Finland's Ahlström, USA's Reichert honored with WTBA John Davis Memorial Award


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    Former longtime Finnish Bowling Federation president Kauko Ahlström and former Brunswick Chairman and CEO Jack Reichert have been selected to win the inaugural World Tenpin Bowling Association John Davis Memorial Award.

    The John Davis Memorial Award recognizes individuals who have selflessly devoted their time and resources to the sport of bowling over a significant period of time.

    Ahlström served as the president of the Finnish federation from 1940 until 1971 and was one of the best bowlers in Finland. He was a three-time Finnish national champion and was a member of the national team for 20 years.

    The Federation Internationale des Quilleurs was founded in 1952 with Ahlström being a part of the founding group. He went on to serve as the president of the FIQ Tenpin Division in 1955 and helped facilitate an agreement that brought the United States into the FIQ organization.

    Ahlström went on to serve as FIQ President from 1973-79 and served a total of 26 years in the FIQ leadership.

    Reichert, a member of the United States Bowling Congress and Professional Bowlers Association Halls of Fame, became the CEO of Brunswick in 1982 and the Chairman of the Board in 1983. He retired from Brunswick in 1995.

    Reichert, who is from Lake Forest, Illinois, was a driving force behind bowling's participation in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. In addition to spending many hours toward that goal, he also had Brunswick allocate significant financial resources toward that and other Olympic the projects.

    201303IBIJohnDavisLegacy.jpg The John Davis Memorial Award is awarded entirely at the discretion of the WTBA. The award is named after the late Kegel founder John Davis, who passed away suddenly in January 2013. Kegel is an international bowling maintenance supply company with a state-of-the-art training center in Lake Wales, Florida.

    The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 110 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA, click


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