Defending PBA50 Player of the Year Pete Weber
, who will be trying for his third consecutive major win of the season, tops the list of PBA stars 50 and over who will compete in the inaugural PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship presented by Storm July 17-23 at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn.
The Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open continues a busy month of July on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. PBA fans will be able to catch all the action beginning Monday, July 18 with first round qualifying. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.
The third major of the 2016 PBA50 Tour season will be a scaled-down version of the PBA Tour’s PBA World Championship, providing a test of versatility and endurance by employing qualifying, match play and stepladder final stages on the PBA’s Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion lane conditions.
Each of the three stages also will award a PBA50 regional title. Combined qualifying pinfall totals for the three stages will determine the match play finalists for the PBA50 World Championship, leading up to a five-player stepladder final on Saturday, July 23.
Weber is currently in the middle of an incredible season in which he has already won a record five PBA50 Tour tournaments including a record four consecutive. Among those titles are victories in the season’s first two majors, the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global and the USBC Senior Masters in June.
The fourth and final major of the season will be the PBA50 National Championship to benefit Riley Hospital for Children Aug. 14-17 at Signature Lanes in Elkhart, Ind.
In the two PBA50 tournaments he has not won this season, Weber’s worst finish was a fourth place in the season-opening Pasco County Florida Open, which was won by Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. (left) of Oxford, Fla.
He also was second in the PBA50 Northern California Classic which was won by first-time PBA50 Tour titlist Noel Vazquez (right) of Sacramento. Weber didn’t bowl in the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open.
The PBA50 World Championship returns to the schedule for the first time since 2009 when three-time PBA50 Tour winner Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., won the event in suburban Detroit.
Other Hall of Famers competing include Amleto Monacelli (left), Norm Duke (right), Parker Bohn III, Mark Williams and Dale Eagle.
Competition begins Monday, July 18 with the first of three days of qualifying that begins at 8 a.m. After qualifying World Championship match play begins on Saturday, July 23 at 8:30 a.m. Qualifying scores from the first three days will also determine the top players who will compete in Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion match play rounds on Thursday, July 21.
The top five from each of those rounds will earn berths in the stepladder finals on Friday, July 22 beginning at 12:30 p.m. which will award a PBA50 regional title to the winner.
Practice sessions will be conducted Sunday, July 17 beginning at 7:30 a.m. and pro-ams will be conducted at 3 and 5 p.m. Admission is free for all rounds including the World Championship stepladder finals.
2016 PBA50 Tour Schedule & Champions
PBA50 World Championship Winners
2009 Harry Sullins
2002 Mark Roth
2000 Roger Workman
1999 Dale Eagle
PBA50 World Championship Schedule
Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., USA (July 17-23, 2016)
Sunday, July 17, 2016
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. – A Squad practice
10 – 11:30 a.m. – B squad practice
Pro-am Squads – 3, 5 p.m.
Monday, July 18, 2016
(Five games of qualifying on PBA50 Viper lane condition)
8 a.m. – A Squad
12:30 p.m. – B Squad
PBA50 Viper qualifying pins carryover to PBA50 Viper match play and World Championship match play rounds.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
(Five games of qualifying on PBA50 Chameleon lane condition)
8 a.m. – B Squad
12:30 p.m. – A Squad
PBA50 Chameleon qualifying pins carryover to PBA50 Chameleon match play and World Championship match play rounds.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
(Five games of qualifying on PBA50 Scorpion lane condition)
8 a.m. – A Squad
12:30 p.m. – B Squad
PBA50 Scorpion qualifying pins carryover to PBA50 Scorpion match play and World Championship match play rounds.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
8:30 a.m. – PBA50 Viper match play (five games)
Top five advance to PBA50 Viper stepladder finals
1 p.m. – PBA50 Chameleon match play (five games)
Top five advance to PBA50 Chameleon stepladder finals
5:30 p.m. – PBA50 Scorpion match play (five games)
Top five advance to PBA50 Scorpion stepladder finals
Friday, July 22, 2016
12:30 – PBA50 Viper stepladder finals
3 p.m. – PBA50 Chameleon stepladder finals
5:30 p.m. – PBA50 Scorpion stepladder finals
Saturday, July 23, 2016
9 a.m. – World Championship match play (six games)
2 p.m. – World Championship match play (six games)
Top five advance to the stepladder finals
7 p.m. – World Championship stepladder finals