FAQ’s for the PBA World Series of Bowling

Q: When/Where is the PBA World Series of Bowling?

A: The PBA World Series of Bowling will take place in two locations on August 2 – September 6, 2009. PBA will be at Taylor Lanes in Taylor, Michigan from August 2 – 6, 2009 for the Motor City Open. PBA will be at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Michigan from August 7 – September 6, 2009. The first five of seven PBA Women’s Series events, seven Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour events, one Senior Tour event along with nine sweepers and side events.

 

Q: I’m interested in bowling in the PBA World Series of Bowling, when do I enter?

A: All tournament entries will open up starting on June 1, 2009.

 

Q: I’m interested in bowling this event, how much does it cost?

A: Entry Fees are as follows:
Non-Member Tournament Qualifying Round Entry: $325 ($350 if paid on day of the TQR)
Non-Member Open field entry: $600
PBA Member Tournament Qualifying Round Entry: $300 ($325 if paid on day of the TQR)
PBA Member Open field entry: $500

 

Q: If I’m bowling more than one event is there a discount?

A: Enter all PBA World Series of Bowling TQRs prior to July 23, 2009 and receive a 20% discount on sweepers and side events. All entries will be handled on-site for sweepers and side events.

 

Q: HOW DO I EARN AN EXEMPTION IN THE PBA WOMEN’S SERIES?

A: Players will have the opportunity to qualify for PBA Women's Series exemptions at the U.S. Women's Open in Las Vegas from Aug. 3-9. Players who opt to pay a separate entry fee of $750 at the tournament site will be eligible to use their qualifying scores toward the PBA Women's Tour Trials to earn exemptions for the PBA Women's Series.

 

Q: WHY WAS THE DECISION MADE TO ADD A TQR TO THE PBA WOMEN’S SERIES EVENTS?
A: As the PBA Women’s Series grows, the decision was made to give every woman bowler a chance to earn her way into individual events. This gives players either unable to bowl the Tour Trials or missing the Tour Trials cut more chances to earn a way into fields.

 

Q: Are there rules or restrictions for bowling side events/sweepers?

A: Any bowler may participate in the side action provided they enter one of the open tournaments or any of the five TQR’s

 

Q: What are the International Exemptions?

A: Three players will be awarded full exemptions throughout the PBA World Series of Bowling tournaments. One spot will be awarded by the European Bowling Tour (EBT) through an agreement with the PBA. The other two spots will be chosen from player applications. Information on how to apply will appear online by June 1, 2009. The three selections will be made and announced in June 30, 2009. To download International Exemption Request Form click here.

 

Q: What is a Golden Parachute Exemption?

A. Any former exempt player on the PBA Tour who lost their exemption at any point in the past four years may apply for this new exempt position. Following this year, the “golden parachute” exemption will come from the previous year’s crop of players who lose their exemption due to points. The exemption will be announced in June 15, 2009. To be considered for the Golden Parachute exemption click here.

 

Q. What are Prize Funds for the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour events?

A. The total purse for each of the standard Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour events being held during the PBA World Series of Bowling is $192,600 ($25,000 for first)

 

Q: What are the Prize Funds for the PBA Women’s Series events?

A: The total purse for each of the standard PBA Women's Series events being held during the World Series of Bowling is $50,800 ($10,000 first.)

 

Q: What equipment/shoes are legal at the WSOB?

A: For a complete list of equipment legal through August 31, 2009 click here

 

Q: What are the Prize Funds for the Side Events/ Sweepers?

A: Prize fund payout ratio: 5:1
All side action entry fees go directly into the prize fund; no lineage or administrative fees will be deducted.
Three side tournaments with $250 entry fee are restricted (no exempt PBA Tour players can enter).
Six side sweepers with $100 (3-Game Sweeper) and $80 (2-Game Sweeper) entry fees are not restricted (anyone can enter).

 

Q: What is the format for the Motor City Open in Taylor Lanes, Taylor, Michigan?

A: The first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour event of the PBA World Series of Bowling, the PBA Motor City Open, is an open field with traditional rounds of qualifying followed by 24 games of round robin match play. The TV show will be a five-man stepladder final.

 

Q: What is the format for the remaining tournaments at Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Michigan?

A: The five PBA World Series of Bowling “animal pattern” championships will use the following format:

Day 1 - Practice Session

Day 2 - Qualifying (7 game blocks)
Qualifying Rd of 72 – 1 (open division)
Qualifying Rd of 20 – 1 (women’s division)
Qualifying Rd of 72 – 2 (open division)
Qualifying Rd of 20 – 2 (women’s division)
Cut to the top 28 players (open division)
Cut to the top 8 players (women’s division)

Day 3 - Match Play (best 4 out of 7)
Round of 28 (open division, #5 – #28)
Round of 16 (open division, winners & #1 – #4)
Round of 8 (women’s division)
Round of 8 (open division)
Round of 4 (women’s division)

Day 4 - ESPN Telecast (Taped) TBD

Q: WHY IS THERE SO LITTLE TIME BETWEEN END OF THE U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN/TOUR TRIALS AND THE START OF THE PBA WOMEN'S SERIES PRESENTED BY USBC?

A: The US Women’s Open is the first week of August and the PBA World Series of Bowling begins August 14, 2009. There is a week between the conclusion of the U.S. Women’s Open finals and the start of the PBA Women’s Series for players to get to Detroit from Las Vegas. The heart and bulk of the PBA Women’s Series will take place at the PBA World Series of Bowling, which promises to be the greatest month of competitive bowling in history, featuring the greatest male, female and senior bowlers in the world competing for over $2 million in prize money.

Q: DO YOU HAVE TO BECOME A PBA MEMBER TO BOWL IN THE PBA WOMEN'S SERIES?

A: Players do not have to join the PBA in order to bowl the Tour Trials in conjunction with the U.S. Women’s Open, but must join the PBA if they make it through Tour Trials and become exempt in the PBA Women’s Series presented by USBC. Players do not have to join the PBA if they qualify for only the Mixed Doubles tournament (being held January 2010).

With regards to the PBA Women’s Series TQR, players do not have to join the PBA in order to bowl a TQR, but must join the PBA if they make it through one TQR and then wish to bowl another.


Q: WHY ARE ALL THE TV SHOWS AT THE END OF THE PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING?

A: The last week of the PBA World Series of Bowling is ESPN Week when all of the television shows that will air during the first half of the 2009-2010 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season will be taped. The week will feature many different on-site promotions tied to the production of these shows.

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