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-Faball Signs PBA Hall Of Fame Member Walter Ray Williams Jr

01/04/2001 - PWBA
      After many weeks of negotiation Faball USA, LLC and the Five Time Bowler of the Year agree to a contract for the 2001 PBA National Tour.

      Walter Ray Williams Jr. is looking forward to adding to his already impressive career number of 32 titles and $2,516,550.50 in earnings in the 2001 season. Currently standing third in career titles just behind Mark Roth (34) and Earl Anthony (41) Walter is poised to make a run at becoming the all time title leader. After a slow start in 2000, Williams returned to his winning ways with back-to-back titles on the PBA Fall Tour in Canandaigua, N.Y. and North Brunswick, N.J. He now looks to carry that Fall Tour success into the 2001 season and capture his sixth Bowler Of The Year Crown.

      With the addition of the Black Hammer 2001 to an already impressive line of bowling balls, Walter Ray Williams Jr. looks to Hammer the competition in 2001.


-Wendy Macpherson Wins Top Female Bowler Honor Again

01/04/2001 - PWBA
      Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., has been named the 2000 Woman Bowler of the Year by the Bowling Writers Association of America, Dan Glus, BWAA President, has announced.

      Macpherson has won the award four times in the past five years. For 2000, she received 86 first-place votes and totaled 476 points in a poll of international bowling writers and broadcasters. She outdistanced Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of N. Richland Hills, Texas (211 points), Michelle Feldman of Skaneateles, N. Y. (162 points), Cara Honeychurch of Australia (149 points), Tennelle Grijalva of Orange, Calif., (27 points), Carol Gianotti-Block of Australia (11 points) and Kim Adler of Cocoa, Fla., (8 points).

      Macpherson won two championships - the prestigious Women's International Bowling Congress Queens and the Southern Virginia Open. She was the leading money winner with $108,525, cashing in 22 of 23 events. More telling was her 15 finishes in the top five.

      Dorin-Ballard and Feldman each won three titles last year. In addition, Dorin-Ballard cashed in all 23 events.

      Honeychurch won two titles and led the Professional Women's Bowling Association in average with a 215.18, just edging Macpherson.

      The final voting (based on 5-2-1 points) with first-place votes in parenthesis: Macpherson (86) 476; Dorin-Ballard (23) 211; Feldman (9) 162; Honerychurch (11) 149; Grijalva 27; Gianotti-Block 11, Adler 8.


-Bowlers Club Winner To Bowl In WIBC National Tournament

01/04/2001 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, IL - When Mary Lane of Shaneaken, NY, answered the phone on Christmas day, she had no idea that she was about to receive a special Christmas bonus that would help fulfill her wish to bowl in Ft. Lauderdale in the WIBC (Women's International Bowling Congress) National Tournament. Lane, 59, is a member of the Professional Women's Bowling Association's Bowler's Club and the lucky winner of the Christmas day drawing for $5,000.

      "When I received the call from PWBA president, John Falzone, I thought it was a joke," exclaimed Lane, "and then I realized that he was very serious."

      Ironically, Lane wants to use her winnings for a trip to Ft. Lauderdale where she had originally planned to bowl in the WIBC National Tournament with her friends. She recently abandoned her plans for bowling and fun in the sun when mechanical problems with her car forced he to spend her savings earmarked for the trip.

      "Not only do I have the money to go on my trip now, but I can also buy myself a pair of new bowling shoes," added Lane.

      Lane is a mother of two, has three grandchildren and is the only bowler in her family. She bowls once a week in a league at Ferraros Mid City Lanes in Kingston, NY. Ferraros is owned by one of her bowling idols, former PBA bowler, Dave Ferraro. Lane is also a big fan of the lady professionals. Lane's interest in watching professional bowling originated from following a friend who had bowled professionally and she's been hooked ever since.

      "I was always interested in the professionals," said Lane. "I watch them on television all the time. My favorite bowlers are Lisa Wagner and Cindy Coburn-Carroll. I'm very intrigued by one of the younger bowlers, Michelle Feldman. I started following her because she is from my neck of the woods. She is an amazing bowler."

      Not only does Lane enjoy watching the PWBA but she also loves supporting the Tour through membership in the PWBA Bowlers Club. "I really joined the Bowlers Club to receive the information on the PWBA," admitted Lane. "Two years ago I met a representative from WIBC while attending a convention in New York. She gave me the information and I decided to join. When I received my renewal, I immediately sent it in. I enjoy supporting the PWBA Tour."

      After many years of support, the PWBA has a chance to return the favor to this dedicated fan. For more information about the current and upcoming PWBA Bowlers Club visit the official website of the Professional Bowling Association at www.pwba.com.




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