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      June 08, 2002:

-Norman Claims Top Seed For Greater Terre Haute Open Finals

06/08/2002 - PWBA
      TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Indianapolis native Brenda Norman landed the top seeded position for the finals of the Greater Terre Haute Open at the Terre Haute Bowling Center. The seventh-year pro closed out the 42-game preliminaries with a 15-9-0 match play record (Ed. note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds), a 206.54 average and a 9,125 pinfall.

      "After struggling in the morning I tried not over think what I had to do tonight," said Norman "Toward the end of the night I really wanted to get the number one seed so I would only have to bowl one game in the finals."

      Entering the her final match of the night of the night, Norman trailed Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas by 16-pins. In what seemed to set off a flurry of position changes among the top five, the right-hander defeated Dorin-Ballard 213-193 to stake her claim as the tournament's No. 1 qualifier.

      Defending champion Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia, who was positioned 20th at the start of the match play rounds on Friday, clawed her way into the second slot after upending Kendra Gaines, Sebring. Fla. 245-210 in her last bout of the evening. Honeychurch finished the week with a tournament leading 16-8-0 record to go along with a 205.54 clip and a 9,113 pinfall.

      Introduced last Tuesday as one of five candidates nominated for the 2002 ESPY Award for "Best Bowler," Dorin-Ballard fell back from first to third with her loss to Norman. The reigning Player of the Year went 13-11-0 with 207.16 and 9,091.

      Making her third consecutive appearance in the televised finals, Gaines will head into the championships ranked fourth. The Floridian co-leads the tour in TV appearances with Dorin-Ballard and Honeychurch. Gaines' totals for the week included a 15-9-0 mark, 204.30 and 9,031. The former TEAM USA member is attempting to win her second straight tournament after claiming the title last week at the PWBA Women's Collegiate/Pro Doubles Challenge.

      Similar to Honeychurch, Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla. had to come from behind to gain a spot in the Open finals. The left-hander needed to defeat Carol Gianotti-Block 235-224 in her last match to edge out the Australian for fifth place.

      The top five bowlers will compete in the ESPN stepladder finals Sunday, June 9 at 3:30 p.m.

MATCH PLAY STANDINGS AFTER 42 GAMES 
                                            BLOCK TOTALS                        TOTAL 
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                  QUAL   1    2    3   PINS   AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE 

 1 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, IN     3812 1684 1557 1622  8675 206.54 15- 9- 0  9125  +725 
 2 Cara Honeychurch-Australia,        3502 1695 1682 1754  8633 205.54 16- 8- 0  9113  +713 
 3 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  3830 1605 1603 1663  8701 207.16 13-11- 0  9091  +691 
 4 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL          3681 1629 1619 1652  8581 204.30 15- 9- 0  9031  +631 
 5 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma City,  3620 1623 1651 1689  8583 204.35 14- 9- 1  9018  +618 
 6 Carol Gianotti-Block-Australia,    3807 1573 1611 1640  8631 205.50 12-11- 1  9006  +606  $2,400 
 7 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA        3737 1562 1659 1595  8553 203.64 15- 9- 0  9003  +603  $2,000 
 8 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   3829 1475 1594 1589  8487 202.07 13-11- 0  8877  +477  $1,800 
 9 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     3724 1481 1742 1554  8501 202.40 10-14- 0  8801  +401  $1,600 
10 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY        3679 1640 1574 1575  8468 201.61 11-13- 0  8798  +398  $1,500 
11 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     3751 1483 1638 1597  8469 201.64  9-14- 1  8754  +354  $1,450 
12 Kim Terrell-Antioch, CA            3502 1710 1553 1528  8293 197.45 14-10- 0  8713  +313  $1,400 
13 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX          3579 1630 1588 1494  8291 197.40 13-11- 0  8681  +281  $1,375 
14 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ             3504 1648 1525 1569  8246 196.33 14-10- 0  8666  +266  $1,350 
15 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     3596 1517 1595 1587  8295 197.50 11-12- 1  8640  +240  $1,325 
16 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                3639 1565 1617 1473  8294 197.47 11-13- 0  8624  +224  $1,300 
17 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       3534 1682 1491 1451  8158 194.23 14-10- 0  8578  +178  $1,275 
18 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI         3431 1562 1662 1619  8274 197.00 10-14- 0  8574  +174  $1,250 
19 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             3643 1572 1580 1483  8278 197.09  9-15- 0  8548  +148  $1,225 
20 Shana Ray-Corpus Christi, TX       3539 1521 1546 1535  8141 193.83 12-12- 0  8501  +101  $1,200 
21 Jennifer Swanson-Shelton, CT       3530 1576 1521 1571  8198 195.19 10-14- 0  8498   +98  $1,175 
22 Tennelle Grijalva-Yorba Linda, CA  3418 1669 1511 1460  8058 191.85 10-14- 0  8358   -42  $1,150 
23 Maxine Nable-Australia,            3538 1433 1557 1439  7967 189.69  9-15- 0  8237  -163  $1,125 
24 Michelle Silver-West Los Angeles,  3432 1581 1497 1379  7889 187.83  6-18- 0  8069  -331  $1,100 




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