The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association Open Tournament is underway with the team event at Phantom Warrior Lanes and the doubles and singles at Killeen Bowlerama.

Haywood’s Team tops Division 1 with a score of 2,644. The team of Mr. Spahunkles is second with 2,379.

Division 2 has C&W Pro Shop All Stars on top with 2,425. Second place has Slugs with 2,302. Third place is Shaffer’s Team with a score of 2,290.

In Division 3, The Bad News Spares are in first place with 2,440. CT Alley Cats are second with 2,408, and Covities are third with 2,395.

Leading the Division 1 singles is Jerry Clark who posted a score of 702. Second place is Jackie Harris with a 692. John Manibusan’s 654 was good for third.

In Division 2 the leader is Lonnie Willardson with a 685. Don Shaffer is second with 678, and one pin back in third is Leroy Long with 677.

John Ayers rolled a 653 to top Division 3. In second place is Don Wollek with 647. Gloria Lucas posted a nice 632 for third place.

Tawana Ramey and Jerry Clark hold down first place in the Division 1 doubles with a combined score of 1,366. Russell King and Lee Ellison are second with 1,361. Jackie Harris and Brad Dewald are third with 1,356.

Division 2 has C. McNeil and D. Parker in first place with 1,383. C. Franklin and R. Dennison are in second with 1,317. Third place is J. White and C. Cole with 1,315.

Lorna and Rod Kensinger hold the top spot in Division 3 with a score of 1,283. Second place has L. Marumoto and B. Brady wit 1,282. Third place is G. Lewis and E. Blankenship with 1,265.

The tournament continues through next weekend.

Most league bowling is done by friends and is primarily recreational. Certainly everyone tries to do their best, but there are no scratch leagues and as leagues get smaller there really isn’t much competition Most, if not all, the high average bowlers have received their Once in a Lifetime award, so the question is – What does USBC do for you beside give you your card.

Now I know they provide the rules, bonding, and conduct tournaments, but is that worth it to the recreational bowler. Personally, I would join the USBC solely to participate in the USBC Open tournament.

Since USBC got out of the awards business I have all the key chains I can use and I am going to suggest a recycle program where we can give them to the youth bowlers in our association.

I don’t know how sanctioned vs. non-sanctioned would be, let me know your thoughts on this.

ESPN will begin its 34th season of PBA coverage with the PBA Cheetah Championship on Sunday, Dec. 1, at noon. The 2013-14 schedule will feature seven two-hour events from the PBA World Series of Bowling V and the return of the PBA League, now in its second year. In all, ESPN will air 36 hours of PBA action through April 13 — up from 29.5 hours in 2012-13 — as part of its new five-year agreement with the PBA, announced earlier.

Mike Jakubowski is ESPN’s new PBA play-by-play voice. He has previously worked the PBA Summer Series on ESPN and for five years has been the “voice of the PBA” on its Xtra Frame streaming platform.

Jakubowski will pair with longtime ESPN bowling analyst and PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen, now in his 13th season. Former Miss USA Kimberly Pressler will serve as the sideline reporter, marking her fourth World Series of Bowling tour.

Recently the Texas Bowling Centers Association presented Dick Atkinson with a Superior Performance Award for all of his contributions to high school bowling.

Atkinson is the proprietor of Hallmark Lanes in Killeen and has been an advocate for high school bowling as well as all youth programs within the Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association.

He has served as the Centex district coordinator for high school bowling and has done more to promote youth bowling than anyone in our area.

Atkinson is a Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association Hall of Famer and is on the board of the Texas State USBC Association.

Congratulations on a job well done.

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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