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XTRAVAGANZA RAISES $85,000 FOR BOWLING MUSEUM

Jim and Julie Prott scored a narrow seven-pin victory over Curtis Suchan Sr. and Curtis Suchan Jr. to claim the $3,000 first-place prize in the 2021 Xtravaganza, an annual fundraiser for the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas. The unique doubles tournament consists of eight games, each with a different format, […]

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IOWA PROPRIETOR: YOU CAN’T WIN EITHER WAY IN MASK DEBATE

Every bowling center has faced challenges in reopening, but few have been more harrowing than those experienced by the staff at Warrior Lanes in Waukee, Iowa. Because it has a mostly teenage staff that had not yet had the opportunity to receive COVID-19 vaccines, the center maintained its mask policy even after the Centers for […]

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GREAT LAKES’ PARTS AND SUPPLY DIVISION IS SOLD

The pinsetter parts and lane maintenance supply division of Great Lakes Bowling has been acquired by Jeremy Gorgas and Tom Schweiger of JAK Adventures LLC. Gorgas and Schweiger are the owners of Lucky Lanes in Milwaukee, Wis., and the name of their new company will be National Bowling Supply. The account information of customers will […]

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SURVIVING NEW MEXICO CENTERS FINALLY ABLE TO RE-OPEN

From a business-denying yellow tier to a business-enhancing turquoise level. That’s what businesses in most of New Mexico experienced between April 28 and May 5. The “color change” came about, in part, by achieving a mandated vaccination rate to end one of the most severe lockdowns of any state during the COVID-19 pandemic. It came […]

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SOUTHWEST TRADE SHOW SET FOR OCTOBER IN DENTON, TEXAS

There is an untold number of events across all areas of our lives that no longer, technically, should be referred to as “annual” anymore, given the plethora of COVID-caused cancellations in 2020. These include long-established industry gatherings such as the Southwest Bowling Proprietors Trade Show. But whether you refer to it as the “16th annual” […]

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CAMERON GETS NEW POST WITH ALOMA BOWLING CENTERS

Kendra Cameron-Curry, a four-time USBC Women’s Championships titlist and member of the USBC Hall of Fame, has been named Regional Director of Bowling for the three-center Aloma Bowling Centers chain in central Florida. As the company focuses on its core bowling business, Cameron-Curry will be responsible for fostering relationships among current league and tournament bowlers, […]

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THE ‘SHOW AT THE JOE’ A BIG PART OF BILL STRIKE’S LEGACY

Retired bowling center operator Bill Strike, who had suffered from the complications of Alzheimer’s in recent years, died on May 12. He was 81.  Strike, the father of pro bowler Dale Strike, managed several centers over the course of his career, and was best known for hosting big events, including PBA Tour stops. He was […]

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‘GUARADIAN’ PIONEER DON LUTZ PASSES AWAY

Don Lutz, part of the team that developed and sold the Guardian lane surface and, later, Glow-in-the-Dark Guardian, has died. The 30-year veteran of the bowling business spent most of his career with Perry-Austen International, the company that developed the Guardian product to help extend the life of old wood lanes that were down to […]

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NEW RULE WILL LIMIT USBC ADULT MEMBERSHIP TO THOSE 18+

The United States Bowling Congress Board of Directors has approved a series of governance policy amendments for next season. They include an increase in the number of Team USA athletes on the USBC Board of Directors to meet new requirements from the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee. USBC received approval from USOPC to expand its definition […]

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