September 20, 2001:
Barrette Claims Title At The $75,000 Storm Challenge
09/20/2001 - PWBA
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - It was a day of giving and receiving for Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif, who came from the number three-seeded position to take home the championship title at the $75,000 Storm Challenge at the Coral Lanes. Following victories over Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y. and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland, Texas, 255-198-182 in the opening shootout, Barrette knocked off Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nevada, 227-188 in the semi-finals and Cara Honeychurch, Australia, 224-156 in the title match.
For Barrette, the victory marked her second title of the 2001 season and 22nd of her career. In addition, the two-time PWBA Player of the Year took home a first place check for $11,000.
"I feel like I bowled really well tonight," said Barrette. "When you're competing against four of the best bowlers on our tour, I knew I had to bowl strikes to win."
The term strike had dual meaning tonight. Prior to the beginning of the championship round, Storm Products, who was the tournament's title sponsor, announced they would donate $100 to the American Red Cross for every strike thrown throughout the finals. The five bowlers managed 38 strikes combined including 15 by Barrette.
"I think what Storm did tonight was wonderful," she said. "It really inspired me in every frame."
Barrette opened up her first match against Johnson and Dorin-Ballard by rolling five strikes in a row. In the semi's against Macpherson she rolled seven strikes in a row.
"Lately my game has been very streaky. But, once I got on a role I started to gain confidence and I think that's part of what happened tonight."
Finishing in second place, Cara Honeychurch took home $6,000 for her effort. She entered today's finals as the tournament's number one seed. Through 42-games this week, the "thunder from down under" averaged 215.88 and led all players with a 9,577 total pin fall and a 17-7 match play record.
Macpherson closed out the Challenge with a third place finish and a check for $4,700. Including today's prize money and TV incentives, Macpherson is now the PWBA's all-time earnings leader. Over the course of her 15-year career, the Player of the Decade in the 1990s has won $1,069,685 and surpassing Aleta Sill's $1,067,999.
After finishing fourth, Liz Johnson earned $3,700 but had her consecutive title streak halted at two. Johnson was attempting to become the fifth PWBA player in history to win three straight championships. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, who with today's championship round appearance has qualified for the TV finals in 13-of-15 tournaments, earned $3,000 for fifth place.
Tonight's championship round action will be broadcast on ESPN2, Monday, September 24, at 8 p.m. (EST) and Tuesday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. PWBA action continues this week as the tour moves to Jacksonville, Fla. for the Jacksonville Open, which will take place at the Cassat-Batt Lanes from September 22-27.
Championship-round results, scores, earnings and playoff results:
1. Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif, 706 - 3 games - $11,000
2. Cara Honeychurch, Australia, 156 - 1 game - $6,000
3. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nevada, 188 - 1 games - $4,700
4. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 198 - 1 game - $3,700
5. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland, Texas, 182 - 1 game - $3,000
Playoff results: Barrette def. L.Johnson & Dorin-Ballard 255-198-182 Semi-Final Match: Barrette def. Macpherson 227-188; and Barrette 212-171-155; Semi-final Match: Dorin-Ballard def. Stroud 205 - 147; Championship Match: Barrette def. Honeychurch 224-156.
Florida Quintet Wins Brunswick World Team Challenge In Home State
09/20/2001 - Bowling Newsline
Ironically, its team name had nothing to do with the national tragedy of a few days earlier, but "an omen" may have led Team Vengeance from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge qualifying tournament championship Sept. 16 at Brunswick Brevard Lanes in Melbourne, Fla.
BWTC veteran Storm DeVincent and teammates Mike Roberts, Matt Gillman, Chris Loschetter and Chris Collins disposed of top qualifier Top of the Line Pool Service, Clearwater, Fla., 387-334, in the two-game Baker System title match to collect $3,475 in cash plus airline tickets and lodging for the BWTC Grand Championship Nov. 5-7 at the Castaways Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The champions also earned Keepsake rings and a sponsor's trophy.
But the sponsor's trophy may not have a home because the team didn't have a sponsor. That's how the team came up with its Vengeance name in the first place, DeVincent said.
"Roberts, Loschetter and I had bowled together before under the name `Team for Hire,' but this is the first we bowled with the junior bowlers (Gillman and Collins) under the Vengeance name," DeVincent said."The name came from a guy I work with who plays EverQuest (a popular computer game) all the time. He came up with the name because we wanted to have something neutral in case we could find a sponsor.
"We didn't want to use my name as team sponsor because it can create confusion with one of our major ball companies - not that Storm isn't a fine company," DeVincent said.
With the nation still reeling in shock and grief over the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., the tournament drew a field of 48 five-player teams. It was a welcome escape for many of the bowlers who shared the nation-wide anguish, but it wasn't very festive, DeVincent noted.
"(Professional Bowlers Association Player Services Director) Ted Thompson wanted to put up an American flag behind the lanes, but we couldn't find one," DeVincent said. "They were all sold out."
DeVincent, the only member of his team who has bowled in a previous World Team Challenge Grand Championship (1998), said his team had to stage a pair of rather impressive comebacks to win.
"We came back from the dead in qualifying. We were toast with two games to go," he said. But in two games, Vengeance advanced from 30th place to third, earning an exemption from Sunday's morning semifinal match play round. In the eight-team match play finals, Vengeance made another big move in position round, advancing from fourth place to second.
"That was pretty much the end of it," DeVincent said, "because our opponents didn't shoot much against us. I don't know. Maybe our team name was an omen. Maybe it means the gods will shine on us when we get to Las Vegas."
Vengeance raced past Kegel Training Center of Sebring, Fla., 380-333, in the semifinal match.
Vengeance's prize total includes $975 for qualifying third, $1,500 for first place and a $1,000 champions' bonus. Top of the Line (Ed Perry, Tom Milton, Scott Howard, Kent Wagner and James Campbell) collected $2,300 including $1,150 for qualifying second and $1,150 for second overall. Kegel Training Center (Darin Fitzsimmons, Doug Becker, Jeff Fehr, Larry Barwick and Sam Zurich) won $2,475, including $1,500 as top qualifier and $975 for third overall.
Other finalists were: 4, Just Show Up, Sunrise, Fla., $1,700 ($850 qualifying fourth, $850 fourth overall). 5, High, Flush, Brooklyn, Tampa, $1,500 ($750 qualifying fifth, $750 fifth overall). 6, Striker Paradise Pro Shop, Hollywood, Fla., $1,300 ($650 qualifying sixth, $650 sixth overall). 7, All Star Standard Transmission, Tampa, $1,000 ($450 qualifying eighth, $550 seventh overall). 8, Precision Concrete, Fort Myers, Fla., $760 ($310 qualifying 12th, $450 eighth overall). 9, Re/Max Realty, Orlando, Fla., $750 ($350 qualifying 10th, $400 ninth overall). 10, Greater Miami Bowling Association, Miami, $675 ($325 qualifying, $350 10th overall). 11, Dave Olm Pro Shop, Tampa, $725 ($400 qualifying ninth, $325 11th overall). 12, Blair Bearings, Miami, $860 ($550 qualifying seventh, $310 12th overall).
AMF Bowlers Hut, Gainesville, Fla., earned $650 for winning the Second Chance event for teams not cashing after qualifying.
The final two of 15 qualifying tournaments for the BWTC Grand Championship are scheduled for Sept. 29-30 at Hawthorn Lanes in Vernon Hills, Ill., and Oct. 13-14 at ABC West Lanes in Mechanicsburg, Pa. For entry information, call Tom Boedecker at (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3415, or visit www.bowl.com.