Ten berths in the PBA World Series of Bowling XI field will be at stake Friday during the Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ) at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.
A field of nearly 50 PBA members will bowl two five-game qualifying rounds Friday at 1 and 5:30 p.m. PST to fill the 10 berths that will complete the 120-player field for the sold-out WSOB XI. For a complete WSOB XI roster, click here: https://www.pba.com/Rosters/Details/3092
Following a full day of practice Saturday on the PBA Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Earl Anthony (PBA World Championship) lane conditions, WSOB XI competition officially gets underway Sunday with two five-game Go Bowling PBA Cheetah Championship qualifying rounds at 3 and 8:30 p.m. EDT (noon and 5:30 p.m. PST). FloBowling will begin its extensive livestreaming coverage of the World Series with Cheetah qualifying Sunday.
Toby Contreras, the PBA Rookie of the Year in 1983 when he won his only PBA Tour title, has been named PBA Midwest Region Manager, succeeding Rich Weber who retired in 2018 and Bobby Jakel, PBA’s Central Region Manager who had filled the Midwest role on an interim basis.
Contreras, 62, lives in Raytown, Mo. He has bowled competitively on the PBA and PBA50 Tour, as well as in the regional program, off-and-on since his rookie year.
PBA HEAD OF EVENTS JANAY HAGGERTY RESIGNS
Janay Haggerty, PBA Head of Events, has resigned after a 16-year career with the PBA in order to spend more time with her family (husband and reigning PBA West Region Player of the Year PJ Haggerty plus their five-year-old twins) in Roseville, Calif.
Haggerty, who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications at Washington State University, worked two years as associate director of media relations at the University of Kansas before joining the PBA as media relations coordinator in 2003. She was promoted to director of events and community relations in 2008 and became Vice President of Marketing in 2017, a position she held until becoming Head of Events when Bowlero Corp purchased the PBA in 2019.
PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: VETERAN AMATEUR TOM ADCOCK WINS FIRST PBA50 TITLE
Tom Adcock of Decatur, Ill., defeated defending champion Brian Kretzer from Dayton, Ohio, 279-209, to win the PBA50 Plaza Lanes Central/Midwest Open at Plaza Lanes in Crawfordsville, Ind., Sunday.
The title was Adcock’s first as a PBA50 member and first since winning his only previous regional title in 1989. The 57-year-old righthander has bowled in several PBA Regionals over the ensuing years, winning twice as a non-member before re-joining in mid-2019. He earned $1,500 along with his title.
In the stepladder finals, Kretzer defeated John Marsala of St. Louis, 279-214, to advance to the championship match. In the opening match, Eddie Graham of Kettering, Ohio defeated PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 257-248, before falling to Marsala in the second match, 259-209.
• PBA Regional activity begins to heat up over the March 6-8 weekend with events including the PBA50 Strike Zone Lanes Central Classic in Canton, Ohio, and the PBA50 Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.
• The March 20-22 weekend features a heavy schedule of PBA Regional tournaments including the PBA50 Allstate/Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Virden, Ill.; the PBA50 Ultra Star Multi-Tainment Center South Open at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in Cherokee, N.C., and the PBA and PBA50 Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open doubleheader in Grants Pass, Ore.
• Closing the March PBA Regional calendar over the March 27-29 weekend will be the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Open in Elmira, N.Y., and the PBA50 Allstate Monte Skeels Midwest/Central Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill.
• For complete PBA Regional schedules including rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area. Whether you are a competitor or a fan, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).
• U.S. Open finalist Perry Crowell IV of Chesterfield, Mich., joined a very short list of amateur bowlers who have advanced to the championship round since the modern tournament began in 1971. Crowell, who finished fourth in the 2020 U.S. Open, was the first non-PBA member to reach the finals since Finland’s Osku Palermaa finished fifth in 2004. The other three non-PBA members who finished in the top five in previous U.S. Opens were George Brooks, second in 1996; Ron Bell, fifth in 1978, and Dick Ciprich, fourth in 1971.
• Footnote on the above item, when Osku Palermaa bowled in the 2004 U.S. Open finals, he was a 20-year-old amateur and the first two-handed bowler ever to appear in a televised PBA championship round. Palermaa finished fifth, losing to PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., 228-198, in the opening match.
• PBA fans are reminded that if you miss a live telecast on FOX or FS1, check your local listings for re-broadcasts on FS1 or FS2. Many of PBA’s finals aired by FOX Sports in 2020 are being re-aired.