Entry deadlines extended for 2011 USBC Women's and Open Championships


    USBC News

    2011USBCOCLogo.jpgTournament season is right around the corner, and it's not too late to be part of the action at the 2011 United States Bowling Congress Women's and Open Championships.

    The entry deadline for the USBC Women's Championships has been extended to March 1, while USBC Open Championships competitors now will have until March 4 to submit their entries.

    The 2011 Open Championships will be the first to kick off this year as it begins its 122-day run March 4. Bowlers from all 50 states and several foreign countries will converge on the one-of-a-kind, 78-lane National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., before the tournament concludes on July 3.

    More than 12,000 five-player teams already are headed for "The Biggest Little City in the World," but there's still plenty of room available for bowlers interested in trying to earn a share of the $5 million prize fund.

    2011USBCWCLogo.jpgThis year, the Women's Championships will return to New York state for the first time since 1996 and settle into Syracuse's Oncenter Complex, where 48 specially-constructed lanes and custom-built, state-of-the-art scoreboards will await more than 30,000 bowlers. The event gets underway April 7 and will run for 88 days, also concluding on July 3.

    The Women's Championships received a successful makeover in 2010 and now features three average-based divisions that use a 100-percent handicap format. Between the new look of the venue and the new format, the Women's Championships is a can't-miss opportunity for women of all ages and skill levels. "We take great pride in our championship events, and we don't want anyone to miss out on the opportunity to compete on bowling's biggest stages," said Brian Lewis, USBC Managing Director of Tournaments.

    "Entries for both the Open and Women's Championships have been steady as the original deadlines approached, so we want to give undecided bowlers and captains a little more time to get their teams together and join us."

    For bowlers looking for extra opportunities to cash in on the championship lanes, there's always a variety of side events and jackpots available on-site, including traditional brackets, strike jackpots and side pots.

    There are still prime spots available for 2011. For more information, visit BOWL.com/tournaments or call the tournament entries department at 800-514-2695.