You could call the Coburns the First Family of bowling in Western New York, so any Hall of Fame class that includes three members of that family qualifies as outstanding.
Doris and Frank Coburn and their daughter Cindy Coburn Carroll are part of the Tonawandas USBC Association Hall of Fame class for 2013 announced this week.
The Coburns, Bill Truman and Glenn Snyder will be inducted at a dinner and ceremony on Nov. 16 at Classics V in Amherst. Frank and Doris Coburn and Snyder were elected for Meritorious Service. Cindy Carroll and Truman were cited in the Outstanding Ability category.
The husband-wife team of Frank and Doris Coburn have been coaching bowlers young and old for more than 30 years, holding clinics at area centers each summer and assisting with coaching the Sweet Home teams. They also contributed their expertise to various collegiate programs including the UB women’s team and the Niagara County Community College team when the late Roy Sommer was coach.
The Coburns, of course, were accomplished competitors in their own right. Doris’ accomplishments on the local and national bowling front are numerous and considerable. She is a member of several Halls of Fame for her competitive accomplishments, alone. Frank won the second George A Obenauer Masters way back in 1962, but has gained more fame as the man behind the bowling careers of his wife and daughters.
Through the years, as coaches and mentors, the Coburns have helped countless bowlers on many levels to compete better and derive more enjoyment from the sport.
Snyder has been involved in Tonawandas bowling for more than 45 years, starting as a junior bowler in 1967, on through years of service as an officer, board member, lanes inspector and eventually president of the association.
Cindy Carroll, who had a successful career on the women’s pro tour, has posted the association’s high average four of the last six years. She twice was Women’s Classic Bowler of the Year, has won five City Tournament titles, including a grand slam in 2008 when she won the scratch singles, doubles and all-events. She has multiple 300 games and 800 series with an 826 personal best.
Truman, who is also a member of the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame, has bowled in the Tonawandas Association since 1973.
Most recently he has won Tonawandas Thursday Senior League high average three times. Among his numerous scratch titles are All-Events in 1977 and singles in 1998. He is one of eight bowlers in the association with a Scratch Grand Slam in the Tonawandas City Tournament (Team, Doubles, Singles and All-events). He has eight 300 games and five 800 series with a high of 855.
Remembering Bob Schroeder
Bob Schroeder, who died last weekend at 74, was the lesser known of the bowling Schroeder brothers but an impressive competitor just the same.
Older brother, Jim, of course is well-known in local and national circles as a charter member of the Professional Bowlers Association and for his years of bowling with powerhouses in the era when the brewery sponsored teams made much of the big news.
Jim Schroeder had much of the fame and still is an important national figure with the Special Olympics movement, but Bob was no slouch. He bowled with his brother on Jim Schroeder Pro Shop teams that won Buffalo city Scratch Team titles in 1971 and 1975 and won the Handicap as well as the Scratch team crowns in 1970s.
Interestingly, Bob outbowled brother Jim in the 1970 and 1971 City tournaments. He was high man on a team that also included Tour pro Tom Harnisch with a 668 in the 1970 tournament. Jim bowled 609. In 1971, Bob led the team with a 258-679 while Jim was low man with 553. Harnisch anchored with 590.
Bob contributed a 632 to the Jack Stevens Buick-Jim Schroeder Pro Shop team’s victory in 1975. Jim led the team with a 649. The anchor man on that team contributed a 628. He was a 20-year-old phenom named Tom Baker.
Bob Schroeder, who worked in the family bakery business, was so devoted to the sport that he admits he bowled on TV’s Beat the Champ show on his wedding day in 1958.
He gave up bowling when bad arthritis took its toll on his game while he was still in his ’40s.
“I couldn’t stand to bowl bad,” he once told Buffalo News bowling columnist Norm Warner.
USBC Open set for Syracuse in ’18
The USBC Open Championships will return to the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse in 2018, it was announced this week along with naming Baton Rouge, La., as the 2025 site. Syracuse last hosted the Open Championships in 1999.
“We understand the importance of bringing the Open Championships east and feel our bowlers will be very happy with these selections,” USBC Executive Director Stu Upson said.