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      April 10, 2001:

-New Website For The Tequila Rose National Mixed Doubles Tournament

04/10/2001 - Bowling Headquarters
      ARLINGTON, Texas - The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) has taken the next step for its premier doubles tournament by taking The Tequila Rose National Mixed Doubles Tournament information to the worldwide web.

      BPAA is proud to announce as the best way to find out most current information about The Tequila Rose National Mixed Doubles Tournament. Information can be found about prize funds, winners, sponsors, and the hosting center.

      In addition, the stepladder finals can be viewed on the website Saturday April 21 a 1 p.m. PST. Utilizing "webscorer" the finals matches will be posted frame by frame. This will allow bowling fans across the world to follow the matches as they happen. This is the first time the webscorer technology has been used to broadcast an amateur bowling tournament. Continued growth is expected of the website and new ideas will be implemented as the project develops. Links to sponsors such as McCormick Distilling and Texas Station are placed for the participants' convenience.

      The McCormick Distilling Company, the producer of Tequila Rose Liqueur and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America will host the national finals April 19 - 22, 2001 at the Texas Station Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas. A total of $125,000 in prizes will be distributed with a $20,000 grand prize.

-Virginia Quintet Wins BWTC Event

04/10/2001 - Bowling Headquarters
      Members of NRV Superbowl of Chistiansburg, Va., used strikes on their first three shots in the title match to propel them to victory April 8 in the sixth American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge qualifying event of 2001 at Superbowl in the Cincinnati suburb of Erlanger, Ky.

      Ronnie Horton, David Hungate, Bryan Coleman, Todd Masingo and Chris Hans earned the victory with a 423-360 two-game Baker System triumph over Team Brunswick of Pittsburgh. It marked the first qualifying victory ever for NRV Superbowl members who earned airfare and lodging to the 2001 Grand Championships this fall. They also collected $2,450 in prize money, Keepsake championship rings and a sponsor's award.

      Strikes to start the title match by Horton, Hungate and Coleman helped their team to a 234-191 edge after one game. Strikes by Hungate, Coleman and Masingo in frames seven through nine of the second game secured the overall title.

      "For us, the key was the right combination of righties, lefties and attitudes," said Horton. "We pulled for each other and believed in each other and that made the difference.

      "This is the third one three of us (he, Hungate and Hans) had bowled together. I've bowled in about 10. We just picked up a couple of bowlers and found the right combination.

      "I made the World Team Challenge a priority to win. I just kept working until I got the right players."

      Horton and his teammates earned a chance at the title by winning the stepladder opener 475-349 over Contour Power Grips of New Berlin, Wis. NRV Superbowl finished in sixth place after the six-game regular format qualifying to collect $500. Finishing first overall added $1,150 in place money plus an $800 bonus.

      Brunswick (BWTC veterans Roger Kossert, Robert Alexander, Jeff Poholsky, Mike Chontos and Bruce Hollen) collected $2,100 for second place overall. The team earned $1,150 for leading qualifying and another $950 for finishing second.

      Contour Power Grips (Chad Maas, Paul Bloemer, John Socha, Jace Peterson and Benny Hoefs) earned $1,375. Team members collected $575 for finishing fifth in qualifying and another $800 for third place.

      Other finalists in the 32-team field from 10 states were: 4. Boyd's Pro Shop, Austintown, Ohio, $1,030 (8th in qualifying-$380 + $650). 5, Louisville Sluggers, Oaklawn, Ill., $1,375 (3rd-$800 + $575). 6, Fehr-Calhoun Bowlers Corral, Cincinnati, $1,450 (2nd-$950 + $500). 7, TV Ebonite, Bloomington, Ind., $870 (7th-$435 + $435). 8, ABBA Treb de Fox, Cincinnati, $1,030 (4th-$650 + $380).

      Dunn Financial of Lexington, Ky., won the Second Chance event for teams not cashing in qualifying. Eric Leuthart, Jim Dunn, James Glaser, Bob Hale and Riga Kalfas split $360.

      The next BWTC qualifier is April 21-22 at Don Carter Lanes in Lake Worth, Fla. For entry information, contact Tom Boedecker at 414/423-3415 or visit the Web site.

-Non-Pro Entries Remain Available For 2001 ABC Masters In Reno

04/10/2001 - Bowling Headquarters
      Non-professional American Bowling Congress members with at least a 190 average still have the opportunity to show their stuff against the best in the 2001 ABC Masters. The 51st Masters, presented by Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus, will be held June 12-16 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

      Based on a capacity field of 624 players, the prize fund will be $225,000 with $40,000 going to the winner. Entry fee is $400. Entries also are available for the Masters Pro-Am on June 11. Bowlers either can pay a $150 entry fee and receive a free Storm bowling ball or $80 without receiving the ball.

      For rules, format and entry information, contact Tom Boedecker at 414/423-3415 or visit the Web site and click onto the ABC tab.

-Saginaw Valley Men, Morehead State Women Top Third 2000-2001 BWAA Poll

04/10/2001 - Bowling Headquarters/BWAA
      GREENDALE, Wis. - The third 2000-2001 Bowling Writers Association of America collegiate polls each features new teams sitting in the top spots. The Saginaw Valley State University men's squad edged St. John's University, which was ranked No. 1 in the first two polls. Defending Intercollegiate Bowling Championships women's champion Morehead State University continued its climb to take over the top position over previously No. 1-rated Wichita State University and the University of Nebraska.

      Saginaw Valley State's jump in the men's poll followed a first-place finish March 25 over St. John's at the IBC East Region Sectional in Downington, Pa. Saginaw Valley State received nine first-place votes and 676 points to St. John's six top votes and 662 points. Saginaw Valley State was ranked fourth in the first 2000-2001 BWAA poll and No. 2 in the second poll.

      Morehead State was ranked third in the first BWAA poll and moved up to No. 2 in the second BWAA poll. Morehead's ascent was completed with a first-place finish at the Central Region Sectional in Lexington, Ky., as it earned 10 first-place votes and 698 points. Nebraska, previously ranked No. 1, slipped to third after finishing third at the Midwest Region Sectional in Kansas City, Mo., with 618 points and four first-place votes. Wichita State, ranked first and third respectively, in the first two polls, moved into second-place with 676 points and six first-place votes after winning the Midwest Region Sectional.

      Other men's squads receiving first-place votes included No. 3 Arizona State University (612) with two, No. 4 Central Missouri State University (582) with two and No. 5 Western Illinois University (538) with one. Wichita State (454), Michigan State University (404), Nebraska (364), San Jose State University (332) and Purdue University (253) rounded out the top 10 in the men's division.

      The California State University-Fresno women's squad moved up to No. 4 with 505 points, edging Arizona State with 504 points. Teams rounding out the top 10 for the women's division include Indiana State University (488), Central Missouri State (456), Erie Community College (330), Shippensburg University (327) and Sacred Heart University (309).

      A weighted point system where teams earn 40 points for each first-place vote, 32 for second, 30 for third, 28 for fourth, 26 for fifth, etc, determine the poll's outcome.

Men's Division
1. Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, Mich. (9) 676
2. St. John's University, Jamaica, N.Y. (6) 662
3. Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz. (2) 612
4. Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Mo. (2) 582
5. Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill. (1) 538
6. Wichita State University, Wichita, Kan. 454
7. Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich. 404
8. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb. 364
9. San Jose State University, San Jose, Calif. 332
      10. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. 253
      11. University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan. 245
      12. Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky. 226
      13. Erie Community College, Buffalo, N.Y. 191
      14. Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. 141
      15. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla. 116
      16. Washington State University, Pullman, Wash. 104
      17. Penn State University, University Park, Pa. 99
      18. California State University, Fullerton, Calif. 94
      19. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M. 76
      20. St. Peter's College, Jersey City, N.J. 67

      Other teams receiving points: University of Cincinnati, University of Florida, Indiana State University, SUNY-Utica/Rome, Northern Illinois University, Sacred Heart University, Texas A&M University, University of Utah, Weber State University, West Texas A&M University, William Paterson University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Women's Division
1. Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky. (10) 698
2. Wichita State University, Wichita, Kan. (6) 676
3. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb. (4) 618
4. California State University, Fresno, Calif. 505
5. Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz. 504
6. Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Ind. 488
7. Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Mo. 456
8. Erie Community College, Buffalo, N.Y. 330
9. Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pa. 327
      10. Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Conn. 309
      11. Ball State University, Muncie, Ind. 296
      12. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla. 188
      13. Washington State University, Pullman, Wash. 184
      14. Illinois State University, Normal, Ill. 116
      15. Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. 103
      16. North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, N.C. 90
      17. Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich. 81
      18. University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla. 70
      19. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va. 64
      20. University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill. 59

      Other teams receiving points: Briarcliffe College, California State University-Fullerton, University of Kansas, Lindenwood University, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Purdue University, St. Peter's College, Southern University, Suffolk County Community College, Texas Southern University, Western New England College, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, University of Utah.

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