The Greater Killeen Fort Hood USBC Association will host the ninth annual Open Tournament Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3. The team event will be at Phantom Warrior Lanes, with doubles and singles at Killeen Bowlerama.

Entries close Sunday and the entry fee is $19 per person. The entry for optional handicap all-events is $4, and $5 for optional scratch all-events.

This is a handicap event of 90 percent of 200 and there will be three divisions. Entry forms are available on

The past few years we have had a disappointing turnout for this event and we would like to see better support for your association and the volunteers that make this event possible.

The United States Bowling Congress Youth Open Championships will have separate singles and doubles divisions for girls in 2014. 

The 2014 Youth Open, which will be held in the Buffalo, N.Y., area in July, will have girls divisions in singles and doubles. Doubles teams of two girls automatically will be placed in the girls division and mixed doubles teams will be placed in the boys division.

In past years, divisions were determined by average. Last year the tournament moved to age-based divisions and giving the girls competitors a separate division is necessary.

The 2014 USBC Youth Open Championships will take place July 10-27 at AMF Thruway Lanes in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Baltimore’s Danny Wiseman, a 12-time PBA Tour champion and 2013 inductee into the PBA Hall of Fame, will be the first tenpin bowler inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame as part of an all-star lineup on Thursday, Nov. 14, at Michael’s 8th Avenue in Glen Burnie, Md.

While four duckpin bowlers have been honored by the 57-year-old hall of fame, Wiseman is the first tenpin player to be elected. He will be recognized as part of the organization’s hall of fame display at the Camden Yards complex in Baltimore.

The 2012-13 Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year race got even more interesting Sunday when Mika Koivuniemi, a Finnish native now living in Hartland, Mich., won his third PBA International Tour title of the season, defeating fellow Finn Pasi Uotila, 258-237, in the title match of the Columbia 300 Vienna Open at Plus Bowling Center.

With his win, Koivuniemi became the first PBA Tour player to win three titles — all on foreign soil — during the 2012-13 season. He previously won the Round1 Japan Cup followed by the Qatar Open in back-to-back World Tenpin Bowling Association/PBA International Tour events in December 2012. Jason Belmonte, Australia (Bear Open and USBC Masters) and Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif. (Chameleon Open and Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship), are the only other multiple title winners this season with two each.

The PBA Young & Pratt Austin Southwest Open will be Friday through Sunday at Dart Bowl in Austin. Local PBA member Josh Maxson will be competing on the 37-foot long Viper pattern.

If you enjoy the PBA regional events you don’t want to miss this one, and the migas supremes are fantastic in the Daret Bowl restaurant.

Our association manager informed me that beginning next summer, USBC will start a new program to explore the feasibility of using professional teams to handle lane inspections. The Professional Lane Inspection and Certification program initially will be implemented in four states, starting June 1, 2014.

While many associations do a great job handling lane inspections, a move to nationally-trained professional inspectors can add consistency to the center certification process. The concept also would free local associations from having to train inspectors, which can be a burden in some areas. Associations and centers in the four states will be contacted in the coming weeks and provided additional operational details.

USBC plans to use the preliminary four states to identify logistical, scheduling and training efficiencies. Additional states may be added in future years as the program is evaluated.

As part of the new program, USBC will start training classes for professional lane inspectors at headquarters in Arlington in early 2014. Association leaders are welcome to be part of the program. Applications for anyone interested in becoming a certified PLI will be posted on soon and shared through eNews.

Additional details about the PLI program will be available on in the coming weeks.

Bowlers to Veterans League announced that it has been honored with a prestigious 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

“We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2013 Nonprofit,” says BVL board chair Darlene Baker. “We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including recreation grants to VA Medical Centers, programs for wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Medical Center, and our support of the VA national veterans competitions.”

BVL provides recreational and therapeutic programs and services to boost morale and speed recuperation of America’s active duty and veteran service men and women nationwide. BVL is located in metropolitan Washington, D.C.

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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