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      October 17, 2000:

-Dorin-Ballard Captures Fourth Round Lead In The Three Rivers Open

10/17/2000 - PWBA
      PITTSBURGH, PA - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Tex., went 7-1-0 in match play and averaged 230.5 for eight games to take over the lead in the fourth round of the Three Rivers Open at Princess Lanes in Pittsburgh, PA. Dorin-Ballard had high games 265, 257, 238, 237, 229, and 227 to take the lead by 131 over second round leader Cheryl Daniels, W. Bloomfield, Mich.

      "I had a very good shot tonight," said Dorin-Ballard. "I want to focus on my mental game, emphasize on making good shots and to make all my spares."

      When asked how important it is to lead the tournament at this point, Dorin-Ballard's reaction was that, "it's very important to be in this position now, there have been a few shows I've fallen out of. I want to stick to my game plan that is to concentrate on my game and not to pay attention to scores and what is going on around me. Why worry about what you cannot control."

      Cheryl Daniels, shot a 300 her first game of match play and averaged 224.12 to move up one spot to the second position. Third round leader, Carol Gianotti-Block, Perth, W. Australia averaged 202 falling two spots to third while Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., held onto the fourth spot. Rounding out the top five is Tammy Turner of Akron, Ohio. Turner won six of eight matches and averaged 221.17.

      The lady professionals return Wednesday for 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 on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. to be televised on ESPN2 and will air on Monday, October 23rd, at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) and repeat on Thursday, October 26th, at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern).


-Guerrero, Torgersen Lead At 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup

10/17/2000 - AMF
      LISBON, PORTUGAL -- Clara Juliana Guerrero, an 18-year-old student from Medellin, Colombia, leads the women's field at the 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup after 24 games of qualifying, while 1994 World Cup champion Tore Torgersen of Norway is the men's leader after their first 16 games.

      Guerrero rolled an eight-game set of 1897 pins Tuesday morning to put her 24-game total at 5332. She is 40 pins ahead of yesterday's leader, Ann-Maree Putney of Australia, and 75 pins in front of Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia. Guerrero's low game Tuesday morning was 208, and her high was 256.

      Last November at the FIQ/WTBA World Championships, Guerrero set an all-time women's mark for a six-game block in the tournament, scorching the lanes with a 1407 pinfall and 234.5 average.

      Torgersen, a 32-year-old self-employed businessman from Oslo, moved into first place on the strength of a perfect 300 game in the midst of an 1828 block, giving him a 16-game total of 3691 pins. Torgersen was one of two men to roll perfect games in Tuesday's action; Tomas Leandersson of Sweden, who finished second in the 1993 Bowling World Cup, followed a 299 game with a 300 just prior to Torgersen's connecting for a perfect game. Leandersson┤s tally for 16 games puts him in third place with 3642 pins.

      Sandwiched between the two Europeans is Andres Gomez of Colombia, with 3683 pins. Defending champion Ahmed Shaheen of Qatar is sitting in fourth place with 3600 pins.

      The women have finished their first 24 games of qualifying and will not compete Wednesday. The men complete their first 24 games Wednesday, at which time the top 24 will advance with the top 24 women to the next round on Thursday. Those bowlers will roll 16 more games and hope to become one of the top eight men and women scorers who move onto the two-day arena phase of the competition, which begins Friday afternoon in the Pavilhao Atlantico. The tournament concludes Saturday evening with the crowning of the new champions.

      Portugal's women bowler, Rita Silva, finished in 54th position and will not advance to the next round of competition, which begins Thursday. Her counterpart, Joao Januario, is currently in 61st place with 2963 pins and is also unlikely to advance.

      AMF Bowling, the founder and sponsor of the AMF Bowling World Cup, is the largest owner and operator of bowling centers in the world. The company also is a major manufacturer of bowling supplies and equipment.


-Gianotti-Block Shoots 300 To Hold The Lead In The Three Rivers Open

10/17/2000 - PWBA
      PITTSBURGH, PA - Carol Gianotti-Block, Perth, W. Australia, shot a 300 her third game of qualifying today to help her take the third round lead going into match play competition in the Three Rivers Open at Princess Lanes in Pittsburgh, PA, Tuesday afternoon. Gianotti-Block averaged 242.16 for six games and had high games of 300, 279, 248, and 233 to take the lead by 121 pins over Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Tex. Dorin-Ballard averaged 238.66 to move from the fifth to the second position.

      "My confidence is high right now coming off of a win from last week," said Gianotti-Block. "I would like to put in another consistent week and to mentally stay focused to consistently produce good shots."

      Second round leader, Cheryl Daniels, W. Bloomfield, Mich., dropped to the third position while Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., and Kathy Tribbey, Newberg, Ore., both fell one spot into the fourth and fifth positions.

      The top 24 return Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. to bowl the first round of match play. On Wednesday the lady professionals return to bowl the final two rounds of match play at 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The field will then be cut to the top five that will advance to the televised finals on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. to be televised on ESPN2 on Monday, October 23rd, at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) and repeat on Thursday, October 26th, at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern).


-2000 AMF Bowling World Cup Has Its First Two Perfect Games

10/17/2000 - AMF
      LISBON, PORTUGAL -- Sweden's Tomas Leandersson rolled the first perfect game of the 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup this afternoon at Bowling Internacional de Lisboa, and his long-time rival, 1994 World Cup champion Tore Torgersen of Norway, answered the challenge with his own 300 just minutes later.

      Leandersson, who finished second in the 1993 AMF Bowling World Cup, preceded his 300 game on lanes 29 and 30 with a 299, leaving only a 2-pin standing in his first attempt at perfection. He is a 34-year-old bowling center owner and manager from Degerfors and a member of the Swedish national team.

      The 32-year-old Torgersen, a member of Norway║s national team and one of Leandersson's keenest rivals on the European bowling scene, chose lanes 19 and 20 for his feat. Both bowlers are among the leaders in the 88-man field competing in this year's Bowling World Cup and are expected to make the first cut when the men finish the opening phase of competition Wednesday afternoon.

      Leandersson's 300 game is the 11th, and Torgersen's the 12th, rolled in AMF Bowling World Cup competition since the tournament began in 1965. Jack Guay of Canada recorded the first perfect game in 1994, in Hermosillo, Mexico.

      AMF Bowling, the founder and sponsor of the AMF Bowling World Cup, is the largest owner and operator of bowling centers in the world. The company also is a major manufacturer of bowling supplies and equipment.


-Daniels Is Leader After Two Rounds In The Three Rivers Open

10/17/2000 - PWBA
      PITTSBURGH, PA - Cheryl Daniels, W. Bloomfield, Mich., averaged 238 for six games to take over the second round lead in the Three Rivers Open in Pittsburgh, PA, Monday evening. Daniels had high games of 279, 246, 230, 226, and 219 to take the lead by 12 pins over Carol Gianotti-Block, Perth, W. Australia. Gianotti-Block averaged 241.66 to move from the fifth to the second position.

      "I'm pleased with how I bowled today," said Daniels. "It's different for me to start out of the gate quickly, usually it comes down to the last game of qualifying deciding whether I make the cut or not. Being in the lead gives me a lot of confidence but it's still early especially with the high scoring of this tournament."

      First round leader Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., dropped two spots into the third position while Kathy Tribbey, Newberg, Ore., and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Tex., both moved twelve spots for the fourth and fifth positions. Tribbey averaged 237.83 and Dorin-Ballard 233.33.

      The lady professionals return Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. to bowl the last round of qualifying. There will then be a cut to the top 24 who will return Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. to bowl the first round of match play.


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