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      April 17, 2001:

-Bowling Ball Specifications Tightened By ABC/WIBC

04/17/2001 - Bowling Headquarters
      The American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress Equipment Specifications Committee has approved the revision of two important specifications on all bowling balls.

      The committee approved the tightening of the upper average (from 0.327 to 0.290) and upper limit (from 0.390 to 0.320) specifications of the coefficient of friction (COF) of bowling balls.

      This revision is effective immediately and applies to any new ball or the re-manufacture of any previously approved ball. Any bowling ball currently approved will remain on the approved ball list.

      The new specifications were implemented for several reasons. One underlying intention of updating these specifications is the ABC/WIBC Sport Bowling program.

      "This will benefit bowling in general, and Sport Bowling in particular by taking a proactive step to control the future capabilities of all approved balls," Stremmel said.

      Additionally, the lower average for coefficient of restitution (COR) has been eliminated. The lower limit will remain unchanged and still be in effect.

      "Testing has shown that this change will not affect ball performance, however, it will increase approval efficiency and save ABC/WIBC money," Stremmel said.

      Contact Jim Jaryszak at [email protected] or 800/514-BOWL (2695), extension 3277 for more information.

Discuss the changes to the Bowling Ball Specifications on Message Board Community.

-U.S. Amateur Champs Kulick, Hoffman To Compete In Inaugural World Rankings Tournament

04/17/2001 - Bowling Headquarters
      Reigning women's U.S. Amateur Champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., and 1999 men's U.S. Amateur Champion Bill Hoffman of Columbus, Ohio, will represent their country in the inaugural World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Masters event April 21-25 in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates.

      The tournament is the pinnacle of the WTBA Ranking system in which the top eight women and top eight men from each of the three FIQ zones (America, Asia and Europe) compete for the Masters title.

      This year's event also will include an additional male bowler representing the host nation. The tournament will feature round-robin match play followed by double-elimination for the top 16 players after the round robin.

      The event will be held at the 40-lane Khalifa International Bowling Stadium, site of the 1999 FIQ World Championships. Among the other participants are Puerto Rico's Michelle Ayala and Frankie Colon Jr.

-Top-Ranked Teams Among Competitors At Intercollegiate Bowling Championships

04/17/2001 - Bowling Headquarters
      Led by the top-ranked Morehead State University women and Saginaw Valley State University men, 32 teams will vie for titles April 19-21 in the 2001 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships at Spectrum Lanes in Grand Rapids, Mich.

      Morehead State will try to defend the women's title it won last year in Wichita, Kan. Saginaw Valley State will try to match men's titles it won in 1997 and 1991.

      Morehead State, which also won the 1998 title, is one of six past women's champions in the 16-team field. Others are Arizona State University (1981), Erie Community College (1982, 1980), Indiana State University (1984), University of Nebraska (1997, 1995, 1991) and Wichita State University (1994, 1990, 1986, 1978, 1977, 1975).

      The 16-team men's division features seven past champions. Other former champions besides Saginaw Valley State are Arizona State (1981), Wichita State University (1998, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1987, 1980), University of Nebraska (1990, 1996), Washington State University (1982), Erie Community College (1986, 1988) and Western Illinois University (1999).

      Other women's teams competing are Ball State University, California State University-Fresno, Central Missouri State University, the University of Florida, Florida State University, Illinois State University, North Carolina A&T University, Sacred Heart University, Shippensburg University and Washington State University.

      Others in the men's field are: Central Missouri State, Florida State, University of Kansas, Michigan State University, Penn State University, Purdue University, St. John's University, San Jose State University and the University of Utah.

      The Intercollegiate Bowling Championships are sponsored by the American Bowling Congress and Women's International Bowling Congress.

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