The Greater Lexington USBC have created a new honor, the Les Key Memorial Award, to recognize men who have given outstanding service to the sport.
Key, one of the founders of local organized bowling, was one of 20 who started the Lexington Bowling Association in 1940. He was the first to serve three different times as the organization’s president (1953-54, 1960-61 and 1972-73). Key was also one of the organizers of the Kentucky State Bowling Association in 1955.
The first recipient of the Les Key award was Doug Bradley, who was honored for his 38-plus years of service to the sport.
Bradley served two terms as LABA’s president in 1990-91 and 1991-92, and he served as president of the state bowling association in 1999.
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Bradley has written about local bowling for the Lexington Herald-Leader since 1984. His father, Jim Bradley, wrote for the paper from 1946 to 1984 and was a founder of local bowling along with Key.