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CATCH UP ON ISBPA NEWS WITH THE
SPRING 2014 'PRAIRIE STATE PROPRIETOR'

The Spring 2014 edition of ISBPA's member newsletter, Prairie State Proprietor, features stories on member center fundraisers that benefited the tornado relief effort for Washington, Ill.; a recap of the 2014 Kegel/ISBPA Midwest Collegiate Classic Tournament and the 2014 Miller Lite "Beer Frame Baker Blast" finals; photos from the 2013 Annual Fall Meeting in Naperville, an update on the BPAA Women's All-Star Tournament and Senior Women's U.S. Open headed to member centers Don Carter Lanes and The Cherry Bowl in Rockford in July; the always popular "Around and About the Prairie State" column, and more. Visit the "Prairie State Proprietor" page to access the link for downloading or online viewing.


 

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS BPA YOUTH TOURNEY RESULTS ANNOUNCED

 
This year's Southern Illinois BPA Youth Singles and Team tournament champions can now be downloaded from the Southern Illinois BPA page. Each member of the winning teams in the Prep, Junior and Major divisions received a $130 scholarship, while the four Singles division champions earned $250 scholarships. All scholarship winnings are held and managed by the U.S. Bowling Congress's SMART program. For more information on SMART, click here. 
 

 

 

CHICAGOLAND COMMUNITY TWOSOME TOURNAMENT CONCLUDES

Final standings for the 2014 Chicagoland BPA/Chicago USBC Community Twosome Tournament are now available on the "Youth Tournament Calendar and Results" page in the "Community Twosome Adult-Junior Tournament" section.  Scholarships totaling $4,000 were awarded to the top four finishing teams in each of eight divisions.


 

 

 

'PINS OVER' BOWLERS READY TO ROLL FOR BIG PRIZES AT FINALS

The names of the 32 men and 32 women bowlers advancing from the Sectional Roll-offs for the 34th Coors Light Pins Over Average Tournament to the May 3 finals at Rolling Lanes in Countryside will be posted on the "2014 Coors Light Pins Over Average" page once average verification for all Sections is completed. A first prize of $10,000 awaits the man and woman who score the most pins over average in the finals; runners-up in each division receive a seven-day Hawaiian vacation for two. Competition begins at noon.


 

REGIONAL RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR
2014 STORM/ROTO GRIP YOUTH HANDICAP SINGLES TOURNAMENT

Final standings for the 2014 Storm/Roto Grip Youth Handicap Singles Regional Roll-offs are now available on the "Youth Tournament Calendar and Results" page in the "ISBPA Storm/Roto Grip Youth Handicap Singles" section.  Each region's results may be accessed by clicking on the link that follows a specific region's qualifying date information. One hundred sixty-five youngsters  qualified to compete in the State Finals that will be held April 26-27 at Habetler Bowl in Chicago, beginning at noon each day.


 

YANEL'S 'CHAMPS' VICTORY IS PERFECTION X 2
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Ryan Yanel, a 28-year-old bowling pro shop operator representing Raymond's Bowl, rolled two 300 games on his way to an 1143 four-game series and victory in the men's finals of the 53rd Annual Chicago Sun-Times/BPA Beat The Champion tournament March 9 at River Rand Bowl in Des Plaines. Yanel toppled "Champs" and River Rand Bowl records alike with his 289-300-300-254 scratch set (he received no handicap pins), defeating runner-up D'Andrey Fields of Dolton Bowl by 153 pins. Rebecca Meyer, the Sun-Times' senior manager for audience sales and retention, and Steve Ursin, representing Arlington Heights Ford and the Chicagoland Ford Dealers, presented Yanel with his first-place prize, the 2014 Ford Focus shown above.  For the complete story of Yanel's record-setting outing and and the men's final standings, visit the "2014 Sun-Times/Beat The Champs" page. NEW - Dale Bowman's coverage of the men's and women's finals as it appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times can now be downloaded on the "Champs" page.


 

  

GUADAGNO'S 'CHAMPS' VICTORY PUTS HER IN FOCUS

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Wood Dale Bowl's Vicki Guadagno (shown above with Chicagoland BPA President Bill Habetler and her new 2014 Ford Focus automobile) withstood a closing surge by Linda Haynes of Castaways Bowl to win the 53rd Annual Chicago Sun-Times/BPA Beat The Champions women's finals March 2 at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville. Guadagno edged Haynes 943-938 to win the auto, which was presented by Micaela Brown of the Sun-Times and Neal Snyder of Arlington Heights Ford, representing the Chicagoland Ford Dealers. For the complete story of Guadagno's road to victory and and the women's final standings, visit the "2014 Sun-Times/Beat The Champs" page. The men's finals take place Sunday, March 9, at River Rand Bowl in Des Plaines, starting at noon. NEW: Visit our Facebook page - "Illinois State BPA" - to see the photo album from the competition.


 

  

ISBPA PRESENTS $17,000 CHECK
TO WASHINGTON, ILL., FOR TORNADO RELIEF

ISBPA president Alan Nordman of Plum Hollow Family Center (second from right in photo) presented Washington, Ill., Mayor Gary W. Manier with a check for $17,000 Sunday, Feb. 9, at Plaza Lanes, to be used for tornado relief in Washington. The money was raised through a series of "Prayers for Washington, IL" fundraising events held at ISBPA member centers throughout the state from November through January. The presentation occurred prior to the start of the final round of the Greater Peoria Bowling Association Tournament at Plaza Lanes. Click here to read the complete press release, and here to see WEEK-TV's video report on the presentation.

(Photo courtesy of Susan Wise)


 

 

NOTRE DAME COLLEGE, WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY

WIN 1st KEGEL/ISBPA MIDWEST COLLEGIATE CLASSIC

Click here for final team results
Click here for final individual standings

Notre Dame College and Wichita State University led wire-to-wire to capture the men's and women's varsity titles at the 1st Kegel/ISBPA Midwest Collegiate Classic, held Jan. 18-19 at Stardust Bowl in Addison, Ill. Notre Dame's varsity men held off a late charge from Wichita State University to win by nine pins, while the Lady Shockers defeated runner-up Grand View University by 438 pins. Each champion took home a $2,500 scholarship. The complete tournament wrap-up story and photos can be found here. Photos from the two-day competition are also available at the "Illinois State BPA" Facebook page. 


 

ELK GROVE BOWL TEAM WINS 2014 'BAKER BLAST'

 
A quartet that bowls together in a league at Elk Grove Bowl in Elk Grove Village - Bobby Rogers Jr., Bob Rogers, Don Holmes and Mike Thomka (shown above, l-r) - captured the $5,000 first prize at the 2014 Miller Lite "Beer Frame Baker Blast" State Finals, held simultaneously at Wood Dale Bowl and Illinois Valley Super Bowl Jan. 11. The Elk Grove Bowl entry finished 10 cumulative pins away from its 196 target score over five Baker games. Click here to learn how they combined strategy and skill to defeat 28 other teams from across the state, as well as to download the final standings and prize payout for both regions.
 
(Photo courtesy of Bill Duff)


ENTRY FORMS FOR 2014 ILLINOIS YOUTH TOURNAMENTS AVAILABLE

 
Dates and host centers for ISBPA's regional and state youth tournament finals, along with downloadable calendars and entry forms, can be found on the "Youth Tournament Calendar and Results" page. Several of the state finals move to the northern half of the state in 2014, including the Storm/Roto Grip Illinois BPA Youth Handicap Singles (Habetler Bowl, Chicago) and the Illinois State BPA Family Tournament (Fox Bowl, Wheaton). Download the official 2014 ISBPA QubicaAMF International Family Tournament entry form and NEW - the 2014 Illinois All-Star Shoot Out entry form and rules - at the links provided on this page. (PLEASE NOTE: the All-Star Shoot Out entry form now available at this page updates earlier versions published prior to April 10, 2014.)

 

 

 

2014 BOWL EXPO OFFERS ALL KINDS OF WAYS TO SAVE, MAKE $$$
 

Rebates, vouchers, sweepstakes, raffles, Trade Show bargains - all kinds of enticements await BPA members who register for the 2014 edition of BPAA's International Bowl Expo, to be held June 22-27 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. Each full registration pass ($349 for members, $549 for non-members if purchased before May 23, 2014) includes full admission to the general education seminars and workshops, a ticket to the Welcome Reception, Awards Luncheon, the Club Xpo wrap-up party, and VIP seating for the general session that President George W. Bush will address Wednesday, June 25. Special educational opportunities include a behind-the-scene look at how Disney World operates and a chance to interact with top hospitality experts from the University of Central Florida's Rosen College of Hospitality. United Airlines is offering special discount airfares on its Orlando routes for this event. More information can be found in the online program here and at www.bowlexpo.com, which also offers online registration.
 

  

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