Dates Set for 2014 World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas

by Bob Johnson 0

The PBA’s World Series of Bowling VI will return to South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Oct. 24-Nov. 2, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced today.

The PBA World Series, which originated in 2009 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., as a multi-event international showcase of bowling talent, will again feature four exclusive PBA “animal pattern” tournaments — the Cheetah, Viper, Scorpion and Chameleon Championships — which also will serve as qualifying events for the 2014 season’s third and final major, the PBA World Championship.

Since its inception, the PBA World Series has welcomed bowlers from 31 different countries, including representation by a record 21 nations in 2013. The PBA has received communications that China may send its first players in 2014.

Defending 2013 champions are Wes Malott, Cheetah Championship; Chris Barnes, Viper Championship; Ryan Ciminelli, Chameleon Championship; Tom Smallwood, Scorpion Championship, and Dom Barrett, PBA World Championship.

Additional events associated with the World Series will be announced at a later time.

Bowling fans around the world will again be able to follow WSOB qualifying and match play competition through live coverage on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. All WSOB VI finals will be televised by ESPN.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.