LAS VEGAS - South Point Bowling Center will host the fourth annual Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling Nov. 2-11, a multi-event competition that will bring the world's best bowlers to Las Vegas to kick off the 2012-13 PBA Tour season.
The World Series of Bowling IV package will include six ESPN-televised events with finals conducted on specially-installed lanes in South Point's Exhibition Hall complex.
The World Series, which last year attracted more than 200 players from a record 15 different countries, will get underway with an open practice session on Friday, Nov. 2. Over the next four days, competitors will bowl two eight-game qualifying sessions in the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Opens. At the conclusion of each of the four qualifying rounds, the top 16 players will advance to an additional six-game qualifying session to determine the ESPN stepladder finalists.
The combined qualifying totals from the four animal pattern championships also will determine the top 24 match play finalists for the PBA World Championship. Round-robin match play will take place on Nov. 7 and 8 to determine the PBA World Championship stepladder finalists. The ESPN finals of the season's first major championship will conclude the World Series on Nov. 11.
Stars scheduled to compete include Sean Rash, Jason Belmonte, Pete Weber, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Bill O'Neill, Osku Palermaa, Tommy Jones, Norm Duke, Chris Barnes, Mike Fagan, Kelly Kulick and Mika Koivuniemi among others.
All ESPN finals will be conducted on Nov. 10 and 11 for delayed telecast. Included in the ESPN lineup will be the World Tenpin Bowling Association's World Bowling Tour Men's and Women's Finals.
Admission to all sessions is free. For schedule and additional information visit pba.com.
PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING IV SCHEDULE
South Point Bowling Center (ESPN finals in South Point Exhibition Hall)
(Schedule subject to change)
Friday, Nov. 2
9 a.m.-3 p.m. - Official tournament practice session
Saturday, Nov. 3
7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. - Cheetah Open qualifying, semifinal rounds
Sunday, Nov. 4
7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. - Viper Open qualifying, semifinal rounds
Monday, Nov. 5
7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. - Chameleon Open qualifying, semifinal rounds
Tuesday, Nov. 6
7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. - Scorpion Open qualifying, semifinal rounds
Wednesday, Nov. 7
11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. - PBA World Championship round-robin match play
Thursday, Nov. 8
2-6 p.m. - PBA World Championship round-robin match play, final round
Friday, Nov. 9
8 a.m.â€“5:30 p.m. - PBA All-Region Singles
Saturday, Nov. 10
8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. - PBA All-Region Singles match play and Doubles qualifying
Saturday, Nov. 10 (ESPN finals)
10 a.m. - World Bowling Tour men's and women's finals
1 p.m. - PBA Cheetah Open Championship
4 p.m. - PBA Viper Open Championship
Sunday, Nov. 11 (ESPN finals)
Noon - PBA Chameleon Open Championship
2 p.m. - PBA Scorpion Open Championship
5 p.m. - PBA World Championship