JIM SCHROEDER is a candidate for president of the PBA Seniors when the organization meets in Las Vegas, Nev., June 10 to elect officers.
Schroeder is on the PBA Seniors Board of Directors with Buzz Fazio, his former Falstaffs' teammate, along with Dick Weber, Glen Allison, Glen Pierce and Bob Kwolek. At their meeting in Las Vegas, the PBA Seniors will start a Super Seniors Association (for those 60 and over) and for which Schroeder will become eligible for the first time.
If Schroeder is elected Seniors president, he will follow other Buffalonians who were national presidents.
Charles Roesch and the late George A. Obenauer were American Bowling Congress presidents. Also, Buffalo Bowling Association executive secretary-treasurer Blase "Ben" Palumbo, ABC sixth vice president, will take over the top job in 1995.
Schroeder just returned from an AMF-sponsored bowling clinic and exhibition tour of Okinawa where he met George Moyer, an old North Buffalo neighbor he hadn't seen in more than 30 years. Moyer, retired from the Marines, is in charge of special services.
"The Marines on seven different Okinawa bases and the Air Force personnel at Kadena Air Base were very receptive to my clinics and I helped pro shop personnel on techniques of drilling bowling balls," Schroeder said.
"Bowling is on the upswing in the Far East, where it's the most popular recreation sport for our hundreds of thousands of service personnel over there," Schroeder said.
Schroeder, who is a PBA charter member, said 16 PBA stars will oppose 16 Japanese pros in the annual Japan Bowl PBA tour stop in Tokyo Oct. 10-15.
Schroeder, who underwent hip-replacement surgery 18 months ago, came back this past season to average 202 in the Four Man Major at Roc-Mar.
"I'll bet I probably knocked down more pins over the last 30 years than anyone at Roc-Mar," said Schroeder of the lanes that were closed recently.
Schroeder was the first bowler to roll a 300 (included in a 754 series) in the history of the Tonawandas' Bowling Association City Tournament. Also in the TBA, Jamie Brundage and George Brodfuehrer shot 299s and the Miller Director Service No. 3 team shot a tourney record 1,277 single game which included a 289 by Dave Hyers. Other scores were: Sean Parry (278), Dave Miller (251), Frank Manzella (235) and Bill Baer (224).
Sean Parry of Cheektowaga shot 3,693 for 16 games (with bonus pins) to win the men's division while Rochester classic leaguer Cathy O'Neill's 3,349 took the women's title in the Empire State Games Western Regional qualifier at Thruway. O'Neilland two local Young America Bowling Alliance (YABA) stars, Tracy Ziomek (3,304) and Andrea Cramer (3,293) advanced to the finals Aug. 2-6 in Ithaca. Also, Parry and two Rochester area YABA bowlers, 16-year-old John Graham (3,563), and Bryan O'Keefe (3,520), at 14, the youngest boy ever to qualify for the Games finals.
Second-seeded Kim Kinyon defeated top-seeded Lori Branham, 214-175, in the Buffalo Women's Bowling Association Queens Tournament title match at Airport. Branham's 1,071 led the five-game qualifier, while Kinyon had 1,012. . . . Five bowlers will get a free ride for Thruway Lanes' 13-week Summer Sweeper which starts with qualifiers at 7 p.m. each Wednesday. The top five scorers among 50 contestants were: Mike Mucciaccio 276-944, Mike Faliero 256-912, Pete Cambio Jr. 257-910, Dave Guindon 278-904, Tim Tierney 247-886. . . . Kudos to Art Jeziorski, the 58-year-old former Simons star, who finished fourth in the BBA Masters. Jeziorski nearly reached the finals, but, after stringing six strikes, he chopped two spares and was eliminated by Fran Bax, 856-827.
The entry deadline for the Bowling Proprietors Association of Western New York-Broad Elm Tire Tournament of Champions has been extended to May 30, tourney director Jim Clinton said. The event is open to any championship team from any league in any BPA-WNY member house from the 1988-89 season. It's being held at Orchard Park Lanes. The top prize for men's and women's divisions is $1,000 and $800 for the top mixed team. Squad times are 10 a.m., 6:30 and 9 p.m. on weekdays. The squad times for Saturday and Sunday are 1, 3:30, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Call Brian Hurd or Jackie Jensen at 662-3909. . . . Entries for the Pro Am (Aug. 11-12) for the $115,000 Bells Open at Thruway are available at most lanes. The fee is $15 for Juniors and Senior Citizens and $90 for adults (Aug. 12 only) who will get a free Rhino bowling ball, or $50 if they don't want the ball. Call 896-8507.