SEATTLE – The Professional Bowlers Association’s Midwest Region will offer a limited schedule of reduced entry fee and condensed format tournaments in 2013, designed to help competitors manage their expenses.
“A significant number of regional bowlers have asked the PBA to consider reducing tournament entry fees in order to reduce the financial risk associated with competitive bowling,” said PBA Director of Regional and Senior Tours John Weber. “Bowlers want to compete, but current economic factors are forcing them to focus more on the outlay of tournament-related expenses than on the potential rewards that they have experienced in prior years.
“We’ve listened to the bowlers,” Weber said. “To address their concerns, we’re testing a few tournaments in the PBA Midwest Region that will incorporate lower entry fees and same-day competition to reduce expenses. While a reduction in entry fees also impacts the amount of prize money available, we have designed a system that will allow us to continue to guarantee attractive prize fund payoffs, which is an equally important topic among our players.”
Under the newly-announced program, the Midwest Region will conduct four standard and four senior events that will reduce PBA member entry fees to $155 (a $65 reduction) and non-member entry fees to $225 (a $60 reduction). The reduced-entry fees will offer a modified 1:4 payoff ratio rather than the 1:3 ratio that is used for all traditional regional events.
Each of the standard tournaments will offer a guaranteed $2,000 first prize, $450 for the last spot in the finals, and $350 for last-to-cash. The senior events will offer a guaranteed $1,500 first prize, $450 for the last casher in the finals and $350 for last-to-cash.
Each reduced-entry tournament will be a one-day event, which will be exciting for players and fans, and all of the standard events will be part of the season-long points race leading to the end-of-season Midwest Region Players Invitational tournament. Each event will include a practice and pro-am day leading into the actual competition schedule.
Midwest standard tournaments involved in the reduced-entry program will include events in Madison, Wis., April 20-21; Sioux Falls, S.D., June 1-2; Oak Forest, Ill., June 21-23 (two one-day events), and June 29-30 in Wheaton, Ill.
Midwest senior tournaments in the reduced-entry program will be held in Elk Grove Village, Ill., Feb. 9-10; Carpentersville, Ill., March 15-17 (two one-day events); Milan, Ill., April 5-7 (two one-day events), and Poplar Creek, Ill., May 24-26 (two one-day events).
“The PBA is going to assess the new program and will consider expanding it into other regions in the future if the need arises in other areas of the country,” Weber added.
The PBA regional program, which includes around 170 tournaments in seven geographic regions each year, is designed to provide skilled bowlers with opportunities to compete and develop their abilities in high-level, but affordable competition. Since its inception, the PBA regional program has served as a proving ground for players who aspire to compete on the PBA Tour.
For complete schedule and entry information, visit pba.com.