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      December 06, 2001:

-Macpherson Assumes The Top Position At The $300,000 Women's U.S. Open Bowling Championship

12/06/2001 - PWBA
      LAUGHLIN, N.V. - After 40 games at the Women's U.S. Open Bowling Championship at the Riverside Resort Bowling Center, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nevada took over the tournament's top spot going 7-1 in the first round of match play (Editor's note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds). Macpherson's efforts helped her increase her total pin fall to 8,801 (214.77 avg.). The four-time PWBA Player of the Year holds a 74-pin lead over Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif, who led the Open after Wednesday's fourth round.

      "The first day of match play is probably one of the most important rounds of the tournament," said Macpherson. "With only 16 games left before we cut down to the top five, you don't want to be playing catch up from too far back in the field. To get to the championship round its going to take anywhere from 13-18 wins so today was a nice lift for me."

      Macpherson's seven wins came in impressive fashion as the 19-time titlest posted victories over four of the Open's top 10 including Barrette (247-224), Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas (241-235), Michelle Mullen, Dearborn, Michigan (225-212) and Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Michigan (225-212).

      Entering the fifth round as the tournament leader, Barrette went 4-4 chalking up 1,679 pins. Her second place tally of 8,727 puts her 46-pins ahead of Kelly Kulick, Union, New Jersey. In spite of falling back to the second slot, Barrette leads the tournament in overall average with a 215.77 clip.

      Like Macpherson, Kulick also went 7-1 in Thursday's matches registering a 1,809-pins en route to a 8,681 total (211.77). A front runner for PWBA Rookie of the Year, the three-time Team USA member faces a tough road for round six with matches scheduled against four players in the Open's top ten including Barrette, Dorin-Ballard, Jennifer Swanson, Shelton, Connecticut and Bishop.

      Hot on the heels of Kulick and 66-pins off third place is Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif. Terrell went .500 (4-4) on the day and has amassed 8,615 pins (212.37avg.). The 13-year pro has been among the top six players for four consecutive rounds. She ranks 95-pins ahead Mullen who went 4-4 and has recorded a 8,520 pin fall (210 avg.).

      Friday (Dec. 7) at 11 a.m. the top 24 will continue the tournament with the second eight-game block of round robin match play. One additional match play round will take place on Saturday (Dec.8) at 11 a.m.

      Once the 56-game preliminaries have been completed, the top five bowlers face off on Sunday (Dec. 9) at 11:30 a.m. (PST) in the championship rounds, which will be televised live on ESPN.

Match Play Standings After 40 Games:
                                             BLOCK TOTALS                        TOTAL
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                  QUAL   1    2    3   PINS   AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE
  1 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     6779 1812    0    0  8591 214.77  7- 1- 0  8801  +801
  2 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     6928 1679    0    0  8607 215.17  4- 4- 0  8727  +727
  3 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ             6662 1809    0    0  8471 211.77  7- 1- 0  8681  +681
  4 Kim Terrell-Daly City, CA          6874 1621    0    0  8495 212.37  4- 4- 0  8615  +615
  5 Michelle Mullen-Dearborn, MI       6734 1666    0    0  8400 210.00  4- 4- 0  8520  +520
  6 Jennifer Swanson-Shelton, CT       6646 1684    0    0  8330 208.25  6- 2- 0  8510  +510
  7 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  6858 1570    0    0  8428 210.70  2- 6- 0  8488  +488
  8 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI         6770 1603    0    0  8373 209.32  3- 5- 0  8463  +463
  9 Cara Honeychurch-Australia,        6696 1632    0    0  8328 208.20  4- 4- 0  8448  +448
 10 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   6614 1682    0    0  8296 207.40  5- 3- 0  8446  +446
 11 Tennelle Grijalva-Yorba Linda, CA  6545 1706    0    0  8251 206.27  6- 2- 0  8431  +431
 12 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                6555 1665    0    0  8220 205.50  7- 1- 0  8430  +430
 13 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX        6588 1691    0    0  8279 206.97  3- 5- 0  8369  +369
 14 Nikki Gianulias-Vallejo, CA        6638 1580    0    0  8218 205.45  5- 3- 0  8368  +368
 15 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY        6656 1620    0    0  8276 206.90  3- 5- 0  8366  +366
 16 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       6735 1552    0    0  8287 207.17  2- 6- 0  8347  +347
 17 Dede Davidson-Las Vegas, NV        6543 1615    0    0  8158 203.95  3- 5- 0  8248  +248
 18 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ       6520 1619    0    0  8139 203.47  3- 4- 1  8244  +244
 19 Keli Rapp-Fayetteville, NY         6512 1540    0    0  8052 201.30  5- 3- 0  8202  +202
 20 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             6513 1576    0    0  8089 202.22  3- 4- 1  8194  +194
 21 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     6477 1606    0    0  8083 202.07  3- 5- 0  8173  +173
 22 Maxine Nable-Australia,            6688 1453    0    0  8141 203.52  1- 7- 0  8171  +171
 23 Stacy Rider-La Habra, CA           6469 1558    0    0  8027 200.67  3- 5- 0  8117  +117
 24 Kathy Tribbey-Newberg, OR          6491 1504    0    0  7995 199.87  2- 6- 0  8055   +55





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