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      November 6, 2000:

-Davidson Blasts Her Way Into The Lead In The Sam's Town Invitational

11/06/2000 - PWBA
      LAS VEGAS, NV - DeDe Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev., averaged 256.88 to capture the first round lead in the Sam's Town Invitational at Sam's Town Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., Monday afternoon. Davidson shot back to back 279 games, 269 games, and had other high games of 260, 238, and 235 and a low game of 226 to lead the field by 97 pins.

      "I'm very happy," said Davidson. "I felt good today. The lanes were fairly close to what I practiced on yesterday, which helped me put the right ball in my hand today. I also had a lot of support here today from my mother and my friends."

      Davidson's performance also broke a record of total pins in a 56 game tournament format for a first eight game block. Davidson had a pin total of 2055 breaking the record by 104 pins. Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, NJ, held the record with a 1,951 pin total in Sam's Town in 1998.

      Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia, shot a 300 her first game to help her climb into the second position. Honeychurch averaged 244.75 and had high games of 268, 257, 249, 247, and 225. In the third and fourth positions are Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Tex., and Aleta Sill, Dearborn, Mich. Dorin-Ballard averaged 238.38 and Sill averaged 233.25. Laura Lee Daniel, Corona, Calif., averaged 230.75 for the fifth position.

      The lady professionals will return Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. to bowl the second round of qualifying.


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