Stephen Hahn of Sterling, Va., and his partner Jennifer Maffett of Manassas, Va., won the annual Washington D.C. Area Women’s Bowling Association and Nation’s Capital Area Bowling Asssociation joint 600-700 Scratch Doubles Tournament hosted by the Fort Belvoir (Va.) Bowling Center on Feb. 22.
Hahn bowled a 701 series and Maffett a 618 series for a combined pinfall of 1,319 to claim both the title and $1,800 purse for their championship performance. Hahn averaged 233.6 and Maffett averaged 206 for the event.
Other cashers in the doubles event: Kathleen Plutz, Woodbridge, Va., and Bob Foor, Alexandria, Va., 1288, 2nd place $900; Kelly Fox, Burke, Va., and Richard Wolfe, Vienna, Va., 1284, 3rd place $400; with Pam Byrd, Warrenton, Va., and Kevin Feeney, Annandale, Va., 1279, 4th place $300. The teams of Terri Franklin, Fredericksburg, Va./ Glen Bracey, Suitland, Md., and Quintina Jefferson, Landover Hills, Md./Kenny Lowe, Temple Hills, Md., rolled a total pinfall of 1277 to tie for 5th place, $250 to each team. Debbie Nichols, Fairfax Station, Va., and Michael Cole, Fairfax, Va., 1274, 7th place $150; Teresa Weaver, Burke, Va., and Roger Rowley, Manassas, Va., 1248, 8th place $125; with Lisa Rand, Fairfax, Va., and Tim Colley, Alexandria, Va., 1235, 9th place $100.
Stacey Gonzales, Alexandria, Va., collected $150 for winning the optional Women’s Singles event with her 653 series. Gonzales averaged 217.6 for the event.
Other cashers in the optional women’s singles: Debbie Wolfe, Vienna, Va., 618, 2nd place $70; Ann Young, Alexandria, Va., 616, 3rd place $35; Christine Martin, Huntingtown, Md., 612, 4th place $25; Laurie Mangum, Waldorf, Md., 601, 5th place $20; and Lisa Rand, Fairfax, Va., 590, 6th place $15.
Richard Wolfe, Vienna, Va. earned $150 for taking first place in the optional Men’s Singles event with his 759 series. Wolfe averaged 253 for the event.
Other cashers in the optional men’s singles: Bobby Hall, Landover, Md., 736, 2nd place $70; with Bob Foor, Alexandria, Va., and Kenny Lowe, Temple Hills, Md., tied for 3rd place with their 717 series, $30 each; Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 701, 5th place $20; and Roger Rowley, Manassas, Va., 700, 6th place $15.
NOWDEN EARNS FIRSTCAREER NABI TITLE
Raynard Nowden of Bowie, Md., a league bowler for the past 14 years, garnered his first career National Amateur Bowlers (NABI) title when he won the NABI of Central Pennsylvania Tournament hosted by Colony Park Lanes North in York, Pa., Mar. 8-9.
It took a handicap series score of 628 or higher for the top five bowlers to advance to the finals.
Debbie Underwood, Clinton, Md., and Michael Shaw, Ownings Mills, Md., tied for the last spot in the finals forcing a two frame (9th and 10th frame) roll-off to be bowled to break the deadlock. Underwood defeated Shaw, 54-34 (with handicap included), to advance to the finals.
In round 1 of the finals, a three-way shootout, fourth seeded Raymond Craul, Dover, Pa., defeated fifth seeded Underwood and third seeded Michael Slatky, York, Pa., 225-224-203. Underwood received $150 for her 4th place finish and Slatky pocketed $125 for 5th place. Second seeded Nowden lashed Craul, 222-167, in round 2. Craul was paid $200 for 3rd place.
In the championship round, Nowden sent top seeded William Heltzel Sr., York, Pa., to the sidelines, 186-183. Nowden was presented the $800 first place check, received a championship jacket with a paid entry into the 2003 NABI National Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, Nev., and secured reserved seating to the Tournament of Champions Banquet.
Heltzel departed with the $400 runner-up prize.
$2.7 MILLION PRIZE FUND LARGEST IN WIBC HISTORY
The prize fund for the 2003 Women’s International Bowling Congress Championship Tourn-ament has reached an estimated $2.7 million — the largest in WIBC history.
The 84th WIBC Championship Tournament final numbers show that 13,216 five-player teams (66,080 WIBC members) will compete in the 2003 event which runs March 20-July 9 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. The tournament will feature 33,480 sets of doubles, 66,960 singles entries and 62,547 all-events entries.
This will be the third WIBC Championship held at the National Bowling Stadium. Reno’s facility hosted the event in 1997 and 2000. This year’s prize fund breaks the previous record $2.2 million set at the 1997 tournament. The third largest prize fund was 2.1 million at the 2000 tournament.
The Championship Tournament features the following divisions: Classic for bowlers with averages of 190 and above; Division 1 for averages of 170-189; Division 2 for averages of 150-169; and Division 3 for averages of 131-149. This year’s tournmament also will include a new test division, Division 4, for bowlers with averages of 130 and below. The goal for Division 4 is to provide bowlers with lower averages the opportunity to compete with others of similar abilities.
The WIBC Championship Tournament attracts bowlers from every U.S. state and Canada, as well as international participants from Australia, Bermuda, England, Japan and elsewhere. It is the largest participatory sporting event in the world for women.
NEW FORMAT FOR ABCSENIOR MASTERS TOURNEY
If you’re an accomplished bowler 50 or over and have dreamed of bowling greatness, then consider entering the American Bowling Congress Senior Masters.
A revised qualifying format for the 11th Annual ABC Senior Masters at Golden Pin Lanes in Tucson, Ariz., May 26-30, will give more players a chance to reach the double-elimination match play finals.
Rather than cutting to the top 63 for match play after two six-game qualifying rounds, in 2003 the top 31 bowlers after 12 games will automatically join defending champion Pete Couture of Titusville, Fla., in the three-game, double-elimination match play finals. All other bowlers in positions 32 through 127 after 12 games will bowl six more games to determine the final 32 match play finalists.
In 2002, Couture earned $20,000 topping a field of 325 to become the second two-time champ in Senior Masters history. Dave Davis of West Palm Beach, Fla., is the only other player to win two Senior Masters titles.
The Senior Masters is open to all ABC members ages 50 and older who have an average of 190 or higher. Entry fee is $400. The 2003 field is limited to the first 384 entrants. Entries for the event close May 25, if not sooner.
For additional information, telephone the ABC Tournament Office at (800) 514-2695 extension 3415.
SOUTHEAST BOWLINGASSOCATION TOURNAMENT
Entries for the 12th Annual Southeast Bowling Association Handicap Championship Tourn-ament close — postmarked midnight, April 20.
The tournament will be held every weekend, starting May 24-25 and concludes the weekend of June 28-29.
The team event will be held at Royal Z Lanes in Goose Creek, S.C., with the doubles and singles events scheduled for Oakbrook Lanes in Summerville, S.C.
An optional handicap and scratch All Events category will be available.
For additional information, telephone the Tournament Director at (843) 556-3019.