Now, the rest of the world’s top 18 & Under bowlers also will have a chance to take on bowling’s toughest test November 9-11 at the 2012 Teen Masters World Series in Las Vegas.
Certified by the World Tenpin Bowling Association and held in conjunction with the Professional Bowlers Associations World Series of Bowling IV, the 2012 Teen Masters World Series invites the WTBA’s 100+ member federations to send their best teen bowlers to Las Vegas to test their skills against like-aged competitors from other countries and to be part of one of the PBA’s most exciting signature events.
"The Teen Masters World Series is one of, if not the first, international youth event the WTBA has certified,” says WTBA President Kevin Dornberger, “and I am thrilled to see global youth bowling being developed at such a high level.”
Killer ‘B’ Promotions founder Gary Beck started the Teen Masters in 1997 as a unique youth tournament designed to test player skills. That insistence on a high level of physical performance and mental fortitude continues today. Competition takes place on a combination of long- and short-oiled lane conditions, and with limitations on bowling equipment which require players to make adjustments in their techniques rather than relying on ball technology.
Each competitor in the 2012 Teen Masters World Series will be allowed to use two specific Ebonite bowling balls – the Innovate and the Cyclone – plus a plastic spare ball. Medals will be awarded in separate boys and girls divisions.
All PBA WSOB IV competition will be hosted at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, which is also serving as the Host Hotel for the Teen Masters World Series, a Teen Masters/PBA World Series Pro-Am on Wednesday, November 7, and the television taping of the Teen Masters World Showdown on Saturday and Sunday, November 10-11.
The Red Rock Bowling Center, home to the PBA Tournament of Champions for the past 5 years, will host the Teen Masters competition November 9-11, plus an optional Plastic Skill hallenge event on Thursday, November 8.
Free transportation for the Teen Masters competitors will be provided between the South Point and Red Rock locations.
"The PBA is excited to have the Teen Masters World Series competitors join us in Las Vegas," says Tom Clark, PBA Commissioner. "The PBA is a strong supporter of the growth of youth and international bowling and PBA WSOB IV will be a great opportunity for the teens to watch and cheer for their favorite PBA stars as part of our arena audience for our ESPN telecasts.”
Entries are now being accepted online via TeenMastersBowling.com until Oct. 15. The field for the Teen Masters World Series is limited on a first-come basis to the first 120 players who enter.
The registration fee is $295 through October 1, 2012 and $325 after October 1. Entries close October 15, 2012. The registration fee includes:
- One Ebonite Innovate
- Two personalized 2012 TMWS jerseys from High 5 Gear
- Personalized 2012 TMWS event credentials
- Private "Meet & Greet" with PBA players
- Preferred seating during ESPN's coverage of the PBA World Series of Bowling on November 10 & 11
“Some of my fondest bowling memories are of representing my country in international competition,” says Beck. “It is a dream come true to play a role in providing the same opportunity for today’s young bowlers.”