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New “Lumber Leader” Award to Reward Top World Series of Bowling Qualifier

SEATTLE, Wash. (July 27, 2009) – The Professional Bowlers Association has added another special event to the World Series of Bowling lineup, rewarding the “best qualifier” in all seven Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour events with a $10,000 bonus.

The “WSOB Lumber Leader” will be decided by the total pins knocked down in the qualifying rounds for all seven events, excluding Tour Qualifying Rounds. A “WSOB Gold Pin” will sit with the current leader after each qualifying round throughout the World Series, and the WSOB Lumber Leader after a total of 109 qualifying games will receive the $10,000 bonus.

The competition will involve 15 qualifying games in the Motor City Open, 14 in each of the five “animal pattern” championships, and 24 in the PBA World Championship. The winner will be announced on Sept. 3. The Lumber Leader contest will not include match play pinfall.

“The World Series of Bowling is a tremendous test of versatility for the players and that’s why we want to recognize the player who scores the highest throughout the qualifying rounds,” said Tom Clark, PBA Deputy Commissioner. “Fans online tracking the World Series will have this added race to follow throughout the seven Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour events. Fans on site will know who the current leader is when they see the gold pin on his pair of lanes.”

The Lumber Leader contest starts on Aug. 4 with the first event of the PBA World Series of Bowling, the Motor City Open at Taylor Lanes in Taylor, Mich.