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      October 25, 2002:

-Stanbrough Earns Wheelchair Awareness Classic Title

10/25/2002 - PWBA
      MESA, Ariz. - In one of the closest title matches of the 2002 season, Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla. defeated Kelly Kulick, Union, NJ 194-188 to win the Wheelchair Awareness Classic and a first place check for $9,000. The championship was Stanbrough's first-ever as a professional.

      "This is such a special feeling," stated Stanbrough. "I've finished second four times in the last few years so to finally get a title is a major achievement for me."

      Seeded No. 3 entering the championship round, Stanbrough had to climb her way in the title bout. The lefthander upended Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas 224-199-189 in the opening shootout, then dispatched the Bowler of the Decade for the 1990s, Wendy Macpherson 231-200.

      "It's hard not to say to yourself, 'one game to go' after the first two, but that's what I was thinking," she said. "I couldn't have asked for two better wins. Carolyn was player of the year last year, Michelle's one of the best on tour and Wendy is one of the best of all-time."

      After throwing 16 strikes in her first two matches, Stanbrough looked like she would continue to crash thru the pocket with ease in the finals as she started her tilt with Kulick by registering a pair of strikes and a spare.

      Seeded No. 1 after the 42 games preliminaries, Kulick was less accurate in the opening three. The former TEAM USA member recorded back-to-back marks before failing to pick up the 4-6-10 in the third frame.

      Despite a nine count in the third, Kulick bounced back with a double, then a spare and then another strike. While Kulick began to swing the momentum in her corner, Stanbrough opened in the fourth and the seventh after missing a four pin.

      "When I missed the four in the seventh, I started to think, 'oh no, not again'," said Stanbrough. "I thought the wheels were starting to come off for a second, but then I said 'finish strong. No matter what happens, finish strong.'"

      Finishing strong is exactly what the lefty did to the delight of the capacity crowd at Country Club Lanes. Following a spare in the eighth, Stanbrough tossed a three-bagger plus a nine to put the pressure on Kulick.

      With her fate in her own hands, Kulick knew she would need a double in the tenth plus a six count to take the title away from Stanbrough. After tossing a strike on her first shot, she left a seven pin on her second effort.

      "Kelly is such a talented bowler. With all of her experience with TEAM USA, I knew the pressure wasn't going to get to her," said Stanbrough. "It was very tough sitting there watching her determine what the outcome was going to be."

      Despite a second place finish, Kulick took home $4,800. Macpherson cashed for $3,000 while Feldman and Dorin-Ballard took home $2,500 and $2,200 respectively.

      The finals for the Wheelchair Awareness Classic will be televised on ESPN2 on October 28 at 10 p.m. (ET).

      Championship-round results and their scores, earnings and playoff results in the Professional Women's Bowling Association's $50,000 Wheelchair Awareness Classic;

1. Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla., 649 -3 games- $9,000
2. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 188 -1 game- $4,800
3. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 200 -1 game- $3,000
4. Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., 199 -1 game- $2,500
5. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 189 -1 game- $2,200

Playoff Results:
      Stanbrough def. Feldman and Dorin-Ballard 224-199-189; Semi-finals: Stanbrough def. Macpherson 231-200; Championship: Stanbrough def. Kulick 194-188.


-Finland's Luoto Bumps No. 1 Seed Trotter From Amf Bowling World Cup

10/25/2002 - AMF Bowling
      RIGA, LATVIA - No. 8 seed Mika Luoto of Finland bumped Australian Paul Trotter, the tournament's No. 1 seed, from the AMF Bowling World Cup Friday evening during the men's quarterfinal round at Toss Boulinga Halle.

      Luoto, who barely escaped elimination himself Thursday night in the final game of qualifying, ended Trotter's quest by defeating the Australian 2 games to 0 in the best-of-three, head-to-head "knockout" match. Luoto bested Trotter, who rolled one of four perfect games carded in the tournament thus far, by scores of 215-160 and 244-222.

      "I was lucky last night to get into the Round of 8, and I had luck again today," Luoto said. "I think Paul made a couple of mistakes in his equipment choice and his lane positioning, and I benefited from that."

      Luoto will face Talal Al-Towereb of Saudi Arabia, the first Saudi bowler to qualify for the World Cup Round of 8, in Saturday's semifinal round. No. 6 seed Al-Towereb upset No. 3 seed Wayne Greenall of England, 2 games to 0 (224-191 and 206-204), to advance to the semifinals.

      Al-Towereb, a 21-year-old bank employee, had to borrow from his allotted vacation time next year to compete in Riga this week. "My manager said if I did well, I could possibly get more time off to compete and maybe even a sponsorship," Al-Towereb said.

      "Even though my brain is telling me to be satisfied just to make the top 8, my heart is telling me there is something more I can do in this tournament."

      Joining Luoto and Towereb in the men's semis are the USA's Andrew Cain and Singapore's Remy Ong. Cain, the No. 5 seed, disabled the 1999 Bowling World Cup champion and No. 4 seed Ahmed Shaheen of Qatar, 2 games to 1 (181-189, 226-198, 275-241). Ong, a triple gold medallist in the recent Asian Games and the No. 7 seed in Riga, trounced Germany's Kai Guenther, 2 games to 0 (221-187, 268-242).

      In the earlier women's quarterfinals, top-seeded Shannon Pluhowsky of the USA moved one step closer to the title by defeating No. 8 seed Teresa Piccini of Mexico, 2 games to 0. She will face France's No. 3 Pascale Moynot, who dispatched No. 6 Sara Vargas of Colombia, 2 games to 0.

      In other quarterfinal matches, the 1999 women's Bowling World Cup champion, No. 5 seed Amanda Bradley, slipped past No. 4 seed Mari Kimura of Japan, 2 games to 1; and No. 7 seed Nikki Harvey of England dropped No. 2 seed Wendy Chai of Malaysia, 2 games to 1. Bradley and Harvey will meet in Friday's first semifinal match at 9 a.m.

      The 2002 AMF Bowling World Cup concludes Saturday at Toss Boulinga Halle with the men and women's championship matches following the morning semifinal rounds. The women's championship match is scheduled to begin at approximately 3 p.m., and the men's is tentatively set for 4:30 p.m. (times subject to the duration of previous matches).

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

38th AMF Bowling World Cup, Riga Latvia, October 19-26

Quarterfinal results: Men (best-of-three-games matches; winner advances to semifinal round)
Match 1: #5 Andrew Cain, USA, def. #4 Ahmed Shaheen, Qatar, 2 games to 1 (181-189, 226-198, 275-241)

      Match 2: #6 Talal Al-Towereb, Saudi Arabia, def. #3 Wayne Greenall, England, 2 games to 0 (224-181, 206-204)

      Match 3: #7 Remy Ong, Singapore, def. #2 Kai Guenther of Germany, 2 games to 0 (221-187, 268-242)

      Match 4: #8 Mika Luoto, Finland, def. #1 Paul Trotter, Australia, 2 games to 0 (215-160, 244-222)


Women (best-of-three-games matches; winner advances to semifinal round)
Match 1: #5 Amanda Bradley, Australia, def. #4 Mari Kimura, Japan, 2 games to 1 (226-181, 190-211, 213-207)

      Match 2: #3 Pascale Moynot, France, def. #6 Sara Vargas, Colombia, 2 games to 0 (190-182, 194-185)

      Match 3: #7 Nikki Harvey, England, def. #2 Wendy Chai, Malaysia, 2 games to 1 (200-255, 207-179, 207-195)

      Match 4: #1 Shannon Pluhowsky, USA, def. #8 Teresa Piccini, Mexico, 2 games to 0 (183-177, 221-206)


-No. 1 Seed Pluhowsky Advances To Semifinals At Bowling World Cup

10/25/2002 - AMF Bowling
      RIGA, LATVIA - Top-seeded Shannon Pluhowsky of the USA moved one step closer to the AMF Bowling World Cup title by defeating No. 8 seed Teresa Piccini of Mexico, 2 games to 0, in the women's quarterfinals at Toss Boulinga Halle.

      Pluhowsky clipped her ankle and sent the ball into the gutter in the second frame of the first game, but she was able to recover and squeak out a 183-177 victory in the first game. She took the match by outlasting Piccini in the second game, 221-206, stringing four strikes together in the final frames. (Note: In the head-to-head "knockout" format used from the quarterfinals through the championship round, a bowler must win two of three games against an opponent to win the match and advance to the next round.)

      "I was a little unnerved after hitting my ankle. I swing the ball pretty close to it and sometimes they meet," Pluhowsky said. "After that, I knew I had to relax, because if I tightened up, the same thing might happen again. I just had to put it out of my mind and refocus."

      In the other quarterfinal matches, the 1999 women's Bowling World Cup champion and No. 5 seed in the tournament Amanda Bradley slipped past No. 4 seed Mari Kimura of Japan, 2 games to 1; Nikki Harvey of England, the No. 7 seed, dropped No. 2 seed Wendy Chai of Malaysia, 2 games to 1; and No. 3 seed Pascale Moynot of France dispatched No. 6 seed Sara Vargas of Colombia in two straight games.

      The men's quarterfinals begin Friday afternoon, when the 1999 men's Bowling World Cup champion and No. 4 seed Ahmed Shaheen of Qatar takes on the No. 5 seed, U.S. national amateur champion Andrew Cain. Top-seeded Paul Trotter of Australia squares off against No. 8 seed Mika Luoto of Finland later in the day.

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

      Quarterfinal results: Women (best-of-three-games matches; winner advances to semifinal round)

      Match 1: #5 Amanda Bradley, Australia, def. #4 Mari Kimura, Japan, 2 games to 1 (226-181, 190-211, 213-207)

      Match 2: #3 Pascale Moynot, France, def. #6 Sara Vargas, Colombia, 2 games to 0 (190-182, 194-185)

      Match 3: #7 Nikki Harvey, England, def. #2 Wendy Chai, Malaysia, 2 games to 1 (200-255, 207-179, 207-195)

      Match 4: #1 Shannon Pluhowsky, USA, def. #8 Teresa Piccini, Mexico, 2 games to 0 (183-177, 221-206)





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