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Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:00 pm

It's time to get ready for the best bowling in central Texas with the upcoming Killeen Open Chameleon PBA championship scheduled for Aug. 10-12.

For the 16th year Hallmark Lanes will host the longest-running PBA Tour stop in this region and the winner will receive an entry in to the World Series of Bowling competition.

Kicking things off will be a pro-am, Aug. 10 at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. This is a great time for bowlers of all ages to meet and greet the top professional bowlers of the Southwest region. Stars such as Chris Barnes, Wes Malott, Mike Scroggins and Nathan Bohr are expected to compete.

A and B squads will compete in eight qualifying games Aug. 11 followed by another pro-am at 7:30 p.m. qualifying continues Aug. 12 until the field is down to 16. Beginning at noon the top 16 compete in head-to-head match play until there is a winner.

Hallmark will host its first sweeper June 16, giving non-PBA members the opportunity to earn an entry into the Killeen Open. The event has a $55 entry fee and all sweepers begin at 7 p.m. Other sweepers will be held on June 30, July 14 and Aug.4.

For more information on this event contact Dick Atkinson at 254-690-4949 or e-mail bowling@hallmarklanes.com.

The men's Traveling Classic Bowling Association will hold its team captains meeting on July 29 at Killeen Bowlerama.

There was a rumor floating that Lake Country Lanes in Marble Falls was closing its doors.

Bernard Adams, the secretary of the Centex TCBA, coordinated with the center management and determined that there are no plans to close the center and they will be competing in the Centex region.

Currently the following centers are scheduled to compete - Phantom Warrior Lanes, Killeen Bowlerama, Lake Country Lanes, Mel's Lone Star Lanes, AMF Lake Air, Waco and AMF Westview, Waco.

Hopefully Hallmark Lanes will join along with the new Temple center in the upcoming season.

I was on the first Hallmark Lanes TCBA team and for many years enjoyed bowling with them and at Hallmark Lanes. They were a great sponsor and I sincerely hope they return. There is still no word on a women's league.

Two pieces of news are associated with the 13th annual Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament.

The nation's most popular combination of high-level competitive bowling and fund-raising returns to Palace Lanes in Houston on July 21-22. There, it will receive PBA Regional title status and live online coverage on Xtra Frame for the first time.

Sean Rash, who made a record five consecutive television finals during the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling and concluded his season with a victory in the PBA Tournament of Champions, was elected 2012 PBA Player of the Year.

The voting concluded one of the most competitive POY contests in years for the Montgomery, Ill., right-hander, a member of the Brunswick Staff. In the end, Rash received 29 percent of the votes, Australia's Jason Belmonte got 26 percent and Mike Fagan of Dallas receieved 18 percent.

The announcement was made live on PBA's Xtra Frame online bowling channel as a special kickoff to the made-for-television PBA Summer Shootout special event at 10-pin Bowling Lounge in Chicago.

My vote would have gone to the bowler with the most wins. That's why they compete.

The USBC Open Championships in Honolulu? That might just be wishful thinking, but it's one of seven cities in which Andrew Cain would love to see the big annual event held someday and, after all, he is the USBC President.

The other cities on Cain's U.S. Open wish list, as he told bowl.com, include Chicago; anywhere in Orange County, Calif.; Las Vegas; Dallas; Seattle; and, finally, Phoenix.

They all sound good, but Honolulu would be a very expensive tournament.

My apology for missing a column last week, but once again this old guy had a medical problem causing a weeklong hospital stay.

I am well now and hopefully will stay that way for a while.

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