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24th Malta Open Championships
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Sterner, who won his only Professional Bowlers Association Tour title in the 2013 Don Carter Classic in Detroit, teamed up with Pöppler, who was in the United States as a Professional Women’s Bowling Association competitor, after his original partner was forced to cancel due to an injury.
Trailing Asbaty and Belmonte by 10 pins heading into the final position round match, Sterner threw a 258 game and Pöppler a 204 for 462 total pins, topping Asbatay’s 178 and Belmonte’s 254 by 30 pins to overcome the deficit.
From left: Shannon O’Keefe, Bill O’Neill, Jason Belmonte and Diandra Asbaty.
The winners, who won five consecutive matches earlier in the round to dig out from a 238-pin deficit, split $16,000 in prize money. Pöppler, a veteran member of Germany’s national bowling team, also earned her first PWBA Tour title.
“Before we started, I told her I needed to impress her, so hopefully I did,” Sterner said. “Everyone knows how much work I put it in, so it’s nice to get a little reward.”
“I’m just happy,” Pöppler said. “I didn’t expect to bowl this tournament so it couldn’t be a better outcome.”
Four-time past winners Shannon Pluhowsky and Tommy Jones, and three-time winners Shannon O’Keefe and Bill O’Neill failed to qualify for the match play finals. Pluhowsky and Jones finished in 12th place while two-time defending champions O’Keefe and O’Neill finished 36th.
PWBA players now head to Plano, Texas, for the U.S. Women’s Open Tuesday through Sunday. PBA Tour players will begin the final three weeks of PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series competition in the Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open from AMF Western Branch in Chesapeake, Va., Aug. 12-13.
Immediately following will be the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-20, and the Storm Cup series finale, the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27.
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2017 PBA Tour Schedule & Champions
2017 PWBA Tour Schedule & Champions
Teams with position, player, hometown, 20-game total, including match play bonus pins, and earnings.
1, Birgit Pöppler, Germany/Jason Sterner, Cocoa, Fla., 6-2, 8,799, $16,000
2, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago/Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4-3-1, 8,749, $8,000
3, Natalie Cortese, Hoffman Estates, Ill./Brad Miller, Raytown, Mo., 6-2, 8,677, $5,000
4, Jenny Wegner, Sweden/Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, 5-3, 8,663, $4,000
5, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1-7, 8,639, $3,000
6, Bryanna Caldwell Cote, Red Rock, Ariz./Stuart Williams, England, 3-4-1, 8,602, $2,500
7, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb./AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3-5, 8,494, $2,350
8, Maria Rodriguez, Colombia/Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3-5, 8,484, $2,250
Other Cashers (after 12 team games):
9, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah/Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 5,097, $2,180
10, Clara Guerrero, Colombia/Andres Gomez, Colombia, 5,078, $2,100
11, Holly Harris, Wichita, Kan./Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 5,055, $2,050
12, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,049, $2,000
13, T’nia Moore, Greensburg, Pa./BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 5,016, $1,950
14, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y./Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5,011, $1,900
15, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia/Joe Hostetler, Louisville, Ohio, 5,009, $1,850
16, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb./Sean Rangel, Omaha, Neb., 5,005, $1,800
17, Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va./Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 4,989, $1,750
18, Josie Earnest-Barnes, Nashville, Tenn./Kyle Barnes, Smyrna, Tenn., 4,986, $1,700
19, Daria Kovalova, Ukraine/AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 4,980, $1,650
20, Liz Johnson, Chicago/Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,979, $1,600
21, Shannon Sellens, Copiague, N.Y./Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 4,968, $1,550
22, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas/Michael Tang, San Francisco, 4,960, $1,500
23, Jasmine Coleman, Manteca, Calif./Vernon Peterson, Winter Haven, Fla., 4,957, $1,450
24, Allie Ijams, Wichita, Kan./Kevin Tatrow, Wichita, Kan., 4,952, $1,400
25, Brittany Smith, Des Moines, Iowa/Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 4,943, $1,350
26, Natalie Goodman, O’Fallon, Ill./EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 4,938, $1,300
27, Christina Kinney, Las Vegas/Robert Lawrence, Del Valle, Texas, 4,935, $1,225
27, Karen Boyd, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 4,935, $1,225
29, Brittni Hamilton, Nashville, Tenn./Rob Gotchall, Clarksville, Tenn., 4,934, $1,150
30, Tannya Lopez, Laredo, Texas/Matt Cabanski, Cibolo, Texas, 4,910, $1,100
31, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif./Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 4,901, $1,050
32 (tie), Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla./Steven Badovinac, Monument, Colo.;
Kayla Johnson, Washington, Ill./DJ Archer, Houston, Texas, and
Anggie Ramirez, Austin, Texas/Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 4,887, $960
35, Cajsa Wegner, Sweden/Mike Austin, Houston, Texas, 4,875, $870
36, Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill./Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,867, $840
37, Laura Plazas, Colombia/Clint Land, Houston, Texas, 4,858, $780
38, Katie Garcia, Wichita, Kan./Geoffrey Young, Keller, Texas, 4,856, $740
39, Stefanie Johnson, McKinney, Texas/Chris Johnson, McKinney, Texas, 4,802, $720
40, Keli Callahan, Las Vegas/Sam Cooley, Australia, 4,676, $700
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