Generations Bowling Tour announces future plans

    09/08/07

    GBT News

    Second season not viable; GBT will organize a series of 4 to 8 events for 2008

    GBTLogo_small.jpg The Generations Bowling Tour (GBT) has announced that it is restructuring its operation for 2008 to continue offering bowlers age 50 and over high-level competition. Although the GBT's first season had many successes the lower than expected entry levels made it obvious a second senior tour was not needed.

    Steve Sanders.jpg Steve Sanders, founder of the GBT, recently concluded meetings with industry leaders, players and proprietors and based upon their feedback and the bowler participation levels from last year, he concluded running a second season of the professional tour was not viable. There were not enough bowlers willing to commit to the tour and not enough corporate support to warrant a second season.

    As a result, the GBT is organizing a series of 4 to 8 events for 2008 targeting a field of all levels of senior bowlers. The GBT member survey and follow-up discussions with players helped determine larger fields would become a reality if the tour lowered the entry fees and eliminated membership dues and guest fees. According to senior bowlers, affordability was the key factor in growing the tour.

    The new GBT may also guarantee spots in the finals for "non-champions" to encourage more bowlers to compete. Many seniors indicated that did not participate last season because they could not compete on the same level as the top stars.

    "We are currently in discussion with proprietors and hope to announce at least three two-event swings shortly," said Sanders. "Our goal for 2008 is to run two events in Florida, the midwest, and the west coast."