January 30, 2001:
Brazeau Pro Shop Takes Brunswick/WTC Opener
1/30/2001 - ABC
Seminole, FL - For the forth time in nine years, Brian Brazeau has captured an American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge event in Seminole, Fla.
This time, the Ocala, Fla., resident helped his Brazeau Pro Shop quintet win the opener of the BWTC's ninth season Jan. 21 at Seminole Lanes.
Brazeau joined Ryan Boyd, Tony Biondi, Adam Colton and Dennis Rakauskas in beating Jeff Eden's Pro Shop, also of Ocala, 495-413, in the two-game Baker System title match.
It meant another trip from Seminole to the Grand Championships for Brazeau and Rakauskas, who won in Florida last year and in 1997 while Brazeau was victorious in 1995. Colton also won in Seminole in 1999 and 1998 with another team.
"It was great to be able to defend our title," Brazeau said. "The eligibility change will make this event more competitive."
Eligibility, which now limits the number of pros or certain top amateurs, is among several rule changes adopted this year that proved popular among players on the 56 teams from four states.
Saturday qualifying has added excitement as teams know one in four teams advance to the Baker match play rounds and start even as qualifying scores are dropped. Another change has the top four qualifying teams automatically advancing to final match play with the remaining match play semifinal advancers (10 in Florida) competing for four other final spots.
Teams also earn prize money both for their qualifying positions and final finishes.
Brazeau Pro Shop took advantage of the new rules after finishing eighth in qualifying. It finished first in the Baker semifinal round and also won the final Baker match play block. It then waited as Jeff Eden's Pro Shop beat Team Pro Shop of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 385-381 in the semifinal.
In the title match, Brazeau's took a 259-229 lead after one game as Colton struck in the eighth frame, Rakauskas in the ninth and Brazeau three times in the 10th frame. Strikes by Boyd, Biondi and Colton to open the second game made sure Brazeau's Pro Shop won the match.
In addition to airfare and lodging to the Grand Championships this fall at a site and date to be determined, Brazeau's Pro Shop collected $3,600 in cash ($500 after qualifying eighth and $3,100 for first place).
Jeff Eden's Pro Shop (Jeff Eden, Stoney Baker, Craig Auerbach, Don Yoshihara and Darin Hays) collected $2,200 ($900 for fourth in qualifying and $1,300 for second place overall). Team Pro Shop (Eddie DeAtley, Storm DeVincent, Saul Insignares, Peter Hernandez and Rob Comito) earned $2,000 ($1,000 for third in qualifying and $1,000 for third overall).
Other match play finalists were: 4, Dave Olm Pro Shop, Tampa, Fla., $1,250 (11th-$350 + $900), 5, Brunswick, Pittsburgh, $1,100 (13th-$300 + $800), 6, Montgomery Industries, Braintree, Mass., $1,300 (7th-$600 + $700), 7, Kegel Training Center, Sebring, Fla., $1,900 (2nd-$1,300 + $600), 8, Trophies Unlimited, Richmond, Va., $2,200 (1st-$1,700 + $500).
Other Baker semifinalists were: 9, Top of the Line Pool Service, $1,100 (6th-$700 + $400), 10, AP Pro Shop, Pensacola, Fla., $750 (10th-$375 + $375), 11, Columbia 300, Margate, Fla., $750 (9th-$400 + $350). 12, Know Your Roll, Houston, Pa., $650 (12th-$325 + $325), 13, Halstrom Masonry, Clearwater, Fla., $575 (14th-$275 + $300), 14, Tornado, Orlando, Fla., $1,075 (5th-$800 + $275).
David Driscoll & Associates of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., captured the Second Chance event for teams not cashing after qualifying. Tom Gibson, Jeff Hanson, Dave Driscoll, Phil Knapic and Mark Booke split $1,000.
The next BWTC event is Feb. 3-4 in Pasadena, Texas. For entry information, contact Tom Boedecker at 414/423-3415
Bowl For The Cure Kickoff Set For Feb 1.
1/30/2001 - WIBC
Bowl for the CureTM has bowlers nationwide focused on knocking down pins and striking out breast cancer this February, and the exciting new event is kicking off with a challenge between the Milwaukee and Dallas communities.
Bowl for the CureTM is a fund-raising initiative created by the Women's International Bowling Congress to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The Bowl for the CureTM kickoff event takes place Thursday, Feb. 1 at AMF Bowlero Lanes in suburban Milwaukee and also at Don Carter All Star Lanes West in Dallas.
At each kickoff event, 144 bowlers, breast cancer activists and area residents will bowl one game, donating a minimum of 10 cents per pin to the Komen Foundation. Donations will come from the individual bowlers and through pledges they've collected from outside sources.
The city with the highest scores and raising the most funds to fight breast cancer will be recognized for its support of Bowl for the CureTM.
The Bowl for the CureTM concept was created as the result of a partnership between WIBC and the Komen Foundation. In November the WIBC Board of Directors adopted the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as an official charity. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, headquartered in Dallas, was founded by Nancy Brinker in 1982 and is the leading catalyst in breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment. The challenge is to take place between the two headquarters' communities.
During February, bowling leagues nationwide have been asked to designate one session as Bowl for the CureTM. On that day bowlers will be asked to donate a certain amount, generally one cent per pin, to the Komen Foundation. Funds raised will be collected and presented to Brinker at the WIBC Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this April.
"As a women's organization we have a very deep dedication to causes which affect women. Breast cancer is one of those causes," said Roseann Kuhn, WIBC Executive Director. "We've made this challenge to Dallas to help raise local and national support for Bowl for the CureTM in its inaugural year. With Milwaukee's rich bowling culture, I hope to see us victorious in raising the most funds for the cause."
For more information about Bowl for the CureTM including kickoff results, merchandise and league donations and standings, visit the official Web site http://www.bowlforthecure.com/.
CDE Software Announces The Launch Of LeagueSecretary.com.
1/30/2001 - CDE Software
In an effort to provide interactive standings and statistics, CDE Software launched a new site called LeagueSecretary.com. This site uses some of the latest web technology in harmony with CDE Software's products.
League secretaries using BLS-X/2001 version 13.20 or later can upload their standings, statistics AND a backup of their league with a single click. In a matter of a few minutes, LeagueSecretary.com will compute and display interactive standings as well as the standard graphical standings that CDE pioneered.
Secretaries can post their standings for free on LeagueSecretary.com
Also, with BLS-X/2001 version 13.20 or later, secretaries can post their standings also to Bowl.com even easier. Using CDE's single click feature, users can upload to both Bowl.com and LeagueSecretary.com.
Current registered owners of BLS-X/2001 can download the update for free. Owners of BLS-X/2000 can upgrade for $25 plus Shipping. Earlier versions from BLS-6 to BLS-X/32 are $50 plus Shipping to registered owners.
For more information visit CDE Software at http://www.cdesoftware.com/, LeagueSecretary.com at http://www.leaguesecretary.com/ and Bowl.com at http://www.bowl.com/