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      June 28, 2001:

-Dorin-Ballard Makes It Two In A Row At $50,000 Greater Memphis Open

06/28/2001 - PWBA
      COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, won her second consecutive tournament and fourth title of 2001 by defeating Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, N.J., 225-196, in the title match of the $50,000 Greater Memphis Open at FunQuest Lanes.

      Dorin-Ballard broke the match wide open in the seventh frame, when she carried a lucky crossover strike to run a short string of three. The turkey was all she needed, as DiRupo failed to double at all in the championship game. The former Budweiser Belles softball star got to the title match by sinking Australia's Carol Gianotti-Block with a 10th-frame double in the semifinal game, 206-171.

      If Dorin-Ballard's victory was a tad more lopsided than the 217-213 squeaker she harvested the previous week in Ft. Worth, it wasn't because she felt more on top of her game. On the contrary, she admitted she was hot, mentally tired and much less confident than she had been a week earlier. "I didn't like my ball reaction on the lanes and was hoping I wouldn't leave anything disastrous out there," she said. "I found the approach on the right lane a little slippery and wasn't sure of my footing. So I put some tape in the ball to get a better grip on it, to throw it a little harder with a little less roll. My primary concern tonight was holding the ball in the pocket and getting it down the lane a little better.

      "Last week in Ft. Worth, my adrenaline worked to my advantage, and I was able to get very emotional. But tonight, I had to keep it in check. I needed to exercise a lot of self-control to make sure I made good shots."

      Dorin-Ballard won $9,000 and too-many-to-mention comparisons to another sports dynamo because of the way she is dominating the PWBA's Spring/Summer Tour. "Everyone is asking me if I'm bowling's answer to Tiger Woods," she said with some exasperation. "Here's my answer: I think we've already had a few Tiger Woodses out here, and that bowling missed numerous opportunities to promote them. What I hope is that the [Sport Bowling] conditions we're bowling on now, and how well we're doing on them, finally makes people notice how many talented athletes compete in our sport."

      Bowling, she added, is about to reclaim yet another talented athlete this September. "Del [Ballard Jr., her husband and 13-time pro titlist] has decided to go back on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour full-time this fall," she grinned. "You could say that I drove him out of the house, because now he feels he has to get back ahead of me in titles."

      DiRupo settled for $4,800 as runner-up. Gianotti-Block had a $3,000 payday, thanks to defeating Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla., and Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., in the opening shootout, 231-205-182. Gaines took home $2,500 for fourth, and Macpherson $2,200 for fifth.

      The finals of all Professional Women's Bowling Association tournaments in 2001 are broadcast by ESPN2. Check local listings for broadcast dates and times. The PWBA's key sponsors for 2001 include the Women's International Bowling Congress (WIBC), Travelodge Hotels Inc., and more than a dozen other bowling industry sponsors. All PWBA 2001 Spring/Summer Tour events are conducted on lane conditions compliant with Sport Bowling, a new league and tournament program created by WIBC and the American Bowling Congress in which accuracy and technique are emphasized.

Championship round results, scores, earnings and playoff results:
    1. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 225 -1 game- $9,000
    2. Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, N.J., 402 -2 games- $4,800
    3. Carol Gianotti-Block, Australia, 402 -2 games- $3,000
    4. Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla., 205 -1 game- $2,500
    5. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 182 -1 game- $2,200

      Playoff Results: Gianotti-Block def. Gaines and Macpherson, 231-205-182; DiRupo def. Gianotti-Block, 206-171; and in the championship match, Dorin-Ballard def. DiRupo, 225-196.


-Hotel Chain Becomes First Official Lodging Sponsor for 2002

06/28/2001 - Travelodge Hotels, Inc.
      PARSIPPANY, N.J. - Based on a successful preliminary alliance, Travelodge Hotels, Inc. today announced it will become the first official lodging sponsor of the Professional Women's Bowling Association, effective in 2002.

      As the official host hotel of tournaments, Travelodge will offer 1.3 million PWBA athletes and amateur members of the Women's International Bowling Congress discounted rates at over 565 Travelodge hotels throughout North America and on rental cars from Avis(R). The discounts apply whether the bowlers are traveling for tournaments or personal enjoyment.

      "Travelodge believes in the power and promise of women's sports," said Travelodge vice president of marketing Teri Danahey. "The shared goal of our sponsorship with the PWBA is to strengthen the association by increasing its funding and exposure as well as by offering new and enhanced prizes for the players."

      Danahey added that one new prize is the Travelodge $50,000 Perfect Game award, which can currently be won by any PWBA athlete who scores a televised 300.

      "The PWBA is excited about the promise of this alliance because it's clear that Travelodge supports the cause of equality in women's sports," said Jan Schmidt, PWBA Director of Marketing. "The PWBA will be greatly strengthened by this relationship."

      As part of the sponsorship, the Travelodge logo will appear on the scoreboard, pin sweeps and ball returns during televised tournaments. PWBA athletes also will sport Travelodge logos on their clothing, and a Travelodge billboard will be broadcast at the close of each televised tournament.

      The first Travelodge hotel was introduced in 1939 in response to travelers' need for homelike accommodations. Today, Travelodge Hotels is a growing franchise system with more than 565 upper-economy Travelodge(R) and budget Thriftlodge(R) properties and more than 45,000 guest rooms throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. The brand continued its growth in 2000 with the addition of the flagship Travelodge World Resort(SM) tier to its family of hotels.

      Reservations and further information are available by visiting http://www.travelodge.com/ or by calling the toll-free Travelodge number, 800-578-7878, or the Thriftlodge number, 800-525-9055. Travelodge Hotels is a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD).


-Sun Sets On WIBC Tournament In Florida

06/28/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      "Fun in the Sun," the Women's International Bowling Congress Championship Tournament, drew to a close June 27 after 72 days of continuous competition. Nearly 49,000 women bowled in the 82nd annual spring event seeking titles and prize money in excess of $1.4 million. This year, the event was held in the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area. Here's a capsule look at the champions in the four divisions:

Classic Division
WIBC Hall of Famer and professional bowler Lisa Wagner of Bradenton, Fla., dominated the Classic Division standings by capturing titles in both the doubles and singles events. Wagner and partner Nancy Fehr of Cincinnati won the doubles event with 1,412. Fehr bowled 222, 226 and 289 games in a 737 series and Wagner put together games of 223, 193 and 259 in a 675 series.

      Wagner won singles with 756, which included 268, 268 and 220 games. At the time, she went into first place in all events with 1,998, but finished the tournament in third place.

      With just two days left in the tournament, Jonquay Armon of Lake in the Hills, Ill., decisively claimed the Classic Division all events title with 2,044. Carrying a 197 average, Armon bowled under her average in the team event with 560, but made up for it the next day with 739 in doubles and 745 in singles.

      "The gods were smiling down on me today," Armon remarked. "I was definitely thinking on the positive side."

      The Classic team title was captured by The Replacements Team of Fort Worth, Texas, with 3,189. The series included 948, 1,066 and 1,175 games, the highest team game bowled in the division. Team captain Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Fort Worth, led the scoring with 677, followed by Karen Shafer, Layton, Utah, 638, WIBC Hall of Famer Robin Mossontte, Newhall, Calif., 632, Laura Grant, Newtown, Conn., 630, and Regina Loveall, Amarillo, Texas, 612.

Division 1
Bypassing the former leaders by two pins, the Together Again Team of Waldorf, Md., took over the lead and never let go, winning the team event with 2,780. Their series included 884, 971 and 925 games. In the lineup were team captain April Saunders, Waldorf, Md., who bowled 611. She was followed by Lorna Guzman, Lusby, Md., with 576, then Anna Morrill, St. Augustine, Fla., 569, Sharen Kinney, Waldorf, 515, and Lori Bobish, La Plata, Md. The team members had bowled together at Virginia State University and in traveling leagues, and reunited to successfully bowl in the national tournament.

      Amy Ciammaichella and Edith Meerdo, both of Imperial, Pa., had not bowled together previously, but that did not hinder them from doing well in the doubles event. They won with 1,227. Ciammaichella, who entered the tournament with a 171 average, rolled 175, 221 and 187 games for 583. Meerdo, carrying a 186 average, contributed 214, 232 and 198 games for 644.

      Bowling center manager Sissy Neugent of Waxahachie, Texas, bowled the highest series in Division 1, resulting in winning singles with 695. Her series included 236, 257 and 202 games and is the highest she has bowled since she started in the sport at age 12.

Division 2
The Greater Toronto No. 3 team of Scarborough, Ontario, left its mark at the top of the team standings on the second week of the tournament and was never seriously challenged. Its winning 2,636 included 838, 977 and 821 games. The roster included Toronto bowlers Cheryl Hawkins with a 536 series and Michelle Bryson with a team-high 612 and Scarborough bowlers Miriam Cooper, 469, Danna Janson, 494, and captain Joyce Bryant, 525.

      Denise Johnson and partner Angie Perino of Durango, Colo., captured the doubles title with 1,152. Johnson, who carried a 179 average, had 197, 246 and 244 games for 687. Perino entered the tournament with a 136 average and contributed 143, 178 and 144 games for 465.

      Susan Myers of Independence, Mo., was bowling in her fifth national tournament and was not happy with her doubles event score. The 164-average bowler turned herself around with 636 to win singles. She had 200, 212 and 224 games.

      When advised she had taken over the all events lead with 1,773, Linda Kious of Carpentersville, Ill., gave credit to her grandfather. She has been bowling since the fourth grade and her grandfather taught her the rudiments of the game. Bowling in her sixth national tournament with an entering average of 163, she scored 628 in team, 543 in doubles and 602 in singles.

Division 3
The Dana-Epic team of Stryker, Ohio, scored 2,545 to win the team title. The series included 869, 901 and 775 games. When one of the original members became ill, a Florida substitute was added to the roster. Wendy Koch of Stryker led the scoring with 584. She was followed by the substitute Virginia Boros, Coral Springs, Fla, 525, then captain Betty Beck, Stryker, 511, Beverly Biddix, Fayette, Ohio, 471, and Cara Sobieck, Stryker, 454.

      A mother and daughter duo took over first place in the doubles event in the second week of the tournament and stayed on top throughout, wining the title with 1,064. Myrrel Stokes of Woodville, Fla., with an average of 156, scored 187, 145 and 211 games for 543. Her daughter, Esther Gurr of Tallahassee, bowled over her average of 140 with 161, 178 and 182 games, totaling 521.

      Helen Wolf of Lebanon, Ind., entered the tournament with a 149 average and bowled the highest game and series of the division, winning the singles title with a 612 series which included the high 256 game. She also had 227 and 129 games. Wolf was bowling in her 15th WIBC.

      Pebbles Simmons of Chalmette, La., entered the tournament with a 149 average and proceeded to bowl consistently over that average enough to win the all events title with 1,649. She started her drive to the title with a 568 series in the team event and then scored 520 in doubles and 561 in singles.

CORRECTION - 07/03/2001
Mistakenly omitted from the story:

Kathy Street of Union City, Ind., was the unofficial winner of the Women's International Bowling Congress Division 1 all events title in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Street, who averages 172, rolled 626 in the team event, 607 in doubles and 639 in singles for 1,872. She is a computer programmer and Winchester (Ind.) Women's Bowling Association secretary.


-Honor Scores More Elusive in 2001 ABC Championships Tournament

06/28/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      By this time last year in Albuquerque, N.M., bowlers had produced 38 300s and seven 800 series. A slightly more demanding condition and pins that don't wear out as easily has cut those numbers considerably.

      To date there have been 20 300 games, including two first-timers, Dave Anderson, Fort Riley, Kan., and Christine Kropf, Concord, Calif. Both bowlers are the only bowlers to reach perfection averaging under 200 in the previous league season and Kropf is the only woman to ever shoot a 300 in the ABC Championships Tournament.

      D.J. Archer, 20, Amarillo, Texas, snagged three honor scores in Regular team event by shooting 290, 247 and 300 for 837, the only 800 series this year. Archer currently leads all events with 2,219.

      Bowlers in the 2001 ABC Championships Tournament have rolled 11 299 games while Albuquerque participants managed to reach that score 15 times. There were 41 bowlers who had games in the 290s earning the 11 in a row award in Albuquerque but only 15 bowlers have managed to capture that award in Reno.


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