Thursday, July 15, 2010
2010 PBA World Series of Bowling
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is now accepting entries for the
2010 PBA World Series of Bowling which kicks off the 2010-11 Lumber
Liquidators PBA Tour season in October at the South Point Hotel, Casino and
Bowling Center in Las Vegas.
For a $750 entry fee, bowlers are entered in six events including
the PBA World Championship. In all, the 14-day extravaganza
will award six PBA Tour titles and pay $635,000 in prize money.
In previous seasons the entry fee alone for the PBA World
Championship had been $500 for PBA members. There will be
no Tour Qualifying Rounds or “World Series Trials.”
For John Cicero of Colorado Springs, Colo., a PBA member since 2008 who
submitted the first World Series (WSOB) entry, the WSOB is a perfect
opportunity to compete affordably at the sport’s highest level.
“Since becoming a PBA member it’s been a tremendous learning curve and now
after competing on PBA conditions—mainly at the regional level—I feel I’m at
the point where I have a reasonable chance to do well under Tour conditions,”
said the 32-year-old Cicero. “To have all the (WSOB) tournaments in one
location at one time makes it affordable for me to compete in several
tournaments that I probably wouldn’t have been able to compete in otherwise.
“I bowled the Tour Trials last year and learned a lot from that experience even
though I didn’t do that well. But, I’m looking forward to the challenge of
bowling against these guys in Vegas.”
The WSOB, which is open exclusively to PBA, Japan PBA, Korean PBA and
World Tenpin Bowling Association International (non-U.S.) members, begins
Sunday, Oct. 24, and culminates with the taping of six television programs over
two days Nov. 5-6. The shows will air on ESPN starting Sunday, Nov. 28.
Members can enter on-line by clicking on the member’s login link on pba.com
and then Tournaments/Enter New Tournament and select World Series as the
region. An entry form may be downloaded by logging onto the membership site
where the entry form is the very first link on the opening page. Entrants can also
request an entry form from PBA at email@example.com ; or by calling (206) 332-9688. Entries may be
scanned and e-mailed back to PBA, faxed to (206) 332-9722 or mailed to the PBA office.
Beginning Monday, Oct. 25, and over a span of five consecutive days, WSOB players
will bowl 12 games on the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark
patterns, respectively, with the top 16 from each daily event advancing to match
play during the second week. The top 16 players in each animal pattern event
also will earn prize money with the winner of each earning $15,000, a PBA Tour
title and a berth in the Tournament of Champions.
The combined pinfall for 60 games across all animal pattern events will
determine the standings for the PBA World Championship which will pay one in four
based on 216 entries with a $2,000 low-to-cash. First prize in the World
Championship will be $50,000. The PBA World Championship also will incorporate a unique television format where the top eight qualifiers will advance to a three-day television finale.
“We are building the PBA World Series of Bowling to be the ultimate
destination event for our entire membership,” said PBA COO and Deputy
Commissioner Tom Clark. “Multiple titles are up for grabs, a huge overall prize
fund, nine nationally-televised shows, affordable entry fee and accommodations
and all in one city for a short amount of time.
“There are no Tour Qualifying Events (TQRs), just one even playing field with
wall-to-wall competitive bowling at the highest level. If you are a PBA member,
this is the bowling trip you cannot miss. If you aren’t a member but believe in
your game, the chance to compete in the WSOB is your reason to join the PBA.”
The WSOB host hotel South Point is offering a special $49 plus tax ($78 plus tax
weekend) member room rate for the World Series. For room reservations and
more information about South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center, visit