A Clean Sweep for Luby Publishing in IBMA Writing Awards

Luby Publishing Inc. writers scored an unprecedented clean sweep in the 2019 national writing competition conducted by the International Bowling Media Association, claiming all 12 awards.

Gianmarc Manzione, Editor of Bowlers Journal International
and Senior Editor of Bowling Center Management, won top honors in the Feature

Long-time BJI contributor and “Pro Bowling Insider”
columnist Lyle Zikes took first place in the Editorial division.

And Bob Johnson, Editor of BCM and Senior Editor of BJI,
claimed two first-place awards, winning in the News and Business divisions.

Manzione’s winning feature, titled “This Dad’s Life,” was
the cover story for the March issue of BJI. It focused on Matt Ogle’s triumph,
with Sean Rash, in the PBA Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship. But
it was much more than that. It was a story of dreams deferred and work and
sacrifice and heartache and, ultimately, a dream realized.

In the September issue of BJI, Zikes devoted his “Pro
Bowling Insider” column to the evolution of lane conditioning, and noted that
bowling enjoyed its greatest popularity in the years before “blocked lanes
evolved into the fully endorsed new normal.”

Johnson’s winning News division story, titled “Our Little
Bowling Family,” appeared in the December issue of BJI. It focused on a bowling
center in Holmes, Pa., MacDade Bowl, which has gained a sterling reputation for
providing a welcoming and safe atmosphere for special-needs individuals,
especially those on the autism spectrum.

“Following the Trends Has Paid Big Dividends” is the title
of Johnson’s winning story in the Business division, which was the cover story
for the June issue of BCM. It profiled BPAA’s 2019 Proprietor of the Year, Mike
Logan, detailing how he has used profits from his FEC attractions to help fund
improvements to his bowling operation.

The awards were the 77th and 78th in Johnson’s career.

Other multiple winners were LPI President Keith Hamilton,
who picked up a second-place award and two honorable mentions, and long-time
contributor Dennis Bergendorf, who secured a second-place award and one
honorable mention.

All four of LPI’s magazines that serve the bowling industry
— BJI, BCM, Bowling Entertainment Center and Pro Shop Operator — received award
recognition in the 2019 competition.

Here’s the complete rundown:


* Winner — “If Only SCAM and SLAM were Spam,” Lyle Zikes,
Bowlers Journal International (September)

* Runner-up — “Are Pro Bowlers Too Accessible?” Jef Goodger,
Bowlers Journal International (November)

* Honorable Mention — “Giving Back to America’s Vets,” Keith
Hamilton, Bowlers Journal International (December)


* Winner — “This Dad's Life,” Gianmarc Manzione, Bowlers
Journal International (March)

* Runner-up — “Landmarks and Lanes: A Bowling Tourist’s Road
Trip,” Kevin Hong, Bowlers Journal International (June)

* Honorable Mention — “String Pinsetters: An idea Whose Time
Has Come,” Barry Sparks, Bowling Entertainment Center (June 2019)


* Winner — “Our Little Bowling Family,” Bob Johnson, Bowlers
Journal International (December)

* Runner-up — “Upping the Entertainment Ante,” Keith
Hamilton, Bowlers Journal International (May)

* Honorable Mention — “Duke and Bowlero in Spotlight,” Keith
Hamilton, Bowlers Journal International (April)


* Winner — “Following the Trends Has Paid Big Dividends,” Bob
Johnson, Bowling Center Management (June)

* Runner-up — “Dynamic Projection,” Dennis Bergendorf,
Bowling Entertainment Center (June)

* Honorable Mention — “The Art of Unlearning,” Dennis
Bergendorf, Pro Shop Operator (Fall)

IBMA President Johnny Campos said that dozens of IBMA
members submitted more than 80 articles published in bowling-related
newspapers, newsletters and websites during the 2019 calendar year.
Submissions were reviewed by a panel of professional journalists who were
tasked with determining the honorees.