California Bowling Writers

March 16, 2009


CONTACT: Mark Miller
USBC Communications
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ARLINGTON, Texas - Professional Bowlers Association executive Tom Clark, Ohio state and local association leader Jean Tondola-Smith and California bowling center owner Charles Kinstler have been named winners of the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Recognition Awards.

The Proprietor of the Year Award annually recognizes an outstanding bowling center proprietor for his/her enthusiastic support of local and state bowling associations and of national programs.

Kinstlerís purchase of Del Rio Lanes in Downey, Calif., in the 1980s laid the foundation for his building a successful bowling business. He has since purchased four other Southern California centers (Keystone in Norwalk, Forest in Lake Forest, Cal Bowl in Lakewood and The Bowlium in Montclair), each of which was in danger of closing. In addition to remodeling the centers, he has included youth learn-to-bowl classes at each location and focused on enthusiasm, hospitality, cleanliness and helpfulness.

The former California Bowling Proprietors Association president and Orange County Council member belongs to the Southern California Bowling Writers Hall of Fame and has been named Southern California proprietor of the year.

ďIt was a pleasant surprise,Ē Kinstler said. ďItís a pretty big honor. Iím very excited.

ďI enjoy the diversity of people that bowling touches. Itís not just one market segment. You have bowlers from 3 to 103, black children to white children, grandparents to great grandchildren. Itís amazing. You donít have to be good to have fun but if you are good you can still have fun. Itís like doing a business where you canít lose.Ē

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