John Jowdy



Memorial services set for PBA Hall of Famer John Jowdy

ImageMemorial services have been set for PBA Hall of Famer John Jowdy (pictured), who passed away at age 93 on Aug. 1. A mass will be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 17, at San Fransesco Di Paola Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas. John is survived by his wife Brenda and his children John Jowdy Jr., Mary Ann Yamin, Steve Harris, Lori Millard and Andrew Harris; grandchildren Gina, Lisa, Stephen, Tera, Kelly, Ryan, Austin, Landon, Rivers and Robby and great grandchildren Pia, Addy, Hudson, Nicole and Ali.

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BWAA past president and life member John Jowdy passes away

PBA Hall of Famer and coaching pioneer was 93; led Bowling Writers Association of America in 1996

ImageProfessional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer and pioneer bowling coach John Jowdy (pictured) of El Cajon, Calif., died today of natural causes. He was 93. Jowdy was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1988 primarily for his coaching contributions but was also a prolific bowling writer and bowling industry advocate. He was president of the Bowling Writers Association of America in 1996 and was later voted a Life Member of the organization. Most recently he was inducted into the Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010.



The Fantastic Plastic Ball by John Jowdy

It's time to correct misconceptions about the nature of the equipment we roll down the lanes

BWAAJohnJowdy_small.jpgHow often have you heard bowlers, professionals and amateurs alike, refer to their equipment as "plastic" or "resin"? In point of fact, these are misrepresented and distorted words used to describe bowling balls. Manufacturers classify bowling balls as polyester or urethane. Somewhere, somehow, outside the manufacturing industry, "resin" and "plastic" surfaced as the proper lingo. Interestingly, the usage of "plastic" is not only misused by bowlers, but is never corrected by those who should know better, including me.



Storm Golden Ladies Classic celebrates its 20th anniversary By John Jowdy

BWAAJohnJowdy_small.jpg The Storm Golden Ladies Classic tournament will be held at the Orleans Hotel-Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas from March 8-10. The tournament is open to all women over the age of fifty. The Storm Golden Ladies Tournament isn't just an ordinary bowling tournament. This year, almost 80 bowlers entered the event and, although it is a highly competitive event, it is a social event. It is more like a tea party, and a chance for old friends to gather and enjoy themselves in friendly competition.



Bob Summerville - an unforgettable character By John Jowdy

BWAAJohnJowdy_small.jpg The prestige of Bowling This Month bowling publication has been nothing short of miraculous, particularly the impact it has had on fervent bowlers. With all due respect to other bowling publications, BTM has become the Bible among pro shop operators and bowlers who take the game seriously. It is the realization of a dream come true for its founder, Bob Summerville, the most passionate bowler-person I have ever met.



Competitive bowlers are serious bowlers; Recreational bowlers bowl for fun By John Jowdy

BWAAJohnJowdy_small.jpgThere are several ways to play the sport of bowling. Each has its own niche in the game. The great thing about bowling is it can be played at any level; as a recreational activity or as a competitive sport. For the recreational bowler, the game provides endless social and competitive opportunities in open or league play. Competitive bowlers are classified as the elite type and engage in classic leagues, in upper classifications of city, state, and national tournaments, plus megabucks and side tournaments.



The most impressive bowler I have ever known? BILL LILLARD!

By John Jowdy

1960sBillLillard_small.jpg 2008USBCOCBillLillard_small.jpg In over 65 years in the bowling game, Bill Lillard (left in the 1969s, right today) stands out to me as the most impressive bowler I have seen.  Sounds pretty strange coming from someone who has watched such performers as Don Carter, Dick and Pete Weber, Earl Anthony, Don Johnson, Buddy Bomar, Carmen Salvino, Marshall Holman, Mike Aulby, Mark Roth, Norm Duke, Walter Ray Williams and almost every superstar since the 40's…that is, with the exception of Junie McMahon.



USBC's New Site

A Salute to One of Our Own - Joe Lyou

John Jowdy.jpg In one of the most historic decisions in bowling history, the Board of Directors of the United States Bowling Congress announced its intentions to relocate the organization's headquarters to Arlington, Texas, where it will reside with the Bowling Proprietors Association of America. This dramatic move was the topic of my last column. Writing bowling columns have become second nature to me…. except for this one. Tuesday, March 22, I was informed that my great friend and adopted brother, Joe Lyou, passed away in his sleep in Santa Paula, Ca.



Stumbling Block By John Jowdy

John Jowdy.jpg The BPAA, under the dynamic leadership of John Berglund, has done a remarkable job of bringing together the major integers of the bowling industry. They have succeeded in luring the Bowling Writers Association of America to Bowl Expo and have annexed IBPSIA. The USBC and the BPAA announced in November 2007 that their Board of Directors had approved a study of how much their operations should be integrated, which included a possible relocation of the organization's headquarters to a site near BPAA in Arlington, Texas.



The establishment of recognition for bowling coaches/instructors may lead to the creation of a hall of fame By John Jowdy

John Jowdy.jpg In my opinion, the new attention being paid to bowling coaches is one of the most deserving endeavors for the game. After all, the development of coaches/instructors has become one of the most significant undertakings in the bowling industry for the past 10 years. How better can the industry display appreciation for individuals like veteran coaches Dick Ritger, Bill Bunetta, Tom Kouros, Fred Borden, Bill Taylor, Ron Hoppe, and others who have paved the way for spreading the bowling gospel all over the world?



Women's US Open By John Jowdy

John Jowdy.jpg I was "there", yet I wasn't there. I am referring to the sensational USBC Women's US Open at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno; held on Sunday, October 14, 2007. Perhaps I should explain my dilemma. My wife Brenda and I flew to Reno planning to attend the Saturday practice session and the Press Conference afterward. Of course, the main attraction was the Sunday televised finals or the most prestigious of all women's tournaments, the US Open.



Better Bowlers By John Jowdy

John Jowdy.jpg Although bowling has experienced a gradual decline for the past 15 years, a bright future looms over the horizon. There is bad news and good news. First, let's face the bad news. Membership in the ABC/WIBC/ (and now the USBC) tapered off at an alarming rate. Phony high scores made a mockery of the game. 300 games, 800 series and averages ranging from 220 to 250 became routine. 900 series were being recorded regularly. Worse though, the ABC sanctioned these scores by mere average bowlers, yet refused to accept a 900 series by Glenn Allison, a Hall of Fame bowler.



About Tom Clark, USBC Chief Officer of Marketing and Communications By John Jowdy

John Jowdy.jpg USBCTomClark_small.jpg As a bowling writer, I must laud the USBC head honchos who were savvy enough to recognize the outstanding communications personnel at USBC headquarters. One of the most strategic moves by the USBC was the addition of Tom Clark (pictured right), a former sports reporter for USA Today. Clark, who has an unbelievable passion for bowling, occupies the role of USBC Chief Officer of Marketing and Communications.



This is a mystery to me…..By John Jowdy

John Jowdy.jpg One of the great mysteries of the bowling industry is the oversight of our industry leaders to take advantage of the dedicated and grassroots members of our own community. A perfect example of this is the promotional genius and expertise of Joan Romeo. Joan has been involved with amateur and professional bowling for thirty years or so; beginning around the time her daughters Robin and Tori began their professional bowling careers. Anyone that knows her will agree that she is one of most tireless, diligent, and creative individuals in the sport.



2007 USBC Queens television show: One of the best bowling shows ever By John Jowdy

John Jowdy.jpg In my opinion, the recent ESPN presentation of the 2007 USBC Queens television show was one of the best bowling shows ever. The production crew is deserving of an ESPY award. They more than made up for the so-so production of the Ladies Challenge in Las Vegas. From a personal standpoint, it wasn't the most exciting or breathtaking bowling event I've ever witnessed. However, the timing and format were innovative and stimulating.



BPAA's Berglund well on his way to establishing his own reputation

By John Jowdy

2006BPAAJohnBerglund_small.jpg In a poll conducted by International Bowlers Journal, John Berglund (pictured), Executive Director of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America, was chosen as the most influential individual in bowling. Berglund's choice was not surprising to me. I was among the select group to cast a vote. In my judgment, the choice of the personable BPAA honcho was a no-brainer. Who is John Berglund? How did they find him? And what has he brought to the BPAA? John Jowdy gives the answers.



Bowling….Life after death By John Jowdy

John Jowdy.jpg Up until two years ago, the only news regarding the bowling industry had been of the "Gloom and Doom" variety. Bowling ball sales began to dwindle; the Ladies Pro Tour collapsed; the PBA was struggling to keep afloat; bowling centers were closing at an alarming rate, etc.. BUT, for the past two years, the bowling industry has taken a miraculous turn for the better and the future looks much brighter. What happened to reverse this trend?



"He's a Little Bit Country" By Joe Lyou (Tenpin Slants)

2007TimMyers_small.jpg At one time, Tim and Vickie Myers were avid—and excellent—bowlers. But that was more than 30 years ago. Tim was good enough to have rolled five 300 games and an 838 series, which was pretty hard to do in those days. Tim and Vickie became close friends with Joan Romeo and her late husband, Raymond. Joan has her own successful business, The Marketing Team, in Van Nuys. Joan tells a very interesting story about Tim.



John Jowdy is mystified and confounded by the non-selection of Del Ballard to the USBC Hall of Fame

John Jowdy.jpg The greatest honor than can be bestowed on any bowler is induction into a Hall of Fame. How can a bowling Hall of Fame be best described? A Hall of Fame is like a Pulitzer Prize; the ultimate recognition of an individual's contribution. A Hall of Fame is a sanctuary dedicated to specialists in their chosen professions. Our country doesn't want for bowling Halls of Fame. There are city, state, and county Halls of Fame, all honoring individuals who have contributed, in one way or another, to better the game.



'Objections to the use of sandpaper' by John Jowdy

John Jowdy.jpg In one of his recent articles, Dick Evans took a beating from readers when he expressed his belief that the surface of any ball, IN ANY SPORT, should not be altered under any circumstance, including SANDING. Dick Evans is one of, if not, the most prolific bowling writers in the history of the game. He has garnered more writing awards than anyone ever and continues to cover the sport on a greater scale than any single individual in the game. I feel compelled to come to his defense in responding to some of his critics.

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