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USBC rejects merger of state, local groups

The United States Bowling Congress delegates rejected a proposal to require the state and local associations to merge by Aug. 1, 2013, at the USBC convention on July 1 in Grapevine, Texas.

The delegates also rejected a proposal to lower the age for senior leagues from 55 to 50.

The American Bowling Congress, the Women's International Bowling Congress and the Young American Bowling Alliance merged in 2004, and the hope was to merge the state and local units with this proposal.

Several positions on the USBC board were filled. Among those elected were former Morehead State All-American Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J. Kulick, 34, will be an athlete director. She replaces Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas.

Kulick made bowling history when she won the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions to become the first woman to win a PBA Tour championship and a PBA major championship.

The board selected Jim Sturm of South Charleston, W.Va., as the organization's new president. Sturm has served on the USBC board since 2008.