PWBA Plans Return of Women's Pro Bowling in 2015
At long last it looks like we are going to see the return of Women's Professional Bowling in the United States.
The Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) will return in 2015 with a nine event schedule running from summer to fall. The re-launch will be funded for 3 years by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) and Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA). The preliminary schedule features eight standard tour stops and a PWBA Tour Championship to conclude the season. Online streaming of regular season events will allow fans to tune in and a TV partner is being looked at for the Tour Championship.
The new PWBA events will feature a three day, Friday through Sunday format to accommodate bowlers who wish to follow their dream of being a professional bowler while still keeping up with work obligations. "The new PWBA Tour must fit the lifestyle balance today's women need," BPAA President Tom Martino said. “Women shouldn't have to choose between pursuing their dream as a professional bowler and the stability of traditional home life. We want the new tour to be an option for as many women as possible."
We here at bowlingball.com are excited for the return of Women's Pro Bowling. It is something that our sport needs and we can't wait to see what the ladies can do. Stay tuned for more details.
On a side note, the owner and founder of bowlingball.com, Keith Spear, worked for the Ladies Pro Bowler's Tour from 1984 until 1992 as their lane maintenance supervisor, ball driller, souvenir director, ball hauler and truck driver and whatever was needed. It was a one-man show for Keith who performed all of those duties along side tournament director Fran Wolfe (now Dekken) and Bill Vint the LPBT public relation officer. Keith was affectionately called "Bub" by his co-worker and a few other things by some of the players. Keith has shared that these were some of the most fun-filled times of his life, allowing him to visit most states while logging over a million miles.