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      September 19, 2001:

-AMF National Bowl-A-Thon to Benefit New York City Police, Firefighters and Rescue Workers

09/19/2001 - AMF
      RICHMOND, Va. - AMF today announced it is sponsoring a national bowl-a-thon on Oct. 7 to raise money for the benefit of New York City Firefighters, Police and Rescue Workers. AMF's fundraising goal is to raise more than $3 million.

      100% of the money contributed will go to the appropriate agencies in New York City to assist the families of the heroic firefighters, police and rescue workers who died or were injured as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11. AMF will donate all bowling games, rental shoes and administrative costs.

      AMF's 400 U.S. bowling centers are working now to recruit bowlers for the event. The goal is to fill the company's 16,000 lanes nationwide with four people on each lane donating at least $50 apiece.

      To sign up for the event, individuals and businesses that would like to participate should call or visit their local AMF bowling center. The locations and phone numbers of all AMF U.S. centers are available in the bowling centers section on the company's Internet site at www.amf.com.


-Cara Honeychurch Earns Top-Seeded Position at the $75,000 Storm Challenge

09/18/2001 - PWBA
      CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Today at the Coral Lanes, the "thunder from down under," Cara Honeychurch, Australia, captured the number one seed after 42 games at the $75,000 Storm Challenge. Honeychurch, who started today's 12-game match play block in fifth place, posted an 8-4 record (Editor's note: players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds) en route to a her tournament leading 9,577 pin-fall total and an average of 215.88.

      Joining Honeychurch in Thursday night's ESPN2 championship round will be Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nevada (#2), Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif (#3), Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland, Texas (#4) and Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y. (#5).

      Entering the final game of today's matches, Macpherson held a 53-pin lead over Honeychurch. However, in game 42, which by PWBA tournament standards is positional match, Honeychurch defeated Macpherson 279-190 to overtake the four-time PWBA Player of the Year's hold on the number one slot.

      "All day I felt like I was throwing the ball well but was not getting the right ball reaction," said Honeychurch. "I changed balls about half way through the second to last game and that really made the difference in my final two matches."

      "I felt going into today that I would have to win at least eight or nine games to have a chance at finishing at number one. I'm happy I was able to pull it off, but I'm not taking today's finish for granted. I have play tomorrow's final as if it's a whole new tournament and continue to stay aggressive."

      For Honeychurch tomorrow's final will be her 11th championship appearance in 15 PWBA tournaments. The 2000 PWBA Rookie of the Year is tied with Johnson for the second most titles this season with three. Her last championship came at the Clabber Girl Greater Terre Haute Open on July 26 when she defeated Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J. in the semi-finals 257-245 and fellow Australian, Carol Gianotti-Block, 279-208 in the finals.

      The number two seeded Macpherson earned the tournament's best average with a 217.88, however, a 12-12 match play record offset her otherwise dominating effort. Macpherson will be aiming for her 19th career title and first of the 2001 campaign.

      Like Honeychurch, Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif, also moved up the ladder during today's round by going 8-4 on the day. The five-time WIBC All-American started the final qualifying round in sixth place. Earlier in the week, Barrette tied for the highest game of the tournament by chalking up 10 strikes in a row on her way to a 289.

      Dorin-Ballard, who has now qualified for 13 of 15 championship rounds in 2001, faced elimination at days end, but was able to edge Kulick out of the TV finals by defeating her 239-185 in their 42nd game of the tournament. Following her victory and a loss by Johnson, she moved into the fourth seed while Johnson placed fifth.

      Johnson, who last week bowled a perfect game to defeat Dorin-Ballard 300-226 at the Paula Carter Classic, will be attempting to win her third consecutive tournament.

      Thursday's championship round 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 24, at 8 p.m. (EST) and Tuesday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. 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 Cara Honeychurch-Australia,   3816 1358 1255 1342 1296  9067 215.88 17- 7- 0  9577 +1177
  2 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, N 4017 1282 1268 1265 1319  9151 217.88 12-12- 0  9511 +1111
  3 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, C 3878 1271 1306 1284 1351  9090 216.42 14-10- 0  9510 +1110
  4 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Rich 3947 1272 1261 1228 1307  9015 214.64 12-12- 0  9375  +975
  5 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY   3923 1275 1261 1301 1179  8939 212.83 13-10- 1  9344  +944
  6 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ        3963 1175 1349 1099 1267  8853 210.78 15- 9- 0  9303  +903  $2,500
  7 Janette Piesczynski-Cheektowa 3808 1235 1302 1272 1195  8812 209.80 14-10- 0  9232  +832  $2,400
  8 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, 3826 1160 1199 1280 1295  8760 208.57 15- 8- 1  9225  +825  $2,300
  9 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA   3651 1215 1241 1216 1413  8736 208.00 16- 8- 0  9216  +816  $2,200
 10 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX     3801 1206 1254 1330 1326  8917 212.30  9-14- 1  9202  +802  $2,100
 11 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL     3653 1183 1266 1302 1335  8739 208.07 13-11- 0  9129  +729  $2,000
 12 Cheryl Daniels-West Bloomfiel 3818 1167 1272 1106 1303  8666 206.33 15- 9- 0  9116  +716  $1,900
 13 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, I 3993 1102 1174 1218 1239  8726 207.76  9-15- 0  8996  +596  $1,800
 14 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL           3776 1266 1107 1236 1226  8611 205.02 12-12- 0  8971  +571  $1,750
 15 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ  3902 1128 1222 1153 1221  8626 205.38  8-16- 0  8866  +466  $1,700
 16 Tennelle Grijalva-Orange, CA  3704 1258 1203 1197 1166  8528 203.04 10-14- 0  8828  +428  $1,650
 17 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT        3634 1100 1256 1218 1281  8489 202.11 10-13- 1  8804  +404  $1,625
 18 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX   3843 1176 1162 1110 1136  8427 200.64 11-13- 0  8757  +357  $1,600
 19 Jennifer Swanson-Shelton, CT  3630 1142 1210 1201 1199  8382 199.57 11-12- 1  8727  +327  $1,575
 20 Shana Ray-Corpus Christi, TX  3700 1127 1119 1244 1141  8331 198.35 13-11- 0  8721  +321  $1,550
 21 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton,  3586 1182 1226 1191 1171  8356 198.95  8-16- 0  8596  +196  $1,525
 22 Aleta Sill-Dearborn, MI       3696 1161 1161 1142 1175  8335 198.45  8-15- 1  8590  +190  $1,500
 23 Maxine Nable-Australia,       3586 1211 1075 1045 1246  8163 194.35 12-12- 0  8523  +123  $1,475
 24 Laura Lee Daniel-Corona, CA   3616 1179 1084 1225 1029  8133 193.64  8-16- 0  8373   -27  $1,450




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