A bowler competes in the  Spring Team Challenge bowling tournament on March 22 at the Bowling Center.

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A bowler competes in the Spring Team Challenge bowling tournament on March 22 at the Bowling Center.

Bowling Center hosts tourney

From Staff Reports

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The 16th annual PBA Rocky Mount Open is taking place this weekend at the Rocky Mount Bowling Center.

The tournament began Friday with a a Pro-Am that was open to the public. The PBA participants will begin qualifying on Saturday, and the top 16 professionals will return Sunday for match play. The winner receives a $2,500 grand prize.

“There is no charge to get in the door, so come out and watch some of the best bowlers in the world,” said Chris Hans, manager of the Bowling Center.

Alex Boncek, executive director of Nash County Travel and Tourism, estimates the tournament will fill approximately 50 to 70 local hotel rooms each night.

“We’ve seen a good boost in the local economy from events like this in years past and can expect to see as good, if not better, participation this year,” she said. “Sporting events are important to us. They have an immediate return on investment and the influx of visitors to the area impacts various segments of the economy in very positive ways.”

The Bowling Center at 3520 N. Church St. also will be holding a number of fundraising events throughout the weekend to benefit Nash County Relay for Life. Activities include a 50/50 raffle, silent auction items, corn hole tournament, a barbecue supper, and live music

For more information, call 446-7707.