The countdown to the start of the PBA’s 2012-13 debut on ESPN has begun.
The finals of the World Tenpin Bowling Association’s Bayer Advanced Aspirin World Bowling Tour men’s and women’s finals, presented by the PBA, will be the first in a series of 16 telecasts extending through April 7. The two-hour combined men’s and women’s show will air on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m. ET.
The next five Sundays in a row will feature GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV finals, all 90-minute programs airing at 1 p.m. ET. The Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah Championship airs on Dec. 16, the Viper Championship on Dec. 23, the Chameleon Championship on Dec. 30, the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship on Jan. 6, and the PBA World Championship on Jan. 13.
Each ESPN telecast will be preceded by a special pre-game show on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, and each will feature a post-game show on Xtra Frame with an interview with the tournament winner. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit pba.com and look for the Xtra Frame logo.
DETROIT WINTER SWING SOLD OUT; WAITING LIST, PTQ ENTRIES AVAILABLE
After rapidly selling out all available entries for the PBA Carmen Salvino, Mark Roth and Don Carter Classics, and Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship portion of the Detroit Winter Swing, the PBA has established a waiting list for the tournament while opening the Pro Tournament Qualifier to members who were unable to get into the Winter Swing field.
The Winter Swing, which will mark the debut of the PBA League competition in addition to the individual PBA Tour events, will be held at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. Jan. 19-27.
PBA and Thunderbowl Lanes are accepting entries for the event’s Pro Tournament Qualifier that has been expanded to advance 10 players to the regular field. The eight-game PTQ is scheduled for noon ET on Saturday, Jan. 19. If a non-member advances from the PTQ into the tournament field, he/she will not be required to join the PBA.
PBA members wishing to be placed on the waiting list or enter the PTQ for the Detroit Winter Swing can download an entry form, enter online at pba.com or call Barb Wilt at PBA Headquarters at (206) 654-6025. Non-members may submit a PTQ entry form, use the on-line system or call Thunderbowl Lanes at (313) 928-4688, ext. 111.
PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: PATTERSON RALLIES TO WIN IN FINAL GAME
● Andy Patterson of Tyler, Texas, defeated David Anthony of Austin, Texas, 221-207, in their position round match to complete a come-from-behind victory in the PBA Southwest Region Beaumont Open presented by Storm at Mark Williams’ Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, on Sunday.
Patterson, who has been battling wrist problems throughout the year, won nine of his first 11 matches to close his deficit to seven pins before topping Anthony in the final game. Patterson finished with a 25-game total of 5,964 pins, including match play bonus pins, for a 27-pin margin of victory and a $2,700 payday in the only PBA Regional tournament scheduled over the Thanksgiving weekend.
● Heading into the Christmas holiday season, regional events on the schedule include the PBA South Region Tarheel Lanes Senior Open in Hendersonville, N.C., Nov. 30-Dec. 2, and the PBA West/Northwest Tri-Regional Sands Regency Non-Champions, Senior Open and Open events presented by Hammer at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium, Dec. 7-9. The final pre-Christmas tournaments over the Dec. 14-16 weekend include the PBA East Region Knob Hill Senior Open at Manalapan (N.J.) Country Lanes and the PBA South Region Decker Appraisal Services Doubles presented by Hammer at Wayne Lanes in Waynesboro, Va.
For complete PBA regional schedule and entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tours” under the Schedules tab.
● Tickets are now available for bowling fans who want to attend the Detroit Winter Swing, Jan. 20-27, at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., which will feature the debut of the PBA League along with the Carmen Salvino, Mark Roth and Don Carter Classics, plus the Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship. To order tickets, visit pba.com/tickets or call Thunderbowl at (313) 928-4688.
● The PBA is moving its headquarters office in Seattle. As of Dec. 17, the PBA’s new mailing address will be 615 Second Avenue, Suite 680, Seattle, WA 98104. All other PBA contact information (telephone number, email addresses, etc.) will be unchanged.