South Florida was an international bowling hub from 1960 until midway through the 1990s.The 1967 ABC Tournament in the Miami Beach Convention Center drew about 40,000 bowlers from across the country. Bird Bowl, which opened in 1956, was the home of some of the best bowling leagues in the South, including a scratch women’s league that featured three future members of the Women’s International Bowling Congress’ Hall of Fame — Graham, Edie Jo Nealand Paula Carter.  At one time, there were 17 bowling centers playing host to about 40,000 league bowlers ever week in Greater Miami. In addition, Broward and Palm Beach Counties were experiencing a surge in league and tournament play. Many bowling alleys have disappeared in recent years. In 2005, Cloverleaf Lanes — a North Miami-Dade institution since 1958 — closed. The West Dixie Bowling Lanes closed in 1990 after 33 years.

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