Happy New Year! Just starting this column and already I had to change 2012 to 2013. I wonder how many times I’ll make that mistake.
The year 2012 had its good and bad for our bowlers and our association. We lost far too many of our bowlers. Too many funerals and too many friends who bowled their final frame.
Our association tournaments were a disappointment as far as the number of bowlers who entered them. We have to do better.
Once again 2012 was without a women’s travel league. At one time the TCBA was the most popular and competitive bowling in the area. Now there is no women’s teams and the men’s league is considerably smaller than it was just a few years ago.
There was also some good news. The Killeen Open at Hallmark Lanes was a highly successful PBA Regional Tour stop and 2013 looks like that will continue with its return in August.
The annual awards banquet and Hall of Fame induction was a success; however, the food could have been better.
The scratch tournaments have been highly received by the bowlers and one is scheduled for Jan. 12 at Phantom Warrior Lanes.
Senior bowling is rapidly growing and very popular. The Phantom Oldtimers at PWL went from 24 teams to 29 and now use both sides of the center for competition.
High school bowling continues to be a success and a steppingstone to the next level. Several graduating students have moved on to the collegiate ranks — Brittney Wehmeier, Adarius Stafford, Tim Rackley, Javon Stanford and Alexis Holmes, to mention a few.
Spare Time Fun Center is under construction in Temple and will be the only bowling center serving the city. Currently, many of the Temple bowlers are competing in leagues and tournaments in Killeen and Georgetown since a fire destroyed Action World. Spare Time will have 24 lanes and is scheduled to open early this year.
I never make New Year resolutions because I never keep them, but I made a few this year.
Raise my league average. Too many missed spares has severely affected my game.
Bowl in all our local, state and national tournaments.
Try to get a women’s travel league started. What woman bowler would like to help me on this?
Try to convince Killeen Bowlerama to get automatic doors, or at least press pads. This would not only help the bowlers, but the
handicapped as well.
And, my favorite, vote for a smoke-free city and state.
All in all, 2012 was a successful year due in part to the many people who work so hard to make our association an award winner. Suzie Wollek, our association manager, does an outstanding job. Our proprietors do their best to ensure the bowler’s needs are met. Dick Atkinson’s work with the high school bowling program is worthy of recognition. To all the tournament directors and personnel responsible for the local tournaments, we thank you. To our league officers, remember this is your association and you can set the tone for how it is conducted. Check with your league bowlers and find out what they would like to see or have changed. You have a loud voice in the working of your association.
I hope Santa was good to all of you and you now have new equipment that guarantees high scores and happy bowling.
See you on the lanes.