The seventh annual Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association Men's and Women's Championships have ended and a complete listing of the final standings can be found at bowlkilleenforthood.org.
Capturing the Division 1 men's team event was Slugs with a score of 3,855. Division 2 had Ageless Wonders with 3,757.
The women's Division 1 had Hallmark Honey Do's with 3,702. BFBF's #1 topped Division 2 with 3,652.
George Morgan took the handicap all-events in Division 1 with 2,317. Division 2 went to Daniel Seymore with 2,332.
Although the number of tournament entries was disappointing there was some quality bowling by those who supported the association and came out to compete. Danny Barkley, Tawana Ramey and Sandi Charles all posted games of 299.
Garry McNiesh rolled a 750 series in doubles and Sandi Charles had a 747 in team. There were six 700-plus series rolled during the two-week event.
Prize checks for the Men and Women's Championship tournament will be presented at end of general membership meeting to be held April 21 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Community Events Center on Business 190 and W.S. Young Drive.
REGIONAL EVENTS - The Professional Bowlers Association announced it is expanding its "animal pattern" lane conditioning program into a series of PBA Regional "animal pattern" championship tournaments, giving bowlers across the nation an opportunity to experience lane conditions that are the heart of the PBA World Series of Bowling.
Under the new program, the PBA's East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West and Northwest Regional programs will each run a Cheetah, Viper, Scorpion and Chameleon championship tournament, incorporating the same lane conditioning patterns that are used in the respective "animal pattern" championship tournaments that will be part of the 2012 PBA World Series of Bowling, Nov. 2-11, at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.
The same "animal patterns" are the core lane conditions used in United States Bowling Congress PBA Experience Sport Bowling leagues, an optional program that offers USBC league bowlers an opportunity to take on new challenges, if they elect to do so.
According to the PBA schedule, the Killeen Open scheduled for Aug. 10-12 will be called the PBA Southwest Killeen Chameleon Open, hosted by Hallmark Lanes.
THE BOWLING COMBINE - Bowlers Journal is reporting that The Bowling Combine for College Prospects will return to Arlington, with expanded capacity to help bring youth bowlers to the attention of college coaches. The Combine, which will be held Aug. 7-11 at the International Training and Research Center, will evaluate young bowlers and give college coaches a chance to analyze the potential fit of the student-athletes for their programs. The Combine is open to bowlers who have collegiate eligibility remaining and have completed their sophomore year in high school.
SPARE SHOTS - Many years ago I started and captained the Phantom Warrior Sparetime team for the Traveling Classic Bowling Association. Family health issues took me away from the travel league, but one of my bowlers finally had a career best when he rolled his first 300 game.
Don Walker, one of the original Sparetime team members, has been an avid travel league bowler and good friend. Glad to see he finally did it.
Mae Stephens, 97, shows no signs of slowing down or taking it easy on her competition. Stephens bowls in the Golden Girls team at Phantom Warrior Lanes every Thursday and is a joy to watch and bowl with or against.
She currently carries a 100 average and along with her teammates, Bev Brady and Barbara Burke, they are in ninth place in a 22-team league.
See you on the lanes.
Contact Don Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org