ARLINGTON, Texas (January 7, 2020) – Bill O’Neill, a two-time winner in 2019, will defend his PBA Hall of Fame Classic title as the 2020 PBA Go Go Bowling Tour season begins with the tournament announced in honor of the immortality of the sports Jan. 13-19 at the International Bowling Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas. The FOX Sports finals will go live on FS1 on Sunday, January 19 at 1pm EST (noon CST).
O’Neill, 38, kicked off the 2019 season with a 199-194 tournament game win over top qualifier Jakob Butturff. It marked O’Neill’s 10th career trip title that rightly earned him a title for inclusion in the 2025 PBA Hall of Fame ballot.
In its first PBA Tour tour to the ITRC, the FS1 finals telecast celebrated their first new multi-year television deal with FOX Sports.
After a decisive win in the second stepladder game against Jesper Svensson (258-219) and a semifinal match against 2019 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte (269-188), O’Neill got over a slow start and took it. relied on two open frames with Butturff later in the final to win his first singles title in nearly three years.
Belmonte’s third place finish in the event was the start of his journey to the fifth Player of the Year crown, marking a special season in which he won the PBA Championship and PBA World Championships for his 10th and 11th major titles, respectively, surpasses Pete Weber and Earl Anthony’s Hall of Famers for the lead on the full-time PBA Tour major titles list.
For the second season in a row, the Hall of Fame Classic is the first points-of-competition event in a 13-tournament series where players follow 24 hits in the second PBA Playoffs that begin in April and come to an end. end with the PBA Playoffs final at the North Brunswick Bowlero May 16-17 in New Jersey. Kris Prather won her first PBA Playoffs and first prize of $ 100,000 last June at the Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.
For the Hall of Fame Classic, players will face a daunting challenge to compete on a two-way position scoring environment with the 45-foot Dick Weber set inserted into the left row and the set. 38-foot Mike Aulby to the right row throughout the event.
A tournament kicks off with an eight-game Pro Tour Warrant at 2pm CST on Monday, January 13 that will determine seven players who will take out the 56-player arena for the first round of six games of a match on Wednesday, January 15 half the field bowls at 11am and the other half bowls at 5pm Accreditation continues with a second round qualifier on Thursday, January 16 also at 11am and 5pm After 12 qualifying matches, all 14 players will go best forward to maids rounds will be at 11am and 5pm on Friday, January 17. Total fall, including game play bonus pins, for 26 games will set the top five for the live stepladder finals on Sunday.
Tickets for the FS1 telecast are available by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-hall-of-fame-classic-tickets-80579570665.
All certification rounds and game play will be covered live by PBA online live streaming partner, FloBowling. For membership information and schedule visit www.flobowling.com. Results will also be posted as they happen on the pba.com Live Scoring feature.
As part of PBA Hall of Fame Classic week, 19-time PBA Tour winner Tommy Jones, and former PBA owners Mike Slade and Rob Glaser will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame at performances Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Arlington Hilton. FloBowling also flows into Hall of Fame promotions.
PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC SCHEDULE
(PBA Go Go Bowling 2020 tour event)
International Training and Research Center, International Bowling Campus, Arlington, Texas
(All times are Standard Grade)
Dual Lane Pual Oil Pattern: Dick Weber 45 (left row), Mike Aulby 38 (right row)
Monday, January 13th
2pm – PTQ (8 games)
Tuesday, January 14th
11 am – Squad Practice session
2pm – Squad B practice session.
Wednesday, January 15th
11 am – Squad A, 6 qualifying matches
5pm – B Squad, 6 qualifying matches
Thursday, January 16th
11 am – Squad B, 6 qualifying matches
5pm – Squad A, 6 qualifying matches
Top 14 after 12 games in advance to match play
Friday, January 17th
11am – Game played around 1 (7 games)
5pm – Game played around 2 (7 games)
Top 5 after 14 games advance to stepladder finals
Saturday, January 18th
6:30 pm – PBA Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremonies at Arlington Hilton.
Sunday, January 19th
Noon (1pm ET) – Stepladder finals, live on FS1