ARLINGTON, Texas – The Professional Women’s Bowling Association Regional Program will return in 2019 with a minimum of five regional events in conjunction with national events on the 2019 PWBA Tour and a special televised event featuring regional winners.
Each of the one-day PWBA Regional tournaments will take place the Sunday following a national PWBA Tour event. The format will be eight games of qualifying before the field is cut to the top four competitors for a stepladder final.
The winners of the first four scheduled regional events will compete in the Go Bowling! PWBA Regional Showdown, a special made-for-TV event to be taped Aug. 17 in conjunction with the PWBA Orlando Open. The event will air Aug. 24 on CBS Sports Network and the winner will receive $6,000.
“The PWBA Regionals simply provide another avenue of competition for women bowlers,” said PWBA Director of Operations Tennelle Milligan. “With a lower cost, bowlers can see what it takes to compete on challenging conditions and get a glimpse of the PWBA experience.”
The PWBA Regional entry fee will be $100 for PWBA members and $150 for non-members. Each event has a minimum guaranteed prize fund of $4,000 with a 1:3 payout ratio.
Competitors must average at least 180 to enter a PWBA regional event and the entry field will be determined by the number of lanes available at each center.
PWBA national champions and PWBA Elite members are not eligible for regional competition. PWBA Elite is designated as any PWBA athlete in the top 24 in points at the end of the previous PWBA season, or in the Elite field for the current season, once that field is set.
Dates for the 2019 PWBA Regional events on the PWBA Tour:
* Sunday, April 28 Yorktown Lanes Parma Heights, Ohio
* Sunday, May 12 Sun Valley Lanes Lincoln, Neb.
* Sunday, June 2 Double Decker Lanes Rohnert Park, Calif.
* Sunday, Aug. 4 Silver Lanes East Hartford, Conn.
* Sunday, Aug. 18 Aloma Bowl Orlando, Fla.
All PWBA Regional events will be streamed live on BowlTV. Additional regional events will be scheduled in the offseason.
Visit PWBA.com/Regionals for more information and to register for PWBA Regional events.