Final entry count in for 2006 USBC Women's Championships

    02/18/06

    United States

    Bowling Alley: National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. - March 16 - July 2, 2006

    2006USBCWomensChampionshipLogo.jpg Nearly 55,000 women will descend upon the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., for the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships. The Women's Championships, formerly the Women's International Bowling Congress Championship Tournament, will feature 10,976 five-player teams from across the country. The event begins March 16 and concludes July 2.

    "Reno is always a big draw for all of our events and this year is no different," USBC Chief Tournament Officer Roseann Kuhn said. "In addition to visiting one of the country's top resort areas, our bowlers will have the opportunity to compete in a newly renovated bowling stadium."

    The National Bowling Stadium recently underwent several renovations, including new lane surfaces, new carpeting and a new scoring system.

    Conducted for the first time in 1916, the Women's Championships is the largest participatory sporting event in the world for women. The 2006 tournament will mark the fifth time it has been held in Reno.

    The most represented state in the 2006 Women's Championships will be California with 1,182 teams. Rounding out the top five are Texas (716), Illinois (612), Michigan (538) and Minnesota (433).

    Open to all women who hold USBC adult membership, the Women's Championships consists of five divisions: Classic for bowlers with averages of 190 and above; Division 1 for averages of 170-189; Division 2 for averages of 150-169; Division 3 for averages of 131-149; and Division 4 for averages of 130 and below.