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      October 30, 2001:

-Honeychurch Takes Over At $50,000 Las Cruces New Mexico Open

10/30/2001 - PWBA
      LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Australia's Cara Honeychurch took control in round two of the $50,000 Las Cruces New Mexico Open. The "thunder from down under" registered a 1,268 pin fall during the six-game evening session to increase her tournament total to 2,576. After 12 games the Aussie is averaging 214.66 and is 39-pins ahead of Dede Davidson.

      "The last couple of weeks I haven't bowled very well," said Honeychurch. "I've missed three straight shows and this week I think I came in with a little more determination. My goal is to finish the season strong so I can go home on a high note."

      Honeychurch has made 12 championship round appearances this season, second only to Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (16), N. Richland Hills, Texas. In 2001 she ranks second in titles (4), earnings ($82,665), competition points (13,560) and averages (212.64).

      Seeking her first title of 2001, Davidson has tallied 2,537 pins and a 211.41 average. The left-hander from Las Vegas, Nevada holds a 14-pin margin over Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., who last week finished fourth in the Hammers Players Championship and is competing in her 216th consecutive tournament.

      Rounding out the top five is Carol Gianotti-Block, Australia with 2,513 pins and a 209.41 average and reigning Las Cruces New Mexico Open champion Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., with 2,500 and 208.33.

      The high score of the first day belonged to Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y. who rolled a 279. Feldman led the tournament after the first round but fell back to tenth after the evening block.

      Area PWBA competitors including Dana Miller-Mackie (14th, Albuquerque, New Mexico), Patty Patterson (29th, El Paso,Texas), Marsha Kuhnley (30th, Rio Rancho, New Mexico), Gina Baray (31st, El Paso, Texas), Rebecca Duffield (32nd, Clovis, New Mexico) and Michelle Belanger (34th, Round Rock,Texas) all finished the day in contention to make the cut to the top 24.

      Qualifying for the 35-women field resumes on Tuesday (Oct. 30) at 11 a.m. Following Tuesday morning's games the field will be cut to the top 24 for match play starting Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. and continue with two more eight-game blocks on Wednesday (11 a.m., 6:30 p.m.). At the conclusion of match play, the top five bowlers compete on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the championship rounds. ESPN2 will tape the championships and later broadcast them on Monday, November 5 at 8 p.m. and November 11 at 2:00 a.m. ESPN will carry the finals on November 6 at 2:30 p.m. (all times are EST).

Qualifier Standings After 12 Games:
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR-
A     1 Cara Honeychurch - Australia,              2576 214.66  +176
A     2 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              2537 211.41  +137
A     3 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              2523 210.25  +123
A     4 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia,          2513 209.41  +113
A     5 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      2500 208.33  +100
A     6 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     2496 208.00   +96
A     7 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           2487 207.25   +87
A     8 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 2470 205.83   +70
A     9 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             2468 205.66   +68
A    10 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         2452 204.33   +52
A    11 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   2433 202.75   +33
A    12 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           2399 199.91    -1
A    13 Lisa Wagner - Ft. Myers, FL                2385 198.75   -15
A    14 Dana Miller-Mackie - Albuquerque, NM       2384 198.66   -16
A    15 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           2377 198.08   -23
A    16 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   2362 196.83   -38
A    17 Maxine Nable - Australia,                  2353 196.08   -47
A    18 Kim Terrell - Daly City, CA                2351 195.91   -49
A    19 Tennelle Grijalva - Yorba Linda, CA        2350 195.83   -50
A    20 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                2343 195.25   -57
A    21 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             2314 192.83   -86
A    22 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              2312 192.66   -88
A    23 Julie Jackson - Rural Hall, NC             2307 192.25   -93
A    24 Holly Milz - Janesville, WI                2295 191.25  -105
A    25 Janette Piesczynski - Cheektowaga, NY      2289 190.75  -111
A    26 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          2224 185.33  -176
A    27 Keli Rapp - Fayetteville, NY               2207 183.91  -193
A    28 Debbie Ayers - Chula Vista, CA             2206 183.83  -194
A    29 Patty Patterson(am) - El Paso, TX          2123 176.91  -277
A    30 Marsha Kuhnley - Rio Rancho, NM            2114 176.16  -286
A    31 Ginna Baray(am) - El Paso, TX              2104 175.33  -296
A    32 Rebecca Duffield(am) - Clovis, NM          2007 167.25  -393
A    33 Nicole Herrmann - Chatsworth, CA           1963 163.58  -437
A    34 Michelle Belanger(am) - Round Rock, TX     1918 159.83  -482


-Feldman Captures First Round Lead At $50,000 Las Cruces New Mexico Open

10/30/2001 - PWBA
      LAS CRUCES, N.M. - For the third PWBA event in a row Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y. got out of the gate quickly and grabbed a hold of the tournament lead. The eight-time titlest finished Monday's first round with a 1,358 pin fall and a 226.33 average. Feldman holds a 50-pin lead over Australia's Cara Honeychurch, who closed out the first session with a 218 average.

      "I keep thinking about the computer voice in the movie War Games where it says 'confidence is high, repeat confidence is high.' After winning in Pittsburgh and playing well in Rockford everything just seems to be falling in place. My hand and ball adjustments are paying off and I'm putting up the scores I know I'm capable of on a consistent basis," said Feldman.

      A winner of two tournaments this season and a runner-up finish in last week's Hammer Players Championship, Feldman has now led in eight consecutive preliminary rounds. Hot on the heels of Feldman, Honeychurch has been one of the tour's top players the last two years. The 2000 Rookie of the Year has four titles this season and ranks second in earnings ($82,665), competition points (13,560) and averages (212.64).

      Trailing Honeychurch in third place is Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas with a 1,300 total and a 216.66 average. Dorin-Ballard is 34-pins ahead of Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nevada (1,266, 211) and 48-pins ahead of fifth place Maxine Nable, Australia (1,252, 208.66).

      The high score of the day belonged to Hall of Famer Lisa Wagner, Ft. Myers, Florida who rolled a 268. Wagner is currently in 11th place with a 1,183 total and a 197.16 average. Kim Adler, Cocoa, Florida, who is the reigning Las Cruces New Mexico Open champion sits in eighth with a 1,219 and a 203.16.

      Area PWBA competitors including Dana Miller-Mackie (15th, Albuquerque, New Mexico), Marsha Kuhnley (19th, Rio Rancho, New Mexico), Patty Patterson (31st, El Paso,Texas), Gina Baray (28th, El Paso, Texas), Rebecca Duffield (32nd, Clovis, New Mexico) and Michelle Belanger (33rd, Round Rock,Texas) all finished the day in contention to make the top 24 cut.

      Qualifying for the 35-women field will continue tonight at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday at 11 a.m. the last six-game qualifying round will take place. Following Tuesday morning's games the field will be cut to the top 24 for match play starting Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. and continue with two more eight-game blocks on Wednesday (11 a.m., 6:30 p.m.). At the conclusion of match play, the top five bowlers compete on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the championship rounds. ESPN2 will tape the championships and later broadcast them on Monday, November 5 at 8 p.m. and November 11 at 2:00 a.m. ESPN will carry the finals on November 6 at 2:30 p.m. (all times are EST).

Qualifier Standings After 6 Games:
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR-
A     1 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         1358 226.33  +158
A     2 Cara Honeychurch - Australia,              1308 218.00  +108
A     3 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 1300 216.66  +100
A     4 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              1266 211.00   +66
A     5 Maxine Nable - Australia,                  1252 208.66   +52
A     6 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           1235 205.83   +35
A     7 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia,          1234 205.66   +34
A     8 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      1219 203.16   +19
A T   9 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              1203 200.50    +3
A       Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   1203 200.50    +3
A T  11 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             1183 197.16   -17
A       Lisa Wagner - Ft. Myers, FL                1183 197.16   -17
A    13 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   1182 197.00   -18
A    14 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             1167 194.50   -33
A    15 Dana Miller-Mackie - Albuquerque, NM       1166 194.33   -34
A    16 Holly Milz - Janesville, WI                1163 193.83   -37
A    17 Keli Rapp - Fayetteville, NY               1160 193.33   -40
A    18 Julie Jackson - Rural Hall, NC             1146 191.00   -54
A    19 Marsha Kuhnley - Rio Rancho, NM            1138 189.66   -62
A T  20 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           1136 189.33   -64
A       Tennelle Grijalva - Yorba Linda, CA        1136 189.33   -64
A T  22 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              1130 188.33   -70
A       Kim Terrell - Daly City, CA                1130 188.33   -70
A T  24 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           1128 188.00   -72
A       Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                1128 188.00   -72
A    26 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     1122 187.00   -78
A    27 Janette Piesczynski - Cheektowaga, NY      1112 185.33   -88
A    28 Ginna Baray(am) - El Paso, TX              1109 184.83   -91
A    29 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          1106 184.33   -94
A    30 Debbie Ayers - Chula Vista, CA             1086 181.00  -114
A    31 Patty Patterson(am) - El Paso, TX          1068 178.00  -132
A    32 Rebecca Duffield(am) - Clovis, NM           991 165.16  -209
A    33 Michelle Belanger(am) - Round Rock, TX      948 158.00  -252
A    34 Nicole Herrmann - Chatsworth, CA            919 153.16  -281


-BPAA Board Of Directors And CEO Jack Kelly Mutually Agree Not To Seek Contract Extension

10/30/2001 - BPAA
      ARLINGTON, TX - The Board of Directors of the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) and the CEO of BPAA, Jack Kelly, have mutually agreed that Kelly's contract will not be extended when it expires on December 31, 2001. The decision was made at the BPAA board meeting in New Orleans following a series of discussions on the need for a change in the BPAA's governance and management style.

      Kelly, who was named BPAA's CEO in February, 2000, will continue to coordinate and manage the "Olympic Quest" efforts for the bowling industry at least through the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City and to provide additional assistance to this effort as needed after the Games. Prior to joining BPAA, Kelly had extensive experience in various Olympic related initiatives.

      Michael Ducat, BPAA President, will assume the added role of interim C.E.O., effectively immediately, until a successor to Kelly is named.

      Kelly remarked, "It has been easy to both present and enthusiastically support BPAA's and proprietors' objectives and programs over the past two years and to represent their interests within the bowling industry. As we both looked to the future, however, it was clear that the management and governance style appropriate for the BPAA board and staff relationship, and that which I have developed over three decades, may not be the best long term match. I have immensely enjoyed the people involved in bowling and look forward to being a key part of helping bowling reach its rightful place in the Olympic Games."

      Ducat said, "Jack has been very enthusiastic about bowling and has used his talents to enhance national and international awareness of the game and BPAA. We wish him the best in his future endeavors. We intend to utilize Jack in the future as a consultant in his areas of expertise."


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