PBA stars, Parker Bohn III and Patrick Allen, PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional representative, Ingelimar Beasley, and high school senior, Brandon Soedarmasto, were the winners in Sunday’s ESPN telecast of the PBA Challenge Finals presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.
In a television event that put the spotlight on the diversity of PBA competition, the final telecast from the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy at the National Bowling Stadium featured three different levels of PBA competition – seniors, women and regional – in addition to a Teen Masters Grand Championship match showcasing two emerging stars in the sport. The finalists in the three PBA events emerged from among eight players in each division who earned a trip to Reno to bowl an eight-game qualifier prior to WSOB VII. The top two in each qualifier advanced to their respective one-game matches on ESPN.
Bohn, of Jackson, N.J., defeated fellow PBA Hall of Famer and defending champion, Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, 231-183, to win the PBA50 Tour Challenge final. Bohn, a three-time PBA50 Tour winner who won one title during the 2015 season, led the match from the start while Monacelli was hampered by missing two 10 pins in the match.
“When you bring in eight guys from the PBA50 Tour, it’s nice to know that the older guys still have that opportunity (in the World Series),” Bohn said. “Amleto is one of the toughest guys out there on the PBA50 Tour so it’s never easy when you bowl against him. I was fortunate he just wasn’t able to get anything going in that match.”
In the women’s regional match, Beasley, a resident of Clarksville, Tenn., and a three-time woman bowler of the year in her native Venezuela, defeated Team USA veteran and PWBA star, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., 246-177. Beasley, the wife of veteran PBA competitor, Mitch Beasley, got out of the gate fast with the first four strikes while McEwan couldn’t recover from three opens in the match.
“It was so emotional just for me to be here,” Beasley said. “I had to make sure to keep my emotions calm because Danielle is a great bowler and I knew I would have to bowl my best to win. Starting with the first four strikes gave me a lot of confidence and calmed me down.”
In the PBA Regional final, Allen, a 13-time Tour winner from Mount Kisco, N.Y., defeated two-time Tour titlist and defending PBA Regional Challenge winner, Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., 289-227.
Allen’s bid for a 300 game was thwarted when he left a 6 pin on his 11th shot.
“This was encouraging to win because I haven’t bowled well the last few years,” said Allen, who won five regionals in 2015. “I’ve been plagued with some back and hip injuries. It’s tough when you get to your 40s. All of those games and all of the travel starts taking its toll on you.”
In the Teen Masters Grand Championship between a pair of 17-year-old high school seniors, Soedarmasto, of Levittown, N.Y., defeated Brigitte Jacobs of Freeport, Ill., 244-178, in a contest that required the teenagers to bowl on a different lane condition on each lane using their choice of two bowling balls specially designed for the Teen Masters competition.
Both players earned their berths in the final by winning boy’s and girl’s Teen Masters titles in Las Vegas last summer. Each earned $7,500 scholarships but Soedarmasto earned an additional $2,500 for winning his match in Reno.
“Bowling on two different lane conditions adds to the challenge and the fun,” Soedarmasto said. “I learned a lot competing in the Teen Masters tournament this year. At the end of the day after bowling on this it reassures you how well you can actually bowl and define yourself as a bowler.”
Both Teen Masters champions indicated their dream is to one day bowl on their respective professional tours.
Concluding the telecast, Beasley won the one-ball, low-score-out PBA Challenge Clash involving the four winners. Allen was the first to bow out, followed by Bohn and Soedarmasto. While the winner received a trophy and bragging rights, it was the second year in a row that the female contestant emerged as the winner. Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., won the inaugural Challenge Finals Clash in 2014 at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.
PBA Tour action continues on ESPN2 Sunday, Jan. 31 with the DHC Japan Invitational at 2 p.m. ET.
PBA CHALLENGE FINALS
Presented by International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame
National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.
PBA50 Tour Final: Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J. ($8,000) def. Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela ($4,000), 231-183.
PBA Women’s Regional Final: Ingelimar Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn. ($8,000) def. Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., ($4,000), 246-177.
PBA Regional Final: Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y. ($8,000) def. Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz. ($4,000), 289-227.
Teen Masters Grand Championship: Brandon Soedarmasto, Levittown, N.Y. ($10,000 scholarship) def. Brigitte Jacobs, Freeport, Ill. ($7,500 scholarship), 244-178.