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Local USBC association provides many services for bowlers

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Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 4:30 am

The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association is there for YOU and does a variety of things that help make your league and bowling experience enjoyable. Some of the activities and functions of the association are:

  • Supporting bowling locally by answering questions for members, leagues, and centers.
  • Processing your membership, averages, and awards to record your place in bowling’s history.
  • Organizing and operating local championship tournaments for bowlers of all skill levels to participate
  • Certifying the lanes in your local centers every year, ensuring a level playing field for all.

Your local association also provides additional benefits to their members with some of the following:

  • A local awards program to recognize your achievements.
  • Recognizing dedicated service and accomplished bowlers by holding a local Bowling Hall of Fame.
  • Hosting a website and/or Facebook page to keep you up to date with all local bowling functions.
  • Conducting charitable fundraisers to support the Bowling Foundation, which includes Bowlers to Veterans Link, Bowl for the Cure and Special Olympics.

There are approximately 2,800 local USBC associations around the country, made up mostly of volunteers who love our game and want everyone to enjoy it as much as they do. If you’d like to make a positive impact on bowling, than reach out to your local USBC association at bowlkilleenforthood@hot.rr.com or (254) 518-1529.

The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association has several recognition awards, including the Hall of Fame, Bowler of the Year, Senior Bowler of the Year, Youth Bowler of the Year and volunteer and coach of the year.

They conduct numerous tournaments throughout the year and were requested by the USBC to certify the new lanes of the Spare Time Lanes in Temple.

Your association was the first to be chartered by the USBC in 2005 and since that time has won awards for USBC Media Winner for All Around Communication and the 2011 BPAA Association of the Year Award.


The association recently completed its City Men’s and Women’s Tournaments and a complete listing of the final standings are posted at the bowlkilleenforthood.org web site.

Lots of Balls from Copperas Cove won the men’s team event with a score of 3,064. Ciesiolka’s Team from Harker Heights took first place in the women’s team event with a score of 3,008.

First place in the men’s doubles went to Mike Brown and Jim Dittmer with 1,507. The ladies had Owa and Karin Ciesiolka on top with 1,563.

Capturing men’s singles was George Cullen with 792. Topping out the ladies was Marquita Darland with 803.

The all-events winners were Trevor Chapman with 2,324, and Lisa Blackman with 2,267.

Scratch all-events went to Phillip Thurston with 2,017, and Karin Ciesiolka with 2,030.

Honor Scores bowled during the tournament: Karin Ciesiolka (225-278-297—800, 11 strikes in a row and 800 series),  Phillip Thurston (202-226-300—728, 300 game) and Brad Dewald (299-196-279—774, 11 strikes in a row).


On Saturday, Bowlerama will host the final scratch prior to the Tournament of Champions that will be held June 1 at Hallmark Lanes.

The final qualifier will start at 1 p.m. and entries will close at 12:30 p.m.


Hallmark Lanes will also host the Association Senior Mixed Tournament on April 21, and the weekend of April 27- 28.

This tournament is open to all bowlers age 55 and older.


Bowlers Journal reports, “It’s official, New York’s Onondaga County will pay USBC $1.8 million for the right to host the 2018 USBC Open Championships. The Onondaga County Legislature unanimously approved the expenditure. The agreement calls for free use of the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at the Syracuse Oncenter by USBC for seven months.

There is a little-known connection between Nicholas J. Pirro, for whom the convention center at the Syracuse Oncenter is named, and bowling. Pirro was long involved in Onondaga County politics and served five terms as Chairman of the County Legislature. He got his start in politics at age 22 when he served as the campaign manager for the Onondaga County Board of Supervisors. That candidate was a local bowling center operator.

See you on the lanes.

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