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    -US Open Spoils Weddings

    7/13/2000 - By Angel Zobel-Rodriguez

          The US Open seems to play spoiler in bowler's wedding and honeymoon plans. Last year, Chris and Lynda Barnes spent their honeymoon driving to Connecticut and bowling in the US Open. This year, Cathy Dorin and Jeff Lizzi postponed their wedding to December after learning their wedding would conflict with the dates.

    -Fleming Fires 300 In Masters Sweeper

    6/13/2000 - ABC Tournament
          ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Paul Fleming, reigning PBA Rookie of the Year, rolled 216, 300 and 233 for a 749 series to win the Masters Kickoff sweeper on Monday, June 12. Fleming also rolled a 298 game during the 7pm Pro-Am event.

          Fleming, 32, a member of the Storm pro staff, joined the PBA tour in 1998 but did not compete full time until 1999. Fleming earned $29, 890 in 21 tour stops in 1999 to become Rookie of the Year. He added $2,500 in unofficial earnings with his 749 total.

          Married to wife, Andrea, Fleming rolled 300 in the 1992 Masters at Corpus Christi, Texas, and 300 in the 1999 ABC Championships in Syracuse, N.Y. Fleming was the National Amateur Champion in 1991 and a member of Team USA in 1992.

          He will begin qualifying for the $200,000 ABC Masters tournament on Tuesday, June 13 along with 450 of the top professionals and amateurs in bowling.

    -Petraglia High Scoring Pro In ABC Masters Pro-am

    6/13/2000 - ABC Tournament
          ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J., is just one of many professional bowlers competing in the ABC Masters Tournament at the Albuquerque Convention Center this week.

          Petraglia participated in the Pro-Am Tournament on Monday, June 12, on the 7 p.m. celebrity squad consisting of Mayor Jim Baca, and many press and media personalities. Representing the Senior Professional Bowler's Tour, he rolled games of 257, 300 and 223 for a lofty 780 total and led all pro's in scoring honors.

          The 53-year-old left-hander, a member of the Professional Bowling Association (PBA) for 35 years, has 14 PBA National titles, three senior titles and has more than a million dollars in career earnings.

          He is one of 450 top professionals and amateurs to begin qualifying for the $200,000 Masters Tournament on Tuesday, June 13.

    -Forkel Hopes To Compete in Fall Tour

    6/12/2000 - By Angel Zobel-Rodriguez

          Eric Forkel, who was injured in April after falling through the roof of his house, continues to recover at his home in Northridge, Calif. Forkel is currently undergoing physical therapy for his back and, although he will not be able to compete in any of the four National Tour events this summer, he is targeting the Fall Tour for his return to competition. If all goes well, the five-time champion and former PBA National Championship winner is hoping to be back practicing by September in preparation for the start of the fall events in early October.

    -Grijalva Injured During Matchplay

    6/9/2000 - By Angel Zobel-Rodriguez

          Tennelle Grijalva was sidelined during matchplay this week by a pulled back muscle. Jackie Mitskavich replaced Tennelle during the second round of matchplay, and they will split the (25th place alternate and 24th place prizes). Tennelle hopes to return next week to the lanes.

    -Barnes Shoots First 800 of Her Career

    6/1/2000 - PWBA Tour
          Lynda Barnes, Wichita, KS., made an impressive move, climbing six spots after shooting her first 800 set of her career. Barnes shot games of 300, 272, and 234 for an 806 set. "I just matched up my equipment with the condition today," said Barnes. "It's good to be in the hunt again for the chance to make the televised finals."

    -Record Breaking Scores In The Team Event

    5/23/2000 - PWBA Tour
          Bowling in the team event, team High Roller-Chry Hill, NJ, captained by Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., captured the lead with a record-breaking score of 3,234. Captain Macpherson led the team with a 693 series, followed by Maxine Nable, Australia, 669, Carol Gianotti-Block, Australia, 658, Tennelle Grijalva, Orange, Calif., 636 and Marliss Tapp, Portage, Mich., 578.

    -Voss Makes Appearance On Today Show

    5/22/2000 - PBA Tour
          Brian Voss appeared on NBC's "Today Show" Sunday, May 21. AMF constructed a lane outside the Today Show studios in New York City and Voss (along with the show's hosts) were featured bowling in the outdoor environment. The segment described the changes the sport of bowling has undergone over the years, with Voss taking the time to explain the innovations in bowling balls, shoes, pins, lanes, and clothes. He also gave a couple of quick "tips" as the hosts took turns throwing shots on the outdoor lane (Voss' only shot was a strike).

    -PWBA Bowler Gets Creamed In Bowl The Rogue Open

    5/18/2000 - PWBA Tour
          During a group boat trip and dinner on Saturday, Steve Buckner, husband of Hall of Famer Pam Buckner, snuck up on Robin Mossontte and dolloped her smack in the face with a face-full of whip cream. Robin took it in stride, apparently they have been taking turns surprising each other with assorted cream pies and whip cream for over twenty years. Robin and Pam used to room together on tour, so Steve was around often. Each of these "foes" have gone to great lengths to outdo and surprise each other over the years. Sometimes they have gone many months before the climate is right for the next surprise, but one thing they have both laughingly agreed onů there will be revenge.

    -Double Partners Grijalva and Macpherson Impress Vegas Fans

    5/8/2000 - PWBA Tour
          Local crowds here in Las Vegas always gather to cheer loudly for their famous resident, Player of the Year and Bowler of the Decade, Wendy Macpherson. She and her partner, rookie Tennelle Grijalva, Orange, Calif., gave the Vegas fans an opportunity to cheer even louder this evening during match play when Grijalva and Macpherson each connected on a long string of strikes from the third frame on to each finish with a 279 game.

    -Carolyn Dorin-Ballard Voted April Bowler of the Month

    5/6/2000 - BWAA
          Carolyn Dorin-Ballard was voted Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the Month for April by a select panel of the organization, BWAA President Dan Glus announced today.

          Dorin-Ballard, a 35-year-old right-hander from North Richland Hills, Tex., captured her eighth Professional Women Bowling Association championship by defeating top seed Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., 217-189 at the Bowl for Blindness Classic in Mesa, Ariz.

          Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., who won the PWBA Las Cruces (New Mexico) Open, was runner-up in the balloting.

    -Forkel Released, Doctors Hopeful for Full Recovery.

    5/1/2000 - By Angel Zobel-Rodriguez

          On Monday, April 10, Eric Forkel and Barry Gurney, a champion on the PBA Senior Tour, were working on the roof of Forkel's house, when Forkel fell through the skylight onto the living room floor below. Forkel was taken to Northridge Hospital and, according to wife Tritia, has two broken vertebrae.

          Close friends of Forkel report that he was released from the Northridge Hospital on April 26th. Forkel remains under doctors care as the head trauma he suffered is healing slowly. He is able to take 20 minute walks each day and is undergoing therapy. Doctors are hopeful for a complete recovery.

          Forkel, 39, has been a PBA member since 1982 and has been a full-time Touring Pro since 1992. Included in his five victories are wins at the prestigious PBA National Championship (1992) and the Brunswick Memorial World Open (1994). He ranks 36th on the Tour's all-time earnings list with more than $800,000.

          You can send your cards, notes, and well wishes to:
                Eric Forkel
                C/O Professional Bowling Association
                1720 Merriman Road
                Akron, OH 4433

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