Seven women’s teams and 17 men’s teams make up the Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association’s ninth annual City Tournaments.

This by far is the worst turnout we have ever had. The USBC requires our association to have an annual city tournament for the women. Having a men’s tournament is optional and, in my opinion, our association should drop the men’s event.

The association has made numerous changes in the men’s tournament in an effort to satisfy the bowlers to no avail. The men wanted a four-person roster rather than five because they said putting doubles together was too difficult. So, they went to four.

They thought handicap was too high, so they reduced it and went to divisions in hopes of getting more entries. Obviously, that didn’t work.

The men complained there was not enough publicity for the tournament. The association placed posters in the centers, it was regularly part of the Spare Time column and it was announced during league bowling. So what’s the problem?

Considerable work and effort go in to having any tournament. The association has to be on hand, the centers need notification and, with the men’s event being optional, why should we have to deal with it?

Let’s make the annual Men’s Tournament the last one until the men in the association support it.

Did you get to see the PBA League this past Sunday? Bill O’Neill and his Philadelphia Hitmen recorded the first sweep in the 2014 Professional Bowlers Association League Elias Cup eliminations, knocking the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits out of the tournament at Thunderbowl Lanes and atoning for a disappointing finish to their 2013 campaign.

A 235-225 victory in the five-man Baker team finale completed Philadelphia’s 6-0 sweep of the singles, alternate-ball doubles, Baker trios and Baker team competition and landed the Hitmen, owned by actor/comedian Kevin Hart, a berth in the semifinal round against the Silver Lake Atom Splitters. The battle of Pennsylvania, the fourth and final single-elimination quarterfinal match in the eight-team PBA League competition, aired Sunday on ESPN.

The PBA League now moves into the semifinal round where the defending champion New York City WTT KingPins, owned by women’s sports legend Billie Jean King and led by team captain Pete Weber, will meet L.A. X, owned by Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul and led by captain Jason Belmonte, on ESPN on Sunday at 4 p.m. The Hitmen will bowl the Silver Lake Atom Splitters, owned by “Nerdist” creator Chris Hardwick and led by Barnes, on ESPN on Sunday, April 6, at noon.

The two semifinal round winners will battle for the Elias Cup on ESPN on Sunday, April 13, at 1 p.m.

My bet is on PDW and the New York City WTT KingPins.

Chris and Lynda Barnes will host their annual STRIKEoutDiabetes bowling fundraiser to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on May 10 at Plano Super Bowl. Visit to find out how you can participate.

The PBA 2014 Summer Swing, a multi-tournament event that will be televised by CBS Sports Network, will be hosted by Grand Casino Resort and FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., May 18-25, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced.

The Summer Swing will include four PBA Tour title events — the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens and the PBA Oklahoma Open — and the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort Summer King of the Swing special event involving four winners plus a “wild card” player. All five television finals will air on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday nights in June and July. Tournament qualifying and match-play rounds will be held at FireLake Bowling Center and the stepladder finals will be conducted on specially-constructed lanes in the Grand Casino Resort Events Center.

Well, I am off to visit my buddy who is recuperating after surgery at the Temple VA Hospital. Jerry Northrop, my old-time friend and bowling partner, is hoping he will be able to bowl in the USBC Open Tournament in Reno in June. I hope so, too, since he is my doubles partner.

We have a 42-year friendship and when you see one of us, you will usually see both of us. Please keep Jerry in your thoughts and prayers. and believe me. he will tell you all about it, over and over, in due time.

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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