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      December 08, 2001:

-Macpherson Commands No. 1 Seed At $300,000 Women's U.S. Open Bowling Championship

12/08/2001 - PWBA
      LAUGHLIN, N.V. - With a historic prize fund and telecast in place, Henderson, Nevada's Wendy Macpherson completed the 56-game preliminaries of the Women's U.S. Open Bowling Championship as the tournament's No. 1 seed. Macpherson chalked up a 12,605 pin fall, a 17-7 match play record (Editor's note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds) and a 215.98 average over the course of seven rounds.

      "I am thrilled to get to this point of the tournament," said Macpherson. "To have our sport live on ESPN and offer the largest prize fund ever for a women's bowling tournament…this is a landmark event for women's sports."

      Scheduled for a 90-minute, live telecast on ESPN starting at 11:30 a.m. (PST), Macpherson will be attempting to win her 20th national title and a first place check worth $55,000. The four-time PWBA Player of the Year won her first championship in 1986 when she became the youngest player ever to win a U.S. Open at the age of 18. Sunday's broadcast will be the Macpherson's PWBA-record 94th televised appearance of her career.

      "It's a wonderful feeling to be among the top five in this particular event. With all of the road blocks we faced this year to get this tournament off the ground, I am honored to be a part of the final day of competition."

      Macpherson's tournament tally was 242-pins better than No. 2 seed Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. Barrette posted a 15-9 record during the week and a 212.73 average. She led the tournament in two of the seven previous rounds. This season she has made the top 10 in 16 of 23 (69.5%) events. She finished the year fifth in earnings ($64,405) and averages (210.28) and fourth in competition points (13,182).

      Ranked in the third slot and 21-pins behind Barrette is Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y. Johnson closed the prelims out with a 12,342 and a 210.75 average. Her 18-6 match play record was the tournament's best. Johnson has won four titles this season and including TV incentives has earned a PWBA-high $137,627. A first or second place finish for the native New Yorker would give her the PWBA record for the most money earned in a single season (Macpherson set the mark in 1997 with $165,425).

      Placing fourth is Union, New Jersey's Kelly Kulick. A three-time member of Team USA (1998-00), Kulick will be making her ninth televised appearance this season. She is the tour's front-runner for PWBA Rookie of the Year and entering the Open was ranked seventh in earnings ($52,057), eighth in competition points (11,020) and 10th in averages (207.77).

      Completing the top five is Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif. Terrell racked up a 12,273 pin fall, a 14-10 record and a 211.66 average. The 13-year pro has seven career titles to her credit. She has made the top 10 in 11-22 tournaments (50%) and was one of 19 PWBA'ers to toss a perfect game this season.

      Sunday's ESPN telecast will re-air on Monday, Dec. 10 at 9 p.m. (EST).

Match Play Standings After 56 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 1842 12095 215.98 17- 7- 0 12605 +1405
  2 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     6928 1679 1618 1688 11913 212.73 15- 9- 0 12363 +1163
  3 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY        6656 1620 1795 1731 11802 210.75 18- 6- 0 12342 +1142
  4 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ             6662 1809 1637 1707 11815 210.98 15- 8- 1 12280 +1080
  5 Kim Terrell-Daly City, CA          6874 1621 1734 1624 11853 211.66 14-10- 0 12273 +1073
  6 Jennifer Swanson-Shelton, CT       6646 1684 1570 1672 11572 206.64 15- 9- 0 12022  +822  $9,000
  7 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  6858 1570 1603 1623 11654 208.10 12-12- 0 12014  +814  $8,000
  8 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   6614 1682 1611 1622 11529 205.87 15- 9- 0 11979  +779  $7,000
  9 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ       6520 1619 1681 1723 11543 206.12 13-10- 1 11948  +748  $6,500
 10 Michelle Mullen-Dearborn, MI       6734 1666 1573 1628 11601 207.16 10-14- 0 11901  +701  $6,300
 11 Dede Davidson-Las Vegas, NV        6543 1615 1659 1686 11503 205.41 13-11- 0 11893  +693  $6,100
 12 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                6555 1665 1700 1646 11566 206.53 10-13- 1 11881  +681  $5,900
 13 Lisa Bishop-Belleville, MI         6770 1603 1591 1567 11531 205.91 11-13- 0 11861  +661  $5,700
 14 Cara Honeychurch-Australia,        6696 1632 1601 1631 11560 206.42 10-14- 0 11860  +660  $5,500
 15 Tennelle Grijalva-Yorba Linda, CA  6545 1706 1557 1614 11422 203.96 14-10- 0 11842  +642  $5,300
 16 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       6735 1552 1658 1495 11440 204.28 11-13- 0 11770  +570  $5,100
 17 Kathy Tribbey-Newberg, OR          6491 1504 1717 1642 11354 202.75 12-12- 0 11714  +514  $4,900
 18 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX        6588 1691 1581 1493 11353 202.73 10-14- 0 11653  +453  $4,700
 19 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     6477 1606 1493 1720 11296 201.71 10-14- 0 11596  +396  $4,500
 20 Nikki Gianulias-Vallejo, CA        6638 1580 1573 1506 11297 201.73  9-15- 0 11567  +367  $4,300
 21 Keli Rapp-Fayetteville, NY         6512 1540 1515 1532 11099 198.19 13-11- 0 11489  +289  $4,100
 22 Maxine Nable-Australia,            6688 1453 1477 1665 11283 201.48  6-18- 0 11463  +263  $3,900
 23 Stacy Rider-La Habra, CA           6469 1558 1458 1602 11087 197.98  6-18- 0 11267   +67  $3,700
 24 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             6513 1576 1471 1430 10990 196.25  7-16- 1 11215   +15  $3,500





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