It took Robert Harvey just two weeks to win his first PBA Senior Tour title, but it certainly didn’t come easy.
Harvey converted one of the biggest spares of his life in the 10th frame Monday to seal the 233-225 victory for he and his partner Kelly Kulick in the 2008 Columbia 300 Ladies and Legends presented by MGD 64 at The Cherry Bowl.
Kulick, one of the most decorated female bowlers in the world who is famous for becoming the first woman to earn an exemption on the Denny’s PBA Tour, carried the way through much of the title match against the No. 1 seed April Ellis and Dale Eagle. She struck with her first four shots in the Baker style alternate-shot format, while Harvey struggled late in the match with back-to-back seven-spares.
The No. 2 seeds got some help late in the match when Eagle missed a 10-pin in the eighth frame but Ellis responded with a strike in the ninth and Eagle redeemed himself by striking out in the 10th to force Harvey to mark in the 10th.
A nervous Harvey got up and threw a perfect shot but left the 10-pin, setting up a nerve-wracking spare attempt. He converted the spare with ease, however, to earn his first PBA Senior Tour title.
“This is my first win so I couldn’t wish for anything more than the way it happened,” Harvey (Boise, Idaho) said. “Kelly and I were definitely a team in every sense of the word.”
They proved to be the best of the 24 teams throughout the day, compiling a 19-5 record in round robin match play then winning both their matches in the championship round.
“We did such a good job as a team and we did it all day,” Kulick (Union, N.J.), who also owns a PBA Regional Tour title, said. “If one of us made a bad shot we picked each other up. For him to win his first title having to throw a big shot like that is awesome.”
The stepladder finals started with the No. 4 team Bob Brady and Shannon Pluhowsky taking down the No. 5 seeded Lucy Sandelin and Rohn Morton, 235-185. Brady and Pluhowsky fell to the No. 3 team of Shannon O’Keefe and PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia, 230-183, as Petraglia struck with all seven of his shots. They ran into Kulick and Harvey, however, who advanced to the title match with a 235-202 victory.
Eagle and Ellis came into the finals as the top seed after going 17-7 in match play but fell behind early when Kulick and Harvey started the title match with five consecutive strikes. They clawed their way back into the match, but ultimately were undone by Eagle’s open in the eighth.
Kulick and Harvey will split $15,000 for their victory while Ellis and Eagle share $8,000. O’Keefe and Petraglia take home $6,000, Brady and Pluhowsky split $5,000 while Sandelin and Morton share $4,000.
The PBA Senior Tour moves to Jackson, Mich., next week for the 2008 PBA Senior Jackson Open. The finals take place Tuesday, May 13 with the winner taking home $8,000.PBA Senior Tour
2008 Columbia 300 PBA Ladies and Legends pres. by MGD 64
The Cherry Bowl
Monday, May 5
|1.||Kelly Kulick-Robert Harvey||468 (2 games)||$15,000|
|2.||April Ellis-Dale Eagle||225 (1 game)||$8,000|
|3.||Shannon O’Keefe-Johnny Petraglia||432 (2 games)||$6,000|
|4.||Shannon Pluhowsky-Bob Brady||418 (2 games)||$5,000|
|5.||Lucy Sandelin-Rohn Morton||185 (1 game)||$4,000 |
– In the first match, Pluhowsky-Brady def. Sandelin-Morton, 235-185; in the second match, O’Keefe-Petraglia def. Pluhowsky-Brady, 230-183; in the third match, Kulick-Harvey def. O’Keefe-Petraglia, 235-202; and in the title match, Kulick-Harvey def. Ellis-Eagle, 233-225.
This is Harvey’s first PBA Senior Tour title and Kulick’s first PBA Ladies and Legends title.ROUND ROBIN MATCH PLAY
(Name and hometown, team no., match play record, total pinfall. 30 bonus pins for each win, 15 for each tie included in total pinfall. Teams 1-5 advance. Teams 6-24 cash.)
1, April Ellis, Jackson, Tenn.-Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., Team #5, 17-7-0, 6,101.
2, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.-Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, Team #4, 19-5-0, 5,985.
3, Shannon O'Keefe, Brookfield, Wis.-Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J., Team #7, 15-9-0, 5,968.
4, Shannon Pluhowsky, Oklahoma City, Okla.-Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., Team #6, 13-11-0, 5,852.
5, Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla.-Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., Team #10, 14-10-0, 5,828.
6, Nikki Lunsford, Plainfield, Ill.,-Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., Team #17, 14-10-0, 5,800, $3,000.
7, Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md.-Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, Team #3, 16-8-0, 5,776, $3,000.
8, Kimberly McGriff, Loves Park, Ill.-Fred McClain, Lincoln Park, Mich., Team #20, 13-11-0, 5,672, $3,000.
9, Megan Kimbler, Stillman Valley, Ill.-Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., Team #16, 13-11-0, 5,627, $2,500.
10, Kathy Tribbey, Dundee, Ore.-Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., Team #9, 13-11-0, 5,623, $2,500.
11, Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio-Mike Pullin, Rochelle, Ill., Team #18, 11-12-1, 5,605, $2,500.
12, Lindy Decker, York, Pa.-Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, Team #21, 11-13-0, 5,604, $2,500.
13, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio-Kenny Parks, East Chicago, Ind., Team #14, 12-12-0, 5,603, $2,500.
14, Tennelle Milligan, Costa Mesa, Calif.-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, Team #8, 13-11-0, 5,584, $2,500.
15, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.-Tom Baker, King, N.C., Team #1, 11-12-1, 5,510, $2,500.
16, Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla.-Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., Team #11, 11-13-0, 5,467, $2,500.
17, Mar Fahy, Chicago, Ill.,-Lisa Stevens, St. Charles, Ill., Team #24, 10-13-1, 5,450, $2,100.
18, Amy Stolz, Castle Rock, Colo.-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., Team #2, 7-17-0, 5,342, $2,100.
19, Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif.-Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, Team #23, 9-14-1, 5,290, $2,100.
20, Lana Schwab, Lake Villa, Ill.-Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., Team #19, 9-15-0, 5,247, $2,100.
21, Kris Hall, Rockford, Ill.-Barry Mefford, Aurora, Ill., Team #12, 7-17-0, 5,240, $2,100.
22, Lindsey Siegel, Gurnee, Ill.-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., Team #15, 11-13-0, 5,239, $2,100.
23, Rochelle Blake, Buffalo Grove, Ill.-Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, Team #22, 11-13-0, 5,224, $2,100.
24, Jan Schmidt, Hales Corners, Wis.-Norb Wetzel, Fon du Lac, Wis., Team #13, 6-18-0, 5,028, $2,100.
300 games – None.