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Bowling News USA - October 15, 2002 Tiffany Stanbrough Is The Early Leader In Mesa

MESA, Ariz. - Storm's Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla. cruised thru the first nine games of qualifying at the Rollers and Pro bowlers tournament at Country Club Lanes. The lefthander averaged 242.66 with a 2,184 pinfall to lead the 35-woman field.

"The carry today was great," said the fourth-year pro. "Not bowling on the Sports Pattern this week, I think all of the national touring members expected the scores to be high. I had a little trouble on the end pair but other than that, it was nice."

Stanbrough opened up her morning with a 786 series (234-262) including the day's best individual score of 290. The lefty had one tally below 227 after registering a 184 in game four. Stanbrough was one of three southpaws to rank in the top five.

Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. finished 19 pins behind Stanbrough. The Professional Women's Bowling Association leader in earnings ($67,035), competition points (9,839) and averages (216.67), Barrette notched a pair of 289s during the morning session to help produce a 240.55 clip and 2,165 total. The five-time Women's International Bowling Congress All-American has three PWBA titles this season and has made the championship round in eight of her last 10 events.

"I think almost everyone had great ball reaction today," said Barrette. "Today I was just working on getting a good feel for the lanes."

Coming off a victory last week at the Greater Pasadena Open, Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif. trails Barrette by nine pins with 239.55 and 2,156. Sometimes referred to as the "Iron Woman" of the PWBA tour, Johnson is competing in her PWBA-record 233rd consecutive event. The last time the 22-year tour veteran competed at the Country Club Lanes she won the Wheelchair Awareness Classic. This year's Classic will be held next week and will be the PWBA's 16th national tournament of the 2002 campaign.

Four-time PWBA Player of the Year and Bowler of the Decade for the 1990s Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev. ranked fourth with 234.88 and 2,114. Macpherson was the only player to notch three games of 274 or higher (275, 278, 280).

Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev. rounded out the top five with 234.88 and 2,106. Area competitors including Linda Wallace (Tucson, 21st - 209.88, 1,889), Vickie Rae (Phoenix, 30th - 198.55, 1,787) and Melody Rane (Tucson, 33rd - 191.44, 1,723) all completed the day in position to make the top 32 cut.

PWBA qualifying for the Rollers and Pro Bowlers will continue on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with nine more games. Tuesday evening the top 32 PWBA'ers will be placed into three-person teams with members of the Sr. Pro Bowling Association and the American Wheelchair Bowling Association. The trios will compete in team match play starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. two surviving teams will face off in the championships. ESPN2 will tape the final round for an October 21 broadcast at 10 p.m. (ET). ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the finals on October 26 at 4:00 p.m. (ET).

PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S BOWLING ASSOCIATION

Rollers and Pro Bowlers AT Mesa Brunswick Lanes

10/14/2002 Thru 10/15/2002 Mesa, AZ

QUALIFIER STANDINGS AFTER 9 GAMES

SQ POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN PINS AVG +OR-

1. Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK 2184 242.66 +384 (STORM)

2. Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA 2165 240.55 +365

3. Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA 2156 239.55 +356 (USING STORM)

4. Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV 2114 234.88 +314

5. Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV 2106 234.00 +306

6. Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ 2023 224.77 +223

7. Tennelle Grijalva - Yorba Linda, CA 1993 221.44 +193

8. Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT 1983 220.33 +183 (ROTO GRIP)

9. Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL 1978 219.77 +178

10. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 1977 219.66 +177


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