GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling Attracts Record 17 Countries

by Jerry Schneider October 23, 2012 08:00

The GEICO Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling will boast a full field of 240 players representing a record 17 countries when the world’s top professional players converge on the South Point Bowling Center Nov. 2-11 to kick off the 2012-13 PBA Tour season.

Countries represented this year include Australia, England, Bahrain, Mexico, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Korea, Venezuela, Colombia, Finland, Canada, the U.S. and first-time participants from Costa Rica, Iceland, The Philippines and Saudi Arabia.

“The stature of the World Series of Bowling as a major international competition reaffirms the sport’s standing as a global professional sport,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “At the same time the World Series has established itself as the premier showcase of international professional bowling talent. Watching how this diverse field matches up with the best PBA has to offer from the USA will be compelling.”

International players dominated the 2011 World Series, winning seven of eight titles. Leading the list was Jason Belmonte of Australia who won three titles in 2011. Other international title-winners were: Dom Barrett and Stuart Williams of England, Andres Gomez of Colombia and Osku Palermaa of Finland, who won the PBA World Championship. Only PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke and Wes Malott of the U.S. prevented an international sweep by winning the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship.

A total of 66 international players (all PBA members) are entered in the World Series. For a full list of World Series competitors visit http://www.pba.com/Rosters/Details/1869

The GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling begins the expanded 2012-13 PBA Tour season which will include two World Series of Bowling events (in November of 2012 and 2013), five major championships, new Winter and Summer Swing open events with multiple titles at stake, and 11 World Bowling Tour stops that will award PBA International Tour titles if won by PBA members.

For this year’s World Series, the sold-out 240-player field will bowl two eight-game qualifying squads in the Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship events Nov. 3-6 in the South Point Bowling Center. At the conclusion of each of the four daily qualifying rounds, the top 16 players will advance to an additional same-day six-game qualifying session to determine the four ESPN stepladder finalists.

The combined qualifying totals from the four “animal pattern” championships also will determine the top 24 match play finalists for the PBA World Championship. Round-robin match play will take place on Nov. 7 and 8 to determine the PBA World Championship stepladder finalists. The ESPN finals of the season’s first major championship will conclude the World Series on Nov. 11.

The GEICO World Series of Bowling will include five ESPN-televised PBA events with the finals of each conducted in an arena setting on specially-installed lanes in South Point’s Exhibition Hall complex. In addition to the PBA Tour finals, ESPN will also tape the finals of the WTBA Bayer Advanced Aspirin World Bowling Tour men’s and women’s finals presented by PBA.

For fans that cannot attend the World Series in person, they can catch World Series qualifying and match play action via the online bowling channel Xtra Frame. PBA is offering a PBA Super Fan Club subscription package for $99.99 that includes a 14-month subscription to Xtra Frame plus other benefits including PBA merchandise. Get the details by visiting http://pbasuperfan.eventbrite.com/#. The Super Fan offer expires on Nov. 1.

The PBA West Region will host two regional events during WSOB week: the PBA All-Region Singles Nov. 9 and 10 and member/non-member doubles events on Nov. 10 and 11. Also scheduled for Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. will be the Teen Masters World Showdown finals which will be webcast on Xtra Frame on a delayed basis.

All ESPN finals will be conducted on Nov. 10 and 11 for delayed telecast. The first ESPN telecast will be the WBT men’s and women’s finals presented by PBA on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. ET. Additional WSOB telecasts will air on Sundays at 1 p.m. ET through Jan. 13.

Admission to all rounds of the PBA World Series of Bowling is free. Complimentary tickets are available as long as the limited supply lasts, and order can be placed by visiting http://wsobtickets.eventbrite.com/#

GEICO PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING SCHEDULE

South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas (ESPN finals in South Point Exhibition Hall)

(All times Pacific)

Friday, Nov. 2

9 – 11 a.m. – A squad practice session

1 – 3 p.m. – B squad practice session

Saturday, Nov. 3

Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah Championship

7:30 – A squad qualifying (8 games)

2 p.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)

Top 16 advance to semifinals

8 p.m. – Semifinal rounds (6 games)

Top four advance to TV finals Nov. 10

Sunday, Nov. 4

PBA Viper Championship

7:30 a.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)

2 p.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)

Top 16 advance to semifinals

8 p.m. – Semifinal rounds (6 games)

Top four advance to TV finals Nov. 10

Monday, Nov. 5

PBA Chameleon Championship

7:30 a.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)

2 p.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)

Top 16 advance to semifinals

8 p.m. – Semifinal rounds (6 games)

Top four advance to TV finals Nov. 11

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Bowlers Journal PBA Scorpion Championship

7:30 a.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)

2 p.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)

Top 16 advance to semifinals

8 p.m. – Semifinal rounds

Top four advance to TV finals Nov. 11

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Top 24 based on 32 combined qualifying games from animal pattern championships advance to PBA World Championship match play.

11 a.m. - PBA World Championship match play round 1 (8 games)

6 p.m. – PBA World Championship match play round 2 (8 games)

Thursday, Nov. 8

2 p.m. - PBA World Championship round-robin match play, final round (8 games)

Top five advance to TV finals taping Nov. 11

Saturday, Nov. 10

10 a.m. - Bayer Advanced Aspirin WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA ESPN finals

1 p.m. - Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah Championship ESPN finals

4 p.m. - Viper Championship ESPN finals

6 p.m. – Teen Masters World Showdown (boys and girls finals)

Sunday, Nov. 11

Noon - Chameleon Championship ESPN finals

2 p.m. - Bowlers Journal PBA Scorpion Championship finals

5 p.m. - PBA World Championship finals

PBA ALL-REGION SINGLES AND NON-MEMBER DOUBLES EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday, Nov. 9

8 a.m. - PBA All-Region Singles qualifying (7 games)

1:30 p.m. – PBA All-Region Singles qualifying (7 games)

Top 16 advance to best-of-five single elimination match play

Saturday, Nov. 10

8 a.m. - PBA All-Region Singles Round of 16 best-of-five games match play

10 a.m. – PBA All-Region Singles Round of 8 best-of-three games match play

11 a.m. – PBA All-Region Singles Semi-final (one game)

11:30 a.m. – PBA All-Region Singles championship match (one game)

1:30 p.m. – PBA West Region member/Non-members qualifying (8 games)

Sunday, Nov. 11

8 a.m. – PBA West Region Doubles Round of 16 best-of-five match play

10 a.m. – PBA West Region Doubles Round of 8 best-of-three match play

1 p.m. – Semifinal match (one game)

1:45 p.m. – Championship match (one game)

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