PWBA Tour Notebook
11/04/2002 - PWBA
GREATER SAN DIEGO OPEN ON ESPN2 TONIGHT
Michelle Feldman heated up the Player of the Year race last week when she won the Greater San Diego Open. The championship was the young talent's third title of the 2002 season. Also competing were Bowler of the Decade for the 1990s Wendy Macpherson, 26-time titlest Leanne Barrette, WIBC Hall of Famer Tish Johnson and Marianne DiRupo. The Open finals will be televised tonight on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. (ET).
THIS WEEK - STORM LAS VEGAS PWBA CHALLENGE - PWBA SHOOTOUT
Along with finishing strong in her pursuit of Player of the Year honors, Leanne Barrette will be defending her title this week at the Storm Las Vegas Challenge at the Texas Stations bowling center. The event will run from Nov. 4-8. The tournament is the 20th and final stop on the PWBA schedule. ESPN2 will televise the tournament finals on November 11 at 10 p.m. (ET). ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the finals on Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. In addition to the Challenge, the last day of competition will also include the PWBA shootout in which the top eight competition point finishers will set their sites on winning up to $25,000.
Over 300 bowlers participated in the Storm Las Vegas PWBA Pro AM. Rachel Perez netted the top score in the nine-pin no tap format with a 897. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard took second with 876. Dorin-Ballard shot 300-300 in her first two games and had the chance to beat Perez in her final game. The reigning Player of the Year had an X in the front nine but in the tenth posted a six-count followed by a spare and a strike to shoot 276.
OIL PATTERN REPORT
This week the PWBA will be tested with a 42-foot Sport Bowling pattern. The synthetic surface at the Texas Station bowling center includes 23.32 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 and to re-establish bowling credibility.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS
This Thursday the 31st and 32nd members of the PWBA Hall of Fame will be inducted when Dana Miller- Mackie and Jeanne Naccarato are recognized. Miller-Mackie's career highlights include 16 career titles, five WIBC All-American honors and a selection as the 1984 New Mexico Athlete of the Year. Naccarato, who was a former PWBA Player of the Year, has 10 career titles and holds several WIBC records including bowling the most consecutive strikes (40).
Eleven of 24 match play competitors averaged over 220 for last week in San Diego. Fourty-eight times a player tossed a 230 or higher during match play and lost. Thru 42-games 31 times a player recorded a 700-plus series. Wendy Macpherson led the way with five 700-plus, followed by Leanne Barrette with four and Marianne DiRupo with three.
BIG NUMBERS PART II
The Greater San Diego Open was one of the tour's highest scoring of the year. The average to cash was the season's best (211.94) by almost nine pins. The average to make the top 24 was the second highest (212.50) behind the St. Clair Classic (216.50) and the average to make the top five was the fourth highest (220.80)
TEAM USA ALUMNI EARN BRAGGING RIGHTS
Last week TEAM AUSTRALIA, TEAM USA, TEAM USA ALUMNI and TEAM PWBA locked horns in special exhibition match. With nothing at stake except bragging rights TEAM USA ALUMNI and TEAM PWBA thumped the other two squads and advanced to the finals with totals of 35.5 and 27 points. Competing in a Baker format in a best of three, TEAM USA ALUMNI won the proverbial title by defeating TEAM PWBA 235-231, 217-226, 227-226. The team participants were:
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
A SEEDY SITUATION
Thus far this season the No. 1 seed has won 13 of 17 national tournaments (Ed. Note - This graphic does not include the Sport Bowling Champions Challenge which Michelle Feldman won as the top seed or the Rollers and Pro Bowlers event won by Kim Terrell). Below is a tournament-by-tournament breakdown:
Tournament Champion Qualifying Pos. Finishing Pos.
WIBC Queens Kim Terrell 1 1
St. Clair Shores Classic Michelle Feldman 1 1
St. Clair Classic Kim Adler 1 1
Col./Pro Doubles Challenge Kendra Gaines/Melissa Brownie 3 1
Greater Terre Haute Open Brenda Norman 1 1
Greater Harrisburg Open Cara Honeychurch 1 1
Empire State PWBA Classic Leanne Barrette 1 1
Greater Syracuse Open Leanne Barrette 1 1
Dallas Open Carolyn Dorin-Ballard 1 1
Miller High Life Plyr. Chp. Marianne DiRupo 5 1
Louisville Open Michelle Feldman 1 1
Three Rivers Open Leanne Barrette 1 1
Burlington Open Carolyn Dorin-Ballard 1 1
Lady Ebonite Classic Liz Johnson 1 1
Greater Pasadena Open Tish Johnson 4 1
Wheelchair Awareness Classic Tiffany Stanbrough 3 1
Greater San Diego Open Michelle Feldman 5 1
PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH
With one tournaments remaining on the 2002 schedule several players are in contention for Player of the Year. Here's a brief look at the top candidates:
Leanne Barrette: Co-leads the tour in titles with three made five consecutive TV finals in the spring/summer swing and has nine total for the year has 13 top 10
finishes is the only player to win back-to-back tournaments in '02
has cashed in 16-of-17 national events overall match play record is 204-128-4 (.607 win pct.) ranks 2nd in earnings ($71,085) and competition points (10,789) and 1st in averages (217.62) .
Michelle Feldman: Co-leads the tour in titles with three although it doesn't weigh into her Player of the Year hopes, won three tournaments in a six-day period to end the spring/summer swing (Louisville Open, Sport Bowling Players Challenge and a PWBA Regional in Altoona, P.A.) has appeared in the championship round nine times and has 13 top 10s overall match play record is 207-145-8 (.575 win pct.) and has cashed in 17 of 17 ranks 1st in earnings ($72,480) and competition points (11,056) and third in averages (214.87).
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard: Has been the most consistent of any bowler all year co-leads the tour in TV finals appearances with nine has two titles and 14 top 10s hasn't finished below 10th for 10 straight national tournaments ranks first in wins in overall match play records with 214-143-3 (.594 win pct.) has cashed in 17-of-17 ranks fourth in earnings ($58,847), third in competition points (10,746) and second in averages (215.97).
NEWS AND NOTES
Wendy Macpherson has one tournament left to keep her title streak alive. The 19-time champion has won at least one title every year since 1995. For the second time in the last three national tournaments Marcia Kamrowski just missed qualifying for her first career championship round in PWBA competition. The former All-American from the University of Florida missed the top five by six pins three weeks ago at the Greater Pasadena Open. Lask week the Floridian was 45-pins short. Both times Kamrowski's hopes were dashed in the 42nd game of the preliminaries. Marianne DiRupo is in position to steal a spot in the top eight competition point finishers. DiRupo trails 8th place Liz Johnson by 657 points and 7th place Kim Adler by 743.
DORIN-BALLARD/T. JOHNSON CONTINUE STREAKS
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard easily extended her consecutive cashes streak to 88 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 236th consecutive event.
Patrick Healey Jr. Selected BWAA Bowler Of The Month
11/04/2002 - BWAA
Patrick Healey Jr. was voted Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the Month for October by a select panel of the organization, BWAA President Lyle Zikes announced today.
Healey, a 34-year-old right-hander from Mexico City, captured his first Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) championship Oct. 20 by defeating Michael Gaither, Corpus Christi, Tex., 243-227 in the deciding contest of the PBA Greater Kansas City Classic in Blue Springs, Mo. One week earlier, Healey placed fifth at the PBA Wichita (Kan.) Open.
Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y, who won her 11th Professional Women's Bowling Association title at the Lady Ebonite Classic in Columbia, Tenn., and finished second at the Greater Pasadena (Tex.) Open, was a distant runner-up in the balloting.
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