As of Thursday, Nov. 1, the tournament field for the PBA Midwest/Central Region Victory Lanes Senior Open has been finalized. The tournament is set to take place in Kankakee, IL on November 3rd and 4th, and is open to any bowler over the age of 50 years old. With the PBA World Series of Bowling set to take place at the same time, there is a surprisingly good field in this tournament.
The PBA Midwest/Central Region Victory Lanes Senior Open features some of the best bowlers from the PBA Senior Tour including Harry Sullins, Darryl Traber, Dale Traber and Mike Mineman. All of these bowlers have found great success during their careers in the PBA and are a threat to win just about every tournament they enter.
All of the entrants in the tournament will get a chance to bowl eight games of qualifying on the first day of the tournament. After the conclusion of the qualifying round, the field will be cut to the top 12 bowlers. These 12 bowlers will return on the final day to bowl in a bracket style match play round to determine the final standings of the tournament with the top four qualifiers receiving a bye in the first match.
If I had to predict a winner for this tournament, I would probably go with Harry Sullins or Dale Traber. They are easily the two most accomplished bowlers in the field. Harry Sullins finished in 11th place on the points list of the PBA Senior Tour this year, so he would probably the favorite. Dale Traber has had so much success on the Regional Tour in his career, I find it hard to believe he will not be near the top of the standings. While I expect one of the Senior Tour bowlers to walk away with the title, I would not be shocked if an unknown bowler wins the tournament. The Regional Tour is filled with great bowlers and anything can happen in a short bowling tournament. It is nice to see that the older bowlers have a tournament option if they did not want to make the trip to Reno to bowl in the World Series of Bowling, and I am sure that he are in store for a great tournament.
Jake has been an avid bowler since the age of 8, and regularly follows the PBA throughout the year.
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