The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association held its annual meeting Saturday at VFW 9192 in Killeen. The association voted for a vice-president and three directors and one was appointed to fill a vacant position.

Rod Kensinger will serve as the new vice-president. Kensinger has been in the area for the past six and a half years and has served as a director in the association. He is retired from the military and Boeing.

Elected as directors were Marquita Darland, Cheryl Dewald and Hank Williams. Jeff Foraker was appointed to fill the vacant director’s position vacated by Kensinger.

Lee Ellison presented the tournament committee report and listed upcoming changes to the tournaments due to the decline in participation.

Handicap for next year’s Open and the Men’s and Women’s events will be 90 percent of 220. The senior tournament will remain at 100 percent of 220 and the youth will remain 100 percent of 230.

The association will no longer conduct fun tournaments and leave those events to the proprietors.

The scratch tournaments have been successful and will be offered again next year.

For more information on the meeting go to and check out the newsletter section.

The eighth annual Senior Tournament got underway  Sunday and the unofficial standings after the first weekend have Oh Split! tied for first place in the team division with a score of 2,632.  Holding pace with them is Senior Warriors 1.

John Manibusan and Rullie Haywood are currently in first place in virtual doubles with a score of 1,332.

Ken Cason’s 745 has him in first place in the singles event, just two pins over Bob Shea.

Shea’s 1,419 led the all events.

The tournament continues Sunday.

Annual nominations for the Hall of Fame, bowlers of the year and coach and volunteer of the year are due no later than midnight, May 31. All the forms are available at each of the centers and on the association web site,

The Showcase Lanes are back for 2013 and bowlers are booking their coaching and practice times for when they get to Reno.    

To schedule a lesson with USBC Silver coach Matt McNiel or reserve a practice session on the 900 Global Showcase Lanes, make sure to email us at before it’s too late. Go to Showcase Lanes for more details.

If you are considering time on the 900 Global Showcase Lanes, make sure to look at the new Open Championships VIP package. As part of the package, you will receive a one-hour coaching lesson with McNiel as well as a $50 Bowling Ball Express discount, a photo package, a VIP polo shirt and more. VIP packages still are available.

Headed to Reno soon? Before you book your travel, USBC has an incredible hotel offer for you to consider.

Here’s the deal: Book three hotel nights or more in Reno through and receive a free tournament entry to the 900 Global Two-Game Challenge.

Many of our local bowlers will be heading to Reno to compete in the USBC Open Championships. Looking at the different forums, most of the postings are positive. The shot isn’t easy, but it’s competitive, they say.

The first-place team in the regular division has a score of 3,538; 789 tops the singles event and 1,403 leads doubles.

In the Classified division the team leader score is 2,720. Singles is 663 and doubles is 1,150.

The PBA Media Relations reported that Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., rolled three consecutive 300 games to start the first round of qualifying in the PBA50 Sun Bowl at The Villages at Spanish Springs Lanes Sunday, recording the first 900 series in Professional Bowlers Association history.

Scarborough, who turned 50 in October, is bowling in only his second PBA50 Tour event. He qualified 38th in the re-named PBA Senior Tour’s season-opener in New Port Richey, Fla., last week, but lost his first best-of-three-game single-elimination match.

The self-employed electrical contractor threw another strike to start his fourth game, but his streak ended at 37 in a row when he left a split on his 38th shot. Three straight sub-200 games then toppled him out of the lead and into a tie for 12th place with 1,921 pins, 77 pins behind leader and PBA Hall of Famer Mark Williams of Beaumont who averaged 249.75 for eight games to lead the field of 159 bowlers with a 1,998 total.

The PBA50 Tour is no walk in the park and it’s time we had some television coverage, even if it’s delayed.

I want to extend my thanks to the association for all they do. You can’t make everybody happy all the time, but they hear the membership’s needs and do their best to reach the best decision for the masses.

See you on the lanes.    

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