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      October 20, 2002:

-Australia's Trotter Opens 2002 AMF Bowling World Cup With 300 Game; USA's Pluhowsky Leading Women's Field

10/20/2002 - AMF Bowling
      RIGA, LATVIA, - Paul Trotter of Australia opened his 2002 AMF Bowling World Cup campaign by rolling the 15th perfect 300 game in the tournament's history and assumed a commanding lead in the 83-man field.

      Trotter, a 30-year-old customer service representative who lives in suburban Melbourne, followed the 300 with scores of 298-298-190-205 for a total of 1291 pins and a 258.2 average. His first three games totaled 896, a Bowling World Cup record, and just four pins shy of the all-time record of 900, which is owned by five people.

      "I came here hoping just to place in the middle of the field, maybe make the top 24," Trotter said. "It got to me a little after the third game, when I realized that everyone in the bowling center was watching me. You just want to do well so badly when that happens that you start concentrating on the result instead of the action."

      Despite his record-setting effort, Trotter outpaced early leader Christian Jan Suarez of the Philippines by just 48 pins. Suarez sits in second place with 1243 pins and a 248.6 average. Mika Luoto of Finland is third with 1220 pins and a 244 average.

      In the women's division, Shannon Pluhowsky, the reigning USA national amateur champion, rolled a five-game set of 1121 pins and averaged 224.20 to lead the 72-woman field. She holds a two-pin lead over Austria's Ivonne Altmuller, who posted a near-perfect 299 score in the morning squads. Altmuller has a total of 1119 pins and is maintaining a 223.80 average. Pascale Moynot of France is third with 1101 pins and a 220.2 average.

      "I had a 300 game two weeks ago in my hometown and couldn't believe I almost did it again," said Altmuller. "There is not a big difference between 299 and 300--it is only one pin, and with a little luck, you have a perfect game."

      Bowlers from 84 countries are competing in this year's tournament. Latvia's male and female bowlers, Jury Ryazansky and Renata Blauma, are in 52nd and 32nd places in their respective divisions. Each is averaging 189.

      The women return to host center Toss Boulinga Halle for their second five games Monday morning, beginning at 8 a.m. The men return in the afternoon, beginning at 2 p.m. All bowlers will roll 20 games before the fields are cut to the top 24 Wednesday.

Standings after 5 games: 
Women 
1, Shannon Pluhowsky, USA, 1121 pins, 224.2 average. 
2, Ivonne Altmuller, Austria, 1119, 223.8. 
3, Pascale Moynot, France, 1101, 220.2. 
4, Wendy Chai, Malaysia, 1096, 219.2. 
5, Amanda Bradley, Australia, 1092, 218.4. 
6, Wendy Bergen, Belgium, 1077, 215.4. 
7, Happy Ari Dewanti Soediyono, Indonesia, 1074, 214.8. 
8, Teresa Piccini, Mexico, 1069, 213.8. 
9, Heidi Larnia, Finland, 1067, 213.4. 
10, Josephine L. Canare, Philippines, 1064, 212.8. 
11, Raffaella Fusco, Italy, 1050, 210. 
12, Tracey Aubert, Jersey, 1044, 208.8. 
13, Melody Yeung, Hong Kong, 1037, 207.4. 
14, Michaela Goebel, Germany, 1029, 205.8. 
15, Aida Granillo, El Salvador, 1018, 203.6. 
16,  Kjersti Dale, Norway, 1009, 201.8. 
17, Martha Karapzoula, Greece, 1007, 201.4. 
18, Kerena Dykes, Ireland, 999, 199.8. 
19, Sofía Granda, Guatemala, and Ross Greiner, Netherlands, 995, 199. 
21, Diane Buchanan, Canada, 993, 198.6. 
22, Solveig Guðmundsdóttir, Iceland, 985, 197. 
23, Sara Aviram, Israel, 984, 196.8. 
24, Mel Isaac, Wales, 982, 196.4. 
25, Belinda Tan, New Zealand, 979, 195.8. 
26, Suphapom Chuanprasertkit, Thailand, 973, 194.6. 
27, Sue Abela, Malta, 970, 194. 
28, Lisa Paluzzi, South Africa, 969, 193.8. 
29, Nikki Harvey, England, 966, 193.2. 
30, Carla Ruales, Ecuador, 959, 191.8. 
31, Ruth Doppler, Switzerland, 949, 189.8. 
32, Renata Blauma, Latvia, 946, 189.2. 
33, Sara Vargas, Colombia, and Mari Kimura, Japan, 942, 188.4. 
35, Maria Toth, Hungary, 939, 187.8. 
36, Tatiana Smirnova, Russia, 937, 187.4. 
37, Lauren Gervolino, New Caledonia, and Bente Gravdal, Denmark, 927, 185.4. 
37, Lucyna Pawlicka, Poland, 927, 185.4. 40, Joanne Johnson, Guernsey, 913, 182.6. 
41, Valerie Teo Hui Ying, Singapore, 911, 182.2. 
42, Rosanna Telcide  , Martinique, 910, 182. 
43, Sara del Olmo de la Fuente, Spain, and Kátia Abrão, Portugal, 902, 180.4. 
45, Inga Malinauskiene, Lithuania, 894, 178.8. 
46, Anette Karlssen, Sweden, 885, 177. 
47, Binu Pradhan, Nepal, 883, 176.6. 
48, Marjan Habib, Bahrain, 881, 176.2. 
49, Maria de Sousa de Serfaty, Venezuela, 876, 175.2. 
50, Su-Ling Huang Hsiao, Chinese Taipei, 869, 173.8. 
51, Laura Rhoney, Scotland, 864, 172.8. 
52, Alena Lazuta, Belarus, 863, 172.6. 
53, Vera Váchová, Czech Republic, 855, 171. 
54, Tatyana Pak, Uzbekistan, 848, 169.6. 
55, Lynne Black, N Ireland, 846, 169.2. 
56, Pam Hooper , Isle of Man, 835, 167. 
57, Sabeena Athica, India, 824, 164.8. 
58, Stella Jalalova, Azerbaijan, 816, 163.2. 
59, Nataliya Lyashkova, Ukraine, 801, 160.2. 
60, Ana Benko, Argentina, 798, 159.6. 
61, Niki Sxiza, Cyprus, 796, 159.2. 
62, Inna Mukhtarova, Kazakhstan, 794, 158.8. 
63, Marina Guseva, Armenia, 790, 158. 
64, Daniele Honigstein, Morocco, 786, 157.2. 
65, Helen McGunnigle, Gibraltar, 775, 155. 
66, Annick Chassain, French Guyane, 770, 154. 
67, Marika Lutter, Estonia, 736, 147.2. 
68, Diliana Tzvetkova, Bulgaria, 715, 143. 
69, Elena Chobu, Moldova, 714, 142.8. 
70, Josiane Nguessan, Ivory Coast, 704, 140.8. 
71, Alina Orlanda, Romania, 696, 139.2. 
72, Anna Christina Aya Moreno, Cape Verde, 673, 134.6. 

Men:
1, Paul Trotter, Australia, 1291, 258.2. 
2, Christian Jan R. Suarez, Philippines, 1243, 248.6. 
3, Mika Luoto, Finland, 1220, 244. 
4, Kai Guenther, Germany, 1210, 242. 
5, Andrew Cain, USA, 1176, 235.2. 
6, Or Aviram , Israel, 1175, 235. 
7, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1166, 233.2. 
8, Garsten Gjertsen, Denmark, 1157, 231.4. 
9, Wayne Greenall, England, 1151, 230.2. 
10, Ahmed Shaheen, Qatar, 1142, 228.4. 
11, Guy  Caminsky, South Africa, 1135, 227. 
12, Masahiro Hibi, Japan, 1129, 225.8. 
13, Chao-Yu Cheng, Chinese Taipei, 1121, 224.2. 
14, Andres Fallas, Costa Rica, 1119, 223.8. 
15, Alan Gibbons, Ireland, 1113, 222.6. 
16, Remy Ong , Singapore, 1108, 221.6. 
17, Tayo Boyle, Scotland, 1097 and Anders Ohman, Sweden, 1097, 219.4. 
19, Lluis Montfort, Spain, Ryan Leonard Lalisang, Indonesia, Hakan Tangut, Turkey, and Shaker Ali Al Hassan, UAE, 1086, 217.2. 
23, Philippe Privat, Switzerland, 1083, 216.6. 
24, Amiredin Tabatabaei, Iran, 1073, 214.6. 
25, Udo Sulp, Estonia, 1069, 213.8. 
26, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1067, 213.4. 
27, Tore Torgersen, Norway, and José Branco, Portugal, 1057, 211.4. 
29, Francisco Zelaya, El Salvador, 1043, 208.6. 
30, Eduardo Figueroa, Mexico, 1040, 208. 
31, Romain Oberweis, Luxembourg, 1035, 207. 
32, Tarek Helmy, Egypt, 1032, 206.4. 
32, Hossman Gonzalez , Guatemala, 1032, 206.4. 
34, Laszlo Ficsor, Hungary, 1024, 204.8. 3
5, Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, 1023, 204.6. 
36, Jose Manuel Machon, Macau, 1019, 203.8. 
37, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 1013, 202.6. 
38, Kevin Horton, N Ireland, 1011, 202.2. 
39, Pedro Diaz, Venezuela, 1003, 200.6. 
40, Amedeo Spada, Italy, 1001, 200.2. 
41, Christian Saint-Bonnet , Argentina, 995, 199. 
42, Philippe Lourdin, French Guyane, and Magnús Magnússon, Iceland, 989, 197.8. 
44, Robbie Mach, New Zealand, 988, 197.6. 
45, Talal Towereb, Saudi Arabia, 986, 197.2. 
46, Adam Martin, Poland, 976, 195.2. 
47, Gary Hill, Guernsey, and Jose Zambrano, Panama, 971, 194.2. 
49, Laurent Plantard, France, 964, 192.8. 
50, Dennis Mercieca, Malta, 963, 192.6. 
51, Dainius Zaltauskas, Lithuania, 955, 191. 
52, Jury Ryazansky, Latvia, 945, 189. 
53, Gary Wong, Hong Kong, and Kairat Baibolatov, Kazakhstan, 939, 187.8. 
55, Philip Hatton , Isle of Man, 933, 186.6. 
56, Viktor Gavrusev, Belarus, and Domenico Di Fonzo, New Caledonia, 932, 186.4. 
58, Michael Sassen, Netherlands, 921, 184.2. 
59, Andriy Pashev, Ukraine, 919, 183.8. 
60, Jose Zambrano, Ecuador, 914, 182.8. 
61, Ashot Grigorian  , Armenia, 911, 182.2. 
61, Watcharapong Unetrakul, Thailand, 911, 182.2. 
63, Sanjay Shrestha, Nepal, 909, 181.8. 
64, Stephen King, Jersey, 907, 181.4. 
65, Costas Kyriakou, Cyprus; Shant Panos Tomassian, Iraq, and Mark Shea, Wales, 892, 178.4. 
68, Jirí Hindrák , Czech Republic, 884, 176.8. 
69, Patrick Leroy, Morocco, and Mikhail Pozniakov, Russia, 880, 176. 
71, Srinivasan Madhavan, India, 870, 174. 
72, Stefan Schmid, Austria, 865, 173. 
73, Aydin Jafarov, Azerbaijan, 862, 172.4. 
74, Abdul Nabi Nasser, Lebanon, 859, 171.8. 
75, Merlin Bunnage, Canada, and Christian Orlanda, Romania, 857, 171.4. 
77, Valeriy Shapovalov, Uzbekistan, 837, 167.4. 
78, Nikolay Filipov, Bulgaria, 836, 167.2. 
79, Paul Lennon, Gibraltar, 832, 166.4. 
80, Nasrat Haidar, Ivory Coast, 809, 161.8. 
81, Tomash Oleg Valeryevitch, Moldova, 748, 149.6. 
82, Christian Ngues, Cape Verde, 735, 147.


-USA's Shannon Pluhowsky Leading 2002 Bowling World Cup After Five Games

10/20/2002 - AMF Bowling
      RIGA, LATVIA -- Shannon Pluhowsky of the USA leads the 2002 AMF Bowling World Cup in Riga after the first five games of competition in the 72-woman field.

      Pluhowsky, a 20-year-old Phoenix resident who bowls for the University of Nebraska, rolled a five-game set of 1121 pins and averaged 224.20 to fashion a two-pin lead over Austria's Ivonne Altmuller. Altmuller posted a near-perfect 299 score in her final game of the morning to capture the second position with a total of 1119 pins; she is maintaining a 223.80 average.

      "I'm very happy with the way I bowled," Altmuller said. "I found a good line right away and am having a good time with it.

      "I had a 300 game two weeks ago in my hometown and couldn't believe I almost did it again. There is not a big difference between 299 and 300--it is only one pin, and with a little luck, you have a perfect game."

      Pascale Moynot of France, who has competed in several Bowling World Cups, is chasing the leaders with 1101 pins and sits in third place after five games. Wendy Chai of Malaysia is in fourth place with 1096 pins, and the 1999 women's AMF Bowling World Cup champion, Amanda Bradley, rounds out the top five with a five-game total of 1092 pins.

      The women return to host center Toss Boulinga Halle for their second five games Monday morning, beginning at 8 a.m. The men take to the lanes for their first blocks of five games this afternoon, starting at 2:30 p.m.

Standings after five games: Women
1, Shannon Pluhowsky, USA, 1121 pins, 224.2 average.
2, Ivonne Altmuller, Austria, 1119, 223.8.
3, Pascale Moynot, France, 1101, 220.2. 
4, Wendy Chai, Malaysia, 1096, 219.2. 
5, Amanda Bradley, Australia, 1092, 218.4.
6, Wendy Bergen, Belgium, 1077, 215.4. 
7, Happy Ari Dewanti Soediyono, Indonesia, 1074, 214.8. 
8, Teresa Piccini, Mexico, 1069, 213.8. 
9, Heidi Larnia, Finland, 1067, 213.4. 
10, Josephine L. Canare, Philippines, 1064, 212.8. 
11, Raffaella Fusco, Italy, 1050, 210. 
12, Tracey Aubert, Jersey, 1044, 208.8. 
13, Melody Yeung, Hong Kong, 1037, 207.4. 
14, Michaela Goebel, Germany, 1029, 205.8. 
15, Aida Granillo, El Salvador, 1018, 203.6. 
16,  Kjersti Dale, Norway, 1009, 201.8. 
17, Martha Karapzoula, Greece, 1007, 201.4. 
18, Kerena Dykes, Ireland, 999, 199.8. 
19, Sofía Granda, Guatemala, and Ross Greiner, Netherlands, 995, 199. 
21, Diane Buchanan, Canada, 993, 198.6. 
22, Solveig Guðmundsdóttir, Iceland, 985, 197. 
23, Sara Aviram, Israel, 984, 196.8. 
24, Mel Isaac, Wales, 982, 196.4. 
25, Belinda Tan, New Zealand, 979, 195.8. 
26, Suphapom Chuanprasertkit, Thailand, 973, 194.6. 
27, Sue Abela, Malta, 970, 194. 
28, Lisa Paluzzi, South Africa, 969, 193.8. 
29, Nikki Harvey, England, 966, 193.2. 
30, Carla Ruales, Ecuador, 959, 191.8. 
31, Ruth Doppler, Switzerland, 949, 189.8. 
32, Renata Blauma, Latvia, 946, 189.2. 
33, Sara Vargas, Colombia, and Mari Kimura, Japan, 942, 188.4. 
35, Maria Toth, Hungary, 939, 187.8. 
36, Tatiana Smirnova, Russia, 937, 187.4. 
37, Lauren Gervolino, New Caledonia, and Bente Gravdal, Denmark, 927, 185.4. 
37, Lucyna Pawlicka, Poland, 927, 185.4. 
40, Joanne Johnson, Guernsey, 913, 182.6. 
41, Valerie Teo Hui Ying, Singapore, 911, 182.2. 
42, Rosanna Telcide  , Martinique, 910, 182. 
43, Sara del Olmo de la Fuente, Spain, and Kátia Abrão, Portugal, 902, 180.4. 
45, Inga Malinauskiene, Lithuania, 894, 178.8. 
46, Anette Karlssen, Sweden, 885, 177. 47, Binu Pradhan, Nepal, 883, 176.6. 
48, Marjan Habib, Bahrain, 881, 176.2. 
49, Maria de Sousa de Serfaty, Venezuela, 876, 175.2. 
50, Su-Ling Huang Hsiao, Chinese Taipei, 869, 173.8. 
51, Laura Rhoney, Scotland, 864, 172.8. 
52, Alena Lazuta, Belarus, 863, 172.6. 
53, Vera Váchová, Czech Republic, 855, 171. 
54, Tatyana Pak, Uzbekistan, 848, 169.6. 
55, Lynne Black, N Ireland, 846, 169.2. 
56, Pam Hooper , Isle of Man, 835, 167. 
57, Sabeena Athica, India, 824, 164.8. 
58, Stella Jalalova, Azerbaijan, 816, 163.2. 
59, Nataliya Lyashkova, Ukraine, 801, 160.2. 
60, Ana Benko, Argentina, 798, 159.6. 
61, Niki Sxiza, Cyprus, 796, 159.2. 
62, Inna Mukhtarova, Kazakhstan, 794, 158.8. 
63, Marina Guseva, Armenia, 790, 158. 
64, Daniele Honigstein, Morocco, 786, 157.2. 
65, Helen McGunnigle, Gibraltar, 775, 155. 
66, Annick Chassain, French Guyane, 770, 154. 
67, Marika Lutter, Estonia, 736, 147.2. 
68, Diliana Tzvetkova, Bulgaria, 715, 143. 
69, Elena Chobu, Moldova, 714, 142.8. 
70, Josiane Nguessan, Ivory Coast, 704, 140.8. 
71, Alina Orlanda, Romania, 696, 139.2. 
72, Anna Christina Aya Moreno, Cape Verde, 673, 134.6.





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