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      June 01, 2001:

-Dorin-Ballard Sweeps To Victory In $50,000 Albuquerque Open

06/01/2001 - PWBA
      ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, capped a week in which she led the $50,000 Albuquerque Open wire to wire by trampling Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Mich., 248-184, in the championship match at Silva Lanes.

      Dorin-Ballard stayed true to her week long strategy of keeping the ball in the pocket and carded eight strikes on the way to her second victory of the year. Bishop, who had easily turned aside Cara Honeychurch of Australia in the semifinal match, 246-182, lost her footing against Dorin-Ballard and managed only two strikes during the title game.

      Honeychurch earned the right to go against Bishop by dismissing Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., and Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., in the opening shootout match, 216-180-153.

      Dorin-Ballard's performance did not betray the nervousness she said she felt during the match. "I get nervous every time I bowl on TV," she confessed. "I spoke with [PWBA champions] Aleta Sill and Dana Miller-Mackie, who have something like 50-plus titles between them; they told me they always got nervous on TV, too.

      "When Lisa gave me an early opening by missing a spare in the second frame, I really wanted to get ahead and make her come after me. Last year on TV, I think I waited too long to make my move. This year, I'm trying to keep a steady pace and be aggressive from start to finish."

      Dorin-Ballard earned $9,000 for her 12th career victory.

      The championship finals will be telecast on ESPN2 Monday, June 4, at 9 p.m. and re-broadcast Tuesday, June 5, at 3 p.m. (all time are Eastern).

Championship Round Results:
1. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 248 -1 game- $9,000
2. Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Mich., 430 -2 games- $4,800
3. Cara Honeychurch, Australia, 398 -2 games- $3,000
4. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 180 -1 game- $2,500
5. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 153 -1 game- $2,200

Playoff Results: Honeychurch def. Macpherson and Johnson, 216-180-153; Bishop def. Honeychurch, 246-182; Dorin-Ballard def. Bishop, 248-184.


-Dorin-Ballard One Game Away From Victory At Albuquerque Open

06/01/2001 - PWBA
      ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, goes into Thursday's championship round of the $50,000 Albuquerque Open one game away from capturing her second title of the year.

      Dorin-Ballard emerged from match play Wednesday night with a 183-pin lead over Belleville, Michigan's Lisa Bishop to take the No. 1 spot for Thursday night's TV stepladder finals. Dorin-Ballard posted a final match play record of 15-9-0 and accumulated 9,901 pins during the week while averaging 225.02. Bishop, a former Team USA member, pushed her way from third to second in the final eight games to finish with a 16-7-1 record and 9,718 total pins.

      Dorin-Ballard reflected on the fact that she won the WIBC Queens Championship from the top-seeded position, but lost the two subsequent tournaments starting lower on the stepladder. "I think there is always an advantage to having a game bowled on the TV pair [before rolling for the championship]," Dorin-Ballard said. "But there is also an advantage to being the tournament leader because you just have to bowl one game to win. I feel pretty good about how I'm bowling, so I'm happy to be the leader this time."

      Joining Dorin-Ballard in the TV finals for the third time this year is Cara Honeychurch of Australia. The 2000 PWBA Rookie of the Year manufactured a 16-8-0 match play record with 9,664 total pins. She is followed by the 2000 PWBA Player of the Year, Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., at 9,576 pins and a 14-10-0 record. Rounding out the top five is Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., at 9,550 pins and a 10-13-1 match play record. Johnson, like Dorin-Ballard, is seeking her second title of the year.

      The five finalists vie for the 2001 Albuquerque Open title and $9,000 first prize check Thursday night, beginning at 7 p.m. at Silva Lanes. Honeychurch, Macpherson and Johnson will be pitted against each other in the opening one-game shootout match, in which the highest scorer moves on to the semifinal game. The shootout winner takes on Bishop, and the winner of that match faces off against Dorin-Ballard in the championship bout.

      Travelodge will reward any finalist who rolls a perfect game in the TV stepladder with a $50,000 bonus.

      The finals will be televised on ESPN2 Monday, June 4, at 9 p.m. and rebroadcast Tuesday, June 5, at 3 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 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland Hills TX 4082 1778 1912 1679 225.02 15- 9- 0  9901 +1501
  2 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI                  3833 1837 1806 1747 219.59 16- 7- 1  9718 +1318
  3 Cara Honeychurch-Australia                  3871 1897 1748 1668 218.66 16- 8- 0  9664 +1264
  4 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV        3941 1712 1696 1807 218.00 14-10- 0  9576 +1176
  5 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY             3864 1704 1802 1865 219.88 10-13- 1  9550 +1150
  6 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY        3819 1880 1513 1772 213.90 13- 9- 2  9404 +1004  $1,900
  7 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA          3900 1688 1736 1623 213.02 15- 9- 0  9397  +997  $1,600
  8 Kim Terrell-Daly City, CA                   3803 1672 1756 1697 212.57 15- 9- 0  9378  +978  $1,400
  9 Robin Mossontte-Newhall, CA             3651 1731 1685 1753 210.00 13-10- 1  9225  +825  $1,300       
 10 Aleta Sill-Dearborn, MI                     3813 1702 1616 1686 209.92 12-12- 0  9177  +777  $1,250
 11 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                          3767 1625 1567 1756 207.50 14- 9- 1  9150  +750  $1,200
 12 Dede Davidson-Las Vegas, NV              3745 1841 1568 1637 209.30 10-14- 0  9091  +691  $1,150
 13 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma City, OK    3789 1589 1784 1603 208.69 10-13- 1  9080  +680  $1,125
 14 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK            3614 1663 1679 1667 205.30 15- 9- 0  9073  +673  $1,100
 15 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA             3653 1804 1569 1629 206.07 12-10- 2  9045  +645  $1,090
 16 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX                   3685 1718 1673 1597 206.50 12-12- 0  9033  +633  $1,080
 17 Kelly Kulick-Union City, NJ                 3887 1600 1709 1563 208.54  8-15- 1  9014  +614  $1,070
 18 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ                3707 1746 1642 1582 206.59 11-13- 0  9007  +607  $1,060
 19 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ          3686 1683 1613 1571 203.64 10-14- 0  8853  +453  $1,050
 20 Shana Ray-Portland, TX                      3657 1703 1572 1575 202.54 11-13- 0  8837  +437  $1,040
 21 Stacy Rider-La Habra, CA                    3617 1721 1540 1631 202.59  8-16- 0  8749  +349  $1,030
 22 Kathy Tribbey-Newberg, OR               3651 1621 1564 1582 200.42  6-17- 1  8613  +213  $1,020
 23 Rhonda Buckley-Mesa, AZ                 3612 1499 1585 1535 195.97 11-12- 1  8576  +176  $1,010
 24 Laura Lee Daniel-Corona, CA                  3646 1580 1476 1579 197.16  5-19- 0  8431   +31  $1,000





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