Registration is ongoing for the 2014 Women’s Open Championships in Reno, Nev.

The 2014 USBC Women’s Championships will be held on 44 specially constructed lanes at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, and run from April 11 until June 29 (last team date).

This national tournament boasts more than 90 years of tradition and routinely attracts bowlers from across the country. It’s an unforgettable experience that many bowlers refuse to miss each year.

There are some big changes on tap for the 2014 Women’s Championships, including a move to four-player teams, new divisions and an all-scratch format.

There also will be new squad times in 2014: team (4 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and doubles/singles (8 a.m., noon and 7 p.m.)

The total for a four-player team will be $560, and that includes all processing fees if the team captain enters online. Entering by mail, fax or phone will require an additional $10 processing fee per team and $10 for each doubles/singles set.

Registration for the USBC Open Championship is currently ongoing as well.

The 2014 USBC Open Championships will be held at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno and run from Feb. 28 until July 12 (last team date).

This storied tournament boasts more 110 years of tradition and attracts bowlers from across the country each year. The 2014 event will celebrate a record 12 visits to Reno.

There are two divisions — Regular (181-plus average) and Classified (180 and below) — so bowlers of all skill levels have the chance to earn a share of more than $5 million in prize money.

The entry fee is $55 per event, per bowler. All-events is optional and is $15. The total cost is $180 per bowler, which allows them to compete in team, doubles, singles and all-events.

The 2015 USBC Open will be held in El Paso, marking the first time in a decade the tournament will travel to a new host city.

I sure heard a lot of complaints about the shot at the USBC Open Championships, but it couldn’t have been too tough because perfect games have come in bunches a few times during the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. Miguel Lopez of Wichita, Kan., and Ben Laughlin of Chandler, Ariz., gave that new meaning Friday night as they shot 300 on the same pair of lanes at the National Bowling Stadium.

Lopez, a 23-year-old right-hander, was the first to accomplish the feat as he rolled 12 consecutive strikes in the second game of the late team event. Laughlin, a 42-year-old right-hander, followed suit a game later, giving them the 32nd and 33rd perfect games of the 2013 event.

The excitement marks the seventh time during the 2013 USBC Open Championships that multiple 300s were thrown on the same day, but the first with the bowlers competing on the same pair of lanes.

On Aug. 9-11 Hallmark Lanes will host the Southwest Region PBA Killeen Open, with the greatest bowlers in the world hoping for the first-place money and the coveted eagle trophy.

The competition will be on the Cheetah pattern, 35 feet in length. The Cheetah is the highest scoring of the five named patterns. Originally designed for use on worn lane surfaces, the Cheetah has produced some of the most memorable moments on the PBA Tour because of its propensity for rewarding players who “live on the edge.” This pattern places a premium on the ball traveling toward the gutter in order to maximize the best possible angle to carry all 10 pins. The scoring pace on Cheetah is normally high, with the champion being required to know that success means striking and not just hitting the pocket.

There will be two pro-ams on Friday, at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday night, beginning at 7:30, another pro-am will compete.

This is always a popular event for the bowlers and the spectators. Hope to see you there.

PBA Hall of Famer and 2013 PBA Tournament of Champions winner Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., received his third Best Bowler ESPY Award during the 2013 ESPY Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Weber was among winners in a variety of sports categories and special moments that were determined by fan voting on with the winners announced during the ESPY Awards telecast on ESPN.

Weber, who previously won the Best Bowler ESPY in 2002 and 2004, won his second Tournament of Champions title at age 50 in April to complete the PBA’s Triple Crown a second time, a feat no other bowler has accomplished. In winning his 37th career PBA Tour title, he tied Norm Duke for third on the all-time career list and tied Earl Anthony for most major titles with 10. He also has six other top-10 tour finishes this season.

Competing as a rookie on the PBA50 Tour this season, Weber also notched his first win by capturing the USBC Senior Masters title—a PBA50 Tour major.

It won’t be long before the fall season gets underway. All three centers have their leagues posted, with sign-in sheets for you to register for the leagues of your choice. For more information on fall leagues, contact your favorite center for details.

Unfortunately, our association lost one of its strongest supporters. Chuck Davis passed away this month and he will be missed by all who knew him. Davis was a Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association Hall of Famer and his citation reads, “Chuck was born in Kingston, Oklahoma, on August 25, 1941. He and his wife, Betty, have three children:  sons Tommy and Michael, both of Belton; a daughter, Charla, of Eugene, Oregon; and five grandchildren. He moved to Killeen in January 1974 and has been employed with Killeen Cablevision for 21 years and has served as General Manager for 13 of those years. He has been a bowler for 21 years and a member of the association for 17 years. During those 17 years, he has served as a director, vice president, and was president for 2 years.

“During his career in the Killeen-Fort Hood area, he has been a strong supporter of many charities. He has sponsored the Special Olympics for 10 years, the Special Olympics bowling tournament and has raised over $300,000. He has supported the Children’s Rehabilitation Center for many years and greatly assists that organization with the annual media bowl-a-thon. His Santa Pals program is one of the largest in this community and his love and support for the sport of bowling are unequaled. He has constantly supported bowling programs for seniors in our area. Although he suffers from a physical injury that prohibits him from bowling, he has staunchly supported our sport, its members and the community. He was inducted into the Killeen-Fort Hood Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1994.”

See you on the lanes.

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