The Amateur Bowlers Tour (ABT) was founded in
September 1977. It has grown to be the largest and best organized
tournament club in the United States. The ABT is the only tournament
club that guarantee’s a minimum first place prize in the Classic
Division and a minimum guaranteed prize fund in each and every
Classic tournament. This will vary in different branches based on
its size and the number of bowlers and bowling centers in their
ABT started opening additional units in January 1978 when they
opened a office in San Jose, California and began conducting
tournaments. Since we have not been active in soliciting new
Franchisee’s, the majority of our Franchisee’s are developed from
our membership in our Branch offices.
Originally the ABT was designed for bowlers with a maximum 189
average or less. Bowlers are handicapped at 70% of the difference
between their assigned tournament average and 195 with a maximum
beginning handicap of 31 pins. There is also a built in floating
handicap system with up to 100% handicap after a bowler has
established a tournament average (21 games or more) and they have
failed to cash in three or more tournaments thereafter.
In March 1995 ABT opened it doors to the higher average bowlers,
190-220 by creating a new Division to known as the Masters Division.
The 189 and under Division was renamed the Classic Division. The new
Masters Division is handicapped at 70% of the difference between a
bowlers assigned tournament average and 220. The maximum beginning
handicap is 21 pins. Both Divisions feature a floating handicap
system with up to 100% handicap difference between their current
tournament average and the maximum average for that Division.
In July 1998 due to higher scoring conditions due to lane conditions
and new higher scoring bowling balls the ABT made some additional
adjustment in the basic format. The Masters Division was raised from
190-220 to 200 to 225 with the handicap percentage being changed to
80% of the difference between the bowler’s tournament
average/entering average and 225. With a maximum beginning handicap
of twenty (20) pins. The Classic Division was changed from 189 and
under to 199 and under. The handicap percentage was changed from 70%
of 195 to 80% of 200 with a maximum beginning handicap of
forty-eight (48) pins.
In just over twenty-three (23) years the Amateur Bowlers Tour (ABT)
has paid out in excess of One hundred thirty four million dollars
($134,000,000.00). More than any other club in the history of
bowling. Even more than the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA)
which has been in business for over fifty (50) years!