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      July 29, 2002:

-Perez Makes Her Move

07/29/2002 - PWBA
      LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A 276 in her first game and a 277 at the end of the evening helped boost Rachel Perez, San Marcos, Texas, into the tournament lead after 12 games at the Louisville Open at the Fern Valley Strike and Spare Lanes. Perez is averaging 229.58 with a 2,755 pinfall. The eighth-year pro leads Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY by 44 pins.

      "I've been working on staying loose and relaxed. I'm trying not to put too much weight on the ball and come thru every shot," she stated.

      The 1999 Professional Women's Bowling Association Southwest Regional Player of the Year, Perez averaged 240.16 during the second round. The right-hander has posted the top three scores of the tournament including a 279 in round one.

      "Last year I felt like I was capable of making the TV finals but I wasn't staying focused throughout an entire tournament," said Perez, who is competing in her fourth PWBA event this year. "My goal is to contend every week and try to give myself a chance to win."

      The tournament leader after round, Feldman dropped back one spot with totals of 225.91 and 2,711. A nine-time titlest, including one this season, Feldman closed out the night with a 691 series (237-217-237). The native New Yorker leads the events' "200 club" notching 11 of 12 games above "par."

      "I had a tougher time reading the lanes tonight," said Feldman. "Every pair seemed to play differently and I kept having to make some drastic moves to get the right reaction."

      Trailing Feldman in third place is reigning PWBA Player of the Year Carolyn Dorin-Ballard. Both Dorin-Ballard and Feldman co-lead the PWBA in championship round appearances with five apiece. The N. Richland Hills, Texas resident recorded a 224.41 clip with a 2,693 tally.

      Jennifer Swanson, Shelton, Conn. dropped back to fourth place with 217.66 and 2,612. A three-time Metro Conference MVP bowler for Sacred Heart University, Swanson put together scores of 226-244-248 in the middle of her evening session, however an opening 166 and a closing 194 hurt her cause.

      Bowler of the Decade for the 1990s, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nevada, rounded out the top five with sums of 216.91 and 2,603.

      Qualifying for the 40-woman field resumes Tuesday, July 30 with the final qualifying round at 11 a.m. Following Tuesday morning's action the field will be cut to the top 24. The top 24 will begin the first of three eight-game match play rounds Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 two more match play rounds will take place at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. At the conclusion of match play, the top five bowlers compete in the ESPN2 stepladder finals on Thursday, August 1 at 7 p.m.

SPORT BOWLING CHALLENGE
      Following the Louisville Open finals, the Sport Bowling Challenge will be taped by ESPN for a September air date. The event will feature all of the PWBA champions from the 2002 season. Players that will compete include the 2002 Louisville Open champ, Kim Terrell, Michelle Feldman, Kim Adler, Kendra Gaines, Brenda Norman, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Cara Honeychurch, Leanne Barrette and Marianne DiRupo.

QUALIFIER STANDINGS AFTER 12 GAMES 
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR- 
 
A     1 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              2755 229.58  +355 
A     2 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         2711 225.91  +311 
A     3 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 2693 224.41  +293 
A     4 Jennifer Swanson - Shelton, CT             2612 217.66  +212 
A     5 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           2603 216.91  +203 
A     6 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   2602 216.83  +202 
A     7 Tennelle Grijalva - Yorba Linda, CA        2592 216.00  +192 
A     8 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           2581 215.08  +181 
A     9 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           2532 211.00  +132 
A    10 Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             2523 210.25  +123 
A    11 Kim Terrell - Antioch, CA                  2520 210.00  +120 
A    12 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           2502 208.50  +102 
A    13 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                2500 208.33  +100 
A    14 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              2496 208.00   +96 
A    15 Jackie Mitskavich - Dubois, PA             2485 207.08   +85 
A    16 Cindy Coburn-Carroll - Williamsville, NY   2481 206.75   +81 
A    17 Julie Jackson - Rural Hall, NC             2478 206.50   +78 
A    18 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             2469 205.75   +69 
A    19 Maxine Nable - Australia,                  2468 205.66   +68 
A    20 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              2465 205.41   +65 
A    21 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              2443 203.58   +43 
A    22 Lisa Bishop - Belleville, MI               2429 202.41   +29 
A    23 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          2397 199.75    -3 
A    24 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             2378 198.16   -22 
A    25 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      2370 197.50   -30 
A    26 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       2369 197.41   -31 
A    27 Sabrina Duncan - New Orleans, LA           2367 197.25   -33 
A    28 Mandy Wilson - Dayton, OH                  2364 197.00   -36 
A    29 Seziezka Moore - Xenia, OH                 2355 196.25   -45 
A    30 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     2340 195.00   -60 
A    31 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              2333 194.41   -67 
A    32 Amy Dillon - Miami, FL                     2283 190.25  -117 
A    33 Pam Marciniszyn - Canada,                  2279 189.91  -121 
A    34 Cecilia Loscalzo - Harrison, TN            2254 187.83  -146 
A    35 Char Hammel - Brea, CA                     2213 184.41  -187 
A    36 Millie Irizarry - Port Charlotte, FL       2206 183.83  -194 
A    37 Jackie Snyder - Cooksville, IL             2200 183.33  -200 
A    38 Sandy Pridemore - Huntington, WV           2096 174.66  -304 
A    39 Terrie Cooper - Columbia, TN               2080 173.33  -320 
A    40 JoAnna Judy - Wheatfield, IN               2010 167.50  -390 


-Feldman Dominates First Round At Louisville Open

07/29/2002 - PWBA
      LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY got off to strong start at the Louisville Open Monday morning. The ninth-year pro blasted off for a 230.16 average and a 1,381 pinfall to take the first round lead after six games at Fern Valley Strike and Spare Lanes.

      "This week's oil pattern seems to suit my game," said Feldman. "I was pretty consistent in hitting the pocket and I really didn't have to make too many adjustments."

      A nine-time titlest, including one this season, Feldman began her round with a 723 series (228-236-259) and finished the session with six scores of 214 or higher. Her pinfall stands 55 pins ahead of second place Jennifer Swanson, Shelton, Conn.

      A three-time Metro Conference MVP bowler for Sacred Heart University, Swanson notched high games of 256 and 236 to help give her totals of 221 and 1,326.

      Trailing Swanson in third place is Tennelle Grijalva, Yorba Linda, Calif. Grijalva, who as a rookie won the Players Championship and the U.S. Open, posted a 219.16 clip and 1,315. In spite of two low games of 182 and 191, the former TEAM USA member cranked out four scores of 222 or better including a 254 in her final effort.

      Fourth place belong to Rachel Perez, San Marcos, Texas with 219 and 1,314. Perez owned the top game of the round with a 279. The 1999 Professional Women's Bowling Association SW Regional Player of the Year is competing in just her fourth tournament this season.

      Rounding out the top five is reigning PWBA Player of the Year Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas with 218.33 and 1,313. Like Feldman, Dorin-Ballard has one title this season. Dorin-Ballard co-leads the tour in championship round appearances with five in the last ten PWBA events.

      Qualifying for the 40-woman field resumes tonight at 6:30 p.m. with another six-game qualifying block. Tuesday, July 30 the tournament will continue with the final qualifying round at 11 a.m. Following Tuesday morning's action the field will be cut to the top 24. The top 24 will begin the first of three eight-game match play rounds Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 two more match play rounds will take place at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. At the conclusion of match play, the top five bowlers compete in the ESPN2 stepladder finals on Thursday, August 1 at 7 p.m.

SPORT BOWLING CHALLENGE
      Following the Louisville Open finals, the Sport Bowling Challenge will be taped by ESPN for a September air date. The event will feature all of the PWBA champions from the 2002 season. Players that will compete include the 2002 Louisville Open champ, Kim Terrell, Michelle Feldman, Kim Adler, Kendra Gaines, Brenda Norman, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Cara Honeychurch, Leanne Barrette and Marianne DiRupo.

QUALIFIER STANDINGS AFTER 6 GAMES 
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR- 
 
A     1 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         1381 230.16  +181 
A     2 Jennifer Swanson - Shelton, CT             1326 221.00  +126 
A     3 Tennelle Grijalva - Yorba Linda, CA        1315 219.16  +115 
A     4 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              1314 219.00  +114 
A     5 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 1313 218.83  +113 
A     6 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           1295 215.83   +95 
A     7 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           1292 215.33   +92 
A     8 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              1266 211.00   +66 
A     9 Kim Terrell - Antioch, CA                  1260 210.00   +60 
A    10 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           1258 209.66   +58 
A    11 Maxine Nable - Australia,                  1250 208.33   +50 
A    12 Cindy Coburn-Carroll - Williamsville, NY   1247 207.83   +47 
A    13 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   1246 207.66   +46 
A    14 Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             1244 207.33   +44 
A    15 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       1237 206.16   +37 
A    16 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              1234 205.66   +34 
A    17 Sabrina Duncan - New Orleans, LA           1220 203.33   +20 
A    18 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           1218 203.00   +18 
A    19 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      1216 202.66   +16 
A    20 Mandy Wilson - Dayton, OH                  1206 201.00    +6 
A    21 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                1200 200.00     0 
A    22 Julie Jackson - Rural Hall, NC             1197 199.50    -3 
A    23 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              1185 197.50   -15 
A    24 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             1184 197.33   -16 
A    25 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              1182 197.00   -18 
A T  26 Lisa Bishop - Belleville, MI               1171 195.16   -29 
A       Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             1171 195.16   -29 
A    28 Jackie Mitskavich - Dubois, PA             1162 193.66   -38 
A T  29 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          1158 193.00   -42 
A       Pam Marciniszyn - Canada,                  1158 193.00   -42 
A    31 Seziezka Moore - Xenia, OH                 1155 192.50   -45 
A    32 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     1145 190.83   -55 
A    33 Amy Dillon - Miami, FL                     1139 189.83   -61 
A    34 Cecilia Loscalzo - Harrison, TN            1067 177.83  -133 
A    35 Millie Irizarry - Port Charlotte, FL       1064 177.33  -136 
A    36 Jackie Snyder - Cooksville, IL             1053 175.50  -147 
A    37 Char Hammel - Brea, CA                     1037 172.83  -163 
A    38 Sandy Pridemore - Huntington, WV           1023 170.50  -177 
A    39 Terrie Cooper - Columbia, TN               1008 168.00  -192 
A    40 JoAnna Judy - Wheatfield, IN                934 155.66  -266 





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