Pro tour coming to town

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 27, 2002

It’s not often that a real professional sports tour with a genuine hall of famer makes a stop in town.

It will happen in about a month.

The Midwest Senior Professional Bowlers Association Tour &045; featuring PBA Hall of Fame member Dick Weber &045; will be at Albert Lea’s Holiday Lanes Aug. 30-31 and Sept. 1. Around 50 professionals are expected, and the first two days offer ample opportunity for local bowling enthusiasts to compete with and get to know the pros.

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And Weber isn’t the only recognizable name. Bob Glass, two-time defending Senior PBA Player of the Year, is also expected to attend.

The action starts with at noon Friday with a seniors tournament open to anyone 50 or older, followed by a senior pro-am tournament at 4 p.m. and another pro-am event at 7. Two more pro-ams are set for Saturday night at 7 and 9.

All are open to the public at a cost of $15 per person for three games, or $50 for four bowlers on a lane. Pros will alternate lanes and their minimum score will be 200.

Another senior event including the pros but open to everyone is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The tour event starts at 9 a.m. Sunday with the finals set for 8 p.m.

Loren Kaiser, the manager and youth director at Holiday Lanes, is in his second year on the Midwest Senior PBA Tour, placing in the top 10 in five of 10 events. He beat Weber 214-179 in a one-on-one match two weeks ago in Madison, Wis.

&uot;It’s the first time we’ve ever had any professional bowlers here,&uot; said Kaiser, who expects Holiday Lanes to be bustling with activity during the three-day event.

For more information on registering for any of the events, call Holiday Lanes at 373-7276.