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      August 27, 2001:

-PWBA's Florida Barnstorming Concludes With $50,000 Jacksonville Open

08/27/2001 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, ILL. - The Professional Women's Bowling Association concludes the first four weeks of its 2001 Fall Tour by bringing the best of women's professional bowling to Cassat's Batt Bowl in Jacksonville September 22-27 for the $50,000 Jacksonville Open.

      Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, the last bowler to win in Jacksonville (1999 Gr. Jacksonville Open), is expected to compete. She can anticipate a strong challenge for the title from her No. 1 nemesis this year, Australia's Cara Honeychurch. The two are dominating all statistical categories and have eight titles between them thus far in 2001. Also expected to compete are 2000 PWBA Player of the Year Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev.; "Ironwoman" Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., who will be competing in her 210th consecutive pro tournament; Aleta Sill, Dearborn, Mich., the first millionaire in women's bowling; and Jacksonville pros Leslie Blandford, Debbie Rudd and host Barbara Batt.

      Tournament Week begins with the official PWBA practice session Saturday, September 22, from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., followed by Pro-Am squads every two hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Amateur bowlers in Pro-Ams are paired in nine-pin no-tap doubles competition with PWBA members to compete for cash prizes (youth bowlers compete for trophies and other rewards). In addition to autographs and bowling tips from their favorite pros, adult amateurs receive certificates entitling them to complimentary three-day, two-night stays at the new Suncoast Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center complex in Las Vegas.

      PWBA competition begins Sunday, September 23, at 11 a.m. The pros roll an initial nine-game qualifying block Sunday and a second block Monday, after which the field is narrowed to the top 24 scorers. Survivors begin match play Tuesday with eight-game blocks at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Match play concludes Wednesday with a final eight-game block, starting at 11 a.m. The top five following Wednesday's action advance to Thursday's TV stepladder finals, which begin at 7 p.m.

      The September 27 championship round starts with a one-game shootout between the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 bowlers; the top scorer takes on the No. 2 bowler in the semifinal game, and that winner goes against the tournament leader for the 2001 Jacksonville Open title and $9,000 first prize. PWBA's web page, www.pwba.com (click on "Live Scoring") will present the frame-by-frame action as it occurs, and the finals will be televised on ESPN2 Monday, October 1, at 8 p.m. with a re-airing Sunday, October 7, at 5 a.m. (all TV times are Eastern).


-PWBA Accepts The $75,000 Storm Challenge In Cape Coral, Florida

08/27/2001 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, ILL. - The Professional Women's Bowling Association 2001 Fall Tour continues its four-week Florida odyssey with a visit to Coral Lanes in Cape Coral, Fla., September 15-20 for the $75,000 Storm Challenge.

      Lisa Wagner, the Bowler of the 1980s from neighboring Ft. Myers, Fla., won the 1999 Storm Challenge in Chattanooga, Tenn. The 2001 Challenge marks the first time the PWBA has visited Cape Coral, and a full slate of top players is expected to compete, including Wagner and the 2001 Player of the Year front-runners, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, and Cara Honeychurch of Australia. The latter two have eight titles between them thus far in 2001 and are ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.

      Also expected to compete are 2000 PWBA Player of the Year Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev.; "Ironwoman" Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., who will be competing in her 209th consecutive pro tournament; Aleta Sill, Dearborn, Mich., the first millionaire in women's bowling; and Florida touring pros Kim Adler (Cocoa), Kendra Gaines (Sebring), Amy Dillon (Miami) Allison Allmang (Boynton Beach), Laura Moriarty (Daytona Beach) and Marcia Kamrowski (Boca Raton).

      Tournament Week begins with the official PWBA practice session Saturday, September 15, from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., followed by Pro-Am squads every two hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Amateur bowlers in Pro-Ams are paired in 3-6-9 doubles competition (in which each person gets a strike in the third, sixth and ninth frames) with PWBA members to compete for cash prizes (youth bowlers compete for trophies and other rewards). In addition to autographs and bowling tips from their favorite pros, adult amateurs receive certificates entitling them to complimentary three-day, two-night stays at the new Suncoast Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

      The Storm Challenge will use PWBA's "daytime" tournament format, with competition beginning Sunday, September 16, at 11 a.m. The pros roll an initial nine-game qualifying block Sunday and a second block Monday, after which the field is narrowed to the top 24 scorers. Survivors begin match play Tuesday with a single 12-game block of match play, starting at 11 a.m. Match play continues with the same schedule Wednesday, September 19, and the top five following Wednesday's action advance to Thursday's TV stepladder finals. The September 20 championship round starts at 7 p.m. with a one-game shootout between the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 bowlers. The top scorer takes on the No. 2 bowler in the semifinal game, and that winner goes against the tournament leader for the 2001 Storm Challenge title and $11,000 first prize. PWBA's web page, www.pwba.com (click on "Live Scoring") will present the frame-by-frame action as it occurs, and the finals will be televised on ESPN2 Monday, September 24, at 8 p.m., and re-aired Tuesday, September 25, at 2 p.m. (all TV times are Eastern).


-Captains Take Charge As New Tournament Tradition Begins

08/27/2001 - WIBC
      GREENDALE, Wis. - The Women's International Bowling Congress announced that starting with the 2002 WIBC Championship Tournament, team captains will have a new and efficient way of locating and securing substitute players through the use of WIBC's "Sub Central," or new substitute information centers located at the tournament team center.

      "Sub Central" will be set-up at the tournament team center for bowlers to post their availability to serve as substitutes. Participants will continuously post "sub cards" containing their contact information, on large information boards located in "Sub Central." Team captains will have access to special "Sub Central" phones making it easier for them to contact these individuals and fill vacant spots on their team immediately.

      WIBC also has plans to create an online version of "Sub Central" as an added feature on www.WIBCtournament.com. The virtual version of "Sub Central" will be similar to the on-site tournament version, but will allow team captains to secure substitutes far in advance.

      "This is a positive way for team captains to take charge of their teams and provide additional opportunities for tournament participants," said WIBC Executive Director Roseann Kuhn.

      In addition to "Sub Central," a new option for tournament participants will also be implemented. Tournament participants may substitute on one additional team when substitutes are needed on-site. Bowlers may not be entered on two entry forms, and this new option will be an on-site addition only.

      The 83rd WIBC Championship Tournament takes place in Milwaukee, Wis., April 13 - June 10, 2002 (unless extended). More than 42,000 women bowlers are expected to take part in the tournament, which is the largest sporting event in the world for women.

      Reservations are accepted through the tournament phone line at (414) 423-9006, via fax at (414) 421-9789, online at www.WIBCtournament.com or regular mail sent to WIBC Championship Tournament, Box 78870, Milwaukee, WI 53278-0870 . Phone reservations take precedence over e-mail, fax or mail reservations.

      The WIBC is the world's oldest and largest women's sports membership organization with over 1.4 million members. WIBC's mission is, "To identify and fulfill the needs of women bowlers."


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