With the Southwest Region PBA Killeen Open coming up, Hallmark Lanes had its first qualifying event Saturday.

Congratulations to Jason Bardales for earning the first spot for our 18th annual PBA Tournament in August. Bardales tied for first place with Eric Odette. However, Bardales had the high game of 235 which earned him the win. Third place was Randy Stone (33 pins behind) and fourth was Scott Murray (38 behind).

The next qualifier Hallmark will conduct will be June 28 at 7 p.m.

The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association is seeking volunteers to assist in the lane certification of the local centers. Certification will be conducted Sunday at 8 a.m. at Spare Time Fun Center in Temple; 9 a.m. June 22 at Killeen Bowlerama; 8 a.m. June 28 at Hallmark Lanes and 8 a.m. June 29 at Phantom Warrior Lanes.

Interested personnel should contact Rod Kensinger at rllfamk@msn.com.

Local bowlers Connie Hinkle and Mozell Watson are currently in fourth place in the Texas State USBC Women’s tournament in the doubles event, Division 4, with a combined score of 1,429.

Hinkle is also in ninth place in Division 4 all-events with a score of 2,115.

On May 10, Ariana Charles rolled a 300 game during the Women’s tournament.

Team event and singles event dates for the 34th annual Texas State USBC Senior tournament are July 11-13; 18- 20 and 25-27.

The tournament is being held at the Plano Super Bowl.

The USBC reported the 2015 USBC Queens shifts to May with live ESPN2 finals.

The Queens will take place at Ashwaubenon Bowl in Green Bay, Wis., starting May 13 and concluding with the nationally televised finals at 7 p.m. May 19. The USBC Senior Queens will also take place during the same time. Both events were previously scheduled for late summer in 2015.

In addition to the Queens and Senior Queens, USBC will hold four of its other major events in Green Bay in 2015. The USBC Senior Masters, USBC Summer Team USA Trials and USBC Senior Championships will take place in late summer.

The 2014 Queens and Senior Queens will take place at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., from June 27-July 3. For entry information, visit BOWL.com/Queens or BOWL.com/SeniorQueens.

Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., started the PBA Wolf Open with the PBA’s 23rd nationally-televised 300 game and continued his strike barrage in winning his eighth career title in the opening event of Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing at the Grand Event Center.

Rash, the 2011-12 PBA Player of the Year, threw 37 strikes out of a possible 48 attempts in defeating Chris Loschetter, 300-236; Martin Larsen, 225-221; Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, 241-214, and top qualifier Chris Barnes of Double Oak, 238-179 in the title match. Rash won $10,000 plus a $10,000 bonus for his televised 300 game.

The Professional Bowlers Association and Japan Bowling Promotions have jointly announced a historic agreement that will create the first PBA International Regional program, a series that will serve as a qualifying system for the DHC Japan World Challenge in January 2015.

The first events, the PBA Japan Women’s DHC Cheetah Open and PBA Japan DHC Cheetah Open for men and women, will be held July 5 and 6, respectively, at Tokyo Port Bowl in Tokyo.

The inaugural PBA Japan Regional series will include eight tournaments — six sponsored by DHC Corporation, Japan’s largest skin care product company and two with multiple sponsors. Five of the events will be for men, three for women. All of the tournaments will involve qualifying for the 2015 DHC Japan World Challenge, a PBA International Tour event that will feature an estimated $225,000 prize fund for its men’s and women’s divisions next January.

Well, my two teams just returned from Reno and we failed to win it. Actually, we bowled poorly, but we ate well and had a good time.

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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