The 2013 USBC Open Championship is underway in Reno, Nev., and a few local bowlers made the trip last week and the scoring was very low for many of our high-average bowlers.

I had a chance to ask Bryce Ellison what happened and his reply was, “wait until you get there and you’ll see. The 40-foot oil pattern was rough.”

The team pattern this year is 41 feet in length and applies 26.05 mils of conditioner per lane. The doubles/singles pattern this year is 39 feet in length and applies 24.4 mils of conditioner per lane. The lanes will be oiled before every squad.

Check out the scores from the 2013 USBC Open Championships at and click on tournaments.

The 81st Texas State Open Tournament is ongoing in San Antonio and some of our local bowlers are doing well.

In the Division 1 team event, the Heavy Hittas are in second place with a score of 3,561. The Chief and Braves are in fifth place with 3,459.

Doubles in Division 1 has Brian Williams and Brett Harden in eighth place with 1,416. Division 3 has William Porch and Bernard Adams in seventh place with 1,403.

Win Cockrell and Josh Maxson have third place in Division 1 scratch with a score of 1,392.

Lewis Day has top honors in Division 2 handicapped singles with a score of 806 while Scott Murray has third place with 800.

A complete listing of the standings and scores can be found at

The 2013 USBC Women’s Championship has been underway in Reno since April 12 and will continue through July 1. Standings will be posted to in the near future.

Bowlers Journal reported that a first-ever U.S. Open “Battle of the Sexes” exhibition will take place after the finals of this year’s competition in Columbus, Ohio.

Following the completion of the men’s and women’s tournaments at the 2013 Bowling’s U.S. Open, the male and female champions will compete to crown the “ultimate” Open winner. The match, presented by Brunswick Bowling & Billiards, will be broadcast live on ESPN on July 27. The telecast will begin at 11 a.m.

“Taking a page from the legendary tennis contest between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, bowling is now having its own ‘Battle of the Sexes’ on the greatest stage possible — a live national TV broadcast on ESPN from bowling’s preeminent event, the U.S. Open,” said Steve Johnson, Executive Director of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America.

Well, we completed Barbara’s Golden Agers League yesterday and the S.T.A.R.S at Bowlerama will be through today. The Phantom Oldtimers is the last” liniment league” I bowl, and it concludes Thursday. As I have said before, I enjoy the senior leagues more than any others I have bowled, and although I will take the summer off to roll in a few tournaments and let my old body heal, I am looking forward to the fall leagues and new season of good bowling and great friends.

Mae Stephens is on the mend and rehabilitating at the hospital in Lampasas. At 98, she may have to retire the bowling ball and hang up her shoes. We want her around for a long time.

It was good to see Larry O’Keeffe back bowling in the senior league at Hallmark Lanes. Larry had shoulder surgery and was benched by his doctor. Having received a clear book of health, the “Doc” told him it was OK to try and come back, so he teamed up with his buddies Mel Macie and Verl Lantz and shows no signs of slowing down.

Summer leagues are forming at all three centers. Although I prefer not to bowl in the summer, many like the summer leagues because the season is short. If you are interested in bowling during the summer season, contact your favorite center for more information. You can reach Hallmark lanes at 690-4949 or Killeen Bowlerama is 699-5222, or Phantom Warrior Lanes is 287-3424, or

The association scratch tournament is scheduled for 1 p.m., June 1, at Hallmark Lanes. The lane assignments are posted on the association web site at

See you on the lanes.

Contact Don Wright at

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