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      September 12, 2002:

-PWBA's Best Step Up To Sport Bowling Champions Challenge

09/12/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - The Professional Women's Bowling Association's top stars will step up the challenge of Sport Bowling Monday, Sept. 16 on ESPN2 from 10-11 p.m. Eastern Time in the Sport Bowling Champions Challenge at Fern Valley Strike and Spare in Louisville, Ky.

      Nine PWBA stars will hit the lanes for $25,000 in prize money with the winner taking home $7,500 and the prestigious Sport Bowling crystal pin trophy. The special event kicking off the PWBA's fall swing will feature 2002 PWBA champions Kim Terrell, Michelle Feldman, Kim Adler, Kendra Gaines, Brenda Norman, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Cara Honeychurch, Leanne Barrette and Marianne DiRupo.

      Sport Bowling, developed by the Women's International Bowling Congress and the American Bowling Congress, is an optional level of sanctioned league and tournament competition to emphasize skill and re-establish credibility in the sport. The program is the buzz of the industry, with 141 leagues in 34 U.S. states and Canada.

      Sport Bowlers compete on more challenging lane conditions and rely on their ability to read the lanes, make adjustments and accuracy. Sport Bowling improves skill and focuses on spare shooting consistency, allowing bowlers to gain an edge on their competition.

      "I think the Sport Bowling concept is great," Honeychurch said. "If you make good shots you get rewarded. I think Sport Bowling makes you a better player."

      The PWBA has shown its support for Sport Bowling by featuring Sport Bowling conditions on many of its national touring events including the WIBC Queens.

      "I love what Sport Bowling has done for our sport," Terrell said. "I have to make good shots and spares, so I feel my success so far is a reward for good play."

      Bowlers who want to step up to the challenge of Sport Bowling should visit SportBowling.com for the latest news, membership information and how to start a league today. For more information on PWBA events and players, visit PWBA.com.


-WIBC, PWBA Renew Their Partnership For 2002-03 Season

09/12/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - The Women's International Bowling Congress and the Professional Women's Bowling Association have jointly announced that the WIBC will continue their presenting sponsorship of the PWBA through the 2002-2003 bowling season. This year will mark the 5th consecutive season of the partnership between the two organizations.

      "We have developed a solid relationship with the PWBA," said WIBC President Sylvia Broyles, "and I am delighted that we were able to maintain this enduring partnership for another season."

      The WIBC will assist the tour by promoting the PWBA on Bowl.com, in press releases, newsletters and in other relevant materials. The WIBC, the largest female sports membership organization in the world, will also have a representative at all the tour stops along with local association participation at each event.

      As part of the latest agreement, the PWBA will continue to air WIBC commercials during televised tournaments, provide open and close billboards in all telecasts, acknowledge the presenting sponsorship on air and promote sanction league bowling. PWBA players will also show support of the sponsorship by wearing WIBC identification during all telecasts as well as through their participation at the WIBC Annual Meeting. The PWBA players also support the WIBC Queens tournament and have agreed that all touring players will enter the tournament as they have in the past unless there are extenuating circumstances that prevent them from participating.

      "Our tour has always worked very closely with the WIBC," said PWBA President John Falzone. "We are thankful of their support and anticipate that this renewed partnership will continue to heighten the awareness and promotion of professional women's bowling around the globe."





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