2006 USBC Women's Championships opens at National Bowling Stadium

    03/17/06

    United States

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

    Featuring fanfare, entertainment and a mass ball shot, the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships officially got underway Thursday at the National Bowling Stadium.

     From left: USBC President Michael Carroll, Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, USBC Chief Tournament Officer Roseann Kuhn, USBC Women's Championships Tournament Manager David Biber, and USBC Chief Executive Officer Roger Dalkin during the ribbon cutting ceremony.

    The event will bring 10,976 teams to Reno over the next four months and marks the sixth-largest tournament in the nearly 90-year history of the Women's Championships, formerly the Women's International Bowling Congress Championship Tournament.

    Three local bowlers - 6-year-old Austin Jones, Patrick Foley Jr., and Jan Chase - threw out the ceremonial first balls to get the tournament started for the fifth time in Reno.

    "It was very much a surprise to be asked to throw out the first ball," said Chase, who worked for the WIBC Championship Tournament for 20 years. "WIBC and USBC are very special to me, and it's great to see the tournament back in Reno again."

    USBC Chief Tournament Officer Roseann Kuhn served as emcee for the event, which opened with performers from the Eldorado show Balagan putting on a show at center aisle. The event closed with bowlers from each team taking part in a mass ball shot.

    The opening of the Women's Championships also offered a chance for the National Bowling Stadium to show off some recent renovations - including new carpeting, a new scoring system and a new lane surface.

    "We've worked very hard to improve this venue and to continue to show our commitment to USBC and its events," said National Bowling Stadium General Manager Joe Kelley. "We're looking forward to a long and successful run of this year's Women's Championships."