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The 11th Frame: 2016 U.S. Open prize list flattened with $30,000 for first, $3,250 for 24th; pay ratio cut from 1-3 to traditional 1-4

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2016 7:00 pm

2015 U.S. Open champion Ryan Ciminelli, second from left, with, left to right, Bowling Proprietors' Association of America President Tom Martino, Bowlmor AMF Vice President of League Development Jay Lietman, and USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy. Photo by United States Bowling Congress.
At $30,000, the 2016 U.S. Open will have the lowest first prize since 1983 when Gary Dickinson earned $24,000 for beating Steve Neff for the title in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn. The pay ratio also is being reduced from the 1-in-3 last year back to the 1-in-4 it traditionally was. However, the overall prize fund is projected at $226,960 with 252 entries, compared to the $210,990 with 275 entries last year (if my adding skills didn’t fail me). That comes in part from an entry fee...

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