On Saturday afternoon, Jan. 22 at 1:30 pm CT, the PBA Tournament of Champions finals will air live on ABC from Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas. At stake will be the richest prize in the history of professional bowling: $250,000 to the winner, plus the most coveted trophy in the game. The purse for the tournament is $1 million, also the largest in the history of the sport.
Entered in the Tournament of Champions is Vermillion native Michael Kruse, Jr., who qualified for the tournament field by winning the PBA Midwest Region Raytown Open in April 2007. The TOC is for the first time pen to any PBA titlist in history, including National Tour events, as well as Regional, Senior and PBA Women�s Series events. The tournament begins Sunday, Jan. 16.
Long the signature event of the PBA, the TOC has been some of the most memorable moments in the history of the game. Don Johnson�s 299 in the 1970 final on ABC remains perhaps the most indelible moment in the history of the PBA. Last year�s TOC provided one of the most historic events in women�s sports when Kelly Kulick became the first woman to win a national PBA Tour event. Kulick will return to defend her title.