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      February 12, 2002:

-2002 Bowl For The Cure® Kickoff Raises More Than $80,000 In Dallas And Milwaukee

02/12/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      In its second year, the Women's International Bowling Congress' Bowl for the Cure® Kick-Off Challenge raised a combined total of more than $80,000 in the Dallas and Milwaukee communities. These funds will benefit the Dallas County and Milwaukee affiliates of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The kick-off events took place Feb. 8 at Don Carter West Lanes in Dallas and Echo Bowl in Milwaukee.

      During the Kick-Off Challenge, the Komen Foundation Headquarters, based in Dallas, earned its second straight championship title over Milwaukee, home of WIBC Headquarters. Dallas raised more than $46,000, with approximately 325 participants, for the Komen Foundation and the fight against breast cancer. The Milwaukee community raised more than $35,000 with approximately 270 area residents, bowlers and breast cancer activists participating in the event.

      In 2001, Dallas raised more than $15,000 for Bowl for the Cure® and obtained the first Kick-Off Challenge championship. Milwaukee's total is more than five times the $6,000 raised in 2001.

      Dallas area participants bowled with the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, and were eligible to bid on items during both a live and silent auction, which included items such as tickets to a Dallas Mavericks professional basketball game; bowling equipment; jewelry; and an autographed poster of Mickey Mantle from the movie 61.

      Milwaukeeans participating in the event were able to purchase tickets for a bowling ball raffle, with all proceeds benefiting the Komen Foundation, and bid on items in a silent auction including Harley Davidson leather jackets; an autographed Milwaukee Bucks basketball; dinner theater tickets to The Fireside; and hand crafted items from local breast cancer survivors.

      The Challenge also kicked off a month of Bowl for the Cure®, a nationwide fund-raising initiative in partnership with the Komen Foundation. During February, leagues designate one bowling session as Bowl for the Cure®, and on this day bowlers are asked to donate a specific amount, such as one penny per pin, for their total pinfall that day.

      In 2001, bowlers raised more than $845,000 for the Komen Foundation and WIBC's goal is to raise $1 million in 2002. Donations will be collected by WIBC and presented to Linda Kay Peterson, chairman of the board of directors for the Komen Foundation, at the WIBC Annual Meeting in Milwaukee on April 23.

      The mission of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment. For more information about breast health or breast cancer, call the Komen Foundation's National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I'M AWARE® (800) 462-9273, or visit the Foundation's Web site at komen.org.

      For more information on Bowl for the Cure® call the Bowl for the Cure® hotline (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3226 or visit bowlforthecure.com.


-National Coaches Workshop To Be Held In May In Milwaukee

02/12/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The 2002 National Coaches Workshop will be held May 10-12 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Milwaukee. The event is aimed at helping bowling coaches of all levels become better instructors.

      Although the Young American Bowling Alliance is sponsoring this event, bowling coaches of all training backgrounds and abilities are welcome to participate in the workshop.

      Fred Borden, current TEAM USA Head Coach and the founder of USA Bowling's coaching certification program, will serve as the event's keynote speaker on opening night at the welcome reception. Borden is a long-time bowling center owner, author of nine books and is featured in several instructional videos. He was recently elected to the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame.

Workshop seminar topics include :
  • "Psychology: The Mental Game," to be presented by clinical sports psychologist Dr. Dean Hinitz
  • "Ball Surface," presented by Kelly Bednar
  • "Keys to Determining Proper Ball Fit," presented by Dan Keller
  • "Maximizing Your Game," presented by Rod Ross, and "Biomechanics," presented by Rich Williams
  • "Team Coaching and College Bowling," conducted by Bowling Headquarters personnel
  • "Bowler Development Pipeline Update," conducted by Bowling Headquarters personnel
  • "The Business of Coaching" will be conducted by Bowling Headquarters personnel
Also included will be a coaches' bowling tournament, a tour of the ABC/WIBC testing and research facility and Red Cross CPR/Sports Safety Training. Each of these events is optional.

      Register for the National Coaches Workshop by March 31 to qualify for the $100 early-bird rate. The price increases to $125 for registrations postmarked after March 31. Two of the optional events require additional fees: $55 for the Red Cross training and $15 for the coaches bowling tournament.

      For more information, contact Janet Huss at (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3329 or visit the YABA section of bowl.com to download an entry form.


-ABC 'Bowlers Care For Kids' Event In Billings Earns $21,875 For Anthony Fund, Boys/Girls Club

02/12/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      A special "Bowlers Care for Kids" competition held in conjunction with the Feb. 8 start of the 99th American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament in Billlings, Mont., raised $21,875 for the Boys and Girls Club of Billings and Yellowstone County, the Boys and Girls Club Endowment Foundation, and the Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship Tournament.

      "Bowlers Care for Kids" is a new community-based fund-raising program created by ABC in cooperation with local youth charities such as Boys and Girls Clubs of America. In its pilot program in Billings, 41 teams of adult bowlers competed on specially-installed lanes at MetraPark Expo Center in advance of the ABC Tournament. ABC Hall of Famers Dick Weber of St. Louis and Bill Lillard of Houston participated in the program.

      The net result was $7,625 each for the Boys and Girls Club of Billings and West Yellowstone County, and the Boys and Girls Club Endowment Foundation, plus a $6,562 contribution to the Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship Fund.

      "The event was a great example of the effectiveness of pooling resources to accomplish something you couldn't do alone," said Mike Marnin, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club. "You start with a great cause, add people who are passionate for the cause, throw in a fantastic event for others to enjoy and the results are amazing."

      "ABC was delighted with the inaugural Bowlers Care for Kids event," ABC Director of Marketing Alliances, Promotions and Events Michele St. Marie said. "Our goal is to conduct a pre-tournament fund-raising program to benefit a youth-oriented charity in each city the ABC Tournament visits. The goal is to benefit both the community and the Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship Fund. Next year in Knoxville, Tenn., we hope to fill all 48 lanes and include a number of celebrities. We'd like to see this special event grow every year."

      For information about the Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship Fund, an endowment fund administered by the Young American Bowling Alliance and named in honor of the late ABC Hall of Famer, call Chad Sorce at (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3242. For information about "Bowlers Care for Kids," call St. Marie at (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3316.


-BPAA's Mid Winter Conference Concludes In San Antonio

02/12/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America's 2002 Mid-Winter Conference and Membership meeting Jan. 21-23 at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio in San Antonio, brought together BPAA members and leaders as well as other bowling industry leaders.

      Preceding the meeting Jan. 20 was BPAA's Annual Dynamic Leaders Conference which brought together state bowling association presidents and state executives, along with other state leaders, for intensive training on association management topics and issues.

      On that same evening, the association conducted its annual town hall, which was attended by nearly 100 members. This open meeting and public forum provided members the opportunity to have open dialogue with the BPAA board on issues affecting their businesses. Following the BPAA board meeting the next day, the BPAA Mid-Winter Educational Conference concluded the four-day event with programs on topics such as Database Technology, Web site Design, Best Practices and High School Bowling USA.

      BPAA also announced the recipients of the 2002 Bowling Industry Service Awards. John LaSpina, former BPAA President and owner of Maple Lanes in Brooklyn, N.Y., was selected as this year's BPAA Hall of Fame Inductee and recipient of the Victor Lerner Memorial Medal. The Lerner Medal is one of the highest honors in the bowling business, awarded for a lifetime of service to the bowling industry and represents the recipient's induction into BPAA's Hall of Fame located at the International Bowling Hall of Fame in St. Louis.

      Other significant award recipients included Alan Douglas of The Bowler, Inc. in LaVale, Md., President's Medal; and Chuck Pezzano, bowling writer, Clifton, N.J., V.A. Wapensky Award; Other honors announced were: the 2002 Special Projects Award to Bob Jarlenski, Creative Marketing & Promotional Specialists, Fort Myers, Fla.; and the Ruben A. Dankoff Award for Public Policy and Legislative Service to be presented posthumously to former legislative committee chairman and New Mexico Bowling Centers Association President Dick Tanner.


-Patriotic Theme Highlights ABC Opening 2002

02/12/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      What is probably the biggest sports event ever conducted in Billings, Mont., the 99th American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament, began its 135-day run Feb. 9 at the MetraPark Expo Center.

      The first of 10,806 five-player teams competed on opening day, which was highlighted by the traditional Joe Bowler ceremony. The 2002 ABC Tournament is the fourth largest ever and the largest outside of the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

      Dedicated to U.S. service people and those affected by last September's attacks, this year's opening ceremonies took on a patriotic theme. A crowd of more than 1,000 and all 240 bowlers on the 7:30 p.m. team squad carried small American flags. Miss Montana 2001, Kara Svennungsen, sang "The Star Spangled Banner," and Sound Barrier, a barbershop quartet, performed "America The Beautiful."

      Svennungsen and ABC Assistant Executive Director Jack Mordini hosted the night's activities. ABC President Tom DeChalus of Deer Park, N.Y., and Billings Mayor Chuck Tooley made opening remarks and welcomed the bowlers. Mayor Tooley also declared Feb. 9 "American Bowling Congress Day."

      "Billings is proud to host one of the world's largest sporting events," Tooley said. "This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people. I can assure you that Billings will do everything in its power to make the bowlers and visitors feel welcome."

      Max Shellabarger, a 47-year-old civil service quality manager from Roy, Utah, was crowned Joe Bowler and rolled the ceremonial first ball of the tournament. Dressed in the traditional cape and gown, Shellabarger, who was picked at random from all the bowlers competing on the opening night squad, left the 3-10 split.

      "We've been bowling the opening night since 1994 and we just love it --- it's a great tradition," Shellabarger said. "I know that a lot of guys don't want to be Joe Bowler, but I thought it was a great experience."

      Assisting with the Joe Bowler festivities were Hall of Famers Dick Weber and Bill Lillard who competed in the Bowlers Care For Kids charity the night before. In addition to a good-luck kiss from Svennungsen, Shellabarger received two airline tickets to the 100th ABC Tournament in Knoxville, Tenn., in 2003.

      After the opening day's team competition, G & S Truck Repair (Bob Mills, Scott Albrecht, Bruce Biedrzycki, Chad Crayton and Paul Bergamini) of Charleston, S.C., and Rollin' James No. 2 (James Leathem, James Kupres, Michelle Mumma, Michael Valentine and Clinton Smith) of New Port Richey, Fla., tied for the lead in the Regular Team division with 2,793. Valley Express (Gary Berns, Karen Berns, Todd Westmeyer, Ron Wingerter and Gerald Freitag) of Billings held the top spot in Classified Team with 2,622.

      The 99th ABC Tournament is presented by Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus in Reno and runs through June 23. For expanded results or more information on the 2002 ABC Tournament, visit ABCtournament.com.


-Veteran Brunswick Team From Pittsburgh Area Captures First 2002 ABC Team Challenge

02/12/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Florida always has been good to members of Pittsburgh's Brunswick team when it comes to the American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge. That trend continued Feb. 10 when the quintet won the opening event on the 2002 BWTC trail at Seminole Lanes in Seminole, Fla.

      Robert Alexander, Jeff Poholsky, Roger Kossert, Doug Becker and Bruce Hollen combined for a 447-404 two-game Baker System championship victory over Sawgrass Lanes of Sunrise, Fla., to earn airfare and lodging for the BWTC Grand Championship in November plus $3,050 in cash, Keepsake championship rings and a sponsor's trophy.

      Brunswick won the Seminole BWTC qualifier during the 1995-96 season and in Winter Haven, Fla., in 1997-98 and 1998-99. The team placed 20th in the 1996 Grand Championship, 7th in 1997 and 11th in 1998.

      Brunswick used a clean 220 first game to move ahead by 30 pins. Consecutive strikes by Alexander, Poholsky, Kossert and Becker in frames 6-9 of the second game sealed the outcome.

      "We made shots when we had to and bowled well as a team," Poholsky said. "We've been together for six years. We know each other's games."

      The winners earned $550 of their total prize winnings for placing seventh after qualifying. They added $1,500 plus a $1,000 bonus for winning the event. Brunswick advanced to the title match with a 412-380 victory over PK Limited of Davie, Fla.

      Sawgrass Lanes (Craig Auerbach, Darin Hays, Don Yoshihara, Arturo Quintero and Andres Gomez) earned $2,600 for second place ($1,500 for first in qualifying plus $1,100). PK Limited (Bobby Walters, Andrew Shultz, Mike Roberts, Chris Loschetter and Chris Collins) collected $2,050 for third place ($1,100 for second place in qualifying plus $950).

      Other finalists in the 49-team field from four states were: 4, Thrown Together, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., $1,500 (6th in qualifying-$650 + $850); 5, Brian Brazeau Pro Shop, Ocala, Fla., $1,600 (4th-$850 + $750); 6, Vic Telemarketing, Westfield, Mass., $1,600 (3rd-$950 + $650); 7, Kegel Training Center, Sebring, Fla., $1,300 (5th-$750 + $550); 8, Roto Grip-Dyno Thane, Tamarac, Fla., $800 (10th-$350 + $450); 9, Green Parrot Pub, Tampa, Fla., $800 (9th-$400 + $400); 10, Top of the Line Pool Service, Clearwater, Fla., $800 (8th-$450 + $350); 11, The Inside Angle Pro Shop, Pensacola, Fla., $650 (11th-$325 + $325); 12, It's About Time, Hollywood, Fla., $570 (13th-$270 + $300); 13, Bowlers Hut II, Gainesville, Fla., $565 (12th-$300 + 265).

      Team Challenged of Tavares, Fla., won the new three-player Second Chance event for teams not cashing after qualifying. Scotty Newell, Rick Morgan and James Higgs split $600.

      The next BWTC qualifier is Feb. 16-17 in Indianapolis. For entry information, contact Tom Boedecker at (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3415 or visit bowl.com.


-U.S. Males, Japan Females Dominate FIQ International Senior Open Masters Events

02/12/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Three male bowlers from the United States plus two females from Japan and one from the U.S. were the Masters winners Feb. 10 in the second annual Federation Internationale des Quilleurs International Senior Open at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

      Rudy Moreno, Reno, Nev.; Ed Sanwo, Fresno, Calif.; and H. Dean Garrett, Chesapeake, Va., walked away with the men's gold medals. Moreno captured the men's A division (ages 50-56), Sanwo the men's B division (ages 57-66) and Garrett the men's C division (67 and over).

      In the women's competition, Suzuko Hashimoto earned the A division crown and Nachiko Nishitani took the C division title and Victoria Krys, Sparks, Nev., won the B division championship.

      Moreno had a 1,766 pin total and averaged 221 for eight games to win the men's A Masters gold medal.

      James Garriott, Reno, Nev. won the A division silver medal with 1,732 and the bronze went to Mike Schwartz, North San Juan, Calif., with 1,583.

      Sanwo took the men's B Masters in 12 games with a 2,794 total and averaged 223 for the tournament. Mike Martin, Vancouver, Wash., earned the silver medal with 2,692 and Toshihiro Takahashi, Shizuoka, Japan, earned bronze as the only male international player to earn a medal.

      Garrett averaged 198 for the tournament and had a 1,580 pin total for eight games while going 6-2 in match play. The silver medal went to Don Der, Clarksville, Tenn., with 1,572 and bronze was awarded to Roger Wiemer, Springfield, Mo., with 1,539.

      Hasimoto, a 152 Japanese Bowling Congress average competitor, won the gold in the women's A Masters with 1,093 in six games while averaging 182.

      Linda Scott, Portland, Ore., earned the silver medal with 1,032 and Ann Bailey, Dalpark, South Africa, had 990 to win bronze.

      In the women's B Masters, Krys, a 187 Women's International Bowling Congress average player, earned 1,502 and averaged 188 over eight games to win the gold medal.

      Tatsue Saito, Japan, won the silver medal with 1,497 and the bronze went to Yukiko Takahashi, Japan, with 1,583.

      Nishitani took the women's C Masters in two games with a 381 total and Machiko Miyazaki, Japan, earned silver with 293. Gerd Utteberg, Oslo, Norway, did not finish due to an injury but earned the bronze medal.

      For complete results and information, visit bowl.com.


-Storm Of Utah Team Members Take Leads In Three Events At ABC Tournament

02/12/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Members of the Storm of Utah team moved atop three divisions after the opening weekend of the 2002 American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament in Billings, Mont.

      Wes Pye, Terry Leong, Tim Mack, Max Shellabarger and Corbet Austin combined for the team all-events lead with 9,324. Team all-events is the 45-game combined individual all-events score for all five team members.

      Pye, Ogden, Utah, who took the individual all-events lead with 2,039, also moved into the singles lead with a 723 series. He was followed by: Mack, Stroudsburg, Pa., 1,919; Leong, San Francisco, 1,835; Shellabarger, Roy, Utah, 1,832; and Austin, North Odgen, Utah, 1,699.

      Storm of Utah got off to a slow start, rolling a disappointing 2,740 in team competition Feb. 9, but came on strong in doubles and singles.

      "Traditionally, the shot moves inside at the ABC Tournament, but that wasn't working for us," Pye said. "In doubles and singles, we decided to move outside, and found we had a better reaction."

      Michael Valentine and Clint Smith of Port Richey, Fla., took the early lead in Regular Doubles with 1,319. Smith paced the duo with 672 while Valentine shot 647.

      In Classified Doubles, Allen Richard and Ken Wylie of Wolf Port, Mont., grabbed the early lead with 1,207. Richard also posted the top score in Classified All-Events with 1,811. Both Richard and Wylie were competing in their first ABC Tournaments.


-PWBA To Conduct Hall Of Fame Election

02/12/2002 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS - Professional Women's Bowling Association President John Falzone announced two new players will be added to the PWBA Hall of Fame this year.

      Recognized in one of three categories (Performance, Builder or Pioneer) two premier performers will be elected by a panel of distinguished bowling writers, industry personnel and current Hall of Fame members. Main criteria for consideration are an age limit of 40 and a minimum of six professional tour titles.

      Candidates eligible for 2002 induction include Virginia Norton, Cypress, California., Pam Buckner, Reno, Nevada, Dana Miller-Mackie, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jeanne Naccarato, Tacoma, Washington, Cheryl Daniels, Detroit Michigan and Carol Norman, Ardmore, Oklahoma.

      Hall of Fame ballots are in the process of being mailed out. Selectors are required to vote for two candidates and must have their ballot turned into the PWBA office by February 20. The two highest vote totals among the six candidates will be elected. Under normal voting procedures a two-thirds vote is required for election.

      "There has been a period of time that we have not been able to honor our great stars," said Falzone. "While we will not deal with the two other categories of our Hall of Fame {Builders and Pioneers}, we do need to make certain that the star players are honored. That is why the 2002 election differs from our constitution."

      "Since we have not been able to conduct elections in recent years we feel this is a good way to catch up and make certain two are elected this year. After 2002 we will evaluate the process," Falzone said.

      Falzone added that veteran Hall of Fame expert Steve James has volunteered to rework the constitution and develop methods to continue and expand the Hall recognition program.

      Inductions for the 2002 members will be announced this Spring at the PWBA luncheon at the Bowling Writers Association of America annual meetings March 11-14.


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