Local league participant among 108 finalists to compete in inaugural in-league tourney
Special to the Journal
The hunt for bowling supremacy has officially begun for Albany resident Bobby Jordan, who is among 108 amateur competitors announced Monday by AMF Bowling Centers as a finalist for the $500,000 National In-League Tournament finale to be held in Las Vegas on April 16 AND 17.
More than 60,000 AMF league bowlers entered but only the best of the best survived. And having fought through rounds of tough competition, Jordan is now a few steps closer to winning the national title.
Jordan and his contingent will represent one of 27 districts comprised of four division winners, all hoping to claim national bowling glory and up to $50,000 in prize money.
All of the 108 AMF league bowlers will compete in the two-day , elimination-style competition. The bowler in each division with the highest pins-over-average score will walk away with the record-breaking purse. Although only one person in each division will be crowned the $50,000 winner, every national finalist will walk away with prize money, ranging from $25,000 for second place to $250 each for the 15th to 27th finishers.
To get to this point, division winners worked their way through a 10-week qualifying period, followed by center-level finals at each AMF location and 27 district finals at select AMF locations. AMF already has awarded about $100,000 to center and district finalists.
AMF fans can keep up with live tournament stats online at www.tournament.amf.com. Social networkers also can get play-by-play updates via Twitter at bowlatAMF and on AMF’s Facebook fan page. Bowlers who are interested in entering the 2011 tournament can sign up for an AMF league at any AMF location this coming fall.
AMF Bowling Centers is the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling alleys, with over 300 centers in the U.S. Since the 1946 introduction of the automated pinspotter, AMF has been a leader in the bowling industry. About 20 million bowling enthusiasts a year make AMF their destination, playing approximately 100 million games a year.