By Don Wright

Herald Correspondent

The world's best women bowlers will again compete for a $200,000 guaranteed prize fund and $30,000 first prize when the United States Bowling Congress Queens is conducted in Charlotte, N.C., April 28-May 2, 2007.

The guaranteed Queens prize fund and first prize are part of USBC's continuing effort to support women's bowling. The 2006 Queens conducted in Reno, Nev., last June was the first year the event featured a record $200,000 prize fund with the $30,000 first prize going to amateur standout Shannon Pluhowsky.

"Increasing the Queens prize fund underscores USBC's commitment to women's bowling," said Roseann Kuhn, USBC's Chief Officer of Tournaments and Events. "While USBC is guaranteeing the prize fund, we will also put into place an intensive sales effort to seek more sponsorship dollars that would potentially allow us to expand the prize fund even further."

In another effort to showcase women's competition, USBC is the sponsor of the innovative made-for-TV USBC Women's Challenge, which was taped on a specially installed lane in Las Vegas' Fashion Show Mall and is airing on consecutive Monday nights on ESPN2 at 8:30 p.m. CDT until Oct. 9.

Topflight women bowlers also will compete in the upcoming USBC Masters, which will be conducted Oct. 24-29 in Milwaukee. Kelly Kulick, the first woman to qualify for the Denny's Professional Bowlers Association exempt tour, will lead a list of several women who will compete in the first major of the 2006-07 tour season. The Masters finals will be televised by ESPN from the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park on Oct. 29 at noon.

USBC also announced that beginning in 2008, the Queens and Senior Queens will be scheduled during a consistent time frame. As a result of the USBC Women's Championships new guaranteed reservation system taking effect in 2008 in Detroit, Queens and Senior Queens qualifying will begin the fourth Saturday in April at least through 2012.

The 2007 Queens will be conducted at AMF Carolina Lanes in the Charlotte suburb of Matthews, and the Senior Queens at Northcross Lanes in Huntersville, N.C.

The United States Bowling Congress, as the national governing body, ensures the integrity and protects the future of the sport, provides programs and services and enhances the bowling experience.

USBC officially launched Jan. 1, 2005, as an organization serving nearly three million adult and youth bowlers in the United States. It resulted from the merger of the American Bowling Congress, Women's International Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling.

It is great to see the women back on television and if you haven't see the Women's Challenge, you need to tune in on Monday night at 8:30.

We have some outstanding women bowlers in our area and many compete in the Queens and Senior Queens events. Some of the best women bowlers in the area are Freda Cockrell, Tawana Ramey, Sandi Irvine, Norma Betts and Kiyoko McDonald. That's a five-woman team that will put a hurt on you.

I miss the Professional Women's Bowling Association and sincerely hope it returns and not be just another chapter in bowling history.

CENTEX-TCBA – The Travel League will be headed to Interstate Lanes this Sunday. Interstate Lanes was one of the centers that opted not to participate the past two years in the TCBA, but has returned and will host four stops this year.

Phantom Warrior Kings leads District 1 with a 17-7 record. Killeen Pro Shop Bad Company tops District 2 with a record of 16.5-7.5. Road Runner Caf with a 17-7 record sits atop District 3.

Thomas Wynne has the current high average of 224 for 18 games. He is a member of Bad Company.

John Manibusan holds the individual high series with 779 and Bad Company has the team high series of 3,341.

On Oct. 1, the TCBA heads to Lake Country Lanes in Marble Falls and on Oct. 8 they compete at Phantom Warrior Lanes.

FINAL FRAME – Our bowling community lost another longtime member with the passing of Dean Frost. Frost was a member of the Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association for many years and competed with the Bowlerama S.T.A.R.S and recently the Oldtimers Senior League at Phantom Warrior Lanes.

See you on the lanes.

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