Final PWBA Tour Notebook
11/13/2002 - PWBA
BROADCAST DATE AND TIME CORRECTIONS
The PWBA Shootout will be televised on ESPN2 on November 24 at 7 p.m. (ET). ESPN will re-air the event on December 1 at 2:30 p.m. ESPN will also be re-broadcasting the Storm Las Vegas Challenge on December 8 at 5 p.m.
L. JOHNSON QUIETLY CASHES AT PWBA SHOOTOUT
Liz Johnson cashed for $8,000 in last week's PWBA Shootout to lead the top eight PWBA'ers in the frame-by-frame money contest. Based on a skins game concept with a "must strike" principal for each frame, Johnson earned her cut by splitting $1,000 with Wendy Macpherson in the first frame and a $15,000 with Kendra Gaines in the 10th. Macpherson and Kim Adler notched the most strikes among the field with five each. Both Macpherson and Adler cashed for $4,500.
THE PERFECT STORM
Three Storm pro staffers earned their way in the championship round of the Storm Las Vegas PWBA Challenge including Tiffany Stanbrough, Brenda Norman and Anne Marie Duggan. Stanbrough came away from the season finale with her second career title after she defeated Kendra Gaines 236-189. For Gaines it was the third time in '02 that she won the first two matches of the TV finals and lost in the title match. Wendy Macpherson was the other participant of the round. It was Macpherson's PWBA-record 101st TV appearance.
With her performance at the Storm Las Vegas PWBA Challenge Wendy Macpherson moved past Leanne Barrette for the third most pins recorded during the televised finals. Macpherson total is the highest among active PWBA'ers. The all-time top five is:
Lisa Wagner 33,609 (156 games)
Aleta Sill 30,751 (143 games)
Wendy Macpherson 29,749 (142 games)
Leanne Barrette 29,699 (141 games)
Tish Johnson 28,655 (136 games)
For the second year in a row a title streak was snapped. Wendy Macpherson was this year's victim as the 19-time titlest did win a championship for the first time in eight years. In 2001 Kim Adler had her eight-year streak snapped. Although she didn't claim any glass pins or championship bowls, the Henderson, Nev. resident ended the year as the only PWBA'er to finish in the top 15 in every single event.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS
Dana Miller- Mackie and Jeanne Naccarato were inducted into the PWBA Hall of Fame on November 7. 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).
FELDMAN GRABS SAN DIEGO OPEN
In one of the higher scoring tournaments on the '02 schedule, Michelle Feldman claimed her third national title of the season when she upended Wendy Macpherson 236-204. Feldman's win marked just the second time all year that a No. 5 seed won a tournament. Hosted by the Admiral Robinson Center on the San Diego Naval Base, over 300 sailors attended the finals. The tournament featured 11 of 24 match play competitors with a 220 average or better. 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, followed by Leanne Barrette with four and Marianne DiRupo with three.
BIG NUMBERS PART II
The Greater San Diego Open was called a strike fest by Karen Pearlman of the San Diego Union Tribune. 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). Three times a player registered a 300-game (Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Marianne DiRupo and Leanne Barrette).
TEAM USA ALUMNI EARN BRAGGING RIGHTS
In addition to the Greater San Diego Open 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
STANBROUGH EARNS FIRST-EVER TITLE
Breakthrough victories are never easy, but for Tiffany Stanbrough the task seemed improbable. To win her first pro title of her career, all she had to do was get past the Player of the Year, the Bowler of the Decade for the 1990s and the tournament leader. In spite of facing four opponents who had won a combined 48 titles, the lefthander shined the brightest among the PWBA stars as she captured the Wheelchair Awareness Classic by defeating Kelly Kulick 194-188. Kulick was also seeking her first piece of championship hardware.
The Wheelchair Awareness Classic was one of the lowest scoring single participation events of the '02. The average to cash was the third lowest (185.55) behind of the Greater Terre Haute Open (177.50) and the Miller High Life National Players Championship (177.70). The average to make the top 24 cut (188.27) was the season's second lowest and the top five was a season-low at 202.45.
HEIN-HANDEGARD-TERRELL WIN ROLLERS AND PRO BOWLERS
On a day when the champions had to endure a long day of bowling Tom Hein, John Handegard and Kim Terrell won the Rollers and Pro Bowlers championship with a combined 668-617 win over Ziggy Traczenko, Hobo Boothe and Wendy Macpherson. Made up of teams that included members of the Professional Women's Bowling Association, the American Wheelchair Bowling Association and the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour, the winning trio was one of 24 teams that began the day needing six match play victories to win it all.
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.
TISH JOHNSON FOOLS FATHER TIME
From the moment Tish Johnson stepped onto the tournament pair at Diamond Lanes it was show time. With fist pumping and pins falling, the 22-year pro pandered an adoring crowd en route to a 246-187 win over Liz Johnson to win the Greater Pasadena Open. It was Johnson's 25th career title. Johnson's win kicked off a string of three consecutive week's where the No. 1 seed did not win the championship.
Tish Johnson's win in Pasadena tied her with Patty Costello for fourth all-time in PWBA titles. Here is the top five:
Lisa Wagner - 32
Aleta Sill - 31
Leanne Barrette - 26
Tish Johnson - 25
Patty Costello -25
The Greater Pasadena Open marked the second consecutive week Liz Johnson picked up a 7-10 split. 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 conversion rate is one in every 205,371 games.
JOHNSON WINS LADY EBONITE CLASSIC
After picking up the less than routine 2-8 split in the 10th frame, Liz Johnson knocked down seven more pins to give her a 205-198 win over Leanne Barrette and the Lady Ebonite Classic crown. For Johnson it was 11th career title. Prior to Johnson's 10th frame heroics, Barrette was the center of fan adulation at the Ebonite Galaxy Lanes. Following her 231-205-168 win over Cathy Dorin-Lizzi and Kim Terrell in the opening shootout, the 16-year pro was guaranteed a high enough finish for her to eclipse a million dollars in earnings. Barrette joined Wendy Macpherson, Aleta Sill and Tish Johnson in the seven-digit club.
1) Wendy Macpherson - $1,194,235
2) Aleta Sill -- $1,071,194
3) Tish Johnson -- $1,058,750
4) Leanne Barrette -- $1,010,218
* Next on the list might be Anne Marie Duggan who ended the season with $935,871.
MORE ON BARRETTE'S MILLION
Following her million dollar milestone, Barrette was presented by Ebonite VP Bob Reid a gold medallion with 14 diamonds in the shape of the Ebonite logo. Reid stated that each diamond was to represent each year Barrette has been on the Ebonite pro staff.
DORIN-BALLARD GETS BURLINGTON OPEN
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard notched her second title of the season after blasting off a 255 versus Kendra Gaines' 184 to win the Burlington Open. The victory was Dorin-Ballard's second of the year. The Player of the Year struck 10 times. In a week where lane conditions helped dictate a 210.21 TV finalists' average, both Dorin-Ballard and Gaines excelled during the final day of qualifying. The champion closed out her last 12 games averaging 231.33 while Gaines tallied 227.66.
BARRETTE OWNS THREE RIVERS
Leanne Barrette further entrenched her name among the PWBA's all-time greats. The 26-time titlest defeated Marianne DiRupo 225-166 to win the Three Rivers Open. The TV finals appearance was Barrette's sixth in her last seven tournaments. Defending champion Michelle Feldman was aiming for her third straight win but was stopped short in the semis when she lost to DiRupo 202-185.
FELDMAN WINS AGAIN
It was a battle of champions that included the nine titlests from the spring/summer swing slugging it out in the first-ever Sport Bowling Champions Challenge. When the dust had settled at the Fern Valley Strike and Spare Lanes in Louisville, Kty, Michelle Feldman emerged the victor after outscoring Kim Terrell 182-167. Taped in July following the Louisville Open, which Feldman also won, the 10-time champ went on to win a PWBA Regional in Altoona, P.A. that week. For those counting, Feldman won three tournaments over a six-day span.
AMERICAN FORCES NETWORK TO BROADCAST PWBA
Starting on October 7 and continuing thru the 2003 season, the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) began its broadcasts of all PWBA events. AFRTS programming has a reach of over 800,000 men and women spanning to 179 countries, territories and U.S. Navy ships at sea.
VIEWERSHIP SURGE FOR PWBA
With the first half TV ratings in the books the PWBA kicked off the second half of the year by announcing an increase in household impressions of 57 percent. The bumped up viewership average went from 290,000 to 456,784 impressions.
ADLER LANDS NEW SPONSOR THRU e-BAY AUCTION
Kim Adler became one of the first professional athletes to solicit sponsorship thru e-Bay. The 12-year pro auctioned off eight square inches on her skirt and netted $14,389 from the New York-based Pacific Pools. Adler's innovative idea generated one of bowling biggest stories of 2002. Following and during the sale Adler was featured by over 70 media outlets including CBS, FOX, Sporting News Radio, CNN, Chicago Tribune, LA Times and the New York Post.
LOUISVILLE LOVES FELDMAN
After her 255-180 win over Kim Terrell at the Louisville Open, the Louisville Courier-Journal described Michelle Feldman as the "Queenpin of Louisville." The title was Feldman's third in Derby city after posting wins in 1998 and 2000. Following the finals the champ stated, "I'm officially (Kentucky) Colonel. I'm very lucky in Louisville. Maybe I should move here and join a league."
MILLER TIME FOR DIRUPO
Marianne DiRupo snapped a four-year title drought by winning the Miller High Life National Players Championship 180-158 over Leanne Barrette. DiRupo, who's last title came in 1998 in Lancaster, OH, became the first player of '02 to win as a No. 5 seed. The victory was DiRupo's second major of her career and seventh total.
DORIN-BALLARD GETS THE MONKEY OFF HER BACK
In 2001 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard set or broke 11 PWBA records including winning eight titles in a single season. This year, not a week went by without someone asking the 13-year pro "when are you going to win again." In spite of the constant scrutiny, Dorin-Ballard handled the "year after" inquiries with a great deal of poise. At the Dallas Open she put all questions to rest by defeating Tiffany Stanbrough 223-184.
DORIN-BALLARD NOMINATED FOR ESPY
Following one of pro bowling's most remarkable seasons, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard was nominated for an ESPY in the "Best Bowler" category. Dorin-Ballard was named the 2001 PWBA Player of the Year and BWAA Bowler of the Year after winning eight titles and leading the tour in earnings, competition points and averages. The 13-year pro set or broke 11 PWBA records.
BARRETTE STRIKES AGAIN
To be a great champion an athlete must be able to endure the test of time. Whether you believe in the old adage of "longevity is the truest measuring stick of greatness," or in the cliché' "we get better with age," Leanne Barrette proved that success is something that can be earned with talent as well as maturity. Following seven weeks of different tournament champions Barrette became the first multiple winner of '02 with a 248-245 win over Kendra Gaines. The match proved to be one of the year's best as both players threw strikes for seven consecutive frames.
BARRETTE WINS NAIL BITER
In the closest title match of the season Leanne Barrette won her first title of '02 in a 237-236 nail biter over Wendy Macpherson. On a weekend when ESPN was saluting women athletes, two of the PWBA's best put on a heart-stopping show. Macpherson, who climbed the stepladder to the finals, ended with a 712 series after an opening shootout win of 235-219-214 over Kim Terrell and Michelle Feldman and a semifinal win of 241-216 over Maxine Nable. Barrette made two clutch shots in the 10th by striking on her first ball and then a sparing to win.
SWEET AS HONEY
After making her fourth championship round Cara Honeychurch finally snatched her first championship of the year with a 195-148 blowout over Kim Terrell. Armed as the No. 1 seed with a 229.64 42-game prelim average, Honeychurch capped off a strong week by winning her eighth career title. The high-scoring week saw a total of 41 700 series and 71 times a player register a 220 and lose during match play.
LIL' BIT COMES UP BIG
Brenda Norman won her first career title with a 195-148 victory over Tiffany Stanbrough at the Greater Terre Haute Open. A native of Indianapolis, Ind. Norman's championship hardware came after seven years on tour. Terre Haute was the lowest scoring week all year with an average to cash coming in at 177.50 and an average to make the top 24 cut 189.88.
Five live telecasts were a part of the PWBA broadcast schedule in June. The PWBA's live shows averaged a .63 rating. Over the course of the year the PWBA was seen on national TV more than 50 times.
PRYOR WINS $16,000 IN MEGA STRIKE PROMOTION
One strike. One ball. That's what Ray Pryor had to do before the ESPN finals of the PWBA's Women's Collegiate Doubles Challenge on June 2 to win $25,000. Selected from over 100,000 entries as part of a national PWBA promotion, Pryor participated in the Mega Strike Jackpot final rolloff. The Tracy, Calif. resident took his best shot at bowling for dollars. The result was a $16,000 payoff after he left the 3-6. Pryor was guaranteed a minimum of $10,000 or $2,000 for every pin he knocked down.
GAINES AND BROWNIE ARE DOUBLE-TROUBLE
The team of Kendra Gaines and Melissa Brownie earned the first-ever PWBA Women's Collegiate/Pro Doubles Challenge after fashioning a 214-196 win over Michelle Feldman and April Ellis. Competing in a Baker format, Feldman and Ellis had a slight edge throughout the championship bout, but a missed 10-pin on in the ninth frame by Ellis opened the door for Gaines and Brownie. The tournament featured 36 collegians and 36 pros. Sixteen universities participated with nine freshman, 11 sophomores, seven juniors and nine seniors.
THIRD TIMES A CHARM FOR ADLER
She had finished second in her previous two tournaments so for Kim Adler the 226-216 win over Cara Honeychurch at the St. Clair Classic was a sigh of relief. Adler boasted the top qualifying average of the year with a 240.14. Over the course of the week four 300 games were tallied with four 800-plus series and 49 700-plus series. The top five average of 230.88 was tops for the season.
FELDMAN WINS ST. CLAIR SHORES CLASSIC
In a classic finesse vs. power tilt, Michelle Feldman defeated Kim Adler 211-204 to obtain the St. Clair Shores Classic championship. The title was perhaps one of Feldman's best come-from-behind wins. The New York native opened in two of the first four frames but then rattled off five consecutive strikes to take a slight lead heading into the last frame. In the end Adler still could of won the match but a failed double attempt in the 10th gave Feldman the nod.
TERRELL IS THE QUEEN
Coming off her historic 2001 win at the U.S. Open, Kim Terrell stayed hot to start the 2002 PWBA season. The northern Californian crushed the competition at the WIBC Queens to win her second major in less then six months. Terrell defeated Kim Adler 227-214 in the finals to cap off a brilliant week. The three-time Robby Award recipient averaged 240.7 during qualifying and match play and had to outlast 335 bowlers to take home one of bowlings' most prestigious honors.
ODDS AND ENDS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH
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 17-of-18 national events unofficially ranks 2nd in earnings ($72,835), third in competition points (11,264) and 1st in averages (216.45) .
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 has cashed in 18 of 18 ranks 1st in earnings ($74,130) and competition points (11,501) and fourth in averages (213.93).
TV FINALS NOTES (does not include Rollers and Pro Bowlers or Sport Bowling Championship)
Based on a minimum of five TV appearances, Michelle Feldman had the top TV average with a 222.72 clip Kendra Gaines competed in the most games (13) Highest score on TV was a 279 by Cara Honeychurch Kim Adler was a close second with a 278 Tiffany Stanbrough had the best record at 7-3.
DORIN-BALLARD/T. JOHNSON CONTINUE STREAKS
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard easily extended her consecutive cashes streak to 89 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.
BISHOP ENTERS MICHIGAN WOMEN'S BOWLING ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME
Lisa Bishop was inducted into the Michigan Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame earlier this year. Recognized for "Superior Performance," Bishop joined a plethora of former or current PWBA members including Marion Ladewig (1976), Jeanette Robinson (1985), Sandra Jo Shiery (1991), Aleta Sill (1992) and Cheryl Daniels (1993).
Kendra Gaines had a career year in '02 making eight TV finals and grabbing her second national title Gaines was one of the tour's most consistent performers finishing no lower than 15th in 17 of 18 national tournaments speaking of career years - Tiffany Stanbrough, two titles, five TV appearances - watch out! Carolyn Dorin-Ballard surpassed 20 thousand pins on TV this season (currently at 20,412) always present on the PWBA telecasts in some capacity, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi and sister Carolyn appeared together in the stepladder finals twice this year it was the 7th and 8th times in their careers Carol Gianotti-Block wins the "high threshold for pain" award after rejoining the tour after surgery to repair a torn meniscus tear in her knee in six weeks Marcia Kamrowski wins the "oh so close award" the budding talent from Florida missed earning a spot in the championship round twice in a three week stretch once by six pins and the other by 45 sticks Leanne Barrette made the most consecutive TV shows with five straight during the spring/summer swing longtime PWBA laneman Gus Falgien has left the PWBA to become the national sales manager of Kegel the new pwba.com is averaging 110,000 page views a week with each user spending about 12 minutes per visit on the site Kim Terrell, Michelle Feldman, Tennelle Grijalva, Liz Johnson and Maxine Nable led the tour in 300 games with two each.
PWBA.com OFFERS XMAS SPECIAL
All PWBA souvenirs ordered online starting November 1 will receive a 10 percent discount. This offer will be added to any other discounts received (i.e. Bowlers Club members or PWBA members) The online special will be available until December 25.
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