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      June 21, 2001:

-Eyes Of Texas Smile On Dorin-Ballard In $50,000 Ft. Worth Classic Finals

06/21/2001 - PWBA
      FT. WORTH, Texas - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, eclipsed Las Vegas' Dede Davidson in front of her Texas hometown fans, 217-213, in the final match to win the $50,000 Ft. Worth Classic at Don Carter CityView Lanes and $9,000 first prize.

      Tournament leader Dorin-Ballard won her 13th professional title and third championship this year sitting on the bench as Davidson left the 3-6-7 split on her first ball in the 10th frame. Dorin-Ballard had trailed throughout the match until the 10th, when she nailed a strike on her first ball to double up the strike she carried in the ninth.

      "I will share this now with a lot of people who are close to me and are my friends." Dorin-Ballard said, adding with a laugh, "but most important of all, I want everyone to know I now have more pro titles than [my husband] Del Ballard!"

      Dorin-Ballard said she was unexpectedly puzzled by Lane 27 of the championship pair, which she had thought in practice would be her good lane; she had only two strikes on it. "I don't know what happened out there. I liked what I saw at the start but then it wasn't so great. I just knew I had to make good shots to keep up with Dede, because she had been bowling great all night in her previous matches."

      Davidson, who qualified in the fifth position for the TV finals, moved into the title bout by first defeating Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla., and Cara Honeychurch, Australia, in the opening shootout match, 224-189-180, and then Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., in the semifinal, 232-202. Davidson's reward for the night's work was $4,800. Johnson took home $3,000, while Honeychurch and Gaines claimed $2,500 and $2,200, respectively. (As the third-seeded player, Honeychurch could drop no lower than fourth as a result of the shootout.)

      The championship round finals will be telecast on ESPN2 Monday, June 24, at 9 p.m. and re-broadcast Thursday, June 28, at 1 p.m. (all times are Eastern).

Championship-round results, scores, earnings and playoff results:
    1. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 217 -1 game- $9,000
    2. Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev., 669 -3 games- $4,800
    3. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 202 -1 game- $3,000
    4. Cara Honeychurch, Australia, 180 -1 game- $2,500
    5. Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla., 189 -1 game- $2,200

Playoff Results: Davidson def. Gaines and Honeychurch, 224-189-180; Davidson def. Johnson, 232-202; Dorin-Ballard def. Davidson, 217-213.


-PWBA Rockets Into Danville For $50,000 Southern Virginia Open

06/21/2001 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, ILL. - The Professional Women's Bowling Association brings its own brand of fireworks to Virginia, the cradle of American independence, over the Fourth of July holiday with the $50,000 Southern Virginia Open at Country Club Lanes in Danville.

      The July 1-6 event brings the PWBA back to the site of Wendy Macpherson's last victory in 2000. Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., went on to win the PWBA's Player of the Year honors as well as be named Bowler of the Decade for the 1990s in the wake of her Virginia triumph. She is expected to defend her title against the likes of 2001 WIBC Queens and Albuquerque Open champion Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas; 2000 PWBA Rookie of the Year and 2001 Greater San Diego Open champ Cara Honeychurch of Australia, and 2001 PWBA title winners Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y.

      Also expected to compete is pro bowling's new "Ironwoman," Tish Johnson of Northridge, Calif. Johnson broke the PWBA's record for most consecutive tournaments by an individual at the $50,000 Ft. Worth Classic June 17-21, when she competed in her 201st event. Danville will push her mark to 203 tournaments without a miss.

      Tournament Week begins Sunday, July 1, with the official PWBA practice session from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Pro-Am squads follow, scheduled every two hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The popular nine-pin no-tap doubles format Pro-Ams give amateur bowlers a chance to test their bowling skills against the pros for cash prizes (youth bowlers play for trophies and other prizes). Pro-Am entrants also receive an certificate signed by their professional partners, a coupon for a free 3-day/2-night stay at the all-new Suncoast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and a chance to have their photos taken with PWBA players.

      Professional competition begins Monday, July 2, with qualifying rounds at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Players bowl two six-game blocks Monday, and six more games of qualifying Tuesday at 11 a.m. The field is then cut to the top 24; match play for those bowlers begins Tuesday evening with an eight-game block at 6:30 p.m.

      The top 24 bowl eight more games of match play Wednesday, July 4, at 11 a.m. before taking a break to enjoy the holiday and a Fourth of July party hosted by Country Club Lanes owners Chico and Robin Valenzuela. The pros return for the final eight games of match play Thursday, July 5, at 2 p.m., after which the field will be trimmed to the top five scorers. Those five advance to the championship stepladder finals Friday, July 6, at 5 p.m. The stepladder finals air on ESPN2 Monday, July 9 at 9:00 p.m., with a repeat showing Thursday, July 12, at 1 p.m. (all TV times are Eastern).


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