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Major Maria marches to September IBMA Bowler of the Month


Maria Jose Rodriguez of Colombia, has been selected as the September 2018 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association.

Rodriquez won the PWBA Tour Championship, then captured three medals in the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Women’s Championships.

As the 13th seed, based on the 2018 PWBA points list, Rodriguez’s best-of-five matches in the PWBA Tour Championship leading up to the finals all went the five-game limit. They were over fellow Team Colombia member Rocio Restrepo, 2018 PWBA Rookie of the Year Jordan Richard, Tecumseh, Michigan, and reigning USBC Queens champion Diana Zavjalova, Latvia.

Rodriguez started the semi-finals with a 237-224 win over Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York. She then defeated Kelly Kulick, Union, New Jersey, 236-228, for the title.

The PWBA Tour Championship is the second major title for ‘Major Maria’ following her triumph in the 2014 USBC Queens.

The following week, Rodriguez won a gold medal in the team event at the PABCON Women’s Championships for Team Colombia with Anggie Ramirez Perea, Laura Plazas, Clara Guerrero, and Rocio Restrepo, a silver medal in the Masters event, and a bronze medal in trios with Restrepo and Guerrero.

Others obtaining votes this month were Kyle Troup, winner of the World Bowling Tour Storm Lucky Larsen Masters, Danielle McEwan, winner of the PBA-WBT Thailand Open, and Walter Ray Williams Jr., winner of the PBA50 Storm Invitational, and Stephanie Martins, winner of the singles event and all-events at the PABCON Women’s Championships.

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Herbert Bickel

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