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Ready or Not, here we come!

By Jackie Wyckoff, BWAA Board of Director Member

BWAAJackieWyckoff_small.jpgFor the average league bowler and even for some high average scratch players, the USBC Open Championships Tournament is the most exciting and prestigious tournament they will ever bowl. Our group of 20 regular California players from the Bay area have been participating for an average of 15 years, yet we never get tired of marching out, reporting to our lanes, and greeting teams and players from other states that we see once a year. While the USBC Open Tournament is one of the best run tournaments in the world, from our experience, it is a horse of a different color when you bowl the opening weekend.



A bowler's impressions of opening weekend at the USBC Open

By Linda Scott, USBC Board of Director and BWAA Member

USBCLindaScott_small.jpg PORTLAND, Ore. -- My husband, Alan, and my best bowling buddy, Eleanore Libby, and yours truly flew to Albuquerque to bowl in the USBC Open Championships on the opening weekend of the tournament. We arrived to a cold and windy Albuquerque, but the chill in the air was offset by the warm welcome of the residents who were eager to begin greeting the expected 63,000 bowlers. Our taxi driver from the airport spoke with the soft, Southwestern drawl and filled us in on the local highlights all the way to our hotel.



NABI plans special features for its 25th Anniversary Tournament By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg John McCoy came up with a bowling tournament for the average league bowler and 25 years later it is still going strong. While other mega-buck tournaments have been downsizing, the NABI tournament organization has been flourishing because it features something for everybody and features nine champions during the week of competition. McCoy, whose bowling roots range from a proprietor to an elite league bowler to a bowling hustler in the Southwest, loves bowling and bowlers and it shows.



News from the 2008 National Golden Ladies Classic

By Joe Lyou (Tenpin Slants)

2007BowlExpoJoeLyou_small.jpgIt was reported here recently that USBC Hall of Famers Robin Romeo (Newhall, Calif.) and Jeanne Naccarato (Tacoma, Wash.) will be making their debut in the 2008 National Golden Ladies Classic (NGLC), to be held March 10-13 at the Orleans Hotel/Casino/Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The NGLC, or simply the Golden Ladies, was founded by Jeanette Robinson, also a USBC Hall of Famer, at the old Showboat Bowling Center in 1991. Since then, the tournament--open to women who are 50 and older--has not only grown in stature but it has gained international fame.



Old Crystal Ball says USBC under time gun to complete deal for courageous move to Arlington By Dick Evans

Subheads: Perfect Game in K.C. and Tennis Gambling

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg My trusty old, and I do mean old, crystal ball sits next to my computer screen and snoozes during most of the time my fingers are hitting keys while working on an important bowling or tennis story. Today, the crystal ball that gave me the story that CBS was replacing ABC as the PBA's new TV network in 1997, gave me the story that the PBA was going to an all-exempt format in 2003 before the PBA announced the 64-player fields and then in November predicted that the USBC would be moving to Arlington, Texas, in the near future started humming like it was still young.



Bowling Industry needs to clone Jeanette Robinson and Golden Ladies Classic By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Too bad the bowling industry can't find a way to clone Jeanette Robinson, a golden lady from the golden age of bowling who runs a golden tournament. She has spent her life fighting for bowling and bowlers and that's why she founded the National Golden Ladies Classic 18 years ago at the defunct Showboat Lanes and why she will renew it March 10-13 at the bustling Orleans Hotel/Casino/Bowling Center in Las Vegas.



The establishment of recognition for bowling coaches/instructors may lead to the creation of a hall of fame By John Jowdy

John Jowdy.jpg In my opinion, the new attention being paid to bowling coaches is one of the most deserving endeavors for the game. After all, the development of coaches/instructors has become one of the most significant undertakings in the bowling industry for the past 10 years. How better can the industry display appreciation for individuals like veteran coaches Dick Ritger, Bill Bunetta, Tom Kouros, Fred Borden, Bill Taylor, Ron Hoppe, and others who have paved the way for spreading the bowling gospel all over the world?



Bowling Bedlam Part I - The Lane

By Ted Thompson

ColumnistTedThompson_small.jpg The playing environment of bowling today may be as complex, unpredictable and chaotic as any time in the history of the game. We're not talking about the recreational league or club game where the participants just want to have fun and the conditions are designed as such. We're talking about professionally maintained and controlled tournament environments where bowling sports people compete.



A Thank You to USBC, City of Reno and Tri-Properties Hotels By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg If Fred Schreyer has anything to say about it, women bowlers will play a larger role during the 2008-2009 Professional Bowlers Association season.
"The response to the Women's Series was overwhelmingly favorable," says Schreyer, Commissioner and CEO of the PBA.
"Fans, proprietors and players all seemed to enjoy having the women compete along side the men. I especially heard positive comments about the women crossing with the men during qualifying.



Kim Terrell makes a favorable impression at Delaware State

By Joe Lyou (Tenpin Slants)

KimTerrell_small.jpg Kim Terrell says she loves her new job as the bowling coach at Delaware State University. The popular San Francisco native took over the program at the beginning of the fall semester last September. That's why she was unable to compete in the recent PBA Women's Series on ESPN. It didn't take long for Terrell to make a favorable impression at Delaware State. This was verified by the monthly women's bowling poll conducted by the National Tenpin Coaches Assn. (NTCA), recognized as "the voice and leadership of NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Assn.) bowling."



Bowling needs to tap into gambling industry's Fountain of Money flowing through Florida By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg It's wonderful that the Seminole Indians and pari-mutuel establishments are hooked into a fountain of money that never stops flowing in Florida. And it's also great that small gambling ships can cruise a few miles off shore before starting up their slot machines and taking the covers off their blackjack tables. If bowling could pull it off, I'm sure a few ingenious proprietors would install four self-balancing bowling lanes on a ship and race off shore before the automatic pinsetters would be turned off and the slot machines would be turned on.



The Sport of Women's Bowling makes big splash with tidal wave on horizon By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Sometimes life throws you a curve ball at crucial times and instead of hitting a grand-slam homer to win the game you wind up striking out in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bat on your shoulder. I felt like I was asking valid questions when I sat down with Jeff Boje, president of the USBC, at the Eldorado coffee shop before the live telecast of the U.S. Women's Open championship matches.



Bowling Coaches deserve their own Hall of Fame By Dick Evans

But how do you pick the inductees since there is no won-lost record like in other sports?

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Sometimes the evolution of thought about a potential bowling story can lead me in a different direction several times during the formation of the story. For example, I did an interview with USBC President Jeff Bojé and he is so gung ho about bowling as a sport and the need for qualified coaches that I got to thinking about how do you determine the best coaches? And while pondering that question I came up with another question: Why is there no Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame?



The Trusty Crystal Ball looks into Bowling's Future Moves By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg My old crystal ball has been right several times and also given me some marginal advice at other times...
For the past few weeks my aging crystal ball has been telling me that before the 2,010 calendar is introduced that the Dallas suburb of Arlington will be the new home of the United States Bowling Congress, its new ultra modern training center that will feature donated Brunswick equipment and a new Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum attraction.



A different picture of colorful masters and equally colorful Sean Rash By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Major League Baseball struck out by not signing Sean Rash and the rash newcomer struck out to beat Steve Jaros and win the USBC Masters Tournament at Miller Park, home of the National League’s Milwaukee Brewers.
And to think as a youngster in Alaska that Rash dreamed of being a major league baseball pitcher because he had an 88 miles-per-hour fast ball.



Some personal opinions, comments and observations of the 2007 USBC Masters

By Joe Lyou a.k.a Tenpin Slants

2006SeanRash_small.jpg Sean Rash (pictured) deserved to win the Masters, being the top seed for the TV stepladder finals. The personable 25-year-old Wichita State graduate, who now owns four Denny's Professional Bowlers Assn. titles, recorded his first major triumph, good for $100,000. Amazingly, Rash is still undefeated (7-0) in televised matches. The tall (6-1), handsome right-hander is exciting to watch. He has all the tools to be one of the PBA's most popular stars. And yes, ladies, he's a bachelor.



Women's US Open By John Jowdy

John Jowdy.jpg I was "there", yet I wasn't there. I am referring to the sensational USBC Women's US Open at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno; held on Sunday, October 14, 2007. Perhaps I should explain my dilemma. My wife Brenda and I flew to Reno planning to attend the Saturday practice session and the Press Conference afterward. Of course, the main attraction was the Sunday televised finals or the most prestigious of all women's tournaments, the US Open.



Liz Johnson uses two strike balls to win U.S. Women's Open Title By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Not sure who was the biggest winner after the U.S. Women's Open telecast Sunday – Liz Johnson, the United States Bowling Congress, the National Bowling Stadium or the city of Reno. The USBC certainly poured a ton of money into the Aug. 13-18 qualifying rounds, four taped ESPN shows and the 90-minute live finals Sunday. The USBC went first class from start to finish and certainly got a first-class finals field – Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Lynda Barnes, Shannon O'Keefe and Liz Johnson, who won the $25,000 champions check.



Here is a sure bet Sunday in Reno - four gals will light up the ESPN television screen starting at 1 p.m. By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg The atmosphere at the National Bowling Stadium Saturday was relaxed and sometimes comical as Shannon O'Keefe, Lynda Barnes, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Liz Johnson prepared to do battle in the live ESPN windup to the U.S. Women's Open Sunday. The four TV finalists who will be shooting for the $25,000 championship Sunday were practicing different lines to the pocket, different starting positions, different hand positions and different types of bowling balls. Since there were two hours of practice, it was both a serious and fun time for the foursome, all of whom appeared relaxed.



Better Bowlers By John Jowdy

John Jowdy.jpg Although bowling has experienced a gradual decline for the past 15 years, a bright future looms over the horizon. There is bad news and good news. First, let's face the bad news. Membership in the ABC/WIBC/ (and now the USBC) tapered off at an alarming rate. Phony high scores made a mockery of the game. 300 games, 800 series and averages ranging from 220 to 250 became routine. 900 series were being recorded regularly. Worse though, the ABC sanctioned these scores by mere average bowlers, yet refused to accept a 900 series by Glenn Allison, a Hall of Fame bowler.

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