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-Bohn III To Defend ABC Masters Title Jan. 16-20 At National Bowling Stadium

01/11/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      When the 52nd annual American Bowling Congress Masters is conducted Jan.16-20 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III will be ready to defend his title against the nation's top professional and amateur bowlers.

      As a PBA major, the richest Masters in history will feature a record $350,000 prize fund and $100,000 first prize. The $100,000 first-place prize is a new standard for a PBA major and is the second largest check of the season. The PBA World Championship, slated for Toledo, Ohio, in February, is the highest-paying major, worth $120,000. Masters week will conclude with the championship finals live on ESPN Sunday, Jan. 20, from 12:30-2 p.m. (EST).

      Bohn hopes to build on an already successful 2001-02 PBA season. The former PBA Player of the Year (1999) won the 2001 Masters title in Reno after defeating former roommate and friend Jason Couch in the title match, 248-237.

      Prior to that event, Bohn won two titles, making his Masters win the 27th title and first PBA "major" of his career. He added another title Jan. 6 in the Earl Anthony Memorial Classic in suburban Seattle.

      The ABC Masters is the second of three PBA majors for the 2001-02 PBA season.

      The U.S. Open, won by 2000 ABC Masters champion Mika Koivuniemi in Fountain Valley, Calif., was the first.

      Other notables scheduled to compete in the Masters include ABC and PBA Hall of Famer Mike Aulby, who has won the event three times (1989, '95, '98), the last two of which were at the National Bowling Stadium; PBA and newly elected ABC Hall of Famer Pete Weber; 2001 runner-up Couch, and PBA Hall of Famer and 34-time PBA titleholder Walter Ray Williams Jr.

      Except for Bohn, who is seeded into match play, the entire field will bowl 10 qualifying games Jan. 16-17. The top one-fourth of the field from the first 10 games will then bowl five additional qualifying games on Jan. 18.

      The top 63 after qualifying will then join Bohn for double elimination match play Jan. 18-19. After match play on Jan. 19, the top four players will then advance to the stepladder finals.


-Koivuniemi Selected BWAA December Bowler Of The Month

01/11/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Mika Koivuniemi was selected Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the Month for December. Koivuniemi, a 34-year-old right-hander from Finland, became the first foreign-born player to win Bowling's U.S. Open when he defeated Patrick Healey Jr. of Mexico City, 247-182, in Fountain Valley, Calif., to earn the winner's green jacket and the $100,000 top prize.

      Kim Terrell of Daly City, Calif., who captured the largest first-place check ($55,000) in a women's pro bowling event by winning the Women's U.S. Open Bowling Championship in Laughlin, Nev., was runner-up in the balloting.


-PBA Hall of Famer Dave Davis To Be Inducted Into The Palm Beach County Sports Hall Of Fame

01/11/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      American Bowling Congress and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Dave Davis will be among seven persons to be inducted March 10 into the Palm Beach County (Fla.) Sports Hall of Fame. The 59-year-old left-hander from Boynton Beach, won the 1995 and 1996 ABC Senior Masters. He was the 1967 PBA Player of the Year and a four-time All-American. He currently is a construction consultant for bowling centers across the country and active in numerous charities.


-Carolyn Dorin-Ballard Earns 2001 PWBA Player Of The Year

01/11/2002 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, was selected by her peers as the 2001 Professional Women's Bowling Association's Player of the Year. A runner-up for the honor for the past four years, Dorin-Ballard garnered 100 percent of the PWBA player ballot.

      "I guess perseverance paid off," said Dorin-Ballard. "I knocked on the door for the last four years and finally it opened up."

      Recently chosen by the Bowler's Journal International as the industry's Person of the Year, Dorin-Ballard reigned supreme in 23 PWBA tournaments this season. The 12-year pro tied Patty Costello's 1976 record for the most professional women's bowling titles in a single season with seven and closed the 2001 campaign as the tour leader in earnings ($135,045), competition points (17,415) and averages (214.73). In addition she led all PWBA'ers in televised finals appearances with a PWBA-record 18 telecasts and broke or set eight other PWBA records.

      "Not in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to have a season like this past year," she said. "Our tour has so many great players. In many ways the other athletes helped me perform at such a high level because I had to bowl extremely well every week to compete with them."

      Known as one of the most consistent players on tour, Dorin-Ballard finished no lower than 15th in any tournament this season extending her streak to 46. She also cashed in all 23 tournaments bringing her consecutive "cashed" streak to 70.

      "I know it's a cliché but my main focus this year was to take each day, week and tournament one step at a time. I think if you start to think about awards and other accolades you lose focus. I had some lucky breaks this year and I had some misfortunes, but I always was ready to try to take advantage of an opportunity to win."

      Selected as the Player of the Year Runner-Up was Australia's Cara Honeychurch. Also voted on by the players, Honeychurch received 53.5 percent of the vote to beat out Liz Johnson (39.2), Cheektowaga, N.Y. and Michelle Feldman (7.3), Skaneateles, New York.

      A winner of four titles, Honeychurch completed the season ranked fourth in earnings ($92,565), second in competition points (15,150) and third in averages (212.36). She led the tour with the best match-play winning percentage (.610) and appeared in 13 televised finals.

      Honeychurch cashed in 21 of 23 events and started the season with seven straight top ten finishes en route to 17 by the end of the year.




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