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      January 11, 2002:

-Bowl For The Cure® Earns AAA Award Of Excellence

01/11/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. -The Women's International Bowling Congress' Bowl for the Cure® program, which benefits the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, earned the prestigious Associations Advance America (AAA) Award of Excellence, sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

      The AAA Award of Excellence recognizes organizations that advance American society with innovative programs benefiting the community. Winners were selected by the following criteria: impact of the program, level of involvement by volunteers and the program's ability to be replicated by other organizations. Bowl for the Cure® was one of 16 AAA Award winners chosen from more than 100 entries.

      "These programs embody the work being done everyday by associations across the country to better our communities and quality of life," ASAE President and CEO S. Olson, CAE said.

      In addition, Award of Excellence winners are automatically entered into consideration for the Summit Award, ASAE's highest association honor.

      "WIBC is extremely pleased that Bowl for the Cure® has earned this great honor," WIBC Executive Director Roseann Kuhn said. "Thank you to the hundreds of thousands of bowlers who participate in Bowl for the Cure® and work to ensure the program is successful."

      All award winners will be honored during ASAE Denver 2002, the society's Annual Meeting and Exposition, to be held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Aug. 17-21.

      Bowl for the Cure® is a nationwide fundraising initiative benefiting the Komen Foundation offering bowlers a way to take a stand against breast cancer while educating themselves on early detection and other breast health issues. In 2001, bowlers raised more than $845,000 for the Komen Foundation and hope to raise $1 million during the 2002 event.

      During February each league is encouraged to designate one bowling session of its choice as Bowl for the Cure® day. Participating bowlers may donate a penny per pin (or any amount they wish) for their series bowled during the designated Bowl for the Cure® session. The Komen Foundation receives 100 percent of net proceeds, which supports cutting-edge breast cancer research and community outreach programs. Visit for information on the Bowl for the Cure® program and how to get your community involved in "knocking down pins to knock out breast cancer."

      The mission of the Komen Foundation is to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment. For more information about breast health or breast cancer, call the Komen Foundation's National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I'M AWARE® (800) 462-9273, or visit the Foundation's website at

      The ASAE was founded in 1920 and represents approximately 10,000 associations serving more than 287 million people and companies worldwide as well as vendors that offer products and services to the association community.

-February Is Bowl For The Cure® Month

01/11/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The Women's International Bowling Congress' Bowl for the Cure® program benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, offers bowlers a way to take a stand against breast cancer while educating themselves on preventative measures and breast health issues.

      February is designated as the second annual Bowl for the Cure® month. Activities begin with the Kick-off Challenge scheduled for Feb. 8 in Dallas and Milwaukee.

      During the Kick-off Challenge, the Komen Foundation Headquarters and Dallas community look to defend their 2001 championship title and will once again battle the Milwaukee WIBC Headquarters and community in a two-game roll off. The winner is determined by total dollars raised to fight breast cancer.

      Also throughout February, each league is encouraged to designate one bowling session of its choice as Bowl for the Cure® day (participation is completely voluntary). Participating bowlers may donate a penny per pin (or any amount they wish) for their series bowled during the designated Bowl for the Cure® session. The Komen Foundation receives 100 percent of net proceeds.

      Although February is Bowl for the Cure® month, events may be held at any time throughout the year. Bowlers raised more than $845,000 for the Komen Foundation in 2001 and WIBC's goal is to raise $1 million in 2002.

      This year an estimated 192,200 new cases are expected to be diagnosed and in the United States alone 40,200 women and 400 men are expected to die from breast cancer. Women and men are at risk for breast cancer, making the importance of breast health and education essential.

      WIBC and the Komen Foundation stress the importance of early detection of breast cancer, which can help save your life or the life of someone you know. The Komen Foundation recommends that women practice a positive breast health regimen that includes monthly breast self-examination beginning by the age of 20 and clinical breast examination by a trained health professional at least every three years starting at age 20 and annually after age 40. Starting at age 40, women should get a mammogram every year. Women under age 40 with a family history, other risk factors or reasons for concern should consult a trained medical professional about when to have a mammogram.

      The mission of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment. For more information about breast health or breast cancer, call the Komen Foundation's National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I'M AWARE® (800) 462-9273, or visit its Web site at

-2002 ABC Tournament Is Largest Outside Of Reno And Fourth Biggest Overall

01/11/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      With a final entry of 10,806 teams, the 2002 American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament in Billings, Mont., will be the largest ABC conducted outside of the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

      As the fourth largest overall, ABC has confirmed bowlers from all 50 states and six other countries will compete in the 99th Tournament Feb. 9-June 23 at the MetraPark Expo Center.

      The 2002 ABC Tournament displaced the 2000 event in Albuquerque, N.M., which attracted 10,688 five-player teams, for fourth place. The National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., has hosted the three largest ABC Tournaments - 17,285 teams in 1995, 16,104 in 2001 and 15,925 in 1998.

      Michigan and Illinois are in a virtual deadlock for recognition as the states with the most teams entered. Illinois has 769 five-player teams entered while Michigan has 763 entries. A distant third is Texas with 642 followed by Ohio with 632, and host Montana with 585.

      The second five includes, in order: Wisconsin (549), California (499), Colorado (419), Pennsylvania (387) and Indiana (383).

      In addition to domestic bowlers, the 2002 Tournament has received 58 team entries from Canada, eight from Bermuda, eight from the Grand Bahamas., three from Germany, two from Switzerland and two from Italy.

      Montana's neighbors also will be well represented. Washington has attracted 258 teams followed by North Dakota (183), Wyoming (161), Idaho (156), Utah (155) and South Dakota (142).

-YABA's Triple Crown Events Move To Central Florida For 2002

01/11/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The Young American Bowling Alliance's two annual tournaments will be held in the same location for the third straight year as they move to the Florida cities Lakeland and Winter Haven for 2002, while the 2002 YABA International Workshop will be held in Orlando.

      The best youth bowlers in North America will compete in the fifth annual USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships July 6-12 at three locations in Lakeland and Winter Haven. The Coca-Cola® Youth Bowling Championships presented by Storm Products Inc., the premier international tournament for youth bowlers, will take place July 15-17 in Winter Haven. The International Workshop will be held in nearby Orlando following the conclusion of both tournaments, July 19-21.

      The USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships tournament will be held at Cypress Lanes in Winter Haven and Interstate Lanes and the Orange Bowl in Lakeland. All three centers are 40-lane venues. The athletes are competing for $50,000 in scholarships, individual national titles and berths on the 2003 Junior TEAM USA. The tournament is open to all members of YABA's Junior Gold program who advance to the National Championships through North America local qualifiers.

      Scratch participants from Coca-Cola® local qualifying will be included in the Junior Gold event, competing for an additional $15,000 in scholarships.

      Athletes will bowl 18 qualifying games with one of every seven entrants in each division (boys and girls) advancing to the next round. The remaining athletes then will bowl 12 additional games, with the top 16 boys and top 16 girls advancing to bowl 16 match play games. The top six finishers in each division, who are U.S. citizens, will receive berths on the 2003 Junior TEAM USA squad.

      The National Selection Committee (appointed by the USA Bowling president) will add two males and two females to 2003 Junior TEAM USA. Selections will be made from the pool of athletes that advance to match play competition.

      Four berths to the 2003 Canadian Tenpin Team Trials will be awarded to the top finishing male and female competitors in the Junior Gold tournament who are Canadian citizens.

      The Coca-Cola® Youth Bowling Championships will be held exclusively at Cypress Lanes in Winter Haven, while the host hotel for the event will be the Holiday Inn-Winter Haven. The event will feature more than 200 athletes from around the world competing for $20,000 in scholarships and individual international titles.

      The event will begin with eight qualifying games in each of the four handicap divisions (two boys and two girls). The field then will be cut to the top 16 in each division. The remaining athletes will compete in a single-game double-elimination match play format. The top four finishers in each division will receive scholarships and medallions.

      The International Workshop will be held at the Grosvenor Resort, a Walt Disney property that overlooks Downtown Disney. A complete schedule of events will be available on the YABA section of

-USA Bowling Begins 2002 With New Board Of Trustees Slate, Changes In Staff

01/11/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The USA Bowling Board of Trustees has new leadership as part of a number of changes for the organization as 2002 begins.

      Cathy Cooper, Anderson, Ind., is the board's new president, succeeding Kevin Dornberger, Sioux Falls, S.D., whose two-year term ended Dec. 31. Linda Scott, Portland, Ore., is the new 1st vice president after previously serving as a trustee. Dornberger becomes 2nd vice president with Mark Jensen, Wichita, Kan., remaining as secretary-treasurer.

      Steve Donahue, Auburn, N.Y., joins the board as a new trustee, replacing Paul Egbers, Olympia Fields, Ill. Remaining trustees are: Darlene Baker, Mahomet, Ill.; Fred Borden, Akron, Ohio; Sylvia Broyles, Spring Branch, Texas; Betty Kingsley, Rochester, N.Y. and athlete trustees David Garber, Dallas; and Robin Marshall, Bend, Ore. Athlete trustee John Eiss, Orono, Minn., has left the board with his replacement to be named later.

      Cooper, who oversees two family-owned bowling centers, also is president of the Young American Bowling Alliance. She has served both organizations in various capacities and also has been active in the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America.

      USA Bowling also has announced several staffing changes. John Lupton has been named a marketing consultant and Joan Romeo a communications consultant. Linda Johnson is the new administrative assistant and Ken Yokobosky, Lafayette, N.J., has joined TEAM USA as an assistant coach.

      USA Bowling Director of Coaching Pat Henry, Manager of Communications & Programs Sarah Krainert-Henry and Coaching Developer Palmer Fallgren have resigned to take other positions. The Henrys have moved to Singapore where Pat is the new director of coaching of the Singapore national team. Fallgren, TEAM USA's head coach from 1996-99, is joining AMF in a coaching capacity, but will continue to serve as a consultant to the USA Bowling Coaching Certification Program.

      "We appreciate all that Pat, Sarah and Palmer did for USA Bowling and wish them well in their new positions," USA Bowling CEO/Executive Director Jerry Koenig said.

      Yokobosky, a USA Bowling Bronze level coach and Professional Bowlers Association member since 1985, joins TEAM USA Head Coach Fred Borden and fellow assistants Jeri Edwards and Gordon Vadakin. Yokobosky, a one-time PBA touring player, owns a pro shop.

-Turbo 2-N-1 Grips Renews Commitment With YABA

01/11/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Continuing its commitment to youth bowling, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips has agreed to renew its sponsorship with the Young American Bowling Alliance and the Junior Gold Program as "The Official Grip of the Young American Bowling Alliance."

      A privately-owned company located northeast of Detroit, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips is recognized worldwide in the sport for its revolutionary idea known as "the original neon finger insert."

      "Turbo 2-N-1 Grips is delighted to continue our involvement with YABA and the Junior Gold Program in 2002," Turbo President of Sales and Marketing Lori Tessmar said. "We want to help encourage the success of YABA's talented young athletes. They are the future of our changing sport."

      "YABA is very pleased to have the continued support of Turbo 2-N-1 Grips," YABA Chief Operating Officer Bob Maki said. "We are confident that Turbo 2-N-1 Grips will be the grip choice of our members."

      The grip manufacturer also is a sponsor of several collegiate bowling teams, including Arizona State University, Michigan State University, Vincennes University and Morehead State University. Turbo 2-N-1 Grips are sold and distributed in more than 35 countries worldwide and are the choice of many top bowlers around the world.

      For more information on the Junior Gold Program, the 2002 USA Junior Gold National Championships or YABA, visit bowling's premier Web site, For more information on Turbo 2-N-1 Grips, visit

-Holiday Season Featured Four Tier 1 Collegiate Events

01/11/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Four tier 1 events highlighted the collegiate bowling schedule during the holiday season, including the 29th annual Las Vegas Invitational; the 14th annual Colgate Invitational in Maple Shade, N.J.; the Collegiate Shoot-Out in Las Vegas; and the South Jersey Winter Classic in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Las Vegas Invitational
      The Las Vegas Invitational was held Dec. 27-29 at the Texas Station Bowling Center. The event featured 46 men's and 20 women's teams competing in five traditional team games and six games of doubles and singles. Winners were determined by total pinfall for all 11 games.

      Wichita State University dominated the event, capturing both the men's and women's titles. The men's squad totaled 11,624 for 11 games, outdistancing second-place Western Illinois by 212 pins.

      The Shocker women compiled 11,313 for 11 games, 389 pins over second-place Nebraska to defend their Las Vegas Invitational title.

      Mesa Community College's Hugh Rodman had the highest men's individual average with 233. Brandi Wolfe of Arizona State University led the women's division with 224.

      Boise State University's Jacob Dobkins recorded the only 300 game.

Colgate Invitational
      The Colgate Invitational was held Dec. 27-28 at Laurel Lanes. The competition included six traditional team games during the first day and three additional team games on the second day. The winners were determined by total pinfall for all nine games. The event featured 37 men's teams and 22 women's teams.

      The University of Kansas won the men's division with 9,431, holding off runner-up Saginaw Valley State University by 60 pins. The Morehead State University women defended their 2000 title with 8,893. Runner-up Shippensburg (Pa.) University placed second with 8,692.

Sam's Town Collegiate Shoot-Out
      The Sam's Town Collegiate Shoot-Out was held Dec. 28-30 The event included 46 men's and 22 women's teams competing in three games of singles and six games of team match play. The winners were determined by total pinfall for the nine games, plus bonus.

      Arizona State dominated the men's event with 11,675, 218 pins ahead of runner-up Purdue University and 223 pins over third-place Wichita State. In the women's division, Wichita State matched its Las Vegas Invitational victory with 11,193. The University of Nebraska was second with 10,595.

      Arizona State's Andrew Cain, who averaged slightly under 244 for nine games, led the men individually, while Nebraska's Kari Schwager averaged 223 to lead the women's division.

      Schwager and Mankato State University's Josh Burnell had 300 games.

South Jersey Winter Classic
      The South Jersey Winter Classic was held Dec. 29-30 at Woodcrest Lanes. It consisted of 37 men's and 23 women's teams competing in six traditional team games and 15 Baker games. The winners were determined by total pinfall for the 21 games.

      Following a second-place finish at the Colgate Invitational, Saginaw Valley State compiled 10,294 to dominate the men's field. Runner-up Morehead State was 559 pins back. On the women's side, Morehead State followed its Colgate Invitational triumph with another win. The Lady Eagles narrowly defeated Indiana State by 26 pins, 9,483-9,457.

      The individual average leader in the men's division was Saginaw Valley State's Del Shea who averaged just over 248 for six individual games. Morehead State's Joy Esterson led the women's division with 241.5. The event featured 300 games by Esterson, Sacred Heart University's Dee Tchir, Morehead State's Chris Hester and Virginia Tech's Richard Fairley in the men's division, while Esterson added an 800 series (245-300-255).

      The Las Vegas Invitational, Colgate Invitational, Sam's Town Shoot-Out and South Jersey Winter Classic are four of 10 College Bowling USA Tier 1 tournaments during the 2001-02 season.

      The three remaining tier 1 events include the Blue & Gold Classic, Jan. 26-27 in South Bend, Ind.; the Brunswick Coca-Cola Classic, Feb. 1-3 in Las Vegas; and the Hoosier Classic, Feb. 23-24 in Indianapolis.

-Nebraska Women, Western Illinois Men Top Second College Coaches' Poll

01/11/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The results of the second National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) top 20 polls of the 2001-02 season feature the University of Nebraska women and Western Illinois University men in the top spots. Results are based on voting by collegiate bowling coaches from across the country. This is the second of five polls to be released by the NCBCA during the 2001-02 season.

      Nebraska previously ranked fifth, narrowly edged Morehead State University 648-640 for the top spot in the poll. Nebraska received seven first-place votes versus six for Morehead State. Nebraska has placed first at the tier 1 Team Match Games, while placing second at the tier 1 Las Vegas Invitational and Sam's Town Shoot-Out.

      Morehead State retains the number two slot with wins at tier 1 events the Brunswick Southern, Colgate Invitational and the South Jersey Winter Classic. The Lady Eagles placed second to Nebraska at the Team Match Games, the only common event the two teams have participated in thus far.

      Indiana State University moved down two places to the third spot with two first-place votes and 570 total points. Wichita State, previously ranked 13th, sits in the number four slot with four first-place votes and 558 points, while Arizona State University, previously ranked third, rounds out the top five with 496 total points.

      On the men's side, defending collegiate champion Western Illinois continues to hold the top spot with 17 first-place votes and 738 points. WIU has picked up victories at tier 1 events the Brunswick Great Lakes Tournament and Team Match Games, while also finishing second at the tier 1 Las Vegas Invitational.

      Saginaw Valley maintains the number two slot with one first-place vote and 606 points. Saginaw Valley won at the tier 1 South Jersey Winter Classic. They also have taken top honors at the Sycamore Classic and the Kent State Invitational.

      Arizona State, previously ranked fourth, sits third in the poll with 524 total points. Purdue University, previously ranked sixth, and Wichita State round out the top five with 484 points and 482 points, respectively.

      The next NCBCA polls are scheduled for release on Feb. 22. The NCBCA was established in 1982 to provide a voice for its member coaches and to facilitate an exchange of information and ideas concerning the sport of collegiate bowling.

      In addition to the Coaches Poll, the NCBCA also selects the annual All-American squads, hosts the annual Coaches Summit and awards Coach of the Year honors.

-USA Bowling Begins Program To Donate Used Equipment To American Zone Countries

01/11/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Spearheaded by outgoing President Kevin Dornberger, USA Bowling has started a program aimed at helping the sport in South and Central American countries.

      USA Bowling is soliciting help from all United States bowlers to provide used bowling equipment (balls, bags and shoes) in decent condition to countries which may not have the resources to help themselves. Dornberger made the announcement and details of the program public recently in Reno, Nev., during the USA Bowling National Amateur Championships Welcome Dinner hosted by USA Bowling for all participants, guests and sponsors.

      Athletes from some American Zone national teams use house balls and shoes in international competition. The lack of modern equipment could hurt bowling's effort to become an Olympic Sport. USA Bowling believes the U.S. bowling community can help and is asking bowlers to clean their closets and garages, package their used equipment, and send what they can to:

           Hyman's Auto Supply
           Attention: Dennis Hyman
           8600 S. Commercial
           Chicago, IL 60617.

      Hyman, a long-time USA Bowling supporter, will make sure the equipment is sent to the needy countries. In appreciation for their dedication to USA Bowling, Hyman and wife Kandi were honored, along with TEAM USA Head Coach Fred Borden, with the inaugural "President's Friend of the Team" awards at the welcome dinner. The Hymans are the parents of current and past TEAM USA members Diandra and Kassy Hyman.

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