PBA Spare Shots: Guerrero Becomes Sixth Woman to Win PBA Regional Title

by Bill Vint October 17, 2012 08:30

Colombian native Clara Guerrero of Pflugerville, Texas, became the sixth woman to win a PBA Regional title Sunday when she posted a 7-4-1 match play record and a 25-game total of 5,869 pins to top Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth, Texas, by 26 pins in the PBA Southwest Region’s Young and Pratt Austin Open at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas.

Guerrero, a former PBA Women’s Series competitor and long-time member of the Colombian national team, built a 200-pin lead midway through the round robin match play finals before Jensen won three matches in a row, shooting 780 in the process, to narrow the lead to 60 pins heading into position round. He started the final game with six strikes, but failed to convert a 4-5 split, and Guerrero closed her game with four strikes to lock up the $2,500 first prize along with her title.

The other women who have won PBA Regional titles include Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif. (two); Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J. (two); Shannon O’Keefe, Arlington, Texas, and Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M. Amy Stolz of Castle Rock, Colo., also won a regional, but was not a member at the time and therefore didn’t receive credit for a PBA title.

SILENT AUCTION AT PBA WORLD SERIES TO BENEFIT REYES FOUNDATION

The PBA has announced a special silent auction will be held during the PBA World Series of Bowling IV, Nov. 2-8, at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas to benefit the Tony Reyes Foundation. PBA fans will be able to participate, whether or not they can actually attend the World Series. Here’s how the auction will work:

● Auction items donated by PBA players, bowling ball product companies or anyone else who cares to contribute will be displayed near the PBA merchandise booth in South Point Bowling Center.

● All items will be photographed and posted with item information on pba.com.

● The auction will be open from 8 a.m. (PT) on Nov. 2 until 6 p.m. on Nov. 8.

● People can bid on items on-site, by telephone (206-351-0569) or by email (samm@pba.com).

● Terms will be cash or credit card payment in full at the close of the auction.

If you would like to donate items to the silent auction, bring them to South Point or contact Samantha Mulligan at the phone/email addresses noted above.

All proceeds will benefit the family of Tony Reyes, the 38-year-old PBA Tour champion who died as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident on Sept. 28 near his home in northern California.

The International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association also is lending its support to the Tony Reyes Foundation, asking its members and their customers to participate in the PBA “TR” tribute emblem program. PBA Tour players will wear the special black-and-silver "TR" emblem – reflecting the colors of Reyes' beloved Oakland Raiders – during competition in the months ahead and while supplies last, the "TR" patches will be available through the PBA office (and on-site at all PBA tournaments) for $5 each. All proceeds will benefit Reyes' family.

To order, send a check or money order (sorry, no credit cards accepted), along with your return address, to: PBA, c/o TR Emblem, 719 Second Ave., Suite 701, Seattle, WA 98104. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

FREE TICKETS TO PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING FINALS AVAILABLE

If you’d like to attend the ESPN television finals of any of the six PBA World Series of Bowling event Nov. 10 or 11 at South Point Exhibition Hall, use this link to make a fast and easy request. Complimentary tickets will be available only as long as the limited supply lasts, so place your order today: http://wsobtickets.eventbrite.com/#

PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: TROUP WINS IN JACKSONVILLE

In the PBA South Region, Kyle Troup of Hickory, N.C., defeated top qualifier Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 246-204, to win the NAS Jacksonville (Fla.) Open at NAS Freedom Lanes on Sunday.

Troup posted a 6-6 match play record with 4,973 total pins for 20 games to qualify second for the stepladder finals, 99 pins behind Daugherty, and defeated PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., 201-186, in the semifinal match to advance to the title match. He earned $2,100 along with his fourth career PBA Regional title.

● In the PBA West Region, Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., posted an 8-2 match play record and a 18-game total of 4,208 pins Sunday to win his 38th career PBA Regional title in the PBA West/Northwest Regions’ Red Bluff (Calif.) Open presented by DV8 at Lariat Bowl.

Warren, who earned $2,000, defeated Wayne Garber of Modesto, Calif., by 43 pins for the win.

Only two weekends remain before the start of PBA World Series of Bowling IV at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas and only two regionals are on tap for the Oct. 19-20 weekend: the PBA Southwest Region Dallas Open presented by Dallas Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons at AMF Richardson Lanes, and the PBA South Region Franklin (Va.) Open at Franklin Bowling Center.

The final pre-WSOB IV tuneup over the Oct. 26-28 weekend features the PBA East Region’s annual Dom DiCicco Memorial Senior Open at Glassboro (N.J.) Bowling and Entertainment; joint one-day PBA Midwest/Central Region Lancer Lanes Senior Chameleon and Viper Open events in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the standard Central/Midwest Region Star Lanes Classic presented by Sysco Food Services of Indianapolis in Lafayette, Ind.

For complete PBA regional schedule and entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tours” under the Schedules tab.

AMERICAN PBA STARS ROMP TO RECORD VICTORY IN WEBER CUP

Four PBA stars representing the United States ran away to a record victory in the 13th annual 888Poker.com Weber Cup Sunday at Metrodome in Barnsley, England, sweeping all six matches on the final day of the Ryder Cup-style event to defeat their European counterparts, 17-7.

Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Mike Fagan and captain Chris Barnes dominated the final day of Baker team, doubles and singles matches after building an 11-7 lead over the previous two days. Representing Europe in the made-for-European-television event were Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi, England’s Stuart Williams and Dom Barrett, and team captain Osku Palermaa of Finland – all international PBA Tour champions.

It was the eighth win for the United States in the 13-year-old invitational event, and second in a row. The American team won in 2011 by a 17-15 margin.

888POKER.COM WEBER CUP RESULTS
Metrodome, Barnsley, England, Oct. 14

Final Standings (one point awarded per match win):
United States 17, Europe 7

Sunday Results:
U.S. 199, Europe 180 (Baker team).
Tommy Jones/Mike Fagan, U.S., def. Dom Barrett/Stuart Williams, Europe, 279-160.
Jones, U.S., def. Barrett, Europe, 268-236.
Chris Barnes/Fagan, U.S., def. Mika Koivuniemi/Williams, Europe, 236-152.
Bill O’Neill, U.S., def. Koivuniemi, Europe, 221-206.
Jones/O’Neill, U.S., def. Osku Palermaa/Barrett, Europe, 254-204.

Saturday Results (U.S. led, 11-7):
Europe def. U.S., 287-205 (Baker team).
Jones/Barnes, U.S., def. Williams/Koivuniemi, Europe, 247-203.
Williams, Europe, def. Jones, U.S., 214-183.
Fagan/O’Neill, U.S., def. Barrett/Palermaa, Europe, 270-212.
Barrett, Europe, def. Fagan, U.S., 236-169.
Barnes/Fagan, U.S., def. Palermaa/Koivuniemi, Europe, 194-192.
Europe def. U.S., 208-190 (Baker team).
O’Neill, U.S., def. Palermaa, Europe, 229-181.
Palermaa, Europe, def. Jones, U.S., 235-234.
Fagan, U.S., def. Koivuniemi, Europe, 242-225.
O’Neill, U.S., def. Barrett, Europe, 264-225.
Barnes, U.S., def. Williams, Europe, 276-210.

Friday Results (U.S. led, 4-2):
U.S. def. Europe, 197-184 (Baker team).
Koivuniemi, Europe, def. Fagan, U.S., 195-193.
Barnes, U.S., def. Palermaa, Europe, 252-221.
Barrett, Europe, def. O’Neill, U.S., 234-199.
Jones, U.S., def. Williams, Europe, 279-275.

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