Friday, March 25, 2011

Professional Bowling Association's Senior Tour

The 2011 Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior Tour season will get underway with a sold-out field of 120 players in the PBA Senior Don Carter Open at CarterFamily Bowl in Winter Garden, FL, April 17-21.
The Senior Don Carter Open will be followed by another Florida stop when the
50-and-older generation returns to Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, FL,
April 23-26, after a one-season absence. Heading up the 120-player field in Winter Garden will be PBA Hall of Famer and 2010 Senior Rookie of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, FL.
The 2010 Senior Tour was one of the most exciting in history with a Senior Player of the Year race involving three Hall of Famers that was decided in the last tournament of the season.
Wayne Webb secured Senior Player of the Year honors by winning the Senior
Jackson Open
, outlasting Williams and another Hall of Famer, Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas. W.R. Williams, who earlier in the 2010 season earned PBA Player of the Year, narrowly missed in his bid to become the first to win PBA Player and Senior Player of the Year honors in the same year.
Named after one of bowling’s all-time greats, the Senior Don Carter Open, will also benefit two charities — United Cerebral Palsy and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Other stars scheduled to compete are PBA Hall of Famers Dave Soutar, Bradenton, FL; Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, NJ; Tom Baker, King, NC; Dale Eagle, Frisco, Texas; and Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA. 

Also entered are 2009 Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, and 1998 Senior Player of the Year Pete Couture, Titusville, FL.
Other Florida standouts entered are five-time PBA Tour and one-time Senior Tour titlist Bob Handley of Winter Park, six-time Senior Tour and four-time PBA Tour winner Steve Neff of Homosassa Springs and four-time Senior Tour and two-time PBA Tour winner Bob Chamberlain of The Villages.
Qualifying rounds will be conducted April 18-20 and match finals rounds on April 21. Practice rounds will be conducted the morning of April 17 with pro-am squads conducted at 1, p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. with a special youth pro-am conducted April 16 at 5 p.m. Pro-am entry information may be obtained by contacting Carter Family Bowl at (407) 656-2000. Tickets for qualifying and match play finals rounds are also available by calling Carter Family Bowl.

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