THE BOWLERO ELITE SERIES ANNOUNCES 16 PLAYERS TO COMPETE IN SECOND TOURNAMENT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN FIRST PLACE PRIZE OF MORE THAN $100,000
Watch Top Amateur League Bowlers Compete Directly Against Professionals at Bowlero North Brunswick, N.J., Set to Air on NBCSN On Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 P.M. ET
NEW YORK, NY, July 18, 2019 – Off the heels of an exciting first tournament, the Bowlero Elite Series continues with a second event held at Bowlero North Brunswick in New Jersey. Set to air on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, this tense, fast-paced competition includes a single elimination bracket featuring eight of the world’s most high-profile pros and eight of the best Bowlero Corp league bowlers from across the nation. The tournament will feature a prize fund of over $250,000 with the first and second place prizes of more than $100,000 and $65,000, respectively, on the line.
Collectively, the eight pros boast an impressive 75 PBA Titles and 7 PWBA Titles, and feature active members of both Team USA and Mexico. But that won’t intimidate the amateurs, whose bowling averages are on par with the pros and consist of four members who have bowled a perfect game, and even the 35th person ever to bowl a perfect 900 series.
The eight professional bowlers include:
- Norm Duke, PBA Hall of Famer and five-time ESPY Award Winner
- EJ Tackett, 2016 PBA Player of the Year
- Anthony Simonsen, two-time PBA Major Tour champion
- Jesper Svensson, seven-time PBA Tour champion
- Bill O’Neill, 10-time PBA tour champion and seven-time Team USA member
- Stefanie Johnson, three-time PWBA champion and fifteen-time Team USA member
- Diana Zavjalova, four-time PWBA champion and two-time USBC Queens Champion
- Sandra Gongora, three-time Mexican national champion and 17-time Team Mexico member
The eight amateur bowlers include:
- Jeremy Milito, Patchogue, NY native and 35th person ever to bowl a perfect 900 series
- Lucas Leandro, New Brunswick High School Bowling State Champion
- Corey Kistner, former US Marine and bowled 19 perfect 300 games
- Rafael Pizarro, Puerto Rico native and national bowling champion
- Amy Brehm, New Jersey native and high school girls bowling coach
- Haley Kvarnberg, West Palm Beach native and former high school bowling team captain
- Torry Henderson, Wisconsin native and bowling coach who bowled a 300 at 11 years old
- Joshua Tajiri, Hawaii native who bowled his first perfect game at 16 years old
Adding to the spectacle, the inaugural tournament in April saw 32-year-old left-handed amateur bowler, Luis Gonzalez, defeat professional bowler, Kyle Troup, for the top prize of $270,000 – one of the largest prizes in bowling history - to become the inaugural Bowlero Elite Series champion. Both Gonzalez and Troup will return for the final event along with the winners of the tournament in North Brunswick.
The third and final tournament will take place on Saturday, December 28th at Bowlero Jupiter, FL., at 3:00p.m. ET on NBC. Joining the champions will be a mixture of pros from the past two events and six NEW amateurs. All active fall league bowlers are encouraged to apply here starting today, 7/18 through 10/16. First and second place prizes of $150,000 and $62,000 are on the line.
Coverage will also be available for streaming on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
The Bowlero Elite Series is a groundbreaking sports property that brings together Bowlero Corp league bowlers and professional bowlers from across the sport to compete for cash prizes in excess of $1 million dollars. The Bowlero Elite Series is sponsored by Bowlero Corp, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling centers, with over 300 locations under four distinctive brands: Bowlero, Bowlmor Lanes, AMF, and Brunswick Zone. For more information on Bowlero Corp and the Bowlero Elite Series, please visit BowleroCorp.com and BowleroEliteSeries.com