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      May 10, 2002:

-Terrell Is The 2002 WIBC Queen Champion

05/10/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      WAUWATOSA, Wis. - Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif. is en fuego. In her first tournament since winning the 2001 U.S. Open Bowling Championship the 14-year Professional Women's Bowling Association veteran won the Women's International Bowling Congress Queens tournament Friday after defeating Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla. 227-214, at AMF Bowlero Lanes.

      "To be grouped with the amazing champions who have won this tournament is rewarding," Terrell said. "It was a very memorable day."

      "Coming into this tournament I felt like I was a better bowler than I was last season. I'm more confident and I think my new coach has helped me bring more athleticism to my game," she said. Terrell also started working with a sports psychologist. "In the past on TV, I always got really nervous. I bowled with fear and I made mistakes. I don't have that anymore."

      Terrell entered the championship round as the tournament's No. 1 qualifier. During the event's match play rounds the three-time Robby Award recipient set the WIBC Queens match play average record with a 240.7 clip.

      Riding the momentum of five consecutive 700-plus match play series Terrell managed to mark in every frame registering seven strikes and four spares. Adler, who earned her way into the televised finals by defeating Kirsten Penny, England, and Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia, 278-201-190 in the opening shootout and Kari Schwager 225-205 in the semi-finals, started her tilt with Terrell with back-to-back strikes.

      Following an open frame in the third, Adler responded with a turkey to keep the bout close. Terrell matched Adler's three-straight with consecutive strikes from the fifth to seventh. Following Terrell's 227 finish, Adler needed a double plus four pins to extend the finals to a second game but a spare in the 10th foiled her bid to upend the champion.

      For her efforts Terrell will take home a first place check worth $18,000 while Adler earned $12,000. Schwager, a junior star on the University of Nebraska bowling squad, waived her right to the $7,550 third place prize in order to comply with her college eligibility. Penny claimed $6,560 for fourth place and Honeychurch took home $4,440 for fifth.

      The Queens tournament, sponsored by Tri-Properties-Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus, will be televised on ESPN2 on Tuesday, May 14, at 9 p.m. (Eastern).

FINAL RESULTS, 2002 WIBC QUEENS TOURNAMENT
1. Kim Terrell, 227 (1 game), $18,000
2. Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., 717 (3 games), $12,000
3. Kari Schwager, Montgomery, Ill., 205 (1 games), $7,550
4. Kirsten Penny, England, 201 (1 game), $6,560
5. Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia, (1 game), $4,440

Championship round results: Adler def. Penny and Honeychurch, 278-201-190; Adler def. Schwager, 225-205; and in the championship match, Terrell def. Adler, 227-214.


-2002 AMF Bowling World Cup Center Celebrates Grand Opening

05/10/2002 - AMF Bowling
      LONDON, ENGLAND, May 10, 2002 - A lavish celebration replete with fireworks and top-flight entertainment marked the April 29 grand opening of Toss Boulinga Halle ("Toss Bowling Hall"), the 24-lane center that will host the 2002 AMF Bowling World Cup this October in Riga, Latvia.

      Social and political dignitaries from Riga, including Riga mayor Gundars Bojars, joined the center's owners, AKA International Group Ltd., and AMF Bowling Products officials John Suddarth, chief operating officer, and Bernhard Barta, vice president for sales and service in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, for the event.

      Official activities began with Suddarth, AKA partner Alberts Zuks, and Riga city councilman Aivars Kreituss greeting local media at an afternoon press briefing, followed by a ceremony in which Protestant and Orthodox clergymen formally blessed the building. The celebration continued later that evening, with guests treated to an outdoor flag-raising ceremony and fireworks, multi-course dining, and entertainment from Latvian musical artists such as popular singer Marija Naumova and the group Los Amigos.

      A special live concert appearance by one of Russia's top pop groups, Prime Minister, highlighted the festivities.

      Toss Boulinga Halle boasts 24 of AMF's state-of-the art "HPL" synthetic lanes, equipped with AMF's Xtreme‘ glow-in-the-dark lighting and furnishings. Its 600-square meter glass-walled mezzanine floor (6,458.4 sq. ft.) encompasses a video arcade and variety of billiards tables (pool, snooker and Russian billiards). Other center amenities include a snack kitchen, two full-service bars and ground-floor lounge seating for 250 people, coat-check services, and a bowling pro shop. A full-service restaurant and child-care nursery, along with office space, are currently under construction, and Zuks expects both areas to be operating by the time bowlers from an expected 90-plus countries arrive for the October 20-26 Bowling World Cup.


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