Top Amateur League Bowlers Compete Head-to-Head Against Professionals for First Place Prize of $100K
Pro Football Hall of Famer and Bowling Celebrities Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis & PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke to Serve as Guest Analysts
STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 26, 2019 – NBC Sports will present the final episode of the 2019 Bowlero Elite Series this Sunday, Dec. 29, at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. The Bowlero Elite Series, three single-elimination tournaments sponsored by Bowlero Corp, features top professional and amateur bowlers competing for a total prize pool in excess of $1 million this year across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app.
The final event, which was held at Bowlero Jupiter, Fla. features 16 bowlers including previous champions Luis Gonzalez and Anthony Simonsen, returning players, four new professional bowlers and six new Bowlero league bowlers. The climactic, fast-paced competition will have the players face off in a single elimination style tournament for a first-place prize of $100,000.
Pro Football Hall of Famer and Bowling Celebrities Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, who ranks third all-time with 40 career titles, serve as guest analysts during the two-hour telecast on NBC. Bettis and Duke will be joined by play-by-play announcer Todd Harris and reporter Leila Rahimi.
The eight professional bowlers featured in the event include:
- Three-time PBA Tour champion Kyle Troup;
- Two-time PBA Major Tour champion and winner of the second Bowlero Elite Series Anthony Simonsen;
- 22-time PBA Tour Champion (including 11 career majors) and five-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte;
- 10-time PWBA Champion and 2019 PWBA Player of the Year, Shannon O’Keefe;
- PBA Tour Champion and three-time collegiate All-American, Kyle Sherman;
- Four-time PBA Tour Champion, Marshall Kent;
- 19-time PBA Tour Champion and 2005 PBA Player of the Year, Tommy Jones;
- PWBA Tour Champion and 2019 Pan American Games Gold Medalist, Clara Guerrero
The eight amateur bowlers selected to compete in the event are some of Bowlero’s best league bowlers and include returning players Luis Gonzalez, winner of the first event, and Amy Brehm, runner-up of the second event. They are joined by Elizabeth Jones, Jay Nephew, Douglas Herron, Garrett Shovan, Mike Ewing, and Greg Thompson.
In the series’ first event on April 2 at Bowlero Romeoville in Chicago, Bowlero Corp league bowler Luis Gonzalez defeated professional bowler Kyle Troup in the championship match to capture the first ever Bowlero Elite Series Championship title and earn the $270,000 top prize.
In the series’ second event on September 11 at Bowlero North Brunswick in New Jersey, professional bowler Anthony Simonsen defeated Bowlero Corp league bowler Amy Brehm in the championship match to win the coveted Bowlero Elite Series Championship title and the $100K top prize.
With the first event going to an amateur league bowler and the second going to a professional bowler, the outcome of every Bowlero Elite Series is unpredictable and any competitor can go home as the third and final champion of the year.
ABOUT THE BOWLERO ELITE SERIES
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 three distinctive brands: Bowlero, Bowlmor Lanes, and AMF. For more information on Bowlero Corp and the Bowlero Elite Series, please visit BowleroCorp.com and BowleroEliteSeries.com.