Youth bowling is popular and it’s a sport they can continue throughout life.

There will be a Youth Leaders meeting Sunday at Killeen Bowlerama starting at 1 p.m. Here is your opportunity to learn leadership skills and how to support the area youth programs. All youth are encouraged to attend and participate; however, only 12 years of age and older 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 Melissa Fletcher at 254-702-3851, or

Don’t forget the Harvest Tournament on Sept. 28 at Hallmark Lanes. This is a 3-6-9 Alibi Tournament open to all youth and adult bowlers. You may enter as a team or individual. Entry forms can be found at Donations are being accepted for a raffle and bake sale to be held during the tournament. Proceeds go toward team entries in the local youth city tournament held in February.

You may know adult USBC members have their own national bowling tournaments called the USBC Open Championships and the USBC Women’s Championships. But did you know there is a national championship for youth bowlers?

The USBC Youth Open is open to all USBC Youth members. The Youth Open is a non-qualifying tournament, which means you don’t have to have a certain average and you don’t have to qualify from a league or state tournament.

Simply put, if you are a USBC Youth member, you can bowl in the Youth Open.

At the USBC Youth Open, you will bowl nine games total — three games each of singles, doubles and four-player team. Your combined scores from those events will be your optional all-events score.

All scores are scratch, and doubles and singles events are bowled on the same day, while team competition is on another day. You can request the specific squad dates and times when you want to compete, and you may enter the team event without bowling singles and doubles. However, if you choose to compete in singles, you must also bowl doubles — just as all doubles pairs also must bowl in the singles event. Teams and doubles pairs may be of the same gender or a mix of boys and girls.

If you’re competing in the Junior Gold Championships, remember that the Youth Open is held in the same city, so you also can bowl in the USBC Youth Open with your friends and siblings who are USBC Youth members.

The USBC Youth Open is a great chance to compete in a national bowling tournament and have fun meeting new friends from around the country.

It is time to mark your calendar for the Greater Killeen USBC Association Open Tournament. The tournament will be held on Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3, with the team event at Phantom Warrior Lanes and the doubles and singles at Bowlerama.

This tournament has seen a poor representation from the association members and it’s time to get out and support this tournament. If putting a team together and doing the entry is too difficult, there are folks who will help you, if you ask.

I hope we have one or two association teams entered sporting their new association colors.

The Professional Bowlers Association reported a field of 20 PBA stars, led by points leader Jason Belmonte of Australia, and including record-setting PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., will compete in the 27th Round1 Japan Cup Nov. 28-30 at Minami Suna Round1 Bowling Center in Tokyo.

The top 16 PBA members who qualified for the Japan Cup based upon competition points earned during the past season include Belmonte; Wes Malott of Pflugerville; Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.; Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo.; Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio; Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif.; Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.; Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J.; Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.; defending champion Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich.; Stuart Williams of England; Dan MacLelland of Canada; Chris Barnes of Double Oak; Jason Sterner of McDonough, Ga.; Mike Fagan of Fort Worth; and Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla.

Four players invited by the Japan Cup organizing committee include Finland’s Osku Palermaa; Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla.; Walter Ray Williams Jr., and Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli.

The event will take place Nov. 27-30 in Tokyo.

The Centex Men’s Travel league has started; however, I have not received any information from their secretary and their web page is not current.

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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