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      June of 2000

    -MSN To Sponsor PBA Event In Tucson

    6/29/2000 - PBA
          AKRON, Ohio - The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Microsoft Network (MSN) reached agreement for sponsorship of the MSN Open in Tucson, Ariz., next week.

          The MSN Open will be contested at Golden Pin Lanes from Sunday through Saturday, July 2-8, and will be televised by Fox Sports Net. The MSN Open is the third of four events for the PBA's National Tour this summer.

          The deal marks the first entitlement sponsorship of an event since the PBA was purchased in April by three private investors--Chris Peters, Rob Glaser and Mike Slade--who are all former Microsoft executives.

          "This marks the first of what we anticipate will be many sponsorships as the PBA moves forward under our new ownership," said PBA Commissioner Mark Gerberich. "It's amazing that the new ownership group was able to secure an event sponsor only three months after they took over. I think this speaks volumes regarding the contacts we have in the business community, and especially with internet companies."

          The sponsorship, which increases the total prize fund by 25%, involves cross-promotion of the PBA and MSN on their respective web sites (pba.com and msn.com) and MSN will also receive signage opportunities at the event site and during the 90-minute Fox Sports Net telecast.

          The MSN Open marks the 39th consecutive year for the PBA in Tucson, making the city the second-longest continuous host of the PBA (Las Vegas has hosted the PBA for 41 consecutive years). Five-time PBA Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. will look to defend his title against a field that will include all the superstars of the PBA. Included on the roster for the MSN Open are PBA Player of the Year Parker Bohn III, former PBA Rookies of the Year Chris Barnes and Jason Couch, and past Tucson Open champions Amleto Monacelli, Norm Duke and Steve Hoskins.

          The MSN Open will be an important event for the pros as they gear up for one of the year's "major" championships--Bowling's U.S. Open (presented by AMF). That event follows the MSN Open and will be contested in Phoenix.

          The MSN Open gets underway on Sunday, July 2, with Pro-Am squads and continues Tuesday, July 4, with a pro practice session and more Pro-Ams. The pros start rolling for score in the one-squad event beginning Wed., July 5, and qualifying wraps up Thursday afternoon, July 6. The top 24 then advance to match play Thursday night. The final two rounds of match play are set for Friday, July 7, and only the top eight players qualify for the championship round, Saturday, July 8.


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    -New Book Blames Society For League Bowling's Decline

    6/26/2000 - By Steve Mermelstein
    Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam      Professor of Public Policy and Harvard University Clinical Scientist, Robert D. Putnam, writes in his new book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, that today's society has become increasingly disconnected from civic life and social networks such as bowling leagues and proposes that this phenomenon symbolizes a much broader and vitally significant social change.

          After years of research, Putnam validates his original thesis: that over the past thirty years we have become ever more alienated from one another and from our social and political institutions, and that this disengagement poses a critical threat to our personal health, local communities, and national well-being.

          According to Putnam's research we spend about 35% less time visiting with friends than we did thirty years ago, and American families have dinner together only two-thirds as often as they did a generation ago, belong to fewer organizations that meet, know our neighbors less, and even socialize with our extended families less often. By virtually any possible measure, Putnam found, Americans today are increasingly disengaged, not only from the public sphere, but from informal and private social relations. Putnam believes that these disconnections can directly explain why people have lost interest in league bowling and why it continues to decline.


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    6/23/2000 - Bowl.com
          The Bowl.com Standings Sheets Service is now available on Bowl.com. With this free service you can upload any ABC, WIBC, or YABA sanctioned league's standing sheet to the Bowl.com web site for others to see. Whether your summer league is in full swing, or if you are gearing up for fall leagues, you may register your league with the Bowl.com standings sheets service now.

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    -Koivuniemi Stops Weber's Bid For History

    6/19/2000 - BPAA
          ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Mika Koivuniemi won his first Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) title by capturing the American Bowling Congress (ABC) Masters at the Albuquerque Convention Center Saturday afternoon (June 17).

          Koivuniemi, Finland, seized a narrow victory over PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, 236-235, and collected the $35,000 first-place check. The win was also worth a three-year exemption into the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions and a spot on the Reichert Cup team.

          "I have won titles all over the world and have won more than 100 tournaments in Finland, but this win is my most important so far," said Koivuniemi, who was a top amateur player before joining the PBA Tour last year. "Now I have an FIQ championship (1991), a 'mega-buck' win (1997 Super Hoinke), a PBA title and a major championship. I don't think anyone else has done all that."

          While the final score reflected a one-pin margin of victory for Koivuniemi, he was in control the entire title match. The 33-year-old Finn, who was making his first championship round appearance, started the title match with spares in the first two frames, then rattled off five consecutive strikes.

          Weber, who was trying to equal his legendary father Dick Weber with 26 PBA titles and become just the second player (Mike Aulby) to win all five of bowling's "majors," spared in the first frame and struck in the second. He then converted the 3-6-10 spare in both the third and fourth frames and single-pin spares in frames five and six. He struck in frames seven, eight and nine to put some pressure on Koivuniemi.

          Koivuniemi left a solid 8-pin in the eighth frame, which he converted for a spare, and came back to strike in the ninth frame. He then needed a nine count, plus the spare, and a strike in the 10th frame to secure the win. He did exactly that, leaving Weber to strike out in the 10th for the final one-pin deficit.

          "I didn't know exactly what I needed in the 10th frame, but I knew a strike on my first ball would shut him out," Koivuniemi said. "After I got nine and the spare, I knew I needed nine pins on the 'fill' ball to win."

          "It's a tough loss for me because I had a lot at stake today," said Weber. "I really didn't feel comfortable on the lanes . . . I had to play the middle part of the lane today, which I didn't have to do during the week."

          Koivuniemi advanced to the title match by defeating Paul Fleming in the semifinal match, 246-236. Fleming, Bedford, Texas, took home $13,000 for finishing third. Fleming, the reigning PBA Rookie of the Year who is still after his first title, defeated Jason Duran in the second match, 278-195. Duran garnered $9,000 for fourth place. Duran, Wichita, Kan., defeated Chris Barnes, Wichita, Kan., in the first match, 257-222. Barnes earned $7,000 for fifth.

          The PBA Tour will take a week off before heading to Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan., where Rick Lawrence will defend his title. Qualifying begins Wednesday, June 28, and FOX Sports Net will televise the finals Saturday, July 1.

          The PBA Senior Tour is in Las Vegas this week for the Brunswick Senior Slam, presented by The Orleans. The event, which starts Tuesday, June 20, and continues through Friday, June, 23, marks the PBA Senior Tour's first visit to The Orleans Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center. FOX Sports Net will broadcast the eight-man finals Saturday, June 24.

    -McCormick Distilling and BPAA Announce the 2nd Annual Tequila Rose National Mixed Doubles Tournament

    6/16/2000 - BPAA
          ARLINGTON, Texas * McCormick Distilling Co., Inc. and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) announce the second annual Tequila Rose National Mixed Doubles Tournament. Building on the success of last year's inaugural tournament which had its finals in Las Vegas, the upcoming year's event will be even bigger and more exciting, with more on-site involvement and support at local, regional and national levels and an increased finals purse of $90,000.Qualifying competitions will take place at the state level during Fall 2000. The National Finals will be held in Spring 2001 at a site to be determined.

          McCormick Distilling, the third largest privately held spirit company in the U.S., was founded in 1856 and offers products in more than a dozen categories.Among their premium brands, Tequila Rose leads the way. This strawberry flavored cream liqueur with just a hint of Tequila has risen to number two in the cream liqueur category in just four short years. Thanks in no small part to the loyalty of customers like amateur bowlers across the country that embraced the product early on.

          It is with great anticipation that BPAA and McCormick Distilling announce the second year of this exciting and fun competition; a "Win-Win" situation for everyone involved: the BPAA Bowling Centers, McCormick Distilling Co. and, most of all, amateur bowlers across the United States. Headquartered in Arlington, Texas, the 68-year-old Bowling Proprietors' Association of America represents the business interests of bowling center owners worldwide.


    -Gianotti-Block Claims Title On Road To Come-back In Clabber Girl Open

    6/15/2000 - PWBA Tour
          TERRE HAUTE, Ind.-Carol Gianotti-Block, Perth, Australia, came from the second position to defeat Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., in the championship match 224-193 in the Clabber Girl Open at the Terre Haute Bowling Center Thursday night.

          In the opening match, Macpherson tossed a double in the ninth and tenth frames to defeat Cara Honeychurch, Australia, and Marianne Dirupo, Succasunna, N.J., in the three-way shootout match, 212-209-207 to advance to the semi-final match.

          In the semi-final match, Gianotti-Block defeated Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 236-181 for the rights to face last week's champion, Adler.

          In the championship match, Adler and Gianotti-Block kept pace with one another for four frames with Gianotti-Block with only a one-pin advantage. The momentum of the match shifted to Gianotti-Block when she connected for four strikes in the fifth frame to the eighth and Adler failed to convert a spare in the seventh. The match did take an interesting turn when Gianotti-Block failed to convert the ten-pin in the ninth frame. This left Adler an opportunity to strike out in the tenth putting pressure on Gianotti-Block to mark. Adler connected for the first strike in the tenth but left a ten-pin her second ball having no chance for the win. Gianotti-Block struck out for a 224-193 victory.

          "It's good to be back," said Gianotti-Block. "Last week's appearance gave me the confidence I needed. It feels good to win again." Gianotti-Block sat out most of last year with an elbow injury that resulted in surgery. "It's been a long road back, mentally and physically.

          Championship-round results and their scores, earnings and playoff results in the Professional Women's Bowling Association's Clabber Girl Open;
    1. Carol Gianotti-Block, Perth, W. Australia, 460 -2 games- $11,500.
    2. Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., 193 -1 game- $6,200.
    3. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 181 -1 game- $4,200.
    4. Cara Honeychurch, Australia, 209 -1 game- $3,500.
    5. Marianne Dirupo, Succasunna, N.J., 207 -1 game- $3,000.

          Playoff Results: Macpherson def. Honeychurch and Dirupo in a three-way shootout, 212-209-207, Gianotti-Block def. Macpherson 236-181, Gianotti-Block def. Adler 224-193.


    -Weber Leads Qualifying Masters Competition

    6/15/2000 - ABC Tournament
          ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Pete Weber is one step closer to capturing the "Super Slam" as he led qualifying competition at the American Bowling Congress (ABC) Masters presented by Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus at the Albuquerque Convention Center Thursday afternoon.

          Weber could become only the second player to win the "Super Slam" which is a win in each of the five majors (Professional Bowlers Association National Championship, Brunswick World Tournament of Champions, BPAA U.S. Open, Bayer/Brunswick TPC and the ABC Masters.) Weber, a member of the PBA Hall of Fame, set the pace by averaging 230 and led Brian Kretzer by 15-pins. The 25-time champion utilized high games of 279 and 276 to secure the No. 1 spot.

          Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, is the high amateur in the field and the only one in the top five. Kretzer, who knocked down 3,441 pins, qualified second and led third place qualifier Ryan Shafer by ten pins. Kretzer is the high amateur in the field and the only one in the top five.

          Shafer, Elmira Heights, N.Y., averaged 228 while knocking down 3,431 pins. The one-time PBA titlist edged out fourth place qualifier Chris Barnes, Wichita, Kan., by seven pins. Barnes, a two-time PBA champion, finds himself in the top five for the first time this week. Rounding out the top five is PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss, Atlanta. Voss, a 20-time PBA champion, averaged 227 and claims the fifth qualifying position.

          The double-elimination match play competition will continue today and conclude tonight with the top five advancing to Saturday's championship round. The winner will walk away with the $35,000 top prize. The stepladder final will air live on Fox Sports Net at 4 P.M. ET.


    -Master Qualifying Continues

    6/14/2000 - ABC Tournament
          ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Robert Lawrence, Del Valle, Texas, is setting the pace in round two of qualifying at the American Bowling Congress (ABC) Masters presented by the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus at the Albuquerque Convention Center Wednesday afternoon.

          Lawrence, a three-time Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) champion, was near perfect in his third game of the day when he rolled 298 and then ended the round with a 277 game. His pin-fall total is a field best 2,334 and leads second place contender Mike Danielson by only five pins.

          Danielson, Oregon City, Ore., moved up from 42nd place in round one, by averaging 246 for the second round and making his tournament average 232. He is the amateur in the field and one of three in the top five. Right on Danielson's heals is a one-time PBA titlist Ryan Shafer. Shafer, Elmira Heights, N.Y., keeps himself in the top five as he was second after round one of qualifying. The former PBA Rookie of the Year is looking for his first major and has a pin-fall total of 2,297. Rounding out the top five are the other two amateurs Chris Hayden, Temple Terrace, Fla., and Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio. Hayden is averaging 228 trailing Shafer by only 17-pins. Kretzer is lurking only fifteen pins behind Hayden and managed to knock down 2,265 pins.

          The field of 114 bowls a third five-games of qualifying today. After that the top 63 plus defending champion Brian Boghosian will begin the double-elimination match play portion of the event. The match play competition will conclude on Friday night with the top five emerging and advancing to Saturday's championship round. The stepladder final will air live on Fox Sports Net at 4 Bohemian ET.


    -Adler Claims First Seed In Sixth Round In Clabber Girl Open

    6/14/2000 - PWBA Tour
          TERRE HAUTE, Ind.-Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., went 5-3 in the sixth round in match play and averaged 209.5 to claim the first seed in tomorrow's televised finals in the Clabber Girl Open at Terre Haute Bowling Center Wednesday evening.

          "It's been a horserace," said Adler. "Everyone has been bowling well. My focus was that I was thinking of my father tonight, his spirit has been with me all week.

          Trailing by forty pins in the second position is Carol Gianotti-Block, Perth, W. Australia. Gianotti-Block defeated Carolyn-Dorin-Ballard in the final position round to move her into the second position.

          It was an exciting position round deciding the last two positions. Marianne Dirupo, Succasunna, N.J., came from the seventh position by defeating Robin Mossontte, Newhall, Calif., 268-244 to move her into the fourth position.

          "I'm really excited to make the show," added Dirupo. "I just tried to keep pace with Robin and make good shots. If it was meant to be, it was meant to be."

          Cara Honeychurch, Australia, defeated Liz Johnson, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 235-201 to grab the last position for the televised finals.

          "I really had nothing to lose," said Honeychurch. "I had less pressure tonight. I let myself down mentally today and tonight I was able to refocus and regroup.

          The top five advance to the televised finals to be taped on ESPN2 Thursday at 7:00 ESP Fans can watch the action via the Internet on the PWBA's Webscorer found at http://www.pwba.com.


    -Macpherson Holds Lead In Fifth Round In Clabber Girl Open

    6/14/2000 - PWBA Tour
          TERRE HAUTE, Ind.-Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., won five of her eight matches to hold the top position at the Clabber Girl Open in Terre Haute, Ind. this afternoon. Macpherson averaged 203.5 for eight games to hold a twenty-six-pin lead over Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla. Adler had a match play record of 5-3 and averaged 203.62 to hold the second position.

          Carolyn Dorin-Ballard won seven of her eight matches and averaged 215.87 moving her four spots into the third position. Making a tremendous move, climbing eight positions, is Liz Johnson of Niagara Falls, N.Y. Johnson averaged 229 and had a match play record of 6-2 to help her take the fourth position. Carol Gianotti-Block, Perth, W. Australia, went 3-5 in match play and averaged 207 keeping her in the top five dropping one position to fifth.

          The lady professionals return tonight for the final round of match play at 6:30 H1 The top five will advance to the televised finals at 7:00 p.H1n Thursday.


    -Weber Takes Lead in Masters

    6/13/2000 - ABC Tournament
          ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Hall of Famer Pete Weber grabs first round lead in the American Bowling Congress Masters at the Albuquerque Convention Center Tuesday evening.

          Weber, a 25-time PBA champion, rolled high games of 278 and 259 averaging 255 for his first five games of qualifying. The former PBA Rookie of the Year is looking to become the second player to capture the "Super Slam". The "Super Slam" is a win in each of the five majors (PBA National Championship, BPAA U.S. Open, Brunswick World Tournament of Champions, Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship and the ABC Masters.) Weber knocked 1,275 pins and holds a 24-pin advantage over Ryan Shafer.

          Shafer, a one-time PBA champion, averaged 250 for his first five-games of qualifying. The former PBA Rookie of the Year utilized high games of 277 and 275 to lead third place contender Brian Kretzer by 38 pins. He knocked down 1,251 pins.

          Kretzer, currently the top amateur in the field and one of two in the top five, averaged 242 with a pinfall total of 1,213. The Dayton, Ohio, resident has a one-pin lead over Albuquerque, N.M., resident Joe Salvemini. Salvemini, a three-time PBA titlist, rolled high games of 267 and 258 en-route to averaging 242.

          Rounding out the top five is Adam Barta, Girard, Ohio. Barta rolled the only perfect 300 game so far in the tournament en-route to knocking down 1,193 pins.

          The field of 456 returns today for the second five-games of qualifying. After competition today the field will be cut to the top 114 players. Those 114 will come back tomorrow for a third five-games of qualifying. After that the top 63 plus defending champion Brian Boghosian will begin the double-elimination match play portion of the event. The match play competition will conclude on Friday night with the top five emerging and advancing to Saturday's championship round. The stepladder final will air Live on Fox Sports Net at 4 Bart ET.


    -Macpherson Takes Over Lead In Fourth Round In Clabber Girl Open

    6/13/2000 - PWBA Tour
          TERRE HAUTE, Ind.-Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev. averaged 235 for eight games to take over the lead in the Clabber Girl Open at Terre Haute Bowling Center Tuesday evening. Macpherson won five of her eight matches and had high games of 267 and 254 with a low game of 199.

          "The shot wasn't what I expected tonight after today's block," said Macpherson. "The lanes opened up and I was able take advantage of it to score well."

          Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., averaged 224.8 for eight games winning seven of her eight matches to move her one position into second. Cara Honeychurch, Australia, dropped two positions into third with a match play record of 6-2. Carol Gianotti-Block, Australia, made the biggest move of the evening moving twenty spots into the fourth position. Gianotti-Block averaged 230.6 for eight games, had a high game of 289 and won seven out of her eight matches. Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., averaged 223.6 to move her eleven spots into the fifth position.


    -Honeychurch Overtakes Lead Third Round In Clabber Girl Open

    6/13/2000 - PWBA Tour
          TERRE HAUTE, Ind.-Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia, survived the tough lane conditions and overtook the lead in the Clabber Girl Open at Terre Haute Bowling Center in Terre Haute, Ind. Tuesday afternoon. Honeychurch averaged 207.50 for six games to take the lead by eleven pins over Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev.

          "It was a grind out there today," said Honeychurch. "I'm extremely surprised I have the lead, I was still hitting the pocket but I had a hard time carrying the seven pin today. My strategy for tonight is to keep making good shots, find a ball that will carry a little better and to cover my spares. When you get on a tough shot like this, spares play an important part and accuracy also comes into play."

          Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., dropped one position to third. Karen Stroud, Victoria, Tex., shot a six game block of 1292 to move her into the top five into fourth and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Tex., dropped one position to fifth.

          The top 24 lady professionals return tonight at 6:30 Rich land to start the first round of match play. They will return tomorrow to bowl the last two rounds of match play at 11:00 A.M. and A.M. A.M. The top five will advance to the televised finals to be taped by ESPN2 at A.M. A.M. Thursday.


    -Macpherson Charges Eight Spots To Take Lead In Second Round In Clabber Girl Open

    6/12/2000 - PWBA Tour
          TERRE HAUTE, Ind.-Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev. averaged 236.83 for six games to take over the lead in the Clabber Girl Open at Terre Haute Bowling Center in Terre Haute, Ind. Monday evening. Macpherson had high games of 259, 258, and a low game of 204 to move her eight positions to take the lead over second place Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., by only fourteen pins.

          "I bowled very consistent tonight," said Macpherson. "I played the lanes similar to today except the heads were hooking more tonight. It was a matter of having the right ball in my hand for the condition."

          Adler averaged 219 to hold the second position. Cara Honeychurch of Australia dropped to the third position while Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Tex., moved from the sixth to the fourth position. Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla., made the biggest move into the top five by averaging 216.83 moving her fourteen positions into fifth.

          The lady professionals will bowl their last six games of qualifying tomorrow at 11:00 I'D There will then be a cut to the top 24. The top 24 will return tomorrow evening at 6:30 pI'Dto start the first round of match play that consist of eight game blocks.


    -Honeychurch Leads First Round In Clabber Girl Open

    6/12/2000 - PWBA Tour
          TERRE HAUTE, Ind.-Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia, averaged 237 to take the first round lead in the Clabber Girl Open at Terre Haute Bowling Center in Terre Haute, Ind. Monday afternoon. Honeychurch leads the field by forty-seven pins and had a high game of 268 and a low game of 201.

          "I'm absolutely delighted that I got off to such a solid start," said Honeychurch. "The lanes seemed a little tough in practice but it's a pattern I'm used to seeing in Asia so I played the lanes to what I'm used to. I certainly exceeded my expectations today."

          Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., averaged 229.7 to take the second position. Rounding out the top five are; Tammy Turner, Akron, Oh., Carol Gianotti-Block, Perth, W. Australia, and Linda Kelly, Dayton, Oh.

          The lady professionals return tonight at 6:30 Tam my for the second round of six games of qualifying.


    -Adler Climbed Up Ladder To Claim Title In The St. Clair Classic

    6/8/2000 - PWBA Tour
          FAIRVIEW HTS., Ill.-Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., came from the fourth position to defeat first seed Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., in the championship match 203-181 in the St. Clair Classic at the St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights, Ill., Thursday night. Adler won three matches to claim the title, the first place prize money of $11,000, and a crystal bowling pin.

          "It was a surreal night for me," said Adler. "I was more aware of my surroundings than I usually am. I'm usually known for being intense but I was loose and comfortable tonight and I think it helped me."

          In the opening match, Adler defeated Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev., and Carol Gianotti-Block, Perth, Australia, 226-220-173 in a three- way shootout match to earn her way into the semifinal match. In the semi-final match Adler defeated Cara Honeychurch, Australia, 242-212.

          In the championship match, Macpherson started slow out the gate opening two out of the three frames while Adler filled the first three frames with a spare, double. Macpherson seemed to get back on track but Adler kept pace and kept her lead throughout the match. Although Adler opened the tenth frame with a 2-10 split, her 203 was enough for the win.

          Championship-round results and their scores, earnings and playoff results in the Professional Women's Bowling Association St. Clair Classic;
    1. Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., 671 -3 games- $11,000.
    2. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 181 -1 game- $6,000.
    3. Cara Honeychurch, Australia, 212 -1 game- $3,900.
    4. Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev., 220 -1 game- $3,200.
    5. Carol Gianotti-Block, Perth, Australia 173 -1 game- $2,700.

    Playoff Results: Adler def. Davidson and Gianotti-Block in a three-way shootout, 226-220-173, Adler def. Honeychurch 242-212, Adler def. Macpherson 203-181.


    -Macpherson Continues To Dominate As She Holds The Lead Into The Championship round

    6/8/2000 - PWBA Tour
          FAIRVIEW HTS., Ill.-Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., averaged 219 for eight games to hold onto the lead in the fifth round in the St. Clair Classic at the St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights, Ill. Wednesday evening. Macpherson won six out of her eight matches to lead the field by 289. Cara Honeychurch, Australia started out fifty-three pins out of the sixth position going into the final match play round. Honeychurch went 8-0 in match play and averaged 242.62 to claim the second position.

          "I knew I had to come out tonight and bowl really well," said Honeychurch. "It all seemed to come together tonight, I wanted to concentrate on throwing the best shot and not to worry about winning or losing any matches."

          It was an exciting finish for the deciding position round game. There were twenty-six pins between the seventh and the sixth position and twenty pins between the sixth and fifth position. Carol Gianotti-Block, Australia, won her position round match 234-193 to move two spots from seventh to fifth to claim the last spot for the televised finals.

          "I gave it my all," added Gianotti-Block. "This is the first show I've made individually since my surgery, It's nice to make a show again."

          Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev., held onto the third position and Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., moved into the fourth position.

          The top five advance to the televised finals to be taped on ESPN2 Thursday at 7:00 A.C.L.U. Fans can watch the action via the Internet on the PWBA's Webscorer found at www.pwba.com.


    -Macpherson Continues To Hold Lead In Fifth Round In St. Clair Classic

    6/7/2000 - PWBA Tour
          FAIRVIEW HTS., Ill.-Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev. continues to dominate the pins as she held onto the lead with more than a 358 pin lead over the field in the St. Clair Classic at St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights, Ill. Wednesday afternoon. Macpherson averaged 228 for eight games and won five of her eight matches and tied one.

          "I'm pleased with how I bowled today, it was another consistent round," said Macpherson. "I wanted to keep my focus today to throw strikes. It's been a long eight weeks. My focus is to throw more strikes so I don't have to throw another ball, the less balls I have to throw the better off I am."

          Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev., held onto the second position by averaging 207.62 and won four out of the eight matches. Rounding out the top five are; Carol Gianotti-Block, Australia, Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., and Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla.

          The lady professionals return tonight for the final eight games of match play. They will then cut to the top five for the televised finals on Thursday at 7:00 Ok la, which will be taped to air on ESPN2.


    -Macpherson Holds Lead In Fourth Round In St. Clair Classic

    6/6/2000 - PWBA Tour
          FAIRVIEW HTS., Ill.-Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., averaged 228.25 to hold onto the lead in the St. Clair Classic at St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights, Ill., Tuesday night. Macpherson started out losing her first two matches but finished strong winning the last six out of eight games with 233 being her lowest game of her winning matches.

          "I started out a little rough losing my first two matches but I came back and finished strong," said Macpherson. "The lanes hooked more tonight, I moved in and played the lanes as they changed."

          Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev., moved two positions to claim the second position averaging 238.87 for eight games with a high game of 279. Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla., moved four positions into third. Rounding out the top five are; Shana Ray, Corpus Christi, Tex., and Carol Gianotti-Block, Australia.

          The lady professionals return tomorrow for the final two rounds of match play at 11:00 Ghana and 6:30Ghana. They will then cut to the top five for the televised finals on Thursday at 7:0Ghanam., which will be taped to air on ESPN2.


    -Macpherson Overtakes Lead Third Round In St. Clair Classic

    6/6/2000 - PWBA Tour
          FAIRVIEW HTS. Ill.-Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., averaged 240.33 to overtake the lead in the St. Clair Classic at the St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights, Ill., Tuesday afternoon. Macpherson who shared the lead in the second round with roommate Carol Gianotti-Block, Australia, had back to back 266 games and a 259 to finish out the six game block to lead the field by 179 pins.

          "I started off slow today, then I seemed to get into a rhythm," said Macpherson. "Once I had the rhythm, I carried well and everything seemed to go my way."

          Marianne Dirupo, Succasunna, N.J., averaged 227.83 to move her way into the second position, while first and second round leader Gianott-Block slipped to third. Rounding out the top five are; Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev., and Shana Ray, Corpus Christi, Tex.

          The top 24 lady professionals will return for eight games of match play at 6:30 I'D this evening.


    -Macpherson And Gianotti-Block Share Lead In Second Round In St. Clair Classic

    6/6/2000 - PWBA Tour
          FAIRVIEW HTS., Ill.-Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., and Carol Gianotti-Block, Australia, have more in common than being roommates and being part of a record-breaking nationals team. Macpherson and Gianotti-Block both have a pin total of 2797 and share the lead in the St. Clair Classic at St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights, Ill Tuesday evening. Macpherson averaged 240.66 to make up a ninety-two pin deficient to share the lead, while Gianotti-Block averaged 225.33.

          "I had the same shot tonight as today with a little carrydown so I decided to slow down to make the adjustment," said Gianotti-Block. "It's nice that my roommate and I are both up top."

          Macpherson and Gianotti-Block, along with PWBA players Maxine Nable and Tennelle Grijalva, were part of a record-breaking team in the WIBC Nationals this year. They shot a team series of 3234 and currently hold first place in the Classic Division.

          Rounding out the top five are; Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev., Cara Honeychurch, Australia, and Marianne Dirupo, Succasunna, N.J. The lady professionals return tomorrow for the last six games of qualifying at 11:00 Rial There will then be a cut to the top 24 and match play will begin tomorrow night at 6:30 Rial

    -Carol Gianotti-Block Leads First Round In St. Clair Classic

    6/5/2000 - PWBA Tour
          FAIRVIEW HTS., Ill.-Carol Gianotti-Block averaged 240.83 for six games to take the first round lead in the St. Clair Classic in Fairview Heights, Ill., Monday afternoon. Gianotti-Block had a high game of 277 and a low game of 190.

          "I've been bowling well this swing," said Gianotti-Block, who was sidelined last year with an elbow injury. "It feels good to finally lead a block. I have to learn to be more patient since my surgery. I've been right there over the past weeks making the top 24 and now it's time for me to be patient and concentrate on making the televised finals"

          Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., holds the second position by averaging 225.50 and trails the lead by 92 pins. Rounding out the top five are; Shana Ray, Corpus Christi, Tex., Laura Moriarty, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev.

          The ladies will return this evening for six more games of qualifying.


    -Feldman Overcomes Injury To Claim Her Second Title In The Omaha Open

    6/2/2000 - PWBA Tour
          OMAHA, Neb.-Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., defeated Lynda Barnes, Wichita, Ks., 238-212 in the championship match at the Omaha Open Friday evening. This win gives Feldman her second title of the year.

          During the practice session before the televised finals, Feldman stuck at the line falling onto the lane on her knees and catching her fall with her right hand and then her left hand. Feldman was an instant pain as she was assisted to see how badly she was hurt. Her left knee and right thumb immediately swelled and she was questioned on whether she could bowl the match. In pain, Feldman told officials she was going to give a try. "I have a high tolerance for pain, I once bowled a match with a sprained ankle," said Feldman. "I was not going to give up a chance to win a second title this year. I took all of the tape out of my thumbhole and told myself, just try to throw strikes so you have to only throw one ball (per frame)." Feldman did start off a little tentative, but seemed to loosen up as the match progressed. Feldman finished the match with five strikes in a row to defeat Barnes.

          Barnes, showed much composure as she marched her way up the ladder by defeating Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., and Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., in the opening three-way shootout 234-192-174. Barnes then defeated Cheryl Daniels, W. Bloomfield, Mich., in the second match to face Feldman in the championship match. "I was glad she (Feldman) was able to bowl, she dominated all week long," said Barnes. "I'm happy I had the opportunity to bowl for a title."

          Championship-round results and their scores, earnings and playoff results in the Professional Women's Bowling Association Omaha Open;
    1. Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., 238 -1 game- $11,000.
    2. Lynda Barnes, Wichita, Ks., 703 -3 games- $6,000.
    3. Cheryl Daniels, W. Bloomfield, Mich., 238 --1 game- $3,900.
    4. Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., 174 --1 game- S$3,200.
    5. Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., 192 -1 game- $2,700.

          Playoff Results: Barnes def. Duggan and Barrette in a three-way shootout, 234-192-174, Barnes def. Daniels 257-238, Feldman def. Barnes 238-212.


    -PBA School Requirement Suspended

    6/1/2000 - PBA Tour
          Effective immediately, the PBA is suspending the requirement that its members attend PBA Members School. Members who have not yet attended the school may now bowl in any National or Senior tournaments for which they are otherwise eligible. The PBA is currently exploring ways to bring our future members the valuable information offered by the PBA Members School in a more efficient manner. In the event that a new school is created in the future, only members joining after its inception will be required to enroll. Any member who joins the PBA prior to the creation of a new school will not be required to attend. The PBA Members School originally scheduled for September 15-17, in Cleveland, Ohio, has been cancelled.


    -Feldman Continues To Hold First Position In The Omaha Open

    6/1/2000 - PWBA Tour
          OMAHA, Neb.-Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y. led the field by an astounding 325 pins to claim the first position in the Omaha Open at Maplewood Lanes Thursday evening. "I'm overwhelmed," said Feldman. The lanes were very conducive for my game. I want to stay focused and aggressive because of the tough field tomorrow."

          Cheryl Daniels, W. Bloomfield, Mich., shot a 268 to put her in the second position for the televised finals. Third position belongs to Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. and Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., earned the fourth position.

          Lynda Barnes defeated Kim Terrell, Oakland, Calif. in the position round 239-208 to claim the final position for the televised finals. Barnes had to win the position round game to advance to the televised finals. "I wanted to leave tonight knowing I bowled well," said Barnes. If I bowl a good game that's great, if not, look out next week. Tomorrow I'm going to have some fun and give it my best shot."


    -Feldman Holds On To Lead In Fifth Round In The Omaha Open

    6/1/2000 - PWBA Tour
          OMAHA, Neb., Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., held on to her lead by continuing her success on the lanes by averaging 223.75 for the eight game match play block at Maplewood Lanes in the Omaha Open Thursday afternoon. Feldman holds a two-hundred and sixty-eight pin lead over Marianne Dirupo, Succasunna, N.J., who still holds the second spot.

          Lynda Barnes, Wichita, ks., made an impressive move, climbing six spots after shooting her first 800 set of her career. Barnes shot games of 300, 272, and 234 for an 806 set. "I just matched up my equipment with the condition today," said Barnes. "It's good to be in the hunt again for the chance to make the televised finals."

          Rounding out the top five are; Leanne Barrett, Pleasanton, Calif., Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Tex., and Cheryl Daniels, W. Bloomfield, Mich. The ladies will return tonight to bowl the final eight games of match play. The field will then be cut to the top five for the televised finals on Friday.


    -Feldman Powers Her Way Into The Lead In The Omaha Open

    6/1/2000 - PWBA Tour
          OMAHA, Neb.-Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., powered her way into the lead by averaging 246.12 in eight games at Maplewood Lanes in the Omaha Open Wednesday night. Feldman's defeated seven of her eight opponents to give her a one hundred-eighty- six lead over second place Marianne Dirupo, Succasunna, N.J.

          "I was so amazed that I bowled 369 over (based on a 200 average) tonight," said Feldman. "I felt very comfortable where I was playing, I played the same ball in the same part of the lane for the entire night."

          Rounding out the top five are; Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Tex., Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev.





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