Matt Cannizzaro with USBC Communications recently wrote about a Texas team that nearly took over the regular team lead during the USBC Open Championships in Reno.
Cannizzaro wrote, “The 3,500 mark was reached by just two teams in the first 109 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, and it now has been eclipsed twice in one week at the National Bowling Stadium. Junior Team USA Support 1 of Mansfield, Texas, rolled games of 1,063, 1,205 and 1,253 at the 2013 USBC Open Championships on Sunday to move into second place in Regular Team with a 3,521 total, the third-highest score in tournament history. Lodge Lanes Too of Orlando, Fla., leads with a record 3,538.”
For more information on the scoring go to www.bowl.com.
There has been some excellent scoring at the OC and there have been very few complaints about the lane conditions. They say it is challenging, but playable.
I’ll be checking on our locals to see how they do compared to league bowling.
The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association will host its general membership meeting on April 20 at VFW 9192, 301 Wolf Road in Killeen. The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. The meeting is open to all and there will be an election of a vice-president and three directors. A special election newsletter with the candidates and their bios is available at the association website www.bowlkilleenforthood.org, and paper copies are available at all bowling centers.
This is an important meeting because rule changes for tournaments and issues with smoking will be discussed. This is your association and your voice needs to be heard.
While on the subject of tournaments, the board has heard comments on the lane assignments for tournament events. According to the association manager, “Lanes are assigned on a first-come basis. The first entries received will be placed on the middle lanes with the last entries received getting the end lanes. We changed our procedure two years ago at the request of the bowlers.”
Bowlers with ideas, suggestions or comments should submit them to the association at firstname.lastname@example.org. The board is constantly looking at ways to improve our tournaments and get more bowlers. The more bowlers in the tournament, the more prize money.
The association can now be found on Facebook. Go to the association website (www.bowlkilleenforthood.org) and click on the Facebook icon to see the latest news on honor scores, upcoming events and other bowling topics.
I hope everyone saw the PBA Team bowling last Sunday because it was great competition. With owner Billie Jean King on the bench cheering every shot, the New York City WTT KingPins presented by GEICO finished the inaugural Professional Bowlers Association League championship match with a string of seven consecutive strikes to defeat the Motown Muscle, 440-407, and claim the Elias Cup at Woodland Bowl.
After throwing the decisive strike in the 10th frame, Pete Weber benched himself and brought in KingPins’ supplemental draft pick Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., to finish off the match. The only woman in the PBA League field threw two more strikes to conclude the contest.
The Elias Cup was named in honor of the PBA’s founder and longtime leader, Eddie Elias. Elias’ wife, Peggy, and daughter Annie Elias made the trophy presentation in Indianapolis. The winners shared a $75,000 team prize.
While on the subject of my favorite player, Pete Weber, at age 50 has no plans for retirement. He plans to do the same thing on the PBA50 Tour that he does now on the national tour, and that’s win.
The 37-time PBA Tour champion is coming off a two-tournament winning streak and now he takes his show to the season opener of the 2013 PBA50 Tour (formerly Senior Tour) season at the Pasco County Suncoast Open benefiting Wounded Warriors April 14-17 at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla.
A little more than a week ago Weber won his second Tournament of Champions title, and his PBA League team, the New York City WTT KingPins won the inaugural PBA League Elias Cup.
There is no doubt in my mind that Weber will be successful on the PBA50 Tour, he’s a proven professional who says “winning never gets old.”
The Tony Reyes Community Service award was created by the PBA to honor the memory of the late tour player’s service to the bowling community. The award will be presented to a PBA member in good standing, based upon the extraordinary community service, charitable and/or educational contributions the nominee has made. Nominations can be made by anyone and are due by Nov. 15. A nomination form will be available on pba.com. The winner will be selected by a PBA committee and announced along with the 2014 PBA Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winners.
Dick Atkinson informed me the 17th annual Killeen Open is scheduled for August 9-11. The Cheetah pattern will be used this year and I will post the schedule in another column.
This is a very popular stop for the Southwest Region PBA Tour and usually attracts some of the best bowlers in the world. I’ll be looking for you during the competition.
See you on the lanes.