PWBA Tour Notebook
10/21/2002 - PWBA
ROLLERS AND PRO BOWLERS ON ESPN2 TONIGHT
The first-ever Rollers and Pro Bowlers tournament featuring the PWBA, the American Wheelchair Bowling Association and the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour will air tonight on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. (ET). The winning trio of Tom Hein, John Handegard and Kim Terrell matched up against Ziggy Traczenko, Hobo Boothe and Wendy Macpherson. ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the event on October 26 at 4:00 p.m. (ET).
THIS WEEK - WHEELCHAIR AWARENESS CLASSIC
Tish Johnson will attempt to defend her title this week at the Wheelchair Awareness Classic. The Classic will take place at the Country Club Lanes in Mesa from October 21-25. The event is the 18th stop on the PWBA schedule. ESPN2 will televise the tournament finals on October 28 at 10 p.m. (ET).
Approximately 160 bowlers had a chance to compete with the PWBA'ers at the Wheelchair Awareness Classic Pro/Am. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard bested the field in the nine-pin no tap format with a 826 while Kelly Kulick won the 3-6-9 format with a 700.
OIL PATTERN REPORT
This week the best of the PWBA will be tested with a 37-foot Sport Bowling pattern. The synthetic surface at Country Club Lanes includes 27 milliliters of oil (defense (s). Developed by the Women's International Bowling Congress and the American Bowling Congress, Sport Bowling was designed to be a more challenging lane condition. Its goal is to re-introduce spare shooting consistency and accuracy and put a premium on a bowler's ability to read the lanes.
ROLLERS AND PRO BOWLERS TID BITS
Although her team finished sixth, Tish Johnson led the 96-person field at the Rollers and Pro Bowlers event with an overall average of 228.22. Wendy Macpherson was second with a 227.51 while PBA Senior Steve Neff was third with 225.12. The top AWBA average was posted by Martin Frost with a 180.56. Bob Chamberlain registered the only 300 game. The best PWBA tally came from Dede Davidson with a pair of 286s. Frost had the top AWBA score with a 253.
AWBA PART II
Media and fans were fascinated this past week at the skill level of the AWBA members. A few things learned during the tournament about the AWBA athletes:
- Most AWBA members use bowling balls that weigh 10-13 pounds.
- Averages range from 72 to 197
- The record for the highest ABC league average is held by Walt Roy with a 200.
- Roy also holds the record for high game with a 299!
- The AWBA was founded in 1962.
A belated happy birthday goes out to Marcia Kamrowksi who celebrated on October 15 and Carol Gianotti-Block who's magic day came on October 19.
CONGRATS TO LINDAY KELLY, BERNICE BENNIE AND JOYCE DEITCH
Former PWBA'er Linda Kelly will be inducted into the Women's International Bowling Congress Hall of Fame next year. Kelly, who will be honored for Superior Performance, will join Joyce Deitch (Meritorious Service) and Bernice Bennie (Meritorious Service) at an induction ceremony at the WIBC annual meeting in April of 2003.
The final Ebonite media challenge of the PWBA season will take place this Friday at the Admiral Robinson Recreation Center in San Diego. Scheduled to participate are media from the San Diego Times Union, KGTV (ABC), KNSD (NBC), KFMB (CBS) and XETV (FOX).
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 challenge match. 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
DORIN-BALLARD/T. JOHNSON CONTINUE STREAKS
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard easily extended her consecutive cashes streak to 86 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 234th consecutive event.
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