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      September 17, 2002:

-Barrette Takes Over Leaderboard

09/17/2002 - PWBA
      PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. used a 7-1-0 match play record (Ed. note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds) in the fourth round of the Three Rivers Open at the Princess Lanes to take over the tournament lead. After 26 games the 25-time champion has tallied a 5,919 pinfall complimented by a 219.57 average. Barrette holds a 62-pin margin over Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla.

      "I like match play because the other bowler helps me pace my game and forces me to focus just a little bit more," said Barrette. "Tonight I switched to a stronger ball than what I used this morning. The change gave me a little more hook on the back end of the lanes."

      Barrette, who leads the Professional Women's Bowling Association tour in overall match play records with a 130-90-4 mark (.590 win pct.), recorded victories over three players in the tournament's top ten including Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas (257-193), Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, NJ (208-202) and Shana Ray, Corpus Christi, Texas (246-212).

      After leading in rounds two and three, Duggan fell back one spot to second with a 6-1-1 record. The 20-year pro has been among the top two in all four rounds and has totals of 5,857 and 217.76. Duggan leads DiRupo by 8-pins, who went 5-3-0 on the evening with 5,849 and 219.19.

      Defending champion Michelle Feldman continued to climb up the ladder to fourth place with totals of 5,683 and 213.96. Despite a 4-4-0 night, Feldman jumped from 12th place with the help of a 276-183 win over Tammy Turner, Ogden, Utah in her first match and a closing 716 series (266-226-224).

      Rachel Perez, San Marcos, Texas claimed the fifth spot with a 6-2-0 effort. Perez trails Feldman by 34-pins with 5,649 and 210.34.

      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).

      Following the fourth round of match play Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Mich. won the Top 24 Brunswick Strike Elimination Mini-Event. Bishop outlasted Brenda Norman, Indianapolis, Ind. in the ninth round of the event. Bishop collected $1,500 for the victory and Norman took home $600.

MATCH PLAY STANDINGS AFTER 26 GAMES 
                                            BLOCK TOTALS                        TOTAL 
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                  QUAL   1    2    3   PINS   AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE 
 
 1 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     3888 1821    0    0  5709 219.57  7- 1- 0  5919  +719 
 2 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       4030 1632    0    0  5662 217.76  6- 1- 1  5857  +657 
 3 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     3935 1764    0    0  5699 219.19  5- 3- 0  5849  +649 
 4 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   3770 1793    0    0  5563 213.96  4- 4- 0  5683  +483 
 5 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX        3788 1681    0    0  5469 210.34  6- 2- 0  5649  +449 
 6 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL          3799 1694    0    0  5493 211.26  5- 3- 0  5643  +443 
 7 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             3771 1709    0    0  5480 210.76  4- 4- 0  5600  +400 
 8 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  3856 1617    0    0  5473 210.50  4- 4- 0  5593  +393 
 9 Cheryl Daniels-West Bloomfield, MI 3812 1614    0    0  5426 208.69  3- 5- 0  5516  +316 
10 Shana Ray-Corpus Christi, TX       3809 1601    0    0  5410 208.07  3- 5- 0  5500  +300 
11 Maxine Nable-Australia,            3619 1680    0    0  5299 203.80  6- 1- 1  5494  +294 
12 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ             3663 1706    0    0  5369 206.50  4- 4- 0  5489  +289 
13 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX          3833 1555    0    0  5388 207.23  3- 5- 0  5478  +278 
14 Kim Terrell-Antioch, CA            3760 1623    0    0  5383 207.03  3- 5- 0  5473  +273 
15 Jennifer Swanson-Shelton, CT       3734 1613    0    0  5347 205.65  4- 4- 0  5467  +267 
16 Carol Gianotti-Block-Australia,    3815 1603    0    0  5418 208.38  1- 6- 1  5463  +263 
17 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY        3697 1625    0    0  5322 204.69  4- 3- 1  5457  +257 
18 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI         3732 1635    0    0  5367 206.42  2- 5- 1  5442  +242 
19 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                3682 1656    0    0  5338 205.30  2- 5- 1  5413  +213 
20 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, IN     3680 1611    0    0  5291 203.50  4- 4- 0  5411  +211 
21 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     3664 1567    0    0  5231 201.19  4- 4- 0  5351  +151 
22 Jackie Mitskavich-Dubois, PA       3648 1561    0    0  5209 200.34  3- 5- 0  5299   +99 
23 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton, FL    3613 1567    0    0  5180 199.23  3- 4- 1  5285   +85 
24 Jackie Snyder-Cooksville, IL       3564 1441    0    0  5005 192.50  2- 5- 1  5080  -120 


-Feldman Captures PWBA Sport Bowling Champions Challenge

09/17/2002 - PWBA
      GREENDALE, Wis. - Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., won the inaugural Professional Women's Bowling Association Sport Bowling Champions Challenge, defeating Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif., 182-167 Sept. 16 in the ESPN2-televised title match at Fern Valley Strike and Spare in Louisville, Ky.

      With the victory, Feldman earned $7,500 and the prestigious Sport Bowling crystal pin trophy.

      Sport Bowling, developed by the Women's International Bowling Congress and the American Bowling Congress, is an optional level of membership consisting of league and tournament competition on challenging lane conditions. Sport Bowling emphasizes technique and spare shooting while re-establishing credibility in the sport. Sport Bowling lane conditions are used in numerous upper echelon tournaments such as the WIBC Queens, the ABC Masters and the USA Bowling Championships as well as many PWBA and Professional Bowlers Association national tour events.

      To capture the Champions Challenge title, Feldman had to outlast 2002 WIBC Queens champion Terrell on the challenging Sport Bowling lane conditions. Through the first seven frames, Feldman was steady with two strikes and five spares, while Terrell stumbled with opens in the first and seventh. Feldman opened the door for Terrell by missing the 2-8-10 in the eighth, but Terrell could not pull closer than 13 pins. Feldman stayed clean with one strike and two spares in the ninth and 10th frames to wrap up the title. Neither player recorded a double in the championship match.

      "Kim and I both struggled the last game," Feldman said. "It was pretty much who was going to pick their spares and stay clean. It's almost like leading a tournament if you don't get lined up.

      "On Sport Bowling conditions, nobody has a power game," Feldman said. "These conditions humble a lot of bowlers. You have to think and make decisions and move. Sport Bowling conditions have made me a better bowler without a doubt."

      Terrell earned a spot in the title match with a 197-178 semi-final win over Cara Honeychurch. Terrell proved how important spare shooting is in Sport Bowling, recording six spares along with four strikes in a clean game that held up to defeat Honeychurch, whose two open frames proved to be the difference. Honeychurch failed to convert the 1-3-7-9 spare in the fifth frame and the 7-9 split in the seventh. She rallied with a double in the eighth and ninth frames, but it wasn't enough.

      The Sport Bowling Champions Challenge featured the nine 2002 PWBA champions. Terrell, Feldman, Kim Adler, Kendra Gaines, Brenda Norman, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Honeychurch, Leanne Barrette and Marianne DiRupo battled in the qualifying round. The top three seeds were: Feldman (237 game); Terrell (208); and Honeychurch (206).

      To learn more about Sport Bowling or for the latest news and league information, visit SportBowling.com. For more on the PWBA, visit PWBA.com.

Final results: $25,000 Sport Bowling Champions Challenge, Fern Valley Strike and Spare, Louisville, Ky.
1. Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., 237 -1 game- $7,500
2. Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif., 572 - 3 games - $4,500
3. Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia, 178 - 1 game - $3,300
T4. Brenda Norman, Indianapolis, 203 - 1 game - $2,100
Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., 203 - 1 game - $2,100
6. Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., 194 - 1 game - $1,600
7. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 184 -1 game-$1,400
T8. Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla., 167 - 1 game - $1,250
Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, N.J., 167 -1 game- $1,250

Stepladder results:
Semi-finals: Terrell def. Honeychurch, 197-178; Championship match: Feldman def. Terrell, 182-167.


-Duggan Stays Up Front

09/17/2002 - PWBA
      PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Anne Marie Duggan kept control of the leaderboard after 18 games at the Three Rivers Open at the Princess Lanes. The 20-year pro out of Edmond, Okla. has amassed a 4,030 pinfall with a 223.88 average to hold a 95-pin lead over Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, NJ.

      "I didn't bowl as well as I did last night because I didn't carry as well," said the five-time Women's International Bowling Congress All-American. "This is house is tough for even the best bowlers because the ball reaction seems to change more than usually from day to day."

      Duggan, who posted her best scores in the first game of rounds one and two (280 and 277), did it again in round three by opening the morning session with a 248. In spite of two scores of 189 she finished the six-game block averaging 208.83. Entering the first of three match play rounds tonight, Duggan holds a 88-77-3 (.523 win pct.) overall record this season ranking 10th on the Professional Women's Bowling Association tour.

      "Match play is whole new phase of the tournament," she said. "With 30 bonus pins for every win, anybody can make a move in the standings."

      Trailing Duggan with a 3,935 pinfall and a 218.61 clip, DiRupo is attempting to qualify for her third consecutive TV finals. The New Jersey native recently snapped a four-year title drought when she claimed the second major of the season by winning the Miller High Life National Players Championship.

      Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. maintained her position in the third slot with 3,888 and 216. Barrette was one of five players featured on the front page of the today's sports section in USA Today as the next PWBA'er taking aim at surpassing a million dollars in earnings. The 25-time champion had earned $978,918 entering this week.

      Reigning Player of the Year Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas made the biggest jump in the standings moving from 16th to fourth with 3,856 and 214.22. A winner at the 2000 and 1997 Three Rivers Open, Dorin-Ballard notched the highest six-game tally of the morning with 1,358 and 226.33.

      Karen Stroud, Victoria, Texas completes the top five with 3,833 and 212.94. Jackie Snyder, Cooksville, Ill. was the last cut in the top 24 with 3,564 and 198 while Michelle Arrington, Philadelphia, Pa. was the last to cash in 25th with 3,536 and 196.44. Jackie Mitskavich, Dubois, Pa. was the only area competitor to make the cut in 21st with 3,648 and 202.66.

      The top 24 will begin the first of three eight-game match play round tonight 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 18 GAMES 
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR- 

A     1 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             4030 223.88  +430 
A     2 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           3935 218.61  +335 
A     3 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           3888 216.00  +288 
A     4 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 3856 214.22  +256 
A     5 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                3833 212.94  +233 
A     6 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia,          3815 211.94  +215 
A     7 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       3812 211.77  +212 
A     8 Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             3809 211.61  +209 
A     9 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                3799 211.05  +199 
A    10 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              3788 210.44  +188 
A    11 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   3771 209.50  +171 
A    12 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         3770 209.44  +170 
A    13 Kim Terrell - Antioch, CA                  3760 208.88  +160 
A    14 Jennifer Swanson - Shelton, CT             3734 207.44  +134 
A    15 Lisa Bishop - Belleville, MI               3732 207.33  +132 
A    16 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              3697 205.38   +97 
A    17 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      3682 204.55   +82 
A    18 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           3680 204.44   +80 
A    19 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           3664 203.55   +64 
A    20 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   3663 203.50   +63 
A    21 Jackie Mitskavich - Dubois, PA             3648 202.66   +48 
A    22 Maxine Nable - Australia,                  3619 201.05   +19 
A    23 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          3613 200.72   +13 
A    24 Jackie Snyder - Cooksville, IL             3564 198.00   -36 
A    25 Michelle Arrington - Philadelphia, PA      3536 196.44   -64 
A    26 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              3532 196.22   -68 
A    27 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              3512 195.11   -88 
A    28 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             3509 194.94   -91 
A    29 Mandy Wilson - Dayton, OH                  3486 193.66  -114 
A    30 Carol Miller(am) - Sandusky, OH            3427 190.38  -173 
A    31 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     3409 189.38  -191 
A    32 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              3404 189.11  -196 
A    33 Chele Schirmer - Bel Air, MD               3338 185.44  -262 
A    34 Stephany Lang(am) - Glenshaw, PA           3289 182.72  -311 
A    35 JoAnna Judy - Wheatfield, IN               3097 172.05  -503 
A    36 Denise Komenda - McKeesrock, PA            3013 167.38  -587 
A    37 Nancy Fairchild - Boardman, OH             2999 166.61  -601 
A    38 Sabrina Duncan - New Orleans, LA           2966 164.77  -634





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