, the governing body for the sport of bowling, has announced the tier allocations for the World Bowling Tour 2018. 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 WBT 2018 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.
The 2018 Tour began with the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich, Germany, in March and will conclude with the World Bowling Men’s World Championship November Nov. 24 to Dec. 5 at SCAA bowling center in Hong Kong, China.
The 2018 tournaments and tier allocations are as follows:
2018 World Bowling Tour #1
2017 World Bowling Championships (women only) Tier 2
South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, USA (Nov. 25 – Dec. 4, 2017)
2018 World Bowling Tour #2
Brunswick Euro Challenge Tier 2
Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany (March 10-18, 2018)
2018 World Bowling Tour #3
USBC Masters Tier 1 Major
Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, NY, USA (April 8-15, 2018)
2018 World Bowling Tour #4
USBC Queens (women only) Tier 1 Major, pending
National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., USA (May 16-22, 2018)
2018 World Bowling Tour #5
WBT/PBA Busan Cup 2018 Tier 1 Major
Rainbow Square Bowling Center in Busan, Korea (May 20-26, 2018)
2018 World Bowling Tour #6
U.S. Women’s Open (women only) Tier 1 Major, pending
Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, Fla., USA (June 23-30, 2018)
2018 World Bowling Tour #7
Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Tier 3
Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas, USA (July 26-29, 2018)
2018 World Bowling Tour #8
15th New Mexico Open Tier 3
Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho, N.M., USA (Aug. 17-19, 2018)
2018 World Bowling Tour #9
Storm Lucky Larsen Masters Tier 2
Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmö, Sweden (Aug. 25 – Sept. 9, 2018)
2018 World Bowling Tour #10
WBT/PBA World Bowling Tour Thailand Tier 2
Blu–O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand (Sept. 22-28, 2018)
2018 World Bowling Tour #11
U.S. Open Tier 1 Major, pending
Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., USA (Oct. 24-31, 2018)
2018 World Bowling Tour #12
World Men’s Championship (men only) Tier 2
SCAA Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China (Nov. 24 – Dec. 5, 2018)
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