BPAA makes 72 U.S. Open spots available

by Bob Johnson 0

An additional 72 spots have been made available for the U.S. Open tournaments later this month in Columbus, Ohio. These spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and are available to both men and women.

To reserve a spot, a bowler must call Kristin at 817-385-8451. All entries will be processed in the order in which they are received, and when these 72 spots are gone, the field will be closed, the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America has just announced. The tournament’s PTQ has been cancelled.

The combined prize fund for the U.S. Open events will be $400,000, according to a BPAA announcement.

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.