Danielle McEwan Wins Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open

It all came down to the 10th frame at the 2017 Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open. In the end, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, defeated Shannon Pluhowsky 226-224 to win her third PWBA title. The win earned McEwan $10,000 and a spot in the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship in Richmond, Virginia. We caught up with Danielle between her travels to ask her some questions about her most recent win.

It means a lot that I was not only able to compete but able to walk away with a title from an event in my own state.

CBS Sports aired the Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open where you earned your third PWBA title this week? What did it mean to you to take home that title for a tournament that was hosted in your home state?

It was awesome to have a PWBA stop in New York, my home state. Even though Rochester isn't very close to where I live, I grew up bowling high school and other state tournaments all over the state. Therefore, I found myself constantly bumping into people that started conversations with phrases such as "I haven't seen you since high school" at this tournament.

What were your favorite Storm Bowling Balls in your bag this summer?

All of them!! The patterns we bowled on this summer were so drastically different from weekend to weekend, having multiple options to choose from allowed me to be consistent each week. Some of my favorites that stand out are the Sure Lock, Phaze II and Code Red.

What have you been up to during the off-weeks of the PWBA Tour on the road to the PWBA Tour Championships?

They may have been off weeks for the PWBA tour, but they haven't been off weeks for me by any means. I just got home from traveling to Sweden for the World Bowling Tour event. I now will have 3 days to get back on this time zone, get some good quality practice days on the lanes and in the gym and then it's off to Richmond!

What do you plan to do on the off-season?

Over the last few years, I've competed on the PWBA tour, the PBA tour, the World Bowling Tour, as well as represent Team USA in multiple international competitions. Therefore, there is really no off season for me. As soon as the PWBA Tour Championship wraps up, I will be training with Team USA and will then go right into another World Bowling Tour event in Thailand. The rest of the year will then be spent competing against the guys!

Do you have advice for bowlers who might be thinking about going out to test their skills on the PBA Tour or PWBA tour?

The advice I always give people who ask how to get to this point is to plan out your stepping stone path. For me, my path started with high school bowling, which led to college bowling, which led to Jr. Team USA then Team USA, and then out to competing on tour. For others that might mean competing in local tournaments, to regional events, to national events.

If your goal is to compete on the highest level on either tour - set a game plan on how to get there and work hard every day for it.

What’s one thing about yourself that fans might not know about you?

I love flying and I love airports. It's just recently become a new obsession- 100% related to my travel schedule over the last few years. In addition to constantly booking flights, I find myself doing research and reading tons of articles and blogs on different planes, airports and everything that has to do with travel. If you ever have any questions about seats on different aircrafts, fare classes, upgrades, the best places to eat in any given airport or the best way to argue with airline representatives, I can definitely help you out!


Liz Johnson Wins the 2017 Women's U.S. Open

USBC Hall of Famer, Liz Johnson, started as the #5 seed at the 2017 Women's U.S. Open. To make history, she'd need to climb the ladder and defeat all of her opponents, for a second year in a row. That's exactly what she did! In the final match, she defeated Daria Pajak 188-176 to claim a record 10th major title. The two-time reigning PWBA Player of the Year, also won the 2017 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open and Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship this season.

We caught up with Liz after her victory as she was traveling home to Chicago.

Over the weekend, you were able to win your fourth consecutive and sixth total U.S. Open title. What did it mean to you to put that green jacket on again?

I am still in amazement of what happened Sunday Aug 6, 2017.  To be a part of history of winning my 4th consecutive Women's U.S. Open and my 6th overall is just an unbelievable experience and something I will continue to cherish forever.

 

Photo: PWBA Tour

As the 2016 reigning Player of the Year, what were your goals heading into this season?

After winning the POY the last 2 seasons, I was just hoping to just make some shows and hopefully come out with a win.  I never imagined I would have the 2017 I have had.

I am very humbled and honored to be able to still compete at this level.

There’s about a month before the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship, what will you be working on to prepare for the final tournament of the season?

In the few weeks we are off I will probably take a break from throwing a ball for about a week.  I am going to Montreal for a trade show and heading to Storm Products in Utah for the first time so I am extremely excited about that.

What were your favorite Storm Bowling Balls in your bag this summer?

I have used my Sure Lock(s), Code Black(s), and Code Red(s) a lot but my go-to ball throughout the 2017 PWBA season has been my Storm IQ Tour.  It's been the most versatile ball, no matter what pattern we have been on.

What do you plan to do on the off season?

I recently sold my house in Cheektowaga, NY and bought a house in Palatine, IL with my fiancé Kasia so we will be getting ready for all the fun stuff that goes with that.  I also got invited to bowl the US Open in November in Syracuse, NY so I will be preparing for that.

What’s one thing about yourself that fans might not know about you?

I played softball from age 8 to 18.  I was a pretty good pitcher in high school and played on varsity from 8th grade until I graduated.

Do you have advice for bowlers who might be thinking about going out to test their skills on the PBA Tour or PWBA tour?

I would just say to try and bowl anything and everything you can.   Try and go to different centers .  If you have a "home" house have them put patterns out.  Spares are always a big factor in bowling tournaments so never press the reset button.

The best way to learn about the mental game or "being strong mentally" is going out and doing it! To me that's the best way to learn and get stronger.

 


Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open

MAX FIELD SIZE: 80

Thursday, June 8
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.:   PWBA Qualifier
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.:     Official Practice
7 p.m.:   Pro-Am

Friday, June 9
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.:   Official Practice
12 p.m.:   Qualifying Round 1                 (Fresh Oil)   (Six games)
6 p.m.:     Qualifying Round 2                 (Fresh Oil)   (Six games)

Saturday, June 10
8:30 a.m.:   Cashers' Round                    (Fresh Oil)   (Six games)
1 p.m.:        Round-Robin Match Play    (Fresh Oil)   (Six games)
5 p.m.:        Group Stepladder Finals     (Fresh Oil)

*The stepladder finals of this event will be taped June 25 at the Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wisconsin, at 4:30 p.m. (local) and air on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, July 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Host Hotel Information:
Grand Lincoln
141 N 9th Street
Lincoln, NE  68508
Phone: 402-475-4017
Rate: Mention PWBA for $114/night (normally $169/night)

NOTE: Approximately 10 minutes from bowling center.  Hotel and website will be operating Spring 2017. Reservations will be available after March 15, due to the complete renovation of the hotel. 

Graduate Hotel
141 North 9th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402-475-1038
Rate: Click here to make your reservation.


PWBA Wichita Open

MAX FIELD SIZE: 120

Thursday, June 1
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.:   Official Practice
7 p.m.:   Pro-Am (click here for flier and to register)

Friday, June 2
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.:   Official Practice
12 p.m.:   Qualifying Round 1     (Fresh Oil)     (Six games)
6 p.m.:     Qualifying Round 2        (Burn)         (Six games)

Saturday, June 3
8:30 a.m.:   Cashers' Round                   (Fresh Oil)    (Six games)
1 p.m.:        Round-Robin Match Play      (Burn)        (Six games)
5 p.m.:        Group Stepladder Finals    (Fresh Oil)
7 p.m.:        Pro-Am (click here for flier and to register)

*The stepladder finals of this event will be taped June 25 at the Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wisconsin, at 1:30 p.m. (local) and air on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, July 4 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Host Hotel Information:
Hotel at Waterwalk
711 S. Main St.
Wichita, KS 67213
316-263-1061
RATE: $99/night
NOTE: Call and ask for PWBA rate


USBC Queens

The TV taping schedule (all times local) on May 23 is:
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.:   USBC Queens (broadcast to air at 10 p.m. Eastern - May 23)
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.:   QubicaAMF PWBA Sonoma County Open (scheduled to air at 8 p.m. Eastern - June 6)
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.:   PWBA Storm Sacramento Open (scheduled to air at 8 p.m. Eastern - June 13)
8 p.m. - 10 p.m.:   PWBA Fountain Valley Open (scheduled to air at 8 p.m. Eastern - June 20)


PWBA Fountain Valley Open


Details

MAX FIELD SIZE: 150

Thursday, May 11
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.:   PWBA Photo Shoot
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.:   Official Practice

Friday, May 12
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.:   Official Practice
12 p.m.:   Qualifying Round 1  (Fresh Oil)  (six games)
6 p.m.:     Qualifying Round 2  (Fresh Oil)  (six games)

Saturday, May 13
8:30 a.m.:   Cashers' Round                (Fresh Oil)         (six games)
1 p.m.:   Round-Robin Match Play     (Fresh Oil)         (six games)
5 p.m.:   Group Stepladder Finals      (Fresh Oil)
7 p.m.:   Pro-Am

*The stepladder finals of this event will be taped May 23rd at the Raising Cane's River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at 8 p.m. (local) and air on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, June 20 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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PWBA Storm Sacramento Open


Details

MAX FIELD SIZE: 80

Thursday, May 4
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.:  PWBA Qualifier (this event has been cancelled)
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.:    Official Practice
7:30 p.m.:                   Pro-Am

Friday, May 5
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.: Official Practice
12 p.m.: Qualifying Round 1  (Fresh Oil)     (six games)  
6 p.m.:   Qualifying Round 2  (Fresh Oil)     (six games)  

Saturday, May 6
8:30 a.m.:  Cashers' Round                    (Fresh Oil)        (six games)      
1 p.m.:       Round-Robin Match Play    (Fresh Oil)        (six games)       
5 p.m.:       Group Stepladder Finals     (Fresh Oil)

*The stepladder finals of this event will be taped May 23rd at the Raising Cane's River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at 5 p.m. (local) and air on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, June 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

*Note: The oil pattern will not be released until after the televised stepladder finals has aired. 

Roster

Host Hotel Information:
Crowne Plaza
5321 Date Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95841
916-338-5800
Rate: $99/night starting 5/3 - 5/7 (King Executive Suites only are available)
NOTE: Please mention PWBA rate to reservation desk

Best Western Roseville Inn
220 Harding Boulevard
Roseville, CA 95678
916-782-4434
Rate: $89/night for Queen Double rooms
NOTES: Must be booked by April 19, 2017 - 14 days out from check-in time.
Click here for hotel link | Click here for PWBA reservation link