Rochester will host the 2017 Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open, a bowling tournament by the Professional Women’s Bowling Association. The event will be held July 15-16 at AMF Gates Lanes.
The official practice for the tournament will be held on Thursday, July 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Josie Barnes of Nashville, Tenn., will return as the defending champion, holding the 2016 PWBA’s Tour title.
Barnes is a five-time Team USA member and was a standout collegiate player at Vanderbilt, leading the squad to the university’s only national championship as a freshman in 2007, according to officials.
“My whole family is a ‘bowling’ family,” she said in a statement. “Both my mom (Lisa) and dad (Larry) were/are good bowlers in their own right, and my sister (Jessica) is a world gold medalist. I have a lot to live up to. My parents and my sister sacrificed just as much for my success, probably even more.”
All competing in the tournament will bowl 12 games of qualifying Friday, before the field is cut to the top 32 for Saturday’s six-game cashers’ round.
Their 18-game pinfall totals will decide the 12 bowlers who advance to round-robin match play, officials said.
The schedule for the weekend is as follows:
Friday, July 14
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Official practice
Noon: Qualifying Round 1 (fresh oil) (six games)
6 p.m.: Qualifying Round 2 (fresh oil) (six games)
Saturday, July 15
8:30 a.m.: Cashers’ round (fresh oil) (six games)
1 p.m.: Round-robin match play fresh oil) (six games)
5 p.m.: Group stepladder finals (fresh oil)
7 p.m.: Pro-Am
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