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Bowling Tournaments of The Americas newsletter

41st Annual Tournament
August 9 - 16, 2003

Announcing a new tournament
Silver Sponsor

 We are very happy to announce and welcome back Brunswick Bowling & Billiards as tournament sponsors.  In a meeting at BowlExpo in Las Vegas in June, Brunswick, agreed to become a tournament sponsor and will  be sending their team to oversee the conditioning of the lanes and approaches with their lane products and new machine- the Phoenix-S.  

Brunswick will put on two demonstrations of lane maintenance during the week - one demonstration will be held before Official Practice and will show you how the lane will be dressed for the tournament week and answer any questions you may have.  We have sent a link to the graphs, which were supplied by Brunswick's Pat Mitchell,  to the Federations.   If you would like a copy, please email us.  

(l to r) Bill Matovina, Classic Products and Will Ehlers, Product Specialist, Brunswick.  Brunswick will be dressing the lanes during Tournament Week.

There will also be Brunswick bowling product displays at the lanes during the week.  This will give you the chance to see and ask any questions you may have on their latest equipment.
Want a preview?  Go >> Brunswick Bowling Website

Schedule Changes Have  Been Posted

We have adjusted the schedule to accommodate time for the Brunswick's demonstrations. Delegates and Coaches meeting will be changed from 11:00 AM to 9:30 AM.  The Tournament bus will leave the hotels at 9:00 AM.

The tournament has had reported to it that 160 bowlers from 21 countries will attend the tournament as of this date.  See the list on our Participants 2003 page. We will update this list as we receive names.  

"Out of the Past"
Our scrapbook of published news articles and pictures, or participant lists of the 1st to the 40th year of the Tournament of the Americas will be randomly posted on our website's new scrapbook pages called "Out of The Past".

Look for the link on this page (left column) or in our "News, Events and Links" content page, or just click on the arrow below to peek into our past.

for March - 1963, 1st tournament
There will be no new pages until September.


Gold Sponsor
 of the Tournament of The Americas
and the
Greater Miami International 

 Check our "Hot Links" page 
for tournament and other sites.

New Bowling Book 

John Jowdy, coach to the pros, has written a book, Bowling Execution,  that will be of help to every level of bowler who wants to improve their game.

Click here for info on ordering

Comments on book by Dick Evans

The Tournament Staff for 2003

Glen Watson

Glen will primarily be in charge of scoring for both tournaments, registration and various general office duties.  Glen, a Canadian citizen and a permanent resident of the United States for the past 7 yeas,  has been around bowling since his teens.  He was a member of the Canadian Team representing his country in a number of major international competitions, including the Tournament of The Americas and the Greater Miami International. Glen  is a life-time member of the Toronto Bowling Association and was elected to their Hall of Fame He continues to bowl in competition since moving to the USA and recently bowled another 300 in league play.

Chris Quiñones
General Office

Chris, a student, will be primarily working on computer data entry and posting scores to our website.  Due to his school schedule, Chris will be available to us on a limited basis during the Greater Miami International but will work for the entire Tournament of The Americas week. Although as he states, "not my first language", Chris will be a big help to our Spanish speaking participants.   

Rolando Vargas

Rolando, a native of Costa Rica, will again be volunteering his time with translating for both tournaments and other tournament projects although he has limited time since he  works  for Cloverleaf Lanes and bowls in the Greater Miami International.  No stranger to bowling,  Rolando's introduction to the Tournament of The Americas came when he started as a Junior participant from Costa Rica  many years ago.  He  has participated in both of our tournaments in the past and has represented Costa Rica in other major tournaments over the years . 

Paulette Watson,
Tournament Director

Paulette Crowers Watson has been Tournament Director since 1991 and has worked on the tournaments for 27 years.  For the past 15 years, she has also held various positions on  the BTAA Board of Directors and is currently the managing Director and Secretary of the Board.  "Change is always difficult.  Sandie and Jerry Parr worked with me for 14 years on the tournaments and we had become not only an efficient team but friends. With our new staff in place for the tournaments, I expect that the tournaments will run as smoothly as ever and we will work well together with Glen and Chris learning the jobs Sandie and Jerry handled."

Have any news for us to share with our readers?  Know of any open tournaments? Have any questions?

Bowling Tournaments of the Americas 
Paulette Watson, BTAA Executive Director 
& Tournament Director
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New Headquarters Hotel
We will be on the beach again.

The Tournament of The Americas chose to  use the  Marco Polo Ramada Plaza Beach Resort on Sunny Isles, North Miami Beach for our headquarters hotel.  

Rooms at the Marco Polo
are No longer available

Due to the lateness of reservations, no more rooms are available at the Marco Polo at this time. With the increase of participating countries this year, we  have 90 rooms at the Marco Polo filled as of now, which was all they would give us after the July 15th deadline.  

Those room reservations which did not come in as of early  Friday, July 17th  (two days after the deadline) were not accepted by the Marco Polo. The Marco Polo is full and can not give us more rooms unless there are cancellations on their own reservations.   

We are unhappy to say that several countries did not reserve by the deadline and will not be able to have rooms at that hotel.  

Rooms will be available at the 
Thunderbird Beach Resort

The Tournament  has made arrangements with the Thunderbird Resort, at the same special rate, to take as many  late reservations as we need  if they have rooms available.   The Greater Miami International players used the Thunderbird and were pleased with that hotel which is about 7 blocks south of the Marco Polo and still on the beach.  I'm sure that the Thunderbird will host the Tournament of The Americas participants in a pleasing manner.  And as always, reservation must be made through the tournament office to receive the special Tournament rate.   See Tournament Hotel Reservation details. 

Use our same reservation form for the Thunderbird. Tournament buses will run from both hotels.

Go to Marco Polo website

Go to Thunderbird website

John I. Smith
Greater Miami International
May 8-15, 2004
An open tournament 
Bowling/Vacation Fun in the Sun
for Adult and Senior bowlers

Missed the fun?  There's always next year.

Catch the scores 
for the 2003 GMI tournament


The World Ranking Masters

 World Ranking Masters - July 19-23rd.  The 8 best men and 8 best women from each WTBA (World Tenpin Bowling Association) Zone…Asian, European, and American…will come together to battle for the esteemed title of the world’s number 1 ranked amateur bowler.  This is only the 3rd tournament of its kind and it is the first time that it will be held inside the United States.  22 countries are represented in this tournament.

>>>Go to page participants and scores

ABC Championship Tournament

The 100th American Bowling Congress Championship Tournament is running in Knoxville, Tennessee.   
And the schedule through 2009 has been set.... 
 2004 -- Reno, Nevada
 2005 -- Baton Rouge, Louisiana
 2006 -- Corpus Christi, Texas
 2007 -- Reno, Nevada
 2008 -- Albuquerque, New Mexico
 2009 -- Las Vegas, Nevada.                              

FIQ - Changes are coming
Will it even exist after September?

Through the grapevine and from personal reports there are big changes expected at FIQ, maybe even it's demise.

An election for the office of President of FIQ is due in September.  Jerry Koenig has declined to run again as President of FIQ.  There has only been one person to step up to the plate so far.  Bill Hoffman threw his hat into the ring as the only candidate.  Then he pulled back until he sees if he will even have anyone to run against, reportedly saying he did not really want to win by default.  

But will there be an office for anyone to run for in September?  There has been a controversy for some time about having two bowling governing bodies - FIQ and WTBA.  There are "for's" and "against's" throughout the Zones.  One argument concerns the Olympic Committee's need and policy to see unity and have one official govening body of a sport for them to consider admission of a sport into the Olympic Games. Some arguments only seem to be "power plays".  There are also many "level heads" out there who are just for the "good of the spot" as well. 

Will there be an FIQ as we know it after September?  We will know after the vote has been taken at the FIQ Championship Tournament in Malaysia.

2003 AMF Bowling World Cup 
September 27 – October 4
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
>> Press Release....

EGYPT:  Due to the unsettled situation in the Middle East, the 5th Sinai International Open has been postponed until the third week of October. Full details have been posted on:   www.egyptbowling.com             
                            From Worldletter-Plus newsletter
 Keith Hale

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