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      September 30, 2002:

-Kulick Thunders To The Front

09/30/2002 - PWBA
      COLUMBIA, Tenn. - With rain storms surrounding the Ebonite Galaxy Lanes Kelly Kulick, Union, NJ moved to the top of the leaderboard in round two of the Lady Ebonite Classic as fast as lightning crashing down to the earth. The Professional Women's Bowling Association Rookie of the Year completed the evening with a 232.66 average and a 2,792 pinfall.

      "In my first game tonight I struggled but I got a very good read of the lanes and decided to move deeper," said Kulick. "After that I adjusted my angles and started to get great reaction."

      Kulick, who started the night with a 189, averaged 255 in her next five games. Her 1,464 second round total was the highest of the day. For the round she averaged 244.

      "I thought the lanes would break down a lot faster on this wood surface but tonight they were hooking a lot more. On some of my shots, even when I leaked it a little right, the ball seemed to recover."

      Australian Maxine Nable moved from 13th to second trailing Kulick by 102 pins. Her tournament totals of 224.16 and 2,690 were aided by a 236.33 average in the evening session. The second year pro finished her final three games with a 714 series (259-214-251).

      Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Linden, NJ settled into third place with 224 and 2,688. Dorin-Lizzi tallied the top individual score of the second stanza with a 279 in her first game.

      Cathy's sister Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, stayed in fourth place with 220.91 and 2,651. Last week Dorin-Ballard won her second title of the 2002 campaign at the Burlington Open.

      Fellow Texas resident Shana Ray, Corpus, Christi, grabbed the fifth slot with 219.83 and 2,638. Ray was one of three players to register six games with a 210 or better.

      On Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. the last six-game qualifying round will take place. Following Tuesday morning's games the field will be cut to the top 24 for match play starting Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. Match play rounds continue with two more eight-game blocks on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. At the conclusion of match play, the top five bowlers compete on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the championship rounds. ESPN2 will tape the championships for an October 7 broadcast at 11 p.m. (ET). ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the finals on October 8 at 5:00 a.m. (ET).

QUALIFIER STANDINGS AFTER 12 GAMES 
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR- 
 
A     1 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   2792 232.66  +392 
A     2 Maxine Nable - Australia,                  2690 224.16  +290 
A     3 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             2688 224.00  +288 
A     4 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 2651 220.91  +251 
A     5 Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             2638 219.83  +238 
A     6 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              2628 219.00  +228 
A     7 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           2614 217.83  +214 
A     8 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       2604 217.00  +204 
A     9 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                2603 216.91  +203 
A    10 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     2600 216.66  +200 
A    11 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         2589 215.75  +189 
A    12 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              2585 215.41  +185 
A    13 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           2583 215.25  +183 
A    14 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              2564 213.66  +164 
A    15 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              2521 210.08  +121 
A    16 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      2505 208.75  +105 
A    17 Chele Schirmer - Bel Air, MD               2496 208.00   +96 
A    18 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              2480 206.66   +80 
A    19 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           2463 205.25   +63 
A    20 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia,          2461 205.08   +61 
A    21 Kim Terrell - Antioch, CA                  2456 204.66   +56 
A    22 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                2451 204.25   +51 
A    23 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          2450 204.16   +50 
A    24 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   2439 203.25   +39 
A    25 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             2420 201.66   +20 
A    26 Lisa Bishop - Belleville, MI               2378 198.16   -22 
A    27 Jackie Mitskavich - Dubois, PA             2343 195.25   -57 
A    28 Kathryn Whisnant - Fayetteville, NC        2334 194.50   -66 
A    29 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           2320 193.33   -80 
A    30 Jennifer Channell - Morris Chapel, TN      2311 192.58   -89 
A    31 Tammie Barker - Columbia, TN               2279 189.91  -121 
A    32 Amy Dillon - Miami, FL                     2245 187.08  -155 
A    33 Char Hammel - Brea, CA                     2214 184.50  -186 
A    34 Nina Cline - Cary, NC                      2180 181.66  -220 
A    35 JoAnna Judy - Wheatfield, IN               2135 177.91  -265 
A    36 Carol Miller(am) - Sandusky, OH            2116 176.33  -284 
A    37 Sabrina Duncan - New Orleans, LA           2097 174.75  -303 
A    38 Jeana McClure - Fairview, NC               2078 173.16  -322 
A    39 Sandy Pridemore - Huntington, WV           2026 168.83  -374 
A    40 Karen Barber - DelValle, TX                1988 165.66  -412 
A    41 Terrie Cooper - Columbia, TN               1958 163.16  -442


-New Criteria Announced For PBA Hall Of Fame

09/30/2002 - PBA
      Seattle, WA - The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Hall of Fame Board announced new requirements Monday for induction into the 27-year-old Hall, making induction the true "capstone" to PBA Tour careers.

      Membership in the PBA Hall of Fame is determined by elections in the categories of Performance, Meritorious Service, and other special categories.

      New criteria states that to be considered for election to the Performance Category a bowler must:

      a) Be retired from full-time competition on the PBA Tour for a minimum of at least five years, or reached the age of 50. - and -
      b) Won a minimum of 10 PBA Tour titles, or won two major titles.

      "The new standard is meant to strengthen and protect the honor," said PBA President/CEO Steve Miller. "Hall of fame induction in any sport is the crowning achievement of one's career. It should be reserved as such in bowling."

      Previous criteria for eligibility required a minimum of 12 years of PBA membership, three PBA Tour titles and a candidate to be at least 37 years of age in 2002. The prestigious Performance Category is reserved for candidates who qualify for consideration on the merits of their athletic achievements and houses 41 all-time PBA greats.

      Candidates can also be elected in the Meritorious Service Category. This category will continue to recognize the tireless efforts of individuals who advanced the PBA as an organization and currently houses 25 individuals.

      Finally, candidates can also be elected into special categories that the Board deems appropriate. These categories, such as the traditional Veterans/Senior, will recognize players who made a great impact on some facet of bowling. The Veterans/Senior Category, which houses 14 greats, will no longer be a part of the annual ballot but will remain as a potential special category.

      The Board was also restructured to include the following positions:
  • PBA President
  • One member of the PBA Board of Directors
  • One staff member to be appointed by the PBA President
  • Player President of the PBA
  • Three (3) members of the PBA Hall of Fame
  • Three (3) members of the Bowling Writers Association of America
  • One PBA Regional Director
      The final major change is amendment of the "mandatory" annual elections rule. Annual elections are no longer mandatory under the new framework.

      Founded in 1975 with eight initial inductees (Ray Bluth, Don Carter, Carmen Salvino, Harry Smith, Dick Weber, Billy Welu, Frank Esposito, and Chuck Pezzano), the PBA Hall of Fame continues to serve as a permanent tribute to the immortals of the sport. The 79 individuals who belong to the PBA Hall of Fame are truly the pioneers who enhanced the sport for the millions of bowling fans throughout the world. The Hall resides in the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in St. Louis, MO, and is open year-round for visitors.

PBA Hall of Fame
Performance CategoryMeritorious ServiceVeterans/Seniors
Parker Bohn III 2000
Mark Williams 1999
Pete Weber 1998
Amleto Monacelli 1997
Dave Ferraro 1997
Dave Husted 1996
Mike Aulby 1996
Walter Ray Williams Jr. 1995
David Ozio 1995
Brian Voss 1994
Wayne Webb 1993
Steve Cook 1993
Roy Buckley 1992
Paul Colwell 1991
Marshall Holman 1990
Joe Berardi 1990
Tommy Hudson 1989
Gary Dickinson 1988
Mark Roth 1987
Jim Godman 1987
George Pappas 1986
Larry Laub 1985
Mike Durbin 1984
Bill Allen 1983
Johnny Petraglia 1982
Wayne Zahn 1981
Earl Anthony 1981
Jim Stefanich 1980
Dave Soutar 1979
Nelson Burton Jr. 1979
Dick Ritger 1978
Dave Davis 1978
Don Johnson 1977
Billy Hardwick 1977
Buzz Fazio 1976
Billy Welu 1975
Dick Weber 1975
Harry Smith 1975
Carmen Salvino 1975
Don Carter 1975
Ray Bluth 1975

Jim Fitzgerald 2000
Keijiro Nakano 1999
Larry Lichstein 1996
Roger Zeller 1995
Chuck Clemens 1994
Joe Antenora 1993
Jack Reichert 1992
Al Thompson 1991
Joe Kelley 1989
John Archibald 1989
John Jowdy 1988
Raymond Firestone 1987
Dick Evans 1986
Ted Hoffman Jr. 1985
E.A. "Bud" Fisher 1984
Harry Golden 1983
Lorraine Stitzlein 1980
Joe Richards 1978
Lou Frantz 1978
Steve Nagy 1977
Chris Schenkel 1976
Eddie Elias 1976
Chuck Pezzano 1975
Frank Esposito 1975
Tom Baker 1999
Teata Semiz 1998
Ernie Schlegel 1997
Mike Limongello 1994
Skee Foremsky 1992
Don McCune 1991
Andy Marzich 1990
Jim St. John 1989
Barry Asher 1988
Mike McGrath 1988
Bob Strampe 1987
John Guenther 1986
Joe Joseph 1985
Glenn Allison 1984


-Houston Team Wins Fort Smith, Ark. Team Challenge Qualifier

09/30/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - With two American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge Grand Championship titles to his credit, Sean Swanson hopes to become the first three-time winner when the 10th Grand Championship is conducted Nov. 10-14 at the Gold Coast Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

      Swanson's Expanets team of Houston, became the 13th Grand Championship qualifier for 2002 by winning the Fort Smith, Ark., qualifying event Sept. 29 at Bowling World.

      Expanets team members Tony Yarbrough, Dan Inocencio, Mike Shoemaker, Steve Weber and Swanson defeated Team Brunswick of Rochelle, Ill. (Steve Rogers, Jason Wojnar, Mike Clark, 1990 ABC Tournament team champion Curt Aemisegger and Tom Carter), 383-370, in the two-game Baker system championship match.

      "It was a total team effort and we all stepped up and made shots when it counted," said Swanson, who won Grand Championship titles in 1994 and 1996. "I like our chances this year because this team has a good chemistry, similar to the teams I bowled with in '94 and '96."

      In the semifinal match, Team Brunswick defeated 9 Berries of Wichita, Kan. (Beau McVey, Doug Bialza, Matt McFayden, Nick Vaughn and Jake Thompson), 374-348, to advance to the final match.

      In addition to its expense-paid trip to the Grand Championship and championship rings from Keepsake, Expanets earned $2,650 ($750 for qualifying eighth, $1,100 for winning and an $800 bonus). Team Brunswick earned $1,350 ($450 for qualifying sixth and $900 for finishing second) and 9 Berries earned $1,650 ($900 for qualifying second and $750 for finishing third).

      Other finalists were: 4, Val Lanes/JG300 Pro Shop, Des Moines, Iowa, $950 (8th-$350 + $600). 5, Hammer, Pembroke Pines, Fla., $925 (7th-$400 + $525). 6, Wicks Pro Shop, Dallas, $1,050 (4th-$600 + $450). 7, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kan., $1,500 (1st-$1,100 + $400). 8, Team Ebonite/Turbo, Dallas, $875 (5th-$525 + $350).

      There was no Second Chance event.

      The Team Challenge's first visit to Bowling World attracted 30 teams from nine states.

      The final 2002 Team Challenge qualifier will be conducted Oct. 19-20 at ABC West Lanes in Mechanicsburg, Pa. For entry information contact Tom Boedecker at (800) 514-2695, ext. 3415 or visit bowl.com.

-Macpherson Controls Opening Round

09/30/2002 - PWBA
      COLUMBIA, Tenn. - Bowler of the Decade for the 1990s Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev. opened up the Lady Ebonite Classic at Galaxy Lanes with a 227.83 average and a 1,367 pinfall to take the tournament lead after six games of competition. Macpherson holds a 14-pin margin over Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Linden, NJ.

      "I was very pleased with my game today," said Macpherson. "This is my best start in the last three weeks. All my scores were over 200 and I think I had just one open frame."

      A four-time Professional Women's Bowling Association Player of the Year, Macpherson began the round with a 683 series (237-229-217). Her best score came in the fourth game when she tossed a 247.

      Dorin-Lizzi, who started the 2002 season off with three top 10s in her first four events, cranked out two scores of 250 or better (254 and 258) during her morning en route to a 225.50 average and a 1,353 pinfall. Her tournament average is 21.22 pins higher than her season average of 204.28.

      "I had a good shot in practice on Saturday and the lanes played similar today," said Dorin-Lizzi. "I was playing pretty far out {boards 3-4-5}, but by my fourth game they started to hook more so I moved in."

      Rachel Perez, San Marcos, Texas, sits in the third position with 225.16 and 1,351. Perez recorded the highest individual score with a 290 in her fifth game.

      Reigning Player of the Year Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas and Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY are tied for fourth with 224.83 and 1,349. Both players have won the Classic during their careers. Dorin-Ballard took the title in 1994 while Feldman won it in 2000 and 1998.

      Morris Chapel's (Tenn.) Jennifer Channell finished 15th (209.66, 1,258) while local PWBA'ers Tammie Barker, Columbia, Tenn. (27th - 198, 1,188) and Terrie Cooper, Columbia, Tenn. (41st - 161.83, 971) ended the day outside the top 24.

      Qualifying for the 41-women field resumes on tonight at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. the last six-game qualifying round will take place. Following Tuesday morning's games the field will be cut to the top 24 for match play starting Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. Match play rounds continue with two more eight-game blocks on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. At the conclusion of match play, the top five bowlers compete on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the championship rounds. ESPN2 will tape the championships for an October 7 broadcast at 11 p.m. (ET). ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the finals on October 8 at 5:00 a.m. (ET).

QUALIFIER STANDINGS AFTER 6 GAMES 
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR- 
____________________________________________________________________ 
A     1 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           1367 227.83  +167 
A     2 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             1353 225.50  +153 
A     3 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              1351 225.16  +151 
A T   4 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 1349 224.83  +149 
A       Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         1349 224.83  +149 
A     6 Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             1330 221.66  +130 
A     7 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   1328 221.33  +128 
A     8 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              1316 219.33  +116 
A     9 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           1304 217.33  +104 
A    10 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       1290 215.00   +90 
A    11 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                1277 212.83   +77 
A    12 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     1273 212.16   +73 
A    13 Maxine Nable - Australia,                  1272 212.00   +72 
A    14 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                1259 209.83   +59 
A    15 Jennifer Channell - Morris Chapel, TN      1258 209.66   +58 
A    16 Kim Terrell - Antioch, CA                  1249 208.16   +49 
A T  17 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              1248 208.00   +48 
A       Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          1248 208.00   +48 
A       Kathryn Whisnant - Fayetteville, NC        1248 208.00   +48 
A    20 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              1238 206.33   +38 
A    21 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   1233 205.50   +33 
A    22 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           1232 205.33   +32 
A    23 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      1229 204.83   +29 
A    24 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              1224 204.00   +24 
A    25 Jackie Mitskavich - Dubois, PA             1214 202.33   +14 
A    26 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia,          1208 201.33    +8 
A    27 Tammie Barker - Columbia, TN               1188 198.00   -12 
A    28 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             1175 195.83   -25 
A    29 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           1173 195.50   -27 
A    30 Lisa Bishop - Belleville, MI               1147 191.16   -53 
A    31 Chele Schirmer - Bel Air, MD               1135 189.16   -65 
A    32 Char Hammel - Brea, CA                     1122 187.00   -78 
A    33 Carol Miller(am) - Sandusky, OH            1097 182.83  -103 
A    34 Nina Cline - Cary, NC                      1078 179.66  -122 
A    35 Jeana McClure - Fairview, NC               1072 178.66  -128 
A    36 Sabrina Duncan - New Orleans, LA           1048 174.66  -152 
A    37 JoAnna Judy - Wheatfield, IN               1042 173.66  -158 
A    38 Amy Dillon - Miami, FL                     1033 172.16  -167 
A    39 Sandy Pridemore - Huntington, WV           1018 169.66  -182 
A    40 Karen Barber - DelValle, TX                1017 169.50  -183 
A    41 Terrie Cooper - Columbia, TN                971 161.83  -229 





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