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      November 05, 2002:

-Dirupo Leads Storm Challenge

11/05/2002 - PWBA
      LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, NJ continued to exemplify consistency at the Storm Las Vegas PWBA Challenge on Tuesday. The seven-time champion completed round two with a 218.66 average and a 3,936 pinfall. She leads Tiffanny Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla. by 13 pins.

      "The lanes played a lot differently today," said DiRupo. "The front ends started to hook more and back ends became tighter. I had to play further left than I did yesterday because that's where my ball was getting the best reaction."

      DiRupo chalked up seven of nine scores above 203 highlighted by a 234, a 238 and a 242. The tournament leader averaged 216.22 during the nine-game block.

      Stanbrough, who three weeks ago claimed her first career title at the Wheelchair Awareness Classic, stayed in the top three for the second consecutive day with 217.94 and 3,923. The lefthander ended the second stanza with a 702 series (225-242-235).

      "Right now I'm just trying to keep my game as simple as possible," said Stanbrough. "I've been using the same equipment for the last three days and it has helped me avoid leaving open frames."

      Climbing into third place with 215.33 and 3,876 was Kim Ader, Cocoa, Fla. The 15-time titlest made one of the greatest leaps in the session moving up from 12th with the help of a 227.77 second round average.

      Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla. fell back two spots to fourth with 214.50 and 3,861. One of the Professional Women's Bowling Association's top players this season, the Maryland native counteracted four scores below 200 with tallys of 258, 225, 227 and 221. She leads fifth place Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif. (213.77 and 3,848) by 13.

      Defending champion Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. showed why she is one of the PWBA's all-time greats. The five-time WIBC All-American notched a 228 and a 245 in her last two games to make the top 24 cut by 13 pins.

      Tammy Turner, Ogden, Utah was the last cash at 196.61 and 3,539. Michelle Silver, Los Angeles, Calif. was the last cut at 197.05 and 3,547.

      The top 24 will begin the first of two 12-game match play rounds on Wednesday, November 6 at 11 a.m. The second 12-game block will take place on Thursday, November 7 at 11 a.m. At the conclusion of match play, the top five bowlers will compete in the ESPN2 stepladder finals on Friday, November 8 at Noon. ESPN2 will televise the event on November 11 at 10 p.m.(ET). ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the finals on December 8 at 5 p.m. (ET). Following Friday's finals, the top eight PWBA competition point finishers will lock horns in the PWBA Shootout at 3 p.m. The Shootout will make the ESPN2 airwaves on November 18 at 10 p.m. (ET) with a re-airing on December 1 at 2:30 p.m. (ET).

QUALIFIER STANDINGS AFTER 18 GAMES
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR-

A     1 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           3936 218.66  +336
A     2 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     3923 217.94  +323
A     3 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      3876 215.33  +276
A     4 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                3861 214.50  +261
A     5 Kim Terrell - Antioch, CA                  3848 213.77  +248
A     6 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           3799 211.05  +199
A     7 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             3786 210.33  +186
A     8 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 3725 206.94  +125
A     9 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              3720 206.66  +120
A    10 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   3703 205.72  +103
A    11 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              3638 202.11   +38
A    12 Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             3632 201.77   +32
A T  13 Tori Carter - Tustin, CA                   3629 201.61   +29
A       Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         3629 201.61   +29
A    15 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          3619 201.05   +19
A    16 Kelly Warren(am) - Australia,              3617 200.94   +17
A    17 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Sandusky, OH           3609 200.50    +9
A    18 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia,          3597 199.83    -3
A    19 Carol Norman - Ardmore, OK                 3573 198.50   -27
A    20 Char Hammel - Brea, CA                     3565 198.05   -35
A    21 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           3563 197.94   -37
A    22 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       3557 197.61   -43
A    23 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           3553 197.38   -47
A    24 Michelle Silver - West Los Angeles, CA     3547 197.05   -53
A    25 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   3539 196.61   -61
A    26 Keli Rapp - Fayetteville, NY               3513 195.16   -87
A    27 Maxine Nable - Australia,                  3502 194.55   -98
A    28 Leanna Harada(am) - Oxnard, CA             3490 193.88  -110
A    29 Barbara McFadden - Los Angeles, CA         3465 192.50  -135
A    30 Dana Miller-Mackie - Albuquerque, NM       3461 192.27  -139
A    31 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              3441 191.16  -159
A    32 Judy Vogel - New Orleans, LA               3432 190.66  -168
A    33 Jennifer Land(am) - San Pablo, CA          3422 190.11  -178
A    34 Cara Honeychurch - Australia,              3396 188.66  -204
A    35 Kranjana Rasmussen(am) - Cedar Park, TX    3383 187.94  -217
A    36 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                3334 185.22  -266
A    37 Sharon Aronson(am) - Chino Hills, CA       3309 183.83  -291
A    38 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              3290 182.77  -310
A    39 Shannon Duplantis - New Orleans, LA        3274 181.88  -326
A    40 Tennelle Grijalva - Yorba Linda, CA        3266 181.44  -334
A    41 Christina Wickey - Lemon Grove, CA         3251 180.61  -349
A    42 Cyndee Sutherland - San Jose, CA           3227 179.27  -373
A    43 Nicole Herrmann - Chatsworth, CA           3218 178.77  -382
A    44 Tammy Buchholz - Las Vegas, NV             3181 176.72  -419
A    45 Sabrina Duncan - New Orleans, LA           3168 176.00  -432
A    46 Karen Schott - Las Vegas, NV               3156 175.33  -444
A    47 JoAnna Judy - Wheatfield, IN               3144 174.66  -456
A    48 Vickie Rae Sexton(am) - Phoenix, AZ        3119 173.27  -481
A    49 Vicki Leigh(am) - Northridge, CA           3087 171.50  -513
A    50 Debbie Langfeldt(am) - Las Vegas, NV       3039 168.83  -561
A    51 Kim Bates-Tarkingto - Searcy, AR           3027 168.16  -573
A    52 Jeanette Robinson - Las Vegas, NV          3026 168.11  -574


-Pluhowsky, Luoto Take Different Routes To Victory In 2002 AMF Bowling World Cup

11/05/2002 - AMF Bowling
      LONDON, ENGLAND -- The new AMF Bowling World Cup champions, Shannon Pluhowsky of the USA and Mika Luoto of Finland, chose different paths to arrive at the same destination during the 38th edition of the championship, which concluded October 26 in Riga, Latvia.

      Pluhowsky, a 20-year-old University of Nebraska junior, dominated the women's competition at host center Toss Boulinga Halle. The Phoenix resident led wire-to-wire, averaging 232.31 in qualifying with a single-game high of 299 to snare the No. 1 seed for the quarterfinals. By comparison, No. 2 seed Wendy Chai of Malaysia posted a 220.38 average for the 32-game qualifying phase.

      As No. 1 seed, Pluhowsky lost just one game in her best-of-three, head-to-head quarterfinal, semifinal and championship matches to become the first U.S. woman in 12 years to win the Bowling World Cup. Pluhowsky defeated Mexico's Teresa Piccini, 2 games to 0 (183-177, 221-206), Pascale Moynot of France, 2 games to 1 (204-176, 221-253, 225-211) and Nikki Harvey of England, 2 games to 0 (224-165, 202-183).

      Pluhowsky is also the first U.S. player to win since Pat Healey Jr. took the men's title in 1995. "I'm excited that I won for my country," Pluhowsky said. "But I wasn't really thinking about that. I just tried to take this tournament one round at a time."

      Luoto, a 33-year-old bowling center owner from Hyvinkaa, relied on being in the right place at the right time to take the men's prize. Outscoring the Philippines' Christian Jan Suarez by just two pins to gain the No. 8 seed in the men's quarterfinals, Luoto dispatched all his opponents--top-seeded Paul Trotter of Australia, Talal Towereb of Saudi Arabia, and Asian Games triple gold medallist Remy Ong of Singapore--by identical 2-0 scores. Luoto is the second No. 8 seed to go all the way to the top of the podium; last year, Kim Haugen of Norway entered the quarterfinals as the eighth seed and won.

      "Luck was with me each round," Luoto acknowledged after eliminating Ong in the championship match, 232-216 and 279-222. He defeated Trotter, who rolled one of the tournament's four perfect games, by scores of 215-160 and 244-222, while Towereb fell 211-188 and 244-191. Luoto, who averaged 225.84 in qualifying, is the third Finn to capture the Bowling World Cup; the last was Tom Hahl, in 1990.

      Pluhowsky and U.S. teammate Andrew Cain, who finished tied for third in the men's division, won Best Country honors for their combined performance and the Bent Petersen Trophy that symbolizes the achievement.

      Trotter's 300, followed by games of 298 and 298, set a tournament record for high three-game series of 896. Three other bowlers--Kai Guenther of Germany, Wayne Greenall of England and Lisa Paluzzi of South Africa--also rolled perfect games during the tournament; Paluzzi's 300 game was the first of her career.

      Amanda Bradley of Australia, who won the women's 1999 Bowling World Cup crown, set the new mark for women's high single game in the head-to-head rounds. Bradley rolled a 278 in her semifinal-round loss to Harvey.

      Singapore's Ong posted a 699 three-game series while defeating Cain in the semifinals, tying the record established last year by Ahmed Shaheen of Qatar.

      Saudi Arabia's Towereb turned in the best World Cup performance ever by a bowler from his country, finishing in a tie for third place with Cain. Towereb earned the No. 6 seed by averaging 227.09 in the 32-game qualifying phase. He defeated England's Greenall 2 games to 0 (224-181, 206-204) before bowing to Luoto in the semifinals.

      Five countries--Cape Verde, Moldova, Romania, Czech Republic and Uzbekistan--made their Bowling World Cup debuts in Riga, and 85 countries were represented in total (83 men, 72 women).

Tournament records set: 

Men:
Three-game series: Paul Trotter, Australia, 896 (300-298-298) 
Records set in arena "knockout" format: 

Men:
Three-game match, individual series: 
Remy Ong, Singapore, 699 (tie with Ahmed Shaheen, Qatar, 2001) 

Women:
Single game: Amanda Bradley, Australia, 278 

Perfect games (300 score) recorded in AMF Bowling World Cup history: 
1994    Jack Guay, Canada
1995    Jack Guay, Canada
            Patrick Healey Jr., USA
1997    Ahmed Shaheen, Qatar
            Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia 
1998    Paul Boyle, England
1999    Shigeo Saito, Japan
            Jill Friis, Canada
            Mohammed Al-Qubaisi, UAE
            Kenny Ang, Malaysia
2000    Tomas Leandersson, Sweden
            Tore Torgersen, Norway
      Diane Buchanan, Canada
2001    Scott Norton, USA
2002    Paul Trotter, Australia
            Kai Guenther, Germany
            Wayne Greenall, England
            Lisa Paluzzi, South Africa 

(Note: the women's record for an individual series in a three-game match
is 737, recorded by Liza del Rosario, Philippines in 2001, and not 708 by
Nachimi Itakura, Japan, as previously reported)


-Canada's Buchanan, South Africa's Caminsky Win Bowling World Cup Sportsmanship Awards

11/05/2002 - AMF Bowling
      LONDON, ENGLAND -- Canada's Diane Buchanan and South Africa's Guy Caminsky were voted the Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year by their peers at the 38th AMF Bowling World Cup, which concluded October 26 in Riga, Latvia.

      Buchanan, a 28-year-old bilingual investigator for the Royal Bank of Montreal, finished 13th out of a field of 72 women in her third consecutive Bowling World Cup, averaging 207.31 for 32 games. In 2000, Buchanan became the third woman in World Cup history to roll a perfect game; the milestone came in Lisbon, Portugal, where she finished tied for third place. Buchanan, who hails from Brossard, Quebec, placed 12th last year in Pattaya, Thailand.

      Caminsky, a 25-year-old bowling center manager from Durban, finished 30th in the 83-man field at host center Toss Boulinga Halle. He averaged 210.80 for 20 games in his fourth try at the men's title. His best-ever finish came two years ago in Lisbon, when he tied for fifth place. Caminsky finished 31st in Cairo, Egypt, in 1997 and 20th last year in Thailand.

      In addition to bowling this year, Caminsky also served as color commentator for several segments of the videotaped series of quarterfinals, semifinals and championship-round broadcasts produced by Matchroom Productions of England (www.matchroomsports.com). Matchroom will distribute the series on a worldwide basis to select cable and satellite networks, with schedules and networks to be announced later.

      The AMF Bowling World Cup is the world's largest annual international sports championship in terms of number of participating nations; each nation is invited to send one man and one woman to compete. Eighty-five countries were represented in the October 19-26 competition in Latvia, which was won by Shannon Pluhowsky of the United States and Kim Luoto of Finland.


-Ohio, Illinois, Michigan Lead Knoxville Entry List For 100th ABC Championships

11/05/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - While entry figures won't be final until the Jan. 2 deadline, there is a three-state race for recognition as the state with the most teams entered in the 100th American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament.

      ABC has confirmed bowlers from all 50 states and four other countries are among the nearly 60,000 individuals who will compete in the Tournament Feb. 8-June 22 at the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, Tenn. Currently there are 11,513 five-player team entries.

      As of Oct. 31, Ohio led the pack with 921 five-player teams entered while Illinois had 904 entries and Michigan had 898. Texas and Wisconsin round out the top five with 720 and 611, respectively.

      The second five included, in order: Indiana (548), Pennsylvania (510), Florida (455), California (433) and Iowa (365). Host state Tennessee has entered 259 teams.

      In addition to domestic bowlers, the 2003 Tournament has received 54 team entries from Canada, five from Bermuda, eight from Switzerland and one from the Grand Bahamas.

      With the entry deadline still two months away, the 100th ABC Tournament has surpassed the 2002 Championships in Billings, Mont., as the largest ABC championships held outside of the 78-lane National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. Billings held the non-Reno record with 10,806 five-player teams. The National Bowling Stadium has hosted the three largest ABC Tournaments - 17,285 teams in 1995, 16,104 in 2001 and 15,925 in 1998.

      The 2003 ABC Tournament is being sponsored by the Knoxville Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Hotels/Casinos in Reno, Nev. The Knoxville Sports Corporation played a major role in bringing the event to Knoxville. Pilot Travel Centers, Dollywood, Calhoun's Taste of Tennessee and Steve Ellis Tours also have signed on as product sponsors.

      For more information on the 100th ABC Championships, visit ABCtournament.com.





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