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      December 07, 2001:

-Macpherson Maintains Lead At The $300,000 Women's U.S. Open Bowling Championship

12/07/2001 - PWBA
      LAUGHLIN, N.V. - If you ask her Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nevada will tell you it wasn't pretty, but she'll take the end result. Macpherson completed the sixth round of the Women's U.S. Open Bowling Championship at the Riverside Resort Bowling Center as the tournament leader. The reigning PWBA Player of the Year notched a 3-5 match play record in today's round (Editor's note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds) to improve her tournament total to 10,553 (213.60 avg.).

      "I guess I should be happy still to be leading the tournament," said Macpherson. "I didn't bowl well today and instead of building on a lead I lost ground. The top seven in this field are truly the best we have on tour. Tomorrow is going to be a tough day because everyone is going to be jockeying for position."

      Macpherson holds a 24-pin lead over Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif. (10,529, 213.10 avg.) In the sixth session Macpherson registered a 1,662 pin fall (207.75 avg.). After 16 match play games her record stands at 10-6.

      Terrell helped her cause in the sixth stanza going 6-2 while knocking down the second highest pin fall of the day with 1,734 (216.75 avg.). The 13-year pro has been among the top six players for five consecutive rounds and has a 31-pin lead over Kelly Kulick, Union, New Jersey.

      Kulick, who may be the tour's top rookie this season, has amassed a 10,498 pin fall and a 210.58 average. The PWBA freshman leads the tournament in match play victories with a 13-3 mark. After going 7-1 in round five, the former Team USA member went 6-2.

      Trailing Kulick by three-pins is Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. After leading the tournament in rounds' two and four the two-time PWBA Player of the Year sits in fourth place with 10,495 and 213.02.

      Climbing into the fifth position was Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y. Johnson edged into the top five after going 8-0 in the sixth stanza while accumulating the top pin fall of the day with a 1,795 (224.37 avg.). Johnson's tournament tally stands at 10,401 (209.81 avg.).

      Probably the unluckiest competitor in today's matches was Kim Adler, Cocoa, Florida. Adler posted the fourth highest pin fall of the day with a 1,700 (212.5 avg.) but went 1-7 in her matches.

      The final eight-game block of round robin match play 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 48 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 1662    0 10253 213.60 10- 6- 0 10553  +953
  2 Kim Terrell-Daly City, CA          6874 1621 1734    0 10229 213.10 10- 6- 0 10529  +929
  3 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ             6662 1809 1637    0 10108 210.58 13- 3- 0 10498  +898
  4 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     6928 1679 1618    0 10225 213.02  9- 7- 0 10495  +895
  5 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY        6656 1620 1795    0 10071 209.81 11- 5- 0 10401  +801
  6 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  6858 1570 1603    0 10031 208.97  7- 9- 0 10241  +641
  7 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   6614 1682 1611    0  9907 206.39 11- 5- 0 10237  +637
  8 Jennifer Swanson-Shelton, CT       6646 1684 1570    0  9900 206.25 10- 6- 0 10200  +600
  9 Michelle Mullen-Dearborn, MI       6734 1666 1573    0  9973 207.77  7- 9- 0 10183  +583
 10 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI         6770 1603 1591    0  9964 207.58  7- 9- 0 10174  +574
 11 Cara Honeychurch-Australia,        6696 1632 1601    0  9929 206.85  8- 8- 0 10169  +569
 12 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                6555 1665 1700    0  9920 206.66  8- 8- 0 10160  +560
 13 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       6735 1552 1658    0  9945 207.18  7- 9- 0 10155  +555
 14 Tennelle Grijalva-Yorba Linda, CA  6545 1706 1557    0  9808 204.33 10- 6- 0 10108  +508
 15 Dede Davidson-Las Vegas, NV        6543 1615 1659    0  9817 204.52  9- 7- 0 10087  +487
 16 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ       6520 1619 1681    0  9820 204.58  8- 7- 1 10075  +475
 17 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX        6588 1691 1581    0  9860 205.41  7- 9- 0 10070  +470
 18 Nikki Gianulias-Vallejo, CA        6638 1580 1573    0  9791 203.97  7- 9- 0 10001  +401
 19 Kathy Tribbey-Newberg, OR          6491 1504 1717    0  9712 202.33  8- 8- 0  9952  +352
 20 Keli Rapp-Fayetteville, NY         6512 1540 1515    0  9567 199.31  9- 7- 0  9837  +237
 21 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     6477 1606 1493    0  9576 199.50  5-11- 0  9726  +126
 22 Maxine Nable-Australia,            6688 1453 1477    0  9618 200.37  3-13- 0  9708  +108
 23 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             6513 1576 1471    0  9560 199.16  4-11- 1  9695   +95
 24 Stacy Rider-La Habra, CA           6469 1558 1458    0  9485 197.60  3-13- 0  9575   -25





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