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Industry News

04/17/08

Ebonite International creates new coaching, bowler development program under the Powerhouse® brand

Industry Veteran Brian Chilcutt to lead initiative

2008EboniteBrianChilcutt_small.jpg Ebonite International has announced that the company has restructured the Powerhouse® brand in order to put additional resources behind bowling coaching and bowler development programs. Veteran coach and pro shop operator, Brian Chilcutt (pictured), has accepted this new position with the Powerhouse™ brand. In that capacity, he will oversee the company's bowling and bowler development initiatives as well as the Powerhouse™ Pro Shop Equipment and Pro Shop Training Clinic businesses.

Industry News

04/01/08

Ebonite International presents "Bowling with the Stars"

Brands Team with Speedway Children's Charities, Victory Lanes to Host Special Bowling Evening on May 18

EboniteLogo_mini.jpg Ebonite International Inc. has announced plans to present "Bowling with the Stars," a charity event with its players on May 18 benefiting Speedway Children's Charities, a non-profit organization that supports numerous children's programs and initiatives nationwide. Scheduled for May 18, 5 p.m., at George Pappas' Victory Lanes, 125 Morlake Drive, Mooresville, NC, "Bowling with the Stars" presented by Ebonite International, Inc. will provide a fun-filled evening of bowling, food, trick shots, meet and greet sessions with your favorite Ebonite International bowlers and more surprises.

Industry News

03/27/08

Columbia 300 continues sponsorship of Mini Eliminator

Texas Station in Las Vegas, Nev. June 30 - July 6, 2008

2008MESummerClassicLogo_mini.jpg Columbia300_mini.jpg Columbia 300 has once again committed to sponsor the Mini-Eliminator, one of the world's most famous tournaments, and the 2008 Summer Classic. Scheduled for June 30 – July 6, the Summer Classic will offer $42,500 in guaranteed prize money, including a $20,000 top prize and $5,000 for the winner of the Columbia 300 Shootout.

Industry News

03/22/08

B.E.R. 2008: a good launch

2008BERRimini_small.jpg The first edition of B.E.R. (Bowling Event Rimini) ended on March 16 at Rimini Fiera. The international trade show dedicated to bowling was organized by Rimini Fiera SpA and Facto Edizioni, with the support of the FISB (Italian Bowling Federation) and the EBPA (European Bowling Proprietors' Association). B.E.R. was held simultaneously with the 20th edition of ENADA Spring, one of Europe's leading expos in the coin-op sector, and the two trade shows were attended by a total of 25,168 visitors.

Industry News

03/16/08

Russia: Challenges and problems in trading on bowling's new frontier

Phil Mison, EBPA Media from the BER Trade Show in Rimini, Italy (March 15, 2008)

Russia is the world's largest country in terms of land mass – roughly twice as big as the USA. Much of the terrain and climate however render huge areas difficult to develop economically. Bowling is becoming more popular every year. What took 30 years in Europe to achieve we have done in ten. There is also a proliferation of major tournaments, TV coverage, trade shows and professional bowler clinics. As a sport in its own right Russian bowling has made great strides. In 2006-2007 there were 25 official tournaments in the Federation of Sports Bowling of Russia a (FSBR) calendar. 

Industry News

02/20/08

Bowling Event Rimini ready to roll

Rimini Expo Center in Rimini, Italy (March 13-16, 2008)

2008BERRimini_small.jpg Everything is now in place for the first B.E.R., Bowling Event Rimini, the international bowling trade show to be held in Rimini, Italy. The event is organized by Rimini Fiera SpA and Facto Edizioni with the backing of FISB, the Italian Sport Bowling Federation and EBPA, the European Bowling Proprietors Association. To make it easier for visitors to access B.E.R. Rimini Fiera has set up an online registration procedure to save time.

Industry News

02/07/08

Kegel creates a series of different types of oil patterns: the 'Kegel Navigation Patterns'

KNPRecreationIcon1.jpg KNPSportIcon1.jpg Lake Wales, Fla. based Kegel company has created the 'Kegel Navigation Patterns' to educate and increase awareness about different types of oil patterns as well as help the bowling center proprietors, mechanics and tournament organizers provide their customers with some other quality pattern options. "Creating oil patterns that are very easy is not too difficult. Creating oil patterns that are very tough is also not too difficult. Creating oil patterns that are challenging but not cruel to the bowlers however is very difficult," said Kegel's Ted Thompson.

Industry News

02/05/08

Jeff Ussery to head Hammer and Robby's brands

HammerJeffUssery_small.jpg Effective today, Jeff Ussery will serve as the brand manager for Hammer and Robby's. Ussery has spent the last year as the company's Powerhouse™ brand manager and the last two years as a master instructor of Powerhouse™ Training Clinics. Ussery is a 2000 graduate of the University of Kansas, where he bowled on the men's team, and a former pro shop owner and operator. He has also bowled several amateur tournaments including the True Amateur Tournament and the Mini Eliminator.

Industry News

01/17/08

Shannon O'Keefe joins the Storm Staff of Champions

StormLogo_mini.jpg 2008ShannonOKeefeStorm_small.jpg Storm Products Inc, the Brigham City, Utah manufacturer of high performance bowling equipment, has announced that Shannon O'Keefe has joined its staff of champions. O'Keefe, 28, had a breakthrough year in 2007 - highlighted by her singles gold medal at the Women's World Championships in Monterrey, Mexico, and runner-up finish at the U.S. Women's Open. In the U.S. Open quarterfinals, she rolled a 299 game - nationally televised on ESPN.

Industry News

01/15/08

Shifting pin production to contract manufacturer offers market advantages for Brunswick Bowling

Brunswick.jpg Brunswick Bowling & Billiards announced today that it is shifting bowling pin production from its Antigo, Wis., facility to a contract manufacturer, resulting in the immediate closure of the Antigo facility. Brunswick Bowling & Billiards is a unit of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC). "The marketplace has evolved, and the industry has more capacity to provide pins than it can support," explained Warren N. Hardie, president of Brunswick Bowling & Billiards.

Industry News

01/15/08

Ebonite International to host four regional product showcases

Pro Shops Invited to Demo the Best Brands in the Business

EboniteLogo_mini.jpg Pro shops looking for the latest information on new ball introductions and special purchase incentives from the hottest brands in the industry need look no further than the Ebonite International Regional Product Showcase. A brand new program for the company, New Product Regional Showcases will be held in Long Island, Los Angeles, Detroit and Michigan this month as the company brings the best brands and the best deals in bowling under one roof.

Industry News

01/04/08

Past and present NFL greats go bowling for kids at third annual Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic

Proceeds to Benefit the NFL's Youth Education Town (YET) Initiative

2007LynnSwann_small.jpg More than 40 NFL legends will join bowlers from the greater Phoenix area and across the country at the third annual Super Bowl NFL Charities/Strike Ten Celebrity Bowling Classic. The event is open to amateur bowlers and will be held at 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 31 at AMF Christown Lanes in Phoenix, host city to Super Bowl XLII. Hall of Famer and former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver and television broadcaster Lynn Swann (pictured) will act as the event spokesperson and will lead the field of celebrities.

Industry News

01/04/08

Columbia 300 signs Lynda Barnes to staff contract

Columbia300LyndaBarnes_small.jpg Lynda Barnes, wife of Columbia 300 Pro Staff member Chris Barnes, will join her husband in representing the Columbia 300 brand. A member of Team USA and the 2007 United States Amateur Champion, Barnes has accumulated a number of accolades and titles during her bowling career, just like her husband and fellow teammate. Combined, this dynamic duo will prove a force to be reckoned with worldwide.

Industry News

01/03/08

USBC'S Tom Clark is 2008 BBIA Industry Service Award Recipient

USBCTomClark_small.jpg The Billiard & Bowling Institute of America has named United States Bowling Congress Vice President of Marketing and Communications Tom Clark as its Industry Service Award recipient for 2008. Each year, BBIA presents its Industry Service Award for contributions by an individual who has excelled in promoting and advancing the sport in the billiards and/or bowling industry. The award will be presented in Cancun, Mexico May 13.

Industry News

12/20/07

STE Skills Center to create Bowling Coaches/Instructors Award

Bowling Coaches/Instructors Hall of Fame may also be in the works

The Skills Center, a division of Strike Ten Entertainment (STE), will be establishing a new national recognition for bowling coaches and/or instructors through the presentation of a new award. The National Coaching/Instructors Award, which will honor an outstanding bowling coach/instructor. Instituting this new award may also lead to the creation of a hall of fame for bowling coaches and instructors. A task force has been formed to develop award criteria, annually review candidates as well as explore the creation of a bowling coaches/instructors hall of fame.

Industry News

12/13/07

Ebonite supports youth bowling through Teen Masters sponsorship

TeenMastersLogo118h.jpg EboniteLogo_mini.jpg As part of its ongoing efforts to support the development of bowling, Ebonite has signed on as a major sponsor of the Teen Masters from 2008 through 2010, announced Ed Gallagher, Ebonite brand manager. "Youth are the foundation of our sport…and, unfortunately, the most overlooked. If, as an industry, we are going to rebuild the core of our business, it has to start with the kids," said Gallagher.

Industry News

12/01/07

Columbia 300 launches promotion to build Hispanic League Bowling

Campaign features pro bowler Clara Guerrero

2007HispanicLeagueClaraGuerrero_small.jpg Unir a una liga hoy! (Join a league today!). This is the message that Columbia 300 is spreading in bowling centers with new signage featuring Colombia native Clara Guerrero. Columbia 300 has invested in these backlit signs as part of its efforts to promote league bowling to the growing Hispanic population. Initially, these signs will be distributed to bowling centers in Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

Industry News

11/22/07

Ebonite announces 2007-2008 PBA Tour pro staff

Long-time staffer Jason Couch to sit out season with injury deferral from PBA

2007TommyJones_small.jpg 2007DinoCastillo_small.jpg Once again, Ebonite is fielding a star-studded staff on the PBA Tour, led by 2005-2006 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year Tommy Jones (l.) and Dino Castillo (r.). While PBA stalwart Jason Couch remains on Ebonite's staff, he will not compete on the PBA Tour this year due to a knee injury. "We are certainly to pleased to have Tommy and Dino represent our brand at our sport's highest level. We are confident that they will both have incredible years," said Ed Gallagher, Ebonite brand manager.

Industry News

11/12/07

Successful Bowlers Attend Kegel Training Center

By Randy Stoughton (Kegel Training Center Head Coach)

KegelRandyStoughton_small.jpg While looking through the list of match play finalists at the recent PBA Southern Regional Tournament at Bird Bowl in Miami, it was nice to see the high number of bowlers on that list that have recently visited and trained at the Kegel Training & Tournament Center in Lake Wales, FL. All of us at the Kegel Training Center have dedicated our lives to the sport of bowling and hope everyone can realize what the right kind of training can do to enhance your competitive bowling experience.

Industry News

10/18/07

Columbia 300 signs Clara Guerrero to staff contract

2007ClaraGuerreroColumbia_small.jpg Columbia 300 has signed Clara Guerrero, an up-and-coming young bowling star, to a staff contract. Guerrero will bowl with Columbia 300 equipment in tournaments worldwide including the PBA women's series this fall. "Clara is a very skilled young bowler who has shown enormous talent and even greater potential for a strong career in bowling," said Chad Murphy, Columbia 300 brand manager. The right-hander, who now resides in Austin, Texas, just competed in her first PBA Regional Event and placed third, behind Chris Simmons and fellow Columbia 300 staff player, Chris Barnes.

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