LAS VEGAS – South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas will host the fourth annual Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling, a multi-event international competition, Nov. 2-11, that will kick off the 2012-13 PBA Tour season, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced Thursday.
The 2012 World Series of Bowling, the third consecutive hosted by South Point, will feature four PBA “animal pattern” championships and conclude with the PBA World Championship. The package of events also will include six ESPN television events, plus the 2012 WTBA World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA. Two PBA Regional special events also are in the preliminary planning stage.
“Since its inception in 2009, the PBA World Series has evolved into the true world showcase for bowling that we hoped it would become,” Clark said. “Our newly-adopted relationships with the World Tenpin Bowling Association to expand PBA competition around the world will only enhance the drama that will unfold when we return to South Point in November. World Series IV is going to be fun.”
The World Series, which last year attracted more than 200 players from a record 15 different countries, will get underway with an open practice session on Friday, Nov. 2. Over the next four days, competitors will bowl eight-game qualifying sessions in the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Opens, respectively. At the conclusion of each daily qualifying round, the top 16 players will advance to an additional six-game qualifying session to determine the four players who will advance to the ESPN eliminator finals.
Combined 32-game pinfall from the four animal pattern events also will serve as qualifying scores for the PBA World Championship. The top 24 after 32 games will advance to round robin match play on Nov. 7 and 8. After 24 additional games of match play, the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals.
Television finals for delayed telecast on ESPN will be conducted on specially-installed lanes in an exhibition hall at South Casino and Hotel. The preliminary schedule calls for the WTBA World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals, Cheetah Open and Viper Open finals to be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 10, with the Scorpion Open, Chameleon Open and PBA World Championship stepladder finals (in two sessions) to be conducted on Sunday, Nov. 11.