Plans are underway to form a senior travel league with teams from Hallmark Lanes, Killeen Bowlerama, Phantom Warrior Lanes, Mel’s Lone Star Lanes (Georgetown), Sparetime Lanes (Temple) and centers in Waco.

Each center will field two four-person teams from their senior leagues. Hallmark will have teams from the Golden Agers and the Primetimers; Bowlerama will have the STARS league and Phantom Warrior will have teams from the Oldtimers league. Mel’s Lone Star Lanes will have bowlers from the Golden Rollers and the Senior Stars leagues. Sparetime Lanes will field the Silver Strikers and Waco will have Centex Seniors and Waco Owls league.

The league will bowl the fourth Wednesday of the month, starting at 1 p.m. and run from March through August, then take September off and resume in October.

Averages used will be the average from the league represented at time of competition.

Each bowler rolls three games with handicap of 90 percent of 230. Lineage is $9 per person.

This is a nonsanctioned league and will rotate the schedule among all centers: Hallmark (March), Sparetime (April), Mel’s (May), Bowlerama (June), Waco (July) and Phantom Warrior (August).

A league champion trophy will be provided by the proprietors.

Registration for the 2015 USBC Open Championships begins March 13, and changes for the tournament’s first visit to El Paso include variable pricing — aka “tiered” pricing — and new squad times. The new tiering price structure will be based on the day of the week teams choose to compete. The new squad schedule means no early mornings or late nights for competitors.

Value pricing will be offered for select squads, often mid-week, and include incentives for bowlers. The entry fees will be the same as the Standard level, but competitors who choose these times will receive $15 in Championships Cash vouchers when they check in at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center. Championships Cash can be redeemed for purchases inside the venue, such as food and beverage, merchandise, select brackets products and more.

The USBC will build on its 100-year tradition of providing competitive bowlers with national tournaments in unique venues by introducing the USBC Mixed in 2015. The new USBC national tournament will debut alongside the 2015 USBC Women’s Championships at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., and will include a variety of average-based divisions to attract bowlers of all ages and abilities.

The Mixed will run April 10 to June 30, 2015, and feature four-player mixed teams, mixed doubles and open singles competition. Bowlers will be divided into four-team and six doubles/singles divisions that will have them competing only against bowlers of similar skill levels. As a competitive stepping stone for USBC members, The Mixed will give bowlers a chance to enjoy the experience of traveling to compete and get a taste of competition on the national stage, but with convenient squad times, low entry fees and a friendly, laid-back environment.

“We’ve created The Mixed as a way to reach a different segment of our membership and get more bowlers interested in tournament competition,” said Brian Lewis, USBC Managing Director of Tournaments.

The PBA recently accepted membership applications from 13 Chinese bowlers, the first players from their country to join the PBA. China becomes the 27th country represented among PBA’s more than 3,000 members. China, one of 39 member nations in the World Bowling Asian Zone, has sent players to compete in World Bowling tournaments, and now hopes its country will be represented in PBA competition by the time PBA World Series of Bowling VI rolls around this fall.

Hallmark Lanes hosted the final scratch tournament Sunday and the turnout was poor. That’s partially due to the fact the TCBA was competing at Phantom Warrior Lanes and the youth Pepsi Tournament was also ongoing.

Andrew Kirshner took top honors in Division 1 with a score of 709. Just two pins back was Eric Odette at 707.

Division 2 had Joyce “Cookie” Reddick on top with a 614 series.

Heath Fletcher led the youth in Division 1 with a score of 630. Division 2 had Austin Esch with 616. Division 3 had Jaime Craig with 416.

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

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