Titlists Determined in Three PWBA Events

by Bob Johnson 0

SPOILER ALERT: The following story contains information about the stepladder finals of PWBA events that will air on CBS Sports Network at a later date. Complete stories will be distributed after each final airs.

LAS VEGAS – The stepladder finals of the first three events of the 2016 Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour season were held Thursday at The Orleans Bowling Center, and CBS Sports Network will air the finals of the events in June.

CBS Sports Network is televising 13 PWBA Tour events this year as part of its television package with the United States Bowling Congress. The PWBA Las Vegas Open, Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open and PWBA Storm Sacramento Open stepladders were taped for broadcast at the site of the first major of the season, the USBC Queens, in Las Vegas.

The dates the shows will air on CBS Sports Network (all times Eastern):

  • June 7: PWBA Las Vegas Open, 9 p.m.
  • June 14: Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open, 9 p.m.
  • June 21: PWBA Storm Sacramento Open, 10 p.m.

The PWBA Las Vegas Open saw 2015 PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, win three consecutive matches to claim the first title of the 2016 PWBA Tour season. Johnson opened the stepladder finals with a 237-204 victory over Colombia’s Rocio Restrepo, and then defeated Sandra Gongora of Mexico, 237-186.

Johnson finished her run up the stepladder with a 195-172 victory over top seed Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio. The tournament’s finalists were determined at Las Vegas’ Texas Station.

In the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open stepladder finals, Singapore’s Hui Fen New overtook Jennifer Higgins of Westerville, Ohio, 225-211, in the opening match before falling to Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Illinois, 235-226.

In the title match, O’Keefe rolled to a 246-203 victory over top seed Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey. The finalists for the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open were determined at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, California.

In the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open, Cherie Tan threw two strikes in the final frame to edge Pluhowsky, 208-205, in the battle of left-handers. Tan also become the second Singapore native to win Thursday, joining USBC Queens champion Bernice Lim.

Pluhowsky had reached the title match with a 248-246 victory over New. In the stepladder’s opening match, New defeated Colombia’s Anggie Ramirez Perea, 257-199. The competitors earned their spots in the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open stepladder finals at Steve Cook's Fireside Lanes in Citrus Heights, California.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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