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      April 13, 2001:

-Prestigious WIBC Queens Kicks Off PWBA 2001 Season

04/13/2001 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, IL - The Women's International Bowling Congress Queens Tournament is the season opener for the Professional Women's Bowling Association's 2001 schedule. The Tour will visit Sawgrass Lanes in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, May 7-11, 2001, for the first stop of a twelve-week swing that will take the Tour from coast to coast twice. PWBA's presenting sponsor, The WIBC, will hold bowling's most premier match play event. 1990's Bowler of the Decade, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., will be defending her title against the best women bowlers in the world and will be vying for the coveted tiara, a diamond pendant, and a crystal trophy.

      Macpherson had a record-breaking season that started with the 2000 WIBC Queens win at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. Macpherson doubled in the tenth to defeat Marianne DiRupo of Succasunna, N.J., 227-202 in the championship match. DiRupo advanced from the semi-final match by defeating Kim Terrell of Daly City, Calif. Terrell defeated 1999 Queens Champion Leanne Barrette of Pleasanton, Calif., and Sharon Aronson of Chino Hills, Calif., in the first three-way shootout match. Macpherson, a four-time PWBA Player of the Year, can tie the Queens all-time title record of three set by Millie Ignizio of Rochester, N.Y. in 1971 if she successfully defends her Queen's Crown.

      The 2001 WIBC Queens is an individual double-elimination scratch match-game tournament. The rigorous Queens format makes it one of the most difficult and prestigious to win. Bowlers compete in two blocks of five-game qualifying rounds. The field will be cut to the top 25 percent for five additional qualifying games. The top 63 will advance to match play with the defending champion rounding out the field to 64.

      Match play consists of three-game, double elimination blocks. A match play win, based on total pinfall, keeps a player in the winners' bracket. One loss puts a player in the contenders' bracket, while a second loss eliminates the player from the tournament. The undefeated match play survivor and the last four contenders' bracket survivors advance to the finals. The third, fourth and fifth bowlers compete in a one-match shootout. The winner advances to meet the No. 2 qualifier in the semi-final match. The winner of that match meets the winners' bracket survivor for the title. The Queens champion receives an automatic seeding into the match play in the 2002 WIBC Queens Tournament.

      The finals will be taped Saturday, May 11th, at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) and will air on ESPN2 on Monday, May 14 at 9:00 p.m. and will repeat Thursday, May 17th, at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern).

-Bowlers Club Member Wins $5,000 On April Fools Day

04/13/2001 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, IL - PWBA's Bowler's Club member, Stephanie Steiner of San Leandro, CA, was not a victim of a belated April Fools joke. Instead she was a lucky winner of the Professional Women's Bowling Association's Bowlers Club drawing on April Fools Day winning $5,000.

      "I was in a state of shock," exclaimed Steiner. "I couldn't believe it when I received a call from John (Falzone) telling me I won. He specifically told me he was not joking but it was still hard to believe."

      Steiner has bowled and has been a supporter of women's bowling for over 30 years. She is currently Executive Director of the Alameda County WBA.

      "I have been involved in the local associations since the 1960's starting in San Diego," added Steiner. "I know a few of the lady professionals personally and they go out of their way for our local associations; I like to do the same in return by supporting the professional tour."

      Steiner has been a Bowlers Club member since it has started in 1999. "I've been signing up all my friends now," said Steiner. "I'm proof that anyone can win. I've won the $100 drawing once but never dreamed I would be one of the big winners."

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