annual tournament of the Greater Miami Bowling Association will be held
at Homestead Bowling Center on June 4-5 and 11-12, 2005. Squad times
will be 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m. There will also be a 9:00 a.m. Sunday
squad available on June 12. The tournament is open to all ABC sanctioned
members within the GMBA (male and female). Females not currently ABC
members will be allowed to join ABC at the tournament site if they wish
to bowl. The tournament will feature 2 separate divisions, based on
average. The handicap is a very competitive 90% of 230. Multiple entries
are now permitted in the Singles, cashing only once though with the
highest score. As before, you can also bowl in the Team and Doubles
events multiple times. You can earn yourself a free entry into the
tournament by organizing at least four teams to enter the tournament.
Entry forms are now available in bowling centers. You can also visit the
GMBA Internet Web site at www.miamibowling.org to enter the tournament.
Call the GMBA office at (305) 665-2225 or send an email via the web site
if you need an entry form or have any questions about the tournament.
The regular entry closing date is May 31, 2005, but late entries will
also be accepted after then as walk-ins at each tournament squad. The
GMBA will accept Visa and MasterCard as a method for entry fee payments.
Thank you ladies, for making our 61st Annual City Championship
Tournament such a success. Our entries were up and the tournament went
smoothly. Thanks to the wonderful management and staff at Homestead
Bowling Center. The top finishers for the events were:
Queen Pins 2460
Wayne Realty 2412
Team Yaniz 2405
Rudy's Girls 2401
Paula's Pro Shop 2382
Team - Scratch:
Jojo's Posse 2171
Doubles - Handicap:
Theresa Deutsch/Sherry Cockfield 1331
Marie Rathburn/Renee Babbitt 1265
JoAnn Liebold/Laura Prickett 1263
Diane Torres/Colette Combs 1244
Earline Merritt/Cynthia Jones 1243
Doubles - Scratch:
Theresa Deutsch/ Sherry Cockfield 1173
Singles - Handicap:
Leah Williams-Jones 719
Viviana Villamizar 701
Earline Merritt 680
Grace Morgan 653
Sandra Gates 649
Singles - Scratch:
Viviana Villamizar 637
Handicap: Leah Williams-Jones 2001
Scratch: Janelle Woodburn 1839
Additional thanks go to the Women's Board of Directors and Auxiliary for
all of the hours spent working the Tournament.
For the complete list,
please refer to the GMWBA web site at www.gmwba.org.
By the time this Sparetimes edition goes to press, our 2nd Annual
Senior's Tournament will have taken place at Bird Bowl. The entries are
up and we expect the event to be as much fun as last year's.
We hope all of you are going to bowl in the women’s state tournament in
St. Petersburg. At the delegates meeting, our own Sue Jacobs will be
inducted into the Florida Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame for
meritorious service. For the last 30 years she has served our
association as a member of the board and as an officer for the last 17
years. She was inducted into the Greater Miami Bowling Council Hall of
Fame for Outstanding Service in 1996. She has served the State Board for
many years as an officer and as an important committee member. Sue holds
a full-time job with the Dade County School System, yet always finds
time to participate in all levels of our sport. She is very deserving of
this honor and we are very proud of her. Congratulations, Sue.
Also, congratulations go to Janelle Woodburn. She needs to be
congratulated for attaining an average of 224 in the 2003-2004 season.
This was the highest women's average ever recorded for a season in Dade
County history. She is working toward being on the top of the list this
season, too, by shooting award scores throughout this year.
During our well attended Annual Meeting, awards were passed out and an
election was held. Patty Nevers was voted in as our next GMWBA
President. Good luck to her in this upcoming transition year. Our
outgoing President, Margo Buzzard, did a great job while in office these
past couple of years.
League Officer of the Year
As a reminder, get your nominations in for League Officer of the Year.
If you have a Secretary, Treasurer or other league officer that goes
that extra mile, tell us about her/him, but do so before May 20, 2005.
Send your nominations to our association office.
Condolences go to the family of Shirley Beck, long time member of the
Board of Directors of our association. Earlier this year Shirley
succumbed to an illness and passed away. A simple, but moving service
was conducted by her church. We will miss this wonderful lady who gave
so much of her time to the sport she loved.
E. ARNETTE - IN MEMORY
On January 11,
2005 bowling lost a real friend and a genuinely fine person. Richard
(Ed) Arnette passed away. Ed was a staunch supporter of bowling,
particularly with his sponsorship for youth leagues and events. He also
sponsored numerous adult leagues and bowling teams over the years. He
served on the Greater Miami Bowling Association board of directors in
the 1970's and 1980's. The Sparetimes extends condolences to his family.
STATES BOWLING CONGRESS
ABC Convention was held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on March 18, 2005. At
the conclusion of the meeting, the ABC flag was retired.
The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) is now in full operation. This
is the organization that was formed as a merger of the three main
sanctioning bodies of ABC, WIBC and YABA. The USBC went into effect on
January 1, 2005.
Plans are being made to merge the three Miami associations (GMBA, GMWBA
and GMJBA) into a single organization. In order for this to happen, the
GMBA Council of Delegates, who will meet on May 15, 2005, must approve
the merger proposal. Women membership from within he GMWBA have already
given their approval for the GMWBA to merge. The GMJBA Board of
Directors has also given their approval for the GMJBA to merge. The
final piece is the approval from the GMBA Council of Delegates.
Assuming the needed approval is given, the expected date of the merge is
by August 1, 2006. There is much work to be done by a special group
(called a “transition board”) in the next year to implement the merged
associations. For this summer, this winter, and summer, 2006, the
business of league sanctioning will be pretty much the same as it has
always been. Women’s leagues will still submit their sanctions to the
GMWBA. Men’s leagues will still submit their sanctions to the GMBA.
Mixed leagues will still split the sanctions, submitting the women’s
sanction cards to the GMWBA, and the men’s sanction cards to the GMBA.
Youth leagues will still submit their sanctions to the GMJBA. For the
winter, 2006, it will be different, with there then being one
organization. There is one exception for adult sanctioning: Women who
want to sanction with the GMBA in order to participate in the GMBA
tournaments, can sanction with just the GMBA or with both the GMWBA and
GMBA. Women who want to participate in the GMWBA tournaments will need
to be sanctioned with the GMWBA. Thus, dual memberships will still be a
requirement for this coming year if women wish to participate in both
the GMWBA and GMBA tournaments. The difference this year for dual
membership is that full sanction fees would need to be paid only to
either the GMWBA or GMBA, with local membership fees ($8.00) needing to
be paid to the other.
Starting this summer, everyone’s sanction card will say “USBC” instead
of “ABC”, “WIBC”, or “YABA”. There is not going to be an increase in the
sanction fees this coming year.
MIAMI JUNIOR BOWLING
almost here. Get your friends together and join a summer youth league.
Call your local bowling center for more information.
Coach of the Year
The GMJBA is proud to announce their Coaches of the Year. Carlos Riusech,
Bird Bowl; Blondell Michael, Cloverleaf; Richard Coile, Don Carter
Kendall Lanes; David Rowen, Piper Lanes; Mike Noud, Homestead Bowling
Center. They were presented with jackets during opening ceremonies of
the city tournament at Piper Lanes.
The 36th Annual Youth Bowling Championships were held during March at
Piper Lanes. It was a wonderful tournament and we wish to thank Lisa
Garrido and her staff for all of their help. Results for all six
divisions are listed below:
Team: Klassic Kids 2197
(Ana Koff, Brooke Kern, Andrew Koff & David Beck)
Doubles: Brooke Kern & Caitlin Graham 1148
Singles Girls: Caitlin Graham 570
All Events Girls: Caitlin Graham 1696
Singles Boys: Eddie Martelli 659
All Events Boys: Jonathan Rawcliffe 1735
Team: Just Friends 2418
(Tyler Rose, Jennifer Houston, Andrew Llorett & Eddie Martelli)
Doubles: Ana Koff & Andrew Koff 1255
Singles Girls: Mindy Coile 556
Singles Boys: Shawn Humphreys 551
All Events Girls: Jennifer Houston 1692
All Events Boys: Matthew Watson 1602
Team: Insert Name Here 2505
(Steven Graham, Jared Kaufman, Nicole O'Grady & Alyssa Harper)
Doubles: Jemie Lavilla & Daniel Perez 1257
Singles Girls: Shawna Dempsey 676
Singles Boys: Tyler Rose 661
All Events Girls: Angela Truncale 1835
All Events Boys: Tyler Rose 1820
Team: Let's Roll 2471
(Dante Collins, Kevia Goins, Akeem Viel & Courtney Conyers)
Doubles: Michael Sims & Michael Johnson 1333
Singles Girls: Courtney Conyers 657
Singles Boys: Jared Kaufman 697
All Events Girls: Ariel Sakowitz 1921
All Events Boys: Michael Johnson 1903
Team: Razorbacks 2716
(Tacoi Sumler, Daniel Gajus, Lance Elder & Adam Rodriguez)
Doubles: Craig Etherly & Charles Williams 1292
Singles Girls: Courtney Estevez 653
Singles Boys: Christopher Bender 670
All Events Girls: Zalika Cabey 1913
All Events Boys: Larry King 1876
Team: Hot Shots 2424
(Janine Monfries, Juniette Hernandez, Crystal Veber & Arlin Sorhaindo)
Doubles: Seth Todd & Courtney Estevez 1246
Singles Girls: Erica Martinez 659
Singles Boys: Bradlee Michael 799
All Events Girls: Briann Sampson 1893
All Events Boys: Bradlee Michael 2059
Junior Gold Qualifiers: Caitlin Graham & Eddie Martelli
to everyone who participated and volunteered their time for this
tournament. The Youth Leaders did a great job! We hope to see everyone
at next year's tournament.
The GMJBA has processed 276 new awards since January 1. There has not
been very many high scores but we have noticed that many junior bowler
scores are on the rise. 120 games are now 160 and 180 games, and 400
series are now 550 and 600 series. This is a reflection on the bowler,
coaches and parents. Keep up the good work All of the following awards
have been recognized by USBC:
7-10 split: Luke Curtis,
Big 4 split: Douglas Hulse
Triplicate: Trashaunna Harrell 100, Jared Kaufman 158
650 series boys: Bruce Bass 667, Phillip Caplan 652, Justin Cohen 658,
Sebastian Guerra 660, Thomas Sims 664
700 series boys: Shane Hemperely 706, Kevin Hulse 709, Eddie Martelli
713, Jonathan Rawcliffe 717, Zach Rogers 712
750 series boys: Jesse Thrash 751
800 series boys: Michael Sinclair 814
280 game boys: Josh Kaufman 289, Eddie Martelli 289
600 series girls: Christina Gamble 612, Alyssa Harper 602, Samantha
650 series girls: Michelle Massard 654
700 series girls: Caitlin Graham 745
300 game: Colin Thrash
Great bowling junior bowlers!
Junior Bowlers Tour
The Keystone Junior Bowlers Tour holds over 100 events each year in
various zones. Bowlers may enter as few or as many events as they
desire, and they may bowl in any zone in the US or Canada. The
tournaments are a quick, one squad 4 or 6 game scratch format
immediately followed by the top five in each age group bowling in the TV
style stepladder finals. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and local
scholarships are awarded. Entry fees are low and there is no membership
fee. Bowlers travel to the tournament site and bowl the same day and do
not need to sign up in advance. Local tournaments are run by Ana Koff,
Tournament Director and her staff, Ilene & Jack Tuckfield, Carlos
Llorett and Amanda Karas. Most tournaments are every 4 to 6 weeks from
September to May and are held on Sundays. For additional information
please go to www.keystonetour.com (Zone7C) On behalf of the GMJBA we
wish to thank Ana and her staff for the wonderful job they do at every
tournament. Keep up the good work! Parents, please check out this
tournament for your children. They are fun and very rewarding. Hope to
see you in the fall!
Gold National Championships
This year, Dade and Broward counties are sending over 25 bowlers, and
the State of Florida is sending 88 to the Junior Gold National
Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana in July. The 2006 Junior Gold
will be held in Broward County. This is a great way for our junior
bowlers to meet new friends and to bowl on different lane conditions. It
is a great experience.
Sparetimes would like to congratulate Stacey Harper for bowling an 818
series in the HVAC M:echanical/Wednesday Handicap Classic League at
Piper Lanes on March 16, 2005. Stacey is the sixth woman to bowl an 800
series in Miami (Leslie Young, Erin Salinetro, Lisa Fuentes, Jennifer
Hernandez and Janelle Woodburn were the others). As an interesting
tidbit, this now makes four husbands/wives who have bowled an 800
series: Leslie Young/Ronnie Young, Erin Salinetro/Chris Salinetro,
Jennifer Hernandez/Peter Hernandez and Stacey Harper/Harold Harper.
KENDALL LANES NEWS
As many of
you know, Don Carter Kendall Lanes, a household name for many years,
sadly enough will be closing their doors after Labor Day this year. As
someone once said, “All good things must come to an end”. While we all
wonder “where will we go?” we must also look at where we have been. For
29 years we have been a social cocoon for many. The friendships
established over the years will not close their doors. We would hope
that all of you will keep in touch and continue to bowl.
This definitely will be a “Summer To Remember” at Don Carter Kendall
Lanes. We will be giving away a brand new car to one lucky league bowler
at the end of the summer season. Come in and take a look at the car
which is displayed in the middle of our center and pick up some
information on how you could be driving away in a brand new Chevy Aveo.
We will be fully operational throughout the summer with leagues, open
bowling, specials, birthday parties and camps! Toward the end of the
summer, we will hold a special appreciation event for all our league
bowlers. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting event!
On the agenda for upcoming tournaments we have the “Kid’s Alley”. It
will be starting at 10:00 a.m. on May 21 and 22, 2005. Kids (4 to 12
years) bowl for 14 weeks and receive top brand name toys each week.
There is no other sport like bowling. From young to old we gather weekly
to meet and bowl. We would like to thank all of our league bowlers for
their constant dedication to the center. The memories will stay with all
of us for many years to come. It is hoped the time you spent with us was
As of the time of the publishing
of this edition of the Sparetimes, the information we have is that two
bowling centers in Miami are being sold. Although we understand that the
sales of these two centers have not actually been consummated, the
expectation is that if and when the sales do become final, each would be
scheduled to close as bowling centers. The closings would happen
sometime by the start of this coming fall season.
Don Carter Kendall Lanes and Cloverleaf Lanes each has announced a
pending sale. With the closing of these two centers, Miami will be
losing 122 lane beds. This, of course, will have a major impact on
league bowling in the city, not to mention the lack of available lanes
for the casual open bowlers. The leagues in these two centers are making
arrangements to move to other centers. It is certainly hoped that the
bowlers will follow their leagues to their new locations and continue to
It is quite disheartening to be losing these two centers, especially
since each has been in operation so long. (Cloverleaf Lanes since the
1950's, and Don Carter Kendall Lanes since 1976). They each have given
Miami bowlers many years of bowling fun and enjoyment. Their presence in
our sport will most definitely be missed.
ABC/WIBC/YABA/USBC - EN
By special request, we have
included an explanation in Spanish about ABC, WIBC, YABA and USBC for
our Latin readers. Since this is the final year of ABC, WIBC and YABA,
we feel it is an important enough issue to warrant an article in Spanish
Adios ABC, WIBC y YABA. Saben quienes eran estos? ABC (American Bowling
Congress) para los hombres; WIBC (Womens’ International Bowling
Congress) para las mujeres; YABA (Youth Alliance Bowling Association)
para los ninos y jovenes adultos.
La interrogante era: porque tener 3 diferentes organizaciones, porque no
una sola para todo el mundo. Finalmente se ha hecho realidad. A partir
del primero de enero de 2005, despues de muchas investigaciones,
reunions, discusiones, nacio USBC (United States Bowling Congress) que
va a servir a mas de 3 millones de boleadores.
Si usted obtuvo su ABC bowling card o sanction card para 2004-2005 es
valida hasta el verano del 2005. Una vez usted comience la nueva
temporada 2005-2006, notara el cambio. Su nueva tarjeta dira “USBC” y el
valor sera el mismo.
Si no quiere esperar a que comience la nueva temporada de bowling o si
usted no participo en bowling en este ano, puede ir a Bowl.com y comprar
su nueva tarjeta. El numero en la tarjeta no va a cambiar tampoco. Para
mas informacion visite www.bowl.com.
Este es solo el primer paso al futuro del bowling. Participe en una liga
y diviertase, haga nuevas amistad
A WORD ABOUT
The Sparetimes would like to
thank the continued sponsorship of Pinnacle Mortgage. James Janoff, of
Pinnacle Mortgage, has been kind enough over the past few years to
sponsor the newsletter. He is dedicated to help keep this newsletter
bring the local bowling news to you.
With mortgage rates still low, but on the verge of starting to rise
again, call James at (305) 670-7275 if you are interested in a mortgage
loan. He is a fellow bowler who will see that you get the best mortgage
UNTIL OUR NEXT ISSUE
Thanks for reading our newsletter. The editors and staff of Sparetimes
hope you have enjoyed reading about bowling news and information in the
Greater Miami area. We hope you will continue to be interested in our
publication. We do welcome your comments, suggestions, and newsworthy
articles for publishing. Send us your feedback and news articles in the
mail to the following address:
7165 SW 47 Street #316
Miami, Florida 33155
Or, you can email to the GMBA web site at
www.miamibowling.org. We plan
to have our next issue out in April/May.