The Greater Lansing community is proud to be hosting the Michigan State USBC WBA 92nd Annual Championship Tournament at Royal Scot golf and Bowling Center every weekend from now until May 5, 2019. The best female bowlers from across the state are coming to Michigan’s Capital City for top competition and a whole lot of fun besides.This tournament, along with the Men’s and Youth State Bowling Tournaments, rotate to different communities throughout the state, so you can be sure when it’s time to host a tournament of this size and of this importance, the Greater Lansing community is ready to welcome visitors with open arms.
“Greater Lansing is thrilled to be hosting the USBC Women’s State Tournament,” said Mike Price, Executive Director of the Greater Lansing Sports Authority. “I’ve often said, events like this are why the GLSA exists. Big tournaments need involved host cities, and when Greater Lansing is selected the GLSA gets to step up and help out. Our goal is to make a sports tournament in this community the best around. From smooth tournament competition and planning to access to great lodging, restaurants and entertainment the GLSA is here to roll out the red carpet.”
President of the Michigan USBC Merry DeBoer, appreciates that welcome and does her best to make sure bowlers that make the state tournament have a time to remember.
“The biggest mark of a successful state tournament means our bowlers will want to return again next year. We hope this year’s attendees brag about the fun they had and maybe next year they will bring more bowlers to enjoy the weekend,” said DeBoer. “We hope our bowlers enjoy everything - the tournament site, the hotel, dining, nightlife and everything Lansing has to offer.”
The USBC has a small and dedicated staff working to make this huge tournament roll smoothly but they are always eager to accept help from the GLSA. “It takes a village to run a state tournament. We need the help of our staff, the host house, the Michigan State USBC board of directors and the GLSA,” said DeBoer. “The GLSA are the experts on the area and provide recommendations for our bowlers that no one else has the local expertise and contacts to provide. It’s a partnership we really value.”
These local connections can mean everything from recommendations on restaurants and lodging to setting up a special event website full of maps and info to even setting up a special surprise from a guest of honor.
“The GLSA set it up for MSU mascot Sparty to be at our opening ceremonies and it was a big hit,” continued DeBoer. “It was especially a thrill for Michigan State USBC Association Manager Sharon Schildroth - she is a Spartan Alum. Sparty posed with everyone that asked for a picture and it was a special touch that made the night really memorable.”
While Sparty always makes a big impression, it appears there has been more about the area that has exceeded the expectations of the USBC event planners.
“The Royal Scot facility is a wonderful fit for the USBC. We have held tournaments and banquets here many times,” said DeBoer. “They have plenty of lanes, the on-site restaurant food is great, and the staff is just amazing.”
While the praise for Royal Scot is well-deserved it wasn’t the only partner on this tournament that received accolades from the Michigan State USBC.
“Greater Lansing is centrally-located, and I think that short travel time helps add to the bowlers that participate but working with the GLSA is another big reason we love Lansing,” said DeBoer. “Tom and Miranda with the GLSA have gone above and beyond the call of duty on this tournament. From touring hotel sites with us to providing event banners, flyers and great giveaways at the tournament site, the GLSA team is awesome. We applaud them!”
And the GLSA applauds the Women’s USBC. Without tournaments like this the GLSA wouldn’t have the forum to showcase Greater Lansing Michigan to visitors of all kinds. Helping with tournaments like this is our passion and our valued event partners make that happen.
Find out more about the Michigan State USBC WBA 92nd Annual Championship Tournament at: www.michiganstateUSBC.com