International star may be out

October 21st, 2010  |  Published in Pro Bowling

One of bowling’s top international stars, Stuart Williams of Liverpool, England, may not be able to compete in the PBA World Series of Bowling.

Williams confirmed to Bowlers Journal International that he was refused entry to the United States “on the visa waiver program that I have traveled to the USA on each time I have been.”

Williams and all other World Series entrants are expected to be at host South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas on Saturday for a mandatory meeting that is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Pacific. On Sunday, two separate practice sessions — one featuring three of the “animal” patterns” to be used in the World Series, and the other featuring two of those patterns — are scheduled.

Actual tournament play doesn’t begin until Monday, and while the PBA certainly could forgive Stuart’s non-attendance at the Saturday meeting, he would be at a distinct disadvantage if unable to participate in the Sunday practice sessions.

“At this time, it doesn’t look good for being able to play in the World Series,” Williams said. “The PBA is doing everything they can to try and get my situation sorted. However, I think we are losing the race against time.”

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