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#97199 - 07/05/09 08:35 PM PBA ProAm questions
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I am planning to attend the Mark Roth Plastic Ball Open in W. Babylon N.Y. this year and wanted to know about the ProAm. How does it work? Can anyone join? How much is it and is it hard to get an entry?

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#97205 - 07/05/09 09:51 PM Re: PBA ProAm questions [Re: mattyg3535]
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if this is a normal pba event you just get the application from the pba website.. fill it out , send it in with your payment info and you are in.
The one I bowled in was a no tap pro am.. I think they are all that way.. it really is just for fun as the payback isn't that great for what you pay.
The shot is also just a house shot .. but it can play tricky as there might be some left over from the pro shot they are playing that week. our shot was pretty oily and tight.. even some of the pros where having trouble getting the ball back to the pocket.
I know he isn't a rev monster but I felt better about my shots when Danny Wisemen was having trouble getting his ball back to the pocket..

by the way .. he is the best person and most personable person I got to bowl with .. Chris warren was fun too..others shook your hand and the start but barely said a word after.

We got to bowl with 6 pros .. They each bowl 5 frames on your pair then switch lanes..

There are usually a couple of squads... I don't know if you can but if there is someone you want to bowl with you may be able to find out what squad or lanes they are going to be on and request that squad or lane section..

let me know if you have any more questions

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#97245 - 07/06/09 02:21 PM Re: PBA ProAm questions [Re: J_w73]
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Just wondering, J , are the regionals better? By that are the bowlers more personable and will talk to you about your game.
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#97267 - 07/06/09 10:02 PM Re: PBA ProAm questions [Re: cju1065]
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FYI - The Pro-Am I bowled in Baltimore in December was no-tap, but they had the shark pattern down. Definitely was not a house shot.
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#97271 - 07/06/09 11:37 PM Re: PBA ProAm questions [Re: cju1065]
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Originally Posted By: cju1065
Just wondering, J , are the regionals better? By that are the bowlers more personable and will talk to you about your game.


I couldn't tell you. I have only bowled in the one pba pro am.
I will tell you that as far as technique I wasn't that impressed with the pros.. most are definitely far from textbook..
it was the accuracy and repetition of shots that I was impressed with. Like I said the lanes were pretty tough but once these guys found the shot.. they did not miss.


Edited by J_w73 (07/06/09 11:37 PM)
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#97272 - 07/06/09 11:39 PM Re: PBA ProAm questions [Re: Dan300]
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Tickets are not on sale yet so I don't see anything about the price or times. Is there a section on PBA.com to look for the forms? I put it in the search and nothing comes up. How much did you pay? Was it worth it to at least have the experience? I might go to the TV finals in CT the week before but spend the week in NY for the other event. Thought it would be fun to maybe enter both proams but don't want to waste the money if it is a ONE and Done kind of experience. What are you thoughts?

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#99197 - 07/28/09 07:09 PM Re: PBA ProAm questions [Re: mattyg3535]
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So if I wanted to bowling in lets say.... the lumber liquidators pba tournament, all I would have to do is send in an application to their website? And money? would be kind of cool to see an amateur on ESPN.

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#99200 - 07/28/09 07:42 PM Re: PBA ProAm questions [Re: Sevens]
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There is a difference between Pro-Ams (1 night), Regionals (1 weekend), and National tour PBA events (1 week).

Apparently, the Pro-Ams have different formats. I will be bowling one on August 7th at Colony Park Lanes North in York, PA. This format is going to be 3 games with 3 different PBA Pros, 80% of 220 handicap. Scores are combined with the pros, with a minimum game for the pros of 200. The minimum entry fee is $75, with a few packages up to $195 that include a bowling ball and PBA program. I picked up the application where I bowl league and sent it directly to the bowling center where the event will be held.

My suggestion would be to call the bowling center for additional info, if you unable to find it online.

In 2008, Chris Barnes, Ryan Shaffer, Parker Bohn III, Doug Kent, and Pete Weber made appearances at the Pro-Am in York, PA. Looking forward to see who makes it this year...
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#99205 - 07/28/09 08:32 PM Re: PBA ProAm questions [Re: Sevens]
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Originally Posted By: Sevens
So if I wanted to bowling in lets say.... the lumber liquidators pba tournament, all I would have to do is send in an application to their website? And money? would be kind of cool to see an amateur on ESPN.


The Lumber liquidators tournament is the US Open. Anyone can bowl that, but it will cost you a $600 entry fee.

To bowl in a regular tournament, it's usually around $300 I think, and that just gets you in to the Pre Tournament Qualifier. Only a couple of the top finishers there make it in to the actual tournament. You can have 80+ bowlers shooting for 4 or so spots. If you're not a PBA member, you have even less of a chance of making it. I think only one non member gets a spot. It doesn't take much to be a PBA member though, so the guys who want to bowl competitvly will pay the couple hundred bucks for the regular membership and bowl some regionals and a few PTQ's.

Then there's the pro-am's. They're a way for the average bowler to get to spend some time on the lanes with the pros. You bowl a couple of games, usually on a house shot, and get a ball if you bought one of those packages. It's more about the experience than it is about the bowling.

So if you want to give PBA tournaments a try, there's nothing in your way except money.

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#99206 - 07/28/09 08:50 PM Re: PBA ProAm questions [Re: Lefty]
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Above average bowlers enjoy bowling pro-ams, too, not just to bowl with the pros, but to beat them! Go Joes versus Pros! smile

One of the guys I bowl league with is bowling his first regional at Colony Park North and is also bowling the Pro-Am first to get comfortable in the bowling center and being surrounded by pros.

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