|Volume 10 Issue 3||
We mourn the loss of two very involved association board members. In December, Marie Sparks, passed away. She worked in the GMWBA office, primarily as secretary, for over 38 years. On January 15, Steve Hunter, longtime board member and past president in the GMBA, also passed away. We will all miss these two remarkable people.
LOCAL BOWLER LEADS ABC SINGLES
Ricardo (Ricky) Mesa of Miami is currently leading the national ABC tournament in the classified singles division. This is a special division the ABC tournament has for bowlers with 180-under averages. After Ricky struggled in the team and doubles events, Butch Hall helped him to line up to play the lanes for a better ball reaction. The advice certainly worked, as he posted scores of 236-213-241 for a 690 series.
Also an honorable mention should be given to local bowler Maria Smith, who posted scores of 246-231-158 for a 635 series. She currently is tied for 13th place in the ABC classified singles.
The tournament ends June 22. Let’s hope Ricky’s score will hold up to bring an ABC championship for Miami.
GREATER MIAMI BOWLING ASSOCIATION
The 61st Annual Greater Miami Bowling Association City Tournament was held at Cloverleaf Lanes on March 29-30 and April 5-6, 2003. The results can be viewed on the GMBA Internet web site atwww.miamibowling.org, under "Tournaments". There are two handicap divisions, based on average. Here are the top finishers:
Handicap All Events
Singles: Jairo Hernandez 694
Doubles: Jairo Hernandez/Orlando DeArmas 1368
All Events: Orlando DeArmas 2037
Congratulations to Orlando DeArmas for bowling a 300 game the first weekend of the tournament.
ABC DELEGATES REJECT SINGLE MEMBERSHIP PROPOSAL
At the ABC Convention, March 14th, 2003, the Single Membership Organization or United States Bowling Congress, came up before the 1285 delegates. After 30 minutes of debate, the delegates were ready to cast their ballots. After the vote was called for and discussion halted, a delegate asked to seal the ballot boxes until after WIBC votes April 29th in Reno, Nevada. Unfortunately, he was called out of order because the motion to halt any and all discussion had passed. The vote required two-thirds approval by the delegates to pass. After waiting for almost 40 minutes, the vote was released, 628 in favor of the merger, with 630 against the merger.
For those of you who are not quite up to date on this subject, what does this mean? It means the United States Bowling Congress can still be born. How? By a two-thirds vote of the WIBC delegates at their convention on April 29th. If WIBC passes this amendment, they take over the responsibility of YABA and USA Bowling. Both YABA and USA Bowling have already voted to move forward with single membership. But before any of this can happen, the WIBC delegates MUST rescind a vote taken at last year’s convention. That motion tabled the single membership proposal until 2004. Unless the delegates of WIBC vote to take this off the table, this proposal, for this season, USBC is only a dream.
WIBC President, Sylvia Broyles said, "It is time for women to take a leadership role, just as they did in 1916 when WIBC was formed and vote to approve the plan of merger with YABA and USA Bowling. If our delegation approves the plan to create USBC, we will join the YABA and USA Bowling to form an organization serving men, women, and youth bowlers in this country." If this happens, the women plan to apply, as USBC, to the United States Olympic Committee, to become bowling's national governing body.
Since the ABC delegates rejected this proposal, it would be a separate organization serving adult bowlers only. This does not mean that ABC will be any less than it is today. It also does not mean that women can't join ABC still. Indeed they can. ABC has a few contingency plans that have not been revealed, and will not be until after the April 29th vote of WIBC. ABC is planning a November board meeting to discuss these contingency plans should WIBC approve the plan of merger.
Passing of this plan of merger by WIBC would be a knife to the heart. ABC and WIBC have worked long and hard TOGETHER to bring bowling to where it is today. We have combined our rules so that we have almost none that differ. Our legal decisions are the same as well as punishments administered to individuals who break our rules. Our combined services have saved us money. And, as it always comes down to, this is the major reason for the merger, or so we are told.
Our bowling leaders feel this merger would have saved them money on the national level, would have saved our state associations money on that level, and would have most assuredly saved money at the local level. But how? If dues are raised, like they will have to be, how is that going to save money? Our leaders tell us it is more convenient to write one check for male, female, and youth dues. How much will that save? Ten or fifteen cents? That really doesn't seem like a lot.
If our bowling leaders really wanted us to merge, they should have started at the top, at the national level first. Let it work for a while, then let the trickle down effect take place. Destroying three organizations to save pennies is beyond belief and needs more explanation. Bowling does need one organization, but not this way.
GREATER MIAMI WOMEN’S BOWLING ASSOCIATION
Many of you are bowling great this year. Special congratulations go to Sue Covington, who recently bowled her second 300 game this season.
Our 59th Annual City Tournament was held at Cloverleaf Lanes in February, and despite a small turn-out, it was a success. The top finishers are:
1st Bee Joyful 2610
(Mary Wadley, Kimberly Wadley, Betty Norris, Pat Lawson)
2nd Rudy's Girls 2540
3rd Entry #3 2488
2nd Sue-Ann Philibosian-Goch/Jeanie Markese 1311
3rd Mary Wadley/Kimberly Wadley 1290
Singles _ Handicap
2nd Kimberly Wadley 712
3rd Judy Eggleston 684
All Events Handicap:
2nd Glenn King 2006
3rd Florence Joseph 1978
BIRD BOWL NEWS
Bird Bowl is looking forward to hosting the GMWBA City Tournament in 2004.
Congratulations to Danielle Graham who was awarded the GMJBA Coach of the year. Danielle has been working at Bird Bowl for the past eight years. She is currently Junior Coordinator, Program Director and League Coordinator.
March 15 was coach appreciation day at Bird Bowl. Selma Beckham, Margaret Estevez, Mindi Estevez, Shirley Farkas, Lisa Fuentes, Carlos Riusech, Susan Riusech and Danielle Graham were given a party to thank them for all their hard work and dedication to the Bird Bowl Junior Program. Get well wishes go out to Selma Beckham who is home recovering from recent surgery. She is missed. Everyone hopes she makes a speedy recovery.
Bird Bowl welcomes Steven Wayne Graham, Jr. as weekend manager to Bird Bowl. Steven is a wonderful asset. Steven has upgraded the computer systems and is currently developing the official web site for us.
Winter League High Games and Series
Congratulations to David Beck, Mindy Coile, Caitlin Graham and Melissa Coile for their first place finish in Division 2 in the recent GMJBA city tournament.
The summer league schedule will be posted on thewww.miamibowling.org web site. For more information call (305) 221-1221 ext. 14 or 15.
Following is some of our summer leagues:
Junior Scholarship League: Wednesday June 4 thru August 6. The meeting will be June 4 at 6:30pm and the league will start after the meeting. This is a scratch league based on average and it will be 4 games across 8 lanes per week. The weekly cost is $10.00.
Junior Bowling League: Saturday June 7 thru August 9. This is for ages 2 to 20 and experience is not required. The meeting and sign up will be on Saturday June 7 at 8:45am and bowling will start at 9:30am. The weekly cost is $7.00.
Friday No-Tappers: League will start on June 6. For more information call Lisa Fuentes at (305) 221-1221.
GREATER MIAMI JUNIOR BOWLING ASSOCIATION
The GMJBA is once again in an upward swing. Membership is slightly ahead of last year at this time. Thanks to the unselfish, dedicated coaches at all of our bowling centers.
GMJBA City Tournament
Open Scratch Division:
Team: It Takes Two 2600
(David Beck, Mindy Coile, Caitlin Graham, Melissa Coile)
Singles-Boys: Galen Aldrich 762
Singles-Girls: Brooke Kern 675
Doubles: Christopher Szymanski/Steven Wilson 1332
All Events-Boys: R. J. Dalid 2167
All Events-Girls: Melissa Coile 1890
All Events Scratch-Boys: R. J. Dalid 1966
All Events Scratch-Girls: Melissa Coile 1794
All Events-Girls: Jennifer Houston 1981
All Events Scratch-Boys: Calvin Chaney 1731
All Events Scratch-Girls: Mindy Coile 1631
As is the policy of the GMJBA, the 2002-2003 Coaches of the Year were announced. They are: Danielle Graham (Bird Bowl); Becky Murray (Cloverleaf Lanes); Jim DeLeonardis (Don Carter Kendall Lanes), Mark Watson (Homestead Bowling Center); Paul Boller (Piper Lanes).
An Olympic qualifying event was also held during this year’s tournament. To qualify to go to this year’s junior nations, you had to be a Junior Olympic Gold Member, pay a $15.00 fee prior to bowling in the first event, and have the highest scratch score for the first 9 games. This year’s winners are Brigette Harrelson and Christopher Miller. Brigette is a 15 year-old softball player from South Dade Senior High School. Christopher is a 14 year old from Homestead High School, who has been bowling only 20 months.
Next year’s tournament is scheduled to visit Homestead Bowling Center. Hope to see you there!
Junior Orange Bowl Tournament
The King Orange Board of Directors met with the Junior Orange Board of Directors and worked out a comprehensive deal to help subsidize all of the Junior Orange Bowl sporting events.
Junior Orange Bowl Bowling Tournament Chairperson, Maria Smith, met with Executive Director Paul Olingy to work out the details. An amount has not been given, but expansion is on the horizon.
A Junior Orange Bowl booth will be set up at the next Tournament of the Americas at Cloverleaf Lanes this summer to help attract the South, Central and North American youth bowlers to this year’s tournament. A boost will be the all new entry form. It will be on-line once again, but through the Junior Orange Bowl, Inc. web site.
At this year’s ABC convention, Ms. Smith spoke
with Mr. Jerry Keonig, of USA bowling. Mr.
Keonig pledged the support of USA Bowling and that of the FIQ
(International Bowling Federation). Emails will be going out to youth
bowlers all over the world.
We are looking to start small, but hopefully we will grow to what the Junior Orange Bowl Bowling Tournament once was, an international friendship tournament for youth bowlers.
GMJBA Hopes for Youth Fair Entry
A well-planned proposal has been sent to the Board of Directors. The Greater Miami Junior Bowling Association is awaiting the reply. The initial proposal contains both traditional team play mixed with the Baker system finals. The proposal also includes divisions for boys only, girls only, and mixed. The high school and middle schools would compete in different divisions. Private schools are also being invited to participate.
The time frame looks to be just after New Year’s, the weekend of January 3-4, 2004. A place to hold the tournament is still pending, as is the overall cost. However, if anyone would like to underwrite the cost of this event, give us a call.
If the GMJBA is allowed to join the other sports at the Youth Fair, this could well be the biggest major promotional event in recent junior bowling history. The association will also be asking the Board of Directors to allow a booth at the Youth Fair to feature the winners of this tournament.
Anyone wishing to assist with this project, call Joan Dillon at (305) 554-7683, or Maria Smith at (305) 232-0044.
HIGH SCHOOL BOWLING
Coral Reef Senior High School - Bowling Champs
Top High School Averages
ATTENTION LEAGUE SECRETARIES
Just a note to all league secretaries: please get your final average sheets in as soon as possible so that bowling office can get the yearbook prepared well in advance of our Winter season meeting.
UNTIL OUR NEXT ISSUE
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