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      November 08, 2002:

-Johnson Tops Money List At PWBA Shootout

11/08/2002 - PWBA
      LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY became $8,000 richer on Friday. The 11-time titlest split two frames of the $25,000 PWBA Shootout to claim the top purse of the eight-bowler field.

      "That was a nice way to finish the year," said Johnson. "I think the results of this event werre very symbolic to the way the PWBA season has gone. We had a lot of parity this season."

      Based on the same concept as a skins game, the Shootout hosted the top eight PWBA competition point finishers in a frame by frame money contest. This year's contestant's included Michelle Feldman, Leanne Barrette, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Kim Terrell, Kendra Gaines, Wendy Mapcherson, Kim Adler and Johnson.

      The Shootout rules were based on a "must strike to win" principle. Each frame of the match was assigned a dollar value such as: 1st through 6th - $1,000, 7th and 8th - $2,000, 9th - $5,000 and 10th - $10,000. If three players recorded a strike in a frame, or if no player tallied a strike, the assigned money carried over to the next frame.

      Following the title match of the $75,000 Storm Las Vegas PWBA Challenge, where Tiffany Stanbrough defeated Gaines 236-189, the eight competitors went into action.

      Johnson and Macpherson drew first blood as the two split the first frame worth $1,000. Then, Adler and Macpherson divided a $9,000 eighth. With $15,000 at stake in the tenth, Johnson put an X next to her name and then watched as six players failed to strike. But, just when she thought she would take all of the loot in the event's most lucrative frame, Gaines hit the pocket perferctly to force another split.

      The PWBA Shootout will air on ESPN2 on November 18 at 10 p.m. (ET). An additional broadcast is scheduled for December 1 at 2:30 p.m. (ET).

      The PWBA Shootout money breakdown was as follows:
1. Liz Johnson - 1st and 10th - $8,000
2. Kendra Gaines - 10th - $7,500
3. Wendy Mapcherson - 8th - $4,500
4. Kim Adler - 8th $4,500

-Tiffany Stanbrough wins Storm Las Vegas PWBA Challenge

11/08/2002 - PWBA
      LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Storm pro staffer Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla. capped off her best season as a professional by winning the Storm Las Vegas PWBA Challenge. The lefthander defeated Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla. 236-189 in the title match to take home $12,000.

      "I feel like I'm dreaming right now," said the fourth-year pro. "The last few weeks my game has really come together. I'll never forget winning the first title but this one is special because it's a Storm sponsored event."

      The No. 1 seed entering the championship round, Stanbrough earned her position by completing the 42-game preiminaries averaging 212 with a 9,324 pinfall and a 14-10 match play record (Ed. note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won).

      In Friday's finals the lefty looked all but invincible. Following the first two frames where both players marked, Stanbrough cranked her game up a notch striking on her next four. Gaines, who was making her eighth TV finals appearance, couldn't find the pocket the way she did in her previous two matches. The former TEAM USA'er upended Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev. and Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla 215-211-190 in the opening shootout and then outlasted Brenda Norman, Indianapolis, Ind. 242-227 in the semi-finals.

      "Unfortunately I lost my shot early in the last match," said Gaines. "By the time I made the adjustment and moved right it was too late."

      Trailing by 54-pins after she had left the fourth and fifth frames open, Gaines made every effort to finish strong, tossing stikes on four of her next five shots. However, Stanbrough never flinched en route to her second career championship.

      "All week I wanted to maintain my focus and not have any let downs," said Stanbrough. "I knew I only had one game to bowl to win this thing. If I lost, I wanted to get beat, not beat myself. The Storm staff being her all week also really helped."

      Gaines closed out the season finale by winning $7,000 for second place. Norman cashed for $5,000 while Duggan and Macpherson claimed $4,000 and $3,000.

      ESPN2 will televise the finals on November 11 at 10 p.m.(ET). The deuce is scheduled to re-air the event on December 8 at 5 p.m. (ET).

      Championship-round results and their scores, earnings and playoff results in the Professional Women's Bowling Association's $75,000 Storm Las Vegas PWBA Challenge;

1. Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla, 236 -1 game- $12,000
2. Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla., 646 -3 games- $7,000
3. Brenda Norman, Indianapolis, Ind., 227 -1 game- $5,000
4. Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla, 190 -1 game- $4,000
5. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 211 -1 game- $3,000
Playoff Results:
      Gaines def. Macpherson and Duggan 215-211-190; Semi-finals: Gaines def. Norman 242-227; Championship: Stanbrough def. Gaines 236-189.

-Consensus Reached In Final SMO Plan

11/08/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Approval of a name; more state and local control of dues, and tournaments which will require the opportunity for men and women to compete together are among the highlights of the single membership organization proposal approved Nov. 2 by the boards of the prospective merging organizations.

      The Women's International Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling boards approved the Plan of Merger for the United States Bowling Congress unanimously. The American Bowling Congress board approved it by a 77-12 margin.

      The plan now goes to ABC Convention delegates March 14 in Knoxville, Tenn. WIBC delegates will vote on it April 29 if they approve a motion to rescind delegate action to delay the vote until 2004.

      Two-thirds of the ABC or WIBC delegates must approve the proposal for their respective organizations to accept it. Because the YABA and USA Bowling boards approved the proposal, the merger can occur if either the ABC or WIBC delegations approve it.

      The final plan's dues structure calls for adult maximum national, state and local dues through the 2006-07 season to be set by the delegates as part of approving the Plan of Merger. National, state and local youth committees will recommend dues for youth subject to board approval.

      USBC maximum allowable dues will be $10 national, $1 state and $10 local through the transition period ending July 31, 2007. However, current national dues ($8 ABC, $8 WIBC, $8.50 YABA) will remain the same for at least the 2003-04 season. State and local association dues will remain the same until the merger is completed in their areas.

      Beginning with the 2007-08 season, the national USBC board of directors will set national dues, the state association board of directors will set the state dues and the local association board of directors will set the local dues. There will be no maximum limits for any level.

      This means the national board will not set state and local dues and that each level will have the fiduciary responsibility to determine what is needed to best serve its members.

      National, state and local levels will be mutually dependent on each other to provide the best service to the member at the lowest cost.

      The new dues plan came after considerable discussion among the four boards. They first heard a presentation from the Ad Hoc committees, then deliberated this and other concerns in separate sessions. They later returned together to come to consensus on all issues.

      Open (men and women), women and youth tournaments will be required at all levels. The open tournament format will be similar to today's ABC Championships Tournament that is open to men and women. Other tournaments (such as men's only) will be optional. Selection for Team USA will be gender specific.

Other items agreed to by the boards:
  • Term limits for officers of local and state associations will be strongly recommended but not required.
  • The initial USBC youth committee will include youth leaders, collegiate representatives, coaches, program directors and board members.
  • Current standards and responsibilities for lane inspections and certification will remain with the local associations with national oversight.
  • USBC local associations can be affiliated with only one state association. Local associations with current adjacent state boundaries must determine which USBC state association they desire to be affiliated with. Several changes based on input after the spring 2002 status report remain in the final proposal. They include:
    • For the plan to become a reality, ABC or WIBC must approve to merge.
    • State and local entities will continue to be called "associations."
    • Number of annual meeting delegates will be based on:
      • States will receive one delegate and one alternate delegate.
      • Local associations with less than 1,000 members will receive one delegate and one alternate delegate.
      • Local associations with 1,000 or more members will receive one delegate and one alternate delegate for each 1,000 members or major fraction thereof.
    • Delegate voting privileges will include:
      1. Voting on the General Playing Rules (how the game is played).
      2. Voting on adult league and tournament rules.
      3. Electing 15 non-athlete board members.
    • USBC will approve one association per local area without regard to county boundaries or size of membership of the association.
    • Term limits for local and state director positions are recommended.
          The complete final proposal will be mailed to all ABC and WIBC local and state associations and convention/annual meeting delegates and posted on by mid-December.

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