PBA Announces Regional Players Invitational for 2021 Season

The PBA Regional Tour’s Top 120 Players to Compete in Special Event

New York, NY – The Professional Bowlers Association is excited to announce the return of the Regional Players Invitational (RPI) for the 2021 PBA Regional Tour season.

Exclusively for PBA Regional players, the RPI will bring together 120 of the top bowlers from each of the seven PBA regions to compete in a three-day event in January 2022 for a $20K top prize and $100K total prize fund. The event will take place at South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

From January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021, PBA members can earn points in all open field regional events to earn entry into the RPI. The top eight players in points from the South, East, Midwest, West, Central, and Southwest, plus the top six players from the Northwest will automatically earn a spot.

In addition to the top 54 regional players, 26 senior bowlers will also earn spots in the RPI, including the top four seniors in points from the South, East, Midwest, West, Central, and Southwest, and the top two seniors from the Northwest.

To complete the 120-member field, each region will hold a special RPI Tournament Qualifier to fill the remaining 40 spots. More details on the format and date of the qualifiers to be announced.

The field will be filled as follows:

RPI Qualifiers Field Per Region
RegionRegional Points LeadersRegional Tournament QualifiersSenior Points LeadersSenior Tournament Qualifiers
Northwest6321
West8442
Southwest8442
Midwest8442
Central8442
East8442
South8442
Total Eligible54272813

The RPI is tentatively scheduled to take place in in January 2022 at South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Bowlers will compete in a three-day event starting with 16 games of qualifying, followed by a 32-player elimination bracket. The top 40 players after qualifying will cash.

Players in the top 50 PBA National Tour Points List after the completion of the 2021 PBA Summer Tour will not be eligible to bowl in the RPI Finals.

During this uncertain time, the PBA’s main priority continues to be the health and safety of its players and staff. The PBA is taking all necessary precautions and following local and federal COVID-19 guidelines to reduce risks and modify procedures as needed. For a complete list of the PBA’s COVID-19 related standards and procedures, please visit PBA.com.

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 PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2020, the PBA launched PBA Jr., a club for elite youth bowlers under the age of 17 and the PBA Pinsiders, a membership for fans of the sport. For more information, please visit PBA.com

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