Don’t forget the Harvest Bowl scheduled for Sept. 29 at Phantom Warrior Lanes. It’s a 3-6-9 alibi tournament open to all youth and adult bowlers.

You may enter as a team or individually. Each team must have at least one youth and one adult as part of the lineup. Cost is $12 for each bowler, and squad times are noon and 3 p.m. Donations are being accepted for a raffle, as well as a bake sale to be held during the tournament.

This is an annual event with proceeds going toward team entries in the local youth city tournament held in February.

The Youth Leaders held their annual meeting at Killeen Bowlerama this past weekend and elected new officers for the 2012-2013 season. Jacob Reed was elected president, while Eric Thomas was named vice president. Robin Daugherty was named secretary and Heath Fletcher, sergeant-at-arms.

While on the subject of youth bowlers, Bowlers Journal has announced that Gary Beck is unveiling his Teen Masters World Series in Las Vegas, and doing it in conjunction with the PBA World Series of Bowling. The teen event will be held at the Red Rock Bowling Center. The event is certified by the USBC and the World Tenpin Bowling Association and, besides hoping to attract the best U.S. teens, it is hoping to entice WTBA’s 100-plus member federations to send their best teen bowlers as well.

“The Teen Masters World Series is one of, if not the first, international youth event the WTBA has certified,” said WTBA President Kevin Dornberger, “and I am thrilled to see global youth bowling being developed at such a high level.”

The dates are Nov. 9-11, and it is open to bowlers born before Nov. 9, 2002, and after Nov. 11, 1993. For more information, visit the tournament’s website at

The Centex Men’s Travel League will head to Waco for its next stop on the schedule. AMF Westview will host the six-game event, and that is usually a tough center.

The standings after their last stop in Marble Falls has Westview Lanes in first place in District 1 with a record of 16-8.

Second place is held by All Air Inc. at 15-9, followed by Strikers and Bowlerama Knights tied at 12-12.

District 2 has the Max Attack Pro Shop on top with a record of 15.5-8.5. Just a half game back in second is Men of War and Nine and Out tied at 15-9.

Donny Bennight, bowling on the team Outlaws, has the current high game of 290 and the highest scratch series of 780.

A reminder that Phantom Warrior Lanes will conduct an 8X8 league from Oct. 6 through Dec. 8 (no bowling on Nov. 17 and 24) at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $8 per week for three games of bowling. Contact Connie White at for more information.

Hallmark Lanes will conduct an 8X8 league from Oct. 6 through Dec. 8 (no bowling on Nov. 3 and 24) from noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per week. Contact Karin Ciesiolka at for more information.

USBC is joining a bowling industry initiative to launch a national “8 for 8” Bowling Club promotion this fall in an effort to introduce more children under the age of 12 to the sport. The program gives kids the opportunity to participate in an 8-week league for $8 per week and includes a custom-fitted ball and a free USBC Youth Basic membership.

The “8 for 8” promotion is a partnership in conjunction with Brunswick and Ebonite International. Brunswick and Ebonite have agreed to provide balls for the program at a discounted price to participating Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America centers through Strike Ten Entertainment.

The “8 for 8” promotion is only available for leagues starting from Sept. 1 through Nov. 22.

With leagues getting ready to vote on prize lists, I would seriously look at all that are submitted before you just go along with the crowd. Many a league has dissolved because prize lists were loaded for the top teams, leaving little money for individual awards and lower-positioned teams. More on this topic in a future column and I would love to hear from bowlers concerning prize funds.

See you on the lanes.

Contact Don Wright at

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