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New women’s regional bowling tour set to begin in July – but no stops in L.A.

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L.A. apparently isn’t the place for the new Professional Bowlers Assn. women’s regional tour program, set to begin in July.

The program should provide a boost for women bowlers who have lacked a formal tournament system for several years, but the L.A. area failed to secure a host site. In fact, Southern California was shut out as well.

Six geographic areas will hold three events apiece for the program. They are the East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest and West/Northwest combined.

The West’s dates and sites are as follows:

Aug. 22-24, Citrus Heights, Calif. (Northern California)

Sept. 26-28, Daly City, Calif. (Northern California)

Oct. 10-12, Tuolumne, Calif. (Central California)

L.A. must really be out of favor with the PBA if Tuolumne – population 1,779 at the 2010 census – beats it out for a host site.

In announcing the women’s program this week, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said “women bowlers have been without a formal tournament structure for too long. The PBA took steps to address that problem when we introduced the PBA Women’s Series in 2007. The program was suspended after three seasons, but we have always wanted to provide women with a place to compete.

“This new program is a step in that direction. Our sincere hope is that it will evolve into something more substantial in the future.”

Under the new setup, women will bowl against other women but also against men bowlers. However, there will be specific prizes and benefits for women only.

Women bowlers have been permitted by the PBA to bowl with and against the men since 2004. Eight women have won PBA regional tour championships.

Kelly Kulick (shown in photo) of Union, N.J., made the biggest splash of all when she claimed the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions.

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