The BTBA Tour has been designed to bridge the gap between local area tournaments and the Team England Trials. We want to attract as many bowlers as possible to come out and experience tournament play, and to feel competitive and not intimidated. The aim is for bowlers to gain confidence to trial for the National Team. Others will seek to improve their game further with coaching.
The Tour is a series of 10 events with varying formats. Individuals can earn ranking points and prize money throughout the year. The entry fee to these tournaments is kept as low as possible, with both handicap and scratch sections offered. The prize fund in these tournaments is boosted by the tour sponsors B&P Fabrications Leicester, Striking Shirts and Bowling Vision.
The 2018 Tour events are as follows:
|13th – 14th January||Nottingham – Mixed Trios (results)||MFA Nottingham|
|10th – 25th March||National Championships (results)||Stroud|
|7th – 8th April||Lancashire Open (results)||Wigan|
|19th – 20th May||Airport Doubles (results)||Airport Bowl|
|7th – 8th July||Shipley Handicap Doubles (results)||Shipley|
|21st – 22nd July||Sussex Mixed Trios (results)||Worthing|
|4th – 5th August||English World Cup Qualifier – MAJOR RANKING EVENT (results)||Dunstable|
|22nd – 23rd Sept||Shropshire Open (results)||Shrewsbury|
|13th – 14th October||Northants Open (results)||Wellingborough|
|17th – 18th November||Generation Doubles (entry form)||Stroud|
The tournaments themselves are run by the Local Association with the aim of raising the profile of the game in their region, as well as using the tournament to raise funds, which we hope will be used in the promotion of the sport. It also helps in building relationships between Local Associations and the bowling centres in their county.
For further information on the BTBA Tour, please download the BTBA 2018 Championship Tours document.
Rankings & averages
Current 2018 BTBA Tour rankings (after Northants Open)