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      October 11, 2001:

-A 257-169 Win Over Leanne Barrette Gives Macpherson The Columbia 300 Open Title

10/11/2001 - PWBA
      LANCASTER, OH - For the first time in eight tries this season Wendy Macpherson was victorious in a championship match as the four-time PWBA Player of the Year defeated Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. 257-169 en route to the $75,000 Columbia 300 Open Championship. In spite being her first title of 2001, the victory marks Macpherson's 19th of her illustrious career.

      For her victory, the 1990s Player of the Decade earned a check for $11,000 to increase her 2001 earnings, plus TV incentives to $69,590. Last season Macpherson became just the second player in PWBA history to earn over a million dollars after she earned a second place purse at the 2000 Columbia Open.

      "I wanted to put forth a clean game tonight," said Macpherson. "I've struggled a little bit in my TV matches this year and I wanted to make sure if I lost, it wasn't because of a bad game."

      Entering the title match as the tournament's No. 1 seed, Macpherson held a 5-6 record this season against Barrette in televised matches. Prior to this evening, Macpherson was averaging 188.31 in TV performances, however tonight she dominated play chalking up an eight-bagger from the second frame through the ninth while Barrette left three open frames in the third, sixth and tenth.

      "Leanne is a great champion and when she's hot, she's tough to beat. I just wanted to keep the momentum going once I started rolling strikes because you never know when your hot streak is going to stop and when your opponent is going to get hot."

      Tonight's television appearance was Macpherson's fourth in the last six tournaments. In her last seven efforts she has finished second - three times, third - once, fourth - two times and fifth - once.

      Placing second, Barrette took home a check for $6,000. Tonight was her fifth consecutive showing in a championship round. Barrette closed out the sixth round of the tournament as perhaps the week's hottest bowler as she averaged 251 in her final five games including bowling 300.

      Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Oklahoma, completed the Open in third place. Duggan started the night defeating Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J. and Cheryl Daniels, West Bloomfield, Michigan, 222-192-181 in the opening shootout. She was defeated in the semi-finals 145-141 by Barrette. Duggan earned $4,700 while Kulick and Daniels banked $3,700 and $3,000 respectively.

      The championship round of the Columbia 300 Open will be televised on ESPN2 Monday, October 15 at 8:00 p.m. (EST). The PWBA Tour moves to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania next week for the $50,000 Three Rivers Open, October 14-18.

Final Results:
      1. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 257 -1 game- $11,000
      2. Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., 314 -2 games- $6,000
      3. Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., 363 -2 games- $4,700
      4. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 192 -1 game- $3,700
      5. Cheryl Daniels, West Bloomfield, Mich., 181 -1 game- $3,000

Playoff Results: Duggan def. Kulick and Daniels 222-192-181; Semi-Final Match: Barrette def. Duggan 145-141; Championship Match: Macpherson def. Barrette 257-169.


-Mel Isaac To Defend World Cup Title In Thailand

10/11/2001 - AMF Bowling
      LONDON, ENGLAND - Mel Isaac, the women's champion at the 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup, will defend her title at the 37th edition of the international bowling championship November 4-10 in Pattaya, Thailand.

      Isaac, a 25-year-old social worker from Wales, surprised the bowling world last year in Portugal by dispatching international stars Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia, Kirsten Penny of England, and Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia in the final three rounds to take the women's crown. Isaac came up through the ranks of the British youth bowling programs (she was a teammate of Penny's in international competition), and the Bowling World Cup was her first major individual world championship. She won the right to compete at PS Bowl in Pattaya by winning the recent Welsh national qualifying tournament.

      Isaac's male counterpart is Stuart Chamberlain, a 22-year-old information technology engineer and first-time World Cup competitor.

      With the news that Finland's Heidi Larnia has also qualified for Pattaya, six of the eight women quarterfinalists in last year's AMF Bowling World Cup will contend for this year's title: Isaac, Penny, Zulkifli, Larnia, Diane Buchanan of Canada and Ann Maree Putney of Australia. The 2000 runner-up Guerrero is expected to compete in the WTBA American Zone Championships being held the same week in Argentina, and Pascale Moynot defeated Isabelle Saldjian in her bid to represent France again. Moynot will be competing in her third Bowling World Cup.

      The top name to date in the men's field is 1999 AMF Bowling World Cup champion Ahmed Shaheen of Qatar, but stiff competition can be expected from Germany's Carlo Greulich, Belgium's Yves Van Eiken, Norway's Kim Haugen, Sweden's Anders Ohman, and newcomer Ben Heng of Malaysia, all with a great deal of international experience. Shaheen, one of 10 men to roll a 300 game in the Bowling World Cup, could also become the second man to roll two perfect games in the tournament. Canada's Jack Guay accomplished the feat in his 1994 and 1995 World Cup appearances.

      Tournament manager Anne-Marie Board also announced that Syria would send an athlete for the first time; Bashar Kalaji will represent that country. The entries bring to seven the number of first-time countries this year.

      Jordan, which previously announced that it would send an athlete, has withdrawn from the competition due to the political unrest in Western Asia. Despite Jordan's withdrawal, the number of countries pledging to send athletes remains at 92.


-Dick Weber To Do Color Commentary For 2001 Bowling World Cup

10/11/2001 - AMF Bowling
      LONDON, ENGLAND - U.S. bowling legend Dick Weber, a member of the American Bowling Congress and Professional Bowlers Association halls of fame, will be behind the microphone during the arena finals of the 2001 AMF Bowling World Cup. Weber will serve as color analyst for the 37th edition of AMF's international fall classic in Pattaya, Thailand, November 4-10.

      Weber is no stranger to the Bowling World Cup broadcast booth, having performed similar duties as co-analyst with Team USA coach Fred Borden at the 1999 AMF Bowling World Cup in Las Vegas, USA. He has also served as color analyst for PBA broadcasts on ESPN and ABC TV in the U.S. Weber continues to compete on the PBA Senior Tour, where he's won six titles to augment his 26 PBA National Tour championships. In addition, Weber continues to "span the globe" as bowling's and AMF's best-known goodwill ambassador.

      "We're thrilled that Dick Weber will join us in at PS Bowl in Pattaya as one of our special guests," said tournament manager Anne-Marie Board. "His presence raises the profile of this world-class event that much more, and we know that Thai bowling fans are going to give him a warm, enthusiastic welcome.

      "I'm excited about this assignment," said Weber. "It's always nice to do commentary and showcase bowlers from so many countries, and I'm really looking forward to it."

      Board also said negotiations are underway to engage Singapore bowling champion Grace Young as emcee of the television broadcast. Young was one of Singapore's most decorated and accomplished athletes ever before retiring from the lanes to pursue careers in broadcasting and business. She placed in the top five at the 1992 and 1994 Bowling World Cups in Le Mans, France, and Hermosillo, Mexico, respectively, and was Singapore's Sportswoman of the Year in the 1990s.

      The AMF Bowling World Cup is the largest annual international sports competition in the world in terms of number of participating countries. Each country is invited to send one man and one woman to represent it in the week long competition, and a record 88 countries sent 155 athletes to Lisbon last year. AMF Bowling, PS Bowling Group, Singha Beer of Thailand and Coca-Cola are sponsoring this year's championship, which will conclude with an arena-setting championship round in Pattaya Saturday, November 10.


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