The Professional Bowlers Association
(PBA) is a group for professional bowlers. They run a competitive tour where
bowlers can earn money and fame by bowling well.
The PBA was founded in 1958 in Syracuse, NY. The first
PBA season started in 1959 and had 3 official tournaments.
The PBA Tour currently has 4,100 members world wide,
including over 700 seniors. The PBA oversees the PBA Tour, the PBA
Senior Tour, and the PBA Regional Tour. The PBA Regional consists of 7 regions:
Central, East, Midwest, Northwest, South, Southwest, and West. These tournaments
all have cash prizes and that is one of the ways a professional bowler earns
Bowlers compete each week to earn points from the PBA.
Their points are based on their finishing position in the last 50 events.
Top tournaments earn more points. The PBA feels that the point rankings are
a fair system to really show who is the best bowler.