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      May 18, 2001:

-Liz Johnson Wins First Title In Two Years At St. Clair Classic

05/18/2001 - PWBA
      FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. - Top-seeded Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., entered the winner's circle for the first time since 1999 by thwarting Australia's Cara Honeychurch in the championship match of the St. Clair Classic, 268-179.

      Johnson won $9,000 and a crystal trophy, but her take-home pay could have been much higher. She strung seven strikes together midway through the title bout and only two 10-pin spares stopped her bid for a televised 300 game and a $50,000 bonus from Travelodge.

      "I'm actually relieved that it's over. It's been a tough week," Johnson said afterward. "When you're bowling on the Sport Bowling condition that we had this week, you can't predict what you'll encounter from lane to lane. I was fortunate in making a good choice of equipment tonight that allowed me to stay in my comfort zone on the lane."

      In the opening three-person shootout match, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard defeated Kendra Gaines and Dede Davidson, 199-183-167, earning the right to take on second-seeded Honeychurch. Dorin-Ballard's bid for a second consecutive title stopped there, however, as Honeychurch won with a commanding 245-188 decision.

      The championship finals will be broadcast on ESPN2 Monday, May 21, at 9 p.m. and Wednesday, May 23, at 1 p.m. (all times are Eastern).

Championship-round results, PWBA ST. CLAIR CLASSIC:
1. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY, 268 -1 game- $9,000.00.
2. Cara Honeychurch, Australia, 424 -2 games- $4,800.00.
3. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, TX, 183 - 1 games- $3,000.00.
4. Kendra Gaines, Sebring, FL, 366 -2 games- $2,500.00.
5. Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, NV, 167 -1 game- $2,200.00.
Playoff Results:

      Dorin-Ballard def. Gaines and Davidson in the opening three-way shootout, 199-183-167; Honeychurch def. Dorin-Ballard, 245-188;,in the semifinal match; and in the championship match, Johnson def. Honeychurch, 268-179.


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