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      January 22, 2002:

-Amateur Brett Wolfe Wins Masters

01/22/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Brett Wolfe of Reno, Nev., became the sixth amateur in history to win the American Bowling Congress Masters title Jan. 20 when he defeated Dennis Horan of Temecula, Calif., 269-172, at the National Bowling Stadium.

      Wolfe, a 25-year-old business development manager for Coca-Cola USA, raced through two days of three-game, double-elimination match play competition to earn the top qualifying berth for the stepladder final and then posted the largest margin of victory in Masters history to claim the record $100,000 first prize.

      "It feels great. I had a blast," Wolfe said. "I'm not one to break down and cry or anything like that, but I had a job to do and I did it. And I think it was a pretty good show for the fans."

      Wolfe, a former Arizona State University collegiate star, had never bowled in the ABC Masters before, but made a decision to give it a try only 10 days before the tournament started.

      "I crush this place," he said of his previous experiences bowling in the National Bowling Stadium. "The question was whether I wanted to invest the $400 entry fee. Could I hang with the pros for a week? It was a confidence issue, but I finally decided, why not?"

      After converting the 3-10 split in the first frame, Wolfe reeled off a string of six strikes with the 10-year-old bowling ball he used almost exclusively during the week. When Horan left the 3-7-9 split and opened in his fifth frame, the match was pretty much out of his reach.

      "I finished second and won $50,000, which is more than I won with either of my two major titles," Horan said. "Sure, I wanted to win, but five minutes later, I was over it."

      Horan defeated Steve Jaros of Bolingbrook, Ill., 216-190, in the opening match and he eliminated Ricky Ward of North Fort Myers, Fla., 230-224, to advance to the title contest. Ward earned $25,000 for third place and Jaros took home $15,000 for fourth place.

      Wolfe was a National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association first-team Collegiate All-American in 1995-96 and 1996-97. He made the all-tournament team at the 1995 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships where he also was most valuable player runner-up. While living in suburban Phoenix, he set an American Bowling Congress record for most 300 games in a season with 14 in 1996-97, a standard that stood for two years.

      The 2002 Masters paid a record prize fund of $366,000 and drew a field of 456 professional and amateur entrants. It was conducted under ABC/Women's International Bowling Congress Sport Bowling lane conditions.

Championship Round Standings

Name W L GMS.    PINS      AVG.    PRIZE
1. Brett Wolfe, Reno, Nev. 7 0    19   4,369       229.9 $100,000
2. Dennis Horan, Temecula, Calif.   11 3    36       8,017       222.6     50,000
3. Ricky Ward, N. Fort Myers, Fla. 6 2    22   4,830       210.5     25,000
4. Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, Ill. 8 3    31       6,821       220.0     15,000
Stepladder results - Horan def. Jaros 216-190, Horan def. Ward 230-224 and Wolfe
def. Horan 269-172.

5TH THROUGH  8TH PLACE
5. Jess Stayrook, San Diego 5 2     21   4,749      226.1     10,000
6. Petteri Salonen, Finland 4 3     21   4,628      220.3       8,000
7. Chris Sand, Chesterfield, Mich. 5 2     21   4,709      224.2       6,000
8. Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 6 3     27   5,929      219.5       5,000

9TH THROUGH 12TH PLACE
Patrick Allen, Katonah, N.Y. 5 2     21   4,511     214.8       3,400
Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore. 3 2     15   3,321     221.4       3,400
Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. 3 2     15   3,202     213.4       3,400
David Traber, Bull Valley, N.Y. 3 2     15   3,155     210.3       3,400

13TH THROUGH 16TH PLACE
Mike Machuga, Erie, Pa. 4 2     18    3,957      219.8       2,400
Chris Barnes, Flowermound, Texas 4 2     18    3,907      217.0       2,400
Hugh Miller, Centralia, Wash. 3 2     15    3,365      224.3       2,400
Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas 3 2     15       3,359      223.9       2,400

17TH THROUGH 24TH PLACE
Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo. 3 2     15     3,300     220.2       2,000
Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla. 3 2     15     3,255     217.0       2,000
Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland 2 2     12     2,726     227.1       2,000
Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y. 2 2     12     2,682     223.5       2,000
Michael Mullin, Congers, N.Y. 2 2     12     2,620     218.3       2,000
Doug Wilcox, Sacramento, Calif. 2 2     12     2,519     209.9       2,000
Joe Salvemini, Covina, Calif. 2 2     12     2,468     205.6       2,000
Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y. 2 2     12     2,384     198.6       2,000

25TH THROUGH 32TH PLACE
Robert Smith, Moor Park, Calif. 2 2     12     2,638     219.8       1,650
David Street, Clovis, Calif. 2 2     12     2,600     216.6       1,650
Tim Mack, Stroudsburg, N.J. 2 2     12        2,569     214.0       1,650
Bryan Alpert, Northridge, Calif. 2 2     12     2,525     210.4       1,650
Mike Gaither, Corpus Christi, Texas  2 2     12     2,452     204.3       1,650
Art Brown, East Lansing, Mich. 2 2     12     2,443     203.5       1,650
Jason Lewis, Sterling Heights, Mich. 2 2     12     2,388     199.0       1,650
Lee Johnson, Bloomington, Ind. 2 2     12     2,359     196.5       1,650

33TH THROUGH 48TH PLACE
Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla. 1 2      9     2,039      226.5       1,400
Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, Fla. 1 2      9     2,010      223.3       1,400
Scott Norton, Northridge, Calif. 1 2      9         2,005      222.7       1,400
Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio 1 2      9         1,995      221.6       1,400
Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 1 2      9     1,985      220.5       1,400
Amletto Monacelli, Venezuela 1 2      9     1,977      219.6       1,400
Tommy Delutz, Flushing, N.Y. 1 2      9         1,967      218.5       1,400
Eric Forkel, Northridge, Calif. 1 2      9     1,938      215.3       1,400
David Haynes, Las Vegas 1 2     10        2,137      213.7       1,400
Mike Faliero, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 1 2      9     1,912      212.4       1,400
Rick Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas 1 2      9     1,876      208.4       1,400
Mika Koivuniemi, Finland 1 2      9         1,864      207.1       1,400
Chris Warren, Puyallup, Wash. 1 2      9     1,812      201.3       1,400
Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan. 1 2      9     1,796      199.5       1,400
Rudy Kasimakis, Ann Arbor, Mich. 1 2      9     1,769      196.5       1,400

49TH THROUGH 64TH PLACE
Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y. 0 2      6         1,332      222.0       1,200
Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla.  0 2      6      1,323      220.2       1,200
Mike Lichstein, Broad Brook, Conn.  0 2      6     1,312      218.6       1,200
Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J. 0 2      6     1,462      208.8       1,200
Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif. 0 2      6     1,240      206.6       1,200
Ricky Schafer, Aurora, Colo. 0 2      6     1,222      203.6       1,200
David Eisenberg, Kendall Park, N.J.  0 2      6     1,208      201.3       1,200
Chris Hayden, Tampa, Fla. 0 2      6     1,189      198.1       1,200
Jeff Frankos, San Francisco 0 2      6     1,187      197.8       1,200
Lee Vanderhoef, Columbia, S.C. 0 2      6     1,178      196.3       1,200
Riga Kalfas, Florence, Ky. 0 2      6     1,177      196.1       1,200
Jeff Smith, Little Falls, Minn. 0 2      6     1,170      195.0       1,200
Kevin Mitchell, Tulsa, Okla. 0 2      6     1,164      194.0       1,200
Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla. 0 2      6     1,145      190.8       1,200
Mike Eaton, Grandville, Mich. 0 2      6     1,141      190.1       1,200
Robby Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill. 0 2      6     1,117      186.1       1,200


-10th Annual ABC Senior Masters Slated For Tucson, Ariz., In May

01/22/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The American Bowling Congress, in cooperation with the Professional Bowlers Association, has announced the 10th annual Senior Masters tournament will be held May 24-31 at Golden Pin Lanes in Tucson, Ariz.

      The ABC Senior Masters will feature PBA Senior professionals and non-professional ABC members ages 50 and older who will compete for a projected $150,000 prize fund. After two eight-game qualifying blocks, the top 63 scorers will join defending champion Bob Glass of Lawrence, Kan., in the three-game, double-elimination match play finals to determine the 2002 champion.

      "The ABC Senior Masters is an event that allows ABC's most talented senior members to compete head-to-head with the world's premier senior professionals," ABC Assistant Executive Director Jack Mordini said. "This event has become one of the premier tournaments in the world for senior bowlers. We're looking forward to another terrific event for the Senior Masters' first visit to Arizona."

      In the 2001 Senior Masters at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., Glass, the 2000 PBA Senior Player of the Year, defeated defending champion Dave Soutar of Bradenton, Fla., 696-616, to win the title in a non-televised three-game roll-off.

      The tournament was first held in 1992 in Tulsa, Okla. Among the oldest and most prestigious events in senior bowling, the ABC Senior Masters is a perennial meeting place for senior bowling's strongest and deepest field. Past champions include inaugural winner Phil Ware, and ABC Hall of Famers Dave Davis, Gary Dickinson and Soutar.

      The Senior Masters is open to all ABC members ages 50 and older who have maintained a minimum 190 average for the past two seasons. The 2002 event will have a limited field of 312 participants.

      For entry forms or more information contact Tom Boedecker at (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3415.


-Entries Remain Available For Second Annual FIQ International Senior Open Feb. 3-10 In Reno

01/22/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Bowlers age 50 and older still have the opportunity to showcase their talents to a worldwide audience by competing in the second annual Federation Internationale des Quilleurs Senior Open Feb. 3-10 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

      Competition will be conducted in three age groups - 50-56, 57-66 and 67 and over. Entrants can bowl for titles in singles, doubles, trios, mixed doubles and Masters. Singles action will consist of three games while doubles, mixed doubles and trios will feature three games.

      Bowlers may enter as many times as they like. Initial registration fee is $50 per person. Fees for all subsequent entries are $35 per squad for the singles event and $30 per squad for doubles, mixed doubles and trios events. Marathon all events also is available for a one-time $10 fee.Entries will be accepted until the start of the tournament. For further information, visit the fiq.org Web site or call (719) 636-2695.


-National 600 Club Announces Its 2002 Tournament, Dinner/meeting Dates In Milwaukee

01/22/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The National 600 Club will hold its 2002 championship tournament and dinner/meeting in Milwaukee to coincide with the Women's International Bowling Congress Championship Tournament and Annual Meeting.

      The National 600 Club tournament will run April 14-June 10 (unless extended) at AMF New Berlin Lanes. It will feature five divisions - 181 average & over, 165-180, 151-164, 150 & under and a new senior division for ages 55 and over. The tournament will be handicapped at 80 percent of 200. Entry fee is $25.

      Average verification is required in addition to current National 600 Club and WIBC membership cards. Lanes will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except for WIBC Annual Meeting week when they'll be available from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

      The National 600 Club Dinner/Meeting is slated for April 22 at American Serb Memorial Hall. Tickets are $20 and reservations may be made with Rhonda Wiesneski, 2222 S. 69th St., West Allis, WI 53219.

      For more information on the National 600 Club, visit natl600.freeservers.com on the Internet.


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