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PBA Detroit Fall Swing set for Thunderbowl Lanes in September

The Professional Bowlers Association will return to historic Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Allen Park, Mich., Sept. 4-11 with its multi-event Detroit Fall Swing, featuring the Wolf, Bear, Badger and Detroit Opens plus a Fall King of the Swing special event.

All five events will be televised on CBS Sports Network on dates to be announced. The PBA Fall Swing previously has been held as the PBA Summer Swing in Milwaukee (2013) and Shawnee, Okla. (2014 and ’15).

The multi-event program will test PBA competitors on three diverse lane conditions – the 32-foot Wolf pattern, the shortest lane oiling pattern in PBA competition, the 52-foot Badger pattern, the longest application of oil in PBA competition, and the 40-foot, flat, U.S. Open-style Bear pattern, one of the most difficult lane conditions in the sport.

Players will use combined qualifying pinfall totals on the three animal patterns to advance to the Detroit Open match play finals. The King of the Swing special event will include the winners of the four Fall Swing tournaments plus the player with the highest points total in the four events without a title.

All preliminary rounds of the Detroit Fall Swing will be covered live, exclusively by PBA’s online video-streaming service, Xtra Frame.

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Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., USA (Sept. 4-11, 2016)

Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016
11 a.m. – A Squad practice session
2:30 p.m. – B squad practice session
6 p.m. – Pro-am

Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 Wolf Open
8 a.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games
2 p.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games
Top 18 after 6 games advance
7:30 p.m. – Top 18 qualifiers, 6 qualifying games
Top 5 after 12 games advance to CBS Sports Network stepladder finals

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 Bear Open
8 a.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games
2 p.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games
Top 18 after 6 games advance
7:30 p.m. – Top 18 qualifiers, 6 qualifying games
Top 5 after 12 games advance to CBS Sports Network stepladder finals

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 Badger Open
8 a.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games
2 p.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games
Top 18 after 6 games advance
7:30 p.m. – Top 18 qualifiers, 6 qualifying games
Top 5 after 12 games advance to CBS Sports Network stepladder finals
Top 18 based on 18-game qualifying totals for Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens advance to Detroit Open match play finals

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 Detroit Open
10 a.m. – 6 games round-robin match play, Wolf pattern
2 p.m. – 6 games round-robin match play, Bear pattern
6 p.m. – 6 games round-robin match play, Badger pattern
Top 5 after 36 games of qualifying and match play advance to CBS Sports Network stepladder finals

Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
Television setup and PBA practice day

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 (Thunderbowl Arena)
(CBS Sports Network air date to be announced)
10 a.m. – PBA Wolf Championship stepladder finals
2 p.m. – PBA Bear Championship stepladder finals
4:30 p.m. – PBA Badger Championship stepladder finals

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 (Thunderbowl Arena)
(CBS Sports Network air date to be announced)
11 a.m. – PBA Detroit Open stepladder finals
1:30 p.m. – PBA Fall King of the Swing stepladder finals

Author: Herbert Bickel
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