The much-anticipated Spare Time Fun Center in Temple will officially open its doors Monday, April 8, at 11 a.m.

Spare Time Fun Center is a locally owned, state-of-the-art entertainment venue. Spare Time features 24 ultra-modern lanes, including eight lanes in The Pin House — a private/semi-private bowling lounge, an arcade with prize store and a two-story laser tag arena.

Spare Time features seven large private party/event/meeting rooms, a spacious banquet room for up to 200 guests, several big- screen TVs, a sound system with full audio/visual capabilities, and Shakers, a full-service bar and grill serving a variety-packed menu. On-site catering is also available.

Spare Time is expected to attract individuals and businesses from all over the region and add approximately 80 full-time and part-time jobs to the Temple area. The world-class facility is now hiring part-time positions and will host its first job fair March 14-16 on site. For additional details visit the Spare Time website at

“We have worked very hard for many months to ensure the facility and staff meet our expectations and exceed the public’s,” said Mike Emmons, Spare Time Fun Center operating partner. “We are confident that our first-class facility, products and personnel will attract individuals of all ages as well as various community groups, businesses, organizations, schools and churches throughout Texas.”

Spare Time is located at 5434 205 Loop.

Wreckin Krew #4 and Evergreen II top the leaderboard after the first weekend of the eighth annual Men’s and Women’s Tournament. Wreckin Krew #4 posted 2,881 to lead all men while Evergreen II showed that they were as good as the men by posting an identical 2,881.

Mike Brown and Jim Dittmer of Troy rolled a nice 1,507 for the lead in men’s doubles. Mary Schirippa and Christina Hellon are leading the ladies with 1,465.

The singles event has Leroy Morehead Jr leading the men with 770. Marquita Darland of Temple tops the ladies with 803.

Rod Rudnick Sr. shot a 2,318 to lead the men’s all-events, while Debbie McKelvy leads all women with 2,217.

A full listing can be found at The tournament concludes Sunday.

Believe it or not, but pre-registration for the 2014 USBC Open Championship began Friday. The online registration system is up and running.

Once again the Open will be held in Reno and the total cost per bowler entering the team, doubles and singles and all-events will be $180.

On March 16, Killeen Bowlerama will host the adult and youth scratch tournament. Bowling starts at 1 p.m. and entries close at 12:30 p.m.

The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association will hold its annual general membership meeting on April 20th from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at VFW 9192 in Killeen. Anyone interested in running for vice-president, or one of the three directors positions should submit their application by March 15.

For more information on the meeting as well as other association news, see and click on the newsletter.

Bowlers Journal reported the USBC has selected two future sites for its Open Championships, while the Women’s Championships are heading to the Midwest and Gulf Coast. The USBC Open Championships will return to the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, N.Y., in 2018, while the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La., will host the 2025 tournament. The latter is part of a multi-year agreement, also involving the USBC Women’s Championships.

“We understand the importance of bringing the Open Championships east,” said USBC Executive Director Stu Upson, “and feel our bowlers will be very happy with these selections.”

Also, three sites have been decided for the Women’s Championships. The 2017 tournament will be held at the Baton Rouge River Center, and in 2019, Northrock Lanes and Thunderbird Bowl in Wichita, Kan., will host. The 2021 Women’s Championships will take place in Mobile, Ala., at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center.

“The USBC Women’s Championships will feature a variety of venues and locations in the coming years,” Upson said. “The change to four-person teams has the potential to generate a new audience for this event, and we hope the excitement of these city selections will help the tournament grow.”

The 2017 and 2021 tournaments will be held in the convention-center setting made popular at the Open Championships and introduced at the Women’s Championships in 2010. The unique atmosphere includes specially-constructed lanes, vendor and office space and the world’s largest mobile scoreboard.

In Wichita, the tournament will return to the roots of the Women’s Championships and be held in two traditional bowling centers.

The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame’s satellite facility on the ground floor of the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., will warrant a special visit when participants are in town for the 2013 USBC Open and Women’s Championships.

Why? Because, frankly, there’s a lot that’s new at the IBMHF satellite, including a Hall of Fame kiosk, a large artist’s rendering of a bowling ball and pin, and the return of the famous American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame plaques.

“It’s amazing that we have been able to add such significant and meaningful elements to the satellite in such a short period of time from (last April’s) opening,” said IBM/HF President/Chairman of the Board Keith Hamilton. “The new kiosk features an electronic look into the nearly 500 combined hall of famers from USBC, the PBA, BPAA, World Bowling Writers and women’s professional bowling.”

The touch screen monitor allows visitors to search for people by name, organization, year and category. There also are facts and photos on each person with videos and films dating back 50 years.

And to complement the portraits of the women’s hall of famers displayed last year, the ABC men’s plaques have been creatively added to this year’s display.

Visitors can visit the satellite museum free of charge during normal National Bowling Stadium hours.

See you on the lanes.

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