JACKSON, N.J. – Professional Bowlers Association fans attending the GEICO PBA Team Shootout in Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., June 11-12, will pay “kids prices” under a special promotion announced today.
The fourth annual summer special event, featuring stars of the Professional Bowlers Association bowling outdoors on specially-constructed lanes at Six Flags Great Adventure, is a made-for-television team competition. The 2010 version will feature a friendly war between Brunswick, Ebonite International, Storm Products and 900 Global – four rival bowling ball manufacturers which have selected their own teams.
Admission to the PBA event is free, but requires a paid admission into Six Flags. Six Flags will help boost attendance by offering a special coupon for a “kids price” admission of $29.99 plus tax for the entire event. Coupons can be found online at pba.com and a single coupon is valid for up to four admissions.
Brunswick’s roster will feature New Jersey natives Parker Bohn III, a 32-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour champion, and 63-year-old Johnny Petraglia, one of five PBA Triple Crown winners and currently an active “super senior” on the PBA Senior Tour. Both are PBA Hall of Famers. Their teammates will include PBA Tour champions Sean Rash and Brad Angelo, and the only woman in the field, 20-time Professional Women’s Bowling Association titlist Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, who grew up in Linden, N.J.
Ebonite International will field former PBA Players of the Year Chris Barnes (Columbia 300) and Tommy Jones (Ebonite), 2009 U.S. Open champion Mike Scroggins (Ebonite), 15-time PBA Tour titlist Jason Couch (Ebonite), 2010 Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open winner Bill O’Neill (Hammer), and two-time PBA Tour titlist Mike Fagan (Track), representing its four bowling ball brands.
Storm Products’ lineup will include PBA Hall of Famers Norm Duke (33 titles and one of two Grand Slam winners) and Pete Weber (35 titles and a member of the Triple Crown club); Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte and Rhino Page, the PBA’s two most recent Rookies of the Year; and Roto-Grip representatives Wes Malott, the 2008-09 PBA Player of the Year, and Brian Kretzer, a first-time PBA Tour winner last season.
Rounding out the field will be 900 Global’s star-studded roster of Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47 titles and eight-time PBA Player of the Year) and Brian Voss (25 titles); former U.S. Open champion Robert Smith, and past PBA Tournament of Champions winners Michael Haugen Jr. and Steve Jaros.
The 2010 GEICO Team Shootout will use the Baker team format where five players bowl two frames each to complete a game. The round-robin series of matches will be contested on June 11 and 12 (June 13 is the “rain date”). All competition will be taped for delayed broadcast on ESPN on June 27 and July 3, 4 and 11.
The annual Six Flags event will concluded with a special “Walk in the Park” on Sunday, June 13, when four PBA stars will help raise money to benefit Cure Kids Cancer and Children’s Miracle Network. Williams, Duke, Couch and Dorin-Ballard will participate in a one-mile walk through the park, starting at 9 a.m.
Each of the players, who will participate for their respective sponsors in the “Manufacturers Cup” competition. Fans who would like to make tax-deductible contributions on behalf of their favorite PBA star can visit walkintheparks.org and click the "Support A Walker" button.