HISTORIC WEEKEND OF TELEVISION EVENTS SET FOR DETROIT
HISTORIC WEEKEND OF TELEVISION EVENTS SET FOR DETROIT
Detroit area bowling fans will have the opportunity to personally watch the debut of the PBA League on television, which means eight teams of five players (a total of 40 players) will have an opportunity to bowl on television in either the Baker team matches or the one-ball Clash eliminator rounds.
Additional players who are not members of the PBA League teams may also qualify for television appearances in the four individual events being conducted part of the Detroit Winter Swing.
After the completion of qualifying in the first two events – Tuesday’s Carmen Salvino Classic and Wednesday’s Mark Roth Classic – two players who are not on active PBA League rosters have qualified for the finals.
D.J. Archer of Friendswood, Texas, was named to fill the supplemental player berth on the Motown Muscle team after Brad Angelo withdrew from the Winter Swing due to an injury. While Archer will not be active in the team competition unless one of the Muscle players withdraws, he will make a television appearance as the No. 1 berth in the Salvino Classic. Archer will try to beat Colombia’s Andres Gomez – a member of Chris Paul’s L.A. X team and the defending Salvino Classic champion – for his first PBA Tour title. The Salvino PBA League round and Salvino Classic title match will be conducted starting at noon ET Saturday at Thunderbowl.
Michael Haugen Jr. of Carefree, Ariz., also was undrafted in the PBA League selection process, but he led the Mark Roth Classic qualifying. He will bowl against New York City WTT KingPins team member Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., for the Roth Classic title. The Roth PBA League round and Mark Roth Classic title match begin at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday.
The Don Carter PBA League round and Don Carter Classic title match (qualifying for both are taking place Thursday) will round out Saturday’s television events at 7 p.m.
HOW THE PBA LEAGUE “CLASH” ELIMINATOR ROUND WILL WORK
The fourth team will be decided based on a one-ball elimination competition that also will be aired as part of each PBA League telecast. Here’s how it works:
● The teams that finished 4th through 8th after their respective qualifying rounds will be represented in an 11-player Clash elimination round. Team representation will be based on where the team finished after qualifying. The team that qualified fourth will have four players in the Clash round, the No. 5 team will have three Clash players, the No. 6 team will have two representatives, and the No. 7 and 8 teams will each have one bowler in the Clash.
● All 11 players will throw one shot. The player who has the lowest pinfall for that shot will be eliminated (in case of ties, players who are tied will roll-off until one player is eliminated). The process will continue for 10 rounds until one bowler remains, and that bowler’s team will earn the No. 4 position in the stepladder finals.
NEW PBA LEAGUE BOWLING BALLS FEATURING TEAM LOGOS NOW ON SALE
NEW PORT RICHEY EVENT TO KICK OFF 2013 PBA50 TOUR SCHEDULE IN FLORIDA
The new Suncoast Open event will kick off the 2013 season for PBA bowlers ages 50 and older, and it will be the first in a series of five spring tournaments. Following the New Port Richey stop, PBA50 Tour players will compete in the Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Hammer at Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Fla., April 20-23; the Greater Birmingham Open presented by Ebonite at Lightning Strikes Lanes in Trussville, Ala., April 28-May 1; the Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., May 5-8 and the Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip at Capri Lanes in Kettering, Ohio, May 13-16.
For entry information for all PBA50 Tour events, visit pba.com and click on the PBA50 link under the Schedules tab.
PBA HALL OF FAMER AULBY TO RECEIVE BBIA AWARD
During a 25-year PBA career, Aulby won 29 titles including eight major championships, the PBA’s Triple Crown and Grand Slam. He was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1996 and the USBC Hall of Fame in 2001. Off the lanes, Aulby has been an outstanding ambassador for the sport. He was a two-time PBA Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner and received BPAA’s Dick Weber Ambassador Award in 2009. He remains active in the bowling industry as co-proprietor of Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl in Lafayette, Ind., and serves on the Board of Trustees for the International Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum.
PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP
● PBA regional competition resumes after the annual holiday season break when the PBA Central Region hosts the Legend Lanes Regular/Senior Doubles Classic in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Jan. 25-27. Activity in the other PBA regions resumes in February. For complete PBA regional schedule and entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tours” under the Schedules tab.
● Keith Brovald has joined the PBA as Player Services Manager, succeeding Kevin Tabron who has accepted a new position with Brunswick.
● The PBA has learned that its oldest member, charter member Joe Schmidt of Albany, N.Y., died in June shortly before his 100th birthday. The family notified the PBA’s Seattle office after receiving Schmidt’s new membership card (as a charter member, Schmidt no longer paid dues, but received a new membership card each year). Schmidt bowled in 10 PBA Tour events during his career, cashing for a modest $1,720.
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