Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort to Host PBA Summer Swing in May

by Bill Vint March 21, 2014 05:07

SEATTLE – The Professional Bowlers Association’s 2014 Summer Swing, a multi-tournament event that will be televised by CBS Sports Network, will be hosted by Grand Casino Resort and FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., May 18-25, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced today.

The Summer Swing will include four PBA Tour title events – the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens and the PBA Oklahoma Open – and the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort Summer King of the Swing special event involving four winners plus a “wild card” player. All five television finals will air on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday nights in June and July. Tournament qualifying and match play rounds will be held at FireLake Bowling Center and the stepladder finals will be conducted on specially-constructed lanes in the Grand Casino Resort Events Center.

“The PBA is really excited about returning to Oklahoma and giving the great bowling fans in that area an opportunity to watch a new generation of PBA stars compete in a challenging series of events in the awesome settings of FireLake Bowling Center and the Grand Casino Resort’s Events Center,” Clark said. “It’s been nearly a decade since the PBA Tour had an event in Oklahoma, so we were extremely happy that Grand Casino Resort and FireLake have invited us back.

“It’s going to be a fabulous event,” Clark added. “We’re going to bowl for four PBA Tour titles, conduct a King of the Swing special event, and provide PBA fans around the world with more than 50 hours of live coverage on Xtra Frame in addition to 10 hours of nationally-televised coverage on CBS Sports Network.”

The Summer Swing concept, introduced in 2013 in Milwaukee, produced a pair of first-time PBA Tour titlists (Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, in the Wolf Open and Jake Peters of Decatur, Ill., in the Badger Open) plus victories for Australia’s Jason Belmonte (Bear Open), Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas (Milwaukee Open) and “wild card” Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla. (Summer King of the Swing).

The tournaments will be the first PBA Tour events held in Oklahoma since the 2005 Tulsa Championship at The Lanes at Coffee Creek, won by Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. The eight-day program also will include a PBA Southwest Region tournament over Memorial Day weekend.

The Summer Swing will be limited to a field of 120 players. Entry fee is $750 for PBA members or $850 for non-members. Entry fees cover all events; entries are not available for individual tournaments. The Southwest Regional event also will be capped at 120 players. Entry fee will be $220 ($285 for non-members).

All qualifying and preliminary match play rounds of the summer swing events will be covered live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

Grand Casino Resort is a full-service complex featuring a 262-room Grand Hotel that opened in 2013, restaurants, a golf course and other amenities.

Air dates and times for the PBA Oklahoma Summer Swing will be announced at a later date.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158.  For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

OKLAHOMA’S GRAND CASINO RESORT PBA SUMMER SWING SCHEDULE
FireLake Bowling Center and Grand Casino Resort, Shawnee, Okla., May 18-25

FireLake Bowling Center schedule (all times are Central)
Saturday, May 17
2-5 p.m. – Pro-Am squads

Sunday, May 18
Noon – A Squad practice session
3:30 p.m. – B Squad practice session

Monday, May 19, PBA Wolf Open
8 a.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games
2 p.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games
  Top 18 advance to second qualifying round
7:30 p.m. – Top 18, 6 qualifying games
  Top 5 after 12 games advance to stepladder finals

Tuesday, May 20, PBA Bear Open
8 a.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games
2 p.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games
  Top 18 advance to second qualifying round
7:30 p.m. – Top 18, 6 qualifying games
  Top 5 after 12 games advance to stepladder finals

Wednesday, May 21, PBA Badger Open
8 a.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games
2 p.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games
  Top 18 after 6 games advance to second qualifying round; top 18 after 18 games (combined 6-game first-round Wolf, Bear and Badger totals) advance to Oklahoma Open match play
7:30 p.m. – Top 18, 6 qualifying games
  Top 5 after 12 games advance to stepladder finals

Thursday, May 22, PBA Oklahoma Open Round Robin Match Play
10 a.m. – Top 18, 6 games match play, Wolf pattern
2 p.m. – Top 18, 6 games match play, Bear pattern
6:30 p.m. – Top 18, 6 games match play, Badger pattern
  Top 5 advance to stepladder finals

Friday, May 23
4 p.m. – PBA Southwest Region practice session

Saturday, May 24
8 a.m. – PBA Southwest Region A Squad, 8 qualifying games
2 p.m. - PBA Southwest Region B Squad, 8 qualifying games
  Top 16 after 8 games advance to single-elimination match play

Sunday, May 25
10 a.m. – Round of 16 best-of-five-game match play; losers eliminated
Noon – Round of 8 best-of-three-game match play; losers eliminated
1:30 p.m. – Semifinal Round, one game matches; losers eliminated
2 p.m. – Championship match, one game

OKLAHOMA’S GRAND CASINO RESORT PBA SUMMER SWING
CBS SPORTS NETWORK STEPLADDER FINALS SCHEDULE (all times are Central)

Saturday, May 24
11 a.m. – PBA Wolf Open five-player stepladder finals
2:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open five-player stepladder finals
6 p.m. – PBA Badger Open five-player stepladder finals

Sunday, May 25
Noon – PBA Oklahoma Open five-player stepladder finals
3:30 p.m. – Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort Summer King of the Swing five-player stepladder finals (four title winners plus “wild card” player - highest in combined points for four events without a title)

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