Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic

As the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour’s 2008-09 season
heads down the homestretch, Australia's Jason Belmonte heads the list of competitors bowling

Wednesday in the PBA Tour Qualifying Round (TQR) at The Bowling Foundation Long Island

The PBA Tour comes to AMF Babylon Lanes in West Babylon, NY. March
25-29 and
will play a pivotal role in the season points race and Player of the
Year honors.

In 2008, 12-time Lumber Liquidator PBA Tour champion Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, SC,
defeated Hall of Famer Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO, 257-191, to win the GEICO
Classic held at
AMF Babylon Lanes.

Jones and Weber, along with a star-studded field including a number of competitors recently
named to the list of the 50 greatest players in PBA history
as part of its 50th anniversary
celebration will be among the field of 64.
Players on that list who will compete are all-time PBA
titles leader Walter
Ray Williams Jr. (45 wins), Parker Bohn III, back-to-back Don Johnson
State Eliminator and Go RVing Match Play Championship winner Chris Barnes, and
Player of the Year contenders Wes Malott, Norm Duke and 2009 H & R Block Tournament of
Champions winner Patrick Allen.

The format will consist of 14 games of qualifying with a cut to the top 32 for nine-game modified
round robin match play. The field will then be cut to the top
16 for another round of match play to
determine the top five for the stepladder
finals to be televised by ESPN at 2 p.m. Eastern.

The tournament will feature two of the PBA’s lane conditioning patterns: Viper
and Shark for the first two qualifying rounds, respectively, and for match play
the left lane will use the Shark condition and the right lane Viper.

The Bowling Foundation partners with bowling organizations as the PBA, Bowling
Proprietor’s Association of America (BPAA), Bowling Proprietors International and
United States Bowling Congress (USBC) to serve as the central and premier charitable
arm of bowling, the industry and its partners worldwide to become a philanthropic leader toward
social change.

"We are honored to be a part of this event,” said Troy Greisen, The Bowling
Foundation’s Executive Director. “Just as the PBA showcases some of the world's
greatest bowlers, The Bowling Foundation supports some of the most important
charitable causes. Our partnership with the PBA is yet another way we can show
that bowling cares."

Tickets and pro-am entries are still being accepted for this event and information can be obtained
by visiting or by calling AMF Babylon Lanes
at (631) 661-6600.

The PBA Tour’s regular season concludes next week at the 66th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open
from March 29 to April 5 at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North
Brunswick, NJ.

AMF Babylon Lanes – West Babylon, NY

9 a.m. - Lumber Liquidators PBA TQR (7 games total pins)
4:30 p.m. - Exempt Player Practice

10 a.m. - Round of 64 (7 games on Viper)
5 p.m. - Round of 64 (7 games on Shark)
Cut to top 32 players

11 a.m. - Match Play Round 1 (9 games, cut to top 16 players)
6 p.m. - Match Play Round 2 (9 games, top 5 advance to ESPN finals)

PBA Pro-Am Events and Fan Day
Pro-Am Times: 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

2 p.m. (Eastern) Live ESPN Television Finals

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