PBA Global Showdown Champion to be Crowned Sunday
New York, NY – Over 13,500 bowlers across 27 countries entered the PBA Global Showdown powered by Lanetalk in September. Now after 100,000 games and over 50,000 hours of competition, just six players remain in contention to become the first-ever PBA Global Showdown Champion.
In less than a week, the final six players will compete in the Grand Finale on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. ET // 4 p.m. CET for a $20,000 first-place prize and prizes from KR Strikeforce and Motiv. The competition will be streamed live for free at pba.com/showdown.
“The PBA Global Showdown has been a truly game-changing competition,” said Lev Ekster, Chief Strategy Officer of Bowlero Corp and Chief Operating Officer of the PBA. “It has given an opportunity to thousands of bowlers of all skill levels from all over the world to compete for a huge prize fund and has driven guests back into bowling centers hard hit by Covid. I can’t wait to see who will be crowned our champion.”
Bowling fans from around the world will not want to miss a minute of the Grand Finale competition, as six of the best amateur bowlers, representing five countries, will compete from their local participating PBA Global Showdown host bowling centers in an elimination-style competition.
The six finalists each 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 and win the first-place prize of $20,000.
PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes and PBA on Fox Analyst Randy Pedersen will also be calling the action in live play-by-play commentary.
The six finalists that have advanced to the finals are:
- Ahmad Aidil (25) – Malaysia
- Home center: Mega Mall Bowling Centre
- Bowled 171 attempts averaging 259
- Marius Kvitnes (35) – Norway
- Home center: TP Bowlingsenter
- Bowled 55 attempts averaging 224
- Ramon Hilferink (28) – Netherlands
- Home center: Bowling En Partycentrum `s-Heerenberg
- Bowled 10 attempts averaging 265
- Romeo Gagenoiu (44) – Romania
- Home center: IDM Bowling
- Bowled 9 attempts averaging 272
- Trygve Johansen (29) – Norway
- Home center: Evje Bowling
- Bowled 27 attempts averaging 239
- Tyler Whittle (26) – United States
- Home center: AMF Lynnhaven Lanes, Virginia Beach, Va.
- Bowled 12 attempts averaging 256
The PBA Global Showdown powered by Lanetalk is the world’s largest virtual bowling tournament bringing together bowlers of all skill levels from around the world. The international competition began in September seeing thousands compete from their local registered centers for a chance to win a first-place prize of $20,000 out of a $50,000 prize fund, sponsored by the PBA, and prizes from KR Strikeforce and Motiv.
For more information on the PBA Global Showdown, please visit pba.com/showdown and like the official Facebook page - @PBAGlobalShowdown to follow the competition.
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 over 110,000 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 180 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.