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      October 24, 2000:

-Barrette Takes Over Fourth Round Lead In The Greater Harrisburg Open

10/24/2000 - PWBA
      MECHANICSBURG, PA - Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., won six of eight matches and averaged 234.5 for eight games to take over the fourth round lead in the Greater Harrisburg Open at ABC Lanes West in Mechanicsburg, PA, Tuesday evening. Barrette had high games of 259, 241, 237, 236, and 228 to help her take the lead by 124 pins over Tammy Turner of Akron, Ohio. Turner went 4-4-0 in match play and averaged 226.62 to move two spots into second.

      "I had a good shot," said Barrette. "I tried to stay aggressive tonight because I usually get slow in the night blocks due to my shoulder." Barrette has been bowling most of this season with a shoulder injury.

      "My focus tomorrow is to keep my timing and to win matches," added Barrette.

      Anne Marie Duggan of Edmond, Okla., and Michelle Mullen of Chicago, Ill., tied for the third and fourth positions. Duggan averaged 212.25 and won five of eight matches while Mullen started the night with a 299, won six matches and averaged 232.

      DeDe Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev., tossed the third 300 of the tournament her fifth game of match play defeating Robin Mossontte of Newhall, Calif. Davidson averaged 233.25 and won seven matches to move from the twelfth spot to the fifth.

      The top 24 return Wednesday to complete the last two rounds of match play at 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The top five advance to the televised finals on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised on Monday, October 30th on ESPN2 at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern).

      The lady professionals are on their seventh stop of a ten-week Fall Tour swing finishing with two majors, The Hammer Players Championship in Rockford, Illinois and The Sam's Town Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.

-Top Four U.S. Teenage Bowlers to Compete For $47,000 in Scholarships at Youth Masters Finals

10/24/2000 - Killer B Promotions
      LAKE ZURICH, Ill. -- The best of today's professional bowlers will be on display the first week in November at the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions in Lake Zurich, and so too will the best bowlers of tomorrow.

      Teenagers Joe Bailey of Doylestown, Ohio; Chris Jones of Marion, Ind.; John Scholl Jr. of Buffalo, N.Y.; and Erik Vermilyea of Maplewood, Minn.; are the four finalists in the Youth Masters Bowling Tournament, which will conclude with the championship round Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 6 and 7, at Brunswick Zone-Deer Park lanes in Lake Zurich, Ill. Excerpts from the Nov. 7 finals will be shown as part of ESPN's live coverage of the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions -- the biggest event on the PBA Tour -- from 7-8:30 p.m. that evening.

      The winner will receive $25,000 in college scholarship funds, while the runner-up receives $12,500 in scholarship monies. The third- and fourth-place bowlers will receive $5,000 each in scholarships. All four teenager bowlers qualified for the Youth Masters finals in rigorous tournament action in early August in Akron, Ohio, after having survived qualifying at the regional level. All four bring a different perspective to the finals.
  • At age 10, Joe Bailey was taken to the local bowling alley by his dad, who was averaging 224 in a league, to "learn a few things" about bowling. Instead, it was Joe who did the teaching by defeating his father that day. Joe, 18, who has six sanctioned 300 games, was the 1999-2000 Bowler of the Year in the Junior Tournament Bowlers Association of Ohio. The University of Akron freshman shows little emotion when he bowls, doing his job in a business-like fashion.

  • Chris Jones has a home address, but if you want to send him something he's more likely to receive it if it's addressed to the local bowling center. Chris, 18, frequently spends 16-18 hours a day there, working and practicing. The Indiana University freshman has ten 300 games to his credit, and has bowled more than 100 games in a day on several occasions. Using a 15-pound ball, this amounts to more than 30,000 pounds lifted in a single day.

  • When you bowl a 240 with a bowling alley ball at the age of 12, people take notice. John Scholl Jr.'s parents certainly did, quickly buying John his own ball. He's now bowling for an Erie Community College team which finished No. 2 in the nation last season. John, 18, didn't start bowling competitively until the age of 14, due to divided loyalties with the sport of basketball, but he's made up for lost time with hard work and a dedication to the sport at which he excels.

  • Erik Vermilyea, 17, knows that skill, not luck, has led him to the finals of the Youth Masters tournament, but he's not taking any chances. A superstitious sort, he makes sure that his keys are always in his left pants pocket, his watch is placed in a bowling bag and his good-luck bracelet rests in his right pants pocket when he bowls competitively. The high school senior won three Minnesota Junior Bowler Tournaments, placed second in the International Coca-Cola Finals and was 12th at the Junior Olympic Gold Tournament.

      The Youth Masters Bowling Tournament, presented by Killer B' Promotions, awards more than $100,000 in college scholarships annually. Youth bowlers, boys and girls 13-19 years of age as of Aug. 1, 2001, are eligible to compete in the qualifying rounds of the fifth annual Youth Masters Bowling Tournament at one of 64 sites next spring and summer. A minimum of two bowlers advance from each qualifying site to Akron, where 220 bowlers vie for the right to be among four finalists for the national championship.

      Interested bowlers may register for Youth Masters 2001 by calling toll-free 888-269-5278, or by visiting prior to the start of qualifying. The cost is $75 in advance and $90 on site. Youth Masters is sponsored by the American Bowling Congress, Brunswick and the Dexter Shoe Co.

      "There is a huge emphasis on the financial aspect of sports these days, so we decided to take a different approach and reward the best teenage bowlers in the country with college scholarships that will make a significant long-term investment in their lives," said Killer B Promotions President Gary Beck, a former NAIA champion bowler and member of the 1975 U.S. bowling team that competed in London.

      "Our goal from the inception of this tournament three years ago until now has remained the same: to provide a highly professional atmosphere for a youth bowling tournament that will determine the best teenage bowlers in the country, and provide them with funds for their college educations."

      Youth Masters uses the American Bowling Congress' "Sport Bowling" lane conditions -- beginning at the qualifying level and continuing throughout the competition -- making it the most challenging youth bowling tournament in the country. Over the past four years, only two of the more than 750 teenage bowlers at Akron were able to average 200 or more under these lane conditions, which demand more accuracy than is required in most bowling competitions.

-Feldman Led All Qualifying Rounds In The Greater Harrisburg Open

10/24/2000 - PWBA
      MECHANICSBURG, PA - Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY, averaged 226.50 for 18 games to lead all three qualifying rounds in the Greater Harrisburg Open at ABC Lanes West in Mechanicsburg, PA, Tuesday afternoon. Feldman had games of 289, 221, and 207 to hold the lead by 21 pins over Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla. Duggan averaged 210 to stay in the second position.

      "I'm keeping everything the same," said Feldman. "I used the same ball for all 18 games, that is very unusual. I'm going to keep the same strategy in match play and hopefully stay up top."

      This is the second time Feldman missed practice and led all three rounds. Coincidence? Three years ago in Lexington, KY, Feldman missed practice, led all three rounds, qualified 3rd, and placed 3rd.

      "I'm sleeping in on Sundays for now on," added Feldman. "I really think it's a coincidence. The reason for my success this week is that I feel so relaxed. I went home for the weekend and it was a nice break for me to just get away for a couple of days."

      Leanne Barrette of Pleasanton, Calif., averaged 224.33 and shot a 300 her last game of qualifying to move one spot into third. Dropping down one position into fourth is Tammy Turner, Akron, OH. Turner averaged 218.83 and had high games of 233, 228, 226, and 223. Kim Terrell of Daly City, Calif., averaged 215.66 to move from the eighth spot to fifth.

      The top 24 return Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. for the first round of match play. The last two rounds of match play will be bowled Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The top five advance to the televised finals Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised on Monday, October 30th on ESPN2 at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern).

      The lady professionals are on their seventh stop of a ten-week Fall Tour swing finishing with two majors, The Players Championship in Rockford, Illinois and The Sam's Town Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.

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