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      November 08, 2001:

-Dorin-Ballard Stays In Front At $100,000 Brunswick Women's World Open

11/08/2001 - PWBA
      LAS VEGAS, N.V. - After 32 games of competition Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, maintained the top spot at the $100,000 Brunswick Women's World Open. The Bowlers Journal first-teamer has amassed a 7,254 pin fall and is averaging 226.68. She leads Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Michigan, by 82 pins heading into the match play rounds.

      "I had a little trouble with my focus today," said Dorin-Ballard. "It's tough to lead a tournament in every round. I know there are a lot of games left before the championships so it's important for me not to get complacent."

      The PWBA leader in titles (6), earnings ($110,670), competition points (15,835), and averages (214.44) this season, Dorin-Ballard is attempting to qualify for her 18th televised championship round in 22 events. A victory this week would tie her with Patty Costello's all-time professional women's bowling record of seven titles in one season.

      Seeking her first title of 2001, Bishop leads the tournament's "200 Club" with 29 of 32 games scoring 200 or better. This season the fifth-year pro has made one televised finals appearance where she finished fourth at the N. Myrtle Beach Classic on October 4. Trailing Bishop by 66-pins, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, New York stayed among the top five by finishing the day session with 7,008 and 219. A winner of the $90,000 Hammer Players Championship, Johnson is seeking her second "major" title of the season.

      Ranking fourth is Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, New Jersey. The six-time titlest, DiRupo completed the day with 7,003 and 218.84 and is 27-pins ahead of Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, New York, who has 6,976 and 218.

      Sin City favorites Wendy Macpherson (Henderson) and Dede Davidson (Las Vegas) each stayed in the hunt for the $15,000 first place purse. Macpherson, who has been the PWBA's Player of the Year four times in the last five years moved up from 15th to 12th with 6,860 and 214.37. Last week's winner at the Las Cruces New Mexico Open, Davidson is in 16th with 6,819 and 213.09.

      Following today's games the field was cut to the top 24 for match play starting tonight at 7:00 p.m. At the conclusion of tonight's games two more eight-game match play blocks will take place on Friday (Nov. 8 -- 10 a.m., 4:30 p.m.). At the end of the 56-game preliminaries, the top five bowlers compete on Saturday (Nov. 10) at 12 p.m. in the championship rounds. ESPN2 will tape the championships and later broadcast them on Monday, November 12 at 9 p.m. and the 13th at 3:00 a.m. (all times are Eastern).

Qualifier Standings After 32 Games:
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR-    Prize $
A     1 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 7254 226.68  +854
A     2 Lisa Bishop - Belleville, MI               7172 224.12  +772
A     3 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              7008 219.00  +608
A     4 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           7003 218.84  +603
A     5 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         6976 218.00  +576
A     6 Cara Honeychurch - Australia,              6975 217.96  +575
A     7 Jennifer Swanson - Shelton, CT             6969 217.78  +569
A     8 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   6923 216.34  +523
A     9 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             6914 216.06  +514
A    10 Tennelle Grijalva - Yorba Linda, CA        6871 214.71  +471
A    11 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              6864 214.50  +464
A    12 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           6860 214.37  +460
A    13 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           6831 213.46  +431
A    14 Janette Piesczynski - Cheektowaga, NY      6827 213.34  +427
A    15 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              6823 213.21  +423
A    16 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              6819 213.09  +419
A    17 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia,          6776 211.75  +376
A    18 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     6756 211.12  +356
A    19 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           6739 210.59  +339
A    20 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              6719 209.96  +319
A    21 Carol Norman - Ardmore, OK                 6710 209.68  +310
A    22 Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             6686 208.93  +286
A    23 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      6673 208.53  +273
A    24 Kim Terrell - Daly City, CA                6646 207.68  +246
A    25 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             6625 207.03  +225    $1,600
A    26 Maxine Nable - Australia,                  6582 205.68  +182    $1,425
A    27 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   6567 205.21  +167    $1,400
A    28 Debbie Ayers - Chula Vista, CA             6561 205.03  +161    $1,390
A    29 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                6546 204.56  +146    $1,380
A    30 Nikki Gianulias - Vallejo, CA              6539 204.34  +139    $1,370
A    31 Kathy Tribbey - Newberg, OR                6524 203.87  +124    $1,360
A    32 Michelle Mullen - Dearborn, MI             6507 203.34  +107    $1,350
A    33 Char Hammel - Brea, CA                     6503 203.21  +103
A    34 Keli Rapp - Fayetteville, NY               6497 203.03   +97
A    35 Dana Miller-Mackie - Albuquerque, NM       6456 201.75   +56
A    36 Stacy Rider - La Habra, CA                 6455 201.71   +55
A    37 Julie Jackson - Rural Hall, NC             6452 201.62   +52
A    38 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          6450 201.56   +50
A    39 Alayne Blomenberg - Cranston, RI           6420 200.62   +20
A    40 Laura Moriarty - Daytona Beach, FL         6363 198.84   -37
A    41 Lisa Wagner - Ft. Myers, FL                6321 197.53   -79
A    42 Aleta Sill - Dearborn, MI                  6317 197.40   -83
A    43 Vicki Fischel - Lakewood, CO               6306 197.06   -94
A    44 Karen Bowlby - Logan, OH                   6269 195.90  -131
A    45 Dina Wheeler - Royal Palm Beach, FL        6259 195.59  -141
A    46 Shannon Duplantis - New Orleans, LA        6162 192.56  -238
A    47 Donna Hazel(am) - San Jose, CA             6085 190.15  -315
A T  48 Barbara McFadden(am) - Los Angeles, CA     6075 189.84  -325
A       Judy Vogel - New Orleans, LA               6075 189.84  -325
A    50 Melody Rane - Tucson, AZ                   6074 189.81  -326
A    51 Cheryl Daniels - West Bloomfield, MI       6019 188.09  -381
A    52 Lisa Stevens - St. Charles, IL             5997 187.40  -403
A    53 Gail Burski - Simi Valley, CA              5939 185.59  -461
A    54 Sandy Postma - Lansing, IL                 5907 184.59  -493
A    55 Leanna Harada - Oxnard, CA                 5900 184.37  -500
A    56 Jeanette Robinson - Las Vegas, NV          5856 183.00  -544
A    57 Holly Milz - Janesville, WI                5726 178.93  -674
A    58 Charlene Lockitski - North Olmsted, OH     5714 178.56  -686
A    59 Trish Holthausen(am) - Las Vegas, NV       5651 176.59  -749
A    60 Kathy Williams - Lawndale, CA              5632 176.00  -768
A    61 Tammy Buchholz - Las Vegas, NV             5519 172.46  -881
A    62 Nicole Herrmann - Chatsworth, CA           3863 154.52 -1137


-Kirsten Penny Is Top Seed For Quarterfinals Of 37th AMF Bowling World Cup

11/08/2001 - AMF Bowling
      PATTAYA, Thailand -- Kirsten Penny of England is the top seed for the women as they move into the quarterfinals of the 37th AMF Bowling World Cup, underway at P.S. Bowling Pattaya in Pattaya, Thailand.

      Penny, who was the No. 8 seed at last year's Bowling World Cup in Portugal, lapped the field Thursday as she increased her lead to 233 pins over Japan's Nachimi Itakura. Penny finished the qualifying phase with 8,724 pins and a 218.10 average, compared to Itakura's 212.20 average and 8,488 pins.

      "I caught up on my sleep last night," grinned Penny, who has been suffering from jet lag. "I also like the longer-format tournaments where you have to bowl many games, such as this one. I feel it allows the better bowlers to come to the top, and the ones that made today's cut are certainly good players."

      Penny has bowled in an arena setting several times already, and she feels it gives her a definite advantage as the quarterfinals will take place in such a venue. "I'm not the type to be easily put off by cameras and crowds. I'll go in and concentrate on my own game. If I get lined up quickly, I don't think I can lose; the other player will have to find something more."

      Also making the cut to the top eight are Ross Greiner of the Netherlands, Lisa del Rosario of the Philippines, Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia, Ann Maree Putney of Australia, Melody Yeung of Hong Kong and Kristal Scott of the United States. Zulkifli and Putney also made it to the quarterfinals of the 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup; Zulkifli, who gained the top-seeded position last year, lost to Penny in the first match.

      The tournament switches Friday to a best-two-out-of-three-games, single-elimination "knockout" format, in which top seeds Penny and Scott Norton of the U.S. go against the No. 8 seeds, Kristal Scott of the U.S. and Kim Haugen of Norway, respectively. The women will open the competition in the P.S. Bowling Complex arena hall at 9 a.m., with No. 4 seed del Rosario taking on No. 5 seed Zulkifli. The men's quarterfinal rounds begin at approximately 3 p.m., with the No. 5 seed, Japan's Horifumi Morimoto, challenging No. 4 seed Naif Oqab of the UAE.

      Quarterfinal winners advance to the semifinal rounds, which begin Saturday at 9 a.m. The semifinal winners in each division will challenge each other Saturday afternoon for the men and women's 2001 AMF Bowling World Cup championships.

Standings after 40 games -- Women (top 8 advance):
1, Kirsten Penny, England, 8724 pins, 218.1 average. 2, Nachimi Itakura, Japan, 8488, 212.2. 3, Ross Greiner, Netherlands, 8471, 211.8. 4, Liza del Rosario, Philippines, 8313, 207.8. 5, Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 8199, 205.0. 6, Ann Maree Putney, Australia, 8145, 203.6. 7, Melody Yeung, Hong Kong, 8138, 203.5. 8, Kristal Scott, USA, 8065, 201.6.

9, Asa Wetterlund, Sweden, 7993, 199.8. 10, Pascale Moynot, France, 7903, 197.6. 11, Heidi Larnia , Finland, 7749, 193.7. 12, Diane Buchanan, Canada, 7739, 193.5.

13, Jennifer Tan, Singapore, 7727, 193.2. 14, Sayuri Yamada, Mexico, 7700, 192.5. 15, Irene Kragh-Eckell, Norway, 7681, 192.0. 16, Chiung-Yao Huang, Chinese Taipei, 7650, 191.3. 17, Lena Sulkanen, Denmark, 7629, 190.7. 18, Patricia Vezzu, Belgium, 7617, 190.4.

19, Sian Wood, St Helena, 7590, 189.8. 20, Belinda Tan, New Zealand, 7584, 189.6. 21, Sylvia Meurer, Germany, 7415, 185.4. 22, Liao Pei Shan, China, 7386, 184.7. 23, Melissa Anastasi, Malta, 7353, 183.8. 24, Yvonne Lynch, Ireland, 7348, 183.7.


-Tri-Properties Extends Partnership With WIBC For Three Years

11/08/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - The Women's International Bowling Congress announced the partnership with Reno, Nev., properties Eldorado, Inc., Silver Legacy, Inc., and Circus Circus Casinos, Inc., known collectively as Tri-Properties, will be extended for three years beginning in 2002.

      As part of the agreement, Tri-Properties is named official sponsor of the 2003 WIBC Queens Tournament and WIBC Championship Tournament as well as Headquarter Hotels for both the Tournament and Convention. All three events are scheduled to take place in Reno in 2003.

      In addition, Tri-Properties is identified as an official sponsor of the 2002 tournament in Milwaukee and the 2004 tournament in Wichita, Kan.

      "It's very important that Tri-Properties have an affiliation with such a strong organization such as the WIBC," Eldorado, Inc. Vice President of Sales and Marketing Rick Murdock said. "Tri-Properties is able to help market the sport of bowling while WIBC provides the city of Reno with an incredible economic impact. It's definitely a win-win situation."

      The partnership between WIBC and Tri-Properties was first formed in 1997 for the WIBC Queens Tournament in Reno, Nev.

      "Tri-Properties is an important partner in ensuring the success of certain WIBC events," WIBC Executive Director Roseann Kuhn said. "Our bowlers are made to feel very welcome and enjoy traveling to Reno so we are happy to continue our partnership for three more years."

      The Queens Tournament is open to all amateur and professional WIBC members and is recognized as the most prestigious event in women's bowling. The Senior Queens, presented by Storm, is open to all WIBC members age 55 and older. Both events take place May 6-10, 2002.

      The 83rd WIBC Championship Tournament takes place in Milwaukee April 13-June 10, 2002 (unless extended). More than 42,000 women bowlers are expected to take part in the tournament, which is the largest sporting event in the world for women.

      Reservations are accepted through the tournament phone line at (414) 423-9006, via fax at (414) 421-9789, online at WIBCtournament.com or regular mail sent to WIBC Championship Tournament, Box 78870, Milwaukee, WI 53278-0870. Phone reservations take precedence over e-mail, fax or mail reservations. Visit WIBCtournament.com for continuously updated tournament information.

      The WIBC is the world's oldest and largest women's sports membership organization with nearly 1.4 million members. WIBC's mission is, "To identify and fulfill the needs of women bowlers."