Senior bowlers roll into the spotlight in the Tri-State

October 8, 2018

Bowling tournament time has arrived on the local level and seniors take the spotlight first.

The Huntington USBC Senior Tournament is Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 3 at Dixie Lanes in Grayson, Kentucky. Entry fee $15 per event plus SI for all-events.

At least 12 teams needed to have the tournament. Entry deadline Oct. 24. Entry forms available at Strike Zone Bowling Center and Dixie Lanes and on the Huntington USBC’s Facebook page.

Strike Zone Bowling Center has a USBC-sanctioned Senior Tournament on Thursdays in October-November. Oct. 18, team event; Oct. 25, doubles; Nov. 1, singles; $10 per event and $5 for all events. Entry deadline Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. Limits of 24 teams, 48 doubles and 96 singles. Entry blanks at Strike Zone.

The West Virginia USBC Seniors Open wrapped up this weekend at Town N Country Lanes in Nitro, West Virginia.

The 21st West Virginia State USBC Mixed Team and Doubles Tournament is Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 3-4 at Compton Lanes in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Entry deadline Oct. 27 at noon. Entry fee $25 per person per event.

Entry forms at www.bowl-wv.com.

JUNIOR GOLD QUALIFIERS: Remaining dates are Oct. 14, Jan. 13 and Jan. 27. Host center is Holiday Lanes in Weirton, West Virginia.

Age divisions are U12, U15, U17 and U20. Format is 5-game scratch qualifiers based on total pinfall for placement. Entry fee $50.

Bowling starts at 10 a.m.

Qualifiers advance to national tournament in July in Detroit. Forms and more details available at www.bowlwv.com.

HALL OF FAME: PBA champions Patrick Allen and Mika Koivuniemi were elected to the PBA Hall of Fame in the Superior Performance category along with bowling journalist Bob Johnson and longtime tournament host Jim Doty in the Meritorious Service category.

Induction ceremonies are Jan. 5 in Arlington, Texas, as part of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic tournament.

Tournament finals will be aired live on FS1 on Jan. 6 at 11 a.m.

Allen, winner of 13 PBA titles, and Koivuniemi, who won 14 times on tour, were elected by a panel of veteran bowling writers, industry leaders and PBA Hall of Famers.

Johnson got into bowling journalism at age 15.

He’s served as editor of four national bowling magazines and won 75 national writing awards.

Doty, general manager of Royal Pin Leisure Centers in Indianapolis since 1966, has served as host for every major championship conducted by the PBA at least once over the past two-plus decades.

GOOD SPORT: Veteran PBA50 Tour member Chris Keane was selected as the 2018 PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award winner in voting by his fellow competitors, becoming the second two-time winner of the award. Keane won this award in 2014 as well.

He went full time on the PBA50 Tour after selling his carwash and auto repair business.

The award is named in honor of the PBA legend who won 30 PBA Tour and six PBA50 Tour titles during his Hall of Fame career.

David Walsh covers bowling for The Herald-Dispatch. He can be reached at bigdog-down@gmail.com.

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