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      October 11, 2000:

-Gianotti-Block Is First Seed For TV Finals

10/11/2000 - PWBA
      LANCASTER, OH - Carol Gianotti-Block, Perth, W. Australia, averaged 240.12 for eight games to earn the number one seed for the televised finals in the Columbia 300 Open at Tiki Lanes in Lancaster, Ohio, Wednesday evening. Gianotti-Block went 5-3-0 in match play and had high games of 278, 268, 257, 236, 235, 233, and a low game of 201 to earn the number one position by 271 pins over Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev.

      "I feel great," said Gianotti-Block. "I had four good days of bowling, the shot matched my game this week."

      Seeded second is 90's Bowler of the Decade, Wendy Macpherson. By making her 13th televised finals, Macpherson broke the record for the most television appearances in a single season and has a chance to be the second woman bowler in PWBA history to break a million dollars in career earnings needing $12,255. Macpherson can break the record placing 1st or 2nd with TV incentives.

      Earning the third seed is Cheryl Daniels, W. Bloomfield, Mich. Daniels averaged 232.75 for eight games and went 5-3-0 in match play. Marianne DiRupo of Succasunna, NJ, averaged 199.87 to earn the fourth position while Kendra Cameron of Sebring, Fla., shot a 279 her last game to move into the fifth position for the televised finals.

      "It's was unbelievable," said Cameron. "I took one frame at a time and it all came together tonight."

      The top five advance to the televised finals on Thursday to be taped at 7:00 p.m. and will air on ESPN2 on Monday, October 16th at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) and will repeat on Thursday, October 19th at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Live coverage of the finals can be found via the Internet, where fans will be able to catch the scoring action as it happens, frame by frame, at the PWBA's web site located at www.pwba.com.


-Dirupo Holds Onto Lead In Fifth Round Of The Columbia 300 Open

10/11/2000 - PWBA
      LANCASTER, OH - Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, NJ, averaged 213.75 for eight games to maintain the lead in the Columbia 300 Open at Tiki Lanes in Lancaster, Ohio, Wednesday afternoon. DiRupo went 5-2-1 in match play, had a pair of 237 games, high games of 236, 226, and 220 to hold onto the lead by 70 pins over third round leader Carol Gianotti-Block, Perth, W. Australia.

      "The lanes were very tough for everyone today," explained DiRupo. "I was able to grind it out, pull out some good games and win matches. I knew there were some low scores but I try not to pay much attention to what's going on around me. That's when I bowl my best. Tonight I'm going to keep my game plan simplistic and try to minimize my ball choices as much as I can."

      Carol Gianotti-Block and Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY, flopped the second and third positions. Gianotti-Block went 4-4-0 in match play and averaged 216.5 to move up one spot to second while Feldman won only three matches and averaged 201.87 to drop one spot to third.

      In the fourth and fifth positions are Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev. and Cathy Dorin, Sandusky, Oh. Macpherson went 4-4-0 in match play and averaged 205.25 to hold the fourth spot while Dorin went 5-2-1 and averaged 213.62 to climb three spots into fifth.

      The lady professionals return Wednesday evening for the last round of match play. The top five will advance to the televised finals to be taped Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and will air on ESPN2.


-Dirupo Is New Leader In The Columbia 300 Open

10/11/2000 - PWBA
      LANCASTER, OH - Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, NJ, shot a 290 the last game of match play to move from the fourth position to take over the lead in the Columbia 300 Open at Tiki Lanes in Lancaster, Ohio, Tuesday evening. Along with the 290 game, DiRupo won five out of eight matches, shot games of 236, 222, 216, and 212 to take the lead by 12 pins over Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY. Feldman has consistently stayed in the second position for the last three rounds.

      "I was focused on executing a solid game, filling frames and making good shots," commented DiRupo on her 290 game. "I've had the same attitude the last few weeks that I just want to fill frames and not to pay attention to numbers and it seems to be working."

      DiRupo has had success at Tiki Lanes in past tournaments winning in 1998 and placing second in 1999.

      "The fans are wonderful here," added DiRupo. "I feel extremely comfortable coming here. The same fans have come out to follow me here for the past three years. If I have a bad game, they stick with me and that helps my confidence."

      Third round leader, Carol Gianotti-Block, Perth, W. Australia, fell to the third position while Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., moved up to the fourth position.

      To round out the top five is Tennelle Grijalva of Orange, Calif. Grijalva won six matches and had a pair of 248 games, 227 games, and a 211 to average 217.62 to move three spots into fifth.

      The lady professionals return on Wednesday to bowl the last two rounds of match play at 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The top five advance to the televised finals to be taped at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and will air on ESPN2.


-Walter Ray Williams Jr. Wins Track Canandaigua Open For First Win Of The Year

10/11/2000 - PBA
      CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. -- Walter Ray Williams Jr. had bowled for a Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) title twice at Roseland Bowl and the result was the same each time . . . second place. For Williams the third time was the charm as he captured the Track Canandaigua Open Tuesday night (Oct. 10) to earn his first title since June of last year.

      Williams, Ocala, Fla., defeated Patrick Healey Jr., Mexico City, 225-217, to earn the $20,000 first-place check and his 31st career title. The win extended Williams' streak of winning at least one title per year to eight, the longest current streak on tour. It also erased the memory of second-place finishes at the 1993 BPAA U.S. Open and last year's Track/Dexter Open, both at Roseland Bowl.

      "The two second-place finishes here previously didn't matter . . . I didn't even think about it," said Williams. "That's all in the past and all I could do was worry about tonight. Even though I hadn't won since last June, I still felt like I was bowling well. Maybe I haven't been matching up to the lane conditions all that well, but this week I had a great reaction and took advantage of it."

      The title match was close throughout. Healey started the match with a strike, but then failed to convert the 2-8 combination in frame two. It was the only open frame either player would suffer in the match. Williams didn't take immediate advantage of Healey's miscue as he struck only once (frame two) in the first five frames. But, the PBA Hall of Famer kept himself in the match by converting spares in the other four frames.

      Healey rebounded from his open frame by sandwiching spares in frames three and five around a strike in frame four. It was in the sixth frame that both players seemed to wake up. Each player struck in frames six through nine, setting up the pivotal 10th frame. Williams, finishing the match first, had a chance to shut Healey out with a double, but left a solid 10-pin and settled for the spare and a nine-count on his last shot.

      Healey then stepped up needing a strike, plus nine pins and a spare to earn the win. However, his first shot came up light, leaving the 2-pin standing. Healey would settle for the second-place check worth $10,500.

      "I was hoping to get a chance in the 10th and luckily, I did," said Healey. "I just didn't catch all of that shot and it went further down the lane than I wanted it to and came up light."

      Healey got to the title match by winning the semifinal match by the narrowest of margins. Healey shot 208 to defeat Chris Barnes by one pin and Danny Wiseman by two pins. Barnes, Wichita, Kan., collected $8,000 for third and Wiseman, Baltimore, earned $6,000 for fourth.

      Match two saw Barnes (224) advance over Ryan Shafer (190) and Steve Jaros (181). Shafer, Elmira, N.Y., pocketed $5,000 for fifth and Jaros, Bolingbrook, Ill., received $4,500 for sixth. In the opening match, Shafer (225) defeated Lonnie Waliczek (192) and Dave Arnold (185). Because he qualified sixth, Arnold, Reno, Nev., could finish no lower than seventh and garnered $4,000, while Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., got $3,500 for eighth place.

      The PBA Tour now heads to Brunswick Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, N.J., for the Brunswick Johnny Petraglia Open. Qualifying starts Sunday, Oct. 15, and the live ESPN telecast of the final round is set for Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 8-9:30 p.m. (ET).


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