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      September 06, 2001:

-Johnson Captures Foundation Games V Title

09/06/2001 - PWBA
      SEBRING, FL - Liz Johnson picked up her second title of the 2001 PWBA Spring/Fall Tour and eighth of her career by defeating Wendy Macpherson 183-181 in the Foundation Games V Championships.

      Johnson, who led the tournament preliminaries in five of the six qualifying rounds, overcame a 28-pin deficit late in the match. Following two open frames left by Macpherson in the eighth and ninth, Johnson climbed back into contention by bowling three consecutive strikes in the ninth and tenth. With her final toss of the match she picked up seven pins en route to the $9,000 first prize.

      "I guess I had the jitters the first couple of frames," Johnson said. "After the fifth frame I decided to change balls to something I was more comfortable with. Fortunately for me I left a frame open early in the match but was able to come back because Wendy left the eighth and ninth open."

      Johnson claimed the top seeded position in the championship round by totaling 9,150 pins and averaging 217.85 after 42 qualifying games. Earlier this year she achieved her first victory of the 2001 PWBA Spring/Fall Tour at the St. Clair Classic.

      The number two-seeded Macpherson earned her championship birth by defeating Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Anne Marie Duggan 202-201-189 in the opening shootout.

      Macpherson took home $4,800 for finishing second, while Dorin-Ballard, who had won five of the previous 12 PWBA tournaments, won $3,000. Duggan earned $2,500 for her fourth place finish.

      The championship round of the Foundation Games V competition will be broadcast on ESPN2 Monday, September 10 at 8:00 p.m. (EST) and re-aired Sunday, September 16 at 1:30 a.m. (EST). The PWBA Fall/Spring Tour continues in Davie, Florida for the September 8-13 Paula Carter Classic.

Championship-round results, scores, earnings and playoff results: in the Professional Women's Bowling Association's $50,000 Foundation Games V.

    1. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, New York, 183 - 1 game - $9,000
    2. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nevada, 383 - 2 games - $4,800
    3. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, 201 - 1 game - $3,000
    4. Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Oklahoma, 189 - 1 game - $2,500

Playoff Results: Macpherson def. Dorin Ballard & Duggan 202-201-189; Championship Match: Johnson def. Macpherson 183-181.


-Johnson Maintains Top Position For Foundation Games V Championship Round

09/06/2001 - PWBA
      SEBRING, FL - After finishing the final round of qualifying, Liz Johnson secured the top-seeded position for Thursday night's TV finals of the Foundation Games at the Kegel Training Center.

      Johnson maintained the top spot in five of the six qualifying rounds completing 42 games with a 9,150-pin total and an average of 217.85. In 12 PWBA tournaments this year, Johnson ranks eighth in earnings ($22,248), 12th in competition points (5247.5) and fourth in averages (209.48).

      "I'm thrilled to be in the top spot heading into Thursday," Johnson said. "It's been a tough week for all the players with the changing conditions at the Kegel Center so I'm very pleased to be the number one seed."

      Challenging Johnson for the title will be Wendy Macpherson, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Anne Marie Duggan who finished the preliminaries as the second, third and fourth seeds.

      Macpherson, who has earned PWBA Player of the Year honors in four of the last five years, is seeking her first title of the 2001 tour. She has competed in five TV finals this year averaging 187.83.

      "Tomorrow is going to be a real challenge for me. The competition is very strong and should make for a great finals." said Macpherson.

      Dorin-Ballard is no stranger to championship titles in 2001. The N. Richland Hills, Texas native has won five of the last 12 PWBA tournaments and currently ranks first in earnings ($75,870), competition points (9,515) and averages (215.17).

      Duggan will also be seeking her first title of 2001. The 20-year veteran ranks fourth in the PWBA in career earnings ($880,868.50) and has 15 career pro titles to her credit.

      The top four begin the championship round finals Thursday at 7 p.m. Duggan and Dorin-Ballard will open the action with a one-game shootout match. The winner advances to the semifinal match, where she takes on Macpherson. The winner of that match will face off with Johnson for the title and a $9,000 first prize.

      The action will be carried live on the PWBA's web page, www.pwba.com, with the Webscorer feature (click on "Live Scoring" on the home page to access Webscorer). ESPN2 will broadcast the championship round Monday, September 10, at 8 p.m. (all TV times are Eastern). Anyone rolling a 300 game during the TV finals will receive a $50,000 bonus, courtesy of Travelodge Hotels Inc.

Match Play Standings After 42 Games:
                                           BLOCK TOTALS                          TOTAL
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN             QUAL   1    2    3    4   PINS   AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE
  1 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY   4018 1231 1192 1417 1292  9150 217.85  0- 0- 0  9150  +750
  2 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, N 3856 1334 1292 1268 1317  9067 215.88  0- 0- 0  9067  +667
  3 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Rich 3886 1321 1313 1178 1240  8938 212.80  0- 0- 0  8938  +538
  4 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK  3872 1287 1280 1241 1225  8905 212.02  0- 0- 0  8905  +505
  5 Kim Terrell-Daly City, CA     3745 1329 1279 1230 1185  8768 208.76  0- 0- 0  8768  +368  $2,200
  6 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, C 3776 1216 1373 1108 1293  8766 208.71  0- 0- 0  8766  +366  $1,900
  7 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, N 3801 1216 1159 1243 1277  8696 207.04  0- 0- 0  8696  +296  $1,600
  8 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL     3763 1281 1311 1039 1263  8657 206.11  0- 0- 0  8657  +257  $1,400
  9 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ        3718 1165 1215 1131 1390  8619 205.21  0- 0- 0  8619  +219  $1,300
 10 Shana Ray-Corpus Christi, TX  3660 1189 1373 1129 1257  8608 204.95  0- 0- 0  8608  +208  $1,250
 11 Dede Davidson-Las Vegas, NV   3739 1134 1232 1246 1252  8603 204.83  0- 0- 0  8603  +203  $1,200
 12 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX     3798 1159 1256 1211 1123  8547 203.50  0- 0- 0  8547  +147  $1,150
 13 Carol Gianotti-Block-Australi 3595 1176 1329 1098 1296  8494 202.23  0- 0- 0  8494   +94  $1,125
 14 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL           3661 1210 1141 1224 1254  8490 202.14  0- 0- 0  8490   +90  $1,100
 15 Cara Honeychurch-Australia,   3717 1177 1155 1194 1190  8433 200.78  0- 0- 0  8433   +33  $1,090
 16 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, 3663 1142 1174 1122 1318  8419 200.45  0- 0- 0  8419   +19  $1,080
 17 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton,  3686 1178 1184 1128 1223  8399 199.97  0- 0- 0  8399    -1  $1,070
 18 Julie Jackson-Rural Hall, NC  3612 1331 1075 1126 1072  8216 195.61  0- 0- 0  8216  -184  $1,060
 19 Crystal Waltrip(am)-Oviedo, F 3609 1094 1146 1180 1183  8212 195.52  0- 0- 0  8212  -188  $1,050
 20 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA   3680 1042 1128 1116 1229  8195 195.11  0- 0- 0  8195  -205  $1,040
 21 Laura Lee Daniel-Corona, CA   3539 1120 1111 1102 1272  8144 193.90  0- 0- 0  8144  -256  $1,025
 22 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ  3577 1126 1167 1096 1178  8144 193.90  0- 0- 0  8144  -256  $1,025
 23 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma C 3559 1193 1173 1108 1085  8118 193.28  0- 0- 0  8118  -282  $1,010
 24 Lucy Sandelin(am)-Tampa, FL   3603 1119 1079 1133    0  6934 192.61  0- 0- 0  6934  -266  $1,000




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