Monday, August 31, 2009

Here & There Column 9-1-09

Rockie Lynne in concert at the Wayne County Fair August 12.

Lynne Brings Honor To Fallen Soldiers

The Rockie Lynne concert August 12 at the Wayne County Fair was more then just an appearance of an artist that has been tabbed as 'The next big thing in country," as Lynne brought forth a strong message about honoring our fallen soldiers and his "Tribute To The Troops."
As he opened his show he listed the names of military personnel from Wayne County that had lost their lives in combat.
He told the audience about the "Tribute To The Troops History" and how he became co-founder and national spokesperson for the organization.
Lynne noted that the mission statement of the group he is co-founder "is dedicated to those brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Our focus is to gratefully demonstrate to loved ones left behind that we, as ordinary Americans, will not forget their loss. Is is in their memory and honor that we raise awareness and funds for the benefit and comfort of those who continue to serve. Through these efforts we convey our gratefulness and appreciation to all veterans who have served, whether in war, or in peace."
The volunteers who work for this organization organize motorcycle rides, benefit concerts and other events to raise funds and awareness for loved ones of America's fallen soldiers. He spoke about motorcycle riders who visit the homes of the families of our fallen troops and how they are now funding children of these families so they can attend college.
After high school Lynne joined the Army and served for six years in the 82nd Airborne and he and his band just recently returned from a 21-day tour of Afghanistan, Southeast Asia and The Persian Gulf, where they entertained U.S. troops.
Rockie Lynne is indeed an outstanding singer and guitarist. His show at the Wayne County Fair featured a number of his songs from his album "Rockie Lynne Songs For Soldiers.
We talked with Lynne during a rain interruption and the fireworks display about his dedication to this cause and we admire his sincere efforts in helping military families who have lost loved ones. His CD "Songs For Soldiers" truly brings forth what Rockie Lynne is all about.
Contributions to his efforts for "Tribute To The Troops" can be made at the web site,

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Golfing Highlights Column 8-28-09

Steve Bowers

Talented Roscoe Golfer Moving North

Bringing professionalism to the game of golf is certainly one thing that Roscoe golfer and greenskeeper Steve Bowers will always be known for.
Steve recently disclosed that he and his family are moving north to the Cortland-Ithaca area to live with their daughter Rene'e so that they can give whatever assistance they can in helping her raise her three children.
Bowers has a great passion for the game and he always has given back to the sport that has truly shaped his adult life.
Now at the age of 60 Roscoe amateur golfer Steve Bowers carries a 2 handicap into competition where he has won a number of local tournament championships and has won the club championship at the Roscoe Twin Village Golf Club several years.
In addition to his fine play on the course and great sportsmanship Steve has been employed 15-years on the maintenance staff and has served as a groundskeeper at the Twin Village Golf Course.
His work has helped greatly in changing the course definition in recent years where the fairways and roughs are now very visible defined and the overall look of this 9-hole course make competition just that much better.
As a groundskeepter Steve helps in mowing, fertilizing, top dressing, hole placement and various other general maintenance duties. He's been working at Twin Village for some 15 years and has been giving golf lessons for 20 years. Steve loves working with community youth who want to learn the game of golf and in making the Twin Village Golf Course look nice.
Bowers started playing golf at the age of 12 when he was a caddy at the Tennanah Lake Golf & Country Club. He watched and learned a lot about the game from Tennanah Lake Professional Alex Red McGlocklin who was a certified professional.
"One of my biggest thrills in this game was being able to see Sam Snead when he played the Tennanah Lake course many years ago," Steve said.
Bowers noted he never took any professional lessons but while working as a caddy at the golf club he watched and took in many of "Red's" golf seminars.
Steve before joining the maintenance staff at Twin Village worked in construction, was a caretaker for a number of properties and also worked in the oil fields in Wyoming.
His passion in life other than golf is doing charcoal and oil paintings of wildlife. He took lessons years ago from Francis Davis and has painted and sold his prints for the past 39 years. Steve hopes to expand his efforts with his paintings in his new upstate home.
Another of Steve's passions has been teaching his 17-year-old son, Dylan, the game of golf.
Dylan started playing with his father at the age of 6 and Dylan noted that at that age he remembers his plastic guitar and his golf clubs. Dylan plans to attend Sullivan County CommunityCollege this fall.
Steve and his wife Vickie also have another son, Ricky.
We along with many of Steve's golfing friends wish him well with his move upstate.

Golf Tip
By Robert Menges

WET CONDITIONS.....This summer sure has given us plenty of wet days on the golf course.
I would like to give you some helpful hints to playing a wet golf course.
Wet conditions are rough on all golf courses and rainy weather are a superintendent's nighmare.
With rainy and wet weather course superintendents have to try to get the golf course ready to play and they also have to watch out for disease spreading throughout the course. Superintendents do a great job under extremely difficult conditions.
When you set out for a round on a wet course, it is a good idea to have some items on hand to make your round more enjoyable. Make sure you have an extra glove in your bag in case you get one wet. Also, always carry a towel or two with you. This will allow you to be able to clean the mud or moisture off your golf club. Any mud on your ball can affect the flight of the ball and you should always keep you ball clean of any debris when you are putting....this will give you a true roll.
When you are playing shots from the fairway or rough, the wet g round will grab your club if you take too deep of a divot, as you are striking down on the ball. Sometimes it is easier to take an extra club and swing easy to try and avoid this. Choking up on the club will also help you avoid a fat shot.
Remember to rely on your hips and shoulders to make a good swing....not your hands.
Try not ot let any soggy conditions ruin your round.
Robert Menges is the head golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. He is available for private lessons and if you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached by phone at 292-0323 or via email at

Ed's Outlook

Another way to abuse his body.
John Daly shot 88 during the second round of the Buick Open, and this time it didn't appear to be a case of him mailing it in.
Having played six tournaments in six weeks in five different countries....on top of the massive weight loss this year....seems to have taken its toll.
"I saw a guy I didn't know exisgted,? said his swing coach, Rick Smith. "What I saw was scary. It was a literal disconnect. He hasn't eaten or slept in a week. His bodyneeds food....and the muscle is breaking down to the point he's in a toxic state."
Daly said he lost over 80 pounds in the last four months after having Lap-Band surgery, which helps control your appetite. "He's gone through it so quickly, faster than most," Smith said. "He hasn't felt wel, he hasn't slept and he's starving himself. His doctors say if he doesn't have 80 to 90 grams a day of protein, he'll be in trouble. He needs to eat the right food and get himself back so he can even play golf. Looking at his swing today, it was irrelevant."
Daly said he was going to visit a doctor before deciding if he would play ion future PGA tournament.

This column is written by Ed Townsend, a consultant to the amateur and professional sport of golf and to several golf writers associations. If you have a topic that you feel would make good reading or have league scores and tournament information, Ed can be reached by phone at 439-8177 or by email at For a more expanded version of this golf column visit our Web Page at
Leslie and Parker Bohn III will try to
become first wife-and-husband TV finalists

Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, led the qualifying fields in the Professional Bowlers Association Shark Championships at Thunderbowl Lanes Friday, but most eyes will be on the wife-and-husband tandem of Leslie and Parker Bohn III who will attempt to become the first TV finals couple in PBA history when the tournament begins match play competition Saturday.

The Shark Championships are the last of five so-called “animal pattern” lane conditioning events in the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling, a festival of professional bowling which ends on Sept. 6.

Duke, a PBA Hall of Famer and 34-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour champion, averaged 221.79 for the 14 qualifying games, finishing with a 3,105 pinfall total and a 65-pin edge over Michael Haugen Jr. of Carefree, Ariz., in the men’s Shark Championship. First-round leader Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., was third with 3,026 pins followed by Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., at 3,013, and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, with 3,007 pins.

Dorin-Ballard, a 20-time Professional Women’s Bowling Association champion and a two-time PBA Women’s Series presented by USBC winner, out-averaged Duke at 226.71 and finished with a 3,113 total to top Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., by 28 pins for the Women’s Shark Championship qualifying lead. Shannon O’Keefe of Arlington, Texas, was third with 3,083 pins followed by 2009 U.S. Women’s Open champion Tammy Boomershine of North Ogden, Utah, at 3,070 and Colombia’s Clara Guerrero at 3,067.

Parker Bohn, who has struggled during the World Series of Bowling, made his first match play cut in six attempts, qualifying for the 28-player best-of-seven-game, single-elimination match play field in a tie for 24th place. Wife Leslie, who made it into the women’s qualifying field through the pre-tournament Tour Qualifying Round, earned the eighth and final spot in the women’s match play field.

Exempt tour players Chris Barnes and his wife Lynda, Double Oak, Texas, have advanced to the match play finals in both the Viper and Chameleon Championships. Chris is a TV finalist in the Motor City Open, the first World Series event, and Lynda advanced to the Women’s Viper Championship title match, but no married couple has ever made it to the same TV show.

“If you could pencil that in, I’d take it,” Parker said. “Me, too,” Leslie added. “It would be a lot of firsts, including my first TV show as a singles bowler.”

“Maybe it was the inspiration of my wife being out there,” Parker added. “I will say I beat her the first game of each block, but that’s about it. After that, she bowled three-and-a-half times better than me (Parker finished with 2,861 pins, Leslie with 3,016).

“I was delighted to see the women have some TQR opportunities,” Leslie continued, “but I didn’t have much time. My husband finally told me to pick my favorite lane condition, bowl that event and have a good time. Shannon O’Keefe (an exempt women’s player) said she’d watch the kids so I could bowl the TQR. She did and I made it. Then Osku Palmermaa’s fiancй offered to the watch kids today.

“I’ve learned so much by watching Parker and how he handles situations. I put that into play today, and it really helped. I worked really hard, filled a lot of frames, had fun and it was enough.”

“The big thing for me was starting both rounds with 240 games,” Parker said. “Coming out of the gate with big games was the turn around. I felt like I was bowling the U.S. Open every tournament. I’m not blaming anyone. Whether it’s good, bad, tight, hooking, inside, outside – it doesn’t matter. You have to figure it out.

“Hopefully both of us with have a good day tomorrow,” Parker smiled, “and it would be even better if we both get to do interviews after the Shark Championships TV show.”

The finals of both the men’s and women’s Shark Championships will be contested on Sept. 6 at Thunderbowl Lanes for delayed telecast on ESPN on Dec. 6.

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Aug. 28

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,105
2, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 3,040
3, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,026
4, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 3,013
5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,007
6, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,005
7, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 2,987
8, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 2,968
9, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 2,933
10, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 2,932
11, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,923
12, (tie) Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 2,919
14, (tie) Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, and Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,917
16, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 2,909
17, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 2,893
18, (tie) Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 2,890
20, Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,878
21, Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind., 2,866
22, (tie) Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., and Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 2,865
24, (tie) Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,861
26, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,857
27, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, 2,851
28, Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,849

Did not advance:

29, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2,845, $1,600
30, Tony Campagna Jr., Chesapeake, Va., 2,831, $1,600
31, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,825, $1,600
32, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 2,809, $1,600
33, (tie) Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., and Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La, 2,800, $1,600
35, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,799, $1,600
36, George Lambert IV, Canada, 2,798, $1,600
37, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 2,791, $1,500
38, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,783, $1,500
38, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,783, $1,500
40, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 2,781, $1,500
41, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 2,774, $1,500
42, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 2,769, $1,500
43, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 2,763, $1,500
44, Stuart Williams, England, 2,755, $1,500
45, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 2,752, $1,500
46, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,749, $1,500
47, (tie) Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich., and Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,730, $1,500
49, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 2,716, $1,500
50, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 2,711, $1,500
51, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 2,708, $1,500
52, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 2,703, $1,500
53, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,701, $1,500
54, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 2,700, $1,500
55, John Nolen, Grand Blanc, Mich., 2,698, $1,400
56, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 2,696, $1,400
57, Tae-Hwa Jeong, South Korea, 2,683, $1,400
57, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 2,683, $1,400
59, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,677, $1,400
60, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 2,665, $1,400
61, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,664, $1,400
62, Matt White, Youngsville, Pa, 2,645, $1,400
63, Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 2,638, $1,400
64, Christopher Moyer, Saginaw, Mich., 2,604, $1,400
65, Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, 2,575, $1,400
66, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 2,558, $1,400
67, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 2,548, $1,400
68, Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 2,542, $1,400
69, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 2,509, $1,400
70, Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 2,507, $1,400
71, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 2,458, $1,400
72, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,801, $1,400

PBA Women’s Series Presented by BOWL.COM Shark Championship
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Aug. 28

1, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 3,113
2, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 3,095
3, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 3,083
4, Tammy Boomershine, North Ogden, Utah, 3,070
5, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 3,067
6, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,027
7, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,017
8, Leslie Bohn, Jackson, N.J., 3,016

Did not advance:

9, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 2,954, $1,400
10, Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md., 2,929, $1,400
11, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,921, $1,400
12, Amanda Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 2,906, $1,400
13, Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 2,876, $1,400
14, Stefanie Nation, Arlington, Texas, 2,862, $1,400
15, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 2,818, $1,400
16, Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 2,716, $1,400
17, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 2,714, $1,400
18, Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,700, $1,400
19, Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 2,682, $1,400
20, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 2,620, $1,400

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) features the best bowlers in the world competing in National, Regional and Senior Tour events and awarded more than $4.3 million in prize money during the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA National Tour. The organization has more than 4,000 members spanning 13 countries, and nearly one million viewers tune-in to watch the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour every Sunday on ESPN throughout the season. PBA sponsors include Bayer, Brunswick, CLR, Denny's, Etonic, Flomax, GEICO, Go RVing, H&R Block, Lumber Liquidators, Pepsi-Cola and the USBC, among others.

As part of National Bowling Week festivities, the bowling industry will attempt to make history when thousands of bowling centers across the nation take part in an effort to set a new world record for the most bowling games rolled in a single day. In order to get the ball rolling, participating Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) member centers have invited the public to bowl their first game for free in an attempt to break the current record of 548,721 bowling games played in a single day (participating centers listed at

National Bowling Week 2009 kicks off on August 29 with the record-breaking attempt to occur on National Bowling Day, September 5. To launch the weeklong celebration, bowling centers across the United States will host special events that will include coaching clinics, bowling parties, quick and easy league sign-up and plenty of fun. On September 5, all those who download a free game coupon at can bowl a game for free and take part in the World Record breaking event. For their efforts, they will also receive a certificate to verify their participation.

"In the United States, bowling has seen an incredible resurgence in popularity with more than 68 million participating annually. Now recognized as the largest participation sport in the country it is also the fastest growing high school sport," said Jim Sturm, BPAA President and United States Bowling Congress Director. "We are excited to see thousands of centers, from coast-to-coast attempt to set a new world record. We invite bowlers of all levels and talents to bowl for free as we try to help make history!"

The World Record Event and National Bowling Week are sponsored by the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA), Strike Ten Entertainment (STE), the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association (IBPSIA), the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC).

For more information about National Bowling Week and bowling in general, visit or

About the International Bowling Campus

The International Bowling Campus (IBC) is the headquarters for the bowling industry and directly serves the 68 million bowlers in the United States. The IBC houses the resources of the United States Bowling Congress, the governing body and membership organization for the sport; the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, representing the business interests of bowling centers; Strike Ten Entertainment, the marketing arm for the industry; the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame; the Bowling Foundation; the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association; the Bowling Writers Association of America; the Bowling News Network; and the International Training and Research Facility.
Bill Hall Setting Up
Shop In Texas

One of the premier bowling coaches in the world is moving his home base to Texas.
In August, former PBA ball driller, tour rep and more recently international coach Bill Hall will move his coaching and consulting operation into Jamie Brooks Bandera Super Bowl in San Antonio.

Hall, 47, has called Las Vegas home since his bowling career began as a ball driller at the famous Showboat Lanes in 1977, but over the years, he has traveled extensively representing ball companies, consulting and designing bowling balls, conducting coaching clinics, and coaching several national teams, most recently in the United Arab Emirates in 2008.

Hall's Bowling Schools will include lessons for individuals and groups of all ages and abilities. A regularly scheduled 3-4 day clinic that will be operated on a monthly or bi-monthly basis will be announced in the near future. Subjects will include ball surfaces and dynamics, lane surfaces and oil patterns, the physical game, and much more. Hall's email is and his telephone number at Bandera Super Bowl is (210) 523-1716.

The World Tenpin Bowling Association will join its men's and women's world championships every four years beginning in 2013, the WTBA Congress decided recently.

The WTBA World Championships will feature both men and women for the first time since the 2003 event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The WTBA will also continue to hold men's and women's world championships separately. In 2014, there will be a WTBA World Men's Championships and 2015 will feature a WTBA World Women's Championships. There will be no world championships in 2012.

The joint championships will have a limited field with approximately one in three countries from each of the three zones - American, Asian and European - taking part.

"Each zone will independently determine which countries will compete, presumably through zone championships in the non-world championships year leading up to the joint event," WTBA President Kevin Dornberger said. "Having our men and women compete together in the same venue every four years adds another level of excitement than when they are competing separately."

The process for determining future sites for WTBA events was also changed by the WTBA Congress. Instead of exclusively awarding bids to member federations to host world events, cities or countries will also be able to bid starting with the 2013 joint world championships.

"Allowing cities and countries to bid for our championships is a major step in the right direction," Dornberger said. "This allows for more commercial opportunities and opens the door for our events to garner more sponsorships and support from local communities."

In other news, the WTBA Congress elected China's Cui Zhiqiang as second vice president of the organization.

Cui has serviced as the vice president of the Chinese Bowling Association since 2004 and vice president of the Asian Bowling Federation since 2008. He also has been involved in other sports and currently is the vice president of the Chinese Rugby Union and was the former secretary general of the Chinese Golf Association.


2010 - World Men's Championships, Munich, Germany
2011 - World Women's Championships, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2012 - Off year
2013 - Joint World Championships, TBD
2014 - World Men's Championships, TBD
2015 - World Women's Championships, TBD

United States Bowling Congress
The United States Bowling Congress, as the national governing body, ensures the integrity and protects the future of the sport, provides programs and services to more than two million adult and youth members and enhances the bowling experience.
Penn State’s Seibel Wins PBA
Billy Welu Scholarship Award

Elizabeth Seibel, a geosciences major at Penn State University and an accomplished bowler, has been named the recipient of the 2009 Billy Welu Scholarship by the Professional Bowlers Association.

The $1,000 scholarship recognizes exemplary qualities in college students who compete in the sport of bowling.

As a member of the Penn State bowling team in 2008-09, the freshman was named National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Rookie of the Year, First Team Collegiate All-American and won six other all-tournament team honors.

“I’m extremely honored to have received this award, especially since I know there were so many other talented and accomplished candidates,” said Seibel. “I'm looking forward to the academic and athletic challenges yet to come in my next three years of college and I would like to thank the PBA for its support of collegiate bowling and for its recognition of achievements both on the lanes and in the classroom.”

Seibel holds a 4.0 grade point average and earned the President’s Freshman Award, Schreyer College Honors Scholarship and Earth and Mineral Sciences Dean’s Scholarship.

A PBA Charter Member, the late Billy Welu won the BPAA All Star in 1959 before winning the 1964 and '65 USBC Masters events. He was PBA President for two years, a member of the PBA Tournament Committee for eight years and served for 16 years on the Executive Board. Welu was inducted into both the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame in 1975.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) features the best bowlers in the world competing in National, Regional and Senior Tour events and awarded more than $4.3 million in prize money during the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA National Tour. The organization has more than 4,000 members spanning 13 countries, and nearly one million viewers tune-in to watch the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour every Sunday on ESPN throughout the season. PBA sponsors include Bayer, Brunswick, CLR, Denny's, Etonic, Flomax, GEICO, Go RVing, H&R Block, Lumber Liquidators, Pepsi-Cola and the USBC, among others.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Here & There Column 8-25-09

Shared Great Times With Fred Stabbert Jr.

Sadness overtook me when I opened the Tuesday August 11 edition of the Sullivan County Democrat to read the front page headlines, "Fred Stabbert Jr. passes away at 81."
At first is was the shock that hit me and then the sadness of knowing that one of the most knowledgeable newspaper publishers I have every known will no longer be able to share his wisdom and time with me about a topic we discussed many times.....the history of weekly newspapers in Sullivan County.
Fred and I sort of had a habit of slipping into the publishers office during the annual Sullivan County Democrat Christmas party where we would reminisce about where the weekly newspaper business was today and where it use to be 30 to 50 years ago.
Our discussions would always focus on the many weekly newspapers that dotted the local Sullivan County scenery in the 40's, 50's and 60's.
Fred grew up in the weekly newspaper field as he watched his parents publish what was then a weekly newspaper and often remembered and remarked about my uncle Cliff Sprague, one of the owners and publishers of the Liberty Gazette and Cliff telling him how I got my start at the age of eight at the Liberty Gazette. As a student in the Liberty Elementary School on North Main Street I would almost daily walk from the school down to the Liberty Gazette and Sprague Printing plant which was located behind the Sullivan County National Bank building and on the same street which formerly housed the New York State Electric & Gas Corporation Liberty garage.
I use to kid Fred that it seemed that indirectly I was active in the weekly newspaper field almost as long as he was and that after school hours a lady who use to write the Liberty locals column, Hazel LeRoy, wife of then well-known Liberty attorney "Nish" LeRoy, got me started writing a kids column and later on sports news for the paper.
Fred and I shared a lot of years in the weekly newspaper field with my association in this weekly newspaper industry now approaching 59 years.
Fred and I always talked about Sullivan County weekly newspaper history which at one time included a newspaper in the Bloomingburg-Wurtsboro area, two newspapers in Monticello three newspapers in Liberty, the Sullivan County Democrat in Callicoon, one newspaper in Jeffersonville and another in Livingston Manor......and they all made a living from their trade.
It was truly Fred's knowledge and business experience along with his son, Fred Stabbert III and the entire dedicated staff that has made the Twice Weekly Sullivan County Democrat what it is award winning publication that truthfully gives its readers all the news that's fit to print.
Fred and I also use to talk some serious politics but here is where I found the true Fred Stabbert Jr......a pure gentleman who was fair and honest and said it like it was.......I chaired the Sullivan County Conservative Party for a number of years and Fred & I often discussed candidates and party policy....sometimes agreeing and sometimes not.....but we each knew where the other stood.
Fred's funeral service on Thursday August 13 was a beautiful tribute to the great family man that Fred was with his grandchildren, Laura Stabbert, Elizabeth Warner, Michael Werner and Christian Finch sharing what their world was like with their grandfather. Remembrances with Dad were also shared by daughter Kathy Werner and son Fred Stabbert III's imaginary phone call from his dad brought smiles and fond memories of a man who will remain a part of Sullivan County History forever.
God Bless you Fred Stabbert have done well.


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Golfing Highlights Column 8-21-09

These are an example of the new hybrid iron/woods on the market today.

Where Have All The Standards Gone?

The golf equipment evolution have many asking the question....where have all the standards gone?
Lofts of both woods and irons have been becoming stronger over the past quarter-century and where they go in the future will be interesting to watch.
With the advent of the "Rescue" type of club, which is an iron/wood or wood/iron hybrid, long irons labeled as #3's or #4's may soon be a thing of the past.
These new designs may act as transitional clubs in place of high-lofted woods or strong-lofted irons, making the set of clubs probably more playable for most golfers.
Lofts of shorter irons may be more incrementally used friendly in the form of a 50-degree pitching wedge, a 55-degree sand wedge and a 60-degree lob type of wedge.
The set will still have 14 clubs, but they may not necessarily be thought of as "woods" or "irons", but rather just as specifically lofted clubs.......yes only time will tell.
Club lengths have been on the increase as well. It is not uncommon in today's world to have the same numbered iron being one and one-half inch longer than in the past.
Twenty years ago, most #5 irons were 37 inches long, today there are #5 irons on the market at more than thirty-eight and three-quarter inches in length.
The reasoning behind this trend is twofold. One, players want to hit the ball longer...the longer the club, the longer the swing arc and the potential for more club head speed and distance.
There is also the theory that the longer clubs may be more difficult to control than shorter clubs and here is where perimeter weighting comes into play. While longer clubs may be more difficult to return to an on-center position, the perimeter weighting of cavity backed and over sized clubs make the results of less-than-perfect impacts not so poor, plus, when the player does return the longer club to a square impact position, the ball does go longer, hence, the player feels he hits longer clubs a greater distance. This tends to make his or her shots go farther and the "misses" are longer and more playable as well.
It continues today to still look like its "Hip To Be Square" on the golf course with the introduction of the hottest drivers out on the golf market.
Some are saying move over to the traditionally shaped driver and welcome to the technologically enhanced driver that is suppose to give you a forgiving golf club off the tee.
And then again many will counter this statement that is the golfer and the his swing that determined success off the tee.
A high Moment of Inertia and a new square face are now being featured in drivers manufactured by many companies.
The technical changes being offered by these companies is that this new concept in drivers is designed to help the golfer go straighter with what some are calling "Total Accuracy Control" technology.
Golf club manufacturers engineers have taken their time to make sure their "center of gravity" is positioned to provide improved forgiveness, greater distance and a perfect launch angle while presenting a pleasing profile at address.
This new geometric shape moved the "center of gravity" back and lower in the club head and offers a very high "moment of inertia" that helps keep the club head from twisting at impact. This square profile repositions weight at the corners of the club head, raising the "moment of inertia" across both he horizontal and vertical axes.
Golf manufacturers are saying this produces greater stability and forgiveness for ball striking across the entire face, which is much wider than your average driver.
The new concept helps ensure the best ball flight possible and some manufactures have improved the bulge and roll of the driver and they say this produces a ball flight that is straight, while still being workable.
Golf club manufacturers are saying that the proprietary Total Accuracy Control technology with the square head provides maximum perimeter weighting and more discretionary weight for precise positioning of the "center of gravity" and "moment of inertia."
Some club makers have even built in two draw-fade adjustable weight ports that they say put their product way out in front of the competition.
New technology in golf clubs continue to challenge our great game of golf. Check these latest features out with your local golf professional. ..

The Golf Tip
By Robert Menges

Shaft Flex: New drivers are hitting the ball longer than they were 10 to 15 years ago.
Every golfer is looking for more distance off the tee. With the new materials the drivers are made of, you can find them to be very light and easy to swing. This can increase your swing to allow you to hit the ball longer.
When you are looking to get a new driver, you must also look at the type of shaft you have. This is the part of the club that is more overlooked.
The shaft of the club is very important to how the club will react based on your swing. It is important to have the right shaft flex and weight to help you hit the ball properly. If a shaft is too heavy or too stiff, it will effect the club face at impact. This is the most important part of the golf swing, and you want the club to be in the right position when you are about to hit the ball.
The technology of the shaft has grown as far as the materials in the make up of the head of the club. Before you invest money into a club, see your local PGA professional to help you select the right shaft for your swing. He will be able to see the proper flex and weight of the shaft to give you the best opportunity to hit the ball far and straight.
The right shaft will help you with your accuracy and, in turn, enable you to hit more fairways.
Robert Menges is the Golf Professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. He is available for private lessons and if you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached at 845-292-0323 or via e-mail at

Ed's Outlook

A couple of tips while visiting a professional at a local club recently were quite interesting and so I'll share them with you.
The first tip is on chipping. When chipping green side, try using a putting stroke.
If the shot calls for more run once it hits the green, position the ball to the rear of center in your stance. If the shot calls for more loft and less run, play the ball front of center in your stance.
And you know what works.
The second tip was something like "brush your pocket."
The pro suggested that on the downswing, brush your right pocket with your right cuff (right handed golfers). This eliminates any possibility of coming over the top. If done right, the cuffs on all your golf shirts will become frayed at the right cuff.
And after trying this it definitely does eliminate any possibility of coming over the top.

This column is written by Ed Townsend, a consultant to the amateur and professional sport of golf and to several golf writers associations. If you have a topic that you feel would make good reading or have league scores and tournament information, Ed can be reached at 439-8177 or by email at For a more expanded version of this golf column, please visit our Web Page at


Bowling industry veteran Kelly Bednar has been named

managing director for the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors

Association (IBPSIA), according to the Bowling Proprietors' Association of

America (BPAA) who manages the organization. Bednar, Director of Youth and

Education for BPAA, and Skills Center Director for Strike Ten Entertainment

(STE) replaces Bill Supper, who was tapped to become executive director of

the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. Both job changes take

effect September 1, 2009.
Flaws Wins PBA Senior Miller Lite
Knockout Classic for First Senior Tour Title

Bob Flaws of Chicago Ridge, Ill., out-lasted fellow Chicagoland regional competitor Mickey Higham of Wood Dale, Ill., to win his first Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour title in the PBA Senior Miller Lite Knockout Classic, presented by the Illinois State Bowling Proprietors Association, at Town and Country Lanes recently..

Flaws, a five-time PBA Senior regional titlist, won a sluggish title match, 181-169, after he and Higham eliminated two long-time PBA Tour stars to set up the title match between would-be Senior Tour titlists. Flaws out-struck PBA Hall of Famer and two-time Senior U.S. Open champion Wayne Webb of Sacramento, Calif., 243-228, while Higham rolled past seven-time PBA Tour champion, 245-202, in the semifinal round.

The PBA Senior Tour's next stop is the Senior Dick Weber Open at Royal Scot Golf and Bowl in Lansing, Mich., Aug. 22-26.

When members of the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame class of 2010 are enshrined, they will do so in a setting befitting the country's major sports. That's because the 2010 induction ceremony will be held outdoors May 12 at the International Bowling Campus.

Inductions will take place in the afternoon before the live stepladder finals for the U.S. Women's Open that evening on the lanes of the International Training and Research Center . That event will be broadcast on ESPN2.

"Our goals in moving the inductions to Arlington are to spotlight the new International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame and International Bowling Campus while possibly growing the event into something big every year," said USBC Vice President-Media Pete Tredwell. "The inspiration for this idea comes from the annual baseball and pro football ceremonies. Those venues allow for large crowds and major media coverage. Plus having it the same day as the U.S. Women's Open brings more focus to both events."

The 2010 event also will include a formal dinner in downtown Fort Worth on May 11. Fans will be able to purchase tickets to be with the new and past hall of famers and other dignitaries with the proceeds going to the IBM/HF.

The Veterans and Meritorious Service part of the class of 2010 will be announced in November with the Superior Performance inductees to follow in December or January.

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PGA TOUR Golfer Sergio
Garcia to Visit the OMEGA
Flagship Boutique on Fifth Avenue

PGA TOUR professional and OMEGA Ambassador Sergio Garcia will visit the OMEGA Flagship boutique on Fifth Avenue in NYC August 24 to donate his OMEGA Mission Hills Double Eagle Chronograph Constellation timepiece to join the “Ambassador Collection Series” of autographed watches and join other donated watches and memorabilia to the flagship location including Michael Phelps’ Planet Ocean Chronograph and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s Speedmaster Moonwatch.

Kids from The First Tee of Metropolitan New York and members of The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers will be in attendance to meet Sergio and receive tips from him on driving and putting. Part of the boutique will be transformed into a “virtual green” atmosphere complete with astro-turf and a putting hole.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Here & There Column 8-18-09

On September 20 you will be able to see live eagles and raptors and talk with Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptors located in Milford, Pa. You will be greatly entertained with their Demonstration of Live Birds of Prey at 1 p.m.

Harvest Festivals Start August 30

One of the greatest additions to fun in the early Fall months here in Sullivan County are the Harvest Festivals at Bethel Woods.
It's difficult at times to believe that his year marks the eleventh anniversary of the Harvest Festival, an annual event celebrating the bounty, talent, and beauty of Sullivan County and surrounding areas. Over the years, the festival has grown from a small farmer's market with a handful of vendors and a few guest musicians, to a full festival featuring close to 100 vendors each week as part of the farmer's market, craft village and festival food areas. The Festival also presents artist demos, corn & hay mazes, pony rides, art and education programs, a Woodstock and ‘60s themed table auction, "gathering of the scarecrows" and more.
A sense of community is reflected throughout the Harvest Festival. The corn and hay mazes are operated by volunteer organizations that are able to benefit from this fund raising opportunity.
The Festival occurs every Sunday 11am - 4pm, August 30 through Columbus Day weekend, rain or shine.
Admission is FREE and Parking is $2.00 per car. A $2.00 per car parking fee has been implemented to help offset costs to operate the Festival, and permits Bethel Woods to continue to present this important community event quality event.
The events scheduled this year include August 30 The Harvest Wine Festival, September 6 Alpaca Festival, September 13 Taste of Sullivan Bicentennial Event, September 20 Earth Day in Autumn, September 27 Mountain Music Festival, October 4 Chili Day in October and October 11 Rustic Home Craft Festival.
We congratulate the organizers of the Bethel Woods Harvest Festivals for bringing back Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center located in Milford, Pa. Bill will once again display some of the birds of pray, including an eagle, owl, hawk and possibly a falcon during a 1 p.m. demonstration on September 20. We urge everyone to pencil in this event on their calendar and learn how this organization is so dedicated to the rehabilitation and conservation of birds of pray where they provide humane professional care for orphaned, ill and injured raptors so they can ultimately be returned to the wild. This public information demonstration is well worth your time.
Additional information on the festivals can be obtained at
Get out and enjoy all of these special Sullivan County fall events.......winter is not far behind.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Golfing Highlights Column 8-14-09

Bob Menges, head professional at Swan Lake Golf & Country Club

The 18th green at the Swan Lake Golf & CountryClub has traps right and left. The club house is to the right of the green.

Menges Brings Professionalism To Swan Lake

Swan Lake Golf Pro Bob Menges brings professionalism to the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club where he is available for private lessons and works hard with the youth golfers at youth camps during the summer.
One of the attractions at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club is its beautifully designed club house which offers lunch and snacks and there is also available an outside gazebo and barbecue pits for any golf outings.
Their circular bar which overlooks the 18th green is always an enjoyable stop before or after a round of golf.
Golf Professional Bob Menges started his golf career as an assistant pro at Swan Lake under then head pro Steve Eisenberg. From Swan Lake he and Steve moved to the Huff House at Tennanah Lake where Steve formed the Steve Eisenberg Golf Academy. The Academy and Bob Menges then moved to the school's locations at Eddy Farms near Sparrowbush and the Town of Wallkill Golf Course near Middletown.
Menges took his first job as a head professional at the Tennanah Lake Golf Club and two years later became the head professional at Swan Lake Golf & Country Club. He competes in local PGA tournaments, the local Pro-Am events and the Metropolitan local tournaments.
Bob has been playing golf since he was 6 and remembers well starting out at the former Waldemere Golf Course at Shandelee above Livingston Manor.
The Swan Lake Golf & Country Club head professional is married to Kathy, who is a nurse, and the Menges' live in the Jeffersonville area.
Last week we described some background on this course along with the first nine holes.
Today we will describe the majestic scenery.....and the occasional wildlife.....on the back nine holes 10-18. The back nine definitely gives golfers the opportunity to use every club in their bag. It plays from the blue tees, 3,385 yards with a par of 36.
Hole No. 10 is a 418-yard par 4 with a dogleg to the left. From the tee you are looking at a 225-yard tee shot that should be played just opposite a trap on the left side of the fairway . Fairway runs slightly downhill so club selection is important here. Don't over drive the fairway where it bends to the left Green traps on the front left and right side.
Hole No. 11 is a 182-yard par 3 with the fairway running uphill. Three traps are in the front and left and right sides of this green. The hole appears to play longer than 182 yards so club selection here is important for your par.
Hole No. 12 is a 516-yard par 5 with a slight dogleg to the left. Keeping your tee shot in the center of the fairway is important here. Traps are to the right and left of this green. Don't go over the green as hill slopes sharply down.
Hole No. 13 is a 400-yard par 4 uphill with the fairway sloping to the right and has a dogleg to the left......this makes for an interesting combination. Appears to play longer than 400 yards and requires a long tee shot and a good fairway hit for your par. Traps on the left and right side of the green.
Hole No. 14 is a 375-yard par 4 with the fairway sloping downhill with a dogleg left. This is a hole where I say let it all hang out and go for it with a tee shot over the tree line to your left....a successful shot over the trees into the fairway in front of the green leads to a birdie score. The green has traps to the left and right sides.
Hole No. 15 is a 399-yard par 4 with a slight dogleg to the left. Keep your shots down the center of the fairway. Traps on the left and right side of the green. A good par 4-hole and there are opportunities for a birdie also.
Hole No. 16 is a 196-yard par 3 with the fairway sloping sharply uphill so this hole actually plays longer than the 196-yards. There is also a trap some 40-yards in front of the green on the left side and traps on the left and right sides of the green. Club selection here can lead to a birdie or par. Go for the pin on this hole.
Hole No. 17 is a 537-yard par 5 and is the longest hole on this 18-hole course. Fairway traps are on both the left and right sides and a trap on the right rear side of the green. Keeps you shots in the center of the fairway. Don't go over the back of this green. Short hitters will find this hole a challenge.
Hole No. 18 is a 412-yard par 4. with a slight dogleg to the left. Your tee shot should go to the right center portion of this fairway to stay away from a fairway trap on the left. Traps are to the left and right front sections of the green. A real nice finishing hole and a very make able par.
Tee times and information are available from Club Professional Bob Menges at 845-292-0323. Web site is

The Golf Tip
By Robert Menges

Preventing The Flying Right Elbow: The flying right elbow is one of the game's best known negative touchstones. It occurs in the back swing when the elbow juts out behind the player so the right arm forms the letter V or L, depending on the angle from which you view it.
What's wrong with a flying right elbow? It restricts the width or arc of the back swing. It also makes it difficult to get the shaft parallel at the top of the swing with the longer clubs, a restriction that reduced power. Finally, you don't want the elbow jutting out in the downswing because this also limits power and adds inaccuracy to the mix. So, you must drop it down and in toward your right side.Thios connection is an extra move that must be made in less than a second of real time.
However, trying to keep the elbow in close to the body is too restrictive. It prevents a free-flowing overall swing motion and narrows the width of the back swing, both of which costs power.
The right elbow can move away from the right side in the back swing so long as it remains pointed down toward the ground and in a viable, effective position. This will generate fluidity in the swing and allow the elbow to easily and readily return to or near the right side in the downswing. You do want the elbow close to the body in the downswing because it keeps the club moving from the inside.
To put it another, more meaningful way, it prevents the club from going "over the top" and cutting across the ball from outside to inside the target line at impact. Which is to say, with the right elbow in close to your side at impact, you are much less likely to hit a slice. Indeed there is a very good chance you will get a nice little draw on the ball.
Robert Menges is the golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. He is available for private lessons and if you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached by calling 292-0323 or by sending an e-mail to

Ed's Outlook

The 5th Annual Golf Tournament supporting Sheriff Mike Schiff will be held Sunday, August 23 at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club.
Rain date for the event is Saturday, August 29.
The scramble format tournament offers lunch at the sign in at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12 noon and dinner at 5 p.m. following the competition.
Entry fee is $400 for a foursome or $100 for the individual golfer. Dinner only is $30.
A hole in one contest is offering a 2010 Chevy Camaro from Robert Green Chevrolet.
Additional information is available by contacting Chrissy at 914-866-6954 or email at

This column is written by Ed Townsend, a consultant to the amateur and professional sport of golf and to several golf writers associations. If you have a topic that you feel would make good reading or have league scores and tournament information, Ed can be reached at 439-8177 or by email at For a more expanded version of this golf column, please visit our Web Page at

Ryan Ciminelli Continues to Pace
PBA Cheetah Championship Field

Ryan Ciminelli continued to pace the field in the Professional Bowlers Association Cheetah Championship after first-round qualifying Tuesday at Thunderbowl Lanes.

Ciminelli, of Buffalo, N.Y., finished qualifying with a 3,477 14-game pinfall (248.3 average). In Tuesday’s second seven-game qualifying block he rolled 1,682 with games of 267, 209, 248, 253, 223, 234 and 248 after bowling 1,795 in the first block earlier in the day that included a 300 game.

The 72-player field has been cut to the top 28 players who will advance to best-of-seven game match play beginning Wednesday at 9 a.m. Match play continues on Thursday with the finals to be conducted at 7 p.m. ET. For the first time in PBA history, the semifinals and finals will also be conducted using the best-of-seven game format.

Rounding out the top four who earned a first-round bye in match play were reigning PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott, 3,390; Hall of Famer Norm Duke, 3,389 and one-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist Jack Jurek, 3,381.

The key for Ciminelli so far has been making minor adjustments and using less aggressive urethane equipment.

“I love the Cheetah (lane condition) pattern and have a lot of confidence striking on it,” said the 23-year-old Ciminelli, whose best Tour finish is seventh. “Right now I’m sticking with a urethane ball and I’m throwing straight down the lane which is key for me to be able to carry strikes.

“The second block was a little bit like a roller coaster,” the left-hander added. “After the first two games I had to increase my ball speed and rev rate to get to the pocket more consistently.”

Also rolling 300 games and advancing to match play Tuesday were Derek Sapp (13th) and two-handed international star Osku Palermaa of Finland (19th).

The Cheetah Championship, conducted on PBA’s Cheetah lane conditioning pattern, is the second tournament of the PBA World Series of Bowling which runs through Sept. 6.

The entire Cheetah Championship is being taped with the highlight-style telecast airing on ESPN Sunday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. ET.

PBA Cheetah Championship
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Aug. 11

First-round qualifying (after 14 games)
Top 28 advance to best-of-seven game match play

Pos., name, hometown, money
1, Ryan Ciminelli, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,477
2, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,390
3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,389
4, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,381
5, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3,377
6, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 3,374
7, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 3,344
8, Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 3,341
8, Brian Voss, Kennesaw, Ga., 3,341
10, Rudy Kasimakis, Baldwyn, Miss., 3,334
11, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,323
12, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3,312
13, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 3,299
14, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,296
15, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 3,290
16, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,275
17, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,274
18, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 3,266
19, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,260, $100
20, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 3,258
21, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,253
22, P.J. Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 3,237
23, Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind., 3,222
24, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3,218
25, Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 3,216
26, Stuart Williams, England, 3,206
27, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,202
28, Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,200
29, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 3,197, $1,600
30, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 3,192, $1,600
30, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,192, $1,600
32, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,190, $1,600
33, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,187, $1,600
34, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 3,186, $1,600
35, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 3,181, $1,600
36, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 3,180, $1,600
37, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 3,179, $1,500
38, Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,170, $1,500
39, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,168, $1,500
39, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 3,168, $1,500
41, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 3,161, $1,500
42, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 3,157, $1,600
43, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,151, $1,500
44, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,148, $1,500
45, John Nolen, Grand Blanc, Mich., 3,140, $1,500
46, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 3,139, $1,500
47, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3,135, $1,500
48, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,133, $1,500
49, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,130, $1,500
50, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,114, $1,500
51, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 3,107, $1,500
52, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,099, $1,500
53, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,091, $1,500
54, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,051, $1,500
55, Tae-Hwa Jeong, South Korea, 3,044, $1,400
56, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 3,032, $1,400
57, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 3,023, $1,400
58, George Lambert IV, Canada, 3,018, $1,400
59, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 3,013, $1,400
60, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 3,007, $1,400
61, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,005, $1,400
62, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, Fla., 2,996, $1,400
63, Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 2,981, $1,400
64, Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., 2,975, $1,400
65, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 2,965, $1,400
66, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 2,939, $1,400
67, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 2,929, $1,400
68, Edward VanDaniker Jr, Essex, Md., 2,898, $1,400
69, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,884, $1,400
70, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 2,882, $1,400
71, Paul Moor, England, 2,778, $1,400
72, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,532 (WD), $1,400

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Paul Boller, an American Bowling Congress director for two decades, died July 29 at age 72.

The Wesley Chapel, Fla., resident was on the ABC Board of Directors from 1984-2004 and was the longtime Greater Miami Bowling Association secretary-treasurer before moving to the Tampa area.

The Indiana native moved to Florida in 1947 and graduated from South Dade High School in 1954. After 30 years of service, he retired in 1989 from the Coral Gables Fire Department. The longtime youth bowling coach bowled in national tournaments, mixed league and men's league for more than 30 years. He most recently was a league bowler and coach at Royal Lanes in Lutz. He managed Boller Groves in Homestead from 1990-99.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship Fund, 621 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, TX 76011 to continue his love of coaching youth bowlers. A memorial gathering was held Aug. 2.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Here & There Column 8-11-09

Klatsch Takes On Health Care Reform

Put on an extra pot of coffee and double the amount of those homemade donuts was the consensus of our local Coffee Klatsch as a heated discussion started out with the comment that the health care reform plans now on the table would produce nothing more than a Canadian-style, single payer plan and the nationalization of health care.
Several members of our politically split Klatsch, four Democrats, three Republicans and one Independent acknowledged that the public polls show over 50 percent of Americans do not approve of this reform and those opposing the reform are in the majority.
Discussion also took place about the concern many have on how some politicians and most of the liberal media outlets are seeking to silence those who are speaking out against the health care reform legislation, out of control spending and the take over of vital industries.
One of our Klatsch regulars read off a few highlights from the first 500 pages of the Health Care bill in Congress and they included, page 29, "admission: your health care will be rationed," page 50, "all non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free health care services, " page 59, "the Federal government will have direct, real-time access to all individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer," page 239, "bill will reduce physician services for Medicaid, Seniors and the poor most affected and on page 430, "government will decide what level of treatment you may have at end-of-life."
Klatsch members didn't even debate any of the above noted statements and unanimously opposed the proposed takeover of health care by our government saying "this health care bill is down right unconstitutional. "
Following two pots of home brewed java and oven-baked donuts our Coffee Klatsch strongly suggested that members of Congress should start listening to their constituents and that there should be an immediate stop in calling constituents who voice opposition "a mob."
Our retired-members Klatsch all voiced concern about what they referred to as "the government socialized national health care deal," and said "it doesn't take much to see through the misinformation and distortions put out by supporters of this legislation."
"Grassroots Americans have sent members of Congress back to their districts for the August recess without a national health care deal in place and citizen opposition has played a leading role here," the Klatsch noted.

Golfing Highlights Column 8-7-09

"Bruno" welcomes golfers at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club

Swan Lake Golf & Country Club Golf Professional Robert Menges, left, and owner General Manager Todd Gallo.
"Bruno" Is A Favorite At Swan Lake Golf Club

"Bruno" is at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club most days and he often greets golfers with his friendly attitude but he doesn't hand out score cards nor does he give course conditions and most definitely he does not hand out keys to golf carts.....all because he is a four-year-old English Bulldog whose master is golf course owner and general manager Todd Gallo.
Several years have elapsed since we toured this course but once again we find that the greens are playing real fast and play on this course at time can be a challenge.
This course offers a spectacular setting as it is nestled on top of the Catskill Mountains overlooking rolling hills with a beautiful view.
Golf Professional Bob Menges noted on our visit that the greens are in very good shape and are firm which makes for the need for accurate putting.
Menges pointed out that Swan Lake Golf & Country Club has excellent up to date golf carts on the course and new sand continues to be added in a number of the bunkers.
Menges indicated that renovation for the cart paths is still in the planning stage.
The golf course was built in the late 1960's by the Dinnerstein family, owner and operators of the former Stevensville Resort Hotel.
Architect for the course was William Mitchell.
The present owners is the Gallo family and the general manager is Todd Gallo. The family has owned this facility for some 20-years.
This semi-private resort course is located on Mt. Hope Road near the hamlet of Swan Lake.
Golf course superintendent is David Irwin.
Open from April through November, this course is the home for the Tuesday and Wednesday Men's league and the Thursday Ladies league.
The course rating/slope from the blue tees is 73.5/132.
This course in 1978 hosted the Pan Am Open Tournament and in the year2000 hosted the week-long USGTF Qualifying Tournament.
Private lessons are given at the course by Professional Bob Menges. The course plays host to many local golf tournaments.
Tee times and other golf course information may be obtained by calling 845-292-0323. Their web site is
The front nine of this golf course from the blue tees plays 3,385 yards with a par 36.
Hole No. 1 is a 412-yard par 4 with a dogleg left. Drive your tee shot to the center or right center of the fairway for a good second shot to the green. Stay away from the trees and left side of the fairway off the tee. A downhill approach to the green. A bunker is on the left side of the green.
Hole No. 2 is a 398-yard par 4 with a slight dogleg to the right. Play the center or right center of the fairway for your second shot to the green. Green can easily be reached in two and the second half of the fairway runs downhill. A trap is on the right side of the fairway and can shag any errant tee shots. A steep hill greets errant shots going over this green.
Hole No,. 3 is a 477-yard par 5 with danger lurking on the left....lots of water on the left side of the fairway. Keep your tee shot center or right center in the fairway. A hilly bank runs off the right side of the fairway. This is a long hole which takes most golfers three shots to reach the green. A trap is on the left front portion of the green..
Hole No. 4 is a 403-yard par 4 with a fairway that slopes downhill to the right. Keep your tee shot left center of the fairway. Traps are on the right and left front section of this green.
Hole No. 5 is a 385-yard par 4 with a slight dogleg as you approach the green. Play to the center or right center of the fairway.....don't go left, there is a trap on the right front portion of this green.
Hole No. 6 is a 209-yard par 3 and is reachable from the tee with the club of your choice. Stay right off the tee.....there is also a hill to the right and the green slants to the left and downhill. A challenging par 3. There is a trap on the left side of the green.
Hole No. 7 is a 512-yard par 5. Off the tee stay left as there is a slight dogleg to the left. The fairway slopes downhill to the right. Traps are on the right side of the fairway and to the left side of the green.
Hole No. 8 is a 409-yard par 4. Stay left off the tee as there are traps on the right side of the fairway. Traps are also on the left front and right side of the green.
Hole No. 9 is a 180-yard par 3, slightly uphill with a large pond on the left. Traps are to the left and right front of the green and the right rear of the green. A nice finishing hole on the front nine and a reachable par 3 with the club of your choice.
The pond has a fountain and along the pond are numerous Bon Sai style trees.
Next week we will outline the back nine at Swan Lake Golf & Country Club.

The Golf Tip
By Bob Menges

The Importance of Wedges: In today's ever-changing golf game, most players are under the influence that if they hit the ball longer they will play better. Even though technology has increased how far the ball will travel, the scores are about the same. There is no doubt that if you hit the ball longer you should have less club to the green and be able to get the ball closer to the hole and make more putts.
I believe this to be true, but you better be able to hit the shots on the green close to the pin. In order to hit the ball close, I feel it is important to carry three wedges in your golf bag. Most people have a pitching wedge that comes with their set. This club has about 47 to 49 degrees of loft. You have a choice to make for the other two wedges. A gap wedge comes with about 50 to 53 degrees of loft and a lob wedge is about 60 to 64 degrees of loft. I would choose between these two clubs depending on how far you hit the ball. A log wedge will save you shots around the green and a gap wedge will help you with the in between yardages in the fairway. You should always carry a sand wedge that has 54 to 57 degrees of loft. Some touring Professionals will carry 4 wedges in their bag. The next time you play a round of golf, count how many strokes you take from 100 yards in to the hole. I think you will find this will total about 60 percent of your score. When you are trying to improve your score, it is important to lower the number of shots you take close to the green. I think having three wedges in your bag will help you accomplish a lower score.
Robert Menges is the golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. He is available for private lessons and if you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached at 845-292-0323 or via e-mail at

McMichael Memorial
Tourney September 27
At Villa Roma Golf Club

The Kathy McMichael Memorial 1st Annual Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, September 27 at the Villa Roma Golf & Country Club.
It will be a scramble format for men and women with registration at noon and tee off at 1 p.m.
Entry fee of $85 per person includes 18 holes of golf with cart, dinner, prizes, contests and raffles Kathy was employed at BOCES and through her illness showed inspiration, courage and love of life.
For information call Jeffrey Molusky at 845-702-2373 or 570-224-7679 or email at or call Vince Fratto at 914-850-3760.
Ed's Outlook

Monticello golfer Pete Cahalan is one happy guy. He shot a hole-in-one at the Center For Discovery tournament recently at the Tuxedo Country Club that brought him a cash prize valued at $25,000.....not a bad payoff for your first career ace. Congratulations Pete.....see a complete story on this great event elsewhere in this issue.
The Roscoe Twin Village Golf Club announced this week that they honor the Hudson Valley Golf Pass and the Golf Card and their weekday special for 18 holes with a cart is $18 single and $35 for two which now includes a coupon for 10% off one entree Monday through Thursday night at the Rockland House, or 10% off one entree Sunday night at Spiro's Countryside Restaurant, or 10% off one meal breakfast, lunch or dinner Monday through Friday with a free to go cup of coffee after your meal at Buffalo Zach's Cafe, or one free drink at the Live Bait Restaurant.
This 9-hole Executive Course with red, white and blue tees allows the option of playing 18 varied holes.

This column is written by Ed Townsend, a consultant to the amateur and professional sport of golf and to several golf writers associations. If you have a topic that you feel would make good reading or have league scores and tournament information, Ed can be reached by phone at 439-8177 or by email at For a more expanded version of this golf column, please visit our Web page at
Monticello golfer Peter Cahalan, second from the left, recently scored a tournament hole-in-one which brought him a $25,000 reward. His foursome at this tournament included, from the left, Thomas "TK" Kelly Jr., Anthony J. Rein and Rick Morgan.

Monticello Golfer Hole In One
Brings Him $25,000 Reward

Hole-in-ones are always a thrill in any golf outing but when there's a $25,000 cash reward attached to the ace it's a whole new ballgame.
Seventy-one year-old Monticello golfer Pete Cahalan has been golfing since he took up the game seriously in 1960 but he never was able to shoot a hole-in-one until July 20 in the Center For Discovery Golf Tournament held at the Tuxedo County Club.
The tournament was run as a Tuxedo Scramble.
Using a hybrid No. 3 club he teed up the ball on the 165-yard par 3 third hole and scored his first ever ace which also brought him a winning cash prize of $25,000. The hole-in-one also brought him a $50 closest to the pin award for credit in the Tuxedo Country Club club house.
Pete noted that he was able to see the ball hit just before the green, roll onto the green and the three others in his foursome said it went into the hole but Cahalan thought it might have rolled past the hole.
Cahalan, a 14-handicap golfer, competes weekly in the Tuesday Men's Lochmor Golf Course league and the Wednesday Men's Tarry Brae league. He also plays recreational golf two other days of the week.
The three other golfers in Pete's tournament foursome included Sullivan County area golfers Thomas "TK" Kelly Jr., Anthony J. Rein and Rick Morgan.
Semi-retired Pete is married to his wife Gloria and they have one daughter Tricia.

Williams Earns Top Rung for PBA
Motor City Open Stepladder Final

The inaugural Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling got off to a wild start recently, but in the end Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., stood on the top rung for the stepladder finals of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Motor City Open.
Williams entered the final position round match at Taylor Lanes tied for the top spot with fifth-round leader Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and defeated the 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year, 185-173. Ironically, the top two players were one-two at the start of match play on Wednesday and bowled a tie match.> > Meanwhile, on the adjacent pair of lanes, Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., had clinched the third spot in the five-player stepladder final round, but by defeating Finland’s two-handed specialist Osku Palermaa, 258-205, he knocked Palermaa out of the finals.> > Palermaa’s fate was sealed because on the next pair of lanes, Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pa., and Rhino Page of Wesley Chapel, Fla. – who were tied for fifth place going into the position round – bowled a 218-218 tie to remain tied for fifth. That’s because the fourth spot was taken by Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., who rolled a 300 game against Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., to jump past O’Neill, Page and Palermaa in his final game.> > The fifth spot in the finals was settled when O’Neill defeated Page in a one-game roll-off, 190-171.> > Williams, who is seeking a 46th career title to extend his own PBA record, said he came into the final comfortable about his chances of remaining in the top five, “but after that I wanted to be the leader. Winning one game for the title is a lot easier than winning two, I don’t care what anyone says.”> > Barnes battled Williams for the lead throughout match play. “I thought I bowled pretty good today,” Barnes said. “I was 60 pins over (a 200 average) for my first three games in the morning, but I looked up and I had lost 130 pins to Walter Ray. But he’s the best all-time, so you can’t feel bad about that.”> > Weber, a 34-time PBA champion, was content to lock up the third position. “Not bad,” he said. “This is the second time in my 30-year career I’ve made a TV show in the first tournament of the year.”> > Jones, who bowled only the third 300 game of the tournament, said he got lucky. “The other side of the center played completely different,” the 12-time PBA Tour winner said. “Fortunately I made the most of the opportunity. Now it’s all on me. I didn’t bowl very well last year, so now it’s a matter of making good shots and getting on the TV show more often.”> > O’Neill, the only non-titlist among the top five, was elated. “That was something,” he said. “I’ve never been part of anything like that, especially considering I was more than 100 pins away from the show with four games to go. I bowled 740 for three games just to give myself a chance. And then to make this show is something special. It’s going to be four legends and me.”> > The Motor City Open stepladder finals will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, at Thunderbowl Lanes in nearby Allen Park for broadcast of ESPN on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. Eastern.> > LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA MOTOR CITY OPEN> Taylor Lanes, Taylor, Mich., Aug. 6> > FINAL MATCH PLAY STANDINGS (After 39 games, including match play records and bonus pins; top five advance to stepladder finals Sept. 5 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.)> 1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 15-8-1, 9,302> 2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 16-7-1, 9,260> 3, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 16-8, 9,169> 4, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 13-11, 8,935> 5, x-Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 13-11, 8,907> 6, Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 14-9-1, 8,907, $5,500> 7, Osku Palermaa, Espoo, Finland, 13-10-1, 8,897, $5,000> 8, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 12-12, 8,860, $4,500> 9, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 10-14, 8,771, $4,200> 10, Andres Gomez, Bogota, Colombia, 13-11, 8,761, $4,000> 11, Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., 11-13, and Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 12-12, 8,750, $3,700> 13, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 13-10-1, 8,692, $3,400> 14, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, 14-10, 8,683, $3,200> 15, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 12-12, 8,670, $3,000> 16, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 13-11, 8,665, $2,900> 17, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 9-15, 8,630, $2,800> 18, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 10-14, 8,617, $2,700> 19, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 11-13, 8,602, $2,650> 20, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 11-13, 8,563, $2,600> 21, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 8-16, and Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 10-14, 8,514, $2,525> 23, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 9-15, 8,466, $2,450> 24, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 8-16, 8,306, $2,400> x-O’Neill defeated Page, 190-171, in a one-game roll-off to break a tie for fifth place.> > About the PBA> The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) features the best bowlers in the world competing in National, Regional and Senior Tour events and awarded over $4.3 million in prize money during the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA National Tour. The organization has more than 4,000 members spanning 13 countries, and nearly one million viewers tune-in to watch the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour every Sunday on ESPN throughout the season. PBA sponsors include Bayer, Brunswick, CLR, Denny's, Etonic, Flomax, GEICO, Go RVing, H&R Block, Lumber Liquidators, Pepsi-Cola and the USBC, among others.
Shannon O’Keefe Tops PBA
Women’s Series Exempt Field

Shannon O’Keefe, Arlington, Texas, averaged 220.93 for 40 games on five different lane conditioning patterns at Sunset Station Bowling Center to top a field of 12 women who earned exemptions to bowl the Professional Bowlers Association Women’s Series presented by BOWL.COM during the 2009-10 season.

Also earning exemptions were Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.; Tammy Boomershine, Ogden, Utah; Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia; Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix; Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas; Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif.; Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas; Diandra Asbaty, Chicago; Amanda Fagan, Patchoque, N.Y.; Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, and Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic.

O’Keefe, a former National Amateur Champion, finished with a 40-game total of 8,37 pins, 123 pins ahead of Kulick, the only woman to ever earn an exemption to bowl on the male-dominated Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour (2006-07).

Fagan and Barnes are married to current Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt players Michael Fagan and Chris Barnes. Pluhowsky and Asbaty are former National Amateur Champions who won PBA Women’s Series titles during the inaugural 2007-08 season.

All of the American women are past or current members of Team USA except Guerrero who is a former Colombia national team member. Zulkifli, a World Bowling Writers Hall of Famer, and Guerra also bowl on their respective national teams.

The PBA Women’s Tour Trials were conducted concurrently with the U.S. Women’s Open. The 12 women who earned exemptions will be part of a 20-player field for the PBA Women’s Series. Also exempt are 2008-09 Women’s Series title winners Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y.; Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas; Stefanie Nation, Arlington, Texas; Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio; Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev. Two additional women will be added to tournament fields through Tour Qualifying Rounds which are open to all comers.

The PBA Women’s Series presented by BOWL.COM, the United States Bowling Congress’ official web site, gets underway with five events that a part of the PBA World Series of Bowling at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. World Series events include the Women’s Viper Championship Aug. 14-16, Women’s Chameleon Championship Aug. 18-20, Women’s Scorpion Championship Aug. 23-25, Women’s Shark Championship Aug. 27-29, and a new PBA Women’s World Championship Aug. 30-Sept. 4.

Sunset Station Bowling Center, Henderson, Nev., Aug. 7

FINAL STANDINGS (after 40 games; top 12 earned exemptions for the 2009-10 PBA Women’s Series presented by BOWL.COM)
1, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 8,837
2, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 8,714
3, Tammy Boomershine, Ogden, Utah, 8,691
4, Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 8,660
5, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 8,660
6, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak,, Texas, 8,645
7, Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 8,632
8, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 8,592
9, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 8,494
10, Amanda Fagan, Patchoque, N.Y., 8,470
11, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 8,392
12, Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 8,389

Failed To Qualify

13, Jacqui Reese, Roseto, Pa., 8,339
14, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, 8,336
15, Cha Mi-Jung, Korea, 8,313
16, Adrienne Miller, Arlington Heights, Ill., 8,312
17, Kathy Tribbey, Dundee, Ore., 8,280
18, Trisha Reid, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, 8,233
19, Samantha Williams, Hunt Valley, Md., 8,162
20, Laura Rhoney, Scotland, 8,158
21, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 8,153
22, Kayla Bandy Danville, Va., 7,945

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) features the best bowlers in the world competing in National, Regional and Senior Tour events and awarded over $4.3 million in prize money during the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA National Tour. The organization has more than 4,000 members spanning 13 countries, and nearly one million viewers tune-in to watch the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour every Sunday on ESPN throughout the season. PBA sponsors include Bayer, Brunswick, CLR, Denny's, Etonic, Flomax, GEICO, Go RVing, H&R Block, Lumber Liquidators, Pepsi-Cola and the USBC, among others. For more information on the PBA, log on to
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After almost a year of preparation, a completely new United States Bowling Congress Web site has been launched.

The site's new design features user-friendly navigation, includes more news and information, makes USBC members a part of the action, provides for social networking, expands BowlTV and creates an enhanced forums section.

"This is a monumental day for USBC," said USBC Vice President-Media Pete Tredwell. "The new will become the No. 1 Internet destination in the sport of bowling, allowing us to connect with bowlers and fans like never before. Additionally, it will serve as the foundation for many of USBC's core business functions as we move forward."

Some of the exciting features of the new
*User-friendly navigation - accessibilility in three clicks or less allowing for searching quickly for member information, league standings or rules.

*More news and information - the latest news and features from the entire bowling industry.

*USBC member focus - the "Featured Bowlers" area will cover bowlers in the industry plus, every USBC member can be the star of the sport. will
highlight all levels of bowlers making an impact on the sport.

*Social networking - people can stay connected to other bowlers through sites such as Digg, Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, BlackPlanet, Migente and YouTube.

*All-new BowlTV - through exclusive bowling video on demand, viewers will have coaching advice, current tournament highlights and the most exciting
moments in bowling history at their fingertips. Also, USBC is reintroducing the PBA classics such as the Masters from the past in the original format of the eras. There also will be more live streaming of major events such as the recent World Women's Championships.

* forums - advice from the pros and up-to-the-minute highlights and insight on topics from all areas of the sport of bowling will be available in a newly-created forum.

"We re-designed with the USBC members in mind," said USBC Director of Interactive Content Chance Spann. "We believe we have made it easier for them to find information about the sport and organization and a place where it will be easier for them to share their views about any related subject."

Four years ago, the bowlers from Chinese Taipei and their unique bowling style made headlines at the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Women's Championships, and they were back in the spotlight after winning the trios gold medal at Cashman Center recently.

The Chinese Taipei team included two spinners, bowlers who bring their fingers all the way around the top of the ball, as opposed to the side of the ball like most traditional bowlers in the United States. That strategy proved to be effective once again as they defeated Team USA, 660-602, in the championship match.

"We are very, very excited right now," said Chinese Taipei coach John I-Tsun Chiang. "We have two spinners, and in recent years, the spinners haven't had much luck in international competition, so we are glad we were able to do well. We have tried very hard to train these girls and promote spinners to the whole world, and this is a nice reward."

Spinners typically use 11-pound balls and send the ball straight down the lane, regardless of the lane conditions. The ball rotates similar to helicopter blades, giving it the nickname the "helicopter release." When the ball hits, it mixes the pins in a way not usually seen.

The lane condition for the final, the tournament's medium pattern (WTBA Athens, 40 feet), was selected by the United States, the top seed after six qualifying games.

"We couldn't have bowled any better, and we made a great run today," said Team USA's Liz Johnson. "Our choice to go with the medium pattern was a good one, but we got outbowled. We worked really hard all day and worked well together. We just came up short."

Tsai Hsin-Yi led Chinese Taipei to the win with a 225 game and was followed by Yang Hao-Ting (223) and non-spinner Tang Ya-Chun (212). Johnson led the way for Team USA with a 232 game and was joined by singles gold medalist Stefanie Nation (190) and first-time World Championships participant Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (180).

On the way to the final, Team USA rolled the third-highest trios score in tournament history and knocked off No. 4 Japan (Maki Nakano, Nao Ohishi and Ayano Katai), 742-659. The highest trios set at the World Women's Championships is 758, shot by Malaysia in Monterrey, Mexico, in 2007.

Chinese Taipei, which won trios, team and all-events gold medals at the 2005 event in Aalborg, Denmark, entered the second day of trios competition in sixth place overall. The team gained the necessary momentum Friday morning and qualified second behind Team USA.

Chinese Taipei then defeated Denmark (Kamilla Kjeldsen, Anne Gales and Rikke Rasmussen) in the semifinals, 610-605.

Representatives from 39 countries rolled six qualifying games in trios over two days before the field was cut to the top four teams for the semifinals. Team USA's Lynda Barnes, Kim Terrell-Kearney and Wendy Macpherson finished 21st with 3,615.

This year's tournament marks the first time professionals are allowed to compete at the World Women's Championships, and competitors will compete in singles, doubles, trios, team and Masters competition before the event concludes Sunday. Medals also will be awarded for all-events.

Through 18 games, Colombia's Clara Guerrero is the all-events leader with 3,946. Sweden's Helen Johnsson is second with 3,928, Rasmussen is third with 3,909 and Nation is fourth with 3,901. Team USA's Johnson is ninth with 3,827, and Dorin-Ballard is 16th with 3,783.

After 24 games, the top 16 players in the all-events standings will advance to Masters competition, which is scheduled for Sunday morning.

Competition continues Saturday with the team event. Teams will bowl two three-game blocks before the field is cut to the top four. Semifinal and final action kicks off at 9:30 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast live on

Malaysia is the defending team champion and the United States is looking to avenge back-to-back runner-up finishes.

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Thursday's Results

Gold medal: Chinese Taipei (Yang Hao-Ting, Tsai Hsin-Yi, Tang Ya-Chun)
Silver medal: United States (Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Liz Johnson, Stefanie Nation)
Bronze medal: Denmark (Ann Gales, Kamilla Kjeldsen, Rikke Rasmussen) and Japan (Ayano Katai, Maki Nakano, Nao Ohishi)

(1) United States def. (4) Japan, 742-659
(2) Chinese Taipei def. (3) Denmark, 610-605

(2) Chinese Taipei def. (1) United States, 660-602

(Qualifying; top four after six games advanced to semifinals)

1, United States (Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Liz Johnson, Stefanie Nation), 3,858
2, Chinese Taipei (Yang Hao-Ting, Tsai Hsin-Yi, Tang Ya-Chun), 3,798
3, Denmark (Ann Gales, Kamilla Kjeldsen, Rikke Rasmussen), 3,785
4, Japan (Ayano Katai, Maki Nakano, Nao Ohishi), 3,767
5, Denmark (Britt Brondsted, Anja Ginge Jensen, Mai Ginge Jensen), 3,765
6, Colombia (Paola Gomez, Clara Guerrero, Rocio Restrepo), 3,752
7, Indonesia (Putty Armein, Sharon Limansantoso, Tannya Rouminper), 3,747
8, Finland (Piritta Kantola, Krista Pollanen, Mari Santonen), 3,739
T9, Chinese Taipei (Chein Hsiu-Lan, Li Shiau-Ping, Pan Yu-Fen), 3,735
T9, Sweden (Nina Flack, Helen Johnsson, Veronica Lantto), 3,735

(18 games; top 16 after 24 games advance to Masters)

1, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 3,946
2, Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 3,928
3, Rikke Rasmussen, Denmark, 3,909
4, Stefanie Nation, United States, 3,901
5, Britt Brondsted, Denmark, 3,872
6, Putty Armein, Indonesia, 3,871
7, Hwang Sun-Ok, Korea, 3,853
8, Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 3,844
9, Liz Johnson, United States, 3,827
10, Son Yun-Hee, Korea, 3,817