YOUTH AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR HONORS GO TO
MABEL CUMMINS OF ILLINOIS, AND BRILEY HAUGHT FROM MINNESOTA
Mabel Cummins of Elburn, Illinois, and Briley Haugh of Faribault, Minnesota, have been selected to receive the Youth Ambassador of the Year Award by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee.
The Youth Ambassador of the Year Award is presented annually to one male and one female United States Bowling Congress Youth member for their exemplary contributions to the sport of bowling, academic accomplishments and community involvement. Each winner receives a $1,500 scholarship and could be selected to serve on the IBC Youth Committee.
Cummins is a sophomore at Kaneland High School and has kept a 4.0-plus grade-point average while taking Advanced Placement and honors classes. She earned USBC Level I coaching certification in 2015 and served as a volunteer coach at Kaneland Harter Middle School last season.
She provided coaching to youth league bowlers in the Chicago area and taught best practices including proper nutrition, workouts and warmup drills.
“It's an incredible honor to be a Youth Ambassador, and I am truly humbled to be included with the incredible group of people who have held this position in the past,” Cummins said. “As an ambassador, my primary goal is to inspire more interest in bowling among young boys and girls, so they can develop physically and mentally, and make great friends, all while having fun at the same time.”
Cummins, who won the U15 girls title at the 2016 Junior Gold Championships, served as tournament coordinator for the 2016 Strike for Vets Chicago and has served as an officer and board member for youth bowling organizations including the Illinois State Scholarship Tour and the Illinois State Youth League. She chaired the Elite Youth Tour Outreach board and the Greater Aurora USBC honored her with its Star of Tomorrow award.
Haugh is a senior at Faribult High School, and since age 11, has been an instructor for an organization, started by his mother, that provides bowling instruction and coach training.
Deciding he needed more training as a coach, Haugh earned USBC Bronze coaching certification when he was 14, and two years later, became the youngest coach to receive USBC Silver certification. He has continued to coach, while also learning about ball drilling and layouts.
He has been a league organizer for Project A.B.L.E., assisting mentally-challenged adults with their weekly events, and a league organizer for Special Olympics.
“It is an incredible honor to be named the Youth Ambassador of the Year,” Haugh said. “It is an incredible feeling to be recognized for all the time and dedication I have put in to help grow the sport of bowling.”
Haugh is serving his first term on the Minnesota State USBC Youth Committee. After graduation, he plans to attend Wichita State and major in pre-law.
Cummins and Haugh will be presented their Youth Ambassador of the Year Award at the USBC Convention and Annual Meeting, set for April 24-27 at The Orleans in Las Vegas.
MISSISSIPPI HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR, CONNOR JONES, TO RECEIVE ANNUAL ZEB SCHOLARSHIP
Connor Jones of Madison, Mississippi, has been selected to receive the Annual Zeb Scholarship by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee.
Named for Jim Zebehazy, the former executive director of the Young American Bowling Alliance, the $2,500 scholarship is awarded annually to a United States Bowling Congress Youth member who achieves academic success and gives back to the his or her community through service.
A senior year at Madison Central High School, Jones is a National Honor Society member and student body vice president. A four-year selection to the National Beta Club, he was in the Mississippi Youth Legislature the last two years and is a two-time selection to the Mississippi All-State Honor Choir.
“It is a huge honor to be awarded this scholarship,” said Jones, who is captain of his high school bowling team. “It affirms that all of the hard work has paid off. In the long run, bowling itself is its own reward, but this scholarship definitely affirms that my actions are seen as something promising and really pushes me to keep going and practicing to get even better in the sport of bowling.”
Jones has a 97.43 grade-point average (based on 100) and has taken eight Advanced Placement courses, including biology, calculus, English, and macroeconomics. He has been recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction.
He coordinated food drives at his high school, served as a Salvation Army bell ringer and has been involved in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. He also has been on numerous mission trips through his church.
While he still is deciding on the college he will attend, Jones knows he will pursue a degree in mechanical engineering with a focus in manufacturing.
“I really like to understand how things are made and the design process for them, with computer-aided design (CAD) and the factory floor,” Jones said.
Jones will receive the Annual Zeb Scholarship at the USBC Convention and Annual Meeting, scheduled for April 24-27 at The Orleans in Las Vegas.
EARL ANTHONY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO FIVE YOUTH BOWLERS
Five United States Bowling Congress Youth members have been selected to receive the Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship in recognition of their community involvement and academic achievements.
Named in honor of bowling great Earl Anthony, who was dedicated to helping youth bowlers, the five scholarship recipients were selected by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee based on applications. Each of the youth bowlers selected will receive a $5,000 scholarship.
The five selected to receive the Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship are:
Taylor Ausec, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Rachel Bamford, Rochester, N.H.
Eric Cowan, Rogersville, Mo.
Courtney Gervais, Staten Island, N.Y.
Connor Jones, Madison, Miss.
Ausec is a senior at Rampart High School, where he has a 4.54 grade-point average (based on a 4.0 scale). He has taken Advanced Placement classes in biology and calculus AB, and International Baccalaureate classes in chemistry, physics, history, English and Spanish. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and has been on the principal’s honor roll each year. He is a four-year member and team captain of the bowling tm, and earned All-State Academic honors and was captain of the soccer team in 2016.
He tutors fellow students three days a week in various subjects, including math, science, physics and Spanish. He is a USBC Level I coach and is a volunteer coach for the King Pin Lanes Youth Bowling Program, working with youth bowlers ages 3-10. He was elected as a youth director to the Pikes Peak USBC board in 2015 and is serving a two-year term.
Bamford is a senior at Spaulding High School where she is taking AP classes in biology and calculus and honors classes in physics and Shakespeare. She has completed several honors classes, including English, trigonometry, algebra, biology and chemistry, and has a 4.66 GPA on a 5.0 scale. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Spanish Honor Society, where she serves as secretary, and is editor of the yearbook. She plans to major in biology in college and attend medical school to become an Obstetrics and Gynecology physician.
She has been tutoring peers since her junior year and performs other community service work through her school clubs. She has been on the bowling team all four years, serving as captain the last three, and received her USBC Bronze coaching certification in 2016. She volunteered in a local coaching clinic for adults who were looking to improve their fundamentals.
Cowan is a senior at Central High School, where he is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Math Society. He has a 4.45 GPA (5.0 scale) and has taken honors classes in English, biology, U.S. history, World history, Spanish, geometry, algebra, math, psychology and journalism. He is editor of the school magazine, a staff member for the yearbook and is in math club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
He is president of the Keystone volunteer group with the Boy and Girls Club, which provides tutoring and does community recycling projects and fundraising. He also served meals for the homeless, did meal packing, community cleanup and helped build a community garden with his church youth group. He has been co-captain of the bowling team for the last three years and on the varsity baseball team for four years.
Gervais is a senior at Michael J. Petrides School and a member of the National Honor Society. She has taken AP classes in U.S. and world history, language and composition, biology, government and calculus, and holds a 4.0 GPA. She is co-president of the Petrides Against Cancer Society, which plans, organizes and carries our fundraisers and events each school year, is editor of the student-run newspaper, a student government representative and has been involved in the school’s musical production competition each year.
She is co-founder and secretary of the Staten Island Student Advocate Association, which works under the guidance of the Staten Island Borough President’s Office to provide children the tools to deal with substance abuse, bullying or domestic violence. She also is captain of the bowling team and was the Public School Athletic League individual champion in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
Jones is completing his senior year at Madison Central High School. He is recognized as an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, having taken AP classes in biology, calculus, English, macroeconomics, U.S. government, U.S. history and world history. He holds a 97.43 GPA (based on 100). He is a member of the National Honor Society and student body vice president.
He was a Mississippi Youth Legislature Outstanding Senator, is a four-year selection to the National Beta Club, a two-time selection to the Mississippi All-State Honor Choir and captain of the school bowling team. He has been on numerous mission trips through his church, coordinated food drives at his high school, served as a Salvation Army bell ringer and has been involved in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
CALIFORNIA JUNIOR TOUR DIRECTOR TO RECEIVE KERM HELMER HORIZON AWARD
David Yamauchi of La Palma, California, the executive director of the Junior Amateur Tour in Southern California, has been selected by the International Bowling Campus Youth committee to receive the Kerm Helmer Horizon Award.
The award recognizes leaders in the sport of bowling who have displayed courage, determination and the ability to develop far-reaching programs that provide fun and exciting opportunities for collegiate and/or youth bowlers. The award is named in honor of Kerm Helmer, the longtime bowling coach at Erie Community College who also served as a board member, vice president, and president of the Young American Bowling Alliance.
“I’m honored to be recognized and flattered someone would even take the time to notice what I do,” Yamauchi said. “Honestly, it’s a true labor of love to be able to provide fun and competitive events for generations of youth bowlers here in Southern California. I’m thankful to USBC for recognizing myself, but more importantly for recognizing the Junior Amateur Tour and what the organization means to the youth in my area.”
Yamauchi comes from a family of league and avid bowlers. He started bowling at an early age and said having great youth directors helped him hone his skills to the point he could take part in the Junior Amateur Tour Farm Club.
He put together a summer youth scratch league – “basically, so we all could have another excuse to get together” – and after joining the adult ranks, he continued to help at JAT events, one of the first youth scratch tours in the nation that provides premier events for youth bowlers in Southern California.
He would become one of two assistant directors for the JAT under the guidance of Mary Smith, mother of pro bowler Robert Smith. A few years later, Mary Smith had to take a leave and asked Yamauchi if he could “watch things for her” and that led to him taking the role as executive director when she decided not to return.
He now has been involved with JAT for 31 years.
“The reason I have such a passion for the JAT is because of what JAT meant to myself and so many of my friends,” Yamauchi said. “If you ask most JAT veterans, they will tell you that it was the absolute best time of their bowling careers and drove their love for the game of bowling. I want to make sure this generation of kids is able to have the experiences, the memories and the stories of their JAT days. My best friends to this day are bowlers from all over Southern California that I may never have met if it wasn’t for being part of my weekend family in JAT.”
As this year’s recipient of the Kerm Helmer Horizon Award, Yamauchi will receive an expenses-paid trip to the USBC Convention, set for April 24-27 at The Orleans in Las Vegas, where he will receive his award.
USBC DETERMINES NATIONAL RECOGNITION AWARD RECIPIENTS
Ruth Heath-Trott of Montpelier, Ohio, and Mike Nelson of Houston have been selected by the United States Bowling Congress Board of Directors to receive National Recognition Awards.
Heath-Trott will receive the Helen Baker Award for Outstanding Association Service, and Nelson has been named USBC Proprietor of the Year. Both awards will be presented at the USBC Convention and Annual Meeting, set for April 24-27 in Las Vegas.
Heath-Trott has served the sport of bowling on the local, state and national level for more than 50 years. She currently is president of Greater Toledo USBC, a position she has held for the last six years, and is a director on the Ohio State USBC Youth Association. She served as the Ohio Women’s Bowling Association president for 12 years.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for doing something that I truly love,” Heath-Trott said. “It is a very special award to me because I knew and worked with Helen Baker and she was someone I hold with great respect. We do not spend the hours working for our chosen sport with the idea that we are working toward any honors, but because we firmly believe in what we are doing. Bowling has been a very important part of my life and I place a very high value on the people I have met and the friends I have made along the way.”
During 25 years with the Ohio WBA, she served on the first Women’s International Bowling Congress Area Recruitment panel, was the WIBC-Ohio State Coordinator for Membership Development and chaired the first Membership Development Workshop in Toledo in 1994.
After retiring from the Ohio USBC WBA, she focused on the local level, helping Greater Toledo USBC complete its Procedure and Policy Manual, and helped increase the board’s involvement. She also brought back the hall of fame, shelved because of a lack of funds, and was instrumental in putting together the winning bids for the 2012 and 2016 Ohio State USBC BA Championships and the 2013 Ohio USBC Women’s Bowling Championships.
She has received numerous honors, including election to the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame in 1994 and Ohio USBC WBA Hall of Fame in 2004, both for meritorious service. She has participated in 46 USBC Women’s Championships and is a charter member of the Montpelier WBA Hall of Fame, elected for Superior Performance in 1988.
Nelson is president and general manager of Copperfield Bowling Center. He has been with the company, Tropicana Inc., for 38 years, serving as manager for eight years and general manager for 24 years before assuming the role of proprietor six years ago. He worked under the guidance of USBC Hall of Famer Bill Lilliard Sr. and Texas USBC Hall of Famer Pete Treybig, his father-in-law.
“He taught me this business and he always said ‘Treat the customer like YOU would want to be treated,’” Nelson said of Treybig. “I have always tried to do this through hard work and service for our bowling community. To win an award from a board that represents the customers makes this award even more special to me.”
He currently is vice president of the Texas Bowling Centers Association, having served on the board since 2006, and will take over as president in April. He served as president of the Houston Bowling Proprietors for more than 10 years.
Nelson has been actively involved in the Texas High School Bowling Club, was instrumental in helping the club programs in the Cypress-Fairbanks School District get started and has worked with those programs for more than 15 years. He also is a strong supporter of the Bowler’s Ed In-School Bowling program and since 2006 has introduced the sport at more than 30 elementary schools using the kits that provide carpeted bowling lanes and instruction.
Copperfield Bowling Center has been the host center for Professional Bowlers Association Southwest Region events, Texas State Bowling Association tournaments, Greater Houston USBC city tournaments, Special Olympic regional and state events, and THSBC state and regional tournaments.
Nelson has been honored with numerous awards, including the 2014 Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America Proprietor of the Year for the state of Texas, the 2010 Texas State Bowling Association Proprietor of the Year, and the 2003 Texas Women’s Bowling Association Proprietor of the Year.
NEW JERSEY VOLUNTEER, LESLIE BOHN, SELECTED FOR NATIONAL AWARD
Leslie Bohn of Jackson, New Jersey, who has organized trips to give youth bowlers the opportunities to compete in tournaments, has been selected to receive the Volunteer of the Year Award by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee.
The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented each year to an adult volunteer who displays outstanding efforts to foster, organize and promote certified youth bowling at the local, state and/or national level.
“This award means the world to me,” said Leslie Bohn, the wife of United States Bowling Congress and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III. “I simply do this to help promote the sport that has given so much to myself and our family. The memories that are created amongst the bowlers and families will last a lifetime!”
She is involved at the local level, organizing fundraisers for youth bowling and making sure the bowlers are aware of scholarship opportunities and deadlines. She organizes and runs the Parker Bohn III Youth Scholarship tournament, which brings together many of the top youth bowlers in the Northeast.
After taking a team to the Bowling.com Youth Open Championships in 2013, she began to take more teams each successive year. Last year, she took 18 teams to participate in the Youth Open in Indianapolis, and, so far, has 31 teams that will make the trip to bowl in Cleveland.
In his nomination of Bohn, John Voorhis wrote: Her passion is apparent and contagious. She is always encouraging and open, frequently challenging the kids to strive for more, and a cheerleader for the state and national programs. She is a true ambassador for youth bowling and the future of the sport.
For being selected as the Youth Volunteer of the Year, Bohn will receive an expenses-paid trip to the USBC Convention, April 24-27 at The Orleans in Las Vegas, where she will be presented with the award.
PBA Announces 2016 QubicaAMF
PBA Regional Awards
The PBA announced its 2016 QubicaAMF PBA Regional Award winners recognizing Players of the Year, Rookies of the Year, PBA50 Players of the Year and Pat Patterson Award winners in each of its eight regions.
Highlights of the season included Jakob Butturff’s record nine PBA Regional titles, which resulted in Northwest and West Player of the Year honors, and PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., who was a member of the winning Decker Appraisal Services Baker Trios team in Harrisonburg, Va., to earn his 100th overall title in PBA competition.
The PBA’s regional program, founded in 1970, provides bowlers with a proving ground to develop their skills in high-level competition against some of the sport’s established stars.
Award winners were announced by the PBA’s regional managers: Russ Mills, East Region; Sam Zurich, South Region; Bob Jakel, Central Region; Rich Weber, Midwest Region; Pete McCordic, Southwest Region; Gary Mage, West and Northwest Regions, and Junia Yoshida, Japan Region.
Here’s a summary of 2016 PBA Regional award winners:
East – Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., took Player of the Year honors with three top three finishes including one win and two thirds. Rookie of the Year went to Cody Shoemaker of Hanover, Pa., who cashed in five of seven events and had one match play appearance. PBA50 Player of the Year honors went to Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y., who had four top-five finishes including one win. The Pat Patterson recipient in the East was PBA50 Tour player Warren Burr of Wilmington, Del.
South – Two-time PBA Tour winner Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., took Player of the Year thanks to five top-five finishes including two wins. Rookie of the Year went to Trevor Roberts of Crystal River, Fla., who made match play in six of seven events and had a best finish of third. PBA50 Player of the Year went to Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla. with four top three finishes including two wins, a second and third-place finish. The Pat Patterson Award winner was Todd Wilson of Summerville, N.C.
Central – Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind. earned Player of the Year honors with seven top-five finishes including one win and four second-place finishes. Graham Fach, who made history as the first Canadian to win a PBA Tour title when he won the 2016 Barbasol PBA Players Championship, earned Rookie of the Year honors with three wins and a fifth-place finish. Former PBA Tour veteran Brian Kretzer of Kettering, Ohio earned PBA50 Player of the Year with five top-three finishes including two wins. The Pat Patterson Award went to Dick Gran of Hartville, Ohio.
Midwest – 2011 USBC Masters champion Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, earned Midwest Player of the Year honors for the third time with five top-three finishes including one win, three runner-up and one third-place finish. Winning PBA50 Player of the Year honors was Dave Williams Jr. of Omaha with four top-five finishes including one win, one runner-up, one fourth and one fifth-place finish. No Rookie of the Year award was voted on in the Midwest. Gerald Marrs of Huntley, Ill. was the Pat Patterson award recipient.
Southwest – Player of the Year honors went to Chris Hibbitts of Keller, Texas with five top-finishes including two wins. Rookie of the Year went to 2016 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year and U.S. Open winner Francois Lavoie of Wichita, Kan. The Canadian native had four top-five finishes including one win and one runner-up finish. No PBA50 Player of the Year or Pat Patterson Award was awarded in the Southwest.
Northwest & West – If there was an overall award for Regional Player of the Year it would have to go to Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Ariz., who earned Regional Player of the Year in both the Northwest and West regions by winning a record nine PBA regional titles during the 2016 season, breaking the previous record of eight held by Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas. Other award winners in the Northwest were Darren Tang of San Francisco who earned Rookie of the Year honors with two third-place and one fifth-place finish. Northwest PBA50 Player of the Year went to Rob Rice of Sunnyside, Calif., who won two PBA50 Regionals and also had a third and fifth-place finish. No Pat Patterson award was awarded in the Northwest region.
West – Darren Tang also claimed Rookie of the Year honors in the West with one win, a second and fourth-place finish. PBA50 Tour standout Ron Mohr of Las Vegas earned PBA50 Player of the Year thanks to three wins, a second and fourth-place finishes. Jim Gordin, proprietor of Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif., and a PBA50 competitor, won the Pat Patterson award winner in the West.
Japan – Bowler of the Year went to Takahiro Sato, Rookie of the Year is Masaki Noda, and Japan’s Pat Patterson Award recipient is the Sekiyu Co., Ltd.
The PBA conducted approximately 150 regional events during the 2016 season, including standard events, PBA50 and PBA60 events for players 50 and/or 60 years and older, “challenge” events for players who had not previously won PBA titles, and PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional events. The leading players in competition points in standard and PWBA-PBA Women’s events from each region were awarded paid entries into GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno, Nev., in December, and were invited to compete for berths in the PBA Regional and PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional Challenge finals.
SEVEN ELITE COACHES JOIN TEAM USA STAFF
ARLINGTON, Texas – Team USA has experienced tremendous success in international competition, and to ensure future teams have the highest level of training, the United States Bowling Congress has added seven coaches to the Team USA program.
Joining Team USA head coach Rod Ross and Junior Team USA head coach Bryan O’Keefe on the coaching staff are:
Mark Baker, Yorba Linda, Calif.
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Tx
Andy Diercks, Marion, Iowa
Kelly Kulick, Union, New Jersey
Mike Shady, Girard, Pennsylvania
Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Illinois
Del Warren, Lake Wales, Florida
The seven assistant coaches will work with the athletes at training camps and will be available to work with the teams in international competitions, as needed. Each coach is an independent contractor for Team USA and not an employee of USBC.
“These coaches bring a wealth of experience to the Team USA program, and the athletes will benefit from the knowledge and experience of this group,” USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “Having the coaches work training camps will help build the coach/athlete relationships. Much like the player selection process for international competitions, we also will make coaching selections for competitions.”
Baker is a USBC Silver coach and former PBA Tour professional who has been coaching for more than 20 years. He has written a bowling instructional book, The Game Changer, and has conducted more than 140 clinics worldwide. He has worked with many PBA players, including current and former Team USA members Chris Barnes, Mike Fagan, Tommy Jones and Bill O’Neill. On the lanes, he won four PBA national titles.
Dorin-Ballard is a USBC Silver coach, and, with husband Del, owns Ballard’s Bowling Academy, which conducts clinics throughout the United States and internationally. She previously worked as USBC Director of Coaching. A USBC Hall of Fame member and five-time Team USA member, she has won more than 20 professional titles.
Diercks, a USBC Silver coach, is the head coach at Mount Mercy University. An International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association (IBPSIA) certified technician, he previously was a staff coach and manager for the International Art of Bowling (IAB), where he worked with USBC Gold coach Ron Hoppe. He serves on the Iowa and Cedar Rapids association boards, and on the IBPSIA board.
Kulick is a USBC Silver coach and has been a lead instructor for Dick Ritger Bowling Camps since 2006. A graduate of Morehead State, she assisted Larry Wilson on the women’s team that won the Intercollegiate Team Championships in 2000. She is a 13-time member of Team USA, two-time member of Junior Team USA and has six major titles, including the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions.
Shady, who will be inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame in April, is founder of Peak Performance Bowling, a company that develops educational and instructional programs including clinics, camps, mental conditioning and personalized programs for the growth and development of bowlers of all ages and abilities. He has been on Bowlers Journal Top 100 coaches list the past 16 years, and he is a full-time high school teacher.
Spigner, a USBC Gold coach since 2000 who has been teaching for nearly 40 years, has been on the Bowlers Journal Top 100 Coaches list since 2006. A coaching specialist for IAB, he was the head teaching pro for the Professional Bowling Camps for a decade. He has authored more than 300 instructional articles and has written The Pro Approach for Bowlers Journal since 2008. As a bowler, the USBC Hall of Famer won three PBA national titles and nine regional titles.
Warren is a USBC Gold coach and vice president of Kegel Training Center. He has been the head coach of Webber International men’s team for the last eight years and was the national team coach for the Dominican Republic from 2012-2014. On the lanes, he earned two Professional Bowlers Association national titles and 10 regional titles.