ARLINGTON, Texas - There's no experience like competing on the lanes at the National Bowling Stadium, and more than 30,000 bowlers already are scheduled to be in Reno, Nev., for the 2012 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships.
Those who have not yet entered still have time to be part of the action as the entry deadline has been extended to April 1. There are even some weekend spots available for the event, which begins April 14 and will run for 86 consecutive days, concluding July 8.
"Walking down Center Aisle at the National Bowling Stadium is something every bowler should experience, and Reno has proven to be an enjoyable vacation destination for people of all interests," said Brian Lewis, USBC's Managing Director of Tournaments. "We're on track for another successful tournament in 2012, but we've chosen to extend the entry deadline to give any bowlers who may be undecided a chance to enter."
The Women's Championships is open to any female USBC member and features a much different look than when it last was held in Reno.
The tournament now features a three-division, 100-percent-handicap format that was introduced in 2010. The divisions based on skill level: Diamond for bowlers with averages of 180 and above (handicap is based on 220); Ruby for averages of 150-179 (handicap based on 180) and Sapphire for averages of 149 and below (handicap based on 150). Prizes also are awarded for the top overall scratch scores.
There's a place for everyone at the 93rd Women's Championships, but spots are filling quickly.
For more information on the Women's Championships call (800) 514-2695.