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      July 09, 2001:

-Dorin-Lizzi Sprints Into Lead After 12 Games In Sport Bowling Challenge

07/09/2001 - PWBA
      ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. - Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Linden, N.J., pounded out a steady stream of strikes and spares Monday night to move into the lead at the $50,000 Sport Bowling Challenge, underway at Shore Lanes.

      While Dorin-Lizzi's six-game production of 1,417pins was overshadowed slightly by the perfect game rolled by Michelle Mullen, Dearborn, Mich., Monday night, it was more than enough to assure her a 53-pin lead over second-place Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 2,768 pins to 2,715. Macpherson's lowest game of the night in her 1,447 set was 205.

      "Tonight everything fell into place for me-the lane condition, my timing, the moves I made-everything. I feel so good about this round," said Dorin-Lizzi, who is averaging 230.66. She attributed much of her consistency to a change she made in wrist devices. "I switched to one that restricts the wrist movement a little more. I don't feel I had to force the ball through the shot as much with the new one. I don't drop the ball as much, either. So I was much more confident of my ability to repeat a shot over and over, and on the Sport Bowling condition, that confidence and consistency allows you to trust yourself, which allows you to be aggressive. Everyone who is doing well on this pattern displays those qualities, and I did today, too."

      Macpherson, who moved up from 10th place after the first round, leads third-place Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Mich., by seven pins following Bishop's closing game of 287. Mullen's opening 300 masterpiece solidified her fourth-place position with 2,683 pins and a 223.58 average. Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla., dropped from second after the early round but remains in the top five with 2,633 pins and a 219.41 average.

      Six more games of qualifying begin Tuesday at 11 a.m., after which the field will be narrowed to the top 24 players. Those survivors begin match play Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. with an eight-game block. Match play continues Wednesday with eight-game blocks at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Qualifier Standings After 12 Games:
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR-

A     1 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             2768 230.66  +368
A     2 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           2715 226.25  +315
A     3 Lisa Bishop - Belleville, MI               2708 225.66  +308
A     4 Michelle Mullen - Dearborn, MI             2683 223.58  +283
A     5 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                2633 219.41  +233
A     6 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills TX 2623 218.58  +223
A     7 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              2601 216.75  +201
A     8 Jennifer Swanson - Shelton, CT             2589 215.75  +189
A     9 Cara Honeychurch - Australia               2580 215.00  +180
A    10 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              2579 214.91  +179
A T  11 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             2557 213.08  +157
A       Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             2557 213.08  +157
A    13 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia           2549 212.41  +149
A    14 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       2535 211.25  +135
A T  15 Pauliina Aalto - Finland                   2524 210.33  +124
A       Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         2524 210.33  +124
A    17 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              2518 209.83  +118
A    18 Kathy Tribbey - Newberg, OR                2504 208.66  +104
A    19 Nikki Gianulias - Vallejo, CA              2499 208.25   +99
A    20 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                2489 207.41   +89
A    21 Lisa Wagner - Ft. Myers, FL                2480 206.66   +80
A T  22 Aleta Sill - Dearborn, MI                  2476 206.33   +76
A       Kim Terrell - Daly City, CA                2476 206.33   +76
A    24 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              2473 206.08   +73
A    25 Keli Rapp - Fayetteville, NY               2469 205.75   +69
A    26 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           2456 204.66   +56
A    27 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           2449 204.08   +49
A    28 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          2446 203.83   +46
A    29 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              2445 203.75   +45
A    30 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           2440 203.33   +40
A    31 Char Hammel - Brea, CA                     2439 203.25   +39
A    32 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   2429 202.41   +29
A    33 Lisa Burrough - Wichita, KS                2409 200.75    +9
A    34 Amy Dillon - Miami, FL                     2384 198.66   -16
A    35 Lynda Barnes - Flower Mound, TX            2367 197.25   -33
A    36 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      2363 196.91   -37
A    37 Diana Kurrass - Bellport, NY               2344 195.33   -56
A    38 Robin Mossontte - Newhall, CA              2338 194.83   -62
A    39 Maxine Nable - Australia                   2331 194.25   -69
A    40 Stephanie Collins - Lodi, NJ               2326 193.83   -74
A    41 Janette Piesczynski - Cheektowaga, NY      2318 193.16   -82
A    42 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     2313 192.75   -87
A    43 Deanna Andrews - Pensacola, FL             2302 191.83   -98
A    44 Deborah Corbett - Woodstock, GA            2279 189.91  -121
A    45 Petesy Wray(a) - Ontario, Canada           2256 188.00  -144
A    46 Alayne Blomenberg - Cranston, RI           2229 185.75  -171
A    47 Michelle Ewald(a) - St. Clair Shores, MI   2211 184.25  -189
A    48 Jennifer Russo - Fleminton, NJ             2180 181.66  -220
A    49 Heather Judge(a) - White Lake, MI          2168 180.66  -232
A    50 Lisa Pittaway(a) - Tecumseh, MI            2055 171.25  -345
A    51 Charlene Lockitski - North Olmsted, OH     2007 167.25  -393

(a) denotes amateur


-Clabber Girl Gr. Terre Haute Open Closes PWBA 2001 Spring/Summer Tour

07/09/2001 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, ILL. - The Professional Women's Bowling Association wraps up its 2001 Spring/Summer Tour with the July 22-26 Clabber Girl Greater Terre Haute Open, hosted by Terre Haute Bowling Center.

      Australia's Carol Gianotti-Block, the 1998 PWBA Player of the Year, will defend her title against the likes of previous champions Jennifer Swanson (1999), Kim Adler (1998), Lisa Bishop (1997) and Jackie (Sellers) Mitskavich (1996). Gianotti-Block will also have to get past Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, who is leading PWBA players in earnings, average and rankings thus far in 2001; PWBA 2000 Player of the Year Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev.; and "Ironwoman" Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., who will be competing in her 206th consecutive pro tournament.

      Tournament Week begins with the pros' official practice from 9 - 11 a.m. Sunday, July 22. Pro-Am squads follow at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Amateur bowlers will be paired in doubles competition with PWBA members in a nine-pin no-tap format to compete for cash prizes (youth bowlers compete for trophies and other rewards in the special 11:30 a.m. Youth Pro-Am squad). In addition to the opportunity to obtain autographs and bowling tips from-and photos with-their favorite pros, 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 23, 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 24, 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 25, 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 25 championship round begins with a one-game shootout between the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 bowlers; the winner takes on the No. 2 bowler in the semifinal game, and that winner goes against the tournament leader for the 2001 Clabber Girl Greater Terre Haute Open 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 30, at 9 p.m. (all TV times are Eastern).

      The PWBA Clabber Girl Greater Terre Haute Open 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.


-Reno Properties To Sponsor ABC Again

07/09/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      American Bowling Congress officials have announced that the Eldorado Hotel & Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and Circus Circus Hotel & Casino in Reno, Nev. have extended sponsorship of the ABC Championships Tournament for 2002, 2003 and 2004.

      The ABC Tournament is the world's largest participatory sporting event attracting up to 90,000 participants. The annual tournament travels throughout the United States, returning to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno every three years.

      "We are excited to retain the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus as sponsors of the world's largest participatory sporting event," said ABC Assistant Executive Director Jack Mordini. "Their cooperative involvement has been an integral part of building the success of the ABC Tournament."

      The Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus became the first sponsors in the history of the ABC Tournament in 1998, renewing in 1999 through the 2001 event.

      ABC Tournaments in Reno have been the most popular. The National Bowling Stadium was the site of the largest bowling event ever in 1995, attracting 17,285 five-player teams. The 2001 ABC Tournament enjoyed its second largest entry with 16,104 teams.

      American World Travel, the official travel agency for the American Bowling Congress, books in excess of 55,000 room nights at these hotels when the Tournament is conducted in Reno.

      As part of the $275,000 sponsorship agreement, Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus will take advantage of numerous tournament marketing and promotional opportunities while also providing special promotions for the participants.


-Opening Night Participants Compete In Many Ways As ABC/WIBC Mixed Championships Begin

07/09/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      The American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress National Mixed Championships began July 6 at Castaways Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas with an uplifting start. More than 150 bowlers and spectators joined to sing the national anthem after an audio problem was discovered.

      "It was a wonderful way to start the tournament," National Mixed Championships Tournament Director David Biber said.

      "The bowlers really put their hearts into the anthem and made what could have been a disaster into a great show of patriotism and unity."

      Opening night also proved international in scope. Before his return home to South Africa, Paul Pisecny, 54, thought the perfect way to end his stay in the United States would be to compete in the tournament. Pisecny, who averages 188, worked at the AMF Pro Shop in Reno during the recently-concluded ABC Championships Tournament.

      "My partner, Anne Bailey, and I have been in America since Jan. 7 bowling throughout the nation," Pisecny said. "We have had so much fun the past couple months and thought this would be a fun way to wrap up our stay before we head home."

      Pisecny hopes the National Mixed Championships uses the new ABC/WIBC Sport Bowling condition next year.

      "We use the FIQ (Federation Internationale des Quilleurs) condition in South Africa," Pisecny said. "It is a more difficult condition to shoot on. The conditions at the tournament have been challenging but fair for all bowlers."

      "I love the Sport bowling concept," Pisecny said. "It is a great way to have people improve their skill and increase competition standards."

      The ABC/WIBC National Mixed Championships run through Aug. 5. Walk-in entries are available throughout the tournament.

      For more information on the ABC/WIBC National Mixed Championships, including entry forms and rules, visit www.mixedchampionships.com or contact David Biber at (800) 876-2628 or [email protected]


-Youth Bowlers To Compete For Scholarships At The Coca-Cola® International Championships

07/09/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      Nearly 300 Young American Bowling Alliance members from around the world will compete for $35,000 in scholarships at the 2001 Coca-Cola® International Youth Bowling Championships July 16-18 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

      Tournament participants hail from all 50 United States, U.S. military zones around the world, Puerto Rico and each of the Canadian provinces, along with the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) nations of Mongolia and Georgia.

      Bowlers will be divided into six divisions, Boys'/Girls' Divisions I (scratch), II and III (handicap), and will begin competition by rolling two four-game blocks. The field will then be cut to the top 128 bowlers, the top 32 from each scratch division and the top 16 from each handicap division.

      Champions for each division will then be determined by single-game, double-elimination match play. The top four finishers in Division I will receive $3,000, $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000 in scholarship money, respectively. Overall winners from Divisions II and III will receive $2,000, $1,500, $1,000 and $500, respectively.

      The Coca-Cola® Youth Bowling Championships is conducted by YABA and is sponsored by Coca-Cola® USA.


-Honeychurch Is Early Leader In $50,000 Sport Bowling Challenge

07/09/2001 - PWBA
      ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. - Cara Honeychurch of Australia, seeking her second victory in 2001, is the leader after six games of qualifying at the $50,000 Sport Bowling Challenge, underway at Shore Lanes.

      Honeychurch, who finished fifth last week after rolling a 147 game in the finals of the Southern Virginia Open, made a ball change after her first five frames Monday morning "and never looked back," knocking down 1,372 pins for a 228.66 average.

      "I had been using an older model ball during the tournament last week," Honeychurch related. "It got me to the finals, but because it was no longer registered for TV, I needed to use a different one on the show and just never got comfortable with it. Between that, and being ill for the past couple of weeks, I just had a very rough time of it.

      "This week's Sport Bowling condition is probably the most difficult one I've encountered this swing, and it feels really good to be in a decent position to get back to the TV show again."

      Close behind Honeychurch with 1,351 pins and a 225.16 average is Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Linden, N.J. Dorin-Lizzi punctuated her effort with a 278 game, sharing high single-game honors for the round with Kathy Tribbey, Newberg, Ohio.

      Third place currently belongs to Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla., with 1,344 pins and a 224.0 average, while Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Michelle Mullen, Dearborn, Mich., are tied for fifth with 1,323 pins. Johnson and Mullen are averaging 220.50 apiece.

      Belleville, Mich.'s Lisa Bishop is the other local bowler in the top 10, with 1,315 pins and a 219.16 average.

      The 51-woman field returns at 6:30 p.m. Monday for six more qualifying games. The bowlers complete qualifying with six additional games Tuesday morning, beginning at 11 a.m., after which time the field is shaved to the top 24 for the match play phase of the tournament. Match play begins Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Qualifier Standings After 6 Games:
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR-

A     1 Cara Honeychurch - Australia               1372 228.66  +172
A     2 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             1351 225.16  +151
A     3 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                1344 224.00  +144
A T   4 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              1323 220.50  +123
A       Michelle Mullen - Dearborn, MI             1323 220.50  +123
A     6 Lisa Bishop - Belleville, MI               1315 219.16  +115
A     7 Kathy Tribbey - Newberg, OR                1291 215.16   +91
A     8 Nikki Gianulias - Vallejo, CA              1287 214.50   +87
A     9 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             1273 212.16   +73
A    10 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           1268 211.33   +68
A    11 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          1265 210.83   +65
A    12 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              1264 210.66   +64
A    13 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       1245 207.50   +45
A    14 Lynda Barnes - Flower Mound, TX            1234 205.66   +34
A    15 Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             1232 205.33   +32
A    16 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           1231 205.16   +31
A    17 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia           1226 204.33   +26
A    18 Diana Kurrass - Bellport, NY               1213 202.16   +13
A    19 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills TX 1207 201.16    +7
A    20 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              1203 200.50    +3
A    21 Aleta Sill - Dearborn, MI                  1200 200.00     0
A    22 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           1191 198.50    -9
A T  23 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      1189 198.16   -11
A       Amy Dillon - Miami, FL                     1189 198.16   -11
A    25 Robin Mossontte - Newhall, CA              1185 197.50   -15
A    26 Janette Piesczynski - Cheektowaga, NY      1183 197.16   -17
A    27 Kim Terrell - Daly City, CA                1179 196.50   -21
A    28 Jennifer Swanson - Shelton, CT             1172 195.33   -28
A    29 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           1165 194.16   -35
A    30 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              1158 193.00   -42
A    31 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              1156 192.66   -44
A    32 Lisa Wagner - Ft. Myers, FL                1153 192.16   -47
A    33 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   1146 191.00   -54
A    34 Lisa Burrough - Wichita, KS                1141 190.16   -59
A T  35 Char Hammel - Brea, CA                     1132 188.66   -68
A       Maxine Nable - Australia                   1132 188.66   -68
A    37 Heather Judge(a) - White Lake, MI          1125 187.50   -75
A T  38 Pauliina Aalto - Finland,                  1118 186.33   -82
A       Petesy Wray(a) - Ontario, Canada           1118 186.33   -82
A    40 Keli Rapp - Fayetteville, NY               1113 185.50   -87
A    41 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                1101 183.50   -99
A    42 Deanna Andrews - Pensacola, FL             1100 183.33  -100
A    43 Michelle Ewald(a) - St. Clair Shores, MI   1099 183.16  -101
A    44 Lisa Pittaway(a) - Tecumseh, MI            1089 181.50  -111
A T  45 Stephanie Collins - Lodi, NJ               1077 179.50  -123
A       Deborah Corbett - Woodstock, GA            1077 179.50  -123
A    47 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     1075 179.16  -125
A    48 Alayne Blomenberg - Cranston, RI           1062 177.00  -138
A    49 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         1051 175.16  -149
A    50 Jennifer Russo - Fleminton, NJ             1025 170.83  -175
A    51 Charlene Lockitski - North Olmsted, OH      964 160.66  -236

(a) denotes amateur





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