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									Volume Twenty One                                               FEBRUARY 2011
Number 2            member              


                                            Mika Wins

                      a TofC
              75 year-old       Ciniello
                             Picked for
              Will June          Lerner
              300-300            Award

                    Mark Estes                  Barnes
                    Elects Major             Takes World’s
                    Surgery To                 For PBA
                    Continue Bowling         Triple Crown
Bowling Loses Two More Greats: Archibald and Zimmerman
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ons and BPAA Summit week at           the same information; like statis-        subject. A PBA Hall of Famer him-            In a recent email Johnson told
the Red Rock Resort in Las Ve-        tics on a person’s career. Don’t they     self, Chuck emceed the PBA Hall            us “Many have said that we need                     website:
gas was very exciting. We wit-        talk to each other ahead of time?         of Fame ceremonies for many                industry leaders to sit in a room,
nessed an historic tournament,           But I digress – Lenny’s speech         years. He also offered his profes-         take their logos off and put on
and a significant convention. We      was heartfelt, funny at times, and        sional writing help to many of the         the logo of Bowling. We need to
hope you enjoy the coverage in        he managed to get through it with-        players who were chosen for this           identify the major issues we face,
this issue of Stars & Strikes or in   out crying.                               great honor.                               prioritize them and then eventu-
one of our 20 BNN member                  And then came Dale Eagle;               According to Chuck, the ideal            ally work together to solve
newspapers.                              We got to know Dale pretty well        Hall of Fame speech should be 10-          them.” For Johnson’s full ac-
                                                                                                                                                                         God Bless the USA
  Over the years, we have always      when we worked on the Genera-             15 minutes, and it should simply           count of the first Bowling Think
gone to these functions with high     tions Pro Bowling Tour, so we ex-         be a heartfelt thank you to those who      Tank meeting, see page 12.
hopes; looking forward to learn-      pected him to ramble a bit, but this      made it possible for the honor; no           The idea for the article came            Publishers & Founders
ing more about the game and in-       one got so out of control that his        stats, no life stories; no inside jokes    from years of exchanging emails                 Jim Goodwin
dustry, and sharing time with the     son was asked to go on stage and          or long stories; and it should be          and reading opinions of people                  C.J. Goodwin
great friends we have made from       rescue him after about 25 minutes.        delivered with humility and good           who care deeply about bowling
all corners of the industry.          We like Dale very much. He is a           humor. “The people in the room             from all corners of the industry.                 Editor
  Aside from the obvious excite-      Viet Nam Vet who had a journey-           already know your life story” said         There are some we really dis-                Heather Merryman
ment of the Tournament of             man career on tour, and a fantas-         Pezzano. Why repeat it?”                   agree with, but we seldom ques-
Champions win by Mika                 tic run as a senior player. But as a        Hall of Famer John Petraglia             tion their passion for the game               Associate Editor
Koivuniemi, rolling a 299 along       public speaker – it was the equiva-       also had an interesting comment.           and industry; and they deserve to              Sue Strickland
the way, there were a couple of       lent of a 100 game in the Tourna-         He mentioned that even the foot-           be heard unless they just get stu-
moments that stood out. One was       ment of Champions.                        ball players who never learned to          pid and resort to personal attacks              Cartoonists
BPAA Executive Director Steve            Finally, nearing 11pm, we got to       read very well give pretty good            or speeches on subjects they                    Walt Steinsiek
Johnson’s announcement that a         Randy Pedersen. Randy chose               Hall of Fame speeches because the          know little about.                               1927-2010
“Bowling Think Tank” has been         Mike Roth, the producer of the            NFL gives them some strict guide-            To see the full Stars & Strikes              Moe LaRochelle
started to tackle tough issues fac-   PBA tour television shows to in-          lines and some professional help           article, go to our website
ing the industry; and the other is,   troduce him. Because Randy now            in preparing for the speech.                   Technical Advisor
I’m sorry to say, that the quality    has a lot of television and public          Maybe it is time bowling did the         Click on “archives” and look for              Robert Strickland
of the speeches at the Hall of Fame   speaking experience under his             same.                                      the July 2010 issue.
dinner have reached a new low.        belt, we expected his speech to be          And I promise if I’m ever picked           We have no idea who the 20                   Photography
  Where’s the Hook?                   the best of the three.                    for one of these Halls, which is           people are that were chosen to                 Pete Fedynich
  In our 30+ years of covering           But it was not.                        pretty unlikely, my speech will be         share their opinions; and we                  Lou Anne Moore
bowling, we have witnessed a lot         Pedersen went on for 40 min-           10 minutes – tops!                         should not know. This type of
of Hall of Fame speeches, a few       utes. He spent half of that time            Thinking Outside the Box                 thing works better if it operates          Columnists/Reporters
of them very good, and a ton of       talking about his television work           Amid the hustle and bustle of the        without publicity and keeps its
them very bad. On January 22,         and thanking a bunch of people on         BPAA Summit, Steve Johnson re-             priorities focused on the big                  Chuck Pezzano
CJ and I were honored to be one       the TV crew that most people in           vealed that BOWLING now has an             picture.We will caution that our              Jeanette Robinson
of Lenny Nicholson’s 40 closest       the room had never heard of. The          official “Think Tank.” It was              leaders guard against getting too                  Bob Rea
friends to share one of the great-    speech had brilliant moments, like        pleasant news to hear, because you         many people from any given seg-                 Walt Steinsiek
est moments of his life. And          when he thanked his wife and fam-         may recall, we wrote a column in           ment of the industry – ball com-                 John Jowdy
Lenny, aka The Phantom, did a         ily; but the rest was a series of in-     this newspaper last July, right af-        panies for example.                            Susie Minshew
fairly good job with his 25 minute    side jokes and quips; it was as if        ter Bowl Expo with the title “Does           Another idea – form a second
speech. If we included Billy          he was channeling Robin Will-             Bowling Need a Think Tank?”                group of people, none of whom
Hardwick’s affectionate intro-        iams. And it was way too long.              The gist of that column was that         work in Arlington, and give the               Stars & Strikes is
duction, it went on a bit long, but      I don’t know Randy very well,          the leaders in Arlington need to tap       two groups the same challenge.               published monthly.
overall, it was the best of the       but some of his friends tell me he        into the brainpower of people              Make sure the groups don’t talk
three delivered that evening.         is a great guy; and his good sense        throughout the industry to solve           to each other, and see how their            Advertising deadline is
  While on the subject of intro-      of humor is obvious if you watch          Bowling’s problems; and it is nice         solutions and suggestions com-              the 15th of each month
ductions, we have never under-        him on TV. But this award was             to see them doing that. Wally Hall         pare.                                     for publication on the 1st.
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                                                                          PEZZANO                                                                                                                            HAVE
                                                                    Chuck Pezzano is the dean of bowling writers. His columns have appeared in newspapers and magazines nationally for over 50 years. He

                                                                    is a charter member of the Professional Bowlers Association, and is enshrined in both the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame.

Volume 21 • Number 2          FEBRUARY 2011
                                                                                                 By     Rules
                                                                                             900 By The Rules

                                                       A total of 19 three game sets of 900                                aside from variations made to allow for
$2.00 per issue or $20.00 per year by subscription   have been approved and the most fa-                                   the use of new materials in the construc-
                                                     mous turndown came when top pro                                       tion of lanes, pins, bowling balls, scor-
      CONTENTS                                       Glenn Allison had his 900 tossed be-                                  ers and pin setters. You can bowl any-

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Spread the
                                                     cause of improper lane conditions.                                    where in the world and sanctioning
                                                       The situation again supports the need                               makes the game the same.

                                                     and advantage of sanctioning leagues.                                   Bowling administrators have been
                                                     Among the dozens of programs and ser-                                 strict with rules. Once, Bergen (N.J.)
                                                     vices supplied by the USBC are the re-                                County native and one of the all-time

                    Chris Barnes Wins                searching and investigation of award ap-                              greats, Junie McMahon, had a 300 game
                PBA World Championship               plications, and the enforcement of rules                              turned down - because the pins were too
                                                     and equipment specifications and cer-                                 heavy. Odd, because heavier pins made
                                                     tifications. Sanction fees are usually                                scoring more difficult, and McMahon
 7                                                   less than a dollar per month.                                         should have received double honors in-

 Estes Elects Surgery to
   Continue Bowling
                                                       Without strict specifications you
                                                     would have lanes of varying length and
                                                     width, many sized bowling balls and
                                                                                                                           stead of rejection. But rules are rules.
                                                                                                                             Modern techniques of lane condition-
                                                                                                                           ing, balls produced to hit with more
                                                     pins, more depressed or elevated gut-
                                                     ters, and uneven pin decks.
                                                       Pictures from the early days of bowl-
                                                                                                                           power, pins constructed to fall a bit
                                                                                                                           easier, all within the rules, have led to
                                                                                                                           higher scoring, and with it the USBC
                        Features Stories:
                                           8         ing are amazing. They show bowling
                                                     balls ranging in size from that of a soft-
                                                     ball to a beach ball, not always perfectly
                                                                                                                           strives to insure enforcement of rules
                                                                                                                           and uphold the integrity of the sport.
                                                                                                                             The USBC constantly checks new
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is ON
                      Carmen Salvino and             round and weights going from five                                     equipment at its lab before it is approved
                       Walter Ray Williams           pounds to as much as you could lift.                                  for use, bonds prize funds for leageues                                            24 Hours a day, 7 days
                                                     Pins varied in height, and their necks
                                                     and bellies were seldom uniform.
                                                                                                                           and tournaments should there be theft
                                                                                                                           or burglary, settles disputes, and passes
                                                                                                                                                                                                             a week, 365 days a year,
                                                       All that ended in 1895 with the found-                              out millions of awards, from such                                                Phantom Radio brings you
   9                                                 ing of the American Bowling Congress
                                                     (forerunner of the USBC) when rules
                                                                                                                           simple performances as three similar
                                                                                                                           games to the ultimate, three games of
                                                                                                                                                                                                             the best bowling interviews
Koivuniemi WIns PBA                                  and specifications were adopted. Most                                 300.                                                                                       on the air
   Tournament of                                     have remained the same for a century,
    Champions                                                                                                                                                                                                        Radio
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Phantom Radio is on your
                                                     Idle bowling thoughts . . .                                                                                                                                         NOW.
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                                                       • Rules seem to be coming looser and                                  • Hardly any top bowlers now use a two                                                It’s easy! - just log onto
                                                     looser in every phase of the game. Much                               fingered grip - but more and more are us-
                                                     has been done in the tournament area and                              ing a no finger grip - preferring some form                                      or click on the scary icon or link on
                                                     too much to make it easier for tournaments                            of palm grip - not easy, but effective in the                                   dozens of bowling websites, including
                                                     to secure more entries. Youth and solid no                            right hands.                                                            
                     75-year-old Will June
                                                     sandbagger suspicion bowlers (using                                     • Bill O’Neill, already one of the leaders                                        and
                      back-to-back 300’s
                                                     planned methods to keep averages down                                 for PBA Player of the Year for the current
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Many classic shows are in the
                                                     to receive unwarranted and unrealistic free                           season, and a major threat for one of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Phantom archives and special CD’s
                                                     handicap pins) should be protected with                               super stars for the next decade, is as popu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               are available for purchase.
                                                     common sense edicts. Strict but fair should                           lar as he is talented. And he enhances his
13                                                   be the guideline for every league and tour-
                                                     ney rule.
                                                                                                                           and pro bowling’s image when he stops by
                                                                                                                           unannounced at junior bowling tourna-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             2010 is Phantom’s 9th year!
 Pat Ciniello Picked                                   • High praise is due the top women                                  ments and spends a good amount of time
for BPAA Lerner Hall                                 bowlers who still keep themselves in top                              talking to and encouraging the youngsters,
  of Fame Award
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 UPCOMING GUESTS
                                                     bowling form to roll in the few major                                 offering tips and relating what life on the
                                                     women’s events around since the women’s                               tour is all about.                                                                            FEBRUARY
Plus . . .                                           tour ceased regular operations in 2003. But                             • Scott Norton of Costa Mesa, Calif. was                                               Marshall Whitehead
                                                     shining beams do burst through the clouds                             a longtime outstanding youth bowler and                                                   Randy Stoughton
 2    Bowl O Pinion                                  such as when Kelly Kulick won the Tour-                               star - and still looks as though he is the star                                           Steve Kloempken
 4    Chuck Pezzano                                  nament of Champions or when Wendy                                     of a high school or college team. But looks                                       Jeff Richgels & Randy Stoughton
 7    Jowdy’s Journal                                Macpherson won the Japan Women’s                                      can deceive and a look deeper reveals a
10    Team USA Trials                                Open and with her first prize and a bonus                             sharp attorney who received his degree                                                       MARCH
11    Pro Shop/Services                              for a 300 on TV collected some $157,000                               and passed the bar exam more than a year                                                    Ken Baber
12    Jowdy’s Journal                                in American money.                                                    ago. He passed his bowling star exam                                                        Del Warren
13    In Memoriam                                      • The United States Bowling Congress,                               many years ago with the help of his highly                                      Jack Edelaar & Gianmarc Manzione
14    The Funny Page                                 with its 2011 Hall of Fame electees, now                              respected mom, hall of famer Virginia                                             Randy Stoughton & Jeff Richgels
15    Calendar of Events                             number 385 members, 254 for their bowl-                               Norton.
15    Jeanette Robinson Column                       ing performances, 112 in meritorious con-                               •Of the 45 bowlers who made the TV fi-                    tributions, and 19 pioneers of the sport.                             nals of five PBA World Series of Bowling
             photos courtesy of:                     That may seem like a large number, but                                tournaments, 10 spots were claimed by
      BPAA, PBA, USBC and Joan Taylor                who can count the number of bowlers who                               bowlers representing foreign countries,
                                                     have competed in the sport for the past 120                           though a couple of them were repeaters.
                                                     years and before - five. 10, 100 million?                             No surprise there, all have proved they
                                                       • The main advice top senior pros give to                           belong.
                                                     their amateur league counterparts is not                                • Bowling balls have been constructed
                                                     to fear change, and particularly, not to                              of hard wood, rubber, combinations of
                                                     hesitate to go to easier approach and a                               materials called composition balls and all
                                                     lighter ball. A lighter ball affords more                             kinds of plastics, but no metals involved.
                                                     control with little or no loss in pin carrying                        It has been reported that one time some
                                                     power. Don’t be macho bowler, be sen-                                 bowling balls were made of ivory. I recall
                                                     sible bowler.                                                         billiard balls made from the tusks of el-
                                                       • Bowling can be a funny game at times,                             ephants, but never bowling balls, and never
           WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS                     except when the last laugh is at your ex-                             have seen one. Have you?
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  International Players Top U.S.A. in     Chris Barnes Wins PBA World
    USA Versus World Team Event       Championship, Completes Triple Crown
  LAS VEGAS, Nev. – For two weeks, nearly            trimmed the American lead in Match Two           LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Chris Barnes of Finland’s Osku Palermaa, 246-176, and Sean
250 of the world’s best bowlers battled each         when he topped Ronnie Russell of Camby, Double Oak, Texas, exorcised his television Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 237-161, for the
other in a grueling series of individual events      Ind., 192-169. Belmonte then put The World demons Sunday, upsetting top qualifier Bill chance to meet O’Neill for the title.
during the Professional Bowlers Association’s        into the overall lead, and fellow two-handed O’Neill of Southampton, Pa., 267-237, to win In the title match, Barnes started with six
World Series of Bowling at South Point               specialist Osku Palermaa of Finland padded
Bowling Center. On the final day, the best from      the international team’s lead with his easy 227-
America met the best from the rest of the            150 victory over Sean Rash of Montgomery,

        Palermaa, Lehtonnen, Koivuniemi, MacLelland, Belmonte, Monacelli
world, and the World defeated the U.S.A.             Ill.
  The special six-player U.S.A. vs. The World           Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, tried to
team competition aired Sunday on ESPN.               get the U.S. back into the match, but a late
  The PBA World Series of Bowling’s special          surge of four strikes by opponent Mika
team event pitted the six American bowlers           Koivuniemi, the third Finn on The World team,
who had finished highest in the 60-game              closed Barnes’ margin of victory to a modest
qualifying session against the six international     three pins, 227-224. International anchor
bowlers who had fared best while bowling 12          bowler Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela started
games per day on five different lane                 his game with four strikes and held off a rally
conditions. The six-man team event awarded           by U.S. anchor Bill O’Neill of Southampton,
one point for each of six head-to-head matches,      Pa., who won the point, 201-193, but it wasn’t                                          Chris and Lynda Barnes
plus three points to the team with the highest       enough to overcome The World’s overall lead.         the Professional Bowlers Association World         strikes to build a 31-pin lead after seven
total pinfall.                                          “It was a long, tiring two weeks,” O’Neill        Championship at South Point Bowling Center         frames, but O’Neill refused to back down,
  While the head-to-head matches wound up            said. “The team match was a good way to end          and become the sixth player in PBA history to      finishing with a string of four strikes to force
in a 3-3 tie, The World won the team total battle    the World Series, even though we lost. I hope        complete the sport’s Triple Crown.                 Barnes to mark in the 10th frame. Barnes’
and decisive three points, 1,251-1,208.              we get to do it again next year.”                      Along with his 13th career title, the 40-year-   strike on his first shot in the clinched the title.
  “It was fun,” said Australia’s Jason                  The team competition was the prelude to the       old Barnes won a $50,000 first prize. He             “I feel bad for Bill,” Barnes said. “He was
Belmonte, who defeated Wes Malott of                 final event of the PBA World Series of               previously had won the 2005 U.S. Open and          the best bowler in the PBA World Series to
Pflugerville, Texas, 254-215, in their head-to-      Bowling – the PBA World Championship. On             the 2006 PBA Tournament of Champions, the          get here, but I’ve been in his shoes a few times
head match. “But fun or not, we’re                   Jan. 14, the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA          other two legs in the PBA Triple Crown. The        and I’m not going to give the trophy back.
competitors. We don’t like to lose.”                 Tour season kicks into high gear with a “first”      only other Triple Crown winners are Billy            “There are a lot of guys who have won the
  Michael Haugen Jr. of Carefree, Ariz., gave        – three days of live stepladder final action         Hardwick, Johnny Petraglia, Pete Weber, Mike       PBA World Championship, but it’s a short and
the U.S. a healthy lead when he defeated             featuring the top eight qualifiers in a battle for   Aulby and Norm Duke – all PBA Hall of              distinguished list of guys who have won the
Finland’s Kimmo Lehtonen, 246-161, in the            a $50,000 first prize and the PBA Tour’s first       Famers.                                            Triple Crown,” he added. “Right after I won,
first match. Canada’s Dan MacLelland                 major title of the year.                               Barnes, the No. 4 qualifier, came into the       Billy Hardwick called my wife and told her to
                                                                                                          PBA World Championship with a 7-14 record          welcome me to the club.”
           e e e e e e e e e eee                                                                          on television in major championships, but he
                                                                                                          won four consecutive matches for the title to
                                                                                                                                                               “I’m not unhappy with my performance,”
                                                                                                                                                             O’Neill said. “I threw all but one shot on line.
                                                                                                          improve his record to 11-14. He defeated           When I needed shots to make Chris show up
  KULICK NAMED WORLD                                                                                      Michael Haugen Jr. of Carefree, Ariz., in
                                                                                                          Saturday night’s elimination round, 243-172,
                                                                                                                                                             in 10th, they were all good. That’s something
                                                                                                                                                             I’ve struggled with out here. I think it’s a
BOWLING WRITERS WOMEN'S                                                                                   to reach Sunday’s finals where he eliminated       good sign of things to come.”
                                                                                                                                           PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
  BOWLER OF THE YEAR                                                                                      SUNDAY
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  After a year filled with major victories,            In her only Team USA event in 2010, Kulick         Match 5:
Team USA's Kelly Kulick has been named               earned gold medals in doubles and team, a            Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, def. Osku Palermaa, Finland ($12,000), 246-176.
the 2010 World Bowling Writers Women's               silver medal in all-events and bronze medals         Semifinal Match:
Bowler of the Year.                                                   in singles and trios at the Pan     Barnes def. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. ($14,000), 237-161.
  The seven-time Team USA                                             American              Bowling
                                                                                                          Barnes ($50,000) def. Bill O’Neill, Southampton, Pa. ($25,000), 267-237.
member became the first                                               Confederation         Women's         TURDAY
woman to win a Lumber                                                 Championships.                      Match 3:
Liquidators       Professional                                          Kulick also traveled to Kuala     Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., def. Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich. ($10,000), 233-232.
Bowlers Association Tour title                                        Lumpur, Malaysia, in March          Match 4:
last January. She defeated                                            and won the women's division        Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, def. Haugen ($11,000), 243-172.
Chris Barnes, 265-190, to win                                         at the Malaysian International      FRIDAY
the Tournament of Champions.                                          Open.                               Match 1:
  "I'm thrilled by all the                                              England's Dominic Barrett         Jason Belmonte, Australia, def. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas ($8,000), 222-186.
                                                                                                          Match 2:
accolades I've received for last                                      was named the World Bowling
                                                                                                          Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., def. Belmonte ($9,000), 233-220.
year's performances, and to be                                        Writers Men's Bowler of the
named the best bowler in the               Kelly    Kulick            Year for the third consecutive
world is a tremendous accomplishment,"
Kulick said. "It's like 2010 hasn't ended yet
                                                     year. He topped the 2010 European Bowling
                                                     Tour rankings with three titles and 12 finishes
                                                                                                            Don’t want to give                                Give a gift that keeps
for me. I'm constantly reminded of what I            in the top five. Barrett also won a bronze medal          the standard                                     on giving all year!
accomplished."                                       in singles at the World Tenpin Bowling
  Kulick also won both women's bowling               Association World Men's Championships.                 flowers and candy                                             Subscribe to
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majors in 2010. She claimed the United                 The World Bowling Writers also announced
States Bowling Congress Queens title in April        that two players were elected to its Hall of
and the U.S. Women's Open in May. She was            Fame. England's Kristen Penny and Finland's
the first woman to win both events in the same       Mika Koivuniemi will be inducted later this                              AMERICA’S BOWLING NEWSMAGAZINE
year.                                                year.
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                    Jowdy’s Journal                                           by John Jowdy                                  When Bowling Becomes Painful
                                                                                                                                 Senior Star Estes elects surgery to stay active in the sport
                            Reactive Urethane Bowling Balls ...                                                  by Bob Carter
                                Who Have They Helped?                                                               Mark Estes has been a popular tournament            cises out of the brace. At that same time he
   Some bowlers...Walter Ray Williams Jr., Parker       tour. Using reactive urethane equipment from             bowler in the PBA and top level events, mostly         began physical therapy to work on regaining
Bohn III, and Norm Duke, in particular, would           1991 until 2010, a period of 19 years, Walter Ray        in his home State of Texas, for most of his            his motion. When his healing is sufficient,
stake their careers on reactive urethane balls, the     won 42 titles, Parker Bohn had five titles prior to      adult life. Among Mark’s accomplishments               he can begin strengthening of his hand and
ultimate power equalizer                                the reactive urethane era. Since then, he has an-        are 12 Senior All Star titles, a SASBA Bowler          wrist. As the strength returns in his arm, Mark
   The dominance of today’s power players might         nexed 27 additional wins, despite the fact that he       of the Year award, two senior High Roller              will be allowed to start practice bowling.
lead you to believe that this has always been thus,     has slowed down considerably during the past             titles, and just last year, a Mini Eliminator title.     Towards the end of his rehab in March and
that inflated scores and drastic hooking forever        few years.                                                  At the recent PBA Tournament of Champi-             April, Mark will get back on the lanes with
have been a major aspect of bowling. However,              Do these statistics indicate all PBA players have     ons, we learned that one of Mark’s more du-            some light equipment, and he should be back
that’s simply not the case. In fact, the hook-shot      benefited from reactive urethane balls?                  bious honors was erased from the PBA record            into top level bowling competition by July or
artists of yesterday may well be seen on grainy            Absolutely not! Overall, it was a detriment to
                                                                                                                 book. In 1975, he lost a match to Hall of              August. “My therapist tells me that I am off
tape today as straight- ball artists. The develop-      bowlers like Marshall Holman, Amleto Monacelli,
                                                                                                                 Famer Larry Laub 118-299. That “biggest                the charts as far as re-hab progress goes -
ment of reactive bowling ball technology in the         Wayne Webb, and players who had the ability to
early 90’s changed the landscape of bowling more        generate enough revolutions on the ball to sepa-         margin of victory” will now be replaced by             which is music to my ears,” said Estes.
dramatically than any breakthrough that came be-        rate themselves from players who relied solely on
fore it.                                                deadly accuracy.
   Reactive bowling balls have enhanced the ca-            On the other hand, it certainly prolonged the
reers of many bowlers and, in some cases penal-         career of Tommy Baker, and, of course, the in-
ized others. Bowling ball manufacturers employ          credible success enjoyed by Norm Duke and
high-tech engineers in their efforts to “build a bet-   Walter Ray Williams. Additionally, reactive ure-
ter mousetrap”. This is generally referred to as        thane balls have played an important role in the
progress. They have one goal in mind: creating          recent success of Michael Haugen, a truly “straight
superior offensive equipment.                           shooter”.
   The scientific advancements of new equipment            Pete Weber, possibly the best raw talent in the
have dramatically altered performances in prac-         game and one of the greatest players ever, was
tically every sport. In golf, players who drove tee     “somewhat” victimized by reactive equipment.
shots beyond 300 yards were few and far between.        Weber, whose fluid release and devastating strike
George Bayer and Jim Dent, two of the biggest           ball used to be the envy of his peers, won 15 titles
players on the PGA tour, then later John Daly, were     in his first 11 years on tour before reactives were
rare exceptions. This feat was reserved for golf-       introduced. Pete amassed 20 more championships
ers who competed in long drive contests, which          in his next 15 years, further establishing his in-
featured big, muscular players who only special-        credible talent and versatility. Pete Weber has
ized in this phase of the game. Long drive contes-      notched EIGHT major titles, including four BPAA
tants seldom made PGA tournament cuts.                  US Open championships, two PBA World titles,
   During the past 15 years however, golf club          and one Tournament of Champions title.
manufacturers have introduced equipment to add             Although Weber hasn’t been seriously hampered
greater distance to drives. The club heads on mod-      by urethane equipment, he has been unable to
ern drivers are much larger and are designed to         separate himself from those who rely on the
add anywhere from 30 to 50 yards to tee shots.          modern missiles. Simply put, reactive urethane
These clubs have altered the golf game consider-        equipment has supplied other PBA players with
ably and present less challenge to long hitters,        enough firepower to equalize Weber’s natural
particularly on par-5 holes.                            ability. Weber’s talent has not diminished. He con-
   Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, and numerous other        tinues to score admirably as one of the most elite
PGA golfers routinely hit 300 to 310 yard tee           players on tour. His inability to continue to domi-
                                                                                                                 Mika Koivuniemi’s 299-100 win over Tom                   The road ahead is going to be long and te-
shots. Even players on the senior tour are driv-        nate as he did in the pre-urethane era cannot be
ing 30 to 50 yards farther than they did in their       attributed to any deficiency in his game. Weber’s        Daugherty. “I’m happy to give that one up,”            dious, requiring determination, hard work
prime years.                                            loss of supremacy is solely due to modern equip-         said Mark.                                             and patience, but the rewards will be great.
   In baseball, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and           ment that has elevated lesser players to his stan-          Shortly after turning 60 and becoming a             Mark is up to the task, and hopefully, in the
Barry Bonds were rewarded with huge contracts           dards of performance.                                    “super senior,” Mark developed a chronic               near future, he will be competing at a high
to send baseballs into orbit. How can anyone ac-           Mike Aulby, never considered a power bowler,          pain in his right wrist that began to effect his       level again.
count for the rash of home-runs in today’s game?        epitomized the pure stroker. Statistics clearly in-      execution. The pattern was that as a tourna-
Although baseball moguls disavow all accusa-            dicate that urethanes did nothing to enhance his         ment wore on, the pain would become more
tions of “juicing up” baseballs, there is also the      career. Consider these facts: Aulby, had 27 titles       severe making it increasingly difficult to
steroid factor that has blemished the careers of        to his credit, with 19 of his victories earned prior     deliver quality shots. Mark tried chiroprac-
McGwire, Bonds, Sosa, Jose Conseco, and Jason           to the advent of reactive urethane balls, almost
                                                                                                                 tic, acupuncture, and homeopathic treatments
Giambi… and recently, Alex Rodriguez                    the opposite of Duke’s and Williams’ track records.
                                                                                                                 with little relief. Mark’s best friend recom-
   And speaking of power-laden equipment isn’t             Earl Anthony, arguably the greatest bowler
it incredible that so many modern tennis players        ever, won all but two of his 41 regular tour titles      mended that he go to see Dr, Charles Neagle
are serving tennis balls at speeds that far exceed      and seven senior titles without reactive urethane        III, a well recognized surgeon and sports
100 mph? This includes many female stars. Have          balls. Anthony, whose forte was effortless accu-         medicine specialist whose expertise is the
tennis players improved that much? I think not.         racy, was never totally comfortable with the hard-       wrists and hands of athletes.
Much of it is due to scientifically improved            hooking reactives. Players who took advantage of            Dr. Neagle recommended to Mark a three
equipment.                                              powerful equipment were suddenly able to bowl            phase program – weight training – then fail-
   The same is even more significant on the PBA         at Anthony’s superior level.                             ing that, cortisone shots, then as a last resort
tour, where statistics prove the vast improvement          Wayne Webb is among a select few bowlers              – surgery. Mark tried the weight training for
of some is primarily due to advanced equipment,         with 20 or more titles. Webb joined the tour in          a time but experienced no relief from the pain.
particularly since the advent of reactive urethane      1977, and in a span of 13 years, from 1977 to
                                                                                                                 As the cortisone shots would be only a stop
bowling balls in 1991. Younger bowlers like             1990, he won 17 titles. In the ensuing 11 years
                                                                                                                 gap measure, he was left with a decision to
Patrick Allen, Chris Barnes, Jason Couch, and           since the introduction of reactive urethanes,
Tommy Jones, all whom have at least 10 titles,          Webb won only three titles. However, Webb has            make about having surgery or not. Dr. Neagle
have been extremely successful in the reactive          resurrected his career on the Senior Tour and re-        told Mark to take his time, there was no hurry.
urethane era. They are products of the environ-         cently emerged as the Senior Bowler of the Year.         At that point, Mark looked at the Doctor and
ment and have taken advantage of modern equip-             David Husted, who retired from the tour to take       said, “Doctor, I can’t bowl now with my arm              Bob Carter is an 89 year old U.S.Navy vet-
ment to rise to the top of their profession. Conse-     over his family business, annexed 14 titles in his       the way it is, if the surgery fails I won’t be         eran of WWII and the Korean War. He is a Pearl
quently, we cannot justifiably equate or measure        career, including the US Open three times. All but       any worse off than I am. Let’s operate!”               Harbor survivor, a participant in the battle of
their success against bowlers of the pre-reactive       five titles were recorded prior to the reactive ure-        Preparations for surgery were initiated.            Midway, and the Aleutian Islands campaign.
urethane era.                                           thane era.                                               Several different tests were scheduled and             Bob has received a letter honoring his service
   Nonetheless, the remarkable records of Parker           In view of all these statistics, which players        made. Dr. Neagle said the preoperative diag-           in the Aleutian Island campaign from Gover-
Bohn, Norm Duke, and Walter Ray Williams                have benefited the most from reactive urethane                                                                  nor Sean Parnell, State of Alaska; and a letter
                                                                                                                 nosis was that the MRI arteriogram indicated
clearly demonstrate the incredible contrast in their    balls? The numbers don’t lie! They are etched in                                                                for his service in the Korean War from Lee
                                                                                                                 a tear in the cartilage on the small finger side
performances since the advent of reactive bowl-         stone. Coincidentally or otherwise, Norm Duke                                                                   Myung-bak, the President of the Republic of
ing balls. Duke and Williams practically domi-          and Walter Ray Williams have substantially en-           of the wrist, and the X-ray indicated the ulna
nated the tour since 1991. Through the 2010 sea-        hanced their careers with reactive urethane              bone was too long in relationship to the ra-
                                                                                                                                                                          In early 2010, Mark Estes and his wife Elaine
son, Duke and Williams have garnered 80 titles.         equipment.                                               dius, requiring a shortening procedure. The
                                                                                                                                                                        moved into the same apartment complex where
Prior to the 1991 reactive urethane era, they only         Below are figures showing certain player’s            surgery was performed on the morning of
                                                                                                                                                                        Bob lived. Soon a good friendship developed
had six titles between them.                            records prior to and after reactive balls hit the tour   October 27th. No complications apparent.               among the three. Mark introduced Bob into
   Duke is generally acknowledged as the most ver-      in the 1991 season.                                         Following surgery, Mark’s right arm, from           the sport of bowling at the competitive level. It
satile player on tour today and is regarded by his                                                               the elbow to the tip of his fingers, was in a          didn’t take many trips to the bowling lanes and
peers as one of the toughest competitors in the         Bowler Titles Prior to/Since Reactives                   cast for six weeks, with x-ray and cast                tournaments for Bob to become an avid and
game. However, from his initial year on tour in         Walter Ray Williams . . . 5 / 38                         changes made every two weeks. At six weeks             enthusiastic bowling fan. In the works, Bob is
1982 until 1990, he had only one title. Since re-       Norm Duke . . . 1 / 32
                                                                                                                 after surgery, the casts were exchanged for a          developing a book covering the past sixteen
active bowling balls were introduced, he amassed        Parker Bohn III . . . 5 / 27
                                                                                                                 removable wrist brace. Mark was then al-               years of Mark’s life, which will exemplify Mark’s
32 titles in 18 years.                                  Pete Weber . . . 15 / 20
   Williams had five titles in his first 7 years on                                                              lowed to begin active range-of-motion exer-            prowess in basketball, golf and bowling.
  8                                                                      STARS & STRIKES - FEBRUARY 2011

      Salvino: “We Were Artists; These
               “W ere Artists;                                                                                    Cr    Eludes        Ray
                                                                                                           T of C Crown Eludes Walter Ray
                 are Scientists”
            Guys are Scientists”                                                                                       He       arry
                                                                                                                               Carr On
                                                                                                            Again; but He Will Carry On
by Marc David for BNN                                                                                  by Marc David for BNN

  Carmen Salvino was in the locker room at            Standing 6-foot-2, Salvino insists his weight       When Walter Ray Williams turned 35 years       match play in the T of C. “It’s going to make
Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas , listening to a       has remained constant at approximately 195          old, he figured that when he reached 40 he        someone’s year. I’d like to win it.
conversation between Walter Ray Williams           pounds throughout his career. He neither            would retire as a professional bowler.              “I have had a great career. If I get it some
and Johnny Petraglia.                              smokes nor drinks. He still works out regu-            After earning his seventh PBA Player of the    day, that will be awesome. If it does not hap-
  They were discussing how they had to ad-         larly and can do push-ups with the top of his       Year Award in 2010, retirement is on the          pen, I am not going to mope.”
just their spans as they got older. Salvino, 77,   hands flat on the floor.                            backburner. While Williams remains su-              It didn’t happen in January. Mika
told them, “I have the same span as I had 40          “Feel this,” Salvino says, beckoning a re-       premely confident in his ability, even he ad-     Koivuniemi walked away with the biggest
                                                                         porter to feel his toned      mits to surprise about last year.
                                                                         biceps. “My weight has           “It was unbelievable,” Williams,
                                                                         been between 190 and          51, said. “I was not expecting that
                                                                         200 for 55 years. I weigh     to happen. Fortunately, no one had
                                                                         myself twice a day. I am      an exceptional year. There were
                                                                         disciplined with the          others who had good years.”
                                                                         food I eat and with exer-        But nobody had a better all-
                                                                         cise.”                        around year than Williams, the 6-
                                                                            He is also a student of    foot-2 Floridian. The PBA and
                                                                         the game, changing tech-      USBC Hall of Famer cashed in all
                                                                         niques to try and get any     19 events he entered. He won twice
                                                                         edge possible. If it          and made five television finals.
                                                                         means a new grip or a dif-       “I was amazed I was able to get
                                                                         ferent balance in one         (the seventh player of the year
                                                                         shoe or a change in the       award),” Williams said. “It’s defi-
                                                                         way he throws the ball, he    nitely special because of my age. It
                                                                         is willing to try it.         probably won’t happen again.
                                                                            “The challenge re-         There are a lot of young, talented
                                                                         mains,” Salvino says.         players out there.”
                                                                         “The game has changed            Age doesn’t seem to mean much
                                                                         a lot. We had to be more      to Williams. Of his record 47 PBA
                   Ginny & Carmen Salvino                                artistic. Now it is more      titles and eight majors, 17 and six
                                                                         scientific.                   have come since he turned 40. He
years ago.” And then he bent down and                 “I only had one rubber ball that I used for      entered 2011 having won at least
touched his toes.                                  many years. The sport was a lot simpler in that     one title in 17 consecutive years.                       Walter Ray Williams
  “We’re talking about us humans,” Williams        respect. Now it is more complex. I don’t think      The only missing hardware in his large tro-       prize in bowling history when he earned
reportedly said.                                   some of the young guys get enough credit            phy case is the Tournament of Champions           $250,000 for winning the title. Still, Williams
  Williams, one of the sport’s greatest per-       for how scientific they are. There are so many      bowl.                                             showed his mettle under pressure during the
formers, admires Salvino.                          more variables today.”                                 Williams was well aware of that before the     casher round.
  “He still loves it,” says Williams, who first       Despite his age and that he grew up during       recent Tournament of Champions at Red Rock          Sitting squarely on the bubble, Williams
bowled against Salvino when the lifelong Mid-      a different era, Salvino is not set in his think-   lanes in Las Vegas . He listed it as a major      tossed a 254 to jump into 19 th place and
westerner was in his late 40s. “He’s still try-    ing or when it comes to change for the sake of      goal. And yet, if he doesn’t win a T of C title   qualify for match play.”That’s not the posi-
ing to compete. I give him a lot of credit. He     improvement. And he says he wasn’t at all           he will not look back at a career with a void.    tion you want to be in,” said Williams, the
takes care of himself. Perhaps more of us          surprised when Kelly Kulick was able to beat           “It means a lot; there’s a lot of money at     only PBA player to exceed $4 million in ca-
should do the same.”                               the men and win the 2010 Tournament of              stake,” Williams noted after qualifying for                                     continued on pg 10
  Salvino has always been a renaissance man        Champions.
of sorts. Long before anyone studied the sci-         “I predicted that years ago,”
ence of bowling, the Schaumburg , Ill. , resi-     Salvino says of a woman competing
dent who owns 17 PBA Tour titles was turn-         equally with men. “They’re getting
ing the sport into a series of equations.          more physically in shape and getting
  At age 45, he started reading his daughter       stronger. A woman learns how to
Corinne’s physics book. At the same age, he        bowl correctly while (some) men sim-
developed the first of his three patents on        ply use their muscle. They have bet-
dynamic balance sphere. He still has the phys-     ter styles than the men. You bowl with
ics book. Also that same year, Salvino won a       rhythm and develop energy through
tour event in Anaheim .                            rhythm.
  “To win a title with a hard rubber ball is one      “Today’s bowlers are not just
of my highlights,” the loquacious Salvino says,    throwers. They are scientists. They
looking back at his nearly 60-year career.         study pin deflection. They look at
“They had plastic (balls) at the time.”            how the ball goes through the pins.
  His last major title came when he won the        They watch the pins fall. They may
1984 Senior National Championship, but he          make a change even after throwing a
continues to compete. And he’s still doing         strike. Here, I am changing my walk
what he can to improve his game. In fact, af-      two weeks before my next tourna-
ter an early exit from the Tournament of           ment.”
Champions in January he was tinkering with            The affable Salvino is not as edu-
his left shoe so he would have a better feel       cated as a Walter Ray Williams, but
for the lanes in the upcoming Masters tour-        he learned early “you do not need to
nament.                                            have a big ego to be a great athlete. I
  “If someone told me I could win the Mas-         listen to what others have to say. I talk
ters by crawling from here (Red Rock Hotel         with those that make the cut and
and Casino) to the (old location of the) Show-     watch them to see what they are do-
boat, I would say, ‘Excuse me. I’ll see you in     ing.”
a couple of weeks’ and start crawling,” says          When will it finally end for
Salvino, one of the eight original inductees in    Salvino? He’s prepared for that ques-
the PBA Hall of Fame. “I never bowled a tour-      tion, invoking his wife of 54 years,
nament to come in second and I am not about        Ginny, who is a member of the
to start now.”                                     Chicagoland USBC Association Hall
  Salvino may not be a threat to win a tourna-     of Fame.
ment, but don’t tell him. He will simply block        “I figure I’m going to live to 95,”
the negative thought and prepare as if he can      Salvino says. “I’ll be in a tournament
turn back the clock. Look at him and it is not a   and throw 11 strikes in a row and ask
stretch.                                           for a standing ovation. I’ll turn to my
  The fact that he is still competing in about     wife and tell her to line me up for the
six tournaments annually while the rest of his     12th. I’ll make the throw for the 12th
contemporaries are either retired or deceased      one and die on the approach.”
speaks volumes about his physical and men-            Strike 12 and he’s out! Now that
tal condition.                                     would be perfect.
                                                                                             STARS & STRIKES - FEBRUARY 2011                                                                                                                              9

  Koivuniemi Wins PBA Tournament of Champions, $250,000 First Prize
                        “Major Mika” nearly perfect in becoming first International Tournament of Champions winner
   LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Finnish Bowling Congress Masters and Floridian left seven difficult – if                                                               first shot in the 10th frame, but left            fund were the richest in bowling
native Mika Koivuniemi of the 2001 U.S. Open – both major not unmakeable – splits in rolling                                                                a 10 pin to give Gomez a chance.                  history. The finals, which aired in
Hartland, Mich., defeated top championships - for his first two the lowest nationally-televised                                                             Gomez earned $40,000 for his                      high-definition for the first time in
                                                                        game in PBA history. Daugherty                                                      fourth place finish.                              PBA history, returned to ABC for
                                                                        converted two pins after leaving                                                      The first prize and total prize                 the first time in 14 years.
                                                                        the 4-6-7-10 split in the 10th frame
                                                                        to shoot an even 100, erasing the                                                    Daugherty takes 100 in stride
                                                                        129 bowled by Steve Jaros in                                                         by Marc David
                                                                        Lake Zurich, Ill., in 1992. Despite
                                                                                                                                                                 Tom Daugherty knows how to keep things in perspective.
                                                                        his record low score, Daugherty                                                          After shattering the PBA record for lowest score ever on a television show with 100,
                                                                        took home $50,000 for third                                                          Daugherty quipped, “$500 per pin is the biggest payday in PBA history.”
                                                                                                                                                                 Daugherty entered the television round with the best average (225) through 72 games.
                                                                        place.                                                                               After bowling what he said was his best tournament game ever in beating Tom Smallwood
                                                                          “I destroyed Jaros’ record,”                                                       258-236 in the position round, Daugherty threw his worst game.
                                                                                                                                                                 “You can’t go out there and try to throw a 100 with seven splits,” said Daugherty, who
                                                                        Daugherty grinned. “I would have                                                     earned $50,000 for his third-place finish. “One game doesn’t take away anything I did
                                                                        been more upset if I’d shot 260                                                      this week. I threw 72 great games and one bad game. It happens. I would rather throw
                                                                                                                                                             my bad game in the 73rd game than the 72nd. I made the show.”
                                                                        and lost. I really wasn’t nervous. I                                                     In essence, it didn’t matter what Daugherty threw in that 73rd game. Champion Mika
                                                                        just threw the wrong ball and                                                        Koivuniemi was in a zone that few bowlers ever find during the television show. Koivuniemi
                                                                                                                                                             had a 299, a 10-pin away from a perfect game against Daugherty, and threw 792 for
                                                                        made some bad shots. Once I was                                                      his three games.
                                                                        down 50 pins and threw another                                                           “It was over by the fifth frame,” Daugherty said. “What are you going to do? Mika was
                                                                                                                                                             throwing so great it didn’t matter what I bowled. I’d rather throw a 100 than a 140.”
                                                                        split, I was just trying to get out                                                      There was one nervous moment for Daugherty, the 35-year-old from Wesley Chapel,
                                                                        of Mika’s way.                                                                       Fla. It came in the 10th round when his seventh split 4-7, 6-10 pins. He was two pins away
                                                                                                                                                             from 100. After converting the 6-10, Daugherty raised his arms above his head and
                                                                          “But I still had the most fun I’ve                                                 high-fived fans, and then “I got out of Mika’s way as fast as I could.”
                                                                        ever had in my life this week, in-                                                       While he called the entire experience “awesome” and “the most fun I ever had,” he
                                                                                                                                                             cringed when he thought about what was ahead.
                                                                        cluding today. I’d rather shoot 100                                                      “I know I’m going to make the top-10 (on ESPN) or get on PTI (Pardon the Interrup-
                                                                        today than earlier in the week. I                                                    tion),” Daugherty said. “Tony Konheiser is going to drill me.”
                                                                                                                                                                 And, after defending champion Tom Smallwood responded about $100,000 being
                                                                        made $500 a pin today. That’s                                                        a great consolation prize, Daugherty interjected, “I’m the better loser. Not even Mika
                                                                        more than Mika made, pin for pin.”                                                   made as much per pin as I did.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -- Marc David
                                                                          Koivuniemi began his march to
                           Mika Koivuniemi                                                                                                                       NOTES...
                                                                        the title with a 224-220 win over                                                        • We asked PBA COO Tom Clark what was the number one thing that had to happen
                                                                                                                                                             for this event to be called a success – his response was “There has to be a buzz in the
qualifier Tom Smallwood of PBA titles after a highly successful Gomez in the opening match                                                                   sports world. People have to notice that this was something really significant.”
Saginaw, Mich., 269-207, international career where he won when Gomez failed to double in                                                                        • Prior to the final casher ’s squad, there was a 90 minute delay, caused by the band
                                                                                                                                                             testing their stage electronics; it blew the circuit feeding the pinsetters; and being all
Saturday to win the $250,000 first titles in 15 different countries.    the 10th frame. Both players                                                         computerized, these systems are very complicated. It wasn’t simply a matter of restoring
prize in the $1 million Professional   “Mika bowled great. He won,” showed early jitters – Koivuniemi                                                        a breaker. One of the bowling center managers said “Maybe we should have a bowling
                                                                                                                                                             tournament next year instead of a rock concert.”
Bowlers Association Tournament said Smallwood, who earned leaving a pocket 7-10 split on his                                                                     • Tom Daugherty’s 100 shattered the PBA televised low game record of 129 shot by
of Champions at Red Rock Lanes. $100,000 as runner-up. “He out- first shot and Gomez missing a 7                                                             Steve Jaros in 1992. At the H of F dinner, Mike Jakubowski joked, “I don’t know who’s
                                                                                                                                                             happier tonight – Mika or Jaros”
   After rolling a 299 game against bowled all of us. He had a great pin in his second frame – but both                                                          • Because of the low entry count of 175, the advertised million dollar prize fund was
Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, look at the lane condition and he recovered with strings of strikes.                                                         reduced to $963,700. Every PBA official we spoke with said they were “shocked” that the
                                                                                                                                                             tournament did not draw the 280 entries required to pay out the full million.
Fla., in the semifinal match, made the shots. And winning Gomez used his string of five in a                                                                     • Tom Daugherty was tough on his fellow PBA regional members who chose not to
Koivuniemi threw another 10 $100,000 can make you a good row to take the lead heading into                                                                   support the event. “They should have their PBA cards cancelled, “he said.
                                                                                                                                                                 • Kelly Kulick had a tough week compared to last year. She cashed, but in 49th place
strikes on 12 tries against loser.”                                                                                                                          . . .but handled it with style and grace. Her speech at the H of F dinner where she ac-
Smallwood to become the first          In the semi-                                                                                                          cepted the Bowler of the Year and the Glenn Allison Hero Award from the WBW and
                                                                                                                                                             Bowlers Journal was by far the best of the night. Funny; from the heart; and five minutes
international player ever to win the final    match,                                                                                                         – perfect.
PBA’s signature tournament.          Koivuniemi                                                                                                                  • Two other women cashed in the event: Diandra Asbaty, 33rd, and Liz Johnson, 35th.
                                                                                                                                                                 • In spite of outward appearances, Kulick has to be feeling the pain. On 1-19, she told
   “I can’t even say what this title came within a                                                                                                           USA Today writer Bob Velin she thought the defunct PWBA would “never return.” She also
means right now,” Koivuniemi wobbling 10 pin                                                                                                                 described the financial situation of the PBA from her perspective as a player – “Every
                                                                                                                                                             year it gets worse and worse. I hate to say it. We just seem to be surviving by a thread.”
said. “It was my third major and I of becoming the                                                                                                               • Kulick also expressed her dislike of putting so much money in one event. “This tourna-
have nine titles now. I hope I can first player in                                                                                                           ment used to be $100,000 for first place, and it has diminished over time. I would’ve
                                                                                                                                                             loved to see it distributed more evenly throughout other events.” And she made those
win a few more and secure a spot PBA history to                                                                                                              comments while she was still in the hunt for the big prize.
in the hall of fame. And my oldest shoot          two                                                                                                            • Velin also sensed the tough times the PBA is facing, and described the T of C as a
                                                                                                                                                             “Hail Mary pass” for the PBA, to which Tom Clark responded, “He doesn’t know that we
daughter is starting college next n a t i o n a l l y -                                                                                                      have a three year contract for this event.”
year, so the money will help.        televised 300                                                                                                               • Mika Koivuniemi, known for his sometimes expressionless demeanor, was caught
                                                                                                                                                             smiling a few times after the win. “I have 250,000 reasons to smile,” he told us at the Hall
   “It helped to get past my first games. The 42-                                                                                                            of Fame Dinner.
match,” he added. “I haven’t had year-old right-                                                                                                                 • Mika’s reaction to missing the 300 by a single pin took us back to Don Johnson 41
                                                                                                                                                             years ago. The only difference was that Johnson fell face down on the approach, and
a lot of breaks on TV lately. Even hander rolled a                                                                                                           Mika was face up.
after I shot the 299, I held myself perfect game                 You gotta laugh: Mika and Tom                                                                   • Mika admitted that the 12 minute break before the title match helped him calm
back and stayed focused. It would against Jason                      discuss the 100 game                                                                    down after the 299. “Yes. It always takes a while to calm down after a big game. It was
                                                                                                                                                             nice to have time to recover.”
have been nice to shoot 300, but Couch of Clermont, Fla., in the ninth frame, but made his                                                                       • Had he shot 300, the PBA would have given Mika a $10,000 bonus. Normally, I would
                                                                                                                                                             be upset at missing that money, but not today,” said Mika.
it’s more important to win the Windsor Locks, Conn., in 2003. biggest mistake, leaving and                                                                       • Mike Jakubowski had another great one liner about the missed 300 game. At the
title.”                                Koivuniemi easily defeated missing the 3-4-6-7 split to hand                                                          Hall of Fame Dinner, he said “We should all thank Mika. If he had shot 300, we would be
                                                                                                                                                             having a cash bar tonight.”
   Koivuniemi        earned      the Daugherty, 299-100, because the lead back to the Finnish native.                                                            • For all you ball buffs – Mika used a 15# Ebonite Mission Domination. That’s two in a
nickname “Major Mika” after Daugherty’s television debut was              Koivuniemi had a chance to lock                                                    row in the T of C for the ball ( Kulick won with a Mission last year) and three for Mika – “I’ve
                                                                                                                                                             won all three of my majors with Ebonite, so they work well for me,” he said.
winning the 2000 United States a disaster. The 35-year-old up the match with a strike on his                                                                     • Timing is everything. Mika said he had not had any breaks on TV in a long time – but
                                                     46TH PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS                                                                        “Today was a good time to get them.”
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                                                         anes,      egas,          Jan.                                                                          • It was no shock that Mika did so well. He had more television experience than all of
FINAL STANDINGS                                                                                                                                              his opponents combined. The Vegas odds makers would have made him a “Heavy”
1, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., three games, 792 pins, $250,000                                                                                         favorite to win.
2, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., one game, 207, $100,000                                                                                                        • Mika finally admitted what few players will admit when asked about money. When
3, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., one game, 100, $50,000                                                                                                asked if they ever think of the money while bowling for the title, he said “We try not to, but
4, Andres Gomez, Colombia, one game, 200, $40,000                                                                                                            today, I thought about it twice; but it only lasted about 10 seconds.”
PLAYOFF RESULTS                                                                                                                                                  • Koivuniemi had three words to describe the 11th shot in the 299 game – “It was
Match One: Koivuniemi def. Gomez, 224-220
        One:                                                                                                                                                 bad!” He later said his thumb didn’t clear the ball, causing him to pull the ball inside his
Semifinal Match: Koivuniemi def. Daugherty, 299-100                                                                                                          target.
Championship Match: Koivuniemi def. Smallwood, 269-207                                                                                                           • On the show, Randy Pedersen made a classic bowling boo boo – after Mika got the
Matchplay Results                                                                                                                                            first 11, Randy said “I’m going out on a limb and saying he will get the next strike for the
5, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 14-10, 13,358, $35,000; 6, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 11-13, 13,347, $30,000; 7, Osku Palermaa,                     300.” . . .we bet he doesn’t do that again.
Finland, 11-13, 13,314, $26,000; 8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 14-10, 13,212, $24,000; 9, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 11-13, 13,175, $23,000;              • Mika also made it a point to thank one of his long time sponsors and friend Dave
10, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 10-14, 13,144, $22,000; 11, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 12-12, 13,140, $21,000; 12, Jason Belmonte, Australia,              Bernhardt, owner of Turbo Bowling Accessories, run by daughter Lori Tessmar. “Dave helped
10-14, 13,092, $20,100; 13, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 11-12-1, 13,053, $19,000; 14, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 12-12, 12,969,                  us come to this country and was the first to encourage me to bowl the tour, and I thank
$18,000; 15, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 14-10, 12,949, $17,000.16, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 10-14, 12,879, $16,000; 17, Doug Kent, Newark,                him for that.” Mika and Leena and family make their home in Michigan, and Mika spends
N.Y., 15-9, 12,855, $15,100; 18, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 11-12-1, 12,854, $14,000;19, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 7-17, 12,748, $13,000; 20,    much of his practice time in the Turbo Tech Training Center in Chesterfield.
Robert Smith, Hong Kong, 12-12, 12,686, $12,000; 21, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 10-14, 12,614, $11,000; 22, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 10-            • Mika is so popular in Finland, they may throw a parade for him; but big talent runs in
14, 12,543, $10,000; 23, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 8-16, 12,535, $9,000; 24, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 11-13, 12,483, $8,000                 the Koivuniemi family – his sister Paula Koivuniemi is perhaps the most popular singer in
Other Cashers (after 34 games)                                                                                                                               Finland.
Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 7,377, $7,00; Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 7,370, $6,500; Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 7,367, $6,000; (tie)                   • Tom Smallwood said he was “Not disappointed at all” in finishing second. “I won
Jason Wojnar, Chicago, and Stuart Williams, England, 7,365, $5,350; Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 7,356, $5,00; Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio,                  twice as much as I did for winning the World’s Championship last year, so it’s hard to be
7,354, $4,800; Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 7,293, $4,600; Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 7,265, $4,500; Brian Ziesig, Levittown, N.Y., 7,264,                  upset. If I threw it away I might feel different, but I didn’t. He just beat me.”
$4,400; (tie) Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 7,255, $4,250; Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 7,236, $4,100;                    • Andres Gomez looked really cool under the pressure, and gave Mika his biggest
Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 7,231, $4,000; Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 7,230, $3,900; Tim Criss, Bel Air, Md., 7,215, $3,800; Rhino                challenge, losing 220-224. “I came within a 7 pin of beating him. If I had got by Mika, I
Page, Dade City, Fla., 7,211, $3,700; Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 7,202, $3,600; Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 7,199, $3,500; Pete Weber,             like my chances to climb the ladder.”
St. Ann, Mo., 7,180, $3,400; Bob Learn Jr., Macomb, Mich., 7,168, $3,300; Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 7,159, $3,200; Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill.,              • Gomez got good advice from his friend Amleto Monacelli before the show. Amleto
7,152, $3,100; Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 7,151, $3,000; Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 7,145, $2,900; Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 7,131,              told him “Stay calm and make good decisions.”
$2,800; Eric Forkel, Las Vegas, 7,130, $2,700; Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 7,094, $2,600; Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 6,723, $2,500                                                                                             -- Jim Goodwin
  10                                                                           STARS & STRIKES - FEBRUARY 2011

New USBC Record

            75-year-old Will June Rolls                                                                            SCOTT BOYLE, SHANNON PLUHOWSKY
            Back-to-Back 300 Games                                                                                    TAKE TEAM USA TRIALS TITLES
by Jim Goodwin, for the BNN                                                                                        HENDERSON, Nev. - Scott Boyle of Salida, respectively.
  Sometimes, truly incredible stories slip the three. He finally had that elusive 300                           Calif., and Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering,         The National Selection Committee picked
through the cracks, and this was one of those game! Team mates and league mates gathered                        Ohio, pulled away for victories Friday at the Diandra Asbaty of Chicago, Bryanna Caldwell
times. However, thanks to our good friend ‘round, excited to see the great game and share                       2011 United States Bowling Congress Team of Tucson, Ariz., Jarret Mizo of Honolulu and
Frank Weiler, our BWAA man in Southern the moment with their good friend.                                       USA Trials.                                       Steve Smith of San Diego to round out the
California, the following story about an           Another interesting note about the old 16                       Boyle led the men's field with a 36-game final roster for Team USA in 2011.
amazing man will be told to the bowling pound ball: It was not even drilled for him. It                         total of 8,180, an average of 227.2, while          Heading into the Team USA Trials, 13
world. A bit behind, but timelessly thrilling. was given to him by a friend, and the fit was                    Pluhowsky shot 7,933, an average of 220.3, players had already secured spots by virtue of
  Wilbert June is 75 years                                         close enough, so he just left                at Sunset Station's                                                           their selection in
old . . .but on August 31,                                         it alone.                                    Strike        Zone                                                            November.
2010 he served notice                                                 In game three, he seemed                  Bowling Center in                                                             Williams, Chris
that the word “old” is                                             to be on auto pilot, repeat-                 suburban        Las                                                           Barnes,       Wes
waaay over rated. Will, as                                         ing shot after shot . . .strike,             Vegas.                                                                        Malott, Tommy
his friends and family call                                        strike, strike, strike, and                     There wasn't                                                               Jones, Patrick
him, loves to bowl. He be-                                         again, he accumulates the                    much drama in                                                                 Allen and Bill
gan after a distinguished                                          front nine. The thought                      either of the two                                                             O'Neill make up
military career 35 years                                           never occurred to him that                   left-handers                                                                  the remainder of
ago at age 40. He now                                              he had 21 strikes in a row.                  victories. Boyle                                                              the men's team. On
bowls in four leagues a                                            “I just couldn’t believe that                won by a 150-pin                                                              the women's side,
week in his hometown of                                            I had a chance for another                   margin over Walter                                                            Stefanie Nation,
Moreno Valley, Califor-                                            300,” he said. But he did;                   Ray Williams Jr. of          Scott Boyle and Shannon Pluhowsky                Shannon O'Keefe,
nia. Bowling is a big part                                         and he didn’t let it slip away.              Ocala, Fla., while Pluhowsky topped Liz Pluhowsky, Johnson, Kelly Kulick, Tennelle
of his life.                                                       He rolled three more to be-                  Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., by 103 pins. Milligan and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard were
  “I actually bowled one                                           come the oldest player in                       "This means the world to me because selected.
time when I was 30,” he                                            bowling history to roll con-                 everything I have ever worked for - all the hard    The top two boys and top two girls finishers
told us. I rolled a begin-                Will June                secutive 300 games.                          work and practice - have finally paid off," said who are 20 years or younger before Jan. 1,
ners luck 200 game that day, but never picked      The next day, he started another league with                 the 19-year-old Boyle, who attends Modesto 2011 also earned automatic spots on Junior
up a ball again until 10 years later.”           an eight-bagger, and it seemed to some that                    Community College. "I was able to get off to Team USA. Boyle, Tackett and Yioulos all
  When Mr. June walked into Brunswick he would never miss again, but on the next                                a good start today and just stayed mentally earned spots on both Team USA and Junior
Moreno Valley Bowl on that last day of Au- shot, the magic ended.; and his feet were back                       focused. This is surreal."                        Team USA. Elise Bolton of Merritt Island,
gust, it was a day like any other, and he was on the floor; he returned to the planet Earth.                       Boyle lurked near the top of the standings Fla., took the second girls spot.
happy to see his friends in the “Young at          June spent 20 years in the Air Force. For a                  all week but had trailed Mike Fagan of              The National Selection Committee polished
Heart” League. Little did he know that day, while he was stationed in North Africa, but                         Patchogue, N.Y., who led each of the first three off the Junior Team USA 2011 roster by adding
that he was about to make bowling history. spent most of his tour in California. He and                         rounds. Boyle finally pulled into the lead by Tyler Herrman of Harrisburg, Pa., TJ Baral of
  June is a very good bowler; averaged 210 his wife Sayan raised four children. One of                          shooting 2,064 on the 38-foot Atlanta lane Palm City, Fla., Samantha Kelly of Hoffman
in one of his leagues. . .but one thing had his grandsons, Cato June, played pro football                       pattern Friday.                                   Estates, Ill., and Jessica Earnest of Vandalia,
eluded him for 35 years – a perfect game.        for the Indianapolis Colts.                                       Pluhowsky, meanwhile, had the highest total Ill., to the team.
  But not this time. His league session started    We think June’s accomplishment is right up                   in Friday's final round, finishing with 2,019       At the USBC Junior Gold Championships
on an ordinary note with a 198 game; nothing there with the 900 series being rolled by much                     to jump into the lead and take home the title. in Indianapolis last July, 12 players earned
to get excited about . . .but then, he started younger bowlers; but this USBC record is                            "This week was really a chance for me to spots on Junior Team USA. The boys group
stringing strikes; one after another, and when unique; and what a thrill; what an accomplish-                   learn a lot about the new equipment I'm includes Marshall Kent, Matt Gasn, Chris Via,
he reached the 10th frame of game two, he was ment; what a great story.                                         throwing and to get some practice on the Jacob Kent, Kyle King and Andrew Koff,
sitting on a nine-bagger.                          “It was a wonderful day, and I felt good,”                   patterns that we see throughout the year at while the girls team includes Hamilton,
  In the final frame, he was strangely calm. he told the Moreno Valley Press Enterprise.                        Team USA events," Pluhowsky said. "I felt Addileen Pointer, Kristie Petravich, Kaitlin
His knees were not weak, and his thoughts “I guess the main thing is that the good Lord                         like everything was pretty good physically, and Quinn, Danielle McEwan and Liz Seibel.
and focus were clear. He tossed strike num- was with me. I was rolling the ball, and He                         every day I got a little better."                   Members of Team USA and Junior Team
ber 10 perfectly in the pocket. On number 11, was guiding it.” His team mates also                                 The top three men and top three women in USA will compete in international
he was thinking ‘please carry’ and his Elite helped.”They kept encouraging me, and that                         the final standings who were not already competitions through 2011, including the
“Alien” bowling ball made the pins oblige. helped a lot.”                                                       selected to be on Team USA earned automatic World Women's Championships, Pan
Taking a deep breath before the final shot, he     Bowling truly is an incredible sport. If you                 spots on the 2011 Team USA roster. Williams, American Bowling Confederation Men's
was able to relax a bit and it was the best of have doubts, just ask Mr. June.                                  Pluhowsky and Johnson all were selected in Championships, the Pan American Games,
WILLIAMS cont from pg 8                                  And Williams is one in the 50-plus crowd that          November, so they were not eligible for the QubicaAMF World Cup, PABCON Youth
reer earnings. “Everyone out here likes the pres-     is still putting up good numbers. He made his             automatic spots.                                  Championships and Tournament of Americas.
sure. I don’t mind it. But I would rather bowl        PBA Seniors debut last year and won his first                Joining Boyle on the men's team was third-       The members of the team also receive world-
better and not put myself in that position. I knew    tournament, the Miller High Life Senior Clas-             place finisher EJ Tackett of Huntington, Calif., class coaching and use of the International
I needed to bowl a good last game.”                   sic.                                                      and Fagan, who finished fourth. On the Training and Research Center in Arlington,
   That Williams ever made match play was a              One month later, he had the opportunity to             women's side, Brenda Padilla of Mansfield, Texas. The top two finishers at the Team USA
bit of a surprise. The Ocala , Fla. , right-hander    become the second bowler to win the USBC                  Texas, Brittni Hamilton of Webster, N.Y., and Trials also have the option to receive free
has battled arthritis in his fingertips and hadn’t    Masters and USBC Senior Masters in a career,
                                                                                                                Kim Yioulos of Rochester, N.Y., all earned the health insurance from the United States
bowled well in the World Series.                      and first to do it in the same season. He made
                                                                                                                automatic spots by finishing third through fifth, Olympic Committee for 2011.
   “The grip hurt so I shortened it,” Williams        the three-game final before falling to fellow
said. “I wasn’t sure how it would work. I wasn’t      PBA Hall of Famer Wayne Webb.
100 percent sure of myself because I didn’t bowl
well at the World Series.”
                                                         The six-time former Men’s World Horseshoe
                                                      Pitching champion is still among the top
                                                      bowlers in the world and remains one of the
                                                                                                                YES Fund Welcomes Five New Partners
   The grip adjustment worked well enough to
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Williams came up short in match play.                 the 21st century, Williams was recognized as the          bowling industry organizations stepped            programs have received positive feedback
   It isn’t the start he envisioned to the year. He   No. 2 bowler all-time behind Earl Anthony in
                                                                                                                forward to join the program dedicated to youth    and additional markets soon will have the
was looking to turn it around at the upcoming         the “50 greatest players of the last 50 years.”
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marvels at the bowlers who have been around a            Before launching his book writing career three years     “I am extremely grateful to see these leaders   Murphy said. “The outstanding commitment
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Johnson Reveals New “Bowling Think Tank”
We asked BPAA executive director Steve Johnson to give us some details on the new Think
Tank he announced during the Summit Town Hall meeting in Las Vegas on January 21.
   Jim,                                                vey with the ultimate goal of prioritizing sev-
   Thank you for mentioning the Industry Think
Tank. I will be happy to comment on what
occurred at Summit and I ask to please keep
                                                       eral areas of focus that if attacked correctly
                                                       and collectively will move the needle for our
                                                       industry. We achieved our goal and now the
what I say in perspective. I am not going to           work begins. We will regroup at a tbd time                      Installment #2 - What is a Clutch Situation?
theorize, philosophize, strategize, quote fa-          and destination to drill down on these priori-
mous athletes, point fingers, relive the past          ties and develop action plans.
                                                                                                               People “in the clutch” definitely place themselves under pressure, stress, and tension
or solve all of our issues with this post. I am           An example of a priority is to improve the         simply because they have an extremely high desire to succeed. A clutch situation develops
just going to state the facts as they occurred         experience for a bowler. That sounds great            when someone experiences an unusually strong emotional reaction related to achieving
and look at next steps.                                and easy but the drill down will prove other-         one or more important goals (like needing a strike or a spare to win the game).
   I have had the pleasure and opportunity to          wise. There are many types of bowlers and               Because we focus so much upon the potential for failure, we do not perform well in
listen to the stakeholders in this industry for        reasons they do or don’t bowl. Everyone will          the clutch. Unfortunately, we often create unreasonable expectations of ourselves. We
18 months. That is something I will continue           have their ideas as to how to do this. Could it       think we should be perfect and succeed all of the time. And when we do not meet these
to do for as long as I am here. Many have              be coaching, customer service, better food,           expectations, we tend to feel that we are failures. Be reasonable with yourself; dwelling
said that we need industry leaders to sit in a         cleaner pro shop, nicer league secretary,
                                                                                                             on “failure” because of unreasonable expectations is absolutely foolish!
room, take their logos off and put on the logo         lower cost, safety, better lane conditioning,
of Bowling. We need to identify the major is-          better looking women (just threw that in there
                                                                                                               If you have reasonable expectations, you still may not perform as well in the clutch as
sues we face, prioritize them and then even-           to see if you are still reading), I could go on       you would like, simply due to a lack of know-how and practice. But, you can perform
tually work together to solve them.                    and on and the answer is obviously YES for            up to your potential if you put as much hard work into your mental game as you do into
   This really is not a difficult task if the indus-   all of these.                                         your physical game. The mental game is actually quite simple — it is common sense.
try accepts this process. We started the pro-             Now, having said that, we will never be all          Every bowler practices the physical bowling game. Few actually practice their mental
cess this last week at the Summit and as-              things to all people. If we attempt to be we          bowling games. But consistent winners have their mental acts together. They practice
sembled a group of approximately 20 lead-              will fail.                                            and use mental skills consistently even though they may not be aware that these skills
ers made up of a diverse group of stakehold-              What I can tell you is it is not a quick fix for   are being used. Therefore, they perform well under pressure!
ers in the industry. Does everyone in the in-          anything. This is a process and culture
                                                                                                               The consistent and effective mental control of a refined physical game distinguishes
dustry have an opinion? Yes Are there more             change for many. If we continue with the pro-
than 20 leaders in the industry? Yes Could             cess, good things will happen for the Bowl-
                                                                                                             real long-term winners from the rest of the field.
this group have had others on it that were             ing Industry which means all of our logos win.          In Bowling Tough, we show you how you can practice physical and mental skills at
not on it? Yes Would this process work if                 Stay tuned for more information as it be-          the same time. Learn and practice the methods of mental control and put them into your
the group were hundreds? NO                            comes available. As an FYI, I don’t have the          game plan — all of the time. You will have more frequent success under pressure.
   I utilized our PR firm to facilitate the meet-      time to debate all of the banter that goes back
ing and work with us in preparing the attend-          and forth [in emails] but that does not mean I                     Will Powers, Ph. D., Fort Worth, Texas
ees with both materials to review prior to the         am not interested. I am very interested in
meeting as well as administering an open               improving the industry, sport and activity of                                                 Bob Strickland, M. S., Everett, Washington
ended survey to be completed the week prior            Bowling.                                                                      to buy the new Bowling Tough book visit:
to the Think Tank. We spent 3 hours discuss-              Best Regards,
ing the industry and the findings of the sur-             Steve Johnson

                                                                                                                                                       Webber Students
                                                                                                                                                       Break Guinness
                                                                                                                                                       World Record at
                                                                                                                                                     Kegel Training Center
                                                                                                                                                       Lake Wales, FL – On a quiet Monday afternoon at
                                                                                                                                                    the Kegel Training Center, the world record for most
                                                                                                                                                    strikes in one minute fell within fifteen minutes of the
                                                                                                                                                    first attempt. Twenty-five of the current Webber Inter-
                                                                                                                                                    national University bowling team members attempted
                                                                                                                                                    to break the Guinness Book of World Record for the
                                                                                                                                                    most strikes in one minute for an individual. Warrior
                                                                                                                                                    bowlers were joined by long-time Team USA bowler John
                                                                                                                                                    Janawicz and WIU women’s coach Randy Stoughton,
                                                                                                                                                    who also attempted the record.
                                                                                                                                                       The rules stipulated that participants could use mul-
                                                                                                                                                    tiple bowling balls as well as multiple lanes. The world-
                                                                                                                                                    record attempt utilized the 2011 Women’s U.S. Open
                                                                                                                                                    pattern and was completed on Lanes 5-8 at the Kegel
                                                                                                                                                    Training Center. Lanes 7 & 8 are not new to records.
                                                                                                                                                    This was the same pair in which Wes Malott bowled two
                                                                                                                                                    perfect 300 games on the ESPN live broadcast of the
                                                                                                                                                    King of Bowling in 2009.
                                                                                                                                                       The most strikes in one minute record fell within fif-
                                                                                                                                                    teen minutes of the first attempt. Webber freshman
                                                                                                                                                    Kristis Sergejevas from Lithuania rolled seven strikes
                                                                                                                                                    within sixty seconds as the crowd of fifty spectators
                                                                                                                                                    enthusiastically cheered. When asked later, Krisits sim-
                                                                                                                                                    ply replied, “It was tiring and exhausting . . .You can’t
                                                                                                                                                    concentrate at all.”
                                                                                                                                                       Two-time AMF World Cup participant Marcelo
                                                                                                                                                    Suartz, of Brazil, knocked down seven strikes to tie the
                                                                                                                                                    record set forty-five minutes earlier. “I knew if I stayed
                                                                                                                                                    patient and calm, I could make it,” Suartz said after.
                                                                                                                                                       Yet, the team wasn’t finished with the impressive feat.
                                                                                                                                                    Floridian Colin Champion, a 117 lb. freshman, rolled
                                                                                                                                                    eight (8) strikes within one minute to break the world-
                                                                                                                                                    record set early by both Suartz and Sergejevas. “I tried
                                                                                                                                                    to throw normally instead of fast,” when asked how he
                                                                                                                                                    did it.
                                                                                                                                                       The previous world record was held by Tomas
                                                                                                                                                    Leandersson of Sweden who rolled six strikes in one
                                                                                                                                                    minute on October 24, 2001 at Sundbybergs Bowling
                                                                                                                                                       The Webber International Men’s Bowling Team is the
                                                                                                                                                    consensus number one team in the country according to
                                                                                                                                                    the latest National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Asso-
                                                                                                                                                    ciation and Bowling Writers Association of America polls.
                                                                                                                                                    The Women’s team is a consensus top 10 in these polls.
                                                                         STARS & STRIKES - FEBRUARY 2011                                                                                        13

               IN MEMORIAM                                                                            BPAA To Honor Pat Ciniello With
                                     John J. Archibald, whose byline graced the Post-Dispatch          Victor Lerner Memorial Medal
                                                                                                          Long-time bowling executive to be inducted
                                   for more than four decades, died Monday, January 3 at St.
                                   Mary's Health Center in Richmond Heights, Missouri He was
                                   85. He lived in Webster Groves and suffered a stroke about
                                   two years ago, his family said.
                                                                                                                    into BPAA Hall of Fame
                                     Mr. Archibald was a sportswriter, features writer and the          The Bowling Proprietors' Association of the Awards Committee.
                                   newspaper's first television critic. He brought to his writing a
                                                                                                      America (BPAA) announced the recipients of           Bob Gudorf (Classic Products, Ft. Wayne,
                                   courteous curiosity and a gentle sense of humor. His first paid
                                   job as a journalist was with the Army. As a 19-year-old private    the 2011 Bowling Industry Service Awards, Ind.) will receive the coveted V. A. Wapensky
                                   in the Pacific, he wrote for the official newspaper of the 96th    the most prestigious awards presented by the Award, named after BPAA's long-time chief
                                   Infantry Division.                                                 bowling industry, at its Town Hall Membership executive officer, "Chief" Wapensky. Mr.
                                     He earned a journalism degree at the University of Missouri      Meeting held at the Red                                              Gudorf is being recognized
                                   in 1949, then talked his way into a job as a sportswriter at the   Rock Resort and Spa in Las                                           for more than 50 years in the
Post-Dispatch. For more than 20 years, he covered events ranging from the grand (the old St.          Vegas, Nevada Friday,                                                bowling industry and his
Louis Hawks, then in their glory days in the National Basketball Association) to the lowly (the       January 21, 2011.                                                    strong support of BPAA
old St. Louis Browns, then in their final days of decline).                                             Pat Ciniello (Bowling                                              events over the years as well
   Mr. Archibald's first love in the sports section went to a beat that few other writers wanted      Management Associates,                                               as his support/service to the
anything to do with: bowling. As a kid, he caught the bowling bug from his father, a letter           Inc., Bonita Springs, Fla.)                                          International Bowling
carrier who bowled in a post office league. Mr. Archibald himself was a pretty good bowler,
                                                                                                      has been selected as the 2011                                        Museum and Hall of Fame.
usually averaging in the low 190s. In September 2010, the 63 year old St Louis Press Radio TV
League was renamed the John J. Archibald Press Radio TV League in his honor.                          BPAA Hall of Fame                                                      Parker Bohn III (Jackson,
   In 1971, the Post-Dispatch concluded that television was here to stay and made Mr. Archibald       Inductee and recipient of the                                        N.J.) is being recognized
its first television critic. He stood aloof from the Take-No-Prisoners School of TV criticism,        Victor Lerner Memorial                                               with the Dick Weber
preferring to accept television on its own terms. "Personally, I thought ‘The Lucy Show' was          Medal. The Lerner Medal                                              Bowling        Ambassador
dumb," he once said. "But I realized that people just loved it. How could you criticize something     is the highest honor in the                                          Award, named after the
like that?"                                                                                           bowling business and is                                              legendary bowling icon,
   In 1977, Mr. Archibald changed channels and became a feature writer. His affable manner            awarded for a lifetime of                                            recognizing his many
and easy-reading style made him a natural for celebrity interviews, including Nobel Prize-            service to the bowling                                               contributions to the game
winning author and death-camp survivor Elie Weisel, historian William L. Shirer, and Liberace.        industry and represents the                 Pat Ciniello             and sport of bowling both on
His prose read more easily than it wrote. Mr. Archibald made a methodical project out of              recipient's induction into BPAA's Hall of Fame and off the lanes.
writing, seeking a quiet corner that gave him room to spread out, in order, pages of notes, torn
                                                                                                      located at the International Bowling Hall of         ESPN radio's, sports-talk radio program,
one at a time from his notepad. He never put bowling behind him. Through his tours as a critic
and feature writer, he persisted in turning out bowling columns for the sports section. He also       Fame and Museum in Arlington, Texas.               Mike & Mike In The Morning, will receive
contributed on the subject to the Encyclopedia Britannica and wrote a book titled "Bowling for          Mr. Ciniello is cited for his many years of the 2011 Media Award for their coverage and
Boys and Girls."                                                                                      bowling center management in his Bowland support of the 2010 NFL Charities bowling
   Archibald’s bowling stories were published in virtually all of the industry magazines and          chain of centers in Florida, service to the event during Super Bowl week in South
newspapers, continuing after his retirement as a full time journalist, including Bowlers Journal      BPAA and BPAA programs, events and Florida. The show airs nationally on ESPN
International. In the late 90’s, he penned a column in the Stars & Strikes newspaper entitled         tournaments as well as the bowling industry radio weekday mornings and is simulcast on
“Heroes” about the greats of the game like Dick Weber and Don Carter - men he knew                    on local, state and national levels. His industry ESPN2. Hosts Mike Greenberg, a former
personally in their heyday.                                                                           contributions include many years of service sports writer and former NFL player Mike
   The American Bowling Congress regularly bestowed writing awards on Mr. Archibald and               to the Multi Unit Bowling Information Group Golic have been great supporters of bowling
called him the sport's "winningest writer." The Professional Bowling Association's Hall of            (MUBIG) and the International Bowling and bowling events during their decade on the
Fame made him a member, for meritorious service in 1989. But his colleagues in the Everyday
                                                                                                      Museum and Hall of Fame (IBMHOF), air and continue to present the sport in a
section used less flattering terms after they dispatched him to buy red shirts for the Everyday
bowling team. Mr. Archibald, who was color-blind, returned with shirts in Frederick's-of-             especially during the IBMHOF's relocation positive image.
Hollywood pink, and the team spent a season being hooted at.                                          and rebuilding at the International Bowling          "This is an outstanding and well-deserving
   He promised when he retired in 1990 to continue writing an occasional column on bowling,           Campus in Arlington, Texas.                        group of 2011 award recipients," said John
and he did. His last one appeared in 1993. He once wrote about what he wanted engraved on               Mark Voight (Community Bowling Centers, Snyder, BPAA president. "Each of these
his tombstone:                                                                                        Livonia, Mich.) will be recognized with the distinguished recipients are, and have been,
   “‘Why don't you guys ever get anything in the newspapers about bowling?' "                         President's Medal for his many contributions true models of leadership, service and
                                                      Obit courtesy of the St. Louis Post Dispatch    and years of service to the BPAA and helping dedication, and we congratulate all of them
                                                                                                      steer Michigan through a challenging time, on their accomplishments and contributions
  Bowling was blessed by John Archibald’s love of words and love of bowling.                          ensuring Michigan centers remained in BPAA to BPAA and the bowling industry."
  When Archibald covered a tournament he always was one of the last writers to leave the              membership. The President's Medal is given           The Bowling Industry Service Awards will
press room, looking, waiting to find the words he wanted, though it might mean minutes even           to an individual (proprietor - manager) judged be presented during International Bowl Expo
an hour or more to satisfy a story he felt might be better.                                           to have given exceptional support and/or made 2011 on Monday, June 27 (Wednesday morning,
  In his decades as a newsman he was a beat reporter, covered radio and TV, but was apart of          significant contributions to the association in June 29, for the Lerner Memorial Medal
the bowling scene as deep as you can get. He bowled with champs, got to know them inti-               the eyes of the current BPAA president and presentation) at the Gaylord Texan Resort.
mately, and was as good at editorial messages, things the game needed, as he was at praise or
personality pieces.
  Accurate, factual, imaginative, revealing, interesting and the real thing is what you always
got when you read an Archibald story. And he also had the same attributes in person on the
                                                                                                      Entry Deadlines Extended for 2011 USBC
                                                                                                        Women’s and Open Championships
many bowling writing committees he served plus the chief role as president of the bowling
writers, all of whom were proud to call him a friend and a giant of wit and wisdom and words.
                                                                             -- Chuck Pezzano
DONNA ZIMMERMAN                                                                                          Tournament season is right around the            and will run for 88 days, also concluding on
                               Donna Zimmerman, a United States Bowling Congress Hall of              corner, and it's not too late to be part of the     July 3.
                             Famer, passed away Dec. 23, 2010 in Thousand Palms, Calif. She           action at the 2011 United States Bowling              The Women's Championships received a
                             was 77.                                                                  Congress Women's and Open Championships.            successful makeover in 2010 and now features
                               She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982 in the Superior            The entry deadline for the USBC Women's          three average-based divisions that use a 100-
                             Performance category. Zimmerman’s best season came in 1965,
                                                                                                      Championships has been extended to March            percent handicap format. Between the new look
                             when she captured the all events title at the Women’s International
                                                                                                      1, while USBC Open Championships                    of the venue and the new format, the Women's
                             Bowling Congress (now USBC) Championships and led her team
                             to a second-place finish at the tournament. She also won the             competitors now will have until March 4 to          Championships is a can't-miss opportunity for
                             Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America doubles crown with           submit their entries.                               women of all ages and skill levels.
                             Janet Harmon.                                                               The 2011 Open Championships will be the            "We take great pride in our championship
                               For the 1965 season, Zimmerman was named to the Bowlers                first to kick off this year as it begins its 122-   events, and we don't want anyone to miss out
                             Journal International All-American team and finished second to           day run March 4. Bowlers from all 50 states         on the opportunity to compete on bowling's
                             Betty Kuczynski for Bowler of the Year honors. She was named             and several foreign countries will converge on      biggest stages," said Brian Lewis, USBC
                             Southern California Woman Bowler of the Year.                            the one-of-a-kind, 78-lane National Bowling         Managing Director of Tournaments. "Entries
                               Zimmerman was a charter member of the Professional Women’s             Stadium in Reno, Nev., before the tournament        for both the Open and Women's Championships
Bowling Association. She earned one professional title, the PWBA Oxnard Open in 1964, and             concludes on July 3.                                have been steady as the original deadlines
took second in three other events. She was inducted into the PWBA Hall of Fame in 1996.
                                                                                                         More than 12,000 five-player teams already       approached, so we want to give undecided
  She began her bowling career in her hometown of Akron, Ohio. In 1952, at age 19, she
                                                                                                      are headed for "The Biggest Little City in the      bowlers and captains a little more time to get
became the 27th woman in bowling history to roll a perfect game. It was the only 300 game the
WIBC recorded during the 1952-53 season.                                                              World," but there's still plenty of room            their teams together and join us."
  One of her more interesting moments in bowling occurred at the 1959 BPAA All-Star                   available for bowlers interested in trying to         For bowlers looking for extra opportunities
Tournament in Buffalo, N.Y. A severe snowstorm left her without transportation, so Zimmerman          earn a share of the $5 million prize fund.          to cash in on the championship lanes, there's
and Buzz Fazio decided to run to the center. She described how they ran through the snow and             This year, the Women's Championships will        always a variety of side events and jackpots
managed to arrive at the center moments before the squad went to the floor.                           return to New York state for the first time since   available on-site, including traditional
  "The officials already had the alternates dressed to take our place,” Zimmerman said. “I            1996 and settle into Syracuse's Oncenter            brackets, strike jackpots and side pots.
bowled with cold air in my lungs all evening and was thankful to finish second to Marion              Complex, where 48 specially-constructed               There are still prime spots available for
Ladewig.” That season, she also finished second at the World Invitational.                            lanes and custom-built, state-of-the-art            2011. For more information, visit
  She also is a member of the California WBA, Southern California Bowling Writers, Tri-               scoreboards will await more than 30,000             tournaments or call the tournament entries
County, Ohio, and Summit County, Ohio, Halls of Fame.
                                                                                                      bowlers. The event gets underway April 7            department at 800-514-2695.
  14                                                                    STARS & STRIKES - FEBRUARY 2011

                                      THE FUNNY PAGE

Earl and Bubba are quietly sitting in a boat fishing, chewing tobacco and drinking beer
when suddenly Bubba says, "Think I'm gonna divorce the wife - she ain't spoke to me in
over 2 months."
Earl spits overboard, takes a long, slow sip of beer and says,
"Better think it over.............women like that are hard to find."

A little boy was attending his first wedding.
After the service, his cousin asked him, "How many women can a man marry?"
"Sixteen," the boy responded. His cousin was amazed that he had an answer so quickly.
"How do you know that?"
"Easy," the little boy said.
"All you have to do is add it up, like the pastor said, 4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer, 4 poorer."

If you were walking down the street and you saw a building on fire, and inside were a
divorce lawyer and a criminal lawyer, and you could only save one of them, would
you have lunch or go to a movie?

She was Soooooooo Blonde . . .
• She thought a quarterback was a refund.
• She thought General Motors was in the army.
• She thought Meow Mix was a CD for cats.
                                                                                                  A blonde calls an airline. She asks, "How long are your flights from America to England?"
• She thought Boyz II Men was a day care center.
                                                                                                  The woman on the other end of the phone says, "Just a minute..."
• At the bottom of an application where it says "Sign here:" she wrote "Sagittarius."
                                                                                                  The blonde says, "Thanks!" and hangs up the phone.
• She thinks Taco Bell is the Mexican phone company.

                                                                                                  Ms. Terri asked her Sunday School class to draw pictures of their favorite Bible stories.
                                                                                                  She was puzzled by Kyle's picture, which showed four people on an airplane,so she asked
Q: Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?                                     him which story it was meant to represent.
A: It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a                     "The Flight to Egypt ," was his reply.
poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a              Pointing at each figure, Ms. Terri said,"That must be Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus.
guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would               But who's the fourth person?"
drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would then just touch or clink         "Oh, that's Pontius - the pilot!"
the host's glass with his own.

                Walt’s World                                     by Walt Steinsiek                            I'll never bowl with him again. After he got a strike, he spiked the ball.

                                                                                                              A blond gets a new cell phone from her husband.
                                                                                                              The next day she goes to Wal-mart and her phone rings, so she answers it.
                                                                                                              It was her husband. He says, "How's the new cell phone?"
                                                                                                              She replied, "Great...but how did you know I was at Wal-mart?"

                                                                                                              After a church service on Sunday morning, a young boy suddenly
                                                                                                              announced to his mother, "Mom, I've decided to become a minister when I
                                                                                                              grow up."
                                                                                                              "That's okay with us, but what made you decide that?"
                                                                                                              "Well," said the little boy, "I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I
                                                                                                              figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit and listen."

                                                                                                               Q: Did you ever wonder why dimes, quarters and half dollars have notches,
                                                                                                              while pennies and nickels do not?
                                                                                                              A: The US Mint began putting notches on the edges of coins containing gold
                                                                                                              and silver to discourage holders from shaving off small quantities of the
                                                                                                              precious metals. Dimes, quarters and half dollars are notched because they
                                                                                                              used to contain silver. Pennies and nickels aren't notched because the
                                                                                                              metals they contain are not valuable enough to shave.
                                                                          STARS & STRIKES - FEBRUARY 2011                                                                                           15

Thanks for the Memories
  I can’t remember how long I’ve had easier to take with me to the Orleans
the privilege of writing a column about because of manager Bob McVey and his                                  CALENDAR OF EVENTS
small and large happenings in our in- staff who truly enjoy bowlers. The                                   Feb 6-12           High Roller, Sam’s Town Bowling Center, Las Vegas, NV
dustry, but I’ve always looked on it as a Golden Ladies will be celebrating its                            Feb 6-13           TAT, The Orleans Bowling Center, Las Vegas, NV
                                                                                                           Feb 7-13           USBC Masters, National Bowling Stadium, Reno, NV
rare privilege.                                                         21 st anniversary                  Feb 19-20          SASBA, Megaplay USA, Port Arthur, TX
With the end of an                                                      thanks in part to the              Feb 19-July 2      USBC Open Championships, National Bowling Stadium, Reno, NV
old and beginning                                                       helping hand they                  Feb 21-27          PBA U.S. Open, Brunswick Zone Carolier, North Brunswick, NJ

of a new year I’m
                               Live from Las Vegas                      have extended to
                                                                                                           Mar 1-6
                                                                                                           Mar 5-6
                                                                                                                              Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship, AMF Thruway Lanes, Cheektowaga, NY
                                                                                                                              SASBA SS Singles, All Star Lanes, Shreveport, LA
taking a license of
reviewing and
                             Jeanette Robinson                          the ladies the past
                                                                        10 years.
                                                                                                           Mar 8-13
                                                                                                           Mar 19-20
                                                                                                                              Dick Weber PBA Playoffs, Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, IN
                                                                                                                              SASBA, AMF Sheridan Lanes, Tulsa, OK
                                                                                                           Mar 21-24          National Golden Ladies, The Orleans Bowling Center, Las Vegas, NV
thanking those in-                                                        The GLC has                      Mar 26-27          SASBA, AMF Sheridan Lanes, Tulsa, OK
dividuals and                                                           seen a steady                      April 2-3          SASBA Annual Trio Tournament, AMF Euless, Euless, TX
                                                                                                           April 7 - July 3   USBC Women's Championships, OnCenter Complex, Syracuse, NY
events who have                                                         growth because of
                                                                                                           April 16-17        SASBA South Central, Marquee Lanes, Monticello, AR
made my life                                                            the publications                   April 17-21        PBA Senior Don Carter Opcn, Carter Family Bowl, Winter Garden, FL
fuller during my                                                        Ten Pin Alley and                  April 17-24        High Roller Senior Easter Classic, Sam’s Town Bowling Center, Las Vegas, NV
                                                                                                           April 22-27        USBC Queens & Senior Queens, OnCenter Complex, Syracuse, NY
53 years plus -                                                         Stars & Strikes                    April 23-26        PBA Senior Sun Bowl In The Villages, Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, FL
non stop, in our                                                        who stepped up                     May 1-4            PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic, George Pappas Lanes, Mooresville, NC
wonderful indus-                                                        without       being                May 7-8            SASBA, Mel’s, Georgetown, TX
                                                                                                           May 14-15          SASBA Member/Member Doubles, Cowtown Bowling Palace, Fort Worth, TX
try.                                                                    asked and reached                  May 20-23          PBA Senior Allentown Open, Playdrome Rose Bowl, Allentown, PA
  When propri-                                                          areas across this                  May 21-22          SASBA South Central M/G Doubles, Millennium Bowl, Maumelle, AR
                                                                                                           May 28-29          SASBA Member/Guest, Armadilla I, Pasadena, TX
etor,           Tim          Jeanette Robinson is a PWBA champion
                                                                        country and abroad                 June 12-17         PBA Senior U.S. Open, Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, NV
Halligan, went on              and member of eight Halls of Fame        that    I     never                June 18-19         SASBA South Central, Galaxy Lanes, Columbia, TN
to own several                                                          dreamed possible.                  June 19-22         PBA Senior Northern California Classic, Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, CA
                                                                                                           June 26-July       USBC Convention and BPAA Int’l Bowl Expo, Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, TX
centers, and was a                                                      One year we had                    June 29-July 3     High Roller, Sam’s Town Bowling Center, Las Vegas, NV
visionary, invited me to come aboard I twenty three states and three foreign                               June 29-July 4     TAT, The Orleans Bowling Center, Las Vegas, NV
had no idea what a great ride it would countries represented. Writers Dick                                 June 4-5           SASBA Over 67/Over 60/Over 50 Trio, Holiday Lanes, Oklahoma City, OK
                                                                                                           July 6-7           USBC Senior Championships, OnCenter Complex, Syracuse, NY
be. He held all bowlers, high and low Evans and Joe Lyou’s presence at the                                 July 7-23          USBC Youth Open, South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Nev
average, as special. He welcomed and tournaments always made the ladies feel                               July 9-15          USBC Junior Gold Championships, Sunset Station’s Strike Zone,
                                                                                                                              South Point Bowling Center and The Orleans Bowling Center, Las Vegas, NV
supported new ideas like a national tour- special. They will be missed by every-                           July 23-24         SASBA South Central M/G Doubles, Winchester Bowl, Memphis, TN
nament for the blind and challenged one in our industry.                                                   July 31-Aug 6      USBC Senior Masters, Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, OH
youngsters before it was accepted in My peers have honored me with eight                                   Aug 8-11           PBA Senior Lake Country Open, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, IN
                                                                                                           Aug 13-14          SASBA South Central M/G Doubles, Savannah Bowling Center, Savannah, TN
later years at the local and national level. Halls of Fame over the years and I trea-                      Aug 13-16          PBA Senior Decatur Open, Sparetime Lanes, Decatur, IL
  The late and great Marion Ladewig, sure them all, but this years induction                               Aug 20-23          PBA Senior Jackson Open, Airport Lanes, Jackson, MI
who is still held as the greatest woman into the International Coaches Hall of                             Aug 27-28          SASBA South Central, Thunder Alley, Dickinson, TN
                                                                                                           Aug 27-30          PBA Senior Dayton Classic, Capri Lanes, Kettering, OH
bowlers of all time, invited me to join Fame at Bowl Expo in Las Vegas left                                Oct 22-23          SASBA South Central, Paris Family Fun Center, Paris, TN
the new Professional Women Bowling me in tears. I’ll always consider it the                                Nov 19-20          SASBA South Central Annual Cham., Pinnacle Family Ent Ctr, Clarksville, TN

                                                                                                          2011 Storm National Mixed Championships
Association. Little did I know at that greatest experience in my bowling ca-
time that I would have the honor of serv- reer. Each lesson has always been a per-

                                                                                                                    Adds Two New Events
ing as its president for ten years. When sonal challenge and so rewarding. You
I stepped aside in 1975, we had a mem- then have the opportunity to watch them
bership of 405 members. It’s heart- grow and make their mark in later years.
warming to know the women who made Following my WIBC Hall of Fame in-                                        Entry forms for 9th edition of the Storm          Bowlers will be able to reenter the 6-Game
                                                                                                          National Mixed Championships featuring the        Scratch Singles and Youth Singles events an
the tour a success with their outstand- duction for Superior Performance, I had                           Festival of Bowling are now available and two     additional 2 times but may place for prize
ing talent will be honored this coming several people ask me later and even                               new events have been added to the champi-         money only once.
year with a wing in the bowling museum years later where I found the quote I                              onships known as “Bowling’s Most Complete            The Storm National Mixed Championships,
at Arlington, Texas.                              used in my short speech. The details I                  Tournament”. The 2011 tournament being            in its 9th year at the National Bowling Sta-
  In 1978, I couldn’t say no to manager, never revealed came about because as I                           conducted Thursdays through Sundays, Sep-         dium, is comprised of two tournaments in one,
Frank Marabelli, whose reputation as a was ready to enter the auditorium my                               tember 29 through November 6 at Reno’s            the National Mixed Tournament and the Fes-
                                                                                                          National Bowling Stadium has added a 6-           tival of Bowling Tournament. The National
bowlers bowler put the Showboat Lanes granddaughter, who was just a baby,
                                                                                                          Game Scratch Singles event and a Youth            Mixed Tournament is comprised of the tradi-
in Las Vegas on the map. The Show- sprayed my dress and also my speech                                    Singles event.                                    tional Mixed Team (2 men- 2 women), Mixed
boat Invitational was not only the old- when she up-chucked, so I tossed it.                                 The 6-Game Scratch Singles event was           Doubles (1 man / 1 woman), Mixed Singles
est stop on the PBA tour, but was a When called to the podium and started                                 added to give the higher average bowler a         and All-Events (separate prize fund for men
major happening in the city. There was to talk, out of nowhere came a prose I                             separate event from the other events which        and women in the Mixed Singles and All-
a wonderful mix of events, but the one will share with you:                                               feature a handicap prize fund. Bowlers will       Events).
I’m most proud of is the Scratch Trio Life is like a journey taken on a train                             be able to bowl 6 games across 6 lanes when          The Festival of Bowling events include
                                                                                                          lanes are available and compete for only a        Open Doubles (any combination), Open
that started my first year (1978) and is - with a pair of passengers at each win-
                                                                                                          scratch division prize fund. Entry fee will be    Singles, Senior Doubles (50 and over – any
still going strong at the Orleans after 32 dow pane. I may sit beside you the                             $60 with $45 going towards the prize fund.        combination), Senior Doubles (50 and over –
years. The men and women, who filled whole journey through or I may sit else-                             With a payout ratio of 1 place for each 6 en-     separate prize fund men and women), 6-Game
its ranks on and off over the years, are where, never knowing you; but if God                             tries, $1,200 will be paid out for first place    Scratch Singles, Adult/Youth Doubles (1
still making their mark at the local and should put us side-by-side, let’s be                             with 100 entries bowling in the event.            USBC Adult/1 USBC Youth) and Youth
regional level.                                   pleasant travelers, it’s so short a ride.                  “We are trying to add some scratch events      Singles with scholarship prizes for the youth
  The ‘Boat’ is a vacant lot now, but the Thank you one and all and a Happy                               for the higher average bowler and giving them     bowler.
                                                                                                          an opportunity to bowl in an event they do           In the past eight years, the Storm National
people and events that happened there and Healthy New Year.                                               not have to enter a handicap event,” stated       Mixed Championships featuring the Festival
are wonderful memories that were                                                                          Bob Thomas, Tournament Manager. “We have          of Bowling has awarded over $1 million in
                                                                                                          added this event to see if we can increase the    prize money, with $35,000 in scholarship
                                                                                                          higher average bowler’s participation in the      money going to youth bowlers.
  e e e e e e e e e eee                                                                                   Mixed Championships,” he added.
                                                                                                             In addition to the 6-Game Scratch Singles,
                                                                                                                                                               Presenting sponsors of the Storm National
                                                                                                                                                            Mixed Championships featuring the Festival
                                                                                                          a Youth Singles event has been added to al-       of Bowling include Circus Circus Hotel and
                                                                                                          low the youth bowlers to enter more than just     Casino and the Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
                                             Join the Bowlers to Veterans Link as we support those        the Adult/Youth Doubles event. Youth              Special room rates are available through the
                                          men and women whos bravery and courage puts them in a
                                                                                                          bowlers ages 20 and under will be able to         sponsoring Hotels.
                                          league all their own. Sixty years before America’s troups re-
                                          sponded to the September 11 attacks, the BVL was formed         compete for additional scholarship money in          Complete rules for the National Mixed
                                          to help service ment and women through rehabilitaion, rec-      both handicap and scratch division prize          Championships featuring the Festival of
                                          reation, and family assistance. Our vets have made a great      funds. Entry fee for the Handicap Division        Bowling, as well as an entry forms and Hotel
                                          sacrifice. Now, we ask you to make a small one.                 will be $20 of which $12.50 will go towards       information        can      be     found    at
                                              Please give to BVL through your league coordinator.         the prize fund. For an additional $15 the youth
                                                                                                          will be able use the score bowled in the handi-      For further information, contact the Na-
                                            Visit                                 cap division for an additional scratch division   tional Bowling Stadium at (800) 304-2695 ex-
                                                                                                          prize fund. The entire $15 will go toward         tension 0, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to
                                                                                                          prize money in the scratch division event.        5 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time.

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