February 15, 2007 19:00
After it was all said and done in Friday’s Round of 16 in the 2007 Go RVing Classic at Thunderbowl, Patrick Allen stood atop the field and captured the No. 1 seed for the Denny’s PBA Tour event’s final.
In a reversal of roles, Allen will look to take a little revenge on his challenger in Sunday’s stepladder finals. Over the last three seasons, a No. 1 seed has won a title only three times in the stepladder format, each time at the expense of Allen.
Allen (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) first lost to Danny Wiseman in the finals of the 2004 Masters, followed up by a one-pin loss to Chris Barnes in the 62nd U.S. Open. Those two losses were capped by a 258-236 loss to Sunday’s No. 2 seed Jason Couch (Clermont, Fla.) in the finals of the 2007 Dick Weber Open.
“One-seeds haven’t fared too well the last couple of years and the only ones who have won have beat me, so maybe I can return the favor,” said Allen, who is looking for his ninth career title after winning the 2007 H&R Block Classic on Jan. 7. “I guess it’s a good thing to be top seed, but it could turn out not to be a good thing. I have to come out and throw 10 good frames and not worry about the built up anticipation.”
Allen entered the final nine-game block in fifth, slowly climbing his way to top before knocking off Couch, 290-255, in his final match to claim the top seed.
Sunday’s first match will feature No. 4 Parker Bohn III (Jackson, N.J.) vs. No. 5 Mike Edwards (Tulsa, Okla.). Edwards advanced to his third TV finals, his most since making four appearances in 1991. Edwards entered Friday night’s position round at No. 7 before jumping Nathan Bohr (Wichita, Kan.) and Mike DeVaney (Temecula, Calif.) with a 255 in his final game.
Awaiting the winner of Bohn and Edwards will be No. 3 seed Riga Kalfas (Florence, Ky.), who is making his first career TV appearance. Kalfas, whose highest career finish is eighth in the 2006 Lake County Indiana Classic, secured his exemption on the 2006-07 Denny’s PBA Tour by finishing first in the 2005-06 PBA Central Region Point Rankings.
Couch, who is undoubtedly the Tour’s hottest bowler in the second half with four TV appearances and back-to-back titles in January, finished first in the qualifying for the second consecutive year in Council Bluffs before slipping to the second spot in Friday’s round robin match play.
The five bowlers advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised finals at 11:30 a.m. CST at Thunderbowl. The winner will take home $25,000 and a one-season Denny’s PBA Tour exemption.
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