The Southwest Region PBA Killeen Open is just around the corner and Hallmark Lanes is hosting the tournament Aug. 10 – 12.

The last PBA qualifier will be held on Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. Bowlers interested in earning a spot to compete with the pros should come on out and compete. Kristin Warzinski earned a spot when she bowled games of 265, 239, 243 and 210 for a 239 average.

As usual you can expect to see local bowlers like Mike Morgan, Pete Schirripa, Jr., Josh Maxson, Sandi Charles and Karin Ciesiolka making a bid for the $2,700 first prize.

The Board of the Bowling Writers Association of America endorsed the membership's recommendation to officially rename the group the International Bowling Media Association. The change takes effect Aug. 1. The IBMA now plans to merge the World Bowling Writers, a media group covering bowling on the international stage since 1977. Luby Publishing President Keith Hamilton of Chicago, and WBW Executive Director Keith Hale, Woodlesford Leeds, England, have been added to the IBMA Board to accommodate the merger.

"We are very excited about the potential of the new IBMA," retiring BWAA President Jim Goodwin. Added new IBMA President Joan Romeo said. "The original mission of the BWAA changed so dramatically over the past few years that in order for the organization to address these new realities and remain relevant, the IBMA was created."

No woman has rolled a 900 series, but former Wichita State bowler Katie Verbil missed when she rolled games of 300, 300, and 279 for an 879 series. The Phoenix native threw 33 consecutive strikes and was stopped by a 10-pin. The lefty spared and was thankful it wasn't the 7-pin.

Our three centers are gearing up for the fall season of league bowling. Each center will have leagues for youth, seniors and four and five person teams.

The Traveling Classic Bowling Association is looking for a few good men. The league is a five man team event that bowls on Sunday's throughout the area from Georgetown to Waco. Interested individuals should contact Bernard Adams at

Thousands of bowling centers across the United States are joining together to roll out the first-ever National Bowling Day on Aug. 11. On National Bowling Day, America will bowl for free - anyone and everyone can go to to access a free game coupon and find participating centers closest to them. The coupon can also be accessed by "liking" the GoBowling Facebook page. Select centers will also host special events that include activities for all ages, quick and easy league sign-up, free coaching clinics and other fun events.

Over the past five years, bowling has seen steady growth and is currently ranked the nation's number one participatory sport with more than 71 million people taking to the lanes every year. The resurgence has been fueled by heightened participation among women and youth, the emergence of a new breed of family entertainment centers with increased amenities and greater collaboration across the industry.

Reno's National Bowling Stadium will continue to host the USBC Open Championships and the Women's Championships through 2030. According to Bowlers Journal a new agreement among USBC, the city of Reno and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority was finalized in mid-June, calling for ten USBC tournaments to be conducted at the stadium from 2019 through 2030.

Las Vegas is being considered for multi-year agreements for future championships.

Personally, I prefer Las Vegas over Reno. The bowling stadium is a nice facility, but entertainment is better in Las Vegas.

The Oldtimers league will start its new fall season on Aug. 23 at Phantom Warrior Lanes. There will be a short meeting at 11 a.m. and bowling will follow. This is a senior league for bowlers 50 years and older.

See you on the lanes.

Contact Don Wright at

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