Entries are now closed for the Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Open Tournament. Teams will consist of four people, with two divisions. New this year is an optional scratch division for each event.

The team event will be held at Hallmark Lanes. Doubles and singles will be at Killeen Bowlerama. Handicap is 90 percent of 230. Dates for this event are the weekends of Nov. 3-4 and Nov. 10-11.

Last year the Division 1 winners were Shea’s Team with Bob Shea, Jason Good, Danielle Shea and Garry McNiesh.

The Division 2 champions were Rare Spares with Sakina Jones, Rechanale Lockett, Robert Dixon and Berman Wade.

Prize money for the Open Tournament will be paid out at the annual Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame induction that will be held Dec. 1 at the American Legion 223, located at 208 S. Park St. in Killeen.

Those attending are asked to bring a new toy or canned goods. The donations will be provided to the Harker Heights Food Care Center and the Salvation Army.

Big Hoss will cater the event, so look forward to the best barbecue you ever laid a lip to. Entertainment will be provided for your dancing pleasure, as well as karaoke.

This year, a longtime bowler and association member for many years will be inducted into the Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association Hall of Fame. Many of you may already know who was selected, but for those who do not, I’ll have more on this as it approaches.

Other awards, such as the Bowler and Senior Bowler of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Coach of the Year, Merit Award and the Presidents award will also be on the agenda.

The dining area will be smoke-free. Those wishing to smoke may do so in the bar area.

Seniors will have an opportunity to win world championship medals next year. Bowlers Journal announced that Kevin Dornberger has been making a splash with his World Bowling Tour, but now comes word that he hasn’t forgotten about the seniors. The inaugural World Tenpin Bowling Association World Senior Championships will be held at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas next year. The event will feature the world’s top bowlers age 50 and older, and will take place Aug. 10-16 at the Red Rock Resort, just before the 2013 WTBA World Championships.

“This will be the first opportunity for senior bowlers to win world champion medals,” said WTBA President and CEO Dornberger. “Red Rock is one of the most stunning bowling centers in the entire world, and we look forward to them hosting the best senior bowlers in the world.”

I was asked last week about the bowling center that was supposed to be located at Disney World. Well, it is still in the works, and if you want a sneak preview of the facility you can find it at www.cfnews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/on-the-town/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2012/10/16/experience_luxury_bo.html. It’s quite impressive.

When Clara Guerrero, of Pflugerville, became the fifth woman to win a PBA Regional title, I was asked who the other winners were. Thanks again to Bowlers Journal, they were Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif. (two); Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J. (two); and Shannon O’Keefe, Arlington.

The Military Bowling Championships scheduled for Las Vegas are rapidly filling up. There are currently 150 teams registered and some divisions are nearly full.

The tournament runs from Jan. 20-24 with an Awards Breakfast Party scheduled for the 25th.

This is a popular tournament and many of our local bowlers compete each year. The tournament takes place at the Gold Coast and Orleans Hotel.

For more  information go to www.militarybowlingchampionships.com.

See you on the lanes.

Contact Don Wright at wrightdk@hot.rr.com.

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