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      October 04, 2001:

-Honeychurch Outlasts Macpherson To Win $50,000 North Myrtle Beach Classic

10/04/2001 - PWBA
      N. MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Australia's Cara Honeychurch offset a mid-game split with a double in the 10th frame to defeat Wendy Macpherson, 184-179, in the championship match of the $50,000 North Myrtle Beach Classic at North Myrtle Beach Bowling Center.

      The top-seeded Honeychurch left the 4-6-7-10 in the fourth frame of the final game and failed to convert it, but she made six other spares in addition to her game-winning double, while Macpherson opened twice on splits in the second and seventh frames. Although she had two strikes in a row midway through the game, Macpherson was unable to generate any momentum from them, following her lone double with the 3-10 split.

      "The lanes changed dramatically today from what we saw yesterday," said Honeychurch. "The lights and the 45 minutes of practice we had prior to the start of the show had a major effect on ball reaction. As far as my own game went, I thought that I didn't have the same play off the gutter that I had Wednesday; and I even threw a couple of practice balls in the gutter, which made me a little wary of being out there. It was a very fine line today; too far to the left and it stayed there, but too far to the right and it crossed onto the head pin.

      "I think I was finally getting the hang of things toward the end of the game. I made some good shots and forced my opponent to double, and it's always rewarding to put the pressure on like that."

      Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., was philosophic in the loss, her seventh on TV this year. "There's always a winner and a loser, and I was on the losing end tonight. I also thought we practiced too long on the lanes before the show; they were drastically different between the time we finished and the time I warmed up for the semifinal match. But I was fortunate to survive my first match, because Leanne [Barrette] missed an easy spare, and that's something she never does."

      Macpherson defeated Pleasanton, Calif.'s Leanne Barrette 193-182 in the semifinal match, after Barrette emerged from the opening three-way shootout by defeating Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Mich., and Cheryl Daniels, W. Bloomfield, Mich., 233-197-156. Barrette missed an easy one-pin spare in the ninth frame of the semifinal match to hand the victory to Macpherson.

      Honeychurch won $9,000 for her fourth title of 2001, while Macpherson took home a check for $4,800. Barrette was consoled with $3,000 for third place, while Bishop and Daniels won $2,500 and $2,200, respectively, for fourth and fifth place.

      The championship round of the $50,000 North Myrtle Beach Classic will be televised on ESPN2 Monday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m. and re-aired Thursday, October 11, at 1 a.m. (all times are Eastern). The PWBA Tour moves to Lancaster, Ohio next week for the $75,000 Columbia 300 Open at Tiki Lanes, Oct. 7-11.

Championship-round results, scores, earnings and playoff results:
      1. Cara Honeychurch, Australia, 184 -1 game- $9,000
      2. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 372 -2 games- $4,800
      3. Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., 415 -2 games- $3,000
      4. Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Mich., 197 -1 game- $2,500
      5. Cheryl Daniels, West Bloomfield, Mich., 156 -1 game- $2,200

Playoff Results: Barrette def. Bishop and Daniels, 233-197-156; Macpherson def. Barrette, 193-182; Honeychurch def. Macpherson, 184-179.

-92 Nations Entered For 2001 AMF Bowling World Cup

10/04/2001 - AMF Bowling
      LONDON, ENGLAND, October 1, 2001 - Ninety-two nations, ranging from bowling giants Finland, Malaysia and the United States to newcomers such as Kazakhstan and Vietnam, plan to send representatives to the 2001 AMF Bowling World Cup, scheduled for November 4-10 at PS Bowl in Pattaya, Thailand.

      The 36th edition of the international sports classic, held in Lisbon, Portugal, last year, attracted 155 men and women athletes from a record 88 countries, including "rookie" nations Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Eritrea, Gibraltar, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, San Marino and Slovenia. Last year's newcomers have all indicated they intend to compete in Thailand, along with many of the 115 other nations invited to participate this year.

      "It's amazing that so many nations that are new to bowling want to be part of the sport's most prestigious amateur championship," said Board. "We welcome them gladly, no matter what skill level, because they enhance the international spirit of friendship that makes this tournament special. In return, the knowledge they take home enables them to both improve individually and to grow the sport even more."

      In addition to Kazakhstan and Vietnam, athletes from Bulgaria, Laos, Palestine, and St. Helena are expected to compete in the Bowling World Cup for the first time.

      A former republic of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan marks 10 years of independence this December 16. The Central Asian nation covers approximately the same land area as India and is bordered by Russia to the north; China to the east; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to the south; and the Caspian Sea on the west. There are currently five bowling centers in the country, with more under construction, including a state-of-the-art eight-lane center in the capital city of Alma-Ata (Almaty) that will feature a disco and restaurant.

      Vietnam emerged from years of war to become one of Southeast Asia's economic "young lions." Its first bowling center opened in the mid-1990s; since then, thousands of Vietnamese have enjoyed bowling in cities such as Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and Hanoi. Vietnam has participated in multi-national bowling competitions such as the South East Asia (SEA) Games, which it will host in 2003. It also boasts its own international bowling tournament, the Vietnam Open.

      Bulgaria sits on the west coast of the Black Sea in Eastern Europe, south of Romania and north of Turkey and Greece. It has been a democratic republic since 1991. Bulgaria is a member of the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) through its ninepin bowling federation (it also has a provisional tenpin federation), but tenpin bowling lanes can be found in places such as the ski resorts of Borovets and Pampororo, and Zlatni Piapaci ("Golden Sands"), a beach resort on the Black Sea.

      Laos, which borders Thailand on the north and east, welcomed its first bowling center, the Lao Bowling Club, in the capital city of Vientiane in the late 1990s. The country's bowling federation has been sending teams to regional competitions such as the Asian Games and the SEA Games in recent years.

      Though technically not a nation-state, Palestine has its own National Olympic Committee and its athletes compete internationally. Bowlers representing Palestine have competed in several multi-national championships in past years, most notably the Kent All-Stars in Malaysia. Palestine was to debut in the 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup in Lisbon, but political unrest in the Middle East at the time prevented its athletes from making the trip.

      St. Helena is located south of Ascension Island and off the west coast of Southern Africa in the South Atlantic. It is perhaps best known as the place where Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile in 1821. Today the 47-square-mile island is a British Dependent Territory, and it is sending a man and woman to compete in Thailand.

      Matchroom Productions, the U.K.-based TV production company that taped and distributed an eight-part installment series of the 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup around the world last year, will coordinate TV production and distribution again this year in Pattaya. Matchroom Productions is best known in the bowling world for producing the World Tenpin Masters, a highly rated head-to-head "knockout" competition.

      The AMF Bowling World Cup, founded by AMF Bowling Inc., is the largest annual international sports competition in the world in terms of number of participating countries. Each country is invited to send one man and one woman to represent it in the week long competition. AMF Bowling, PS Bowling Group, Singha Beer of Thailand and Coca-Cola are sponsoring this year's championship.

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