PBA Jr. to host National Championships and additional regional tournaments for youth bowlers to earn SMART scholarships
New York, NY – After a thrilling finish to the inaugural PBA Jr. National Championship Finals on Sunday, the PBA is excited to release dates for 2021. In addition to the National Championship Qualifying tournaments, the PBA is also introducing regional tournaments throughout the year giving more opportunities for youth bowlers to earn SMART scholarships.
The PBA Jr. National Championship will once again be a two-fold competition. The first part of the event is open to all youth bowlers, who have not yet reached the age of 18 by August 1, 2021, receiving direct entry into four Regional Tournaments at Bowlero centers around the country on September 3-5, 2021.
Each Regional Tournament will guarantee a first place $2,000 SMART Scholarship with scholarships being awarded to one out of every six (1:6) entries in each division.
Regional tournaments will take place at the following Bowlero locations:
11737 W Burleigh St, Wauwatosa, WI 53222
2749 Delk Rd, Marietta, GA 30067
1901 W Airport Fwy, Euless, TX 76040
1754 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202
The East Regional Tournament will be held in conjunction with the 22nd Parker Bohn III (PB3) Scholarship Tournament at Howell Lanes in Howell, NJ. The date of the event to be announced.
The top two girl and boy finishers in each Regional will advance to the National Championship to compete for a $7,500 SMART Scholarship. The National Championship date will be held in conjunction with a PBA National Tour stop, to be named at a later date.
New to 2021, the PBA is expanding PBA Jr. competition by introducing the first of several PBA Jr. Regional Tournaments, outside of the National Event, offering more opportunities for youth bowlers to compete with the best and earn SMART scholarships for their future education.
PBA Jr. Regional tournaments will take place throughout the spring and summer across the country, with competition on the weekends to allow as many elite youth bowlers to participate. Youth bowlers, girls and boys, ages 17 and under are eligible to compete, with PBA Jr. Club members receiving priority discounted entry.
The first four PBA Jr. Regional tournaments are confirmed (noted below) with more to announced.
PBA Midwest Region: May 15-16
Aarons Family Fun Center
17070 Aarons Lane, Belton, MO, 64012
PBA West Region: May 22-23
1754 West Southern Avenue, Mesa, AZ, 85202
PBA South Region: June 12-13
125 Morlake Drive, Moorseville, NC, 28117
PBA Midwest Region: July 30-August 1
11129 162nd Street West, Lakeville, MN, 55044
The PBA is dedicated to growing the sport of bowling at all levels and is looking for centers that are interested in hosting a PBA JR. Regional Tournament. Center operators or proprietors can contact Mike Sledz, PBA Membership Director at [email protected] or by phone at 206-332-9688, select option #1 to discuss.
For additional information, registration fees, and to sign up, please visit www.pba.com/junior.
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 PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2020, the PBA launched PBA Jr., a club for elite youth bowlers under the age of 17 and the PBA Pinsiders, a membership for fans of the sport. For more information, please visit PBA.com.