Yongsan Lanes earns award
A Korean elementary school student bowls at Yongsan Lanes during a Good Neighbor Program event. The bowling center opens its lanes several times a year for special events such as these, which helped earn the center a top Army award.

<b>YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea</b> - Bringing a mechanical bull into the bowling alley wasn't exactly a new idea for Robert Victorine. He just needed an excuse to do it.

It's another example of how Yongsan Lanes tries to offer myriad programs and activities for serious and recreational bowlers, and those just looking for something different to do.

Bringing a mechanical bull into the bowling alley wasn't exactly a new idea for Robert Victorine. He just needed an excuse to do it.

It's another example of how Yongsan Lanes tries to offer myriad programs and activities for serious and recreational bowlers, and those just looking for something different to do.

Its comprehensive programs earned it the Army's 2007 James A. Carroll Jr. Award for Excellence in Management.

Whether it's a bowling league, family bowling activities or hosting a Good Neighbor Program event, Yongsan Lanes can offer something for just about everyone, said Robert Victorine, the center's manager.

"I was happy to win the award, but we're here for the Soldier," he said. "I listen to my customers and try to be proactive."

For serious bowlers, Yongsan Lanes is the highest-scoring house in Korea, Victorine said. "We get three maybe four 300s (perfect games) a year, and we have many 800 series. I'm a bowler, and I know lane conditioning. When we do tournaments, they all love coming to this bowling center because they shoot so well."

<b>Here's a look at what Yongsan Lanes offers:</b>

• Bowling leagues four nights a week

• Free weekend youth clinics. Three teens have earned college scholarships

• Youth leagues; next one begins Sept. 27

• Customer appreciation nights

• Children's birthday party rooms

• Cosmic bowling with laser light show Friday and Saturday nights, popular with the teens.

• Children's Day every Sunday; each child receives a free game when accompanied by parent.

<bi>A special youth clinic is scheduled 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27. Sean Rash, the 25-year-old Professional Bowlers Association pro and winner of the 2007 U.S. Bowling Congress Master's, will present the clinic. For information, call 723-7803.</bi>

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