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      August 16, 2001:

Earl Anthony

-Three Pacific Coast Memorial Services Planned To Honor Earl Anthony's Memory

08/16/2001 - ABC
      NORTH PLAINS, ORE. - Three memorial services have been planned to celebrate the life of American Bowling Congress and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Earl Anthony, who died Tuesday, Aug. 14, from head injuries sustained in a fall while visiting a friend in Milwaukee, Wis.

      Anthony, who began his life in 1938 in Tacoma, Wash., married Marylou Devish and raised their three children, Jeri (Voyles), Mike and Tracy (Nelson), in his hometown. Following his divorce in 1978, Anthony married Susie Shelley in 1980 and the couple moved to Danville, Calif., where Anthony purchased Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl in nearby Dublin. In 1985, long-time friend Ted Hoffman became Anthony's partner in the Dublin Bowl venture. In 1988, Earl and Susie Anthony moved to North Plains, Ore., northwest of Portland where he resided at the time of his death.

      The Anthony family has announced memorial services will be held in each of the communities which played an important part in his life:
  • Monday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Life Center, 1717 S. Union St., Tacoma, Wash.;
  • Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m., at The Hideaway picnic retreat, 39777 NW Murtaugh Rd., North Plains, Ore. (take exit 55 off Oregon Highway 26 about 20 miles west of Portland and follow the signs to The Hideaway);
  • Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Rd., San Ramon, Calif. (for directions to the church, call 925-830-0600).
      "These have been extremely difficult times for our family as we try to recover from the shock of Earl's untimely passing," Susie Anthony said in a statement. "The loss we feel is very great and very painful. But we can't begin to express our appreciation for the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from Earl's friends and fans from around the world.

      "The memorial services we have planned will be a celebration of his life, which has had such a profound impact not only on our family, but on the lives of countless others as well.

      "In keeping with Earl's wishes," she added, "the family asks that in lieu of cards or flowers, memorial contributions in his name be sent to the following organizations which he strongly supported: American Red Cross, Oregon Trail Chapter, P.O. Box 3200, Portland, OR 97208; EarthSave, Portland Chapter, 13376 SW Chelsea Loop, Tigard, OR 97223, and The Salvation Army, Cascade Division, P.O. Box 8798, Portland, OR 97208.

      Anthony's body will be cremated and his ashes distributed privately by the family.

      In addition to his wife Susie and three children, Anthony is survived by two sisters, Sharon Hoskinson and Beverly Laramie, and five grandsons.

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-$50,000 Paula Carter Classic In Davie, Florida, Beckons PWBA Players

08/16/2001 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, ILL. - The $50,000 Paula Carter Classic, honoring former pro bowling star Paula Carter, is the second stop on the Professional Women's Bowling Association's 2001 Fall Tour. The September 8-13 tournament will be staged at Davie, Florida's Don Carter University Lanes, named after Carter's husband, the legendary Don Carter.

      Denver's Debbie McMullen won the inaugural Paula Carter Classic in 2000, and McMullen can be expected to defend her title against two of the hottest bowlers on Tour this year: Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of N. Richland Hills, Texas, and Australia's Cara Honeychurch, the 2000 PWBA Rookie of the Year. The two are dominating all statistical categories and have eight titles between them. Also expected are 2000 PWBA Player of the Year Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev.; and "Ironwoman" Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., who will be competing in her 208th consecutive pro tournament.

      The Carter Classic employs the popular daytime tournament format. Tournament Week begins with the pros' official practice from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 8, followed by Pro-Am squads every two hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (A special "Lightning Strikes" glow-bowling program awaits the 7 p.m. "VIP" squad.) Amateur bowlers in Pro-Ams are paired in nine-pin no-tap doubles competition with PWBA members to compete for cash prizes (youth bowlers compete for trophies and other rewards in the special 11:30 a.m. Youth Pro-Am squad). In addition to autographs and bowling tips from their favorite pros, amateurs receive certificates entitling them to complimentary three-day, two-night stays at the new Suncoast Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center complex in Las Vegas.

      PWBA competition begins Sunday, September 9, with a block of nine qualifying games, starting at 11 a.m. Nine more games follow Monday, September 10, also at 11 a.m., after which the field is narrowed to the top 24 scorers. Those survivors begin match play Tuesday, September 11, with six-game blocks at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Match play continues Wednesday, September 12, again at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The top five following Wednesday's action advance to Thursday's TV stepladder finals. The September 13 championship round begins at 2 p.m. with a one-game shootout between the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 bowlers; the winner takes on the No. 2 bowler in the semifinal game, and that winner goes against the tournament leader for the 2001 Paula Carter Classic title and $9,000 first prize. PWBA's web page, (click on "Live Scoring") will present the frame-by-frame action as it occurs, and the finals will be televised on ESPN2 Monday, September 17, at 8 p.m. (all TV times are Eastern).

-$50,000 Foundation Games V Mark Start Of 2001 PWBA Fall Tour

08/16/2001 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, ILL. - The Professional Women's Bowling Association returns to Sebring, Fla., and the Kegel Training Center September 1-6 for the first stop on the 2001 PWBA Fall Tour, the $50,000 Foundation Games V.

      What sets the Foundation Games apart from other PWBA events is the use of different lane dressing patterns during the tournament; and what sets this year's event apart from the 2000 Foundation Games is a change from three dressing patterns to just two. Foundation president John Davis noted that using one long-oil pattern (expected to be approximately 41 feet long) and one short-oil pattern (approximately 32 feet) should provide truer tests of technical and physical versatility at the pro level, because of the greater contrast that will occur between two distinct patterns. "The World Tenpin Bowling Association has approved the use of two distances in international amateur competitions at the Zone level, and we believe that the use of two patterns rather than three fits better with existing tournament formats. The lane conditions will be in full accordance with and exceed the parameters established by Sport Bowling, whose patterns were used during the PWBA's Spring/Summer Tour."

      Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Mich., is expected to be on hand to defend her title, along with hometown favorite Kendra Gaines, who won the 1998 Greater Sebring Open; five-time titlist in 2001 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, three-time 2001 titlist and Sport Bowling Challenge champion Cara Honeychurch of Australia; and "Ironwoman" Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., competing in her 207th consecutive pro tournament.

      Tournament Week begins Saturday, September 1, with the Junior Pro-Am at 10 a.m., Youth bowlers will be paired with PWBA members in a doubles competition embracing both 3-6-9 (where strikes are awarded automatically in frames 3, 6 and 9) and nine-pin no-tap formats for the chance to win trophies and other rewards. The pros' official practice sessions on both oil patterns follow from 1 - 3 p.m. and 4 - 6 p.m. A clinic by Davis will be sandwiched between practice sessions from 3 - 4 p.m.

      PWBA competition begins Sunday, September 2, at 10 a.m., as all bowlers roll nine games of qualifying on one of the two lane patterns (selected by lot prior to the start of the tournament; lanes will be stripped and re-conditioned with the alternative pattern prior to the start of each squad throughout the event). Nine more games follow at 4 p.m., on the second pattern. Qualifying continues Monday with identical times and format, and the field is trimmed to the top 24 following the first 36 games of competition.

      Those 24 bowl six-game blocks of round-robin match play Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Following Wednesday night's action, the field shrinks to the top four bowlers for the televised championship round Thursday, September 6, at 7 p.m. The TV finals begin with a one-game shootout between the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 bowlers, with the No. 2 seed determining the lane pattern. The winner takes on the top seed, who determines the lane pattern for the championship match, for the $9,000 first prize. PWBA's web page, (click on "Live Scoring"), will present the frame-by-frame action as it occurs, and the finals will be televised on ESPN2 Monday, September 10, at 8 p.m. and re-aired Sunday, September 16, at 1:30 a.m. (all TV times are Eastern).

CORRECTION - 8/27/2001
Players bowl only 18 total games of qualifying during Round 1 and Round 2 of competition Sunday, September 2, and Monday, September 3, and not 36 total games as implied in the release. The entire 64-player field is divided into two squads, each of which competes once per day in a single nine-game block during the first two days of the tournament.

After the field is cut to the top 24 following completion of play Monday, September 3, qualifying continues Tuesday, September 4. The format does not switch into match play. All 24 players surviving the cut bowl six games each at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, and at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 5. The field is cut to the top 4 following conclusion of play Wednesday night, who advance to the TV finals Thursday, September 6.

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