March 3, 2008 19:00
The PBA announced today the final details of the 2008 Motel 6 Roll to Riches which features a $150,000 winner-take-all top prize.
The 2008 Motel 6 Roll to Riches marks the fourth consecutive season the special event has capped the Denny’s PBA Tour season. Chris Barnes won the first two events in 2005 and ’06 in Dallas while Doug Kent won last year’s event in Columbus, Ohio.
This year the event moves to Colonial Lanes in Orlando, Fla. The event will be taped Tuesday, April 8 and will air on ESPN as two back-to-back one hour shows, Sunday April 13 from 1-2 p.m. EST and 2-3 p.m.
The 2008 Motel 6 Roll to Riches features the four Major winners during the 2007-08 season – USBC Masters champion Sean Rash, H&R Block Tournament of Champions winner Michael Haugen Jr., Denny’s World Championship winner Norm Duke and the 65th Denny’s U.S. Open champion – as well as defending champion Doug Kent and Parker Bohn III, who won a recent fan vote.
The event will again award $150,000 to the winner of the special “Race to Six Strikes.” The final two bowlers – whittled down from the original field of six – will bowl a final match in which the first bowler to strike six times will take home the grand prize.
The initial rounds of the event will stay consistent with the format from the previous three seasons. The first round features a “Challenge Round” where all six bowlers will participate in one ball roll-offs. The lowest score after each round will drop into the First Elimination Round. The two bowlers left standing will earn byes into the Second Elimination Round.
Both elimination rounds will feature six-frame matches with a max score of 180. The winners of the First Elimination Round matches will move on to face the two bowlers waiting in the Second Elimination Round. The winners of those matches will meet in the Race to Six Strikes to determine the winner.
Tickets for the taping of the event, which range from $20-$40, are available for purchase on the PBA’s official website, www.pba.com, on-site at Colonial Lanes or by calling Colonial Lanes at 407-894-0361.
As part of the event, a special Pro-Am will take place Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m. EST at Colonial Lanes with the six participants. For information on entering the Pro-Am, for which entries are $129, contact Colonial Lanes at the number listed above.
This week, the Denny’s PBA Tour is in Norwich, Conn., for the 2008 Go RVing Classic at Norwich Bowling and Entertainment Center. The live ESPN-televised finals take place Sunday, March 9 at 12:30 p.m. EST.
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