The association’s Scratch Tournament was held Saturday at Hallmark Lanes and Josh Maxson captured first place in Division 1 with a score of 718. Jim Maxson finished second with a 685, just two pins ahead of William Palumbo with 683. Mark Morgan was fourth with 675.

Brad Dewald was fifth with 672 and Billy Hargett was low to cash at 671.

Bob Shea rolled a 621 to capture first place in Division 2. Kenneth Manning had a 580 for second place

Division 3 had Vince Dodd with 484 for first place. Second place was a tie between Kenny Griffith and Don Wollek with 458.

A complete list of the final standings can be found at

The next tournament is scheduled for Jan. 12 at Phantom Warrior Lanes.

The Travel League saw competition at Killeen Bowlerama on Sunday and the standings through Nov. 4 have the Westview Wranglers leading District 1 with a record of 39.5 wins and 16.5 losses.

Bowlerama Knights are second with a 35-21 record.

District 2 has Mel’s Nine and Out in first place at 35- 21. Two games back is Max Attack Pro Shop at 33-23.

Donny Bennight has the league’s high game of 290, and the Lake Country Outlaws have the team high series with 3,261.

The next stop is Dec. 2 at Mel’s Lone Star Lanes.

Don’t forget the Greater Killeen Fort Hood USBC Association will host its annual Christmas banquet on Dec. 1 at the American Legion 223. The banquet will honor many of the members with awards for their service to the bowling community. In addition, the Open Tournament prize money will be awarded.

The association is asking that you bring a toy or unexpired canned goods for the Harker Heights Food Care Center and the Salvation Army.

The highlight of the evening will be the induction of Thomas (Happy) Chapman into the association Hall of Fame. Chapman has been a fixture within the association and is a longtime bowler.

I’ll be looking forward to a maximum turnout of those already in the Hall to show their support to the association and Chapman.

AMF Bowling Worldwide, the world’s largest operator of bowling centers, filed for bankruptcy-court protection Tuesday after being squeezed by a cash crunch and a year-long failure to find a buyer for the business.

This is the company’s second attempt at a reorganizational bankruptcy, having last tried the strategy in 2001, which led to a sell-off of its overseas centers. It now operates 262 bowling centers in the U.S., of which nine can be categorized as modern “bowling lounges.”

This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to bowlers. Most of the AMF centers are poorly managed and maintained.

Those of us going to Reno for the 2013 USBC Open will see something new. For the first time in 110 years, the USBC Open Championships will feature two lane conditions in 2013 — one oil pattern for team competition and another for doubles and singles.

A new daily schedule will be introduced at the 2013 event to allow for the lanes to be oiled before every squad.

In order to make fresh oil for every squad possible, six bowlers will be on each pair of lanes for doubles and singles, compared to four in the past.

To keep the pace of play steady, all six games of doubles and singles will be contested on the same pair of lanes. In the past, competitors would bowl doubles, and then flip to an adjacent pair for singles.

Team squads will be held at 3 and 7 p.m. each day, while doubles/singles squads will take place at 7 and 11 a.m., and 10:30 p.m.

From the Wright house, I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We all have something to be thankful about and hopefully you and your families will enjoy this time. Don’t forget our men and women in uniform who are away from their loved ones during this special time.

See you on the lanes.

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