Chicago Area to Host 2016 U.S. Women’s Open

by Bob Johnson 0

Terry Bigham
USBC Communications


ARLINGTON, Texas – The 2016 U.S. Women’s Open, a major event on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour, will take place Aug. 1-7 in suburban Chicago.

The stepladder finals will be televised live on Sunday, Aug. 7, at noon Eastern on CBS Sports Network. The third major of the season, the U.S. Women’s Open is one of 13 PWBA events that will be televised on CBS Sports Network this year.

The Stardust Bowl, an 82-lane center in Addison, Ill., will be the host center for the tournament, the final open event of the 2016 PWBA Tour season.

For this year’s event, competitors will bowl 24 qualifying games over three days before the field is cut to the top one-third. Following another eight qualifying games, the field will be reduced to the top 24 for match play. The top five competitors, based on their 56-game totals at the end of match play, will advance to the stepladder finals.

At the 2015 event, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., became the first bowler to successfully defend her title since 1969, when hall of famer, Dorothy Fothergill, accomplished the feat. It was Johnson’s fourth career U.S. Women’s Open title as she joined Kelly Kulick (2010) as the only bowlers to win the United States Bowling Congress Queens and U.S. Women’s Open in the same year.

The U.S. Women’s Open and the PWBA Tour are collaboratively funded by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and USBC.

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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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