Top 10 Bowling Tournaments

Bowling Tournaments

This article will talk about the types of bowling tournaments there are and the top ten of those tournaments. It will then give a description of each tournament.

  1. USBC Masters
  2. United States Open
  3. PBA World Championship
  4. PBA Tournament of Champions
  5. United States Women’s Open
  6. WTBA World Championship
  7. USBC Queens
  8. Junior Gold Championship
  9. USBC Senior Championship
  10. Super Senior Classic

1. USBC Masters

The USBC Masters is a championship 10 pin bowling tournament. It is run by the United States Bowling Congress. It was designated one of the four top bowling tournaments in 2000. The tournament started in 1951 as the ABC Masters and became the USBC in 2005. Its double elimination match is what has made this tournament so popular along with the history behind the tournament itself. Hundreds compete in this tournament every year with 15 games of qualifying followed by the top 63 joining to the double elimination round for the winner.

2. United States Open

This tournament is ranked in the top five tournaments for the Professional Bowling Association. This tournament is open to more players with qualifying amateurs and PBA members. It is now considered one of the most difficult bowling tournaments to play in today with the 56 games of qualifying. This tournament has been held every year since 1942 and is home of one of the top players in bowling Pete Weber who has won the tournament five times. The first tournament in 2020 had a starting pool of 108 players. Most recently, the 2022 tournament was held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

3. PBA World Championship

The PBA World Championship is also ranked in the top five tournaments for professional bowling. It first started in November 1960 as the First Annual National Championship. If you win the championship, you receive the Earl Anthony Trophy and, recently in the 2020 tournament, an extra $100,000. Currently the format for the PBA Championship is open to any PBA member that also enters the World Series of Bowling. This is different then years previous where it was not.

4. PBA Tournament of Champions

Similar to the previous two, the PBA Tournament of Champions is also in the top five tournaments of the Professional Bowling Association. The 2022 tournament was held in February from the 22 to the 27 in Fairlawn, Ohio. There was a starting field of 66 players with 58 being past PBA champions. The final prize from the 2022 tournament was $100,000 with $322,000 being in the total prize fund. This tournament is held once a year with Ohio being the main host.

5. United States Women’s Open

This tournament is an annual bowling tournament held for women. It was canceled in 2004 following the Professional Women’s Bowling Association folding and returned in 2007. In 2012 the tournament was held outdoors in Nevada with the players playing with plastic bowling balls due to the wind and dust. The most recent tournament held in 2021 was in California with 72 entries and a total prize of $283,000.

6. WTBA World Championship

This tournament is different then the others because it is a global event that invites all countries instead of just being limited to one. All countries must be members of the International Bowling Federation in order to participate in the championship. The first tournament was held in 1954 with 58 men participants. The championship is conducted every fourth year. Women participated in the tournament for the first time in the 1963 tournament in Mexico City. There are now both females and males that participate in this tournament every other year.

7. USBC Queens

This is an annual ten pin bowling tournament for both professional and amateur female bowlers. It is held by the United States Bowling Congress. It is one of the four most popular bowling tournaments for women in the world. All females that enter bowl a total of 15 games of qualifying over 3 days. Following that, the top 63 qualifiers move on to the second round. Each match played for this tournament consists of a 3 game double elimination format. This tournament started in 1961 and was known as the WIBC Queens when first starting in 1961. There have been a total of ten female bowlers that have won the USBC tournament when multiple players win more than once.

8. Junior Gold Championship

This tournament is one that is held for youth players. It is for the top youth male and female players to compete in a highly competitive top bowling tournament. This tournament has eight different divisions offered for different age groups that may compete. These divisions include U12 boys and girls up to U20 boys and girls. Boys and girls compete separately in their own divisions against each other but all compete for the same prize.

9. USBC Senior Championship

The USBC Senior CHampionship is a tournament for any players that have qualified through their state’s senior tournament. This tournament is not open compared to the other tournaments listed above. You have to qualify through your own state’s senior tournament. The top six finishers from each age group or division competing will then advance to the Advancers Round and bowl three more games following that to determine a winner in each age or division group.

10. Super Senior Classic

The Super Senior Classic Tournament is one that is held for the older division of bowlers. It is for USBC members that are of the age 60 or older. There are typically more than 250 participants in the Super Senior Classic with most of them being previous winners of other tournaments. It is from June 10-15 and is hosted in Las Vegas. To qualify there are 12 games over a two day period with only 1 in 4 players moving on to the second round or the Casher’s Round. The winner of this tournament takes home $8000 dollars.