DBC lanes reopen for business
Bowling balls line the counter at Daugherty Bowling Center. The center reopened Feb. 11. (Photo Credit: File photo) VIEW ORIGINAL

New GM, staff working to resume league play, specials

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — Daugherty Bowling Center reopened with new hours and a new general manager Feb. 11.

John Money, who took the reins of DBC in December shortly before the center closed due to COVID-19 mitigation efforts, used the time to get to know his staff and guide their efforts toward reopening.

“We sanitized the entire facility from top to bottom, to include the bowling balls, all surfaces and equipment,” Money said when asked to describe the process. “We have all made sure we will be 100 percent mask compliant, (and) we had all reopening inspections performed and passed.”

DBC is currently open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Bowlers can compete on every other lane and are required to practice social distancing and wear masks at all times except when eating and drinking. The center’s StrikeZone is open for dine-in.

Next on the to-do list, according to Money, is resuming bowling specials and league play.

“We currently haven’t prepared for special nights or events,” he said. “There are several in the works, but with us having just reopened, right now we’re focused on having bowling available. We have leagues resuming, (including) both the Thursday Lunchtime and Friday Evening leagues.”

Money has a nearly lifelong connection to the sport of bowling. Growing up in Santa Maria, California, Money’s father worked as the general manager of the Rancho Bowl, where he spent many hours playing and practicing.

“I grew up in my local bowling center,” Money said. “I bowled professionally when I was 18 until I was 25, and worked my way through the positions at the bowling center.”

Eventually, Money worked at the corporate level for bowling companies, including AMF and Brunswick, running bowling centers throughout the U.S. After his father took a job running the bowling center at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, Money decided to follow in his footsteps and run military bowling centers. He said he’s happy to now be running the center here at Fort Leonard Wood.

“Daugherty Bowling Center is such a great bowling center,” he said. “We have a very friendly staff and such a great customer base. I’m anxious to develop new clubs and leagues, rollout some new specials, grow the extreme bowling and offer the best food on our menu.”

Money’s experience makes him a welcome addition to DBC, according to the center’s previous manager, Joe Mannuci, who is currently the superintendent of Piney Valley Golf Course.

“(John) comes to us with a depth of bowling knowledge, and we are very excited for him to be joining the MWR team,” Mannuci said.

DBC currently has one special already in place: The DBC Pizza Package, which includes two hours of bowling, shoe rentals, soda and a large pizza, is available for $50 during normal operations.

Regular bowling rates are $3.25 per game for adults and $2 for customers ages 16 and younger and 65 and older. Shoe rental is $2.25 per person.

More information about the center is available on the FMWR website at https://leonardwood.armymwr.com/programs/daugherty-bowling-center.

“We are looking forward to growing (and getting) back to normal with the community,” Money said. “Come check us out.”