2017-18 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 $15,530.44 was generated for Charity from the 2016-17 Chicago Sun-Times/BPA “Beat the Champions” Contest.  This brings our Beat the Champs total for all charitable causes to $2,856,618.43 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 3-9, 2017.

For Tournament Rules and Secretaries Instructions click here.

For Handicap Table for Tournament Qualifying, click here.

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.

Sectional & Finals Articles/Results published in the Chicago Sun-Times:
Finals Recaps:
Men's Finals Story published 3/12/18
Men's Finals Results and Notes published 3/12/18
Men's Finals Preview published 3/10/18

Women's Finals Results published 3/5/18
Women's Finals Preview published 3/4/18


Sectional Recaps:
Lawn Lanes Sectional Preview from 2/10/18

Lawn Lanes (CBPA Sec. 3) Results published on 2/11/18
Sunset Bowl (CBPA Sec. 1) Results published on 2/12/18
Oak Forest Bowl (CBPA Sec. 4/Will Co.) Results published on 2/18/18
Elk Grove Bowl (CBPA Sec. 2) and Mardi Gras Lanes (Fox Valley) Results published on 2/19/18

This year's "Champs" include Chicago's own Liz Johnson, now living in Palatine, who set last year's Women's Target Score.  Liz earned her third consecutive PWBA Player of the Year award this year and won her fourth consecutive and sixth overall U.S. Women's Open title in 2017.  On Nov. 18, Johnson won the Professional Bowlers Association Chameleon Championship at the National Bowling Stadium to become the second woman to win a PBA Tour title.

Our Men's "Champ," Francois Lavoie, rolled a 300 game in the TV Finals and ultimately won the 2016 U.S. Open.  Lavoie hails from Quebec City, Quebec and is a graduate of Wichita State University.  He has won two additional PBA titles since his US Open victory, and is a four-time member of Team Canada.
Liz and Francios will roll the women's and men's three-game series target scores, respectively

The 57th Annual Chicago Sun-Times/BPA Beat the Champs Target Scores were bowled at Elk Grove Bowl.
This year's target scores series is 623 for Women (set by Liz Johnson)
and 770 for Men (set by Francois Lavoie).

CLICK HERE to watch the Target Score Show.

CLICK HERE for the telecast recap article published in the Chicago Sun-Times on December 26.
CLICK HERE for the telecast preview article published in the Chicago Sun-Times discussing the broadcast team of Jan Schmidt and Sean Rash.
CLICK HERE for a preview article published in the Chicago Sun-Times featuring an interview with Francois Lavoie
CLICK HERE for a preview article in the Chicago Sun-Times featuring an interview with Liz Johnson


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

Monday, Christmas Day, Dec 25 - 11:00 am
Wednesday, Dec 27 - 12:00 pm Noon
Monday, New Years Day, Jan 1 - 11:00 am


In last year's Tournament, the 2017 grand prizes of $7,500 went to the Men’s Division Champion Joseph Diaz from AMF Forest Lanes, Lyons, and the Women’s Division Champion Stephanie Thompson from Brunswick Zone River Grove. In addition, both bowler’s leagues received $500 to add to their Prize Funds by virtue of these individuals bowling in a 100% entry participating league.