Bowling Evolved is evolving – and expanding.
The website will be sponsoring two more bowling events this year, Bowling Evolved majority owner Dustin Markowitz said Thursday.
Bowling Evolved will play host to tournaments in Lake Havasu, Ariz., and Kingman, Ariz., he said, in addition to sponsoring Saturday’s Laughlin Cup in Laughlin, Nev.
The Lake Havasu event will be held July 6-7; no date has been set for the Kingman tournament.
“We’re expanding every day. It’s really fantastic,” said Markowitz, who teams with professional bowler and longtime San Fernando Valley resident Eric Forkel on weekly podcasts for Bowling Evolved.
Entries are still being accepted for Saturday’s event at the Riverside Lanes, Markowitz added. Entry fee is $50.
About 50 bowlers are expected to take part in Saturday’s tournament with the winner guaranteed a $500 payday and free entry into the high-stakes Proprietors Cup, which will be held July 10-14 in Beavercreek, Ohio.
Barry Gurney, a West Hills resident and longtime standout on the senior circuit, is one of the top names in the competitive Laughlin lineup.
The 71-year-old Gurney will face stiff opposition from such celebrated bowlers as Michael Haugen Jr. and David Haynes. Haugen, a Carefree, Ariz., resident, won the 2008 Tournament of Champions and has blasted at least 25 perfect games in PBA events.
Haynes, the so-called “King of Las Vegas,” has won five PBA regional championships and is a 10-year member of Team USA.
Markowitz expects about 20 percent of the entries to come from California. Furthermore, Markowitz, who was born in Whittier, said the “majority of people living out here were all California natives at one time.”
This will be the first year the Laughlin Cup will be contested and it will take place under a scratch format. Five bowlers will move into the finals. The top qualifier will bowl only once – for the championship.
Markowitz said Bowling Evolved has added a sponsor for the Laughlin tournament: Southwest Financial Center, based in Bullhead City, Ariz. “This is very fantastic for us,” said Markowitz, “and I’m just so happy that Gary Shapiro, the owner, has come aboard with us for the tournament and supports the bowling tournament. That really says a lot about his business.”
Bowling Evolved was launched in July and discusses various hot topics in bowling. It can be accessed through bowlingevolved.com, Facebook or YouTube.