Event: PBA World Series of Bowling V
Tournament: PBA Viper Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge. Second tournament of World Series of Bowling V.
Where: South Point Hotel and Casino Exhibition Hall, Las Vegas
Finals Format: Four-player stepladder
Television: ESPN (Sunday at 1 p.m. ET)
In the opening match of the second tournament of World Series of Bowling V that features the revolutionary blue lane conditioning oil, player of the year contender Jason Belmonte of Australia takes on Stuart Williams of England who is trying for his second Tour title.
Trying for his eighth career title, Belmonte has won two titles this season including the USBC Masters for his first major. Williams’ first career title came in the World Series of Bowling III Viper Championship.
The winner of the opening match takes on 2007-08 Player of the Year Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, in the semifinal. Barnes will be trying for his second title of the season and the 16th of his career after winning the Milwaukee Open last summer.
The semifinal winner will take on tournament leader Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who is trying for his second career title. He won the Earl Anthony Memorial in 2011 for his first title.
All four players will negotiate the 39-foot Viper lane condition pattern that will be illustrated with the blue oil that gives fans a visual reference of oil patterns and how players attack the lane conditions.
The Viper telecast also features the second of four PBA League skills challenges called “Time to Strike” in which PBA League franchise players Belmonte, Barnes, Sean Rash, Mike Fagan, Bill O’Neill, Pete Weber, Osku Palermaa and Norm Duke attempt to throw as many strikes as possible in 90 seconds. The player with the most strikes in 90 seconds wins this leg of the challenge.
Three easy steps to enhance your PBA telecast experience:
1) Tune into pba.com’s Xtra Frame new The Bowling Center show for a preview of the Viper Championship. Hosted by Xtra Frame’s Jason Thomas, Jef Goodger and Mike Jakubowski, The Bowling Center also provides highlights of PBA telecasts, analysis, player interviews, a ball segment and much more at no cost.
2) Watch the Viper Championship ESPN finals on Sunday, 1 p.m. ET.