Bowling center seeking military, civilian teams, players
Story and photos by Matt Decker
Daugherty Bowling Center is in the process of forming new bowling leagues, and is urging both military and civilian players who want to participate to contact them now.
“We have USBC, or United States Bowling Congress-sanctioned, leagues, and we have fun leagues forming soon,” said Conny Wilson, DBC assistant business manager. “We really want to get the word out that we’re open to the local community. A lot of people are not aware that, even if they don’t have military affiliation, they can still join our leagues.”
Although DBC annually calls for new players and teams, this year’s outreach effort is especially significant due to the recent shutdown of Buckhorn Lanes, which announced it was going out of business June 28. The closure left DBC as the only bowling venue in the area.
Fortunately, DBC has plenty of room for its existing leagues and new leagues, with a full 40 lanes with automatic scoring systems. It also has a full-service snack bar and pro shop that offers a full range of services.
Currently, adult leagues are planned for every night of the week except Saturdays and Sundays. DBC also plans to hold youth leagues on Saturdays.
“Based on what we’ve had in the past, Thursday nights and Friday nights are probably going to be our biggest nights,” said Wade Seals, a recreation specialist and bowling technician at DBC. “We might have 22 teams on Thursdays. On Fridays, if we pull in some leagues from Buckhorn, it will probably be close to the same.”
“All our leagues are for any skill level. Unless we have one of our leagues be a scratch league, all of them will be based on handicap,” Seals continued. “If we have a scratch league, it will probably be for bowlers who average 190 or higher per game.”
Adult and youth USBC league meetings will be held soon.
Individual players and teams interested in participating should visit the bowling center in person or call DBC at 573.596.1498
“There will likely be several more leagues added on. We don’t have a final count yet,” Wilson said. “(If existing teams want to form their own league), absolutely, they can call us and we can make it happen. We are more than happy to have their business.”
The types of leagues that end up playing at DBC are determined by the bowlers themselves. Although some sanctioned leagues have an annual fee, and some leagues require their own contributions for prize funds, overall, frequent players end up saving money by joining a league.
While regular open bowling rates are $3.25 per game with $2.25 shoe rental, league bowlers play for $2 per game, and only pay $1.75 for shoe rental. Additionally, practice games for league players are only $1.50 per game.
“That’s one of the cheapest rates you’re going to find anywhere,” Seals said.
He explained how other costs are determined by the league.
“If it’s a sanctioned league, you buy the sanctioned card, and the cost varies year to year,” he said. “Right now, it’s something like $22 per year as a one-time fee, which would be good for the entire 2018-2019 bowling season, including the summer.”
Seals said the center will work with both teams and individuals who wish to join leagues. Wilson and DBC officials can also assist civilian players who live off post in obtaining frequent-visitor passes to make accessing Fort Leonard Wood easier.
“Even if it’s a single person who doesn’t have a league or a team, all they have to do is contact us,” Seals said. “I’m sure there will be several teams who need additional bowlers.”
Daugherty Bowling Center is currently open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 10:30 a.m. until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
For more information, call or visit Daugherty Bowling Center, or visit https://leonardwood.armymwr.com/programs/daugherty-bowling-center.