Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Bowling Bytes--5/5/10

Tammy Boomershine, a new leader at the USBC Open, Walter Ray Williams in his first PBA Senior event, Tony Lakawicz, the world's largest bowling center, cheating in bowling, bowling shoes, and successful team play are among the subjects of today's Bowling Bytes.

~ Boomershine looks to repeat as U.S. Women's Open Champion -- Tammy Boomershine has dealt with injuries and adversity her entire bowling career, but for a short time last August she was able to put all of that out of her mind and bask in her victory at the U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event. Boomershine of North Ogden, Utah, will look to regain that feeling again when she takes on a field of the top women bowlers from around the world at the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, which begins Friday, May 7 at Cityview Lanes in Fort Worth, Texas..."

~ Nebraska bowler takes Classified All-Events lead at USBC Open Championships -- "Harry Arnold of Falls City, Neb., knew he bowled well at the 2010 USBC Open Championships, but once he left the lanes at the National Bowling Stadium, he was focused on getting his family packed up and back on the road..."

~ Texas bowler rolls fourth 800 of 2010 U.S. Open Championships -- "Eric Traylor of Cypress, Texas, celebrated his birthday a day early by rolling the fourth 800 series of the 2010 USBC Open Championships on Monday. With his 26th birthday just hours away, Traylor put together games of 279, 288 and 244 for an 811 series and moved into second place in Regular Singles. Terrence Syring of Bay City, Mich., leads with 833..."

~ Harry Sullins leads after second round in Miller PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic -- "With a 240.6 16-game overall average, 2009 Professional Bowlers Association Senior World Championship winner Harry Sullins (pictured left) moved into the lead after the second round Tuesday in the PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic at George Pappas Victory Lanes...Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. (left), who earned his record seventh PBA Player of the Year honor at the conclusion of the 2009-10 PBA Tour season in April, remained in 11th with a 3,703 pinfall..."

~ Long Time PBA East Region Leader Lakawicz Dies -- "
Tony Lakawicz of Elmwood Park, N.J., who spent nearly 35 years as tournament director and organizational leader in the PBA East Region, died on April 28 at the age of 92. Lakawicz was a shop manager for Servo Tek in Hawthorne, N.J., for more than 40 years before retiring and spending another 10 years working the control counter at Parkway Lanes in Elmwood Park. The long-time Elmwood Park Elks Lodge member and Elmwood Park fire department chaplain was an avid bowler as well, once being a member of a five-man team that held the team game and series world records..."

~ Inazawa Grand Bowl installs QuBicaAMF automatic scoring -- "QubicaAMF Worldwide, a leading manufacturer of bowling and amusement products, has announced that its Bowler Entertainment System (BES) has been installed in the largest bowling center in the world, according to Guinness World Records..."

~ Bowling and Cheating -- "Recently, I read a blurb in a recent issue of Golf Magazine talking about how often and why golfers cheat. The statistic, which I don't have in front of me right now, is something like 95% of amateur golfers cheat...
This got me thinking about cheating and bowling. It's a lot harder to cheat in bowling, since you're throwing a ball at 10 pins. You either knock them down or the ball goes in the gutter. There's no denying what happened. Furthermore, with almost every house now using automated scoring, the number of pins you knock down is the number of pins that goes up on the board. However, there are a couple common instances I notice in which bowlers can cheat: fouls and illegal pinfall..."

~ Coaching Tip of the Week: Bowling shoes for all Levels of Bowlers -- "You can get away with wearing one pair of shoes to jog, play basketball or wear with a nice pair of jeans, but you have to wear special shoes just to go bowling? The answer is yes, you do, and there are some very good reasons why. In this week's tips, USBC Coaching Specialist Kim Terrell-Kearney will explain why bowling shoes are important and what types of shoes bowlers of different skill levels should be wearing..."

~ Teams that play together well win: The seven principles of team and doubles play (Dean Hinitz: The Mind Game: Bowling This Month, May 2010, pgs. 55-58) -- "They say there is no 'I' in team. And it is common sports lore that talent alone does not win championships, or at least not repeatedly...Whether you are bowling USBC Nationals, tournament doubles, or league, playing as a team can take you to the top..."

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