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      June 06, 2001:

-Tish Johnson Is Top Seed For Finals Of $50,000 Wheelchair Awareness Classic

06/06/2001 - PWBA
      MESA, Ariz. - Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., waited until the final position-round game to become tournament leader and needs to win just one more game to capture her 24th career title and the $50,000 Wheelchair Awareness Classic championship.

      Johnson defeated Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., 234-197, in the 42nd game of the tournament to move into the lead with 9,762 pins and a 17-7-0 match play record. Adler finished match play with 9,722 pins and a 13-11-0 record.

      "I thought that if I stayed close in that last game, I'd have a chance at taking the top seed," Johnson said. "I had just come off the position-round pair in the previous game, and I had switched balls during that game. When you're bowling on the Sport Bowling condition, you have to get the right ball in your hand as soon as you can. Otherwise, you don't carry. So I was able to start out confident and strong, and I opened the game with strikes.

      "I prefer bowling from the top spot; the worse you can finish is second."

      Adler noted that her position-round loss to Johnson was a first. "This is the first time Tish has ever beaten me in this round, but I've never beaten her on TV before, either, so maybe everything will switch around for me. I like bowling from the No. 2 position. I've won a lot of my titles from there, so I'm happy."

      Joining Johnson and Adler in the TV stepladder Thursday at Country Club Bowl are Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., who finished with 9,628 pins and a 17-7-0 record; Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., with 9,522 pins and a 15-9-0 record, and Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Mich., who leapfrogged both Kathy Tribbey of Newberg, Ore., and Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla., in the final game to close with 9,483 pins and an 18-6-0 match play record.

      Barrette, Duggan and Bishop open the TV finals at 2 p.m. Thursday with a three-way shootout match. The winner takes on Adler, and the winner of that match goes up against Johnson for the title and $9,000 winner's payday.

      Johnson, who is $14,660 away from becoming pro bowling's third woman millionaire in career earnings, could cross the threshold Thursday by rolling a perfect game on TV. Travelodge is offering a $50,000 bonus to any of the finalists who bowl a 300 in the stepladder, which will be televised by ESPN2 Monday, June 11, at 10:30 p.m. and re-aired Sunday, June 17, at 3 a.m. (all TV times are Eastern).

Match Play Standings After 42 Games:
                                           BLOCK TOTALS     TOTAL                   
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN             QUAL   1    2    3    4   PINS   AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE
  1 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA   4045 1186 1422 1241 1358  9252 220.28 17- 7- 0  9762 +1362
  2 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL           4008 1519 1205 1331 1269  9332 222.19 13-11- 0  9722 +1322
  3 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton CA 3970 1216 1383 1238 1311  9118 217.09 17- 7- 0  9628 +1228
  4 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK  4052 1254 1284 1174 1308  9072 216.00 15- 9- 0  9522 +1122
  5 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI    3727 1322 1257 1422 1215  8943 212.92 18- 6- 0  9483 +1083
  6 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL     3882 1353 1339 1326 1158  9058 215.66 14-10- 0  9478 +1078  $1,900
  7 Kathy Tribbey-Newberg, OR     3627 1323 1279 1403 1333  8965 213.45 16- 8- 0  9445 +1045  $1,600
  8 Cara Honeychurch-Australia    3794 1263 1406 1351 1263  9077 216.11 11-13- 0  9407 +1007  $1,350
  9 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson NV 3924 1280 1339 1314 1220  9077 216.11 11-13- 0  9407 +1007  $1,350
 10 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna NJ 3721 1395 1182 1243 1274  8815 209.88 14-10- 0  9235  +835  $1,250
 11 Keli Rapp-Fayetteville, NY    3867 1207 1202 1323 1268  8867 211.11 12-12- 0  9227  +827  $1,200
 12 Kim Terrell-Daly City, CA     3958 1313 1194 1155 1216  8836 210.38 11-13- 0  9166  +766  $1,150
 13 Michelle Mullen-Dearborn, MI  3610 1320 1190 1352 1212  8684 206.76 15- 9- 0  9134  +734  $1,125
 14 Car. Dorin-Ballard-N. Richlnd TX 3905 1223 1263 1178 1259 8828 210.19 10-14- 0  9128  +728  $1,100
 15 Tennelle Grijalva-Orange, CA  3668 1314 1281 1249 1204  8716 207.52 12-11- 1  9091  +691  $1,090
 16 Allyson Allmang-Boynton Beach FL 3639 1241 1281 1182 1266 8609 204.97 12-11- 1  8984  +584  $1,080
 17 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY   3778 1361 1199 1247 1090  8675 206.54 10-14- 0  8975  +575  $1,070
 18 Debbie McMullen-Denver, CO    3588 1260 1179 1438 1203  8668 206.38 10-14- 0  8968  +568  $1,060
 19 Carol Gianotti-Block-Australia 3729 1331 1163 1297 1164 8684 206.76  9-15- 0  8954  +554  $1,050
 20 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX     3660 1150 1160 1333 1178  8481 201.92  9-15- 0  8751  +351  $1,040
 21 Lisa Wagner-Ft. Myers, FL     3810 1268 1175 1105 1144  8502 202.42  5-19- 0  8652  +252  $1,030
 22 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles NY 3914 1120 1178 1041 1122 8375 199.40  9-15- 0  8645  +245  $1,020
 23 Amy Dillon-Miami, FL          3648 1090 1147 1134 1268  8287 197.30  9-15- 0  8557  +157  $1,010
 24 Shana Ray-Portland, TX        3621 1167 1223  989 1135  8135 193.69  8-16- 0  8375   -25  $1,000


-Adler Pads Lead At $50,000 Wheelchair Awareness Classic

06/06/2001 - PWBA
      MESA, Ariz. - Tournament leader Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., gained some breathing room Wednesday morning at the $50,000 Wheelchair Awareness Classic, increasing her lead over second-place Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., to 139 pins.

      Adler, who is seeking her 15th career title, won only three of six matches in the morning round but knocked down 1,331 pins to boost her total pinfall to 8,393. She currently owns an 11-7-0 match play record.

      "You might say I had a difficult start, seeing as how my first three opponents shot a total of 790 against me," Adler said wryly. "I did find the lanes a little oilier in this block, and I did the best I could with the equipment I had gotten ready.

      "I haven't led a tournament since last spring [at the Clabber Girl Terre Haute Open], so it's taken me a little while to get acclimated to that. I find that if I just think of myself as being in seventh place, then I don't give myself a reason to look either over my shoulder or too far ahead. That allows me to concentrate on each shot and each game as it comes."

      With six games of match play left, Johnson, who is competing in her 199th consecutive pro tournament, has a 12-6-0 record with 8,254 pins. Following her in third is Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla., with 8,230 pins and an 11-7-0 record. Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Mich., is in fourth with 8,148 pins and a 14-4-0 record, while Leanne Barrette rounds out the top five with 8,137 pins and an 11-7-0 record.

      Debbie McMullen, Denver, Colo., rolled the tournament's third 300 game in her opening match Wednesday morning. She is in 18th place with 7,675 pins, 462 pins away from the final spot in Thursday's TV stepladder finals. Adler and Johnson own the other two perfect games thus far.

      Following the 2 p.m. match play round Wednesday, the field narrows to the top five who will vie for the $9,000 first prize and Wheelchair Awareness Classic title. The TV stepladder finals begin Thursday at 2 p.m., when the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 bowlers square off in a one-game shootout match. The winner meets the No. 2 bowler on the ladder, and the winner of that match takes on the tournament leader in the championship bout. The finals will be televised on ESPN2 Monday, June 11, at 10:30 p.m. and re-broadcast Sunday, June 17, at 3 a.m. (all TV times are Eastern).

Match Play Standings After 36 Games:
                                           BLOCK TOTALS     TOTAL                     
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN             QUAL   1    2    3    4   PINS   AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   
  1 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL           4008 1519 1205 1331    0  8063 223.97 11- 7- 0  8393 +1193
  2 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA   4045 1186 1422 1241    0  7894 219.27 12- 6- 0  8254 +1054
  3 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL     3882 1353 1339 1326    0  7900 219.44 11- 7- 0  8230 +1030
  4 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI    3727 1322 1257 1422    0  7728 214.66 14- 4- 0  8148  +948
  5 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA 3970 1216 1383 1238   0  7807 216.86 11- 7- 0  8137  +937
  6 Cara Honeychurch-Australia    3794 1263 1406 1351    0  7814 217.05 10- 8- 0  8114  +914
  7 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK  4052 1254 1284 1174    0  7764 215.66 11- 7- 0  8094  +894
  8 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV 3924 1280 1339 1314   0  7857 218.25  7-11- 0  8067  +867
  9 Kathy Tribbey-Newberg, OR     3627 1323 1279 1403    0  7632 212.00 12- 6- 0  7992  +792
 10 Keli Rapp-Fayetteville, NY    3867 1207 1202 1323    0  7599 211.08 11- 7- 0  7929  +729
 11 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ 3721 1395 1182 1243   0  7541 209.47 12- 6- 0  7901  +701
 12 Kim Terrell-Daly City, CA     3958 1313 1194 1155    0  7620 211.66  8-10- 0  7860  +660
 13 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY   3778 1361 1199 1247    0  7585 210.69  9- 9- 0  7855  +655
 14 Michelle Mullen-Dearborn, MI  3610 1320 1190 1352    0  7472 207.55 11- 7- 0  7802  +602
 15 Tennelle Grijalva-Orange, CA  3668 1314 1281 1249    0  7512 208.66  9- 8- 1  7797  +597
 16 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Rich 3905 1223 1263 1178    0  7569 210.25  7-11- 0  7779  +579
 17 Carol Gianotti-Block-Australia 3729 1331 1163 1297   0  7520 208.88  7-11- 0  7730  +530
 18 Debbie McMullen-Denver, CO    3588 1260 1179 1438    0  7465 207.36  7-11- 0  7675  +475
 19 Allyson Allmang-Boynton Beach FL 3639 1241 1281 1182 0  7343 203.97  8- 9- 1  7598  +398
 20 Lisa Wagner-Ft. Myers, FL     3810 1268 1175 1105    0  7358 204.38  5-13- 0  7508  +308
 21 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX     3660 1150 1160 1333    0  7303 202.86  6-12- 0  7483  +283
 22 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles NY 3914 1120 1178 1041  0  7253 201.47  6-12- 0  7433  +233
 23 Amy Dillon-Miami, FL          3648 1090 1147 1134    0  7019 194.97  5-13- 0  7169   -31
 24 Shana Ray-Portland, TX        3621 1167 1223  989    0  7000 194.44  5-13- 0  7150   -50





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