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      June 14, 2002:

-Barrette Keeps Lead At Greater Harrisburg Open

06/14/2002 - PWBA
      MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. maintained the top spot after 26 games at the Greater Harrisburg Open at ABC West Lanes. "Boomer" as she is sometimes called by her colleagues, went 3-5 (Ed. note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds) in the eight game match play block to increase her tournament total to 6,122 and 232.00.

      "The last few weeks I've struggled a little in the first round of match play," said Barrette. "I didn't have my best round tonight but I got through without falling off the score sheet."

      "I just tried to adjust as the lanes broke down. My carry is usually a little better in the morning round so tomorrow I'm just going to focus on what I have to do and hopefully put up some good scores."

      Barrette, who last season appeared in 10 televised finals, ranks fifth all time in the Professional Women's Bowling Association in titles with 23. The former PWBA Player of the Year leads Australian Cara Honeychurch by 44 pins.

      The 2001 Player of the Year Runner-Up, Honeychurch has flip-flopped with Barrette for the tournament lead throughout the week. The Aussie went 5-3 for the night and has tallied 228 and 6,078. Honeychurch co-leads the tour in championship round appearances with Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla. and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas with three each.

      Attempting to make her fourth consecutive finals, Gaines finished the night in the third slot with a 5-3 mark, 226.53 and 6,040. The former TEAM USA member ranks fourth this season in earnings ($18,920), second in competition points (3,216) and averages (215.55).

      Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, NJ moved up one spot to fourth with a 5-3 record and 225.26 and 6,007. A six-time titlest, DiRupo posted wins over two of the events top six in Marie Anne Duggan, Edmond, Okla. (237-184) and Honeychurch (226-204). Dorin-Ballard rounds out the top five after going 5-3 with 223.61 and 5,964.

      Saturday, June 15 the top 24 continue match play with two more eight-game blocks at 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. At the conclusion of match play, the top five bowlers compete in a stepladder finals during a live ESPN telecast on Sunday, June 16 at 4:30 p.m.

MATCH PLAY STANDINGS AFTER 26 GAMES 
                                            BLOCK TOTALS                        TOTAL 
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                  QUAL   1    2    3   PINS   AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE 
 
 1 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     4259 1773    0    0  6032 232.00  3- 5- 0  6122  +922 
 2 Cara Honeychurch-Australia,        4232 1696    0    0  5928 228.00  5- 3- 0  6078  +878 
 3 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL          4078 1812    0    0  5890 226.53  5- 3- 0  6040  +840 
 4 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     4031 1826    0    0  5857 225.26  5- 3- 0  6007  +807 
 5 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  4007 1807    0    0  5814 223.61  5- 3- 0  5964  +764 
 6 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       4015 1815    0    0  5830 224.23  4- 4- 0  5950  +750 
 7 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   3952 1767    0    0  5719 219.96  6- 2- 0  5899  +699 
 8 Cheryl Daniels-West Bloomfield, MI 4000 1771    0    0  5771 221.96  4- 4- 0  5891  +691 
 9 Kim Terrell-Antioch, CA            3995 1740    0    0  5735 220.57  5- 3- 0  5885  +685 
10 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ             4079 1652    0    0  5731 220.42  4- 4- 0  5851  +651 
11 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     3975 1745    0    0  5720 220.00  3- 4- 1  5825  +625 
12 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                3960 1709    0    0  5669 218.03  4- 3- 1  5804  +604 
13 Pauliina Aalto-Finland,            3994 1616    0    0  5610 215.76  4- 4- 0  5730  +530 
14 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI         3800 1702    0    0  5502 211.61  7- 1- 0  5712  +512 
15 Jennifer Swanson-Shelton, CT       3994 1626    0    0  5620 216.15  3- 5- 0  5710  +510 
16 Maxine Nable-Australia,            3778 1802    0    0  5580 214.61  4- 4- 0  5700  +500 
17 Jackie Mitskavich-Dubois, PA       3834 1727    0    0  5561 213.88  4- 4- 0  5681  +481 
18 Laura Lee Daniel-Corona, CA        3764 1736    0    0  5500 211.53  4- 3- 1  5635  +435 
19 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ       3768 1726    0    0  5494 211.30  3- 4- 1  5599  +399 
20 Michelle Silver-West Los Angeles,  3926 1593    0    0  5519 212.26  2- 6- 0  5579  +379 
21 Susan Jeziorski-Cheektowaga, NY    3780 1723    0    0  5503 211.65  2- 6- 0  5563  +363 
22 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma City,  3840 1628    0    0  5468 210.30  3- 5- 0  5558  +358 
23 Nichole Spratford(am)-Hopelawn, NJ 3813 1637    0    0  5450 209.61  2- 6- 0  5510  +310 
24 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton, FL    3791 1597    0    0  5388 207.23  3- 5- 0  5478  +278 


-Riga's Old World Charm, Modern Outlook Await World Cup Bowlers

06/14/2002 - AMF Bowling
      LONDON, ENGLAND, June 14, 2002 - Eclectic architecture, pastoral scenery, historic landmarks and unsurpassed hospitality await the national bowling champions who travel to Riga, Latvia, for the 38th annual AMF Bowling World Cup.

      Athletes from more than 90 countries are expected to compete in the October 19-26 international sports championship at Toss Boulinga Halle, and tournament organizers are planning the week's schedule to allow them to take in as many of the Latvian capital's sights and sounds as possible.

      Riga, which celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2001, is rich in history and culture. Many of its museums, such as the History Museum of Latvia, the Museum of Riga's History and Navigation, the Firefighting Museum and the Latvian Railway Museum, house an abundance of historical artifacts and exhibits. Latvia has been ruled at various times by Sweden, Poland, Germany and Russia, and several museums are dedicated solely to these experiences (the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, the Latvia People's Front Museum, the Museum of War).

      Other museums, such as the Latvian Photography Museum; the Art Museum; the Museum of Writing, Theater and Music, and the Museum of Decorative and Applied Art, celebrate Latvia's contribution to the humanities.

      Riga is renowned for its architecture, which ranges from 16th Century towers and wooden church steeples in the Orthodox tradition, to Art Deco public buildings, to modern glass-and-steel skyscrapers. Excellent examples of Art Nouveau detailing can be found on buildings on Alberta Street in downtown Riga, including the Riga Law School, and on Streinieku and Elizabetes Streets.

      At the other end of the architectural scale is the modernistic Freedom Monument, located in the heart of the city. The monument symbolizes the unity of Latvia's three geographic regions and is protected by a military honor guard that changes every half-hour in a solemn ceremony.

      Must-see sights in Riga's "Old City" include the House of Blackheads (destroyed in World War II and rebuilt for the 800th anniversary celebration), the Dome Cathedral (houses one of the world's biggest pipe organs-6,718 pipes), the Swedish Gate (over which the city's executioner once resided); St. Peter's Church (with an observation tower that overlooks Riga); and the Great and Small Guild Halls (now housing the Philharmonic Orchestra and a discotheque, respectively).

      Bowling World Cup visitors can easily explore these and other sights on foot, as automobiles are not permitted inside the Old City. However, taxis can be taken from the host hotel, the Radisson SAS-Daugava, to the outskirts of the Old City as well as into the new sector. Hotel guests can also walk to the Old City using the nearby Akmens ("Stone") Bridge, which crosses the Daugava River.

      Open green areas are also part of Riga's charm. Many were once vital components of the city's natural fortification system of hills and moats. They become larger and roomier outside the Old City; among the more popular are Bastion Hill, which separates Old from New Riga; the Esplanade, where the Fine Arts Museum and Fine Arts Academy are located; the Vermanes Gardens, which hosts outdoor musical concerts in the summer; and the Kronvalda Parks, the "back yard" for the National Theater.

      Jurmala ("seaside"), a wind-swept, white-sanded stretch of beach on the Lielupe River referred to as "Riga's playground," is a 20- to 30-minute drive from the city. It's a popular resort area for Rigans, and many enjoy hiking and cycling through the pine woods that separate the beach from the residential area. A favorite tourist activity is beachcombing for amber nuggets, which are so plentiful in the area they're referred to as "sun drops."

      Riga's nightlife includes jazz clubs and discos, billiards parlors and several casinos, including the Regency Palace Casino at the Radisson SAS-Daugava.

      This year's World Cup visitors will find a variety of foods and goods to suit their tastes. City restaurants serve everything from Middle Eastern cuisine to sushi, and Asian specialties to French-inspired nouvelle cuisine using native ingredients. Be sure to sample such native dishes as Latvian piragi (dumplings), cukgala (pork) or silkes (herring) smothered in cream, and kiselis (stewed fruit), as well as a home-brewed Latvian ale or the Riga liqueur known as ("black balsam").

      Because it's plentiful, amber is relatively inexpensive and used to make everything from paperweights to designer jewelry. Other popular souvenir items include Latvian-made chocolates, ceramics, textiles, woodcrafts, and tasty rye breads and cheeses, which can be purchased at the Central Marketplace in downtown Riga. (The currency exchange rate is approximately 1 Lat per 1 Br. pound sterling, or 1 Lat per 1.5 US dollars; the Lat also corresponds to the Euro on an approximate basis of 1:2. ATM machines are available in many places, including the lobby of the Radisson SAS-Daugava.)

      More information on Riga can be obtained from the following Internet sites: www.eunet.lv/Riga, www.inyourpocket.com/Latvia/Riga, www.rigaguide.lv, and www.rigathisweek.lv.

      Bus transport from Riga International Airport to the Radisson SAS-Daugava Hotel will be provided for World Cup bowlers and all official guests on the tournament arrival dates of October 18. Taxis are also available for hire; the fare between the airport and the hotel is approximately 10 Lats (US$15). No departure tax is assessed upon leaving the country. Latvia operates on 220 volt AC power, so two-prong electrical adaptors (with round prongs) and/or step-down currency converters may be necessary to operate overseas appliances and computers.

      Those wishing to reserve a room at the Radisson SAS-Daugava Hotel for the AMF Bowling World Cup should send reservations to Anne-Marie Board no later than August 31, 2002, via fax [44-(0)1-442-286-530]. For additional information on World Cup lodgings, contact Board via e-mail at [email protected].


-Three New Countries Added To Bowling World Cup Family

06/14/2002 - AMF Bowling
      LONDON, ENGLAND, June 14, 2002 - Uzbekistan, the Czech Republic and Moldova will send athletes to compete in the 38th annual AMF Bowling World Cup, to be held October 19-26 at Toss Boulinga Halle in Riga, Latvia.

      In announcing the latest additions, AMF Bowling World Cup tournament manager Anne-Marie Board said that 60 countries to date have requested entry into AMF's international fall sports classic, the world's largest annual international sports championship in terms of number of participating nations. "We're very excited to have so many countries responding so early, and we're particularly gratified to see nations such as Uzbekistan, the Czech Republic and Moldova embrace tenpin bowling so fully," Board said. "We are on target to break the attendance record of 88 nations we set in 2000."

      The Republic of Uzbekistan is a former Soviet republic. One-twelfth of its 25 million citizens live in the capital city of Tashkent (2.1 million); the country land mass is just slightly larger than the state of California. Its neighbor to the north and west, Kazakhstan, debuted in the 2001 AMF Bowling World Cup in Pattaya, Thailand; it is also bordered by Turkmenistan to the southwest and Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to the east and southeast.

      Uzbekistan boasts a fabled and fascinating history. Once part of the Persian Empire, it was conquered by Alexander the Great in the 4th century B.C. Arabs, the Mongols and Genghis Khan, and Tamerlane the Great also ruled the land before the Uzbeks assumed power in the 16th century. They eventually submitted to Russian rule in the mid-1800s, which morphed into membership in the Soviet Union. Uzbekistan became the first central Asian Soviet republic to declare its independence from Soviet authority in 1990, and it became fully independent in 1991 as a member of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Its primary industries revolve around agriculture, particularly cotton, and natural mineral and metal deposits.

      The Czech Republic is the westernmost half of what used to be Czechoslovakia. Settled in the 5th century A.D. by Slavic tribes, the land was once part of the Bohemian kingdom and Holy Roman Empire. From 1620 to the 20th century, the country and its people were part of the Austrian empire, which collapsed after World War I. The Czech nation was united with Slovakia as Czechoslovakia in 1918, but that affiliation that dissolved in 1993 when the Czech Republic became an independent and freestanding country. The capital city of Prague, renowned as a center of culture and the arts, is home to 1.2 million of its 10.2 million citizens. In addition to Slovakia on its eastern borders, the Czech Republic's boundaries include Poland to the north, Germany to the west, and Austria to the south.

      While Moldova (formerly Moldavia) may not be as well known as its neighbors, Ukraine and Romania, its location on a hilly and fertile plain a short distance from the Black Sea has made it a much-desired prize in world history. It was ruled by the Ottoman Empire, Russia and Romania in its pre-Republic days; it declared itself an independent state in 1991. Its land mass (13,000 sq. mi./33,700 sq. km.) is slightly larger than that of Belgium, and nearly 700,000 of its 4.4 million people live in the capital city of Chisinau. An agricultural society, Moldova produces primarily foods and textiles, and Russia is its major trade partner.

      Bowlers from more than 90 nations are expected to compete in the 2002 AMF Bowling World Cup. Each country determines its own qualification process to send one male and one female to the tournament, and the 2001 World Cup champions, Kim Haugen of Norway and Nachimi Itakura of Japan, must win their national tournaments again this year to defend their titles in Riga.


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