I’ve been away from bowling for nearly a month with a bad right shoulder. The doctor is fairly sure it’s a rotator cuff injury, but won’t know for sure until he reads the MRI, and I see him Thursday. I am hoping it isn’t a rotator injury because after surgery it’s six months to a year of rehabilitation. At my age I can’t afford a year away from bowling.

So wish me luck.

The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association will be hosting the annual Open tournament Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3. The word from the association manager is there are 31 teams competing. That number ties that of last year, meaning once again it is difficult to grow the event.

The tournament committee tried hard to make changes to satisfy the bowlers by decreasing the handicap, adding new divisions, and nothing seems to work. Someone explain to me the lack of support.

The 2013-2014 Youth Leaders have been elected and the president is Summer Salak, vice president is Samantha Kriner, secretary is Sierra Ciesiolka and sergeant-at-Arms is Heath Fletcher.

The annual Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association awards banquet will be held on Dec. 7 at the American Legion in Killeen. The awards ceremony will honor the teams from the Open Tournament as well as Bowlers of the Year in the adult and youth divisions and a Hall of Fame induction.

More on this as we get closer.

According to Jason Overstreet with USBC Communications, bowling centers have an exciting new way to market youth bowling leagues in 2014 through the “Mission Possible” promotion, offered through Strike Ten Entertainment and International Bowling Campus Youth Development. To unify the bowling industry behind the “Mission Possible” challenge to certify 20,000 kids, participating Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America centers and United States Bowling Congress associations can qualify to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes.

In addition to the cash incentives, Mission Possible offers participating centers deep discounts on comprehensive marketing kits, significant savings on the bowling balls offered and free USBC Youth Basic memberships all rolled together in this industry-wide initiative.

To provide centers with an incentive to participate and certify their youth bowlers, the Mission Possible program includes a $25,000 grand prize drawing for participating centers and USBC associations that will be conducted at the 2014 Bowl Expo. Centers will receive additional entries in the grand prize drawing for every youth bowler they certify. The winning center will receive a $20,000 prize and the USBC association servicing the center will receive $5,000.

Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America Tournament Committee Chairman John Losito announced Friday that Bowling’s U.S. Open format will not be conducted in 2014, but BPAA expects to resume its signature tournament in 2015.

“After running successful events in Dallas, Reno and most recently in Columbus, Ohio, and soliciting some in-depth feedback from participants and BPAA member centers, we want to look at ways to freshen and improve the men’s and women’s bowling U.S. Opens in 2015 and beyond,” Losito said.

BPAA also announced it will conduct a Women’s All-Star Tournament in July 2014 in Rockford, Ill., in celebration of the formation of the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour (which later became the Professional Women’s Bowling Association) and 40 years of women’s professional tournaments hosted by Rockford proprietor John Sommer, the co-founder of the LPBT.

See you on the lanes.

Don Wright has been sharing insights on area/national bowling with Herald readers for more than 25 years. Contact him at wrightdk@hot.rr.com

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