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      December 09, 2001:

-Kim Terrell Captures $300,000 Women's U.S. Open Bowling Championship

12/09/2001 - PWBA
      LAUGHLIN, N.V. - Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif. took home one of the PWBA's most coveted titles by winning the $300,000 Women's U.S. Open Bowling Championship. Seeded fifth, Terrell posted victories in the opening shootout and the semi-finals before defeating Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nevada 234-220 in the championship match. Terrell took home a first place check worth $55,000 - the largest ever in a women's pro bowling event.

      "I'm speechless right now," said Terrell. "As a professional you dream of winning the U.S. Open because it is truly our sports' marquee event of the year. Being a part of a live telecast on ESPN and winning the tournament that offered the largest prize fund in the history of this sport is an honor."

      A winner of eight titles in her career, Terrell became just the third player this season to win a tournament as a No. 5 seed. The four-time Roby Award winner earned her way into the semi-finals after notching strikes in nine frames including a five-bagger, during the championship rounds' opening shootout, which featured Kelly Kulick, Union, New Jersey and Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y. Kulick, who may be this season's PWBA Rookie of the Year, tried to kept pace with Terrell by striking in eight of ten frames but in the end finished six-pins short with a 238. Johnson tallied a 212.

      "I was very nervous before I started the shootout match," said Terrell. "Once I got the first ball off my hand I calmed down and focused on what I had to do. Both Kelly and Liz were pushing me the whole way so there was no room for error."

      Terrell advanced to the title match after defeating Leanne Barrette 228-207 in the semi-finals. Often roommates and traveling partners during the tour season, both players marked in every frame of the bout, however Terrell registered seven strikes to Barrette's six.

      Eighteen pins separated Terrell and Macpherson in the finals entering the sixth frame, but an open sixth by Macpherson would prove to be costly as Terrell followed Macpherson's misfire with a four strikes and two spares.

      "Kim was terrific today," said Macpherson. "In a title match you can't expect to win if you leave any open frames. The sixth did me in because Kim never let up. She's a great champion."

      As part of the largest prize fund ever in a women's pro bowling tournament Macpherson claimed $30,000 for her second place finish. Barrette made $22,000 for third place while Johnson (4th) and Kulick (5th) earned $17,000 and $13,000 respectively.

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

Championship-Round Results And Their Scores, Earnings And Playoff Results:

      1. Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif., 708 -3 games- $55,000
      2. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 220 -1 game- $30,000
      3. Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., 207 -1 game- $22,000
      4. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 212 -1 game- $17,000
      5. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 238 -1 game- $13,000

Playoff Results:
      Shootout Match - Terrell def. Kulick & L. Johnson 244-238-212; Semi-Final Match - Terrell def. Barrette 228-207; Championship Match - Terrell def. Macpherson 234-220.


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