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      July 05, 2001:

-Defending Champion Macpherson Is Top Seed For Southern Virginia Open Finals

07/05/2001 - PWBA
      DANVILLE, Va. - Defending champion Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., confounded her opponents Thursday in the final round of match play competition, winning seven of eight matches to capture the top seed for Friday's TV finals of the $50,000 Southern Virginia Open.

      Macpherson averaged 224.87 Thursday to pull her tournament average up to 215.80 and won-loss-tie record to 16-7-1. She finished match play with a total of 9,559 pins, breezing past Wednesday's leader Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, by 81 pins. Dorin-Ballard faltered in Thursday's round, knocking down only 1,595 pins and winning just three of eight matches to finish at 9,478 pins and 14-10-0.

      "I had some very good days this week, and while I haven't bowled as physically well as I might have liked to so far this year, I don't feel I'm having a bad year at all," said Macpherson, who is making her third TV appearance of the year. "Yesterday [Wednesday] was a rough day, but it was rough for everyone, and I was kind of glad that I could finish match play on another day. I don't know whether that had anything to do with the way I bowled today-the fact that we bowled only eight games Wednesday and eight games today, instead of 16 in one day-but I did mention to Carol [Gianotti-Block] that it was really nice to sleep in this morning, because we only had one afternoon block to bowl!"

      Joining Macpherson and Dorin-Ballard in the championship round are Cara Honeychurch of Australia, with 9,394 pins and a 16-8-0 match play record; Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla., with 9,352 pins and an 11-13-0 record, and Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. Barrette fired a 276 game in her final position-round match with Nikki Gianulias, Vallejo, Calif., to go around Gianulias, 9,352-9,232 pins, and finish with a 14-10-0 record.

      The TV finals begin Thursday at 5 p.m. with a one-game shootout match between Honeychurch, Gaines and Barrette. The winner advances to the semifinal match, where she takes on Dorin-Ballard, who is trying to win her third consecutive title and fifth in nine tournaments. The winner of that match goes against Macpherson for the championship and the $9,000 first prize. Macpherson is attempting to win her first title since winning last year's Southern Virginia Open.

      ESPN2 will televise the championship round Monday, July 9, at 9 p.m. and re-air it Friday, July 6, at 5 p.m. (all TV times are Eastern). PWBA's website will transmit the action live via its "Webscorer" feature (go to www.pwba.com and click on "Live Scoring"), beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern. Any bowler rolling a perfect game in the TV finals will win a $50,000 bonus from Travelodge Hotels, Inc.

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 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     3951 1674 1640 1799  9064 215.80 16- 7- 1  9559 +1159
  2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland TX 3914 1777 1772 1595  9058 215.66 14-10- 0  9478 +1078
  3 Cara Honeychurch-Australia         3916 1624 1744 1630  8914 212.23 16- 8- 0  9394  +994
  4 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL          4029 1744 1683 1566  9022 214.80 11-13- 0  9352  +952
  5 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     3746 1692 1695 1770  8903 211.97 14-10- 0  9323  +923
  6 Nikki Gianulias-Vallejo, CA        3891 1695 1697 1643  8926 212.52 12-11- 1  9301  +901  $1,900
  7 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ             3836 1582 1703 1717  8838 210.42 13-11- 0  9228  +828  $1,600
  8 Lynda Barnes-Flower Mound, TX      3718 1615 1686 1822  8841 210.50 11-12- 1  9186  +786  $1,400
  9 Keli Rapp-Fayetteville, NY         3762 1692 1583 1746  8783 209.11 13-11- 0  9173  +773  $1,300
 10 Michelle Mullen-Dearborn, MI       3768 1676 1528 1713  8685 206.78 14-10- 0  9105  +705  $1,250
 11 Kim Terrell-Daly City, CA          3777 1497 1736 1617  8627 205.40 14-10- 0  9047  +647  $1,200
 12 Carol Gianotti-Block-Australia     3643 1678 1637 1704  8662 206.23 12-11- 1  9037  +637  $1,150
 13 Aleta Sill-Dearborn, MI            3701 1688 1560 1645  8594 204.61 14-10- 0  9014  +614  $1,125
 14 Shana Ray-Corpus Christi, TX       3617 1626 1695 1602  8540 203.33 15- 9- 0  8990  +590  $1,100
 15 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   3679 1742 1604 1642  8667 206.35 10-14- 0  8967  +567  $1,090
 16 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       3636 1622 1604 1644  8506 202.52 13-11- 0  8896  +496  $1,075
 17 Janette Piesczynski-Cheektowaga NY 3625 1595 1794 1522  8536 203.23 11-11- 2  8896  +496  $1,075
 18 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     3613 1648 1643 1650  8554 203.66 10-14- 0  8854  +454  $1,060
 19 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, IN     3752 1653 1580 1471  8456 201.33  8-16- 0  8696  +296  $1,050
 20 Robin Mossontte-Newhall, CA        3750 1603 1565 1527  8445 201.07  8-16- 0  8685  +285  $1,040
 21 Laura Lee Daniel-Corona, CA        3620 1563 1563 1574  8320 198.09 11-12- 1  8665  +265  $1,030
 22 Allyson Allmang-Boynton Beach, FL  3646 1640 1591 1549  8426 200.61  7-16- 1  8651  +251  $1,020
 23 Laura Moriarty-Daytona Beach, FL   3612 1544 1676 1447  8279 197.11 11-13- 0  8609  +209  $1,010
 24 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma City OK 3665 1552 1527 1407  8151 194.07  6-18- 0  8331   -69  $1,000





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