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      July 25, 2002:

-Dirupo Takes Title At Miller High Life National Players Championship

07/25/2002 - PWBA
      COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. - It hasn't happen since May of 1998 but Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, NJ took home her seventh career title after defeating Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. 180-158 at the Miller High Life National Players Championship at Funquest Lanes. DiRupo earned a first place check worth $13,000.

      "It's been four years since I've won so this is a wonderful feeling," said DiRupo, who was seeded fifth entering the championship round. "I've made a lot of changes in my game in the off-season. Fortunately tonight all of that hard work paid off."

      DiRupo's march to the finals started in the opening shootout when she defeated Tammy Turner, Ogden, Utah and Kelly Kulick 266-190-152. DiRupo dominated the game tossing nine strikes including a seven-bagger from frames five thru ten.

      In the semi-finals DiRupo continued her surge of momentum by upending Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY 243-191. The graduate from South Carolina University notched nine strikes to Feldman's four.

      Billed as the overwhelming favorite based on how she bowled the past week, Barrette was described by one member of the media in attendance as the potential conqueror of the lanes. The 25-time titlest came to Collierville having won two of the last three Professional Women's Bowling Association tournaments. Through the 48-game preliminaries Barrette led the field with a 221.25 average, a 11,130 pinfall and a 17-7-0 match play record.

      However, in the finals the scoring pace took on a different look than the previous two matches. Both players marked thru the first five frames but in the sixth Barrette missed a two-pin. In the seventh she failed to pick up the 1-2-10. The back to back open frames helped DiRupo to a 21-pin lead as she continued to mark. DiRupo left the ninth open but Barrette could not make up the gap.

      "I just kept my focus frame to frame," said DiRupo. "With Leanne she can get hot quickly so I wasn't going to feel safe until the last ball was thrown."

      For her second place finish Barrette collected $7,000. Feldman earned $4,600 for third place while Kulick and Turner took home $4,200 and $3,700 respectively.

      The stepladder 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).

      Championship-round results and their scores, earnings and playoff results in the Professional Women's Bowling Association's $90,000 Miller High Life National Players Champi;

1. Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, N.J., 689 -3 games- $13,000
2. Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., 158 -1 game- $7,000
3. Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., 191 -1 game- $4,600
4. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 152 -1 game- $4,200
5. Tammy Turner, Ogden, Utah, 190 -1 game- $3,700

Playoff Results:
DiRupo def. Turner and Kulick 266-190-152; Semi-Finals: DiRupo def. Feldman 243-191; Championship: DiRupo def. Barrette 180-158.


-Barrette Is Living The High Life At National Players Championship

07/25/2002 - PWBA
      COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. - Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. secured the No. 1 seed at the close of the 48-game preliminaries of the Miller High Life National Players Championship at Funquest Lanes. The 25-time titlest earned the top spot after posting a 221.25 average, an 11,130 pinfall and a 17-7-0 match play record. Barrette led the tournament in all six rounds.

      "I had a great week but tonight I almost ran out of gas, " said Barrette. "There are so many quality players out here so it's very tough to lead a tournament wire to wire."

      The five-time Women's International Bowling Congress All-American has led a tournament in 16 preliminary rounds this season. Thursday's TV finals appearance will be Barrette's fifth straight. The 35-year old has won two of the last three Professional Women's Bowling Association events.

      Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY leapfrogged Tammy Turner, Ogden, Utah and Kelly Kulick, Union, NJ with totals of 218.16, 11,042 and 19-5-0 to land the No. 2 seed. The ninth year pro has one title this season and will be making her fifth championship round appearance. Feldman's 19 wins led the tournament.

      The 2001 Rookie of the Year, Kulick, went 7-1 on the evening to give her a 17-7-0 record. The former star bowler from Morehead State University finished with a 216.35 average and a 10,895 pinfall. Kulick is making her first TV finals appearance this season and is seeking her first career title.

      Turner, who for rounds three thru five was in second place, fell back two spots to fourth with 218.39, 10,843 and 12-12-0. The former TEAM USA member averaged 258.8 in her last five games of round five, however in the sixth Turner posted her worst eight-game block averaging 197 while going 3-5. Last week at the Dallas Open Turner missed making her first championship round appearance of 2002 when she finished sixth, missing the top five by 31 pins.

      Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, NJ landed the fifth seeded position with 213.64, 10,705 and 15-9-0. DiRupo made her biggest move of the week in the third round when she went from 20th to sixth. Like Kulick and Turner, she will be making her first TV finals appearance of the year.

      The ESPN2 stepladder finals on July 24 begins 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 48 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 1575 10620 221.25 17- 7- 0 11130 +1530 
 2 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   4969 1903 1726 1874 10472 218.16 19- 5- 0 11042 +1442 
 3 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ             5116 1791 1666 1812 10385 216.35 17- 7- 0 10895 +1295 
 4 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             5267 1752 1888 1576 10483 218.39 12-12- 0 10843 +1243 
 5 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     5094 1747 1730 1684 10255 213.64 15- 9- 0 10705 +1105 
 6 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  5077 1793 1553 1659 10082 210.04 14-10- 0 10502  +902  $3,200 
 7 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX          5055 1810 1616 1657 10138 211.20 11-13- 0 10468  +868  $2,700 
 8 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX        5159 1690 1559 1562  9970 207.70 16- 8- 0 10450  +850  $2,500 
 9 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY        4841 1707 1853 1621 10022 208.79 13-11- 0 10412  +812  $2,400 
10 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI         4915 1772 1617 1677  9981 207.93 14-10- 0 10401  +801  $2,300 
11 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL          5091 1784 1566 1634 10075 209.89 10-14- 0 10375  +775  $2,200 
12 Pauliina Aalto-Finland,            4930 1766 1590 1670  9956 207.41 13-11- 0 10346  +746  $2,100 
13 Maxine Nable-Australia,            5166 1639 1591 1534  9930 206.87 11-13- 0 10260  +660  $2,000 
14 Jennifer Swanson-Shelton, CT       5032 1666 1644 1624  9966 207.62  9-15- 0 10236  +636  $1,900 
15 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     4902 1662 1643 1599  9806 204.29 13-11- 0 10196  +596  $1,800 
16 Kim Terrell-Antioch, CA            4960 1653 1579 1689  9881 205.85 10-14- 0 10181  +581  $1,750 
17 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA        4883 1590 1589 1676  9738 202.87 11-13- 0 10068  +468  $1,700 
18 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       5058 1677 1597 1504  9836 204.91  7-17- 0 10046  +446  $1,650 
19 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma City,  4907 1734 1621 1491  9753 203.18  9-15- 0 10023  +423  $1,600 
20 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton, FL (A 4710 1523 1596 1694  9523 198.39 14-10- 0  9943  +343  $1,580 
21 Tennelle Grijalva-Yorba Linda, CA  4805 1682 1556 1511  9554 199.04 11-13- 0  9884  +284  $1,560 
22 Dede Davidson-Las Vegas, NV        4975 1514 1625 1465  9579 199.56  7-17- 0  9789  +189  $1,540 
23 Laura Lee Daniel-Corona, CA        4745 1613 1614 1525  9497 197.85  8-16- 0  9737  +137  $1,520 
24 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ       4814 1491 1536 1389  9230 192.29  7-17- 0  9440  -160  $1,500 





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