Leagues are forming at all three centers, and the association is hoping to see full house action this season.

On its Facebook page, Hallmark Lanes is saying “Hey ladies, looking for something to do? Relax on Monday nights after a stressful day at work and enjoy an adult beverage. Join ‘Bowling Babes’ at 7 p.m. 3 person teams and all the fun. Every lady is welcome. Sign up now or show up on Monday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m.”

They will also have the PBA Experience league on Monday night starting at 7 p.m. These are two-person teams, with two adults, two youths or one of each. Challenge the youths to better their game and challenge the adults to see what they know. Let’s help to better our youth. Starts Monday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m. for the meeting.

Coaching classes are also available for anyone wanting to attend: Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Killeen Bowlerama; Sept. 2 from noon to 2 p.m. at Hallmark Lanes and Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at Phantom Warrior Lanes.

Spare Time Fun Center in Temple is advertising “Get your best friends, co-workers and family members together for some friendly competition in our bowling leagues and clubs! We’ll reserve your lanes, calculate all individual and team statistics, and serve up tasty eats & drinks while you play! Sign up with a team, friend or by yourself and we will find a spot for you to join the fun.”

See their web page at sparetimetexas.com.

The 2015 USBC Open Championships will be held at the El Paso Convention Center in El Paso and run from March 7 until July 11 (last team date).

This storied tournament boasts more than 110 years of tradition and attracts bowlers from across the country each year. The 2015 event will mark the tournament’s first visit to El Paso and first trip to Texas since 2006.

There are two divisions — Regular (181-plus average) and Classified (180 average and below) — so bowlers of all skill levels have the chance to earn a share of more than $5 million in prize money. Don’t miss this unforgettable experience.

The entry fee is $55 per event, per bowler. All-events is optional and is $15. The total cost is $180 per bowler, which allows them to compete in team, doubles, singles and all-events. There is a $25 processing fee per team when registering online and a $50 processing fee per team when registering by mail, fax or phone.

Walter Ray Williams Jr. won his ninth career PBA50 Tour title and Norm Duke withstood a challenge from Tom Baker for PBA50 Tour Player of the Year in the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open on Wednesday at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn.

In another all-Hall of Fame championship match, Williams, who won the USBC Senior Masters for his first title of the season, defeated Baker 268-224 in the championship match. With a win, Baker could have earned the 16 points necessary to move ahead of Duke, of Clermont, Fla., for the Player of the Year title.

Duke’s closest competitor in the Player of the Year race going into the tournament was Hall of Famer Pete Weber, who was just eight points behind but had to withdraw from the tournament prior to match play because of an illness which required a hospital visit. He was treated and released.

Duke, who won two titles this season, including the Senior U.S. Open, joined Baker as the only players to win PBA50 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the same season. Baker, of King, N.C., earned both honors in 2005 which was the start of a record four consecutive PBA50 Player of the Year crowns for the 12-time PBA50 Tour winner.

Joining the list of PBA50 Tour age-eligible players is two-time PBA Women’s Series titlist, 20-time PWBA champion and USBC Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, who celebrated her 50th birthday on July 29.

Well I’m geared up for the senior league, bad elbow and all. Going to get a 13-pound ball drilled up and see if that helps.

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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