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LPBT TAKES NEW NAME; JOHNSON FOURTH IN EARNINGS

The Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour, founded in 1981, will enter 1998 with a new identity, changing its name to the Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA).

"In much the same way that other women's pro sports -- basketball, tennis, golf -- have repositioned a new identity for themselves, women's professional bowling is following the same ambitious path," said Steve Ryan, president and CEO of Strike Ten Entertainment, a bowling industry marketing and management company.

In season ending statistics, Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., swept the three major categories with earnings of $165,425, Merit ranking with 13,420 points and average with 214.68. Macpherson also led in tournament titles with four.

Liz Johnson of Niagara Falls, who won four tournaments in 1997, was fourth in earnings with $95,850, fourth in points with 11,191 and fifth in average with 211.44. Cindy Couburn-Carroll of the Town of Tonawanda, competing in 10 of the season's 21 events, was 27 in earnings with $24,157 and 18th in average with 206.65.

The 1998 PWBA Tour will make 23 stops, beginning with the AMF Lubbock Open Feb. 1-5 in Lubbock, Texas.

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