December of 1999
Justin Hromek wins 1999 Steve Nagy Award
12/26/1999 - PBA Tour
Justin Hromek was honored with the Nagy Award. The Nagy award is named after the late Steve Nagy, A PBA and ABC Hall of Famer. The Nagy is awarded by fellow PBA players to a PBA Touring Pro who demonstrates sportsmanship of the highest degree on tour.
Justin Hromek, joined the PBA Tour in 1990 after helping the Wichita State team earn a National Championship in 1987. He has been a Touring Pro since he joined and now owns three PBA titles, including one of the PBA's "Triple Crown" events, the 1994 BPAA U.S. Open.
"This is an award I really take pride in," Hromek said. "We are a family out there, whether good or bad and I strive to treat everybody like I want to be treated. It's nice to know that the players feel I deserve this award."
PBA Tour Forms Sales and Marketing Relationship
12/26/1999 - PBA Tour
Futterer Partners LLC has been contracted by the PBA to assist in strategic marketing planning, sponsorship sales, corporate communications, and procurement of new corporate investors and partners for the PBA Tour. Work began this fall to attract tour and event sponsors from outside the bowling industry through the creation of new promotional programs.
"There are endless opportunities to directly reach more than 50 million bowlers through the top pros in the sport of bowling," said Bill Futterer, president of Futterer Partners. "The Tour reaches just about every pocket of the United States and covers major international hubs."
"We are excited to be working with Bill and his firm," said PBA Tour Commissioner Mark Gerberich. "He has a number of great business relationships and brings a level of expertise that we feel confident will help the PBA Tour grow and prosper."
Mark Williams Retires from PBA Tour
12/17/1999 - PBA Tour
Recent PBA Hall of Famer inductee, Mark Williams, has announced that he will be retiring from full time competition on the PBA Tour. Williams has recently became co-owner of a bowling center in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas.
"I'll miss the competition and all the guys out here on tour," said Williams. "But, I just felt like the time was right to move on, especially when the opportunity with the bowling center presented itself."
1999 PWBA Player of The Year Announced
12/16/1999 - PWBA
Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., ran away with the voting for the Professional Women's Bowling Association's 1999 Player of the Year as voted by the players. Balloting ended on December 10, with Macpherson a landslide victor garnering 78% of the vote. This is the third player of the Year honor bestowed on Macpherson in her career.
Macpherson ranked first in nearly every category considered by the players. She was ranked first in points with 10,650; first in earnings, totaling $120,465; and first in average, maintaining a torrid 218.85. Her pace set a new PWBA record for average, exceeding the record of 217.25 set by Dede Davidson in 1998. Not only did Macpherson participate in every event in 1999, she also cashed in every one. In addition, she made the cut to the top 24 match play in all but three events. She finished eleven times in the top 10, and led all players with nine appearances in the televised finals.
Macpherson captured two titles in 1999, tying her with four other players. Her wins came in May, in Fairview Heights, Ill., at the St Clair Classic and again in November, dramatically winning in the tenth frame of the final match at the Sam's Town Invitational, the last tournament of the year. She also made it to the Championship Match four times this year, adding two seconds along with her wins.
"This is a tremendous honor for me, especially since it's the players who vote on it," said Macpherson, "Trying to maintain a high level of performance in this sport over the course of the year is incredibly difficult and I feel very fortunate to have received this honor from my fellow athletes."
Finishing in the Runner-Up position was Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, W. Richland Hills, Tex. This is the third consecutive year that Dorin-Ballard has finished as the bridesmaid in the voting. Dorin-Ballard finished 2nd in points, 2nd in average and 4th in earnings, having also won two titles in 1999.
Tiffany Stanbrough - 1999 PWBA Rookie of the Year
12/16/1999 - PWBA
Tiffany Stanbrough received all but one vote from the PWBA players to become the Professional Women's Bowling Association 1999 Rookie of the Year. Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla., dominated the rookie crop with her achievements.
Stanbrough competed in all eighteen events during 1999, cashing in eleven. She made the cut to Match Play ten times, seven more times than any other rookie. She was the only Rookie of the Year contender to appear on the televised Championship Round, making two television appearances. Her best finishes were a third place in the Hammer Players Championship in Rockford, IL and a second place finish in the Brunswick Women's World Open, in Lake Zurich, IL.
"It's just amazing," said Stanbrough, "It's every rookie's dream to win an award like this, but I never imagined I'd get the amount of votes that I did. I was really surprised."
The future star finished the year ranked 19th among all the pros in points, with a total of 5906. Her 1999 earnings of $34,615 placed her 22nd overall and she put together a 209.59 average, 23rd best this year on tour.
1999 Robby Award for Professionalism Goes to Leanne Barrette
12/15/1999 - PWBA
The touring players of the Professional Women's Bowling Association voted Leanne Barrette their Robby award winner for 1999. The annual award, in its 17th year and voted on by the athletes themselves, goes to the player who "best exemplifies the most positive image of women in professional bowling, both on the lanes and off."
Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., earned the honor once before in 1990 and finished ahead of the thirteen touring players who were in the running. The players first nominate the candidates themselves and then vote for the final result.
"I was really surprised to find out that I won," said Barrette, "It's really an honor because the players vote on it. I believe it's important to project a good image for women's professional sports and act like a pro whether you win or lose."
Three PWBA Rookies Made Live Appearance on America Online
12/10/1999 - PWBA
Three candidates for the Professional Women's Bowling Association 1999 Rookie of the Year award made a personal, live appearance in an America Online Chat Room on Thursday, December 9th, 1999.
Marcia Kamrowski, Boca Raton, Fla., Shannon Rondeau, Milwaukee, Ore., and Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla answered questions submitted from the live audience.
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False Elf Bowling Game Virus Rumor Continues to Spread
12/10/1999 - by Steve Mermelstein
NVision Design, the maker of NStorm games has been fighting a slanderous and false rumor being spread around the Internet via e-mail forwards. The false e-mail contends that the popular Elf Bowling game, which has been shared between many friends, contains a virus that will launch on Christmas Day.
The Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) has investigated the game and concluded that it is in fact a hoax. The SARC strongly recommends to "...ignore any messages regarding these supposed "viruses" and do not pass on any messages about them. Passing on messages about these hoaxes only serves to further propagate them."
BowlingFans.com reminds its visitors to update their virus detection software regularly, scan all attachments and files downloaded from the Internet, and to run a scan daily or at least weekly on ALL files on each fixed disk. By following these three recommendations you can be assured that your computer and its data will remain safe from computer viri. When a legitimate virus is discovered all the major publishers of virus scan programs will update their definition files and make them available for download. By downloading the updated definitions, newly discovered strains of computer viri can be detected and removed. For information on how to update your virus scan program please contact its publisher.