February 27, 2001:
Extended Deadline Helps 2001 Event In Reno Become Second Largest Tournament In History
02/27/2001 - Bowling Headquarters
For only the second time in its 98-year history, the American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament has exceeded the 16,000 team entry milestone. The 16,000th entry was processed Feb. 21 at Bowling Headquarters.
The ABC Tournament, presented by Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus, began Feb. 10 and will run until July 1. It is making its third visit to the 78-lane National Bowling Stadium. The 2001 event trails only the 1995 event held in Reno, which attracted a record 17,285 five-player teams, and moved ahead of the 1998 event that had 15,925 teams.
The 16,000th entry was submitted by Susan Dais of the Bronx, N.Y. Her "Two Plus One" Classified Division team is an example of the opportunities that are available to all ABC members.
As bowling's premier team, doubles and singles event, the ABC Tournament is open to any ABC member. With the addition of the Classified Division in 1999, bowlers of all abilities have the opportunity to win cash and prestigious national championships. More than 80,000 bowlers will compete for a prize fund expected to exceed $4.5 million.
Dais, a league secretary who organizes teams for many tournaments, was grateful that ABC extended the deadline for the 2001 Tournament to March 1.
"I have been entering teams in the ABC Tournament for several years but this year things didn't come together like we wanted by the original dead-line," she said. "When I read about the deadline extension in Bowling Magazine, I immediately let the bowlers in our Fun Seekers league know about it and I was able to put together two teams."
The Classified Division is for teams with a combined average of 900 or less, doubles partners with combined averages of 360 or less, and singles/all events competitors with averages of 180 or less. The Regular Division is for teams with a combined average of more than 900, doubles partners with combined averages over 360 and individual bowlers averaging 181 or higher.
ABC officials made an intensive effort to reach the 16,000 entry mark. "We don't want to see a downward trend in entries for Reno, so we took a more aggressive approach in promoting entries, and as a result we achieved our goal of surpassing the 16,000 entry mark," said ABC Programs and Productions Manager Ed Baur.
The 2002 ABC Tournament will be conducted in Billings, Mont., and entries currently are being accepted. For ABC Tournament entry and housing information call 414/423-3320 or log on to www.bowl.com and click on the ABC tab.
WIBC Tournament In Fort Lauderdale To Feature More Than 48,000 Individuals And 9,499 Teams
02/27/2001 - Bowling Headquarters
The 82nd Women's International Bowling Congress Championship Tournament will feature the ninth largest team entry in its history and fourth best outside Nevada when it visits the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area this year.
There will be 9,499 five-player teams scheduled to compete at the 2001 event which runs April 17-June 27 at Don Carter's Tamarac Lanes in suburban Tamarac and Sawgrass Lanes in Sunrise.
Three trips to Reno and two to Las Vegas since 1973 each produced at least 9,644 teams. The highest entry outside Nevada was in Tampa, Fla., in 1990 with 10,544. There were 9,840 teams in Orange County, Calif., in 1986 and 9,688 in Milwaukee in 1977.
The 2001 event will feature 24,054 sets of doubles and 48,108 singles have been scheduled. They will compete for a prize fund of $1,531,901.
Entries were received from every state, Canada, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and Japan. The host state will have the most team entries with 972. Illinois is next with 634 followed by Michigan with 619 and Texas with 596.