ALLEN PARK, Mich. (Sept. 16, 2016) – Nationally-televised coverage of the 2016 PBA Fall Swing begins Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network with the PBA Wolf Open finals from historic Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Detroit.
Making his PBA television debut Canadian native Francois Lavoie, a 24-year-old rookie who starred with the Wichita State University bowling program, earned the top berth for the finals and will wait in the wings as four PBA Tour champions make their bids to bowl against him in the championship match.
The finals, which will be conducted on the 32-foot PBA Wolf lane condition, will open with No. 4 qualifier one-time PBA Tour winner Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., bowling against No. 5 qualifier 19-year-old Texas two-hander Anthony Simonsen, a two-time Tour winner.
The Fall Swing will again implement lane oil with a blue dye so that fans and players can better see how the oil is applied to the lane as well as how the ball travels down the lane, and how lane play affects the oil as the finals continue.
A leading contender in the 2016 PBA Player of the Year race, Simonsen won the USBC Masters at age 19 in February to become the youngest ever to win a PBA major title after winning his first PBA Tour title with partner Connor Pickford in the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship to kick off the 2016 season. Daugherty will be trying to win his first win since capturing the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship title in 2012.
The winner of the opening match will meet 18-time PBA Tour champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas. The 2007-08 Player of the Year is seeking his first title on U.S. soil since winning the 2013 PBA Viper Open in Las Vegas. Barnes’ most recent titles were won in Qatar (2014) and Japan (2015).
The winner of the second match will take on three-time reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte in the semifinal match. Belmonte will be trying for his 13th PBA Tour title and first since winning the USBC Masters in 2015. He qualified for his eighth career PBA Summer/Fall Swing television final, one shy of Bill O’Neill’s record, in the fourth annual multi-event program.
The semifinal winner will then meet Lavoie, whose previous best finish this season was third in the Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Xtra Frame Open.
Fall Swing telecasts on CBSSN continue with the Bear Open on Sept. 28; Badger Open on Oct. 5, Detroit Open on Oct. 12 and the King of the Swing special event on Oct. 19. All shows air at 9 p.m. ET.