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      May 16, 2002:

-Feldman Wins St. Clair Shores Classic

05/16/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. - Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY won her first title of the young Professional Women's Bowling Association season when she claimed the St. Clair Shores Classic at the Shore Lanes. Feldman, who was the event's top seed, defeated Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla. 211-206 to win her ninth career title and a first place check worth $10,000.

      "I've never won so early in the season," said Feldman. "You would think I should have an advantage to win as the No.1 seed but tonight I really needed some luck."

      Feldman got off to a less than auspicious start when she left open frames in the second and fourth while Adler tossed three spares and a strike. A five-bagger from the fifth to the ninth brought the New Yorker back into the match and positioned her to win.

      "After I opened in the fourth I changed my angle," she said. "I moved a little left and threw right. That adjustment seemed to make a world of difference."

      Perhaps the difference in the bout came in the fifth frame when Adler failed to pick up a 3-9 split. The open frame would later haunt the 14-time titlest as she needed a double in the tenth to have a chance at the title. Although she threw a first-ball strike, her second toss left a 3-6 split giving Feldman the victory.

      In the semi-final match Adler outlasted Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, NV 200-196. Macpherson, who won the opening shootout against Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas and Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif. 237-181-170, had marked in 16 consecutive frames until missing a 10-pin in the seventh against Adler.

      The runner-up finish for Adler was her second in two weeks. The three-time Women's International Bowling Congress All-American placed second in the WIBC Queens last week in Milwaukee. For her efforts at the Classic, Adler took home $5,500. Macpherson earned $3,800 while Dorin-Ballard made $3,000 and Terrell $2,500.

      The championships will air on ESPN2 on Tuesday, May 21 at 9 p.m. (eastern). The next stop on the PWBA tour will be from May 19-23 at the St. Clair Classic in Fairview Heights, Ill.

      Championship-round results and their scores, earnings and playoff results in the Professional Women's Bowling Association's $60,000 St.Clair Shores Classic;

1. Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., 211 -1 game- $10,000
2. Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., 404 -2 games- $5,500
3. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 433 -2 games- $3,800
4. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 181 -1 game- $3,000
5. Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif., 170 -1 game- $2,500

Playoff Results: Macpherson def. Dorin-Ballard and Terrell 237-181-170; Adler def. Macpherson 200-196; Feldman def. Adler 211-204.

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