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      September 27, 2001:

-Carolyn Dorin-Ballard Claims Title At The $50,000 Jacksonville Open

09/27/2001 - PWBA
      JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Tonight at the Cassat's Batt Bowl, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richmond Hills, Texas, earned her sixth title of the 2001 PWBA campaign and 16th of her career, after defeating Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., 234-191 in the championship match of the $50,000 Jacksonville Open.

      "What a year this has been," said Dorin-Ballard. "Sometimes things just click for me and tonight was one of those nights where I had some luck when I needed it, and I executed when I had to."

      A winner at the 1999 Jacksonville Classic, Dorin-Ballard became just the second PWBA player this season to win a tournament from the fifth seeded position. Currently she leads all PWBA players with 14 TV finals appearances in 16 tournaments. The victory also earned her a check for $9,000 adding to her league-leading $86,670.

      "Almost all of my wins this year came when I was the No. 1 seed," Dorin-Ballard said. "I knew tonight was going to be a tremendous challenge to win from the five-spot because I was facing some great competition."

      Dorin-Ballard, who needed a 181-180 win over Kelly Kullick, Union N.J., in the 42nd game of the preliminaries to qualify for the TV finals, started her charge tonight after defeating both Kullick and Tammy Turner, Ogden, Utah, 221-214-197 in the opening shootout.

      In the semi-finals, the 1998 Player of the Year controlled most the bout with Carol Gianotti-Block, Australia as she put together two stretches of four consecutive strikes in spite of leaving open frames in the sixth and eighth.

      "I was real streaky in the semi's but fortunately I had an early lead on Carol which took some pressure off," stated Dorin-Ballard. "Carol shot high this week so I knew I had to score high to beat her."

      Gianotti-Block was a tournament leader after Tuesday's fourth round and averaged a tournament-high 225.40 entering the championships. Nevertheless, in her tilt with Dorin-Ballard, she suffered a 223-175 defeat.

      A winner last week at the Storm Challenge, the No. 1 seed, Barrette took home $4,800 for a second place finish. Gianotti-Block earned $3,000 while Turner and Kullick took home $2,500 and $2,200 respectively.

      Tonight's championship round will be televised on ESPN2 on Monday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m. (EST) and October 7, at 2 p.m. (EST). The PWBA tour resumes next week in N. Myrtle Beach from September 30 to October 4 at the N. Myrtle Beach Classic.

Championship-round results, scores, earnings and playoff results:

      1. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 678 - 3 games - $9,000
      2. Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., 191 - 1 game - $4,800
      3. Carol Gianotti-Block, 175 - 1 game - $3,000
      4. Tammy Turner, Ogden, Utah, 197 - 1 game - $2,500
      5. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 214 - 1 game - $2,200

Shootout Match: Dorin-Ballard def. Kullick & Turner 221-214-197; Semi-Final Match; Dorin-Ballard def. Gianotti-Block 223-175; Championship Match; Dorin-Ballard def. Barrette 234-191.


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