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      July 01, 2001:

-PWBA Returns To Detroit Area In The Sport Bowling Challenge

07/01/2001 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, ILL. - The Professional Women's Bowling Association returns to the greater Detroit area for the first time in five years with the Sport Bowling Challenge July 8-12 at Shore Lanes in St. Clair Shores, Mich.

      The last time the PWBA visited Michigan was in 1996, when the Lady Ebonite Classic was held in Canton. Cocoa, Fla.'s Kim Adler won that title, and she is expected compete in St. Clair Shores along with the current Tour money leader, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas; 2000 PWBA Player of the Year Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev.; 2000 PWBA Rookie of the Year Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia, and hometown favorites Aleta Sill, Dearborn; Cheryl Daniels, Detroit; and Lisa Bishop, Belleville.

      The pros' official practice session from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, July 9, kicks off Tournament Week. Pro-Am squads follow at 12:30, 3 and 5 p.m. The popular nine-pin no-tap format will be used for the Pro-Ams, in which amateur bowlers are paired in doubles competition with PWBA members to compete for cash prizes (youth bowlers compete for trophies and other rewards). In addition to the opportunity to receive autographs and bowling tips from their favorite pros, as well as have their photos taken together, amateurs receive certificates entitling them to a complimentary three-day, two-night stay at the beautiful new Suncoast Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center complex in Las Vegas.

      PWBA competition begins Monday, July 10, with six-game blocks of qualifying set for 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. A final block of six games at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, wraps up qualifying, at which time the field will be trimmed to the top 24.

      The 24 survivors begin match play Tuesday night with an eight-game block starting at 6:30 p.m. Match play continues Wednesday, July 11, at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The top five at the conclusion of match play advance to the TV stepladder finals, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12. The championship round begins with a one-game shootout between the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 bowlers on the ladder. The shootout winner takes on the No. 2 bowler in the semifinal game, and that winner goes against the tournament leader for the Sport Bowling Challenge championship.

      PWBA's Webscorer feature at will capture the frame-by-frame action live as it occurs, and the finals will be televised on ESPN2 Monday, July 16, at 9 p.m. and re-aired Wednesday, July 18, at 1 p.m. (all TV times are Eastern).

      The PWBA Sport Bowling Challenge is an official Women's International Bowling Congress/American Bowling Congress Sport Bowling event. The tournament will be conducted on lane conditions compliant with Sport Bowling, a new league and tournament program created by WIBC and ABC in which accuracy and technique are emphasized.

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