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      October 07, 2002:

-March To The PBA World Championship

10/07/2002 - PBA
      Seattle, WA - For the first time in its 43-year history, the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour will add a new thread that will run through the entire season leading up to the Tour's pinnacle event.

      Throughout the 2002-03 season, players will vie for eight coveted seeds in the Tour's most prestigious and lucrative event, the season-ending 2003 PBA World Championship (Toledo, OH, March 3-9).

      The top eight bowlers heading into the tournament with the most season points will earn an automatic match play berth. These elite players will skip the 18-game qualifier and early elimination rounds and head straight for a reserved spot in the round of 16. The season's best will then take on the eight remaining bowlers from the tournament's previous elimination rounds in a best-of-five games format. The winners advance to the quarterfinals with a chance to crack the ESPN semifinal round.

      "This gives the PBA Tour a true suspenseful element leading up to the season-ending championship," said PBA President/CEO Steve Miller. "Last year we set a defined season schedule for the first time in bowling. Now, the season is tied together by a common thread leading up to the World Championship title."

      The 2002-03 PBA Tour season includes 22 tournaments (four majors) and runs from September-March. The U.S. portion of the schedule begins this week, Oct. 9-13, with the PBA Wichita (Kan.) Open at Northrock Lanes. ESPN will televise the finals live on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 1-2:30 p.m. (ET).


-Adler Takes Command In Round Two

10/07/2002 - PWBA
      PASADENA, Texas. - Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla. bowled her way to the top of the standings sheet after two rounds at the Greater Pasadena Open at Diamond Lanes. Adler is averaging 236.66 with a 2,840 pinfall after 12 games. She leads Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla. and Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY by 46-pins.

      "After splitting hairs to get a strike for the last three weeks it was nice to take advantage of some good ball reaction," said Adler.

      "I used two balls all day and hopefully the lanes won't change much tomorrow so I can stay with the same kind of ball."

      Adler registered five of six games with a score of 213 or better. She ended the evening with a 715 series (190-279-246).

      Aided by a 243.66 second round average, Gaines moved up from eighth into a tie for second. The Florida resident notched the highest six-game block of the day with a 1,462 pinfall. For the tournament she is averaging 232.83 and 2,794.

      "I didn't think I bowled well this morning. It felt like everything was out of whack," said Gaines. "Tonight I went back to some of the basics."

      Although she fell back one spot Johnson put out another strong performance averaging 225.5 in round two and starting off with a 720 series (237-221-262).

      Rachel Perez, San Marcos, Texas jumped one place to fourth with 232.66 and 2,792. Perez posted the highest individual score of round one with a 289. Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. bested Perez in her first game of the night with a 297.

      Barrette's tally was one of seven scores on the evening that were above 270 including a 290 and a 289 by Shana Ray, Corpus, Christi, Texas.

      Local prospects Barbara Bias, Houston, Texas and Mary Jo Cox, Houston ended the stanza in 25th (200.75 and 2,409) and 29th (183.50 and 2,202) respectively.

      On Tuesday, Oct. 8, 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. 9 at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. At the conclusion of match play, the top five bowlers compete on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the championship rounds. ESPN2 will tape the championships for an October 14 broadcast at 10 p.m. (ET). ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the finals on October 20 at 4:30 p.m. (ET).

QUALIFIER STANDINGS AFTER 12 GAMES 
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR- 
 
A     1 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      2840 236.66  +440 
A T   2 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                2794 232.83  +394 
A       Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              2794 232.83  +394 
A     4 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              2792 232.66  +392 
A     5 Kim Terrell - Antioch, CA                  2766 230.50  +366 
A     6 Maxine Nable - Australia,                  2763 230.25  +363 
A     7 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 2742 228.50  +342 
A     8 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia,          2713 226.08  +313 
A     9 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   2681 223.41  +281 
A    10 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          2678 223.16  +278 
A    11 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           2673 222.75  +273 
A    12 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         2669 222.41  +269 
A    13 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             2644 220.33  +244 
A    14 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           2637 219.75  +237 
A    15 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              2632 219.33  +232 
A    16 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           2626 218.83  +226 
A    17 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   2624 218.66  +224 
A    18 Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             2609 217.41  +209 
A    19 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           2601 216.75  +201 
A    20 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              2557 213.08  +157 
A    21 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                2546 212.16  +146 
A    22 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              2510 209.16  +110 
A    23 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     2496 208.00   +96 
A    24 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             2494 207.83   +94 
A    25 Barbara Bias - Houston, TX                 2409 200.75    +9 
A    26 Brinda Burks(am) - Bossier City, LA        2384 198.66   -16 
A    27 Michelle Silver - West Los Angeles, CA     2381 198.41   -19 
A    28 Amy Dillon - Miami, FL                     2374 197.83   -26 
A    29 Mary Jo Cox(am) - Houston, TX              2202 183.50  -198 
A    30 JoAnna Judy - Wheatfield, IN               2174 181.16  -226 
A    31 Christina Wickey - Lemon Grove, CA         2146 178.83  -254 
A    32 Sabrina Duncan - New Orleans, LA           2140 178.33  -260 
A    33 Renee Lisle - Joplin, MO                   2027 168.91  -373 
A    34 Kristen Krol(am) - Alvin, TX               1951 162.58  -449


-Johnson Grabs First Round Lead

10/07/2002 - PWBA
      PASADENA, Texas. - Fresh off her victory last week at the Lady Ebonite Classic, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY took control of round one at the Greater Pasadena Open. Johnson averaged 240.16 with a 1,441 pinfall to take the top spot on the leaderboard after six games.

      "The lanes played very similar to the way they were playing in practice yesterday," said Johnson. "Usually they are a little tighter the next day."

      Johnson, who last week defeated Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. 205-198 to earn her 11th career title, got her morning started with a 724 series (232-246-246).

      "I could tell right away that the scores were going to be a lot higher than they were last week so making good shots and picking up spares is going to be important if I want to stay among the leaders."

      Kim Adler trails Johnson by one pin with totals of 240 and 1,440. Adler closed out her session with a 763 series (258-247-258). The 15-time titlest is in pursuit of her second championship of the 2002 campaign after winning the St. Clair Classic in May.

      Kim Terrell sits in the third slot with 237.83 and 1,427. Following opening scores of 208 and 215, Terrell averaged 251. The 2001 WIBC Queens champion notched the top series of the round with a finishing 758 (258-266-234).

      Player of the Year Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas is fourth with 236.16 and 1,417 while Rachel Perez, San Marcos, Texas is fifth with 233.66 and 1,402. Perez posted the highest individual score of the block with a 289.

      Local prospects Barbara Bias, Houston, Texas and Mary Jo Cox, Houston ended the stanza in 24th (200.16 and 1,201) and 32nd (167 and 1002) respectively.

      Qualifying for the 34-women field resumes on tonight at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Oct. 8, 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. 9 at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. At the conclusion of match play, the top five bowlers compete on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the championship rounds. ESPN2 will tape the championships for an October 14 broadcast at 10 p.m. (ET). ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the finals on October 20 at 4:30 p.m. (ET).

QUALIFIER STANDINGS AFTER 6 GAMES 
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR- 
 
A     1 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              1441 240.16  +241 
A     2 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      1440 240.00  +240 
A     3 Kim Terrell - Antioch, CA                  1427 237.83  +227 
A     4 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 1417 236.16  +217 
A     5 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              1402 233.66  +202 
A     6 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          1378 229.66  +178 
A     7 Maxine Nable - Australia,                  1360 226.66  +160 
A     8 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                1332 222.00  +132 
A     9 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   1312 218.66  +112 
A    10 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         1303 217.16  +103 
A    11 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     1299 216.50   +99 
A    12 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           1284 214.00   +84 
A    13 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   1278 213.00   +78 
A    14 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           1267 211.16   +67 
A    15 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia,          1266 211.00   +66 
A T  16 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             1258 209.66   +58 
A       Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                1258 209.66   +58 
A    18 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              1244 207.33   +44 
A    19 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             1229 204.83   +29 
A    20 Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             1225 204.16   +25 
A    21 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           1224 204.00   +24 
A    22 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              1223 203.83   +23 
A    23 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              1212 202.00   +12 
A T  24 Barbara Bias - Houston, TX                 1201 200.16    +1 
A       Michelle Silver - West Los Angeles, CA     1201 200.16    +1 
A    26 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           1186 197.66   -14 
A    27 Amy Dillon - Miami, FL                     1184 197.33   -16 
A    28 JoAnna Judy - Wheatfield, IN               1142 190.33   -58 
A    29 Brinda Burks(am) - Bossier City, LA        1130 188.33   -70 
A    30 Renee Lisle - Joplin, MO                   1090 181.66  -110 
A    31 Christina Wickey - Lemon Grove, CA         1018 169.66  -182 
A    32 Mary Jo Cox(am) - Houston, TX              1002 167.00  -198 
A    33 Sabrina Duncan - New Orleans, LA           1001 166.83  -199 
A    34 Kristen Krol(am) - Alvin, TX                964 160.66  -236 


-Early Report Shows Increase In ABC Memberships Processed

10/07/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - Seven weeks into the 2002-03 bowling season, the American Bowling Congress has experienced a 3.9% increase in the number of memberships processed by the Bowling Headquarters staff here.

      "It's far too early to predict our 23-year trend of membership decline is over," said ABC Executive Director Roger Dalkin, "but the early membership processing figures are a clear sign that the high-speed electronic membership services we have developed over the past few years are working. The processing figures mean more of our members are receiving their membership cards and all of the benefits that go along with membership much earlier than they have in years past."

      As of Oct. 4, 552,184 memberships had been processed compared to 531,285 on the same date a year earlier. Those figures really come into focus, however, when compared to the manual processing programs that were in place in prior years. During the 1997-98 season, only 28,993 memberships had been recorded as of the first week in October.

      While the early numbers are favorable, Dalkin said it is far too early to predict how many members ABC will have at year's end. ABC ended its 2001-02 fiscal year July 31 with 1,694,248 members, 73,000 fewer than the previous year.

      "ABC is doing everything possible to stem the losses in membership in organized, sanctioned league competition," Dalkin said. "We won't be happy until we reverse the trend and show a sustained period of growth. Whether or not ABC membership can experience its first year of growth since 1979-80 remains to be seen.

      "What I can promise is that ABC is doing all it can to be an organization that all bowlers will want to join.





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