Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, has been chose as the July 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association.
Pluhowsky defeated Diana Zavjavola of Latvia, 225-212, for the Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA) Women’s All Star tournament.
Zavjavola had a one-pin lead after eight frames until leaving an open frame when she did not convert a 2-4-8-10 split, giving Pluhowsky a chance to close out the match and the title.
The five-woman stepladder final began with Shannon O’Keefe of Arlington, Texas, downing Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 223-169. O’Keefe continued her hot streak besting Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 237-175. Zavjalova outlasted O’Keefe in the semifinal, 236-207, setting up the title match with Pluhowsky.
Placing third in the eighteen-game qualifying round, Pluhowsky posted a tournament-best 14-2 match play record to secure the top seed for the stepladder final.
From 1941 to 1970, the Women’s All Star was the predecessor of Bowling’s Women’s U.S. Open, which will return in 2015.
Others receiving votes this month were Dom Barrett, winner of the European Bowling Tour 10th San Marino Open, Craig Nidiffer, winner of the 2014 High Roller, Mika Koivuniemi, winner of the EBT 5th Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open by Erdinger, and Bill McCorkle, winner of the PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Storm.