday. Richardson’s 300 came in a 731 series in the Sport Bowl All-Stars League. Here is video of the close of his 300. John Lehan fell a pin shy of perfection with a 299 game in a 721 series in the Riviera Bowl Men’s Classic League. The top series were Rick Erce’s 783 in the Dream Lanes Major League and Addia Darga’s 672 in the Schwoegler’s Towne Gypsies... subscribe to read more. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11638 The 11th Frame: Terry Dunn fires 760, Patty Spires-Merkel rolls 615 to top Wednesday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11638 Terry Dunn fired a 760 series and Patty Spires-Merkel rolled a 615 to top Madison area bowling on Wednesday. Dunn competed in the Dream Lanes Classic League and Spires-Merkel in the Schwoegler’s Happy Hour Rollers League. Next were Tom Rogers with 728 in the Prairie Lanes Eagles League, and Janet Parr with 600 in the Schwoegler’s 39ers League. No women’s series of 600 or higher were reported. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal and Facebook reports.  ... subscribe to read more. Wed, 11 Sep 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11642 The 11th Frame: Anthony Simonsen wins second Bowlero Elite Series — and what the new PBA owner should do now http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11642 Watching Anthony Simonsen win the second Bowlero Elite Series show Wednesday night on NBC Sports Network was a much different experience than watching Luis Gonzalez win the first one back in April. And it had nothing to do with Simonsen being a PBA superstar with a compelling story and Gonzalez a previously unknown non-PBA member. It was all about what Bowlero Corp. was in April and what it is now. Serious bowlers are fully justified in heaping scorn on the concept for its treatment of... subscribe to read more. Wed, 11 Sep 2019 20:30:00 -0600 11637 The 11th Frame: Kent Bryan rolls 759 to top Tuesday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11637 Kent Bryan rolled a 759 series to top Madison area bowling on Tuesday. Bryan competed in the Dream Lanes All-Star Classic League. Earl Chandler was next with 743 in the same league. No women’s series of 600 or higher were reported. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal and Facebook reports.  ... subscribe to read more. Tue, 10 Sep 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11644 The 11th Frame: Shannon O'Keefe is more than PWBA Player of the Year again: She is the best woman bowler in the world http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11644 When she qualified for Sunday’s stepladder finals of the QubicaAMF PWBA Players Championship, Shannon O’Keefe clinched what had seemed inevitable for some time: her second straight PWBA Player of the Year honor. She went on to nearly run the stepladder, losing the title match to Cherie Tan 245-204 to just fall short of what would have been her fifth title of 2019. The 40-year-old right-hander leads 2019 PWBA Tour points, which determines PWBA Player of the Year, and as the points... subscribe to read more. Tue, 10 Sep 2019 20:00:00 -0600 11643 The 11th Frame: USBC Youth Open Championships winners announced http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11643 The 2019 Bowling.com United States Bowling Congress Youth Open Championships were contested July 11-12, 19-21 and 27-28 at Sterling Lanes in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in conjunction with the Junior Gold Championships presented by the Brands of Ebonite International. The tournament was open to all USBC Youth members and featured four age-based divisions (U20, U15, U12, U10) with scratch and optional handicap divisions in each age group. The competition was in team, singles, doubles and... subscribe to read more. Tue, 10 Sep 2019 17:00:00 -0600 11632 The 11th Frame: Bowlero Corp. acquisition of PBA finally happens — analyzing the deal http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11632 Back on Aug. 29, I reported in this story that multiple credible sources were telling me that a Bowlero Corp. acquisition of the PBA was in the works — a story no other media entity had reported.  I stated that I was not reporting that I knew a deal was done or going to be done on any specific date, noting that the devil often IS in the details and crossing those last t's and dotting those last i's can be the hardest part of any deal.  Those t’s are crossed and I’s... subscribe to read more. Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:00:00 -0600 11636 The 11th Frame: Nick Larson rolls 745, Meredith Holt 625 to top scoring for Monday, weekend http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11636 Nick Larson rolled a 745 and Meredith Holt a 625 to top Madison area bowling Monday and over the weekend. Larson competed in the Riviera Bowl Special League and Holt in the Dream Lanes Early Monday Nighters League. Next were 736 each by Andrew Gannon in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Frosty’s At Five League and Bob Richardson in the Sport Bowl Odd Couples League, and 605 by Chelsea Hanson in the Viking Lanes Monday Night Twilighters League. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal and... subscribe to read more. Mon, 9 Sep 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11609 The 11th Frame: Team USA’s Leanne Hulsenberg completes near-gold medal sweep by winning Masters at 2019 World Bowling Senior World Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11609 Team USA’s Leanne Hulsenberg on Monday completed a near-gold medal sweep by winning the Masters at the 2019 World Bowling Senior World Championships at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. After not making the medal round in singles, Hulsenberg won gold in doubles, team, all-events and Masters. In winning the all-events gold medal, Hulsenberg earned a 1-round bye for the Masters match play bracket. The United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer then swept Christine Clark of... subscribe to read more. Mon, 9 Sep 2019 22:00:00 -0600 11608 The 11th Frame: Senior Team USA sweeps team gold medals for third straight time at World Bowling Senior World Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11608 Bowling truly has become a global sport, with many of the best bowlers in the world and on the PBA Tour and PWBA Tour coming from outside the U.S. But if you go back to the time when today’s senior bowlers were in their prime, the U.S. was more dominant in international competition, even sending non-professionals like me. And if the U.S. had sent the stars of the pro tour, it would have been very dominant, I would wager. So it shouldn’t be surprising that Senior Team USA dominates... subscribe to read more. Sun, 8 Sep 2019 22:00:00 -0600 11617 The 11th Frame: Cherie Tan derails the Shannon O'Keefe train, wins 2019 QubicaAMF PWBA Players Championship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11617 As Shannon O’Keefe steamrolled through rising star Dasha Kovalova 222-195, Hall of Famer Liz Johnson 257-213, and 2006 USBC Queens champion Shannon Pluhowsky 231-191, you had to think she was going to beat top seed Cherie Tan to win the 2019 QubicaAMF PWBA Players Championship. That the left-handed Pluhowsky managed just 191 in a tournament she and fellow lefty Tan dominated only reinforced the feeling of inevitability for O’Keefe. But Tan made what turned out to be a wise... subscribe to read more. Sun, 8 Sep 2019 20:00:00 -0600 11610 The 11th Frame: Corey Schmidt and Cody Roedner win MAST Doubles at Schwoegler's http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11610 Corey Schmidt and Cody Roedner won the Madison Area Scratch Tour Doubles tournament at Schwoegler’s on Sunday. Schmidt rolled 191 and Roedner fired 221 for 412 to edge the 408 of Paul Bloemer, who fired 248, and Steve Schmidt, who added 160. Corey Schmidt finished with a 4-9 in the ninth for an open, a ring 10 he spared and a 3-6-7-10 split in the 10th. Bloemer left a solid 9 he spare din the ninth, rolled a flush strike in the 10th, then left a Booklyn 5-pin and spared it. Roedner... subscribe to read more. Sun, 8 Sep 2019 19:00:00 -0600 11635 The 11th Frame: Denmark's Carsten Hansen starts title match with 10 strikes in winning PBA-WBT Storm Lucky Larsen Masters for first PBA Tour title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11635 Denmark’s Carsten Hansen started the title match with 10 strikes in winning the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Storm Lucky Larsen Masters on Sunday for his first PBA Tour title. Hansen, a 26-year-old PBA member since 2012 who has bowled in several PBA World Series of Bowling, defeated American 2-hander Chris Via 289-247 at Olympia Bowling in Helsinborg, Sweden. PBA reported in this news release that Hansen dominated the Lucky Larsen Masters, leading qualifying, earning the top... subscribe to read more. Sun, 8 Sep 2019 18:00:00 -0600 11626 The 11th Frame: Roger Dalkin comes out of retirement to become program manager of Wisconsin High School, Middle School bowling for BCAW http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11626 Long before he became an executive with the American Bowling Congress and United States Bowling Congress, Roger Dalkin was a “whiz kid” bowler, as I detailed in this lengthy Q&A with Dalkin in 2017. Dalkin, who still lives in the Milwaukee area and bowls once a week, is the most accomplished bowler ever to head ABC/USBC. He dominated college bowling while earning an engineering degree at Georgia Tech, winning national championships in doubles in 1969 in Madison, singles and... subscribe to read more. Sun, 8 Sep 2019 08:00:00 -0600 11607 The 11th Frame: Senior Team USA men second, women lead halfway through team qualifying at 2019 World Bowling Senior World Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11607 The Senior Team USA men are second and the women lead halfway through team qualifying at the 2019 World Bowling Senior World Championships at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. The first three games were bowled Saturday and the final three will be bowled Sunday, with the top four men’s teams and top four women’s teams advancing to the medal round, which will be best-of-3-games Baker format. For the men, Finland leads with 2,621, Team USA has 2,608, Sweden 2,603, Mexico 2,478,... subscribe to read more. Sat, 7 Sep 2019 22:00:00 -0600