Members of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association have voted to redistribute the prize funds for the United States Bowling Congress Queens and U.S. Women’s Open in 2022 and 2023.

The change will move a significant portion of the prize money for the two events from the top spots in order to pay higher amounts to other cashers and match-play finalists. The aggregate prize funds will remain the same for each event, with $262,250 paid out at the U.S. Women’s Open and $352,000 at the Queens.

The top prize for each event now will pay $60,000, which will be the second-highest top prizes in the history of the PWBA Tour, behind only the $100,000 paid for first place at the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open.

“After reviewing the prize funds for these events, we saw that we could make a much more positive impact on the competitors by paying more to the cashers and match-play finalists, while still offering historically great prize money at the top,” said PWBA Players Committee co-chair Bryanna Coté. “The goal is to distribute the prize money to a wider group to incentivize more athletes to participate in these marquee events and give more of our members a chance to earn additional money.”

The changes will go into effect for the 2022 editions of each event. 

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