The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association will be holding its Scratch Tournament at Hallmark Lanes on March 9. This is the final scratch tournament leading to the Tournament of Champions on May 10 at Phantom Warrior Lanes.

Once again we had a good number of bowlers out for the second Scratch Tournament of this season at Killeen Bowlerama. Let’s make this one the best ever.

It’s not too early to be thinking about the Men’s and Women’s Tournament held on March 29-30 and April 5-6. The team event will be at Hallmark Lanes, with doubles and,singles at Killeen Bowlerama. Entries close March 16.

The Youth Banquet and Award Ceremony will be 4 p.m. Saturday at VFW 9192, at 301 Wolf St. in Killeen. Tournament winners will receive their trophies. Bowler of Year and Scholarship Recipients will be announced and honored.

Everyone that attends is encouraged to bring finger foods to share.


The annual general membership meeting will be held on April 12 at 1:30 p.m. at VFW 9192. Find out what’s been going on within your association since last April, and it is a good time to bring your concerns or suggestions to your association board of directors.

This is also an election meeting. This year the president and three director positions are up for re-election. If you are interested in one of these positions, your application must be turned in by March 16. You may drop off your completed application at one of the local centers. Please place it in a sealed envelope and mark as “Board Application.”

Applications can be found online and in each center.

Storm Bowling will provide each state Pepsi Youth Championships event with a bowling ball to use as a fundraising tool this season.

“At Storm, we are always looking for ways to grow the sport,” said USBC Hall of Famer Leanne Barrette Hulsenberg, marketing coordinator for Storm Products Inc.

The Pepsi Youth Championships is a United States Bowling Congress championship event open to all USBC Youth members. Last year, more than $500,000 in scholarships were awarded across the country as part of the Pepsi Youth Championships.

“We appreciate Storm’s support of these state events,” said Chad Murphy, Managing Director of International Bowling Campus Youth Development and Interim Executive Director of the USBC.

Athlon sports has named all-time PBA tour titles leader and former world horseshoe pitching champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. as its 25th-best two-sport athlete, right behind NFL all-pro defensive lineman and former North Carolina basketball player Julius Peppers, but ahead of NBA legend and Chicago White Sox baseball wannabe Michael Jordan, who was ranked 30th.

The defending champion New York City WTT KingPins advanced to the semifinal round of the 2014 Professional Bowlers Association League Elias Cup competition, defeating last season’s runner-up team, the Motown Muscle, 4-2, at Thunderbowl Lanes.

“It was a total team effort,” said KingPins manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard after a 227-172 victory in the Baker team finale that gave New York City three points and the win.

“We’re here to win,” Pete Weber said. “(Team bowling) is a little different for me. I love it because I grew up around team bowling. Dad (PBA Hall of Famer Dick Weber) being part of the Budweisers made it easy for me to do, so I love it. I love having four other guys to rely on.”

PDW was a bit subdued through most of the matches, but he came to life as the KingPins move on in the competition.

Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte will look to continue his tidal wave of success when he takes on a sold-out field of 468 of the world’s best bowlers next week at the United States Bowling Congress Masters.

As the reigning Masters champion and current PBA Player of the Year, Belmonte will be the man to beat when the event takes place at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J. The Masters begins today with qualifying.

The Masters, which features a first-place prize of $50,000 and a total prize fund of $315,000, is a major event on the PBA Tour and is part of the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour for the third consecutive season.

The King of Hallmark Lanes and four-time PBA Southwest Region Killeen Open champion Mike Scroggins turns 50 and will compete on the PBA50 Tour. That tour will now have Pete Weber, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Amleto Monacelli, Parker Bohn III and Scroggins. It’s starting to look like some real changes in the makeup of the Senior Tour.

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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