Bowlingdigital to provide Live Coverage from the 2009 U.S. Women's Open


    United States

    Women's World Championships participants stay in Las Vegas to compete in U.S. Women’s Open and PBA Women’s Tour Trials

    WomensUSOpenLogo_small.jpg The U.S. Women’s Open, conducted by the United States Bowling Congress, will be held Aug. 3-9, immediately following the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Women’s Championships.

    Many international players traveling to Las Vegas for the WWC will stay for another week to compete in one of the world’s most prestigious tournament’s for women.

    The 2009 U.S. Women’s Open features a prize fund of $150,000 with $25,000 going to the winner. Players who are not competing in the World Women’s Championships are also able to participate.

    The event will be held at Sunset Station Hotel and Casino’s Strike Zone Bowling Center. The bowling lanes are conveniently located inside the WWC players' hotel, which provides easy travel arrangements for international competitors.

    The U.S. Women’s Open features many of the top non-pro and former professional stars in women’s bowling. Last year, several foreign bowlers competed, including Malaysia’s Shalin Zulkifli, who finished tied for third.

    Official practice will be held on Aug. 3. Participants bowl three eight-game qualifying blocks over three days (Aug. 4-6). The field is cut to the top 25 percent, who bowl 16 additional games on the fourth day (Aug. 7). The top 12 players advance to the televised quarterfinals, semifinals and final, held over two days (Aug. 8-9). Departures take place Aug. 10.

    International players are also welcome to participate in the PBA Women’s Tour Trials, which uses qualifying scores from the U.S. Women’s Open to determine an elite field of women bowlers who will compete in the PBA Women’s Series immediately following the U.S. Women’s Open. To take part in the PBA Women’s Tour Trials, players must pay a separate entry fee.

    For more information on the U.S. Women’s Open, including an entry form and frequently asked questions about the PBA Women’s Series, click here

    Bowlingdigital Banner.gif Bowlingdigital will cover the event live from Strike Zone at Sunset Station with results and updates after each round commencing August 3 all the way through to the finals on Sunday, August 9.


    2009 U.S. Women's Open - Schedule and Format

    Strike Zone at Sunset Station in Henderson, Nev., USA (Aug. 3-9, 2009)

    Rules (pdf file)

    Qualifying: August 3-7, 2009

    • will consist of 40 total games, one 8-game block each day for the first three days and two 8-game blocks on the fourth day.
    • Bowlers compete “across the house” during their 8-game blocks. The number of lanes to be skipped after each game will be determined by tournament management.
    • Each 8-game block will be bowled on a different PBA Experience lane pattern.

    First Cut
    • After 24 games, the top 25% of the field will advance to the fourth day of qualifying and bowl an additional 16 games (two 8-game blocks). The top 25% of the field will be the tournament “cashers.”

    Second Cut
    • After 40 games, the top 12 players advance to the TV Round on August 8-9.
    • The top four seeds receive one-round byes in the TV Round.
    • In the event of a tie for the No. 12 position, there will be a one-game roll-off to break the tie.
    • Should a tie still exist, there will be a one ball roll-off.
    • Any ties for positions 1-11 will be determined by the highest 8-game qualifying block over the four days of qualifying. If a tie still exists, the second-highest qualifying block will be used.

    Qualifying Squad Times
    • Squad A: 8 a.m.–noon
    • Squad B: 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
    • Qualifying squads will be assigned by tournament management.

    TV Round: August 8-9, 2009

    • Each match will consist of one game against an opponent.
    • The 2009 USBC Women’s Championships pattern will be used.

    For the TV shows, there will be a 25-second shot clock. Penalties are as follows:
    • 1st offense: warning
    • 2nd offense: $100
    • 3rd offense: $200
    • Any further offense: $300
    • For all TV shows, each bowler will be permitted one coach/guest to be seated next to them in the bowlers' area. This person will wear a wireless microphone.

    The players for each of the four televised shows and the pairings will be as follows:
    • Show 1 No. 5 vs. No. 12 and No. 4 vs. 5/12 winner
    • Show 2 No. 6 vs. No. 11 and No. 3 vs. 6/11 winner
    • Show 3 No. 7 vs. No. 10 and No. 3 vs. 7/10 winner
    • Show 4  No. 8 vs. No. 9 and No. 1 vs. 8/9 winner

    • These four shows are scheduled to air weekly starting on September 14 at 2 p.m. EDT on ESPN.
    • If there is a tie in any match of the quarterfinals, a one-ball roll-off will be bowled to break the tie.


    Semifinals and title: August 9, 2009
    • The four winners from each of the quarterfinals will bowl the Championship round on August 9, 2008.
    • The 2009 USBC Women’s Championships pattern will be used.

    Pairings are as follows:
    • Show No. 1 Winner vs. Show No. 4 winner
    • Show No. 2 winner vs. Show No. 3 winner
    • Semifinal winners will meet for the Championship

    • Any ties during the TV matches will be determined by a one-ball roll-off.
    • The four second-place finishers from the first four TV shows will become the alternates for the semifinals. The four alternates will be ranked 1-4 based on their two-game total in the TV Round.


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