Archive | February, 2021

LARGE-SCALE TOURNAMENTS ON THE WAY BACK

The True Amateur Tournament recently was able to conduct a successful tournament in Las Vegas, and two of the larger state bowling tournaments now are under way. The Illinois State USBC is staging its 124th Open Championships and 92nd Women’s Championships on most weekends from Feb. 27 through May 2. Park Lanes in Loves Park […]

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BCSC NAMES GARY FORMAN INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Industry veteran Gary Forman has been named interim Executive Director of the Bowling Centers of Southern California. Forman, who is in the process of selling Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, California, with his business partner, Dave Osborn, has served on the BCSC Board of Directors for 26 years, and is a two-term past President of […]

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ENTRY FEES GOING UP FOR USBC OPEN, WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2022

The United States Bowling Congress announced today that registration for the 2022 USBC Open Championships and USBC Women’s Championships will open as scheduled in the coming weeks, each with a new fee structure that includes a $15-per-event increase at the Open Championships and an $11-per-event increase at the Women’s Championships.  Bowling centers that floor “trip […]

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STORM EXTENDS SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT WITH UBA

Storm Products Inc. has announced that the brands of Storm and Roto Grip will continue their sponsorship agreement with the Underground Bowling Association for the 2021 season. “We like to have fun when we bowl,” Philip Chance, President and CEO of the UBA, said. “Storm and the UBA have once again agreed to partner the […]

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OREGON, WASHINGTON CENTERS BEGIN THE ROAD BACK

Although the pandemic claimed two local centers — Wilsonville Lanes in Wilsonville, and Kellogg Bowl in Milwaukie — bowling is now back in Oregon’s Portland metropolitan area. Under guidelines mandated by the state, centers could operate at 25% capacity or 50 people, whichever number was smaller. When it comes to the state directives, bowling centers […]

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NEW JERSEY CENTER HAS NEW OWNER; FEB. 26 RE-OPENING EYED

Warren Lanes in Phillipsburg, N.J., shut down last March when New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic. When businesses were allowed to reopen with limitations, the doors at Warren Lanes remained closed. But now there is good news: The center has been purchased by Reese […]

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KIA, SNICKERS COME ON BOARD AS PBA SPONSORS

You may have noticed that the 2021 PBA Tournament of Champions has a corporate name attached to it: Kia. The automobile company has signed on as an “official media sponsor” of the PBA Tour. Kia passed on advertising during this year’s NFL Super Bowl game in order to increase its charitable donations to help America’s […]

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CENTERS IN MICHIGAN AND IDAHO CHANGE HANDS

James Matti has acquired Novi Bowl, a 40-lane bowling center in Novi, Mich., from Len Herman and Jerry Harris. Sandy Hansell, founder of The Hansell Group, a nationwide organization of commercial real estate brokers specializing in bowling and family entertainment centers, served as the broker in the transaction. Denis Casey along with his daughter, Hanna, […]

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CENTER PLANS OCTOBER RE-OPENING AFTER SUFFERING STORM DAMAGE

“To get it done as fast as we can.” That’s the goal of Jason Lauchnor, the General Manager of Hampton Lanes in Northampton, Pa., referring to repairing the 24-lane center’s roof, part of which collapsed following a big snowstorm that blanketed the region earlier this month. One of the center’s avid bowlers, Esteban Morales, teamed […]

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