Legendary Texas bowling proprietor Jamie Brooks, already a member of the BPAA Hall of Fame by virtue of receiving the Victor Lerner Memorial Award in 2004, has been elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in the meritorious service category.

Brooks has left his mark on the sport as a past president of the BPAA, tournament organizer and host, and accomplished bowler. As a proprietor, he has put his creativity and ingenuity into action with a variety of formats and concepts.

In Houston, he hosted the 1974 USBC Women’s Championships at his 72-lane Stadium Lanes, and two U.S. Opens at his 74-lane Big Texan, as well as other PBA national and regional events. He founded the Senior All-Star Bowling Association in 1990, and more than 30 events continue to be held annually.

Brooks was recognized in 2010 as the USBC Proprietor of the Year for his longtime support of various programs, such as hosting charity events for Bowl for the Cure and developing SASBA. In 2019, BPAA brought Brooks back into the spotlight again as its President’s Award recipient.

Brooks has long been active at the local, state and national levels. He was one of the founders of the Texas State Bowling Council, supported the start of the Texas Grand Prix Scholarship Program, and has served on countless task forces and committees.

As BPAA President from 1984-86, he hosted numerous summit meetings to address bowling’s lane-conditioning challenges. Among the subjects discussed in those meetings were mergers, single memberships, marketing and industry unity, laying some of the groundwork for the ABC/WIBC merger and consolidation of other industry groups that would come later at the International Bowling Campus.

For more on Brooks, see the January issue of BCM. His UUBC Hall of Fame induction is scheduled for April 26 in Las Vegas.

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