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      September 16, 2002:

-Definitely Duggan

09/16/2002 - PWBA
      PITTSBURGH, Pa. - After 12 games at Princess Lanes it appeared that Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla. had rekindled some of the competitive spirit that made her the 1994 PWBA Player of the Year. The five-time Women's International Bowling Congress All-American claimed the top spot on the standings sheet after two rounds of the Three Rivers Open with a 2,777 pinfall and a 231.41 average.

      "The last few months I've been working a lot on not lifting up as much on at the end of my arm swing and instead coming thru it smoother," said Duggan. "The biggest difference, which I'm finally starting to see in my game, is that I have less grab and more stroke on my release."

      Duggan, who started off round one with a 280, kicked off round two with a 277. The 20-year pro completed the evening with a 737 series (244-267-226). The 15-time titlest has recorded 11 of 12 games with a score of 200 or better.

      Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, NJ trails Duggan by 85-pin with totals of 2,692 and 224.33. A winner at the Miller High Life National Players Championship in July, DiRupo is attempting to qualify for her third consecutive TV finals.

      Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. moved from seventh to third during the evening session with 2,626 and 218.33. Currently ranked first on the tour in averages with a 217.32 clip, Barrette is closing in on becoming with fourth-ever PWBA member to exceed a million dollars in earnings. The 25-time champion had earned $978,918 entering this week.

      Rounding out the top five, Shana Ray, Corpus Christi, Texas closed out the night in fourth with 2,621 and 218.41 while Cheryl Daniels, West Bloomfield, Mich. slipped back one spot to fifth with 2,618 and 218.16.

      Area competitors including Jackie Mitskavich (17th - 2,475, 206.25), Michelle Arrington (25th- 2,379, 198.25 - Philadelphia), Stephany Lang (34th - 2,246, 187.16 - Glenshaw) and Denise Komenda (37th - 2,033, 169.41) all finished the day in contention to make the top 24 cut.

      Qualifying for the 38-woman field resumes Tuesday, September 17 at 11 a.m. with the last six-game round. Following Tuesday morning's action the field will be cut to the top 24. The top 24 will begin the first of three eight-game match play rounds Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 18 two more match play rounds will take place at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. At the conclusion of match play, the top five bowlers will compete in the ESPN2 stepladder finals on Thursday, September 19 at 7 p.m. ESPN2 will televise the event on September 23 at 10 p.m. (ET).

QUALIFIER STANDINGS AFTER 12 GAMES 
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR- 
 
A     1 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             2777 231.41  +377 
A     2 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           2692 224.33  +292 
A     3 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           2626 218.83  +226 
A     4 Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             2621 218.41  +221 
A     5 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       2618 218.16  +218 
A T   6 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              2582 215.16  +182 
A       Kim Terrell - Antioch, CA                  2582 215.16  +182 
A     8 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia,          2578 214.83  +178 
A     9 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              2573 214.41  +173 
A    10 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                2567 213.91  +167 
A    11 Jennifer Swanson - Shelton, CT             2542 211.83  +142 
A    12 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                2538 211.50  +138 
A    13 Lisa Bishop - Belleville, MI               2532 211.00  +132 
A    14 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   2518 209.83  +118 
A    15 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      2504 208.66  +104 
A    16 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 2498 208.16   +98 
A    17 Jackie Mitskavich - Dubois, PA             2475 206.25   +75 
A T  18 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         2462 205.16   +62 
A       Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           2462 205.16   +62 
A    20 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           2461 205.08   +61 
A    21 Jackie Snyder - Cooksville, IL             2458 204.83   +58 
A    22 Maxine Nable - Australia,                  2445 203.75   +45 
A    23 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          2444 203.66   +44 
A    24 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   2417 201.41   +17 
A    25 Michelle Arrington - Philadelphia, PA      2379 198.25   -21 
A    26 Mandy Wilson - Dayton, OH                  2364 197.00   -36 
A    27 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              2333 194.41   -67 
A    28 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              2328 194.00   -72 
A    29 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             2321 193.41   -79 
A T  30 Chele Schirmer - Bel Air, MD               2310 192.50   -90 
A       Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     2310 192.50   -90 
A    32 Carol Miller(am) - Sandusky, OH            2295 191.25  -105 
A    33 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              2260 188.33  -140 
A    34 Stephany Lang(am) - Glenshaw, PA           2246 187.16  -154 
A    35 JoAnna Judy - Wheatfield, IN               2169 180.75  -231 
A    36 Nancy Fairchild - Boardman, OH             2076 173.00  -324 
A    37 Denise Komenda - McKeesrock, PA            2033 169.41  -367 
A    38 Sabrina Duncan - New Orleans, LA           1975 164.58  -425 


-Johnson Snags First Round Lead At Three Rivers Open

09/16/2002 - PWBA
      PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY secured the first-round lead after six games at the Three Rivers Open at the Princess Lanes. The three-time Women's International Bowling Congress All-American notched a 1,380 pinfall and a 230 average.

      "I spent a lot of time during the break working on slowing down my ball speed," said the 10-time titlest. "This morning I played a little bit inside the track and let the ball do more work."

      Johnson opened her round with a 715 series (243-278-194) and managed just one open frame throughout the session. The former member of TEAM USA finished third in the 2001 Three Rivers event after losing 244-183 to Tammy Turner, Ogden, Utah in the semi-finals.

      Australia Carol Gianotti-Block ranks second on the standings sheet with totals of 1,361 and 226.83. The 15-year pro returned to the Professional Women's Bowling Association tour this week after suffering a medial meniscus tear in her left knee during the Greater Syracuse Classic in late June.

      "I was very excited and anxious to bowl today," said the Aussie. "This week will be a good test for me to see how close I am to a full recovery. It was great to be out there bowling again."

      Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Oklahoma completed the morning in the third slot with a 1,358 and 226.33 while Cheryl Daniels, West Bloomfield, Mich. (1,351, 225.16) and Karen Stroud, Victoria, Texas (1,322, 220.33) trailed in fourth and fifth. Duggan registered the top score of the morning by tossing a 280 in her first game.

      Area competitors including Michelle Arrington (12th- 1,230, 205 - Philadelphia), Jackie Mitskavich (21st - 1,192, 198.66), Stephany Lang (31st - 1,120, 186.66 - Glenshaw) and Denise Komenda (37th - 1,010, 168.33) all finished the day in contention to make the top 24 cut.

      Qualifying for the 38-woman field resumes tonight at 6:30 p.m. with another six-game qualifying block. Tuesday, September 17 the tournament will continue with the final qualifying round at 11 a.m. Following Tuesday morning's action the field will be cut to the top 24. The top 24 will begin the first of three eight-game match play rounds Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 18 two more match play rounds will take place at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. At the conclusion of match play, the top five bowlers will compete in the ESPN2 stepladder finals on Thursday, September 19 at 7 p.m. ESPN2 will televise the event on September 23 at 10 p.m. (ET).

QUALIFIER STANDINGS AFTER 6 GAMES 
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR- 
 
A     1 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              1380 230.00  +180 
A     2 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia,          1361 226.83  +161 
A     3 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             1358 226.33  +158 
A     4 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       1351 225.16  +151 
A     5 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                1322 220.33  +122 
A     6 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           1321 220.16  +121 
A     7 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           1317 219.50  +117 
A     8 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                1307 217.83  +107 
A     9 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              1287 214.50   +87 
A    10 Lisa Bishop - Belleville, MI               1286 214.33   +86 
A    11 Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             1269 211.50   +69 
A    12 Michelle Arrington - Philadelphia, PA      1230 205.00   +30 
A    13 Chele Schirmer - Bel Air, MD               1226 204.33   +26 
A T  14 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   1216 202.66   +16 
A       Maxine Nable - Australia,                  1216 202.66   +16 
A    16 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 1215 202.50   +15 
A    17 Jackie Snyder - Cooksville, IL             1205 200.83    +5 
A T  18 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      1202 200.33    +2 
A       Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     1202 200.33    +2 
A    20 Jennifer Swanson - Shelton, CT             1197 199.50    -3 
A    21 Jackie Mitskavich - Dubois, PA             1192 198.66    -8 
A    22 Carol Miller(am) - Sandusky, OH            1188 198.00   -12 
A    23 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              1181 196.83   -19 
A    24 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   1176 196.00   -24 
A    25 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           1156 192.66   -44 
A    26 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         1150 191.66   -50 
A T  27 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          1149 191.50   -51 
A       Kim Terrell - Antioch, CA                  1149 191.50   -51 
A    29 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           1140 190.00   -60 
A    30 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              1135 189.16   -65 
A    31 Stephany Lang(am) - Glenshaw, PA           1120 186.66   -80 
A    32 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              1119 186.50   -81 
A    33 Mandy Wilson - Dayton, OH                  1094 182.33  -106 
A    34 JoAnna Judy - Wheatfield, IN               1074 179.00  -126 
A    35 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             1060 176.66  -140 
A    36 Nancy Fairchild - Boardman, OH             1012 168.66  -188 
A    37 Denise Komenda - McKeesrock, PA            1010 168.33  -190 
A    38 Sabrina Duncan - New Orleans, LA            926 154.33  -274 





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