Reading the Jan. 1 article about all the great things coming to Wichita this year, it was hard not to think about one more that was supposed to be coming — the 2011 U.S. Bowling Congress Open Championships, which Wichita won in 2004 and then lost in 2007 when City Hall bungled the contract negotiations. The tourney had some more trouble finding a suitable 2011 site after giving up on Wichita, but will be held for a second year in a row in Reno, Nev. Dates are March 4 through July 3. Home to the 78-lane National Bowling Stadium, Reno also won the women’s tournament for 2012 and both the men’s and women’s tournaments for 2013-14. More than 70,000 male bowlers competed last year in Reno, where tourism officials put the economic impact at $127.7 million.
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