EBT News & Updates
The Elite Bowlers Tour has developed this page
to update our bowlers with news and information in bowling that may
or may not be directly about the EBT. Any information appearing on
this page must be verified by the source and in most cases be
authorized to appear here. As always, if you have questions about
the information, please feel free to contact the webmaster, Gary
Gordon at 813-838-6870 or the source of the information. Please
note, this page is not used for advertising competitor tournaments
other than USBC sanctioned events. Thank you.
USBC Sport Memberships 09/30/2013
For Information to Our Bowlers
The Elite Bowlers Tour, beginning in the 2013-2014 season, will
incorporate sport patterns into our regular pattern line-up.
Because we are USBC certified, the EBT will allow and even
recommend that bowlers upgrade their Standard USBC membership to
that of a USBC Sport Membership for $15.00/yr. Sport
memberhsips must be purchased prior to the start of a tournament
and once purchased, it is good through July 31st of the
following year. Sport awards are very prestigious and
regarded as the truest indicator of bowling ability and prowess.
Visit www.bowl.com and click
on the "Sport Bowling" tab for more information. At our
Regional Match-Play on 09/29/13, we had nearly 10 bowlers
achieve a sport honor score but only 1 had purchased a sport
upgrade. This is something to keep in mind because one
never knows when it's their chance! On a final note, the
EBT does not and cannot use the USBC Sport to Standard average
conversion chart. It is not practical since the EBT does
not use typical house shots, everyone's average is adjusted to
meet the EBT's more challenging lane conditions and scoring, and
all averages are effected by the amount of prize money won and
not the performance of the bowler. While this has no
bearing on USBC Sport Awards, it does help to know this in
advance. Please contact Gary Gordon for more information.
Elite Bowlers Tour presently has 21 registered USBC Sport
EBT New Ranking Page 07/28/2013
For Information to Our Bowlers
The Elite Bowlers Tour has begun the creation of a ranking list
that is under our "rankings" tab on this website. This new
and entertaining feature is designed to show who the top 20
bowlers would be in the Elite and Classic divisions as the year
progresses forward. While it is not intended to be a
literal interpretation of bowling skill, it shows how the
bowlers stack up based on cash earnings. Check out this
new feature on the website and check back often to see if your
name becomes the number 1 ranked bowler in the EBT!
Elite Bowlers Tour presently has 438 total combined members of
which 38% are active or frequent bowlers!
Childress Etches Name Into History 03/03/2013
Honor Score Notification
The Elite Bowlers Tour has long prided itself on its three
"User" patterns known formally as the 38' FreeLoader, 42'
GoldDigger, and the 46' PanHandler. These patterns have
been used internationally and bowled on by professional bowlers
tour members. Since their inception 5 years ago, no person
amateur or professional nationally or internationally has ever
bowled an honor score on any of the patterns. Thousands
have tried but all have failed. That all changed on
Sunday, March 3, 2013. Brett Childress bowled on the EBT
PanHandler at Brandon Crossroads Bowl in Tampa, Florida and put
together 11 strikes in a row coming just 1 pin shy of perfection
with a 299 game. According to the United States Bowling
Congress, a 299 qualifies as an honor score and Brett is
entitled to all benefits and awards as a result. Even
though Brett's score is just short of 300, he still has the
distinct honor of being the first which can never be taken away
no matter how many perfect games may be bowled in the future!
Brett's 299 erases the two year old record score of 279 held by
Gary Gordon. The Elite Bowlers Tour congratulates Brett
Childress on his amazing accomplishment!
Other high score achievements on EBT
patterns are: Hayley Beavis & Don Vinson 279 on the GoldDigger,
Gary Gordon 279 on the PanHandler, Antonio Brooks 269 on the
FreeLoader. There has never been an
800 series on any of the patterns.
EBT Tournament Format 11/12/2012
Rule and Registration Changes
The Elite Bowlers Tour governing board and volunteer staff has
completed an internal audit and review of procedures and
tournament formats of all tournaments held in 2012. What
was uncovered is that the EBT is the only organization that uses
a single game match play format for qualifying and this seems to
have garnered favorable reviews from the bowlers.
Secondly, bowlers prefer more games per series because it allows
for a bad game without having to completely lose the tournament.
Thirdly, the size of the entries per tournament has steadily
increased to large numbers. Based on these facts, the EBT
board will be proposing for a vote to change all future EBT
tournaments to a minimum of a 4 to 5 game sweeper or match play
and limit the tournament to one large squad thereby deleting the
need for bowlers to have stay all day at the tournament site.
Additionally, all bowlers will be required to at least
pre-register to avoid the lengthy delay in start times of the
tournaments. These proposals are being worked out and the
final draft of the rule change will be presented in early 2013.
These changes will mean that all future EBT tournaments will
have an entry fee of $35.00 - $40.00. This story is work in
progress and more information will be available as soon as it is
Classic is here! 9/1/2012
Visionary Classic ball video
Our friends at Visionary Bowling Products have once again
produced a high quality bowling ball with the all new Visionary
Classic. This ball was produced for the TCBA, the nation's
largest bowling league, but is available for a limited time for
Elite Bowlers Tour members. We've placed this video link
on our website featuring Hal Kee throwing this marvelous
creation for your enjoyment! Contact Hal today to order
yours before they are all gone.....
- Bowling Oil Pattern Testers Needed
EBT PanHandler 46' Pattern
In order to produce a balanced instructional video for the EBT
PanHandler, any EBT Bowler with a relatively high degree of
skill is requested to let us know if you are interested. You
will be filmed and you'll be asked for how you played the
pattern. Left handed bowlers are especially needed! The
video will be posted to YouTube and can be accessed by anyone
with internet access. Keep that in mind
with respect to your privacy. The expected time frame to
film the video will be in September 2012 well in advance of the
Pan Handler Open Championship in December.
- Visionary Mixed Breed Pearl Tops
Ball Sales 7/1/2012
EBT & Visionary Mixed Breed
Through the tireless efforts of Hal Kee and Visionary Bowling
Products(VBP), the Mixed Breed Pearl has taken over the Tampa
Bay Area in total ball sales. Hal Kee, Chief Executive Officer
of the Elite Bowlers Tour related that the Mixed Breed Pearl is
literally flying off the shelves at such a rate that Visionary
Bowling located in Jennings, Missouri can barely keep up. This
is a good problem to have as a ball manufacturer. The sales are
also enhanced by the relationship between the EBT and VBP and
the great deals offered to EBT bowlers. In the match play
tournament on July 1 in Tampa, of the 60 entries into the
tournament, 18 bowlers were seen throwing a Visionary Mixed
Breed Pearl. This is further supported by the fact that since
Visionary and EBT have joined forces, of the 14 champions
crowned since that time, 5 won their title throwing the Mixed
Breed Pearl! Let's keep the people at Visionary busy by buying
more Visionary bowling balls. If you are interested, contact
Hal Kee to place your order today!
- Visionary Mixed Breed Pearl Is Here!
Mixed Breed Pearl VideoClick the following video to watch
this awesome ball in action featuring local bowlers Hal Kee and
Click the following video to watch additional Mixed Breed video
featuring local bowler Austin Clos:
- Changes to registration and tournament formats are being
proposed by the EBT board