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US Open To Be Televised Live; New Equipment Rules Set

Terry Bigham

USBC Communications

April 19, 2016


ARLINGTON, Texas – The stepladder finals of the 2016
U.S. Open at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas will be
televised live on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports

In addition to the live prime-time finals, the 2016 U.S.
Open will have new rules concerning the number and adjustment of
bowling balls by competitors, and the use of mobile and electronic
devices during competition.

Registration is underway for the U.S.
Open, which will kick off Nov. 4 with the first of three days of
eight-game qualifying rounds. After 24 games, the field will be cut to
the top one-fourth of the field for eight more games before the field is
reduced to the top 24 players for round-robin match play. The top five
bowlers after match play advance to the stepladder finals.

rules for the U.S. Open will limit competitors to eight bowling balls
and only those eight balls will be permitted in the center during
competition. Bowlers will be required to turn in a completed Equipment
Registration Form before roll call and no new bowling balls will be
permitted after the start of qualifying. After the cut to match play and
the cut to the TV finals, bowlers will be allowed to adjust their
Equipment Registration Form.

Altering a bowling ball’s surface
with abrasives, cleaners or polish also will be prohibited during
competition. No modifications will be allowed to any bowling balls once
the warm-up session has started and all sanding products must be removed
from the players’ area.

Players will be prohibited from using
mobile devices of any kind during competition. This will include cell
phones, tablets, laptops, iPods or any other type of electronic device.

To learn more about the new changes, visit: