Thursday, October 20, 2011

World Tour Expands Again

The World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA)’s World Bowling Tour continues to gain momentum heading into 2012, as two more events have signed on to be a part of the second year of the circuit.

The International Bowling Championship 2012 supported by DHC in Hakata, Japan, and the Columbia 300 Vienna Open in Vienna, Austria, have been added to the schedule. These additions bring the World Bowling Tour to 12 events for 2012.

“We are pleased to welcome these two new events to the World Bowling Tour,” WTBA President Kevin Dornberger said. “The World Bowling Tour continues to grow and gain momentum, and we will be announcing even more additions to the tour in the coming days.”

The International Bowling Championship will feature one of the largest prize funds on the World Bowling Tour, with an estimated $350,000 available. The event will take place Feb. 7-11.

The Vienna Open will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in 2012, and is scheduled to take place Oct. 2-7 at Plus Bowling.

In addition to the events in Japan and Austria, two other new events for 2012 have been announced, with the Bahamas International Bowling Classic and the WTBA International Open now on the schedule. The eight events that made up the inaugural tour in 2011 have all agreed to remain a part of the tour in 2012, Dornberger said.

The 2011 World Bowling Tour wraps up this week with the AMF Australian Masters, which ends Saturday. Upon completion of that event, the top three men and three women in the World Bowling Tour rankings will be announced. Those players will take part in the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) on Nov. 17 in Las Vegas.

The WTBA, which is made up of 115 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, visit:

Re-posted from: Bowlers Journal International E-Bowler weekly e-newsletter

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