The Generations Pro Bowling Tour will stage the final three events of its inaugural season by venturing west to the States of Kansas and Texas to wind up the 17-tournament tour for 2006-2007.
April 6-9, the GBT senior pro tour will head for Wichita, Kansas. The 2007 K R Strikeforce Open will roll at Frank and Cathy DeSocio’s Northrock Lanes, home of many prestigious events over the years, including the U S Open and the USBC Queens. This event will get sponsorship support from the industry leader in fine bowling bags, KR Strikeforce.
For 20 years, KR Strikeforce has been admired for it’s performance and for the imaginative products which have become the industry standard. In addition to the K R Line, they are the exclusive maker of Brunswick bags.
Week two of the GBT’s final swing will find the senior pros in Round Rock, near the Texas capital of Austin. Proprietor Chet Ventura will host this two-squad event at his Interstate Lanes. It will be the first time Interstate has hosted a national pro tournament, and the first time in many years a national tour has come to the Austin area. The GBT Texas Open will roll April 13-16.
April 19-23, the tour will finish its first season with a special event in Houston. Dana Mask will host the event at Emerald Bowl. Mask now runs this Houston landmark center formerly owned and operated by Hall of Fame legend Don Ellis and his family.
The Houston event will be designated the 2007 GBT Grand Championship, and instead of the usual two-division format, it will feature one division with $9,000 guaranteed first place for a field of 80 senior pros.
The GBT Grand Championship will also guarantee a 1 in 3 cash ratio with a last place check of $900. In addition, the top five classic players (age 60+) will get bonus checks for $450 each.
At stake in these three events to wind up GBT’s first year, in addition to the prize money, are important points and stats which will determine the Generation Tour’s first Bowler of the Year, and players who will win division prizes and lead various categories such as average and earnings, and high average on the GBT’s various lane patterns.
Going into this final swing, David Ozio and Dale Eagle appear to be fighting it out for Bowler of the Year honors. Ozio leads the earnings list with $73,800, but Eagle is not far behind with $68,300 and three titles to Ozio’s two. What makes this race even more interesting is that these great champions bowl in different divisions.
No doubt Ozio and Eagle are enjoying a great year, and are likely headed for the most successful ever for a senior pro, but many more GBT players have found success on the new tour. Six players besides the top two have earned over $20,000, and 13 have cashed for more than $10,000 in the 14 events held thus far.