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MICHAEL (MIKE) WHEELER, passed away on May 23, 2015. A member of the Oklahoma City Bowling Hall of Fame (Inducted in 2001). Mike was a high average bowler and was consistently in the top 20
league average list in the 1970's and 1980's. "The Wheel" was well liked and was an excellent teammate. There will be a celebration of his life Saturday June 3 at 1:00pm at the N W Bible Church
4301 N W 36th street in OKC.



                                                  


SUZI CAMPBELL passed away today April 17th. A long, long time member of the Oklahoma Women's Bowling Association. She was inducted into the OKC
Hall of Fame in 2004. She was the life of the party as the women travel to    tournaments locally and National. She will be sorely missed but they will be dancing in heaven when she arrives.


MARGE PINION Hall of Fame Member and avid supporter of the OKC Bowling Museum passed away on March 19.
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Watch for announcements of future Bowling Clinics for the
 2017-18 season coming to a center neat you.
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3 new members were selected for 2016 induction into the
Oklahoma City Bowling Hall of Fame
Karen McLaughlin  - Performance Division
Darrel Banks - Performance
Robert Genzer - Performance
Induction Ceremony's took place October 2016

The OKC Hall of Fame is looking for Nominations for the class
of 2017. If you know anyone worthy for Hall of Fame Honors
Please fill out a nomination form and send it to the Gr. OKC
USBC Association by June 30, 2017

 
Delegates at OKC Annual Meeting on May 14, 2016
elected 8 Directors for a three year term to the Board of Directors.
They also voted to raise Membership Dues by $ 2.00.
Those elected to the board will take office on August 1, 2016 and their term will expire July 31, 2019.  Those elected are:
Les Austin, Jr.        Sissy Christy        Anne Marie Duggan
Roy J Gallagher      John Freeman III  David Pacheco, Jr.
Devin Tompkins

The vote for the increase in membership dues came as an amendment to the OKC By-Laws and required a 2/3 vote of the delegates present. After Association Manager explained the necessity of the increase, a vote was taken and passed with 4 votes over the 2/3 required. The cost of USBC Local Dues will be $12.00 for the upcoming 2016-17 season added to the $1.00 State dues and the $10.00 National dues making a total of $23.00. Still the cheapest of all Sports membership and with USBC Being the governing body for the Sport of Bowling,
Membership Benefits far out weight all other amateur sports.
To see a list of membership benefits click here.



The Oklahoma City Hall of Fame lost two of it's members recently.
Evelyn Stuart passed away on January 9 and Ilda Macklitz passed on October 4, 2015.
Evelyn Stuart was inducted in 2008 in the service category having held the position of Director of the Oklahoma City Women's Bowling Association for 28 years.
She was elected Member Emeritus in 1996.
Ilda Macklitz was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982 also in the service category for her meritorious service to the sport of Bowling.
Both ladies were very popular and hard working dedicated workers in the Bowling Association.
 
Richard Walton, a long time OKC - ABC Board Member passed away on July 18, 2015
DAVID HAMILTON,  Our Friend and Member of the Oklahoma City Board of Directors from Shawnee, passed away Sunday morning March 15.
David felt ill travelling back from Enid after attending the Grand Prix Bowling Tournament, was taken to the hospital and died the next morning. His Services will be held at 10:00am Thursday March 19 at the 1st Free Will Baptist Church 121 Rangeline Rd. Tecumseh, Ok. The family request in lieu of flowers to send a donation to the Grand Prix Scholarship program at your Bowling Center in David's Memory.

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Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Jimmy McMartin, Xeno Garcia, Ted Pritts, Pete Thomas
Oklahoma City's Artistic Expressions 1 Team
wins National Team Title at the 2014 USBC National
Championships in Reno, Nv.    Sponsored by Team Captain
Pete Thomas the team bowled the highest score in the history of the sport for a 5 member team, a 3720 score for 3 games.

Their series average was 744
Their game average was 248
There were 9,024 teams entered in the Tournament
Artistic Expressions 1 also finished second in the team all events event with a total score 10,363
JenkinsLouisJr2014OC465x262Louis Jenkins Jr. wins 1st place in the singles event at the 2014 USBC National Championship. Louis struck 29 times in his 3 game set en route to games of 257, 300, and 269 for an 826 singles effort.

The Oklahoma City Hall of Fame and Museum is seeking nominations for it's October 2017 Induction. Candidates must
be 40 years of age at the time of induction and have had 10 years as a member of the OKC Association.
Service: Made outstanding contributions to the good and welfare of the game through administrational or organizational work.
Performance: Any Bowler, through their competitive skills, has display outstanding ability in the game of American Ten Pins over a minimum of twenty years as an active bowler with a minimum of (10) combined years in the OKC Association.
NOTE: Nomination forms can be found in the information section of this website but must be turned into the association office by May 31, 2017.
Mike Shropshire, Okc Hall of Fame member passed away on Aug. 20, 2016
Bette Bohnert, OKC Hall of Fame Member and long time WIBC Official passed away on July 7, 2014
Jerry Ray Davison, OKC Hall of Fame member and long time OKC Official passed away on April 24, 2014 See Obituary here
Richard W Stephens, OKC Hall of Fame member and long time Association official passed away on January 23, 2014 at the age of 98.

Attention League Bowlers:
As a membership benefit for your dues for the 2013-14 bowling season, The Greater OKC Area USBC Association has entered into an agreement with American Income Life Insurance Company to give each of its 2013-14 members a $3000.00 Accidental Death and Dismemberment policy free of charge.
There is no cost or obligation to you..................
Like I said this a membership benefit!!!!!!!!
You will receive one and only one contact in the form of a letter signed by the OKC Association Manager informing you of the Policy. With the letter will be a post card asking you to name a beneficiary in the case of an accident. There will also be a box on the post card to check if you would like additional Life insurance information. Because of our agreement with American Income Life and their Privacy Policy and confidentiality of information, They will not contact you UNLESS you check the box for more information.
 
Jim Haynes Dies    66 Bowl Proprietor, OKC Hall of Fame member, and Husband of everyone's beloved friend Peggy.
Jim woke up early Thursday morning complaining of chest pains and was taken to the hospital where he passed on. Jim was 81 years old.

2007 OKC HOF Inductee RALPH GIBSON PASSED AWAY AT HIS HOME IN CAPE CORAL, FLA. Mr. Gibson started his Bowling career setting pins at Brantley's Alley in down town OKC in the late 1940's, went on to win every major tournament in the 1950's before graduating college at Oklahoma City University and moving on. Ralph was 83 years old

 New USBC Series record scores for Gr. OKC Area Bowling
Centers have been rolled recently
Steve Arthurton set a new house record for Tinker AFB Lanes 867 and Pete Thomas set a new standard for Firelake Bowling Center - Shawnee  858, Also Jimmy McMartin established a new
high for AMF Windsor with an
848

Hall of Famer Mike Berry passed away on
March 4, 2013. Mike was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009
for Performance. He was the dominant left handed bowler in the 60's, 70's
OKC Bowling Hall of Famer Jim Fisher passed away on November 28th, 2013. Jim was an avid bowler for many years and was a member of the OKC Bowling Association from 1974 to 2005 He serve as it's President in 1987-88. Jim was also a past president of the Oklahoma State ABC Association. He was inducted into the OKC Bowling Hall of Fame in 1991.

The "Cooter Punch" 2-Men, 2 Women Team out of AMF Yukon Lanes placed first in the Nation in their Category for the 2011-12 season with a Team Score of 2892 on September 21, 2011.
The Team Members and Series scores were:
Janette Cassel           740
Michele Norwood       588
Paul Norwood             837
Don Cassel                 727
Congratulations
 You too might have a national bowled team score in league play but are unaware of it at the time. Click here to view the National Team high game and series categories and the minimum qualifying score. Award application can be found in the information page.
"League Secretaries" this is why you should check your Team scores each week. You never know! Team Score application and score requirements can be found on the information page with other forms.
The Oklahoma City Hall of Fame has lost two members in the past two weeks. 
Charlie W Sorenson  Oct. 4, 1936 - Aug. 27, 2012 and
William "Wiley" Bell  June 10, 1917 - Sept. 2, 2012
Charlie was inducted in 1993 in the Skill division and bowled mostly in the Del City Area. Shot back to back 300 games, 834 series in City Tournament in 1968 and held the State record at one time with a 795 series.
Wiley, a who who's in Oklahoma bowling, was the original owner of
66 Bowl in OKC. A promoter of the sport that brought many Tournaments to the OKC Area that included the top Professional of the 60's and 70's. He bowled the first 300 in the history of the Men's Classic. Wiley was induced into the HOF in 1983 for Skill.

 
 

 The 800 series
I have always been amassed at one's ability to bowl an 800 series for 3 games.
it takes roughly a minimum of 27 strikes to shoot 800, or 30 strikes to shoot 830.
The following is a summary of all 800 series bowled in The Greater OKC Area USBC Association since August 1, 2005 since the inception of USBC.
 
Most bowled by an individual in League Play  Thru July 1st, 2016        with at least 8 series
                     
(17)  Pete Thomas*      (858)
(16)  Jimmy Mc Martin  (848)       
(14)  Jeff Hatt               (848)                     
(11)  Shannon Carson* (836)                
(11)  Cedric Gains        (889)  
(11)  David Ruder         (840)
(10)  Donnie Cassel*    (816)
(10)  Paul Norwood      (858)
(10)  Darry Weigle*       (835)
(9)    Randall Bennett*    (846)
(9)    Davon Hill             (846)
(9)    Kevin Washington (846)
(8)    Steve Arthurton*   (867) 
 To see all 800's series bowled in OKC Leagues since 2005 click here
                                                   Women's 800series only      click here

List by Bowling Center with record  highest Score
  AMF Boulevard Lanes 889 - Cedric Gaines
  AMF Moore Lanes 835 - Jeff Sparks
  AMF Sunny Lanes 857 - Brian Fleming
  AMF Winsor Lanes   848 Jimmy McMartin  prior to 2005 David White 864
  AMF Yukon Lanes 858 - Paul Norwood
  Firelake Bowling Center 858  Pete Thomas*
  Heritage Lanes 837 - Brad Nixon
  Holiday Lanees - 858 Pete Thomas*    prior to 2005 Charles McLean 878
  Meridian Lanes 844 - James Brady
  Penn 44 Lanes 846 - Jeromy Persinger
  Planet Bowl 840 - Randy Bennett*
  Shawnee Bowl   835 - William Panther III   
  Sixty-Six Bowl 827 - Doug Hergenrader
  Sooner Bowl  -  823 - David Monson
  Tinker AFB Lanes 867 - Steve Arthurton*
Note: All results are for USBC Scores and only since Aug. 1, 2005
* OKC Hall of Fame Member
 
Composite Averages
Many tournaments and even some leagues may now be asking for composite averages to enter their tournament. A composite average is the average of the bowler who bowls in two or more USBC leagues in a season. The average is determined by adding the total pins for all the leagues and dividing the results by the total number of games bowled in those leagues. In order for us to have accurate information on composite averages, league secretaries must now when sending in their final averages include all information on every USBC member bowling in their league. We will need the total pins, number of games and the average for each member to enter into our data base. Previously secretaries only needed to send information on bowlers who had a minimum of 21 games. Now information will be required on all bowlers regardless the number of games bowled.
New USBC Tournament rule effective August 1, 2012
Rule 319a Requires bowlers to use the highest of either their composite average of all leagues, or the bowlers highest single-league average of 21 games or more. BE SURE YOU READ AND COMPLY WITH THE TOURNAMENT ENTERING RULE FOR  EACH TOURNAMENT YOU ENTER.
 
2010 Oklahoma City Hall of Fame Honorees
Kelly Beasley
Tammy Crew
Jim "Doc" Dougherty"
Charles McLean Jr.
Andy Overland
Ceremony were held Sunday October 10, 2010 at Heritage Lanes


Andy Overland

Charles Mc Lean Jr,

Jim "Doc" Dougherty

Kelly Beasley

Tammy Crew
 
 
OKLAHOMA CITY TOP 12 MALE BOWLERS THE PAST 12 YEARS
                           Based on Honor Score Records at the Association

Ranking              Total      USBC Honor Scores  ABC Honor Scores
                                       2005-6 to 2010-11     1998-99 to 2004-05
 
                                                        

  1.  Larry  Godfrey*       92                   24                68
  2.  Shannon Carson*    82                  32                 50
  3.  Pete Thomas*         74                   43                31
  4.  Cedric Gaines         66                   34                32
  5.  Brian Fleming          48                   23               25
  6.  Darry Weigle*          45                   30               16
  7.  David Ruder             44                   33               11
  8.  Steve Arthurton*     43                   23                20
  9.  Jason Woodford       39                   22               17
 10. Ray Williams Jr.       38                   22               16
 11. Jeff Hatt                   38                   30                8
 12. Jimmie McMartin      29                    25                4

*
Indicates OKC Hall of Fame Member
 
OKC Women Top Bowlers
Based on our record that only includes USBC Honor Scores (2005-06 to 2010-11)

Shannon Pluhowsky .....................9
Stephanie Fein...............................9

Rhonda Wright*..............................8
Anne Marie Duggan*......................8
Linda Wilson*
.................................6
Gina Ford.........................................3


*Indicates OKC Hall of Fame Member 
 
 
Thank you Lois Riggan***
For your donation of the VCR Tapes of all the ABC Televised Saturday
afternoon Bowling Tournaments that you taped for your husband while he worked on Saturday.
 
ONE STRIKE FROM PERFECTION
                                   
On Wednesday Night September 9, 2009, CEDRIC GAINES Bowled a near perfect 889 series. While bowling in the Boulevard Handicap League at AMF Boulevard Lanes, Cedric shot game scores of 300, 289, 300 for a NEW OKLAHOMA STATE RECORD SERIES.
CONGRATULATIONS!!Thumbs UpThumbs UpThumbs UpThumbs UpThumbs Up
Cedric was also presented in October a Plaque and Jacket form the Oklahoma Centers Bowling Associated. Its President Dickie Ward presented the Plague that depicted his scores frame by frame. David Swarts, General Manager at AMF Boulevard presented the black jacket that had Cedric's game and series total embroidered on it.
 
National Bowling Stadium in Reno Nevada
   
 
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Anne Marie Duggan Bowls Okla. City Women's High Series
286-269-278=833
Anne Marie already in the top 5 in the nation for career 800 series by a woman, rolled on November 19, in the Boulevard Handicap league at AMF Boulevard, an Oklahoma City Record High Series 833. Thumbs UpThumbs UpThumbs UpThumbs UpThumbs Up   
 
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