The73rd annual State Open Championship began on April 12th. Squads are filling up. Check out current squad availability by clicking this link.
With 5 divisions based on average, there's a division for just about everyone. We invite you all to enter.
The Oregon State USBC Women's Championship begins April 25th. This is a handicap tournament, so everyone has a chance to win. Click the link below for your entry form.
The Pepsi Youth Sectional Qualifying tournaments were held on March 1st and 2nd at four centers around the state. Official results are now posted on the Pepsi Youth Tournament page.
Congratulations to all of the those moving on to the Pepsi Youth State tournament on April 26 and 27 at Emerald Lanes in Eugene.
Two champions were crowned at the OSUSBC Queens and Senior Queens championship this past weekend at Wilsonville Lanes. Congratulations to Queens Champion Mandy Green, and to our first ever Senior Queen, Penny Fentiman. Details are available under the 'Tournaments-Queens Tournament' tab to the right.
Open Championship entry forms are now available under the 'Tournaments-Open Tournament' tab.
Women's Championship entry forms are available under the 'Tournaments-Women's Championship' tab.
Youth Tournament entry forms are available under the 'Youth Bowling-Youth Tournament' tab.
Pepsi Tournament entry forms are available under the 'Youth Bowling-Pepsi Youth Tournament' tab.
The office has moved and has a new mailing address:
PO Box 33256 Portland, OR 97292
We had a great tournament and a great turnout from around the state. Thanks to all the competitors and to Four Seasons Bowling Center for being great hosts.
Champions in 11 divisions will represent the State of Oregon at the Senior National Championships in Reno next July. They are:
Open, Super Senior - George Vice
Open, 70-74 years – Roger Brousseau
Open, 65-69 years – Wayne Patton
Open, 60-64 years – Steve Kiss
Open, 55-59 years – Stan Lorimor
Open, 50-54 years – John Cleveland
Women, Super Senior – Sylvia Shaw
Women, 70-74 years – Joann Cossu
Women, 65-69 years – Frances Rothauge
Women, 60-64 years – Donna Wolfe
Women, 55-59 years – Jan Driggs
Congratulations! to all of our Champions.
Official final standings are here.
This year's Senior Qualifying Championship is coming up quickly. The tournament will be held at Four Seasons Bowling Center in Hillsboro over two weekends in October. The 12th-13th and 19th-20th.
The tournament is now open to all OSUSBC members 50 and over. This year, we have added the 50-54 age classification, which was added to the National Senior Championships last year.
Get your entry form here, and get it sent in now. See you in Hillsboro!
Some of the many volunteers from the Reedsport USBC WBA who spent the weekend helping out with the tournament.
The tournament was held on July 20th and 21st at Reedsport Lanes.
The prize checks have all been mailed, and the full results are posted here: Senior Mixed
New Women’s Championship Tournament Director
As you may know by now, Linda Scott has retired as the Women’s State Championship Tournament Director. She has passed along this prestigious position to me, and I look forward to making your 2014 tournament experience a remembered event.
My name is Pattie Cochran, and I live in the Rogue Valley. I have been involved in the bowling world for 15 years. I have tournament experience and know that the most difficult part is trying to please everyone! I will do my very best to bend over backwards to fulfill the needs of all of you.
My main goal as your new Tournament Director will be to grow our tournament participation. I will be involved with making sure that ALL leagues are visited to promote the State Championships. I have been working on plans for our first ever Facebook page, so watch for it and make sure you like our page so we can spread the word!
Thank God I have several months to get ready to meet all of you. I want everything to be perfect for you! Remember, my name is Pattie Cochran, and you will be hearing from me sometime in the future. It may be a letter, an Email, a Facebook post, a text, a phone call, or you may even see me in person during one of your leagues!
If you’d like to contact me, my e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. My phone number is: 541-601-7520. I’m always happy to hear from our bowlers.
Current Team Leaders are:
Division 1 - How to Bowl
Division 2 - Bunco Squad
Division 3 - Just Us
See Women's Tournament page for full current unofficial standings.
Tillamook USBC and Tillamook Lanes hosted their first Senior (50+) Bowling Tournament on April 13th and 14th. This was a handicap tournament. Results are below:
The Women's State Championship Tournament begins this Saturday, April 27, at AMF 20th Century Lanes in Portland. There are spots available, so you there is still time to enter.
For those who are already entered and want to reserve a spot for next year, the reservation form is now available on the "Women's Tournament" page.
Good luck to all of you!
The OSUSBC Youth Championships were held at Firs Bowl in Eugene, which will be the site of the 2014 Open Championship Tournament.
Results were faxed and then scanned, so they are a bit fuzzy. Send an email if you have any questions.
There are a few spots still available if you're not already signed up to bowl. Join us in Klamath Falls for a great tournament.
Updated standings, through 4/28/13, are below:
Held at Park Lanes on February 23-24, 2013
State All Stars Tournament held at North Bend Lanes on March 9-10, 2013
As you may have heard, Steve Kiss is no longer the Oregon State USBC Association Manager. We wish Steve our best in all of his future endeavors.
The Board of Directors is committed to ensuring a smooth transition as we search for a new Association Manager. The office is still up and operational. Director Brad McLean is currently taking care of the day-to-day office duties, including Open Tournament entries, mail, phone calls, etc.
Any questions or concerns you may have, and all regular business should be directed to the office. Currently, email is the best way to communicate.
At this time, it may take a little longer to receive a response than you have gotten used to, but we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.
Once the Open Tournament is up and running smoothly, we will begin our search for a new Association Manager.
By popular request the OSUSBC has come up with a solution for all the team captains who are looking to reserve their preferred dates and squad times but are having a tough time getting their teams and finances together in time.
Through the PayPal program we are now able to accept payments for the 2013 Open Championships by either Debit or Credit cards at an additional cost of only 3% which covers our cost to PayPal for offering their service to you. By utilizing this service you have a much better chance of getting the squads you prefer with a lot less worry and hassle.
The process is quite simple as you simply go to our website at osusbc.com, click on the Tournaments tab on the right of the screen, then click on the Open Tournament tab, then choose the division of team and doubles and singles event your team qualifies for, type in the preferred dates and squads you like, and choose if you want to sign up for optional all events. The quantity of entries for each will show up on your cart and can be updated by putting the number of entries in the box and choosing update or hitting the remove tab.
If you have any questions please let me know.
Strike Ten Entertainment in conjunction with the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) and USBC is offering a new adult "8 for 8" league promotion through April.
Included in the "8 for 8" program is a USBC Club membership, which USBC associations are not required to process. However, association engagement in the program is encouraged. USBC Regional Managers will notify associations weekly when a center in its jurisdiction purchases an "8 for 8" kit through Strike Ten. At the conclusion of the program in May, USBC will provide local associations a list of USBC Club members from its centers. This creates a great opportunity for local associations to reach out to these new bowlers and encourage them to join a standard league.
USBC Club members will appear in Find a Member searches and will have a specific "Club" icon to designate their membership, similar to the Sport Bowling icon for Sport members. Please encourage BPAA centers in your area to request an "8 for 8" kit from Strike Ten.
Access Frequently Asked Questions concerning the new "8 for 8" league promotion
The USBC Youth page on BOWL.com has a new look to spotlight the latest news in the world of youth bowling with a feature on youth bowling accomplishments.
A page called High Five was developed as a way to recognize the on-lane accomplishments of USBC Youth bowlers. A form is available on the site so parents of youth bowlers are able to submit their children's accomplishments along with a photo, if they wish to do so. Please share this information with your youth bowlers and their parents so that they can be recognized for their bowling accomplishments! Go to BOWL.com/youth to see the new page and check out High Five.
Wilsonville Lanes was definitely the place to be this past Sunday as 52 of the Northwest’s finest women bowlers put on a show and displayed some outstanding skills during the six games of qualifying and double elimination match play
rounds. The USBC White #2 was the lane pattern of choice for this year’s event and while it proved to be a bit more of a challenge than the typical house pattern, many found a way to match up well and post some very fine scores.
The qualifying round was led by Oregon City’s Samantha How in a landslide performance that saw her average 236.3 during her 6 games of qualifying. Samantha’s 1418 total was 97 pins higher than our 2nd place qualifier, Falisha Forgash from Lakewood, WA who posted a 1321 6 game total.
With 52 competitors this year our match play field was expanded to 16 and the battle was on all the way to the last few balls to determine who moved into and who moved out of the cut. Once the dust had settled and all of the scores were
tabulated Portland’s Stacey Gomen’s 1222 turned out to be the number and while quite relieved to make it, she now faced the unenviable task of taking on top qualifier Samantha How during the first round of match play.
Each match consisted of two games with total pin fall determining the winner with everyone remaining alive for a shot at the title until they had lost two matches. One of the real highlights of this event (or any event for that matter) is for everyone in attendance to witness a perfect game and it didn’t take long for Mandy Green from Puyallup, WA to make a statement. During the 2nd game of match #1 Mandy did just that in posting a perfect game in her 539-469 win over Portland’s Loree Ruby.
One of the more interesting matches of the day happened when Surrey, BC’s Debbie Uter stepped up and threw three clutch strikes in the 10th fame to force a 376-376 tie with West Linn’s Jamie Koster. This tie led to a one game roll off that turned out to be no contest as Jamie rolled the first 8 strikes while claiming a 269-152 win.
Federal Way’s Catherine Rawsthorne swept through her first four matches in claiming the winner’s bracket championship with a 474-431 win over Mandy. Winning this match and the Winner’s Bracket earned Catherine the opportunity to sit back and watch to see who survived the loser’s bracket while knowing that person would have to beat her twice to claim the championship.
The battle to claim the Losers Bracket title and right to meet Catherine in the championship came down to Samantha Kessler from Beaverton (who lost her very first match to Catherine 399-391 but was riding a five match winning streak into the semi final match) and Mandy. Mandy put an end to that streak with a 512-406 victory over Samantha but after bowling a total of 18 hard fought games, Samantha’s day finally came to an end but was rewarded for her efforts with a third place check of $525.
So now the stage was set for the final two to roll off and determine who would claim the 2013 OSUSBC Queen’s Championship and earn the right to compete with the world's best at the 2013 Queens National Championship in Las Vegas over Labor Day. With Catherine being undefeated and Mandy having one loss (to Catherine) it was do or die for Mandy and she stayed alive with a 453-411 victory in round one. With each participant now having one loss each, it's down to one two game match with total pins determining the champion.
In a low scoring 1st game of the championship match, Catherine came out on top 192-176. In the final match Catherine took charge in a 225-176 game victory while completing the sweep in a 417-352 victory. Congratulations to Catherine on her victory for $750 plus the spot and to Mandy who took home $625 for her fine efforts.
Special thanks go out to our sponsors Wilsonville Lanes, Reser’s Fine Foods, and Striking Image Pro Shops who generously contributing to the $5,200 overall prize fund. Also, many thanks go out to those who volunteered their time to help make this event so successful including Women’s Championship Tournament Director and OSUSBC Hall of Famer Linda Scott and OSUSBC District 2 Director Bob Schmaling. For more information on this event including qualifying scores, the 16 player bracket, and prize fund payout please check out our website at osusbc.com.
I hope everyone enjoyed themselves at this year’s event and I want to thank each of you that participated in and supported this event and look forward to an even more successful tournament in 2014.
Update for 2013 Open Championship Tournament
With just about 90 days until opening day for the 2013 OSUSBC Championship Tournament in Klamath Falls, there’s still plenty of time to enter this event. However, as we typically get closer to the start of the tournament, some of the more popular dates and squads get filled and teams without confirmations may need to adjust their schedules from what was originally planned. Thus far, entries are right about where we would expect them to be and at this time we do have openings for every weekend with only one squad being sold out but with others getting closer to being full.
As an added bonus to our regular tournament, the Epi-Center is offering a companion trios tournament with 2 divisions (570 & over and 569 & under) for those who want to bowl more than 9 games over the weekend. Squads will be available on Friday evenings at 7pm, Saturday at 11am, 2pm, & 6pm, and Sunday at 9am and 12noon. For more information check the attached entry form and rules.
I hope all of you got a chance to check out the recently updated history of the Open Championship Tournament here on our website and I would like to request you share the availability of this info with anyone that might enjoy this. The history of the OSUSBC Championship Tournament is available right here at this website under the tournaments tab to the right of this section.
For more information on the companion tournament at the Epi-center including and entry form and rules click on the link below:
While the 2012 OSUSBC tournament season has come to a close, the 2013 schedule has been released and plans are well underway to make this another fun filled and successful season for our OSUSBC members.
The 2013 season will kick off on Sunday, January 27th with the 2013 Queens Championship Tournament in Wilsonville. Center proprietor JP Mueller and his fine staff will be our host as some the best bowlers in the Northwest take their talents to Wilsonville Lanes to determine who’s going to claim this coveted championship title. Also for the ladies, 20th Century Lanes in Portland will host our 69th annual Women’s Championship Tournament during its 4 week run from April 27th- May 19th.
Our youth bowling season will kick off with the High School District Championships where teams in 7 different districts compete to qualify for the State Championships. The competition promises to be highly spirited as the top two teams (boys and girls) from each district will advance to compete for the 2013 High School Championship at Park Lanes in Hillsboro on the weekend of February 22-24. Following this event the top individual performers from each district and the state finals will earn the right to compete with the best of the best at the All Star Championship Tournament in North Bend on March 9-10.
Other Opportunities for our youth bowlers to test their skills include the Pepsi Youth Scholarship Tournament where 4 different centers will be hosting sectional qualifying events with the opportunity to advance to the State Finals in McMinnville on April 20-21st. The 51st Annual Youth State Championships will be heading to Eugene’s Firs Bowl for a 3 weekend run starting on March 23rd and ending on April 7th.
Hanscam’s Bowling Center in Klamath Falls will be the host of our 72nd annual Open Championships which starts its 7 week run on April 13th and concludes on May 26th. For those of you looking for a “complete bowling vacation” why not make the OSUSBC Open Championships in Klamath Falls the first stop on your way to the USBC Open and Women’s National Championships in Reno?
Last, but certainly not least, the senior tournaments will start with our 44th annual Senior Mixed Championship in July on the beautiful Oregon Coast town of Reedsport. Our 2013 season will once again close with the Senior Qualifying Championships which will take place at Four Seasons Lanes in Hillsboro on the weekends of October 12-13th and 19-20th.
Like I said, there truly is something for everyone to look forward to in 2013 so it might be time to start making plans and marking your calendar now. To keep tabs on all the latest news and info of what’s going on with the OSUSBC, why not make our website (osusbc.com) one of the favorites on your computer. To see what's planned for 2013, click on the link below:
The USBC Youth Open Championships will have aged-based divisions when the 2013 tournament takes place in the Detroit area in July. While it will remain a scratch tournament, the divisions will be based on age - U8, U12, U15 and U20 divisions - with the highest age on the team determining the division for team and doubles competition.
A regional event also has been added for 2013. The Youth Open Championships West Region will be conducted June 22-23 in Las Vegas. The tournament was created so USBC Youth bowlers could have a major tournament option on both sides of the country during the summer.
Registration for the both tournaments is now open. Go here to read more.
Participants and providers will notice some changes to the online portal for SMART, the scholarship management program for youth bowlers. The changes are designed to strengthen the program and enhance functionality.
Recipients will see scholarship awards displayed in their SMART account as points rather than dollars, with one point equal to five dollars. The value of all scholarships remains the same, and the points will be converted to dollars when a recipient requests the use of funds.
All active recipients and providers will receive a letter inviting them to log on to the new SMART portal. Go here to read more about the changes, including an FAQ for providers and recipients. Anyone with questions should send an email to email@example.com.
Many thanks go out to Jason Lower and Reser's Fine Foods as they have stepped up big time in support of women's competitive bowling by adding $2,000 to the prize fund of this great annual event. With the added sponsorships of Wilsonville Lanes proprietor JP Muller and Striking Image Pro Shops owner Paul Fulmer, this brings the total sponsorship dollars to $2,600! So, with 48 participants and a prize fund of $5,000, this surely has to be the can't miss event for all competitive women bowlers in the Northwest.
The winner of this event will earn a paid entry into the USBC National Queens Championships taking place in Las Vegas over labor day. With all the money from the prize fund and added money from our sponsors this will be a virtual paid bowling vacation and opportunity for this events winner to compete with the world's best women bowlers at the premier event for USBC Women Members.
With this event taking to Wilsonville Lanes in just 3 weeks, it's time to get your entry in and spot reserved. For an entry form click on the link below and see you in Wilsonville!
To see this history simply scroll over to the tournaments tab on the right, click on the tournament you’d like to view, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the links below and enjoy.
OSUSBC Board members (L-R) Steve Kiss, Bob Schmaling, and Brad Mclean were all present for the annual BVL Contribution check presentation to the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center. Receiving the check is Portland VAMC Executive Ronnie Smith. The $4,700 check will help fund the facilities recreational and therapeutic programs for the many veterans they serve and care for.
Thanks to the yearlong efforts and generosity of USBC members throughout the state of Oregon, the holiday season for many American Veteran was made much brighter once again this season. Over the past two weeks we’ve been honored with the duty of presenting over $15,000 in checks to the three VA Hospitals in Portland, Roseburg, and White City, the Oregon State Veterans Home in The Dalles, and Veterans Center’s in Portland, Salem, Eugene, Bend, and Grants Pass.
During these presentations many of the folks we spoke with were eternally grateful for the fund raising efforts of our membership and wanted to send out a BIG THANK YOU to everyone! Great Job, OSUSBC Members and thank you once again for remembering and supporting our veterans and American Heroes’.
TILLAMOOK USBC OFFICERS – 2012/2013
President: Elaine Baucom
Vice-President: Dennis Wilks
Sgt-at-Arms: Betty Martin
Manager: Cindy Oswald
IT’S THE RULE
Bowling on the wrong lane
Bowling on the wrong lane may be one of the most embarrassing things that you can do in league bowling. If it does happen, do not worry because there is no penalty - well, besides a bruised ego. If one person, or one person from each team, bowls on the wrong lane, a dead ball shall be called and the bowler or bowlers shall bowl on the correct lane. If two or more bowlers from the same team bowl on the wrong lane, the scores stand as bowled, and the next bowler after the error is noticed needs to bowl on the correct lane.
January 5, 2013 Men’s Trios
January 26-27, 2013 Women’s City
February 15-17, 2013 Open
April 13-14, 2013 Senior – 50+
Youth tournaments will be announced at later date.
The Elite 32 Tournament was held on November 24th & 25th. 10 men accepted the invitation. We saw a lot of good bowling. In the end Tim Oge won against Ron Haymond for the championship. Tim’s score was 222 and Ron’s score 217. Congratulations to all of you that bowled in this special tournament.
A big “Thank You” to Ron Haymond who puts on this tournament each year.
Our first Men’s 9 Pin No Tap Tournament was held on December 8, 2012 with 12 local members participating. All reports tell us the men had a great time at this tournament and hopefully this will become an annual event.
1. Stew Irwin 1,024 pins
2. Jerry Crist 1,022 pins
3. Dan Turner 995 pins
4. Karl Coleman 976 pins
5. Bob Hildebrant 966 pins
INDUSTRIAL LEAGUE: Top Scores at this time…High Game: Gerry Betzer 269, Bob Davis 265, Josh Stockdale 255, Scot Motsinger 255. High Series: Bob Davis 672, Butch Schriber 665, Gerry Betzer 649,
Trask Vale Farm on the first quarter and is leading this quarter.
INDEPENDENT LEAGUE: High Games: Matt Oge 278, Mike Bentley 277, Aaron Averill 269, Gerry Betzer 269, Bruce Widener 268, Drew Kleeman 268, Ron Haymond 267, Scott Motsinger 260. High Series: Drew Kleeman 738, Mike Bentley 725, Gerry Betzer 704, Tim Oge 701, Bruce Widener 691, Ron Haymond 690.
1st Quarter winners…Barclay’s Heating & Sheet Metal and 2nd Quarter the leader is Barclay Heating & Sheet Metal.
THURSDAY MORNING MIXED TRIOS: High Game (Women) Tina Crabtree 208, Susan Taylor 202, Marlene Stephens 200, Mona Skelton 200. High Series (Women) Susan Taylor 696, Tina Crabtree 690, Betty Randall 670, Marlene Stephens 668. High Game (Men) Dennis Wilks 247, Dan Turner 244, Mike Landolt 235. High Series (Men) Dennis Wilks 869, Jerry Crist 816, Dan Turner 816
1st Quarter Winners…Pioneer Vet., the leader at this time (2nd Quarter) Pioneer Vet.
Thank You Edith Noteboom for the above information.
SENIOR LANE STRIKERS: 1st Place team – Week 14
Shooters (Jane Erskine, Doris Nelson, Sandra Johnson, Cecile Cohrs)
High Game Scratch: Men - Stew Irwin 224 Women - Cindy Oswald 193
High Series Scratch Men - Willie Pfalzgraff 590 Women - Cindy Oswald 565
Splits converted: Cindy Oswald 4/7/10, Herb Pearson 6/7/10, Edith Noteboom 3/6/7/10, Doris Nelson 2/4/7 Clean Game: Cindy Oswald 193
WOMEN’S ODDBALLS: 1st Place Team - Week 13
Tillamook Country Smoker (Carolyn Scherzinger, Kim Norberg, Cassy Harth, Tammy Dickie, Twila Niemi)
High Game Scratch: Tammy Dickie 231
High Scratch Series: Carolyn Scherzinger 562
Splits Converted: Michelle Swanson, a new bowler last year, converted the 4/7/10 split/
1st Place Team – Week 14
Fern Burger (Dennis Agliotis, Addie Johansen, Bud Johansen, Bill Bridgeman)
Eager Beavers (Kathy Burrill, Doris Nelson, BJ Byron, Quentin Borba)
High Scratch Game: Men: Jay Taylor-258 Women: Kathy Burrill – 205
High Scratch Series: Men: Bill Bridgeman – 630 Women: Kathy Burrill – 558
1st Place Team – Week 13
Tillamook Lanes (Betty Martin, Kathy Burrill, Maria Ayala, Twila Niemi)
High Scratch Game: Women: - Cheryl Widener – 217
High Scratch Series: Women: - Cindy Widener – 623
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Happy New Year - 2013
The Pepsi USBC Youth Championships is a nationwide tournament open to all USBC Youth members. The Oregon State Sectional Championships will be conveniently held in four locations throughout the state with Sunset Lanes in Beaverton, Cottage Bowl in Cottage Grove, Roxy Ann Lanes in Medford, and Lava Lanes in Bend being our hosts centers on the weekend of March 2-3.
From each sectional qualifier, 1 in every 3 entries (with a minimum of 5 per division)will advance to a state finals which will be hosted by Walnut City Lanes in McMinnville on April 20-21. At the state finals, those who advanced from their sectional event will compete against bowlers from across their state for scholarship dollars through the USBC SMART program to help fund future education costs. Last year, more than $500,000 in scholarships was awarded across the country as part of this tournament. For more information, please click on the links below:
The 2013 Tournament season will kick off on Sunday, January 27th in grand style with the top competitive women bowlers in the Northwest lining up to master the lanes in Wilsonville for our annual Queens Championship Tournament. In addition to claiming bragging rights as the State Queens Champion, our winner will also receive a paid entry and spending cash for the National Queens Championship being held at Sunset Stations Strike Zone in Las Vegas over Labor Day in 2013.
Our one day event will start off with every competitor bowling 6 games in the qualifying round. Following the completion of the opening round, the field will be cut down to the top 8 for the head to head, 2 game total pin, double elimination match play round. We had a very good turnout last year with 35 competitors filling up Lebanon Lanes and with even more lanes available this year we’re hoping for an even larger turnout. 1 in every 3 entries will cash and with 48 entries the field will be cut to the top 16 for match play.
So why not make your plans today (and invite a friend) to test your skills against the best in the Northwest by entering the 2013 OSUSBC Queens Championships? Think you got what it takes? Well, there’s plenty of time to get ready, anyone can win, you’ll never know until you go, and the stakes are great!
Many thanks go out to co-sponsors, Wilsonville Lanes Proprietor JP Muller and Striking Image Pro Shops owner Paul Fulmer for generously donating $600 to the prize fund of this premier event and I look forward to seeing you in Wilsonville!
One of the great benefits of USBC Youth membership is the chance to earn college scholarships. Several scholarship applications are due Dec. 1, so we encourage association leaders, youth directors, coaches, and parents to make sure your USBC Youth bowlers are aware of the following scholarships:
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Welcome 2 Bowling program, a collaborative effort by the United States Bowling Congress and the leading brands in the bowling industry to engage first-time league bowlers, returns for the 2012-13 season with more to offer those new to the sport.
“We surveyed last season’s program participants and more than 85% said they planned to return this season,” said Kevin Terry, USBC Chief Revenue Officer. “Each year we have about 300,000 adult bowlers join a league for the first time; in previous years, more than half decided not to return. We needed a way to engage new bowlers and we believe the Welcome 2 Bowling program is accomplishing this.”
The Welcome 2 Bowling program, which started in the 2011-12 season, has two components:
• Program partners Brunswick, Ebonite, Storm and 900 Global each offer a ball for the promotional price of $59.95, an incredible value for a mid-performance bowling ball.
• A coaching lesson from a USBC certified coach.
For the 2012-13 season, the coaching component had been upgraded to a free, 30-minute lesson. Bowlers also will be able to go online for video tips from the top coaches in the game.
The first-year bowlers will be mailed an activation code along with their membership cards. They can then go to BOWL.com/Welcome and use the activation code to select their bowling ball.
Veteran league bowlers, and those in the industry such as pro shop operators and center managers, understand the importance of proper-fitting equipment and coaching. They should encourage new league bowlers to take advantage of the Welcome 2 Bowling program because retaining bowlers not only will strengthen their league, but also the sport.
“Anyone who plays a new sport needs to see improvement in their game; otherwise, they tend to move on to something else,” Terry said. “By providing some coaching and the proper equipment, we believe the new bowlers not only will feel more comfortable on the lanes, but will begin to develop their game and are more likely to stay involved.”
The survey also showed nearly 50% of the bowlers who participated in the program last season purchased additional equipment – bags and shoes were the main items – from the pro shops, thus generating new customers for the pro shops, bowling manufactures and bowling centers.
The Welcome 2 Bowling program once again will be offered exclusively to 2012-13 season USBC members who have not been members the last three years. Go to BOWL.com/Welcome to learn more about the program.
TILLAMOOK USBC OFFICERS – 2012/2013
President: Elaine Baucom
Vice-President: Dennis Wilks
Sgt-at-Arms: Betty Martin
November 11-17, 2012 BVL (Bowled in conjunction with leagues)
November 24-25, 2012 Elite (House Tournament)
December 8, 2012 Men’s 9 Pin No Tap Invitational
January 5, 2013 Men’s Trios
January 26-27, 2013 Women’s City
February 15-17, 2013 Open
April 13-14, 2013 Senior – 50+
Youth tournaments will be announced at later date.
HALLOWEEN SCOTCH DOUBLES (October 27, 2012)
There were 18 bowlers participating in this fun tournament.
1. Marlene Stephens & Luke Rogers 1,832 pins
2. Doug Fountain & Karl Coleman 1,763 pins
3. Kay & Ron Haymond 1,583 pins
4. Larry Wilson & Casey Wilks 1,554 pins
5. Jerry Crist & Edith Noteboom 1,553 pins
6. Mark Widener & Darin Webb 1,470 pins
7. Bruce & Cheryl Widener 1,453 pins
8. Dennis Wilks & Cindy Oswald 1,444 pins
9. Susan & Ernie Taylor 1,306 pins
WOMEN’S 9 PIN NO TAP INVITATIONAL (November 10, 2012)
This annual invitational fun tournament had 24 participants, with 7 from out of town.
1. Sandra Ledbetter, Sheridan 1,053 pins
2. Georgia Wood, Yamhill 967 pins
3. Tina Crabtree, Tillamook 951 pins
4. Sandy McPherson, Tillamook 949 pins
5. Janine Leep, Dallas 947 pins
6. Doris Nelson, Rockaway Beach 917 pins
7. Carla Madison, Tillamook 899 pins
8. Mona Skelton, Garibaldi 889 pins
9. Kathy Burrill, Tillamook 873 pins
10. Joyce Wren, Sheridan 865 pins
SECRETARIES: Please give me your good stuff from your league. Betty Martin
HAVE A HAPPY & SAFE THANKSGIVING
For the latest update on what's going on with the EVUSBC Association, click on the link below:
Wow, what a final weekend we had at the Senior Qualifying Championship Tournament. With 2 squads completely sold out and 2 others at near capacity, this senior bowling event of the season was a great event to be part of. Oregon Trail Lanes in St Helens proved to be outstanding hosts as proprietors Lori Kraft and Brandon Smith rolled out the red carpet for our USBC members.
Special thanks go out to our volunteers Peggy, Marvel, Jackie, Daniel, Chris, and Jordan as all pitched in to keep things running as smooth as possible. Thanks also to everyone who took part in the great competition.
Once the dust had settled and everyone had completed their 6 games of competition, the nerves and excitement hit many still hanging around for the final results as they were tallied. Out of the 5 divisions for both man and women we had 8 new champions who will be heading to Reno next July along with 3 who defended their Oregon State Championships and will be heading to Reno once again in pearl Munsen as the Women's Super Senior representative and defending National Champion Marilyn Webb in the Women's C Division, and Frank Ellenwood from McMinnville, who be representing Oregon in the Men's B division.
Other Oregon State Senior Champions for 2012 include Albert Heim (Super Senior), Michael Brinkmann (Men's A), Jeff Ramp (Men's C), and Stan Lorimor (Men's D). For the women, we have Barbara Johnson (A), Connie Beaulac (B), and completing the husband-wife team of champions is Sandra Ramp (D). Congratulations to all of you on some great bowling and best of luck in Reno. I'm confident that once again Oregon will be very well represented at the National Championships.
Other bowlers who cashed in this event include 2nd place finishers George Vice (Super Senior), Don Justice, Sr (Men's A), Vince Fiattarone (Men's B), Doreen Mahaffey (Women's Super Senior), and Mala Moe (Women's A).
Once again it’s time to start talking to your teammates and planning for next year’s state championship tournament. Barry Hanscam and Hanscam’s Bowling Center will be next year’s host and along with the assistance of the Klamath Basin USBC Association we’re planning on holding another fine event for our members. The 2013 Open Championship Tournament will start with opening weekend on Saturday, April 13th and conclude Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, May 26th. We also have a special squad on Friday, May 24th at 7pm that will offer squads for team and doubles and singles events.
Just as in the past, team event squads will be held at 10am and 2pm on Saturday with doubles and singles squads scheduled for 8am, 12pm, and 4pm on Sunday. The entry fees will remain the same at $26 for those in Divisions 2-5 and $36 for those who qualify for Division 1. As always, there will be optional all events prizes available for those who chose to pay the additional $10.
As far as the rules go, the entering averages used will be (1) using last year’s (2011-12) highest fall-summer 21+ game average (2) if a participant doesn’t have a 2011-12 average, they will use their highest fall-summer average for 2010-11, (3) if a bowler has neither they will use their highest 21 game+ average on January 1, 2013 and (4) if the participant has none of the above, they will enter at 205. Regarding the dress code, collared shirts will be required with no T-Shirts no longer being acceptable.
For those of you looking for a complete bowling vacation and experience don’t forget the USBC National Championships are being held at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno and entries are now available online only at bowl.com.
We are happy to announce we have acquired two sponsors this year in the Microtel Inn and Suites and the Days Inn. Thus far we have collected $1,000 in added money that will go directly to the team event prize fund and we’re certainly open to anyone else interested in sponsorship of our tournament.
The Microtel Inn and Suites and the Days Inn in Klamath Falls will be our tournament host hotels and both have agreed to offer special weekend rates to OSUSBC members during our tournament. Reservations can be made by calling the Microtel Inn and Suites at (541) 273-0206 or the Day Inn at (541) 882-8864. Be sure to let them know you're coming to bowl the Oregon State USBC Bowling Championship Tournament.
I look forward to seeing everyone next year and please let me know if you have any questions. I can be reached at (503) 253-8575 or email@example.com. For entry forms and rules click on the link below:
TILLAMOOK USBC OFFICERS – 2012/2013
President: Elaine Baucom
Vice-President: Dennis Wilks
Sgt-at-Arms: Betty Martin
Manager: Cindy Oswald
September 24, 2012..Tillamook USBC Board of Directors held a business meeting. Highlights from this meeting:
A letter of resignation was received and accepted from Manager, Tanya Wilks, citing health reasons.
President, Elaine Baucom, with unanimous vote from directors, appointed Cindy Oswald to fill the position of Manager.
President Baucom, with unanimous approval of Board, appointed Dennis Wilks (Director Position #1) to step up to position of Vice-President. Sara Wagner was appointed to position of Director #1.
In other business, President Baucom announced her committee appointment for year.
A discussion of upcoming tournaments followed with a lively discussion of a new Seniors Tournament to be held.
October 8, 2012 a meeting of the Board of Directors roll call shows all directors present with exception of Tim Oge and Diana Wilson.
Upcoming tournaments were discussion and the following adult tournament will be held during the 2012-2013 season:
October 27, 2012 Halloween Scotch Doubles
November 10, 2012 Women’s 9 Pin No Tap Invitational
November 11-17. 2-12 BVL Tournament ( in conjunction with leagues)
November 24-25, 2012 Elite (House Tournament)
December 8, 2012 Men’s 9 Pin No Tap Invitational
January 5, 2013 Men’s Trios
January 26-27, 2013 Women’s City
February 15-17, 2013 Open
April 13-14, 2013 Senior – 50+
Youth tournaments will be announced at later date.
09-06-1927 / 09-21-2012
One week remaining until opening weekend of Senior Qualifier Oregon Trail Lanes in St. Helens hosting annual event
There’s still time to enter the 2012 OSUSBC Senior Qualifying Tournament where ten fortunate bowlers will be crowned as Oregon State Senior Champions and earn a right to represent Oregon at the Senior National Championships which be held in Reno in July of 2013 . There are five divisions of qualifying for both men and women (10 divisions total) with the first division being for those “super seniors” of ages 75 and over, division A for those 70-74, division B 65-69, division C 60-64, and D division for those 55-59. Each division winner will receive a paid entry into the National Championships, a Championship Shirt, and reimbursement of up to $200 of travel expenses following their trip to Reno.
This event will be held over the weekends of October 13-14 and 20-21 with squads scheduled for 11:30am and 2pm on Saturdays and 9:00 and 11:30am on Sundays. Scores on based on handicap and each bowler will bowl two 3 games sets which can be bowled back to back on the same day, over two days on a chosen weekend, or even spread out over 2 weekends. Each senior bowler will have one opportunity to qualify while bowling a total of six games.
The future forecast is calling for a beautiful fall weekend so traveling out to St. Helens on the beautiful Columbia River should be a breeze. For those of you who would like to make a weekend out of it, the Best Western Oak Meadows Inn which located less than a mile from the center will be our host hotel and they are offering a special group rate of $92 + tax to anyone bowling the tournament. For reservations please call (503) 397-3000 and mention you’re with the Senior Bowling Championship Tournament.Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take part in the senior bowling event of the season! For an entry form click on the attachment below:
All Proprietors, Managers, Coaches, Parents, and Association officials should be sure to take a look at the latest video for the USA Bowling program. The short video demonstrates how the new youth sports model is designed to bring in more youth bowlers and to help turn them into lifelong bowlers.
The video can be found by clicking here.
TILLAMOOK USBC OFFICERS – 2011/2012
President: Elaine Baucom
Vice-President: Cindy Oswald
Sgt-at-Arms: Betty Martin
Manager: Tanya Wilks
School Starts-Drive Safely Fall Begins September 22
WOW … summer is almost over. Most or all of our Leagues have been organized and are in a bowling pattern for the year.
Getting to the Bowling Lanes has been a challenge all summer. Dennis finally mowed a “road” across the back of the school playground, across a neighbor’s patio and out onto Alder Street. This has greatly improved traveling to the Lanes. Supposedly, Third Street will be paved by September 19th.
Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the Cheney/Baucom/LaTourette/Munsell families. After a long battle, David Cheney passed away on August 13, 2013. Awaiting him, with outstretched arms, in heaven were his father, Rick Cheney and his great-grandfather, Ray Baucom.
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On the second page you will find all of your Tillamook USBC Officers for the 2012-2013 bowling season.
HAVE A GOOD BOWLING SEASON.
We need a woman bowler with 300 game!
OFFICERS – 2012/2013
The Oregon State 600 Bowling Club Tournament will be held in Florence at Holiday Bowl During the weekends of September 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23, 2012. Contact Secretary Myrna Harris to make reservations. Her phone number is 541-290-2524 and her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. We need bids for the 2013 tournament. Talk to your proprietors and get a bid in to Myrna by August 1, 2012 stating how many lanes are available and the cost of lineage. Please include a letter of support from your local 600 club or your local association.
Up for election at the banquet on September 8th are Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer and 4 Directors (position 1) from all districts. Please contact Myrna if you would like a nominating form.
You must be a current member of the Oregon State 600 Bowling Club in order to bowl in the tournament. Membership dues are $3.00 per year or 5 years for $15.00. Also available are memberhip pins and patches for $2.00 each.
Tournament entry forms, state membership applications and national membership applications are available here on this web-site. If you are unable to download the forms, please contact Publicity Committee member Robby Schmid and she will see that you receive the form you need. Her e-mail address is email@example.com and her phone number is 541-747-7372.
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This year’s summer vacation was unlike any other in my lifetime as it was a vacation 3200 miles away from home and one spent without my family. While certainly not a dream vacation from that stand point, it was somewhat of a dream come true and an opportunity to finally remove something from my personal “bucket list.”
Ever since the Team USA bowling program started back in 1986, I’ve had a goal of representing our country in International competition and bringing home a medal while competing. I worked very hard to achieve that goal in 1987 and 1988 while qualifying for the Team USA National Championships in Detroit and Milwaukee where I got close to making that dream come true by qualifying for the match play finals, but failed to finish in the top six and make Team USA. Still determined, I continued on towards reaching my goal in 1989 but once again the dream ended, this time at the regional finals in Las Vegas where I finished 4th (and 6 pins out of third) and only the top 3 advanced to the national finals. 1990 came around and with a new addition to our family in my son Adam, the dream was put on hold.
We’ve all heard the saying that “timing is everything” and I have to believe it had everything to do with me having the opportunity to fulfill my dream. When registering for the annual USBC Convention in Arlington, Texas this year one of the options of things to attend was a 1 ½ hour delegate bowling evaluation and tips to improve your game session led by Team USA coaches Rod Ross and Bryan O’ Keefe. At a cost of only $50, it was truly priceless! Part of the evaluation process included a CATS (Computer Aided Tracking System) video process that measures five separate skill levels and their consistency while throwing ten consecutive shots. At the conclusion of the evaluation, I was told that I scored quite highly on four of the five measurements which was great to hear but also helped me zero in on the areas that I needed to improve on. Upon departing the Training Center I asked Rod if there were any opportunities for senior bowlers to participate in with Team USA and he mentioned the Tournament of Americas. Without hesitation, I asked how a person could get considered to be part of the team and Rod asked me to send him a resume with my bowling accomplishments. I immediately responded and apparently had enough highlights from my younger competitive days to be considered for the senior team. Three weeks later I received a call from Team USA Manager Pat Winkles telling me I was going to be part of the team for that event and needless to say, I was thrilled and accepted!
This Tournament of Americas was a very special one as it was the 50th annual event and coincidentally also the 50th anniversary of me getting my start in the game of bowling. There were 28 countries invited to attend the event this year with 16 other countries from North, Central, and South America accepting the invitations and attending this grand event. Over 180 total bowlers participated in this 6 day tournament that consisted of 6 games of competition each day with singles (12 games), men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles, and team event (12 games) for a total of 36 games of bowling during the week.
My “journey” started at 7am on Saturday morning with a long flight from PDX to Ft. Lauderdale (with a short stop in Austin, Texas along the way). Upon arrival in Ft. Lauderdale and getting off the plane I couldn’t help but feel I was entering an oven as the heat and humidity (90+ degrees) were immediately “in your face and all over the place.” By the time I gathered my equipment and luggage and made it to the shuttle to get to the rent a car agency, if was 7:00pm. The first thing I noticed when pulling into the rental car lot was the lack of cars available but with it being Saturday evening and summer vacation for many, I wasn’t too surprised. The three cars that stood out were the “Smart type “cars that I always got a laugh at while seeing people driving them down the road but always knew they got the last laugh at the gas pump. Being that this was a “budget” vacation and since I had reserved an economy car, take a guess what I got? A Fiat 500 and since I wasn’t planning on having any other passengers, I turned down the offer to upgrade to a roomier Toyota Corolla and hoped for the best. As expected the 500 didn’t have the roomiest of trunks but was just big enough to store two 3-ball bags. My luggage and laptop claimed the “shotgun” position and I was off and running.
Being a California Beach Boy for many years, I longed to see another beach sunset so I immediately found Highway 1, drove south until I found Hollywood Beach and looked for a place to park to get some pictures. However, with this being the east coast, the sun had already risen many hours earlier so needless to say I have no sunset pictures over the ocean. While the Oregon beaches have their own beauty, this beach was 180 degrees different with palm trees, warm sand and water (80 degrees +) which was a beautiful shade of aqua blue. So once the sun did set in the west, it was off to the hotel in Sunrise which was about 15 miles inland.
The next day we were all off to the bowling center (Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac) for our practice session and opening ceremonies. The center was originally part of the Don Carter chain of centers that has since changed ownership and it was quite nice, very roomy, and up to date inside. The center has 56 lanes and is a split house with 28 lanes on each side. In taking a closer look I couldn’t help but notice how much darker the back half of the lanes looked when compared to the front. So I was thinking was it the lighting or could it be wood? Curiosity got the best of me so I had to ask and was told that it is just as it looks with synthetic fronts and wood backs which is quite unusual nowadays and something I haven’t seen in years.
The lanes were conditioned with alternating pairs of 45 foot long oil and 36 foot short oil and since we were going to be skipping two pairs after each game I knew we would alternate between the long and short oil patterns after each game of competition. The first practice session was on the short pattern and had me quite concerned initially as I couldn’t believe how quickly the ball turned left at 36 feet on the wood back ends. Fortunately Coach Bryan O’Keefe was making the rounds and helped me get lined up and while still somewhat out of my comfort zone, I felt like I at least had a shot. We then moved to practice on the long oil and while not allowing much room either way, I felt a little more at home on this pattern as far as ball speed goes. Following the two hour practice session we all participated in a march of the athletes on the approaches where each country lined up and shared friendship, high fives, and their countries flag and colors during the opening ceremony. Following opening ceremonies it was back to the hotel for some much needed rest and enjoying the Olympics before the singles competition started at 9am (6am pdx time) Monday morning. The adults, seniors, and super seniors were all assigned to bowl at 9am every morning while the Youth and Former TOA Champion Bowlers were all scheduled to start their sessions at 2:30 each day.
The first round of singles was not a good one for me as following a 160 start on the short pattern I never really got comfortable, felt a bit out of synch with my timing, and finished with 1100 for 6 games which had me in 9th place overall out of 20 senior bowlers. This did not sit well with me and since the tournament would not allow anyone to practice on the patterns once the competition began, I found another center nearby to put in an hour of practice and hopefully work out some of the kinks which definitely seemed to help. With nothing else to do on a beautiful evening, I took a drive down the coast to Miami and was quite impressed with seeing how the rich and famous live on the “Riviera” of Florida with endless skyscraper condo buildings and lavish homes on the harbor with yachts parked in front that were just as or more impressive than the homes. The night life was evident on the streets as the people of Miami showed every sign of knowing how to have a good time and partee!
The practice strategy obviously paid off as on Tuesday I shot 1273 for 6 games (which was one of the highest scores bowled by all bowlers that day) and into to 4th spot in the final standings of the singles event but still one spot short of earning a medal. Being the creature of habit that I am, it was back to the practice lanes after that session in hopes of sharpening up the game and keeping the momentum going into tomorrow.
The Men’s/ Women’s Doubles event took place on Wednesday morning and fortunately for me I had a very good partner in Ocala, Florida Pro Shop owner Brian Brazeau. This was Brian’s 2nd consecutive tour bowling in the TOA and he bowled very well. Unfortunately the roller coaster ride continued for me as the short pattern got the best of me while I experienced something totally new to me in feeling like I was literally jumping out of my shoes to get more speed on the ball and get it down the lane. While Brian pretty much carried our team through the first 5 games and helped keep us clinging to a small lead, we were fortunate enough to finish on the long oil and in spite of a first frame chop of the 3-6-10, I was able to get an early double and late triple in contributing 211 of our 381 closing game that helped us hold on for a 12 pin win and the gold medal. Mission accomplished, dream fulfilled! Once again it was back to the practice lanes and still hungry for more gold for the USA.
Thursday Morning brought the Mixed Doubles event and my partner was another Florida bowler and veteran of this event in Pam Sproll. The roller coaster ride continued but fortunately on the upswing as putting in the extra work and practice time paid off. I felt I bowled as well as I possibly could in shooting 696 for the first three games. Unfortunately my partner struggled throughout the day but as a team we were able to bowl well enough to claim the silver medal. To complete this fine day, the medal ceremonies for the Men’s/Women’s doubles event followed and what an honor it was to take the stand and receive a gold medal with my partner, for the USA, and in finally fulfilling my dream. Not one to break the routine, once again it was off to the practice lanes for another one hour session. However, this session got cut short as two tweaks to the back within the first 20 minutes told me it was time to stop and as a precautionary measure this pretty much put an end to any other practice sessions for the week.
The first of two 6-game team event sessions took place on Friday and I was a bit disappointed with this showing. A four bagger at the end of game six saved it for a 205 game and helped our team towards building an 87 pin lead heading into Saturday. The medal ceremony for the Mixed doubles followed today’s bowling which helped end the day on a good note. As much as I would have loved to put in another practice session, my body said no and won the battle of mind vs. matter.
The final day of competition was the second six game block of team competition and we were paired with the 2nd place team from Mexico that proved to be our biggest competitor in most events throughout the week. This day was the most challenging for most of us and in talking with my teammates the mental fatigue from the week of challenges was settling in and wasn’t helped with the short pattern feeling shorter and the long pattern hooking quite a bit also. My tendency to grab the ball at the bottom of the swing when having to throw the ball harder really cost me on this day as the number of splits had to be in double digits. This day also reminded me that I probably should have invested in the Blue Urethane Hammer that I had my eye on in the pro shop more and more as the week went on. We won the first game by 24 pins to go up by 100+ but saw our lead shrink down to 40 with two games to go. We rallied in game five for a good overall score and comfortably coasted in game 6 to the ultimate victory in winning the team championship along with the senior team all events title. What a thrill and what an accomplishment for the four of us who got to know each other a little better all week went on and teamed up to win it all for the USA!
As much as I love a challenge and am not a fan of the easy conditions of today, the end of this event brought some relief as the roller coaster ride finally came to a stop. Following seven days of challenges from being somewhat out of my comfort zone while adjusting from long oil to short oil, pair to pair, and side to side, I grew to really to appreciate the Men and Women who have bowled on the Professional Tours and trying to make a living bowling while facing the daily/weekly, and monthly grinds that they also faced when compared to my bowling "vacation." All and all a tremendous experience in competing daily with people from different countries that spoke a different language but still exchanged smiles and hand slaps and in the team building with other people from our own country that I had just met. Would I do this all over again? Absolutely! This was an experience that has not only fulfilled a dream but provided some wonderful challenges, memories, and learning’s that helped me grow as a person and become a better bowler and competitor from it.
To cap off this grand event everyone gathered for the awards banquet with a grand celebration including, dinner, music, and dancing. The remainders of the awards were presented for team event, team all events, individual all events, and awards for the high game and series for each division during the week. My 696 series in Mixed Doubles event missed the gold medal by 2 pins! Other awards were presented to TOA President and Tournament Director Paulette Watson who did a fabulous job of organizing, building, and running this International Tournament and to a gentleman who bowled the original event in 1962.
Special thanks go out to my wife Peggy who has supported me for 28 years of roller coaster rides with the game I love, my son Adam, and to Pat, Rod, Bryan, and Kim Terrell- Kearney with Team USA who helped me with this opportunity. Thanks also go out to my teammates Bryan, Pam, and Paula Vidad and to everyone who supported me throughout the process of not only getting to the tournament, but who followed along with results each day and sent out messages of encouragement.
Three Gold Medals, One Silver Medal, and one more thing checked off the bucket list. What more could a lifelong lover of the game ask for? Well, with this great experience behind me, it’s not time to rest on my laurels and time to get back to work on the things I learned from this experience, the training sessions I received from the best coaches in the world, and time to set bigger and better goals for future performances.
Thirteen Senior Mixed champions were crowned at our 43rd annual event which thanks to a great turnout of over 300 entries was a great success. Most every lane and squad were full at Rimrock Lanes over the July 20-22 weekend at one of the funnest events I've had the pleasure of being a part of.
While we had bowlers participate from all parts of Oregon and Southern Washington, if there were an award for the people who traveled the farthest to take part in our event, that award would go to Ralph and Ileen Piasta who traveled all the way from Manitoba, Canada.
Thanks go out to everyone who made it out to Prineville to support this event along with special thanks to our hosts Matt & Laura Hawes of Rimrock lanes, Tournament Director Steve Byers, and his assistants Peggy Kiss and Sandi Davis.
I hope everyone enjoyed themselves as I know Steve, Peggy, Sandi, and I sure did enjoy working with all of you and look forward to seeing you all again soon at the Senior Qualifier in October. For complete results of this event and for more information on the 2012 Senior Qualifying Tournament click on the links below:
Congratulations to our champions for this years 7 events:
Karen Henry- Women's Singles
Frank Brewer- Men's Singles
Shari Hamel & Walda Berry- Women's Doubles
Mick Batchelor & Francis Rothauge- Men's Doubles
Will & Penny Myers- Mixed Doubles
Fern Taylor & Gary Liedtke- Merry Mixer
Karen & Gary Liedtke- Scotch Doubles
Ralph Piasta Swingin Singles
Congratulations to Marilyn Webb for bringing home another Sr. Championship to the State of Oregon. Marilyn won the 60-64 division with a very strong and steady performance over the two day tournament to hold on for a 27 victory along with a $1,000 prize check.
I was very proud of Oregon's representation as our three other Women qualifiers each earned their way into the final six metal round and a shot at their division championship. In the 55-59 division Glenda Miller from Gresham finished in 6th place, West Fir's Diane Patton finished in 4th place in the 65-69 age group, and Pearl Munsen from The Dalles also had a 4th place finish in the 75 and over division. Congratulations ladies!
More than 375 male and female bowlers from across the United States and Canada took part in the two-day handicap singles event. All bowlers qualified for the Senior Championships through local and state tournaments. For complete results check out the complete story and division standings at our bowl.com website.
The 2012-13 Oregon Senior Qualifier will take place in St. Helens at Oregon Trail Lanes on the weekends of October 13-14th and 20-21st. More information will be available soon so please check back in thenext week or so.
In the mean time our 43rd annual Senior Mixed Championship will be visiting Rimrock Lanes in Prineville next weekend with a variety of events for all members 50 and over. While we would appreciate pre-paid entries, we do accept entries on site with sign ups closing 1/2 hour prior to the squads scheduled starting time.
Just a friendly reminder that the 2011-12 OSUSBC Annual Meeting and Summit will be getting started in just over four weeks from now and the registration deadline is just a week and a half away on July 1st. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to review the attached agenda and complete and mail in your registration form ASAP and start looking forward to attending the event of the year for all USBC members in beautiful Central Oregon.
The annual meeting will kick off the festivities staring at 12:30 on Saturday where members of the OSUSBC Board will recap the 2011-12 season and share plans and schedules of events for 2012-13. Elections will then take place to determine what delegates will be chosen to serve our bowling community as members of the OSUSBC Board and Youth Committee for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The meeting will be concluded with an open forum where we'll encourage you to share your ideas and success stories on how we can all better serve our membership and answer any questions you may have regarding yours and our association and membership.
Up next on the agenda will be a presentation from our new Regional Manager David Prange who proved to be quite entertaining and a true subject expert during his presentation to the Western Region at the National Convention. David will share all that's going on at the National Level, will have a lot of information on how we could possibly build the sport we love while providing a better experience for our members, and do his best to answer any and all questions.
Following a break to get prepared for the awards dinner (where your choice of Prime Rib or Chicken Cordon Bleu will be served) we will honor the newest additions to our Hall of Fame in Chuck Eilenberger from Central Point and Linda Scott from Portland. Also honored will be 2011-12 Ray Wise Youth Scholarship winner Nick Devlin and our Mabel Marrs award winner in Josie Chambers from North Bend. Each of the scholarship winners will receive a $1,500 scholarship to help with future educational expenses.
Next up will be an event has always proven to be a fun event with the auctions for many great prizes that have been custom made, purchased, or donated. All of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the causes of our three favorite charities in The BVL, Susan G Komen Foundation, International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, and the SMART Scholarship Program.
On Sunday morning a delicious breakfast will be served at 8:00 and will include a TBD education session and question and answer time to ensure everyone’s questions and thoughts have been shared and answered.
For those of you who are 50 and over, please bring your bowling equipment and take part in the 43rd annual Senior Mixed Championships that will take place at nearby Rimrock Lanes. There will be eight squads to choose from with a variety of singles and doubles formats and includes a Friday evening squad starting at 6pm with the last squad taking to the lanes at 12:30pm on Sunday. For more information, please take a look at the attached entry form.
I'm really looking forward to a weekend getaway in beautiful Central Oregon and meeting up with all of you dedicated supporters of our membership, talking up the sport we all love, and taking to the lanes for some friendly and fun competition. How about you? See you in Prineville!
The 2012 Oregon State USBC Championships has come to a close after a very successful 8 week run at Mt. Hood Lanes in Gresham. This was our organization's 71st annual tournament and I'm happy to say it actually grew this year over last with over 400 total entries.
The tentative results are posted in the link below and will go final in 72 hours on Thursday afternoon so please take a moment to check over the results and let me know if you have any questions. All averages and memberships have been verified but I need to know if perhaps there was a human error involved in writing down or imputing scores into our system. I can be reached at (503) 253-8575 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The plans are to have all the checks printed on Thursday evening and in the mail by Friday.
Congratulations go out to all 2012 champions and once again to the five bowlers who found and made the shots necessary to roll a perfect game. This year 300 games were rolled by Berry M. Scruggs of Vancouver, Matt McGill from Grants Pass, Steve Mora from Salem, Jason Lower from Scappoose, and Eric Kuschner of Portland.
The 300 game rolled by Berry matched the perfect game bowled by his father Larry Scruggs in 1997 and is believed to be the first father-son combo in the history of our tournament to have each rolled 300 games. Just missing perfection with 299's were another father and son team of Dain and Matt Wilmarth from Milwaukie while bowling for their teams on the final weekend.
I do want to send out special thanks to Doug Greenlee and his finr staff at Mt. Hood Lanes and they were instrumental in assisting with this tournament running as smoothly as it did. Special thanks also go out to OSUSBC Board Members Bob Schmaling whose creative skills were well utilized in developing the new standings and leader’s board and specialized tournament logos used for the polo shirts and towels. Fellow Board Member Brad McLean did an outstanding job handling the brackets and was greatly assisted on a weekly basis by Greater Portland USBC Board Members Rebecca Cole and Sherri Schmaling. Many thanks go out to our tournament co-sponsors also in Chuck Fick from General Distributing and our beverage of choice Coors Light and to our host hotels in the Holiday Inn and Days Inn. $1,500 was generously donated by them that went directly into the team event prize fund as 100% of those funds were returned to the bowlers.
Thanks to the generosity of you bowlers and support group we collected over $9,500 in revenue for the BVL, Susan G Komen Foundation, and International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. The money was raised through sales of raffle tickets for 50/50, the Hammer Taboo bowling ball donated by Striking Image Pro Shops, and the Mini vacation donated by Chinook Resort and Casino in Lincoln City. Donations were also raised through the sales of Polo Shirts and Bowling towels and even after paying for that merchandise we were still able to raise $6,797 for our three favorite charities. Thank you all for helping three great causes.
We are very open to any and all suggestions you might have to help improve make your tournament so please share your thoughts ASAP as our tournament committee will be meeting in the very near future to plan next year’s event. If you liked our tournament please tell your fellow bowlers who haven't bowled it before or who weren't able to make it this year to start thinking about joining you next year.
As tournament director I do hope you enjoyed this event as much as I did and look forward to seeing you all again in the near future. Next year's tournament will be held in Klamath Falls which just so happens to be on the way to Reno (for most of you) where are national championships will be held so hopefully many of you will be able to plan a true "bowling vacation" and come out and join us next spring.
Have a great summer and look for information on next year's event this fall.
Ensure the integrity and protect our sport by providing programs and services that enhance the bowling experience.
Are you dedicated to the sport of bowling? Are you available, willing, and able to take on a position of responsibility? Do you have ideas to share to help grow our sport and better support members of the Oregon State USBC? Well if the answer is yes, then now is the time for you to apply as we are now accepting applications for District Director positions within our organization.
Our organization consists of 4 officers (President, 2 Vice Presidents, and a Sergeant-At-Arms) and 5 Districts (see link to map below) with each District having 2 Directors and 1 Youth Director. All elected Officers and Directors have committed to serve a 2 year term with 2 officer and 5 director positions being up for re-election on an every other year basis.
Each year candidates apply to be considered as a director for our board and the basic requirements are that an applicant is an active bowler and has served in some form of a leadership role within the last 5 years (please see attached application for specific requirements).
The minimum required commitment for each member of our board are to attend 2 one day board meetings (1 Saturday or Sunday typically in January and October) and our weekend Annual Meeting in July. As an Officer and District Director your personal commitment to our members and organization has no limit.
In addition, each board member will be assigned to serve on 2-3 committees and we certainly welcome and encourage people with experience and "expertise" in all areas to serve on the following committees: Finance, Legislative/Operations, Charities, Recognition, Strategic Planning, Summit (Annual Meeting), Tournaments, and Youth.
Looking for an opportunity to share your leadership experience and love of the game while serving the bowling community? Well, time to get started by clicking on and completing the application below. The deadline to apply is May 20, 2012.
Wow is all anyone could say when watching some of Oregon's best young talent on display at the annual OSUSBC High School All Star Tournament.
Fourteen teams of six bowlers were put in an effort to make each team as equal as possible and based on the points each bowler accumulated at the previously held District and State Championship Tournaments. After two days of 6 games of match play bowling each day where points were awarded for individual and team wins.
After the completion of the 12 games the the field was cut to the top three teams for a baker style stepladder rolloff and once the dust had settled, the # 1 and championship team was the ever popular Pink Elephant Flowers & Pudding group consisting of Nicole Stickler from Rex Putnam, Dave Resue, Jr. of David Douglas, Louis McCoy from Bend High, Nikki Parry from Suislaw, Valerie Bean from Roseburg, and Ollocott Williams from Pendleton. Congratulations and great bowling, PEF & P! Runners up honors went to the Super Awesome Bowlers, while 3rd place honors went to Team Fancy Pants.
Speaking of great bowling, on the singles side Ryan Nikolas from Putnam set the pace on Saturday with an awesome 1242 score while Sunday's leader was Nick Devlin of Oregon City with an outstanding score of 1189. The overall leader for both days was Ryan Nickolas who averaged an amazing 242 for 12 games.
On the girls side Saturday's leader was Chelsea Lein of Creswell with a dominating score of 1056. Not to be outdone on Sunday, Shelby Miller from State Champion Mazama was i 1 pin better on Sunday with a 1057 which led her to the overall championship with a score of 2018 and nearly a 202 average for 10 games. Great bowling, ladies!
Special thanks go out to all the bowlers, parents, coaches, and volunteers who made 2012 another special year for High School Bowling in Oregon! For all results of the All Star Tournament, click on the links below:
Congratulations to the 96 youth bowlers of ages and abilities and from all parts of our great state that have qualified for the upcoming State Finals.
The Championship Finals will take place at AMF Albany Lanes during the weekend of April 21-22 where bowlers will be competing for scholarship dollars through the USBC SMART scholarship program.
All girls and boys 11 & under will bowl 3 games on Saturday and 3 more on Sunday with their handicap added to their scratch scores. All bowlers 12 & over will be bowling 6 games on Saturday with the top 1 in every 3 entries returning on Sunday with some of the girls and boys competing in either the handicap or scratch divisions.
Following the completion of 12 games of competition, the top girls and boys scores from the scratch divisions will have the opportunity to represent Oregon at the North Pointe Jr. Gold Championships this summer in Indianapolis.
Special thanks go out to all the coaches and parents who support our bowlers and to our tournament director Twila Niemi who's greatly appreciated for volunteering here time to youth bowlers and the Pepsi Youth Championships for over 15 years.
For all results, click on the links below and best of luck to everyone in Albany.Section 1 sr boys scratch.jpg
Congratulations to the Mazama Girls team from Klamath Falls and the Silverton Boys out of Silverton for battling their way through the best of the best 2012 High School State Championship field at Lava Lanes in Bend.
The highly skilled field began with 2 squads of warm up during the singles event taking for the boys, girls, and coaches. Talk about warming up, the bowlers came fired up and lit up the scoreboard with some outstanding scores and bowling.
Leading the way for the girls was Laura Cowling from Rex Putman who claimed the top spot with a 641 scratch score. Claiming 2nd place was Samantha Smart from Dallas with a 615 followed by Shelby Miller from Mazama who totaled 592.
The boys were also on fire as it took a 238 average just to crack the top 3! Leading the way was Ryan Nikolas of Rex Putnam with a 716 which was just enough to hold off co-runners up Jeffrey Holden of Silverton and Nick Devlin of Oregon City with both posting matching scores of 714.
Not to be out were the coaches who put on a clinic for everyone to see as Wade Rhodes of the South Umpqua Girls led the way with a 752. One of the biggest highlights of the evening came when the Brookings Harbor Boys coach Steven Scruggs got the crowd into a frenzy by posting a 300 final game in his 728 and a 2nd place finish. Cottage Grove Girls coach Ernest Owen Jr. claimed the other top 3 spot for the men with a fine 717. The lady coaches were led by Century Girls coach Vivian Hall, North Eugene's Jessica Heidecker, and North Bend's Lisa Duryee.
Saturday's action started with the first 24 of 30 total qualifying baker games for all 32 teams with the qualifying rounds wrapping up bright and early on Sunday Morning. Leading the qualifying for the boys was the Silverton team that dominated the field with an overall average over 206 per game. Silverton was led by Tournament All Star's point leader Derek Johnson, Daniel Holden, and 2nd alternate Fernando Lucas. Qualifying 2nd was Roseburg who was led by All Star Ty Schultze, and placing 3rd was the Matt Garcia led team from North Eugene. After the 30 games of qualifying, the top 3 girls teams were Rex Putnam, led by All Star Nicole Strickler, Dallas, led by Samantha Smart, and Cottage Grove with their leader Allie Simons.
Following the qualifying rounds teams were seated into a double elimination bracket that consisted of 2 games with total pins determining the winner of each match. In the boy’s bracket, Silverton continued their dominating ways by going undefeated in match play and gaining the #1 seed in the step ladder finals.
Battling their way through the loser’s bracket following both teams losing to Silverton, Oregon City, led by All Star Nick Devlin and 1st alternate Matthew Yaw, and Cottage Grove with Zackary Smith leading the way met in the semi final match with the winner earning the rite to take on Silverton in the championship match. In a high scoring match, Oregon City came out on top 443-415 and it was on to the final for the Pioneers. Being that Silverton was undefeated, Oregon City was now faced with the arduous task of beating the leaders twice to stake claim to the title. Oregon City proved to be up to the task during game one with a convincing 448-379 victory so now it down to one match for 2 teams who spent the last 4 months working towards this opportunity. In a very exciting championship match that had most on the edge of their seats, the match came down to the 10th frame with Silverton holding on for a hard fought and well deserved victory. Congratulations go out to both teams who put on a memorable show. Other boys making the All Star team include Ryan Nikolas and North Bend's Clayton Duryee.
On the girl’s side, Mazama went undefeated in match play and earned the right to sit out and see who their opponent might be in the championship match. Mazama was lead by All Star performances from Shelby Miller and Courtney Todd. Last year's runner-up Sam Barlow lost a heart breaker in round #1 in losing to Grants Pass by 1 pin but also proved resilient in winning their next 4 matches in the loser’s bracket. West Albany was also undefeated until losing a 4th round battle of unbeaten's in a close match with Mazama. Next up was the semi final match between Sam Barlow and West Albany to see who would challenge Mazama for the title. The first game couldn't have been any closer with each team ending with 156. Sam Barlow, led by All Star's Elizabeth Bowe and Rachel Spring came through with a 181 2nd game to claim victory and a 2nd consecutive shot at the Championship.
In the championship match Mazama came out strong from the break while waiting to see who their challenger would be in posting a huge 211 in game #1 but the never say die team from Sam Barlow came fighting back with a 200 in game #2. However, it wasn't quite enough to overcome a 41 pin deficit from game one with Mazama coming out victorious, 383-370 in winning the girls title. Leading the girls All Star's was top point winner Chelsea Lein of Springfield.
Special thanks go out to all the parents and coaches who support our High School and Youth Bowlers, to the entire OSUSBC Youth Committee and High School Directors for all their work (much of which is behind the scenes), and to Lava Lanes in Bend for hosting our great event.
There's still one more event for the 2012 High School Season and it promises to be a good one as the best of the best All Star's from our District and State Championships will take to Linn Lanes in Lebanon for 2 days of high scoring and exciting action. Be sure to mark March 11-12 on your calendar and come out and watch some of the best youth bowlers in the Northwest. Hope to see you then!
The 2012 High School season started over three months ago with over 100 teams throughout the state working out, practicing, and fine tuning their teams and games for the opportunity to compete for bragging rights and a shot at the Oregon State championships.
Seven separate district championships were held over the last month where the strongest 16 girls and 16 boy’s teams survived the first challenge and qualified for an even bigger challenge against the best teams from throughout the state.
The action will start on Friday afternoon with the first of two singles squads starting at 3pm where three divisions of girls, boys, and coaches will compete separately with each bowling three games of scratch competition. The second squad will start at 6:30 with the boys and girls competing for SMART scholarships dollars along with plaques which will be awarded to the top three finishers.
The nonstop team championship action gets underway Saturday at 12pm with each team bowling 24 exciting and highly enthusiastic baker games. On Sunday morning at 8am all teams will return to bowl six more baker games before the field is set up for the two game double elimination finals starting with the #1 faces #16, 2 vs. 15, etc where anything can and has happened before.
At the end of the elimination round the three teams still standing will line up in a step latter finals starting with the #3 meeting #2 with the winner taking on the #1 team with the winners becoming the 2012 OSUSBC High School State Champions.
The top five overall individual point (winners based on number of strikes and spares bowled) percentage winners for both boys and girls will join previous top point performers from the district tournaments to compete for the State All Star Championships that will take place at Linn Lanes in Lebanon on March 10-11.
Best of luck to all teams and bowlers this weekend and safe travels to all. I'm looking forward to the roof being raised at Lava Lanes once again from another exciting group of the best high school bowlers in Oregon!
Girls Teams Boys Teams
Bend Century Bend Brookings Harbor
Cottage Grove Dallas Centennial Cottage Grove
Grants Pass Hood River Valley Glencoe Henley
Mazama Mc Nary Hermiston McKay
Oregon City Rex Putman North Bend North Eugene
Roseburg Sam Barlow Oregon City Rex Putnam
Springfield South Umpqua Roseburg Silverton
West Albany Willamette South Medford Tillamook
Great job guys and way to represent! The long week and grind for the players in the 2012 USBC Masters finally and came to a close yesterday with the live televised match play finals on ESPN. 2003 Masters Champion, Roseburg's 10 Down Lanes Proprietor, and now part time professional Bryon Smith gave us all something to be proud of with a hard fought and come from behind victory over Canada's Dan MacLelland 251-212 in match #1.
Unfortunately, Bryon's great run and great week came to end following a semi round loss to eventual champion Mike Fagan who went on to defeat Chris Barnes in the championship and claim the 2012 Masters Championship. Bryon's 3rd place finish netted him a check for $15,000. It was nice to hear the personal interest story on Bryon and his wife Mariah and the battles they've both fought, over come, and been rewarded with their now 2 1/2 year old twins. Great story and great bowling, Bryon!
Just missing the show was 1990 Masters Champion Chris Warren from Grants Pass. Chris was one of the 8 remaining in the winner's bracket (along with Bryon) before losing his 1st match to you guessed it, eventual champion Mike Fagan. That left Chris one win away from the show and in the match to determine who would claim the 4th spot and appearance on the show, Chris ran into a buzz saw in losing to Dan MacLelland 756-690, and had to settle for 5th place. Congratulations again to another great champion from Oregon for another great week of work.
For complete results of the entire week of bowling at the masters check out the USBC website at bowl.com
The 2012 OSUSBC Queens Championship Tournament took place this past weekend and it was great to see a packed house competing for this annual prestigious title. 35 of the best women bowlers from around the state made the trip out to Linn Lanes in Lebanon to take on the challenge of competing with the best on the Kegel "middle of the road" oil pattern.
Over the 6 games of qualifying this "challenge" pattern proved to be just that as only 5 women managed to be in the plus while it took a (-24) to make the 8 player double elimination match play finals and a (-52) to cash. The qualifying squad was led by Loree Burkholder of Aurora with a "lights out" score of 1301 which led the closest pursuer, Kathy Tribbey from Cornelius by 53 pins.
The alternate and last cash spot actually went to an extra game roll off to break the tie between Lori Hanken of Oregon City and Samantha Kessler from Beaverton with Samantha coming out on top in the first match of the day.
During the match play portion Samantha How proved the one to beat while going undefeated and waiting to see who would not only survive the loser's bracket but then have to beat her twice to claim the championship.
Kathy Tribbey, who's been sitting on the sidelines for quite awhile now while recovering from finger surgery got cleared just in time to return for the Queens tournament and as expected she was up to the challenge. After losing in round 3 of the winner’s bracket to Samantha, Kathy came back strong, focused, and determined to win this Queens Championship. Kathy met Loree in round #5 with the winner moving in the championship round and with Kathy easily winning that match, it was on to the championship round once again for her.
In the 1st of 2 possible championship matches Kathy won the first match handily over Samantha so it was on to the 7th and final round in the battle for the championship and on to another pair of lanes. After winning the 1st game of the final match 217-188, Kathy seemed to have things well in hand but there was absolutely no quit in Samantha who continued a nice run of closing strikes after getting the first one in the 10th. Knowing that with a strike in the 11th frame she would force Kathy to step up and throw the 1st one in the 10th to win, Samantha threw it well but couldn't get the 7 pin to go down so Kathy stepped up needing to fill 18 for the win. Kathy calmly through a quality first shot leaving only the 7 pin, picked it up and flushed the last shot for the win. That was great pressure bowling by both opponents with the entire day coming down to the 10 frame of the last game for the title.
Congratulations, Kathy on a very successful comeback and in winning a hard fought 4th OSUSBC Queens title. Congrat's to Samantha for bowling so well, hanging tough to the end, and nearly pulling out the victory.
Kathy has earned the right to represent Oregon at the National Queens Championships in April and while she isn't sure if she will be available to compete, she did receive a crystal glass vase and $585 for her win. For anyone interested in representing our state at the nationals, entries can be found on bowl.com and if purchased before February 1st can be had for only $395. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks to Linn Lanes Proprietor Gary Heintzman for hosting our tournament and to everyone who made the commitment to come out and compete. It was great to be able to put on and be part of this great tournament and I'm already looking forward to next years. I also want to thank those who took the time to fill out our survey and share your thoughts while giving our tournament committee a few things to consider when planning for future Queens Championship Tournaments. For complete results please click on the links below:2012 queens qualifying standings .pdf