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      May 23, 2002:

-Third Time Is The Charm For Adler

05/23/2002 - PWBA
      FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. - After back-to-back second place finishes Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla. made good on her third consecutive championship appearance by defeating Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia 226-216 to win the St. Clair Classic and a check for $10,500.

      "It all finally came together," said Adler. "It would have been very anti-climatic to bowl as well as I did all week and not win today."

      Adler entered the televised finals as the tournament's top seed. Her 240.14 average and 15-8-1 match play record helped her tally a 10,551 pinfall. Her week's production consisted of 40-of-42 games above par (Ed. note - "par" in PWBA competition is a score of 200) as well as four 700-plus series.

      Facing Honeychurch in a championship round for the fifth time in her career, Adler put pressure on the Aussie by starting the first five frames with a spare and four straight strikes while Honeychurch replied with a strike and four spares. The left-hander stayed close with the champion by marking in the final five frames including a three-bagger in the tenth, however Adler's lead was just enough to earn her the title.

      "I didn't have as good a ball reaction tonight as I did during the week but I thought if I continued to make good shots it would keep the pressure on Cara to try to catch up."

      Honeychurch earned her birth into the finals by defeating Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla and Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla. 191-189-182 in the opening shootout and Tennelle Grijalva, Yorba Linda, Calif. 279-238 in the semi-finals. Honeychurch just missed a perfect game in the semi-final as the third-year pro left a six-pin on her first ball of the tenth frame. For Grijalva it was the 50th time during the tournament that a player had bowled a 230 or higher and lost.

      Honeychurch earned $5,800 for her second place finish while Grijalva claimed $4,000 for third. Stanbrough took home $3,200 and Gaines $2,800.

      High scores seemed to be a theme all week as the tournament turned out four 800-plus series and four 300 games. The week also saw 49 700-plus series.

      The championship round of the St. Clair Classic will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. (eastern).

      Championship-round results and their scores, earnings and playoff results in the Professional Women's Bowling Association's $65,000 St. Clair Classic;
1. Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., 226 -1 game- $10,500
2. Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia, 689 -3 games- $5,800
3. Tennelle Grijalva, Yorba Linda, Calif. 238 -1 game- $4,000
4. Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla., 189 -1 game- $3,200
5. Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla., 182 -1 game- $2,800

Playoff Results: Honeychurch def. Stanbrough & Gaines 191-189-182; Semi-Final Match; Honeychurch def. Grijalva 279-238; Championship Match; Adler def. Honeychurch 226-216

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