Entries Open Aug. 15 for PBA World Series of Bowling VI

by Bill Vint August 4, 2014 06:02

SEATTLE – Entries will open on Friday, Aug. 15, for the Professional Bowlers Association’s World Series of Bowling VI which returns to South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas Oct. 24-Nov. 2 with a proven formula, a capacity field of the world’s most talented bowlers and a few new wrinkles.

The World Series, which made its debut in suburban Detroit in 2009, has evolved into an international showcase for bowlers from around the world, and the sixth edition of the multi-event championships will carry on the tradition of drama and excitement with the addition of a new PBA Challenge television show and a first-look at the new South Point Bowling Stadium which will host World Series TV finals.

WSOB VI will include more than 50 hours of live coverage on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, as well as 10 hours of national television coverage on ESPN.

WSOB VI will include its traditional PBA “animal pattern” championships – the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships – along with the final major of the 2014 season, the PBA World Championship. Cumulative qualifying scores for 28 games in the four animal pattern events will determine the 24 players who will advance to the PBA World Championship match play finals.

As always, the World Series also will play a key role in deciding the 2014 PBA Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year races.

The PBA anticipates another sold-out field of 240 of the world’s most talented players representing an estimated 20 countries (the 2013 field drew representatives from a record 23 countries). Among the star-studded field of bowlers will be defending champions Wes Malott (Cheetah), Chris Barnes (Viper), Ryan Ciminelli (Chameleon), Tom Smallwood (Scorpion) and Dom Barrett (PBA World Championship).

A $900 entry fee will include all five PBA Tour events. Based on a full field, first prize in each of the four animal pattern events will be $20,000 with 32 places cashing. The PBA World Championship will offer a $50,000 first prize with 60 cashing positions. With a total prize fund of more than $650,000, the World Series will be the richest event in professional bowling.

New to the World Series program will be the PBA50 Tour Finals, PBA Regional Finals and PBA Women’s Regional Finals – each of which will include eight competitors who will earn berths based on competition points races earlier in the season. The eight PBA50 Tour players will qualify based on 2014 competition points. The eight PBA Regional Finals and eight PBA Women’s Regional Finals players will include top points qualifiers from the PBA’s East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West and Northwest Regions along with players from the new PBA Japan Region.

In each case, the eight players will bowl an eight-game round-robin match play event on Friday, Oct. 24, with the top two players advancing to a new PBA Challenge TV show where they’ll join 2014 Teen Masters boys and girls champions Michael Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., and Kelly Skalacki of Coram, N.Y., in a four-match special event for ESPN.

The PBA International Tour/World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals also will be part of the World Series lineup. Additional details regarding World Series television events will be announced soon.

All of the preliminary rounds of the World Series will be covered live on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING VI SCHEDULE
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas (ESPN finals in South Point Bowling Stadium)
(All times Pacific)
 
Thursday, Oct. 23
6 p.m. – Players meeting (mandatory for all WSOB participants)
7:45 p.m. – Tournament rules meeting (mandatory for first-time WSOB participants)

Friday, Oct. 24
8 a.m. – Squad A practice session
Noon – Squad B practice session
2:30 p.m. – Xtra Frame Champion’s Challenge match play finals (eight PBA50 Tour qualifiers; eight PBA Regional Tour qualifiers, eight PBA Women’s Regional qualifiers; top two in each event advance to PBA Challenge Finals ESPN telecast), live coverage on Xtra Frame
 
Saturday, Oct. 25
PBA Cheetah Championship
8 a.m. – A squad qualifying (7 games)
2 p.m. – B squad qualifying (7 games)
  Top 24 advance to semifinal round
7:30 p.m. – Semifinal round (7 games)
  Top four after 14 games advance to TV finals
 
Sunday, Oct. 26
PBA Viper Championship
8 a.m. – B squad qualifying (7 games)
2 p.m. – A squad qualifying (7 games)
  Top 24 advance to semifinal round
7:30 p.m. – Semifinal round (7 games)
  Top four after 14 games advance to TV finals
 
Monday, Oct. 27
PBA Chameleon Championship
8 a.m. – A squad qualifying (7 games)
2 p.m. – B squad qualifying (7 games)
  Top 24 advance to semifinal round
7:30 p.m. – Semifinal round (7 games)
  Top four after 14 games advance to TV finals
 
Tuesday, Oct. 28
PBA Scorpion Championship
8 a.m. – B squad qualifying (7 games)
2 p.m. – A squad qualifying (7 games)
  Top 24 advance to semifinal round
7:30 p.m. – Semifinal round (7 games)
  Top four after 14 games advance to TV finals
 
Wednesday, Oct. 29
Top 24 based on 28 combined qualifying games from Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion championships advance to PBA World Championship round robin match play
11 a.m. - PBA World Championship round-robin match play (8 games)
6 p.m. – PBA World Championship round-robin match play (8 games)
 
Thursday, Oct. 30
12:30 p.m. – All Regions practice session
2 p.m. - PBA World Championship round-robin match play (8 games)
  Top five advance to TV finals

Friday, Oct. 31
8 a.m. – South Point All Regions Singles (A squad qualifying, 8 games)
2 p.m. – South Point All Regions Singles (B squad qualifying, 8 games)
  Top 16 advance to single elimination match play

Saturday, Nov. 1
8 a.m. – South Point All Regions Singles Round of 16 (best of five games)
10 a.m. – All Regions Singles Round of 8 (best of three games)
11 a.m. – All Regions Singles Semifinal Round (one game)
11:30 a.m. – All Regions Singles Championship (one game)
2 p.m. – Member/Non-Member Doubles qualifying (7 games)
  Top 16 teams advance to single-elimination match play

Sunday, Nov. 2
8 a.m. – Member/Non-Member Doubles Round of 16 (best of five games)
11 a.m. – Member/Non-Member Doubles Round of 8 (best of three games)
1 p.m. – Member/Non-Member Doubles Semifinal Round (one game)
1:45 p.m. – Member/Non-Member Doubles Championship (one game)
 
WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING VI TELEVISION SCHEDULE
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2, to be announced

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