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      October 10, 2001:

-Macpherson Earns No. 1 Seed In Columbia 300 Open

10/10/2001 - PWBA
      LANCASTER, OH - Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nevada claimed the top seeded position Wednesday night at the $75,000 Columbia 300 Open. The reigning PWBA Player of the Year chalked up a 9,693 pin fall and an 219.35 average to earn her second No. 1 seed of the 2001 campaign.

      "I very pleased with the way I performed this week," said Macpherson. "I've had some trouble in the last few tournaments closing out the final rounds with good scores. Tonight I was very relaxed and played without pressure."

      Macpherson led almost all scorers in Wednesday evening's sixth round with a 1,756 tally. She finished the 42-game preliminaries with a 374-pin lead over Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif.

      A finalist in eight tournaments this season, Macpherson is seeking her first title of 2001. The 1990s Player of the Decade currently ranks fifth in earnings, fourth in competition points and fifth in averages.

      "Tonight seemed to be ideal conditions for a lot of us. We had a 300 game and several high scores so it should set up for a great finals on Thursday."

      Barrette, who started the evening in 14th place, 236 pins off the top five, finished with the strongest round of the night by blasting off 1,973 pins. The 23-time titlest closed out her last five games averaging 251 including rolling the tournament's only 300 game.

      Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J, ended the qualifying period in third position with a 9,294 total. For Kulick, the TV appearance will be her fourth of 2001. Closing out the top five are Anne Marie Duggan (9,227) and Cheryl Daniels (9,216).

      Tonight's top five will compete for the Columbia 300 Open title on Thursday (Oct. 11) at 7 p.m. ESPN2 will tape the stepladder finals and later broadcast them on Monday, October 15, at 8:00 p.m. (EST).

Match Play Standings After 42 Games:
                                             BLOCK TOTALS                        TOTAL
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                  QUAL   1    2    3   PINS   AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE
  1 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     3883 1733 1841 1756  9213 219.35 16- 8- 0  9693 +1293
  2 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     3696 1665 1595 1973  8929 212.59 13-11- 0  9319  +919
  3 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ             3734 1842 1624 1704  8904 212.00 13-11- 0  9294  +894
  4 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       3782 1736 1531 1758  8807 209.69 14-10- 0  9227  +827
  5 Cheryl Daniels-West Bloomfield, MI 3758 1685 1678 1690  8811 209.78 13-10- 1  9216  +816
  6 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton, FL    3611 1686 1664 1769  8730 207.85 15- 9- 0  9180  +780  $2,500
  7 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI         3846 1696 1605 1710  8857 210.88 10-13- 1  9172  +772  $2,400
  8 Kim Terrell-Daly City, CA          3751 1555 1724 1694  8724 207.71 14-10- 0  9144  +744  $2,300
  9 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  3773 1627 1693 1629  8722 207.66 13-10- 1  9127  +727  $2,200
 10 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             3724 1798 1518 1720  8760 208.57 11-11- 2  9120  +720  $2,100
 11 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL          3646 1646 1707 1768  8767 208.73 11-13- 0  9097  +697  $2,000
 12 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   3779 1784 1536 1658  8757 208.50  9-14- 1  9042  +642  $1,900
 13 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY        3814 1608 1617 1636  8675 206.54 11-13- 0  9005  +605  $1,800
 14 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                3767 1685 1601 1526  8579 204.26 11-12- 1  8924  +524  $1,750
 15 Jennifer Swanson-Shelton, CT       3731 1563 1611 1666  8571 204.07 10-13- 1  8886  +486  $1,700
 16 Cara Honeychurch-Australia,        3621 1595 1637 1587  8440 200.95 14-10- 0  8860  +460  $1,650
 17 Tennelle Grijalva-Orange, CA       3755 1633 1502 1617  8507 202.54 10-13- 1  8822  +422  $1,625
 18 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX        3678 1684 1505 1605  8472 201.71 11-13- 0  8802  +402  $1,600
 19 Maxine Nable-Australia,            3547 1593 1565 1641  8346 198.71 13-10- 1  8751  +351  $1,575
 20 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     3613 1778 1485 1544  8420 200.47 10-14- 0  8720  +320  $1,550
 21 Janette Piesczynski-Cheektowaga, N 3686 1689 1383 1527  8285 197.26 14-10- 0  8705  +305  $1,525
 22 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX          3682 1475 1413 1736  8306 197.76 11-13- 0  8636  +236  $1,500
 23 Carol Gianotti-Block-Australia,    3660 1581 1452 1626  8319 198.07  9-15- 0  8589  +189  $1,475
 24 Karen Bowlby-Logan, OH             3615 1518 1550 1397  8080 192.38  7-17- 0  8290  -110  $1,450


-WIBC Hall Of Fame Welcomes Trio

10/10/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      Three individuals have been elected into the Women's International Bowling Congress Hall of Fame. They include Nancy Chapman, Oneida, Wis., for meritorious service, and professional bowlers Cheryl Daniels, West Bloomfield, Mich., and Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., for superior performance. The three will be inducted in April at the 2002 WIBC Annual Meeting in Milwaukee.

      Chapman, a WIBC Annual Meeting delegate for 33 years and a WIBC director for 14 years, also has held the national offices of WIBC 5th, 6th and 7th vice presidents for a total of six years, as well as sergeant-at-arms for five years.

      Her bowling accolades include induction into the Green Bay Women's Bowling Association and Wisconsin WBA Halls of Fame. Chapman also has received the National Women Bowling Writers' Mary Janetto and Jo Ettien Lieber awards. The Mary Janetto Award is presented to an NWBW member for outstanding promotion of local bowling. The Jo Ettien Leiber Award is presented for distinguished service to the game of American tenpins.

      Having served WIBC at various levels for more than 40 years, Chapman is a WIBC Member Emerita. Her current service to women's bowling includes holding positions as NWBW first vice president and Badger State Bowling Council president. She was founder of the Wisconsin Women Bowling Writers in 1975, and serves as editor of the Wisconsin newsletter Bowling Action.

      A Professional Women's Bowling Association member for more than 20 years, Daniels is recognized for her outstanding achievements.

      Her on-lanes bowling accolades include 10 professional titles, including the 1995 Bowling Proprietors' Association of America U.S. Open in Blaine, Minn. She currently is ranked 11th in PWBA career earnings with more than $700,000.

      Daniels' other top bowling titles include a 1995 WIBC Championship Tournament Classic Division Team championship, the 1979 Michigan State University Spartan Masters and 1978 All-American Youth Championships. Daniels has been honored as a two-time WIBC All-American and has been inducted into both the Detroit and Michigan WBA Halls of Fame.

      A two-time Professional Women's Bowling Association Player of the Year, Johnson is one of the most popular women in professional bowling. She recently became the third pro bowler to bank more than $1 million in career earnings.

      Johnson's professional career spans 21 years and includes 24 titles. Her most recent pro title was the $50,000 Wheelchair Awareness Classic at Country Club Bowl, Mesa, Ariz., June 7. She is best recognized for her unique delivery and extraordinary talent.

      Johnson's bowling accolades include several awards such as 1990 Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the year, Bowling Magazine's Bowler of the 1990s, 1980 WIBC Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow, WIBC National High Average, PWBA High Average, WIBC All-American and Bowler's Journal All-American. In 1996, Johnson became the first woman to win the Super Hoinke Classic $100,000 first prize. She was inducted into the Women's Professional Bowling Hall of Fame in 1998.


-United States Bowling Association Legislation Will Not Be Presented In 2002

10/10/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      The United States Bowling Association Structure and Transition Ad Hoc Committees studying the possible consolidation of major amateur bowling organizations are nearing completion of their work. Although the committees were working toward completion of a comprehensive proposal for presentation to the American Bowling Congress, Women's International Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance, Bowling Inc. and USA Bowling boards of directors this fall, Structure Ad Hoc Committee Co-Chair Mitch Mitchell explained the decision to present only an interim report at this time.

      "The Committee agreed from the beginning that only a thoroughly-developed proposal would be presented to the boards for action," Mitchell stated, "We're almost there, but we have significant areas that still need extensive discussion."

      It will be at least fall 2002 before the detailed proposal would be presented to the boards and 2003 before action could be taken by ABC and WIBC convention delegates.

      Mitchell said it is the committee's vision that the national organizations would lead by example to consolidate governance and management first. States and locals would follow at a later date.

      Although the final proposal will not be completed in time for a vote during the fall board meetings, the Ad Hoc Committees are working toward presenting an interim proposal to the national organizations.

      Following the presentations, a summary report will be available to the membership. Another interim status report will be presented to the Boards and to the delegates at their spring meetings.

      "We are still getting a great deal of feedback from the field which continues to guide much of our discussion," Structure Ad Hoc Committee Co-Chair Joan Feinblum said. "And even though we are struggling with several complex issues, you can feel the energy and excitement rise as we get closer to finalizing a proposal."

      The single membership organization feasibility study was started jointly in January 2000 to consolidate ABC, WIBC, YABA, USA Bowling and Bowling Inc. Recommendations regarding the single membership organization concept should be directed to: Therese Abair, Project Manager, Single Membership Organization/USBA, P.O. Box 221304, West Palm Beach, FL 33422, Fax: (801) 751-1561; e-mail: [email protected].


-Puerto Rico's Ayala, Colombia's Gomez Lead Initial 2001 FIQ American Zone Player Ratings

10/10/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      Puerto Rico's Michelle Ayala and Colombia's Andres Gomez held the leads in the women's and men's divisions, respectively, in the 2001 Federation International des Quilleurs rankings for American Zone players announced in September.

      The ratings will be used to determine eligible players for the second annual World Rankings System Masters in 2002. The top eight men and top eight women from each zone as of Dec. 31, 2001 will be eligible for the tournament.

      Ayala totalled 542 points to lead Colombia's Juliana Guerrero who had 480. Venezuela's Ingelimar Contreras and Puerto Rico's Cristina Kortright shared third place with 400 points while Shannon Pluhowsky of the United States (Phoenix) and Colombia's Maria Clara Salazar were tied for fifth with 340.

      In the men's division, Gomez led with 560 points. Venezuela's Jose Lander was second with 524 followed by Tony Manna Jr. of the U.S. (Omaha, Neb.) with 474, Colombia's David Romero with 410 and Puerto Rico's Bruno Diaz with 252.

      Rankings were based on finishes in major events including the Tournament of Americas, American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress Tournaments, World Games and each country's national amateur championships.

      Other U.S. women's players in the rankings were Jackie Edwards, Simi Valley, Calif., 80 points; and Diandra Hyman, Dyer, Ind., 76. The only other U.S. male listed was Bill Hoffman, Columbus, Ohio, 70.

      Canada was led by Jennifer Willis and George Lambert with 220 points each.


-The 1990s Bowler Of The Decade Paces The $75,000 Columbia 300 Open

10/10/2001 - PWBA
      LANCASTER, OH - With the sixth round looming tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Tiki Lanes, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nevada managed to hold off PWBA rookie Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J. and keep the tournament lead at the $75,000 Columbia 300 Open.

      Macpherson led all scorers in the fifth round with a 1,841pin fall, adding to her 7,727 total. Averaging 219.32, she holds a 197-pin lead over Kulick.

      "I averaged about 230 in today's round which really helped me stay in front because I was .500(4-4) in my matches," said Macpherson. "With only 173 pins separating me from the 13th position anything can still happen so my strategy is to establish some consistency tonight and not have a bad game in the block."

      Kulick, who has qualified for the TV finals three times in 2001, rung up 1,624 pins and a 6-2 record (Editor note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds). The three-time Team USA member tallied wins in today's round over three of the tournament's top ten including Macpherson (245-233), Kim Adler,Cocoa, Fla. (203-166) and Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y. (223-217).

      Posting a 7-0-1 record, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas moved from 11th place to third. A runner up for the 2000 PWBA Player of the Year award, Dorin-Ballard has racked up 7,406 pins. If she qualifies for Thursday's televised finals, it would be her 15th appearance in 18 tournaments. The 15 appearances would tie Macpherson's PWBA record that was set in 2000 season.

      Cheryl Daniels, West Bloomfield, Michigan (7,406) and Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Michigan (7,402) are in possession of the fourth and fifth positions. Both Daniels and Bishop were top five finalists last week at the N. Myrtle Beach Classic. Just outside the box, looking in are sixth place Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif. and Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y. Terrell is just 72 pins shy of Bishop while Johnson is 93 pins behind.

      Tonight the sixth round and final eight game block of match play begins at the Tiki Lanes at 6:30 p.m. At its conclusion, the top five finishers will have qualified for the championship round on Thursday (Oct. 11) at 7 p.m. ESPN2 will tape the championships and later broadcast them on Monday, October 15, at 8:00 p.m. (EST).

Match Play Standings After 34 Games:
                                             BLOCK TOTALS                        TOTAL
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                  QUAL   1    2    3   PINS   AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE
  1 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     3883 1733 1841    0  7457 219.32  9- 7- 0  7727  +927
  2 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ             3734 1842 1624    0  7200 211.76 11- 5- 0  7530  +730
  3 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  3773 1627 1693    0  7093 208.61 11- 4- 1  7438  +638
  4 Cheryl Daniels-West Bloomfield, MI 3758 1685 1678    0  7121 209.44  9- 6- 1  7406  +606
  5 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI         3846 1696 1605    0  7147 210.20  8- 7- 1  7402  +602
  6 Kim Terrell-Daly City, CA          3751 1555 1724    0  7030 206.76 10- 6- 0  7330  +530
  7 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY        3814 1608 1617    0  7039 207.02  9- 7- 0  7309  +509
  8 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                3767 1685 1601    0  7053 207.44  8- 7- 1  7308  +508
  9 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   3779 1784 1536    0  7099 208.79  5-10- 1  7264  +464
 10 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton, FL    3611 1686 1664    0  6961 204.73 10- 6- 0  7261  +461
 11 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             3724 1798 1518    0  7040 207.05  6- 8- 2  7250  +450
 12 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL          3646 1646 1707    0  6999 205.85  8- 8- 0  7239  +439
 13 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       3782 1736 1531    0  7049 207.32  6-10- 0  7229  +429
 14 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     3696 1665 1595    0  6956 204.58  7- 9- 0  7166  +366
 15 Tennelle Grijalva-Orange, CA       3755 1633 1502    0  6890 202.64  8- 7- 1  7145  +345
 16 Cara Honeychurch-Australia,        3621 1595 1637    0  6853 201.55  9- 7- 0  7123  +323
 17 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX        3678 1684 1505    0  6867 201.97  7- 9- 0  7077  +277
 18 Jennifer Swanson-Shelton, CT       3731 1563 1611    0  6905 203.08  5-10- 1  7070  +270
 19 Janette Piesczynski-Cheektowaga, N 3686 1689 1383    0  6758 198.76  9- 7- 0  7028  +228
 20 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     3613 1778 1485    0  6876 202.23  5-11- 0  7026  +226
 21 Maxine Nable-Australia,            3547 1593 1565    0  6705 197.20  8- 7- 1  6960  +160
 22 Carol Gianotti-Block-Australia,    3660 1581 1452    0  6693 196.85  7- 9- 0  6903  +103
 23 Karen Bowlby-Logan, OH             3615 1518 1550    0  6683 196.55  6-10- 0  6863   +63
 24 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX          3682 1475 1413    0  6570 193.23  6-10- 0  6750   -50




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