April 23, 2007 19:00
The early deadline to enter the 2007 Lake County Indiana Denny’s PBA Tour Trials, which will award seven exemptions for the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour season, is fast approaching as bowlers entering on or before May 1 will receive a discounted price.
The Trials take place May 29-June 3 at Stardust Bowl II in Merrillville, Ind. The entry fee is $1,300 for bowlers who sign up on or before May 1, while it increases to $1,500 after May 1.
Open only to PBA members, the Lake County Indiana Denny’s PBA Tour Trials will feature a daily prize fund, totaling $50,000 for the week (based on 130 entries).
The 192-bowler field is open to:
• All previously exempt players from the 2005-06 and 2006-07 Denny’s PBA Tour seasons
• The 10 point leaders from the 2006 PBA Senior Tour
• No more than 10 international exemptions
• No more than 10 Commissioner’s Exemptions
• Bowlers who participated in eight or more Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Rounds in the 2006-07 Tour season
• The top-10 point leaders from each of the seven PBA Regional Tour regions
If the 192-bowler field is not filled by May 1, the PBA will open the Lake County Indiana Denny’s PBA Tour Trials to the entire PBA membership. Additional entries will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All PBA members who enter before May 1 will be added to a waiting list and locked-in to the $1,300 entry fee.
The May 1 deadline is also important for international bowlers who wish to enter the 2007 Lake
County Indiana Denny’s PBA Tour Trials. All international bowlers must submit their entry form to the PBA office by May 1 in order to be considered for one of the 10 international spots available in the event. To be considered for one of the 10 spots, bowlers must maintain a permanent address outside of the United States.
The 2007 Lake County Indiana Denny’s PBA Tour Trials features five days of competition with the top seven bowlers after 45 total games of qualifying earning one-season exemptions onto the Denny’s PBA Tour. The event moves back to Stardust Bowl II after one year at Stardust Bowl I in Hammond, Ind. Stardust Bowl II in Merrillville, Ind., hosted the first two Tour Trials events in 2004 and 2005.
In last summer’s Denny’s PBA Tour Trials, Kelly Kulick made history by becoming the first woman to earn a full-season Denny’s PBA Tour exemption when she finished sixth out of 140 bowlers. Also earning exemptions for the 2006-07 season were Billy Oatman, who finished 11th to become the first African-American to earn a full-season exemption under the Tour’s current all-exempt format, and Canadian Patrick Girard, the only international player to earn an exemption via Tour Trials last season.
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