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      June 04, 2002:

-Coaching Programs To Become One

06/04/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The coaching certification programs of USA Bowling and the Young American Bowling Alliance will merge Aug. 1, a joint industry task force has announced.

      The single, unified program will retain the name "USA Bowling Coaching Certification Program" and will be jointly funded by the American Bowling Congress, the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, USA Bowling, the Women's International Bowling Congress and YABA.

      Representatives from ABC, BPAA, USA Bowling, WIBC, YABA, the Professional Bowlers Association and the Professional Women's Bowling Association made the decision May 15 at the Joint Industry Planning Meeting in Milwaukee.

      In general, the new program will focus on the business and sport elements of bowling coaching. The business side will focus on creating ways to run instructional programs and clinics in bowling centers. It also will benefit bowling center proprietors, providing assistance from a coaching perspective to help them recruit and retain bowlers and generate additional revenue for their businesses.

      The sport element will center on developing coaches and programs concentrating on team coaching for the rapidly growing high school and collegiate bowling divisions and TEAM USA. Another element will be training coaches to help bowlers succeed on ABC/WIBC Sport Bowling lane conditions.

      Many program details will begin to be decided during the coming months, such as the leadership structure and any possible revisions in the coaching division classifications of the current programs.

      "The consolidated coaching program will provide one-stop shopping for bowlers looking for bowling instruction, which will benefit the entire industry," said ABC Assistant Executive Director and Project Leader Jack Mordini. "The goal of having a unified program is to provide one training and certification program to produce more quality bowling coaches who can coach bowlers of all ages and abilities. Training more quality coaches can only benefit everyone in the bowling industry."


-Popularity Of ABC/WIBC Sport Bowling Program Continues To Grow Nationwide

06/04/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The popularity of the American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress Sport Bowling program continues to grow beyond initial projections as it is now available in 118 centers in 32 U.S. states and Canada.

      Don Carter All-Star Lanes, Baton Rouge, La., became the latest center to provide Sport Bowling league opportunities to ABC and WIBC members for the 2001-2002 season.

      With 10 centers, Michigan and Florida rank number one on the list of states with bowling centers offering Sport Bowling leagues. Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, California and Illinois are next with eight centers each.

      The ABC/WIBC Sport Bowling program also exceeded first year membership predictions by 33 percent and surpassed league projections by 92 percent.

      "We originally projected 50 Sport Bowling leagues in the inaugural season," Sport Bowling Research Engineer Nichole DePaul said.

      "We never imagined the program would surpass our expectations so quickly."

      Developed by WIBC and ABC, among bowling's governing bodies, Sport Bowling is a 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.

      For more information on Sport Bowling visit SportBowling.com.


-YABA Selects Top Volunteer, Coach Female And Male Youth Leaders Of The Year

06/04/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Four people have been awarded with the Young American Bowling Alliance's highest honors for 2002.

      Dorothy Collins, Columbia, S.C., was chosen Volunteer of the Year; Gail Smith, San Bruno, Calif., the David Dahms Coach of the Year; and Sherisa Brammer, Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Patrick Endcott, Apopka, Fla., as female and male Youth Leaders of the Year.

      All will be honored at the 2002 YABA International Workshop in July in Orlando, Fla.

      Collins was honored for her outstanding commitment to youth bowling, YABA and volunteerism. She earned $1,000 in adult training funds in her name to both her local and state YABA associations.

      Collins spent more than 40 years dedicating her time and talents to help youth bowlers excel. Collins got her coaching start in 1961 in Fort Campbell, Ky., when her children began to bowl. As part of a military family, she moved around the world and coached at bowling centers on various U.S. military bases before settling in Columbia. Collins then served as a YABA youth program director first in nearby Fort Jackson and later at Royal Z Lanes.

      Since 1982 Collins also has served as tournament director for the Timothy Spencer Rice Tournament. The tournament is held up to 10 times annually at different locations and has awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships.

      In addition to serving as co-advisor to the South Carolina YABA Youth Leaders since 1978, Collins has devoted her time and energy as secretary/treasurer of the Greater Columbia YABA since 1982.

      Smith was selected for her commitment to youth bowling and youth coaching. Her local and state YABA programs each will receive $1,000 to further coaching education.

      Over the past 15 years, Smith has coached youth bowling programs at three different centers. At the centers, her work as a coach has resulted in dramatic increases in youth bowlers. In her latest effort to bring the enjoyment of bowling to youth in her area, Smith solicited the support of nearby public and parochial grade schools by developing fund-raising social leagues for students. She met with school officials and PTA councils to get her program off to a rolling start. Each participating student's school receives $1 per league session at the completion of the 12-week league. More than 100 grade school students currently participate, with attendance growing weekly.

      Since her 1990 certification as a YABA registered coach, Smith has conducted Learn to Bowl, Bowl Better Now, Advanced Lane Play and Improve Your Skills clinics and seminars. She's also served as a team coach for high school leagues in Millbrae and Pacifica.

      Brammer and Endicott were selected for their brilliance in leadership and long-time dedication to bowling. They each will receive a $2,000 scholarship and a two-year term on the YABA Board of Directors.

      Brammer, 18, is a Cumberland Valley High School graduate who plans to attend Virginia Tech University this fall. She's held various positions with both the Harrisburg Area and Pennsylvania YABA for the past six years.

      In addition, Brammer has served as a youth representative to both the local and state YABA adult boards.

      As a youth leader at the local and state levels, Brammer has worked to promote bowling through activities such as organizing fund-raisers, tournaments, newsletters and community service activities. She also has served as a representative at international YABA workshops and tournaments.

      In addition to her bowling accolades, Brammer has several academic honors including being a four-year honor roll student at her high school. Upon her graduation, Brammer carried a 3.62 cumulative GPA. She was named to Who's Who Among American High School Students 2000-2001, and received the William R. Price Memorial Award as well as an academic scholarship from the Cumberland Valley Education Association.

      Endicott, 20, is a student at the University of Central Florida. He's held various positions with the Orlando and Florida State YABA youth leader groups for the past five years.

      At the local level, Endicott designed the format for the Orlando Youth Leaders Hall of Fame. In addition, he's organized fund-raisers, tournaments and has been a youth bowling coach in his spare time. Endicott has been a presenter and speaker at Florida Bowling Council and Florida YABA Youth Leader workshops.

      In addition to his bowling accolades, Endicott graduated from Apopka High School with honors and was a member of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps. He earned the JROTC's Outstanding Scholastic Achievement award and was a member of the National Honor Society.


-Couture Wins Another Senior Masters

06/04/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      1998 winner defeats 1999 champion Storkson twice to earn $20,000 top prize in Tucson, Ariz.

      Pete Couture of Titusville, Fla., emerged from the losers' bracket, ending a two-year title drought with a stunning two-match victory over Everett, Wash., bowling center owner Darrell Storkson to claim his second American Bowling Congress Senior Masters title May 31 at Golden Pin Lanes in Tucson, Ariz.

      Couture, the 1998 Senior Masters champion, avenged his only loss of the tournament - a 593-535 loss to Storkson in the winners' bracket finale earlier in the day - by defeating Storkson twice, 633-492 and 629-609, for the $20,000 top prize.

      Storkson, who won his only previous Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour title in the 1999 ABC Senior Masters, was lost in the first three-game match against Couture, starting with a 124 game as Couture easily won, handing Storkson his first loss of the tournament.

      With the title on the line in the second match, Storkson found a line to the pocket and was nursing a 19-pin lead when disaster struck in the final two frames. In the ninth frame, Storkson lost his grip and the ball sailed past the headpin. He then missed his 1-3-6-9 spare conversion attempt. In the 10th frame, a light pocket hit left Storkson with an almost impossible 8-10 split and he opened again.

      All Couture had to do was mark in his 10th frame to win, and the Florida veteran struck to become only the second player to win two ABC Senior Masters titles. Dave Davis of West Palm Beach, Fla., was the first, winning in 1995 and 1996.

      "Unbelievable," Couture said, fighting back tears. "I could never imagine that would happen to Darrell. You don't wish bad things for people, but all you can do is sit there and let things happen.

      "I could have lived with second place. No one deserves to lose like that. You have to feel for the guy. I know I do."

      Couture finished the 10th annual Senior Masters with an 8-1 record in double-elimination match play, averaging 207.91 on the ABC/Women's International Bowling Congress Sport Bowling lane condition.

      "This is such a great tournament," he said. "There's a lot of luck involved. You have to catch certain guys bowling bad on certain pairs, but you have to bowl well yourself. I was fortunate. I got behind in several of my matches and was able to make comebacks."

      Japanese professional star Takeo Sakai, making his Senior Masters debut, finished third for $8,000. Sakai, the busiest player in the tournament with a 9-2 match play record, was responsible for eliminating PBA Senior Tour veteran Roger Workman of Kenova, W. Va., 609-460, and defending champion Bob Glass of Lawrence, Kan., 676-592, during the final day's rolloffs. Workman finished fourth for $6,000 and Glass finished in a tie for fifth place with Japan's Junichi Yajima. Each earned $4,600.

      The ABC Senior Masters, open to ABC members ages 50 and older, drew a starting field of 325 bowlers in its Tucson debut. They included Walt Roy of Redding, Calif., the first wheelchair bowler to compete in an ABC-conducted Masters tournament, and ABC Executive Director Roger Dalkin. Both had good reason to participate.

      Roy, 59, earned his right to bowl by meeting the ABC requirement of a minimum 190 league average for two years (he posted a 207 league average the previous season). "I just wanted to create some wheelchair awareness," said Roy, who averaged 151. "I hope some people will go home and talk about the fact that I bowled and let others know there is a place in our sport for anyone who is wheelchair-bound."

      Dalkin, who qualified for the match play finals in 50th place before losing his first two matches, said, "I think it's important to demonstrate to our membership, especially our senior members, that the so-called bureaucrats at Bowling Headquarters are actually avid bowlers who love to participate. I also think it's important to thank the bowlers who support our events." Dalkin, who won $1,300 in prize money, donated his earnings to the Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship Fund.


10TH ANNUAL ABC SENIOR MASTERS
Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson, Ariz., May 28-31, 2002

FINAL STANDINGS
W L G PINS AVG. PRIZE
1. Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla. 8 1 27 5,614 207.92 $20,000
2. Darrell Storkson, Everett, Wash. 6 2 24 4,640 199.33 11,000
Championship Match - Couture def. Storkson, 633-492, 629-609.

3. Takeo Sakai, Japan 9 2 34 7,267 213.73 8,000
4. Roger Workman, Kenova, W.Va. 5 2 21 4,154 197.80 6,000

5TH THROUGH 6TH PLACES
Junichi Yajima, Japan 5 2 21 4,475 213.09 4,600
Bob Glass, Lawrence, Kan. 4 2 18 3,818 212.11 4,600

7TH THROUGH 8TH PLACES
Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla. 6 2 24 5,124 213.50 3,200
Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Hills, Mich. 4 2 19 4,012 211.15 3,200

9TH THROUGH 12TH PLACES
Jack Nelson, Bismarck, N.D. 5 2 22 4,742 215.54 2,400
Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla. 4 2 18 3,657 203.16 2,400
Gary Dickinson , Edmond, Okla. 3 2 15 3,106 207.06 2,400
Mark Roth, Wall Township, N.J. 3 2 15 2,874 191.60 2,400

13TH THROUGH 16TH PLACES
Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash. 4 2 18 3,665 203.61 2,000
Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla. 3 2 15 3,445 215.31 2,000
Gene Stus, Taylor, Mich. 3 2 15 3,096 206.40 2,000
Terry Leong, San Francisco 3 2 15 2,922 194.80 2,000

17TH THROUGH 24TH PLACES
Dennis Fitzsimonds, Santee, Calif. 3 2 15 3,180 212.00 1,700
George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 3 2 15 3,106 207.06 1,700
Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio 3 2 15 3,006 200.40 1,700
Mike Truitt, Rockford, Ill. 3 2 15 2,917 194.46 1,700
Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D. 2 2 12 2,543 211.91 1,700
Ron Winger, Tarzana, Calif. 2 2 12 2,462 205.16 1,700
Ross Packard, San Jose, Calif. 2 2 12 2,453 204.41 1,700
Bill Starnes, Corvallis, Ore. 2 2 12 2,330 194.16 1,700

25TH THROUGH 32ND PLACES
Ron DeGroat, Las Vegas 2 2 12 2,569 214.08 1,500
Jim Brenner, LeClaire, Iowa 2 2 12 2,461 205.88 1,500
Doug Hayes, Clarksville, Tenn. 2 2 12 2,436 203.00 1,500
Robert Gibbs, Abilene, Texas 2 2 12 2,430 202.50 1,500
Mike Winklepleck, Gladstone, Ore. 2 2 12 2,357 196.41 1,500
Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo. 2 2 12 2,317 193.08 1,500
Otis Dixon, Forest Park, Ill. 2 2 12 2,249 187.41 1,500
Teata Semiz, N. Brunswick, N.J. 2 2 12 2,245 187.08 1,500

33RD THROUGH 48TH PLACES
W L G PINS AVG. PRIZE
Rick Minier, Cypress, Texas 1 2 9 1,804 200.44 $1,400
Harry Mickelson, Yakima, Wash. 1 2 9 1,802 200.22 1,400
Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich. 1 2 9 1,794 199.33 1,400
Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev. 1 2 9 1,781 197.88 1,400
Steve Jones, Berlin, Md. 1 2 9 1,769 196.55 1,400
Gip Lentine, Chino, Calif. 1 2 9 1,795 196.44 1,400
Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs 1 2 9 1,767 196.33 1,400
Mike Foreman, Las Vegas 1 2 9 1,757 195.22 1,400
Lee Taylor, San Marcos, Calif. 1 2 9 1,733 192.55 1,400
Jim King, San Antonio, Texas 1 2 9 1,712 190.22 1,400
Delano (Hobo) Boothe, Canoga Park, Calif. 1 2 9 1,710 190.00 1,400
Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis. 1 2 9 1,702 189.11 1,400
Doug Myers, Mission Viejo, Calif. 1 2 9 1,698 188.66 1,400
Art Trask, Fresno, Calif. 1 2 9 1,650 183.33 1,400
Kirk Tupper, Phoenix 1 2 9 1,608 178.66 1,400
Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill. 1 2 9 1,596 177.33 1,400

49TH THROUGH 64TH PLACES
Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla. 0 2 6 1,245 207.50 1,300
John Cocchi, Las Vegas 0 2 6 1,231 205.16 1,300
Bob Hanson, Spokane, Wash. 0 2 6 1,226 204.33 1,300
Doug Evans, Southgate, Mich. 0 2 6 1,187 197.83 1,300
Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich. 0 2 6 1,176 196.00 1,300
Greg Waldon, Manhattan, Mont. 0 2 6 1,155 192.50 1,300
Gary Kinyon, Lockport, N.Y. 0 2 6 1,147 191.16 1,300
Karl Wolf, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 0 2 6 1,142 190.33 1,300
John Bennett, Clarkston, Mich. 0 2 6 1,135 189.16 1,300
Roger Dalkin, Greendale, Wis. 0 2 6 1,135 189.16 1,300
Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, N.C. 0 2 6 1,113 185.50 1,300
Ron Amore, Washington Court House, Ohio 0 2 6 1,113 185.50 1,300
Tom Large, Chandler, Ariz. 0 2 6 1,107 184.50 1,300
Rod Schmidt, Chandler, Ariz. 0 2 6 1,106 184.33 1,300
Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Township, Mich. 0 2 6 1,038 173.00 1,300
Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio 0 2 6 1,022 170.33 1,300

Other Cashers
64, (tie) Jim Moran, Henderson, Nev., and David Tuell Jr., Tacoma, Wash., 2,351, $1,000.
66, (tie) Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn.; George Herbert, Akron, Ohio; and Matt Surina, Spokane, Wash., 2,350, $800.
69, Clint Reed, Mesa, Ariz., 2,349, $800.
70, (tie) George Norris Jr., Elk Grove, Calif., and Vince Range, St. Louis, 2,348, $800.
72, Bobby Hall, Vancouver, Wash., 2,345, $800.
73, Randy Niehaus, Rockford, Ill., 2,343, $800.
74, Robert Holzbauer, Madison, Wis., 2,342, $800.
75, Al Sanford, Jackson, Ohio, 2,341, $800.
76, Leo Plaia, New Orleans, 2,340, $800.
77, (tie) John Fowles, England, and D.A. Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., 2,337, $800.
79, Norman Marasti, Mesa, Ariz., 2,336, $800.
80, Craig Pagers, Arvada, Colo., 2,332, $800.
81, (tie) David Arrant, Asheville, N.C., and Clifford Bach, Bethlehem, Ga., 2,330, $400.


-TEAM USA's Hyman Takes Fourth, Manna Eighth In 2002 World Ranking Masters Tournament

06/04/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Four-time TEAM USA member Diandra Hyman, Dyer, Ind., finished fourth and five-time TEAM USA member Tony Manna Jr., Omaha, Neb., placed eighth in the 2002 World Ranking Masters Tournament which ended May 30 in Aalborg, Denmark.

      Hyman, who collected $2,500 U.S., was fifth with 4,926 (205.3 average) after the 24 qualifying games which sent the top eight players to match play. She beat England's Kirsten Penny 147-224, 236-183 and 187-180 in the best-of-three-game quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion Jennifer Tan Bee Leng of Singapore 175-191 and 193-236.

      Manna, who earned $1,000 U.S., was second after qualifying with 5,126 (213.6 average) for 24 games. He lost his opening match to Sweden's Anders Oehman 174-187 and 154-181. Belgium's Gery Verbruggen won the men's title. Women's International Bowling Congress members Cristina Kortright and Michelle Ayala of Puerto Rico finished 19th and 21st, respectively. American Bowling Congress member Frankie Colon Jr. of Puerto Rico ended 14th.


-ABC Masters Returns To National Bowling Stadium In 2003

06/04/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - The 53rd American Bowling Congress Masters - a major on the 2002-03 Professional Bowlers Association Tour - will be conducted at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. for the third consecutive year, Jan. 15-19, 2003.

      The Masters will once again be televised by ESPN and feature a $350,000 prize fund with $100,000 going to the winner and $50,000 to the runner-up. The top 100 places will earn a minimum of $1,000. If the tournament attracts more than 400 entrants the prize fund will be increased.

      The Masters will continue to be sanctioned and conducted by ABC. The tournament's unique qualifying and double-elimination match play format will remain unchanged and will continue to be open to all professionals and non-professionals who meet Masters entry requirements.

      "The ABC Masters has always been contested in an arena venue and it's ABC's desire to continue that tradition," said Ed Baur, Group Executive Tournaments, Communications and Marketing. "We still feel the National Bowling Stadium is the place to conduct this prestigious event.

      "We also recognize the history of the high-profile events held there," Baur said. "However, in the past we've always used a symmetrical lane pattern. We plan to change that strategy. We'll continue to comply with the ABC/WIBC Sport Bowling specifications, but we'll adjust the pattern to address the right-left issue."

      Bowling greats Mike Aulby and Parker Bohn III, along with 2002 Masters champion Brett Wolfe, have given left-handers quite a run at the National Bowling Stadium in recent years. However, right-handers Bob Glass, Dave Soutar and Darrell Storkson have won the past three Senior Masters events conducted at the Stadium.

      The Masters was conducted at the National Bowling Stadium in 2002, marking the second time in its 52-year history that it had not been conducted on the ABC Championships Tournament lanes. The 2002 ABC Tournament is currently being conducted in Billings, Mont.

      Established in 1951, the ABC Masters is bowling's premier match play event. More than 400 of the world's top professional and non-professional players are expected to compete for the 2003 title. For Masters entry information, call (800) 514-2695, ext. 3415 or visit bowl.com (click on the ABC tab).


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