PWBA Tour Notebook
10/14/2002 - PWBA
GREATER PASADENA OPEN ON ESPN2 TONIGHT
Tish Johnson proved she still has the goods to win on the PWBA tour. The 22-year pro won her 25th career title last week at the Greater Pasadena Open. It was the third time this year a player from the opening shootout went on to claim the championship. Also competing at 10 p.m. (ET) are Leanne Barrette, Rachel Perez, Kim Adler and Rachel Perez. ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the event on October 20 at 4:30 p.m. (ET).
THIS WEEK - ROLLERS AND PRO BOWLERS
Debuting this week is the first-ever Rollers and Pro Bowlers tournament featuring the PWBA, the American Wheelchair Bowling Association and the Sr. Pro Bowling Association. Notable Sr. PBA'ers expected to participate include Hall-of-Famer and Vietnam Vet Johnny Petraglia and Dave Davis, who is among the top 10 on the senior tour in competition points. Also a part of the action will be AWBA Hall of Famer Dave Roberts and national champion Tom Zachrich to name a few. The tournament runs from October 14-18 with the ESPN2 telecast airing on October 21 at 10 p.m. (ET). A re-air of the finals is slated for October 26 at 4:00 p.m. (ET).
DORIN-BALLARD HANDICAPS THE NFL FOR USA TODAY
On October 11 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and PBA star Pete Weber were featured in USA Today to take on the NFL-5 Star Challenge. Dorin-Ballard and Weber faced off to see who could pick more winners in the 14-game NFL schedule. Entering tonight's Monday Night Football match-up between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks Dorin-Ballard and Weber were tied with a 9-4 record. However, Dorin-Ballard took San Francisco to win while PDW selected Seattle.
GLAD TO HAVE YA BACK
National touring members Tennelle Grijalva and Cara Honeychurch rejoined the PWBA tour this week. Grijalva is returning to action after recovering from a surgical procedure that removed a retinacular cyst from the middle finger on her right hand. Honeychurch took the first four tournaments off for personal reasons.
OIL PATTERN REPORT
This week the PWBA, Sr. PBA and AWBA members will not compete on a Sport Bowling pattern. The synthetic lanes at the Country Club Bowl and Mesa Brunswick Lanes include 19.25 milliliters of oil (offense hv) on a 41-foot pattern.
Last week's Greater Pasadena Open was one of the higher scoring weeks on the PWBA tour. The average to cash was the fourth highest this season (197.50) while the average to make the top 24 cut was second (204.11). The fifth TV spot closed the 42-game prelims with a 226.41 (2nd).
SCORING TID BITS
Last week 13 of 24 match play competitors averaged over 220 over 42 games. Fifty-four times a player bowled a 230 or higher and lost their match. Twenty-four times a player recorded a 700-plus series. Kim Adler led all scorers with four while Rachel Perez and Liz Johnson had three. Maxine Nable and Carol Gianotti-Block each tossed a 300.
During the Greater Pasadena Open Liz Johnson picked up a 7-10 split marking the second consecutive week the native New Yorker converted the spare. Unofficially Bowling Headquarters figure that of the nearly 3.4 million ABC, WIBC and YABA members, 340 million games per year are bowled with approximately 5,000 7-10 conversions. That rate equates to one in every 68,000 games. For the 1.3 million WIBC members, the conversation rate is one in every 205,371 games.
Kim Adler will be making her weekly appearance on Sporting News Radio on 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. Marcia Kamrowski will be a guest on "Bowling This Week" on October 20 at 2:20 p.m. (ET). Based out of the WBZT studio in south Florida, fans can listen to the 90-minute call-in show live online by logging onto wbzt.com from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (ET).
With her victory at the Greater Pasadena Open Tish Johnson is now tied with Patty Costello for fourth all-time in career titles. The PWBA's top five are:
Lisa Wagner -32
Aleta Sill - 31
Leanne Barrette - 26
Patty Costello - 25
Tish Johnson - 25
Although she did not win last week Leanne Barrette moved one step closer to equaling Wendy Macpherson's mark as the all-time leader in TV appearances with 98. With last week's event, Barrette has 97 followed by Tish Johnson with 95. All three are approaching 30,000 career pins on TV. The top five are as follows:
Lisa Wagner - 33,609 (156 games)
Aleta Sill - 30,751 (143 games)
Leanne Barrette - 29,505 (140 games)
Wendy Macpherson - 28,917 (142 games)
Tish Johnson - 28,455 (136 games)
ALUMS AND CURRENT TEAM USA'ers, PWBA LEADERS AND TEAM AUSTRALIA FACE OFF
In addition to the Greater San Diego Open next week, a clash of the titans will be part of the tournament schedule on November 1. Four bowlers from TEAM USA, TEAM USA alums, TEAM AUSTRALIA and the PWBA competition point leaders will face off in a 12-strike scoring challenge. The team participants are:
TEAM USA TEAM PWBA TEAM ALUMNI TEAM AUSTRALIA
Lucy Sandelin Carolyn Dorin-Ballard Kim Terrell Cara Honeychurch
Jeanette Menacho Leanne Barrette Liz Johnson Carol Gianotti-Block
Jennifer Petrick Wendy Macpherson Kelly Kulick Maxine Nable
Lisa Pawlak Michelle Feldman Kendra Gaines Kelly Warren
After 15 national tournaments Leanne Barrette ranks first in competition points (9,839), with Carolyn Dorin-Ballard trailing by 273 and Michelle Feldman by 463. Barrette is also the average and earnings leader with 216.97 and $63,035. Dorin-Ballard, Barrette and Kim Terrell are the tour leaders in championship round appearances with eight. Barrette has the best overall match play record at 189-119-4 (.605 win pct.)
WORLD SERIES PICKS
With Major League Baseball about to embark on the fall classic we asked some of the PWBA members who they wanted to win the World Series and why.
Liz Johson - "I'm a American League fan so I'm pulling for the Angels."
Shana Ray - "If the Astros aren't going to win it, it might as well be the Giants."
Kim Terrell - "I've been going to Giants games since I was a little kid. That's my hometown team."
Karen Stroud - "The Angels - I want to see them win because they never have won it before."
Marianne DiRupo - "Since the Yankees are out I'd love to see the St. Louis Cardinals somehow comeback and win it. They've got former Bronx Bomber Timo Perez."
DORIN-BALLARD/T. JOHNSON CONTINUE STREAKS
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard easily extended her consecutive cashes streak to 85 tournaments after last week. The 19-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 233rd consecutive event.
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