Webb buys Ohio center

by Bob Johnson 0

PBA Hall of Famer Wayne Webb and veteran bowling center proprietor Mike Irwin have purchased Rainbow Lanes in Columbus, Ohio.

Rainbow is a 48-lane center formerly owned by Bob McCracken and Rick Kennedy. The transaction was brokered by Sandy Hansell and Associates.

According to Hansell, Webb will serve as general manager of the facility, which will be renamed Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. Webb’s partner, Irwin, also owns a center in Dayton, Ohio.

In another transaction brokers by Sandy Hansell and Associates, Jim Matti has purchased Universal Lanes, a 28-lane center in Warren, Mich.

Matti is a newcomer to the bowling business. He previously worked in the retail grocery industry.

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.