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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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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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May 2021

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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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