Cyber Report #985

E-dition No. 985 • Thursday, January 18, 2018

Editor: Bob Johnson (


Tom Martino to Receive BPAA’s Victor Lerner Award


The Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America announced its major award winners for 2018 during the just-concluded BPAA Bowling Summit in Tempe, Ariz.


Those that will be honored at this summer’s International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas are:


* Victor Lerner Memorial Medal (emblematic of induction into the BPAA Hall of Fame) — Tom Martino


* President’s Award — Diane Voight


* V.A. Wapensky Award — Al Blough


* Special Projects Award — Jack McCarthy


* Media Award — Keith Hamilton


* Dick Weber Ambassador Award — Shannon O’Keefe


The announcement was made by BPAA President Nancy Schenk.


If there were a “Good Sport Award,” Schenk should be the recipient as she rode a horse for the very first time to kick off the rodeo at the Summit-concluding party at Corona Ranch. A close second would be BPAA Board member Jim Decker, who was “selected” to drink some just-squeezed goat milk at the rodeo.


Watch for full Summit coverage and “takeaways” in upcoming issues of Bowling Center Management and Bowlers Journal International.



Gary Smith to Retire from Brunswick Bowling


Brunswick Bowling Products has announced that after over 27 years of service to Brunswick, Vice President of International Sales Gary Smith is retiring.


Smith has been an integral part of Brunswick Bowling’s growth in various international markets, most notably China. In his nearly three decades with the company, he has worked in service, marketing and sales leadership roles. Smith will remain on hand to support the growing international team and to ensure a smooth transition.


“I would like to sincerely thank all the friends, customers and colleagues that I’ve had the good fortune of getting to know and work with during my time with Brunswick,” said Smith.


Continuing the global initiatives pioneered by Smith will be Vice President of Capital Equipment Dave Sella. Reporting to Sella will be John Prokopec, Director of EMA Sales; Tino Cortes, Sales and Service Manager for Latin America; Jerry Wu, Sales and Service Manager for Asia; and the most recent addition, David Chang, Brunswick Bowling’s new Director of New Business Development for China.


Before joining the team in late December 2017, Chang worked as a sales manager for Elite Computer Systems, and most recently as an operations director for Taroko Sports China.


“We have enjoyed working with Gary in the years he has been with Brunswick,” said Corey Dykstra, Brunswick Bowling’s CEO. “He has not only been a valuable asset to our company, but an ambassador for the changes we have seen in the industry over the last few years. I’m confident that Dave and the rest of the international team will be carrying on the legacy of strengthened presence and growth.”



Strike Ten Seeks Applications for Board Position


The Strike Ten Entertainment Nominating Committee is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the STE Board of Directors.


Applications for the at-large director seat must be received by Feb. 1, and qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview via a teleconference later in the month.


The mission of STE is to increase national awareness of bowling and to assist the bowling industry in developing new bowlers and increasing the frequency of existing bowlers each year through promotions, publicity and industry-wide marketing initiatives.


There is one at-large director seat open for the 2018-19 term. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please contact STE President John Harbuck, ( to access the appropriate application as well as information about what being a board member entails, the nominating process timeline, and the process to become a member of the Board.


“I would be happy to address any questions concerning the nominating process, and can be reached by email at,” said Tom Martino, Chairman of the STE Board of Directors.



USBC To Reclassify 704 Leagues to Challenge or Sport


After researching the averages of bowlers who competed in multiple leagues during the 2016-17 season, the United States Bowling Congress determined the lane conditions used in 704 leagues were more difficult than conditions in Standard leagues, and those leagues will be reclassified with the Sport or Challenge designation.


A total of 605 leagues will be reclassified to Challenge leagues, while 99 will be reclassified as Sport leagues, based on data that showed the scoring pace was significantly different from the scoring pace its members had on Standard league conditions.


The averages of the bowlers in those leagues now will carry a Sport or Challenge designation on the “Find A Member” feature on If they have no other average, the bowlers will need to follow Rule 201 and use the Sport or Challenge conversion charts when entering leagues or tournaments bowled on Standard conditions.





Storm Signs Blake ‘The Bowling Doodle’ Simpson


Blake “The Bowling Doodle” Simpson has been the darling of social media in recent weeks, and now he’s a member of Team Storm.


Storm Bowling Products shared the news on its website and on Facebook, noting that he bowls at the center owned by his “paw-rents,” Terri and Wayne Simpson — KT’s Lanes in Emmett, Idaho.


Storm noted that Blake’s coach, KT Simpson, also is a member of Team Storm. She started bowling at age 3, earned a spot on Junior Team USA in 2015, and was a collegiate All-American at Pikeville University.


“We’re excited for Blake to join our team and meet Storm Nation fans across the country,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Business Development, said. “You can’t help but smile when you watch him bowl. It’s a good fit because Storm is a family-owned business and Blake’s family owns their own business too.”


You can read more about Blake “The Bowling Doodle” and watch him bowl here:


At age 8 months, Blake becomes the youngest member of Team Storm — or any bowling company’s staff, it’s pretty safe to say.



Go Bowling, Watkins Glen to Team Up


Watkins Glen International and Go Bowling today announced Go Bowling as title sponsor of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at The Glen starting this season. The Go Bowling at The Glen race will headline a NASCAR tripleheader weekend also featuring the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR K&N Pro East Series, Aug. 2-5.


“We are thrilled to welcome Go Bowling to the Watkins Glen International family with the entitlement agreement,” WGI President Michael Printup said. “Having grown up outside of Buffalo, I know just how popular bowling is around our state. While I’ve never quite bowled a 300, our team has done just that with this partnership.”


Go Bowling is no stranger to NASCAR, as the brand was recently a partner of Kansas Speedway, another ISC facility, along with a number of teams at various levels of the sport. As part of its multi-year agreement with The Glen, Go Bowling will receive naming rights to the race that will be featured on network television (NBC), a plethora of promotional opportunities, and an emphatic presence on one of the largest midways in the sport, complete with two fully-operational bowling lanes.


“Through our experience in race sponsorships at Kansas, Pocono, and now at Watkins Glen International, we have found that the demographics of race fans and bowlers are strikingly similar,” said Strike Ten Entertainment President John Harbuck. “Partnering with The Glen gives us a tremendous platform to promote bowling, the number one participatory sport in the United States, through on-site activations and a national TV and radio audience,”


To support its entitlement sponsorship, Go Bowling will run advertising on NBC during the race broadcast, create social media and bowling league promotions targeting race fans nationwide, and implement significant on-site activities for those attending the race.


“Watkins Glen is known for its passionate fan base and for being one of the largest camping-oriented races in NASCAR. From setting up fully-working bowling lanes to hosting special celebrity guests, we will definitely have a commanding Go Bowling brand engagement presence in the midway,” added Harbuck.


Go Bowling is the consumer-facing brand of the bowling industry. Its website,, is the go-to site for consumers to learn more about the sport of bowling, including information about 1,700 bowling centers throughout the country. Fans can find local bowling centers, take advantage of promotional offers, watch bowling video tips and more, all by visiting


Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, twice voted “Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook and Twitter. Download The Glen’s free mobile app from the App Store or Google Play. Tickets for Watkins Glen International’s 2018 season are on sale now and available at, or by calling 1-866-461-RACE.





* The Bowling Centers of Southern California has a new Executive Director: Margot Gallardo. BCSC President said he and Gallardo would be making the rounds to soon to introduce the new E.D. to members. Meanwhile, Gallardo may be reached at


* For the fourth time in the past five seasons, Australia’s Jason Belmonte has been selected by the bowling news media and his fellow competitors as the GEICO Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year. The PBA’s most prized individual achievement award for the 2017 season was announced by PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark, who also announced that Matt Sanders is the 2017 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year, Chris Loschetter is the Steve Nagy PBA Sportsmanship Award winner, and PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr. is the recipient of PBA’s Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award. All four will receive their awards during the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Saturday, Feb. 17, in Indianapolis. The celebration dinner will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. More:


* “The ’fro is going worldwide.” That was one of Kyle Troup’s reactions to winning the Team USA Trials earlier this month along with Shannon O’Keefe, who took the women’s title. Both now will bowl the QubicaAMF World Cup in November and Troup, owner of professional bowling’s most famous head of hair, plans to give the world a glimpse of that particular phenomenon as a first-time member of Team USA. But Troup is not just all fun and games; the Team Trials arguably is bowling’s most grueling test of one’s versatility, demanding that players bowl on a different World Bowling pattern each day and be consistent enough through the week to prevail in the end over an immensely talented field. Troup has cut back on drinking, has hit the gym, worked his butt off on his game in the past year and a half, and you may want to keep an eye on this young man in the year ahead. For more on that, here is a link to BJI Editor Gianmarc Manzione’s full conversation with Troup; it’s the latest BJI Podcast:


* Big Al’s plans to open a new Big Al’s location — its their fifth — in California’s Silicon Valley later this year. At 46,000 square feet, Big Al’s Silicon Valley will be a premier entertainment and events venue for the area, particularly focused on casual fun for families, first-class corporate events and private parties, and on local and professional sports viewing on Big Al’s 55-ft. HD laser projection Big Screen. Located near the San Jose-Milpitas border, Big Al’s will begin construction this spring with a tentatively scheduled late-fall grand opening. Like all Big Al’s centers, the new location will feature upscale bowling lanes, state-of-the-art arcade gaming, a 21-plus entertainment space and private bar, and a stadium-like Sports Bar & Grill.


* The guest this week on Phantom Radio is bowler, coach and radio host C.J. Layton. To listen to the conversation, click here:


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




One Comment on “Cyber Report #985”

  1. Ed doe February 10, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

    One thing you should never forget about in life is your family especially your daughter’s when you get older they will be the ones taking care of you

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