Be on the lookout for the latest
Hammerheads on the 2005-2006 PBA Tour. First-round draft picks, Doug
Kent and Tony Reyes, have been snatched up by Hammer Bowling. And,
Hammer western regional staff member, Ben Laughlin, rounds out this
"After a phenomenal year on Tour, Hammer plans to maintain our
leadership role in the upcoming season," said Brian Graham, Hammer
brand manager. "Doug and Tony are certainly aggressive, talented
players and they are both exceptional people off the lanes. Who better
to lead the charge?"
Doug, called 'Fresh' by his peers, is one of the most consistent players on Tour.
Formerly a member of the Ebonite pro staff, he became the PBA_s 27th
millionaire during the PBA Reno Open. Doug finished the 2005-2006
season ranked 31st in the PBA World Point Rankings. He currently has
six titles to his name including the 1991 ABC Masters and was the
highest earning player in 2001-2002.
Doug has a unique perspective on the game. In addition to bowling on
the professional level for almost 20 years, he is also a bowling center
owner. Doug purchased Rose Bowl Lanes in November 1999 and this
September, he and his wife, Chrissie, added Doug Kent's Lakeside Lanes,
a 16-lane center in Pennyan, New York, to their center roster. Chrissie
manages the two centers.
Although Doug had no prior center owner experience, he says he learned
as he went and looks forward to the summer months that he spends with
his family. His son, Jacob, is 14 and is bowling as a member of his
high school team this year. Doug and Chrissie celebrated the birth of
Natalie early this summer.
They live in Newark, New York.
Tony is a seven-year Tour pro from San Bruno, California. This past
season, he competed in three televised finals, made match play in 16 of
20 events and finished the 2004-2005 season ranked 14th. Prior to
joining the Tour, Tony was a first team collegiate All-American in 1993
and 1995 at San Jose State University where he received his
Radio/Television/Film degree. When not bowling in the televised shows,
Tony helps run the finals in the ESPN truck.
The lone bowler in his family, Tony began bowling in his teens with friends. He joined the Tour in 1997 and began touring in 1999.
In the off season, Tony does coaching clinics and hosts the Don Johnson
Memorial Open in Pacifica, California. A charity event held over the
Labor Day Weekend benefiting diabetes research, this regional event is
close to Tony's heart because his coach, Don Johnson, passed away from
the disease in 2002.
A former pro shop owner, Tony sees himself pursuing his degree after retiring from the pro Tour and would like to coach the team at San Jose State.
Ben Laughlin, PBA western regional champion, has entered the ranks
of the pro Tour and has joined the Hammer Tour Staff. A member of the
Hammer regional staff for the past three years, Ben recently captured
the western region exemption with 25 cashes and 20 championship round
While Ben is new to Hammer pro staff, he's been a Hammerhead since his
early twenties. In 1994, while Ben was stationed with the Air Force in
Germany, he won the European Masters using the original Blue Hammer
ball. Since that win, he has bowled three dozen 300 games and won seven
western region titles. He was also the 2000 Rookie of the Year and 2001
Bowler of the Year in his region.
Ben and his wife, Kathy, reside in Maricopa, Arizona, with their two
Daughters: Elizabeth, 15, and Jordan, 12, and their son, Andrew, 14. Ben's favorite ball teams are the Buffalo Bills and the New York Yankees.
"Ben is a very talented player with a great future in bowling," added
Graham. "Hammerheads and Tour fans will enjoy watching and supporting
this up-and-coming star."
Hammer Bowling is a division of Ebonite International, Inc, a privately-owned company that currently services bowling centers, distributors and retail outlets both domestically and internationally, based in Hopkinsville, Kent.