Cyber Report #998

E-dition No. 998 • Thursday, April 12, 2018

Editor: Bob Johnson (


African Zone Confederation Inaugurated


Over the years, numerous athletes from the African continent have turned in memorable, gold medal-winning performances in the Olympic Games. Names such as David Rudisha and Ezekiel Kemboi from Kenya, Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar from Ethiopia, Chad le Clos and Cameron VanDer Burgh from South Africa, and Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda have etched their names in the Olympic history book and in the minds of sports fans around the world.


Now, in addition to runners and swimmers, Africa’s bowlers will have an opportunity to shine on the global sports stage — and, perhaps, one day in the Olympic Games. On April 4, at a meeting in Cairo, Egypt, bowling officials from several countries met to inaugurate World Bowling’s African Zone Confederation.


The meeting solidified many months of hard work undertaken by World Bowling representatives and key bowling figures within Africa to establish the governance needed to create a recognized zone.


Noted World Bowling representative Danny Santos: “The continent of Africa boasts a rich tapestry of first-class players, excellent tournaments and pivotal development programs. The establishment of the zone is key to our strategic values of extending our sport’s reach and accessibility. We look forward to working with the zone to better create opportunities for the sport within Afric,a and are very excited to celebrate this monumental occasion.”


During the meeting, the following officers were elected:


President — Farouk Haridi of Egypt.


Vice-President — Kiley Cassel of South Africa.


Executive Committee Members: Khaled Meziou, Chairman of the Tunisian Bowling Federation; Ali Hassan Jameel, Chairman of the Somalian Bowling Federation; and Abdel Hamid Gamal of the Egyptian Bowling Federation.


The QubicaAMF World Cup, bowling’s longest-running international invitational tournament, was conducted in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1993 and 2011, and in Cairo in 1997.


Guy Caminsky, a native of Durban, South Africa, is among the best-known bowlers from the African continent. In 2008, he won the World Tenpin Masters by defeating American pro Chris Barnes in the championship match. Caminsky’s family also operates bowling-based FECs under The Fun Company ( brand. Today, South African Francois Louw is making a name for himself on the PBA Tour, and you’ll read more about him in our next story.



Storm Exec, Pro Shop Operator Star in Syracuse


Historically, bowling center proprietors and others involved in the bowling industry started out as bowlers. Although that has changed somewhat in recent years, the industry continues to be populated by some outstanding players.


Case in point: the new leaders in the Regular Doubles event of the USBC Open Championships in Syracuse, N.Y.


Steve Kloempken may have been inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame last year, but the Vice President of Marketing for Storm Bowling Products isn’t resting on his laurels. On April 8, he teamed with David Haynes to zoom to the top of the leader board.


Kloempken got off to a perfect start with a 300 game, then added 206 and 201 for a 707 series. Haynes shot games of 220, 268 and 258 for a 746 set, giving the duo a 1453 total. Haynes has been a Storm staffer since 2001 and operates Haynes Bowling Supply in Las Vegas.


In taking over the Regular Doubles lead, Kloempken and Haynes supplanted Francois Louw and Hong Kong’s Michael Mak, who had teamed for a 1437 total.


Kloempken, a Team All-Events champion in 1993 and Regular All-Events winner in 2003, admitted his fast start was a bit of a surprise, but a bowling ball suggestion from his wife, Marcia, helped him create a special moment they’ll always remember since it also happened to be their wedding anniversary.



KR’s Move Expands Warehouse by 50%


KR Strikeforce (a.k.a. Strikeforce Bowling, LLC) introduced its new facility in Melrose Park, Ill., today.


On a sunny, near-perfect day, the company — celebrating its 50th year in 2018 — conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was attended by the Mayor of Melrose Park, Ronald M. Serpico, as well as KR staffers, family members and invited guests.


KR President Brad Handelman led a tour of the facility, which expands the company’s warehouse space by 50 percent, and hosted a luncheon.


KR’s new address is: 2020 Indian Boundary Dr., Melrose Park, IL 60160. The phone number is 800-297-8555, the fax number is 708-483-8128, and the email address is



Bowlero Expands Into California’s San Gabriel Valley


Bowlero Corporation (formerly Bowlmor AMF) has signed a long-term lease at Westfield Santa Anita Mall in Arcadia, Calif., expanding the Bowlero brand into the San Gabriel Valley.


The new Bowlero Arcadia, totaling 43,000 square feet, will introduce area residents to Bowlero Corporation’s millennial-inspired brand. It also will add to Bowlero’s already considerable presence in Los Angeles County — 10 centers, including Bowlmor Pasadena, Bowlero Los Angeles, Bowlero Mar Vista and Bowlero Woodland Hills.


Slated to open this summer, Bowlero Arcadia will be a one-stop entertainment destination complete with signature blacklight bowling lanes, laneside lounge seating, and high-definition video walls. The new Bowlero also will feature a giant arcade and the brand’s signature menu, which includes upscale food and beverages.


More on Bowlero’s expansion plans — including comments from Colie Edison, the company’s Chief Customer Officer — will be included in the May issue of BJI.


Bowlero Corporation operates 41 bowling centers in total in California under the Bowlero, Bowlmor Lanes, AMF and Brunswick Zone brands. It is losing one of those centers, however, with the confirmed closing of AMF Valley View Lanes in Garden Grove this Sunday. According to reports, Bowlero Corporation was unable to negotiate an acceptable lease extension with the property’s landlord.


Garden Grove once was home to five bowling centers: Valley View, Westbrook Bowl, Garden Square Bowl, Champion Lanes and Maple Lanes. After Sunday, the city will have none.



ZOT Introduces New, More Modern Logo


ZOT Pinsetter Parts today to introduced its new logo — the first update since the company was founded more than 50 years ago.


“It’s time to modernize our image,” says ZOT’s President and owner, P.J. Rosendahl. “Our new designer logo is more descriptive and representative of who we are, and is a better fit for our diverse catalog of product lines and brand names.”


The introduction of the new ZOT logo, which coincides with the first anniversary of Rosendahl’s ownership of the company, offers more flexibility in its application to the various product lines offered by ZOT, starting with ZOT Bowling Parts, which replaces the original ZOT Pinsetter Parts logo.


Pinsetter parts may have represented where the company started back in 1954, but the company’s product line for the bowling industry now extends to all amenities within today’s more entertainment-driven business model.


In addition to ZOT Bowling Parts, the new logo will be incorporated into the logos of five ZOT product categories, including ColorSplash LED Lighting, Wizard Foul Detectors, Evolution Pinspotter Control Systems, ZOT Solutions (electronic and mechanical parts and assemblies), and GlossBoss Ball Conditioner Products.


To view the new logo, go to:



Busy Installation Period for US Bowling


Late March and early April was a busy time for US Bowling Corporation as the company handled equipment installations in San Diego, Calif.; Spanish Fork, Utah; and Philadelphia, Miss.


In San Diego, the new Punch Bowl Social ( features Custom Graphics, Murrey Lanes, above-ground ball returns, the new Pulse Scoring platform and the new 24-Volt String Pinsetters. The eight lanes complement a wide array of activities for which PBS locations are known.


In Utah, the new Doc Brundy’s venue, whose owner worked with White Hutchinson to develop a “sodacade-grill” concept, features six lanes with String Duckpin Pinsetters, Rental Scoring, multi-color LED pit lights, Media Mask video masking units with projectors, Bumper Gutters and Custom Graphics.


And in Mississippi, Depot Family Fun Center, with 20 lanes (including two in a private setting for parties) added Pulse Scoring with the US Bowling rental program.


We are happy to share installation news with Cyber Report readers. Please send the information to, and we’ll do our best to include it in a future Report. As always, we reserve the right to edit for brevity.


* More on Punch Bowl Social: The company has named Hugh Acheson as its new culinary partner. Acheson’s company provides full consulting services for restaurants, bars, coffee shops, retail stores, bakeries, grocers, markets and corporate brands. It creates systems for authentic hospitality, and designs beverage programs that resonate with today’s customers — including wines, cocktails, coffees, teas, juices and kombuchas. Punch Bowl Social currently operates 13 locations, with three additional venues scheduled to open this year and three more in 2019.



A Parkinson’s Update from BCM’s Stacy Karten


Bowling Center Management — BJI’s sister publication — has been fortunate to have Stacy Karten contributing marketing-focused features from the magazine’s founding. This year, Karten asked to cut back on his writing to every other month so he could devote more time to managing his Parkinson’s. Here, he provides an update on how he’s doing…




April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and yesterday was International Parkinson’s Day, so I thought I would share an update on what is happening in the world of PD, as well as my personal status with this disease.


When you have a disease for which there is no treatment of the disease itself and no known cure, the one thing you cling to is hope. Hope that one day a cure will be found or that more and better therapies will be approved.


Through ongoing research, there are some new drugs in the pipeline which will help treat the symptoms of the disease. Fortunately, there are many organizations and people who are raising and contributing money for PD research.


More than 1 million Americans have PD, and that number is expected to double by the year 2025.


I was diagnosed with PD 14 years ago, and it has been a long, hard battle. The late Yogi Berra was fond of saying that 90% of baseball was mental and the other half was physical. When it comes to fighting a disease, having a positive mental attitude is a big help.


It has been a year since I had deep brain stimulation, and I am better off one year later than I was the first couple months after surgery. I have adopted the attitude that I will keep moving forward and do what I am capable of doing.


The reality is I have a disease that I cannot control, so I accept that situation and stay active. In the past few months, I actually played pickle ball and basketball a couple of times. I also recently started taking boxing exercise classes two days a week. I walk frequently and do some other exercises, too. “Just keep moving” is the mantra for people with Parkinson’s, and I have met some incredible and inspirational people who are doing their best to stay out in front of this disease.


I am also extremely fortunate to have a tremendous support system, including my wife, children, grandchildren, other family members, friends and health professionals. Everyone’s encouragement helps keep me going.


Hopefully, between new research and technology, and my own will to live a quality life, this disease can be overcome. Thank you.


* Editor’s Note: We are inspired by Stacy’s determination, and blessed that he continues to be an important part of the BCM family.



Business Briefs…


* April 17 has been announced as the official opening date of River City Roll, the new 22,000-sq.-ft. boutique bowling venue in Richmond, Va. “We basically have a badass bar and restaurant with a cool attraction and bowling on the side,” co-owner Rob Long told Richmond Magazine. “We’re much more food and beverage first over bowling. But at the same time, the sound of crashing pins just gets you excited. The vibe we want to set is people can come, let loose and have a blast.” The bowling equipment for the venue was supplied by QubicaAMF, a company with U.S. headquarters about 10 miles away.


* Rift Apparel has announced a new sponsorship agreement with the Professional Women’s Bowling Association for the 2018-19 season. The company said it is looking forward to providing performance apparel for some of the best bowlers in the world and showcasing its products to their fans. It added that the PWBA has done a great job promoting the sport, and the company is excited to be associated with it. Rift Apparel is a provider of sports apparel for bowling, fishing and hunting.


* Connie Cotton, a long-time bowling center proprietor and coach in the Dallas area, passed away on April 6. The member of the Texas Bowling Hall of Fame had been diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2014. Always supportive of the sport, Cotton hosted several PWBA tournaments. A celebration of life was being planned as this issue went to press.


* New York’s capital city of Albany, which hosted the very first PBA tournament in 1959, is now without a bowling center. Schade’s Academy closed long ago, and now Albany’s last remaining center, Playdium, has been shuttered to make way for an apartment complex. The center opened in 1940, and its manager, 72-year-old Mike Lucey, had worked there since he was 15. Read Bob Weiner’s Daily Gazette report here:


* Five years after East Hampton Bowl closed, bowling is returning to the Connecticut community thanks to the owners of East Hampton Indoor Tennis. A 10-lane bowling area is being added to the facility, as well as an arcade and a miniature golf course. The project is expected to be completed by the end of May. The return of bowling to East Hampton also means the resurrection of the East Hampton High School varsity bowling program, which had been canceled when the bowling center closed. Athletic Director Joe Vasile-Cozzo confirmed that funding for boys’ and girls’ bowling teams had been included in the school’s budget for next year Read more here:



Other News You Can Use…


* Trey Ford III, a 17-year-old two-handed bowler from Bartlesville, Okla., won the 7th annual PBA FireLake/Grand Casino Resort Southwest Open Presented by Hammer at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday. In so doing, he became the youngest player ever to win a PBA Regional title. Full story:


  • Research into Ford’s victory uncovered a mistake dating back to the early fall of 1979, when Pete Weber won his first regional tournament in St. Louis, also at age 17. At the time, Weber was credited with a PBA Regional title even though he didn’t become a PBA member until Nov. 30 of that year. So, while he was the youngest player ever to win a PBA Regional at that time, he should not have been credited with a title because he wasn’t a member. The correction to the record book means Weber now has 46 standard regional titles, one behind Chris Warren. It also means that Weber, who has won five PBA50 regional titles, has 51 overall — one behind Dale Traber (39 standard and 13 PBA50).


* It may be called the UNITED STATES Bowling Congress Masters, but there’s an international flavor to this week’s tournament in Syracuse, N.Y. England native Stu Williams took over the lead following the second round of action on Wednesday. Other international players among the top 64 were Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, tied for 12th; Dom Barrett, United Kingdom, 17th; Martin Larsen, Sweden, tied for 19th; Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 24th; Hardy Rachmadian, Indonesia, 25th; Richard Teece, England, tied for 26th; Jason Belmonte, Australia, 32nd; Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 40th; Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia, tied for 43rd; Gaetan Mouveroux, France, tied for 45th; and Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 54th. Qualifying at the Oncenter Convention Center continues today, and 15-game pinfall totals will determine the match-play field. Match play will take place Friday and Saturday, leading up to the stepladder Sunday on ESPN. Xtra frame is providing wall-to-wall coverage of the qualifying and match-play rounds. Full report:


* The guest this week on Phantom Radio is John Weber, director of the PBA50 and PBA Regional tours. 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, and “Like” Bowling Center Management and Bowlers Journal International on Facebook. BJI Cyber Reports are now archived at

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