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Mesa, Ariz. (September 12, 2020) – Cortez Schenck, a non-member of Phoenix, Ariz. won the PBA Bowlero Mesa West Open on Saturday at the Bowlero Mesa bowling center.

Schenck won all 8 games in match play posting a winning 15-game total of 3,769 pins to secure first-place. As a non-member, Schenck will not receive credit for his title.

n-Schenck earned $3,000 for first place with Darren Tang of Las Vegas finishing second with a 4-4 match play record and 3,568 pins to earn the $1,500 second prize.

PBA BOWLERO MESA WEST OPEN
Bowlero Mesa, Mesa, Ariz., Saturday

Final Match Play Standings (after 15 games, including match play bonus pins):

  1. n-Cortez Schenck, Phoenix, Ariz., 8-0, 3,769, $3,000.
  2. Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 4-4, 3,568, $1,500.
  3. Toby Sambueno, Henderson, Nev., 3-4-1, 3,565, $1,200.
  4. n-Ari Wilson, Henderson, Nev., 6-1-1, 3,496, $1,000.
  5. PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 4-4, 3,472, $900.
  6. Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4-4, 3,451, $850.
  7. Kyle Duster, Scottsdale, Ariz., 5-3, 3,354, $800.
  8. David Haynes, Las Vegas, 2-5-1, 3,347, $750.

n-denotes non-PBA member

Mesa, Ariz. (September 12, 2020) – Cortez Schenck, a non-member of Phoenix, Ariz. won the PBA Bowlero Mesa West Open on Saturday at the Bowlero Mesa bowling center.

Schenck won all 8 games in match play posting a winning 15-game total of 3,769 pins to secure first-place. As a non-member, Schenck will not receive credit for his title.

n-Schenck earned $3,000 for first place with Darren Tang of Las Vegas finishing second with a 4-4 match play record and 3,568 pins to earn the $1,500 second prize.

PBA BOWLERO MESA WEST OPEN
Bowlero Mesa, Mesa, Ariz., Saturday

Final Match Play Standings (after 15 games, including match play bonus pins):

  1. n-Cortez Schenck, Phoenix, Ariz., 8-0, 3,769, $3,000.
  2. Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 4-4, 3,568, $1,500.
  3. Toby Sambueno, Henderson, Nev., 3-4-1, 3,565, $1,200.
  4. n-Ari Wilson, Henderson, Nev., 6-1-1, 3,496, $1,000.
  5. PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 4-4, 3,472, $900.
  6. Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4-4, 3,451, $850.
  7. Kyle Duster, Scottsdale, Ariz., 5-3, 3,354, $800.
  8. David Haynes, Las Vegas, 2-5-1, 3,347, $750.

n-denotes non-PBA member

Posted: September 17, 2020, 2:56 pm

Valley Park, Mo. –Matt Russo of Fairview Heights, Ill., compiled a 5-1 match play record and a 13-game total of 3,224, including bonus pins, to win the PBA BowlersMart Midwest Open at Bowlero Lakeside on Saturday.

Russo led the seven-game qualifying round with a 246 average. Heading into the final position round match, Russo had a 29-pin lead over John Marsala of St. Louis, Mo. Marsala had a chance to put the pressure on Russo late in the match, but an errant shot in the 10th secured Russo’s victory. Marsala ended the day 20 pins behind Russo.

Russo won $2,500 for first place, while Marsala earned $1,500 as the runner-up.

The PBA Midwest Region travels to Virden, Illinois September 18th for the PBA50 Allstate Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open. The event is open to bowlers ages 50 and above.

PBA BOWLERSMART MIDWEST OPEN
Bowlero Lakeside, St. Louis, Mo., Saturday

Final Match Play Standings (after 13 games, including match play bonus pins)

  1. Matt Russo, Fairview Heights, Ill., 5-1, 3,224, $2,500.
  2. John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 5-1, 3,254, $1,500.
  3. n-Anthony Neuer, Lewisburg, Pa., 4-2, 3,132, $1,025.
  4. Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 4-2, 3,125, $900.
  5. n-Donald Lee, Maryland Heights, Mo., 4-2, 2,986, $800.
  6. Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 3-3, 2,985, $750.
  7. n-Drake Bazzy, Flat Rock, Mich., 2-4, 2,920, $700.
  8. Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2-4, 2,884, $680.
  9. n-Andrew Lazarchick, Brick, N.J., 2-4, 2,818, $660.
  10. n-Steven Jarvis, O’Fallon, Ill., 2-4, 2,737, $640.
  11. Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 3-3, 2,735, $620.
  12. n-Collin Walsh, Columbia, Mo., 0-6, 2,637, $600.
  13. n-designates non-PBA member

    Editor’s Note: A photo of the winner has been posted in PBA's Media Gallery.

Valley Park, Mo. –Matt Russo of Fairview Heights, Ill., compiled a 5-1 match play record and a 13-game total of 3,224, including bonus pins, to win the PBA BowlersMart Midwest Open at Bowlero Lakeside on Saturday.

Russo led the seven-game qualifying round with a 246 average. Heading into the final position round match, Russo had a 29-pin lead over John Marsala of St. Louis, Mo. Marsala had a chance to put the pressure on Russo late in the match, but an errant shot in the 10th secured Russo’s victory. Marsala ended the day 20 pins behind Russo.

Russo won $2,500 for first place, while Marsala earned $1,500 as the runner-up.

The PBA Midwest Region travels to Virden, Illinois September 18th for the PBA50 Allstate Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open. The event is open to bowlers ages 50 and above.

PBA BOWLERSMART MIDWEST OPEN
Bowlero Lakeside, St. Louis, Mo., Saturday

Final Match Play Standings (after 13 games, including match play bonus pins)

  1. Matt Russo, Fairview Heights, Ill., 5-1, 3,224, $2,500.
  2. John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 5-1, 3,254, $1,500.
  3. n-Anthony Neuer, Lewisburg, Pa., 4-2, 3,132, $1,025.
  4. Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 4-2, 3,125, $900.
  5. n-Donald Lee, Maryland Heights, Mo., 4-2, 2,986, $800.
  6. Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 3-3, 2,985, $750.
  7. n-Drake Bazzy, Flat Rock, Mich., 2-4, 2,920, $700.
  8. Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2-4, 2,884, $680.
  9. n-Andrew Lazarchick, Brick, N.J., 2-4, 2,818, $660.
  10. n-Steven Jarvis, O’Fallon, Ill., 2-4, 2,737, $640.
  11. Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 3-3, 2,735, $620.
  12. n-Collin Walsh, Columbia, Mo., 0-6, 2,637, $600.
  13. n-designates non-PBA member

    Editor’s Note: A photo of the winner has been posted in PBA's Media Gallery.

Posted: September 17, 2020, 2:46 pm

Towson, Md. – Brandon Curtis of Manson, N.C., compiled a 5-3 match play record and a 15-game total of 3,446 pins to win the PBA AMF Towson Lanes Open on Sunday.

Curtis, a regular in the PBA South Region, led qualifying by 69 pins. After a strong start in match play, he struggled with 163 and 178 games and lost the lead to Steven Arehart of Chesapeake, Va. with only three games remaining. Curtis recovered his form and closed with 269, 223 and 213 to earn his fourth PBA Regional Title, his first in the East Region. Arehart retained the runner-up spot while Alex Cavagnaro of Massapequa, N.Y. and Michael Ruben of Seldon, N.Y. followed.

With the win, Curtis earned $2,200 and extended his winning streak to three consecutive seasons with at least one PBA Regional title. Arehart earned $1,300 as the runner-up. Alex Cavagnaro of Massapequa, N.Y. earned $1,100 for finishing third, while Michael Ruben of Selden, N.Y. finished fourth and earned $960.

The next stop in the PBA East Region schedule is the PBA Bowlero Wilmington Open in Wilmington, Delaware on Sunday, October 4.

PBA AMF TOWSON LANES OPEN
AMF Towson Lanes, Towson, Md., Sunday

Final Match Play Standings (after 15 games, including match play bonus pins)

  1. Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 5-3, 3,446, $2,200.
  2. Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 5-3, 3,321, $1,300.
  3. Alex Cavagnaro, Massapequa, N.Y., 6-2, 3,303, $1,100.
  4. Michael Ruben, Selden, N.Y., 4-4, 3,289, $960.
  5. Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 5-3, 3,287, $825.
  6. Erv Rains, New Cumberland, Pa., 5-3, 3,137, $700.
  7. Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3-5, 3,103, $600.
  8. n-Terry Mize, Owings Mills, Md., 4-4, 3,094, $580.
  9. Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 3-5, 3,082, $560.
  10. Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 3-5, 2,964, $540.
  11. Shawn Jones, Faber, Va., 3-5, 2,937, $520.
  12. Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 1-7, 2,986, $500.

n-designates non-PBA member

Editor’s Note: A photo of the winner has been posted in PBA's Media Gallery.

Towson, Md. – Brandon Curtis of Manson, N.C., compiled a 5-3 match play record and a 15-game total of 3,446 pins to win the PBA AMF Towson Lanes Open on Sunday.

Curtis, a regular in the PBA South Region, led qualifying by 69 pins. After a strong start in match play, he struggled with 163 and 178 games and lost the lead to Steven Arehart of Chesapeake, Va. with only three games remaining. Curtis recovered his form and closed with 269, 223 and 213 to earn his fourth PBA Regional Title, his first in the East Region. Arehart retained the runner-up spot while Alex Cavagnaro of Massapequa, N.Y. and Michael Ruben of Seldon, N.Y. followed.

With the win, Curtis earned $2,200 and extended his winning streak to three consecutive seasons with at least one PBA Regional title. Arehart earned $1,300 as the runner-up. Alex Cavagnaro of Massapequa, N.Y. earned $1,100 for finishing third, while Michael Ruben of Selden, N.Y. finished fourth and earned $960.

The next stop in the PBA East Region schedule is the PBA Bowlero Wilmington Open in Wilmington, Delaware on Sunday, October 4.

PBA AMF TOWSON LANES OPEN
AMF Towson Lanes, Towson, Md., Sunday

Final Match Play Standings (after 15 games, including match play bonus pins)

  1. Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 5-3, 3,446, $2,200.
  2. Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 5-3, 3,321, $1,300.
  3. Alex Cavagnaro, Massapequa, N.Y., 6-2, 3,303, $1,100.
  4. Michael Ruben, Selden, N.Y., 4-4, 3,289, $960.
  5. Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 5-3, 3,287, $825.
  6. Erv Rains, New Cumberland, Pa., 5-3, 3,137, $700.
  7. Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3-5, 3,103, $600.
  8. n-Terry Mize, Owings Mills, Md., 4-4, 3,094, $580.
  9. Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 3-5, 3,082, $560.
  10. Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 3-5, 2,964, $540.
  11. Shawn Jones, Faber, Va., 3-5, 2,937, $520.
  12. Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 1-7, 2,986, $500.

n-designates non-PBA member

Editor’s Note: A photo of the winner has been posted in PBA's Media Gallery.

Posted: September 15, 2020, 1:08 am

All-New Junior Club Available for Girls and Boys Under Age 17 with Dreams of Competing in the PBA

New York, NY – The Professional Bowlers Association is proud to announce the launch of PBA Jr., a new club exclusively for youth bowlers that will encourage and support their participation in the sport as they begin their journey to become a professional.

Youth bowlers under age 17 can sign up today for the PBA Jr. Club in one of two tiers - PBA Jr. Basic Tier or PBA Jr. Premium Tier. Each tier offers discounted entry fees into PBA Jr. regional tournaments, early access to PBA Tour events, merchandise, and much more.

PBA Jr. Basic Tier - $39.95 annual fee

  • Discounted entry fees into PBA Jr. regional tournaments
  • Official PBA Jr. Bag Tag
  • Exclusive PBA Jr. merchandise kit including official PBA bowling towel, water bottle and hat
  • Early access to PBA Tour event tickets and free upgrades on tickets purchased
  • *BowlerX.com discounts: 10% off orders with free shipping
  • 20% discount to annual FloBowling subscription for new subscribers
  • Annual free game voucher at any Bowlero Corp center

PBA Jr. Club Premium Tier - $89.98 annual fee

  • Official PBA Jr. High 5 customized jersey
    • Discounted entry fees into PBA Jr. regional tournaments
    • Official PBA Jr. Bag Tag
    • Exclusive PBA Jr. merchandise kit including official PBA bowling towel, water bottle and hat
    • Early access to PBA Tour event tickets and free upgrades on tickets purchased
    • *BowlerX.com discounts: 10% off orders with free shipping
    • Free download of PBA Pro Bowling console game (available for Xbox One, Steam, Nintendo Switch or PS4)
    • 20% Discount to annual FloBowling subscription for new subscribers
    • Annual free game voucher at any Bowlero Corp center

    The PBA Jr. Club will also offer youth bowlers the opportunity to compete like a professional in PBA Jr. tournaments while bowling for a chance to win SMART scholarships. Tournaments, including the PBA Jr. National Championship, will be announced at a later date.With the success of the inaugural PBA Jr. National Championship Regionals and efforts to advance the sport of bowling at every level, the PBA Jr. Club is one of many opportunities for youth bowlers to get a head start before entering PBA Tour level competition.

    For additional information and to sign up for the PBA Jr. Club, visit pba.com/junior.

    *BowlerX.com discounts – some exclusions apply. No discount allowed on items protected by manufacturer pricing policies and on existing sale items.

    About the PBA
    The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

    All-New Junior Club Available for Girls and Boys Under Age 17 with Dreams of Competing in the PBA

    New York, NY – The Professional Bowlers Association is proud to announce the launch of PBA Jr., a new club exclusively for youth bowlers that will encourage and support their participation in the sport as they begin their journey to become a professional.

    Youth bowlers under age 17 can sign up today for the PBA Jr. Club in one of two tiers - PBA Jr. Basic Tier or PBA Jr. Premium Tier. Each tier offers discounted entry fees into PBA Jr. regional tournaments, early access to PBA Tour events, merchandise, and much more.

    PBA Jr. Basic Tier - $39.95 annual fee

    • Discounted entry fees into PBA Jr. regional tournaments
    • Official PBA Jr. Bag Tag
    • Exclusive PBA Jr. merchandise kit including official PBA bowling towel, water bottle and hat
    • Early access to PBA Tour event tickets and free upgrades on tickets purchased
    • *BowlerX.com discounts: 10% off orders with free shipping
    • 20% discount to annual FloBowling subscription for new subscribers
    • Annual free game voucher at any Bowlero Corp center

    PBA Jr. Club Premium Tier - $89.98 annual fee

  • Official PBA Jr. High 5 customized jersey
    • Discounted entry fees into PBA Jr. regional tournaments
    • Official PBA Jr. Bag Tag
    • Exclusive PBA Jr. merchandise kit including official PBA bowling towel, water bottle and hat
    • Early access to PBA Tour event tickets and free upgrades on tickets purchased
    • *BowlerX.com discounts: 10% off orders with free shipping
    • Free download of PBA Pro Bowling console game (available for Xbox One, Steam, Nintendo Switch or PS4)
    • 20% Discount to annual FloBowling subscription for new subscribers
    • Annual free game voucher at any Bowlero Corp center

    The PBA Jr. Club will also offer youth bowlers the opportunity to compete like a professional in PBA Jr. tournaments while bowling for a chance to win SMART scholarships. Tournaments, including the PBA Jr. National Championship, will be announced at a later date.With the success of the inaugural PBA Jr. National Championship Regionals and efforts to advance the sport of bowling at every level, the PBA Jr. Club is one of many opportunities for youth bowlers to get a head start before entering PBA Tour level competition.

    For additional information and to sign up for the PBA Jr. Club, visit pba.com/junior.

    *BowlerX.com discounts – some exclusions apply. No discount allowed on items protected by manufacturer pricing policies and on existing sale items.

    About the PBA
    The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

    Posted: September 14, 2020, 9:35 pm

    20 youth bowlers, top 4 from each regional qualifier to advance to PBA Jr. National Championship

    New York, NY – Over 500 of the best youth bowlers, ages seven to 17, from around the country took to the lanes to begin their journey to become the first ever PBA Jr. National Champion.

    The fierce competition kicked off on September 4th with the regional portion of the inaugural event split into four qualifying tournaments at Bowlero locations across the country. Each regional had the same format – two squads of six-game qualifying rounds followed by two semi-final qualifying games for the top 50 percent of players. After eight qualifying games, the top 20 players advanced to match play for six final games.

    The long-running Parker Bohn III Scholarship Tournament (PB3) served as an additional qualifier for the East Region. The top two boys and girls in the PB3 event automatically secured a spot in the PBA Jr. National Championship.

    The youth bowlers brought their A-game, including three perfect 300-games, but only the top two boys and girls secured spots to advance to the National Championship.

    Midwest Region – Bowlero Wauwatosa

    Top Boys

    1. Nate Purches, Marlborough, Mass. 3,077
    2. Blake Martin, Oakdale, Minn., 3,017

    Top Girls

    1. Jillian Martin, Stow, Ohio, 2,705
    2. Hailey Triske, Minnetonka, Minn., 2,643

    South Region – Bowlero Marietta

    Top Boys

    1. James Bennett, Huntingtown, Md, 2,920
    2. Joshua Collins, Fortson, Ga., 2,831

    Top Girls

    1. Annalise O’Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 2,860
    2. Aliyah Alleyne, Sanford, N.C., 2,614

    Southwest Region – Bowlero Euless

    Top Boys

    1. Spencer Robarge, Springfield, Miss., 3,045
    2. Julian Michael Salinas, Richmond, Texas, 2,858

    Top Girls

    1. Lara Kurt, Leland, N.C., 2,626
    2. Jaelle Hamman, Jarrell, Texas, 2,548

    West Region – Bowlero Christown

    Top Boys

    1. Hunter Mayes, Gold Canyon, Ariz., 2,982
    2. Zach Greim, Poway, California, 2,895

    Top Girls

    1. Katelyn Abigania, San Diego, Cali., 2,649
    2. Emily Cheesman, Hemet, Cali., 2,388

    East Region – Howell Lanes

    Top Boys

    1. Randal Dubar, Milford, Mass.
    2. Parker Laubach, Bethlehem, Pa.

    Top Girls

    1. Paige Peters, Toms River, N.J.
    2. Victoria Varano, Stony Point, N.Y.

    300 games: Julian Salinas, Nolan Blessing, Cincinnati, Ohio; Silas Lira, Tampa, Fla.


    Each regional tournament guaranteed a first place $2,000 SMART Scholarship. SMART scholarships were also awarded to one out of every six (1:6) entries in each division.

    The top two boy and girl finishers from each regional will move on to the National Championship to compete for a $7,500 SMART Scholarship. The National Championship date will be held in conjunction with a PBA National Tour stop, to be named at a later date.

    The PBA is committed to advancing the sport of bowling at every level and the PBA Jr. National Championship is one of many opportunities for youth bowlers to enjoy when they join PBA Jr., a new club exclusively for ages 17 and under, set to launch mid-September.

    For additional information and to learn more about the PBA Jr. Club, visit pba.com/junior.

    With health and safety top of mind, the PBA is following local and federal guidelines on COVID-19. The PBA is significantly modifying event procedures as well as taking all necessary precautions to reduce health risks for players and staff during competition. For a complete list of standards, please visit pba.com.

    About the PBA
    The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

    20 youth bowlers, top 4 from each regional qualifier to advance to PBA Jr. National Championship

    New York, NY – Over 500 of the best youth bowlers, ages seven to 17, from around the country took to the lanes to begin their journey to become the first ever PBA Jr. National Champion.

    The fierce competition kicked off on September 4th with the regional portion of the inaugural event split into four qualifying tournaments at Bowlero locations across the country. Each regional had the same format – two squads of six-game qualifying rounds followed by two semi-final qualifying games for the top 50 percent of players. After eight qualifying games, the top 20 players advanced to match play for six final games.

    The long-running Parker Bohn III Scholarship Tournament (PB3) served as an additional qualifier for the East Region. The top two boys and girls in the PB3 event automatically secured a spot in the PBA Jr. National Championship.

    The youth bowlers brought their A-game, including three perfect 300-games, but only the top two boys and girls secured spots to advance to the National Championship.

    Midwest Region – Bowlero Wauwatosa

    Top Boys

    1. Nate Purches, Marlborough, Mass. 3,077
    2. Blake Martin, Oakdale, Minn., 3,017

    Top Girls

    1. Jillian Martin, Stow, Ohio, 2,705
    2. Hailey Triske, Minnetonka, Minn., 2,643

    South Region – Bowlero Marietta

    Top Boys

    1. James Bennett, Huntingtown, Md, 2,920
    2. Joshua Collins, Fortson, Ga., 2,831

    Top Girls

    1. Annalise O’Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 2,860
    2. Aliyah Alleyne, Sanford, N.C., 2,614

    Southwest Region – Bowlero Euless

    Top Boys

    1. Spencer Robarge, Springfield, Miss., 3,045
    2. Julian Michael Salinas, Richmond, Texas, 2,858

    Top Girls

    1. Lara Kurt, Leland, N.C., 2,626
    2. Jaelle Hamman, Jarrell, Texas, 2,548

    West Region – Bowlero Christown

    Top Boys

    1. Hunter Mayes, Gold Canyon, Ariz., 2,982
    2. Zach Greim, Poway, California, 2,895

    Top Girls

    1. Katelyn Abigania, San Diego, Cali., 2,649
    2. Emily Cheesman, Hemet, Cali., 2,388

    East Region – Howell Lanes

    Top Boys

    1. Randal Dubar, Milford, Mass.
    2. Parker Laubach, Bethlehem, Pa.

    Top Girls

    1. Paige Peters, Toms River, N.J.
    2. Victoria Varano, Stony Point, N.Y.

    300 games: Julian Salinas, Nolan Blessing, Cincinnati, Ohio; Silas Lira, Tampa, Fla.


    Each regional tournament guaranteed a first place $2,000 SMART Scholarship. SMART scholarships were also awarded to one out of every six (1:6) entries in each division.

    The top two boy and girl finishers from each regional will move on to the National Championship to compete for a $7,500 SMART Scholarship. The National Championship date will be held in conjunction with a PBA National Tour stop, to be named at a later date.

    The PBA is committed to advancing the sport of bowling at every level and the PBA Jr. National Championship is one of many opportunities for youth bowlers to enjoy when they join PBA Jr., a new club exclusively for ages 17 and under, set to launch mid-September.

    For additional information and to learn more about the PBA Jr. Club, visit pba.com/junior.

    With health and safety top of mind, the PBA is following local and federal guidelines on COVID-19. The PBA is significantly modifying event procedures as well as taking all necessary precautions to reduce health risks for players and staff during competition. For a complete list of standards, please visit pba.com.

    About the PBA
    The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

    Posted: September 9, 2020, 3:07 pm

    Fitchburg, Wis. – A.J. Johnson of Oswego, Ill., defeated Timothy Gruendler of St. Louis, Mo. in the championship match, 232-212, to win the PBA Ten Pin Alley Midwest Open at Ten Pin Alley on Saturday.

    Johnson compiled a 4-2 match play record and a 12-game 2849 total pinfall, including bonus pins, to lead the tournament heading into the championship match. Gruendler had an opportunity to win his first PBA tournament with a strike in the 10th, but threw an errant shot which eliminated his chance of winning and secured the victory for Johnson.

    Johnson earned $2,000 for the win, while adding a seventh overall PBA Regional Tour title to his career total. Gruendler, who had his best finish, earned $1,200 as the runner-up.

    The PBA Midwest Region travels to Valley Park, Missouri for the PBA Bowlersmart Midwest Open on September 12.

    PBA TEN PIN ALLEY MIDWEST OPEN
    Ten Pin Alley, Fitchburg, Wis., Saturday

    Stepladder Results:
    Match One – Heinzelman def. Staninger, 211-158
    Semifinal Match – Gruendler, def. Heinzelman, 222-184
    Championship Match – Johnson def. Gruendler, 232-212

    Final Match Play Standings (after 12 games, including match play bonus pins)

    1. A J Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4-2, 2,849, $2,000
    2. n-Timothy Gruendler, St. Louis, Mo., 4-2, 2,783, $1,200
    3. Matthew Staninger, Charlotte, N.C., 4-2, 2725, $1,000
    4. Jay Heinzelman, Evansville, Wis., 3-3, 2,695, $850
    5. Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 3-2-1, 2,691, $750
    6. Tom, Hess, Granger, Iowa., 3-3, 2,677, $650
    7. Brady Stearns, Saint Augusta, Minn., 3-2-1, 2,667, $600
    8. n-Chris Pounders, Sun Prairie, Wis., 2-3-1, 2,662, $590
    9. Victor Cortez, Waukegan, Ill., 2-4, 2,623, $580
    10. Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 2-3-1, 2,615, $570
    11. Christopher Hill, Franklin, Wis., 2-4, 2,601, $560
    12. n-Corey Schmidt, Madison, Wis., 2-4, 2,597, $550.

    n-designates non-PBA member

    Note: A photo of the winner has been posted in PBA's Media Gallery.

    Fitchburg, Wis. – A.J. Johnson of Oswego, Ill., defeated Timothy Gruendler of St. Louis, Mo. in the championship match, 232-212, to win the PBA Ten Pin Alley Midwest Open at Ten Pin Alley on Saturday.

    Johnson compiled a 4-2 match play record and a 12-game 2849 total pinfall, including bonus pins, to lead the tournament heading into the championship match. Gruendler had an opportunity to win his first PBA tournament with a strike in the 10th, but threw an errant shot which eliminated his chance of winning and secured the victory for Johnson.

    Johnson earned $2,000 for the win, while adding a seventh overall PBA Regional Tour title to his career total. Gruendler, who had his best finish, earned $1,200 as the runner-up.

    The PBA Midwest Region travels to Valley Park, Missouri for the PBA Bowlersmart Midwest Open on September 12.

    PBA TEN PIN ALLEY MIDWEST OPEN
    Ten Pin Alley, Fitchburg, Wis., Saturday

    Stepladder Results:
    Match One – Heinzelman def. Staninger, 211-158
    Semifinal Match – Gruendler, def. Heinzelman, 222-184
    Championship Match – Johnson def. Gruendler, 232-212

    Final Match Play Standings (after 12 games, including match play bonus pins)

    1. A J Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4-2, 2,849, $2,000
    2. n-Timothy Gruendler, St. Louis, Mo., 4-2, 2,783, $1,200
    3. Matthew Staninger, Charlotte, N.C., 4-2, 2725, $1,000
    4. Jay Heinzelman, Evansville, Wis., 3-3, 2,695, $850
    5. Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 3-2-1, 2,691, $750
    6. Tom, Hess, Granger, Iowa., 3-3, 2,677, $650
    7. Brady Stearns, Saint Augusta, Minn., 3-2-1, 2,667, $600
    8. n-Chris Pounders, Sun Prairie, Wis., 2-3-1, 2,662, $590
    9. Victor Cortez, Waukegan, Ill., 2-4, 2,623, $580
    10. Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 2-3-1, 2,615, $570
    11. Christopher Hill, Franklin, Wis., 2-4, 2,601, $560
    12. n-Corey Schmidt, Madison, Wis., 2-4, 2,597, $550.

    n-designates non-PBA member

    Note: A photo of the winner has been posted in PBA's Media Gallery.

    Posted: September 1, 2020, 3:22 pm

    Fort Sill, Okla.,– Jakob Butturff from Tempe, Ariz. extended his PBA Regional title wins to 23 overall after winning the 11th annual PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open on Sunday at Twin Oaks Bowling Center.

    Butturff’s win comes as no surprise as he took an early lead during the eight games of qualifying and extended it through the five game Cashier’s Round.

    As match play progressed, Butturff did watch his comfortable cushion start to dwindle as Travis Tribolet, from San Angelo, Texas, who qualified in 10th place, bowled games of 265, 256, 289 x2, 251, and 247 prior to the final game position round.

    Tribolet won his eighth match, 227-211, but fell short of catching Butturff who held onto a 93-pin lead and dominated the field with a 240.9 average for the tournament.

    Butturff earned $3,000 for first place, while Tribolet earned $1,800 for second and scored his best finish to date. Reigning PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, of Pasadena, Texas, took home $1,300 for third place, and Amarillo, Texas’ Mason Edmondson collected $1,100 for fourth place.

    The Southwest Region’s next event is the PBA Liberal Kansas Southwest Open on September 18-20, at Ayr’s Lanes with a first-place prize of $4,000. Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas, will host a PBA50 regional event September 25-27.

    PBA FORT SILL SOUTHWEST OPEN
    Twin Oaks Lanes, Fort Sill, Okla., Sunday

    Final Standings (after 21 games, including match play bonus pins):

    1. Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 5-3, 5,209, $3,000
    2. Travis Tribolet, San Angelo, Texas, 8-0, 5,162, $1,800
    3. Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4-4, 4,954, $1,300
    4. n-Mason Edmondson, Amarillo, Texas, 3-5, 4,871, $1,100
    5. Francois Lavoie, Canada, 5-3, 4,850, $925
    6. Austin Boulds, Creal Springs, Ill., 3-5, 4,840, $825
    7. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4-4, 4,799, $750
    8. Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 5-3, 4,772, $700
    9. Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 2-6, 4,673, $650
    10. Kyle Duster, Scottsdale, Ariz., 5-3, 4,664, $600
    11. n-Anthony Desko, Parkville, MO, 3-5, 4,548, $575
    12. n-Brian Lake, Irving, Texas, 1-7, 4,508, $550

    300 game: Tribolet
    n- denotes non-PBA member

    Fort Sill, Okla.,– Jakob Butturff from Tempe, Ariz. extended his PBA Regional title wins to 23 overall after winning the 11th annual PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open on Sunday at Twin Oaks Bowling Center.

    Butturff’s win comes as no surprise as he took an early lead during the eight games of qualifying and extended it through the five game Cashier’s Round.

    As match play progressed, Butturff did watch his comfortable cushion start to dwindle as Travis Tribolet, from San Angelo, Texas, who qualified in 10th place, bowled games of 265, 256, 289 x2, 251, and 247 prior to the final game position round.

    Tribolet won his eighth match, 227-211, but fell short of catching Butturff who held onto a 93-pin lead and dominated the field with a 240.9 average for the tournament.

    Butturff earned $3,000 for first place, while Tribolet earned $1,800 for second and scored his best finish to date. Reigning PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, of Pasadena, Texas, took home $1,300 for third place, and Amarillo, Texas’ Mason Edmondson collected $1,100 for fourth place.

    The Southwest Region’s next event is the PBA Liberal Kansas Southwest Open on September 18-20, at Ayr’s Lanes with a first-place prize of $4,000. Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas, will host a PBA50 regional event September 25-27.

    PBA FORT SILL SOUTHWEST OPEN
    Twin Oaks Lanes, Fort Sill, Okla., Sunday

    Final Standings (after 21 games, including match play bonus pins):

    1. Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 5-3, 5,209, $3,000
    2. Travis Tribolet, San Angelo, Texas, 8-0, 5,162, $1,800
    3. Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4-4, 4,954, $1,300
    4. n-Mason Edmondson, Amarillo, Texas, 3-5, 4,871, $1,100
    5. Francois Lavoie, Canada, 5-3, 4,850, $925
    6. Austin Boulds, Creal Springs, Ill., 3-5, 4,840, $825
    7. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4-4, 4,799, $750
    8. Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 5-3, 4,772, $700
    9. Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 2-6, 4,673, $650
    10. Kyle Duster, Scottsdale, Ariz., 5-3, 4,664, $600
    11. n-Anthony Desko, Parkville, MO, 3-5, 4,548, $575
    12. n-Brian Lake, Irving, Texas, 1-7, 4,508, $550

    300 game: Tribolet
    n- denotes non-PBA member

    Posted: September 1, 2020, 3:17 pm

    Woodstock, Ga. – Andrew Farrow Jr. of Anderson, S.C. won his first PBA50 South Regional title with a narrow 34 pin victory Saturday over PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla.

    Heading into the final position round game, Farrow had a 105-pin lead over then second place James Lord. Lord defeated Farrow 236-212, but Farrow’s total pinfall count was high enough to hold onto first place. Walter Ray Williams Jr. scored a game winning 257 in his final match, which catapulted him into second place in the final standings.

    Farrow earned $1800 for the win with a 4-2 match play record while Williams Jr., 3-3 earned $900 for finishing second.

    The PBA South Region’s next tournament will be the PBA AMF Woodstock, Ga. South Open in Woodstock, Ga. on October 3.

    PBA50 AMF WOODSTOCK LANES SOUTH OPEN
    AMF Woodstock Lanes, Woodstock, Ga., Saturday

    Final Match Play Standings (after 12 games)

    1. Andrew Farrow Jr., Anderson, S.C., 4-2, 3,109, $1800.
    2. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-3, 3,075, $900.
    3. James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 5-1, 3,058, $800.
    4. Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 2,978, 3-2-1, $750.
    5. David Bowers, Friendswood, Tenn., 5-1, 2,975, $700.
    6. Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3-3, 2,905, $650.
    7. Mac Sanders, Taylors, S.C., 4-2, 2,886, $570.
    8. Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1-5, 2,862, $540 .
    9. James Winterfeld, Fort Mill, S.C., 4-2, 2,859, $530.
    10. Jerry Horn, Lexington, S.C., 1-5, 2,821, $520.
    11. Albert Mountcastle, Margate, Fla., 1-4-1, 2,789, $510.
    12. n-Lou Caires, Woodstock, Ga., 1-5, 2,515, $500.
    13. 300 Games: Andre Farrow Jr., Jimmy Jean, James Lord, Mac Sanders.

      n-denotes amateur

    Woodstock, Ga. – Andrew Farrow Jr. of Anderson, S.C. won his first PBA50 South Regional title with a narrow 34 pin victory Saturday over PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla.

    Heading into the final position round game, Farrow had a 105-pin lead over then second place James Lord. Lord defeated Farrow 236-212, but Farrow’s total pinfall count was high enough to hold onto first place. Walter Ray Williams Jr. scored a game winning 257 in his final match, which catapulted him into second place in the final standings.

    Farrow earned $1800 for the win with a 4-2 match play record while Williams Jr., 3-3 earned $900 for finishing second.

    The PBA South Region’s next tournament will be the PBA AMF Woodstock, Ga. South Open in Woodstock, Ga. on October 3.

    PBA50 AMF WOODSTOCK LANES SOUTH OPEN
    AMF Woodstock Lanes, Woodstock, Ga., Saturday

    Final Match Play Standings (after 12 games)

    1. Andrew Farrow Jr., Anderson, S.C., 4-2, 3,109, $1800.
    2. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-3, 3,075, $900.
    3. James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 5-1, 3,058, $800.
    4. Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 2,978, 3-2-1, $750.
    5. David Bowers, Friendswood, Tenn., 5-1, 2,975, $700.
    6. Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3-3, 2,905, $650.
    7. Mac Sanders, Taylors, S.C., 4-2, 2,886, $570.
    8. Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1-5, 2,862, $540 .
    9. James Winterfeld, Fort Mill, S.C., 4-2, 2,859, $530.
    10. Jerry Horn, Lexington, S.C., 1-5, 2,821, $520.
    11. Albert Mountcastle, Margate, Fla., 1-4-1, 2,789, $510.
    12. n-Lou Caires, Woodstock, Ga., 1-5, 2,515, $500.
    13. 300 Games: Andre Farrow Jr., Jimmy Jean, James Lord, Mac Sanders.

      n-denotes amateur

    Posted: August 31, 2020, 11:08 pm

    Baltimore, Md. – Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., compiled an 8-0 match play record and a 15-game total of 3,874 pins to win the PBA AMF Woodlawn Lanes Open on Sunday.

    O’Grady, the 2018 PBA Tournament of Champions winner, started the qualifying round slow with three sub-200 games. He quickly found his footing scoring 279, 246, 236, and 279 in the final four games, which catapulted him into fifth place entering match play finals.

    O’Grady’s 256 average over the eight undefeated match-play games padded his margin of victory to 183 pins over runner-up Samuel Anderson of Woodbridge, Va. Anderson, a non-PBA member, who was competing in his fourth PBA event of his career.

    With the win, O’Grady earned $2,200 and extended his winning streak to five consecutive seasons with at least one PBA Regional title. Anderson earned $1,300 as the runner-up. Anthony Pepe of Long Island City, N.Y., who won two weeks earlier in the PBA AMF Perry Hall Lanes Open, earned $1,100 for finishing third, while qualifying leader Brandon Runk of Enola, Pa. finished fourth with $900.

    The PBA East Region returns to Baltimore for the PBA AMF Towson Lanes Open on Sunday, September 13.

    PBA AMF WOODLAWN LANES OPEN
    AMF Woodlawn Lanes, Baltimore, Md., Sunday

    Final Match Play Standings (after 15 games, including match play bonus pins)

    1. Matt O’Grady, Rahway, N.J., 8-0, 3,874, $2,200.
    2. n-Samuel Anderson, Woodbridge, Va., 4-4, 3,691, $1,300.
    3. Anthony Pepe, Long Island City, N.Y., 6-2, 3,615, $1,100.
    4. n-Brandon Runk, Enola, Pa., 4-4, 3,614, $900.
    5. n-Scott Kampf, Levittown, N.Y., 6-2, 3,588, $700.
    6. John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 4-4, 3,410, $650.
    7. Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 4-4, 3,410, $600.
    8. Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 3-5, 3,380, $580.
    9. John Furey, Howell, N.J., 2-6, 3,358, $560.
    10. Robert Riggle, Virginia Beach, Va., 3-5, 3,340, $540.
    11. Todd Sigeti, Lititz, Pa., 2-6, 3,337, $520.
    12. Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 2-6, 3,282, $500.

    n-designates non-PBA member

    Editor’s Note: A photo of the winner has been posted in PBA's Media Gallery.

    Baltimore, Md. – Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., compiled an 8-0 match play record and a 15-game total of 3,874 pins to win the PBA AMF Woodlawn Lanes Open on Sunday.

    O’Grady, the 2018 PBA Tournament of Champions winner, started the qualifying round slow with three sub-200 games. He quickly found his footing scoring 279, 246, 236, and 279 in the final four games, which catapulted him into fifth place entering match play finals.

    O’Grady’s 256 average over the eight undefeated match-play games padded his margin of victory to 183 pins over runner-up Samuel Anderson of Woodbridge, Va. Anderson, a non-PBA member, who was competing in his fourth PBA event of his career.

    With the win, O’Grady earned $2,200 and extended his winning streak to five consecutive seasons with at least one PBA Regional title. Anderson earned $1,300 as the runner-up. Anthony Pepe of Long Island City, N.Y., who won two weeks earlier in the PBA AMF Perry Hall Lanes Open, earned $1,100 for finishing third, while qualifying leader Brandon Runk of Enola, Pa. finished fourth with $900.

    The PBA East Region returns to Baltimore for the PBA AMF Towson Lanes Open on Sunday, September 13.

    PBA AMF WOODLAWN LANES OPEN
    AMF Woodlawn Lanes, Baltimore, Md., Sunday

    Final Match Play Standings (after 15 games, including match play bonus pins)

    1. Matt O’Grady, Rahway, N.J., 8-0, 3,874, $2,200.
    2. n-Samuel Anderson, Woodbridge, Va., 4-4, 3,691, $1,300.
    3. Anthony Pepe, Long Island City, N.Y., 6-2, 3,615, $1,100.
    4. n-Brandon Runk, Enola, Pa., 4-4, 3,614, $900.
    5. n-Scott Kampf, Levittown, N.Y., 6-2, 3,588, $700.
    6. John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 4-4, 3,410, $650.
    7. Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 4-4, 3,410, $600.
    8. Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 3-5, 3,380, $580.
    9. John Furey, Howell, N.J., 2-6, 3,358, $560.
    10. Robert Riggle, Virginia Beach, Va., 3-5, 3,340, $540.
    11. Todd Sigeti, Lititz, Pa., 2-6, 3,337, $520.
    12. Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 2-6, 3,282, $500.

    n-designates non-PBA member

    Editor’s Note: A photo of the winner has been posted in PBA's Media Gallery.

    Posted: August 31, 2020, 10:14 pm

    Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer, and one of the sport’s top instructors, Dick Ritger of River Falls, Wisconsin, died Aug. 27 at his home at the age of 81.

    Inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1978, Ritger, who used a smooth classic delivery favored by many greats of his era, won 20 PBA Tour titles in a 16-year tour career that began in 1965. Only 12 players have won more tour titles.

    He was selected as the 14th greatest player of all-time on the list of the 50 greatest players in PBA history, as part of the organization’s 50th anniversary in 2009.

    More recently, as part of PBA's 60th anniversary celebration in 2019 a panel of historians, bowling writers and veteran tour competitors, Ritger played a role in the No. 1 moment in PBA Tour history when he finished second in the 1970 Firestone Tournament of Champions losing 299-268 to Don Johnson in the title match.

    In addition to being one of the sport’s top players he was also one of the most popular, having twice won PBA’s Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award (1970, 1973). Ritger was also a two-time titlist at the USBC Open Championships, winning Classic Team in 1967 and Classic All-Events in 1977, and was elected to the USBC Hall of Fame in 1984 in the Superior Performance category.

    When he was nine years old, Ritger was already competing in adult leagues at his family’s 10-lane bowling center in Hartford, Wisconsin, eventually competing in up to seven leagues a week.

    While attending the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (1960), where he double-majored in physical education and recreation, that training, in addition to his standout ability as a competitor, would serve as the foundation to eventually becoming one of the sport’s most accomplished and recognizable coaches.

    After his tour career, he turned to coaching and the creation of the Dick Ritger Bowling Camps where his revolutionary Ritger Method has helped tens of thousands of bowlers over more than four decades.

    As an instructor for AMF and his own Dick Ritger Bowling Camps he had conducted more than 500 clinics in more than two dozen countries. He also produced several highly-respected videos including a video series called "The Perfect Feelings of Bowling," which was distributed globally and is still the basis of the curriculum at the Dick Ritger Bowling Camps.

    His lifetime of competition and service to the sport also earned him a variety of industry awards, including the World Bowling Writers Distinguished Service Award (1995), John Martino Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport of Bowling (1998) and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America/Dick Weber Ambassador Award (2006).

    In 2008, Ritger became the first inductee into the newly-created Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame.

    Ritger is survived by his wife of 60 years, Judy; three children, Scott (Amy), Shari (Joe) Hammer and Cyndi; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers Dave (Shirley) and John (Laura), sister-in-law Kathy and their respective families.

    A private family memorial mass will be held Sunday, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. (Central) at St. Bridget Catholic Church in River Falls.

    In honor of Ritger's life, the family requests that any memorial gifts be given to St. Bridget's Catholic Church or the River Falls Food Pantry.

    Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer, and one of the sport’s top instructors, Dick Ritger of River Falls, Wisconsin, died Aug. 27 at his home at the age of 81.

    Inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1978, Ritger, who used a smooth classic delivery favored by many greats of his era, won 20 PBA Tour titles in a 16-year tour career that began in 1965. Only 12 players have won more tour titles.

    He was selected as the 14th greatest player of all-time on the list of the 50 greatest players in PBA history, as part of the organization’s 50th anniversary in 2009.

    More recently, as part of PBA's 60th anniversary celebration in 2019 a panel of historians, bowling writers and veteran tour competitors, Ritger played a role in the No. 1 moment in PBA Tour history when he finished second in the 1970 Firestone Tournament of Champions losing 299-268 to Don Johnson in the title match.

    In addition to being one of the sport’s top players he was also one of the most popular, having twice won PBA’s Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award (1970, 1973). Ritger was also a two-time titlist at the USBC Open Championships, winning Classic Team in 1967 and Classic All-Events in 1977, and was elected to the USBC Hall of Fame in 1984 in the Superior Performance category.

    When he was nine years old, Ritger was already competing in adult leagues at his family’s 10-lane bowling center in Hartford, Wisconsin, eventually competing in up to seven leagues a week.

    While attending the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (1960), where he double-majored in physical education and recreation, that training, in addition to his standout ability as a competitor, would serve as the foundation to eventually becoming one of the sport’s most accomplished and recognizable coaches.

    After his tour career, he turned to coaching and the creation of the Dick Ritger Bowling Camps where his revolutionary Ritger Method has helped tens of thousands of bowlers over more than four decades.

    As an instructor for AMF and his own Dick Ritger Bowling Camps he had conducted more than 500 clinics in more than two dozen countries. He also produced several highly-respected videos including a video series called "The Perfect Feelings of Bowling," which was distributed globally and is still the basis of the curriculum at the Dick Ritger Bowling Camps.

    His lifetime of competition and service to the sport also earned him a variety of industry awards, including the World Bowling Writers Distinguished Service Award (1995), John Martino Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport of Bowling (1998) and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America/Dick Weber Ambassador Award (2006).

    In 2008, Ritger became the first inductee into the newly-created Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame.

    Ritger is survived by his wife of 60 years, Judy; three children, Scott (Amy), Shari (Joe) Hammer and Cyndi; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers Dave (Shirley) and John (Laura), sister-in-law Kathy and their respective families.

    A private family memorial mass will be held Sunday, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. (Central) at St. Bridget Catholic Church in River Falls.

    In honor of Ritger's life, the family requests that any memorial gifts be given to St. Bridget's Catholic Church or the River Falls Food Pantry.

    Posted: August 30, 2020, 3:01 pm

     

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