The Professional Bowlers Association South Region, Columbia Open, will be held at Royal Z Lanes in Columbia, South Carolina August 24-26, 2007. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. Local amateurs may try to qualify to win a spot in the tournament on either August 18th at noon or August 19th at 9am or may enter by going to www.PBA.com.

Pro Bowler practice begins on Friday, August 24 at Royal Z Lanes (8512 Two Notch Road) from 5p.m. ' 6:30 p.m. Amateurs will team up with professionals during the Pro-Am Tournament beginning at 7 p.m. Amateurs interested in competing may contact Royal Z Lanes at (803) 788-9208 to enter. F
or more information on this tournament contact PBA South Region Manager, Harry O'Neale at (843)889-0077 or harry.oneale@pba.com.

Host Brian Clarke says, 'We are encouraging locals to come out and join the fun! Win a spot in the tournament and compete with some of the best bowlers in the PBA.'

About the PBA Regional Tour: With over 190 regional tournaments per year, there's always a chance to catch PBA players in action. At PBA regional events, you'll have a chance to see PBA Tour champions and join other PBA members battling it out on the lanes. Ever wanted to take on a pro? Enter a Pro-Am competition, where a team of amateurs and one pro bowler challenge other pro/amateur teams. The PBA Regional Tour brings real action right to your backyard. Check out a regional event near you; see some great bowling with friends and family, meet other players and test your skills in exciting competitions. It's a fun and easy way to experience the best of the sport.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, August 24
Practice Session: 5-6:30 p.m.
Pro Ams: 7 and 9 p.m.

Saturday, August 25Roll call is 30 minutes prior to all squads
A Squad: 8 a.m.
B Squad: 2 p.m.

Sunday, August 26
Semi-Finals: 8 a.m.Match play begins at: 11 a.m. with the round of 16

PRIZE FUND: 1st place projected: $2,500