By Jennifer Roback
The schedule for the 2022 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour season has officially been announced and will now feature a larger price fund and more television coverage.
Athletes will be reportedly competing for an overall prize fund of approximately $1.4 million, according to the PWBA. They will also have seven of the 12 events conclude on CBS Sports Network.
"We're thrilled to continue this commitment to larger top prizes after the excitement earlier this year at the U.S. Women's Open and PWBA Tour Championship," USBC President Melissa McDaniel told the media outlet.
"The 2022 season will be incredible to watch, and we're proud to be able to invest in the future of the PWBA Tour and the sport of bowling."
This prize fund is also reportedly the largest average per event since the tour's relaunch in 2015.
"It has been great to work together with the PWBA staff to deliver a schedule that we felt best serves the wants and needs of the entire membership," 2021 PWBA Player of the Year and PWBA Player Committee chair Bryanna Coté added.
"We are really looking forward to getting out on the lanes in 2022 and hope these new changes will bring even more new faces out to compete on the PWBA Tour."
The 2022 schedule includes:
May 12-15: PWBA Rockford Open, The Cherry Bowl, Rockford, Ill., CBS Sports Network
May 18-24: USBC Queens, Stardust Bowl, Addison, Ill., CBS Sports Network
May 26-29: PWBA Twin Cities Open, Cedarvale Lanes, Eagan, Minn., CBS Sports Network
June 2-5: PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open, Seminole Lanes, Seminole, Fla., CBS Sports Network
June 6-8: PWBA Long Island Classic, Maple Lanes Rockville Centre, Rockville Centre, N.Y., BowlTV
June 9-10: PWBA BowlTV Classic, Maple Lanes Rockville Centre, Rockville Centre, N.Y., BowlTV
June 11-12: PWBA BVL Classic, Maple Lanes Rockville Centre, Rockville Centre, N.Y., CBS Sports Network
June 14-21: U.S. Women's Open, Kingpin's Alley Family Fun Center, South Glens Falls, N.Y., CBS Sports Network
July 28-31, PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, Copperfield Bowl, Houston, TBD
August. 2-4: PWBA DFW Classic, USA Bowl, Dallas, BowlTV
August. 5-6: PWBA Pepsi Classic, USA Bowl, Dallas, BowlTV
August. 7-9: PWBA Tour Championship, USA Bowl, Dallas, CBS Sports Network
For those interesting in watching frame to frame coverage, you can subscribe to BowlTV, which also broadcasts college events and tour stops on the Professional Bowling Association tour.
All dates, events, centers, locations and broadcast channels are subject to change.