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      October 25, 2000:

-Barrette Remains Number One Seed For TV Finals In The Greater Harrisburg Open

10/25/2000 - PWBA
      MECHANICSBURG, PA - Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., averaged 229 for eight games to hold onto the number one position for the TV finals in the Greater Harrisburg Open at ABC Lanes West in Mechanicsburg, PA, Wednesday evening. Barrette won six matches to take the lead by 75 pins over DeDe Davidson of Las Vegas, Nev.

      Davidson pulled into the lead the seventh game of match play by two pins. Barrette defeated Davidson in the position round 279-231 to claim the number one seed.

      "When I lost the lead the seventh game, I was determined to get it back," commented Barrette. Determined she was, Barrette started off with the first nine strikes before leaving the 10-pin.

      "DeDe bowled great tonight," added Barrette. "I knew I had to bowl a good game to get back into the lead."

      Second seed, Davidson will bowl the winner of the three-way shootout match. Davidson averaged 246, won five matches and shot her second 300 of the week her sixth game of match play to qualify second.

      The first three-way shootout match will bring third seed Michelle Mullen, Chicago, Ill., Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY, and Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla. Mullen entering her second tournament this year won five matches tonight and averaged 225.25 to qualify third. Feldman averaged 224 winning four matches to qualify fourth and Duggan averaged 210 winning four matches qualifying fifth.

      The TV finals take place on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised on Monday, October 30th on ESPN2 at 8:00 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.

      The ladies are on eighth stop of a ten-week Fall Tour swing finishing with two majors, The Hammer Players Championship in Rockford, Illinois and The Sam's Town Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.


-Barrette Remains Leader In The Greater Harrisburg Open

10/25/2000 - PWBA
      MECHANICSBURG, PA - Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., averaged 216.25 to hold the lead going into the last round of match play in the Greater Harrisburg Open at ABC Lanes West in Mechanicsburg, PA. Barrette went 6-2-0 in match play and had high games 243, 236, 234, and 224 to help Barrette lead by 181 pins over DeDe Davidson, Las Vegas Nev.

      "I have a good feel throwing the ball this week," said Barrette. "I'm going to stay aggressive and firm with my shots."

      Barrette was aggressive when she picked up the 7-10 split in the second game of match play. The conversion was the second for Barrette this year and fourth in her career. The first 7-10 split conversion this year was at the Foundation Games II in Sebring, Fla.

      "I just threw the ball as hard as I could to bounce it (the ten-pin) out to take out the seven pin and it worked," added Barrette. "I'm sure I broke some kind of record for the most 7-10 split conversions."

      Tied for the second and third positions are DeDe Davidson and Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla. Davidson averaged 218.75 to make a move from fifth. Duggan averaged 216.62 to keep the same position. Both Davidson and Duggan won five matches.

      Jennifer Swanson, Shelton, Conn., and Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY, moved two spots into the fourth and fifth positions. Swanson went 6-1-1 in match play and averaged 216.12 while Feldman won five matches and averaged 217.5

      The top 24 return Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. to bowl the last round of match play. The top five advance to the televised finals on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised on Monday, October 30th on ESPN2 at 8:00 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.

      The lady professionals are on their eighth stop of a ten-week Fall Tour swing finishing with two majors, The Hammer Players Championship in Rockford, Illinois and The Sam's Town Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.


-Robert Smith Ruins Walter Ray Williams Jr.'s Bid At History By Winning Flagship Open

10/25/2000 - PBA
      ERIE, Pa. - Robert Smith beat the best to take home his second career title in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour's Flagship Open at Eastway Lanes Tuesday evening.

      Smith, Simi Valley, Calif., defeated Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the title match, 239-233, to capture the victory and the $19,000 first-place check. The win halted Williams' bid to become just the third player in PBA history (Dick Weber and Johnny Petraglia) to win three consecutive singles titles.

      The win was the second of 2000 for Smith, who earlier this year won Bowling's U.S. Open to end Norm Duke's bid for the Triple Crown.

      "This win really means a lot to me," Smith said. "I have gotten to a point now where I know that I belong out here with the best and I can take these guys on at any time. I think winning twice adds a certain amount of validity to a player and it gives me added confidence."

      Williams started the match with a single-pin (10-pin) spare. The PBA Hall of Famer from Ocala, Fla., then left the 6-7-10 split and was unable to pick up the spare, leaving an open frame. Smith moved smartly through the first two frames with strikes.

      Williams, who received a $10,000 check for second, finally struck in frames three through five. Smith matched Williams' strikes in those same frames. With a 35-pin lead heading into the sixth frame, Smith's string of strikes ended as he left the 10-pin, which he converted. He then left a split (3-4-6-7) in the seventh frame, which led to his first and only open frame.

      However, Williams was unable to capitalize on Smith's open frame as he left two 10-pins in frames six and seven. He converted both single-pin spares, and then struck in the eighth and ninth frames.

      "My speed was a pinch slow and after the split in the second frame my timing was off," said Williams. "I was really trying for my third win in a row and to get my name in the record books. I bowled well and beat some good players to get there, I just didn't save enough strikes for Robert."

      Smith quickly regrouped after his split and struck in the next two frames (eight and nine). With one frame to go, Smith needed a strike and good count to win the title. He struck on his first ball and, knowing the victory was almost his, finished with an eight count.

      "I threw one bad shot and luckily it was the only one," Smith said. "Fortunately I was able to get my composure back."

      Williams (258) advanced to the title match by defeating Jason Couch (221) and Danny Wiseman (199) in the semifinal match. Couch, Clermont, Fla., garnered $6,000 for his fourth-place finish. Wiseman, Baltimore, who could finish no lower than third due to his No. 2 qualifying position, received $7,500.

      In match two, Williams (268) defeated Chris Barnes (188) and Steve Hoskins (183). Barnes, Wichita, Kan., took home $5,000 for finishing in fifth. Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla., earned $4,500 for sixth place.

      In the first match, Hoskins and Doug Kent tied (222-222), while defeating Ryan Shafer (211). The tiebreaker format is a one-ball roll-off and Hoskins and Kent tied, 10-10, on each of the first two tiebreakers. Hoskins finally emerged as the victor in the third roll-off, 10-8. Kent, Newark, N.Y., placed seventh ($4,000), while Shafer, Elmira, N.Y., placed eighth and earned $3,600.

      The Tour now heads to Woodland Bowl where Randy Pedersen will defend his title in the Indianapolis Open. Qualifying starts Sunday, Oct. 29, and ESPN will televise the championship round live Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 8-9:30 p.m. (ET).


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