Several Reasons Cited for Postponement of New Mexico Open

by Bob Johnson 0

The 17th New Mexico Open, originally scheduled for mid-August at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho, N.M., has been postponed due to the many uncertainties caused by the pandemic, along with the various and differing state government responses to it.

"We have a record 226 entries on July 29,” said tournament organizer Steve Mackie. "It was necessary to hold off because of many factors, not the least of which being that all but three New Mexico Centers, run by military bases, have been closed continuously since mid-March with no clear indication yet when they will be re-opened to the public.

"It would be unfair to expect our New Mexico bowlers, who traditionally make up a third of the field, to compete with most having not thrown a ball in over 140 days,” Mackie added. “On top of this, the state still has a required 14-day quarantine for visitors — the other 70 percent of entrants — in addition to some other states recently initiating their own travel restrictions.”

Major sponsors remain on board, including 900 Global and 3G, Miller Lite, Shamrock Foods and Principal Financial Group, along with more than two dozen local and national companies, including the Pitre Kia, Buick, GMC dealership located south of the bowling center.

Pitre is offering a new car for a 300 game during the top-four stepladder finals, to be streamed live by Craig Elliott's BowlStreamTV.com when the tournament is rescheduled.

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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