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    05/26/15

    World Bowling Tour News

    World Bowling Tour "major" event will be held July 9-12 in Tokyo, Japan; 48 million Yen or 400,000 U.S. Dollar at stake with 10 million Yen ($83.145) going to the men's and to the women's champion

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    2015JBCLogo.jpg The inaugural Bowling World Open is the 13th event of the 2015 World Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "major" tournaments which award double ranking points.

    The BWO will be held from July 9th to 12th in Japan's capital city of Tokyo and is the richest event on the 2015 WBT schedule featuring a total prize fund of 48 million Yen or approximately 400,000 U.S. Dollar.

    The Tokyo Bowling Association will host the event, which is organized by the Japan Bowling Congress (JBC). Registration for the national and international preliminaries opened Monday, April 27th.

    Players must fill out the entry form and email it to [email protected] Maximum 100 spots for men and 80 spots for women are available. To download the entry form, please click here.

    For the latest information, please click here or on the tournament logo on the right bar.

    MakuhariMesseTokyoJapan.jpg The international preliminaries will be held at Shinagawa Prince Hotel bowling center Thursday and Friday, July 9 & 10. The qualifying round of the main event and the semifinals will follow Saturday, July 11, at Round1 Minamisuma bowling center, which will also host the local preliminaries.

    The finals (to be broadcasted by TV Tokyo) will be conducted on Sunday, July 12, in a special six-lane bowling arena installed in an exhibition hall at Makuhari-Messe, a convention center outside Tokyo (pictured right).

    Preliminary Information (subject to change)
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    Men and women will bowl in separate divisions for the same amount of prize money using the same format.

    There are 110 spots available in each division in the main event qualifying which will be filled with the top 20 of the international preliminaries, the top 12 of the local preliminaries and 78 invited players.

    Those 110 will bowl five games of qualifying with the top 33 advancing to the semifinals. All pinfall carries over into the three-game round after which the field will be trimmed to the top 4 who will proceed to the TV Finals in single-elimination match play format.

    The top seeded player after eight games will bowl the No. 4 seed and the second-seeded player takes on the No. 3 seed. The winners will bowl for the title.

    The Bowling World Open treats men and women equally with 10 million Yen top prize (approx. $83.145) each going to the men's and women's winner. The first runner-up receives 5 million Yen (approx. $41.572.50) and the losers of the opening matches will finish tied for third place, worth 1.5 million Yen apiece (approx. $12.472).

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 World Bowling Tour, which actually got underway in November 2014, currently consists of 20 tournaments in the Middle East (8), United States (7), Asia (3) and Europe (2) including eight "majors" and 12 regular tournaments.

    Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so some points earned in 2013 and all points from the 2014 and 2015 are added to determine the points list.

    The top three men and top three women in the WBT points list will be invited to compete in the 2015 World Bowling Tour Finals in the beginning of 2016.

    World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 134 bowling international federations. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.

     


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