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      July 16, 2001:

-Honeychurch Prevails In $50,000 Sport Bowling Challenge

07/16/2001 - PWBA
      ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. - Cara Honeychurch of Australia overcame a week of Herculean-proportioned misfortune to claim her second title of 2001, winning the $50,000 Sport Bowling Challenge at Shore Lanes with a decisive 206-179 victory over challenger Brenda Norman of Indianapolis.

      Honeychurch survived a missed 3-9 spare conversion in the third frame of the championship match and recorded two doubles en route to her fifth career title. The match turned in the seventh frame, when Norman, leading by six pins, was railroaded with the 7-10 split. A missed four-pin spare in the eighth compounded the error. Honeychurch capitalized on the miscues by delivering a double in the eighth and ninth frames and then staying clean in the 10th frame.

      However, it was Norman, not Honeychurch, who thwarted Carolyn Dorin-Ballard's bid for history by defeating the N. Richland Hills, Texas, resident in the semifinal match, 240-236. Dorin-Ballard had been going for her fourth consecutive title, a record for women's professional bowling, and was leading by three pins in the eighth frame of her match with Norman. She settled for third place when she was unable to strike on her first ball in the 10th frame. Norman seized the opportunity to slide past Dorin-Ballard by doubling and counting seven on her last ball.

      "I knew I had to make good shots to defeat Carolyn, because she's so determined when she's competing," said Norman, who attributed much of her good fortune to changing her footwork and tempo during the week. "But Cara is just as determined, so I don't think I eased up at all after the match with Carolyn."

      For Honeychurch it had also been a week of adaptation, but out of necessity rather than choice. She had been nursing an infection the prior four weeks that was just starting to respond to medication. "But our rental car was broken into on the way to Detroit from Virginia, and the medication was stolen," the Aussie star reported. "Then the rental company decided to repossess the car. So [my husband Jim and I] had to depend a lot on the kindness of the other bowlers to get from one place to another."

      Honeychurch also acknowledged help from two other people. "I've gotten tremendous help this week and all year from [Ebonite's] Del Ballard Jr., not only with bowling equipment but with my mental game. Because he's a bowler, he knows how things can affect your concentration, and he's helped me to stay focused despite all the distractions. My husband, Jim, also was a tremendous help tonight. After the first couple of shots during the championship match, he told me to roll the ball and be sure with my shots. That was key for me."

      The victory enriched Honeychurch's bank account by $9,000, while Norman took home $4,800 for her best finish ever in five and one-half years as a pro. Dorin-Ballard was consoled with $3,000 for third. Her sister Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Linden, N.J., and Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif., who finished fourth and fifth after falling to Norman in the opening round shootout, 225-178-172, took home $2,500 and $2,200, respectively.

      Michelle Mullen, Dearborn, Mich., recorded the only perfect game rolled during the week.

Championship round results, scores, earnings and playoff results:

    1. Cara Honeychurch, Australia, 206 -1 game- $9,000
    2. Brenda Norman, Indianapolis, Ind., 644 -3 games- $4,800
    3. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 236 -1 game- $3,000
    4. Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Linden, N.J., 178 -1 game- $2,500
    5. Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif., 172 -1 game- $2,200

Playoff Results: Norman def. Dorin-Lizzi and Terrell, 225-178-172; Norman def. Dorin-Ballard, 240-236; Honeychurch def. Norman, 206-179.


-Leanne Barrette Takes Over Lead At $75,000 Lady Ebonite Kentucky Classic

07/16/2001 - PWBA
      LEXINGTON, Ky. - Pleasanton, Calif.'s Leanne Barrette, seeking her third Lady Ebonite crown, assumed the lead after 12 games at the $75,000 Lady Ebonite Kentucky Classic, underway at Collins Bowling Center Eastland.

      Barrette highlighted her Monday evening six-game set of 1,343 with a 268 game to increase her average to 216.41 and total pinfall to 2,597. She is ahead of early leader Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, by 10 pins. Stanbrough's 2,587 total gives her a 215.58 average through the first 12 games.

      "I would say that this is one of the more difficult shots we've had all year," said Barrette, who won the Lady Ebonite in 1989 and 1991. "I think of a true Sport Bowling condition as something similar to what is put down at the World Team Challenge events, where you have an extreme out-of-bounds area on the gutters. We haven't had that so far, because the gutter shot has been playable. Tonight, the gutter shot wasn't there, so everyone had to play farther inside than we've been seeing. Lately we've found that the middle of the lane hooked too much; but tonight, the middle seemed much more playable than the gutter."

      Two-time 2001 champion Cara Honeychurch of Australia is in third with 2,574 pins and a 214.50 average. Robin Mossontte, Newhall, Calif., is holding fourth position with 2,528 pins and a 210.66 average, while Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla., rounds out the top five with 2,522 pins and a 210.16 average.

      Morehead State (Ky.) alumna Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., sits in 13th place with 2,443 pins and a 203.58 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 round-robin 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 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           2597 216.41  +197
A     2 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     2587 215.58  +187
A     3 Cara Honeychurch - Australia               2574 214.50  +174
A     4 Robin Mossontte - Newhall, CA              2528 210.66  +128
A     5 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                2522 210.16  +122
A     6 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           2510 209.16  +110
A     7 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      2508 209.00  +108
A     8 Kim Terrell - Daly City, CA                2503 208.58  +103
A     9 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              2492 207.66   +92
A    10 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N.Richland Hills TX2480 206.66   +80
A    11 Nikki Gianulias - Vallejo, CA              2476 206.33   +76
A    12 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           2458 204.83   +58
A    13 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   2443 203.58   +43
A    14 Alayne Blomenberg - Cranston, RI           2436 203.00   +36
A    15 Allyson Allmang - Boynton Beach, FL        2424 202.00   +24
A    16 Tennelle Grijalva - Orange, CA             2418 201.50   +18
A    17 Diana Kurrass - Bellport, NY               2408 200.66    +8
A    18 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           2406 200.50    +6
A    19 Michelle Mullen - Dearborn, MI             2401 200.08    +1
A    20 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         2399 199.91    -1
A    21 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             2396 199.66    -4
A    22 Janette Piesczynski - Cheektowaga, NY      2394 199.50    -6
A    23 Jackie Mitskavich - Dubois, PA             2390 199.16   -10
A    24 Lynda Barnes - Flower Mound, TX            2389 199.08   -11
A    25 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia           2379 198.25   -21
A    26 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              2374 197.83   -26
A    27 Lisa Wagner - Ft. Myers, FL                2370 197.50   -30
A    28 Kris Hall - Rockford, IL                   2369 197.41   -31
A T  29 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       2366 197.16   -34
A       Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          2366 197.16   -34
A    31 Amy Dillon - Miami, FL                     2362 196.83   -38
A    32 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              2358 196.50   -42
A    33 Aleta Sill - Dearborn, MI                  2346 195.50   -54
A    34 Kathy Tribbey - Newberg, OR                2336 194.66   -64
A    35 Debbie McMullen - Denver, CO               2335 194.58   -65
A    36 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             2333 194.41   -67
A    37 Lisa Bishop - Belleville, MI               2330 194.16   -70
A    38 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              2326 193.83   -74
A    39 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              2325 193.75   -75
A    40 Keli Rapp - Fayetteville, NY               2324 193.66   -76
A    41 Laura Moriarty - Daytona Beach, FL         2323 193.58   -77
A    42 Maxine Nable - Australia                   2314 192.83   -86
A    43 Cindy Coburn-Carroll - Williamsville, NY   2303 191.91   -97
A    44 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                2281 190.08  -119
A    45 Cecilia Loscalzo - Harrison, TN            2279 189.91  -121
A    46 Julie Jackson - Rural Hall, NC             2271 189.25  -129
A    47 Jennifer Swanson - Shelton, CT             2256 188.00  -144
A    48 Theresa Smith - Indianapolis, IN           2229 185.75  -171
A    49 Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             2224 185.33  -176
A    50 Jennifer Russo - Fleminton, NJ             2131 177.58  -269
A    51 Deanna Andrews - Pensacola, FL             2116 176.33  -284
A    52 Stephanie Collins - Lodi, NJ               2100 175.00  -300
A    53 Gail Burski - Simi Valley, CA              2086 173.83  -314
A    54 Charlene Lockitski - North Olmsted, OH     1986 165.50  -414
A    55 Nicole Herrmann - Chatsworth, CA           1868 155.66  -532
A    56 Melonie Collins(a) - Oak Ridge, TN         1857 154.75  -543

(a) denotes amateur


-Pluhowsky, Remaklus Named USA Junior Gold Champions

07/16/2001 - YABA
      GREENDALE, Wis. - Michael Remaklus, Florissant, Mo., and Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, were named Junior Gold National Champions on July 14 at the fourth annual USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships in Reno, Nev. The top six in each division earned berths on the 2002 Junior TEAM USA.

      Remaklus totaled 9,452 to beat Matt Gilman, of Davie Fla., who finished with 9,373. Defending champion Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, finished in sixth place with 9,271, earning a berth on Junior TEAM USA for the third consecutive year.

      "Throughout the tournament I kept focused and played for first place," said Remaklus. "The best part of becoming a Junior TEAM USA member is representing the United States."

      Defending champion Pluhowsky swept the girls' division with 9,266, 137 pins better than Heather Hoffman, West Lawn, Pa. Pluhowsky becomes a three-time member of Junior TEAM USA. She also holds the titles of Collegiate Player of the Year, Rookie of Year and was a member of the Intercollegiate Bowling Championship winner at the University of Nebraska.

      "I thought the lane conditions were fair and very challenging," said Pluhowsky. "Overall, it made me a better bowler."

      Joining Pluhowsky, Remaklus, Hoffman, Gilman and Bohr on the 2002 Junior TEAM USA are: Jennifer Petrick, Massillon, Ohio; Leigh McPherson, Tempe, Ariz.; Holly Hoopii, Honolulu; Diandra Hyman, Dyer, Ind.; Chris Klerk, Henderson, Nev.; Rhino Page, San Diego; and Sean Rash, Anchorage, Alaska.

      Junior TEAM USA will represent the United States in international competition beginning Jan. 1, 2002. This team is designed to be part of a feeder system for the U.S. national amateur team, TEAM USA. Pluhowsky and Bohr are three-time members of Junior TEAM USA. Petrick, Hyman and Page earned spots on the team for the second consecutive year.

      Both Pluhowsky and Hyman are members of the IBC National Champions team at the University of Nebraska. Bohr and Rash bowl for Wichita State University. Klerk and McPherson are members Arizona State's team.

      The event featured nearly 900 of North America's best youth bowlers competing for $50,000 in scholarships, individual titles and berths on 2002 Junior TEAM USA. This tournament is the highest level of competition for members of the Young American Bowling Alliance's Junior Gold Program and is conducted on behalf of USA Bowling.

USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships Through Match Play (46 games):

Boys' Division:
1. Michael Remaklus-Florissant, Mo.,  6- 9- 1,  9452 .   
2. Matt Gilman-Davie, Fla.,  9- 7- 0,  9373 .   
3. Chris Klerk-Henderson, Nev.,  10- 6- 0,  9361 .   
4. Rhino Page-San Diego, 11- 5- 0,  9352 .   
5. Sean Rash-Anchorage, Alaska,  10- 6- 0,  9322 .   
6. Nathan Bohr-Austin, Texas,  8- 7- 1,  9271 .   
7. Jeffrey Mersch-Tampa, Fla.,  4- 12- 0,  9198 .   
8. Matthew Gross-San Diego, 8- 6- 2,  9196 .   
9. Jason Daniels-Tacoma, Wash.,  8- 8- 0,  9185 .   
10. Steven Villanueva-S. San Francisco, Calif.,  6- 10- 0,  9165 .  
11. Matthew Weggen-Muscatine, Iowa,  8- 8- 0,  9101 .  
12. James Futrell-Wichita, Kan.,  9- 7- 0,  9045 .  
13. Bryan Komornik-Poughkeepsie, N.Y.,  7- 9- 0,  9041 .  
14. Alex Morino-Overland Park, Kan.,  11- 5- 0,  9031 .  
15. Shaun Goodwin-Anchorage, Alaska,  6- 10- 0,  8876 .  
16. Erik Vermilyea-Maplewood, Minn.,  5- 11- 0,  8823 .

Girls' Division:
1. Shannon Pluhowsky-Phoenix, 9266 .   
2. Heather Hoffman-West Lawn, Pa.,  9129 .   
3. Jennifer Petrick-Massillon, Ohio,  9067 .   
4. Leigh McPherson-Tempe, Ariz.,  9061 .   
5. Holly Hoopii-Honolulu, 9004 .   
6. Diandra Hyman-Dyer, Ind.,  8910 .   
7. Olivia Sandham-Boulder, Colo.,  8891 .   
8. Amanda Burgoyne-NewPort, Minn.,  8876 .   
9. Erin Landford-Oberlin, Ohio,  8802 .  
10. Anita Manns-Austin, Texas,  8761 .  
11. Melissa Brownie-Chester, Va.,  8714 .  
12. Melissa Stewart-Fort Pierce, Fla.,  8678 .  
13. Valerie Carrillo-Montebello, Calif.,  8615 .  
14. Latise Parker-Laurel, Md,  8595 .  
15. Maggie Smith-Lenexa, Kan.,  8580 .  
16. Essence Harris-Lompoc, Calif.,  8500 .


-Stanbrough Surprises After First Six Games Of Lady Ebonite Kentucky Classic

07/16/2001 - PWBA
      LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tiffany Stanbrough of Oklahoma City is the surprise leader after the first six games of the $75,000 Lady Ebonite Kentucky Classic, underway at Collins Bowling Center Eastland.

      Stanbrough, who has made it to match play just four of 10 times this spring, barreled her way to the top with a Monday morning round of 1,397 pins for a 232.83 average. She has a 40-pin cushion between herself and her tour roommate, Marianne DiRupo of Succasunna, N.J., who fired a 1,357 series for a 226.16 average.

      "I definitely surprised myself this morning," said Stanbrough, whose lowest game was 212. "I've been struggling. I have a lot of revolutions on my ball when I release it, and it seems that on the Sport Bowling conditions we've had, less is more. I've been watching [last week's champion] Cara Honeychurch a lot and trying to pick up some tips from her, because we're both left-handed. She's been bowling well, and she concentrates on being accurate and keeping the ball in play, without a lot of revs. So I've been trying to slow my footwork down and be more deliberate, and that's hard for me."

      DiRupo closed the Monday morning session with a 279 game to move into second place past Robin Mossontte, Newhall, Calif., who checked in with 1,315 pins and a 219.16 average. In fourth is Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, with 1,295 pins and a 215.83 average. Alayne Blomenberg, Cranston, R.I., is in fifth with 1,277 pins and a 212.83 average.

      Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., who starred for Morehead State University's college bowling team while a student there, is the top "local" bowler. Kulick sits in sixth place, with 1,274 pins and a 212.33 average.

      The 56-woman field returns at 6:30 p.m. Monday for six more qualifying games. The bowlers complete the first phase of the tournament with six additional qualifying games Tuesday morning, beginning at 11 a.m. The field will be shaved to the top 24 following Tuesday morning's action; those survivors begin head-to-head round-robin match play Tuesday evening, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Qualifier Standings After 6 Games:

SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR-
A     1 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     1397 232.83  +197
A     2 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           1357 226.16  +157
A     3 Robin Mossontte - Newhall, CA              1315 219.16  +115
A     4 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N.Richland Hills TX 1295 215.83   +95
A     5 Alayne Blomenberg - Cranston, RI           1277 212.83   +77
A     6 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   1274 212.33   +74
A     7 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      1258 209.66   +58
A     8 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           1254 209.00   +54
A     9 Cara Honeychurch - Australia               1252 208.66   +52
A    10 Debbie McMullen - Denver, CO               1249 208.16   +49
A    11 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                1245 207.50   +45
A    12 Kim Terrell - Daly City, CA                1226 204.33   +26
A    13 Allyson Allmang - Boynton Beach, FL        1225 204.16   +25
A    14 Aleta Sill - Dearborn, MI                  1224 204.00   +24
A    15 Diana Kurrass - Bellport, NY               1223 203.83   +23
A    16 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              1217 202.83   +17
A    17 Janette Piesczynski - Cheektowaga, NY      1213 202.16   +13
A    18 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           1208 201.33    +8
A    19 Lisa Wagner - Ft. Myers, FL                1206 201.00    +6
A T  20 Tennelle Grijalva - Orange, CA             1204 200.66    +4
A       Keli Rapp - Fayetteville, NY               1204 200.66    +4
A    22 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           1192 198.66    -8
A    23 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             1181 196.83   -19
A    24 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          1177 196.16   -23
A    25 Jackie Mitskavich - Dubois, PA             1176 196.00   -24
A    26 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         1172 195.33   -28
A    27 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              1168 194.66   -32
A    28 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       1161 193.50   -39
A    29 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              1160 193.33   -40
A    30 Nikki Gianulias - Vallejo, CA              1156 192.66   -44
A T  31 Amy Dillon - Miami, FL                     1153 192.16   -47
A       Laura Moriarty - Daytona Beach, FL         1153 192.16   -47
A       Michelle Mullen - Dearborn, MI             1153 192.16   -47
A    34 Julie Jackson - Rural Hall, NC             1151 191.83   -49
A    35 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              1144 190.66   -56
A    36 Kathy Tribbey - Newberg, OR                1139 189.83   -61
A    37 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia           1135 189.16   -65
A    38 Lynda Barnes - Flower Mound, TX            1126 187.66   -74
A    39 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                1125 187.50   -75
A    40 Kris Hall - Rockford, IL                   1122 187.00   -78
A    41 Maxine Nable - Australia                   1121 186.83   -79
A    42 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              1120 186.66   -80
A    43 Jennifer Swanson - Shelton, CT             1119 186.50   -81
A    44 Theresa Smith - Indianapolis, IN           1114 185.66   -86
A    45 Cecilia Loscalzo - Harrison, TN            1104 184.00   -96
A    46 Lisa Bishop - Belleville, MI               1102 183.66   -98
A T  47 Cindy Coburn-Carroll - Williamsville, NY   1092 182.00  -108
A       Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             1092 182.00  -108
A    49 Jennifer Russo - Fleminton, NJ             1083 180.50  -117
A    50 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             1056 176.00  -144
A    51 Gail Burski - Simi Valley, CA              1054 175.66  -146
A    52 Stephanie Collins - Lodi, NJ               1003 167.16  -197
A    53 Deanna Andrews - Pensacola, FL              998 166.33  -202
A    54 Charlene Lockitski - North Olmsted, OH      967 161.16  -233
A    55 Nicole Herrmann - Chatsworth, CA            949 158.16  -251
A    56 Melonie Collins(a) - Oak Ridge, TN          945 157.50  -255 

(a) denotes amateur





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