Revised PBA World Series of Bowling Broadens International Appeal; Finals Set for South Point Arena

by Bill Vint July 8, 2011 06:46

SEATTLE – The Professional Bowlers Association has unveiled a modified schedule for its third annual World Series of Bowling Nov. 4-20 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas to broaden the event’s world-wide appeal.

“The PBA World Series of Bowling was originally designed to become the ultimate festival of professional bowling for a world-wide audience and world-class players around the globe,” said PBA COO and Deputy Commissioner Tom Clark. “In its continuing efforts to raise the standards for the World Series, PBA’s leadership discussed the event with a large number of players during International Bowl Expo. Based upon their input, we have made a few revisions that will make the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling even more exciting than we had originally planned.”

Expanding opportunities not only for international players, but for the entire PBA membership, the PBA World Series of Bowling will now include five “open field” events, including the PBA World Championship, and a Tour Qualifying Round for another event that will allow a minimum of 15 non-exempt players a chance to win an additional title.

The World Series will culminate with a four-day television extravaganza which will be conducted on lanes constructed in the South Point Arena and Events Center. The series of 12 ESPN programs will feature groundbreaking production techniques. Details will be announced at a later date.

“If you are looking for the ultimate opportunity to test your skills against the best players in the world, you need to bowl in the World Series of Bowling,” said former Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt player and long-time international competitor Tim Mack. “If you really want to find out how you stack up, come to Las Vegas - the greatest city in the world – and take on the challenge.”

Other updated highlights for the 2011 World Series of Bowling include:

● The Shark Open has joined the Viper Open, Chameleon Open and Scorpion Open as the fourth event open to all PBA Tour, regional and senior members and international players who are members of their respective WTBA organizations. The combined qualifying totals from these four events will serve as the initial qualifying rounds for the PBA World Championship, the fifth open event.

● The Shark Open will replace the Plastic Ball Championship, which has been removed from the World Series schedule.

● The Carmen Salvino Classic will be open to Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt players and a minimum of 15 Tour Qualifying Round participants. The TQR qualifier also will double as the qualifying event for a new PBA Regional singles event. TQR players will not qualify for the PBA Exempt Players Championship.

● Qualifying for the PBA Exempt Players Championship, for exempt players only, will be based on 12 games in the Carmen Salvino Classic plus 18 games of Exempt Players Championship qualifying. The top 16 players after 30 games will compete for the PBA Exempt Players Championship as well as becoming finalists for a new Exempt Players Baker Doubles Championship.

● All WSOB winners will earn berths among the players who will advance to the 36-player final qualifying round in the end-of-season PBA Tournament of Champions.

● A special feature of the World Series will be the World Tenpin Bowling Association’s World Bowling Tour Finals, presented by the PBA. The WBT Finals, featuring three-man and three-woman stepladder finals based on points earned in WTBA international qualifying events, will be conducted as part of the WSOB television session.

● All World Series rounds, except the ESPN television finals, plus bonus coverage will result in more than 75 hours of live coverage on pba.com’s Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online video streaming service. WSOB coverage will be part of more than 250 hours of exclusive coverage available to Xtra Frame subscribers during the new season. For subscription information, visit pba.com. A new “Xtra Frame All-In Showdown” with a $5,000 entry fee will also be part of the Xtra Frame coverage.

● Complete rules, entry and lodging information for competitors will be posted in pba.com at a later date. The PBA will begin accepting WSOB entries on Aug. 15.

In 2010, the PBA World Series of Bowling reaffirmed its position as the sport’s most popular and prestigious event for the international bowling community, with a sold-out field of 256 players representing 14 countries.

2011 PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING SCHEDULE
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Nov. 4-20 (all times Pacific)

Official World Series Practice Sessions
Friday, Nov. 4

9 a.m. – Squad A practice
2 p.m. – Squad B practice
tba – WSOB Xtra Frame $5,000 All-In Showdown special event.

Viper Open (open field event)
Saturday, Nov. 5
7:30 a.m. – Squad A, 8 games qualifying
2 p.m. – Squad B, 8 games qualifying
  Field cut to top 16
8 p.m. – Round of 16 (best-of-five-game single-elimination match play; 8 winners advance to television)

Chameleon Open (open field event)
Sunday, Nov. 6
7:30 a.m. – Squad B, 8 games qualifying
2 p.m. – Squad A, 8 games qualifying
  Field cut to top 16
8 p.m. – Round of 16 (best-of-five-game single-elimination match play; 8 winners advance to television)

Scorpion Open (open field event)
Monday, Nov. 7
7:30 a.m. – Squad A, 8 games qualifying
2 p.m. – Squad B, 8 games qualifying
  Field cut to top 16
8 p.m. – Round of 16 (best-of-five-game single-elimination match play; 8 winners advance to television)

Shark Open (open field event)
Tuesday, Nov. 8
7:30 a.m. – Squad B, 8 games qualifying
2 p.m. – Squad A, 8 games qualifying
  Field cut to top 16
8 p.m. – Round of 16 (best-of-five-game single-elimination match play; 8 winners advance to television)
  Top 25 percent of field (or a minimum of 53 places based on 160 entries) based on 32 qualifying games in Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark Open events advance to PBA World Championship cashers’ round

PBA World Championship
Wednesday, Nov. 9
9 a.m. – Cashers’ Round, 8 games
   Top 32 after 40 qualifying games advance to best-of-seven-game single-elimination match play
3 p.m. – Round of 32 (best-of-seven-game single-elimination match play; 16 winners advance to television)

Special PBA Regional competitions
Friday, Nov. 11
tba – PBA Regional Singles/Carmen Salvino Classic TQR
tba – PBA Regional Member/Non-Member Doubles practice session
Saturday, Nov. 12
tba – PBA Regional Member/Non-Member Doubles qualifying
Sunday, Nov. 13
tba – PBA Regional Member/Non-Member Doubles finals

Carmen Salvino Classic (exempt players plus TQR qualifiers)
Sunday, Nov. 13
4 p.m. – Practice session
Monday, Nov. 14
7:30 a.m. – 6 games qualifying
Noon – 6 games qualifying
  Field cut to top 16; 12-game pinfall carries over to Exempt Players Championship qualifying
4 p.m. – Round of 16 (best-of-five-game single-elimination match play; 8 winners advance to television)

PBA Exempt Players Championship (exempt players only)
Sunday, Nov. 13
4 p.m. – Practice session
Tuesday, Nov. 15
9 a.m. – 6 games qualifying
2:30 p.m. – 6 games qualifying
  Field cut to top 32 based on 24-game pinfall totals (12 games from Carmen Salvino Classic, 12 games from Exempt Players Championship)
Wednesday, Nov. 16
9 a.m. – Exempt Players top 32, 6 games qualifying
   Top 16 based on 30-game pinfall totals advance to single-elimination match play
   Top 16 also paired in eight teams for Exempt Players Championship Baker Doubles, advance to television
3:30 p.m. – Exempt Players Round of 16 (best-of-seven-game single-elimination match play; 8 winners advance to television)

2011 PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING TELEVISION FINALS SCHEDULE
South Point Arena, Las Vegas, Nov. 17-20
(All competition will be taped for delayed telecast on ESPN; times for each event will be announced at a later date)

Thursday, Nov. 17
PBA World Championship, Round of 16-1
PBA World Championship, Round of 16-2
WTBA World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA (top three men, top three women stepladder finals)

Friday, Nov. 18
PBA World Championship, Round of 8
PBA World Championship, semifinals and finals
WSOB Viper Open Round of 8, semifinals and finals

Saturday, Nov. 19
WSOB Chameleon Open Round of 8, semifinals and finals
WSOB Scorpion Open Round of 8, semifinals and finals
WSOB Shark Open Round of 8, semifinals and finals

Sunday, Nov. 20
WSOB Carmen Salvino Classic Round of 8, semifinals and finals
WSOB Exempt Players Championship Baker Doubles Round of 8, semifinals and finals
WSOB Exempt Players Championship Round of 8, semifinals and finals

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