Singapore's Jazreel Tan wins PWBA Lubbock Sports Open


    2015 PWBA Tour #3

    Tan defeated Team USA's Stefanie Johnson, 257-246, at South Plains Lanes



    Jazreel Tan (pictured above) entered the 2015 Professional Women's Bowling Association Lubbock Sports Open hoping to prove that she and her Team Singapore teammates could compete on the big stage of the PWBA, and she did that with a dominating performance this week at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas.

    2015PWBAStefanieJohnson.jpgThe 25-year-old right-hander led the event through 12 games of qualifying and 16 games of round-robin match play over two long days, and she topped Team USA member Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, 257-246, to claim the title and $10,000 top prize.

    Tan lived nearly every bowler's dream by stepping up in the final frame with a chance to lock up the win, and she did so, first rolling a 10 pin and then delivering a powerful second strike to seal the victory.

    2015PWBADanielleMcEwan.jpg"Things were moving quickly, so I wasn't totally sure of the score, but I knew I needed to get maximum score because Stefanie was striking and bowling well," said Tan, a four-time first-team All-American at Wichita State from 2009-2013. "Every frame was a big frame, and I'm glad that 10 pin fell."

    2015PWBAMissyParkin.jpgA 6-7 split in the seventh frame, which came after four consecutive strikes, proved to be the undoing for Johnson, who downed Team USA member Danielle McEwan (right) of Stony Point, New York (233-159) and 2011 United States Bowling Congress Queens champion Missy Parkin (left) of Laguna Hills, California (213-158) on the way to the championship match.

    Johnson earned $5,000 for the runner-up effort, Parkin finished third for the second consecutive week and pocketed $3,500 and McEwan earned $3,000 for her fourth-place finish.

    "Bowling in college in the United States and sharing success with fellow Wichita State players, such as Tannya Roumimper, was a big step forward for international bowlers, but this being on a professional level is another big step," Tan said.

    "Hopefully, this will open the door for more bowlers from Asia to be able to come here to compete against the best. It's a long and expensive trip for most, but I hope this helps others see the opportunities."

    This week, four of the five bowlers from Singapore were among the 16 players who made match play, and the fifth finished 17th. From here, the quintet will head to Wichita, Kansas, for next week's PWBA Wichita Open, before heading home.

    The Lubbock Sports Open featured a near-capacity field of 74 competitors, with 16 advancing to match play and 32 taking home prize checks. All rounds were broadcast live on Xtra Frame.


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    PWBA Lubbock Sports Open - Stepladder Finals

    South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, United States (July 16-19, 2015)

    Championship Round:
    1. Jazreel Tan, Sinagpore, 257 (one games), $10,000
    2. Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 692 (three game), $5,000
    3. Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 158 (one games), $3,500
    4. Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 159 (one game) $3,000

    Playoff Results:
    Match One: Johnson def. McEwan, 233-159
    Match Two: Johnson def. Parkin, 213-158
    Championship: Tan def. Johnson, 257-246


    PWBA Lubbock Sports Open - Match Play Results

    Players with position, hometown, 28-game total and 16-game match play record; 30 bonus pins for a win, 15 bonus pins for a tie, top four advance to the stepladder finals; places 5-16 show earnings