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      November 1, 2000:

-Macpherson Is Out To Break Jinx In The Hammer Players Championship

11/01/2000 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, IL - Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., won six matches and averaged 215.5 for eight games to hold the lead for the number one seed for the televised finals in the $105,000 Hammer Players Championship at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford, Ill., Wednesday evening. Macpherson has made the televised finals in the Players Championship six times, has been the number one seed four times and placed second all four times.

      "I've had bad luck here," said Macpherson. "But if I keep trying my luck is bound to change."

      Macpherson averaged 211.77 for 48 games and led all three match play rounds.

      "I've had a great week," added Macpherson. "The first position is a good position to be in. You can win from any position but at least I get to bowl in the title match."

      First round leader, Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., won all eight matches and averaged 213.5 to hold onto the second position. Second and third round leader, Tennelle Grijalva won seven of eight matches and averaged 210.87 to claim the third seed making her fifth television appearance of the year.

      Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Tex., defeated Allyson Allmang, Boynton Beach, Fla., 256-205 to climb from the sixth spot in position round to grab the fourth seed passing Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif.

      "I knew I had to make good shots," commented Dorin-Ballard. "I never look at scores. Once I struck in the tenth, I looked up and saw that I won the match to make the TV show."

      Johnson averaged 209.37 and went 5-2-1 in match play to qualify fifth.

      The top five will be competing for a first prize of $16,000, the highest prize fund of the year. The televised finals will take place on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and will air on ESPN2 on Monday, November 6 at 8:00 p.m.(Eastern) and repeat on Thursday, November 9 at 1:00 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 www.pwba.com.


-Macpherson Holds Lead In The Hammer Players Championship

11/01/2000 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, IL - Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., averaged 214.75 for eight games to hold the lead after five rounds in the Hammer Players Championship at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford, IL, Wednesday afternoon. Macpherson won four matches to hold the lead by 86 pins over first round leader Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla. Duggan won seven matches and averaged 222.5 to move from the eleventh position to second.

      "I'm happy with how I bowled this morning," said Macpherson. "I'm glad I was able to increase my lead but there is still eight more games of match play."

      In the third and fourth positions are Allyson Allmang, Boynton Beach, Fla., and Tennelle Grijalva, Orange, Calif. Allmang won five matches and averaged 219 to move from the eleventh spot into third while Grijalva won four matches and averaged 199.37 dropping one position to fourth. In the fifth position is Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Tex. Dorin-Ballard won five matches and averaged 213.37 to move from the ninth position to fifth.

      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 to be held Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and will air on Monday, November 6 on ESPN2 at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) and Thursday, November 9 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern).


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