Duke Heads Bowling Magazine Squad; Soutar Narrowly Tops Senior Team
02/13/2001 - Bowling Newsline
Norm Duke, named on all 123 ballots cast and selected to the first team on 120 them, was the runaway "honorary captain" of the 45th Bowling Magazine All-America team.
Duke led the Professional Bowlers Association with three titles during the 2000 campaign, including a victory in the PBA National Championship, a runner up finish in the U.S. Open and a third-place finish in the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions.
He cashed in 16 of 17 PBA events he entered, making match play in 13 of those and reaching the "top eight" TV finals seven times. He also finished fourth in average at 218.77 to earn his fifth first-team All-America berth and ninth overall.
Duke also was the official PBA earnings leader in 2000, although prize money is not considered as criteria in the All-America balloting.
Joining Duke on the first team were Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla.; Chris Barnes of Wichita, Kan.; Ryan Shafer of Elmira, N.Y., and Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J.
Second-team members are Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla.; Danny Wiseman of Baltimore; Robert Smith of Simi Valley, Calif.; Doug Kent of Newark, N.Y., and Finland's Mika Koivuniemi.
The All-America teams are selected by a panel of bowling writers, American Bowling Congress officials and industry leaders.
The seventh annual Senior All-America team featured the closest "captain" vote in history with 2000 ABC Senior Masters champion Dave Soutar of Bradenton, Fla., winning the honorary title by a single vote over two-time PBA Senior Tour winner Bob Glass of Lawrence, Kan. Five votes behind was The Villages Senior World Championship winner Roger Workman of Kenova, W.Va.
Johnny Petraglia of Manalapan, N.J., and Steve Neff of Homosassa Springs, Fla., rounded out the first-team-only Senior squad.
While Duke was the leading vote-getter, thus earning the "honorary captain" title, Williams' fast finish on the fall tour made it a contest as the Bowler of the 1990s earned his eighth consecutive first-team berth. After a slow start in 2000, Williams won two titles during the fall series and finished with the third-best average on tour (219.00).
Barnes, in earning his second consecutive first-team berth, finished third in the voting despite failing to win a title. He did, however, qualify for a tour-best 12 stepladder finals and he led the PBA with a 220.85 average.
Shafer, who earned a second-team nod in 1999 without a win, collected his first two PBA titles in 2000 and won his first berth on the All-America first team. Shafer was runner up in average and TV appearances.
Bohn made it six straight years on the first team despite a less-than-Bohn type year. The 1999 "honorary captain" won twice, but slipped to ninth in average and made "only" five TV appearances.
Couch, who saved his year with a victory in the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions, fell 17 points shy of bumping Bohn off the top squad. Wiseman, a model of consistency, Smith, a two-time winner including capturing the U.S. Open green jacket, and Koivuniemi, who backed up his ABC Masters triumph with a solid year, all earned their first All-America berths. Kent, who had one title and showed flashes of brilliance in the fall, also had earned a second-team berth in 1997.
Soutar, Glass and Workman dominated the Senior voting, based upon criteria which did not include earnings. Soutar cashed in all 12 Senior events and finished third in average (219.69) to nip Glass in the voting. Glass won twice, led the Senior Tour in average (222.69) and tied Soutar with 12 cashes. Workman was the only other two-time winner, finished fourth in average (219.26) and cashed 10 times.
Soutar also was a Senior All-American in 1999. Glass and Workman made the team for the first time. Petraglia, with one title and seven cashes in eight tries, and Neff, with no titles, but 10 cashes in 10 tries, both repeated their 1999 berths.
Macpherson Named Honorary Captain of WIBC Squad for Second-Straight Year
02/13/2001 - Bowling Newsline
Current Women's International Bowling Congress Queens champion Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., added another honor to her stellar career by earning the honorary captainship of the 2000 WIBC All-America team.
Macpherson, the 1990s Bowler of the Decade and 2000 Professional Women's Bowling Association Player of the Year, topped the voting of writers, broadcasters and WIBC officials for the second straight year. By topping the 27th annual voting, she earned her third honorary captain title in the last four years and fourth in five years.
The 33-year-old right-hander narrowly missed unanimous first-team selection as she earned 68 top votes and two second-team selections for 206 total points (three points for first team, one point for second team).
In addition to her Queens win, Macpherson was a member of 2000 WIBC Classic team champion High Roller-Cherry Hill, N.J. She won one other PWBA title, was second in the PWBA Players Championship and had 12 other top five PWBA finishes. She cashed in all but one of 23 events and was second in average at 214.90.
Joining Macpherson on the first All-America team were Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y.; Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, North Richland Hills, Texas; Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia, and Kim Adler, Las Vegas.
Feldman made the All-America first team for the first time thanks in part to three PWBA titles. She cashed in 22 of 23 events and was third in average with 214.51. She was named on 63 first-team and five second-team ballots for 194 points.
Dorin-Ballard won the WIBC Classic all events title and was fourth in the team event. She won three PWBA titles and cashed in all 23 events. She made her fourth straight first-team All-America appearance thanks to 60 first-team votes and 10 seconds for 190 points.
Honeychurch, the PWBA's 2000 Rookie of the Year and average leader at 215.18, also made her All-America debut in 2000. She had two PWBA titles and cashed in 21 of 22 events. She collected 52 first-team votes and 17 seconds for 173 points.
Adler extended her first-team All-America streak to three years and four of the last five years. She won two PWBA titles, was fourth in WIBC Classic singles and sixth in PWBA average at 211.11. She cashed in 21 of 23 events. She was named on 42 first-team ballots and 28 seconds for 154 points.
Earning second-team honors were former TEAM USA player Tennelle Grijalva, Orange, Calif.; Carol Gianotti-Block, Perth, Australia; TEAM USA's Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.; Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, N.J., and Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif.
Grijalva won the U.S. Open and PWBA Players Championship and was Macpherson's teammate on High Roller-Cherry Hill, N.J., that won the WIBC Classic team title.
Gianotti-Block also was a member of High Roller-Cherry Hill, N.J., had two PWBA victories and was third in the U.S. Open.
Kulick won the 2000 U.S. Amateur Championship after earning gold medals in the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs World Tenpin Team Cup, FIQ World Youth Championships, FIQ Juvenile American Zone Championships and Tournament of the Americas. She also was second in the U.S. Open.
DiRupo was second in the Queens, third in WIBC Classic all events and had five top five PWBA finishes. Barrette was fourth in the Queens and collected four top five finishes.
The WIBC All-America team will be presented in May during the WIBC Queens Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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