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The 59th annual tournament of the Greater Miami Bowling Association will be held at Piper Lanes on June 2-3 and 9-10, 2001. (The tournament returns to Piper Lanes for the first time since 1980). The tournament is open to all GMBA ABC sanctioned members (male and female). The tournament features 2 separate divisions, based on average. The biggest feature is a $500 GUARANTEED FIRST PRIZE AND A $250 GUARANTEED SECOND PRIZE for handicap all events. There will also be special squad prizes. The handicap is a very competitive 90% of 230. You can bowl in the Team and Doubles events multiple times. But, you can only bowl once in the Singles. Tournament entry forms are now available in bowling centers. You can also visit the GMBA Internet Web site to reserve your entry. Call the GMBA office at (305) 665-2225 or send an email via the web site if you need an entry form or have any questions about the tournament. The regular entry closing date is May 28, 2001, but late entries will be accepted during each tournament squad if lanes are available.
INTERNET WEB SITE
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GREATER MIAMI WOMEN'S BOWLING ASSOCIATION
Walk for Cure for Juvenile Diabetes
City Tournament Results
Suzann Neidig rolled 234-266-226 (726 - a record scratch score), which led to her capturing both the women's scratch and handicap singles titles. Not to be outdone was Sharon Colon whose record scratch 9 game total for All Events was 2087, rolling sets of 715-712-660.
In the team event, along came Total Control, who set the scratch team record of 2615 and also won the handicap team event with 2633. Bowling on this team were Sharon Colon (715), Patty Nevers (584), Lauralee Gam (671) and Janelle Woodburn (645).
The winner of the President's Award (highest handicap set rolled in team event by a person with 130 & under average) was Leola Brinson with a 657. Laura Schwartz was the recipient of the Secretary's Award with her 695 set rolled in the team event as a first time entrant in the tournament.
Other highlights included a first 200 game rolled by Suzanne Escobar (136 average), highest game of 279 (2) by Sharon Colon, as well as highest series of 726 by Suzann Neidig. Also, there were 190 200 games, 55 clean games, 7 games at least 35 pins over average by 130 & under, 8 games at least 50 pins over average by 149 & under average, 36 600 series, and 3 700 series.
Awards and prize monies were distributed at the GMWBA annual meeting on March 24. This meeting also included the election of officers and directors, as well as delegates to the state and national conventions.
The top finishers in the tournament are as follows:
Team - Handicap
Team - Scratch
1st Lauralee Game - Sharon Colon 1374
2nd Milagros Ferro - Jackie Yaniz 1368
3rd Bobbi Smith - Georgie Groome 1357
4th Nancy Seward - Dora Davis 1347
5th Cindy Guerin - Doris Kakouris 1321
Doubles - Scratch
Singles - Handicap
Singles - Scratch
All Events - Handicap
All Events - Scratch
ABC/WIBC/YABA MEMBERSHIP CARDS FOR 2001-2002 SEASON
Starting with the upcoming summer leagues, it is planned that bowlers' ABC/WIBC/YABA membership cards will be mailed directly from Bowling Headquarters in Greendale, Wisconsin to the bowlers at their home address. This is a drastic change from the current procedure of the league secretary distributing the cards. New membership cards will also be plastic, instead of paper, and will have a much nicer appearance. Additionally, a welcome letter from the respective national organization President will be included with the mailed membership cards.
This new program is part of a change from Bowling Headquarters to provide better service to the membership. This service can take place due to a major upgrade in the software that is used in the local bowling offices to process bowlers' memberships. Because the software takes advantage of the technology of electronic transmissions, bowlers will now receive their membership cards in a much more timely manner than in the past (in many cases, it will be just a few days). Another side benefit of the software targets the bowlers with honor scores (298, 299, 300, 800, 11-in-a-row). Their award applications can now be sent electronically, thus reducing the amount of time it currently takes for them to receive their awards.
Because of the direct mailing, it will be very important for each bowler to ensure their address is accurate and written legibly on their sanction application card. If you don't get your membership card in the mail within a few weeks of paying for it, check first with your league secretary to ensure he/she submitted it to the bowling office. If so, then contact the bowling office to ensure your mailing address is correct.
GREATER MIAMI JUNIOR BOWLING ASSOCIATION
Internet Web Site
Dade-Kendall Junior Scholarship Tournament
positions, who then advanced to a modified stepladder finals with the 3rd, 4th & 5th place bowlers rolling off to determine advancement. In the Girl's Handicap Division, top qualifier Mindy Coile survived a late challenge by Brooke Kern to win the title by a score of 203-194. Top qualifier Steve Wilson rolled his best to top Zack Remsen 224-193 for the Boy's Handicap title. In a repeat of last year's finals, top qualifier "Ms. 300" Nikki Mundon edged Melissa Coile, by two pins 202-200. Second place qualifier Keith Nation bested top qualifier Chad Brewer 235-197 to capture the Boy's Scratch Division. The KJSF extends its thanks to Ron Hodgen, manager, and the staff of Don Carter Kendall Lanes for their support and generosity for the production of this annual event. The bowling center donated $575 towards the scholarships for the juniors. Additional thanks are deserving to Wednesday Night Turkeys, Paula's Scratch Trio, Rooms To Go and Dolphin World Trophies leagues for their donations.
The final results are:
Outstanding Youth Bowlers
Scholarships-Greater Miami Bowling Council
Mid-Season Achievers & Highlights
Chad Brewer 299, Chad Fairbanks 299 (2), Garrett Litwin 299, Neno Vargas 298
Stefanie Nation 775, 770, 765, 760, 740, 722, 716, 715, 715, 713, 707, 703, 701
Nikki Mundon 728, 713, 705
Brigette Harrelson 726
Genuine 11: Arthur Beuge, Chad Brewer, A.J. Hamby, Irvine Headley, Keith Nation, Richie Naue, Stefanie NationAll Spare Game: Mark Billington
Big Four: Walter Guasp, Charles Maxey
Dutch 200: Chad Brewer
Triplicate: Glenn Canavan, Andrew Meyers, Brian Rosenberg, Rachel Williams
100 Over Average: Theron Cobb, Kyle Hedin, Robert Hester, Chase Lausted, Corey McKechnie, Robert McMahon, Richie Naue, David Pedro, Chris Slater, Jesse Thrash, Steve Wilson, Stephanie Mazza.
Look for this year's yearbook for a complete list of high scores, and other achievements, GMJBA's city tournament, Junior Orange Bowl and miscellaneous awards for our junior bowlers.
City Tournament Results
Division #1 Team:
1st Jackson Four
2nd No Mercy
Division #3 Team:
Division #4 Team:
Division #5 Team:
Division #6 Team:
Division #1 Doubles:
Division #2 Doubles:
Division #3 Doubles:
Division #4 Doubles:
1st Talar Dulaney - Andy Blake
2nd J.J. Carr - David Espinosa
3rd Cristina Garcia - Grace Urdanivia
4th Andrew Perez - Christien Peets
5th Brianna Pucko - Amanda Aiello
Division #6 Doubles:
A heartfelt "thank you" goes out to all who helped present this tournament, especially to Wayne and Danielle Graham and their wonderful Bird Bowl staff! Next year's tournament will be held at Cloverleaf Lanes during the first weekend in March!
Here are a few new things from the national YABA! The new YABA President is Cathy Cooper. The new YABA Vice President is Kerm Helmer. At the recent ABC convention, YABA held a seminar and informed all present that starting in August 2002, all YABA sanctioned leagues and tournaments that offer scholarship awards must use the SMART Scholarship Fund or use an approved institution. Citing an excessive amount of missing money, YABA Executive Director Jim Zebehazy said this was the only way to insure all youth bowlers of their rightful scholarship funds.
This year's Olympic Gold National Tournament will be held in Reno, Nevada during the month of July. The deadline for submitting entrants is May 15, 2001.
GREATER MIAMI BOWLING COUNCIL
Hall of Fame
This year's installation will be held at Miami Elks Lodge #948, sometime in October. The purpose of this banquet is varied. First, and foremost is the honoring of the Hall Inductee(s). The second is to raise funds for the Bowling Council Scholarship Fund. Applications for the GMBC scholarship are now in every bowling center in the Greater Miami area. The council encourages all high school seniors and college students to take advantage of this $500 scholarship!
Another side attraction is the presentation of the "Gene Chilson Bowler of the Year" Award. This award is presented to the outstanding GMBA member for the past season.
Top 8 Tournament
To qualify for this tournament, a bowler must bowl in two centers and achieve 60 or more games in each of these leagues and be in the top 8 composite averages in Greater Miami.
There are four divisions: Men, Women, Boys, Girls. These bowlers will bowl 7 games of head to head competition with a final position round to determine the winners. Game winners receive 30 bonus pins, ties receive 15 bonus pins. The first and second place winners receive an award.
It is rarely done, but the Bowling Council would like to say THANKS! to all those who have participated throughout the years in this tournament. Without your love of the game, we wouldn't be able to hold this tournament.
A special drawing will be held to benefit the GMBC scholarship fund. Prize donations are always welcomed. Please contact Paul Boller at (305) 235-2105 if you would like to help the scholarship fund with the donation of a prize for the drawing.
GREATER MIAMI BOWLING ASSOCIATION
Scratch Match Tournament
The GMBA offered a guaranteed first prize of $500 and second prize of $250. (The turnout was good enough to pay more than the guarantee!) The purpose of the tournament was to give the higher average bowlers a very nice and competitive tournament, with some attractive prize money. 38 bowlers entered the tournament. Each bowler bowled a head-to-head match against nine opponents. 30 bonus pins were given to the bowler for each match that was won. 15 bonus pins were given to the bowler for each match that was tied. The top 5 at the end of the ninth game went into a stepladder final to determine the champion. The scoring was based on each bowler's cumulative scratch score plus their bonus pins.
Richie Omodeo, Jr. and Mike Skinner finished first and second., winning $540 and $270 respectively Don Carr, finished third, winning $176. Roger Boone and Irwin Block finished fourth and fifth, winning $130 and $90, respectively. As a nice highlight, Billy Block bowled a 300 game in the qualifying round.
The 2001 ABC Convention was held March 11-17 in Reno, Nevada at the beautiful Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino.
Convention week started on Sunday for all the ABC Jurisdictional Directors. A 1:00 p.m. meeting was called, and presided, by President J.C. Higgins. The purpose of this meeting was to select an Executive Committee to help make proposals and set policy. Three Jurisdictional Directors were elected for one year and three were elected for two years.
Monday's meeting kicked off at 9:00 a.m. and included a healthy discussion about the Single Membership Organization (SMO). (You will be hearing a lot more about this in the future. It is a proposal from Bowling Headquarters to unify ABC, WIBC and YABA in order to improve service, reduce costs and reduce duplications of efforts). Headquarter staff members were well prepared with facts and figures, but the Jurisdictional Directors did not like what they were hearing. The general feeling was that everyone agreed that there should be one single membership organization, but not in the form it was presented. This subject was discussed all of Monday and half of Tuesday, with the Directors telling staff to try again.
Tuesday afternoon's meeting was largely about proposed legislation and rule changes. Legislation and rule change proposers were allowed to speak on behalf of their motion. The Board then made a recommendation to either approve or reject, and send it on to the delegation at Friday's meeting.
The Board decided there would be a fall board meeting this year to hear the new proposals about SMO. This meeting is usually held in November at Bowling Headquarters in Greendale, Wisconsin.
The seminars on Thursday were well manned and very informative. The ABC, WIBC, YABA, USA Bowling, etc. booths were all well staffed. YABA featured soon to be ABC Hall of Famer Mike Aulby and some of the Junior Olympic Team USA Members.
The Delegates Meeting on Friday went as predicted. However, there were no significant legislative changes adopted to the playing rules for next year. Regarding the Single Membership Organization, everyone seems to want one sanctioning organization, but not as being proposed by Bowling Headquarters. Also, most of the delegates favor the new idea of a SPORT condition. (A SPORT lane condition is one where the lane dressing is placed in such a manner that it is not as high scoring as a normal condition. This lane dressing pattern does require a better executed bowling shot in order to score, hence testing more of a bowler's true ability).
Overall, it was a successful convention (unless you visited the casinos).
BIRD BOWL NEWS
New Synthetic Lanes
Coach of the Year
Generation Gap (Adult/Junior) League
Miami-Dade County Middle School Tournaments
Boys Individual Series:
Girls Individual Series:
Boys Individual Game:
Girls Individual Game:
The Miami-Dade County Middle School championship tournament was held on February 23. The final results are:
Boys Individual Series:
Girls Individual Series:
Boys Individual Game:
Girls Individual Game:
High Games and Sets
Bird Bowl Klassic - Rick Behrens (739), Scott Burnett (705), Barbaro Caballero (702)
Cellular Universe - Tony Acosta (279/761), Roger Boone (280/748), Charles Browne (279/704), Tony Colon (300), David Covington (290/727), Al Diaz (299), Joe Fernandez (299), Gary Fox (279/793), Wayne Graham (299, 289/773), Sergio Guillo (279, 299, 299), Julie Hall (256/701), Harold Harper (300/790), Jairo Hernandez (299/746), Peter Hernandez (284, 278, 289, 299/793), Orlando DeArmas (286/733), Peter Loney (300/725), Gus Martinez (300), Greg Moore (285/701), Richard Omodeo, Sr. (773), Danny Saunders (289/734), Joey Smith (279, 300/794)
Southwest Handicap - Aris Angelo (268/738), Carlos Baquero (290/755), Denny Carbuccia (299), George Litwin (279/738)
Lucky Strikers - Stephen Hart (268/771), Ray Leitz (279/728), Albert Mestres (279/741), Tony Mestres (279/749)
Cuba Libre Invitational - Luis Bergolla, Sr. (299/724), Nicole Parisi (300/736)
Florida Juniors - Ryan Reese (256/685), Caitlin Graham (189/509)
Boston Specials - Steven Granat (198/537), Stacey Gladieux (133/355)
"THE FISH BOWL"
The Fish Bowl is now open. For those who don't know about this, it is a 12 lane bowling center at Mile Marker 83.5 in Islamorada. It used to be known as Coral Bowl. It was sold last year, and the new owners have done a great deal of remodeling. It reopened in February with the new name "The Fish Bowl". The new management is very excited to be open, and is taking great strides towards making it a nice place to bowl. There has already been a 300 game, by Bill Danaher on March 1, and a 290 11-in-a-row game by Michael Kaczka on March 16. The Sparetimes says welcome back to the new Fish Bowl.
UNTIL OUR NEXT ISSUE
The editors and staff of Sparetimes hope you have enjoyed reading about bowling news and information in the Greater Miami area. We hope you will continue to be interested in our publication. We do welcome your comments, suggestions, and newsworthy articles for publishing. Send us your feedback and news articles in the mail to the following address:
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