FORT WAYNE, Ind. – In the 56-year history of the Professional Bowlers Association, Indiana has been home to many landmark PBA Tour, Senior Tour and regional tournaments.
Fort Wayne will host another milestone event when PBA conducts a PBA50 Tour doubleheader July 18-23 at Pro Bowl West featuring approximately 130 PBA stars ages 50 and over.
For the first time, PBA will conduct the PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Storm for super seniors (players 60 years of age and older) July 18-20 to be immediately followed by the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Classic presented by Ebonite July 21-23 which is open to players 50 and older including the super seniors.
The Pro Bowl West Classic is the eighth stop for the PBA50 Tour this season and will feature a host of all-time PBA greats battling for PBA50 Player of the Year honors.
Leading the list of Player of the Year contenders expected to compete will be two of PBA’s all-time greats, two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year and PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. and fellow Hall of Famer and 2013 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Pete Weber.
Williams, the career PBA titles leader with 47 wins, owns eight PBA50 Tour titles including the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters which he won in June.
Weber, who ranks tied for third on the all-time PBA Tour titles list with 37 wins, will be trying for his third career PBA50 Tour win and first of the season.
Competition for the Pro Bowl West Classic begins Monday July 21 with an eight-game qualifying round at 10 a.m. ET. All players will return for the second qualifying round at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22 which will determine the top 40 who will advance to match play elimination rounds on Wednesday, July 23 at 10 a.m. The championship rounds begin at 7 p.m.
The Dick Weber Super Senior Classic will begin with a six-game qualifying round at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 18. All players will return for second-round qualifying Saturday, July 19 at 11 a.m. which will determine the top 32 players for the first round of match play beginning at 5 p.m. Match play continues on Sunday, July 20 at 8:30 a.m. with the five-player stepladder scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Admission for both tournaments is $8 per day or a $25 pass is available which is good for all days of both tournaments. Bowling fans can also compete in a pro-am that enables them to bowl with the pros which is scheduled for July 20 at 7 p.m. Entry fee is $50 which includes the bowling fee, T-shirt, tournament program and a buffet dinner. Tickets may be purchased at Pro Bowl West Lanes and additional information is available by calling (260) 482-4889.
Among the players scheduled to compete in both tournaments are PBA Hall of Famers Johnny Petraglia and Dale Eagle. Petraglia, 67, is a 14-time PBA Tour winner and eight-time PBA50 Tour titlist and is the only player in PBA history to have won a PBA Tour or PBA50 Tour title in six different decades.
Eagle, 68, is a three-time PBA Tour champion and 11-time PBA50 Tour winner which ranks tied for third on the PBA50 Tour all-time list. Eagle narrowly missed becoming the oldest player to win a PBA Tour or PBA50 Tour event when he finished second in the recent Grants Pass (Ore.) Open.
PBA50 DICK WEBER SUPER SENIOR CLASSIC PRESENTED BY STORM SCHEDULE Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., July 18-20
Friday, July 18
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Practice Session
5 p.m. – First round qualifying (6 games)
Saturday, July 19
11 a.m. – Second round qualifying (6 games) Cut to the top 32 (with 96 entries and above)
5 p.m. – First round match play (6 games)
Sunday, July 20
8:30 a.m. – Second round match play (6 games) Cut to top 5
1:30 p.m. – Stepladder finals
PBA50 PRO BOWL WEST FORT WAYNE CLASSIC PRESENTED BY EBONITE Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., July 20-23
Sunday, July 20
3:30-6:30 p.m. – Practice Session
Pro-Am Squad: Dinner with the pros at 6:30 p.m. Bowling begins at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, July 21
10 a.m. – First round qualifying (8 games)
4:30 p.m. – Second round qualifying (8 games)
Tuesday, July 22
10 a.m. – B Squad qualifying (8 games)
4:30 p.m. – A Squad qualifying (8 games) Cut to the top 40 (based on 120 or more entries)
Wednesday, July 23
10 a.m. – Match play
7 p.m. – Championship rounds