The first weekend of the Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association Open Tournament has concluded and a complete listing of the standings can be found at

Unfortunately, this tournament had a very small number of teams. The association usually has between 45 to 50 teams, this year we have 29. This is by far one of the poorest showings in many years, and it’s very disappointing. The association is obligated to host the Open Tournament and as an association we should feel obligated to participate. The Open Tournament is always conducted during November so that the awards and prize money can be disbursed during the association Awards and Hall of Fame induction held the first Saturday of December. Like the Open Tournament, the association banquet is also seeing a decline in participation. The banquet this year is on Dec. 1 at the American Legion 223 at 208 S. Park St., and tickets are available from any association director.

It’s time the membership showed some loyalty for the effort that is expended to make the association great. It is an award- winning association, the first sanctioned by the USBC governing body. It was recognized as the 2011 Association of the Year by the Bowling Proprietors Association of America and won the USBC Media award for all around communications in 2010.

Thirty-eight people have been recognized and are currently in the association Hall of Fame. This year we will once again induct a most deserving individual. The Hall of Fame was created to recognize bowlers who have contributed their time to the association, leagues, youth coaching and other meritorious achievements, and also, bowlers who have, by their bowling, shown proficiency and brought credit on the sport and their association.

Those already in the Hall of Fame can show their respect for the association and the newest inductee by being present on Dec. 1.

Over the years, the association has worked hard to ensure the tournaments were rotated throughout the three centers, Phantom Warrior, Hallmark, and Bowlerama. That sense of fairness and loyalty isn’t reflected in the teams and bowlers participating. Not one proprietor, and very few center employees’ names appear on the roster.

The bottom line is it’s your association. It’s time it was shown your support.

The GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling will boast a full field of 240 players, representing a record 17 countries, when the world’s top players converge on the South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas from Nov. 2-11, to kick off the 2012-13 PBA Tour season.

Countries represented this year include Australia, England, Bahrain, Mexico, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, South Korea, Venezuela, Colombia, Finland, Canada, the United States and — for the first time — Costa Rica, Iceland, the Philippines and Saudi  Arabia.

Playboy magazine, which I subscribe to for their articles, had a feature in their November issue entitled “Lane Change — bowling alleys serve up strikingly good food.” They listed four centers in San Francisco, Hollywood, Brooklyn, and a place called Austin’s Highball, an upscale diner, Bowling alley, karaoke lounge and live music venue that has legendary sweet and spicy Dr Pepper ribs. They didn’t say it was Austin, Texas, but Dr Pepper ribs? Where else could it be?

USBC keeps a lot of records, and many can make you scratch your head. For instance in the Major Achievements category I found these:

  • Highest certified three-game series: 900 (accomplished 21 times).
  • Oldest to bowl a 300 game: 90 years, 9 months, 13 days, Name Withheld by Request, Fullerton, Calif.
  • Youngest to bowl a 300 game: 10 years, 2 months, Chaz Dennis, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Oldest league bowler ever: 107, Gene Scala of Jericho, N.Y.

Don’t forget to cast your vote today.

See you on the lanes.

Contact Don Wright at

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