July 29, 2014

Kadry on Bowling: Brunswick leaving the business, to sell 100 centers

Another long chapter in bowling is coming to a close.

Another long chapter in bowling is coming to a close.

Brunswick Corp., a backbone of the bowling industry for more than 100 years and a company synonymous with bowling, is leaving the business. Brunswick announced last week it’s in the process selling 100 bowling centers to Bowlmor AMF for $270 million. Bowlmor AMF, the largest operator of bowling centers in the world, currently has 242 centers and the acquisition will bring it to nearly 350 centers in their holdings.

Brunswick has also stated it intends to sell its bowling-products business by the end of the year, allowing more time to concentrate on its marine and fitness entities.

The departure of Brunswick brings up many unknowns for the industry. How will this affect the bowling equipment for local pro shops? How will this affect the Brunswick staff of professional bowlers and the pro tour itself? How will the thousands of Brunswick-equipped bowling centers find service and support? What will happen to the many tournaments and programs Brunswick sponsors?

The Brunswick bowling business began in Muskegon, Mich., and at one time had around 2,700 employees. It came into the business in 1906 making wooden balls, wooden pins and wooden lanes, all since long gone. Currently, it produces its bowling balls in Mexico.

Pam Marquez was elected vice president at the annual meeting of the Modesto USBC. Joining her on the board will be six new or re-elected directors: Carol Serpa, April Walker, Julie Egleston, Robert Tillery, Jay Glover and Debbie Chin. The board officially will be installed at the installation and awards banquet Oct. 25 at the Elks Lodge, 645 Charity Way, Modesto.

This is the final weekend left to roll in the 65th Peach Classic Tournament at McHenry Bowl in Modesto. This year, the prize fund is expected to exceed $30,000 to pay out the seven different prize funds. Squads are on Saturdays and Sundays at noon, 2:30 and 5 p.m. Call (209) 571-2695 to reserve your place.

Rich Custer continues to dominate the Scratch 6-Gamer Tournament at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto with his third monthly win out of seven events. Custer started the year by winning the first two sweepers, and this month he was in control from the qualifying. At 250 over, he averaged a 241 coming out of the qualifying round in the lead. Custer didn’t cool off while he was waiting for the final stepladder game. He won easily, posting a 265 against Benny Sanchez Jr.’s 200. Custer took home $264 for the win, pushing his annual total to $1,720, a thousand bucks better than second annual leader, Will Garber at $720.


ary Riley won the men’s side of the Yosemite No-Tap with his 890 score. Charlie Nishiguchi finished second after posting an 848 set, including a no-tap 300 game. Max Norris took third at 840. Sheri Cole topped the ladies with an 831 series. Kathy Ely’s 822 score was good for second, followed by Sharon Moore in third with a 793 total.

The Senior Fun Day Tournament is rolling at McHenry starting at 1 p.m. The pot luck is at noon, and check-in begins at 12:30. ... Next Monday morning brings the Ladies Trio Tournament at McHenry. Check-in is at 9 a.m. with tournament scoring starting at 9:30. ... Classes for beginner adult and youth bowlers are being offered at McHenry Bowl next week. The classes run for four weeks. Adult classes are Tuesday evenings, beginning Aug. 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.. The youth class will run on Thursdays, starting Aug. 7, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The classes are free and teach the basics of bowling to nonleague bowlers. Call (209) 571-2695 to sign up or for more information.

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