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High School State Tournaments Help Boost the Tri-Cities Economy

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TRI-CITIES, Wash-- The high school state golf championships bring competitors and their families to our area and they spend money.

The Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau says having state tournaments in our area brings more business to our hotels and restaurants.. 
Not only is the high school state golfing tournament going on there's also the state tennis and 1A softball tournaments.

The Visitor Bureau says it's a bidding competition to get these in our region.  They gave a presentation to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association two years ago to get high school state golfers here this week.

"It's good recognition to have people from all around the state who perhaps would not have reason to travel to come to the Tri-Cities. It introduces them to what we have to offer and hopefully they will come back for a return visit," said Kim Shugart, Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau.

With 500 golfers and their fans in town the Visitor Bureau predicts the state golf tournament will bring in almost $100,000. They are also using almost every golf course in the Tri-Cities and one in Yakima.