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Kegel Bowler of the Month

Missy ParkinMissy Parkin, Laguna Hills, California,  has been chosen as the September 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Parkin won four gold medals at the 2014 Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Women's Championships in Cali, Columbia. Besides leading Team USA in the team event, she and partner Kelly Kulick set a PABCON doubles record, and anchored the trios winning squad, and also captured the All-Events crown. Parkin lead Team USA with a series of 761 and 691, good for a 242 average over the six-game team event.

Her six-game doubles total was two pins shy of averaging 250, at 1,498. Kelly Kulick added 1,363 for a 2,861 total, winning by 107 pins over Aruba's Thashaina Seraus and Kamilah Dammers.
With trios teammates Shannon O'Keefe and Danielle McEwan, Parkin added a 1225 series to a trios six-game total of 3,885, only 25 pins better than Team USA silver medalist teammates Liz Johnson, Shannon Pluhowsky, and Kulick. 

Parkin capped off the tournament by nabbing the All-Events crown with a 24-game total of 5,515, good for a 229 average Others receiving votes this month were Team USA teammates Danielle McEwan and Kelly Kulick, Jesper Svensson, winner of the European Bowling Tour QubicaAMF German Open, and Paul Moor, winner of the EBT Chandra Open.



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.




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.”



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




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.







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


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