PBA Set to Launch Nine-Event Summer Tour in June; Unique Opportunities on Tap for Players and Fans
by Bill Vint | Friday, April 26, 11:11 AM
CHICAGO – Much will be at stake when the 2019 Go Bowling! Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Summer Tour begins at the end of June.
Entry into an historic PBA event in China, a new FloBowling PBA ATX Invite special event and the inaugural United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Cup all rest in the balance when the seven-city, nine-event PBA Summer Tour begins June 28-30, in Lubbock, Texas.
The Summer Tour then moves to Houston for the Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles in July before the heart of the schedule in August with seven more title events, punctuated by the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the brands of Ebonite, in Aurora, Illinois, Aug. 24-31.
All nine events will be streamed live from first ball to last by FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.
"We're excited about the 2019 PBA Summer Tour because it gives more PBA fans around the country a chance to see our top players compete up close," PBA Tour CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark said. "The PBA Player Services Truck and lane maintenance team will be at all of the stops. The geography involved and the calendar are strategic, and the bonus incentives for top performers are big."
The 2019 PBA Summer Tour will have its own points list, with enticing and historic bonus incentives involving three inaugural competitions serving as top story lines throughout the Tour.
1) The inaugural USBC Cup will reward the top five players in PBA Summer Tour points with bonus cash prizes, including $20,000 to the points leader.
2) The inaugural FloBowling PBA ATX Invite will award berths into a special event for the top eight PBA Summer Tour points leaders at Dart Bowl in the hometown of FloSports, Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21. First prize in the FloBowling Invite will be $25,000 and all participants in the event will cash.
3) The inaugural PBA China Tiger Cup will award the top eight PBA Summer Tour points leaders with expenses-paid trips to Shanghai, Nov. 19-21, for a 16-player singles event including eight Chinese bowlers, and a separate USA vs. China team match. All players will cash in the PBA Tiger Cup singles event which offers a $20,000 first prize, and in the team event the winning five-player team will divide $15,000.
The 2019 PBA Summer Tour events will be open to non-PBA members as well as members, but non-members will not be eligible for any of the special events or bonus prizes.
Points earned during the PBA Summer Tour will also count toward 2020 DHC PBA Japan Invitational and 2020 PBA Tour Finals eligibility, as well as figuring into consideration for the end-of-season Player and Rookie of the Year awards.
All Summer Tour tournaments except the Aurora Open will be Tier 3 events under the PBA’s Tier 1-2-3 points system (the Aurora Open will be a Tier 2 event).
2019 GO BOWLING! PBA SUMMER TOUR SCHEDULE
June 28-30 – Lubbock Sports Shootout, South Plains Lanes, Lubbock, Texas.
July 26-29 - Storm PBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, Copperfield Lanes, Houston, Texas
Aug. 9-11 - PBA Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open, AMF Western Branch Lanes, Chesapeake, Va.
Aug. 12-14 - PBA Wilmington Open, Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C.
Aug. 16-18- PBA Gene Carter's Pro Shop Classic, Mid-County Lanes, Middletown, Del.
Aug. 21-23 - PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy Xtra Pair, Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio.
Aug. 24-31 - FloBowling PBA Summer Swing (Wolf Open, Bear Open, Aurora Open) presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill.
Sept. 21 - FloBowling PBA ATX Invite, Dart Bowl, Austin, Texas.
Nov. 19-21 - PBA China Tiger Cup, Shanghai.