John Davis

United States


Mark Davis receives John Davis Award for 2014

2014JohnDavisAwardMarkDavis_small.jpg Mark Davis (pictured with Len Nicholson, left), younger brother of the late John Davis, founder of the Kegel Company, has been named the 2014 recipient of the John Davis Award. The surprise presentation was made at International Bowl Expo in Orlando, Fla. The award is presented annually to a deserving person who is actively involved in trying to advance the sport of bowling. A perpetual plaque, bearing each recipient's name, is on permanent display at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla.



The Constant Flame - Recalling the life of John Davis By Fred Groh

Republished courtesy of International Bowling Industry magazine (Volume 21, March 2013)

2013IBIJohnDavisTribute_small.jpg We did not know John Davis the way Len Nicholson did, or Chris Chartrand or Pat Ciniello, all three friends and colleagues of Davis's for years who spoke at the memorial service for him in February. It was held at the most appropriate possible place: the Kegel Training Center at Kegel headquarters in Lake Wales, FL. Davis died Jan. 25. "He tried to do something that no one else did," as Nicholson says. "He tried to make the sport as fair as possible."



Letter from John Davis - The Cornerstone Vol. 1 - Summer 1998

Republished courtesy of Kegel's "The Inside Line" (Jan. 30, 2013)

2013JohnDavisJD_small.jpg In the Summer of 1998, the late John Davis along with a group of esteemed lanes people, formed The Foundation. Within that very first edition of The Foundation's newsletter was a letter written by John Davis. For those that have read the letter before, we thought you might like to read it again. For those that have never read it, it will give you some insight into John's passion for the game of bowling and what motivated him to support the game the way he did.



Going for the Gold

By John Davis

JohnDavisCEOKegel_small.jpg When I say gold, I am not intending it means a medal. I use this term about a person intending to get the best or most out of some endeavor. In this case it is a score in bowling. I watch people in a practice session before any bowling event. After each first throw, if it is not a strike, many either foul intentionally or push the reset to attain a full rack. So they can practice their first throw or should I say their strike shot. It puzzles me.



The Long and the Short of it

About the controversy surrounding multiple lane conditions

JohnDavisCEOKegel_small.jpg "There is much controversy surrounding multiple conditions", writes John Davis, CEO Kegel. "It seems so different than the past. However, the sport of bowling has changed and formats of competition have not kept up with these changes to promote Fair Play for all styles. 

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