USBC Bowling News Overview



Bowlmor AMF becomes title sponsor for 2015 Bowling's U.S. Opens

Partnership includes television production, hosting for women and men

2015USOpenLogo_small.jpg 2015WUSOLogo_small.jpg Bowlmor AMF, the largest operator of bowling centers in the world, has made a commitment to host and provide television sponsorship for Bowling's U.S. Open and Women's U.S Open in 2015. The tournaments will be conducted in AMF and Brunswick centers with more than $250,000 in funding for broadcast television production. Both events will feature a top prize of $50,000 and will be operated by USBC.

USBC Youth


Under 12 and Under 15 youth teams earn titles in USA BOWLING regional events

2014USABowlingRegionalTournamentLogo_small.jpg More than 550 youth bowlers took part in eight USA Bowling regional tournaments that were held throughout the country this fall with 16 teams – one Under 12 team and one Under 15 team at each regional – claiming titles. USA Bowling is a team-based youth program offered through the International Bowling Campus. The program launched the USA Bowling Regional tournaments last year as the first step in the development of a premier event for youth team competition.



All American Family Tournament adds $50,000 in scholarships

2014AllAmericanFamilyTournamentLogo_small.jpg The All American Family Tournament will have $50,000 in guaranteed scholarships added when the national championships are held in the Chicago area next summer. The premier national event to showcase the more recreational side of the game, the All American Family Tournament was developed through International Bowling Campus Youth Development and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) so families could compete together on the lanes.



USBC concludes re-evaluation of Glenn Allison 900 series

2011USBCOCGlennAllison60years_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) recently concluded a re-evaluation of Glenn Allison's (pictured left) 900 series award application from 1982. Allison received national attention for rolling a perfect series at La Habra Bowl in La Habra, California, on July 1, 1982. USBC's predecessor organization, the American Bowling Congress (ABC), after inspection of the lanes, did not approve the 900 series because of non-complying lane condition rules at that time.



USBC announces High Average, Series Awards for 2013-14

2014USBCSportBowlingLogo_small.jpgFormer Team USA member Bryanna Caldwell of Red Rock, Arizona, and John Brockland of St. Charles, Missouri, have earned USBC Sport Bowling National High Average Awards for the 2013-2014 season. Caldwell, 28, claimed the women's title by finishing the PBA Experience Summer league at Golden Pin Lanes with a 215 average for 50 games. Brockland, 50, averaged 233 for 64 games during the STL Sport League Winter league at Brunswick Zone Chesterfield to claim the men's award.



Yannaras, Lantto, Rahn elected to 2015 USBC Hall of Fame class


The USBC Hall of Fame will induct three new members in 2015 - all in the Outstanding USBC Performance category. Four-time USBC Open Championships titlist Gus Yannaras of Waukesha, Wisconsin, and two-time champion Sam Lantto of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, will join some of their teammates in the USBC Hall of Fame, while the late Fritzie Rahn (center) of Chicago, an eight-time winner at the USBC Women's Championships, was elected posthumously.

USBC Youth


Junior Gold Championships sites swapped for 2016, 2017

2013USBCYouthLogo_small.jpgThe Junior Gold Championships will move to Indianapolis in 2016 and the 2017 tournament will be held in Cleveland. Sites for the Junior Gold Championships previously were announced but with Cleveland playing host to a major national convention in the summer of 2016, concerns were raised about the availability and cost of hotel rooms for Junior Gold competitors. Those concerns necessitated swapping the Junior Gold Championships host city sites for 2016 and 2017.



USBC, Kegel extend partnership through 2016

2013USBCLogo_small.jpg2011KegelLogo_small.jpgSince 2006, the United States Bowling Congress and Kegel have worked hand in hand to provide fair and consistent lane conditions at USBC championship events. The companies recently agreed to extend their partnership to make Kegel the official lane maintenance provider for all USBC tournaments through December 2016.

United States


PWBA accepting applications for host centers, unveils logo

2014PWBALogo_small.jpg The Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA), which will re-launch next summer, now is accepting applications from bowling centers interested in serving as a host for a PWBA tournament. More than a decade after holding its last event, the PWBA Tour will re-launch in mid-summer of 2015 with a nine-event tour and a new logo. The PWBA has a three-year funding commitment from USBC and BPAA to support operations and provide guaranteed prize funds for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons.



Jim Knoblauch wins 2014 ITRC Super Senior Classic


Jim Knoblauch (pictured) of Waukesha, Wisconsin, made a key ball change that ultimately helped him win the 2014 International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic with a 224-213 win against defending champion Kerry Painter of Henderson, Nevada. Knoblauch earned $3,000 for the victory Friday. The Super Senior Classic is open to all USBC members age 60 and older, and every round of the 2014 event was broadcast live on's BowlTV.

United States


Team USA's Chris Barnes, Brittni Hamilton head to milestone World Cup

2014PBAWSOBChrisBarnes_small.jpg 2014USBCQBrittniHamilton_small.jpg The QubicaAMF World Cup will celebrate a historic milestone when the 50th edition of the event takes place in Wroclaw, Poland, next week. Chris Barnes (l.) of Double Oak, Texas, and Brittni Hamilton (r.) of Wood Ridge, New Jersey, will represent Team USA at the event, which begins Tuesday with the first round of qualifying. The World Cup is considered one of the sport's most prestigious singles titles and will draw bowlers from 88 countries.



South Point Hotel and Casino opens doors to $35 million South Point Bowling Plaza

State-of-the-Art United States Bowling Congress Tournament Facility

20130501SouthPointArena2_small.jpgSouth Point Hotel and Casino's new $35 million bowling tournament facility, South Point Bowling Plaza, rolls into Las Vegas eight months early with a full schedule of tournament events beginning on Saturday, Nov. 1. After signing a 12-year deal with United States Bowling Congress (USBC), Las Vegas Events (LVE) and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) in April 2013, South Point Bowling Plaza has scheduled 122 days of tournament operations in 2015.



Kerry Painter looking to repeat at ITRC Super Senior Classic


Kerry Painter (pictured) of Henderson, Nevada, won the inaugural International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic last year, and he'll be back at the ITRC this week looking to retain the crown. The 2014 event gets underway Wednesday as the 61-year-old right-hander and a field of more than 30 of the top United States Bowling Congress members age 60 and older visit the home of Team USA to battle for an estimated top prize of $4,000. Every round of the event will be broadcast live on's BowlTV.

United States


Team USA squad for Men's World Championships selected

2014MWCLogo_small.jpg Team USA will send six of the best bowlers in the world to represent the United States at the 2014 Men's World Championships December 4-15 at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in December. Chris Barnes, Mike Fagan, Tommy Jones, Marshall Kent, Bill O'Neill and Sean Rash (Montgomery, Illinois) have been selected by the Team USA coaching staff to compete in the event.



Women's Bowling Tour re-launches with three-year funding commitment from USBC and BPAA

PWBA_Logo_1110.jpgThe Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour will re-launch in 2015 with a three-year funding commitment from the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) and Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA). Preliminary plans call for a nine-event tour running from mid-summer through early fall. Events will have a Friday-Sunday format. The initial framework for the 2015 PWBA Tour calls for eight regular-season tour events culminating in a PWBA Tour Championship as the ninth event.

Team USA News


Qualifying for 2015 Pan American Games open to all USBC members

2015PanAmGamesLogo_small.jpgAll United States Bowling Congress members will have a chance to represent the United States at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto in July based on the qualification process recently announced. Two men and two women will represent Team USA at the Pan American Games, an Americas version of the Olympic Games which includes the sports of the Olympic program plus additional sports that currently are not part of the Olympics.

USBC Coaching


New USBC Bowling Academy website offers premium online instruction for bowlers

2014BowlingAcademyLogo_small.jpg Bowlers looking for instruction, lessons and advice to improve their games now can tap into the knowledge of top coaches online through the new USBC Bowling Academy website. The USBC Bowling Academy is an online collection of instructional videos featuring Team USA, USBC-certified Gold coaches and top professionals. Each topic features free and premium content. Bowlers will be able to subscribe to premium content on a monthly or yearly basis.



Former Team USA member Bryanna Caldwell ties USBC series record

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

2014BryannaCaldwell879_small.jpg Former Team USA member Bryanna Caldwell of Tucson, Arizona, threw 35 strikes Tuesday to tie the national record for the highest series by a woman with an 879 set. The achievement is pending approval from the United States Bowling Congress and would earn Caldwell a spot in the record book to Katie Verbil of Wichita, Kansas, who rolled an 879 series in 2012. Caldwell's performance at Tucson's Golden Pin Lanes included games of 300, 279 and 300, all with a new bowling ball.

USBC Collegiate


Sites determined for XBowling Intercollegiate Team and Singles Championships through 2018


The XBowling Intercollegiate Team and Singles Championships will return to familiar sites in 2016 and 2018 and be held in a convention-center setting in 2017 as the host cities have been determined for the premier events of the collegiate bowling season. The 2016 events will take place at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kansas, while the 2017 tournaments will be contested at the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The 2018 events will be held at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska.

USBC Youth


Junior Team USA roster to grow in 2016


The Junior Team USA roster will grow to 12 boys and 12 girls in 2016, with nearly all of the spots on the team being earned based on performance. Junior Team USA, which represents the United States in international youth competition, will be determined at the Junior Gold Championships and the United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials each year. To be eligible for Junior Team USA in 2016, bowlers must be U.S. citizens and be age 20 or younger as of Jan, 1 2016.

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