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      July 06, 2001:

-Dorin-Ballard Scores Another Record With Southern Virginia Open Victory

07/06/2001 - PWBA
      DANVILLE, Va. - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, became one of four women to win three consecutive pro bowling titles when she dethroned defending champion Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., in Friday's championship match of the $50,000 Southern Virginia Open, 226-195.

      Dorin-Ballard chalked up her fifth victory in nine tournaments this year, and 15th career win, by clinching a key double midway through her game with top-seeded Macpherson. She closed out with a four-bagger, cutting off Macpherson's bid to win her first title since last year's Southern Virginia Open. Dorin-Ballard joins Patty Costello, Lisa Wagner and Tish Johnson as the only women to win three times in a row. (Johnson was the most recent, winning her trio in 1990.)

      "I didn't look at the scoreboard during the match, but I knew that she hadn't had a double up to the 10th frame, and I did," Dorin-Ballard said afterward. "I could tell from the crowd that she didn't strike on her first ball in the 10th, which would have given her a double, but I knew that I still had to mark to win.

      "I was going to finish my game with Wendy on the right lane, and I found the right lane was hitting kind of flat by the end of the semifinal match [in which she beat Kendra Gaines, 225-200]. So I was trying to roll the ball a little more in the final game. I thought I would carry better by hitting the pocket light rather than flush. I knew if I could double I would put the pressure on Wendy, and that's something you always want to do.

      "Three in a row! I just never thought this was possible. I don't ever want it to end!"

      It was role-reversal time for Macpherson, who defeated top-seeded Dorin-Ballard last year to win the title at Country Club Lanes. Dorin-Ballard collected a $9,000 paycheck this year, while Macpherson settled for $4,800. Sebring, Fla.'s Gaines, who defeated Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., and Cara Honeychurch of Australia in the opening shootout, 225-191-147, took home $3,000 for finishing third. As the third-seeded bowler in the telecast, Honeychurch could finish no lower than fourth and was rewarded with $2,500. Barrette cashed in at the pay window for $2,200.

      The championship round of the $50,000 Southern Virginia Open will be broadcast on ESPN2 Monday, July 9, at 9 p.m. and re-aired Thursday, July 12, at 1 p.m. (all TV times are Eastern). The next stop on the PWBA 2001 Spring/Summer Tour is St. Clair Shores, Mich., for the July 8-12 Sport Bowling Challenge at Shore Lanes.

Championship round results, scores, earnings and playoff results:
    1. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 451 -2 games- $9,000
    2. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 195 -1 game- $4,800
    3. Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla., 425 -2 games- $3,000
    4. Cara Honeychurch, Australia, 147 -1 game- $2,500
    5. Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., 191 -1 game- $2,200

Playoff Results: Gaines def. Barrette and Honeychurch, 225-191-147; Dorin-Ballard def. Gaines, 225-200; Dorin-Ballard def. Macpherson, 226-195.


-PWBA Journeys To Lexington, KY. For Lady Ebonite Kentucky Classic

07/06/2001 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, ILL. - Lexington, Ky.'s Collins Bowling Center Eastland will welcome the Professional Women's Bowling Association July 15-19 for the $100,000 Lady Ebonite Kentucky Classic.

      This popular stop on the PWBA Tour has been held in six different states since its inception in 1988 as the Lady Ebonite Classic; but the Blue Grass State has been its home turf since 1998, alternating between Louisville and Lexington every other year. Defending champion Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of N. Richland Hills, Texas, is seeking her third Lady Ebonite title (she also won in 1994), as are Kim Adler of Cocoa, Fla. (1996, 1999) and Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. (1989, 1991). The trio faces stiff competition from a talent-heavy roster of previous champions, including Michelle Feldman (1998), Aleta Sill (1995), and inaugural champion Tish Johnson (1988), among other PWBA stars. Johnson will be competing in her 205th consecutive tournament in Kentucky, as she extends her PWBA record for consecutive pro tournaments with each passing week.

      The pros' official practice from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Sunday, July 15, kicks off Tournament Week. Pro-Am squads follow at noon, 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. The popular nine-pin no-tap format will be used for the Pro-Ams, in which amateur bowlers are paired in doubles competition with PWBA members to compete for cash prizes (youth bowlers compete for trophies and other rewards). In addition to the opportunity to obtain autographs and bowling tips from their favorite pros, as well as have their photos taken together, amateurs receive certificates entitling them to a complimentary three-day, two-night stay at the beautiful new Suncoast Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center complex in Las Vegas.

      PWBA competition begins Monday, July 16, with six-game blocks of qualifying set for 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Six more games at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, wrap up qualifying. The top 24 qualifiers begin match play Tuesday night with an eight-game block starting at 6:30 p.m. Match play continues Wednesday, July 18, at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and the top five following Wednesday's action advance to Thursday's TV stepladder finals at 7 p.m. The July 19 championship round begins with a one-game shootout between the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 bowlers; the shootout winner takes on the No. 2 bowler in the semifinal game, and that winner goes against the tournament leader for the $15,000 first prize and title.

      PWBA's Webscorer at www.pwba.com (click on "Live Scoring") will capture the frame-by-frame action live as it occurs, and the finals will be televised on ESPN2 Monday, July 23, at 9 p.m. and re-aired Friday, July 27, at 3 a.m. (all TV times are Eastern).

      The PWBA Lady Ebonite Kentucky Classic is an official Women's International Bowling Congress/American Bowling Congress Sport Bowling event. The tournament will be conducted on lane conditions compliant with Sport Bowling, a new league and tournament program created by WIBC and ABC in which accuracy and technique are emphasized.


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