Gary Mage, who has served as PBA West Region Director since 2004 and the Northwest Region Director since he founded it in 1979, has announced his retirement from the PBA after more than 40 years of service.

Mage’s retirement will take effect at the end of the 2020 season, when he will be just shy of his 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 in 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.”

Mage, who was assisted by his wife, Toni, will be succeeded by Josh Blanchard, a three-time PBA Tour champion.

“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 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 and pro-ams, and overseeing on-site 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.

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