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      September 24, 2002:

-Dorin-Ballard Gets The Party Started At Burlington Open

09/24/2002 - PWBA
      BURLINGTON, N.C. - On a day when tough lane conditions created havoc for the best women bowlers in the world Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas seized control of the leaderboard at the Burlington Open at Country Club Lanes West by averaging 208.66 with a 1,878 pinfall. The reigning PWBA Player of the Year holds a six-pin lead over Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla.

      "They were tough today," Dorin-Ballard said about the lanes. "I changed balls about the third or fourth game and didn't switch the rest of the day."

      "I moved a little deeper and started to get a better reaction, but on a day like today you have to hope for a few doubles and make your spares. My big games pretty much carried my round."

      Dorin-Ballard started the nine game session off with a 168 but quickly recovered with a 203 and a 257. The 18-time champion best series came when she strung together scores of 256-204-213. She was the only competitor in the field to post two scores of 256 or better.

      "I had a lot shots that hit the pocket light," said Gaines, who finished with 208 and 1,872.

      "The oil pattern started to open up as the round progressed. The lanes were hooking a lot more in the front and were much tighter in the back. I ended up changing balls and throwing a straighter shot."

      Gaines notched the top series of the field with a 696 (246-234-216) in her first three games. The former TEAM USA member has her sites set on making her second consecutive stepladder finals. This season she is tied with Dorin-Ballard and Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. for the third most televised finals appearances with six.

      Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev. sits in the third slot with 207 and 1,863. Davidson has been making her way back into the tour's top 25 in the last four PWBA stops. The lefthander was forced to miss six tournaments earlier in the year due to a back injury she suffered at the St. Clair Classic.

      East coasters Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY and Kelly Kulick, Union, NJ rounded out the top five as the pair tied for fourth with 204.44 and 1,840.

      Area competitors including Lacey O'Neil (25th- 183.55 and 1,652, 205 - Raleigh), Nina Cline (31st - 175 and 1,575 - Cary) finished the day in contention to make the top 24 cut.

      Qualifying for the 34-woman field resumes Monday at 11.am. with another nine-game block. Following Monday's action the field will be cut to the top 24. 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 9 GAMES 
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR- 
 
A     1 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 1878 208.66   +78 
A     2 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                1872 208.00   +72 
A     3 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              1863 207.00   +63 
A T   4 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              1840 204.44   +40 
A       Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   1840 204.44   +40 
A     6 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         1836 204.00   +36 
A     7 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           1829 203.22   +29 
A     8 Chele Schirmer - Bel Air, MD               1826 202.88   +26 
A     9 Lisa Bishop - Belleville, MI               1816 201.77   +16 
A    10 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             1808 200.88    +8 
A    11 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      1792 199.11    -8 
A    12 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           1774 197.11   -26 
A    13 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           1773 197.00   -27 
A    14 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                1758 195.33   -42 
A    15 Maxine Nable - Australia,                  1736 192.88   -64 
A    16 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              1722 191.33   -78 
A T  17 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             1721 191.22   -79 
A       Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              1721 191.22   -79 
A    19 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   1702 189.11   -98 
A    20 Michelle Arrington - Philadelphia, PA      1689 187.66  -111 
A    21 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           1684 187.11  -116 
A T  22 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       1672 185.77  -128 
A       Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             1672 185.77  -128 
A    24 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          1671 185.66  -129 
A    25 Lacey O'Neil(am) - Raleigh, NC             1652 183.55  -148 
A    26 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              1651 183.44  -149 
A    27 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     1632 181.33  -168 
A    28 Kim Terrell - Antioch, CA                  1615 179.44  -185 
A    29 Carol Miller(am) - Sandusky, OH            1614 179.33  -186 
A    30 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia,          1595 177.22  -205 
A    31 Nina Cline - Cary, NC                      1575 175.00  -225 
A    32 Jackie Snyder - Cooksville, IL             1518 168.66  -282 
A T  33 Sabrina Duncan - New Orleans, LA           1505 167.22  -295 
A       JoAnna Judy - Wheatfield, IN               1505 167.22  -295 


-Johnson Strengthens Lead At Burlington Open

09/24/2002 - PWBA
      BURLINGTON, N.C. - Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY increased her lead to 160 pins in the third round of the Burlington Open. The former TEAM USA member aided her cause with a 9-3-0 match play record (Ed. note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds). After 30 games she is averaging 211.26 with a 6,608 pinfall.

      "I was a little nervous when I got started with a 188, but I calmed down in the second and third matches and from there was able to settle into the same kind of rhythm I was in yesterday."

      Johnson followed her opening score with victories over Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas (241-200) and Michelle Feldman (247-199). Of her nine wins, six came against opponents in the tournaments top 10.

      "On this kind of oil pattern it's so easy to have a bad game. Making good shots and picking up spares is going to be the difference in almost every match," said Johnson.

      Trailing Johnson and in second place is Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. Barrette posted the top match play record of the round with a 10-2-0. The five time Women's International Bowling Congress All-American is averaging 204.93 and 6,448. Barrette leads the PWBA with three titles this season -- the most recent coming last week at the Three Rivers Open.

      "Today I was trying not to overpower the lanes and let the ball do more of the work," said Barrette. "Winning matches is always important, but in low scoring tournaments it's crucial."

      Entering this week Barrette's career earnings stood at $993,318. A victory in Burlington would help her become the fourth PWBA'er ever to surpass the million-dollar mark.

      Dorin-Ballard sits in the third position with 205.60 and 6,438. The reigning PWBA Player of the Year went 9-3-0 on the day. Dorin-Ballard leads Kelly Kulick (206 and 6,390) by 48-pins.

      Kulick, who went 7-5-0, started the session with six consecutive victories before losing 206-197 to Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Mich.

      Bowler of the Decade for the 1990s Wendy Macpherson holds the final championship round spot with totals of 204.13 and 6,364. Macpherson went 8-4-0.

      With 12 more head to head games in round four and 360 potential bonus pins available, at least 10 players that trail Macpherson have a shot at making the stepladder finals on Thursday.

      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 September 26 at 3 p.m. ESPN2 will televise the event on September 30 at 10 p.m. (ET).

MATCH PLAY STANDINGS AFTER 30 GAMES 
                                          BLOCK TOTALS                          TOTAL 
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN             QUAL   1    2    3    4   PINS   AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE 
 
 1 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY   3751 1306 1281    0    0  6338 211.26  9- 3- 0  6608  +608 
 2 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, C 3579 1269 1300    0    0  6148 204.93 10- 2- 0  6448  +448 
 3 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Rich 3673 1255 1240    0    0  6168 205.60  9- 3- 0  6438  +438 
 4 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ        3696 1279 1205    0    0  6180 206.00  7- 5- 0  6390  +390 
 5 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, N 3715 1151 1258    0    0  6124 204.13  8- 4- 0  6364  +364 
 6 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, 3613 1261 1159    0    0  6033 201.10  6- 6- 0  6213  +213 
 7 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI    3554 1193 1250    0    0  5997 199.90  5- 7- 0  6147  +147 
 8 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA   3555 1120 1207    0    0  5882 196.06  8- 4- 0  6122  +122 
 9 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton,  3487 1233 1237    0    0  5957 198.56  5- 7- 0  6107  +107 
10 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL     3581 1221 1158    0    0  5960 198.66  4- 7- 1  6095   +95 
11 Dede Davidson-Las Vegas, NV   3665 1110 1143    0    0  5918 197.26  5- 7- 0  6068   +68 
12 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX     3570 1141 1220    0    0  5931 197.70  4- 7- 1  6066   +66 
13 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL           3525 1235 1117    0    0  5877 195.90  6- 6- 0  6057   +57 
14 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, N 3535 1272 1115    0    0  5922 197.40  4- 8- 0  6042   +42 
15 Shana Ray-Corpus Christi, TX  3460 1179 1184    0    0  5823 194.10  6- 6- 0  6003    +3 
16 Chele Schirmer-Bel Air, MD    3493 1193 1132    0    0  5818 193.93  6- 6- 0  5998    -2 
17 Laura Lee Daniel-Corona, CA   3421 1202 1164    0    0  5787 192.90  7- 5- 0  5997    -3 
18 Kim Terrell-Antioch, CA       3469 1268 1138    0    0  5875 195.83  4- 8- 0  5995    -5 
19 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT        3376 1224 1180    0    0  5780 192.66  6- 6- 0  5960   -40 
20 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX   3477 1108 1161    0    0  5746 191.53  5- 7- 0  5896  -104 
21 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ  3470 1130 1099    0    0  5699 189.96  6- 6- 0  5879  -121 
22 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, I 3397 1174 1144    0    0  5715 190.50  5- 7- 0  5865  -135 
23 Maxine Nable-Australia,       3414 1037 1164    0    0  5615 187.16  6- 6- 0  5795  -205 
24 Michelle Arrington-Philadelph 3423 1174 1084    0    0  5681 189.36  2-10- 0  5741  -259





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