PBA Adds Multi-Event South Point Bowling Plaza Fall Classic to 2015 Schedule

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

The Professional Bowlers Association will return to South Point Bowling Plaza Oct. 19-26 with a new PBA South Point Bowling Plaza Fall Classic program, featuring an all-new PBA Team Challenge; qualifying and match play rounds of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship; and a new PBA Tour title event, the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open.

The new competition program for South Point became possible when the PBA moved the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII, originally scheduled for South Point, to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., to take advantage of a unique, live, prime-time ESPN telecast slot on Thursday, Dec. 17 for the PBA World Championship.

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Mike Monyak, Director of Bowling Operations at South Point

“The PBA is thrilled to be able to stage this exciting series of events in the new South Point Bowling Plaza,” PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark said. “South Point has been a great partner to the PBA and working with Director of Bowling Operations, Mike Monyak, to launch a new PBA team event in addition to two PBA Tour title events in the new Plaza will be awesome for the best bowlers in the world, the bowling fans in Las Vegas and a worldwide audience on Xtra Frame.”

The Fall Classic will feature a new five-player team competition, qualifying and match play rounds of the Roth/Holman Doubles Championship, and the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, a PBA Tour title event. All competition except for the PBA Doubles Championship finals, which will be added to the GEICO WSOB VII ESPN television lineup in Reno, will be covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video-streaming service.

Also as part of the PBA Fall Classic and the Xtra Frame coverage schedule, the PBA West Region will conduct a PBA South Point West Challenge tournament for players who have never won a PBA title on Friday, Oct. 23, and a PBA50 Western Open for players 50 and older on Monday, Oct. 26. Bowlers can enter those events through the PBA West Region.

PBA members and non-members are invited to bowl in the Fall Classic. Entry fee and prize money, based upon entries for each event, include the following. Entries open July 8:

● PBA Team Challenge: $500 per member entry fee ($600 per non-member), $40,000 first prize, $5,000 for 15th place, 1:4 cashing ratio, field limited to 60 teams.

● Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship: $500 per member entry fee ($600 per non-member), $22,000 first prize, $2,000 for 15th place, 1:4 cashing ratio, field limited to 60 teams.

● PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open: $300 member entry fee ($325 non-member), $10,000 first prize, 1:3 cashing ratio, field limited to 120 entries.

● PBA South Point West Challenge : $220 member entry fee ($285 non-member), open to players who have not won a PBA title, $1,500 first prize, 1:3 cashing ratio, field limited to 120 entries.

● PBA50 Western Open: $220 member entry fee ($285 non-member), open to players age 50 and older, $2,000 first prize, 1:3 cashing ratio, field limited to 120 entries.

PBA SOUTH POINT BOWLING PLAZA FALL CLASSIC SCHEDULE

South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas, Oct. 19-26

Monday, Oct. 19

11 a.m. – Fall Classic practice session

3 p.m. –Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, 8 qualifying games (16 individual games)

Top 12 teams advance to round robin match play

Tuesday, Oct. 20

9 a.m. – Roth/Holman PBA Doubles, 6 games match play (12 individual games)

2 p.m. – Roth/Holman PBA Doubles, 6 games match play (12 individual games)

Top 5 teams after 20 doubles games (40 individual games) advance to ESPN stepladder finals on Saturday, Dec. 19 at National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.

7 p.m. – PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open practice session

Wednesday, Oct. 21

9 a.m. – PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, 8 qualifying games

Top 24 advance to round robin match play

4 p.m. - PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, 8 games round-robin match play

Thursday, Oct. 22

8:30 a.m. - PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, 8 games round-robin match play

1 p.m. - PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, 8 games round-robin match play

Top 5 after 32 games advance to stepladder finals

5:30 p.m. - PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open stepladder finals (live on Xtra Frame)

Friday, Oct. 23

9 a.m. – PBA South Point West Challenge qualifying and match play (open to non-champions)

6 p.m. – PBA Team Challenge practice session

Saturday, Oct. 24

9 a.m. – PBA Team Challenge, 6 qualifying games (30 individual games)

5 p.m. – PBA Team Challenge, 12 Baker format qualifying games

Top 8 teams after 18 combined team games advance to round robin match play

Sunday, Oct. 25

9 a.m. – PBA Team Challenge, 8 games Baker format round robin match play

Top 4 teams after 26 combined team games advance to stepladder finals

3 p.m. – PBA Team Challenge Baker format stepladder finals (live on Xtra Frame)

Monday, Oct. 26

9 a.m. – PBA50 Western Open qualifying and match play

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