Merit Mixed Doubles Championship



$200,000 MERIT MIXED DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Orleans Bowling Center, Las Vegas, NV, Dec 12-14, 1997

Tim Criss And Carol Gianotti-Block End Year With Win At Merit Mixed Doubles Championship

Carol Gianotti-Block and Tim Criss won a tightly contested $200,000 Merit Mixed Doubles Championship at The Orleans Bowling Center.

Block, who won her third Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour title of the year, and Criss, who already had won twice this year on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, defeated the team of Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Pete Weber in the final position round match, 453-411, to collect the first-place team check for $40,000. The team entered the all match play 24-team invitational event as the third seeds and finished with a match play record of 24-8 and 15,162 total pins.

"We were real consistent this weekend," said Gianotti-Block, who bowls out of Morley, West Perth, Australia. "We didn't have a lot of big games, but by the same token we didn't have any really bad games."

Criss agreed, "Every once in awhile one of us would struggle, but the other would catch fire. We did a good job of picking each other up and that's what it takes in this event."

There were actually three teams within 100 pins of each other with one game remaining and a strong showing by Wendy Macpherson and Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the final game moved them past Dorin-Ballard and Weber into second place (15,114). Macpherson and Williams, who entered as the top-seeded team, collected $22,000.

Dorin-Ballard and Weber ended up third, just one pin behind Macpherson and Williams, and earned $16,000. They posted the best team match play record with a 25-7 mark.

32-GAME TOTALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLTTotalAmount
1Carol Gianotti-Block, Perth, Australia
Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD
 14912 24-8-0 15162 $40,000
2Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, NV
Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA
 14904 20-12-0 15114 22,000
3Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, TX
Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO
 14578 25-7-0 15113 16,000
4Dede Davidson, Clearwater, FL
Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ
 14567 20-12-0 14687 12,000
5Cheryl Daniels, Detroit
Wayne Webb, Las Vegas
 14514 21-11-0 14674 10,000
6Kim Canady, Oakland, CA
Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA
 14257 20-11-1 14507 8,000
7Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, NJ
Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY
 14328 18-14-0 14498 7,000
8Leanne Barrette, San Lorenzo, CA
Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela
 14343 16-15-1 14483 6,600

24-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
9Jackie Mitskavich, DuBois, PA
Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL
 10184 424.33 14-10-0 655 10839 $6,400
10Carol Norman, Oklahoma City, OK
Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ
 10130 422.08 13-11-0 665 10795 6,200
11Liz Johnson, Niagara Falls, NY
Brian Voss, Atlanta
 10025 417.71 11-13-0 580 10605 6,000
12Nikki Gianulias, Vallejo, CA
Norm Duke, Clermont, FL
 10072 419.67 10-14-0 530 10602 5,800
13Lisa Wagner, Bradenton, FL
Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY
 10035 418.13 10-14-0 540 10575 5,600
14Debbie McMullen, Denver
Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, KS
 10040 418.33 11-13-0 580 10685 5,400
15Jan Schmidt, Rochelle, IL
Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY
 9928 413.67 11-13-0 515 10443 5,200
16Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, OK
Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS
 9849 410.38 10-14-0 500 10349 5,000
17Cathy Dorin, Linden, NJ
Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL
 9773 407.21 10-14-0 535 10308 4,800
18Jeanne Naccarato, Tacoma, WA
Brian Himmler, Cincinnati
 9808 408.67 9-15-0 470 10278 4,600
19Sandra Jo Odom, Coldwater, MI
Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, NY
 9829 409.54 6-18-0 400 10229 4,400
20Kim Adler, Las Vegas
Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL
 9690 403.75 7-15-2 455 10145 4,200
21Tish Johnson, Northridge, CA
Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, FL
 9659 402.46 10-14-0 480 10139 4,000
22Stacy Rider, LaHabra, CA
Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX
 9717 404.88 6-18-0 365 10982 3,800
23Lisa Bishop, Belleville, MI
Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ
 9511 396.29 9-14-1 510 10021 3,600
24Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, NY
Eugene McCune, Munster, IN
 9531 397.13 9-15-0 440 9971 3,400

24-game qualifying leader-Wendy Macpherson and Walter Ray Williams Jr., 10,620.