MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Professional Bowlers Association will make its debut on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. ET. The Lucas Oil Badger Open will be the first of five two-hour telecasts of finals conducted during the GEICO PBA Summer Swing.
The GEICO PBA Summer Swing, presented by Lucas Oil, will continue for five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET, including the Lucas Oil Wolf Open on June 18; the Lucas Oil Bear Open on June 25; the Lucas Oil Milwaukee Open on July 2, and the GEICO Summer King of the Swing presented by Lucas Oil special event on July 9.
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The Summer Swing featured the introduction of three distinctively different lane conditioning patterns and competition at three different Milwaukee area bowling centers. The Badger Open conducted at AMF Waukesha featured a 52-foot oiling pattern, the longest application of oil in PBA Tour history. The Wolf Open at AMF West in Milwaukee featured a 32-foot oiling pattern, the shortest of the PBA’s eight “animal patterns.” The Bear Open at AMF Bowlero is Wauwatosa used a 40-foot flat condition, very similar to the challenging oil pattern used in the U.S. Open. The Milwaukee Open used a combination of all three patterns.
All tournaments will be covered by the veteran PBA team of announcer Dave Ryan and color analyst/PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen. NFL all-star wide receiver and PBA League team owner Terrell Owens will make a visit to the broadcast booth during one of the telecasts.
The Badger Open finals will feature three players who have never won a PBA Tour title (top qualifier and 2011-12 PBA Rookie of the Year Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz.; second-year player Jake Peters of Decatur, Ill.; and Saginaw Valley State collegiate star Aaron Lorincz of Belleville, Mich., the 2013 USBC Intercollegiate Singles Champion); three-time PBA Tour titlist Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, and Kurt Pilon of Warren, Mich., who won his only PBA Tour title in the 2001 Peoria Open, the first tournament under the PBA’s “new” ownership group.
The Wolf Open finals will feature two players seeking their first PBA Tour titles (nine-year journeyman and top qualifier Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, and 20-year-old rookie E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind.), two PBA Hall of Famers who are tied for third place on the list of all-time PBA Tour title winners with 37 each (Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., and Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo.), and one of the Tour’s rising stars, former Saginaw Valley State collegiate star and four-time PBA Tour winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.
The Bear Open finalists include PBA Player of the Year contender Jason Belmonte, a two-handed player from Australia; 14-time PBA Tour winner Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas; two non-titlists (Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio and Dan MacLelland of Montreal, who hopes to become the first Canadian ever to win a PBA Tour title); and Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, who won his only PBA Tour title in the 2011 USBC Masters.
The Milwaukee Open stepladder field will include Barnes, the top qualifier; Hall of Famers Weber and Duke; four-time titlist Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, and Jason Sterner of McDonough, Ga., who won his first PBA Tour title by rolling a 299 game in the title match of the 2013 Don Carter Classic.
The field for the GEICO Summer King of the Swing presented by Lucas Oil telecast will be decided at the conclusion of the first four events. The King of the Swing field will include the four event winners (runner-up if any player wins more than one event), plus a “wild card” player (the Summer Swing points leader). The winner of the special event will collect a $10,000 prize, but it is not a PBA Tour title event.
GEICO PBA SUMMER SWING PRESENTED BY LUCAS OIL TELEVISION LINEUP
CBS SPORTS NETWORK ON TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 7 P.M. ET
(Encore presentations: June 11, 10 p.m. ET; June 12, 4 p.m. ET)
Lucas Oil PBA Badger Open
1, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz.
2, Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill.
3, a-Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich.
4, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix.
5, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK ON TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 7 P.M. ET
Lucas Oil PBA Wolf Open
1, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.
3, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind.
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.
5, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK ON TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 7 P.M. ET
Lucas Oil PBA Bear Open
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia.
2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas.
3, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio.
4, Dan MacLelland, Canada.
5, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK ON TUESDAY, JULY 2, 7 P.M. ET
Lucas Oil PBA Milwaukee Open
1, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.
3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.
4, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas.
5, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK ON TUESDAY, JULY 9, 7 P.M. ET
GEICO PBA Summer King of the Swing presented by Lucas Oil
(NOTE: The stepladder order among event winners will be based upon how each player ranked on the Summer Swing competition points list; if any player wins more than one event, the runner-up in that event will earn a berth in the King of the Swing stepladder finals. Chris Barnes, as points leader for the Summer Swing, is guaranteed a berth in the King of the Swing finals)
Badger Open winner
Wolf Open winner
Bear Open winner
Milwaukee Open winner
Wild Card: GEICO PBA Summer Swing points leader