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      May 22, 2001:

-Barrette Assumes The Lead At $100,000 Miller High Life Open

05/22/2001 - PWBA
      OMAHA, Neb.- Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., is the newest leader at the $100,000 Miller High Life Open, thanks to the near-perfect 298 game she fired during the first eight games of match play at Maplewood Lanes.

      Barrette, who won the 1997 edition of the Open, accumulated 1,916 pins Tuesday night on her way to a 5-3-0 match play record. She is averaging 219.42 for the tournament.

      "For me, it was a matter of finding an area of consistency today, and I was lucky to do that early," Barrette said. "This morning, I tried four different balls in my first two games before finding one that I was comfortable with and could predict its reaction. I was able to use that ball the rest of the day, just moving left as the night went on and the lanes broke down, to keep the ball in the pocket with good roll."

      Trailing Barrette by nine pins is Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas. Dorin-Ballard is averaging slightly higher than Barrette, 220.23-219.42, but her 4-4-0 match record earned her fewer bonus pins, resulting in the nine-pin deficit in total pinfall.

      The 1995 Open champion, Wendy Macpherson, made a dramatic climb from 17th position to third in the evening session, fashioning a 6-2-0 record and totaling 5,781 pins. Following her is Cara Honeychurch of Australia, at 4-4-0 and 5,739 pins, and defending champion Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., with an identical 4-4-0 record and 5,725 pins.

      The top 24 return for 16 more games Wednesday, May 23, at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The top five at the conclusion of Wednesday's competition move into the TV stepladder finals Thursday at 7 p.m. to vie for the $15,000 first prize. The finals will be televised on ESPN2 Tuesday, May 29, at 11 p.m. and rebroadcast Thursday, May 31, at 1 p.m. (all times are Eastern).

Match Play Standings After 26 Games:
                                                BLOCK TOTALS                  TOTAL
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                     QUAL   1    2    3    AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE
  1 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA        3939 1766    0    0 219.42  5- 3- 0  5855  +655
  2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland Hil  3932 1794    0    0 220.23  4- 4- 0  5846  +646
  3 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV  3776 1825    0    0 215.42  6- 2- 0  5781  +581
  4 Cara Honeychurch-Australia              3961 1658    0    0 216.11  4- 4- 0  5739  +539
  5 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY     3849 1756    0    0 215.57  4- 4- 0  5725  +525
  6 Kathy Tribbey-Newbert, OR                3818 1684    0    0 211.61  7- 1- 0  5712  +512
  7 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ      4072 1545    0    0 216.03  3- 5- 0  5707  +507
  8 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX                   3836 1746    0    0 214.69  4- 4- 0  5702  +502
  9 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY           3699 1781    0    0 210.76  6- 2- 0  5660  +460
 10 Kelly Kulick-Union City, NJ                   3811 1747    0    0 213.76  3- 5- 0  5648  +448
 11 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI                     3793 1678    0    0 210.42  5- 3- 0  5621  +421
 12 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                           3747 1685    0    0 208.92  5- 3- 0  5582  +382
 13 Lisa Wagner-Ft. Myers, FL                 3836 1621    0    0 209.88  4- 4- 0  5577  +377
 14 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, IN          3879 1607    0    0 211.00  3- 5- 0  5576  +376
 15 Shana Ray-Portland, TX                      3719 1646    0    0 206.34  7- 1- 0  5575  +375
 16 Lynda Barnes-Wichita, KS                  3793 1656    0    0 209.57  3- 5- 0  5539  +339
 17 Allyson Allmang-Boynton Beach, FL   3858 1561    0    0 208.42  3- 5- 0  5509  +309
 18 Pauliina Aalto-Finland                           3746 1616    0    0 206.23  4- 4- 0  5482  +282
 19 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK        3818 1546    0    0 206.30  3- 5- 0  5454  +254
 20 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA              3783 1565    0    0 205.69  3- 5- 0  5438  +238
 21 Carol Gianotti-Block-Australia             3884 1487    0    0 206.57  2- 6- 0  5431  +231
 22 Robin Mossontte-Newhall, CA            3695 1596    0    0 203.50  4- 4- 0  5411  +211
 23 Jody Ellis-Buffalo, NY                          3744 1520    0    0 202.46  2- 6- 0  5324  +124
 24 Tennelle Grijalva-Orange, CA              3698 1483    0    0 199.26  2- 6- 0  5241   +41


-300 Game Highlights Dirupo's March To The Top At The Miller

05/22/2001 - PWBA
      OMAHA, Neb. - Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, N.J., opened the final six-game qualifying block Wednesday morning with a perfect game and switched into cruise control afterward to take the lead at the $100,000 Miller High Life Open, underway at Maplewood Lanes.

      DiRupo, who won the Omaha stop on the PWBA Tour in 1994 and 1998, fired a 1,422 set to boost her total pinfall to 4,072 and her average to 226.22. She is leading Cara Honeychurch, Australia, by 111 pins, despite Honeychurch's consistent performance. The international star rolled a 1,302-pin block Tuesday morning, highlighted by a 272 game, and is averaging 220.05.

      "Opening up with a 300 game is a sure way to get a nice, free armswing," DiRupo laughed. "Truthfully, though, I seem to always do well here at Maplewood Lanes, because the lane surface lets the ball hook a lot. I used a brand-new ball this morning that I drilled up just for that type of reaction. This is a condition that I can get very comfortable with, very quickly."

      Not so fortunate was defending champion Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., Feldman tumbled from first to eighth with a sub-par 1,175-pin total, including two games in the 150s. She is averaging 213.83, with a total of 3,849 pins.

      Rounding out the top five behind Honeychurch are the 1997 Omaha champion, Leanne Barrette of Pleasanton, Calif., with 3,939 pins and a 218.83 average; Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 3,932 pins and a 218.44 average; and Carol Gianotti-Block, Australia, with 3,884 pins and a 215.77 average.

      The top 24 players return Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. to begin match play competition. Match play continues through Wednesday evening, when the field is trimmed to the top five. Those players compete for the $15,000 first prize in the TV stepladder finals Thursday night, beginning at 7 p.m. at Maplewood Lanes. The finals will be broadcast on ESPN2 Tuesday, May 29, at 11 p.m. and re-broadcast Thursday, May 31, at 1 p.m. (all times are Eastern).

Qualifier Standings After 18 Games:

SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR-
A     1 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ            4072 226.22  +472
A     2 Cara Honeychurch - Australia                    3961 220.05  +361
A     3 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA                3939 218.83  +339
A     4 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, TX   3932 218.44  +332
A     5 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia                3884 215.77  +284
A     6 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN                3879 215.50  +279
A     7 Allyson Allmang - Boynton Beach, FL         3858 214.33  +258
A     8 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY          3849 213.83  +249
A T   9 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                         3836 213.11  +236
A       Lisa Wagner - Ft. Myers, FL                     3836 213.11  +236
A T  11 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK              3818 212.11  +218
A       Kathy Tribbey - Newbert, OR                     3818 212.11  +218
A    13 Kelly Kulick - Union City, NJ                   3811 211.72  +211
A T  14 Lynda Barnes - Wichita, KS                      3793 210.72  +193
A       Lisa Bishop - Belleville, MI                        3793 210.72  +193
A    16 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA                   3783 210.16  +183
A    17 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV            3776 209.77  +176
A    18 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                               3747 208.16  +147
A    19 Pauliina Aalto - Finland                            3746 208.11  +146
A    20 Jody Ellis - Buffalo, NY                            3744 208.00  +144
A    21 Shana Ray - Portland, TX                        3719 206.61  +119
A    22 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY                   3699 205.50   +99
A    23 Tennelle Grijalva - Orange, CA                  3698 205.44   +98
A    24 Robin Mossontte - Newhall, CA                   3695 205.27   +95


A    25 Maxine Nable - Australia                            3686 204.77   +86
A    26 Lisa Burrough - Wichita, KS                     3675 204.16   +75
A    27 Debbie McMullen - Denver, CO                    3674 204.11   +74
A    28 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV                   3664 203.55   +64
A    29 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK      3653 202.94   +53
A    30 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI            3652 202.88   +52
A    31 Nikki Gianulias - Vallejo, CA                   3645 202.50   +45
A    32 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                     3636 202.00   +36
A    33 Julie Jackson - Rural Hall, NC                  3631 201.72   +31
A    34 Jeanne Naccarato - Tacoma, WA               3611 200.61   +11
A    35 Kim Terrell - Daly City, CA                         3603 200.16    +3
A    36 Gena Guccione - Thornton, CO                    3583 199.05   -17
A    37 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ                  3576 198.66   -24
A T  38 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA                   3563 197.94   -37
A       Jennifer Swanson - Shelton, CT                  3563 197.94   -37
A    40 Michelle Mullen - Dearborn, MI                  3539 196.61   -61
A    41 Amy Dillon - Wichita, KS                        3530 196.11   -70
A    42 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL           3507 194.83   -93
A    43 Keli Rapp - Fayetteville, NY                    3465 192.50  -135
A T  44 Alayne Blomenberg - Cranston, RI            3446 191.44  -154
A       Aleta Sill - Dearborn, MI                           3446 191.44  -154
A    46 Yuko Nakatani - Japan                           3381 187.83  -219
A    47 Janette Piesczynski - Cheektowaga, NY       3366 187.00  -234
A    48 Stephanie Collins - Lodi, NJ                    3345 185.83  -255
A    49 Deanna Andrews - Pensacola, FL              3263 181.27  -337
A    50 Holly Milz - Janesville, WI                         3170 176.11  -430
A    51 Janice Albertson - Bellevue, NE                 3032 168.44  -568





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