Cyber Report #961

E-dition No. 961 • Friday, July 21, 2017

Editor: Bob Johnson (


The BJI Cyber Report will be taking off the next two weeks. Look for a special triple edition of the Report on Thursday, Aug. 10. Meanwhile, visit for the latest news from the world of bowling.



USA Today Shines Spotlight on Junior Gold


The largest youth bowling event of the Year, the Junior Gold Championships Presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, is under way — and no less than USA Today took notice.


Katherine Fitzgerald filed a story on the tournament and its ample scholarship opportunities, including quotes from USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy. You can check out the story here:


Luby Publishing Inc. President Keith Hamilton was on hand for the early days of the event in metropolitan Cleveland, and plans to devote an expanded version of his “Leading Off” column to the experience in the September issue of Bowlers Journal International.


Meanwhile, you can read about Junior Gold’s companion team event, the USA Bowling National Championships Presented by Sixlets, here: That event’s finals will be conducted tomorrow.



Exclusive: USBC’s E.D. on the ‘Open’ Pattern Controversy


Over the years, the release of the lane patterns for the USBC Open Championships had become a highly anticipated aspect of the buildup to the tournament.


But this year, the USBC decided to withhold that information until after the tournament had concluded. On Tuesday, in a video featuring 18-time PBA Tour champion Chris Barnes, USBC released those details.


USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy acknowledges that the move provoked “strong opinions about whether this is actually going backwards,” but he expressed to BJI in an interview conducted yesterday with BJI Editor Gianmarc Manzione that, “It’s moving us forward in a lot of ways.”


You can listen to much more of what Murphy had to say on the topic here:


And if you’d like to view Barnes’s video, you can find it here:



USBC ‘Open’: Barta Can Now Sleep Well


Adam Barta of Girard, Ohio, hasn’t slept much over the last three months, but he can rest easy now that the 2017 USBC Open Championships has come to a close with his team atop the standings in Regular Team and Team All-Events.


Team NABR’s double-eagle performance topped a list of many highlights during the 149-day event at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, where the Open Championships featured three divisions for the first time in nearly four decades.


More than 50,000 bowlers made their way to Vegas in search of Open Championships glory in team, doubles, singles, all-events and team all-events in three average-based divisions: Regular, Classified and the new Standard Division, which falls between the two.





Nidiffer Is Star of ‘The BJ’ at South Point


Craig Nidiffer of New Boston, Mich., highlighted an exciting edition of the Bowlers Journal Championships Presented by the United States Bowling Congress by rolling an 846 series on his way to the top spot in three categories.


The 71st Bowlers Journal Championships, held at the South Point Bowling Center, kicked off Feb. 17 and concluded its run alongside the USBC Open Championships on July 15.


Nidiffer connected for 31 strikes during his winning performance on June 2, which included a stretch of 23 consecutive strikes, on his way to games of 247, 300 and 299. The effort helped him into the top spot in Open Singles with the highest set at the event since the format changed back to three games in 2013.


The 32-year-old right-hander also used the record set to move into the lead in Open Doubles with Justin Neiman of Macomb, Mich., who added games of 290, 258 and 207 for a 755 series and 1601 doubles total.


By competing in doubles and singles at the same time, Nidiffer also earned the top spot in the Dual Entry standings, reserved for bowlers who choose to use the same three-game set for both events at once.


The top prizes in Open Singles, Open Doubles and Dual Entry for 2017 are $10,000, $7,500 and $1,000, respectively.


For the fifth consecutive year, “The BJ” was held under the same roof as the Open Championships, and featured the same lane pattern used during doubles and singles at the Open Championships.





Dorsett to Headline ALS Celebrity Bowling Classic


Dallas Cowboys legend Tony Dorsett will host the inaugural ALS Celebrity Bowling Classic at Main Event Entertainment in Grapevine, Texas, on Thursday, Aug. 24.


Dorsett will be joined at the event by former Dallas teammates Ed “Too Tall” Jones and Randy White, along with 2004 Olympic gymnastics champion Carly Patterson and others to be announced soon.


Main Event has teamed up with the ALS Association’s Texas Chapter and the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America to host a fun night full of bowling, laser tag, games, food and drinks. PBA and PWBA pros Chris and Lynda Barnes will put on a trick-shot exhibition and help the amateur participants pick up a strike or spare in return for additional donations to the charity.


“My family and I have always enjoyed going to Main Event, so I’m looking forward to being a part of this fun and important fundraiser for a great organization like the ALS Association,” said Dorsett.


Information on corporate sponsorship opportunities may be obtained by emailing Lane sponsorships and individual tickets for the event are now on sale at


One hundred percent of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the ALS Association, the only national not-for-profit organization completely dedicated to fighting ALS. The ALS Association and the Texas Chapter operate under a shared mission to discover treatments and a cure for ALS and to serve, advocate for and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.


“We are extremely proud to host this ALS fundraiser at the newly remodeled center in Grapevine,” said Charlie Keegan, CEO of Main Event Entertainment. “It’s going to be a great time for a great cause, and a chance to meet some legendary athletes in a fun, intimate setting.”


Added Frank DeSocio, Executive Director of the BPAA: “ALS touches the lives of so many people, so BPAA is honored to support the fundraising efforts of the ALS Association along with our partners at Main Event.”



Need PBA Stats? There’s an App for That


The Professional Bowlers Association has introduced an official PBA app, available through the Apple App Store, which will provide fans with immediate access to live scoring for the PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and all PBA Regional events.


The new PBA app will provide users with quick access to live scoring when any of the PBA events are underway, plus access to the latest PBA news, schedules, bowler profiles and more — all at no cost.


The app is a companion to the Xtra Frame app, which allows fans to watch live bowling from their mobile and tablet devices, as well as the PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game app, which has 18 million users.


The PBA app is currently available only through the Apple App Store, but will be available in Google Play soon.


The newest product is one more addition to the PBA Network, which provides PBA fans around the world with access to PBA news and information through a comprehensive system of mass-media and social media outlets.


For links to all three apps, go to:



Business Briefs…


* Long-time Milwaukee pro shop operator John Megna has sold his pro shop to Steve Jaeger, but will stay on for at least three years to mentor Chad Kloss and Eric Fritton — who will run the shop for Jaeger — in the art of fitting and drilling a bowling ball. Read more here:


* Pinstripes will open its second Washington, D.C.-area location next month at a shopping, dining and entertainment destination known as Pike & Rose. The facility will include 14 bowling lanes, 10 indoor/outdoor bocce courts and upscale Italian dining. It will be the eighth Pinstripes location, joining others in the Chicago, Kansas City and Minneapolis areas.


* A bowling center in Portland, Ore., known as Pinbusterz shut down in June 2016, and has been abandoned ever since. That has made it a magnet for squatters, and residents in the neighborhood are upset. According to one report, people have been living in a motorhome in the parking lot and recently broke into the shuttered building. Read more here:



Other News You Can Use…


* After a four-week break, the 2017 PBA50 Tour season makes its stretch run with three tournaments in Indiana to close out the season, beginning with its traditional stop in Hammond, Ind., for the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes July 24-27. Heading into the South Shore Open, Brian LeClair, who is the season’s only multiple winner with two titles, holds a healthy lead in the PBA50 Player of the Year points race over 2017 Senior U.S. Open winner Michael Haugen Jr. — who leads the Rookie of the Year race — and USBC Senior Masters winner Walter Ray Williams Jr. PBA fans may follow all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. Also, Apple users will be able to use the new PBA app to access live scoring.


* The World Games kicks off Saturday in Wroclaw, Poland, with Danielle McEwan, Kelly Kulick, Marshall Kent and Tommy Jones set to represent the United States in the bowling competition. Read more here:


* If you’d like to know more about the Harry S. Truman Bowling Alley at the White House — and the recent visit by PBA stars E.J. Tackett, Sean Rash and Wes Malott, organized by PBA member Chris Holmes — click here:



* CONTACT: Please send business news, event information, etc. to Bob Johnson at For breaking business news, visit or, and “Like” Bowling Center Management and Bowlers Journal International on Facebook. BJI Cyber Reports are now archived at

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