The United States Bowling Congress reported that the 2014 Junior Gold Championships presented by Ebonite, Columbia 300, Track and Hammer are officially underway in the Buffalo, N.Y., area.

The youth bowlers are competing at six bowling centers in the suburban Buffalo area. The girls will compete at Classic Lanes in Kenmore, N.Y., Tonawanda Bowling Center in Tonawanda, N.Y., and AMF Lancaster Lanes in Depew, N.Y. Competition in the boys division will take place at AMF Thruway Lanes and AMF Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga, N.Y., and at Transit Lanes in Williamsville, N.Y. AMF Airport Lanes will host the final rounds of competition for all bowlers.

Bowlers are competing in six divisions this year: 20-and-under boys and girls, 15-and-under boys and girls and 12-and-under boys and girls. The U20 and U15 divisions will bowl 15 games of qualifying over three days before the first cut is made. The U12 division will bowl 12 games of qualifying.

A total of 2,416 bowlers had checked in as of Monday morning, and the first projected cut positions have been announced but are subject to change. Making the first cut to the advancers round is projected to be 154 bowlers in the U20 boys, 86 in U20 girls, 50 in U15 boys and 30 in U15 girls.

The final advancers round will feature 64 in U20 boys, 48 in U20 girls, 24 in U15 boys, 20 in U15 girls, 18 in U12 boys and 12 in U12 girls.

The fields will eventually narrow to the final 16 in the U20 and U15 divisions and the final eight in the U12 divisions for the double-elimination match-play bracket. Winners will be determined Friday afternoon.

The 34th annual Texas State Senior Tournament is underway at the Plano Super Bowl, and our association was there to compete.

The team We Need Help is in 26th place with a score of 2,578. The Phantom Warriors posted a score of 2,530 for 45th place. Triple H Painting was 49th with 2,520.

Gloria Lucas and Leroy Long are in 20th place in mixed doubles with a score of 1,312.

In the two-man doubles there was William Miller Jr. and Milton McQueen in 16th place with 1,293. Jerry Glessner and Ernest Lott are in 18th place with 1,285 and Russell Meier and James Trieloff are in 20th place with a score of 1,265.

In two-women doubles, the association had Rosemarie Konrad and Martha Joy in 10th place with 1,250.

Men’s singles saw William Miller in fourth place with 758. Milton McQueen was 18th with 701.

Konrad was 11th in women’s singles with a score of 694. Yvonne Piechocki was 15th with 684.

In men’s all-events, Russell Meier was in fourth place with 1,334. Weldon Hartgrove was 18th with 1,240.

A complete listing can be found at

The event concludes July 27.

Starting this month and running through the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas this fall, the PBA is bringing back a series of women’s competitive events to give women an affordable, close-to-home tournament structure that the men have enjoyed since the PBA introduced its regional program in 1969.

“Women bowlers have been without a formal tournament structure for too long,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark, who made the announcement. “The PBA took steps to address that problem when we introduced the PBA Women’s Series in 2007, but the program was suspended after three seasons. Yet we have always wanted to provide women with a place to compete.

“This new program is a step in that direction. Our sincere hope is that it will evolve into something more substantial in the future.”

Complete details about all PBA Regional tournaments are available on under the Schedule menu (click on Regional Tour and then the appropriate region link to find details about each tournament).

The PBA Lubbock Southwest Super Regional concluded last weekend and Mark Morgan made our association proud.

According to Morgan, “I had a great time in Lubbock this weekend. Finished 15th place outta 138 great bowlers. A lot of games. A lot of learning took place.

For those that know me, I love bowling with a passion like no other. I have my ups and downs and with my body the way it is, I try my best no matter what. I met some new and great people and sometimes that means more than in itself. Thanks for some great friends that drove with me.”

See you on the lanes.

Don Wright has been sharing insights on area/national bowling with Herald readers for more than 25 years. Contact him at

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