New York, N.Y.—The 2022 PBA50 Tour will open competition in April with a return to Fort Myers, Fla. for the PBA50 Lightning Strikes Open. Four major championships, three PBA60 exclusive events, five new venues and a collection of PBA Hall of Famers highlight the 17-event season that concludes in August.
All four PBA50 major championships return in 2022: the Florida Blue Medicare PBA50 National Championship in The Villages, Fla., April 24-28, USBC Senior Masters in Las Vegas, Nev., June 6-10, PBA Senior U.S. Open in Lubbock, Texas, July 2-6 and PBA50 Cup in Westland, Mich., July 18-21.
Pete Weber is the defending PBA50 National Champion, Chris Barnes will defend the PBA50 Cup and Tom Hess will defend both the USBC Senior Masters and PBA Senior U.S. Open.
Hess enters the season as the reigning PBA50 Player of the Year and PBA50 Rookie of the Year, having defeated Barnes in the championship match of both the Senior U.S. Open and USBC Senior Masters to clinch both awards.
The PBA50 Tour again begins in Florida and moves up the coast before going west and ultimately finishing in the Midwest. New events for 2022 include the PBA50 Mooresville Open in Mooresville, N.C. (last held in 2019) and the PBA50 Highland Park Lanes Open in Greeley, Colo. The PBA50 Bud Moore Classic will again hold its finals in Bud Moore Lanes at the home of Bill Moore, with qualifying this year taking place at Bowl America Dranesville in Sterling, Va. The PBA50 Cup moves from Lubbock, where the Senior U.S. Open will be held, to Vision Lanes in Westland.
Weber, who won two PBA50 titles in 2021 to give him 13 in his career, will be chasing Walter Ray Williams Jr., who won the season-opening event last season to set the all-time record with 15 PBA50 Tour titles. The win broke the tie at 14 Williams previously shared with John Handegard. Weber and Williams will have 14 PBA50 events in which to battle. Williams, along with all other players age 60 and over, will have three more chances to compete in PBA60-exclusive events.
In addition to the returning USBC Super Senior Classic and PBA60 Dick Weber Open, PBA60 players will close the season in the PBA60 Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl Open.
2022 PBA50 TOUR SCHEDULE
PBA50 Lightning Strikes Lanes Open, Lightning Strikes Lanes, Fort Myers, Fla. – April 18-22
Florida Blue Medicare PBA50 National Championship (major), Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla. – April 24-28
PBA50 Granville Financial Open, Sandhills Bowling Center, Aberdeen, N.C. – May 1-4
PBA50 Mooresville Open, Victory Entertainment Center, Mooresville, N.C. – May 7-10
PBA50 Bud Moore Classic, Bowl America Dranesville (stepladder finals in Bud Moore Lanes), Sterling, Va. – May 13-16
USBC Super Senior Classic, Sam’s Town, Las Vegas, Nev. – June 1-5
USBC Senior Masters (major), Sam’s Town, Las Vegas, Nev. – June 6-12
PBA50 Odessa Open, Diamond Lanes, Odessa, Texas – June 26-29
PBA Senior U.S. Open (major), South Plains Lanes, Lubbock, Texas – July 2-6
PBA50 Highland Park Lanes Open, Highland Park Lanes, Greeley, Colo. – July 9-12
PBA50 Cup (major), Vision Lanes, Westland, Mich. – July 18-21
PBA50 South Shore Open, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind. – July 25-28
PBA50 Spectrum Lanes Open, Spectrum Lanes, Wyoming, Mich. – August 1-4
PBA50 David Small’s Championship Lanes Open, Championship Lanes, Anderson, Ind. – August 6-9
PBA50 David Small’s JAX60 Open, JAX60, Jackson, Mich. – August 12-15
PBA60 Dick Weber Classic, JAX60, Jackson, Mich. – August 16-18
PBA60 Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl Open, Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio – August 19-22