The 2021 Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour schedule will feature 20 tournaments, highlighted by the introduction of Classic Series events and an increase in the season’s overall prize fund by nearly $400,000.

The 2021 PWBA Tour schedule marks the first season since 2001 to include at least 20 events, with the first increase in the number of national tournaments since 2016. Each season from 2016 to 2019 featured 14 events. The 2020 PWBA Tour season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to the growth on the national tour, the PWBA Regional program also will be expanding in 2021, with 14 events expected to be on the schedule.

The three Classic Series events on the 2021 PWBA schedule will feature a combination of national and regional competition. The first will be the PWBA Kickoff Classic Series at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, set for Jan. 18-26.

Classic Series events will feature three national tour events during one stop, in addition to a PWBA Regional tournament. The first two tournaments in each Classic Series event will be open to the entire field of entrants, while the third will use the qualifying totals from the first two tournaments to determine which players will compete in the final event.

All told, the schedule includes seven events in Texas, two in New York, and one each in California, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee and Washington. Four slots in the schedule will be announced later.

“We’re incredibly excited to see the PWBA Tour schedule expand to 20 events in 2021,” said Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America Executive Director Frank DeSocio. “We’re thrilled to be able to provide additional opportunities to showcase the top bowlers in the world next year.”

In addition to the expanded schedule, the BPAA and United States Bowling Congress will continue to pay out a minimum of 32 spots at each standard PWBA Tour event. Each tournament will feature a $60,000 prize fund, with $10,000 going to the champion. The final cash spot will be $1,100.

The two majors on the schedule are the USBC Queens, set for May 12-18 at a site to be announced, and the U.S. Women’s Open, scheduled for Aug. 24-31 at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif.

No network television is planned for the season. Instead, all events will be streamed on BowlTV.com.

Read more about plans for the 2021 PWBA season and view the full schedule here: https://pwba.com/News/In-the-News/pwba-tour-schedule-expands-to-20-events-and-introduces-classic-series-all-live-on-bowltv.

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