#33 – PBA Senior Tour Launched in 1981
In 1981, the PBA Senior Tour was created and began competition with Bill Beach defeating Bill Lillard, 200-191, in the inaugural PBA Senior Championship in New Orleans, La. The PBA Senior Tour was the foundation for many memorable moments for bowlers age 50 and older, including Mark Roth becoming the first player to earn both “PBA Senior” (2001) and PBA Player of the Year honors (1977-’79 and 1984) and where Joe Scarborough bowled the first certified 900 series in PBA history at the PBA50 Sun Bowl at The Villages.
About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.