Monthly Archives: January 2012

Saturday January 28th – 2012

Welcome to my 1st blog on my new web site !!

Bill’s Quick Bowling Facts

I am 46 years olf and have been in Bowling basically my whole life !!

Below are many facts and notes of my bowling career … ENJOY !!

• I first started bowling 5 pin at 2 years old.

• bowled organized 5 pin leagues until I was 11 years old. 

• At age 12 started bowling organized 10 pin leagues. 

• Attened a youth Professional Bowling Camp at age 13 in Wisconsin , USA.

• Began working at Skyway Lanes at the age of 13 ( Lane Maintenance and Mechanics )

• Set a Hamilton and District Association record of 208 average ( at age 14 ) which held for almost 20 years  … took great pride in helping the young man who beat my record in 1997 by helping him with his game and providing much technical advice that helped him raise his skills to this level ( must have been the coach in me !! )  Also in 1979 the year I averaged 208 I used just 2 balls … a plastic Yellow Dot and a rubber Johnny Petraglia LT-48 !!  No reactive balls or high tech weight blocks like now !!

• Opened my first bowling pro shop in 1979 ( Eleventh Frame Pro Shop ) … at age 14 and have owned or managed 6 other Bowling Pro Shops over the years.

• Bowled my first perfect “300” game at age 14 !!

• Appeared on Buffalo’s “Beat the Champ” TV show at age 16.

• Joined the PBA at age 17 and compeleted PBA members School in the same year.

• Have won tournament titles on 5 continents around the world ( North and South America , Europe , Middle East and Australia )

• Have managed 4 different bowling centers

• Competed for Team Canada 1992 thru 1998 then more recently in 2009 at age 44.

• Was Canadian Bowler of the Year 5 consecutive years ( 1994 , 1995 , 1996 , 1997 , 1998 )

• Won 1 GOLD and 2 Bronze medals at the Pan Am Games in 1995.

• Competed in the ATLANTA OLYMPICS in 1996 as bowling was a exhibition / demonstration sport and won the Atlanta Bowling Challenge ( unofficially an Olympic Gold Medal !! )

• Was an international Staff member for Team Ebonite 1997 & 1998 travelling around the world representing Ebonite International competing in many Competitions.

• Won 5 SILVER Medals at the American Zone Championships in 1997.

• Won a SILVER and a BRONZE medal at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 along with bowling a Nationally Televised 300 game on Live TV .

• Won the 2000 TSN Pins Game

• Volunteered as a youth coach numerous Saturday mornings over the years.

• I am a certified bowling coach / instructor thru the CTF ( Canadian Tenpin Federation ).

• Was the Assistant coach / Technical Expert for the Dominican Republic National Bowling Team from 2002 – 2003.

• Technical Coach for Team Malaysia 2005 – 2006.

• Was asked to coach the Mens Canadian National Team at the 2007 Mens World Championships in Bangkok , Thailand.

• Full Time Head Coach for Team Qatar in 2010 … lived in Doha , Qatar … trained the team 2 – 4 hrs a day and accompanied team to roughly a dozen international competitions around the WORLD !

• Currently own and operate Rowe Zone Bowling Store

• Bowled as an “Exempt” player on the 2004 – 2005  PBA Tour

• Bowled my first PBA “300” game in Grand Rapids , Michigan in 2006

• Bowled my highest sanctioned 3 game series of 856 ( 277 , 279 , 300 ) at Skyway Lanes in Hamilton , Ontario.

• Bowled my highest 3 game set at the Manitoba Open in 2006.  The games were ( 300 , 279 , 290 ) for a 3 game triple of 869 !!!  34 out of 36 strikes !!  This bowled on 3 different pairs of lanes too !!

• I honestly have no idea of how many perfect games I have bowled in my life ???  But it’s about 30 something for sure !!

• Have been inducted into the Hamilton and District Tenpin Bowling HALL OF FAME.

• Have been indicted into the Canadian Tenpin Federation Tenpin Bowling HALL OF FAME.

• I do offer private bowling lessons … call me in the pro shop (905) 268 0 0117 or send me an email to arrange …

As you can see with this kind of bowling background I am in this for the love of the SPORT !!

Look forward to meeting or seeing you in my Bowling Store !!


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Jim Sturm takes new position

USBC Communications

ARLINGTON, Texas – United States Bowling Congress President Jim Sturm has stepped down as president of the organization and from the USBC Board of Directors to assume a new position as Executive Director of Bowling Operations for the Tri Properties Hotel and Casino group in Reno, Nev.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to join a team dedicated to renovating the National Bowling Stadium in Reno for future generations,” Sturm said. “I felt stepping aside was necessary to avoid any appearance of a potential conflict and for the protection of USBC.”

Sturm’s role will be to bring corporate groups and conventions to Reno and the Tri Properties that have an affinity towards bowling such as Bowl for the Cure, Bowlers to Veterans Link and International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame related events. Sturm, a nationally known instructor, also will run a training academy in Reno using USBC coaching and development programs.

The USBC Board of Directors will meet on January 28 for a scheduled board meeting. At that time, they will take action to select a president for the remainder of the term that ends July 31, 2012.

NBA All Stars Join PBA Celebrity Invitational

LOS ANGELES – Four time NBA All-Star Chris Paul has a new team and a new home, and he will once again join forces with the Professional Bowlers Association to host the Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Sheets™ Brand to benefit charities supported by his CP3 Foundation.

Paul, who joined the Los Angeles Clippers at the start of the 2011-12 season, will host the fourth annual fundraiser at Lucky Strike LA Live (800 W. Olympic Blvd., across from the Staples Center) on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 7-10 p.m. PT. Red carpet and pre-show activities will begin at 6:30 p.m.

“The Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational (presented by Sheets™ Brand) is a focal point and one of the highlights of the year for the CP3 Foundation,” said Paul. “We’d like to thank the PBA, Lucky Strike LA Live, ESPN, event sponsors Sheets™ Brand and Storm Bowling Products, and all the participants for making what is becoming an annual tradition for the CP3 Foundation and its charities. It’ll be a lot of fun and I expect to defend my title.”

To date, the following celebrities confirmed to participate include Paul, Reggie Bush (former USC star, Super Bowl winner and Miami Dolphins running back), Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers forward and reigning NBA Dunk Contest champ), Michael Strahan (NFL great, Super Bowl winner and Fox NFL Sunday analyst), Jesse Williams (of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy) and comedian Kevin Hart. The made-for-television event which will be taped for broadcast by ESPN on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. ET, just ahead of the Super Bowl telecast.

Chart-topping teen sensation Mindless Behavior will perform music from their current hit CD, “#1 Girl,” one of the biggest selling debuts from a new artist in 2011. The group gained popularity touring with Justin Bieber, Janet Jackson, and the Backstreet Boys and create a frenzy wherever they go. Their new single “Girls Talkin Bout” is climbing the radio charts now.

The PBA Tour will also have an all-star lineup led by PBA Hall of Famer and 35-time Tour titlist Pete Weber; Jason Belmonte of Australia, one of only two players in Tour history to win a Tour title with a unique two-handed delivery; six-time Tour winner Wes Malott, and four-time winner Ryan Shafer. Storm Bowling Products will once again be the official bowling equipment sponsor for the event.

The event is open to the public and information for purchasing tickets may be obtained by calling Lucky Strike LA Live at 213.542.4886 or emailing Ticket prices are $75, $125 and $225.

Paul, an accomplished bowler who often refers to bowling as his second-favorite sport, founded his CP3 Foundation in 2005 as a tribute to his late grandfather, Nathaniel Jones, and the Winston-Salem, N.C., community where he grew up. The foundation provides funding for activities ranging from a scholarship program to food drives to recreational support programs for children in under-served communities in both Winston-Salem and New Orleans.

“The Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational has grown to be one of our most anticipated events every year,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “Chris and his fellow superstar friends love bowling with our stars and the PBA is proud to partner with the Paul family on behalf of the CP3 Foundation, which continues to brighten kids’ lives.”

Paul and Belmonte have won back-to-back titles in the special event. Celebrity bowlers who have participated in previous events include fellow NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant and Rudy Gay; NFL stars Hines Ward, LaMarr Woodley, Jack Del Rio and Bush, and hip-hop stars Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Lil Wayne and Nelly.

Sportscaster Gary Thorn for 2011-2012

SEATTLE – The Professional Bowlers Association has announced that veteran ESPN sportscaster Gary Thorne will replace Rob Stone as ESPN’s play-by-play voice for the three remaining PBA Tour majors during the 2011-12 season.

Stone, the originator of the famous “hambone” for four strikes in a row and other bowling colloquialisms to describe the action on the lanes, will be leaving ESPN to join FOX Sports primarily as lead studio host for FOX’s soccer coverage.

Thorne is currently a play-by-play announcer for ESPN, working Major League Baseball and College football. He is also the television play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles and is best known for his work on ESPN’s coverage of the NHL.

Thorne will do play-by-play for the three remaining PBA majors beginning with the Alka-Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress Masters later this month in Las Vegas, continuing with the U.S. Open in February and the Tournament of Champions in April. Stone will continue to work the remaining World Series of Bowling ESPN-taped telecasts this season and will also do play-by-play for Thursday’s taping of the Chris Paul Celebrity PBA Invitational presented by Sheets™ Brand in Los Angeles.

PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen will remain as ESPN PBA Tour color analyst.

“My time with the PBA Tour has been an absolute and unexpected blast,” said Stone. “There have been so many memories and friendships over the last five years that it’s a grueling effort to call it quits with PBA and ESPN. I will really miss everyone.”

“We are glad to have Rob continue to call the remainder of the World Series of Bowling events this year and wish him well in his new position with FOX,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “Over the past five years Rob has provided the soundtrack for some of the greatest moments in PBA Tour history and we are thankful for the passionate approach he took to the position.

“We are very fortunate to have, and look forward to working with, Gary for the rest of this season’s majors,” Clark added.

PBA Spare Shots

Rookie Josh Blanchard’s hard fall in last week’s PBA World Championship Mike Aulby Division Final seen on ESPN has attracted a lot of national media attention. He has been featured on ESPN SportsCenter, ESPN Around the Horn, ESPN Pardon the Interruption, ESPNews, LIVE with Kelly Ripa, the Howard Stern Show and numerous other local sportscasts. His misfortune has also become a YouTube hit, among other internet blog sites, with hundreds of thousands of views.

PTI’s Tony Kornheiser accepted a challenge from Blanchard and as a result plans are in the works to schedule a match at Tony’s hometown lanes Strike Bethesda (Md.) sometime in the future.

“I would have never dreamed in a million years that it would have gotten this much attention,” said the former Wichita State bowler. “Everything happens for a reason and I’m actually having a lot of fun with it. I’m looking at it as an opportunity to turn it into a positive for the sport.”

“Josh is a future star of the sport and we know one day soon he will be able to turn his rough debut on TV into a great story of perseverance,” added PBA Commissioner Tom Clark.

Jason Belmonte won the Mike Aulby final with a 300 game during the show. He will be featured with Osku Palermaa, Sean Rash and Ryan Shafer in the PBA World Championship final Sunday on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.


Sean Rash will fulfill the “wish” of 16-year-old Benjamin Doyle of Casper, Wyo., providing the young cancer victim with a personal visit and a bowling lesson during the Alka-Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels USBC Masters.

Rash will meet with Doyle, who is suffering from brain cancer, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Strike Zone inside Sunset Station Hotel/Casino in Henderson, Nev., in response to a request from the Make A Wish Foundation. Doyle and his family also will be invited to attend the live ESPN coverage of the USBC Masters finals on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. PT as guests of the PBA and USBC.

REGIONAL UPDATE: Thanks to an 8-0 match play record, Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis., won the T-Byrd Lanes Senior Open regional in Rochelle, Ill., Jan. 8 for his ninth Senior regional title to go along with his 38 regular regional titles.

In the title match, he defeated Robert Flaws of Chicago Ridge, Ill., 226-179 to take home the $1,500 first prize

PBA Regional activity continues for Midwest and Central senior players with the Lynwood Bowl Senior Open in Lynwood, Ill., Jan. 20-22, and the Sparetime Lanes Senior Open, Feb. 3-5, in Decatur, Ill. Both events are sponsored by Allstate Insurance.

The PBA Central Region also will conduct the Legend Lanes Regular/Senior Doubles Classic in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Jan. 27-29.

February’s highlight for non-senior players include the new Regional Players Doubles Championship presented by Hammer Feb. 10-12 at The Orleans in Las Vegas. For complete Regional tournament schedules and entry information, visit and click on “Regional Tour” under the “Schedules” drop-down tab.

PBA World Championship Finals


Event: PBA World Series of Bowling
Tournament: PBA World Championship Finals
Where: South Point Hotel Exhibition Hall, Las Vegas
Purse: $542,120, winner’s share: $50,000 and Earl Anthony trophy

Eliminator Format: Four finalists will bowl a one-game match. The player with the lowest score will be eliminated. The three survivors will bowl another game, with the low man ousted. The two finalists will then bowl in the championship match.

Each finalist won a Division final to advance to Championship.

Television: ESPN (Sunday at 1 p.m. ET)

Finland’s Osku Palermaa and Australia’s Jason Belmonte, two-handed players of almost the same age who developed their unique styles half a world apart, will join 25-year PBA Tour veteran Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., and 29-year-old Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., in the battle for the $50,000 first prize and a major title.

Palermaa, won his only PBA Tour title in the GEICO Shark Championship during the 2010 PBA World Series of Bowling. Palermaa, who defeated Stuart Williams, Dom Barrett and Jack Jurek to win the Don Carter Division berth, is trying for his first major title.

Belmonte hasn’t won a title since his first PBA Tour victory in the 2009 Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic. He also is looking for his first major title after rolling a 300 game on his way to winning the Mike Aulby Division over Brian Kretzer, Josh Blanchard and Mike Fagan.

Shafer is a four-time PBA Tour title winner who wants to end his record streak of 12 consecutive top five finishes in PBA majors without a title. Shafer eliminated Andres Gomez, Ildemaro Ruiz and Tom Smallwood in the Billy Hardwick Division.

Rash is the only finalist who has won a major (the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Masters), but he hasn’t won a title in eight television appearances since then. Rash dominated the 40 qualifying games leading into the World Championship elimination rounds, averaging 234 on five different PBA lane conditions. As the top qualifier in the finals field, he has selected the Scorpion lane oiling pattern, the same pattern he selected for the Johnny Petraglia Division when he eliminated Pete Weber, Ryan Ciminelli and Nathan Bohr.


News coming soon.