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      September 12, 2001:

-Johnson Attempts To Go Wire To Wire At Paula Carter Classic

09/12/2001 - PWBA
      DAVIE, Fl. - After 42 preliminary games at the $50,000 Paula Carter Classic, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, New York will enter Friday afternoon's title match as the tournament's number one seed. Johnson, who last week won the Foundation Games Championship, finished the qualifying rounds with 9,564 total pins and a match play record of 16-8. Her tournament average of 216.28 was 5.94 pins higher than her season average of 210.34.

      The Collegiate Bowler of the Year in 1993, Johnson will be attempting to be the first PWBA player this season to lead tournament from the first round of competition thru the title match. Last week at the Foundation Games in Sebring, Fl, Johnson led the tournament in five of the six qualifying rounds earning the top seed. Thru today's competition, she has led all PWBA competitors in 11 of the last 12 preliminary rounds.

      "The conditions were very good for me this week. I hit the pocket consistently and didn't leave too many open frames," Johnson said. "It's not easy to win a tournament from beginning to end. Right now my game plan is to just try to keep my momentum going."

      Earning the tournament's number two seed is Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland, Texas, who closed out her final game with a 299. A runner up for the 2000 PWBA Player of the Year award, Dorin-Ballard has been this season's hottest player winning five of the last 13 tournaments. Her near perfect game was cut short on her 12th toss when she left only the ten-pin standing.

      "What can I say, I was in a zone," said Dorin-Ballard. "There isn't a player on tour that doesn't aim to be perfect every time she competes. Today, I came up one pin short."

      Cara Honeychurch, Australia, climbed up the tournament ladder to earn the number three seed after going 16-7-1 during the match play rounds (Editor's note: Players earn 30 bonus pins for each individual victory during match play). Entering today's 18-game stretch, the 2000 Rookie of the Year moved from ninth to third place.

      In addition to Dorin-Ballard, fourth-seeded Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, California, also closed out today in grand fashion by rolling a 286. Barrette pulled off ten consecutive strikes before leaving a 4-6-7 split on her 11th toss. The 16-year PWBA veteran completed the game by picking up two of the last three pins.

      Karen Stroud, Victoria, Texas, rounded out the tournament's top five. The two-time college all-American totaled 9,123 pins and averaged 206.85 this week. Her tournament pin total edged out Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, New Jersey by 35 pins.

      Today's top five will compete in the championship round, held at the Don Carter University Lanes, on Friday (Sept. 14) at 2 p.m. Bowling fans can watch the Paula Carter Classic finals on ESPN2 Monday, September 17 at 8 p.m. (EST).

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   3915 1342 1306 1310 1211  9084 216.28 16- 8- 0  9564 +1164
  2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Rich 3809 1222 1183 1343 1369  8926 212.52 17- 7- 0  9436 +1036
  3 Cara Honeychurch-Australia,   3596 1268 1255 1375 1329  8823 210.07 16- 7- 1  9318  +918
  4 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, C 3714 1232 1143 1220 1365  8674 206.52 15- 8- 1  9139  +739
  5 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX     3763 1121 1167 1242 1395  8688 206.85 14- 9- 1  9123  +723
  6 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, N 3801 1237 1085 1204 1281  8608 204.95 16- 8- 0  9088  +688  $1,900
  7 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, N 3692 1240 1185 1259 1309  8685 206.78 12-12- 0  9045  +645  $1,600
  8 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL     3839 1201 1211 1195 1290  8736 208.00 10-14- 0  9036  +636  $1,400
  9 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA   3724 1042 1293 1203 1292  8554 203.66 12-11- 1  8929  +529  $1,300
 10 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX   3612 1187 1216 1214 1263  8492 202.19 14-10- 0  8912  +512  $1,250
 11 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, 3768 1195 1112 1087 1363  8525 202.97 12-12- 0  8885  +485  $1,200
 12 Kim Terrell-Daly City, CA     3612 1171 1236 1196 1198  8413 200.30 14-10- 0  8833  +433  $1,150
 13 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT        3809 1096 1167 1148 1208  8428 200.66 12-11- 1  8803  +403  $1,125
 14 Laura Lee Daniel-Corona, CA   3604 1193 1190 1159 1245  8391 199.78 11-13- 0  8721  +321  $1,100
 15 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma C 3712 1185 1203 1203 1051  8354 198.90 10-14- 0  8654  +254  $1,090
 16 Tennelle Grijalva-Orange, CA  3700 1203  996 1165 1311  8375 199.40  9-15- 0  8645  +245  $1,080
 17 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ  3642 1098 1094 1159 1326  8319 198.07  9-14- 1  8604  +204  $1,070
 18 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton,  3580 1201 1093 1067 1169  8110 193.09 13-11- 0  8500  +100  $1,060
 19 Pauliina Aalto-Finland,       3620 1116 1121 1068 1169  8094 192.71 10-14- 0  8394    -6  $1,050
 20 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK  3572 1134 1054 1278 1194  8232 196.00  4-20- 0  8352   -48  $1,050
 21 Carol Norman-Ardmore, OK      3726 1079 1165 1035 1181  8186 194.90  5-19- 0  8336   -64  $1,030
 22 Keli Rapp-Fayetteville, NY    3625 1104 1062 1172 1117  8080 192.38  7-17- 0  8290  -110  $1,020
 23 Maxine Nable-Australia,       3593 1099 1143 1023 1118  7976 189.90 10-14- 0  8276  -124  $1,010
 24 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI    3663 1126 1091 1096  974  7950 189.28 10-14- 0  8250  -150  $1,000


-PBA Will Play

09/12/2001 - By Angel Zobel-Rodriguez

      Despite continued airport closures and the cancellation of many other professional sporting events indefinitely, the PBA announced today on their web site that the Columbia 300 Open in Wichita will proceed.

      No word was given on if they will postpone one or more rounds in order to allow players to find alternate means of travel to Kansas. The pre-tournament qualifier was scheduled for Thursday with the practice session beginning Friday morning, followed by pro ams Friday afternoon and evening. Saturday morning at 9 am is scheduled to begin the qualifying rounds for A squad.


-Johnson Remains On Top At Paula Carter Classic

09/12/2001 - PWBA
      DAVIE, Fl. - Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, New York continued her domination at the $50,000 Paula Carter Classic in this morning's nine-game block of match play by leading all PWBA competitors with a 2,153 pin-fall. Johnson's efforts increased her lead over the rest of the field by 292 pins.

      Following Tuesday's performance where Johnson tallied a 5-1 match play record, the former Collegiate Rookie of the Year maintained her torrid pace by racking up a 6-3 record (Editor note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds) in this morning's round, while increasing her tournament total to 7,560 pins. Johnson will continue her bid to lead the tournament wire-to-wire when today's second block of nine games resumes at the Don Carter University Lanes at 1:30 p.m.

      "There are still a lot of games to go," Johnson said. "Right now I'm taking this tournament game by game. I had success this morning because I bowled with confidence."

      Cara Honeychurch, Australia, continued her surge up the tournament ladder by tallying a 2,269 pins during the morning session. Entering the match-play rounds, the 2000 Rookie of the Year has racked up a 13-1-1 record helping her climb from ninth to second place.

      Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland, Texas, stayed in the hunt by increasing third place total to 7,197 pins, while Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nevada (7,025 pins) and Marianne DiRupo (6,944 pins), Succasunna, stand in fourth and fifth place.

      The final nine-game block of match play continues this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. The top five following this afternoon's action advance to the championship round which has been rescheduled to Friday (Sept. 14) beginning at 2 p.m. The Paula Carter Classic finals will be televised on ESPN2 Monday, September 17 at 8 p.m. (EST).

Match Play Standings After 33 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   3915 1342 1306  667    0  7230 219.09 11- 4- 0  7560  +960
  2 Cara Honeychurch-Australia,   3596 1268 1255  744    0  6863 207.96 13- 1- 1  7268  +668
  3 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Rich 3809 1222 1183  683    0  6897 209.00 10- 5- 0  7197  +597
  4 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, N 3692 1240 1185  638    0  6755 204.69  9- 6- 0  7025  +425
  5 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, N 3801 1237 1085  551    0  6674 202.24  9- 6- 0  6944  +344
  6 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX   3612 1187 1216  619    0  6634 201.03 10- 5- 0  6934  +334
  7 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, C 3714 1232 1143  589    0  6678 202.36  8- 6- 1  6933  +333
  8 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL     3839 1201 1211  559    0  6810 206.36  4-11- 0  6930  +330
  9 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma C 3712 1185 1203  615    0  6715 203.48  7- 8- 0  6925  +325
 10 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX     3763 1121 1167  625    0  6676 202.30  7- 7- 1  6901  +301
 11 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT        3809 1096 1167  591    0  6663 201.90  6- 8- 1  6858  +258
 12 Kim Terrell-Daly City, CA     3612 1171 1236  592    0  6611 200.33  8- 7- 0  6851  +251
 13 Laura Lee Daniel-Corona, CA   3604 1193 1190  598    0  6585 199.54  8- 7- 0  6825  +225
 14 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA   3724 1042 1293  569    0  6628 200.84  6- 8- 1  6823  +223
 15 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, 3768 1195 1112  490    0  6565 198.93  6- 9- 0  6745  +145
 16 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI    3663 1126 1091  553    0  6433 194.93  8- 7- 0  6673   +73
 17 Tennelle Grijalva-Orange, CA  3700 1203  996  554    0  6453 195.54  6- 9- 0  6633   +33
 18 Maxine Nable-Australia,       3593 1099 1143  553    0  6388 193.57  8- 7- 0  6628   +28
 19 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton,  3580 1201 1093  493    0  6367 192.93  8- 7- 0  6607    +7
 20 Carol Norman-Ardmore, OK      3726 1079 1165  511    0  6481 196.39  4-11- 0  6601    +1
 21 Keli Rapp-Fayetteville, NY    3625 1104 1062  656    0  6447 195.36  5-10- 0  6597    -3
 22 Pauliina Aalto-Finland,       3620 1116 1121  537    0  6394 193.75  5-10- 0  6544   -56
 23 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ  3642 1098 1094  553    0  6387 193.54  4-10- 1  6522   -78
 24 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK  3572 1134 1054  535    0  6295 190.75  0-15- 0  6295  -305




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