11-city Senior schedule set for 2011

by Bob Johnson 0

The PBA has announced an expanded 11-tournament 2011 Senior Tour schedule, including a return to Florida and a new site for the USBC Senior Masters.

The PBA Senior Tour’s 31st season begins with a new stop, the PBA Senior Don Carter Open at Carter Family Bowl in Winter Garden, Fla., April 17-21, and a return to The Villages, Fla., for the PBA Senior Sun Bowl In The Villages at Spanish Springs Lanes, April 23-26.

In addition to Carter Family Bowl, Playdrome Rose Bowl in Allentown, Pa., will be a first-time Senior Tour host when the PBA Senior Allentown Open is conducted May 20-23. The second major of the season, the Masters, moves from Las Vegas to Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio, July 31-Aug. 5.

The Senior Tour’s other major, the PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by the Suncoast, returns to the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, June 12-17.

The 2010 Senior Tour season was one of the most exciting in history with a Senior Player of the Year race involving three Hall of Famers that was decided in the last tournament. Wayne Webb secured Player of the Year honors by winning the Senior Jackson Open and hold off challengers Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Mark Williams.

Here’s the complete 2011 PBA Senior Tour schedule:

* April 17-21 – PBA Senior Don Carter Open, Carter Family Bowl, Winter Garden, Fla.

* April 23-26 – PBA Senior Sun Bowl In The Villages, Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla.

* May 1-4 – PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic, George Pappas Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C.

* May 20-23 – PBA Senior Allentown Open, Playdrome Rose Bowl, Allentown, Pa.

* June 12-17 – PBA Senior U.S. Open Presented by the Suncoast, Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas

* June 19-22 – PBA Senior Northern California Classic, Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif.

* July 31-Aug. 5 – USBC Senior Masters, Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio

* Aug. 8-11 – PBA Senior Lake County Open, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind.

* Aug. 13-16 – PBA Senior Decatur Open, Spare Time Lanes, Decatur, Ill.

* Aug. 20-23 – PBA Senior Jackson Open, Airport Lanes, Jackson, Mich.

* Aug. 27-30 – PBA Senior Dayton Classic, Capri Lanes, Kettering, Ohio

For updates, visit pba.com.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.