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      June 29, 2002:

-Barrette Takes Top Seed For Second Straight Week

06/29/2002 - PWBA
      LIVERPOOL, N.Y. - Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. finished the 42-game prelims of the Greater Syracuse Classic as the tournaments top seed heading into Sunday's live ESPN stepladder finals at 4:30 p.m. (eastern). Barrette closed the book on her week with a 15-8-1 record, a 223 average and a 9,831 pinfall. Barrette will join four of her teammate on the Ebonite pro staff including Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY, Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia and Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla.

      "I'm up against a very tough field," said Barrette. "The group I'm bowling with are all among the top bowlers on tour so it will not be an easy final no matter who I face."

      Claiming the top seed is nothing new for the 24-time titlest. Last week Barrette won the Empire State PWBA Classic after earning the No. 1 position for the TV finals. Over the course of her career Barrette has appeared in the televised finals 92 times and has been the top seed 14 times.

      Dorin-Ballard, who is the reigning Player of the Year, finished as the second seed after going 16-8-0 with a 222.09 clip and a 9,808 pinfall. Dorin-Ballard is seeking her first title of the 2002 campaign. The 2002 ESPY nominee for "Best Bowler" tied a pro women's bowling record last season with seven championships.

      A native of Skaneateles, NY, Feldman moved into the third slot after closing her night out with her second perfect game of the week. The 10-year pro leapfrogged Honeychurch in the last match of the sixth round with a 300-219 victory. For Feldman it was her 18th perfect game of her career and third in the 2002 PWBA season. Feldman led the tournament in match play records with 17-6-1 tally. Her tournament totals included 218.33 and 9,695.

      A top 10 finisher in seven of eight tournaments this season, Honeychurch co-leads the tour with Gaines in TV finals appearances with five. The lefty completed the week with a 14-10 mark and 220.71 and 9,690.

      Gaines registered a 13-11 record with 216.07 and 9,465. The Floridian is among the top five in tour earnings (5th - $23,620), competition points (4th - 4,426) and averages (3rd - 217.40).

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 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     4017 1908 1641 1800  9366 223.00 15- 8- 1  9831 +1431 
 2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  4076 1647 1818 1787  9328 222.09 16- 8- 0  9808 +1408 
 3 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   3893 1718 1808 1751  9170 218.33 17- 6- 1  9695 +1295 
 4 Cara Honeychurch-Australia,        4027 1694 1708 1841  9270 220.71 14-10- 0  9690 +1290 
 5 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL          3913 1860 1709 1593  9075 216.07 13-11- 0  9465 +1065 
 6 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     3917 1596 1735 1702  8950 213.09 13-11- 0  9340  +940  $2,000 
 7 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA        3865 1617 1768 1720  8970 213.57 11-13- 0  9300  +900  $1,800 
 8 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI         3846 1666 1707 1619  8838 210.42 14-10- 0  9258  +858  $1,600 
 9 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ       3687 1665 1772 1673  8797 209.45 15- 9- 0  9247  +847  $1,500 
10 Kim Terrell-Antioch, CA            3768 1797 1678 1583  8826 210.14 11-10- 3  9201  +801  $1,425 
11 Cindy Coburn-Carroll-Williamsville 3817 1664 1704 1647  8832 210.28 11-12- 1  9177  +777  $1,350 
12 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma City,  3646 1786 1712 1707  8851 210.73  9-14- 1  9136  +736  $1,300 
13 Shana Ray-Corpus Christi, TX       3931 1720 1591 1635  8877 211.35  8-15- 1  9132  +732  $1,275 
14 Tennelle Grijalva-Yorba Linda, CA  3873 1666 1684 1570  8793 209.35 10-13- 1  9108  +708  $1,250 
15 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                3928 1557 1717 1634  8836 210.38  8-14- 2  9106  +706  $1,225 
16 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     3907 1608 1578 1605  8698 207.09 12-12- 0  9058  +658  $1,200 
17 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton, FL    3651 1727 1704 1539  8621 205.26 14-10- 0  9041  +641  $1,175 
18 Chele Schirmer-Bel Air, MD         3748 1647 1715 1524  8634 205.57 13-11- 0  9024  +624  $1,150 
19 Cheryl Daniels-West Bloomfield, MI 3849 1647 1541 1538  8575 204.16 12-12- 0  8935  +535  $1,125 
20 Jennifer Swanson-Shelton, CT       3731 1580 1648 1605  8564 203.90 10-12- 2  8894  +494  $1,100 
21 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             3847 1612 1626 1502  8587 204.45  9-14- 1  8872  +472  $1,075 
22 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, IN     3716 1654 1483 1577  8430 200.71  9-15- 0  8700  +300  $1,050 
23 Tammy Schmidt(am)-Cheektowaga, NY  3758 1630 1589 1541  8518 202.80  5-18- 1  8683  +283  $1,025 
24 Maxine Nable-Australia,            3686 1602 1575 1491  8354 198.90  6-18- 0  8534  +134  $1,000 


-Barrette Maintains Top Spot At Greater Syracuse Classic

06/29/2002 - PWBA
      LIVERPOOL, N.Y. - Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. has been in this position before. The five-time Women's International Bowling Congress All-American is the tournament leader at the Greater Syracuse Classic at Flamingo Bowl by 85-pins over Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas. Barrette has tallied an 11-5-0 record (Ed. note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds), has a 222.52 tournament average and has amassed a 7,896 pinfall.

      "As good as my carry was last night, it was equally as bad this morning," said Barrette. "I had a few bad breaks today but fortunately I maintained the lead going into tonight's round."

      Including today's round the 24-time titlest has been on top of the leaderboard after a qualifying or a match play round nine times this season. Last week Barrette secured the No. 1 seed entering the TV finals and went on to win the Empire State PWBA Classic.

      "If you look at how many times the No. 1 seed has won a tournament this year it's definitely something to aim for…I can't worry about that tonight because there are several bowlers in the top 10 right now that can get hot and knock me down a few pegs."

      Dorin-Ballard, who last night entering round four was the tournament leader, came into the morning session in fourth place. The reigning Player of the Year moved up two spaces with the help of a 7-1 fifth round record. After 34 games the 2002 ESPY nominee for "Best Bowler" has chalked up a 9-7 mark with totals of 221.79 and 7,811.

      Trailing Dorin-Ballard by 58 pins is Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla. A televised finals regular appearing in four of the last five PWBA telecasts, Gaines has registered a 9-7 record with 220.05 and 7,752. The Floridian is among the top five in tour earnings (5th - $23,620), competition points (4th - 4,426) and averages (3rd - 217.40).

      Michelle Feldman of Skaneateles, NY continue her march toward the top of the score sheet. The local favorite moved up from fifth to fourth after posting a 6-2 record. For the tournament the ninth year pro is 11-5 with 218.20 and 7,749. Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia, dropped from third to fifth. The Aussie is 7-9 with 218.50 and 7,639.

      Fellow Australian Carol Gianotti-Block had to withdraw from the tournament after the 29th game due to a knee injury. Gianotti-Block had been making a remarkable comeback moving from 23rd to 11th last night and climbing as high as sixth today. Alternate Tiffany Stanbrough Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla. replaced Gianotti-Block after having the difference between their qualifying scores plus any bonus pins won by Gianotti-Block subtracted from her tournament total.

      Match play continues tonight with the last eight-game block at 4:30 p.m. At the conclusion of match play, the top five bowlers compete in a stepladder finals during a live ESPN telecast on Sunday, June 30 at 4:30 p.m.

MATCH PLAY STANDINGS AFTER 34 GAMES 
                                            BLOCK TOTALS                        TOTAL 
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                  QUAL   1    2    3   PINS   AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE 

 1 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     4017 1908 1641    0  7566 222.52 11- 5- 0  7896 +1096 
 2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  4076 1647 1818    0  7541 221.79  9- 7- 0  7811 +1011 
 3 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL          3913 1860 1709    0  7482 220.05  9- 7- 0  7752  +952 
 4 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   3893 1718 1808    0  7419 218.20 11- 5- 0  7749  +949 
 5 Cara Honeychurch-Australia,        4027 1694 1708    0  7429 218.50  7- 9- 0  7639  +839 
 6 Kim Terrell-Antioch, CA            3768 1797 1678    0  7243 213.02 10- 4- 2  7573  +773 
 7 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI         3846 1666 1707    0  7219 212.32 10- 6- 0  7519  +719 
 8 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     3917 1596 1735    0  7248 213.17  9- 7- 0  7518  +718 
 9 Tennelle Grijalva-Yorba Linda, CA  3873 1666 1684    0  7223 212.44  9- 6- 1  7508  +708 
10 Cindy Coburn-Carroll-Williamsville 3817 1664 1704    0  7185 211.32  8- 7- 1  7440  +640 
11 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA        3865 1617 1768    0  7250 213.23  6-10- 0  7430  +630 
12 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ       3687 1665 1772    0  7124 209.52 10- 6- 0  7424  +624 
13 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton, FL    3651 1727 1704    0  7082 208.29 11- 5- 0  7412  +612 
14 Chele Schirmer-Bel Air, MD         3748 1647 1715    0  7110 209.11 10- 6- 0  7410  +610 
15 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                3928 1557 1717    0  7202 211.82  6- 9- 1  7397  +597 
16 Shana Ray-Corpus Christi, TX       3931 1720 1591    0  7242 213.00  4-12- 0  7362  +562 
17 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma City,  3646 1786 1712    0  7144 210.11  5-10- 1  7309  +509 
18 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             3847 1612 1626    0  7085 208.38  6- 9- 1  7280  +480 
19 Cheryl Daniels-West Bloomfield, MI 3849 1647 1541    0  7037 206.97  8- 8- 0  7277  +477 
20 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     3907 1608 1578    0  7093 208.61  6-10- 0  7273  +473 
21 Jennifer Swanson-Shelton, CT       3731 1580 1648    0  6959 204.67  6- 9- 1  7154  +354 
22 Tammy Schmidt(am)-Cheektowaga, NY  3758 1630 1589    0  6977 205.20  3-12- 1  7082  +282 
23 Maxine Nable-Australia,            3686 1602 1575    0  6863 201.85  4-12- 0  6983  +183 
24 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, IN     3716 1654 1483    0  6853 201.55  4-12- 0  6973  +173 


-Biomechanical and Physiological Study Validates Bowling as Prospective Olympic Sport

06/29/2002 - FIQ
      Colorado Springs, CO.- Bowling is an Olympic-level, accuracy-based sport according to a comprehensive study recently completed by Dr. Ben Johnson, former Director, Center for Sports Medicine, Science and Technology at Georgia State University.

      The study, commissioned by the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ), concludes that "bowling is not unlike archery, shooting, baseball/softball pitching or other accuracy based sports," and "much like tennis, running, equestrian, table tennis, basketball, as well as many other Olympic sports, those who participate for social, recreation or health/fitness reasons do so at a level far below the Olympic high performance standard."

      Analyzing data from a study of 14 bowlers of varying ability, Dr. Johnson determined that "elite bowlers possess extraordinary mental skills, concentration and intensity of focus." He measured their technique, flexibility and strength under competitive conditions with a multi-camera biomechanical motion analysis system to determine their respective bowling technique 3D kinematics. The kinematic measures included ball velocity, body center of mass velocity, shoulder angles and rotational speeds, trunk angle and lead leg knee angles.

      While beginning and intermediate bowlers displayed measurable inconsistency and ineffectiveness, there was a marked contrast for bowlers whose average scores ranged from 206 to 230 points per game. The elite bowlers were found "to have the coordination, heightened kinesthetic proprioceptive awareness, and biomechanical precision coupled with the mental skills, concentration and focus to consistently deliver the ball with accuracy and/or sufficient power to clear the ten pins either in one or two rolls of the ball per frame."

      According to Dr. Johnson, this consistency "reveals a physically fit, neuromuscularly fine-tuned, appropriately powerful physical specimen who exhibits sound psychological skills including pre-game routines, relaxation techniques, strategy and intensity of focus and concentration."

      FIQ President Jerry Koenig said the study "presents a powerful determination that bowling fully qualifies and deserves to be an Olympic sport," adding that "elite bowlers, like world-class athletes in other sports, are a breed fully separate and apart from the millions of recreational participants."

      Dr. Johnson was a liaison to the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission Sub-Commission on Biomechanics and Physiology of Sport and co-chaired the Committee for Biomechanics and Physiology of Sport for the Olympic Medical Support Group from 1992 - 1998.

      His numerous consultancies include programs for U.S. Canoe and Kayak; the USOC Elite Athlete Project, Sprinters and Hurdlers; Korea Sports Science Institute; University of Kentucky Women's Gymnastic Team and the Houston Astros. He has authored and presented well over 150 studies, grant research reports, and articles in professional journals in his field.

      FIQ is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the world governing body for tenpin and ninepin bowling. It has filed an official application to be added to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. FIQ has 125 member federations in all Olympic Zones. Its tenpin discipline is included on the official program of almost all major world and regional multi-sport competitions, including the Asian Games, Pan-American Games and World Games. World and Zone (American, Asian and European), as well as National Championships are conducted annually or biennially for adults or youth.

      A 10-page summary of the study is available on the FIQ web site (www.fiq.org). The entire document, or quoted excerpts therefrom, may be reproduced without prior permission, provided appropriate credit is given to the author and the FIQ when doing so.


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