Bill Rowe’s Personal Bowling Accomplishments


For those interested in reading what I have accomplished in my personal bowling career … enjoy the read !!

Bill Rowe ( Current owner and operator of Rowe Zone Bowling Store )
Personal Bowling Resume

Canadian National Team Accomplishments

Member of Canada’s National Team 1992 thru 1998
Canadian Tenpin Federation Canadian Male Bowler of the Year
5 consecutive years …. ( 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 )
1992 CTF National Team Trials Silver Medalist
1994 CTF National Team Trials – Canadian National Champion
1996 CTF National Team Trials Bronze Medalist
Representing Canada in International Competition

1993 American Zone Championships – Guadalajara, Mexico
Bronze Medal Trios & Silver Medal 5 Man Team
** Masters Finalist **

1994 Commonwealth Invitational – Victoria, BC Canada
Singles Gold and All Events Gold

1995 Pan American Games – Buenos Aries, Argentina
Gold Medal ( Singles )
Bronze Medal ( 4 Man Team )
** Masters Finalist **

Silver Medal ( Singles )
** Masters Finalist **
1996 Atlanta Olympics – Atlanta, Georgia USA
Gold Medal ( Singles Event Atlanta Olympic Challenge )
*** Demonstration Sport in the Summer Olympics ***
1997 American Zone Championships – Santo Domingo, DR
Silver Medals – Singles Event
Silver Medal – Trios Event
Silver Medal – 5 Man Team
Silver Medal – Individual All Events
Silver Medal – Masters

1998 Commonwealth Games – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Silver Medal ( Singles )
Bronze Medal ( Mixed Doubles )
*** Perfect 300 Game in Singles Event ***


Individual International Competition
1995  4th Place SBS Invitational – Seoul, Korea
1997 5th place SBS Invitational – Seoul, Korea
1997 UAE International Open Champion – Abu Dhabi, UAE
1998  Swiss International Champion – Lausanne, Switzerland
1998 AMF Gold Cup Champion – Brisbane, Australia
1998 Cancun International Open Champion Cancun, Mexico
1999 4th Place Golden Bowling Ball Tour – Dresden, Germany

Also participated in tournaments in Sweden, Austria, Costa Rica and Malaysia


“Major” Canadian Tournaments Accomplishments

1996 Jonquiere Open Runner-Up  – Jonquiere, Quebec
1999 Silver Dollar Open Champion – Calgary, Alberta
1999 World Cup National Finals Runner Up – London, Ontario
1999 Club Multisport Scratch Champion – Montreal, Quebec
1999 TKO Scratch Champion – Bellville, Ontario
2000 Club Multisport Scratch Champion – Montreal, Quebec
2000 CBC TV Championship Bowling Series Runner Up – Vancouver, British Columbia
2000 TSN Pins Game Champion – Toronto, Ontario

*** Plus dozens of other Canadian tournament victories over the years ***
“Major” US Tournament Victories

1992 Lilac Challenge Champion – Rochester, New York
1993 Challenge of the Hemispheres Champion – Chicago, Ill
1995 World Team Challenge Champion – Dublin, CA USA
1995 World Team Challenge Champion – Baltimore, MD USA
1995 International Qualifier Champion at the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions and cashed in the main tournament – Chicago, IL    USA
1995 Reichert Cup International Team Member – Won singles match vs Eric Forkel
1996 – 10th Place ABC Masters – Salt Lake City, Utah USA
1997 Reichert Cup International Team Member Reno, Nevada – Won singles match vs Dave D’Entremont
1999 Hammer 10K Clash Champion  – Detroit, Michigan

( plus many other small tournament victories )


2004 – 2005 – Competed on the PBA Lumber Liquidators Professional Tour as an Exempt Player
( 1 PBA perfect 300 game )

Hamilton & District Bowling Hall of Fame Inducted 2006

Canadian Tenpin Federation Hall of Fame Inducted 2005

Ranked 5th in the Bowlers Journal Top 100 Amateurs of all time.

Local Accomplishments

Season High Average of 231 ( Hamilton Association Record )
High Triple 856 ( Hamilton Association Record )
Sanctioned 300 Games :  8 ( Hamilton Association Record )
Lifetime 300 Games : Over 20
Sanctioned 800 Series :  4
Lifetime 800 Series : Over 10

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 jennifer.itagaki@bowlluckystrike.com. 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 pba.com 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.