ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The richest tournament in professional bowling, the $500,000 U.S. Open, will be held in Atlantic City next year, officials say.
The U.S. Open will be the second major tournament for the Showboat Hotel, Casino & Bowling Center, which is scheduled to open next month. The casino hotel has already announced it will hold the $150,000 Showboat Atlantic City Open, to begin April 6.
The U.S. Open will likely be held in March 1988, but no date has been set, tournament officials said Wednesday. The Professional Bowlers Association is now arranging its 1988 winter tour, on which the U.S. Open is one stop.
"I think our longstanding relationship with the PBA over the last 26 or 27 years made us a pretty good choice," said Al Hoff, vice president for sports and bowling at the Showboat.