October 18, 2000:
Dorin-Ballard Holds Number One Seed For TV Finals
10/18/2000 - PWBA
PITTSBURGH, PA - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Tex., remains the top seed for the televised finals in the Three Rivers Open at Princess Lanes in Pittsburgh, PA, Wednesday evening. Dorin-Ballard won three of eight matches but was able to hold the number one position by shooting games of 299, 278, 247, 246, 225 to average 234.37. Going into the last position round game, there was a one-pin difference between Dorin-Ballard and Cheryl Daniels, W. Bloomfield, Mich. Dorin-Ballard defeated Daniels 278-198 winning the match and the 30 bonus pins claiming the number one position by 111 pins. Daniels won five matches and averaged 219 to make her second consecutive TV finals.
"I feel great," exclaimed Dorin-Ballard. "There are advantages and disadvantages of being in the number one position. The advantage is that the worse you can finish is second, the disadvantage is that you don't have a game in to warm up and to get a feel for the lanes. Hopefully practice will be enough for me to get a feel for the lanes and to shoot a good game."
Jennifer Swanson, Shelton, Conn., qualified third to make her first finals of the year. Swanson had the best match play record winning a total of 19 matches. Right behind Swanson is Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev. Macpherson, PWBA's newest millionaire, won 16 total matches to qualify fourth making this her 14th television appearance.
Defending champion, Cathy Dorin, Sandusky, Ohio, won six matches this evening and averaged 235.37 to qualify fifth. Is this Déjà vu for Dorin? Last year Dorin came from the fifth position to win the championship. If she repeats and advances to the championship match she will face her sister Carolyn for the title.
"If it comes down to Carolyn and I, she's going to have her hands full," Cathy Dorin says chuckling. "Seriously, I always hope the best for the both of us, I'll be happy either way."
Carolyn commented, "It would be great if it comes down to the two of us. That means that one of the Dorin's will be taking home the title."
The top five advance to the televised finals on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. to be televised on ESPN2, which will air Monday, October 23rd at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) and repeat on Thursday, October 26th 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.
Dorin-Ballard Holds Number One Position In The Three Rivers Open
10/18/2000 - PWBA
PITTSBURGH, PA - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Tex., averaged 220.62 for eight games to hold onto the lead by 48 pins in the Three Rivers Open at Princess Lanes in Pittsburgh, PA, Wednesday afternoon. Dorin-Ballard won four out of eight matches to keep the number one position going into the last round of match play this evening. Defending champion, Cathy Dorin, Carolyn's sister, is currently sixth and is only 31 pins behind the fifth position.
"It would be great to see if we both make the show," said Dorin-Ballard. "Cathy's been bowling well here for the past couple of years. For me, I'm up and down, I either bowl very well or I don't do well at all in this tournament. Hopefully, I'll continue to make good shots, win my matches and make the show."
Second round leader, Cheryl Daniels, W. Bloomfield, Mich., averaged 227.25 to win five matches to stay in the second position while first round leader, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., averaged 226.12 winning five matches to move one spot to third.
Making their first appearance in the top five this week are Michelle Feldman of Skaneateles, NY, and Jennifer Swanson, Shelton, Conn. Feldman won six matches and averaged 225.87 to move four spots into fourth while Swanson went 6-1-1 in match play and averaged 219 to move one spot into fifth.
The match play finalists return Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. to bowl the last round of match play. The top five will advance to the televised finals to be taped 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).
Williams Rips Off Second Win In A Row At Brunswick Johnny Petraglia Open
10/18/2000 - PBA
NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Walter Ray Williams Jr. is finding himself in familiar surroundings these days . . . and making the most of it. Last week, Williams won in Canandaigua, N.Y., at a center where he had finished second twice previously. Tuesday night (Oct. 17) at Brunswick Carolier Lanes, Williams won the Brunswick Johnny Petraglia Open for the third time and put together back-to-back wins to start the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Fall Tour.
Williams, Ocala, Fla., defeated tournament leader Bob Learn Jr., 215-177, to earn his 32nd career title and $26,000.
"Last week the lane conditions suited me and I took advantage of it," said Williams. "This week I had to work a little harder, but I managed to figure out the lanes and got a couple of breaks."
Learn, Erie, Pa., had to make a great run just to get into the championship round. He entered match play in the 24th and final position, then won seven of his last eight matches Tuesday morning to assume the tournament lead.
But, the title match would be a different story. After starting with a spare, Learn made the only real mistake of the match. He went high in frame two, leaving the 3-6-7-10 split, which he was unable to convert. Learn only struck twice in the match (frames three and five) and left six 10-pins (all of which he converted).
"Even when Bob had the open frame in the second, it was still early," said Williams. "I know he's capable of throwing a lot of strikes and, even though I had some breathing room, I knew there was still a lot of work left to do."
Williams wasn't spectacular, but also never had an open frame. He threw strikes in frames one and three and threw consecutive strikes in frames six and seven and frames nine and 10. His first strike in the 10th sealed the win and left Learn with the second-place check worth $13,500.
"It's frustrating to come all the way from 24th and then not really make a good run at it on the telecast," said Learn. "But what's even more frustrating is the fact that I've now got 12 second-place finishes and only four titles. That's hard to take."
The opening match of the live ESPN telecast saw Brian Himmler (278) defeat Mike Aulby (227) and Chris Barnes (224). Jeff Lizzi (202) then took care of Dave Wodka (184) and Himmler (167) in a mistake-filled second match. In the semifinal match, Williams shot 233 to defeat Lizzi (213) and Parker Bohn III (183).
Williams commented about his fast start this fall. "Some of these centers I've bowled well in before, so that always helps," said Williams. "Or maybe it was just getting to the end of the year and I felt like I needed to kick it into gear. I'm not sure I can explain why I've bowled so well the last couple of weeks. I just want to keep it going."
Williams and the rest of the Tour now set their sights on Erie, Pa. (a place where Williams has won twice previously) for the Flagship Open.Qualifying starts Sunday, Oct. 22, and the live ESPN telecast of the championship round is set for Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 8-9:30 p.m. (ET).
Torgersen Leads Top 24 Men At AMF Bowling World Cup
10/18/2000 - AMF
LISBON, PORTUGAL -- Tore Torgersen of Norway continues to lead the men at the 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup at Bowling Internacional de Lisboa as the field is cut to the top 24 scorers.
Torgersen, 32, moved into first place Tuesday after rolling a perfect game in the afternoon block. He knocked down 1872 more pins Wednesday morning to cement his hold on the top spot with 5563 pins, 106 pins better than Steve Thornton of England, who has a 24-game total of 5457. Guy Caminsky of South Africa sits in third place with a total of 5364 pins, and Tomas Leandersson, who also had a perfect game in Tuesday's action, is in fourth place with 5362 pins.
Joao Januario of Portugal rolled a 257 game in his block of eight games to set another record for a single-game high by a Portuguese bowler in World Cup competition. He finished tied for 59th with 4448 pins, and a 185.3 average.
The top 24 men return to Bowling Internacional de Lisboa at 8 a.m. Thursday morning to roll 16 additional games. The top 24 women, who completed their first round of competition Tuesday, begin their next round Thursday at 10:30 a.m. The top eight men and women at the conclusion of Thursday's competition move into the two-day single elimination phase of the competition on specially installed lanes at the Sala Tejo of the Pavhilao Atlantico Friday and Saturday. The new AMF Bowling World Cup champions will be crowned Saturday evening.
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.