July 11, 2002:
Andrew Cain To Carry U.S. Colors Into 2002 AMF Bowling World Cup
07/11/2002 - AMF
LONDON, ENGLAND - The reigning U.S. men's national amateur champion, 20-year-old Andrew Cain of Tempe, Ariz., will represent his country in the 38th AMF Bowling World Cup in Riga, Latvia, October 19-26.
Cain, a powerful lefthander who turns 21 on the opening day of the tournament, is a graduate of Junior Team USA and, by virtue of winning the national amateur championship, the nominal leader of the 2002 Team USA adult squad. He will be a senior this fall at Arizona State University, where he bowls for the Sun Devils and majors in aerospace engineering. He already owns 24 perfect games, and 11 three-game series of 800 or better, the highest being 837.
Like Scott Norton, who represented the U.S. at last year's Bowling World Cup in Thailand, Cain is an American Bowling Congress Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow awardee. His achievements to date include All-American and Scholastic All-American status at Arizona State and a five-gold-medal performance as a junior bowler at the 2001 Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas.
More recently, Cain became the first lefthander to roll a sanctioned 300 game on the demanding Sport Bowling lane condition in the United States. The achievement came June 11 at AMF Thunderbird Lanes in Phoenix. The Sport Bowling 300 game was one of five perfect scores Cain recorded in five different centers during the month of June.
Cain will be trying to bring the U.S. its first Bowling World Cup title since Patrick Healey Jr. won in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1995. "It would be a great thrill to win the Bowling World Cup for the U.S. for the first time in seven years," Cain said. "It's going to be hard to fill Pat's shoes, but I'll give it my best shot.
"I've dreamed of competing in this tournament since I was 6, when I learned how to bowl. In fact, when the World Cup came to Las Vegas in 1999, I seriously considered cutting classes to drive to Las Vegas, just to see what the World Cup was all about!
"Now I'll get a chance to wear the Red, White and Blue myself, and I can hardly believe it. I feel very patriotic about this. Although I don't have a great deal of international experience, the bowler who won the tournament in 1981-Bob Worrell-lives in the Phoenix area, too, and I know he's going to give me some great advice on what I can expect."
More than 90 countries are expected to send their men and women's national champions to the 2002 AMF Bowling World Cup, which will be staged at the 24-lane Toss Boulinga Halle in Riga. The U.S. women's representative will be announced later.
Texas Station Plays Host To Storm Challenge
07/11/2002 - PWBA
ROCKFORD, ILL. - Texas Station has inked a deal with the Professional Women's Bowling Association to host the Storm Challenge from Monday, November 3 through Friday, November 7. The event will feature a first place prize worth $11,000 and will conclude with the tournament finals being televised on ESPN2.
"Texas Station is excited to host a major women's sporting event that will include a national TV audience," said Bea Goodwin, Bowling and Regional Sales Manager of Texas Station. "We've been voted the best bowling center in Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review Journal. This tournament will give us a chance to showcase our facility with the best women bowlers in the world."
"Storm for many years has been a proud sponsor of the PWBA. We are thrilled to be back in the Las Vegas market and are looking forward to working with Bea Goodwin and the Texas Station staff on this event," said Bill Supper, President of Storm Products.
Rich with a long history of professional bowling events, the bright lights of Las Vegas will be the 20th stop of the 2002 PWBA campaign. Four-time PWBA Player of the Year Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nevada, who has won four titles in Sin City, headlines a star-studded field of the top women bowlers in the world.
Over the last 42 years Las Vegas has hosted 40 professional woman's bowling tournaments. Top PWBA'ers expected to be among the field include reigning Player of the Year Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 25-time titlest and the 2001 Storm Challenge champion Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., "Ironwoman" Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., who will be competing in her 227th consecutive pro event and Las Vegas resident Dede Davidson.
In addition to the Challenge, which will be offering a purse of $75,000, the day's bowling action will also include the PWBA Shootout with the top prize winner capable of taking home up to $25,000.
Tournament week starts Monday, November 3 with the first of two nine-game qualifying rounds at 11 a.m. Qualifying continues on Tuesday, November 4 at 11 a.m., with a cut to the top 24 scorers coming after 18 games. The cut survivors will bowl 12 head-to-head matches on Wednesday, November 5 and on Thursday, November 6 at 11 a.m. The top five pinfalls from the 42-game preliminaries will battle for the title on Friday, November 6 at Noon.
Following the title bout the PWBA Shootout will take place at 3 p.m. featuring the top eight competition point finishers from the 2002 PWBA season. Similar to a skins game format, the Shootout is a frame-by-frame money contest with each frame assigned a dollar value. The Shootout rules are based on a "must strike to win" principle.
Semifinals Begin With Defending Boys' Champion Remaklus, Colorado's Sandham In Top Spots
07/11/2002 - Bowling Newsline
Defending Junior Gold boys' individual champion Michael Remaklus, Florissant, Mo., and Junior TEAM USA member Olivia Sandham, Boulder, Colo., lead the field into the semifinal round at the 2002 USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships in central Florida.
Remaklus extended his commanding lead in the boys' division by completing his 18-game qualifying with a 4,067 total, a 225.9 average. The Morehead State University junior rolled a 267 high game in his final qualifying block of 1,313, to lead Brian Valenta of Lockport, Ill., by 308 pins. Valenta totaled 3,759, a 208.8 average. In third place is Junior TEAM USA and TEAM USA member Sean Rash, Anchorage, Alaska, who totaled 3,671 for a 203.9 average.
In the girls' division, Sandham grabbed the lead by shooting a 3,523 qualifying total, a 195.7 average. She leads Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, by 15 pins. Petrick totaled 3,498, a 193.4 average. In third place is Jiovanna Bruce, Seoul, South Korea, who totaled 3,485 (a 193.6 average).
A total of 104 boys and 40 girls advance to the July 11 semifinal round, which begins at 8 a.m. Athletes roll 12 semifinal games (with carryover). The top 16 boys and 16 girls advance from the semifinals to the double-elimination match play round at 9 a.m. July 12 at Cypress Lanes.
The top six finishers in each division, who are U.S. citizens, will earn berths on the 2003 Junior TEAM USA squad. The National Selection Committee (appointed by the USA Bowling President) will select two males and two females to the 2003 Junior TEAM USA squad. Selections will be made from the pool of athletes who advance to match play competition.
Athletes are competing for $50,000 in scholarships, individual national titles and berths on the 2003 Junior TEAM USA.
The USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships features the best 987 youth bowlers (706 boys, 282 girls) from across North America and military zones from around the world competing for more than $50,000 in scholarships, individual titles and berths on 2003 Junior TEAM USA. Each participant advanced to the National Bowling Championships through local Junior Gold qualifying tournaments and leagues held throughout North America.
Junior TEAM USA will represent the United States in international competition in 2003. This team is designed to be part of a feeder system for the U.S. national amateur team, TEAM USA.
The USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships is being conducted on American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress Sport Bowling lane conditions. Sport Bowling is an optional program of leagues and tournaments in which lane conditions must meet precise and challenging requirements much less forgiving than a standard league condition. Events conducted on Sport Bowling lane patterns require bowlers to rely on their accuracy, ability to read lanes and spare shooting skills to succeed rather than high-tech equipment or forgiving lane-dressing patterns. Visit SportBowling.com for more information.
YABA provides more than $3 million in scholarship money to its members each year. YABA is the service-oriented sports membership organization for youth bowlers ranging from pre-school age through the college ranks. USA Bowling is the sport's national governing body as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee.
Final Qualifying Round Results after 18 Games:
1. Michael Remaklus, Florissant, Mo., 4,067; 2. Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 3,759; 3. Sean Rash, Anchorage, Alaska, 3,671; 4. Billy Ragatz Jr., Winter Haven, Fla., 3,627; 5. Luke Voaklander, Shorewood, Minn., 3,588; 6. David Czarnecki, Arnold, Mo., 3,586; 7. Richard Brown, San Antonio, 3,581; 8. Doane Cole, Murrieta, Calif., 3,566; 9. Richard Fairley Jr, Lynchburg, Va., 3,561; 10. Terry Syring, Bay City, Mich., 3,544; 11. Matthew Tedder, Asheboro, N.C., 3,538; 12. Michael Burgess Jr., Rodeo, Calif., 3,538; 13. Casey Buller, Enid, Okla., 3,523; 14. Scott How, Milwaukie, Ore., 3,520; 15. Adam Ahmad, Edmonds, Wash., 3,515; 16. David Ferguson, Long Beach, Calif., 3,510; 17. Patrick Eighmy, Erie, Pa., 3,510; 18. Adam Subach, Wilmington, Del., 3,504; 19. Joseph Roseman, Davenport, Iowa, 3,502; 20. Mark Adams II, Muncie, Ind., 3,501; 21. Beau Breunig, Sun Prairie, Wis., 3,497; 22. Travis Cox, Antioch, Calif., 3,494; 23. Ty Stockle, Canyon Country, Calif., 3,484; 24. William Guszczo, Orland Park, Ill., 3,482; 25. Jarret Mizo, Honolulu, Hawaii, 3,479.
1. Olivia Sandham, Boulder, Colo., 3,523; 2. Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 3,498; 3. Jiovanna Bruce, Seoul, South Korea, 3,485; 4. Amanda Beck, Oakdale, N.Y., 3,465; 5. Anita Manns, Austin, Texas, 3,464; 6. Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, Ariz., 3,439; 7. Maggie Smith, Lenexa, Kan., 3,410; 8. Lindsey Coulles, Centerville, Ohio, 3,402; 9. Kristal Scott, Painesville, Ohio, 3,393; 10. Amanda Burgoyne, Newport, Minn., 3,378; 11. Latise Parker, Laurel, Md., 3,357; 12. Jodi Sabalauskas, Pittsburgh, Pa., 3,344; 13. Lindsay Baker, Amherst, N.Y. 3,343; 14. Jennifer Wright, West Columbia, S.C., 3,343; 15. Samantha Williams, Hunt Valley, Md., 3,335; 16. Kaleena Henning, North Platte, Neb., 3,329; 17. Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 3,328; 18. Lindsy Bonifacini, San Diego, Calif., 3,326; 19. Erin Landford, Oberlin, Ohio, 3,296; 20. Kerry Smith, New Holland, Pa., 3,290; 21. Stephanie Awe, New Berlin, Wis., 3,288; 22. Amy Jo Lescisko, Lebanon, Pa., 3,280; 23. Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md., 3,275; 24. Melissa Stewart, Port St Lucie, Fla., 3,270; 25. Leslie Shelton, Houston, Texas, 3,267.
PWBA Western Regional Tournament Raises Over $20,000 For Susan G. Komen Foundation
07/11/2002 - PWBA
ROCKFORD, ILL. - June 22 was a day of giving for the Professional Women's Bowling Association as the 2002 PWBA Susan G. Komen Open concluded with a title for Pam Pancoast, Lomita, Calif and over $20,000 raised for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
"This was a tremendous opportunity for a PWBA event to make an impact in a community where one of its tournament was held," said Meg Eichler, PWBA Western Region Director. "It means a lot to our program to be able to give back to the areas we compete in."
Sponsored by an anonymous charitable foundation that donated $500 for every entry into the tournament, Eichler stated the San Diego event marked the second consecutive year the tournament raised a five-figure total. San Diego Women's Bowling Association Secretary Treasurer and cancer survivor, Lynn Graves, Kearny Mesa Bowl Proprietor, Sherri Moon and Susan G. Komen representative Katie Parker all were present at the tournament.
"Our regional programs have grown stronger every year and Meg has done a fantastic job on the West coast," said John Falzone, PWBA President. "This event is a wonderful way for the PWBA to help contribute to a worthy cause."
Eichler noted that the PWBA Western Region has plans for another fund-raising tournament on August 10 at the Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif.
Pancoast, who averaged 235 for 13 games defeated Cal State Fullerton star Missy Bellinder 209-208 in the final match of the stepladder finals to earn her first-ever regional title. The championship round also included Barbara McFadden, Los Angeles, Calif. (3rd), Lauren Takahashi, Woodland Hills, Calif. (4th), and Kelley Morrow, San Diego, Calif (5th).
The PWBA regional program made its debut in 1984 and today includes all 50 states divided into eight regions. The program provides aspiring pros and top amateur women a forum to display their talent.
The Professional Women's Bowling Association, founded in 1981 as the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour, provides a professional tournament program for the most skilled women bowlers in the world. The PWBA's key corporate sponsors include the Women's International Bowling Congress, Travelodge Hotels Inc., Miller Brewing Company and more than a dozen other bowling industry sponsors.