Cowboys Stadium set to host finals of record-breaking 2011 U.S. Women's Open By Mark Miller

    06/21/11

    2011 U.S. Women's Open

    Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (June 20, 2011)

     Nearly 300 of the world's best women bowlers will be seeking to compete in one of the world's largest venues when the 2011 U.S. Women's Open comes to North Texas.

    While the pro-am and early rounds will be held June 24-29 at AMF Euless Lanes, the televised finals will take place June 30 on specially-constructed lanes at the 50-yard line of Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Click on the image to enlarge. Photos: BPAA.

    The stepladder matches to be taped for showing July 2 at 6 p.m. EDT on ESPN2 will mark the first time women's professional bowling will take place in a stadium setting.

     The venue has drawn a record-breaking field that will include defending champion Kelly Kulick. The previous entry record was 267 participants in 2003. Entrants will come from as far away as Colombia, South Korea, Denmark, England, Finland and the Philippines.

    There also is the hope the event will draw the largest crowd in professional bowling history. The current standard is more than 7,000 for a Professional Bowlers Association event at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit in the 1990s.

    2009BPAAEDStevenJohnson.jpgIn addition to a $50,000 top prize, $1 million in cash will be awarded to any competitor rolling a 300 game during the televised show.

    "There has never before been an event like the 2011 Bowling's U.S. Women's Open, both in our industry and in pro sports. Records will be shattered, history will be made and a champion will be crowned as women's bowling gets its well-deserved chance to take center stage," said Bowling Proprietors' Association of America Executive Director Steve Johnson (pictured left).

    "This event takes the greatest brand in professional athletics – the U.S. Open – and brings it to arguably the greatest sports venue in existence so that America can enjoy the greatest game there is, played by the top female athletes in the world, in this historic setting."

    Competition officially begins June 25 with all bowlers rolling eight qualifying games. That continues June 26 and 27 with the top 32 bowlers after 24 games rolling another eight games June 28. The top 16 return that evening for the beginning of round-robin match play with the top five after competition June 29 advancing to the stepladder finals on June 30.

    The 2011 Bowling's U.S. Women's Open is sponsored by the Brands of Ebonite International, Jani King and Gatorade G2.

     


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