PBA World Series of Bowling V at a Glance

by Jerry Schneider October 22, 2013 07:21

 

Las Vegas’ place in professional bowling history has made it a mecca for PBA competition for more than a half-century. Another chapter in Las Vegas bowling history will be written when PBA World Series of Bowling V is conducted Oct. 25-Nov. 3 at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa.

The 2013 World Series of Bowling lives up to its name as the premier international showcase of professional bowling competition featuring a full field of 240 players from 21 countries.

In addition to five PBA Tour events, the World Series will host the PBA50 (Senior) Tour finals, World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals, PBA Regional Players Invitational Finals, Teen Masters Finals and two PBA regional events.

The World Series of Bowling will culminate with ESPN-taped finals of each World Series event Nov. 2-3 on two specially-installed Brunswick lanes in South Point Exhibition Hall B. Qualifying and match play rounds will be conducted at the South Point Bowling Center.

How to follow World Series action Xtra Frame. Social Media. PBA.com. ESPN. - The special Xtra Frame PBA League Challenge webcast – and additional daily events held as part of the WSOB V – will be available for a special World Series of Bowling Day Pass fee of $5. There will be no added cost for current Xtra Frame subscribers, but non-subscribers who would like to watch specific events on specific days will be able to sign up on a daily basis under the new program. Subscribers who sign up for Xtra Frame for the monthly fee of $7.99 or the full-year fee of $64.99 will be exempt from the special Day Pass fee(s).

To sign up for any of the “Day Pass” sessions visit pba.com, click on the Xtra Frame link and head to the registration page by clicking on the “Sign Up” link underneath the Xtra Frame logo at the top of the page. Apps for mobile devices, allowing for easy access to Xtra Frame, are available for iPhones and Android devices.

Fans can also follow the action through PBA’s social network on Facebook and Twitter as well as daily coverage live scoring on pba.com.

“U Pick the Finalists” Contest for a chance to win a trip to World Series of Bowling VI - This new contest gives fans a chance to predict who will make the ESPN finals for each of the World Series events while playing for pride against other fans. It’s a take-off on the popular “fantasy football” concept, and includes a number of prizes, including a valuable grand prize at the end – round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations to PBA WSOB VI – if that winner is an Xtra Frame subscriber.

For the complete World Series of Bowling schedule at South Point visit: http://news.pba.com/post/2013/10/04/PBA-World-Series-of-Bowling-V-May-Be-Most-Dramatic-Of-Them-All.aspx

For ESPN telecast and Xtra Frame schedule visit: http://news.pba.com/post/2013/10/11/PBA-Announces-ESPN-and-Xtra-Frame-Schedules-New-Broadcast-Team-Concept.aspx

For Pick the Finalist Contest information visit: http://www.pba.com/Resources/Contest

World Series of Bowling sets international participation record for third consecutive year - A capacity field of 240 of the world’s greatest professional bowlers representing a record 21 countries will compete in the premier showcase of bowling competition.

While the U.S. boasts the bulk of the field, Australia will send the largest international contingent (eight bowlers) followed by Japan (seven). Nations represented in the WSOB for the first time are Argentina, Bermuda, Czech Republic, Ecuador, and Ireland. Participating countries, with number of players in parenthesis, include: Argentina (1), Australia (8), Bermuda (1), Canada (3), Colombia (1) Costa Rica (1), Czech Republic (1), Denmark (3), Ecuador (1), England (5), Finland (2), Ireland (1), Japan (7), Korea (1), Mexico (3), Puerto Rico (1), Russia (1), Sweden (2), Ukraine (1) and Venezuela (4).

World Series begins and ends expanded 2012-13 PBA Tour season – Normally bowling fans are used to the World Series of Bowling kicking off the PBA Tour season. In the expanded 2012-13 season, World Series of Bowling IV started the season last November at the South Point, and World Series V will be a major influence as the 14-month season draws to a close. 2012-13 is a transitional season with the Tour returning to a calendar year schedule in 2014 for the first time since 2000.

World Series to play role in determining Player of the Year – As the 2012-13 season comes down the homestretch with five PBA Tour tournaments to be contested at the World Series, several players remain in contention for Player of the Year honors. With two wins this season including his first major (USBC Masters) and second-place finishes in three other majors, Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte and Mika Koivuniemi of Finland, with three wins this season, are the favorites heading into the World Series. Other contenders include reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash, 2013 U.S. Open winner Wes Malott, Tommy Jones, Scott Norton and 2013 Tournament of Champions winner Pete Weber.

Las Vegas’ role in professional bowling history – Las Vegas has hosted PBA events for more than a half-century making its visits there one of the sport’s great traditions. The first PBA Tour event was held at the Showboat Lanes in 1960.

Former NFL star Terrell Owens to make PBA debut - Football great and PBA League team owner Terrell Owens will make his professional bowling debut in the World Series. Owens, a six-time NFL Pro Bowl selection during a 15-year NFL career, is owner of the Dallas Strikers PBA League team which finished third in its inaugural year in 2013.

2012 Tour champions return to defend titles – World Series of Bowling IV champions who will return to defend their titles are four-time Tour winner Bill O’Neill (Cheetah Championship), three-time titlist Scott Norton (Chameleon Championship), Tom Daugherty (Scorpion Championship) and Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III (PBA World Championship). Defending Viper Championship winner Brad Angelo is not entered.

Field to include eight PBA Hall of Famers – The WSOB V field will include seven of PBA’s all-time greats, Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber, Norm Duke, defending PBA World Champion Parker Bohn III, Tom Baker, Amleto Monacelli, Danny Wiseman and ESPN color commentator Randy Pedersen. Combined, this group has won a total of 194 PBA Tour titles.

Women stars entered – Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., made sports history in 2010 when she won the PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas to become the first woman to win a PBA Tour event. Her best finish since then has been seventh in World Series of Bowling III in 2011. Also entered is another PBA woman pioneer Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., who has won two PBA regional titles and international standout Clara Guerrero of Colombia.

Tour events named after PBA animal pattern lane conditions – Four PBA Tour events to be contested in Las Vegas – the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships – are named after PBA lane condition patterns. Each requires a player to be on top of his/her game to make the right lane and equipment adjustments to be successful. The top 24 qualifiers from the combined animal pattern championship qualifying rounds will advance to PBA World Championship match play which will ultimately determine the top five players for the World Championship finals.

PBA50 greats doing double duty – Three of PBA’s all-time greats - Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber and Amleto Monacelli - compete on both the PBA and PBA50 (Senior) Tours. All three will compete in the WSOB’s first PBA50 Tour finals. At age 50, Weber became the oldest to win the PBA Tournament of Champions in April (also becoming the first player to win all three Pro Triple Crown events twice) and then won 2013 PBA50 Tour Rookie of the Year honors. Williams, the PBA Tour’s all-time leader in career wins (47) won his second PBA50 Tour Player of the Year crown earlier in 2013 to go along with his record seven on the PBA Tour. Monacelli, a 19-time champion on the PBA50 Tour won his second consecutive Senior U.S. Open title in Las Vegas in June.

World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals set – For the third consecutive year, the World Series hosts the World Bowling Tour Finals. It will be an all-U.S. women’s final with PBA standouts Kelly Kulick, Liz Johnson and Missy Parkin battling for the title. In the men’s division, PBA Tour stars reigning Player of the Year Sean Rash, Mika Koivunieimi and Mike Fagan will compete for the title. Players earned berths in the finals by finishing in the top three in points in international World Bowling Tour tournaments conducted over the past two seasons.

RPI Finals field set – Another first for the World Series of Bowling is the Regional Players Invitational Finals which will feature six players who qualified for the finals by winning RPI regional events in their respective PBA Regions during the 2013 season. The finalists are Tom Daugherty (South), Brian LeClair (East), Brian Kretzer (Central), Dave Beres (Midwest), Chris Barnes (Southwest) and Ben Laughlin (West/Northwest).

Teen Masters Grand Championship Finals to award college scholarship to winner – The World Series of Bowling will also host the Teen Masters Grand Championship finals Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in South Point Exhibit Hall B. The winner will earn a $64,000 college scholarship, the most valuable scholarship award in bowling.

Arena setting for World Series TV finals – While the World Series qualifying and match play rounds will be held in the South Point Bowling Center, a special two-lane “bowling arena” will be built in the South Point Exhibition Hall B to host two days of television production Nov. 2-3. In addition to the finals for the Tour events, other events to be telecast by ESPN include the World Bowling Tour men’s and women’s finals and for the first time the PBA50 (Senior) Tour and Regional Players Invitational finals.

High 5 Gear PBA League Challenge: USA vs. The World - As a preview to the second season of the PBA League, Xtra Frame will live-stream this contest beginning at 3 p.m. PT (6 p.m. ET) on Friday, Oct. 25. It will feature six United States Franchise Players from the 2013 PBA League season along with seven international players (including Franchise Players Jason Belmonte and Osku Palermaa) in a match that will preview PBA League match play competition during the 2014 season.

PBA Regional action – The World Series will also host the PBA South Point All-Regions Open presented by Columbia 300 and the West Region’s South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles Nov. 1 and 2.

PBA League Draft, Season II – The 2014 PBA League Draft will take place at South Point at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 after completion of the World Series of Bowling tapings. The eight teams will draft one player to round out their five-player rosters. The draft will also be streamed live on Xtra Frame.

Admission: Admission to all rounds of the World Series of Bowling is free. Complimentary tickets for all television shows are available as long as the supply lasts, and can be obtained on pba.com or on-site at the South Point Bowling Center.

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