With the exception of players-to-be-named-later from the PBA Japan Region, the fields for the QubicaAMF PBA Regional and PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional Challenge events on Nov. 27 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno have been set. Qualifying concluded Sunday in all seven domestic PBA regions.
The season-long competition points leaders for the PBA Regional Challenge are Matt O’Grady, Matawan, N.J., East Region; Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., South Region; Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., Central Region; Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, Midwest Region; Sean Maldonado, Houston, Southwest Region; Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., West Region, and David Haynes, Las Vegas, Northwest Region.
PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional qualifiers are Liz Kuhlkin, Rotterdam, N.Y., East Region; Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., South Region; Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, Central Region; Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W.Va., Midwest Region; Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, Southwest Region; Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., West Region, and April Lord Wittig, Steilacoom, Wash., Northwest Region.
Both Regional Challenge events, and the PBA50 Tour Challenge, will be eight-game round-robin match play events held at 3 p.m. PT on Sunday, Nov. 27. The top two players in each event will advance to a championship match later Sunday. All of the competition will be covered live on Xtra Frame, PBA’s subscription-based online video-streaming service. Subscriptions are available by visiting “xtraframe.tv” and clicking on the “subscribe now” link.
The PBA50 Tour field will include the top eight players in competition points for the recently-completed PBA50 Tour season. Qualifiers are Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.; Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela; Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.; Ron Mohr, Las Vegas; Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.; Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla.; Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., and Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis. (replacing Eddie Graham of Centerville, Ohio).
Each of the players who qualified for the Challenge events also earned a paid entry into the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII, which will be held Nov. 28-Dec. 11 at the National Bowling Stadium.
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