By Terry Bigham
ARLINGTON, Texas – The United States Bowling Congress Senior Queens will extend its run at Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for three more years starting in 2019.
The 2019 Senior Queens will take place March 15-19 and once again will follow the National Golden Ladies Classic, also an annual national bowling event for senior women. The Senior Queens is for women who are USBC members age 50 and over.
“We saw our largest field in nearly a decade and the majority of the participants liked the opportunity to compete in both events,” USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said of the 2018 event held at Gold Coast Hotel and Casino. “We appreciate their feedback and look forward to outstanding events in the next three years.”
Last season marked the first time the Senior Queens was held following the National Golden Ladies Classic.
Following the 2018 Senior Queens, 78 of the 81 participants responded to a survey about the event. Two-thirds of respondents said they liked having the Senior Queens follow the National Golden Ladies Classic, though 78 percent said they would prefer a day off between the competitions. There will be a rest day for participants prior to the 2019 Senior Queens.
Every respondent said they would compete in a future Senior Queens tournament.
At the 2018 Senior Queens, USBC Hall of Fame member Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, defeated fellow USBC Hall of Famer Jeanne Naccarato in the title match. The left-handed Johnson had recorded four consecutive runner-up finishes at the Senior Queens from 2013-2016 before winning the 2018 title.
Visit BOWL.com/SeniorQueens for more information about the event.