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Austin, TX 78756
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Jeff Cathey - Proprietor of Red Bird Lanes, Duncanville passed away on November 1, 2016.  (1953 - 2016)

Jeff battled cancer for a long time. We will miss you Jeff ! Thank you for your service to our association and the bowling industry. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family!


Jeff started bowling in 1963 at Berry Bowl in Ft. Worth when his mother (Lois Cathey) began working there.  While his mom worked the counter, Jeff would have various “non-paying” jobs such as sharpening pencils, cleaning and spraying rental shoes, and cleaning telescores (this was way before automated scoring – we used those waxy yellow pencils!)

When the PBA came to Ft. Worth at Meadowbrook, Jeff would often be found watching, or perhaps keeping score for the pros (still before automated scoring).Jeff’s first paying job was as a “porter” at Bowlanes in Ft. Worth – this job title has since been upgraded to Lane Attendant.

Jeff learned to work on the machines from Jack Cole, Dwight Parks, and Jesse Mendez (Berry Bowl had AMF while Bowlanes had Brunswick) this job title was called Pin Chaser – assistant mechanic. He worked as the pin chaser at Berry Bowl, Bowlanes, Wedgewood, and Richland Bowl during his High School years. Don Parkinson first taught Jeff how to drill bowling balls.  Jeff now has his own pro shop at Red Bird – he claims he is still learning.

Jeff graduated High School in 1971 and moved to the country (Gatesville Texas area) working various jobs including moving houses and construction.  He met his wife Kay while living there and they married in 1974.  Lois bought Red Bird Lanes in 1972.  While she tried using other employees, she knew that she truly wanted a family business.  She convinced Jeff and Kay to move Duncanville in 1976 and Jeffery was born in 1977.  Jeff immersed himself into the business, doing whatever was needed, and learning all aspects of the business.  Vacations would often consist of some tournament – maybe Nationals or a junior tournament that he would chaperone/coach.  The conventions were always considered a great vacation, taking Jeff, Kay and Jeffery to fun places, and making such great friends.

Holidays always revolved around the business – Christmas Eve was at Bowling & Billiards, then Christmas day activities had to be worked around what time Red Bird opened, and if anyone needed last minute bowling balls drilled. While many things about bowling and the business have changed, one thing remains the same that Jeff truly loves bowling and the bowling business. He has given so much of his time and it shows through the customers and friends he has made over the past 40+ years.

Jeff worked tireless hours for the Texas Bowling Centers Association.  He began as chairman of the youth committee in 1997.  He ran grand prix tournaments for over 15 years driving countless hours across the state of Texas.    Jeff was president of TBCA from 2005-2007.  And then chairman of the board for another two years after from 2007-2009.    He has steadily been involved for over 18 years helping the association grow.  When High School bowling was developed in 2001 Jeff jumped in to help with the tournament process and continues to be involved with TBCA.   Jeff was honored this year for the C.C. Bearden Jr award recognizing him for his outstanding contributions to our association and the bowling industry.

Previous nominees are Rick Goins, Dick Atkinson, Bill Taylor, Leon Laster, Jamie Brooks, C.C. Bearden, Win Cockrell, Lois Cathey, Jim Dykes, Lee Baird, Glen Pierce, Ben Brown and Ronnie Rhodes. 




Please mark your Calendars for the next

 Grand Prix Regional for this year!


December 11, 2016   

10 am and Noon squads


Plano Super Bowl

2521 Ave K.

Plano, TX 


Entry form and announcement of other Regional location coming soon!



Your Grand Prix Annual Statements will be mailed by September 15th.
If you are a graduating senior and would like to request your funds please email k.miller@texasbowlingcenters.org a copy of your tuition bill along with your home bowling center.





Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Bowling Industry Service Awards, the most prestigious awards presented by the bowling industry.

Rick Goins (College Bowl, Texarkana, Texas) will receive the coveted V. A. Wapensky Award, named after BPAA's long-time chief executive officer, "Chief" Wapensky.  Mr. Goins is being recognized for his leadership in rejuvenating the Southwest Region and his enthusiasm for the sport of bowling as well as his support and service to the BPAA on local, state and national levels.

Lynda Barnes (Double Oak, Texas) is being recognized with the Dick Weber Bowling Ambassador Award, named after the legendary bowling icon, recognizing her many contributions to the game and sport of bowling, both on and off the lanes.

The Greater San Antonio USBC Association will be recognized at the USBC Convention and at Bowl Expo with the BPAA USBC Association Award which is presented to a local USBC association who has demonstrated a high degree of cooperation with their local BPAA proprietor group. The relationship between BPAA and local USBC associations is critical since local associations represent the ‘consumer’ and BPAA member centers are the ‘playing fields’ for bowling.  The BPAA appreciates the local USBC associations which work well with member centers and acknowledges exemplary relationships.

Special thanks to our Membership Directory Sponsors - Bill Taylor And Associates

   The James Land Sportsmanship Award Nominee has been Selected! 


Congratulations to Adam Beasley of Cowtown Bowl, Fort Worth


The James Land Family will present this award to Adam on Sunday, August 2nd at 8:30 am.  


Grand Prix News
State Finals
August 1-2, 2015
Host Center:
Copperfield Bowl

15615 Glen Chase Dr.
Houston, Texas 77095




This will be your last email reminder before the tournament.  We will see everyone next Friday !


The James Land Sportsmanship Award is in honor for Jimmy Land's  Father who was a founding member of the Grand Prix Program.  It was his father's wish to award a sportsmanship award and give a
$ 500 scholarship toward a student's education. 

This is a huge honor!  Congratulations Adam!





 Dear Grand Prix Bowlers:


We are looking forward to our premiere event next weekend !


Attached is the hotel information and tournament squad times for both qualifying and state levels.


Qualifying Squads Are Open ! 

There will be an Additional

10,000 grand prix placement points for this Event!


See you next weekend!


Any questions please let me know.


Karen Miller




Entry Form and State Information