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United States bags another 14 gold medals on final day of Tournament of the Americas

USA's Sandelin, Cruz, Doyle and Colombia's Otalora sweep all six gold medals in their respective division; USA leads medal tally with 28 gold, followed by Colombia (11), Mexico (4), Dominican Republic and Guatemala (1 each)

Image The U.S. team doubled its gold medals on the final day at the 50th Lee Evans Tournament of The Americas Saturday at Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac, Fla., as the twenty players, two male and two female bowlers in each of the five age divisions, bagged 14 gold medals in Team, Individual All Events and National All Events to lead the medal tally with 28 gold medals. USA's Lucy Sandelin, Tyler Cruz and Kamron Doyle as well as Colombia's Manuel Otalora swept all six gold medals in their respective division.

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February and July High Roller 2013 cancelled

2012HighRollerLogo_small.jpg Brad Edelman, President of High Roller, Inc., has announced that for the first time in 32 years of High Roller tournaments there will not be a February or July High Roller in 2013. "It’s really very simple, it's like High Roller operates eight stores but we are closing two of them for renovations," Edelman wrote in his announcement. Edelman will continue to run the six other events: two True Amateur Tournaments (TAT), two Senior Classics, the August Military Team Tournament and the Military Bowling Championships.

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Otalora, Sandelin, Cruz, Doyle earn their third gold medal at Tournament of the Americas

USA (3), Colombia and Mexico take the gold medals in Mixed Doubles

Image Manuel Otalora of Colombia, and the United States' Lucy Sandelin, Tyler Cruz and Kamron Doyle picked up their third gold medal in as many events Thursday at the 50th Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas in Tamarac, Fla. Otalora teamed with Rocio Restrepo to win the Adult division mixed doubles gold medal with a six-game total of 2,623. With three events completed, the U.S. team has won 14 gold medals, Colombia six, Mexico three and the Dominican Republic and Guatemala one each.

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United States (6), Colombia (3) and Mexico (1) share gold medals in Doubles at TofA

Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA (July 28 - Aug. 4, 2012)

Image For the second consecutive event at the 50th annual Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas, Colombia swept the medals in the adult division at Sawgrass Lanes Tamarac, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Manuel Otalora and Andres Gomez outaveraged their nearest competitors by more than 10 pins to win the gold medal in Doubles with 2,682 six-game total and an average of 223,50. Andres' sister, Paola Gomez, joined forces with Rocio Restrepo to take the gold with 2,425 (202.08)..

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United States win five of ten gold medals in Singles at 50th Tournament of the Americas

Colombia (2), Mexico, Dominican Republic and Guatemala share the other gold medals

Image 155 players from 16 countries participate in the 50th annual Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas, which got underway Monday and Tuesday with the Singles competition at Sawgrass Lanes Tamarac, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Team USA won five out of ten gold medals in the first event. Colombia (2), Mexico, Dominican Republic and Guatemala share the other gold medals. The Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas is the oldest annual international tournament in the American Zone.

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20 bowlers to represent United States at Tournament of the Americas

Image USBCLogow_small.jpgA total of 20 bowlers will represent the United States next week when the 50th Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas takes place in Tamarac, Fla. The U.S. squad, which will include members of Team USA and Junior Team USA, will battle players from across the American Zone for medals in Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Mixed Team and All-Events.



Canada will compete in the 50th annual Tournament of the Americas

Sawgrass Lanes in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA (July 28 - Aug. 4, 2012)

ImageCTFLogo2_small.jpgCanada will compete in the 50th annual Tournament of the Americas, which will be held at Sawgrass Lanes, Tamarac in Greater Fort Lauderdale, Fla, The tournament, which which was originated in Miami to 'unite the Americas through bowling', will be conducted from July 28th - August 4th. 17 countries are expected to participate. The anniversary event will also include a special Tournament of Champions.



It's official - BWAA is now International Bowling Media Association

IBMALogo_small.jpg During International Bowl Expo in Reno June 24-29, members of the Bowling Writers Association of America (BWAA) voted to support the recommendations of the BWAA Strategic Planning Committee to create a new name for the historic bowling journalist's group that started in 1934. On Friday, July 20, the BWAA board of directors agreed with the membership's recommendation to officially name the new global organization the International Bowling Media Association (IBMA). The change takes effect August 1.

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Pete Thomas wins $10,000 at the inaugural Senior Mini-Eliminator


Pete Thomas (center) of Oklahoma, won the 2012 Summer Senior Mini-Eliminator at Texas Station in Las Vegas. Thomas defeated Bob Godden of Las Vegas, 209-204, to earn the $10,000 top prize. Godden earned $5,000 for second place. Finishing third was Darwin Wimer of Mesquite, Nev., who shot 200 worth $2,500. Tony Pascua from the 50-59 division won the Sunday sweeper and Henry Murphy, a handicap bowler from Henderson, Nev., won the Monday sweeper.

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Rare bowling memorabilia collection to be auctioned on EBay

More than 100 one-of-a-kind items will go up during the National Bowling Week August 7-11

eBayLogo.jpgSports Memorabilia Auctions are common; but one featuring exclusively Bowling items is rare. August 7-11, 2012, one of the best collections in the world will go up for bid on EBay. Former pro bowler, bowling proprietor, and Dallas Entrepreneur Chuck Lande offers more than 100 items including a circa 1890 wooden bowling ball and a very rare 10k gold ABC 300 game award given to Hall of Famer Frank Caruana for his back-to-back 300 games in 1924.

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Scott Pohl wins his first title and twenty grand in 2012 July High Roller

2012HighRollerScottPohl_small.jpgScott Pohl (pictured) of Burnsville, Minn., averaged 246.50 in the finals of the 2012 July High Roller en route to win the title and the $20,000 winner's check July 6 at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Competing in his 41st High Roller tournament and representing the Age 40-54 division, Pohl rolled a 226 game in the championship match against Michael D. Moore of Orlando, Fla. (211) and Isaac Amkie of Col. Polancio, Mexico (182) to capture his first career High Roller title.

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International Senior Open releases Bulletin No. 2

Inaugural event at 5-star Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa features two different age divisions for both men and women - Men 50-60, Men 61 and older, Women 45-55 and Women 56 and older

2012RedRockLanes2_small.jpgBulletin No. 2 is out for the 2012 International Senior Open which be held at the famous Red Rock Lanes, a 60-laner within Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nev. United States, from Dec. 2-8, 2012. The inaugural tournament is dedicated to senior bowlers and features Singles, Doubles, Team and Masters competition with two different age divisions for both men and women - Men 50-60, Men 61 and older, Women 45-55 and Women 56 and older.



BWAA names Chuck Pezzano Scholarship winners; 2012 list spans USA map


The Bowling Writers Association of America (BWAA) has awarded college scholarships to three great student bowlers. Stephanie Sims, Garland, Texas was named first place winner and will receive $1,500; Blair Blumensheid, Columbus, Ohio, second place and $1,000; and Samantha Chong, San Jose, California will get $500 for third place. The award is named in honor of BWAA, United States Bowling Congress and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame journalist Chuck Pezzano of Clifton, NJ.



Kelly Kulick dusts off June BWAA Bowler of the Month Award

2012USWOKellyKulick_small.jpgKelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey (pictured), has been named the June 2012 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America (BWAA). Kulick won her third U.S. Women's Open crown defeating Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, California, 170-160 in the title match. She became the first woman in 60 years to win U.S. Women's Open three times since USBC Hall of Famer Marion Ladewig won the third of her record eight U.S. Open crowns in 1952.



California Women's Bowling Association past president Betty Schlegel passes

CWBAPastPresidentBettySchlegel_small.jpg Betty Schlegel (pictured) had just turned 90 years old and she was eagerly awaiting bowling in her 42nd national tournament when she was confronted with a series of health challenges. After a stay in the hospital and re-hab she felt well enough to go home and continue working on her strengthening exercises so she could make it to Reno to bowl. Last year she received an award from the California USBC for having bowled in 60 state tournaments. An avid sportswoman, sadly, on June 24th Betty passed away.



Bowling Writers Association of America is going international

BWAA will announce a new name in the coming weeks; Joan Romeo elected 68th President at 2012 BWAA Convention in Reno

BWAALogo_small.jpgMembers attending the Bowling Writers Association of America Convention held in conjunction with International Bowl Expo, voted unanimously June 26 that the time has come for the organization, founded in 1934, to go global. In the coming weeks, BWAA will announce a new name, along with a new slogan, vision and mission statements; and a tentative agreement has been reached to encompass the World Bowling Writers group. Elected to become the 68th President of the new organization was Joan Romeo.

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The Vanishing Alleys project by Kevin Hong

Former professional photographer toys with the idea of going around and photographing the old "bowling alleys" before they are gone for good

KevinHongArlingtonWA_small.jpgKevin Hong has been a bowler for nearly 30 years. During that time, he has bowled tournaments everywhere – from tiny six-lane centers to the (now-closed) 106-lane Showboat in Las Vegas. He was competing in a tournament in early 2012 in a little eight-lane center in central Washington State when his first thought was, "You just don't see places like this anymore." Old "bowling alleys and other "retro" features are the focus of his Vanishing Alleys project.



Parker Bohn III and Jason Belmonte will speak to BWAA members at Bowl Expo


201112PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpgParker Bohn III (l.) will speak to the members of the Bowling Writers Association of America at the Brunswick Luncheon on Monday June 25, and Jason Belmonte (r.) of Australia will tell members about his world travels at the Storm Breakfast Tuesday June 26 during this year's BWAA Convention as part of Bowl Expo. Along with other company officials, both pros will answer questions from BWAA members in attendance.



Johnny Petraglia historic as May BWAA Bowler of the Month


Johnny Petraglia (pictured), Jackson, New Jersey, has been named the May 2012 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America. Petraglia became the first bowler to win a PBA National Tour or Senior Tour title in six different decades by winning the PBA Senior Dayton Classic. The 65 year-old PBA and USBC Hall of Famer first won as a 19 year-old in the 1966 PBA Fort Smith Open. Petraglia's eighth career PBA Senior Tour win ended a three-year winless streak.

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Big prizes awarded at AMF National In-League Tournament Finals in Las Vegas

Four divisional finalists win $50,000 each in prize money

2012NationalInLeagueTournament_small.jpgThe $700,000 AMF National In-League Tournament 2012 started with more than 25,000 AMF league bowlers, After several rounds, 108 players secured their spots in the National Finals which were held at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. on April 27 and 28. The finalists were divided into four divisions. After two days of elimination-style competition, the four division winners each walked away with $50,000.

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