DALLAS – In 2016, USBC introduced “The Core” – a premium subscription service for bowling enthusiasts which includes access to members-only content, various “SWAG” items throughout the year and entry into regular drawings for VIP access to various PBA, PWBA and other events.
In September 2017, The Core announced the first “Core Challenge” in which two random members would be selected to fly to Dallas and compete for the title of “Core Champion.” Deanna Carrillo of Montebello and Wes Daniel of San Diego were selected for this honor and, on October 4, both flew to Dallas to begin their journey.
The experience started on Wednesday evening with an introductory dinner welcoming Wes and Deanna that was attended by Coach Rod Ross, Coach Lou Marquez, Emil Williams Jr., Jason Thomas and Brant Houghton.
On Thursday morning, the competitors arrived at the International Training & Research Center (ITRC) and began an intensive day of interviews, evaluation, filming and practice using the state-of-the-art equipment at ITRC. After completing their evaluations, both Wes and Deanna were fitted for a new bowling arsenal and both were provided with three new bowling balls as part of the experience.
When Friday rolled around, it was time to practice with the new arsenals and then, finally, to participate in the head-to-head three game match to determine the first Core Champion. Deanna took an early lead and edged out Wes by 8 pins to win the first game. Wes rallied in the second game and took the victory by 4 pins. In the 3rd game, both seemed to find their groove in the second half of the game and it was competitive until the 10th frame when Wes left a split and gave Deanna the opportunity to win the trophy and the title of Core Champion.