The 2013 United States Bowling Congress Convention and Annual Meeting concluded Friday with the 864 voting delegates (835 delegates, six athletes and 23 board members) voting on eight proposals relating to USBC bylaws (one proposal was withdrawn), one proposal relating to league rules, and two proposals related to tournament rules during the legislative session. USBC bylaws proposals require a two-thirds majority to pass; league rules and tournament rules require a majority vote.

The results of the voting can be found at

Future tournament sites were decided upon and are as follows: The women will compete in 2014 in Reno Convention Center; in 2015 they will be in Reno at the National Bowling Center; in 2016 they will be in Las Vegas; 2017 will be Baton Rouge, La.; in 2018 it’s back to Reno; in 2019 they will compete in Wichita, Kan.

In 2020 the women will head for Las Vegas followed by events in Mobile, Ala.; Las Vegas, and Reno. The tournament site for 2024 has not been determined.

The men’s competition from 2014 through 2025 will be in Reno, El Paso, Reno, Vegas, and Syracuse, N.Y. Then it’s back to Vegas, Reno, Vegas, Reno, Vegas and Reno before a final stop in Baton Rouge.

For those who like to gamble and see some great entertainment, you will enjoy the many trips to Nevada. One of the reasons for so many trips is that South Point Hotel and Casino, the United States Bowling Congress, Las Vegas Events and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced a 12-year deal to host several annual USBC events, including the USBC Open Championships and USBC Women’s Championships, both citywide, and inside a new, $30 million bowling tournament facility at South Point starting in 2013.

Over the course of the 12-year agreement, USBC will host seven championship events inside South Point’s new facility, including the USBC Women’s Championships in 2016, 2020 and 2022 and the USBC Open Championships in 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2023. There also will be more than 40 additional tournaments, conventions and short-duration events held throughout Las Vegas during the agreement, including events such as the USBC Masters, USBC Queens, USBC Senior Masters and USBC Team USA trials.

The USBC, LVE and LVCVA are partnering with South Point to enhance this new agreement by building a permanent, world-class bowling tournament facility at one of Las Vegas’ premier bowling destinations. Construction of the new arena at South Point will commence in May 2013. South Point’s current bowling center, which will still continue operations, is already a world-renowned facility that annually hosts top professional and amateur events, including the PBA World Series of Bowling. The new tournament facility will include more than 60 lanes featuring the latest bowling technology, tournament registration area, squad room, locker area and more.

So now all the bowlers need is for the Killeen airport to get Southwest Airlines to use our facility so we don’t have to drive to Austin every year.

The Texas USBC Open Championship is ongoing in San Antonio with many local bowlers participating in the event. I’ll have local scores for next week.

Have you seen the new commercials on television for the Spare Time Fun Center in Temple? It appears they are really promoting the “fun center” over the bowling aspect of the business. Having seen the center firsthand it truly is a “fun center.” Laser tag, skee ball, video games and much more make the place family friendly in a residential area that is growing fast. If you haven’t seen it, check it out.

Mae Stephens, the oldest woman bowler in our association at 98, recently fell in Phantom Warrior Lanes and broke a couple of ribs. She had just completed rolling three games of competition and was leaving the center for her ride home. She lost her balance, striking a chair and causing the injury. A friend transported her to the hospital in Lampasas where she was treated and remains. She will undergo rehabilitation and remain hospitalized for about a week.

For anyone wishing to send cards or visit, she is at Rollins Brook Community Hospital, Room 203, 605 N. Key Ave., Lampasas, TX 76550.

See you on the lanes.


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