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      March 04, 2003:

-College Bowling USA Announces 2003 IBC Sectional Assignments

03/04/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      College Bowling USA has announced the 64 men's teams and 64 women's teams competing in the 2003 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships Sectional Qualifiers. The four regional events will be held March 22-23 at the Bowling Palace in Downington, Pa.; Ten Pin Lanes in Louisville, Ky.; Brunswick Four Seasons Bowl in Chesterfield, Mo.; and Texas Station Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

      The combined 128 collegiate bowling squads are vying for the 32 spots (16 men's, 16 women's) in the 2003 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships, April 24-26, at Riverlanes in Tulsa, Okla.

      Sectional assignments are based on the Team Ranking System points earned in CBUSA sanctioned competition throughout the season. The Sectional Qualifier assignments have been made to balance the field strength with no more than four of the top 16 ranked teams based on the final TRS standings in each. The Sectional Qualifier fields are determined taking geographic distance, economics and field size into consideration.

      The sectionals will consist of 32 Baker games each day, for a total of 64 Baker games. The top four teams based on total pinfall in each division following the completion of competition at each sectional will advance to the 2003 IBC Championships.

      Highlighting the Pennsylvania Sectional is top-ranked Morehead State University and seventh-ranked Mohawk Valley Community College, in addition to top 20 teams St. John's University (13), Erie Community College (16) and Penn State University (19) on the men's side. In the women's division, third-ranked Morehead State University, along with top 20 teams University of Maryland-Eastern Shore (10), New Jersey City University (14), Sacred Heart University (17), Shippensburg University (18) Fairleigh Dickinson University (19) and Morgan State University (20) highlight the field.

      At the Missouri Sectional, the men's division features second-ranked Wichita State University and fifth-ranked University of Kansas, in addition to top 20 teams Lindenwood University (8), Northern Illinois University (14) and the University of Nebraska (15). The women's division features top-ranked Wichita State and fifth-ranked Nebraska, along with top 20 teams Lindenwood (13), North Carolina A&T State University (15) and Kansas (16).

      The Kentucky Sectional features third-ranked Saginaw Valley State University, fourth-ranked Western Illinois, sixth-ranked Vincennes University and 12th-ranked Florida State University. The women's division features sixth-ranked Indiana State University, eighth-ranked Pikeville College, 11th-ranked Western Illinois and 12th-ranked Florida State.

      The men's division of the Nevada Sectional features top 20 teams San Jose State University (9), Arizona State University (10), University of Utah (11), Fresno State University (17), Mesa Community College (18) and West Texas A&M University (20). Second-ranked West Texas A&M, fourth-ranked Fresno State, seventh-ranked Arizona State and ninth-ranked Central Missouri State University highlight the women's division.

      For a complete listing of the 2003 IBC Sectional assignments and the final TRS rankings, please visit bowling's premier Web site at bowl.com.


-Young American Bowling Alliance Elects Officers For 2003-04 Season

03/04/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      The Young American Bowling Alliance Board of Directors have elected officers for the 2003-04 season. Current Vice President Lavone (Mitch) Mitchell has been elected president, current secretary-teasurer Alberta Kuhn was elected vice president and current board member Sue Huebel has been elected to serve as Secretary-Treasurer. Their terms begin Aug. 1, 2003 and run through July 31, 2004.

      Mitchell, Buford, Ga., first became a member of the YABA Board of Directors on Aug. 1, 1997. He has served two terms as YABA secretary-treasurer, from August 2000 through July 2002, and currently is serving as the YABA vice president. Mitchell also has been a member of the American Bowling Congress Board of Directors since 1993.

      Kuhn, Lansing, Mich., currently is serving as the secretary-treasurer for the 2002-03 season. Kuhn first became a member of the YABA Board of Directors in August 1998. Kuhn also was appointed to the WIBC Board of Directors by WIBC Past President Gladys M. Banker in 1993 and was re-elected by acclamation in 1994.

      Huebel, Oscoda, Mich., first became a YABA board member in August 1998. Although this is Huebel's first term as an officer on the YABA board, she brings a wealth of experience from having been involved with bowling for the past 20 years. Huebel has been involved with the Coca-Cola Youth Bowling Championships for the past four years including as tournament director in 2002. For the past 15 years, she served on the Michigan State YABA Board and has been a member of the Northern Michigan BPAA. Huebel currently serves on the BPAA Youth Committee for the 2002-03 season.


-First USBC Vote On The Horizon

03/04/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      The next-to-last stop toward the formation of a single membership organization for the sport of bowling will take place March 14 in Knoxville, Tenn., when delegates to the American Bowling Congress Convention vote on the Plan of Merger to form the United States Bowling Congress.

      The merger would combine ABC, the Women's International Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling into one organization. If approved, it would be one of the largest non-profit mergers in United States history. Currently ABC has nearly 1.7 million members, WIBC nearly 1.3 million and YABA nearly 400,000 members. Joining them together with USA Bowling would create one organization with nearly 3.4 million members. It would seek recognition as the national governing body for bowling in the United States.

      The WIBC will consider the proposal April 29 at its 2003 WIBC Annual Meeting in Reno, Nev. First, the WIBC Board of Directors will present a motion to rescind the 2002 delegate action to delay the vote until 2004. If that motion passes, the WIBC delegation will vote on the proposal April 29.

      Two-thirds of the ABC and WIBC delegates must approve the proposal for their respective organizations to accept it. Since the YABA and USA Bowling boards approved the proposal, the merger can occur with either the ABC or WIBC delegations' approval.

      Seen as a better way to do business, the consolidation is an effort to eliminate costly duplication of services. The proposed USBC is estimated to save millions in operational costs in its first five years. It is expected to recoup all transition costs within two years.

      If the merger is approved, the national transition would begin in summer 2003. USBC officially would be launched Jan. 1, 2004, the day after the national organizations dissolve. ABC, WIBC and YABA local and state associations would have until July 31, 2008, to merge in their areas.

      The single membership organization initiative was started jointly in January 2000 to consolidate ABC, WIBC, YABA and USA Bowling and formed the Single Membership Organization Task Force to research the concept. Later, experts in non-profit mergers and consolidations were consulted. After initial reports by the Task Force in 2001, the ad hoc committees, which included local/state association leaders, were appointed by the organizations to further develop the plan.

      After listening to feedback from thousands of members, convention delegates, association officials, national board members and others, the committees presented its status report in Spring 2002. Further modifications led to the proposal presented to the respective merging organizations' boards of directors that approved the plan last November.



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-Tegucigalpa, Honduras Set To Host 2003 AMF Bowling World Cup

03/04/2003 - AMF Bowling
      LONDON, ENGLAND -- Tegucigalpa, Honduras, will welcome the 2003 AMF Bowling World Cup September 27-October 4, at the 24-lane Planeta Sipango center.

      John Walker, Chief Operating Officer of AMF Bowling Products, met with Mrs. Amida de Lopez, one of the Vice-Presidents of Honduras; Raul Mejia, president of the local bowling federation president; Jose Gerardo Rischmagui, World Cup organizing committee president and President of the Honduran Confederation of Sports, and other Honduran officials Monday, March 3, in Tegucigalpa during a formal signing ceremony and press conference for more than 150 guests and reporters.

      Honduras is the first-ever Central American/Caribbean nation to host AMF's annual fall sports classic, which is the world's largest annual international sports championship in terms of number of participating nations. The Bowling World Cup will also be Honduras' first international sports championship, says tournament manager Anne-Marie Board.

      "President Maduro has pledged his country's full support to make the tournament a success," Board reports. "He told me that he personally enjoys taking his grandchildren bowling on weekends and looks forward to seeing the top-flight competition for which the World Cup is known."

      "The news that Honduras has been awarded the World Cup has made me, my staff and the rest of my country feel overjoyed with excitement," says Rischmagui. "We look forward to receiving the world with open arms and to make this event one of the best in AMF history."

      Planeta Sipango, located in southeast Tegucigalpa, boasts 24 AMF "HPL" lanes equipped with AMF furnishings, a lounge, snack bar, games arcade, bowling pro shop and office space. Its mezzanine floor, equipped with billiard tables and a full service bar, accesses the "Ozono" discotheque, which is located in the same building. Owned by the Simón family, Planeta Sipango opened in November 1999, with a Central American championship tournament, according to facility manager Gerardo Simón. "We are all very proud and excited with the news that we have been chosen to host the AMF World Cup," says Simón.

      Honduras follows the lead of Northern Ireland, which hosted the 1996 Bowling World Cup in the Belfast suburb of Castlereagh; that tournament was also Northern Ireland's first-ever international sports championship and played a major role in the sport's growth in that nation.

      With the selection of Honduras, the Bowling World Cup returns to the Western Hemisphere for the first time since 1999, when it was held in Las Vegas, USA. The 2002 edition was held in Riga, Latvia, the first Eastern European nation ever selected, and 85 countries were represented. Honduran athletes have competed in the World Cup since 1968; the most recent representative, Gil Valle, finished in a tie for 49th place among the men in Portugal in 2000.

      This year's field is expected to include women's defending champion Shannon Pluhowsky of the United States. Pluhowsky captured her second consecutive USA national amateur championship, her country's World Cup qualifying event, this past December.


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