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55th Annual Beat the Champs Contest

For a list of the Sectionals & Finals Tournament Sites and Dates, click here.


Lan Oak Lanes Proprietor Don Genovese holds the key to the brand new Ford Focus for the 2016 Beat the Champs Women's Champion Wilhelmina Brown.

For the Chicago Sun Times article from the CBPA Beat the Champs Men's Final held at Elk Grove Bowl on Sunday March 13, 2016 click here

For the results from the CBPA Beat the Champs Men's Final held at Elk Grove Bowl on Sunday 

March 13, 2016 click here

For the Chicago Sun Times article from the CBPA Beat the Champs Women's Final held at Lan Oak Lanes on Sunday March 6, 2016 click here

For the CBPA Beat the Champs Women's Final Results held at Lan Oak Lanes on Sunday 

March 6, 2016 click here

For the Chicago Sun Times article and results from the CBPA SECTION 4/WILL CO at Orland Bowl on Saturday February 13,2016 click here 

For the Chicago Sun Times article and results from the CBPA SECTION 3 at Habetler Bowl on Sunday 

February 14, 2016 click here

 For the Chicago Sun Times article and results from the CBPA SECTION 2 at Suburbanite Bowl on Saturday 

February 20, 2016 click here

For the Chicago Sun Times article and results from the CBPA SECTION 1 at River-Rand Bowl on Sunday 

February 21, 2016 click here

For the Chicago Sun Times article and results from the CBPA FOX VALLEY SECTION at Wheaton Bowl on Sunday

February 21, 2016 click here

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.


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Watch the 55th Annual Target Score Show here

2012 WIBC Queens Champion/World Bowling Writers International

Hall of Fame member and Chicago's very own Diandra Asbaty, along with PBA Hall Of Fame member,
34-time titlist and reigning PBA Players Championship title holder Parker Bohn III will roll the women's and men's three-game series target scores, respectively.

PWBA and WIBC titlist Jan Schmidt and 8-time PBA titlist and 2011-12 Player of the Year Sean Rash call the action.



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The Chicago Sun-Times/BPA Beat the Champs Target Score show will be aired
on Christmas Day - Dec. 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM, Saturday, Dec. 26 at 1:00 PM and will be repeated several times during the holidays.

56th Annual Chicago Sun-Times/BPA Beat the Champs Contest

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

A total of $30,223.63 was generated for Charity from the 2015-16 Chicago Sun-Times/BPA “Beat the Champions” Contest.  This brings our total for all charitable causes to $2,825,976.17 since inception of the contest in 1961.  All charity proceeds are awarded to local area charities.


Sectional & Finals Results
Men's Final Results
Women's Results

Congratulations to Men's Champion Joseph Diaz from AMF Forest Lanes and Women's Champion Stephanie Thompson of Brunsick Zone River Grove Bowl - they each received a first place prize of $7,500!  Both of our Champions qualified in leagues that partcipated with 100% of the member's entering - Stephanie's TNT League and Joe's Latin American Mixed will each receive a "100% League Bonus" contribution of $500 to their league's prize fund.

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

Section 2 (Western Suburbs) Results

Section 3 (City of Chicago)
Section 4/Will Co. (S/SW Suburbs & Will Co.)


In-Center League Qualifying begins the Week of December 4-10, 2016.

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.

Find out why Chicago's own Sean Rash came to the rescue and ended up subbing for BTC Men's invitee Ryan Ciminelli

Watch this Year's Target Score Telecast HERE and see if you "Beat the Champ."

Click here for the Chicago Sun-Times recap of the Target Score Show.
Click here for the Chicago Sun-Times preview article for the Target Score Show.
 
 
Liz JohnsonRyan Ciminelli
Both of this year's "Champs" hail from Cheektowaga, NY and are recent US Open Champions in addition to their many national titles.
No stranger to the Beat the Champs show, Liz Johnson won her third consecutive and fifth overall Open title.  Ryan Ciminelli won the 2015 US Open, his first major title, and recently won the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open in Aurora IL.  Liz and Ryan will roll the women's and men's three-game series target scores, respectively.
PWBA and WIBC titlist Jan Schmidt and 2012 USBC Queens Champion and Chicago's own Diandra Asbaty will call the action.
 
The Chicago Sun-Time/BPA Target Score Show will air on NBC Comcast SportsNet on the following dates/times/channels:
Sun, Christmas Day, Dec 25 - 7:00 am     CSN Main channel
Sun, Christmas Day, Dec 25 - 11:00 am   CSN PLUS channel
Sat, New Years Eve, Dec 31 - 6:00 pm     CSN Main channel
Sun, New Years Day, Jan 1 - 9:00 am     CSN Main channel

 

For the Chicago Sun-Times preview article on Liz Johnson published 11/27/16, CLICK HERE.
For the Chicago Sun-Times preview atricle on Ryan Ciminelli pulished 12/4/16, CLICK HERE.

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For BTC Archives, click here.
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
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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.