The American Bowlers Tour (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 area.
Originally the American Bowlers Tour (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.
Now theAmerican Bowlers Tour (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.
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.