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Red Rock Lanes in Vegas hosts this week in PBA Tour

(Courtesy of Professional Bowlers Association)

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - The most talented contemporary stars of the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour will face off against some of the legends of the sport when the PBA H & R Block Tournament of Champions gets underway Wednesday at Red Rock Lanes.

At stake in the second "major" championship on the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour is a $50,000 first prize and a three-year exemption to compete on the PBA Tour.

The centerpiece of the PBA�s 50th anniversary celebration week in Las Vegas will feature a 60-player field of PBA champions. Leading the pack of current stars will be Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., who will be trying to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive "major" title. Legends in the field include Mark Roth, Mike Aulby, Carmen Salvino, Nelson Burton Jr. and others.

Also in the field are 2008 PBA Senior U.S. Open champion Wayne Webb, 2008 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters champion Kenny Parks, six past Tournament of Champions winners, a slew of PBA hall of famers, the most recent PBA Tour champions and two top players from the PBA�s Regional ranks - Regional Players Championship winner Sean Swanson of Springfield, Mo., and Regional Players Invitational champion John Nolen of Waterford, Mich.

Another highlight will be the PBA�s 50th Anniversary Gala presented by the Bowling Foundation which will take place Saturday, Jan. 24 from 7-11 p.m. at the Red Rock Resort, Casino and Spa. The 50 greatest players in PBA history will be honored, and the top player in PBA history, as selected by a national panel of bowling experts, will be announced. While 48 of the 50 have been announced, the two bowlers still in contention for No. 1 in the voting are the late Earl Anthony and Walter Ray Williams Jr.

During the Gala, Duke, Del Ballard Jr. and John Handegard will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame.

Las Vegas area adults and youth league bowlers will have an opportunity on Saturday to bowl in a special pro-am event at Red Rock Lanes, bowling with three different PBA stars in that special event.

The live ESPN-televised finals of the H&R Block Tournament of Champions at 9:30 a.m. PT, 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 25, will conclude the week.

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