2017 Pins-Over-Average Tournament
In-League Qualifying was conducted February 5-18, 2017 at participating centers. Advancing bowlers will be notifed directly by mail and each center is mailed a Squad List of Advancing Bowlerd from their section, on or about mid/late March.
CLICK HERE FOR THE 2017 RULES
CLICK HERE FOR THE SECTIONALS/FINAL SCHEDULE
2016 Coors Light Pins Over Average Tournament
For Final Standings, click here
For Finals Prize List, click here
2016 Coors Light/BPA POA Champions James Cartee from Four Season Sports Center, Sycamore, and Stephanie Moy from Habetler Bowl, Chicago, hold their $10,000 Prize Checks. Runner-up 7-Day Hawaii Vacation winners Chance Taylor of Plainfield Lanes, and Kim Kawa, Orland Bowl flank the winners
The 32 Men's & Women's Finalists begin their competition at Oak Forest Bowl
2015 Coors Light Pins Over Average
Bowling 'Dropouts' Come Back Strong to Win
Coors Light/BPA Pins Over Average Tournament
Albert Williams (l.) and Nicole Clark each pocketed $10,000 for their POA wins.
Nicole Clark and Albert Williams are both pretty happy they decided to return to bowling after taking a few years off.
Each walked away $10,000 richer after winning the 2015 Coors Light/BPA Pins Over Average Tournament finals held May 2 at Sunset Bowl in Waukegan.
Clark (photo right), 42, began her bowling career as a youth bowler at Chicago’s venerable Skyway Bowl on the city’s South Side.
“I dropped out for a while, then came back [as an adult] and have been bowling now for 15 years straight,” said the Hammond, Ind., hairstylist, who averages 185. She began her march to the POA finals in February by entering the tournament through the Sunday Afternoon Mixed League at Lakewood Bowl in Richton Park.
Williams, 46, bowled for eight years in his native Mississippi before moving to Chicago. His bowling shoes sat in the closet for seven years after that, while he started his own heating and air business and became a Baptist minister.
He came back to the game two years ago – ironically, at Skyway Bowl - where he competes in the Guns and Hoses league. Williams, a 161-average bowler (photo left), topped the men at the Chicagoland Section 4 roll-offs in April but “knew I needed to do even better today than I did there” to have a shot at the title.
Williams went 108 pins over average with his 591 series (181-168-242), seven pins better than his score at sectionals, to top the 32-man field. His total was 21 pins better than the +87 that Sunset Bowl’s Jonathan Holmes posted (245-168-226/639) to finish second. Holmes came to the finals with a 184 average.
“I struggled at the beginning of the second game and just told myself to calm down,” Williams said.
Clark converted the 3-6-10 spare in the final frame of her third game to slip past Tinley Bowl’s Denise Spiess by nine sticks, +117 to +108. Cheered on by her fiancé and friends, Clark rolled games of 214-202-256 for a 672 series. Spiess, who averages 194, turned in a steady performance with 235-232-223/690.
“I literally prayed before, during and in the middle of bowling today and definitely before that third game,” Clark said. “I told myself to stay low, follow through and keep my speed up.”
Holmes (photo left) barely had time to claim his runner-up prize of a seven-day Hawaiian vacation for two before hitting the road for Lithonia, Ga., where he was relocating for his job as a utilities leak surveyor with Heath Consultants.
“Everything is packed up and I’m leaving in the morning,” said the 36-year-old from Zion, Ill. “One of my league mates came up to me [during in-center qualifying] and said, ‘Give me $5 and get in,’ so I did.
“It was the first tournament I ever entered, and I was a little nervous because I was bowling with a lot of people I didn’t know,” Holmes explained. “But we all got into the fun of it and everyone starting wishing each other good luck. It was a lot like league bowling.”
Spiess, a 60-year-old resident of Tinley Park who recently retired from AT&T, seemed somewhat shocked that she had finished second out of the 32 women finalists.
“I have been having problems with my right [bowling] hand, with arthritis and carpal tunnel,” Spiess said (photo right, in green shirt). “I didn’t expect to win because of that, but I wasn’t nervous.”
The two champions said they already had plans for the largesse they had won.
“My brother is getting married May 22, and I can give him a real wedding gift now,” Clark said. "And of course, I will pay some bills.”
Williams also felt in a giving mood as he studied his check for $10,000.
“I’m going to give God $1,000,” he said, citing the Biblical tenet of tithing 10 percent. “I’ll give each of my seven brothers and sisters a couple hundred dollars; my mom, $500; my fiancée, $500, and pay some bills.
“I’ll use the rest as capital for my business – and to pay taxes.”
More than 7,600 bowlers entered the 2015 Coors Light/BPA Pins Over Average Tournament at the in-center level in February. Because Clark and Williams advanced from league that had 100 percent member participation, their victories entitled those leagues to receive $500 bonuses for their prize funds. The 32 men and 32 women finalists who emerged from sectional competition in April competed for the $10,000 first prizes, Hawaiian vacations, and an assortment of electronic prizes at the finals. Click on the following links to download the final results and complete prize list for the men’s and women’s competitions.
- by Lydia Rypcinski, ISBPA News
(kindly credit photos to Lydia Rypcinski, ISBPA News)
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LEAGUE BOWLERS AIM FOR $10,000 PRIZE IN
2015 COORS LIGHT PINS OVER AVERAGE TOURNAMENT
One man and one woman will walk away from Sunset Bowl in Waukegan $10,000 richer this Saturday, May 2, following the final round of the 35th Annual Coors Light BPA Pins Over Average Tournament.
All those bowlers have to do is knock down more pins over their averages for three games than their 31 competitors, beginning at noon.
This year's champions will also become "hometown heroes" if the leagues from which they qualified this past February had at least 24 members and 100 percent participation in the tournament. Their victories will net their leagues' prize funds a $500 bonus.
No one walks away from Saturday's finals empty-handed, however. The man and woman who finish second receive consolation prizes of a week-long vacation package for two in Hawaii. The remaining 30 finalists receive electronic merchandise prizes ranging from a Toshiba 50" LED HDTV (3rd place) to an Apple 2GB iPod Shuffle (25th-32nd places). Click here to download the official prize list for the 2015 POA championship finals.
More than 7,600 bowlers entered this season's POA at the in-center qualifying level, which took place Feb. 8-21 at participating Chicagoland-area BPA centers. Each week of the two-week qualifying period is treated as a separate contest, meaning that league bowlers who paid the $5 entry fee had two chances – one per week – to advance to one of seven Sectional Roll-offs that were held in April. (Click here for the Sectional schedule, including host center, date and squad time for each roll-off.)
Bowlers must be 21 years of age as of the date that in-center qualifying begins to enter the tournament. They also must have a bowling average for at least 15 games in the league through which they wish to qualify. (Click here to download a PDF of the rules and format for the 2015 tournament.)
Bowlers whose three-game league series during either of the qualifying weeks was the highest pins-over-average total in the center advanced to the next round. (Each center sends a minimum of two men and two women; in addition, any league with at least 24 members that has 100 percent participation in the contest is assured of sending a league member to the next round.)
All bowlers who competed in the Sectional round received a cash prize of $40.
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2014 Coors Light/BPA Pins Over Average Tournament final results/prize list, men's division - (Click Here)
2014 Coors Light/BPA Pins Over Average Tournament final results/prize list, women's division - (Click Here)
2013 Coors Light/BPA Pins Over Average Tournament final results/prize list, men's and women's divisions - (Click Here)
2012 Coors Light/BPA Pins Over Average Tournament final results, men's division - (Click Here)
2012 Coors Light/BPA Pins Over Average Tournament final results, women's division - (Click Here)
2012 Coors Light/BPA Pins Over Average Tournament Finals prize list - (Click Here)