This weekend marks the opening of the United States Bowling Congress 2015 Midwest Women’s Bowling tournament.
The tournament begins with an opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at The Cherry Bowl, 7171 Cherryvale N. Blvd, in Rockford.
The tournament will continue over seven consecutive weekends until June 28 at The Cherry Bowl and Don Carter Lanes, 4007 E. State Street.
This year marks the third year for the new event, and the first to be held in Rockford.
More than 4,000 bowlers are expected for the tournament from throughout the Midwest.
“It’s a privilege to work with local industry partners who are enthusiastic about bringing new sporting events to Rockford each year,” said John Groh, President/CEO of the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our region’s recognized reputation of being a top sports destination has helped us secure many big wins like the Midwest Women’s Bowling Tournament, which we are thrilled to be hosting for the first time this year.”
Visitors to the tournament are expected to generate an estimate $450,000 for the local economy.
“It is exciting to fulfill the dreams of ladies from six states in coordinating this tournament that gathers women bowlers from all over the country. It has been our pleasure to work with the RACVB, John Sommer and his staff at The Cherry Bowl and Don Carter Lanes and the Rockford Women’s WBA to host this fun event full of high energy in the Rockford area,” states President of the Illinois USBC WBA, Betty McCann.
Spectator admission for the tournament is free to the public with standard start times each weekend at 8 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
For a full schedule and tournament details visit midwestwomensbowling.com.