United States Bowling Congress Sport Bowling member Mike Reed of Honeoye, N.Y., became the first bowler to win an expenses-paid trip to the International Training and Research Center in the Team USA Fantasy Camp contest.
In a fan vote on BOWL.com, Reed topped three other finalists to win the trip by totaling 6,102 votes. Terrell Peterson of Killeen, Texas, finished with 4,219 votes, Aaron Koch of Grand Rapids, Mich., had 913 votes and Jeffrey Owens of Ithaca, N.Y., had 430 votes.
"I am absolutely ecstatic to win this contest," said Reed, who bowls in the Neo-Tac PBA Experience league at Clover Lanes. "This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with some of the best bowlers, coaches and equipment in the world. Being honest, the two-week voting period was pretty nerve-racking. My browser was glued to BOWL.com the whole time and it was hard to focus on other things."
All four bowlers became eligible for the contest by bowling a 200 game or better in their USBC Sport Bowling league and entering on BOWL.com. Every two months this year, four new bowlers will be randomly selected from those who entered for a chance to win a trip to the ITRC.
A total of six winners this year will receive trips to visit the International Bowling Campus, where they will train with Team USA coaches and then take on six members of Team USA in a special competition broadcast live on BOWL.com.
The Team USA Fantasy Camp contest is open to any USBC Sport Bowling member who bowls a 200 game or higher in their USBC Sport Bowling certified league. After shooting a qualifying score, bowlers can enter by visiting BOWL.com/sportbowling.
"I would definitely encourage other USBC members to join Sport leagues," Reed said. "Having an opportunity to win this contest is certainly one good reason to join a Sport league. Sport leagues also test you in ways normal house patterns do not. They really show you where you are as a bowler and what you need to work on to get better. They drive you to improve your spare game and to read the lanes and adjust quicker."
The ITRC is home to some of the most innovative and cutting-edge coaching technologies available in the bowling industry today, including high-speed video cameras, motion-capture devices, foot-pressure sensors and goggles enhanced with cameras to show exactly where a player is looking during the approach and delivery. A DVR system also is in place and can record any video feed to let a bowler see what they did on their last shot as soon as they step off the lane.
Other technology includes Computer-Aided Tracking System, known as C.A.T.S. which consists of a series of sensors placed along the lane that measure aspects of a bowler's game such as ball speed, accuracy, launch angle, and break-point control. CA.T.S. is combined with BowlersMAP, which breaks down video of the players, to give the athletes a real-time look at their games.
A United States Olympic Committee-recognized training center, the ITRC is a joint venture of USBC and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America. It is the most innovative and advanced training, research and testing facility in the sport of bowling with 14 lanes for training and six for research and testing.
For more information on the Team USA Experience Fantasy Camp contest, visit BOWL.com/sportbowling.