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Kegel BWAA Bowler of the Month



ARLINGTON, Texas - John Petraglia, Jackson, New Jersey, has been named the May 2012 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America.

Petraglia became the first bowler to win a PBA National Tour or Senior Tour title in six different decades by winning the PBA Senior Dayton Classic. He defeated the reigning PBA Senior Tour Player of the Year, Ron Mohr, Eagle River Alaska, 220-204 in the title match.  The four-man stepladder finals began with Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio prevailing over PBA Senior Tour Rookie of the Year candidate Bob Learn, Jr., Macomb, Michigan, 243-217. Mohr then defeated Profitt in a close semifinal, 238-222, setting up the fateful final match.  The 65-year-old PBA and USBC Hall of Famer first won as a 19-year-old in the 1966 PBA Fort Smith Open. Petraglia's eighth career PBA Senior Tour win ended a three-year winless streak.  Bowling icon Dick Weber was the first to win PBA titles in six different decades. His final title was a 2002 PBA Senior Midwest Regional crown.

In close voting this month, others receiving votes were Liz Johnson, winner of three gold medals at the 2012 Pan American Bowling Confederation(PABCON) Champion of Champions tournament, Bob Learn, Jr., winner of the PBA Senior Mooresville Classic, and Walter Ray Williams, Jr., winner of the PBA Senior Don Carter Open, presented by Ebonite.  


2012 BWAA Convention Schedule

2012 BWAA Convention Schedule   Reno, Nevada

Sunday, June 24  

Columbia Awards Dinner    6:30 cocktails/7:30 Dinner                       Eldorado Hotel

Monday, June 25

12 noon   BWAA Brunswick Luncheon                                                             Eldorado

1:30 – 3:30 Combined Board of Directors and Life Members Meeting     Eldorado

3:30 - 5:00 breakout sessions if needed

Tuesday, June 26

8:00 – 9:00  Storm Breakfast                                                                             Eldorado

9:30 – Noon  BWAA Annual meeting                                                               Eldorado

2:00 – 3:30   Q & A with the PBA and World Bowling Tour                          Eldorado

Wednesday, June 27

10:30 – 4:30   BWAA Radio & Video Stage Featuring

                        Len “The Phantom” Nicholson,

                        BJI Exec.Editor Jim Dressel and guests           Reno Convention Center

Thursday, June 28

 10:00 – 3:30  BWAA Radio & Video Stage Featuring

                        “Let’s Go Bowling” Hosts Ken Van Baber,

                         Bill Zuben and guests                                       Reno Convention Center  



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2012 Luby Hall of Fame Award




ARLINGTON, Texas - A man who elevated the coverage of bowling in his region for more than 40 years, R.F. (Robert Frank) Corderman, has been voted the newest recipient of the Luby Hall of Fame Award by the Bowling Writers Association of America.

Corderman, 60, was known mostly for his ability to cover all aspects of the West Coast scene through the pages of the Pacific Bowler, with which he was affiliated from 1978-2004. He set standards for regional coverage in areas such as wheelchair bowling, senior news, the youth level and, of course, the PBA Regional Tour. That, along with his insightful voice covering the issues via his "Pin Action" column, made PB a "must read" not only in his area of coverage, but well beyond.

He started his journalistic career as Editor of the Citrus Bowler in San Bernardino, Calif. He left that newspaper after four years to join the Pacific Bowler in Garden Grove, Calif. He moved up through the ranks to eventually become Editor-Publisher of the newspaper, a post he held with his wife, Berdalee.

While there, he (and his wife) also served in the same capacity for 10 years with the San Diego County Bowler.

For more than 25 years, starting in 1976, he was the publicist for the Professional Bowlers Assn. Western Region. Again, he set a standard that was hard to match.

"R.F. covered all of our regional tournaments," remembered PBA lane man Lenny Nicholson. "He was awesome. He showed up for every regional event, and always wrote a great story. I never met anybody who covered the regionals as well as he did. He also put together the regional program book. He was all business and admired for his tenacity."

As a result of those efforts, he was named the Pat Patterson Award recipient for his regional contributions. Only PBA members were eligible, but PBA Regional boss Ted Hoffman Jr. secretly bought R.F. an associate membership so he could be presented the plaque at a Southern California Bowling Writers All-Star Awards Banquet.

Beyond that, he was a longtime president of the Southern California Bowling Writers, which presided over the annual Southern California Bowling Writers All-Star Awards Banquet.

This is his third Hall of Fame honor. He was named to the Southern California Bowling Hall of Fame for meritorious service, and selected by the Orange County Bowling Assn. Hall of Fame for meritorious service.

He retired in 2004, and he and Berdalee now are living in Bedford, Iowa.

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2012 Hennessy Award of Merit


Award for Contributions to the Sport to be Presented at

BWAA Annual Meeting June 24 in Reno, Nev.


ARLINGTON, Texas -- For contributions to bowling through education, promotion and commentary on issues affecting the sport, the Bowling Writers Association of America has announced that John LaSpina is the recipient of the 2012 BWAA Mike Hennessy Award of Merit.

LaSpina has served in leadership roles at many levels during his lifetime of involvement in the sport. He was president of the New York City BPA, the New York State BPA, and has chaired the Tri-State Bowling Promotions Committee. On the national level, he served as vice president and then president of the BPAA from 1992-94. He also served on BPAA's board of directors from 1977 until recently and was on the board of the Young American Bowling Alliance, during which time, he served as vice-president.

It was through his involvement with YABA that LaSpina was instrumental in the development of the YABA PEE WEE program designed to promote the sport to very young children.

LaSpina, along with his brother, Peter, also administers the Peter J. LaSpina Memorial Scholarship Tournament in memory of their late father and has spearheaded many other bowling-related fundraisers for many charities locally and nationally.

In response to the aftermath of 9/11, Maple Family Centers organized the Maple Family Center BVL tournament that has raised thousands of dollars for the charity. LaSpina is currently president of Maple Family Centers which operates five centers in New York.

"What makes receiving this award all the more special is that it is in honor of Mike (Hennessy) who was a great friend," said LaSpina. "I've always encouraged the concept of working together not only in my work as a proprietor but also in the leadership positions I've had in the industry.

Throughout his tenure as an industry leader, LaSpina has written numerous articles and columns for industry publications focusing on bowling issues. He is also past-chairman of International Bowl Expo and the East Coast Bowling Centers Convention.

"As a proprietor myself, I care deeply for the future of the sport and have always tried to convey that enthusiasm to everyone I've worked with in the industry because it is indeed a lifetime sport."

LaSpina has also been recognized with many other industry awards including:

  • New York City Bowling Proprietors' Association Hall of Fame Award - 1982
  • Metropolitan Bowling Writers Award - 1984
  • International Bowling Industry Magazine Person of the Year - 1994
  • BPAA's President's Medal - 1995
  • New York State Bowling Proprietors' Association Award of Excellence - 1996
  • William Landgraff Award - Metropolitan Bowling Writers Association - 1998
  • BPAA Hall of Fame and Victor Lerner Memorial Medal - 2002

The Mike Hennessy Award of Merit is named after the late bowling reporter, former BWAA president and USBC Hall of Famer who held many positions in the bowling industry and covered the sport at all levels. Jim Goodwin was the recipient of the inaugural Hennessy Award of Merit in 2011.

LaSpina will be presented with his award during BWAA Annual Meeting activities held in conjunction with BPAA Bowl Expo June 24-29 in Reno, Nev. 

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We have now added a "BWAA Photo Gallery" to the website.  There is a box with a link in the left column of this page that you can use to access the Photo Gallery.   Please take a look at it and see photos from Bowl Expo and the Grand Opening of the new "50 Years of Womens Professional Bowling" exhibit at the Hall of Fame.  More will be added soon...

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