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When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going-Paula Vidad Spearheads Tri-States Queens Tournament
By Mary Lynly

Due to declining participation, last year the California USBC injected $17,000 into the Queen’s and Master’s Tournaments in hopes it would attract a crowd and with the threat of abolishing both tournaments if it didn’t work.

Bowlers who participate in the Queens were asked to comment and the bottom line was: Location (although we know it is more financially prudent to have it close to the state tournaments for staffing reasons); No one wants to qualify at one time and have to come back for the finals (in this case a trip for the So. Cal gals to Northern California twice.) Few liked the format and increased fees were a factor and there were numerous changes. The original format was simple and effective and you know what happens when you fix something that ain’t broke. It also appears no one cared what the bowlers thought.

Old format: All Queen’s events on one weekend – you can bowl your tournament events (or not,) qualify and if you qualify – go into double elimination – winners and losers brackets. If you make the finals they are held on Monday – usually Memorial Day weekend which seemed to work well for most. Entry fee was one amount with late entry another and there was a buy in fee to take the place of a no-show. Sponsors supported the tournament and there were monetary prizes for High Qualifier, High Game, etc. The previous year’s Queen was seeded. Associations often sent their local tournament All Events winner. The tournament was promoted by sending entry forms to those who bowled in the two previous years and entries were available through the local association offices or bowling centers.

Current format:
Bowlers could choose to bowl during the state tournament, if they attend, and use their doubles and singles scores to qualify (fee $110), sixteen qualifiers from the tournament. Or, they can attend the last chance qualifier on Friday, before the event, (fee $150.) Two seeded entrants (prior two years champions). The Friday qualifier seeds all remaining qualifiers for the event (14 qualifiers). If someone bowled in the tournament and didn't qualify there is a discounted fee for them to bowl on Friday and try and qualify (fee ($120) and if they qualify in the tournament and want to bowl on the shot for the tournament they can pace for $50. The tournament is bowled Friday (last chance qualifier) and Saturday and Sunday,

Continuous changes, hiking the entry fees and the infusion of extra money didn’t do it. It appears the promotion was inadequate, the result being both the Masters and Queens has been cancelled and a new “Scratch Masters for Men, Women and Youth” has been formed.

The good news is: Pro Bowler Paula Vidad got to work and the elite and rising bowlers will have a new tournament to look forward to.

Paula has spearheaded the formation of the “2011 Tri-States Queens Tournament” (AZ, CA & NV.) It will be held Oct.15-16, 2011 at Strike Zone, Sunset Casino, in Henderson, NV. There will be a women’s regular scratch and a senior scratch. Storm and Etonic have agreed to come on board as sponsors, with donating two trophies. This was all done in 5 days, but still has a full year to develop even further. Twenty-eight women have already confirmed they would attend.

Spectators are invited to come and enjoy the fun since the room rates are only $49 Fri-Sat including resort fees and tax, plus $29 Sun- Thurs rate. There will be a cocktail party Sat. night along with prizes.

So – when the going gets tough – the tough get going and promotion does work.

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