California Bowling Writers

May 8, 2008

CONTACT: Kathy Watson
California Bowling Writers
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May 8, 2008

How do you even dream about an event to get bowling back on national television? USBC answered that question in presenting the CLASH OF CHAMPIONS to be telecast on CBS Sports May 10th at 5:00 p.m. and May 11th at 4:00 p.m. (both Eastern time).

This made for television event will use the sudden death format, which is the cruelest way to be eliminated from a competition. Contestants warm up for an hour before any taping begins and then before each of the rounds they get another 15 minutes. But it only takes one ball to be benched.

The sixteen competitors, split by gender into four “clashes”, two with four women each and two with four men each are vying for $100,000. The overall winner will get $50,000; second place will get $25,000. Liz Johnson, the second female semi-finalist had to work the hardest by having to bowl nine strikes in tie-breaker after tie-breaker against 17 year old Jenny Brown.

Jenny Brown from DeLand Fla. won the 2007 USBC Junior Gold Championships in Buffalo N.Y. to be a contestant in the Clash of Champions. She rolled eight strikes and was finally eliminated when she only got eight pins on the ninth ball. The crowd cheered for Jenny and Lynn Swan interviewed her at the break because she was so cool during the most exciting round against a tough, seasoned competitor.

When the rounds are complete, the almost 1500 strong crowd will see traditional games of bowling in the semi-final and final matches. In the end, however, only one winner will emerge. Whether male or female, the bowling will be great. Be sure to tune in on Saturday May 10 or Sunday May 11.

California Bowling Writers was formed in 1998; membership is open to all California bowling journalists, promoters and supporters of the sport of bowling. The purpose of the organization is to encourage and educate both members and non-members in communication through print, promotion and use of electronic media. At the same time, CBW will recognize and reward those who create media awareness by providing outstanding bowling photography and journalistic excellence.

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