Butturff’s 20th Regional Title Highlights Incredible Winning Percentage

by Bill Vint, Professional Bowlers Association 0

Jakob Butturff overcame a tightly bunched leaderboard in the final position round match to win his 20th PBA Regional title Sunday in the PBA Lubbock Sports Southwest Open at South Plains Lanes, reaching the 20-title milestone in only 59 tournaments. That means that when Butturff enters a PBA Regional, he wins a third of the time — a staggering winning percentage of nearly 34 percent.

At age 24, Butturff is believed to be the youngest player to reach that title milestone. He is the 38th player in PBA history to win 20 regional titles.

Butturff, undoubtably the hottest player in the PBA, held a 38-pin lead over Sam Cooley of Australia going into the 21st and final game of the tournament while snapping at their heels were former PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash and Tom Daugherty. Only 66 pins separated the top four players. In the final game, Butturff suffered a first-frame open, but rebounded with a plethora of strikes to win his match against Cooley, 248-202. He earned an additional 30 bonus pins for winning the match and won the tournament going away by completing an unbeaten 8-0 round of match play.

The tournament was a prelude event to the Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s Lubbock Sports Open that begins Wednesday in Lubbock, Texas.

Rash defeated Daugherty, 222-210, to jump to second place as Cooley claimed third while Daugherty maintained fourth place. Butturff earned $4,000 for the victory, Rash collected $2,400, as Cooley added $1,600, while Daugherty settled for $1,200.

The PBA Tour’s Lubbock Sports Open follows at South Plains with the finals to be televised live on Fox Sports’ FS1 channel on Sunday at 2 p.m. Central.

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