Clara Guerrero’s Third PBA Regional Title Tied Record

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

Bill Vint
Professional Bowlers Association

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Colombia native Clara Guerrero, now residing in Pflugerville, Texas, defeated Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, 246-236, to claim a record-tying third PBA Regional title Sunday in the fifth annual PBA Odessa Southwest Open, presented by Columbia 300 at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas.

Guerrero rallied from an early deficit behind two turkeys and she had an opportunity to close out Lavery-Spahr with a double in her 10th frame. A 7 pin on her second shot gave Lavery-Spahr a chance for the win, but needing a double, he could only manage the first strike.

In addition to the $2,500 first place check, Guerrero joined California’s Missy Parkin as the second woman to win three PBA Regional titles.

After finishing seventh in qualifying, Guerrero received a bye to the Round of 12 where she defeated amateur Seth Rutledge from Dallas, 2-1, in their best-of-three-game match. She followed with a 2-0 victory over Mike Bailey of Allen, Texas, and a 238-197 win over Jakob Butturff from Phoenix in the semifinal round.

Lavery-Spahr advanced to the finals by defeating Joe Findling from Mesquite, Texas, 2-0, in the Round of 8, and qualifying leader Martin Bedford from Altus, Okla., 233-228, in the semifinal round.

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