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BOOM Apparel Intercollegiate Club Championships to debut in 2014

2011USBCCollegiateLogo_small.jpg The 2013-14 USBC Collegiate season will see the debut of a new national championship event as the , rounding out four consecutive weeks of post season bowling. The BOOM Apparel Intercollegiate Club Championships will be held April 5th and 6th, 2014 at All-Star Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind. Currently four national championships are contested at the college level each year. The addition of the BOOM Apparel Intercollegiate Club Championships will give teams the opportunity to compete in a fifth event.

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QubicaAMF announces the company is no longer for sale

With new ownership under Bowlmor AMF, and the original Qubica shareholders, QubicaAMF is poised to continue to focus on product innovation and future growth

20130731QubicaAMFLogo_small.jpgQubicaAMF Worldwide, SarL ("QubicaAMF") has announced that its potential purchase by Bowltech International B.V. ("Bowltech"), first announced in 2012, is no longer being pursued. QubicaAMF has two sets of shareholders, each holding 50% ownership in the company, the former shareholders of Qubica Worldwide and Bowlmor AMF. 

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Jeff Carter joins Boom Apparel pro staff

2013BoomApparelStaffJeffCarter_small.jpgBOOM Apparel, the Atlanta, Ga. manufacturer of Dye Sublimation & embroidery products, has announced and welcomed Jeff Carter (pictured) to its Pro Staff. Carter is a member of the Storm Bowling Marketing Staff as a Coaching Consultant, responsible for developing Storm's coaching program initiatives. "We are very excited to have Jeff join our team. Working together we plan to take Boom Apparel to the next level" said Derek Johnson, CEO of BOOM Apparel.

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MOTIV authorizes Twin Sports as its exclusive distributor for South Korea

2013MotivLogo_small.jpgMOTIV Bowling has signed an agreement with Twin Sports in Seoul, South Korea, and has authorized the company as its exclusive distributor for the East Asian country. The President of Twin Sports, Jong-Woo Park, has stated that Twin Sports is very pleased to be the distributor of MOTIV equipment and looks forward to growing the business with a top quality line of high performance bowling balls. MOTIV™ brand bowling balls are manufactured in the USA.

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Kegel unveils new FLEX and FLEX Walker Lane Machines at International Bowl Expo

2013KegelFLEXLaneMachine_small.jpg Kegel announced the release of their new FLEX and FLEX Walker Lane Machines, which were unveiled Wednesday, June 26, at the 2013 International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas, Nev. The FLEX features a new DUO conditioning system which combines Kegel's proven Sanction® Technology with dual conditioner cartridges. This innovative design makes FLEX the first lane machine to give the proprietor the benefit of easily using more than one lane conditioner in his or her bowling center.

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53rd Flowers for the Living Award goes to John Sommer

2013FlowersAwardJohnSommer_small.jpg The 2013 winner of the Sam Levine Flowers for the Living Award, funded by The Bowling Foundation, is John R. Sommer (pictured) of Rockford, Illinois. The bowling proprietor has built a career in the bowling business as owner of several centers that has put him at the top of the industry as a member of the elite BPAA Hall of Fame. One of Sommer's proudest achievements was the operation of a PWBA Tour for 22 years from 1981-2003, which paid out more than $30 million in prize money. 



Loudmouth to sponsor Sweden's Sandra Andersson in 2013-2014 season

Professional bowler will be competing on tour in Loudmouth apparel for the 2013-2014 season

2013LoudmouthGolfSandraAndersson_small.jpg 2013LoudmouthGolfLogo_small.jpg Loudmouth Golf, the leader in bold and bright colored sports and lifestyle apparel, has announced that Swedish tenpin bowler Sandra Andersson (l.) will be wearing their clothing whilst competing in the 2013-2014 season. "We are thrilled to welcome Sandra to the Loudmouth team," says Loudmouth Executive Vice President, Alan Wallace. "Sandra's exceptional talent and personality makes her the perfect fit for our brand."

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Matchroom Sport signs new deal with Sky Sports

Five-year agreement covers ten different events

2013MatchroomSportLogo_small.jpg Matchroom Sport, a sport event promotions company led by the founder and owner English entrepreneur Barry Hearn and his son Eddie, has announced a new five-year agreement with Sky Sports to bring a variety of outstanding events to one of the world's premier sports channel, including one tenpin bowling event. Commencing this year, the deal encompasses ten events in total producing nearly 200 hours of high quality programming per year up to the end of 2017.

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QubicaAMF expands its strategic alliance with Bowltech in Germany

2011QubicaAMFLogo_small.jpgBowltechLogo_small.jpgQubicaAMF Worldwide has announced that it has extended its Strategic Alliance with Bowltech in Europe. Effective April 1, Bowltech will serve as QubicaAMF's exclusive, full line distributor in Germany, Austria and the German speaking regions of Switzerland, in addition to Denmark, Sweden, the Benelux.

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Bowling Vision and Embassy Services join forces

2013BVEmbassyLogo_small.jpg The owners of Bowling Vision Ltd, David Trend & Graham Waller together with the owners of Embassy Services, Richard & Stuart Munnings have announced that the companies joined forces. "The bowling industry is in a period of consolidation. By getting together we can best meet the future needs of our customers and expand our operations", said Graham Waller, Director of Bowling Vision, the exclusive Brunswick Distributor for the UK, Ireland & Malta.

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Brunswick signs PBA Hall of Famer Wayne Webb to Senior Pro Staff

2013BrunswickSeniorProStaffWayneWebb_small.jpgBrunswick Bowling has announced that Wayne Webb (pictured) is the newest professional bowler to join its Pro Staff. Webb is ranked number 18 by the PBA on its 2008 list of "50 Greatest Players of the Last 50 Years." Webb, a right-hander, who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1993, has captured 20 career PBA titles, including the Brunswick Memorial World Open in 1978 and the Tournament of Champions in 1980, both of which he is extremely proud to have won. He is also one of the PBA's first 10 career millionaires.

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Brunswick partners with O'Learys, one of Europe's leading sports bar and restaurant chain

2013OLearysLogo_small.jpgO'Learys, an international sports-themed food, beverage and bowling entertainment franchise, has tapped Brunswick Bowling as its bowling equipment provider. The new partnership was signed between the Stockholm, Sweden-based franchise and Brunswick on March 3 in Muskegon, Mich. Brunswick will provide all bowling equipment for O'Learys franchises that offer bowling as an entertainment option, which represents one of the company's several business models.

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Kingpin Club by Brunswick opens its doors at National Bowling Stadium

Brunswick partners with NBS to build new ten-lane venue in Reno

20130221KingpinClubbyBrunswickOpening_small.jpg A brand new, world-class boutique bowling lounge is now open at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Nevada State legislators, downtown Reno casino owners, the city of Reno and Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority. The Kingpin Club by Brunswick, which officially opened its doors on Feb. 21, is a hip, 10-lane venue located on the first floor of the National Bowling Stadium (NBS) in Reno.



Bowling after dark in Manchester (UK) city center

Dog Bowl to open doors Tuesday, April 2. 2013

2013DogBowlManchester2_small.jpg Bowling is set to become Manchester's favorite pastime as Dog Bowl is set to launch on Tuesday, April 2. 2013. Two teams, four bowlers, played a game of 'urban bowling' after dark around the city streets to support the launch of a new five-laner - 10 bowls in 20 locations around Manchester city center. They started in Castlefield and worked their way around the city in a large loop and Black Dog TV made a film of it.

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Brunswick signs PBA champion Jason Sterner to Pro Staff

2013BrunswickJasonSterner_small.jpg Brunswick Bowling announced today that Jason Sterner (pictured left) is the newest professional bowler to join its Pro Staff. Sterner, of Fayetteville, Ga., is a right-handed bowler and bowled on Brunswick's regional staff for several years. He joins Brunswick Pro Staff members Parker Bohn III, Tom Hess, Chris Loschetter, Sean Rash, Tom Smallwood, and Walter Ray Williams Jr.

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Brunswick Bowling expands distributorship in mainland China

20130213DinghongBrunswicksigning_small.jpg Brunswick Bowling announced today that it has partnered with Dinghong Bowling to expand its coverage in China. Dinghong will service the mainland China market for Brunswick as a distributor of capital equipment to modernize or build new bowling centers, as well as for after-market (parts & supplies) and consumer goods (bowling balls, bags, shoes). Dinghong Bowling was founded in 1996 when bowling was first introduced in China.

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The Bowling Foundation names 2013 grant recipients

BowlingFoundationLogo_small.jpg As part of its continuing effort to help enhance the lives of others through the sport of bowling, The Bowling Foundation announced it has awarded six grants in the form of mobile bowling equipment to schools and organizations across the United States. The Mobile Bowling Equipment program annually helps schools, parks and recreation departments, youth groups, disabled and disadvantage service groups and other organizations teach students the lifelong sport of bowling.



Letter from John Davis - The Cornerstone Vol. 1 - Summer 1998

Republished courtesy of Kegel's "The Inside Line" (Jan. 30, 2013)

2013JohnDavisJD_small.jpg In the Summer of 1998, the late John Davis along with a group of esteemed lanes people, formed The Foundation. Within that very first edition of The Foundation's newsletter was a letter written by John Davis. For those that have read the letter before, we thought you might like to read it again. For those that have never read it, it will give you some insight into John's passion for the game of bowling and what motivated him to support the game the way he did.

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Bowling world mourns loss of lane maintenance pioneer John Davis

Members of the bowling community pay their respects to the industry icon, visionary, historian and one of the game's greatest sponsors

2013JohnDavisCelebrationofLife_small.jpg With the news of Kegel founder and CEO John Davis' death spreading quickly through the bowling community, people all across the sport shared memories of the legendary lane maintenance guru and offered their condolences. John Davis, the founder of the Kegel Company, was an industry icon, a visionary and pioneer in the creation of bowling products and services that promote fair competition on a consistent playing field. He passed away on Friday morning January 25. He was 64.

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DV8 adds Ryan Ciminelli and Bob Learn Jr. to pro staff

201213PBARyanCiminelli_small.jpg2012PBASBobLearn_small.jpgDV8 has announced that Ryan "Hitman" Ciminelli and Bob "Mr. 300" Learn Jr. have joined its Pro Staff. Ciminelli (l.) captured his first career PBA national title in 2011 when he won the One-a-Day Earl Anthony Memorial. He finished the 2011-12 season ranked tenth on the PBA Tour. Learn (r.) serves as the Regional Sales Manager for Turbo 2-N-1 Grips, and he bowls on the PBA50 Tour. He has one senior title and five PBA tour titles to his credit.

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