PWBA Tour Notebook
09/30/2002 - PWBA
BURLINGTON OPEN TO AIR TONIGHT
Just when you thought it was safe to bowl on the PWBA tour…Carolyn Dorin-Ballard has re-emerged as a Player of the Year candidate. The 13-year pro won her second event of the season at the Burlington Open. Tonight fans will have a chance to see her post one of the highest scores on TV this season. Also competing at 10 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2 are Liz Johnson, Wendy Macpherson, Kelly Kulick and Kendra Gaines. ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the event on October 6 at 12:30 a.m. (ET).
THIS WEEK - LADY EBONITE CLASSIC
The PWBA makes it's 15th stop of the 2002 schedule in Columbia, Tenn. The tournament runs from September 29 thru October 3 with the ESPN2 telecast airing on October 7 at 11 p.m. (ET). A re-air of the finals is slated for October 8 at 5 a.m. (ET).
Close to 150 bowlers had a chance to compete with the PWBA'ers at the Lady Ebonite Classic Pro/Am. Competing in a nine-pin no tap format Chele Schirmer racked up the top score with 300-300-300. Dede Davidson was second with 300-290-300.
A LITTLE HISTORY
A tournament sponsor with the PWBA for 20 years, Ebonite's pro staff including defending Lady Ebonite champion, Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif,, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY, Kelly Kulick, Union, NJ, and Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif are among this week's field bidding for the $12,000 first place check. Over the last seven years, an Ebonite pro staffer has won the event five times with Feldman claiming the honor twice in 2000 and 1998 and Dorin-Ballard earning the title in 1994. Additional past champions who are competing this week include Kim Adler (1999), Marianne DiRupo (1993) and Tish Johnson (1988).
AIMING FOR A MILLION
The Leanne Barrette million-dollar watch is now at $995,218.50. Last week at the Burlington Open, Barrette finished sixth adding $1,900 to her career total. Barrette can become the fourth player in the last four years to exceed seven digits.
DUTCH 200 FOR RAY
For the second consecutive week a PWBA'er bowled a Dutch 200 (alternating strikes and spares throughout the game). Last week it was Shana Ray during the final 12 games of match play. Two weeks ago Kendra Gaines went dutch during the championship round of the Three Rivers Open. Coincidentally both players lost after their dutch scores. Ray was defeated by Marcia Kamrowski 209-200 while Gaines got beat 212-200 by Michelle Feldman. Like Gaines, Ray will receive an award from the WIBC for her score on the Sport Bowling pattern.
WTSN TELEVISES THE PWBA
On September 28 Canada joined the PWBA broadcast family. Started as the newest all sports Canadian network, WTSN is now carrying PWBA telecasts. WTSN aired the Three Rivers Open on the 28th. The network will carry the Burlington Open on October 5, the Lady Ebonite Classic on October 13 and the Greater Pasadena Open on October 20.
ON THE AIRWAVES
Kim Adler will be making her weekly appearance on Sporting News Radio on Wednesday at 7:45 a.m. (CT). Fans around the globe can listen to Kim by going to sportingnews.com, then clicking on the "listen live" link. This Sunday Tammy Turner will be a guest on a new bowling show called "Bowling This Week." The 90-minute, call-in, radio show will feature Turner at 2:20 p.m. (ET). Based out of the WBZT studio in south Florida, fans can listen live online by logging onto wbzt.com from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (ET).
After 13 national tournaments Michelle Feldman ranks first in competition points (8,426) with Leanne Barrette trailing by 12 and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard by 140. Barrette leads in earnings ($57,835) and Dorin-Ballard has the best average (217.71). Feldman is the tour leader in championship round appearances with eight. Kim Terrell, Kendra Gaines, Dorin-Ballard and Barrette are tied for second with seven.
ON THE CUSP
Bowler of the Decade for the 1990s Wendy Macpherson hasn't won a title this season but has eight top 10s and has made the TV finals four times including two of the last three tournaments. Macpherson is the only player this season to finish in the top 15 in every event. Liz Johnson has been among the top five in two of the last four …Tammy Turner has four top 10s in her last five…Kendra Gaines has made two consecutive TV shows.
DORIN-BALLARD/T. JOHNSON CONTINUE STREAKS
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard easily extended her consecutive cashes streak to 83 tournaments after finishing eighth at the Three Rivers Open. The 18-time titlest started the streak in September of 1998. Tish Johnson continues to be the PWBA's "Iron Woman." The 22-year pro is competing in her 231st consecutive event this week.
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