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For the first time, the Professional Bowlers Association will hold a doubleheader with a pair of senior events, and Fort Wayne's Pro Bowl West will be the host venue.
The week-long event begins today and runs through Sunday and will include the PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Storm for those 60 years of age and older.
The PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic presented by Ebonite, which includes pro bowlers aged 50 and older, will kick off Sunday and run through Wednesday.
“This is the first time we will have had these tournaments back to back,” said PBA Media Relations Representative Jerry Schneider.
Fort Wayne has never had a PBA Tour event in the 56-year history of the organization, although has hosted several regional tournaments over the years. The pair of tournaments will bring several recognizable names from the bowling world to town, including Norm Duke and two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr.
“This was a situation where we were able to put something together with Pro Bowl West and bring a tour-type event to Fort Wayne,” Schneider said.
The PBA has built a good relationship with Pro Bowl West proprietor David Small, which helped lead not only to this opportunity but could potentially open the door to future events at the facility.
“It is something I couldn't speculate on, but as far as this being a stepping stone to continued discussions (with Pro Bowl West on events), I would say yes, it certainly is,” Schneider said.
The two tournaments are open to the public, with one-day tickets $8 and a $25 pass good for both events.
Tickets will be available at the door each day.
A schedule of events may be found at www.ProBowlWest.com and more information can be gained by calling the facility at 260-482-4889.