PBA and Lanetalk to Launch World’s Largest Bowling Tournament on September 20
New York, NY – After the success of the Professional Bowlers Association’s (PBA) first-ever virtual global bowling tournament in partnership with Lanetalk in April, the two are excited to announce the launch of the PBA Global Showdown, the world’s largest bowling tournament set to begin on September 20.
The global bowling tournament will be even bigger and better this fall as bowling centers around the world can sign up to be a host center at no cost at pba.com/showdown.
With additional host centers, the PBA Global Showdown will see thousands of more bowlers competing to win the first-place prize of $20,000 out of a $50,000 prize fund, sponsored by the PBA. Bowlers will also have the chance to win prizes throughout the tournament from Motiv and KR Strikeforce.
The competition officially begins September 20 with the Qualifying Round. Amateur and professional bowlers around the world ages 18+ are eligible to participate at over 500 registered host centers. A list of local registered host centers will be available at pba.com/showdown and be updated as new centers join the Showdown.
The tournament, hosted on the Lanetalk app, will feature four stages of competition with bowlers from the United States and abroad placed within two groups. The stages are as follows:
Stage 1: Qualifying Round (September 20-October 10)
Bowlers will have 21 days to bowl their best two consecutive games. Scores must be submitted through the Lanetalk app. During these three weeks, bowlers will have unlimited attempts. The top 2,500 bowlers in each group (5,000 altogether) will advance to the Quarterfinals.
Stage 2: Quarterfinals (October 13-October 26)
The top 5,000 bowlers will have 14 days to bowl their best two consecutive games. Scores must be submitted through the Lanetalk app. During these two weeks, bowlers will have unlimited attempts. The top 1,000 bowlers will advance to the Semi-Finals.
Stage 3: Semi-Finals (October 29-November 4)
The top 1,000 bowlers will have seven days to bowl their best two consecutive games. Scores must be submitted through the Lanetalk app. During these seven days, bowlers have unlimited attempts. The top six bowlers will advance to the Grand Finale.
Stage 4: Grand Finale (November 14)
The final six bowlers will compete in a live-streamed event on November 14th from their local host bowling center. The bowlers will have one attempt to submit a single game score. The four bowlers with the highest scores will advance and have another attempt to submit a single game score. The two bowlers with the highest scores will advance and have one final attempt to submit a single game score. The bowler with the best score will be crowned the PBA Global Showdown Champion winning the first-place prize of $20,000.
About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2020, the PBA launched PBA Jr., a club for elite youth bowlers under the age of 17 and the PBA Pinsiders, a membership for fans of the sport. For more information, please visit PBA.com.
Lanetalk provides the leading global bowling platform for live scoring, statistics, training and online competitions. Founded 2011, Lanetalk has connected more than 700 bowling centers in 40 countries. The Lanetalk app is utilized by thousands of amateur and professional bowlers to track their scores to get insights and to bowl with anyone, anywhere. The giant statistics database includes more than 130 million games from around the world. The mobile app can be downloaded from Apple App Store or Google Play. For more information, please visit Lanetalk.com.