Ebonite Adds Flanagan,

May 1st, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Not quite two years after joining Storm Products as Director of Marketing, Mike Flanagan is returning to his life-long home of St. Louis to be closer to his family. Concurrently with that move, Flanagan and his have formed a partnership with Ebonite International to help manage the EBI brands’ social presence in the marketplace, […]

IBPSIA Award Recipients for 2015 Revealed

May 1st, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association award recipients for 2015 have been announced. IBPSIA’s awards banquet will be held prior to the association’s 25th Anniversary Bowling Tournament on the evening of June 25, during International Bowl Expo week in Las Vegas. The honorees are: • Bill Bunetta Lighthouse Award — Tom Laskow • Pro […]

John Burkett Signed to Storm’s Regional Staff

April 22nd, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Storm Products Inc. has announced that former Major League Baseball pitcher and two-time All-Star John Burkett has been signed to a staff contract. The 50-year-old Burkett pitched for the San Francisco Giants, Florida Marlins, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox during a 16-year career that began in 1987 and ended with his retirement in 2003 […]

U.K.’s Bowlplex Chain to Be Acquired by TOBC

April 22nd, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The Original Bowling Company, the largest operator of bowling centers in the United Kingdom, will acquire rival Bowlplex in a deal underwritten by TOBC’s parent company, Electra Private Equity PLC (part of Electra Partners LLP). TOBC presently operates 44 bowling centers across the U.K. — 32 under the Hollywood Bowl banner, and a dozen under […]

Veteran Center Operator ‘Big Jack’ Kordusky Dies

April 21st, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

A celebration of life will be held on Friday for Jack Kordusky — known to bowlers from New Jersey to Florida as “Big Jack” — who passed away in his sleep on Sunday. He was 54. Kordusky got to know many of the game’s greatest players during the years that the Professional Bowlers Association visited […]

Maine’s Bayside Bowl Eyes Expansion Project

April 21st, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Bayside Bowl, the 12-lane “bowling lounge” that hosted the 2015 PBA League tapings, is named after the Portland, Maine, neighborhood in which it is located. Bayside is an industrial area that has long been targeted for redevelopment by the city. Projects currently on the table include transforming a former car repair shop into a shopping […]

Mark Voight Elected to BPAA Hall of Fame

April 17th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America has announced the recipients of its 2015 Bowling Industry Service Awards. Mark Voight of Community Bowling Centers in Livonia, Mich., has been selected as the 2015 BPAA Hall of Fame Inductee and recipient of the Victor Lerner Memorial Medal. The Lerner Medal is the highest honor awarded by the […]

Petraglia Receives BBIA Industry Service Award

April 16th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The Billiard and Bowling Institute of America presented PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia with its Industry Service Award Tuesday night at the organization’s annual meeting in Hilton Head, S.C. Petraglia, the only player ever to win PBA national titles in six different decades, is currently competing on the PBA50 Tour — 50 years after […]

Legendary Milwaukee Proprietor Pinkalla Dies

April 16th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Bob Pinkalla, the second-generation owner of the legendary Pinky’s Bowl in Milwaukee, passed away on Monday. He was 86. Like Fred Riccilli, whose story was told in the April edition of Bowlers Journal, Pinkalla was a part of the disappearing generation of bowling center owners who were bowlers first, then transformed their passion for the […]

Vermont Ski Resort to Add Boutique Bowling Lounge

April 16th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The Sun & Ski Inn and Suites in Stowe, Vt., is expanding, and among the amenities will be an eight-lane boutique bowling lounge with equipment provided by QubicaAMF. That announcement was made by Mark Vandenberg and Rachel Diender-Vandenberg, the owners and operators of the resort, and Dutch Realty Holdings. The expansion project broke ground on […]

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