Kegel, WTBA Extend Partnership for World Championship Events

by Bob Johnson 0

Kegel and the World Tenpin Bowling Association (a.k.a. World Bowling) have extended their agreement for Kegel to provide lane maintenance for all WTBA World Championship tournaments through 2015.

Since 1995, the WTBA World Championship tournaments have been using Kegel equipment, chemicals and technical staff during their events. Kegel President Chris Chartrand and WTBA President Kevin Dornberger recently decided to continue this partnership and extend their contract for an additional year.

“We are extremely pleased to continue our relationship with the WTBA as the official lane maintenance provider for their events,” Chartrand said. “It’s a natural partnership because Kegel is so deeply entrenched in the sport of bowling, and the WTBA events are the pinnacle for the sport of bowling worldwide.“

Kegel will provide lane maintenance supplies and personnel for two WTBA World Championship events in 2015. The next WTBA World Championship event will be the World Senior Championships, scheduled for August 23-30 at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas. After that, the WTBA Women’s World Championships will be held December 4-13 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

“Kegel’s lane maintenance equipment and extensive experience make them the perfect choice for our events,” Dornberger said. “We can be confident that our lanes are taken care of to the highest level of fairness and integrity.”

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.

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