The PBA is doing its part to make sure everybody knows that bowling is a worldwide business.

The fifth edition of the PBA World Series of Bowling, set for Oct. 25 to Nov. 3 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, has already set a record for international representation with 18 countries entered.

For the first time, one or more PBA members from Argentina, Bermuda, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Ireland and Puerto Rico will compete in a field along with representatives from Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, England, Finland, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Sweden, Venezuela and the United States. Additional international players are expected as the premier showcase for professional bowlers continues to expand its worldwide appeal.

For all service men and women headed to Korea, the ribbon was cut on Aug. 17 on Camp Casey, the first fully-themed military bowling center, a 14-laner located 30 miles from South Korea’s DMZ. The center features Brunswick’s new image lanes, 10-foot custom masking units, Frameworx Premium seating, pirate mast décor and sidewall murals to match.

The Army’s new Buccaneer Bowl was a four-year-long dream for manager Gerald Keener. Known as “Fish” to his friends, Keener pitched his idea to upper command several times before gaining approval. His perseverance, with the help of a couple of friends, created a new center that addresses the true meaning of the “home away from home” installation.

Present at the grand opening were several members of the military’s upper command, members of the community, Korea’s MWR Director and Dave Wilson of Complete Bowling Service, one of Fish’s friends who helped push the project through.

Having served a tour at Camp Casey I know this new center will be well received.

Two bowling clinics are scheduled in the month of September due to the high demand by area bowlers. Clinics are scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday at Phantom Warrior Lanes, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 22 at Killeen Bowlerama and 10 a.m. Sept. 29 at Hallmark Lanes.

For more information, contact Melissa Fletcher at 254-702-3851.

There will be a Youth Leaders meeting on Sunday, Sept. 22, at Killeen Bowlerama. The meeting starts at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in learning leadership skills and how to support the area youth programs, come out and see what they are all about.

All youth are encouraged to attend and participate, but only ages 12 and up are eligible to run for the board of directors. Youth leaders meet and are responsible for planning youth events. If you are interested, see your youth director, or contact Fletcher at 254-702-3851.

The Harvest Tournament is coming on Sept. 28 at Hallmark Lanes. This is a fundraiser offering youth bowlers a chance to earn a paid entry into the city tournament. Entry forms can be found online at

Spare Time Fun Center in Temple is offering membership in mClub. Being a part of this club gets you access to exclusive coupons, awesome offers, specials and much more — delivered right to your smartphone. Text SPARE to 370370 to enroll today.

Spare Time also has leagues for senior bowlers as well as ladies and men’s leagues.

For more information go to their web page at

The men’s Travel League began its new season last Sunday at Killeen Bowlerama. Hopefully I will have the scores and standings soon.

The last word I had was 12 teams. Bernard Adams is the league secretary. You may contact him at

I will be sitting out a few weeks of bowling due to an injury to my right shoulder. I was OK for one game and fell apart in games two and three. I was no help to my teammates so I’ll follow doctor’s orders and hopefully be able to return in a few weeks.

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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