Direct Entry, Qualifying Events Will Set Fields for U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open in 2019

by Terry Bigham, USBC Communications 0

ARLINGTON, Texas – Competitors once again will earn direct entry into the 2019 U.S. Open and 2019 U.S. Women’s Open fields based on last season’s professional tour money lists and finishes at national events, and through expanded regional qualifying tournaments and an on-site pre-tournament qualifier.

Limited fields were introduced in 2017 for U.S. Open and in 2018 for the U.S. Women’s Open. Both events are a collaborative effort of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA) and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC).

The 2019 U.S. Women’s Open will take place June 16-23 at Texas Station in Las Vegas. It will be the second major of the 2019 Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) season and will have a 108-player field.

The 2019 U.S. Open will have a 144-player field when it is held Oct. 23-30 at Victory Lanes in Mooresville, North Carolina.

CBS Sports Network will televise the stepladder finals of each event.

Bowlers who do not earn a direct entry can attempt to qualify through regional qualifying events or through the pre-tournament qualifiers that will be held on-site at each event.

There will be 20 U.S. Open and eight U.S. Women’s Open regional qualifying events held throughout the country. The host centers of each regional qualifier will manage the tournament, including registration, and will determine the format, provided it includes at least nine games and is contested on a Sport Bowling-compliant lane condition. The winner of each regional will advance to the national tournament.

The on-site pre-tournament qualifiers at each event will be used to complete the fields.

Visit BOWL.com/USOpen and BOWL.com/USWomensOpen for complete information on the respective tournaments, including the most current list of centers that will host regional events.

DIRECT ENTRIES
The direct-entry criteria for the 2019 U.S. Open and 2019 U.S. Women’s Open:

U.S. OPEN DIRECT ENTRIES  

  • U.S. Open winners, last 10 years
  • USBC Masters winners, last three years
  • PBA World Championship winners, last three years
  • PBA Tournament of Champions winners, last three years
  • PBA Players Championship winners, last three years
  • USBC Open Championships Regular Division all-events winners, last three years
  • 2018 USBC Senior Masters winner
  • 2018 PBA Senior U.S. Open winner
  • 2018 Junior Gold U20 boys division winner
  • Intercollegiate Singles Championships men’s winner, last two years
  • 2018 U.S. Open, top five finishers
  • Top 50 Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) money list, 2018 National Tour/WBT
  • 2018 Team USA and Junior Team USA members
  • 2018 U.S. Amateur, top three men’s finishers
  • Top 1 from each of the 20 U.S. Open regional qualifiers
  • Reserved for PBA national champion not on the qualified list*
  • Remainder of field will be filled through an on-site pre-tournament qualifier
  • 2019 event winners (if not already qualified)
    • Storm Lucky Larsen Masters
    • WBT/PBA World Bowling Tour Thailand
    • PBA Fall Swing – Wolf Open
    • PBA Fall Swing – Bear Open
    • PBA Fall Swing – Tulsa Open

U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN DIRECT ENTRIES

  • U.S. Women's Open winners, last 10 years
  • USBC Queens winners, last three years
  • PWBA Tour Championship winner, last three years
  • PWBA Players Championship winners, last three years
  • USBC Women’s Championships Diamond Division all-events winners, last three years
  • 2018 USBC Senior Queens winner
  • 2018 Junior Gold U20 girls division winner
  • Intercollegiate Singles Championships women’s winner, last two years
  • 2018 U.S. Women's Open, top five finishers
  • Top 30 Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) points list in 2018
  • 2018 Team USA and Junior Team USA members
  • 2018 U.S. Amateur, top three women’s finishers
  • Top 1 from each of the eight (8) U.S. Women’s Open regional qualifiers
  • Reserved for PWBA National Champion not on the qualified list*
  • Remainder of field will be filled through an on-site pre-tournament qualifier
  • 2019 event winners (if not already qualified)
    • PWBA Greater Cleveland Open
    • PWBA Twin Cities Open
    • PWBA Lincoln Open
    • PWBA Tucson Open
    • PWBA Sonoma County Open
    • PWBA Fountain Valley Open
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