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      September 23, 2002:

-Johnson Makes A Move In Round Two Of Burlington Open

09/23/2002 - PWBA
      BURLINGTON, N.C. - Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY jumped three spots on the standings sheet at the Burlington Open at the Country Club Lanes West to take the tournament lead after 18 games. Johnson is averaging 208.38 with a 3,751 pinfall. She leads Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nevada by 36-pins.

      "The lanes have been tough the last two days so it's really important to make good shots," said Johnson. "A 240 or 250 this week is like a 300. So far most of my low games have been around 190."

      In today's round Johnson led the field with a 212.33 average and a 1,911 pinfall. Her 264 in game six was the second highest tally of the day. Thus far the former U.S. National Amateur Champion has tallied 12 of 18 games with a 200 or better.

      "I was playing the gutter for about a game," said Johnson. "I started to notice my best shot was playing boards seven or eight. I was too far out playing six and if I played nine I would Brooklyn."

      Recognized as the Bowler of the Decade for the 1990s, Macpherson put together a solid round closing with a 672 series (227-222-226). Her totals of 206.38 and 3,715 put her 19-pins ahead of Kelly Kulick, Union, NJ.

      "By the end of the first round I started to get a handle on how I could hit the pocket with this pattern. Today I made a few adjustments but mostly I carried over what I learned yesterday."

      Kulick, who last season was the PWBA Rookie of the Year, finished with 205.33 and 3,696. Kulick's best games came toward the middle of the round when she put scores of 200-247-243.

      Player of the Year Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas fell back three spots to fourth with 204.05 and 3,673 while Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev. is fifth with 203.61 and 3,665.

      Top game of the round came from Karen Stroud, Victoria, Texas who tossed a 266. Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif. leaped from 26th to a tie for 10th with 197.44 and 3,554.

      Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla. was the last to cash at 25th with 187.27 and 3,371. Tammy Turner, Ogden, Utah was the final cut in the top 24 with 187.55 and 3,376.

      The top 24 will begin the first of two 12-game match play rounds on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 25 the final match play round will take place at 11 a.m. At the conclusion of round four, the top five bowlers will compete in the ESPN2 stepladder finals on Thursday, September 26 at 3 p.m. ESPN2 will televise the event on September 30 at 10 p.m. (ET).

QUALIFIER STANDINGS AFTER 18 GAMES 
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR- 
 
A     1 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              3751 208.38  +151 
A     2 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           3715 206.38  +115 
A     3 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   3696 205.33   +96 
A     4 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 3673 204.05   +73 
A     5 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              3665 203.61   +65 
A     6 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         3613 200.72   +13 
A     7 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                3581 198.94   -19 
A     8 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           3579 198.83   -21 
A     9 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                3570 198.33   -30 
A T  10 Lisa Bishop - Belleville, MI               3554 197.44   -46 
A       Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              3554 197.44   -46 
A    12 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           3535 196.38   -65 
A    13 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      3525 195.83   -75 
A    14 Chele Schirmer - Bel Air, MD               3493 194.05  -107 
A    15 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          3487 193.72  -113 
A    16 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              3477 193.16  -123 
A    17 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             3470 192.77  -130 
A    18 Kim Terrell - Antioch, CA                  3469 192.72  -131 
A    19 Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             3460 192.22  -140 
A    20 Michelle Arrington - Philadelphia, PA      3423 190.16  -177 
A    21 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              3421 190.05  -179 
A    22 Maxine Nable - Australia,                  3414 189.66  -186 
A    23 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           3397 188.72  -203 
A    24 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   3376 187.55  -224 
A    25 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     3371 187.27  -229 
A    26 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             3370 187.22  -230 
A    27 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia,          3365 186.94  -235 
A    28 Carol Miller(am) - Sandusky, OH            3289 182.72  -311 
A    29 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       3240 180.00  -360 
A    30 Lacey O'Neil(am) - Raleigh, NC             3189 177.16  -411 
A    31 Jackie Snyder - Cooksville, IL             3168 176.00  -432 
A    32 Nina Cline - Cary, NC                      3147 174.83  -453 
A    33 JoAnna Judy - Wheatfield, IN               3118 173.22  -482 
A    34 Sabrina Duncan - New Orleans, LA           3037 168.72  -563





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