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2020 PBA Playoffs Points Race Takes Center Stage as PBA Returns
to Royal Pin Woodland in Indianapolis for “Doubleheader”
Go Bowling Indianapolis Open, Roth-Holman Doubles Championship take place this week in Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 24, 2020) – The 2020 Professional Bowlers Association Playoffs will be a focal point this week when the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour returns to Royal Pin Woodland for an important “doubleheader” – a two tournament program including the Go Bowling PBA Indianapolis Open and the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship.
Royal Pin Woodland, the only bowling center to host every PBA major championship at least once over a span of 39 years, will host two events in one week for the second time. In 2015, Australia’s Jason Belmonte won the PBA Tournament of Champions while Norm Duke and Wes Malott teamed up to win the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship.
Duke also is the defending Indianapolis Open champion, winning his 39th career title in 2019 when he upset Belmonte, the top qualifier, 237-219, in the title match.
Belmonte also will return on the heels of his historic victory in the U.S. Open Sunday in Lincoln, Nebraska. That title made the Australian two-hander the second player in PBA history to complete the PBA Triple Crown, Grand Slam and so-called “Super Slam,” joining Indy native Mike Aulby as winners of the U.S. Open, PBA World Championship, PBA Tournament of Champions, USBC Masters and PBA Players Championship.
The 2020 stop will be similar to 2015 with qualifying rounds for the Go Bowling PBA Indianapolis Open set for Tuesday and Wednesday and concluding with the live stepladder finals airing on FS1 on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. EST. The Indianapolis Open is the only non-major championship included in the 2020 “million dollar 300 bonus” incentive that will reward the tournament champion with $1 million if he bowls a 300 game in the championship match.
Following qualifying for the Indianapolis Open, the Roth-Holman PBA Doubles Championship field will bowl qualifying and match play rounds Thursday and Friday to decide the five teams that will compete for the title. The doubles finals will be taped at 4:30 p.m. for airing on FS1 on Sunday, March 8, at noon.
A capacity field of 120 of the world’s premier bowlers is entered. For a complete Indianapolis Open roster, click here: https://www.pba.com/Rosters/Details/3090. That field also will include 60 doubles teams. Pairings will be announced later, but it’s a good bet that the teams will include defending champions Matt Ogle with Sean Rash, 2018 champs Jason Belmonte and Bill O’Neill, and 2015 Indianapolis winners Norm Duke with Wes Malott.
Both tournaments will include some common features:
● Both will be contested entirely on a “mixed or dual lane condition” scoring environment in which every round of qualifying, match play and even the stepladder finals will be contested, fittingly, with the Mark Roth 42 oiling pattern applied to the left lane and the Marshall Holman 37 oiling pattern applied to the right lane (the number indicates the length in feet oil is applied to the lanes).
● All qualifying and match play rounds of the tournament will be livestreamed by FloBowling (subscriptions are available at FloBowling.com). The Indianapolis Open qualifying and match play rounds will be contested on Feb. 25 and 26.
● All players in both tournaments will earn competition points toward the 2020 PBA Playoffs, which will be contested in April and May. The tournaments will be the seventh and eighth of 13 events leading up to the Playoffs. The Indianapolis Open is classified as a Tier 2 (standard PBA Tour) event in the points system that will qualify 24 players for the Playoffs; the Roth-Holman Doubles is a Tier 3 (limited field/restricted format) tournament. The winner of the PBA Playoffs will earn $100,000. Fans can follow the points race on pba.com (https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/Points/152).
● In addition to the Million Dollar 300 Game Bonus incentive, if any player in the Indianapolis Open stepladder finals rolls a 300 game, title-sponsor Go Bowling (the online destination for bowling fans and enthusiasts seeking news and information about one of America’s favorite pastimes and the nation’s number one participatory sport) will award a free game of bowling coupon to every fan who pre-registers using this online link: www.gobowling.com/BowlFreeAmerica.
Continuing a PBA tournament tradition at Woodland Bowl, grassroots league bowlers are invited to bowl with PBA partners in a pro-am tournament. Pro-am squads are scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. To enter, call Woodland Bowl: (317) 844-4099.
GO BOWLING PBA INDIANAPOLIS OPEN SCHEDULE
(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Tier 2 event)
Royal Pin Woodland, Indianapolis, Feb. 25-29
(All rounds will be contested on mixed lane oiling patterns: the 42-foot Mark Roth 42 oiling pattern will be applied to the left lane, the 37-foot Marshall Holman 37 pattern will be applied to the right lane)
Tuesday, Feb. 25
10 a.m. – Qualifying Round One, 7 games
5 p.m. – Qualifying Round Two, 7 games
Top 16 after 14 games advance to match play
Wednesday, Feb. 26
11 a.m. – Top 16, 8 games round robin match play
5 p.m. – Top 16, 8 games round robin match play
Top five advance to FS1 stepladder finals
Saturday, Feb. 29
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Pro-Am squads
8:30 p.m. – Go Bowling PBA Indianapolis Open stepladder finals (live on FS1)
MARK ROTH-MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Tier 3 event)
Thursday, Feb. 27
9 a.m. – Qualifying Round One, 7 games
5 p.m. – Qualifying Round Two, 7 games
Top 16 after 14 combined team games (28 individual games) advance to match play
Friday, Feb. 28
Noon – Baker Format Match Play, Round One, 8 games
6 p.m. – Baker Format Match Play, Round Two, 8 games
Top five after 30 team games advance to stepladder finals
Saturday, Feb. 29
4:30 p.m. – Roth-Holman PBA Doubles Championship Baker Format stepladder finals, taped to air on FS1 on Sunday, March 8, noon EST.
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