The 2014 PBA Barbasol Tournament of Champions will move to Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., beginning Jan. 18 and concluding with a live ESPN telecast at 12 noon Eastern on Sunday, Jan. 26, the PBA announced today.
The change in venue and dates for the 49th TOC from previously announced April in Indianapolis is accompanied by a revised PBA League competition and ESPN air-date schedule.
The 2014 Tournament of Champions will be open to any PBA member who has ever won a PBA Tour, International Tour, PBA50, PBA Women’s Series or PBA Regional title. The PBA champions will compete in a 49-game qualifying and match play format, with the top five players advancing to the stepladder finals.
The Tournament of Champions was first held in 1962 in Indianapolis as a showcase tournament for the elite players who had won PBA titles. In April 2013, in its return to Indianapolis, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, at age 50, became the oldest TOC winner when he defeated Jason Belmonte, 224-179, to win the title for the second time. With his win, Weber also tied bowling legend Earl Anthony for most PBA major titles (10) and became the first player ever to complete the PBA Triple Crown (TOC, U.S. Open and PBA World Championship) twice.
All 2014 TOC qualifying and match play rounds Jan. 18-21 will be covered live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.