USA vs. The World Rosters Announced, Event Begins with Captains' Round at the Holler House
The rosters for the USA vs. The World competition to be held during World Series of Bowling XIV were finalized with the conclusion of the PBA Tournament of Champions on Sunday.
Team captains Tommy Jones (USA) and Jason Belmonte (World) previously selected one player to join their teams, with Jones selecting Anthony Simonsen and Belmonte choosing Jesper Svensson.
The final two spots on each team were earned by the top two American and top two international players in competition points through the Tournament of Champions. EJ Tackett and Kyle Troup earned positions on the USA roster while Belmonte’s fellow Australian Sam Cooley and England’s Dom Barrett fill out the World team.
Jones and Belmonte will begin the USA vs. The World competition with the Captains' Round at the Holler House, a one-game match held April 8 at Holler House in Milwaukee. The winner of the match will have his choice of starting lane and order for each of the seven matches during the two-day team finals, airing live April 15 on FOX and April 16 on Fox Sports’ FS1.
The match will be streamed live for free on the PBA YouTube channel at 5 p.m. ET, with any proceeds from the livestream being donated to the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.
Former PBA television play-by-play announcer Mike Jakubowski and PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes will supply the livestream commentary on the Captains' Round at the Holler House.
A limited number of tickets will be available for fans to watch the match inside the tavern at Holler House. Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 27 at noon ET on the PBA’s Eventbrite page.
Once capacity is reached and tickets are sold out, overflow attendance will be directed to the outdoor viewing area, where there will be a large monitor showing the action live. There will be no charge for fans to watch outside.
Holler House, a tavern upstairs and the oldest USBC-sanctioned bowling alley downstairs, has been operating since 1908. The two wood lanes are still oiled with a spray can, the pins are placed by human pinsetters and scores are kept by hand.
The USA vs. The World event returns for the first time since World Series of Bowling X, this time featuring four-man teams. In the two-part finals on FS1, points will be awarded for singles, doubles and a race-to-two team baker match. The team with the most points at the end of competition will earn the Hall of Fame Cup.
Tommy Jones (captain)
Anthony Simonsen (captain's selection)
EJ Tackett (points)
Kyle Troup (points*)
*Captain's selection Simonsen is second in points, so the spot goes to Troup, who is third
Jason Belmonte (captain)
Jesper Svensson (captain's selection)
Sam Cooley (points)
Dom Barrett (points)
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