Deadlines extended

by Bob Johnson 0

Is America’s soft economy impacting entries for two of the country’s largest annual tenpin tournaments? It’s possible, considering both events have announced entry deadline extensions.

Entries will continue to be accepted for the 2010 USBC Open Championships in Reno even after the tournament kicks off at the National Bowling Stadium.

Since openings remain available on many squads, USBC officials decided to extend the entry deadline to April 1.

The USBC Women’s Championships also received a deadline extension of nearly a month. Entries for that tournament — which will be held in El Paso, Texas, for the first time ever — originally were to close on Jan. 22. Now, women bowlers have until Feb. 19 to submit their entry forms.

Although the Women’s Championships has been held several times at the National Bowling Stadium, the 2010 edition marks its debut in a convention center setting. The El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center is the venue, and the temporary equipment installation will include 48 lanes and what is billed as “the world’s largest mobile scoreboard.”

The tournament also is switching to an all-handicap format in 2010.

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Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.