New Detroit Open to Kick Off 2014 PBA League Week at ThunderBowl; Xtra Frame to Provide Live Coverage

by Bill Vint November 12, 2013 07:27

SEATTLE – A new Detroit Open singles tournament, presented by Xtra Frame, will kick off the Professional Bowlers Association’s extended 11-day PBA League Week at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., Jan. 17-19.

The PBA Detroit Open will be an open-field PBA Tour title event beginning with a nine-game qualifying round on Saturday, Jan. 18. The top 16 players after nine games will advance to round-robin match play on Sunday. After 16 head-to-head matches, the top four will advance to the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. ET on Jan. 19. The entire event will be webcast live on Xtra Frame.

Entry fees for the tournament, which is open to non-PBA members as well as members, are $350 for members and $400 for non-members. Entries will be accepted beginning Dec. 1. The field will be limited to 216 players on a first-come basis.

To enter, players must contact PBA Central Region Director Bobby Jakel (phone: 815.483.3032; email: bobby.jakel@pba.com) beginning Dec. 1.

The PBA League, which made its competitive debut at Thunderbowl in January 2013, returns to the Detroit area with a revised format and revamped rosters. PBA League competition begins at Thunderbowl on Jan. 22 and will make its ESPN debut with a live telecast on Sunday, Jan. 26, at noon ET.

For complete live coverage of the Detroit Open and all preliminary PBA League rounds, subscribe to Xtra Frame. Monthly subscriptions are available for $7.99 and the full-year subscription cost is $64.99. To enroll, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

2014 PBA DETROIT OPEN SCHEDULE

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Jan. 17-19

Friday, Jan. 17

1:30 p.m. – PBA Detroit Open practice session

Saturday, Jan. 18

9 a.m. – PBA Detroit Open, Squad A, 9 qualifying games

4 p.m. – PBA Detroit Open, Squad B, 9 qualifying games

Top 16 after 9 games advance to round-robin match play

Sunday, Jan. 19

9 a.m. – PBA Detroit Open, top 16, 8 games match play

2 p.m. – PBA Detroit Open, top 16, 8 games match play

Top four after 25 games advance to Xtra Frame stepladder finals

7 p.m. – PBA Detroit Open stepladder finals (webcast live on Xtra Frame)

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