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Kegel Bowler of the Month
WALTER RAY MASTERS JUNE IBMA BOWLER OF THE MONTH
ARLINGTON,Texas - Walter Ray Williams, Jr. Ocala, Florida has been chosen as the June 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Williams,Jr. defeated Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, New York, 240-219, for the 2014 USBC Senior Masters title, for his first PBA50 major title. The 2013 PBA50 Player of the Year lead qualifying, averaging just over 237 for fifteen games. Winning five Winner's Bracket three-game double elimination matches ranging from 40 to 120 pins, Williams, Jr. then lost to Jurek 717-643 in the Winner's Bracket final, making Jurek tournament top seed and Williams,Jr. the second seed for the championship round. The five-man stepladder final began with Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Oklahoma besting Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 254-184. Edwards ousted defending champion Pete Weber,St. Ann, Missouri, 237-209. Williams, Jr., defeated Edwards, 237-214, setting up the title match with Jurek. Williams,Jr. also had top ten finishes in the other three PBA50 events in the month, a third place in the PBA50 Grants Pass Open, fifth in the Senior U.S. Open, and eighth in the PBA50 Northern California Classic.
Others receiving votes this month were Norm Duke, winner of the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Dexter, Artistic Expressions #1 of Oklahoma City,Oklahoma, the USBC team leader with the five-man team USBC Open Championships new all-time record score of 3720, Diana Zavjalova, winner, All-Events and Masters divisions, 2014 European Women's Championships, and Tom Baker,winner of the PBA50 Northern California Classic.
KEGEL’S CROSS RECEIVES JARYSZAK LANEMAN AWARD
ARLINGTON, Texas – Steve Cross, who has handled lane conditions for bowling tournaments around the world, was named the recipient of the 2014 Jim Jaryszak Laneman Award on Wednesday during Bowl Expo in Orlando, Fla. The Jim Jaryszak Laneman Award is named for the former United States Bowling Congress Research Manager who passed away in 2010. Jaryszak was instrumental insetting up the USBC Sport Bowling program. The award recipient is determined bya committee consisting of USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications teammembers.
“To be among names like Len Nicholson, Sam Baca and John Davis is truly an honor,” Cross said. Cross is the fourth recipient of the Jim Jaryszak Laneman Award. Kegel founder John Davis was posthumously honored with the award in 2013; Sam Baca, the first Director of Lane Maintenance for the PBA, received the award in 2012; and Len Nicholson, a former Director of Lane Maintenance for the PBA, was the first recipient in 2011. Cross joined the Kegel Company in 1998, and he now serves as a pattern specialist and technical support. With Kegel, he has traveled the world handling the lane conditions for World Tenpin Bowling Association events, and he also co-founded the Kegel Mobile Support Vehicle. In his time as a laneman, he has been involved with the lane conditions for more than 700 tournaments from the collegiate to the professional level.
“Steve is recognized as one of the top lanemen in the industry for his many decades of work,” said Neil Stremmel, USBC Managing Director, National Governing Body. “We are proud to honor him for his outstanding work and contributions to the sport.” Cross has worked in the bowling industry for more than 40 years, starting as a porter in high school and also working in the pro shop and doing the lanes. He continued to work at the center after high school, becoming the pinsetter mechanic and laneman. He joined the Professional Bowlers Association Tour in 1988 as lane maintenance director. After a decade of work with the organization, he joined Kegel.
MARK DAVIS RECEIVES JOHN DAVIS AWARD FOR 2014
ARLINGTON,Texas - Mark Davis, younger brother of the late John Davis, founder of the Kegel Company, has been named the 2014 recipient of the John Davis Award. The surprise presentation was made at International Bowl Expo in Orlando, Fla. The award is presented annually to a deserving person who is actively involved in trying to advance the sport of bowling. A perpetual plaque, bearing each recipient’s name, is on permanent display at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. John Davis developed a lane cleaning product called the Key in St. Joseph, Mo., in the early 1980s. It proved so successful that it enabled his family to purchase a bowling center in Florida and, eventually, found the Kegel Company. John’s wife Linda and family friend David Jennings were there at the start, with Mark Davis being employee No. 4.
Davis first worked out of his parents’ house by helping with the final design and assembly of the Key, and then assisted with sales before making the move to Florida in 1983. There, he worked in the Key’s manufacturing department, drilled bowling balls in the bowling center’s pro shop, and maintained the center’s pinsetting machines and lanes. His current title at Kegel is Vice President of Research and Development, which would have fit him all along except that the family wasn't big on titles —until the company grew big enough that titles became necessary. Davis holds several patents on various designs that deal with the workings of lane machines. John Davis often was the “idea guy,” and Mark Davis helped transform those ideas into reality — and products. Each time Mark delivered another successful design, John would tell him, “Once again, you have saved my company.” Later,Mark took over the programming of the lane machines from John, expanding upon his father’s ideas with revolutionary concepts still being introduced today. As a child, Mark Davis took apart toasters, lawn mowers and anything else he could get his hands on in order to see how they worked and how he could make them better. It was a “hobby” that used to drive his mom nuts, but served him and The Kegel Company well in future years. While a junior in high school, Davis became the lead mechanic for Belt Bowling Lanes in St. Joseph. He would get calls while at school to help troubleshoot the repair of a machine, or asking him to come in and work on a repair himself. Davis has worked in bowling virtually his entire life, and his wife Julie knew what she was getting into when she married him. “If he could find a wedding ring to fit around the building, he would do that,” she says. “I used to tease him about putting in sleeping quarters in the mechanics’ room.”
JOHN DAVIS AWARD RECIPIENTS
2001 —Joyce Deitch
2002 —John Weber
2003 —Ted Hoffman, Jr.
2004— Jim Dressel
2005 —Mark Gerberich
2006 —Carmen Salvino
2007 —Linda Davis
2008 —Gary Parsons
2009 —Len Nicholson
2010 —Walt Steinsiek
2011 —Gary Beck
2012 —Kim Thorsgaard Jensen
2013 —Barbara and Bill Chrisman
2014— Mark Davis
ABOUT JOHN DAVIS
John Davis, founder of The Kegel Company, was involved in bowling for nearly his entire life. His father taught all of his children how to bowl at early ages,and that “love affair” continued for more than half a century. Although The Kegel Company is relatively small, Davis’ personal investment in bowling was enormous and always unselfish. His leadership in technology and humanities, in the United States and worldwide, made him perhaps the most sought-after figure in the game, and his behind-the-scenes committee work was always welcomed. Because of his vast accomplishments and devotion to the sport, the John Davis Award was established by Kegel in his name and is now perpetuated in his memory.
IBMA ARCHIVES AUDIO INTERVIEWS FROM BOWL EXPO
ARLINGTON, Texas - If you didn't get a chance to go to Bowl Expo 2014--or even if you did-- the IBMA’s newly updated archive of 17 interviews with leaders in the bowling industry provides an invaluable package of news and information regarding the sport and business of bowling today. The interviews with each guest run for about 15 minutes. They are fully on the record and available to research. For example, if you’d like to know where bowling currently stands in its quest to become a full-fledged sport in the Olympic Games, World Tenpin Bowling Association President Kevin Dornberger and Storm Co.’s Founder Bill Chrisman provide details of progress that’s been made and the hurdles still to clear.
As of July 1st, the BPAA has a new Executive Director and President. Both sat down for interviews at the IBMA booth with Len Nicholson,who’s produced his weekly “Phantom” internet radio show about bowling for more than a decade, assisted in the questioning by longtime International Bowlers Journal writer Lyle Zikes. Among other interviewees, newly named USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy shared his vision for bowling along with the Andrew Cain, now in his second term as USBC President, making him the most tenured of the top executives at the International Bowling Campus at the age of 32.
The audio material provides plenty of personal insights as well. For example, outgoing BPAA present Cathy DeSocio related the excitement and nervousness she experienced as she shared a stage and the responsibility for hosting “A conversation with George W. Bush,” the keynote speaker at the bowling proprietors conference that preceded the Bowl Expo. Access to all the interviews is available through the IBMA website and Facebook page.
Dennis Sheirs— Vice President, Kegel Chemical Division
Mark Davis—Kegel co-founder, winner of the 2014 John Davis Award
Bill Supper—IBPSIA Executive Director
Keith Hamilton—President, Luby Publishing
Eric Kearney—Managing Director, International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame
Bill Chrisman- Founder, Storm Products, Inc.
Steve Cross—Kegel technician, 2014 winner of JJ Laneman Award
Chad Murphy—USBC Executive Director
Andrew Cain—USBC President
Bart Burger—BPAA Director of Membership & Educational Services
Nancy Schenk—BPAA Vice President
Jim Cormier— Ebonite VP Global Marketing
Tom Martino—BPAA President
Frank DeSocio—BPAA Executive Director
Cathy DeSocio—BPAA immediate past president
Chris Chartrand— President, Kegel Inc.
Kevin Dornberger—President, World Tenpin Bowling Association
2014 IMBA Luby Hall of Fame Award
HERO NODA NAMED 2014 LUBY HALL OF FAME RECIPIENT
BY INTERNATIONAL BOWLING MEDIA ASSOCIATION
ARLINGTON, Texas - The International Bowling Media Association (IBMA) announced Hero Noda, Ibaraki, Japan, as their 2014 recipient of the Luby Hall of Fame Award. The award is presented annually by the IBMA "to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to print, broadcast, telecast or photographic coverage of bowling over an extended period of years."
Mr. Noda is best known as a "volunteer fixture" at International Bowl Expo and the mid-winter Bowling Summit where he takes thousands of photographs of the events as well as of many international tournaments. A proprietor himself, Mr. Noda's photo journalistic work has been seen in publications and on websites all over the world as well as on display on many walls and desks in homes and offices of industry partners. He generously shares his photos with a number of international publications and is a great ambassador not only for bowling, but also in chronicling bowling's continuing history. "I can think of no better individual who fits the criteria for this award than Mr. Noda," said Joan Romeo, president of the IBMA. "For many, many years he has given hundreds of hours of his time to record the history of bowling on an international scale. He is certainly most deserving of this honor."
In 2013, Noda was recognized by the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) with its V.A. Wapensky award "presented to an individual who has made a major contribution to the advancement of the bowling industry. The award is named after long-time BPAA Executive Director, V.A. 'Chief' Wapensky." Noda will be recognized during the special awards luncheon at International Bowl Expo, Tuesday, June 24, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.
IBMA TO HONOR LEE EVANS WITH ALBERTA E. CROWE
MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
ARLINGTON, Texas - The man whose dream over 50 years ago has resulted in a tournament involving many nations that has lasted for over 50 years is the recipient of this year's International Bowling Media Association of America Alberta E. Crowe Meritorious Service Award. Lee Evans, the late non-bowling pioneer, dreamer, and risk-taker who founded the Tournament of The Americas, is being honored for his outstanding long-term accomplishments in and for the sport of bowling. When his tournament began in 1963, there were many industry skeptics since there was no similar annual international tournament that brought bowlers of the Americas together to represent their countries before he conceived the idea and traveled from country to country (1960-63) to make it a reality.
In 1963, the American Bowling Congress (ABC) and the Women's International Bowling Congress (WIBC) each sent only one bowler. When other countries wanted a "2-2" team format for the 1964 tournament, he persuaded Florida's ABC and WIBC associations to send its state all-events champions to field a U.S. foursome. Today, approximately 150 bowlers representing 15 nations send teams annually to compete in junior, adult, senior, and super senior divisions. Many U.S. bowlers, including Les Zikes, Sue Reichley, Eddie Jackson, Lorrie Nichols, Bob Hart, Joan Holm, Rod Toft, Rick Steelsmith, Gordon Vadakin, Chris & Linda (Norry) Barnes, Diandra (Hyman) Asbaty, Jeremy Sonnenfeld, and Kelly Kulick, got their international starts and became acclaimed stars in this tournament.
The event, which will celebrate its 52nd anniversary this July in Sunrise,Fla., was renamed the "Lee Evans Tournament of The Americas" after the founder's death of cancer at age 53. Beyond his own tournament, Evans convinced the City of Miami to come up with $25,000 needed by the local ABC associations to secure the 1967 ABC Tournament. He also was responsible for obtaining money for the local WIBC associations to land the 1978 WIBC Tournament.
The award will be presented at a special awards luncheon Tuesday, June 24, during International Bowl Expo at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.
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One thing I know about bowlers is that we love to eat and we cook! I worked on this cookbook for two years and finally have it published – over 100 pages of tried and true recipes that my family and friends used and loved for years.
I am selling the cookbook to benefit the IBMA 2014 Chuck Pezzano scholarship fund.
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