Cyber Report #951

E-dition No. 951 Saturday, May 13, 2017
Editor: Bob Johnson (


Wilkinson and DeSocio Get Final Terms Leading USBC

The United States Bowling Congress Board of Directors has re-elected Frank Wilkinson of Staten Island, N.Y., as USBC President and Cathy DeSocio of Wichita, Kan., as Vice President for the 2017-18 season.

The election of officers for the USBC board took place following the USBC Convention in Las Vegas. Because of terms limits, the 2017-18 season will mark both Wilkinson’s and DeSocio’s final terms.

Wilkinson, the owner of Rab’s Country Lanes, joined the USBC board as a Youth Committee representative in 2010 and served two three-year terms before his election to the board by delegates in 2016. He served two years as Vice President, from 2013-15, and has been President since the 2015-16 season.

“It is a tremendous honor for me to have the support of the board to continue as President and to have Cathy continue as Vice President,” Wilkinson said. “We have taken many positive steps in the last few years, and that is only through the combined efforts of the board, the USBC staff and the thousands who support us at the state and local levels as we continue to build a future for the sport.”

Wilkinson also is in his final term as a board member, which runs through July 31, 2019.

In addition to serving on the USBC board, Wilkinson has served as a USBC representative on the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America board since 2014. He is a director on the Staten Island USBC board and has been on the National Council of Youth Sports since 2012.

He has received many honors, including the Staten Island Chapter of the American Cancer Society Distinguished Community Service Award, the New York State USBC Youth Leaders Bridging the Gap Award, and the Staten Island Small Business of the Year, presented by the City of New York.

DeSocio is President of JOMA Company, which operates eight centers in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, and serves as a trustee on the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame board. The first woman to serve as President of BPAA, from 2012-14, she was honored with the BPAA President’s Medal in 2015.

Other awards on her resumé include the Great Plains USBC Hall of Fame Pioneer Award for exceptional leadership, continued support and distinguished service to the sport of bowling in 2014, the Wichita Business Journal Women in Business Award in 2013, and Bowlers Journal International Proprietor of the Year in 2012.


Andy B’s to Open New Location in Denton, Texas

Missouri-based Andy B’s Entertainment & Bowling Centers has entered an agreement to purchase land in order to build a new Andy B’s in Denton, Texas. It will be the company’s fourth location under the Andy B’s brand, 11th location in all and the first outside the Midwest.

The new Andy B’s location will be a tenant at Rayzor Ranch Town Center, and feature a state-of-the-art bowling experience with private “VIB” bowling, a fully loaded game floor, an upscale restaurant and bar, multi-level laser tag arena, escape rooms, and more attractions to be announced.

“We are really excited about this new project in Denton,” said proprietor Andy Bartholomy, the 2017 recipient of the BPAA V.A. Wapensky Award. “Our brand of upscale family entertainment will fit nicely in Rayzor Ranch Town Center as the premiere dining and entertainment destination.”

Rayzor Ranch is planned as a 600,000-sq.-ft., all-open-air retail, dining and entertainment destination with appealing gathering spaces, an amphitheater and more. Located at the intersection of I-35 and U.S. 380, the center is part of a mixed-use development in northwest Denton that will soon be home to an Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center.

See the May issue of BCM for a special feature on Andy Bartholomy.


Glorvigen Family Plans Second Bowlocity Location

Can the Glorvigen family duplicate the success of their Bowlocity family entertainment center in Rochester, Minn.?

“We’ve been embraced by Rochester,” proprietor Gene Glorvigen told the Post Bulletin newspaper. “Now we’re looking to the future of Rochester’s growth. We’d like to build another Bowlocity, a little bigger and maybe a step up.”

The current location opened in 1963 and was named Recreation Lanes. In 2014, the Glorvigen family doubled its size, added new attractions and renamed it Bowlocity.

For the new location, the family is planning 22 lanes of bowling, laser tag, an arcade, a sports bar and expanded facilities

Land for the project has been acquired, but it needs too be cleaned and prepped for construction. Also, financing needs to be lined up.

“In our true dream of dreams, we’d like to open in 2020,” Glorvigen said. “We think that’s a realistic goal, but who knows.”

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End of an Era as Caprise Family Exits Bowling

It’s the end of an era in bowling, with the exit of the Caprise family from the industry.

Frank Caprise Sr. built and opened Sheridan Lanes in Mineola on Long Island, N.Y., in August of 1940. The family’s flagship bowling center continues to operate today under the management of Bowlmor AMF.

Over the years, three generations of Caprise family members have been involved in the bowling business. Frank Jr. and Michael operated Sheridan Lanes, followed by Frank III, John and Peter. The family expanded its bowling involvement by acquiring and operating eight bowling centers in New York, Florida and Arizona

In the mid-1990s, they sold their centers to AMF and other proprietors while remaining the landlord for several properties. Recently, the real estate in Mineola was sold to Bowlmor AMF, thus signaling the Caprise family’s exit from the industry.

Frank Caprise Sr. received BPAA’s highest honor, the Victor Lerner Memorial Medal, in 1991. He passed away in 2006 at age 91.


Bowlopolis Membership Upgrade Rolled Out

To improve the bowling experience for youth bowlers, particularly those competing in the sport for the first time, International Bowling Campus Youth Development will provide youth members ages 8 and under with a free Bowlopolis membership upgrade kit starting with the 2017-18 season.

IBC Youth Development will enhance the package by providing coaches and youth directors with tools to improve the experience for children bowling in their first league, including a progress poster for the entire league.

The Bowlopolis membership upgrade kit provides youth bowlers with a Bowlopolis brag tag, an interactive magazine, crayons, a game board with stickers, and the chance to participate in a coloring page contest.

“We want to ensure the first experience for youth bowlers is fun and exciting, and to make sure they have the tools to learn and see improvement as they begin their journey on the lanes,” said IBC Managing Director of Youth Development, Gary Brown. “Children have opportunities to participate in different sports, but through the Bowlopolis program we will show them the excitement, competition and opportunities bowling can provide for many years to come.”

The Bowlopolis membership upgrade, while free to children age 8 and under with their $4 United States Bowling Congress Youth membership, will remain available for other youth members at the current cost of $3.50.

The free Bowlopolis membership upgrade will require a $60,000 investment by IBC Youth Development as it seeks to strengthen a segment of youth bowling. Research has shown bowling has lost the most ground in youth membership for those ages 6 to 10, as children explore multiple youth sports and activities.



PBA Teams With Main Event for 5-Telecast Series

The Professional Bowlers Association is returning to CBS Sports Network for the new Main Event PBA Tour Finals in Orlando, Fla. The network will televise five consecutive, two-hour shows on Tuesday nights, involving eight PBA Tour stars beginning on Tuesday, May 30 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern.

Players who will compete in the invitational special event are Jason Belmonte, E.J. Tackett, Dom Barrett, Jesper Svensson, Anthony Simonsen, Ryan Ciminelli, Tommy Jones and Sean Rash. They are the PBA’s top eight in composite earnings over the past three seasons.

The Main Event PBA Tour Finals will utilize a similar format to the tennis ATP Tour, dividing the field into two four-player groups for round-robin match play and awarding 50 bonus pins for each match won. Group A will include Belmonte, Svensson, Simonsen and Rash. Group B will include Tackett, Barrett, Ciminelli and Jones.
This will be the second PBA event hosted by Main Event in 2017. Earlier this year, Main Event Entertainment hosted the Main Event Terrell Owens PBA Super Clash in Katy, Texas.



Save the Dates: 2018 Senior Events Announced

Las Vegas will be the destination for three United States Bowling Congress senior events in 2018, with the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., also serving as host for an event.

The 2018 USBC Senior Queens will take place March 15-18 at Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The Senior Queens, which has been held in conjunction with the USBC Queens the past few years, is being moved to an earlier date so it can immediately follow the National Golden Ladies tournament, also an annual national event for senior women. The Senior Queens is for women who are USBC members age 50 and over.

The USBC Senior Masters will be the second of back-to-back senior events scheduled at Sam’s Town Bowling Center in 2018. The Super Senior Classic, for bowlers age 60 and over, will kick off 11 days of competition at the venue starting May 31. The Senior Masters, for USBC members age 50 and older, will take over Sam’s Town from June 4-10.

The 2018 USBC Senior Championships, a national event for bowlers who have qualified through their state’s senior tournament, will be held Aug. 7-9 at the National Bowling Stadium. The tournament features six age divisions from ages 50-54 through 75-plus.


Business Briefs…

* Bowlers Supply has announced the addition of Brad Kolb to its team. Kolb has spent the last 12 years in the bowling industry as a bowling center manager, lane machine technician and sales representative. His responsibilities at Bowlers Supply will include sales in the Southern United States and making service calls on bowling centers’ lane machines.

* The Go Bowling 400 is just hours away as this edition of the Cyber Report was being prepared. Click here for the latest news on this awareness-building promotion:

* Stone Pin Company, a new bowling boutique in Greenville, S.C., is scheduled to open Monday – two weeks later than anticipated – one level below an event space known as Revel. The facility is a “split house,” to use old-school vernacular, with three lanes on each side and a full bar in the middle. Revel’s caterer, Good Life Catering, will provide bowling-themed menu offerings, which will be prepared upstairs in the kitchen and then transferred via dumbwaiter to the bowling area below. Read more about this new boutique here:

* Homestead Station – a project that will include a 1,000-space parking garage, multi-screen movie theater, bowling center, restaurants and retail shops – has been announced as the latest revitalization project in Homestead, Fla. It also will serve as the hub for the city’s trolley and county bus routes. Homestead Station is expected to be completed in early 2018. Read more here:


Other News You Can Use…

* Bad traffic kept two-time PBA Tour champ Jeff Bellinger from showing up on time to bowl the second qualifying round at the PBA50 Race City Open on May 2. Despite bowling only the 9th and 10th frames in the first game of that round for a total score of 40 – yes, 40 – he still finished plus for the block, made the cut and cashed. You have to read this story to believe it:

* The battle for Elias Cup V Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN promises to be electric as the hometown-favorite L.L. Bean Portland Lumberjacks tries to unseat the defending champion Shipyard Dallas Strikers as the L.L.Bean PBA League competition concludes at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine. The Elias Cup finals will involve a lot of strategy between Strikers’ player-manager Norm Duke and Portland manager Tim Mack as they match up players for the singles, doubles and Baker trios matches – each worth one point – leading into the three-point, five-player Baker team finale. If the contest winds up in a tie, the Elias Cup will be settled based in a one-ball sudden-death rolloff. More:

* Brian LeClair won the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick Tuesday to become the season’s first PBA50 Tour two-time winner. LeClair defeated two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and eight-time winner Ron Mohr, 245-195, in the championship match at New York’s Farmingdale Lanes to also win his third career PBA50 Tour title. More:

* LeClair and a host of PBA Hall of Famers head the list of approximately 100 players ages 50 and over who will compete in the season’s first major when Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis hosts the inaugural PBA50 Miller Lite Players Championship May 13-16. Woodland Bowl has been a longtime host of PBA Tour events and the site of some the most memorable championships in PBA history for nearly three decades, including all of the PBA Tour majors. The venue will add another chapter to that illustrious history when it hosts its first PBA50 Tour major tournament, an event that will include a number of players who wrote chapters in their own histories at Woodland Bowl as younger stars. The entire tournament, from first ball to last, will be live streamed exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit

* The eight bowlers who will represent the United States at the 2017 World Bowling Senior Championships this summer have been selected by the Team USA coaching staff. They are Parker Bohn III, Lennie Boresch Jr., Bob Learn Jr., Ron Mohr, Lynda Barnes, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Leanne Hulsenberg and Tish Johnson. More:

* For the third consecutive year, Reno and the National Bowling Stadium will host the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling Nov. 7-19. WSOB IX, presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno properties – Eldorado Resort Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and Circus Circus Reno – in cooperation with Reno Tahoe USA, is expected to attract a capacity field of 185 PBA members from more than 20 countries to compete for shares of an estimated $700,000 in prize money and five PBA Tour titles in nationally-televised ESPN finals. More:

* World Bowling will have 64 athletes from 21 countries competing in The World Games 2017, which is set to take place July 20-30 in Wroclaw, Poland. The 32 men and 32 women will be battling it out across four days of competition with 18 medals up for grabs. The full list of athletes competing can be viewed here: The Olympic Channel will live stream daily coverage from The World Games:

* The guest this week on Phantom Radio is the Kegel Training Center’s Del Warren. To listen to the conversation, go to:

* CONTACT: Please send business news, event information, etc. to Bob Johnson at For breaking business news, visit or BJI Cyber Reports are now archived at

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