Bowlero Debuts ‘Elite Series’ Tournament Featuring $270,000 Top Prize

by Bob Johnson 0

The first event of the Bowlero Elite Series will be a fast-paced, invitational tournament with a single-elimination, bracket format and a guaranteed first-place prize of more than $270,000, a second-place prize of $80,000, and a total prize fund in excess of $500,000.

In an email to BJI, Bowlero said the tournament would take place on April 2 at Bowlero Romeoville, outside Chicago.

The tournament is open to Bowlero Corp. league bowlers exclusively, and 16 elite bowlers will be chosen to compete based on two factors: skill and personality.

Bowlers will be able to show their skill and personality for a chance to be selected by submitting an application and a 60- to 90-second video. Applications are officially open and available online at They will be open until Feb. 11.

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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