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Wes Malott Defends Doubles Title with Partner
Norm Duke, Clinches Future Hall of Fame Ballot

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Wes Malott has a lot
to celebrate.

Photo courtesy of PBA

 

Bowling fans who caught ESPN’s broadcast of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship earlier this month witnessed a banner day for Wes Malott, who not only won the tournament for the second consecutive time with partner Norm Duke, but also qualified for future PBA Hall of Fame eligibility.

Malott and Duke squared off against Dom Barrett of England and Finland’s Osku Palermaa at the finals held at Indianapolis’ Woodland Bowl in mid-February, defeating the pair, 228-203.

The winning duo, who are separated by six inches in height, also won the event the last time it was held in 2011. This year’s victory marked the 10th career title for Malott, making him eligible for Hall of Fame consideration in seven years, following the conclusion of his 20th year in the PBA. Duke, who joined the PBA in 1989, was inducted into the HOF in 2009.

A member of the Dexter pro staff and the PBA’s 2008-2009 Player of the Year, Malott was wearing his Dexter SST 8s at the doubles championship victory as he bowled his way to earning a shot at bowling immortality.

Dexter would like to congratulate Wes for both the win and the achievement of this impressive milestone!

A WINNING WEEK:
A Talented Young Bowler Gets Tips, and Some Tough Competition from Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

Photo credit: PBA

Photo credit: PBA

For 14-year old Matthew Brauckman, the opportunity to travel to Indianapolis to see the 50th Tournament of Champions live and meet his favorite professional bowler was a dream come true. But when the competitive youth bowler went one-on-one in a match with his all-time bowling idol, something that he never would have expected happened.

Thanks to a grant from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Matt, an avid bowler who has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, traveled from Iowa along with his parents and bowling teammate Tyler Mohr  to Indianapolis for a five-day bowling experience in mid-February. While there, Matt, an accomplished tournament bowler who finished 9th in his division last year, experienced the competition at the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions up-close from his VIP seat at the Woodland Bowl, and got to compete along with Tyler in a Pro-Am tournament.

The most memorable part of the trip was meeting Walter Ray Williams, Jr., who shared his expertise and words of wisdom with Matt prior to their practice round and a one-on-one match. Matt, who has an impressive 176 average, wowed Walter Ray with his timing, technique and quick ability to put into practice some of the tips he learned before their game. At the end of the match, Matt emerged victorious, with a close 213-206 finish.

“He’s the best ever in my opinion,” Matt told the PBA of Walter Ray. “I’ve always admired his game and how he throws the ball. Just to be able to bowl with him was great, but to beat him was something I didn’t expect.”

Dexter is proud to have a wonderful role model like Walter Ray on our pro team, and we are thrilled that Matt had such an unforgettable experience during his trip to Indianapolis. To learn more about Matt, visit Winning with Matt, the facebook page his family and friends have established to share news of his progress, fundraising events and experiences.

Walter Ray Williams, Jr., the PBA's leading title holder, and Matt Brauckman, a 14 year old with a 176 average, shared a great game of bowling at the site of the TOC in February. All photos in this story are courtesy of the PBA.

Walter Ray Williams, Jr., the PBA’s leading title holder, and Matt Brauckman, a 14 year old from Carroll, Iowa with a 176 average, shared a great game of bowling at the site of the TOC in February.

All photos in this story are courtesy of the PBA.

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A Triple Threat: Jason Belmonte Sets New Masters Record

With only a few short weeks of 2015 underway, Jason Belmonte once again has something to celebrate. On the heels of his recent Player of the Year honor, the Australian-born phenom continues to make history – this time with a record-breaking third consecutive USBC Masters title under his belt. Belmo clinched the victory this past Sunday, February 8, at the Ashwaubenon Bowl in Green Bay, Wisconsin, making him the only bowler in the history of the United States Bowling Congress Masters competition to win the title three years straight. The tournament was broadcast on live TV via ESPN, making this an especially exciting – and pressure-filled – competition for the Team Dexter bowler. In addition, Belmonte is now only the second bowler to win the USBC Masters title three times, putting him in the company of Mike Aulby, the USBC Hall of Famer who won the Masters in 1989, ‘95 and ‘98. The two have even more in common, both being former Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year winners. The first USBC Masters tournament was held in 1951.

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Sweet Victory. Jason Belmonte earned his third
consecutive USBC Masters trophy on Sunday.
Photo courtesy of the PBA.

Jason Belmonte Earns Second Straight Player of the Year Award

Just five years after being named PBA Rookie of the Year in his inaugural 2008-2009 season, Jason Belmonte has already achieved the honor of the GEICO Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year for the second year in a row. The two-handed-bowling dynamo and Team Dexter staff pro from Orange, New South Wales, Australia is only the sixth bowler in PBA history to win back-to-back POY awards, and also boasts the rare and impressive feat of taking consecutive honors at the USBC Masters, which he achieved with titles in 2013 and 2014. Among other highlights of his stellar 2014 season, Jason took home the top prize at the Oklahoma Open and Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions.

With an ever-increasing number of titles, accolades and awards to celebrate in his exciting young career, Belmo’s brilliant star continues to rise.

Congratulations, Jason, from all of us at Dexter!

photo courtesy of the PBA

Announcing the 2014 Teen Masters Winners

Kelly Skalacki and Michael Coffey. Photo Courtesy of PBA.

Kelly Skalacki and Michael Coffey.
Photo Courtesy of PBA

The July 4th holiday weekend marked an especially exciting time of celebration for two of America’s talented young bowlers – Michael Coffey of Melbourne, Florida, and Kelly Skalacki of Coram, New York, the respective boys’ and girls’ winners of the 2014 Teen Masters Championships.

The annual competition, which culminated in the finals on July 5th, brought 277 young male and female bowlers to Fort Lauderdale’s Sawgrass Lanes for an intensive competition of qualifying rounds.

Dexter, a longtime champion of youth and teen bowling and a proud sponsor of the Teen Masters event for the past 17 years, would like to congratulate Michael and Kelly, who each won a $7,500 scholarship for taking top honors for their gender. Special acknowledgement also goes to 2013-2014 Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team Member Jessica Mellott of Lauderhill, Florida, the third-place winner in the girls’ competition.

The annual Teen Masters competition also includes an under age 14 component. Based on qualifying scores, Jorge Rodriguez of Yauco, Puerto Rico and Jenna Williams of Homosassa, Florida were the respective boys’ and girls’ winners in the U14 category.


Founded by Gary B. Beck in 1997, Teen Masters celebrates the challenge of competition, the rigors of discipline and the values of perseverance, sportsmanship and camaraderie among youth bowlers across the country.Each year college scholarships are awarded to the champions and runners up.

World-renowned pro bowlers, including Team Dexter’s Mike Fagan, (1997 Teen Masters Champion) have won this prestigious honor during their high school career before catapulting into college and professional success.

Dexter, a proud partner of this event since 1998, offers our warmest congratulations to all of the 2014 Teen Masters competitors and winners.

 

Announcing the 2013-2014 Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team

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The official team photo, as featured in an ad
in the latest version of Bowler’s Journal.

For the ninth year, Dexter Bowling is pleased to announce its selection of the annual Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team. This prestigious honor recognizes elite young student bowlers who excel in bowling and academics and are active members of their communities.

The following 10 outstanding student-athletes have been selected to the 2013-2014 Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team:

Haley Carroll, Junior, Williamsville South High School, Williamsville, New York
Kendall De Jong, Senior, Grassfield High School, Chesapeake, Virginia
Michael Dertz, Senior, Victor J. Andrew High School, Tinley Park, Illinois
Derick Holmes, Senior, Wichita Southeast High School, Wichita, Kansas
Sierra Kanemoto, Senior, Walter E. Stebbins High School, Dayton, Ohio
Jessica Mellott, Senior, Coral Springs Charter School, Lauderhill, Florida
Joey Miller, Senior, Harlem High School, Loves Park, Illinois
Krystina Nealon, Junior, Coral Glades High School, Coral Springs, Florida
Paul Brendan Schink, Junior, Wilson Christian Academy, Dravosburg, Pennsylvania
Alex Sommer, Senior, Guilford High School, Rockford, Illinois

In celebration of this accomplishment, each of these 10 honorees will receive a $1,000 scholarship. They will also be recognized for their achievements at the upcoming Junior Gold Championships in Buffalo, New York this July.

Extra special congratulations goes out to Derick Holmes and Sierra Kanemoto, two of only seven bowlers in the history of the Dexter/USBC All-American Team to be elected to the team for two consecutive seasons. As evidenced in their top rankings in their respective graduating classes, these exceptional bowlers exhibit the utmost commitment to their studies as well.

Chad Murphy, USBC Interim Executive Director and the International Bowling Campus Managing Director of Youth Development, said, “Dexter Bowling has been a great supporter of high school bowling for many years, and selection to the Dexter/USBC All-American Team is one of the top honors a high school bowler can receive.”

To be eligible for consideration for selection to the Dexter/USBC All-American team, student athletes must be nominated by their coach or athletic director, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (based on a 4.0 scale) and provide a letter of recommendation as well as a 500-word essay. Five girls and five boys are elected to the team each year.

“Dexter is proud to recognize these 10 bowlers who not only have been successful on the lanes, but also in the classroom and in their communities,” said Bud Clapsaddle, Vice President of Dexter Bowling. “Each year it’s so inspiring to see this future generation of leaders who are dedicated ambassadors in the world of bowling.”

 

 

Dexter to Sponsor the BPAA Women’s All-Star Tournament

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Andover, MA April 11, 2014 – Dexter is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 BPAA Women’s All-Star Tournament on July 19-25. This exciting event will bring talented female bowlers from around the country to The Cherry Bowl in Rockford, Illinois for a week of activities and challenging competition.

“The camaraderie in the bowling community is exceptional, and it’s impressive to see the skill and dedication that these bowlers exhibit, both in practice and in competition. We’re pleased to partner with the BPAA to be part of such an important event in the world of women’s bowling,” says Bud Clapsaddle, Dexter’s Vice President.

The event will award an estimated total of $100,000 in prize funds, with a projected $20,000 going to the 1st Place winner.

To register for the BPAA Women’s All-Star tournament, visit http://www.bpaa.com/tournaments.asp to download an official entry form and mail it to the address indicated. Bowlers who complete their paid registration before June 1 will also receive one ticket to the Welcome Dinner Gala Celebrating the History of Women’s Professional Bowling on Sunday, July 20. Entries are scheduled to close on July 9 at 5:00 p.m. Central. The BPAA Women’s All-Star Tournament takes place in conjunction with another BPAA event, Bowling’s Senior Women’s U.S. Open, which Dexter also proudly sponsors.

For more information and complete rules, view the BPAA’s Tournaments page.

About the BPAA

Established in 1932, the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America has been dedicated to helping proprietors make their business a success for over 80 years. Through tournaments, group purchasing programs, the International Bowl Expo, business and educational seminars, and legislative representation and public recognition of the association and the industry, the BPAA offers a variety of support tools to benefit its members. For more information, visit www.bpaa.com.

About Dexter

The number-one choice of footwear for bowlers in the world, Dexter is a long-time supporter of women’s amateur and professional bowling. The company awards scholarships to five female high-school students each year as part of the co-ed Dexter/USBC All-American Team Awards. It is also the professional sponsor of world-class female bowling champion and USBC Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard. For more information, visit www.dexterbowling.com.

Dexter Visits Montreal’s Buffa Bowling Inc.

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Bud Clapsaddle, Vice President of Dexter Bowling, recently presented Buffa Bowling, Inc., a family-owned distributor of Dexter products in Montreal, Canada with a special limited edition photograph of the Team Dexter pros. He is pictured here on the right, with Frank Buffa, center, and Frank’s son Mark, left.

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From left to right, Mark Buffa and Frank Buffa of Buffa Bowling Inc. with Dexter’s Bud Clapsaddle.

Over the past several months, Dexter’s management and sales teams have been presenting our distributors across North America with custom-framed group photos of Team Dexter, hand-signed by all nine pros, in appreciation for their ongoing partnership and support. For more photos of our distributors receiving their special photos from Dexter representatives, please click here to visit our Dexter Salutes Our Distributors album, which can also be found on our facebook page.

Team Dexter’s Belmonte Takes Tournament of Champion Honors; Defeats Fellow Dexter Pro Malott by One Pin

On January 26, in Allen Park, Michigan, the PBA Tournament of Champions presented by Barbasol took place, putting two Team Dexter members in a head-to-head battle in an exciting showdown in the Championship match. Jason Belmonte of New South Wales, Australia and Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, faced off in the final round, only to have their match decided by just one pin in the 10th frame, 219-218.

Belmonte earned the top berth in the Championship and was able to secure the title after Malott left the 8 pin standing in the 10th frame.

“I got extremely lucky,” Belmonte said. “When it really counted, I didn’t throw a good shot and gave Wes a chance. I was pretty sure he was going to win. I couldn’t believe it when I looked up and saw the 8 pin standing,” he told the PBA.

This was Belmonte’s 8th career victory and his second PBA major title following being named the 2012-2013 PBA Player of the Year on January 18.

“To win a major championship and player of the year in the same week? That’s pretty tough to beat,” Belmonte told the PBA after his victory. He also stated that, “Other than the U.S. Open, this was one of my best start-to-finish performances ever.”

Back in July, when both Team Dexter members faced each other in the 2013 US Open, Malott came out on top 214-156. Belmonte had dominated the US Open for the entire game until some late-game mishaps cost him the title. The case was nearly the same at the climax of the PBA Tournament of Champions, where some luck and the steadiness of just one pin clinched his victory.

We are extremely proud of the success our team members and to kick off the New Year with two major highlights is an honor. As the 2014 season gets fully underway, we are looking forward to the continued success of the members of Team Dexter and wish them luck in their future events.

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Jason Belmonte in action with his two-hand
technique at the Tournament of Champions.

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Belmonte following his celebratory Barbasol ‘pie-in-the-fame’

from Team Dexter Pro Bill O’Neil.

Photos courtesy of PBA.

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Team Dexter Pro Carolyn Dorin-Ballard Appears in Bowlers Journal Cover Story

 

The February issue of Bowlers Journal International features Team Dexter Pro Carolyn Dorin-Ballard smiling with her husband Del on the cover.

One of the foremost and most highly-recognized couples in professional bowling, the USBC Hall of Famers were featured in the magazine’s lead story on the role that bowling has played in their lives, from bringing them together when they first met years ago to the ways it has shaped and enriched their experiences as a couple.

Congratulations to Carolyn and Del for being featured in this wonderful story.

 

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Photos posted with permission of Bowlers Journal International.
One of the foremost authorities in the sport of bowling, and the longest-running monthly sports publication in the country, Bowlers Journal International is published by Luby Publishing of Chicago.