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ICONIC NEW JERSEY CENTER CLOSES

The Lanes at Sea Gurt, which opened in 1960 as Hyway 35 Lanes and since 1995 has been owned by Nationwide Bowling Corporation, has closed. Developers purchased the property on which the center sits in Wall, N.J., last year, and plan to demolish or redevelop the facility to better complement the adjacent Sea Girt Square […]

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PROPRIETOR JAMIE BROOKS GOES OVER 100,000 PINS AT USBC OPEN

Jamie Brooks waited a long time for his chance to become a member of the 100,000-Pin Club at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. When the May 1 start date for the 2021 event was finalized, he was among the first in line to lock in his dates and times, which he hoped would […]

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IOWA JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL KIDS LOVE THEIR BOWLING PROGRAM

If you needed an indication that kids want to return to school and get back on the lanes, look no further than the Iowa Bowling Federation, which recently conducted bowling programs spanning six to eight weeks for fifth- through eighth-grade students. After the federation canceled competition in 2020 because of the pandemic, its return in […]

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PILOT BASED ON SMALLWOOD’S LIFE IS ORDERED TO SERIES BY CBS

The pilot based on pro bowler Tom Smallwood’s journey from laid-off autoworker to pro bowling champion has been ordered to series by CBS. Developed by comedian Pete Holmes, the series will have Mark Gross (“Mike & Molly”) as its executive producer, and Chi McBride (Hawaii Five-0) and Katie Lowes (“Scandal”) as co-stars. At least for […]

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IT’S BACK-TO-SCHOOL TIME AT IBC AS BPAA HOSTS SUCCESSFUL CONFERENCE

The International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, hosted its first class of students since September 2019 when 23 center owners and managers attended BPAA’s School of Bowling Center Management. Topics presented by the Bowling University instruction team included marketing, organized play, food and beverage, talent acquisition and sales. Since the class took place prior to […]

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DAYS BEFORE USBC OPENS, A $10 MILLION JACKPOT IS HIT AT SOUTH POINT

A visitor from New Mexico won a $10 million jackpot on a Megabucks slot machine at the South Point resort in Las Vegas just days before the USBC Open Championships was scheduled to begin at the South Point Tournament Plaza and Bowling Center. According to the hotel, the jackpot hit on a $5 wager. This […]

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SPARE TIME TEXAS OPENS MULTI-ATTRACTION OUTDOOR SPACE

After two years of planning, procuring permits, COVID-19 delays and construction challenges, Spare Time Texas has opened its four-acre outdoor expansion. Branded Shaker’s Backyard, it features go-karts, batting cages, SkyTrail and SkyTykes ropes courses, sand volleyball courts, a covered pavilion for events and gatherings, and a full-service restaurant called Shaker’s Smokehaus. Owner Mike Emmons acted […]

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NEW USBC BOARD ROSTER DETERMINED AT VIRTUAL MEETING

United States Bowling Congress delegates elected three board members at the 2021 USBC Virtual Convention and Annual Meeting. The ballot for the USBC Board of Directors election had five candidates slated by the USBC Nominating Committee — Jay Daryman, York, Pa.; Dennis Hacker, Longtown, Mo.; Johnny Harris, Lynchburg, Va.; Chrissy Lee, Tampa, Fla.; and Jonathan Van […]

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IOWA CENTER BOUNCING BACK FROM PANDEMIC AND FLOOD

Every center has faced challenges during the pandemic, but Bowl Mor Lanes in the Iowa community of Sanborn took a double punch to the gut after it was purchased by Bert and Bev Van Dam and their sons, Josh and Jeremy, in May 2019. First, of course, was the mandated COVID-related closure that so many […]

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