BPAA to celebrate Women's Professional Bowling in 2014

    10/19/13

    BPAA News

    Women's All Star Tournament and Bowling's U.S. Senior Women's Open set for Rockford, Illinois

    2010BPAALogo.jpg The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) has announced plans for two exciting women's bowling tournaments in 2014. The Women's All Star Tournament and Bowling's U.S. Senior Women's Open are scheduled for Rockford, Illinois in mid-July 2014.

    The two contests include a dinner honoring women bowlers as well as other events celebrating the history of women's professional bowling.

    2013BPAAPresidentCathyDeSocio.jpg"Women have made so many valuable contributions to the sport of bowling and provided some of the best excitement on the lanes," said BPAA President Cathy DeSocio (pictured right).

    "It is only fitting we honor the stars of the past as well as showcase the stars of today and the future," adding, "Traditionally, women have not had the same type of high profile events as the men, and we think this is a perfect opportunity to turn the spotlight on them."

    Women's pro bowling started in 1959 with the original Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) holding their first event in 1960. The Ladies Pro Bowling Tour (LPBT), which began in 1981, became the new PWBA in 1998 and enjoyed a five year run.

    2013BPAADirectoratLargeJohnLosito.jpgBPAA's Tournament Committee says it will focus on the Women's All Star Tournament and Bowling's U.S. Senior Women's Open while they re-boot the Men's and Women's Bowling's U.S. Open formats to resume in 2015.

    "After running successful events in Dallas, Reno and most recently in Columbus, and soliciting in-depth feedback from participants and BPAA member centers, we want to look at ways to freshen and improve the Men's and Women's Bowling's U.S. Opens in 2015 and beyond." said John Losito (left), chair of the BPAA Tournament Committee.

    "In the meantime, we are excited to have the opportunity to celebrate women's bowling in 2014 with these two great events."