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      November 11, 2000:

-Davidson Wins The Sam's Town Invitational And Completes Triple Crown

11/11/2000 - PWBA
      LAS VEGAS, NV - Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev., survived the battle of lefties to complete the Triple Crown by defeating Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 182-179 in the championship finals of The Sam's Town Invitational at Sam's Town Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., Saturday afternoon. All five TV finalists were south-paws.

      "I had a premonition I was going to win," said Davidson. "I was very fortunate. Tiffany bowled great, she just made a few mistakes in the final match and I was able to capitalize on them."

      In the first three-way shootout match, Reigning rookie of the year, Tiffany Stanbrough faced this year's rookie of the year contender, Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia, and veteran, Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif. Honeychurch started off in the lead with a twenty pin lead over Stanbrough and a twenty-one pin lead over Johnson in the fourth frame. Honeychurch kept the lead up to the seventh frame before missing the ten-pin leaving an open. Stanbrough tossed six out of seven strikes to win the match 227-207-193.

      In the semi-final match, Stanbrough was up against another veteran, Aleta Sill of Dearborn, Mich. Stanbrough started out with the first five before leaving the ten-pin. Converting the spare, Stanbrough kept an eleven pin lead in the sixth frame. Stanbrough never lost the lead defeating Sill 258-243 advancing to the championship match.

      The championship match brought Stanbrough to face Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev. Davidson's motivation to win was to complete the Triple Crown. Stanbrough was out to win her first title. Both bowlers started the match with a strike and an open. Stanbrough stepped up to take the lead throwing three strikes in the row taking a twenty-eight pin lead in the fifth frame. The momentum of the match turned to Davidson when Stanbrough opened missing the seven-pin and Davidson converted the 4-7-10 split narrowing the gap to eighteen pins. The same error that brought the match closer in the sixth frame haunted Stanbrough as she was unable to convert the seven-pin in the eighth frame keeping a lead of only seven pins. Stanbrough finished the match first with a 179. Needing a double and five pins to win, Davidson crunched the pocket for the first two and threw an eight count for the win, winning her seventh title of her career.

      "I'm very happy to be the fourth woman to complete the Triple Crown," commented Davidson. "It was very important to me that my mother was here to witness it, my father would have been proud."

      Tournament champion, Dede Davidson, held the high average for the week, averaging an astonishing 256.87 for eight games in the first round of qualifying. Davidson also broke the total pin record for a 56-game format in the first round of qualifying by having a total pin fall of 2055 breaking the record held by Marianne DiRupo in 1998 from the Sam's Town Invitational. In the second round of qualifying she also broke her own record from 1998 for 16 games with a 3927 pin total.

      Championship-round results and their scores, earnings and playoff results in the Professional Women's Bowling Association's Sam's Town Invitational;
   1. Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev., 183 -1 game- $14,400.
   2. Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 664 -3 games- $7,700.
   3. Aleta Sill, Dearborn, Mich. 243 -1 game- $5,200.
   4. Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia 207 -1 game- $4,400.
   5. Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., 193 -1 game- $3,800.
Playoff Results: Stanbrough def. Honeychurch and Johnson in a three-way shootout, 227-207-193; in the semi-final match, Stanbrough def. Sill 258-243; and in the championship match, Davidson def. Stanbrough 183-179.

-Honeychurch Top Money Winner In The $25,000 Storm Shoot-out

11/11/2000 - PWBA
      LAS VEGAS, NV - Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia, was the last standing out of the eight contenders in the $25,000 Storm Shoot-Out. Honeychurch was the last to strike in the 15th sudden death frame, tossing five consecutive strikes to earn the first prize of $23,000.

      "It's fantastic," exclaimed Honeychurch. "I've bowled skins games back home (in Australia) and I've been in that position before and I think that helped me. I didn't start out that well but I was able to get into a rhythm the last part of the match. I saved all my strikes for the tenth frame."

      The Storm Shoot-Out match started out with eight contestants; 1970's Bowler of the Decade, Betty Morris; 1980's Bowler of the Decade, Lisa Wagner; 1990's Bowler of the Decade, Wendy Macpherson; and the top five players in competition points for 2000. They included; Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Michelle Feldman, Cara Honeychurch, Kim Adler, and Carol Gianotti-Block. Gianotti-Block was ranked sixth but was included in the Shoot-Out due to Macpherson being the 90's Bower of the Decade and also ranking first.

      The format was based on a must strike to win principle. Players drew for their starting order. Beginning with player number one, each player will throw one shot in frame one on the same lane until three players have thrown a strike. If three players strike in a frame, or if no players strike in a frame, the money will be carried over to the following frame. The next frame will begin with the next bowler in the line-up and continue under the same rules. If only two players strike in any given frame, those two players win that frame and split the designated money. If only one player strikes in any given frame, that player is the winner of the money designated for that frame. These rules apply to frames one through ten. If the 10th frame is a tie with either three players striking or no player striking, that money will go into a sudden death must strike to win. Only those who strike will advance. This format will continue until there is only one player that strikes.

      Dollar values were assigned to each frame as follows; 1st through 5th frames-$1,000 each; 7th & 8th frames-$2,000; 9th frame-$5,000; and the 10th frame-$10,000.

      In the first frame, Macpherson was the only bowler to strike winning $1,000. Michelle Feldman and Betty Morris both struck in the second frame earning $500 each. The prize money for each frame advanced to the final tenth frame when at least three bowlers struck in frames three through nine leaving the tenth frame worth $23,000. Honeychurch was the last to strike in the 15th frame winning the shoot-out.

      "This was great for TV," added Honeychurch. "It was a lot of fun."

      The Storm Shoot-Out will air on ESPN2, Thursday, November 23rd at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern) and repeat on Monday, November 27th at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern). Money breakdown as follows;
   1. Cara Honeychurch, 15th frame - $23,000.
   2. Wendy Macpherson, 1st frame - $1,000
   3. Betty Morris, 2nd frame - $500.
   4. Michelle Feldman, 2nd frame - $500.

-Davidson Holds Number One Seed For TV Finals, Johnson Wins Roll-off For 5th TV Spot

11/11/2000 - PWBA
      LAS VEGAS, NV - Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev., averaged 234.25 for eight games to hold the lead for the number one seed for the TV finals in The Sam's Town Invitational at Sam's Town Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., Friday evening. Davidson went 5-2-1 in match play to lead the field by 108 pins.

      "I'm very happy to be the leader," said Davidson. "It will be nice to win the title knowing that this is the last year here and it will also complete the Triple Crown for me. That has been my goal all week."

      If Davidson wins to complete the Triple Crown she will be the fourth player to accomplish this feat at Sam's Town.

      Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., defeated Dana Miller-Mackie, Albuquerque, N.M., 227-224 in a one-game roll-off to qualify for the fifth TV seed. Johnson defeated Miller-Mackie in the position round 255-214 to earn the 30 bonus pins to tie for the roll-off game. Both bowlers pleased the crowd with an exciting finish during the roll-off game. Only one pin separated the bowlers up to the ninth frame. Miller-Mackie doubled and threw an eight count in the tenth forcing Johnson to double in the tenth. Johnson struck out to advance to the TV finals.

      Qualifying second is Aleta Sill of Dearborn, Michigan. Sill won six matches and averaged 244.25 to hold the second position. Sill stayed in the same position all three rounds of match play.

      Meeting Johnson in the first three-way shootout match is third seed Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla., and fourth seed Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia. Stanbrough and Honeychurch went 7-1-0 in match play. Stanbrough averaged 230.37 while Honeychurch 243.5.

      The top five advance to the televised finals to be taped on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and will air on Monday, November 13, on ESPN2 at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern). Following the step-ladder finals is a special Storm Shootout event between 70', 80's, & 90's Bowler of the Decades and the top five in competition points for 2000 scheduled at 2:00 p.m. The Storm Shootout match has a prize fund of $25,000. The Shootout will air on ESPN2 on Thursday, November 23, on ESPN2 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern).

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