Bloomington, Ill., Is Closed by Bowlmor AMF

July 31st, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

AMF Circle Lanes in Bloomington, Ill., was closed down by Bowlmor AMF on Sunday. The center was built in 1959 with 32 lanes, and another pair was added in 1983. Nearby Pheasant Lanes is expected to absorb many of Circle Lanes’s league bowlers. Read more here:

Davis Bowling Supply’s Linda Davis Dies

July 24th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Linda Davis is being remembered today as a pioneer in the bowling business, a unique thinker and a long-time supporter of the game. Davis died from an apparent heart attack Thursday night. “I’ve known Linda since she owned Cal Nike (then named Cal Bowling Supply and then Davis Bowling Supply), and also bowled league in […]

Young Burglars Strike New Zealand Center

July 20th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Hastings is the “big city” in the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand’s North Island. Northwest of the city’s core, the suburb of Flaxmere was built to help ease the housing demand in Hastings, and was envisioned as an upper-middle class area. But those plans went awry when developers decided to build smaller dwellings on […]

New Owner for South Carolina Center

July 20th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Greg Perkins has purchased Strikers Family Sportscenter, a 40-lane center in Rock Hill, S.C. The sellers were Dwight Mitchum and Howard Davis. Perkins formerly was a regional manager for Brunswick Recreation Centers. David Driscoll, an associate of Sandy Hansell and Associates Inc., served as the broker in the transaction.

Eldorado to Acquire Neighboring Casinos in Reno

July 16th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Eldorado to Acquire Neighboring Casinos in Reno

The Carano family has been a good friend of the bowling industry for years, helping to make the building of the National Bowling Stadium in Reno a reality. Now, a deal is in place for the Carano-controlled Eldorado Resorts Inc. to acquire full ownership of the two resorts with which its Eldorado Hotel is connected […]

Brunswick to Supply Equipment for New Stadium

June 30th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Brunswick Bowling has signed a deal to supply and install all of the bowling equipment for the 32-lane National Bowling Stadium of Turkmenistan, currently under construction in the capital city of Ashgabat. The stadium is slated to be one of 12 world-class competition venues that will comprise the Ashgabat Olympic Complex, the host site for […]

Dornberger Receives John Davis Award

June 30th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Kevin Dornberger, President of World Bowling, the international governing body of bowling, has been named the 2015 recipient of the John Davis Award. The surprise announcement was made during the Phantom Radio Show at International Bowl Expo. A long-time friend of the late Davis, Dornberger has spent more than 50 years in bowling, including as […]

Update: Dornberger Comments on Bowling Making Tokyo Olympics Short List

June 22nd, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

UPDATE: In a follow-up to the media release issued earlier today (see below), World Bowling President Kevin Dornberger sent a letter to national bowling federations around the world. The letter includes a list of other sports that also have made the short list for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Here is the text of […]

Dream-Bowl Palace to Continue Hosting Brunswick Euro Challenge

June 18th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Brunswick Bowling officials announced this month that the Dream-Bowl Palace will continue to host the annual Brunswick Euro Challenge tournament through 2018. Since its start in 2004, the BEC has established itself as one of the largest bowling events in Europe, attracting a mix of promising amateur players and PBA stars from Europe, Asia and […]

P.A. Is Signed to Storm’s Roto Grip Brand

June 17th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Storm Products has announced the signing of 13-time PBA Tour and two-time major champion Patrick Allen to its Roto Grip brand. Allen’s major victories came in the 2005 Denny’s World Championship and the 2009 H&R Block Tournament of Champions. Allen joined the PBA in 1999, and became a full-time member the following year. He won his […]

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