THIS SUNDAY ON ESPN: Bayer Advanced Aspirin World Bowling Tour Finals presented by PBA, 1 p.m. ET

by Jerry Schneider December 7, 2012 02:49

Event: GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV

Tournament: Bayer Advanced Aspirin World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA, the first of six tournaments conducted at the World Series of Bowling.

Where: South Point Hotel and Casino Exhibition Hall, Las Vegas

Finals Format: Three-player stepladder format for both men’s and women’s finals

Television: ESPN (Sunday at 1 – 3 p.m. ET)

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The women’s final will consist of three players who have made their marks in PBA history. The opening match will feature Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., the first woman to win a PBA regional title and the first woman to reach a nationally-televised PBA Tour title match, bowling against Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., who won the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions to become the first woman to win a PBA Tour title.

The winner of match one will take on Missy Parkin of Lake Forest, Calif., the first woman to join the PBA and, along with Kulick, the only two women who have won two PBA Regional titles.

The men’s opening match will pit four-time Tour winner and 2012 USBC Masters champion Mike Fagan of Dallas against 14-time Tour winner and former Player of the Year Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas. The winner will battle defending WBT Finals champion and top qualifier Mika Koivuniemi of Finland. Koivuniemi is a nine-time Tour winner and a two-time PBA Player of the Year.

Players earned finals berth by finishing in the top three in World Bowling Tour points over the past two seasons.

The winner in each division will receive $20,000. Second place will pay $10,000 and third will receive $5,000.

Three easy steps to enhance your PBA telecast experience:

1) Tune into pba.com’s Xtra Frame for free interviews with the finalists as they give their insight into strategy and equipment selection. All preview shows on Xtra Frame are available the Monday before each Sunday ESPN telecast at no cost.

2) Watch the ESPN finals on Sunday, 1 p.m. ET. ESPN’s coverage of the Bayer Advanced Aspirin PBA World Bowling Tour men’s and women’s finals from South Point in Las Vegas is a two-hour event.

3) Turn into the post-event show at Sunday 3 p.m. ET. Xtra Frame’s post-tournament show interviews the winning player and provides in-depth ball rep analysis of the winner’s equipment selection and ball preparation.

Bowling fans can also catch additional coverage on pba.com and provide their feedback on PBA Tour telecasts through PBA’s social networking platforms on Facebook and Twitter.

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