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      July 31, 2002:

-Feldman Grabs Top Seed

07/31/2002 - PWBA
      LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY closed out the 42-game preliminaries of the Louisville Open at the Fern Valley Strike and Spare Lanes as the tournament's No. 1 seed entering Thursday night's ESPN2 stepladder finals at 7 p.m. Feldman's averaged 224.69 for the week with a 15-9-0 match play record and a 9,887 pinfall.

      "I tried not to get ahead of myself throughout the week," said the ninth-year pro. "There are some many good players out on tour it's very easy to get comfortable and then get knocked back a few pegs. I've always bowled well in this city so I'm trying to keep up with my past history."

      The last two times the Professional Women's Bowling Association has hosted a tournament in Louisville Feldman has come away a winner (1998, 2000). The New York native will be making her sixth televised finals appearance of the 2002 campaign.

      Reigning PWBA Player of the Year Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas secured the No. 2 seed with 219.19, 16-8-0 and 9,686. Dorin-Ballard led the field in match play record completing Wednesday night with a 6-2-0 mark.

      Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif, who started the match play rounds in 16th, climbed into third finishing with 218.66, 14-9-1 and 9,619. Like Feldman and Dorin-Ballard, Terrell is also making her fifth championship round appearance. She currently ranks second on tour in earnings ($39,907) and fourth in competition points (6,120).

      Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, NJ finished in the four slot with 14-10-0, 218.07 and 9,579. DiRupo is coming off a victory last week when she won the Miller High Life National Players Championship.

      Completing the top five was Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nevada with 216.95, 14-10-0 and 9,532. A 19-time titlest and the Bowler of the Decade for the 1990s, Macpherson needed a 256-198 victory over Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla. in the final game of the night to make the cut. Duggan had performed valiantly moving from 24th at the start of match play to sixth before her bout with Macpherson.

      The Louisville Open finals will air on ESPN2 on August 5 at 9 p.m.(ET). ESPN2 is schedule to re-air the event on August 7th at 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. (ET).

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 42 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 1755 1701  9437 224.69 15- 9- 0  9887 +1487 
 2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  4095 1565 1792 1754  9206 219.19 16- 8- 0  9686 +1286 
 3 Kim Terrell-Antioch, CA            3881 1583 1826 1894  9184 218.66 14- 9- 1  9619 +1219 
 4 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     3956 1822 1635 1746  9159 218.07 14-10- 0  9579 +1179 
 5 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     3863 1732 1650 1867  9112 216.95 14-10- 0  9532 +1132 
 6 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       3628 1731 1889 1738  8986 213.95 15- 9- 0  9436 +1036  $2,000 
 7 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX        4004 1725 1681 1692  9102 216.71 11-13- 0  9432 +1032  $1,800 
 8 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, IN     3798 1613 1728 1803  8942 212.90 14-10- 0  9362  +962  $1,600 
 9 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             3729 1784 1579 1865  8957 213.26 11-13- 0  9287  +887  $1,500 
10 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     3784 1793 1655 1645  8877 211.35 12-11- 1  9252  +852  $1,425 
11 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI         3864 1697 1691 1591  8843 210.54 12-11- 1  9218  +818  $1,325 
12 Shana Ray-Corpus Christi, TX       3721 1711 1709 1657  8798 209.47 14-10- 0  9218  +818  $1,325 
13 Cindy Coburn-Carroll-Williamsville 3742 1676 1734 1616  8768 208.76 14-10- 0  9188  +788  $1,275 
14 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton, FL    3658 1776 1594 1742  8770 208.80 13-10- 1  9175  +775  $1,250 
15 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL          3796 1816 1571 1682  8865 211.07 10-14- 0  9165  +765  $1,225 
16 Tennelle Grijalva-Yorba Linda, CA  3799 1753 1604 1687  8843 210.54  8-16- 0  9083  +683  $1,200 
17 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA        3839 1651 1583 1629  8702 207.19 11-12- 1  9047  +647  $1,175 
18 Jennifer Swanson-Shelton, CT       3692 1685 1548 1788  8713 207.45 11-13- 0  9043  +643  $1,150 
19 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                3642 1762 1513 1698  8615 205.11 10-14- 0  8915  +515  $1,125 
20 Cheryl Daniels-West Bloomfield, MI 3698 1657 1587 1671  8613 205.07  9-15- 0  8883  +483  $1,100 
21 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ       3640 1668 1611 1649  8568 204.00  8-16- 0  8808  +408  $1,075 
22 Jackie Mitskavich-Dubois, PA       3736 1738 1597 1482  8553 203.64  7-16- 1  8778  +378  $1,050 
23 Laura Lee Daniel-Corona, CA (Alt)  3627 1716 1553 1560  8456 201.33  8-16- 0  8696  +296  $1,025 
24 Julie Jackson-Rural Hall, NC       3716 1613 1427 1468  8224 195.80  9-15- 0  8494   +94  $1,000 


-Shannon Pluhowsky Named U.S. Women's Representative For 2002 AMF Bowling World Cup

07/31/2002 - AMF Bowling
      LONDON, ENGLAND - Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix, the reigning U.S. women's national amateur champion and new American Zone Youth Masters queen, will face her biggest individual test to date October 19-26, when she represents all U.S. women bowlers in the 38th AMF Bowling World Cup in Riga, Latvia.

      Pluhowsky, who turns 20 on August 8, makes it an all-Arizona affair for the United States, joining previously announced men's representative and fellow lefthander Andrew Cain of Tempe on the World Cup roster. Pluhowsky is majoring in early childhood development at the University of Nebraska, where she will be a junior this fall. She is a member of the Cornhuskers' women's varsity bowling team, which won the 2000-01 national collegiate championship. Individually, Pluhowsky won Collegiate Rookie of the Year and Bowler of the Year honors in the same season.

      Besides collegiate bowling, Pluhowsky has dominated the U.S. Junior Gold program. A three-time Junior Gold national champion and four-time member of Junior Team USA, Pluhowsky headlines the U.S. squad that competes in the World Youth Championships this summer in Pattaya, Thailand. This is also her second year as a member of Team USA's adult squad.

      Prior to this month's WTBA American Zone Youth Championships in Costa Rica, where she won gold medals in team and doubles as well as the coveted Masters title, Pluhowsky turned in winning performances in the 2000 edition of the Zone Youth Championships, where she swept every gold medal offered in the girls' division (6).

      Pluhowsky and Cain have known each other since their junior league days in the Phoenix area, and she is pleased that they will carry America's hopes to Riga together in October. "I think it will help knowing Andrew is there with me," she said. "We can usually help each other get lined up with the condition and encourage each other."

      Pluhowsky can become the first U.S. woman to win the AMF Bowling World Cup since Linda Graham took the 1990 title in Pattaya, Thailand (U.S. women have won the Bowling World Cup four times), but she says she's not concentrating on that. "I'm not going to put any extra pressure on myself by thinking about what it would be like to win the Bowling World Cup. I'm going to take things one day at a time, one game at a time. This can be fun, and that's how I'll look at it."

      More than 90 countries-including first-time nations Uzbekistan, Moldova and the Czech Republic-are expected to send their men and women's national champions to the 2002 AMF Bowling World Cup, which will be staged at Riga's 24-lane Toss Boulinga Halle. Pluhowsky and Cain will compete against Canadian standouts Diane Buchanan and Merlin Bunnage, Belgian qualifiers Wendy Bergen and Gery Verbruggen, and Nicaragua's Carmen Bolanos and Eduardo Padilla, among other national champions.


-Feldman Keeps Lead With One Round To Go

07/31/2002 - PWBA
      LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After 34 games Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY kept the rest of the field at bay at the Louisville Open at the Fern Valley Strike and Spare Lanes. Feldman's 5-3-0 fifth round match play effort helped boost her tournament record to 12-4-0 (Ed. note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds). The nine-time titlest is averaging 227.52 with an 8,096 pinfall.. She leads Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas by 344 pins.

      "I really don't know what to say. The lanes have been very conducive to my game this week," said Feldman. "Maybe I should move here and bowl in league competition."

      A co-leader in championship round appearances with five, Feldman has registered 31 of 34 games with a score of 200 or better. In addition to leading the field in averages, victories and pinfall, she also has registered the most 700-plus series with five.

      Dorin-Ballard, who earlier this year was the only woman nominated for the 2002 ESPY as "Best Bowler," has a record of 10-6-0 with totals of 219.17 and 7,752. The reigning Professional Women's Bowling Association Player of the Year went 8-0-0 in round five.

      Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, NJ sits in third place with 9-7-0, 218.02 and 7,683. DiRupo is coming off a victory last week when she won the Miller High Life National Players Championship.

      Rachel Perez, San Marcos, Texas, stayed in the top four for the fifth straight round. Her totals include 7-9-0, 217.94 and 7,620. She holds a 42-pin margin over Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla. who closed the morning with 11-5-0, 213.17 and 7,578.

      Duggan started the match play rounds in 24th place and has since climbed 19 spots. The 20-year veteran has averaged 225.25 over her last 16 games.

      Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif. notched the top individual score of the tournament today with a 299. Terrell had 11 strikes in a row before leaving a 10 pin on her last toss.

      The final eight-game block of match play will take place tonight at 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 34 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 1755    0  7736 227.52 12- 4- 0  8096 +1296 
 2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  4095 1565 1792    0  7452 219.17 10- 6- 0  7752  +952 
 3 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     3956 1822 1635    0  7413 218.02  9- 7- 0  7683  +883 
 4 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX        4004 1725 1681    0  7410 217.94  7- 9- 0  7620  +820 
 5 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       3628 1731 1889    0  7248 213.17 11- 5- 0  7578  +778 
 6 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     3784 1793 1655    0  7232 212.70 10- 5- 1  7547  +747 
 7 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI         3864 1697 1691    0  7252 213.29  9- 6- 1  7537  +737 
 8 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     3863 1732 1650    0  7245 213.08  9- 7- 0  7515  +715 
 9 Kim Terrell-Antioch, CA            3881 1583 1826    0  7290 214.41  7- 8- 1  7515  +715 
10 Shana Ray-Corpus Christi, TX       3721 1711 1709    0  7141 210.02 10- 6- 0  7441  +641 
11 Cindy Coburn-Carroll-Williamsville 3742 1676 1734    0  7152 210.35  9- 7- 0  7422  +622 
12 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL          3796 1816 1571    0  7183 211.26  7- 9- 0  7393  +593 
13 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, IN     3798 1613 1728    0  7139 209.97  7- 9- 0  7349  +549 
14 Tennelle Grijalva-Yorba Linda, CA  3799 1753 1604    0  7156 210.47  6-10- 0  7336  +536 
15 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA        3839 1651 1583    0  7073 208.02  8- 7- 1  7328  +528 
16 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             3729 1784 1579    0  7092 208.58  7- 9- 0  7302  +502 
17 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton, FL    3658 1776 1594    0  7028 206.70  8- 7- 1  7283  +483 
18 Jackie Mitskavich-Dubois, PA       3736 1738 1597    0  7071 207.97  6- 9- 1  7266  +466 
19 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                3642 1762 1513    0  6917 203.44  7- 9- 0  7127  +327 
20 Cheryl Daniels-West Bloomfield, MI 3698 1657 1587    0  6942 204.17  6-10- 0  7122  +322 
21 Jennifer Swanson-Shelton, CT       3692 1685 1548    0  6925 203.67  6-10- 0  7105  +305 
22 Laura Lee Daniel-Corona, CA (Alt)  3627 1716 1553    0  6896 202.82  4-12- 0  7016  +216 
23 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ       3640 1668 1611    0  6919 203.50  3-13- 0  7009  +209 
24 Julie Jackson-Rural Hall, NC       3716 1613 1427    0  6756 198.70  6-10- 0  6936  +136





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