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10/28/2002 - PWBA
      Tiffany Stanbrough claimed her first-ever title last week when the lefty won the Wheelchair Awareness Classic. Stanbrough's victory was one of the closest title matches of the 2002 campaign. Also competing were 2001 Rookie of the Year Kelly Kulick, Bowler of the Decade for the 1990s Wendy Macpherson, reigning Player of the Year Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and 10-time titlest Michelle Feldman. The Classic finals will be televised on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. (ET).

      Cara Honeychurch has her sites set on defending her title this week at the Greater San Diego Open. It is the first time a PWBA event will take place on a Naval Base. The Admiral Robinson Recreation Center will host the tournament from October 28 thru November 1. The event is the 19th stop on the PWBA schedule. ESPN2 will televise the tournament finals on November 4 at 10 p.m. (ET).

      Over 450 sailors and guests participated in the Greater San Diego Open Pro AM. Kendra Gaines netted the top score in the nine-pin no tap format with a 803. Cara Honeychurch and Tammy Turner tied for second with a 793.

      The Admiral Robinson Recreation Center will test the best of the PWBA with a 37-foot Sport Bowling pattern. The AMF Hpls or synthetic surface includes 24 milliliters of oil (defense (s). Developed by the Women's International Bowling Congress and the American Bowling Congress, Sport Bowling was designed to be a more challenging lane condition and to re-establish bowling credibility.

      Following the 42nd game of the Wheelchair Awareness Classic Leanne Barrette and Kim Terrell made a quick trip to Los Angeles to appear on the Best Damn Sports Show Period on Friday, October 25. Barrette and Terrell were featured in a bowling segment outside the studio where the two PWBA champions bowled with the one of the show's hosts, Tom Arnold, and his special guest Pete Rose.

      Storm pro staffer Tiffany Stanbrough won her first-ever title this past week in Mesa, AZ. Stanbrough became the second PWBA member to win her first championship in 2002. Brenda Norman, who also is a Storm pro staffer, won her first tournament at the Greater Terre Haute Open on June 9.

      Wendy Macpherson, one of the PWBA's most accomplished athletes, has two tournaments left to keep her title streak alive. The 19-time champion has won at least one title every year since 1995. In her previous 15 years of service, the four-time PWBA Player of the Year has only missed winning a tournament in four other seasons. Last year Kim Adler had an eight-year title streak snapped.

      The Wheelchair Awareness Classic was one of the lowest scoring single participation events of the 2002 schedule. The average to cash was the third lowest (185.55) behind of the Greater Terre Haute Open (177.50) and the Miller High Life National Players Championship (177.70). The average to make the top 24 cut (188.27) was the season's second lowest and the top five was a season-low at 202.45.

      With two tournaments remaining on the 2002 schedule several players are in contention for Player of the Year. Here's a brief look at the top candidates:

Leanne Barrette: Leads the tour in titles with three made five consecutive TV finals in the spring/summer swing and has eight total for the year has 12 top 10 finishes is the only player to win back-to-back tournaments in '02 has cashed in 16-of-17 national events overall match play record is 189-119-4 (.605 win pct.) ranks 1st in earnings ($68,085) and averages (216.37) and 2nd in competition points (10,089).

Liz Johnson: Has been one of the hottest players on tour in the fall schedule last week snapped a string of three consecutive TV finals appearances has five for the year has one title and ten top 10s co-leads with tour with two 300 games this season overall match player record is 164-134-1 (.548 win pct.) has cashed in 17-of-17 is 7th in earnings ($41,397) and averages (212.80) and eighth in competition points (8,646).

Michelle Feldman: One of two players with multiple titles although it doesn't weigh into her Player of the Year hopes, won three tournaments in a six-day period to end the spring/summer swing (Louisville Open, Sport Bowling Players Challenge and a PWBA Regional in Altoona, P.A.) has appeared in the championship round eight times and has 12 top 10s overall match play record is 188-140-8 (.559 win pct.) and has cashed in 17 of 17 ranks second in earnings ($63,480) and third in competition points (10,056) and averages (214.25).

Kendra Gaines: Was arguably the top performer of the first half of the season has one title and has made the TV finals seven times including four in a row during the fall following the WIBC Queens has finished in the top 15 in every tournament this season has cashed in 17-of-17 and has a 172-158-6 (.511 win pct.) overall match play record is 6th in earnings ($48,470) and averages (213.24) and fourth in competition points (9,872).

Carolyn Dorin-Ballard: Has been the most consistent of any bowler all year leads the tour in TV finals appearances with nine has two titles and 13 top 10s hasn't finished below 10th for nine straight national tournaments ranks first in overall match play records with 204-129-3 (.607 win pct.) has cashed in 17-of-17 ranks fourth in earnings ($57,597), first in competition points (10,211) and second in averages (215.56).

Kim Terrell: Kicked off the year by winning the WIBC Queens it was her second consecutive major after claiming the 2001 U.S. Open has seven championship round appearances and ten top 10s Overall match play record is 167-163-3 (.497 win pct.) has cashed in 17-of-17 is third in earnings ($62,287), sixth in competition points (9,335) and ninth in averages (210.88).

      In addition to the Greater San Diego Open this week, a clash of the titans will be part of the tournament schedule on November 1. Four bowlers from TEAM USA, TEAM USA alums, TEAM AUSTRALIA and the PWBA competition point leaders will face off in a challenge match. The team participants are:

      Lucy Sandelin Carolyn Dorin-Ballard Kim Terrell Cara Honeychurch
Jeanette Menacho Leanne Barrette Liz Johnson Carol Gianotti-Block
Jennifer Petrick Wendy Macpherson Kelly Kulick Maxine Nable
Lisa Pawlak Michelle Feldman Kendra Gaines Kelly Warren
Here a few comments from some of the participants:

"Australian woman are renowned for their team bowling and on Tuesday at 4 p.m. all will be revealed," said Maxine Nable of TEAM AUSTRALIA.

PWBA team member Leanne Barrette said with a smirk, "I'm looking forward to the challenge. Unlike Team Australia our team is going to let our bowling do the talking."

Kendra Gaines from the TEAM USA alums stated, "The alumni team is younger than the PWBA team so we have an edge there. I also like our chances against the kids."

"I think we're going to be very competitive against our lady pro counterparts," said TEAM USA'er Lucy Sandelin. "We may be young in experience but we have loads of moxie."

      Carolyn Dorin-Ballard easily extended her consecutive cashes streak to 87 tournaments after last week. The 19-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 235th consecutive event.

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