January 24, 2003:
YABA To Host Live Online Chat Sessions With Bowling Pros
01/24/2003 - Bowling Newsline
GREENDALE, Wis. - The Young American Bowling Alliance announced that it will begin hosting live online chat sessions with the world's top professional bowlers starting March 19. Youth bowlers will be able to logon to bowl.com and click on a link titled Chat With A Pro to register before the chat. Participants will be able to ask questions, offer comments and choose a screen name. Each chat session will begin at 7 p.m. EDT and will last approximately one hour. Here is a tentative schedule of upcoming live chat sessions:
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - Wednesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. EDT
Dorin-Ballard, North Richland Hills, Texas, is starting her 13th season as a pro and is still enjoying her streak of 70 consecutive cashes in pro events. She was named the 2001 Professional Women's Bowling Association Player of the Year and won eight titles that year, tying Patty Costello's 1976 record for the most professional women's bowling titles won in a single season.
Parker Bohn III - Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. EDT
Bohn, Jackson, N.J., holds the Professional Bowling Association's single-season average record (228.04 in 1999), has won 29 titles on the pro tour, and was named the Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year in both 1999 and 2002. He has become a role model for left-handed bowlers all over the continent.
Kim Terrell - Wednesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. EDT
Terrell, Antioch, Calif., has won nine pro titles, including the 2001 Women's U.S. Open, where her first place earnings of $55,000 were the largest ever awarded in a professional women's bowling tournament.
Admired for her grace and skills on the lanes, Terrell is a former collegiate bowler currently serving as the spokesperson for College Bowling USA. She has had 22 perfect games, which includes the 300 she rolled against Michelle Feldman, who also rolled a perfect game in their match. Together they are the only pair of female professionals to achieve this head-to-head perfection.
Kelly Kulick - Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. EDT
Kulick, Union, N.J. was the PWBA's 2001 Rookie of the Year and cashed in 19 of 23 pro tournaments, finishing eighth in earnings with $65,057 that season. Before turning pro, Kelly earned Collegiate Bowler of the Year honors in 1997 and again in 1998, when she led the Morehead State University Eagles to an Intercollegiate Bowling Championship. She also was a three-time member of Team USA (1998-2000).
Young American Bowling Alliance
YABA is the premier international youth organization in the sport of tenpin bowling. YABA is committed to providing exciting opportunities for the personal development of youth. YABA has nearly 400,000 members who enjoy benefits such as: awards; rules interpretation; championship tournaments; a special membership publication, Xpress; and opportunities to earn educational scholarships.
For more information about YABA, visit bowl.com. Interested in becoming a YABA member? Call (800) 514-BOWL to learn more.
ABC Signs b.line As World Team Challenge Sponsor For 2003 And 2004 Seasons
01/24/2003 - Bowling Newsline
GREENDALE, Wis. - Bowling's only team tournament series -- the American Bowling Congress World Team Challenge -- has signed b.line of Tacoma, Wash., as sponsor for the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
Beginning its 11th season in February, the ABC/b.line World Team Challenge provides ABC members with an innovative, fun and competitive team bowling experience and the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in prize money.
b.line is a sports fashion company which has sponsored teams in World Team Challenge events for several years.
"We are proud to be a sponsor of the World Team Challenge," said veteran Team Challenge competitor and b.line president Len Blakey. "We see this as a tremendous marketing opportunity for b.line."
b.line replaces Brunswick, which had sponsored the Team Challenge with ABC for the past nine years.
"Brunswick was very instrumental in the growth of the Team Challenge," said Ed Baur, ABC Group Executive of Tournaments, Communications and Marketing. "Now we look forward to our partnership with b.line to not only provide them with an excellent marketing opportunity but to also continue the Team Challenge's tradition as bowling's premier team tournament series."
The Team Challenge provides the ultimate in team competition featuring traditional and Baker formats. (The Baker format requires each member of the team to bowl two frames in one game to combine for one score.)
The winner of each qualifier earns airfare and lodging for the Grand Championship.
The 2003 season will feature 16 qualifiers with new stops in Hamburg, N.Y. (Buffalo area), Fresno, Calif., Columbus, Ga. and Dallas, Texas.
In addition, events will return to Kenner, La., Tacoma, Wash. and Columbus, Ohio. Because of the popularity of events in Seminole, Fla. and Windsor Locks, Conn., these locations will once again host two qualifiers.
The entry fee is $600 per team for 2003 and entry forms are in the mail. Entry information may be obtained by calling 800-514-2695, ext. 3415 or by visiting bowl.com.
2003 ABC/b.line WORLD TEAM CHALLENGE SCHEDULE
Feb. 8-9 Seminole Lanes, Seminole, FL
Feb. 22-23 AMF All Star Lanes, Kenner, La.
March 8-9 Pacific Lanes, Tacoma,
March 22-23 Bradley Bowl, Windsor Locks, Conn.
April 12-13 Liesureland Lanes, Hamburg, N.Y.
April 26-27 Landmark Recreation, Peoria, Ill.
May 3-4 AMF Peach Lanes, Columbus, Ga.
May 17-18 AMF Sierra Lanes, Fresno, Calif.
June 7-8 Super Bowl, Appleton, Wis.
June 21-22 Bradley Bowl, Windsor Locks, Conn.
Sept. 6-7 Holiday Lanes, Lakewood, Colo.
Sept. 20-21 Seminole Lanes, Seminole, Fla.
Sept. 27-28 Eastland Lanes, Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 4-5 Don Carter's West, Dallas, Texas
Oct. 18-19 ABC West Lanes, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Oct. 25-26 Fiesta Bowl, Richland, Wash.
Grand Championship date and site to be determined.