Saturday, January 31, 2015
Missy Parkin was selected by the PBA as the 2014 Tony Reyes Community Service Award winner. Missy received her award as part of the 2014 PBA Award Ceremony, which also included the Steve Nagy Award winner - Brett Spangler, Rookie of the Year - Marshall Kent and Bowler of the Year - Jason Belmonte, presented by the PBA earlier this week.
Missy was selected largely due to her efforts in helping to raise over $20,000 for the Baby Reesa Foundation. The Baby Reesa Foundation helps families with children who are born with Krabbe disease, a rare and fatal disease for infants and young children. Missy and husband Drew Parkin held a charity pro-am event which raised a majority of the fundraising efforts. The pro-am featured many of the Columbia 300 pro staff, as well as major league baseball star Skip Schumaker. A silent auction was also held in conjunction with the pro-am event.
This year, the Baby Reesa Charity pro-am event will be held on Friday, June 19th at Bowlium Lanes in Montclair, CA in conjunction with the PBA Regional event held June 19-21. For more information about the Baby Reesa Foundation, click here.
For the full story on Missy receiving the Tony Reyes Community Service Award and to see the other award recipients, click here.
Missy qualified in the No. 2 position for the TV show after earning the top spot for the Women in the West Region and then completing 8 games of round robin matchplay to kickoff the 2014 World Series of Bowling.
Ebonite International Staffers - Josh Blanchard, Missy Parkin and Amleto Monacelli
In the unique PBA Challenge TV show, the winner of each Challenge match - PBA50, PBA Women, PBA Regional and Teen Masters then bowled a one ball, low-person out, Knockout Round. Missy competed against PBA50 champion and Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, PBA Regional Champion Josh Blanchard and Teen Masters Champion Michael Coffey. Missy defeated the boys, striking in the final round against Josh Blanchard to win the Bonus Knockout Round.
For the full story, click here.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Be sure to Tune in to ESPN to watch Missy Parkin take on Colombia native Clara Guerrero in the PBA Women's Challenge on Sunday, January 18th at 3pm EST (noon Pacific).
The two-hour TV show will feature 4 total matches:
-PBA 50 Challenge match featuring Walter Ray Williams Jr. vs. Amleto Monacelli
-PBA Regional Challenge featuring Josh Blanchard vs. EJ Tackett
-PBA Women's Challenge featuring myself against Clara Guerrero
-Teen Masters match featuring Michael Coffey vs. Kelly Skalacki
The winner of each match will then bowl a head-to-head 1-ball shootout match.
Tune in for all of the action! #letsbowl
This past week, I competed at the 2015 Team USA Trials at the Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
The tournament consists of 5 days in which 6 games are bowled on a different pattern each day for a total of 30 games. This year we competed on the following patterns:
-Mexico City 45'
After the 5 days of qualifying, the top 3 men and top 3 women automatically earn spots on Team USA 2015. An additional 2 men and 2 women are selected to Team USA based on Team USA Trials. Then an additional 5 men and 5 women are also selected based on resumes. Two men and two women already qualified for Team USA 2015 based on Summer Team Trials.
Here's a brief synopsis of my week at Team USA Trials:
-Tokyo 43' pattern: I shot +63 finishing in 7th place overall on the day.
-Seoul 39' pattern: Shooting games of 218, 247, 265, 190, 210 and 176 for +106 and finishing in 8th place for the day
-Beijing 35' pattern: After a very rough start, I bowled a big last game to end up +33 and end up in 29th position on the day
-Montreal 41' pattern: Having my best daily finish of the tournament, I shot games of 201, 223, 269, 202, 265 and 212 for +172, finishing 2nd on the day
-Mexico City 45' pattern: Not the finish I was hoping for to end out the tournament. Struggled and couldn't really match up finishing 54th on the day
With the unique format of Team USA Trials, your daily finish on each pattern equals the amount of points you receive for that day. Add up all of your daily points for the 5 competition days and compare that with the rest of the field and that's where you finish in the tournament.
Despite my final last day of Team USA Trials, I finished in 6th place overall in the tournament.
I was selected to Team USA 2015 based on my resume and Team USA Trials performance.
Congratulations to Shannon Pluhowsky and Kamron Doyle for winning the 2015 Team USA Trials. Kamron became the youngest to ever win Team USA Trials at the very young age of 16 years old.
For the full story on Team USA Trials and to meet Team USA 2015, click here.