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      June 25, 2002:

-ABC Executive Committee Endorses Merger Of Membership Organizations

06/25/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The American Bowling Congress Executive Committee re-affirmed its commitment to create one bowling membership organization during meetings held recently in Knoxville, Tenn.

      The initiative to create one membership organization involves the merger of ABC, the Women's International Bowling Congress, the Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling.

      The main benefits of a single membership organization are increased operational efficiencies and improved services for members. The move also is expected to create an enhanced position as a leader in the amateur sports marketplace.

      "The Executive Committee's endorsement of merging the membership organizations means we can move ahead to complete legislation in time for our fall board meeting," ABC President Jim Bevins Jr. said. "While we still have a lot of work ahead of us, this support also will be helpful in our efforts to communicate effectively to our associations, delegates, volunteers and members what we want to accomplish."

      The Executive Committee is comprised of the ABC president, executive vice president, immediate past president, seven vice presidents and six jurisdictional directors.

      In the coming months, legislative wording will be developed for approval at ABC's fall board meeting Nov. 1-2 in Milwaukee. If approved, legislation will be presented at the March 2003 ABC Convention where 1,300-plus local and state delegates will vote. The meeting is set for March 14 in the new Knoxville Convention Center, home of the 100th ABC Championships Tournament.

-Record-Setting ABC Tournament Ends

06/25/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The 99th American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament was setting records before it started. And the records kept coming as the 135-day tournament ended June 23 in Billings, Mont.

      Billings will be remembered for big participation numbers and big scores. MetraPark Expo Center hosted the largest ABC Tournament held outside of the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (10,806 five-player teams) and saw tournament records set for most 300 games (64), most 299 games (21) and highest individual all-events total (2,279 by New Hampshire bowler Stephen Hardy).

      Another Tournament record was tied when Washington's Chris Warren and Fred Mattson Jr. shot a 1,534 doubles total.

      Two other records of sorts were part of the 300 total. David Watters became the first to bowl a 300 in the first game of his first ABC Tournament, and Kyle McCrackin of Wichita, Kan., became the first non-Masters bowler to bowl two 300 games in the same ABC Tournament.

      Watters' perfect game came Feb. 18, the 10th day of the tournament. Though he followed his 300, the third of the tournament, with 156 and 112 games for a modest 568 series, Watters set the tone for a record-setting run of perfection.

      After five 300s in February, the pace quickened with 15 in March. Two of those came from McCrackin, who made ABC Tournament history March 17 when he rolled a 300 game in his second game of doubles and came back with another perfect game in his final game of singles.

      By the end of April - which produced 21 perfect games - talk of threatening the Tournament record of 51 perfect games in Tulsa, Okla., in 1993 was already being heard.

      Tulsa's record fell with more than a month remaining in the Tournament when Scott Kareis of Red Lion, Pa., rolled 300 in his final game of Regular Doubles on May 19. A dozen more perfect games followed Kareis', with the 64th and final 300 by Mike Waters of Martin, Tenn., on June 22, the next-to-last day of the Tournament.

Regular All-Events
      Hardy, a 37-year-old former Professional Bowlers Association member who now manages a bowling center in Raymond, N.H., shot 799 in team, 720 in doubles and 760 in singles to surpass the previous ABC Tournament all-events record of 2,254 by Jeff Nimke of Oshkosh, Wis., set in 1993.

      The left-hander averaged a remarkable 253 for his nine games on April 7-8, rolling a low of 224 and a high of 287.

      "When the tally was done, I was in awe," said Hardy, who earned the $4,500 first prize. "Did I do that? Is that really me? It's amazing.

      "I've been on four (PBA) telecasts and finished second once. This is what I dreamed about then and this is what my dreams are about now."

Regular Doubles
      Tying the Tournament doubles record was especially sweet for Mattson, a Billings native. Mattson, who now owns two bowling pro shops in Tacoma, is a graduate of Billings Senior High School. His father, Fred Mattson Sr., is a member of both the Billings and Montana Bowling Halls of Fame and was in attendance on April 28 when his son and Warren grabbed the Regular Doubles lead in record-tying fashion on April 28.

      Mattson shot 268, 279 and 214 games for a 761 series. Warren, a five-time winner on the PBA Tour and the 1990 ABC Masters champion, rolled 227, 246 and 300 games for 773.

      "Winning the (ABC) Masters in 1990 was a great accomplishment," said Warren, a Dallas native who now lives in Puyallup, Wash. "But there aren't enough words to describe how I feel about winning an ABC eagle.

      "Not many people could say they have both a regular ABC title and a Masters title. I'm honored to add my name to that list."

      Mattson and Warren, who earned $8,000, now share the Tournament doubles record with Indiana bowlers Billy Seprodi and Jim O'Connor, who rolled 1,534 to win the 2000 Regular Doubles title in Albuquerque, N.M.

Regular Team
      Bruno's Pizza No. 1 of Lafayette, Ind., used four 700 series on April 23 to take the Regular Team title with 3,473. The team won the Joe Norris Trophy and $20,000.

      Michael McCormick led the squad with a 740 series, followed by Steve Hartman with 720, former TEAM USA member David Hurtt 711, Terry Clayton 706 and Gerry Ness 596.

      Bruno's rolled 1,254 in its second game, the fourth-highest team game in ABC Tournament history.

      "We're proud to win for our sponsor and bring an ABC title back to Lafayette," said team captain Hurtt.

      "We knew that if we bowled smart, good things would happen for us."

Team All-Events
      After moving into fifth place in the Regular Team standings April 23, the five members of Linds Lakers No. 1 of Minneapolis stayed hot the next day to claim the Team All-Events title. Linds Lakers No. 1 finished with a 10,339 total, an average of 229.7 per bowler.

      Sam Lantto led the team with a 2,184 all-events total. He was followed by: Chuck Vashaw with a 2,121 total; John Eiss 2,067; Todd Savoy 2,037; and Gary Green 1,930. There is no cash prize for winning team all-events. Lantto, Eiss and Savoy are all former TEAM USA members.

      "It was a matter of us getting comfortable on the lanes," said Eiss, of Orono, Minn. "We work really hard on our team effort for leagues and tournaments.

      "We break the lanes down in a way that complements our games, and when we do that, we always find success."

Regular Singles
On April 25, Mark Millsap of Portage, Ind., became the first left-hander in Tournament history to bowl an 800 series in non-ABC Masters play with an 823 that held up for the Regular Singles title.

      Millsap, who won $4,000, shot 256, 289 and 278 games.

      "I started thinking about the lead after the second game," Millsap said. "I knew I needed 250 and knew I was within reach. I had the right combination and I was throwing the ball pretty good."

Classified Division
      In the Classified division, for team averages of 900 or less, doubles averages of 360 or less and individual averages of 180 or less, a disqualification resulted in runners-up moving to the top spot in three divisions.

      The divisions affected by the disqualification of Dennis Yee of San Francisco were Classified Team, Doubles and All-Events. Yee was disqualified for misrepresenting his average for the purpose of gaining an advantage in the Classified division.

      The only event not affected by the disqualification was Classified Singles. Bob Winston of Lexington, N.C., had to worry about his winning 695 singles title holding up for nearly the entire 135-day run of the ABC Tournament.

      The 69-year-old retired police sergeant shot 214, 290 and 191 games Feb. 26 to win the $1,000 first prize.

      "I'm tickled to death to win it," Winston said. "When they took my picture I got weak in the knees. There are so many good bowlers out there, I was hoping they wouldn't catch me."

      Joe Lemmon, a 35-year-old construction manager from Milaca, Minn., took the Classified All-Events top spot by rolling a record 1,940 on April 25. He shot 641 in team, 632 in doubles and 667 in singles to win the $1,500 first prize. He surpassed the previous Classified All-Events record of 1,926 shot by William Burnett of Greer, S.C., in 1999.

      "This is an achievement I never dreamed I could accomplish. I never thought it was attainable. We just come to the ABC Tournament to have fun," Lemmon said.

      Magic of Sallisaw, Okla., posted a 2,849 total June 19 to take the Classified Team title and the $5,000 first prize. The team was led by Gregg McCoy with a 605 series followed by George Blackburn and Melvin McCoy each with 596, George Hardbarger 544 and Marvin McCoy 508.

      "We came here to give it our best shot, but who would of thought we would win it?" said Blackburn, the team's captain. "This has been a great experience for the team and something we're very proud of."

      Ralph Spencer of Des Plaines, Ill., and Tom Mangan of Schaumburg, Ill., combined their talents to win Classified Doubles with 1,266 on April 28. Mangan shot 686 with 170, 284 and 232 games. Spencer, added 580 with 224, 165 and 191 games. The pair will split a $2,000 first prize.

      "I just kind of got thrown together with Ralph," Mangan said. "We had bowled on the same teams but never as partners, but it worked out great."

      More than 54,000 bowlers competed for a prize fund that exceeded $2.8 million.

      The 99th ABC Tournament was presented by Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus in Reno, Nev. The 100th ABC Championships Tournament will be conducted Feb. 8-June 21, 2003 in Knoxville, Tenn. For expanded ABC Tournament results and information visit

-National Amateur Champion Cain Is First Left-hander To Roll Sport Bowling Perfect Game

06/25/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Andrew Cain, Tempe, Ariz., has become the first left-hander to roll an American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress Sport Bowling 300 game.

      Cain, 20, recorded the perfect game June 11 at AMF Thunderbird Lanes in Phoenix. Cain's fourth ABC-sanctioned 300 accompanied 181, 253, 233 games in the Super South Classic Trios League. He also has three ABC-approved 800 series, 14 Young American Bowling Alliance 300 games and eight YABA 800 series.

      "I'm definitely most proud of the Sport Bowling 300," Cain said. "I feel like I really had to work hard for that one."

      Cain also is the 2001 men's USA Bowling national amateur champion, a 2002 TEAM USA member and a senior on the Arizona State University bowling team.

      "I like Sport Bowling because it puts emphasis on the bowler. You feel like an athlete," Cain said. "If people want to go further in the game, Sport Bowling definitely is the place to start. I believe it's a step in the right direction."

      Since the program debuted in August 2001, 12 perfect games, eight 299s and three 298s have been bowled. In all, 174,463 Sport Bowling games have been bowled with one in every 14,538 games resulting in a perfect game. In standard sanctioned bowling leagues, one in 8,536 games bowled is perfect.

-1999 Masters Champion Boghosian Helps VIC Telemarketing End BWTC Finale Quest

06/25/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      With help from 1999 American Bowling Congress Masters champion Brian Boghosian, Vic Telemarketing of Westfield, Mass., ended its 10-year quest to reach the ABC/Brunswick World Team Challenge Grand Championship by winning the 10th qualifying tournament of the year June 23 at Bradley Bowl in Windsor Locks, Conn.

      Boghosian, who had made five straight trips to the Grand Championships on other teams before his streak ended last year, joined Vic Telemarketing veterans Chris Viale, Bill Green, Bill Webb and Chris Sole in defeating MoRich Enterprises of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 392-312, for an expenses-paid trip to the ABC/BWTC Grand Championship at the Gold Coast Casino, Hotel and Bowling Center in Las Vegas Nov. 10-14.

      Vic Telemarketing led the 63-team field at the end of qualifying, emerged atop the field of 16 match play finalists and then claimed the championship. In addition to travel expenses and Keepsake championship rings, the team earned $1,800 as top qualifier, $1,800 as match play leader and a $1,400 bonus for a total of $5,000.

      MoRich Enterprises (Storm DeVincent, Mike Roberts, Chris Collins, Matt Gilman and Chris Loschetter) defeated Snapple Fire of Rochester, N.Y. (Deric Houppert, Mike Rose, Scott Terzo, Norm Bialuski and Ken Muscato), 424-383, to advance to the title match. MoRich won $2,000 ($700 for qualifying sixth and $1,300 for second overall) while Snapple Fire took home $2,400 ($1,300 for qualifying second and $1,100 for third overall).

      Other match play finalists among the 63 teams from 12 states were: 4, Vic II, Westfield, Mass., $1,250 ($300 for qualifying 16th + $950); 5, South Side Bowl, Scranton, Pa., $1,750 ($950 for qualifying fourth + $800); 6, Jonah's Inc., Bolton, Conn., $1,050 ($350 for qualifying 14th + $700); 7, Come On, Morgan, N.J., $1,700 ($1,100 for qualifying third + $600); 8, Victory Supermarkets, Methuen, Mass., $1,125 ($600 for qualifying seventh + $525); 9, Big Banana, Far Rockaway, N.Y., $800 ($325 for qualifying 15th + $475); 10, High Roller Inc., Cherry Hill, N.J., $825 ($375 for qualifying 13th + $425); 11, Coast to Coast II, Newport, R.I., $900 ($475 for qualifying ninth + $425); 12, Wacky's Hair Salon, Patchoule, N.Y., $850 ($450 for qualifying 10th + $400); 13, Montgomery Industries, Braintree, Mass., $900 ($525 for qualifying eighth + $375); 14, (tie) Magnotta's Pro Shop, White Plains, N.Y., $737 ($400 for qualifying 12th + $337) and Roto Grip, Schenectady, N.Y., $1,137 ($800 for qualifying fifth + $337). 16, Willy P, Atco, N.J., $725 ($425 for qualifying 11th + $300).

      T.S. Construction (Tony Santonastaso, Ray Fortune and Dwight Davis) won the three-player "Second Chance" Tournament for a $400 prize.

      The next ABC/BWTC qualifier will be held Sept. 7-8 at Holiday Lanes in Lakewood, Colo. The final three qualifiers are set for Sept. 14-15 at Seminole Lanes, Seminole, Fla.; Sept. 28-29 at Bowling World, Fort Smith, Ark.; and Oct. 13-14 at ABC West Lanes, Mechanicsburg, Pa. For entry information, call Tom Boedecker at (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3415.

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