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      October 13, 2000:

-Gianotti-Block Wins 16th Career Title, MacPherson Exceeds A Million-Dollars In Career Earnings

10/13/2000 - PWBA
      LANCASTER, OH - Carol Gianotti-Block, Perth, W. Australia, defeated Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 211-198 in the championship match of the televised finals of the Columbia 300 Open in Lancaster, Ohio winning her 16th career title and the first prize money of $14,400. "It's been such a great week. I'm very happy with my performance and this win helps me get my confidence back."

      Move over Regis, Who wants to be a millionaire….? Take a visit to Lancaster, Ohio and bowling fans will fill you in. For Tiki Lanes in Lancaster, it is the place where history has repeated itself. Last year Aleta Sill of Dearborn, Mich., was the first woman bowler in PWBA history to exceed a million-dollars in career earnings. Macpherson joins Sill in an elite "millionaire" club that has taken Sill 20 years to accomplish and Macpherson 14 years. Macpherson earned the second place earnings of $7,700 and with TV incentives of $4,600 went over the million-dollar earnings by $45.00 with total career earnings of $1,000,045.00.

      Macpherson response of reaching the million-dollar was of relief. "I'm thrilled and also glad it's over," said Macpherson. "It's ironic that it happened here at Tiki Lanes. Maybe it will happen again next year."

      In the first three-way shootout, Marianne Dirupo, Succasunna, NJ, advanced to the semi-final match by defeating Cheryl Daniels, W. Bloomfield, Mich., and Kendra Cameron, Sebring, Fla., 189-163-149.

      In the semi-final match, DiRupo faced the determined Macpherson. Macpherson fell behind early in the match opening the first two frames falling behind by 22 pins. DiRupo opened the door in the third frame when she was unable to convert the 1-2-8-10 leaving an open. Macpherson then tossed the next seven in a row to take a 49 pin closing out DiRupo in the ninth frame. Macpherson defeated DiRupo 237-177 to advance to the championship match and to guarantee surpassing the million-dollar earnings.

      In the championship match, Macpherson faced her roommate and close friend, Carol Gianotti-Block of Perth, W. Australia. Gianotti-Block opened the match with a 7-10 split but followed with the next three strikes taking a 10 pin lead in the fourth frame. Gianotti-Block kept control of the match up to the ninth frame leading by 13 pins. Needing to double, Macpherson left the 4-6-7-10 her second ball losing the match 211-198.

      "It was a big night," said Gianotti-Block. It's such a great feat for Wendy to reach the million-dollar mark, we're both happy for one another."

      Macpherson responded, "It was a great match, Carol was very deserving of the win."

      A special presentation was presented after the official check and trophy presentation. Gianotti-Block was presented with a diamond tennis bracelet for the win and Macpherson with a tanzinite, diamond tennis bracelet for exceeding the million-dollar mark.

      Championship-round results and their scores, earnings and playoff results in the Professional Women's Bowling Association's Columbia 300 Open;
    1. Carol Gianotti-Block, Perth, W. Australia 211 -1 game- $14,400.
    2. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 435 -2 games- $7,700.
    3. Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, NJ, 366 -2 games- $5,200.
    4. Cheryl Daniels, W. Bloomfield, Mich., 163 -1 game- $4,400.
    5. Kendra Cameron, Sebring, Fla., 149 -1 game- $3,800.
Playoff Results: DiRupo def. Daniels and Cameron in a three-way shootout, 189-163-149; in the semi-final match, Macpherson def. Dirupo 237-177; and in the championship match, Gianotti-Block def. Macpherson 211-198.

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