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TONY FRANKLIN
Owner/Publisher

tony@TheBowlingNews.net

Tony bowled for the University of Texas-Arlington collegiate bowling team in 1989. Franklin was a member of Professional Bowlers Association from 1991 – 2003 and the owner of 8 PBA Regional titles in the Southwest Region. He won his first PBA Regional event at the age of 19 as an amateur. In 1993, Franklin won $50,000 first prize in US National Scratch Tournament in San Antonio, TX.

Franklin is currently an IT Recovery Manager for PepsiCo and has worked there for 10 years, but in August 2009, he and his wife Genie became proud owners of The Bowling News. He married his wife, Genie in 1999, and 4 months later added their dog, Reese to the family. It only took another 7 years for his beautiful daughter Tori to come along. Sometimes the best things in life are worth waiting for.

His fondest bowling memories include working for Bruce Rowe at his Pro Shop at Showplace-Euless. He started working there as a Junior in High School and learned about the bowling business, life lessons, and most importantly how NOT to be the fish in a card game. Tony is a Member of the BWAA.

TYSON BRANAGAN
tyson@TheBowlingNews.net

Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Tyson moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2006 to become Manager of The Bowling Shops owned by Dino Castillo. Since his tenure, The Bowling Shops has expanded to three locations. Branagan bowled collegiately at Arizona State University and was named All-American 1999-2000. In July 2004, he won the True Amateur Tournament Champion in Las Vegas, NV. Branagan has one of the few 800's bowled at the USBC Open Championship tournament. He logged an 823 in the team event and helped his team to a 3rd place finish in Corpus Christi in 2006. Tyson is also a member of the Hammer Bowling Staff. Branagan resides in Irving, TX with Jennifer and his beautiful one year old daughter, Makenly.

COLUMNISTS  
CLINT DACY
Off the Sheet with the Daceman

clint@TheBowlingNews.net

Clint was born in Fort Worth and currently lives in Keller with his newlywed wife Nikki, his 12 year old daughter Haley, and two dogs Lexi and Jasmine.  Clint graduated from Trinity High School in Euless, TX in 1992 and was a fixture on the HEB School district’s Channel 28 Update.  His sophomore year of high school he entered a broadcast journalism class where he delivered newscasts and announced sporting events for Cable 28.  Although he did not choose a career in journalism he still finds himself in the media with his “Off the Sheet” column in The Bowling News. 

Clint currently works for Hospital Corporation of America as a Physician Support Coordinator where he spends his days working with physicians to make sure they have the technology they need to perform their jobs.  Bowling wise Clint is currently competing in the Southwest Region PBA, and has been a member of the PBA since 1996.  He dropped his card for several years as a lack of success drove him into temporary retirement. However, in 2007 he became the first non-member in PBA history to capture back to back regional titles.  In 2008 he rejoined the PBA and is still competing today.  Clint also recently joined Brunswick bowling and is a member of their Pro Shop Staff.

CAROLYN DORIN-BALLARD
Can, Do, Believe


Born in Linden, New Jersey is one of the top female ten-pin bowlers in the World. She was a member of the PWBA (when it existed) and has bowled in PBA Tournaments as well. She is the official spokesperson of High School Bowling USA, a member of the Brunswick Professional Teaching Staff, and endorses Dexter bowling equipment. She is an exempt competitor in the 2009-10 PBA Women's Series, which is sponsored by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC). Carolyn was a 2007 inductee into the USBC Hall of Fame.

XENO GARCIA
xeno@TheBowlingNews.net

My name is Xeno Garcia, and I run Ballard's Bowling Solutions Proshop at Cowtown Bowling Palace. Like I said, bowling is my passion and it's been a big part of my life for about 20 years now.

I started bowling at Carswell AFB and later at Brunswick Ridglea bowl in West Fort Worth as a Junior bowler. My high school years were spent in Abilene, Texas where bowling really started to become a larger part of my life…I went to school, came home, and drove straight to the bowling alley.

There weren't many coaches around but I always had people try and help me, thank you Mike Baskett. I didn't really understand the game; I was just trying to get to the foul line the same way twice (and I still am). I watched the PBA telecasts and tried my best to mimic Pete Weber and Norm Duke. I bowled almost every day and my average quickly climbed from the 140's to the low 200's. Bowling is all I did, bowling became life.

I moved to DFW after my high school graduation and I started competing more regularly in the area.

Within two months of moving to DFW, I bowled my first 300 game at Brunswick Watauga in July 1997, and 4 days later I bowled my second 300 game at the Scooter Hartsfield. I started to feel more and more confident, I felt like I belonged. I moved to the adult ranks when I turned 18 thinking I was ready… boy was I wrong. Even though I had good success as a youth bowler, competing against the Adults was a completely different animal. Adults don't make mistakes, there are no free wins. Again, I found myself staring at a "next level" that I didn't even know existed.

In 1998, I started working at Brunswick Watauga where bowlers like Paul Fleming, Tony Franklin, Del Ballard, Joe Firpo, and of course Carolyn Dorin-Ballard all bowled league. Yes I could average 220 alongside them, but that's not enough. Scores didn't mean anything, winning meant everything. That's the part I didn't really understand, the will to win was so important because talent alone will only take you so far.

I became a student of the game; I learned everything I could about mechanics, equipment, strategy. Bowling nerd? Yeah that's me. I watched every good player in the area compete and took in as much as I could. Locally I competed as much as I could, and lost a lot of money in the process, but the experience I gained was priceless. My goal was to become a PBA member and bowl regionally and nationally.

At 19, I bowled my first Regional in Katy, Texas and I got a check! At 20, I got my PBA card and in my rookie year I won my first PBA Regional title in Dallas in 2001. All of the hard work had finally paid off; it paid $3500 and a Trophy. I don't have the $3500 anymore but the Trophy will always remind me of that day.

I had achieved one of the goals I've had since I was a kid, it meant everything. And that's what it's really about. It's about the triumphs in the game. And still to this day, I treat every competition the same, however big or small. A Win is a Win, and it's a feeling like no other.


MARK LONDON
mark@TheBowlingNews.net

If bowling were a major sport, this is how one writer would cover it.  The writer, Mark London, is a longtime PBA Regional bowler with professional media experience. It was suggested he write a column,'Just Paying Attention',  for a south suburban Chicago bowling newspaper back in the summer of '97 when ABC Television announced the end of the 35-year 'Pro Bowlers Tour' series. There were ideas London brought up that had never before appeared in print, like show and announcer critiques, marketing of the pro tours, a link to its virtually ignored television past, the occasional interview, and of course, just a few personal observations.

The first 'JPA' appeared in February 1998 and since then, London and his "eight regular readers," as he refers to the small but loyal legion of readers, have taken on the task of enjoying professional and experienced coverage to a sport relegated to the compost heap in the mid 90's.

Who else can say the character Roy Munson in 'Kingpin' lost his right hand in the center where London bowled junior leagues back in the 70's? Enjoy the reading.


SUSIE MINSHEW
Up Your Average

strikeability@gmail.com

Susie started bowling when she was 38 (because someone asked her) and when she saw she wasn't going to get any better without some help, found a coach, his name was Bill Harris. Minshew was having a great time learning and started helping him with his classes. Understanding that she was hooked and wanting to teach others about this wonderful sport, she attended the first open Bronze Coaching class offered by USA Bowling in Hartford, Connecticut in March 1992, the first Silver Coaching Class in April 1994, and received Gold Coach status in 2000.

Minshew has been a coach with our national team, Team USA, as well as the coach for the Republic of Panama for the 1995 World Championships. She served two terms on the IBPSIA Board of Directors, one as the first coach and first woman to be elected President. She has been a presenter at the International Coaching Summit 10 times and was fortunate to be on the Selection Committee for Team USA four times. Minshew was the first two-time USOC Bowling Coach of the Year. Susie won the Joyce Deitch Trailblazer Award and won 'Best Coach in the Nation' in a poll on bowl.com.

AARON WALSH
Loving Left-Handedness

aaron@thebowlingnews.net

Aaron was born, raised and first learned to bowl in Austin, TX. He moved to Windy West Texas to enlist with the WTA&MU Bowling Buffalos, where he was twice named All-American, Collegiate MVP Runner-Up and won the 1997 ACU-IIs (now USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships). He graduated from WTA&MU with a BBA in Marketing in 1999 and earned an MBA there in 2001. Aaron has a PBA regional title, several top-ten finishes in the USBC Open Championships, and still enjoys "casual" competition where he can be seen dipping in and out of bowling tournaments (and leagues) across the country. His favorite bowling memories are of late night - sometimes all night pot games, peeling brackets off the wall at Astro Bowl, and time with friends traveling to tournaments. In addition to bowling Aaron enjoys watching the Longhorns, Dallas Cowboys, and his Fantasy Football Team compete. Aaron works in Oil and Gas Technology, and calls Amarillo, TX home with his wife Lauren and son Aiden.

If you see him competing in a tournament, take a picture and send it in (especially if he is throwing a ball manufactured in the 21st Century), he is known as the Bowling Yeti of the Southwest and we're still looking for evidence of his true existence. 


DON WRIGHT
Wright in the Heart of Texas

wrightdk@hot.rr.com

Don Wright retired from the military service after 46 years as a special agent for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command. He has written a weekly bowling column for the Killeen (TX) Daily Herald for the past 25 years as well as contributed to Bowl Magazine, Army Times, Ten Pin Alley, Across Texas Lanes. Don has appeared in Bowlers Journal International, YABA Xpress and has written for The Bowling News since 1995. Mr. Wright has written for the web sites Treasure Software and Bo-Fish Bowling News. Don is a past President of the Southern Bowling Writers Association as well as a member of the Bowling Writers Association of America (BWAA).

In 1999, he was recognized for excellence in bowling journalism when awarded the prestigious Millie C. Wood Award by the Texas Women’s Bowling Association.  In 2005 awarded first place in the American Bowler writing contest for an article on the late Dick Weber. Also was awarded the Brunswick Award for feature story and the Kathryn Hotzel Award for a YABA story, and in 2007 awarded the Mary Jannetto award by the National Women Bowling Writers Association. Don was inducted into the Greater Killeen-Fort Hood Hall of Fame in 2004.

Don is married to wife, G.G. for 49 years and has three grown children, nine grandchildren and one great grand-child.