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      December 27, 2002:

-WIBC Championship Tournament To Invade Reno With More Than 13,000 Teams

12/27/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - The Women's International Bowling Congress announced that approximately 65,000 WIBC members on more than 13,000 teams have registered for the 2003 WIBC Championship Tournament in Reno, Nev., March 20-July 8 (unless extended).

      To date, the 2003 total of nearly 13,000 teams is far greater than the total number of entries for the 2002 tournament in Milwaukee. The 2002 event featured 8,178 teams (40,890 WIBC members). The last WIBC Championship Tournament held in Reno, in 2000, had 14,274 teams participating.

      An economic impact for Reno of more than $73 million is expected to accompany this year's tournament. Each team brings an average of 1.7 guests to the event and each individual spends an average of nearly $1,000. The average person stays four days and more than 50 percent of visitors participate in local sightseeing tours.

      This year's WIBC Championship Tournament is the 84th overall and will be the third held at the National Bowling Stadium. Reno's facility hosted the event in 1997 and 2000. When Reno hosted the 1997 WIBC Championship Tournament, it set records for total participants, 88,279, and prize purse, more than $2.2 million.

      The WIBC Tournament features the following 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 a new test Division 4 for averages of 130 and below. The goal of the new test division is to give lower average bowlers an opportunity to compete with others bowlers of similar abilities.

      The WIBC Championship Tournament attracts bowlers from every U.S. state and Canada, as well as international participants from Bermuda, Japan, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. It is the largest participatory sporting event in the world for women.

      Reservations may be made one of three ways: the tournament telephone line at (414) 423-9006, the fax line at (414) 421-9789 (download the reservation form online at WIBCtournament.com) or through regular mail sent to: WIBC Championship Tournament, Box 78870, Milwaukee, WI, 53278-0870. Phone reservations take precedence over fax or mail reservations. The deadline for entries is Jan. 24, 2003. Visit WIBCtournament.com for available dates.


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