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      July 17, 2002:

-Johnson Moves Back To The Top At Dallas Open

07/17/2002 - PWBA
      DALLAS, Texas. - Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY regained the lead after 30 games at the Dallas Open at Don Carter West. Johnson is averaging 217.70 with a 6,741 pinfall. The native New Yorker went 7-5-0 in the first of two 12-games match play rounds (Ed. note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds) and completed the day with the tournament's first 300-game.

      "It's funny because I was struggling a little bit before the 300," said Johnson. "I had hit a bad stretch of games and then I got onto a good pair and made the most of it. With 12-game blocks you never know what can happy. I'm just happy I've put myself in a good position for tomorrow."

      Johnson's perfect game was the 19th of her career. In 2001 the former TEAM USA member made national news when she notched a 300-game in the title match of the Paula Carter Classic.

      Trailing Johnson in second place is Kim Adler of Cocoa, Fla. Adler went 7-5-0 on the day and has totals of 214.10 and 6,633. The 15-time titlest ranks first in the Professional Women's Bowling Association in earnings ($36,360), third in competition points (5,095) and seventh in averages (215.45).

      Defending champion and reigning PWBA Player of the Year Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas moved from 9th to 3rd place with a 7-5-0 mark and sums of 214.06 and 6,632. Dorin-Ballard leads Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. by 18-pins.

      Barrette finished the day with the best match play record with a 10-2-0 mark to accompany her totals of 210.46 and 6,614. The five-time Women's International Bowling Congress All-American is attempting to win her third consecutive title and qualify for her fourth straight championship round.

      Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla. rounds out the top five with 6-6-0, 213.23 and 6,577. Karen Stroud, Victoria, Texas, made the biggest jump of the round moving up from 23rd to 13th with a 8-4-0 record and 200.90 and 6,267.

      The tournament continues on Thursday, July 18 at 11 a.m. with the final 12-game match play round. At the conclusion of match play, the top five bowlers compete in the ESPN2 stepladder finals on Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m. The tournament finals will air on July 22 at 8 p.m. (ET).

MATCH PLAY STANDINGS AFTER 30 GAMES 
                                          BLOCK TOTALS                          TOTAL 
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN             QUAL   1    2    3    4   PINS   AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE  

 1 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY   3781 1392 1358    0    0  6531 217.70  7- 5- 0  6741  +741 
 2 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL           3800 1331 1292    0    0  6423 214.10  7- 5- 0  6633  +633 
 3 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Rich 3755 1234 1433    0    0  6422 214.06  7- 5- 0  6632  +632 
 4 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, C 3695 1225 1394    0    0  6314 210.46 10- 2- 0  6614  +614 
 5 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma C 3887 1283 1227    0    0  6397 213.23  6- 6- 0  6577  +577 
 6 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT        3756 1187 1339    0    0  6282 209.40  7- 5- 0  6492  +492 
 7 Cara Honeychurch-Australia,   3791 1247 1239    0    0  6277 209.23  7- 5- 0  6487  +487 
 8 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, N 3933 1169 1203    0    0  6305 210.16  5- 7- 0  6455  +455 
 9 Sara Vargas(am)-Colombia,     3680 1299 1218    0    0  6197 206.56  8- 4- 0  6437  +437 
10 Kim Terrell-Antioch, CA       3798 1280 1121    0    0  6199 206.63  6- 5- 1  6394  +394 
11 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI    3643 1244 1207    0    0  6094 203.13  9- 3- 0  6364  +364 
12 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ        3687 1248 1183    0    0  6118 203.93  6- 6- 0  6298  +298 
13 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX     3589 1179 1259    0    0  6027 200.90  8- 4- 0  6267  +267 
14 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, N 3590 1317 1188    0    0  6095 203.16  4- 6- 2  6245  +245 
15 Diandra Hyman(am)-Dyer, IN    3713 1125 1237    0    0  6075 202.50  5- 7- 0  6225  +225 
16 Dede Davidson-Las Vegas, NV   3700 1221 1151    0    0  6072 202.40  5- 7- 0  6222  +222 
17 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, I 3620 1238 1201    0    0  6059 201.96  5- 7- 0  6209  +209 
18 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA   3657 1185 1203    0    0  6045 201.50  5- 7- 0  6195  +195 
19 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL     3674 1270 1122    0    0  6066 202.20  4- 8- 0  6186  +186 
20 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ  3684 1095 1223    0    0  6002 200.06  5- 7- 0  6152  +152 
21 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, 3787 1136 1120    0    0  6043 201.43  2- 9- 1  6118  +118 
22 Tennelle Grijalva-Yorba Linda 3595 1101 1191    0    0  5887 196.23  6- 6- 0  6067   +67 
23 Maxine Nable-Australia,       3694 1100 1072    0    0  5866 195.53  4- 8- 0  5986   -14 
24 Pauliina Aalto-Finland,       3585 1106 1172    0    0  5863 195.43  4- 8- 0  5983   -17




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