Local Celebrities and Members of Local Media Invited to Attend on Monday, February 15

Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl will host the 2016 Barbasol PBA Players Championship, a Professional Bowlers Association major tournament, from February 15-21. The championship will conclude with live ESPN television coverage on Sunday, February 21 at 1 p.m.

The Players Championship will get underway on Monday, February 15, with practice and a celebrity pro-am. Members of the local media are invited to participate in the celebrity pro-am at no cost.  The general public pays $79 per person for celebrity pro-am on Monday.  Additional pro-am squads that provide an opportunity for Ohio grassroots adult, youth and senior league bowlers to bowl alongside the pros will be conducted on Saturday, leading up to Sunday’s live finals on ESPN.  The cost to participate in the Saturday, February 20 youth and adult pro-am is $39/youth and $69/adult. The general public can buy tickets to the ESPN live TV finals through www.PBA.com. Tickets are $25 & $40.

Eight-game qualifying rounds will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by an eight-game cashers round on Thursday morning, and three eight-game round-robin match play rounds Thursday and Friday. The 2016 Barbasol PBA Players Championship will return to PBA major title status, featuring a 48-game qualifying and match play format, and a five-player stepladder final with a $40,000 first prize. All of the preliminary rounds of Players Championship week will be covered live, exclusively on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video-streaming service.

“We are thrilled to extend our long-standing partnership with the PBA again this year,” said John Price, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Perio, Inc. “The Barbasol PBA Players Championship will showcase the best bowling talent from around the world in Columbus, which has a rich history with the PBA.”

“Everyone is gearing up for another exciting tournament. This is a major event where professional bowlers from all over the world will be competing for the title,” said PBA Hall of Famer Wayne Webb and co-owner of Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. “This is definitely an opportunity for fans to see their favorite pros and bowl with them during the Pro-Am!”

The Barbasol partnership brings the PBA event close to the company’s headquarters and manufacturing facilities. Perio Inc., the parent company of Barbasol LLC, is located in Dublin, a suburb of Columbus, and the company’s Barbasol products are manufactured in Ashland, Ohio.

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the major sanctioning body for the sport of professional 10-pin bowling in the United States. The PBA membership consists of almost 4,300 members worldwide. For more information, visit www.PBA.com.