PBA Hall of Fame Classic

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) was founded in 1958 when the 33 original members came together to form a program for bowlers who wanted to go professional. They each donated $50 to make the association possible. The PBA is known as the major league bowling of the United States. It has more than 4,000 members worldwide representing 14 countries. The PBA oversees all the professional competitions via the following tours:  PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional Tour, PBA Women’s Series. The PBA Tour last the entirety of the year with specific events scheduled throughout the year.

Currently (January), a large televised competition is being held in Arlington, TX. The PBA Hall of Fame Classic hosts 70 professional bowlers as they bowl in attempts to win a grand prize of $25,000 to the first place winner and $2,000 to the 18th place winner. This competition lasts from January 2 – January 6. Tune in to find out the winner!

Bowling Movie Marathon!

Unfortunately, Laurel Lanes is not open 24 hours a day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your bowling fix while waiting for our doors to unlock in the morning. Thanks to some pretty great bowling movies you can enjoy bowling from the comfort of your own home. Let’s take a look at some movies that feature bowling as their focal point.

Kingpin (1996)

Kingpin is a movie for all those who like a comeback story! This movie starts off following a young bowler Roy Munson, played by Woody Harrelson, on his journey to becoming a professional bowler. While on a bowling tour he wins against a pro named Ernie McCracken, played by Bill Murray. McCracken seeks revenge after being embarrassed because he was defeated by Roy. This ultimately results in Roy’s downfall as a professional bowler, when McCracken convinces Roy to con some amateur bowlers.  The amateurs get upset and force Roy’s hand into a ball return, resulting in him losing his bowling hand. Years later Roy is an alcoholic struggling to pay rent when he comes across a young-Amish bowler who he sees potential in. He convinces Ishmael Boorg, played by Randy Quaid, to tighten up his skills and compete to win $1 million in Reno.

The Big Lebowski (1998)

If you are into a unique kind of humor The Big Lebowski is for you! Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, played by Jeff Bridges, is a lazy middle-aged bowler. He is mistaken for a millionaire who shares the same name and beaten up. The two henchman claim he owes them money until they realize they have the wrong Jeff Lebowski and one pees on his rug (yep, you read that right). Lebowski is furious and explains to his bowling pals that he wants compensation for his ruined rug. The trio confront the other Lebowski in hopes that he would pay for the destroyed rug. They end up taking the other Lebowski’s rug causing the rest of the movie to be a journey they were not expecting.

Blackball (2003)

This movie takes place in England and shows us a different kind of bowling called Lawn Bowls. The main character, Cliff Starkey played by Paul Kaye, is a rebellious punk with grungy clothes. This look is frowned upon in the world of his local bowls club. Because of Starkey’s lack of rule following he gets banned for fifteen years by the local lawn bowls association. An American sports agent, Rick Schwartz, played by Vince Vaughn, picks up Starkey and brands him as the “bad boy of bowls.” Starkey’s transforms the way people see the sport turning it into a competitive sport with his trick shots. He might meet a pretty lady along the way too.

Well, that sums up some blowing movies. We hope these come in handy in your spare time away from our lanes! See you when our doors open!

Monster Factory Fun!

Calling all Frankensteins!

Halloween is just around the corner! Don’t let the spooky fun stop at home.

Laurel Lanes offers many exciting bowling games to use during your time with us. An all-time favorite among our young bowlers is Monster Factory. This is one of our 5 ball mini games, which means this is a great way for kids to practice for a full game. Let the kids discover what it was like to be Dr. Frankenstein as they create a monster as they bowl. Watch as their unique monster takes shape with each ball they roll down the lane. The more pins they knock down the cooler the body part gets!

Alright kids, let’s learn how Monster Factory works!

The first bowl will determine the body shape you will start with. Wow! Look you knocked down 5 pins so you get a blue-furry body and your brother knocked down 6 pins so he gets a robotic body!

Okay, now you’re ready to bowl for your monster’s legs. Will they be big, little or even have claws? Go ahead bowl to find out! Woah, those are some big-purple feet. I’m not sure if Laurel Lanes has big enough bowling shoes for your monster.

On to the next body part! A monster isn’t a monster without its big-scary arms, right?! You have to bowl to see just how creepy they will be. You knocked down 8 pins, great job! Oh my, look at those hairy things.

Now for the creepiest, scariest, goofiest body part of all…ITS HEAD! This is an important bowl. This determines if your monster will have multiple eyes, big teeth or maybe even horns! Way to go you knocked down 3 pins! Uh oh, that is a lot of teeth!

Your monster is almost complete. A monster is always in need of a sidekick minion. It’s time to determine which tiny monster will be by your monster’s side! So cool! Your monster’s minion only has one eye! They are quite the mysterious pair.

You did it; you built your original monster from scratch! Now for the best part of all! You get to take your creation home with you. All you have to do is ask one of our customer service team members for a print out. Now you can keep your brother out of your room by hanging your monster on your bedroom door!