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World Bowling adds two more stops to World Bowling Tour 2018

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World Bowling, the governing body for the sport of bowling, has added the Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer in Houston, Texas, USA, in July and the 15th New Mexico Open in Rio Rancho, N.M. in August to the World Bowling Tour 2018 schedule.

The WBT 2018 now features twelve stops, five in Germany, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, Hong Kong and seven stops on U.S. soil. More events may be added, at least 3 months’ notice provided.

For the first time in World Bowling Tour history, a three-tier system has been introduced.

  • Tier 1 events: Athletes receive six times the number of WBT Ranking points. Events have more than $200,000USD prize money, an elite field of competitors and event prestige.
  • Tier 2 events: Athletes receive four times the number of WBT Ranking points. Events have between $100,000 and $200,000USD prize money and a solid field of competitors.
  • Tier 3 events: Athletes receive two times the number of WBT Ranking points. Events have between $50,000 and $100,000USD prize money.

The 2018 Tour began with the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich, Germany, in March and concludes with the World Bowling World Men’s Championship November / December in Hong Kong, China.

The 2018 stops are as follows:

2018 World Bowling Tour #1
Brunswick Euro Challenge
Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany (March 10-18, 2018)

2018 World Bowling Tour #2
USBC Masters
Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, NY, USA (April 8-15, 2018)

2018 World Bowling Tour #3
USBC Queens
National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., USA (May 16-22, 2018)

2018 World Bowling Tour #4
WBT/PBA Busan Cup 2018
Rainbow Square Bowling Center in Busan, Korea (May 20-26, 2018)

2018 World Bowling Tour #5
U.S. Women’s Open
Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, Fla., USA (June 23-30, 2018)

2018 World Bowling Tour #6
Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer
Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas, USA (July 26-29, 2018)

2018 World Bowling Tour #7
15th New Mexico Open
Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho, N.M., USA (Aug. 17-19, 2018)

2018 World Bowling Tour #8
Storm Lucky Larsen Masters
Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmö, Sweden (Aug. 25 – Sept. 9, 2018)

2018 World Bowling Tour #9
WBT/PBA World Bowling Tour Thailand
Blu–O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand (Sept. 22-28, 2018)

2018 World Bowling Tour #10
U.S. Open
Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., USA (Oct. 24-31, 2018)

2018 World Bowling Tour #11
PBA World Series of Bowling X
November / December (Date & Venue TBD)

2018 World Bowling Tour #12
World Men’s Championship
SCAA Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China (Nov. 24 – Dec. 5, 2018)

Author: Herbert Bickel
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