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      June 17, 2002:

-ABC/WIBC Senior Champions Crowned

06/17/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Bowlers from Virginia, West Virginia, North Dakota, Tennessee, Montana, Idaho, and Manitoba were the eight winners June 16 in the 2002 American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress Senior Championships at AMF Bowlero in suburban Milwaukee.

      Each titlist won one of four men's and four women's divisions based on age after six qualifying games plus stepladder finals among the top three in each division. They were included in the 367 amateur players age 55 and older from each U.S. state and Canada.

      In Division A (ages 70 and older) Patty Oatman, Alma, Neb., and Ruth Stephens, Maryville, Tenn., earned the men's and women's championships, respectively. Oatman beat John Price Jr., Christiansburg, Va., 229-202 including handicap to win the title. Oatman advanced to the title match with a 226-190 decision over Talmadge Mason, Metter, Ga. Stephens, won two consecutive matches for the title beating Deloras Bartels, Tobias, Neb., 233-199 after first defeating Barbara Howse, Nome, N.D., 219-182.

      Division B (ages 65-69) winners were David Dix, Parkersburg, W. Va., and Lorraine Peressini, Great Falls, Mont. Dix defeated Ken Chang, Honolulu, 202-201 for the title. Peressini defeated Jacque Scullion, Cinnaminson, N.J., 206-172. In the semifinals, Chang beat Douglas Moore, Chesapeake, Md., 237-229, and Scullion stopped Elizabeth Mistriel, Brawley, Calif., 209-195.

      In Division C (ages 60-64) John Nilsen, Winnipeg, Manitoba, and R. Eloise Lepera, Fairmont, W. Va., were the champions. Nilsen defeated Charles Terrell, Shoals, Ind., 209-200 for the men's title. Lepera beat Renate O'Keefe, Louisville, Ky., 198-185 for the women's title. Terrell topped Richard Schneider, Gordon, Ga., 203-194, and O'Keefe beat Joann Carlson, Park Falls, Wis., 205-194, in the semifinals.

      Terry Gruchalla, Jamestown, N.D., took home the men's trophy in Division D (ages 55-59) while Rose Gehring, Cottonwood, Idaho, won the women's title. Gruchalla defeated Leroy Boseman, Belton, S.C., 249-196 after beating John Crncic, Richmond, British Columbia, 205-199. Gehring also needed to win twice with victories over Hilda Beach, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 220-192 in the championship match after defeating Sandy VanMaele, Warren, Mich., 209-201 in the semifinal.

      In addition to specially designed trophies, first-place men received $1,000 and first-place women earned $700.

      The total prize fund was $18,500 for men and $13,425 for women.

      Prize funds were based on entry fees and number of participants.

      The 367 entrants earned the right to compete nationally by winning the all events title in their state and provincial tournaments.

ABC Champions
Division A (ages 70 and older) -- 1, Patty Oatman, Alma, Neb.,
$1,000; 2, John Price Jr., Christiansburg, Va., $615, 3, Talmadge Mason,
Metter, Ga., $500.
Division B (ages 65-69) -- 1, David Dix, Parkersburg, W.Va.,
$1,000, 2, Ken Chang, Honolulu, $655, Douglas Moore, Chesapeake, Md.,
Division C (ages 60-64) --1, John Nilsen, Winnipeg, Manitoba,
$1,000, 2, Charles Terrell, Shoals, Ind., $615, 3, Richard Schneider,
Gordon, Ga., $500.
Division D (ages 55-59) -- 1, Terry Gruchalla, Jamestown, N.D.,
$1,000, 2, Leroy Boseman, Belton, S.C., $650, 3, John Crncic, Richmond,
British Columbia, $550.

WIBC Champions
Division A (ages 70 and older) -- 1, Ruth Stephens, Maryville,
Tenn., $700, 2, Deloras Bartels, Tobias, Neb., $450, 3, Barbara Howse,
Nome, N.D., $400.
Division B (ages 65-69) -- 1, Lorraine Peressini, Great Falls,
Mont., $700, 2, Jacque Scullion, Cinnaminson, N.J., $460, 3, Elizabeth
Mistriel, Brawley, Calif., $400.
Division C (ages 60-64) -- 1, R. Eloise Lepera, Fairmont, W.Va.,
$700, 2, Renate O'Keefe, Louisville, Ky., $475, 3, JoAnn Carlson, Park
Falls, Wis., $400.
Division D (ages 55-59) -- 1, Rose Gehring, Cottonwood Idaho,
$700, 2, Hilda Beach, Winnipeg, Manitoba, $455, 3, Sandy VanMaele,
Warren, Mich., $400.

-2003 WIBC Queens, Senior Queens Set For April In Reno, Nev.

06/17/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The 2003 Women's International Bowling Congress Queens and Senior Queens tournaments will be held April 7-11 rather than their traditional time frame in May. Both tournaments will be held at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

      "The dates were changed for several reasons," WIBC Executive Director Roseann Kuhn said. "First, we have had a difficult time scheduling the tournaments around Mother's Day as many of the bowlers may prefer to be with their families. Also, opening the traditional Queens and Senior Queens time slot in early May for regular tournament competition will allow more Championship Tournament bowlers to schedule their competition during a popular time of the tournament.

      "Our goal is to do what is best for bowlers in each of our tournaments - the WIBC Championship Tournament and WIBC Queens and Senior Queens tournaments. We plan to test the Queens and Senior Queens date change in 2003. If this is not popular, we have the ability to return to our regular time slot with the understanding that future changes could occur if necessary."

      The WIBC Queens Tournament, sponsored by El Dorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus, is the first tour stop on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Spring Tour. This date change allows the PWBA to negotiate televised coverage of the finals with ESPN earlier than usual.

      "An April date for the Queens and Senior Queens tournaments provides the PWBA with a more consistent tour schedule from year to year," Kuhn said. "It is imperative for the WIBC to work with the PWBA on scheduling. Without their great relationship with ESPN, it is unlikely that the Queens would have such outstanding TV coverage."

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