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VOL. 33, NO. 25 Detroit, Michigan — Published Every Other Wednesday JULY 29, 2009
‘World Series of Bowling’ Kicks Rescue’ Aug. 8
at Country Lanes
Off at Taylor Lanes, Thunderbowl
champions Aleta Sill and
Michelle Mullen will host
the fourth annual “Bowl-4-
Animal Rescue” on
The inaugural Professional greatest professional men and events feature 64 players). Saturday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.
Bowlers Association World Series women bowlers, top international Of the 72 players, 10 amateur at Country Lanes in
WORLD SERIES OF Farmington.
of Bowling, coming to the Detroit players and America’s future stars. and/or PBA non-exempt players
area Aug. 2 through Sept. 6, will be Five Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour will qualify through Tour Qualify-
BOWLING EVENTS Sill and Mullen, who co-
a revolutionary festival of competi- WSOB events (Cheetah, Viper, ing Rounds. PBA Women’s Series Aug. 3-6 — Motor City own Aleta Sill’s Bowling
tive bowling boasting a $2 million Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark events will consist of 20 players (up Open, Taylor Lanes World, will host of the
prize fund and seven ESPN tele- Championships) will feature ex- from 16 last season) with at least event. Sill is a Detroit
Aug. 8-13 — PBA Cheetah Dream Team Legendary
casts. panded fields of 72 players (stan- two players making the field
Championship, Thunderbowl Athlete and bowling’s first
The event features the world’s dard Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour through Tour Qualifying Rounds.
Lanes, Thunderbowl Lanes woman to earn $1 million
World Series of Bowling exempt
players include 41 from the 2008- Aug. 14-16 — PBA Viper in winnings. Mullen is a
09 PBA Tour points list, eight from Championship and PBA USA Bowling Gold Coach
the PBA Tour Trials (conducted in Women’s Series Viper Champi- and author of “Bowling
IN THE May at Thunderbowl Lanes), eight
players from PBA Regional Play-
onship, Thunderbowl Lanes
Aug. 18-20 — PBA
NEWS ers Invitational (conducted in De-
cember in Reno), three international
players, one “Golden Parachute”
selection, one “medical deferment”
and 10 players from the TQRs.
Chameleon Championship and
PBA Women’s Series Chame-
leon Championship, Thunder-
Rescue will benefit the
Friends for the Dearborn
Animal Shelter (FFDAS)
and the Michigan Animal
Historic Thunderbowl Arena World Series of Bowling
Women’s Series presented by
Aug. 23-25 — PBA Viper
Championship and PBA
(MAAN). According to
Mullen, “This is a great
Returns to National Spotlite “bowl.com” events consist of 12
players from the PBA Women’s
Women’s Series Viper Champi-
onship, Thunderbowl Lanes
event to support the care,
respect for and adoption of
animals in need. One
Tour Trials, six champions from Aug. 27-29 — PBA Shark
• NEARLY 50 years after 2008-09 and two players from the hundred percent of the
it was built to showcase the Championship and PBA
TQRs. proceeds will benefit the
best in bowling, “The Arena” Women’s Series Shark
All events are open to amateurs FFDAS and the MAAN.”
inside historic Thunderbowl Championship, Thunderbowl
as well as professionals. Amateurs Lanes Tickets are $25 and
Lanes in Allen Park is about include three games, food
may enter directly the “open” events
to come full circle. Aug. 30-Sept. 4 — PBA and fun. There will be
(Motor City Open, PBA World
During the month of Au- Championship, PBA Women’s World Championship, PBA auctions, raffles, door
gust and into early September, Women’s World Championship prizes and karaoke.
World Championship and PBA Se-
the arena bay inside Thunder- and PBA Senior World Bowlers can even have one
nior World Championship). Ama-
bowl Lanes will be abuzz with teurs can also enter Exempt Tour Championship, Thunderbowl of the professional bowlers
27 days of action as the centerpiece of the Professional Bowlers Lanes throw a strike for them.
events through TQRs.
Association’s “World Series of Bowling,” a unique festival of Tickets may be pur-
The Motor City Open at Taylor Sept. 5-6 — ESPN taping of
competitive bowling that will include seven championship tour- Lanes in Taylor will kick off the chased by calling Aleta
naments and pay out more than $2 million in prize money. final rounds for all events except
World Series of Bowling before the the PBA Cheetah Championship Sill’s Bowling World at
“The arena is one of the reasons the PBA selected the Detroit (248) 615-9060.
event moves to Thunderbowl Lanes and the PBA World Champion-
area for the inaugural World Series of Bowling,” said Thunderbowl in Allen Park for all other competi-
Lanes proprietor Tom Strobl, who purchased the Thunderbowl com- ship will take place in Thunder-
tions. The finals of six of the seven bowl’s arena. The finals of the
plex in 1997. “There isn’t another facility like it. Bowling fans who
events will be taped for delayed PBA World Championship will
attend the World Series are going to love it.” You can now e-mail
broadcast on ESPN Sept. 5-6 in the be televised live on ESPN from the Bowler’s Digest at
George Prybla and his partners built Thunderbowl Lanes with
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(Continued on Page 5) The PBA Cheetah Champion- Kan., on Dec. 13 at 1 p.m.
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New Bowling Season Just Around the Corner
If you haven’t bowled for a
METRO DETROIT USBC TOURNAMENT SITES
METRODETROIT while, like since last spring,
visit your local bowling center
and work on your mechanics. Tournament 2009-10 Site 2010-11 Site
USBC NEWS By doing this you won’t be
surprised when that first league
By Association Manager If you are unsure about join- Junior Masters Country Lanes Royal Lanes
ing a league, encourage one of
Mark A. Martin your friends to join with you. Super Senior Masters Universal Lanes Royal Lanes
For more information about This can make the experience
much more pleasant. Queens Sunnybrook Lanes Shelby Lanes
the Metro Detroit USBC,
Bowling centers offer 500 Club Century Bowl Classic Lanes
leagues at every level of com-
or visit www.mdusbc.com petition. There are leagues for Youth Tournament Sunnybrook Lanes Sunnybrook Lanes
all women, all men, mixed and
youth leagues at virtually all local centers. Masters Rosebowl Lanes Astro Lanes
For parents, this is the chance to get your Senior Masters Indian Lanes Thunderbowl Lanes
children involved in the game that you prob-
• THE CALL for league bowling is in ably enjoyed in your youth. In addition to Women’s Championship Century Bowl Astro Lanes
the air. youth leagues there are also many family
If you are not signed up for a league as yet leagues, where youth bowl with adults. There
Open Championship Century Bowl Astro Lanes
why not call your local bowling center and is much flexibility built into these league Senior Team Mayflower Lanes Bronco Lanes
inquire about openings. Every bowling cen- structures to accommodate every family’s
ter will help place you in a league which needs.
matches your skill and interest level. Nearly all bowling centers offer a youth
League bowling is the most reasonably program. Even if your local center has not Annual membership in the USBC through Your best value in sports is still certifica-
priced recreational opportunity a person can had one in the past, check with the center the Metro Detroit USBC is $19. tion, as it has been for over 100 years.
have. For an average of $12-$18 each league personnel about their current programs. The USBC, through the MDUSBC, offers ***
session you can enjoy the physical exercise Local bowling centers have done a tremen- league structure support, standardized rules, OFFICER SCHOOLS
the sport provides, the camaraderie of being dous job of keeping up with the times. The bonding, awards program; standardization of
the equipment used and recognized league Historically the MDUSBC and former or-
with others with like interests and the com- summer time is when your local bowling cen- ganizations have set aside dates to distribute
petition. ter prepares for the busy fall/winter season. averages. The MDUSBC also offers our own
brand of local awards program and other op- supplies to leagues for the upcoming seasons.
Speaking of the physical exercise the game The United States Congress (USBC) of- This year there will be no set dates for distri-
provides, make sure to stretch those muscles fers certified organizational support for portunities only available to our members.
The MDUSBC will continue to offer a new bution.
before competition so you don’t end up on leagues. The annual cost is very nominal and Due to the fact that half of the centers
the disabled list. Be sure to get to your league only has to be paid in one league to be cov- improved plastic membership card directly
mailed to each bowler this season, an im- within MDUSBC host their own distribution
session a few minutes early and throw a few ered in your other local leagues. school for their leagues, the leagues which
proved awards program, discount opportuni-
ties and a $20 savings coupon on a purchase would attend the association-wide distribu-
of $150 or more at participating pro shops. tion has dwindled dramatically.
W Welcome to There are over 40 bowling pro shops partici- League secretaries should check with their
NE pating in the program. The entire list is avail- center to determine if the center will be host-
Mayflower Lanes able at www.mdusbc.com. (Continued on Page 8)
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Record Scores Are Final as 2009 USBC Open Championships Concludes in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS — The record run of the Not to be outdone, first-time winners all-events total for Linds Limited this year and lanes this year included the highest triplicate
2009 United States Bowling Congress Open Brenda Edwards and Stephen Padilla of was joined by Gary Daroszewski (2,080), in tournament history. Kevin Shafer of Eaton,
Championships came to an end Friday, and Mansfield, Texas, added their names to the Ryan Lever (1,995) and Gus Yannaras Ind., rolled three consecutive 248 games on
the event will be remembered for the perfor- record books with a 1,566 doubles total, (1,994). The highest Team All-Events total the way to a 744 singles series. Alan Hardesty
mances and personal milestones that rewrote which topped the previous record of 1,544, in history is 10,425, rolled by Pollard’s Bowl of Chicago previously held the triplicate
the tournament record books. rolled by Jonathan Masur of West Orange, of Versailles, Ind., at the 1996 event in Salt record with 247, which he rolled during
Three major scoring records were broken N.J., and Jeffrey Butler of Garfield, N.J., on Lake City. singles in 1993.
at Cashman Center this year, and an unprec- the way to the win in 2007. The two titles give Daroszewski six for his In May, active participation leader, Les
edented 10 bowlers reached the coveted 50- Edwards contributed a 776 total to the career, and only seven bowlers in history have Berry of Wooster, Ohio, made his 66th tour-
year milestone. The list of champions in 2009 winning score and added a 300 game and 785 more. Yannaras and Traber each earned their nament appearance and became the 11th
includes 13 first-time winners, while five series in singles. A 571 series in team helped fourth titles, while Boresch and Lever now bowler in history to knock down 100,000 pins.
bowlers added to their legacies on the cham- her to a 2,132 all-events total, the highest by are at three apiece. Earlier in the tournament, active pinfall leader,
pionship lanes as repeat winners. a woman at the Open Championships. She In the Classified Division, Robert Carter Bill Lillard of Houston increased his career
Ron Vokes of Racine, Wis., put on a show also was the sixth woman to roll a perfect and Michael Warren of Clinton, N.C., total to 115,192.
when he rolled a record 30 consecutive game on the tournament lanes and the sec- swooped in on the 153rd day of the Also, a record 10 bowlers joined the
strikes, including a 300 game, on the way to ond, joining USBC Hall of Famer Wendy tournament’s record 154-day run and grabbed tournament’s 50-year Club, bringing the all-
an 857 singles series. He added 767 in team Macpherson, to win a Regular Division title. the Classified Doubles title with a 1,250 to- time total to 108.
and 697 in doubles to earn the 2009 Regular Padilla contributed a 790 series on the way tal. Carter led the duo with a 636 series, while In all, there were 34 perfect games this
All-Events title with a 2,321 total, the high- to the title. Warren contributed 614. Both were first-time year, 17 299s, three 298s and six 800 series.
est in 106 years of USBC Open Champion- Rounding things out in the Regular Divi- participants. For more information on the USBC Open
ships competition. sion was Linds Limited of Milwaukee, which Bermuda’s Vernon Daniels rolled games Championships, visit USBCopen.com.
Stephen Hardy of Manchester, N.H., pre- topped the 17,200-team field to claim the of 236, 224 and 232 for a 692 series and be- ***
viously held the all-events record with 2,279, Regular Team and Team All-Events titles. The came the first international bowler to win • REGULAR DIVISION Team Event
which earned him the title in Billings, Mont., five team members now have combined for Classified Singles. It was his 12th appearance Final Standings — Linds Limited (Gus
in 2002. 141 years of Open Championships experience at the Open Championships. Yannaras, Gary Daroszewski, Ryan Lever,
Vokes had his eye on a second eagle in and 20 titles on the tournament lanes. The Classified Team title went to Exter- Lennie Boresch Jr., Dale Traber), Milwaukee,
Regular Singles until Bo Goergen of Midland, This year, the group was led by Lennie minators of Camp Springs, Md., which 3,449; Sack Toe, Sacramento, Calif., 3,427;
Mich., bested him with a record 862. Goergen, Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., who rolled his posted games of 871, 915 and 963 for a 2,749 Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1, Madison, Wis., 3,403;
who competed for the 31st consecutive year, second-career 300 at the Open Champion- total. Buddy Tierno Senior Tour, Mount Laurel,
rolled games of 299, 299 and 264 to earn his ships and finished second in Regular All- This year’s Classified All-Events cham- N.J., 3,335; S and B Pro Shop 2, Sterling
first Open Championships title. Prior to Events with 2,223. He helped Linds Limited pion is Anthony Kastle of Charlotte, N.C., Heights, Mich., 3,325; Jr. Team USA Sup-
Goergen’s performance this year, John to a 3,449 team score and 10,372 in Team All- who rolled a 723 series in doubles, the third- port, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,307; Don
Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla., owned the Events, the third-highest total since the in- highest set ever rolled in Booster/Classified Johnson Memorial, 3,306; Northern Lanes
tournament’s highest series, an 858 effort that ception of the category in 1947. competition, and added 594 in singles and 517 Rec, Gaylord, Mich., 3,290; Rock River
earned him the 2004 Regular Singles and Dale Traber, who went on to win the 2009 in team for a 1,834 winning total. Lanes, Fort Atkinson, Wis., 3,285; Lodge
Regular All-Events titles. USBC Senior Masters in June, added a 2,080 Additional excitement on the tournament Lanes 1, Saline, Mich., 3,280.
Renaissance Bowling Center
19600 WOODWARD IN DETROIT • PHONE 313-368-5123
RENAISSANCE MONDAY NITE WEDNESDAY NITE MIXED
MEN’S CLASSIC STARTS: Wednesday, Aug. 19 • TIME: 6:30 p.m.
League Will Meet Aug. 12 at 6 p.m.
STARTS: Monday, Aug. 17 • TIME: 7 p.m.
League Will Bowl 35 Weeks
$6,000 for 1st Place
Based on 22 5-Man Teams
All Jackpots Will Be Collected by League Officer(s)
League Will Bowl 35 Weeks • All Jackpots Will Be Taken
4-Man Teams • Team Cap: Entering Ave. 880 by the House • 5-Man Teams (Entering Cap at 1050)
Dues & Entry Fee: $20 Per Bowler $10 Entry Fee and $20 Dues Per Bowler
Individual Bowler’s Ave. Can Not Be Less Than 190 Individual Bowlers Cannot Average More Than 215
The Ten Pin Rule Will Be in Effect 100% Handicap for Teams With More Than 1025 Team Ave.
The League Will Not Have Any Subs For More Info, Call Renaissance Bowling Center
Format: Season Will Be Divided Into Two 17-Week Halves Abbie Hill or Steve Douglas • 313-368-5123
Special Award: Winners of Each Half Will Roll-Off
For Additional Now Forming for the 2009-10 Season
$2,500 PRIZE MONEY THURSDAY NITE WORLD TRAVELERS
Prize Fund: 1st Place Will Be $4,000 Per Half 30 Teams • 5-Man Mixed • Starts 6:30 p.m.
FOR MORE INFO FRIDAY NITE PARKER MIX
Call Steve Douglas at Renaissance Bowling Center 28 Teams • 5-Man Mixed • Starts 6:30 p.m.
313-368-5123, Ext. 230
Chuck or Lonnie at Winning Edge Pro Shop 313-893-3792 SATURDAY NITE LIVE
Lionel ‘Dad’ Williams at Pre-Paid Legal Services 313-680-1444
24 Teams • 4-Man Mixed • Starts 6:30 p.m.
If You Haven’t Been to Renaissance Bowling Center, Don’t You Think It’s Time?
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Summertime... and HISTORIC THUNDERBOWL ARENA
the Bowling’s Easy! RETURNS TO NATIONAL SPOTLITE
tougher condition and want to (Continued from Page 1)
bowl against better bowlers.
METRODETROIT I would like to take this time
to thank the proprietors who
have committed to PBA Expe-
54 lanes in 1960, but a year later they added an amazing 2,000-seat, multi-level sta-
dium with four lanes to house competition for Detroit’s entry into the fledgling Na-
tional Bowling League.
USBC SCENE rience leagues and to giving
our bowlers a league to play in,
as well as a condition to com-
“The original layout included a restaurant with a view of the lanes from the upper
area,” Strobl said. “It was almost a forerunner to sky boxes used in all major sports
stadiums these days. It was a spacious area with ceilings two or three stories high.
“But when the National Bowling League folded shortly after the facility was built,
By MDUSBC President pete on. the owners were stuck with it. So over a period of years, they built a 20-lane bowling
Many bowlers are posting
Libbi Fletcher their scores, talking about
arena over the top of the original seating area. The levels for the original seating are
still there; we just built around them. The area where the restaurant used to be is now a
which patterns they bowled on, poker room.
For more information about even the weather! It seems to
“But the seating behind the lanes was retained and it was still a showcase for years.
the Metro Detroit USBC, always rain on Michelle
The Detroit All-Stars bowled there. The arena hosted a PBA tournament run by Earl
Call 1-888-753-6350 Ewald’s bowling night, so she Anthony in 1978. It hosted a local “Bowling for Dollars” TV show that aired in Detroit,
Monday through Friday, for years.
Speaking of the Ewald fam-
“The arena has gradually changed,” Strobl continued. “We added more lighting and
ily, I also learned that Dave changed the seating in 2003. There is a huge pull-down video screen in the arena. On
Ewald has shot his 61st perfect game. Con-
Fridays and Saturdays, we play music and have great fun. The place is packed.
gratulations, Dave! You are an inspiration to
• AS WRITTEN in my previous column, us all, especially your sister Michelle. She has “The World Series of Bowling is bringing the original purpose of the arena full
I am on FaceBook a lot and learn quite a bit her sights set on you, don’t you worry. circle,” he added. “It’s going to provide what the original owners had in mind. It might
about what people are doing, where they are not seat 2,000 people, but there is comfortably room in there for 700 or 800 people.”
It isn’t just the PBA Experience leagues
going and with whom. The first World Series event in the arena will be a special “PBA Survivor Chal-
that are happening, either. A girl I work with lenge” side event on Friday, Aug. 7. Next, preliminary competition in the PBA Cheetah
This summer, one of the prevalent topics is bowling in an adult/youth league with her
has been people who are bowling through the daughter this summer. Championship will take place in the arena on Wednesday, Aug. 12. From that day
summer. That is a very good thing. I guess I forward, the showcase arena will host Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, PBA Women’s
There is another guy I know who men- Series presented by BOWL.COM or PBA World Championship action on an almost
didn’t realize how many people actually tioned his big 210 average he was carrying
bowled through the summer, but this year it this summer, but then stated it is daily basis. The grand finale will involve the production of six championship television
has been pretty evident. shows for delayed broadcast on ESPN on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5 and 6.
“unsanctioned.” After correcting him that it It’s going to be a “can’t miss” opportunity for bowling fans not only in the Detroit
I haven’t bowled a summer league in a few is “uncertified,” I proceeded to question what
years. Luxury Lanes used to have a very nice was he doing bowling in an uncertified area, but throughout the Midwest. For more information on ticket packages and prices,
summer league for women with a little dif- league! We are still discussing that. and to order tickets in advance, visit to www.pba.com/worldseries/tickets.html.
ferent format. It was a trio with match play Summer is a great time to practice, get
points and teams are decided each week based some lessons, try out new equipment, meet
on last week’s performance. some new bowlers, enter Pro-Am tourna-
It made things more interesting because ments to bowl with the professional bowlers
you bowled with different people as your team who will be in town all of August, take a friend
NEWLADIES TRIO CLASSIC
nearly every week. You earned points as a bowling who hasn’t bowled before or in years,
team and for yourself, so it made you a little visit different centers to see what programs
better player. are offered that work for you and your sched-
I believe at the time, I was probably around ule and skill level.
a 170 bowler and out of my league, but I have Our Michigan summer has been a chal-
always thought that bowling with better lenge this year and not because of the heat,
$3,000 1st Place Guaranteed
bowlers makes you better. Thanks, Nicole! but it has been cool and wet. August is quickly ($1,500 Each Half)
This year, I have read many accounts of approaching.
people from across the United States who are Dust off that equipment, call a bowling
competing in summer programs, especially center, take advantage of the summer pricing
THURSDAYS AT 6:45 P.M.
the PBA Experience leagues. These bowlers that the centers have to offer and participate
want to get better, want to compete on a in National Bowling Week, then find a league
to join for the fall.
• 3 Ladies Per Team — 5-Person Roster
Call a friend that you used to bowl with • Handicap 70% from 630
PRACTICE years ago, or that you have always wanted to
bowl with and GO BOWLING!
• Dues $18 Per Person/Week
• 32 Split Season (Two 16-Week Sessions)
• Banquet at End of Season
• Affordable Jackpots... $30 for All!
16 TEAM OWNER OPENINGS...
$25 Team Entry (Holds Your Spot)
STARTS THURSDAY, AUGUST 27th
For More Information, Call
Vicki at (248) 231-5901 or
Connie Cleveland at (313) 778-5996
15492 Beech Daly in Redford
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
BOWLING’S BETTER AT MEMBER ESTABLISHMENTS OF THE
Bowling Centers Association
of Southeast Michigan MEMBER CENTERS
• MEMBER DIRECTORY •
NORTH LAKE SHORE LANES (586) 293-2722 DRAKESHIRE LANES (40) (248) 478-2230
31025 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores 48082 35000 Grand River, Farmington Hills 48335
AIRWAY LANES (32) (248) 674-0424 PAMPA LANES (40) (586) 264-8877 FORD LANES (24) (313) 292-1700
4825 Highland Rd., Waterford 48328 31925 Van Dyke, Warren 48093 23100 Van Born Rd., Dearborn Heights 48125
BAY LANES (32) (989) 684-7361 REGAL LANES (34) (586) 751-4770 GARDEN BOWL (16) (313) 833-9850
4243 North Euclid Ave., Bay City 48706 27663 Mound, Warren 48092 4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit 48201
BOWL ONE LANES (40) (248) 588-4850 ROYAL LANES (32) (586) 758-4030 HARTFIELD LANES (52) (248) 543-9338
1639 E. 14 Mile Rd., Troy 48084 21600 Dequindre, Warren 48091 3490 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley 48072
CENTURY BOWL (52) (248) 666-4700 SHORE LANES (40) (586) 293-0880 LUXURY LANES (16) (248) 544-0530
7345 Highland Rd., Waterford 48327 31100 Harper, St. Clair Shores 48082 600 E. 9-Mile Rd., Ferndale 48220
CHERRY HILL NORTH (36) (248) 625-5011 STERLING LANES (50) (586) 979-5200 MARVEL LANES (24) (517) 337-7000
6697 Dixie Hwy., Clarkston 48346 33200 Schoenherr Rd., Sterling Heights 48312 2120 E. M-78 Hwy., E. Lansing 48823
CLASSIC LANES (32) (248) 852-9100 SUNNYBROOK LANES (58) (586) 264-2700 MAYFLOWER LANES (32) (313) 937-8420
2145 Avon Industrial Dr., Rochester Hills 48309 7191 E. 17 Mile Rd., Sterling Heights 48313 26600 Plymouth Rd., Redford 48239
PLUM HOLLOW LANES (24) (248) 353-6540 TOTAL SPORTS LANES (20) (586) 463-2000 MERCURY LANES (17) (313) 846-4900
21900 W. 9-Mile Rd., Southfield 48075 40501 Production Dr., Harrison Twp. 48045 7630 Schaefer, Dearborn 48126
SHELBY LANES (24) (586) 731-4800 UNIVERSAL BOWL (28) (586) 751-2828 MERRI-BOWL LANES (40) (313) 427-2900
50721 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township, 48317 2101 E. 12 Mile Rd., Warren 48092 30950 Five Mile Rd., Livonia 48154
TROY LANES (40) (248) 879-8700 VAN DYKE BOWL (24) (586) 739-3700 NOVI BOWL (40) (248) 348-9120
1950 Square Lake Rd., Troy 48098 43601 Van Dyke Ave., Sterling Heights 48314 21700 Novi Road, Novi 48050
OAK LANES (50)
EAST WEST 8450 N. Middlebelt, Westland 48185-1811
APOLLO LANES (14) (586) 772-2070 BEECH LANES (16) (313) 531-3800 OXFORD LANES (24) (313) 278-6800
29410 Gratiot, Roseville 48066 15492 Beech-Daly, Redford 48239 2200 S. Telegraph, Dearborn 48124
BONANZA LANES (44) (586) 756-3000 BOWL-E-DROME (20) (517) 546-0820 PLAZA LANES (40) (734) 453-4880
24600 Hoover Rd., Warren 48089 907 E. Grand River, Howell 48843 42001 Ann Arbor Rd., Plymouth 48170
BRONCO LANES (32) (586) 756-8200 BOWLERO LANES (16) (248) 549-7500 RENAISSANCE BOWL (40) (313) 368-5123
22323 Ryan Rd., Warren 48091 4209 Coolidge, Royal Oak 48073 19600 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48203
CONTINENTAL LANES (54) (586) 293-2300 CHERRY HILL LANES (52) (313) 278-0400 ROMULUS REC CENTER (12) (734) 941-6200
31055 Gratiot, Roseville 48066 300 N. Inkster Rd., Dearborn Heights 48127 37452 Huron River Rd. 48174
FAIRLANES BOWL (40) (248) 548-9333 CLOVERLANES BOWL (64) (734) 427-6410 SUPER BOWL (60) (734) 459-6070
29600 Stephenson Hwy., Madison Heights 48071 28900 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia 48150 45100 Ford Rd., Canton 48187
FIVE-STAR LANES (50) (586) 939-2550 COLONIAL LANES (40) (734) 665-4475 SEE NEXT PAGE
2666 Metropolitan Pky., Sterling Heights 48077 1950 Industrial Hwy., Ann Arbor 48104
KINGSWOOD LANES (24) (586) 469-6411 COUNTRY LANES (32) (248) 476-3201
44925 Groesbeck Hwy., Clinton Twp. 48036 30250 W. 9-Mile Rd., Farmington 48336
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
‘National Bowling League’ Ahead of Its Time
• WHENEVER I mention the National ers earned $25,000 for the season and some leagues ever succeed from the start; they must pate and consider it one of their most memo-
Bowling League I get blank stares from most. close to $50,000. Those were big bucks 40 build up over time, and the NBL didn’t have rable bowling experiences, and the only time
Yes, there was an NBL, and the dream was years ago and in line with the salaries paid the luxury of time because of financial losses. they could bowl for a living and know they
to put bowling on the same footing as the other professional athletes. You can’t blame some of the top stars for could make a good living with their bowling
other pro sports. It The pro tour had started and the average not jumping in simply because they were do- talent.
did get off the first-place prize was less than $3,000. In 1960 ing well and didn’t want to get into an iffy More than memories last from NBL be-
ground, more Don Carter led the money winning list with situation. The bowling industry sat on the ginnings. Most of the various point systems
than 40 years ago, $22,525 and in 1961 Dick Weber was best sidelines mostly, not hindering the league, but utilized in leagues and tournaments are off-
but not too far. In with $26,280. So it was a good deal for top not helping it much either. shoots of the then new and creative scoring.
fact it had a shaky bowlers to opt for a guaranteed salary with More than 100 of the best bowlers in the The NBL was just a blip in bowling history,
flight all the way no expenses needed to compete, and mem- country from more than 20 states did partici- but made the sport just a little bit better, too.
in the less-than-a- bers of the league also were allowed to bowl
year it was in ex- in some outside tournaments.
istence. The NBL was founded in February of
The circuit 1960. Action started in the fall of 1961 and it
boasted 10 teams:
the Kansas City
was all over by the spring of 1962.
There is no single reason why it failed, but Sunday Afternoon Mixed
By CHUCK Stars (Blue and there are a number of factors. The idea was
Gray) Los Ange-
les Toros (Black
and Gray), Dallas
probably ahead of its time. The schedule was
atrocious. Super stars did not enter the fold.
Failure to obtain a national TV contract hurt
and Nationally Broncos (Red and in two ways, in giving the league the notice (All New Format)
Syndicated Columnist White), Omaha and attention it needed and in adding rights
Packers (Blue and money to the league. Meeting: August 9th at 2 p.m.
Gold), Fort Worth Panthers (Black and Though many of the owners were over
White), Detroit Thunderbirds (Brown and ambitious and under financed they deserve Starting: August 16th at 2:15 p.m. (Practice at 2 p.m.)
Blue), United States Orphans, formerly the the highest praise for being pioneers in at-
San Antonio Cavaliers (Red, White and Blue),
New York Gladiators (Black and Gold), Twin
tempting to fill a possible need. And they put
their money into the project. They spent more
5-Person Mixed Team (At Least 2 Women)
City Skippers (Blue and White) and Fresno than $20 million in building revolutionary Team Cap 1050 • Hdcp. 80% • Dues $15 • 34 Weeks
Bombers (Gold and Brown). new bowling stadiums or in converting bowl-
Each team was required to carry at least ing centers or theatres into bowling arenas. JACKPOTS TO INCLUDE:
seven players on its roster and was allowed a There weren’t enough fans to pay the bills
maximum of nine, though changes were fre- but there were fans, some events drawing more 2nd Game Doubles $1 Individual
quent. The minimum wage was $6,000, and than 2,000, but the league didn’t last long
there was no maximum and a number of play- enough to create new fans. Few, if any sports 3rd Game Doubles $10 w/Everyone
League Expanding to 32 Teams
GET THE BOWLER’S DIGEST Contact James Ponder (248) 842-7684 or
ADVANTAGE Royal Lanes (586) 758-4030
CALL (586) 286-2450 21600 Dequindre in Warren
FOR ADVERTISING INFO
BOWLING’S BETTER AT MEMBER ESTABLISHMENTS OF THE
Bowling Centers Association
of Southeast Michigan MEMBER CENTERS
THUNDERBIRD LANES (46) SKORE LANES (48)
400 W. Maple Rd., Troy 48084
DOWNRIVER 22255 Ecorse Rd., Taylor 48180
WESTLAND BOWL (60) (734) 722-7570 BIDDLE BOWL (8) (734) 283-0660 TAYLOR LANES (48) (734) 946-9092
5940 Wayne Rd., Westland 48185 708 Biddle, Wyandotte 48192 24800 Eureka, Taylor 48180
WOODLAND LANES (32) (734) 522-4515 FORT PARK REC. (18) (313) 383-1677 WOODHAVEN LANES (36) (734) 675-3554
33775 Plymouth Rd., Livonia 48150 2055 Fort Park Blvd., Lincoln Park 48146 20000 Van Horn Rd., Woodhaven 48183
YPSI-ARBOR LANES (40) (734) 434-1110 INDIAN LANES (32) (734) 283-4700
2985 Washtenaw, Ypsilanti 48197 4500 13th St., Wyandotte 48192
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Never Underestimate a Good Pair of Bowling Shoes
handers) slips out from under you as you push *** x Send Questions to “Cheryl Daniels,”
off into your slide or last step you are losing • FOR APPOINTMENTS, call (248) P.O. Box 252052, Novi, MI 48376-0252,
TIPS FROM THE PROS
a lot of leverage at release point. 344-8940. e-mail email@example.com or
The better made shoes have a rubber push — visit Strikemastersproshop.com.
off sole on the right shoe and a leather slide
sole on the left (for right-handers). The ca-
sual shoe is made to fit a left-handed or right-
handed bowler and both the left and right shoe
New Bowling Season Just Around the Corner
is a slide sole. (Continued from Page 3)
All good bowlers and aspiring bowlers ing a center-only distribution night. In those cases all of the supplies will be given out at that
should invest in a good pair of bowling shoes. center by MDUSBC representatives.
The tennis style or casual shoes are fine for For those leagues where the center will not be hosting a center-only event the supplies can
beginners, but if you want better support and be picked up at the MDUSBC office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. If this
By CHERYL a more consistent slide, a good pair of bowl- is inconvenient please call the association office to make other arrangements.
DANIELS ing shoes is essential.
The most high tech shoes have changeable
Member of the slide soles and slide heels. If you bowl in dif- CHANGES FOR THE FALL
Professional Women’s ferent centers or lots of tournaments, you will • THERE ARE five new rule changes that may affect league operations in the 2009-10
Bowling Association encounter many different approaches. Some season. In all cases leagues will be been given the flexibility to adopt these rules otherwise
approaches will be slippery and some will be the USBC rule would be followed.
• THE FEET are the foundation of the tacky (sticky). USBC Rule 105 gives the league the flexibility for vacancy scores just as they are for absentee
swing, and having good solid footwork sup- Being able to adjust your slide sole and scores. Under previous rules a vacancy score would never be reduced as an absentee score generally is.
plies leverage throughout the approach and heel to fit the different approaches is invalu- With this rule a league can adopt a rule which would treat a vacancy score as an absentee score is.
at release point. able. Today there are a lot of bowling manu- USBC Rule 107(c) allows a team using a substitute to be eligible for all high team prizes unless the
In all sports today, footwear plays an im- facturers that offer the better made bowling league has a rule otherwise.
portant role and has become more and more shoes that will help you get more out of your USBC Rule 109(a) allows leagues the expanded flexibility to decide the minimum number for a
“high tech.” Tennis players, golfers, basket- bowling game.
USBC Rule 113(a) allows leagues to adopt a rule to declare co-champions.
ball players, boxers, runners, football play- ***
USBC Rule 113(b) allows leagues the opportunity to decide what type of tiebreaker best suits its
ers, etc., all have sport specific shoes for their • NOW OPEN — Cheryl’s Strike Mas-
respective sports. Bowling, like all sports, has ters Pro Shop (located inside Novi Bowling
become more high tech and so has the bowl- Center). Pro Shop Hours: (Spring hours)
ing footwear. Monday-Saturday (5 p.m. to 8 p.m) and ap-
Being able to generate power from the legs pointments available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
becomes much easier when you have good
footwear. In bowling, the right foot for right-
Get an equipment analysis and a custom de-
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IMPROVE YOUR GAME! 2008-09 Schedule
PRIVATE LESSONS DATE
FIVE STAR LANES
By Professional Women’s Bowling Association Star 11/08/08 THUNDERBOWL LANES — 12:15 p.m.
CHERYL DANIELS 11/29/08
1/11/09 NOVI BOWL — $2000 2:30 p.m.
Strike Masters Pro Shop 1/24/09
BOWL ONE LANES
2/28/09 TAYLOR LANES — OPEN 12:15 p.m.
Located Inside Novi Bowling Center 3/14/09 WAYNE BOWL 12:15 p.m.
3/28/09 WESTLAND BOWL 12:15 p.m.
4/11/09 BAY LANES — OPEN 1:00 p.m.
10/24/09 BOWL ONE 12:15 p.m.
11/14/09 PLAZA LANES 12:15 p.m.
11/28/09 OAK LANES — 12:15 p.m.
OVER/UNDER 50 OPEN
12/12/09 STERLING LANES 12:15 p.m.
12/26/09 TROY LANES — 12:30 p.m.
ALL DATES, CENTERS, AND TIMES ARE
SUBJECT TO CHANGE IF NEEDED.
THERE IS A DRESS CODE FOR THE GRAND FINALS.
430 average cap
(Based on 3 yr. composite of all leagues excluding sport conditions )
Entry Fee: $120/team
GET A CUSTOM DESIGNED LAYOUT
FOR YOUR STYLE OF PLAY
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Match Play 64 Shootout
TOURNAMENT & BOWLING TV SHOW
SEPARATE MEN’S & WOMEN’S DIVISIONS
Top 4 Women Make TV Cut & Top 4 Men Make TV Cut
1st Place $500 Each Division
28900 Schoolcraft Road in Livonia
Saturday, Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. • 3-Game Qualifier
Top 64 Scores Move On
So You Think You’re One of The Best Bowlers in Michigan?
Here’s Your Chance to Prove It on TV!
Register @ www.64shootout.com
WATCH THE 2ND TOURNAMENT FINALS ON FRIDAY AUG. 14 @ 9:30 P.M.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
‘World Series of Bowling’ Kicks Off at Taylor Lanes, Thunderbowl
(Continued from Page 1) Aug. 30-Sept. 4 — PBA World Champi- Prize Funds — Prize funds for Ex-
ship will be bowled to its conclusion as a best- onship, PBA Women’s World Championship empt Tour events are set at $192,600 total per
of-seven-game match play event. The finals and PBA Senior World Championship, event ($25,000 first place). Women’s Series
of the PBA World Championship will air live Thunderbowl Lanes boasts a total purse of $50,800 ($10,000 first
on Dec. 13 from Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Sept. 5-6 — ESPN taping of final rounds place).
Kan. for all events except the PBA Cheetah Cham- Prize funds for open events vary depend-
pionship and the PBA World Championship ing on the event. For example, the Motor City
Schedule — Events that make up Open prize fund payout ratio will be 1 in 3
will take place in Thunderbowl’s arena. The
World Series of Bowling:
finals of the PBA World Championship will based on the number of entries with a guar- 2009 PBA World Series
Aug. 3-6 — Motor City Open, Taylor
be televised live on ESPN from Northrock anteed first prize of $25,000 and last to cash of Bowling Schedule
Lanes in Wichita, Kan., on Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. of $1,400.
Aug. 8-13 — PBA Cheetah Championship, Tickets are available for TQRs, practice For the PBA World Championship the Upcoming Events
Thunderbowl Lanes days, qualifying rounds, match play rounds prize fund payout ratio is 1 in 4 with a mini-
LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR
Aug. 14-16 — PBA Viper Championship and ESPN telecasts. PBA is offering a vari- mum of 53 checks based on 160 entries. A
MOTOR CITY OPEN
and PBA Women’s Series Viper Champion- ety of ticket options and packages. They may 54th place check would be paid when entries
ship, Thunderbowl Lanes be purchased by visiting www.pbaworldseries reach 216. First place pays $50,000; last to Taylor Lanes, Taylor
ofbowling.com or onsite at Taylor Lanes and cash $1,400. Sunday, Aug. 2
Aug. 18-20 — PBA Chameleon Champi-
Thunderbowl Lanes. For the PBA Senior World Championship, 2 and 6 p.m. — Pro-Am squads
onship and PBA Women’s Series Chameleon the prize fund payout ratio is 1 in 3 based on
Championship Entry Fees — PBA open field entry Monday, Aug. 3
the number of entries; first place will be 11 a.m. — Practice
Aug. 23-25 — PBA Viper Championship fees will be $500 (Motor City Open, PBA $15,000, last cash $1,000 with an additional
World Championship, PBA Women’s and 6 p.m. — Pro-Am squad
and PBA Women’s Series Viper Champion- 10 Super Senior checks (ages 60 and over out
ship, Thunderbowl Lanes Senior World Championship). Non-member of the regular prize list) that pay $700 each. Tuesday, Aug. 4
open field entry fee is set at $600. TQR entry The Women’s World Championship also 8 a.m. — A Squad, 5 games qualifying
Aug. 27-29 — PBA Shark Championship
fees are $300 for PBA members and $325 for sports a $15,000 first prize with a payout ra- 11 a.m. — B Squad, 5 games qualifying
and PBA Women’s Series Shark Champion-
ship, Thunderbowl Lanes non-members if paid in advance; $325 and tio of 1 in 3 based on entries; first place will 4 p.m. — B Squad, 5 games qualifying
$350 if paid on site. be $15,000 and last cash $1,100. 7 p.m. — A squad, 5 games qualifying
Wednesday, Aug. 5
Tour Qualifiers — For Lumber Liq- 8 a.m. — B Squad, 5 games qualifying
uidators PBA Tour events, Tour Qualifying 1 p.m. — A Squad, 5 games qualifying
Beech Lanes Rounds — called TQRs — are open to ama-
teurs and non-exempt professionals. They are
(top 24 advance to round robin match play)
6 p.m. — Match Play Round One, 8 games
15492 Beech Daly in Redford • (313) 531-3800 scheduled on weekends and will advance a
minimum of 10 players into the fields of Thursday, Aug. 6
World Series events. 11 a.m. — Match Play Round Two, 8 games
FALL LEAGUE LINE-UP For the first time, PBA Women’s Series
events will hold TQRs with at least two play-
6 p.m. — Match Play Round Three, 8 games
Top 5 advance to stepladder finals
(Saturday, Sept. 5, 3:30 p.m.,
MONDAY MORNING MIXED DOUBLES ers advancing to the field of 18.
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich.)
Starts Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. • Meeting Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. Formats — The Motor City Open —
open to exempt professionals, non-exempt LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR
Fun But Competitive Doubles (1 man + 1 woman = 1 team)
professionals and amateurs — consists of 15 CHEETAH CHAMPIONSHIP
Dues $15 Per Week • Super Prize Fund • $20 Team Entry Holds Your Spot
Handicap 80% from 420 (team cap of 420) qualifying games followed by round-robin Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park
Shorter 32-Week Season and Fun Season-End Banquet! match play for the top 24. Top five after match Monday, Aug. 10
play will advance to stepladder finals. 11 a.m. — Practice
The PBA Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon,
TUESDAY NIGHT MIXED 4SOME Scorpion and Shark Championships (exempt Tuesday, Aug. 11
Starts Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. • Meeting Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. events) are named after and conducted on 8 a.m. — Round One Qualifying, 7 games
3 p.m. — Round Two Qualifying, 7 games
$5,000 1st Place GUARANTEED! PBA’s lane conditions. The events consist of
(top 28 advance; top 4 to Round of 16,
4-Person Mixed Combo (at least one female) • Dues $18 Per Week 14 games of qualifying with top 28 advanc-
5-28 to Round of 28-1 and 28-2)
Jackpots 2nd Game Doubles • $40 Team Entry Holds Your Spot ing to best-of-seven game, single-elimination
matches. Top four earn first-round byes; four Wednesday, Aug. 12
Handicap is 80% of the Difference in the 2 Teams’ Averages
survivors advance to ESPN TV finals (except 9 a.m. — Round of 28-1, best of 7 games
Cheetah Championship, which will be bowled (top 6 advance)
WEDNESDAY ST. EUGENE MEN’S to its conclusion as a best-of-seven match play 2 p.m. — Round of 28-2, best of 7 games
Starts Sept. 9 at 6:45 p.m. • Meeting Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. (top 6 advance)
Well Established Men’s League Looking for a Few Teams 7 p.m. — Round of 16, best of 7 games
The PBA Women’s Series (presented by
(top 8 advance)
5-Men Per Team • No Individual Average Cap • Dues $18 Per Week “bowl.com”) Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and
End-of-Season Banquet and Great Pay-Out! Shark Championships (exempt events) con- Thursday, Aug. 13
League is Competitive and Scores Well, But There is Some Fun, Too! sist of 14 qualifying games with cut to top 9 p.m. — Round of 8, best of 7 games
eight for best-of-seven game single-elimina- 2 p.m. — Semifinal Round, best of 7 games
THURSDAY LADIES CLASSIC TRIO tion matches leading to the final two for the 7 p.m. — Championship Round, best of 7
TV finals. games
Starts Aug. 27 at 6:45 p.m. • Meeting Aug. 20 at 6:45 p.m.
The PBA World Championship is open to
$3,000 1st Place GUARANTEED! exempt and non-exempt professionals as well
LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR
League Has a Sponsor • Dues are $18 Per Week VIPER CHAMPIONSHIP
as amateurs. The event consists of 18 quali-
Affordable Jackpots ($30 for All) • Handicap 70% from 630 (team cap of 630) fying games on three different lane patterns Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park
Split 32-Week Season ($1,500 1st Place Each Half) followed by a nine-game qualifying round. Friday, Aug. 14
16 Team Ownerships Available (9 remain) • $25 Team Entry Holds Your Spot The top 40 advance to best-seven-game, 11 a.m. — Practice
Banquet Provided by Sponsor at Season End single-elimination match play. The top eight 3 & 6 p.m. — Pro-Am squads
For More Information, Call Connie Cleveland at (313) 778-5996 earn first-round byes, advancing to Round of Saturday, Aug. 15
Super 16. Four survivors advance to the TV 8 a.m. — Round One Qualifying, 7 games
SUNDAY COUCH POTATOES live ESPN final on Dec. 13 in Wichita, Kan. 3 p.m. — Round Two Qualifying, 7 games
Starts Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. The PBA Women’s and PBA Senior World (top 28 advance; top 4 to Round of 16,
Fun Mixed Combo with 4 Per Team • Only $12 Per Week • Only 15 Weeks Championships feature a format the same as 5-28 to Round of 28)
Includes Season-End Banquet, Prize Money and Trophies for 1st Place PBA World except that the top 20 women and Sunday, Aug. 16
Lucky Strike and More! • There is Handicap and Room for Beginners top 20 seniors advance to best-of-seven-game, 9 a.m. — Round of 28, best of 7 games
Don’t Miss This One! single-elimination match play; top four earn (top 12 advance)
byes to Round of Super 8. Two surviving se- 2 p.m. — Round of 16, best of 7 games
FOR MORE INFO ON LEAGUES, niors and two surviving women advance to (top 8 advance)
the finals. 7 p.m. — Round of 8, best of 7 games
CALL VICKI AT (248)231-5901 (top four advance to ESPN finals)
(Continued on Page 12)
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Five Candidates for MMBA Hall of Fame ‘World Series of Bowling’ Kicks Off
• FIVE members — Doug Travis Franz — 3 years of
DeMarois, D.J. Hochstein,
Travis Franz, Chris Marshall
age, 15 years a member joining
the MMBA on 2-14-95. Partici-
at Taylor Lanes, Thunderbowl
and Tony Stipcak — have been pated in 107 tournaments. Win- (Continued from Page 10)
named to the Budweiser Michi- ner of three titles — Bowl One
Television — World Series of
gan Majors Bowling Associa- 2002, Plaza 2003, Doubles
Bowling taped events will air on
tion Hall of Fame ballot. 2003 plus one second-place fin- ESPN starting Oct. 25 in the PBA’s
The ballots have been sent to ish. He has one 300 game in
usual Sunday 1 p.m. time slot.
the 12-man Hall of Fame com- MMBA competition. He has
WSOB events will essentially make
mittee to vote on. The Hall was made the finals 19 times, cash- up the first half of the 2009-10 Lum-
opened in 1980 and now has 58 ing in 43 tournaments. A life-
ber Liquidators PBA Tour season.
enshrined. time average of 216 for 916
For the PBA World Championship,
Listed below is a capsule of
the accomplishments for the
By KEN games. He is 56th on the all-
time money list with $12,425 in
the four survivors advance to the live ESPN final on Dec. 13 at Northrock Lanes in
five nominees in alphabetical CHARRETTE earnings.
The second half of the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season will be more
order. The results will be posted Member of the Chris Marshall — 40 years traditional, with live television and stops across the country between January and April.
in a future issue of Bowler’s Di- Greater Detroit Bowling of age, 13 years a member join-
The second half will include three major championships - the Tournament of Champi-
gest. Hall of Fame ing the MMBA on 1-11-97. Par- ons, USBC Masters and U.S. Open.
Doug DeMarois — 52 years ticipated in 64 tournaments. Bowling fans around the world will be able to follow WSOB action through pba.com
of age, 20 years a member joining the MMBA Winner of five titles — Match Game 1997 (a and its new subscription-based “bowling channel,” Xtra Frame. More than 100 hours
on 2-19-72. Participated in 118 tournaments. MMBA major), Galaxy 2000, doubles 2002, of online programming using the latest in Internet streaming will also feature an ESPN
Winner of two titles — Redford 1983, Cherry Championship 2003 (a MMBA major), Royal Sports Center-style program called PBA: 39x60.
Hill 1986. One 300 game in MMBA compe- Scot 2008, plus three second-place finishes.
tition. Served on the Board of Directors for He has seven 300 games in MMBA competi- Side Events — Eight “side events” are scheduled during the World Series of
seven years. He has made the finals 23 times tion. He has made the finals 15 times cashing Bowling. All side action entry fees go directly into the prize fund (no lineage or admin-
cashing in 58 tournaments. A lifetime aver- in 32 tournaments. A lifetime average of 224 istrative fees).
age of 206 for 980 games. He is 66th on the for 635 games. He is 45th on the all-time Three side tournaments with $250 entry fee are restricted to non-exempt players.
all-time money list with $11,505 in earnings. money list with $14,535 in earnings. Five sweepers with $100 and $80 entry fees are open to all comers.
In order to participate in any side event, a bowler must enter at least one of the main
D.J. Hochstein — 43 years of age, 19 Tony Stipcak — 50 years of age, 17 years tournaments or any of the TQRs. Sweepers will be conducted on the PBA’s Earl An-
years a member joining the MMBA on 7-19- a member joining the MMBA on 1-16-82. thony, Tournament of Champions, U.S. Open, Dick Weber and Shark lane conditioning
80. Participated in 108 tournaments. Winner Winner of two titles — 21st Century 1984, patterns.
of two titles — Royal Oak 1982, Fair Lanes Stardust 1987, plus one second-place finish.
1989, plus six second-place finishes. Bowler He was Bowler of the Year in 1987. He has More Info — Detailed World Series of Bowling schedule and ticket information
of the Year 1989. He has made the finals 24 two 300 games in MMBA competition. He is available at a dedicated website, www.pbaworldseriesofbowling.com.
times cashing in 49 tournaments. A lifetime has made the finish 16 times, cashing in 62
average of 206 for 955 games. He is 36th on tournaments. A lifetime average of 206 for
all-time money winner list with $16,120 in 1,115 games. He is 54th on the all-time money
earnings. list with $12,785 in earnings.
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