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    PBA Returns to AMF Riviera Lanes in Akron for 2018 Tournament of Champions
    PBA to celebrate its 60th anniversary season with return to historic bowling center filled with memories


    CHICAGO (September 6, 2017) – The Professional Bowlers Association will return to historic AMF Riviera Lanes in suburban Akron, Ohio, for the 2018 PBA Tournament of Champions, February 5-11, as part of the organization’s 60th anniversary celebration, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark announced today. 

    Riviera Lanes, the home of PBA’s TOC from 1966 through 1994, provided the setting for many of the most memorable tournaments in PBA history. The 40-lane center in Fairlawn, Ohio, hosted the Tournament of Champions for 28 years, with Norm Duke winning Riviera’s final event. 

         When Akron broadcaster Phil Ferguson walked into Prestwick Country Club to emcee the 12th Annual Tri-County Bowling Hall of Fame dinner at Prestwick Country Club May 19, he was surprised to see his two sons (Phil IV and Mike) and his older brother (former Pro Bowler Jeff) there along with co-workers Angela Bellios, Steve French and Bob Golic, he was further confused when Kathy Skinner handed him a program with one page missing;


    Saturday April 1st saw seventeen teams enter Bill White's Twin Star Lanes in Kent to compete in the Twin Star Lanes Scratch Doubles Tournament. The format consisted of; teams rolling four games across eight lanes, then cutting to the top four teams to advance to the step ladder finals to determine the championship winners.  High team game in the qualifying round went to Jesse Smith and Steve Waters who combined their efforts for a blistering 588, which also consisted of the high individual game of the tournament which saw Jesse Smith blast a 298. The score was shot in game two which propelled the team from 16th place to 2nd place. After qualifying the field was cut to the top four teams for match play which saw, the team of Mark Pordash and Joe Hostetler seeded 4th face off against the 3rd seeded team of Jesse Smith and Steve Waters, the team of Pordash and Hostetler totaled a series of 449, however, they fell to a combines score of 453 by Smith and Waters, thus advanced Smith and Waters into the next match and their awaiting opponents of  Rob Sample and Frank Testa. The two teams seemed to strike at will, however, Smith and Waters pulled away in the final frames to grab another victory totalling scores of 512 for Smith and Waters to 481 for Sample and Testa. Setting up the championship match between the 1st seed team of Howard Ridgeway and Teryo Wade against the 3rd seed team of Smith and Waters, which once again found Jesse Smith and Steve Waters out scoring their opponents 498 to 435 which gave the victory and the Twin Star Lanes Scratch Doubles Championship to Jesse Smith and Steve Waters. 


    Congratulations to the champions and to all the tournament competitors who participated in this event to make it the success it was.
    Thank You.  

    Brandon Fleming a top Junior bowler in the area was on fire at Legend Lanes Sunday, firing 278 his first game, he started with the first 10 the next game before leaving a 9 pin and settling for 289, and closed with 238 for an 805 series and propel him and adult partner Chris Osborne to a 1482 series and the victory in the Greater Summit County USBC Junior-adult tournament scratch division. The other divisions champs having been determined yet due to verification of averages. Fleming is the son of top players Roger and Tina Fleming and Osborne is the proprietor of Perfect Fit Pro Shop. The team of Junior Angelo Biondo and top regional player Joe Bailey also passed the 1400 barrier.


    Joe Bailey won the Portage County Masters, winning the final  game of the step-ladder finals over Steve Waters at Twin Star Lanes.  The tournament had 39 entrants this year who bowled four games at Sky Lanes, four at Kent Lanes, and four at Twin Star Lanes over two days.  Then the top nine bowlers bowled another four games to determine the four bowlers in the stepladder finals.  In the finals Tyler Meredith beat Frank Testa 247-216 before losing to Bailey 287-198.  In the final match Bailey needed a strike on his first ball in the 10th frame to win, and he got that strike and two more to win 238-221, and collect the $1400 first place prize.


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