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Francois Lavoie perfect as November Bowler of the Month


Francois Lavoie, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, has been unanimously named as the November 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association.

Lavoie won the 2016 U.S. Open, defeating tournament top seed Marshall Kent, Yakima, Washington, 228-194. Lavoie not only is the first Canadian to win the U. S. Open, the second Canadian to win a PBA title, but the first bowler in U.S. Open history to roll a perfect game during the tournament’s stepladder finals.

The nationally-televised finals began with fourth seed Shawn Maldonado, Houston, defeating John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, New York, 190-188. Maldonado then ousted fellow Texan, third seed Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 238-217. The second seed Lavoie then threw his historic 300 game in the semifinal against Maldonado’s 211, to set up the final match.

Lavoie finished second after qualifying, averaging over 226. The four-time Team Canada member lead after the first round of match play, then watched Kent race past him and everyone else to a 450-pin lead in the second match play round. Lavoie then clawed his way back to a 272-pin deficit heading to the stepladder finals.

Others obtaining votes this month were Marshall Kent, U.S. Open runner up, Missy Parkin, winner of the PBA World Series of Bowling (WSOB) Women’s Challenge, Matt O’Grady, winner of the PBA WSOB Regional Challenge, Ghislaine Stigter-van der Tol, winner of the 7th Sofia International Open, and Walter Ray Williams, Jr., winner of the PBA WSOB PBA50 Challenge.

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Herbert Bickel

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