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09/16/2002 - PWBA
      During each week of the 2002 Professional Women's Bowling Association season, the PWBA will publish a weekly notebook.

      Along with her talents as a pro bowler, Kim Adler officially became a member of the media this week. Starting this week and every Wednesday, Adler will join Sporting News radio's Murray and the Morning show as a regular guest. The nationally syndicated show airs in over 45 markets across the country. The 15-time titlest will also pen a regular column for Bowling Digest each issue.

      Reigning Player of the Year Carolyn Dorin-Ballard is auctioning off eight square inches of logo space on the camera side of her shorts or skirt for a year on The auction will end on September 17. Interested sponsors can view the auction at Dorin-Ballard's is the second PWBA'er to hold an auction on Kim Adler became the first-ever individual pro athlete to solicit sponsorship on the Internet when she sold space on her skirt/shorts last month for $14,389 to the New York based Pacific Pools.

      After suffering a medial meniscus tear in her left knee at the Greater Syracuse Classic in June, Australian Carol Gianotti-Block is back on the PWBA tour. Prior to the injury Gianotti-Block had placed in the top 10 twice and had cashed in five of five events.

      Leanne Barrette and Michelle Feldman ended the first half of the PWBA season as the tour's top candidates for Player of the Year with two titles apiece. After 11 events Feldman ranked first in competition points (7,161) and match play records (127-82-7) and second in earnings ($44,055) and averages (217.01). The New York native had six championship round appearances and eight top 10 finishes. Barrette ranks first in averages (217.32) and third in competition points (6,819) and earnings ($41,535). The five-time WIBC All-American made the TV finals five consecutive weeks starting with the Greater Harrisburg Open and has the second best match play record with a 123-89-4 mark.

      Carolyn Dorin-Ballard easily extended her consecutive cashed streak to 81 tournaments after finishing third at the Louisville Open. The 18-time titlest started the streak in September of 1998. Tish Johnson continues to be the PWBA's "Iron Woman." The 22-year pro is competing in her 229th consecutive event this week.

      In spite of not winning a tournament yet this year Player of the Decade for the 1990s Wendy Macpherson leads all PWBA'ers in TV finals averages with a 224.66 clip. Macpherson's championship round appearance at the Louisville Open was her PWBA-record 97th. Macpherson (28,747) and Leanne Barrette (28,427) could surpass 30,000 pins on TV this year. Barrette is also in position to become the fourth-ever PWBA player to exceed one million dollars in earnings. Currently the 25-time champ has earned $978,918.

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