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      January 07, 2003:

-Days Inn Hotels Offer Free Bowling Games, $50,000 Sweepstakes

01/07/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      PARSIPPANY, N.J. - Days Inn hotels are ushering in the New Year by offering guests 10 million free bowling games and a chance to win $50,000.

      As exclusive lodging sponsor of the Professional Bowlers Association, the Days Inn system is offering guests one coupon each for a free bowling game at participating bowling centers when they stay at any Days Inn hotel in the United States through May 22. AAA and CAA members will receive two additional free games.

      Entering the $50,000 Days Inn Strike it Rich Sweepstakes is as easy as going online at or mailing a hand-printed 3-by-5 inch card including name, address, day and evening telephone numbers, e-mail address, age and the words "Strike It Rich" to Strike It Rich at Days Inns Sweepstakes, c/o ePrize, PO Box 9052, Farmington Hills, MI., 48333-9052.

      Web surfers also will find an online bowling game at the chain's Web site where they can win Days Dollars, redeemable for future stays at Days Inn hotels.

      No purchase necessary to enter the sweepstakes, which ends May 22. Free bowling game coupons available while supplies last. Participating bowling centers are listed on and

-Spigner, Werth Hold First-Round Leads In USA Bowling National Amateur Championships

01/07/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      RENO, Nev. -- Robbie Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., rolled a 299 game Tuesday on his way to the men's opening qualifying round lead in the USA Bowling National Amateur Championships at the National Bowling Stadium. He joined former Team USA member Stacy Werth, Rocklin, Calif., as the early leaders in the four-day event.

      Spigner, a 21-year-old Indiana University student, rolled 1,433 for six game, a 238 average. He opened with 279 and had 299 in his third game. Alex Cavagnaro, North Massapequa, N.Y., was second with 1,319 followed by Team USA 1999 member Scott Pohl, Eagan, Minn., with 1,309; Jim Lang, Hartshorne, Okla., 1,296; and Jeff Robertson, Tempe, Ariz., 1,295.

      Werth, a 38-year-old elementary school teacher and Team USA 1998, 1996 and 1993 member, rolled 1,267 for six games, a 211 average, to lead the women's division by 11 pins over Jennifer Wright, West Columbia, S.C. Team USA 2002 and 2001 member Kristal Scott, Painesville, Ohio, was third with 1,231 followed by defending U.S. Amateur Champion Shannon Pluhowsky Phoenix with 1,222 and Megan Larson of McKinney, Texas, at 1,217.

      Nearly 200 of the best amateur bowlers in the United States began the four-day quest to try to earn spots on Team USA 2003. All players rolled six more qualifying games Tuesday afternoon before 12 games Wednesday with the top 32 men and top 32 women advancing to match play beginning Thursday. The 32 match-play games continue through Friday with the top five men and top five women automatically qualifying for Team USA 2003. Another three men and three women will be chosen by a national selection committee based on such criteria as performance, physical game, mental game and team play.

      Team USA 2003 members will participate in events such as the Pan American Games, Federation Internationale des Quilleurs World Championships and AMF World Cup.

      The tournament features lane conditions compliant with the Sport Bowling program. Developed by the American Bowling Congress and Women's International Bowling Congress, Sport Bowling is a level of sanctioned league and tournament competition designed to emphasize bowlers' skill and re-establish the credibility of the sport.

      Lane patterns will be administered by Lane DynamX, the official lane maintenance provider for USA Bowling.

      Other sponsors include Storm Bowling Products, Dartfish, Peppermill Hotel Casino, Big Dogs, Twelve Strike and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America.

      Results from Tuesday's first qualifying round in the 2003 USA Bowling National Amateur Championships at the National Bowling Stadium:
1, Robby Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 1433. 
2,Alex Cavagnaro, North Massapequa, N.Y., 1319. 
3, Scott Pohl, Eagan, Minn, 1309. 
4,Jim Lang, Hartshorne, Okla., 1296. 
5, Jeff Robertson, Tempe, Ariz., 1295. 
6, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 1282. 
7, Chris Klerk, Mesa, Ariz. 1278. 
8, Jason Lower, Beaverton, Ore., 1275. 
9, Mike Skillman, Jackson, N.J. 1271. 
10, Michael Remaklus, Florissant, Mo., 1268. 
11, David Haynes, Las Vegas, Nev., 1263. 
12, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1261. 
13, Steve Patterson, Orange Beach, Ala., 1260. 
14, Jason Rasinske, Lansing, Mich., 1257. 
15, Nick Black, Price, Utah, 1249. 
16, Tony Manna, Omaha, Neb., 1235. 
17, Vernon Peterson, Dearborn Heights, Mich., 1231. 
18, Rhino Page, Wichita, Kan., 1225. 
19, Nick Smith, Canyon Country, Calif., 1218. 
20, Tony Yarbrough, Strafford, Mo., 1212.
21, Royce Rusher, Tulsa, Okla., 1212. 
22, Edward Smaglik, West Lafayette, Ind., 1205. 
23, Bill Hoffman, Columbus, Ohio, 1202. 
24, Derek Eoff, Lincoln, Neb., 1200. 
25, Matt Burley, Tempe, Ariz., 1199. 
26, Ivan Miyasato, Aiea, Hawaii, 1198. 
27, Levi Slocum, Baldwin Park, Calif., 1196. 
28, David Wehrly, Tucson, Ariz., 1195. 
29, Tim Mack, Garfield, N.J., 1195. 
30, Samuel Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 1186. 
31, Richard Fairley, Jr., Lynchburg, Va., 1183. 
32, Victor Meyerhoff, San Francisco, 1179. 
33, Chuck Tillman, White Hall, Md., 1177. 
34, Ken Liedes, Kenai, Alaska, 1169. 
35, Chris Forry, Fairfield, Conn., 1167. 
36 ,George Gohagan III, Trotwood, Ohio,  1166. 
37, Dino Castillo, Irving, Texas, 1163. 
38, Aaron Howard, Westminster, Colo., 1160. 
39, Scott How, Wichita, Kan., 1160. 
40, Michael Mullin, Congers, N.Y., 1159. 
41, Michael Sinek, Oderton, Md., 1155. 
42, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 1154. 
43, John Eiss, Orono, Minn., 1154. 
44, Steve LaFave, Virginia Beach, Va., 1152. 
45, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1152. 
46, Doane Cole, Murrieta, Calif., 1148. 
47, Kyle O'Hara, Chico, Calif., 1144. 
48, Joseph Ramsdell III, Canaan, Maine, 1142. 
49, Bryan Komornik, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 11,41. 
50, Eric Cox, San Diego, 11,41. 
51, Kevin Dornberger, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1137. 
52, Kirk Anderson, San Jose, Calif., 1135. 
53, Dave Schick, Fargo, N.D., 1135. 
54, Jason Sterner, Jonesboro, Ga., 1135. 
55, Kyle Hartzell, Easton, Pa., 1131. 
56, Jay Futrell, Wichita, Kan., 1131. 
57, Andrew Cain, Tempe, Ariz., 1131. 
58, Adam Dugan, Austin, Texas, 1130. 
59, Bill Leach, Gadsden, Ala., 1130. 
60, John Orosz, Montclair, N.J., 1129. 
61, Mike Rose, Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1127. 
62, Tom Nassar, Bedford, Texas, 1125. 
63, Scott Gardner, Garland, Texas, 1124. 
64, David Mitchell, Jonhnstown, Pa., 1122. 
65, Mike Burgess Jr., Rodeo, Calif., 1122. 
66,Skip Sansone, Tucson, Ariz., 1117. 
67, David Atwood, Sparks, Nev., 1117. 
68, Kris Netherton, Sacramento, Calif., 1116. 
69, Jeff Monzella, Boise, Idaho, 1111. 
70, Jason Elliott, Lawrence, Kan., 1110. 
71, P.J. Haggerty, Weimar, Calif., 1109. 
72, Jason Craigen, Mesa, Ariz., 1108. 
73, Jason Kaiser, West Allis, Wis., 1105. 
74, Keith Ubert, Hays, Kan., 1105. 
75, Scott Huther, Madison, Ala., 1104. 
76, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1104. 
77, Chris Porcello, Carson City, Nev., 1103. 
78, Brad Kellam, Clarksville, Ky., 1102. 
79, Vito Genova, Franklin Square, N.Y., 1102. 
80 ,Jamie Kaiser, Grove City, Ohio, 1102. 
81, Marty Bedford, Gasport, N.Y., 1101. 
82, Christian Alderucci, Port Jefferson, N.Y., 1100. 
83, Mark French, Ventura, Calif., 1097. 
84, Will Perry, Pflugerville, Texas, 1097. 
85,John Prokopec, Dacula, Ga., 1096. 
86, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1095. 
87, Dave Mackowiak, West Mifflin, Pa., 1092. 
88, Steve Kloempken, Ogden, Utah, 1091. 
89, Mark Adams II, Muncie, Ind., 1090. 
90, Andrew Ueland, Fresno, Calif., 1090. 
91, Scott Slocum, Baldwin Park, Calif., 1089. 
92, Frank Russell Jr, Charleston, W.Va., 1088. 
93, Steve Burger, Decatur, Ill., 1086. 
94, Paul Enright, Las Vegas, Nev., 1084. 
95 ,Steve Villanueva, Brisbane, Calif., 1083. 
96, George Palumbo, Henderson, Nev., 1081. 
97, Richard Fulton Jr., Whitman, Mass., 1081. 
98, Anthony Crudup, Tampa, Fla., 1073. 
99, Chris Tuskowski, Fort Atkinson, Wis., 1071. 
100, Chris Bundy, Tacoma, Wash., 1070. 
101, Josh Harper, Hopkinsville, Ky., 1060. 
102, Chuck Groat, Kearns, Utah, 1059. 
103, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1058. 
104, Jeffrey Mersch, Orlando, Fla., 1058. 
105, Phil Campit, Daly City, Calif., 1054. 
106, Dennis Tchir, Endicott, N.Y., 1048. 
107, Anthony Delahanty, Lake Oswego, Ore., 1048. 
108, Gino Catenacci, Dallas, Texas, 1047. 
109, Alex Sala, Redwood City, Calif., 1043. 
110, Jason Carrillo, Montebello, Calif., 1043. 
111, Mat Henning, North Platte, Neb., 1040. 
112, Drew Knudson, Kansas City, Mo., 1032. 
113, Michael Missett, Milton, Vt., 1026. 
114, Anthony Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 1025. 
115, Johnny Bryan, Silverdale, Wash., 1024. 
116, Phillip Craddock, Virginia Beach, Va., 1024. 
117, Joseph Alalay, Fremont, Calif., 1023. 
118, Les Burnham, Irving, Texas, 1015. 
119, Michael Slatky, York, Pa., 1010. 
120, Dale Lee, Brandon, Fla., 1010. 
121, Philipp Hudak, Columbia, S.C., 1007. 
122, Richard Watts, Colorado Springs, Colo., 999. 
123, George Eckmann Jr., Rio Linda, Calif., 978. 
124, Chris Reser, Marquette, Mich, 978. 
125,Paul Aldrich, Buffalo, N.Y., 973. 
126,Stan Moore, North Highlands, Calif., 970. 
127 ,James Locicero, Fremont, Calif., 969. 
128, Steve Heatherly, Antioch, Tenn., 966. 
129, Justin Rader, Sarepta, La., 965. 
130 ,Robert Matera, Cameron, N.C., 958. 
131, Ronald Wong, Hayward, Calif., 947. 
132, Chuck Anderson, Bedford, Texas, 937. 
133, Paublo Martinez, Visalia, Calif., 931.

1, Stacy Werth, Rocklin, Calif., 1267.
2, Jennifer Wright, West Columbia, S.C., 1256.
3, Kristal Scott, Painesville, Ohio, 1231.
4, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 1222.
5, Megan Larson, McKinney, Texas, 1217.
6, Diane Parker, Walnut, Calif., 1199.
7, Christine Munsie, Schererville, Ind., 1198.
8, Diandra Hyman, Dyer, Ind., 1183.
9, Kaleena Henning, North Platte, Neb., 1175.
10, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 1173.
11, Leigh McPherson, Tempe, Ariz., 1173.
12, Lisa Duenow, Mound, Minn., 1167.
13, Katie Verbil, Wichita, Texas, 1139.
14, Christine Couvillon, Denham Springs, La., 1132. 
15, Ranae Janssen, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1131. 
16,Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 1130. 
17, Allison Jones, Roseville, Calif., 1127. 
18, Nikki Lewandowski, Buffalo, N.Y., 1120. 
19, Jennifer Murphy, Helotes, Texas, 1116. 
20, Stacey Bokina, Peconic, N.Y., 1114. 
21, Joy Esterson, Morehead, Ky., 1114. 
22, Brandi Wolfe, Tempe, Ariz., 1112.
23, Jennifer Driggs, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1110. 
24, Kimberly Hunn, Chandler, Ariz., 1109. 
25, Debbie Kuhn, Baltimore, 1105. 
26, Anita Manns, Austin, Texas, 1104. 
27, Karla Engh, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1099. 
28, Michelle Spratford, Hopelawn, N.J., 1092. 
29, Jeanette Menacho, Sacramento, Calif., 1090. 
30, Kari Schwager, Lincoln, Neb., 1086. 
31, Erin Dugan, Austin, Texas, 1082. 
32, Olivia Sandham, Boulder, Colo., 1080. 
33, Debra Slusser, Rapid City, S.D., 1072. 
34,Amber Lester, North Pole, Alaska, 1067. 
35, Nichole DePaul, Greendale, Wis., 1061. 
36, Amanda Burgoyne, Newport, Minn., 1061. 
37, Karlene Welty, Calhoun, Ga., 1059. 
38, Leslie Shelton, Houston, 1059. 
39 ,Brandi Hostetler, Boise, Idaho, 1055. 
40 ,Terri Ward, Loveland, Colo., 1054. 
41, Jennifer Marmo, North Babylon, N.Y., 1053. 
42, Danielle Tchir, Endicott, N.Y., 1050. 43, 
Candace Golding, Acton, Calif., 1047. 44, 
Jocelyn Stutz, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1047. 45, 
Lisa Beeksma, Pensacola, Fla., 1046. 46, 
Joan Reilly, Sneads Ferry, NC, 1042. 47, 
Tanya Fields, Henderson, Nev., 1032. 48, 
Laurie Lombardi, Skowhegan, Maine, 1026. 
49, Karen Sookikian, Danville, Calif., 1026. 
50, Toni Mula, Alamogordo, N.M., 1023. 
51, Krystal Buenaventura, Boise, Idaho, 1015. 
52, Norma Herrera, Anchorage, Alaska, 1014. 
53, Maria Bacos, Lakewood, Calif., 1012. 
54, Anita Hawkins, Seattle, Wash., 1012. 
55, Leslie Coleman, Danville, Va., 1011. 
56, Sue Sansone, Tucson, Ariz., 1005. 
57, Sunni Hearin, Tacoma, Wash., 1001. 
58, Christine Odekirk, Oak Creek, Wis., 988. 
59 ,April Ellis, Pikeville, Ky., 987. 
60, Jodie Mustin, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 987. 
61, JoAnn Bridges, Hoover, Ala., 961. 
62, Melissa Stewart, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 961. 
63, Laura Beaudet, Hyde Park, Mass., 908. 
64, Jamie Curley, Holbrook, N.Y., 896. 
65, Gloria Gramling, Grain Valley, Mo., 893. 
66, Melissa Slatky, York, Pa., 883.

-Ball Companies Pledge Support For The YABA 2003 Junior Gold Event

01/07/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - The Young American Bowling Alliance announced that four of the industry's top bowling ball manufacturers have signed contracts renewing their sponsorship for the 2003 USA Junior Gold Bowling National Championships, to be held July 12-18 in St. Louis.

      AMF, Brunswick, Columbia 300 and Storm Bowling Products have pledged to support YABA and the Junior Gold event for the third straight year.

      "YABA looks forward to continuing to provide its youth members with quality championship tournaments and programs that keep them interested in bowling," said YABA Marketing Manager Robin Crawford. "Thanks to renewed relationships like this we will hopefully continue to grow, while producing bowlers who are hooked on bowling for life."

      The sixth annual USA Junior Gold Bowling National Championships will be held July 12-18, at AMF Strike 'N Spare in St. Louis; Brunswick Lakeside Lanes in Valley Park, Mo.; and the Brunswick Four Seasons in Chesterfield, Mo. Strike 'N Spare is a 48-lane center, while Lakeside Lanes and Four Seasons each have 40 lanes. The first USA Junior Gold Bowling National Championships were held in 1998 in Reno, Nev.

      The USA Junior Gold Bowling National Championships features the best youth bowlers from across North America and military zones from around the world. Each participant advanced to the Bowling National Championships through local Junior Gold qualifying tournaments and leagues held throughout North America.

      The competitors, most with 200-plus averages, compete for spots on Junior Team USA. Eight girls and eight boys become Junior Team USA members and earn a portion of the more than $65,000 in scholarships available at this tournament. Junior Team USA represents the United States in international competition. This team is designed to be part of a feeder system for the U.S. national amateur team, Team USA.

-Helen Davis Wins $5,000 Grand Prize In 2002 PWBA Bowlers Club Sweepstakes

01/07/2003 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS -- When Helen Davis, Mesa, AZ, answered the phone on Christmas day she had no idea that she was about to receive a very special gift from the Professional Women's Bowling Association. On the other end of the phone line was PWBA President John Falzone with the news that Davis had just won the $5,000 grand prize as part of the 2002 PWBA Bowlers Club Sweepstakes.

      "I thought it was too good to be true," said Davis. "I always join the Bowlers Club every year because it supports the PWBA, but I never imagined I would win the grand prize."

      Selected from a random drawing on Christmas Eve, Davis was chosen as the grand prize winner from more than 1,000 club members.

      A league bowler at the Country Club Lanes in Mesa, the 75-year old Davis competes three times a week and has a 145 average. She has been bowling since she was 13 and has been a member of the Women's International Bowling Congress for over 50 years.

      "My mom and dad got me interested in the game when they used to manage a bowling center in Moline, Illinois. After school I used to help the boys set up the pins before the leagues started."

      In addition to being entered to win the grand prize, Davis's Bowlers Club membership included an official PWBA Tour Guide, a membership card, entitlement to PWBA merchandise discounts, a limited edition photo of the top five PWBA players and an entry for a daily $100 prize giveaway.

      When asked what she planned to do with her new found fortune Davis replied, "I have four children so I think I'll share some of it with them. My husband wants a new computer but I think the first thing I'm going to do is go see my sister in Florida. We haven't seen each other in about three years."

      The 2003 PWBA Bowler's Club, which will again include giveaways and a grand prize, will begin on March 1st. Interested members can signup on line at or by calling the PWBA office at 815-332-5756.

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