New tour rep named

by Bob Johnson 0

CHUCK GARDNER is hitting the road.

Brunswick Bowling today named Gardner, a fixture in the bowling industry for more than 25 years, as its PBA Pro Tour product specialist.

Gardner, 50, has been with Brunswick Bowling since January 2007, most recently as the Southeastern product specialist, providing pro shops with access to Brunswick bowling equipment, technical information and event support.

In his new role, Gardner will be responsible for coordinating all facets of the Brunswick pro staff, including on-site presence for the men’s and women’s PBA Tour and other professional bowling events. Gardner will assist Brunswick pro staff with bowling equipment for use during pro events, and will coach the pro staff members on their physical games. He also will coordinate sales visits, seminars and exhibitions for the pro staff, when associated with a professional bowling event.

Prior to his time with Brunswick, Gardner was the director of coaching and tour support for Columbia Industries. He also is the former director of pro shop operations for AMF Bowling, and at one time owned a 32-lane family recreation center in Franklin, Va. He sold the center in 1998.

Gardner, a Silver level coach, was named to the list of "100 Top Coaches" by Bowlers Journal International in 2005, and again in 2008.

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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