29 Titles Up for Grabs in Expanded 2015 PBA Tour Season Schedule

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

An expanded schedule of tournament activity is on tap for the Professional Bowlers Association for calendar year 2015, including three major championships, six Xtra Frame tournaments, three doubles events and nine PBA International-World Bowling Tour tournaments among 29 PBA Tour title events.

The comprehensive schedule of PBA events includes 22 PBA television programs on ESPN and the CBS Sports Network, plus live online coverage of more than 40 events by PBA’s Xtra Frame online broadcast crew, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced today.

In addition to following the stars of the PBA on television and via the internet, fans will be able to attend PBA events in person in California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. International tour stops will include visits to Japan, Korea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Finland, Bahrain, Kuwait and Germany.

Highlights of the 2015 schedule include:

● The PBA Tour’s first visit to Maine for the third annual PBA League eliminations and Elias Cup finals along with a new PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout in late March.

● Three doubles tournaments, including the renewal of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship; the PBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles in Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2, and the PBA/PBA50 Tour Doubles Championship which will pair PBA Tour players with “senior” partners in August in Hammond, Indiana.

● Six new PBA Tour title-events covered live on Xtra Frame in Pensacola, Florida; Lubbock, Texas; Middletown, Delaware; Portland, Maine; Houston, Texas (mixed doubles), and Council Bluffs, Iowa. The former regional events will feature enhanced prize funds and elevation to PBA Tour title status.

● The return of the Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational, a special fund-raising event, to be held on Jan. 8 in Los Angeles for airing on Super Bowl Sunday.

● The return of the Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing to Shawnee, Okla., May 9-17, which means four PBA Tour title events and five telecasts on CBS Sports Network.

● The return of PBA World Series of Bowling VII to the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa complex in Las Vegas.

The 2015 PBA calendar also includes 11 PBA50 Tour events, plus special events for the PBA’s 50-and-older top players during PBA World Series of Bowling VI and VII, and the PBA will conduct more than 140 Regional tournaments in cities within the PBA’s East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest and West Regions, plus tournaments conducted by the new PBA Japan Region.

The PBA will conclude its 2014 campaign with five championship tournaments and two special events in World Series of Bowling VI at South Point in Las Vegas, followed by the Japan Cup and PBA International-World Bowling Tour events in Korea, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which means that between November 2014 and the end of 2015, PBA Tour players will compete for 37 titles and nearly $4 million in prize money.

PBA fans will be able to follow hundreds of hours of PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and regional action throughout the schedule by subscribing to Xtra Frame at the monthly rate of $7.99, or for a full-year for only $64.99 (less than $5.50 per month). Visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link for complete details. Extensive PBA coverage also will be available on PBA’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.

2014 PBA SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Oct. 24-Nov. 2: GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI (PBA Regional, PBA50 Tour, PBA Women’s Regional Match Play Elimination Rounds; Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Viper, Scorpion, Chameleon and PBA World Championship preliminary rounds, South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas (preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, finals Nov. 1-2 and Jan. 11)

Nov. 13-15: Japan Cup, Minami Suna Round1 Bowling Center, Tokyo, Japan

Nov. 9-22: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Daejeon International Open, Daejeon World Cup Bowling Center, Daejeon, Korea

Nov. 21-27: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Qatar Open, Qatar Bowling Center, Doha, Qatar

Nov. 28-Dec. 3: PBA International-World Bowling Tour 8th Kingdom International Open, Universal Bowling Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Dec. 4-15: WTBA Men’s World Championships (non-PBA event), Khalifa International Bowling Centre, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2015 PBA SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

(tentative; visit pba.com for updates)

Jan. 8: Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational, site to be announced, Los Angeles (ESPN, Feb. 1, 4:30 p.m. ET)

Jan. 6-11: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Ballmaster Open, Tali Bowling Center, Helsinki, Finland

Jan. 11: GEICO WSOB VI PBA World Championship stepladder finals, South Point Bowling Stadium, Las Vegas (ESPN live, 1 p.m. ET)

Jan. 14-18: DHC PBA Japan Invitational 2015, Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan (Xtra Frame)

Jan. 26-30: PBA Players Championship and Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship qualifying and match play, Bowlmor AMF Bowlero, Wauwatosa, Wis. (Xtra Frame)

Feb. 1-8: United States Bowling Congress Masters, Ashwaubenon Bowl, Green Bay, Wis. (preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, finals on ESPN live, Feb. 8, 1 p.m. ET)

Feb. 10-15: 50th Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis (preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, finals on ESPN live, Feb. 15, 1 p.m. ET); PBA Players Championship finals, Feb. 14 (ESPN, Feb. 22, 1 p.m. ET); Mark Roth/Marshall Homan PBA Doubles Championship finals, Feb. 15 (ESPN, March 1, 1 p.m. ET)

Feb. 24-March 2: PBA International-World Bowling Tour H.H. Emir Cup, Qatar Bowling Center, Doha, Qatar

Feb. 27-March 1: PBA Xtra Frame Pensacola South Open, New Liberty Lanes, Pensacola, Fla. (Xtra Frame)

March 5-10: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Kingdom of Bahrain Open, Ozone Entertainment Center, Oman, Bahrain

March 13-17: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Kuwait Open, Cozmo Bowling Center, Kuwait City, Kuwait

March 19-22: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Brunswick Euro Challenge, Dream-Bowl Palace, Munich, Germany

March 28-30: PBA League Playoffs and Elias Cup Finals, Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (ESPN, March 29, 4:30 p.m. ET; April 5, 3:30 p.m. ET; April 12, 2 p.m. ET and April 19, 1 p.m. ET)

March 30-31: PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout, Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (Xtra Frame)

April 11-14: PBA50 Pasco County Open, Lane-Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla. (Xtra Frame)

April 18-21: PBA50 Sun Bowl in The Villages, Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla. (Xtra Frame)

April 26-29: PBA50 Miller High Life Classic, George Pappas’ Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C. (Xtra Frame)

May 9-17: Oklahoma’s Grand Casino and Resort PBA Summer Swing (Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Open tournaments), Firelake Bowling Center and Grand Casino Event Center, Shawnee, Okla. (preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, finals on CBS Sports Network, air dates to be announced)

May 31-June 5: Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas (Xtra Frame)

June 7-10: PBA50 Northern California Classic, Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif. (Xtra Frame)

June 13-16: PBA50 Grants Pass Open, Cave Man Bowl, Grants Pass, Ore. (Xtra Frame)

June 26-28: PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Southwest Open, South Plains Lanes, Lubbock, Texas (Xtra Frame)

July 19-22: PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open, Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minn. (Xtra Frame)

July 27-Aug. 1: USBC Senior Masters, Ashwaubenon Bowl, Green Bay, Wis.

July 31-Aug. 2: PBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas (Xtra Frame)

Aug. 4-7: PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind. (Xtra Frame)

Aug. 8-11: PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Xtra Frame)

Aug. 13-15: PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Xtra Frame)

Aug. 21-23: PBA Xtra Frame Middletown East Open, Middletown, Del. (Xtra Frame)

Sept. (tba): PBA International-World Bowling Tour Thailand, Blu-O Paragon, Bangkok

Oct. 9-11: PBA Xtra Frame Iowa Midwest Open, Council Bluffs, Iowa (Xtra Frame)

Oct. 16-Nov. 1: PBA World Series of Bowling VII (Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion Opens; PBA World Championship; World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA), South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas (preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, finals on ESPN, air dates to be announced)

Nov. 21-27: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Qatar Open, Qatar Bowling Center, Doha, Qatar

Nov. 28-Dec. 3: PBA International-World Bowling Tour 9th Kingdom International Open, Universal Bowling Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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