The Professional Bowlers Association has announced the addition of the PBA50 National Championship as a fourth major tournament to its 2016 PBA50 Tour schedule for players 50 years of age and older.
The 15-tournament 2016 season will conclude with the PBA50 National Championship to benefit Riley Hospital for Children Aug. 14-17 at Signature Lanes in Elkhart, Ind.
Joining the PBA50 National Championship as majors this season will be the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global at Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas (May 29-June 3); USBC Senior Masters at Sam’s Town Bowling Center, Las Vegas (June 19-25), and the Treasure Island Resort & Casino PBA50 World Championship presented by Storm at Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minn. (July 17-23).
“A Week for Riley Kids is a natural match for the PBA50 Tour with its long-standing support of great causes,” said Signature Lanes proprietor Roger Brown. “Having bowling’s legends here helping us support such a great cause is another hallmark of the PBA. I know the entire community is looking forward to making this inaugural year an event most anticipated and exciting for years to come.”
The 2016 season begins with the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla., April 16-19, and continues with tournaments in The Villages, Fla.; Mooresville, N.C.; Farmingdale, N.Y.; Fountain Valley, Calif.; Brentwood, Calif., Hammond, Ind.; Anderson, Ind., and back-to-back events at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind. PBA50 Tour events will again be webcast live on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.
PBA will accept entries for PBA50 Tour events beginning Feb. 1 on pba.com.
“We’re looking forward to a great year for our PBA50 Tour players,” said PBA50 Tour Director John Weber. “In addition to increasing the number of tournaments, our players will now have four majors to showcase their skills and bowling fans will be able to witness it all live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.”
The 2016 PBA50 Tour will also determine the top eight players in points who will earn paid entries into GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno where they also will compete in a PBA50 Tour Challenge qualifier. The top two players from the qualifier will advance to the PBA Challenge Finals along with top PBA Regional, PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional and Teen Masters contestants. Points awarded for PBA50 majors will be worth one and a half times of those awarded for a standard PBA50 Tour event.
2016 PBA50 TOUR SCHEDULE
April 16-19 – PBA50 Pasco County Open, Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla.
April 23-26 – UnitedHealthcare PBA50 Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Radical, Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla.
May 1-4 – PBA50 Mooresville Open presented by Columbia 300, George Pappas Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C.
May 7-10 – PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick, Farmingdale Lanes, Farmingdale, N.Y.
May 29-June 3 – Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global, Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas (major)
June 5-8 – PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by Track, Fountain Bowl, Fountain Valley, Calif.
June 12-15 – PBA Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV, Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif.
June 16-19 – USBC Super Senior Classic, Sam’s Town Bowling Center, Las Vegas (for players 60 and over)
June 19-25 – USBC Senior Masters, Sam’s Town Bowling Center, Las Vegas (major).
July 17-23 – PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship presented by Storm, Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minn. (major).
July 25-28 – PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind.
July 31-Aug. 3 – PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip, Dave Small’s Championship Lanes, Anderson, Ind.
Aug. 6-9 -- PBA50 Pro Bowl West Championship presented by Ebonite, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Aug. 11-13 – PBA60 Dick Weber National Championship presented by Hammer, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind. (for players 60 and over).
Aug. 14-17 – PBA50 National Championship to benefit Riley Hospital for Children, Signature Lanes, Elkhart, Ind. (major)