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      July 12, 2001:

-Honeychurch Prevails In $50,000 Sport Bowling Challenge

07/12/2001 - PWBA
      ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. - Cara Honeychurch of Australia picked up her second title of 2001 and fifth in her career by defeating Brenda Norman, Indianapolis, 206-189, for the $50,000 Sport Bowling Challenge championship.

      Honeychurch overcame a missed 3-9 spare conversion in her third frame and recorded two doubles en route to the $9,000 first prize. Norman, who defeated Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of N. Richland Hills, Texas, in the semifinal game, 240-236, was railroaded by the 7-10 split in the seventh frame and a missed spare in the eighth. She had led the match prior to leaving the 7-10 split.

      Honeychurch, who's been battling an infection the past four weeks, said that the victory turned the week around for her. "In addition to the infection, our rental car was broken into last week, and then the rental company decided to repossess it. So we've had to depend a lot on the kindness of the PWBA family the past few days to get around from one place to another.

      "I've gotten tremendous help this week and all swing from [Ebonite's] Del Ballard Jr., not only with bowling equipment but with my mental game. Because he's a bowler, he knows how things can affect your concentration and he's helped me to stay focused despite all the distractions. My husband, Jim, also was a tremendous help tonight. After the first couple of shots during the championship match, he told me to roll the ball and be sure with my shots. That was key for me tonight."

      Norman, whose second-place finish was her highest ever on the PWBA tour, was pleased with her performance against 2001's top two performers."I knew I had to make good shots to defeat Carolyn, because she's so determined when she's competing. But Cara is just as determined, so I don't think I Iet up at all after the match with Carolyn. I'm very pleased with how I bowled."

      Norman took home $4,800 for finishing second, while Dorin-Ballard, who was denied a record fourth consecutive pro title, won $3,000. Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Linden, N.J., and Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif., who finished fourth and fifth after falling to Norman in the opening round shootout, 225-178-172, took home $2,500 and $2,200, respectively.

      The championship round of the $50,000 Sport Bowling Challenge will be broadcast on ESPN2 Monday, July 16, at 9 p.m. and re-aired Wednesday, July 18, at 1 p.m. (all TV times are Eastern). The next stop on the PWBA 2001 Spring/Summer Tour is Lexington, Ky., for the July 15-19 $100,000 Lady Ebonite Kentucky Classic.

Championship round results, scores, earnings and playoff results:
    1. Cara Honeychurch, Australia, 206 -1 game- $9,000
    2. Brenda Norman, Indianapolis, Ind., 644 -3 games- $4,800
    3. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 236 -1 game- $3,000
    4. Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Linden, N.J., 178 -1 game- $2,500
    5. Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif., 172 -1 game- $2,200

Playoff Results: Norman def. Dorin-Lizzi and Terrell, 225-178-172; Norman def. Dorin-Ballard, 240-236; Honeychurch def. Norman, 206-179.

-Hoffman And Defending Boys' Champion Bohr Lead Junior Gold

07/12/2001 - YABA
      RENO, Nev. -- After the second day of qualifying, Nathan Bohr, of Austin, Texas, and Heather Hoffman, of West Lawn, Pa., lead the competition at the fourth annual USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships at the National Bowling Stadium and Reno Hilton Lanes. Bohr moved up in the standings from 55th place and Hoffman continues to hold her lead in the girls' division.

      Bohr totaled 2,583 for 12 games, an average of 215, and leads the boys' division by 48 pins. Chris Klerk, of Henderson, Nev., is in second place with 2,535.

      "This is the best tournament YABA bowlers can participate in," said Bohr, the 2000 defending champion. "It gives me the chance to see how I stack up against other youth bowlers from North America."

      In the girls' division, Hoffman holds a 42-pin lead with a total pinfall of 2,487 while averaging 207 per game. In second place is Amanda Burgoyne, of NewPort, Minn., with 2,445. Shannon Pluhowsky, two-time defending champion of the USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships, is in third place, 49 pins behind Hoffman.

      "I had a rough time making the same shot over and over," said Pluhowsky, a collegiate All-American at Nebraska. "My goal for today was to stay even and I only missed my goal by 2 pins. I feel like I am bowling good and ready to finish the tournament strong."

      The event features nearly 900 of North America's best youth bowlers competing for $50,000 in scholarships, individual titles and berths on 2002 Junior TEAM USA. This tournament is the highest level of competition for members of the Young American Bowling Alliance's Junior Gold Program and is conducted on behalf of USA Bowling. Competition continues July 12 with a final six games of qualifying.

      Following qualifying, 34 girls and 92 boys will advance to the two six-game semifinal rounds on Friday. The semifinalists will bowl 12 games to determine the top 16 boys and the top 16 girls. The top 32 finalists will advance to the two rounds of eight-game match play on Saturday. The leaders in the boys' and girls' divisions following match play are crowned 2002 Junior Gold National Champions and the top six athletes in each division earn berths on 2002 Junior TEAM USA.

      For more information on the 2001 USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships, visit for the latest results, news articles and first-hand experiences from the bowlers. For additional information, contact Malissa Richards or Kevin Gabinski at (775) 334-2600 Ext. 223.

USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships Through Second Round of Qualifying (12 games):

Boys' Division:
1 , Nathan Bohr, Austin, TX,  2583 .
2 , Chris Klerk, Henderson, NV,  2535 .   
3 , Andrew Zwickl, Louisville, CO,  2527 .   
4 , Terrence Syring, Bay City, MI,  2486 .   
5 , Josh Snyder, Deland, FL,  2485 .   
6 , Edward Waring, Modesto, CA,  2483 .   
7 , Rhino Page, San Diego, CA,  2483 .   
8 , Shaun Goodwin, Anchorage, AK,  2467 .   
9 , Jamie Kaiser, Grove City, OH,  2465 .   
10 , Matthew Weggen, Muscatine, IA,  2459 .   
11 , Matthew Gross, San Diego, CA,  2453 .   
12 , Zachary Humpage, Portland, OR,  2453 .   
13 , James Futrell, Wichita, KS,  2452 .   
14 , Eric Selzer, Brunswick, OH,  2446 .   
15 , Scott How, Milwaukie, OR,  2441 .   
16 , Alex Morino, Overland Park, KS,  2438 .   
17 , Justin Bychkowski, Fairfield, CT,  2438 .   
18 , Abraham DeMond, Coldwater, MI,  2438 .   
19 , Mark Darby, Corona, CA,  2435 .   
20 , Ian Johns, Seattle, WA,  2434 .   
21 , Erik Vermilyea, Maplewood, MN,  2432 .   
22 , William Cummings, Auburn, CA,  2429 .   
23 , Richard Kamien, McFarland, WI,  2427 .   
24 , Jeremy Rudnicki, Santa Maria, CA,  2427 .   
25 , Joseph Keltner, Haysville, KS,  2425 .

Girls' Division:
1 , Heather Hoffman, West Lawn, PA,  2487 .   
2 , Amanda Burgoyne, NewPort, MN,  2445 .   
3 , Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, AZ,  2438 .   
4 , Leigh McPherson, Tempe, AZ,  2420 .   
5 , Laura Brethauer, Saginaw, MI,  2349 .   
6 , Holly Hoopii, Honolulu, HI,  2340 .   
7 , Olivia Sandham, Boulder, CO,  2336 .   
8 , Jennifer Petrick, Massillon, OH,  2332 .   
9 , Melissa Brownie, Chester, VA,  2325 .   
10 , Mandy Etem, Valley Center, CA,  2320 .   
11 , Samantha Lawrence, Scottsdale, AZ,  2315 .   
12 , Kaleena Henning, North Platte, NE,  2313 .   
13 , Jennifer Wright, West Columbia, SC,  2308 .   
14 , Annetta Manthei, White Bear Lake, MN,  2267 .   
15 , Essence Harris, Lompoc, CA,  2266 .   
16 , Christine Couvillon, Denham Springs, LA,  2264 .    
17 , Valerie Carrillo, Montebello, CA,  2262 .   
18 , Melissa Stewart, Ft Pierce, FL,  2258 .   
19 , Kimberly Berghefer, Burns Harbor, IN,  2256 .   
20 , Ashley Chirpich, North Mankato, MN,  2254 .   
21 , Nicole Aleo, Sterling Height, MI,  2245 .   
22 , Latise Parker, Laurel, MD,  2245 .   
23 , Michelle Zeszotek, Middleburg Heig, OH,  2243 .   
24 , Nicole Peloquin, Enfield, CT,  2235 .   
25 , Maggie Smith, Lenexa, KS,  2232 .

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