PBA to Award Highest-Ever Guaranteed First-Place SMART Scholarship in PBA Jr. National Championship; Increases Prize Funds in PBA Jr. Regional Tournaments

PBA increases top prize in PBA Jr. National Championship to $16,000; guarantees $1,000 first-place prize in all PBA Jr. Regional tournaments

New York, NY – The PBA is dedicated to growing the sport of bowling at all levels and is excited to announce its increasing SMART Scholarship funds for all PBA Jr. tournaments in 2021 offering more opportunities for youth bowlers to compete with the best and earn scholarships for their future education.

In its second year, the PBA Jr. National Championship will now guarantee a $16,000 first-place SMART Scholarship, the highest SMART scholarship to ever be awarded, in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions. The top-prize has more than doubled since 2020.

Youth bowlers can sign up for the PBA Jr. National Championship which will begin at one of four Regional Qualifiers at Bowlero centers around the country on September 3-5, 2021. The first part of the event is open to all youth bowlers, who have not yet reached the age of 18 by August 1, 2021.

Each National Regional Qualifier will guarantee a first-place $2,000 SMART Scholarship with scholarships being awarded to one out of every six (1:6) entries in each division.

Regional Qualifiers will take place at the following Bowlero locations:

Midwest Region

Bowlero Wauwatosa

11737 W Burleigh St, Wauwatosa, WI 53222

South Region

Bowlero Marietta

2749 Delk Rd, Marietta, GA 30067

Southwest Region

Bowlero Euless

1901 W Airport Hwy, Euless, TX 76040

West Region

Bowlero Mesa

1754 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202

The East Regional Qualifier will be held in conjunction with the 22nd Parker Bohn III (PB3) Scholarship Tournament at Howell Lanes in Howell, NJ. The date of the event to be announced.

The top two girl and boy finishers in each Qualifier will advance to the National Championship to compete for a $16,000 SMART Scholarship. The National Championship date will be held in conjunction with a PBA National Tour stop, to be named at a later date.

The PBA is also guaranteeing a $1,000 first-place SMART scholarship in each PBA Jr. Regional tournament, which offer additional opportunities for youth bowlers to compete outside of the National Event.

The Regional tournaments, which began in May, will continue to take place across the country, with competition on the weekends to allow as many elite youth bowlers to participate. Youth bowlers, girls and boys, ages 17 and under are eligible to compete, with PBA Jr. Club members receiving priority discounted entry.

The remaining PBA Jr. Regional tournaments are as follows. More events to be announced on PBA.com.

PBA South Region: June 12-13

Victory Lanes

125 Morlake Drive, Moorseville, NC, 28117

PBA Midwest Region: July 30-August 1

Bowlero Lakeville

11129 162nd Street West, Lakeville, MN, 55044


PBA South Region: August 14-15

AMF Williamsburg Lanes

5544 Olde Towne Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188


PBA Central Region: August 28-29

AMF Arc Lanes

4901 Monroe Avenue, Evansville, IN 47715


PBA Midwest Region: October 2-4

HP Lanes

2012 Innis Rd, Columbus, OH 43224


PBA Southwest Region: October 9-10

Bowlero Thousand Oaks

4330 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, San Antonio, TX, 78217


PBA East Region: October 23-24

Bowlero North Brunswick

1 Carolier Ln, North Brunswick Township, NJ 08902


PBA West Region: December 4-5

Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl

6750 Regional St, Dublin, CA 94568


The PBA is looking for centers that are interested in hosting a PBA JR. Regional Tournament. Center operators or proprietors can contact Mike Sledz, PBA Membership Director at msledz@bowlerocorp.com or by phone at 206-332-9688 , select option #1 to discuss.

For additional information, registration fees, and to sign up, please visit www.pba.com/junior.

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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