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      December 06, 2002:

-Collegians Step Up To Sport Bowling Challenge At Leatherneck Classic

12/06/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - Several of the nation's top-ranked men's and women's intercollegiate bowling teams will face the challenge of the Sport Bowling program at the Leatherneck Classic Dec. 7-8 at Highland Park Bowl in Moline, Ill.

      The Tier 2 collegiate tournament, one of many qualifying events for the 2003 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships April 23-27 in Tulsa, Okla., will employ an oil pattern compliant with the guidelines of the American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress Sport Bowling program. The lane conditions will offer the players a stiff test requiring accuracy, consistency, proper adjustment and solid spare shooting.

      "I think Sport Bowling is great," Tournament Director and Western Illinois University men's and women's Head Coach Randy Widger said. "Let's bring back some integrity to the game. College bowlers are better than ever and I think it has a lot to do with bowling on Sport Bowling conditions."

      The 20-team men's field includes: Western Illinois, Lindenwood University, Wichita State University, Vincennes University and the University of Kansas, all ranked in the top 10 by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association. The 20-team women's field includes the University of Nebraska and Wichita State, ranked one and two, respectively, by the NCBCA. Also competing in the women's division will be Western Illinois and Central Missouri State University, also ranked in the NCBCA top 10.

      Lindenwood University and Morehead State University are the defending men's and women's tournament champions. Morehead State is not scheduled to compete.

      Sport Bowling, developed by the American Bowling Congress and the Women's International Bowling Congress, is an optional level of sanctioned league and tournament competition that emphasizes skill and re-establishes credibility in the sport. Already this season (2002-03) there are 71 official adult and youth Sport Bowling leagues in 29 U.S. states and Canada.

      Bowlers who want to step up to the challenge of Sport Bowling should visit SportBowling.com for the latest news, membership information and ideas for starting a league today.


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