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      October 24, 2001:

-Liz Johnson Claims Hammer Players Championship

10/24/2001 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, IL - In what can only be described as a "clutch performance" Liz Johnson took home the title at the 2001 Hammer Players Championship. The Cheektowaga, N.Y. native defeated Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y. 205-202 in the championship match and took home a first place check for $13,000. The title was the 27-year-old's 10th of her career, fourth this season and second major.

      "This title has to be on of my best," said Johnson. "Winning a major is something not everyone gets a chance to do during a career. I feel very fortunate to win a title in the home of the PWBA."

      After leaving the first two frames open, Johnson found herself trailing Feldman by 19-pins entering the ninth stanza. However, in one of this season's best performances under pressure, the 1996 PWBA Rookie of the Year pulled off a four-bagger and put the pressure back on Feldman. With the championship on the line, the eight-time titlest failed to pull off a double in the tenth, settling for second place and a check for $7,000.

      "Michelle has been bowling very well lately," said Johnson. "I knew if I was going to have a chance to win I had to stay focused through the whole match. Luckily I had a chance to put the pressure on her in the tenth."

      Entering the championship round as the No. 2 seed, Johnson faced Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas in the semi-finals and defeated the PWBA's title leader 244-183. She earned the No. 2 spot by tallying the week's best match play record of 16-7-1 along with an 11,028-pin fall and a 219.43 average.

      Dorin-Ballard, who was appearing in her PWBA-record breaking 16th televised finals, took home a third place purse worth $4,600. She started the evening by knocking off fourth and fifth seeds Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J. and Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif. 233-152-171 in the opening shootout. Johnson earned $4,200 while Kulick took home $3,700.

      The Hammer Players Championship finals will be televised on ESPN2 on Monday, October 29 at 8 p.m. (EST) and Tuesday, October 30 at 7 a.m. The next stop on the PWBA tour is the Las Cruces New Mexico Open taking place from October 28 to November 1.

Championship-Round Results And Their Scores, Earnings And Playoff Results:
      1. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 449 -2 games- $13,000
      2. Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., 202 -1 game- $7,000
      3. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 416 -2 games- $4,600
      4. Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., 171 -1 game- $4,200
      5 Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 152 -1 game- $3,700

Playoff Results:
Dorin-Ballard def. T. Johnson & Kulick 233-171-152; Semi Final Match: L. Johnson def. Dorin-Ballard 244-183; Championship Match: L. Johnson def. Feldman 205-202.


-Feldman Stays No. 1 For Finals Of $90,000 Hammer Players Championship

10/24/2001 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, IL - Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y. went wire to wire during the preliminaries of the $90,000 Hammer Players Championship to earn the No. 1 seed for Wednesday night's televised championship round. Feldman closed out the 48-game qualifying with an 11,113 pin fall, a 222.77 average and a 14-10 record (Editor's note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds).

      "It's very tough to lead a tournament from beginning to end," said Feldman. "During the fifth round I lost a lot of ground so tonight I just wanted to concentrate on making the show. I made a point of limiting my mistakes and fortunately Liz didn't catch me."

      Ranking second behind Feldman is Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., who completed the week with an 11,028 total and a 219 average. Johnson will be aiming for her fourth championship of the 2001 campaign. Leading the tour in titles (6) is third seed Carolyn Dorin-Ballard. Dorin-Ballard will be making her PWBA-record 16th televised appearance in 20 tournaments.

      Making her sixth championship round appearance this season is fourth seeded Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J. A three-time member of Team USA, Kulick's highest finish this year was second place at the WIBC Queens. Last but not least is Tish Johnson, Northridge,Calif. who edged out Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., in the final game of the night to claim the fifth seed.

      The Hammer Players Championship finals will begin on Wednesday (Oct. 24) at 7 p.m. ESPN2 will tape the championships and later broadcast them on Monday, October 29 at 8 p.m. (EST) and Tuesday, October 30 at 7 a.m.

Match Play Standings After 48 Games:
                                             BLOCK TOTALS                        TOTAL
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                  QUAL   1    2    3   PINS   AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE
  1 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   5471 1812 1699 1711 10693 222.77 14-10- 0 11113 +1513
  2 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY        5241 1730 1927 1635 10533 219.43 16- 7- 1 11028 +1428
  3 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  5116 1695 1820 1769 10400 216.66 16- 8- 0 10880 +1280
  4 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ             5173 1589 1628 1830 10220 212.91 15- 9- 0 10670 +1070
  5 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA        5248 1733 1611 1654 10246 213.45 11-12- 1 10591  +991
  6 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     5057 1634 1694 1753 10138 211.20 15- 9- 0 10588  +988  $3,200
  7 Jennifer Swanson-Shelton, CT       5095 1717 1712 1640 10164 211.75 13-10- 1 10569  +969  $2,700
  8 Cara Honeychurch-Australia,        5050 1752 1620 1718 10140 211.25 12-11- 1 10515  +915  $2,500
  9 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     5202 1592 1793 1565 10152 211.50 12-12- 0 10512  +912  $2,400
 10 Kim Terrell-Daly City, CA          5136 1691 1553 1749 10129 211.02 12-12- 0 10489  +889  $2,300
 11 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ       4950 1668 1670 1686  9974 207.79 16- 7- 1 10469  +869  $2,200
 12 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                5121 1801 1618 1567 10107 210.56 10-13- 1 10422  +822  $2,100
 13 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             5078 1625 1731 1593 10027 208.89 13-11- 0 10417  +817  $2,000
 14 Cheryl Daniels-West Bloomfield, MI 4983 1645 1781 1578  9987 208.06 13-11- 0 10377  +777  $1,900
 15 Dede Davidson-Las Vegas, NV        5018 1667 1541 1791 10017 208.68 11-12- 1 10362  +762  $1,800
 16 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX          4884 1555 1658 1740  9837 204.93 12-12- 0 10197  +597  $1,750
 17 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI         5234 1721 1544 1448  9947 207.22  8-16- 0 10187  +587  $1,700
 18 Maxine Nable-Australia,            4906 1578 1697 1553  9734 202.79 15- 9- 0 10184  +584  $1,650
 19 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     5124 1646 1558 1544  9872 205.66 10-14- 0 10172  +572  $1,600
 20 Shana Ray-Corpus Christi, TX       5119 1675 1553 1422  9769 203.52  7-17- 0  9979  +379  $1,580
 21 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma City,  4953 1584 1582 1504  9623 200.47  9-15- 0  9893  +293  $1,560
 22 Janette Piesczynski-Cheektowaga, N 4880 1596 1554 1527  9557 199.10  9-14- 1  9842  +242  $1,540
 23 Karen Bowlby-Logan, OH             4941 1463 1473 1527  9404 195.91  9-15- 0  9674   +74  $1,520
 24 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX        4932 1501 1554 1486  9473 197.35  6-18- 0  9653   +53  $1,500





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