Not only will the world’s best male bowlers return to Medford, Ore., Jan. 14-18 for the PBA Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic at Lava Lanes, the 11th stop on the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, but this year the sport’s top women bowlers will be coming along as well.
Bowling fans in Southwest Oregon will also be treated to the final PBA Women’s Series event of the season which will run concurrently with the Medford Classic PBA Tour tournament.
The Medford Classic will feature a star-studded field that includes PBA’s all-time win leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. (45 wins), Parker Bohn III, Pete Weber, Norm Duke, Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones and many more. Medford’s home-grown hero, PBA Hall of Famer and 22-time Tour titlist Marshall Holman, will once again take them on.
“It’s great that the PBA Tour continues to come to Medford,” Holman said. “My competitive bowling days have long passed but I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to compete in this event. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of friends and bowling with the new guys on Tour.”
In its second season, the unique PBA Women’s Series event will showcase a field of 16 of the world’s top women players that includes stars such as Michelle Feldman, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Stefanie Nation who will battle for their own championship title.
The first half of PBA’s 50th anniversary season was relatively quiet for Barnes, Weber and Jones, but history suggests nothing can keep these warriors on the sidelines for long.
As the Player of the Year race heats up, Wes Malott, Bill O’Neill and Bohn were the most consistent players in the first half, with Malott qualifying for four of the five PBA pattern championship shows and O’Neill making three TV appearances. But many Player of the Year points are available in the second half including three major championships, so the race is just out of the starting blocks.
In the Women Series, four players have already made multiple shows - Feldman, Dorin-Ballard, Nation and Jodi Woessner. Feldman’s two titles give her the edge for Player of the Year honors but the Medford event could very well determine who wins that prestigious honor.
For preliminary round and ESPN finals ticket information contact Lava Lanes at (541) 261-6704.
PBA BAYER EARL ANTHONY MEDFORD CLASSIC AND WOMEN’S SERIES SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Qualifying Round (7 games total pins)
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Exempt Player and Women's Series Practice
THURSDAY, JANUARY 15
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Round of 64 (Exempt Tour) and Round of 16 (Women's Series), seven-game qualifying round
5 - 9 p.m. - Round of 64 (Exempt Tour) and Round of 16 (Women's Series), seven-game qualifying round
After 14 games, top 32 male players advance to Exempt Tour Match Play Round 1
After 14 games, top 10 women advance to Match Play
FRIDAY, JANUARY 16
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. - Exempt Tour Match Play Round 1 (nine games)
Top 16 after 23 games advance to Exempt Tour Match Play Round 2
6 - 10 p.m. - Exempt Tour Match Play Round 2 (nine games)
Top 4 after 32 games advance to ESPN finals
6 – 10 p.m. - Women's Series Match Play Round 1 (nine games)
Top 2 advance to ESPN finals
SATURDAY, JANUARY 17
Pro-Am Events and PBA Fan Day
High School Baker Championship: 9 a.m. and Noon
Regular Pro-am: 3 p.m.
Liberty Bank Calcutta: 6 p.m.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 18
10 a.m. - Live ESPN Television Finals from Lava Lanes