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      May 24, 2001:

-Feldman Secures Top TV Stop For Miller High Life Open Finals

05/24/2001 - PWBA
      OMAHA, Neb. - Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., dialed into her comfort zone at Maplewood Lanes Wednesday night and installed herself as the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals of the $100,000 Miller High Life Open.

      Feldman, who is gunning for her second consecutive victory in Omaha and seventh career title, parlayed the 15-pin lead she carried over from Wednesday morning's action into a 130-pin margin over the rest of the field on the strength of 9,634 total pins. She compiled a 17-7-0 match play record for the tournament while averaging 217.23.

      "When I get a lane condition that allows me to create area between the third arrow and the gutter, and swing the ball, I can play my 'A' game," Feldman said. "That's what happened tonight. Although the lanes tend to be tighter for the TV finals, I'm hopeful that by the time we're ready for my match, the lanes will have broken down to allow me to do it again." Feldman hopes to become the second woman to win in Omaha twice, joining Succasunna, N.J.'s Marianne DiRupo in that category.

      In the No. 2 position is Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, who finished match play with a 12-12-0 record and 9,504 pins. Dorin-Ballard is appearing in her third consecutive stepladder finals and seeking her second title of the year. She won the 2001 WIBC Queens Championship earlier this month.

      Following Dorin-Ballard and rounding out the top five are rookie Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., with a 12-12-0 match play record and 9,487 total pins; Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., with a 13-11-0 record and 9,432 pins; and Cara Honeychurch, Australia, with 15-9-0 record and 9,409 pins. Honeychurch fended off late challenges by Lisa Bishop and Wendy Macpherson to snare the fifth and final spot in the TV finals.

      The top five face off for the title and $15,000 first prize Thursday at Maplewood Lanes beginning at 7 p.m. The opening match pits the third-, fourth- and fifth-place bowlers against each other in a one-game shootout. The winner of the match faces Dorin-Ballard, and the winner of that match takes on Feldman for the championship. The stepladder finals will be broadcast on ESPN2 Tuesday, May 29, at 11 p.m. and re-broadcast Thursday, May 31, at 1 p.m. (all TV times are Eastern).

Match Play Standings After 42 Games:

                                                BLOCK TOTALS                  TOTAL
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                     QUAL   1    2    3    AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE
  1 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY      3849 1756 1744 1775 217.23 17- 7- 0  9634 +1234
  2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland Hil   3932 1794 1698 1720 217.71 12-12- 0  9504 +1104
  3 Kelly Kulick-Union City, NJ                    3811 1747 1796 1773 217.30 12-12- 0  9487 +1087
  4 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA         3939 1766 1657 1680 215.28 13-11- 0  9432 +1032
  5 Cara Honeychurch-Australia               3961 1658 1659 1681 213.30 15- 9- 0  9409 +1009
  6 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV   3776 1825 1682 1714 214.21 13-10- 1  9402 +1002  $3,200
  7 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX                    3836 1746 1702 1679 213.40 13-11- 0  9353  +953  $2,900
  8 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI                      3793 1678 1617 1747 210.35 17- 7- 0  9345  +945  $2,700
  9 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ       4072 1545 1655 1722 214.14 11-13- 0  9324  +924  $2,600
 10 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY           3699 1781 1667 1621 208.76 13-11- 0  9158  +758  $2,500
 11 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK        3818 1546 1632 1762 208.52 12-11- 1  9133  +733  $2,400
 12 Kathy Tribbey-Newbert, OR                3818 1684 1620 1631 208.40 11-13- 0  9083  +683  $2,300
 13 Lynda Barnes-Wichita, KS                  3793 1656 1670 1621 208.09 11-13- 0  9070  +670  $2,200
 14 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA              3783 1565 1612 1708 206.38 12-12- 0  9028  +628  $2,150
 15 Robin Mossontte-Newhall, CA            3695 1596 1694 1581 203.95 15- 9- 0  9016  +616  $2,100
 16 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, IN          3879 1607 1557 1670 207.45  9-14- 1  8998  +598  $2,050
 17 Carol Gianotti-Block-Australia             3884 1487 1739 1589 207.11  9-15- 0  8969  +569  $2,000
 18 Shana Ray-Portland, TX                     3719 1646 1593 1618 204.19 13-11- 0  8966  +566  $1,950
 19 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                          3747 1685 1678 1504 205.09 11-13- 0  8944  +544  $1,925
 20 Pauliina Aalto-Finland                         3746 1616 1537 1645 203.42 10-14- 0  8844  +444  $1,900
 21 Tennelle Grijalva-Orange, CA            3698 1483 1694 1649 202.95 10-14- 0  8824  +424  $1,875
 22 Lisa Wagner-Ft. Myers, FL                3836 1621 1599 1497 203.64  8-16- 0  8793  +393  $1,850
 23 Jody Ellis-Buffalo, NY                        3744 1520 1539 1559 199.09  8-15- 1  8617  +217  $1,825
 24 Maxine Nable - Australia*                3686                    1588 202.84  5-3- 0  5274    +74 $1,725

    *Nable replaced Allyson Allmang, Boynton Beach,FL, after 34 games when Allmang withdrew due
 to injury. Allmang finished 25th with 6,961 total pins and won $1,675.


-PWBA Visits 'Land Of Enchantment' For 2001 Albuquerque Open

05/24/2001 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, ILL. - Following an 11-year hiatus, the Professional Women's Bowling Association returns May 26-31 to Albuquerque, N.M., and new host Silva Lanes for the 2001 PWBA Albuquerque Open.

      The last woman to win a PWBA title in Albuquerque was Leanne Barrette of Pleasanton, Calif., who won the 1990 Hammer Western Open in Albuquerque en route to 1990 PWBA Player of the Year honors. Barrette is expected to return to the "Land of Enchantment" to make it a long-delayed two-in-a-row in Albuquerque along with 2000 PWBA Player of the Year Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev.; 2000 PWBA Rookie of the Year Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia, and hometown favorite Dana Miller-Mackie, a 15-time PWBA titlist and member of the Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame.

      Tournament Week begins with a full slate of Pro-Am squads Saturday, May 26, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Pro-Am squads continue all day and evening Sunday, May 27, from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m.., following the official PWBA practice session from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Pro-Ams give local amateurs a chance to test their bowling skills against the pros while teaming up with them in a nine-pin no-tap format tournament for cash prizes (youth bowlers play for trophies and other prizes). Pro-Am entrants also receive a certificate signed by each professional they bowl with, a coupon for a free 3-day/2-night stay at the all-new Suncoast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and a chance to have their photos taken with PWBA players.

      Professional competition gets underway Monday, May 28, with two six-game qualifying rounds, at 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Qualifying continues Tuesday, May 29, at 11:00 a.m., with a cut to the top 24 scorers coming after 18 games. The top 24 begin match play competition with eight head-to-head match games Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. and continue through Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The top five following Wednesday's final squad advance to the televised stepladder finals Thursday, May 31, at 7:00 p.m. The stepladder finals will air on ESPN2, Monday, June 4 at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), with a repeat showing Tuesday, June 5, at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern).

      The 2001 PWBA Albuquerque Open is an official Women's International Bowling Congress/American Bowling Congress Sport Bowling event. The tournament will be conducted on lane conditions compliant with Sport Bowling, a new league and tournament program created by WIBC and ABC in which accuracy and technique are emphasized.

      The Professional Women's Bowling Association, founded in 1981 as the Ladies Professional Bowlers Tour, provides a professional tournament program for the most skilled women bowlers in the world. The PWBA's key sponsors include the Women's International Bowling Congress (WIBC), Travelodge, and more than a dozen other bowling industry sponsors. The PWBA has a web site featuring schedules, news, and results at www.pwba.com.


-Feldman Grabs The Lead At $100,000 Miller High Life Open

05/24/2001 - PWBA
      OMAHA, Neb. - Michelle Feldman, looking for her second consecutive title in Omaha, slugged her way from fifth place into first Tuesday morning at the $100,000 Miller High Life Open at Maplewood Lanes.

      Feldman took turns occupying first place with Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Wendy Macpherson during an eight-game block that saw bowlers bounce around in the standings like so many Lotto balls. The Skaneateles, N.Y., right-hander emerged as the current leader by virtue of an 11-5-0 match play record and 7,679 total pinfall, 15 pins better than that posted by Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas. Dorin-Ballard, who is seeking her second victory in 2001, boosted her match play record to 8-8-0.

      "The lanes were pretty nice today; I thought they were the way I found them the first day of qualifying," said Feldman. "I used the same ball as I did Monday, was able to play in the same part of the lane, and scored the same.

      "It seems that the bowlers are always bunched together pretty closely at this tournament, so I'm coming back tonight ready for a real dogfight."

      Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., who led the 24-player field at the conclusion of Tuesday's competition, sits in third place with 7,802 pins and, like Dorin-Ballard, an 8-8-0 record. Cara Honeychurch, Australia, is in fourth with a 10-6-0 record and 7,578 total pins. Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., cooled in the latter four games to close at 9-6-1 with 7,568 pins, just four pins ahead of rookie Kelly Kulick, Union City, N.Y., who has 7,564 pins and a 7-9-0 record.

      Match play concludes Wednesday night following the 6:30 p.m. squad. The top five at that time return Thursday at 7 p.m. to compete for the $15,000 first prize in the stepladder finals, which will be televised on ESPN2 Tuesday, May 29, at 11 p.m. and re-aired Thursday, May 31, at 1 p.m. (all TV times are Eastern).

Match Play Standings After 34 Games:

                                                             BLOCK TOTALS                      TOTAL
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                     QUAL   1    2    3    AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   
  1 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY      3849 1756 1744    0 216.14 11- 5- 0  7679  +879
  2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland Hil   3932 1794 1698    0 218.35  8- 8- 0  7664  +864
  3 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA         3939 1766 1657    0 216.52  8- 8- 0  7602  +802
  4 Cara Honeychurch-Australia               3961 1658 1659    0 214.05 10- 6- 0  7578  +778
  5 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV   3776 1825 1682    0 214.20  9- 6- 1  7568  +768
  6 Kelly Kulick-Union City, NJ                3811 1747 1796    0 216.29  7- 9- 0  7564  +764
  7 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX                  3836 1746 1702    0 214.23  9- 7- 0  7554  +754
  8 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ       4072 1545 1655    0 213.88  7- 9- 0  7482  +682
  9 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY            3699 1781 1667    0 210.20 11- 5- 0  7477  +677
 10 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI                  3793 1678 1617    0 208.47 10- 6- 0  7388  +588
 11 Kathy Tribbey-Newbert, OR                 3818 1684 1620    0 209.47  8- 8- 0  7362  +562
 12 Lynda Barnes-Wichita, KS                   3793 1656 1670    0 209.38  8- 8- 0  7359  +559
 13 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                         3747 1685 1678    0 209.11  8- 8- 0  7350  +550
 14 Lisa Wagner-Ft. Myers, FL                   3836 1621 1599    0 207.52  8- 8- 0  7296  +496
 15 Carol Gianotti-Block-Australia              3884 1487 1739    0 209.11  6-10- 0  7290  +490 
 16 Shana Ray-Portland, TX                      3719 1646 1593    0 204.64 10- 6- 0  7258  +458
 17 Robin Mossontte-Newhall, CA              3695 1596 1694    0 205.44  9- 7- 0  7255  +455
 18 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, IN              3879 1607 1557    0 207.14  6- 9- 1  7238  +438
 19 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK         3818 1546 1632    0 205.76  7- 8- 1  7221  +421
 20 Allyson Allmang-Boynton Beach, FL    3858 1561 1542    0 204.73  6-10- 0  7141  +341
 21 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA               3783 1565 1612    0 204.70  5-11- 0  7110  +310
 22 Pauliina Aalto-Finland                          3746 1616 1537    0 202.91  7- 9- 0  7109  +309
 23 Tennelle Grijalva-Orange, CA                3698 1483 1694    0 202.20  7- 9- 0  7085  +285
 24 Jody Ellis-Buffalo, NY                      3744 1520 1539    0 200.08  5-10- 1  6968  +168     





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