RENO, Nev. – With the conclusion of the PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional Challenge eight-game match-play round qualifier Friday at the National Bowling Stadium, the lineup for the championship matches of the PBA Challenge Finals presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame have been set.
Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., representing PBA’s East region, and Inngellimar Beasley, of Clarksville, Tenn., representing the Midwest region, finished first and second respectively, to earn their positions in the women’s regional PBA Challenge Finals.
McEwan, the winner of the 2015 PWBA Tour Championship and a 12-time Collegiate All-American, won the qualifier with a 4-4 match play record and 2,004 pinfall with bonus pins. She bowled games of 238, 235 242, 249, 266, 192, 218 and 244 for a 235.5 average.
Beasley, who won two PBA regionals during the season, compiled a 5-3 record and 1,973 pinfall. She bowled games of 238, 214, 214, 299, 247, 216, 233 and 177 for a 229.7 average.
The PWBA-PBA Women’s Challenge field featured the top eight women points leaders in designated regionals conducted in 2015.
The PBA50 Tour and PBA Regional title matches were already determined through qualifiers conducted on Dec. 7. The finals for all three divisions will be taped Saturday at 3:30 p.m. PT and will air on ESPN Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. ET.
Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. and Amleto Monacelli, who will replace Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo. who withdrew because of a hip injury, will make up the PBA50 final; Patrick Allen of Mt. Kisco, N.Y., and Josh Blanchard of Phoenix, earned berths in the PBA Regional Challenge final by finishing in the top two in their qualifier.
In the PBA50 qualifier, Bohn finished the eight-game contest with a 1,911 pinfall, while Weber finished with a 1,884 total. Monacelli, who finished third with a 1,868 pinfall, won the PBA50 finals in 2014. The eight-player PBA50 Tour field featured the top eight players in competition points during the 2015 PBA50 Tour season.
Allen, representing the East, led with 2,019 total pins with Blanchard, the PBA west representative, finishing second to advance with 1,962 pins. The PBA Regional qualifier included the 2015 points leaders in the eight PBA Regional programs.
The PBA Challenge Qualifier is the sixth event of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy.
PWBA-PBA REGIONAL CHALLENGE FINALS QUALIFIER
Final Standings (after 8 games including match play bonus pins; top two players advance to PBA Challenge Finals on Saturday, Dec. 19; ESPN telecast on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. ET):
1, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 4-4, 2,004.
2, Inngellimar Beasley, Venezuela, 4-3-1, 1,973.
3, Yuka Tsuchiya, Japan, 7-1-0, 1,928, $1,000.
4, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 4-4, 1,902, $700.
5, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 4-4, 1,895, $600.
6, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 4-2-2, 1,889, $500.
7, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 3-5, 1,849, $400.
8, April Lord-Wittig, Steilacoom, Wash., 0-7-1, 1,546, $300.