Ricart Ford in Columbus, Ohio, will be the title sponsor of the Professional Bowlers Association’s Ricart Ford Open presented by Columbia 300, Feb. 17-19 at Sequoia Lanes in Columbus.
The tournament will be
the third of four PBA Tour Xtra Frame tournaments on the 2011-12 PBA Tour
The tournament will be webcast live, exclusively on pba.com’s Xtra Frame online
bowling channel, from start to finish.
The newly-created Xtra Frame Tour will also include the Cheetah Open presented
by Ebonite, Jan. 21-22, in Fountain Valley, CA; the Detroit Open presented
by Track, March 11-12, in Allen Park, MI, and the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs
presented by Hammer, March 31-April 1, in Indianapolis, IN.
PBA Tour titles and
berths in the Round of 36 for the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions will be
awarded in all four events.
The PBA Ricart Ford Open will also offer a $10,000 first prize. The tournament
is open to all comers with a $350 entry fee for PBA members and a $400 fee for
It will pay a prize fund of $66,000 based on a field of 130, with
one in three players cashing.
Thanks to the extensive live online coverage of Xtra Frame Tour events, PBA fans
will be able to witness the pressures and drama of a complete PBA Tour event
from qualifying through match play, concluding with the stepladder finals.
Xtra Frame also will provide live coverage of the preliminary rounds of the
Tour’s three major championships: the USBC Masters, Jan. 23-29, in Las Vegas;
the U.S. Open, Feb. 20-26 in North Brunswick, NJ, and the PBA Tournament of
Champions, April 8-15, in Las Vegas.
Xtra Frame is available for a $7.99 monthly or 12-month subscription rate of
$64.99 which includes year-round coverage of PBA activities, including PBA Tour,
Senior Tour and selected PBA Regional events. The full-year package provides
subscribers with hundreds of player and industry leader interviews, new product
introductions, coaching tips and human interest features, and access to Xtra
Frame’s huge archive of past PBA events plus much more.