2013 USBC Queens offers special incentives

ARLINGTON, Texas - The United States Bowling Congress has announced special incentives leading up to the 2013 USBC Queens, including packages for international or collegiate teams entering together.

The Queens, a World Bowling Tour event, will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 5, 2013 (Labor Day weekend) at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center, immediately following the conclusion of the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships, which will be held in the same center. The stepladder finals will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

"The growth of international and collegiate team bowling has been staggering, and we want those players to compete in next year's Queens," USBC Managing Director of Media Pete Tredwell said. "The Queens is one of the world's most prestigious women's bowling events, and it's an exciting format that anyone can win."

If an international or collegiate team purchases five entries, they will get the sixth free. Teams will need to have their entry fee paid prior to July 22 to take part in this promotion. Official rules will be posted soon as to who qualifies to be considered part of a particular team.

Another incentive is the introduction of the USBC Shoot-Out, which will be a special event following Queens qualifying with a $4,000 prize fund.

Four players will advance to the USBC Shoot-Out based on qualifying scores with the high player from each of the following categories earning spots: international players, collegiate players, players who have not competed in the Queens in the past four years, and all other players. Tournament rules will dictate the category in which each player competes.

The USBC Shoot-Out will consist of a four-person bracket with one-game matches determining the winner of each match. The special event will be broadcast live on BOWL.com's BowlTV.

The USBC Queens is open to any female bowler. Entries paid by July 22 are $275. If paid between July 23 and Aug. 29, 2013, the entry fee is $300, while on-site entries are $350. All international and collegiate players, plus those who haven't entered in the past four years, will pay $250 prior to July 22. The prize fund portion of all entry fees is $250. All entry fees for 2013 are lower than they were in 2012.

For more information on the USBC Queens, go to BOWL.com/queens.