July 10, 2008 19:00
The U.S. Women's Open, a USBC event, will return this summer and will once again determine the field for the PBA Women’s Series. The qualifying scores from the event, which features the world's best women bowlers, will also serve as the PBA Women’s Tour Trials.
“The intensity of the trials for the PBA Women’s Series adds a unique drama to the U.S. Women’s Open qualifying rounds,” said PBA Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Clark. “Women professional bowlers have more opportunity this year than any in recent memory and we know the competition will be compelling.”
The event will take place July 31-Aug. 6 in the Chicago suburb of Romeoville, Ill., at Brunswick Zone XL. All five telecasts will be taped Aug. 5-6 and will air for five consecutive weeks beginning Sunday, Sept. 7 on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.
The first four telecasts will consist of the Round of 16 and quarterfinal matches. The final show, to air on Oct. 5, will feature the semifinals and championship match. In all, women's bowling will be featured on ESPN for at least 12 weeks with both the U.S. Women's Open and PBA Women's Series events.
The U.S. Women's Open, which was won in 2007 by Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., will follow a similar format from last year. Players will compete in four eight-game blocks of qualifying over four days beginning Aug. 1 before the field is cut to the top 16 who will appear on television.
The PBA Women's Series, presented by USBC, will also return for the 2008-09 Denny's PBA Tour season with at least seven events. It will again be featured alongside PBA Tour events, and most of the Women's Series stops will consist of a field of 16 players.
The 16-player field is made up of the four winners of last year's PBA Women's Series events (Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Shannon Pluhowsky, Joy Esterson and Diandra Asbaty) as well as 12 players from the PBA Women's Tour Trials. One Women's Series event will showcase 32 players with the additional 16 spots coming from the final standings of the Women's Tour Trials.
The U.S. Women's Open has an entry fee of $250 and is open to any USBC female member. It features the world's best professional and amateur bowlers and was a major on the Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour until that organization folded in 2003.
Players can enter the Women's Tour Trials for an additional $750 in the hopes of becoming one of the top 12 to advance to the PBA Women’s Series. Those who qualify for the PBA Women’s Series must become PBA members.
Entries are being accepted through July 31. For more information, or to download a registration form, please visit www.bowl.com, call (800) 514-BOWL ext. 3173, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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