Generations Pro Bowling Tour concludes inaugural season with a three event southwest swing


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    GPBT hosts events in Wichita, Austin and Houston in April

    2007GPBTLogo_small.jpg The Generations Pro Bowling Tour concludes its inaugural season in April with a three event swing in Wichita, Austin and Houston, marking the first time the new senior professional bowling circuit has staged events west of the Mississippi. The announcement was made by Steve Sanders, Founder of the GBT.

    The GBT national tour features many of the greatest bowlers age 50 and over, as well as amateurs who think they have what it takes to bowl with the professionals. The eight event fall swing included events in Michigan, Ohio, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

    The winter swing began in Florida in January with three sold out events. After taking the month of February off, the tour is hosting three March events in Lansing, Mi., Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Columbus, Oh.

    Some of the bowling legends competing on the GBT include such familiar names as Mark Roth, Johnny Petraglia, David Ozio, Dale Eagle, Dave Davis, Nelson Burton, Jr. and Dave Soutar. Any bowler age 50 and over with a minimum 200 average is eligible to compete in any of the events. Money leaders, Ozio ($63,300) and Eagle ($55,800) have each won two titles through the first 11 events.

    The 2007 GBT Wichita Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan. (Apr. 6-9) will offer 100 bowlers the chance to compete for up to $57,500 in prize money. The following week (Apr. 13-16), the 2007 GBT Texas Open will be held at Interstate Lanes in Round Rock (near Austin) for 96 bowlers with a purse of up to $55,800.

    Both events will feature the new GBT format including an $8,000 first prize, a 1:2 cashing ratio and pro-ams on Friday and Saturday, qualifying on Saturday and Sunday and match-play and a step-ladder finals on Monday.

    The final event of the season, the 2007 GBT Over/Under Doubles Houston Open is scheduled for April 20-23 at Emerald Bowl in Houston. It marks the GBT's first doubles tourney and the only time -- outside of pro-ams -- bowlers under age 50 can participate in a GBT event.

    During the two days of qualifying (Apr. 21-22), bowlers will compete within their own age group (under 50 and 50+). The top 20 bowlers in each age group will then be paired by their ranking during qualifying. Match play for the 20 teams will be held on Monday, Apr. 23. A field of up to 160 bowlers will compete for a first prize of $12,000.

    "Although we know many of our regular GBT bowlers will make the trip west, we are also excited about the opportunity to welcome new bowlers to the GBT as we head west," said Sanders.

    "It is rewarding to know that by the time we reach Houston we will have awarded senior bowlers nearly $1 million in prize money. The final event of the season should be especially fun as bowlers of all ages get the chance to experience the GBT and take the lanes with our hall of fame field."