When was the first Professional Bowlers Association tour? – 2017


When was the first Professional Bowlers Association tour?


Even though the PBA was created in Akron, Ohio, in 1958, the first PBA tour began the following year in 1959. At the time, bowling had become a popular televised event throughout the decade when the PBA began the three competitions that would constitute its first season and tour: the Empire State Open, the Paramus Eastern Open and the Dayton Open. At stake was a total of $49,500. Source: PBA.com

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the major sanctioning body for the sport of professional ten-pin bowling in the United States. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, the PBA membership consists of almost 4,300 members worldwide. Members include “pro shop” owners and workers, teaching professionals and bowlers who compete in the various events put on by the Association.

The PBA Tour is the major professional tour for ten-pin bowling, operated by the Professional Bowlers Association.

Who holds the most titles in the PBA?
Earl Anthony, who is tied with Pete Weber for the most PBA major titles (10), never captured the U.S. Open despite runner-up finishes in 1973, 1979 and 1980. Norm Duke became just the seventh bowler in PBA history to win two majors in one season when he captured the 2008 U.S. Open.

Where is the PBA Hall of Fame?
Since its inception, it was located at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Missouri. It is now part of the new USBC headquarters in Arlington, Texas. Through 2012, there are 89 PBA Hall of Fame Members in three categories: Performance (45)

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