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      June 19, 2001:

-Honeychurch Claims The Lead At $50,000 Ft. Worth Classic

06/19/2001 - PWBA
      FT. WORTH, Texas - Cara Honeychurch of Australia, coming off a victory last week in the Greater San Diego Open, took over the lead Tuesday night at the $50,000 Ft. Worth Classic, underway at Don Carter CityView Lanes.

      Honeychurch built a 7-1-0 record for the first eight games of match play to accumulate 5,831 pins and a 216.19 average. She is leading Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., by 26 pins and hometown favorite Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, by 96 pins.

      "My match play record is the reason I'm leading right now," Honeychurch said. "It hasn't clicked in for me yet. I had two nice games of 245 and 224, but I've been in the low 200s for the most part, and I don't think that's going to be good enough to even make the top five and the TV show. I need to find a way to knock down 10 more pins a game, and I think that means a change of equipment for tomorrow. Some of the girls got some really good reaction with the balls they were using tonight, and I'm going to have to keep up with them."

      Kulick's 5,805 pins and 7-1-0 match play record are good enough for second place at the moment. Dorin-Ballard is in third with 5,735 pins and a 5-3-0 record. Karen Stroud, Victoria, Texas, vaulted from 20th place to fourth with an eight-game series of 1,826 to bring her total pinfall to 5,718. Stroud also compiled a 7-1-0 match play record.

      Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, N.J., rounds out the top five with 5,669 pins and a 6-2-0 match play record. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., who led the first three rounds of the tournament, faltered and finished Tuesday night's session in seventh place with 5,645 pins and a 2-6-0 record.

      Match play resumes at 11 a.m. Wednesday with eight more games, and concludes with a final eight-game block at 6:30 p.m. The top five following Wednesday night's action move into the TV stepladder finals Thursday night at 7 p.m. ESPN2 will broadcast the championship round Monday, June 25, at 9 p.m. and re-air them Thursday, June 28, at 1 p.m. (all TV times are Eastern).

Match Play Standings After 26 Games:
                                             BLOCK TOTALS   TOTAL                     
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                  QUAL   1    2    3   PINS    AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   
  1 Cara Honeychurch-Australia         3921 1700    0    0  5621 216.19  7- 1- 0  5831  +631
  2 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ             3787 1808    0    0  5595 215.19  7- 1- 0  5805  +605
  3 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland TX 3786 1799  0    0  5585 214.80  5- 3- 0  5735  +535
  4 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX          3682 1826    0    0  5508 211.84  7- 1- 0  5718  +518
  5 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     3725 1764    0    0  5489 211.11  6- 2- 0  5669  +469
  6 Dede Davidson-Las Vegas, NV        3728 1728    0    0  5456 209.84  6- 1- 1  5651  +451
  7 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY        4018 1567    0    0  5585 214.80  2- 6- 0  5645  +445
  8 Kim Terrell-Daly City, CA          3812 1712    0    0  5524 212.46  3- 5- 0  5614  +414
  9 Aleta Sill-Dearborn, MI            3761 1763    0    0  5524 212.46  2- 5- 1  5599  +399
 10 Lynda Barnes-Flower Mound, TX      3691 1776    0    0  5467 210.26  4- 4- 0  5587  +387
 11 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       3801 1647    0    0  5448 209.53  4- 4- 0  5568  +368
 12 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL          3752 1695    0    0  5447 209.50  3- 4- 1  5552  +352
 13 Debbie McMullen-Denver, CO         3887 1568    0    0  5455 209.80  3- 5- 0  5545  +345
 14 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                3762 1613    0    0  5375 206.73  4- 4- 0  5495  +295
 15 Shana Ray-Portland, TX             3730 1637    0    0  5367 206.42  4- 4- 0  5487  +287
 16 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma City OK 3771 1626   0    0  5397 207.57  3- 5- 0  5487  +287
 17 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV      3681 1654   0    0  5335 205.19  5- 3- 0  5485  +285
 18 Allyson Allmang-Boynton Beach, FL  3807 1584    0    0  5391 207.34  3- 5- 0  5481  +281
 19 Carol Gianotti-Block-Australia     3776 1608    0    0  5384 207.07  2- 4- 2  5474  +274
 20 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI         3684 1711    0    0  5395 207.50  2- 6- 0  5455  +255
 21 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     3680 1639    0    0  5319 204.57  4- 3- 1  5454  +254
 22 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   3675 1651    0    0  5326 204.84  4- 4- 0  5446  +246
 23 Laura Lee Daniel-Corona, CA        3678 1598    0    0  5276 202.92  2- 6- 0  5336  +136
 24 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX        3754 1516    0    0  5270 202.69  1- 7- 0  5300  +100


-Liz Johnson Continues To Top The Field At $50,000 Ft. Worth Classic

06/19/2001 - PWBA
      FT. WORTH, Texas - Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., is the tournament leader going into the match play phase of the $50,000 Ft. Worth Classic, underway at Don Carter CityView Lanes.

      Johnson averaged 223.22 for 18 games of qualifying with 4,018 pins, 97 pins better than the effort posted by Cara Honeychurch of Australia, who checked in with 3,921. Honeychurch, who won last week's Greater San Diego Open, is averaging 217.83.

      "I didn't find the lanes any different today, so I got to play my 'A' game again," said Johnson, whose Tuesday morning scores ranged between 199 and 246. "I'm very happy with the way I'm bowling at this point in the season; I've made the TV show twice and won one tournament. I think I've exceeded even my expectations at this point, to be leading again this week."

      Johnson suffers from a herniated disk in her back, which causes her chronic pain, but she says she is managing it as well as can be expected. "I'm stiff at the beginning of a squad, but the muscles gradually loosen up as I bowl more. I do my stretches and exercises pretty faithfully. All I can do is take things one day at a time with this type of condition, so I'm extremely satisfied with what I've been able to do this swing."

      Debbie McMullen, Denver, Colo., moved up from fifth to third following Tuesday morning's qualifying round, averaging 215.94 with a pinfall of 3,887. Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif., is in fourth place with 3,812 pins and a 211.77 average, while Allyson Allmang, Boynton Beach, Fla., jumped from 10th place to fifth on total pinfall of 3,807. Allmang is averaging 211.50 for the first 18 games.

      Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, is the top local player, sitting in eighth place with 3,786 pins and a 210.33 average.

      The top 24 players following Tuesday morning's action begin match play competition Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m., with an eight-game block. Match play continues Wednesday with 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. squads; the remaining 24 players will be trimmed to the top five Wednesday night. Those five will vie for the $9,000 first prize of the Ft. Worth Classic Thursday night, beginning at 7 p.m. The championship stepladder finals will be broadcast on ESPN2 Monday, June 25, at 9 p.m. and re-aired Thursday, June 28, at 1 p.m. (all TV times are Eastern).

Qualifier Standings After 18 Games:
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR-
A     1 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              4018 223.22  +418
A     2 Cara Honeychurch - Australia               3921 217.83  +321
A     3 Debbie McMullen - Denver, CO               3887 215.94  +287
A     4 Kim Terrell - Daly City, CA                3812 211.77  +212
A     5 Allyson Allmang - Boynton Beach, FL        3807 211.50  +207
A     6 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             3801 211.16  +201
A     7 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   3787 210.38  +187
A     8 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills TX 3786 210.33  +186
A     9 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia           3776 209.77  +176
A    10 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     3771 209.50  +171
A    11 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      3762 209.00  +162
A    12 Aleta Sill - Dearborn, MI                  3761 208.94  +161
A    13 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              3754 208.55  +154
A    14 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                3752 208.44  +152
A    15 Shana Ray - Portland, TX                   3730 207.22  +130
A    16 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              3728 207.11  +128
A    17 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           3725 206.94  +125
A    18 Lynda Barnes - Flower Mound, TX            3691 205.05   +91
A    19 Lisa Bishop - Belleville, MI               3684 204.66   +84
A    20 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                3682 204.55   +82
A    21 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           3681 204.50   +81
A    22 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           3680 204.44   +80
A    23 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              3678 204.33   +78
A    24 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         3675 204.16   +75

A    25 Michelle Mullen - Dearborn, MI             3670 203.88   +70
A T  26 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          3638 202.11   +38
A       Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           3638 202.11   +38
A    28 Julie Jackson - Rural Hall, NC             3620 201.11   +20
A    29 Robin Mossontte - Newhall, CA              3607 200.38    +7
A    30 Maxine Nable - Australia                   3589 199.38   -11
A    31 Lisa Wagner - Ft. Myers, FL                3585 199.16   -15
A    32 Lisa Burrough - Wichita, KS                3551 197.27   -49
A    33 Sandy Dacy(a) - N. Richland Hills, TX      3546 197.00   -54
A    34 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             3543 196.83   -57
A    35 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       3539 196.61   -61
A    36 Nikki Gianulias - Vallejo, CA              3538 196.55   -62
A    37 Tennelle Grijalva - Orange, CA             3515 195.27   -85
A    38 Keli Rapp - Fayetteville, NY               3514 195.22   -86
A T  39 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              3510 195.00   -90
A       Daralynn Stewart(a) - Dallas, TX           3510 195.00   -90
A    41 Amy Dillon - Miami, FL                     3498 194.33  -102
A    42 Kathy Tribbey - Newberg, OR                3470 192.77  -130
A    43 Deanna Andrews - Pensacola, FL             3461 192.27  -139
A    44 Kimberley Tyson - Midland, TX              3436 190.88  -164
A    45 Michelle Arrington - Philadelphia, PA      3401 188.94  -199
A    46 Monica Chieco - Houston, TX                3395 188.61  -205
A    47 Alayne Blomenberg - Cranston, RI           3297 183.16  -303
A    48 Christa McWilliams(a) - Broken Arrow, OK   3295 183.05  -305
A    49 Lisa Lea(a) - Keller, TX                   3275 181.94  -325
A    50 Genie Franklin - Grapevine, TX             3213 178.50  -387
A    51 Susie Reichley - Richardson, TX            3204 178.00  -396
A    52 Rebecca Duffield(a) - Clovis, NM           3190 177.22  -410
A    53 Nicole Herrmann - Chatsworth, CA           3141 174.50  -459
A    54 Gail Burski - Simi Valley, CA              3090 171.66  -510
A    55 Sabrina Duncan - New Orleans, LA           2951 163.94  -649
A    56 Joy Latimer - Granbury, TX                 2905 161.38  -695
A    57 Karla Stalnaker - Little Rock, AR          2599 173.26  WD after 15 
games

(a) denotes amateur


-NCAA Status For Women May Be Closer

06/19/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      College Bowling USA has announced that 15 schools have expressed interest in adding women's collegiate bowling to their athletic programs at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) varsity level. In addition, 12 of the 15 interested schools would compete within the same conference.

      There currently are 27 schools participating in women's bowling at the NCAA varsity level. If the addition of the 15 interested schools is successful, women's bowling will have exceeded the 40-team minimum the NCAA has required for the advancement of women's bowling to full sport status with a NCAA National Championship

      "College Bowling USA is cautiously optimistic at the possibility of 15 new schools adding women's bowling at the NCAA varsity level to their respective athletic departments," said Women's International Bowling Congress Executive Director Roseann Kuhn. The NCAA currently recognizes women's bowling as an "emerging sport." College Bowling USA is dedicated to advancing women's bowling from "emerging sport" status to full sport status. College Bowling USA has been working with its current club membership of nearly 70 schools to elevate these programs to NCAA-recognized varsity status, while also introducing new institutions to the benefits of women's bowling.


-Olson Resigns CBUSA Post; Central Missouri's Holmes Named Interim Varsity Bowling Manager

06/19/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      College Bowling USA has announced the resignation of Director of Collegiate Bowling Diane Olson. Olson departs to pursue other career opportunities after spending more than two years as CBUSA's Director.

      "Diane Olson was integral in the continued development and success of College Bowling USA over the last two years," said Women's International Bowling Congress Executive Director Roseann Kuhn. "WIBC and ABC wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors."

      Olson was responsible for overseeing the transition/addition of several women's bowling squads to National Collegiate Athletic Association status, including the possible addition of 15 schools for the 2001-02 season. She also administered all aspects of college bowling at the club and junior college level, in addition to the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships, CBUSA's annual national championships for both men and women. To ensure future success for College Bowling USA, Central Missouri State University Women's Head Bowling Coach Ron Holmes has been appointed CBUSA's Interim Varsity Bowling Manager.

      The appointment of Holmes was made to assist the 15 schools that have expressed interest in adding women's bowling as a NCAA varsity sport for the 2001-02 school year, while CBUSA searches for a new Director and a permanent Varsity Bowling Manager. The newly created Varsity Bowling Manager position will focus on developing, growing, and enhancing varsity opportunities in the competitive segment of collegiate bowling, while serving as liaison between schools and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

      Due to Holmes' extensive bowling background, which includes 11 years as the head coach at CMSU and an active role in the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association, he was selected to assume the interim duties for a 90-day period effective immediately. Following the 90-day appointment, Holmes will resume his duties as CMSU's women's bowling coach.

      "Ron Holmes has been intimately involved with collegiate bowling for many years. His knowledge of women's collegiate bowling and the NCAA were the deciding factors in appointing him as the Interim Varsity Bowling Manager," Kuhn said. "WIBC and ABC appreciate his commitment to the sport and willingness to help College Bowling USA move forward with its goals during this time of transition."

      College Bowling USA is currently seeking applicants for the Director of Collegiate Bowling and Varsity Bowling Manager positions. For more information and complete job descriptions, visit www.bowl.com.


-Two Studies Show Bowling Participation On The Upswing

06/19/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      The National Sports Goods Association found that 42.3 million people age 7 and older took part in bowling last year. That's up from the 41.6 million in 1999 and 40.1 in 1998.

      Bowling ranked No. 7 on the list of 62 sports, recreation and fitness activities surveyed by the NSGA. Ranking ahead were exercise walking (81.3 million), swimming (59.3), fishing (52.6), vacation camping (48.9), exercising with equipment (43.2) and bicycle riding (42.5). Rounding out the top 10 after bowling were billiards/pool (32.2), basketball (27.2) and aerobic exercising (27.2).

      Meanwhile, the Billiard & Bowling Institute of America National Bowling Participation Study reported that 53.8 million Americans age 6 and older participated in bowling at least once in 2000. That's up from 52.5 million in 1999 and 50.5 million in 1998.

      The BBIA study was based on data abstracted from the Superstudy of Sports Participation conducted by American Sports Data, Inc. In that study, only recreational swimming (94 million) and recreational walking (82.6) ranked higher than bowling.

      For more information on the National Sporting Goods Association study, call (847) 296-6742 or visit the NSGA Web site at: www.nsga.org. For more information on the BBIA study, e-mail to [email protected].


-Bohn Captures ABC Masters Title

06/19/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. captured his first major title June 16 by winning the American Bowling Congress Masters at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

      Bohn, who had won 26 PBA Tour titles without winning a major championship, defeated top qualifier Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., 248-237, to win the $40,000 first prize.

      "The monkey's off my back now," said Bohn, a 37-year-old left-hander and member of the ABC Ambassador speakers bureau. "I'm sick of being the bridesmaid in majors.

      "People may be able to ask me when I'll win my next major, but I'll never have to answer the question about why I've never won one. But as happy as I am for myself, I feel bad for Jason because I know how it feels to finish second in this tournament."

      Bohn finished second in the Masters in 1998 and 1999. He also had finished second in six other major championships. Couch, who earned $20,000 for second place, was the victim of a solid 9-pin in the ninth frame which would have given him a nearly insurmountable lead going into the final frame. "I couldn't have thrown a better ball," said the 31-year-old left-hander. "I bowled well. I'm just disappointed with the outcome."

      Couch was trying for his 10th career title, three of which are majors.

      Bohn advanced to the title match by defeating Tony Reyes of San Jose, Calif., in the semifinal match, 200-170. The 27-year-old Reyes earned $14,000 for third place.

      In the second match, Reyes beat amateur Shannon Buchan of Waterloo, Iowa, 237-190. Buchan, a 27-year-old TEAM USA member bowling in his first Masters, earned $9,500 for fourth place.

      In the opening match, Buchan defeated 30-year-old Chris Hayden of Tampa, Fla., 201-170. Hayden took home $7,500 for his fifth place finish.


-Close Competition Is The Rule At ABC/WIBC Senior Championships

06/19/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      After two days of fierce competition June 16-17, eight state/provincial winners emerged as champions at the American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress Senior Championships at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

      In Division A (ages 70 and over), Ivan Sturm, Herlong, Calif., and Georgia Ryan, Kooskia, Idaho, fought their way through two rounds of qualifying and the match play segment to affirm themselves as men's and women's champions, respectively.

      Sturm had 1,187 actual and 110 handicap pins to tie for first place with Frank Clay, Crystal Lake, Ill., who had 1,193 actual plus 104 handicap pins for 1,297 through the six game qualifying.

      In a one game roll-off, Sturm, who carries an 18 handicap, defeated Clay (17 handicap) 209-199, which determined their bowling order for the stepladder finals. At the end of match play, Sturm once again surfaced as a victor after handing Clay a 253-175 loss.

      In the women's division, Ryan, who had 904 actual and 312 handicap pins, finished qualifying with a 1,216-second place score. In match play, Ryan ended up in a gridlock with Virginia Snodgrass, Tustin, Calif., with 206. Ryan (52 handicap) later defeated Snodgrass (51 handicap) 80-67 in a ninth and 10th frame roll-off. In the championship match, Ryan handed Deloras Bartels (56 handicap), Tobias, Neb., a 190-161 defeat.

      Division B (ages 65-69) winners were Benny Escoyne, Herlong, Calif., and Joyce Stodart, Surrey, British Columbia. Escoyne won thanks to 192 actual and 28 handicap pins for 220 against William Randle of Medford, Ore., 157 actual and 4 handicap for 161. Stodart (28 handicap) survived a close match up against Chris Cornes (44 handicap), Joppa, Md., with a 194-192 victory.

      In Division C (ages 60-64), first-place qualifier Clayton Farmen, Groton, S.D., had 181 actual and 62 handicap for 243 to top Harry Uyeno of Vancouver, British Columbia, who had 232 (180 actual and 52 handicap). Eva Rhoads, Millsboro, Del., defeated Joann Caine, Taylorsville, Utah, 209 (157 actual and 52 handicap) to her 170 (134 actual and 36 handicap).

      Larry McCarty, Springfield, Mo., took home the trophy for men's Division D (ages 55-59) beating Richard Hebner, Springville, Utah, with a 248 (233 actual and 15 handicap) to 233 (196 actual and 37 handicap) victory. Carol Hollis (38 handicap), Flagstaff, Ariz., won the honors in the women's division with a victory over Lynda Schaal (22 handicap), Burlington, Colo., 200-170.

      The 356 entrants earned their right to compete nationally by winning titles in their state and provincial tournaments. Two qualifying rounds of three games each were bowled and the top three of each division advanced into the match play segment. Since the divisions are based on age rather than average, the competition is handicapped.

      In addition to specially designed trophies, each WIBC champion won $700 and each ABC champion won $1,000 in prize money.


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