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      January 10, 2003:

-Record-Setting Pluhowsky, Hoffman Capture Of USA Bowling National Amateur Championships

01/10/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      RENO, Nev. -- Shannon Pluhowsky became only the third woman to win consecutive U.S. Amateur titles and Bill Hoffman the first male to win two championships Friday at the conclusion of the 2003 USA Bowling National Amateur Championships at the National Bowling Stadium.

      Pluhowsky, a 20-year-old student at the University of Nebraska from Phoenix, joined Julie Gardner, Huntington Beach, Calif., in 1991-92 and Liz Johnson, Niagara Falls, N.Y., in 1993 and 1994 with back-to-back victories. The left-hander dominated the field of 66 women from the end of qualifying as she finished 56 games with 11,706 (201.89 average) including 20 bonus pins for each of her 20 match victories.

      "I'm very excited to be on the team again. It's a big year and I want to be part of it," Pluhowsky said. "It's definitely a great honor. It's exciting to represent Team USA in the World Cup again and to go to the Pan Am Games. I've never been there."

      Team USA 2003 members will participate in events such as the Pan American Games, Federation Internationale des Quilleurs World Championships and AMF World Cup, the latter of which Pluhowsky won last October.

      Hoffman, a 27-year-old amateur bowler and 1999 men's champion from Columbus, Ohio, won 21 of 32 matches overall to top the 133 men with 12,359 (213.2 average). The right-hander has won numerous major events since graduating from Ohio State University including American Bowling Congress World Team Challenge Grand Championships in 2002 and 1997.

      "If you win it once, you expect to win it again," Hoffman said. "Knowing the schedule before I began this motivated me very, very much."

      "On Saturday night I drilled a ball for this tournament in particular and it gave me a big advantage over the other people on the long condition."

      Three-time Team USA member Stacy Werth, Rocklin, Calif.; was second in the women's division with 11,275. Two-time Team USA member Lisa Duenow, Mound, Minn., was third with 11,233; Wichita State University player Anita Manns, the 2002 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow from Austin, Texas, was fourth at 11,216; and Jennifer Wright, a 17-year-old high school student from West Columbia, S.C., was fifth with 11,178.

      All qualified for Team USA 2003 by virtue of their top five finishes. For the men, Team USA 1999 member Scott Pohl, Eagan, Minn., was second with 12,012; international star Tim Mack, Garfield, N.J., was third with 11,996; two-time Team USA member Dino Castillo, Irving, Texas, was fourth with 11,917; and three-time Team USA member David Haynes, Las Vegas, was fifth with 11,893.

      Six more players were selected to Team USA 2003 by a national selection committee based on such criteria as performance, physical game, mental game and team play. They were: Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., who makes the team for the ninth time; Diandra Hyman, Dyer, Ind., who qualified for the fifth straight year; first-timer Ranae Janssen, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 2001 U.S. Amateur Champion Andrew Cain, Tempe, Ariz.; Team USA 2002 member Royce Rusher, Tulsa, Okla.; and Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., who will make his third Team USA appearance.

      Serving on the national selection committee will be Team USA coaches Fred Borden, Jeri Edwards and Gordon Vadakin; USA Bowling certified coach Susie Minshew; and former Team USA player Kendra Gaines.

      Nearly 200 of the best amateur bowlers in the United States originally were entered in the quest to earn spots on Team USA 2003. They rolled 24 qualifying games with the top 32 men and top 32 women advancing to match play.

      The tournament features lane conditions compliant with the Sport Bowling program. Developed by the American Bowling Congress and Women's International Bowling Congress, Sport Bowling is a level of sanctioned league and tournament competition designed to emphasize bowlers' skill and re-establish the credibility of the sport.

      Lane patterns are administered by Lane DynamX, the official lane maintenance provider for USA Bowling.

      Other sponsors include Storm Bowling Products, Dartfish, Peppermill Hotel Casino, Big Dogs, Twelve Strike and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America.

      Final 56-game results from the 2003 USA Bowling National Amateur Championships at the National Bowling Stadium. The top five in each division automatically qualified for Team USA 2003. They were joined by three other men and three other women chosen by a national selection committee. Scores include 20 bonus pins for each match won.

MEN
1, Bill Hoffman*, Columbus, Ohio, 21-11-0, 12,359. 
2, Scott Pohl*, Eagan, Minn., 22-10-0, 12,012. 
3, Tim Mack*, Garfield, N.J., 24-8-0, 11,996. 
4, Dino Castillo*, Irving, Texas, 18-13-1, 11,917. 
5, David Haynes*, Las Vegas, Nev., 17-14-1, 11,893. 
6, Robby Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 18-13-1, 11,862. 
7, Andrew Cain**, Tempe, Ariz., 20-11-1, 11,805. 
8, George Gohagan III, Trotwood, Ohio, 20-12-0, 11,784. 
9, Royce Rusher**, Tulsa, Okla., 18-14-0, 11,761. 
10, Samuel Lantto**, Eden Prairie, Minn., 17-13-2, 11,709. 
11, Vernon Peterson, Dearborn Hts., Mich., 20-12-0, 11,648. 
12, Rhino Page, Wichita, KS, 17-15-0, 11,575. 
13, Jason Lower, Beaverton, OR, 16-15-1, 11,570. 
14, Michael Remaklus, Florissant, Mo., 11-20-1, 11,546. 
15, Jason Sterner, Jonesboro, Ga., 16-16-0, 11,519. 
16, Andrew Ueland, Fresno, Calif., 18-14-0, 11,505. 
17, Nick Black, Price, Utah, 16-15-1, 11,398. 
18, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 14-17-1, 11,372. 
19, Steve Villanueva, Brisbane, Calif., 15-17-0, 11,359. 
20, Doane Cole, Murrieta, Calif., 15-16-1, 11,345. 
21, Nick Smith, Canyon Country, Calif., 15-17-0, 11,330. 
22, Paul Enright, Las Vegas, Nev., 15-17-0, 11,274. 
23, Steve Patterson, Orange Beach, Ala., 13-19-0, 11,246. 
24, Dave Schick, Fargo, N.D., 14-18-0, 11,241. 
25, David Mitchell, Jonhnstown, Pa., 12-19-1, 11,210. 
26, Edward Smaglik, West Lafayette, Ind., 9-21-2, 11,177. 
27, Eric Cox, San Diego, 11-19-2, 11,118. 
28, Ivan Miyasato, Aiea, Hawaii, 12-20-0, 11,055. 
29, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 12-20-0, 11,020.
30, Jim Lang, Hartshorne, Okla., 14-18-0, 10,992. 
31, Richard Fairley, Jr., Lynchburg, Va., 13-19-0, 10,942. 
32, Jeff Robertson, Tempe, Ariz., 10-20-2, 10,811. 

WOMEN
1, Shannon Pluhowsky*, Phoenix, 20-12-0, 11,706. 
2, Stacy Werth*, Rocklin, Calif., 14-18-0, 11,275. 
3, Lisa Duenow*, Mound, Minn., 20-12-0, 11,233. 
4, Anita Manns*, Austin, Texas, 20-12-0, 11,216. 
5, Jennifer Wright*, West Columbia, S.C., 21-10-1, 11,178. 
6, Lucy Sandelin**, Tampa, Fla., 22-10-0, 11,150. 
7, Amanda Burgoyne, Newport, Minn., 18-14-0, 11,118. 
8, Diandra Hyman**, Dyer, Ind., 20-12-0, 11,117. 
9, Jeanette Menacho, Sacramento, Calif., 20-12-0, 10,970. 
10, Ranae Janssen*, Sioux Falls, S.D., 16-16-0, 10,946. 
11, Olivia Sandham, Boulder, Colo., 19-13-0, 10,922. 
12, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 17-15-0, 10,874. 
13, Jennifer Murphy, Helotes, Texas, 20-12-0, 10,862. 
14, Michelle Spratford, Hopelawn, N.J., 20-12-0, 10,813. 
15, Megan Larson, McKinney, Texas, 13-19-0, 10,801. 
16, Jocelyn Stutz, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 15-17-0, 10,769. 
17, Kaleena Henning, North Platte, Neb., 12-20-0, 10,761. 
18, Kimberly Hunn, Chandler, Ariz., 17-15-0, 10,751. 
19, Stacey Bokina, Peconic, N.Y., 17-15-0, 10,716. 
20, Kristal Scott, Painesville, Ohio, 16-16-0, 10,710. 
21, Christine Munsie, Schererville, Ind., 15-16-1, 10,681. 
22, Katie Verbil, Wichita, Texas, 14-18-0, 10,657. 
23, Joy Esterson, Morehead, Ky., 16-16-0, 10,637. 
24, Christine Couvillon, Denham Springs, La., 14-18-0, 10,636. 
25, Kari Schwager, Lincoln, Neb., 14-18-0, 10,626. 
26, Diane Parker, Walnut, Calif., 13-19-0, 10,443. 
27, Debbie Kuhn, Baltimore, 14-17-1, 10,415. 
28, Allison Jones, Roseville, Calif., 9-23-0, 10,380. 
29, Leigh McPherson, Tempe, Ariz., 11-21-0, 10,365. 
30, Amber Lester, North Pole, Alaska, 13-19-0, 10,232. 
31, Nikki Lewandowski, Buffalo, N.Y., 11-21-0, 10,185. 
32, Jennifer Driggs+, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2-29-1, 9,977. 
*Qualified for Team USA 2003
**Selected to Team USA 2003
+Replaced Karla Engh in Game 48


-Pluhowsky, Hoffman Lead Into Final Round Of USA Bowling National Amateur Championships

01/10/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      RENO, Nev. Shannon Pluhowsky and Bill Hoffman are eight games away from winning their second U.S. National Championships by leading the women's and men's divisions, respectively, after Friday's early match-play action in the USA Bowling National Amateur Championships at the National Bowling Stadium.

      Pluhowsky, a 20-year-old student at the University of Nebraska and the defending women's titlist, won five of eight matches to total 10,105 for 48 games including 20 bonus pins for each match won. Three-time Team USA member Stacy Werth, Rocklin, Calif.; was second with 9,737. Two-time Team USA member Lisa Duenow, Mound, Minn., was third with 9,611 followed by Jennifer Wright, a 17-year-old high school student from West Columbia, S.C., with 9,539 and Junior Team USA 2002 member Amanda Burgoyne, an 18-year-old high school student from Newport, Minn., with 9,487.

      Hoffman, a 27-year-old amateur bowler and 1999 men's champion, won seven matches for 10,487 to hold the top spot. Two-time Team USA member Dino Castillo, Irving, Texas, was second with 10,205. International star Tim Mack, Garfield, N.J., was third with 10,186 followed by three-time Team USA member David Haynes with 10,179 and Robby Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., with 10,146.

      Nearly 200 of the best amateur bowlers in the United States originally were entered in the quest to earn spots on Team USA 2003. They rolled 24 qualifying games with the top 32 men and top 32 women advancing to match play. The final eight match-play games were to be rolled Friday afternoon with the top five men and top five women automatically qualifying for Team USA 2003. Another three men and three women will be chosen by a national selection committee based on such criteria as performance, physical game, mental game and team play.

      Team USA 2003 members will participate in events such as the Pan American Games, Federation Internationale des Quilleurs World Championships and AMF World Cup.

      The tournament features lane conditions compliant with the Sport Bowling program. Developed by the American Bowling Congress and Women's International Bowling Congress, Sport Bowling is a level of sanctioned league and tournament competition designed to emphasize bowlers' skill and re-establish the credibility of the sport.

      Lane patterns are administered by Lane DynamX, the official lane maintenance provider for USA Bowling.

      Other sponsors include Storm Bowling Products, Dartfish, Peppermill Hotel Casino, Big Dogs, Twelve Strike and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America.

MEN
1, Bill Hoffman, Columbus, Ohio, 16-8-0, 10,487. 
2, Dino Castillo, Irving, Texas, 13-11-0, 10,205. 
3, Tim Mack, Garfield, N.J., 18-6-0, 10,186. 
4, David Haynes, Las Vegas, Nev., 14-9-1, 10,179. 
5, Robby Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 14-9-1, 
10,146. 6, Scott Pohl, Eagan, Minn., 15-9-0, 10,033. 
7, George Gohagan III, Trotwood,  Ohio, 15-9-0, 10,023. 
8, Samuel Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 14-8-2, 9,933. 
9, Michael Remaklus, Florissant, Mo., 8-15-1, 9,924. 
10, Vernon Peterson, Dearborn Heights., Mich., 15-9-0, 9,912. 
11, Royce Rusher, Tulsa, Okla., 12-12-0, 9,909. 
12, Andrew Cain, Tempe, Ariz., 13-10-1, 9,908. 
13, Rhino Page, Wichita, Kan., 13-11-0, 9,892. 
14, Jason Lower, Beaverton, Ore., 11-12-1, 9,818. 
15, Jason Sterner, Jonesboro, Ga., 12-12-0, 9,808. 
16, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 10-13-1, 9,787.
17, Edward Smaglik, West Lafayette, Ind., 9-14-1, 9,738. 
18, Nick Smith, Canyon Country, Calif., 12-12-0, 9,699. 
19, Nick Black, Price, Utah, 12-12-0, 9,680. 
20, Andrew Ueland, Fresno, Calif., 13-11-0, 9,638. 
21, David Mitchell, Jonhnstown, Pa., 9-14-1, 9,637. 
22, Dave Schick, Fargo, N.D., 12-12-0, 9,623. 
23, Doane Cole, Murrieta, Calif., 12-12-0, 9,612. 
24, Steve Patterson, Orange Beach, Ala., 9-15-0, 9,589. 
25, Paul Enright, Las Vegas, Nev., 11-13-0, 9,583. 
26, Steve Villanueva, Brisbane, Calif., 12-12-0, 9,566. 
27, Eric Cox, San Diego, 8-15-1, 9,494. 
28, Ivan Miyasato, Aiea, Hawaii, 9-15-0, 9,428. 
29, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 9-15-0, 9,427. 
30, Jim Lang, Hartshorne, Okla., 10-14-0, 9,388. 
31, Richard Fairley Jr., Lynchburg, Va., 10-14-0, 9,350. 
32, Jeff Robertson, Tempe, Ariz., 8-15-1, 9,263. 

WOMEN
1, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 16-8-0, 10,105. 
2, Stacy Werth, Rocklin, Calif., 12-12-0, 9,737. 
3, Lisa Duenow, Mound, Minn., 16-8-0, 9,611. 
4, Jennifer Wright, West Columbia, S.C., 15-9-0, 9,539. 
5, Amanda Burgoyne, Newport, Minn., 14-10-0, 9,487. 
6, Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 16-8-0, 9,471. 
7, Anita Manns, Austin, Texas, 14-10-0, 9,450. 
8, Ranae Janssen, Sioux Falls, S.D., 12-12-0, 9,358. 
9, Diandra Hyman, Dyer, Ind., 14-10-0, 9,329. 
10, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 12-12-0, 9,324. 
11, Jeanette Menacho, Sacramento, Calif., 14-10-0, 9,317. 
12, Jennifer Murphy, Helotes, Texas, 18-6-0, 9,316. 
13, Olivia Sandham, Boulder, Colo., 13-11-0, 9,287. 
14, Kaleena Henning, North Platte, Neb., 9-15-0, 9,245. 
15, Christine Munsie, Schererville, Ind., 12-11-1, 9,194. 
16, Katie Verbil, Wichita, Texas, 13-11-0, 9,182. 
17, Megan Larson, McKinney, Texas, 9-15-0, 9,167. 
18, Joy Esterson, Morehead, Ky., 13-11-0, 9,164. 
19, Kimberly Hunn, Chandler, Ariz., 14-10-0, 9,159. 
20, Jocelyn Stutz, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 12-12-0, 9,142. 
21, Michelle Spratford, Hopelawn, N.J., 14-10-0, 9,139. 
22, Stacey Bokina, Peconic, N.Y., 12-12-0, 9,121. 
23, Kristal Scott, Painesville, Ohio, 12-12-0, 9,094. 
24, Diane Parker, Walnut, Calif., 11-13-0, 8,988. 
25, Kari Schwager, Lincoln, Neb., 9-15-0, 8,971. 
26, Christine Couvillon, Denham Springs, La., 10-14-0, 8,958. 
27, Debbie Kuhn, Baltimore, 10-13-1, 8,931. 
28, Leigh McPherson, Tempe, Ariz., 8-16-0, 8,923. 
29, Allison Jones, Roseville, Calif., 6-18-0, 8,715. 
30, Amber Lester, North Pole, Alaska, 8-16-0, 8,678. 
31, Nikki Lewandowski, Buffalo, N.Y., 8-16-0, 8,653. 
32, Jennifer Driggs, Salt Lake City, Utah, 0-24-0, 8,473.
Driggs replaced Karla Engh in game eight of this round.



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