World Senior Championships kicks off Sunday with Official Practice and Opening Ceremonies


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    Competition gets underway Monday with the Singles event at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas and concludes on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 with the Masters



    The inaugural World Tenpin Bowling Association World Senior Championships will kick off with the official practice and the opening ceremonies Sunday at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas.

    The more than 200 players from 33 countries will be split into two squads for one-and-half hours of practice on the 60 tournament lanes.

    Squad A starts at 10.30 a.m. and Squad B follows immediately after the lane maintanance at 2 p.m. The opening ceremonies will begin at 4 p.m.

    2013WSrCLogo.jpg The 1st World Senior Championships runs from Aug. 10 thru 16, 2013. Men and women will compete in separate divisions for medals in five events - Singles, Doubles, Team, All-Events and Masters. All participants must be 50 years of age or above in the year of the championship.

    2013WSrCMikeSeymourJeanetteBaker.jpgAustralia's Michael Seymour (pictured right with Jeanette Baker) will serve as Tournment Director and Marios Nicolaides of Cyprus is the WTBA technical delegate.

    In the team manger's meeting on Saturday evening, Nicolaides (below left) has announced that the 35-feet Beijing and the 40-feet Athens lane conditioning pattern will be used for the championships.

    2013WSrCMariosNicolaides.jpgCompetition gets underway Monday with the Singles qualifying. The top four players, men and women, after six games on the Beijing pattern will advace to the semifinals. The two semifinal winners will determine the first gold medalist on late Monday afternoon. The award ceremonies follow immediately after the championship match.

    Players return Tuesday for the Doubles qualifiyng, semi-finals and finals on the Athens pattern. Wednesday features the qualifying of the four-player Team event which is split into two three-game blocks, one each on the two lane conditioning pattern.

    The top 4 teams square off in the semifinals and finals on Thursday morning. The higher seeded teams have the right to determine the pattern. Medals are also given in All-Events with the 18-game total of the foregoing 18 games of the qualifying in Singles, Doubles and Team determining the medalists.

    The top 24 men and women in All-Events will advance to the Masters finals which will conclude the 1st World Senior Championships on Friday afternoon. The Masters will be played on dual lane conditions, with the left lane dressed with the longer oil-pattern and the right lane dressed with the shorter oil-pattern.

    All 24 players will bowl six games with the All-Events total carried forward. The top 8 after 24 games advance to seven games of round robin match play, where 20 bonus points are awarded for a won match and 10 bonus points for a tied match.

    The top four players with the highest 31-game total including bonus points will play two semi-finals over one game ; the highest positioned in Step 2 vs. the fourth highest positioned in Step 2 and the second highest (No. 1 meets No. 4 and No. 2 bowls No. 3).

    The winners advance to the championship match to determine the Masters champion in a one game final.


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