6 www.bowlingworld.com - Dec/Jan 2018 SERVING THE BOWLING INDUSTRY SINCE 1967 A 360 Degree View of Bol 300 Hermosillo is a city of 800,000 and is known as the ‘The Sun City’. However, after hosting their 3rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup the Gutierrez Family may have just transformed it into ‘The Bowl City’. Fernando Gutierrez, owner of Bol 300, started this tradition when he hosted the 1994 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at his original location, Bol 300 Satellite. After that first experience, Fernando knew it was something he wanted to bring back. So when he de- cided to open up the second Bol 300 location, it was a no brainer that he planned to return the Bowling World Cup to Hermosillo. And finally, the third time is certainly the charm as we welcome bowlers in 2017 to this mecca of bowling for Mexico. ―We always knew the Bowling World Cup was a great tournament and fell in love with it when we first hosted in 1994,‖ states Fernando Gutierrez, Owner, Bol 300. ―We have been planning the 2017 edition for more than a year to ensure that the bowlers have the best playing conditions and all the bowlers, officials and guests enjoy a first class World Cup and take home great memories of our city.‖ In 2008, the Gutierrez family created the new Bol 300 location specifically with the idea in mind of bringing the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup back to Hermosillo. A brand new center, Bol 300 was the premier for sport and entertain- ment in Hermosillo. Now with the plan in mind to maintain that brand image, the Gutierrez family had to do something big again to make their center stand out from the rest. That is when they chose to modernize their current automatic scoring to BES X , the world‘s only Bowler Entertainment System. With this transformation, they can ensure a smooth tournament with its competitive bowling features as well as the entertainment aspect with games such as YouToons and MAD Games. So what does Bol 300 have to offer when 70 countries aren‘t vying for one of the most prestigious bowling titles in the world? Bol 300 is certainly more than just your traditional 32-lane center. While they do main- tain a league presence, they have ex- panded to support growing open play bowl- ing as well as birthdays and corporate events. Installing BES X earlier in 2017, they have seen an increase in bowling play from their local community that they hope continues after bringing the Bowling World Cup to their esteemed center. We are proud to see that the sport of bowling is continuing to grow in Mexico and we believe hosting the Bowling World Cup will add even more to that,‖ states Daniel Gutierrez, Director, Bol 300. ―But what‘s even better is that we believe it will bring new bowlers to try the center and enjoy bowling.‖ Business has been good for Bol 300, but they see even more opportunity for growth because of bowling‘s appeal. In their center, they also provide food, drinks, billiards and occasional live music, which keeps the party going on the lanes and beyond. Even more, thanks to BES X they have been able to grow their birthday party business and Daniel Gutierrez shares his view: ―I have never met a child who doesn‘t love bowling, and eve- ryone loves the YouToons feature which allows you to take a selfie and put it up on the monitors.‖ The Gutierrez family is not only part of the game, but changing it for the better in Mex- ico. They continue to support the sport and growth of entertainment here in Hermosillo by making Bol 300 THE place to be in Sonora. Record Performances Highlight National High Series, Average Award Winners for 2016-2017 By Aaron Smith ARLINGTON, Texas – Liz Kuhlkin of Schenectady, New York, and Hannah Manetta of Port Jefferson Station, New York, each set a national record in their respective division to highlight the United States Bowling Congress Stan- dard High Series Award winners during the 2016-2017 season. Kuhlkin, 23, won the Female USBC Standard High Series Award after deliv- ering games of 300, 300 and 290 for an 890 series during the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial League at Schenectady‘s Towne Bowling Academy on Oct. 17, 2016. The previous record belonged to Erica Cutler of Fort Wayne, Indi- ana, who rolled 889 on Feb. 14, 2016. Kuhlkin, a Professional Women‘s Bowling Association titlist, nearly sur- passed her own mark later in the season during the same league, starting with 33 consecutive strikes before finishing with 879 on Feb. 6, 2017. She now holds two of the three highest three-game series by a woman. Manetta, 15, captured the Youth Female USBC Standard High Series Award with games of 300, 300 and 279 for an 879 series during the Hot Shot Teens summer league at East Islip Lanes on July 5, 2017. Manetta‘s performance surpassed the previous female youth three-game series mark of 859, set by Samantha Santoro of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, in September 2007. East Islip Lanes also was the home of the most recent 900 series, rolled by Joe Novara of East Patchogue, New York, on Oct. 16, 2017. Novara‘s series is the highest of the 2017-2018 season. The Male USBC Standard High Series Award for the 2016-2017 season was shared by Sean Osbourn of Houston, John Buchanan III of Evansville, Indi- ana, Sam Esposito of Homer Glen, Illinois, and Brady Stearns of St. Cloud, Minnesota. Each rolled a 900 series, matching the mark set during the 2005- 2006 campaign for the most 900s during a league season. Osbourn, 24, was the first to achieve the feat in the Lone Star State, firing 36 consecutive strikes Nov. 21, 2016 at Houston‘s Copperfield Bowl during the NFL Fall 2016 short-season league. Buchanan, 70, became the oldest bowler to roll a 900 series, posting three consecutive 300 games Jan. 11, 2017 during the Woodward Commercial Sen- iors league at Evansville‘s Franklin Lanes. Esposito, 26, recorded his perfect evening Feb. 3, 2017 during the Friday Classic league at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Illinois. Stearns, 23, added his name to the list March 28, 2017 at St. Cloud‘s South- way Bowl during the City league. The Youth Male USBC Standard High Series Award went to Tiler Levesque of Acushnet, Massachusetts, who rolled games of 300, 274 and 300 for an 874 series on April 29, 2017. Levesque, 18, recorded the set during the Ken- tucky State Youth Tournament at Dixie Bowl in Louisville, Kentucky. The USBC National Standard High Average Awards went to AJ Rice of Co- lumbus, Georgia, and Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio. Rice, 26, won the men‘s award after posting a 254.2 clip for 71 games during the Thursday Nite Blues league at Columbus‘ Bowlero. Rice‘s performance during the 2016-2017 season places him fifth on the all- time average list. Jeff Carter of Springfield, Illinois, set the average mark dur- ing the 2000-2001 season, averaging 261.7. Pluhowsky, a 17-time Team USA member, earned her second National Standard High Average Award after finishing the Half & Half league at Beaver Vu Bowl in Beavercreek, Ohio, with a 241 average for 78 games. The 35-year-old left-hander also won the 2013-2014 award after finishing with a then-record average of 245.1, and she also is the 2008-2009 USBC Sport Bowling National High Average Award Winner. The Youth Male and Youth Female USBC National Standard High Average Awards went to David Hooper Jr. of Greenville, South Carolina, and Cameron Strombeck of Durham, North Carolina. Hooper, 18, maintained a 235 average for 96 games during the AMF Varsity Div. II league at AMF Star Lanes, also located in Greenville. Hooper was the runner-up at the 2017 Junior Gold Championships and earned a spot on Jun- ior Team USA 2018. Strombeck, 18, finished the Village Youth league at Village Lanes in Durham with a 221 average for 84 games.