PBA Spare Shots: New PBA Console Video Game to Debut in the Fall
by Bill Vint | Friday, May 03, 12:20 PM
The PBA and FarSight Studios have partnered to create an official PBA-licensed console video game. The game will feature dozens of venues and playing environments, quickplay and local multi-player modes, online leaderboards, E-Sports style online tournaments and more.
More than 20 PBA pros will be included in the launch of the game and PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen will provide in-game commentary during all the action.
Due out in late Fall 2019, the game will be available for PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and Oculus. A quick look at the PBA Pro Bowling can be found here: https://youtu.be/d6MCnY4Uq6w.
MISSOURI FRIENDS BUILDING FANS THROUGH SUCCESSFUL YOUTUBE VENTURE
Missouri friends, PBA doubles partners and singles rivals (depending upon the event), Brad Miller of Lee’s Summit and Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon have created a popular YouTube channel (Brad & Kyle) that has generated more than 30,000 subscribers and in excess of 3.5 million views since its debut in 2018.
Miller and Sherman, who finished second as partners in the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship earlier in the 2019 season, have produced nearly 150 YouTube episodes providing their followers with an inside – sometimes irreverent – glimpse of life on the PBA Tour. Among their episodes: Dogs Vs. Hydrant, Cooking w/Pro Bowlers, We Made it to Portland, When Dreams Come True and many others.
To subscribe to Brad & Kyle’s channel at no cost, visit this link and click on the “Subscribe” button: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUf8pyBxiCWZXVeGf4eVn3g/featured.
PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: FINDLING WINS INTENSE FINALE IN OKLAHOMA CITY
Joe Findling from Mesquite, Texas, survived a tense final match to win his eighth PBA Regional title in the PBA Oklahoma City Planet Bowl Southwest Open, presented by Roto Grip, Sunday.
Findling led throughout qualifying and held a 64-pin lead over Sean Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, going into the final position round match. Lavery-Spahr needed to win the match by 35 pins and pick up the 30 match play bonus pins to deny Findling the title. After both players opened in the first frame, Lavery-Spahr strung seven strikes before leaving a 10 pin in the ninth frame, eventually finishing with a 244 game.
It wasn’t enough. Findling threw two strikes in his 10th frame to finish with 227 and a 4,965 pinfall total, topping Lavery-Spahr’s 4,948 to claim the $2,500 winner’s check.
• Kyle Cook of Centerville, Ohio defeated Mike Eaton Jr. of Wyoming, Mich., 201-180, to win the PBA’s Greater Richmond Central Open at Richmond 40 Bowl in Richmond, Ind., Sunday.
Cook, who earned his second regional title and $2,000 for the one-day, reduced entry fee event, downed Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, 244-212, while Eaton eliminated Kyle Mayberry of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 241-183, to set up the championship match.
• Brandon Curtis of Manson, N.C. wins his second PBA Regional title Sunday, defeating Chris Polizzi of Spring Hill, Fla., 222-178, to win the fourth annual PBA Brighton Construction Myrtle Beach South Open at Myrtle Beach Lanes in South Carolina.
Curtis, who qualified in the number one position for the stepladder finals with a 17-game pinfall of 3,875, led the event wire-to-wire. In the opening match, Polizzi eliminated Sean Connolly of Apopka, Fla., 211-191, and then easily defeated Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., 246-189, in the semifinal contest to advance to the championship match.
In the title match Curtis started with three strikes while Polizzi had two opens in the first three frames. Curtis then coasted to the $2,600 first prize.
• Randy Macomber of University Place, Wash., and partner Dean Richards of Tacoma, Wash. teamed up to win Sunday’s PBA/PBA50 Tumwater Lanes Doubles title presented by MOTIV in Tumwater, Wash.
In Sunday’s title match, Macomber and Richards defeated Mark Hanken of Prineville, Ore., and Chris Tuholski of Troutdale, Ore., 447-433, to claim the $4,000 first prize. Macomber earned his first PBA Regional title and Richards his fifth Regional title.
In the best-of-three-game semifinal round, Macomber and Richards eliminated Rob Rice of Sunnyside, Wash. and Evan Nash of Kennewick, Wash., 2-1, while Hanken and Tuholski ousted Blaine Weninger of Happy Valley, Ore. and his partner, non-member Thomas Ault Jr., both of Portland, Ore., 2-0.
• The May calendar of PBA Regional competition begins over the May 3-5 weekend with the Taylor Kia Central/East Open presented by Hammer at Holiday Bowl in Struthers, Ohio; the Bowlersmart/Bowlero Midwest Open presented by Brunswick at Brunswick Zone Lakeside in Valley Park, Mo.; the Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open in Junction City, Kan., and the B&R Hauling Aberdeen South Open at Sandhills Bowling Center in Aberdeen, N.C.
• PBA Region tournaments over the May 9-11 weekend include the PBA and PBA50 Baldo Campana Memorial/Ohio Lottery Central Opens presented by DV8 and MOTIV, respectively, at Rebman Recreation in Lorain, Ohio, and a PBA Northwest Region “tripleheader” in Puyallup, Wash., including the PBA and PBA50 Daffodil Bowl Opens presented by Roto Grip plus the Daffodil Bowl Women’s Open.
• Over the May 17-19 weekend, the PBA Midwest Region returns to Glo Bowl in Marengo, Ill., for the Glo Bowl Midwest Open presented by Global 900. Also scheduled are the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga., and the Waxahachie Southwest Challenge for non-titlists at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas.
• PBA Regionals over the Memorial Day weekend (May 24-25) will include the Colony Park Lanes Challenge for non-titlists, presented by Columbia 300, in York, Pa., and the annual Celeste Walker Midwest/Central Open presented by Track at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill.
● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).
• Denise Roth, wife of PBA Hall of Famer Mark Roth, has reported that Mark recently suffered a heart attack, but is in recovery in a New York hospital.
• PBA’s YouTube followers can find weekly recaps on the PBA Channel. Here’s a link to Week 3 of the PBA Playoffs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ceDWwCRvC8.
• Newly-inducted USBC Hall of Famer Chris Barnes has been elected to a three-year term on the USBC Board of Directors by Team USA athletes, filling the vacancy created by the expiration of Bill O’Neill’s term as of August 1. The other athletes on the board are PBA titlist Rhino Page, PBA titlist and USBC Hall of Famer Kelly Kulick and PWBA champion Josie Barnes (no relation to Chris).