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After a successful debut in 2018, the PBA announced Thursday the return of the PBA Clash in 2019 with an air date of Nov. 3.
The Clash kicked off the PBA’s relationship with FOX Sports in December and drew more than 1.7 million viewers, the PBA reported. The event will again be broadcast on FOX for viewers in the United States and on FloBowling for international viewers.
The Kegel Training Center will once again host the event in Lake Wales, Florida, and the event will be recorded on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. Eastern but will not air until Nov. 3.
In the inaugural Clash, Marshall Kent took down Dom Barrett, 218-215, to win the event’s $25,000 top prize. The special event does not award a PBA Tour title.
Like last year, the field will be determined based on season earnings with the eight players who will participate announced after the conclusion of the FloBowling PBA ATX Invite, which will take place Sept. 21 in Austin, Texas.
Players will have a chance to move up the earnings list at several more events to qualify for the 2019 PBA Clash. In addition to the ATX Invite, the upcoming events in Middletown, Delaware; Coldwater, Ohio; and Aurora, Illinois, will count toward earnings. The special USBC Cup prize list will also contribute to a player’s earnings.
PBA Tour Earnings
Top 10 as of Aug. 14
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $264,050
2, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $181,680
3, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $172,400
4, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $146,448
5, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $137,995
6, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $127,790
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $91,015
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $76,630
9, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., $71,493
10, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., $68,830