One of my favorite aspects of the PBA over the past couple years is their willingness to try new things. As much as I hated the vuvuzelas (which, by the way, the PBA has not used since), there are plenty of other things I like quite a bit, such as the stub lane at the World Series of Bowling, the formation of the PBA League and now, the low-cost Regional Tour events being tested in the Midwest Region.
With a lower entry fee of $155 for PBA members and a one-day competition format, Regional Tour bowlers will be able to participate for far less money than usual.
Obviously, with lower entry fees will come lower payouts (these events will use a 1:4 payout rather than the usual 1:3), but there will still be guaranteed prize amounts for first place as well as last-to-cash. Plus, even though the payouts may be a little lower overall, the financial risk for entering a tournament is significantly lower as well. The goal is to encourage more bowlers to enter the tournaments, which, in turn, will drive up the prize funds.
For all the details on these low-cost events, take a look at Bill Vint's article on pba.com. What do you think? If you're a PBA member in the Midwest Region, are you more or less likely to enter these tournaments?