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      September 14, 2001:

-Johnson Takes Home Paula Carter Classic Title

09/14/2001 - PWBA
      DAVIE, Fl. - Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NewYork, was perfect, literally. Today at the Don Carter University Lanes, Johnson bowled a 300 in the title match of the Paula Carter Classic to defeat Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, who finished her game with a 226. The victory marked her second consecutive title and third of the 2001 Professional Women's Bowling Association tour.

      "This has been a tough week for all of America," Johnson said. "I think what makes this performance special for me is that the fans that came today left with smiles on their faces."

      "I still can't believe it. On my last shot, I just wanted to get the ball off my hand. When I released it, I thought it might edge into the gutter and luckily it came back. I thought I might pass out when I saw I knocked all the pins down."

      Johnson's victory earned her a first-place check for $9,000. In addition to her first place purse, Johnson will also receive $50,000 courtesy of Travelodge Hotels for bowling a perfect game.

      Johnson entered today's finals as the tournament's top seed. The former U.S. Open Champion led all PWBA competitors this week tallying 9,564 total pins and an average of 216.28. Including last week's victory at the Foundation Games, in Sebring, Fl., Johnson has now led her PWBA colleagues in a season high nine consecutive rounds and 12 of the last 13.

      Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland, Texas, took home $4,800 for her second place finish. Along with Johnson, she has been one of the PWBA's hottest performers winning five tournaments this year and appearing in the championship round 12 times.

      "I felt like I bowled really well today," Dorin-Ballard said. "Liz is a great competitor and I think her performance today was outstanding."

      Karen Stroud, Victoria, Texas, closed out the Classic with a third-place finish. Stroud, who will earn $3,000 for her effort, defeated Cara Honeychurch, Australia, and Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, California, 212-171-155 in the opening shootout. Stroud was defeated by Dorin-Ballard 205-147 in the semi-finals. Honeychurch will take home $2,500 for fourth place while Barrette earns $2,200 for fifth.

      Highlights from today's Paula Carter Classic championship will be included during the ESPN2 telecast of the Storm Challenge, airing on Monday, September 24 at 8 p.m. (EST) and again on Tuesday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. (EST). PWBA action continues this week as the tour moves to Cape Coral at the Storm Challenge which will take place at the Coral Lanes, September 15-20.

Championship-round results, scores, earnings and playoff results:
    1. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, New York, 300 - 1 game - $9,000
    2. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 431 - 2 games - $4,800
    3. Karen Stroud, Victoria, Texas, 359 - 2 games - $3,000
    4. Cara Honeychurch, Austrailia, 171 - 1 game - $2,500
    5. Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, California, 155 - 1 game - $2,200

Playoff Results:
      Shootout results: Stroud def. Honeychurch and Barrette 212-171-155; Semi-final Match: Dorin-Ballard def. Stroud 205 - 147; Championship Match: Johnson def. Dorin-Ballard 300-226.


-PBA Postpones Wichita Open

09/14/2001 - By Angel Zobel-Rodriguez

      Originally scheduled for a Friday practice session followed by the pro ams with an actual Saturday start, the PBA has decided to postpone the Wichita-based Columbia 300 Open.

      The next tournament will be the Peoria Open, starting next Friday, the 21st, with the telecast airing on Tuesday September 25.


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