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      November 29, 2001:

-ABC, WIBC Leaders Endorse SMO Study

11/29/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      American Bowling Congress and Women's International Bowling Congress leaders have reaffirmed their commitments to a single membership organization after hearing a report of the United States Bowling Association Ad Hoc Committees.

      The committees recently presented their report to the ABC Executive Committee and WIBC Board of Directors as well as Young American Bowling Alliance, USA Bowling and Bowling Inc. representatives. It was based on significant feedback received from delegates, association leaders, members, boards of directors and others and was a major revision from the Single Membership Organization Task Force's presentation last spring.

      After hearing the report, the ABC and WIBC leaders discussed it with committee representatives, asked questions and made recommendations.

      Based on that feedback, as well as input requested in the coming months from all parties, an update will be presented at the ABC Convention and WIBC Annual Meeting this spring. No legislation will be presented this year.

Following are some of the report's key provisions:
  • Membership
          All members would be treated equally and provided consistent service. There would be separate awards, recognition and national tournaments for men, women and youth. Any individual member who currently doesn't pay national dues, such as lifetime or permanent members, will be grandfathered without changing their status. It will be up to the local and state entities to determine what other honors will be maintained.

  • National structure
          The five organizations currently have 185 national board members and 71 committees with more than $1 million in governance expenses. This would be replaced with a 25-member single board that would be strategic rather than managerial in nature.

          Constituting the board would be a combination of members slated by the nominating committee, athletes, BPAA electees and at-large members. Terms of office would be three years, with no one allowed to serve more than two terms. At-large members will serve one-year terms. The maximum for all is six years of service.

  • State structure
          The proposed state association structure is very similar to the national organization, including term limits for all board members. However, the state board would have both strategic and managerial roles to support local entities. Significant work remains to be done to refine the role of the state association.

  • Local structure
          This is the most important area because it requires consolidating 6,300 local associations into local chapters. In terms of the governance structure required by local chapters, the committee sought to find the line where there is enough required structure to provide consistency from chapter to chapter, but enough flexibility to accommodate local needs. Local term limits also are expected.

  • Volunteers
          The roles of the local, state and national volunteers would remain vitally important but possibly different. More work needs to be done in developing this vitally-important area.

  • Programs and services
          Two-dozen already existing programs and services are proposed ranging from awards, tournaments and recognition, to training, rules of the game, maintaining averages and certifying lanes. There would be different responsibilities at the local, state and national levels including meeting minimum performance standards to ensure quality delivery of programs and services.

  • Annual meeting
          Noting that the cost of annual meetings was high and participation relatively low, the committee recommended a single, self-supporting annual meeting open to all USBA members. It could include a state-of-the-organization address, an "ask-the-CEO" session, workshops, and an open forum for discussion of rule changes and other issues.

  • National staffing
          National administrative staffing would be designed to eliminate duplication of effort, but would include providing national support staff in the field. Projected savings are expected to be significant, especially in the national executive areas.

  • Financial structure
          A uniform national dues structure was recommended with local and state dues to be discussed further. An estimated national budget is being developed along with transition costs.

  • Transition and timeline
          Pending approval by the delegates in 2003, the national organizations would consolidate first, beginning in August 2003 with completion by August 2004. Transitioning state and local entities will take approximately four years and will be completed by 2008. The following proposed timeline was presented:
    • Fall 2001 -- Present interim report to ABC, WIBC, YABA, USA Bowling and Bowling Inc. Boards
    • Spring 2002 -- Present update to boards and delegates
    • Fall 2002 -- Presentation to boards for action
    • January-February 2003 -- Whistle stop tours
    • Spring 2003 -- Presentation to delegates for action. If approved, prepare for transition of national organizations
    • August 2004 -- Consolidation completed for national organizations and start the initial field transition
      The committee also supported "at will" consolidation for states and locals and intended to explore the possibilities of offering incentives to associations for early consolidation. However, at the end of the transition period, the USBA will recognize only one certified chapter from each local area.

      The report stated that national headquarters would provide assistance to help state and local associations make a smooth transition to becoming a USBA certified chapter. Among these tools would be a state-by-state "Merger Manual" providing step-by-step instructions.

      The single membership organization feasibility study was started jointly in January 2000 to consolidate ABC, WIBC, YABA, USA Bowling and Bowling Inc. Recommendations regarding the single membership organization concept, essential to the final product, should be directed to Single Membership Organization/USBA, P.O. Box 221304, West Palm Beach, FL 33422, Fax: (801) 751-1561; e-mail: [email protected].


-Wichita State's Manns Selected As 2002 WIBC Alberta E. Crowe Star Of Tomorrow

11/29/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      Anita Manns, Austin, Texas, has been named the 2002 Women's International Bowling Congress Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow.

      Manns, a Wichita State University freshman, currently competes on her school's bowling team. At the national level Manns placed 19th in the 2000 USA Bowling Amateur Championships. She also finished fourth in the girls' division of the 1998 Youth Masters Scratch Championship and has two victories in the girls' division of the 1999 American Scholarship Tournament, one in Apopka, Fla., and one in Akron, Ohio.

      Her state tournament accomplishments include the 2000 Texas Young American Bowling Alliance Tournament all-events and singles championships, as well as Texas YABA high series. Manns placed 10th in the 2001 Junior Gold National Bowling Championships and 10th in the 2001 Coca-Cola National Championships.

      Off the lanes Manns is pursuing a career in neonatal nursing, a field she discovered after finding her passion for children through coaching 4 to 6 year olds in pee-wee league bowling. A member of the National Honor Society, Manns was nominated to the National Leadership Forum on Medicine in 2000. She was listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students in 1999, 2000 and 2001, and received an academic scholarship to Wichita State University in 2001.

      "For as long as I can remember, my dream was to be a member of one of the top collegiate bowling teams in the United States. I am living that dream now as a bowler for Wichita State University," Manns said. "One of the greatest thrills we experience in life is the ability to share with others those things that mean the most to us. For me, bowling is that passion."

      The Alberta E. Crowe Award recognizes star qualities in a female high school senior or college student who competes in bowling. Award winners receive a $1,500 scholarship, renewable up to three years for a total of $6,000 in scholarships.

      Star qualities include: distinguished sanctioned bowling performances on the local, regional, state, provincial and national levels; academic achievement; and extra-curricular involvement. Manns will receive the award at the 2002 WIBC Annual Meeting April 22-24 in Milwaukee.


-Cohalla, Keller, Phillips, Strom Chosenas 2002 WIBC Recognition Award Winners

11/29/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      Pilar Cohalla, Tampa, Fla.; Pearl Keller, Chappaqua, N.Y.; Helene Phillips, Washington, D.C.; and Bruce Strom, Waterloo, Iowa; have earned four of the Women's International Bowling Congress' highest honors.

      Cohalla was named the recipient of the Helen Baker Award, Keller the Joyce Deitch Trailblazer Award, Phillips the Gladys M. Banker Friendship Award and Strom the Proprietor of the Year Award.

      All four will be honored at the 2002 WIBC Annual Meeting, April 22-24 in Milwaukee.
  • Cohalla
          The Helen Baker Award, named for WIBC's fifth president, recognizes an outstanding WIBC leader who has made valuable contributions on the local, state and provincial levels.

          Cohalla has been a WIBC member for more than 45 years. During that time she has served the Tampa Women's Bowling Association and Florida WBA in numerous capacities.

          Cohalla currently serves as Florida WBA president, a position she has held for 28 years. She also has served the Tampa WBA as president and director.

          At the national level, Cohalla has served on both the WIBC Nominating and Credentials committees as well as in the WIBC Annual Meeting's Parade of Flags for two years and as an Annual Meeting teller for four years.

          Cohalla was instrumental in securing three WIBC Tournament bids for Florida, including 1978 in Miami, 1990 in Tampa and 2001 in Fort Lauderdale.

          She's participated in 44 WIBC Championship Tournaments and has attended 26 WIBC Annual Meetings as a delegate.

          Cohalla's bowling accolades include the 1990 AMF Bev Ortner Award for outstanding promotion in a WIBC Championship Tournament host city for her efforts in promoting the tournament in Tampa. She also has been honored with outstanding leadership awards from both the Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Hillsborough Visitors Association. She started the Tampa WBA Hall of Fame in 1984 and is a member of both the Tampa and Florida WBA Halls of Fame.

  • Keller
          The Joyce Deitch Trailblazer Award, named for WIBC's current president, recognizes an individual or group making a significant contribution to women's bowling.

          Keller, a WIBC Member Emerita, has been honored with inductions into the WIBC and Professional Women's Bowling Association Halls of Fame. In 1999 she was inducted into the WIBC Hall of Fame for meritorious service, and into the PWBA Hall of Fame in 1997 as a builder in recognition of her accomplishments in helping to develop women's bowling.

          A bowling columnist for 27 years with Gannett Westchester Newspapers, Keller has been credited with opening the door for many women bowling writers. In 1973 she was one of the first female members of the Bowling Writers Association of America. She held several BWAA leadership positions before becoming its first female president in 1992.

          Some of her accolades as a bowling writer include numerous National Women Bowling Writers awards, the BWAA's Mort Luby Meritorious Award and the International Bowling Writer of the Year Award.

          Keller is a co-founder of the Women's All-Star Association, which is recognized as one of the most successful women's tournament groups in history. She has served the group as executive director since 1973. In its 30-year history, WASA has conducted more than 375 tournaments, with more than $2.5 million in prize money awarded.

          At the national and state levels, Keller served the WIBC and New York State Board of Directors for 15 years. She is a member of both the WASA and New York State WBA Halls of Fame.

  • Phillips
          The Gladys M. Banker Friendship Award, named for WIBC's sixth president, is presented to an individual who embraces the same ideals as WIBC's volunteers and leaders and is a friend to WIBC.

          For almost 30 years, Phillips has been at the helm of the Bowlers to Veterans Link, a national nonprofit charity which raises approximately $1 million annually to fund recreational and therapeutic programs for America's veterans. She took over the position as the organization's executive director in 1972 after moving from an administrative post with the National Bowling Council, the former marketing and promotion arm of the bowling industry.

          Since 1972 the BVL has seen many changes under her direction. Despite the turbulent anti-war sentiments during the Vietnam War era, she worked to maintain and expand the network of volunteers and contributors to the formerly named BVL Fund. In 1996, the BVL fund changed its name to the Bowlers to Veterans Link.

          To many in the bowling industry, Phillips is the face of the BVL. She attends many local, state/provincial and national meetings and conventions and works to encourage a wider audience of contributors to the veterans' cause.

          In addition, she oversees the requests of local and state/provincial American Bowling Congress and WIBC associations, as well as those received from the V.A. medical center care system - V.A. medical centers, readjustment counseling centers and state veterans homes.

          She has worked closely with several WIBC presidents and top leaders who have served on the BVL board, including former WIBC presidents Alberta E. Crowe, Agnes Duffy, Gladys M. Banker and currently with WIBC first vice-president Elaine Hagin.

          Phillips also manages the administration of the BVL, including the public relations program and coordination of Re-Creation, a dynamic singing troupe that travels across the country to perform patriotic song and dance routines raising the spirits and patriotism among America's veterans and bowlers.
  • Strom
          The WIBC Proprietor of the Year Award annually recognizes an outstanding bowling center proprietor for his or her enthusiastic support of local, state and provincial women's bowling associations.

          Strom is the owner of four bowling centers -- Maple Lanes, Waterloo, Iowa; Valley Park Lanes, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Echo Lanes, Austin, Minn.; and Wells Lanes, South St. Paul, Minn.

          A firm supporter of the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, Strom has served the Iowa BPAA as president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, sergeant-at-arms and currently serves on the board of directors.

          Strom initiated the Iowa Bowling Council in 1987 and has served as president since its inception. Under his leadership the Iowa Bowling Council started a scholarship program and has awarded more than $61,400 in scholarships.

          Recognizing the value that a strong volunteer coaching program adds to the future of bowling, Strom donates costs so that all Young American Bowling Alliance coaches in his centers are certified. In addition, Strom serves as treasurer of the Iowa High School Bowling Federation and sponsors the certification of a high school federation coach.

          He assisted the IHSBF in making bowling a varsity high school sport in Iowa, and sponsors travel expenses, awards and scholarships for the organization in conjunction with other proprietors.

          He offers free learn-to-bowl and learn-to-bowl-better clinics at his centers. More than 50 bowlers annually participate in the seminars taught by the 13 certified coaches employed at his bowling centers.

          Strom supports the sanctioning of more than 99 percent of his women's and mixed leagues, citing "no viable alternative to sanctioned leagues." Since 1995, he has helped introduce more than 1,450 new bowlers to the sport in his Iowa centers through the "Bowler's First" program.

          Strom promotes the WIBC Championship Tournament by sponsoring five teams to the national event each year. He also makes tournament entry forms and information available to all interested bowlers.

          Strom's accolades include honorable recognition from community organizations including the Visiting Nurses Association, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Junior Achievement.

          Strom is a member of the Waterloo Bowling Association Hall of Fame and has received the Iowa WBA Friendship Award and BPAA Achievement Award.


-2002 ABC Tournament Becomes Fifth Largest; Illinois, Michigan Lead Billings Entry Parade

11/29/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      The 2002 American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament reached the 10,100-team entry mark Nov. 27, making it the fifth largest in ABC history.

      ABC has confirmed bowlers from all 50 states and six other countries will compete in the 99th Tournament Feb. 9-June 22 at the MetraPark Expo Center in Billings, Mont.

      The 2002 ABC Tournament surpassed the 1986 event in Las Vegas for fifth, which attracted 10,019 teams. Billings trails only Albuquerque for the largest entry for an ABC Tournament conducted outside of the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, which attracted 10,688 teams in 2000.

      The National Bowling Stadium events have attracted the three largest ABC Tournaments -- in 1995 (17,285), 2001 (16,104), and 1998 (15,925).

      With about one month remaining before entries close Jan. 2, Michigan and Illinois were in a virtual deadlock for recognition as the state with the most teams entered. Illinois had 747 five-player teams while Michigan had 745. A distant third was Ohio with 630 teams, followed by Texas with 617 and Wisconsin with 519.

      The second five included, in order: host Montana (457); California (455); Pennsylvania (375); Indiana (368); and Colorado (362). Montana's neighbors also will be well represented. Washington has attracted 195 teams followed by North Dakota (149), Utah (119), Wyoming (117), Oregon (112), Idaho (106) and South Dakota (104).

      "There is no other sport that invites its entire grassroots membership to compete for world championships," ABC Assistant Executive Director Jack Mordini said. "That simple fact is what makes the ABC Championships Tournament unique, and it's one of the reasons why the ABC remains one of the world's largest grassroots sports membership organization."

      In addition to domestic bowlers, the 2002 Tournament has received 57 team entries from Canada, six from Bermuda, three from Germany, two from Switzerland, two from Italy and two from the Grand Bahamas.

      Bowlers from Japan, Mexico and France also are expected by deadline time.

      For entry information. call (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3320 or visit bowl.com.


-Best Amateurs Seek Team USA 2002 Spots At USA Bowling Amateur Championships In Reno

11/29/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      More than 180 of the best amateur bowlers in the United States will try to earn spots on TEAM USA 2002 when they compete in the USA Bowling Amateur Championships Dec. 9-14 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

      All players will roll 12 qualifying games Dec. 11 and another 12 games Dec. 12 with the top 32 men and top 32 women advancing to match play beginning Dec. 13. The 32 match-play games continue through Dec. 14 with the top five men and top five women automatically qualifying for TEAM USA 2002. Another three men and three women will be chosen by a national selection committee based on such criteria as performance, physical game, mental game and team play.

      Among those serving on the national selection committee will be TEAM USA coaches Fred Borden, Jeri Edwards and Gordon Vadakin and USA Bowling certified coach Susie Minshew. An athlete representative will be named later.

      Competitors scheduled to appear include: 2000 U.S. Amateur Champion Scott Norton, Fullerton, Calif.; 1999 U.S. Amateur Champions Bill Hoffman, Columbus, Ohio; and Diandra Hyman, Dyer, Ind.; 1998 U.S. Amateur Champions Mike Mullin, New City, N.Y.; and Debbie Kuhn, Baltimore; and 1996 U.S. Amateur Champion Lucy Sandelin, Tampa.

      Other current and past TEAM USA members scheduled to compete include: Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif.; Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa; Dino Castillo, Dallas; Lisa Duenow, Spring Park, Minn.; Jackie Edwards, Simi Valley, Calif.; John Eiss, Orono, Minn.; David Garber, Dallas; Kassy Golden, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa.; David Haynes, Las Vegas; Becky Kregling, Stratford, Conn.; Tony Manna Jr., Omaha, Neb.; Harry Mickelson, Yakima, Wash.; Jennifer Murphy, San Antonio; Derwin Pitre, Lafayette, La.; Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix; Derek Sapp, Macomb, Ill.; Kristal Scott, Painesville, Ohio; Lisa Stack, Elgin, Ill.; Mark Van Meter, Albuquerque, N.M.; and Lisa Vint, East Troy, Wis.

      Among others scheduled to compete are USA Bowling CEO/Executive Director Jerry Koenig and USA Bowling President Kevin Dornberger.

      The tournament will feature lane conditions compliant with the Sport Bowling program. Developed by the American Bowling Congress and Women's International Bowling Congress, Sport Bowling is a new level of sanctioned league and tournament competition designed to emphasize bowlers' skill and re-establish the credibility of the sport.

      Three different Sport Bowling oil patterns will be employed at the tournament. Bowlers will compete on fresh oil in three of the four qualifying blocks and three of the four match-play blocks. One of each of the qualifying and match-play blocks will be contested on a carrydown condition. All three patterns will be available for bowlers during the Dec. 10 practice session.

      Lane patterns will be administered by Lane DynamX, the new official lane maintenance provider for USA Bowling.

      The week also will include a seminar Dec. 10 sponsored by Storm at the Stadium's IMAX Theater. The seminar will feature a bowler's guide to bowling ball design, matching players' styles and equipment and the future of bowling equipment.


-Women's U.S. Open To Serve As Testing Ground For Sport Bowling

11/29/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      The 2001 Women's U.S. Open, Nov. 30-Dec. 9 in Laughlin, Nev., will serve as a research opportunity for the American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress Sport Bowling program.

      The Women's U.S. Open will be conducted on challenging lane conditions but will not meet the requirements of Sport Bowling. The ABC/WIBC Specifications and Research team will use the tournament to study and evaluate the current state of Sport Bowling. The Sport Bowling program will continually be evaluated during the season to provide ABC and WIBC members with a fair, challenging and consistent shot.

      The Women's U.S. Open declined to incorporate Sport Bowling based on the unusually large number of games played between redress procedures throughout the tournament. Parameters have not been established in Sport Bowling to address such a high volume of play without redressing the lanes during competition. Because of the high volume of play and a lack of time to redress the lanes with a Sport Bowling pattern, another challenging condition will be used to protect the interests of the players. From this, Sport Bowling will incorporate the findings from the tournament to determine if Sport Bowling needs to be adjusted from its present form.

      The Men's U.S. Open Dec. 1-9 in Fountain Valley, Calif., will use the Sport Bowling lane conditions. The number of games bowled between lane redress procedures is well within the parameters of Sport Bowling research.

      ABC/WIBC Sport Bowling consists of challenging lane conditions emphasizing accuracy and proper technique. Sport Bowling is designed to return credibility to the sport. The program is fully endorsed and supported by the PWBA and the PBA.

      For more information on Sport Bowling, visit SportBowling.com.


-ABC/Brunswick World Team Challenge To Celebrate Its 10th Season In 2002

11/29/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      Bowling's premier team tournament series, the American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge, begins its 10th season in February with the first of 14 U.S. qualifying events leading to the Grand Championship.

      Since its inception in 1992, the Team Challenge has provided ABC members with an innovative, fun and competitive team bowling experience and the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in prize money through prize funds and bracket play.

      All Team Challenge events feature regular format team and the highly competitive Baker format where each of the five players rolls two frames in one game.

      After a 2000 participant survey, a series of format and rules changes were made for 2001 enabling more teams to cash and advance to title contention than would have previously been the case.

      As a result of the changes, more than 75 percent of the bowlers winning a 2001 Team Challenge qualifier experienced their first Grand Championship. In previous years, less than half of the competitors advanced to the championships.

      During the 2001 season, more than 640 teams entered the 15 regional qualifiers hoping to qualify for the Grand Championship. Along the way, bowlers competed for more than $900,000 through prize funds and brackets.

      Based on the popularity of events conducted in Florida and the Northeast, two qualifiers will be conducted at Seminole Lanes in Seminole, Fla. (Feb. 9-10 and Sept. 14-15) and Bradley Bowl in Windsor Locks, Conn. (March 23-24 and June 22-23).

2002 ABC/Brunswick World Team Challenge Schedule:
Feb. 9-10 Seminole Lanes, Seminole, Fla.
Feb. 16-17 Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis
March 9-10 Fiesta Bowl, Richland, Wash.
March 23-24 Bradley Bowl, Windsor Locks, Conn.
April 6-7 Sunset Bowl, Phoenix
April 20-21 Country Club Lanes, Baltimore
April 27-28 Landmark Recreation, Peoria. Ill.
May 18-19 Brunswick Gwinnett Lanes, Lawrenceville, Ga.
June 8-9 Super Bowl, Appleton, Wis.
June 22-23 Bradley Bowl, Windsor Locks, Conn.
Sept. 7-8 Holiday Lanes, Lakewood, Colo.
Sept. 14-15 Seminole Lanes, Seminole, Fla.
Sept. 28-29 Bowling World, Fort Smith, Ark.
Oct. 19-20 ABC West Lanes, Mechanicsburg, Pa.


-TEAM USA Members Help U.S. Win Second Consecutive Megabowl Weber Cup

11/29/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      TEAM USA 2001 members Tony Manna Jr., Dino Castillo, Bill Hoffman and Mike Mullin led a group of United States players in successfully defending the 2001 Megabowl Weber Cup Nov. 16-18 at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, England.

      The Americans earned a come-from-behind 18-12 victory over a group of European bowlers in the three-day event. The U.S. trailed 8-4 after the first day and still was down 10-8 before sweeping the final six matches Nov. 17. The U.S. clinched the victory by winning four of six matches on the final day.

      The event featured 35 matches with the first team to 18 points walking off with the title. It originally was scheduled in September but postponed due to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.

      "I'm delighted for all of the team. We bowled really solid and kept at them over the three days," U.S. captain Tim Mack said. "The Europeans made a fight of it, especially on day one, but we proved too strong over the three days. I'm looking forward to coming back next year to make it three in a row!"

      Competing for the Europeans were England's Steve Thornton, Belgium's Gery Verbruggen, Norway's Tore Torgerson, Sweden's Tomas Leandersson and The Netherlands' Nico Thienpondt.


-Mexico's Falconi, Colombia's Guerrero Lead Second 2001 FIQ American Zone Player Rankings

11/29/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      Mexico's Daniel Falconi and Colombia's Juliana Guerrero are the new leaders in the men's and women's divisions, respectively, in the latest 2001 Federation Internationale des Quilleurs rankings for American Zone players.

      The ratings will be used to determine eligible players for the second annual World Rankings System Masters in 2002. The top eight men and top eight women from each zone as of Dec. 31 will be eligible for the tournament.

      Falconi totaled 710 points to lead Brazil's Fabio Rezende who had 696. Colombia's Andres Gomez, the leader of the first rankings in September, was third with 665 points, TEAM USA's Tony Manna Jr., Omaha, Neb., was fourth with 639 and Venezuela's Jose Lander was fifth with 524.

      Guerrero had 698 points to top Puerto Rico's Michelle Ayala, who had 623 points. Ayala was No. 1 in the previous rankings. Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic was third in the latest ratings with 525 points, Venezuela's Ingelimar Contreras was fourth with 472 and TEAM USA's Kristal Scott, Painesville, Ohio, was fifth with 464.

      Rankings were based on finishes in major events including the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs American Zone Championships, Tournament of Americas, American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress Tournaments, AMF World Cup, World Games and each country's national amateur championships.

      TEAM USA's Scott Norton, Fullerton, Calif., was eighth with 376 points. Other TEAM USA men were: Dino Castillo, Dallas, 11th-300 points; Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 14th-255; Bill Hoffman, Columbus, Ohio, 26th-187; Mike Mullin, New City, N.Y., 41st-99; and Derwin Pitre, Lafayette, La., 123rd-48.

      Other TEAM USA women were: Diandra Hyman, Dyer, Ind., 9th- 376; Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 11th-340; Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, 18th-255; Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif.; 24th-191; Jackie Edwards, Simi Valley, Calif., 29th-167; Lisa Stack, Elgin, Ill., 30th-165; Jeanette Menacho, Sacramento, Calif., 55th-75; George Lambert was Canada's lone male on the list in 17th place with 235 points. Jennifer Willis led Canada's women in 21st place with 220 points. Robin Crawford, a TEAM Canada member working in Milwaukee, was 165th with 24 points.


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