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      October 16, 2000:

-Takahashi, Putney Lead At AMF Bowling World Cup

10/16/2000 - AMF
      LISBON, PORTUGAL -- Koichi Takahashi, a 45-year-old office worker from Japan, holds a one-pin lead over Andres Gomez of Colombia among the men at the 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup, underway at Bowling Internacional de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal, while Australia's Ann-Maree Putney leads the women's division.

      Takahashi rolled an eight-game series of 1888 Monday for a 236.0 average, while Gomez's 1887 put him at 235.9. Takahashi finished third at the 1998 Bowling World Cup in his native Japan, and Gomez has bowled several times in the tournament and finished ninth last year in Las Vegas, USA.

      In third place is the 1994 AMF Bowling World Cup champion, Tore Torgersen of Norway, with a total of 1863 pins for a 232.9 average. The defending champion, Ahmed Shaheen of Qatar, sits in fourth with 1830 pins (228.8 average), and the 1988 champion, Mohammed Al-Qubaisi of the UAE, rounds out the top five at 1827 pins (118.4 average).

      The 67-woman field completed their first 16 games of competition Monday evening as Putney, the 1999 FIQ/WTBA World Masters champion, posted a total of 3494 pins for a 218.4 average. She began the evening's action with a 280 game, second high for the women thus far. Following Putney is Malaysia's Shalin Zulkifli at 3459 pins and 216.2 average, and Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia, with 3435 pins and a 214.7 average.

      Putney is trying to become the third consecutive women's World Cup champion from Australia and the fourth in the last five years.

      Portugal's Joao Januario is tied for 65th place with Gil Valle of Honduras in the men's competition, while Rita Silva moved up one spot to 59th place in the women║s field.

      The number of countries participating in the 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup has dropped by two, to 88, from the previously announced record number of 90. Bowlers from Iraq and Ecuador failed to report for their squads this morning. The 88 nations remains a new high for participating countries, surpassing the number of countries that came to Cairo, Egypt, in 1997.

      The tournament concludes Saturday, October 21, with an arena finals at the Atlantic Pavilion on the Parque das Nacoes grounds, a short distance from host center Bowling Internacional de Lisboa.

-Macpherson Take First Round Lead In The Three Rivers Open

10/16/2000 - PWBA
      PITTSBURGH, PA - 1996 Three Rivers Open champion, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., averaged 257.33 for six games to take the first round lead in the Three Rivers Open in Pittsburgh, PA, Monday afternoon. Macpherson had games of 287, back-to-back 279 games, 251, 243 and a 215 to take the lead by 116 pins over Cheryl Daniels, W. Bloomfield, Mich. Daniels averaged 238 to hold the second position.

      "I like bowling here in Pittsburgh," said Macpherson. "It's a great city to come to. I've had a good few weeks of bowling and would like to carry over that success here."

      Brenda Norman, Indianapolis, Ind., had high games of 279, 248, 238, and a pair of 217 games to average 232.5 for the third position. Rounding out the top five are Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif., and Carol Gianotti-Block, Australia. Terrell averaged 229.33 and Gianotti-Block 227.33 for the fourth and fifth positions.

      The lady professionals return Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. to bowl the second round of qualifying.

-Italian Woman Leads In AMF Bowling World Cup

10/16/2000 - AMF
      LISBON, PORTUGAL -- Serafina Liuzzi, an unheralded 195 average bowler from Italy, is the surprising leader after one complete round of women's competition in the 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup, underway at Bowling Internacional de Lisboa.

      The 28-year-old Liuzzi averaged 214.4 for eight games to gain a 15-pin margin over Scotland's Laura Rhoney, who totaled 1712 pins and averaged 214.0. Ann-Maree Putney of Australia, the reigning FIQ/World Tenpin Bowling Association Masters champion, is 12 pins behind Rhoney, averaging 212.5 with an eight-game total of 1700.

      Singapore's Jesmine Ho is sitting in fourth place with 1696 pins and a 212.0 average. Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia rounds out the top five women with a score of 1690 and 211.3 average.

      Ninety men and 67 women bowlers from a record 90 nations are competing in the week long competition. The tournament concludes Saturday, October 21, with an arena finals at the Atlantic Pavilion on the Parque das Nacoes grounds, a short distance from host center Bowling Internacional de Lisboa.

      The men begin competition Monday morning at 8 a.m.

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