GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Medford hosted the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour each year from 2002-2009. However, since then the PBA has been noticeably absent from Southern Oregon. That changed this weekend as the PBA50 Tour, featuring the best bowlers 50 and over, makes its stop at the Caveman Bowl in Grants Pass. The tournament began Saturday with a field of 72. That field included a number of PBA Hall of Famers as well as some local stars, like Grants Pass’s own Kevin Croucher. Croucher works at the Caveman Bowl and was a catalyst for bringing PBA50 to the Rogue Valley.
“Kevin’s one of our top bowlers,” tournament director John Weber said, “and he thought it would be nice to bring an event to his bowling center in his hometown and show off our top pros. Everybody thinks it’s a beautiful city. In fact, I talked to a gentleman earlier today, and he’s thinking about moving here from Denver.”
After Sunday’s cut, only 24 bowlers remain (Croucher is still alive). Monday is the final day of the tournament. It will feature single-elimination match play beginning at 12 PM.