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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 4:30 am

This weekend kicks off the eighth annual Men’s and Women’s Tournaments at Phantom Warrior Lanes and Hallmark Lanes.

Once again, entries were not as good as we had hoped, with 20 women’s teams and 23 men’s.

Phantom Warrior will host the team event while doubles and singles will be at Hallmark Lanes. The entire schedule and lane assignments can be found at www.bowlkilleenforthood.org.

There will be a general membership meeting on April 20 at 1:30 p.m. and all winners’ checks will be paid at that time.

Also, Killeen Bowlerama will host the Association Scratch Tournament on March 16 at 1 p.m. Entries close at 12:30 p.m.

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It seems the United States Bowling Congress has decided to get out of the awards business for league bowlers. The following information is from our association manager: “This is an absolute major change that will affect our association in a major way.  Effective with the 2014-15 season (two years from now), the only awards offered by USBC will be the honor and sports scores. Youth awards will be unaffected.”

The awards affected are: 125 game, 150 game, 175 game, 200 game, 225 game, 250 game, 275 game, 300 series, 400 series, 500 series, 600 series, 700 series, 75 pins over average game, 140 pins over average series, league end of season awards and tournament champion awards.

“There will be no more USBC awards of any kind for the regular bowler beginning with 2014-2015 season.”

As more information becomes available, we will follow up on this change to the awards program.

The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association will hold its general membership meeting and elections on April 20 at 1:30 p.m. at VFW 9192 in Killeen. Elections will be for a vice-president and three directors.

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Main Event Entertainment is one of the pioneers in bowling-based family entertainment centers. The Plano-based chain now has 11 locations since putting up its first in Lewisville in 1998. It now is looking to double in size in the next three years, according to The Dallas Morning News, and push for the first time beyond its Texas home base.

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If you missed the televised USBC Masters Tournament this past Sunday because you were watching the Daytona 500 and forgot to set your DVR, you missed out on some great bowling. Jason Belmonte, the Australian two-handed star nicknamed “Belmo” or the “Thunder from Down Under,” earned his first major title and became just the second foreign player to win the USBC Masters.

The victory was his sixth career PBA Tour title and earned him the $50,000 first- place money. Belmo defeated Wes Malott of Pflugerville, 258-245. The match was close, with Belmo striking out for the 258 score leaving Malott needing to strike out to win by one pin. “Strikes a Lot Malott” got the first strike in the 10th frame, but his second shot went high, leaving the 3-6-10 and handing the title to the Aussie.

The Masters, which featured a total prize fund of $325,000, was part of the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour. A sold-out field of 468 players from 13 countries started the week in their quest to take home the trophy.

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PBA action continues Sunday on ESPN with the Don Carter Classic Title Match, PBA League Fourth Round. The New York City WTT KingPins will take a five-point lead into the PBA League Don Carter round, which will be telecast on ESPN on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. along with the championship match of the Don Carter Classic from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.

The fifth and final PBA League qualifying round will air on ESPN on March 24. The top four teams will advance to the Elias Cup finals (named in honor of PBA founder Eddie Elias), which will be contested at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis on March 31 and telecast on Sunday, April 7, at noon on ESPN.

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Among the centers that AMF closed last summer was Wonder Bowl in San Antonio. I remember bowling several tournaments at Wonder Bowl and learned it will become Carmack Performing Arts Complex and include two theaters, several studios, a restaurant, bar, and a dance apparel shop. Plans also call for two lanes to be retained for possible use by private parties.

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OK, enough about bowling. I have a few thoughts on a few other sports. First congratulations to Baylor’s Lady Bears for another fantastic season and Big 12 title.

College basketball, both men and women, has been really good this year.

I watched the Daytona 500, and although I am not a big fan of Danica Patrick, I believe she raced the perfect race and her spotters let her down. I believe she could have won that race easily if she had dropped to the inside earlier. She said she was talking to the people upstairs and they told her she was doing OK. In my book, the lady should have won.

As a huge Texas Rangers fan I am not sure I will recognize my team when they finally take the field for opening day.

See you on the lanes.

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

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