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      October 24, 2002:

-Keeping Cool With Kulick

10/24/2002 - PWBA
      MESA, Ariz. - Kelly Kulick saved her best stuff for the last day of qualifying at the Wheelchair Awareness Classic at the Country Club Lanes. The 25-year old finished the tournament preliminaries as the No. 1 seed entering Friday's ESPN2 Stepladder finals.

      "I came into this round very optimistic," said Kulick. "I've always felt I was capable of being the No. 1 seed but I never managed to pull it off in the end. The biggest difference today was that I won most of my matches."

      Kulick closed out the 42-game prelims with a 212 average, a 9,369 pinfall and a 15-8-1 record (Ed. note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds). During the last 12 games the Professional Women's Bowling Association Rookie of the Year went 10-2 while averaging 219.12.

      Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nevada snatched the two spot with 208.16, 9,223 and 16-8-0. The Player of the Decade for the 1990s, Macpherson went 8-4 for the second consecutive round. The 19-time titlests will be making her PWBA-record 100th career TV appearance.

      "The goal I had for myself was to get the No. 2 seed and not have to bowl in the first match of the finals," Macpherson said. "With the kind of lane conditions we've had to face the last three days I'm very pleased."

      Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla. landed in the three slot with totals of 208.61, 9,152 and 13-11-0. A runner-up twice this season, Stanbrough will be making her fourth trip to the championship round.

      Reigning Player of the Year Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas secured the No. 4 seed tallying 204.90, 9,086 and 16-8-0. A recent winner at the Burlington Open, Dorin-Ballard will be attempting to win her third championship of the 2002 campaign. Along with Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY, Dorin-Ballard co-leads the tour in TV finals appearances with nine.

      One of three players with multiple titles this season, Feldman grabbed the final spot after defeating Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Linden, NJ, 233-185 in the 42nd game of the round. The native New Yorker cashed out with a 202.45 clip, a 8,923 tally and a 14-10 record.

      Defending champion Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif. finished 13th (196.19, 8,585 and 11-12-1) while Arizona State grad Amy Stolz, Westmister, CO, ended up 10th (198.19, 8,744 and 14-10-0). Stolz was also the only amateur to complete all 42 contests.

      The finals for the Wheelchair Awareness Classic will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25. ESPN2 will tape the championships for an October 28 broadcast at 10 p.m. (ET).

MATCH PLAY STANDINGS AFTER 42 GAMES 
                                          BLOCK TOTALS                          TOTAL 
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN             QUAL   1    2    3    4   PINS   AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE 
 
 1 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ        3724 1214 1440 1219 1307  8904 212.00 15- 8- 1  9369  +969 
 2 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, N 3659 1240 1210 1228 1406  8743 208.16 16- 8- 0  9223  +823 
 3 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma C 3713 1237 1289 1248 1275  8762 208.61 13-11- 0  9152  +752 
 4 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Rich 3549 1183 1282 1330 1262  8606 204.90 16- 8- 0  9086  +686 
 5 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, 3554 1082 1325 1306 1236  8503 202.45 14-10- 0  8923  +523 
 6 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL           3471 1189 1223 1121 1349  8353 198.88 17- 6- 1  8878  +478  $1,900 
 7 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ  3611 1111 1289 1294 1138  8443 201.02 13-11- 0  8833  +433  $1,600 
 8 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL     3655 1216 1209 1210 1145  8435 200.83 12-12- 0  8795  +395  $1,400 
 9 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT        3531 1220 1261 1201 1174  8387 199.69 13-11- 0  8777  +377  $1,300 
10 Amy Stolz(am)-Westminster, CO 3498 1217 1139 1229 1241  8324 198.19 14-10- 0  8744  +344  $1,250 
11 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY   3834 1139 1136 1106 1220  8435 200.83 10-14- 0  8735  +335  $1,200 
12 Cara Honeychurch-Australia,   3492 1225 1272 1239 1053  8281 197.16 12-12- 0  8641  +241  $1,150 
13 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA   3521 1149 1081 1267 1222  8240 196.19 11-12- 1  8585  +185  $1,125 
14 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX     3485 1194 1209 1160 1112  8160 194.28 13-11- 0  8550  +150  $1,100 
15 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, I 3554 1151 1158 1155 1198  8216 195.61 10-14- 0  8516  +116  $1,090 
16 Carol Gianotti-Block-Australi 3428 1088 1229 1195 1229  8169 194.50 11-12- 1  8514  +114  $1,080 
17 Tennelle Grijalva-Yorba Linda 3452 1201 1175 1112 1190  8130 193.57 12-12- 0  8490   +90  $1,070 
18 Kim Terrell-Antioch, CA       3516 1195 1094 1239 1191  8235 196.07  8-16- 0  8475   +75  $1,060 
19 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX   3502 1116 1171 1152 1155  8096 192.76 11-12- 1  8441   +41  $1,050 
20 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, N 3411 1153 1234 1170 1135  8103 192.92 11-13- 0  8433   +33  $1,040 
21 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton,  3470 1075 1143 1131 1100  7919 188.54  7-15- 2  8159  -241  $1,030 
22 Amy Dillon-Miami, FL          3428 1124 1135 1052 1140  7879 187.59  9-15- 0  8149  -251  $1,020 
23 Shana Ray-Corpus Christi, TX  3389 1166 1156 1053 1112  7876 187.52  6-17- 1  8071  -329  $1,010 
24 Maxine Nable-Australia,  (Alt 3340 1122 1250 1207 1101  8020 190.95  0-24- 0  8020  -380  $1,000 


-Australia's Trotter Retakes Top Spot At Bowling World Cup; Guenther Rolls Tournament's Fourth 300 Game

10/24/2002 - AMF Bowling
      RIGA, LATVIA - Australia's Paul Trotter, who opened his AMF Bowling World Cup campaign with a 300 game, nearly duplicated the feat in the final game of the men's qualifying Thursday at Toss Boulinga Halle and regained the top seed position for Friday's quarterfinals round.

      Trotter's 299 closer capped a 32-game total of 7,493 pins and edged Germany's Kai Guenther by 54 sticks, despite Guenther's rolling the tournament's fourth 300 game this week. Trotter averaged 234.16 to Guenther's 232.47.

      "So far, this has just been a dream," said the 30-year-old customer service representative from suburban Melbourne. "I was hoping just to finish in the middle of the field, and look at me. I was really relaxed going into the last game, and that always tends to help my swing loosen up."

      Trotter will face the No. 8 seed, Mika Luoto of Finland, in the quarterfinals Friday night. Luoto snatched the last position in the Round of 8 from the Philippines' Christian Jan Suarez by just two pins, 7,227-7,225. Filling in between Trotter and Luoto are Guenther, England's Wayne Greenall, 1999 men's World Cup champion Ahmed Shaheen of Qatar, Andrew Cain of the USA, Talal Towereb of Saudi Arabia, and Asian Games triple gold medallist Remy Ong of Singapore.

      Towereb is the first Saudi bowler ever to make it to the Round of 8 in the 38-year history of the Bowling World Cup.

      In the women's division, U.S. national amateur champion Shannon Pluhowsky easily cruised into the top seed position for the women's quarterfinals. Pluhowsky also carded a 299 game Thursday to boost her 32-game qualifying total to 7,434 pins and a 232.31 average.

      Advancing to the Round of 8 with Pluhowsky are Malaysia's Wendy Chai, France's Pascale Moynot, Mari Kimura of Japan, the 1999 women's Bowling World Cup champion Amanda Bradley of Australia, Sara Vargas of Colombia, England's Nikki Harvey and Mexico's Teresa Piccini.

      South Africa's Lisa Paluzzi also joined the 300 Club Thursday when she became the fourth woman in World Cup history to roll a 300 game. Four perfect games have been rolled in Riga's World Cup so far.

      Quarterfinal action begins at with the women at 8 a.m. Friday, when Japan's Kimura squares off against Australia's Bradley. The format changes from total pinfall to best-of-three-games, head-to-head matches; all pinfall accumulated prior to Friday is dropped. In the best-of-three format, the match loser is eliminated from the tournament. The 2002 AMF Bowling World Cup champions will be crowned Saturday afternoon.

      The quarterfinals, semifinals and championship matches will be taped by Matchroom Sport for later worldwide distribution.

Standings after 32 games: Men (top 8 advance to quarterfinals) 

1, Paul Trotter, Australia, 7493, 234.15.
2, Kai Guenther, Germany, 7439, 232.46. 
3, Wayne Greenall, England, 7359, 229.96. 
4, Ahmed Shaheen, Qatar, 7357, 229.90. 
5, Andrew Cain, USA, 7341, 229.40. 
6, Talal Towereb, Saudi Arabia, 7267, 227.09. 
7, Remy Ong, Singapore, 7230, 225.93. 
8, Mika Luoto, Finland, 7227, 225.84. 

9, Christian Jan R. Suarez, Philippines, 7225, 225.78. 
10, Masahiro Hibi, Japan, 7158, 223.68. 
11, Anders Ohman, Sweden, 7127, 222.71. 
12, Michael Sassen, Netherlands, 7118, 222.43. 
13, Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, 7065, 220.78. 
14, Amedeo Spada, Italy, 7054, 220.43. 
15, Pedro Diaz, Venezuela, 7040, 220. 
16, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 6936, 216.75. 
17, Alan Gibbons, Ireland, 6924, 216.37. 
18, Or Aviram, Israel, 6871, 214.71. 
19, Eduardo Figueroa, Mexico, 6835, 213.59. 
20, Francisco Zelaya, El Salvador, 6781, 211.90. 
21, Garsten Gjertsen, Denmark, 6721, 210.03. 
22, Chao-Yu Cheng, Chinese Taipei, and Shaker Ali Al Hassan, UAE, 6720, 210. 
24, Amiredin Tabatabaei, Iran, 6718, 209.93. 


Women (top 8 advance to quarterfinals)
1, Shannon Pluhowsky, USA, 7434, 232.31. 
2, Wendy Chai, Malaysia, 7052, 220.38. 
3, Pascale Moynot, France, 6918, 216.19. 
4, Mari Kimura, Japan, 6886, 215.19. 
5, Amanda Bradley, Australia, 6873, 214.78. 
6, Sara Vargas, Colombia, 6858, 214.31. 
7, Nikki Harvey, England, 6824, 213.25. 
8, Teresa Piccini, Mexico, 6818, 213.06. 

9, Heidi Larnia, Finland, 6708, 209.63. 
10, Ivonne Altmuller, Austria, 6697, 209.28. 
11, Josephine L. Canare, Philippines, 6696, 209.25. 
12, Raffaella Fusco, Italy, 6682, 208.81. 
13, Diane Buchanan, Canada, 6634, 207.31. 
14, Melody Yeung, Hong Kong, 6559, 204.97. 
15, Sue Abela, Malta, 6520, 203.75. 
16, Lisa Paluzzi, South Africa, 6509, 203.41. 
17, Laura Rhoney, Scotland, 6476, 202.38. 
18, Happy Ari Dewanti Soediyono, Indonesia, 6458, 201.81. 
19, Suphapom Chuanprasertkit, Thailand, 6455, 201.72. 
20, Ross Greiner, Netherlands, 6407, 200.22. 
21, Belinda Tan, New Zealand, 6383, 199.47. 
22, Tracey Aubert, Jersey, 6277, 196.16. 
23, Ruth Doppler, Switzerland, 6269, 195.91. 
24, Aida Granillo, El Salvador, 6154, 192.31. 


-Pluhowsky Is Top Seed For Round Of 8 At Bowling World Cup; South Africa's Lisa Paluzzi Is Perfect With 300 Game

10/24/2002 - AMF Bowling
      RIGA, LATVIA - The USA's national amateur champion, Shannon Pluhowsky, continued to dominate the women's competition Thursday morning during the second stage of qualifying at the AMF Bowling World Cup, underway at Toss Boulinga Halle.

      Pluhowsky, 20, came within a 7-pin of perfection late in the morning, firing a 299 game that highlighted a 12-game series of 2,734 pins. She enters Friday's "Round of 8" quarterfinals as the women's top seed, emerging from 32 games of qualifying with 7,434 pins and a 232.31 average.

      "I just tried to stay calm and focused today, especially during the 299 game," Pluhowsky said. "I made a ball change today, to something that was more aggressive on the lanes. I opened with a 170 game, and that surprised me a little, because the lanes were not at all reacting the way they had all week. I thought I was making good shots, but I just wasn't lined up properly. Once I made the adjustment, I was OK."

      While Pluhowsky was solidifying her lead, South Africa's Lisa Paluzzi became the fourth woman in World Cup history, and the third person in this year's tournament, to roll a 300 game. It came on the same pair of lanes where Pluhowsky fired her 299 earlier in the day. Paluzzi used her first-ever perfect game to pull herself to 16th place with a total of 6,509 pins and a 203.41 average.

      "My favorite bowling balls, along with my shoes and bags, were stolen two weeks ago," Paluzzi said, "and up until last Thursday I wasn't even sure I was going to be here in Riga. I brought some older equipment with me but I struggled with it. Finally, after the third game Wednesday, I decided to drill up a new ball. That's the one I used for the 300 game."

      Paluzzi's father Gerald hosted the 1993 AMF Bowling World Cup in South Africa.

      Advancing to the Round of 8 with Pluhowsky are Malaysia's Wendy Chai, France's Pascale Moynot, Mari Kimura of Japan, the 1999 Bowling World Cup champion Amanda Bradley of Australia, Sara Vargas of Colombia, England's Nikki Harvey and Mexico's Teresa Piccini.

      England's Wayne Greenall will try to maintain his grip on the top spot Thursday evening, as the men complete their first 32 games of qualifying. The English bowler, who also rolled a perfect game this week, leads Germany's Kai Guenther by 11 pins, 4,740-4,729. Greenall is averaging 237.0.

      The top 8 men and women after Thursday's action move into the Round of 8 quarterfinals Friday. The format changes from total pinfall to best-of-three-games head-to-head matches, and all pinfall accumulated prior to Friday is dropped. In the best-of-three format, the match loser is eliminated from the tournament. The quarterfinals, semifinals and championship matches will be taped by Matchroom Sport for later worldwide distribution.
Standings after 32 games: Women (top 8 advance to quarterfinals) 
1, Shannon Pluhowsky, USA, 7434 pins, 232.31 average. 
2, Wendy Chai, Malaysia, 7052, 220.38. 
3, Pascale Moynot, France, 6918, 216.19. 
4, Mari Kimura, Japan, 6886, 215.19. 
5, Amanda Bradley, Australia, 6873, 214.78. 
6, Sara Vargas, Colombia, 6858, 214.31. 
7, Nikki Harvey, England, 6824, 213.25. 
8, Teresa Piccini, Mexico, 6818, 213.06. 

9, Heidi Larnia, Finland, 6708, 209.63. 
10, Ivonne Altmuller, Austria, 6697, 209.28. 
11, Josephine L. Canare, Philippines, 6696, 209.25. 
12, Raffaella Fusco, Italy, 6682, 208.81. 
13, Diane Buchanan, Canada, 6634, 207.31. 
14, Melody Yeung, Hong Kong, 6559, 204.97. 
15, Sue Abela, Malta, 6520, 203.75. 
16, Lisa Paluzzi, South Africa, 6509, 203.41. 
17, Laura Rhoney, Scotland, 6476, 202.38. 
18, Happy Ari Dewanti Soediyono, Indonesia, 6458, 201.81. 
19, Suphapom Chuanprasertkit, Thailand, 6455, 201.72. 
20, Ross Greiner, Netherlands, 6407, 200.22. 
21, Belinda Tan, New Zealand, 6383, 199.47. 
22, Tracey Aubert, Jersey, 6277, 196.16. 
23, Ruth Doppler, Switzerland, 6269, 195.91. 
24, Aida Granillo, El Salvador, 6154, 192.31. 





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