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Women's bowling event to bring 8,330 teams to Reno

2009-03-26

RENO, Nev. (March 26, 2009) – The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) along with the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) will kick off the 2009 Women’s Championship at 2:15 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at the National Bowling Stadium (NBS). The USBC estimates that the local economic impact of this tournament is approximately $40 million.

The Championship takes place over 100 consecutive days from March 28 through July 5. It will bring approximately 60,000 individuals to the destination including bowlers, their family and friends. Visitors will come from across the United States and abroad to the destination.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome the USBC Women’s Championships to Reno-Tahoe," said Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Ellen Oppenheim. "The destination is looking forward to showing off all the new visitor attractions since the bowlers were last here and providing an unparalleled experience for Championship participants."  

The 2009 event marks the sixth time Reno-Tahoe has hosted the USBC Women’s Championship – the national championship for women’s bowling. Participants will compete in five-player team, doubles and singles competition in five average divisions for the 2009 USBC Women’s Championships, USBC Queens and USBC Senior Queens at the NBS.

“This marks our sixth trip to Reno and we’re looking forward to sharing our sport and this event with the Reno community once again,” USBC Vice President of Tournaments Jack Mordini said. “The competitors in the Women’s Championship will get treated to a first-class experience in Reno while competing in one of bowling’s greatest venues – the National Bowling Stadium.

The prize fund for the Women’s Championship is expected to exceed $2 million.

Regular USBC Women’s Championships competition will be suspended for four days when the world’s best women bowlers will compete in the USBC Queens April 25-28.   As one of the most demanding events in professional bowling, an expected field of 300 bowlers will compete for a $200,000 prize fund and $30,000 first prize.

Competition consists of traditional qualifying and double-elimination match play at the National Bowling Stadium, which determines the five players who will compete in the stepladder finals April 30 at the Reno Events Center.

The USBC Queens, along with the U.S. Women’s Open, are the only major women’s bowling events still remaining after the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) ceased operations in 2003.

Conducted concurrently with the Queens, the 10th annual USBC Senior Queens will also be held at the National Bowling Stadium. The Senior Queens features approximately 150 of the world’s top women players 50 years and older.
 
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United States Bowling Congress
The United States Bowling Congress, as the national governing body, ensures the integrity and protects the future of the sport, provides programs and services to nearly 2.5 million adult and youth members and enhances the bowling experience.

RSCVA
The RSCVA is the primary tourism agency supporting convention and tourism business for the Reno-Tahoe region.  Reno-Tahoe, America’s Adventure Place, supports unlimited possibilities from outdoor recreation to 24-hour Nevada style gaming and entertainment. For more information about Reno-Tahoe, America’s Adventure Place call 800-FOR-RENO (800-367-7366) or visit www.VisitRenoTahoe.com.