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      October 19, 2000:

-Dorin-Ballard Wins 10th Career Title In The Three Rivers Open

10/19/2000 - PWBA
      PITTSBURGH, PA - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Tex., defeated Cheryl Daniels in the championship match 213-161 winning her 10th career title in the Three Rivers Open at Princess Lanes in Pittsburgh, Pa, Thursday evening. This was Dorin-Ballard's third title of the year and she is the first to be a repeat winner at Princess Lanes.

      "It's overwhelming," commented Dorin-Ballard. "It hasn't even sunk in yet. I never imagined winning three titles in one year and it's really cool being the first repeat winner here. I love coming here. The fans are great. It's really relaxing when the crowd is behind you."

      In the first opening three-way match, Swanson defeated defending champion, Cathy Dorin, Sandusky, Ohio, and Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 236-215-210.

      In the semi-final match, Jennifer Swanson, Shelton, Conn., faced Cheryl Daniels, W. Bloomfield, Mich. Swanson and Daniels kept it a close match with Swanson leading by ten pins in the fifth frame. Swanson kept the lead by striking the next four frames leading by 19 pins in the eighth. Daniels showed no signs of letting down striking out posting a score of 249. This left Swanson having to double in the tenth. Swanson struck her first ball in the tenth, but left a seven-pin her second ball, loosing the match by one pin. Daniels advanced to the championship match defeating Swanson 249-248.

      Daniels started the championship match with a two pin advantage through five frames. Both competitors struck in the sixth but Daniels opened the door by leaving the 3-4-6-7-9-10 split and an open in the seventh frame. Daniels continued to struggle ending the match with two splits while Dorin-Ballard stayed clean defeating Daniels 213-161.

      "I think I bowled better than the score shows," explained Daniels. "Under the TV lights the lanes change so fast. The left lane was really hooking and I didn't make adjustments quick enough."

      Dorin-Ballard commented on the seventh frame turning point.

      "I try not to watch but I knew by the crowd reaction that what Cheryl left was not good. That was a good point in the match to some pressure on her. By throwing a double I knew I had a chance to win. I was able to get a good reaction and the outcome was good. Cheryl bowled great tonight and all week. She's a tough competitor."

      Dorin-Ballard accepted the first place check of $11,000 presented by Olympic Gold Medallist, Roger Kingdom of Pittburgh. Kingdom is a bowling fan and an avid bowler with an average of 207.

      Championship-round results and their scores, earnings and playoff results in the Professional Women's Bowling Association's Three Rivers Open;
    1. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hls., Tex., 213 -1 game- $11,000.
    2. Cheryl Daniels, W. Bloomfield, Mich., 410 -2 games- $6,000.
    3. Jennifer Swanson, Shelton, Conn., 484 -2 games- $3,900.
    4. Cathy Dorin, Sandusky, OH, 215 -1 game- $3,200.
    5. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 210 -1 game- $2,700.
Playoff Results: Swanson def. Dorin and Macpherson in a three-way shootout, 236-215-210; in the semi-final match, Daniels def. Swanson 249-248; and in the championship match, Dorin-Ballard def. Daniels 213-161.


-Torgersen, Zulkifli Are Top Seeds For Next Phase Of AMF World Cup

10/19/2000 - AMF
      LISBON. PORTUGAL -- Tore Torgersen of Norway and Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia are the top-seeded players as the 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup moves into the two-day, single-elimination phase that will decide the new men and women's champions.

      Torgersen and Zulkifli earned their rankings by virtue of being the top scorers after 40 games of qualifying. Torgersen, the 1994 AMF Bowling World Cup champion, averaged 226.5 with total pinfall of 9058 in the men's 88-player division, while Zulkifli bypassed yesterday's leader Clara Juliana Guerrero to top the 67-player women's field. Zulkifli fired an eight-game set of 1715 to push her total to 8748 pins and a 218.7 average.

      The field of play moves Friday from Bowling Internacional de Lisboa to two specially installed lanes in the Sala Tejo room of the Atlantic Pavilion, on the grounds of Nations Park. The top eight men and women scorers after 40 games will compete in single-elimination, best-two-of-three matches, with top seeds Torgersen and Zulkifli taking on the No. 8 seeds, Domenico Righi of San Marino and Kirsten Penny of England, respectively, in their first matches. Seeding is assigned by scoring finish at the conclusion of today's competition.

      Players who win their matches in Friday's quarterfinal round move into the semifinal round Saturday, with the winners of the semifinal matches facing off for the AMF Bowling World Cup title Saturday afternoon.

      The women take the lanes first at 2 p.m. on Friday, with No. 4 seeded Heidi Larnia of Finland facing No. 5 seed Diane Buchanan of Canada. Top-seeded Zulkfli faces No. 8 seed Penny at 5 p.m.

      The men are spotlighted Friday night beginning at 7 p.m., when No. 4 seed Steve Thornton of England pairs off with the 1988 AMF World Cup champion and No. 5 seed, Mohammed Al-Qubaisi of the UAE. Torgersen's first showdown in the arena comes at 10 p.m., when he takes on No. 8 seed Righi.

      The semifinal round for the winners of Friday's action begins Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Sala Tejo, with the women's championship match scheduled for 1 p.m. and the men's at 5 p.m. Portugal's minister of youth and sport, Armando Vara, is expected to be on hand for the trophy presentation.


-Torgersen And Guerrero Retain Leads At AMF Bowling World Cup

10/19/2000 - AMF
      LISBON. PORTUGAL -- Tore Torgersen of Norway and Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia continue to set the pace at the 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup after 32 games of competition at Bowling Internacional de Lisboa.

      The 32-year-old Torgersen saw his lead over second-place Steve Thornton of England trimmed from 106 to 81 pins. Torgersen has a 32-game total of 7306 with a 228.3 average. while Thornton is at 7225 pins and a 225.8 average. Tomas Leandersson of Sweden remains in third place with 7143 pins and a 223.2 average.

      Torgersen and Leandersson's total scores have benefited from the perfect games each rolled in Tuesday's competition.

      Guerrero, an 18-year-old student from Medellin. maintained her consistently high scoring pace with an eight-game set of 1728 to keep a 26-pin lead over Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia. 7060-7034. Guerrero is averaging 220.6 through 32 games. and Zulkifli 219.8. Ann-Maree Putney. who was in second after 24 games. fell to fourth behind Heidi Larnia of Finland. 6938-6931.

      Diane Buchanan of Canada. who rolled the tournament's third 300 game in the women's round. sits in fifth place with 6727 pins and a 210.2 average.

      The remaining 24 men and 24 women in this year's competition bowl eight more games today. after which the field will be trimmed to the top eight men and women. Those bowlers advance 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. All pins are dropped after Thursday's action and bowlers compete head-to-head in best two-of-three-game matches. with the winner advancing to the next round.


-Diane Buchanan Of Canada Rolls 300 At AMF Bowling World Cup

10/19/2000 - AMF
      LISBON, PORTUGAL -- Diane Buchanan of Canada rolled the third perfect game of the 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup Thursday afternoon at Bowling Internacional de Lisboa.

      Buchanan's perfect game came on lanes 21 and 22. It is the first perfect game by a woman in this year's Bowling World Cup, and the third by a woman in the tournament's history.

      Another Canadian, Jill Friis, rolled a 300 game in the Bowling World Cup last year in Las Vegas, USA. Malaysia's Shalin Zulkifli, who is competing in this year's competition, tossed the first ever by a woman.

      The 26-year-old Buchanan, who hails from Brossard, Quebec, began today's action in eighth place, with a 207.9 average. She is fighting to become one of the top eight women who, along with the top eight men after today's round of 16 games, advances to the two-day single-elimination phase of the 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup at Lisbon's Atlantic Pavilion, beginning Friday afternoon.

      Earlier this week, Sweden's Tomas Leandersson rolled the first 300 game of the tournament, followed minutes later by Norway's Tore Torgersen. Thirteen perfect games have now been recorded in the AMF Bowing World Cup. Jack Guay of Canada recorded the first perfect game in 1994, in Hermosillo, Mexico.


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