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      July 30, 2002:

-Feldman Expands Lead

07/30/2002 - PWBA
      LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY stayed on top of the leaderboard after 26 games at the Louisville Open at the Fern Valley Strike and Spare Lanes. Feldman went 7-1-0 during the first of three match play rounds (Ed. note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds) while averaging 230.03 with a 6,191 pinfall.

      "What I'm trying to do is not get complacent," said Feldman. "So much can happen between now the tomorrow night. The most important thing for me is to maintain my composure and not think about the leaderboard."

      The nine-time titlest started the evening with her fourth series above 700 (238-247-224 =709). Her seven wins co-led the field and included victories over four players among the top ten. Feldman also heads up the event's 200 club notching 25 of 26 games above "par."

      Trailing Feldman by 293 pins is Marianne DiRupo. DiRupo, who is coming off a victory last week at the Miller High Life National Players Championship, went 4-4-0 and has totals of 222.23 and 5,898.

      Rachel Perez, San Marcos, Texas, stayed in the top three for the fourth straight round with a 4-4-0 mark and totals of 220.34 and 5,849. Perez is the only player in this week's event to record three games of 276 or better.

      Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla. moved up from 11th to fourth going 5-3-0 with 215.84 and 5,762. The former TEAM USA member along with Feldman and three other players co-lead the PWBA in championship round appearances this season with five apiece.

      Bowler of the Decade for the 1990s, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev. claimed the fifth spot with a 5-3-0 effort and sums of 215.19 and 5,745. Macpherson is the PWBA's all-time earnings leader with $1,163,735.

      Hot on the heels of Macpherson and just off the top five is Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif with 5-3-0, 214.50 and 5,727. Barrette is the tour's only multiple title winner in 2002. The five-time Women's International Bowling Congress All-American is attempting to make her sixth consecutive TV finals.

      Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla. was the only player to equal Feldman's 7-1-0 record. Duggan started the session out in 24th but moved up to 13th with 206.11 and 5,569.

      Wednesday, July 31 two more match play rounds 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.

MATCH PLAY STANDINGS AFTER 26 GAMES 
                                            BLOCK TOTALS                        TOTAL 
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                  QUAL   1    2    3   PINS   AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE  

 1 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   4114 1867    0    0  5981 230.03  7- 1- 0  6191  +991 
 2 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     3956 1822    0    0  5778 222.23  4- 4- 0  5898  +698 
 3 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX        4004 1725    0    0  5729 220.34  4- 4- 0  5849  +649 
 4 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL          3796 1816    0    0  5612 215.84  5- 3- 0  5762  +562 
 5 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     3863 1732    0    0  5595 215.19  5- 3- 0  5745  +545 
 6 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     3784 1793    0    0  5577 214.50  5- 3- 0  5727  +527 
 7 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  4095 1565    0    0  5660 217.69  2- 6- 0  5720  +520 
 8 Tennelle Grijalva-Yorba Linda, CA  3799 1753    0    0  5552 213.53  4- 4- 0  5672  +472 
 9 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI         3864 1697    0    0  5561 213.88  3- 5- 0  5651  +451 
10 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA        3839 1651    0    0  5490 211.15  5- 3- 0  5640  +440 
11 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             3729 1784    0    0  5513 212.03  4- 4- 0  5633  +433 
12 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton, FL    3658 1776    0    0  5434 209.00  6- 2- 0  5614  +414 
13 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       3628 1731    0    0  5359 206.11  7- 1- 0  5569  +369 
14 Jackie Mitskavich-Dubois, PA       3736 1738    0    0  5474 210.53  3- 5- 0  5564  +364 
15 Shana Ray-Corpus Christi, TX       3721 1711    0    0  5432 208.92  4- 4- 0  5552  +352 
16 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                3642 1762    0    0  5404 207.84  4- 4- 0  5524  +324 
17 Kim Terrell-Antioch, CA            3881 1583    0    0  5464 210.15  2- 6- 0  5524  +324 
18 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY        3670 1716    0    0  5386 207.15  4- 4- 0  5506  +306 
19 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, IN     3798 1613    0    0  5411 208.11  3- 5- 0  5501  +301 
20 Jennifer Swanson-Shelton, CT       3692 1685    0    0  5377 206.80  4- 4- 0  5497  +297 
21 Cindy Coburn-Carroll-Williamsville 3742 1676    0    0  5418 208.38  2- 6- 0  5478  +278 
22 Julie Jackson-Rural Hall, NC       3716 1613    0    0  5329 204.96  4- 4- 0  5449  +249 
23 Cheryl Daniels-West Bloomfield, MI 3698 1657    0    0  5355 205.96  3- 5- 0  5445  +245 
24 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ       3640 1668    0    0  5308 204.15  2- 6- 0  5368  +168 


-Feldman Regains Control

07/30/2002 - PWBA
      LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY regained command of the leaderboard after 18 games at the Louisville Open at the Fern Valley Strike and Spare Lanes. Feldman completed the morning with a 228.55 average and a 4,114 pinfall.

      "After being less consistent last night I made a few adjustments today that made a difference in my ball reaction," said Feldman. "It really helped that I got off to a good start because I was more confident as the round progressed."

      Feldman started the day with a 729 series (226-257-246). Over the last three rounds she leads the field in games over 200 with 17 of 18 thus far. Entering tonight's match play round the ninth-year pro leads Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hill, Texas by 19-pins.

      An 18-time titlest and the reigning Professional Women's Bowling Association Player of the Year, Dorin-Ballard equaled the top individual score of the tournament by tossing a 279 in her fourth game of the session. For the tournament she's tallied 227.50 and 4,095.

      Rachel Perez, San Marcos, Texas, who led the event after round two fell back two spots to third with 222.44 and 4,004. The 1999 Professional Women's Bowling Association Southwest Regional Player of the Year, Perez is the only player in this week's event to record three games of 276 or better.

      A winner last week at the Miller High Life National Players Championship, Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, NJ climbed into fourth place with 219.77 and 3,956. DiRupo moved up from ninth with the help of a finishing 709 (244-212-259).

      The biggest jump in standings came from Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Mich. who went from 22nd to sixth (214.66, 3,864). The former TEAM USA member followed a 706 series (234-243-229) with a 729 (277-216-236). Bishop's 1,436 third round pinfall was the second highest six-game block of the tournament.

      PWBA Iron Woman Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif. also climbed up the ladder going from 20th to eighth (213.37, 3,839).

      Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla. was the last player to make the top 24 cut at 201.55 and 3,628. Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev. was the last to cash at 193.05 and 3,475.

      The top 24 begin the first of three eight-game match play rounds tonight at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 two more match play rounds 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 18 GAMES 
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR- Prize 
 
A     1 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         4114 228.55  +514 
A     2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 4095 227.50  +495 
A     3 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              4004 222.44  +404 
A     4 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           3956 219.77  +356 
A     5 Kim Terrell - Antioch, CA                  3881 215.61  +281 
A     6 Lisa Bishop - Belleville, MI               3864 214.66  +264 
A     7 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           3863 214.61  +263 
A     8 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              3839 213.27  +239 
A     9 Tennelle Grijalva - Yorba Linda, CA        3799 211.05  +199 
A    10 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           3798 211.00  +198 
A    11 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                3796 210.88  +196 
A    12 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           3784 210.22  +184 
A    13 Cindy Coburn-Carroll - Williamsville, NY   3742 207.88  +142 
A    14 Jackie Mitskavich - Dubois, PA             3736 207.55  +136 
A    15 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   3729 207.16  +129 
A    16 Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             3721 206.72  +121 
A    17 Julie Jackson - Rural Hall, NC             3716 206.44  +116 
A    18 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       3698 205.44   +98 
A    19 Jennifer Swanson - Shelton, CT             3692 205.11   +92 
A    20 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              3670 203.88   +70 
A    21 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          3658 203.22   +58 
A    22 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      3642 202.33   +42 
A    23 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             3640 202.22   +40 
A    24 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             3628 201.55   +28 
A    25 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              3627 201.50   +27 $500 
A    26 Maxine Nable - Australia,                  3577 198.72   -23 $475 
A    27 Sabrina Duncan - New Orleans, LA           3556 197.55   -44 $475 
A    28 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     3538 196.55   -62 $475 
A    29 Seziezka Moore - Xenia, OH                 3527 195.94   -73 $475 
A    30 Amy Dillon - Miami, FL                     3523 195.72   -77 $475 
A    31 Char Hammel - Brea, CA                     3502 194.55   -98 $475 
A    32 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              3475 193.05  -125 $475 
A    33 Mandy Wilson - Dayton, OH                  3473 192.94  -127 
A    34 Cecilia Loscalzo - Harrison, TN            3383 187.94  -217 
A    35 Pam Marciniszyn - Canada,                  3356 186.44  -244 
A    36 Jackie Snyder - Cooksville, IL             3336 185.33  -264 
A    37 Millie Irizarry - Port Charlotte, FL       3283 182.38  -317 
A    38 Sandy Pridemore - Huntington, WV           3213 178.50  -387 
A T  39 Terrie Cooper - Columbia, TN               3100 172.22  -500 
A       JoAnna Judy - Wheatfield, IN               3100 172.22  -500 





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