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      December 19, 2001:

-Missouri Bowler Sets WIBC Record

12/19/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      Karen Rosenburg of Rolla, Mo., rolled the highest three-game series in Women's International Bowling Congress history Dec. 12 with 878 in the Coachlite Queens League at Coachlite Lanes.

      Rosenburg, 37, had 299, 279 and 300 games to move past the 877 series rolled by Jackie Mitskavich in Van Wert, Ohio, on Aug. 10, 1997.

      "I really didn't pay attention to the series. I just wanted to shoot an 800," said Rosenburg, who rolled 847 just 11 days earlier in the Missouri State Mixed Doubles Tournament in Arnold. "About the seventh frame of the last game I thought it was possible to shoot a 300 but I didn't pay attention to what the series was."

      When Rosenburg finished, she was told her 878 might be a WIBC record.

      "It all was so unbelievable what I had done," she said. "I thought, 'Wow.' I really can't think what was going through my mind. There's no words to describe what I was thinking and how I felt."

      A doctor's office manager, Rosenburg rolled her first 300 game in 1992 and had her first 800 series in 1997, an 814. Both scores were bowled at Coachlite Lanes. She was averaging 220 in the Coachlite Queens League.

      Rosenburg grew up in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and began bowling in youth leagues there at age 13. She moved to Rolla in 1986 with husband David. The couple has a son, Brandon, 10. She has competed in some professional women's regional events, winning one in St. Louis in the mid-1990s.

      "I always wanted to go pro but never made the move," she said. "I have a good job and wasn't sure if I wanted to leave my family.

      "There's been a lot of talk about me going pro. I explained to people that it takes more than three games to go pro."

      Rosenburg, who competed in the 1982 WIBC Tournament in St. Louis and 1997 WIBC in Reno, Nev., plans to enter her first WIBC Queens in May in Milwaukee.

-ABC Revamps Tournament Bowling Schedule For 100th Anniversary Championships In Knoxville

12/19/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      The American Bowling Congress has announced a major change in the tournament bowling schedule for its 100th anniversary championships to be held in Knoxville, Tenn., in 2003.

      The change in bowling times will result in one team squad bowling at 2:30 p.m. and the second team squad bowling at 8:30 p.m. Doubles and singles squads will be conducted at 7 a.m., 9:20 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

      The current schedule, in place for more than three decades, called for doubles and singles during the five daytime squads with team events bowled at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.

      "The first major change in our tournament format in more than 30 years has been made to ensure all five-player teams have an opportunity to bowl on the same lane dressing pattern," said ABC Assistant Executive Director Jack Mordini, who oversees ABC Championships Tournament operations. "ABC always has considered the team event to be the most prized championship in our tournament, and all players competing in team event should be required to compete under the same conditions."

      Lane dressing applied to protect the lane surface is moved around and partially depleted by the traffic of bowling balls traveling down the lane, Mordini noted. Over a period of three games bowled by two teams on a single pair of lanes, the movement and depletion of "oil" applied to the lane makes the playing environment dramatically different for the next group of bowlers. Because of the tight time table for the tournament, which runs non-stop between February and June, there isn't time to clean and re-dress the lanes prior to each team squad.

      Mordini said a survey of tournament participants in Reno, Nev., in 2001 showed overwhelming support for the revised schedule in order to create parity between the two daily team squads.

      With the exception of the 7 a.m. squad, he noted, all doubles and singles squads also will bowl on lane conditions that have had some bowling activity, which should tend to equalize competition in the so-called "minor events" as well, he added.

      The new schedule also gives each squad a few extra minutes compared to the old lineup, which should result in competition running on time.

      "This schedule revision is an important change for the ABC Championships Tournament and it's one the bowlers themselves have endorsed," Mordini said. "Our goal is to provide our members with a fair and equal opportunity to compete for our organization's most important championships. We believe this change will accomplish that objective."

      The revamped schedule is one of several special features ABC is developing in celebration of its 100th anniversary event, Mordini said. Details about other events and activities, along with entry forms for 2003, will be available soon.

-WIBC Nominating Committee Announces 2002 Candidates

12/19/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      The Women's International Bowling Congress' Nominating Committee has announced the candidates for positions on the WIBC Board of Directors, including president.

      Nominees for WIBC president are Sylvia Broyles, Spring Branch, Texas, and Elaine Hagin, Castro Valley, Calif. The position becomes vacant as current WIBC President Joyce Deitch will not seek re-election and retires after her term expires on July 31, 2002.

Additional nominees are as follows:
  • 2nd Vice President: Joan J. Feinblum, Redwood Empire and California WBAs.
  • 5th Vice President: Tamoria C. Adams, Charlotte and North Carolina WBAs; Barbara M. Johnson, Jackson and Mississippi WBAs.
  • Director #1: Cher I. Rider, Davenport-Bettendorf and Iowa WBAs.
  • Director #2: C. Darlene Baker, Clinton, Champaign-Urbana and Illinois WBAs.
  • Director #3: Deloise I. Poindexter, Washington, D.C. and Virginia State WBAs.
  • Director #4: Jo E. Dimond, Columbus and Ohio WBAs.
  • Director #5: Betty K. Kingsley, Rochester and New York State WBAs.
  • Director #6: Suzanne M. Windisch, Iowa City and Iowa WBAs.
      The Nominating Committee will introduce its candidates the day before elections at the 2002 WIBC Annual Meeting, April 22-24 in Milwaukee. Nominees from the floor are not part of the committee's report. Each candidate is nominated to serve a three-year term. Resumes for each candidate will be posted on by Dec. 21.

-Billings Radio Group To Serve As A Radio Partner For ABC Tournament

12/19/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      Media coverage for the 2002 American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament in Billings, Mont., will get a big boost with the recent announcement of New Northwest Broadcasters as a radio partner.

      New Northwest Broadcasters consists of five Billings radio stations: KGHL-AM/FM, KBEX-FM, KRSQ-FM and KZRV-FM.

      In exchange for promotional and marketing opportunities available through the ABC Tournament, New Northwest Broadcasters will provide daily coverage of the 134-day-long event on all five of its stations.

      The world's largest grassroots sporting event begins Feb. 9 and will run through June 22 in Billings' Metra Park Expo Center.

      Currently, the 2002 ABC ranks fifth all-time in entries with 10,350 teams. With a Jan. 2 entry deadline, Billings is 338 teams shy of the 2000 Tournament in Albuquerque which ranks fourth all-time with 10,688 teams.

      There still is time to enter the ABC Tournament. For entry information call (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3320.

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