The Professional Bowlers Assn. will make its debut on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. Eastern. The Lucas Oil Badger Open will be the first of five two-hour telecasts of stepladder final rounds conducted during the GEICO PBA Summer Swing.
The GEICO PBA Summer Swing, presented by Lucas Oil, will continue for five consecutive Tuesdays — all at 7 p.m. Eastern — including the Lucas Oil Wolf Open on June 18, the Lucas Oil Bear Open on June 25, the Lucas Oil Milwaukee Open on July 2, and the GEICO Summer King of the Swing presented by Lucas Oil special event on July 9.
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The Summer Swing featured the introduction of three distinctively different lane conditioning patterns and competition at three different Milwaukee area bowling centers.
The Badger Open, conducted at AMF Waukesha, featured a 52-foot oiling pattern, the longest application of oil in PBA Tour history.
The Wolf Open at AMF West featured a 32-foot oiling pattern, the shortest of the PBA’s eight “animal patterns.”
The Bear Open at AMF Bowlero used a 40-foot flat condition, very similar to the challenging oil pattern used in the U.S. Open. The Milwaukee Open used a combination of all three patterns.
All tournaments will be covered by the veteran PBA team of play-by-play man Dave Ryan and color analyst/PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen. NFL all-star wide receiver and PBA League team owner Terrell Owens will make a visit to the broadcast booth during one of the telecasts.
The Badger Open finals will feature three players who have never won a PBA Tour title (top qualifier and 2011-12 PBA Rookie of the Year Josh Blanchard, second-year player Jake Peters, and Saginaw Valley State collegiate star Aaron Lorincz, the 2013 USBC Intercollegiate Singles Champion), along with three-time tour titlist Michael Haugen Jr. and Kurt Pilon, who won his only tour title in the 2001 Peoria Open — the first tournament conducted under the PBA’s then-new ownership group.
The Wolf Open finals will feature two players seeking their first tour titles (nine-year journeyman and top qualifier Chris Loschetter, and 20-year-old rookie E.J. Tackett), two PBA Hall of Famers who are tied for third place on the list of all-time tour title winners with 37 each (Norm Duke and Pete Weber), and one of the tour’s rising stars, former Saginaw Valley State collegiate star and four-time tour champion Bill O’Neill.
The Bear Open finalists include PBA Player of the Year contender Jason Belmonte, 14-time tour winner Chris Barnes, two non-titlists (Chris Loschetter and Dan MacLelland, who hopes to become the first Canadian ever to win a tour title), and Tom Hess, who won his only tour title in the 2011 USBC Masters.
The Milwaukee Open stepladder field will include Barnes, the top qualifier, Hall of Famers Weber and Duke, four-time titlist Mike Fagan and Jason Sterner, who won his first PBA Tour title by rolling a 299 game in the title match of the 2013 Don Carter Classic.
The field for the Summer King of the Swing telecast will be decided at the conclusion of the first four events. The King of the Swing field will include the four event winners (runner-up if any player wins more than one event), plus a “wild card” player (the Summer Swing points leader). The winner of the special event will collect a $10,000 prize, but it is not a PBA Tour title event.