LAS VEGAS (May 25, 2016) -- The world’s greatest bowlers ages 50 years and older will compete in the first major tournament of the 2016 PBA50 Tour season when the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global returns to the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas May 29-June 3.
Several of the PBA’s all-time great players will be trying to add another milestone to their legendary careers in the fifth stop of the season including defending champion Pete Weber’s bid to become the first player to win four consecutive PBA50 Tour Tournaments.
Bowling fans will be able to catch all the action – start to finish – on pba.com’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information click on www.xtraframe.tv.
Here’s a look at several compelling storylines for the 14th annual event:
Defending champion Pete Weber will try for a record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title: Defending Senior U.S. Open champion PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, off to a blazing start in the 2016 PBA50 Tour season, will try to become the first player ever to win four consecutive PBA50 Tour titles. The reigning PBA50 Player of the Year finished fourth in the season-opening Pasco County Florida Open and since then won the United Healthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages, Mooresville Ford Open and Johnny Petraglia BVL Open in successive weeks. Weber currently shares the record for PBA50 consecutive titles with fellow Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C. who set the mark in 2006.
Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open is still looking for its first three-time winner: PBA Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, and Tom Baker of King, N.C., will be trying for a record third PBA Senior U.S. Open title. Monacelli, a 20-time PBA Tour and five-time PBA50 Tour winner won the event in 2012 and 2013. Baker, a 10-time PBA Tour and 12-time PBA50 Tour winner also won the event back-to-back in 2005 and 2006.
Baker, who currently is tied for second in career PBA50 Tour titles with Gary Dickinson and Dale Eagle with 12, will also try to move into second place by himself behind all-time titles leader John Handegard with 14 wins.
PBA legend Johnny Petraglia trying to become oldest player to win a PBA50 Tour title: PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia is trying to become the oldest player to win a PBA50 Tour title at age 69. In more than 50 years of PBA competition, Petraglia has won 14 PBA Tour and eight PBA50 Tour titles. He is the only player in PBA history to win a PBA Tour or PBA50 Tour national title in six different decades. He’s still competitive with a best finish of fourth in 2015 and a fourth-place finish this season.
Senior U.S. Open is first of four PBA50 Tour majors: For the first time in the more than 30 year history of the PBA50 Tour, players will have the opportunity to compete in four majors. After the Senior U.S. Open, the remaining majors are the USBC Senior Masters, PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino PBA World Championship and PBA50 National Championship.
Players vying for season-ending PBA50 Tour TV finals: The top eight bowlers from the 2016 PBA50 Tour points list advance to the PBA Challenge held in conjunction with PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno in December. The top two PBA Challenge competitors in the PBA50 division advance to a final to air exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame, following an eight game match play round.
Hall of Famers competing in the Senior U.S. Open: Eight PBA Hall of Famers are entered in the Senior U.S. Open including Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber, Tom Baker, Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Brian Voss, Johnny Petraglia, and Dale Eagle.
Past Champions: Five Past Senior U.S. Open champions are entered including Pete Weber (2015), Norm Duke (2014), Amleto Monacelli (2012-2013), Ron Mohr (2011) and Tom Baker (2005-06).
Challenging format: The PBA Senior U.S. Open is considered the most demanding test for players because of its grueling format and challenging lane conditions. Like the U.S. Open on the PBA Tour, the Senior U.S. Open demands patience, quality shot-making and a strong mental game over 42 games of qualifying and match play. The top four players will then meet in the stepladder finals to determine the winner.
SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN WINNERS
2015 Pete Weber
2014 Norm Duke
2013 Amleto Monacelli
2012 Amleto Monacelli
2011 Ron Mohr
2010 Mark Williams
2009 Wayne Webb
2008 Wayne Webb
2007 n-Rick Minier
2006 Tom Baker
2005 Tom Baker
2004 David Ozio
2003 Dave Soutar
SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN PRESENTED BY 900 GLOBAL SCHEDULE
Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas (All times Pacific)
Sunday, May 29
8 - A Squad practice
9:15 a.m. - B Squad practice
10:30 a.m. - C Squad practice
Monday, May 30
7 a.m. - A Squad, 6 qualifying games
10:45 a.m. - B Squad, 6 qualifying games
2:30 p.m. C Squad, 6 qualifying games
Tuesday, May 31
7 a.m. - B Squad, 6 qualifying games
10:45 a.m. - C Squad, 6 qualifying games
2:30 p.m. - A Squad, 6 qualifying games
Wednesday, June 1
7 a.m. - C Squad, 6 qualifying games
10:45 a.m. - A Squad, 6 qualifying games
2:30 p.m. - B Squad, 6 qualifying games
(Based on 192-player field, top 48 advance to match play)
Thursday, June 2
8 a.m. – 6 games round robin match play
1 p.m. - 6 games round robin match play
Friday, June 3
8 a.m. - 6 games round robin match play
12:30 p.m. - 6 games round robin match play
Top 4 advance after 42 games advance to stepladder finals
4:15 p.m. – Top 4 stepladder finals