Cyber Report #971

E-dition No. 971 • Thursday, September 28, 2017

Editor: Bob Johnson (bjibob@aol.com)

 

 

Pattern-palooza for PBA’s 60th Anniversary Season

 

The Professional Bowlers Association has announced plans to introduce a newly-revamped library of 16 different lane oiling patterns for the GoBowling! PBA Tour’s 60th anniversary season, creating a wide variety of challenges to test player skills at the highest level.

 

The lane maintenance program, pioneered by the PBA more than 40 years ago, has been reviewed in depth and modified to take into account current technology, PBA Deputy Commissioner Kirk von Krueger said in announcing the new patterns.

 

Several of the revised patterns will make their debuts during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, in Reno, Nev., Nov. 7-19. WSOB IX is collectively the opening event of the 2017-18 GoBowling! PBA Tour schedule.

 

“The new library of lane oiling patterns will include eight animal pattern lane conditions and seven ‘legends’ patterns, three of which will be used as major championship patterns, plus the Chris Paul pattern,” von Krueger added. “Each pattern has specific characteristics including the distance oil is applied down the lane, how it is applied across the lane and the volume of oil applied to each lane.”

 

Two new named patterns will debut in 2018. The “Dragon” is a 45-foot pattern in the animal pattern library that figures to provide a high level of difficulty for PBA players. And for the first time, the PBA will have an official “house shot” design named in honor of the PBA’s long-time celebrity bowling partner, Chris Paul, that is likely to become the PBA’s highest-scoring pattern.

 

The library of lane oiling patterns was designed by PBA Head of Lane Maintenance Sean Parry with the assistance of Brunswick, PBA’s Official Lane Maintenance partner. The oiling patterns will be used exclusively throughout the GoBowling! PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and PBA Regional program’s 2018 seasons. Illustrations of the 16 revamped oiling patterns along with more detailed information can be found on pba.com under the Lanes and Equipment tab. Each pattern’s name will be followed by a number indicating the length of the pattern in feet as it will be applied on a 60-foot lane.

 

The new Cheetah 33, Chameleon 39, Scorpion 42, Shark 45 and Earl Anthony 42 patterns will debut at the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Reno Properties in Reno in November. The Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s 2018 Big February events will feature the Don Johnson 40 pattern at the PBA Tournament of Champions in Akron; the Carmen Salvino 44 at the Barbasol PBA Players Championship in Columbus, Ohio, and the Dick Weber 45 at the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic in Indianapolis. The Mark Roth 42 will be used for the Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship in Columbus and for the PBA League competition in Portland, Maine.

 

In addition to the new Dragon 45, the oil pattern library also will include the Wolf 33, Viper 36, Bear 39, Johnny Petraglia 36 and Don Carter 39 patterns. The Badger 52 will be removed temporarily from the rotation. Plans for the use of these patterns will be announced later.

 

“For decades, the PBA lane maintenance program has helped define the greatest players in the sport of bowling,” said PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark. “This revised menu of oil patterns and the strategy of their release and implementation is in line with our core values, including integrity, complete transparency and recognizing both challenges and opportunities advanced technology presents. Most of all, we are proud of these diverse conditions that will demand a combination of player skills.

 

“Along with the distinct characteristics of the bowling centers and lane beds where the PBA conducts competition, these patterns will be a platform for champions while entertaining and educating fans.”

 

In addition to providing physical definitions of oiling patterns, the PBA uses visible blue oil on most telecasts, allowing fans to see the oil pattern and how the pattern changed during competition, providing another layer of education to the sport’s challenges.

 

“The PBA recognizes that every oiling pattern will present a different challenge depending upon the type of lane surface, weather conditions, the viscosity of lane conditioning oil and other factors,” von Krueger said. “Every condition is also subject to change due to bowling ball traffic during competition which moves the oil around.

 

“But defining the physical aspects of each pattern is a valuable tool for players, tournament hosts and fans. Solving those characteristics is the challenge that makes bowling such a great sport.”

 

 

Bowlmor AMF, Bowland Step Up With Hurricane Relief

 

More stories of bowling center owners stepping up to help with hurricane relief — in both Texas and Florida — are demonstrating bowling’s unique place in American society. Two specific examples: The efforts of Bowlmor AMF and Bowland centers.

 

Bowlmor AMF sent out an email detailing the company’s relief initiative. It asked customers to make a donation to the American Red Cross at any of its centers, and said the company would match the donations, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000.

 

When Bowland decided to purchase a food truck, the seven-center chain of bowling centers in South Florida envisioned many ways it could be used. Providing food and beverage relief for hurricane victims was not among them. But that’s just what happened.

 

Bowland’s NEMO Sports food truck arrived two weeks before Hurricane Irma tore through the region. The company quickly realized that it could literally be a “vehicle” to help those in need.

 

“We have two bowling centers in Naples, which is where Irma made landfall,” said Mike Cannington, Director of Marketing and Sales for Bowland Centers. “Our centers there were not operational due to the storm, and we knew that many in the area were in need of food and water. It was an easy decision to get the food truck down there to help.”

 

Over the course of the first few days, NEMO Sports provided food and water to hundreds of hurricane victims and first responders. As power was restored to the Naples area, the truck moved on to the hard-hit community of Lehigh Acres. Now, Bowland is focused on taking care of the linemen who have come from across the country to assist in relief efforts.

 

“We were very fortunate that only three of our seven centers experienced damage, and all are back up and running now,” added Cannington. “We live and work in these communities and are proud we’ve been able to help those in need as they rebuild.”

 

Bowland purchased the food truck as an extension of its food and beverage service in its bowling centers. “Bowling is our core but we are extremely proud of the food we serve… We are not a stereotypical snack bar,” he said. “We expect the NEMO Sports food truck to become a staple at events throughout our communities moving forward.”

 

For more information on Bowland and its bowling centers in Fort Myers, Naples, Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral and Port Charlotte, visit bowland-centers.com.

 

The impact of Hurricane Irma on the bowling community wasn’t limited to Florida. The PBA South Region postponed the PBA and PBA-PWBA Fayetteville South Open doubleheader, scheduled for Fayetteville Lanes in LaFayette, N.C., due to the anticipated arrival of Irma along the Atlantic Coast.

 

Back in Houston, among the thousands of people offering assistance was newly signed Houston Rocket player and noted PBA friend Chris Paul, who donated $75,000 to help victims.

 

 

Expert Hosiery Spearheading Socks-for-Vets Effort

 

Expert Hosiery is working with BVL and the Veterans Affairs Outreach Program to provide socks to the estimated 48,000 U.S. veterans who are homeless.

 

Winter is the toughest season for the homeless, especially in four-season locales, and clean socks go a long way in providing warmth and comfort, not to mention protection from the elements.

 

A number of donation levels have been developed, each providing a designated number of crew or thermal socks for homeless vets:

 

* Level 1 — A $30 donation provides 72 pairs of crew socks or 48 pairs of thermal socks.

 

* Level 2 — A $90 donation provides 216 pairs of crew socks or 144 pairs of thermal socks.

 

* Level 3 — A $400 donation provides 1,000 pairs of crew socks, while a $625 donation provides 1,000 pairs of thermal socks.

 

The goal is to provide at least 100,000 pairs of socks to the VA Outreach Program’s 23 distribution centers.

 

For further information, email support@experthosiery.com, or call 919-799-7707 and ask for Linda or Brandy.

 

Proprietors who would like to undertake a fund-raising effort can find a number of helpful poster, brochure and video downloads at https://www.va.gov/homeless/outreach.asp.

 

 

Digital Company Retains 10 of Michigan Center’s Lanes

 

24G is a digital agency that empowers brands, agencies and corporations with digital experiential solutions at live events, online and in the workplace.

 

Its headquarters in Troy, Mich., encompasses 40,460 square feet — part of which is devoted to 10 bowling lanes.

 

As it turns out, neither the building nor the lanes are new. The building formerly housed the 46-lane Thunderbird Lanes, and 24G’s CEO, Scott Wiemels, decided to retain 10 lanes when he had the facility refurbished to consolidate 24G’s three area offices.

 

Wood from the remaining lanes was used for wall paneling, employee work stations and conference room tables.

 

Wiemels told the Detroit Free Press that he had bowled at Thunderbird dozens of times. “This place was a bit of the heart of Troy during the ’80s and ’90s,” he said.

 

The old Thunderbird neon sign was preserved and now is located just inside the main entrance. The teal blue Thunderbird Lanes lettering and thunderbird picture are now located near the remaining lanes.

 

Employees — mostly Millennials — are free to bowl whenever they go on a break, and that is used as a selling tool in recruitment. Wiemels said the lanes also have been a hit with 24G’s clients, including Google, IBM, Nike, Volkswagen, Audi and Under Armour.

 

Thunderbird Lanes may be gone, but a little bit of it lives on inside the corporate headquarters of 24G.

 

Fun fact: On 24G’s homepage, rather than the three-horizontal-lines icon commonly used to open up a side menu of topics/links, a line drawing of a bowling pin is utilized.

 

 

Business Briefs…

 

* Congratulations to the Kuna family, this year celebrating 40 years in the bowling business at Raymond’s Bowl and Entertainment Center in Johnsburg, Ill. Four generations of the Kuna family have worked at the center — which began with 12 lanes, then was relocated to a new location with 24 lanes a decade ago — through the years. Read more here: http://www.nwherald.com/2017/09/01/kuna-family-celebrates-40-years-at-raymonds-bowl-entertainment-center-in-johnsburg/a58d9wf/. Johnsburg is located about 60 miles northwest of Chicago, and about the same distance southwest of Milwaukee.

 

* When the new entertainment center that’s coming to the Hamptons opens its doors late this winter —an extension of an existing indoor tennis facility — people who serve the community can expect to receive a 20 percent discount. The discount will apply to all Wainscott, N.Y., village and town employees, all volunteers of local fire and ambulance crews, and all active-duty members or veterans of the U.S. armed forces. The facility will include 10 bowling lanes, four bocce courts, an outdoor miniature golf course, an arcade, a 200-seat sports bar and restaurant, and additional indoor tennis courts. You can read more about the project and the discount policy here: http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Wainscott/534534/New-East-Hampton-Bowling-Alley-On-Schedule-For-Winter-Opening.

 

* Revel and Roll in Kalamazoo, Mich., recently contracted with Creative Works to fabricate a custom laser tag arena for its newly renovated facility. Formerly known as Pinz, the bowling center underwent a $4.75 million transformation into a multi-attraction entertainment center earlier in the year. In addition to the pre-existing 30 bowling lanes, Revel and Roll West added custom themed laser tag, an arcade and a restaurant to its offerings. Photos of the laser tag attraction may be found in the upcoming Winter edition of Bowling Entertainment Center.

 

* The bowling center that was opened in 1956 by Chicago White Sox great Nellie Fox — Nellie Fox Bowl in Chambersburg, Pa. — has been put up for auction by its current owner, Rudy Goetz. According to Fox’s former business partner, Joseph Wertime, Fox used to “bowl all the time” there during baseball’s off-season. Goetz said his wife passed away earlier this year, and he has decided to retire. Read more here: http://www.therecordherald.com/news/20170928/nellie-fox-bowl-goes-to-auction.

 

* Al-Mar Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio, dates back to 1946. Ahead of the 2017-18 league season, proprietor Bill Wammes invested more than $100,000 in new synthetic lanes and approaches, as well as a refurbished bowlers’ area and 100 new house balls. A ceremonial ribbon cutting was attended by Bowling Green Mayor Dick Edwards, Ohio Representative Theresa Gavarone, and members of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce.

 

* Congrats to V.P. of Marketing Steve Kloempken, who celebrated his 20th anniversary with Storm Products in August.

 

* Bob Ujvari, manager of the bowling center at the Redstone Arsenal military installation in Huntsville, Ala., has been named the recipient of the Headquarters IMCOM (Installation Management Command) Excellence in Management for Bowling Award. Find out how Ujvari turned around the notoriously slow summer season at Redstone Lanes here: http://www.theredstonerocket.com/news/article_2b1c8f3c-617f-11e7-ab17-f711140488ee.html.

 

* HotelPlanner.com, a leading provider of online services to the global group hotel sales market, has renewed its relationship as an “Official Hotel Booking Agent” of the PBA for the 2018 season. HotelPlanner.com will continue to work directly with the PBA to provide players, coaches, family and fans convenient online room reservations for the organization’s tournaments, including PBA Tour, PBA-World Bowling International Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional Tour and PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional Tour events. As part of its sponsorship, HotelPlanner.com awards a monthly $200 gift certificate for future lodging expenses to an individual who books a room through HotelPlanner.com’s link on pba.com.

 

* Bowlmor AMF shut down AMF Pro 300 Lanes in Portland, Ore., on Sept. 17, leaving the company with no presence in the Rose City. Members of the “AMF Pinsiders” received an email about the closing, and directing them to the closest company center — AMF Fireside Lanes in Salem, some 50 miles away. Word of the center’s impending closing began circulating in March. The property owner has other plans for the building, namely a Target store.

 

* Thanks to Sandy Hansell of Sandy Hansell & Associates Inc. for tipping us off to the 24G story above.

 

 

Other News You Can Use…

 

* For the third consecutive year, Liz Johnson has been named PWBA Player of the Year. The 2017 Rookie of the Year honor went to Poland’s Daria Pajak. More: http://pwba.com/News/In-the-News/2017-pwba-player-and-rookie-of-the-year-announced.

 

* The GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, will have the greatest international representation in the program’s history when it gets underway Nov. 7 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. The first event under the Go Bowling! PBA Tour umbrella sponsorship package will have at least 27 countries represented in the sold-out field, thanks to first-time entries from France and Mongolia. South Korea also is a new addition to the field, which now includes players from Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Puerto Rico, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand and Venezuela, as well as the United States. The previous record for international representation in the WSOB was 23 countries in 2016.

 

* The PBA is now accepting nominations for the 2017 PBA Tony Reyes Community Service award, named in honor of the late PBA Tour player in recognition of his service to the bowling community. The award recognizes a current PBA member who performs extraordinary community service over the course of a PBA Tour season. To be eligible, the nominee must be a PBA member in good standing. For a nomination form and additional information, click on http://www.pba.com/Corporate/Awards. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 18.

 

* Don Granda Jr. is a bowling legend in Meadville, Pa., with more than a hundred 300 games and nearly as many 800 series to his credit. Bowling is his hobby. It’s also his profession, as he’s the co-owner of Lakeside Lanes. But his greatest accomplishments are achieved away from the lanes as a volunteer for the American Red Cross — part of that agency’s Disaster Finance Team. During his Red Cross deployment following Hurricane Harvey, more than 100,000 families received more than $45 million in financial assistance. “I will always remember this deployment because of the vast impacted area from Corpus Christi to Beaumont,” Granda told the Meadville Tribune. Read the full story here: http://www.meadvilletribune.com/sports/bowling-local-lanes-co-owner-steps-away-to-lend-a/article_d8c41208-9e52-11e7-97ec-6f2c42207600.html.

 

* Twelve-time PBA Tour champion Danny Wiseman will conduct his 6th annual Danny Wiseman Youth Scholarship Tournament Oct. 7-8 at AMF Country Lanes in suburban Baltimore. Since its inception, the PBA Hall of Famer’s scholarship event has distributed more than $90,000 in college scholarship money. This year’s event will add another $25,000 to that total. The tournament, which can accommodate 342 youth bowlers in scratch and handicap divisions, is filling rapidly. For information, visit Wiseman’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Danny-Wiseman-Bowling-Fan-Page-107752155919763/) or his website (http://www.dannywisemanbowling.com/).

 

* PBA star Chris Barnes and his PWBA champion wife, Lynda, will host their 13th annual Barnes Thanksgiving Classic youth scholarship tournament Nov. 24-26 at Plano Super Bowl in Plano, Texas. There will be scratch and handicap divisions, and a 13 & Under Division. For more information, visit the Barnes Thanksgiving Classic Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/486286271464729/).

 

* As a tribute to his grandfather, PBA member Andy Varipapa II has created a comprehensive  website (www.andyvaripapa.com) that chronicles the life of the legendary showman and trick shot artist from the 1930s until his death in 1984 at age 93. Although Varipapa was 68 when the PBA was founded, his passion for the organization and the sport is clearly outlined in his grandson’s extensive collection of articles, photos, testimonials and more. A lengthy interview with Varipapa II, conducted during the 2016 PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic, is included in PBA’s Xtra Frame archives.

 

* The guest this week on Phantom Radio is Jackie Wyckoff, operations manager of the International Bowling Media Association. To listen to the interview, click here: http://www.kegel.net/phantomblog/2017/9/27/jackie-wyckoff-phantom-radio.

 

* CONTACT: Please send business news, event information, etc. to Bob Johnson at bjibob@aol.com. For breaking business news, visit bcmmag.com or bowlersjournal.com, and “Like” Bowling Center Management and Bowlers Journal International on Facebook. BJI Cyber Reports are now archived at bcmmag.com.

 

 

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