May 14, 2001:
Georgia Pair Breaks Record For Oldest Doubles Team At ABC
05/14/2001 - PWBA
An American Bowling Congress (ABC) record was broken, as two old-timers competed in their very first ABC Championships Tournament at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., on Saturday.
William Hargrove of Clermont, Ga., and Arthur Shaver of Atlanta, participated in the 2001 ABC Championships Tournament breaking the record for the oldest doubles pair to compete in ABC history. Hargrove, who averages 129 at age 100, and Shaver, who averages 70 at age 103, have a combined age of 203, which exceeds their combined average of 199. Jerry Ameling (83) and Joseph Lehnbeutter (82) of St. Louis set the previous age record of 165 back in 1955.
"This is marvelous," said Hargrove, who was thrilled about their new feat. "It's just great to be out here bowling and I just want to thank everyone for the hospitality that they have shown me and Art. Since we have been here everybody we ran into has been so good to us and that's what it's all about." Shaver, who is a little on the quite side, also showed his appreciation by saying "thank you."
The two centenarians, accompanied by members of the Greater Atlanta Bowling Association, were given the royal treatment as they were escorted down the center aisle and presented with jackets on behalf of ABC, photographs from ABC Photos and deluxe shoe bags from Wally and Charlotte Hise of Spare-Time by ABC Tournament Director Hal Kaminski prior to starting their competition.
The duo combined for 196, 186 and 153 for 535 in Doubles. Hargrove shot 95, 141 and 104 for 340, while Shaver contributed 101, 45 and 49 for 195. Both men did pretty well compared to their average and age. In fact, Hargrove beat out all of the bowlers on his pair in his second game, while his partner shot 31 pins higher than his average in his first.
In Singles, Hargrove shot games of 128, 114 and 116 for 358, while Shaver was only able to finish his first for 43. I guess even the youngest of bowlers could tire, especially while bowling six games on the demanding ABC lane conditions.
Despite their competitive nature both realize that winning isn't everything. "I didn't come to win I came to bowl," said Hargrove. "I just don't want to embarrass myself or my friend Art. That's the way bowling is. Today you're hot and tomorrow you wonder what happened to you. You have to have a little bit of luck and a whole lot of ability. You got to get the ball there and today I didn't."
While both are now at a point in their life where they have come to depend on bowling, each of them to very different paths to get there. "It wasn't until several years that I met Art," Hargrove said. "We bowled in the same league at Suburban Lanes. We were friends, but we never got to bowl together because I have always been too busy. I have been busy all of my life."
Hargrove, whose wife Johnnie Ruth Carter passed away in 1973, has been living with his only child Sandra Cornet and her husband Jean Cornet. The 100-year-old pioneer in the credit industry retired as a Senior Loan Officer at a major loan company in 1996. The avid bowler was also a professional trumpet player for a lot of the big bands in Atlanta. He started bowling in 1927; three years before he learned how to play duck pins, which he played for a long time before converting to 10 pins.
"This is what I love to do," said Hargrove, who still bowls two nights a week in two different senior leagues. "Everyone needs some type of recreational outlet and mine is my church and bowling."
Shaver, on the other hand, started his bowling career a few years earlier. While working for the Federal government in 1924, he was transferred from Phoenix to Juneau, Ala., where he has been bowling off and on ever since. Shaver finally settled in Atlanta in 1945 before retiring from what is now called the Federal Highway Administration at the Chief Administration Officer in 1959.
"My motivation each week is bowling in league," Shaver said, who still bowl one night a week. "I bowl in league on Thursdays and I got to Sunday school and church on Sunday. Since 1945, I have rarely missed either." Shaver and his wife Pointer, who passed away at age 94, had four daughters Daisy, Edna, Suzanne and Zelma.
Although neither has earned any honor scores, they both have earned many lifelong friends that they will cherish throughout the rest of their lives.
Dorin-Ballard Reigns Supreme In WIBC Queens
05/14/2001 - PWBA
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Tex., topped off a week of steady and secure shotmaking by outlasting Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., in the championship match of the 2001 WIBC Queens Tournament, 213-197, at Sawgrass Lanes Friday afternoon.
Dorin-Ballard trailed Kulick until the ninth frame, when the former TEAM USA player left the 4-6-7 split on her first ball and failed to convert. Dorin-Ballard responded by striking out in her ninth and 10th frames, handing Kulick her second defeat in the double-elimination format.
"I had to make more aggressive moves today than I had all week," Dorin-Ballard revealed later. "I felt I was making good shots, but I kept coming in a little light, and I was afraid of moving too much, because I saw Kelly's ball starting to hook a lot. But I realized after the sixth frame I had to do something and be more aggressive in making an adjustment"
Kulick advanced to the title match by forcing Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif., to finish third for the second consecutive Queens tournament with a 256-185 drubbing. Terrell won the right to square off against Kulick by bypassing Australia's Maxine Nable and Robin Crawford in the opening three-way shootout match, 217-200-188, respectively.
Kulick, who shed her amateur status after competing in the FIQ/WTBA World Bowling Masters tournament in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., in April, was philosophical about her defeat. "I felt I bowled well, and the lane conditions were perfect for me in the first game. But in the second game, I couldn't generate any good pin count on my first ball and the adjustments became a lot harder to make."
In addition to the winner's check for $18,000, Dorin-Ballard takes home the traditional Queens jeweled tiara, diamond pendant necklace, trophy and her 11th professional title.
The finals of the 2001 WIBC Queens championship round will be broadcast on ESPN2 Monday, May 14, at 9 p.m., with a re-airing Thursday, May 17, at 1 p.m. (all times are Eastern Time).
The WIBC Queens Tournament, presented by the Reno Tri-Properties, is recognized as the most prestigious event in women's bowling.
FINAL RESULTS, 2001 WIBC QUEENS TOURNAMENT
1. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Tex., 213 (1 game), $18,000
2. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 453 (2 games), $12,000
3. Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif., 402 (2 games), $8,000
4. Maxine Nable, Australia, 200 (1 game), $6,000
5. Robin Crawford, Hendersonville, Tenn., 188 (1 game), $4,000
Championship round results: Terrell def. Nable and Crawford, 217-200-188; Kulick def. Terrell, 256-185; and in the championship match, Dorin-Ballard def. Kulick, 213-197.
Minton Defeats Williford For 2001 WIBC Senior Queens Title
05/14/2001 - WIBC
SUNRISE, Fla. - Roma "Fran" Minton, Iowa Park, Texas, defeated Jean Williford, Carthage, N.C., 523-516 for the championship title in the 2001 Women's International Bowling Congress' Senior Queens Tournament at Sawgrass Lanes. Minton received a jeweled tiara, a $2,500 cash prize and a specially designed crystal trophy.
"This was a very difficult tournament to win. I bowled several games each day for five consecutive days," said Minton. "I didn't know if I would make it, but I'm very pleased to receive the title."
Minton, a Wichita Falls Women's Bowling Association Hall of Famer, began bowling in 1960 and holds a career high three-game series of 756. Minton is the second woman to ever receive a WIBC Senior Queens title, the first was Rose Smith, Las Vegas, at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., on May 26, 2000.
ESPN2 will air highlights of the WIBC Senior Queens finals at 9 p.m. (ET) Monday, May 14, and 1 p.m. (ET) Thursday, May 17. For highlights and standings of the 2001 WIBC Senior Queens Tournament please visit, www.wibctournament.com.
The WIBC Senior Queens Tournament is presented by Storm and was open to all
WIBC members 55 years of age and older.
The PWBA Returns To Omaha In The Miller High Life Open
05/14/2001 - PWBA
ROCKFORD, Ill. - It will be "Miller Time" when the Professional Women's Bowling Association returns to Omaha's Maplewood Lanes for the Miller High Life Open May 20-24. Miller Brewing, the official beer of bowling, is also the official sponsor of the eighth staging of this event, formerly known as the Omaha Open.
Skaneateles, N.Y.'s Michelle Feldman clinched last year's championship by outlasting Lynda Barnes in the title match, 238-212. She is expected to defend her title against the likes of the 2000 PWBA Player of the Year Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., who won in Omaha in 1995, and former Omaha Open champions Tammy Turner, Akron, Ohio (1996), Leanne Barrette, Fremont, Calif. (1997), Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, N.J. (1994 and 1998), and Lisa Wagner, Ft. Myers, Fla. (1999).
"Miller Brewing is delighted to be the name sponsor of Omaha's annual PWBA tour stop," said Pat Moertl, Miller High Life senior brand manager. "This is our first event sponsorship since becoming the official beer of bowling, and we look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship with the sport and with the PWBA in particular."
Tournament Week begins Sunday, May 20, with the PWBA's official practice session from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m., followed by Pro-Am squads at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. Pro-Ams allow local amateurs the opportunity to rub elbows with and compete against the pros in a nine-pin, no-tap format (a bowler receives credit for a strike when he or she knocks down nine pins on the first ball). Requests for photos and autographs are welcomed at all Pro-Am squads.
Competition begins Monday, May 21, at 11 a.m., when the professionals roll their first six games of qualifying. Six more games follow at 6:30 p.m. Monday and again on Tuesday, May 22, at 11 a.m. The field is cut to the top 24 scorers following Tuesday morning's action, with the survivors returning that evening at 6:30 p.m. to roll the first eight-game block of match play.
Match play continues Wednesday, May 23, at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., after which the field is narrowed to the top five bowlers. Those five will compete for the 2001 Miller High Life Open title in the ESPN2 televised finals Thursday, May 24, which begin at 7 p.m. National broadcast of the finals is set for Tuesday, May 29, at 11 p.m. ET, with a repeat airing Thursday, May 31, at 1 p.m. ET.
The PWBA Miller High Life Open is an official American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress Sport Bowling event. The tournament will be conducted on lane conditions compliant with Sport Bowling, a new league and tournament program created by ABC and WIBC in which accuracy and technique are emphasized.
The Professional Women's Bowling Association, founded in 1981 as the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour, provides a professional tournament program for the most skilled women bowlers in the world. The PWBA's key corporate sponsors include the Women's International Bowling Congress and more than a dozen other bowling industry sponsors. The PWBA has a web site featuring schedules, news and results at www.pwba.com.