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      October 08, 2002:

-Adler Regains Top Spot

10/08/2002 - PWBA
      PASADENA, Texas. - She didn't have her "A" game for parts the night but Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla. did just enough to regain the tournament lead at the Greater Pasadena Open at Diamond Lanes. Adler ended the evening session with a 5-3-0 match play record (Ed. note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds), a 231.92 average and a 6,180 pinfall.

      "The key for me is I got off to a strong start with three straight wins," said Adler. "Getting pins early really helped my total because the rest of the night I just kind of hung in there."

      "If you look at my score sheet I had a lot of 190s and 200s thrown at me. Fortunately when I didn't put up a high score most of the other leaders didn't have big games either."

      Adler opened up the six-game block with a 743 series (258-259-226). Of her five victories, three came against players among the tournament's top 10.

      Rachel Perez, San Marcos, Texas stayed in second place despite a 4-4-0 effort. Following a 278 in her fifth game, the Texas native had produced her third game of the tournament with a score of 270 or higher. Perez completed the round with totals of 232.57 and 6,167.

      "I had two really bad games because I was stubborn and didn't move in or make a ball change," she said. "I was proud of myself because I recovered pretty well after those games but those scores cost me a little tonight."

      Trailing Perez and in third place is Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY. Feldman equaled the best record of the night with a 7-1-0 mark. After 26 games the 10-time titlest is averaging 227.84 and 6,134. She was the only player during the round to notch three games with a 270 or higher including the evening's top score of 280.

      "The lanes all played very similar for me," said Feldman. "I had great ball reaction and didn't run into any pairs that I had to worry about making an adjustment."

      Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY fell back one spot to fourth with 3-5-0, 231.76 and 6,116. Johnson has been among the top five throughout the tournament. The former TEAM USA member is seeking her second consecutive title after winning last week at the Lady Ebonite Classic.

      Marianne DiRupo rounded out the top five with 3-5-0, 230.23 and 6,076.

      High scoring has been a theme most of the week especially during the fourth round. Thirty-seven times a player tossed a score of 230 or higher and still lost the match.

      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).

MATCH PLAY STANDINGS AFTER 26 GAMES 
                                            BLOCK TOTALS                        TOTAL 
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                  QUAL   1    2    3   PINS   AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE 
 
 1 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                4223 1807    0    0  6030 231.92  5- 3- 0  6180  +980 
 2 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX        4299 1748    0    0  6047 232.57  4- 4- 0  6167  +967 
 3 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   4022 1902    0    0  5924 227.84  7- 1- 0  6134  +934 
 4 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY        4226 1800    0    0  6026 231.76  3- 5- 0  6116  +916 
 5 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     4148 1838    0    0  5986 230.23  3- 5- 0  6076  +876 
 6 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       4098 1839    0    0  5937 228.34  4- 4- 0  6057  +857 
 7 Kim Terrell-Antioch, CA            4177 1743    0    0  5920 227.69  4- 4- 0  6040  +840 
 8 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL          4305 1689    0    0  5994 230.53  1- 7- 0  6024  +824 
 9 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton, FL    4056 1823    0    0  5879 226.11  4- 4- 0  5999  +799 
10 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             3954 1865    0    0  5819 223.80  6- 2- 0  5999  +799 
11 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  4096 1794    0    0  5890 226.53  3- 5- 0  5980  +780 
12 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ             3863 1818    0    0  5681 218.50  7- 1- 0  5891  +691 
13 Dede Davidson-Las Vegas, NV        3782 1912    0    0  5694 219.00  6- 2- 0  5874  +674 
14 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     3976 1805    0    0  5781 222.34  3- 5- 0  5871  +671 
15 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     4017 1727    0    0  5744 220.92  4- 4- 0  5864  +664 
16 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA        3903 1831    0    0  5734 220.53  4- 4- 0  5854  +654 
17 Laura Lee Daniel-Corona, CA        3873 1811    0    0  5684 218.61  4- 4- 0  5804  +604 
18 Carol Gianotti-Block-Australia,    4008 1692    0    0  5700 219.23  3- 5- 0  5790  +590 
19 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, IN     3905 1751    0    0  5656 217.53  4- 4- 0  5776  +576 
20 Shana Ray-Corpus Christi, TX       3767 1800    0    0  5567 214.11  6- 2- 0  5747  +547 
21 Maxine Nable-Australia,            4108 1590    0    0  5698 219.15  1- 7- 0  5728  +528 
22 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ       3767 1633    0    0  5400 207.69  3- 4- 1  5505  +305 
23 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma City,  3716 1628    0    0  5344 205.53  4- 4- 0  5464  +264 
24 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX          3674 1565    0    0  5239 201.50  2- 5- 1  5314  +114


-Women's United States Open Bowling Championship Moved To The 2003 Schedule

10/08/2002 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, ILL. - Professional Women's Bowling Association President John Falzone announced today that the Women's United States Open Bowling Championship will be moved into the 2003 PWBA schedule.

      Although no official date has been set for the event, the Open is likely to be included in the spring/summer swing of next year. The tournament is slated to be a 90-minute, live telecast on ESPN.

      "Due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, our originally scheduled U.S. Open in December had to be moved to the first half of next season," said Falzone. "We are very confident that we will be able to release a date and location in the next 30 days."

      The U.S. Open is one of the premiere events during the PWBA season. In 2001, Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif. was part of history as the nine-time titlest posted victories in the opening shootout and the semi-finals before defeating Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nevada 234-220 in the championship match. Terrell took home a first place check worth $55,000 - the largest ever in a women's pro bowling event.

      The Professional Women's Bowling Association, founded in 1981 as the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour, provides a professional tournament program for the most skilled women bowlers in the world. The PWBA's key corporate sponsors include the Women's International Bowling Congress, Travelodge Hotels Inc., Miller Brewing Company and more than a dozen other bowling industry sponsors.


-Gaines Leads After Three

10/08/2002 - PWBA
      PASADENA, Texas. - After 18 games at the Greater Pasadena Open at Diamond Lanes, Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla. is the tournament leader with a 239.16 average and a 4,305 pinfall. Gaines leads Rachel Perez, San Marcos, Texas by six pins.

      "The high scoring tournaments are actually tougher for most of us," said Gaines. "You feel like you have to strike on every shot. That's the hard part, because if you're not striking you have to figure out why and how to adjust quickly."

      Gaines has been one of the PWBA's top performers this season. The fifth year pro has made appeared in the championship round in two of the last three tournaments and seven times this year. During the morning session she recorded the best six-game pinfall with a 251.83 average and a 1,511 pinfall.

      Starting off the round with a 757 series (232-289-236), Perez bumped up one spot to the second position and finished with 238.83 and 4,299. Of the Texans' 18 games, six scores have been 250 or higher.

      "I made a few adjustments from yesterday to today, but for the most part I have had a good look for the last two days," she said.

      Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY is a close third with 234.77 and 4.226. Johnson led the tournament after round one and has not been out of the top three throughout the event. The 11-time titlest is coming off a victory last week at the Lady Ebonite Classic.

      Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla. dropped back three spots to fourth with 234.77 and 4,223 while Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif, stayed in fifth with 232.05 and 4,177.

      High game of the day belonged to Carol Gianotti-Block, Australia, who tossed a 300 in her fourth game of the round. It was her 19th perfect game of her career. Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond Okla. made the biggest move on the standings sheet going from 13th to 8th with 227.66 and 4,098.

      Karen Stroud, Victoria, Texas was the last top 24 cut with 204.11 and 3,674. Michelle Silver was the last to cash with 197.50 and 3,555.

      The top 24 start match play 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 18 GAMES 
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR- 
 
A     1 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                4305 239.16  +705 
A     2 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              4299 238.83  +699 
A     3 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              4226 234.77  +626 
A     4 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      4223 234.61  +623 
A     5 Kim Terrell - Antioch, CA                  4177 232.05  +577 
A     6 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           4148 230.44  +548 
A     7 Maxine Nable - Australia,                  4108 228.22  +508 
A     8 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             4098 227.66  +498 
A     9 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 4096 227.55  +496 
A    10 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          4056 225.33  +456 
A    11 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         4022 223.44  +422 
A    12 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           4017 223.16  +417 
A    13 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia,          4008 222.66  +408 
A    14 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           3976 220.88  +376 
A    15 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   3954 219.66  +354 
A    16 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           3905 216.94  +305 
A    17 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              3903 216.83  +303 
A    18 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              3873 215.16  +273 
A    19 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   3863 214.61  +263 
A    20 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              3782 210.11  +182 
A T  21 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             3767 209.27  +167 
A       Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             3767 209.27  +167 
A    23 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     3716 206.44  +116 
A    24 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                3674 204.11   +74 
A    25 Michelle Silver - West Los Angeles, CA     3555 197.50   -45 
A    26 Amy Dillon - Miami, FL                     3553 197.38   -47 
A    27 Barbara Bias - Houston, TX                 3528 196.00   -72 
A    28 Brinda Burks(am) - Bossier City, LA        3500 194.44  -100 
A    29 Christina Wickey - Lemon Grove, CA         3303 183.50  -297 
A    30 Mary Jo Cox(am) - Houston, TX              3290 182.77  -310 
A    31 Sabrina Duncan - New Orleans, LA           3210 178.33  -390 
A    32 Renee Lisle - Joplin, MO                   3145 174.72  -455 
A    33 JoAnna Judy - Wheatfield, IN (WD-14 Gms)   2457 175.50  -343 
A    34 Kristen Krol(am) - Alvin, TX (WD-12 Gms)   1951 162.58  -449





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