The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association will be hosting numerous tournaments through 2013 and into 2014. Mark your calendars and let’s have a great showing of support.

The first event on the schedule is the Harvest Tournament which will be held on Sept. 28 at Hallmark Lanes. This is an adult/youth tournament.

The Open Tournament will be held on Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3. This tournament is open to all USBC women and men. The team event will be at Phantom Warrior and doubles and singles at Bowlerama.

Scratch Tournaments will be held Nov.  16 at Phantom Warrior, Jan. 11 at Bowlerama, March 9 at Hallmark Lanes and the Tournament of Champions will be May 10 at Phantom Warrior.

The Youth Tournament will be held on Feb. 1-2 and Feb. 8-9. This event is open to all area youth bowlers. Team event will be at Phantom Warrior with doubles and singles at Bowlerama.

The Men’s and Women’s Tournament’s will conducted on March 29-30 and April 5-6.

This event should not be confused with the Open Tournament. The men’s event is men only and the women’s event will be women only. The team event is at Hallmark Lanes, and doubles and singles at Bowlerama.

The Senior Tournament will be held on April 19, 26, and 27. This event is open to all senior bowlers 55 years and older. Competition will be at Bowlerama.

All the forms will be on the website this year as a fillable form allowing the bowlers to type in and print to turn in. All the forms should be online by the end of August at

The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC yearbooks are available for purchase at $5 each and can be purchased from any association officer or director.

Many local businesses have advertised in the yearbook and that assists with the cost of printing, and we ask that you support the friends of the association.

Phantom Warrior Oldtimers will have their organizational meeting at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 22 and start bowling at 11:30. The league has changed from a three-person team to a four-person team and will bowl at 11:30 every Thursday.

The second season of the PBA League, set to begin Jan. 1 in Allen Park, Mich., will include a variety of enhancements, including revamped team lineups, the addition of team managers, new competition formats, and a special new Mark Roth PBA League MVP Award.

“The PBA League, in its inaugural season, achieved every goal we could have hoped for,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark, “and it has provided us with a solid foundation to build the PBA League into the kind of dynamic, exciting new aspect of the PBA we envisioned. Some of the new concepts will be unveiled as we enter our second year of PBA League competition.”

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In 2004, Steve Mackie and his crew at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho, N.M., outside Albuquerque, conducted the first New Mexico Open. It has grown virtually every year since.

More than 225 entries were expected to be registered in the Friday and Saturday qualifying play, leading up to the Sunday match play and championship rounds. First place will pay $10,000.

Local bowler Josh Maxson made the trip to New Mexico and competed well enough to get a check, but missed the cut for Sunday by five pins.

“I had trouble with slippery approaches at first, but finished my last three games of the nine-game qualifying with 211-257-219.”

Nathan Bohr took the first-place prize money of $10,000.

Starting Aug. 1, 2014, the high score awards given to United States Bowling Congress adult members for a 300 game, 800 series or 900 series will become once-in-a-lifetime awards.

This change comes as part of USBC’s strategy to focus resources on national governing body services.

As part of the change to the high score awards program, any USBC member who received an award in one of the high score achievement categories as an adult prior to Aug. 1, 2014, will not receive an award for that achievement again.

“With this change, USBC takes another meaningful step toward our vision of redefining the organization,” USBC President Andrew Cain said. “I want to clearly emphasize that cost savings was only a small factor in the board’s decision-making process approving the change. This is primarily about a philosophical shift to make USBC membership about supporting and protecting the sport.”

The board believes this adjustment to the high score awards program provides a good balance between preserving an organizational tradition and moving toward USBC’s vision for the future.

The 11-in-a-row award also will be eliminated as part of the changes. All 300 games and 800 series at the USBC Open and Women’s Championships will continue to be recognized, and are not considered part of the once-in-a-lifetime policy.

“Given that more than 50,000 certified perfect games are rolled in a typical season, the board agrees it is unnecessary for the national governing body to provide awards for near perfection with the 11-in-a-row,” Cain said. “We also believe special recognition is appropriate at USBC championships, since these prestigious events are conducted in special venues on uniquely challenging conditions.”

Associations still will be required to submit 300 game, 800 series or 900 series achievements so the bowler’s record can be updated with each accomplishment. The 11-in-a-row achievement will not be recognized at the national level, effective Aug. 1, 2014.

Members who already have received once-in-a-lifetime recognition for a high score will have the ability to purchase additional awards for subsequent high score achievements.

Sport bowling awards will remain unchanged for the 2014-15 season, with the exception of the elimination of the 11-in-a-row award.

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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