The professional Bowlers Association will make the 10th stop of its winter tour this week when Fair Lanes University hosts the Fair Lanes Open.
Pro qualifying will begin Wednesday at 9 a.m., following two days of youth, pro-am and celebrity tournaments. ABC-TV will televise the finals 3:30-5 Saturday afternoon.
Nearly all of the top pros, including leading money Mark Roth ($36,895), Hall of Famer Carmen Salvino and defending Fair Lanes champion Butch Soper, will compete for the $10,000 first prize.
Three sessions of qualifying -- starting at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday -- will advance the top 24 bowlers (according to total pinfall) to three rounds of matches. During those 24 games, each bowler faces the other 23 once and, in the 24th game, the pinfall leader will play the No. 2 man, No. 3 will play No. 4, etc. A bonus of 30 pins will be awarded for winning a match during those 24 games.
The top five match-play pinfall leaders will make the finals. The No. 5 man will take on No. 4, the winner will face No. 3, that winner will play No. 2 and that winner will bowl No. 1 for the prize.
So far, in the first eight tournaments (preceding yesterday's finish of the ninth, the Firestone Classic in Miami) the No. 1 man after match play has not won the first prize. Eight different bowlers won the first eight tournaments.
Soper, 10th on the money-winning list, finished third in the Ford Open in Alameda, Calif., and fourth in the Cleveland Open.
Fair Lanes University will be hosting the tournament the first time. The previous nine local tourneys were played either at Fair Lanes Towson or Fair Lanes Springfield.