The other point, will there be a PBA when you are eligible? Some say not. The money is very poor, only the top 10 out of the 64 actually make a living bowling. Go look at their prize money won last year under the bowler section. Click on stats, and then click on prize money.
Expenses run between $30,000 and $40,000 for the 21 stops. You have to win at least $100,000 just to break even after expenses, taxes, and sponsors cut of what you make.
I have a couple of friends here in Nashville that went out there and they went broke. Even when they cashed, they went broke.
The bowlers that stay out there get a small salary form a ball company that keep them going.
I emailed Jeff Carter once on why he gave up the family lumber business to be a pro bowler. He said he loves the game.
He has zero Titles in 150 attempts on the national tour, and his marriage fell apart.
Parker Bohn has gone through a marriage ending. His son from his first marriage lives here. He used to work at Hillwood Strike and Spare. He told some bowlers in a tournament here once that since his father Parker has a new wife and new kids, he rarely has time for him anymore. His son is 17 or 18 now.
If you go on the pro tour, stay single, live out of the suitcase and stay humble. You will not be rich, and as Norm Duke once said, bowl enough action games to actually pay the bills.
Pro bowlers who don't have a college education don't have anything to fall back on like Jeff Carter, Norm Duke, Parker Bohn etc..
Walter Ray has a degree in physics. Had he not been a great bowler, he would be a scientist. Your college education is most important.
I gave it up and finished college. I have no regrets. I made more money than 54 of the 64 exempt last year.
If you want the non traditional job, you have a better chance of touring the country paying rock and roll out of the back of a 1980 Ford van!
By the way, be careful about the action bowling. Some places are very strict on illegal gambling. Someone was arrested here by an undercover for openly pot bowling and collecting cash. They also busted a bunch of pool players at a billiards club here.
Stick with brackets and side pots in recognized tournaments, and CLAIM ALL OF YOUR INCOME.
"Bowl up a Storm"