Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Women's Tourney Satisfies Area Fans

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Women's Tourney Satisfies Area Fans

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Bowling fans from around the First Coast received another treat this year as they witnessed the 1999 version of the Greater Jacksonville Classic at Jax Lanes West last week. The ladies of the Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) invaded Jax Lanes West with the most prolific lady bowlers in the world on a national tour stop.

As a second-year tournament, the fans were more enthusiastic this year, the crowds at each squad were larger, entries in the pro-am increased this year and fans who had not seen a professional tournament were impressed.

Carolyn Dorin-Ballard captured this year's crown for her sixth pro title, defeating Michelle Feldman in the championship match.

"Maybe this is an omen," Dorin-Ballard, a 10-year pro, said. "I've been runner-up for Player of the Year for the past two years. . . . Maybe this is my year."

By the time the championship game took place, the lanes had undergone a drastic change due to the bowling and the hot television lights. The championship game will be televised on ESPN2 Tuesday at 4 p.m. Both bowlers were dissatisfied with what they described as a wet/dry condition.

Dorin-Ballard practiced with three balls and the ball she chose to use in the final match was her third option. Because of the lane conditions, she played a more direct line to the pocket and was able to put a double and a pair of three-baggers together for the 238-203 victory. The only time she smiled in the match was after she had the first two strikes in the final frame and knew she owned this year's title.

Feldman, who has an aggressive game, had to be careful with her shots. That resulted in leaving a lot of spares. She managed only five strikes in the final game, with one double in the first two frames.

Dorin-Ballard was consistent all week, leading the tournament after 18, 26 and 42 games, to earn the No. …

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