2018-19 Chicago Sun-Times/BPA Beat the Champions Contest

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Chicagoland Bowling's #1 Charity Fundraiser Event of the Year! 

A total of $16,296.50 was generated for Charity from the 2017-18 Chicago Sun-Times/BPA “Beat the Champions” Contest.  This brings our Beat the Champs total for all charitable causes to $2,872,914.93 since inception of the contest in 1961.  All charity proceeds are awarded to local area charities.  To view a list of the charities, click here.

In-Center League Qualifying begins the Week of December 2-8, 2018.
 

For Tournament Rules and League Secretary Instructions click here.

For Handicap Table for Tournament Qualifying, click here. (please note - handicap basis is now based on 220 average)

For a list of participating centers click here.

For a list of each Pro’s Target Scores since 1961, click here.

For a list of Sectional and Finals Sites and dates, click here.

 
 

This year's "Champs" includes 2018 US Open Champion Liz Kuhlkin of Schenectady, New York.  Liz holds the national record for highest three-game series for a woman with an 890 series.  She bowled collegiately for Nebraska, and was a member of the 2013 & 2015 Women's NCAA National Championship team.  She was first team collegiate All-American in 2013, 2014, 2015 and named the 2015 NCAA Division 1 Player of the Year.  Liz won her first PWBA national title in 2015, the PWBA Topeka Open.  She is a 2018 Team USA member, and bowled on Junior Team USA in 2014.

To view the Liz Kuhlkin interview article published in the Chicago Sun-Times on Sat. Dec. 1, click here

 

 

 

Our Men's "Champ," Rhino Page, won the 2017 US Open by defeating Jakob Butturff in title match 256-222 for his first major and sixth career title.  The Orlando, Florida resident won the 2018 Best Bowler ESPY award, was the PBA Rookie of the Year in 2007-08 and won the PBA's George Young High Average Award in 2015 with a 227.14 average.  The lefthander bowled for the University of Kansas where he was a member of the 2004 Intercollegiate Bowling Championship winning team and was named 2004 Intercollegiate Bowling Championship MVP.  He was a member of Team USA from 2004-10 and was a member of Junior Team USA in 2001 and ’02.  Rhino has 15 PBA 300 games and has career earnings of over $686,000.  He currently serves as an Athlete representative on the USBC Board ofDirectors.

To view the Rhino Page interview article published in the Chicago Sun-Times on Sun. Dec. 2, click here

Liz and Rhino will roll the women's and men's three-game series target scores, respectively.

To view the Chicago Sun-Times article published 12/6/18, Click Here




The Chicago Sun-Time/BPA Target Score Show will air on NBC Sports Chicago on the following dates/times:

Tuesday, Christmas Day, Dec 25 - 11 AM
Wednesday, Dec 26 - 4 PM & 10 PM
Saturday, December 29 - 6 PM
Sunday, December 30 - 12 PM Noon



 

In last year's Tournament, the 2018 grand prizes of $7,500 went to the Men’s Division Champion Joseph Bowers from Lynwood Lanes, Lynwood, and the Women’s Division Champion Vicki Hobsheid from Wood Dale Bowl, Wood Dale. Vicki became the first bowler to win the Finals mutiple times - she won her first championship in 2015.   In addition, Vicki's league received a $500 bonus to add to their Prize Funds by virtue of  her bowling in a 100% entry participating league.