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WTBA to host new WBT event in 2012

18th August, Arlington, Texas: The World Tenpin Bowling Association will conduct its first owned and operated World Bowling Tour event in 2012 when the WTBA International Open presented by Sunset Station Casino and Hotel takes place in Henderson, Nevada next year.

The WTBA International Open will take place at the 72-lane Sunset Station Strike Zone Bowling Center from January 28 to February 5. The prize fund will exceed US$100,000 with at least US$20,000 going to the winner.

"On behalf Station Casinos, we're extremely pleased with the WTBA's decision to award the Sunset Station and Strike Zone Bowling Center a World Bowling Tour event," Station Casinos Corporate Director of Bowling Sales David Garber said.

"The WTBA International Open presented by Sunset Station Casino and Hotel will be a very important stop on the World Tour and we invite all amateurs and professionals to attend this wonderful event."

In addition to presenting sponsor Sunset Station, Brunswick has also signed on as a supporting sponsor for the WTBA International Open.

Strike Zone
The 72-lane Strike Zone Bowling Centre

"Brunswick has always been supportive of competitive bowling and we are especially keen for the advancement of international competitive bowling," President of Brunswick Bowling Products Brent Perrier said.

"We're pleased to lend our support to the WTBA World Tour in general and the WTBA International Open in particular."

The tournament will be a six-game re-entry style event that mirrors events on the European Bowling Tour, where players post their best six-game score to try and make the first cut. The event will be open to men and women and will have a special prize fund for women.

"WTBA believes that the World Bowling Tour is the future of our sport, and we're proud to announce we have created a new event for the best athletes in the world," WTBA President Kevin Dornberger said.

"This event will be made possible by our partnerships with Sunset Station and Brunswick. They have stepped up to make this event a reality."

The 2011 World Bowling Tour continues August 21-26 with the Korean Daejeon International Open in Daejeon, Korea. The World Bowling Tour Thailand will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from September 24-30 and the AMF Australian Masters will take place in Sydney, Australia, from October 10-22.

The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of more than 100 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, visit worldtenpinbowling.com.

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