The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2019 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 11290 The 11th Frame: International Olympic Committee Session vote confirms added sports for 2024 Olympics, exclusion of bowling. So where do we go for 2028 and beyond? http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11290 Update June 25, 2019: The IOC Session voted approved the provisional inclusion of breakdancing, skateboarding, rock climbing, and surfing in the 2024 Paris Olympics, the IOC said in this news release. “The four sports that Paris has proposed are all totally in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 because they contribute to making the programme more gender balanced and more urban, and offer the opportunity to connect with the younger generation,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a... subscribe to read more. Tue, 25 Jun 2019 19:00:00 -0600 11414 The 11th Frame: Team Smyrna of Tennessee, M.P. Harlem of Illinois win team titles, Noah Mandujano, Kiearra Saldi win singles titles at 2019 U.S. High School Bowling National Championship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11414 The Team Smyrna Bulldogs of Smyrna, Tennessee, and the M.P. Harlem High School Huskies of Machesney Park, Illinois, won the team titles, and Noah Mandujano of M.P. Harlem and Kiearra Saldi of the Holy Cross Crusaders in Pennsylvania won the singles titles at the 2019 U.S. High School Bowling National Championship Saturday through Monday at Expo Bowl in Indianapolis. All of the results from the team and singles competition can be found at this page at the event’s website. In the boys... subscribe to read more. Tue, 25 Jun 2019 18:00:00 -0600 10828 The 11th Frame: Update: FloBowling to sponsor a ninth event on 2019 PBA Summer Tour that starts Saturday http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10828 NOTE: This story originally posted Dec. 5, 2018. What formerly were a series of Xtra Frame PBA Tour tournaments scattered across the calendar will become the 2019 PBA Summer Tour of nine PBA Tour title tournaments, and two bonus events. According to this PBA news release. the tournaments will be webcast from start to finish by FloBowling and feature a $40,000 USBC Cup points competition that will pay the top five points earners in the nine tournaments: $20,000, $10,000, $5,000, $3,000 and... subscribe to read more. Tue, 25 Jun 2019 06:00:00 -0600 11413 The 11th Frame: GIBA releases 2019-20 schedule with Ebonite taking over sponsorship of Fusion Realtors/Community First National Bank Open tourneys http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11413 Greater Iowa Bowling Association administrator Joe Engelkes announced in an email Monday that Fusion Realtors and Community First National Bank no longer would be sponsoring the Fusion Realtors/Community First National Bank Open tourneys. But those great tournaments will continue as long-time GIBA sponsor Ebonite has stepped up to sponsor them starting in 2019-20, Engelkes said. The September tournament will be re-named as the Ebonite Fall Classic, and the February tournament will become the... subscribe to read more. Tue, 25 Jun 2019 05:00:00 -0600 11412 The 11th Frame: PBA World Series of Bowling XI returns to South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas in 2020 with schedule moved earlier a day http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11412 PBA World Series of Bowling XI will be held at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas in 2020 with the schedule moved earlier by a day from World Series of Bowling X in the Detroit area, PBA announced in this news release Monday. WSOB XI again will feature the PBA Cheetah Championship, Chameleon Championship, Scorpion Championship, and World Championship live Sunday, March 15 through Wednesday March 18, and the USA vs. The World team event taped on Thursday, March 19, all on FOX Sports. This... subscribe to read more. Mon, 24 Jun 2019 16:00:00 -0600 11392 The 11th Frame: Danielle's day: McEwan's win in 2019 U.S. Women's Open illustrates nature of bowling http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11392 Why does one bowler throw a seemingly perfect shot and not strike, and another throw a lesser shot and strike? That question will prompt some to seek scientific explanations, and others the metaphysical: essentially, every dog has its day. Danielle McEwan had the day of a lifetime Sunday in winning the U.S. Women’s Open, throwing some good shots and getting some very good breaks in winning two matches to take the title. It could be argued that Shannon O’Keefe bowled a slightly... subscribe to read more. Sun, 23 Jun 2019 23:00:00 -0600 11410 The 11th Frame: USBC finally jettisons 3-unit rule that high-tech balls had rendered essentially meaningless from the start http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11410 In 1991, the American Bowling Congress passed a rule that took effect in 1992 that lane dressing (oil) could be applied in any amount and for any distance, as long as there was at least three units where it was applied, with no other rules for lane dressing application. It was a rule that was essentially meaningless in terms of impacting scoring significantly at the time it was passed, due to advancing ball technology — something ABC knew from testing at the time. But it was a compromise... subscribe to read more. Sun, 23 Jun 2019 20:00:00 -0600 11391 The 11th Frame: Indonesia’s Tannya Roumimper comes through with clutch strike in final frame to earn top seed at 2019 U.S. Women's Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11391 Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia needed a mark in the final frame to earn the top seed at the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open and came through with the best mark possible — a clutch strike. Roumimper, a 28-year-old right-hander, will need to win just one game in Sunday’s TV finals live on CBS Sports Network at 4 p.m. Central time to win her first major title. The rest of the stepladder finals from No. 2 seed to No. 5 seed is Danielle McEwan, Shannon O’Keefe, defending U.S.... subscribe to read more. Sat, 22 Jun 2019 23:00:00 -0600 11393 The 11th Frame: Team USA wins Weber Cup 18-14 to even series 10-10 with Team Europe; 2020 Weber Cup back to England http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11393 In the first Weber Cup competition in the U.S., Team USA held the Weber Cup with an 18-14 win, evening the series 10-10, the Weber Cup reported in this news release. Anthony Simonsen was the MVP and bowled the winning match 287-278 over Stuart Williams in one of the best matches of the tournament. Weber Cup XX, which was sponsored by Storm, took place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Tuesday through Friday, the first time it has ever been held in the U.S. The competition used the Current Frame... subscribe to read more. Fri, 21 Jun 2019 23:30:00 -0600 11390 The 11th Frame: With huge first round of match play, Indonesia’s Tannya Roumimper soars to lead at 2019 U.S. Women’s Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11390 At the start of the first round of match play of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open, Indonesia’s Tannya Roumimper was in sixth place, 133 pins behind leader Liz Johnson. Roumimper then won seven of eight matches Friday night at Texas Star Lanes inside Texas Station Casino in North Las Vegas, Nevada, losing with a 193 to start the round, then winning with 228, 235, 194, 224, 223, 207 and 236. That put her 113 pins ahead of Danielle McEwan, who went 5-3 and is at 8,407, while Johnson went... subscribe to read more. Fri, 21 Jun 2019 23:00:00 -0600 11389 The 11th Frame: Seeking her seventh U.S. Women's Open title, Liz Johnson takes lead as first cut is made at 2019 U.S. Women's Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11389 Liz Johnson might not be dominating the PWBA Tour as she did in the first three years after its re-launch in 2015, but she still looks like a dominating force at the U.S. Women’s Open. With a record six U.S. Women’s Open titles on her resume, Johnson on Thursday took the lead as qualifying ended and the 108-player field was cut to 36 at Texas Star Lanes in the Texas Station Casino in North Las Vegas, Nevada. In Thursday’s third round, Johnson rolled games of 245, 213, 216,... subscribe to read more. Thu, 20 Jun 2019 23:00:00 -0600 11405 The 11th Frame: Team USA takes commanding 14-9 lead over Team Europe heading into final day of Weber Cup http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11405 A second straight strong day gave Team USA a commanding 14-9 lead over Team Europe heading into Friday’s final day of the Weber Cup, the Weber Cup reported in this news release. Weber Cup XX, which was sponsored by Storm, took place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Tuesday through Friday, the first time it has ever been held in the U.S. The competition used the Current Frame scoring system used in the World Bowling Tour finals. The U.S. and Europe tied 4-4 the first day Tuesday, but the... subscribe to read more. Thu, 20 Jun 2019 18:00:00 -0600 11403 The 11th Frame: ESPY Best Bowler nominees are Jason Belmonte, Norm Duke — going for their fifth — Jakob Butturff, Anthony Simonsen http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11403 The ESPY 2019 Best Bowler nominees are Jason Belmonte, Norm Duke – both going for their fifth – Jakob Butturff, and Anthony Simonsen, PBA announced in this news release on Thursday. Hosted by actor/comedian Tracy Morgan, the awards will be announced Wednesday, July 10 during the ESPYs telecast from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles beginning at 7 p.m. Central time on ABC. Fans can vote by going here, and voting will remain open until the start of the ESPYs telecast. Belmonte... subscribe to read more. Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:00:00 -0600 11401 The 11th Frame: USA Bowling Coaching seminars set for 4 Wisconsin centers in August http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11401 USA Bowling Coaching seminars are set for four Wisconsin centers in August: Viking Bowl in Colfax on Aug. 10, Ledgeview Lanes in Fond du Lac on Aug. 15, Dale’s Weston Lanes on Aug. 17, and Village Lanes in Monona on Aug. 24. These are seminars for people who want to be coaches, not for bowlers seeking coaching. Here is what Village Lanes posted on its Facebook page announcing the seminar: “The USA Bowling Coaching program executes approximately 50 FREE seminars each year... subscribe to read more. Thu, 20 Jun 2019 05:00:00 -0600 11388 The 11th Frame: Dasha Kovalova grabs lead, scores edge up as 2019 U.S. Women's Open moves from flat pattern to not-quite-flat pattern http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11388 Tuesday’s first round of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open at Texas Star Lanes in the Texas Station Casino in North Las Vegas, Nevada was conducted on a flat lane pattern and scores predictably were low with just 15 of the 108 players averaging 200 or better. Wednesday’s second round was conducted on a slightly less difficult pattern: a 40-foot “Nick Hoagland Special,” as I call my good friend’s inventive and often diabolical oddball creations. The symmetrical... subscribe to read more. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 23:00:00 -0600 11400 The 11th Frame: Team USA makes Weber Cup history by firing perfect game in taking 10-6 lead over Team Europe in second day of competition http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11400 Team USA fired the first Baker perfect game in Weber Cup history in taking a 10-6 lead over Team Europe in Wednesday's second day of the competition, the Weber Cup reported in this news release. Weber Cup XX, which was sponsored by Storm, took place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Tuesday through Friday, the first time it has ever been held in the U.S. The competition used the Current Frame scoring system used in the World Bowling Tour finals. The U.S. and Europe came in tied 4-4 after the first... subscribe to read more. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 18:00:00 -0600 11399 The 11th Frame: USBC says Junior Gold Championships will set entry record for ninth straight year. http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11399 The United States Bowling Congress announced Wednesday in this news release that the Junior Gold Championships for the night straight year will set an entry record and a record for number of members. The 2019 Junior Gold Championships presented by the Brands of Ebonite International will take place at eight centers in the Detroit area July 13-20. This year’s Junior Gold will be the first with the addition of a U17 division — the addition of U17 to U12, U15 and U20 was... subscribe to read more. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 17:30:00 -0600 11397 The 11th Frame: Expanded World Bowling Tour Finals set for Kuwait in November; U.S. TV coverage to be determined http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11397 The World Bowling Tour Finals has been held in conjunction with a U.S. PBA Tour event and the PBA’s TV package for several years, but this year it will be with the Kuwait Open and U.S. TV coverage has yet to be determined. Both World Bowling CEO Kevin Dornberger and PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark said in messages that they would be discussing the U.S. TV coverage for the WBT Finals during Bowl Expo later this month. Dornberger said the Kuwait Open will pay $50,000 for first out of a... subscribe to read more. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 05:00:00 -0600 11387 The 11th Frame: Missy Parkin averages 218 as just 15 of 108 players are plus in opening round of 2019 U.S. Women's Open on flat pattern http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11387 A U.S. Open should be a grind. It should be the toughest test in a sport. You should have to suffer in order to win it. For that reason, I always was a huge fan of the U.S. Open when the PBA Tour ran it and put down a flat lane pattern for the first decade-plus of this century. Scores were absurdly low by modern standards, but the competition invariably was compelling and produced some of the most memorable tournaments in PBA history, including Pete Weber’s “Who do you think you... subscribe to read more. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 23:00:00 -0600 11396 The 11th Frame: Opening day at Weber Cup ends 4-4 for Team USA, Team Europe http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11396 The opening day at the Weber Cup ended all square at 4-4, the Weber Cup reported in this news release. Weber Cup XX, which was sponsored by Storm, took place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Tuesday through Friday, the first time it has ever been held in the U.S. The competition used the Current Frame scoring system used in the World Bowling Tour finals. Here are the results from the first day reported by the Weber Cup:  Team USA 218-232 Team EuropeAnthony Simonsen 279-246 Jesper... subscribe to read more. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 18:00:00 -0600 11394 The 11th Frame: 2019 U.S. Women's Open lane patterns differ only slightly from 2018 U.S. Open lane patterns http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11394 The 2019 U.S. Women’s Open lane patterns differ from the 2018 U.S. Open lane patterns only in volume and type of oil — at least that is the case with three of the four, with the fourth not being released until the practice session Thursday night for the 36 players who advance to the cashers round. The Women’s Open patterns are attached to the bottom of this story as PDFs. I will update this story when the fourth is posted and add that PDF. Update: Lane pattern 4 has been... subscribe to read more. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 18:00:00 -0600 11395 The 11th Frame: Higgy's Aquarium firing 3,362 to take team lead at 2019 USBC Open Championships can't help but raise ‘What if?’ questions http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11395 If you cast aside questions about a team member changing, it’s mind-boggling to think how close Higgy’s Aquarium is to creating an incredible run at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. Or perhaps it's incredible to think how close Higgy’s Aquarium is to creating a mind-boggling run at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. On Sunday night at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, Higgy’s fired 3,362 (1,033-1,159,1,170) to soar... subscribe to read more. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 08:00:00 -0600 11383 The 11th Frame: Bryanna Coté becomes 2nd player this season to lose PWBA Tour title walking in the shoes of Randy Pedersen as Sandra Andersson wins her first title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11383 On April 27, left-hander Cherie Tan left a solid 9-pin that cost her a chance to win the 2019 Nationwide PWBA Greater Cleveland Open, harkening back to the infamous solid 8-pin that Pedersen left to lose the 1995 PBA Touring Players Championship to Ernie Schlegel. Tan would have needed two more strikes to edge Josie Barnes by a pin, but never go that chance due to the 9-pin. On Saturday, Bryanna Coté became the latest bowler to walk in Pedersen’s shoes, as she left a brutal solid... subscribe to read more. Sat, 15 Jun 2019 23:00:00 -0600 11382 The 11th Frame: Solid game plan, versatility carry Erin McCarthy to qualifying lead at 2019 PWBA Fountain Valley Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11382 A solid game plan and versatility carried Erin McCarthy to the lead after Friday’s qualifying rounds at the 2019 PWBA Fountain Valley Open at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, California. In the first round, the diminutive right-hander fired games of 232, 201, 192, 188, 212, 266, 235 and 233 for 1,759, and then in the second round, she rolled 156, 234, 194, 213, 214, 256, 235 and 200 for 1,702 and a 16-game total of 3,461 (216.31 average) that gave her a 6-pin lead over the 3,456 of... subscribe to read more. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 23:00:00 -0600 11381 The 11th Frame: World Bowling Hall of Famer Tore Torgersen of Norway beats top seed Mika Koivuniemi of Finland in international title match of 2019 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11381 A U.S. Open is supposed to be a grind, and the 2019 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm certainly was on the challenging Marshall Holman 41 lane pattern, which has 30.91 mL of oil and a 2.49-1 ratio. In the 24 games of qualifying, only 46 players in a field that started with 152 managed to average 200, and that continued through match play and into the stepladder finals, capped by World Bowling Hall of Famer Tore Torgersen of Norway beating top seed and defending champion Mika... subscribe to read more. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 22:00:00 -0600