$1 million for PBA ToC

by Bob Johnson 0

The big news to come out of Wednesday's player meeting in Connecticut was that the Professional Bowlers Assn. has decided that the "signature event" on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour no longer will be the U.S. Open.

Rather, it will be the PBA Tournament of Champions.

That's the logical conclusion that can be reached after PBA executives reportedly announced that the 2010 ToC would feature a $1 million prize fund and a $250,000 first-place prize — both records.

Furthermore, the tournament will be opened up to all PBA champions — Lumber Liquidators Tour, Senior Tour, Regional Tour, Women's Series — in the history of the organization.

That means literally hundreds of players will be eligible, creating the possibility of a real Cinderella story -- if this season's Cinderella story starring Kelly Kulick possibly could be topped.

Details of the Tournament of Champions upgrade had not been finalized when the April issue of BJI went to press. However, the April feature includes exclusive quotes and comments on a variety of topics from PBA Commissioner Fred Schreyer.

Meanwhile, other details of the player meeting and other PBA announcements are detailed in Jeff Richgels' bowling blog. You can read all about it by following this URL:

http://host.madison.com/sports/recreation/bowling/article_48b71dfc-3223-11df-b69c-001cc4c002e0.html?mode=story

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.

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