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      July 24, 2001:

-Defending Champion Gianotti-Block Is Perfect At Clabber Girl Open

07/24/2001 - PWBA
      TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Defending champion Carol Gianotti-Block closed the first round of match play at the $60,000 Clabber Girl Greater Terre Haute Open with a perfect game to surge into the lead Tuesday night at Terre Haute Bowling Center.

      Gianotti-Block polished off her preceding game of 250 with seven strikes before stringing 12 more on lanes 9 and 10 for the 18th 300 game of her career. Her eight-game block of 1,836 pins--which included games of 255, 246 and 247 in addition to 250 and 300--moved her past Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., by 83 pins. The Australian star and 1998 PWBA Player of the Year has a total pinfall of 5,754 after 26 games, with a 6-2-0 match play record. Kulick's 5-3-0 match play record brought her total pinfall to 5,671.

      "I had nice ball reaction tonight, especially on the pair where I rolled the 300 game," Gianotti-Block said. "I was way inside, around board 20, playing down and in because the lanes started hooking very early tonight. It's an area where I'm really comfortable, and it felt great to be able to get up for the 12th ball in the last game and throw a good shot.

      "I've bowled really well the last five or six weeks, and last week I just missed making the cut. After qualifying [fifth] in the morning squad, I just felt a lot looser coming into the evening's action."

      Daly City, Calif.'s Kim Terrell is in third place with a 7-1-0 match play record and 5,595 pins, while another Australian, Cara Honeychurch, is in fourth with a 5-3-0 record and 5,582 pins. Early leader Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., holds fifth position with 5,548 total pins after struggling to a 2-6-0 match play record.

      Brenda Norman of Indianapolis, the only area bowler to make the cut to the top 24, is in 22nd position with 5,217 pins and a 3-5-0 match play record.

      Match play continues Wednesday with squads at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., after which the field is cut to the top five. Those bowlers square off for the tournament's $10,000 first prize Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m. The championship round action can be seen as it occurs on the PWBA's web page via the Webscorer feature (click on "Live Scoring"). It will also be broadcast on ESPN2 Monday, July 30, at 9 p.m. (all TV times are Eastern). Travelodge Hotels is offering a $50,000 bonus to any player rolling a 300 game in the TV finals.

Match Play Standings After 26 Games:

                                             BLOCK TOTALS   TOTAL                     
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                  QUAL   1    2    3   PINS    AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   
  1 Carol Gianotti-Block-Australia     3738 1836    0    0  5574 214.38  6- 2- 0  5754  +554
  2 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ             3797 1724    0    0  5521 212.34  5- 3- 0  5671  +471
  3 Kim Terrell-Daly City, CA          3704 1681    0    0  5385 207.11  7- 1- 0  5595  +395
  4 Cara Honeychurch-Australia         3643 1789    0    0  5432 208.92  5- 3- 0  5582  +382
  5 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       3851 1637    0    0  5488 211.07  2- 6- 0  5548  +348
  6 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     3701 1709    0    0  5410 208.07  4- 4- 0  5530  +330
  7 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N.Richland TX3644 1711    0    0  5355 205.96  5- 3- 0  5505  +305
  8 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL          3858 1578    0    0  5436 209.07  2- 6- 0  5496  +296
  9 Cheryl Daniels-West Bloomfield, MI 3726 1661    0    0  5387 207.19  3- 5- 0  5477  +277
 10 Dede Davidson-Las Vegas, NV        3557 1739    0    0  5296 203.69  6- 2- 0  5476  +276
 11 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY        3580 1716    0    0  5296 203.69  6- 2- 0  5476  +276
 12 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX        3684 1635    0    0  5319 204.57  5- 3- 0  5469  +269
 13 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX          3719 1582    0    0  5301 203.88  4- 4- 0  5421  +221
 14 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     3757 1598    0    0  5355 205.96  2- 6- 0  5415  +215
 15 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     3557 1694    0    0  5251 201.96  4- 4- 0  5371  +171
 16 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA        3523 1675    0    0  5198 199.92  5- 3- 0  5348  +148
 17 Debbie McMullen-Denver, CO         3606 1538    0    0  5144 197.84  6- 2- 0  5324  +124
 18 Lisa Wagner-Ft. Myers, FL          3559 1612    0    0  5171 198.88  5- 3- 0  5321  +121
 19 Lynda Barnes-Flower Mound, TX      3641 1552    0    0  5193 199.73  3- 5- 0  5283   +83
 20 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   3672 1548    0    0  5220 200.76  2- 6- 0  5280   +80
 21 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton, FL    3536 1564    0    0  5100 196.15  4- 4- 0  5220   +20
 22 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, IN     3628 1499    0    0  5127 197.19  3- 5- 0  5217   +17
 23 Aleta Sill-Dearborn, MI            3560 1552    0    0  5112 196.61  1- 7- 0  5142   -58
 24 Robin Mossontte-Newhall, CA        3480 1598    0    0  5078 195.30  1- 7- 0  5108   -92


-Kendra Gaines Moves Into First At Clabber Girl Greater Terre Haute Open

07/24/2001 - PWBA
      TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla., relied on a 1,340 set in Wednesday morning's final six games of qualifying to move into the lead at the $60,000 Clabber Girl Greater Terre Haute Open at Terre Haute Bowling Center.

      Gaines, seeking her second career pro title, eclipsed Monday's leader, Anne Marie Duggan of Edmond, Okla., by eight pins after the first 18 games, 3,858 to 3,851. Gaines' 214.33 tournament average was supplemented by an opening three-game set Wednesday morning of 731.

      "It has been a long swing, and, unlike players such as Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Cara Honeychurch, who have not only bowled in every round and on most TV shows, but also have many media-related obligations, I've had the advantage of getting days off," said Gaines, explaining her success late into the Spring/Summer tour. "I've made it a priority to 'veg out' to give my body and mind time to recoup from the strain of being on the road for 12 weeks. I think that's why I'm able to maintain my intensity and focus now at the end of the swing, when so many other players are having trouble."

      Former U.S. national amateur champion Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., finished with 3,797 pins and a 210.94 average Wednesday morning to move into third place. Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, N.J., is in fourth place with 3,757 pins and a 208.72 average, while defending champion Carol Gianotti-Block of Australia holds fifth position with 3,738 pins and a 207.66 average.

      The top 24 scorers begin match play with eight games Tuesday night, starting at 6:30 p.m. Match play continues Wednesday with two more eight-game rounds at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The top five at the conclusion of Wednesday night's action move to Thursday's championship round, which begins at 7 p.m. The action will be carried live on the PWBA web page, www.pwba.com, with the Webscorer program (click on "Live Scoring"), and televised by ESPN2 Monday, July 30, at 9 p.m. (all TV times are Eastern).

Qualifier Standings After 18 Games:

SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR-    PRIZE
A     1 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                3858 214.33  +258
A     2 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             3851 213.94  +251
A     3 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   3797 210.94  +197
A     4 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           3757 208.72  +157
A     5 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia           3738 207.66  +138
A     6 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       3726 207.00  +126
A     7 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                3719 206.61  +119
A     8 Kim Terrell - Daly City, CA                3704 205.77  +104
A     9 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           3701 205.61  +101
A    10 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              3684 204.66   +84
A    11 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         3672 204.00   +72
A    12 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N.Richland Hills TX3644 202.44   +44
A    13 Cara Honeychurch - Australia               3643 202.38   +43
A    14 Lynda Barnes - Flower Mound, TX            3641 202.27   +41
A    15 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           3628 201.55   +28
A    16 Debbie McMullen - Denver, CO               3606 200.33    +6
A    17 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              3580 198.88   -20
A    18 Aleta Sill - Dearborn, MI                  3560 197.77   -40
A    19 Lisa Wagner - Ft. Myers, FL                3559 197.72   -41
A T  20 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           3557 197.61   -43
A       Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              3557 197.61   -43
A    22 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          3536 196.44   -64
A    23 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              3523 195.72   -77
A    24 Robin Mossontte - Newhall, CA              3480 193.33  -120

A T  25 Theresa Smith* - Indianapolis, IN          3466 192.55  -134    $650.00
A       Jennifer Swanson - Shelton, CT             3466 192.55  -134    $475.00
A    27 Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             3453 191.83  -147    $475.00
A    28 Jackie Mitskavich - Dubois, PA             3448 191.55  -152    $475.00
A    29 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     3446 191.44  -154    $475.00
A    30 Julie Jackson - Rural Hall, NC             3435 190.83  -165    $475.00
A    31 Michelle Mullen - Dearborn, MI             3434 190.77  -166    $475.00
A T  32 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      3402 189.00  -198    $158.33
A       Tennelle Grijalva - Orange, CA             3402 189.00  -198    $158.33
A       Diana Kurrass - Bellport, NY               3402 189.00  -198    $158.33
A T  35 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              3399 188.83  -201
A       Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             3399 188.83  -201
A    37 Kathy Tribbey - Newberg, OR                3395 188.61  -205
A    38 Lisa Bishop - Belleville, MI               3370 187.22  -230
A    39 Keli Rapp - Fayetteville, NY               3359 186.61  -241
A    40 Maxine Nable - Australia                   3353 186.27  -247
A    41 Gena Guccione - Thornton, CO               3348 186.00  -252
A    42 Gail Burski - Simi Valley, CA              3293 182.94  -307
A    43 Lisa Stevens - St. Charles, IL             3269 181.61  -331
A    44 Nikki Gianulias - Vallejo, CA              3238 179.88  -362
A    45 Deanna Andrews - Pensacola, FL             3226 179.22  -374
A    46 Karen Bowlby - Logan, OH                   3217 178.72  -383
A    47 Alayne Blomenberg - Cranston, RI           3216 178.66  -384
A    48 Charlene Lockitski - North Olmsted, OH     3138 174.33  -462
A    49 Stephanie Collins - Lodi, NJ               3110 172.77  -490

*Theresa Smith def. Jennifer Swanson, 210-175, in a one-game roll-off for the alternate position for match play.


-Arizona's Zahn Selected As National Director Of High School Bowling

07/24/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      After an extensive search process, Christine (Kris) Zahn, Tempe, Ariz., has been named as the national director of high school bowling, according to the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, American Bowling Congress and Women's International Bowling Congress.

      Zahn will work out of BPAA headquarters in Arlington, Texas. This new position was created as a part of a joint bowling industry strategic initiative, which recognizes the importance of youth and school-based programs to the future of bowling.

      Zahn brings considerable experience to this new position from having bowled competitively in high school to owning and operating a bowling center to creating the current Arizona High School bowling program. In addition, Zahn bowled for the Professional Women's Bowling Association and Ladies Professional Bowlers Tour.

      "Being named the national director of high school bowling is both exciting and challenging," Zahn said. "Bowling is currently receiving a great deal of recognition and high school students are participating more than ever before. We need to take advantage of this popularity and the high school bowling program does just that."

      The High School Bowling USA initiative will centralize efforts to promote the sport of bowling among high schools and state high school athletic associations across the United States. As national director, Zahn will be a resource for bowling center proprietors, state bowling proprietor associations, state athletic associations, educators and others who are interested in beginning or enhancing high school bowling programs.

      "With bowling as a varsity sport, high schools will have more students participating in extracurricular activities," Zahn added. "The students will have fun and bowling proprietors will retain their junior bowlers, create new ones and spend fewer resources to retain customers they have traditionally lost in the past. I'm betting my biggest challenge is finding the time to assist everyone who wants to participate."

      Zahn will train bowling proprietors and state bowling proprietor association executive directors on how to approach local high schools and local and state athletic directors to better organize successful and sanctioned high school bowling programs. She also will coordinate all activities related to high school bowling and be able to make presentations to local high schools and athletic associations.

      Prior to accepting this position, Zahn, who is a certified USA Bowling Silver Level Coach, acted as a consultant to the Arizona State BPAs high school bowling program.

      From 1998 to 2000, she managed the Sports Pavilion for the Recreation Centers of Sun City West, Inc., which included a 30-lane bowling facility. She was owner/operator of Zahn's Tempe Bowl from 1980-98.

      Since 1974, Zahn, a professional bowler, also has competed on the LPBT during which time she also worked as TV color analyst for ESPN's LPBT telecasts. In addition, She has extensive experience in education administration and business.

      "We are extremely pleased to have such a highly qualified candidate lead this very important initiative," BPAA CEO Jack Kelly said.

      "High school bowling is a vital component to the future success of bowling. We are very confident that Christine will help strengthen and expand high school bowling nationwide."

      Zahn holds a Business and Education degree with a minor in psychology from Temple University.


-BPAA Conducts Small Bowling Center Research; Small Bowling Center Task Force To Be Formed

07/24/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America recently conducted focus groups and a nationwide survey directed specifically to domestic tenpin bowling centers with 16 or fewer lanes.

      To follow up on this research, BPAA also is forming a Small Bowling Center Task Force, which will be charged with reviewing the results complied from these focus groups and surveys and formulating recommendations to BPAA as to how to best address these specific needs.

      Thirty-six bowling center proprietors attended five focus groups held in Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Oregon throughout May. The locations were chosen based on areas of the United States with large concentrations of smaller bowling centers. In addition, surveys were mailed to all domestic small bowling centers to allow those unable to participate in a focus group to provide feedback to BPAA.

      The purpose of this research is to help BPAA and the bowling industry gather as much information about the unique needs and challenges of the smaller bowling center. To help accomplish this, BPAA retained the services of Frank Matthews, a well-known small business consultant, as the facilitator for the focus groups. Matthews has extensive knowledge of the bowling industry and was uniquely qualified to facilitate this research.

      This initiative gave proprietors of smaller bowling centers an opportunity to have a participating voice in the bowling industry and to help shape the future of small bowling centers across the country.

      "We're very pleased about the response to this critically important BPAA initiative," BPAA CEO Jack Kelly said. "This is a first step in our being more proactive in listening, learning and discovering what must be done to better address the needs of the smaller bowling center. There is no doubt that the participants in this initial research are very passionate about their businesses and they were very forthcoming about the unique needs of the smaller bowling center. BPAA must and will lead the way in responding positively to their needs."


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