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      July 24, 2002:

-Barrette Cruising At Miller High Life National Players Championship

07/24/2002 - PWBA
      COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. - Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. had no problem keeping her lead after five rounds at the Miller High Life National Players Championship. The 25-time champion is on top of the leaderboard with a 226.12 average and a 9,435 pinfall. Barrette went 5-3-0 in the morning round of match play giving her a 13-3-0 record overall (Ed. note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds).

      "Obviously having a chance to be the top seed for the TV finals is a nice position to be in," said Barrette. "But, I don't want to lose any momentum so bowling well tonight is still very important."

      Being the tournament leader is nothing new to Barrette. The five-time Women's International Bowling Congress All-American has led a tournament in 15 preliminary rounds this season. Entering the players championship the 35-year old has been red-hot having made the championship round the last four weeks while winning two of the last three tournaments.

      Tammy Turner, Ogden, Utah stayed in second place after 40 games with 222.67, 9,177 and 9-7-0. The former TEAM USA member averaged 258.8 in her last five games helping her post the highest eight-game pinfall of the round with a 1,888.

      Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY trails Turner by 199 pins with totals of 214.95, 8,988 and 13-3-0. Like Barrette, Feldman has been one of the tour's hottest players. The ninth-year pro is attempting to win her second title of the season. Thru nine tournaments she has six top 10s and has appeared in the TV finals four times.

      2001 Rookie of the Year Kelly Kulick, Union, NJ is in fourth place with 214.32, 8,873 and 10-6-0. After some inconsistencies thru the first five games Kulick caught fire notching a 728 series in her final three (226-246-256).

      Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, NJ moved into the top five trailing Kulick by 62-pins. DiRupo's totals of 214.27, 8,811 and 8-8-0 keep her 60-pins ahead of sixth place Karen Stroud, Victoria, Texas (212.02, 8,751, 9-7-0). With 240 bonus pins available in tonight's final match play round, six additional players still stand in contention to grab one of the five championship round spots.

      Some of the top players lurking in DiRupo's rear view include Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY (8th - 210.02, 8,701 and 10-6-0), reigning Player of the Year Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas (10th - 210.57), 8,633 and 7-9-0 and Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla. (11th - 211.02, 8,621, 6-10-0).

      The top 24 will compete in the final round of match play tonight at 6:30 p.m. At the conclusion of match play, the top five bowlers compete in the ESPN2 stepladder finals on Thursday, July 24 at 7 p.m. The tournament finals will air on ESPN2 on July 29 at 9 p.m. (ET). ESPN2 is schedule to re-air the event on August 6 at 5 a.m. (ET).

MATCH PLAY STANDINGS AFTER 40 GAMES 
                                            BLOCK TOTALS                        TOTAL 
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                  QUAL   1    2    3   PINS   AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE  

 1 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     5322 1935 1788    0  9045 226.12 13- 3- 0  9435 +1435 
 2 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             5267 1752 1888    0  8907 222.67  9- 7- 0  9177 +1177 
 3 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   4969 1903 1726    0  8598 214.95 13- 3- 0  8988  +988 
 4 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ             5116 1791 1666    0  8573 214.32 10- 6- 0  8873  +873 
 5 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     5094 1747 1730    0  8571 214.27  8- 8- 0  8811  +811 
 6 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX          5055 1810 1616    0  8481 212.02  9- 7- 0  8751  +751 
 7 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX        5159 1690 1559    0  8408 210.20 10- 6- 0  8708  +708 
 8 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY        4841 1707 1853    0  8401 210.02 10- 6- 0  8701  +701 
 9 Maxine Nable-Australia,            5166 1639 1591    0  8396 209.90  8- 8- 0  8636  +636 
10 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  5077 1793 1553    0  8423 210.57  7- 9- 0  8633  +633 
11 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL          5091 1784 1566    0  8441 211.02  6-10- 0  8621  +621 
12 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI         4915 1772 1617    0  8304 207.60  9- 7- 0  8574  +574 
13 Jennifer Swanson-Shelton, CT       5032 1666 1644    0  8342 208.55  6-10- 0  8522  +522 
14 Pauliina Aalto-Finland,            4930 1766 1590    0  8286 207.15  7- 9- 0  8496  +496 
15 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       5058 1677 1597    0  8332 208.30  5-11- 0  8482  +482 
16 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     4902 1662 1643    0  8207 205.17  9- 7- 0  8477  +477 
17 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma City,  4907 1734 1621    0  8262 206.55  7- 9- 0  8472  +472 
18 Kim Terrell-Antioch, CA            4960 1653 1579    0  8192 204.80  6-10- 0  8372  +372 
19 Dede Davidson-Las Vegas, NV        4975 1514 1625    0  8114 202.85  7- 9- 0  8324  +324 
20 Tennelle Grijalva-Yorba Linda, CA  4805 1682 1556    0  8043 201.07  8- 8- 0  8283  +283 
21 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA        4883 1590 1589    0  8062 201.55  6-10- 0  8242  +242 
22 Laura Lee Daniel-Corona, CA        4745 1613 1614    0  7972 199.30  5-11- 0  8122  +122 
23 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton, FL (A 4710 1523 1596    0  7829 195.72  9- 7- 0  8099   +99 
24 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ       4814 1491 1536    0  7841 196.02  5-11- 0  7991    -9 





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