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Dexter Welcomes Tyler Jensen to the Role
of Vice President


Tyler Jensen assumes his new role of Vice President on June 1. He  has been with Dexter since 2012.

Tyler Jensen will become Dexter Bowling’s newest vice president, effective June 1. For the past five years, Tyler has represented Dexter in the Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Hawaii territories, excelling in his role as the company’s sales representative for the south central region.

He was selected to the VP position based on his insight, industry experience and performance by the current vice president, Bud Clapsaddle, who announced last year that he will retire at the end of 2017.

“The most difficult responsibility for any leader is to find the appropriate replacement when the time comes to step down,” says Bud Clapsaddle, who will be working with Tyler through the end of the year. “I am confident that I am turning over the leadership of Dexter Bowling to the right man. Tyler may be young in years, but he has been involved with the bowling industry for a long time. He understands our goals and challenges and I believe he will do a great job leading Dexter Bowling into the future.”

Tyler’s wide spectrum of industry experience includes such impressive achievements as opening a pro shop in the late 1990s when he was only 16, joining the PBA regional tour while he was still a teenager, and amassing 15 tournament wins while competing as a professional bowler. In 2005, he opened the first Ballard’s Bowling Solutions with Del Ballard and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard. He has also held a sales management role with Storm Products.

“The bowling industry is quite unique and being able to experience nearly every facet of it has given me some great insights into the challenges of bowling as a sport, and as a business,” Tyler says. “I’m positive that I will be bouncing ideas off Bud for a long time, as his development, leadership and creativity have kept Dexter at the forefront as the #1 bowling shoe in the world. I believe I have an excellent team in Andover. I look forward to working with them and helping to develop what’s new in the pipeline for Dexter.”


Dexter Bowling is proud to be the official bowling shoe sponsor of the upcoming 2017 L.L. Bean PBA League Elias Cup and the Roth/Holman Doubles Championship. The special week-long event, which begins on Monday, April 10th culminates on Sunday, April 16th with the Roth/Holman Doubles finals and Elias Cup finals.

Held at the newly expanded Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine this year, this highly anticipated tournament brings together many of the world’s best bowlers, including several Team Dexter pros, as well as celebrities from the entertainment industry and other notable stars in the world of professional sports who are among the competing teams’ owners each year.

Expected at this year’s competition are the following teams: the Brooklyn Styles, featuring Dexter’s Walter Ray Williams, Jr.; the Portland Lumberjacks, featuring Dexter’s Wes Malott; the Silver Lake Atom Splitters, owned by comedian-host Chris Hardwick (son of PBA Hall of Famer Billy Hardwick) featuring Dexter’s Tom Daugherty; the Dallas Strikers, owned by six-time NFL Pro Bowler Terrell Owens; the L.A.X., owned by NBA star Chris Paul, featuring Dexter’s Jason Belmonte; Tennis legend Billie Jean King’s New York City WTT King Pins, featuring Dexter’s Carolyn Dorin-Ballard as manager; The Philadelphia Hitmen, owned by actor Kevin Hart, managed by Dexter’s Jason Couch and featuring Dexter’s Dom Barrett; and the Motown Muscle, owned by pro football Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis, featuring Dexter’s Josh Blanchard.
The star-studded event is being held at the newly renovated stadium-style center, Bayside Bowl, owned by Justin Alfond, former Maine state senator and the grandson of Dexter’s founder, the late Harold Alfond.

During the Thursday afternoon of the qualifying rounds, on April 13 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., visitors are invited to view an exclusive demo of Dexter’s revolutionary T H E 9 footwear and are invited to try on a pair of men’s or women’s T H E 9 shoes.

The Roth-Holman Doubles Finals will be broadcast live from the Bayside Bowl, on ESPN, at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 16.
The PBA League Elias Cup quarter finals on the 15th and semi-finals and finals and 16th, will be broadcast at a later date.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit Bayside Bowl on facebook. The Bayside Bowl is located at 58 Alder Street, Portland, ME.



Taken 11/28/2016

Dom Barrett.
Photo courtesy of PBA

Team Dexter pro Dom Barrett took home the 2017 Brunswick Euro Challenge championship trophy in a dramatic victory in Munich, Germany on March 26th.

The Dream-Bowl Palace lanes were the site of a contentious final round, which began with Dom trailing five pins behind his competitor, Jojoe Yannaphon of Thailand. Dom, a native of Colchester in Essex county, England, came from behind to win following his opponent’s 8-10 split, 237-221.

The tournament marked Dom’s first win in three years, since his 2014 Qatar title. It was made all the better on Sunday with wife Cassie there to cheer him on and celebrate his victory. The Euro Challenge is Dom’s 13th European title and fifth PBA title.

The Brunswick Euro Challenge was the first event on this year’s PBA International-World Bowling Tour.

Blanchard Takes Top Honors at PBA Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic

Congratulations to Team Dexter Pro Josh Blanchard who won the PBA Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic on Sunday, March 19. This marks the third career title for the 29 year old, following his 2015 win at the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout.

Josh swept all three of Sunday’s stepladder matches at Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac, Florida by a sizeable margin, culminating with his 232-204 victory over AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois. The tournament, postponed due to Hurricane Matthew, was originally scheduled to take place in October 2016.

Josh Blanchard with his third title trophy

Josh Blanchard celebrates with his family following his PBA Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic win on March 19. Photo courtesy of PBA

Jason Belmonte Scores Number Four!

Photo by Gregg Ellman, courtesy of PBA

Photo by Gregg Ellman, courtesy of PBA

Jason Belmonte has added yet another record to his long list of triumphs. The Australian phenom and Team Dexter Pro is the only bowler to win the USBC Masters four times. On Sunday, February 26, Belmo claimed his fourth Masters title, marking his 8th career PBA major with his 279-212 win over San Francisco’s Michael Tang at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

Following his victory, Belmonte told the PBA, “Honestly, it hasn’t sunken in yet, and I’m really speechless. I love this tournament and think it really brings out the best in me. To have my name etched on this trophy four times and be the only person to do that is unbelievable. It doesn’t seem real.”

He also brought home the United States Bowling Congress Masters titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Congratulations, Jason!





Dexter Bowling is pleased to announce that it has extended its partnership agreement with International Bowling Congress Youth Development and will continue as title sponsor of the annual Dexter/United States Bowling Congress High School All-American Team through the 2019 season.

For the past 11 years, Dexter and the USBC have selected 10 student-athletes to the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team, an honor bestowed on only five male and five female students annually out of thousands of applicants nationwide.

Students are named to the All-American team based on their high school bowling accomplishments, academic achievement, recommendations, extracurricular and community involvement, submitted essays and resumes and must be nominated by their high school coach or athletic director.

“It is important for Dexter Bowling to continue to award the achievements of high school bowlers,” Dexter Bowling Vice President Bud Clapsaddle said of the program’s three-year extension. “During the past 11 years, the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team annually has showcased 10 student-athletes who have made a tremendous impact for their schools on the lanes and in their communities. We’re excited to continue our partnership with IBC Youth to recognize outstanding student-athletes.”

“We appreciate Dexter Bowling for its continued commitment to high school and collegiate bowling,” added Gary Brown, IBC Youth Development Managing Director. “High school bowling has seen tremendous growth since the first Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team was selected more than a decade ago and the team has become an integral part of high school bowling.”

Dexter Bowling also will continue to sponsor the coach and player luncheon at the Intercollegiate Team Championships as part of this extended agreement.

Each high school bowler selected to the All-American team receives a $1,000 scholarship and the team members will be honored at the Junior Gold Championships in July. In addition, the team will also be featured in a future edition of the Dexter Bowling annual product catalog.

Now in its 11th season, the Dexter/USBC All-American Team was first introduced in the 2005-2006 season. For more information, visit


Announcing the 2015-2016 Dexter/USBC All-American Team

Dexter is proud to announce the newest Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team:

Ashley Channell — Hardin County High School, Morris Chapel, TN
Jack Cook Morris Knolls High School, Denville, NJ
Jerod Hromek Circle High School, Towanda, KS
Jacob Kersten Clarkston High School, Clarkston, MI
Natalie Koprowitz North Mac High School, Girard, IL
Kristen Machacek Pius X High School, Lincoln, NE
Britaney Myers — Stillwater Central High School, Mechanicville, NY
Max Oertling Brother Martin High School, Slidell, LA
Nick Sommer Hononegah Community High School, Roscoe, IL
Shelby Vincke New Lothrop High School, Chesaning, MI

Each year, in consultation with the International Bowling Campus Youth Development staff, Dexter annually selects five boys and five girls for the honor, which is awarded to exemplary student athletes who demonstrate a strong commitment to serving their communities.

“Youth bowling grows stronger  each year, and while  it makes the process of selecting this team more difficult, it is great to see the accomplishments and dedication of  these high school bowlers on the lanes and in the  classroom,” said Bud Clapsaddle, Vice President of Dexter Bowling. “We appreciate the opportunity to recognize these outstanding young men and women with their selection to the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team.”

USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy added, “Dexter Bowling continues to be a tremendous supporter of high school bowling, and making the Dexter/USBC All-American Team is a tremendous honor for a high school bowler. We congratulate those selected and appreciate the coaches, volunteers and school officials who provide these student-athletes with the opportunity to compete in high school bowling.”

In order to be eligible for consideration, bowlers must be nominated by their coach or athletic director, provide a letter of recommendation and a 500-word essay, and have a minimum 3.0 grade point average as well as a high level of dedication to their community. Each member of the 2015-2016 Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team will receive a $1,000 scholarship and will be honored for their achievement at the Junior Gold Championships in Indianapolis this July.

For more information on the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team program, please visit

As we gear up for the big game this weekend, we’d like to share one of our favorite memories of the 2015-16 football season with you – one that took place off the field…


Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo is not only a key player for New England’s defense – the nine-year NFL veteran is also a role model in the Boston community. Together with wife Chantel, Jerod hosted his 6th annual Mayo Bowl, a celebrity charity bowling tournament, at King’s in Dedham, Massachusetts on September 28th. Hundreds of guests, including Patriots Hall of Famers Tedy Bruschi and Andre Tippett and forty members of the 2015-16 roster, including Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and Devin McCourty attended the event, which raised $400,000 for Boston Medical Center’s pediatrics department.

Dexter was proud to supply the tournament’s participants with bowling shoes from Dexter’s athletic collection, and to present Jerod with his very own pair of
T H E 9 performance footwear.

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New England Patriots linebacker and philanthropist Jerod Mayo, wearing Dexter’s T H E 9, with wife Chantel.






Dexter Welcomes Three New Staff Pros

Dexter is proud to announce three new additions to its professional staff. Dom Barrett, Josh Blanchard and Tom Daugherty are the newest PBA bowlers to be named to Team Dexter.

Dom Barrett. Photo Credit: PBA

Barrett, a native of Colchester, England, joined the PBA in 2010. The winner of the 2012-2013 PBA World Championship, he placed second in the 2015 US Open. Barrett was named the World Bowling Writers Bowler of the Year for three consecutive years from 2008 to 2010.

Josh Blanchard. Photo Credit: PBA

Blanchard, who is from Mesa, Arizona, seized his first PBA title this year when he took first place at the Brunswick Euro Challenge. At age 28, the 2011-2012 Rookie of the Year is the youngest pro on Team Dexter.


Tom Daugherty. Photo Credit: PBA

Daugherty, a resident of the Tampa, Florida area, claimed his first PBA Tour title in the 2012-2013 season when he clinched the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Open. He finished third in the 2015 PBA Players Championship and joined the PBA in 2001.

The entire Dexter organization is excited to welcome Dom, Josh and Tom and looks forward to a stellar season ahead.


2015 Teen Masters Champions Brandon Soedarmasto
and Brigitte Jacobs each won a $7,500  Teen Masters
scholarship in addition to scholarship prizes from Dexter
earned for competitions during the multi-day event.
Photo Courtesy of Bowlers Journal International.

Since 1997, Teen Masters has brought youth bowlers from all over the country together for an unforgettable experience filled with competition, challenge and camaraderie. This year, Brandon Soedarmasto of Levittown, New York and Brigitte Jacobs of Freeport, Illinois won the Boys’ and Girls’ championships respectively, with Battlefield, Missouri’s Trey Brand and Wooster, Ohio’s Allie Leiendecker clinching the 14-and-under category for their genders. Thirteen-year-old Brand, competing at his first Teen Masters, also made a very impressive showing in the Boys’ title match, placing second to Soedarmasto.

Dexter has been a proud sponsor of the Teen Masters for 18 years, and recently awarded $5,000 in scholarship funds at this summer’s event at South Point Bowling Stadium in Las Vegas as part of the Dexter Leaders Challenge Program.

“I am very impressed by the focus and dedication I see in these young bowlers each year.  When these kids hit the lanes at the Teen Masters, it’s evident that they are constantly working on their game, honing their skills throughout the entire year,” said Bud Clapsaddle, Dexter’s Vice President. “We’ve been a proud partner of this event since 1998 and are pleased to help these student athletes toward their college education with our Dexter’s Leaders Challenge scholarship prizes.”

Congratulations to the following 10 bowlers who won scholarships from Dexter for top performance in the categories below at this year’s Teen Masters:


Day One:  Long Oil

Jarek Vincent of Fort Smith, Arkansas: $500
Brandon Soedarmasto of Levittown, New York: $250
Brigitte Jacobs of Freeport, Illinois: $500
Krystina Nealon of Coral Springs, Florida: $250

Day Two:  Short Oil

Justin Wisler of Davenport, Florida:  $500
Jacob Yoder of Wooster, Ohio: $250
Paige Beeney of Salado, Texas: $500
Heather Duncan of Middleburg, Florida: $125
Christie Draper of McKinney, Texas: $125

Day Three:  Mixed Pairs

Brandon Soedarmasto of Levittown, New York: $500
Trey Brand of Battlefield, Missouri: $250
Krystina Nealon of Coral Springs, Florida: $500
Brigitte Jacobs of Freeport, Illinois: $250

All Events Bonus

Brandon Soedarmasto of Levittown, New York: $250
Paige Beeney of Salado, Texas: $250

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.
Dexter, a proud partner of this event since 1998, offers our warmest congratulations to all of the 2015 Teen Masters competitors and winners. For information about the 2016 event, visit