Football great Terrell Owens and collegiate bowling standout Marshall Kent have been granted Professional Bowlers Association membership exemptions, allowing them to enter the PBA World Series of Bowling V this October in Las Vegas, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced today.
Six-time NFL Pro Bowl receiver Owens, who has been active off the lanes with the PBA as owner of the PBA League's Dallas Strikers, will be making his professional bowling debut as a competitor at the WSOB. The event, which includes five tournaments and features the PBA World Championship as its main event, will be conducted for the fourth consecutive year at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas Oct. 25-Nov. 3.
The event boasts over 60 hours of live coverage on pba.com’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame and 10 hours of coverage of the finals on ESPN.
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to test my skills against the best players in the world," said Owens, who earlier this year competed in the USBC Open Championships in Reno, Nev., bowling's largest amateur event.
Kent, of Yakima, Wash., is one of the sport’s rising young stars, having finished fourth in the recent 2013 U.S. Open.
Owens and Kent will be among a field of 240 players expected to compete in WSOB V, the sport’s premier showcase for international professional bowling. Already, a record 18 different countries have representatives in the field of PBA members.
"Terrell Owens has been a great ambassador for the PBA since becoming the owner of the Dallas Strikers,” Clark said. “The PBA and bowling are always topics of discussion as both are part of his wide social media reach and frequent mainstream media appearances. He has worked to improve his game and is a fearless competitor. An audience the PBA might not normally reach will pay close attention to T.O.'s progress on the lanes in the ultimate test – the WSOB."
Owens has attended the PBA Winter and Summer Swings as well as the Tournament of Champions this season, where he has practiced with top players and picked up some valuable knowledge along the way.
Kent established himself as a rising star by winning the 2010 USBC Junior Gold Championships which led to the first of three consecutive berths on Junior Team USA. He also is a two-time member of adult Team USA. He has won multiple medals in the PABCON Youth and WTBA World Youth Championships as a member of the junior team, and won gold and silver medals in the 2012 PABCON adult championships, won the 2012 Russian Open and finished second in the 2012 Qubica AMF World Cup.
"I want to thank Tom Clark and the PBA for allowing me to compete in the World Series," Kent said. "I can't wait to test my skills against the best professionals in the world on the many conditions the World Series has to offer."
Kent (no relation to PBA Hall of Famer Doug Kent) also is a collegiate bowling star for Robert Morris-Illinois where earned 2011-12 Collegiate Bowler of the Year and first team All-America honors.
"Marshall Kent's great performance at the U.S. Open and status as two-time Collegiate Bowler of the Year have earned him this opportunity at the WSOB,” said Clark. “We want the country’s best collegiate player in the World Series of Bowling. He has a legitimate reason not to join the PBA right now because of collegiate eligibility rules, but we know he will be joining to test his talent against the best in the world on a regular basis as soon as he is eligible."
Owens, whose Dallas Strikers finished third in the 2013 PBA League Elias Cup Finals, and Kent will compete in the four PBA animal pattern championship World Series events – Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships – which also are qualifying events for the PBA World Championship.
Xtra Frame’s live streaming of World Series of Bowling action will cover qualifying and match play rounds between Oct. 25 and Oct. 31. Subscription and schedule information is available by clicking on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage. Xtra Frame free mobile apps are also available for Android and Apple mobile phones, tablets and iPads.
Fewer than 80 spots are still available for the World Series. PBA members can enter through pba.com or by calling the PBA office: (206) 654-6025.
In addition to five PBA Tour tournaments that will be part of the World Series of Bowling, the event will host the World Tenpin Bowling Association’s World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA, the PBA Regional Players Invitational Finals and the PBA50 Tour Finals. All will be telecast by ESPN beginning Dec. 5.
For additional PBA World Series of Bowling V information visit PBA.com.