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Panama's Eric Lanuza dies at 57

Eric Lanuza.jpgThe Panamanian bowling community mourns the loss of Eric Eduardo Lanuza. The long-time national team member, coach and WTBA Technical Delegate died July 2 at the age of 57. Eric was three-time National Champion and a member of Panama's national team for 20 consecutive years (1982-2001). After retiring from the national team, Eric attended coaching courses from renowned bowling coaches Fred Borden and Palmer Fallgreen and became USBC Bronze coach, and then USBC Silver coach.

United States


Mark Davis receives John Davis Award for 2014

2014JohnDavisAwardMarkDavis_small.jpg Mark Davis (pictured with Len Nicholson, left), younger brother of the late John Davis, founder of the Kegel Company, has been named the 2014 recipient of the John Davis Award. The surprise presentation was made at International Bowl Expo in Orlando, Fla. The award is presented annually to a deserving person who is actively involved in trying to advance the sport of bowling. A perpetual plaque, bearing each recipient's name, is on permanent display at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla.



David Simard, Isabelle Rioux win Canadian Team Trials titles

2014CANTTMenDavidSimardIsabelleRioux_small.jpgDavid Simard and Isabelle Rioux (l-r), both from Quebec overcame a 30-game format to claim the titles at the 2014 Canadian Team Trials. Canada's most prestigious tournament came to an end Monday, May 19, 2014 at Planet Bowl, venue for Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games bowling competition. Simard captured his third straight national title. Rioux celebrated national champion title number two. The top 6 athletes in both divisions earned their spots on 2015 Team Canada.

United States


Country stars help raise more than $50,000 for Folds of Honor Foundation

Second Annual Patriot Bowling Cup part of the Week Vegas Goes Country®, Academy of Country Music Awards week in Las Vegas

2014PatriotBowlingCupLeeBrice_small.jpgThe Folds of Honor Foundation combined country music and charity recently in Las Vegas, with the success of the Second Annual Patriot Bowling Cup shows a held during the Week Vegas Goes Country® – the weekend leading up to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas – which raised more than $50,000. Country music stars (pictured is Lee Brice) along with PBA star Tommy Jones participated alongside Folds of Honor scholarship recipients.



Caroline Lagrange, Dan MacLelland named Canadian Bowler of the Year

2013BWCCarolineLagrange2_small.jpg2013WGDanMacLelland_small.jpg Caroline Lagrange and Dan MacLelland, both long-time members of the adult national teams programs, have been named female and male Canadian Bowler of the Year by the Canadian Tenpin Federation (CTF). Lagrange has been named female Bowler of the Year eight different years. Youth Bowler of the Year honors went to Brittany Crawford (Girls) and Mitch Hupe (Boys), both from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

United States


Alex Aguiar wins $20,000 top prize in 2014 True Amateur Tournaments Nationals

German-Swiss Tanya Cuva becomes first 1st TAT Ladies champion; Robert Lewis catures inaugural Seniors title; 18-year-old David Krol wins TAT Roto Grip Challenge

2014TATNationalsAlexAguiar_small.jpg Alex Aguiar from Dartmouth, Mass., (center) won the title and the $20,000 top prize in the 2014 True Amateur Tournaments Nationals at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Aguiar, who came from the 35 & Under Division, was throwing the ball incredible all the way through the finals averaging 273 for five games. Mexican Angel Hernandez just couldn't keep pace with Aguiar in the final match coming up 15 pins short to land in second place for $10,000.



Andres Gomez, Rocio Restrepo conclude National Championships with victory in Masters

Gomez sweeps all gold medals in the men's division; Restrepo wins three out of six titles

2013COLNCAndresGomezRocioRestrepo_small.jpgLong-time Colombian national team members Andres Gomez and Rocio Restrepo (l-r) of Bogotá emerged as the Masters champions to conclude the 2013 Colombian National Championships at Alberto Galino Sport Unit Bowling Coliseum in Cali. The Championships drew 89 players from eleven departments, who bowled for medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Teams, All-Events and Masters. Gomez swept all gold medals in the men's division, while Restrepo won three out of six titles.



2014 Team Canada roster for international events finalized

Canadian Tenpin Federation High Performance division selects two men and two women to complete the 2014 National Team

CTFLogo2_small.jpgThe Canadian Tenpin Federation High Performance division has made the choices of the two men and women who will complete the rosters of Team Canada for 2014. The top six men and six women from the Canadian National Championships will be joined by Danielle Lemoine of Winnipeg, MB, Miranda Panas of St. Catharines, ON, Francois Lavoie from Quebec City, QC, and Dan MacLelland of Montreal, QC. Tyrel Rose of Montreal, QC, is men's Head Coach while Mike Boroskae of Winnipeg, MB, will coach the women.



Canadian Tenpin Federation creates Youth Scholarship Program

CTFLogo2_small.jpgThe Canadian Tenpin Federation Youth Committee has announced the creation of a CTF Scholarship Program. With approval coming from the National Board of Directors and the CTF Executive, the scholarship program is the first of its kind for the Canadian Tenpin Federation. In the first year, the CTF Scholarship Program is pleased to provide two deserving CTF Youth bowlers - one male and one female - with a $1,000 scholarship each.



Pan American Bowling Confederation elects new Executive Committee for 2013-2017

Martin Faba Castro of Costa Rica becomes the new PABCON President

2013PABCONPresidentsMartinFabaCastroJoseGuandique_small.jpgThe Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) has elected a new Executive Committee on October 19 during the Ordinary Congress in San José, Costa Rica. Martin Faba Castro (l.) of Costa Rica has been unanimously elected as the new PABCON president by the delegates from 17 countries. Martin Faba Castro replaces Jose Guandique (r.) of El Salvador, who retires after eight years as president of the WTBA American Zone. Guandique was unanimously appointed PABCON Honorary Life President.

Costa Rica


Champions crowned in 35th Torneo Internacional de LA RAZA

Bowling Dent and Bol Cariari in San José, Costa Rica (October 5-12, 2013)

2012LaRazaLogo_small.jpg392 bowlers, 88 women and 304 men (176 in the regular open division and 128 seniors), from 14 countries participated in the 35th Torneo Internacional de LA RAZA at Bowling Dent and Bol Cariari in San José, Costa Rica, from October 5-12, 2013. Men and senior men bowled in four-player event (12 games), Doubles (4 games) and Singles (4 games). Women competed in Doubles (12 games) and Singles (8 games). All divisions awarded titles in All-Events and concluded with an "Exhibition Stepladder" final.

United States


BVL honored with 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits

Award is based on positive online reviews

2011BVLlogo_small.jpg 2013TopRatedNonprofitAwardsbadge_small.jpgThe Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) has announced that it has been honored with a prestigious 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that BVL received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients.



Canadian coaches Boroskae, Rose to receive 2013 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award

CTFLogo2_small.jpgThe Canadian Tenpin Federation has announced that Team Canada coaches Michael Boroskae and Tyrel Rose were selected as recipients of the 2013 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award for their athletes' medal-winning performances this year. This year's awards ceremonies are being held at Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta on November 8, 2013 and will be attended by sport leaders and coaches from across the country.



Ballards stand up to cancer at charity event By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of (Sept. 19, 2013)

2013BallardsvsTheBigC_small.jpg Together they form one of the most famous couples on the bowling lanes. But for Del Ballard and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (pictured), that pales to what they are doing off them. The Keller, Texas, twosome joined forces with family, friends and the North Texas business community Sept. 14 for a highly-successful second edition of their Ballards vs. The Big "C" charity event at AMF Euless. Thanks to participation by nearly 200 people on 48 teams the event raised more than $41,000.



Roberta Rodrigues, Celso Azevedo win XXII QubicaAMF Brazil Cup

Qualify for 49th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia

2013BWCBRAQCelsoAzevedoRobertaRodrigues_small.jpg Roberta Rodrigues and Celso Azevedo (l-r) won the women's and men's division of XXII QubicaAMF Brazil Cup August 25 at Dragon Bowling Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and will represent their country in the 49th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Nov. 15-24, 2013 at Sibiryak Bowling Center in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia.. In the men's title match between Squad A and B leaders, Azevedo defeated Pedro Lima, 202-188, while Rodrigues topped Elisa Kim, 224-187, to capture the women's stepladder final.

United States


Nathan Bohr wins more than $10,000 in 10th New Mexico Open


The 10th New Mexico Open held last week at Tenpins & More was a record-breaker in many ways, including awarding the winner, Nathan Bohr (pictured), his biggest first place check ever of $10,120. Bohr of Wichita, Kansas said as much after he beat top seed, Geoffrey Young of Denton, Texas, 188-183, in a tense final that produced only eight strikes, ten spares and three open frames (splits). The New Mexico Open drew 213 entries and the main event prize-fund was $ 50,220.

United States


USA takes 25 out 30 titles as Tournament of the Americas concludes

2013ToATeamUSA_small.jpgThe United States (pictured) captured four of the five team titles as competition in the 51st Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas in Sunrise, Fla., concluded Saturday. The titles in the team competition completed a highly successful week for the United States team as it won 25 of a possible 30 titles at Strikers Lanes and had the top performer in each of the 10 divisions in All-Events. The ToA is the oldest annual international tournament in the American Zone.

United States


Oklahoma, North Carolina teams top 2013 QubicaAMF International Family Tournament


Doug and Faith Kenney from Oklahoma beat Cassandra Rooke and Roberta Bench of Oregon, 231-227 to take home top honors in the Parent/Youth division of the International Family Tournament in Columbus, Ohio. In the Parent/Teen division, Abby Brown and Kimberly Hefner of North Carolina defeated Jared and Jeff Johnson from Illinois, 257-192, to come out on top. Both first-place teams each won $5,000 scholarships to go towards their college education.

United States


Travel and Leisure Magazine names America's Coolest Bowling Alleys

TravelLeisureMagazineJuly2013_small.jpg More than 70 million Americans bowled last year, according to the BPAA. "Live music, gourmet food, and retro-chic style make bowling cool again for hipsters and kids alike", says the Travel and Leisure Magazine and listed "America’s coolest bowling alleys" in its July 2013 issue. "Bowling has become trendy, thanks in part to pioneering chains like Bowlmor Lanes, Lucky Strike, and Splitsville that have kept the nostalgia alive by combining retro-chic details with hip music, flashy lights, and gourmet food and cocktails," author Margie Goldsmith writes.

El Salvador


José Guandique re-elected President of the Salvadoran Bowling Federation

2013PABCOnPresidentJoseGuandique_small.jpg Pan American Bowling Confederation president José Guandique of El Salvador (pictured right) has been re-elected president of the Federacion Salvadoreña De Bowling (FESABOWL) during the Salvadoran Bowling Federation's Annual General Assembly. Guandique, who unanimously re-elected by the delegates, is starting a new four-year terms on the FESABOWL Board of Directors. The board will concentrate its efforts on the completion of the construction of a new federation-owned training facility.

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