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      February 06, 2002:

-Bohr Named Star Of Tomorrow

02/06/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, has been named the 2002 American Bowling Congress Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow. Bohr, 22, will receive a $1,000 scholarship, renewable for up to three additional years for a total of $4,000.

      ABC presents this prestigious award and scholarship, while the Young American Bowling Alliance administers the selection process.

      Bohr, a junior at Wichita State University, is bowling in his third season for the Shockers, serving as a team co-captain. He follows teammate Sean Rash as back-to-back Star of Tomorrow selections.

      The right-hander began 2001 by finishing his second season at Wichita State averaging 221, earning All-America honorable mention honors and leading the Shockers to a fourth-place finish at the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships. He then made Junior TEAM USA for the third consecutive year with a sixth-place finish at the 2001 USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships.

      In international competition, Bohr collected gold and silver medals at the International Youth Friendship Tournament. Other highlights included placing 16th at the USA Bowling Championships, winning the Junior World Team Challenge and placing first in the team event at the 2001 Las Vegas Invitational.

      Besides his on-lanes feats, Bohr earned his second straight academic All-America selection with a 3.6 grade point average during the 2000-01 school year. He has nearly a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and has been named to the dean's list three times.

      The 1998 Texas Youth Bowler of Year has 14 career 300 games and an 825 high three-game series. His accomplishments also include first places at the 2000 Kansas YABA State Tournament; the 1999 Texas YABA State Tournament; the 2000 USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships; and the 2000 Kansas YABA Classic Team Tournament.

      He also has been involved in bowling as a youth coach, a youth leader, a league officer and as a TEAM USA Committee Junior Team Representative. Bohr also is active in several community and church-related initiatives.

      The ABC Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow Award is named in honor of the late Chuck Hall, who passed away Sept. 10, 2000. Hall served as the executive director of the American Junior Bowling Congress and YABA from 1962-85.

      The award annually is given to recognize exemplary qualities in a male high school senior or college student who competes in the sport of bowling. Those qualities include distinguished sanctioned amateur bowling performances on local, regional, state, provincial and national levels, impressive academic achievement and extensive extracurricular involvement.

      Past Star of Tomorrow recipients include: 2000 U.S. Amateur Champion Scott Norton (2000); 2001 U.S. Amateur Champion Andrew Cain (1999); PBA champion Justin Hromek (1985); current PBA member and 1994 U.S. Amateur Champion Pat Healey Jr. (1986); and 2000 U.S. Open champion and 1993 U.S. Amateur Champion Robert Smith (1992).


-Bowling Inc. Board Hears Of Bowling's Presence At Winter Olympics

02/06/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Bowling will have a significant presence in Salt Lake City during this month's Winter Olympic Games. The announcement was made at the Bowling Inc. Board of Directors quarterly business meeting Jan. 24-25 in San Antonio.

      The Olympic effort is an initiative under the leadership of Federation Internationale des Quilleurs President and USA Bowling Executive Director/CEO Jerry Koenig. He will lead a contingent of international and U.S. bowling organization executive leaders who will be present at key events and hospitality functions. Through their efforts, International Olympic Committee and world media representatives will learn about the quality of the people and organizations in bowling and the extent of the commitment the sport has to the spirit and ideals of the Olympic movement.

      This participation is designed to further bowling's goal of full participation in the Olympic Games at the earliest opportunity.

      Also discussed at the meeting were two of bowling's biggest success stories - High School Bowling USA and College Bowling USA.

      High School Bowling USA National Director Kris Zahn reported that sanctioned varsity bowling for both boys and girls has just expanded into its sixth state. Illinois has been added to the list that already includes Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Tennessee. Two other states, Alaska and Washington, offer varsity level to girls only.

      As an industry funded shared strategic initiative, HSBUSA is a hotbed of opportunity for both proprietors and the Young American Bowling Alliance to keep current customers/members, make new customers/members and re-attract past customers/members. Considering that approximately six million students participate in high school athletics, only 20,000 students bowl for their high schools in state sanctioned programs.

      "The field is ripe for growth, particularly for those students not desiring or unable to participate in contact sports," Zahn said. For more information, contact Zahn at Bowling Proprietors' Association of America Headquarters, (800) 343-1329.

      College Bowling USA Director Brian Graham stated that "CBUSA creates collegiate bowling opportunities to enhance students' academic, athletic and personal development and all signs are that positive things are really happening."

      Membership for 2001-02 is up with more than 200 men's, women's and mixed teams represented by nearly 2,500 athletes participating at the National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Junior College Athletic Association or club sport levels. NCAA women's varsity bowling is CBUSA's biggest target of opportunity under Title IX in an effort to elevate bowling from emerging sport status to championship sport status. Today there are 39 schools sponsoring NCAA women's varsity bowling programs, just one shy of the magic number of 40 schools needed by Sept. 15 to reach the prestigious championship sport status level.

      CBUSA is funded by the Women's International Bowling Congress and American Bowling Congress with the NCAA and Varsity Bowling efforts identified as a Shared Strategic Initiative.

      "With the support of the entire industry, we are confident of reaching championship status and this will be a tremendous kudo for all of bowling," Graham said. For more information, contact Graham at Bowling Headquarters, (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3385.
    Other meeting highlights:
  • The board was told of opportunities for bowling to strengthen a partnership with the President's Council on Physical Fitness. Bowling Inc. Shared Services and the BPAA will research opportunities for such a partnership.
  • As part of industry marketing funding, preparations have started on a trade campaign called "Let's Roll Together" planned for late May or early June. The campaign would include a full-page ad/promotional piece to run in national publications such as Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal, Promo Magazine and Brand Week. Major promotion/brand managers and top agencies will be invited to attend a festive event/bowling party at New York's Chelsea Piers. The gala will include presentations by Strike Ten Entertainment, the Professional Bowlers Association and Professional Women's Bowling Association as well as other industry partners. Follow-up gala events are planned for Chicago and Los Angeles pending success of the New York gala.
  • The board endorsed a conceptual three-pronged industry marketing fund program of a trade campaign, national promotional campaign and proposed future-funding program. More information on industry marketing will be presented later.
  • The board approved the appointment of Steve Miller, president and CEO of PBA, to Strike Ten Entertainment's Management Committee.

      The Bowling Inc. Board meetings are the only action forums bringing industry leaders together to ensure bowling's growth in the sports/entertainment marketplace through unified leadership and strategic direction. Participating were executives from the ABC, BPAA, WIBC, AMF, Brunswick, USA Bowling, YABA, PBA and PWBA. The BI board continued its efforts to forge partnerships with its business partners and industry leaders while striving for unanimity of purpose for the good of the industry.

      The next Bowling Inc. board meeting is April 10-11 in Chicago. For more information, contact Hazel McLeary, Bowling Inc. Board of Directors Chair, at [email protected], (250) 382-6506 or David Patrick, President & COO, at [email protected], (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3250.


-WIBC Sanctions First All-Women's Sport Bowling League

02/06/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The Ladies Scratch Trio League at Brunswick Watauga Lanes, Watauga, Texas, became the first Women's International Bowling Congress sanctioned all-women's Sport Bowling league.

      The league will run its second session under the official WIBC/American Bowling Congress Sport Bowling program beginning Feb. 6 and will be the first at Brunswick Watauga Lanes. The league was accustomed to challenging conditions, including the use of the TEAM USA lane conditions, and the Professional Bowlers Association gold pins, before making the decision to sanction as an official WIBC Sport Bowling league.

      "Our bowlers are some of the best in the area and they are tired of the same old easy house shot," League Secretary Linda Taylor said. "Sport Bowling fulfills that need for competition and gives our bowlers the opportunity to become better.

      "It is the cheapest lesson to buy in bowling. It teaches you to be an accurate bowler and it increases your skill as you practice on the lanes."

      Developed by WIBC and ABC, the governing bodies of bowling, Sport Bowling is a new level of sanctioned league and tournament competition designed to emphasize bowlers' skill and re-establish credibility of the sport. Sport Bowlers will compete on challenging lane conditions and rely on their accuracy, ability to read lanes and make adjustments to succeed.

      "This shows that more and more women bowlers are wanting to step up to the challenge and Sport Bowling definitely can provide that avenue," WIBC Executive Director Roseann Kuhn said. "It is important to emphasize that Sport Bowling appeals to bowlers of all skill levels and is not just a condition conducive to high average bowlers. One of the main strengths of women bowlers is their spare-shooting ability and Sport Bowling certainly can assist them in improving that part of their game. I am confident we'll see more women's sanctioned Sport Bowling leagues in the coming months."

      For more information on Sport Bowling visit SportBowling.com.


-St. Louis Selected To Play Host To YABA Triple Crown Events In 2003

02/06/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The Young American Bowling Alliance has selected St. Louis to host its Triple Crown events for 2003. The USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships, the Youth Bowling Championships and the YABA International Workshop all will be held within the Greater St. Louis area during July 2003.

      St. Louis' bid was selected over Tulsa, Okla.; Riverside, Calif.; Long Beach, Calif.; Kansas City, Mo.; Des Moines, Iowa; Columbus, Ohio; Phoenix; and the Central Florida Sports Commission located near Orlando.

      "St. Louis' location and strong bowling community made it a perfect fit for YABA, because our members asked for a central location, and we listened," YABA Executive Director Jim Zebehazy said. "In addition to competing and attending our events, St. Louis will provide our members the opportunity to visit a remarkable city with outstanding sites, including the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame."

      The sixth annual USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships will be held July 12-18, at AMF Strike 'N Spare in St. Louis; Brunswick Lakeside Lanes in Valley Park; and the Brunswick Four Seasons in Chesterfield.

      Strike 'N Spare is a 48-lane center, while Lakeside Lanes and Four Seasons each have 40 lanes.

      The 2003 Youth Bowling Championships sponsored by Pepsi and presented by Storm Products Inc., will take place July 21-23, exclusively at AMF Strike 'N Spare. The Youth Bowling Championships was previously held in St. Louis in 1988. St. Louis' Renaissance Hotel will serve as the host hotel for both tournaments.

      The International Workshop will be held July 25-27, following the conclusion of both tournaments, at the Marriott St. Louis Airport hotel. The Marriott will serve as the host hotel and as the location for all seminars and functions associated with the workshop. The International Workshop visited St. Louis in 1986.

      The 2002 events are taking place in Florida. The USA Junior Gold tournament is being held in Lakeland and Winter Haven, while the Coca-Cola Youth Bowling Championships will be exclusively in Winter Haven. The International Workshop is being conducted in nearby Orlando.


-High School Bowling USA Assists Illinois Association Sanctioning Of Boys Varsity Bowling

02/06/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Through the assistance of the High School Bowling USA initiative, the National Director of High School Bowling and the Illinois State Bowling Proprietors' Association, the Illinois High School Association voted on Jan. 15 to elevate the boys' bowling program to varsity level. High school bowling for boys in Illinois had previously been recognized at the 'club' level.

      This move makes Illinois one of six states to have both girls and boys bowling programs at the varsity level. The other five states include Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Tennessee. Two states offer girls' varsity bowling - Alaska and Washington.

      "It's exciting to add another state to the growing list of interscholastic associations that recognize both boys and girls bowling at a varsity level," National Director of High School Bowling USA Kris Zahn said. "As more and more schools realize how much a bowling program can benefit the students and the schools themselves, these numbers only will increase."

      Keep up to date on the status of high school bowling across the United States by visiting highschoolbowlingusa.com. The Web site also provides information on the steps required to sanction bowling in your state at each recognized level associated with high school varsity level sports.

      High School Bowling USA is an industry-wide strategic initiative of the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, the American Bowling Congress, the Women's International Bowling Congress, the Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling.


-BPAA Welcomes U. S. Army Bowling Centers Into Membership

02/06/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America and the United States Army agreed to bring 100 percent of the Army base bowling centers into BPAA membership under the association's 750-plus lanes membership category. This is the same category used to maintain all AMF, Brunswick and Bowl America bowling centers as 100 percent BPAA members.

      The agreement also opens the door to potential agreements with other United States military branch bowling centers, such as the Air Force, Marines and Navy. Army bowling centers located on international army bases are included in this membership agreement.

      While there has been concern among some domestic commercial bowling center operators as to the "competition" aspect of some military centers that should be open to military personnel and their families only, this 100 percent membership agreement enables BPAA and the U.S. military bowling program managers to better oversee these types of concerns. It also creates a situation where military bowling centers can continue to thrive and offer a safe, fun, family-oriented entertainment option for America's military forces and their families. Moreover, including military bowling centers in this manner creates a stronger association and revenue base from which more viable member-exclusive benefit programs and services can be developed and funded.

      This agreement also will enhance the continued success of the Armed Forces Bowling Conference, which is held in conjunction with International Bowl Expo each June.

      "BPAA is a diverse collection of many different categories of bowling centers," said BPAA President Michael Ducat. "One of BPAA's goals is to recognize and reach out to all type of bowling centers and become the essential resource for operating a profitable center. BPAA is very proud to announce this ground-breaking agreement with our Army bowling centers and hopes that this will lead to bringing every military branch bowling center into the BPAA family."


-NBC's Bob Costas Scheduled As 2002 International Bowl Expo Keynote Speaker

02/06/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      As International Bowl Expo 2002 prepares to Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler (Let the Good Times Roll) in New Orleans, June 16-22, the event's organizers have secured well-known NBC sports journalist and broadcaster Bob Costas as keynote speaker during the General Session on Tuesday, June 18, according to the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America.

      Costas has been with NBC sports since 1979. During this time he has covered every major sport, but is perhaps most identified with the Olympics and baseball. He anchored NBC's prime time coverage of the last three Olympics - Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000). In addition, he is scheduled to host the Winter Games in Salt Lake City in February.

      From 1984 through 1992, Costas hosted the network's "NFL Live" pre-game show, stepping aside following Super Bowl XXVII. In the past few years Costas has returned to baseball, handling play-by-play for NBC's All Star, Playoff and World Series telecasts. His frequent and passionate commentary about the game's history, appeal and ongoing problems has earned him the respect and admiration of millions of fans.

      Beginning with the 1997-98 season, Costas became the play-by-play voice of the NBA on NBC. For many years prior he had been the host of NBC's NBA coverage. He also is a frequent contributor to NBC news as a reporter and interviewer on the network's prime time news magazines.

      Costas has won 12 Emmy awards - eight as outstanding sports broadcaster. He has been named "National Sportscaster of the Year" by his peers-in 1985, 1987, 1991, 1995 and 1997. When he first won the National Sportscaster of the Year award in 1985, he was 33 years old, the youngest announcer to be so honored.

      In 1988, Costas began to diversify beyond sports broadcasting. He served as a substitute host for Bryant Gumbel on NBC's Today Show, then went on to host his own late night program, Later...With Bob Costas. This Emmy Award-winning show featured in-depth interviews exploring the lives of newsmakers, entertainers and personalities from varied backgrounds. In addition to his NBC duties, he currently hosts his own weekly sports talk/magazine show on HBO entitled, On The Record with Bob Costas.

      The Hilton New Orleans Riverside will serve as the headquarters hotel for International Bowl Expo 2002. The Trade Show will be held June 19-20 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. All other events and educational seminars will be conducted at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. For more information, log onto bowlexpo.com or call BPAA at (800) 343-1329.


-Briere, Crawford Named Canadian Bowlers Of The Year For 2001

02/06/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Danyck Briere, Ste. Genevieve, Quebec, and Robin Crawford, a Canadian citizen who works for the Young American Bowling Alliance in suburban Milwaukee, have been named 2001 Canadian Bowlers of the Year by the Canadian Tenpin Federation.

      Briere won a gold medal for Canada in the men's singles event at the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs American Zone Championships in Argentina. His 1,428 six-game series broke the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs American Zone Championship record of 1,419 that stood for 12 years. Briere finished fourth in all-events, fifth in team, seventh in doubles and ninth in Masters.

      Briere continued his winning ways when he returned from Argentina. He won a charity event held at Rive-Sud Lanes in Longueuil, Quebec, in November which earned him $2,000 and another $2,000 first-place prize at the Quebec Bowlers Club event at Salon Quilles in Valleyfield, Quebec. He is a three-time member of Team Canada. He represented his country at the 1997 American Zone Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the World Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in 1999 and the World Youth Championships held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1999.

      Crawford, a member of Team Canada, won the gold in women's singles at the American Zone Championships. She also finished fourth in doubles, fifth in trios and ninth in team.

      Crawford also excelled at the collegiate level. Bowling for Morehead State (Ky.) University, she finished second at the Bearcat Hoinke Classic in January and made the all-tournament team. She won the Association of College Unions International Region 5 event in February with a 227 average.

      At the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships in April she was named to the all-tournament team and was named to the 2001 National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association All-America Team with a 104-game average of 205 for 12 tournaments. She earned the Marion Ladewig Award and the all-events title at the ACUI Championships in May.

      Crawford followed her ACUI win with a fifth place at the WIBC Queens tournament earning a spot on the TV show and finished second at the Professional Women's Bowling Association Southwest Region event in June. She finished fourth in the Bowling Journal International 2001 Amateur Bowler of the Year poll.

      Both players will be in Vancouver in May to try for another spot on Team Canada when the Canadian Tenpin Federation conduct's its team trials.


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