December 11, 2002:
Sport Bowling Will Test Pros At PBA Tournament Of Champions
12/11/2002 - PBA
GREENDALE, Wis. - Some of the world's top professional bowlers will take on the challenge of the American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress Sport Bowling program at the prestigious PBA Tournament of Champions Dec. 12-15 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.
A field of 32 recent PBA, Senior PBA and PBA Regional Tour champions will do battle on lane conditions compliant with the guidelines of the Sport Bowling program. The lane conditions will test the players' accuracy, consistency, adjustment ability and spare shooting technique.
The Tournament of Champions is one of the PBA's four "major" tournaments of the 2002-03 season. The other majors are the U.S. Open, ABC Masters and PBA World Championship.
"In any major, in any sport, conditions are usually tougher for the competitors and for the PBA that will be no different," said PBA President and CEO Steve Miller. "We expect the best of the best to compete on the challenging conditions at Mohegan Sun and we're sure it will be a memorable outcome."
Sport Bowling conditions require players to make quick decisions regarding equipment, 28-time PBA titlist, 2002 ABC Hall of Fame inductee and Tournament of Champions participant Pete Weber said in a recent Bowlers Journal International article about Sport Bowling.
"Making ball adjustments quicker on Sport Bowling is the answer," Weber said. "For a league bowler, you might say it's taking a chance. For me, in a professional tournament situation, it's more a matter of feel and having the confidence you're making a change at the right time. I'm going to give myself four or five shots to confirm I made the right -- or wrong -- decision."
The semi-final and final matches of the $230,000 event will be contested live on ESPN from 1-2:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, Dec. 15.
Sport Bowling, developed by the ABC and the WIBC, is an optional level of sanctioned league and tournament competition that emphasizes skill and re-establishes credibility in the sport. Already in the 2002-03 season 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.
Bowling Writers Executive Director Dan Glus Dies
12/11/2002 - BWAA
NORTH BRADDOCK, PA. - Bowling Writers Association of America Executive Director Dan Glus, known throughout the bowling world as Pittsburgh bowling radio show host "Big D," died at his home here December 10 of an apparent massive heart attack. He was 64.
Glus, who hosted "Talks and Tips with Big D" on radio station WEDO in Pittsburgh, also wrote bowling columns for the Pittsburgh Tribune. He was elected to BWAA's top administrative position during the organization's 2002 convention in Billings, Mont., where he also received the BWAA Mort Luby Sr. Meritorious Service Award for his 41 years of service to bowling journalism. The BWAA Past President also was a former member of the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame Board. He was the perennial winner of the Professional Bowlers Association award for "best radio coverage" of PBA competition and has been inducted into four bowling halls of fame.
An accomplished competitor on the lanes, Glus was a member of the G&C McDermitt team from Pittsburgh that won the 1965 ABC Championships Tournament team title. That title led to a spot on TEAM USA 1966 where he helped the United States win a gold medal in eight-man team, silver in five-man team and bronze in men's doubles in the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs American Zone Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Glus is survived by his wife Fritzie, sons Dan Jr. and Dean, daughter Dionne and two grandchildren. Additional information, including funeral arrangements, will follow as it becomes available.