Region keglers will renew a 65-year tradition when the first ball of the Times/Pepsi Classic is rolled at Olympia Lanes on May 3, and for the first time bowlers will be allowed unlimited re-entries.
The tournament will be in its 20th incarnation at Olympia, with a seven-class system designed to fit bowlers of all ages and skill levels. Those with an average of 210 or higher will compete in Class A, with Classes B and C for those with lower averages. Bowlers will use their highest 2013-14 average.
Women and seniors will bowl in the annual event with Class WA featuring female bowlers with averages over 170. Class WB is for averages below 170. Class SA is for seniors with an average of 190 or better, with Class SB for lower averages. Women and seniors are also eligible for Class A, B or C if they choose.
The cost for entry into the tournament is $40 with a $2 discount for seniors. Bowlers can attempt to improve scores by re-entering in each squad.
A minimum $700 first prize is guaranteed in each class, with the top eight winners paid. With 160 entries per class, the expected top prize is $1,200 with the top 16 finishers taking home a check. Winners also take home the coveted eagle trophies created by Main Sporting Goods.
Youth bowlers are welcome in all classes with winnings being donated to their USBC SMART account.
The USBC Blue, the most challenging of the USBC house shots, will be used and lanes will be re-oiled between each squad.
Qualifying squads begins at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m May 3 and 4. Squads will run at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on May 10 and 17 and at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on May 18. Entries close at 2:30 p.m. May 18.
The semifinals will be bowled at 1 p.m. June 1 with the finals at 1 p.m. June 8.
The 4th annual Times/Pepsi Masters Classic will kickoff the tournament April 27. Qualifying squads will run at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on a true sport condition, the 2014 USBC Master oil pattern.