World Series is full

by Bob Johnson 0

The 2010 PBA World Series of Bowling reached its capacity of 256 players on Tuesday, with former exempt player Tony Reyes of San Bruno, Calif., claiming the final spot.

The next step is filling the spectator area at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas with PBA fans to help kick off the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season.

And during the first week of qualifying, you might find yourself seated next to Susie Anthony. The wife of the late PBA superstar Earl Anthony has confirmed she intends to attend the entire first week of World Series action to visit with old friends and watch the competition.

Tickets for all sessions of the World Series, set for Oct. 24-Nov. 6 at South Point, are now on sale on pba.com.

For the practice sessions on Sunday, Oct. 24, and each of the “animal pattern” qualifying sessions Monday through Friday, Oct. 25-29, ticket prices are $10 for either the morning or afternoon/evening sessions, or $15 per day for “all day” passes.

For the Sunday, Oct. 31, practice session for the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark match play finalists, and for the five individual match play rounds — including Monday’s Cheetah and Viper finals, Tuesday’s Chameleon and Scorpion finals, and Wednesday’s Shark finals — tickets are $15.

Tickets for the Cheetah, Viper and Chameleon TV finals at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, will be $20 per session or $50 for the full day.

Tickets for the Scorpion, Shark and USA vs. The World finals on Saturday at 11 a.m., 3 and 5:30 p.m. also are $20 per session or $50 for the full day.

Players who are still hopeful of getting into the World Series field should get their names on the waiting list as soon as possible. Any late withdrawals will be filled on a first-come basis from the waiting list.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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