With the Texas State Senior Tournament scheduled to start this weekend, Bud Herron, Jerry Northrop and I decided to take a trip to Mel's Bowling Center in Georgetown for some practice. None of us had been to the center before and once we arrived, we were quite surprised by the facility.

It features an entertainment center with a large game room filled with up-to-date games for young and old. The bowling center has synthetic lanes with Brunswick pin-spotters and scoring machines.

A separate bar area with additional bowling lanes, shuffleboard and numerous televisions with daily sports packages are also available.

The center has automatic doors, a well-paved parking lot and many bowling specials such as $1 per game or $9 for as many games as you can bowl during a specified time.

Our practice scores certainly revealed we need more practice, but we had a great time and managed to run into some old friends who dropped in for a few games. Wanda Clark, a former employee of Hallmark Lanes, came in for Wednesday's Bowling for Bucks and Jimmy Thompson, former pro-shop owner at Killeen Bowlerama, was there for some practice before going to Baton Rouge for the USBC Open Tournament.

All in all, it was a great day and if you haven't bowled there, you need to. It's well worth the drive.


It took five years, but Sean Rash finally won after a 14-tournament television dry spell. Rash captured the Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Sunday with a 239-205 victory over Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Rash, who hadn't won a title since the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Masters, started the title match with four strikes and bowled an almost error-free game to win the $80,000 first prize and the fifth title of his career.

The PBA Tour completed its first season since 1962 without a left-handed title winner.


Sixteen-time PBA Tour titlist Jason Couch and 11-time PBA Senior Tour winner Gene Stus were inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame during ceremonies Saturday evening at the Red Rock Resort.

The 42-year-old Couch is the only player in Tour history to win three consecutive PBA Tournament of Champions titles, an event many players consider one of the most demanding to win because a player must win a PBA title to be eligible to compete.

In addition to his Tournament of Champions titles, which came in 1999, 2000 and 2002 (the tournament was not conducted in 2001), Couch won a fourth tour major in the 1993 PBA Touring Players Championship. The Clermont, Fla., left-hander began his Tour career in 1992 when he earned rookie of the year honors. His first title would come the next season in Windsor Locks, Conn.

As a competitive bowler for most of his adult life, the 71-year-old Stus wondered how he might have done on the PBA Tour. But the opportunity to compete in Tour competition didn't present itself until he retired from General Motors after 32 years at the age of 50 and became a regular on the Senior Tour.

Stus' 11 Senior Tour titles rank fourth on the all-time list behind fellow Hall of Famers John Handegard with 14 titles, and Gary Dickinson and Dale Eagle each with 12.

Stus was not able to attend the ceremonies for health reasons.


Bowl & Barrel is expected to open a 15-lane bowling installation this fall in Dallas at The Shops at Park Lane, according to the Dallas Business News. The facility is being created by SMU alumni Josh Sepkowitz and Kyle Noonan, and is scheduled to include a 3,000-square-foot. restaurant and bar. It will feature a European beer hall motif.


The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association will hold its general membership meeting Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Community Events Center, located at the intersection of W.S. Young and Business 190. Elections will be conducted for President and two directors.


The USBC Open Championships are ongoing in Baton Rouge, and although we have many local bowlers who have competed and more scheduled, a check of the leaderboards didn't reveal any familiar names. For a complete listing of the standings, go to www.bowl.com and click on the tournament site.

The USBC Women's Championships got under way this past weekend at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., with more that 30,000 entries. The opening squad saw 74 teams make their way down Center Aisle to usher in the 2012 event, which will run for 86 consecutive days, ending July 8.

Standings will be posted on www.bowl.com and click on the tournament site.


The Temple Gunslingers are currently in sixth place in the Division 2 team event of the 80th annual Texas State USBC Open Tournament with a score of 3,601.

Dewald Automotive is in ninth place in Division 6 with a score of 2,763.

See you on the lanes.

Contact Don Wright at wrightdk@hot.rr.com

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