Josh Blanchard Named as Successor
New York, NY – Gary Mage, who has served as PBA West Regional Director since 2004 and the Northwest Regional Director since he founded it in 1979, has announced his retirement from the PBA after 40+ years of service.
Mage’s retirement comes at the end of the 2020 season after a life-long career in the bowling industry and just shy of a milestone 75th birthday, which he’ll celebrate in January.
“I’ve been a bowling center owner, pro shop operator and touring player, so I brought a lot of experience to different areas of the sport into this position,” Mage said. “You have people you’ve built relationships with over a span of many years. It’s hard to let go, but it’s time.”
In 2004, Mage became Western Region Manager, taking the reins from Mike Friedrichs, and assumed management of the new Northwest Region when it separated from the Western Region in that same year. Mage has since managed both regions with assistance from his wife Toni.
Mage will be succeeded by Josh Blanchard, a three-time PBA Tour champion.
“After many years serving the PBA as the Northwest and West Regional Director I am very happy that the PBA has chosen Josh Blanchard to take my place, said Mage. “It’s my belief that Josh has the talent to move the regional program forward and build a program that will be successful for many years to come.”
Blanchard, who just recently announced his own retirement from full-time PBA Tour competition will take over regional tournament operations on Nov. 9.
“It is a privilege to follow in the footsteps of Gary Mage,” said Blanchard. He isn’t easily replaced, but I hope to continue many of the long-standing events he developed over his tenure.”
As the new tournament director, Blanchard will be responsible for PBA regional operations in the West and Northwest including developing the schedule of tournaments, pro-ams, and overseeing onsite tournament logistics.
“I look forward to working for the bowlers and providing the best events possible for the PBA and its members in the West and Northwest Regions,” added Blanchard.
The PBA thanks Mage for his years of hard work and dedication to the organization and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors.
While Mage will be missed, the PBA Is very fortunate to have found the perfect fit in Blanchard to fill the position bringing nine-years of full-time touring experience and determination to grow the sport for the next generations of bowlers.
About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.