PBA Tour Shifts to Shawnee Following Historic Finale in Arlington

by Bill Vint, Professional Bowlers Association 0

SHAWNEE, Okla. (Jan. 20, 2020) – The 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season got off to a record-breaking start Sunday when newly-inducted PBA Hall of Famer Tommy Jones threw a perfect game to win the PBA Hall of Fame Classic, but the dust will barely have had time to settle before the stars of the PBA begin chasing the second title of the season in the PBA Oklahoma Open at FireLake Bowling Center.

The Oklahoma Open got underway Monday with a pre-tournament qualifier where a field of non-exempt players bowled a 10-game preliminary event in pursuit of eight berths in the tournament proper, beginning Wednesday. The tournament will conclude with a five-player stepladder final airing live on FS1 on Sunday at 1 p.m. CST.

A capacity field of 88 players from around the world will compete for the Oklahoma Open title, currently held by 2019 winner Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona. In addition to the Oklahoma Open title, players will earn competition points toward 24 berths in the second PBA Playoffs later in the spring.

Among the players competing in Shawnee will be five-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia; 2019 PBA Rookie of the Year Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tennessee, and PBA Hall of Famers Chris Barnes, Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Jones, who bowled the 27th nationally-televised perfect game in defeating top qualifier Darren Tang, 300-237, for his 20th career title in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic title.

The Oklahoma Open field will bowl their first six-game qualifying games at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday. A and B squads will return for another six games at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday. After 12 qualifying games, the top 16 players will bowl two eight-game match play rounds at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday to decide Sunday’s five stepladder finalists.

The tournament will be a dual pattern event, with 45-foot PBA Dragon 45 lane conditioning pattern applied to the left lane and the 32-foot Wolf 32 pattern applied to the lane for each round. The Oklahoma Open is a Tier 2 event in the PBA’s competition points structure.

Tickets for the Oklahoma Open finals are available at www.pba.com/tickets or at the door.


(A 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour event)

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla. (all times are Central)

Monday, Jan. 20

10 a.m. – Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ), 5 games

2 p.m. – Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ), 5 games

  Top 8 after 10 games advance to tournament proper

Tuesday, Jan. 21

1 p.m. – A Squad official practice session

5 p.m. – B Squad official practice session

Wednesday, Jan. 22

11 a.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games

5 p.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games

Thursday, Jan. 23

11 a.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games

5 p.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games

  Top 16 after 12 games advance to round-robin match play

Friday, Jan. 24

11 a.m. – Top 16 Match Play, 8 games

5 p.m. – Top 16 Match Play, 8 games

  Top 5 after 28 games advance to stepladder finals

Saturday, Jan. 25

4 p.m. – Pro-Am squad

Sunday, Jan. 26

1 p.m. – Top 5 stepladder finals (live, FS1)

Editor’s Note: for a complete roster of tournament participants, click here: https://www.pba.com/Rosters/Details/3085

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