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      August 01, 2002:

-Feldman Wins Louisville Open

08/01/2002 - PWBA
      LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville loves Michelle Feldman. The ninth year pro from Skaneateles, NY claimed her 10th career title and a check for $10,000 after defeating Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif. 255-180 at the Louisville Open at the Strike and Spare Lanes.

      "I have always bowled well in this city," said Feldman. "I think because I've won here before I always come to Louisville with confidence."

      A winner in the Derby city in 1998 and 2000, Feldman entered the tournament finals the event's No. 1 seed. Thru the 42-game preliminaries she notched a 224.69 average, a 15-9-0 match play record and a 9,887 pinfall.

      Facing Kim Terrell in the TV finals for the third time in her career, Feldman started the title match in grand fashion striking in five of the first seven frames.

      Terrell, who earlier in the evening won both the opening shootout and the semi-finals, had a less fortunate start in the championship. Although she marked in five of the first seven tries, open frames in the second and fourth put the 2002 WIBC champion behind by 43-pins. After picking up a 3-6-9-10 split in the eighth Feldman closed out the match with a four-bagger.

      "The last few weeks I had been a little inconsistent," she said. " I made the show in Memphis last week but I almost missed the cut in Dallas two weeks ago. I wanted to make sure I ended the first half of the season on a high note."

      Making her sixth finals appearance of the 2002 campaign, Terrell look unbeatable in the evening's first two matches. She started the night off with a 255-203-157 win over Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nevada and Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, NJ.

      In the semis she outlasted the reigning PWBA Player of the Year Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas 236-226.

      For her efforts Terrell took home $5,500 while Dorin-Ballard cashed for $3,800. Macpherson and DiRupo made $3,000 and $2,500.

      The finals of the Louisville Open will air on ESPN2 on Monday, August 5 at 9 p.m. (E.T.). ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the event on August 7 at 5 a.m. and 3 p.m.

      Championship-round results and their scores, earnings and playoff results in the Professional Women's Bowling Association's $60,000 Louisville Open;

1. Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., 255 -1 game- $10,000
2. Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif., 671 -3 games- $5,500
3. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 226 -1 game- $3,800
4. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 203 -1 game- $3,000
5. Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, N.J., 157 -1 game- $2,500

Playoff Results:
      Terrell def. Macpherson and DiRupo 255-203-157; Semi-finals: Terrell def. Dorin-Ballard 236-236; Championship: Feldman def. Terrell 255-180.


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