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National Bowling Tournament Headed to Lincoln

By: Catherine Crane Email
By: Catherine Crane Email

To John Losito, it's more than just the opportunity to host a national tournament.

"Personally for me its means a great deal because I'm a two time collegiate champion myself back 20 years ago, so to be able to participate in it and win a championship and then to be able to host it means a great deal as well," said Losito.

Losito owns Sun Valley lanes in Lincoln, which is home to the 2012 and 2013 United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championships.

This is something that we've always wanted to do let alone that its college because college by its nature kids are excited, its youth is energy doing it on the national scale knowing that we're going to award someone a national championship is a great thing," said Losito.

Lincoln was one of a number of cities looking to bid for the tournament, but the United States Bowling Congress was able to narrow it down to just one.

"It's a wonderful community with a storied tradition. It's a great location a great center a great community and its a great way to tie college bowling back into a wonderful part of the country," said Losito.

"It really was a pretty easy sale. Once they got here they loved the city and they really saw that Lincoln would be a good fit for them," said Losito.

The tournament will bring more than just bowlers to town. The Visitors Bureau estimates a half million dollars will be generated in the tournaments two years.

Derek Feterherm from the Visitors Bureau said, "The money is coming not only from the direct spending but other things such as gas, so its a larger picture."

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