It will be a mixed-doubles, scratch tournament.
Paula Vidad, the alliance’s founder, expects about 40 teams to compete. Entry fee is $350 per team.
Vidad, of Sun City, Calif., will be seeking her third straight Women's Bowling Alliance mixed-doubles championship. Vidad will team with Frank Barefoot of Rancho Cucamonga, who’s been her partner for her last two mixed-doubles titles.
“We have a lot of fun together,” said Vidad of Barefoot. “That’s mostly why we win.”
Vidad founded the women’s alliance in late 2010. The Laughlin event will be the 11th tournament that Vidad has organized and run for the women's alliance. Four of the previous 10 have been in California, including tournaments at Mission Hills Bowl in 2012 and 2013.
The Laughlin tournament may be the most difficult for Vidad to win just from the standpoint of distractions. In addition to having to administer to the tournament, she also will be handling her new duties as staff member of Laughlin-based Bowling Evolved, a website that provides lively podcast discussions about various bowling topics.
Vidad, who claimed her second straight Senior Women’s U.S. Open championship last month, is expected to be a guest interview on the show, which is co-hosted by Dustin Markowitz and Eric Forkel.
Still, Vidad dismissed the notion that having so many simultaneous chores will be a tremendous burden to her bowling. “I pretty much do it all the time. I’m good at multitasking,” laughed Vidad, who is the general managing partner of Revolutions Barstow Bowl.
The women’s alliance tournaments have drawn such top bowlers as Jennifer Higgins of Westerville, Ohio; Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; and Robin Romeo of Newhall, Calif.
Vidad added that she expected the women’s alliance might hold up to five tournaments in 2015.