PBA returns to Milwaukee, Wis., for the preliminary rounds of two championship tournaments

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    2015 PBA Tour #2 & 3

    Bowling fans can catch all the action on PBA.com's Xtra Frame plus Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Nagy Sportsmanship and Tony Reyes Award presentations

    201112PBALogo.jpgThe Professional Bowlers Association will return to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jan. 26-30 for the preliminary rounds of two championship tournaments – the PBA Players Championship and the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship – leading into a mega-television weekend in Indianapolis in February as part of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions.

    Bowling fans will be able to catch all the action on PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame.

    Longtime PBA host AMF Bowlero Lanes in suburban Wauwatosa will host the special competitions before the players head north to Green Bay to compete in the United States Bowling Congress Masters – the first major championship on the 2015 PBA schedule – which is scheduled for Feb. 2-8 at Ashwaubenon Bowl.

    The Milwaukee stop will involve concurrent qualifying rounds on Tuesday, Jan. 27, and Wednesday, Jan. 28, for the Players Championship and the Roth/Holman Doubles Championship.

    All players will bowl two qualifying rounds totaling 12 games with the top 24 individuals and the top 12 doubles teams advancing to round-robin match play.

    The Players Championship finalists will then bowl three eight-game match play rounds Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., and Thursday at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., with the top five after a total of 36 games advancing to the stepladder finals which will be conducted for delayed telecast on ESPN on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis in conjunction with the 50th Tournament of Champions.

    The PBA Players Championship finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m.

    The PBA returns to an old-school format for the Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship, which is named in honor of two PBA legends who also bowled together as one of the sport's most successful doubles teams.

    The doubles teams will use their combined 12-game qualifying totals to determine the 12 teams advancing to the match play finals.

    The finalists will then bowl two six-game, Baker format match play rounds at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 30. After a composite total of 36 qualifying and Baker games, the top five teams will advance to the PBA Doubles Championship finals which will be conducted on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Woodland Bowl following the live 1 p.m. telecast of the Tournament of Champions finals.

    The Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship show will air on ESPN on March 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

    201112PBA07JasonBelmonte.jpg 201112PBA08NormDukeWesMalott3.jpg Defending champion in the PBA Players Championship is Australia's Jason Belmonte (pictured left).

    Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, and Norm Duke (right, r-l) of Clermont, Fla., are defending Roth/Holman PBA Doubles champions.

    Both events were last conducted during the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas.

    As a bonus, Xtra Frame will air presentations of the 2014 PBA Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Steve Nagy Sportsmanship award and Tony Reyes Community Service award at 5:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 26 from AMF Bowlero.

    Admission for the Milwaukee stop is $10 each day and $5 with an AMF League Card. Contact AMF Bowlero at (414) 258-9000 for additional admission details.

     


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    AMF Bowlero Lanes in Wauwatosa, Wis. (Jan. 26-30, 2015). All times are Eastern.

    Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
    3 p.m. – Official practice session

    Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
    11 a.m. – Players Championship/PBA Doubles qualifying, 8 games

    Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
    9 a.m. – Players Championship/PBA Doubles qualifying, 4 games
    Top 24 individuals advance to Players Championship match play and top 12 teams advance to PBA Doubles match play
    2:30 p.m. – Top 24 Players Championship, 8 games round-robin match play

    Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
    9 a.m. - Top 24 Players Championship, 8 games round-robin match play
    2 p.m. - Top 24 Players Championship, 8 games round-robin match play
    Top five after 36 games advance to ESPN stepladder finals at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb.
    14, at Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis (finals air Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. ET)

    Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
    9 a.m. – Top 12 doubles teams, 6 games round-robin match play (Baker format)
    2 p.m. - Top 12 doubles teams, 6 games round-robin match play (Baker format)
    Top five doubles teams advance to ESPN stepladder finals at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis (finals air Sunday, March 1, at 1 p.m. ET)