Medford PBA event moved back a week to avoid conflict

The Earl Anthony Medford Classic Professional Bowlers Association tournament has been moved back a week in 2008 to avoid conflict with the holiday season.

The tournament, which will be held at Lava Lanes for the seventh straight season, will be from Jan. 9-13.

Unlike this year, when it was the first event coming out of the tour's holiday break, it will be the second tournament of the second half, switching places with the High Desert Classic at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. The Reno event will be Jan. 2-6.

The schedule change came at the behest of Lava Lanes owner Ric Donnelly, who wanted the event moved because it otherwise would come when schools are still out for Christmas vacation.

"People would already have plans and be out and about," said Donnelly, adding that volunteers would have to work around New Year's to break down the facility and ready it for PBA equipment, expanded bleacher seating and the like. "We just didn't feel it was a good week to have it in Medford."

Medford annually is voted among the best stops on tour by the players.

A three-year contract between Lava Lanes and the PBA will expire with the conclusion of the 2008 event. Donnelly and other Medford representatives will meet with PBA Commissioner Fred Schreyer within the next two weeks to negotiate a new contract.

In addition to Medford and Reno flip-flopping weeks, the 2007-08 schedule features a new venue for the Denny's World Championship. It will be hosted by Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 18-24. It was previously held in Reno.

Next season begins with the Dydo Japan Cup Sept. 18-23 in Tokyo.

The first event on U.S. soil takes place in Milwaukee, Wis., with the first of four Majors, the United States Bowling Congress Masters, Oct. 21-28.

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