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      October 23, 2002:

-Kulick In Command

10/23/2002 - PWBA
      MESA, Ariz. -- She didn't win the majority of her matches but when she needed some big games Kelly Kulick, Union, NJ took advantage of the situation. The Professional Women's Bowling Association Rookie of the Year completed the 30th game of the Wheelchair Awareness Classic at Country Club Lanes as the tournament leader with a 212.60 average, a 6,543 pinfall and a 5-6-1 match play record (Ed. note -- player earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds)

      "I was very frustrated early in the day because the shot was different from yesterday and I had trouble finding a path to the pocket," saidKulick.

      After going 2-6-1 in her first nine, Kulick won her next three with a 299-243-266. Her 800 series was the first of the tournament and first of the 25-year olds career. The former TEAM USA'er has notched the top three scores of the tournament with a 299, a 279 and a pair of 266s. Only a four-pin separated the second-year pro from a perfect game.

      "That last shot felt great off my hand," she said. "I'm not complaining though. A 299 out here with the way the lanes are playing is like winning three matches."

      Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla. trails Kulick by 64 pins with 207.96 and 6,479. The lefty went 8-4 with five victories versus players that are in the tournament's top 10.

      "Everyone out here is just trying grinding out these games,"said Stanbrough. "This house plays so different from pair to pair. You have take advantage of it when you get on a good pair-when you're not, you have to try to bowl a clean game."

      Four-time Player of the Year Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nevada, also went 8-4 with a 203.63 average and a 6,349 tally. Macpherson sits in third, 30-pins ahead of fourth place Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY.

      Johnson, who was leading the event entering Wednesday, went 7-5 with a 203.63 clip and 6,319. The 11-times titlest is attempting to make the championship round for the fourth straight national tournament. In her previous three efforts she has finished second, first and third.

      Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla. moved up one spot to fifth with totals of 202.66, 6,260 and 6-6. Gaines has been a part of the televised finals seven times this season.

      Arizona State grad Amy Stoltz closed out the round in 15th with 195.13, 6,034 and 6-6. With 12-games to go in the prelims and 360 bonus pins still available, Stoltz is one of 14 players capable of climbing the ladder into the top five.

      The final match play session takes place on Thursday, Oct.24, at 11 a.m. At the conclusion of match play, the top five bowlers compete on Friday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. in the championship rounds. ESPN2 will tape the championships for an October 28 broadcast at 10 p.m. (ET).

MATCHPLAY STANDINGS AFTER 30 GAMES 
                                         BLOCK TOTALS                         TOTAL 
POSBOWLER - HOMETOWN             QUAL   1   2    3    4   PINS   AVG   W-L-T   PINS  +OR-  PRIZE 
 
 1 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ        3724 1214 1440    0   0  6378 212.60  5- 6- 1 6543  +543 
 2 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma C 3713 12371289    0    0  6239 207.96  8- 4- 0 6479  +479 
 3 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, N 3659 12401210    0    0  6109 203.63  8- 4- 0 6349  +349 
 4 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY   3834 1139 1136    0    0  6109 203.63 7- 5- 0  6319  +319 
 5 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL     3655 1216 1209    0    0  6080 202.66 6- 6- 0  6260  +260 
 6 Cara Honeychurch-Australia,   3492 1225 1272    0    0  5989 199.63 9- 3- 0  6259  +259 
 7 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Rich 3549 11831282    0    0  6014 200.46  8- 4- 0 6254  +254 
 8 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ  3611 1111 1289    0    0  6011 200.36 8- 4- 0  6251  +251 
 9 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT        3531 1220 1261    0   0  6012 200.40  7- 5- 0 6222  +222 
10 Dede Davidson-Las Vegas, NV   3693 1122 1250    0    0  6065 202.16 5- 7- 0  6215  +215 
11 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, 3554 10821325    0    0  5961 198.70  7- 5- 0 6171  +171 
12 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL           3471 1189 1223    0   0  5883 196.10  8- 3- 1 6138  +138 
13 Tennelle Grijalva-Yorba Linda 3452 12011175    0    0  5828 194.26  8- 4- 0 6068   +68 
14 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX     3485 1194 1209    0    0  5888 196.26 6- 6- 0  6068   +68 
15 Amy Stolz(am)-Westminster, CO 3498 12171139    0    0  5854 195.13  6- 6- 0 6034   +34 
16 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, N 3411 11531234    0    0  5798 193.26  6- 6- 0 5978   -22 
17 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX   3502 1116 1171    0    0  5789 192.96 5- 6- 1  5954   -46 
18 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, I 3554 11511158    0    0  5863 195.43  3- 9- 0 5953   -47 
19 Kim Terrell-Antioch, CA       3516 1195 1094    0   0  5805 193.50  4- 8- 0 5925   -75 
20 Carol Gianotti-Block-Australi 3428 10881229    0    0  5745 191.50  3- 8- 1 5850  -150 
21 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton,  3470 1075 1143    0    0  5688 189.60 4- 6- 2  5838  -162 
22 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA   3521 1149 1081    0    0  5751 191.70 2- 9- 1  5826  -174 
23 Shana Ray-Corpus Christi, TX  3389 1166 1156    0    0  5711 190.36 3- 8- 1  5816  -184 
24 Amy Dillon-Miami, FL          3428 1124 1135    0   0  5687 189.56  4- 8- 0 5807  -193 





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