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      October 16, 2001:

-6-2 Match Play Record Pushes Aussie To The Front

10/16/2001 - PWBA
      PITTSBURGH, PA - Australia's Maxine Nable used a 6-2 match play record and a 219.80 average to propel herself back on top of the leader board at the $50,000 Three Rivers Open (Editor's note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds). Nable, who led the tournament after round one holds a 61-pin margin over Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.

      "I've had great luck her so far," said Nable. "There still is a long way to go but I'm happy with the way I've been playing."

      Seeking her first title as a professional, Nable posted wins over three players in the tournament's top ten including Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (235-195, 3rd), Johnson (254-212, 2nd) and fellow Australian, Cara Honeychurch (238-214, 8th). Currently her tournament average is 24 pins about her season mark (195).

      "I don't approach match play any differently than any other game," stated Nable. "Every game I try to relax and throw good shots. Hopefully the rest takes care of itself."

      A winner of three titles this season, Johnson's 5,834 pin fall and 218.61 average gives her a seven-pin advantage over the defending champion, Dorin-Ballard. Unlike Nable, Dorin-Ballard is attempting to win her seventh title of the 2001 season. A victory for the N. Richland Hills, Texas native would tie her with Patty Costello for the most titles in a single PWBA season.

      Moving into fourth place, Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif. was one of three players during the evening to earn a 7-1 record. Her 5,824 total is 17 pins ahead of Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y. who closed out the night with 5,807 and a 217.57 average.

      With two match play rounds left, seven players are within 196 pins or less of breaking into the tournament's top five. One of those competitors is Brenda Norman, who delighted the crowd on hand by rolling the tournament's first 300 game.

      The Open will continue at the Princess Lanes at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday with the last match play round starting at 6:30 p.m.

      At the conclusion of match play, the top five finishers compete on Thursday (Oct. 18) at 7 p.m. for the championship rounds. ESPN2 will tape the championships and later broadcast them on Monday, October 22, at 8:00 p.m. (EST) and October 30 at 7:00 a.m. (EST).

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 Maxine Nable-Australia,            3887 1828    0    0  5715 219.80  6- 2- 0  5895  +695
  2 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY        3837 1847    0    0  5684 218.61  5- 3- 0  5834  +634
  3 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  4030 1677    0    0  5707 219.50  4- 4- 0  5827  +627
  4 Kim Terrell-Daly City, CA          3817 1797    0    0  5614 215.92  7- 1- 0  5824  +624
  5 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   3979 1678    0    0  5657 217.57  5- 3- 0  5807  +607
  6 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       3670 1882    0    0  5552 213.53  7- 1- 0  5762  +562
  7 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             3769 1778    0    0  5547 213.34  7- 1- 0  5757  +557
  8 Cara Honeychurch-Australia,        3782 1754    0    0  5536 212.92  4- 4- 0  5656  +456
  9 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     3790 1761    0    0  5551 213.50  3- 5- 0  5641  +441
 10 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                3836 1681    0    0  5517 212.19  4- 4- 0  5637  +437
 11 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, IN     3785 1776    0    0  5561 213.88  2- 6- 0  5621  +421
 12 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ       3899 1622    0    0  5521 212.34  3- 5- 0  5611  +411
 13 Shana Ray-Corpus Christi, TX       3768 1689    0    0  5457 209.88  5- 3- 0  5607  +407
 14 Jennifer Swanson-Shelton, CT       3792 1692    0    0  5484 210.92  4- 4- 0  5604  +404
 15 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX        3792 1673    0    0  5465 210.19  4- 4- 0  5585  +385
 16 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     3693 1770    0    0  5463 210.11  4- 4- 0  5583  +383
 17 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ             3821 1710    0    0  5531 212.73  1- 7- 0  5561  +361
 18 Cheryl Daniels-West Bloomfield, MI 3727 1713    0    0  5440 209.23  4- 4- 0  5560  +360
 19 Laura Lee Daniel-Corona, CA        3760 1598    0    0  5358 206.07  3- 5- 0  5448  +248
 20 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton, FL    3684 1600    0    0  5284 203.23  4- 4- 0  5404  +204
 21 Laura Moriarty-Daytona Beach, FL   3680 1612    0    0  5292 203.53  3- 5- 0  5382  +182
 22 Diana Kurrass-Bellport, NY         3663 1610    0    0  5273 202.80  3- 5- 0  5363  +163
 23 Janette Piesczynski-Cheektowaga, N 3685 1581    0    0  5266 202.53  2- 6- 0  5326  +126
 24 Jackie Mitskavich-Dubois, PA       3724 1508    0    0  5232 201.23  2- 6- 0  5292   +92


-Defending Champ Continues Her March Toward The Title

10/16/2001 - PWBA
      PITTSBURGH, PA - After 18 games of qualifying defending champion Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas leads the $50,000 Three Rivers Open chalking up a 4,030 pin fall and a 223.88 average. Dorin-Ballard holds a 51-pin margin over second place Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y. who is averaging 221.05.

      "In my first three games I played the high end of the bowling center and I didn't get the kind of ball reaction I needed to score as well as I should of," said Dorin-Ballard. "About midway through the round I moved right a little bit on my approach and I changed balls and I got a better reaction."

      A runner up for the 2000 Player of the Year honors, Dorin-Ballard recorded the highest score of the six-game block with a 286. The 12-year pro leads the tour in titles (6), earnings ($99,070), competition points (137.10) and averages (214.48). A successful title defense would tie Dorin-Ballard with Patty Costello for most pro titles in a single season (7 - 1976).

      A winner earlier this year at the Miller High Life Open, a top five finish for Feldman could garner enough competition points to position the seven-time career titlest as one of eight qualifiers for the $25,000 Brunswick Shootout, scheduled for November 9. Nicknamed "Twisted Sister," Feldman currently ranks ninth in competition points (8,617.5) and should gain ground on Kendra Gaines (9,134) who is in seventh, but will not be competing for the next three tournaments due to a broken bone in her right foot.

      On the heels of Feldman and in third place is Kathy Dorin-Lizzi, Linden, N.J. A sibling of Dorin-Ballard, Dorin-Lizzi closed out the morning session with a 3,899 total and a 216.61 average. Dorin-Lizzi won her only title of her career at the 1999 Three Rivers Open.

      Ranked in fourth is Australia's Maxine Nable with 3,887 pins while Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga,N.Y occupies fifth with 3,837. Just off the pace are Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla and Kelly Kulick with 3,836 and 3,821 respectively.

      The Open will resume tonight at the Princess Lanes at 6:30 p.m. as the top 24 qualifiers continue the tournament with the first of three rounds of eight-game match play blocks. Wednesday (Oct. 17, 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.) two more rounds of match play will take place.

      At the conclusion of match play, the top five finishers compete on Thursday (Oct. 18) at 7 p.m. for the championship rounds. ESPN2 will tape the championships and later broadcast them on Monday, October 22, at 8:00 p.m. (EST) and October 30 at 7:00 a.m. (EST)

Qualifier Standings After 18 Games:
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR-
A     1 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 4030 223.88  +430
A     2 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         3979 221.05  +379
A     3 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             3899 216.61  +299
A     4 Maxine Nable - Australia,                  3887 215.94  +287
A     5 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              3837 213.16  +237
A     6 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      3836 213.11  +236
A     7 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   3821 212.27  +221
A     8 Kim Terrell - Daly City, CA                3817 212.05  +217
A T   9 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              3792 210.66  +192
A       Jennifer Swanson - Shelton, CT             3792 210.66  +192
A    11 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           3790 210.55  +190
A    12 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           3785 210.27  +185
A    13 Cara Honeychurch - Australia,              3782 210.11  +182
A    14 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   3769 209.38  +169
A    15 Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             3768 209.33  +168
A    16 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              3760 208.88  +160
A    17 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       3727 207.05  +127
A    18 Jackie Mitskavich - Dubois, PA             3724 206.88  +124
A    19 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           3693 205.16   +93
A    20 Janette Piesczynski - Cheektowaga, NY      3685 204.72   +85
A    21 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          3684 204.66   +84
A    22 Laura Moriarty - Daytona Beach, FL         3680 204.44   +80
A    23 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             3670 203.88   +70
A    24 Diana Kurrass - Bellport, NY               3663 203.50   +63
A    25 Tennelle Grijalva - Orange, CA             3657 203.16   +57
A    26 Debbie Ayers - Chula Vista, CA             3640 202.22   +40
A    27 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              3639 202.16   +39
A    28 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           3634 201.88   +34
A T  29 Amy Dillon - Miami, FL                     3620 201.11   +20
A       Kathy Tribbey - Newberg, OR                3620 201.11   +20
A    31 Keli Rapp - Fayetteville, NY               3608 200.44    +8
A    32 Alayne Blomenberg - Cranston, RI           3595 199.72    -5
A    33 Nikki Gianulias - Vallejo, CA              3577 198.72   -23
A    34 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     3554 197.44   -46
A    35 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                3550 197.22   -50
A    36 Jackie Snyder - Cooksville, IL             3453 191.83  -147
A    37 Tammy Horner - Cream Ridge, NJ             3412 189.55  -188
A    38 Julie Jackson - Rural Hall, NC             3406 189.22  -194
A    39 Crystal Sciaretti - Pittsburgh, PA         3384 188.00  -216
A    40 Holly Milz - Janesville, WI                3381 187.83  -219
A    41 Charlene Lockitski - North Olmsted, OH     3347 185.94  -253
A    42 Sharon Cowen - Lower Burrell, PA           3215 178.61  -385
A    43 Nancy Fairchild - Boardman, OH             3035 168.61  -565
A    44 Irene Nemeth(am) - Cream Ridge, NJ         2961 164.50  -639
A    45 Michele Everwine - Paulsboro, NJ (WD-9 Gms 1568 174.22  -232


-Final Field Set For Team Challenge

10/16/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      With the completion of the 15th and final American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge qualifier in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Oct. 14, the field is now set for the ninth Grand Championship to be conducted at the Castaways Hotel and Casino Nov. 5-7 in Las Vegas. The 15 qualifiers will battle for the title of world match play team champion.

      The Louisville Sluggers of Gurnee, Ill., with Dave Armstrong, Keith Garrett, Bryan Bailey, Adam Barta and Ted Hannahs, filled in the final piece of the puzzle by winning the Mechanicsburg qualifier at ABC West Lanes.

      After qualifying ninth, Louisville Sluggers battled back to qualify first for the finals. Louisville Sluggers defeated Rich Lanes of Wickliffe, Ohio (Albert Walko, Jerry Rich, Jim Pencak, Paul Ashby and Bill Hoffman), 473-418, in the championship match to earn the Grand Championship berth and $2,800 ($400 for placing ninth in qualifying and adding $1,500 plus another $900 for the victory).

      For Armstrong, team captain Garrett, Bailey and Barta, it will be their first trip to the Grand Championship while Hannahs will be making his fifth appearance. That includes 1997 when Hannahs was part of champion Turbo 2-N-1 Grips.

      "I've been bowling in the Team Challenge since it started and have come close many times but never made it to the Grand Championship," Garrett said. "I think we entered five tournaments this year hoping to make it. When we didn't win in Vernon Hills, I immediately entered the team in Mechanicsburg. This was the last chance to qualify and we made it."

      In the semifinal match, Rich Lanes defeated Bowlers Alley Pro Shop of Baltimore (Randy Ruckman, William Barlow, Brian Cavey, Charlie Standish, J.C. Arborgast), 397-325, to advance to the final. Rich Lanes finished second earning $1,600 ($450 for finishing eighth in qualifying and $1,150 for second place) and Bowlers Alley Pro Shop finished third earning $1,650 ($700 for finishing fifth in qualifying and $950 for third place).

      Other finalists from the 46-team field from eight states were: 4, B.D. Storm, Elmira, N.Y., $1,950 ($1,150-2nd in qualifying +$800); 5, Our Family's Pro Shop, Baltimore, $1,500 ($800-4th + $700); 6, Martino Madness, Lockport, N.Y., $2,100 ($1,500-1st +$600); 7, Team Hammer, Baltimore, $1,125 ($600-6th + $525); 8, West Reading Chiropractic, Reading, Pa., $1,400 ($950-3rd + $450); 9, Snapple Fire, Rochester, N.Y., $925 ($525-7th + $400); 10, Reale's Pro Shop, Old Forge, Pa., $700 ($350-10th +$350); 11, Ten In The Pit Pro Shop, Allentown, Pa., $675 ($335-11th+$340).

      There was no Second Chance event.

Following is a complete list of Grand Championship qualifiers:
Seminole, Fla., Jan. 22-23, Brazeau's Pro Shop, Ocala, Fla. --Brian Brazeau, Tony Biondi, Ryan Boyd, Adam Colton, Dennis Rakauskas.
Pasadena, Texas, Feb. 3-4, Team Dallas, Dallas -- Paul Minier, Stace Bohlender, Kelly Ray, Pete Thomas, Rick Minier, Chuck Toy.
Indianapolis, Feb. 17-18, Strike In Bowl/Turbo Grips, Dayton, Ohio -- Rick Ehrnschwender, Bryan O'Keefe, Ron Nelson, Ron Legler, Dave Welage.
Richland, Wash., March 10-11, Flat Earth Society, Spokane, Wash. -- Rob Cline, Lance Steggell, Mike Hanson, Mike Saville, Doug Falkner, Bob Hanson.
Windsor Locks, Conn., March 24-25, Bixler's Pro Shop, Reading, Pa. -- Glenn Dunkelberger, Paul Woerner, Heath Brightbill, Troy Lint, Mike Bixler.
Erlanger, Ky., April 7-8, NRV Superbowl, Christiansburg, Va. -- Ronnie Horton, David Hungate, Bryan Coleman, Todd Masingo, Chris Hans.
Lake Worth, Fla., April 21-22, Cassat Batt Bowl, Jacksonville, Fla. -- Danny Kovach, Stan Sprow, Barbara Batt, Gabby Daclouche, Andy Brown.
Appleton, Wis., May 5-6, T.J.'s Painting, Cudahy, Wis. -- Matt Falck, Scott Stolz, Tom Mucha, Chad Kloss, Mike Meifert.
Norcross, Ga., May 19-20, AP's Pro Shop Pensacola, Fla. -- Anthony Prather, Clay Duke, Greg Heck, Bill Guthrie, Don Best.
Tulsa, Okla., June 9-10, Scorggins Pro Shop, Amarillo, Texas -- Jason Williams, Gary Robinson, Steve Hawk, D.J. Archer, Mike Scroggins.
North Brunswick, N.J., June 23-24, New Bowl Rite Lanes, Union, N.J. -- John Gualtieri, Frank Dickinson, James Mack, Sean Riccardi, Brian Ziesig.
Escondido, Calif., Aug. 18-19, Team Brackman, San Diego -- Ramon Estrada, Karen Smith, Tim Tolentino, Andy Neeman, Bob Markiewicz.
Melbourne, Fla., Sept. 15-16, Team Vengeance, Fort Lauderdale -- Storm DeVincent, Matt Gillman, Chris Loschetter, Mike Roberts, Chris Collins.
Vernon Hills, Ill., Sept. 29-30, Bowlers World Pro Shop, Springfield, Ill. -- Jeff Carter, Robert Jakel, Paul Nicholas, Jason Lewis, Bill Monce.
Mechanicsburg, Pa., Oct. 13-14, Louisville Sluggers, Gurnee, Ill. -- Dave Armstrong, Keith Garrett, Bryan Bailey, Adam Barta, Ted Hannahs.



-2002 ABC Championships Tournament Entry Moving Closer To 10,000 Goal

10/16/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      With more than two months remaining to enter, a 10,000-team goal is within reach to make the 99th American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament in Billings, Mont., one of the largest outside of Nevada.

      There are nearly 9,700 teams already entered and there's still time to sign up for bowling's showcase event.

      The 2002 edition of the tournament, presented by Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus, begins Feb. 9 and runs through June 22 at the MetraPark Expo Center. More than 100,000 bowlers and spectators are expected to visit Billings during the tournament's 134-day run.

      The National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., has hosted the three largest ABC Tournaments, in 1995, 1998 and 2001. A record 17,285 teams bowled in 1995, 16,104 in 2001 and 15,925 in 1998. The 2000 ABC Tournament in Albuquerque, which attracted 10,688 teams, was the fourth-highest turnout, with the 1986 edition in Las Vegas attracting the fifth-biggest with 10,019.

      Entries for the tournament will close on Jan. 2. This year's field will compete for a prize fund expected to exceed $3.5 million.

      For the first time since 1996 in Salt Lake City, Utah, ABC will work with AMF Bowling officials to supervise construction of the 90,000-square foot bowling arena. The installation will feature AMF's AMFlight pins and High Performance Lane (HPL) synthetic lane surface.

      For 2002 ABC Tournament entry information, call (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3320, or visit ABCtournament.com on the Web, the official Internet site for the ABC Championships Tournament.


-WIBC Tournament Entries Continue To Grow For 2002 Event In Milwaukee

10/16/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      Team entries for the Women's International Bowling Congress Championship Tournament in Milwaukee are closing in on 7,000 with more than three months left to enter the 2002 event.

      WIBC members have until Jan. 25 to sign up for the tournament, which runs April 13 until June 10, unless extended. The WIBC Championship Tournament, ideal for bowlers of all skill levels, is expected to bring approximately 42,000 bowlers to Milwaukee for a "Great Time on a Great Lake."

      WIBC members planning to attend without a team or doubles partner may participate in the June 7-8 Friendship Squad. Women bowling in the Friendship Squad are randomly paired with other bowlers in the same division. Bowlers not on teams also can post their availability as substitutes through the new Sub Central feature on WIBCtournament.com.

      This will allow team captains to secure substitutes far in advance. For further registration and Sub Central information, visit WIBCtournament.com or call (414) 423-9006. Entries can be mailed, called or faxed in, but preference is given to registration by phone.


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