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      September 26, 2002:

-Dorin-Ballard Wins Burlington Open

09/26/2002 - PWBA
      BURLINGTON, N.C. - In professional sports even the most talented athletes get some breaks at the most crucial moments to help them succeed. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas was a perfect example of that notion as she defeated Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla. 255-184 to win the Burlington Open and a check for $9,000.

      "I'm shocked," said Dorin-Ballard. "At first I didn't think I had a very good ball reaction_then I thought the lanes were starting to get a little tighter."

      "In the first frame I came very close to splitting the 7-10. In the second I high-flushed and in the third I rolled the bucket. At that point I said to myself I better take advantage of what's happening."

      Although Dorin-Ballard had some near disasters in the opening frames, the Player of the Year managed to strike in the first five putting the pressure on Gaines to play catch-up.

      Gaines, who entered the finals as the No. 4 seed, looked like the player to beat heading into the title bout. The former TEAM USA member defeated Kelly Kulick, Union, NJ and Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev. 223-184-170 in the opening shootout and then won a close decision with Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY 217-211.

      "Carolyn had a great look today," said Gaines. "In the semi-final match with Liz I felt my reaction getting a little weaker. If I could change anything about the finals, I wish after I saw my first few shots hit the pocket light, I would of moved right. Still, 255 is pretty tough to beat."

      In spite of watching Dorin-Ballard record a five-bagger, Gaines delighted the crowd on hand at the Country Club Lanes West with a spare-shooting clinic. After picking up the 2-4-5-8 split in the first, she converted the 2-4-10. In the fourth, she marked after leaving the 1-2-

      4-10 on her first toss.

      Dorin-Ballard completed the match with 10 strikes . Her 255 tied Michelle Feldman's effort at the Louisville Open as the highest score recorded for a TV finals.

      Gaines earned $4,800 for her second place finish. Johnson took home $3,000 while Macpherson and Kulick cashed for $2,500 and $2,200 respectively.

      The Burlington Open will air on ESPN2 on September 30th at 10 p.m. (ET).

      Championship-round results and their scores, earnings and
playoff results in the Professional Women's Bowling Association's $50,000 Burlington Open;

1. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 255 -1 game- $9,000
2. Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla., 624 -3 games- $4,800
3. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 211 -1 game- $3,000
4. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 170 -1 game- $2,500
5. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 184 -1 game- $2,200

Playoff Results:
Gaines def. Kulick and Macpherson 223-184-170, Semi-finals: Gaines def. Johnson 217-211, Championship: Dorin-Ballard def. Gaines 255-184.

-New Qualifying Format Introduced As 11th ABC Senior Masters Returns To Tucson

09/26/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. When the 11th annual American Bowling Congress Senior Masters returns to Golden Pin Lanes in Tucson, Ariz., May 26-30, it will feature a new qualifying format designed to give more players a chance to reach the double-elimination match play finals, ABC Assistant Executive Director Jack Mordini has announced.

      The ABC Senior Masters, the only major championship in bowling that is open to Professional Bowlers Association Senior members and non-professional ABC members ages 50 and older, will feature a projected $150,000 prize fund.

      The 2002 tournament featured two six-game qualifying rounds for all contestants before the field was cut to the top 63 for match play. In 2003, the top 31 bowlers after 12 games will automatically join defending champion Pete Couture of Titusville, Fla., in the three-game, double-elimination match play finals. Qualifiers in 32nd through 127th positions will bowl an additional six games to determine the final 32 spots in match play.

      "The ABC Senior Masters is a unique event that allows ABC's most talented senior members to compete head-to-head with the world's premier senior professionals," said ABC Assistant Executive Director Jack Mordini. "Because it is contested on challenging Sport Bowling lane conditions, we decided to give players an additional opportunity to adjust to the scoring environment and try to make it into the match play field. Our decision was based upon feedback from players last year and we think it will add another dimension to the 2003 Senior Masters."

      In the 2002 Senior Masters at Golden Pin, Couture had to defeat Darrell Storkson of Everett, Wash., twice, 633-492, and 629-609, to win the $20,000 first prize. In doing so, Couture joined Dave Davis of West Palm Beach, Fla., as only the second player to win two Senior Masters titles. He also won the 1999 title. The ABC Senior Masters was first conducted in 1993 in Tulsa, Okla. As one of the oldest and most prestigious events in senior bowling, the ABC Senior Masters is a perennial meeting place for senior bowling's strongest and deepest field. The 2002 event drew a field of 325 bowlers.

      The Senior Masters is open to all ABC members ages 50 and older who have an average of 190 or higher. The 2003 field is limited to the first 384 entrants. To request an entry form, contact Tom Boedecker at 800/514-2695 ext. 3415 or send an e-mail note to: [email protected].

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