Clara Juliana Guerrero joins elite group with second PBA Regional title

    06/18/15

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    Barrett, Kulick still pace World Bowling Tour points races; PBA Modern Classics; PBA East Region schedules "women only" PWBA event for October; PBA Japan Region resumes competition in August; Jeff Richgels ends seven-year dry spell in PBA Midwest

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    Two-time World Bowling women's world gold medalist and reigning QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup champion Clara Juliana Guerrero (pictured), a Colombia native now living in Pflugerville, Texas, joined an elite group of PBA women bowlers when she defeated Joe Findling of Greenville, Texas, 225-212, to win the $5,000 first prize and her second PBA Regional title in the 16th PBA Jonesboro Southwest/Midwest Open, presented by MOTIV, Sunday at Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark.

    Holding a one-pin lead going into the final frames, Guerrero finished with four straight strikes to join California's Missy Parkin, a three-time PBA Regional winner, and New Jersey's Kelly Kulick, New York's Liz Johnson and Japan's Yuka Tsuchiya - all two-time standard regional winners - on the elite list.

    Guerrero, who also was the third woman to qualify for a PBA Tour television final (she finished fourth in the 2013 PBA Cheetah Championship), started her road to victory by edging Dino Castillo of Carrollton, Texas, 2-1, in the best-of-three-game Round of 12 match.

    She then swept Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn., 2-0, in the Round of 8 and survived the semifinal round with a 204-192 win over Patrick Allen of Mount Kisco, N.Y.

    Findling defeated Roger Petrin from Wichita, Kan., 2-1, in the Round of 12 before edging 2014 USBC Queens champion Maria Rodriguez, another Colombia native now living in Austin, Texas, 2-1, in the Round of 8. Findling then overcame Josh Blanchard from Mesa, Ariz., 211-197, in his semifinal match.

     


    Barrett, Kulick still pace World Bowling Tour points races


    2015PBA09DomBarrett.jpgAfter the PBA Oklahoma Open and the USBC Queens, the two most recent events in the World Bowling-PBA International Tour's two-year rolling World Bowling Tour points races, England's Dom Barrett (left) has retained his No. 1 position on the men's list while Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., remains on top of the women's list.

    Trailing Barrett's 631-point total on the men's list is Jason Belmonte of Australia with 589 points, Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas (577), Mika Koivuniemi of Finland/Hartland, Mich. (473) and Martin Larsen of Sweden (463).

    2015USBCQueensKellyKulick.jpgRounding out the top 10 are Finland's Osku Palermaa (423); Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill. (393); Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. (355); Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pa. (310) and Stuart Williams of England (309).

    Kulick (right), won has won the past two WBT Women's Finals presented by PBA, still has a big lead over USBC Queens winner Liz Johnson, 652-576, but Johnson has closed the gap.

    Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., is now third (433) followed by Sweden's Sandra Andersson (370), Latvia's Diana Zavjalova (340), Colombia's Clara Juliana Guerrero (319) and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif. (315).

     


    This week on PBA Modern Classics: Kelly Kulick wins 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions


    200910PBA10KellyKulick6.jpgThe newest addition to the PBA Modern Classics collection on the PBABowling channel on YouTube will be Kelly Kulick's historic victory over Chris Barnes to win the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

    This telecast, ranked No. 1 by bowling fans in balloting to select the most memorable TOC telecast in history, will join the PBA Modern Classics collection on Friday. Future additions will be announced as they are added to the collection.

     


    PBA East Region schedules "women only" PWBA event for October


    The PBA East Region has scheduled its PWBA Regional tournament as part of the Oct. 2-4 PBA and PWBA Maple City Dodge Eastern Open weekend at Maple City Bowl in Hornell, N.Y.

    The Professional Women's Bowling Association Regional event each PBA Region is hosting exclusively for women offers a $10,000 first prize based on 40 entries. The PBA Japan Region will conduct three tournaments for Japanese women during the 2015 season.

     


    PBA Japan Region resumes competition in August


    2014PBAJapanLogo.jpgThe PBA Japan Region will begin its second year of competition Aug. 1-2 with a doubleheader program, the DHC Cheetah and Women's Cheetah Open tournaments at Nagoya Grandbowl in Aichi, a suburb of Tokyo.

    2014JapanRegionalCheetahOpenYukaTsuchiya.jpgThe seven-tournament program continues with the DHC Chameleon and Women's Chameleon Opens Oct. 3-4, the DHC Japan Shark Open Nov. 15, and the DHC Scorpion and Women's Scorpion Opens Dec. 19-20.

    All of the PBA Japan Region tournaments are conducted on PBA animal pattern lane conditions. Yuka Tsuchiya (right) made PBA history in 2014 when she won the first four titles offered by the new region – the Cheetah and Women's Cheetah titles along with the Chameleon and Women's Chameleon Open titles.

     


    PBA Regional Update: Jeff Richgels ends seven-year dry spell in PBA Midwest


    Jeff Richgels of Madison, Wis., ended an eight-year title dry spell in PBA Regional competition Sunday, defeating Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., 298-242, to win the PBA Tony Grigat Allstate Agent Midwest Open at Elk Grove Bowl in Elk Grove Village, Ill.

    Richgels, 52, won his 30th career PBA Regional title along with the $2,200 first prize. His last victory came in September 2007 in Energy, Ill.

    Richgels defeated Brad Miller of St. Charles, Mo., 2-1 in the best-of-three-game semifinal round while McCune edged Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, 2-1, to set up the championship match.

    Erik Hohlbein of Renton, Wash.; Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., and amateur Leea Haworth of Tumwater, Wash., were victorious in a PBA Northwest Region tripleheader at Secoma Lanes in Federal Way, Wash., Sunday.

    Hohlbein posted a 9-2-1 match play record and a 20-game total of 5,047 pins, including match play bonus pins, to win Sunday's PBA Secoma Lanes Northwest Open, a standard PBA Northwest/ West Regional event, by 116 pins over amateur Cameron Weier of Federal Way, Wash.

    Miller won the PBA50 portion of the tripleheader with a 6-2 match play record and 4,034 total pins, beating Tom Anderson of Bonney Lake, Wash. by 131 pins for the $1,500 first prize.

    Haworth had a 5-2-1 match play record and knocked down 3,663 total pins for her 16 games to top Lindsay Boomershine of Brigham City, Utah, to win the PWBA Secoma Lanes Open, presented by PBA, and a $1,200 prize. Boomershine had 3,447 pins. Because Haworth is not a member, she does not receive credit for a title.

    The June 19-21 schedule includes the first PBA Tour Xtra Frame tournament of the summer season, the Pensacola South Open presented by Roto Grip, at New Liberty Lanes in Pensacola, Fla. The winner will earn $10,000.

    Also on the Father's Day weekend schedule are a pair of one-day American Family Insurance Midwest Open events presented by Columbia 300 at Tinley Bowl in Tinley Park, Ill.; the Planet Bowl Southwest Challenge for non-title winners in Oklahoma City; the Fort Meade East Challenge presented by Roto Grip for non-winners at The Lanes in Fort Meade, Md.; the J.D. Producing Inc./Triway Lanes Central Open presented by Hammer in Wooster, Ohio, and a PBA/PBA50 doubleheader, the Vanessa Brown Homes West Opens presented by Columbia 300 at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif.

    Over the June 26-27 weekend, South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, will host the second PBA Tour Xtra Frame event, the Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open presented by Storm with $15,000 going to the winner.

    Also on the weekend schedule, Pro Bowl West in Ft. Wayne, Ind., will host the PWBA Central Open along with a one-day, reduced entry fee Central/Midwest Challenge. Sparetimes in Hampton, Va., will host the PBA50 Sparetimes South Open, and Fox Bowl in Wheaton, Ill., will host the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest Open.

    Three events on the Fourth of July weekend schedule include the PBA and the women-only PWBA Gastonia South Open doubleheader presented by Brunswick at George Pappas' Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C., plus the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Member/Non-Member Doubles at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

    For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, click here and open the "schedules" tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

     


    Quick Notes


    Reminder: PBA fans who miss the Tuesday night telecast of the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA King of the Swing finals on CBS Sports Network can find the show (along with all Summer Swing finals telecasts) in the archives on PBA's online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, on Fridays after they air.

    Reminder: After each Tuesday night Oklahoma's Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing telecast on CBS Sports Network, there will be a short post-game video posted to YouTube. To view the Oklahoma Open video featuring Mike J. Laneside interviewing Bill O'Neill, click here.

     


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