Details of the schedule for the upcoming Greater Nashville Open PBA Tournament were announced yesterday at a news conference hosted by Larry Schmittou, President of S&S Family Entertainment, at the Hendersonville Strike and Spare bowling alley.
Hendersonville is one of 20 cities selected to host the event, marking the first time in 36 years a PBA event has been held in the area.
A Celebrity Pro-Am tournament will be played Thursday, Sept. 27 and the official tournament will begin Saturday, Sept. 29. The tournament will conclude Tuesday, Oct. 2 with the Greater Nashville Open Finals, which will air on ESPN. The tournament winner will receive $40,000.
Youth bowlers will be able to compete, but according to the YABA [Young American Bowling Alliance] format they will not be able to receive prize money. But plans are under way for the winner to receive some type of scholarship.
The young bowlers "will be just like anybody else," Tom Goad, manager of the Strike and Spare said. "They'll be able to bowl in the same lanes as the pros, and if they want to come in on celebrity night they can do that too; they can bowl with a celebrity."
According to Schmittou, they have chosen the best possible weekend in the fall to host the event.
"This is the one weekend that the Titans have off. The Predators have not started playing yet. UT plays at home