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-PWBA Tour Notebook

09/23/2002 - PWBA
      During each week of the 2002 Professional Women's Bowling Association season, the PWBA will publish a weekly notebook.

      In addition to competing in Pittsburgh last week, Leanne Barrette, Kim Terrell, Michelle Feldman and Maxine Nable made stops at two other bowling centers to visit some of the western Pennsylvania jr. bowlers. Barrette and Terrell went to South Hills Bowl. Feldman and Nable visited AMF Mt. Lebanon Lanes. All four players signed autographs, took pictures and gave some of the area's finest a few tips on the lanes.

      After winning $9,000 last week Leanne Barrette moved closer to surpassing a million dollars in career earnings. Entering this week the two-time PWBA Player of the Year had reached $993,318. Barrette's million dollar march made national news on September 17 when USA Today featured her and four other PWBA members in a snapshot segment. Barrette can become the fourth player in the last four years to exceed seven digits.

      With her 26th title Leanne Barrette now ranks third all-time in the PWBA annals. Lisa Wagner is first with 32 followed by Aleta Sill with 31. Patty Costello is fourth with 25 and Tish Johnson is fifth with 24.

      Leanne Barrette leads the PWBA in overall match play records with a 141-95-4 record (.587 win pct.). Barrette has led the top 24 in head to head battles in six tournaments this year. Her best effort came at the PWBA Empire State Classic where she registered a season high 19-5-0. Marianne DiRupo has been Barrette's most successful target at 7-3-0. Brenda Norman has had the most success against Barrette at 5-2-0.

      The PWBA makes it's 14th stop of the 2002 schedule in Burlington, N.C. The tournament runs from September 22-26 with the ESPN2 telecast airing on September 30 at 10 p.m. (ET). ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the event on October 6 at 12:30 a.m. (ET).

      Approximately 200 bowlers had a chance to compete with the PWBA'ers in the Burlington Open Pro/Am. Competing in a nine-pin no tap format Tammy Turner tallied the top score with 300-264-300. Marcia Kamrowski finished second with 285-243-232.

      The Women's International Bowling Congress has re-signed with the PWBA as it's presenting sponsor for the 2002/2003 bowling season. WIBC will continue to be a significant part of each PWBA telecasts and will be represented in all PWBA publications. WIBC directors as well as local associations are present at each national stop lending assistance to the PWBA staff with tournament operations.

      How many times has a pro bowler won three tournaments in a week? Michelle Feldman closed out the spring/summer swing by winning a national title at the Louisville Open and the Sport Bowling Champions Challenge on the same day. Six days later she claimed a PWBA Regional title in Altoona, Pa.

      Although she did not win the Three Rives Open Kendra Gaines will still be recognized for her efforts. The former TEAM USA member tossed a Dutch 200 in her opening round loss to Michelle Feldman. Gaines will receive an award from the WIBC for her score on the Sport Bowling pattern.

      Rachel Perez has put together an impressive string of tournaments in her last three. The Texan made her second career TV finals appearance last week at the Three Rivers Open where she placed fifth. Her last championship round came in 1995 when she placed second at the South Texas Open. Perez enters this week with three consecutive top 10 finishes.

      Three pros will be celebrating birthdays this week. Country Club Lanes West proprietors Chico and Robin Valenzuela helped Laura Lee Daniel enjoy her birthday on Sunday by organizing a party including food, drink and a cake. Kim Terrell and Anne Marie Duggan will celebrate their big day on Wednesday.

      American Wheelchair Bowling Association member Dave Roberts has been a frequent visitor at the Burlington Open. Roberts, who is one of the top scratch wheelchair bowlers and a member of the AWBA Hall of Fame, will be competing at the Rollers and Pro Bowlers tournament starting on October 14. The event will feature several of the top AWBA athletes along with PWBA and Sr. PBA members.

      After 12 events Michelle Feldman ranks first in competition points (7,861) and second in earnings ($54,555) and averages (216.67). The New York native leads the tour in championship round appearances with seven. She has nine top 10 finishes. Leanne Barrette is first in averages (217.17) and earnings ($55,935) and second in competition points (7,819). Kim Terrell has made the second most TV finals with seven. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Kendra Gaines and Barrette trail Terrell by one show.

      Carolyn Dorin-Ballard easily extended her consecutive cashed streak to 82 tournaments after finishing eighth at the Three Rivers 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 230th consecutive event this week.

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