The world’s best bowlers converged on Kingpin’s Alley this week for the Albany Open, a stop on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association tour.
Many of the same women will be back next summer, but the stakes will be much higher. The 2022 Women’s US Open will be held in the center of 42 lanes.
“The name alone has a lot of prestige,” said Kingpin’s Alley owner Doug Bohannon.
Bohannon confirmed the move on Saturday, although dates have not been set. This year’s Women’s Open takes place August 24-31 in Rohnert Park, California. Bohannon has said the 2022 tournament will be held in August, but organizers are trying to avoid Travers Week at Saratoga Racecourse.
“They (PWBA) were supposed to come here two years ago, but they wanted to move it to the Junior Golds (a national youth tournament) so they can attract a bigger crowd,” he said. “In return, they gave me this tournament and another, which was supposed to be the players’ championship. They came to me later and asked me if I wanted the US Open.”
Liz Kuhlkin, the 27-year-old Rotterdam resident who is a regular on touring, has the 2018 US Women’s Open as one of her two PWBA titles.
“It’s a tournament that is close to my heart because I won, and it’s a major tournament, so that’s even more,” said Kuhlkin, who finished 24th this week at the Albany Open. . “It softens the blow a bit (not to finish higher) a bit, to be able to compete next year in front of everyone.”
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