McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

October 23, 2012

Aussies’ road trip includes McAlester

By Matt Goisman
Sports Writer

McALESTER — The Prince family of Sydney, Australia, wanted to tour America, but having never been here before, had no idea where to go. So Brett Prince, a 37-year-mechanic who specializes in maintaining the pin-setting machines at bowling alleys, went onto Bowl-Tech.com, a bowling industry forum, and asked for advice.

While many other Bowl-Tech members suggested cities and famous sites, Eric Walters, the facilities manager at Great Balls of Fire, suggested Prince and his family make a pitstop in McAlester to check out the bowling alley.

“Of all the bowls I’ve worked in back in Australia and I’ve seen here, this is the best,” Prince said Friday. “Bowl” is Australian for a bowling alley.

“Too many bowls are just ‘We’ve opened our doors, we’ve got some lanes, come on by,’” Prince said. “Here it’s themed and it’s kid-friendly. Having eight kids, we want somewhere we can bring our kids, the kids are going to feel safe and we’re going to feel safe knowing the kids can run around and enjoy themselves.”

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