“Eight entries is all I had,” said Dick Sanders, the WCST’s owner and director.
Sanders added that it was only the WCST’s third cancellation in 368 tournaments covering 20 years.
The WCST has struggled to generate enough entries for its tournaments throughout the year. Sanders said it wasn’t just the WCST that has suffered from declining interest.
“All [bowling] tournaments are down,” he said. “People are getting away from all tournament play – for various reasons. Some people think they just can’t compete anymore.”
The WCST has two tournaments left on this year’s schedule. It will host a tournament in three weeks in Las Vegas before staging its final event the first week of December in Laughlin, Nev.
More than 60 bowlers have already indicated their interest to bowl in the Laughlin tournament, Sanders said.
Forty-seven bowlers took part in last year’s Laughlin event. It was won by Don Blatchford of Santa Monica, who rolled a perfect game in the finals en route to winning the Super Senior championship. He won $1,500.
This year’s Laughlin event will be open to bowlers ages 50 and over. The entry fee is $200.
For more information, contact Sanders at 760-363-6064.