PERU, Ill. – Dave Beres of Waukesha, Wis., defeated Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, 225-205, to win the Professional Bowlers Association Midwest Region’s Regional Players Invitational title Monday, concluding two days of live Xtra Frame coverage from Illinois Valley Super Bowl.
Beres, 35, earned $6,000, a paid entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling V in Las Vegas in late October and a berth in a new PBA RPI Finals which will be televised on ESPN. The regional title was the sixth of Beres’ career and his second in two weeks. Ironically, he won a Midwest Regional title a week earlier in an event organized by Hess in Des Moines, Iowa.
“Besides the added money and beating a strong field – which is always special – my mother got to watch me win on Xtra Frame,” Beres said. “She had never seen me win a title before.
“I’ve been losing early in match play recently,” he added, “so winning early here kind of helps you build momentum. I was lucky to get past Nathan (Michalowski, a fellow Wisconsin player), but it was a relief to be able to move on. You just never like to win like that.”
Beres defeated Michalowski in the semifinal round, 201-195, by throwing two strikes and a nine-count in the 10th frame, followed by Michalowski failing to convert the 3-10 “baby split.”
Beres admitted he hasn’t bowled well in two previous World Series of Bowling appearances “but I’ll practice a lot and hope I can do better this time.”
The Midwest Region RPI was the second in a series of six PBA Regional championship events. The PBA East, Central, Southwest and combined West/Northwest Regions also will host RPI events in the coming weeks, with each RPI winner advancing to the PBA RPI Finals that will be taped for delayed airing on ESPN as part of the World Series of Bowling V at South Point Casino, Hotel and Bowling Center, Oct. 26-Nov. 3. Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., was the first RPI winner, claiming the South Region title in Tavares, Fla., in early August.
Each RPI is open to 48 players who have qualified through a season-long points competition in their respective regions, and each RPI is being covered live from start to finish on PBA’s exclusive bowling channel, Xtra Frame. Visit pba.com for Xtra Frame subscription information.
The next RPI will be the PBA Southwest Regional Players Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sept. 6-8. The remaining RPI events include the Central RPI at Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Sept. 13-15; the East RPI at Maple City Bowl, Hornell, N.Y., Sept. 20-22, and the West/Northwest RPI at the National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Oct. 18-20.
PBA MIDWEST REGION PLAYERS INVITATIONAL
Illinois Valley Super Bowl, Peru, Ill., Sept. 2
Dave Beres, Waukesha, Wis. ($6,000) def. Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, ($3,500), 225-205.
Semifinal Round (losers earned $1,600):
Hess def. Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 227-187.
Beres def. Nathan Michalowski, Burlington, Wis., 201-195.
Round of 8 (best of five games, losers eliminated and earned $1,050 each):
Michalowski def. Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3-1.
Beres def. William Guszczo, Orland Park, Ill., 3-1.
Hess def. Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 3-1.
Cunningham def. Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 3-2.
Round of 12 (best of five games, losers eliminated and earned $850 each):
Michalowski def. T.P.Peterson, Evergreen Park, Ill., 3-2.
Poli def. Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3-2.
Beres def. Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 3-0.
Buss def. Chris Glaz, Elmwood Park, Ill., 3-2.
Round of 16 (best of five games, losers eliminated and earned $750 each):
Michalowski def. Joe Zokal, Peru, Ill., 3-1.
Richgels def. Richard Kidd, El Paso, Ill., 3-0.
Glaz def. Chris Hill, Oak Creek, Wis., 3-1.
LaCaze def. Dan Perry, Cary, Ill., 3-1.